The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 8, 1962 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 8, 1962
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By Russ Waller A "something different" day Is being planned for Algona, Friday, June 8. _ It will be "Get Acquainted Day" in Algona. Business places are making plans to serve free coffee; there will be special tours offered of local manufacturing plants, with tentative arrangements being made for visits to the Weidenhoff Corp. plant, the Universal Mfg. Co. plant, Pioneer Seed Corn Co., Livingston Tool Co., and Cook's Welder's Supply where compressed gases are manufactured, and possibly several others. * * * Tom Rich is general chairman for the day. Other general conr mittee members are Wes Bartlett, Maxine Quintard, Jim Carroll and Jack Limbaugh. * • • One local gent sent in a coupon without reading all of the details, from a book club ... the books started coming, and now his problem is how to get them stopped . . . seems the fine print said he had to take a certain number. * * * A note In the mail from Sexton, tells us that maybe we guessed wrong on "Sexton Sue." It could be a "Sexton Sam" says the note, referring to our new and anonymous correspondent from Sexton. Yes, it could be a Sam, but we rather suspect Sam wouldn't have quite the access to all the doings of the Thursday Club members the way Sue seems to ... and we are also chided about the spelling of Mu Mu or Muu Muu ... our best authorities tell us both are wrong; it should be Mau Mau! All we can say is that since Beanie Cooper got to be the Mayor of Sexton that place has sure been buzzing. * * * If it were not for the Yankees, those Minnesota Twins might have a legitimate aspiration to win the American League crown itflls* year . .,., it takes all kinds of people to make & World, and you see them all at a major league base- 'ball game ... the brighter and louder the slacks and the broader the beam, the more they seem to go together . . . Twins parking lot fee is now 75c, up a quarter from last year. * « * What happens to a city of some 800,000 when its only daily newspapers are shut down by a strike? Since April 12, Minneapolis has been without either a morning or evening paper, although another five-day daily started May 1 with initial circulation of 54,000. Movie theatres report business down 40 percent; retail businesses are down 20 to 30 percent. The strike started following a dispute between the management and the truck drivers union, which distributes the papers; the rest of the plant personnel finally also went out; the management went fishing. * * • The U. S. Bureau of Reclamation has rejected a proposal of the Iowa Electric Light & Power Co. and 14 other midwestern power suppliers to purchase the hydroelectric power being generated on the Missouri River. The plan was simple; the companies would pay 10 million dollars annually for the power created at the government- owned plants, which is now surplus. No reason was given by the Bureau for the rejection; it may have legitimate reasons for so doing. But until some explanation is made, it would seem that some pinhead with a "mad on" at the power companies might be depriving the taxpayers of $10 million income for government coffers. That water is running through the spillways all the time; the generators might just as well be work" ing, and the government getting the income, but that seems too simple. * » * Congratulations (o the enterprising Junior Class at Algona High for the Oriental Gardens developed for their Junior-Senior Prom of last Saturday, unique and well done . . . this coming Thursday evening it is the Garrigan Junior- Senior Prom, and their theme will have a nautical angle, "Bon Voyage." * * * One teacher, observing (be tireless effort expended, and the ingenuity developed, in preparing for these events, commented wryly that he wished he had the same ingredients in the classroom. • » * * Famous Lest Itae •*? gir keeps the doctors poor ESTABLISHED 1665 Katercd u Mco&d elut matter at the pogtoflice at Aigona. Iowa, NO*, i, 1932, under Act of coagttu of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 8, 1962 THREE SECTIONS-18 PAGES VOL. 97 - NO. 18 Two Fires Result In $25,000 Loss KenStrickler Funeral Held Here Monday Funeral services for Kenneth J Strickler, 49, Algona resident for the past 25 years, were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. M. H. Brower of the Presbyterian church officiated and burial followed at Riverview cemetery. Mr. Strickler took his own life at 7 a.m. Saturday in the basement of his home here when he discharged a shotgun into his chest. According to County Medical Officer Dr. R. F. Snyder, Swea City, Mr. Strfckler died of an acute coronary hemorrhage after a "self- inflicted shotgun wound (12 guage) directly into