and THE TITONKA TOPIC VOLUME LXXVII TITONKA, KOSSUTII COUNTY, IOWA 50480 THURSDAY, JULY 17 NUMBER 28 THonka F.F.A. Chapter Plans Slave Auction The Titonka F. F. A. Chapter will have a slave auction on Friday, July 18 at 7.-30 at the school. All members will be auctioned by auctioneer John Beenken to the highest biddej. Each mem ber will work 8 hours to be completed before July 1, 1976. F.F. A. members who do not show up will be fined the average selling price. If there are any questions about the auction, please contact Brent Rippentrop, president, or Doug Streeper, Vo. Ag. instructor. Nomination Papers Available At Bank Nomination papers to place the name of a candidate on the ballot for the office of Director of the Titonka Consolidated School District may be picked up at the Titonka Savings Bank and must be returned not later than 4:00 p. m. July 31st showing the signatures of not less than ten eligible electors of the District. Service Held Saturday For J. Bryan Asa, 78 J. Bryan Asa, 78, a well- known Algona man, died Wednesday afternoon, July 9, at the Kossuth County Hospital. He had not been well for some time. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 12 in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. George S. Snyder officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetary. Honorary Bearers were members of the High Twelve Club of Algona. Pallbearers were nephews Alan Asa, Phillip Asa, Kenneth Asa, Donald Asa, Anthony Asa and Robert Dickerson. Born at Enterprise, 111. on Feb. 1, 1897, J. Bryan was a son of James and Catherine Kerschner Asa. He attended rural schools near Enterprise and served with the navy during World War I. He came to Luverne in 1924 and farmed with his brother, Frank, then worked for the John Deere Tractor Works from 1928 until 1930. "J.B." was married to Pearl Krantz at Algona on June 5, 1929 and the following year they moved to a farm north of Sexton where they farmed until moving to Algona in 1944. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Methodist Men's Club, on the Methodist District Parsonage committee, a member of Prudence Lodge No. 205, A.F. G A.M.; Past President of the High Twelve Club of Algona, Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Veteran of World War I Barracks No. 668, Modern Woodmen of America, Double Eagle Club of Des Moines* Consistory A. A. S. R.; Abu Bekr Temple, A. A.O. N.M.S., Sioux City and the Kossuth Shrine Club. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; four brothers and four sisters: Fred Asa of Algona, Frank of Rutland, John of Mattoon, 111.; Charles of Portland, Ore.; Mrs, H.L. (Edna) Dickerson of Moweaqua, 111.; Mrs. Faye (Bessie) Jenkins of New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Oscar (Mary) Knobloch of Oshkosh, Wls.j and Mrs. Harvey (Edith) Bunting of Albion, 111. Mr. Asa was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Edward and James, and two sisters, Mrs.: Hallie Davidson and Mrs. Leila Billingsley. Masonic Rites were held at 8:00 p. m. Friday in the Chapel of the Wilson Funeral Home. Final Rites Held For Henry Sleper Of Titonka Funeral services for Henry W. Sleper, 62, were held Wednesday at 2:00 p. m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Buffalo Center with the Rev. Arvid Harklau officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetary. Pallbearers were Jim Gibson, Clinton Larson, Glen Larson, Heiko Meycring, Vern Husome, and Albert Sleper, Jr. Henry Wayne Sleper, son of John A. and Maggie Heitland Sleper, was born Nov. 3, 1912 near Titonka. While still an infant his parents moved to the town of Titonka where he received his schooling. Mr. Sleper lived his entire life in Kossuth and Winnebago Counties. On Dec. 28, 1934 he was married to Ona Barton at the home of her parents near Titonka. He farmed for many years until forced to retire due to ill health. Since the first of the year Mr. Sleper's health failed continually. On July 4 he was taken to the Buffalo Center Hospital where he died the following morning. Survivors include his wife, Ona; one son, Gary of Battle Creek, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Jeanne McClinton of Des Moines, and Mrs. Jerry (Joyce) Harmon of Maxwell; six grandchildren; one brother, Albert E. Sieper of Titonka; three sisters, Mrs. Arend (Grace) Neeland of Titonka, Mrs. Alma Tjaden of Buffalo Center, and Mrs. Ray (Harriet) Rippentrop of Titonka; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Sleper was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Mrs. Orval (Gertie) Buffington. Union Slough To Open For Two Sunday TOUR Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge will be open for a five-mile, self-guided auto tour on Sunday afternoons, July 20 and 27 from 1:00 to 6:00 p. m. People wanting to drive the tour route should enter the refuge at the Refuge Shop located 4 1/2 miles east of Bancroft on County Road A-42, the east- west road between Bancroft and Forest City. In order to permit equal viewing for all of those interested in wildlife, no motorcycles will be permitted on the refuge. Refuge Manager Jack Womble, suggests that those interested in participating in the Auto Tour, closely observe weather conditions in the area. Excessive