The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 7, 1967 · Page 23
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 7, 1967
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CUor Plcturw - Mori N«w* - Circulotion aigona Upper ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered .is second rl.iss rn.'iiti i50511i. Nov 1 1W2. unrlf! Act postofficc at AlKon.i. low .1 onerps'; of Marc-h 3. Ifl7f> AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1967 3 Section* - 20 Metro, 8 Tabloid VOL. 101 NO. 68 Six Business Places Hit By Break-Ins BY RUSS WALLER We*s Bartlett of Algona seems destined to put in a pretty active month of September in behalf of Kiwanis International. He was reelected a trustee at the recent national convention, and now has been named to be official national representative at the West Virginia district convention, Sept. 15-16 at Parkersburg, West Virginia . ... but that isn't the end of it .... a week later, Sept. 24-27 he will also represent the national organization and act as principal speaker at the Ontario- Quebec-Maritime convention at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.... one good thing about it, the two conventions are far enough apart so that maybe Wes can give the same talk both places I * * * City Clerk Dave Smith informs us that the city fathers are none too friendly to the rat population at the Algona Municipal Dump, and have upped the budget for rat poison in the present crisis brought about by a rapidly expanding rat population .... it also seems that the city has purchased more dumping ground from A. F. Van Buren, which seems to indicate that the present dump location will remain, although it is gradually disappearing into the more remote northwestern sector of our fair city .... and because we brought the rat situation into print a couple of weeks ago, we find ourselves tagged with the title of "Pied Piper" by O. B. Laing, who does, however, wish us luck in an anti-rat campaign. * * * A series of Teen Dances for sophomore through senior students from both local schools is being planned by the local Legion post for the Veterans Memorial building here — small admission fee, supervised, and Mason City fellows stay away I * * * One of our summer excursions brought us in contact with the manager of a smorgasbord restaurant, quite popular in the north central states, and he had some interesting observations. As our readers know, most smorgasbords have a "one price" deal and you choose your own foods in whatever quantities you desire. They offer a large selection of salads first, most tempting, and usually so much so that the various samples have filled a good part of the plate before you get into the main course items, which cost the restaurant the most money incidentally .... then the "one price" does not include a beverage or a dessert and by the time these are added in on the total bill it isn't quite as inexpensive as it first seemed .... but there is considerable variety and it's usually very good food, with a Scandinavian tinge and often prepared by folks with a real Scandinavian background and cooking know-how . . . .the rules are few, but one of them is that you can't carry any uneaten food out with you I * * * Our mail bag brought a formal looking envelope from the Internal Revenue Service, which as our readers know only too well, doesn't lend a cheerful note to mail call. But this one was a news release informing us that the grape harvest season is again at hand, and that heads of families can make up to 200 gallons of wine for home use - tax free. However, you must comply with a law requiring registration of intent and other papers to produce wine, with the IRS .... at the conclusion of all this red tape you'll probably decide it's easier to buy it or forget the whole thing. * * * They tell us that Harvey Johnson has attended so many of those Thursday baseball games at Twins Stadium, at which Senior Citizens of the area are special guests at reduced rates, that folks up that way think he's a resident of Bloomington I * * * Bruce Sundet of Algona will captain the Luther College cross country team in the fall competition .... Luther will be defending the Iowa Conference crown in the sport won by the Norse the past three seasons. $2522 Whittemore Bank Theft •• •••%• 4% J* 4 Candidates For Two School Board Post; Election Is Monday, Sept. 11 City Buys Property, To Expand Parking Area The deadline for filing was reached and passed here Friday noon - and as a result four candidates will seek a pair of posts on the Algona Community School District's board of education when voters go to the polls next Monday, Sept. 11. Polls, located at the Community Center Bldg. in Riverdale township for voters in Riverdale and Sherman townships; the City Hall, Whittemore, for voters living there and in Whittemore and Lotts Creek townships; and the high school building here for all others in the district, will be open from noon to 7 p.m. that day. A large turnout is expected. Also to be decided by voters during the same trip to the polls is the question of number of members on the board. Voters will be asked to determine if the board should have the present number of members, five, or add another pair in 1968, making the total seven. A majority is needed to pass the 7-member proposal. The