The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 10, 1962 · Page 1
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By Russ Waller * * * If Iowa hopes to create tourisl traffic - or halt some that passes through the state - there must be the development of many more good campgrounds along the main highways. Today's vacationers in ever - increasing numbers are traveling with their own camping equipment, and with camp guides that tell them where they can find a good spot to stop, with firewood, a picnic table, fireplace, and running water. * * * .. Th ? r , c "re only 50 campsites listed for the whole state, and the biggest is a Federal campground at Coralville. The largest state site is at Clear Lake. Even Kansas only has two less campgrounds than Iowa. One or two or even three may travel motel style, bul most families larger than that and with modest budgets to spend, can only afford to camp along t! ° way. * * * Being Interested in the subject, we took a six day camping trip ourself, with a comparatively small umbrella tent for two boys, and using a club wagon with air mattresses for two adults. After a mosquito-infested night at a Federal campground at Pike Bay near Cass Lake, Minnesota, we discovered Bemidji State Park, a veritable camper's paradise. Fed- Jlotnes ESTABLISHED 1665 Entered as second class mnllor at the postofriee at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1B32, tinder Act of Congress of March 3, 187!). ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JULY 10, 1962 2 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES "lus 8 Page Tabloid VOL. 97 - NO. 27 Crop Loss In Sudden Storm eral campsites are usually free' this state park charged $1 a night' and furnished showers, flush toikts, hot water, cold water, fire- vvood, and two mosquito sprays an evening of the whole camp. * * * Outdoor camping comes in a variety of styles and equipment. I'd say that our own style was on the simple side, but many an outfit |s quite ornate. One puzzles why,, with, stone fireplaces constructed for each site, and plenty of i woods, most campers carry their own portable stoves, but everyone to their fancy. We pre-' diet that within a few years more and more people will discard the heavy-duty trailer for all-purpose vehicles which can be converted easily into sleeping quarters for at least four. When rain struck for four solid days, the damp umbrella tent was abandoned, and all four of us slept in a club wagon, with ease, and in the early morning when damp cold settled, in comparative comfort with a little quick heat from the motor. • * * Iowa cannot hope to cause camping travelers to stop for a week or two in any given site, unless near water. But with adequate campsites, they would stop more often. In Bemidji, the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce said his merchants report camping tourists are the best summer customers. They have a home away from home, and live accordingly. • • • There is considerable talk about "knitting the family together", and camping sure does it, especially with four in one wagon. You even learn to play "Crazy 8", a card game most suitable to wet weather... we noted two young couples in a Montana car camped nearby, with one tent — quite cozy, we'd say ... guess who was on a big wrestling card at Bemidji, none other than Texas Bob" Geigel • * • Here, we are wondering how to find a place to exhibit County Historical Society items. In Bemidji they had the same problem. A local citizen offered to donate a collection of genuine Indian relics gathered by his father and himself over a period of 90 years, one of the finest original collections of Chippewa items in the country. Only catch was, he asked that they be placed in a fireproof building, and open to the public. Bemidji raised $40,000 by donations, and had nearly completed a new structure on the lakefront for this collection and a museum for wildlife exhibits as well, « » * Iowa has dozens of potential campsites for family groups who cross pur state. None is any better situated than the site now occupied by the Algona city dump, which is nearing the end of its usefulness but not its constant blight as an eyesore. Right on highway 169, just a quarter mile from highway 18, it would, we believe, be full all Hospitalize 6 After Three Area Crashes Three automobile accidents, last week, hospitalized six persons in this area. Two of the accidents were in Kossuth county, the third on the Kossuth - Hancock county