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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 26, 1960
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*•*•«»• - .*> f State Historical Iowa Gityi la. \ Slgona - BbterM M SMttAA clfttt mitttr at the fwetofflc* at AltoM, loin. No*. 1. int. tindet Act of ConfnM of March I. 1171. AlOONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 1960 1 SECTIONS - 14 PAGES VOL. 97 - NO. 30 96 Degrees Saturday Is Summer's High For Area By Ruts Waller • « * Mr. and MM. Ralph Morgan aren't sure just what's doing it, but they seem to have an ability to "almost" tame some of nature's most attractive birds. It all started when Mrs. Morgan was work- Ing around the yard and spotted a meadow lark. She whistled; the meadow lark whistled back And thus began quite a friendship, with the meadow lark getting so it hopped around the Morgans without fear. The bird also became friendly with the chickens and made itself at home all over the placl'. Then the meadow lark disappeared. Now it's a Baltimore Oriole. Mrs. Morgan whistle^; the oriole whistled back, and now it, too. is becoming attached to the Morgans and making itself at home. And it's all right with the Mor- gans! • • • On* acquaintance tells us that his most interesting social event of the week is on Sunday mornings when |je makes a trip to the city dump with weekly discards . . . says you never realize how many good folks are doing the same thing until you do it yourself ... he added that he agrees with our mild campaign to someday move the city dump from its site near the city's gateway to a somewhat less conspicuous spot, but hopes that it will not be so remote that the Sunday morning social gatnering is dis- -couraged • • • Mr. and Mrs. Gordy Odor carefully packed things for their son who was leaving for a week at the lake, knowing that he would be sure to forget something important if he packed his own things ... one hour after the son departed Mrs. Odor discovered the boy's swimming trunks-hanging on the clothesline in the back -yard. • * • There's a right interesting comment In the "Washington Highlights" column on today's editorial page, entitled "Age of the Goof-Off." It's worth reading. • • • Ralph Miller, prior to retirement at the Iowa State Bank, always had a meticulously clean desk top, and once while visiting our own office and noting the general .disarray, wryly commented that a cluttered desk was presumed to indicate a cluttered mind. Well, it was a long time coming through the clutter, but we are prone to inquire, if a cluttered desk means a 'cluttered mind, what does an empty desk mean? The quickest way to cure conceit is to try answering the questions,' of your eight-year old. Why is it that every time the cost of living rises, the blame is immediately laid on food costs? If Jit is true that food costs are responsible, then farmers find it difficult to figure out why. So living costs rise, then cost-of- living wage scales increase,' then prices of what is produced go up, then cost of living goes up, then pay scales, then prices of products — a never-ending circle in which nobody wins. * » * Ever attend a class reunion 25 years later and try to adjust your memory of the classmates to the way they look today? We had that experience last Friday . . . and 25 years can make a whale of a difference. Of those present, only two are still in weekly \ journalism, although many of them started out there . . . today it's all advertising agency work, public relations, business or trade publications, or daily newspaper work, plus a couple of political posts and T-V. Famous Last Line — Ben* ton Say* He'll Campaign! The hottest week of the summer ended Monday afternoon in this area when the temperature dropped 25 degrees in 30 minutes following a third of an inch of rain. The mercury was resting on 90 when the rain moved in late in the afternoon. When the rain ended, it was a very pleasant 65 degrees. , High readings each day during the week hit the 90-degree level, with the highest reading during the period 96 degrees Saturday. Low reading was 58 degrees two days earlier. The .32 of an inch of rain measured at the local weather station Monday was the only moisture received during the week. Here are the week's readings: MLR July 20 91 58 July 21 93 66 July 22 93 67 ' July 23 93 68 July 24._ 91 62 July 25 90 68 .32 July 26 — 60 Crops in the area are thriving, with farmers making good progress with oats, soybeans and corn. Pasture land remains first class, and the over-all outlook is good despite scattered reports 01 hail. v Two-Year Old Algona Boy Dies, Leukemia Funeral services for Randal Meehlhause t 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Meehmause, Algona. were held Monday afternoon at First Presbyterian cnurch here. Rev. H. A. Smidt, Burt, officiated and graveside rites and burial were in Pleasant View cemetery at Hartley. