Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 8, 1966 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 8, 1966
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They recall Pearl Harbor (Continued From Page I), STAN HATLESTAD . . ,25 years ago ARNOLD BECKER .. .Navy man in 1941 "I was helping to set up the altar for Sunday mass on the forecastle of the ship," he recalled this week. "We knew it was an attack when the first wave hit the nearby air fields. You could see the Rising Suns on the wings." The planes zeroed in on the California and other battlewagons. The California was bombed once and torpedoed three times/ "I think it sunk in about ten minutes. I jumped from the ship into the water, much of which was afire from the burning oil. I burned my hands getting to a boat nearby," Becker recalls. He and one other shipmate from the California reached the boat, which had a number of wounded already on it.' They got to the submarine base about one-third of a mile away. They spent a day burying the dead, Becker remembers, and he was then assigned to the U.S.S. Indianapolis, a cruiser, for about a year. "But they raised ; the California, from the Harbor and I'rejoined it in Hawaii and spent the rest of the War on it in the South Pacific." Becker was reported as "missing and presumed killed in action" at Pearl Harbor. The Dec. 23, 1941 issue of the Advance ran a two- column front page picture of him and an accompanying story reported both he and Merle Heetland, then of Lakota but now in California, were missing in action, Three other Lakotans were also in the thick of the Pearl Harbor battle. Ferdinand Koppen, like Heetland and Becker, was on jthe California and was also reported "missing in action." (He is now with the Gambles store at LeEoy, Minn.). Cecil Peterson and Harold Jones, also of Lakota, were in Pearl Harbor at the time. "It wasn't for another 30 days that the people back home learned that I was not missing or dead/' Becker recalls. Of the 1800 men on the U.S.S. California, he believes about 270 were killed in the attack, "We got off quite a few rounds and downed a number of planes but we never were able to get out of the harbor. We got up enough steam but couldn't get underway," he recalls. Becker now farms between Buffalo Center and Lakota, about J% miles inside the Kossuth county line. He is married and there are five children in the family. The oldest, tarry, is a lieutenant in the Army in Germany. Two daughters are working away from home and there are two children at home including one in the first grade. "I've been to a number of Pearl Harbor reunions," Becker reported. "I am a member of the California Pearl Harbor Assn. and plan to fly to California next year for a reunion of that group." He also attended a reunion of the U.SfS. California in Minneapolis last year. There were about 150 former shipmates in attendance. There were other Kossuth county boys at Pearl Harbor on that fateful Dec. 7. William Turner, 'the first Kossuth casualty of the' war, died Dec. 12, 1941, five days after the attack, from wounds suffered the preceding Sunday. Others there that day were Harold Felter, Robert Ditsworth, Thomas Wagner (St. Joe), Edward Klein (St. Joe), Mell Peterson, Charles g. Carton, Earl Norris (Burtj and Herman Schumacher (Whittemore). 4-A160NA (Iowa) ADVANCf THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 1966 Car, tractor crash case to trial today Scheduled for trial with the jury to be chosen Wednesday -afternoon was a damage case brought by Eldon Duncan against John H. Struecker. Trial starts today (Thursday). According to the petition Duncan was a passenger in a car driven by Roy Jacotason on Highway 44 about four miles north of Fenton. The oar and a tractor owned by Struecker collided about 10 p.m. May 15, 1965. The petition charges the tractor was more than eight feet wide and did not have clearance lights as required, and also the tractor was not displaying a red tail light. Duncan asks in the petition, $2628.20 for hospital costs, $728 Tor doctors, $20 for ambulance, $17.40 for medical, and $60,000 permanent, and future costs for a total of $64,393.60. Injured in Wesley crash An Emmetsburg carpenter was injured in a car-truck crash just east of Wesley Monday morning about 8:30 a.m. He was Elwin, Roberts, 59, who sustained fractured ribs and was treated by a Wesley doctor. A truck driven by Clarence L. Golwitzer and owned by the Ro'bison Produce & Feed Inc., collided, with a oar driven by Vincent J. Boeckcr, Esitherville. Roberts was a passenger in the Estherville car. According to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, the truck was going east on, old No. 18 and the car was traveling south on highway 60. The truck skidded on ice and slid into the path of the other machine. The car had $250 estimated damage and the truck about $150. No charges were filed. Ex-Bancroft lady dies in ties Moines riles Wednesday Bancroft — A former Bancroft woman, Mrs. Frances Devlin, 82, of Des Moines, died last week at a Des Moines hospital. Funeral services for her were held Wednesday in St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines with burial there. Her son, Rev. J. Ambrose Devlin, who serves parishes at Wiota and Anita, offered the requiem mass. She was born at Dwight, 111., and lived in Bancroft for 38 years before moving to Des Moines. She is survived by two other sons and two daughters, besides Father Devlin. 1 * * *: i i NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION TO ELECT MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD (DIRECTORS) for the AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, THREE (3) WHEREAS, the State Board of Public Instruction on October 28, 1966, did •:. direct. Zell Borryhill, County Sup'er- \ intenclent of: Schools in and for Emmet County, Iowa, to call and conduct a special election to choose 1he members of the initial governing board of the Area Community College officially designated as Merged Area (Education) three (3) PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT a special election to elect a member of the governing board of said Area Community College from Director District VII will be held in the Algona Community School District, Kossuth County, Iowa, on the twenty-ninth (29) day of December, 1966. The polling place- (s) (Precinct No. 1, Algona High School, and Precinct No. 2, Whittemore City Hall, and Precinct No. 3, Riverdale Community Center Building) shall be at Algona, Whittemore, and Riverdale Community Center as defined in the resolution adopted November 14, 1966, and the polls will be open between the hours of 12 noon and seven o'clock P.M. with voting precincts as follows: Precinct No. 1 All that portion of said school district lying within Cresco, Union, Plum Creek, Irvington, Wesley and Prairie Townships, including all incorporated cities and towns located in said townships, and the polling place for said election shall be at the Algona High School Building located at Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa. Precinct No, 2 All that portion of said school district lying within Lotts Creek and Whittemore Townships, including all incorporated cities and towns located in said townships, and the polling place for said election shall be at the City Hall in the Town of Whittemore, Kossuth County, Iowa. Precinct Nlo. 3 All that portion of said school district lying within Riverdale and Sherman Townships, including all incorporated cities and towns located in said townships, and the polling place for said election shall be at the Riverdale C9mmunitv Center Building located in the Southwest Corner of the Southwest Quarter (SW'/ 4 ) of Section Fifteen (15), Township Ninety-four (94) North, Range Twentynine (29) West of the 5th P.M., Kossuth County, Iowa. Terms of members of the board of directors shall be three (3) years except that members of the initial board of directors elected at the special election shall determine their respective terms by lot so that the terms of one-third (1/3) of the members, as nearly as may be, shall expire on the first (1st) Monday in October of each succeeding year. The newly elected board of directors shall organize within fifteen (15) days following their election upon the call of the Emmet County Superintendent of Schools. /s/ Vaughn K. Rising Secretary Algona Community School District. Published in the Algona Kossuth County Advance, Algono, 'Iowa, December 8 and 15, 1966. ' fig* i i i I I I && This genuine Hurricane Lamp only 1 (No -other, purchase necessary) Country Squire Desk. 46" x 22" top. 6 large drawers; $109.00 A s h T r ay Stands. Handsomely sculptured in maple. Metal handle. Sturdy. Only $13.95 Child's Boston Rocker. Thrill the children with their very own. $1.0.95 Cricket Rocker. 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