Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 28, 1944 · Page 1
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Victory Buy Bonds •-*a ALGONA. IOWA. THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 28, 1944 8 Pages 64 Columns Number 16 THREE RECEIVE WAR LOSS NOTICE I .._ _ • ••«• *»*• •«•« .... _ .. [BODY FOUND ON HIGHWAY BY MOTORIST When Car Turns Over on Icy Highway West Bend Youth Leads Cooks, Clerks Into Hot Battle [Walter Ricke Thrown! 15 Feet When Car Goes Over. MOTLY GREW STOPS GERMAN ATTACK COLD Missing Walter Ricke, 29, young farm[ er near Wesley, was found dead Inexperienced Friday night at 11 o'clock by i Edw. Cink, Woden, who was go-1 ing home after a visit with his j parents, Mr. and Mrs. George; [ Cink, near Wesley. j Walter had been in town in j ; the evening, and had left at 10 j f o'clock to go home. When he ! Men Fight Like Real Veterans. A grandson of Geo. W. Boevers, widely known farmer for was found, his car, a Ford, was half a century north of Algona, ; on its side, but had not gone into the ditch. Walter's body had been thrown 15 feet, and was lying on the shoulder of the road ' on the east side. The car was headed south. Coroner M. G. Bourne and Sheriff Cogley were called, but an inquest was not necessary, since it was apparent the death was accidental. Death was 'instantaneous from a fractured skull. Young Ricke.was alone in the car, and the exact cause of the . accident could not be determined, but it is thought that he lost control'of the car. •-,The accident happened only a got into the news from the great German push in Belgium Tuesday. The dispatch appeared in the Des Moines Register and was . sent by one Franklin Banker, a war correspondent. It was an Associated Press dispatch and doubtless appeared in many other daily newspapers throughout j the United States. j The dispatch, which was dated I as of Sunday, quoted Charles ; Boevers, West Bc-nd, son of Mr. ; and Mrs. Homer Boevers. The paienlal Boovcrs has for many years been man,; guv of a West I Bend lumbcry.srd, and Mrs. Boevers is the former Nellie Wal. ., .,,.... mother's-•ers-,-:Who,'-m'a : ny'-years"ago,-was an home.; ,; ; •., . j Algona teacher. Walter was born December 2, j Everybody Fought. 1915, on the farm near Wesley, where the George Vitzthums now live. -He 6EO, H, WESSEL, FORMER PASTOR, PASSES AT BORT Destroyer Under Command Algonian Is Sunk During Hot Action Off Leyte Island Services Saturday at Burt, Burial at Girard. '-PHIS PICTURE OF Lt. Thomas -•- K. Kohlhaas, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kchlhaas, was taken last summer just befoie he left for active duty. Mr. and Mrs. Kohlhaas were informed by wire A1 „„ ., ,. . ,. . . last Thursday morning that he A1 e on , a Methodist district super- had been missing in action since L nte ,ndent, assisted by the Rev. The Rev. Goo. H. Wessel, 81,' retired Methodist minister, died last Thursday at 6:15 p. m. at his home at Burt. Mr. Wessel had for some weeks been slowly declining in health. The cause of the death was arterial schlerosis. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at one o'clock p. m. at the Burt Methodist church, conducted by Dr. F. Earl Burgess, Announcement by the navy department of the loss of the 2200-ton destroyer Cooper, commanded by Co. Mel A. Peterson, Algona, was made yesterday/ according to a news dispatch in this morning's Des Moines Register. No details were made public, but it was stated the loss occurred during "night action against the enemy" in the Philippines December 4. Commander Peterson stop- ped here before Christmas en route to a new assignment. Because of the necessity of keeping loss and other details from the enemy Ihe story will have to await the close of the war. However, about December 4 the U. S. fleet sent units around Leyte island io make a new landing and nip off a Jap reiniorcement corridor, and it is believed in this strenuous action the Cooper was lost. BURT PILOT IN 'AIRFANTRY' IN SAAR FIGHTING