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HISTORICAL DEPt. $30,000 SUIT, 15 YEARS IN COURT, FINALLY SETTLED $300 dash Winds up Lit- Grfew Ottt , of Closing of Bancroft Bank in 1924 v A case of nearly 16 years standing and Involving; approximately $30,000 was closed In district court last week for cash settlement of about $300. The suit grew out of the closing In 1924 of the Farmers State Bank of Bancroft, believed to be the first bank fn the county to close. Kossuth County, Iowa, and Blanche Grose as county treasurer of Kbg- suth county was the original plaintiff and the bank, F. X. Almoner Dan Ei Lynch, Henry Nalwr. Jo* F. MenkeyA. T. Foth and H, H Janvrln, the defendants. As the re suit of transfers of title, successlv plaintiffs wefe Joe Sandcshulte anc Joseph F. Lynch. In the final clear ing up of the litigation A. T. Foth appeared as both the claimant an the defendant A battery of law flrnis were involved, including Van News and Stlltman, Algona, a'nd MitchellfAJLttbi Fort Dodge, fo A. T. FtfttylWllfam Fisher and Sen neff, Bliss & Sennett, Mason City for Mr. Lynch, Quite a Legal Tangle The actual amount of the origins judgement again Foth was $18,823.80 which with Interest accruing up un til the present time would total at most $30,000. The directors of the bank .had "taken out" notes with a •pat value of over $17,800 which were held by the bank examnlers to be unsound. They put back into the bank money to cover the value 01 the notes; After'the bank failed Kossuth county initialed suit against the bank to collect the depository note given the county by the institution to protect county funds deposited in it. The county received from the receiver dividends of $2,270.31 and $1,471.72. In the meantime the judgment was.sold for $3,000 to Sand- •chulte who took over the notes and, later to Lynch and the latter recently secured an execution on certain property belonging to Foth who thereupon went into court to have the matter cleared up. Thus, it happens that he is both a defendant and a clamiant in the same action. Other Case* Handled Other cases handled by the court during the past week included the following: Tennessee Stove Works vs. R. O. BJustrom, law account Defendant in default Judgment as prayed, Marathon Finance vs. Ph. Hahn. Law note. Defendant in default, judgment as prayed $363.83. Fullterton Lumber Co. vs Al Kresge, law, writ of attachment Judgment entry as signed. Supplemental judgment,as signed $131.71. Rex Rider v«. Casey Loss, sheriff of Kossuth cdunty, ---•-• * " Jitome* Established 1865 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER (i, 19:58" Sixteen Pages—Section One VOL. 35.—NO. 49 BURNED TO DEATH IN TRAILER FIRE sby, In«« Wolfe, Lee Wolf* et al. Special execution issued and «1v«n to sheriff. Louis W. Richman and Linda Rlchman vs. Bernlce Martha Wln- kelmann, adoption, • Decree as signed. Fred Etsler and May Hurley vs. Fred Meyer 'and Greta Moser, law note. Defendant In default, judgment as prayed $2383.90. Note surrendered and cancelled. Wm. H. Vogel vs. D. LrGodden. law account. Genera) execution Issued and given to Quarton & Miller, attorneys. Judgment against defendant $70.44. Ralph Glllettee vs. Clara E. Gillette, divorce. Decree issued. Thomas L. Steven vs. Eva Steven, divorce. Divorce granted. Two new cases were filed: The Travelers Insurance Company vs J. M. Jensen, R. C. Jensen, et al, equity foreclosure. Petition filed and affidavit for attorney's fees submitted. George Holtzbauer vs. Clara Walker and the Home Owner Loan Corporation, equity foreclosure. Petition and copy filed. . Pratt Electric Co. Gets New Contracts The Pratt Electric Co. of Algona, already known as one of the outstanding electrical contracting firms In the state, added to Its reputation, recently, when It garnered a whole new flock of contracts. The new jobs are located at the school house at Grundy Center, the municipal audltorum at Forest City, the Humboidt school auditorium, and the high school at Graettlnger, Hampton, Orleans, Rockwell and Wesley, and the Emmatsburg post- office. COLWELL PAVILION ANDTHECHROME' OPEN THIS Anderson's Modernistic ,Hew Cafe and, Filling Station Introduces - A New Construction Algona's newest business build' ings, the Colwell Sates Pavilion, and "The Chrome" filling station and tafe, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar 1 Anderson, at the northeast corner of the highway 18 and 169 junction Just north of the city, open this week. The Colwell pavilion Opens today (Tuesday) with its first sale. The Anderson cafe and station will open next Saturday. Full details of the opening will be found on page one of the second section of today's paper. ' Chromium—Glass Brick "The Chrome" derives its name from the chromium finish which is an outstanding novelty. The building is made entirely of steel, and is of course fireproof. It was purchased in sections, and assembled here, with most of the work being done by Mr. Anderson and his son-in- law, Melvln Knoll. A full basement and a forced air heating system are part of the new structure. Asphalt tile in green, and glass brick on one wall providing ight for the special "party" room are other unique features. New equipment, counters, and a new gas range are features of the cafe section. Melvln Knoll did the designing of the interior, and did a mighty good ob. Flan to Build Cabins Next spring, the Andersons state, .hey hope to erect several' tourist cabins. In the meantime, they are putting he finishing touches on their fine mslness Improvement, and are to be congratulated on their splendid addition to the community's business places. One of the most outstanding feat. ,. .. . . . . Santa Claus Coming To City Wednesday With Gifts Anderson's New Cafe and Filling Station, And ColwelPs Sale Pavilion Opening This Week «iii Plc i u f? d above Is "The Chrome", new combination cafe and filling station, which will be officially opened by Mr. and Mrs Oscar Anderson this coming Saturday, at the Intersection of highways 169 and 18, Just north of Algona. (Algona Upper Des Molnes newsfoto.) , Anderson country home. Th» water comes from a 123-foot well, to th« itatlon. The plumbing, also, is mod- rn In every detail. 8 Hogs, Each 200 Libs., Are Drowned Irvington: Th* George Noone family recently suffered a moat severe loss when they lost about eight of their pigs by drownnlg, each weighing about 200 pounds. Some time between last Monday and Tuesday'(a weak ago) 15 hogs escaped from their pen and upon Investigating It was found eight of them bad wandered to the river just east of the Noone farm home and had walked upon the ice which was not strong enough to hold them up. The Noone family live on Mrs. Kate Chilton's farm southwest of Irvington. Defenders Cancel Meeting The public meeting of the Defenders of American Liberty, scheduled for Thursday evening in the Lelyard school, wan cancelled Tuesday morning, according to a long distance phone call from Rev. A. 4. Depptog, Ledyard pastor, and president of the organization. CORN SEALING TO START WEDNESDAY Corn sealing on the 1938 crop will egln in Kossuth county Wednes- ay morning It was announced by ocal AAA officials Monday evening oil owing a trip to Mason City for nstructlons on sealing. The new loan Is for 57 cents ushel ind will run until August 1, 939, with an addltlnoal 00 days ol race for the government to take ver the corn. The loan will bear per cent Interest. In order to be llgible for the loan corn must grade Vo. 3 or better, and have a moisture ontent of not more than 20Vd per cent. Monday, 1,397 applications for oallnfj were on file representing 1,50,000 bushels of corn. Translat- d into dollars this represents a loan f over $700,000 on corn for which applications to seal have already been made. Farmers have until April 1 to make application for sealing 1938 corn. &IJOT tumiUf' ,*. J5* 1 6Mr C ? lw ?l!! ? a1es P av '" on . above, is being opened today 3ZS3SS' "w W HL b * operated , "y HuKh Colwell, with sales scheduled weekly. Th<» new pavilion is a $10,000 addition to the business growth of Algona. <AJgona Upper DM MoiiM " naia, non Kossuth Man Laid To Rest Prominent Burt Citizen' Was Active Many Years \ in Development of His Town and County O. P. McDonald Call Open Meeting Chamber of Commerce For Friday Night A general meeting sponsored by The