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Randal first became ill May 11, 1960 and he was taken to University hospitals, Iowa City, where his illness was diagnosed as leukemia. He responded well to treatment and it was thought for a time that the disease had been arrested. He became very ill July 16 and he was taken back to Iowa City where he succumbed Thursday. Enroute home from Iowa City, his parents were involved in a collision which wrecked their automobile. Randal was born May 12, 1958 at Algona to Marlin and Ruth Nagel Meehlhause. He was baptized in the Presbyterian church and was a member of its cradle roll. Surviving, besides the parents are two sisters, Linda, 12, and Zelda, 7; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nagel of Hartley and Mrs. John Meehlhause, Denver, Colo., and four great - grandparents. Rifle and Beer Charges Bring $50 line Here Mayor C. C. Shierk assessed fines totalling $50 and costs against Robert Engesser of California following a preliminary hearing on two separate counts in his court here this week. He was charged with carrying a loaded and assembled rifle in his car and with drinking beer on !a highway and fined $25 on each count. The city's speed tape and the highway patrol's use of radar accounted for a total of 10 speeding cases in mayor's court. The following paid fines for speeding: Jame's Thilges, West Bend, $15, James Mergen, Whittemore, $8, Merlin Schmidt, Whittemore, $12, Floyd Armstrong, Wesley, $10, Richard Robinson, Algona, $5 Robert Cink, Algona, $5, William Ludwig, Corwith, $6, Robert Kollasch, Algona, $5, Richara Schmitt, Algona, $2 i, Lawrence Kunz, Algona, $5, and Larry Bonnstetter, West Bend, $5. Dennis Miller, West Bend, paid $5, loud mufflers, and David E. Smith, Burt, paid $5, stop sign violation. Swea Doctor Leaves Dr. R. M, Minkel has announced the closing of his office in Swea City Medical Clinic to accept the position of chief medical officer at the Veterans Administration Center, Clinton. The family has moved, to Clinton. Winner of Awardj National Nof I Editorial Ass/n Annual Better Newspaper Contests Second Place Nat'l editorial "General Excellence" 2 Bancroft Men Suffer Injuries In Farm Mishaps Bancroft'— Alfred Weber suffered a painful acicdent Wednesday afternoon while helping put baled hay in a oarn. The bale hook pierced his leg above the knee and went in about an inch He was treated by a local doctor Kenny Bergman had some object hit him in the left eye while windrowing oats at the Vincent Becker tarm. He was also treated by a local doctor. Car Destroyed By Fire After Titonka Crash An auto owned by Ronald Bilyeu, 23, Algona, was totally destroyed by fire Friday after it crashed . into a ditch and rolled over at 11 p.m. Friday three miles north and one-fourth mile west of Titonka. The driver was uninjured. Value of the vehicle, according to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst who investigated was estimated at $300, Bilyeu was headed west, turning south on a blacktop road when he evidently lost control and crashed into the ditch. The auto later caught fire and burned. It is not known what caused the fire to start, unless gasoline dripped on some hot part of,the auto's engine. A .Clear Lake man, George E. Palmer, 63, suffered a skinned elbow when his auto slammed into a ditch and landed on its top three miles north and four miles east of Bancroft, Sunday at 8 a.m. Palmer was headed north on a gravel road when the mishap occurred as he attempted to light a cigarette. The vehicle started toward the ditch and he couldn't keep it from rolling, according to the accident report. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood investigated and estimated damage at $300. An accident on Bancroft's main street at b:dO p.m. Thursday resulted in a charge being filed on Joseph A. Droessler, 52, Bancroft. His auto, wnich was headed east, apparently pulled to the left and hit the side oi a car driven by LaVonne Thompson, 16, Lone Rock, who was approaching from the other direction. Damage to the autos was estimated at $200 by Wood, who charged Droessler with meeting a vehicle and not turning to the right. Wilson & Co. Still Interested In Algona Site Representatives of the Algona Industrial Development Corporation visited Chicago and the vicinity last week Tuesday and Wednesday. Harry Greenberg Chairman of the new industry committee, and Bill Steele, Secretary made the calls on industries. They visited with officials ol Wilson & Co. and were told that Wilson still has a very definite interest in Algona.'Wilson & Co