The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 14, 1967 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 14, 1967
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid jfttomcs 16 Tabloid Pages - 2 Metro lAAt Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona. Iowa Ai/->nkiA ISMIIA TI ir<r> A \s &i/it>r»mrn t A IOXT IBOS ,505111. NOV. i. 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 87 Injured Girl Reportedly Is Improving Jacqueline Roethler, 14-year- old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Roethler, rural Algona, was reportedly somewhat improved Sunday at Mercy hospital, Ft. Dodge, where she was rushed following a farm accident Tuesday evening, Nov. 7. She sustained a broken pelvis and punctured abdomen, was treated at St. Ann hospital here, then taken to Ft. Dodge. She was in critical condition following the mishap. "Jackie", an honor roll student in the eighth grade at Algona High, was helping to haul corn and was on a steel wagon tongue which broke. The wagon then pinned her against the tractor, and two hydraulic couplings punctured her abdomen. She underwent surgery for four hours at Ft. Dodge, and will also have surgery later. Ray Welp, 70, Titonka, Dies; Funeral Held Funeral services for Ray Welp, 70, were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Good Hope' Lutheran Church in Titonka. Rev. Herbert Hanson officiated. -Burial was at Buffalo Township cemetery with Blake Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Welp died Thursday at a Mason City hospital. He is survived by his wife, Minnie; two sons, Irvin and Glen; one daughter, Marie; a granddaughter; two sisters and a brother. He had lived in Titonka since 1915 and farmed until retiring in 1962. Burt Residents Get Disaster Warning Radio Burt residents will soon have a new means of disaster warning. Burt town council has decided to purchase a plectron receiver to coordinate with Kossuth county civil defense plan. The receiver will relay warning signals, possibly mainly weather warnings. The council has decided to allow Corn Belt Power Cooperative electric company to install a transmission line pole on the city lagoon site. The cooperative is building a high-voltage line from Graettinger to McWhorter substation south of Burt. Santa Here Tonight Santa Glaus is the guest of Montgomery Ward's store tonight (Tuesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. in the former Ron & Jack Store, located next to the regular Ward's building. Fireman Is Eighth Fatality :«w-^ -JH- •., Tr-^r. H-^.fti-tt.-v''^'. ^•>s^ . ;^:v" >fi,;,:> ; '. •>."«{•'-'i,;,." .,--' •••*• .- ••• '• •• .:,-•• .»••—• -,<~*^ . , . -i f,,. ;,*•' .'•"•Si^-iSJjCH'i -£?•'••' ,--. ' ,'- '••'•< • illiil^SiS- ^S? ; i-^-'. -~ i; ^^T^ rjnuiii"* i ^^<L?K--— ^ — .?*"-*B.T-i-..!f ,2.^U K •*^ t *w a ^- . ^ *" !*»•%»•( -» . . i.t , . ^,'jjjyv^jw«ti*^S'»wiw'f'*'»^ fc .-7>**'V' .'*,;**v. ;-.>.<? rWT§i»S{/4* Investigating officers blamed lack of a safety belt for the death of Jess Martin, 54, Livermore volunteer fireman, who became Kossuth county's eighth auto fatality of 1967 at 1:50 p. m. Thursday in the crash of the truck he was driving and an auto .driven by Mrs: Edna E. Bowman, 56, Algona. The mishap occurred three miles east of St. Joe on the St. Joe- LuVerne blocktop (highway 408) as Mr. Martin was headed for a small grass fire at the Ted Hilbert farm about a mile north and a half-mile east of the scene of the tragedy. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage. The photos above graphically show the tragic scene soon after the mishap occurred. Mr. Martin was pinned under the auxiliary tank wagon truck of the Liyermore fire department. The truck is shown at the left in the" top photo as Patrolman Tom Cogdall, Algona, ambulance drivers from Algona, and bystanders attempted to remove the body from beneath the right side of the vehicle. The Bowman auto, with its entire front smashed, is seen at the right, beside the Algona ambulance. At lower .left, Patrolman Cogdall stands near the blanket- covered body of the victim as he and two other patrolmen, E. D. Allen, Storm Lake, and Joe Gaffey, Pocahontas, survey the scene. At lower right a close-up shot of the Bowman car shows how badly it was damaged in the crash. Cogdall and Gaffey are at the right. