AIN STEM BY JULIAN CHRIICHIIilS "Ma few* If SMI tadf -.-•., ••,•••*. , • ' "Pf«ifti«¥i Aieen* mifcMntt M the f»f«§fMilv« Algona n*wip«p«r teii thai* product* — ft* Kdtiuth Cdunty Advance" State Historical Society Iowa City Iowa Entered as second class matter, Dec. 1, 1908. at Algona, Iowa, poitofflcc under Act of Conaress Maicn'8. 1879 VOL. 65-NO. 20 MONDAY, MARCH 15, 1965 - ALGONA, IOWA 8 PAGES IN 1 SECTION TEN STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONS Algona high school wrestling is like ancient Gaul — it can be broken into parts. And so we'd call them, B.M. and A.M. — Before Martin and After Martin. And certainly the brightest years of wrestling here have been since Coach "Champ" Martin took over as head coach in 1946 . . . that gives him 19 years at the helm and maybe another 19 to go. feiarliest high school records indicate wrestling as a sport was begun here in 1929-30 but there were no meets that year. The first organized team was in 1930-31 and two mem' bers in that first squad were Russ Medin, Whittcmorc and Bob McCullough, Algona. The team that year wrestled two meets with Burt, which had started the sport the year before also, two with LuVerne and then there was a county meet. Algona dropped wrestling lor two years but revived the sport again in 1U34- 35 under direction of Dave Ward, who continued as Bulldog coach tor two seasons ... the team had meets with Burt, LuVerne, Gilmore City and Grant Consolidated school in that year ... the l»35-36 team included Jerome Nielsen (older brother of Fritz Nielsen, who also wrestled later), Ted Chrischilles, Ted Vera, Gene and Willis Colwell, Harold "Bearcat" Banwart, and LeRoy Mathieson, among others. The team in 1935-36 had eight dual meets and an invitational. Clyde Ridenour took over the sport in the 1936-37 season and coached wrestling here tor a number of years before going to Rochester, Minn, where he coached for many more years. Leonard Wilson coached the sport tor a year or two prior to World War II and it was dropped during the war to, be resumed in 1946 when Coach Martin came here. Thus he is only the fourth wrestling coach in the past 36 years. Going back to those mid-1930's, one of the team members for Burt high school was Glen Graham and he recalls wrestling against one of the Colwells. Glen wrestled in 1933-34-35-36 before polio struck him down in that year . . . one of the best wrestlers Burt ever produced was Ed Stewart, now superintendent at Swea City ... he was state runnerup in one of the lower weights, 105 pounds it is : thought, for two years . . . others who made a name for themselves in wrestling at Burt before the sport was dropped were brothers Mervin Bristpw of LuVerne and Ralph Bnstow of Burt and Merwin Bahling of Burt. Grant likewise had some tough farm boy wrestlers during its several years in wrestling, as my older brother Ted still can humorously testify. GRAHAM still recalls the coach at Clarion dropping Burt from its schedule after three years of competition ... he was honest though, "you keep beating us and after three years, we're sick ot it," he said. Back to Algona high school wrestling ... Only eight boys have ever won a state title for Algona during the 36 years wrestling has been a major sport here . . . prior to World War II, the only two Algona state champions were Dick Ditsworth and Hank Geilenfeld. Ditsworth won the title in 1943 in the 118-lb. class while Geilenfeld took the 145-pound class in 1941: In between, Bob Geigel finished in second place in the heavyweight class in 1942; losing by just one point in an overtime in the-finals. Both.,». he and Ditsworth went on to wrestle in college at the University of Iowa and Iowa State college respectively. Orville Bakken reached the state finals in the old 85-pound class in 1939 but broke his arm in the finals and thus ended in third place . . . it has not been recalled whether either Mathieson or Banwart ever reached the state meet although both were outstanding wrestlers in the 1930's. Since Martin took over the wrestling reins, six boys have won state crowns and probably the best of all never even reached the state. Keith Young was unbeaten in dual meets in his final year after the war but finished third in the, district and didn't reach the state. He later was a three- time National AAU and NCAA champion at 145-pounds at Iowa State Teachers college in 1949-50-51. Since wrestling was dropped