operates in all 50 states and many foreign countries. Because of their wide interests, economic factors in some spots elsewhere have presently diverted their attention. However, they stated that Algona people must be patient with them, that they are a big company and they move slow. They have an option on 50 acres of land northwest of Algona. Wilson official* stated definite ly that they have not been Inter ested in any other sites within • radius of one hundred miles More Study On Tap For School Reorganization Further developments, in the form of six proposals, came to light during the most recent meeting of the steering committee for the proposed East Palo Alto-West Kossuth Reorganization Study Group which was held July 15 at Rodman. The following proposals were read: 1. That a proposal for the frier- ger of the Rodman, Mallard/and West Bend school districts be considered. 2. That Mallard and West Bend districts combine. 3. That a combination of Rodman, Whittemore, West Benc school districts and rural areas be considered. v 4. That ta merger of Whittemore, Rodman, Cylinder and rural districts be condered. 5. That Cylinder, Rodman West Bend and Whittemore .and rural area school districts be merged. 6. That Cylinder, Rodman. Whittemore, Mallard, West Bend and rural area school districts combine. The latter proposal is similar to the plan for the districts as discussed at earlier meetings. Study committees from each of the five areas involved, Cylinder, Rodman, Whittemore, Mallard and West Bend, will spend time studying the proposals'from now until Sept. 16. At that time, the results of the studies will be turned in to Secretary Frank Christensen, West Bend, j'and further discussion of the proposed new school district will follow at the next meeting of the steering committee Sept. 21 at Mallard. Superintendents from three of the towns, Cylinder, Whittemore and Rodman, many steering committee members and alternates and J. E. Smith, Palo Alto county supt. and A. M. Quintard, Kossuth .county supt., were preseBf * at the Rodman meeting. Investigation of the possibilities of formation of a new reorganized district, which might serve all five areas, began several months ago with the appointment of the steering committee, made up of persons from all five present districts, and the ensuing appointment of study groups in each area. If and when a final proposal Give Assessor Budget OK; City Asks $43; • • 0 Boost Book Hillbilly Show At County Fair Pictured above is the cast of the Hillbilly Show from Nashville,' Tenn., which has been booked for two night performances at the Kossuth County Fair. Secretary Vern McClure of the Fair Board said that the Hillbilly Show will appear the evenings- of Tuesday, Aug. 16, and Thursday, Aug. 18. The fair opens Aug. 16 and runs through Aug 19 this year. In the center of the above group is Kitty Wells, widely known for her part in the famous Nashville "Grand Old Opry" program. Directly behind her are Johnny and Jack, from the same program. All of those pictured have parts in the performances. Other entertainment highlights of the 1960 Kossuth County Fair will include baseball games, a Home Talent show. National Big Car auto races, the Newberry Thrill Show, and an afternoon of stock car races. is decided upon, voters in the district involved will decide on the actual reorganization. B. Mansmith Funeral Is Set At Burt Mrs. Bertha Mansmith, 79 well-known Burt woman, diad Sunday morning at her home in Burt. Funeral services for Mrs. Mansmith will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:30 p.m. in the Burt Methodist church with Rev. Fred Samek officiating. Bifrial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Algona and Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft, .is in charge of arrangements. Bertha Davison, daughter of D. J. and Catherine Davison, was born June 28, 1681 on a farm southeast of Burt. She was raised there and married Chauncey Mansmith Aug. 2, 1899. Mrs. Mansmith, an honorary member of W.S.C.S., was an active member of Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist church groups when the family resided at Algona, Corwith, Ledyard, Bancroft and Burt. Her husband succumbed in 1945. Survivors include eight children, Bessie (Mrs. Fred Hartman), Crete, 111., Eva (Mrs. Fred Dorsey), Ripon, Wis., Velma (Mrs. Lawrence Gillespie), Algona, Norma (Mrs. Bill Puffer), Corwith, Lydia (Mrs. George Manus), Worth, III, and Victor Mansmith, Posen, 111.; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Vocalists at the funeral were Wallace Hawcott and Lawrence Chipman and Sheryl Smith was accompanist. Ask Special Vote The Kossuth Izaak Walton League will soon be offering petitions for public signature re. questing