moisture could necessitate canceling the tour. If unfavorable weather makes the refuge road impassable for either date, an announcement will be made on stations KLCA, Algona, and KBEW, Blue Earth, regarding cancellation. Refuge personnel will provide spotting scopes at observation points along the route, but visitors should bring binoculars for the best viewing enjoyment. The nature trail, picnic area and prairie grassland area are open seven days a week until September 15. Titonka City Park Plans Progressing Ley Motor Co. Receives Ford-Service Citation Ley Motor Co. of Lakota has been awarded tlje Ford Motor Company's Distinguished Service Citation for outstanding customer service. Walter S. Walla, general manager of Ford Parts and Ser- . vice Division, said, "Ley Motors can be justly proud of receiving this distinction for its service department employees. It ranks them in the upper 15 per cent of Ford and Lincoln-Mercury service personnel nationally." "The employees at Ley Motor Co. are proud of this award. We will continue to do our level best to serve all the automotive service needs of our customers," Dave Ley, manager, said. Extinguish Car fire. The Titanic* Volunteer Fire Department answered two «re cells Hie past week. The fir* call was received about 3:30 p.m., Thursday, when the department was called to extinguish a grass «ro in tht ditch near the John Pannkuk farm, northeast of town. Cause of the blaze 1* unknown. About 5:00 p.m., Friday, the department answered a call on Ihe railroad crossing fust west of Hie ele/ator. A W7 Pontlac GTO owned by Cindy VanHeel of Mason City burst into flames as she was returning to the home of her father, Robert Budtong, after picking up groceries. All of the wiring on the auto was burned and there was con- tiderabl. other damage to the vehicle which will probably be listed as • total loss. Mrs. VanHeel was able to get out of the car without any injuries. Former Residents To Observe Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Stroebel of Lakota will be honored in observance of their Golden Wedding Anniversary with an open house hosted by their children on Sunday, July 27 from 2:00 to 4:30 p. m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lakota, There will be a short program .it 2:30 p. m. No formal invitations are being sent. All rcl itivcs and friends are cordially invited to attend. Start Coarse Construction. Plan Open House For Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Smith A Get Acquainted Open House for Mr, and Mrs. C.W. Smith, (parents of Mrs. Ted Agar), will be held Sunday, July 20 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.in. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Mr. Smith will be sharing his thoughts about life in Australia. The Smiths arrived in the United States several weeks ago for an extended visit and have had an opportunity to experience life here. Lunch will be served. Doris Smidt Named U Of I Honor Student IOWA CITY: Doris Smidt of Titonka, a sophomore in The University of Iowa College of Nursing during the second semester 1974-75, is among 180 students in the college who have received commendation for superior grades during the fall term. Dean Evelyn Ban-in of the college recognized those students who attained a grade average of 3.5 (halfway between a "B" and and "A") or better for 12 semester hours or more of credit. Attend Orientation. . . AMES: Wayne Bruns, who will be an incoming freshman in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University in September has been attending orientation meetings on the campus this week. Also attending was Roy Budlong, who will be a freshman in the College of Agriculture. The two-day sessions were devoted to aptitude and placement tests, visits with counselors and planning class schedules for fall quarter. Tours of departments were slated for students in order that they might become familiar with classroom and laboratory locations. In the evening, students attended on and off-campus housing and church orientation programs. Holtorf-Rippentrop Wedding Vows Exchanged At Immanuel Cindy JoAnn Holtorf and Dennis Lee Rippentrop were united in marriage Saturday, June 21 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Titonka. Rev. Ted Agar conducted the 1:30 double ring ceremony. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Holtorf of Britt and Mrs. Dorothy Hippen of Buffalo Center. Candelabra decorated with carnations and greenery and altar flowers graced the altar of the church. Gayle Becker furnished the nuptial music and accompanied Sue Elman as she sang "My Sweet Lady" and "Thfe Wedding Prayer". Darrell Tolzmann sang "The Lord's Prayer. " The bride, given in marriage by her parents, wore a traditional wedding dress of sheer organza and crocheted lace. The bride's personal attendants were Sheryl Hagenson and Kay Silbers. Deb Heitland was matron of honor, and bridesmaids were Julie Holtorf and D awn Steffenson. Their dresses were of flocked polyester crepe material. The candlelighters were Traci Egesdal and Chris Vodraska. Flower girls were Lisa Wei- Thinflt are starting to fall into place at HM Gruis Recreation Area, eight miles northeast of Titonka, ay work started this week on the construction of