The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 11, 1966 · Page 1
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid Upper DCS jltotne* .... Entered as second clau matter at the postotflce at AUona. low* 1865 | (50911). Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Conireu of March 3. )*7B Tiic-cnAV nr-TnnirD 11 iaee TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1966 IA ........ - 16 pages \/^i IAI ki. •»•» VOl. 101 - NO. 77 Dies In Viet Nam Combat Burglars Hit Six Ringsted William Kern, Firms; Haul Loot In Hearse ?!' Fi ! st Lo < al A stolen hearse that apparently was used to haul loot away from six Ringsted break- ins during Wednesday night was recovered in a cornfield near Ringsted Thursday morning. The six break-ins, which netted thieves about $600 in cash . and an undetermined amount of merchandise, were discovered about 4 a.m. last Thursday by Swede -Andersen, a mechanic at Ringsted Implement Company. Emmet County authorities were called to the scene shortly after 4 a.m. As other business firms opened their doors Thursday morning a flood of thefts were discovered, including the loss of a 1964 blue Cadillac hearse owned by Thomas Funeral Home. Thieves entered Ringsted Im- pelement, Knapp Implement, Fink's Garage, Lund Drug Store, Petersen Hardware and United Building Center sometime during Wednesday night. Mrs. Anna Gebest, 78, who lives just north of Knapp Implement Company told authorities she was awakened at about 4 a.m. Thursday by the worst commotion she'd ever heard. But Otto Jensen, an elevator worker, said he'd worked all night cleaning beans at the elevator and never saw or heard anything. At the two hardware companies, small tools, are missing and owners were working to determine the extent of the losses. About $150 was taken at Knapp Implement. Safes in both implement firms and Fink's Garage were blown. A copying machine, setting on the safe at Knapp's was taken by thieves into the owner's office and left on the desk. The thieves also took time out to drink six bottles of pop in one implement store and replaced abur- nedout light bulb in another. The hearse, taken from Fink's Garage, was discovered at 8:45 a.m. Thursday backed into a cornfield across the road from the Leonard Lund farm tenanted by Merritt Dale. He noticed a strip of downed corn and found the hearse when he investigated. The cots had been removed from the hearse at the garage. Officials think the hearse had been used to haul the loot out of town. At the Lund Drug Store missing are cigarettes, billfolds, lighters, cameras and flashlights. A large drill found on the floor beliind the counter was claimed by United Building Center as having been taken from its premises. Items taken from Petersen's Hardware include electric mixers, fry pans, watches, rods and reels, electric blankets, hair dryers, knife sharpeners, and silverware. The thieves had taken silverware from boxes and left the boxes behind. Sheriff officials report the thieves had gained entry to the establishments from front and back doors. The doors had either been kicked in or crowbars used to open them. The aluminum frame of the glass door at Petersen's Hardware was twisted and bent. At the United Building Center Gene Ostedgaard, the manager, is checking for possbile missing items. "They opened the safe but didn't bother to take the pennies," he said. GHS Queen Edna Richter Rites, Titonka, On Saturday TITONKA - Mrs. Edna Ann Richter, 89, passed away at Hancock Memorial hospital in Britt on Wednesday morning, Oct. 5, after having been a patient there since Saturday. Funeral services were held Saturday p. m. at 1:30 at Titonka Methodist church, with Rev. Paul Hansen officiating minister. Interment was in Buffalo Twp. cemetery with Blake Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Edna Richter was born on June 18,1877, in Grundy county, Iowa, Her parents were Benton and Emeline Isenberger Lamoreux. She was married in 1896 to Christian Hanson. He died in 1908. In 1911 she married Gustave Richter. He passed away in 1950. She has been a resident of Titonka since 1908. Survivors are two daughters, Emma Smith, Algona, and Alice Beresford, Kanawha; and three sons. Barley Hanson, Algona, Andrew Hanson, Lajolla, Calif., and Leo Richter, Titonka; nine granchildren and 19 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, three brothers and one sister. Patricia Loebig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Loebig, Wesley, and