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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 16, 1965
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Mor-Gro Wins $?5,562 Jury Verdict Explosion At Irvington Plant Basis Of Suit A district court jury found for the plaintiff, coming in with a verdict at 1:10 a.m. Friday and awarding $15,562.57 to Mor-Gro, Inc. for damages from Eaton Metal Products Corp. The case grew out of an explosion Dec. 14,1962 at the former Mor-Gro plant in Irvington and the original petition, filed here Dec. 18, 1963, asked a total of $29,234.12, including $19,234.12 for damages to property of the firm and $10,000 for interruption of business. Jurors who heard the case included Erma Lichter and James Will, Algona, John Wilson, Burt, Dave Lynch, Lone Rock, Evelyn Stetzel, West Bend, Lawrence Farrow, Lakota, Verla Brandt and Verle Nelson, Titonka, Joe Ezarski, Corwith, ArlieGoetsch, LuVerne, Dorothy Pingel, Swea City, Bert Weaver, Buffalo Center, with Betty Uthof, Fenton, alternate, and Judge G. W. Stillman presiding. The original petition filed in the matter stated the explosion occurred near Mor-Gro's buildings when a 1,000 gallon tank, mounted on a trailer, blew up, causing extensive damage. Mor-Gro claimed the tank, purchased Aug. 15, 1955, was defectively welded. It was alleged one end of the tank was blown completely through the Morea plant, entering the east wall and going out the west, demolishing the building and destroying its contents. Other equipment nearby was also demolished. A wheel from the trailer was blown off and hit a dwelling about' 250 feet away, damaging the building and another wheel struck a metal grain elevator 500 feet away, damaging that building also. Damages to the Mor-Gro property and other property damaged in the explosion were included in the original amount asked. Two new cases were also filed this week. Arnold Emery et al, plaintiff, asks a declaratory judgment against Kenneth Fraser et al, defendant, claiming Fraser has done things with real estate, contrary to the terms of the will of Mary Fraser, deceased. The petition'asks that Fraser be required to pay taxes, mortgage principal and interest on the property and $500 for attorney's fees. In the other matter, Sharon Elbert filed for divorce from Charles Elbert, charging cruel and inhuman treatment. Married here July 18, 1955, there are five minor children. The plaintiff asks temporary and permanent alimony and care, support and education for the children, seeking $30 per month per child and alimony as the district court deems just and proper. Petit jurors were slated to report again Monday at 10 a.m. Duck Came From Tennessee SWEA CITY - A banded mallard duck shot at Iowa Lake last November by Mervln Johnson of rural Swea City was banded near Kingston, Tenn., according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. ®he Kossuth County's Favorite For TOO Yeari ESTABLISHED 1865 Entefed as second rlass matter at the poftofnrc nt Algnna. Iowa, Nov. 1, 1832, under Act of Conuress ol March .1. 1870 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 1965 8 Pages VOL. TOO - NO. 19 City Buys 12,000 In New Civic Equipment The Algona city council purchased two new pieces of equipment during a regular meeting here Wednesday night - with low bidders receiving contracts for a fire truck body and police car. Successful bidder on the fire truck body and equipment, which will be mounted on a new chassis purchased recently, was the Luverne Fire Apparatus Co., Luverne, Minn., withabidof$9,950. The American Fire Apparatus Co., Marshalltown, only other bidder, entered a bid of $11,224.90. A new Ford police car (a second car) for the local department, replacing the motorcycle which has been in use here for several years will be delivered by Taylor Motor Co. for a bid price of $2,117.75. Bids on the auto were also received from Kossuth Motor, $2,276.46; Ken's Auto Service, $2,365.60; Percival Motors, $2,500; Schultz Bros., $2,795; and Dau's Garage, $2,878. All bids came from local firms. In other action, the council appointed Mrs. Cliff Skogs- trom and Steve Ostrum to the playground commission to replace Marie O'Brien and Don Potter. Terms of the appointments are three years. The council also okayed purchase of gravel from Bob Deal, area farmer, at a price of 18 cents per yard during the coming year - with from $400 to $500 worth thought to be needed for local projects. It will be loaded at Deal's farm south of the city and brought