The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . Slgona Upper jilomes 16 Papos Tabloid IUAC Entered iis second class mnttcr ;it tin- postoliuv .it AlRoiiii. lou.i IOO3 ,505111. Nov. I. ITO2. under Act .if Congress of M.-m-li 3. IR7" ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 52 Teenagers In Pre-Dance Activities Crash Kills Algona Girl, 18 Lynne Duranf Victim North Of Bancroft An 18-year old Algona girl, Lynne Ellen Durant, became the third auto fatality in Kossuth county in 1967, and the second within a four day period. She died Saturday evening after a two-car collision on a gravel road about one-half mile north of Bancroft. The girl is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Durant, 1000 North Roan St. Four other occupants of the two cars were also injured, two of them hospitalized. Jerry Ray Miller, 19, Altoona, la., driver of the car in which the Durant girl was riding, was hospitalized at St. Ann in Algona with cuts, bruises and undetermined injuries. Arlene Schaeffer, 15, Algona, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schaeffer, now in Park Hospital, Mason City, suffered a fractured pelvic bone and other injuries undetermined. She was also an occupant of the Miller car. Michael Allen Asmus, 16, of Rake, driver of the second car, received cuts and bruises but was released after medical treatment. ' Vincent Wolf, 16, Bancroft, riding with Asmus, received cuts and bruises and was released after medical treatment at the scene. Miss Durant succumbed to a broken neck. She was thrown from the Miller car after the collision, which took place in pre-dance activity prior to the Saturday night dance at Bancroft attended by young people from a wide area. Her body was found 22 feet from the wrecked Miller car. The accident happened on what is known as the "dump road" leading north of Bancroft, along Left- The Miller death car; right — the Asmus car. (Photos by Sheriff Ralph Lindliorst) the east side of the C. & N. W. tracks. There are conflicting reports on how it happened, as told to the sheriffs officers. Miller says he was going around Asmus when the latter car hooked his. Asmus says Miller was going around him and swerved in too sharply. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst said the affair was under investigation and charges, if any, are pending the results, and interrogation of the injured young people when possible. Miller was driving a 1960 Ford Falcon; Asmus was driving a 1957 Plymouth. Both were termed total losses. The Miller car went off the west side of the road, remaining upright. The Asmus car went off the east side of the road and came to rest upside down. First report of the mishap was received by Algona police about 8:15 p. m. in a call from Lloyd Dixon, Bancroft marshal, who said lie had been told a car was in a ditch north of Bancroft, upside down. Algona police notified Eppo Bulten, sheriff s deputy on duty, who went to the scene, unaware that two cars were involved and a fatality had occurred. He called Sheriff Lindhorst at once on learning further details. Garry's ambulance of Bancroft brought the injured to Algona, and the Schaeffer girl was transferred from St. Ann to Mason City shortly afterward. John Bauer, working in an adjacent field, said he saw the collision from a distance, but was not close enough to see exactly what happened. McCullough Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements for the Durant girl's funeral. Funeral services for Lynne Ellen Durant will be held today (Tuesday) at 2 p. m, in the First Presbyterian church with Rev. Walter F. Morz'officiating. Burial will take place in Riverview cemetery. Miss Durant was born in Algona May 10,1949, the daughter of Milo and" Dorothy Cook Durant. In addition to her parents, she is survived by four brothers, Eugene Durant of Algona, Kenneth Durant, Spec. 5 in the U.S. Army, Milo, Jr., and John, both at home; three sisters, Mrs. Richard (Joyce) Nielson, Lu- Verne; Mrs. Francis (Stella) Moden, Des Moines; Mrs. Donald (Jane) McFarland, Ft. Dodge. Pall bearers will include Al Wittmus, Sexton; Martin Smith, Ellis Mains, and Robert Kollasch, all of Algona. $1300 DAMAGE IN WHITTEMORE CRASH At 2 a. m. Sunday, autos driven by Francis P. Grotty, Jr., 18, Whittemore, and Edward P. nig, 21, Bode, collided on a county blacktop road a half-mile south of Whittemore, resulting in an estimated $1,300 damage to the vehicles. Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten investigated. There were no injuries reported. Wednesday afternoon, Marian K. Haag, Omaha, Nebr., escaped injury when the auto she was driving went out of control and rolled into a ditch along a gravel road three miles south and a mile east of Whittemore. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $500 by Patrolman Charles Bird who investigated. Three Men In Running For P.O. Job Here Three Algona men, John B. Snere, Richard D. Godfredson and Edward P. Farrell, are eligible for the postmaster position here, according to an announcement from the Civil Service Commission Thursday. Farrell is at present acting postmaster. The job here pays $7,665 per year. Co. Supervisor Chairman Charles Plathe Passes Charles B. Plathe, 74, well- known St. Joe area man and chairman of the county board of supervisors since January this year, died in his sleep at his home there early Friday morning. He was a long-time member of the board of supervisors. Funeral services for Mr. Plathe were held in St. Joseph's Catholic church at St. Joe at 10 a.m. Monday, witli Rev. L. C. Schumacher celebrant of the sol- umn requiem high mass. Assisting were Rev. Nicholas Huba, deacon, and Rev. R. W. Phillips, sub-deacon. Burial was at the parish cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A lifelong resident of St. Joe, Mr. Plathe was born there April 29, 1893, to Joseph and Catherine Lucas Plathe. He married Clara Fulirrnann there Jan. 30, 1918 and she preceded him in death in 1952. Mr. Plathe, a third and fourth degree KC, had beenamernlxjrof the board of supervisors for a number of years and was also actively engaged in farming at the time of his death. Besides his latest term as chairman, he served in that capacity in 1963. His first term on the board began in 1958. The county courthouse was closed Monday for Mr. Plathe's funeral. His successor on the board will be named by Auditor Marc Moore, Clerk Alma Pearson and Recorder Mertie Huber and the term will run until the end of 1968. The board will then elect a new chairman. Survivors include three sons, Arthur, Corwith, Vernon , St. Benedict, and Delmer, St. Joe; three sisters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Peter Mertz), West Bend, Cecelia CHARLES PLATHE (Mrs. Ed Reilly), Janes- villa, Wise., and Barbara, Des Moines; and 13 urandchildren. New Commander Of Legion Here New officers of Hagg-Turner Post of the American Legion here were installed Wednesday evening by Eldon McVay, 8th District Legion Commander from Plover. Retiring commander of the local post is Frank Saiter. Installation took place at the new Veterans Memorial Building. Newly-installed officers include Nels Anderson, commander; Dan Fisher, first vice- commander; Les James, second vice-commander; Tom Aaron, adjutant; Charles F. Bloom, finance officer; Robert Riedel, sergeant-at-arms; Dr. N. J. Kelley, historian; and Leo Cassel, service officer.
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