The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 20, 1967 · Page 8
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 20, 1967
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEiK" Tabloid aigmra Upper JWmnes 16 Pages Tabloid VOL. 101 NO. 47 CCTAMICUCn IftAC Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona. Iowa AI/~/-».IA I/-.I»A •nir-«-niw ...... «ESTABLISHED JS65 (506U). Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 1967 ~" " " ~~ --• " — ' ' ""' ' — "—' '— • —- '• — i —- - - --, - — m- Survives Muddy Spray Plane Crash Bill Clegg Rushed To Des Moines "He's the second pilot in many years brought here for treatment that wasn't dead on arrival" - thaf s what doctors at Veterans Hospital, Des Moines said right after Dr. BUI Clegg, 34, Algona, arrived there at 9:40 p.m. Friday to receive treatment for multiple injuries he received about six hours earlier when the spray plane he was piloting dropped into a bean field southwest of Algona and was demolished. It was erroneously reported earlier that he walked Friday night at the hospital where it is expected he will be a patient for 10-15 days. He sustained cuts on the face, under the chin, a crushed right cheek bone, large cut on the neck, numerous cuts on both legs and a cut ligament in one shoulder. Veterans Hospital doctors commended the preliminary work of Dr. Dean Koob, Algona, who treated and repaired many of Clegg*s injuries at St. Ann hospital here before he was taken to Des Moines by ambulance. Clegg was in surgery for 11/2 hours, beginning at midnight Friday, for surgery to his injured cheek and jaw. Some dental surgery was necessary and his jaw is to be wired shut until it heals. It was not known what caused the near-tragic crash, which was witnessed by Dr. Clegg*s wife, three of his children and several other persons. CAA officials were slated to be at the scene in an attempt to determine why the plane crashed. Dr. Clegg, a chiropractor here, is partner with Lament Wellendorf in the Willmont Spraying Service — and was doing his first job of spraying at a field of Dick Simpson, about 6 1/2 miles southwest of Algona at the time of the mishap. He had, however, spent 30-50 hours in a plane practicing spraying, using tanks of water in the same general area where the plane crashed. He had made two passes over the field and was apparently banking for the next trip when the left wing of the plane, which was delivered to the two men a few days earlier, struck the ground and slammed to a halt in a field owned by Willis Struecker. Mrs. Clegg and Mrs. Simpson who was watching with her, tried at once to run to the scene, but a large dredge ditch made it necessary for them to change directions and run through knee-deep mud on their way to the spot where Clegg lay in the wreckage. They then went to an abandoned farm house nearby, which fortunately still had a telephone connected, broke in a door and called Dr. Koob and the ambulance. * The plane, an A5 Call Airs, The wreckage above is all that remained of the spray plane in which Dr. Bill Clegg, Algona, crashed at 3:45 p.m. Friday. The top photo shows the entire craft, while the picture below is a close-up of the airplane, with the pilot's helmet lying in the front seat in which he had strapped himself. Dr. Clegg is reportedly in good condition at Veterans Hospital, Des Moines. (UDM Newsfotos) was one of two Clegg and Wellendorf had purchased for their spraying operation. Wellendorf had previous experience spraying several years ago and at the time Clegg crashed was at the site of another of Simpson's fields near Hobarton spraying. Also witnessing the crash was Gerald Rochleau, flagman, whose job was to direct Clegg over certain areas of the field. It was necessary to drag the ambulance to the crashed plane with a tractor - and out again so the injured man could be taken to St. Ann, then to Des Moines. An Algona pilot at the scene when an Upper Des Moines newsman and photographer were there shortly after the crash occurred stated he was sure the airplane's propeller was turning when the craft struck the ground. The plane struck the ground more than a half-mile south of a gravel road in the muddy field. The plane was valued at around $4,000 and was a single engine craft outfitted for spraying. $2,000 Sought A suit asking $2,000 double indemnity death benefit was filed in district court by Dorothy and Bernard J. Carpenter, Bancroft, against Franklin Life Ins. Co., defendant, this week. The amount is claimed due following the accidental death of the Carpenter's son, Lawrence, Jan. 3. He was 13 at the time and died of a gunshot wound. Account Matter An account matter was filed in district court here this week. The plaintiff, Crown-Line Plastics, Inc., is seeking $61.50from McCarthy Plumbing and Heating. Miss Kracht Of Swea City In Queen Contest Paulette Kracht of Swea City will be competeing in the Miss Iowa contest at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park at Okoboji Sunday, June 25. The contest is the preliminary of the Miss Universe contest. Miss Kracht was second runner up in the 1966 Fair and Field Days contest last year. Miss Carolyn Johnson of Ledyard was 1st runner up in the local contest last summer and was scheduled to go but gave up her crown to Paulette. There will be a parade in the afternoon and the judging will be held that evening. The girls will be judged iu swim suits and evening gowns. Pat McGuire Of Burt Is Heart Victim BURT - Patrick James McGuire, 59, prominent Burt business man, died Saturday at. 2:30 p.m. of a heart attack while mowing his lawn. Mr. McGuire was born June 8, 1908 at Spencer where he received his education and graduated from Spencer High School. He entered the postal service shortly afterwards and had been in the service for 27 years. At the time of his death, he was a rural letter carrier at Burt. He was married to Rose Birchard in 1941. He wife survives as well as two sons, Daniel Patrick, Sandusky, Ohio, and Joseph Robert, Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. James Marlow (Colleen), Lone Rock, and Mrs. Thomas Kissner (Mary), Algona; two sisters, Grace McGuire, Spencer, and Elizabeth, Mankato, and seven grandchildren. He was very active in the Burt Lions club of which he was past president. He also was past president of Iowa Rural Letter Carriers Assn. Services were held Tuesday (today) at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, Bancroft with Rev. John Schultes officiating, with burial Riverside cemetery, Spencer. Garry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangement. Pallbearers were Wallace Hawcott, Gerald Wiener, Andrew Harms, Joseph Sinn well, Maurice Givens and Clifford Lasson. Minnie Dreyer Of Fenton Dies Thursday FENTON- Mrs. Minnie Dreyer, 90, long-time Fenton resident, died Thursday at Holy Family, Hospital, Estherville. Services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. Rex Spicer officiating. Burial was at St. John's cemetery and Thomas Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Herbert and Robert Krause, David and Darrell Dreyer, Dale Schmidt and Durwood Voigt. Survivors include three daughters and one son, Mrs. Art Krause (Mabel), Fenton; Mrs. Richard Hengel (Elvira), Minn.; Mrs. Alfred Schmidt (Lena), Calif.; Frank, Lone Rock; 23 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mathilda Ollom, Watertown, Wise. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, two sons, Evert and Wilfred, four brothers and four sisters.

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