The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 2, 1966 · Page 15
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 15

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 2, 1966
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Armstrong Man Crash Victim A 30-year old Armstrong-Swea City area farmer, Douglas Leo Guerdet, became Kossuth county's fifth highway fatality of 1966 when he died of injuries received in a two-truck mishap three miles east of Armstrong on highway 9 at 2:10 a. m. Friday. Mr. Guerdet was pinned in the vehicle (shown at the right in the adjacent photo), and died at the scene of the crash after his truck was struck from the rear by a semi-truck trailer driven by Donald Bates, 39, Spencer. The front of the tractor is shown at the left. Both vehicles were headed east at the time of the tragedy. Bates told Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and Deputy Sheriff Larry Hudson, who investigated, that his big rig, which was loaded with empty beer kegs, was traveling 50 miles per hour and it appeared Mr. Guerdet was going to turn off highway 9, but he saw no signal and could not stop in time to avert the crash. Impact from the crash slammed the truck box on the empty Guerdet vehicle forward, pinning the driver inside the cab. The cab of the truck was forced at an angle forward, with the driver's body pinned between the front door post and the seat and his legs were pinned near the brake pedal. Officers and others at the scene had to pry the brake pedal over with a bar and saw off the seat to get Mr. Guerdet out. According to reports, the fatally-injured man was able to speak to the Spencer driver and Mr. Guerdet did not think he was badly injured. However, he died at the site of the crash. Dr. Turner from Armstrong was called to the scene. After the collision, the Guerdet vehicle slanted to the right, off the highway, through a fence and into a cornfield at the Dick Larson farm. The mishap occurred about three miles from Mr. Guerdet's farm in Swea township, section 28. His address was Armstrong. Damage to the front of the machine driven by Bates, owned by Jones Transfer Co. of Spencer, was estimated at $1,000, while the Guerdet truck was a total loss. The semi remained on the highway after the crash. Mr. Guerdet is survived by his wife; a son, Kevin; three daughters, Debra, Patricia and Bonnie; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Guerdet, Armstrong; two brothers and a sister; and his grandfather, Antone Guerdet, Estherville. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita, July 2 this year. Services for Mr. Guerdet were held at 10 a. m. Monday in St. Mary's Catholic church at Armstrong. "Just Playing" - Small Children Tipped Stones attempting to decide how best the case could be disposed. It is doubtful if any juvenile court action will result - and more than likely, a good talking to will be administered in hopes of averting future similar acts by the children. According to officials, despite the fact the tombstones were moved or tumbled from footings, none were damaged. Had they been damaged, the matter would have been much more serious and had the culprits been older, the same would have been true. The act by the children apparently took place late Tuesday afternoon, a while after a burial was held at the cemtery. The children in question were seen watching proceedings from a hill Algeria, (la.) Upp«r DM Main** YutMfay, Atitfuit 2, 1966 and subsequently identified. According to Police Chief Al Boekelman, some of the smaller Children blamed the others, but apparently younger and older ones in the group were all present when the act took place. Damage Case And Divorce Filed Here Two cases were filed in district court here this week, including one which seeks $27,500 damages as the result of an auto accident. Plaintiff is Albert Johnson and the defendant is George Merron. The petition alleges the Merron auto was parked on a blacktop road five miles west of Titonka Jan. 15 at 10 p. m. when another auto driven by Russell Kauffman struck the rear of it. The Johnson petition claims the parking was illegal on three counts and asks the damages as a result. Deanna S. Potthoff, plaintiff, is seeking a divorce from James J. Potthoff, defendant. They were married Dec. 23, 1964 at Sioux Falls, S. D., and have one son, age 2. The plaintiff charges cruel and inhuman treatment, seeks custody of the son, support and temporary alimony totaling $150 per month and $150 attorney's fees. "Kossuth County's Favorite Newspaper" Thank You... We, the undersigned workers in the subscription campaign of the ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES wish to thank all of you for your friendly, appreciated cooperation. We will still make the call-backs as some of you requested, with the same rates applying. And Welcome To 417 New Subscribers! "We were just playing," is what several local small boys and girls, ranging in age from six to 10 years, and from two Algona families, said when they were discovered as being responsible for tipping over nine tombstones at Riverview cemetery here Tuesday, July 26. City Police solved the matter after checking with Milo Durant, caretaker at the cemetery, asking him if had ever seen children inside the cemetery fences during the daytime. Some had been seen as Mr. Durant worked on the grounds and they were questioned, leading to apprehension of those guilty. County Attorney Gordon Winkel was given all information on the matter and Friday was studying it Mrs. Josephine Kunkel Mrs. Nellie Van Allen Mrs. Lillian Ringsdorf Mrs. Evelyn Weydert Mrs. Howard Swanson Mrs. Marlene Meyer, James Butler Mrs. Elvera Kajewski Mrs. Viola Studer Mary T. Bestenlehner j DIAMOND'S I FOR ALL BACK-TO-SCHOOt I CLOTHING NEEDS; ;

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