Algona Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday evening, Dec. 9th, at the Legion Hall at 7:30 p. m. Major Saul, secretary, announces. Subjects to come up for discussion are as follows: 1—Commercial air field—this is big. 2->-New city ball. 3—Municipal band shell Following the open meeting the members will be guests of N. C. Rice at a special show given in their honor. Major Saul emphasizes that this meeting has some tremendous potentialities for Algona, and urges a good attendance. Funeral services for Oliver Perry McDonald, 77, pioneer resident of Burt, and for years a civic and business leader of Kossuth county, were held Thursday afternoon, at the home at 1:30 p. m. and at the Presbyterian church at 2 p. m. Rev. Joseph M. Doms of Burt conducted the services. Mr. McDonald was a member of the Presbyterian church. Burial was In the Burt cemetery, with Masonic rites conducted at the grave. County Resident 78 Yean Mr. McDonald had been a resident of Kossuth for 72 years. He was born at Dwlght, 111., in 1861, the year the Civil War began. In 1866 the family moved to Kossuth, and ever since that time of pioneer days, Mr. McDonald has had his residence within five miles of Burt. Joseph McDonald, a brother of O. P., opened a lumber yard at Burt, the latter joined him In the business venture, in which he continued active for 00 years. A nephew, Jesse McDonald, is now activn In the lumber business. Mrs. McDonald preceded her husband in death, passing away in 1931, after a happy married life. Three sons and one daughter survive, Cecil E. of Sioux City, In the grain business; D. L. of Algona, In the real estate and land business; and John M. of Emmetsburg, also In the real 3 Inch Snow May Be Here to Stay A three-Inch snow, the heaviest of the season, and probably the one that is here to stay for the rest of the winter, manteled Kossuth county in a real Christmas spirit, Sunday. And at the same time, it brought with it ice and slush which made 2 Fort Dodgers Lucky in This One Luck rode with a Fort Dodge couple Thursday when their car went bounding off the road like a 'ootball, finally landing upside down In a plowed field—without Injuring either of the occupants. The spectacular accident happened a short distance north of Bancroft on Highway 169. The car was driven by a Fort Dodge man and his wife, a Mr. and Mra. Hood. Their machine began to skid off the highway, turned end over end and then rolled sideways clearing a fence while touching only the top wire. The car came to rest in the (Held on its back with the rear wheels still spinning. During the course of its errant bouncing the auto narrowly missed striking a car driven by Peter Heikyn. Sweu City supervisor, who was driving to Algona. Legion Meets Tonight Hagg Post, local unit of the Am-. erican Legion, will hold Its regular monthly meeting tonight. Nothing other than routine business Is scheduled Major Leslie T. Saul, commander, said. due to the condition of the roads. Date Nov. 28 46 Nov. 29 60 Nov. 30 High Low Sno Dec. 1 43 42 Dec. 2 3g Dec. 3 51 Dec. 4 43 • *- j »»»*"^i-»wi4t KI tuau iii ino real _»ti < .. — estate and land business; and Max- drivin *. and walking-dangerous. Ine, wife of Otto Kraushaar of) A "Umber of minor accidents Northampton, Mass., an Instructor • were reported over the week end In Smith college. There are four '' "" grandchildren, Death Came Tuesday Death came to Mr. McDonald last Tuesday morning, after a period of some months during which he had not been In the best of health. His life was one of active work, and he saw, during his span of life, the development of the great north central section of Iowa from an untouched, rolling prairie land, into one of the greatest agricultural producing sections of the world. His hand was active in this progress, and h« leaves as his heritage to the future as do many other pioneers, the growth and development of the state, county nnd town In which he hud such a prominent part. Pallbearers were close friends of Mr. McDonald: Jess Blanchard of Lone Rock, and W. E. Bleich F L Pratt • C. C. Smith, P. L. Dremmei and Fred Slaughter, all 22 28 25 26 33 trace 24 29 3 Forecast for the remainder of the