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I State Historical City* la« ESTABUSHED 1865 fettered u Mcofcd dm rtmttef *t the l»*oftte«i tl Iowa, Nwr. I. 1633. undtt Act ot Congi-em of March 8, 1879. AtOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JULY, 23, 1959 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES VOL. 96 - NO, 29 To Drop 2 Trains By Russ Waller H. A. Holmgren of Lone Rock never expected to find a use for a Geiger counter. That is", he didn't until he lost an outboard motor at Iowa Lake six weeks ago, and then ran into Cleo Black of Algona at a trap shoot over at Wesley, last week. Cleo had heard about the missing motor, lost in the middle o Iowa Lake. "I can find it for you 1 he told Holmgren. "You're a rriir acle man if you can". Holmgren replied. Cleo told him that if hi could find a Geiger counter h Would find the motor, so the two men obtained, the counter and Went to Iowa Lake last Sunday. They lined up a set of markers in the area Where Holmgren thought he had lost the/ motor. They had gone no more than 30 feet in the area when the counter began to sound. They circled and came back again, and the Geiger again came forth with its telltale beeps; Cleo's son took to the water, and sure enough found the motor buried under the mud, and managed to tug- it to the surface Where the other men hoisted it aboard. . . . . . . .. t a moton, this is the best way I know of to find one," said Holmgren- v It is with extreme sadness thai we print the news of the death of Dick Phillips in this issue. Algona has lost one of its most likeable citizens and keenest minds; we have lost a friend. It was a constant pleasure to see and talk to Dick, no matter what the subject. We shall miss his Monday afternoon visit to;the office with the theatre ads lor the week, hi's inevitable remark that he bet very few brought their . . t l- _t"_3 - _ « .3 ' 1* * n Co-Op At Lone RockReelects 2 Directors The 19th annual meeting of the Lone Rock Co-op Exchange Co Was held in the Lone Rock church basement, Saturday evening, July 18. The' report showed that the elevator enjoyed one of the bet iet years, both in sales volume arid savings. The reason for the good operation it waSipointed oU "is,—-j'tH'at the elevator now ha facilities to operate in volurn with the least overhead required 'Also;.if was' pointed out tha more expansion is being .done Erection pf another flat storag bin, 'to hold 100,000 bu., and : new modern-feed mill is ;started now, to be completed-some tim this:fall; '.'•. '..'\^ ; ..t:. > ;, ".-"• •'; Two directors terms were. ..Expired, that of Delmar Fischer and Raymond Laabs, and both were re-elected. .The Board now .consists of the following, Delmar Fischer, Raymond Laabs, Andrew Thomsen, Henry Schroeder and Ralph Bierstedt. L. W. Geitzenauer is the manager, assisted by Fritz Newbrough, James Marlow and Erick Seegebanth, bookkeeper. E.. E. Hanna showed slide pictures of his recent trip to Russia. A lunch was served by th'e Algona Band Home Safely From 5,000 Mile Bus Trip To Sheridan Rodeo By Pam Waller At 4tl5 A.M., on July 14, 1959, an enthusiastic group of musidiam boarded two Sioux Lines buses obtained from n H1 " 1 ^ boVlldr A, c _^ np1 S J owned by Eldon Collins. One bus, driven by Colhhshirnsclf, held 41 passengers. The'•'other, a 37 passenger, wns driven by his son-in-law. ';.>** Our first night stop was at the St. Charles Hotel ai South Dakota. It wasn't long "before our band membei? excitement. A shower 1 in a room occupied by so)™ so boys was left running and spilled out into the hallway of u Bellboys soon brought the flood under control with Jnops and rote. Later that same night/, we were climbing stairs by candlelight. Evidently Ihe electricity 1 had been cut off. This, > h 9 we l er fe * a M° l a prank by our band members. Sandy Hakes was quite shakeni whfcn she got the hews that tn'ere'wafc a long distance phone call for hei. As she called back, closed in by six of her friends a so eager.lo find out the reason for the call, her mother asked hoi if 8.he : hfcc her band uniform; It seems Sandy had Iwo-umiorms nl home and had taken the one that fit her best. ' •; * * * During the day, lime was spent in various ways: re» slumbering; sightseeing, and playing cards. The latter was allowed only if no mondy was involved. Bill Bourne proved to be quite u