The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 4, 1965 · Page 1
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BY RUSS WALLER Sometimes, it has been said, you have to be Just a little crazy to be in the newspaper business. Perhaps that accounts for a quick decision to see a football game In Abilene, Texas, between Drake University and Abilene Christian last Saturday night. It developed into a quick departure with the wife and youngest son - both enthusiastic football fans insofar as any team on which a son or brother is playing. * * * So last Thursday afternoon your scribe and helpmates took off for Abilene, Texas, after first procuring a new Rand McNally atlas from Bob Dreyer's Smoke Shop (for which we still owe $2 by the way). * * * Down into southern Iowa, over across into Nebraska, and a stop at Auburn, Neb. Thursday night ... up early and onto the Kansas Turnpike at Topeka, Kansas, and from there clear sailing under a cloudless sky. Down the Kansas Turnpike, right to the Oklahoma line, onto Interstate 35 to Oklahoma City, to the Bailey Turnpike toll road to Wichita Falls, Texas, where we thought we'd stop Friday night. But with a couple of hours more of daylight we kept right on going and at 6:40 p. m. drove into the Starlite Inn Motor Hotel in Abilene, reaching it only a couple of hours after the Drake team, which flew down Friday afternoon. After this day's drive we wish they'd quit arguing about .1-35 in Iowa and BUILD ITt Read it for more NEWS - See it for belter PICTURES - Use it for more BUSINESS ^ffirfitffl IWiYiiM* •CHUUlUl VUl-U-Uvi j*& \ \ jHoine^ ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postofftco at AlRona. Iowa (60S11), Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879 AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1965 14 PAGES VOL. 100 - NQ. 83 I.B.P. Plans Giant Feeding Program Let me say at this point that the folks down Kansas and Oklahoma way have the right Idea ... they have their pumpers going bringing up the oil from below and on top of the land have their cattle grazing, a combination that is hard to beat. The chief danger is to keep the cows from strolling into the way of those oil well rocker arms . . . folks in Okal- homa City may be in the poverty program, but with an oil well in the front and back yard of most places it must be a bit difficult to qualify. * * * It was cotton picking time in Texas, and that's no pun . . . the racks were coming in to the gins - I think that is the correct expression -bollweevils and all, and everyone was having a cotton picking good time. * * * For the benefit of our ex- service men, we are glad to report that all the air bases around Topeka, Wichita, Lawton's Fort Sill, Wichita Falls and Abilene are still operating . . . our own Joe Pomplun was once stationed at the Abilene base. * * * Abilene is as friendly a town as you could find, population around 100,000 with three colleges in the city limits, McMurray College, a Methodist school, Hardin-Simmons, a Baptist school, and Abilene Christian, a Church of Christ school, But the football game was played in the spot known as the Pecan Bowl, where S, C, I, played a post-season .game last fall, a near-perfect amphitheatre, the field in a depressed hollow, the stands of concrete ... In view of the fact that Drake rooters were pretty scarce the host school had a high school band primed to play the Drake songs and also lend support as a cheering section to the visiting team, a little courtesy we've never seen before, but a thoughtful one, * * * LBJ was in Texas at the same time, but we didn't happen to run across him, altho we did hear of Luci's matrimonial lunge via radio. . . there is a station in Dallas, incidentally, with a feminine voice that sounds exactly like Dottie Greenberg.,, for a moment thought we had KLGA1 * * * It seemed to us that the prevailing prices in Texas, at least in the part we visited, were quite moderate, including meals, lodging and gas ... of course it isn't exactly a tourist season, either ... the big election battle In Texas was over whether or not the governor should have a four- year- term instead of a two-year one, and we listened, in and found that in Des Moines the squabble Retired Lakofa Farmer Found Dead By Crib The body of a retired Lakota farmer, Ernest Wortman, 69, was discovered lying near a corncrib on his farm about 5:30 p. m. Saturday. The body was found by his sister, Mrs. GertrudeGutknecht, and Mr. Wortman was believed to have died only a few minutes earlier. He had been ailing for some time and had a weakened heart. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p. m. at the Lakota Presbyterian church, with Rev. John Riners officiating. Burial was in Maple Hill cemetery at Lakota, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Milton Paulson, Burdette Hoeppner, Henry Steenhard, Eugene Olson, Ronald Heetland and Jim Winter. Mr. Wortman was born Oct. 26, 1896, in Ramsey Township, on the farm where he lived his entire life. He had been living there alone recently. He attended rural elementary schools and Jan. 24, 1926, he was married to Myrtle Loats at Fort Dodge. She died June 28, 1934, and Mr. Wortman later remarried. Survivors include a son, Morris Allen of Venice, Calif., and a stepson, Billy Bland of Linwood, Calif. There are four grandchildren. Mrs. Gutknecht of Lakota is the sole surviving sister. Vigilantes At Sexton Ward Off Invaders SEXTON - Halloween started out with the promise of being a peaceful evening in Sexton with only the usual number of unusually dressed callers seeking treats to fill their sacks. But as the evening wore on, the action picked up. After the first wave came the window soapers and since things are just a little different in this town the guilty were the teenage girls instead of the boys. It was only when a load from -another .town arrived intent on more destructive tricks that the local youngsters closed ranks and mobilized to protect the community. The raiders soon found it impossible to stop any place as the youngsters passed on their location with the hue and cry to a pickup load of patrollers, As the evening wore on a number of adults in an unfriendly mood joined the patrol force, Perhaps outsiders intent on mischief will stick to their own area when they begin to find Sexton residents are "shooting first and asking questions later" when strangers whoop it up on Halloween, for councilman is over who is responsible for the condition of Des Moines bridges, one of which caved in a while back, * * * Stopped at one of the better known chain motels enroute home and it makes you wonder why, after ^someone spends a few hundred thousand dollars to build the things, they'll put some kid in charge of operations at the desk! Maybe the owner's nephew ? * * * Abilene is bisected by the Texas & Pacific railroad, which gives you an easy landmark, north or south, in the city . *. , U's a dry town and county in Texas, where county local option prevails. But there is no lack of hospitality, and they all have a Famous Last Line Come back and see us, now! P. S, Drake, incidentally, won the ball game, 24 to 71 Local Vote Small; Towns In Contests In the only contest in the city election here Tuesday, Jim Andreasen, incumbent councilman from 'the second ward, posted a convincing 173-30 bulge over Phil Pfeffer, who was making his first bid for public office. Election of Andreasen meant that all incumbent office holders were reelected. While the vote was not large here, with 421 going to the polls in four wards, the total far surpassed the last off-year election in 1963 when only 270 voted. Mayor Bill Finn garnered a total of 403 votes in four wards to top all candidates in totals. Three other candidates, councilmen-at-large Howard Miller and Ken Peirce, and Park Commissioner Chuck Sheakley, received the benefit of votes from every ward, totaling 371, 376 and 374, respectively. There were scattered write- ins cast, with Kevin Nash getting a vote for mayor in the first ward, and Ken Hackbarth two, Joe Downey and Phil Diamond, one each for mayor in the third ward. Councilman Joe Elbert, third ward, who received 45 votes, and Stan Muckey, first ward, with 103 votes, were also re-elected. Other write-in ballots were cast for Phil Pfeffer, councilman-at-large, 1, and Lawrence Hutzell, park commissioner, 1, in first ward; Vic Parsons, 