week is unsettled and probably colder. Dremmei of Burt. Academy Five Meets First Foe Friday The first scheduled St. Cecelia Academy boys' basketball game scheduled for Sunday was postponed and the first game will be this coming Friday evening on the Algona Academyfloor against Emmetsburg Academy. Two games will be played, first and second teams of th« iwo schools competing. The first gome will start at 7:30 p. m. Woman Near Death After Wesley Crash In a triple car collision near Wesley, Saturday, Mrs. Lucy Newhall of Kuthvcn was seriously in^ur ed. Little is known con cerning the nature of the accident but Mrs. Newhall is believed to be the only person badly hurt us. she suffered a fractured collarbone, torn ligaments and internal injuries. She was taken to Kossuth hospital in Algona where her condition was reported Monday night as critical. It is understood that two of the machines collided at a crossroads and a third cur hit the two after the collision. Two Fined Here Drunkenness and fighting brought tore* men into contact with the law in Algona over the week end. In mayor's court Douglas Riley was fined $6 and costs for drunUfimes. George Ramus was lined $5 Free Movies for Rural and Local {Children Offered Christmas Season Un der Way Everything is set now for Santa Claus Day in Algona, Wednesday Santa Claus, himself, will be there Humpty Dumpty, Puss in Boots, Olc King Cole and the Big Bad Wolf. That is why Humpty Dumpty and his friends will be in town—they will .be Mardi Gras figures especially obtained for the occasion. With the store fronts, shop windows, streets and the _ Interiors of the stores decorated in the Christmas spirit, Aigona Is ready for the big day. Signs all over the county point the way to Algona, the Christmas city, tickets to the free show and free candy at the Iowa theatre have been sent out to children all over Kossuth, and 500 balloons are stored in the Chamber of Commerce of flee, ready to be inflated and released at 3 p. m. Wednesday from the Chamber of Commerce building. Just who is going to blow them up is not known at present, although it is understood a number of people have been nominated for the dubious honor. Lacking a candidate with sufficient lung capacity It Is likely that a tire pump will be employed to blow up the balloons. The dime store blimps will carry i cargo of nickels, pennies or gift Ickets. Finders of tickets lave an added thrill coming since the cafd bears no name, but only a number which corresponds to .store that on a card in then The ffciry tale characters will appear not only on the streets but also In the motion picture show for the children. Such modern fairy tale creatures as Mickey Mouse and Popeyo the Sallorman, will be on the program along with the Our Gang Comedy and the Toyland Casino. The shows will start at the beginning of each hour from 11 a. m. through 5 p. m. The four and five o'clock shows will be for Algona children and the earlier showings for children from outside Algona unless It is possible to accommodate all of the latter group by three o'clock. Santa Claus Day Is Just the start of the Christmas holiday season for Algona and other events will be held during the pedod before Christmas Eve, Including the singing of the .u "Messiah," and the Kiwanls' home decoration contest. Plans have not yet been completed for this annual event but three prizes will be awarded and rules nnd other details of the contest are expected to be much the same as last year. Stores are now all dressed un for Christmas. Algona, known over North Iowa as a shopping center Is at its best for the Yule season. Stocks hove never been more complete nor values greater than in Algona now. Special Store Lighting With free candy from Santa, free movies for the children, and free gifts for all who manage to gather the fleet balloons with the tickets on them, a gala celebration is promised. Special lighting effects on ths KOESTLER HOME BETWEEN TITONKA AND BUT BURNS Farm Home Destroyed Early Saturday; Five Occupants Flee as the Smoke Gives Warning The fnrm home of John Koestler, three miles north and four miles east of Hurt, was totally destroyed by fire, early Saturday