The "FIRST-QF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . Upper Beg •c»*a«t*uM* •_<> ISTAIUSHED IMS Bnterwl M (eeond eliig matter «t the pottotflc* it Alffoiu, Iowa (MSin. Nov. 1. im,- under Act tf ConiraM of March ». J«r» Alf*muA ir\urA rueenAw ««nu •« ./.,.. AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 1967 12 Tabloid Pages wrtl int VOL - 10 » tn . 30 &g-g-S-^ Kossuth County Man Killed In Crash James Johnson Victim, Headon Collision A young rural Swea City man, James P. Johnson, 30, became one of two victims of a two-car crash five miles south of Fairmont on highway 15 at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Driver of the other vehicle, Donald Herndon, 28, Bristol, Va., was also killed. Mr. Johnson's wife, Joan Ellen, 26, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Nurre, Whittemore, was taken to Fairmont Community Hospital where she was reported in good condition with facial cuts and bruises. Funeral services for James Patrick Johnson were held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. John's Catholic church at Bancroft, with Fr. Ralph Obermire of Ledyard officiating. Burial followed at the parish cemetery and Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft, was in charge of arrangements. He was born near Lakota April 1, 1937, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Johnson, educated at Bancroft and married Joan Nurre there Dec. 10, 1960. Besides his wife, survivors include two children, Patrick, in kindergarten, and Tracy, 3; his mother, Mrs. Leona Johnson, Bancroft; and seven brothers and sisters, Mrs. James Ricke, Karla, Charles, Gerald and Michelle, all of Bancroft; Mrs. Jerry Rowlet, Lakota; and Mary Joe, Fairmont. Deputy Sheriff Richard Bolster, who was alerted at 9:30 p.m. by a telephone call from the Roger Will farm, said it appeared the near head - on collision occurred in the southbound lane of traffic. The cars came to rest 382 feet apart, the Johnson car on the west shoulder facing northwest, the Herndon car in the middle of the highway facing southeast. Both were total wrecks. None of the occupants were thrown out. At first it was difficult to determine which way the cars were traveling, but later it was established that Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were going south after attending a movie in Fairmont. The collision was in their lane of travel. According to Fairmont authorities, the tragedy occurred a short time after Herndon and his estranged wife, Rosalie, had a row. She reported to police at 9:20 p.m. (10 minutes before the mishap) that her husband had tried to choke her and "had put a chain around her neck". Herndon, who had most recently been employed at Minneapolis, appeared at the home of his wife's parents about 9 p.m. She was alone with their two small children and told Herndon she could not go out with him and leave the children. According to Mrs. Herndon, her husband was real nice and calm. It was while they were standing outside the house that he slipped a chain, similar to those *:.>:*x.:*..:^^ used for military identification tags, around her neck and pulled it tight, dragging her to his car. However, the car stalled and Mrs. Herndon managed to break the chain. She ran to the house and called police as Herndon drove away. Officials said she had marks on her neck and a bruised hip, apparently results of being pulled into the car. It was when Mrs. Herndon appeared at the police station at 10 p.m. with her brother to sign a complaint that she learned of the tragic death of the two men. Plows Into 4 Parked Cars Early Sunday Glen Grice, 54, Mankato, Minn., escaped injury about 1:45 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of his 1956 Cadillac, swerved across South Phillips street and rammed into four cars parked in the Schultz lot across the highway from their service station. He first struck the bumper of a new 1967 Buick and continued on to ram into a 1966 Pontiac, a 1965 Volkswagen and a 1964 Pontiac. He also damaged a sign and a string of lights. He narrowly missed hitting a string of brand new cars parked in the lot. His car was considered a total loss, and damage to the parked cars and other equipment was estimated at about $2,000. Mr. Grice told authorities that two cars pulled out of the service station and he swerved abruptly to avoid a collision with them. Postmaster Retires Julia Stott, postmaster at Titonka for the past 31 years, retired from that position as of April 7. She began work at Titonka in the postoffice in April, 1936, as a clerk, working under Postmaster Mary Newville. In 1949 she was appointed postmaster. Dick Gerdis has assumed the' duties of acting postmaster. Anna