The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 6, 1962 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 6, 1962
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si 2,519 Damages In Case Filed An Algona man, Cecil B. Burtig, wAs fined $300 and costs in district court here this week after he entered a guilty plea to a charge of OMV1 before Judge G. W. Stillman. The charge was filed following an accident here recently and he was bound over to district court by Mayor C. C. Shierk. Appeal bond was, set at $500. Judge Stillman granted a divorce, to Velma B. Olson, from Paul C.' Olson. The plaintiff was given custody of a minor son. She asked no child support or alimony and personal property was divided as Stipulated in the petition. Two new cases were filed. In a divorce matter, Dennis Wubben is plaintiff and Virginia Wubben, defendant. Cruel and inhuman treatment is alleged. The Wubbens were .married at Blue Earth Oct. 21, 1961 and there are no children, j ' . Eugene Minard, plaintiff, seeks a total of $12,519.84 in damages from Loren J. Arndorfer, defendant, as a result of an auto mishap 9% miles northeast of Algona Dec. 10, 1961. The plaintiff claims severe and permanent injuries and alleges the defendant was negligent at the time. The plaintiff seeks $12,000 for injuries to his neck, back and spine and $519,84 for damage to his auto. tidily Hdwe. Store, LuVerne Changes Hands 'LuVerne - The Phil C. Lichty Hardware Store was purchased last week Wednesday by Charles Davis of Mason City. He states the store will be run as a damaged and unclaimed frieight store. He has four other stores in partnership. Married, they have two sons 14 and 10. Plans for the family to move here are incomplete at this writing. The hardware was founded in 1884 with : the Mr. Charles H. Lichty as owner. He was assisted by his sons, Phil, Lee and Harry Mchty. - •••v, J y;:". , ••- " : • •In 1917 a large two store brick building was-built with Phil C. Lichty taking one half interest. At the death of the senior Mr. Lichty in 1920, Phil took over the business and Continued same till Feb. 28, 1962. Mr. Lichty, now 73, plans to retire. Name Mowers To Nat'l Unit Chicago, 111. — M. J. Mowers, executive vice president and secretary of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Algona, has been appointed to the 1962 Committee on the Federal Home Loan Bank System of the United States Savings and Loan League. The appointment was announced today by M. L. Dye, of Salt Lake City, Utah, president of the League, which is the nationwide trade organization of the savings and loan business and represents more than 4,800 Jiomes ESTABLISHED 1863 *nt*r*d u Mc<Uid Nav. l, 1931 under Act of CeAgtttt M»wh AlfeONA, IOWA TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 1962 2 SECTIONS - 14 PAGES PIUS 24 PAGE TABLOID VOL. 99 - NO. 9 2 Complete Loss By Fires We Wuz Robbed! The Upper Des Moincs Publishing Co. was burglarized, sometime Saturday night, and $137.50 in cash was stolen. A thief or thieves gained entrance by smashing a rear door window, and the locked cash register was then pried open. .The theft Was discovered by R. B. Walter, publisher, Sunday morning. Tracks from the alley to the rear door were evident, but the snowstorm of Saturday night had them pretty well obliterated. The alley behind the build- Ing was snow-filled; the thief evidently had Walked down the alley to the building. City police and the county sheriff's office were checking possible leads. No other robberies were reported over the weekend in Algona. ' 6 More Inches Of Snow For Kossuth Another weekend blizzard blew nto Kossuth county Saturday, lasted through Sunday and wound up depositing another six inches of snow on the already too-well-covered ground in this area. And, worst of all, it is possible another our inches might arrive within the next couple of days, according o forecasts. The deep snow, most of which has arrived since Jan. 17, has uaranteed a flood of lowlands in his area within a few weeks. In act, water should be deeper this 'ear than last when the Des Moines liver jumped out of its banks and looded many acres of land in Kos-. suth county. Looking back a year — it was War. 7 when 12 inches of snow led up everything in north Iowa. ..ess than three weeks later, the river was way. out of -.its banks. A sudden warming trend during the next couple, of weeks will bring he same result — only worse — his spring. And it's time for the mercury to climb upward. ~ Hits 24 Below 5-u A new low temperfiiture mark for the winter was reached twice during the past week here. The season's previous low, 23 below zero registered Jan. 20, went by he board when the temperature dipped to a frigid 24 degrees below Wednesday, Feb. 28 — and the following morning, Mar. 1, the new record was set — 25 below. Following that trend, the weather eased for a couple of days as a ligh of 26 degrees was reached Mar. 3 and 4. According to the weather station at KLGA, we received 2% inches of snow Mar. 3, 2Vfe again Mar. 4 and the final inch Mar. 5. Everyone hopes that will be all for winter 1961-62. Most Schools Closed The latest blizzard brought with it a repeat of school closings, marking the third time in about two weeks that practically all area schools had been closed (Monday) and state, county and city road crews were kept busy in an attempt to make travel possible. All primary roads r reportedly were open Monday morning, while secondary roads, for i^e most part, were opened later in the day. are the readings for the Here week: H Feb. 28 -6 Mar. 1 Mar. 2 Mar. 3 Mar. 4 Mar. 5 Mar. 6 . 