morning. Five people In the house fortunately escaped the flames when Laurena Carlson, daughter of Mrs. Koestler, smelled smoke and awakened the rest of the household, about 5 a. m. Others in the house at the time were Mr. and Mrs. Koesfler, n daughter of John, and a hired man. The flre evidently started In an attic, either from defective wiring or a defective chimney. It had gained some headway and it was Impossible for the farm folks to do anything to stop It. . The Koestlers called the Burt flre department but got no response. Whether the call went astray, or to a different town, they did not know, Mr. Koestler said Saturday morning. At any rate, the frame farm house was destroyed and the Koestlcrj were able to get only a small part of their personal belongings out before the flames drove them from the building. The loss Is estimated at $5,000, some of which is covered by Insurance. , A large barn located near the house, in which were some 25 milk cows, was fortunately not Ignited. Had there been any wind the story might have been different New City Supt. Takes Up Duties CANDIDATES KEPT DOLLARS IN POCKET Candidates have been slow in filing their, expense accounts for the recent general election but a num '" "" "" -- - - store fronts, and on the big Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn will lend the true Christmas spirit to the annual Santa Claus Day. Mail Routes Near Irvington Change Irvington: The Irvington rural mail route has been somewhat shortened as the route from Algona that formerly come from St. Benedict west and then proceeded north from school No. 4 will now go south by the school to the corner west of Edw. Mawdsleys thence a half a mile west and return to Algona by the timber road. Patrons thus be-, ing benefltted by the new route will be the Dick Sklilings, C. J. Mawd- sleys, Robert Gaffney. and the Hals- ruds and McCulloughs. Ben Terhune, local carrier will not make the trip north from the Ridge road. Levi Wiemer. Ledyard, Dies Levi Wiemer, president of State Bank, died "Monday following an illness for some time. Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church in Ledyard. He is survived by his wife and one son, W. E. Wiemer, who is cashier of the bonk. tion. Curiously enough in the race for the office of county coroner, the closest contest in the recent election, the least money was spent—only one dollar. Dr. R, A. Evans, Incumbent who was reelected over his republican opponent, Leon Merritt. by a narrow margin, spent the lone dollar. Mr. Merritt reported no expenses, 'andidate, Office Kxp. T. J. Dooley, rec $60.00 H. Becker, rec, 40.83 W. Bollig, sup 24.33 Chas. Morris, sup 41.84 A. R. Crulkshank, sup 29.70 H. B. White, co. atty 33.00 K. S. Kinsey, auditor 12.70 R. A. Evans, coroner 1.00 W. E. McDonald, sup 29.51 Edwin E. Hovey, auditor 16.28 W. A. Schram, sup 18.00 Leon Merritt, coroner o.OO L. A. Winkel, co. atty 147.98 F. L. Thorpe, clerk 53.71 J. H. Fraser, aup 26.63 Fred Geigel, treasurer 103.15 C. U. Pollard, above, took up his duties as municipal light and water plant superintendent here last week. He comes from Tecumseh, Nebraska, and succeeds the late Joseph Kelly. A detailed story of Mr. Pollard's earlier life and history will be found on page one of the second section In todays paper. (Photo by Will F. Brown.) 6 TRANSIENTS GET INTO FIST FIGHT A fist fight among the six transient "travelers" who occupied the city's "free hotel" under the Lensing grocery store, came to light Saturday morning when city officers went down to let the boys out. Transients who roll into the city about sundown are given a free place to sleep- In the city-rented quarters, and are locked In for the night by police officer, who opens up early the next morning in time for the boys to catch the early hour trains in all directions. Some time las ' „ -must navtt got into a pretty hot argument about the respective merits of their home towns, because they spattered the place up with blood, although no serious injuries were reported. Mayor Carl Spccht Interviewed one of the transients from Indiana, Saturday morning, and decided that the best thing to do was for the visitor to get out of town as quickly as possible. He did so; so Hid the other five. Police have cleaned up the remains in the city's "hotel." 