in when necessary. Mayor Bill Finn stated following the meeting that the appraisal of the present post office building here had set its value at $36,000- and that there had been no type of action taken by city officials in an attempt to purchase it for use as a city hall and police station. It has also been reported at ' least 6*ne other party is interested in the building, but it is not known for certain when it will be sold. A move to the new post office will have to be made before a sale can take place. Gus Sjogren, Resident 73 Years, Dies Sunday Gus Sjogren, 82, well-known retired Algona grocer, died quietly at his home here about 7:15 p. m. Saturday following a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Mr. Sjogren, a resident here for the past 73 years, will be held today (Tuesday) at 2 p. m. in the First Lutheran church, with Rev. Robert Lorenz officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview cemetery and McCullough Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Sjogren had been in comparatively good health, despite his advanced years. Saturday evening at supper time, he asked his son Dick to "Get me a drumstick" referring to ice cream. Then he laid down and succumbed peacefully as he dozed. The Sjogren home is next door to the present grocery store location, where Mr. Sjogren and his son Dick lived. Mr. Sjogren's father was killed in a fall from a hay stack at the age of 42. Gus, after the family moved to Algona, was employed as a driver and stable boy at the P. 0. Peterson Livery here, at the age of 13, and then was employed by the Gilmore Grocery Co. as a delivery boy. He eventually went into partnership with Oliver Moe in the Moe and Sjogren Grocery, which operated next door to the Iowa State Bank for many years, Iowa JayCee Prexy Here dissolving business in 1941. To start the enterprise, Mr. Sjogren borrowed $1,500 on his signature. Later(, he and his sons established the present corner grocery operated in recent years by sons Dick and Don. Gustav Rudolph Sjogren, son of Peter G. and Caroline Fehrn Sjogren, was born June 10, 1882 at Watertown, Wise. He cama with his family to Bancroft as a child, then to Algona at the age of 10. His wife, the former Magdalena Pertl, died in 1956. Mr. Sjogren was a member of the First Lutheran church and for many years a deacon, and the Masonic lodge here. He is survived by three sons, Richard, Algona, and twins, Don, Algona, and Dean, West Covina, Cal.j a sister, Mrs. Beda Watson, San Francisco; and seven grandchildren. Heinle Taylor, Des Moines, state president of the Iowa JayCees, visited a dozen members of the local organization during a dinner Friday noon at the Algona Hotel - alter arriving here an hour late. Mr. Taylor, a legal counsel for the 7-Up Co., is shown seated in the center of the above photo, flanked by Jim Buscher, right, local JayCee president, Ivan Lester, Webster City, peeking in at the left, state vice president, and Jim Chalstrom, standing, past president here. His appearance here was one of several slated at various Iowa clubs. Main item of business wag a discussion of mem- Iowa at the present time is tied for the number the nation in that category - and would like to be that slot when the National Convention rolls around bership, as one spot in all alone in this summer. Also present at the local meeting was Ken Peirce, mayor pro tern. (UDM Polaroid Photo) Observes 25th Anniversary The Silver Anniversary of the Titonka Federated Club will be observed on Thursday, March 18, 1965, at 8 p. m. at the Titonka Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Although no written invitations will be sent, all former club members are invited and urged to attend. Other special guests will be the charter members of the club, the County officers, the Titonka Women's Club and the Doan Federated Women's Club, The program will consist of a one-act play under the direction of Mrs. Neal Boyken. Mrs. C. F. Callies will present music and a Recognition Ceremony will be conducted by Mrs. Ed Brandt, Mrs. Vern Wenger and Mrs. Cleo Nelson. Following the program tea will be served with Mrs. Mark Benda as chairman of the serving committee. Martin Bleich, Wesley, Dies In Bowling Alley Funeral services for Martin Albert Bleich were held Tuesday morning at the St. James Catholic church at Forest City. The Rev. Russell Bleich, son of Martin, was the celebrant at the solemn requiem High Mass. Casket bearers were Merle Deibler, Lee Siemer, Sterling Johnson, Clarence