line, involving Kossuth folks. The injured: Mr and Mrs Earl Shcppard and Mr and Mrs John Weydert, Algona. Clinton Eden, 21, Wesley. Carroll Asche, 23, Titonka. Gary Nerem, 17, Rcnwick. Larry D. Anderson, 19, Renwick. The Sheppards and Weyderts were in a car driven by Mr Weydert, when it was involved in a collision with another vehicle driven by Charles Sheets of Britt on a county road southeast of Woden. All except Sheets were taken tr the Britt hospital. Mrs Sheppard and Mrs Weydert received severe lacerations, and Mrs Weydert a fractured arm and shoulder. The men were not so seriously hurt The accident happened Wednes day of last week. Eden's car left the blacktop roaf it was traveling near Wesley anf went into a ditch three miles norti of Wesley, last Thursday, a block from Eden's home. He suffered cuts and bruises, and Carroll Asche also received cuts and bruises. Both men were treated at the Britf hospital and later released. The Renwick young men were in car that crashed into a ditch -wesj of Algona, on highway 18, last •Thursday. Nerem was a passenger, Anderson was driving. The car traveled across a ditch and hit a pile of baled hay inside a farm fence, six miles west of Algona. Head cuts and bruises were suffered by both young men, and Anderson also received a nose injury. They were released from St. Ann hospital after being overnight patients. Let Hi School Bleacher Job, $9,480 A contract for new bleachers, seating 1,152 persons at a cost of $9,480, was awarded to Ready-Mix Concrete and Lumber Co. of Algona by the school board of the Algona Community School District following an opening of bids here Friday night. * The bleachers, of the type found in football stadiums at colleges and universities, are expected to be completed by Sept. 1 this year — in time for the 19(!2 football season and the Kossuth Band Festival. According to Stipt. O. B. Laing, the total capacity of four sections to be built is figured with 18-inchcs of seating for each person. The cost amounts to about $8.24 per scat. : Tliorc will be three 288-spal units constructed on (lie north siilt 1 of the bowl-shappd football field-track sot-up now being built on school property in the southeast portion of Algona and one 2KS-soal unit on the south side of the field. The three on the north will be centered at the 50-yard line and the single unit on the south will have one edge on the 50, so (hut it will be possible to add oilier like mills in the future. Ono olher Algona firm, Mr- fiiiiro Construction, entered a bid. It was for Sfl.7BI.80 and was for (he same typo rif bleacher construction. Ft is expeoled Hie new bleachers will provide plenty of room for fans this fall — if hist season's crowd can he used as a criterion. Largest crowd last year was 1.000. Snpt. Laing stated Hint (he gravel twking area northwest of the no,, football field is rpii.lv and that additional parking will he available north and south of the football field, if il is not muddy. Main entrance to the new lay-out is on the south end of Sample street. Wesleyans Wed 50 Years Four Named As Ridiculous Day Leaders Algona's annual Ridiculous Day will take place next week, Friday July 20, with a committee consisting of Ervin Wiltgen, Ed Wolf. Gerald Bomgaars and Frank Saiter handling arrangements. The theme will be "Gold Rush Days", and costumes with that theme are being suggested, although "anything goes." There will be a Ridiculous Day band operating in the evening, and the Bit and Spur Saddle Club will DUt on a parade at 2 p.m., complete with the trimmings of the Gold Rush Days. A mounted callipe will also be on hand, with all 43 brass whistles in operations. Twenty-five dollars in cash will be awarded al 3:30 p.m. on Friday Mr. and Mrs. John J. Lickteig, Wesley, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary July 15 with an open house for friends and relatives at St. Joseph's hall from 2 to 4:30 p.m. A cordial invitation is extended to all. (UDM Engraving) summer with campers. Entered into the camp guides with detailed information, as are all other qualified sites, it would be an inexpensive attraction for the entire sum' mer season. Otherwise, we can just wave to the travelers as they pass ty. Two Small Boys Admit Setting Church Fire A near-disastrous fire was averted here early Thursday evening when it burned itself out after causing slight damage at the Methodist church. After discovery of the blaze, Policeman Pete Jorgenson apprehended two local boys, aged 7 and 9, and they