The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 29, 1967 · Page 15
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 15

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 29, 1967
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Ambulance Question Unanswered BY RUSS WALLER Thursday (June 29) will be a memorable day for Mrs. Larry Holding, Burt housewife. She will receive her bachelor of science degree in math at Nebraska State Teachers College, and her husband will receive his degree in business administration in December. He will teach next year in the Nebraska City, Neb. high school. Three years ago, Mrs. Holding, a mother of four, decided to enter Emmetsburg Junior College, a dozen years after high school graduation. This enthusiasm for higher education was contagious. Her husband, who then operated a Burt milk route, also enrolled. They both went to Mankato State during summer sessions. Last June the family moved to Peru, Neb. and enrolled at Peru State, from which they will now graduate. Both earned places on the Dean's list for marks. * * * The Commencement speaker here for the 1967 graduating class at Algona high, seemed entirely at ease. But state news dispatches since then reveal that on the same morning his wife filed a suit for divorce. * * * Supt. and Mrs. John Cook of Lakota, after 24 years there, are leaving August 1. But before they settle at Baxter, Iowa, where Mr. Cook will become superintendent, the Cooks will go to Europe for several weeks on a tour of educational facilities, including countries behind the Iron Curtain. . . it should be an eye opener. * * * One can wonder what else these various "marches" accomplish around the .country, other than making good news copy for a day or two. . . and do you suppose that the CBS network will succeed in making soccer a new national sport with that Sunday afternoon broadcast? * * * Our mail bag brought a letter from Mrs. Metta Wise, mother of Dale and Glen Culbertson, who has moved to La Mesa, Calif. She reports that enroute west with her two sons, they stopped at Great Bend, Kansas, and were caught in the tornado that swept by near that city. They were in their motel when a police car came by warning everyone to get to the city auditorium as there was a tornado coming. They did. The auditorium was of steel and concrete. The tornado touched down about two miles from Great Bend and swept over numerous farms and outlying structures of that city. . . they later drove through large areas of country torn up by tornados and flooded streams. * * * Fishermen, as most of our readers know, come in all sizes, sexes and attire, and the fishing ladies often adorn themselves in slacks and hats that would be the dismay of any "best dressed woman" judge, but you can't beat fun and fresh air. But the men, too, can assume a changed personality when dressed for fishing, and one of them pretty well known in these parts, whom we ran across last week up in northern Minnesota, is our own Algona mayor, Bill Finn. * * * Mayor Finn was playing it safe - he had a couple of REAL fishermen along, DuWayne Klein of Algona and Dr. J.K. Hill and son Jim of Titonka, and their respective wives, and just to help improve the appearance of the beaches, two young ladies, Virginia Klein and Sandy Harmes. The Algona Mayor declared a moratorium on preparing proclamations, studying his code book, and listening to assorted tales of how it happened and why, and just went fishing. Scouts tell us that they brought in a nice string of fish, mostly northerns, and probably mostly caught by Klein and Hill - but it's nice to have a mayor in the boat, anyway I * * * And we understand, further, that the ladies got together and issued an ultimatum to the men folks, which becomes our Famous Last Line of the week, as follows: "The first one who objects to the results of our cooking gets the job!" Funeral Homes announced they were getting out - but to date no action has been taken at any of the meetings to guarantee ambulance service for everyone in the countv. Garry Funeral Home Set For Emergencies Swea City Boy Loses Finger Tips In Mower Many residents of Kossuth county are wondering just what they will do for ambulance service after the first of July. And they've got a right to wonder, because no definite action has yet been taken by the city council here and the board of supervisors which actually guarantees such service. As announced earlier, both firms operating ambulances here are going out of that business at the end of the month. A request that they continue to serve through July 4 didn't get a yes or no answer. It is certain, however, that Hamilton Funeral Home and McCullough's Funeral Chapel will not have ambulance service from either July 1 or July 4 on. According to latest rumors, Garry Funeral Home at Bancroft will be ready and willing to handle any emergency cases around the county until the possibility of a city or county service is worked out. In order for a combination city- county ambulance service to take shape, the council here and the board of supervisors will have to reach some sort of agreement, then decide who pays what share of the cost. As pointed out by some ambulance operators, it is easier for the city and county to operate the service at a loss than it is a private businessman. And figures seemed to prove ambulances are operated at a loss practically everywhere. Under state law, it is possible • for cities, towns and counties to enter into the ambulance business - perhaps because the trend in recent years has been for private individuals to get out of it. It is impossible to determine just what such service would cost the taxpayers each year. One earlier suggestion here was that the fire department emergency vehicle be used, with firemen, properly trained, to serve as ambulance crews. Meetings have been held serveral times since the two Algona ambulance firms and Blake A nine-year-old Swea City boy suffered severe cuts when the lawn mower he was riding tipped over at 7 