The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 29, 1966 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 29, 1966
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Clear Pictures — More News — largest Circulation By Russ Waller Prelude to 1967 - News that auto insurance rates are expected to rise in 1967 , . , state income tax forms follow or precede by a day or two the federal forms . . . state legislature to convene with a host of new faces and a Republican majority to meet a Democratic governor ... the 375,000 men in Viet Nam not enough, say the military, need more .., Look magazine reaping millions in publicity over controversy on book "Death Of A President" which they will serialize starting in January and raise their newsstand price between the third and fourth installments . . . Mayor Bill Finn getting a new, sharp pair of shears for the 1967 ribbon- cutting ceremonies . . . Algona school area voters to decide fate of a new school bond issue for a million and a half dollars. * * * The first Christmas message received came from Banker Gerald Voigt and his wife at Fenton, a paper sack with the words imprinted reading "Send It Back Full" . . . scouts tell us that they did receive one sack back . . . with a 3 Ib. ham instead of a 5 Ib. one because the sack could not hold the larger size . . . moral is probably to mail larger sacks. * * it- Used to be that when they talked about the "fringe on top" they referred to a buggy .. .now they mean the job. * * * Carl Morck, who specializes in imported products, chiefly food lines, had some canned eel left just before Christmas. Now canned eel, it seems, is the greatest European delicacy in the fish line, which may seem a little "far out" in our area, but Grady Phillips is not a man to veer aways from a seldom- found delicacy ... he bought all the canned eel that was left in Carl's stock. Just how this purchase reacted on the part of Grady's wife, Lorraine, we have not heard. * * * Advice is usually about as welcome as a cactus plant in a bathroom. * * * Our last issue reported that one family remained to be adopted from the 43 families on the original list of those who could use a helping hand to make Christmas a bit happier. Mrs. Marvel Immeriall, county relief office manager, called us just a few minutes before we went to press last week, and too late to report, that the one family left had been adopted. So once again the people and organizations of Algona and area made a clean sweep of the adoptions, * * * This is the final week in the Courthouse for Clara Walker and Rosella Voigt, who after many years of service yielded their posts to more successful election candidates in November, While county officers run with party labels, and thus become involved in state and national trends, they actually have very little to do with basic politics after election. All county offices are essentially a unit of business, a.funnel for one particular governmental activity on a county basis. The only important question in the handling of a county office is whether or not the job is done well and at reasonable cost. And party labels do not govern these results, * * * One local man, .Jerry Leaneagh, was overwhelmed at a most unusual Christmas gift ... it was a large oil painting, done in Italy from an ordinary photograph, of his father, the late Del Leaneagh, founder of North Iowa Directory Service , , . it was a gift from the employees. * * * Famous Last Line - (Harry Reasoner, CBS News Commentator); "People who do the talking don't do the fighting." ESTABLISHED 1165 B»m0M»nBU leva , Li 1 * 1 * "?•**«* •**?"! P«rtottte« «t Al«ont. low* (S0611). Nov. 1, 19SJ. under Act of Oonfrtw of March 8. 1870 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1966 II fag* - J Sections VOL. 101 NO. 98 Winter Arrives With 6-Inch Snow %:;W:S::%^ New Area College Setup For Iowa Vote Today For Directors Voters in Kossuth - and four other counties - will elect their directors for the newly formed Lakes Region Area Community College, today, Thursday, Dec. 29. Polls will be open from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m. In the Kossuth county area there are two directors to be named, roughly one from the southern part of the county and the other from the northern part of Kossuth. : : : : : : :¥:::%;:-:i:::;:^ District 7, which includes the southern portion of Kossuth and schools at Algona, LuVerne, Burt, Prairie rural, Riverdale, Sherman, Lotts Creek and Whittemore townships, has two candidates - Edgar M. Meyer, and Eugene H. Hut chins. Both men are from Algona. District 1, including the Rlng- sted School District and schools at. Titonka, Swea City, Bancroft, Fenton, Ledyard and Lakota and Grant, Greenwood