4 Marriage Licenses Marriage^ licenses were issued during the past week to four couples at the clerk of district court's office. They were: Otto P. Hcrtzke and Alfa Sleper, both of Lakota; Herman R Behnke and Selma Meyer, both of Whittemore; Herman L. Fritz, West Bend, and Rose Ludwig, Algona; Wallace Hoheustein and Dorothy E. Nutt of Winnebago and Lake Crystal, Minnesota, respectively. HOGS Best light butch., 180-200 $7.00 Best light butch., 200-290 7.00 Med. heavy, 290-325 6.90 Heavy butchers, 325-35$ 6.85 Heavy butchers, 350-400 6.80 Fucking sows, 275-350 6.75 Packing sows, 350-400 6.60 Packing sows, 400-500 6 50 Packing sows, 500-550 6.50 CATTLE Veal calves $6.00-8.00 Canners and cutters 2.75-3.75 Stock steers 5.00-7.00 Fat yearlings Fat cows Bulls . 6.50-7.50 8.00-8.50 4.50--5.50 GBAIN No. 2 white corn $.37 No. No. No. yellow corn mixed corn white oats EGGS Barley, No. 3 Hennerys No. 1 No. 2 Cash cream— No. I No. 2 Sweet POULTRY over 5 Iba Hens, 4 to 5 Ibs. . Hens, under 4 Ibs Leghorn huns Cocks, over 4',-j ... Clocks, under 4'a Geese, live Ducks, live, over 4'-j Ducks, live, under 4Vj Springs, hevtiy, over 5 Springs, 4 to 5 Leghorn springs Springs, under 1 Ibs. Ibs. .35'..... .35 .... IV ... .2!) ...30c ...25i: . 17c .. 28e ...26c .. 2l>e .. l.Sc .lie ... Be . 8c ... 9c . lOc 7c 13c lie .. 80 . 9e TAX CASE IN COURT TODAY An appeal from a levy for the sales tax, so far as is known the first sucii in North Iowa, was to be heard In district court, Tuesday, with S. E. Klassie, owner of n local garage, appealing the levy of the Iowa State Board of Assessment and Review. The question involved in the case Is one concerning the distinction between wholesale and retail selling. Mr. Klussle made sales tax returns which were later examined by auditors of the board. After examination of the business they made a levy of over $4,000 for sales tux on numerous transactions where money had not been remitted by the Klassie firm. With penalties the total levy was over $7,000. It is the contention of Klassie, that the business in question was wholesale bust- ness with the cars, trucks and othf-- vehicles sold intended for resale. Mr. Klassie is in business both us a wholesaler and retailer. The case is expected to be a drawn out affair since every sale must be accounted for and testimony was heard for four days at Humboidt, Mr. Klassie testifying the entire period. The business concerned is not the local garage which is only a branch of the main firm in Henwick so the case was heard first before Judge Davidson in Humboidt. The appeal has not actually, been transferred here but with a light docket in Algona the hearing begun at Humboidt will be continued David Logue, 75, Dies at Livermore Livermore: David Logue, aged 75, promient resident of the Livermore vicinity, passed away Sui.duy afternoon at 4-W o'clock at his home fou- miles southeast of htie. Funeral services will be neld on W ednesday afternoon at 1 :30 o'clock at the Methodist church, with Rev. H. A. Nelson officiating. Buna' will be in the Union cemetery, Live* more. Surviving ur- a wife and fvb SOILS. Kinest and C'hui .'-.•). Gallup Poll Topic Of Rotary Meeting John McDowell did a splendid jub of "pinch hitting" on the Rotary program, Monday noon ut the Hotel Algona. when he presented some interesting mutt-rial regarding the methods used, uud the accuracy of results in the Gallup poll of public McDowell also read some interesting results of poll surveys mudu during the past year, with regard lu public opinion on a number of public questions of paramount importance ut this time. CLARENCE JONES 49, IS VICTIM IN , ALGONA TRAGEDY Wife, 7 Children Survive; Coroner's Jury Still Is Investigating All Angles of Death In the flaming wreckage of a house trailer in which he had lived, Clarence W. Jones, 49, of Algona, burned to death earjy Sunday morn- Ing. His terrible death occurred shortly before three o'clock Sunday morning. Although It l» certain that It wan Clarence Jones who died In the Inferno created by the light wood of the trailer and