Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on September 14, 1967 · Page 1
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 1

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 14, 1967
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State Historical Society • • State Historical Sc Hundreds flock to see 29-car train wreck near Algona 10 Country :<. ! ,^^*":^;^ ' ..*,,»/ ' • %*>* . :, ' ^*&*\,~zi* . 3.V ,;^>TWT^i&@M£itSll^^ it^v^< jS-^PB^jiri)' IP ^L *• j» * ti 'i* I- ' Vf. *>*5* * 7> i, l€ -W. , v *..-. i Y/VC.L.-i.Jk'** isW THIS SPECTACULAR 29-car train crash a mile west of Algona and just south of the Algona Country Club draw hundreds and hundreds of curious persons to the scene Monday and Tuesday as workmen continued working 24/hour shifts to clear the debris from the Milwaukee tracks and start freight trains running again. By late, Tuesday, there were Still a dozen boxcars smashed together on top of the track but a spokesman for the railroad said it was hoped to have the tracks repaired by Thursday night. About 50 workmen, known as "gandy dancers," arrived in Algona Monday and began the work of clearing •the debris and repairing the tracks. A number of-Milwaukee railroad, superintendents, foremen and overseers were also on hand. The repair trains, one from Sioux City and the other from Austin, Minn., were dispatched and were in operation Tuesday — one at each end of the wreck. Each train had • crane which helped pull the debris lowe. Five bulldozers were rented from local construction firms and these machines operated on the south side of the wreck, on railroad right-of-way and land owned by A. F. .Van Buren, who farms just south of the wreck site. The "dozers" pulled and pushed the twisted boxcars and "pif • gy-back trucks" onto the Van Buren land. Main goal was to get the right-of-way cleared, tracks rebuilt and trains operating.. After that, trains with flatcars will be dispatched to load the battered cars, wheels, axles and other debris and haul them back to Austin, Minn. There the debris will be sorted with the repairable equipment saved. It is estimated that total damage in the wreck will be about $350,000 according to a reliable source. A total of 29 cars were smashed or derailed and most of them were in one big pile along the south rough of the No. 8 hole at the Algona Country Club. Many curious persons tromped through the rough to get a close-up view before the area was blocked off by railroad workers. The train was traveling west on its way from Mason City to Sioux City when the crash occurred about 10:10 a.m. Monday. Twenty-nine of the 83 cars on the train went off the track. Included were 12 cars of cement to be delivered to Emmetsburg. Late Tuesday, augers were hooked up to the cars to drain them of their 100 tons of cement (each) so that the cranes could move them off the tracks. A total of 12 "piggy-back" trucks were on flatcars and all but three had been pushed off on the Van Buren land by Tuesday night. There have been several derailments in the same general area in past years but none as destructive as this one. Cause of the pile-up is not known. The part of the train that wasn't derailed, which was slightly more than two-thirds of it, continued on to Hobarton and then stopped to report the accident. The above aerial views were taken by Advance photographer Mike Stillman minutes after the accident. The photo at left faces approximately southeast towards Algona. The trees at the left of the pile-up are in the rough along No. 8 golf hole at the Algona Country Club. Note the piggy-back truck in the center of the trees. The No. 8 green can be partly seen center left. The rest of the train that wasn't derailed goes out of the picture at upper left. Th photo at right is facing south and was taken from the north side of the accident scene. Note the double flatcar (center) with one of the piggy-back trucks, still sitting on one end. No one was injured in the wreck. It was estimated that about 1,300 feet of track was torn up. ADVANCE ALMANAC miHMIMIMMIIMIMIIHIMMIIIIIMMUIIIIIMIIMIIIMIIIHIMMIMMmMIIHIIMIMIIIMIIIMMIMtlimmHtMHHHIMmmilHmtt Alqona Houuth •«• '• '•"• •» AlBWH, lew 30611 VOL, 67 — NO. 71 — THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 1967, ALGONA, IOWA — WEDDING PERMITS. Allan Bonde, Lucille Gade, both Algona; James Aman, ————-— — —-—~— — • ——— ; —— Kathrine Wagner, both Aigo- Only 65 votes separate four candidates na. '^ • -./•., ..