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Read if for mor* NtW$ - S*e it for better PICTURES - Use it for more BUSINESS BY RUSS WALLER A Wesley man, Army Captain Thomas V. Forburger, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom J. Forburger of Wesley, whose wife Julia lives at 1205 East State St., has been assigned to Vietnam and is now there as a regional advisor to a Viet Nam army corps which covers roughly an area the size of Florida. The terrain is such that in this particular sector, troops must be able to fight four different kinds of war, the rice paddy war, the jungle war, the mountain war and the plateau war. Captain Forburger is a graduate of Iowa state U., and entered the army in 1958. * * * Floyd Holt of the Directory Service, Inc. sales force, has been traveling his area of counties In Iowa for a good many years, but this fall illness slowed him down so that as the year's end neared, there were still some areas of northeast Iowa which had not been completely covered. Then, from other territories, came other salesmen - Beecher Lane, Ray Ricklefs, BobGarmes, Art Roseland, Ev Garbett and Bob Maass. They organized an "Operation Cleanup" and in short order had swooped down on the remaining counties and completed the contact work so necessary for 1966 directories. For Floyd, sort of an unexpected Christmas gift. * * * Petty Officer Ron Jorgenson of Ledyard, obtained a leave which wasn't too long, but which, if all went well, would enable him to get home for Christmas. He decided that hitch-hiking might be the quickest way. He left San Diego at 8 a. m. Dec. 21, received 17 lifts between San Diego and Ledyard, spent only $1.97 for the journey, and reached the home of his parents, the Earl Jorgensons, at 8 p. m. Dec. 23. * * * In the January issue of "Woman's Day" magazine there is an article by Walter Kempley entitled "Hard Day's Night", the subject matter based on Kempley's experiences as a T-V writer. He is a graduate of Algona high, worked briefly on a newspaper at Perry, Iowa, then went east to fame and we presume fortune. * * * Bob Brown in the Fort Dodge Messenger recently recounted a story from Beanie Cooper, Garrigan high football coach. Beanie coached Lyle Loebach, the Simpson tackle drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, Lyle was an end for Beanie when he weighed about 235 pounds. Beanie says that he was contacted by a Minnesota scout but Beanie told him he thought Lyle would do better in a smaller school. . , well, he did, but he's now 6-5 and weighs 265, and he's headed for the big time pro ranks. * * * We sort of liked the story about the Duluth man and his brother who have been exchanging the same Christmas card for the past 35 years. The card originally cost 5 cents, and it all started as a joke, But as the brothers moved around, 15 years in Michigan, 10 in Seattle, and the last 10 in Duluth, the same card has been exchanging hands each Yuletide. Economical, too, Each signs his name and the date he sent it, from year to year. * * * Note where Clark Mollenhoff's daughter is getting married. He also is a native of Algona, attending St. Cecelia's before his family moved to Webster City, He did a little early poem writing, recalls Margaret Durant, but entered a more lucrative field, reporting the Washington scene for the Register & Tribune syndicate, * * * The husband who gives his wife his pay check every month will never have trouble - unless she finds out he's paid twice a month! * * * Famous Last Line - I can always tell a well-informed person; his ideas are the same as mine, aigona Upper jWomes; ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postofflee at Algeria, town (50511), Nov.^. 1932,^inder Act ot Congren of March 3. 1879 ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1965 1 2 p afle , _ One Section VOL. 100 NO. 97 To Reroute U.S. 169 Thru Algona Minnesota Twins Players Here Mon.; Jan. 3, For Program DICK REESE First Baseman Mercury Dips To One Above For New Low While winter hasn't been too tough on area residents yet, indications this week were that it's going to get worse before it gets better. The mercury dipped to one degree above zero early Monday, establishing anew low mark for the season, while the high reading during the period was 45 degrees Thursday. There was a trace of rain Thursday and .04" of melted snow the following day, accounting for the precipitation Dec. 23 Dec. 24 Dec. 25 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 H L 45 36 30 29 32 20 27 19 S/R tr. R .04S 16 With the three Algona service clubs as sponsors, two playing members of the Minnesota