Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1937 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 14, 1937
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^^CHWSTMAS SHOPP.NG THIS WEEK-MAIL PACKAGES EARLY TO AVOH> S m I . **• ^ ^. ! 13-Dec. 18, Inclusive—Much hess with frequent preciplta- temperatures normal •In general. ALGONA.JOWA. TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 1937 14 Pages 112 Columns Number 13 FINED IR DRIVING NILE DRUNK |age Verdict for 2,000 Granted Wildin Case. fines of $300 each were in district court Friday ge F. C. Davidson when ntered pleas of guilty to of driving while drunk. R. Eggert was fined ?300, eh $100 was suspended and pay the balance in lnste.ll- |at $10 per month for four and the rest at $25 p«r His driving license was tied and turned over to (• Loss. er C. Reed is to pay $1.00 |ten days, and another $100 160 days, and the balance is uspended pending good be- His driving license is sus- I for a year. The same sen- nas given Henry G. Johnson, he same driving licsnse sus- , Wood, Fenton, was graht- livorce from W. W. Wood on fge of desertion. The two narried in Algona April 30, nd she charged he deserted i December of that year. A ussell, 2, was given to Mrs. custody, ?5 per and she was month support Presented Here Sunday P. IE IN TWO ACCIDENTS of Crash in Which Five Were Killed Tho Messiah, which is boln . sponsored by U,o Be, Canto Mu«l T Roy Rasmusson, !oca school music director, will bo given Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Congregational churp J, 'TW sons participating will™. ° ' . Eida Loron McEnroe, Kiithryn McEn- Bertha Smith, Ruby Turner' Margaret Anne Beardsloy, Mrs Walter E. Roberts. Phyllis Sawyer, Jean Murtagh rs. Eugene Murtagh, Mrs. C. a TT u ' * ' a McBnr °e, Mrs. C. R. 11° 'v, ra ' Vor ncll Hardgrove Mrs. D. D. Monlux, Mrs. 0, I Sol& , Ml ?;.. Joh .? ? ot »- Mrs. A. E. el Wolcott - Mrs. n, r 0 ' ' - . Luia M. Sanders, Dorothea Bjus- Chester Webb, A. Tuttle, Brooks Potter. Pat McEnroe, Richard James Murtagh, Edward Norton, Thaves, , Jlmvc0| Merle Pratt, Dr. C. D. Schaap, Joseph Skow, B. A. Thorpe, D D Paxfion, Byron Arnold, E. A. Gea- rich, Dr| C. C. Shierk, John Blu- 00 Judgment Uncontestcd. j mor ' D . p - Smith, Harold iiamii- glas Wildin, an administra- I™' D °n Johnson. John McEnroe, . the estate of Chester Wil-! ^°- seph He&arty, M. A. Sjostrand, fas given a $12,000 judgment i Gcor S c c - Vance, Robert McCul- |t Carl Strucker when the ^h, Edward M. Hanson. | did not appear and defend Soloists will be Erna Baars, Jamage suit brought against l" ~ s °P ran °> music director in •Chester Wildin was killed in I J?® B , urt school s: Mrs. A. E. Cident in whch the Strucker Miche1 ' a 'to; Joseph Graham, jirtlcipated. er the Iowa law if autouio- Burt, tenor;, and Donald Hutchins, bass. Accompanists will bo Mrs. -. u ... u .* v II %v 4VVTI JA. lltULVLllU C> T * 1"1 idgments are not paid within • Sylvia Gunl1 and Mrs. Donald • - - ' ft period after they have ptered the driving permit of irson against whom the judg- |is issued is revoked. This that unless Strucker pays [2,000 he will be barred from ; a car in Iowa. presumed that in this case per had no insurance, and ad no funds to engage attor- defend him. _ Insurance jmies usually furnish attor- Ifor defense of policy-holders ptect tho company. It is be- that this is the first auto fce case in the county in a defense has not been pre- P, and the judgment is one of Jrgest ever granted in such a I'Ciitsches Divorced. ledict L. Lentsch was grant- Hutchins. Selections will be given by Mrs. Carl Vohs, West Bend, Mrs. Sylvia Gunn, and Glen Raney. The Messiah was written by the groat composer, G. F. Handel, known for his difficult musical scores. College 'Proxy' is Coming. Dr. Herman Olson, president of Buena Vita collese, Storm Lake, will conduct a morning service j Sunday at the. Presbyterian church. | The Young People's society will have charge ot an evening candlelight service under direction of Harold Banwart. FIVE KILLED IN TRAIN AND GAR COLLISION Train Derailed and Bodies Mangled in the Crash., Five were killed Thursday even- Ing when the evening Northwestern motor coach plowed into a car at the inter-section of No. 169 and tho railroad a mile north of Hurt. The crash was the divorce himsc-lf, and an agreement was drawn up whereby he was given the divorce on his cross-petition. Custody of two children divorce from Ferae E. i was granted to each, Lorraine and '• The petition was first i Marjorie, to Mr. Lentsch, and Rosf Mrs. Lentsch, who asked jella and Gladys to