terms of incumbents, Mrs. Ruth Bay, Algona, and Robert Black, Irvington township, are expiring. They filed for re-election to the. board, as did two well-* known Algona men, Joe. E. Lynch, attorney, and Phil Diamond, businessman. Lynch is a 1940 graduate of Algona High and has been an attorney here since graduation from law school at the University of Iowa. He is associated with the firm of Linnan, Lynch and Straub. Diamond came to Algona about 1950 from Ft. Dodge and owns and operates Diamond's store here. Other present members of the board include Russ Medin, Whittemore, president; and Jack Limbaugh and John Claude, Algona. Fred Diekmann has also filed for the post of school district treasurer and is on the ballot with those seeking board posts. Also to be elected the same day is a member of the county board of education from area two, which includes the Swea City, Sentral, Greenwood and Bancroft school districts. Two candidates, Dick Shoenhair, Bancroft, incumbent; and W.A. Renger, Swea City, filed for the post. An addition to the Algona municipal parking lot on East Nebraska street will result after action by the Algona City Council last Wednesday evening. The council authorized purchase of the lot at 123 E. Nebraska Street, which includes the home of the late F. L. Robinault and his widow, Mrs. Ollie Robinault. Mr. Robinault succumbed, recently, and Mrs. Robinault is planning to move to an apartment or rest home in the near future. Sale price was $14,500. According to estimates of the Algona police department, the new parking area after removal of the present home, should allow for off-street parking of an additional 40 to 50 cars, only a half block from State Street. In other city council action — A beer permit approved for Leona's Tap. Room and board benefits of the group insurance policy held by the city for city employees was raised from $15 to $20 per day. The sanitary and storm sewer project bids were opened and the low bid of $46,607.40 from Gjellefald Construction of Forest City was accepted, with no objections filed. Other bidders were the Pyland Construction Company, Des Moines, $60,396; Reding Gravel and Excavating firm, Algona, $51,488; and Lundell Contractors, Inc., Cherokee, $49,010. Work on the project, on the east side of the city, is expected to begin in October. Completion date was set on or before Dec. 15. There was discussion of a proposed city ordinance on Dutch elm disease. The council agreed to replace that portion of the driveway removed for curb and gutter construction in front of the Ted Chris- chilles residence. An additional appropriation of $6,000 was granted for the Algona airport, for construction of a new hangar. Mayor William J. Finn read a letter from Wayne Keith, county Civil Defense administrator, stating that a Civil Defense Management course will begin Sept. 21 to continue for ten weeks. The class will be limited to 30 persons, with members of counties adjacent to Kossuth invited to participate. Mayor Finn will name a preresentative from Algona in the near future. Several other routine matters were taken up, and the current bills were approved in an appropriating ordinance. The next meeting of the council will take place Wednesday evening, Sept. 13. Deputize Firemen At a special meeting held last Wednesday noon, Titonka's mayor, Harold Gartner, met with members of the Titonka Fire Department to establish a civilian organization to curb any local disturbance or assist in any disaster that might hit the community. The mayor deputized all men present as special police for Titonka at any time they may be needed. Licenses To Wed Six wedding licenses were issued at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. They went to John C. Wickett and Nancy L. Brink, Aug. 30; Keith E. Sunde and Joan Miller; Edmund McGuire and Jean Karels; Richard W. Lavrenz and Sharon E. Arndorter; John J. Sturm and Marlene Ferguson; and Kenneth Strayer and Eunice Riebhoff, Sept. 1. Two Hurt, Tuesday Crash Two Wisconsin girls, apparently headed for their home at Cudahy, were injured in a two- car crash just east of Algona on highway 18 at 3:10 p. m. Tuesday. Injured were the driver of the Wisconsin auto, a 1964 Buick sedan, Jean T. Littmann, 21, who sustained bruises and contusions, and her sister, Catherine, 20, who suffered a broken back, lacerations of the face and a severe cut near one eye. She was treated at St. Ann Hospital here, then taken to a Mason City hospital for further treatment. Jean was treated and released here. At the time of the crash, the Littmann vehicle was following a car driven by Lloyd W. Bleckwenn, 49, Fenton. Both vehicles were headed east when Bleckwenn, according to a witness, signaled a left (north) turn toward the driveway leading to Ernie Williams John Deere Implement shop. The Littmann car's right front struck the left front portion of Bleckwenn's 1963 Ford sedan. The Bleckwenn vehicle remained on the highway, winding up in the middle of the road headed east, while the Littmann auto spun across the driveway, rolled over and came to rest 70 feet east of the drive, headed south and on its wheels. Both passengers were thrown out as seat belts were not fastened, according to Patrolman Charles Bird, who with Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and Policeman' Pete