Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 28, 1966 · Page 8
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, March 28, 1966
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. . Blizzard . (Continued from Page i) ter was available to every home- All homes in town had electricity by ttiday. The men are Bow concerned with the 55 and 60-foot high voltage poles whicn are down. STAY OVERNIGHT DURING BLIZZARD In checking the hotels ' and motels in AJgona all reported the guests wno stayed Tuesday were still with them Wednesday nignt and until the roads were opened up Thursday. In ali, 167 people from out of town took shelter in hostel- eries. They were irom points far and near: Minneapolis, Nevada, New York, Harlan, Virginia, Tulsa, Okla., Chicago, Sibley, Sioux City, Elk City, Kansas; L>es Homes, Esther ville, Blue Earth, Alpha, Minn., and Iowa City, Des Moines, Spencer, Shakopee, Minn., Detroit, Mich., and Sioux Falls, S. Dak. One proprietor commented on the trucker who stayed and his truckload of cattle were parked across the road for two nights. The cattle made no fuss or noise and no guests were disturbed at all! BANCROFT WITHOUT LIGHTS AND HEAT The lights went out in Bancroft about 11:00 p.m. Tuesday and were restored about 3:00 p.m. Wednesday. So for 16 hours there was no heat in homes where electricity was needed to operate the switches and thermostats. Telephone service outside of town has not been restored but local calls within town has been possible all of the time. LEDYARD CUT OFF FROM THE WORLD One of the most isolated of Kossuth towns was Ledyard. There was no lights, heat, water or telephone service all day Wednesday and Thursday. Water was restored to the residents Friday when a gas-fired generator was obtained by the city. A scheduled election on natural gas was of course postponed from its date Wednesday and will be re-scheduled at a later date. There still was no electricity at Ledyard Friday and thus no heat for most homes. Telephone service likewise was not restored. An expectant mother from Ledyard, Mrs. John Gilbertson, pound coffee can. i-ALOONA (Iowa) ADVANCI MONDAY, MARCH 2ft, 1W4 Many trees down ONE OF THE largest evergreen trees in Algona was that on the Don Prieskorn property on South Moore street. And that tree snapped and fell. Luckily it fell south rather than north or the house would have had extensive damage. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. THE MANY evergreen trees on the Dr. Joe Rooney property on South Minnesota street bent and drooped under the weight of the heavy snows. Most evergreen trees in the area were damaged but whether they will be killed permanently is something that will have to wait for spring. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. made it to the Blue Earth hospital Wednesday after a hectic trip. The couple left Ledyard Wednesday for the hospital but went into a ditch south of Elmore. A tractor pulled them out and the couple was given a ride to Elmore in a pickup and there they picked up a doctor and continued on to Blue Earth. FEED STRANDED WEIDENHOFF WORKERS Hundreds of good neighbor deeds were done during the days of the blizzard and most of them will go unheralded, But this one involves so many stranded people it must be told. The second shift at Weiden- hoff Corp., 47 persons, went on duty at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and were to leave the factory at 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. With the lightning, thunder, snow and 60 mile an hour winds they had no choice except to stay in the building. The electricity was off but with the aid of emergency power a boiler was kept hot and emergency lights on. At noon Wednesday when every one was very hungry fooc was brought to them. Mr. anc Mrs. Edwin Hibbs and Mr. anc Mrs. William Carman walked the 1000 feet from their homes with a good hot meal and coffee Which they had prepared in their homes and served it to all the employees. A collection was taken up but was refused. Upon the insistence of the group they took the money for donations to charity or their churches. Their evenings were spent at cards with their only two candles and a gas lantern used for lighting. The days weren't dull with chores to do and a need for water in the house. Unlike .lie town families without electricity who could still have water, the farm wells have the need of "juice" to operate the pump on the well. Drinking water was drained from the bottom of the water softener. Snow was melted for flushing the toilets. More fortunate than most farmers the road was plowed out Thursday morning. Mr. Deal had a call to be in Wesley to remove a tree from a telephone cable and before the crew could be dispatched from Mason City the County Maintenance garage promised to open his road. SPACE HEATER KEEPS 19 PEOPLE WARM Eight adults and 11 children whose homes were without heal Wednesday spent the day at the Ervin Handel home at 1227 E Commercial Street. Mr. Handel had left Enunetsburg by car at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday whereabouts were COOK MEALS OVER FURNACE The Bob Deal family was louse where the furnaces were hand fired. Practically every town in the county was isolated without heat and electricity Wednesday. Fen' ton was still without power and telephones Saturday. Burt had its electricity restored early on Saturday. LuVerfte was without phones or electricity lor several days. FOUR CHILDRIN—NO HEAT FOR II HOURS Mrs. George Forsythe, three miles west and one mile south of Aigona* was stranded 18 hours without any heat or electricity with her four children, ages 3, 2, 1, and 5 months. Mr. Forsythe had stayed in West Bend Tuesday night to be near his work at the elevator. The baby boy had been sick for sometime and of course was forced to drink cold milk and cold juice and cereal. Her father, Eugene Thul of St. Joe, tried to reach the farm Wednesday morning in a 4-wheel drive pickup truck but became stuck in drifts, Finally, Wednesday night the road was cleared and the Jack Henrys brought the family to spend the night at the L. A. Winkel home in Algona. Thursday morning Mrs. Forsythe's