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By Russ Waller • » « Up at Titonka, a few nights back, the night marshal, John -Meyer, had a most unusual accident. He stopped for a cup of coffee, then started to make his rounds. This was about 4 a.m. He blacked out as he started down the street, his car continued on down the street and over the curb hitting the corner of the Robert Kruse home. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse, rushing to the door, found the marshal somewhat dazed from the Collision, but not injured except for a few cuts on the lip and a loosened tooth. • » * After six years of drouth, Los Angeles and area surrounding gets a deluge ... and unfortunately all of it drains off into the ocean . . . but then, on second thought, when our present snow begins to melt down we may have something of a deluge ourselves. • • . • Down at the Modern Dry Cleaners they've had a little kidding due to the scale in the office used in measuring weights of "clean only" dry cleaning .. . observers remark it has a strong resemblance to the scales found in nurseries. Their answer is that they'll weigh any babies, big or little, if someone wants them weighed. • * » A recently completed survey of American living shows that: 25.4 percent of all families live in communities of 2,500 or less. Small town families are larger, averaging 4.2 persons, compared to the national average of 3.9. There is higher home ownership; 72.1 percent owning their homes'in small towns, against a national average of 61.95, Small towns h,aye more two-car' families, greater annual driving mileage, higher spendable income. There's still plenty of life in the "small town" so don't let the Big Brothers bluff you out. • • • Despite the big snowstorm of Saturday afternoon and night, the Annual Barbershoppers program here drew nearly a packed house. All tickets had been sold prior to the performance, and there were only a scant number of empty seats. At least 800 were present, and the Montevideo and Minneapolis quartettes on the program arrived on schedule. But getting home was another thing. The "After Glow" at the VFW proved tp be most fortunate, as many who would have gone home found themselves forced to stay overnight — and some until 'Monday — in hotels, motels and with local friends. Guest quartettes from Rolfe, Humboldt, and two from Mason City were snowed in overnight. The show and the After Glow were the best ever. * * * If the pending postal raise bill is passed, it will have an effect on everyone using the U.S. mails, including newspapers. For each copy of a weekly publication that crosses the county line to a post- office, the increased postage will total 52 cents a year per subscriber. With papers from Algona going to Corwith, Livermore, Bode, Ottosen, West Bend, Rodman, Cylinder, Ringsted, Armstrong, Elmore, Buffalo Center, Britt and Woden — many of which come back on routes to Kosuth county residents — this increased cost will be quite substantial. For example, all of the St. Joe area papers go the Bode postoffice, and thus come under the rate increase. We're not complaining, just explaining! * » » Jf you're toying with the thought of robbing a bank, it is suggested that you drop the PJalnfleld bank from the list of ^^4fl^^tilH^ 9 Jfflomea ESTABLISHED 1863 tnteftti u tMo&d dm mtttw «t th« partotftw *t Algpiuu low*, Nov. 1, 1631 under Act, of Contfrt** of March 3, 1879, AL6ONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1962 3 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES VOL 99 - NO. 7 Area Digs Out From 13 Inch Snow Arrest 2 Boys Here; Charged In Break-Ins Two 17-year old Algona boys were arrested by Policeman Jim Voigt here Monday night and charged with breaking and entering after they told officers they had entered the Inundro- ,mat here Saturday and Sunday nights and took change from two change making machines. , The arrest followed reports that the two had been spending quite a few half dollars at places of business here. They had a little change, allegedly taken from the laundromat, on them when apprehended. They are beihg held in jail at Fort Dodge and will be returned here to face charges in juvenile court, probably this week. Local police officers are investigating a pair of break-ins which occurred at the laundromat on South Phillips street here during the weekend. Thieves stole money from change machines two nights, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night the culprits pried open a quarter change machine and took all the dimes out of it. Total amount is not known. The . following night, probably before 9:15 p.m., thieves pried open a SO cent change machine and took all the change out .of it. It was estimated that the total