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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 25, 1963, Mason City, Iowa Checks dated the day of Rev Nyjordets murder Gifts add ironic note to slaying of country pastor By CHARLES W WALK North Iowa News Director NORTHWOOD Four checks helped write the final chapter of the tragic story of the Rev B E Ben Nyjordet The checks were graduation presents from the popular pas tor to sons and daughters of members of his congregation at the Silver Lake Lutheran Church The checks were personally delivered by Mr Nyjordet to the four youths only hours be fore the 42yearold minister was brutally slain on a quiet The ministers nude body wasl checks each year to graduating found Friday afternoon in a members of his congregation country road east of Albert Lea Minn The graduation checks were dated May 23 the day Mr Ny jordet was killed instead of May 22 the day of the grad uation exercises at Northwood Kensett High School Why this happened no one is quite sure wooded game refuge east of Albert Lea Freeborn County Sheriff Everett Stovern said Mr Nyjordet had been shot and stabbed several times A coroners inquest was held at 10 am Saturday but it was a routine matter with a verdict hat Rev Nyjordet 42 Silver Lake Iowa slain by a person or persons unknown An autopsy disclosed two aullet wounds in the head and eight deep stab wounds in the chest plus lesser cuts No weapons or suspects have turned up officers said Stovern called the killing the first in Freeborn County in six years oneof the most brutal was just one of the things that had earned the balding pastor he friendship and respect of the youths of the church ac ording to Mrs Nels Hender son wife of the caretaker of the Silver Lake church and parttime housekeeper at the parsonage One 12yearold girl who was just getting ready to study for her confirmation with Pas tor Ben cried for an hour when she heard he was dead today Mrs Henderson said He took a deep interest in doing it he was afraid he wasnt doing it right He al ways helped my husband with chores around the church even when he was real busy with his own work One of the things Mrs Hen derson learned to like best about Pastor Ben during the year she served as housekeep r and neighbor was his pleas ant nature He was the same easygoing man all the time she con tinued This easygoing nature was at its best she recalls when the Minnesota Twins were winning baseball games A rab id baseball fan Mr Nyjorde He was so jolly all the timej t was just a pleasure to be around him Mrs Oyer says Despite this M r s Overs ondest memory of the minister is the time when she brought ears to his eyes It happened one Sunday when she sang an slayings ever He reported there were no clues no arrests had been made and no one had been questioned The giving of these graduation all children she added But then he took an interest in everything dealing with his church He always wanted to do something for you she re called and even while he was Pastor Ben never carried much money Mrs Henderson points out just a little change for cigarettes Anything big he bought he would write a check This was substantiated by Mrs Myrtle Hagen operator of a small rural store about half person to see the pastor alive He was taking his girl home in Albert Lea about am Thursday when he noticed that the minister was driving ahead of him He followed the car for He apparently was killed in the back seat of his car and driven to where the body was deposited Stovern said The nude body had been covered with an overcoat and his shorts several blocks before turning off and undershirt lay across the old Norwegian hymn at the a mile from the Silver Lake church services church He was so softhearted thatl He usually came in here to he cried like a baby when I buy his cigarettes casket got through singing she re calls Both women agreed the minister was the type of man who would pick up hitchhikers He would have picked up a hitchhiker just because he would seldom missed listening to ajhate to see him walking Mrs Twins game Another person who recalls this pleasant nature is Mrs Norris Oyer a former member of the Silver Lake church be fore she moved to Albert Lea Henderson says If robbery was part of murder the chances are the killer or killers didnt get much money according to Mrs Henderson nails he called them and he seldom had more than just the change in his pockets she said He used a credit card for his gas and when he was going some place like when he took his mother to Minneapolis Tues day he would stop by and cash a or check Mrs Hagen attended one of the same graduation parties as the minister did Wednesday night Her son Arlo was the last toward the girls home Prior to that the last time the minister had been seen was at a postgraduate party He told the host he wasnt feeling well and was going home when he left the party shortly before midnight Wednesday body Another unusual angle of the case was uncovered Friday when the Rev John Haaland former pastor of the Silver Lake Church went to the parsonage and found the door unlocked The safe in the house also was His bloodsplattered car was found abandoned in an Albert Lea