The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 4, 1960 · Page 1
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By BUM Wallet * * * It may not quite fit into the pattern of "halting inflation", of W KI i. Wc havc I0od considerable, but the railroads are getting ready to increase all freight ra- les, as of Oct. 24. Grain elevators m the area have been notified, f the impending boost, which would run about $60 a car on grain shipped from this area to ports on tho Gn.-ut Lakes. Om> elevator manager has figured tnal the rate increase would cost 'about $12,000 n y e «u- for his elevator . . .he added that if the increase is approved, it should prove a great boon to the trucking industry. * * * We don't hear much these days about Selective Service, which is still operating, However, we still have a Kossuth County Selective Service Board, and John Kohl- naas, who is a member, was recently awarded a "Ten Year Certificate" for services rendered . . . and without pay, we might add. * * * There is one local business Which shows a steady increase the U.S. Post Office. In 1953 the total receipts here were $79,843 30 and in 1959 they totaled $114 516 according to Postmaster Wade Sullivan. * * * One reader remarked after the incident at Britt where a clerk was found watering the vodka in the state liquor store, that the World would be better off if ALL of the merchandise was watered. * * * The Wall Street Journal tells the story of two men discussing taxes qnd expenditures. Just then a school* bus passed them. "See what J mean?" exclaimed one. "When I was a boy we walked three miles to school and three miles home. Now we spend $5,000 for a bus to pick them up BO they don't have to walk. Then we spend; $100,000 for a gymnasium 'so they can get exercise." Some of them would have a pretty long walk today, however! * * * There is one local husband. who in reply to the question of where he had met his wife, replied "I didn't meet her, she overtook me!" • • * » . • The worst part of doing nothing is that you can never take a day off. State Historical Iowa Gity, J la. AlOONA, IOWA,'TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1960 . , Under Act of ConireM of March JWome* Tragedies T SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 97 - NO. 40 3L * * * * * * * • » ** ty *^^ Ray Bartlett, Tifonka, Dies; Heart Victim A well-known Titonka ' man Raymond G. Bartlett, 55, wa s found dead under a plow in a ditch at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 5% miles east and one mile no'rth of Burl. His death was ruled duo to a heart attack by County Coroner Dr. Snydcr of Swea i Juneral service.-, for Mr Bart- lctt, who for many years operated a turkey hatchery at Titonka, will be held nt 10:30 a.m. tomor- ™ w , Wednesday) in the Titonka Methodist church. Rev. Max Goldman will officiate and Blake Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. According to reports, Mr Bart- lctt, who was driving a tractor pulling a plow, wus headed from his farm to his home at Titonka nt the time of the heart attack. An employee of Mr Bartlctt's Glen Parcel, who was following quite a distance behind, found a pair of glasses and cap belonging to Mr Bartlett lying on the edge of the road. He looked down in a deep ditch and spotted the tractor and plow, then found Mi Bartlett's body. The tractor and plow remained upright, even though the ditch is deep and there were hardly ahy marks on the body from the plow. Mr Bartlett apparently slumped from the machine in the «itch.. The incident* tjccarred on a county gravel road. Besides the coroner, Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and Patrolman Dick Pedersen investigated the matter. Mr Bartlett was born Sept. 23 1905 and had been an operator of a restaurant and turkey hatchery at Titonka. Me is survived by his wife, Gertrude, and two brothers, Lewis and Lloyd, both of rural Titonka. Miss Mono Kohl Of Britt Named Festival Queen Miss Britt, Morih' Kahl, a senior at Britt high school, was crowned Queen of the Kossuth County Band Festival before a large crowd at me fairgrounds here Saturday night. She was crowned by the 1960 Queen. Carol Gronbach o? Twin Rivers high school, Bode. The crowning climaxed a full day of band activities, including a parade featuring 25 area bands and almost 1500 musicians at 11 a.m. Saturday. The usual marching demonstrations, presentation of queen candidates and program at the fairgrounds were favored by warm-enough leather during the day. Co-hostesses for the event were Myra Elbcrt, Garrigan Queen, and Judy Gerber, Algona high Queen who