amount of money taken might reach $80. The laundromat was also burglarized in August, I960, when a change machine was opened and the money removed. The business place is open all night. Harry Sabin Funeral Held Here Monday Harry T. Sabin, 69, well-known Irvington farmer and lifelong resident of Kossuth county, died Friday at St. Ann hospital here following a lingering illness. He had been in the hospital one day. Funeral services for Mr. Sabin were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Presbyterian church here with lev. M. H. Brower officiating. Burial followed at Laurel Hill cemetery, Irvington, and McCulough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Fred Plumb, Rudy Willrett, John Simon, Ed [mmerfall, Mads Christiansen and Victor Rochleau. Harry Thomas Sabin, son of Martin and Estella Thompson Sa- jin, was born at Fenton Sept. 4, L892 and moved to this area with lis parents at the age of three pionths. He farmed in the Irvington vicinity all of his adult life. The Sabin farm is located three Family Burned Out Things looked mighty dark for Mr and Mrs Ed Dietrich and their two children Wednesday-night, Feb. 14, after fire almost completely gutted their home at 1115 East North street - but the PJf^ Jrifftened quickly as Grocer Ted Vera, owner of the East End Grocery store here started collecting clothing, essential household items and cash at his store. , . , . .. Area persons responded with gusto. A day later, the family, which Vera had movedm to one of the empty Vera apartments on East State street, had a large supply of clothing and household goods, and at last count, $50 in cash had been turned over to the Dietrichs. _ The Dietrichs lost everything they owned, except for the clothing they^ere wear ng when.firs swepj through the house at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The blaze got its start when an oil burning ,±J e * x £ n0 £r W -£ Dietrich opened the stove door. Algona's firemen were.called and they were at the scene for an hour, ihe Dietrichs had no insurance to cover the loss. . , . Mr. Dietrich is an unemployed laborer and-Mrs Dietrich washes Uishes at a local cafe. Also lost in the Hash fire were a pet dog and cat -both suffocated inside the building. • Thanks to Mr. Vera and many nice people in the area, the Dietrichs have been helped back on their collective feet. Mr. Vera also furnished food for the family after the fire. •-, , damaged The photo shows an exterior view of the home. All the windows were smashed and some damaged furniture was carried to the front yard area. It is hoped the house can be renovated. (UDM Newsfoto —Engraving) . ' ' > . . .— Ledyard & 1 Bag Sectional Wins Next March 11 the N. W. Bell Telephone tells us that we can twist dials and get some long distance numbers without even talking to an operator. Aside fropi the mechanical training involved, it sounds simple. But alas, no more chances to listen to the long distance operators as they contact distant cities. It was half the fun of calling! * » • At last the Early Risers who faithfully turned on their TV's in early morning darkness in the hope of watching the space shot have been rewarded. * - The miles south and a mile west of Algona. He was married to Hazel Robison May 2, 1917 at Irvington and was very active as a member of the Presbyterian church there. Mr. Sabin was a Cresco township trustee for 40 years, served on the election board there for many years, was an active board member and former president of the Algona. Co-Op Creamery when it was operated here, was president of the Irvington elevator and was treasurer of the church at Irvington at the time of his death. Besides his wife, Mr. Sabin is survived by a daughter, LaVpnne (Mrs. George McVay), Algona; three sons, Harold and Ronald, who farm in Cresco township, and Dwight, Des Moines; and 10 grandchildren. Cylinder edged Ringsted, 50-49, and Ledyard downed Burt, 54-47, at Lakota, and Titonka pasted Armstrong, 66-46, at Armstrong, in opening round boys sectional tournament games Monday night. Play will continue in area sectionals during the coming week. At Lakota Cylinder pulled out its victory in the last period. The winners held a 15-6 lead over Ringsted at the end of the first period and led 22-19 at half time before the Great Danes took a seemingly commanding lead of 37-32 at the three-quarter mark. Cylinder rallied and pulled out the win. Johnson tossed in 15- points and Solberg and Freeman 12 each for Cylinder, while Reed canned 25 points and Larson 11 for Ringsted. Burt trailed all the way in the second game of the night. Ledyard held leads of 13-5, 31-17 and 46-27 at the quarter breaks, then withstood a late Burt rally to win. Menke counted 17 points and Johnson 11 for