the heart." He was alone in the basement at the time, Kenneth John Strickler, son of Howard Strickler and Delia Fouhy Strickler, was born June 19, 1912 at Beatrice, Nebr. He had been employed as a carpenter by several area contractors during the past 25 years. He also operated a bait shop near his home on North Roan street here. He is survived by his wife; three children, Avis (Mrs. Eddie Stattelman), Mason City, David and Irene at home; a grandchild; a brother, Leo Strickler, Stewart; and a sister, Mrs. Irene Doherty, Stewart. Pallbearers at '.he funeral were Elead Wegner, Glen Johnson, Frank Hagg, Charles Stone, Bob Riedel and Roland Bode. Besides Dr. Snyder, others called to the scene to investigate included Dr. Dean Koob, Police Chief .Al Boelcelman, Sheriff Ralph •Ettdhorst and Policeman "Jim Volgt, , ...---.:•;>*3"j*.< :i< :ffe*- Two Hurt When Car Rolls Over Here Sunday Two Bode boys, Richard J. Thul, 17, and Roger Thilges, 16, suffered minor injuries when an auto driven by young Thul missed a turn on Overmeyer Drive here at 9:26 p.m. Sunday and rolled over at least twice. The driver was charged with reckless driving by Policeman Eppo Bulten who investigated. Thul suffered a bruised chest and Thilges a cut leg and bruises in the mishap. They were treated at St. Ann hospital. Two other passengers in the auto were uninjured. The auto was headed west at the time of the crash and the vehicle sustained extensive damages. A truck driven by Lester P. Mattoon, 44, Britt, which was loaded with 11 tons of fertilizer struck a power pole at the northeast outskirts of Algona at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and suffered an estimated $400 damage. Mattoon was headed east on highway 18 at the time. He turned south into a driveway and struck the pole. No charges were filed by Pollcenian Rich Groen who investigated the accident. Two autos collided 5 % miles north and two miles west of Algona on a county blacktop road at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, causing an estimated $800 damage to the vehicles. Drivers of the autos were Albert E. Urch, 26, Algona, and Jeanette L. Hanna, 18, Lone Rock. Urch was headed north and Miss Hanna south at the time. The autos sideswlped at the crest of a hill. No charges were filed by Patrolman Charles Bird who investigated. Honor Burt Pastor Rev. H. A- Amist, Burt, pastor of the Burt Presbyterian Church, will serve as 9 commissioner at the 174th general assembly of the United Presbyterian Church meet, ing in New York, May 17-24. A commissioner is a voting delegate. Honored At S.U.I. Kathryn Bay, daughter of Mr and Mrs Melyin Bay, is one of a group of students at State University of Iowa to be recognised, May 19, at an Honors Convocation, students must have; 9 straight "B" average or better to qualify. She is a freshman at SUI, New Manager For Nursing Home Named The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society wishes to announce effective May 1, that 01- lie Nasby will succeed Herbert Lindquist as manager of the Algona Good Samaritan Home. At the same time, Mrs. Nasby will become supervisor of nursing. Mrs. Nasby, a registered nurse, has been nursing supervisor at the Good Samaritan Home at Jackson, Minn, the past six years. Mr. Lindquist will assume similar duties at the new Good Samaritan Center in Davenport. Algona Man To Survive Two Bullet Wounds An Algona man, Russell Hardgrove, 49, who was flown by air ambulance to University hospitals at Iowa City last Wednesday af- iernoon where two .22 caliber bullets could be removed from his sody, is expected to recover, according to latest word from the hospital. Before he was taken to Iowa City, Hardgrove told investigating officials the gunshot wounds were self-inflicted. According to Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, who with Dr. Joseph Rooney was called to the scene of the shooting, the incident took place about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. The shooting occurred a-half- mile south of highway 18 on the gravel, -road east ok theJ-Algona i n«»'' > '' . " -1 ' was called at 12:40 after Bob Llckteig, 32, discovered Hardgrove lying in the ditch on the east side of the road. Lickteig saw a gun in the man's hand when he went past the scene, so he went o the Jerry Haas farm nearby and the sheriff's office was noti- ied. When the deputy sheriff arrived, Hardgrove had rolled over on his side and the pistol handle was protruding-from the pocket on the right side of his overalls. Wood said the semi-conscious man stated he had fired two bullets into lis body. The gun contained two expended shells and one loaded cartridge when taken from the man. The bul- ets were .22 shorts and were fired rom a small German gun. An ambulance was called and .he injured man was, rushed to St. Ann hospital for x-rays and )ossible