The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 2, 1966 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 2, 1966
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WiEK" Tobloid . ESTABLISHED 18A« cJiABUantD IB AS . , k -i •econd class matter at the portofflce at Alftona. Iowa ..„,»..* ). Nov. i. 1932. under Act of ConfreM of M.r c h 3. >|7» ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1966 - 16 POBM tobteW VOL 101 NO 58 i^S:S:::-::g%-:i::X-:-:-X'X^:':'X«':-x-:.:.:«^^^ •••••••••••••••••••• '•'•'•'•'•'•'••••••••••••••••'•••••••••v.v.vx-x*:-x-:-:-:-:w^^ Dynamite Blast Mystery A powerful blast, the result of an estimated 500 sticks of dynamite exploding, rocked a wide area two miles west of Irvington about 11:30a.m.Satur- day and sent an Algona man to a hospital. Injured when the Kossuth county-owned dynamite exploded was Richard Brown, 29, Algona. Brown was treated by Dr. Dean Koob here, then reportedly taken to a hospital at Ft. Dodge where it was hoped small pieces of steel (or what ever foreign matter was lodged in his ankle) could be removed. It was also understood he was treated for a gunshot wound of some type a week or so earlier here. Two Algonans, Brown and Don McBride, 20, were practice shooting at the south end of the sandpit southeast of the intersection of highway 169 and the Irvington blacktop road late Saturday morning. The dynamite exploded near the north end of the pit, about 200 yards from where the men were shooting. They told Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, who investigated, that they don't think their shots could have set off the dynamite, because they were not shooting in the direction of the round tank where the explosive was stored (and has been for 20 years). Sheriff Lindhorst said after the incident that "a steel- jacketed bullet fired by a 30-30 or 30.06 rifle" would probably be necessary to pierce the tank and possibly set off the dynamite. So, cause of the blast is not known. McBride escaped injury. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Peterson have lived in a permanent trailer house less than a quarter-mile from the spot where the dynamite was stored for more than a year. For Mrs. Petersen, who was home alone at the time, the blast is an experience she never wants repeated. She was near a hall way leading from the living room of the long trailer when the blast shattered practically every window in the structure and .shot her down the hallway before knocking her down. Glass was scattered throughout the trailer (and there was also a lot popped outside), a large mirror was pulled from the living room wall and broken to bits, their TV damaged, etc. She said the noise at the time of the blast was terrific. And the shock waves must have been too. The blast was heard and felt for some distance, and it was reported that a lady living a half-mile away, Mrs. Leona Sabin, was knocked down in her home. She rushed to the Petersen home right after the explosion to see what had happened. Many persons living and working in Algona heard it- and it is probable anyone within 5-10 miles may have, not knowing for sure what was going on. The blast area resembled photos that have been seen of atomic bomb sites - on a smaller scale. The ground was scorched for 60-70 feet in every direction, the area was strewn with twisted steel from the tank, green foliage was burned off the ground for some distance, nearby trees were stripped of leaves and the tops of two trees blown to pieces. One of the pieces of metal barely missed a passing auto, which was traveling on the Irvington blacktop that passes the dynamite storage area, east and west, and only about 100 feet away. Many persons rushed to the scene right after the blast occurred and traffic to the scene continued through the rest of the day and evening. Miss Durant Dies Margaret Durant, 82, widely- , known Algona poet, died early Monday morning at St. Ann hospital, Funeral arrangements for her were pending at McCullough Funeral Chapel at press time. A sister, Carrie, also of Algona survives. Enters 13 Shorthorns Ben. G. Studer, prominent Wesley Shorthorn cattle raiser, has entered 13 of his choice head of stock in the Iowa State Fair 1966 exposition. These photos were snapped in the blast area less than two hours after 500 pounds of dynamite jolted the Irvington area late Saturday morning. At the left, Bob Petersen, who with his wife lives in a large trailer house near the site, is shown standing in the rubble- strewn living room of their home, holding one of the pieces of metal blown from a steel tank which housed the dynamite about three blocks from where the Petersens reside. The TV set in the photo was damaged, a mirror which hung over the