The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 12, 1965 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 12, 1965
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . Clear Pictures — More News — Biggest Circulation gttgona tHpper Be* jWotne* Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at AlRona. lowc (50511), Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1965 16-PAGE TABLOID VOL. 100 - NO. 76 Mystery Death In Slough Mas Heimer s Queen Bancroft Man Shirley Heimer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Heimer, Algona, and a senior at Garrigan high school, was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Garrigan-Dubuque Wahlert football game Saturday evening. She is shown here having the crown placed on her head by Cindy Bradley, 1964 Homecoming Queen. The Queen's attendants, also seniors, are, left to right, Betty Plathe, Sharon Ludwig and Janet McGuire. Selection of Queen was by vote of the student body - and the balloting was very close this year. Miss Heimer was crowned again at the Homecoming Dance which followed the game, as was Dick Bleich, Homecoming King. Other King candidates were Mike Lickteig, Bill Milder and Joe Ringsdorf. The Bears dropped a 13-0 decision to.Wahlert in the football game. (UDM Flashfoto by Don Smith) • «*«•••« -.- B .-.-.-............... Joseph Medin Rites Are Held Here Saturday Funeral services for Joseph Medin, 84, long-time resident of the Algona area, were held at 2 p. m. Saturday in the First Baptist church, with Rev, Mack Carlson officiating. Burial followed at Riverview cemetery and McCullough Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements, Pallbearers were Wayne Keith, Clyde Priebe, Clifford Riebhoff, John Haag, Warren Bowman and Robert Black, Mr, Medin died early Wednesday morning at Good Samaritan Home here where he had made his home. He was born in Sweden Dec. 17, 1880 and came to this area as a baby. He was employed as a tiler here for many years prior to retirement and never married. Only immediate survivor is a sister, Mrs, Marie Swanson, Swea City. Burt Farmer Hurt In Fall BURT - Wendell Ringsdorf, Burt farmer, was taken to St. Ann hospital at Algona with injuries received at his farm Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 5. Ringsdorf was readying to fill silo at his farm and slipped while climbing the ladder to the top of the silo, He fell about 25 feet, landing on bis back on the ground, Sexton Man's Funeral Held Here Monday Francis P. McMahon, 71, retired farmer and elevator employee at Sexton, died at St. Ann hospital here Thursday evening. Funeral services for Mr. McMahon were held at 9:30 a. m. Monday, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating at St. Cecelia's Catholic church here. Burial followed at Calvary cemetery, with Hamilton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Francis P. MeMahon, son of John and Essie Guerdette McMahon, was born at Sexton July 25, 1894. He lived in that area most of his life and served in the army during World War I, He was a member of the V, F. W., which held military services at graveside. He never married, He is survived by two brothers, John, Corwith; and Charles, Sexton; and two sisters, Mary McMahon, Sexton; and Rose (Mrs, Ambrose Lickteig), Algona, Plan Meeting League of Women Voters will bold a combined meeting Oct. 12 at 8 p. m, at the home of Mrs. V, L, Gunder, Searchers In 5 Ft. Water Gerald Hellman, 37-year-old bachelor farmer from Bancroft, was found dead in a stream at the north edge of Union Slough, late Sunday afternoon, following an eight hour search by volunteers after he was reported missing Sunday morning. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Hellman who farm in Ramsey twp. As county officers have put together the story, Mr. Hellman was in Bancroft Saturday evening, and somewhere around midnight, ate with friends and relatives, and along toward 1 a. m. said goodbye to them and apparently started for the Hellman home. He never reached it. Sunday morning his parents became alarmed and notified authorities he was missing. Relatives began a search for the missing man shortly afterward. The full scale search for Mr. Hellman began shortly afternoon Sunday when his auto was found, parked out of sight of the road, at the Ramsey township cemetery, about a half-mile east of the north end of the Slough area. About 40 men, including Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, Deputy Sheriff Larry Hudson, Conservation Officer Bill Easier, Patrolman Charles Bird and several members of the Bancroft fire department, joined in the search which began about 1 p. m. after the fire alarm at Bancroft had been sounded in an effort to round up men. Officials were at the scene from 1 p. m. to 7 p. m., with the man's body found at 4:05 p. m. The auto was found at the cemetery by a relative of the dead man - and a relative also found his body. The search for the car began earlier Sunday. Hellman's body was found in five feet of water, a little more than a half-mile south of the north end of the sough - and it appeared that he walked or ran to the area from his auto. He was lying, partially on his side, with most of his head and part of one shoulder out of the water. His shoes were not found by searchers. According to Sheriff Lindhorst, it was not determined at what time the man died. Men in the search party combed a cornfield nearby and walked plowed fields, also near the Slough, before the man's body was discovered in the water. There were tracks in the area, but officials couldn't determine if they had been made by the dead man or not. Investigation of the scene continued after the body was discovered. The stream in which Hellman's body was found flows north from the Slough eventually into the Blue Earth river in Minnesota. A post mortem was conducted at Mason City late Sunday night and there were no reports of evidence of foul play, but the mystery remains of how and why Mr. Hellman reached the stream in which he drowned. Funeral services have been tentatively been set for Thursday morning at St. John's Catholic church in Bancroft. Garry Funeral Home of Bancroft is in charge of arrangements. Surviving in addition to the parents is a brother, William, of Bancroft and five sisters, Mrs. Edward Foertsch of Burt, Mrs. Francis Erpelding of Burt, Sister Mary Lila of Stacyville, Mrs. Alfred Julius, Jr. of Lakota, and Joann Hellman of Bancroft. District Court Jury Awards Pair $1,518.55 Barbara and Willis Fisher were awarded a totalof$l,518.55 as damages by a district court jury here Thursday. The case was the result of a crash here May 6, 1963 at the intersection of Elm and Roan streets here. Defendant in the matter was Clarence J, Kemna. The plaintiffs sought a total of $15,250 in damages as a result of the mishap for alleged injuries and damage to their auto. $100 of the award Thursday was for damage to the car, the balance for injuries. Duane Hinckley, Burt, was bound over Wednesday by Justice Delia Welter on a charge of making beer available to a minor. The charge was filed by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and the defendant waived preliminary hearing in Miss Welter's court. Doris M. Hoist filed petition for divorce from Leonard H. Hoist, also in district court this week, Married Oct. 28, 1960 at Nashua, the plaintiff charges cruel and inhuman treatment. There are two small children. Joe Traub, plaintiff, seeks to obtain $631. 50 from Wm. J. Conlon, defendant, in settlement for a promissory note; andMon- tag Bros., plaintiffs, seek $292 from L. L. Merkle and Ronald Peck, defendants, as settlement for a conditional sales contract

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