The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . &lgona Upper 12 TaMoi'l ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ns second class inntter ;it the postoifice :il AlKon.-i. In\v;i (505111. Nov. 1. 1M2. under Act of Conffress of M:irch .'). IH7!l AIO<-»MA I /-MM A TIICCHAV IIIMC 17 1OA7 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 49 Kitty Hardgrove Is Miss Algona __ Western Buyers, Dies Virgil C. Smith, 68, a resident of Algona since 1942, and founder of Western Buyers, midwest livestock buying organization, succumbed at St. Ann Hospital in Algona, Sunday morning, from a heart condition. He had returned only Tuesday from a fishing trip into Canada. He entered the hospital Thursday. Funeral services will be held at the McCullough Chapel in Algona tiiis afternoon (Tuesday) at 2 p.m. with Rev. Frank Harcey officiating. Cremation will follow. Surviving Virg are his wife, Sylvia, a son and three daughters: Lowell, Algona; Mrs. Harlan Peters (Ella Mae), Charles City; 'Mrs. Paul Owens (Arline), Algona; and Mrs. Bennie Leonard (Mary), Maquoketa. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith, and was born Oct. 4, 1898, at Lebanon, Indiana, where he received his formal education. While a very young man he managed purebred livestock . herds, and showed them at fairs in that area. His lifelong interest in livestock began in that era. OnDec. 5,1917,atDan- ville, fll. he was married to Sylvia Slagle. The couple moved to Iowa in . 1928, while Virg was a livestock buyer for Cudahy Bros, and they lived at Tama and Belle Plaine. In 1935 he organized Western Buyers, a livestock buying organization that moved its headquarters to Algona in 1942. The firm's expansion and buying organization now covers the entire middle western livestock-raising states, and expecially in the field of hogs supplies a large number of packing plants throughout the country, including both the east and west coasts. In the past several years most of the active management had been passed into younger, capable hands. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, and numerous local organizations. His philanthropies were not publicized, but were numerous and usually anonymous. He had an intense love of outdoor life, especially fishing, and enjoyed trips into the northern fishing areas spring, summer and fall. In recent years he and Mrs. Smith hart spent part of the winters in Florida in fishing areas along the west coast. Honorary pallbearers will be: Marvin Clements, Clyde Priebe, Delmar Reding, E.E. (Bud) Robinson, Berl Priebe and Kyle Keith. Plan Fireworks The Bancroft Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor free fireworks on July 4, beginning after dark at the Municipal ball park. The entire area is welcome to attend the annual display. VIRGIL C. SMITH Two Injured In Crash Remain In Hospital According to Mrs. A.B. Oakland, Algona, whose son, Ensign John Oakland, 25, Mary Jean Hood, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hood, Algona, and Hilda Conner, Des Moines, aunt of Miss Hood, were injured in a mishap near Leon, la. on highway 169 Wednesday, June 21, at 10:20 a.m., the latter two remain hospitalized at Methodist hospital, Des Moines. Ensign Oakland, who reportedly sustained minor cuts and bruises in the two-car mishap, was released from the hospital and flew to his Coast Guard base at Galveston, Texas at the end of a 5-day leave. The Des Moines lady reportedly received a cracked knee cap and Miss Hood a kidney injury in the crash. The trio were traveling in Miss Hood's auto, a 1966 Barracuda, which collided with a car driven by Frank McKenny, 72. Heavy rains in the Leon area were partially blamed for the mishap, because the McKenny auto passed one vehicle, then slipped off the highway into the soft shoulder. The Hood vehicle was headed south and the other auto was headed north at the time. Miss Hood's auto was demolished. She and her aunt were headed for Dallas, Texas where they planned to visit. Physics Award Allan Janssen, son of Rev. and Mrs. John Janssen of Titonka, is recipient of the 196667 Physics Award at Central College. A handbook of "Chemistry and Physics" is awarded. Sophomore At Buena Vista Here A very receptive audience of 600 or more saw Kitty Hardgrove, 19, a 1966 graduate of Algona High Schoo who will become a sophomore at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, this fall, crowned Miss Algona at the conclusion of the JayCee sponsored pageant here Saturday night. Her selection met with wide approval - and lengthy applause that wound up with a standing ovation. The judges wound up with a very difficult decision - as all eight of the contestants proved to be amply supplied with beauty, talent and charm. Competing for the title were Miss Hardgrove, Sheri Baker, first runner-up, Pat Loebig, named Miss Congeniality, Carol Sloniker, Caecilia Pfeffer, Pat McGuire, Sandi Haag and Diane Dogotch. The first four named became finalists prior to the selection of Miss Hardgrove as Queen of the event. Kitty was crowned Queen by the reigning Miss Iowa, Pamela Ericson of Sioux City. The new Queen is majoring in music in college — and she is certain to get a degree if her vocal solo during the talent competition is any criterion - and eventually wants to wind up working in music therapy or music education following graduation. First, though, she will represent Algona in the Miss Kossuth-Winnebago contest July 26-27 at Swea City - and a victory there will put her in the Miss Iowa contest at Davenport later. First runner-up was Miss Baker, whose talent presentation was also musical. All in all, most persons in the audience were perhaps awed more by the talent than the beauty of the girls entered. Eacli of the eight performed very capably and the finaley, by Pat McGuire, brought down the house. The instrumental, vocal, dance and recitation numbers were all well done—and in some instances, put the talent portion of the Miss America Contest to shame. Beanie Cooper, well-liked athletic director and football coach at Garrigan High School, whose exploits and antics during after- dinner talks have gained him fame in that field, was perfect as the emcee for the affair. His variety of kind words and very funny stories kept the crowd in stitches and the girls at ease. Marcia Parrish provided organ music at various intervals. The list of awards in the contest included $400 in scholarship money for contestants. While starting slightly late, the parade scheduled for 10 a. m. Saturday, attracted a number of persons to the State Street area, despite a spitting rain. A new Miss Algona, Kitty Hardgrove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardgrove, Algona, has her regal crown placed properly by Miss Iowa, Pamela Ericson of Sioux City, immediately after the former was named winner of the local contest in the Algona High School auditorium Saturday night. Miss Harderove was named from a field of eight area girls who competed for the crown. First runner-up was Sheri Baker, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Baker, Algona, a 1967 Algona High graduate. In the event Miss Hardgrove should be unable to fulfill her duties in future contests as Miss Algona on the possible trail to the Miss Iowa and Miss America contests, Miss Baker will automatically do so. (UDM Flashfoto) First runner-up in the Miss Algona Contest here Saturday night was Sheri Baker, left, while Pat Loebig, also one of the four finalists, was awarded a trophy as Miss Congeniality. Miss Baker is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Baker, Algona, and Miss Loebig, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Loebig, Wesley. A total of eight girls competed for the Queen ti'ie. Winner was Kitty Hardgrove, Algona. (UDM Flashfoto) Peter Reding, Former St. Joe, Passes Peter C. Reding, Trimont, Minn., former resident of the St. Joe area, died at Trimont Sunday. He was a brother of Andrew Reding and Clara Walker of Algona. Complete rites were pending at the Hamilton Funeral Home here at press time. It is expected his funeral will be held at St. Joe Wednesday morning. A rosary will be held at Hamilton's tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p. m. A complete obituary will be found in the next issue of the UDM.
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