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Dept, of History and Des Moinea 19, Iowa ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered M wscor.d clasi matter at tha postottlee at . Iowa. N6v. 1, IMS. under Act ot Congress of March 3, ALOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 1959 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 96 - NO. 23 Lakota Bank Held Up- Loot Is $700 By Russ Waller , * * » With the recent rains thai we have had and the resulting soggy spots around the area, ideal -for mosquito breeding, the question has arisen in a good many quarters as to whether or hot Algona intends to conduct another mosquito spraying campaign. Dr. C. C. Shicrk, Algona mayor, said Monday that the city does intend to spray for mosquitos and that it may begin this week. • • Only thing they've been waiting for is the weather to "settle, .'down" after the recent wet •season. ' '.:',•'• » * •'*•'•!.•-'-! ' It may seem to be rushing the season a bit, but the 1960 license plates for Kossuth .county .' cars are already in the county courl house here, where custodians have them all neatly stacked awaiting the advent of ariother license season. . . '' ' * * ».;. ^ .,..•.'-•' A nearby newspaper publish* ed a photo -of a group of girls' in, a nurses' aid class being given instructions in handling patien.ts>. The caption substituted an "r" for an "1" and said .they .were being shown the. ''proper method of checking a patient's purse/' * *j » •» • - • If the Heart Fund, Infantile Paralysis Fund, Cancer Society 'and Red Cross are not going along with a United Fund drive here, it looks as though instead of one "united" drive we would still have a .number . of them < . . oWy objection we've heard thus far to a United Fund concerns a proposal to deduct from payrolls, but this is a long way from being an accepted proposition, and still would have to have an OK from both employer and employee before being a method of collection. * * . » The Kennedy-Ervin Labor Bill. now before Congress, has some strong opposition, and some very ttrange bedfellows in the op-, position. . The, Teamsters Union; and the AFtt-CIO have .voiced strong objections to it; now the tT.S. Chamber of Commerce ,ha£ also voiced some negative views on the bill. It must either be a mighty poor bill, or else an awfully good one for the plain, average person's well being, who isn't tied jn with the pressure groups mentioned. * • * • • • We don't say this happened in John Rossman's Coffee Shop, but a customer sat down and tied a napkin around his neck. A waiter studied the situation a minute, then thoughtfully bent over and inquired softly: Pardon me, Sir. Shave or a Haircut?" * » * Harold Burgess, U.S. Fish and Wildlife custodian of Union Slough, reports that the Buffalo Creek watershed received 8.6 inches of rain during May, and 14.5G inches during 1959 which is almost as much as was received during all of 1958. * ' * * The recent rains have helped Clear Lake, too. Which brings to mind the promise of one James R. Gilruth of Clear Lake, in an Open Forum letter to this paper of some weeks back, to "rub your nose in water as it streams oven the spillway outlet in the east end of the lake." Mr Gilruth was considerably angered by a previous editorial which commented on the lowering water level in Clear Lake. Well, last Saturday we quietly drove over to Clear Lake and took a look at Mr Gilruth's spillway. We did not tell him of our coming. The water level has risen nicely, but still isn't to the point of bringing our nose into the overflowing outlet. We trust, however, for the. sake of our good friends at the lake, that this does happen before the summer is over. . . and when it happens we'll endeavor to steer clear of Mr Gilruth's vicinity! ^ That Nick Maharas story, run last week, stating that Nick clung to a capsized boat for IB hours before being rescued, seems to have uncovered some doubting Thomases. All we can say is that Nick told us just exactly what was printed, but we did not swear to it before a notary public, we'll admit. ^ We listened to an area TV station, the other evening, claiming that it costs only lc to reach 12 TV-viewing homes. Then we. did a little figuring . . . and found that it proportionately costs only Ic to reach 100 homes through the columns of ^this ^newspaper. Ed Shaclwlford's Yankees may have been playing "dead" after all . . .right after we placed a 3 to 1 bet they would not take the American League pennant the old rascals started' moving up the Youth Pinned When Tractor Flips i Donald Patton, 17-year old Whittemore boy. miraculously escaped