The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 4, 1968 · Page 8
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 4, 1968
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Charge Man With Making Annoying Phone Calls A series of telephone calls which have been annoying a LuVerne family and their daughter came to an abrupt halt, Saturday evening, Dec. 23, with the arrest of a 20-year-old Clear Lake man in a telephone booth at Renwick, in Humboldt county. Richard G. McGowan of Clear Lake was charged by Humboldt county Deputy Sheriff Mervyn Johnson in a J. P. court in Humboldt that same evening, under a new law regarding use of telephones that became effective in Iowa last July 1. He was released on a cash bond of $300, after waiving a preliminary hearing and being bound over to the district court. Conviction on the telephone nuisance charge is subject to a maximum $500 fine, a year in jail, or both. The arrest came after the Lu Verne girl's father, on receiving a call for her at their home, went to another phone and called John Claude, regional manager for N. W. Bell in Algona, and told him the nuisance call was again on the line. The girl, in the meantime, had been told to keep the young man talking. The father heard the operator say "deposit 15 cents" as he accepted the call, and this narrowed the area from which the call could come. Claude rapidly checked out the 15? call area from LuVerne that was within the Algona office jurisdiction, and there was no call from any ,of his area stations into the LuVerne number. But it had to come from only a few others, within the Webster City area, of which Renwick was one, and a fast check with Webster City indicated that the call was from a Renwick pay station. In the meantime, the girl's father and Mayor James Mallory of Lu Verne, who had been contacted, with the 15<? call information and knowing it could not be from LuVerne or Livermore in the Algona area, decided it must be either Renwick or Corwith and had taken off for Renwick. At about the same time, the father and the LuVerne mayor reached Renwick, just as the telephone company alerted Renwick town marshal Richard Jungclas, who also headed for the pay phone. The young man was still talking-25minutes after placing the call and presumably dropping in additional change as the call progressed. He suddenly ended the conversation with the girl by saying, "Somebody's coming after me, 1*11 have to leave." He was right- but not quick enough. The pending charge is one of the first in Iowa since passage of the new law, which concerns all types of annoying, harassing, offensive, lewd and profane language as illegal over the phone, and also disturbing persons with telephone calls for any purpose. By RUSS WALLER With Christmas well behind us, it is probably time to recount New Years resolutions, but we cannot forget the Yule season without comment on a gift received by a local man. It was a large, tasty and properly cased summer sausage about two feet long. It came from Alabama. But the local recipient in looking at the printing on the casing,, made the discovery that the summer sausage was processed, smoked, and cased in South St. Paul, Minn, on order for a specialty house in Ohio, which in turn must have sold it to an Alabama retailer. .. .and the summer sausage finally wound up only 150 miles from its place of origin. Reader's Digest reports that "70% of American men visit a super market every two weeks." If all at the same time, it must get a bit crowded! * * * Our congratulations to Northwestern Bell Telephone. .. .when you DON'T have any long distance tolls charged on your bill, they neatly inscribe: "Long Distance: The next best thing to being there." Pretty smart, Old Ma Belli * * * Rebellion is nothing new, either from the younger generation or from dissenting groups in foreign lands. . . .come to think of it, wasn't there a "tea party" in Boston, once, which kicked off rebellion against the British rule of the American colonies? * * * Seven years ago the Peace Corps began, and at least in its earlier stages proved to be one of the truly honest efforts by the U.S. to do some genuine good in the world in a peaceful, helpful manner. . . .but times are changing . . . .The country of Gabon, in Africa, has requests that the U.S. withdraw its 41 men and 11 women from the nation. Six other countries previously have made the same request - Guinea, Mauritania, Cyprus, Ceylon, Indonesia and Pakistan. Trend of the times? Or perhaps a polite way of suggesting that we mind our own business? * * * Algona's city council had quite a surprise at its last meeting.... at its conclusion about 40 persons walked into the council chamber singing Christmas carols. . . .it might have been even more interesting if the city council had done the caroling - but perhaps not as melodious I * * * California Note - 68th annual Iowa winter picnic, Saturday, March 30, Recreation Park, Long Beach; program starts at 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Iowa Ass' n. of Southern California. * * * And then there is the absentminded local man who claimed someone had stolen two bottles of beverage from his car, but discovered later that he'd simply forgotten to go to the store I * * * Weekend notes - Fourteen below, but 50,000 fans turned out at Green Bay. . . -the Smothers Bros, evidently don't have much time for stuffed shirts. .. .can't ANYBODY turn off Paul Chrisman during those football broadcasts? * * * Famous Last Line - Anyone who thinks he is going to be happy and prosperous by letting the Government takS care of him should take a close look at the American Indian. First Newspaper In North Central 'owa Klgona ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ;is second class matter at the postoifice at Algona. Town i50511i. Nov. 1. I'i:i2. under Act ni Congress ol March 3. 