Twins, champions of the American League baseball team, and one member of the public relations staff, will appear here next Monday evening, Jan. 3, at a public program in the Algona high school auditorium. There is no admission charge. Sponsors are the Algona Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. There will be films, personal appearance of Zoilo Versalles, star shortstop, Dick Reese, utility infielder and first baseman, and Jerry Snyder of the Twins public relations staff, and a question and answer period. The program has been arranged by Dean Schlapia, representing the Lions, ArlanTeng- wall, representing Kiwanis, and John Love, Rotary representative. Versalles, named "Most Valuable Player" by American League teams, should prove especially interesting, and seats will be on a "first come, first seated" basis. Rose Scon/on Retiring At Chrischilles Store Mrs. Rose Scanlan, head bookkeeper at the Chrischilles store since 1932, has resigned her position. Her resignation came as a result of the advice of her doctor. Mrs. Scanlan had had glaucoma surgery six years ago, with each eye operated upon six months apart. About five weeks ago she suffered a hemorrhage in one eye while working at her desk. She is to be replaced by Mrs. Dorothy Hardgrove, who started working in the store Monday. Mrs, Scanlan, indispensable at her job, is remaining to help Mrs. Hardgrove until after the first of the year, On many occasions, Mrs.Scan- lan arrived early at the store and did even janitor's work, when the daily personnel was not available. She will be greatly missed by customers of the store. Mrs. Hardgrove, who has been at the local radio station, is being replaced by Mrs. Dennis Jergenson, who started work there Monday. Mrs. Alene Hemphill has resigned her position at the Chrischilles store and will leave after the first of the year to go to the Ozarks. Guest in her home recently has been her brother, C. E. Glasscock of Kansas City, who will accompany her on her trip. She has worked in the store for a number of years. Petition Asks Expansion West Bend School Area A petition asking for a reorganization of the West Bend Community School district, which would expand it and include within the new area a part of southwest Kossuth county, was filed last week with the Palo Alto county Board of Education, The proposed new district would include the present West Bend Community school district, Fern Valley Community School district, sections 34 and 35 of the Whittemore Township School district, and about 75% of the present Rodman Consolidated School district. Ten days are allowvl for setting a time for filing objections. The petition was filed Dec. 22. A time will also be set for a hearing on the proposed district. Joint boards acting as a single board from Kossuth, Hurr.boldt, Pocahontas and Palo Alto counties will conduct the hearing to approve or disapprove the proposition. A total of 756 persons signed the petitions within the areas concerned. ZOILO VERSALLES Shortstop Algona Youth Arrives Home The Hard Way Bruce Sundet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sundet, Algona, had quite an experience this past weekend. Having gone to visit friends in Charlotte, No. Car., he was home bound on a jet plane to Chicago. At 35,000 feet altitude, as he was eating dinner, he noticed smoke in the front of the plane. The pilot's voice on the intercom explained that the passengers should remain calm and that there was a small fire on the plane. Oxygen masks were dropped to each passenger. The plane landed at Louisville, Kentucky, before 8 p. m., where he was transferred to a plane for Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Sundet left here to meet Bruce in Mason City at 11:30 p. m. Thursday evening. After waiting for the flight to arrive, they were told that the plane had been grounded and that Bruce would arrive by bus from Waterloo, at 1 a. m. Later, they were notified that there had been a call from Bruce, and they learned that he would not arrive at Mason City but had to take a plane from Louisville to Chicago. They returned to Algona and had a phone call from Bruce at 3 a. m. and again at 6:30 a. m. On the second call, he asked, "I bet you don't know where I am, do you?" And his father replied, "Yes, I'll bet you are at O'Hare Field in Chicago." This was a right guess. And at O'Hare, Bruce, by coincidence, met Jim Parsons, who was coming home to visit his parents, Mr, and Mrs. Vic Parsons, He was on his way from Biloxi, Miss, to Des Moines, where his parents ware to meet him. Fortunately, Bruce was able to obtain the one available seat on the flight to Des Moines