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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 30, 1959
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City; la, r 'f a&fr/f*. # ' • j ^ft%^;t v 7 ".* ' v , v r f •• \ '•."" i „ % ; V^P 1 .. 1, rittHMi ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, APRIL $0, 1959 SECTIONS - 22 PAGES VOL 96 - NOVf* , By Russ Waller r ^ y i , »f i Dr. and Mts Dan Bray* wh6 ' have just mov^ed Into -their 1 fl^Mf home and acreage at the South' east edge of Algona, ,we>V given a surprise housewarming the fcther evening, by some -20 or 30 friends, As might be'expgcted, .all of the.eleCtrical gadgets ih the place were given^an * exhibition workout, and then it happened the electricity went off,* The fupes seemed to, be OK, but John Claude, one of the guests, went outside, looked at the »trans* .fbj-mer (and it was raining) and somehow determined the trouble', A, 1 call and quick .trip by a light plant service man and 'the party picked up where it left off, ,wfth electricity. , • , • v '' ' , .*'•- .*•,/?-' s- -i t Down at the .Wade Sullivan home, where considerable, decorating and similai*'work'has been going on, Mrs Sullivan had; pifek- ed'out some.hew wallpaper. The decorating crew proceeded to apply the paper and were about halfway, through, when Mrs (Sullivan showed up, and told the decorators the paper was being/put on upside, down. It'seems "-that .held one way the new wallpaper looked aS though there were dozens of parachutes coining '" dow'h to/ earth,'..whicH ' is tHe way the decorators and, Mr Sullivan interpreted the matter. But Mra Sullivan turned .the paper the , • other way around- and explained ' that what they thought were parachutes were- fish .nets hold ing' an .assortment of fish. And, we,might add, it was fish nets'an'd riot parachutes that .won,the day! Our visit to .a Bryant 'school open house-'.the other evening uncovered th6 following rules, o conduct for a 4th .grade class, a printed' 'by the students': '^Np talking in'-sphopl. . '.' No running in^sphool - ,•,. • > No fighting. in ," school, , or' on school-grounds »•-; ••. -'*'*•• i»•'•!* • •*»,!& " -No'taking two steps" desk f , v ,. t ^ 50 Years Operation i • c ' tV V t V it, 1 - .'•'' » , '' " The disastrous fire % pictured above,'did not take place ye&fer- day, or last week — it, happened- exactly 57 years ago in Titonkai Iowa. ' " i' •The flames are shown consuming the Titbnka drug store owned and operated by Al Falkenhainer, then a young druggist just embarking on his', who was destined to be the founder of an insurance company ' which, according to its annual report for the year,'1958 issued this week, has 'now become a ^million dollar' company.'^The po'mpany'is, Drug- gists'Mutual Insurance Co.; "with home offices, in'Algona, now ob,serving it's". 50th -Anniversary. , - Following the /Titorika , fire, being somewhat dissatisfied with the manner in which --his fire ,insurance -claims v^ere settled, Falkenhainer began talking to his fellow druggists >i about fire" in-, surance. In. that s day, more ithan, 50 years ago,'s,'^je forced to pay very high insurance 'premium rates. ' v *-' ; 'j^|J(;?>- '•' Eventually, Falkenhainer'l^d^' a J eking No pulling, hair • 'No swearing ' • '. *. * Jim Goodwin, the Manchester who publishes newspapers, 1 recently swore off . "the filthy weeds" and is 'now organizing a Manchester unit of Nicotine An-, onymous, cards and all.; Stick to it, Jim! * * * That OMVI trial of last week convinced a few^ that . a leaky carburetor at "least ' has one advantage. * ,» * In one local household the old (nan,never can catch-up .with hia 'wife and daughter and their.ex- penditures, for new clothes. When he; spots something new'that his daughter' is wearing and . asks •jabout it, he is told that "oh; .this 'belongs 'to' Mother." When he spots something new his ' wife Ss wearing,. all he gets is "oh, this belongs to daughter." A girl's greatest man's imagination. .asset is a operating successfully