Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on July 14, 1971 · 17
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · 17

Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, July 14, 1971
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. s. - ft. Jl '1 ?Ki OUR SECOND FRONT PAGE i?3 fA-' 5A!ZE 11 1115 July 14, U 1971 17 v I? . X -v I TV L - 1 1"""$ "V ,v:" v SX -i r i ... . -T i -nrnrrrr-i-i .v.-j .'....:.-.-..-. . a .v . -.. ai I f 1 Li- l l::iiiSf til J 1 Ruffled feathers at Roethler farm Florian Roethler of Charles City finds son, Joe, survived the twister. The laying house matic inhabitants, remained, most of the caged layers at the farm of his was blown away but the cages, with their trail- : ; ' ; 'Beyond remembering n ill tes t ...!.:.:i!.t. Little left Staff photos by Elwin Musser ' Jlrs. Francis Theis of New Haven finds little to salvage at one of two homes on the Francis Klobassa farm between Elma and, Alta Vista. This home, which doesn't have a foundation, was empty . when the Monday night twister struck. Clean-up work in the wake of Monday ' night's twister continues and it is a confusing, heart-rending job. But it comes first. . "You don't think of the future until you get the mess cleared," said Mrs. Francis Klobassa. Buildings on their farm of about 20 years (which they purchased less than a year ago) was practically leveled by the twister which ripped through Mitchell, Howard and Chickasaw counties. There is some insurance coverage, but Mrs. Klobassa said the family isn't sure what their plans are. Right now, with the help of friends and relatives there is moving, hauling and burning to bring some semblance of order. There is also the work of hauling hay and taking care of the livestock in the 300-acre farm. The Klobassas are now staying with the Lee Klobassas seven miles west. Their home and that of their employes, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Younker, were dc- stroyed. The Younkers, Mr. and Mrs. Klobassa, their two sons, Jerry and Jim, and a niece, Kay Klobassa, took refuge in the basement of the Klobassa home during the tornado. After the storm had passed, Jim, 21, managed to crawl out of the leveled home. He was able to clear an opening and the other members were helped out. Mrs. Klobassa wasn't sure how they got out but she vaguely recalls her husband "pushing" from below and Jim helping from above. "Some of it is beyond remembering," said Mrs. Klobassa. "A - Vi' .4 4 A.'' 4 yf ,4, I8W a 4 4 f. x - 1 f - f - : l,V 1 ! ! ( ! . - viw.'. J.ff'. Y'. - - i .3 i File search Remains of barn at Harold Ries farm south of Elma ' yJ . "n j-- r Jf ji XT-fit I ' a . $ Debris and. general destruction made searching for a , farm file on the Joe Roethler farm north, of Alta Vista a tedious job. All buildings on the farm were destroyed. The end of the chicken house in the background is in place but the rest of the building was blown away. r i ir j . -- .r , '. - " y ' 1 1 - - 5i f . U1! Wiere families found shelter .:ox . ? , xV ;-' - .V.- jwapp"- ,,11111 , A deroofed corn crib (left rear) and a hen house refuge in the basement of the home shown here and were the only buildings left standing on the Francis escaped serious injury. Klobassa farm following the tornado. Seven people took Casualty of twister Nearly all buildings were leveled on the Kenneth Livestock were hard hit by the storm which ripped Fangman farm a mile east of the Francis Klobassa place. through Mitchell, Howard and Chickasaw counties. i ii

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