2, Mitch Taylor and Kenneth Parrish, I each, councilman-at- large, and Bill Boldridge, Warren Nelson and Clayton Pittman, 1 each, park commissioner, second ward; and John Claude and Harvey Godden, 1 each, councilman, John Elbert, Jerry Leaneagh, Charles Pierce and James Chalstrom, 1 each, councilman-at-large, and Fred Kent, Sr., 1, park commissioner, third ward, There were 106 votes cast in first ward; 205 in second; and 55 each in third and fourth. The city's only contest in second ward undoubtedly resulted in the larger number of voters going to the polls than in 1963. Only three names were on the ballot for council, and they were all elected., They were Eugene Elsbecker, EdMarlow and Homer McCarthy. Also elected by write- in were George Rockier andJohn J. Welp. Tom W. Garry was re-elected to the park commission without opposition. Lu Verne — James Mallory was re-elected mayor of LuVerne, defeating Henry Loerwald by a vote of 99 to 66. There were 182 votes cast. Re-elected to the town council without opposition were Richard Gronbach,' Emerald Strand, Clarence Nielsen and Dale Zentner, and Otto Lawson who is a new council member. He replaces Jack Guy who was not a candidate for re-election. Verlaine Johnson was reelected treasurer without opposition. 166; George Becker, 142. Running for council seats: Dean Mcllravy, 135; Alvin Baumgard, 124. Wesley - Total, 173 votes. Incumbent Tom Forburger, 69; Jack Richter, 102. 7 ran for 5 council seats: incumbent Roy Kollasch, 104; John Youngwirth, 159; Frank Bode, 159. New names: Leroy Grandgenett, 139 ; Everette Ackerson, 56; Roland Heard, 103; Paul Grandgenett, 97. Reelected treasurer, Joyce Becker. Whittemore - No contest. Total vote: 90. Re - elected mayor, William Fandel, 80. Council for 4 years, incumbent Leonard Elbert, 84; Martin Zimmerman, 83. Reelected treasurer, Lawrence Peril, 89. Write-in votes: 8 for mayor, 3 for council. Fenton - Titonka - Fenton cast 115 votes in the Tuesday election, with Mayor W. W. Jolley re-elected without opposition. In the contest for the town council, with seven candidates for five positions, Arnold Hansen, George Jorgensen and Merle Voigt were all re-elected, and new council members are Peter Koenck and Robert Mitchell. Clarence Yager and Homer Matthiesen were not candidates for re-election to the council. Erwin Krause was re-elected park commissioner without opposition. Ottosen - No contest and all contestants re-elected. Mayor Harold Gartner, 68. For the council: Fred Baade, 62; John Hamilton, 74; Alvin Honken, 76; John B. Isebrand, 66; Richard Isebrand, 66. 4 write-in votes for council. Swea City - Gifford Smith was elected mayor with 152 votes. Opponent Robert Barnes received 118. Total vote: 284, considered double the average. Incumbent councilman Don Martin, 141; George K. Nelson, 149. Allen Montgomery, 129; A. E. Charlson, 67; Edwin Schwartz, 49. Bancroft - Bancroft hadone of the county's most interesting municipal elections, and Wm. R.Shoenhair, now on his way back from Japan, will arrive to find that he has been elected mayor of Bancroft on a write-in, with 266 votes cast. There were no names on the ballot for mayor. Shoenhair, sales manager for a Bancorft hatchery, had been appointed to fill the mayo* post after H, V. Clark resigned, but was not a candidate for election to the post. He received 153 write-ins. John J, Welp was next high with 30. With 25 votes cast, a three- way tie has developed at Ottosen for two posts on the town council. Oliver Kinseth was re-elected mayor with 21 votes and John Monson received 11, all write- ins. Elected to the town council were Tom Bennett, Percy Watnem and Lawrence Telford. For the other two positions there was a three-way tie between Eugene Hofius, Morgan Hagen and Leo Tofteberg, and the question of which two shall serve is being laid in the lap of the Humboldt county attorney. Chester Alme was re-elected treasurer. Ledyard - Total vote: 76. Mayor Gus Simonsmeier was re-elected with 58 votes. Incumbent councilmen; Brayton Gilbertson, 51; Everett Thompson, 52; Lawrence Ternes, 43; Harold Wentworth, 47. New on the council: A. J. Kollasch, Jr., 68. There were 7 write-in votes for mayor and 14 for