p.m. Sunday. Wilber Geerdes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Geerdes of Swea City, suffered bad cuts on both hands and his left leg. He was hospitalized at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville and was reported to be in surgery for three hours. The boy lost the tips of three fingers on his right hand and suffered cuts on his left hand as well as a broken left index finger. A cut on his left leg was closed with stitches. Still hospitalized in Holy Family Hospital where he will remain for a yet undetermined amount of time, Wilber is reported in fairly good condition after the mishap. Fourth Of July To Feature Fireworks, Area Several communities in this area will hold Fourth of July celebrations, most in the form of free fireworks, etc. Algona's free fireworks display will be featured at the fairgrounds beginning at 9:30 p.m., with a concert by the Algona Municipal Band preceding the sparklers, bombs and, skyrockets. The event here is sponsored annually by the Chamber of Commerce and is one of the largest in the entire area. It is a type, of thank you from businessmen here. At Bancroft, the Chamber of Commerce is also planning a free fireworks display. It will be held after dark at the ball park. Mrs. Larson Of Swea City Dies Monday SWEA-EAGLE - Mrs. Ernest Larson, 83, died Monday at 2 a. m. at Holy Family hospital, Estherville, from the complications of old age. She llad been hospitalized about 20 days. Phoebe Ann Robison was born August 25, 1881 at Spinemore, England, to Ralph Robison and Margaret Klppling Robison. She came to this country with her parents at the age of fourteen months and the family located in the Des Moines area where her father was a Salvation Army officer. They lived in various towns in central Iowa and she attended Salvation Army school in Chicago. She was married March 3, 1903 to Ernest Larsen at Rising Sun and after their marriage lived at Boone and Stratford. They moved to a farm near Swea City in "1936 and retired to town in 1947. Mr. Larsen died in 1956. She was a member of the Open Bible church. Survivors include one son, Clyde, Swea City; one daughter, Margaret, Mrs. Ronald Johnson, Swea City; three grandchildren, six great-granddaughters; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Cord, Des Moines; and three brothers, Elmer Robison, Mallard, Raymond Robison, Swea City, and Clifford Robison, Boone. Services were at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Open Bible church with Pastor R. E. Thompson officiating. Interment was at Harrison township cemetery. Arrangement by Reese-Henry Funeral Home. Pallbearers were nephews. Burt Buys Truck BURT - The Burt council met in special session on Monday evening and approved the purchase of a new one-ton truck from Taylor Motor, Algona:. The cost of the purchase will be In the vicinity of $2,500. The new truck will replace one purchased by the town from the government when the streets were paved in 1940. Beauty Pageant Photos Friday and Saturday were busy days for eight girls from this area who were candidates for the title Miss Algona. The four photos above were snapped at various times during the contest, which wound up with a Pageant and the crowning of Miss Algona - Kitty Hardgrove in the high school auditorium Saturday night. At top, left, Miss Hardgrove's expression indicates she still can't believe she's it immediately alter her selection was announced. She was surprised, to say the least, but the tears of joy had not yet begun to flow when the shutter snapped. At bottom, left, Beanie Cooper, left, emcee for the event, interviews Pat Loebig, who was named Miss Congeniality and also one of the four finalists in the contest. Below, center, a chilly Diane Dogotch sits atop a convertible during the parade Saturday morning, which went on despite spitting rain and cool weather. At the right, the eight contestants are shorn on the stairway of the Johnson House Motel immediately after they had signed in there shortly after 3 p. m. Friday. From top to bottom on the steps are Sheri Baker, who was first runner-up in the contest, Sandi Haag, Miss Hardgrove, Caecilia Pfeffer, Pat McGuire, Carol Sloniker, finalist, Miss Dogotch and Miss Loebig, A crowd of 600-700 witnessed the evening show, which featured evening gown and swim suit competition and talent presentations, with the crowning of the Queen as a climax. (UDM Flashfo.tos) llgona Two Sections — 18 Pages ALOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 50 No July 4 Paper With next Tuesday the Fourth of July, and a national holiday without mail deliveries, no issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines will be printed next Monday. The next issue of this newspaper will be the regular Thursday paper, July 6, which will go to press on July 5. r<-r ADI icucr. IOX.E K:-.:. -i'! .1- rl.iss m.iHci .<; thr pnstoltu-i' .it AlRnna ESTABLISHED 1865 . v .v.; v.\ i i":i: ..:-cU" Act ,>: congress oi M.-m-h 3. St. Ann's Future Might Be Dependent On A-Conditioner Kotarians Install Officers The Algona Rotary Club installed new officers during its regular meeting at the Algona Hotel Monday. John Love, center, seated, is the new president. Also seated, left, is Dr. Don Klngfield, secretary, and Earl Lierley, right, vice president. Standing, left to right, are Stewart McFadden, Fr. Milo Dailey and Gordon Schmidt, retiring president, new members of the board. The other new board member, Don Deal, was not present when the photo was snapped. It has been announced that Rotary will sponsor a group of young adults from Australia, who will be visiting this area next spring in an attempt to learn more about businesses and professions and also about the people living in Iowa. Rotary is becoming an increasingly international brotherhood, with foreign clubs now outnumbering those in the United States. (UDM Flashfoto) Area Escapes Worst Wind, Funeral Held At St. Joe For Hail Activity Peter Reding Algonans escaped very severe thunderstorms which blitzed