and Ramsey Postpone Cage Clinic Here Tentatively Until Friday The Algona cage clinic and exhibition basketball games, originally scheduled for Wednesday, sponsored by Algona PobJic and Algona Garrigan coaches, was postponed due to the snow storm, Coach Beanie Cooper of Garrigan announced. The event was tentatively rescheduled for Friday with the same program. Algona was playing host, Wednesday, to an unusual gathering- some 150 high school coaches here for the cage clinic held Wednesday. The clinic is sponsored by Algona Public and Algona Garrigan High Schools. Registration was from 9-10 with the clinic running from 10 a. m. until 4:30 p. m. The big attraction of the clinic was the games at night featuring two unbeaten teams and highly- rated Garrigan. The'first game " " %%%%%*%%ra%:fc%::%::%^ State To Rebuild Hy. 169 On Jones Street In 1970 An appropriation of $286,000 has been set aside by the Iowa Highway Commission for reconstruction of U. S. highway 169 in Algona from the corner of State and Jones to Jones and Oak streets, it was announced last week. The only drawback is that the work is not slated until 1970. Whether or not Jones street on this 1.7 miles can stand for another three or more years remains to be seen. However, it does seem to settle the question of the routing. The Highway Commission will retain the present route, it appears, which lays at rest any controversy that might result from a local rerouting. The project calls for widening, new stabilization and complete concrete resurfacing of Jones Street. Wesley Youth Returns Home After Tragedy Wesley - Ronnie Root, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Root, arrived home Saturday from a Galena, ni., hospital where be had been taken for treatment of cuts on his head and right arm and bruises following a tragic mishap near there early Wednesday, Dec. 21. Young Root was passenger in an auto driven by Michael Halloran, 20, Owosso, Mich., who was killed when their auto slammed into a ditch along highway 20 while they were on their way to Chicago. Both young men attended Loras College. Root and Halloran were seniors. Mrs. Root went at once to Galena to be with their son and returned with him to Wesley Saturday. Ronnie expects to return to Loras following the holiday break Jan. 5, Mr. Root is owner of Root Hdwe, at Wesley. A memorial mass was held in the chapel at Loras for Halloran. featured Algona High with a 7-0 mark against Jefferson which is 5-2. The second game pitted unbeaten Hull (Western Christian) against Algona Garrigan. Garrigan has a 6-1 mark with their only loss coming to Ft. Dodge in the opening game. A free noon luncheon for the coaches was sponsored by the Lions Club with the staffs of Garrigan and Algona in charge of the clinic. The four basketball coaches conducted the clinic. ::%::¥:¥:%::%::%%W Two Slightly Injured In Mishap Here Cosetta L. Richardson, 16, Swea City, sustained back injuries and Gloria Taylor suffered neck injuries in a two- car mishap here at 10:50 p.m. Monday. Miss Richardson was taken to St. Ann hospital for treatment, while Miss Taylor was treated by a local doctor and released. An auto driven by Miss Richardson was struck from the rear by a car driven by Norman R. Zaugg, 16, West Bend, on Woodworth street. Both autos were headed north and the Swea City vehicle was stopped to pick up a passenger. Zaugg stated he couldn't stop in time to avoid the mishap. The West Bend driver was changed with folio wing too closely by local police who investigated and estimated damage to the autos at $250. Another Monday mishap was reported to the police station. An auto driven by Douglas J. Jones, 16, Algona, was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Joe Zinnel, West Bend, on State street near Kajewski's service station. The mishap occurred at 3 p.m, and damage to the autos was slight, according to the drivers. Offer Free Show, To Service Men The Algona Theatre has extended an invitation to all active duty military personnel to attend a double feature showing Thursday evening, December 29 at 7:30. Jim Dougherty, manager of the local theatre, announced that servicemen in uniform will be the guests of the theatre and its staff for two Jerry Lewis features. Fete Lakotans Mr. and Mrs. Herman Weringa, Lakota, will be honored on their 25th wedding anniversary Saturday, Dec. 21, A card shower is being planned by their children for all friends and relatives who would like to extend best wishes by wail. rural districts, has four men seeking the single post. They are Charles Quinn, Bancroft, Niels J. Nielsen, Ringsted, Orville Thoreson, Swea City, and Gordon Wlrtjes, Lakota. One man is elected from each district. There are seven districts in the new area