Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 7, 1971 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 7, 1971
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ADVANCE ALMANAC NIW CAR REGISTRATIONS Algona Produce, Algona, Chevrolet truck; Tri-County Coop. Drying Assoc., Whittemore, Chevrolet truck; Mar old F. or Lela M. Schlei, Fenton, Ford pickup; Francis W. Hinz, Lu- Verne, Ford pickup; Quinten A. Bjustrom, Algona, Dodge pickup; Henry Bormann, Bode, Chevrolet; Elmer J. Alt, Algona, Dodge; James L. Hacker or Edna K. Hacker, Swea City, Dodge; Daryl D. or Connie J. Ristau, Algona, Dodge; Walter L. Jensen, Algona, Ford; Wilfred W. Radig, Lone Rock, Ford; Feme I. Kitzinger, Titonka, Chrysler; John V. Dorenbush, Lakota, ply- mouth; Arthur F. or Leona Hellman, Bancroft, Chevrolet; Lois L. Harmes, Algona, Chrysler; Helen E. or Dallas J. Klein, Algona, Chevrolet; Arthur H. or Alvina A. Voigt, Fenton, Mercury; Dean L. or Evelyn M. Prentice, Algona, Ford. ST. ANN HOSPITAL Dec. 30 - Maude Farrow, Lakota, medical; Marge Bierle, Algona, surgery Dec. 31 - Lillian Lauritson, . Algona, medical; Rudolph Ste- britz, Algona, medical; AnitaDe- gen, Algona, medical Jan. 1 - Jean Bilyeu, Algona, medical Jan. 2 - Linda Darbyshire, Algona, medical; Genevieve Graham, Burt, medical Jan. 3 - David Lenz, LuVerne, medical; Julian T. Chrischilles, Algona, surgery; Charles Dunn, Algona, surgery; Linda Loss, Irvington, T & A; Elsie Broesder, Algona, medical ST. ANN BIRTHS Dec. 31 - Mr, and Mrs. John Nordman, Algona, girl; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Leigh, Algona, girl; Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Strayer, Algona, girl Jan. 2 - Mr. and Mrs. Norman Carlson, Algona, girl Jan. 4 - Mr. and Mrs. Larry Steinman, Algona, girl ARTICLES INCORPORATION Fran Eason Doll Corp., Algona 250 shares $100.00 per share; Reg. Agent & office Frances S. Eason, Algona, Directors & Officers, Frances S. Eason, Algona, Pres. Marjorie Potter, Nevada, la. V. Pres. & Treas.; Mary Susan Ogland, Indianola, la., Secry. ARTICLES OF DISSOLUTION Bancroft Corp 12-24-70, Julian T. Chrischilles, Pres.; Fenton Lumber Co. of Fenton, Fenton 12-11-70. WEATHER Dec. 29 Dec. 30 Dec. 31 Jan. 1 Jan. 2 Jan. 3. Jan. 4 Jan. 5 WEDDING PERMITS Dec. 31 - Wm. Duncan and Janet L. Holcomb, both Fenton; Robert Steenblock and Melanie Whitacre. NEW COURT CASES Dec. 22 - Delmar Anderson, dba Anderson Electric, vs. Gary Prescott, -law, account, asking $120 judgment; Jan. 5 - Cargill, Inc. vs. Murray Elevator, law, account,' asking judgment for $4,429.79. AUCTION CALENDAR Auctioneer Charley Quinn has announced the change intwoiarm auctions due to the recent snow storm. The Ray p. Mertzauction will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 12;45 p.m. and will include a full line of machinery. The Morris Quam estate sale will be held Friday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. and includes dairy cows and dairy equipment. MAYOR'S COURT Richard J, Diers, Bancroft, speeding, $11; Deborah A. Brandt, Algona, failure to enter intersection safely, $10; Dennis L. Day, Kanawha, carelsss driving, $10; Randall D. Greiman, Ringsted, speeding, $15; Ronald R. Muller, Algona, speeding, $10; James P. Swanseen, Northfield, N. J., speeding, $15, improper passing, $10; Richard J. Elbert, Algona, failure to have control, $10; Delbert Sankey, Badger, la., public intoxication, $25; Marvin J. Johnson, Burt, speeding, $12; David C. Salz, Bode, failure to stop for red signal light, $10; Elvin R. Moore, Algona, driving left ol center line, $10. H 17 32 29 34 32 17 3 L -6 8 10 18 20 17 3 -14 S __ __ __ tr tr tr 15" historical City, ia. XXX « ucond eta. nxm,,, ^ ,. I908/ VOL 71 - NO. 1 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, ,97! - ALGONA, ,OWA - .11 ance 12-HOUR SUNDAY BUZZARD TIES UP ENTIRE AREA - SUB ZERO WEATHER FOLLOWS STORM Temporary Paralysis -15 In. Snow Official Census Shows Loss In 9 County Towns Kossuth county lost 9.4% of its population between 1960 and 1970, the final and official U.S. census figures just released show. Algona, however, had an increase of 5.8 percent. Only two other Kossuth towns showed population increases, Bancroft of 10.3 percent and Wesley with 6.6 percent. All other Kossuth towns showed population drops. Only 25 of the 99 counties in Iowa showed population