Pitts and Kessey contribution to development of Alton, IA

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Pitts and Kessey contribution to development of Alton, IA - Harnessing the "Big Muddy" A Watertown, South...
Harnessing the "Big Muddy" A Watertown, South Dakota man has a poor opinion oi' the whole Missouri River program, according to a letter appearing in an eastern newspaper. He thinks that trying to harness the Missouri and other rivers for irrigation purposes is a colossal waste of money. The letter was prompted by publicity arising from the fact that Lake Mead, formed by the great Hoover Dam, is now silting over on the bottom and in a period of years, if the "mud glacier" continues (as it surely will) the lake will be filled with sediment and the purpose of the Dam will be defeated. Army Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation are attempting to solve this problem and have asked Congress for funds to build a series of half a dozen small "silt-control" dams in the Colorado basin. This, Army engineers believe, will safeguard the nation's huge investment in the Hoover Dam. The Watertown man thinks "the whole sorry affair is a monument to the perpetrators of the original sin of building Hoover Dam." Then he gives some figures on the Missouri River program as it has progressed to date, showing that the original cost estimated at $641 millions has increased to $11 billion. The worst of it is that several dams built in South Dakota have proved of no value due to "lack of suitable water and soils." Our friend to the west makes a strong case against •'interfering with Nature" and we do not have the technical information to prove he might be WTong. Undoubtedly, there has been much experimenting and useless waste in the Missouri River program. Yet Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri residents of the great Missoui'i basin, which has been left in its natural state along our borders, have seen and experienced too much flood devastation, with its millions of loss, along tho Missouri from Sioux Falls to Kansas City and below, to be satisfied for this restless river to take uncontrolled the course of Nature. Many mistakes may have been made in the Missouri -'•''Vx" -7 ;'^n:r^^ j-p ^date, but. we cannot see that the pro- the people and government agencies together, make a whole-hearted attempt to work out differences of opinion and adopt a program which will correct the mistakes so far made. Many hearings in this direction have already been held and we have faith to beheve that the best solution for the problem can be found and a practical method soon be adopted for harnessing the "Big Muddy," . the full blast of that northwest wind. The drifts keep getting bigger and bigger until spring. Yet, considering everything, we in the Valley would not trade with you on the Hill. s s P L 0 A R N T T S S By Bill Bowers J. After a trip to California and a long visit withi Fr. J. E. Tolan, brainy cage expert from Sac riors kayo Estherville last night and must agree that they seem to be the class of N.W. Iowa, although we haven't seen Rock Valley or Maurice play yet. Despite this fact, we know S. C. reputation for being a "tournament team" and right now, we think that there is only one team around that could knock Si^ux Center out of tlie state tourneys. This outfit is Corpus Christi of Fort Dodge. They were fine last year and lost only one player while picking up a defense which is becoming v«ry popular among the public schools around Storm Lake. It is a 2-2-1, City we have garnered more Storm Lake. It is a 2-2-1, than the usual amount of mater- stretching the length of the floor and spells murder to a club that is not too adept at ball handling. Storm Lake has used it for three years and Storm We in the Valley, You on The Hill Alton's building boom, while not phenomenal, keeps rolling right along. Several retired farmers are now building or completing homes in Alton .to keep the boom rolling. While these new homes are mostly on "the Hill" North Alton too has shared in the building activity. This would be gratifying to the original builders in North Alton, the late G. W. Pitts and Nels Kessey. These pioneer lawyers, who had opened a law practice in the early ''80s at Orange City, saw the possibilities in the new and booming little hamlet of "East Orange" (as Alton was ihen called).