were not eligible to compete for the Band Festival Queen title. We asked an official of tho new TV station, XEYC-TV, at Mankato, Minn, the other day if he expected the station to reach the Algona area with a good, clear signal. "If we don't, we've spent a million dollars for nothing," he - replied. The station is slated tp start broadcasting this week, possibly \vednesday, with the World Series, pn channel 12, as an NBC affiliate. The tower is at Lewisville, Main., which is closer to Algona than Mankato. i * * * There were a few moments when Herman Hauberg, Don Nelson and Doc Kelley may have thought that the Rotary Club was going to reward them with the $10 cash first place prize won by the Rotary float they constructed for the Band Festival parade . . .but John Claude, club president, dispelled the possibility Monday noon when he thanked them for making possible the $10 contribution to the club treasury. * • * Second place in the parafle, by the way. went to the young Democrats Club, * * * One local young lady who has not, as yet, trod down the path to matrimony, remarks that a bachelor is a man. who lives alone with someone he loves. • * » Women's faults are many Men have only twor Everything they say. And everything they do. . • «•••'. Well, our local grid teams took their lumps over the weekend, but gave a good account of themselves, nevertheless.' Algona high, compared with the last couple of'seasons, has made remarkable improvement, and deserves a better wqn-lost record than it ha,s; Garrigan is the orjly team this year to have scored on 'PaceJH of Austin, Minn. • • • • * rameus Last Lint —Let's •Iff Last Rites For Charles Baker Held, Bancroft Bancroft _ Furier^ services for Charles Baker, 77f local bar ber were held* Tuesday morning at St. John's Catholic church a 9.30 with Msgr. J. H . Schultes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Gary Funera H ° me »" charge of arrangements Mr Baker barber here for over 50 years, suffered a stroke a week previous and entered Hoh Family hospital at Estherville where he died at 7 p.m. Saturday. His wife preceded him in death about a year ago. He was married to Ethel Saunders at Bancroft. To this union two children w ° rn Monic a. -who lived £ ather ' and Fr ™k. Perm. Three sisters, h; Blue Earth - Mrs Joseph Wfcelan, Mason City, Mrs Rose Hanlon formerly of Mason City now living with relatives in Illinois and three grandchildren also survive. Man Attempts Forgery; Bond Set At $2500 Circumstances surrounding the arrest and subsequent forgery charge against Paul C, Blair, 28, Akron, Ohio, here last ..week proved-quite Interesting when the incident was investigated further by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst. Blair appeared in Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court, was bound over on the forgery count and bond was set at $2500. He has been in the local county jail since his arrest Monday, Sept. 26. Blair's troubles here began when he attempted to make a purchase at Diamond's store. He told Mr Diamond, after first offering to pay for the merchandise with a check, that his wife was shopping in. local stores and had his billfold which contained all of his identification. He left the store, supposedly 10 find his wife identify himself and cash the check. Of Wonka Killed In Midnight Car Crash Algonan'sCar Strikes Rear Of 2nd Vehicle •Kossuth county highways and roads, which since Apr, 21 this voar had not claimed a life; suddenly became the scene of tra- cedics Wednesday and Friday as three men lost their lives in mishaps. Dead are: Falkert (Connie) Sleeker, 37, Titorika. Henry (Red) Sleeker, 48. Titonka. Oscar Calgaard. 67, Jofc*. Hobby Show At Hotel, October 7 The annual Kossuth County ^T ij ^I viJ " R Hobb - v Show will be held Friday, October 7 at the Alton* Hotel ballroom. The public is invited to visit the exhibits from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. • .. A ^w of the hobbies featured this year will be shell craft, gift making, ceramics, candy mints »M leather craft. Written instruction! for the hobbies shown will be given those visiting the shpw and a door prize will be given. A cookie recipe exchange will also be a part of this year's hobby show. Anyone having any hobbies which can be demonstrated should contact the Bounty Extension Office by October 1. He came back to the store and told Diamond he couldn't find his wife and asked Diamond to wrap the merchandise and he would pick it up jater. Mr Diamond was suspicious, so he called a local bank to see il the man had an account. He didn't, so Diamond