The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1965 · Page 1
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i \JlltU Hog Raisers Surprise Bonanza ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE was a town that thoroughly deplored the commercialization of Christmas. This standing in line at the post office, the crowds in stores, the glitter and sleeziness of much of the gift items, the mad dash to get everything done is simply awful, they thought. "Let's get back to the old-fashioned Christmas," they said. "Let's retrieve the Holy Day from the money-grabbers. Let's have a Christmas that is quiet, inexpensive, simple and devout!" - n THEY PUT IT TO A VOTE and the concensus was that this year, Christmas would be absolutely without commercialization. - o - FIRST PEOPLE TO REJOICE OVER the new edict were the town's pastors. "Ah, at last," they said. "Christ will be back in Christmas and the celebration of His birth will be truly religious. Privately, they also hope the Building Fund would swell because the parishoners wouldn't have the excuse they needed their money for luxury gifts. They expected huge turnouts at the worship service all during December and record attendance at the cantatas because people wouldn't have to go to all those gift exchange parties. - o - IT WAS TRUE THAT THE first Sunday in Advent some of the churches had to put up extra chairs in the Sunday school department and at another there was a rush of confessions from their once-a-year members because prospects were they wouldn't be doing much sinning during the holidays anyway. But the next few Sundays there seemed to be an epidehiic of the flu or else everybody slept late. People paid their pledges pretty well but there were none of those anonymous envelopes in the offering plates, prompted by hearts full of the joy of the season. - o - WHEN IT CAME TIME TO PUT the Christmas lights up on Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce was willing, but the merchants balked. Seems that without the prospect of a surge of December buying they simply couldn't afford the $30 assessment for decorations. The town's leading department store, heretofore noted for its animated Christmas scene with the blue lights and the running waterfall, decided to use the window space to get the jump on the competition for the January White sales. Even the filling station down the street, although never noted for its artistic Christmas effects, decided that the string of bulbs over the gas tanks and the Santa sleigh over the ladies' rest room could be eliminated and the sign about the tiger in the tank could just as well be left up. Main Street was certainly non-commercial looking, that Christmas, but it was also rather dark and cheerless. - o - AT SEVERAL ESTABLISHMENTS, The Boss, whose kind are notably very crusty characters excepting for the week or so around Christmas, never did mellow that year because December business was so poor. No employee got either a turkey or a bonus. - o - AT THE HANDY WIDGET COMPANY that stodgy little junior executive didn't get around to proposing to the plain little file clerk. They were made for each other but there wasn't any mistletoe over the water cooler and each had sort of counted on that to use as an excuse to kiss and thus overcome their mutual shyness. - o - OVER ON SIXTH STREET, the mean little kid who lives second door from the corner, kept right on being mean. It used to be that everybody enjoyed a pre-Christmas period or his comparatively angelic behavior because the street corner Santa promised to bring lots of presents if he would behave. - o - THE- RADIO STATION AND THE NEWSPAPERS, who were accustomed to sprinkling quite a few religious messages along with their ads for perfume, refrigerators and lingerie Christmas gifts, cut out all advertising that didn't mention a Star, a Manger, or a visit from the Wise Men. The station didn't play Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer even once, but people got a little bored with excerpts from Handel's, "The Messiah" five hours a day. The papers ran farm sale ads, obituaries, and dissertations on the Real Meaning of Christmas, by Grace. - o - WHEN THE SALVATION ARMY rattled their kettles and the names appeared in the paper of the people who were not on relief but who could use some Christmas help, people got out their pencils and started figuring how much they could give without exceeding the 10% on the short income tax form. The kettles and the baskets remained a little short. Teenagers, hoping for a grown-up party dress, for the Snow Ball, had tweed skirts waiting for them under the tree, since this was supposed to be the sensible Christmas with just gifts that could be afforded. - o - RIGHT UP TO DECEMBER 23, Mable Malarkey was still seething at her next door neighbor, Susan Schnabel. There's a lilac bush on their lot line and they feud about it constantly. Customarily, they mellow and make up either while waiting in line at the post office or while sitting on a bench resting their feet after Christmas shopping. Julia Jamison wasn't sending cards this year because the process is expensive and time-consuming so she won't know or be able to tell her college roommate about her new grandchild. The neighbors are exchanging banana bread, stollen, cookies, or batches of fudge this year, lest it smack of commercialism. - o - BUT EARLY ON THE MORNING OF Dec. 24, the town realized that they were missing a great deal. So they woke up. The pastors realized that they didn't need to put Christ back into Christmas because He had never left it. The only way He