in seven states; H'. M. Falkenhainer was chief executive from the death of his father, until his own death in 1948. ' Since then, Eugene Murtagh,, connected -,'with Druggists Mutual since 1930, has been active head of the company. Ha is, also a director in a number of mutual insurance organizations. '•Murtagh and V. M, Parsons, secretary of the company, will attend the annual meeting of the American Mutual Insurance Alliance at the' Edgewater Beach hotel, Chicago, May 3 -to 6. State Buys 2 Lakota Firms; To Widen Road Lewis J. Reed; Rites May 2 -.5. Death came early Wednesday morning for- a well'-known Algona man, Lewis 3. Reefl, 58.,He had been ill with cancer for about six months and succumbed at St. Ann hospital here where he"-.had been a patient fora week, - . Funeral services are set 'fof a p.m. Saturday at Fir'st Methbdiit church here With the Rev, Newton M.. Coughenour' .officiating. Burial will be in'Eastlfiwn cemetery with McCunbugh'sr'Fu- neral Chapel in;chargo , of or/ rangemenls. ' -«,••'• Pallbearers at the services will be Hal Long, Henry Bunkofske Vernon" Jensen, Phil Bollard, Kickbush and Bernard Brifegs, Mr Reed was an auto- partfe salesman for the Arnold"; Motor Co. The family came to Algom in 1937 ahd have been ', active in community affairs. ' , • Lewis James Reed was born July 16, 1900 at Dollivcr, Iowa the son of Walter B. and Mattk Champihe Reed. Ho grew up and was educated at Ceylo^ Minn. On November 1,5, 1$24 he was' married to Elsie Bassetti Before moving here the couple lived at Webster City, Mason> Cityartd Klemme.,, . , ' , Mr Reed was a member of the Degree of Honor lodge hefe and was active in the Methodist church;..'/' ' , .j Besides his wife, he "is survived by his father, Walter B. Reed', Mason City; a daughter, Mrs Ax," vid (Betty) Dennis, White" Bear Lake, Minn, and* two sons,-Robert W. Reed, Yakima, Wash, and Darrell J-.j Syracuse, N. Y.'- T,here are three brothers surviving, Glen, Fairmont, Minn., Jasper, 1 Humboldt; William, Mason-City, and two sisters, Mrs Fern Picki, ard and Mrs Cecil (Jean) Jen*-' sen, both of Mason City. I •t ^igried-up -for, i $r,000 in iire insurance,' and paid the premium so that a charter could be obtain^ ed for a,-mutual,fire 1 insurance* company. That'was in 1909 the beginning of Druggists Mutual Insurance Company, which now does business in 10 states. That Falkenhainer's idea was sound proved out after the first year's operation, 'when 25% of the premiums 1 were returned to thej policyholders as-dividends. In 1958,''according to the firm's annual report, total assets rose to $1,090,535.93 '— over , a million dollars for the first time in Druggists ' Mutual history. A special presentation, relating interesting facts about Druggists Mutual, appeal's elsewhere in today's issue of the ; Algona Upper Des Mo^nes. • • . ,, Al' Falkenhainer, company founder,' 1 died in 1932 ; at the age of 57, after seeing the firm Escapes Death In Cave-ln By Frantic Efforts Of 3 -• '••••, Jr •••..' , , ? Algonan Hurt In Boiler Blast A well-known ex-Algonnn, Art Schwepps, 55, was injured Eoriously at 7 a.m. Monday when, k bdiler exploded in the nearly completed Friendship Home at Audubon. ' Schweppe was rushed io Audubon County Memorial hospital suffering from a fractured collarbone, cuts, in- cluding a bad cut on his forehead, and brulsei. His condition wai lUied ns fair Tuesday afternoon. Mr Schweppe, who was a foreman lor H. J, Cowan here many years, is now employed by the Sande Construction Co. of Humboldt. He had been working on the new home for the aged at Audu- bon sirtco last July. He and his wile live in a trailer . house there. The boiler lhat blew was not a permanent installation. The entire boiler room was practically destroyed. • with' damage estimated at $5,000. Schwoppo was in the boiler room alone al the time of the explosion. Johnson Leads Bulldogs To 94-78 Duel Track Victory The decision to disband the Sentral PTA ,has caused some discussion as to 'the whys and where fores of