whiz atj gin rummy and Larry Hut/ell at^ hearts. • The Corn Palace at'Mitchell was fascinating and so were the guides. They were girls of eleven and twelve who had memonzec: fheir, touring, speech? to almost every word. An American.Literal me a ding student commented that they resembled the characters in Twain's book "Taming a Guide", * * * Spearfish presented us with beautiful accommodations, the local Ladies Aid. own ads in as he did, and his ready humor without rancor or malice toward anyone. Dick had known of his heart condition for a long time, .but, often remarked that he just could not stop normal activity because of it, nor did he. Our deepest sympathy to his family. „ * -Frank Vera steamed into the of • Xce Tuesday with a copy of the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune •sports section;.cpntaining'ajtory^ by Outdoor Editor Jack Connor telling of fishing .at Great Slave Lake in. far northern Canada, where the "little" 20-pounders were thrown back because there were plenty of 35 and 40 pound fish waiting to be caught. This Jack Connor is the same fellow that inspired Frank to take a Hudson Bay trip of several years ago . we can see the handwriting on the wall ... if Frank can find someone to make the trek, which is all by plane to Slave Lake, .we know exactly where he will be heading in the near future. * - * * How .many students have read at least one good book, thus far in their summer vacation? ' * * * A few months ago the Readers Digest printed a small quotation from one of the Jaqua boys who oublish the Humboldt newspap- " *~i; AT-„ 4-1~n Toi-inoo VlQ\rf> Open House At Wesley Bank The Exchange State Bank at Wesley wil observe the 75th anniversary of_ its ^.fpjindingii with- open- tibusei irorn 9 • a.m. until 4' p.m. Saturday, July 25. Birthday cake and, coifee -will be served and there'will be registration for door-prizes. The bank was founded in 1884 by the Jate F. M. Butts' -as a private bank. A son, Guy M. Butts, took over the bank in 1894 and it continued to operate privately until 1912. The bank was incorporated under the laws of Iowa and received its .charter in 1912, and the bank building was constructed. ' ' Officers of the bank are J. D. Lowe, president; Ralph Tjaden, vice president; L. H. Kleinpeter, vice.president and cashier; D. L. Kleinpeter, assistant cashier; and directors, Herman Bode, Joa Goetz, Roy Kleinpeter, Joe Lowe, Lael Root, Ben G. Studer' and Ralph Tjaden. Holiday Motel. Our pizza fans were thrilled when they discovered a stove in their unit. Equipped with two pizza boxes pans stove and butter, Jason Etheringion, Lee Lawson, Pat Prankl, and Eugene Wittkopf began the task of making pizza. When asked how it tasted, Eugene's comment was, "It is all right if you didn t look at it." I asked him what he greased the pans with .and he replied, "Oh, butter." Sharon DeGroote, Midge Williams, Cindy Hardy, and Deanna Lau were also ready for a change from restaurant meals. They supplied themselves with a loaf of bread, cold meat, potato chips, and mustard and had a quiet meal at "home". It was impossible to use all of the mustard so they finally discarded it at the Sheridan Inn two days^later. ^ ^ For over 300 miles we had seen signs of Wall Drug. By the time we were within 150 miles and. many signs,, the band members ; to see this widely advertised building. A sign hung oA ioh read, ''If you hear ^loud bell don be alarmed were anxious the wall whioh *,..,-, -^ ..,_-. -- - . „ , It's not a fire alarm. We just caught another shoplifter. It was ers. Since then the Jaquas have been flooded with mail from Jaq- } uas all over the country, invited to a family reunion in Ohio, told of a family coat of arms, and have discovered that there are Jaquas who are lawyers, doctors, chemists and in just about every profession. There was no comment on whether or not the Jaq- uas at Humboldt are answering all the letters they had received, but if they do the stamp sales should be good at Humboldt. Several years back, we began running a Washington Highlights column on the UDM editorial page, a weekly summary of news from the national capital. It was written by Ed Koterba, a Washington news man. Later Mr Koterba visited us, ehroute to his old home at Omaha, and told us. he was going with a national syndicate, but that his weekly service was being turned over