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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 3, 1960
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UVU JHUAI1«B XW, By Russ Waller One home owner who had leaky basement troubles decided td solve it by having a drainage tile tun around the yard outside the basement, after ,which he carefully reseeded the lawn. Then, to his; amazement, he 'noticed night crawlers coming up ' like mad out of the ground., The explanation did not come until he later went -into his garage and turned on the v light •— and then couldn't get it turned off. Seems that an electric wire in the ground,to the garage was shorted in the tiling process — ' and the. night, crawlers found the unexpected current quite unpleasant ... so did-the fellow who had to dig the works u.p and then reseed a second time/after correcting the short circuit. '"' MAIL BAG: From Germany, a postcard from Mr and Mrs Ed Genrich, ex-Algonans now traveling abroad. Both are getting a chance to brush up on their German from college days — better late than'nevert • , Chuck Paxson of Algona was "*\ elected first vice president of the Collectors Ass'n at the annual conventi.dn of that group recently aj; Marshalltown. Paxson heads the Credit Bureau of Kossuth, County. * . * Mis Nell Linnan had a surprise — long distance morning, v The • call the .other came from Jffloine* ESTABLISHED 1863 u «eo(MJ cl»w »;«« at . Nov. 1, 1838. under Aet ot fc *, ALGONA, IOWA, TU6SBAY, MAY 3, I960 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 97 - NO. 18 6 Kossuth toivns In Census Gain Indonesia, .from her sister, „ Freda Wassenberg, in government ser vice in that far-away' land. It was 9:30 p.m. there, incidentally *• *' * : . One of out close friends and severest critics informs "us that i Des Moines radio station quoted at length, from an editorial in this pap'er one mornng recently while he "was on the^road, <yith his radioHurhed' 'on.'*" '"Too' 1 bad when you get 100 miles from home < and still can't get away from that soap box" was his caustic comment . . . but think how the members of Congress must' have felt on Tuesday, April 12, when they had* to listen to a reading of an editorial from this paper eptitled "The Farmers Will Remember", presented by Congressman Merwin Coad, inserted in the Congressional Record. * • . * After reading all the bad things that Southern Iowa is doing to Northern Iowa politically maybe we should secede and join Minnesota ... * * * ' Speaking of Minnesota, here are a few cerisus figures just released for neighboring cities to the north .... pur own area, is reported elsewhere in today's paper. City 1960 1950 Blue Earth 4,159 3,843 • Albert Lea 17,000 13,545 Fairmont 9,673 fl.193 Mankato 23,755 18,809. i * * * A while back Mr and Mrs Howard Platt came from the south and stopped at Mountain Home, Ark. They decided it was "old home week." Before getting out of their car they spotted Howard Hoenk and Joel Herbst, and found out Roy Christensen and few other Algona fisherman were in the area. Hoenk and Herbst, by the way, were doing the usual type of bragging indulged in by successful fishermen. * , * * Down at the State University of Iowa the pressure is on to eliminate policies that restrict membership in fraternities to certain races and creeds. The general idea, of course, is to prove that no "segregation" exists This is going to prove a real problem for some'of them — like Acacia, for example, where Masonic membership is basic, or Catholic, Jewish or colored fra- fernities with similar longtime associations not based on bigotry or snobbish restrictions but simply basic companionship that makes for congenial associations within a group having like beliefs or problems. They all inter. mingle everywhere, except in the actual membership. One can perhaps ponder whether or not this headlong effort to "integrate" — so called • — — makes any sense. ^ ^ ^ Overheard en the street; He's so deceitful, pretending to be? lieve me when he knows I'm ly- H. Arndorfer Rjtes Are Held Here Tuesday Funeral services were held this morning (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. for Henry J. Afndorfer, 65, life-long Kossuth county- 'resident. Father Francis 'Conway (officiated in St. Benedict's Catholic church with burial'in the church cemetery. The Algona V.F.W.'post conducted military ritesiand Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. . ' . Mr Arndorfer died Saturday morning at Veteran's hospital, Des Moinfcs. 