can be cut out of it was in the privacy of the individual heart, Although Christmas may be prostituted by the almighty dollar, it is rather remarkable and extremely beautiful that Christmas remains at all. - o THE PEOPLE DECIDED THAT Christmas could be both religious and fun. If they had to have it otherwise, they didn't want to bother to celebrate it. Although the tinsel and gaudy aspects of Christmas is less than perfect, so is the world, If it were otherwise, God needn't have sent His Son. Those who have ears to hear will always hear the message of Christmas and those of us who are on the fringe area in religious beliefs can't help but benefit from a few days of universal good will. - o - SO IMMEDIATELY EVERYTHING BECAME very hectic. You never did see such a last-minute Christmas rush, Lights went up, "Jingle Bells" blared from loud speakers, the merchants opened up the stores and everybody bought presents. Goodies were hurriedly concocted in kitchens and Santa was flagged down and asked to stop at all the children's homes - even the ones who really hadn't been very good. It was a very merry Christmas, after all. Some say it was the best they ever celebrated, GRACE For those farmers who have hogs for sale, December has been an unexpected Christmas bonanza with prices reaching the highest level in more than 10 years. Prices reached the highest levels since Apiil of 1954. The all-time high for $32 a hundred was reached in August of 1948. Choice barrows and gilts last week were in the $28-$29 area with some fluctuation from day to day. The sharp rise in the price of pork on the 11001 is a simple matter of supply and demand, and men who should know say the situation isn't going to change until farmers resume their normal pig production. But this can't come before the next spring pig crop, which would not go onto the market before next fall. The supply of hogs going to market this fall and winter has been estimated at between 10 and 25 percent below normal. And while the prices in the food markets have not as yet reflected tho highter price for pork on the hoof, it is forecast that pork prices over the counter are certain to rise in the near future. Hogs are scarce because many raisers, stung by low prices .1 year ago, and some short of feed because of last spring's dry weather, cut back on their production this year. Farmers who formerly went strong on hogs turned to other farming enterprises. The price charts for hogs actually show two consecutive years of lew prices covering 1963 and 1964, but the second one in 1964 is the one that caused many farmers to divert their farm plans from hogs to something else. It is a foregone conclusion that feeder pigs and brood sows are going to be inconsiderable demand in I960, and already there have been instances of "hog rustling" throughout this general area. SIgona ijpper Be* Entered as second rlass matter at the postoffice at Algoiia. lowu (50511), Nov. 1. 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1870 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1965 10 Pages VOL. 100 NO. 93 Rites Dec. 11 For Herman Hauberg, Here HERMAN HAUBERG Herman M. Hauberg,(87), well- known longtime Algona merchant, and resident here for the past 60 years, died Thursday morning at St. Ann hospital where he had been admitted two days earlier. Funeral services for Mr. Hauberg were held at 10:30 a. m. Saturday in the Congregational church, with Rev. Frank Harcey officiating. Burial followed at Riverview cemetery, with McCullough Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Masonic rites were held at the chapel Friday night. Pallbearers were James, Roland, Gerald and Harlan Haas, Jack Chrischilles and Murray Mowers. Herman Mark Hauberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Hauberg, was born at Hillsdale, 111., Oct. 12, 1878, and married Maybell Mahana kt Erie, 111., Mar. 28, 1916. He began working at the Chrischilles store here in 1905 and was connected with the store for 47 years until his retirement in 1952. Mr. Hauberg was a deacon of the Congregational church and a member of the board, a charter member of the Rotary club here and its president in 1933, a former director of the Security State Bank, member of the board of Home Federal Savings and Loan and served as city treasurer from 1920 to 1931. He was also a member of the Consistory and Shrine. In recent years, Mr. and Mrs. Hauberg had enjoyed spending part of the winter in the south, and Mr. Hauberg had enjoyed relatively good health since his retirement until very recently. Survivors include his wife and a half sister, Mrs. Carl Rainsville, Vinton. Free Meter Nights Attention is called to the fact that no parking meters in Algona are in operation any night between now and Christmas except on the usual Friday nights. The nights when stores will be open in Algona will be found on the calendar elsewhere in the paper. Rev. Preul Dies Rev. Louis H. Preul, 67, from 1955 to 1960 superintendent of the Algona district of the Methodist church, and a former pastor here, succumbed at Ft. Dodge nursing home last Friday. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Spencer. His wife, a son, two daughters and a brother survive him, At Ottumwa Rites Brail Wright, manager of the Algona Graham store, was in Ottumwa, Monday, attending funeral services for the president of the company who died at his desk from a heart attack Natural Gas To Titonka In 1966 Is Planned A natural gas distribution system in Titonka is slated for installation by North Central Public Service Co. there next spring. The cost of installation is estimated at $50,000. Pat Montag, Algona, area manager for North Central, appeared before the Titonka town council Dec. 2 and outlined com- • pany plans, which follow a franchise vote from 1958 in which voters approved the gas distribution system for Titonka on a 25-year franchise. A 30,000 gallon tank will be installed near Titonka for base supply by North Central on property they will acquire. Mrs. Dyer, 81, Services Held At Ledyard Mrs. Henry M,., (Eunice) Dyer,. 