Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 9, 1945 · Page 1
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Speed Victory Buy Bonds Volume 44 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 9, 1945 10 Pages 80 Columns Number 18 HUSBAND OF ALGONA GIRL KILLED *••• •*** •••• Mike Matern, Algonian, Cited for Bravery On Nazi Front MOORE DIES IN THE NAZIATTACK is Daughter of A. F. Thompsons Sr. of Algona. Dread news that Pvt. Frank Moore, Algona, serving in an infantry division, had been killed in action in Belgium Saturday, December 23, arrived in an official telegram Thursday noon received by his wife, Mrs. Vivian JJoore, teller at the Iowa State tank. I; Only the day before Mrs. Moore had received a letter from her husband dated December 10 iii Germany in which he told of having just returned from the Details of Loss of Mell Peterson Ship In Jap Sea Battle JAP TORPEDO BROKE YANK SHIP IN TWO But Not Before Two of the Jap Ships Paid Price. This story has been lak- en from the Des Moines Tribune. Washington, D. C. (U. P.)— —Com. Mell A. Peterson, Algona, la., skipper of the destroyer Cooper, told Thursday night how Here Are City's Firemen And Their Record In 1944 In 1944 the Algona firemen were called to 39 town and six farm fires, a total of 45 runs, five runs short of the average for I some years. j No fires were particularly dis-! astrous, but the firemen, at Nick j Eischen's, six miles southwest of i Algona, saved the home early in the fall, and two weeks or so ago j prompt action on their part saved | 1000 bushels of cribbed corn at' Alohonse Berte's. | Th6 worst town fire happened February 17, when the* John I Schimmel house was gutted by; fire at midnight. Three children .navy Catalina j were in the house, and Jerry, 9, flying boats _.. j the eldest, wakened the two flying boats younger children and got them to COUNTY HOMES FAVOREDfOR: INCOMPETENTS Supervisors Again s t Building Up State Hospitals. HARRY HOLMES, Algona Boy In France ALGONIAN FOR 30 YEARS, PASSES landed on Jap- safety. A movement was started! The board of supervisors re;i survivors of his I town but must leave 'whatever Death Sunday Closes a Last Illness of 8 Months. By Inez Wolfe. ! T. H. Holmes Sr., 77, in the dry-cleaning business here for 30 years, died at his home Sunday at 12:45 p. m., following an acute illness of only a few days. Mr. Holmes had been on noticeably failing health since last May. He submitted 'to surgery at that time, and on return home from a Fort Dodge hospital seemed for a time *.o be recovering. At intervals he was unwell, and he ship which was | work they arc doing when a fire hospitals for the insane, etc. sunk by an un- j alarm sounds. The men who ans-1 The action followed a at state times. WITH THE SEVENTH ARMY, France—(Undated)—S.-Sgi. John ,E. Hopkins, Algona, la., moler sergeant with the llih Evacua- toroedo. One of the Catalinas c a r- ried 64 persons on one of its rescue missions. This was a " J ---*. •—•• . vAiiAj. ii * uuunuo, X 11U 111U11 Will) Cll 1O~ I J.J1IJ elU HUH werwater explo- wer calls get $2 for each fire, but' mee ti n[f n p sunorvi^nr^ inri ntv,»r sion, probably a it frequently happens that it moellnt ot ^P" visors and other Concerned shortage, Mr. the shop whenever he could, and" he continued to do so till six because of help Holmes worked a't costs all of their pay for cleaning county officials at Mason City on weeks ago. He welcomed call Kif.tr Pinfhoc ottnr on ^,f~~i na o December 12 st which proposals ers there and visited cheerfulh their clothes after call. The department carries answering a $500 i visited cheerfully for increased construction at the with'friends up to a week ago. hospitals wore discussed. insurance on nine retired mem-1 bers and one in service overseas;! u 1 bard its opposition rpjj e Grew Up at Oskaloosa. Matthew and Mary •front lines. He said he hadn't ;j;et had time to shave and clean ;up, but was going to a rest camp ; or a few days, and he remarked that it had been two weeks since |he had been where he could [wash up and change clothes. |; In Aachen Fighting. i jit is thought by relatives that jtne young man was in the vicin- |jly of Aachen, and it is known jtpat he had been engaged in hard jilgnung under bitter weather conditions and in rugged terrain. jnis was learned from newspaper reports from the area in jwmch he spent his last days. ! "'-is believed that the soldier .never did have the chance to iciean up, f or it was the very day ;Vhen the letter wf.s dated that ;We Germans broke through the wenean lines in the great i»unter offensive. The bitterness ;<* <ne fighting was indicated in i»ven days of battle and retreat :°y the Americans. : Wounded in France. ' .Young Moore had, indeed, seen nam fighting almost from the I me he reached foreign soil. He iJVas trained at Camp Fannin, lex, and he embarked from Ft. :Meade Md., in April, 1944, dis- r^jng in England. A few .gW after the Normandy invas- »n he was sent to France> there S ?F' m the St. Lo offensive. IK! u he W3S wounded in the iS?