An Advanced Air Force Fighter Base, France, (Undated)—A captured prisoner of war told recently how a German artillery supply company was almost com- ALGONA WOMAN HEARS HUSBAND KILLED J1EC.4TH "Missing" Wesleyan Reported Killed by Germans. •Mrs. Anna Margaret Heir, 219 W. McGregor, received a telegram Tuesday evening from the SERVICES HELD jPurple Heart CHRISTMAS DAY FDR PRISONERS Thunderbolt fighter group bomb- Washington, D. C., informing her • - - that her husband, Lt. Orris Elton Herr, had been killed in action in France December 4. Further details were promised in a letter to follow soon. Lieutenant Herr, in the field artillery, was a laison pilot, and ed the Saar Valley town of Waldhambach. Captain Ronald M. Elvidge, of Burt, la., was one of the pilots who flew the mission. The pilots reported that large fires were burning in the town, after the bombing, and when the i infantry reached ' and occupied ! flew ^observation plane over ........... November 30. TWODAYSEFT Christmas was observed in special ways at the PW camp. Friday evening a cast of 12 German prisoners, with a choir of 40 prisoner voices, presented a i play and pageant, Silent Night, _. , . t , _. Holy Night, and in order that all The body was taken to Girard, , p risQne»Lmjghfejseq,it, ttiere.were.- Iftvtmv .-f-mintv.. northeastern four p^ormances; '" Paul Figge, Burt Presbyterian pastor, and the Rev. F. C. Preul, Fenton Methodist pastor. Body io Girard. Dcly was la Clayton county, attended St. Joseph's school at Wesley and the Wesley high school. His father, William Ricke, died in 1942, .and since then he had helped with the farm work. Surviving the young man are his mother, two brothers, Arthur, at home, and Cpl. LeRby Ricke, Camp Bowie, Tex., who came for the funeral, and a sister Irene, also at home. Funeral services were held at j St, Joseph's church Tuesday, con- i ducted by Father Klein, pastor, i and • burial was made in the Charles, who is a lieutenant in an anti-aircraft automatic weapons battalion, told how cooks, clerks, and mechanics of his headquarters battery, pinchhit- ting as infantrymen, "fought bravely in the front lines for seven days to hold back German, Panzer forces which had made a deep penetration of an American sector." Only two days remain for purchasing war bonds in the Sixth War Loan drive. Saturday will be the last day that purchases can be made and credited in this campaign. A check-up by the county War Finance committee indicates that most people have The~~d7s"patch spoke of Boevers! carried out their agreement to as adjutant of his battalion. In! bu V bonds. the battle the young man had ap- Flnal appeal is being made for parently become separated from everyone who can buy an extra his mates. He was quoted as fol- i bond to do so before Saturday Iowa, for interment. A son , of Mr. and Mrs. Wessel who died in infancy was buried there. Pallbearers at the Burt service were: F, L. Ryerson, W. R. Cha- fec, A. G. Valentine, W. B. Officer, M. O. Richards, and- Will Nelson. Pre-interment services pearance. were held Sunday at a mortuary i • Sunday 300 prisoners attended at Monona with six nephews midnight mass conducted by the there as pallbearers. | PW German Catholic priest. Mr. Wessel was born August, Special services for protestant 15, 1863, at Colesburg, la., and prisoners were held Sunday grew up there. He attended the evening and again Monday morn- Saturday afternoon a Christt- mas party was given at the Offif cers clubhouse for children of officers and enlisted men. There was a Christmas tree, the singing of- carols, a gift exchange, and Santa Glaus made a personal ap- Waldhambach eight hours later, they found the fires still raging. The prisoner of war said the Germans had been billeted in buildings that were bombed, and had been trapped. Higher American headquarters sent a written commendation to the squadron for its performance. Captain Elvidge and the other, . pilots have wrecked • many Ger-1 many supply transports and