The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on January 5, 1974 · Page 1
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Humboldt, Iowa
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Saturday, January 5, 1974
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HtJMBOLtJT, IOWA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 1974 10 PAGES-ONE SECTION Mew bakery owner Wayne Lens of Rock Rapids is the new owner of Page's Humboldt Bakery. Possession was given Jan. 2. the bakery was owned by Doug Page, who operated the bakery, and his father, Sherman Page. They also own a bakery at Storm Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Page will return to Storm Lake where Page will be affiliated with their bakery. Lens is single and has lived all of his life in the Rock Rapids community. He has worked in a bakery eight years dnd attended the Dunwoody Baking School in Minneapolis. Single, he is a member of the Catholic Church. Active in the Rock Rapids Jaycees, L6ns, was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Swearing in City Clerk Dick Hake swore in two city councilman and the mayor for the City of Humboldt during ceremonies, Wednesday morning. Taking the oath of office was Russell "Bill" Sime, councilman, while Harold Ennis looks over the councilman's manual after being sworn in. Awaiting the oath of office is Jean Kleve, Humboldt mayor. Kleve and Sime were incumbants while Ennis is serving his first term on the council.—Independent Photo. Cites 'wrongful' Predere* death Tick, took. .DST 1 Well gang, those of you who have always used the jump to Daylight Savings Time (DST) to herald the coming of spring and the coming of golf are in for a nasty surprise. On Sunday, Humboldt Countians will join the remaining lowans and Americans in returning to DST after the short absence since October. Our national energy czar, William Simon, and the rest of the fuel crisis administrators and national leaders believe DST will help save precious fuel and energy. Their theory, to which the President agreed when he signed the DST bill, indicates less electricity will be used in the darkness of the early morning hours than in the darkness of the late evening hours. Oh well, like it or not, we've gotta do it. If it works, we'll save some fuel. If not, we won't. Either way it's gonna be dark out when we all get up. Upon hitting' the hay, Saturday night, set yoyr watches, clocks and other various timepieces .AHEAD one hour. And, don't consider it a harbinger of the coming of spring and the coming of golf cause it isn't. Estate demands damages from McKenna, Wilson Co. The estate of a Livermore man killed in a hog unloading accident at Albert Lea, Minn., Feb. 21, 1973, has filed suit charging a "wrongful death" and requesting $101,OpO damages from a Livermore livestock hauler and a meat packing firm. Norbert Frideres, Livermore, administrator of the Gerald Frideres Estate, filed the suit Dec. 27, against Richard T. McKenna and Wilson and Co., a corporation. The administrator of the said estate, and the late Frideres' fathen is requesting a judgement of $101,000 from McKenna and the meat- packing company. The suit has six divisions substantiating the claim by the Frideres estate. Gerald Frideres was killed Feb. 21, 1973, after his head was crushed between a steel Weather Date high low pre wind sun 30 31 1 2 3 -6 -8 0 11 8 -18 -24 -11 tr. -9 -6 NW clear NW clear NW clear SW cldy SW pcldy pole on a dock at Wilson and Co. and a hog truck being backed to the hog unloading dock by McKenna. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the mishap. Frideres, 35, had been employed as a farm hand and had worked for the Wilson Livestock Co., Livermore, for five years. The first division of the lawsuit asks action against McKenna alleges "wrongful death" due to "negligent acts" by the defendant. The division cites 14 points of alleged negligence centering around charges that the defendant was "negligent" in maintaining lookout while backing, giving warning, equipping the truck with proper rear view mirrors, and moving the vehicle without assured clear distance. The division also charges that McKenna failed "to have' his motor vehicle under control;" and operating "his motor vehicle at a greater speed than was reasonable and prudent." The suit said the "wrongful death" of Gerald Frideres, "caused by the Defendant, McKenna, damaged the Gerald Frideres Estate in the amount of $101,000." In the second through sixth division of the suit, the estate asks for the $101,000 from the meat-packing firm. Division II cites "negligent acts" by the corporation in failure to post warning signs, failure to have employees supervising the traffic in th'e hog dock, and failure to attach reflecting devices on the dock "that (Continued on page 3) Grand jury meets fer annual teur The Humboldt County grand jury met Friday for its annual inspection tour of the Dakota City courthouse and jail facilities. The grand jury was then to report on the facilities, but, the report was not completed by the INDEPENDENT'S deadline. Members of the 1973-74 grand jury are Mrs. James Blanche!, Gilmore City; Del- mar DeSmidt, Humboldt; Louis Fontana, Humboldt; Ferris Hundertmark, Bode; Glen Lenning, Humboldt; Edward Malmin, Rutland; Lavonna Miller, Bradgate; Lloyd Phillips, Dakota City; Ezra Peterson, Hardy; Ron Reedy, Rutland; Geraldine K. Smith, Livermore; and Percy VanAlstine, Gilmore City. Stearns better aft erf arm fall Completes pledge Northwest Federal Savings and Loan Association completed a five-year pledge to Humboldt County Memorial Hospital, Thursday, as Charles Carrier presented a $3,285 check to Hiram Shouse, hospital administrator. The check brought the five-year gift to $8,067 from the financial firm which pledged $1 per $1,000 p«r year. The 1969 gift was $454, 1970-$806, 1971-$1,363, 1972-$2,159 •long with the 1973 total to bring the pledge to the $8,067.