to another Washington news man. This week we spotted Mr Koterba's name again, this time as author of the syndicated column now appearing in the Des Moines Tribune. So, some years later, a column that began with weekly papers has now grown to the point where it is a daily feature. ^ Ever wonder about the origin of the dollar sign ($)? It.came from the Spanish abbreviation, "Ps," for piasters or pesos. Old manuscripts reveal that the "s" gradually came to be written over the "P", making a close eq- • uivalent of the $ # mark. Asked if a cowhide jacket was made of good material, a livewire clerk in a local store had a ready answer; "Of course, It held the cow together.'; ', ; .. , Scouts tell us that at the Sher, idan, Wyo. Ilodfo, there .were many Indians m town for the ; affair/and that the Jure,of fire, water has pot, as yet, been sup- plante4 Py tamer fluids, Famous ***** . Unt **» I could drive jt with r»y J.I S nui a me turn in. ™ v; _)"•" HAW-C,"- —— - —-i ,j_j obviously a good location for shoplifters because of the crowded conditions. . ' ^ ^v^,^^^^-,. -, ..,. - £'"--~ *••'>• Even though the buses had air conditioning, it was warrn Most of the boys wore bermudas as did the girls, but l-'aui Christoffers, unable'to find a pair of bermudas, was decked out m his white tennis shorts and looked "real cool." John Oakland was »our representative at the Sheridan radio station. He was interviewed over the phone about our trip and the Sheridan Rodeo. The interview was recorded and sent to KLLrA where it was given for Algona residents. Everything went smoothly until our fifth, day. We were on our way to Deadwood for the night. At approximately 45 miles from our destination the 37 passenger bus.had transmission trouble We pulled off the highway at a grocery store and waited for the othei bus to catch up with us. Collins left at 5,P.M., with the good bus for Deadwood where he would unload and return. At 9:15 he returned and we headed east. A bus company from Deadwood agreed to take us to Rapid City where we would switch to a 29 passenger driven up from Sioux City. It was crowded but didn t dampen our spirits. After all, what's a trip without some excitement? • . / * * * At 10.35 P.M. on July 20 after two runs through State Street, a group of tired but happy musicians ended the week which they had worked toward for four years. Not only bandmembers themselves but the people out west all cooperated in making the trip wondertul, leaving pleasant and lasting memories. ,_ Class Of 1939 Reunion Here This Saturday The class of 1939 of Algona high school will have a reunion, Saturday, July 25. Arrangements are in charge of Lyle (Bud) Anderson, Julie Baas, Mrs Fred Kent, Jr., Mrs Frank MouLton, Mrs Tom Sampson, Mrs Joan Scott Rex Taylor, Leroy Lee and Mrs Bill Paetz. Members will take a bus tour of the city, to see the changes and developments Saturday afternoon- beginning at 2:30 from the high school building. A hospitality hour will be held rom 5:30 to 6:30 at the Algona country club.followed ,by dinner A program, emceed by Bud And erson, will be held from 8 to 9 followed by a. gab fest. Anyone who was in school in the years around 1939 is invited ,o join the group at the country club after 9:30. Demonstration Contests, 4-H, Burt, July 27 The boy's county 4-11 demonstration contest will be hold Monday, July 27 at Die Burl Legion Mall, starting at 0:30 p.m. Members will demonstrate the newest and approved farming practices at the mooting. Demonstrations are an important part of the 4-H program because members learn to Organize material, talk before others, cooperate with others, thereby gaining poise, self-confidence, plus skill in what they are doing. Clubs and members already indicating they will lake part'in the contest are — Algona, Allen and Russell Bode; Buffalo Boys, Roger Tjarks, Tieing Rope; Greg MHler, Working with Rope; Burt club, Roger and Lynn Bierstedt, How to Make Rope; Fenlon, John Ruger and Jon Jenlz, Gun Safety; Plum Creek, Jacky Keith and Eugene Gardner, Egg Candling Gary Pricbo and Don Thering- ton, Pig Catcher; Ramsey, Pat Vaske and Duane Grandgenett Spark Plug Care; Seneca, Jerry England and Larry Johannesen, Post Pile; Kenneth Beaver and Richard England, Don't Lose Your Head; St. Joe Trojans, James Erpelding and Duane Hi>l- bert, Soil Testing; Whittcmore, Vlarvin and Joe