as a competitive sport during several war years, Young had only one varsity wrestling year before graduation. Martin's first state champion Was Paul Fisher in both 1950 and 1951 , . . and up until Denny Miller won consecutive crowns this year and last, Fisher was the only two-time state champion in Algona history. Ironically, Fisher finished as runnerup in the district in 1951 and then went on to win the state title in the 129-pound class. He won the 123-pound class in 1950. Montie Black was the next state champion in 1951 and he placed third in the 112-pound class in 1950. Other state champions since then include Francis Bjustrom (138) in 1958, Jason Etherington (133) in 1960, Bob Patton (133) in 1962, Tim Vipond (138) in 1963, and then Miller in 1964 and both Miller and Martin in 1965. Other boys to place in the top four include Bob Kain (120) 3rd in 1962; Dick Kain, runnerup in the state for three years, 1950-51-52, in the 95, 105 and 133-pound classes; Chuck Bjustrom, 4th in 1954; Bob Lampright, 4th in 1954; Joe Funk, runnerup in 1954; Mike Seller, runnerup in 1958; Jason Etherington, runnerup in 1959; Jerry Seller, runnerup in 1961; Jim Richardson, runnerup in 1961; Bob Patton, 3rd in 1961 and 3rd again in 1963; Don Hutchison, 3rd in 1962; Terry Brandow, 4th in 1963; Bob Ewoldt, runnerup in 1964; and Tom Fitzpatrick, runnerup in 1965. Incidentally, Algona as a team has finished runnerup in the state meet three times and third once , , , Coach Martin received a letter from his old Eagle Grove high school coach, Art Parsons, now retired there, congratulating him for his fine record here and mentioning the fact that Martin's son, Dave, is only the second son of a coach ever to win a state title while his dad was coach. The other winner — Parson's son many years ago! * * * * EAGLE GROVE did something no other North Central Conference basketball team in recent history has done , . . gone through the 14-game schedule in the conference without a loss. •it if it * A €QUPLJ OF professional men it Belmond got together with appropriate ceremonies the other day and Pr, Paul Rietz pai<J off a $10 bet tQ banker George Hinman . . . seems on Jan. 16, 1964, § supposedly weak-willed banker named George Hinmgii decjdet} to cut the cigarette habit an4 bet the Belmond optometrist $10 he could 4o it ... an agreement was signed §»4 i (§W weeks ago Hinman collected his f 10. He expressed a preference for § check and thus Riet? wrote out a $10 check — wm'ch the banker says he will hold uneashed in hopes of inyiegling another tobacco-addict into hitting the "glory road". The optometrist Ukes the idea of source, since it will cjelay the eyeotijil che^cashing! " Oh yes, the banker gained 30 pounds during the past year while he was off the "weeds". , . .. ; , verdict $15,562.57 Medical bus to visit schools THIS LABORATORY on wheels will come to Algona schools Thursday (March 25) bringing physicians and technicians from the University of Iowa College of Medicine who are doing research on the nutritional status of students. Blake starts building for funeral home Allen Blake, funeral home owner and director at LuVerne, Cor with, Renwick, Titonka and Wesley for several years, announces as soon as weather permits, footings will be poured for a new funeral home at Wesley. A 40 x 60 ft. concrete block juilding will be erected on the iormer Robert Lickteig lot, which Mr Blake has purchased. VIr Blake hopes .the building will be completed some time in May, so that they will be able to have an open house and inspection for the public, around the first of June. This is their eighth anniversary of the funeral home in Wesley. Allen Blake reports his present lease on the Martin Hamil ton building has expired, and new tenants of the building are to have possession by April 1 The Wesley people will be taken care of through the Blake's Corwith and Titonka funeral homes until the new building is completed. The new building will have a much larger chapel and lounge area, a casket display room, larger office, rest room, and operating room. It will have a seating capacity of 350 people, through use of the chapel and folding screen doors to the other rooms. The chapel and office will be carpeted and er , the remainder of the building will have tile floors. There will be a large drive and parking lot on the east side of the building for the convenience of the families and friends being