Ledyard, while Me.ister and Mitchell got 16 each and Kissner 10 for Burt. At Armstrong Armstrong led Titonka, 11-10. at the end of the first period, but the Indians came back strong during the second and third quarters to turn hi a convincing win. Titonka led 29-16 at halftime and 41-25 at the three-quarter mark. Akkermann got 21 points, Giesking 18 and Schutjer 13 for Titonka, while Horswell topped Armstrong with 16. Icdyard will meet Cylinder in the first semi-final game at La- Famous ward Is "Go". Postponed The reception in honor of the fortieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. August Kirschbaum has been postponed to Feb. 25 at St, Joseph's parish hall at Wesley from 2 to 4 p.m. day, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The champion will meet the Lakota champ in the district meet at Garrigan at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 2. Corwith-Wesley will play Kanawha in the class A meet at Belmond this Thursday at 8:15 p.m. The finals are slated at Belmond Monday, Feb. 26, and the winner will enter district play. LuVerne is slated to play Pocahontas Catholic in class A action at Rolfe this Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will move into the finals Tuesday, Feb. 27, .at 7:30 p.m. and the champion will advance to district play. Besides the Armstrong tourney winner vs. the Lakota tourney winner game, here is the rest of the slate at Garrigan. Algona will meet Buffalo Center at 8:15 p.m. Mar. 2; Bancroft St. John's will meet Sentral at 7 p.m. and Garrigan will play Graettinger at 8:15 p.m. Mar. 3. Semi-final games will be played at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Mar. 5 and all district finals are to be held Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. At Rolfe, Twin Rivers will tangle with Laurens class B sectional winner at 7 and West Bend will meet Gilmore City-Bradgate at 8:15 p.m. Mar. 3. The semi-finals will be played Mar. 5. District five and six winners will tangle at Garrigan Mar. 14 in sub- state play. Box scores r lylinder (50) FO FT F Johnson 7 1 3 Fries 2 l 1 jerg 6 0 2 Freeman 5 2 4 Meyer 3 o Q Hartman o o 1 Ledyard (54) FG FT Johnson 5 Brandt 1 Payne 2 Menke 7 Green 2 Lloyd Payne 2 2 Peterson 1 1 Brandt 0 2 Payne 0 0 .Also surviving are a brother, ohn, of Des Moines and a grand- aughter, Deanna, of Simpson col- ege, Indianola. Armstrong (46) 21 12 22 FG FT F Barrett 0 Holm 1 Reding 2 Cecil 3 Champine 4 Fries 2 Horswell 8 TitonRa (GO) 21 4 17 FG FT F ..742 Giesking Isebrand 1 1 3 Hench 3 1 3 Akkermann 9 3 2 Schutjer 3 7 0 Boyken 0 4 1 kota at 7 p.m. Woden-Crystal Monday, Feb. 26. Lake will meet Rake at 7 p.m. and Lakota will play Whittemore at 8:15 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 22. The winners will meet in the other semi-final game at Lakota, Monday. Semi-final winners will meet Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the finals at Lakota, with the winner slated to move into district play at Garrigan Mar. 2. Swea City gof a first round bye in the class A meet at Armstrong and will meet the Armstrbng-Ti- tonka winner this Thursday at 8:1! p.m. Lincoln Central (Gruver) wil tangle with Thompson at 7 p.m Thursday in the other semi-fina game, with the winners slated to meet for the championship Tues- Ringsted (49) 23 4 11 FG FT F Larson 5 Anderson l Hansen 2 Reed n Anderson 0 Reddel l Knapp Knapp .001 21 7 12 FG FT F Burt (47) Meister 5 6 Gifford l ° Mitchell 4 8 Hilton 0 3 Kissner 5 0 15 17 12 23 20 11 For other, earlier sports news of ;he area, see regular sports page in section two. Sam Lee, 79, Dies In Montana George Lee received a call from his brother in Montana that their brother Sam, age 79 had passed away, Feb. 14 in a Lewistown hospital, where he had been for 14 months. He lived around Algona for many years, later going to Montana where he has made his home. He was never married. He leaves four brothers to mourn his death, Tom, Billings, Mont.; Bill, Standford, Mont.; Ernest, Hamilton, Mont.; and George, Algona, besides relatives. Mrs. Wiemer, Ledyard Bank Head, Passes Mrs. Gertrude Wiemer, 78, president of the State Bank of Ledyard, died Sunday at her home in Ledyard. Mrs. W.iemer had been a majority stockholder in the Swea City State Bank. Her son, W. E. Wiemer, is vice- president and cashier of the Ledyard bank and vice-president of the Swea City Bank. Other survivors are a brother, John P. Tillmoney, Des Moines and a granddaughter. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ledyard Methodist church. Mrs. Wiemer died in her sleep early Sunday morning. She worked at the bank until hree weeks ago when she was aken ill and was hospitalized for ibout a week. The Rev. William.G. Bohi will of-. iciate and Garry funeral home of looked up and saw the headlight Bancroft is in charge. Burial will of an approaching train — no. 62 Train Smashes Car In Storm; 2 Escape The most severe blizzard of the long winter struck northern Iowa Saturday, hung around for almost two days and deposited an estimated 13 inches of snow on practically all of Kossuth county. The storm, which began Saturday and ended Sunday night, fortunately was not accompanied by frigid temperature readings, re suited in a series' of incidents, including a near-tragic car-train crash here Saturday night. An auto driven by Glen "Bud" Hildebrand, Algona, who was accompanied by his wife, Jane, got stuck on the Milwaukee tracks on North Main street in Algona about 9 p.m. The Hildebrands were returning home from Algona Lanes at the time. When the car stalled, Mr. Hildebrand got out and his wife got behind the wheel as the pair attempted to get the car rolling. He was behind the auto, which was headed south, pushing, when he be in' the Highland home cemetery. Born Oct. 25, 1883 near Waukon, a., she came with her parents, Nicholas and Mary Tillmoney, to Ledyard when she was 9. Her parents were pioneer residents here. She took a business course at Waukon after graduation from high school. She helped her parents who ran a general store here until her marriage to Levi W.-Wiemer, Aug. 20, 1907. She was named president of the State Bank.of Ledyard,in 1938 following her .'husband's death. She worked actively there' except for brief. illnesses, until three weeks ago.,.. ;: : ;.~;-v .^.•.-.••a *>. She was an active, member of the Methodist church and, had treasurer for which was headed east. Engineer of the freight was Alex Meurs ol Mason City. Knowing .he could not push the car from the tracks in time, Hildebrand ran to the driver's side of the vehicle and attempted to get the door open. He finally did, after shouting to his wife so she would get out. She couldn't hear him due to the wind and motor noise ot the car. He grabbed her : arm and pulled her out of the car seconds before the train engine smashed it completely. .The.car'was scattered .along th tracks. It was a 1958 Pontiac. Th Hildebrands were about 20 fee from the car when the collision, oc- served as church treasurer for | curre d. They were not injured, but more than 20 years. She was a Mrs . Hildebrand was in shock for charter member of the Woman's Society of Christian Service and ivas presented with a lifetime membership in 1959. Burt Teacher Slips, Suffers Knee Fracture Hurt — Mrs. Harold Martin, member of the Burt high school faculty, suffered a painful injury when she slipped and fell when coming out of their home to go to Tuesday night's basketball game. She was taken to St. Ann hospital where X-rays were taken and disclosed a broken knee cap. She has her leg in a cast and will be absent from her teaching duties for some time. Mrs. Tietz, another faculty member was also absent from her teaching duties in the third grade because of illness. Substituting for Mrs. Tietz was Mrs. Merlin Madsen. Five Licenses To Wed Here Five wedding licenses were issued by County Clerk Alma Pearson during the past week. They went to: Feb. 13 — Larry L. Olson and Nancy Geilenfeld. Feb. 16 — James Capesius and Beatrice Bormann; and Robert Shroyer and Jane Goche. Feb. 17 — Donald A. Thompson and Marilyn Hinckley. Feb. 19 — Virgil Schmidt and Garlene Gray. Fractures Rib Bancroft — Glenn Cowing fell on the ice in front of his store Wednesday morning. He fractured ft rib and fulled some muscles but Wesley Creamery Annual Meeting Ralph Nichols was guest speak er at the annual meeting of the Farmers Co-Op Creamery at the school auditorium in Wesley, with about 75 persons present. Members of the board are Albert Johnson, president; Glen Smith, vice president; Gordon Davidson, secretary-treasurer; T. C. Hansen, assistant secretary; Clarence Arndorfer, George Kunkle and F. H. Froehli'.h. Charles Weer is butter- maker. Dennis Thada is his assistant. Haulers are Earl Robinson, a while. State and county plows, as well as city plows in Algona, did an excellent job of opening highways and roads to traffic, working all day and night, Monday. Some more isolated roads remaining closed as of Tuesday morning, but^. these were being tackled and were expected to be passable today. Other Area Mishaps Three other mishaps occurred in :his area soon after the blizzard began. Shortly after noon, an auto driven by Martin E. Petersen, 63, Keokuk, collided with a truck driven by George L. Motto, 20, Storm Lake, SVi miles south of Algona on highway 169. Lydia Petersen, 60, a passenger in her husband's auto, suffered slight chest and arm injuries and was treated at St. Ann hospital here and released. The truck was headed