notified Lindhorst and a search of other Algona business places was conducted. Blair was found in a local tavern and taken to the sheriffs office for questioning. He had a pad of counter checks from the Iowa State Bank here, including one made out for $75, payable to David Park and signed by a Paul Davis. The man's story didn't jell, so the sheriff notified authorities in Ohio to check on Blair. He found the man had jumped bond on a check charge there and was wanted. '• A hold order was placed on Blair by the Ohio officials. Later the same evening, Blair told the sheriff he had a girl with him. She was supposed to be waiting for him in a car uptown, so the sheriff investigated and found Ollene Lairson, 18, Sutter, Cal., asleep in a 1960 auto. The girl had picked Blair up as a hitchhiker in Nevada, taken him to Ohio, then their path finally hit Algona. They were travelling in her father's auto. .Miss Lairson Had no money and no place to stay, so the auto was impounded and she was taken to the county home. Her father was notified and came to Algona Friday. The girl left Saturday to live with her .mother in Oklahoma and the fa- her returned to his home* jn California. Meanwhile, it is possible Blair will not go anywhere until final disposition of charges here — and then it is probable hfe will face charges in Ohio. ^Outstanding feature of the case s the fact the man was appre- icnded before he actually parsed he check and charged with intent to commit forgery. The Stecker brothers, who died of skull fractures and broken necks, were" killed instantly when their auto was struck from :ho rear by an auto driven by Larry Leaneagh, 31, of Algon. three miles east of Algona on lighway 18 at 11:50 p.m. Friday. Dalgaard died wnen a car driven ay his nephew, Robert L. Cal- iaard, 28, Joice, and a pickup truck driven by E. Ubben, 3, Titonka, collided at a blacktop highway intersection three miles north and a half-mile east of Titonka at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. .'•" At present, no charges have been filed against drivers in either of the tragedies, pending further investigation. The Stecker and Leaneagh autos were headed east at the time of the crash. According to officials at the scene Friday night,. Leaneagh was attempting to <5ass the ofliel- autd? The righfc front of his auto, a 1956 Buick 4- door, struck the left rear portion of the Stecker car, a 1955 Studebaker 4-door, and sent the latter machine careening into the shallow soutjn ditch along he highway. The Stecker car, which- was to tally demolished, skidded side ways on the gravel shouldei kicking stones on to the high way, then apparently began roll ing end-over-end in the ditch an on an embankment leading to . field, finally coming to rest on its top, headed south, headlight still on, with the rear of the ante pointing toward xne highway.. The Leaneagh vehicle swerved and skidded about 200 feet eas from the point of impact anc came to a stop, dumping radiatoi fluid on the highway, in the road headed southwest. One body was thrown from the Titonka car and was found lying face down, on the south portion of the highway. The other body remained in the reai portion of the car. Leaneagh and a passenger in his car, : Robert McArthur, Algona, were uninjured. Debris from the accident, including chrome trim and items thrown from the Stecker auto, was strewn along the highway and in the south ditch as the car bounced 150 feel from the point of impact. Leaneagh told authorities at the scene, including Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, Deputy Sheriff Don Wood and Patrolman Dick Pedersen that "all I felt was a small bump." Dr. John Schuttcr, two ambulances and a wrecker were also called. Traffic was halted from each direction for 45 minutes while investigation of the crash continued. The fatalities bVought the total to six in the county during 1960 and were the first of a multiple nature. Funeral services for the Stecker brothers were held today Tuesday) in the Good Hope Lu- :heran church at 1:30 p.m. Rev. 8. H. Schwerin officiated and burial was to be at the Lutheran cemetery east of Titonka. Blake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. They were sons of Fred N. and Corabelle Smith Stecker. Falkert farmed and Henry was a painter. They had lived for several years with two aunts, Jfitta and Maude Stecker, at Titonka. Survivors include the two aunts, their stepmother, Mrs Greta . Stecker, Titonka, three brothers, Martin, Titonka, Ferdinand, Swea City, and Bruno, Thompson; three sinters, Josep. bine (Mrs William SJebert), Cm