serious injury and possibly th when the S-acto? shown above 'flipped 'on its back, in a ditch 1% miles west of Algona on Mc° da0k " " ato™evemnorg inffifwhen he .was. pmned under- the machine, which was" owned by Paul Kisch, Whittemore. He was rushed to St. Ann hospital by ambulance, given first - aid and released. Donald was headed west on the tractor, which was pulling a load of soybeans, at the time of the mishap The soybeans are shown at the right in the. photo. The machine pulled to the left then lurched into the ditch on the north side of the road when Patton tugged at the steering wheel. . The tractor rolled over on its back, twisting the tongue of the wagon. Hardly any.sdybeans were Ralph Lindhorst who investigated. CUM* Lone Gunman's Threat-Blow You To Hell! A lone unmasked gunman who threatened to "blow you both to .hell' because he did not get 'enough money, held up the Lakota branch of the Farmers Trust & Savings Bank of Buffalo 1 Center,' -shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. ; :••!' The bank was robbed of about $700 in cash. Manager ".Carl C. Gerzema said. He '; and Mrs Mary Jutting, cash; ier* were the only ones in "the ' bank at the lime of the holdup. Following the robbery, detail", ed descriptions . of the .holdup > man were broadcast, as well as information on (he car he was : driving. Road blocks were set up in a network around the Lakota j-afea. A plane from the Sheriff's office at Mason City was also despatched to the area to sur• vey county roads. "Give Me The Money!" The bandit walked into ' the jank a few minutes after it open- d.- While several early custom- rs were waited on, he engaged Mr Gerzema in conversation, aying he liked Lakola and might consider buying a house here. After the early customers had Newsfoto-Engraving). Rites For Mrs Held, St. Joe (Funeral services for Mrs Mary Zeller, 89, were held Wednesday morning at St. Joseph's church at St. Joe. Father Leo Schumacher officiated and burial was in the St. Joe cemetery. Hamilton's Funeral' ' Home was in charge of arrangements. •Mrs Zeller, a long time resident of the St. Joe area, died Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, George in Watertown, S. Dak. She was born Sept. 23, 1869. Her husband, Jacob Zeller preceded her in death. • Surviving are two daughters, Mrs Maggie Thilges, St. Joe and Mrs Ed (Susie) Butler, Wauby, S. Dakota and two sons, George, Watertown, So. Dak. and Philip, Waverly, Minn. Six grandsons, Raymond, Alfred, Bernard, Norbert, Jacob and Mark Thilges served as pallbearers at the sei-vices. ladder. Famous th» * n • ~ Two Algerians Arrested For Intoxication Two Algona men, Joe Koestler and Chris Reefer, were found guilty of intoxication following hearings in Mayor C. C. Shierk's court this week. Koestler was sentenced to 10 days in jail and is now serving the term and Reefer was fined $25 and costs. Bernard Becker, Algona, was fined $10 and costs, careless driving; and Lannie L. Miller West Bend, and Robert W. Rock wood, Wesley, each paid $5 and costs for speeding in other case" heard by the mayor. Swea City Man Pays $100 Fine At Fairmont A Swea City man, Ralph L Mortensen, 24, was fined $100 in a Fairmont, Minn, justice of the peace court, Monday. Morten sen's car was involved in a crash early Sunday morning, in Fair mont. His car struck a Fairmont power pole, snapped it off, and traveled over the lawns of two Fairmont homes... The car, a 1959 model, was 'called a total loss. An' underground electrical circuit was torn apart, and as it cannot be spliced, the. entire line will have to he relaid from street to house. Total damages, figuring loss of the car, was put. at about. $3,000 by Fairmont police. Valedictorian Gets Trjp To Alaska Ringsted — Lorraine , Twait, daughter of Mr and Mrs Bernard Twait, will leave. from'Minneap- elis airport on Friday to *fly to Alaska". She"'will' spend the summer with her brother Bob and assist him in his Tourist Court that he has leased near Anchorage. She plans to return to enter the fall term of Junior College at Smmetsburg. Lorraine was a ;raduate of Ringsted High School his spring and she also was valedictorian of her class. Algona Girl Fractures Leg In Bike Mishap A bicycle mishap near the swimming pool Tuesday afternoon resulted in a compound fracture of the thigh for Kathleen Finley, 8-year old daughter of'Mr and Mrs Harvey Finley of Algona. The little girl, who will be in fourth grade at Bryant school this fall, was rushed to St. Ann hospital by ambulance, and according to her mother, will be in traction there for the next six or eight weeks, Kathleen anil a girl