that a special election be held Tuesday, Nov. I, in conjunction with the regular general election on the question of whether or not a county censer* Funeral Held At Whittemore Whittemore — Funeral services for James Bisenius, 69, were held Tuesday, July 19, in St. Michael's Catholic church with Rev. Philip Dailey officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Bisenius, Joe Eisele/Paul Bode, Joe Besch, William Besch and Raymond Kollasch. James Bisenius was born May 28, 1891 in Luxemburg, Germany, and migrated to the United States with his parents when he was six months old. He was the son of the late Joa-pTi and Dora Klepper Biscniu*. On January 27, 1920 he was united in marriage with Lydia Eisele and they established their home on a farm three miles northwest of Whittemore where they farmed until 1956 'when they moved to town. He succumbed at St. Ann hospital, Algona, July 16. He left to mourn his death his wife, one son Clement of Whittemore; four daughters, (Luella) Mrs. James Lennart of Storm Lake, (Maxine) Mrs. James Connors, of Hyattsville, Maryland, (Bonita) Mrs. Joseph Kavanaugh of Lohnville, and (Jqan) Mrs. William Wpksa of Omaha, Neb.; 18 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Besch and Sister Mary Luella of Sioux City, • • . $11,121 Account Matter Hied One of the largest account cases in recent years was filed this week in district court here. Plaintiff in the matter is the Menke Truck Line, Bancroft, while defendant is Herbert L. Nelson. A total of $11,121.37 is involved. The plaintiff claims feed «te- livered to the. defendant between Oct. 16, 1958 and April 25, 1959 totalled $10,224.17. Interest, computed this summer, amounted to $897.20 Also, according to the petition, the defendant has refused to pay the feed bill, so the N plaintiff demands judgment for the total amount- Truck Fines Total $141 A Lone Rock truck driver, Darryl G. Householder, was fined a total of $141.61, plus costs following a preliminary hearing on three truck charges in Justice C.' H. Ostwinkle's court this week. He was fined $36.30 for overload on axle number two; $58.55 for gross weight exceeding limit; and $46.76 for gross weight limitation. Theodore Bierstedt, Whittemore, paid $10 for failing to yield the right-of-way; Richard J. Dornbier, Algona, $5, failing to answer a summons, and $10, passing car in no passing zone; C. H. Arnold, Wesley, $10, no freight receipts, and $10, truck not properly marked; Geo. C. Wolfe, Jr., Bancrois, $5, failed to display registration; Richard E Reynolds, Algona $5, overload on registration; Carl Peter, Whittemore, $5, pulling trailer at 60 miles per hour on highway; and Lowell Fehr, West, Bend, $20, night speeding, in other cases heard by Ostwinkie. Court costs were also assessed. — »~~ r-TTT* — -r wTTr-m nf ii ^ jj^y^y WVPW)lr« " »IF* Qw~ I" W*f t vation board should be created several days. Burned By Bonfire Wesley — Russell Swanson received severe-burns about his arms in a bonfire explosion July 19. fie was in the Britt hospital Trouble Comes In Pairs, All Right! The saying that troubles come in pairs held true this week at the Upper, Des Moines Pub. Co. Saturday, Chester Armstrong, UDM pressman, had to have an ulcerated cornea in one eye cauterized. Sunday, George Smith, UDM foreman, developed a severe attack of intestinal flu which put him out of commission, also, early this week. With the plant force thus decimated, Orville Duncan, with previous press experience, came to the rescue early Monday afternoon, and Harold Clark, Bancroft Register publisher, arrived the middle of Monday afternoon to handle some typesetting work. To them both, many thanks — and we expect Chester and George to be hale and hearty in the near future. Free Hamburgers Robinson Construction Company, in a new location east of Algona N on f Highway 18, will hold a grand opening this Saturday. E. E. (Bud) Robinson, owner, announced. Free barbecued hamburgers and coffee will be served, all day, and there will be registration for several prizes. See elsewhere in this issue for further details. The public is invited. 