The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 27, 1966 · Page 1
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BY RUSS WALLER Whitey Volgt, for 25 years a city mall carrier here, most of the time on a city route, has switched to the downtown route following retirement of Ken Harris, who had the twice-a-day downtown beat tor many a year. Whitey says he likes the change, less up and down hill, even if it is twice-a-day . . . however, he has to start all over again in making the acquaintance of dogs on that part of the route in the East State St. area, which he also covers. * * * Ir *•" meantime, Mr. and Mrs. Harris are planning on leaving for California, Feb. 3 if present plans carry through, and will attend the wedding of their nephew, Joel, while in the west. * * * Note where the Postoffice Department is going to restore parcel post service in 6,091 communities with populations over 3,000 and otherwise improve the parcel post situation . , . if the Postoffice Department loses as much on parcel post as it previously said it did, this sounds peculiar . While our reporter adhered to a request made at the last meeting of the Algona School Board that names and specific recommendations made by eight representatives of the Algona Educational Ass'n in attendance at the meeting, not be made public in print, we honestly see no reason why such requests and the names of those making the request in behalf of the teaching organization, should not be included in the news. We may be wrong, but we feel it is the public's right to know who is asking for what - so long as it is public business and local tax money involved and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. * * * It's not worth a big hassle, but we might point out that in present-day regulations for North Central basketball, freshmen cannot play on the varsity, so that Dale Teeter's scoring total includes just his three years. ... it used to be that freshmen could also play .... Coach Howie Stephenson says that the school does not have a complete record of individual scoring statistics through the years in basketball. Anyway you look at it, Dale is quite a pivot man - and incidentally has been visited by representatives of several prominent schools who are interested in his future plans. * * * Down at Eagle Grove the city council is discussing possible removal of parking meters from the city streets. * * * Statistics on the total license revocations by the state on charges of operating motor vehicles while intoxicated remains about the same for Kossuth county . , , . 20 in 1963, 22 in 1964, and 21 in 1965 .... but believe it or not, our neighbor to the west, Palo Alto, had only 4, 4 and 6, during the same years, while Emmet, which we think of as rather straight-laced, had totals of 24, 24 and 17. * * * Most everyone likes basketball, but sometimes the overzealous rooters for their own team can carry it to extremes. Not so, the State Line Conference tournament finals, last Saturday night at Lakota. An overflow crowd, including many standing, witnessed the finals in both the boys and girls contests, with four different teams competing, and while there was lusty support for the favorites of each group, there was a good-natured friendly atmosphere, Even the referees escaped with very few second guesses from the stands, a tribute to good sportsmanship. And for Supt, Cook and his Lakota staff who were the hosts, a word of praise for nice handling of the crowd and general hospitality * and the Lakota girls lost in the closing seconds by a scant margin, too, * * * Famous Last Line * If you mud you lo§e ground,, ' Upper fe****lieueft ••** ESTABUSHED if 45 Entered S» Mcond class matter at the DostoHlce at AJjrona, Town <K»ia NOT. 1. 1KB. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 1966 16 pages metre VOl. 101 NO. f Strike On At Weidenhoff Plant Propose Enlargement Sentral School Area A petition which would enlarge the Sentral Community School District, both in Kossuth and Palo Alto counties, was filed with A. M. Quintard, county superintendent of schools, here Jan, 17 by more than 20 percent of the qualified voters in the district. The petition asks for establishment of a community school district including adjacent and contiguous lands in Swea, Greenwood, Seneca, Burt, Fenton, Union and Lotts Creek townships in Kossuth and Independence and Fairfield townships in Palo Alto. The official publication, which appears in today's UDM, states the addition to the present district will not be by more than 25 percent of the present population. Objections to the proposal on file must be filed not later than noon Feb. 9 at the office of the county superintendent here. A meeting of the combined Kossuth and Palo Alto boards of education will be held that evening at 7:30 p. m. and at that time objections will be read and final boundaries set. All interested parties may be present at this meeting to present evidence and arguments. The legal notice states the method of electing members of the board should be by election at large from the district and that incumbent board members should continue to serve the remainder of their elective terms. Rena L. Buell, Burt Pioneer, Dies Wednesday Mrs. Rena L. Buell, 95, pioneer Burt woman, died Jan. 26 at St. Ann hospital where she was taken Sunday. Her death was unexpected because she enjoyed good health up to that time. Rena Lacey was born April 4, 1870, at Albany, Wise., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lacy. She moved with her parents as a small girl to West Bend where she received her education. She also attended a teachers training school at Algona and taught for several years in the county. She was married June 1,1891 to H. O. Buell at Algona and came to Burt as a bride 74 years ago and had resided here since. Mr. Buell died in 1945. 