The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 13, 1965 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 13, 1965
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St. Joe Boy, 3, Drowns In Cistern Gary Bormann Victim Of Farm Tragedy Gary Bormann, almost three, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bormann, fell into a underground water supply tank and was drowned about 5 p.m. Friday on the family farm just north of St. Joe. The little boy, one of seven Bormann children, was playing with other children in the yard at the farm, where the family had moved March 1, when the tragedy occurred. The supply tank, buried in the ground, had a wooden cover which, according to reports, apparently gave way when Gary fell against it and he dropped into the water below. A doctor from Bode was called, but efforts to revive the lad failed and Dr. Brainerd, assistant county medical officer from LuVerne, was called to investigate. Funeral services for Gary were held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic church at St. Joe, with Rev. Leo Schumacher officiating at a mass of the angels. Burial followed at the parish cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home, Algona, was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Randy and Raymond Faber, Dennis Bormann and Dean Hilbert. Gary John Bormann, son of Roger and Barbara Elenz Bormann, was born April 29, 1962 at New Hampton. Besides his parents, survivors include six brothers and sisters, Edward, Dean, Lee, Lisa, Rickie and Jerry; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Elenz; andpaternalgrandmother, Mrs. George Bormann, Alta Vista. B. R. Yeoman, Algona, Dies At His Home Bernard R. Yeoman, 49, resident of Algona for 45 years, died suddenly at his home here during the early hours Thursday. Mr. Yeoman was hospitalized for a short time after he suffered a broken hip Feb. 12. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p. m. in the First Baptist church, with Rev. Mack Carlson officiating. Burial was at Vernon cemetery, Renwick, and McCullough Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Dr. D. J. Shey, Dr. A. J. Cotton, Harold S. Roth, Lawrence Hutzell, Webster Orton and Wayne Keith. Born May 15, 1915 at Renwick, Bernard Raymond Yeoman was a son of George and Jennie Beckwith Yeoman. He attended school here and was married to Mary Helen Hudson at Ft. Dodge Dec. 20, 1935. He was employed as a salesman during his adult years. He is survived by his wife; his father, Algona; two sons, Richard, Algona, and David, Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Margaret, Algona; a sister, Adra (Mrs. Leslie Faber), Algona; a brother, Meryl, Denver, Colo.; and one grandchild. His mother preceded him in death. Rites HeFd For Frank Dontje Frank Dontje, 71, retired Swea City area farmer, died Tuesday night at his home. He had been in poor health for several years. Mr. Dontje was born Oct. 11, 1893, in Belling Wold, Holland, and came to the United States as a young man in 1913. He received his education in Holland. Oct. 24, 1923, he was married to Olive Mae Burnett at Algona and they farmed in the Lakota and Swea City area until retiring to Swea City in 1952. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Henry of Bancroft, August of Swea City and David of Forest City; three daughters, Mrs. John Karels, Mrs. Ray Hienz and Mrs. Donald Krull, all of Buffalo Center. Two brothers, Herman of Swea City and Henry of St. Peter; and 18 grandchildren. Funeral services we*re r 'helcl at 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel' Lutheran church with Rev. E. R. Mauss of the Swea City Methodist church officiating. Read H for more NBEWJ - S«« It for better PICTURES - Us* it for more BUSINESS Slgona CCTADIICUCn IOAC Entered as second class matter at the postoffire at Algona, AifnMA invA/A TliecrtAV ADDII 11 1OAC ESTABLISHED '*65 lnv . a Nov , 1()32 undcr Act of ConKress of March 3 . B18 79 AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 1V65 8 Pages VOL. 100 - NO. 27 Student Trip Crash Fatal For Two Senior Girl & Chaperone Tragic Mishap Victims A trip to a state convention of the Future Business Leaders of America, at Waterloo, by 27 Algona high school students and their chaperones, ended in tragic death for one student and one chaperone late Saturday afternoon. Mary Cowan, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cowan of Algona, and Mrs. Clarence Canaday, 40, were fatally injured in an automobile accident that occurred in a heavy rainstorm, one mile south of Allison, Iowa, as the group was returning home. Miss Cowan was a senior at Algona high, and had turned 18 only this month. Mrs. Canaday had originally not intended to make the trip, but decided to act as chaperone at the last minute. Hurt, and reportedly in fair to good condition at a Waterloo hospital were three others from Irvington: Mrs. John Schade, 18, the former RoxanneRogert, Janet Braun and Patty Schulz. Miss Braun is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Braun and Miss Schulz a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schulz, Jr. Mrs. Canaday was one of five adults making the