Be* JHotne* AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JUtY 12, 1960 THREE SECTIONS-18 PAGES Plus 8 Page Tabloid VOL. 97 - NO. 28 " We're All Crazy •*—- • ' ^^ MAIL BAGs Glenn Naudain, Bock Carolina - "Thanks for use of some of your remarks in our Rotary bulletin here." Glenn former Algonan, is editor of the •Rotary bulletin and used a few excerpts from this column, and also that of ••Grace" in a recent publication. Incidentally, he i«. Dust out of the hospital after an operation, and was awaiting July ] when he could again resume driving his cor. * * * From Howard Platt. Algona: 'I see where there is complaining about sissified mosquitoes eating all that mosquito spray Shucks, that's nothin'. Some of the blood hungry buzzards out here chewed through our tractor tires the other night and drank all the sodium chloride. When they discovered it wasn't blood they got mnd and dropped Bond Sale Ups Sewer Cost $47,690 Interest To Be Paid Off Over 12-Yr. Period A City of Algona sewer project that originally was estimated by engineers to probably cost city taxpayers about $130,000 has now grown to a total cost of about $211.755. * T j]- Aoriginal estimate jumped to $170,065 when a single bid for I he project was recently accept- the tractor through the roof. "When ' we got up this barn a 12-year period, bringing °the projects cost to about $211755 Thumb Injury Leads To Marimba Duo to about A DCS Moines organization morning we found all our cats had been sucked inside-out during the night and it was almost impossible to hear them yowl. "A young bucko from town was scared stiff Wednesday night when mosquitoes attacked him just as he was leaving the state park. He stepped on the accelerator so hard his car climbed the telephone pole in front of the park gate. If you don't believe it just look at the pole. He got away." • * * Suggestion to Mr. Plait - there is an annual contest conducted nt Burlington, Wis. by the Burlington Liars Club. Entries are now open. • • From George Conklin. Jamestown, N.D., former railway postal clerk operating from Algona: "How time flies! "Here it is, July 1, and just getting around with'subscription renewal. The P. O. Dept. has activated the Metro system in North Dakota causing a lot of headaches among the few railway mail clerks that have managed to hang on to their jobs. "Tell Grace my wife and stepdaughter and others also, get a kick out of her column. "How are my old Hen Hussy bridge pals - Doc Sawyer, Albert Granzow, Bill Fuller, and those old time mail clerks Ed HofTgh, D. D. Monlux, Al Spongberg and others?" Mr. Conklin, incidentally, was recently elected worshipful mas- ler of Jamestown lodge No. 6 of ttie Masonic order. • • • Henry Haaie of Fenton discovered that he had a six-toed cat a while back, a fact that brought considerable publicity. We are not familiar with the rareness of six-toed cats, but they must be a little unusual. Now it seems that at the Burton Johnson farm, three miles north of Ledyard, another six-toed cat id en t -, , *-•* o < -**»'*<« viuil Pame, Webber, Jackson and Curtis and Carleton D. Bey Co., purchased the $175,000 worth of sewer construction bonds from the city of Algona during a special meeting of the council at the city hall Monday afternoon. Based on the combined interest rate of 3.4079 percent, the city will pay a total net interest of $41.690.24 from now until all the bonds are retired Nov. 1, 1972. Payments will be made by the city each Nov. 1, beginning with a $10,000 payment Nov. 1, 19G1 From then on, the city will pay $15,000 each Nov. 1 until Nov. 1, Three other firms entered bids for the bonds. They were (with rates of interest: Becker and Cownie, 3.4478; John Nuveen and Co., 3.5380; and Shaw Mc- Deimott, 3.5438. There were no written or oral objections registered during the meeting, and members of the council voted unanimously' for the sale of bonds to the low bidder. Sale of bonds was advertised to pay for the sewer project now being completed in the northeast portion of the city. Algona Service Clubs Will Tour Universal Plant Three Algona service clubs, Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis, will take guided tours through the Universal Mfg. Co. plant here the week of July 18, according to an announcement made this week by Pat Montag, president of the Algona Industrial Development Commission. The clubs will be shown through the plant during regular meeting program periods When one of the sons of Mr and Mrs. Floyd Bode of rural Algona had the end of his thumb torn off in a farm mishap several years ago, it resulted in the eventual start of a brother marimba team which is gaining fame rapidly. Pictured above are Allen Bode, 14, nt the left, and Russell