Ubben Of Titonka Dies; Monday Rites TITONKA - Mrs. Anna Ubben, 84, lifelon- resident of the Titonka area, died Friday morning at Hancock Memorial hospital, Britt. Funeral services were slated for 1:30 p. m. Monday in the Ramsey Reformed church near Titonka, with Rev. John Janssen officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery and Blake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were William Brandt, William Smidt, Ed Stecker, Ubbe Ubben, Paul Tjaden and Claus DeBoer. She was born April 12, 1883 at Ackley, the daughter of Ted and Elske Tjarks DeBoer, and married Everett Ubben in February, 1907. He preceded her in death in 1926. She lived on a farm north of Titonka before moving to town 34 years ago. They had no children. Many nieces and nephews survive. Her parents, two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. Algonan And Wisconsin Man Hurt In Crash Two men, Maurice P. Lauben- thai, 39, Algona, and Robert L. Keierleber, 41, Brookfield, Wise., were injured in a car- pickup truck crash a mile north of Wesley on highway 18 at 8:30 a. m. Friday. Laubenthal and Keierleber were both rushed to Hancock Memorial hospital, Britt, for treatment. The Algonan sustained lacerations and a concussion and the Wisconsin driver bruises. Laubenthal was headed north in a pickup and the Wisconsin man west in an auto when the vehicles collided. Damage to the pickup was estimated at $400, while $2,000 resulted to the auto. All that remained of the auto of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Johnson, rural Swea City is shown in the above photo snapped by the Fairmont Daily Sentinel. Mr. Johnson, 30, and the driver of the other car involved in the accident, Donald Herndon, 28, Bristol, Va., were killed when the vehicles collided five miles south of Fairmont Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on highway 15. The Johnsons had attended a movie at Fairmont and were headed toward their home when the autos collided in the southbound lane of traffic. The hood of the Herndon vehicle was driven through the windshield of the Johnson vehicle and the cars wound up 382 feet apart after impact. SWttW**^^ Two Teenage Youths Are Arrested After Thefts Two area youths were arrested last weekend and charged with larceny after one of the pair admitted a .22 caliber rifle and two new tires had been stolen from two area business places Wednesday and Thursday. Sheriff Ralph Ldndhorst arrested David Berendes, 19, Algona, and Donald F. Wolfe, 18, West Bend, and the former appeared in Mayor Bill Finn's court Saturday and was released on bond. Berendes was charged with larceny of property worth more than $20 as a result of the rifle theft, which occurred Wednesday, April 12, at Elbert Chevrolet, Whittemore. Wolfe is in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing. He will be charged in Finn's court with theft of two new tires from Behr Standard Service here the following night. It is probable the tire theft will bring the same serious charge, larceny of property worth more than $20. Disappearance of the rifle from Elbert's garage had been reported, but the tires had not been reported stolen by Mr. Behr because no inventory had be en taken since they were taken. Berendes was released on $750 bond Is Jailed Osacr Romer, Jr., 24, Algona, is in Emmet county jail at Estherville after being arrestedlate Wednesday night in Emmetsburg for tampering with a car belonging to Gary Linn, Estherville. Romer pleaded guilty and was fined $25. He was jailed for seven days or until the fine is paid. $306 Worth Of Oil Reported Stolen Here A Westbrook, Minn, man, Lawrence Noomen, reported to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and the police department here Friday that someone had taken 3,600 gallons of used oil owned by him. The oil was reportedly stored in a tank car on the Milwiukee tracks here - and disappeared sometime during the past 3-4 weeks. According to the Minnesotan, the oil is valued at 8 1/2 cents per gallon. The matter is being investigated by Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten. Truck Sustains Heavy Damage Near Ottosen A truck being used to haul rocks and driven by Kenneth R. Hoover, 39, Rutland, slammed into a ditch along a blacktop highway eight miles north of Ottosen at 12:15 Wednesday. Damage to the truck, according to Patrolman Jerry Michael who investigated, was estimated at $2,000. The driver apparently was not hurt. Fire Destroys Barn Fire destroyed a barn on the Robert Penning farm, east of Corwith, last week. The Pennings were in church at the time, and a passing motorist reported the fire.
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