Mrs. Lentsch, •tion from her husband. He | and he is to pay $15 per month to- cross-petition asking for a ward support of the latter two. loaches to Speak to 350 Here at \Football Dinner Tomorrow Night ALVIN J, KEEN, 73, IS DEAD OF HEART DISEASE Dies Sunday and the Funeral Dated for Tomorrow. Alvin J. Keen, east of Algona, died Sunday, after a last sickness of some months with heart disease. Funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist church to- norrow (Wednesday) morning, vith burial in Rivervlew. Mr. Keen was born November 2, 1864, near Monroe, Green coun- y, Wis., and was past 73 at death. ie was the son of Joseph and Rebecca Ely Keen, and he attended a country school known as the Iliff school. At an early age he joined the Methodist church and attended the Iliff church. Both the Iliff school and the church were popular community centers in the 70's and 80's. Mr. Keen participated in the singing schools, debates, and school exhibitions in winter and enjoyed the social gatherings. In 1800 Mr. Keen was married to Laura A. Cleminer. Three children, Roy, of Algona, Lois Keen Barton, St. Paul, and Ralph, who died in infancy, were born. The family inoved to Iowa in 1903. Mourning the loss are his widow, two children, and seven grandchildren: Dorothy, Joan, John, and Barbara Barton, Marilyn and Richard Keen, and Eleanor Keen-Wett- stone. He also leaves six sisters: POSTOFFIOE TO STAY OPEN THIS SATURDAY The postoffice will be kept open Saturday afternoon for convenience of those who wish to mail Christmas packages. The postof- fice is urging that mailing be done as soon as possible because of the last-minute rush that develops. West coast packages- should be mailed by tomorrow, and packages for states other than those immediately adjacent to Iowa should-be sent before Saturday. Packages for delivery in adjacent states can be mailed up till Monday night and reach their destination in time. Packages for Iowa points should be mailed not later than Tuesday. The postoffice makes the valuable suggestion that stamps for Christmas cards be secured early to avoid the crowd mailing packages. Greeting cards, with name only, 3an be mailed for a cent and a half. The postoffice will be closed ihristmas day and only special delivery mail and perishable parcels will be delivered. Packages must bo well-wrapped or they won't be accepted for mailing. O^L£t^?L™ C J^ ofli t«e value remained of this after " was hit train Par s b ° dieS ' Cut compa . tETARY REILEY, of the Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring I Mrs. Emily Leon and Mrs. J. T. -"••-football banquet here tomorrow night, reported yesterday I it is estimated that 350 will atttend the banquet tomorrow night J>6 high school in honor of the Algona squad. Many coaches and | e rs are coming from other towns. a * Tubbs • right. ' Chenhall, both of Ireton; Mary E. Post, Mrs. E. W. Williams, and TOWN SHOCKED BY DEATH OF EX-ALGONIAN Frank Henderson, of Pomona, Calif., Drops Dead. Many old Kossuth friends vere deeply shocked Friday, when news JOS.STUFLICK SLAYER GIVEN 8-YEAR TERM ..... ...._._ ....... Cora Keen, all of Pasadena, Calif; ' came that Frank Henderson, Po and Mrs. D. Alexander, Rockford, j mona.^Calif., had died suddenly. A president of the Algona 111. As . creamery board, Mr. Keen served I 26 years. He was stricken with the heart ailment in August. Week-end Brings in Oldtime Snowstorm Kossuth county is covered by a' nearly a foot of snow, following a week-end snowstorm which left three inches on the ground and another Sunday night in which nearly ten inches fell. The coun- message to his sister, Mrs. Elsie Cady, Algona, said he fell dead at his home. It is supposed here thai a heart attack was fatal, Buria: was to be made there. Prank's mother, Mrs. Margaret Henderson, was spared the sorrow occasioned by his death. She died here eight days before he was stricken. Algonians remember Frank best Glenn De- and thoughtful southern-born man coaching experience ... 49 years old . with 20 son of a fcvuuiug, BAUOi 117 UUO . . . ^» ,,w«.