a senior at Garrigan High School, was crowned 1966 Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies at the Garrigan-Emmetsburg Catholic football game here Saturday night. The Bears won their fifth without a defeat, 46-43, She is shown above, second from the right, immediately after she was crowned by Shirley Heimer, 1965 Queen, Her attendants included, left to right, Janette Miller, Patricia McGuire and Rebecca Uctteig, King was BUI Reding, Garrigan quarterback and All- State candidate. Other King candidates were Dick Muller Gene Lickteig and Jim Youngwirth, ' War Casualty William Kern, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvln Kern of Algona, was killed in action in Viet Nam. Word of his death, the first fatality in'the Viet Nam war from Kossuth county, was received by the soldier's parents early Sunday when Lt. Col. Ellsworth Nelson of Humboldt, a National Guard officer representing the Department of Defense, went to the Kern Home here with the death message. William, a specialist fourth in the 2nd Brigade Task Force, had only recently returned to combat duty after being shot in action by a sniper last April. His folks here think he went back into combat lines the latter part of August. The message of his death indicated only that he had been "killed in combat with small arms weapons." Prior to his earlier injuries in action, his unit had been operating north of Saigon. Where his death occurred was not specifically indicated in the first message. William was a 1964 graduate of Algona high, and entered military service Sept. 15, 1965. He was born in Algona April 26, 1945. He went overseas in January of 1966. After receiving his wounds in April, he had an opportunity to have a reunion with his brother Kenneth, also in the army, and at that time stationed in Thailand. Since then, Kenneth has returned to the States, been home on leave, and only last week reported back to Fort Sill, Okla. for further duty. The army indicated that the body would be flown to San Francisco, and then to Algona, and funeral arrangements are awaiting more specific information. Me Culloughs of Algona will handle the arrangements here. Surviving in addition to the youngman's parents, are 11 brothers and sister, Delmar Kern of West Union, Dale of Claremont, Cal,, Kenneth now at Fort Sill, Okla., Mrs. Opal Bloom of Algona, Mrs. Kay Groesbeck of Fort Dodge, Robert of Phoenix, Ariz., Frank of Algona, and Steve, Karen, Linda and Mart all at home. In the Kern family, Frank and Robert both served earlier in military service in Korea, and Delmar and Dale served in* the Air Force with stateside duty. Two brothers preceded Mm in death, Gary and Richard. Mrs. Amanda Kern of Fenton Is William's grandmother, and there are a number of other relatives in this area. The notification of death indicated that casualty occurred WM. F. KERN .f about 1:20 a.m., probably Friday, but the differences in time zones could make this inaccurate. William was in a unit that did night patrol duty, however. cTlraiili Titonka, 18, Rites Monday Christian H. Brandt, 78, a lifelong resident of the Titonka area, died unexpectedly last Thursday night of an apparent heart attack at his home in Titonka. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m.*Monday at Good Hope Lutheran Church with the Rev. A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with Blake Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements. Born and raised at Titonka, Mr. Brandt farmed in the area until 1948, when he moved into town. In 1911 he married Maggie Pannkuk. Besodes his wife, Mr. Brandt is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harry Bartelt, and three sons, Harly, Edward and Clarence, all of Titonka; 17 grandchildren; six great - grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. John Rode, Titonka, and Mrs. Fred Boyken, Frem ont, Calif. Mr. Brandt was a member of Good Hope Church. Corn Crib Fall Injures A LuVerne Farmer Louis L. Merkle, 66, LuVerne farmer, suffered a concussion in a fall Thursday afternoon, but survived what could have been a much more serious injury. He was on a ladder, attempting to repair a corn crib and presumably lost his balance, in a high wind, and fell, striking his head. His daughter and son-in-law, Mr, and Mrs. Don Deal, took him to Lutheran hospital, Fort Dodge. Examination revealed a concussion, but no broken bones. He was released Saturday,

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