north and the auto south at the time. The Petersen vehicle skidded into the path of the truck, which turned in an attempt to avoid the crash, then slammed into a ditch after the collision. The auto was a total wreck and the truck sustained an estimated $300 damage, according to Patrolman Charles Bird who investigated. At 2:10 p.m. Saturday, a truck driven by Charles R. Grubb, 37, Burt, hit the rear of an auto driven by Marilyn Arndorfer, 30, Corwith, at the intersection of Phillips and McGregor streets, resulting in $200 damage to the auto and $5 damage to the truck. The car was stopped at a stop sign at the time. Both vehicles were headed west. Also on Saturday, cars driven by Margie Logan, 33, Bancroft, and Cecil B. Burtis, 51, Algona, collided at the intersection of State and Wooster streets. Damage to the autos was estimated at $500 and possible charges are pending against Burtis. Host of Postponements Postponements were a dime a »M OUU 1UUCU BUlUt uiuavisa uuv o_, 4 H. able to be up and around. Dale Johnson and Gary Smith. ozen due to the storm. At least iree wedding anniversaries were ailed off. The John Rodes of Ti- onka will observe their fiftieth icre this Sunday instead of last; lie August Kirschbaums of Wes- ey will observe their fortieth at Lesley this Sunday Instead of last; nd Mr. and Mrs. Victor Fitch of 'ortland township were forced to lostpone their twenty-fifth observ- ince. A shower for Marilyn Hinckley, Burt, had to be re-set for Mar. 10 and a shower for Merle Harig, St. Benedict, was postponed. An air cscrve meeting here was re-slated or Thursday evening and a 4-H >anquet at St. Joe was postponed ndefinitcly. Two basketball games at Gar- Jgan high, finals of the junior ligh and • Booster Club tournaments, were postponed from Sun- clay to Wednesday evening, according to Jim Geelan, athletic director of the school. Practically all churches in the entire area cancelled services Sunday. Exceptions in Algona were at St. Cecelia's and Trinity Lutheran where church was held as usual. A meeting of the East Side Chowder and Noisemakers Club was not held at the KC hall as scheduled, but the ladies got together at the home of one of the members and held the meeting. Monday's list of closings included all schools in the area, except Burt and Ti^qnka, where classes went on as usual. The battle on county highways, roads and streets was a tough one, and in some cases cars, whfcA, should not have been attempting to navigate the highways, caused problems. They stalled in, huge drifts and had to be towed out be- ore complete clean-up could be ompleted. Two autos blocked ighway 169 three miles north of Mgona for a while Sunday morn- ng and Algona's streets were logged with autos for a while. 5 Hours To Bancroft State highway department snow- low headed from Algona to Ban- roft on highway 169 at 5 a.m. unday and reached its destination ve hours later, according to Don hristensen, manager of the state epartment here. Highways 60 and nine were the rst reported open for regular •affic at 11 a.m. Sunday. Ten and 12 foot drifts were not ncommon, according to Christen, en, who said the plows went out t 2:15 a.m. Sunday and stayed vith it until at least one-way traffic was possible. The wind closed highways right behind the plows most of the time. All highways were 100 percent snow packed. Cars were stalled in ditches, on the roadway and in driveways all over the county, according to state highway employees. The storm was almost a year to the clay behind a similar blizzard in 1961 that tied things up for a whole'weekend — so the weekend at the middle of February seems to be a marked one. Here are the temperature readings for the past week: II Feb. 14 34 Feb. 15 34 Feb. 16 26 Feb. 17 26 Feb. 18 24 Feb. 19 22 Feb. 20 — L 30 28 22 12 -1 12 -1 Supt. Resigns Ringsled — Gay Orr, Supt. of the Ringsted Community School for the past four years, will not re* new his contract which expires July 1. Mrs. Norman Wilberg has been hired as superintendent's secretary to replace Mrs. Ronald Reed, who resigned Jan. 26. Geo. Washington Days This jumbo-size edition of The Algona Upper Des Moines brings a host of citywide Washington Birthday Days special. Local firms in all lines of retailing are offering hundreds of three-day specials, as readers will find in the following pages. The three-day sales event is Thursday (Washington's Birthday), Friday and Saturday. This issue, complete, will be reaching hundreds of extra rural families on routes from Woden, Cylinder, Ottosen, Livermore, Ringsted, Ledyard, Swea City and Corwith as sample copies. We hope you enjoy the paper and that we may welcome you in Algona at least one of the three days.

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