troop ! positions. Routine targets include' railroads, trains, truck enemy territory, directing artillery fire. He enlisted Sept. 3, 1942, from Creston, and received his training at Camp Roberts, Fort Sill, Fort Leonard Wood, a flying school at Pittsburg,.K'ans., Camp Robinson, Ark., Camp Rucker, Ala., and Fort Meade, Md. He' embarked from New the last of September, been overseas only two m °ntns. TT Her ' M R. AND MRS. Chris C. Knudsen. well known former Alsen. lows: church cemetery, pallbearers be'U"" was l ' le , nrs t time any of ing six uncles: Lee, Lawrence, these boys had ever fired at the Lou, George, Roman and Bay! I I mon Ricke i MERCURY HITS-15 SHIWER SANTA Santa Claus probably had his [ whiskers full of icycles Christmas cnemy .' 7 ett they fought like veteran infantrymen and I'm sure proud of them," Lieut. Charles Boevers, of West Bend, la., said wearily. "Our battery was moving out when a Tiger tank shot up in front of our column in a Belgian town," the officer explained, "So we joined up with a cavalry troop. The cavalry colonel then gave orders to dig in and hold — there i eve for _ the temperature dipped the town at all costs to the season's low of 15 degrees would be 'no retreat. below zero the day before Christ- "We held that town for three , The weatherman relented days and nights," Boevers said. little for Christmas day jwith j "All we had were carbine rifles so we borrowed some bazookas the low mark;2. ^efoove, but Tues- fdays,low, wh,en people had .to get back to wqrk was 8 below zero again. Yesterday morning there was a 2.3-inch snowfall added to about: an inch that fell aunday. Temperature F as recorded, by Observer Nolte follow: n ' High Low December 21.-...-. .15 -5 December 22 OTT _ 25 3 December 23 i_ w IB l December 24 _,..„ 23 -15 December 25 17 2 December 26 13 -8 I December, 27 ,.,28 6 IWONKAH is NAMED AS FOOD INSPECTOR Breen, >i tonka, has appointee] food inspector for 9«nties in . northwest Iowa will begin Ws ne,w duties | January 2, 1945, Mr. Preen sery- an aPP^ntice in the Hum- creamery untjlThe went in-service in "World War I and on went to Woden as but- m the Cr e 8 mery there. he and his wife moved an<1 he bou «nt a pool I to ce, station, has hall and posses- given * * Ve * e ' DEFEATED, and a platoon of light tanks. Cold — Canteens Froze! "We dug in for %he first time in our lives. It was so cold that the water in our canteens froze and my boys were soaking wet. Some of them had only two 'blankets and others had, none at all. "They'd wake up in the morning with a mass of white frost on their faces — yet they stuck it out — and at one time they even went on an offensive .patrol. "All told," Boevers continued, "we didn't kill more than ten Germans, but we kept the rest of them from coming in. Now I'm busy trying to find the rest of our battalion. I haven't the faintest idea where it is." Mail Clerk Goes to Chicago to Live People wanting to come to Algona to live cannot find 'houses to rent or buy, When ton Wright retired from the railway postal service in November, S. B. Samuels, Chicago, was assigned to the job, but, unable to find a home her.e, he had to transfer back to Chicago. He would have bought a house in Mason City and moved his family there but it is against regulations for mail clerks to live more than §0 miles from their terminals. editor night. The answer of the American people to the attack now j se i se rved for a being made by the Germans will sc hool teacher, be the purchase of more war bonds. In the last week Greenwood township has passed its quota of $31,500, and that brings the number of townships over their quotas to 21 out of 28. Total purchases in this drive will apparently come close to the totals in the fourth and fifth War Loan drive. As of last Saturday, Kossuth ranked fourth in the state in percentage over E bond quotas. Kossuth tfias always been one of the leaders in the state in the sale of E bonds, but this is the highest public schools there, later attended a