The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1967 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 14, 1967
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Firtt Newtpoper In North Central Iowa Slgona Upper ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second c!a>.s matter at the postofflcc at Algona. Iowa iSOSlli. Nov. 1. 1932. under Act <>t Congress of March 3. 18i9 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1967 Two Section! — 24 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 95 By RUSS WALLER Just 30 years ago, when the East played the West in the Benefit football game at San Francisco, an Algona man was a member of the west team of all-stars. He is Herb Hedlund, now manager of the Algona plant of the Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Co. He had played a guard position for Drake University. This year, for the first time in 30 years, Herb will again see an East-West game on Dec. 30 in Candlestick Park Stadium in San Francisco. He and Mrs. Hedlund will be in San Francisco at that time for this year's classic. * * * Mayor Bill Finn has received word from the State Highway Commission that, the state will install overhead lighting at the intersection of U. S. highways 18 and 169 just north of Algona ... .that is, it's in the "five- year" program, so it might be next year or 1972. . . .whenever it comes, it will eliminate the blind spot that exists when you go to make a left turn at the intersection and can't see where the divided parking is located. * * * If you ever wondered just how interest adds up on municipal, civic or school bond issues, the figures regarding the final payment of bonds for the Kossuth Courthouse, with construction completed in 1955 are most interesting. The bond issue was for $500,000. The actual cost of the building was $520,605.32 and $22,050 in interest accumulated before the completion of the building. But the actual interest paid out on this half-million dollar structure in the interval of 12 years was $114,335, or.around 20 percent of the cost of the building. * * * FARM MEMO: In the 1870*5, food took 58 percent of all the consumer earned. Now, the figure is 18.2 percent of disposable income — the lowest in history. If you're wondering how agriculture is faring as compared to other segments of the economy, ponder this. National income has gone up 223 percent in the last 20 years, while net farm income has come down 9 percent. Perhaps this is the reason a farmer, who had just inherited $1 million, was asked what he intended to do in the future, he replied: "Oh, I guess I'll just keep on farming until it's all gonel" * * * When the pro players in weekend football games take off their helmets, and the cameras are close up, we get a surprise. .. . quite a few of the "boys" are getting bald. . . .maybe it's the helmets, and then again maybe it's just plain old age. .. .at any rate, when 45-year-old George Blanda comes in to kick the field goals and you survey his rotund stomach, you can't exactly call it a "kid's game." * * * Algona JayCees are holding their Christmas party for underprivileged children, Sunday, Dec. l^at-the-VvF.W.'hall in Algona atlp.m. A fine, worthy civic enterprise 1 * * * Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hood recently returned from their trip to Hawaii and a tour of the islands. We noted that within 24 hours of their departure from there, a volcano which hadn't erupted since 1916 let go with a terrific blast. What puzzles us is whether the volcano was exhibiting joy or regret at Gene's departure? * * * We need not fear the expression of ideas - we do need to fear their suppression. * * * A research bureau comes up with the statement that "one out of 60 shoppers will steal something". . • .we'd hate -to believe that large a percentage are shoplifters. * * * , Famous Last Line - Any 'Bunny' that wants my husband can have him! Bank Loss Over $ 1,300 In Robbery Enrolled In Farm Night School Here Eighty-six area farmers enrolled at the first meeting of the Farmer's Evening School Monday evening, Dec. 11, according to George W. Sefrit, Vocational Agriculture Instructor in the Algona Community Schools. ' The following is a list of the members enrolled: Algona- Nick Arndorfer, Walter Barr, Bill Becker, G. L. Benschoter, Hugh Black, Floyd T. Bode, Oliver Carlson, Charles Dearchs, Robert Deal, Dean Dodds, Ray Dorweiler, Phil Eischen, Jerome Eisenbarth, Peter Erpelding, Bob Gerber, Lloyd Gerber, Ron Gerber, Ervin Handel, J. F. Hofius, Donald Hum, James Klemm, Joe T. King, Roger Keith, Cecil Long, Richard Mawdsley, Otto Schipull, Rod Scuffham, Lowell Smith, Alan Walker, Merlin E. Walker, Murl D. Walker, Russell Walker, Vern Walker, and Dick Wardell. Burt - Robert Angus, Frank H. Becker, Harold Becker, Ralph Carlson, Duane Habeger, A. A. Hildman, Ray S. McWhorter, Melvin Rieken, Boyd Shipler, Kenneth