The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 20, 1966 · Page 1
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 1

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 20, 1966
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&lgona Clear Pictures — Mort News - Largest Circulation t$ jWomeg ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at AUona. Iowa (50311). Nov. 1, 193S, under Act of ConfreM of March 3, 1879 ALGONA, IOWA, fHURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1966 20 Pag** - 2 Section* VOL. 101 NO. 80 AFTER TORNADO RAVAGES IOWA TOWN Mayor Robert Mlsner (left) signs proclamation naming the American Red Cross as the officiating disaster Relief Agency in Belmond for assistance to families and individuals who suffered tornado damage. Marvin Hersey, Red Cross State 'Relation Representative for. Iowa, assists -with the signing at'Red Cross Disaster Headquarters in the Belmond Junior High School. Red Cross Volunteers serve hot meals prepared in the Junior High School cafeteria to victims and workers following the tornado which struck this northern Iowa town last Friday afternoon. Food and drinks were also prepared for Red Cross Mobile Canteens which fed storm victims and clean-up crews at work- sites. Every town and city within 100 miles was lending a hand in workers, equipment or supplies to aid the stricken town. BELMOND - The disastrous tornado of last Friday afternoon which tore this town asunder in a few brief moments has brought its citizens the comforting realization that lo wans in general and nearby towns in particular will go all out with help when help is needed. When the news went out that Belmond had been almost wiped out when cyclonic winds roared north into the town along Highway 69 and in three brief minutes did an estimated $7.5 million in damage, all of northern Iowa rushed succor. It came in form of food, medicine, doctors, trucks, bulldozers to clear debris, trained Red Cross volunteers and first aid workers. For a few hours the people of Belmond were numbed by the magnitude of the tragedy. Some were dead, many more were hospitalized with injuries and hun- dreds were homeless, but by Saturday morning help had arrived and the townsmen took heart and began to dig out of the debris. But the town will need help for a long time. A Red Cross survey indicated 119 homes had been destroyed, 160 suffered major damage and another 308 needed lesser repair. Many businesses had been destroyed or had been severely damaged and farms around the town had been leveled so Belmond will be hard pressed for months to come, Realizing that many people in a wide radius of Belmond want to help the town get back on its feet, Luin B. Cox, president of the First State Bank of Belmond and treasurer of the Red Cross chapter here will accept any funds |or Belmond relief work. Funds from organizations or Individuals may be transmitted by check or money order or may be brought into the bank in person, Mr. Cox emphasized. Mayor Robert Misner of Belmond has designated the American Red Cross as the official disaster agency to assist stricken families and individuals, according to Mr. Cox. "I urge all individuals, groups and organizations to make contributions for the relief of disaster victims to send their contributions to our local Red Cross chapter," Mayor Misner said in a proclamation. Practically every town and city within many miles of Belmond has already sent help - in men, machines, clothing and food, and many volunteer women to assist in any way possible. Some towns have set up their own collection agencies for food, clothing and money to aid their stricken neighbor. Pumpkins and~a few shelves of canned goods - all that remains of the WE-3 super market in downtown Belmond. Dump trucks were hard at work - cleaning up the Main street. Red Cross Mobile Canteens fed tornado victims and workers on the lob. (American Red Cross Photos by Palmer) Roofs and homes piled like jack-straws following the tornado which struck this northern Iowa city Friday afternoon. This is a typical scene in the residential area of Belmond. Young Red Cross student volunteers from Belmond High School feed victims and workers as they clean up following the disastrous tornado which struck this northern Iowa city Friday afternoon. The National Guard loaned the jeep while Red Cross furnished food and drink so citizens could be fed at their home site.*?. .Av

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