The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 16, 1967 · Page 9
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 16, 1967
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid 20 Tabloid Pages ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postofficc at Algeria, Iowa (50511). Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 16, 1967 VOL 101 NO. 38 FIRST CRASH VICTIM, 1967 Frank Mescher Of Bancroft, 92, Succumbs Frank M. Mescher, 92, became the first motor accident fatality of 1967in Kossuth County, Saturday evening. His death followed a two-car collision on U. S. 169, adjacent to the C. & N. W. tracks, where the road from Burt crosses the U.S. highway, about 7 p. m. The accident marred a family party to have been held in the Burt American Legion hall that evening, honoring the return after three years of military service of John Mescher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mescher of Burt, and a grandson of the fatally injured man. Highway patrol reports stated that a car in which Frank Mescher and his wife, Henrietta, were riding, and driven by a daughter of the elder Meschers, Mrs. Mary Gisch of Algona, was headed south. At the Burt intersection, Mrs. Gisch made a left turn (east) to head into Burt. She was watching another car in her rear view mirror which had been following rather closely. As she made the turn, a car headed north, driven by Robt. C. Kallem of Eagle Grove, 51, with his wife and a sister, Vivian Jones, as passengers, also reached the intersection. The Kallem machine struck the right rear side of the Gisch machine. Patrolman Tom Cogdall said that the Gisch car was moving slowly, and the Kallem machine at no excessive speed. However, the impact threw Mr. Mescher out the left door onto the pavement. He was conscious, but evidently injured, as was Vivian Jones, and both were taken by Garry ambulance to St. Ann hospital. Mr. Mescher succumbed about 11:30 Saturday night, evidently from shock. Mrs. Jones suffered abrasions and bruises but was not otherwise seriously injured. Funeral services for the elder Mr. Mescher will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic church in Bancroft, with burial in the church cemetery. Garry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and grandchildren will act as pallbearers. Surviving Mr. Mescher, in addition to his wife, Henrietta, 83, are four sons, Walter of Burt, Ambrose of Silver Lake, Wise., Edward of Silver Spring, Md., and Richard of Bancroft, and five daughters, Mrs. Gisch of Algoua, Sister Camillus of Sioux City, Mrs. Glen McCleish and Mrs. Helen Kienitz, both of Bancroft, and Mrs. George Johnson of Falls Church, Va. Patrol" 13 " Cogdall was assisted by John Gilbert of Cedar Falls, a patrolman from Cedar Falls off duty and visiting his father, Ray Gilbert, in Algona, and Patrolman Merlin Hogan, The Gisch Car % The Kallem Car Charles Gunder Funeral Held Direct Verdict Here Saturday For Defendant Webster City, acting district patrol supervisor. John Mescher, the grandson in whose honor the family gathering at Burt had been planned, had just returned from serving 18 months in Germany. A directed verdict in favor of the defendant, James G. Riddle, was handed out in district court here during the weekend. The verdict was directed by Judge Joseph Hand. The case was a result of a car-truck mishap at the intersection of Phillips and McGregor streets here July 24,1964. Violet Davis et all were plaintiffs. A total of $21,000 had been sought by seven persons who alleged injuries in the mishap. A pair of damage cases brought by W. C. Irelan, plaintiff, against Robert E. Will, defendant, the result of a mishap which resulted in the death of the plaintiff s wife, are slated for trial this week. Jurors were to report this morning CTuesdr.y) for selection to hear the case, also before Judge Hand. One new case was also filed. Elmer Phillips, plaintiff, alleges that defendants Robert G. Slobe and Ralph Yanser operated their autos in negligent manner, resulting in the auto of the former destroying about 70 feet of ornamental fence at the Phillips residence at Sexton. The plaintiff is seeking $450 damages and has asked trial by jury. The incident occurred Sept 1,1966. Charles D. Gunder, 69, who came to the Algona area as a boy, died at Ft. Dodge Mercy hospital early Friday morning. He had been ill for three weeks. Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a. m. in St. Cecelia's Catholic church, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial followed at Riverview cemetery and Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Albert Ladehoff, Bob Arend, Paul McBride and Roy Nichols. Mr. Gunder was born at Ames, June 8, 1897, the son of George W. and Sarah Stafford Gunder and was the youngest of 13 children in the family. He farmed in this area. Survivors include four children, Mary (Mrs. Hans Anderson) and Charles Gagens, Des Moines; Betty (Mrs. Art Ressler), Rockwell; and Isabella 'rs. - T oseph Parlens), Moline, ...; and 20 grandchildren. Has Surgery Vaughn Rising, secretary of the Algona Community School District underwent surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital, Minneapolis ™!mday, and was reporter. *, Bering satisfactorily this weekend. He entered the hospital for a check-up and tests five days prior to the surgery. School Bonds Here Sold To Des Moines Bidder Sale of $1,500,000 in school bonds was completed Wednesday noon at Alg ,.ia High School, with five firms or combinations of firms offering bids. Successful bidder was the Iowa Des Moines National Bank at 3.66 percent the average interest. Bids ranged up to 3.80 interest. Other bidders were the Mercantile Trust and Carleton Ben, Des Moines; Northern Trust of Chicago; LaSalle National Bank, Chicago; and Continental Illinois, Chicago. Algona, for purposes of the sale of the bonds received an "A" rating. The sale is considered to be most successful; others in the state with similar bond sales paid a higher rate of percentage. The first tax levy will be made in August, with the first payment of $25,000 due in November of 1968. The bonds are non-callable, and payments are made each year for 20 years, with the final payment in 1982. Separate bonds are thus retired each year. In similar bond sales, the state of Hawaii received a "AA" rating, with their interest at 3.876; Philadelphia, an "A" rating, with interest at 3.93; Cin- cinnatti, a "AA" rating, with interest at 3.76; and Albert Lea with interest at 3.70. Most of the funds from the bonds will go for construction of the proposed new high school. Suspect Foul M. C. Hantelman Play.Beath Services Held LuVerne Man ™day, Fairville kli • Vl IIV If 141II FENTON - A longtime Fenton LuVerne — Harold Burtis, a native of LuVerne, died Sunday at Fort Dodge. Full details of his death were not available, but funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Blake Funeral Home in LuVerne. Police authorities at Fort Dodge were checking details of the death, it was reported, with possible foul play suspected. Ft. Dodge Lady Injured When Car Hits Ditch A Ft. Dodge woman, Mrs. Eileen Hecht, 66, sustained contusions, abrasions and suffered from shock in a one-car mishap Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. 2 1/3 miles south of Algona on highway 169. She was taken to St. Ann hospital for treatment. She was a passenger in an auto driven by her husband, Gerald W. Hecht, 66, which was headed south. The driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the auto veered into the east ditch and struck the driveway leading to the Bert Olson farm and struck a fence. Damage to the auto was estimated at $100 by Sheriff Ralph Und- horst who investigated. Damage to the fence was $25. Enlists In Marines Russel L. Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Shaw, R. R. #1, Algona, enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. He has been assigned to San Diego, Calif. FENTON - A longtime Fenton businessman, Martin Carl Hanselman, 68, who died early Wednesday at Holy Family hospital in Estherville, was buried Friday afternoon after services at St. John's Lutheran church in Fairville at 2 p. m. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Hantelman 1 s death came after a comparatively brief illness. He had returned some weeks ago from a winter trip into the southwest, which had been his custom for several years. Pallbearers were William and Howard Bruhn, John Haack, Franklin Mueller, Milton Geitzenauer and Melvin Theisen, longtime friends. Thomas Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Surviving are his wife, the former Delphine Meier, five brothers, Walter of San Franisco, Wilmer of Wabash, Ind., Hilbert of Mankato, and Gerhard and William, both of Fenton; and two sisters, Mrs. Ed Bruhn of Fenton, and Mrs. Joe Thompson of Albuquerque, N. M. Mr. Hantelman was born June 14, 1898, in Palo Alto county. For many years he had been associated with the building and contracting business. With his brother, William, the Hantelman Building Service was established, and later the men established the Fenton Lumber Co. In recent years Martin had semi-retired and enjoyed annual trips by camper into warmer climates during the winter months. All Fenton business places paid their respects to Mr. Hantelman Friday afternoon by closing during the services at Fairville, where an overflow attendance of friends and relatives paid their final tribute

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