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I 1 i I I 6STA6LISH60 u Meond eJM* m*tWf fct th> No*. 1, X8S9, uttdsr Act el Coflffew of M»wh Algtau, 8, MW. AiGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 1959 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 96 - NO. 4 Burt Boy Back In School After Gunshot Accident What local beanery confiscated a shoe "from what'local man as ransom until he paid his bill? All in fun, of course I * * . * Dean Barnes, county extension director,' is feeling pretty good about, the brucellosis petitions. A meeting was' held Jan. 5 when the petitions were-approved atid began circulating. By' January 16 they had i ( 760 signatures. Over 80% of the farmers eligible, in the county had signed. The petitions went to Des Moines, Jan. 19. On Jan. 22, word was received that the petitions had been accepted and Kossuth was the 43rd county in Iowa to start the Federal bru- cellosis eradication program. * * • MAIL BAG: • Dr. and Mrs A. W. Amunson write from Brownsville, Texas, that they are now located there in a trailer park. They lefl Algona, Dec. 9, when it was 20 below, went to Duarte, Cal, then backtracked to Texas, or 4,220 miles thus far. They called on Nellie Galbraith at Deming, New Mexico; had Xmas dinner with the Vincent Isaacsons at Whittier, Oal. and Mr and Mrs George Boswell, Kenneth and Elaine Samp, Mr and( ; MrsfDick Samp and Mrs Aridy^Godfredson. They ran into the Fred Schobys during the Rose Parade. Since reaching Brownsville they have also visited with the Ralph Millers and W. C. Taylors. Have fun! • * * » Help I Help I Tuesday after Aoon a pleasant young man came into the Upper Des Moines and plunked down $3 for a new subscription. His address is Route 2, Burt.' But our 9ffice register's carbon failed to record his' name and we don't know where to send the paper. ' •• . * * * H. J.' Boeftcher of L'akoia visite'd Mason City" last week, but ; had his enthusiasm, "dampened- a- bit. As he was leaving a Mason City store he^slipped and fell and his head Went through a glass in the door. He received severe cuts, requiring 10 stitches to close. * * ' » Speaking of accidents, a set of .complications occurred recently at Ringsted. Arne Sorensen, ' an insurance adjuster, slipped on ice in his back yard arid broke his leg. His boss came to adjust the claim and relieve Arne's work load. The boss stepped out of his car, slipped, and broke his leg. Now a third adjuster has- been called in, but he'is walking with sandpaper on'his shoes. •> " * * Albert Haag of Algona, prowling around his attic, ran across an old, weathered Algona Courier dated March 15, 1917. The paper recorded the death of Mrs A. E. Clayton, summarized the city political situation, carried a letter from John Vaughan written in California telling of the wonderful weather he was enjoying, and similar local news. The state was talking about organizing a highway patrol. Jacob Winkel had some good timothy seed at $2 a bushel and Peter Dahlhauser of Whittemore' was available for auctioneering. John Lamuth, incidentally, was selling the Paige automobile. The Iowa county sheriff, a news brevity from Iowa State College informs us, is a direct descendant of the old feudal straw-boss who not only maintained order but collected rents and saw that the peasants did their duty on the estates of England. Then he was ' called a "reeve" of "shire reeye" as each man handled ,a shire, From "shire reeve? came the word "sheriff." We "'do not presume this will change the way of life of our •Sheriff* Ralph Lindhorst, but we thought he might like to know. Come to think of it, how did Iowa State happen to put out this information? ' » * * . A local humorist, of Scotch descent, tells of the Scotchman who went to a bank arid borrowed $1; Asked to give collateral, he put up $5Q,000 in bond's, and received the dollar loan, , The curious banker, someone like Al Agena or C, B. Murtagh, w^ presume, asked why, the Scotchman wished to borrow •when 'he had so many .bonds. "Where else can I get a safety deposit box for 6 cents' a year?" he. Roger Ulses, 15, of Burt, who suffered a gunshot wound Mn his right leg Thursday afternoon whi}6 unloading: a .22 calibre rifle, returned to his high school classes this week and is, .well on his way to recovery, according tb his parents, Mr and Mrs Irvin ' Roger was returned to his home a mile north of Burt Tuesday. ' He underwent surgery at Masofl City Friday afternoon and the slug from the rifle, which imbedded itself .beside Roger's knee, Was removed. Dr. Adanis, who performed the operation 1 , also removed thread and ; bits' -6f ; Rog; ers blue jeans from the Wound. According to Mrs