increases. Kossuth county as a whole had a population loss of 2,377 during the 10-year period. The 1970 census showed Kossuth with a total of 22,937 people. Algona's increase was a total of 330, from 5,702 to 6,032 in the 10-year period. The official summary of population from the 1970 census figures follows for this area: - KOSSUTH COUNTY- W»<«SK«^^ ... . . ...,,__. ..... ALGONA Bancroft Burt Fenton Lakota Ledyard Lone Rock LuVerne Swea City Titonka Wesley Whittemore Bode Cylinder Livermore Ottosen Rolfe West Bend Corwith Ruthven Dakota City 1970 6,032 1,103 608 403 385 240 166 380 774 599 548 658 OTHER AREA 372 133 510 93 767 865 708 746 1960 5,072 1,000 620 440 459 289 185 468 805 647 514 791 TOWNS 430 161 545 92 • 819 910 712 706 % CHANGE 5.8% 10.3% -1.9% -8.4% -16.1% -17.0% -10.3% -18.8% -3.9% -7.4% 6.6% -11.2% -13.5% -17.4% 6.4% 1.1% -6.3% -4.9% -0.6% 5.7% FOREST CITY , had the largest growth rate, 31.1%, of cities in the five-county area (Kossuth and neighboring counties). Humboldt was second with a 15.7% growth rate. The growth of each was due primarily to industrial plant growth. - KOSSUTH NEIGHBORING COUNTIES- KOSSUTH Emmet Humboldt Palo Alto Hancock Winnebago Wright Worth Pocahontas Hamilton . Franklin Clay ALGONA Clear Lake Clarion Emmetsburg Estherville Forest City Ft. Dodge Hampton Humboldt Iowa Falls Mason City Storm Lake Webster City Eagle Grove 1970 22,937 14,009 12,519 13,289 13,330 12,990 17,294 8,968 12,729 18,383 13,285 18,464 CITY FIGURES 6,032 6,430 2,972 4,150 8,108 3,841 31,263 4,376 4,665 6,454 30,491 8,591 8,488 4,489 1960 25,314 14,871 13,156 14,736 14,604 13,099 19,447 10,257 14,234 20,032 15,472 18,504 5,702 6,158 3,232 3,887 7,927 2,930 28,399 4,501 4,031 5,565 30,642 7,728 8,520 4,381 % CHANGE -9.4% -5.8% -4.8% -9.8% -8.7% -0.8% -11.1% -12.4% -10.6% -8.2% -14.3% -0.2% Plus 5.8% Plus 4.4% -8.0% Plus 6.8% Plus 2.3% Plus 31.1% Plus 10.1% -2.1% Plus 15.7% Plus 15.9% -0.5% Plus 11.2% -0.4% Plus 2.5% Bancroft Lady's Mother Dies; Ringsted Rites Service for Willie E. Hansen, 76, of Ringsted were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church at Ringsted, Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Hansen died 4:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville. Visitation will be 7 p.m. today until noon Monday at Reese-Henry Funeral Home at Ringsted. The services were postponed from Monday to Tuesday due to the storm. Mr. Hansen was born Feb. 2, 1894 at Ringsted and attended rural schools and a teacher college at Cedar Falls. He married Sadie Gangested Jan. 26, 1916 at Haifa and operated a bulk oil tank wagon from 1916 until 1922. He operated a grocery store In Haifa from 1922 to 1941 and farmed in Ottosen until retiring to Ringsted in 1963. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Verl Smith of rural Bancroft; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Anna Johannsen of Ringsted. •*••*••••••• Carlsons Are Parents Of First 70 Baby In County GINA MARIE CARLSON, born at St. Ann Hospital at 4-06 a m Saturday, Jan. 2, is the first baby born in Kossuth County in 1971' She weighed 8 Ibs. 8 oz. at birth and is the daughter of Mr and Mrs' Norman Carlson of 514 North Minnesota Street. The Carlson's have a son, .Stacey, 2 1/2. Mrs. Carlson is the former Mary Harms of Burt, and her husband is an auditor with the Farmers Grain Dealers Association of Iowa at Des Moines. The grandparents are Mr and Mrs. Axel Carlson and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Harms, all of Burt (Algona Publishing Newsphoto) Two Juveniles I ,|, ft i, U M I. Apprehended At LflKOia Mai! IS viking station Prosecuted On Snowmobile Law Storms Disrupt Newspaper Also As our readers will well understand, this issue comes to you in slightly abbreviated form. No incoming mail reached Algona before Tuesday afternoon. Many local stores closed completely on Monday. Plows are still at work clearing roads. Many farm homes were still isolated on Tuesday. Because of the blizzard and its effect, some aspects of the usual Thursday paper will appear in the next issue. Workshop For Bus Drivers Algona has been designated as one of 33 sites around the state for a workshop for school bus drivers. The Feb. 10 workshop is being conducted by the transportation of the Iowa Department of Public Instruction. Workshop leaders will direct discussions