Johns, James Mitchell and Merle Steinmetz. Paul Schleusner and Joe Mackrill were ushers. Interment was at the St. Joseph cemetery at Wesley. Martin A. Bleich died unexpectedly of a heart attack Saturday evening at the Forest City Bowling Alley. He was born April 29, 1903, the son of Albert and Kathryn Larkin Bleich, near Wesley. He attended school at Wesley. July 30, 1929, he married Anna M. Seller at St. Benedict and they moved to Titonka where he worked 15 years as a butter- maker. Later, he and his family moved to Miller where they operated the Miller General Store until 1958. Afterward, they moved to Garner, then to Forest City. During the last several years, Mr. Bleich had been affiliated with the Imperial Financial Services Inc. as a salesman and had worked as a school bus driver for the Forest City-Leland school. He was a former member of the Holy Name Society and of Rotary. Surviving are his wife, Ann; one son, the Rev. Russell Bleich of Ossian; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary Jane) Besch of Whittemore, and Catherine Bleich of Rochester, Minn.; two brothers, Arthur and Frank of Wesley; four sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Mary) Forburger of Wesley; Mrs. William (Rena) Houdek of Garner, Mrs. AnnGar- man of Britt, Mrs. Lewis (Kathryn) Minnehan of Jefferson; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, John, and his parents. Other priests attending the services included Father Philip Dailey of Whittemore. Conservation Officer Files Bankruptcy State Conservation Officer Richard Roy Butler, Algona, filed a petition for bankruptcy in Federal District Court at Fort Dodge Friday. Butler, who began working for the commission May 1, 1962, was joined by his wife, Patricia Ann, in the action. Butler was conservation officer in Black Hawk County until November, 1964, when he was transferred to Kossuth County. In the petition, Butler and his wife list liabilities of $5,339.83 and assets of $810. Exempt assets totaled $735. The petition shows 13 unsecured claims with firms in Algona, Washburn, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Estherville, Butler has submitted his resignation to the law enforcement office of the commission. The resignation letter was dated March 1 and is effective March 22, 1965. The resignation letter said he was resigning to "accept another position." Butler's earnings for 1964 totaled $4,968.33 according to the accounting office of the commission. He claimed, four exemptions on each check. Mason Meet All Algona Masons are urged to ?**---) a Fellowship meeting at the Masonic Temple here Thursday, March 18, beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Following the dinner, an open meeting will be held, with Fr. Milo Dailey of the Episcopal church as featured speaker. Algona Hosts Free Corn, Soybean Clinic, Thursday 30 LuVerne Students On Honor Roll The honor roll at LuVerne high school for the fourth six week period shows seven students listed with A's and 23 on : the B list. A honor roll includes Linda Nelson and Clara Schnakenberg, seniors; Jane Hanselman, Dawn Lindebak and Elaine Schnakenberg, juniors; and Rita Patterson and Daryl Trauger, sophomores. On the B honor roll are Nancy Brink, Suzanne Dudley, PattiEr- pelding, Darlene Goetsch, Kris Hanselman, Daryl Jagels, David Naffziger and John Wickett, seniors; Conine Sanford and Earl Will, juniors; Rex Bristow, Luana Leek, Bart Selby, Tom Steil, Paul Trauger and Zelda Witzel, sophomores; and Jean Casey, Mary Cronk, Gary Ernst, Coleen Johns, Doug Nelson, Henry Schnakenberg and Duane Will, freshmen. Three Wesley Youths Hurt In Britt Wreck Three Wesley teenagers, Dick Bleich, 16, Michael Froehlich, 17, and Jim Youngwirth, 15, sustained injuries when an auto driven by the former slammed intoautility pole a mile west of Britt on old highway 18 at 5 p.m. Sunday. The injured were taken to the Britt hospital, all suffering with possible concussions, while Froehlich had a leg injury and Youngwirth scalp lacerations. The auto was headed east when it ran into some water on the highway and went out of control, striking the pole. Damage to the 1956 Chevrolet was estimated at $350 and Bleich was charged with driving too fast for the condition of the highway. Patrolman Tom Cogdall investigated. Algona Couple Injured When Cars Collide Earl H. Ludwig, 26, and his wife, Carol, 23, sustained minor injuries in a 2-car crash at the intersection of Lowe and McGregor streets here at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Mr. Ludwig