The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 23, 1966 · Page 15
Get access to this page with a Free Trial
Click to view larger version

The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 15

Publication:
Location:
Algona, Iowa
Issue Date:
Wednesday, November 23, 1966
Page:
Page 15
Cancel
Start Free Trial

Page 15 article text (OCR)

Peter Ciucyk 's only legacy: 3 grieving children Orphans after fatal auto crash —Messenger Photo Three Fort Dodge youngsters, left orphans as a result of the Sunday auto crash near Algona that took the lives of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ciucyk and their brother Roland, 12, smile from their beds in St. Ann's Hospital in Algona. Pictured, from left, are Krista, 8, Susie, 4, and Werner, 10. Collections being made at the city's three banks for a trust fund for the Ciucyk children TO had topped the $1,100 mark by noon Saturday. The State Bank had $453.50, the First National $379.25 and the Union Trust and Saving Bank $309.35. Persons wishing to contribute to the fund may do so at any of the banks or by writing the Rev. David McGoey, pastor of Holy Rosary Church. Twenty offers have been made to adopt the children, according to Father McGoey. The following story on events leading up to the tragic automobile crash in Kossuth county, Sunday, Nov. 12, in which a father, mother and one son died, and three younger children left as orphans, Is reprinted in part from the Fort Dodge Messenger . It is a comprehensive, heartrending review of a family. * * * BY GLENN HANSON FORT DODGE MESSENGER "Children . . . they are young in mind and body . . . they bend . . . but a man . . . ah yes, it is different when you transplant an old tree. . ," Three children, who know they are alone in a world their father never believed In, will bend under the weight of tragedy. They and their mother and older brother were taken from the wreckage of the family's old car last Sunday afternoon, still alive. Peter Ciucyk, 40, was dead and never knew what was left behind in the wreckage of his life. His first born son, 12-year- old Roland, died 10 hours after w/ierft your dollar will do (Ike most TIME "SWINGIN' CAT" FROM COAST-TO-COAST! $1188 GJJITAR WITH AMPLIFIER Authentically styled electric guffar with thru*) nylon and Hire* metal-wound nylon etrlngs. Transistorized amplifier with powerful speaker. Feature! 10 ft. cord and volume control. Powered by 4 "D" batteries. (TG0640-3) MAKE-BELIEVE DUPONT TEFLON This bakeware set Is far the Modem little miss and her pipy stove. Made ef peimanently lithographed aluminum, It matches the popular Teflon eookwore, (TEOW1-0) WACKY FRUIT TRAIN PLUSH ELFY Actual she fruit waggles and clicks while the leaves revolve. Bell tinkles as II I. pulled along. (TA0857'7) Adorable elf stands 27" tell, has felt face, hands and coat with ribbon tie, Body of rayon plush. Cotton filled. (TJ0338-0) RECORD PLAYER AND RECORDS Corns* In carrying case. Simple I* operate and will give wall over 600 ploys on a .Ingle flashlight battery* Pro-school, (TA1039*) JOHNNY SPEED SET Remote control sports car scaled to 1*1J. Include* ob« <r stacIs course* ]0 plastic cones* 9 figure*, 2 »lgn». (TS017W) 15" WESTERN RIFLE AND HOLSTER SET Ropld firs trigger or lever action 250 shot corb(n« and $ two repeater gun* with dog ailpc and •Imvleted leather bolster* 297 Coast-To-Coast Store ALGONA ED WOLF, Owner PHONi Wednesday, Nov. 23, 1966 Sloona Jiome* BTAIUIHID HAS Entered ai second rlasi matter at the pottofflcc at Alffona, Iowa ,<60911). Nov. 1, 1832. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1870. SECOND SECTION his father. ~ Two days later, gentle Berta, the wife who never lost faith in her husband, was dead. The Ciucyk s 1 only legacy is three grieving children. There is nowhere they can turn - no favorite aunt, no loving grandmother. Werner, 10, Krista, 8, and Susie, 4, have only each other. Now the society that Peter Ciucyk misunderstood and that misunderstood Peter, must prove its compassion. His children have the future, but Peter had only the past.. It is different when you% transplant an old tree. Peter Ciucyk was born near the Ukranlan village of Bal- mawate, in Turka province, on May 5, 1926. Life was hard in that land of peasants ruled by Poland, and when war marched across Europe, Peter was caught up in its wrath. Germany was midway in the struggle to establish its authority in that section of the globe. In 1943, when Peter was 17, he was one of thousands of young men who were taken from their homes and put to work in German factories and on German farms. He never went back home. He never saw his parents or his sister again. He never knew if they survived the terror. When the American soldiers approached and brought with them freedom, Peter began a new life. He worked in their kitchen, prepared their food, washed their dishes. He met Berta Staudinger, the