The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 16, 1967 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 16, 1967
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North Iowa's Best Grocery Buys — Inside ! By RUSS WALLER SAN FRANCISCO - "We'll fly at 31,000 feet," says the pilot, and you take his word for it. It is 2:30 p.m. at Omaha, CST; at 3:40 Pacific time, you're due in San Francisco, and you attempted to appear casual as you sauntered over to the machine that sells you $7,500 worth of life insurance for 25? for the three hours or so of flight time. Everybody tries to appear nonchalant as they put on the same act at the insurance machine. Air travel is safe. . . but you never know. * * * Can't help but feel sorry for the airport full of kids flitting around, kids who will never know what it is to sense the majesty and mystery and thrill of going through the same preliminaries in a metropolitan railroad station, and of boarding a line of gleaming railroad cars. . . .for a trip that will take two nights and three days by rail. . . .but three hours by air. . . .at 525 miles an hour. Seated next to me in the plane was a young sailor from Manson, Iowa. Aviation metalsmith, third class, returning to the carrier Ranger at Alameda, Calif., with Vietnam next stop, . . .tears as he waved from the cabin window at his mother, his wife, and a three- month-old baby. . . ."four-year enlistment," he said. "Went in just before the draft, two years to go - say, what's it all about over there, anyway?" I couldn't tell him. It's a good question, and all of us are having trouble trying to answer it. * * * One thing you note in an airport. . . .at gates where the big jet transcontinental flights originate to the big cities, the passengers are the classy dressers, immaculately pressed clothes, the correct color combinations, suave, smooth characters, men and women. At the gates for the shorter hops, to the smaller points of destination, the attire is more everyday, ordinary, not so fussy. . . .guess it makes a difference where you're going. * * * Baggage handling used to be something of a major problem with air travel, but our one suitcase checked in at Fort Dodge came properly up a belt and was disgorged into a revolving roulette wheel around which deplaning passengers stand and wait in San Francisco. No fuss, no tips. My brother lives just north of San Rafael, about a block off U.S. 101 and about five minutes from Hamilton Air Base, or 20 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, north. But first we drive around some, include Haight Street, Hip- pieland Boulevard, at a slow pace. It is dusk, and the boys and girls are out strolling. You wonder where they come from and how they live. . . .many of them appear to be 16 to 18 years old.. . . the serape is a common garment. . . .mixing of the colors between sexes seems to be commonplace. . . .didn't spend much time in that area, but did "take a look." * * * San Francisco is getting a face- lifting. . . .new civic buildings above ground, tunneling for a subway system underground, and a $150 million program for a project along the Embarcadero. . . . even the Mark Hopkins Hotel is being redone by new owners. * * * The Cable Cars do a "standing room only" business. . . .including yours truly. . . .this Rube Goldberg arrangement is slower than a roller coaster, but the same idea, and takes longer. . .. the ticket is 15 cents. . . .the car ahead of us was involved in an accident and we spent an extra half hour on the edge of Chinatown surveying the passing throng . . . .there are Chinese hippies, too. * * * Japan finally got even with the U. S. for WW 2. . . .they sent us the motor scooters. 1OJLC IOO3 Entered a.-- set/niicl tl.'i^*: matter ;it '!•,'• imsTdlJice nt Alfijoti.i Tn\v;i i50511>. \m 1. IHTJ under Ac! oi t^neu-ss ni :i. IR7'i ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1967 Two Sections — 18 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 88 Young Mother Is Crash Victim $ 715,000 Expenditure Is Planned, County Roads A road improvement plan for Kossuth county for 1968, amounting to a total expenditure of $715,000, was approved by the county board of supervisors this week. Jobs to be completed during the year are scattered around the county. The plan now goes to the State Highway Commission for final approval. Total cost includes federal, farm-tc-market and county road funds. Besides the 45 miles of road work included, three bridges, one in Seneca township, the others in Plum Creek and LuVerne townships, are listed. Here is the break-down of road work slated: Burt twp. - 1 1/2 miles on south of Sees. 34, 35, base. Eagle twp. - 4 miles on east side of Sees. 31, 30, 19 and 18, 3 inch base and 2-inch top; 3 miles on east side of Sees. 23, 14, 11, grade and gravel. Fenton twp. — 1 mile on east of Sec. 11, grade and gravel. Gar field twp. - 6 miles on north of Sees. 6, 5,-4, 3, 2, 1, base. German twp. — 4 miles on south of Sees. 21, 22, 23, 24, Seal coat. Grant twp. - 5 miles on east side of Sees. 31, 30, 19, 18, 7,2- inch top coat; 3 miles on east of Sees. 28,21,16, grade and gravel. Greenwood twp. - 1 mile on south edge of Bancroft and one mile in Sec. 26, base. Harrison twp. - 3 miles on east of Sees. 18, 7, 6, 2-inch topcoat; 2 miles on east of Sees. 16 and 9, base. Ledyard twp.