burning oil, the body was not positively Identified at the coroner's Inquest Sunday afternoon because it was bathed beyond recognition. Authorities hope to complete Identification by checking on dental work. The coroners jury adjourned until x-ray photographs, taken of the teeth of the dead man, could be developed. Serving on the jury were C. E. Chubb, foreman, Dr. Julian Wlnkel, and Roy McMaft- on, nil of Algona, Jones apparently tried to reach the door of the trailer after the fire started, for when pulled from the flames by Jesse Speraw, he had, fallen a few feet from ^he door. When pulled out of the flames the body was bleeding arounij the head and it is thought that the injuries must have been caused either by flying metal in an explosion or in falling, Because the blood waa red and not blackened, officials say that* death was not due to gas and smoke but rather from the fire itself. Worked for Blacksmith The dead man "had been employed in the blacksmith shop of Charles Heard, on State street, just west of Kali street His trailer home was parked in the rear of the shop, where he had lived for a period of over a year, since separating from. his wife. Prior to working for Mr. Heard, The At* department made • fast trip after th« alarm waa*turned In by Mrs. Floyd Turner, who first saw the flames, but the trailer home was all ablaze and flames 13 feet high were shooting into the night, lighting the sky with a red hue for blocks away, Mrs. Turner and a group of her 'rlcnds had been downtown eating. They passed the vicinity of the fire on their way to a cafe, but saw no flames. A few minutes later on their way home they discovered the flames. At first there was some belief that foul play had occurred but authorities said there was little to support that idea. Jones, years ago, was a motorcycle racer, and there Is a possibility that he suffered the fracture In some accident, as he did have an old fracture at the base of his skull, a post mortem examination showed. Think Explosion Occurred Cause of the fire is blamed upon the explosion of an oil burning stove which Jones, an expert arc welder, had made himself, joining together sections of stove pipe to form a heating coll. At the bottom of the coil, oil .was burned and the hot gasses rising through the coll provided heat for the trailer. According to men who knew him, the stove often clogged up from noot thrown off by the old transmission and engine oil which the heater burned. On such occasion* Jones would pour some gasoline in the heater so that the hot flame from the gasoline would burn out the soot. • Jones was very proud of the stove and had explained its workings to several friend. He saved foul automobile oil collected in the garage to use for fuel, the sediment in which cause a great deal of soot to collect. Among witnesses called before the coroner's jury in the inquest were Merritt, Dr. R. M. Wallace, Sheriff Casey Loss, Mrs. Jones, widow of the dead man, Jesse Speraw and Bob Armstrong. Surviving- besides his widow are he following children; Mrs. Cecil Lowman, of Sexton, Mrs. Bernard Speraw of Algona, Clarence Jr., Charles Theodore, Mary Elizabeth, Patty Ann and Barbara Lou, all at home. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10:30 a. in. at the Merritt Funeral Home and interment was in the Irvington cemetery. Rev. Burgess of the Methodist church officiated. Mrs. Vaughn Rising and Mrs. Ethel Loss furnished musical numbers at the funeral. Relatives ucled as jusket bearers. Music Night High School Tonight Music Night, an annual festival of jiiusu-, will b u hew ;„ the 'public lush school auditorium at 8 p. rn. this evening (Tuesday) with the four major high school musical or- fcynizutions taking part. The groups ure the- concert band, orchestra and boys' and girls glue clubs with H. K. KuMJiu.i.sen unj Miss Jane Diii- iiiK directing. Wednesday evening Edgar AtUe- soji will direct u out act pluy "Red Carnation" at Eagle Grove in th>» conference play festival to be held there. The three members of th<* cast who will go to Bagle Grove are Elfreda Lehman. John Kohlhaus and Lyle Anderson.

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