* 5 y . enemv fi re. and was ;«urned to England for hospital:H n v He received the Purple i^t while still a patient there. I ihe young man was returned •« 'front line duty >on the conti- :?« • m October, and with his wmpany fought through France ^Belgium into Germany. Married Algona Girl. °! Mr - and Mrs - J- E. ?, r , e .' the soldier was born at , Neb;i October „ 19Q7 37 at dea *h- He was 3 ' 1938 - at Sioux n ' da «ehter of Mr. . F. Thompson Sr., Al- jtw' 9nd Mrs - Moore first lived "Freeport, 111., where Mr Moore <Oom D L Salesman fw a leather :Pny ? nd a t the same time ? a . r , tnershl - D in the Thomp^ Co - nere - In world's record. The load was J also' carries $500-policies, in a. 3,000 pounds heavier than the firemen's -association for mem-j designer said the craft could i bers 40 years old or younger at I the time of joining the company. The city carries accident insurance on every man. Members of the fire company are: Ira Kohl, chief; H. S. Roth, assistant; Harry Barton, president; Glen Crilly, secretary- ^tv^rr^T-l Hol ™~** = £ was born cared for a?teoun£ huTs ThIv D f' "-?M»6V m. England, .but i-cuca iur <u coumy numet,. ±ne- w }j en a lad of seven wag brought Another Catalina carried 56 of the Cooper's personnel and still another rescued 24. Ship Sank Instantly. The Cooper went down in less than a minute after the explosion j. 1,1 n_ tV^MlWOHJil , ff - _- , -i* split her in two. A total of 158 ! treasurer; Harlan Sigsbee, Frank oficers and men— approximately 2 st ^ m i Earl s P ra S ue . J °s. Dunn, one-half of the ship's complement ' £ W - Anderson, George Palmer, —were rescued. Some of the sur- S e J" ma " ^ Maans ', Glen Strayer, McCullough, Archie Mc- vivors floated in the water for 15 hours The Cooper had been sent in Chester Willey. , i D anel, Russell Hardgrove, and with two other destroyers on the night of Dec. 3 to seek out and destroy Japanese-shipping which was making an effort to reinforce the enemy's garrison on Leyte through Ormon harbor. Peterson said it was a "quiet" brilliant by moonlit, typically tropical night. Shortly after midnight, his; ship made a contact with a Jap- j anese merchantman about six' miles away, close to the beach. . Two Jap Ships Sunk. 1 FARMERS OFFER BIG BARGAINS AT FARM SALES Ornie Behrends, who now lives in Algona, is ia poor health, and has announced a closing out sale ,,,„ , .. . ,. . . at the farm 6 miles south and 1% We opened fire immediately miles west f Algona this week and it was a wonderful sight to FridaVi when heBw ill offer a to- the board, resolu- were cited at\he M. C. H rf89f e marrfa ge meeting showing that the aver- ' ss to Rosal' of or larger slate institutions the insane. turn- for in shop. once had a watch-repair "2. Instead we favor that pa- ! Sorked^witoTutmtfe? tients in state institutions for the ' In conTpa y on water 0 mentally incompetent or insane and p um pi n g plants in west and be returned to county hospitals mid ^ est p for the insane when such an institution is available. "3. We favor ordinary and Came Here in 1914. In 1914 Mr. Holmes came to necessary repairs at state institu- Algona and bought a dry-clean- tions caring for the mentally in- ln £ business then operated by A. competent and the insane and'H. Neilson in the building now that adequate appropriations used by the Bjustrotn furniture therefor be made. • store. He opened with a force of see the tracers go out there and wind up as balls of fire inside the enemy's ship," he said. "In .four or five minutes, we left-the Jap ship burning and ( sinking. We turned cur guns on another and the same thing happened." A moment afterwards the Cooper was shattered by an explosion. "No attempt was made by the Japanese to rescue any of their of our own personnel and we know that the two ships we got had soldiers and sailors aboard," • i to assume an interest in the