— 3 miles on east side of Sees. 32, 29, 20, 3-inch base and 2-inch top. Lotts Creek twp. - 1 mile on south of Sec. 6; 3 miles on east of Sees. 21, 28, 33,-grade and gravel. LuVerne twp.-3 miles on north of Sees. 7, 8, 9, grade and gravel. Plum Creek twp. - 3 miles on south of Sees. 15, 14, 13, 3-inch base and 2-inch top. Prairie twp. - 2 miles on east of Sees. 3 and 10, grade and gravel; 6 miles on east of Sec. 2, 11, 14, 23, 26, 35, seal coat. Riverdale twp. - 2 miles on north of 6, 5, base; 1 mile on north of Sec. 4, grade and gravel. Union twp. - 1 1/2 miles on south of Sees. 14, 13; and 3 miles on east of Sees. 13, 12, 1, seal coat. Wesley twp. - 5 miles on east of Sees. 9, 16, 21, 28, 33; and 1 mile on south of Sec. 36, grade and gravel. Whittemore twp. - 1 mile on north of Sec. 7; 1 mile north- south in center of Sec. 4; 2 miles on south of 8, 9, 3-inch base and 2-inch top. Cars involved in the crash which claimed the life of Mrs. Duane Metzger, 21, Whittemore, are shown in this photo by- Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst. The Metzger vehicle, left, is a 1965 Chevrolet 2-door, and the auto driven by Richard Russell, left, is a 1966 Chevrolet. Both were demolished from the impact. The fatality occurred on a straight stretch of highway 358 just south of Wliittemore. The vehicles remained on the highway after the collision. Ex-Algonans Near Raging Fire At California Home A former Algona couple, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Duffy, and their two small sons, Shawn and Scott, had a close scare recently in Orange County, California, when a forest fire that consumed 35,000 acres of the area moved towards their home. Patrick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Duffy, Sr., of Algona and his wife is the former Penny Johnson, daughter of former Algonans, the Oliver Johnsons, who now reside in Hollywood, California. The fire, termed the "Raging Inferno" by California newspapers, was pushed by 60 mph winds and was still burning in the more remote area of the county after three threatening days at the edge of residential zones in Orange. The Duffys explained in a letter to the senior Duffys here that the fire came within two miles of their home. Visibility from the heavy smoke was estimated at from 50 to 100 yards and soot Called Associated Press headquarters in the city and located old friend Lief Erickson, former DM Register & Tribune reporter, an old classmate, and a good friend of Gene and Veda Murtagh. . . .with the AP for 30 years, including assignments in Asia from Japan to Indochina in years past. . . .and two other AP men in SF from our area, one a U, of Iowa grad who remembered Isabel Greenberg, another was a roommate of Harold Clark of Bancroft at the U. of Missouri ... .all of them had the same viewpoint on Vietnam. . . .a tremendous mistake in U. S. policy. . . .Gov. Reagan is "Ronnie Baby" out here, and not quite on as high a pedestal as we seem to think in Iowa. * * * Last night, after eating with Erickson, we took a cab back to where we had parked my brother's car. . . .near the Maritime Museum. . . .we started across the street and there standing on the corner was none other than movie-TV man Andy Devine, all alone, taking in the night air and watching the passing throngs . . . .we shook hands all around ... .he says he's had that gravel voice. ever since he was a kid. * * * That's all, for now. . . .and our last line is the Battle Cry of the Hippies, who in a nice way ask: "Have You Any Spare Change?" covered the Duffy yard and house. They were on constant alert, but were not evacuated when a force of 1400 fire-fighters turned back the blaze. Water supplies were restricted and phone lines were operating only for emergencies. Mrs. Duffy wrote that "the sky was a bright orange" during the threatening period. At the high school where Mr. Duffy teaches Latin and English, classes were dismissed for several days and the school was set up as evacuation center. At last reports, the immediate danger to the homes in Orange was over, but the fire was still burning in some areas. Paul Hamill, Ex-Algonan, Dies Saturday A former Algonan, Paul Hamill, 63, resident of Sioux City for a number of years, died there Saturday while undergoing surgery. He had prior surgery two weeks earlier. Funeral services were held for him there Wednesday morning, with burial following at Calvary cemetery here the same day. Mr. Hamill, brother-in-law