81, a resident of Ledyard for more than 50 years died last Tuesday at Heritage Home at Bancroft, where she had resided for the past year and a half. Mrs. Dyer was born Jan. 6, 1885, at Cylinder, la. She attended rural schools and high school at Emmetsburg and was a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City. She taught school for nine years in Palo Alto County. She was married to Henry M. Dyer and he was in business in Ledyard for many years. He died in February, 1953. Survivors are five sons and a daughter, Howard at Ledyard, Willis of Pismo Beach, Calif., Glen of Joliet, HI., Joseph of Chugwater, Wyo., Robert of St. Paul, and Miss Irene of Miami, Fla. A sister, Mrs. Mark Dyer of San Diego, Calif., also survives. There are nine grandchildren. Mrs. Dyer was a member of the Rosary Society of Sacred Heart Catholic church and a charter member of the Ledyard Legion Auxiliary. Services were held at 10 a. m. Friday at the Ledyard Catholic church, with the Rev. Robert A. Thiele officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Turkey Case Resumes Here The damage case, International Milling Co. vs. Gisch, being heard by a jury in district court here, was recessed last weekend until this morning and is expected to go to the jury this week. Jurors hearing the case are Helen Gross, Irene Carlson, Maxine Bristow, Henry Van Hove, John Greise, Ed Richter, Betty Bode, Milo Patterson, Gwen Harris, Ivy Simmons, Marie Thill and Carl V. Froehlich, with Herman Faber, alternate. Two new matters were fiU-d. Van Dyke-Carlson Agency, plaintiffs, are seeking to obtain $600 commission from M, J. Mowers, defendant, claiming a written contract, providing the plaintiffs exclusive rights irorn June 1 to Dec. 31,1965 to attempt to find a purchaser of property on East Okoboji lake L. W. Nitchals, administrator of the estate of Cornelius Larson, plaintiff, is demanding a judgment and decree from Grace Larson et al, defendants, establishing rights of the plaintiffs and defendants to said real estate, and to divide the real estate Expect Outline Of New School Proposals Jan. No, this picture wasn't taken in good old London. Blimey, it was snapped Friday afternoon (about 1:15 p. m.) in good old Algona. Jokingly referred to by some as a London fog - others didn't joke about it at all, especially area sports fans, who learned of postponements of Friday night events when announcements came from school officials. Friday marked the third straight day the area had to put up with fog, and while it wasn't nice, most agreed it was better than 13 inches of snow. You're jolly well right it was! Traffic at all hours had trouble getting to and from one point to another - and as can be seen .in the photo, headlights on autos and trucks were a 24-hour proposition. Nature also threw in a little spitting rain along the way - but it remained warmer than normal for this time of the year - and everyone liked that. (UDM Polaroid Photo) A Lifelong Resident Ot Fenton Passes FENTON - Mrs. JohnSchallin, 78, died at her home at Fenton, December 8, of a heart ailment. Services were held Saturday at St. John's Lutheran church with Rev. Rex Spicer officiating. Burial was in St. John's cemetery and Thomas Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Schallin was born in Fenton township January 22, 1887, and married John Schallin at Immanuel Lutheran, LottsCreek, January 9, 1908. Her husband survives as well as their two daughters, Mrs.Don Radig, Lone Rock, and Mrs. Marie Dreyer, Burt; two brothers, Ed Ohm, Lone Rock, and Walter Ohm, Palm Springs, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Schumacher, Whittemore, Mrs. Clara Pompe, Algona, and Mrs. Emma Dreyer, Fenton, and six grandchildren. Pallbearers were Martin Ohm, Delbert Geitzenauer, Hugo Mittag, Leo Schmidt, Reinhard Wetzel and Willard Ohm. Postmaster Stricken Kenneth Halverson, Fenton postmaster, was rushed to Holy Family hospital at Estherville last Thursday, after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was reported as under oxygen last Friday. Reads Announce Change In Location Of Store Chalmer Read announced Saturday, the re-location of Read's Furniture, Inc. The business will be moved to the new and completely remodeled location in the Dreesman Building at North Phillips and Call streets. The firm will occupy the north 80ft. section of the building as well as a new 20 x 100 addition to be constructed immediately. The new store will occupy 10,000 square feet of floor space for display and warehouse purposes. Mr. Read has also purchased the complete outstanding stock of Read's, Inc., and has sold a partnership in the business to Robert Watson. The new store will be known as Read's Furniture, Inc., and Watson Interiors. Read's have occupied their present site since coming to Algona nine years ago. Mr. Watson joinedthefirm in 1962 as a decorating consultant. Robert Johnston, who has been employed by Read's the past nine years will continue in his usual capacity, while Mrs. C. F. Read will continue as office manager. Charles Bierstedt, Victim Of Truck Crash; Rites Held Funeral services for Charles Bierstedt, 23, who died in a truck accident on