PTA's. Algeria. has had no' PTA ,for some years, ' but many other school "areas do. In some a strong . Band Mothers unit seems to displace the PTA of old. Lack of interest is given as the chief reason for dropping the PTA at .Sentral, There was a time when a PTA was often the strongest unit connected with a school. • * • * * The planting indications for 1959 certainly, do not support the Benson theory that lower • supports and no production controls will solve -the farm problem and clear out storage bins, , * * • * When a man Is ( Bick he doesn'J appreciate fnuch'.pf "anything'ex .cept goo<J health . . , not , even th,e pretty nurses ,,, when he starts looking at the nurses, .the docs say, he is well on the , mend. ', , ' . J One set of locaji husbands meet' ing in executive session in somei one's kitchen, arrived, at the conclusion the Jpcal water rates 'and sewage rental, etc.' r?« jnain at their 'present >level they will send their wivps tp the river ' ,to renew the old custom of wash* ing clothes by hand, pounding them clean with a Mttte rock against a b/»g rQck...thJs suggestion hasjsnly to .meet with th£ approval of, the wives >as we understand jt • . , seeing nobody ampng the husbands wanted to toss out the .suggestion first, how ' 9 Area Teams Still In Prep Ball Sectionals Nine area, high school baseball teams remained in the running for sectional titles as final round games began Wednesday afternoon, Only five were left when games were corripleted, , . Ledyard, ' St. John's of Bancroft, Burt, Sentral, v.Lu Verne,' Corwith' Wesley,' Ringsted, Rodman and, Presentation of Whittemore remained in contention through "opening games. Here are first and second rqund results at the five sites: ,...,. . , * -At Bancroft Ledyard 13, -Rake 0 Swea City 8, Dakota 5 Ledyard 8, Armstrong 0 St, John's 12; Swea 'City 6 • •ft At 'Burt'. Sehtral 10, Titonka 0 Woden 11, Crystal Lake 1 B,urt ,6, Woden 4' ' Sentral 20, St. Cecelia's 3 : At Corwtth •LuVerne 8, Kanawha 7 (10 inn.) Boone Valley 15, Goldfield'4 Cprwith»We,sley ?1, St, Joe 0 LUVeme 8, Brftt 7 — "Widening of, highway 9£'",ai6ng ' flies' "north 'edge of La- kpta. , + means that two Lakota places* of business will close in the near r future. They are the Blome Standard' Service Station and .garage and Doris' Cafe. The Richardson Bros, and Harry Blome were at Ames last weekend for a meeting with the Highway Commission. The Richardsons turned -all their owningg along the .highway, including the cafe, house, garage, oil tanks, etc. over, to the state and must- have their personal property moved by May 14. Blome's Station was also acquired by the state, but Mr Blome repurchased the building and, will move it to lots purchased from W. D. Ley in the west part of- town; ',/ • -The Richardsons are undecided as to their ^future plans. "No settlement had 'been reached early this /week/ between the State and Eldon Head with regard to his stockyard property on the north side of the highway. The new four lane, divided highway intersection area will extend for about a half mile along No. 9| which is also to be widened' to a 24-foot slab all the way to Swea City. The highway stub leading into Lakota is also to be widened to 24 feet from No, 9 {o* the Rock Island-, tracks. ' > Rites Tuesday AtLakotaFor Mrs L Christ a. . 4* . before it fal .Valley <• At QraeWnger Cylinder over PoUiver I . * • (forfeit) Rinfsted. 17, Cylinder p , Graettinger 14, Ayrshire 4 At Wwt Ben4 Rodman U, West Bend 0 Presentation l?» Bradpte 5 s.ectWnai winners advanced to district i^tton to',b,e held May 4 ; .'district winners,; ;ydll meets and entejr state . stsite tournament Mason. «?ity t ' May .19'20 at '34A.H.S. Dies In Illinois Word has; been received here of the sudden death of Mrs Harry £rogh, 42, the former Ruth McKee, at Harvey, 111, ' In a telephone, call to Mrs Dick Cowan here, Mr Ki'Ogh said his wife had* succumbed to .a brain hemorrhage Sunday evening, ' 'Mrs Krogh was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Guy McKee and