~ ... graduate of William Jewell college of Misas inventor of football equipment . . . elastic insert in Pants . . . i nner yalve type of ^ u . . . special cleats, 0 "'" taiw 1 ' reso urcefui"maste'r o'f football" strategy * * • • • players like him. . rt sound funda- . Si. D , EV TO~Member O f Iowa's championship team of 1921 assistaat to the director of the division of physical to Des Koines ty's 17 snowplows, as well as the state's, got this season's first workouts after the snows, and yesterday all roads were repor open. The city snowplow was use yesterday jind Sunday. The temperature record for last week follows: , December 6 28 -4 ! Dec. 7 (1 in. s'fall) 20 9 I December 8 — -10 1 December 9 10 -4 December 10 17 -3 December 11 18 4 Dec. 12 (3Jn. r'faU) —20 17 Nine Hundred Get 1938 Auto Plates The county treasurer's office has now issued more than 900 automobile licenses for 1938. Penalty of 6 per cent does not apply till February 1. Truck drivers are warned that this week Saturday is the only day left on which chauffeur's driving licenses may be renewed without taking a complete examination. Christinas and New Year's both come on Saturday, eo the state patrol examiners w » not be Long brothers, Abner and Chester, in the grocery store now conducted by Agner. Once County Recorder, In 1910 Frank was elected county recorder, but served only one term. He was a democrat, and at that time the county was repufc- Leslie Alexander, Fort Dodge Monday was sentenced to eigh years in the penitentiary after district court jury had found him guilty of manslaughter in tin death of Joseph Stuflick, former Algonian and son of Dominic Stuf lick who died following a fighi with Alexander October 2. The verdict was returned by the jury late last week Wednesday after 11 hours of deliberation and was the most severe of five possible verdicts which the jury could have reached under the judge's instructions. The case opened last week Monday, and testimony was taken for three days. Three women and nine men composed the jury. Alexander claimed that the blows, which caused a cerebral hemorrhage resulting in Stuflick's death, wera struck in defense of Mrs. Slufllck, a former St. Benedict girl, who Alexander's defense alleged was being beaten by Stuf- lick. According to preliminary testimony the death grew out of a Peels Peck Spuds and Wins a Prize Mrs. R. S. McWhortcr, of Portland, peeled a pepic of potatoes in ten minutes last week Tuesday at a vegetable growers' association meeting at Armstrong. This gave her first place and a $5 award. Mrs. McWiorter was second in a similar contest last year. The practice she gets on home-grown. Irish Cobblers has made her an expert. Mr. McWhorter, a member of the association, attended the meeting both . Monday and Tuesday. , — ..—„ ..u^, most serious of the year, taking Kossuth s accident victim total from six to 11, and the death of Herman Balvance Sunday morning added another to make one more death this _ year than in 1936. Killed in the crash were all five occupants of the car: Harry Blon- dm, 28, Herman Curtis, 28, Elmer Meissner, 21, Ervin Richter, 18, and Louis Schaumburg 31, all of Elmore except Richter, who lived with his parents south of Elmore in Kossuth county. A coroner's jury composed of Frank Kohlhaas, N. E. Bartlett, and Don Hutchins considered the case Friday and that evening brought in a verdict of accidental death. Details Unknown. Just how the crash occurred cannot be known because all of the occupants of the car were killed. Engineer S. E. Billings, of Ames, told Coroner Evans the train was going about 40 miles an hour, and as the vision is unobstructed he expected the car to stop. It appeared to the engineer that the driver thought he could beat the train to the crossing. Later he tried to stop, hut seeing it was too late speeded up again In a frantic effort to push the car over the intersection ahead of the train. The train hit the car broadside. The front truck of the train was knocked off the rails by the impact, and continued 500 feet eastward down the track till the car was stopped when the rear truck, still on the rails, followed the curve to the south into Burt. The train was car yifcg a snowplow. Car Carried SOO Feet. The car was carried nearly 500 feet from the crossing and the roadbed and ties were considerably damaged by the train and car wheels and debris. The car was badly smashed and crushed, arid it took two hours work to extricate the bodies from the car. All five were instantly killed, either at the point of collision or by the crushing effect of the snowplow and front of the train as it pressed the car to a shapeless mass of steel. BANCROFT MAN KILLED WHEN STRUCK BY CAR Drink and Reckless Driving Blamed by Jury. Herman Balvance, 59, farmer; ne miles north of Bancroft, was struck and fatally injured by a car at 5 a. m. Sunday morning when '"> was walking on the highway of Bancroft, a The men were home when the on their accident way hap- Ex-Algonian Sends Box of Real Holly The local Legion post has received a 10-lb. box of genuine Arkansas holly from Geo. W. Ped- ey, Gillham, Ark., a former Algo- nian. The post had sent him a ard, and in return he sent the lolly. 