parents came to take them to their home in St. Joe. Stranded in blizzard, rescue by a tractor Mr. and Mrs. Don Hutchison were brought to safety from the buzzard in a snow loader on the front of a tractor abouil 2:30 a.m. Wednesday; Mr. ane Mrs. Ted Herbst and the Hut chisons had been at the Algona Country club playing bridge for the tournament and left for their homes at midnight with Ted driving his car. When they came onto the highway visibility was zero and the car slipped off the north side of the highway just in front of a number of power lines that were down! Ted walked down the hill to the Bud Robinson home for help. Mr. Robinson promised to come to their aid immediately with the tractor so Ted went up the hill in the blinding snow to wait. -H After such a long time arid no rescue in sight, Ted and Margaret both went back down the hill to see what the problem was. Bud was in the yard. He had taken the tractor and snow loader up the hill in search df them but couldn't find the car ... So he headed back for hd- me, missed his own driveway 1 , realizing this only when he saw the "Rest Area" sign near Van's! Back up the hill he went and home again. » This time he decided to take the station wagon as the lights on the tractor were too high Add. (Mf§. Diwsofi) t)bMf« ved her 100th birthday March 1 in Adel. She hid been mirried in 1884 and in 1885 they pur- chiwd the farm ndrth^st of Adel where she lived until last ytif. HMD SCHOOL ONE OF MANY TV antennas blown over by tne storm last week is shown being put back in place after repairs at the Joe Lynch home on Fair street. It has been estimated that nearly 500 TV antennas were i blown over or damaged by the storm. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. stranded on their farm one and a half miles southeast of Algona with no electricity as were dozens of other farm families. But, they did have telephone service and heat from a wood- burning furnace. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Engstrom, brother and sister-in-law of Mrs. Deal, live in the neighboring farm home with their two daughters. They had neither telephone nor heat so they moved in with the Deals and their three children, Bill 17, Ginny J5, and Richard, 4. By using the furnace the jneals were cooked. A can of pork and beans, canned soup, hamburger in aluminum foil, and coffee was made ready for oiie of their meals. The coffee and his unknown There was no electricity in the house but a gas space heater in the recreation room kept them warm. Those enjoying the heat and the hospitality besides keeping Mrs. Handel's mind off her worries as to the whereabouts of her husband were: Mr. and Mrs. Loren Nelson and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Diekmann and three children, Mrs. John Diekmann and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Johnson and three children, besides Mrs. Handel and two sons. Power was restored about seven o'clock that night. But, Mr. Handel's whereabouts were not known until he came home Thursday morning at 11:30, the second car behind the snowplow. He had been able to go no further than Cylinder and stayed in Grishes Motel where there was no- electricity but gas heat. Before he left the cafe was getting low on staple foods. Cylinder was isolated from the rest of the world without lights or telephone communication. Mr. Handel talked of the closeness of a small community where each person was concerned about the other. There was no heat in the homes but the people congregated in the SOLVE YOUR FERTILIZER APPLICATOR PROBLEMS WITH Wiegand Tool Bar Applicator and intense to enable him to find the stranded couples. Mrs. Herbst stayed at the Robinson's home. Together the men tried to put chains on the wagon; it didn't work out as planned as the station, wagon became stuck. So, they decided to take the tractor and loader. Ted rode the loader and used a flashlight to guide the way. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchi- son made the trip to shelter in the loader bucket with Ted walking ahead of the tractor holding the flashlight to show the way. Safety was reached at 2:30 a.m.! No one can say a comfortable night was spent as there was no electricity and consequently no heat! Incidentally, the Herbsts won the bridge game. APRIL 2f 1968 Afternoon & Evening AT THE ALGONA HIGH SCHOOL GYM Admission-10c 1,000's Of Prizes! 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DEALERS IN THIS AREA: KYLE KEITH - PfciM 5-3801 - Alton* RAY BEAMISH - Pfco«« WIW-Algow OUR HEARTFELT THANKS FOR TNE SYMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENCE OF OUR MANY CUSTOMERS WHO WERE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY One of the most vicious spring storms in many years is now history. But the discomfort and hardship it brought to thousands of our customers won't soon be forgotten by any of us at IPS. The strain of working night and day in blizzard conditions shows clearly on the faces of IPS linemen and other IPS employees who have had 'round-the-clock duty. Many labored for 32 straight hours before catching cat naps. ; To assist our overburdened crews we brought in skilled linemen from Sioux Falls, Huron, Mitchell, Williamsburg, Waterloo and other areas. We were also helped by hundreds of you, by the Police, Firemen, Sheriff, the City, County, the Press, Radio and many others. No mere words can express the appreciation we have for all who came to our aid, We are thankful to our employees and are mighty proud of them and their unbending dedication to the job that had to be done. Most especially, we are grateful to thoseof our customers who, while living in darkened and unheated homes, waited uncomplainingly while our crews went about their long and painstaking task of restoring service. For many of these customers it was indeed a long, trying period. AH of us at IPS realize fully the many problems that come when electricity is off for an extended period. We assure you that we will always exert every effort to keep interruptions to a minimum, no matter how intense the weather. Iowa Public Service Company

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