of Eugene Zender, Algona, was a watchmaker here for a number of years, moving from Algona with his family about 1940. His wife was Frances Zender, who preceded him in death in 1950. He is survived by two sons, Robert and Peter, Sioux City. To Relocate 169 Or Not? That Is The Question An overflow crowd of 50-65 persons filled the room and hallway Monday at a special meeting of the city council at 5 p. m. Topic under discussion was whether there should l>ea special public hearing concerning a new re-routing of highway 169 through Algona. Discussion from the floor was lively, with many persons contributing their opinions. Present and taking part in the discussion were Attorneys James McMahon and Donald C. Hutchison. Adopted after discussion which lasted until 6:45 was a resolution, Three Mishaps Reported John Burtis, 16, rural Algona, was charged with failing to have a driver's license and following too closely after the auto he was driving (left in the photo), hit the rear of a car being driven by Frank Saiter, Algona, at the intersection of Call and Jones streets here at 8 a. m. Saturday. The Saiter vehicle is at the left. Estimated damage to each car was $100, according to police who investigated. The mishap occurred as Saiter was making a left turn onto Call. Another pair of mishaps were investigated in this area during the weekend. The latest occurred Tuesday at 10:30 a. m. when a car driven by Goldie A. Behrends 53, Lone Rock, collided with a tractor pulling a trailer and driven by Roger A. Cherland, 23, Lone Rock, a half-mile south and a half-mile east of Lone Rock on a blacktop road. Both vehicles were headed east when Mrs. Behrends attempted to pass the farm vehicles She got past the trailer all right, but apparently struck spraying applicator apparatus mounted on the tractor and all vehicles wound up in the south ditch. Damage to the auto was estimated at $350, while at least $150 damage resulted to the tractor and applicator. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood investigated. At 5:45 p. m. Thursday, an auto driven by Rebecca A. Bormann, 16, West Bend, collided with a deer a half-mile west of Algona, resulting in only $5 damage to the vehicle. The deer, one of two that darted in front of the car, apparently was not seriously injured. Deputy Wood investigated. (UDM Newsfoto) prepared by Russell Buchanan, city attorney, which asks for a public hearing. At the opening of the meeting, Attorney Buchanan explained the situation concerning the proposed relocation in the past. In his resume, which went tack to about ten years ago, he pointed out that the city has been cognizant of plans of the Commission to improve or change highway 1C9. He explained that the Commission cannot act without the approval of Algona residents. However, he pointed out that the Commission controls the purse string. Also, that experience in the past has been that if the council has not concurred with recommendations of the Commission, any improvement suggested by the Commission has been removed from its current 5-year plan. He emphasized that the council at this meeting was not being asked to finalize the present suggestion of the Commission that 169 proceed north on Phillips to Oak and then west. He pointed out that the council was asking for an opinion as to a public hearing with respect to proposed changes and a future survey of the commission. He stressed that needed was an indication in an informal way whether a public hearing and improvement wore desired, with a final decision to be made after the public hearing and after local persons had a chajice to study results of the proposed survey. He also pointed out that the public hearing would afford an opportunity to local residents of hearing a full explanation of Commission engineers. He stated that any improvement would lx j a 49-foot highway, reason being that the Commission can depend on federal funds only for 4-lane relocations. Mr. Buchanan stated that the community has three choices: (1) widening of the present State- to Jones and Jones street highway, with cost of additional right- of-way and cost of widening borne entirely by the city of Algona; (2) some type of relocation, with the entire cost to be borne by the Commission; or (3) no change. He pointed out that since the Commission does not approve right-angle corners, the present route of the highway involving two such corners is not being considered by the Commission. A petition filed Nov. 8 by E.G. McMahon, representing a group of residents predominantly of the residential area on or near Oak or Phillips streets, was at hajid. Attorney James McMahon made a summary of the opinions of residents of that area and introduced several persons. Emphasized were comments that the proposed re-routing would take large parking and lovely trees, and one person pointed out that the proposal would take an