The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 17, 1960 · Page 16
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 17, 1960
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2-Alaona (la.) D« Moine» Tuesday, May 17, 1960 OVERLOOKED THE FACTS One of our exchange papers, the Sac City Sun, had the following comments to make- recently on the subject of agriculture. Sac City Sun—If the critics of the administration have no program to offer that will improve conditions, then they should keep their months shut. In other words, unless they have something better to offer, they should not complain. Secretary of Agriculture Benson has been subjected to all kinds of criticism by members of the opposing party, yet his critics have failed to come up with a solution to the problem or a program that is better than the one Benson is offering. The editor of the Sac City Sun evidently forgot that a Democratic'congress twice had its own farm bill vetoed by the president in the last five years. Either of the bills would have been a definite "lift" to agriculture. He also overlooks that fact the the Secretary of Agriculture has it within his power to set the support price figures himself, and so far all he has done is to keep lowering them. 4 Finally, a Democratic farm advisory committee, headed by our own Governor Loveless, has presented a proposed farm program which it is hoped will be adopted into the 1960 platform of the party, returning to a 90 .percent parity support. No, it does not appear that critics of the administration's farm program have criticized without offering something in its place. The only thing is that efforts to improve the picture have met with a stonewall from Benson and a presidential veto. * * * FARM POPULATION DOWN-TREND GETTING WORSE Eagle Grove Eagle — While Wright county's three larger towns all showed gain in population they could not make up for the big loss in farm population. The county itself is going to show a loss of population of 238 when the official census figures come out nex,t month. According to the unofficial figures, (from a reliable source) in this Eagle, the county has lost 777 fanners during the past 10 years.' The town and city figures will be up somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 with most of the gain in' Belmond and Eagle Grove. Clarion was just slightly on the plus side but some of the other towns will show modest losses to cut down the gains in Belmond and Eagle Grove. Belniond deserves the accolades as the county's fastest growing city, shewing a gain of 330 during the 10 years. Belmond's example is just moije evidence that rural Iowa cities are going to hSrve to look for industry to keep them 1 alive as the farming industry completes the trend toward larger units and fewer farmers. We understand (unofficially) that the state of Iowa's population gain is going to be approximately 0%. If so Eagle Grove's gain will be slightly under the state average and Belmond's will be more than twice as much or about 15%. Upper Sirs iftoiues 111 E. Call-Street—Ph. CY 4-3535—Alyona, Iowa Entered as second class matter at the postofflee at Algona. Iowa, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1B79. Issued Tuesday in 19(50 By CHE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Editor DON SMITH, News Editor DARLENE SKOUSTROM, Advertising Mgr. NATIONAL EDITORIAL NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Weekly Newspaper Representatives, Inc. 404 Fifth Ave,, New York 18, N. Y. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. Qn« Year, in advance $3.00 Both AlBona papers, in combination, per year $5.1)0 Single Copies *-,..., lOc SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH i0ne Year, in adv«ince — ,_ $4.00 . Both Alfona papers in combination, one year $6.00 :'|m WJbBcriplion less than 6 inonihs. ornciAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER Advertising, per inch „ 63c ADVERTISING RATES SPY IN THE SKY It is no surprise' fo anyone to discover that the United States, as well as most other major nations in the world, makes use of spys to uncover information about other nations. Espionage and counter-espionage have been going on for a long time. However, the downing of a U.S. plane far inside Russia came as something of a shock to most Americans. The shock was due chiefly to the fact that we had been told by our government that it was a weather plane flying close to the Turkish-Russian border and that the pilot may have blacked out due to failure of his oxygen supply. The Russians caught us in a barefaced lie. The plane had taken off from Pakistan and was headed directly across the heart of Russia, taking pictures of military installations as it went. The later and truthful statement by Secretary of State Herter was a remarkable admission that the United States had violated international law. The net result of this was -anything but pleasant, not only to ourselves but to other nations of the world, many of whom have been friends and allies, and who have felt like most of our citizens that Russia — not the United States — was the potential aggressor, and usual violator of international law. To find that we have not been lily white ourselves is the shock. The American public has every right to ask just what kind of management we have in the conduct of foreign d,ffairs. Within the past year we have seen the government we backed and supported in South Korea topple. We have seen the decay of friendship with Cuba, where we backed the wrong horse to start with and shifted sides late in the race to another poor bet. Our relations with Central and South America generally have deteriorated. We poked our nose into South Africa with a near-insulting note to the government of that country in a time of crisis. After spending billions for air and missile sites in North. Africa we have'been told to get out. The government we have backed in Turkey is in trouble. Now both Pakistan and Norway, the announced departure point and destination of our spy plane, have been put in a most