The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 13, 1948 · Page 17
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 17

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 13, 1948
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• THIRD SECTION w$ It's All In Fun But Idea Has Aide Appeal Ask Membership In A.A.C.G. From Entire Country Like 'a snowball going downhill, the' Amalgamated Association of Coflee .Gulpers, conceived, founded and with headquar ters in Algona, is gaining world wide fame—and thOs an' idea developed by Chris Rpesc of Al gona is resulting in a ri'umber o) interesting newspaper stories. 'One of them W3s printed las' j ' Wednesday everting in the For: D.odgc Messenger; and' Thursday evening the Des Mbihes Tribune had a sirrtilar story. Because we • do. 1 not believe we can improve on.' the story carried by the Messenger, we reprint it below, •"ItV the ','', rneantimp, see Chris Reese's' coliufm, ''Ravings", in , this issue t6 find out who the latest'important'person is to the Gulpers.' "'-'. ' ' •• By BOB KPNYON Algona, April 7-—More than 0,000 coffee lovers scattered an over' the \Vdsld turn toward..Al- I gona, la,, in mid-morning or afternoon 'over their steaming cups Of Java and pledge "beverage allegiance" to 'Chris Reese, national president of the. Amalgamated Association fo Coffee Gulpers. Originally an Algona organization, started more or less in jest alter a typical morning coffee session In a, local drug store back in. 1943, ;the coffee association has grown literally by gulps and grounds. ' Its membership now spreads throughout the country, in fact into many corners of the globe as the result ,of' efforts' by coffee fans who 1 served in the armed forces. • ' .'' Mh Reese now spends considerable of his spare time keeping up- the .record of the rapidly growing-; membership'list, already well oVer 6,000. He has a ledger in which he posts the name and addfess of every member. - / . II It all began one summer ,day in -1943, when eight, "or" ten -Algona men were's enjoying their usual morning cup of coffee, The talk shifted from the war vand other topics of the .day tb pleasantries- of .less rnqment.' One of the, men jokingly 'suggested that the • group of drinkers should organize. . .-; Mr. Reese thought it a good idea and/started the ball rolling by designing arid printing membership cards. The- Amalgamated association of Coffee Gulpers became popular overnight, with most Algona business men and many women joining. Less ^han two years after its modest start the unique association boasted 1,500 members. •" ""••.;. In 1945 Mr. Reese moved to Ocheyedan, where he purchased the Ocheyedan Press 'and published the paper for Jhe succeeding two years.v During that time he added another 1,800 Coffee Gulpers, mostly in Ogceola county. ' ,• ' •'••' / V He sold the Ocheyedan paper last November because of ill health, and returned to Algona after'a 10-day session in a Sioux City hospital. Even in thq hospital Mr, Reese .was looking out igona .. National president of the Amalgamated Asspcialion of Coffee, Gulpors '"fa Chris Reese, Algona newspaper man and forme; state' sena- tor frcm Marshall counly. He is shown here signing membership cards which will go to coffee idvers in all parls 'of the nation as well as foreign countries. for the interests. of the Coffee Gulpers. He signed 168 new members durine the ten days. Natural Choice A coffee imbiber of long standing, Chris was a' natural choice to head the new organization. He comes by his fondness for the beverage quite normally, having been born in Denmark. He came to the United' States as a youth of 12, and the family lived in Alta for several years. Mr. Reese recalls that when he was a youth the coffee pot was always simmering on the kitchen stove. He has been associated with the newspaper business most of his life, as a printer or publisher. From 1913 to 1942 he m'ade his home in Marshalltown. While living there he served as state senator 'from Marshal Icounty in -the-45th?, the-45th extra and the 46th lovya /legislatures. Chris 'cahie'here in 1942 as news editor of the Algona Upper Des Moines.' . Since • his Veturri from* Ocheyedan, he has been employed by the Algona Newspapers as printer and columnist. Now 63 years of age, Mr. Reese has three... living children, all married. Two sons are Creston Reese of Louisville, Ky., and Donald, Reese, now taking a course in art at the State University of Iowa under the Gl bill. A daughter is Mrs. Carl Sei- friedl of Mason City. A stepdaughter, Beverly Kinney, is a senior in the nurses' training school of St, Joseph Mercy hospital at Mason City. ' Mr. Reese and his wife have plenty of time in the evenings to work on the AACG membership list. Right now the national president is in the midst of transcribing all 6,000. names into a record book in alphabetical order. ;;ailonai The Coffee Gulpers received a national 1 boost when a story about the organization appeared in nn issue of "Coffee" magazine, a trade publication'of the Pan- American Coffee bureau and the National Coffee association. SKEL The Perfect Cooking Fuel! WP CAN DO IT TOO! as & Applian ^T ^w **(• ' This publicity brought in . a flood of membership requests from many parts of the country. Letters poured 'in with lists oi names of would-be Gulpers, 40 from Portland, Ore., 22 in one 'etter from Brooklyn, 11 from Tulsa, Okla., and similar letters from California, Texas. Colorado and other states. Mr. Reese fills out a membership card for every name thus received and sends the cards out. The organization of strictly non-profit, the president printing the cards himself and charging nothing tor membership. 