Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 24, 1966 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 24, 1966
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State Historical "ly f«f tti« lafgtif paid cireuUtion of any county paper." Algono Ho^uth County tnt«f«l <»* teeond eloss (*)«»«, Ott. 1, 1908, at A!«an9, Iowa, tmstoffie* und«r Atf of Conoress Morch 8 1879 VOL. 66-NO. 24 THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 1966 - ALGONA, IOWA iO PAGES IN 3 SECTIONS Capped MARILYN DEAL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deal, was capped on Freshman night, March 11, in exercises for the largest number to ever enroll in Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, Des Moines. The cap is the symbol of meeting requirements of the first months in nursing education and indicates the recipient is on her way to becoming a nurse. Blizzard hits; worst in 25 years DE CA students ADVANCE ALMANAC STA''K . M3ADEH8H1 ALGONA WEATHER TERRIBLE! BUILDING PERMITS Bennie Wibben, dwelling, $12,000; Kossuth County Car Wash Inc., Hwy. 169 S., $7,000; Taylor Implement, remodeling, $500. ST. ANN BIRTHS March 19 — Mr. and Mrs. Howard Krause, Lone Rock, girl, 6 Ib. 12 oz.; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McArthur, Algona, boy, 8 Ib. 9 oz. March 20 — Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson, Algona, boy, 8 Ib. 2 oz.;- Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grosser, West Bend, boy, 5 id. 5 oz.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Loebach, Titonka, girl, 8 Ib. 2 oz. March 21 — Mr. and Mrs. Erbe Shipler, Irvington, boy, 7 Ib. 7 oz.; ivir. and Mu>. Leo Ludwig. Mallard, girl, 6Ib. 3 oz.; Mr. and Mrs. David Barrie, Algona, boy, 6 Ib. 9 oz. MAYOR'S COURT : v Thomas H. Kain, Algona, improper muffler, $5; Lorraine Carol Phillips, Spirit Lake, Richard Lee Hansen, Emmetsburg, Ricky Allen Fuller, Emmetsburg, $50 each for possession of beer as a minor; William George Campbell, Spirit Lake, making beer available to minors, $100; Charles H. Geilenfeld, Algona, careless driving, $10; Richard V. Christiansen, Fort Dodge, speeding, $35; Charles Mark Conn, Algona, speeding, $5; Joseph Herman Becker, Bode, following too closely, $5; Cecelia Pfeffer, Algona, speeding, $15. ST. ANN HOSPITAL March 16 — Frances Cink, Algona, medical; Carol Zeimet, of Bode, fracture; Jean Walker, of Algona, medical. March 17 — Elmer Schneider, Bancroft, medical; Daniel Bus cher, Algona, medical; John P. Kollasch, Algona, medical; Lydia Bisenius, Whittemore, medical; William Buscher, Algona, medical. March 18 — John Origer, oi Bode, medical; Helen Devine, of Algona, medical. March 19 — Donald Peterson Algona, smoke inhalation; Mrs Mary Muckey, Algona, medical Henry Fuhler, Algona, medical March 20 — Mary Delaney, of Irvington, medical; Edward W. Ruhnke, Algona, medical. March 22 — Elna Buffington, Burt, medical; Minnie E. Parrish, Charles City, medical. Lora Raney, Al- JIM PETERSON AND Donna Besch received honors for the AHS Distributive Education Club at the state DEC A conference attended by 800 students at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on March 13-14. Donna Besch competed in a job interview class of 35 students; she was one of the six finalists. Jim Peterson in a radio script presentation placed first of 32 contestants. Two others entering in competition were Ray Frederick, sales demonstration, and Bonnie Strayer, radio script composition. Donna is the daughter of Mrs. Delores Besch; Jim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Peterson. Mr. Ullom is sponsor for the club. Photo by Mike Stillman. Electric clock cause of Sjogren f ire March 23 gona, medical. NEW VEHICLES Duane Neal Monson, Sexton, Honda; Lotts Creek Cheese Factory, Lone Rock, Chev.; Robinson Produce, Wesley, Paul Seale Trl.; George's Body Shop, AlgOr na, Ford p/u; Lyle R. England, Fenton, Chev. p/u; George R. Merron, Bancroft, Ford p/u; Arnold E. Laabs, Fenton, Ford p/u; Henry J. Else, n bar th, LuVerne, Chev. p/u; Veri E. Smith, Bancroft, Int. p/u; Leslie V. WUdin, C. An electric neon beer clock is believed to have been the cause of a fire at the Sjogren Grocery store here early Saturday mornr ing, it was reported this week by Fire Chief Ralph Elbert. The 6-foot sign, located near the cash register in the checkout area of the store, was almost completely melted and after investigation with deputy state fire marshal Don Hutchison, it was decided this is where the fire began. The store was sealed up after the fire. Two members of the State Department of Agriculture were here Saturday and returned Wednesday. Jerry Needham, Emmetsburg, a representative of the state food department, said the department was concerned about contamination of the food. All of the pop