Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 28, 1966 · Page 1
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Repair crew Alqona Houuth Entered as second class matter, Dec. 1, 1908, at Algono, Iowa, 50511 pflstoffice under Act of Conaress March 8. 1879 VOL, 66—NO. 25 MONDAY, MARCH 28, 1966 — ALGONA, IOWA — 8 PAGES IN 1 SECTION State Historical Society lotto City., Count loss in March storm * # REPAIR CREWS dotted the snowy countryside in Kossuth county this -week as workmen began restoring lines. The above crew is working on a power pole at a site three miles west of Algona on the McGregor street road. Kossuth county towns were slowly returning to normal over the weekend but several were still without electricity and phone service. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. Coffti Break . . . One young philosopher at Valley High can (with call- per & compass) prove that West Des Moines is the exact center of the Universe. . . . Okoboji vacationists: Lumber tycoon Fred Webber plans an 8-story "condominium" near the north tip. Each tenant will own his own flat & garbage grinder. . . . Don't tell LBJ: That every multi-millionaire patriot hires a tax-evasion lawyer; & lobbyists insinuate loop-holes into tax-laws. * * * Isn't it time for Iowa to celebrate a Jean Seberg day? She's a far better actress than any Hollywood starlet, & far lovelier than any Hollywood star. As an Iowa export she now ranks with Herbert Hoover & Mac Kantor, & is far more kissable. * * * At DM's new antique store on Kingman boulevard there's a framed autographed picture of actress Mary Astor (the emin ent diarist) for only $2.50, in all her invulnerable innocence. I'd buy it off Antiquarian Jane Hise if I thought my BW would let me hang it up in my studio: the teenager who led John Barrymore astray. Farm home burns to ground in blizzard Most county towns isolated for days The two-story frame farm i : home of the Floyd Bacons! ever > " was not even ourned to the ground after be-! ed< .ng struck by lightning early j Because a large 1.000-gallon Wednesday morning during the gas tank was located next to neight of last week's blizzard. The Bacons have been in Tempe, Ariz, for the winter since early in January and are not expected home until April 20. No one was in the house at the time although Martin Bloes, about 70, lives in a trailer just 20 feet west of the Bacon home and he had been looking after mers too, so the birds can enjoy a good view of their charming new dwelling. ... I know an amateur philosopher who can prove Shenandoah is the center of the universe. . . . One of our neighbors' daughters, Louise Jerrel, has been chosen a Glamor girl at SUI & wins a free trip to NY. Her Dad can barely hide his glee pride. . . . "Dance more in 1966 & stay young," signals Fran Archer. (Who, she?) She runs Iowa's biggest ballroom at WDM. . . . Further proof that the father & son relationship is the strangest in all nature: In long essay Anthony West takes his Pa, the great H. G. Wells, to a cleaning. Really puts the old gent in his place. things during the Bacon's absence. He said he was having trouble sleeping because of the thunder and lightning Tuesday night and got out of bed about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when he heard a crash of lightning. When he looked out the window, he saw the entire kitchen of the Bacon home was flames. I he house and he was afraid it might catch lire and explode, 1 he did not sleep the rest of the night. He said he walked to the end of the lane once hoping to seek aid but turned back because of the severe weather. Bloes was taken to Burt about 5 p.m. Wednesday by several workers from Weidenhoff who happened by. MEANWHILE, because telephone connections were cut off, no word of the fire reached Algona until Thursday morning when John Haupert, a neighbor just to the north, came to Algona to tell Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst 'the place had burned down. in Lindhorst and deputy sheriff Don Wood drove to the farm "—symbol o/ Iowa's Garden of Eden" You'd think the barbecuing of whole pigs would be a commonplace roadside spectacle in our great state. Why not every 20 or 30 miles along the great interstate turnpikes, as a counterattack against dubious hamburger? But no; we shave our pork thin & cold like tissue-paper. Has any Iowa restaurateur ever sliced 1,000 ham? sandwiches from one THAT BOSTON ACCENT If Cuba is Cuber And stutter is stuitah, Then phonics in Boston Are puah apple buttali. —JOHN HAROLD * * * Maybe we'd laugh more at California, with one movie actor jn the U.S. Senate A another actor running for governor, if the 2nd man weren't our own DM radio announcer of long ago, Ron Reagan. One DM man, in the middle of a big hee-haw, asked himself if an actor might not be at good in politics as • jewyer? His mouth is still ajar. * * * My wife nominates Herb Me Caw as the best neighbor of . 