sustained a cut jaw and Mrs. Ludwig a bruised left leg, when an auto driven by Mr. Ludwig collided with a car driven by Marcella A. Johnson, 31, Algona. Marcella Johnson was charged with failing to yield the right- of-way by police who investigated. Damage to the Ludwig auto was estimated at $500, while damage to the Johnson vehicle was $450. A day earlier, cars driven by Frank J. Stebritz, 79, Algona, and Louie J. Sobatta, 64, Mason City, collided at the intersection of Jones and Lucas streets. False Check Charge Filed, District Court Calvin B. Morris was charged with false drawing and uttering of a bank check in the amount of $25 in a district court information, filed by County Attorney Gordon Winkel, this weekend. Morris allegedly passed the check Jan. 19 at Bomgaars' store here. The check was written on a Richardson, Tex. bank. The petit jury was slated to report at 10 a.m. Monday for the jury trial of an OMV1 charge against Thomas Sampson, Algona, with Judge G. W. Stillman presiding. C L_ I v IXI I C THURSDAY, MARCH 18 V.F.W. Hall — Algona, Iowa 9:30 A. M. to 3:30 P. M. with FREE LUNCH AT NOON Sponsored in behalf of North Central Iowa Agriculture by THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES . . . The Farmer's Friend for 100 Years. Clinic Program Morning Session, starting at 9:30 a. m., in V.F.W. Main Hall, Algona. Dan Chisholm, Milwaukee, Master of Ceremonies "Modern Power and Production Methods", Norman Swinford, representing Allis-Chalmers, "Corn Hybrids for Modern Farming", Bob Christiansen, manager DeKalb Research Farm at Dayton. "Fertilizing for Top Profits", Dr. J. A. Strilzel, agronomist, Iowa State University, on behalf of FELCO. "Flame Cultivation", by representative North Central Public Service Co. FREE LUNCH IN V.F.W. downstairs hall. Afternoon Session — "Chemical Weed Control", Dwight Shaw, Amchem Products, Inc. "Soil Insect Control", Roger Didriksen, Shell Chemical Co. "Less Loss, More ProfiF at Harvest Time", C. R. Quitno, Allis-Chalmers Co. "Farm Financing Trends", C. W. Conn, president, Security State Bank, Algona. PANEL DISCUSSION, Questions and Answers. NORMAN SWINFORD "Modern Production" DR. J. A. STRITZEL "Fertilizer" Prepare For 500; To Serve Lunch At Noon Between 500 and 600 farmers are expected in Algona, Thursday, to attend a North Central Iowa Corn & Soybean Clinic. The event will be held in the V. F. W. Hall, starting at 9:30 a. m., and continuing through until about 3:30 p. m. A free lunch will be served at noon in the V. F. W. basement. The meetings will be held in the main floor ballroom. Most phases of agriculture, as it applies to the coming crop year, will be covered, in talks and in some cases with slides and film. The individual presentations will be limited to about 15 minutes, and a question and answer discussion will be offered at the conclusion of the afternoon program, at which time registration prizes will also be awarded. The program outline is detailed in an adjacent column. Power farming and new narrow width corn planting, corn hybrids, fertilizing, flame cultivation, chemical weed control, soil insect control, and farm financing trends, are all general topics to be covered. The panel discussion will follow. A number of nationally known firms are co-sponsoring the event, in conjunction with local , dealers of the firms, and other local businesses. The entire program and the noon luncheon are free, and all area farmers and persons interested in farming, are cordially invited to attend. National co-sponsors are the Allis-Chalmers Co., Amchem Products, DeKalb Agricultural Ass'n., Farmers Elevator Service Co., and Shell Chemical Co. A number of local firms are also co-sponsors, along withThe Algona Upper Des Moines. There are over 50 of these Clinics being held in the mid- west. This is the only one in this immediate area. Of special local interest will be the appearance on the program of Roger Didriksen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Didriksen of Algona, as a representative of the Shell Chemical Co. Heisagradu- ate of Algona high and Iowa State University. Each of the speakers touches on a different, but important subject pertaining to modern farming, and each is an expert in his own field. Don't miss the Corn & Soybean Clinic - you'll be a welcome guest. ROGER DIDRIKSEN "Insect Control" DWIGHT SHAW "Weed Control" C. W. CONN "Financing Trends" 'C. R. QUITNO "Harvest Time Profit"

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