Ulses, "Roger walks a little like . Chester on GunSmoke. but he's coming along tine and there will be no permanent injury ib his leg," Roger Was unloading the gun at 4:30 of 5 p.m. Thursday. The gun discharged and . the slug entered his leg abdut six inches above the knee. Mrs Ulses wrapped a towel around Roger's leg and rushed him to the office of an Algona doctor, then took him to St. Ann hospital whbre he remained overnight. He was taken to Mason City for surgery the following, day. . As soon as Roger was able It quit his crutches at : Mason City he was released and allowed U .return to school.' ' Land Bank Head February] R.F.D. Carriers Meet At Burt The Kossuth County Rura Letter Carrier's met Thursdaj evening,for,a pot-luck supper and business'meeting, at the Legion Hall in Burt. Mr and -Mrs P. J McGuire were-hosts. Mr and Mr Joe Sinnwell," Bode, v and Mr and Mrs Clifford .Nelson, Ringstcd, were guests. Mrs Mary Genrich, Lone Rock, was honored at a'previous meeting for her 21' years' service as secretary of the'organization. Sho was presented with a purse. Otto Block Services Set Algona Joins In Battle To Keep Trains Chamber of Commerce secre* tary Bill Steelc ssrtd Wednesday that Algona would definitely join other towns in North lowfl in protesting the removal of tM passenger train service on , the Milwaukee Railroad. : ' - \ . However, no formal protest tan be filed until the railroad-posts notices of the discontinuance in the depots along the line offectf ed. John Snere* local MUWau-s kee agent said that up to Wednesday no sudh notice had been received for posting here. The Milwaukee Railroad has petitioned the Interstate Com-! merce Commission for authority, to discontinue its last passenger and mail train service and q hearing in February /was •request* ed. ICC regulations provide that ; if no protests are made, the discontinuance of service is automatic upon posting ; .of notice. Steele said that he talked With Chamber of Commerce officials from Charles City, Mason City, Spencer, Sheldon ' and Emmets-, burg at a state Chamber of Commerce meeting recently. All were agreed to do everything possible to keep the passenger service. Algona is the division point for /railway mall clerks on the,westbound run to Canton, S. Dakota. Six mail clerks<make their homes Here at the present time, Sanburn' has a similar reason'?; for wanting the railroad service continued as that town is the division point for railway firemen. Steele said that the local Chamber of Commerce is already actively seeking to get Algona as the division point for Highway Post Office clerks, in the event the railroad mail service , is discontinued. Freight Train Wreck Piles Up 10 Cars Near LuVerne No Injuries; One Car Hits Plane Hangar Extensive damage resulted when ten cars of at) M. & St. L, freight train left the track and piled up a half-mile west of Corwith at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. There were no personal injuries the crew on the occurred as the toward LuVerne about a half-mile Kossuth-Hancock The M, & St. L. corner of This was the scene that greeted, spectators at the scene of a train wreck a half-mile west of Corwith Tuesday noon. A total of 10 cars, including two loaded with corn, one loaded with soybean oil and one loaded with rails, left Ih a tracks and were badly damaged. The train had just left Corwilh and was headed loward LuVerne when a journal burned out and sent-almost half of the 25-car train sprawling inlo ditches beside tho right-of-way. (Corwith Herald Phoio-UDM Engraving). . .Funeral services for Otto Block, 82,' long-tune resident of the Renwick vicinity, will be held here r :today', (Thursday), at 2 p.m. m'* Mq,Cullough's Funeral Chapel with'jRev. G, J. C. Gerike', ..Trinity - 7 In Fami/y Escape Early Morning Fenfon Farm Fire 9 Get Straight , gona National Farm.Loan Association has been. "Sch'edql|ld^ fob- Tuesday, Feb. 3,, 1959.' This:was announced recently by Eugene Hutchins, secretary-treasurer of the Kossuth County farmer- owned long 4erm credit cooperative; According to' Mr Hutchins, the meeting will be preceded by a dinner for members and their wiyes and 1 invited guests at 6:45 p.m. andcwill.be held in the Algona V.F.W. Hall. Aside from the business matters and reports, entertainment is to be provided, and A; K; Jones of- the Federal Land Bank of Omaha will address the gathering. \ The Algona NFLA which makes Federal Land Bank farm loans in Kossuth county is one'of .more than a thousand NFLA's throughout 'the .nation Says Roads Need More 'Shoulder' ' Representative /Casey Loss of Kossuth coiinty, a former county sheriff, added a new thought to the current discussion of speed limits for vehicles on Iowa primary and secondary roads.in the state legislature, this week. "It is the way many of these secondary roads are built," said Loss. "Too many secondary roads are blacktopped or paved .but have no shoulders", he explained, in a Des Moines news story. The state legislature is discuss- ng speed limits for secondary or county roads. Loss believes that setter engineering in building county, roads will save more lives th,&n a 50 T mUe-per-hour speed limit, which has been sug-, jested. . ial'-yrilTbe in the' r Vernoh" cem-' lete.ry < at Renwick. -Pallbearers will.be Paul Heggen, Tjerari Tjelle, Floyd Lane, Ed' Oppedahl, Ralph Stoll and Edwin Marty. ........ Mr Block, ; who lived for the pastnine years, at the Briggs rest home, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday ; at St. Ann- hospital where he had been" a patient for about a day. Otto Block; son of Mr and Mrs Claus Block, was born in Scott county, Iowa, Sept; 17, 1876. He was married to Lottie M. Kelling at Renwick May 24/1899, and farmed in the Renwick .area prior to the time of his retirement, and then moved to Algona. His wife preceded him in death June 12; 1932.; Mr Block is; survived by four sons, Ralph H. Block and Ray Block, Renwick; Lloyd A. Block, Centralia, Mo.; and Bert E. Block, Manson; four •daughters, Pearl Trotter and Blanche I. Gillis, California; Ida Jordanger, Kanawha; and Ruth Brand, Ft. Dodge; 13 grandchildren and>e~ignt great- grandchildren. A sister, Vena Rohwer, Renwick, also survives. Honor Roll Fenton — Seven members of the Harald Eimers family, who •eside five miles northwest of ?enton, escaped from their burn- ng farm home before firemen from Fento'n and Ringsted arrived to extinguish the blaze shortly after 5 a^m., Wednesday."' ; ,'•..; Three, sons vdf .MM and Mrs , . -Wayiie,-' 127 Tefrry, 10, and Gary, 7, were responsible for discovery of the blaze in an unfin- ished room in the upstairs of the house. They in turn awakened their sisters, Vlcki, 9, and Debbie, 3, who were sleeping in an adjoining room, and the parents, who were asleep downstairs.- The bedroom of the three boys is located next to the unfinished, 'room. A closed door between the bedroom and the spare room may have been responsible foi? saving the boys from suffocation. At any Gas Rate Boost . "You'll havf tq give, up |a»cy foods and dunking for a, while,' said4he dQctor to 'his 'patient, "Why?" asked the patient. "Well, for one thing, it will make it easier fo,r ypu to pay my hill '» " i * ' itojip ftwi I* : Income Tax Help A state income tax official will be in the courthouse in Algona, Friday, from 9 a.m.. to 4 p.m. to assist taxpayers with their state income tax problems. Dollar Stretchers OLLARDAYS TO AIGONA FRIPAY & §ATWRBAY Ff&RUARY 6*7 JffATCH NEXT WigKS UPPER DES MOINES The council of the City of Algona, was expected to take up a proposed gas rate increase at its regular meeting Wednesday eve- dng as the • Algona Upper Des floines goes to press. The North Central Public Serice Co. presented the increase proposal to the council members at a special meeting Thursday afternoon, Jan. 22. The ordinance concerning natural gas here states hat if the gas company can show ause for a rate increase, • the council should grant it. The reason for the increase, according to Pat Montag, local gas company manager, is that the Sforth Central Public Service Co, ias received an increase in the cost of gas from its supplier, Northern Natural, and the increase to customers here is to offset this wholesale cost. The wholesale price increase has been protested to the Federal Power Commission in Washington, D. C. If North Central should receive a refund from Northern Natural, as a result, they will refund to their customers Algona Pastor Has Surgery Rev. Leroy Tollman of Swea City conducted the annual meeting of the First Lutheran church, Algeria, Wednesday evening Jan* uary 28. -First Lutheran's Pastor, the Rev. Edsel Jsaacson, has been a patient in, the St; Mary's 1 hospital at Rochester ior three weeks, where. h> Had surgery, Purwg Pastor }saa<?