on such topics as "When Does A Vehicle Become A School Bus?", "Do You Know Your Speed Limits?", "Do You Know Your Loading And Unloading Procedures.", "Do You Know What To Do At Railroad Crossings'/", and "What Can You, Tiie Driver, I)o?" . . The Algona Police apprehended two juveniles, 14 and 15 years old, as they were breaking into the Viking station again last Saturday evening, shortly after nine. The boys have admitted to all five of the Viking thefts during the month of December, as well as clearing up many of the other break-ins around town. They have been turned over to the juvenile authorities. Perhaps Leroy Stoffel has replaced the glass in that back door for the last time - with any luck at all. Dema L. Berg Burial Rites At Swea City Services for Mrs. Dema L. Berg, 84, of Swea City were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church at Swea City. The Rev. Russell Nelson of Winnennebago officiated. Burial was in Swea Township Cemetery. Mrs. Berg died Thursday at Lakeview Methodist Home in Fairmont where she had lived for the past six years. Dema Lillian Saxton was born Feb. 13, 1886 at Knoxville, Iowa and moved to Seneca Township in Kossuth County with her parents. She was married to Andrew G. Berg on June 12, 1912 at Lone Rock. He died Nov. 22, 1962. Mrs. Berg was a 25-year charter member of Swea City Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Clayton Roalson of Fairmont, Mrs. Richard Sabol of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif,, Mrs. Lavern Finlayson of Mason City, Mrs. Lilia Lewis of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. John O'Connor of Davenport, Iowa; three sons, Elmer Berg, of Emmons, Minn., Earl of Walton, Kans., and Merlyn of Huntington Beach, Calif. Also surviving are three brothers, Charles Saxton of Granada, Clarence of Hayfield and Lawrence of Fairmont; two sisters, Mrs. Hansel Mutzman of Bemidji and Mrs. Jens Peterson of Hayfield, Undergoes Surgery Julian T. Chrischilles, news editor of The Algona Newspapers, underwent surgery at St. Annhos- p'*al, Monday morning, to correct a hernia. He is recuperating and in u .satisfactory condition FOREST CITY - A Lakota man is one of the first lowans to be prosecuted for chasing wildlife on a snowmobile since the state snowmobile code was amended by the last state legislature. Allen Murra, 23, was fined $60 by Justice of the Peace Fred McGrath after pleading guilty to the charge by Wilfrid Macheak, a state conservation officer here. Macheak said some hunters told him they saw Murra on a snowmobile chasing a fox Dec. 26 between Buffalo Center and Rake. Macheak did not observe the violation himself, but he said Murra "freely admitted it." Macheak also said Murra indicated he was aware of the .present Iowa law. The code formerly stated it was "illegal to hunt" on a snowmobile, thus not entirely ruling out the chasing of wildlife. The legislature recently revised the code by adding the word "pursue." Macheak said Murra and a companion were hunting and were taking turns driving the snowmobile through cover. He said the snowmobile belonged to the other man and that the man was not charged because the informants did not witness him riding the machine. Supervisors In Session Tuesday The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors were in session Tuesday morning, the first official meeting of the new year. After completion of a windup on 1970 business, organization of the board for the coming year was to take place. County Auditor Marc Moore, who has been ill and hospitalized for several weeks, was back on duty. He is clerk for the board. United Fund To Convene, Jan. 13 The annual meeting of the Algona United Fund will be held Wednesday, Jan 13, at 7 p.m. in the assembly room at the Kossuth Courthouse, Jim Buscher, current president, announces. Representatives of all participating organizations art- request<;ii to !x; prt'fcfciit at the meeting;,. County Still Digs Out; _ Snowmobiles Lend Aid Escape lnjury In Head-On Monday On "18" Kossuth county is still digging out today following a 10 to 15- i'nch snowfall last weekend, it was not a record-breaking snow, nor was the 50-miles-per hour wind which accompanied part of it, but it was enough to stop postal service and close all county schools, the court house and several businesses around the