treatment. According to Dr. Rooney, one slug entered iardgrove's stomach, the other lis chest. The bullets entered his )ody on the left side, near his ower ribs. Following preliminary treatment here, he was taken to Iowa City and surgery performed the same evening. It was thought the sur- ;ery was successful and that the man's life has been saved. Authorities could not determine he cause of the act. Rites Held For C. Larson, 11, Algona Farmer Funeral services for Cornelious Carson, 72, Algona farmer, were leld Thursday afternoon in the iamilton Funeral Home here. Rev. Newton Coughenour officiated and >urial was at Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers at the rites were -•eo McEnroe, Carl H u t c h i n s, George Miller and Oswald Thilges. Mr. Larson died Monday, Apr. 30, at his farm home near here. He had been in ill health since last fall. Born at Princeton! HI, he mar- •ied Grace Johnson in 1927 at Lake ?ark, Minn, and the Larsons moved to this area in 1936. Besides his wife, he is survived >y a daughter, Frances Larson, at home; and three sisters, Mrs. Will Johnson, Lake Park, Minn., Mrs. Emma Schalin and Mrs. A. J. Jacobsen, both of Princeton, 111. Riebhoff Farm And Implement Firm Struck Fires at a Kossuth county farm, and an Algona business firm, did an estimated $25,000 or more damage the past few days. A fire on the Don Riebhoff farm northwest of Algona destroyed several farm buildings and contents and a fire that gutted the shop of Taylor Mercury and Implement Co. here resulted in thousands of dollars in damage. The fires were the second and third of a serious nature within a 10-day period. 3 Buildings Lost The fire at the Riebhoff farm 2 miles west and 3'/4 miles north of Algona occurred about 1 p.m. Thursday. A large barn, garage and machine shed were destroyed and only the efforts of the Algona fire department saved a large hog house. Estimated damage was $5,000 to buildings and $2,000 to contents. At the time the fire broke out, Mrs. Riebhoff and the Riebhoff's infant baby, slightly more than a week old, were home alone. Mr. Riebhoff had gone to Burt and was notified of the fire when he reached town. He returned to the farm at once. It is possible sparks from a trash burner, made out of a 55 gal. drum with both ends cut out, started the fire which could be seen for many miles. The trash burner tipped over and it is possible sparks blew from there to the nearby garage. The garage was almost destroyed before Mrs. Riebhoff, who was in the house, knew anything of the fire. -.Discovery of the fire: was made r. J1 i*? Haas, who was plowing in a field 'nearby. He and a brother notified Mrs. Riebhotf, called the firemen and got a car out of the garage. They also got several cattle and sheep away from the buildings and sprayed water on the house until firemen arrived at the scene. When firemen arrived, the garage and machine shed, containing a wagon loaded with ground feed, were burned to the ground and the barn was shooting flames at least 50 feet into the air. The southeast portion of the roof on the hog house was in flames, which were quickly extinguished. The fire was so hot that putty around windows on the east side of the home melted and paint was blistered on the structure, which is located some distance from the barn. The barn contained hay and straw. According to the Riebhoffs, the loss was partially covered by insurance. Taylor Implement Fire The fire at Taylor's occurred shortly after noon Saturday and damage there will probably surpass $20,000 — although the exact amount will not be known until an insurance adjustor makes a check. Roger Palmer, longtime employee of the firm, was alone in the building when an explosion set off the blaze. According to Dean Taylor, one of the owners of the firm, it is not known for sure if gasoline, cleaning fluid or some other agent exploded. At any rate, Palmer, seeing he could not get to the telephone in the building, raced across the street to the Kossuth Oil Co. and called the fire department. When firemen arrived, dirty black smoke was pouring out of the roof and through two large back doors in the structure. Hampered by thick smoke, they had quite a time getting the fire out. Smoke flooded the whole building and part of the adjoining neighborhood before the blaze was, brought under control. Two large work rooms in the rear of the building, which was built in 1945-46, were practically gutted. Two late model used cars, a Cushman motor scooter, all owned by Taylor's, and tractors owned by three customers were damaged beyond repair. A total of 150 panes of glass were shattered, mostly due to heat. The office area of the building was dirtied with smoke and many parts, tools, etc. were damaged. Members of the staff of the firm cleaned the floors and office area Sunday. This was the scene that greeted firemen