the golf course. In the above picture, part of the early grading can be seen along with the barn that is to b« converted into the clubhouse. Last Saturday, a work crew tore down the old corn crib and salvaged most of the lumber which will orobably be used to build cart storage. The ceptic tank has been put in, and some trenching has started inside the barn for the sewer hookup. Until a decision is reached on the heating system, construction of the clubhouse will not be able to start. The Board of Director* of the Tri-County Recreation Association are waiting for some bid* so that this decision can be made. It's not a big start, but work has begun and progress will be able to be seen before too long. Foxfire Goes Down Drain For Titonka From all indications, Titonka will not be able to obtain the small food processing industry, Foxfire, Inc. , they were hoping for. After considerable checking it seems that financing is almost impossible to obtain without an adequate financial statement. According to recent reports, Foxfire will locate in Mitchell, S.D. and the plant will probably be built with private financing. Although considerable efforc was expended in an attempt to locate die industry in Titonka, membeis of the Chamber of Commerce do not feel that their efforts were in vain. Much knowledge was gained in the event anotiier industry might wish to locate in the community at a future date. land and Michelle Vodraska. They carried daisies in their baskets. The groom was attended by Kim Davis as best man. Groomsmen were Bruce and Gary Rippentrop. Carrying the rings were Jim and Tim Holtorf. They all wore white tuxedoes. The ushers were Don Gruis and Dennis Pannkuk. A reception was held in the church parlors following the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Brent Egesdal, sister and brother-in- law of the groom, were host and hostess. Pam-Holtorf was at the guest book. Mrs. Hemy Radmaker and Mrs. Herman Gruis poured coffee, and Mrs. LaVern Holtorf and Mrs. Jim Kapler cut the wedding cake. Roberta Gray and Ine2 poured punch. Kathy Holtorf, Sue Holtorf and Tammi Egesdal carried gifts. Waitresses were LeAnn 'Albers, Cindy Heydlauff, Marcia Johnson, Sher Krull, Linda Ostrander, Kathy Radmaker, Marilyn Torkelson. All were class friends of the bride. After a wedding trip to the Ozarks, the couple is at home on a farm near Elma, Iowa. Check Farm Buildings For Common Hazards Accidents in and around farm buildings rate high on the list of causes of work injuries and fatalities among farmers. National Farm Safety Week is July 25-31, says Dale Hull, extension agricultural engineer at Iowa State University. It's a good time to check farm buildings for hazards that cause accidents which are sometimes fatal. Hull cites some suggestions in reducing such hazards: Falls can be reduced by providing adequate ladders. Many silos, for instance, have no outside ladders to use in putting up blower pipe, and few ladders have protective hoops. Animals continue to cause injuries and death. Provide for a quick escape from a pen or exercise yard. Wear steel-toed shoes as protection against foot injuries. Proper storage of liquid and gas fuels will help to reduce the incidence of burns. Location of storage for fuels should include safetly considerations. Increasing numbers of explosions and injury from noxious gases in silos and manure storage emphasize the need for improved ventilation for prevention. On the other hand, a loose stave silo storing haylage or other low moisture silage is an invitation to spontaneous ignition and a fire trap for humans. Faulty or inadequate wiring and lightning rods plus lack of bonding or ties of all metal work is an invitation to shocks, elec- tocution and fires. Pesticides should be stored in a separate locked structure or in a locked room. The major requirement for locking up pesticides is to prevent access by children who are unaware of the hazard. Power unloaders for grain bins cause the grain in the bin to be unstable. Several farmers have lost their footing in grain bins and died of suffocation by being sucked into the grain as the bin unloads. Prevent this by installing an interior ladder or support. Seeks Comments On Two Farm Programs The U.S. Department of Agriculture today called for comments on its proposed determination for the 1976 Feed Grain and Wheat Programs. The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to make determination and issue regulations relative to: —The National Feed Grain Allotment. The Secretary announced on April 10 that the 1976 wheat allotment would be 61 million acres. (The Secretary Is required to announce the wheat allotment by April 1 5 of each year for the crop to be harvested in the next calendar year. For feed grain the determination for the 1976 crops must be announced by December 31, 1975.) —Whether there should be a set aside requirement for feed grains and wheat for the 1976 crops and, if so, the extent of such a requirement. —Whether there should be a provision for additional diversion for the 1976 crops and, if so, the extent of such diversion and payment rate therefor. —The loan rate for the 1976 crop of faed grains and wheat, including commodity eligibility, storage requirements and loan maturity