entire city block. Discussed was the fact that school children would Ix; crossing a 4-lane highway, where many persons had built lovely homes, thinking that they would be away from traffic. Donald Hutchison pointed out that the proposed curve would take the Virgil Smith home. He stated that in talking with many residents, he had found none in favor of the proposed re-routing and many against the project. A number of residents of the area spoke briefly and offered their opinions, which were predominantly against the proposed change. Members of the- council readily joined in the discussion and replied to questions and suggestions by the residents attending the meeting. It was pointed out by Attorney Buchanan that the council, in asking for the public hearing, does not intend an endorsement of the relocation, but that it needed the opinion of the public, to be brought out at such a public hearing. He also stated that council must have the details of the suggested route and any alternatives. No date for the public hearing with members of Iowa Highway Commission has been set. VFW Post At Swea City Fetes Football Squad The VFW post at Swea City hosted the high school football squad at their annual football supper. The event was held at the VFW post home. Special guests were coaches Baker, Chas. Miller and Ronald Ruch and Principal Roger Thorsheim. Following the supper, Commander George Elliott presented a check in the amount of $50 from the VFW to Principal Roger Thorsheim. 6-Week Old Baby Daughter Badly Injured Fur the scf-ond time in less than 9G hours, a grinding crash claimed ,i life on a Kossutli high- wa\. Latest victim is a young mother of a six-week old baby, Pej,t;y Ann Metzger, 21, rural Whitti'inore. She killed ami the baby, Sarah Jean, sustained a concussion and scalp hemorrhage when a car driven by Mrs. Metzger collided head-on with an auto driven by Richard L. Russell, 2G, also of U'hitteniore. Scene of the tragedy was a blacktop road a half-mile south iuid about three-fourths of a mile west of Wliittemore, a quarter- in ile from the county line. Ironically, the mishap which churned the life of Livermore fireman Jess Martin, D4, at 1:50 Thursday, occurred a few feet inside the soutli county line on the St. Joe-LuVerne blacktop. Mrs. Metzger's death was the ninth this year in Kossutli. The Metzger and Russell cars smashed into each other and were destroyed at 2:-10 p. m. Monday as the young mother and baby were reportedly returning from a visit to a doctor's office at Emmetsburg. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, who investigated, stated that the victim, Mrs. Metzger, was placed in a station wagon from the area and taken to the Emmetsburg hospital soon after the crash, with the emergency crew from Wliittemore as attendants with oxygen, but it was thought she died at the scene. The baby and Mr. Russell were also taken to the hospital at Emmetsburg and the tot was said to be in poor condition Tuesday. Russell was treated for cuts and bruises and released later Monday. Mrs. Metzger died of a skull fracture. Mrs. Metzger, wife of Duane Metzger, was headed east and Russell, a dragline ojjemtor, was headed west when the collision took place. According to the sheriff, Mr. Russell ...aid, "I looked down to adjust the radio and when I looked up, the other car was on my side of the road, coming toward me." He attempted to swerve to avoid the disaster to no avail. She apparently saw the Russell car before the crash, also, as the Metzger car pulled to the right and the vehicles met head- on in the center of the highway. The fronts of Iwtli cars were smashed. Both were listed as total wrecks. The Metzger farm is about four miles southeast of Whittemore, not far from the scene of the crash. Funeral services for Mrs. Metzger were scheduled for 10 a. m. this morning (Thursday) in the Christian Apostolic Church at West Bend, with Rev. Arthur Gudeman officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery and Schellhammer Funeral Home, West Bend, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Metzger was torn at Kauts, Ind., the daughter of Mr. ajid Mrs. Aaron Heinold. She graduated this past summer from Methodist School of Nursing at Gary, Ind., arid was married to Duane Metzger at LaCrosse, Ind. Nov. 24, 19GO. Survivors include her husband; her six week old daughter; her parents; and five brothers and three sisters. Five Fined Five persons were fined in Mayor Bill Finn's court here this week following preliminary hearings of a variety of charges. Paying speeding fines were Timothy J. Miller, Humboldt, $40; Donovan F. Veech, Mason City (truck), $8; Eldon M. Ubl, Mankato, Minn., $10; and Estelle Von Brownfield, Webster City, $10; while Charles H. Ricke, Wesley, paid $15 for driving without an operator's license. Court costs were also assessed.

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