and accompanied Jim and rode to Algona with Jim's parents. One Issue Next Week There will be only one issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines next week, that issue to be printed on Wednesday for Thursday delivery in the area. It will be the general policy of this paper to publish but one issue a week when there is a holiday in that week. Abner Long, Ex-Algonan Dies Dec. I] Abner L. Long, former Al- gonan and for many years a prominent grocer here, died Thursday night, Dec. 23, in a hospital where he had been taken after falling and breaking a hip. He moved to Davenport about 15 years ago and after the death of his wife Blanche a few years ago, he entered the Crestview Acres Rest Home at Marion. In the meantime, he had undergone major surgery from which he never completely recovered. Private services were held Sunday at Cedar Rapids where his son Jack lives. At his request of some years ago, he was cremated and graveside services will be held at Riverview cemetery here at a later date. He is survived by daughters, Arba Dee (Mrs. Carson Taylor), Sitka, Alaska, Dorris (Mrs. Glee Pit- oher), Wellsberg, Pa., and son, Jack, Cedar Rapids and several grandchildren. F. Dransfeldf Funeral Held Here Tuesday Funeral services for Frederick Dransfeldt, 78, Algona retired farmer who had lived in Kossuth county since 1909, were held at 1 p. m. Tuesday in the Methodist church, with Rev. N. M. Coughenour officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, with McCullough Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Gerald and Merwyn Bahling, Alvin and Harold Andreasen, Loyola O'Brien and Roy Jensen. Mr. Dransfeldt died Friday at St. Ann hospital here. Frederick Dransfeldt, son of Chris and Christina Handevidt Dransfeldt, was born at Dwight, 111. June 3, 1887. He was later married to Lydia Jensen and she preceded him in death Dec. 21, •1963. They had no children. They farmed in the Burt and Lone Rock areas before moving to Algona. He was a member of the Methodist church. He is survived by a brother Robert, Algona, and many nieces and nephews. Vandals Cause Damage In North Kossuth Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst investigated two reports of vandalism in the north end of the county after the Christmas weekend. At Ledyard, some sort of weapon was used to shoot holes in several windows. There were holes shot in a phone booth, an abandoned business building nearby and the old oafe, all on the main street. No one heard any gun rep *rts during the weekend and the vandalism was reported to the sheriff by the Ledyard mayor. The cash box svas also pried out of the phone booth and taken along by the culprits. Amount of money in the box was not known. At Bancroft, culprits broke into the Hygrade Food Products Corp. on the south edge of the town and inflicted damage to an adding machine by ramming the carriage of the machine into a filing cabinet. Eacli time the machine was tried, fuses in the building were blown out. Entrance to the building was gained through an overhead door at the back. The office door was then pried open. Apparently nothing was taken during the foray, which was believed done by youngsters. Dotted Line Represents Future Algona Routing Of U. S. Highway 169 As Announced By Highway Commission Oak TS Elm Lucas North Call qtntft — i ( I e 1 • •• 7 D 1 3 3 I M ± n n e s G t a III L 1 W 0 o s t e i LfeJU i l C 0 1 I y LUL i M c F h e r s c E • •• > 1 1 • b « • 1 p h i 1 1 I P s I <£ y / ,, I// •\. •y 0^ */ / / / N W R a i 1 w a y Jess Lashbrook, Street Head 36 Years, Retiring After -jy 1/2 years as a city employee and 36 years as street commissioner here, Jess Lashbrook, well-known Algonan, has decided to retire, effective at the end of this month. Jess, who is responsible for masterminding practically all the advancement by the street department here, will continue to serve in an advisory capacity, possibly as long as he would like to. He won't, however, have to check in early each working day and check out at the end of each day as he has done for such a long time. His successor has not been named, but it is possible the city council may name Albert Pergande to the post of street commissioner. He has been Lashbrook's right hand man for several years. The council will fete Lashbrook for his many years as a city employee during a regular meeting at the city hall Dec. 29. Born at Lotts Creek Jan. 15, 1897, Jess came to Algona seven years later, and has been a resident here ever since. He finished school here and was then employed by a grading and construction firm. At the age of 19, he went to work for the city on an