0. S. Reiley, secretary of he Chamber of Commerce, has it n his office where anyone may see Masonic Officers Elected. D. D. Monlux is new worshipfijl naster of the local Masonic lodge; : ?. L. Thorpe is senior warden and Wallace McDougall junior warden. , j t.**ni, Lltuv LJ.JQ LjUUUUJ V"tlt3' reported . ij can> democrats obtaining was in I office on , y occasionally. In 1923 the' Hendersons pulled up stakes here and left for California. For many years before death Frank conducted a popular grocery there. He was born here in 1879 and was only 58 years old when he died. His birth date was December 24. Frank was a son of the .late Thos. Henderson, who was an Algona pioneer. The Henderson family was prominent in the early history of the town. Widow, Two Children. Mrs, Henderson is, the former Mary Pelleymounter, of Bancroft. They were married on Frank's birthday in. 1904. For years before marriage she was high school principal at Ledyard. There is one son, Melvin, now grown, and an adopted daughter, Wanda. Mrs. Cady is now the only surviving member of the Henderson family. A Masonic funeral -was held at here January 8 as&ia after Saturday till Pomona Monday, Fraj*k had ways retataftd lodge here. tje G<uiero,i liumiy Drawi in wnicn Alexander participated. Besides the three adults two Stuflick boys, 17 and 11, weie involved. Stuflick had a crippled hand, and couldn'J fight, and one of the boys stated at the inquest that Al- 3\-ander had, a reavy ring on his hand,' which migh have been a set of iron rings called "knuckles" used in street brawls. D. L. Leffert was reelected secretary and Hugh Herman is treasurer. Monlux will succeed A. W Behrends. Ignored a Stop Sign. Frank Geraets, Dell Rapids, S. D., was fined $4 plus $2 costs by Justice Welter Saturday for failing to obey a stop sign. He entered a plea of guilty. pened. They had been in Algona only a short time before and had attempted to sell $800 worth of furs they had trapped during the season. If there had not been a misunderstanding here the accident would not have occurred. The men called at the Jos. Greenberg store to sell the furs. ,Mr. Greenberg had gone homo to' get ready for a Kiwanis dinner that evening. Fatal Misunderstanding. An employe called Mr. Greenberg by phone, saying there were some men there with furs, but neglected to state the quantity. Mr. Greenberg said to have the buyer make the purchase and then dismissed the matter from his mind, thinking there were only one or two furs. The buyer did not want to handle such a large quantity, going north out half mile from that town. He was the 12th victim of auto accidental m the county this year, and wa's the sixth in four days, the other five being killed in a train-car crash at Burt Thursday night The driver of the death car was Richard Hendrickson, of Humboldt, and Jack Laing, also of Humboldt, was in the back seat of the car asleep at the time of the accident. Dies at Oil Station. After the car struck Balvance< Hendrickson stopped as soon aa he could, and he and Lalng went back, picked up the injured man and took him to the Edgar Welp oil station at Bancroft In the damaged car t Balvance died there a few minutes after they arrived. Balvance had taken a companion, with whom he had spent tha evening, home to Bancroft at an. early morning hour, and was returning to his home north of Bancroft. On the return trip, it is believed, he lost control of the car on the snowy road, and it went into the ditch at a slight curve just north of the town. He apparently then left for home on foot, and the crash occurred, as near aa can be determined, at about 5:15 o'clock. Mr. Balvance suffered both legs broken and his entire left side was crushed and battered by the force of the collision, causing serious internal injuries which resulted in his death. Driver Tells Story. Hendrickson told officers he was driving at about 35 miles aa hour, and the heavy snowfall during that time prevented him from seeing any distance ahead, and he did not see the walking man till too late to stop the car or swerve to one side and avoid the crash. The body was taken from Bancroft to a Buffalo Center undertaking parlor Sunday, and services were planned at Ledyard to- County School Girls Have a Strenuous Day of Play Here Girls, girls, and more girls turned out for county-wide "play day" at 'the high school gymnasium here Saturday. There were 137 of them, all high school girls, from seven towns— Burt, Titdnka, Swea City, Bancroft, Lone