served, Mr Blake reports the Wesley home is the only building he doesn't own; and rather than to try to remodel a building for a uneral home it will make a much better arrangement to build. This should make a fine addition for the Wesley community, and shows Allen Blake's :aith in small communities. Mr Blake has asked that you watch this paper for their open house announcement. Storm Lake duck* Cliar Lake 5842 Storm Lake advanced to the state boys basketball tourna^ ment Friday night by downing Clear Lake 58 to 52 in a game featured by chills on the part of both teams. The cold shooting was aggravated by stern defense by both clubs. The game was played at Garrigan and hundreds of fans from the two towns attended. Algonan sentenced on forgery charge Betty L. Leners, Algona, was sentenced to six months in jail on a charge of cashing a forged check at the Hood's Super Valu store for $32.33. She pleaded guilty Friday before Judge G. W. StiUman and she was paroled during good behavior to Sheriff Ralph Undliorst. Rigler dated here on April 26 The Republican fund raising dinner has been rescheduled to Monday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club. Senator Robert Rigler will be speaker. Any additional tickets may be received from Oliver Carlson. Senator Rigler is republican floor leader in the Iowa senate. Beef banquet is March 30 at Garrigan The Kossuth Beef Producers' annual banquet will be held on March 30, according to Melvin Logemann, president. It will be held at Garrigan high school with Lee Kline of WHO radio, as speaker. The menu will again include the standing rib roast, prepared by Hormel & Company chefs. The banquet will again be limited to 400. Tickets are now available from the county beef directors, Melvin Logemann, Elmore; Jim Rock, Swea City; ilalph Bierstedt, Lone Rock; Ray V. Cunningham, Burt; Ross Inman, Bancroft; Oscar Tindall, Corwith; H, P. Mertz, Ottosen; Harley Hutchinson, Lone Rock; and Galen DeValois, Algona. Harley Hutchinson has recently been named secretary-treasur- Glasses in contest on public service The Algona chapter of the Future Homemakers of America have organized a contest to determine which classes can do the most public service projects. Two teams have been formed: the freshmen-juniors vs. the sophomore-seniors. Such projects as furnishing the teachers' lounge with cookies and coffee for a month, cleaning out the study hall desks, and cleaning the trophy cases, have already been initiated at the high school. Both groups are also striving for public projects. The winners, who will be given a banquet prepared by the losers, will be Girl Scouts conference to be held here More than 250 senior Girl Scouts and advisers will be attending the North Iowa Senior Conference here March 26-27. Final plans were made by the steering committee Saturday here. The conference theme, "Bridges U.S.A.", emphasize! the part Girl Scouting plays in preparing girls for the future Of special interest will be an international panel made up oi foreign exchange students. Ma ria Consuelo Quitiba, of Brazil living at Greene; Sarjit Kaur, o India, at Osage; and Lala Rako- tahahaly, of Madagascar, living in Mason City, will take part. In. attendance to make fina plans was Mrs. R. C. Keithahan senior advisor, Mason City, Mrs Gertrude Fick, executive direc tor, also Mason City, and Mrs Elizabeth Jones, Charles City and the following local women Mrs. Arlene Kenyon, Mrs. Helei Chiquet, Mrs. Jean Miner, Mrs Mildred Boeckholt and Mrs Mary Long. Girl Scouts on th committee were Deanna Daly, Jeanne Goldstein and Liz Casey, all Mason City, Libby Isham, Osage, Margaret Senne, Greene, and from Algona, Janice Wagner, Cindy Reding, chairman, and Gail Bartholomew. The conference will close Saturday afternoon with a special graduation ceremony for girls who are seniors in high school. Council buys car and fire truck body The city council accepted low bids on two new pieces of equipment Thursday night. The fire truck body and equipment bid went to the Luverne Fire Apparatus Co., Luverne, Minn., for $9,950. Taylor Motor Co. received the bid on the new police car. The local department will now have two police cars. The mayor was authorized to enter into an agreement with Robert Deal to purchase gravel for the city of Algona. Mrs. Cliff Skog- Damages for explosion at \Aor-Gro plant A district court jury brought a verdict for $15,562.57 in avor of Mor-Gro