Bode.' 13, with the marimba on which they have become exceedingly efficient after four years of cooperative practice. About 5 years ago Allen lost tip of his thumb. At that time he was taking piano lessons; ' the accident made further piano work impossible. Then the father pondered how to keep Allen interested in music; the marimba came to mind. The eventual result is the marimba team. The brothers started out with lessons at St. Cecilia's Academy in the music department, starting with octave work. Later is in existence. And the Johnson cat had six kittens, of which four are carrying on the family tradition with six toes of their own, one has the usual five, BUT the sixth has seven toes. Now how many toes does YOUR cat have? A recent newsmagasine issue reports that "the U.S. Army is set up on paper to fight atomic- age warfare, but is still equipped with outmoded weapons of World War II vintage, and is in urgent need of modernization." About all we can ask, at this point, if the above is true, is where in thunder has the army's share of that 40 billion or so annual appropriation in the military budget been used? Sheriff Ralph Lindhorit WM questioning a witness about a suspect, and asked him if the man had a mustache. The reply: "Well, if he does, he keeps it shaved off." • • • There is one compensation for staying home over a long weekend like the recent one - you feel an inner glow of relaxation as you watchu the long stream of cars, many towing boats, flash by with tense faces in front and back seat. • • • Famous Last Lin* * "There •ro only II big league man* •••ft. and we all know we have been hired to be flred," • Mil Wfney, eic-ST. Giants by company officials, including M. C. Metcalf, Universal president. There have been similar tours held by local servire clubs in the past and it is probable other local businesses may be visited in the future, in an effort to better acquajnt club members with local manufacturing firms. New Lutheran Pastor Installed At Lu Verne Installation services were held July 3 at Zion Lutheran church (Missouri synod) in LuVerne for the new pastor, the Rev. Allen A. Rudow. Assisting with the services were the Rev. D. E. Weiss of West Bend, the Rev, Fredericks of Lotts Creek, the Rev. Schultz of Burt, the Rev. Martin Klaus of Garner and the Rev. Donald Heck of Livermore. A social hour followed in the church hall with Earle Hanselman as master of ceremonies. Dr. Norman Hesse of Renwick extended greetings to the new pastor from the congregation; Mrs. Robert Nielson spoke for the Ladies' Aid; Harold Nielson Jr., spoke for the Lutheran Laymen's League; Mrs. Herman Hinz for the Sunday school and Dale Oberhelman for the Walher League. . A girls' quartet, Joyce Meyer, Carol Hesse, Marcia Stripling, and Louis Faulstick, sang with Mrs. Thecs Schnakenberg as or- gainst. Later refreshments were served. the marimba pictured was purchased, in 4 octave, at a cost of $850. The brothers have given many club and entertainment programs, and are on call from KLGO-TV at Mason City for talent programs. Floyd, who himself played a trombone in high school," says the rest of the family "tinkers around" on the marimba. Janice Bode, a daughter, is an accomplished pianist. Other children are Philip, 10, and Alice aJne not yet 3. Allen is going to be a sophomore next fall at Garrigan high and Russell will be in the 8th grade. (UDM flashphoto-fengrav- ing). Firm Won't Back Him, Driver Is Jailed Monday A Sioux City truck driver, Alfred F. Cross, spent one night 'in the local jail (Monday) when the firm employing him refused to pay a total of $106 fines, plus costs, in Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court. A $100 fine, or 30 days in jail, was the outcome of an overload of more than 21,000 pounds on the truck. A $6 fine, or five days in jail, was levied on an overlength count. The firm was notified of the driver's plight and the local court told the driver would have to go to jail. However, later in the day, the firm called to tell the court the fines, costs and amount necessary to raise the license on the vehicle would be paid, so the driver was released, as was the truck. Each County Primary Vote Cost County $3.04 Residents of Kossuth county,about 2,600 of them, who wem to the polls June 6 to cast a primary ballot for the men or women of their choice probably didn't realize at the time that the apathy of other qualified voters made their ballot worth almost'$3.t)4 in hard cash. According to figures released by County Auditor Marc Moore this week, that's exactly what the total cost of $7,901.52 boiled down to - $3.04 PER ACTIVE VOTER. What's more, a trip to the polls within the county's boundaries at fjrimary time by several