'He suffered a stroke sew eral months ago and had been hospitalized at St. Ann here, Rochester and the Vet's, hospital. He was born Sept. 6, 1894 at St. Benedict, the son of Michael and Victoria Sheberle Arndorfer. He served in World War I and farmed at- St. Benedict. His first wife preceded, him in death and May 3/1941 ^ie was married to Helen Widen at St. Benedict. Surviving are his wife and six sons and daughters: They are Mrs Charles (Delores) Nordston,'Bur- lington, Robert Arndorfer, Corwith, Mrs Gerald (Donna) Brown, ,Utica, Minn., Gloria Arndorfer, Emmetsburg and Richard and Sharon, at home. There are also one -sister, Mrs' Clara Erdman, Denver, Colo.; and three brothers,Leo Arndorfer, Bancroft, Ed, Gait, and Michael, Corwith, and 14 grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death. Pallbearers at the services were Julius Seller, John Huff, Leander Seefeld, Rufus Welter, Albert Johnson and Matt Borman. Jailed On Break-In Count After Farm Home Followir one of the most rapid investigations in history, a 25-year old Hutchinson, Minn, man, Berga Rasmussen, was arrested and lodged in the county ail here Monday night on a charge of breaking and entering. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst return-' did Rasmussen to Algona from Tort Dodge where he was apprehended following Lindhorst's juicK work.'. , Rasmussen will also be wanted by Minnesota authorities on a charge of auto theft and parole violation. He was on parole for auto theft at the time of his ar- 'est Monday. The Minnesotan is charged with going to the Ralph Angle farm residence, 5V& miles north of- Swea City, at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Finding !no one around the house, he is charged with taking a table model radio and filling a stolen car with gas, then leaving the premises. Mr Fenton Dies; Rites Today Fenton — Glen A. Haase, 61, longtime resident of the Fenton area, succumbed to cancen at the home of his daughter, Mrs Albert Schade, Saturday morning at Madison, Wise. He, had been ill for the past three years. Funeral services for Mr Haase will be held today (Tuesday) a1 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas Funeral Home and at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church. A pastor from Madison will officiate and burial will follow at the Fefiton Methodist cemetery, Mr Haase was born May 24, 1898 on a farm two miles southeast of Fenton. He was a .son of August and Carrie Haase. Following graduation from Fenton high school, Mr Haase. farmed near Fenton & Woolstock & was later employed by an electrical shop at Webster City. Illness, forced his retirement three years ago. He is survived by his mother, Mrs Carrie Haase, Webster City; a daughter Genevieve (Mrs Albert Schade), Madison, Wise.; two sons, John,- Madison, and Clarence, in the service in Alabama; three sisters, Pearl (Mrs Harry Phillips), Webster City, Matilda (Mrs Herman Gade), Whittier, Cal and Minnie (Mrs Jack Haman), New Orleans; three brothers, Earl, Little Rock, Ark., Clifford and Gail, Algona; and six grandchildren. He was-preceded in death by his father, a son and a brother. George Tjaden, Titonka, Dies Monday Morning Titonka — George Tjaden, 70, died Monday morning at his home here, after an illness of one week. • Funeral services for Mr Tjaden will be 1 held Thursday at 1 p.m. iruthe Ramsey Reformed church fHOttlv of .Titonka,wUhRey. .Will- will be in the church cemetery and,.Blake Funfral Home is in Charge of arrangements. A son of Steven and Ellen Tjaden, George Tjaden was born Apr. 23, 1890 near • Algona. He was married to Ida Cordes in German township. The Tjadens farmed near Titonka for many years, then moved to. town following retirement four years ago. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Mrs Alfred Bockes, Titonka; a son, Omer, Monticello; five grandchildren; a brother, Jelle, Garner; and a sister, Mrs Rudolph Saathoff, Burt. A daughter, who died in infancy, his parents, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Angle saw the auto near house (he was working; m a nearby field) but had no idea anyone was inside until he re* turned to' the home later. Mrs Angle is employed at Sweft City during the day, ,so Was not at home at the time of the theft. According to Rasmussen's story, he had been working in Minnesota and wound up, on a drinking spree at New Ulm. He stole a Mercury statiori wagoh Sunday and wound up at Angle's the next morning. Rasmussen gained entrance through an unlocked front door and didn't disturb, anything but the radio, which he. later sold. It was recovered, however. Lindhorst was notified > of • the theft by Mrs Angle Monday noon. He rushed to- Swea City., and after preliminary investiga^ tion into the matter, radioed Mason City and Fort Dodge aul- 'thorities, giving complete details on Rasmussen and the stolen auto. At 4 p.m. he received a radio message from Fort Dodge telling of the man's arrest. . | Rasmussen will be held in the local jail until court action on the Discuss Curb, Gutter Costs, Before Council Algona's city council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. this Friday, May 6, to discuss further the possibility of a 94-block curb and gutter project, which was proposed earlier. To date, the project has not case is held. The sheriff also investigated Lest Line — You grow up the day you have your first reel laygh at you'**»« Suffers Stroke Burt — Bernard Leeper, about 50 of rural Burt, suffered a stroke on Friday and was rushed to the Mercy hospital, Mason City, where his condition is listed as serious. He suffered partial paralysis of the right side, two • other reported breakins during the week — one at Lonp Rock, the other at Wesley. I 'The Lone Rock Elevator wajs entered som'etime Friday nighft when a thief or thieves shattered a glass out of the northeast office door, reached through and unlocked the door. According to the sheriff, nothing was stolen. An attempt, was made by; the culprits to pry , open a, drawer with a screw driver, " it is probable they.' tt .dicUVti ge ed. '" '",. ""T.'r Fritz Newbrough, elevator employee, discovered the breakin Saturday morning and • notified Lindhorst. At Wesley, someone attempted to jimmy the rear door at, Root Hardware. They failed to gain admittance to the building. met'with any great opposition or approval by persons living in areas involved in the program. A majority of property owners favor the project. It has been estimated that 650700 persons live in 'the affected areas. One property owner, Miles Sloniker, and a local contractor, Ed Bowman, .who installed 15 blocks of curb and gutter in the east portion of the city during 1959, were the only interested parties in attendance at the council's regular meeting Wednesday night, Apr. 27, to voice an opinion. Bowman stated that he had purchased $1136 worth of steel forms needed for curb and gutter work and had paid $87 freight on the forms to get them to Algona. According to the contractor he thought the same program that was begun last year would be continued and that he would get to do the work. Engineer's estimates of cost run $2.39 per running foot for curb and gutter, while Bowman has told several persons interested in curb and gutter he would do the work for $2 per foot. If and when the work is completed It will be paid for by in' ' "" " Jhd& Auto Show Here Friday; Offer Free Street Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this coming wejeke/id promise plenty of activity in Algona. A city-wide auto, show, with between 30 and 40 models of new cars to be on display in the downtown business area, is on tap for Friday, sponsored by the Automotive Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce. Cars will be on display on Dodge Street, from State Street both south and north a half block, both afternoon and evening. Each of the seven dealers will display five cars, including 18 different makes. There will also be an hour stage show in the evening, starting at 8:30 p.m. all free, at the corner of S^atc and Dodge streets, with complete information elsewhere in this issue on this event. Saturday, May 7, the annual Pet Parade will take place, starting at 10 a.m. at the high school annex. The parade will proceed to State, down State Street to Thorington and then to the city hall. The Algona high school band will lead the event. This will conclude dog quarantine work. , Sunday, May 8, is Mother s Day, an annual event that needs no introduction or elaboration. Rites Held For Swea Fanner Funeral services for August Beck, 57, rural Swea City man, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Methodist church at Swea City, with Rev. Wallace Farmer officiating. Burial was at Armstrong Grove cemetery. Mr Beck, who farmed south of Swea City, died Wednesday, Apr. 27, at Holy Family hospital, Estherville, of a kidney ailment. He had been ill for 10 days. Mr Beck was born at Humboldt Aug. 6, 1902 and was educated in rural schools in Kossuth county. He was married to Vivian McNally Bunt, who died Oct. 13, 1953, then married Bernadine 'Lydia Robertson at Algona Sept. 19, 1959. Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Donald E. Beck, Newton; a stepson, Lester E. Robertson, Des Moines; stepdaughter, Marjorie Zimmerman, Swea City; three brothers, George Armstrong; Einer, Estherville, and William, Thor; and three sisters, Mrs Johanna Metz, Ringsted, Mrs Andy Burt, Armstrong, and Shirley Beck, Burlington. Winner of Awards 26 State and National Nat'l Editorial Aw'n Annual Better Newsppper Contests Second Place Nat'l Editorial "General Excellence" Harm Groen Of Burt Succumbs y t Burt — Harm Henry Groen,'59, well-nown Burt resident died at University hospital in Iowa City at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 27, the victim of a heart condition. Mr Groen suffered rheumatic fever when he was 30, which left h|m with a heart condition, however he was able to work until 1958 when ill health forced him o retire. Last week he was taken eriously ill and was taken to owa City on Friday. Harm, the son of Harm and luth'Van Horn Groen, was born at Titonka, Jan. 24, 1901. He grew o manhood and received his education in early Kossuth county ural schools. On Aug. 20, 1924 he was united n marriage to Kate Welp. She urvives her husband, as do three ons, Richard, a member of the Algona police force, Arthur and John, all of Algona, and six daughters, Lavina, (Mrs Robert Devine), Burt, Kathleen, (Mrs 3ary Pringle), Ottumwa, Betty, Mrs Jack Gettman), Gladys, (Mrs Wilbur Doege), Velma, (Mrs Lee Dixon), all of Burt and Patricia at home, Also surviving Mr Groen are our brothers, Henry, Buffalo, o.; Fred, Belgrade, Minn., Ben, Springfield, Minn., and Bill, Elmore; also four sisters, Minnie Mrs Henry Stroebel), Burt, Mrs Jennie Welp, Swea City, Etta (Mrs Clarence Lueck), and Erma( Mrs >Jbrman Thompson), both of Aikin Minn. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Eighteen ^randchildren also survive. Funeral services for Mr Groen were icld at 1:30 p.m. at the home and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Burt Methodist church, with Rev. Fred Samek (Officiating. Burial was m the Burt Township cemetery with Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft, m charge of arrangements. fyloose Initiation Five new members were initiated into the Moose Lodge in Algona, Sunday, at ceremonii held in the local Moose Hall They were Verl Elmore, Tom Lundell, Melvin Sifert, Ed Reding and Arlin Kohlwes. About 135 sttende4 a dinner following the initiation. i property, owne5| v «_Foi: Ic^^^prbperty'^Ith^Bes foot frontage would pay upwards of $132 for'curb and gutter, depending upon the additional amount tacked on for his share of the corner in his half-block. The engineer's estimated cost would run the total on the same property to upwards of $157.74. Cost of the work is passed on to property ownerp through special assessment. Total cost of the 94-block project would run $150,000, according to ' estimates. Blacktop or some other -type of street face would be applied to the s'ame/94 blocks later and would again'be paid for by special assessment. The council will attempt to decide if Bowman should be allowed to continue constructior of curb and gutter as in the pasl year; if it (the 94-block project) should be -done in one lump by bid; and if the work should be done at all this year, Friday. Included in the cost of the project are such things as en gineering fees and cost of resurveying the areas. The city's governing tody also set a date for a public hearing and bid letting for a $130,700 sanitary relief sewer project Date of the combination meeting s May 25. The proposed sewer line, including 6100 feet of 15 and 21 inch pipe, would run under ground from a point near the Milwaukee Road underpass neai the north edge of town to the corner of Main, and Elm streets in eastern Algona. The new line is designed to improve service ir the east portion of the city anc provide for future expansion o the city in that area. One lif station would be eliminated. Funeral For Mrs Specht Is Held Friday Funeral services for Mrs Kathrine Specht, 80, long-time resi- ent of Algona who died Apr. 26 n a Moline, 111. hospital, were held Friday at 