admitted they had set the blaze. Juvenile action awaits the boys, who reportedly have been in trouble with the law before. Custodian Walter Klamp and Mrs Louis Kclley, who had gone to the church to attend a meeting, discovered the burned area in the church when they entered the building and smelled smoke. A Christian flag, which stood in the chancel, had been burned, the flag pole was burned and the flag dropped on carpeting nearby, in turn igniting it. Fortunately, the fire burned itself out or the entire building might have gone up in smoke. A 15 x 25 inch hole was burned in the carpet. It was also discovered that a little money was taken from a coin box near a magazine rack at the church. Mrs Walter Klamp, who was sitting outside in an auto, saw the two boys looking in a church window, but they ran away when she asked them what they were doing. Her description of the boys to the police resulted in their apprehension. Fair Plans Progress Vern McClure, secretary of the Kossuth County Fail', said Saturday that plans are progressing for the 1962 exposition here, dated for Aug. 14 through Aug. 17, Tuesday through Friday. Bookings have been completed for the entertainment program for all four days, be said. 80 At Road Hearing; Burt Protests Heard A delegation of 80 people, mostly from the Burt area, attended the Iowa State Highway Commission hearing on the proposed highway 169 improvement and relocation in Kossuth county. The hearing was held in the court house Thursday evening, July 5. State hogineer Raymond Kassel presented facts ou the project which included colored slides of the area involved. The $909,400 project will consist of right-of-way, grading and culverts, paving, shoulder widening and erosion control for highway 169 south of Algona to State Highway 9. A mile and a half of the highway south and west of Burt would be relocated and new pavement constructed. Bridges would be improved and resurfacing done to 23 miles of the highway from four miles south of Algona to the junction with highway 9. The main objection of the Burt people, represented by Don Hutchison, Algona lawyer, was that the new program allows only one access to Burt on the west. Their appeal was for an approach from he north in addition to the west access. A resolution bearing 255 signatures of Burt residents was presented. Supt. Harold Martin of the Burt School stressed the fact that many school activities take place near he proposed west intersection and he traffic congestion would endanger school children as well as other pedestrians and travelers. Merle Schweitert, Burt farmer, stated his farm land would be livided by the highway improvements and asked about right-of- way purchase. He was told there would be an appraisal made of the iroperty. Robert Hamilton who operates a as station on the highway north f Burt claimed the elimination of a north access would hurt his business and the business of Burt. Lyle Anderson, Algona, owner traffic detour during construction and was told that there would be an access to homes or businesses near the detour. The hearing of all comments and protests was tape recorded and will be heard by the five state highway commissioners. The 25- mile project is expected to be done during 1963. Weishaars Wed 50 Years High Wind Hits Big Area With Much Damage if the Colonial Motel, asked about support. W. A. White, Former Algona Man, Passes Funeral services for W. A. White, former Algona resident, were held Monday, July 9, at Perry. Mr White died in Wallingford. Pa. where he had been living with his son, Perry. Survivors include three sons, Perry, Hiram, Carmel, Cal., and Don, Des Moines, and a daughter, Mrs Buckner, Austin, Tex. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Two Divorces Are Filed Here Two divorces were filed in district court here this week. Trellis Willis, plaintiff, is seeking a divorce and custody of three small children from George T Willis, defendant. Married at Mitchell, S. D., July 1, 1955, the couple separated Jan. 1 this year. The plaintiff asks suitable allowance for support, charging cruel and inhuman treatment. In the other action, Marion M Meyers, plaintiff, is seeking a divorce from John J. Meyers. They were married here Mar. 19, 195s and have three small children. The plaintiff seeks custody of the children and suitable allowance for Whittemore — Funeral services for Olto Bell, 73, were held Monday, July 2, 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran church with the Rev. Cleo