when they reached the Don i house, but were put out. Kiebhoff farm northwest of Algona Thursday afternoon. The garage,! Total damage was estimated at $7,000 and it is thought the fire center, and machine shop, right center, were leveled, and flames and! E ot > l . s start fr ° m sparks blowing out of the overturned trash burner to smoke were shooting out of the large barn in the background. M!O nLlvf rf° US ^'.v, i . • r t u u • «. u B MrSl Riebhoff and the couple's infant baby were in the house when Flames also reached a large hog house, seen to the right of the I the fire broke out. (UDM Newsfoto — Engraving) •"Th'e Back shop had been painted during recent months. A portion of (ho roof was buckled and will have to be replaced, and of course much remodeling will have to be done before the building is in top shape again. Local fireman also extinguished a grass fire near the Milwaukee depot at 11:30 a.m. Friday. There was no damage. New Fertilizer Plant At S-City Swea City — The Swea City Farmers Elevator was granted permission this week by the city council to build a building, 50 x 120 feet, to be used as a dry blend fertilizer plant. Barney Parker, manager, stated Ihis week that the plant will be built at an estimated cost of $40,000 dollars. Construction will begin next week. Will Construction Co. of Fort Dodge will be contractors. Damage Suits, Divorces Filed In Court Here Five new cases, including two damage suits and two divorces, were filed this week in district court here. Largest of the damage cases was filed by James Antoine, plaintiff, against Taylor Imp. Co. and the Behlen Manufacturing Co., defendants. The plaintiff is seeking $7,320 for what he alleges is a corn crib that is of no value. That's the amount he paid for it when it was erected and he claims faulty construction and parts that have rusted have made it useless. Michael W. Seller, plaintiff, is asking a total of $996.50 damage /from A. F. .Agena, defendant; na I support of a minor-son., /.a result of an auto mishap that I -Vane M. Wldebrand, pit fiffiltfAfl .er/V" 't*iff**O omiffl * nt A1rtr\Hn I r-fiftlftni-f n rll**r\**r\£t #nnv-r+ " . -six" miles south of Algona Nov. 27, 1960. The plaintiff charges the defendant with negligence and claims $445 net loss from his auto that had to be salvaged, $l!00 that he had just spent for a new engine and $251.50 for medical care and expenses. Roger M. Watts, plaintiff, is seeking $312.31 from the Whittemore Co-Op Elevator, defendant. Watts alleges the amount is due him as dividend on a share of stock in the corporation. The LuVerne Co-Op Elevator is plaintiff and Ted Hilbert, defendant, in another matter. The elevator is seeking $330.86 for merchandise allegedly sold to the defendant. Cruel and inhuman treatment is charged in both of the divorce matters. Deanna Davis is plaintiff and Jack W. Davis, defendant, in one. They were married Feb. 7, 1959 at Albert Lea and separated in April, 1962. She asks $50 per month for ', seeking a "p7alnitff,J&^ from, Glen O".'' , Hildebranrt, defendant. They were married Sept. G, 1952 at Sioux Falls and separated Mar. 3, 19B2. There is a minor daughter and the plaintiff seeks $15 per week support for the child. Forgery Count Forrest R. Anderson was bound over to district court and held in lieu of $1,000 bond following a preliminary hearing of a charge of forgery in Justice Delia Welter's court here this week. The man allegedly altered a $2 check into a $10. The check had been paid to him by an Algona man and the original charge had been filed in Justice C. II. Ostwinklo'.s court. Medical Delegate Dr. M. G. Bourne of Algona will be the official delegate from Kossuth County to attend the Iowa Medical Society convention, May 13-16, at DCS Moines. Several Algona firemen were inside the blazing, smoke-filled building housing Taylor Implement and Taylor Mercury on South Phillips street here when the above photo was snapped. Called to the scene shortly after nocu Saturday, firemen were on duty for some time before the flames were brought under control. It is thought resulting damage will surpass $20,000. Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Elbert can be seen in a white coat near the center of the picture, directing operations of the firemen. The man near Elbert) is Roger fire got its start from walking toward the camera through the smoke Palmer, who was alone in the building when th some sort of an explosion. Practically the entire rear < or shop) area of the building was gutted. Also damaged beyond repair were two autos and three tractors. According to Dean Taylor, one of the owners of the firm, it was fortunate the explosion did not occur during the morning when the shop had been full of cars, tractors, customers and employess. (UDM News- foto — Engraving)

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