§on's ijlijess, Pastor Pilirrian h.as,-b,een helping along in an administrative capacity w AJgona, A total of 69 Algona high school students, 'including nine with straight A averages, were namec to the first semester honor rol following' release of grade cards here during the week. Karen Alt, "Bill Bourne, Mary Broesder, Glennda Gabrielson, Joyce Riebhoff and Roberta Bchwendemann, s o p h o m o res; jrace McKim, junior; and Mariana Steele and Carol Wittkppf, eniors; received special mention, for their straight A averages. Others on the honor roll included Roger Batt, Larry Braun, Don,. Davidson, Lucille Gade, Lynn Kueck,. Dale McBride, Douglas Medin, Mary Misbach, Jackie Rowley, Susan Schultz, Jim Stanton and Brigitta Whittemore, freshmen; Gary Angle, Ka'thy Bay, Harriet Benschoter, Linda Gilchriest, Karen Haase, Alvin Hagg, Sandra Hakes, Richard Heinen, Larry Klein, Lee Lawson, Nancy Lowman, Rosemary* Medin, Robert Percival, John Platt, Sherry Read, Barbara Reindejs, Carolyn Rochleau, Billy. Sigsbee, Louise Skow, Betty Wickwire and Eugene Wittkopf, sophomores. Judy Alexander, Janice Bode, Philip Egel, Ben Herbst, Chery] Immerfall, JoAnn Klemm, Merri Laing, Mike McNeil!, David Passmore, Pam Waller, John Wilson and Margaret Yeoman, juniors and Sandra Bay, Jeanette Bjus trom', Nola Gatton, Linda Hansen, Joel Harris, Deloris Helmers, Sue LaBarre, John Oakland, Sandra- .Phillips, Pam Porter, Judy Reinders, Judy Rovn, Verna Schiriidt and Linda Smith, seniors.'' . The list of honor students was released by Supt. O, B. Laing this week- 6 Crashes On Icy Streets Slippery streets continued 'to prove hazardous to area drivers during-the week as no less than six minor crashes were investigated or reported to authorities icre. An Estherville man, Herman A. Jensen, 52, •, was .charged with driving without a license by Patrolman Dale McBride Sunday after Jensen's auto hit the rear' of another vehicle driven by Gary R. Grote, 27, Algona, ZVz mile; south of Algona on highway 169. Both autos were headed south at 2:30 p.m. when the mishap occurred. Grote attempted a left turn and was struck from hte rear by the Jensen auto, according to McBride. Damage was estimatec at $600 to the Jensen auto and $400 to the 1 Grote machine. Two other mishaps occurrec here the same day. At 8:42 a.m •an auto driven by Arlene M. Kra mer, Algona, which was making a right turn from College to Woos ter street, skidded and hit a fire lydrant. Damage to the auto was estimated at $125 by Policeman Rich Groen who investigated. At 11 a.m. cars driven by Gerald L. Nissen and Stanley Gardner, both o£ Algona, collided at ,he intersection of Phillips and State streets. Nissen was traveling south on Phillips and Gardner was turning north on Phillips from State street at the lime. Autos driven by David Schneider, Algona, who was headed south on Woodworth street, and Valgene Wcstling, Burt, headed east on State street, collided at 7:10 p.m. Friday. Policeman Ernie Hutchison estimated damage at $375. Gretchen Hallowell, Belmond, and John Kellner, Corwith, collided Thursday at 10:25 a.m. at the intersection of Wooster and McGregor streets. The Belmond driver was headed north on Wooster and Keliner was headed •west on McGregor at the time. Cars driven by Lewis K. Ferguson and Anna Fechner, both of Algona, collided at. the corner of 'Kennedy and Harlan streets at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. Policeman Bill Schwarzenbach estimated damage at $120. •ate, the boys smelled smoke and ouscd the rest of the family. The blaze burned through the roof over the unfinished room and into the entry way into the kitchen before firemen arrived and put out. the fire. Fire damaged only those two portions of the house, but there is considerable water damage in the 'waUs v ;and cupboards in the kitchen and dining room In the structure. The Eimers children were taken to the' home of Frank Seeley and were right on time at school later the same morning. Mr and Mrs Eimers and their children have lived in the home, located on the William Eimers farm, for the past year. The elder Mr Eimers, father of Harold, retired at that time. According to firemen who answered the call, defective wiring nay have been the cause p£ the 'ire. There is no chimney in the vicinity of the unfinished room. No estimate of damage to the property had been made Wednesday. to members-.of freight train. The mishap train headed from Corwith, east of the county line, crosses the southeast Kossuth county. Traffic on the line was, halted as 150 feet of rails were torn up" and a wrecking crew, slated to clean up the mess and repair damage to the right-of-way, had not arrived Wednesday morning, the wrecking crew was due in sometime Wednesday, however. The freight train consisted oE 25 cars and an engine. The engine and the first three cars behind it stayed on the tracks, but the next 10 in line hurtled to the left and right due to a burned off journal, a portion of the axle in a truck on one of the,freight cars. All of the freight cars that left the tracks were badly damaged as some lost wheels and others had slides and tops crushed. . A flatcar loaded with rails went through a fence and slammed inio a hangar at a small airport near the tracks, while another car loaded with soybean oil tJR,?