The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 16, 1968 · Page 2
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2-Algona (la.) Upper Des Mo!n«$ Tuesday, Jan. t6, 1968 afternoon. - o- don smith BEFORE anyone is killed on a Kossuth highway in 1968 (at least when this was written Jan. 12), we're going to give all drivers something to think about. It's an article we read some years ago - and clipped it out, never knowing we might get to use it some time in a column. IT'S a little gory -but it tells what happens when a car, traveling at 55 miles per hour, crashes into a solid immovable tree. Here it is, by tenths of. a second: ONE-TENTH — The front bumper and chrome "frosting" of the grillework collapse. Slivers of steel penetrate the tree to depths of 1 1/2 inches and more. TWO-TENTHS - The hood crumples as it rises, smashing into the windshield. Spinning rear wheels leave the ground. The grillework disintegrates. The fenders come into contact with the tree, forcing the rear parts to splay out over the frontdoors. In this same tenth of a second, the heavy structural members of the car begin to act as a brake on the terrific forward momentum of the 2 1/2- ton body. But the driver's body continues to move forward at the vehicle's original speed. This means a force of 20 times gravity, his body weighs 3,200 pounds. His legs, ramrod straight, snap at the knee joints. THREE-TENTHS - The driver's body is now off the seat, torso upright, broken knees pressing against the dashboard. The plastic and steel frame of the steering wheel begins to bend under his terrible death grip. His head is now near the sun visor, his chest above the steering column. FOUR-TENTHS - The car's front 24 inches have been completely demolished, but the rear end is still traveling at an estimated speed of 35 miles per hour. The driver's body is still traveling at 55 miles per hour. The half-ton motor block crunches into the tree. The rear of the car, like a bucking horse, rises high enough to scrape the bark off the low branches. FIVE-TENTHS - The driver's fear-frozen hands bend the steering column into an almost- vertical position. The force of gravity impales him on the steering wheel shaft. Jagged steel punctures lung and intercostal arteries. Blood spurts into his lungs. SIX-TENTHS - So great is the force of the impact that the driver's feet are ripped from his tightly-laced shoes. The brake pedal shears off at the floor boards. The chassis bends in the middle, shearing body bolts. The driver's head smashes into the windshield. The rear of the car begins its downward fall, spinning wheels digging into the ground. SEVEN-TENTHS - The-entixe. writhing body of the car is forced . out of shape. Hinges tear. Doors spring open. In one last convulsion, the seat rams forward, pinning the driver against the cruel steel of the steering shaft. Blood leaps from his mouth. Shock has frozen his heart. He is now dead! TIME elapsed— seven- tenths of a second. What happened? Did the brakes fail? Was the driver going too fast for conditions? Did he miss a sign? Did he fall asleep? Was he intoxicated? Or did he deliberately commit suicide? WE'D suggest that you read the above not once, but several times— and let the cold facts included in the story soak in. Maybe then you will keep in mind the horrible consequences of an auto mishap every time you slide under the wheel of your car. And use your safety belt. And drive defensively. We want you to be a reader of this column for a long time! Julie Wood Of Algona To Wed In August JULIE WOOD Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wood, Algona, announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie, and John Flickinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flickinger, Muscatine. Miss Wood attended Hamilton Business College and is presently employed at Kemper Mutual Insurance Co., Mason City. Her fiance is attending Hamilton Business College and will graduate in May. An August wedding is being planned. Holiday Guests In St. Joe Homes Return To Duty ST. JOE - Mr. and Mrs. Paul Erpelding took their daughter Sister Lois Marie and Sister Mary Helen Kenne, and Francis Kenne, daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kenne, Livermore, and a nephew Duane Frideres, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Frideres back to their respective schools after their holiday vacations. Sister Lois Marie and Sister Mary Helen are 7th grade teachers at Dyersville with Francis Kenne and Duane Frideres, students at Loras College in Dubuque. While in Dubuque, Mr. and Mrs. Erpelding visited a niece, Sister Betty Frideres at Mt, St. Francis Convent, and with the Charles Hess family. Enroute home they also visited with Mrs. Anna Bormann at North Washington, returning home on Saturday Mrs. Donald Reding and infant son Robert Joseph, born in St. Ann Hospital in Algona, Jan. 2, came home last Sunday. Kristine Plathe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Plathe and a junior at Clarke College, Dubuque, left via plane from Mason City on Sunday after spending the holidays with her folks. Relatives and friends attended a pre-nuptial shower forDarlene Haupert in the American Legion Hall in Algona Saturday evening, Jan. 6. Miss Haupert;daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. John'L! Haupert of Burt, will be the bride of Cyril Thilges, son of Mr.' and Mrs. Lawrence Thilges of Algona, formerly of St. Joe. The wedding will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 o'clock at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft. KOSSUTH COUNTY'S FAVORITE NEWSPAPER1I A WELCOME SURPRISE Upper Des Moines Dear Sirs: I'm enclosing $8 for one year's subscription to your excellent paper. The extra dollar is for exchange and the difference in value of the U. S. and Canadian dollar. Sincerely, D. R. Hantelman Tyner, Sask., Canada THANKS We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to the community, and the following business firms for their donations and assistance with our underprivileged children's Christmas Party. For without their support the party would not have been the success that it was! THE CITIZENS OF ALGONA GAMBLES CO. HARRISON'S FAREWAY STORES INC. BORDEN CO. BUTT'R TOPP BAKERY CO. 7-UP BOTTLING CO. AVCO FINANCE MRS. S. CLAUS ALGONA HIGH SCHOOL FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS'CLUB Kare.n Petersen Pam Moe Joan Stebritz Evelyn Haack Shar Gregory JoAnne Kunk3l Betty Walker Nancy Wagner Sherri Kramer The ALGONA JAYCEES 88 DAYS OF DaMONT 88 SAVINGS Special equipment!Special savings!-Specially now! TnAu'rn nil r4i-fttfftr4 nn nnsJ lin>tnA« r m!4««J!4'. ....._- _!__ _ C_ _ • _ f^ !_!__. _..._. I i They're all dressed up and ready to roll I The most attractive Delmont 88s everl They're equipped just the way you like 'em—and priced the same way! You can buy one with a vinyl top. Deluxe wheel discs. Whitewall tires. Deluxe steering wheel. Chrome fender moldings. Just name it and it's yours—along with famous Oldsmobile quality and ride. A new generation of Rocket V-8s. And all at special savings that make^ owning one easier than ever. So give Olds young wheels a whirl. Check out a Delmont 88— 'specially now, during Olds "88 Days" at your nearest Oldsmobile dealer's. Give Olds young wheels a whirl. Drive a youngmobile from Oldsmobile. MAIM 0) IACUUNCC DAU'S GARAGE - ALGONA, IOWA

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