Loeba'eh, Handing Gasoline Safely; John Mps- bach and Ray Elber.t, Mounting a mail box; Jack McDonnell, Gun Safety. The members of the top two senior demonstrations will represent Kossuth Counly at the Iowa Stale Fair. ; A free lunch for all those in attendance, plus ribbons, prizes, will be provided by .the following frieajds of 4-H — .Bancroft Coop Creamery; Wesley Cooperative Creamery; Consolidated Cooperative Creameries, Whittemore Swea City Cooperative Creamery; Tri-Counly Coop Drying Association, Whittemore; Ledyard Heart Attack Is Fatal For Dick Phillips, 50 Dick Phillips Farmers Creamery Co., West Bend Creamery. and Locker Cooperative His Corn Was 8 Feet High On 16th Of July five acre corn project Truckers Fined For Overload In IP. Court 'Nine men paid fines in Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court this week following hearings on a variety of charges. Two truckers were fined for .ruck overload. They were Willam C. Jergenson, Swea City, 139.30 and costs, and John J. tfanwarren, Emmetsburg, $33.40 and costs. Lyle C. Newel, Fen,on, was fined $10 and costs each on charges of defective equipment and no brakes on truck. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Danbury, paid 515 and costs, intoxication. All other fines were $5 and :osts. Duane F. Habeger, Burt, stop sign; Walter H. Wood, Red Oak, stop sign; £*aul V. Jackson, Kanawiha, slop sign; Bruce L. Willis, West Lafayetle, Ind., improper passing; and William J. Lane, Whittemore, throwing a bottle on the highway. The of James Erpelding of the St. Joe Trojans averaged nearly eight foot 'high the 1 6th of July. . "Rain or shine the corn will do fine if things go according to plans" says James, as he plans to irrigate the 'field it, it needs moisture by the 20th. The corn was planted 'May 2 at the rate of 18,000 kernals pertacre, The field was fertilized according to soil •recommendations and fertilized. Additional nitrogen will be added per, acre when he starts to irrigate. II; has J>een rotary hoed and cultivated twice since plant* ing, kast year the field was in soybeans. James is the son of Mr and Francis Erpelding of Bode. Other members carryjng corn projects this y*ear are — Albert Becker, Lakota; Ed Dumstorff, .Bancroft; Jerry Schmidt Ottosen; 'Richard Steven, Sexton Merle Birnbaumer, Corwith; Tom Mullins, Corwith; Virgil Wagner Bode; Richard Plathe, Bode; Ken neth Thilges, Bode; Jerry Eng land, Fenton; • Charles Bierstedt Whittemore; Linneas Laage, Fen ton;.Jack and Richard Trunk* hill, Burt; and Roger Dreyer, Fenton. , •' '..'•;. Members will check these fields for yields this'fall and exhibit their projects at the 4-H crop show, schedulei Jor November. ^Extension Service Foto <• UPM Engraving) Funeral services^ for a well- known Algona man, Dick Phillips, 50, were hold Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the First Congregational church here with Rev. James Boyd Official ing. Graveside rites were held at Hazel wood cemetery at Grinnell at 4 p.m. with Rev. G. S. Bruland, Melhoclisl minister, officiating. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers at the services were Herb Loeffler, Carl Sluller, Russell Walller, William Steele, Tom Hutchison and J. L. ; Cole. Mr Phillips, manager of the Algona theaters, suffered a fatal heart attack Saturday at the home of Mr and Mrs Joe Cole at Fort Dodge. He and his wife and Mr and Mi's Cole had gone by airlines to Fremonl, Neb. lo attend funeral services for the wife of a close friend and business asso- ciale. They were returning from the airport when Dick became ill. They went to the Colo home where Dick died at 10 p.m. He had recovered from several previous attacks. Richard M. Phillips was born April 12, 1909 at Monroe, the .son of David and Isobel Phillips. He attended the Grinnell schools ancJ wa.s a graduate of Grinnell Col lege. He received his master's d*: gree from the University o Wisconsin at Madison, and laugh English and speech there whil doing further graduate work. He was married to Calherin Turner of Corning in 1931. Th Simonsmeier To Head Co. Legion Gus Simonsmeier -was elected Kossuth County American Legion commander at the annual meeting at Ledyard last week. Earlier in the week he was named Ledyard commander. Other county officers are Raymond Bells of Whittemore, vice- commander; Howard Dyer oU Ledyard, sergeant