college setup. Terms are for three years. The directors will set out to find an administrator for the program, with headquarters to be in Estherville. Estimated cost of the program per year to start with has been stated at about $880,000, with $405,000 to come from state aid, $168,000 from a millage tax levy, and the balance from federal funds and tuition fees. The area served by the new college setup has 7,000 high school enrollments, a population of 86,000 and an assessed valuation of $220 million. A new dimension in educational opportunities and services in Iowa through the merged area community colleges and vocational schools is the stated aim of the program. These intermediate opportunities supplement the educational programs of the present secondary schools and four-year colleges. Of the 15 proposals approved by the State Board of Public Instruction, thirteen have become legal entities with the board elected and organized. Eleven of the schools are actually now in operation. The 1965 legislature appro- 1 !" prlated $10 million to assist, in the development of at least four area schools. Six million dollars is available for area school construction, to be used before 1969. The remaining $4 million was appropriated for the biennium, 1966-67, for present vocational programs and the development of new programs. Six million dollars in state construction money has now been divided among 7 of the fifteen vocational schools. The money was allocated by the State Board of Public Instruction and the State Advisory Committee on Community Colleges. Ben Hansen Of Whittemore Rites Tuesday Funeral services for Bernard N. (Ben) Hansen, 73, retired Whittemore farmer, were held Tuesday morning at 10:30 a. m. at St. Michael's Catholic church at Whittemore. Rev, Karl Hansen, Madrid, a nephew, said the funeral mass. Burial was in the church cemetery with Hyink Funeral Home of Whittemore in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hansen is survived by his wife, the former Rose Staab, to whom he was married Jan. 16, 1917, at Remsen, five sons and four daughters: Merlin, Anthony and Mrs. Lawrence (Lois)Vigdal all of Whittemore; Ronald of Algona; Mrs. Harold (Ruth) Wehrspan of Fenton; Vic of Shaumberg, ni.j Wayne of Itasca, m.; Mrs. Al (Mary) Hood of Charles City; and Mrs. Clayton (Rosemary) Chambers of Marble Rock. There are 38 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Four brothers and four sisters also survive, five living in Illinois and three in South Dakota. Mr. Hansen was born July 25, 1893, at Alton, la. After his marriage in 1917 he farmed in the Remsen area until 1939, when he moved to a farm north of Whittemore. There the family farmed until 1939, when they retired and moved to Whittemore. Death came last Saturday at the Palo Alto Memorial hospital where he had been a patient for a week, Pallbearers were all nephews, Carl, Larry and John Vigdal, Mike Hansen, Bernard Hansen and Terry Juhl. Storm, Drifts Slow Traffic Through Area It took the first real snow of the current winter a long time to get here, but when it arrived late Tuesday afternoon, it was with a vengeance that was continuing Wednesday - and the weather bureau had not forecast its end when this newspaper went to press. By early Wednesday morning, from 5-7 inches of snow had been registered here -andpredictions at that time ranged from another 2-4 inches before a let-up. So, the honeymoon ended for Kossuth county. Winds, ranging from 15-30 miles per hour also lashed the area, making the battle against the drifts a tough one for state and county road crews. City equipment began plowing streets and parking lots here at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and the state and county rigs got at it early, too. Drifts ranged from big to bigger all over the midwest and sheltered areas along farm groves again gave plows the most trouble, according to officials. Motorists were advised to stay off the roads, highways and streets unless travel was absolutely necessary. The highway patrol, sheriffs office and local police were doing their level best to keep traffic moving during the emergency. A check with the telephone company here and the Algona Municipal Utilities showed there had been no problems with continuing service during the night ^Tuesday. An Algona girl, Janette Mlnard 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mlnard,, sustained bruises and was taken to St. Ann hospital for observation about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after she was struck by an auto on North Woodworth street here. A car driven by Clinton R. Young, 17, Algona, was headed south on Woodworth when the girl apparently ran across the street. The driver attempted to stop the car, but it slid on the packed snow and hit the girl. It was thought her injuries were slight and she was released Wednesday. Damage to the auto was estimated at $50 and city police investigated the mishap. A second mishap occured at 1 p.m, before the blizzard, when a car driven by Leola D. Knecht, 32, Whittemore, struck a parked car on South Moore street here. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $70 by police, who were called. Needless to say, many per sons walked to work here Wednesday- The week's official weather as recorded by Station KLGA: tt-S-Stt'S-S'S'S'ttttW^ Franciscans Not Interested Presently In St. Ann Takeover Date Dec. 22 Dec. 23 Dec. 24 Dec. 25 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Hi 22 24 25 16 16 19 Low So. 6 1 5 3 -2 3 15 6-7 in. "We still have hopes." That's what officials at St. Ann hospital here said this week after receiving a letter Saturday from the Franciscan council of sisters from Lacrosse, Wise., which said in part, "We have decided not to assume responsibility of management of another institution at this time." The letter dealt with the Franciscan's decision not to take over the hospital here and followed lengthy study by the order. However, there is a ray of hope. The Franciscan council had been studying no less than five hospitals in the midwest, including St. Ann, and expressed an interest in the local set-up. Representatives had been herein recent months and were given a hearty welcome by local business and professional groups while making a quick survey of the hospital and the surrounding area. Roy Heins, 53, Dies; Funeral Held, S-Cify Funeral services for Roy E. Heins, 53, Swea City, were held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran church at Swea City. Burial was at Hampton. Garry Funeral Home of Bancroft was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Heins died Dec. 20 at Holy Family Hospital, Estherville. Born July 19, 1913, at Geneva, Iowa, he moved with his family to Hamption where he received his education. When he was 19, he came to Kossuth county and April 26, 1948 he was married to Florine Heinen at Osceola, The couple farmed southeast of Swea City. Survivors are his wife; four brothers and two sisters, Ernest, Fred and Albert of Hampton, Harry and Mrs. Sophia Krank, both of Rlceville, and Mrs. Carrie Norman of Alma. Heart Victim Stan Ritchie, former employee of the Fareway store here, died this week of a heart attack at Iowa Falls. Funeral services were slated for him Wednesday. He was manager of the Fareway store there. Refund Checks Algonans began receiving meter deposit refunds, mostly $5 or $10, from Algona Municipal Utilities this week, due to a recent ruling which says such funds cannot collect interest for the institution. According to officials here, about 1,400 ,such checks are to be sent out in Algona. W; : : : : : ::: : : : : : : : : : : : : : ft^ Algonan Is Fair After Near Tragedy Thursday LeRoy Lau, 53, Algona, who sustained serious injuries in a mishap at the Weidenhoff Corp. plant here last Thursday, is now in fair condition at Park Memorial Hospital, Mason City, according to Mrs. Lau, who has been with him much of the time since the accident recurred. Mr. Lau underwent surgery for correction of a fractured and shattered right thigh, during which a plate was put in the thigh and splintered bones were bolted gether. He also had another transfusion during the surgery. Many stitches were also taken in severe cuts on his neck and right arm and at present he is in traction. He also sustained cracked ribs and will be hospitalized for some time. Mrs. Lau said Wednesday that it is probable be would have died in the mishap if he had not rolled when struck by a pile of sheets of steel cut into panels. He began work for Weidenhoff here in April and at the time of the mishap the panels were on a cart and in some manner slid off on him, inflicting the injuries, all on bis right side. Co-workers of Mr. Lau, A. Vaske and Francis Priester, Bancroft, Wilbur Courtney and Jim Lytle, Algona, rushed to his aid Jmmediatelyafterthe mishap. He was taken to St, Ann hospital here, then by ambulance to Mason City for treatment of bis injuries. Total weight of the load of metal that struck him is not known. Mr. Lau also operates the Star Roller Rink here. Meanwhile, it was also announced that the Sisters of Mercy, who have operated St. Ann since it first began operations about 17 years ago, indicated their order will either have a staff of sisters or an administrator here during the entire year of 1967. Sisters of Mercy will thus continue to own and operate the hospital until January 1, 1968. The local hospital has also made" contact with some other religious