2 p.m. in the First f>resbyterian church here with Rev. M. H. Brower officiating. Burial was at Riverview cemetery and McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Don Hemmingsen, Anton Didriksen, Henry Hofbauer, Meinderl Smidt, Dr. C. Shierk and John Smidt. Mrs Specht, widow of a former Algona mayor, the late C, F. Specht, was born June 30, 1879 ...n and Falena Behrends.''" She" was married to Mr Specht at Buffalo Center Sept. 22, 1897 find moved to Algona in 1921. Her hus- 3and preceded her in death in \942. Survivors include a son, William, Algona; three daughters, Lillian (Mrs Harry Larson), Forest City, Mrs Fred Kutzli, Prairie City, and Emma (Mrs A. C. Hoorneman), Moline, 111.; six brothers, Abel Behrends, Algona, T. W. Behrends, W. E. Behrends and Martin Behrends, Buffalo Center, 3en Behrends, Mora, Minn., and Leo Behrends, Independence, Oregon; two sisters, Mrs Sam Barron, Billings, Mont., and Mrs E. Wollin, Springfield, Minn.; nine grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. Whittemore Man Injured When Log Flips Over Whittemore — LeRoy Elbert narrowly escaped death in a mishap at a gravel pit a mile east of here Saturday afternoon. He suffered ' a cracked bone above his right knee and severe gashes in his right hand when a log rolled on him and he was rushed lo St. Ann hospital for treatment of his injuries. Ho is still hospitalized. Mr Elbert undermined a huge cottonwood tree Friday and sometime during the night -it fell to the ground. Saturday. Mr Elbert. Paul Potratz and Norman Schultz went to the gravel pit and cut the trunk of the tree, into pieces with a chain saw. ' -. A -log. which Had; a' Branch. about eight inches lohlr.'flip- ped over and caught Mr Elbert as he attempted to push it and pinned him underneath it. The top of a Caterpillar Mr Elbert was using was smashed flat by the log. Correct Census Show 1,176 County Loss Unofficial final tabulations for the population of Algona in the lOfiO census show a gain over 1950 of almost 5 percent. Kossuth county as a whole shows a population decrease of about 4V6 percent. These figures were made available this week, and nullify a report published elsewhere earlier and ih error that Algona had shown a population decrease in the past 10 years. The unofficial census figures follow: Loss or I960 Gain 5,674 259 Democrats Name 64 To State Convention Kossuth county d e m o c r a ts, meeting Saturday, selected 32 delegates and 32 alternates to attend the state democratic presidential convention to be held May 28 at KRNT theatre in Des Moines. Selection of Iowa's delegates to the national presidential convention will take place then. The Kossuth convention endorsed unanimously the support of Governor Herschel Loveless on the first ballot in Los Angeles as a favorite son candidate for the presidency. The honor is binding only on, the first ballot. Don Murray of Bancroft presided. He is the county demoratic chairman. Four New Cases Filed This Week In Dist. Court Four new cases, including two account matters, were filed in district court here this week. The Lakota Farmers Elevator is plaintiff and Frank Bauer, defendant, in one case. The elevator asks settlement of a $394.98 promissory note which was issued last year to the defendant. Ackerman Improvement and Supply Co., plaintiff, asks $92.74 from Joe Lichter, defendant, in settlerhent for merchandise received by the latter from the supply firm. King Gas Products Co., plaintiff, seeks $133.62 from Francis Stenberg, defendant, also for merchandise received by the latter. Dewey Skilling, piainiff, has filed a petition asking $249 for recent hospitalization of a member of his family from the American Republic Insurance Co., defendant. According to the petition, the insurance firm has offered to settle the matter for $142. Judgment is asked by Skilling. Mr and Mrs F. W. Langerman and Marcus J. Langerman, plaintiffs, filed suit for $1000 damages against Alfred Barslou, Harold Swanson, Walter Ovens, Alvin Richardson, Jr. and Richard Ottman, defendants, as a result of trap shooting incidents in the vicinity of the Langerman farm near Swea City. The Langerman petition claims the trap shoots have taken place within 220 feet of the Langerman home and that they constitute a danger to everything near. Besides damages, an injunction against holding any future shoots in the area is asked. Support Price On Oats Set At 48c Bushel The price of 1960-crop oats in