•• v.: BUILDINO PERMITS Ada Burt, reshingle; Mrs. Grace Gollner, sidewalk and driveway; .Jessie .Long, .replace part of sidewalk; James Stangl, reside)house; Pioneer A* ef FAOM IN 3 Conor** March SECTIONS ance building. MAYOR'S COURT Howard H. Wellendbrf, of Mason 'City, improper backing, $10; Donald M.'Potthoff, Wesley, speeding, $10; Thomas D. Higgins, Titonka, stop light, $10; Paul R. Stephenson, Kanawha, careless driving, $15; Marvin E. Kohlhaas, Irvington, failing to dim light, $10. ALGONA WEATHER High Low Rain Sept. 6 ____ 82 50 Sept. 7 - 82 52 , Sept. 8 80 58 Sept. 9 i 70 44 Sept. 10 70 44 Sept, 11 78 49 Sept. 12 ____ 75 57 Sept. 13 ____ — 61 .85 ST. ANN BIRTHS Sept, 5 — Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Tigges, Burt, girl, 7 lb.9% oz. Sept. 7 — Mr, and Mrs. William Lampright, Algona, girl, 7 Ib. 8 oz,; Mr. and Mrs. William Vaske, Lone Rock, girl, 7 Ib. 3% oz. Sept. I — Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mertz, Ottosen, girl, 6 Ib. 3 oz. Sept. 10 — Mr. and Mrs. Donald Glaser, Algona, boy, 8 Ib. 14% oz, NiW VEHICLES DeWitt or Lillian Grussing, Armstrong, Marshfield MH; Wm. Albert Fritz, Wesley, Chev, p/u; Eugene K. Lemkee, Irvington, CMC p/u; Elbert Chev., Whittemore, Chev. p/u; Donald Dean Reimers, (Continued on Page 8) Let contracts Tw9 for new bank at Whittemore Whittemore — Bids were accepted by the Farmers State Bank of Whittemore for a new bank building to be located across the street north from the present building on lots purchased by the bank some, time ago. Higley Construction Co. of Emmetsburg was given the general construction bid and Elbert Hardware of Whittemore will handle the electrical and plumbing and heating work. Construction will begin some time within the next week or two. Bank President Vic Perkins said Tuesday the Board of Directors had accepted the bids Monday night. He said it is hoped to have the building enclosed by winter and have it finished next spring. The front will be of stone and glass, mostly glass, with an "A" shape lobby, Offices will be down one side of the building with a stone wall and no windows on that side. There are four other employees of the bank besides Mr. Perkins, BREAKS COLLARBONE Swte City — Dennis Hanson, first string center on the Swea City high school football team, broke his collarbone recently in practice. "Tw* MH* hen lab Mills , A SALE AT MANLYr Y*i, thif if the rttvltf by • fecal merchant after «d- mtiiin, Intht PEACH, N, other ndivn, „„ rfi Th LET THE mm DO IT * * : : * to join the Advance staff Two new employees will start work soon for the Kossuth County Advance newspaper, it was announced this week. And two present employees will be leaving. John Shaw will join the Advance staff Monday in the advertising staff and general newspaper work. Mr. Shaw was manager of the Penney store here for a number of years before joining Life In-, vestors of Iowa last March. Dorothy Muckey will also join the Advance staff shortly in the news and layout def partments. Mrs. Muckey was employed at the Advance for several years a short time ago. Leaving the Advance are Fudy Frank and Mike Stillman. Mrs. Frank has been in the advertising department for the past several years, and will join her husband, Norman, who is in the Airforce and has been reassigned to the Sioux City area. She will leave the Advance Oct. 1, Mr, Stillman, who has done photography work and been employed summers at the Advance for the past four years, wiU return to the University of Iowa for his sophomore year in college. Report youths shoothi froM ear Five boys, 16 and 17 years of age, were apprehended Sunday after a report they had been shooting out of car windows southeast of Algona. Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten said a call came reporting the incident and that the five youths were picked up on South Phillips street as they came back to town. They had rifles and g .410 shotgun in the car. All were from Algona and charges are pending. They will be heard in juvenile court. ASSISTANT MANAGER Robert Cramer, formerly of Ames, is the new assistant manager at the Farewj^ store. He has had experience at Ames. He is'married and they are living at 600 E. Chubb St. He is a congrega- tjonalist His wife's first name is Tito. Call Dickinson to be speaker for dedication The Kossuth County Historical Society will have its new home, the old Legion Hall, dedicated Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17, at a special ceremony to which all friends of the area are invited. There will be an open house held from 2 to 5 p.m. and the program at 3:30 will take place in front of the building if weather permits. Chairman is Angus Cotton, Lone Rock, and President C. R. Schoby will also have a few words to .say. Descendants of pioneers who came to Kossuth county prior to 1857, 100 years ago, will be recognized and will sign a special register. The afternoon address will be given by Call Dickinson, Des Moines, grandson of Ambrose A. Call, first settler in Kossuth county, who is a.son of former Senator L. J. Dickinson, a long time Algona attorney. The Society's new home was made possible by loyal support of its 400 members and many gifts of money, fur niture, fixtures and items of historical interest on display, The executive committee met Monday morning to discuss times when the building will be kept open and those hours will be announced. They hope for a large attendance at the dedication when visitors may look over the exhibits, have coffee on the second floor, and hear the dedicatory address. WH« of fonMr WwW Mrs. Pale Auld, wife of the bank president at La Porte City, Iowa and a former Algona resident, died there Friday night. Death was ruled a suicide due to carbon monoxide fumes. She is the mother of Mrs. John Hood of Algona. Mr. Auld was manager of The Security State Bank here after its purchase from C. B. Murtagh and went to La Porte City after leaving here. Besides the husband and local daughter, another daughter survives. win school posts T • 4BkA • '" "-'mm • m KPIsk^^••>Isk^• eiei mmmmmm^m. -• ' '• "*" 89 pigs die in Wesley fire — The Wesley fire department was called to Che Dr. 'H. H. Raney form, tenanted by the Dennis Haverlys Saturday noon when the bam, ; corn crib and grainety were burned to the ground. The contents of the barn were destroyed, which were 8 sows, 81 pigs, 2000 bales of hay, 5 tons of grain, and milking equipment. The farm is 5 miles north of Wesley. Don Gerties of Titonka saw the smoke coining from the barn, as he was driving by, and notified Haverly who was in a field. Joe Helinsky, 72 of Bancroft, dies Saturday Bancroft — Funeral services for a longtime employee of the Bancroft Register, Joseph Helinsky, 72, were held Wednesday morning at the St. John's Catholic church here. Msgr. J. H. Schultes officiated and burial was in St. Patrick's church cemetery at Estherville. Mr. Helinsky died Saturday at Veteran's hospital in Des Moines where he had been a patient for about five weeks. Joseph Francis Helinsky was born March 18, 1895 at Fairmont, Minn. He was mar^ ried to Loretta Rose Stevens in St. Paul, Minn, on Dec. 19, 1921. The couple came to Bancroft in 1924 and Mr. Helinsky began work at the Bancroft Register. From 1937 until 1943, he was employed at the state liquor store at Bancroft but for the next 22 years, until his retirement in 1965, he operated a Linotype machine for the Register. He was a veteran of World War 1 naval units. His wife preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 1965. Survivors include two granddaughters who made their home with the Helinskys: Fidelis, Mrs. George Thompson of Atlanta, Ga., and Calista* Mrs. Thomas Ford of Fort Dodge. There are also four sisters including Sister Rose Marie of Bancroft, and one brother. Algona board increased to 7 Incumbents Robert Black and Mrs. Ruth Bay were returned to office for another three years on the Algona Community School Board Monday but by the slimmest of margins in a fairly heavy school board vote. Final results for the three polling places showed the following returns: Mrs. Bay 589 votes; Mr. Black 551 votes; Joe Lynch 543 votes; and Phil Diamond 524 votes. Mrs. Bay and Mr. Black pol- .led large majorities in the Algona ward but lost heavily in the