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood and Dr. R. F. Snyder, Swea City, county medical officer, were also at the scene. Mr. Martin died instantly from a broken neck. He also sustained a puncture wound on the neck and a fractured right leg. Mrs. Bowman was x-rayed at St. Ann hospital, then rushed by plane to Iowa oily for treatment of her injuries which Included multiple fractures of her right heel, head and knee lacerations. She was listed in satisfactory condition. The truck was headed north (left in the top photo) and the auto was headed west. Stop signs mark the north and south entrances to the intersection. The auto struck the truck on the right side, just behind the cab. It was thought Mr. Martin may have swerved the truck in an attempt to avoid the mishap. According to officers and firemen, the truck's flasher was on and its siren was sounding at the intersection. Cogdall pointed out that even with such equipment operating, an emergency vehicle can go through a stop of yield sign only with due caution and respect for other traffic. Mrs. Bowman was charged with failing to operate a vehicle properly on the approach of an emergency vehicle. After the collision, the truck rolled down into a six foot ditch, knocking off a stop sign and hitting a cement culvert. The windshield popped out and Mr. Martin fell out the right door and was pinned underneath. Funeral services for Mr. Martin were held Sunday at 2 p. m. in the elementary school at Livermore where he had been custodian for a number of years, with Rev. Roy Biesemeyer, Lu- Verne, officiating. He was born in Nebraska and married Geneva Fox at Omaha in 1930. K. served in the U. S. Navy during World War n and the Martins farmed near West Bend before moving to Livermore. He had been a member of the Livermore fire department for many years. He is survived by his wife, six daughters, 15 grandchildren, three sisters and a brother. (UDM Newsfotos by Don Smith) Three Guns Are Stolen From Rural Home Three guns were stolen from the farm home of Berl Priebe southwest of Algona sometime Saturday night. Mr. Priebe discovered the theft early Sunday and reported it to the sheriffs office and Deputy Eppo Bulten investigated. The guns, a 30.06 rifle, a .22 rifle and a .410 double over-and- under shotgun, were taken from a wall rack in a hallway at the home. Nothing else was disturbed. The thief (or thieves) gained entrance by breaking a door in the home. Combine Fire Algona firemen went to the Kent farm east of the city about 10;40 a.m. Sunday when a combine caught fire in a field. Study 40 Parcels Of Kossuth Land; Seek Tax Revenue Which Is Unpaid Appearing before the county board of supervisors Friday were Allen Buchanan, abstractor, and Donald Jorgenson, county treasurer. Discussion concerned a number of parcels of land (over 40) throughout the county on which there has been no tax revenue for some time. Some are by out-of- state ownership and a number owned by residents of the state and county. These are properties which have been sold to the county for delinquent taxes and on which the county has had to be responsible for taxes, since no individual is paying them. After the county has held a tax certificate for 9 months, it then can start proceedings to obtain a deed for the property. Then, sale of such property to an individual would assure tax income to the county. Following such proceedings, which are complicated, tax income to the county would be increased. Marc Moore, county auditor, pointed out that many of these parcels of land are, for the most part, undesirable and would not reap a large tax benefit to the county, but sale would at any rate bring in some tax revenue. With the many complications involved in checking deeds, former ownerships, etc., it was decided to run a check on about six such properties. Allen Buchanan was appointed by the board of supervisors to act as an agent of the county. His work on the project, at his own insistence, would be under the close super- vision of County Attorney MacDonald, with whom Mr. Buchanan will confer regularly. It is expected that the project will take a considerable length of time, with no date for completion discussed. Chicago Trip Career opportunities in fields ranging from interior decorating and fashion designing to laboratory testing of home appliances held the spotlight for Barbara Percival, Algona, during a three- day field trip to Chicago sponsored by the University of Iowa Department of Home Economics this week. Miss Percival, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Percival, was one of 28 U of I students who made the trip.

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