Kautsch officiating. Pallbearers were Alfred Meyer. William Hanover, Jr., William Meyer, Jr., Melvin Roeber of here, Melvin Bell of West Bend and Erwin Koehnecke of Hartley. Hyink Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Otto Bell was the son of the late Ferdinand Bell and his wife Marie. He was born on a farm northeast of West Bend, June 15, 1889. He attended Lutheran school and grew to manhood on the farm home. May 2, 1913, he was unrtecl in marriage to Alvina Roeber, the late Rev. William Faulstich performing the ceremony. After their marriage they moved to their home here in town and Mr Bell, worked as a carpenter until 1911! when he sold the home and started farming three miles north of town. He retired from farming in 1941 and came back to Whittemore. His wife preceded him in death in 1958. He is survived by three sons and one daughter, Alfred, Bernard and Elmer 0. Bell and (Irene) Mrs Maurice Scheint, all of Whittemore, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs William Meyer, Sr., Mrs Mathilda Meyer and Mrs William Roeber; two brothers, William Bell of West Bend, Robert Bell of Algona; four half-brothers, Werner Gade, West Bend, Herman Gade, Algona, Hugo Gade, Algona, and Edwin Gade of Whittemore: two half-sisters, Mrs Dora FauV- stich of here and Mrs Emit Bkv- stedt of Fenton. Mr Bell passed away Friday morning, June 29, in 'the Lake View Rest Home in Emmetsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Woisliaar of Algona will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, July 22, beginning with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Cecelia's Catholic church. A dinner for the immediate family will follow and open house will be held at St. Cecelia's Academy from 2 to 5 p.m. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Mr. and Mrs. Weishaar are parents of nine children, all of whom plan to be present for the occasion. (Glenn's Studio Photo — UDM' Engraving) Lutherans Call Pastor, W-Bend Members of Peace Lutheran church at West Bend have extended a call to the Rev. Walter Resner of Kingsley to become pastor of the congregation. The church is presently being served by the Rev. Allen Ruclow of LuVerne as interim pastor since the Rev. D. E. Weiss left June 2ti to serve a new charge ut Jefferson. Rev. Weiss, who had been pastor of the church lere for five years, und his wife and family were honored at a farewell party here prior to their k'parture. Files Petition In Bankruptcy Wm. E. Gilligan, who has operated Bill's Market here for the past several years, filed a petition of bankruptcy in Federal court in Fort Dodge last week. The first meeting of creditors has been called for July 16, 2 p.m., Federal building at Fort in the Dodge. John H. Mitchell is the referee in bankruptcy, but Gordon Winkel of Algona has been named as temporary receiver locally. The store closed last week. The petition was filed July 5. Liabilities were listed at $56,169.65 and assets of $40,630.67. Ray Davidson Passes; Rites Are Held Here Funeral services for Ray Davidson, 74, Algona, were held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel, with Rev. N. M. Coughenour of t li e Methodist church officiating. Burial followed ut Evergreen cemetery ut Em- metsbyrg. Pallbearers were Ed Thompson, Frank Sterling, Milo Koliasch, H. W. Ireland, John Eraser and Raymond Reid. Mr Davidson died Mo,,day evening, July •>, at St. Ann hospital here following a lengthy illness. Raymond A. Davidson was the son of J. P. and Ursula Francisco Davidson. He was married Jan 12, 1910 to ELsie McClellan at Morning Sun. His wife preceded him in death. He was engaged in farming for a number of years and more recently had been a carpenter. He resided in Algona for the past 2',i years. He is survived by a son, Merle, Des Moines; two sisters, Ethel Gilles, Algona, and Edith Miller, Augusta, Wis.; a brother, Clare, El Paso, Tex.; and a grandson. Cora Stow Of Burt Passes At Age Of 88 Mrs Cora Stow, 88, died Friday night at St. Ann hospital where she had been hospitalized several days. Mrs Stow had been living at a Burt nursing home for the past year. Until that time she had resided in her own home at Burt. She had been a member of the Presbyterian church and ladies society for more than 50 years and a member of the Jolly Ten and the sewing circle. She was born Auril 11, 1874 north of Algona und had lived all her life in Kossuth county. Her husband, James, preceded her in death in 1945. They had farmed in the Burt area until the early 1930s when they moved to Burt. Funeral services were held at Burt Monday. Garry funeral home of Bancroft was in charge of arrangements. Survivors are: three daughters, Mrs Cecil Gotifreclson, Humboklt, Mrs Walter Koch, LaGrange, 111., und Mrs Clifford Parrish, Louisville, Ken., and two sons Donald of Pensacola, Flu. and Willard of Humboldt. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. A son Perry preceded her in death. Guard Unit To Camp Algona's unit of the National Guard left last Friday for Camp Guernsey, Wyo. fur a two-week training camp. They reached Guernsey Sunday, in convoy. Firemen Called Algona firemen were called to the Alfred Scherer residence at 410 South Phillips street at 11:40 a.m. Saturday when wiring on an automobile began to burn. The fire had been extinguished when firemen arrived. A sudden windstorm, accompanied by drenching rain, some hail, and lightning struck Kossuth county shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday. The high winds lasted about a half lour. While several fires resulted Vom lightning, or broken elec- .rical lines sheared off by falling rees and branches, the chief lamage seemed to center in the irea between Whittomore and West Bend, whore a 40 percent lamage to field crops was esti- natccl. This area was about seven miles vide, and eight to 10 miles long, 'trough Whiltemore and Garfield ownships, mainly. In Whitlemo'-e, a plate glass vinclow was blown in at the va- ant Swanson building. On the B. Gcelan farm, tenanted by lay Voigt, windows were blown i, and outbuildings moved from their foundations. Bob Ewold, 17, Whittemore youth, was picked up in a gust of wind and thrown six feet into the air as he ran down the street. Fields were ripped up in other areas. In the St. Benedict - Lu- Verne area, severe damage from high winds to crops was reported. County Mutual Claims Reports of other damage at area farms began to flood the office of the Kossuth Mutual Insurance Association here early Monday— and were still pouring in today. According to Lola Scuffham, secretary, many more large claims are expected. Here is the incomplete list of losses claimed at that'office: John Erpelding, TV antenna; Richard Arend, evelator; KatherinA Baud, er, Emma Lou Dutton, John A. Simpson and Annette E. Arend, •ombination door on dwelling; Earl Schmitt, soot damage to lothing when a chimney blew off building; Rose Schumacher, vindow broken in house, roof and cupola on corn crib damaged. Mary Stainbrook, cupola torn and shingles damaged on hog house and spreader damaged; R. H. Ostwalcl, elevator blown over, shingles blown off roof; Peter Buumann, shingles blown off dwelling and barn; Hugo Meyer, TV antenna; all in the Whittemore area. The farm of Agnes Pearce, Whittemore, suffered severe damage. The chimney was blown off and windows broken in the dwelling, the garage was destroyed and a machine shed damaged. In other areas, a cupola was blown off a crib on the Harold Roethler farm at Livermore; a barn roof was damaged on the Roy M. Valvick place at Swea City; the William Decker farm suffered loss of a cupola off the hog house at Lot Is Creek; the roof was damaged on a hog house at the Mary Kain farm at Plum Creek; John B. Weilund, Lotts Creek, and Cecil H. Mennen, Bancroft, lost TV antennas; und ut the Fred Kampen furm, Ottosen, doors were damaged on the dwelling and machine shed and windows were damaged in other buildings. Kossuth Mutual had more than 300 claims in May following a similar storm. Six Algonu Fire Calls A total of six fire calls svere received during the storm. Fire Chief Ira Kohl reported firemen went to thw Algona Locker Plant, Hillcrest Trailer Court and to various locations on Hall, Thorington and Williams streets when wires burned. The final cull was to the Wei- denhoff Corp. plant east of town when the fire control system there set off its alarm when there was a change in pressure in the system. Firemen hurried to the scene, but no fire was located. As a result of fires and other calls, the electric department of Algona Municipal Utilities was kept busy for quite a while during and after the storm. Jim Palmer, superintendent, reported that all repairs had been completed, some in town, some rural, before the end of the night. The city street department was called out Sunday to begin clearing streets and parkings of all the deans blown from trees and bushes. The crews stayed on the cleanup job Monday,

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