Riverdale, Sherman, Whittemore and Lotts Creek areas to Lynch and Diamond. Fred Diekmann was re-elected treasurer of the board. He wajs unopposed and got 776 votes. VOTERS IN THE district also approved a proposal to add two seats to the school board by a surprisingly large 681-428 count. Thus there will be four persons elected in the September, 1968 school board election and the board will increase from five to seven after that vote. The increase in numbers was a concession to the Sherman-Riverdale areas which were annexed a year or so ago but who have no representation on the board. It is thought that a candidate will run from that area in the next election. All members run at-large, however. Voters in the Algona district also voted down by a narrow 528-505 margin the %-mill levy to provide funds for the Iowa Lakes Community College Merged Area HI District. However, the issue carried in the five-county area and thus will be included in the local tax structure. The levy passed the five- county vote, 3,460-2,081. Vote by counties: Emmet, 454-138; Clay, 367-323; Dickinson, 296173; Kossuth, 1,125-1,054; arid Palo Alto, 1,218-393. Money raised, approximately $180,000, will be used to help set up the junior colleges (already located at Em* metsburg and Estherville) and vocational schools, of which one is being sought for Algo- ALGONA COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISf RICT VOTE Riverdele- Whittemore- Algone Sherman Bay Black Lynch Diamond Diekmann TAX LEVY Yes No 533 491 388 398 661 422 413 Lom Creek TOTAL 19 23 79 55 51 27 59 BOARD INCREASE Yes 508 No 396 73 16 37 37 76 71 64 56 56 100 16 589 551 543 524 776 505 528 681 428 na. The levy will carry for five years. There were two write-ins for board members — Walter Bradley and John Q. Smith. There were four spoiled ballots. Mrs. Bay and Mr. Black will serve three year terms. Board members whose terms expire next year are Jack Limbaugh and Russ Medin and two more members will be elected besides these two seats. The total vote was 921 in Algona, 90 at Sherman-Riverdale and 117 at Whittemore- Lotts Creek for a grand total of 1128 votes. This is a good turn-out but not as large as that of 1965, according to secretary of the Algona board Vaughn Rising. SHOENHAIR ELECTED TO COUNTY BOARD Dick Shoenrair, Bancroft, was elected to the Kossuth County Board of Education from District 2 by a 517-233 margin Monday. He had been appointed to fill the vacancy caused by Orville Thoreson's resignation when the latter joined the Area College board. Shoenhair was elected for a 6-year term beginning Oct. 2. Thoreson's term would have run out at this time anyway. Shoenhair's opponent, W. A. Renger of Swea City, car? ried two areas but lost heavily in Sentral and Swea City. The vote: Sh«tnh*ir Renger Swea City 299 Colltge tax levy results Algona rejected 538-505 Armstrong favored 47-30 Bancroft rejected 118-59 Buffalo Center favored 52-51 Burt favored 24-15 Estherville favored 348-79 Lakota Ledyard Rake Ringsted Sentral Swea City rejected 70-63 favored 23-21 rejected 32-9 favored 3143 favored 147-70 favored 184-103 Bancroft Greenwood Sentral Tot*l$ 58 3 157 517 138 37 47 m TWO ELECTED FOR iENTRAL SCHOOL Fenton — Dale Schrosder was re-elected and Maurice Weisbrod . became a new member of the Sentral school board in the election Monday. Schroeder polled 144 votes while Mr. Weisbrod got 130. Others running were Mrs. Jack Nyman who got 104 votes and Everett Lockwood with 39 votes. In the county board election, William Shoenhair polled 157 to W. A. Renger's 47 with one spoiled. The vote on the community college levy was 141 "yes" and 70 "no." # # * UNPf RKOFLER IS RE-ELECTED TO BANCROFT SCHOOL Bancroft — Richard Under* kofler, president of the Bancroft school board, was re-elected to a 3-year term Monday. A total of 198 voters turned out. # * * ED SMITH JR. WINS AT BURT Burt ^- Ed Smith Jr. won re-election to a 3-year term to the Burt school board by get? ting 36 votes in a Ught twrtv out here Monday. # # # CANDIDATES WIN * AT SWf A CITY Swtf City — Two unoppos- incumbents were re-elected to 3-year terms on the Swea City school board. They are Jack Van l&r, roan, wfco received 305 votes

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