bowling alley parking lot Thursday morning This set ofl a twostate search which ended with the discovery of his body y two Albert Lea veterinarians Officials said it was obvious that the minister was dead be fore he was taken to the spot where the body was found open and a box within the safe was open Officials ordered Mrs Hender son to lock the house and not to permit anyone to enter until tests could be made Some pa rishioners said it was not un usual for Mr Nyjordet to leave the house unlocked while ha made calls The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION VOL 103 MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 25 1943 UOc a Paper Consists oC Two Associated Press and United Press International Full Lease Wives No 91 K Will protect Castro NATURE LESSON Shane Krell 5 son of Mr and Mrs B G Krell Clear Lake learns about the birds firsthand by feeding a worm to a baby robin The baby robin is the only survivor of a family of four hatched in an evergreen by Geneva LitzcII tree beside the Krells garage Both Mama and Pappa Robin during the pic turetaking project sat on a neighbor ing garage roof airing their complaints until the fledgling was returned to the nest To visit the Cubans MOSCOW cbev Saturday tation to visit Cubai and renewed his threats to unleash Soviet nu clear power to defend the Carib bean island against invasion Both pledges came in a join communique at the end of th public phase of the nearly monthlong red carpet reception for Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro Western diplomats said the visit pulled the Soviet premier out of a political hole Castro end Khrushchev now plan a rest in the south The communique issued by he Soviet news agency Tass said Khrushchev accepted with gratitude Castros invitation to visit the first Socialist state in America No date was men tioned Turning to the defense o Cuba the communique added In the course of talks be tween comrades N S Khrush chev and Fidel Castro it wa confirmed by the Soviet side tha if an attack was made on Cub in violation of the commitment undertaken by Hie United State President not to invade Cuba the Soviet Union will fulfill th international duty to the frater Cuban people and will ren der it the necessary aid for th defense of the freedom and in dependence of the Cuban r public with all the means at i disposal The organizers of aggrcssio BODY unidentified searcher examines game refuge near Albert Lea Insert is a current pic inuttfatedlody of The Key B E Nyjcrdet 42 ture of the pastor who was slain by a person or per wsr after it owampy r moha CLOUDY orth Ipwa Cloudy with scat tered thundershowers Satur owa Talks aimed at smoothing FrenchU S differences theupper 50s to low 60s WASHINGTON WVPresident Kennedy and French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Mur ville met Saturday at the White House to discuss defense and Common Market issues which Secretary of State William Ty ler and Francis Meloy direc tor of the State Departments of fice of Western European af fairs The meeting of the President iviunvui jaauto wiuiii Cloudy with rain a n d have split their two governand the Frenchdiplomat is the j hioheve USFrench ses thunderstorms spr e a d i n g ments should remember that an inva sion of Cuba will place mankind Kill reports Powers will quit NASA DALLAS Tex Wl Lt Col John A Powers known as the voice of Mercury Control to mil lions of Americans Frida Dryfoos Times publisher is dead NEW YORK Orvil succeeded his fatherinlaw the Dryfoos 50 president and lisher of the New York Times Adolph S Ochs as publish er iismii ui uiu new luiiv imivo squashed reports he had Saturday in the Columbia fired and said Neither have I presbyterian Medical Center resigned Powers 40 who enlisted as an Army Air Corps private in 1942 said the Air Force has extended through May a heart attack Dryfoos entered the hospital cnough his assignment 1964 Since April 1959 he has been public affairs officer for the Na Remember S u 1 z b erger that none of it would before a devastating nuclear missile war A State Department spokes man in Washington challenged the communiques reference to a commitment by President Ken nedy not to invade Cuba He said the noinvasion pledge was offered for something the Rus sians never is onsite inspection in Cuba to verify the removal of Soviet of fensive weapons The communiques hard lan guage and heavy stress on So viet pledges to aid Cuba agains any attack appeared designed to northward across most of the state by Saturday night and continuing Sunday Locally heavy rains of up to several inches likely Saturday west Warmer over most of state Saturday low in the 50s High Sunday 50s northeast to 60s southwest Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 am Saturday Maximum 71 Minimum 42 At 8 am 56 Sunrise Sunset Clay backs foreign aid slash WASHINGTON Lu cius D Clay has tokl Congress hat the rock bottom for foreign aid spending next year may be a billion below what President Kennedy requested But that deep a slash he said Couve de Murville was accom panied by French Ambassador Herve Alphand and Charles Lu cet his deputy in the foreign The President called in Secre tary of State Dean Rusk Asst