Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 30, 1973 · Page 8
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 8

Estherville, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 30, 1973
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Iowa's Cold Water Cave ESTHERV1LLE DAILY NEWS, TUBS., JAN. 30, 1973 Pag9 8 Ageless Drip over Eons of Time BY OTTO KNAUTH, Dcs Moines Register & Tribune KENDALLVILLE — I am sitting in a world of darkness, illuminated only by the tiny beam of my headlamp. Around me is the sound of rushing water. I am cold and wet and hungry and yet supremely happy — I am in the depths of Cold Water Cave, in a fascinating world seldom seen by men. Strange shapes formed of solid stone deposited by the ageless drip of water over eons of time gleam on the walls around me. The Weather OFFICIAL TEMPERATURES Maximum yesterday: 27 Minimum yesterday: 11 WEATHER TODAY Temperatures: Wind, direction: Wind, velocity: Wind chill factor: 8 A.M. 11 SE 5 8 9 A.M. 15 SE 5 ONE YEAR AGO High, 18; Low, -10 NORTHWEST IOWA Increasing cloudiness and warmer Tuesday night, lows in mid 20s. Cloudy with a chance of showers Wednesday, highs around 40, but turning cooler by afternoon. Precipitation chances 10 per cent Tuesday night, 30 per cent Wednesday. Local Calendar TUESDAY TOPS— 7 p.m. City Hall. WEDNESDAY Pinochle— 2 p.m. Community Center. THURSDAY Ladies Day—10 a.m. At Holiday Mountain. Past Matrons, O.E.S.—2 p.m. Home of Mrs. W. B. Mickelson, 721N. Eighth. ', ' • to ; «yjvt". »U \" n" .'• Area Calendar ESTHERVILLE, EMMET Tuesday, 7 p.m.—Estherville and Emmet Township Farm Bureau members at Donald Poyzer home, potluck supper; bring covered dish and own table service. CENTER, SWAN LAKE Thursday, 6:30 p.m.—Center and Swan Lake Township Farm Bureau members at Gruver School for potluck supper. Warranty Deeds Clark, Bernice to Christiansen, Wayne & Mary; Part of 2 Blk 50 Orig Plat Eville (lease). Clark, Bernice to Christensen, Wayne & Mary; Pt of 2 Blk 50 Orig Plat, Eville (Est-agmt Lease). Ditsworth, Richard Franklin & Josephine Mary toRunge, Donald A. & Cheryl; L 8 Blk 1 Lough's Addn, Eville. Herum, Percy B. & Leona M. to Herum, Kenneth W. & Coleen F.; SEVi 7-100-32 (Contract). Jackson, Mona to Montgomery, Albert E. & Helen J; Undivided 1-3 int in NEVi of 15-99-32 & SEV4 10-99-32 (Contract). Lind, Janice L. & Norman to Prescott, M. Glendon; l k int in 2 Parcels in 15-99-31. Montgomery, Albert E.& Helen J. to Montgomery, James Albert & Kathleen Reiff; 1-3 int in NEV4 Sec. 15 & SE '/4 Sec. 10 all in T99N-R32 (Assign). Montgomery, Albert E. & Helen J. to Montgomery, James Albert & Kathleen Reiff; 2-3 int in SEVi 10-99-32 NEV4 15-99-32. Prescott, Gary A. & Dlann to Prescott, M. Glendon & Joanne; l A int in 2 parcels in 15-99-31. Rhodes, Ray S. & LaVonne M. to Nygaard, D. R.; L 11 Blk 2 Co Aud Plat of SEV 4 SW'/i 1099-34 (Contract). Ricke, Irwin J. & Jean to Knutsen, Kerry S.; Part of SW >/4 NW'/i 11-99-34 (Contract). Sterenborg, Robert H. & Alberta to Bannister, Willard J. & Geraldine; NW>/« 9-100-33 (Contract). Von Behren, Henry & Sophie to Von Behren, August & Patricia; m WV2 of L 5 Co Aud S-D of 14-99-34. Strube, Merle E. & Erma E. to Bondhus, Sam & Amanda; Part L 1 Blk 8 Bartletts Addn, Eville. Local Hospital ESTHERVILLE - Admitted Monday: Todd Weber, Arthur Schultz, Chad Kaltved, Mrs. Darryl Henrickson, Alice Kibbie, Clyde . Sanborn, Mrs. David Adams, Estherville; Charles Moyer, Terril; Walter Leipold, Heron Lake, Minn. Dismissed Monday: John Spence, Francesco Alvaredo, Frank Dobberstein, Mrs. Terry King, Estherville; Mrs. Mary Meyer, Bancroft; Mrs. Richard Gibeau, Dolliver. Area Hospitals DICKINSON COUNTY - Admitted Monday: William De Wall, Mrs. Mildred Kladstrup, Marvin Staake Jr., Mrs. Violet Koob, Spirit Lake. Dismissed Monday: George Schnurr, Arnolds Park; Dana Zlmmerli Sr., Jackson, Minn.; Willard Hively, Estherville. FAIRMONT — Admitted Friday: Alwin J. Bremer, Ceylon; Philip Wohlhuter, Welcome; Mrs. Rod Robinson, Fairmont; Giffen Harris, Alpha. Dismissed Friday: Joseph C. . Smith, Butterfield; Andrew Saggau, Mrs. Walter Pigman, Ceylon; Mrs. Dwain Orr, Mrs. Vernon Borgen, Mrs. Steve Corderman and baby, Mrs. Carl Payne, Armstrong; Mrs. Carl Garbers, Herman Gieseke, Fairmont; Carl J. Hellwinckel, Fulda. Admitted