county. Things were at a virtual standstill in Kossuth County all day Monday. All schools were closed, and most of them remained closed Tuesday as well. The Kossuth Courthouse was officially closed, the banks closed, and most Algona business places either were closed all day or closed early in the afternoon on Monday. Temperatures began plunging downward late Monday, hitting a 14 below mark at the Algona weather instrument station at KLGA, Tuesday morning. The massive snow removal job for state, county and municipality crews started early Monday morning, and despite their overtime efforts, some rural residents were still drifted in Wednesday. The drifting and "old" snow prevented exact measurement of "new" snow, but it is accurate to say that it was the worst blizzard in several years. The snow which started falling Saturday night accumulated atop 10 inches which fell previously. The high winds made it seem as if it were still coming down early Monday morning before the sun ushered in a cloudless day. The blizzard created a winter wonderland for children and a massive transportation problem for Kossuth county. - POWER FAILURE - ' The county was surprisingly .devoid of hardship situations in ' view of the immobility. Although some rural residents were faced with days of snowbound existence, there were no tragic repercussions reported. Some Corwith and Wesley area residents were threatened briefly by near-zero degree temperatures Monday morning when electric power failed for two or three hours. Jim Young, manager of the Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. office in Britt, said high winds caused the outage and that the problem was corrected as soon as snowplows could get repairmen to the trouble spots. The problem areas, which developed one after another, were in the towns of Wesley and Corwith and the surrounding rural area. -STORK SERVICE - State and county plows had to wait until late Monday to begin plowing stretches of road that didn't begin drifting in as soon as they had been plowed. Until then, snowmobiles were pressed into emergency service. The Kossuth County Snowmobile Club, now an organization of about 38 members, was active in Algona, chauffeuring Dr. Dean Koob to St. Ann Hospital at 2 a.m. to deliver Mrs. Larry Steinman's baby, a girl. The snow- mobilers resumed their good deeds at 5:30 a.m., transporting nurses, cooks and other members of the hospital staff. - TELEPHONE TROUBLE - Telephone service throughout most of the county was normal throughout the blizzard. However, at least two telephone circuits - one serving about 500 customers in Bancroft and another serving 500 customers in Whittemore - were inoperable Monday morning. Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. office manager John Claude, Algona, said repairmen were dispatched immediately following the freshly cut paths of the snowplows. Claude said Wesley area residents still had the use of their k-leplioitcy v,'iu-ntin;J/OWI-.Tlailui<• occurred because his company used emergency batteries. He said the batteries will last about 48 hours insuchemergenciesand that the company may then provide power through one of the eight portable generators it maintains for prolonged emergencies. Some persons, Claude said, may have wondered why they didn't get a dial tone when they picked up their telephone. He said it was because of an overload on the equipment at the Algona office. "When people are snowbound," Claude said, "they use the telephone . . . sometimes all at the same time." - PLOW POWER - County Engineer Richard Henely had a hectic Monday directing the snow removal operation out of eleven sheds located around the county. He said crews were unable to accomplish anything permanent until the wind died down at about 2 p.m. Monday, especially east-to-west roads. He told his crews to stop work'at dark if the blowing continued. "We don't want to risk a man or a machine," he said. < The county maintains sheds at Algona, Bancroft, Lakota, Ledyard, LuVerne, Lone Rock, Seneca, Swea City, Wesley and Whittemore. They house 28 snow removal vehicles - 18 motor graders and lOheavy-duty trucks with attached plows. Henely said the trucks were dispatched "roughly one per township," with orders to clear blacktops first. Duane Hovey, a county employee working out of the Algona shed, said it takes a plow