'They had no children. The only close survivors are a nephew and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harlem Lacy who came to Burt in i960 to care for Mrs. Buell. She was an honorary member of Burt Presbyterian church in which she was very active in former years. She was a charter member of Burt Womens club and honorary member of U. P. W. Services are tentatively set for Friday afternoon at Burt Presbyterian church with Rev. Bruce Calbreath officiating. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery, Algona, and McCullough Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Master Degree In Physics For Jerry Elbert Jerry Elbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milferd Elbert of Whittemore, received his Masters degree in physics at the University of Wisconsin Saturday. He fyad previously obtained his B, S, at Iowa State University, He has an assistantshlp at Wisconsin to do physics research $4M#&M(.fMffXfSWftMVfKKt: - o Study Revisions Of West Bend, Cylinder Schools School district shakeups continued to be in the news this past week, in the Kossuth-Palo Alto adjoining areas. Last Thursday evening, at a hearing on the proposed merger of the 'West Bend district, three- fourths of the Rodman district, Fern Valley districts 34 and 35 in Palo Alto and the Whittemore twp. district, the original plan was modified when a Rodman portion was eliminated, part of the area being excluded in the northwest corner near Cylinder, and another near the present Mallard district, totaling several sections. In the meantime, patrons of the Cylinder district met and studied a petition from that area proposing establishment of a new district composed of the Emmetsburg district, Cylinder Consolidated, Fairfield rural inde- pendant, and a portion of the Rodmand district not included in the proposed West Bend district. Reuben Berkland presented the facts to the group. Shoplifting At Fenton; Two Are Fined Two women were fined $10 and costs each following preliminary hearings of shoplifting charges in Justice Delia Welter's court here this week. They were Mrs. Steven Behrends, Sac City, and Mrs. Roger Behrends, Ringsted. A third person, a juvenile girl, was also apprehended by the sheriff's office here and her case will be handled by probation officers in Emmet county, according to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst. The shoplifting was reported Sunday by Bailey's store at Fenton, It occurred the preceding evening and a ski sweater, two pairs of shoes and a dress were taken, All of the merchandise was returned, There's $2.50 Waiting For You! • If You're a Reporter • If You're a Photographer This newspaper vlll give $2.50 each week for the best NEWS TIP given to this newspaper, either by telephone or personal visit. You do npt need to write the story, just give us the tip and a few basic facts, we'll do the rest. For every other tip used and which we have not already known, we'll give an additional dollar. For the best news photo submitted each week, we'll pay another $2.50. Wedding and engagement pic- turet do not count/ just pictures of an unusual and newty value, and good black and white. CALL 5*3535 Strikers Say "Help! Help! 1 ' ON STRIKE Carrying signs reaOing, "Peanuts for wages," "Helpl Help!" and "On Strike Local 1045," four Weidenhoff employees and union members are shown above as they put in a 4-hour shift at the gates of the local manufacturing plant. The men are, left to right, Eldon Penning, Leonard Dahlhauser, Joe Penning and Bud Tabb, and they served as the second shift of pickets when workers voted to strike the plant. Pickets be- gan walking in front of the gate at 1:30 a. m. Wednesday, and it is not known just how long the strike will be in effect here. Across the highway from the picket area, where only management, supervisory and maintenance workers are being allowed admittance , is a trailer house, which is serving as strike headquarters for the union. Women are on duty at all times, keeping coffee ready for the cold pickaters at the gate. (UDM Newsfoto) New Chamber Officers Introduced Here New officers and board members of the Algona Chamber of Commerce were introduced during the organization's annual banquet at the high school Annex Tuesday evening. They are shown above with incumbent board members. They are, front row, left to right, PatMontag, retiring president; Bud Anderson, treasurer; Ted Chrischilles, president; Earl Lierley, vice president; and Bill Steele, secretary. Second row, left to right, Joe Pomplun, Bill Dau, Jr., Mitch Taylor and Norm Christian, Back row, left to right, Dr. Jerry Shey, George Allen, Bud Ferris and Dick Buscher. The.new board members are Pomplun, retail bureau; Buscher, agriculture, petroleum bureau; Dau, automotive bureau; Ferris, salesman's bureau, LeoCassel, civic bureau; and Max Bartholomew, contractors, manufacturers and distributors bureau. The latter two and Bill Conn and Ken Peirce, also board members, were not present. Rollie Ferrell, St. Paul business executive, was the featured speaker and delivered an interesting talk, which combined humor and serious thoughts. The Kossuth county chapter Barbershoppers Chorus also presented a few numbers during the program portion of the banquet. A large crowd attended the banquet-meeting. (UDM Flashfoto by Don Smith) Algonan Gets 30 Days; Got Minors Beer An Algonan, Gottlieb Reefer, was sentenced to 30 days in jail this week by Mayor Bill