hourly basis. It was Aug. 26, 1920 when Mr. Lashbrook became a regular employee of the city. He joined the street department - and has been with the same division of city government here since. In 1929, he was named street commissioner. In 1921, he was married to Kathrine Burtis, and they have five children, Harlan, Fae, Robert, Carroll and Derwood. He svas formerly very active in the work of the Boy Scouts here and was a Scoutmaster for seven years. He developed several time-saving devices fur city equipment and has been credited with building a fine street department here. In 19G2, the city's new street department garage and shop on North Hall street was dedicated to Mr. Lashbrook during ceremonies held Oct. 28. He served under 11 mayors, including J. W. Wadsworth, W, E. McDonald, Albert Ogren, C. F. Specht, Leighton Misbach, Frank Kohlhaas, J. F. Overmeyer, B. P. Richardson, Mrs. H. D. Clapsaddle, C. C. Shierk and Bill Finn, and at least 140 council members have served since he first was employed by the city. Now that he is retiring, Jess will probably have more time to devote to fishing, which he thoroughly enjoys. Practically all Algona will miss seeing him as he makes his rounds checking on various city projects. (UDM Newsfoto) Rev. Dailey Improves Father Philip Dailey, pastor of St. Michael's Catholic church at Whittemore, was reported us making a satisfactory iveuvery at Rochester following the recent slight stroke To Widen And Repave South Phillips St. A $279,100 state highway project -A,is approved recently which will result In relocation, widening and repaying of U. S. 109 through part of Algona. The new approved route of the highway will continue it north on North Phillips Street, from the corner of State Street, to Oak, and then west on Oak street to connect with the widened paving as it enters Algona from the north. What to do about the existing routing of U. S. 169 east to Jones Street and State, and then north on Jones, has been puzzling the State Highway Commission for several years. ' The Jones street traffic on U. S. 169 has had to travel over a won. out pavement, and a narrow soad, to State and Jones, where it encounters traffic lights and one of the heaviest traffic intersections in Algona. The project is slated for 1970, and will include right-of-way, grading, paving, erosion control and miscellaneous work. Total distance is given as seven-tenths of a mile. Local State Highwaymen understand that the intention is to build a four-lane highway, one that equals in width the present highway from the south city limits on Phillips to State. It would seem that the project will call for reducing the present area between sidewalks ' and curbs to allow lor wider streets, and recurbing and re- paving in the process. There were no indications given as to what changes might be made at the point where Diagonal Street branches off Phillips, or at the corner of Oak and Phillips, where the turn west would be made. This is the only major piece of State Highway work planned in the next four-years in the Kossuth county area, according to the recently-announced five-year planning program. Five Mishaps In Area, No One Injured Several mishaps, with no personal injuries reported, were investigated by peace officers in this area during the weekend. Three occurred in Algona. Christmas Day, at 12:45 a. m., an auto driven by Phyllis R. Simons, 30, Algona, backed from a driveway at 1221 East Linden street and struck a parked auto owned by Ronald D. Thompson, Algona. Damage to the latter vehicle was estimated at $125. A day earlier, at 12:46 p. m., cars driven by Ralph P. Elbert, 67, and Jane Faber, 20, both of Algona, collided on Thorington street. Cars driven by Mike Arerid, 70, Algona, and Barry Stone, 42, Ogden, collided at the intersection of Call and Dodge streets at 3:30 p. in. Thursday, resulting in an estmated $160 damage Two highway accidents in the Whittemore area Dec. 22 occurred within three miles of each other and six hours apart. At 3;35 p. m., one rnile north and a mile west on highway 18, Clarence Raueliag, Aurelia, accidentally slipped his car into reverse moving 60 miles per hour. He was passing another car when he knocked the shift lever into reverse. Thy car immediately slowed and went out of control. It went into the south ditcli and rolled over uu its top. The car had an estimated $750 in damage, according to Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, who investigated. At 9 a. m. a mile south of Whittemore cars driven by Henry S. Haag and Ed Youngwirth, both of Whittemore, collided.

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