1966. He has trimmed two trees so the purple martin scouts can see her martin house & nest there and each gobble up 2500 mosquitoes daily. And I spent $25 on tree trim- MR. BLOES dressed and watched the fire gain headway )ut had no way of summoning aid because of the intensity of the storm. It is believed his trailer was saved because it was located west of the Bacon home and the strong northwesterly winds were blowing the flames and sparks southeast. Mr. Bloes said he planned to spend the rest of the night in the brooder house had his house caught on fire. How- ONLY ASHES and burned debris remain of the Floyd Bacon home 5Vz miles north of Algona after it burned to the ground during the height of the blizzard early Wednesday morning. The house was struck by lightning. Martin Bloes, who was taking care of the farm lor the Bacons while they were spending the winter in Arizona, lived in the small home on the other side of the debris. The above picture is facing in a westerly direction and despite the small building being only 20 feet from the house, it was not damaged or scorched because the northwest wind blew sparks and flames in the opposite direction. " : ••-...'Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. immediately, fearing that Bloes might have been in the house when the fire started. They finally located him in a Burt cafe last Thursday morning. The farm is located 5Vz miles north of Algona on the west side of the road on highway 169. The Bacons have two married daughters living in the Burt area and they were to notify their parents of the fire late last week. The home had no basement except for a small area under the kitchen and it burned com- pletely to the ground. The loss was covered by insurance. NEARLY 1,000 POLES DAMAGED Telephone crews from South Dakota and Missouri came to Algona Friday to aid in the restoration of telephone service after the blizzard. There are 401 telephone poles broken off and 500 are leaning and will have to be straightened. In Kossuth County there were still over 500 farm homes without telephones Friday according to Swede Anderson, Wire Chief for North- Familiar scene in county "— she. chases a phantom" Here's a spirited Davenport pal chasing an elusive male mi es into Illinois. She hopes to and him with her butterfly net. She thinks a man is more vulnerable at places like the Plantation.* To her friends this pursuit seems like a hunt for a wraith. He's the elusive type, & they think she'd better play it remote & hard to get. Famed roadhouse. :S # ;{: Both my wife & I liked Jean Seberg's new picture: It establishes the precedent that a loyal lonely wife guilty of just one fandango should be forgiven, just this once. Several of us in the audience felt that a gal like Jean Seberg ought to be forgiven two fan- dangoes. # :|: ;;: COOL MAMA She had her 13th baby- One more, she had petitioned. She's oalm & cool with children: We think she's heir-conditioned. —GRACE McFARLAND Lake Park, Iowa * * * ... 25 young doctors have been drafted from Mayo clinic into the military. ... I know at least 7 DM gals I'd rather meet on a one- palm isle than Brigitte Bardot. . . . Will the Guv's expedition popular!** corn flakes in Asia—or will they come home eating with chop-sticks? . . . There's no solution; seek it fondly/ with a wink ft * grin! . . . Actually, *n ISU mathematician has proved that 0«ag« is the center of the universe. western Bell Telephone Co. All, couldn't be picked up by the farm stations are owned and serviced by Bell in this county. As to the towns isolated there were still 12 out of the 13 which had no service. But soiv.e of these same towns had no commercial power and when they get electricity, in some cases the telephone problem, will be solved, too. Bancroft and Burt were restored Friday evening after one mile of line each of Black Cat Creek was fixed. NEARLY 500 TV ANTENNAS DAMAGED Merchants in Algona have on record 467 TV antennas which are in need of repair or replacement. Many calls will no doubt still come in from Algona residents and probably hundreds more from the farms when telephone service is restored. For Algona residents who have Homeowner's Insurance policies which were issued after June 1, 1965 there is a $50 deductible clause. Those with policies in effect prior to that date probably have full coverage. It was pointed out that had Cable TV been in Algona thousands of dollars could have been saved as no antennas are necessary with that kind of hook-up. creamery because there was no power to pump it into the bulk ;ank from the storage tank. The creamery hooked up a gas engine and hauled away 2400 pounds of milk Thursday night. The cooler unit wasn't operating but weather