>, ped over near the ri^hi-df- way and spilled its contents. Two of the other wrecked boxcars were' .loaded iwiih > corn. ,"• A huge 'crowd gathered at the scene immediately following the crash. There has been no estimate of damage made by the railroad company, which ordered the repair crew and other necessary officials to the scene. The mishap was the first major train crash in this area since many cars of a North- Western freight train left the tracks near Irvington several years ago. Suspend Prison Term, OMVI Case Kosauth district court handled only one case this week, and the opening of a new court term proved to be,a fizzle, so far as much activity was concerned. Leonard Pesicka, Algona, on a plea of guilty to a third O.M.V.I. offense, was sentenced to a term not exceeding two years in the state penitentiary at Fort Madison by Judge G. W. Stillman, Monday. He was paroled, however, on good behavior, to the custody of the state parole board. Universal Mfg. Host To Sales Staff Flying Club Holds Election The Kossuth County Flying Club held its annual election and installation of officers during a regular meeting at the Algona airport Tuesday night. Floyd Inman was elected presA ident; John Thuente, vice president; and Ron Gerber, secretary- treasurer. All three men are from Algona. About 25 members of the organization attended the meeting. John Wood Honored John Wood, Algona, was one oi five lowans to receive the distinguished achievement award for his work, with the Ground Observer Corps, Sunday, in farewel ceremonies to the Des Moine Air Pefense'Filter Center ant the Ground, Observer Corps. WQO< wasT' .supervisor of the Grounc Observer Corps, here. The job have now been taken over bj semi-automatic 4evices. State Audit Of County Offices The State Auditor's report on Kossuth county offices and officers has been filed & is in the ossession of the county auditor, 'he audit was for the year 1957. An overquota at Iowa City for are of Kossuth county patients, otaling $8,666.50 was reported. The county supervisors said that hey had only recently been not- fied of the county overquota, and hat while the amount would be aken care of the poor fund at. present was not in shape to stand hat much of a payment. In the various offices, 14 items were called to .attention in the auditor's "office, 10 in the trea.- surer's office, one each in .the clerk of court, county attorney and sheriffs office. All of the items-were adjusted. "Clear" reports were filed fpr the remainder of'the offices, Sandra Bay, Joan Goecke Honored Sandra Jane Bay, Algona higV school, and Joan, Marie Goecke St. Cecelia's Academy, senioi homemaking 'Students, will re, present their schools in the stat< Betty Crocker Homemaker o: TomorroV contest, • . . Miss Bay is '<th? daughter ' o Mr ancVMrs'Melvin Bay and Mis Goecke's parents are Mr and" Mr Edward' Goecke, • , , Each'received-the.highest jsqoy in a: 50 TOiJWte homeniakihj examination" and; §ach will r<?ceiv a;pjn, ^,y;>, i" . .,•„•• f .,/.^ A meeting of all warehouse managers and sales personnel from two states and half of another, served by the Universal Mfg. Co. of Algona, was held here last Friday and 3 Saturday. It was the first time since Universal acquired the former iient Mfg. Co. property on Jan. I, 1954, that aU personnel have been in attendance at one meet'- ing here, Universal is the franchised motor and parts reconditioner for Ford Motor Co. its |ranchise the .entire state of Iowa, of Nebraska, apd half oi South Dakota. Its products are 4J§tributed frw* Algona, with. major warehouses located at Des Moines, Omaha, and Rapid City, S. D. In the above picture is the Universal truck fleet of 12 units, assembled here over the weekend in conjunction with the sales meeting. The trucks staged, an impromptu parade in the city last Saturday. M, C, Metcalf, president and general manager of Universal Mfg. Co., Algona., said that prer sent'plant employment here is 56 men,- plus i§ warehouse managers an4 salesmen, v Joe McFad4en of Qjnihj a.n<i E. M. P'Shea of Lincoln are vice presidents of ttie liim/sad w « *-• Mahoney of Sioux City is secretary-treasurer. Irving E. (Pudge) Miller is accounting officer and asst. manager in Algona. The truck and sales fleet covers an estimated 350,000 miles a year in the 2 Ms state territory, When Universal acquired plant, it operated reconditioning plants in both Omaha and " gona. Now all of the motor, conditioning has £een « ed at the Algona plant, one of the city's major ' The warehouse. &Qd sentatives held. two.,. .„, ings, interspersed wtth>§ program last Friday the Johnson """ u

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