Inc., of Irving- on, against the Eaton Metal 'roducts Co. The verdict was nought in at 1:10 a.m. Friday morning. Trial had consumed nearly our days with the case going to he jury Thursday afternoon. The case arose from an explo- ion of a 1,000-gallon tank at he MoivGro plant Dec. 14, 1962. A part of the tank ripped ,hrough the office building, but as the blast was at 20 minutes after noon, everyone was at unch. There were several grounds on which the plaintiff charged negligence in delivering a dc- ective tank and also alleged it was not suited for the purpose though ordered for the handling of anhydrous ammonia. The Mor-Gro company had asked a total of $29,234.12. The total was charged at $7,000 for damage to plant buildings and wiping, $350 to a tank trailer and ;ires, $475 for the tank, $212.50 or ammonia lost, $145.53 for a welding outfit, $2,000 for loss of jre-mix and molasses; $3,120 for .'our ammonia applicators, some New courtesy cart judged by the high school teachers on the amount of publicity for each competing team's work. Trucker sick* stranded in snow storm Ed Pilcher became sick while driving and his truck became stuck during the snowstorm March 1 near St. James, Minn. A snow plow and the police were sent out to bring him to the hospital where he stayed until March 4. Mrs. Pilcher then took him to the Lutheran hospital in Fort Dodge for appendicitis surgery. He is now at home, Mr. Pilcher drives a semi- truck for Mid West Coast out of Sioux Falls, S. D. He was re turning from California and en- route to Sioux Falls when he was stranded. strom and Steve Ostrum were appointed to the playground commission. Whillcmore girl escapes injury as car rolls over A 19-year old Whittemore girl, Carol Anliker, escaped without injury Thursday morning as she was driving to work in Algona. The machine hit a slick spot on the road and rolled over on its top into the ditch. She escaped without any injury in the accident, which occurred about 8:15 a.m. five miles west of Algona on highway 18. Deputy sheriff Larry Hudson who investigated, estimated ! damage at about $150 to the car. miscellaneous items, $5,600 for expense in hauling from Muscatine, and $10,000 for business nterruption. The Eaton company had a counter claim which was allowed at $2,711.20. John Wilson, Burt, was chosen foreman and other jurors were Arle Goetsch, LuVerne; Erma W. Lichter and James Will, Algona; Verla Brandt and Vcrlc Nelson, Titonka; Burt Weaver, Buffalo Center; Joe Ezarski, Corwith; Dave Lynch, Lone Rock; Lawrence Farrow, Lakota; Dorothy Pingel, Swea City; Evelyn Stetzel, West Bend; with Betty Uthof, Fenton, as alternate. Livermore bank sold to banker from Ft. Dodge Livermore — Mr and Mrs J, S. Hamm announced today that arrangements have been completed for the sale of their interest in the Livermore Slate bank to Mi- John E. Rowles, of Fort Dodge. Rowles will succeed Hamm as president of the bank, and together with his wife, will succeed Mr and Mrs Hamm on the board of directors. Rowles is vice president of Union Trust & Savings bank in Fort Dodge, and will continue in that capacity in addition to the presidency of the Livermore State bank. With Mr Hamm's resignation, Rowles staled that Robert L. Wilson, present cashier of the Jvermore State bank, would be the managing officer, and that all other personnel would main the same. FILES FOR DIVORCE A divorce pelilion was filed in dislrict court by Sharon Elbert against Charles Elbert. They married July 18, 1955. She asks custody of five children. Bomgaars remodeling opening Tuesday A grand opening of the remodeled and improved Bomgaars Ben Franklin store is scheduled fpr this week Tuesday morning. The stpre has been in the process of remodeling for several weeks, and will be closed this Monday to complete the final work. There are several new added departments, a complete change in many display fixtures, and « mere convenient shopping array of merchandise. An advertisement in thi$ Usue gives grand reopening details. Pictured are Mrs J. B. Harris and 0. B. Laing with the courtesy cart for St. Ann hospital. The Industrial Arts department of Algona high school recently completed the courtesy cart for St. Ann's Hospital Aux- cart which is currently on display at Sheakleys. Champ Martin and Ed Meyer, industrial arts instruclors, designed and directed the construclion of this cart which will be used to transport books, magazines, toys