Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 22, 1965 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Monday, March 22, 1965
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Burned girl gets to hospital after 18 hours , A itt»yeif old WhitteM«re gift Spent 18% tortorous hours awaiting medical attention from »evcrc facial burns while snow plows battled large drifts in reaching her and taking her to St. Ann hospital during the height of the blizzard, Site was Sheila Hannover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hannover. She is the former Trudy Olsen, who was employed •t Kent Motor Co, before her marriage, the Arthur Olsens of Sexton and the William Han- novers of Whittemore are grand* parents. The little girl was at her mother's feet Thursday after noon while she was baking a cake. The mother had poured one'half cup of melted shorten* ing into the plastic measuring cup and suddenly the cup melted and the hot liquid spilled over the edge of the cupboard just as Sheila evidentally looked up. >v •••' '•• • • '.' . The mother and child started to Algona about 5 p.m. behind a /snow plow driven by Frank Smith and the wrecker from the Elbert garage driven by Ed Elbert. They got three or four miles on highway 18 before the plow stopped because of zero visibility. They stayed the night at the Harold Bjustrom farm. Sheila cried for about two hours but. was able to play with the little Bjustrom child and then slept much of the night. A state rotary plow operated by Merle Chamerlain left Algona at 5 a.m. Friday morning to meet the plow from •Whittemore. It was 10 o'clock before the plows met. Mrs. Hannover and Sheila were met at the four corners by patrolman Charles Bird, Who took them on to St. Ann hospital where they finally were admitted at 11 a.m. ; According to her doctor, the child has first and second degree 'burns about the face and one foot. She is in fair condition. One eye is swollen shut so if there is damage, it is not known yet/ ,. : ; : ... .. Businessmen stack at Qowrie, Elmore At least two Algona. business- Imen^wwe'marooned > because of : the weather. Mr and Mrs Chuck Sheakley were snowbound at El more, Minn, for ( three days after they attempted to return from a market trip to Minneapolis Wednesday. They got as far as Elmore late Wednesday afternoon. They still hadn't reached Algona Friday evening. Ed Wolf, owner of Coast-to- Coast,.spent 19 hours in his sohw stranded car between Dayton and Cowrie — from 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday until 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning when he got a' ride on a snow plow to Cow- rie. ' . ', Ed had no hopes of reaching Algona until Saturday morning. About 15 other cars were in the same predicament so they took .turns in each others' vehi cles using the heater and warm ing up, When he went with snowplows to pull the car out at noon on Friday, it took two of them to tow it into town because the wheels were frozen. When the car was retrieved there was a thank you note inside — left by someone else who had used the remainder of the gas and somehow left the doors ajar so there was a quantity of snow inside! Alqona Ho^uth County State Historical Society Iowa City, * VOL, 4S-N0. 22 MONDAY, MARCH 22, 19*5 - ALGONA, IOWA - ONI SECTION - 6 PAGES os secohcl class matter, bte. t, 1908, at Alfioho, Iowa, posfoffles under Act of tongress March 8, 1879 Worst blizzard in 30 years Three snowed in car foi 14 hours in blizzaid Usediesel fuel in car to keep warm Fourteen hours marooned on the highway, just three miles from Algona. but it might as well have been 100. ' This was the experience of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Bock of Garner and although their tale might not be called "typical", it illustrates just how serious last week's blizzard was if you were caught out en the highway. "The Bocks, (she is a former State Representative), left Garner about noon last Wednesday with their miniature French poodle enroute to Humboldt, where Mrs. Bock spoke to a Republican Women's Club at 2 p.m. on the Right to Work law. They left Humboldt about 3:15 and. came to Algona on highway 169 behind a truck. "I think that had we been on our own we'd have realized how bad the weather and roads were," Mrs. Bock" told Advance reporter Erma Lea Deim Friday over a cup of coffee. THE BOCKS turned east on highway 18 and; near the Starlitc Drive-in theatre, they became stalled with just one-quarter tank of gas. There were four other cars stalled so the Bocks tried to turn around but their car slid off the road. Six men tried to push them out but were not