Trenary, LeroyThilges, Thomas E. Ulses, and John B. Wilson. Bode — Francis Bormann. Bancroft - Phil Heldorfer. Corwith - George Guenther, Warren Ludwig, Marvin Meyer, and Robert Sloan. Fehton- Paul Befnhard. Irvington - John F. Weber. Lone Rock - Frank Dreyer, Ralph Hammerstrom, Duane Lieb, Edwin H. Luedtke, and John Person. LuVerne- Robert Altman, Luther Kinne, and LeRoy Weber. Livermore - Nicholas A. Berte, and Richard N. Kohlhaas. Ringsted- Hans Duer. Sexton- Glenn Gabrielson. Wesley- Joseph A. Skow. West Bend-Ronald Frideres, Wayne Smith, and " Glenn Struecker. Whittemore - Richard Arend, Charles Bjustrom, Francis Bjustrom, Joseph H. Besch, Harold Feye, Joe Kollasch, Paul Kollasch, John Mosbach, Melvin Pompe, John Simpson, Richard Schmidt, H. W. Schultz, L. A. Schultz, AlvinRiggert, and Wendell Rusch. The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. in the High School Annex. Subject 2nd meeting on "Swine Production Problems." Members are welcome to enroll at any meeting during the series. District Court Jurors Are Released Here The district court jurors slated to report for possible further duty here Tuesday morning were released by Judge Richard W. Cooper. The current session is not over, but it appears the jury will not be needed for duty. Two new cases were filed. The Cooperative Oil Co., plaintiff, is seeking $937.10 to settle an account from Raymond Gardner, defendant. Beulah M. Miller, plaintiff, is asking a divorce from Darrell Miller, defendant. They were married at Sioux Falls, S. D., July 14, 1957, and there are three minor children. The plaintiff charges cruel and inhuman treatment, asks custody. This was the scene that greeted Gerald Voigt, manager of the Fenton branch of the First Trust and Savings Bank of Armstrong, and later investigators who were called early Monday morning after thieves had burned the vault open and taken from $1,300 to $1,400, mostly in coins. The loss is covered by insurance. The photo at left clearly shows the burned vault door, including the most heavily charred area between the dial and the handle on the door where a hole was eaten by intense heat, an act that cuts a bar leading from the dial to the handle, allowing the door .to come open. Small pieces of metal from the burned area can be 'seen lying on the floor at the right. At the right, the messy interior of the vault is shown. The papers that litter the floor are from most of the 17 safety deposit boxes inside the vault which were rifled by the culprits. It will be some time before anyone will know just what is missing from the popped deposit boxes. The burglars pried open the rear door of the frame structure- either Saturday or Sunday night. Authorities think it was the latter night, because some passersby had not noticed the window blinds at the front of the bank had been closed when they went by prior to Sunday evening. Voigt said the blinds were not closed when he left the bank about 2:30 p. m. Saturday. Besides taking all but $50 in pennies from the vault, the thieves also grabbed $125 that was in various drawers in the front portion of the bank. Practically all of the coins were in bags, the rest in coin changers, also in the vault. It is possible that a 2-wheel hand truck, stolen from the feed room at the Fenton Elevator, also during the weekend, was used by the thieves to wheel the bagged money, which is heavy, to a waiting auto. It was practically impossible to determine just where the car might have been parked during the theft, because there were many tire tracks in the area. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst reached the scene early Monday, after sending Deputy Don Wood ahead to begin the investigation. They were notified by Mr. Voigt, who entered the front door of the building about 7:40 a. m. Monday, noticed the vault opened and immediately re-locked the front door. He then called the sheriff -and F.B.L and the bank was closed the rest of the day. Rites Pending R. H. Behnke, 82, Algona, died at his home on North Lucas Street here about 2 a.m. Wednesday. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. McCullough's Funeral Chapel is in charge. License 28 New Vehicles Past Week, County Registration of 28 new motor vehicles took place in Kossuth County in the past week, as follows: Oldsmobile - George W. Naylor, Algona. Chevrolet - Raymond N. Kohlhaas, Irvington; Harvey V. Larson, Lone Rock; Marion E. Stucki, Fenton; Edward M. Broesder, Algona; John W. Schulz, Irvington; Phillip Fisher, West Bend; Lawrence Besch, Whittemore; Dan Froehlich, Lu- Verne; Pioneer Hibred Corn, Algona. Plymouth - Duane D. Metzger, Whittemore. Ford-W. C. Mayland, Buffalo Center; Charles W. McGuire, Bancroft; Clyde Priebe, Algona, pickup; Arthur Ristau, Algona, pickup; Terrance W. Johnson, Irvington. Pontiac - Richard H. Heyes, Lakota; Orville L. Runksmeier, Ledyard; R. K. Richardson, Lakota; LuVerne