187!) ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1968 Two Sections — 20 VOL. 102 NO. 1 New Postal Rates Begin On Sunday, January 7 Increased rates for all classes of mail except parcel post and international mail will go into effect January 7, 1968, Postmaster Ed Farrell of Algona reminds postal customers. The new rates will be six cents for first class mail and 10 cents for airmail. The postcard rate will be five cents and for airmail postcards, eight cents. "Even with the new rates, postal service is still-a bargain," Farrell believes. "Forsixcents you can send a letter to any of the 50 states, to any United States territory or possession, to Canada or Mexico or to an American serviceman stationed anywhere in the world." The added cent in the letter rate is a 20 percent increase compared to a 24 percent boost in the rates for mailing newspapers and magazines and a 34 percent hike for advertising circulars, "occupant" mail and other material in the third-class category. The new rate of six cents per ounce for first-class mail applies up to 13 ounces and the new rate of 10 cents per ounce for air mail applies up to 7 ounces. Under the new rate structure all first-class mail over 13 ounces and all airmail over 7 ounces will be merged into a single category. Heavier pieces of first-class and airmail subject to the single rate schedule will be delivered by the fastest available means of transportation. A flat rate of 80 cents will be charged for all mail in this category up to one pound. For all mail weighing more than one pound, the present air parcel post rates will continue to apply, except that the postage on matter weighing between one and five pounds will change at half- pound intervals instead of one pound intervals. Wild Spree After 4 Cars Stolen In Area Two Humboldt youths, Mark Boyd, 15, and Gail Rosendahl, 17, led peace officers in several area counties on a merry chase last week before they were apprehended and jailed at Humboldt. They admitted stealing four autos and breaking into two business places during a 24-hour escapade alter they ran away from the Eldora Training School for Boys. They were captured three miles west of Clarion, just before they reached a roadblock which had been set up at Clarion, by Mervyn Johnson, Humboldt deputy sheriff, and Patrolman Tom Cogdall, Algona. When stopped, they were driving the third auto they had stolen during the spree. This is the way the story was pieced together by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, Cogdall, Johnson and others who were called in on the case: The two left the training school Wednesday, Dec. 27, and walked to Union, a town located southeast of Eldora, and stole an auto. They then drove to Humboldt before heading for LuVerne. Park- Eight Fined For Violations, Mayor's Court Eight persons appeared in Mayor Bill Finn's court this week and paid fines following preliminary hearings of a variety of charges. The following paid $10 and costs; Raphael Thilges and Laurance Pingel, Algona, stop sign; John F. Golwitzer, failing to yield the right-of-way; Lee F. Froehlich, Algona, failing to yield one- half the roadway; Chris E, Schmidt, Humboldt, failing to yield after stopping; and Jon L. Clapsaddle, Algona, failing to have control. Gerald J. Cink, Algona, was fined $5 and costs for improper backing. Divorce Asked A divorce petition and writ of injunction was filed in district court here this week. Dorothy Bruns, plaintiff, charges the defendant, Clarence Bruns, with cruel and Inhuman treatment and asks custody of a minor son, support and a property settlement. They were married Dec. 25,1941 at Estherville. ing the auto near the elevator at LuVerne (in Humboldt county), they went to Trauger's grocery store where they took $8 and 1015 cartons of cigarettes after kicking the glass all out of the front door. The pair left the first stolen car there, but took a 1964 Chevrolet owned by Howard Eischen, which had been parked a block north and a block east of the grocery store. Their path then led to Gilmore City where they stole a 1964 Ford owned by Richard Nedved. Now each had a car. They then went to Rutland where they broke into the Blue Light tavern and stole some cigars. Still in two cars, they returned to Humboldt, drove to an abandoned farm where one of the youths once lived, and spent the night, leaving Eischen'scar there and driving Nedved's to Algona the next day. Three miles east of Algona on McGregor road, the transmission of the vehicle went out, so they called Algona and a wrecker went to the scene and towed the vehicle to Taylor Motor Co. here. The boys then apparently walked to Hood's Super Valu on State