one day to cut a one-way path over roads in a single township after a normal snowfall; hence two days for two-way clearance. A heavy snowfall like this one was, of course, expected to take longer. "We open it up one- way first," Hovey said, "and then turn around and go back over it the other direction." -'FINGERS CROSSED'- Algona Municipal Utilities Supt. Jim Palmer was surprised that only one power line "behind a house at 16 E. North St." was blown down, and it was still providing power when repairmen arrived. "We expected worse," Palmer said. "I kept my fingers crossed." The city also sells electric power to five rural cooperatives accounting for about 100 miles of line around Algona. -'ALL FROZE UP 1 - Cliff Guinn, a foreman for Iowa Electric Power and Light at Armstrong, said he drove on "high blacktops", checking his companies' lines in the north and north central parts of Kossuth county. "We didn't have any lines down . . . And we only had one emergency call. it was from a Seneca acreage, the farm residence of Mr. and Mrs. Richard England, Fenton. Seems they went away for the weekend and when they came home everything was all froze up." Highway Patrolman Tom Cogdall, investigated a head-on two car crash Monday afternoon four miles west of Algona on highway 18 at 1 p.m. Monday. James Sabo of Gilmore City, who was headed east and Hugh Francis Roberts, Spencer, traveling west, came through a cut in the snowdrift, failed to see each other and collided. The drivers suffered no serious personal injuries and there was $1000 damages to the Sabo car and minor damages to the other vehicle. The Spencer driver had stayed in a motel Sunday night in Algona and Sabo had spent the night at Armstrong, in both cases, someone had told them the road was open and they could get through, but both spent Monday night in Algona following the collision. Patrolmen Cogdall and Charles Bird wore called to the Bode corner during the blizzard on Sunday afternoon to investigate a crash, and when they finally arrived, the victims had been taken to the Humboldt hospital. It took the two patrolmen 2 1/2 hours to get back to Algona from St. Joe. Rites Held Saturday For Chas. Hoffmann Charles John Hoffmann, 68, of Algona, died unexpectedly at his home early Thursday, Dec. 31. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, in St. Cecelia's Catholic 'Church with Monsignor L. J. Hoffman officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, the Hamilton- Wilson Funeral Home of Algona in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were William Ludwig, Roger Flaig, Alvin Briggs, Robert Holtzbauer, Lawrence Gillespie and Ed Immerfall. Charles John Hoffmann was born Feb. 5, 1902 at Luxemburg, la., son of Mathias and • Anna Neises Hoffmann. He attended Luxemburg schools and was married to Mary Willger at Algona on May 28,' 1929. Mr. Hoffmann was a long time employee of the Algona Locker Plant and for many years delivered ice to Algona homes. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by his wife, one son, James and one daughter, Lavonne, Mrs. Joseph Smith, both of Algona. There are four grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Aloysius of Dyersville, la. and four sisters; Mrs. Margaret Hess and Mrs. Clara Esser, Glen Haven, Wise.; Mrs. Clem Friedmann, Lamont and Mrs, Ed Petsche of Epworth. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen Lodge. •«: *«M^ Frederick Hardware Bldg. Sold To Fort Dodge Man Sale of the state street building occupied by the Frederick Hardware, by the Abner Long Estate to John E. Graham of Fort Dodge, was announced last week. Mr. Graham in about a month's time expects to reopen the store after remodeling, redecorating and stocking. He expects to carry a hardware and associated lines of merchandise. In the meantime, Don Frederick is holding a final closeout auction sale this coming Saturday, January o, of every item left in stock. More detail on this sale will be found elsewhere in this issue. The auction starts at 10 a.m. but inspection of the merchandise may be made starting at 8 a.m. Mr. Graham has been assistant plant superintendent of the Gus Ulaser plant in Fort Dodge for the past 12 years. He intends to be associated with u hurdw.^-,- i ~.M. ;•• He and Airs. Graktui aie tin,

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