temperature kept it cool. Residents of the Home are used to drinking pasteurized milk but with no deli very they drank the fresh milk and really enjoyed cream on their cereal and in their coffee. Mr. and Mrs. John Burnett manage the County Home and Mr. and Mrs. Wendel Warwick are the second couple. Both have apartments in the building but found them so cold they stayed on the first floor near the oven heat which was left on 24 hours a day. COUNTY FARM WITHOUT ELECTRICITY 40 HOURS POWER STILL OFF AT WESLEY FRIDAY The town of Wesley lost its electric power Tuesday night at 7:15 p.m. It was not restored yet late Friday afternoon. Wesley 'town and rural areas are serviced by Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. There was a scare when it was thought residents would be temperature in the building that exhaust fans are needed. However, without heat there was no problem. Thursday morning the hatchery had the aid of a gas fired generator. FARMERS BUY • WATER FROM CITY Without electricity most of the farmers had no way of getting water for their stock. The roads were opened up Thursday afternoon and about a dozen trucks with 300 and 1000 gallon tanks came to Algona to buy water from the City. The tanks were filled at the hydrant at the Fire Station corner. There was no problem in the town of Algona whether a user had electricity or not—wa- (Continued on Page 8) Lawrence McEnroe dies Friday Lawrence C. McEnroe, 73 of rural Algona, died Friday at Mercy hospital at Mason City. He was a retired farmer living in Plum Creek township. Funeral services for him will be at 10 a.m. Monday with Rev. without water from the new Billy Goodpasture of the Chu- tower—but a gas generator was rch of the Nazarene officiating. hooked up and everyone has water. Only those homes with gas stoves and ovens could stay in •p,^ 1 ^" V*"^? 3 ^ their homes where the temper- The 40 residents of the Conn- „,,„.„. ,,,.„„ , ,_,„.., ^ F !r: ty Farm spent 46 hours without electricity. After depleting the hot water tanks of water, snow was melted for cooking, dishes and all other uses. Heat was obtained from the gas ranges which kept the kitchen quite cozy and some of it made the dining room comfortable. The residents were encouraged to stay in bed and there was no panic among them. So atures dropped below 50 degrees. Others moved in with neighbors and friends who had some heat. The Hamilton Hatchery in Wesley has about 16,000 baby chicks but report a nominal loss considering there was no Rites will be at the Hamilton Funeral Home with burial in Eastlawn cemetery. He was born Dee. 12, 1892 in Algona, the son of James and Elizabeth McEnroe. Survivors include two sisters, Kathleen of Algona, and Mrs. Lyle Pugh, also of Algona. He was a bachelor. CORRECTION The story in last Thursday's electricty to operate the heating j paper that Iowa Beef Packers L DAMAGE TO telephone lines and poles owned by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. was tremndous. Extra crews came to Algona last weekend from neighboring states to help repair the damage. Nearly 1,000 poles were either broken off or knocked to the ground. This scene is located just northwest of the Algona Implement Co. on Roan street. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. or exhaust system. ! was planning a car wash on So. The embryo inside the egg j Phillips street was not correct, generate a certain amount!The firm has no connection me of them missed the TV and S ° f h ^ Ior , , 24 to 36 hours; this | whatsoever with the planned radio of c?umT^erc was ^ USUally addS S ° much t0 the I car wash there, ephone service all through the storm. Adolph Larson, about 88, had a heart attack Thursday morning and the snow plow opened the road for McCullough's so he was taken right to St. Ann Hospital. His condition is not serious. One of til:; biggest problems encountered was the dairy herd and the milking of over 30 head. With no power, the three milking machines were not doing the job! So the milking was done by hand; it couldn't be started until alter daylight though, and was completed at 11:00 a.m. Finally, one milking machine was activated •with the aid of a tractor and i belt hook-up. To add insult to | injury to both man and animal, ; the cattle weren't a bit happy j about being milked by hand! The Consolidated Co-op. of Whittemore hauled water to the County Home when the stock tanks were nearly dry [Thursday afternoon. The milk CITY SNOW removal crews were kept busy last week taking the heavy, wet snow from parking and street areas downtown. Although the snowfall was not an extremely heavy one, about five inches, the ice and wet snow was pne of the roughest to handle in many years for workmen. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman.

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