at arms; Marvin Lloyd of Ledyard, finance officer, and Ed Godfredson of Swea couple lived at Madison, and late Mr Phillips went inlo Ihe theater business at Clinton, Charles City, Cherokee, Fremont, Neb. and Rockwell City where he owned or managed movie, houses. They came to Algona seven years ago. He was named Master Showman for several successive years by movie production organi/.a- lions iind received numerous other awards for movie promotion. He was a pasl president of the Algona Chamber of Commerce, served on the Citi/.en's Committee for Community Schools, and was program chairman for the Kossuth County Centennial in 1954. He was a member of the 1 irst Congregational church here, a Rotariun and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. Surviving are his wife; two sons, David, student at Iowa Stale University at Ames and John, at home; a brother, Dr. David Phillips, a department head at the University of Connecticut and a former Algona high school teacher; and a sister, Clara Phillips, Grinnell. His parents and a brother proceeded him in death. (Nels Isaacson Photo — UDM Engraving). Lakofa Youth Shot In Ankle By Jammed Gun -.,-• • *V •••' '-..> .*•• Lakota — A nbar tragedy occurred Friday evening at the Ray Becker farm home when the two Becker boys, Albert, 15, and Roger, 11, were target shooting wilh a .22 rifle. The gun jammed, and while Roger was attempting to work the pump and eject the shell caught there, ac- cidently pulled the trigger. The bullet passed through Albert's left ankle. One bone was chipped. Mr Becker rushed him to Buffalo Center hospital where he is resting comfortably. Albert seems to have more than his share of the world's bad luck. At the age ot one he suffered a severe ear infection and when he was two he was very ill wilh spinal meningitis and just before his fifth birthday he was stricken with polio. The past 10 years he has undergone many operations on his spine and has had to spend much lime in casts and braces. He was just given a clean bill of health on his spine from Rochester the laller part of May. Large Damage Suit Filed In District Court An EsthervilJe man, Henry J. Hovick, has filed a $26,102.92 damage suit against William J. Leininger in Kossuth districl court. The case arose from an accident May 17 last year. Ac-cording to the petition, the accident occurred GV-j miles west of Algona on highway 18. Hovick stales that the Leininger car ran into the rear of the Hovick auto. The petition claims $25,000 for personal injuries, $434.92 for hospital and doctor bills and $668 for services of others No Passengers To Carry, Say Rail Of f icials The final two passenger trains serving Kossuth county may soon bo n thing of the post. Application was made Wednesday by the Milwaukee Road to discontinue the operation of passenger trains No. 11, westward from Madison, Wis. to Canton, S. D., and No. 22, "eastward Jfrom Canton to Madison. The request for discontinuance was filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission. These are the only two passenger trains still serving Kossulh county. Cite Operating Losses An operating loss that is gelling larger by the year is the reason cited by the road for the request. Tuesday, C. E. Crippen, assistant to Hie president of the road, ,1. T. Hansen. division supt. from Austin, and M. H. Jacobs, division freight and passenger agent from iMason City, were in Algona. Crippen made the formal announcement. Late in 1958, rumors o£ the > move were circulated. At that 'time the railroad pointed out that, it had made no formal request for discontinuance of the trains. Such is not the case now. • The railroad is seeking.discon- tinuance of these trains, .•Crip-pen said, because the decline in. public usage is resulting in a substantial deficit from their operation. The deficit incurred on an out-of-pocket basis from these trains places an unrealistic burden on the railroad's total operating results, he explained. "We must eliminate deficit operations," Crippen declared, "if our railroad is to survive and perform, essential transportation services, arid economically serve the shipping pxrblic." The Milwaukee Road executive reported that out-of-pocket expense losses—expenses directly chargeable to these trains, amounted to $134,981 in 1958 and $62,693 for the first four months this year. Expenses