-Independent Photo. Kenneth Stearns, 21, rural Gilmore City, is in satisfactory condition and conscious Friday morning at Trinity Regional Hospital West, Fort Dodge, in isolation after he slippe^ and fell at a farm home, Tuesday, and lay unconscious in sub-zero cold for several hours. The Humboldt County man apparently fell on the ice near the back door of the Gordon Benz farmhome northeast of Gilmore City early Tuesday afternoon and was not found until late afternoon. Hum- boldl County Deputy Daryl Long reported. The Benz family, friends of Stearns, left their home at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, and found Stearns when they returned about 5:30 p.m. Long believes Stearns was attempting to visit his friend Melvin Benz, 20, and slipped on the ice as he came to the back door. He apparently struck his head as he fell which caused him to lose consciousness. Due to the exposure of the sub-zero temperatures, Stearns' right arm, hand and leg were partially frozen along with losing consciousness and shock. Stearns was taken from the farm to Humboldt County Memorial Hospital by ambulance and then transferred to the intensive care unit of the Fort Dodge facility. Stearns and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stearns, live south of Gilmore City. Predict more litcreaioi Gas costs rise fast The cliche "Fill 'er up!" as heard around service stations may soon become an obsolete piece of American jargon for a couple of reasons. First of all, service stations may not have enough petrol to "Fill 'er up!" and second, the • prices of gasoline may put such a drain on the wallet that one can't afford to "Fill 'er up!" The INDEPENDENT discussed the fuel crisis with Humboldt service station persons, Thursday, and found the local fuel people are just as cdncerned about the shortage and prices as the consumers. And, they are as concerned about the future as the man driving the gas-guzzling, eight-cylinder big auto. Energy czar William Simon predicted that national gasoline prices will increase within the next month or two, at least by March, another eight to 11 cents higher than the Mayne to visit county Sixth District Congressman Wiley Mayne (R-Sioux City) will be in Humboldt and the 'surrounding area, Monday and Tuesday, according to Bill Greulich, aide to the representative. Mayne will be in Humboldt County, Tuesday, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the county courthouse, Dakota City. Greulich urged all county residents who want to contact the congressman to visit with him' during the office hours. Mayne will arrive in Fort Dodge, Monday, and present a Red Cross Award at First Federal Savings and Loan, 5:15 p.m. before speaking to the veteran farmers class at Iowa Central at 7:30. Tuesday morning he will hold office hours from 9:30-11 at the Federal Building and will then speak to the Kiwanis Club, noon, at the Elks Club. His talk will review the legislative record for 1973 and will preview the 1974 session. After his afternoon stop in , Dakota City, he will travel to Algona for another farmers class talk and will be in Storm Lake, Thursday, for the district Republican meeting. , present asking price. The national energy chief said his price estimates increased from his estimate of about seven cents last week which took into account a new set of gasoline hikes authorized for Feb. 1. He said the new increases, on top of the present ones, would come as a variable formula designed to give service station owners partial compensation for the reduced amounts of gasoline they can sell as the gasoline production has been cut by federal regulations to free oil for other uses. Simon has already ordered creation of a standby rationing system and has also asked the public to limit gasoline purchases to 10 gallons per week. The 10-gallon per week concept so far is voluntary. Gasoline prices in Humboldt, like all over, have gone up. . .and up. . .and up. The price range, Thursday, was from 42.9 for DX-Plus to the 52.9 for Super Premium at the local Standard outlets. But* the two Standard stations have already increased their prices and DX is comtemplat- ing a two-to-three cent increase, according to the attendant. The other service station prices are somewhere in between. Gary Golbuff, Rodman, Territorial Manager for Am(Continued on page 3) All-around first Christopher James Johnson balked slightly at having to take his fist out of MB mouth for picture taking Wednesday. The son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Johnson weighed in at a hungry 8 pounds, 'A ounce, at 10:43 a.m. Jan. 1. He was the first baby born at the hospital for the new year and chalked up another first as the first son of the Johnsons. He will join two sisters, Jennifer, 5, and Lauri, 4, at home. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Karl P. Andersen and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Johnson, all of Humboldt. Great-grandmothers are Myrtle Johnson, Miller, S.D., and Khristine Andersen, Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge.-Independent Photo. Hospital trustees The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Board of Cliff Lewellyn, and Robert Mickey; second row-0. E. Trustees held its annual election of officers and Barsness, treasurer; Leonard Hart, vice-chairman; re-elected the entire slate of 1973 officers. The Burl Place, chairman; and Earl Johnson, trustees are, from left: first row-Jean Kleve, Mrs. secretary.-Independent Photo.

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