Rock, Wesley, and Algona. Instead of competing by towns, the girls were divided Into six color teams— red, blue, yellow, gree,n, orange, aad purple. The red team won, and each girl on that team was awarded a blue ribbon. Volley ball and basket ball were the p»ly team games Piayed, Ptog Pong, ''stunts" "ath- orat^s work," ^d target-tOiW were were s^ryed ttyp hot dishes at noon by the local home economics department, and the Algona creamery furnished milk. In the afternoon a somewhat varied program was given along with the play. Two Swea City girls gave a soxaphone and clarinet duet; a group of Titonka students gave a dramatic skit; Lone Rock gave a song, and some yells; and Berntce Stock, Algona, presented a few of her pupils at ta/p-and-toe dancing, and acrobatic stunts. The pupils were Rosalie Swanson,' Betty Courtney, Violet Faith, Joan Pletch and Ann Stlllman. The play day, termed a huge success, was sponsored by the Algona Girls' Athletic association, with their teacher, Mi 89 Presoott, to charfe. and the men agreed to return some other time, and left. If Mr. Greenberg had known the quantity he would have gone down to the store, and the delay would have been sufficient to save their lives. The men left Elmore at 10 o'clock that morning to sell their catch. They went to Albert Lea first, thence to Mason City, and from there came to Algona. Seven bundles of furs were found • undamaged in the trunk compartment of the car. They had stopped for, gasoline at a filling station at the edge of Burt. Train Delayed One Night, The train was delayed till early morning when a railroad , crane and wrecking outfit came from Eagle Grove and put the coach back on the tracks. A crew repaired damage to the track and ties. Only one man was thrown from the car and that was Curtis, who was pinned beneath the car and found here after the train had been stopped. The other four bodies were in the car, and hacksaws had to be used to get them out. Car as Object lesson. Window and windshield glass was frosted over, and it Is believed that the driver did not see the train because of this fact. When found, Richter, the driver, etill held a red handkerchief in bis hand as If he had been using it to wipe the windshield on the inside. The car was brought to Algona Saturday, and that afternoon was placed on the courthouse lawn at the instance of the safety council day. Mr. Balvance is survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter. Sheriff Casey Loss, Deputy Arthur Cogley, and highway patrolmen were called and went to Bancroft, arriving shortly after the crash. » Jury Hears Evidence. Coroner R. A. Evans yesterday empaneled a coroner's jury composed of W. A. White, Marshal Frank Green, and Edw. Capesius, all of Algona, and most of the day was spent in taking evidence concerning all phases of the crash. Both Hendrickson and Laing came from Humboldt for the inquiry, and several from Bancroft who were with Balvance during tha evening were also called down to give testimony. Hendrickson and Laing told officers they had driven to Mankato during the late evening to visit a sister of one of the youths who . was in a school there, but they were not able to see her because of the late hour, and they were en route home when the crash occurred. ' Jury Blames Both. The jury's report placed a share of the blame on both Balvance and the driver. Testimony, it is reported by one of the jurors, was Introduced to show that Balvance had been drinking and was presumably not able to taks care of hmiself. The Humboldt youths had also had some drinks earlier in the evening while at Fort Dodge, and the'jury considered the testified speed of 35 miles an hour "<? reckless when the driver tesli- field he could see only "three feet" ahead of the car because of the snow. The verdict said "Death was caused by inability through drink on the part of the deceased to look; out for himself and indifference and reckless driving on the part of the driver of the offending car considering visibility." Spirit Laker to Preach. The Rev. L. A. Miller, Spirtl Lake, will preach at the Baptist church Sunday morning and evening. The Rev. F. C. Volzke, Corn? ing, has accepted the local pastorate, but will not move till after January 1. and officers as a warning by example of the dangers of driving. The car w&s removed Jate ttat evening, the removal caused, It is, —"n-tod. because of pbjecjUons;,' The objections were apt jaade by relatives, officers, or AlgoBlaas, officers say, but by a p^rty who. had an Interest ia the the car,

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