bottles must be opened and emptied, but the bottles may be sterilized and refilled at he factory. A similar problem does not nvolve the beer as most of the cans or bottles exploded. Motors in the freezers were still running late Saturday morning, ong after the fire had been extinguished but it is not known low much of the fumes infiltrated the meat. Philip Pfeffer, Algona, Iowa State Department of Agriculture representative on insecticides, ruled that all insecticide containers must be emptied somewhere below the level of the river and the containers buried. This precaution must be taken Ex-Algonan's daughter is Junior Miss The daughter of a former music teacher at AHS was chosen as Junior Miss of Hawaii. She is Anne Collins, daughter of Mr and Mrs. DWayne Collins, who will enter national competition at Mobile, Ala., Saturday, March 26. The program will be tele vised over NBC. Mr. Collins hac the band and orchestra here for six years during the '30s. He is now professor in guidance coun seling at the university of Ha waii in Honolulu. Former Algona woman named Iowa Mother Mrs. Betty Berrie, the former Betty Barry of Algona, was named Iowa Mother of the Year, it was announced Sunday by the state selection committee. There were 34 nominated for the hoti- or. The selection committee consisted of ten women. She is the daughter of the W. A. Barrys, and her 'husband, Roy G. Berne, also a former Al- gonan who for some years worked in the Advance office. Mrs. Berrie was nominated by Mrs. J. A. LaGava, Des Moines, president of the Catholic Women's League. Mrs. Berrie has been active in the Dubuque Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women for 16 years, anc since 1960 has been secretary of the organization. She also selves on the National Council. She is a graduate of St.- Cecelia high school. The Berries were married in 1936 and for a'time lived at Clear Lake, later at Mason City where he was associated with the Stoyles Press. They have three children, David, married, in research at the Wright-Patterson Field, Ohio; Mrs... Lawrence T. Boesen, of El Monte, Calif., and Phillip, a senr ior at Loras college, Dubuque. They have eight grandchildren. During the summer the Ber- ies run a marina at. McGregor. 'hey live in Dubuque. Algonan is injured in Wisconsin crash Nicki Clark, son of the Homer Clarks, was injured in a.sin- *le car accident Sunday night near Waukesha, Wis. Nicki at;ends Marquette University under a navy program and was returning to Milwaukee when he Dog joins Air Force Many homes without heat 60 mph winds "KING," a pure-bred German Sheperd, left by Railway Express Monday afternoon to join the Air Force. He will have three weeks initial training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in Sentry School. . • The dog was one of two of a litter of "Val," a nine-year- old pet of VaLora Kueck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Kueck, rural Algona. VaLora gave him.to her nephew, Douglas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Kueck of Des Moines. The 1 high- spirited 62-lb. ten-month-old animal was sent back to the farm last November after becoming too aggressive. Pictured with "King" is Duane Kueck of Des Moines shown with the crate in which the dog .was shipped to Texas. The crate was sent to Algona by the Air Force and arrived on Saturday. When Kuecks were trying to find another home for King, Chuck Benson suggested the Air Force. They were contacted and asked to send pictures, have the dog vaccinated and give him shots. Dogs accepted for sentry duty can'have no;white coloring — King is gray and beige. Only one to five year olds are ^accepted. After the initial training period Douglas will find out , "«"*• V • 'i 1 '•"—•-• .'•> . li •'•• _•_:- -'-il. • • i mt« .. 1 -J .» i.Wtvi-,-, .Vrttt'i-K-miAl- ' J«i'• QIAfS r» «/•!•• .what the" animal is worth, the maximum, S200. The miniimvin payment is $100 and Photo by Mike Stillman. Four rural districts vote to join Algona lost control of his car on the Interchange, either from a blowout or tie rod trouble. He hit several posts before coming to a stop. Extent of his injuries are not known as yet, however, X-rays show no broken bones. He was taken to Waukesha Memorial hospital, room 4J.3. His mother left by plane Tuesday morning and will stay with the Ken Robys in Milwaukee. PLAN CAR WASH The Iowa Beef Packers applied to the State Highway Commission for a permit for a storm sewer on Hwy. 169 South along side the Texaco gas station for a car wash. A meeting of the County Board of Education to approve a concurrent resolution for the addition of four rural school districts to the Algona Community School District was postponed Wednesday night because of the storm. County Superintendent A. M. Quintard said Wednesday