Jorgenson investigated. The left edge .of the Wisconsin vehicle apparently rested on one of the girls and Mr. Bleckwenn told Bird he was able to lift the car enough so she could get out. The Buick, at left in the photo, was termed a total loss and the Bleckwenn car, at right, sustained an estimated $650 damage. Also shown in the photo are Patrolman Bird and Mr. Bleckwenn, standing in the ditch between the vehicles with a witness; and Sheriff Lindhorst, on the shoulder of the highway near the Bleckwenn auto. (UDM Newsfoto by Don Smith) Investigating officers who entered the Farmers State Bank at Whittemore early Thursday morning, Aug. 31, found a large vault in the condition shown in these two photos. At the left, two safety deposit boxes (second and third from the right, top row) had been jimmied. The one on the right had been punched open, but was empty, while the thieves failed to get into the other. All change in the money changers on top of the deposit boxes was taken- and was among the total of $2,522.22 taken from the bank. At right, the vault door is shown, with dial off and ajar. Chisels and punches used to open the vault can be seen on the floor in front of the door. (Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst Photos) No Deaths, But 7 injured In Area Weekend Crashes The highway fatality record in Iowa during the Labor Day week end was considered good (with only eight deaths compared with 27 a year earlier), and Kossuth's record went unsullied despite a total of six mishaps that resulted in injuries to seven persons. Three were hurt slightly in a minor mishap on State street here at 3:18 p.m. Sunday. They were Mrs. Jerome Leto, 69, Kenosha, Wise.; Patty McCleish, Lone Rock; and Delores Spyksma, 19, Rock Rapids. The first two received neck whiplashes and the latter a cut knee. An auto driven by Charlotte M. Hillberg, 40, Algona, was stopped at a stop light and an auto driven by Cecilia A.Schiltz, 20, Bancroft, was stopped behind. The Spyksma vehicle struck the Schiltz machine from the rear, with the latter auto striking the Hillberg car. All were headed west at the time. Damage to the autos was estimated at $525 by city police who investigated. Miss Spyksma was charged with failing to stop in an assured clear distance. At 12:05 a.m. the same day, two Algonans, Ralph N. Simons, 43, and Robert Johnson, 31, were hurt when the truck tractor driven by the former went into a ditch two miles east of Algona on McGregor road. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $500 by the police. The men were taken to St. Ann hospital, Simons suffering cuts and head injuries and Johnson a shoulder injury. Both were released a day later. Eden Sykes, 59, and Roger Schroeder, 6, Swea City, were injured slightly when autos driven by Clifton E. Sykes, 60, and Barbara J. Schroeder, 33, Swea City, collided two miles north and two east of Swea City on a county gravel road at ll:40a.m. Friday. They sustained bumps and were taken home. ( Mr. Sykes was headed north, turning east, and the other vehicle was headed east at the time of the mishap. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $l,100by Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten who investigated. An auto driven by Dennis M. Walker, 20, Algona, slid on highway 18 north of Algona Labor Day at 1:40 a.m. and went into the south ditch, resulting in an estimated $350 damage to the ve<- hide, according to police. According to the driver, he was attempting to pass a slow moving vehicle at the time of the crash. Police also investigated two mishaps here Friday. The first occurred at 8:50 p.m. at the in- Alienation Suit Is Filed; Asking '50,000 Damages Clarence Thilges filed a damage suit In district court here this week in which he seeks $50,000 from Maynard P. Nemitz, Fenton, defendant, for alienation of affections. According to the petition, the plaintiff married Joane Metzger Feb. 9, 1952 at Whittemore and they have two minor boys. In the plaintiffs petition it states that the "defendant became and was acquainted with the wife of the plaintiff about two years ago, well knowing Joane Thilges to be the wife of the plaintiff." The petition also says the plaintiffs wife was employed by the defendant as a housekeeper and claims the defendant acquired an influence over the wife of the plaintiff. As a result, the petition states, the "plaintiffs home and his life have been made desolate and ruined." A sales contract and account matter were other new cases filed. Ken Wehrspann, doing business as Ken's Auto Service, plaintiff, alleges there is a $1,524.08 balance due on a sales contract, with Richard Waldera the defendant. Another $199.58 is claimed due to settle a separate account. Thomas A. Murray, Bancroft, waived preliminary hearing in Mayor Bill Finn's court here and was bound over to district court on an OMVI charge. He was arrested by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst at Bancroft Aug. 26. Vandals Break Windows, Spree At Bancroft Several Bancroft building and car windows were broken Thursday night, apparently by high power B-B gun blasts. Town marshal Lloyd Dixon and Kossuth sheriffs officers are investigating the vandalism, which also included stripping ignition wires off of about 16 or 18 tractors at Bancroft implement shop. Windows at the Bancroft