thousand more voters would have resulted in a very slight increase in the total cost and a tremendous saving per ballot. Cost of clerks and judges (245 of them) at polling places the day of the election, and in some cases the wee hours following, ran $2,721.73, or slightly more than $1 per ballot cast. Election handbooks, supplies, delivery including envelopes and other miscellaneous supplies in ballot bags delivered to each precinct, acounted for another $3,400, or $1.30 per vote. Printing of ballots and miscel- laneous items came to $1,233, or almost 47 cents per voting citizen, while it cost $396.79 to get the ^ballots returned to the courthouse following the election ana to arrange booths, etc. Compared with primary election figures from 1958 (there was no presidential election that, year), the cost this year went up $1,016.82 from $6,884.70. Most of the additional cost between the two primaries proved to be a boost in the total spent for election supplies. All other comparative figures were approximately the same both years. The general election cost $6,439.25 in 1958 and will undoubtedly be higher when Democratic and Republican candidates toe the mark for the start of the big race Tuesday, Nov. 8. According to some local sources, voting machines, while expensive at the time of purchase, do cut down on election expense from then on. However, it is questionable whether Kossuth county needs voting machines when such a small percentage of qualified voters take the time and effort needed to cast a ballot, anyway. Minnesota Man Uninjured When Car Hits Train A Moot-head. Minn. man. Wayne O.' Peterson, 03. escaped uninjured when his auto struck a slow-moving train 1 '.'i miles- east of Lakota on highway 9 at 5:35 p.m. Saturday. Peterson, alone in his auto at the time of the mishap, was headed west and the Rock Island train, with engineer John Westrem at the controls, was headed northeast when the collision occurred. The entire front and right front portion of the auto was smashed, with damage estimated at $600 by Patrolman Dick Pedersen who investigated the crash. According to the driver of the auto, he failed to see the tram in time to avoid the crash. At 4:20 p.m. the same day, a vehicle driven by Henry Ruste- meier, 59, of Lakota overturned in a ditch a mile north and 2 east of Bancroft on a county gravel road. The driver was uninjured and the machine a total loss, according to Patrolman Charles Bird who investigated The Rustemeier vehicle was headed south when, according to the driver, the brakes locked, throwing the pickup into a ditch. A fence, owned by John Hellman, suffered $20 damage.. Two trucks, driven by Lawrence Grandgenett, 30, Wesley. and Paul F. Meyer, 52, Woden, collided 1M> miles north of Wesley on a blacktop road at 5:25 p.m. Thursday. Brakes were blamed for the mishap. The brakes on Grand\ genett's truck failed and he hit the rear of the other vehicle. Damage to his truck was estimated at $450, while $100 damage resulted to the Meyer truck and $25 damage to a fence owned by Edward tiisenbachcr when the Meyer truck went through it. Bird investigated the crash. There were no charges filed against any of the drivers. It Helps!" Circus Calliope, Outdoor Bargain Bazaar Feature Annual Ridiculous Days "We're all crazy, and ii helps!" So spoke the Ridiculous Day committee on behalf of Algona retail firms this week .as final preparations were completed for the annual Ridiculous Days in Algona, ihis coming Friday and Saturday, July IS and 16. Friday, July IS. will be "Dress Up Day". Local business men and women and store clerks will be attired in an array of costumes ranging from the era of the Cave Man to whal might be fashionable in the year 2,000. So far nobody has intimated that their costume will precede that of the Cave Man era. • ~ wil1 also tea^e the appearance of an oldtime circus Calliope which will be truck-mounted. The calliope has 43 brass whistles and was manufactured in 1920. There are only a few such musical instruments in existence. This one was rescued from an old barn in 1952 where it had been stored for 17 years, neglected and forgotten. Since then it has been completely rebuilt and restored. In the days of yore when circuses toured the country, the calliope had the distinction of formally ending the big pre-show parade. It is pictured here. Stale Street in Algona will be hung with clothes lines between the light poles. This five-block long washline will be used for merchandise display, some of which will surprise everyone. There will also be sidewalk bargain tables as in Ihe past. The displays and tables will be in front of business places both Friday and Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce Korn