TV was shattered as well as practically every window in the home. Pieces of glass can be seen on the floor. At the right, interested persons are shown discussing the incident while standing near where the dynamite exploded. The tank was located where twisted pieces of metal can be seen to the far right of the men, while in the foreground is a portion of a nearby tree blown off in the blast. (UDM Polaroid Photos by Don Smith) WrWAttWrra^ Postal Officials Here Because Of Mail Theft Saturday. According to him, there was a very large mailing, with a local firm having placed a number of grouped letters into the box. The box was full, and it is possible that the letters taken had not found their way into the box but had remained in the slot. It must be emphasized that the culprits will be charged with a federal offense, as tampering with any mail comes under federal jurisdiction as a felony. This results in a permanent charge on a person's record. About $30 cash was taken during break-ins at the Elk Cleaners and the Dairy Queen, while nothing was taken from the VFW the same night. Police are investigating all three break-ins. Postal authorities have been asked to assist in the robbery of several pieces of mail from the drop-in box just north of the local post office, Friday night. • Three break-ins also occurred here the same night. They were expected to arrive Monday afternoon to help in the investigation which was instigated by the local police and sheriffs offices. Shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday Mrs. Mark McGuire brought to the police department two pieces of mail, one opened and one still sealed. . The opened one had been mailed by Henry Furst and had contained two checks to an insurance company. These checks were later found by Dr. LeRoy Strohman* in front of the office of Dr. M. G. Bourne. Unopened was an envelope and letter mailed by Mrs. Harold Jergenson, which also included checks. Upon investigation, it was found that Mrs. Jergenson had also mailed two other envelopes, one to Minneapolis and one to St. Paul. Both included checks, and they were placed in the drop-in box at approximatley 12:35 a.m. Saturday. Dewey Skilling, employee of the post office had picked up the mail from the box at 4 a.m. AUGUST 6, SATURDAY - Auction sale at Chas. H. Clement residence, 405 South Jones St., Algona, Furniture, Antiques, etc. Ruth C, Clement Estate; Kleve of Humboldt, auctioneer; Clair Blossom, Algona, clerk. Sale details Aug. 4 issue, of Upper Des Moines. Area Thefts Of Copper Wire, TVs, Radio Thefts of a quantity of copper electrical wiring, two portable TVs and a transistor radio from two areas of the county were reported to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst during the weekend. The wire was taken from a vacated set of farm buildings on a farm owned by Walter Pfeffer, a mile east and a half mile north of Sexton. The theft occurred sometime two or threo days before July 29. Someone went to the place and used clippers to cut the live wires from the transformer and leading to buildings on the farm. The TVs, one a 21-inch, the other a 9-inch, and the radio were reportedly stolen from the home of Maurice Drew at Swea City Wednesday night during a celebration being held in that town. Sheriffs officers are investigating both thefts. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst was called to Ledyard Thursday where he investigated a break- in discovered that morning at a tavern and poolhall. Frank Nitz, owner of the establishment, discovered the theft of 13 cases of beer when he opened the business at 7:30 a. m. Nitz said he figured the break- in artists tried to pry open a window and when they failed, entered the building through a walk-In cooler at the rear. Pair Of Minor Mishaps Are Reported Here Charges are pending after a 2-car mishap atTitonkaat9p. m. Saturday. Drivers of the autos were Carl Harms, 57, and Alfred W. Rode, 19, both ofTitonka. They.ollided after both had stopped at stop signs, then started up again. Deputy Sheriff Larry Hudson investigated and estimated damages to the autos at $350. Sunday at 7:20 p. m., an auto driven by Elsa L. Cunningham, 47, Hurt, was struck from the rear by an auto driven byCyrilla M. Sifert, 51, Algona, resulting in an estimated $65 damage. The collision occurred at the intersection of Jones and North streets here and police investigated. Air Activity There was a lot of additional activity at the Algona Airport Saturday morning when five helicopters from National Guard outfits landed to refuel. The copters, usually from other states, have been stopping here during recent years on their way to and from summer camp.

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