business. service in September, ^Surviving Mr. Moore are his Mrs A t £ a !i en £' two sisters- and M al p iPestone, Minn., Lutheran church Peterson said. The next day we learned from Filipinos that large numbers of Japs were swept out into the bay by Uhe currents." "4. We favor the construction only two, himself and a helper, of county hospitals for the in- ?nd he was a pioneer in improv- sane in counties which do not m S service to patrons here. He - , now have such institutions and had the first free delivery for dry tal of 95 head of livestock, con-1 the enlargement of present coun- cleaning in town, and he also es- siRiintf" r\f 7 nnrcfic fin pmxrc nnn I A__ * i*i..i: __ .__ . _•_ .. « +^Klir.U«j *u«. j;««t- A i— A i- ... ffrti nn _i""»-^-»-*v**£^**»\,«*((\vJ.>*iv.t3V***ii«^ sistmg of 7 horses, 60 cows, and t y institutions now caring 28 hogs. He will also offer a line | suc h patients, of farm machinery. Flaig and • ••- — ! Colwell will be auctioneers, with Camp Head Gives Storm Lake Talk Lt. Col. A. T. Lobdell and C. C. Secretary C. A. Phillips went to Storm Lake Monday evening to attend a chamber of commerce i week Thursday by J. J. Wad- the Lone Rock 'bank as clerk. C. H. Potter, 4 miles west and 3 miles south of Algona, has for some years been in poor health, and has now decided to quit farming. He will have a closing out sale next week Monday, and will offer 33 head of livestock, including 11 cattle, 3 horses, a dozen brood sows, and a line of farm machinery, with Colwell Bros, as auctioneers, and the Security State bank clerking. Otto Wille, a mile west, a mile south, and 1% miles west of Corwith, is preparing for a farm sale next week Wednesday, and will sell 4 horses, ft cattle, farm machinery, etii with Brummond as auctioneer and, the Lu Verne Farmers State -bank furnishing a clerk. One of the big closing out sales of the season will be held next "5. We believe local care and for tablished the first Algona truck for rural pickup and delivery. Creek township, Kossuth county, la. Since arriving in North Africa :n November, 1942, he has served with the unit through ihe Tunisian, Sicilian, Italian, and Southern France campaigns. Before entering ilhe service he was employed by the Kent Motor Co., Algona, and he- has charge of his unit's trucks. I. G. (Gordon) Dewel, A1-, gona, is also staff sergeant in the same hosnital unit, and has served in it for the same tims, but with other duties. 1940 Mr. Holmes sold a half supervision of mentally incompe- interest to D. G. Clopton, and in tent and chronically insane per-- ! ^41 the plant was moved to the sons in county hospitals to be present location in the new block more economical to taxpayers on So. Harlan built by Mr. and of greater benefit to pa- Holmes. tients." It is understood the supervis- Mr. Holmes was a member of the Episcopal church, a former meeting. Colonel Lobdell, who was on the program, spoke on prison labor from camp and the uses the Algona leigh, who is retiring to Algona from his farm Q miles south and 4% miles east of Algona. Mr. that have' Wadleigh will offer three horses, been made of suqh labor or can be made when no free American labor is available. WEATHER High Low January 1 14 -5 January 2 13 -10 January 3 -18 4 January 4 24 0 January 5 (V<s-in.snow)14 3 January 6 16 5 January 7 28 15 January 8 28 -8 Jfinijary 9 ,„ ^ 25 cattle, 10 hogs, 250 chickens : and a long list of farm machinery, also a list of household goods. ColweJJ B,ros. will cry this sale, and the Iowa State bank will furnish a clerk. Archie Dietrich and Mrs. Nick Mersch, a mile west of Whittemore, 3 south, »nd 3 west, are dissolving partnership, and this week Thursday wilj. hold a closing out sale. Thirty-six head of cattle, including 18 dairy cows, will be offered, ajso a full line of farm machinery, including a tractor completely overhauled. Colwell Bros. wil| be auctioneers, and the Iowa Trust & Savings bank, Emmet^burg, will clerk. he resigned late last He was a member of ors do not contemplate caring for member of the local Kiwanis all insane patients at county, cl ub, for many years treasurer of homes, but only cases where mild • the Country club, which latter restriction is all that is required.' position h ° *•»-'"— J 1 ~ t ~ 1 ~- 4 Patients who are violent and the summer. criminal insane must still be the- Zagazig Masonic Shrine, cared for in state institutions, the De s Moines, of Prudence Lodge supervisors believe. No. 205, here, and