street where they selected their next auto - a 1967 Pontiac GTO owned by Clarence Harms, an employee at Hood's.. Harms stated he last saw the vehicle shortly after 2 p. m,, so they took it after that. Harms didn't realize the vehicle had been stolen until about 5:30 p. m. when he discovered his wife had not taken it - but someone else had. The trail then led back to Gilmore City where they purchased $2 worth of gasoline, paying the bill with pennies. This was a mistake. The attendant at the station took the license number and notified the sheriffs office at Humboldt. That office had heard radio traffic on the Harms vehicle, so an all-out effort to apprehend the youths got underway. A Humboldt policeman spotted the vehicle headed east on highway 3 and alerted Cogdall and Johnson, who began the chase that ended near Clarion. The youths were taken to the jail at Humboldt to await action on the thefts. It is probable they will be returned to Eldora. Two other youths who escaped from the training school Monday, Dec. 25, were still at large Saturday. They are David Clemens, 16, Gilmore City, and Larry Hilligas, 16, Humboldt. New Member Of Highway Patrol Assigned Here James W. Wolske, a native of Rock Falls, is one of 23 new Iowa Highway Patrolmen who will formally enter the service Jan. 2 at Des Moines, and he has been assigned to the Algona location. Patrolman Wolske is single, and will live at Ft. Dodge for a short time before moving to Algona. He was to report to his new assigned post, January 3. New patrolmen receive on-the- job training by riding with veteran officers for about three months before receiving their own patrol cars. Howard Smith, Principal At LuVerne, Dies Howard Smith, 64, principal at LuVerne High School for the past nine years, died Saturday afternoon at St. Ann hospital where he had been a patient only a brief time. He had not been in good health for sometime, however. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the LuVerne Methodist church, and burial was in Chester twp., near Grinnell, la., with Blake Funeral Home of LuVerne in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were six faculty members of the LuVerne school, Bryce Wickett, Sherman Arends, Lyle Shelton, Philip Iverson, Dennis Holmes and Charles Bloom. Surviving Mr. Smith are his wife, Ruth; a son, Nile of Lehigh; a brother Charles, Grinnell j and four sisters, Alberta Sullen and Edith Veber, both of Kellog, la., Louise Falk, St. Paul, Minn., and Ada Eames, Gilman, la.; and his mother at Grinnell. Mr. Smith was a graduate of Grinnell College, and received his master's degree at the University of Iowa, and had taught for a good many years in Iowa schools. He went to LAI Verne from Alburnett. He was also widely known as a ham radio operator, a hobby which he had greatly enjoyed. The LuVerne school was clbsed Tuesday in respectlo Mr. Smith. First 1968 Baby Mr. and Mrs. Don Reding of St. Joe are parents of the first baby of the New Year in Kossuth county, a son born Jan. 2 at St. Ann hospital. The young man weighed in at 8 Ibs., 6 oz., and everyone is doing fine. A name was being selected Wednesday. Sub-Zero Fire Call An overheated light fixture resulted in a fire call at 11:20 p. m., Tuesday, to the Algona fire department from the home of Enrique Bazan, teacher in the Algona public school system, who lives at 117 E. Oak St. In sub-zero weather the department made a fast run to the home, where the fire danger was quickly eliminated. Has Heart Attack Ed Sheakley, father of Algona businessman Charles Sheakley, suffered a serious heart attack Sunday morning in Emmetsburg. His condition is reported improved from a previous critical state at the hospital there. The elder Sheakley owns a women's ready-to-wear store in Emmetsburg. Social Security Social Security representatives will be in Algona, at the courthouse, Jan. 4 and 18 this month, from 9:30 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. for conferences Install New 4-H Officers Here Rally Night for 600 county 4-H members and friends was climaxed at Algona High School Thursday night by selection of new officers for boys and girls. They are shown here immediately after being sworn in by the retiring officers. In the photo, left to right, are Mark Mawdsley and Shirley Becker, presidents; Leonard Becker and Jane Walker, vice presidents; Norman Zaugg and Linda Higgins, secretaries; and Robert Bernhard and Delores Heldorfer, historians. Out-going officers in the same positions are Anthony Muehe and Judy Berger, Dean Teeter and Marilyn Roethler, Dick Lynch and Karen Eden and Mike and Linda Nitchals. Music highlighted the evening's program. Mawdsley, 16, has been a member of the Plum Creek boys club seven years; Miss Becker, 16, has been in the Wesley Wizards the same number of years; Becker, 17, has been in the Wesley Boys club seven years; Miss Walker, 17,'is also a seven-year member of the Plum Creek Elite; Zaugg, 17, has been a Garfield Hustler five years; Miss Higgins, 17, eight years with the Buffalo Boosters; Bernhard, 15, five years in the Prairie Future Farmers; and Miss Heldorfer, 16, has been in the Greenwood Girls club five years. The annual Rally Night had the county-4-H committee, Laurel Peterson, chairman, and Ruth