liquor store and around the door of St. John's church were broken, along with windows of cars parked at Kemna Motors and on the street near the auto agency. tersection of Dodge and Nebraska streets. Autos driven by Kenneth F. Besch, 41, Algona fireman who was on his way to the fire station, and Edwin F. Ueb, 58, also Algona, collided. An estimated $500 damage resulted to the vehicles and Lieb was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way. At 11:35 p.m., autos driven by Howard H. Wellendorf, 42, Mason City, and Policeman Charles K. Day, Algona, collided on West State street as the former backed from a parking space. The Mason City man was charged with improper backing and an estimated $375 damage resulted to the machines. Algona Man's Mother Dies; Buffalo Center Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Buffalo Center, for Mrs, Bertha Venteicher, 79, who died Monday at St. Ann Hospital, Algona. Death was due to a stroke. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery at Buffalo Center with Winter Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Venteicher was born Oct. 15, 1887, at Wellay, Iowa. She has been residing at Timely Mission Home at Buffalo Center. Survivors include four sons, Lambert of Camorello, Calif., Cyril of Algona, Leon and Stanley, both of Buffalo Center; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Ann Knecht of Algona, Mrs. Rose Ann Salz of Des Moines, and Mrs. Vanita Wirtjes of Buffalo Center; 14 grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Six sisters also survive. New Owners The Benedictine Sisters began operation (and ownership) of St. Ann Hospital here Friday, Sept. 1. The local hospital had been owned and operated since it opened in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy, FBI On Case; Safe In Vault Not Opened A nonchalant thief (or thieves) {aid a visit to Whittemore last Wednesday night - and after spending what must have been quite a while - pulled out with $2,658.22 in cash stolen from five business places, including $2,522.22 from the vault at the Fanners State Bank. The break-ins were termed the work of pros by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst,. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood and six FBI agents who investigated the matter in an attempt to turn up clues Thursday. The Investigation is being continued. The loss was insured. Besides the bank, break-Ins were also discovered at Elbert Hardware, Zumach Food Store, Jerry and Marty's Market, Elbert Chevrolet and the Hiway Inn. All are located on the main street at Whittemore. Apparently the thefts occurred during the wee hours Thursday, as Ed Maahs, marshal at Whittemore, was on duty until about 11 p. m. Wednesday. One couple, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schumacher, who live in an apartment over their store near the bank, heard nothing while the thefts were occurring near them. A bar was used to open the front door of the bank. Once inside, the culprits knocked the dial off the vault, using tools stolen from Elbert Hardware and Elbert Chevrolet, and the inner workings of the dial punched, allowing the door to be opened. The tools were left on the floor outside the vault door and all available change stolen from inside. The bank's currency is kept in a virtually-Impregnable round safe, so couldn't be taken. A couple of safety deposit boxes in the vault were also tampered with and entrance to one proved of no avail as it was empty. The other was not opened. Harold Poppen of Whittemore, along with Vic Perkins, was first at the bank Thursday. They discovered the door damaged and Poppen pushed it open. However, Mr. Perkins was able to lock It with his key, despite the beating it had taken. The bank remained closed until investigators had gone through it thoroughly. Mr. Perkins, explaining to some depositors who came to the bank during the morning that a robbery had occurred, managed to take care of patrons right in the street in front of the building, using the top of his auto as a desk to fill out necessary deposit slips, etc. At the hardware store, a rear door was forced open. Once inside, $25 in change was taken from the cash register and about 20 punches and chisels, which were used later at the bank, valued at $40, taken. At Zumach's, glass was knocked out of a rear window to gain entrance. Nothing was taken. At Jerry and Marty's the back door was forced open and $35-$40 taken from the cash register. After prying open the front door at the Hiway Inn, a cafe and bowling alley, $25 was taken from the cash drawer and another $10 taken from two pinball machines which were broken open. The thieves tried the back door of the building first, but failed to get it open. Discovery of the break-in there about 6 a.m. resulted in the first call to the sheriffs office. The cash register and safe at Elbert Chevrolet gave up $36 after a window on the east side of the building was forced with a bar, allowing the thieves to enter. Also taken were some tools from a tool box owned by Orville Barber, which were also later found at the bank. The theft at the bank) a federal offense, was the first since John Oillinger, public enemy no. 1 during the early thirties, and his gang held up the bank,

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