Finn following a preliminary hearing of a charge of making beer available to minors. Five boys allegedly obtained beer, All were minors but no charges were filed against them, Other matters heard by the mayor were; Perry D. Radig, Lone Rock loaded and assembled gun in vehicle, $20; Judy Hutchinson, Lone Rock, failing to yield the right - of - way, $10; Frank Esser, Algona, violation of driver's permit, $5,, and Robert Lucey, Algona, driving without a valid license. Court costs were assessed in addition to fines. Taxpayers Misled; Levy Down, Evaluation Is Up Taxpayers in Kossuth county are in for a surprise - IF they read a story on taxes that appeared in the Monday edition of the other local newspaper - a story that indicated their tax bill would be less, due to a decrease in all but two of the 98 taxing districts in the county. According to officials at the courthouse, tax levies are DOWN, but EVALUATION OF PRACTICALLY ALL PROPERTY IS UP - so instead of paying less to support government (in various forms), the individaul tax bills in many cases, will be UP, also. The courthouse officials wanted announcement of levy drop and evaluation increase known so taxpayers would not think something had gone wrong when the figures were compiled earlier. It is not expected that taxes will vary too much from the past, but persons are reminded their taxes could be up - instead of down, Bank President Gordon C. Hall, former officer at the Iowa State Bank here for several years, was elected president of the Coralville Bank and Trust Co, Jaji, 13, His election came during the annual stockholder and director meeting and he succeeds G. L. Isensee, who had served as president since 1958. Two Sentenced For Larceny At Swea City Robert J. Kester and Arnold Jones, who broke into the DX gas station at Swea City several weeks ago, were sentenced to five years in the men's reformatory at Anamosa this week by Judge G, W, Stillman in district court here. They entered pleas of guilty to larceny of property of value in excess of $20. The men were apprehended at Ft, Dodge after the Swea City break-in, with the main clue a bullet hole in an auto ( owned by one of the men, The car was struck by the bullet which was fired by the Swea city marshal, Appeal bond in each of the sentencing^ was set at $1,500. Union Votes 92-19 For Walkout Employees of the Weidenhoff Corp, of Algona, members of Local 1045 of the International Ass'n of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, went on strike here Wednesday morning, The vote to strike, coming Tuesday night after a day and evening of negotiations and discussions between management and the union, with a Federal mediator present, was by a ballot of 92 to 19. The Federal mediator, Louis Towers of Des Moines, conferred with company management personnel, then with the union negotiating committee, and the company's proposals were presented Tuesday evening to union members. The vote to strike followed. The chief bone of contention is the wage scale. The union says the base rates offered are not sufficiently high. The company says it has no intention of making any further changes in its offers, but K, T. Peirce, president, said the "door is always open to negotiations, and it is up to the union from now on." Weidenhoff's payroll here In 1965 totaled $1,200,000. There have been 215 employees at the local plant, of which about 35 are management, supervisor and maintenance personnel. They were at the plant Wednesday, not hindered by the picket line set up by the local union. The pickets concentrated only on possible plant workers and trucks seeking to enter. Just how far apart the company and union might be in pay scales was not announced by either side, but the company did offer a wage increase from the present scale. Another meeting was scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Johnson House between company officers, union negotiating committee members, and Mr. Towers. Mr. Popp, a special representative of the union, is also in Algona and has acted in an advisory capacity to the local here. For Algona, it is the first major strike of any consequence in local history, The union's picket program at the plant entrance includes four pickets at a time on duty, each carrying signs. Across highway 18 is a camper unit where hot coffee and snacks are made available for the pickets, with two young women handling the concession unit. There were no elements of trouble Wednesday morning, but production in the plant was at a complete standstill. The union's negotiating committee is headed by Kenneth Holcomb of Whittemore as chairman, and includes Jim Sloan of Burt and Bob Leasing of Bancroft. Vlnce Leners of Emmetsburg is president of the local union, Federal Mediator Towers said he would remain in Algona, just as long as it seemed necessary, and so long as there was possibility of having the parties meet on any discussion whatsoever. The Mediation Board is a separate part of the government, an independent unit set up without partiality for any side, in an effort to aid in settlement of just such situations as have arisen here. The rest of the community can do only one thing - sit back, wait, and hope, Kossuth Files Kossuth county joined Boone, Dubuque, Hamilton and AUa- roakee counties in filing suit in Polk county district court Jo an attempt to stop the Iowa State 1m Commission from raising property vaJuattpng for 19W* Kossuth earlier filed wU& 3j counties and won m injunction against the tax cojnmjsgton to keep a 20 percent increase in farm building evaluation from applying to the 1965 |ajs

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