dates. —Other related provisions necessary to carry out the loan and purchase program and the set aside program. Prior to making the determinations, consideration will be given to any written comments received by the Director, Grain, Oilseeds and Cotton Division, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250, not later than August 4 which is 30 days Members of the Titonka City Council and planning committees working on the proposed Gruis City Park in Titonka met at the Kountry Kitchen Monday evening to discuss progress on the project. The Layout and Planning Committee presented a layout for the park, and it was approved by the Council. Plans call for the closing of 3rd Street east of the M.O. Givens property with the entrance to the park on Tryon Avenue from the south. A parking lot to accomodate about 45 cars will be located in the southeast corner of the park, with the road to continue north into the camping area. Two tennis courts, completely fenced, will be located just east of the swimming pool, horseshoe courts will be placed south of the shelter house, and the children's playground will be located next to the Givens property. The presentation of the Shelter House Committee received the most attention. A plan for the 28' x 80" structure was approved, and bids will be received on the plans. The building will contain a see-thru fireplace in the center, with the capability of dividing the building in half to accomodate two groups. It is estimated that the cost of the shelter house will be in the neighborhood of $18,000. Other approximate costs will be $4,000 for the lots; $5,000 for tennis courts; $1,000 for park fencing on the east and south; and $10,000 for five pieces of playground equipment, 25 picnic tables, 10 grills, 2 bicycle racks and 4 park benches, Most costs are strictly estimates, and it is hoped that close to exact figures will be available when the group meets again on Monday, August 11. If plans progress as is hoped, some ground leveling work will begin this week, and other work could be started before the next meeting. Much of this will depend on the availability of the contractors. New Jobs Bill Can Aid Rock Island Line New legislation which would both create jobs for the unemployed and provide a shot in the arm for our troubled railroads is on the horizon — the Emergency Rail Transportation Improvement and Employment Act was passed by the Senate on May 16 and is now under consideration in the House of Representatives. This proposed new law would set up a special $600 million public service jobs program that would put people to work repairing and generally rehabilitating roadbeds and other railway facilities. The work would be done on major lines that have deteriorated badly. Many of these lines are in such bad shape that they simply can't afford to do the work on their own. Our own Rock Island Railroad falls into this category, and it after publication of this announce- will clearly qualify for help un- ment in the Federal Register on July 3. All written submissions will be made available for public inspection at the Office of the Director, Room 5741, Agriculture Department's South Building, during regular business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. LEGION AUXILIARY The Titonka American Legion Auxiliary met Monday, July 7 at the Kountry Kitchen with Past Presidents as hostesses. 18 members were present. Following the business meeting, installation of officers for the 1975-76 year was held with Mary Oesterreicher in charge. Members elected were Pat Haines, president; Mildred Boyken, 1st vice president; Ellen Boelkes, 2nd vice president; Thelma Higgins, treasurer; Doris Isebrand, secretary; Gertrude Rike,' historian; and Ethel Beed, chaplain, • Lunch was served from a decorated tea table by the Past Presidents Parley. THonka Senior Citizens The Titonka Senior Citizens will have their evening card party Monday, July 21 at 7:00 with Rae Harris and Recca Hipp as hostesses. der this program. The program can definitely aid the Rock Island in getting back on its feet, and of course it will provide new job opportunities in our state as well. The proposed new law offers the same benefits nationwide. With over 5,000 rail accidents a year caused by track deterioration, and with track all over the country either shut down or under "go slow" orders, the need for roadbed repair is urgent. And this kind of repair will provide financially troubled railroads with a margin of assistance that will help keep them running until more permanent solutions to their problems are developed. The need for continuing public service employment is urgent, too. Unemployment is predicted to stay at or above nine per cent through the end of this year and to remain at levels nearly as high through 1976 at least. Existing public service jobs programs are absorbing only a fraction of this unemployment, and this bill could provide as many . as 40,000 additional jobs. It's not often that legislation simultaneously tackles two urgent problems as effectively as this bill does. We're hopeful that the House will act upon it as quickly as it can, so that this program can be put in motion as soon as possible.
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