German-English college at Galena, 111. Was Rural Teacher. After he left school Mr. Wes- 1885 to 1887. On October 1, 1891, at Girard he was married to Clara A. Hartwick, who, with a daughter, Lurena, survives. ing at 9 -a. m. foy the PW Ger-' man Lutheran pastor. Officers and enlisted men, with families, had Christmas dinner at the Officers clubhouse. The Rev. I trations, and other tactical gets immediately ahead of ground troops. Since arriving in France on D plus 27, the group has supported three of the four American armies fighting on the continent. They now give air support for the seventh army, in which John Hopkins, Gordon Dewel, and other Algona boys are serving. j Captain Elvidge's wife, Marilla | B. Pratt Elvidge, and two sons live at Burt, la., nnd his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross F. Elvidge, farm near Burt. Captain Elvidge , was in the U. S. forest service, • Nicolet National Park, Wis. The captain enlisted January •„ s ° T ? of ^Herr, Mr. was ^ Creston; v-He^was- -,! 1 the d " at . ed m th Clsto hlgh school in 1939, and whence en-. gonians who now live near Burt, have received the Purple Heart awarded io their son Carl, who was killed August 28 in France. Carl was in the infantry and , served in a reconnoisance group.' 27, 1941, and was sent to an offi- time as a rural Mr, Loesch, Algona Trinity Lu- J His parents received notice of his cer candidate school in October, This was from ; theran pastor, was a guest, gave death September 13, and a me- 1941. After completing flying the invocation, and led group morial service was later held at training at Marianna, Fla., he singing. | the Congregational church here, served as an instructor 14 Christmas morning hospital Carl, who was single, was a farm- months, then came overseas in patients were remembered byier prior to induction into the August, 1944. ' Mr. Wessel leaves one brother, 1 members of the local Garden army in 1942. • Oscar Gingrich, Roy H. Wessel, Greeley, la., near'club, who had made wreaths or fTijlonka, who is still in France, ranking the county has held. It is hoped that when the drive is over, and final reports are in, the county will have held its position among the leaders. The high rank of; the county in the sale of E bonds is definitely due to the fine work done by the more than 500 solicitors who have canvassed their people. MORROW SON BADLY WOUNDED IN FRANCE HALL W. Earl Hall,, man; of the Mason City Globe-Gazette „„_. who recently returned from Eng- met their first land, has been booked to speak •e at the annual meeting pf the i Chamber of Commerce here on. The war has again struck at the M. M. Morrow family at Audubon. Some mon.ths ago it was reported that the daughter Gertrude, an army nurse, had been killed by a German shell on the Anzio Beachhead' in Italy, and Saturday Mr. Morrow was advised that his son Charles, an infantry lieutenant, had been wounded in France and was an army hospital patient in England with both arms and one le,j m cast':. Mr. Morrow, former Union township farmer here, has 'one other child, the daughter Helen, who is married and lives somewhere in the 3buw. " Boy $10* in Back of Knee Wesley, Eec. 27"- Eugene Weig, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Weig, su.f{ere<| serious injury to his right knee, one- day last week, whien, a. guji with which he was hunting was accidentally discharged, and the full charge entered tha back side of the knee. He wag taken to, ^ Algona hospital, where, it is r.