lived here for several years while her father was associated with the Kennedy-Parsons Co. She was a graduate of the Algona high school with'the class of 1934 and was a, former employee of the Algona Upper Des Moines, Surviving besides the husband are two children, David, 16, and Marcja, 12, ' JVUIwaukee|Road Time Changes Lakota — Funeral-services for Mrs Leonhard Christ, 68, were ield Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran. Church- in La- iota with' Rev. . LaVerne R. Meinecke officiating. Interment was made in St. Paul's Lutheran iemetery. Minnie Sophie Boettcher- Christ, daughter of August and Augusta Boettcher, was born on August 21,' 1890 at 'Wells,:Minn. /Her parents moved northeast of Lakota and she was confirmed in St. Matthew's Lutheran church in Hebron Township. She was united in marriage with Leonhard Christ, on Oct. 5, 1911. The couple started farming northeast of Lakota where they lived until 1950 when they moved to their present home in Lakota. She became ill about three weeks ago and entered the hospital two weeks ago orily to learn she was suffering from leukemia. She passed away Saturday evening, the. 25th. * ' She leaves her husband, two children — Eileen; Sohn of Elmore and ArVilla Weinka.uf of Lakota, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild, a brother, Henry Boettcher of Lakota, two sisters, Lydia Bonine ; of Pipestone, Minn., and Edna Porter of Blue Earth, Minn, She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Norman and Arnold. Pallbearers were nephews, Alfred Christ, Walter Christ, Duane Christ, Alvin Boettcher, Leonard Boettcher, Alois Bonine, The Choir of St. Paul's sang the requested hymns and divisions o: the Ladies Aid of which she was an honorary member, served as an honor guard. Memorials were given for various charitable jauses as well as projects, of-the .ocal church, Algona high school's track team, paced by Rebel Johnson, who .-took the 10Q, 220 / and 440 yard dash events, racked up a thrilling 94-78 win over Emmetsburg' in. a wind-swept, mee^. at the Athletic 3 a good crowd Monday, afternoon. '",' ;" ,'"..,', ... ,, v ^« Kt ^r™;u.rf! „ •••••• - v'-r ;.™'-y- helabdve p'lioto, snapped as Che gun cracked sTn'rUn'g the 100 yard" cuisTi, snows, A'gona's.Johns6n, third from the left, and Phil Drcfke, second from the right, before; they outdistanced the rest of the field .to finish one-two. Drcfke, Emmetsburg's ace dush muri, hhdn't lost a races all season until Johnson took him three times Monday. Jerry Cowan took two firsts for the locals and Jim Oberwctter, Gary Peer, Jerry Ostrum, Jon Disco and the 440, 880 and mile relay teams also came through with wins. The locals travel to Es'therville today (Thursday) for the annual running of the Estherville Relays. (UDM Newsfoto-Engraving). A change in, the time table of the 'Milwaukee Road passenger trains passing- through Algona ..was announced by John Snere, local depot agent, this week, , The eastbound evening train will leave Algona a,t 7:53 p.m. instead, of 8:43 'p,m., arriving aj Chicago the next- morning at 9:1,0 a.m. The westbound morning •train will leave Algeria at instead of 8:19 a.m. A swit»h tp daylight s^vinf time in Illinois proyght about the new arrival and departure schedule here Funeral Slated Friday For Miss St. John Myrtle St, John, 65, well-known Algona lady, died at St. Ann hospital here at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday following a five-day illness. She became ill at her home and had been hospitalixed since that time. Funeral services for M'iss St. John will be held at the First Baptist church here at 2 p.m Friday with Rev. H. Glenn Discoe officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview cemetery and M Cullough's Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers at the rites will be Glen Rike, Charles Elmore, Wilfred St. John, Richard St. John, Francis Nelson and Donald Meyer. Myrtle Cora St. John, daughter of Perry V. St. John and Cora Longley St. John, was born