friend, Karla Laing, daughter of Mr and Mrs Firman Laing, were on their way to the pool at the lime of the mishap. Kathleen normally rides to the top of the hill north of the pool, then walks her bike the rest of the way. • Her decision to ride all the way led to the crash. She started down, was traveling at a pretty good rate of speed when she saw an auto and swerved to avoid it. She turned a couple of somersaults in the air, /then slammed into a steel post with a thud. The bicycle rolled on and was not damaged. It was the first serious bicycle mishap reported in the city within the past couple of years. Funeral For Mrs Berkland Today At DePew Fenton — Mrs (Alice) Rueben Berkland of rural Cylinder die<~ about 5 a.m. Tuesday after fou weeks in the Emmetsburg hos pital. She was 42 years old, thi mother of five. Funeral services will be Thurs day (today) at 1:15 at the horn and at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lu theran church. Rev. Olive Johnson will officiate. Death was due to a heart condi tion for which Mrs Berkland wa hospitalized four weeks ago Further complications were caused by a stroke suffered about two and one-half weeks ago. The stroke partially paralyzed her. Alice Jacobsen was born June 17, 1916, at Cylinder, the daughter of Mr and Mrs John Jacobsen of that community. She attended Cylinder schools and Waldorf College, and was married to Rueben Berkland Feb. 19, 1939. She lived her entire life in the Cylinder - Depew area. Survivors include her husband, parents, and five children. They are William, Lois, Ariel, Lyndon and Eldon. A brother, Percy Jacobsen, Cylinder; and three sisters, Mamie (Mrs Ted) Nelson, Cylinder; Cora (Mrs Russell) Johnson, Cylinder; and Ella Mae (Mrs Julian) Cherland,'Hurt. Mrs Berkland was a life-long, active member of St. John's Lutheran church at Depew. New Girls 4-H Officers Named At Rally Day; Record Attendance left, he turned to Mrs Jutting, who was sorting checks, and asked "are you very busy?"__She answered "real that he pulled busy." a short, With stub Rally Day for 444 Kossuth county 4-H girls at Swea City Saturday was climaxed by the election of n£w officers for the coming year. The four girls, who won posts after much campaigning earlier m Hot Weather Of Summer Summer moved in a few days earlier than June 21 this year, with temperatures sufficiently warm to convince most Kossuth residents that it 'is now safe to take off overcoats. It was the first week in a long time in which no rain fell. There was a trace yesterday, Wednesday morning, June 10. June 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 H 82 85 89 87 89 90 58 58 59 61 60 64 64 Ed Youngwirth Is REC Director A crowd of more than 1500 people attended the annual meeting of members of the Pocahontas County Ritral Electric Cooperative at the Pocahontas Community School auditorium on Wednes$lay evening, June 3. The official registration showed approximately 535 registered members present. The reports of the officers and manager showed that the Cooperative had a most successful year. During the business meeting, R. R. Cejka, Laurens; Oley Gunderson, Rodman; Carl Jensen, Ruthven; and Ed Youngwirth, Whittemore; were re-elected directors for 3 year terms. , * United Fund Names Officers Russ Buchanan and Barbara Haggard were elected temporary chairman and secretary, respectively, of the 21 member board for the United Fund here, in a meeting Monday evening at the Druggists' Mutual board room. A committee consisting of Don Hemmirijjsen, Pat Montag, and Mrs Nat Bangs, Jr. was appointed to set' up by-laws for the organization. nosed, nickle - plated revolver from his shirt and pointed it at Gerzema. "Give me the money" ne demanded. The bank manager, who now hat. been through' five holdup of this nature, complied. The money was in the bank cage While the bank vault had been, .pp*ned,7~the safe" was still unde time 'lock and •' hot Open.- . Tin bandit pointed toward the vaul and said • "get me the rest. Gerzema tried to explain tha the safe under time lock had no yet opened. This seemed to ange the holdup man; who then mad his threat to kill them both Gerzema and ! 