U. S. 18 two miles east of Spencer, Wednesday morning of last week, were held at 2 p. m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Whittemore. Rev. Cleo Kautsch officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. McCullough's of Algona handled arrangements. Pallbearers were James Kollasch, Maurice Fickbohm, Jr., Harold Opheim, Ray Muller, Marcus Zumach and Richard Schmidt. The young man was employed by the Hobarton Elevator, a unit of the Whittemore Co-Op Elevator, and was driving one of the firm's trucks to Sanborn, where a hydraulic unit of the truck was to be repaired. His wife of seven months, the former Willetta Gade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Gade, was riding with him at the time, but was only slightly injured. She was treated and then released from the hospital in Spencer. The morning was foggy and the road slippery and wet. That portion of U. S. 18 has been under construction, andtheBier- stedts suddenly came on a barricade where a new bridge had been built over the Little Sioux river. Bierstedt attempted to swerve and the vehicle skidded into a ditch on the slippery road, pinning him beneath it as it overturned. He was ki! ed instantly. Charles William Bierstedt was born Feb. 21, 1943, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Bierstedt of Whittemore. He was a graduate of Sentral high in 1962. He was married May 2, 1965, at St. Paul's church, and the couple had been living in a trailer home on the Gade farm, three miles northwest of Whittemore since that time. Surviving besides the young widow, and his parents, are three brothers and a sister, Kenneth in military service at Fort Eustis, Va., and George, Mark and Evelyn, all at home. The community joins with the family in its sorrow at a time of tragic grief. Take Beer And Cigarets In Area Break-In Thieves took several six packs of beer and several packages of cigarettes during a break-in at the general store at Galbraith sometime Saturday night or early Sunday. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst is investigating the matter. Store owner Richard Hoberer discovered the break-in and called the sheriff. Entrance to the building was gained by kicking in the back door. The beer and cigarettes were the only items thought to be missing. Suffers Stroke Fr. Phillip Dailey, pastor of St. Michael's parish at Whittemore, suffered a stroke at the rectory there Saturday morning, was taken to St. Ann hospital, then transferred to a Rochester, Minn, hospital. In regular session last Wednesday evening, the Algona Community Board of Education met in regular session and discussed insurance, investments, the elementary - secondary education act, area schools, and the local building expansion project. Date for the next meeting was set for January 19. In the building expansion project, the architect and board hope to have summaries ready for study by about January 15. Suggested have been "education specifications" by the various teachers and departments in the school system. These include discernible trends, activities, number and size of groups to be served, space and storage requirements; equipment, furniture, etc., to be used in the facility; utilities, special requirements, and others. All information will be reviewed as a composite with the architect and his staff, preparatory to giving him data for preliminary schematic designs and estimates. Insurance currently in force was summarized, preparatory to a study of possible revised coverage for next year, including the possibility of a "package" plan of insurance. It was revealed that there was an increase over coverage of July 1, 1964, of $74,025. Total evaluation on July 1, 1964 was $3,081, 375, as compared with $3,155,400 on July 1, 1965. The insurance covers replacement cost as well as for cash value. An analysis of investments held showed that in the school house fund, created by a 11/2 mill levy, the principal is $84,598.76, invested in treasury notes. In the general fund, the principal is $125,000 which is invested in the Security State and Iowa State in Algona and Farmers State of Whittemore and drawing 4% interest. This latter fund diminishes as the year progresses and is replenished when taxes are collected. The adult night school was discussed briefly, and it was noted that tentative releases have been printed giving the suggested classes. The program will be about the same as it was last year. In the elementary-secondary education program, three projects are prominent. They include kindergarten, special education for educable older students, and mathematics improvement for non-college-preparatory high school students. Plans and projects are under study before being submitted to the state for approval. Under the act, the local school board will be reimbursed 100% for any projects participated in during the three-year program. The board agreed to purchase an auxiliary water-softener for the high school annex. An additional water softener is required as the need at present is about three times as great as when present softener was installed. Both softeners would be used during the school year and only one during the summer months. Area schools were briefly discussed, with an explanation of how some districts are formed, Each district is to be made up of several counties, with present junior colleges in some district to continue in operation. Takes Over Track In a deal completed recently, Dwight Cook has takenovurcom- plete management and acquired the interest of Lainont Wellendorf in the Kossuth Speedway

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