The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 30, 1967 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 30, 1967
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BY RUSS WALLER Guess we've been a little naive about the speaking engagements of our members of Congress . .. Senator Hickenlooper appeared at the University of Iowa, recently, and gave a talk ... seems he received $1,000 for making this appearance and talk, out of educational funds of course... we assumed such an appearance in the home state would be part of the job of being a U. S. senator from Iowa, but guess not. And down at Iowa State, Clay Stapleton has proved that you don't have to always be a really successful football coach to become the school's athletic director . . . which seems to be a better paid and easier task than being the football coach. We can hold our breath, now, for awhile, until we" find out who succeeds McNamara as Secretary of Defense, and what the new direction will be in Vietnam . is no secret that McNamara, who started out as pretty hawkish, has changed his views in the past eight months and become a little dovish ... he has opposed the bombing obliteration of all of North Vietnam and a landing of U. S. forces for invasion, which some of our Pentagon brass favor . . . McNamara's restraining viewpoint will soon be gone, and the military viewpoint seems likely to completely prevail. . . next on the schedule-an invasion of North Vietnam ? ? ? If so, the conflict could end quickly or enlarge quickly if neighbor to the north takes an active hand. * * * Let's hope that the "yellow peril" is only when the traffic lights change to amber. * * * MAIL BAG: Genevleve Genrich, ex-Algona teacher, and husband Ed, now Californians, dropped in and missed us, but left a note. Said they had voted for Reagan, but that he hasn't kept a single campaign promise . . . They are amused at "how easily he's selling himself here in Iowa." From Honolulu, appropriate card from Gene and Mathilda Hood, on a tour of the islands, each one in fact . . . stopover at Las Vegas on the way back. If Gene is up to par, the islands will never be the same again. * * * One local doctor, who had been a pretty heavy smoker but quit, had an honest answer: "After telling all those people to quit smoking, I didn't have much choice." * * * If in need of a red fox pelt, contact Shorty Eischeid, who now possesses one. Scouts have reported that the Sunday closing of the Algona dump may have proved beneficial in controlling the rat menace there, but it sure raised heck with numerous homes where the men of the house make a weekly pilgrimage to the dump . . . sort of upset a well-established custom, and deprives them of a perfect excuse to get out of the house, alone, for the dump trip, with maybe a side sashay along the way to meet some of the boys. * * * Living in the lap of luxury is fine except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up. * * * Famous Last Line - A man who catches a big fish seldom walks home through an alley. First Newspaper In North Central Iowa i Upper ESTABLISHED 1865 Entcted .^ M 1.10511'. Nov ui'.dcr Ac.t f .it Aljfnnn. T"'A n u: M.irrh .'). I37 1 ' AIGONA. IOWA, THURSDAY, NOVFMBER 30, 1967 Two Sections — 20 PaqM VOL. 101 NO. 91 Vandalism & Thefts Plague County Rites Held For One Of Oldest City Residents Lewis A. Johnson, 96, one of Algona's oldest citizens, died Sunday afternoon at St. Ann Hospital. He was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of this area. Funeral services for him wert held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Cecelia's Catholic Church here, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial followed at Calvary cemetery and Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Herman Becker, Alvin Klein, Charles Fox, Dewey Skilling, Ray Kohlhaas and Charles Devine. Lewis A. Johnson, son of Edward S. and Emeline Robinson Johnson, was born March 13, 1871 at Irvington. He married Sadie Dunn at Algona Dec. 25, 1893 and she preceded him in death Aug. 1, 1940. Survivors include seven children, Frank and Amy Johnson, Helen Cameron and Florence (Mrs. Paul Watson), Algona; Andrew, Cedar Falls; Woodrow, Irvington; and Godfrey, Battle Creek, Mich.; 22 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death. Industrial Corp. Banquet Set For Tonight LARRY GENE HEEREN Larry Gene Heeren, Community Planning and Development Consultant for the Northern Natural Gas Company, will be the featured speaker at the annual Algona Industrial Development Corporation stockholders banquet at the Algona Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 30at6:30p.m. Mr. Heeren graduated from the University of Utah majoring in Urban Geography. Upon