^The Northwestern Ry. had' just pushed through its rails between Omaha and Minneapolis and the little settlement had every prospect of a mushroom growth while its larger neighbor three miles west, left without rails, was likely to languish. Orange City had the court house but East Orange had the railroad. So Messrs. Pitts and Kessey built a substantial bank, .bought land on the Floyd river and built their homes on its west bank. Their land was plotted into t»wn lots and it Was expected that the town would build north from the railroad station and business section. Eventually, many believed, Alton and Orange City would become one town, But events transpired which changed the complexion of the country, and prospects for uniting the two toAvns l^ecame dim. The Northwestern Ry. built its branch east and west line, giving Orange City a railroad. Although Alton's boom continued for a time and it became a railroad junction, building went west "up the Hill" and the two homes in North Alton were cut oM from the business section by the new railroad. Yet over the years some nice improvements came to this section of Alton — the handsome brick hatchery and several iittractive new homes. Now this addition to Alton numbers nine homes instead of the original two, both of •'.vhich have been modernized and improjred. On the whole, we of North Alton, with our river view and pulsating highway on the north are happy to have "elbow-room," Even the best of neighbors, such as ours in North Alton, could be too close. Distances be-» tween houses are just about right in our part of town. There might be a few handicaps, of course, living in the ^raayenDnmc. "'suburban district," such as an over-abundance of snow but also thought a lot of the in the winter. When the snow blows we on the north get gSsfna. wfw^tehed'^rhe w^! lial and can only hope to explain by condensation the sports news that should be of interest to our readers. So here goes nothing, with the fervent hope that we miss nothing, after experiencing the most eventful two weeks of our life. Fair and Warmer On Sunday, Dec. 22, we left Alton aimed in the general direction of Texas, with the m- tention in rnind of reaching California. We, meaning Harold Kuyper, better known around here as Mr. Republican, who furnished the car, Slayton S. (Sadie) Smith, another of our instructors in the artful subject of basketball, and myself. After two and one-half days of rough weather, flat tires, detours and excitement which really can't be paralelled, we pulled into L.A. Kuyper and Smith had enough of the sunshine and traffic after three days, but we lingered on for another two, and think we saw most of what L.A. has to offer. Just a note of gratitude here to the wonderful people in Southern California who made our sojourn such an enjoyable one. While in the City of the Angels, we saw quite a bit of T.V. It comes in perfectly there? and wo had a chance to watch two basketball games and one football contest during our stay, thanks to this medium. T.V. basketball is by far the best; the frequent close-ups provide jammed into an opponents anatomy. We saw U.C.L.A. defeat Washington State and U.S.C knock off Oregon State in runaways. As far as football is concerned, T.V. brought us the championship pro game between Detroit and Cleveland which Detroit won, 17-7. However, much of the atmosphere of football is lost when viewed by television, and we would still ratlier see it from the stands. Getting away from .sports once again, we might say we were very impressed by such sights as the Grand Canyon (that would have been our last sight if Messrs. Kuyper and Smith had had their way). Las Vegas at night (took a smaU loss to one armed bandit, by the way, and it's probably lucky that I only had ten minutes there), Grauman's Chinese theatre, where I saw the footprints of many Kolljrwood Idols and the huge Coliseum of L.A. Places that absoultely did NOT impress me were Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. I think my two conripanions will go along with me on this and Sadie would probably like to add a certain place in New Mexico to the list- Another note of thanks to the people who made our visit so eventful and our Christmas so merry, and may we wish the best of luck to all of them. Fair, bat Cold Almost immediately upon returning to Alton, we re-packed our bags and took off for the residence of Rev. Joseph Tolan in Sac City, this time along with an Iowa State frosh cage star, Glenn (Finny)' Van Gronigen. Perhaps the fact that Father Tolan has a T.V. set influenced us a little, but our main reason was to talk shop with