it was hoped to have the meeting later this week. The Humboldt County Board will also meet to approve the joining. The four districts voted last week to join the Algona district since all rural districts must be a part of a high school district no later than April 1. The Kossuth districts are the Riverdale Sherman, Whittemore and Prai- rie township school districts. A paralyzing late-March blizzard strucK Kossuth county with 60 mile-per hour winds Tuesday night, isolating Algona and surrounding towns and burying the area uncier 5 to 6 inches of wet, sticky snow. The buzzard was reminiscent of the Nov. 11, 1941 storm of a quarter-century ago and is probably the worst since then as far as halting community life was concerned. There was more snow on the ground in 1941 and the temperatures were much colder. More than half of the Algona homes were without heat and electricity much of the night Tuesday and early Wednesday morning. Donald Christensen of the Iowa State Highway Maintenance Garage reported at 11 a.m. Wednesday that .all snow plows were stranded. There was no liighway traffic anywhere in North iowa after the early hours Tuesday. The strong winds, with gusts of up to 60 miles-per-hour, decreased early Wednesday and by mid-afternoon, were practically non-existent. However, more snow was predicted for Thursday by the weather bureau. LATE WEDNESDAY, there were two plows stranded about five miles west of Algona, two others at Swea City and three were sitting on highway 9 near the Gerled highway stop and had been since Tuesday. The sheriff's office reported ip emergency calls during the light or Wednesday morning jut many cars were stranded a- ong the highways. Power poles and wires were down and visibil- ty waS almost nil much of Wednesday. Christensen said the plows :ould get through if the electric ^ires were the only obstacle as Many homes in that area had a low temperature of 50 degrees Wednesday morning and more than one person thought their electric blanket had finally worn out! Service was restored about 1 p. m. Wednesday. Rural users on the Algona jower lines in all directions rom town also lost their electricity as did many other rural areas served by other compan- GOP elects officers Algona, Dodge p/u 1 ; Glenn Olson, Swea City, Ford p/u; men Smidt, Titonka! Ford p/u; Hj aimer Irons, Elmore, Ford; Lena Marie Jentz, Fenton, Olds; Clarence Penning, Buffalo Cenr ter, Plym.; Leonard L. or Evelyn E. Warner, Algona, Plym,; Hen' ry F. Ullman, Titonka, Willie R. Kruse, Lone Rock, Chev.; Melvin or Ullian Ejlling- son, Ottosen, Pont.; Louis H. Reilly, Algona, Volkswagen; Philip D. or Mary A. Egel, Algoma, Plym.; Donald K. or Helen Goerdes, Swea City, to prevent the poison from contaminating the river. Estimate of total damage to the firm was about $70,000 including $60,000 to the stock of merchandise, and about $10,000 to the building. The loss was by insurance. Owner Dick Sjogren, who lias operated the suburban store for over 20 years, has indicated he will probably rebuild. Clean-up work is expected to start when the final checks and insurance adjustments have been complet cd. C. R. SCHOBY WAS named chairman and Mrs. A. Agena and Mrs. W. D. Ley, Lakota, were named vice-chairmen of th$ Kossuth Republican central committee last Wednesday evening at a meeting here. Pictured are, seated, Mr. Schoby, Mrs. Agena, and Angus Cotton, Lone Rock, organization chairman. Standing are Oliver Carlson who resigned as Kossuth chairman to take over finance work in five counties, Mrs. L. L. Riter, who has been Kossuth vice-chairman, who is membership chairman for the state Iowa Council of Republican Women, and Dick Redman, Des Moines, of the state office. Photo by Mike Stillman. The Algona school board as well as the four rural districts approved the merger last week. Quintard said this leaves only Ramsey, Greenwood and Grant ural districts left to join a high school district before the deadline. The latter case is now tied up in court as reported in an accompanying story. # •* # LOTTS CREEK JOINS SENTRAL The Lotts Creek rural inde pendent district was attached to the Sentral Community distric in a vote held Monday in tha area. The final vote was 139-19 with Sentral voting for the mer ger, 94-3 and Lotts Creek ap proving, 45-16. All of the students in the dis trict now attend the Sentra Thursday, school. * -x- •* LEDYARD CASE TIED UP IN COURT Judge G. W. Stillman took under advisement the district court case of the Ledyard Consolidated School District vs. the Kossuth County Board of Education. At a hearing the first of the week, Judge Stillman and attorneys conferred at length, and it was decided to have the attorneys 1'or both sides present written briefs and arguments. Some of the testimony was stipulated. Attorneys for