return to Nebraska, he was employed by the State Highway Department as a planner - then by the Division of Nebraska Resources (presently the Department of 'Economic Development) as Planning Director. Representatives of the Northwestern Railroad, Milwaukee Railroad, and Iowa Development Commission have indicated that they will attend. President of the Industrial Corporation, Bill Conn, will be master of ceremonies. New officers and directors will be introduced. All stockholders and their wives are expected to attend. Tickets are available from the directors. Algona Lady's Sister Passes 'Funeral services were held for Mrs. James Weydert Nov. 24 at Sacred Heart Church, Waseca, Minn. Survivors are five daughters and two sons, Mrs. John (Velma) Heckle, Fairmont; Mrs. Michael (Eleanor) McGuire, Mont* gomery, Minn.; Mrs. Ted (Mary Darlene) Wiebold, Montgomery; n.; Mrs, (flla Jean) Kringle, Minnesota Lake; Irvin, St. Peter, Minn., and James, Jr., New Richland, Minn.; also two brothers and two sisters, John B. Reding, Bode; Frank Reding, Livermore; Mrs. Bernard Devine, Crystal Lake; and Mrs. John Weydert, Algona. Power Failure Hits City Area Monday A three-hour power failure brought things to a grinding halt in the east portion of Algona, Monday morning. Electrical service to the area was disrupted completely from about 9 to 11:45 a. in. According to T. James Palmer, Supt. of Algona Municipal Utilities, cause of the power lapse here was a blown fuse on a 69,000-volt line at the Iowa Electric Light and Power sub-station near Britt. And these things will happen. Algona was pulling a load of electricity from the sub-station when the fuse went out. According to Palmer, the area affected by the shortage power was roughly bordered by highway 18 north of the city and Phillips street through the city. There were exceptions, however. Most of the serious, but temporary, problems that developed were at Universal Mfg. Co., Weiden- hoff Corp., Metronics, Inc., Directory Service, Inc., and Garrigan High School - besides homes in the area. At Garrigan, loss of the power resulted in a lack of heat - so classes were let out for the day. Students went home "s;uily." Most employees of the industrial plants affected were also sent home- then recalled for afternoon shifts, with everything returned to normal, or near- normal, for the balance of the day. As the fuse at Britt went out, equipment here would not handle the additional load, so the electrical power remained inactive until the necessary replacement was made at Britt. Algona Girl In Skylight Fall, D-Moines Bldg. A young Algona woman, Patricia Sue Reilly, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reilly, was injured in a most unusual accident in Des Moines, Monday. She fell through a skylight while walking across a roof. The skylight had been painted to match the color of the interior of the store below. Patricia was walking across the roof to help open an apartment for a woman who had accidentally locked herself out. The Algona girl suffered back injuries, a head cut and a broken arm, and was in a hospital today. Her mother said that Patricia was to be released from the hospital Saturday, and the parents intended to bring her home to recuperate. Miss Reilly said she was doing some interior decorating In an apartment for a friend and while she was working, Mrs. Sylvia Howie, whose apartment windows faced the one in which Miss Reilly was working, knocked on the door and said she had accidentally locked herself out of her apartment and needed help to get back in. Miss Reilly volunteered to walk across what appeared to be a roof and climb through Mrs. Howie's window and unlock her door. The roof was part-painted skylight, and when Patricia stepped on it she plunged down into the store of the Ingram Paint and Artists Supply at 2407 University Ave. The accident happened at about 5:30 p. m. City Zoning Group Meets Tuesday Night The second monthly session of the Algona planning and zoning commission with representatives of Henningson, Durham and Richardson, Omaha firm making a lengthy survey of the city, was held here Tuesday night. A discussion of present land usage within the city limits was held, with a representative ofthe Iowa Development Commission also in attendance. The local commission decided to vacate several streets in a small area southeast of the Milwaukee depot, with the exception of Oak street which will be kept open. The city council was slated to meet last night (Wednesday). Rites Pending Mrs. Frank Stebritz,'84, longtime resident of Algona, died at her home early Wednesday morning, Funeral arrangements for her were pending at Hamilton Funeral Home here when the UDM went to press. A complete obituary will appear in the next issue. 