other than out-of-pocket charged to these trains totaled $571,917 last year and $202,188 the first four months in 1959, resulting in a net loss on D full cost basis of $706,898 in '1958 and $264,881 for the first four months of 1959. For the first four months of this year, Crippen's figures show that revenue per train mile for the two trains amounted to $1.79 while expenses per train mile on ian out-of-pocket basis totaled $2.46. That left the raih-oad with a 67-cent out-of-pocket loss per train mile. 43 Passengers A Day In the twelve months period ended with April, 1959, the two trains covered a total distance of 286,084 miles between Madison and Canton and averaged only 43 passengers daily per trip, Crippen pointed out. However, the average daily maximum number of passengers aboard the trains at any one time were 27 on No. 11 and 25 on No. 22. Principal communities affected by the discontinuance will be Boscobel and Prairie du Chein, Wis., Postville, New Hampton, Charles City, Mason City, Algona, Emmetsburg, Spencer, Sanbom and Sheldon, Iowa. All have other rail, bus or airplane service directly available or in the im- nediate vicinity, and U. S; postal fficials and the Railway Express lave already made preliminary dans for service changes.. Most of the communities at— ected have been receiving mail service by Star route, highway postoffice or both. Crippen in- Customer Shower Begins Next Week A six-weeks "Customer Shower" will begin next week, sponsored by 28 local merchants. Each of the participating stores will offer a "Shower" of gifts to the weekly winner, whose name will be announced at 3 p,m. each Saturday, starting Saturday, -Aug/l. The gift listing will appear in next week's Upper P«s Mojnes, Each lime you are in a Participating' store you are invited to register and drop the registration «Uftyr>lh your name Wft4 id^yws m a reg- totrjttai-lw in wh Registration boxes will picked up at 1 p.m., on Saturdays. Stores will be notified, and at 3 p.m. the name of the winner will be annuonced. If the person whose name has been drawn is in any one of the participating stores, he or she will receive certificates good for the free "Customer Shower" of gifts, one gift from each participating store. If the person whose name is drawn is not in a store, they will receive a 3»<t certificate good for $10 in merchandise at any pajticipiiing store, Registration can be made ir* as many stores, as yoi» vjs- it, and as many times as you visit each store. Employees of a participating store can register in all stores' except the one where they are employed. The full, complete announcement of participating stores and their "Shower of Gifts" will be made next week. In the meantime, registrations will start in the follow^ ing participating stores next Bakery, Wiltgen Jewelry, Rusk Prug, Algona Refrigeration, .H«*chins ChampHn Semce, Gamble Store, Beechw fcww Appliance, S. fc I*. Head Furniture, North Iowa Appliance, Mus- icland, Carson's, Fareway Super Market, Bjustrom's, Coast to Coast Store, Tony's Service and Dairy Bar, Graham's Store, Consumer s Market, Foster Furniture, Diamond's. Thuenle Pharma' cy, Harrison's Variety, Zender's, Shilts Shoe, Jaca Van-, ety, Hub Clothiers* Honsbruch .Prwg and Cull^n Hardware. Two other firms, where owners were way, also indicated interest and may b« in the Customer ghow«r. Watch Slore windows for placards and don't faU Jo register starling nw?i day, licaled discontinuance of the rains would have no unfavorable effect on mail deliveries since Ihe U. S. Post Office Department would be able to provide alter" nate service equal to or better ,han that now available by the two trains. Railway Express deliveries also can be handled by other carriers on a basis equal to that provided by the trams, He pointed to increased registrations of private automobiles in communities along this section of Milwaukee Road track ana to the improvement and expan? sion of public highway systems,. There also has been a. great Vfy crease in commercial airline •sej'*" vice in larger cities along < the route. , . t "It seems to me these faff indicate public convenience necessity no longer require -- tion ol the trains," h,e.; ftaj$, "« ^ky^^r''." One Wedding Me* Only one wedding** issued in the Clerk: Alma It went to. Resells El-be \\:

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