mes, Anna (Mrr Uerrjt KUsw), Knapp, Wis., and Mri Porethy Craig, Georgia; four half-brothers, Stanley, Dakota, Alvin, Woden, George, Phoenix, Ariz., and Fred, Blue Earth; and two half-sisters, Gertrude, Washington, and Marcella, Minneapolis. KILLED IN CRASH O'F PICKUP. CAR Mr Calgaard, James L. Ostmo, 20, Joice, and Joseph Halvorson, 40,, Lake Mills, were all passengers in a station wagon driven by Robert Calgaard when it collided with the pickup truck driven by Ubben. ' The Calgaard auto was hcadec east and the pickup was heade south at the time of-the mishap Mr Calgaard suffered a frac tured skull and cut throat when he apparently went momentarilj through the windshield. as the collision occurred. Ubben, Rober Calgaard, Ostmo and Halvorson were all taken to. the hospitq at Buffalo Center for treatrnen of injuries. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst was called to the scene to investigate Chris Knudsen Funeral Held Here Wednesday Funeral services for Chris M. Knudsen, 78, Algona retired farmer, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Presbyterian church with Rev. M, H.' Brower officiating. Burial was at Riverview cemetery with McCullough funeral Chapel m charge of ar- .•angements. Pallbearers were Chester Scho>y, Don Cash, George Scuffham, Marc Elmore, Jens Sorensen and Anton Didriksen. Mr Knudsen succumbed Monday evening, Sept. 26, at St. Ann lospital where he had been a >atient for about a week. He had been in ill health for many months. Christian M. Knudseri, son of' Cnud and Sena Knudsen, was >orn in DenmarK Oct. 16, 1881, ollowing his marriage, he and iis wife, Emma, farmed in this irea for many years and later lived on an acreage in the southeast portion of Algona. He served as custodian for several places of business here, Including the Algona Theater. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter. Darlys (Mrs Jack Talty), Des Moines, two grandchildren and a brother, Jens Knudsen, Algomi. 46, 'wnein af £S u"ee officers and ambulance o£e -ato« as they men from the area. y F «*«*' «**«. « "d Henry Sleeker. P i° na ° n h J* hw » y 18 late Fridav ^t show << l e the scene and prepare to remove bodies of the ^ wKo became Kossut. Brings $360 Acre The Ole Allison estate farm of a quarter section was sold recently at -auction to Mrs H. G. Hamilton.'The .Allison land adjoins her own on the west, near Bancroft. Sale-price was $360 Coad Caravan To Tour S. Kossuth On Wednesday Chief local political activity of he week centered in Democratic campaign efforts. This evening a countywide rally is being held at Titonka. tarting at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, where Congressman Merwin Coad and other state and county candidates will be pre- ent. Thie meeting Tuesday night follows a caravan tour of the north half of the county arrang- ed by Glee Bullock, chairman of the Coad Committee in Kossuth county. Coffee stops were at Fenlon, with Mrs Arnold Hanson as chairman, and Lakota, with Mrs Bob HamilUm as chairman. Wednesday morning the caravan will tour towns in the south half of the county, including West Bond. The caravan will leave at 10 p.m. after a smoker and coffee hour foom 9 to 10 at the Algona Hotel, arranged by Bob Reding and Gordon Winkel. The tour will -o to Sexton Wesley, St. Benedict, LuVerne (lunch), St. Joe, Kollasch station West Bend and Whittemore, where coffee will be served and Mrs Bob Gengler is chairman at that point. Winner of 26 State and National Awards Nat'l Editorial Ass'n Annual Better Newspaper Contests Second Place Nat'J Editorial "General Excellence" Open House At Pioneer Plant * For 1300 Guests The Pioneer Hybrid Com Co. plant north of Algona was the scene of a five-aay open house last week Monday through Friday. An estimated 1300 farmers and salesmen toured the plant. Largest single day attendance was Tuesday with 370 visitors. Visitors to the plant were shown slides, taken on a plant tour in groups of 15, then served lunch in .the recently-completed warehouse at the west end of the plant. . The Algona plant, which serves more salesmen than any other Pioneer plant in the entire state, began .its harvest, of seed corn Sept. 12 and more than hall of the corn is now being processed and stored. The other four major Pioneer plants in the statf will have similar open houses during the next two weeks, according to Herb Hedlund, local manager. « 4-H Leader Meet The annual 4»H fall ortaiiiza- Uon meeting f or toe jSwi County - ! -'-"-« " «-"™ »»^?* phurch 1:30 P.m. Tht |irl8 committee wiU at the

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