successful. The men got a ride back to Algona with another car and promised to send help. But no help came. About 5 p.m., John Leners, St. Benedict, was en- route home from the Universal Mfg. plant where he is employed and his car slid off the road a few hundred feet ahead of the Bock auto. Luckily, he had two five- gallon cans of diesel fuel in his car, which he was taking home to keep his family warm. Mr, Bock walked to the Leners car and invited him to join them. He brought a canned ham and a loaf of bread with him. Mr. Leners was dressed only in a lightweight jacket. The Bocks and Leners checked the other stalled cars and found only groceries and a wool blanket, which they temporarily con- Survive ordeal MR. AND MRS. E. F. Bock, Garner, are shown with their French Poodle Friday after recounting their perilous night in their car just east of Algona on highway 18. The Bocks, along with John Leners, St. Benedict, spent the night in a car after being snowed in near the drive-in theatre east of Algona. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. fiscated for their own use. THEY SAT.in the front seat of the car and started the motor of the Bock car every 20 or 30 minutes and ran it until the car became warm and then shut it off to conserve on gas. The dog helped to warm their hands and arms and the pooch laid on their feet to warm them. About 12:30 a.m., Mr. Bock decided to put the diesel fuel in the gasoline tank, which had only about a gallon left in it. Leners put on Bock's overcoat and went for the fuel cans. When he returned, the coat was snowpackedl After the fuel oil was put in the tank, the motor was left running constantly for fear it wouldn't start again after that. They kept the car lights and ra- One-way traffic in heavy snow THERE WAS still one-way traffic in some places on main highways Saturday more- ing, let alone eojunty a»4 country roads, many of which were still blocked- This scene shows a section of highway 18 two miles west of Algona, where there was not only one-way traveling but treacherous one-way at that. There were three spots of one-way roads in a one-mile stretch west of Algona with banks of snow as high as the top of a car. Similar conditions were still in effect Saturday east of dio on and one window was left open a little for ventilation. Useful items KI the Bock station wagon were two pair of work gloves, some towels, and the map case full of aerial maps from their airplane. Bock wrapped towels over his head and ears when they became cold. The maps were used as insulation between their suits and coats, over their knees and on the north windows to keep out the cold wind, Mr. Leners slept but was awakened periodically by his hosts. About 4 a.m., Mr. Bock suggested to his wife she get paper and pencil and write a diary of their night ... in case they didn't survive the ordeal. At 6 a.m. the engine died! ABOUT 7:15 a.m. Mrs. Bock heard a motor. They could only see out of a small crack in the window but it was a snowplow. They had turned out the lights when daylight arrived but turned them on and placed a flash lantern in the window so the driver of the plow would see them. He .stopped and took them back to the Chrome Cafe where they had breakfast. They had not felt hi the mood to eat any Of the ham during their vigil. It j| quite possible that neither the Bocks nor Leners would have survived if they had not pooled their resources and stuck together. Although the temperatures were below freezing, had they been far below zero, the trio might also have not survived. Gordon Hall resigns bank position here Gordon Hall this week announced his resignation as vice president of the Iowa State bank effective April 15. His future plans are not announced. Mr. Hall came to the bank here six years ago after having been as satiated with the Citizens State bank, Wyoming, la. for 16 years. Corwith girl escapes death as tree falls The worst blizzard of the year, and there have been lots to compare it to, left Kossuth county buried under 12 to 14 more inches of snow Friday as winter weary residents dug out from another storm, the fourth in five weeks. Many old stttlers were comparing this one to any we've had in the past 30 year*. Some said a couple back in 1936 were longer and more severe. No one cared to argue — they were too tired of talking about winter and snow and wind. Towns in the area were sealed tight Wednesday and all day Thursday and Thursday night. Farms were marooned and many persons narrowly escaped death (read elsewhere on today's front page for many harrowing experiences). Both highways 18 and 169 were blocked