3 .18 .26 .26 .20 L -24 -25 -8 6 16 4 -9 12 Area Scouts To Tour Capital And Gettysburg Twelve Explorer Boy Scouts from Algona will be among the *250 ; Scouts*.froma'the Prairie Gold area to attend the big Explorer Scout Tour of Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg, Pa. this summer, June 8 to 18th. It Is possible that the group will meet President Kennedy in Washington and General Eisenhower in Gettysburg, Hugh D. Hale of Royal, tour leader, announces. The battlefield at Gettysburg will be a tour highlight. After the group returns home they will be prepared to give talks to various organizations on their experiences, it was added. KG Banquet Knights of Columbus will hold a banquet honoring new members this Sunday, Mar. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the KG Hall. Father Supple of Ames will be guest speaker and tickets may be obtained from any officer before Thursday. Train Smashes Grinder At Sexton Irvington, Sexton Hit By Flames Separate fires in this area SattnN day left six persons homeless and resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage. . One person, Charles McMahon, Sexton, was injured as a result of the near-tragedies. ' Mr. MCMahoa was taken to St. Ann hospital suffering from smoke; inhalation as his home at Sexton was destroyed by fire about 10 p.m., Saturday. He was reportedly in good condition at the hospital Mon* day. i Mr. and Mrs. Herman 1 .Becker f- their son, Ronald, 15, arid daugh-] ters, Jean 1 and Joan, escaped, frornj their flaming home just east off Irvington when Ronald smelled smoke about 4:30 a.m. the same; day. The Beckers lost c all of their> possessions. ' : Mr. and Mrs. Becker had played! cards at the Gerald Frankl's at; Irvington Friday evening. They; smelled smoke when they arrived ome and upon investigation, Mr. Seeker found that the wooden ase of a hot plate in the basement f the home was very hot, so he ook it outside and reportedly left t near the back door. The hot plate was being used nder a pail of water to furnish umidity in Cie eight year old lome. The pail had boiled dry when they returned home from frankls. It is possible sparks or embers rom the hot plate's wooden base burned through' the back'door of, door frame, and fanned by a strong wind from the south, set fire t$ the home. When Ronald smelled smoke, thesfamilyimadVer. „ , exit and drove;.to the! KeirRone' lome east of the Becker place and :he Algona fire department was called to the scene. When firemen arrived, the blaze ivas racing through the home out >f control. Their attempts to halt he blaze failed, despite their ef- orts to save it. No other buildings i the farm were damaged. , The Beckers are Jiving at! the Johnson House motel here until hey make a final decision on a dace to live permanently. : Mrs. Jecker and the family purchased necessary new clothing here later Saturday. Every member of the 'amily escaped with only night Nothing and coats. The entire house was leveled — nothing was saved^ and damage was estimated to be at least $40,000. It is understood that every- hing was insured. Mr. McMahon lived alone in his lome, located in the northeast part of Sexton. The Wesley and Algona 'ire departments were called to the scene, but thwarted when it was found impossible to get fire rucks through a snow-jammed lane ;o the place after the equipment arrived at Sexton. The entire roof of the home and much of the interior was ablaze when the fire trucks arrived. Out of control at that time, inability of firemen to get to the house resulted in its being destroyed. ALL THAT WAS LEFT AT HERMAN BECKERS NATIONAL Day in Algona Saturday, March 10 It will be "4-H Day" in Algona next Saturday, March 10. Forty-five 4-H clubs of both boys and girls from all sections of the county will be guests of the city, and will have exhibits in local business places. The exhibits will have attending them the club leader, club president or vice' president. Each booth exhibit is built around the club's project for the year. Elsewhere in today's Upper Des Moines will be found a list of clubs and the sponsoring local firms, with names of the officers to be in charge of the exhibits. TWO emolovees of Joe Bradley Equipment here, George Besch of WMttemore and Frank MittUeder, iumped to X moments before a Milwaukee freight train diesel engine slammed into the vehicle •Knfnd^completely demolished it. A feed grinder, mounted on the rear of the vehicle, own ed by wer Titonkaf was shattered to pieces and only the mixer remained on the truck. Uhap occurredI at 3:10 p.m. Thursday on a blacktop road at Sexton. Besch was driving * truck • • - the truck-grinder being sheered by Mittlieder. The tow chain broke and the secon4 vem«e re ,«a ww on the train tracks. The men jumped from the trucks and were attempting to get the ^saraswiftS asfKryWaUf -,*• -, The ,**. *. They got oui « » w ^ ^ fton( 9wJ left Btwfl|ng §outh of ^ tra c Hs vehicle and equipment was estimated at $2,500. Neither of the men were injured. '**"* _ _' ''"B. 4 ,«_ j i_ i^. i.l_ n ,v_!