hero Dec. 1, 1893 and had resided in this area all her life. During recent years she had been employed at the Kossuth county fanmt She is survived by two brothers, George St. John, Algona; and Austin St. John, Florida; and a sister, Laura (Mrs Orville Warner), Walker, Minn. Her parents preceded her in death. Miss St. John was a member of the Baptist church and D.A.R, Bancroft Youth Dies After Six Wheelchair Years A 16-year-old victim of muscular dystrophy died in his home here shortly after 10 p.m. Monday. He is James Henry Diers, a victim of the disease since ho stdrted school. James attended classes through the third grade, then wa's confined to a wheelchair at home. For the past six years he had been confined to bed. , He continued his school studies at home and his mother reports he was always mentally alert. His interest in sports made him an unofficial, authority in the field, according to his friends, James was born June 24, 1942, son of Mr and Mrs George Diers of Bancroft. The Diers have three other children. William, 12, Thomas, 11,'and Mary Ann, six months. A funeral Mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. John's Cathdlic Church at Bancroft. Garry Funeral . Home was in harge of arrangements. Pallbearers are Robert Droesser, Robert Cink, .Donald Olson, Donald Diers, Duane McCleish and David McCleish. Seniors To View A Mock Court Trial Kossuth Baseball Loop Organized Kossuth County Baseball League directors and managers met at the K.C, Hall east of Algona Tuesday night and set Sunday, May 17, as opening day for the 1959 season. Three new teams were added to the loop, replacing three that dropped out. The. new clubs are Ayrshire, Mallard and West Bend. They • replace • -Estherville, Emmetsburg and Bancroft, Stewart McFad,den, Algona, president, .and Erich. Seegebarth, Lone Rock, secretarjMreasurer, were reelected to, their posts. A large crowd attended the meeting. Games opening-day are: Ay shire at Mallard; Whittemore al Algona; St. Joe at Hwnboldtj and Lone Rock at West Bend. Salesman Unit, C. of C, Elects John Hayes was named chairman, Pat Jensen, vice chairman, and Lyle Mathes, secretary treasurer of a newly ' formed salesman's bureau of the Algona Chamber of 'Commerce recently. The new bureau held its first meeting Saturday, April 25, and has 26 members at the present time, ' The chairman was also named to the board of directors of the Chamber of Commence. He selected .two committees, naming Russ Pickett, chairman, Jim Kelly and Don Cook to the membership committee, and Rylanc Phillips, chairman, Lowell Lenz anji John Love to the program committee. 'The salesman's bureau is slat.e< to meet every other Saturday morning. Sponsored by the Kossuth County Bar Association, a "mock trial" will be held Thursday anc Friday, April 30- May 1, at the courthouse in Algona for over 300 seniors', of schools in Kossuth county. District Judge G. W. SUllman will be on the bench and the trial will concern an automobile intersection accident. H. W. Miller will play the part of the plaintiff and J. D. Lowe, defendant. Attorneys the first day will be Louis Nitchals, Jim Andreaso'n, Leo Cassel and Joe Lynch. Attorneys the second day will bo Joe Straub, Russ Buchanan, County Attorney Gordon Winkel and 'Dave Shumway. Vernell Ludwig Saved In 20 Minute Rescue Vernell Ludwig, an employee of the Pioneer Hi-Bred 'Corn Co. :iere, narrowly escaped possible death when a tile ditch caved in near the corn firm's plant north of town at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Only Lhc efforts of several men who/ had arrived at the scene minutes earlier prevented a more serious accident, He was trapped by the cave-in for 20 minutes. Ludwig was rushed by am* bulanco to St. Ann hospital where it was found he was suit fcring from a severe Strain in his right hip and pelvis. There were no fractures found by the attending physician, who stated Wednesday that despite extreme pain* Ludwig is making progress on his way to recovery. Rush To His Aid