tight Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy drifting was reported at many spots on all four sides of Algona. Some streets were even blocked in sections of Algona. TO MAKE THE storm even more unappealing, a heavy film of dirt and dust covered the new-fallen snow Thursday as winds up to 70 miles an hour churned and whipped the snow into huge drifts. The official weather station at KLGA reported an exact snow measurement was difficult because of the heavy drifting. But it was estimated at ,12 to 14 inches"— eight or ten oh Wednesday and four or so more inches on Thursday. Strong winds continued to whip the county all night Wednesday and all day Thursday and Thursday evening. They finally had shifted and lessened by Friday morning as plows began cutting through the drifts. THUS FAR in March, over 30 inches of snow has fallen, broken down something like this: March 1 — 7.5" March 2 — 5" March 5 — 3.5" March 9 — .5" March 11 — 1" March 14 — .75" March 16 — .25" March 17 — 10" March 18—2 to 3" This is added to a 13" snowfall back in mid-February. LONG DISTANCE telephone service was interrupted for nearly 3Vfe hours Friday morning for Algona, Wesley, Corwith and Titonka. This was one of the few things that could not be blamed on the recent blizzard. A rectifier in the Wesley office was in trouble but until the roads were open the service could not be restored. Only emergency calls were accepted from Algona and those calls were routed through Spencer. Power was off at Fenton for three hours from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. last Wednesday. Power also was reported off at Lone Rock and Burt for the same length of time. And at Corwith also, a 20- year old Corwith woman, Dena Brown, narrowly escaped death Wednesday night when a large tree blew over, went through the roof of her house and landed in her bedroom where she was sleeping. The one-story house of Dee Wilhite was badly damaged -by the tree, which broke off at the base of the trunk. It was about three-feet in diameter. Miss Brown, who is employed at the Corwith bank, makes her home with her grandmother, Mrs Wilhite. Mrs Wilhite, in another bedroom, was not injured although many windows in the house were broken. The house is just two blocks from main street. Near Swea City, farmers opened up their homes to Many marooned trucks THE CHROME CORNER became a mec- ca for truckers during last week's blizzard and some of the trucks are shown parked there Thursday. Owner Lyle "Bud" Anderson said Saturday there were between 20 and 25 trucks parked in the area and that's as many as have ever been stalled at one time. Some of the truckers were there for three days, getting in Tuesday night as the storm started. The last of the marooned trucks pulled away Friday afternoon. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. took shelter at the shed. Food was brought to them Wednesday night by Jack Krebsbach, who lives nearby and the Henry Dontjes offered them a place to sleep. Three teachers from North Dakota were stranded at the Harold Krantz farm east of Swea City after spending the night in their car. ONLY ACCIDENT reported in the three-day blizzard period was on Friday in front of the drive-in theatre east of Algona on lu'ghway 18,. A car driven by Patricia A. Tompken, Cedar Rapids, was passing a snow plow in a heav- Takes 17 hours to reach farm man, stricken It took the McCullough ambulance nearly 18 hours to bring Steve Loss, 53, to St. Ann hospital for emergency treatment Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Mr. Loss's condition was re- ily drifted area head-on with a and collided State Brand Creamery truck. The Cedar Rapids car was knocked into a car driven by Gerald A. Grandgenett, Algona. The cars had $150 in estimated damage each. There were no injuries and patrolman Charles Bird and Deputy Sheriff Don Wood investigated. Dr. Bourne car in crash at bridge Dr. and Mrs. M. G. Bourne escaped injury in an accident on 169 near Perry Thursday, and passengers the Clarence Mal- ands, of Elmore, aunt and uncle of Mrs. Bourne,' had minor injuries. The four were enroute home from Kansas City after flying there from Mexico where they had spent three weeks vacationing. Coming on No. 169 the Bourne car started downhill and the snow blinded Dr. Bourne and he put on the brakes. They had been driving on wet paving, but it had frozen at this point and the car skidded, hit the side of a concrete bridge and collided with a pick-up truck. Both the car and truck were going slow. Mr. Maland had cuts and Mrs. Maland was shaken up and both remained in a hospital until yesterday when the Bournes went after them. The