1 In fact, it actually costs him money, because .he pays the postago to send put ail tlje memberships, Occasionally,, .thpst; writing to him include stamped* envelopes or return, postagaifpr which-Mr, Recsu is duly grateful;-,'^;'.-'«.'"-.*..• -'.- - The~Tairie7q| j the:., organisation has also spread-/By word qf mouth from its -many faithful members. : , ' -. - ' Booster Y Heaviest boosted naturally has been the national-president himself. Every time he goes anywhere he signs up some now members. During a visit to Des Moines last year, Reese signed 900 members. The'list included Governor Robert Blue, the state senators and representatives, most all the state officials, clerks arx}. many others. The membership roll of the Coffee Gulpers includes' Iowa Senators Hiekenlooper and Wil- Swea City To Buy Rural Fire Truck • Swea City Herald — The Rural Fire truck campaign, which started several weeks ago, is coming lo a successful climax. An order was made out this week for the fire equip- meni to be installed OH. A CMC truck with a 3-man cab, And, the fire equipment company promises delivery within 45 to 60 days after they have received the chassis. The entire quota, however, has not been collected since some wera^noi at home when called on and 60 firemen will attempt to contact these places so each farmer will have an opportunity io own a share in their rural truck. Alfred Barsfou, who recently had an experience with a rural fire said, "I didn't know what it meant lo have a fire department until I had a building catch on fire." If the department hadn't son, ns well as Lady Astor. ;Mr. Reese is working on President Truman. ;• Coffee Gulpers have no constitution, initiation fee or dues, and they have no meetings to attend; but members in good landing usually get together daily at hundreds of small kaffocklateh'es 'hroughout the country. Over their cups of coffee in drug Uorcs. cafes, restaurants or other .coffee dispensaries the members gather lo discuss the problems of the vyorld or smaller areas. Only tics binding the Coffee Gulpers into the now international association arc their fonclr ness for the hot beverage and the membership cards carried proudly by each. Statement of Membership The membership card, designed by Mr. Reese, carries the tollowing: "This is to certify that (John Doc) is a member in good standing in the Amalgamated, Association of Coffee Gulpers;' that he, or she, has paid his ,or her nickel, we think at any rate;, that he, or she, gulps his or her, coffee d/iily in gulps as it should be gulped; that he, or she, 'still holds coffee • the liquid uppermost toward maintaining lifey liberty, freedom of ...speech, the pursuit of happiness and the ritjhl to vote how he, or she, darn pleases." Each card also boars the signa- turo of Chris Reese, national president, and of the" local secretary. At the bottom of the membership card is the notation "national headquarters at Algona. Iowa." In spite of the. work it has meant, Chris has had a lot of fun with his organization and hus en- jnywl watching its rapid development. He also received a case of coffee HS a Christinas present from one of the big coffee firms. Any veteran coffee cirinkci may join the association by merely sending their names to Mr. Reese. One person may send in several from a community. Although he doesn't require it, Chris will appreciate having return postage included. In addition to his prowess with a coffee cup, the Algona man is a musician of no mean talent. In his more youthful years he was a professional musician, playing in and directing town bands. He also used to teach practicaly all instruments except the piano, and put in many an evening of fiddling for barn dances. WANT ADS BRINGS RESULTS (sfmbulancc ant) funeral Service What you put off today you'll generally put off tomorrow. COVERY you can match your Draperies, Rugs, Wallpaper.,.Perfectly...with the MAUTZ " DECORATORS Here ore the most beautiful wall colors ever created! An amazing new discov. ery in color harmony. 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Over a 10 year period, this additional insurance cos'ts the farmer but $2.50 a year -^afid what cheaper protection could one ask for? one farmer staled. VTHE WAY" SHE STRUTS WITH THAT NEW , IN HER NOSE YOU'D THINK SHE '* BOUGHT IT AT Lusby&Giossi |>L'lk£ MONEY , ;'>. IN THE ' BANK » <>, -'«"'• n Hm > - •>•»• APRIL 13,1946 Henry P. Harms were With good Weather they to be done With the Job by Wild" week. The past two years of the seeding was finished' the last of March. Oat Seeding Starts Titonka—Oat seeding got unde way in some fields near here day afternoon. 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