uncomfortable spot. And this just before we expect the heads of major governments including our own and Russia to meet at the "summit" to try and iron out major differences. It is us difficult for our own state depart> ment, we well understand, to be perfect as it is for all of us individually. Yet it looks as though we had better pay close attention and put in a full day's work in the conduct of our foreign affairs. A worldwide catastrophe is only .as far away as a nervous finger pressing a button. * * * PUT AID RECIPIENTS TO WORK Out in Oregon, and in several other areas as well, a second look has taken place in the matter of handing out "aid" or "relief" to residents of those areas. Instead of just collecting money, groceries or fuel, welfare recipients are often being required to work for their aid. The work-relief idea is meeting with a variety of reactions, but in most cases the counties are finding that they are getting some work done for their money. The morale of most welfare recipients also seems to be improved. And in other cases, chronic loafers are being cut from the payrolls. The net resujts to the counties concerned has been that their welfare or relief expenditures have been dropping. Some of the work that is being done by these aid recipients includes clearing brush along county highways, part-time janitor jobs, recreation area work, general cleanup work indoors and out. Eight of Oregon's 36 counties are now using the "work-for-aid" program, . Here's how the program operates-. County welfare agencies go over their rolls, picking out people who are able to work. The ablebodied men have either used up their unemployment compensation or were never eligible to receive it. The opines are then .-given to other county officials, who in turn notify the individual when they should report for work, and when they do they have work for them. If they fail to report, a county welfare worker finds out why. If there is no good reason, their welfare payments stop. One man said: "If I'm going to have to work, I don't want the money." That was fair enough; his money stopped. The idea is spreading rapidly, and finds a welcome from honest but unfortunate folks who cannot find regular jobs. The plain loafers are out of luck, and off the gravy train. * * * II you think people don't notice you try leaving the price tag on the seat of a new pair of pants. STRICTLY BUSINESS Let's Talk About CIRCULATION . . . 2.4 Iti 0000 MlflNfSS TO Only three other weekly newspapers in the State of Iowa exceed this newspaper in circulation total. Nine out of 13 FAMILIES within a 30 to 30 mile radius of Algona subscribe to this paper. Many of the missing four families still read the paper via the borrow or "share" method. NONE Of THtM fail to reach the home, NONE hit the waste. basket before they are thoroughly read and digested. That's why PAID CIRCULATION is the only reliable yardstick when you speak of coverage. And it COSTS A GREAT DIAL IISS.I THi ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES Read ly Over 5 ( 4QO Families Each Usue "I'm supposed to interview you for the company paper—how long have you been with us?" Washington igh lights A Wn>My Report from the Nation's Capital by R*y Vtrmm STRAWS IN THE WIND — There's nothing like an election year poll to confuse the American voter. Here's one that says Vice President Nixon is ahead in. the Presidential running. But another gives the nod to Sen. John Kennedy of Massachusetts. Well, next day you read that really Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas-*ix. the front-runner. And then along conies another poll which isays the popular choice is Adlai Stevenson. Best advice is to wait and see what happens. Remember 1948. All the pollsters had Tom Dewey in the White House by a landslide. But Harry Truman had the last laugh. There's only one accurate poll— the way the American voter happens to be thinking on Election Day. KEEPING UP WITH MR. K— They're fighting the Battle of the Budget again on Capitol Hill. The Republicans say the Democrats^, arc Sunning the country- broke? The Democrats say the Republicans are running the country broke. Without blaming either party — they both seem to wan* to spend too much — there isn't any doubt the Treasury is having a rough time of things. As one high-ranking official put it we are excusing this sky-rocketing spending because we have to "Keep up with the Khrushchevs." It's sobering to realize that if the Federal government were to cease operations right now, and if we went right on collecting taxes at the present level, it would take 10 years to pay off what we owe. But that can't be done so we go deeper and deeper into debt. —o— FLIGHT TO THE SUBURBS — Only a few years ago people looked on shopping centers as a "fad and a whimsey" that could not last. Go to the outskirts of any town and city in the country today and you realize the follow of that prediction. The automobile has had a lot to do with changing the shopping ha bits of Americans. The selection of shopping centers has been reduced to a science and experts in this field can tell within five per cent how much business tc expect before the first brick \\ laid. HATS OFF TO RADIO — In case you didn't know May is National Radio Month. Today there are more than 155 million radios in use in the United States with 97 out of every 100 homes boasting at least one set. Radios are all around us — in the home, on the beach, at the ball park, in the automobile. About 39 million cars are now equipped with radio. When television entered the scene some folks thought radio would soon be dead. How wrong they were. We now have more than 4,000 radio stations—• 228 new ones just in the last year. GOOD NEIGHBORS AT WORK — The Canada - United States Interparliamentary Group has just concluded another meeting in Washington. The group is made up of 24 members of the Canadian Parliament and 24 members of the U.S. Congress. They meet regularly to work out mutual problems. If all neighboring countries would do the same there might never again be a threat of