and other miscellaneous items to hospital patients. The cart features an electrically welded steel frame with a perforated melal magazine rack, a birch and cherry. book. rack and a toy shelf. . There is also a compartment for miscellaneous items such as stationery and personal articles. Most of the materials used in the construction of this vehicle were paid for by the hospital Auxiliary. The Weidenhoff Corporation of Algona donated the heavy duty casters and the baked enamel finish. Labor necessary for the construction of the cart was supplied by the high school industrial- arts depart-, ment and assisted by Frank Brusie. - • Rites Friday at Lakota for S. P. Powers Lakota — Funeral services for a longtime area farmer, Steven P. Powers, 85, were held last Friday morning at the Sacred Heart Catholic church at Ledyard. Rev. Thiele officiated and burial was in the Greenwood cemetery at Bancroft. Mr. Powers died Monday night at the Heritage Home at Bancroft. He had been ill for about three years. He was born June 21, 1879 at DeKalk, 111. and was educated here and later married to Margaret Lynch on Feb. 10, 1903. They farmed for 13 years in II- inois and then came to the Lacota area and he had lived here for the next 49 years. Mr, Powers served on the Ledyard township board of trustees :or many years and retired from active farming 20 years ago. He lad lived at the Bancroft home for a year. Survivors include his wife; four children, Steve L,, Elmore, Minn.; William, Racine, Wis.; Dr. Robert Powers, Monticello, 111.; and Mrs Thomas Conner, of Baltimore, Md. There is also a brother, Fred of Chicago, and 23 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Titonka club will observe Silver year The silver anniversary of the Titonka Federated club will be observed March 18, at 8 p.m., at the Titonka Methodist church. All former club members are invited and urged to attend. Other special guests will be the charter members of the club, county officers, the Titonka Women's club and the Doan Federated Women's club. The program will consist of a one act play under the direction of Mrs Neal Boyken. Mrs C. F. Callies will present music, and a recognition ceremony will be conducted by Mrs Ed Brandt, Mrs Vern Wenger and Mrs Cleo Nelson. A scrapbook of the club's activities during 25 years will be on display. Tea will be served with Mrs Mark Benda as chairman. To sponsor farm clinic here on Tuesday A special Corn and Soil Clinic, will be sponsored by the Algona Flour & Feed Co. of Algona tomorrow (Tuesday). The meeting will be free to all farmers and will be held at the Algona V. F. W. hall from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Dr. A. .L: Johanson, agronomist for the Olin Mathieston Chemical Corp., will discuss corn and fertilizer problems, and Frank Rueb, Algona, will give corn rootworm facts with colored films and slides. There will be free refreshments and all farmers are invited to this special afternoon of farm facts staged by a local firm. List changes in school events Several calendar changes for the Algona schools have been made because of the storm-enforced holidays. The Bertha Godfrey school program of the primary grades is now set for Tuesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. The high school band concert is postponed from March 17 to Tuesday, March 23, at 8 p.m. The Third Ward parents' program will ba Wednesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. School will be dismissed on March 19 so teachers can attend the North Central district convention. CARS IN CRASH Cars driven by Frank J. Ste- britz, 81, and Louie J. Sobolta, Mason City, collided Friday during the noon hour at the intersection of Jones and Lucas St. Mr Sobolta was traveling south on Jones, or highway 169, when Mr Slebrilz started across the intersection. Estimated damage to the bumper and grille of the Stebritz vehicle was $50 and $125 to the left front fender and door of the Sobolta car. Mr Stebritz was charged with failure to enter the highway safely- CUBS VISIT ADVANCE Cub Scouts from Den 3 Pack 70 visited the Advance office Wednesday afternoon to see how a newspaper is made and printed. Cubs were James Cassel, Mark Monlag, Tom Kinseth, Jim Zittritsch, Joey Bernardo, Jeff Rich, Darrell Steven, and Steven Schneider. They were accompanied by Mrs. Herbert Hensley and Mrs. Tom Rich.
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