orders concerning operation of the institution. Announcement of the decision by the Franciscans not to operate St. Ann, at least at this time, followed extensive analysis by that order. Originally, Sisters of Mercy announced they could no longer operate St. Ann because of costs, which have risen considerably during recent years. At that time, it was feared the hospital might be closed and no longer available to residents of the area. However, there have been indications it might be necessary for county operation - If voters favored it, in order for this area to have such facilities. The problem of finances doesn't affect this area alone, according to those who study hospital operation - it is widespread - with a general decrease in revenue a problem generally. The only bright side of the announcement here during the weekend seems to be the fact that the hospital will remain a reality - at least until Jan. 1, 1968. By Then, it is hoped some sort of favorable decision will be made by the Franciscans or another order to operate St. Ann. Since announcement that the hospital might have to close, St. Ann has been a busy place, according to officials. At times, even crowded. Maybe continued patronage by area residents will guarantee continued operation KVttttgfft:^ Lionel Hovey, Former Sheriff Here, Passes LIONEL E. HOVEY 30 Hew Vehicle Registrations For Kossuth Registration of new cars and trucks continued at a steady clip in Kossuth county, last week. A total of 30 vehicles were registered in the county, as follows: Imperial - B. A, Frankl, Algona. Fords - Odey Cherland, Lone Rock; Elmer Boyken, Buffalo Center; Richard Palmer, Algona; L E. Wortman, Lakota; Wm. Noland, Algona; Harold Sundet, Algona; Richard Goche, Bancroft. Chevrolets - Leo Leintnger, Bancroft; Kossuth Motor, Algona; Wayne Gaedke, Swea City; Dale Brandt, Ledyard; Albin Berkness, Armstrong; Roy Wai- rod (p/u), Wesley; Marcus Langerman (p/u), Swea City; Ben Studer, Wesley, truck. Rambler - Lena Kenne, Algona. Pontiac - Mathias Weydert, Algona; Stephen Loss, Algona. Dodge - Wayne Mann, Burt; Elmer Hinz, LuVerne. Cadillac - Ben Studer, Wesley. Chrysler - Marie Kunz, Algona. Mercury - Theodore Herbst, Algona; Robert Hamilton, Lakota; Wm. Shipler, Swea City. Lincoln - Elmer Dole, Irvington, International - Bancroft Implement, Bancroft, (p/u); Algona Implement, Algona, (truck). Traveler Trl. - Elmer Maahs, Whittemore. Slate Dance Lionel E. Hovey, 70, resident of Algona for the past 46 years- and county sheriff from 1924-32, died Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Veteran's Hospital, Des Moines, where he had been a patient since Dec. 4. He had been in ill health for some time. Funeral services for Mr. Hovey were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Lutheran church, with Rev. Robert Lorenz officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens here, with McCullough Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Military rites were held at graveside. Pallbearers were six nephews, Sherman, EldonH., Arden, Clarence and Samuel Hovey, Jr. and Richard Holland. Lionel Ernest Hovey, son of Andrew and Thora Vtek HoveVj. was born at Badger May 1, 1896. He was married to Vivian Eastman at Mankato, Minn. Oct. 10, 1924 and he served as county sheriff for the next eight years after serving four years as deputy. From 1936 to 1956 he was an implement dealer here, and he sold his business to Buscher Bros, at that time when a heart attack forced his retirement. He served in the armed forces during World War 1 and was a member of the American Legion. Besides his wife, survivors include two sons. Eldon L., Hampton, and David, Fort Campbell, Ky. two daughters, Beverly (Mrs. Gordon Hauck), Humboldt, and Marilyn (Mrs. Dean Greethurst), St. Paul, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Arnie, Inglewood, Cal., and Kalmer, Kenosha, Wise. Three brothers and a sister proceeded him in death. Wesley Farmer Injured; Is At Iowa City WESLEY - Luther Nygaard is a patient in an Iowa City hospital, where he was taken Tuesday by his wife and Mr, and Mrs. Charles Nygaard. Mr. Nygaard suffered a badly mangled right hand when it became caught in the power take-off of the feed grinder he was operating at bis farm home. His wife took him to the local doctor, then to the Brttt hospital, From there his wife and Mr. aad Mrs. Nygaard took Mm to Iowa City, 31, to Rex Posvar of Rosalie, Nebr., at the V.F.W. Hall from 9 p,m, to I a.m. There wUl be favors at midnight. All square dancers and spectators are welcome. His wile and daughter, stayed with Wm. Another daughter and husband, the Gunter Biebere of Junction City, Kansas, came Wednesday,

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