council. Lakota - Burt- Total vote: 236. Re-elected mayor : Nels Nelson, 126 ; opponent Ralph Bristow, 96, For council: Five incumbents reelected: J. L. Miller, 153; E. P. Fredrickson, 140; Donald Patterson, 168; Ray Hoppus, Total vote : 56, considered very light. Mayor Marvin Austin, unopposed, 50. Incumbent councilmen: Fred Christ, 51; Fred Huettner, 48; Vincent Miller, 54. Ben Cerney, 55; Vincent Archer, 54. Mr. Mussman, treasurer, 51, Lone Rock - Total vote : 37. All write-ins. Re-elected mayor, Eric Seege- barth. For four-year terms on the council: E. A. Lee, Angus Cotton, Bernard pettlt. For two-year terms on the council: Jim Marlow and Curtis Olson. Re-elected treasurer: Del Marlow. Livermore - Total vote, 102. Incumbent mayor George Donalds, 98. Incumbents for council: Virgil Smith, Clarence Carlson, Harold Dolder. New on the council: Dr. T. D. Rossing, Keith Logue. Re-elected treasurer: Mrs. Fred Hintz. High Gear For Fall Harvesting As Sun Shines Cloudless sky put farming operations and harvesting into high gear in this area in the past week. Field work was in full blast, including the windup of soybean combining, the start of corn picking where moisture content was low enough to allow it, and fall plowing. The weather the past week was near-perfect, making up for the preceding weeks of wet, rainy weather. Week's temperatures: DATE HI LO Oct. 27 58 34 Oct. 28 52 27 Oct. 29 66 33 Oct. 30 71 32 Oct. 31 56 37 Nov. 1 59 28 Nov. 2 69 33 NOV. 3 --47 Ronald Gardner Named To Burt School Board BURT - Ronald Gardner, Algona, has been appointed by the board of education of the Burt Community school to fill the unexpired term of the late John Miller. Miller succumbed suddenly of a heart attack Oct. 19. Gardner farms in the southeast corner of the Burt district. He and his wife, the former Eleanor Jenkins, Algona, are parents of a son, Eugene, a sophomore at South Dakota State University at Brookings, and a daughter, Linda, junior at Burt high school. league To Meet The League of Worsen Voters will meet Monday at 9:30 a. m. at the home of Joan Andreasen, and the evening meeting at 8 p. rn. will be at the home of Gloria McClure. Topic will be reapportionment, with Lois Stroh- inari and a committee in charge. May Employ Over 100 At Irvington In Expansion One of the most successful of the newer parking plant operations in (lie nation has acquired a 400-acre farm at Irvington and plans an extensive beef feeding operation which should have a great impact on the economy of Kossuth county. Announcement was made the fore part of this week by Iowa Beef Packers, Inc. that it had acquired the 400-acre farm of Gerald Frankl and his feedlot facilities at Irvington. Negotiations for the purchase have been going on for sometime. Frankl himself will Join the Iowa Beef Packers organization In an executive position specializing In the procurement division, Currier J. Holman, IBP president, stated. Purchase of the land and feedlot was made for an undisclosed amount of cash and .stock in Iowa Beef Packers. The company has been exceptionally successful. It operates packing plants at Denison, the head office, and Fort Dodge. Just a few weeks ago it sold its pork processing plant at Perry to the Oscar Mayer & Co. packing firm for $4.3 million. Plans of the company are to specialize In Its primary field of beef, and the Irvington farm and feed lot is an important step in its expansion program. The aerial view In adjacent column shows the Irvington site, including the Frankl operation as It exists at present, where there is a capacity of 4,000 head of cattle for feeding. But this Is likely to be greatly expanded by IBP, and Indications are that it will become the largest single beef feeding operation in the State of Iowa, with the present feeding capacity to be more than doubled using the most modern feeding methods, where cattle are protected from weather, and rations are fed on a scientific feed formula basis. It Is entirely possible that when IBP has Its full expansion program in effect there will be over 100 persons employed at the Irvington feed lots of IBP. In recent years, Gerald Frankl has developed an extensive feeding operation of his own, and has