trip in five cars which took the Algona high school students to the state conference. Mrs. Canaday was killed instantly in the tragic crash, while Miss Cowan died a short time later at a Waterloo hospital. Allison is located about 31 miles northwest of Cedar Falls. The 5-car caravan went to Waterloo Friday morning, for the two-day meeting. About 2:45 p.m. the various cars left for home. The accident near Allison happened about 4 p.m. In a car a short distance behind the machine driven by Mrs. Roxanne Rogert Schade, and owned by Mrs. Schade's husband, were Mrs. Robert Thompson and her daughter Judy, who was driving the second machine, Lavonne Saiter, Dianna Peterson, Judy Haag and Darlene Heinrich, the latter of Whittemore. Miss Saiter, one of those in Clark Resigns As Bancroft Mayor, Editor Mayor Harold Clark of Bancroft has resigned his municipal and newspaper positions to become a journalism instructor at South Dakota State University at Brookings. Clark, 55, has been editor of the Bancroft Register newspaper since 1936. New mayor is William R. Shoenhair, an employee of Welp's Hatchery, who has been mayor pro tern on the town council. Announcement of Clark's resignation came last Wednesday. His resignation from the newspaper became effective Saturday. Clark sold the Register last year to D. E. Dewel and Julian Chris- chilles of Algona but had stayed on as manager since then. New editor and general manager of the Bancroft paper is James F. Sullivan who went to Bancroft from Des Moines a year ago. He had previously been in railroad employment. At South Dakota State University, Clark will supervise the newspaper production laboratory and manage the Volga Tribune, a small weekly newspaper produced by senior students. Clark also has resigned as president of the Bancroft school board and as treasurer of the Catholic Order of Foresters. Mrs. Clark will remain in Bancroft for the time being. MARY COWAN the second car, gave an eye witness account of the tragic crash. She said that as the first Algona car went to pass another vehicle, the left side wheels seemed to momentarily drop off the paved edge of the road. When the vehicle came back onto the paving it went into a skid, turning around and sliding forward into the bridge. The vehicle that was being passed stopped, as did. the Thompson car, and all rushed to the wrecked car, where all occ- "upants were still inside the vehicle.' Cars coming from the other direction also halted, and one of them went back to Allison to report the crash, call officers and also an ambulance and doctor. The ambulance and a doctor arrived an estimated 20 minutes later. The group inside the machine were not moved until the ambulance and doctor arrived. Miss Cowan was alive, but unconscious, audibly moaning. Mrs. Canaday was dead. Mrs. Schade was able to speak, but incoherently, and the other two girls were in a state of shock and semi-conscious. Mrs. Canaday was seated in the front seat with the driver and Miss Cowan was in the back seat on the right side of the vehicle. Miss Schultz is a student at State College of Iowa and was getting a ride home in the Schade auto for a visit with her parents. The others attended the FBLA meeting. Funeral services for Miss Cowan were held at 1 p.m. today CTuesday) in the Congregational church, with Rev. Frank Harcey officiating. Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, with McCullough Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were six classmates, Wayne Patterson, Rod Ricklefs, Milton Butzke, Steve Hardy, Dennis Miller and Robert Martin. Mary Margaret Cowan, daughter of Kenneth S. and Aria Bakken Cowan, was born here March 5, 1947 and was a lifelong resident. She would have graduated from high school in a few weeks and planned to attend Mankato State College. Miss Cowan was very active in school affairs and also served as a cheerleader. She was also a candidate for Sports Queen. Besides her parents, survivors include a brother, David, at home; a sister, Pat (Mrs. Robert Hall), Wheatridge,. Colo.; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Cowan and maternal grandfather, Ben Bakken, both of Algona. Services for Mrs. Canaday were held at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) in the Presbyterian church here, with Rev. W. F. Morz officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens and McCullough's were in charge of arrangements. "Pallbearers were Wayne Wickwire, Harold Sabin, Kenneth Roney, Robert Casey, James Spear and Verl Patterson. Glenora Jean Jennings, daughter of John and Florence Smith Algona Plumbing Open House On Thursday, Here Algona Plumbing & Heating will hold a Grand Opening at their new location at 214 E. State in Algona, Thursday, April 15. The firm recently moved there from 311 1/2 E. Nebraska Street. The office and showroom has been completely remodeled and is open for public inspection. Free coffee and cookies will be served all day and door prizes will be given. The latest in plumbing and heating equipment will also be on display. Adolph Oakland is the firm's owner and Mrs. Oakland is the office manager. Jennings, was born at Irvington Feb. 13,1925. She was married to Clarence Canaday March 26,1944 at Algona. Besides her husband, survivors include her parents, Sexton; three sons, Russell, Algona, Steven and Donald at home; a daughter, Gloria, at home; and four brothers and sisters, Virgil Jennings and Myrna (Mrs. Willard Gregson), Algona, Donald, South Sioux City, Nebr., and Mrs. Doris Norland, Swea City. She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy, in January. Chris Luthi Of West Bend Dies At Age Of 87 Funeral services for Chris Luthi, 87, retired West Bend farmer, were conducted Saturday at 10:30 a. m. in the Apostolic Christian church at West Bend by the Rev. Paul Banwart. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Luthi died Wednesday at Mercy hospital, Fort Dodge, following a two-week illness. Born in Switzerland, he came to the United States when he was a small child. He was reared at Elgin and later lived in Morris, Minn., before coming to West Bend where he farmed a number of years. He retired and moved into West Bend in 1937. In 1933, he married Emma Fehr at West Bend. She survives as do two sisters and one brother; Miss Mary Luthi, Mrs. Joseph Moser and William Luthi, all of Morris, Minn. Two-Car Crash Friday Due To Heavy Fog Heavy fog resulted in a two- car crash on highway 9, 2 3/4 railes west of Buffalo Center at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst investigated and estimated damage to the vehicles at $375. The vehicles were driven by Sidney R. Payne, 18, Ledyard, and Mary J. Djurich, 27, Racine, Wise. Both were headed west and the latter had stopped for a school bus. Payne couldn't see the stopped car ahead of him, due to fog, in time to stop, and struck it from the rear. In Fraternity Keith Colwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Colwell, Algona, freshman in the University of Iowa college of dentistry, Iowa City, was among 24 students recently activated by Psi Omega, professional dental fraternity there. _ New Treasurer IOWA CITY, IOWA - William Higgins, son of Mrs. Dorothy Higgins of Algona, in the University of Iowa College of Law, has been elected vice president of Delta Theta Phi, professional law fraternity at the U of I. Fenton Man Named Head ISU Journalism James W. Schwartz, a native of Fenton, will become head of the department of technical journalism at Iowa State University on July 1. He will succeed Carl Hamilton who will become director of university relations at that time. Approval of the Schwartz appointment was announced Friday by the State Board of Regents. The new department head has been a member of the Iowa State staff since 1945. In 1961 he served as acting head of the department. He was graduated from Fenton high school in 1933, and received the B.S. degree in 1941 and the M. S. degree in 1960 from Iowa State. He was editor and manager of the Fenton Reporter during 193336, a paper later sold to the Algona Upper Des Moines, and editor and manager of the Denison Review in 1938-39, editor of the Harlan Tribune in 1941-42, and editor and publisher of the Rockwell City-Advocate during 194245 except for a period of military service. All are Iowa weekly newspapers. Old Porf, Wesley /s An $80,000 School, Fire Loss As a Iowa State student, Schwartz was editor and sports editor of the Iowa. State Daily student newspaper, and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Delta Chi and Cardinal Key honor and professional societies. He also is a member of Alpha Zeta honorary, the Association for Education in Journalism and the Northwest Radio-Television News Association. He was president of the latter group in 1959-60. In addition to his journalism teaching, he was for a time news director for WOI and WOI- TV, Iowa State University station. Former Algona Lady Passes; Funeral Today Mrs. Margaret Moore, former Algona resident who had made her home for the past half- century at San Antonio, Tex., died there Saturday and her body was shipped here for funeral services. Rites will be held at 3:30 p,m, today (Tuesday) at McCullough's Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Frank Harcey officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband. Jr, High Chorui The Algona Junior High School Chorus, directed by Willard Snustad, will present a musical program "The Heritage of America" in the high school auditorium on Monday evening, April 12 at 7:30. Also the girls physical education department, Mrs. Delia Moxley director, will assist in selected dance numbers. The general public is cordially invited; admission is free. The original portion of the public school at Wesley, a 60 x 60 foot frame structure built in 1895 was completely destroyed by an early morning fire Saturday. Damage was estimated between $80,000 and $100,000 by Dr. H. H. Raney, Wesley fire chief. According to Dr. Raney, the fire was "discovered by John Muehe, who lives near the school, located on the southwest corner of the town, about 7 a.m. - and it probably had been going an hour when we were called at 7:05 a.m. The blaze probably got its start in the furnace room." By the time firemen arrived, the center of the old building was an inferno, and it was extremely difficult to keep the blaze from