The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 3, 1962 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 3, 1962
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Jftomes ESTABLISHED 1068 is?*; ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 1962 2 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES VOL. 97 - NO. 13 ^| ^^ ---„."' "• ' •—»•'•• .,-.——, I.,,,*... i ,, , , ___,„.,, , ••..,.,.„..; ,.,„ ..,.,__,_,_ — . . ,_ . Flood Threat Eases After Cresting BY RUSS WALLER work and Snw accord» u f? s "^atofc. the Han- Brothers, Martin/and Bill, f 1 ?' mfl y have'to move put of their lumber yard building 5? T d f a ^ into the ^"to- west during the winter; each brought back specimens of cactus and desert plants which are now enjoying places of prominence in the company office. One of them is one of those tree-like cactus plants which can grow up to 15 .°. r M £et tall. If this one does !? n , have io cut an exi * *" the ro6f. And so far, none of them nave succumbed to Iowa weather. '*•*'* Ever since the time this winter when your reporter supervised the preparation of a batch of steaks with a learned air, even catching one on the first bounce when it slid off the tray while being turn- ea, and hit the floor, but was popped right back into the broiling oven before anyone noticed it, we have found ourselves being called upon to settle arguments along the food line. But we are stumped. What is the difference between a scrambled egg and a shirred egg? Or a.poached egg and a shirred egg?, Or any other kind of egg and a shirred egg? '/': '..*.*•* There is a saying that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.'* But we have found a comparison. You discover it when you give credit to Union ' Slough as the source of the East Branch of the Des Monies river. The supporters of Tuttle Lake (to the west and north of Union Slough) as.the East fork source, are vociferous, numerous and if you aren't careful belligerent; You might say that the Eiwt ForH,; like the North and South W the Civil,War, splitsatself into, .two parts, the east branch and west-branch units of the-Eas Fork Booster Club. • _*.»"•• » '• We find ourselves in the crossfire, a most unpleasant situation, especially with M. H. Trunkhill of Burt, and Chet Williams and Harry Godden of Algona leading the Tuttle Lake contingent, So be it. We concede that Tuttle Lake is the original 'source. But shall we say that,there are times when Union Slough and the Buffalo furnish the water? And to think that steamboats once ran from here north and up the Buffalo! But, the world is in enough trouble without allowing this grave question to rip asunder the peace and tranquility of an otherwise calm county. * * * If Ev Ban- the insurance man has been asked once, he's been asked a hundred times if he was "well covered with insurance" after fire ate a hole in his roof last week. * * * If, In driving north on Jones St. along Hy. 169 to the Milwaukee bridge, you think your eyesight has improved at night, it isn't that at all. Your Algona Municipal Utilities have just completed installation of 27 new street lights attached to their poles, at a cost of something around $4,000. And they DO make a difference! * * * Our "name" sports writers have found themselves a new spring training camp target, now that Ted Williams isn't around. This time it's Roger Marls. If Roger wants to be left alone and allowed a reasonable amount of privacy it's his business, isn't it? * * * Famous Last Line — It isn't my over-drawing, it's your under-depositing. Oral Polio Vaccine Plan Hits A Snag A proposed plan to provide oral polio vaccine shots or dosages for youngsters and others as well, in this area, ran into complications, last week. Asa result, the tentative plan of the Algona JayCees to sponsor the program has been shelved, at least for the time being, Gus Lundh, JayCee past president, said last week. The /'take-by-mouth" anti- pblio vaccine No. l was recently administered at Mason City to 32,603..There the JayCees, at the request of the Cerro Gordo County Medical Society, handled tfie project, and it was from that program that the local idea originated. But there are three successive dosages or shots that must be taken orally to complete the immunization program. Types 1 and 2 have been approved and are available, and type 3 has just been approved by the Federal Public Health Mrs. Volentjne Dies At Burl- Rites Thursday , Burt — Mrs. Albert Volentine 6, longtime Burt resident, died at her home Apr. 1 at 4:30 a.m. She had been in ill .health for several years and had just recovered from a .'stroke which .she suffered in Dec. . Mary Margaret Noah was born Mar. 20, 1886 to Joshua and Ella Noah at Nora Springs. She came with her family to Burt at the age of five and