The three men most responsible for saving Ludwig were Luther Fairbanks, Jr., Harry -Skogstrom and Pat Goodwin, all of Algona', Fairbanks has an excavating 1 , firm and the others are employed :>y the McGuire Construction Cai which at the present time is completing a natural water reseryior and dirt moving project north and west of the Pioneer plant. At the time of the mishap, Ludwig was working in a tile ditch" which was about six feet deep: lie was using a shovel down iti the trench when one side -of the excavation gave way and sen? dirt hurtling toward hiiri. . Skogstrom grabbed for and caught Mr LUdwig an.d, F-aiy* , banks literally"* dived iinto'' the , ditch ahead .of much of'the dirt/ srfd 'kept"It from^coywingr-iLudVs wig completely. As it,was, moist- of his legs were covered and-his shovel became entangled with his legs, causing his injuries, 'v Goodwin got busy,with a shovel and the men began freeing the trapped man. The dirt kept piling; up against Fairbanks and Skog- strom practically pulled Mr Lud-> wig's clothing off while holding him up out of, the sliding dirt;""-" The men knew the victim was:; suffering so hurried their efforts' arid finally dragged him from the ditch. The ambulance then took the injured man to the hospital. On Reservior Job. " j The reservoh) being built -at the Pioneer plant will be used' in .case of fires and will be-filled when natural drainage is stopped by a dam to be built on the northwest corner of the property, 1 The entire area is being leveled and dirt moved in an effort to • prepare the land for (future use as a site for a large warehouse* There have been rumors recently that a warehouse would be built now, but there Is absolutely no basis for such a rumor, according to plant, officials. The company plans "to" completely landscape the whole area, a job that will be completed sometime this summer. Mr Ludwig has "been employed by Pioneer for the past 17 years. He is married and has three children and came to Algona from Mason City. ' ' Burt Youth, 18 Hurt In Crash William B. Meister, 17, Burt, received a bump on the head and right eye at 11:33 p.m. Saturday when a truck driven by Eugene J. Schoone, 25, Okabena, Minn., struck 'the Meister auto from behind at the intersection of highways' 18 and 169 north of Algona. Meister was treated at St. Ann hospital here and released. The Minnesota trucker reported thai the brakes on his vehicle failed, causing the mishap. Both machines were headed east • and turning south 'at the 'time. Damage to the'ti'tyck' was estimated at $50 by Policeman Bill Schwarzenbach. Band Rodeo Trip Within $1250 Of Fund Needed »Wins $100 An Algona high schc^l senior, Jeanette Bjustrom has been awarded a $100 scholarship to Iowa State College, Ames. The award was* based on scholarship and was given to applicants with a composite score of 97 or more on the -Iowa College Scholarship " Placement tests.. Miss Bjps^ Algona high school's band needs another $1250 to assure it of a trip to the Sheridan, Wyoming Rodeo July 17 — and judging by the way things are going, the goal of $3,000 will be reached in time for the trip. Another $200 was. added to the fund through contributions and as pay to members for jobs done following a band ' slave auction during the week according to Director Russ Guster. , The Algona Chamber of Commerce decided, to give the band a hand when it voted unanimously to hold a ."Sheridan Here We Come Band Day" here Friday, May 22, An auction, sidewalk stands and many other interesting ideas will be used to make the day a huge- supcess. It was also decided to ask farmers to donate produce for the auction in an effort to give persons in the surrovinding area a chance to give the b.ancl a hand- Brail Wright is chairman pf the ent. . , The thermometer shown here has been climbing steadily it first appeared, paper .several we prospects r ' trom is the daughfef of, Mr arid seem rosier Mrs Q. A; Blustrom, " cent develppmen

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