The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 2, 1967 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 2, 1967
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid gUgona Upper Beg JWotms Two Sections - 12 Tabloid, G Metro ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona. Iowa (50611). Nov. 1, 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879 ALGONA IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 34 Cyclone Hits Sexton Area Sunday Much Property Damage, Late Sunday Storm A wind and dust storm that had been going on most of the day Sunday, suddenly reached cyclonic proportions in the Sexton area shortly before 5 p. m. — and as a result many farmers sustained severe property damage. The area was also belted by a hail storm and heavy rain during the storm. In Algona and other areas surrounding the heart of the storm area at Sexton, very light rain fell at about the time the cyclone (or tornado) struck. Insurance adjusters were busy early Monday attempting to come up with some estimate of damage in the area— but it will be some time before any figures are totaled up. One of the most seriously damaged farms was one owned by Mrs. Evelyn Froehlich, Algona, located southeast of Sexton. The place if farmed by her sons, Oscar and Lee. A 30x40 foot barn was destroyed and portions of it strewn around the yard and in a nearby field. And a large quantity of equipment housed inside, including a self-propelled combine, corn planter, tractor, etc. were damaged. At the Joe Mergen farm nearby, windows in the house were shattered and much water and dirt damage to contents of the structure was reported. According to reports, four hours were spent Sunday afternoon erecting a TV antenna at the Perry Lowman place, two miles west of Sexton. Soon after the job was completed, the storm hit, knocking down the antenna. A small hog house nearby was picked up and dropped south of the house, narrowly missing it. Hog houses in a field at the Dick Kain farm north of Sexton were damaged and many pigs destroyed, while windows at the Everett Steven farm near Sexton were shattered by hail. Damage to outbuildings was also reported at the Ray Cunningham farm and reports were still coming in from farms all over the area Monday. Most of the buildings damaged, including garages, corn cribs, etc., were reportedly of the older variety. At Sexton, a steel bin at the Elmer Phillips place in town was picked up, thrown over some trees and deposited on the north edge of highway 18 at the east edge of the town. Power was out in much of the Sexton area - and remained out Monday, despite the efforts of crews to restore it. An electric clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Huff stopped at 4:55 p. m. Sunday, according to Mrs. Huff, correspondent there for the Upper Des Moines. Damage was widespread near Sexton when a cyclone cut through the area late Sunday afternoon. The photos above clearly show the wrath of the storm. The top picture was snapped at the Evelyn Froehlich farm southwest of Sexton where a large barn was shattered and its contents damaged, including the self-propelled combine in the foreground, the tractor at the right, a corn planter, etc. ' /SV* 661 bin in tte photo bez<w Is owned fa y Elmer PhiUips, who lives at the east edge SL T 1 '-., ,^ Picked up, flipped over the trees and bushes at the left and dropped on the north side of highway 18. (UDM Polaroid Photos) She also stated the storm was most severe in an area two miles wide and several miles long in that vicinity. Many windows were knocked out by hail, some large trees lost huge limbs, and the entire area was strewn with branches and debris from damaged buildings. The storm in Kossuth, however, didn't compare to those reported in southern Minnesota, where 14 persons were killed in tornadoes, and in some other areas of Iowa. Burned From Ammonia Spray The manager of the Swea City Co-Op Elevator, Gerald Williamson, 35, is in Holy Family hospital at Estherville, recuperating from chemical burns received when a chemical that he was mixing suddenly sprayed over all of the lower part of his body. Fortunately he was able to almost immediately turn on a water valve and flush off the ammonia which covered him, but still suffered body burns, from the waist down. Williamson was trying to open a clogged valve to let aquaam- monia feed into a fertilizer mix when the chemical suddenly sprayed over him. The accident hap. pened Saturday. Anna Baumann Funeral Held At Whittemore Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Baumann, 85, Whittemore, were held in St. Michael's Catholic church there at 10 a. m. Monday, with Father Verne Stapenhorst officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery, with Hamilton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Baumann, a resident of Whittemore for all but the first six weeks of her life, died at St. Ann hospital Friday morning. Born in Luxemburg, Oct. 24, 1881, she was a daughter of Dominic and Mary Origer, and came to the Whittemore area at the age of six weeks. She married Steven Baumann there in 1905 at St. Michael's church and he preceded her in death Dec. 13, 1946. She was a member of the Rosary Society of the church. Survivors include two daughters, Grace (Mrs. Vern Mathahs), Clear Lake, and Molly (Mrs. James Chambers), Des Moines; four sons, Michael, West Bend, John, Whittemore, Peter, Eagle Grove, and William, Seattle, , Wash. Former Algona Man Passes In Arkansas Word has been received of the death of G. D. Brundage Thursday. Death was due to a stroke though he had not been in good health for some time, but of late had improved. He was manager at the liquor store several years and when he retired, he and his wife moved to Little Rock, Ark., where their only child, Maxine, and her husband, James Viggers, live. They left Algona about ten years ago and have made a few visits back here. He was a member of the First Lutheran church, was a war veteran and burial was Monday in the National cemetery at Little Rock. Further details will be given later. Dance Area The Starlite Drive-in Theatre east of Algona has constructed a dance area of concrete for pre-show entertainment, according to Theatre Manager James Dougherty. The dance area is Iff by 2ff and a sound system has been hooked up for playing current "Top 40" and country western records. Dancing will be permitted from the time the theatre opens in the , evening until show time. Mary Sfreit Dies Sunday; Rites May 3 Mary Streit, 85, longtime resident of Algona, died at Mercy hospital, Ft. Dodge, Sunday morning. She had been living in Ft. Dodge in recent years. Funeral services for her will be held Wednesday at 10 a. m. in St. Cecelia's Catholic church here, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial will be at Calvary cemetery. A parish rosary will be recited at Hamilton Funeral Home here at 7 p. m. today (Tuesday). Miss Streit was a charter member of the C.D.A. here. A complete obituary will be found in the next issue of the UDM. Secondary Road Proposal Could Cost $55,971 Kossuth county will lose $55,791 in secondary road funds if a proposed change in the state road use tax distribution formula is adopted by the Iowa Legislature, according to William Tokheim, county Farm Bureau president. Even though cities and towns would receive an increase under the proposed change, the county would still have a net loss of $38,276.00 in funds. The proposed legislation - SF 696 — would increase the cities' and towns' share of the fund from 13 to 15 per cent and would decrease the secondary road share from 30 to 28 per cent. Tokheim said rural areas are already carrying a heavy burden of property taxes to support secondary roads. The levy for secondary roads in rural areas in Kossuth county for 1967 is 9.137 mills. "We cannot afford the increase in property taxes that would be necessary for the maintenance of secondary roads and bringing bridges up to the minimum standards if the distribution formula is changed," Tokheim stressed, "We are in sympathy with the problems of cities and towns and have no objection to increased funds from other sources." May Term Of Court Opens The May term of district court was slated to get underway here today CTuesday) following a one- day delay for an observance of Law Day. Judge Joseph Hand, Emrnets- burg, is to preside Jurors will report May 8.

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