received part of her education in the Burt school, after which she returned to Nora Springs and attended a seminary. The exact date of her marriage to Albert Volentine is not known, but they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary about six years ago. • Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Gordon Whitmor (Winsom), Wichita, Kan.; Mrs, George Crawford (Ellen), Mason City: two sons, Glen, Pacomia, Cal. and George, Omaha, Neb.; two sisters and 11 grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Walter Ruger (Nelda), died Dec. 4, 1961. Mrs. Volentine was a member of Jie Burt Methodist church and an honorary member of WSCS for which she received a lifetime membership and certificate in 1961. Services are tentatively set for Thursday, Apr. 5, at the Burt Methodist church, pending the ar- •ival of her son from California Rev. William G. Bohi will have charge of the services and Garry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Service, but has yet to be approved by the State Health Service. The JayCees, in talking it over with the Kossuth County Medcial Society, decided that it might be best to wait until all three types are approved and available, then set more specific details of the oral vaccine program. The type, 3 vaccine has a life expectancy (potency) of ope week, and must be frozen and shipped frozen after manufacture, and stored frozen. Type 3 is not yet in mass production. It has been recommended that in taking tht oral immunization there be a six-week interval between the shots. The oral vaccine immunization method has received full Federal approval; now all that remains is availability of the three separate sets of doses in sequence so that proper ad ministration may be insured. Algona Infant Passes; Rites Held Monday Funeral services for Kathryn Marie Penning, 5-nionth old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Penning, Algona, were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Robert Jones officiated .and burial followed at East Lawn Memorial Gardens The little girl died Saturday, Cause of death is hot yet Iqjown Besides her parents, she is-.survived by a sister, Elizabeth, 22 months old. "' ••• Car Caught Fire An auto belonging to Donald Doocy, 21, Bancroft, suffered an estimated $50 damage when wiring under the hood caught fire about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 28. Doocy noted flames shooting from under the hood when he stopped at the intersection of Bancroft's main street and highway 169 and he and several passers-by threw snow on the fire and extinguished it before the Bancroft fire department arrived. It was thought a spark from the distributor started Algona Gamble Store To Relocate On State St. A major business change was announced this week, which includes a move to larger quarters In the near future for one firm, and discontinuance of another firm. The Algona Gamble Store, Norman Christian, manager, announces, will be relocated in the near future in the double front property on East State St. which has been occupied for several years by Olson's Variety Store. The Olson store ceased business in that location as of last Saturday night. The new Gamble location is in property which is a part of the estate of the late W. A. Foster, and includes two stories, one of the basement formerly occupied by Jean's Apparel Shop, and the main floor which has been a variety store for a number of years under several managements. Tbe present Gamble building on State Street is owned by Alex Permand. Remodeling is expected to get underway shortly in the build- big which will be the new location, S-CifyYoufh Charged After 3 Break-Ins A 19-year old Swea City youth, Lee James Geerdes, was bound over to district court by Justice Delia Welter Monday afternoon following a preliminary hearing on a charge of breaking and entering. Bond in the matter was set at $2,500 and was furnished by the defendant's father. Young Geerdes was apprehended by Night Marshal Harold Conway, who spotted the youth in Opsal's DX after the station had closed for the night. He had allegedly taken the money from a cash register and put it into a paper sack when Conway drove by the station and saw him inside. He picked him up immediately and notified Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst who got a statement from the youth. Earlier in the evening it Is alleged he attempted to break into Linde Implement, but couldn't get inside after breaking a window. A window was broken to gain admittance to the Northern Lumber Co, where some pennies were taken from a cash register. The George K. Nelson plumbing shop was then entered and $5-$6 in change taken. Entrance to all buildings came after windows were broken. Two Girls From Kossuth Are Top Homemakers Two