Saturday: Ray F. Kesler, Fairmont; Fred Brandt, Swea City; Kenneth Mock, Sher- bum; Brenda Maday, Guckeeni Dismissed Saturday: Mrs. James Jentz, Fenton; Mrs. Harry Clark, Armstrong; Mrs. Al Cyphers', Blue Earth; Mrs. Sheldon Straley, Fenton; Darrel Plumhoff, Fairmont; Mrs. Richard Remme and baby, Granada; Mrs. Alfred Nelson, Emmetsburg; Mrs. Thomas Manly, Armstrong. Admitted Sunday: Mrs. Fred Nolte, Mrs. Louis Neuenschwander, Russell Rosenberg, Fairmont; Jack Blanchard, Truman; Vernon Cutler, Trimont. Dismissed Saturday: Mrs. Kenneth Morris, Welcome; Mrs. Joseph Wieskus and baby, Jackson; Mrs. Clair Lewellen, Mrs. Russell Nickerson, Truman; Mrs. Willis Harris, Armstrong; Mrs. Gary Rosenberg and baby, Mrs. James Anderson and baby, David Sager, Fairmont. JACKSON — Admitted Friday: John Hranicka, Mrs. Michael Thurmer, Jackson. Dismissed Friday: Lloyd Fink, Mrs. Pearl Bender, Jackson. Admitted Saturday: Vern Greenside, Mrs. John Mulligan, Jackson. Dismissed Saturday: Mrs. Bernard Anderson, Mrs. Gordon Sathe, Mrs. Helen Erickson, Jackson. Admitted Sunday: Leona Malchow, Jackson. Dismissed Sunday: Shirley Kruse, Edwin Erickson, Jarrett Griffin, Jackson; Mrs. Nellie Sauder, Okabena, transferred to Worthington extensive care. Local Births FAIRMONT - Born Jan. 26, 1973, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cutler, Trimont, girl, 8 pounds, 2 ounces. JACKSON - Born Jan. 26, 1973, to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thurmer, Jackson, boy, 6 pounds, 3 >/4 ounces. The swiftly flowing creek appears out of the darkness, plunges over a little rapids at my feet and disappears again into the darkness, flowing like time into the void. The cave was discovered more than five years ago. Now, for one day, it has been opened to the press for picture taking so the people of Iowa can sec this unique underground world. There arc nine of us in the cave this crisp winter day— Don Koch of the Iowa Geological Survey, the team leader; Dr. Sam Tuthill, state geologist; Jack Leonard of Station KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids; Jim Gritzner of Station KWWL-TV, Waterloo; Charles Wittman of the Cresco Times-Plain Dealer; Steve Barnett of Iowa City, one of the two University of Iowa geology students who first discovered the cave; Loren McVey, also of U of I geology student who did much of the early exploring in the cave; Jay Hytone, Des Moines professional photographer hired by the Geological Survey for the day, and myself. All of us have donned rubber wet suits for the trip; it is the only way one can keep even reasonably warm in the 48-degree temperature of both the air and the water in the cave. In addition, we have been outfitted with miner's safety helmets and headlamps, little battery-operated lights that are good for 18 hours or more of continuous service, a comforting thing to know in this world of Stygian blackness. Beyond that, we have all the weighty equipment that is needed for picture-taking in total darkness—heavy batteries, lights, tripods, cameras, both still and motion picture; cases of flashbulbs and film. Entrance to the cave now is through a 94-foot vertical shaft that was drilled last summer on the Kenneth Flatland farm near Kendallville in Winneshiek County. Inside the 30-inch diameter shaft is an aluminum ladder; those entering are harnessed to a steel cable controlled by an electric winch as a safety factor in case of a fall. It was not always this easy. When Barnett and Dave Jagnow, now a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, discovered the cave in the fall of 1967, they did so at the risk of their lives by swimming with air tanks and other diving equipment through an underwater passage a quarter of a mile long. And after spending hours or days in the cave— one of their expeditions lasted three days— they had to negotiate the cold and dangerous underwater passage to get out. Now it takes about four minutes to clamber down the ladder; but at its bottom lies a world as different as the moon. A single yellow light bulb hanging through a smaller exploratory shaft illuminates it Below are the sparkling clear waters of the creek, not yet muddied by our footsteps. Sheer walls of dark-brown limestone rise 16 feet on either side and are capped by a rock ceiling as flat and straight