3 From County To Get Awards For Saving Man Three residents of Kossuth county, Richard J. Von Bank, Eugene J. Kollasch and Albert Christensen, who all reside north of St. Joe, will receive Life Saving Awards for volunteer and meritorious service from Gov. Herschel C. Loveless at Clear Lake this Saturday, July 30. According to Frank Ulish, field director of the safety education division of the State Department of Public Safety, the awards will be made at 1 p.m. during the Governor's Day Celebration in the band shell at the Clear Lake city park. The trio is credited with saving the life of Floyd E. Plank, 41, Berkley, Mo. salesman, the morning of Dec. 20, 1959, after Plank's auto studded on icy pavement and crashed upside down through ice in an old river bed, eight miles south of Algona on highway 169. Plank was trapped inside the vehicle until Von Bank, Kollasch and Christensen released him. Investigation of the crash by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst ultimately resulted ?n the awards for the three men. Von Bank was first at the scene of the crash. He went to the Kollasch service station nearby after he heard someone tapping on the inside of the overturned auto. Kollasch and Christensen returned to the scene with Von Bank, waded out into the icy water, and using a crow bar, pried open one of the car's doors so Plank could scramble out. An estimated two inches of trapped air inside the auto is all that kept the Missouri man alive, and according to medical authorities, he would have succumbed to exposure within a matter of 10 minutes. Three other lowans, including a Britt woman, Mrs Richard Hesley, will receive Life Saving Awards from the Governor the same day. 20 Present At First of Many Budget Meets On a voice vote, following n short question nnd answer period, the proposed $46,700 budget for the county assessor's office for the year 1961 was approved during a hearing at the courthouse Monday afternoon. The amount asked next year is about $5,000 more than the amount which will be spent during 1960. "We're not saying we will spend it all/' said County Assessor Leo Immerfall, "but we need funds available in case real estate assessment costs run high." Real estate assessment is clue next year as it is every four years; and exact cost is not known,- although from past figures the cost runs usually $4,000 to $5,000 higher than a normal year. „ When asked about salary increases in the office, including a hike to $6,000 from $5,400 for himself, Immerfall stated, "Salaries for the office force here have been lower than in other areas, and there have been no raises in the office since 1957." About 20 persons were present for the hearing, including somo members of the county conference board, made up of mayors,, of all county towns and the board of supervisors. Tony Kollasch, chairman of the board of supervisors, served as chairman of the hearing. An unencumbered balance of $5,000 "at the end of 1960 will mean that the amount to be raised by taxation next year- is $41,700, according to the estimate. CITY. COUNTY SET BUDGET HEARING DATES Both the budget estimates for Kossuth County and 'the City of Algona are published in today's Algona Upper Des Mbines. The county budget shows a total requested increase in amount necessary to be raised by taxation in 1961, as comparei to I960, of about $3,000. The Algona city budget indica« tes a proposed increase in taxes to be raised in 1961, as compared to 1960, of about $43,000, Most; of the increase comes in two categories - street department and debt service. The street department proposed expenditure indicates a rise in amount raised by taxation of about $13,000, The debt service would rise about $17,000. This refers to indebtedness of the City of Algona on which interest and principle payments must be made. Otherwise the major city expense units remain comparatively stationary. Budget hearings now coming up are therefore as follows: Aug. 1, 8 p.m. — County Board of Education, court house. Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.. — Algona Community School District, Algona high school. Aug. 3, 8 p.m. — Kossuth County Extension Council, Farm Bureau Bldg,, Algona. Aug. 8, 8 a.m. — Kossuth County, court house. Aug. 10, 8 p.m. — City of Algona, city hall. Taxpayers of the units concerned are welcome at the budget hearings. 3 Licenses Issued July 22 — K. H. Johansson and Austre M. Johansson, Minneapolis. July x 23 — Darrel Wubben, Titonka, and Judy K McVay Algona; John A. DeLander, Kimball, Minn., and Grace Goetz, Minneapolis, Bjustrom's Open "Discount Sale" Bjustrom Furniture announces a unique Discount ssale in today's Upper Des Moines, with a "door opener" special for each day in the coining week as explained in detail in the ad. Customers will be offered a gift of additional furniture totaling 25% of the purchase price of whatever they may buy, as a merchandise bonus. The special Discount Sale covers all mor»v chandise on all three floors, Grand Opening . Mrs, June Simpson, owner of* the State Beauty Salon, ,an« nounces the shop's grand opening to be held Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be registration for door prizes which are listed elsewhere" in today's issue £nd souvenirs to be given Jit the door, The beauty salon w#* tnov* ed recently to the cornel 1 oj State and Thorin«ton

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