second highlevel USFrench ses sion in two months Secretary of State Dean Rusk and French President Charles de Gaulle con ferred in Paris in early April Couve de Murville flew here with RuskFriday from a meet ing of the North Atlantic Treaty a nutshell PJIOM ouh wmB SERVICES wrote that none of it would w V lhavc happened that way for Jho fart that I was sensible soothe the stillruffled feeling for the fact that I was sensinie withdrawal o on April 15 for rest from heart strain He became president of the Times in 1957 succeeding his fatherinlaw Arthur Hays Sulz tional Aeronautics and Space Administrations Manned Space craft Center the training base for astronauts Reports had circulated that 1942 berger He became publisher four years later Dryfoos began his career on jthe paper as a cub reporter in to marry the boss Powers had quit or was to be reassigned because of an un verified clash with his superi On becoming president he received a congratulatory and witty note from Sulzbcrger who recalled that he himself had daughter and you were too Dryfoos participated in some of the negotiations in the 114 day New York City newspaper strike that ended March 31 but the chief negotiator on the man agement side was Amory H Bradford vice president and general manager of the Times One of the changes during of Castro at the withdrawal o Soviet missiles last fall On the inside Dryfoos regime at the Times was the establishment last year of a Western edition published in Los Angeles Editorials 4 Newman Surveyor 5 Church News Society News 19 Sports News 11 Mason City News 1415 Clear Lake News II Classified 1119 North Newt 20 could only come about in our opinion by cutting perhaps million of the million sought or Latin America under the Alli ance for Progress Clay chairman of a presidential advisory committee on foreign aid cautioned that an appropria tion of less than billion would create very real problems His committee recommends spending of billion he said Clay gave this assessment to the House Foreign Affairs Committee in closed session April 25 The transcript with numerous securi ty deletions was made public Fri day Clays committee on foreign aid recommended a substantial reduc tion in the program and concen tration of funds in fewer countries to increase its effectiveness Reports Red spy flights NEW DELHI India An Indian newspaper said Saturday a highflying Red Chinese reconnais sance plane penetrated to within 120 miles of New Delhi May 6 apparently to photograph military in stallations To renew demands for pilots PANMUNJOM South Korea The U N com mand said Saturday it will renew demands for the return of two American helicopter pilots forced down in Communist North Korea May 17 when the mixed Military Armistice Commission meets here Monday Explosion shakes Baton Rouge BATON ROUGE La A mysterious explosion early Saturday caused considerable damage to win dows in the 34story Louisiana Capitol and a nearby apartment building No one was hurt Boycott hurts United Nations UNITED NATIONS N Soviet Unions extended boycott of U N finances is a confronta tion against the survival of the United Nations Francis P Plimpton U S delegate to the Budgetary Committee charged Saturday Thresher search continues PORTSMOUTH N H Search vessels took rc fnmy advantage of clear weather Saturday to hunt tor the Rcpubucan Gov George lost submarine Thresher which sank April 10 in Michigan a pair of 400 feet of water during a test dive taking 129 lives donkey cufflinks to protect him 220 miles oft Cape Cod wherever he goes Council in Ottawa His visit to the White House inevitably stirred speculation about the possibility of an eventual meeting between Kennedy and De Gaulle Administration officials strong ly denied however that any such USFrench summit conference is planned in connection with Ken nedys trip to Europe next month They also said there was no rea son to believe a KennedyDe Gaulle accomplish anything at this time In spite of French differences with the United States and other NATO nations the Ottawa ses sion resulted in agreement on creation of a deputy to Gen Ly mnrr Lcmnilzcr Supreme NATO i Commander in Europe to handle nuclear weapons strategy NATO also accepted the assignment to its military strength of a British nuclearcapable Vbomber force and three American Polarismis sile submarines The agreement reflected continuing split as much as it marked the success of efforts to get around the differences the United States and other allies have with Brancc De Gaulle was flatly opposed according to diplomatic inform ants to any formal creation of an interallied nuclear force such is the United States and Britain iesirc He wished to avoid lha mprcssion that NATO was actu ally unifying nuclear forces it was said He has committed rance to the development of an independent force of its own which however may someday be coordinated with NATO targeting strategy Iowa unemployment shows April drop DES M01NES ment in Iowa dropped tc 25700 in April compared with unem ployment of 37700 persons in March the Iowa Employment Security Commission said Sat urday DONKEY LINKS BOSTON Gov Endicott Peabody Friday
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