«*J nM Ivnnl* t-n. A I^^AMn fn%* MAnniH *«tn«lr I Engraving) Variety Benefit Show March 9 At Titonka Titonka — Band Mothers and PTA of the Titonka school will present a variety show, "The Red Peppermint Club" at the high school gymnasium, Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to complete the band uniform fund. Features of the variety show will be a German Band, Boy's Barber Shop Music, vocal and instrumental solos, vocal selections, humorous readings, a pantomime act, and an exhibition dance number by a local couple. Clifford Carlson will be master of ceremonies. Auctioneers will be Jack DeVries and John Beenken, and Edward Boyken will serve as clerk for the slave auction which is scheduled to be held during intermission. " There will be a bake sale in the lobby and lunch will be served in the school lunch room following the Show and also at 6:30 as supper dessert. A band concert at 7 will precede the show. Club members will be guests of their sponsoring business place for dinner, followed by a joint meeting at 7 p.m. at the high school annex. Some honors will be awarded at this evening session, and following that Ray Langfitt will present the members with free movie tickets. The members will tour the City Hall and Fire Department and honorary mayors of Algona for the day will be Audrey Gardner, Algona, county girls' 4-H president and Richard Olson, Armstrong, county boys' 4-H president, proclaimed by Mayor C. C. Shierk. Kossuth county has an enrollment of 450 boys in 21 clubs and 375 girls in 24 clubs. Forty-one men and fifty-two women serve as community and committee leaders for the boys and girls enrolled in club work. These men and women give freely of their time and talent so that the boys and girls may have the benefit and training provided through 4-H. Emphasis will be placed this week on informing other youth about the 4-H program, acquainting more parents with 4-H and in? creasing public understanding o/ 4-H aims. Audrey Gardner Club members will arrive in the morning and set up their displays. There js an optional tour of local places of interest, but it is suggested that the boys make the tour starting at 10 a.m. and the girls at 11 a.m. starting from the mayor's office. Richard Olson School Merger Hearing Set For March 19 A public hearing, at which time any objections previously filed will be considered, is set for Monday, March 19, in the proposal to merge the Whittemore Independent School District and Whittemore twp. school district with the Algona Community School District. The meeting will take place at 2;30 p.m. in the court house here. Any objections to the proposal must be in writing and filed by 12 noon of the same day, in affidavit form, a legal notice in the matter states. The entire legal notice of hearing will be found elsewhere in today's Algona Upper Des Moines. The Kossuth County Board of Education, and A. L. Quintard, county supt. of schools, will conduct the hearing, in the assembly room. If the meeting results in final approval of the petitions asking for the consolidation, the next step would be a vote by all eligible residents of the districts involved. COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDS TO MEET TONIGHT All county school board members have been invited to a dinner meeting taking place this evening, Tuesday, at the Hotel Algona, to hear a summary of plans and programs concerning future school areas and consolidations. Supt. A. M. Quintard will review department of public instruction with regard to possible future developments in Kossuth county schools insofar as mergers are concerned. The state office has indicated that the future trend will be to larger school areas and fewer high schools, but with much expanded curriculum. the newer thinking of the state be Mar. 14. Resignation Of Councilman Is Accepted Here Second Ward Councilman Jim Whittemore tendered a letter of resignation to the city council during a meeting of that group at the city hall here Wednesday evening, Feb. 20. The council, in closed session following the regular meeting, decided to accept the resignation. In his letter, Whittemore recommended another second ward resident, Willard Steffan, for his post. The council will act on an appointment to the position in the near future. The council accepted a bid of $1,008, plus trade-in, from Kent Motor Co. for a police car, which will be delivered soon. Two other local firms, Kossuth Motor Co. and Schultz Bros., also entered bids. The performance bond and contracts of Algona Electric and Laing Plumbing and Heating, Algona, were approved. Both were low bidders on work to be done this year on the new city street shed. A representative of a Mason City firm gave a preliminary report on the storm sewer system in the east portion of the city. The next meeting of the council will M-City Woman Bound Over On Forgery Charge A Mason City woman, Alice G. Mcllman, .'!!), was bound over to district court by Justice Delia Welter following a preliminary hearing of a charge of forgery here this morning (Tuesday). The charge came as a result of a check for $9«.80 cashed when the woman purchased some groceries at Sjogren's here Feb. 24. The check, written on u Unit bank, was made out to Melvin Paul, signed Paul Kelly, ami endorsed Melvin Paul. She paid for the groceries and took the balance in cash. Sheriff Ralph I.indhorst and authorities from Mason City and Garner apprehended the \\OMKIII in a Mason City store Friday and she was jailed there until the hearing Tuesday. She admitted to I.indhorst that she had written the cheek passed here and the sheriff slated Monday it is possible there are other checks out in a radius of 100 miles from Ma- City. son S.U.I. Grade Honor An Algona girl, Kathy Bay, was one of about 350 University of Iowa coeds invited to a "Smart Party" by Mortar Board. The party was in recognition of high grades for the past semester. Mortar Board is a national honor organization for senior women. Kathy is a freshman.

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