of Prudence Chapter No. 70, Algona, also of the Holy Grail Commandery, Emmetsburg, and of Zarepath consistory No. 4, Davenport. Funeral Tomorrow. On August 25, 1926, Mr. j Holmes was married here to Mrs. • i Elizabeth Resseguie, former Mrs. Jeanne Fraser has filed county recorder and assistant suit for divorce from her hus- city clerk, and she, with his MRS. RICE, AN EX-ALGONtAN, IN 10OTH YEAR Mrs. Sylvania Rice, pioneer of Kossuth county who has for many years lived with her daughter Mrs. Guy L. Taylor, Sioux City, celebrated her 100th Christmas December 25, 1944. The Sioux City Journal published a large picture of her in a recent issue, and she looks much younger than her years. Two weeks before her birthday Mrs. Rice had an attack of asthma, and it was feared that' she might be unable to stand her usual birthday celebration, but; as they day drew near she recovered, and so was well enough to greet some 25 friends who called to offer congratulations on her 99th birthday. Mrs. Rice has been a constant subscriber to the Advance since it was started in August, 1901, and she told a friend recently that she looked forward to receiving her Advance with as much pleasure as she did when a letter from her family arrived. Her eyesight is not of the best, but she never misses having the paper read to her, and even asks to have the ads read. For many years Mrs. Rice sent the paper to all her children. FARM WIFE IN DIVORCE SUIT band, Kenneth Fraser. The couple were married in February, daughter, Mrs. Marie Clough, of Hollywood, Calif., his son T. H. 1942, and lived together till last. Holmes Jr. here, and three Dec. 30. There are two children,! grandsons Thomas, James, and a boy two years old, and a girj Charles Holmes, a brother, Wm. born last July. Mrs. .Fraser is also expectant. Cruel and inhuman treatment is alleged, including bodily assaults, kicking, and knocking down. Mrs. Fraser also alleges that her husband has become acl? dieted to drink. The petition claims that Fraser, a farmer, has more than $5,000 worth of personal property. Tenir porary alimony in the sum of $500 is asked. Judge Stillman signed an order for a $3,000 attachment against the property, and also ordered a writ enjoining i Fraser from molestation of his wife and children, Mrs. Fraser qsks custody, of the' fchjldren. Holmes, Oskajoosa, and a step-son, Wilfred Resseguie, Chicago, survive. The body will Jie in state at the McCullough funeral chapel till the funeral services, which has been tentative announced for Wednesday at 2 o'clock at the Episcopal phurch here, the Rev. Father Purrington, EsthervJlle, to be in charge. Pallbearers here will 'be Kirby Smith, Burt, C. W. Nicoulin, C. R. LaBarre, L. C. Hanson, Harry McMurray, and Mr. Clopton. The body will be taken by train to Oskaloosa, and services there will be held Thursday, with burial in a famijy lot. 'COLUMNS'IN THE ADVANCE WIN APPROVAL Popular "columns" in the Advance are Hodgepodge, Long, Long Ago, and Only Yesterday, according to frequent comment by letter or in person. W. J. Payne, Algona, a "brass collar" on the D. M. Register & Tribune circulation staff, particularly appreciates Hodgepodge and Only Yesterday. Long, Long Ago was before his time here. Mrs. Payne says that when she hears her husband sniffling and frequently blowing his nose, she knows he is reading Hodgepodge. Mr. Payne, who, though "stone deaf," was a cracker jack R. & T. county manager here, also a top Advance farm editor, says he doesn't agree with a recent Only Yesterday tentative assumption that perhaps ihe Advance of 15 years ago was a better paper than it is now. "We think it gets better every year," loyal Mr. Payne says. The Year 1945 Starts Out With 7 Algona Fire Calls The firemen answered a call to Otto Westling's Friday and found the basement was in flames. The fire had gained considerable headway before it was noticed by Mrs. Westling, who then smelled smoke and investigated. It originated from defective wiring, and pieces of burning insulation fell into papers and rags. The firemen confined the blaze to the basement, but everything stored there was practicslly ruined, including vegetables, much canned fruit, etc. Joists were burned and the ceiling was charred so much tjiat a new floor will have to be laid. Damage is estimated at $1,500. Before the firemen had returned from this blaze another alarm was sounded, and a truck was rushed to the corner of State and Thorington to