Kossuth County will be supported at .48 cents a bushel for Grade No. 3, Chairman Richard I. Anderson of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee announced today. Price support on oats will be carried out, as in previous years, through loans on farm-stored and 1950 Algona 5,415 Kossuth County 26,241 25,065 -1176 , Bill E. Algood, Fort Dodge, census supervisor for the 6th district, said that Algona's official, final figure, would probably be some higher. Persons away from here who are reached in the census but give Algona as their home will be added to the total through regular channels in tabulating. . , The Algona increase of 259, as listed in the 10 years since the last census, while a gain, might still be considered as something of a disappointment, and a little difficult to understand locally. General opinipn was that Al» gona would reach the 6,000 figure. " '.'•'•. Many new homes have been added in the past 10 years, thera are practically no vacancies h'^ra in other h&me's, the St.,Ann hospital area.has been annexedMnto the'city since-1950, and -locpl r in~ dustry has expanded its employment total.' Yet the, gain is only 259, or about 26 persons a year. The drop in Kossuth county's total population is not so much of a surprise. Nearly all of the loss comes in all farming townships. A majority of the smaller towns in Kossuth county show increases, while several others show decreases. The official figures in towns is not .released until requested by the mayors o£ the communities. Where decreases have been shown, the figures are not released at all at this time, Mr Algood said. Here are the figures of most ol the county towns, unofficially tabulated and subject to later additions or subtractions: warehouse - stored through purchase oats and agreements. Support will be available from harvest time this summer through January 31, 1961. To be eligible for support, oats must grade No. 3 or better or No. 4 on the factor of test weight only. There will bo a pramium of one cent a bushel for Grade No. 2 or better, or for heavy test weight and two cents for extra heavy test weight. Discounts arc one cent a bushel for Grade No. 4 on test weight only and three cents u bushel for garlicky oats. The county support rate is based on a national average support price for 1960-crop oats of 50 cents a bushel, the same as for 1959. Town Burt Whittemore Bancroft Lakota Wesley Titonka 1950 572 678 901 443 509 589 1960 620 730 991 456 517 644 Gain 48 52 90 13 18 55 V.F.W. Stag Night VFW Post 2541 of Algona will hold a stag night party Wednesday evening, May 4. Regulan meeting night is May 11. James Utt is commander. No figures are available for Fenton, Swea City, Ledyard, Lone Rock and LuVerne in Kossuth county. Indications were that these towns may have shown decreases, hence the figures were not made available. On the basis of the 1960 figure for Kossuth county unofficially released, it appears that Kossuth county public officials and deputies will not lose the $150 or so salary involved in the scale, based on whether or not a county is above or below the 25,000 population total — but it's close! Official census figures will be released in the fall, Algood said. HOW OTHER COUNTIES STACK UP Unofficial census other counties and figures for cities in the adjacent area are given here. Graettinger And St. John's Win Dist, Openers Graettinger downed Thompson, 8-5. in nine innings and St. John's of Bancroft edged Armstrong, 3-1, in the rain at Bancroft Monday night in the first round of the district tournament. Play will continue Wednesday when semi - final games will find Graettinger meeting Rodman at 5:30 and St. John's tangling with Corwith • Wesley, defending state champions, at 7:30 p.m. The finals will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. City or County Emmet Hancock Webster Winnebago Clarion Webster City Estherville Forest City 1950 14,102 15,077 44,496 13,450 Loss or I960 Gain 14,694 592 14,556 -1250 3293 -396 47,534 13,054 3,150 3,218 7,611 6,719 2,766 8,400 7,877 2,917 68 789 1158 151 Work has not been completed in Humboldt, Palo Alto and several other adjacent counties where no totals are found above. Has Surgery Stephen Boekelman, infant son of Mr and Mrs Al Boekelman, Algona, underwent surgery for a hernia at St. Ann hospital this week. At latest reports, the litr tie fellow is coining along fine.

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