Patterson, Extension assistant, in charge of arrangements. (UDM Newsfoto) New County Engineer Hired For Kossth; Salary $16,600 H. Wichfendahl Funeral Held At Whittemore Herman A. Wichtendahl, 83, resident of the Whittemore area for 75 years, died at St. Ann Hospital, Algona, Wednesday, Dec. 27. He made his home with a brother, George, most of his life until three years ago when he became ill and became a resident of a rest home. He remained there until he was again taken ill, then was transferred to St? Ann. Funeral services for him were held in St. Paul's Lutheran church, ^hittemore, Friday, Dec. 29,. at 2 p. m. with Rev. C'leo Kautsch officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery and McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Henry, Wilmer, Ed and Harlan Wichtendahl and Arnold and Raymond Zinnel. He was born at Yorktown, fll., a son of Henry and Hulda Milkau Wichtendahl, and came to this area at the age of eight. He was a longtime member of St. Paul's Lutheran church and never married. He farmed in the Whittemore area for many years prior to retirement. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Minor Crash A city snowplow. driven by Albert J. Wibben, 61, Algona, and a car driven by LaVange R. Fick, 23, St. Paul Park, Minn., collided at the intersection of Elm and Wooster streets here at 8:33 a. m. Wednesday, resulting in $250 estimated damage to the vehicles. The auto was headed south and the plow west at the time. The plow struck the left rear door of the auto, spinning it around The Kossuth county board of supervisors selected a new county engineer during its re- organizational meeting here Tuesday. Named to the post was Burton Dutton. He will replace H. M. (Slim) Smith, who held the position for 44 years prior to his recent death. Mr. Dutton is slated to receive $16,600 salary during 1968; $17,800dur- ing 1969; and $19,000 during 1970. The new engineer was hired for a 3-year period by the board. Mr. Dutton has been with the state highway department at Mason City as secondary road engineer, and prior to that was a county engineer in Marion County. Jack Fraser will continue as assistant county engineer here. He has held that position for some 39 years with the exception of years in war service. A. J. Kollasch was re-elected chairman of the board for 1968. He served as chairman in 1966, then was named again to the post last year following the death of Charles Plathe who was named chairman in January, 1967. The board also re-appointed many county employees, including the county medical officers, Dr. R. F. Snyder, Swea City, and Dr. R. K. Richardson, Algona, the county nurse, Joyce Hayden, drainage clerk, janitors, all employees in the engineer's office and several others. The Algona Upper Des Moines, Advance and Bancroft Register were named official newspapers. The audits of various offices were also approved and bonds of some officers okayed during the session. Meanwhile, councilmen Dr. Kevin Nash and Jim Andreasen were sworn in during a special meeting of the city council Tuesday at 5 p. m. Sheridan Cook, who was also to be sworn In by Mayor BUI Finn, was not present and will be sworn in at a later meeting. Ken Peirce was named Mayor Pro Tern Advance Newspaper Sold To Julian Chrischilles Effective January 1, the Kossuth County Advance newspaper became the property of Julian Chrischilles, who has been associated with its publication since 1950, shortly after his graduation from Beloit College. The sale also marked the departure from active ownership in the newspaper field in Kossuth County of Duane E. Dewel, who was associated with his father, W. C. Dewel, in the paper's ownership for a number of years prior to the death of the elder Dewel. During the interval Duane also served as a state senator in the Iowa legislature from this district. The new publisher is a son of Theo Chrischilles, longtime Algona merchant. He is married to the former Patricia Seeley of Algona, and they have a family of three sons and a daughter. Prior to acquisition of ownership, Chrischilles had been managing editor of the Advance. r i i i C-O-L-D! i i i i Brrrr ! Groan! Well, that's the weather, folks. The most severe blast of arctic air to hit this area moved in during the weekend-and according to prognosticators, it will be with us a while. A minus 18 reading early Wednesday marked the fourth consecutive day of sub-zero readings here and sent many persons to their favorite battery shops for equipment needed to start cars and trucks. Tow and push cars were also kept pretty busy. Now the Packers and Cowboys can feel sorry for us 1 Lows the past four days were a pair of minus 18s and a pair of minus sevens, so residents weren't given much to choose from in the way of low marks. Highs during the period ranged from 28 down to minus three. Precipitation four days came in the form of snow, with the largest amount arriving Tuesday. DUANE E. DEWEL Here are the marks: H L S Dec. 28 20 0 Dec. 29 28 4 Dec. 30 25 12 Tr. Dec. 31 -3 -18 Tr. Jan. 1 24 -7 Tr, Jan. 2 20 -7 .1/2" Jan. 3 18 The 5-day forecast doesn't sound too thrilling, either, with continued cold temperature read* ings predicted - and possiWy some snow during the weekend.

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