Band with its highly unusual talent will also he making frequent appearances for the edification of the multitude. Phil Diamond is chairman of the Ridiculous Day committee, and other members are Jack Chrischilles. Jerry Thuente and Ed Wolfe. This issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines will give you a fair idea of what to expect for the 1960 edition of Ridiculous Days. Cancel Elmore Event Horse and Buggy Days, an annual event for years at Elmore, Minn, has been canceled for I960. Financial conditions throughout the community were given as the reason for dropping it this year. The annual parade cost was estimated at about $3,000 and in view of conditions at the moment it was decided not to enter into the expense involved. Drive-Up Mail Box Is Demonstrated Dick Dale Drops In, Gives Plantation Crowd Surprise Rainfall And Humidity Real Good For Crops * x ni J!f, llation of * ntw drive-up mail box war th* curb in front >f the Elk Cleaners, across the street east of the pos Tofftce rrcenUv jroved of interest to many local citizens. recenuy, The four comely girls pictured in the convertible in the above >hoto agreed to try out the new method of mailing a letter in the tactically any other large mail box, eicept C8n re * ched * lom a window oa the .JsSfx-^A ,• ,.,...' ••* ^^^SiBOSSflffiJ;®^;^;! ghside i The girls, who are employed as life guards at Algona's pool this junwjer, are, left to right, Pat Cowan (through ,' ' ' oug DeGroote, Loujse Garry and Linda Smith. All but Miss Garry, who lives at Bancroft, are residents of Algona. li0tl P hot 9 w" 1 a»d in introducing the fit Wiiih(. 1 w«J «« m™i ly NT 0ne , m I 2. wn) a year ago. (UDM Newsfoto-Engravmg). introducing the new mail box residents. It was ordered Dick Dale, widely known T-V personality, singer and musician, has been visiting friends and relatives in this area on a vacation with his family. He is vocalist and clarinetist with the Lawrence Welk orchestra. His wife is the former Marguerite Gappa, a native of Palo Alto county. The Dales drove here from their home in Northridge. Cal. Visits were made with Mrs. Dale's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gappa and other relatives at Ayrshire, with Dick's mother, Mrs. Ralph Campbell of Seneca, and Mr. and Mrs. Al Godfredsen and Mr. and Mrs Harold Cowan of Algona. Mrs. Godfredsen Is Mrs. Dale's sister, and Mrs. Cowan is Dick's sister. Dick returns to work with the Welk orchestra July 16. One of the highlights of their visit occurred when the Dales with their five-year old son Ricky were enroute from Fort Dodge to Ayrshire, and spotted the fact that the Six Fat Dutchmen were playing at the Plantation Ballroom near Whittemore. He stopped to say hello, as he once played with the same band. Dick also sang a few songs for the crowd, to their surprised delight. Dick has been with the Welk organization for the past 10 years. Name New School Supt., Ledyard Gilbert DeBo'er, who has ser ved of superintendent uf schools at Franklin Consolidated in Franklin county for the past seven years, was named by the board of education at Ledyard to replace J. F. Bottenfield as superintendent there this week. Bottenfield, who served as superintendent at Ledyard for the 1959-60 school yeari accepted a similar post at Lone Tree. Mr. DeBoer is married and has four children, including one in college, one in high school and two in elementary school. Much-needed rainfall hit this urea during the week, and for the most part Kossuth county was fortunate to miss high winds and nail which ruined many acres of crops m other areas to the west According to the official weather station here, rainfall for the period totaled .49 of an inch. However, amounts varied widely around the county, and where the official measurement hit .17 of an inch Monday morning, the ligure ranged from .4 to .5 in Algona. The same day, some areas of the county hardly got the dust settled by a short sprinkle. Crop-wise, the county can stand more rain — and while these hot, humid days are a little rough on individuals, they are very good for moisture content in the soil, because there is less evaporation and more moisture remains in the roots of plants. The crop outlook is good, generally, barring a return of waterless weeks, hail or high winds. More rain was promised in the area today (Tuesday), which found a quarter-inch on tho ground before 7 a.m. Here are the week's readings: H L It July 6 77 July 7 84 July 8 87 July 9 79 July 10 85 July 11 July 12 88 L 49 51 52 59 (54 GO .03 .04 .17 .25 Tabloid This Issue The July Roto Farm and Home section of eight p*ge« comes to subscribers of the Upper Des Moinei with thii issue. 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