lowans Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, June 27 and 28. However, the forecast for the next few days calls for a 20% chance of rain in the area. The tornadic winds which swept through west and central Iowa produced hail, reported near West Bend, funnel clouds, two of which were sighted in the low ceiling over Spencer, and severe thundershower activity. Hail damage was also reported near LuVerne and Irvington Tuesday. The past week's readings and precipitation total shows a high of 80 last Thursday and slightly under an inch of rain reported at the KLGA official weather station. The week's record: DATE H L R June 21 76 63 .04 June 22 80 53 June 23 72 58 tr. June 24 74 49 .37 June 25 74 49 .12 June 26 78 61 June 27 77 51 June — 50 .22 Whittemore Golf The sale of membership certificates for the planned golf course at Whittemore are selling Well. The board urges everyone to sign up soon. They wanted to have as many as possible signed up by Monday, June 26. Memberships are available from Vic Perkins, Ed Elbert, H.R. Pettit, Albert Kramer, Harold Poppen, Jug Germann, Kenny Farrell, Bob Kain or Bob Braatz. A meeting was slated at the Legion hall on Monday, June 26, at 8 p.m. Neighboring towns were invited to the meeting. Funeral services for Peter C. Reding, 75, former St. Joe area resident, were held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic church with Father Leo Schumacher officiating and Hamilton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Burial followed in St. Joseph's cemetery. Mr. Reding died Sunday in Trimont, Minn., where he had lived for the past 40 years. He had been in failing health for nearly six months. Mr. Reding was in the real estate and insurance business. He was never married, but was an active member of St. Joseph's Church at Trimont, Knights of Columbus and the Trimont Commercial Club. He had also been the Democratic chairman for the past 25 years and was the head of the Cancer Fund there. Peter C. Reding was born April 11, 1892 to Nicholas and Anna Laubenthal Reding of St. Joe. He is survived by five s'sters and four brothers. They are Kate (Mrs. Frank Capesius), Andrew Reding, Louis Reding, Nicholas Reding, Jr. and Mrs. Clara Walker, all of Algona; Mrs. Elizabeth Bormann and Will Reding of St. Joe; Mrs. Steve Devine, Corwith; and Sister M. Phyllis Reding, Dubuque. New Manager, Big Bear Jim Theisfeld, above left, has been named new manager of the Big Bear Store in Algona, assuming his new duties as of Monday, June 26. Jim comes from Glencoe, Minnesota, where he has held a similar position for the past several years. Mr. and Mrs. Theisfeld will be at home in one of the Honsbruch duplex units on East Linden street. Ed Crawford, at right, who has been in Algona since 1958, has been promoted to the purchasing department of Big Bear and will be in the headquarters office of the company at St. Cloud, Minn, The Crawfords have purchased a home in St. Cloud and Mrs. Crawford and the children will be moving there next week. Mr. Crawford began his new duties Monday, June 26. The prospect for the future of St. Ann Hospital loomed brighter during the past week on the occasion of the third visit of the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict. This Order headquarters out of Madison, Wise. It is highly regarded in the western part of Iowa for its very able administration of St. Vincent's Hospital, Sioux City. A few members of the hospital lay committee met with representatives of the order and discussed the condition and future of the hospital. It was stated that some improvements are definitely needed, primarily air conditioning. The air conditioning project is quite sizeable, as a centralized system is the most feasible for the building. Research is underway to determine what type of system is best adapted for this particular building. It was further noted that air conditioning is of special need for speedy recovery of a patient; the medical benefits of air conditioning should not be minimized. In the very near future there will be a meeting of a larger lay committee of the area. The purpose of this meeting is to ascertain the extent of interest in this hospital and in the air conditioning project. The community must demonstrate their interest in the hospital and particularly in the air conditioning project. Without such support, the future of the hospital is not encouraging, and the success of obtaining the Sisters disappears. In brief, if the air conditioning project is not carried out, the lay committee is stymied for a solution to save the hospital. If the community wants to keep this fine hospital, it must demonstrate its interest by supporting this air conditioning project. Relative Of Algonans Tries To Save Life The nephew of an Algona couple, Larry McQuiston, about 30, Des Moines, applied mouth- to-mouth resuscitation to a badly injured 3 1/2-year-old boy there Sunday - to no avail. The lad, Mark William Watson, died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital shortly after he ran into the bumper of an auto. It marked the second time in nine months the little boy had collided with a car, and the tragic mishap Sunday occurred at almost the same spot as the earlier one from which he recovered. He darted into the street from behind a parked auto. Driver of the car was Rev. Norman D. Frerking, 51, Des Moines, who did not see the boy. He was reportedly traveling about 10 miles per hour when he heard a thump under the vehicle. Looking into his rear view mirror, he saw the boy lying in the street behind the auto. The driver and McQuiston carried the boy to a curb and the latter applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until an ambulance arrived. McQuiston is a nephew of Mr, and Mrs. C.R. McQuiston, Algona. Man Fined $300 For OMVI In District Court Robert D. Hepperle, Sr., was charged with OMVI in district court here this week and following a plea of guilty, was fined $300 and court costs by Judge 0. W, Stillman.

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