«- ty is ||99]|fftyf. . Colesburg, and six sisters: Mrs. H. H. Schwietert, Ontario, Calif.; Mrs. W. H. Miller, Eau Claire, Wis.; Mrs. E. F. Irmscher and Emma Wessel, Colesburg; Mrs. C. H. Klamp, Algona; and Mrs. A. E. Irmscher, Greeley. Mr. Wessel served 50 years in the ministry. He began in 1887, and, that year and the next was pastor of a church at North LaCrosse, Wis. Subsequently he served other churches as follows: Serves Many Churches. Faulkton, S. D., 1888-89; Burt and F.enton, 1889-91; LeMars, 1891-92; Grace church, Dubuque, 1892-96; Burt and Fenton again, 1897-98; Gladbrook, 1899-1904; Klemme, 1904-10; district superintendent of Western district, northwest German conference, 1910-16; Gladbrook again 18; retired at Algona, 1918-2 Reinbeck, 1926-29; Dows, 1929-3 As related in a history of the Fenton Methodist church published in the Advance Mr. Wessel, who built the first Methodist church at Fenton, was able to attend the church's recent celebration of its 70th anniversary, and he derived great pleasure from the event. Owned Burt Farm. All his life Mr. Weasel was deeply interested in agriculture, evergreen tied with red ribbons for breakfast trays. Two large evergreens at the camp entrance were lighted with strings of colored bulbs, and t\yo^. living Christmas trees at the th& ater entrance were also lighted, .-V FENTON PAIR HURT f WHEN CAR SKIDS was with Carl when he was killed. ••: MOVED TO BELGIUM FROM FRANCE, HE WRITES S.-Sgt. John Deim in a letter Captain Elvidge's wife is a daughter of Druggist and Mrs. Lee Pratt, Burt. 5 KOSSUTH BOYS, PW'S IN GERMANY, REPORT BY RADIO received by his mother, Mrs. Eva Fenton, Dec. 26—Mr. and Mrs. Deim, Tuesday, told of being re- Derwopd Kern were painfully in- cen tiy moved from France to jured in an auto accident at 5:30 Belgium The wea ther was fine p. m. last week Wednesday even- 6 _. . ing six miles east of Emmets- there, and 13 days before Christburg. Two daughters with them, mas, when he wrote, a light skiff Audra Kae, 4, and Phyllis, a O f snow had fallen. At first af- baby, escaped with scratches. ter arrival in Belgium his corn- Mr Kern suffered broken ribs, stntinnprt in a eirls 1 and Mrs. Kern, besides having pany was stationed m a g iris her arm broken, suffered other! school building then in a the- fcft side injuries. A premature! ater. He said the theater wasn t baby was born dead and was bur- so nice, but was much better ied Thursday at Emmetsburg. than the mudholes in France. j Algona The family was taken to an Em-1 The people of the country he metsburg hospital. found to be friendly and kind, The Kerns have one other more like Americans at home, child, Jerry, but he was in school. Children tagged soldiers, begging Mr. and Mrs. Kern were on the ' for gum. ,,-,.., „ way home from Emmetsburg,! Wednesday a box of Christmas and when Mr. Kern turned out to > B^s arrived from him for the Parents and next of kin of Kossuth soldiers interned as prisoners of war at Stalag Luft III in Germany .were relieved Sunday evening at the close of the Jack Benny program to hear a Christmas message broadcast from the 6,000 Americans there to relatives here. Stalag Luft III is located at Sagan 90 miles southeast of Berlin near the Polish border. Kossuth men there are: Cpl. Richard A. Lavrenz, Mo., to garet Tana, Creston, who survives, as do his parents and one sister, Mrs. Vonda Louise Glaiser, Creston. The parents moved to Algona a year ago in July, and Mr, Herr is employed at the Algona Hardware store. The daughter-in-law came here in October to make, her home for the duration with her husband's parents. Burt; Lt. Donald C. Arns, Lt. Duane Lighter, Lt. Gerald Steussy and Lt. LeRoy R. Adams, all of and at death he owned a farm pletely wrecked. Gas Explodes as Truck is Ditthed Algona firemen were called out <mu wucu HLL. tt-cin lumcu un v w u «---• . . about 5:30 this morning to extin-" avoid hitting a plank which lay. family, and it included two pearl puish the b i aze o | a burning Un- - ; "~ f »»-..