as though it were plaster. The passage here is about 20 feet wide. Tuthill, Hytone and I start down the creek toward a section known as the Gallery, the most beautiful section of the cave, lugging Hytone's cumbersome photo equipment. Almost at once, he stumbled in the murky water and smashes one of his reflectors. The creek deepens into a chest-deep pool that brings a gasp of disbelief as the chilling water seeps through the wet suit. But 1 the cold is soon forgotten. On the left is a cascade of white stone billowing out from the wall like some huge hoop skirt, its bottom fringed in brown where it is stained by the creek. Above, an equally white column rises to the top of the cave, fully 20 feet above the creek. A thin sheet of water bathes the entire surface and it gleams like some huge polished jewel in the light. Where the base meets the column are three small pools rimmed with a crystal shell of incredible delicacy and filled with clusters of tiny rosettes of calcite. It is these tiny crystals, untold millions of them, that have combined to form the entire 20-foot formation, much as coral grows cell by cell in the ocean. Only this is dead and the coral is alive. Overhead, on the other side of the creek, looms an older, darker mass, almost black, huge and menacing. It would not take much to shake it loose. In fact, not far down the creek just such a toothed cluster lies broken in the stream, shattered perhaps by some earthquake long ago. A second cascade of stone, even larger than the first, juts out from the wall a short distance below, almost blocking the stream. A little cove has formed behind it and by squirming and ducking into the water, I find a tiny cave within a cave, barely large enough to turn around in. Hytone* s flashbulbs turn up an interesting phenomenon. The sudden light leaves a distinct afterglow in the white stone, a sort of phosphorescence that lingers for a second or two. ft could be an optical illusion; only further investigation will tell. Clusters of stalactites adorn the ceiling, faithfully following each crack. Some are pencil-thin; these are called soda straws, formed by the slow seep of water through their hollow interior. Eventually the tube clogs up and the stone thickens as water flows down the surface. At the tip of each the ever present drop of One of the most colorful and massive formations in the Cold Water cave is this orange •drapery' which hangs gracefully over a ledge in the gallery section. The growth is caused by From Evaporation evaporation of water saturated with calcium carbonate. Cracks in the cave's ceiling are visible.—Photo by Jay Hytone, Iowa Geological • Survey. - water glows like a cat's eye in a light beam. In places below, rounded domes like beehives rise to meet the ceiling festoons. These are stalagmites,' the corresponding for-< ' matic«s formed by the splash of the'drop .otbicfl^ -suitl bus ;).ir Tiny, almost unmeasurable differences in drop size, mineral content and height of fall determine the size and shape of the resulting formation. The air in the cave is so still that a drop falling 20 feet strikes with unvarying regularity the same spot, drop after endless drop. If the drop is large and it falls far, it hits with a splash that spreads equally in all directions; a beehive stalagmite results. But some, though rounded, have small pits in their tips, tiny water- filled hollows that splash out with each drop. If the fall is shorter, the stalagmite may take the form of a column rising to meet the stalactite on the ceiling. In time, they meet and grow into a solid column. There is a place in Cold Water Cave, not far from its downstream exit, where a stalactite some 6 feet long is within half an inch of joining a 2-foot column growing from below. It is the largest such formation in the cave. In the area of the Gallery are also some mysterious shapes curling out of cracks in the wall like toothpaste squeezed from a tube. They are helictites, crystal growths that seemingly defy gravity. I take time off from picture taking and sit for a while to gather my thoughts. I have lost all track of time but suddenly I feel hungry and I fish a chocolate bar out of the bag on my belt. It is so cold it cracks when I bite it. I discover that everything in the bag— spare flashlight, bulb