2 From Algona, I.S.U, Graduates Patricia A. Conn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Conn of Algona, and William P. Rahm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Magnus A. Rahm of rural Algona, each graduated Saturday morning, Nov. 18, from Iowa State University. Miss Conn and Mr. Rahm each received degrees in physical education. There were 515 students in the graduating class. Buffington Golden Wedding, Dec. 10 Funeral Held | For Elderly S-Cify Woman •-"X Burt, pictured above, will be honored Sunday to be held at the Doan Methodist church from MR. AND MRS. ROSS BUFFINGTON of Dec. 10, at a Golden Wedding Open House 2 to 5 p.m. They request no gifts. Mr. and, Mr,s»^uffington were married in Kossuth county on Dec. 12, 1917, and have lived their entire married life in the area. They are retired from farming but continue to live on the farm. Mrs. Buffington is the former Elna Christiansen. Friends, neighbors and relatives are cordially invited to attend the reception by the four sons who are hosts; Ha Buffington, Titonka; Donald Buffington, Forest City; Arthur Buffington Omaha, and Roger Buffington of Burt. There are also 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Glenn Studio Photo) Settle Damage Suits Out Of Court, '20,000 Two cases were settled out of court and one new case was filed in district court here this week. Settlement totaling $20,000 were reached in the first two cases. Robert Detrick et al, plaintiffs, are asking a total of $375 from Craig V. Vitzthum et al, defendants, for damages alleged the result of a mishap six miles west of Algona Aug. 4, 1967. The plaintiffs claim damage to their auto and towing charges, plus $165 for injuries. Drivers of the vehicles involved in the mishap were Steven J. Detrick and Craig V. Vitzthum. Two large damage matters received stipulation settlements. Each had been slated for trial in this court term. Catherine A. and Roxanne Schade were defendants in each matter, with Clarence Canaday plaintiff in one and Aria Cowan, et al, plaintiff in the other. Mr. Canaday had sought $75,000 damages and received a stipulation of $17,000, while the Cowan matter was originally for $50,000 and settled for $3,000. Both were filed as the result of a tragic auto crash April 10, 1965 in which Mrs. Canaday and Mary Cowan received fatal injuries. Attorneys and Judge Richard Cooper arrived at the settlements. The petit jurors, originally slated to report last Monday, will report at 10 a. m. next Monday, Dec. 4, for possible duty. Next case on the docket is not known. Organist Is Second For Concert Series Appearing at the second concert of the Community Concert Series Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 in the Algona High School auditorium will be Joyce Jones, a young concert organist. Miss Jones has been applauded by her critics in the U. S. and Europe for her brilliance of technique and musicianship. Since her debut as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1959, she has been awarded many honors, among them, semifinalist in the J. S. Bach organ competition and she also won the most coveted musical award in Southwestern U. S., the G. B. Dealy award. Funeral services for Mrs. Johanna Peterson, 90, Swea City, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church there. She died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Nursing Home in Armstrong where she had been a resident since last August. Mrs. Peterson was born May 8, 1877 in Sweden. She was married there in 1902 and she and her husband came to the United States in 1904. They settled in the Swea City area. Survivors include two sons, Monford of Swea City and Harry of Des Moines and several grandchildren. Lowell Larson Of Swea City Heart Victim Funeral services for Lowell Larson, 42, Swea City, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City. He died of a heart attack at 9:45 a.m. Sunday at his home Mr. Larson was manager of Great Plains Supply Co. of Swea City and was a member of the Swea City school board for 10 years. He was a World War II veteran and received the purple heart and croix de guerre. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Duane, a student at South Dakota State University of Brookings, So. Dak.; Craig, a student at Iowa State University in Ames, and Bruce at home; one daughter, Marlene at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Larson of Swea City; and two sisters, Mrs. A. J. McCoy of Decatur, fll., and Mrs. Francis Torine of Swea City. Burial was at Harrison township cemetery. Tire Slashing, Window Rocks, Auto Parts Vandals have been very busy in this area during the past few days - and extensive damage has been the result of their efforts. A theft at Swea City, where many of the acts of vandalism have occurred, Tuesday was solved Tuesday night with the arrest of a 17-year-old Durt youth. A new chain saw was taken by the boy, according to his statement to the sheriff's office here, Tuesday from a shop near the John Geerdes residence at Swea City. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood apprehended the youtli Tuesday evening and also found the saw. The matter will be handled by juvenile officials. A large plate glass window at the Applequist grocery store at Swea City was broken early in the morning Nov. 23 when rocks were thrown at it. One rock went through the $250 window Sheriff Lindhorst also reported that lie received a report Monday of a theft of auto parts from a parked 1955 Chevrolet at Swea City. A 4-speed transmission, valued at $250 and various motor parts were taken from the vehicle, which had beenparkedat the Champlin oil station there for some time. The theft occurred within the past month and the vehicle was owned by R. A. Nelson of Spencer. All four tires on an auto owned by Larry Larson, Crystal Lake barber, were slashed sometime during the wee hours here Nov. 23. Mr. Larson parked the auto at the city parking lot near the Intersection of Thorington and Nebraska streets at 1:30 a. m. Several thefts of articles in parked cars have also been reported In Algona. A white sidewall tire was taken from a pickup owned by Joe Bradley Equipment recently. The firm is located west of the parking lot where the tire slashing took place. Four boys on bicycles also reportedly rifled the cab of a truck parked near the Bradley building last weekend. Apparently nothing was stolen, but when a passerby asked them what they were doing in the truck, the boys took off after tossing uncomplimentary remarks at the passerby. Sheriff Lindhorst also checked the possibility of the theft of three gravestones from Kossuth county cemeteries. He was called by the Fairmont police department Sunday when three headstones were found there dumped in a roadside ditch west of that city. Lindhorst checked out the possibility of the stones 'being from this area. Scene Of Tragic Death Fair Board To Improve The Grandstand The Kossuth Agricultural Assn. met this week and reelected three men to the board of directors. The association (fair board) also okayed a possible $10,000 expenditure for renovation of the grandstand at the fair grounds here. Re-named to their posts were Don Nelson and Claude Seely, Algona, and OrvilleThoreson, Swea City. All have served for some time capably on the board. The improvements to the grandstand are expected to include new flooring for some areas and a roof. During the past 10 years or so, the grandstand has become rundown, and although patched from time to time, still considered somewhat dangerous to patrons at the grounds. Its improvement will be in line with board policy during recent years in an effort to update and put'the facilities in good condition. As fair-goers know, the buildings and grounds are in the best shape now that they have been for years. Pined In Court Six persons paid fines in Mayor Bill Finn's court this week following preliminary hearings of traffic violations. They were: Paul D. Maahs, Minneapolis, $10; Brian R. LaBarre, Algona, $10; and John D. Senn, Spirit Lake, $10, all speeding; Otto B. Laing, Algona, $10, improper backing; David E. Zeimet, Bode, $10, failing to have control; and Kenyon N. Laubenthal, Iowa City, $5, expired driver's license. Court costs were also assessed. Hwrt In Crash Nancy Hiatt, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Hiatt, Emmetsburg, is hospitalized at Palo Alto comity hospital with injuries suffered in a one-car crash south of Emmetsburg about 9:30 p. m. Saturday. The driver of the car was fatally injured. The Hiatts are former Burt residents. This is the shattered remains of the auto in which Edward A. Berte, 46, Pomeroy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Berte, St. Joe, met his death Saturday at 1:48 p. m. at Ottosen. The vehicle was torn apart when it collided with the engine of a Rock Island freight train at the south edge of Ottosen. Mr. Berte was headed west (left) in his 1967 auto and the train was headed southeast when the tragedy occurred. The driver of the auto was thrown from the vehicle onto the surface of highway 222 (at the right) by the impact. The train's 2Cth car is stopped at the crossing in the photo. Cause of the crash is not known. A complete story of the mishap, including funeral arrangements for the victim, appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Upper Des Moines. (Photo Courtesy of Humboldt Independent)

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