*-««. iong Transfer truck four miles north of Algona. The driver, it is thought, went to sleep and > . . . , ... in the road the car skidded into small trees by the roadside and somersaulted. The car was corn- near Burt which he acquired many years ago. A quiet, God-fearing man, friendly, tactful, a man of understanding, sense, and judgment, Mr. Wessel won and held not only the respect and. confidence of the people he served in pastorates, but of all others who knew him throughout his Ipng and, useful life. ' •. • ..... .SISTERS 'NT Wesley, Pep, ?6 -^ Louisa, Slaughter of tyn. Ann. Kp?, Des ly , joined the , , T ^ operated a beauty parlor at Moines, Her twin sister Lew Both Mr. and Mrs. Kern were still Emmetsburg hospital patients Tuesday, but were reported doing well. Before marriage Mrs. Kern was Dorothy Blithton, Em- metsbwrg. The Kerns are farmers near Fenton. Lw Verne Boy Takes Prisoners kyverne, Dec. 26—Lt, Forest Raney, recently promoted from corporal, is now in the Fifth infantry ajmy in Italy. His unit had taken nearly 700 prisoners in fo^r weeks of bitterly cold we,athej? up to the time he last wrote. Tbe young man is" the son at M* VUmtowjr »fld of drove off the side of the paving '• ergen is missing in aciiQfl, into the ditch. The cer, which j Jugoslavia, Richard^ 2JJ t was loaded with miscellaneous old, was radio, operator freight, overturned and was'bomber and hijrpeen ove ablaze when members of the fire l since October «?din service's department arrived. The gas .June, 194?. tank? had exploded and it was j -He has two dangerous for workers to get; Sgt. Poland pedersep, g, a near the blaze. The truck was;in a hospital URU Wi rosaries, a crucifix, perfume from Paris, scenery booklets, a large picture of St. Michael's cathedral, Rennes, France, and a pipe for his grandfather. BREAKS BREAST-BONE. Wesley, Dec. 26 — Mrs. John Smith, who lives at her daughter Mrs. Leo Bleich's, suffered a broken breast bone and a deep gash below one ear Friday in a fall downstairs. Her son Mark Smith, Otho, and his family came Tuesday to see. her. Lawrence Smith is another son. SAILOR A VISITOR,. Fenton, Dec.'26— Glen Backer, electrician's mate 1-c. bad been „.,.«.„,, „__ „,.-, T -^,-_ ... - r ._— in the South Pacific a year, was person on each broadcast to give recently given a 21-day furlough. an excerpt from a favorite editor- and came for a visit at his sister \ jal and tell why he chose & W~ Mrs. Robert Corderman's. He was C, Dewel, $ the Advance, to leave this week Tuesday on.! scheduled m tonight's I Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, of Wesley, received official notice ' Saturday from the -acting adjutant general at Washington, D, C., that news had been received from the German, .government through the International Red Cross that their son; S.-Sgt. Jimmie R. Smith,,previously reported missing over Germany September 28, was killed that day. Other information officially sent to the parents said the last mission was made to a target at Magdeburg, Germany, and the plane was fatally hit there at 11:50 a. m. Of the crewo of nine, two, possibly three, wsrp taken prisoners. The known t\yo were other boys from Iowa. Jimmie was an engineer • gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress, and the crew was a member of 303 bomb group known as Hell's Angels. The boys went overseas. last July, and it has been \earned "' they flew their own fortress from; ' Kearney, Neb., to England. .>,, Jimmie was born April 4, 1923, 4 ; on a farm near Harcourt. The "_ family later moved to the Wesley * | * neighborhood, and he attended - '. rural schools, after which, in i , 1940, was graduated from the, "^ j Britt high school, following \ 4 "" which he remained on the farm to help his father. Besides his parents, he is survived by a., , brother Jack, at home. ,„•*.» A memorial service will be • 'held at 2:30 Sunday at the M>th-; ,.'J ? odist church, Britt, with th,e L.ev r >. gion post and the Auxiliary there ' • >i in charge, and the Rev. F. J. Rob-*3*'. inson will deliver the'eujggy. ' * '< •' ' * t, *> ' ., Mrs. Marie Pederse|i*^aJ*-noU'"•*-' • fied Friday by #ie government;;* 1 • that her son T.rSgt, Riph*rd F§4 ; '" ruined and the driver escaped with slight bruises- BRQAPCASTS KRNT, Djs Moines, features 8 weekly broadcast covering editorial outgivings in Iowa newspapers, and qne editp-ir appears in to .*. ..W.. Chief Yeoman 23. in the ~ ki%4 ftfc

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