been an Independent cattle buyer. He still retains another farming unit near the 400-acre farm he has sold. The Frankls make their home at Irvington. The annual turnover by Frankl has been about 6,000 head of beef. Most of the cattle in his lot have been fed on a consignment basis, under scientific feeding formulas developed by Frankl and his sons. IBP is at present building another slaughter plant at Dakota City, Neb. expected to be in operation early in 1966. It is presumed that as cattle are ready for market they will be shipped by IBP from Irvington to either Fort Dodge or Denison packing facilities. - o - ANOTHER MODERN FEED PROGRAM UNDERWAY Area residents have noted construction underway adjacent to the Mor-Gro plant several miles south of Algona. This is also a beef feeding program by B. A. Frankl, a brother of Gerald, owner of Mor-Gro, Inc. Beef cattle will be fed entirely indoors, on concrete, free choice. By-products will be saved and used as fertilizer. While this is large in Itself, it is small by comparison to the plans of IBP at Irvington, and the two projects are in no way connected, although IBP will follow similar modern methods of fattening beef cattle. Few Corrections, State's Audit Of County Shows Lome R. Worthington, auditor of state, announced today that the 1964 annual audit of Kossuth County was completed and has been filed with the County Auditor and in the Office of Auditor of State for public inspection. Worthington noted that the records had been kept in a manner which was reasonably complete and accurate, "In keeping with our policy of complete and free access to information," Worthington said, "we are announcing publicly the most important of our comments found in the audit report. These comments are: 1, The County did not make temporary investments of idle cash balances to earn interest for the General Fund in 1964. At a minimum, interest should have been earned for 180 days on $290,000. Tax receipts for county funds in 1964 were $1,160,000 and about half of that was on deposit at April 1, and most of the second half taxes were in by Oct. 1. In each case, six month's working capital balances were on deposit in advance, and the balance for the second quarter expenditures remained idle during the first quarter. An investment program was started in July 1965 for which the county should be commended. 2. The Retirement Funds (FICA and IPERS) had expenditures in excess of the 1964 budget in the amount of $19,320.29, If the budget had been prepared properly, there would not have been excess expenditures. Nothing was budgeted as receipts other than taxation and the fund received $28,146.99 from other funds. Proposed expenditures should have been budgeted at $58,000 of which $29,000 would come from receipts other than taxation, and $29,000 from taxation or the same as the amount levied. 3. Corrections of $1,549.38 were set out for taxes registered in the wrong districts. Total tax receipts in 1964 were $4,183,375.16 of which $2,547,516.01 was collected for taxes levied by school districts. Delinquent property taxes forwarded from 1964 total $23,677.41, or about six-tenths of one percent of the amount due, and included $13,835.71 due from the Chicago Northwestern Railway which was in suit." Worthington noted that, "If an audit reporf is to be of full value to the public at large, the taxpayers must take the time and effort to view the complete report on file. It is my hope that many will avail themselves of the opportunity," Install New Pastor For L-Rock Church LONE ROCK - Services were held Sunday evening, Oct. 31, at the Presbyterian church for the installation of their new minister, Rev. Albert C. Bullock. Guest speakers were Rev. Walter Morz, pastor of the Algona Presbyterian church who gave the charge to the pastor, Rev. Bruce Calbreath, pastor of the Burt Presbyterian church who gave the charge to the congregation, Dr. Fred J. Lagenberg, Storm Lake, General Presbyter, who gave the sermon, and moderator Richard Farquhar, Garner, gave the propounding of the constitutional questions. Elder Willis Cotton read scripture. A fellowship hour followed

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