The "FIRST-OM-HE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . ISes; jitomes; 16 Pages Tabloid ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Aigona, Iowa (50611). Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879 Air»/\klA IsttA/A TIICCnAV AIIAIICT 9O 1OA7 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 66 Bancroft Altercation; 19 Arrested School Election Will Include Board Number There'll be more than election of two members of the school board facing residents in the Ai- gona Community School District when they go to the polls Sept. 11. It was announced during the weekend that voters in the district will also decide if the board should have seven members (beginning in Sept., 1968) instead of the current five. The school board, in spring of 1966, said "that we will, at the time of the next regular election, support a petition to increase the Aigona School District board of education from five to seven members with all of the members elected at large." Acting upon petitions filed with the necessary number of signers, the board has directed the proposition of changing the number of members from five to seven in the upcoming election. Should the 7-member board be approved next month, the two extra memberships will be filled at the regular school election in Sept, 1968, one for a 3-year term, 1968-71, and the other for a one-year term, 1968-69. Thereafter, two terms would expire in Sept, 1969, two in 1970, three in 1971 and similarly thereafter. A majority of votes Sept 11 is required to pass the measure. The terms of two members of the board, Mrs. Ruth Bay and Bob Black, expire at this time. They have filed for re-electionandtwo Aigona men, Phil Diamond and Joe E. Lynch, have also filed for the posts. Polls will be open Sept 11 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Community Center Building, Riverdale twp., for voters in Riverdale and Sherman townships; the City Hall, Whittemore, for voters in Whittemore, Whittemore and Lotts Creek townships; and the high school here for all others in the district Deadline for filing for possible election to the school board here is noon, Sept. 1 Kids Smoking Near Storage Tanb Dangerous The Aigona police department reported that Cy Venteicher, operator of the Conoco bulk plant, Friday morning found evidence of young persons smoking near the plant. A number of stubs of cigarettes were discovered near the tanks. At the site are four or five tanks of 5,000-gallon capacity or more. The police department issued a warning that parents should check with their minor children and find out if they are involved in this type of "behind the barn" smoking and point out the dangers of such activities. Strange Twist Aftermath Of Area Mishap An itinerant book salesman, Gary J. Christian, 25, Hooppole, HI., would up with a swollen leg and in the hands of the sheriff at Ida Grove following a one-car mishap two miles east of Hurt at 12 p.m. Wednesday. Investigation, including a police radio check by Patrolman Tom Cogdall, who was called following the mishap, resulted in the strange series of events leading up to Christian's return to Ida Grove. David D. Brown was driving a new Triumph sports car owned by Christian when the vehicle went out of control and into a ditch, resulting in an estimated $500 damage to the vehicle. Brown was charged with failing to have control of the car. Cogdall's work proved the car was sold in Iowa and had a license applied for placard from Illinois. The driver had a Wisconsin driver's license. Police radio turned up the information that Christian had been in court at Holstein and when it came time for him to pay his fine, he stood up as if to get his billfold out - and instead ran from the room and left town. There was a warrant out for his arrest and the sheriff from Ida Grove picked him up here Thursday. But, there's more. Following the mishap at Burt, the men were at St. Ann hospital where Christain was checked over. There was nothing wrong with that, but when Cogdall found them drinking beer on the front steps of the place, he charged both with consuming beer in a public place. Christine R. Fisher, 13, Sioux City, got glass splinters in both hands and her right leg when an auto driven by John J. Clark, 21, Aigona, went into a ditch five miles north of Sexton at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday. She was treated at St. Ann. The auto, which was headed west at the time, made a left turn off a gravel road, slanted into the ditch and came to rest on its top, resulting in an estimated $575 damage to the auto. The driver was charged with failing to have control. Cogdall also investigated that mishap. Fall At Home In good condition at Holy Family Hospital inEsthervilieis John Erickson, 82, Swea City. He fell in his home Wednesday and according to his attending physician, didn't break any bones. This is the Bancroft Ball Room where most of the fighting and scuffling occurred Saturday night shortly after 10 p. m. The dance did not continue after the altercation. (UDM Newsfoto) 50-60 Young Men Invade Dance Hall A short-lived rumble at Bancroft Saturday night resulted in the arrest of six Juveniles and 13 young men, 18-22 years of age, from Mason City, Clear Lake and