C. Corhus, Led' yard. Chrysler - Donald D. Trupke, Algona. Serro Scotty Trailer - Lyle Meier, Burt. Buick - Schultz Bros., Algona. International - Farmers Coop., Ledyard; Algona Implement, Algona. CMC - Isebrand Produce, Titonka; Edwin F. Mino, Algona. Truck Damaged A pickup truck sustained an estimated $600 damage, while $350 damage resulted to abridge when the vehicle driven by Larry W. Sowers, 28, Algona, went out of control into a bridge west of the intersection of highways 169 and 18 north of Algona. Suicide Ruled In Death Of Swea City Man A Swea City farmer, Virgil Jensen, about 57, who was ap-, parently despondent over the death of his wife Oct. 22 of this year, took his own life in the barn at his farm about two miles west of Swea City Tuesday at 3 p.m. County Medical Officer, Dr. R. F. Snyder, Swea City, notified the sheriffs office at 3:48 p.m. and said he had ruled it suicide. Mr. Jensen was found hanging in the hay mow of his barn. Funeral arrangements were pending at press time. His wife, Gladys, succumbed to cancer Oct. 22. They were married March 16, 1937atSweaCity. Survivors include a son, Lowell, SweaCity; two daughters, Mrs. A. E. Beier, Sioux Falls, So. Dak., and Mrs. David Medema, Rock Rapids; and five grandchildren. 150 Attendance At 2-Day Farm Machine School The Farm Power and Machine School sponsored by the County Extension Service and held November 30 and December 7 was successful. Galen DeValois, county extension director, reports that 150farmers registered and attended this event. The school was taught by specialists from Iowa State University, including Dale Hull and Verne Meyer, Extension Ag Engineers and Wm. Turner, Extension Farm Manager from Spencer. "More horsepower is produced on farm tractors and motors in Iowa than is produced from all the railroads in the world," reports Dale Hull at the meeting. Dale Hull, Extension Ag Engineer from Ames, also reported that the Kossuth county school with its 150 attendance was the largest number in the state ever attending a Farm Power & Machine School. Algona Stores Will Be Open These Evenings 1967 DECEMBER 1967 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY ^^fe. • II ^^^ ^BMgrx. S***T"^ ^l 1 *-"^ ^^&^ ,^&^^ 17 26 27 2^8 29 3 Six F.B.L agents from Sioux City, Des Moines and Omaha, and a state agent arrived from Des Moines to aid in the search for clues. They remained in the area Tuesday and were questioning anyone who may have noticed something out of line at Fenton during the weekend. Marshal Don Hurlburt, who is not normally on duty at night, did not learn of the robbery until notified by Mr. Voigt. A previous attempt was made to open the vault at the Fenton bank about three years ago, but would-be burglars couldn't punch the lock. Most of the bank's currency was in a safe inside the vault, but no attempt was made to open it. This is normally the case in such roblxaries, said Sheriff Lindhorst. The robbery was the third to occur within the county in the past year. The first was at Ledyard Dec. 13, 1966 and the other at Wliittemore this summer. Sheriff Lindhorst said Monday the Fenton robbery was "very similar" to the one at Ledyard. (Sheriff Lindhorst Photos) Larry Hudson Named New Kossuth County Assessor Named To Six Year Term At Monday Meet Larry A. Hudson, 28, Algona, a lifelong resident of Kossuth county, was named to the six- year term as county assessor here Monday afternoon. He will succeed Leo Immerfall, also of Algona, who has held the post for about 20 years after earlier serving as county auditor. The County Conference Board, made up of the board of supervisors, the county board of education and mayors of cities and towns in Kossuth, made the selection and appointment of Hudson from a field of four persons seeking the position. The four, Hudson, Mrs. Velva Niederfrank, Garner, Wayne F. Lynch, Fenton, and James R. Valley, Woden, became eligible for appointment as they were top-ranked among nine persons who wrote a test recently under the supervision of the State Tax Commission. An examining board had interviewed the applicants and had the right to report to the County Conference Board without making a recommendation. Members of the examining board were R. G. Buchanan, Algona, Charles Quinn, Bancroft, and Ed Boyken, Titonka. The salary of the county assessor is $7,500 a year. The new assessor will take office Jan. 2, 1968. There will also be a test held in the future to aid in the selection of a deputy for the office. No date for examination has been set. Mr. Hudson is well-known in this area. He was born while his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oran Hudson, now of Algona, lived near Corwith, Sept. 10, 1939. He attended school here and is a 1957 graduate of Algona High School. From April, 1959, to April, 1962, he served in the U. S. Army and in February, 1965, became a deputy