Bournes were brought to Algona Friday by Cliff Young. Returns from stranded motorists. Four or five trucks were stranded at the state highway department shed east of Swea City and drivers Selma trip John Phillips, son of Mrs R. M. Phillips of Algona and a student at Grinnell college, returned to school last Tuesday night after spending several days at Selma, Ala. as part of the Civil Rights groups there. He told his mother lie marched in one demonstration in the rain there and still has a cold to show for it. Phillips, a photographer, took a number oi' pictures at Selma and sold one of them for enough money to pay for lu's trip. ported as critical at the hospital Friday afternoon from a blood clot and pneumonia in his lungs. He sustained a blood clot in his leg when pinned by a pig against a pen several days before. The clot moved to his lung Wednesday. The Loss farm is located three miles east and one mile north of Algona. McCULLOUGH'S received the call about 5 p.m. Wednesday and followed a county snowplow manned by Henry Zwiefel and C. 0. Blanchard. Hank Geilenfeld and Bruce McCullough were in the ambulance. It was decided to take the Plum Creek blacktop to the first intersection and then go east past the Julie Baas farm in order to avoid some of the known high drifts along highway 18. However, the wind picked up around dusk and visibility was nil when the county truck went off the road east of the Earl Zeigler farm northeast of Algona. The drivers walked to Zeiglers to call for help. A DIESEL payloader manned by James Walker answered this call but it was in the ditch three times between the Baas and Zeigler farms. The diesel was unable to pull the county truck from the ditch as Walker was unable to tell where the road was by this time. All of the men went to the Zeiglers to spend the night and Mrs Zeigler graciously prepared a big meal for them. EARLY THE next morning, two state snowplows driven by Willard Gregson and George Home burns at Bancroft BANCROFT — The home of Mary Sheridan, Bancroft, was burned to the ground Thursday morning. The furnace had been turned off on Wednesday because it was not operating correctly and Miss Sheridan spent the night with her sister, Mrs Andy Deitering. The fire was reported about 9 a.m. and the volunteer fire department fought the blaze against losing odds with the snow and 40-mile an hour winds. Heinen went to the scene by way of the drive-in theatre. A county plow with Ralph Markla at the wheel was dispatched also. Les Faber helped out with his earthmoving equipment. At 9 a.m., the state maintainer could just barely get between the ambulance and the payload- er to pull the truck out. They reached the Loss farm which was just a mile from the scene and Zeigler went along with the ambulance to be with Mr. Loss as they made their way back to Algona behind the maintainer. The ambulance was stuck again coming into town. Visibility was so poor that Geilenfeld could see the path only by watching the drifts on the side of the road. The ambulance became stuck near the drive-in and was pulled out by a log chain. He followed the maintainer at a distance of only five feet until visibility improved. They arrived at the hospital at 10:15 a.m. SLIM PAPER Because of the blizzard and late mail deliveries, many of the news letters from throughout Kossuth county normally found in the Monday Advance did not arrive in time for publication. This accounts for the slim size of today's paper. SALE POSTPONED Ottosen — The 21st Ottoscu Market day sale which was to have been held Thursday was postponed because of the snowstorm. It will be held Friday. SISTER IS DEAD Margaret Lynk, sister of Louis Lynk, died March 13 at Eldora. She was 79 years old. Mr and Mrs Lynk attended her funeral service on Monday. Fifteen stranded at Sexton for two days Two Algonans, Pat Montag and Roger Hoover of the North Central Public Service Co., were among 15 persons stranded at Sexton Wednesday and Thursday. They stayed with the Leo Kirschbaums there. The pair were enroute to Algona from Titonka where they had driven earlier Wednesday. They found they could go no farther than Sexton. AH went to the Kirschbaum garage. Among those present were truckers from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Britt; a half dojen employees of Weidenhoff's from Corwith and Wesley; and Rev. Richard Thomas and his 13-year-old daughter of Titonka. The latter pair also stayed all night with the Kitsch- bayms. Montag and Hoover returned to Algona about 8 a.m. Friday after the snowplow went through Sexton, along highway 18.

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