the appellants, the Ledyard district, have until April 1 to present briefs and arguments. Attorneys lor the appellee, the county board, have j until April 14, and replies must | be in by April 19. i The case arose from a decis- ! ion by the county board of ed| ucation on a hearing filed last | Sept. 23. The county board ac- Ition was resisted by the Led- I yard district, and also joining Jin were Bancroft, Greenwood, j Grant and Ramsey property owners in the case. The proposed district would have included parts of Harrison, Ledyard, Greenwood, Grant and Ramsey townships. The county board first ruled on the case Nov. 18 after a hearing. here is no danger in electroou- ion if the operators stay inside the cab. Tha blizzard started as heavy rains about noon Tuesday. The moisture turned to snow about 5 p.m. and fell heavily until about midnight. The strong winds did the rest, piling drifts six and seven feet high in some spots. Trees and branches scattered Algona lawns, giving way under the pressure of the wet-clinging snow and high winds. IF THERE was any consolation, it was that severe cold did not accompany the Wednesday storm. Low readings were about 19 above early Wednesday but colder weather was forecast for About 50 per cent of Algona was without electricity on Wednesday morning. About 25 per cent of the lights (and furnaces) went out at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after a cutout by the Kossuth Fairgrounds was struck by lightning during the combination blizzard and lightning thunderstorm. At 11 p.m., the circuit on high- ics. NORTHWESTERN Bell telephone manager John Claude said that 13 towns were isolated • without telephone service by the storm. They were Whittemore, west i>ena, Bancroft, Swea City, Lakota, Burt, Ledyard, Fenton, Lone Rock, Bradgate, LuVerne and Giimore City. Three hundred farm residents also did not have any telephone service. Vvest and north of Algona, the toll lines were down. Long distance calls carried in the buried cables south through Fort Dodge and east through Mason City were still being put through, in . Algona, 129 telephones were put of order. Even those in service got a "slow-to- come" dial tone because of heavy usage by subscribers. Telephone repairs were slowed down: by tree limbs and power lines across tne wires and road conditions that made- it dif- cult to reach broken lines. ALL KOSSUTH countyschools were cancelled Wednesday and there was slight chance they would re-open Thursday. Practically all Algona business places were closed all day with the exception of drug stores and grocery stores. Radio station KLGA was not on the air Wednesday because no one could get out there from Algona. Owner George Allen expected to get there via a snow plow late Wednesday but visibility was so bad, the trip was called off. Mr. Allen said he wasn't sure of the condition of the station building or the equipment because the telephones of near neighbors of the station were out of order. He also said there probably wasn't any electric Dower. The station is an REA- aser which headquarters in tfumboldt. Both radio towers at Spencer buckled and crashed to the ground during the night. TV stations at Fort Dodge and Mason City were also off the air. Mason City was not on the air at all after early evening Tues- uay ana fort Dodge went off about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. NO INCOMING and no outgoing mail was the situation at the post office all day Wednesday. The only mail in the building was local and because of the weather conditions it was not delivered. Nothing had come in since Tuesday as the star route from Spencer to Des Moines which stops here was off the road by Whittemore Tuesday night. The star route driver reported the highway post office which way 169 north of McGregor makes the run from Spencer to street and the entire east side j Des Moines and arrives in Alof town went out. The high-line j gona at 7:50 p.m. was stuck near was broken in several places I Ruthven about 7:00 p.m. Nothing from the wind and weight of i the ice and snow. (Continued on Page 6) Bancroft man injured Friday in Viet Nam BANCROFT — A Bancroft man, Mike Dixon, wounded in action in Viet Nam, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Dixon of Bancroft, learned Monday. He has been flown to California. He received the injuries Friday of last week. The wound was to his leg between the ankle and knee which required bone grafting and he was flown Tuesday to the Great Lakes Naval Hospital. Hit wife, the former Carol Markovetz, lives in Algona and if a teacher's aide and helps in the administration offisf it the Algona high school. She received wore) of hi* injury when he was still in a Viet Nam hospital.

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