to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst. After two years in that post, he joined the state parole office and became parole officer in this area, a position he held until appointment to the deputy assessor job in August this year. Mr. Hudson's wife is the for- All 32 Families Adopted As Kind Hearts Prevail LARRY A. HUDSON mer Carol Ostwald, whom he married April 15,1967 at Whittemore. The present assessor, Mr. Immerfall, is retiring due to health reasons. (UDM Newsfoto) Three 30-Day Sentences Here Gene R. King, 17-year old Scranton youth who was apprehended by peace officers after a lengthy chase from Algona to southern Minnesota Saturday evening (the complete story appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Upper Des Moines), appeared before Mayor Bill Finn and faced four charges Tuesday afternoon. The youth was returned earlier from Blue Earth where he had been lodged following his arrest. He was charged with reckless driving, speeding, failing to stop for a peace officer and larceny of gas. The latter case was referred to juvenile authorities. The mayor sentenced him to 30 days on each of the other charges, with the sentences to be served concurrently, probably at Humboldt where there are quarters for juveniles. In other matters heard by the mayor, two Algonans, Charles Jaques and R. W. McCuilough, were fined $25 for intoxication and a third, John Ditch, Mallard, was sentenced to 10 days in jail on the same count. Another Algonan, Russell R. Rentz, posted $350 bond and a preliminary hearing is pending on a charge of OMVI. John B. Hyink, Whittemore, and Harold R. Lavrenz, Burt, were fined $10 each for speeding. LATE FLASH - The middle of Wednesday morning, just before press time, all seven of the remaining families available for adoption for Christmas were adopted by the students and faculty of Garrigan High School. Thus, all 32 families listed have been adopted. And to all of you, thanks, and may your Christmas be a happier one because of your kind generosity. * * * All but seven families or individuals, available for adoption this Christmas by groups or individuals, have been taken, Marvel Immerfall, Kossuth County Relief supervisor said yesterday morning. The 1967 list which now has 32 names, was whittled rapidly the past week by "adoptions" from various groups as listed below. Those remaining may be adopted by calling Mrs. Immerfall at 5-2897. Delivery of gifts may be made the week before Christmas, or will be delivered by the supervisor of the area, as desired. The adoption list follows: No. 1 - Adopted by anonymous. No. 2-Adopted by Algona Senior High. No. 3 - Adopted by Algona Senior High. No. 4- Adopted by Zetz XI of Beta Sigma Phi. No. 5 - Adopted by Trinity Lutheran church. No. 6-Adopted by Algona Junior High. No. 7- Father, mother and 10 children, aged 5 months to 16. This is a good family, low income, which some group should adopt. No. 8- Adopted by Girl Scout Troop 438. No. 9- Family of six children, father and mother, children 8 to 20, eldest helping with family income but total barely subsistence living. A worthy family. No. 10-Adopted by Hagg- Turner Post, American Legion. No. 11-Adopted by Trinity Lutheran church. No. 12-Adopted by Anonymous. No. 13 - Father, mother, five children, ages 6 to 14. Low income situation. No. 14- Adopted by Couples Club, Immanuel Lutheran church, Lotts Creek. No. 15-Adopted by Local 1045, Machinists Union. No. 16-Adopted by Local 1045, Machinists Union. No. 17-Adopted by Northwestern Bell employees. No. 18- Parents with 11 children, a good family for a larger group to adopt, where low income situation prevails despite valiant efforts to keep going. No. 19 - A widow with just enough to live sparingly. No. 20-Adopted by Anonymous. No. 21 - Adopted by Trinity Lutheran church. No. 22-Adopted by Trinity Lutheran church. No. 23 - Adopted by Swanson's Store, Algona. No. 24 - Adopted by Episcopal Church. No. 25 — Adopted by Algona Rotary Club. No. 26 - Adopted by Algona Junior High. No. 27- Adopted by Town and Country Women's Club, Fenton. No. 28— Adopted by Swea City Methodist Junior M.Y.F. No. 29— Adopted by Episcopal Church. No. 30- Elderly widow, living alone, a worthy assist needed, No. 31 - Elderly widow, living alone, a worthy assist needed. No. 32-Adopted by Anonymous. Earl Smith Funeral Held At Ottosen OTTOSEN - Funeral services for Earl Smith, 74, Milroy, Minn., were held Friday at the Presbyterian church. Mr. Smith died Dec. 3 at a rest home in Milroy. He was married to Gertrude Cooper of Ottosen. His widow and two sons, WeldonandDarrel, survive. Burial was at Union Cemetery here. Furnace Fumes Algona firemen were called to the home of Warren gstabane, 117 East Oak street, about 5 p. m, Tuesday when an accumu* lation of fumes in the furnace ignited. There was no reported.

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