Corning, N. Y. as 11 peace officers and many adult citizens from that town quickly handled a situation that could have erupted into a very serious affair. Names of the Juveniles, of course, will not be released. They will be handled by Juvenile authorities in Cerro Gordo county. Names of the other 13, including 10 who paid $100 and costs each and three who remained in jail here Monday morning, were not released by Justice Bill Droessler, Bancroft, pending final disposition of the matters. Officers are still working on the matter, attempting to clear up rumors and possibly arrest other combatants who had a part in the fray. Marshal Lloyd Dixon of Bancroft pieced the story together for the Upper DesMoines Sunday. It went like this: About 10 p. m. Saturday, nine cars pulled into Bancroft and parked near Welp*s Feed Mill near the southwest city limits. The drivers and passengers, estimated 50-60 strong, left the vehicles and began walking right up the middle of the street to ward the Bancroft Ball Room, located near the north edge of the town, On the way to the ball room, two youths were pulled from a car on Bancroft's main street and one was beaten up. He was one of four reportedly injured. One reported several teeth knocked loose and another had a broken nose. The out-of-towners then continued to the ball room and forced their way in without attempting to pay. Once inside, a group went to the bandstand where cords were torn from instruments and some instruments broken. Mem- bers of the band left as soon as the fracas got underway. There were fisticuffs also on the dance floor before the altercation was brought to a halt about a half-hour after arrival of the cars. Marshal Dixon, who has served in that post at Bancroft for 10 years, made the right decision when, seeing the march up the street, he sent for help from surrounding peace agencies. Answering his call were Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, his deputies, Don Wood and Eppo Bulten, Patrolmen Charles Bird and Tom Cogdall, Aigona, and patrolmen from Ft. Dodge, Rockwell City and Clarion. County Attorney Bing MacDonald also was notified. Also aiding in the round-up of fighters and would-be battlers were Axel Brattlund, Nixon's assistant, and George Anderson, who serves as policeman at the dance hall each Saturday night. Larry Nemmers is manager of the ball room. The parked cars were towed to the business district where they were impounded and a guard placed near them. Towing charges were also assessed to the owners. It is not known for certain what happened to the remainder of the young men who first appeared. They probably scattered and got out of town before they could be arrested. Parents of many of the young men involved arrived later Saturday night to pay fines and pick up cars at Bancroft. Officers were on duty until 3;30 a. m. Sunday processing those arrested during the melee. They were rounded up and kept at the Legion hall at Bancroft. The adult citizens of Bancroft were complimented by Sheriff Lindhorst for their help in the matter. Services Set Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie Lavrenz, 79, Burt, will be held Tuesday (today) in St. John's Lutheran church at Burt at 2 p. m, Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft, is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be found in the Thursday edition of the Upper Des Moines. $300 Fine Is Imposed On Youth; Theft District Court Judge G. W. Stillman heard four cases Friday afternoon, with one sentence pronounced and three defendants to be sentenced in an appearance set for Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. Arnold Johnson, 18, Ledyard, charged specifically with willfully commiting a trespass by willfully taking and carrying away grain in excess of $50, was fined $300 or a jail term to serve out the fine at $5 per day if the fine were not paid. Johnson was charged by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst with complicity with James Richardson, 18, also Ledyard, with theft July 13 of corn owned by Edward and Dennis Knoner, Ledyard, and sold July 14. Judge Stillman had set date of sentence for Richardson and two other youths charged with complicity in a series of thefts of grain and hogs, which took place on dates in June, July and August. Craig Lloyd and Lyle Jorgenson, both 18, Ledyard, also will be sentenced Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. following their written plea of guilty and pending pre-sentence investigation. Total value of stolen goods was set at the prices they received for sale in Blue Earth, which was $1,206.21. Also appearing before Judge Stillman Friday was Terry E, Letcher, 18, Buffalo Center, charged with larceny in excess of $20. Specifically, he was charged with theft of an automobile motor. Pending pre-sentence investigation, the court will pronounce sentence at 10 a.m. Sept. 2. Raymond H. Dreyer, 20, and Roger Lyle England, 18, both Fenton, are also to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Sept. 2, following pre- sentence investigation, They are charged with larceny in excess of $20, following theft of eight tires Aug. 22 from a truck parked at the Acreage Motel.
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