war. In the matter of defense alone Canada and the United States work in complete harmony. The only knotty problem involves trade and many of these problems are on the way toward solution. Dcdicatiot\ of the St. Lawrence Seaway — a boon to both 'Nations — last year is a perfect example of what comes from a Good Neighboi policy. •_r)~—• FOR THE MAN IN SPACE — Getting the first man in space is one problem. Seeing that he has the right surroundings is another. Work is progressing well on a special type of coated fabric that may serve • as man's first space station. Coated fabrics go far back. The Wright Brothers used it to cover the frame of their plane. But for space man the fabric has to be much tougher. It must be stronp enough to stand the high temperatures, extreme cold and the vacuum of space. Scientists believe the first inhabited space station v will be a small package when it leaves the earth and, on reaching space, will be inflated with air or gas into a shape like a baloon. —o— SECRET WORTH KEEPING— For the first time since the dome was placed atop the U.S. Capitol building during Abe Lincoln's day workmen are giving it a good going over to check its sturdintjss. A lot of our lawmakers" Would probably flee the old building if they knew some of the bolts holding the heavy cast iron dome have been sheared by rust and time. But new supports are being put in and the Capitol will be safer than ever. BUYER BEWARE — The Fed eral Trade Commission is cautioning home owners to be wnry of flowers and plants sold by mail. Many persons are being gypped. The FTC took action against a New Jersey nursery selling "Chrysanthemum Maximum" without telling buyers these are really only common daisies. A ' Mississippi order house was forced to stop claiming its bluebenry plants would produce up to six gallons of berries. The plants did well to produce a gallon. Another Southern seller advertised "beautiful, vigorous, super, camellia plants."- Buyers received R shipment of small unrooted dried cuttings which • would not even grow when planted. zoMs; FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES MAY 21, 1940 * * « William G. Shirley, 63, Kos- sulh county superintendent of schools, succumbed to a heart attack whilo sitting in a chair in his homo hero Sunday evening. Death of Mr Shirley, who served as head of the county schools for 27 years, shocked the entire community. He had not been ill and had been at his office and around the county as usual during recent weeks. Funeral sef- vices were held in the Methodist church here Thursday, May 23. He served as superintendent of schools at Swea City for seven years before becoming county siipt. in 1913. His wife, who served as his assistant, Iwo sons and a daughter survived. * * • * Lolls .Creek look over first place in the Kossulh Baseball League Sunday by chalking up .a 6-5 win over Wesley. The two teams were the only ones in action in the loop, which had four games slated as openers Sunday. The single game put Lotts Creek at the top and, Wesley at the bottom of the standings. Wichtendahl got a double and single and Pijahn and Blanchard sparkled on defense for the winners. Anihony Duscherfeld, who, lived three miles west of " more, was regarded as being comparable to George Washington when it came to telling tho truth. Due to the fact, a story tibout his mules was accepted by everyone. Mr Buscherfeld claimed that his team held all' records for the Whiltemore vicinity when it came to planting corn. It, serins he purchased the mules when they were 12 years old — 22 YEARS AGO. The mules, now 34 years of age, had pulled the same planter during the 22 years they had done their commendable work for Mr Buscherj feld. * * « The best bei for stock raisers in this area seemed to be veal calves. They brought top price on the local market, $8.50. Here are the other prices' during the week: medium heavy butcher hogs, $5.20; corn, 61 Ms cents; oats, 31 cents; barley, 35 cents; soybeans, 80 cents; cgys, 15 cents; cream, 28 cents; hens, 12 cents; and ducks and geese steady nt seven cents. *• * « Mike Lloyd hurled a shutout and had a perfect day at the plate as Wesley downed Seneca, 2-0, to take the Kossuth county high schol baseball title. Klein hurled for the losers. Arndorfcr also had a perfect day hitting for Wesley. * « • Establishment of a new cemetery here, to be known as East Lawn Memorial Park, began last week. A 14-acre site cast of the fairgrounds had been selected and the president and general manager of the organization planned to move from Spencer" to Algona within the next few days. Nursery stock was to be used to beautify the entire area. * * * Ho-hum, petitions were being circulated asking that the county board of supervisors call for an election on f the question of whether or not voters in "the county would favor construction of a new courthouse. As outlined in the petitions, a ceiling of $300,000 would be set as the amount necessary to construct a building and completely equip it. It was quite a few years later before any action was taken, so the 1940 petitions must not have gone over very well. 1 » • * The city of Algona, however, had gotten past the talking stage on a new, city light plant. Engineers had been signed to draw up plans and specifications for the new. layout, which with equipment, was expected to cost about $250,000. The move tc build came when it was figured it would cost -$171,000 to re- modal the old light plant (located, in the west portion of the city half). •" ••"••••'•• SALES BOOKS, register tickets, register carbons, adder and DPS Moines Puh Co.. Good Luck to the Lakota High School Graduates W. E. LEY MOTORS Phone 2151 "Ford A Mercury" Robt&Thos.ThompJon Livestock Buying & Trucking Phene W\ or 319) I. E. WORTMAN Farm Manager — Insurance — Farm Loans Phone. 3291 Farmers Elevator Co. GOLDEN SUN FEEDS BRACK'S Super Valu Fancy Groceries — Fresh Vegetable* Phone, mi Lakota Dr.P.C, * f. JW^fl^Kf. ,)H(P.JP J? i VETERINARIAN II— Pholo» by Wollt Jludiu, 0«t Moliteil

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