him, tliat is, find out what he Chinks about the baskeball teams in N.W. Iowa. Naturally, since he is the Sioux City Dioncesan Youth Director, the parochial teams are most important on his line-op. However, he fs aisc very well versed on public high teams around Sac, and his opinions- about them do not have to have that absolutely neutral trend, as do his ideas concerning the teams he rates in his weekly sports column in the Sioux Citv Visitor. So we'U dwell mostly on these, although we must add one diocesan team to those we discuss, as they may well be one of the teams in the "select sixteen" this March. Father T. saw Sioux Center lose to Storm Lake, but loss or no loss, he thinks that the Warriors (not Indians any more) ar" terrific. He seems particularly impressed by Ron Juffer and big Alvin Kraayenbrink, Lake defeated Sioux Center last week, which makes Frannie Jones' club look a little weak in the line of throwing the ball around. Neither club is too strong on the bench and both are quite fast for their height, besides being very well coached. I hope that tlie two have to face each other because I think, that such a battle would prove, once and for all, that basketball as played in N.W. Iowa is the best in the state. We won't say anything about Sioux County until after such a battle comes off. Diocesan Starts Feb. 1 Father Tolan announced that the Diocesan Tournament will start on the first of February and will be played at two sites. The Western Division will play at Marcus (what a shame) and the Eastern Division gets its start in the lush gym of Corpus Christi. No wonder the Eastern Division always nms off with tine trophies, v/hat with such a better beginning. a rp, ^ , ^ I vJ: % ^4 7^^^ be played on Feb. 8 in Heelan of Sioux City's floor. Corpus Cliristi are the defending champs and St. Mary's, Alton the defending runners-up. as they have been for three of the last four years. Sioux County Court Marriage licenses were issued to the following persons: Bernard James Baartman, 19, Rock Valley, and Lorraine De Jong, 18, Rock Valley. Clair W. Heusinkveld, 19, Maurice and Aimee Joyce Van Peursem, 22, Maurice. Joe Van De Brink, 22, Hull and Arlene Margaret Kammerman, 18, Orange City. Peter Duits, 33, Orange City and Jane Eva Wierda, 25, Sioux Center. Robert Francis Konz, 26, Alton and Bcrnice Ann Hoffman, 24, Hospers. The first report of Earl V. Slife, guardian of the property of Jack Tanner, was approved by the court. The estate of Andrew Van Dalfsen paid the sum of $2091.94 into the State Treasury for State Inheritance Tax. Upon petition, Emil Winterfeld and Hattie Landhuis, were appointed administrators of the estate of Emma Winterfeld, late of Rock Valley, with bond set in the .sum of $12,000.00. The court appointed Florence Kimmel as administratrix of the estate of Daniel F. Kimmel, late of Sheldon. Bond of administra­ trix was set in the amount $1000.00. William Van Surksum was appointed administrator of the estate of Grace Van Surksum, late of Hull. Administrtor's bond was set in the amount of $5000.00. The estate of Anton Rise, Draayom, guardian of the property of Margaret N. Dyk, was approved by the court. "The leasing of the ward's 80 acres of land to Richard Schaafsma for $13.25 per acre was also approved by the court. Tre estate of Antaa" Risee,. late of Ha warden, was valued at abotrt $1600. and consists of a property In Haward'en and" household goods. The estate goes to Ms wife, Julia Rise. The estate of Elizabeth Becfr- mann, late of Granville, was valued at about $76,873.48 and consists of 160 acres of land in O'Brien: county, and a town propertv in Granville,- cash m bank, $18,82?,88; bonds^ $8*00.; and other personal property $199.60. The estate goes to six children and eleven grandchildren. Tlie wiM also provides that $200 be naid o St. Joseph's Catholic church for masses. The estate of Elmer F. Jacobs, late of Hawarden. was valued at about SS.'inO.OO and consists of farm enuinmept, livestock and grain. The estate goes to his widow. The action broueht by Stern Finance Co. vs. Dick Vreeman, «t al was settled and dismissed and the attachment was released and costs were paid. in A. Ellen Sister a the in his with Mrs. Barney Bindner and family and Mrs. Bud Jonas and Bonnie spent Friday with Mrs. Jack Schumacher in Sioux City past to to, year. fain hail

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  1. The Alton Democrat,
  2. 08 Jan 1953, Thu,
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