'Mrs Jutting wen into the vault and closed th inner steel door, strong enougl to stop a bullet. The heavy oute vault door would not close, si the bandit's effort to shut then completely in the vault failed. Car Description Given When Gerzema heard the fron. door slam, he peeked out of th« vault, saw the bandit was gone, and emerged to give the alarm. The bandit had not disconnected the phone wires in the bank. Mrs Don Boyd was just entering the sank as the bandit left. The bandit rushed down the side street to his car, started it, whirled into the alley behind the bank and went north to the next street. Where he went from there is what authorities would like to know. He was driving a 1949 Ford, dark blue, with Minnesota license plates. Nobody in Lakota seemed to h'ave the exact license number. Bricklayers, working on the new Lakota school addition, talked to the man earlier in the morning. They saw him jump in the car and leave, but had no idea anything was wrong. They were working across the street from where his car was parked. The bandit was about 60 years of age, 5 foot 11 inches, weight 185 Ibs. He was wearing a red checkered shirt and brown cap Spent 2 Days In Town The Lakota community first observed the stranger on Monday. " He casually sauntered around town, even engaging in rummy games at Vincent Miller's pool hall, Tuesday, playing with Lou Nitz, Mike Christ, Pete Bruer, Ernest Christ, Nick Behrends and Hank Greenfield, among others. Mayor Andy Anderson of Lakota watched part a game. The stranger said he was expecting to sell a fire alarm system in the area, one where each farm has a specific number. He was comparatively close - mouthed, however, about where he came from. Held Up Five Times He did ask questions. Monday he first visited the bank, saying at the time that he had "stopped in to cool off." Tuesday he played rummy, dropped in at a cafe run by Mrs Charles Stroebcl, whose husband is the Lakota town marshal, and inquired about GrcKim rsdsn at the left. She is a member of the Union Alethean club Other officers a^d P clubs represented, are left t ? right MarilynHinckley.vice'President, Bu£ Kue Rirri seniors- Carol Hanisch secretary-treasurer, Seneca Stars and Ann Smith, historian, cresco ^nums,. Bl Th e photo; snapped by a member of the extension staff, was taken immediately following the election. (UDM Engraving). j ; . Campaign slogans , cowboys, miniature bands, yells and much excitement started off Rally Day activities as 4-H'ers, parents and friends gathered at Swea City Saturday. Climax of the day came .when the election -results ••ytoe ; -$h>-. nounced. Grace McKirrtt daughter of Mr and Mrs Wm.. McKim was named president; 'Marilyn-'. Hinckley, daughter of Mr and For Carl Gerzema, the bank manager, it was just, "more, of the same." -He has been held up. five times, twice at Kiester, Minn, and three times 'at Lakota. April 26, 1953, a bandit rbbb'ed the bank of about $6,000. At that time Gerzema and Mrs Jutting were also on duty. Tihe holdup man was later apprehended in Texas. " i In the holdup Irian's stay, .in Lakota, he met quite a few people, but revealed little of himself or his background. He did no drinking. Lakotans report that he was a comparatively poor rummy player. He lost about two dollars. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, State highway patrolmen, officers from adjacent counties, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, aJl responded to the alarm. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst was out of the county at the time. The bank's loss is fully covered by insurance, Mr Gerzema said. Pioneer Algona Man, L Stacy, Died Tuesday Mr and Mrs August Slagle received word Wednesday of the death of Lute Stacy, former Algona resident. Mr Stacy, in bin eighties, died Tuesday .evening in California. He was the son of Harriet Taylor Stacy, publisher of the first newspaper in Kossuth county, and a grandson of Father Taylor, one of the best known settlers of early Algona. 1 At press time, the Singles were waiting for word as to whether or not Mr Stacy's body would bo brought here for burial. The family lot is in Riverview cemetery. a big license her husband. Later he met him and passed the time of day. Where he stayed Monday and Tuesday 'night was still a mystery, Wednesday noon after the robbery. Licenses To Wed Issued To 8 Couples June continued to bi month in the wedding department at Clerk of Court Almu Pearson's office this week. A total of eight licenses were issued. They went to the following couples: June 5 — Roger G. Hanson and Sharon K. Sabin, Algona; and Donald G. Gerdis, Titonka, and Joan M. Kuecker, Whittemore. June 6 — Earl Hammond Mason City, and Lula J. Hammond, Hanlontown. June 8 — Robert Ernst and Sandra Richman, Algona; Oria J. Peterson, Jr., Burl, and Irene Opheim, Whittemore; Duant Jensen and Dee Ann Swanson Swea City; and Donald F. Hansen, Irvingtnn, and Vrola Berninghaus, Lone Rock. Adult Swimming Adult night, featured for the past few summers at Algon; swimming pool, will begin nex Wednesday night, June 17. The pool will