The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 18, 1967 · Page 8
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 18, 1967
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The "HRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Bionics 2 Sections - 24 Tabloid Pages fSTAMISHID IMS ^^^Tua^^^^SS^^^uS^^ ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JULY 18, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 54 Minnesota Man Is Auto Victim Killed When Cars Collide South Of Burf A 63-year-old Nicollet, Minn, man, Ed Zins, became Kossuth's fourth auto fatality during 1967 and the third in the last 11 days when he succumbed to severe injuries following a grinding 2- car crash two miles south of Burt on highway 169 about 10:30 a. m. Saturday. Mr. Zins died about three hours after the crash, shortly after he was taken with his wife, also severely hurt, to Park Hospital, Mason City. Mr. Zins suffered severe head injuries, a broken right wrist and broken left knee, while his wife, Leona, 56, suffered head injuries, a fractured jaw, three fractures of the left arm and a broken left knee. She remains in serious condition at the Mason City hospital. Also hurt seriously, but reportedly in good condition at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, where they were flown for treatment, were the driver of the other auto, William F. Barry, 39, Des Moines, fractured pelvis, broken right wrist, eye injury and fractured left thigh, and his wife, Mary Ellen, 26, broken left elbow, fractured pelvis, facial and head cuts. The Minnesota auto was headed south and the Des Moines vehicle was headed north when the head- on crash occurred-the point of impact being the northbound lane of traffic. The Minnesotans were riding in a 1967 Chevrolet and the Barrys were in a 1966 Buick and both vehicles were demolished. The Des Moines people reportedly were on vacation headed for Leech Lake, Minn., and a large amount of scouba diving equipment was in the back seat. All four were taken to St. Ann Hospital here in two ambulances from Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft, and a station wagon driven by Sen. Don Murray, then transferred to the other hospitals after preliminary treatment by John Schutter, Dean Koob and Dan Bray, Algona doctors. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood investi- gated, was called to the scene by Marge Haupert, who lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Haupert, less than a half-mile north of the scene of the crash, which occurred at the intersection of 169 and a county gravel road. Mr. Haupert, who was working in a field nearby, Mrs. Richard Sarchet, rural Algona, who saw the cars collide while looking in the rear view mirror of her car, and Leonard Hansen, who was driving a tractor on the gravel road west of the intersection, witnessed the crash. The pictures above graphically show what took place immediately after an ambulance arrived. Don Smith of the Upper Des Moines shot a series of pictures, being the first photographer at the scene, and the two above show ambulance attendants and others who lended a hand moving the injured. At the left, attendants are in the process of lifting Mr. Barry onto a stretcher. He was thrown partially out of the vehicle and was found lying on the pavement with his legs still inside. Between the three vehicles, Mr. Zins can be seen lying on the pavement where he was placed with his head on a blanket and made as comfortable as possible. The ambulance at right in the photo contains a stretcher which holds Mrs. Zins. The Zins auto is at the left and the Barry car in the background. At the right, attendants are shown wheeling the stretcher bearing Mrs. Zins to the ambulance while the fatally-injured Mr. Zins is shown lying on the pavement. Mrs. Sarchet stands at the left. It is possible the Zins car may have been about to pass the Sarchet vehicle, which was ahead of it in the southbound lane. Tire marks indicated Mr. Zins hit his brakes some distance from the point of impact in his own lane and the vehicle veered slightly to the right. He may have turned too abruptly to the left, thinking he was going into the shallow west ditch, and the car then slanted across into the east lane and collided with the Barry vehicle, which left more than two-thirds of a block of dark tire marks to the point of impact. The Zins auto wound up headed north and the Barry Heavy Hail Damage, Rain In Sunday Storms In Kossuth Much-needed rainfall arrived in this area Sunday - coming in the form of cloudbursts during the late morning and mid-afternoon — and was greatly appreciated. However, the damaging hail that came with it didn't meet with similar approval. Heavy crop damage resulted in scattered sections of this area when hail, including some stones as large as golf balls, blasted fields to a pulp. According to Kossuth Mutual Ins. Co. officials here, a total of 12 farmers had reported hail damage by about 9 a. m. Monday morning — and many more claims were exepcted as a result of the storm. Most of the damage in this vicinity occurred near Whittemore, Lotts Creek, Plum Creek, West Bend and Algona. In some instances, crops were expected to be a total loss. There were two cloudbursts, both of short tenure, in Algona, accompanied by high winds that knocked down many tree limbs and branches and a few TV antennas. Street crews were out early Monday picking up debris from streets and parking areas. Rainfall, according to the official weather station, KLGA, measured .84 of an inch there with much larger quantities believed measured in other areas of Kossuth. Some amateur machine was headed east after the crash. The interiors of both autos were spattered with blood and the victims, with the exception of Mrs. Barry, were covered with blood when removed from the scene. Mrs. Zins had to be pried out of the front seat of their auto. Visibility at the scene at the time was considered good and the highway is level for some distance boths ways from the intersection. None of the occupants of the vehicles were thrown out during the mishap. weathermen reported up to two inches. The rain was the first of consequence here for some time, and was sorely needed. New Order Of Sisters For St. Ann Here Operation of St. Ann Hospital here, which for some months has been more or less up in the air, was settled somewhat this week when the Order of St. Benedict Sisters, Madison, Wise., which for some time had been considering taking it over, became the new owners and operators. Their acceptance came after they were assured financial assistance for needed improvements would be offered by the community served. Harry Greenberg, owner of Greenberg Auto Supply here, has been named chairman of an area hospital committee, which will conduct a financial drive to get the needed funds for modernization deemed necessary. Included in the plans, as announced earlier, is air conditioning. Possibility of an addition to the present structure, some time in the future, has also been rumored recently, The hospital committee was slated to hold a meeting for discussion of immediate plans at the new Veterans Memorial Building here at 8 p.m. Monday (last night). A quota, or goal, for the amount of funds needed for immediate projects has not been announced to date. Social Hour The Algona High School class of 1949 will have a social hour for friends and faculty members July 21 at 9 p.m. at Charlie's Supper Club here. Georgia Thaves Funeral Held At Lakota Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia L. Thaves, 77, longtime resident of Algona, were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Presbyterian church at Lakota. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. She died Friday at the Heritage Home, Bancroft, and had been in ill health for some time. She was the daughter of George and Louise Gesbeck Schmitt and was married to Edward Thaves June 25, 1914. He was very well- known here and preceded her in death several years ago. A son and a daughter also preceded her in death. Survivors include two brothers, Elmer Schmitt, Sarasota, Fla., and Irvin Schmitt, Arlington, Va. $950 Damage Two Mishaps A pair of Saturday mishaps in this area resulted in a total of $950 damage to autos involved, according to the Algona police department. The first occurred at 6 p. m. on a dead end gravel road about 7 1/2 miles northwest of Algona when an auto driven by Wilma D. Schmidt, 46, Lake Mills, hit loose gravel and rolled into a ditch. None of the four persons inside were injured. The mishap was reported to local police. At 7:20 p. m., a car driven by Andrew D. Kramer, 33, Wesley, struck the rear of an auto driven by Jody L. Cutler, 28, Council Bluffs, resulting in an estimated $350 damage. The latter was charged with failing to have control by police who investigated.

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