put out an automobile fire. Mrs. H. D. Hutchins, who had been driving west on State, stopped in front of the Barker drug store. A clerk in a store across the street saw flames coming out of the front end of the car and ran out to tell Mrs. Hutchins to get out of the car because it was burning. Anti-freeze had leaked from KEPT GUNNERS SUPPLIED WITH' AMMUNITION Defied Great Danger To Help Stem the German Push. Sgt. Michael Matern was given mention on Jack Shelly's program from WHO last week Sun*day. It was reported that he had been cited for bravery. The cablegram to WHO was later copied by his sister Arlene, employed at Des Moines by the Equitr able Life Insurance Co., and it follows: Sgt. Michael Matern, Algona, la., son of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Matern, carried ammunition to self-propelled 105 M. guns battering German* caught in pockets. It was a job under fire. He carried ^ the ammunition to a crew in " a half-track carrier during a victorious .battle at Celles. The sergeant has been m ser-«_ vice since November, 1941, <'an*J overseas more than two years, H£ has never had. a furlough at home. He is -not married, has never been wounded, and serves in the 2nd -armored division of the First army.' Letter Before Break-Through. A letter 'Mike' wrote while he was across the line in Germany .,\yas,r.ecexyed - by;. t hl§ c ;jparents yes..- . terday. This-was'.written before the -German break-through, Mr. and . Mrs.. Matern hive three daughters and. two sons. The daughter Patricia is a war nurse; Arlene, Des'.Moines; Mrs. C. P. Bergstresser, Algona, whose husband'is a .lieutenant, first class, in the navy;: Sgt, Michael Matern; and Hugh Matern, seaman first class. '..'•' . •:. * Lieutenant Bergstresser left the country last May, and is n6w in the Philippines. There are two Bergstresser boys, tine 1% years, the other a month old and of whom the father has not as yet recevied news. : •",.' l ^ Sister an Army Nune. The daughter Patricia Matern left last week Monday for Camp Carson, Colo., where she is serving as an army nurse. She was graduated from Mercy hospital, Des Moines, last May, then went to Chicago, where she spent three • months at the Hines hospital. Later she spent two months at Skiff hospital,. Newton.. r Hugh Matern, seaman 'first class who had been at the Uni^ versity of Wisconsin three months, lately stopped here to visit his parents on his way to Jacksonville,. Fla., where he had been transferred. BURT ARMY'PILOT J TALKS FROM BASE ON HOME RADIOS The Des Moines Tribune anr nounced last week that broad* casts from lowahs in an air com* mand in the European'war theater would be given Saturday, and Sunday; and on the Sunday* programs from KRNT, Dw{ Moines, and WMT, Cedar Rapids'- Waterloo, was Capt Ronald sir vidge, whose parents are farmers near Burt and whose wife is. a daughter of Druggist and Mrs. Pratt, Burt. . The Elvidge announcement as given in the Tribune follows: "Capt. Ronald M, Elvidge, Burt, la.,, gives a capsule repoji on a brush he and. 11 .other raefli- the radiator and ignited, and soon a pool of the mixture was blazing on the snow-covered pavement underneath the Ford. Damage to the car was estimated at $150. Thursday the firemen ans-, . «,.-•• -v.-* "v-j-j—,\~ wered a call to the Norton ma- £ ere ° f his squadron had With chine shop, where a chimney i Germans,. They destroyed. " burned out, and later they were German .^Planes and J ~ called to extinguish a roof fire on the John Briggs house, West State, where sparks from the chimney set a blaze, with slight damage. On the first five days of the New Year there were five fires in town. The firemen were called to Cook's lunch room Sunday forenoon, when grease on a stove was set ablaze. There was only minor damage. P. S.—The whistle blew yesterday for the seventh fire of the New Year. This blaze was at the McEnroe stockyards office, where a stovepipe set fire to wall paper and 2x4's. Damage was slight. three out of the 25 attacj planes. Captain E,lvidg« dr« ..„ of being a flying farmer when the war is over." Combat Badge for •'• Captain Higgint With the ?nd Infantry Division, European War Theater. (Undated)-£a|>V William B. Biggins, 30, has been awarded the combat infantryman b^dge fpjr superior performance of duty in combat !q the front Hues j|| France and Germany. He is tfce husband of Dorothy F. MoEnroe- Higgins, Algona, Ja, "**•

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