Kossuth county girls, Audrey Gardner, Burt, and Lorraine "racht, Swea City, both high ihool seniors, were among 'the top 10 finishers in the state "Homemaker of Tomorrow" contest at Des Moines this week. Both were included in the eight who received honorable mention. Winner was Sherry Mapes, Ft. Madison, who received a $1500 scholarship and Jean Powell of Logan was second and winner of a $500 scholarship. Audrey and Lorraine advanced to the state contest by winning local homemaker contests. Runoff From Area 3 to I Inches Over'61 The Des Moines River, which has made a habit of flooding all lowlands in Kossuth cottbty late in March each year, did it again this spring, about two days later than in 1961. This time, the first real rush of water moved into this area Mar. 28 — and as usuil, there was plenty of excitement among area residents. Fortunately, no lives were, seriously endangered by the latest flood as the only persons threatened headed for higher land. While there are no exact records of such things, it is apparent he crest sometime late Thursday was three or four inches above the .op mark last year. The usual places surrounding Algona were covered with water, and all buildings usually threatened or inundated were treated;the same this year. t North of Algona, it was water, water everywhere. A portion of highway 18 east of the large bridge was covered by the rushing water for some time, and the state highway department installed steel posts with flares, first to keep motorists between the should' ers of the road, and then tci keep motorists on the road and off the shoulders, which had been washed away. They will be repaired as soon as possible. Employees wera k also stationed, at each end of thl area during the night to warn motorists of the watery \ Vvan's Cafe rioruT'of town and! the Humphrey farm south" o> town were threatened again. Van's stayed ; safe, but the Humphrey barn was partially under water, which also lapped at the cellar door of the house. The basement of the home on the old rendering works road was again flooded. An Algona man, Wayne Ortman sscaped serious injury when his auto left highway 169 near Squeeze rield south of town and plunged nto the water. The mishap occurred early Sunday morning and the auto suffered water_ damage. Several cold nights undoubtedly cept the water from reaching epths predicted earlier. The quick haw of huge mountains of snow that arrived here after the middle of February sent the water heading toward the river. Through it all, county roads seemed to dry out in good shape, and in fact, are much better than expected. Farm lanes, however turned into deep, gooey mud. Snow, at times heavy, arrived sporadically Saturday, but thawed by evening. Then, in the wee hours Sunday 30-35 mile an hour winds ushered in three inches that didn't melt — and some of it remained Monday night despite a sunny Monday. It is thought the real serious threat is over here, but there could be high water for some time as the remainder of the snow melts and heads downstream. H Mar. 28 52 Mar. 29 35 Mar. 30 38 Mar. 31 37 Apr. 1 35 Apr. 2 36 * * * » « • * * • » * » Dynamite Eases River Jam It took some doing — but explosives finally got the job done as about 13 charges of dynamite loosened ice lodged on the north ^ide of the highway 18 bridge north-of Algona. .'< > i ' • . '.\ < The photo above shows the seventh charge, (three sticks of dynamite' thrown on top of the ice) as4t exploded.; Thet large sheet oHce at the left of the'p\iff from'the blast was split'in many directio'nli like a spider web v and'soon began to move downstream L 32 32 28 27 26 22 '/4 11 1V4" 2" Tr. Dick Meyer, 86, Succumbs; Rites Held At Titonka Titonka — Dick Meyer, 86, died Wednesday, March 28, at the home of his grandson, Clarence Ites, at Mankato. Funeral services were held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Ramsey Reformed church. Rev. John J a n s s e n officiated. Blake Funeral Home was in charge. Born Jan. 29, 1975, at Grundy Center, he was the son of Bernhard and Alke Buss Meyer. He moved to Titonka as a child and was married in June 1901 to Tillie Geerdes. They farmed all their married life near Titonka. Preceding him in death were his wife, two daughters, five brothers and four sisters. Survivors are a son, Daniel, Shelby, Neb.; three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Last Rites For Harm Sfeenhard Held,Lakofa Lakota — Funeral services for Harm Steenhard, 68, longtime resident, were held at St. Paul's Lutheran church Thursday, Mar, 29, at 2 p.m. A prayer service was held at the church for the relatives prior to the services by the Rev. LaVerne R. Meinecke. Interment was in the church cemetery. Harm Steenhard, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Steenhard, was born Feb. 6, 1894 at Ackley. When i small boy the family moved to the Lakota community. He was united in marriage to Dorothea Maria Waterstradt Feb. 7, 1922 at Algona. The entire married life was spent in the Lako':a community. He died Mar. 26 at 7 p.m. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, one daughter, Thelma one brother, Dick of Elmore, ana three sisters, Tena Larsen and Lena Steenhard of Little Rock and Alta Ahlfs of Garner. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Darrell Clabaugh was organist and Gena Hanson, Lillian Aukes, Leona Christ and Agnes Christ sang. Pallbearers were Paul Kollasch, Kilmer Hanson, John Johnson, Jack Reisdorfer, Jacob Peterson and Fred Christ. ,Highway employees began blasting Thursday morning when it became apparent the-ice jam might endanger the bridge. When the huge ice jam began to splinter and go under the bridge, the steel structure rattled and rolled for a couple of- minutes and gave 'everyone standing on it the feeling they were in a slight earth<luake. County road employees also blasted ice in other areas'of the county with dynamite Saturday in order to alleviate the threat of ice damage to bridges. (UDM Newsfoto — Engraving) Cabins Get A Watery Outlook Office Tavern Sold Announcement was made this week that the Office Tavern on East State St., which has been operated by Ewald Voigt, has been sold to Henry Moore of Algona. Ewald is working at Universal Mfg. Co. Editor Hospitalized Bancroft — Harold Clark, pub- Usher of the Bancroft Register, was taken by ambulance to St. Ann hospital, Sunday morning after a blood clot in his chest developed. He was seriously ill, Sunday night, but reported as improving this morning. Wed 25 Years Lone Rock — Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ramus will hold open house from 2 to 5 at the American Legion sail in Lone Rock Sunday, April 8, in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. I VBIBIHBWMIMMM^^HI^KWIKMM.* Mr and Mrs Marvin Walburg, who live in the first house west of Van's Cafe, Jiear the junction of highways 18 and 169 north of Algona, have seen water instead of grass around the outside of their home many times during recent years — and 1962 a repeat of the same old story. According to the Walburg, flood water at their pi ace reached a crest three or four inches above the highest measurement in March, 1961. The photo above taken Friday morning, shows about two feet ol water surrounding the house. Their means of transportation from the house to dry land — a row boat — can be seen at the left in the picture, tied to a railing near the back door for easy access. The flood didn't chase the, Walburgs out of their house, however. (UDM Newsfoto — Engraving) Mrs. Pannkuk Passes; Rites Held, Titonka Swea City — Mrs. Boyd Pannkuk, 87, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 31, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Telko Sleeker, Titonka, where she had resided for the past 57 years. She was born Mar. 17, 1875 in Germany. Funeral services for Mrs. Pannkuk were held today (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m. in Good Hope Lutheran church a> Titonka with Rev. 0. Olsen officiating. Burial was at the Ramsey Reformed cemetery and Barnes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Pannkuk is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Telko Stecker, Mrs. Chris Brandt, Mrs. Carl Giesking and Mrs. Ella Brandt, Titonka, Mrs. Harold Anderson, St. Clair, Minn., and Fran Pannkuk, Mason City; and eight sons, Fred, Algona, Everett, Laurens, Ben, Mason City, Anton, Kanawha, Rev. John Pannkuk, Stutte- gart, Ark., Minert, Shannon, 111., Rev. Henry Pannkuk, Princeburg, Minn., and John Smidt, Buffalo Center. Also surviving are two brothers, Warner Smidt and John Smidt, Forest City; three sisters, Mrs. Garret Dirksen, Woden, and two in Germany; 57 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Divorce Granted Ralph Carlson was granted a divorce from Judith Carlson Monday in district court here. Judge Joseph P. Hand issued the decree. Undergoes Surgery Mrs. Marvin Kramer of Algona returned home Saturday after undergoing surgery at Rochester. Livermore Man Gets Year In Auto Case Harold Drummer, 28, ef Livermore, was sentenced to one year in the men's penitentiary # Fort Madison by Judge G. W. Stillman of Algona following his trial in Humbolclt county district court at Dakota City last week. A jury earlier found Drummer guilty of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. He was taken to Fort Madison by. Humboldt county Sheriff E. H. Bradley. Drummer was arrested last February and bound over to the grand jury after he allegedly took a pickup truck from the" farm home of his employer.

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