The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 31, 1967 · Page 22
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 22

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 31, 1967
Page 22
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. toi. 31. 1 »67 Upp)!r Algonan Makes A Forced Landing--- On LBJ Ranch JERRY LEANEAGH An Algona businessman, who also does some flying, had quite an experience, Friday, Jan. 20, while winging his way over central Texas with three business associates. Jerry Leaneagh, president of the Directory Service here, landed smack-dab in the middle of LBJ's Texas ranch — the "weekend White House." The plane, a Beechcraft Baron, owned by the local firm, made the forced landing with Leaneagh at the controls when one of its two engines developed trouble. Leaneagh, Vernon Sanders and Dale Carmean, Topeka, Kans., and Richard Mullins, Wichita, Kans., associates in a Mexican ranch, were making a trip to their ranch when one of two things happened to the plane whether a valve went out or a cylinder blew. Jerry had no trouble landing the craft on one engine, and in fact would have continued to Mexico — except for approaching bad weather. They looked immediately for an air strip — and located what appeared to be a very nice one, so Jerry set the ship down. The craft was taxied to the end of the runway - and two blocks away sat the LBJ home. "He has a tremendous airport," says Leaneagh, "with radar, all sorts of radio equipment, etc., which is apparently put to good use when the presidential jet lands." A Secret Service man (the foursome saw quite a few during their 1 1/2 hours on the place) came out of a guardhouse nearby and approached the plane. He took the names and addresses of all inside, then demanded that the passengers remain in or near the aircraft before taking Leaneagh in tow to the guardhouse. The agent in charge was called to see if another phone call could be made to a nearby charter air service so the men could continue their trip. It was okay, so they then remained in and around the guardhouse until the other plane arrived to pick them up. The agent in charge (they all wore .45s) was very courteous, according to Jerry, but the one that met them was stern, probably the way he is supposed to be. The "visitors' saw all kinds of show cattle being hauled in trailers, this way and that, and many others working around the place — but were not allowed to take a tour of the ranch. Before the charter plane arrived to haul them away from LBJ's home, Secret Service agents served them cookies and coffee. Jerry's plane (at the time of this writing Thursday, Jan. 26) was still at the ranch- and will have to remain there until is is repaired. And the repairs will probably be made in the presidential hangar on the ranch. It might be added, the Secret Service would like to have the plane removed as soon as possible. Mr. Leaneagh arrived home several days after the incident- and this writer wondered if Jerry might return to pick up his aircraft on a weekend when LBJ is home. Now, THAT would be quite a climax to this story 1 (Editor's Note - Need any passengers on the return to Texas?) A Dream That Came True! Jets To Calif. SEXTON — A dream of many years came true for Mrs. Nell Opheim when she left Ornsha by jet to visit her youngest son Paul in California. She is also hopeful her eldest son John will be in port on his Navy ship during her visit. She also plans to see a number of neices and cousins as well as Mrs. Mack Wise's family in the San Diego area, Mr. and Mrs. Verle Fraser. Perhaps the incentive to nuJce the trip this time of year was provided by those cards from the Martin Mimbachs saving come out and enjoy the sunshine. They are now at Arlington, California after spending the holidays at Tucson, Arizona. - o - Beginning to wonder if everyone is getting tired of the variety in our Iowa weather this year. After getting her doctors ok Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ellefson are also leaving for California for a rest of the winter. It sure would be nice to know just when all these folks are planning to return so us stay-at- homes could be ready for the biggest blizzard of the season. We especially hope Mary McMahon lets us know ahead of time. She has been spending the winter in Dallas with just a side trip to visit Mexico in her plans. Local folks were speculating that must • have been the cause of that unusual snowstorm at Monterrey, Mexico if she was having her usual luck, The Sexton Friendly Club is meeting this Monday evening at the home of Mis. Art Hix in case members have forgotten the new meeting days. There were hopes of starting out the new year without so much hospital news about local residents but at this time Joe Mergen is at St. Ann in Algona.There has been enough improvement that Cora Hansen was able to transfer from the hospital to the Good Samaritan home last week. Allen Witmus, son of the Albert Witmus's, had some time off from school but probably didn't enjoy it as he went to Iowa City for a checkup. That well driling company has had so much business here the past year they have begun leaving one of their trucks parked here to be ready for the next call. BEAUTY SALONS i i i i '2 PRICE! . . . our famous $2O Zoto Prescription Permanent includes: • haircut! • pre-perm test curl! • shampoo! •fashion set! 109 N. Hall Phone 295-5162 one month only Downtown Store Phone 295-3477 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • DIAMOND'S Out They Go" Specials GROUP I BOY'S CORDUROY GOAL COATS, BENCH WARMERS ft PARKAS. Valves to $16.95 OUT THEY GO AT $6* to WO GROUP II MEN'S SKI JACKETS - NYLON LAMINATED COATS Valws lo $14.95 OUT THEY GO AT GROUP III MEN'S COATS - GOAL COATS - BENCH WARMERS Vataes lo $18.95 OUT THEY GO AT $10°o - SWEATER RIOT BOY'S SWEATERS - MEN'S SWEATERS (We Can't Ear 'Em!) 50% OFF

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