destroying the structure, because flames got inside the walls. Firemen concentrated on keeping the flames from destroying the gymnasium adjoining and one story classrooms, both added in recent years. Winds that reached at least 40 miles per hour also hampered the efforts of firemen as flames swept through the 2 story building. Sparks were carried to the Muehe barn nearby and a constant watch was kept so it did not catch fire. A frame building, which is located west of the entire school building, was badly scorched. It houses a music room. The building which was leveled housed sixth, seventh and eighth grades in the Corwith-Wesley district, a library and kitchen and administrative offices. School records were carried outside by firemen, as well as many books, athletic equipment and varied other items before the building was completely engulfed. A large belfry on top of the building fell and landed on the southwest corner of the gym, cracking the roof, but damage was not severe, according to Dr. Raney. Flames shot high above the building after burning through the roof. School officials of the district announced there would be no school at Wesley Monday, but it was thought classes could be held in the gym during the remainder of the school year if necessary. No other fire departments were called to the scene, but Wesley firemen battled the blaze, then stood by for several hours Saturday. The Wesley fire departmant has a new fire truck ordered, but according to Raney, even a new truck would not have helped save the school. Flames were still lapping at the remains of the old portion of the public school at Wesley when the above photo was snapped, about two hours after the blaze was discovered Saturday morning. All that was left standing were two chimneys, shown side by side in the picture. Dr. H. H. Raney, fire chief, and Paul Flaherty, assistant fire chief (in white uniforms at right) had their men on a standby basis several hours after the flames had been kept from getting into the gymnasium at right. On top of the gym (to the right of the top of the merry-go-, round) is the belfry from the old school, which fell during the blaze and cracked the roof of the gym. The blaze was discovered about 7 a.m. Saturday. (UDM Newsfoto) Floods Ebb, In Area; Assess Road Damage Flood wators in Kossuth county began receding during the weekend, but possible further threats could depend upon large amounts of rainfall, according to officials. Highway 169 north from Algona to highway 9 was reportedly in good condition Saturday, with no water running across it - however, highway 9 still had several areas where high water was trickling across. The area of highway 169 in the vininity of the West Bend blacktop had from one to four inches across it after reaching depths of 8-9 inches earlier. And, according to state highway cresvs, the depth of water on highway 18 north of Algona dropped considerably, although it had not been opened to traffic. Water three feet deep had been measured there earlier. Equity, OMVI Cases Filed, District Court Gary Q. Dodds, plaintiff, filed a petition in equity against Virginia L. Dodds, defendant, in district court here this week. The couple were married Jan. 18, 1960 at Fairmont and the plaintiff charges cruel and inhuman treatment, asking an absolute divorce. There are two small daughters and the plaintiff seeks custody of them, plus equity in a real estate contract and various other belongings. Thomas F. Putney waived preliminary hearing in Mayor Bill Finn's court and was bound over to district court on a charge of OMVl, which was filed Feb. 24 by Patrolman Charles Bird following a one-car crash south of Algona on highway 169. According to Gary McDonald, member of the county board of supervisors, many county roads are closed - and will remain so until they can be put back into shape for travel. Others will be closed as deemed necessary by county officials. Others closed temporarily were reopened this week. Classes were held as usual during the week at Swea City, despite what has been termed the worst flood tyere in years - possibly ever. Water pumping operations were started there Wednesday in hopes of relieving the situation. Several homes were without heat due to water-filled basements and nearly half the streets in the town were under waiter. Some areas were sandbagged in the business district. The water supply was not threatened as drinking water there is obtained from deep wells. Ice began moving away from the south side of the bridge on highway 18 north of Algona late Wednesday, alleviating the situation somewhat. Efforts to drag county roads by crews were abandoned, at least temporarily, Thursday, when rain arrived in the area. Receive SUI Scholarships Eight high school seniors from this area are among 316 from the state of Iowa who have been awarded Merit Scholarships for tuition expenses at the University of iowa. Jacqueline Kinden, Gayle A. Phillips and Rodney J. Hicklefs, Algona high; Joseph E. Sturm, Armstrong; Jamas R. Lande, l\t'iol° Center; Wayne G. Cordes and Stanky K. Tjaden, Lakota; and Judy L). Garni,in, Liv- ennore.

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