and batteries, notepads and pencil, my glasses—all is soaked right through the multiple layers of plastic in which they were wrapped. For a few moments I turn out my headlamp. The darkness is absolute, a blackness seldom experienced by man. There is only sound—the rushing water at my feet, the far-off murmur of voices echoing off the walls. Then they round a bend, walking in single file, mysterious beings with lights in their heads, muttering unintelligible words. It is a scene out of a Jules Verne movie. McVey, fiarnett^'ancl' 1'explore the area upstream from the shaft. We come quickly to *a Jumbled area of destruction, a stretch of at least 100 yards where room-size slabs have fallen from the ceiling. The stream flows under or around them. Some catacylysm of long ago caused this breakdown. Numerous stalagmites, uniformly 8 to 10 inches high, have grown on the fallen slabs, an indication they are all of approximately, the same age. Tuthill speculates the destruction may go back to the earthquake of 1811, the New Madrid, Mo., quake that has been termed the most powerful to shake the U.S. in recorded history. Beyond the breakdown is a spectacular bacon-rind formation, a ribbon of colored stone with alternating white and reddish brown stained glass. A side passage joins the cave. A little creek comes tumbling out of a corridor perhaps 4 feet high, big enough for us to enter by stooping and sometimes crawling. It winds back into the wall of the cave farther than we have time for now. Barnett and McVey found the headless skeleton of a snake in the mud on an earlier trip. Did it fall through some hidden crevice? Another area of breakdown all but blocks the main passage and then we come to a big slab still hanging precariously from the ceiling. It looks so dangerous Tuthill has barred anyone from going under it. In their earlier explorations, Barnett McVey and Jagnow twice pushed on to the farthest reaches of the main passage, an estimated 3V2 miles from the underwater entrance. Back this far, the ceiling gradually drops lower and lower, then finally dips down to meet the creek. It will take diving gear to explore any farther. Finally, it is time to leave. The cable is lowered down the shaft and the long climb to civilization begins. Wet, cold and tired, I. reach the top and discover it is dark outside, a cold, clear night. Orion gleams almost overhead. I have been away from the world for eight hours and I'm not sure I want to be back. Vietnam Cease-Fire Violations Continue SAIGON (AP) - Procedural disputes today continued to delay the dispatch of cease-fire observers into the South Vietnamese provinces, and the South Vietnamese command retting Sted ported more than 250 new violations of the truce by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong between noon Monday and dawn Tuesday. But this was a drop of 30 per cent from the previous reporting period. In Honolulu, the U.S. Pacific Command said U.S. B52 bombers and fighter-bombers continued operations against Communist forces in Laos and Cam- Conclude Arkansas Visit Baby Named LAURA CHRISTINE was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Justus of Estherville at Holy Family Hospital on Jan. 25, 1973. Their first child, she weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Justus, Gruver, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Groote, New London, Minn. Her great-grandmother is Mrs. Tena Behrens, New London, Minn. Auto Registrations New car licenses to James H. or Dorothy Marie Stump, Estherville, 1973 Ford. have ton, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Busch concluded a visit at Clin- Ark., and with her sister at Warsaw, Mo. who is ill. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Anderson, Cindy and Kevin of Federal Way, Wash.,, were recent guests in the home of the former's sister, Mrs. Donald Berven. They are visiting his mother, Mrs. Lorine Anderson, and the John Schupfers at Armstrong. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jacobsen and Dawn of Armstrong were recent guests at the home of the former's mother, Mrs, Marie Jacobsen. Mr. and Mrs. Larmen Hattle visited recently at the Harris Wadaworth home at Armstrong. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Han­ sen, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiley, and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Christiansen spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Don Mead at Fremont, Neb. Mrs. Steven Johnson and Scott of Fairmont stayed with her brothers during her parents' absence at the William J. Hansen home. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lachelt and family of Mans on visited several days at the parental Kenneth Peitersen home. Mr. and Mrs. John Christensen and family of Cedar Rapids visited several days at the home of Mrs. Cassie Christensen and Mrs. Robert Reed. Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Busch visited recently at the Fred Setberg home at Ledyard. Mr. and Mrs. Ranold B. Nelson entertained at a "500" card party recently. Mrs. Marvin Corderman of Armstrong and Ray Fessler won high prizes, Mrs. Donald Heerdt and R. A. Busch won second high, Mrs. Leo Sorensen won the traveling prize. Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Busch and Mr. and Mrs. James Sorensen were at Sleepy Eye, Minn., observing the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Busch. Mr. and Mrs. Holger Aagard of Estherville, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Nielsen and Timmy, and Mrs. Edna Nielsen were recent guests at the home of Mrs. Edna Nielsen's sister, Mrs. VernonL. Peterson at Fairmont, Minn., who was observing her birthday. bodia Monday at the request of the Laotian and Cambodian governments. It gave no details. Meanwhile, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, arrived in Saigon for his first stop on a seven-nation tour of Southeast Asia and reaffirmed the Nixon administration's support for President Nguyen Van Thieu's regime as the only legitimate government of South Vietnam. He also said the U. S. government does not recognize the right of North Vietnamese troops to remain in South Vietnam. Agnew said he would hold "important consultations" with Thieu on postwar relations. The four-nation International Commission of Control and Supervision failed to get its seven regional teams in place and operational this morning as called! for in the cease-fire agreement; because of procedural disputes' within the four-party joint military commission made up of the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong, A second planeload of North / Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegates to the joint military commission sat overnight in the plane that brought them to Saigon, refusing to give tacit recognition to the Thieu government by filling out the customs and Immigration forms required of all arrivals at Tan Son Nhut airport. U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker called on Thieu a few hours before Agnew arrived, and the government waived the requirement, as it had for another planeload of balky Communists on Monday. The joint military commission held two meetings Monday, but both broke up in disputes over the failure or refusal of at least one of the two Communist delegations to present credentials. The commission met again for four hours Monday night 1 and for nearly three hours this morning* but there was no word whether any issues had been resolved, Members of the International Commission of Control and Supervision, which is made up of Canada, Indonesia, Hungary and Poland, have said (hair men cannot move out into the field until the joint 'military commission provides transportation, security, communications, accomodations and guidance where to go. The ICCS held Its second meeting today, and the members from Canada and Poland spent the morning contacting members of the joint military commission in efforts to get observation teams into the field. A Canadian spokesman expressed hope they would be on their way by Wednesday morning. The North Vietnamese Foreign Ministry issued a statement accusing the Saigon government of violating the cease­ fire. It also charged South Viet* nam and the United States with harassing the Communist delegations to the joint military commission. Foreign Ministers Nguyen Dul Trinh of North Vietnam and Nguyen Thi Blnh of the Viet Cong told a reception In Paris that their forces have observed the cease -fire strictly and will continue to do so. ' 1 1

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