pretty daughter of landless peat sants in Passau, who would some , day marry him In Corpus Christ! Church in a small Iowa town, half a world away. It must have been a different Peter Ciucyk who accepted that challenge and opportunity in 1951, for the Peter Ciucyk who was buried today is remembered as a bitter man. He seemed happy when he came to Fort Dodge in 1952, after spending a few months in Detroit. And when he came he had only the clothes he wore. He made the trip with a friend who knew a family here. Peter and his friend got jobs at one of the gypsum mills. Sentral Junior Play Presented Peter had saved some money and borrowed some more from friends and sent for Berta, who had been left behind in Germany. They were married Oct. 4, 1953. That was the year he got anew job in one of the city's major industrial plants. Peter experienced major difficulties, in adjusting to the new way of life he found in America. Seen through his eyes, Fort Dodge was the hostile city, her citizens thoughtlessly cruel, and the American way of Life nothing but pressure, pressure, pressure. He had lost his home, his* family, his country. He couldn't compromise any more. He was a displaced person, In the harshest sense of the phrase. He never found a place In our society. The language escaped him, the attitudes of his co-workers confused him, and the customs were so strange. .He told his friends he was teased and harassed at work. He couldn't communicate his own anger, his own emotion. To those around him he was an arrogant man with a Sentral's Junior Class presented a very successful play, Nov. 4 and 5, and a scene from the play with some of the cast members is shown above. The play, "All In The Family", was a light drama with an interesting and humorous plot. Left to right are Renee Hantelman, "Doris Miller"; Terry Brekke, "Biff'; Bob Krause, "Fred Miller"; Dennis Eldridge, "George 1 Miller"; and Susan Blanchard, "Martha Miller." grudge against the world. They couldn't see through the wall he was building around himself. Year after year the pressure continued within him, chipping away at his self confidence and forcing him to retreat, until there was no turning back. His attempt to escape from reality brought him under the car,e...of ..doctor.9. at Cherokee's state hospital, once eight years ago, and again last year. Those who knew him best insist he never had a chance to adjust to this New World. He was not a strong man, and no one offered to guide the way. He might join his friends, and they were few, for a party and dance to songs of his native land. He more likely would work on his beloved car, tearing it apart and putting it back together. He was a shy, quiet man who never dared strike up a conversation and waited to be noticed. Berta was a good mother and in spite of Peter's occasional violent outbursts, she never rebuked him giving him only love and encouragement. She taught the youngsters German, a language that was a part of Peter's life. Others were not so patient nor so generous with their compassion. Peter wandered from Job to job, convinced that no one was his friend and looked for excuses to quit. Usually he was fired before he had a chance to quit. Berta held jobs from time to time, trying to maintain Peter's tenuous grasp on hope for a better life. But she was a wife and mother first and last, not a breadwinner. That would have been too much for Peter. Now It's over. There is no more bitterness or anger. There is no more pressure. There Is no more frustration. The old car he cared for so tenderly carried him to his death on a brilliant Sunday afternoon. to our NEW LOCATION in S JOG REN'S GROCERY ...and we'll be FEATURING for FANCY, DRESSED POULTRY OF ALL KINDS • Tender, Juicy TURKEYS FOR BEST SIZE SELECTION ORDER NOW I All Types Of HAMS Young Roasting Chickens CAPONS JOE DOWNEY'S AtGONA MEAT MARKET NOW LOCATED IN SJOGREN'S GROCERY GOURD Eight-year-old Rlckle Mld- dleswart, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Middleswart, Indianola, grew a gourd this year from seed which now measures 34 inches. In_ one day it added three inches of growth. WOULD YOU BELIEVE... ONE BRADY MULTI- CROP CHOPPER WILL HANDLE ALL OF YOUR SHREDDING, TOPPING, PULVERIZING AND GREEN-CHOP JOBS? Yes, here's the BIG BUY in the chopper field . . . with your choice of models 606 or 608 offering full 60" or 80" cut. Built-in deflector lets you combine both chopping and shredding operations. Cleans up waste croplands or brush. FIELD CHOPPER Features tough Brady "free-, swinging" knives for more efficient chopping action, longer wear and, less replacement. Also, special double strength patented Brady cy)in.<J«r, chined for perfect flere's the machine with tfie plus features -.. your top buy! BUSCHER&RQS, IMPUMENT 101$ No. Main AIGONA

Get full access with a Free Trial

Start Free Trial

What members have found on this page