be reserved for adults from 7 to 9 p.m. and swimming lessons will be available for all Algona High Class of '52 Sets Reunion The seventh annual reunion erf-Algona-High School class, o£ '52 -will be held Saturday, June 13, at the Johnson, House, beginning 'at 6:30 p.m.,Anyone wiho has not contacted the committee as yet is asked to do so by Thursday. Committee members are Mrs Vince Bernardo, Mrs Dick Lallier, Mrs Howie Stephenson and Mrs Gene Sehattschneider. William Baum, Lakota, Dies, Rites Today Lakota — This community was saddened to learn of the passing of one of its oldest residents, F. William Baum, who died at 7:10 Mrs Alien C. Hinckley, vice president; Carol Hanisch, daughter of Mr and Mrs Elmer Hanisch. secretary-treasurer; and Ann Smith, daughter of Mr and Mrs Wayne Smith, historian. Largest Crowd A total of 444 4-H girls wero present, while leaders, parents and guests set a new mark of 550 registered at Rally Day. Tho Blue & White club handled registration and the Fenton Forwards acted as hostesses of the clubs. The eight candidates, running for a county office, passed by the audience as they presented clever campaigns in an effort to en.- courage votes in their behalf. Candidates included — Gwen Baker, Sylvia Eden, Carol Hansch, Marilyn Hinckley, Doris William jjuuiii, wiiu UIL-U ui, i.iu Ann Kohlhaas, Grace McKim, p.m. Sunday at University Hos- Ann Smith and Ruth Wise, pitals in Iowa City. Mr Baum Following the parade, was 85 and lived all his married life in this area. He moved into Lakola in 1944 and served as a county supervisor from 1935-37 as well as serving on the Lakota school board and acting as city marshal! and mayor. Funeral services will be held at p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran church Thursday with Rev. L. Meinecke conducting the .services. His wife died in 193(i and he is survived by seven children. Judges To Name Miss Algona Saturday Night Judges have been selected to choose the Miss Algona entry in the Miss Iowa (Universe) contest sponsored by KLGA radio station and eight local merchants. Judges will be Winton Medlar, Spencer, well-known north Iowa photographer and member of the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of America; Chuck Bradley, advertising executive of television station KQTV, Fort Dodge, and Joe Coleman. Miss Algona will be chosen from eight entrants. They will appear at 9 p.m. Saturday night on the stage of the Algona theater. They will wear fonnals, bathing suits and take part in a personality contest. Entrants are Jeanne Hall, Judy Picket!, Judy Dahlhauser, Arleen Ludwig, Karen Hutchins, and Mary Kay Knoll, all of Algona; Jeanette Bjustrom, Burt; and Joan Baas, Whittemore. Moose Initiation Algona Moose Lodge will have enrol 1mfiU day next Sun- duy, June 7. The 1959 Mooseheart high school graduation exercises will be heard over u leased wire connection at J p.m. Initiation ceremonies will fee held at 3 p.m., Following the parade, the meeting was called to order by Judy O'Brien, president. This was followed by the secretary- treasurer and historian reports, reviewed by Madonna Gisch, county historian. New business included campaign speeches and response. Jeanette Bjustrom, county vice-president, conducted the election with the help of the Ledyard Lassies. Marilyn Plathe, 4-H'er from tha Prairie Pals reviewed art pictures that were included in the picture study contest. County officers thanked the leaders and presented them with ivy plants that lined the stage. Special feature of the afternoon was the initiation of an honorary member. This is a neremony which honors a friend of 4-H for their service to club work. Edith Welter, county Extfnsion Office Assistant, was ree.jgnb.ed by the Bancroft Honieinakers, Busy Bees and Greenwood Girls. Have Song Fest The clubs had their evening meal at the Swea City park with each club acting as host to a guest. From there, all 4-H'em joined together for a song fest at sun down. The evening program proved colorful and entertaining. "At Home In the World - Through 4-H" was the title as the girls showed how 4-H teaches international understanding. Jeunette Bjustrom was narrator for the event. Lithuanian dancers, in their bright blue and orange costumes repeated the dance "Kalvelis" which they did at girl's convention in 1958. All contestants from the County Girl's Creed contest were on stage The 80-voice county chorus sang four selections. Janice Bode was accompanist, while Jiinet Walker, Marilyn and Carilyn Hinckley and Frances McDonald appeared us soloists during the day.

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