Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 6, 1966 · Page 9
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 9

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 6, 1966
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••••••«*••••••••••••••*§ First telephone in installed way back in year 1895 Kmttn4,1M rived from the word Algon- 857—just after THAT WAS CERTAINLY a new model Ford that appeared in the papers last week. In fact the running gear seemed to be without fenders, and with the knees sticking out looked a bit like that ill-fated Edsel. The Old Goat isn't up on the hew fashions and the ermine trim didn't do a thing for the Old Goat when he did notice it after reading the description. These new styles are not for the likes of the Old Goat, raised in the days when Ada Bloomer came out with her daring style admitting that women did have legs. Now it would seem the wedding dresses tha^ sweep the floor are on the way out and the short short style is coming in. Somehow it would seem something has been lost. But maybe the older generation in the Old Goat's kid days thought his group was headed for the eternal fires. * >> * SOME OF the odd ball things put in the personal columns of the big city papers are amusing and also lead to a bit of contemplation on the ways of the human race. Anyway on Christmas day appeared this little gem: "Merry Christmas to my one and only. May we have many more together." Seems a funny way to tell the wife Merry Christmas—or was it the wife? That leads to some interesting speculation, and maybe a fellow could write a novel about it in the style of the present day soap operas a la Peyton Place with hankey pankey involved. Frankly the Old Goat thinks a wife so saluted would <H»- mand a bit more on the s||b- stantial side in the w«,y of a Christmas gift. EVERY SO OFTEN on that What's My Line show they have a character as the famous mystery guest the Old Gbat never heard of before. Not that the Old Goat is up on all of the celebrities of the day but at least the name should be familiar even to a backwopdser. Evidently the audience is told to whoop and hollar when the mystery guest comes and obliges. And some of these young teenage girls like last Sunday's makes the Old Goat wonder if the perpetrators of the show aren't stretching things a bit. * * * THIS SOUNDS reasonable. The town fathers are Bognor Regis, in England, came out with a ruling the operator of a resort swimming pool had to put up a fence around the pool. Seems a highway passed the place and car drivers banged up their chariots hel- terskelter while the drivers were ogling the damsels in their bikinis. Maybe it would be a nice way to go with a beautiful damsel in a bikini as the last sight on earth, but it is also messy for those who have to clean up the highway after the crashes. Anyway the ogling of girls in bikinis is a serious business and demands full attention. Car drivers should be barred. THE OLD GOAT greeted the new year a bit bleary but it wasn't from the stuff that cheers. The Old Goat got bug- eyed watching all of the football games, and by the time the last one came on he didn't care who won or who played. * * * HERE'S THE LAST word for this season on those awful lyrics to that famed Christmas song. It comes from Carroll Woods in the Sheldon Mail: In order to keep up with the modern tendency to beat any good thing to pieces, may we offer some more verses for that perennial song hit, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." As follows: On the 13th Day of Christmas, my true love said to me "When do you think we should take the Christmas Tree down?" On the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Days of Christmas, my true love said to me, "I think we should take the Christmas Tree down." Etc. On the 20th Day of Christmas, my true love said to me, "You know, it looks sort of bare around the house with the Christmas Tree gone." now in service here in Algona The telepnone made its appearance In history at a time when Iowa and the nation were experiencing many "firsts." The first automobile powered by a gasoline engine was patented in 1895. That same year the first telephone came to Algona. The first telephone here was installed July 10, 1895. It was known as a toll station and was connected to long distance lines reaching Britt, Wesley and Garner. History tells us the, first set- tiers came to what is now Algona in 1854. They were Asa C. and Ambrose A. Call and for a period the community was mown as Call's Grove. However, Mrs. Asa Call suggested the name be changed. Algona ALqono Kotiuth THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 1966 — ALGONA, IOWA - printed. The editor was Har-, riette E. Taylor. Teacher in the first school was Flavia Flenv ming. Her school—"Gopher College"—lasted until 1858 when the log walls burned. Soon after a new school was in operation in a more appropriate structure. When the government of Kossuth County was established in 1855-1856, the first officers were Asa Call, County Judge; Robert Cogley, clerk; J. W. Moore, treasurer and recorder; and Lewis H. Smith, surveyor. The first Postmaster in the county was J. W. Moore. The County itself was named for Louis Kossuth, famous Hungarian patriot. The first law passed declared that swine should not be permitted to run at large. The first (and only) forts in board was established by the Western Electric Telephone. At first it served 50 telephones. The first phone connected to the new switchboard was in the Algona State Bank offices. F. W. George was the telephone company employee who installed the phone. The operation of this early exchange was conducted by the Bailey family. Dad was the manager, and everyone pitched in to help operate the switchboard. The company issued its first directory December 18, 1895. Fifty-two subscribers were named. This first exchange operation was sold in 1899 to the Ocksly brothers who in turn sold it to ner's company was known as the Algona Telephone Co. August 1, 1909 control of the Algona Telephone Co. passed into the hands of the Western Electric Telephone System with B. C. Way, secretary, and D. J. Meechcr, auditor. This firm proceeded to modernize the telephone system. Said the Kossuth County Advance in September, 1903, "twenty years ago. . .a special crew of five men set up Algona's new telephone switchboard. The company had secured a long lease on quarters over the central drug store. The new board had 850 positions and was to be part of a Borvey Gardner in 1903. Gard- ,new cable system. Up to 1910 all phone wires were strung on, poles and were of iron. In 1910 a cable was strung and copper wire made the service materially superior to that of iron. Telephone poles covered with wires were to be taken down as soon as the cable service was completed." In these early days of tele^ phone service here, placing a call was laborious. To call, it was necessary to give the crank on the side of the telephone a long turn to reach the operator. Then, taking the receiver from the hook, you listened for her to request the number you were calling. She connected you. You hung up the receiver, and again turned the crank to ring the other telephone, and a few minutes later, you again removed the receiver and talked, if the person you wanted was on the line. Otherwise you would hang up, ring again, and so on. After talking, you would hang up, and give "central" one brisk ring with the crank, indicating your call was over. Directory instructions used in this period point to some of the difficulties—"do not use dur ing a thunderstorm, be sure to 'ring-off after every call, turn the crank quickly," and so on All this was changed Decem her 15, 1924 when the ex change was connected to com mbn battery operation. This meant the bulky telephones with their self-contained tat* eries and the complicated ell' ling procedures were eliminated. Efficient manual telephone service was introduced. The Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. first served the Algona exchange June 1, 1929 when t acquired the properties of ihe Western Electric Telephone System. Northwestern Bell operated the manual exchange until March 9, 1957 when the modern dial telephone system was introduced. The company's operations then moved to the new building at Dodge and Call Streets. From the first telephones in 1895, the telephone business in Algona has grown to more than 4,100 in service today. According to John Claude, Northwest ern Bell manager, most of the city's growth in telephones has come in the last 20 years. In 1945 there were some 1,800 tel ephones served by the Algona office—less than half the number served today. Thus, Algona has gained substantially more telephones in the past 20 years than it did in the first 50 years of its telephone history Long distance service from Algona, which started over the early lines to Britt, Wesley and Garner in 1895, has grown steadily ever since. Other lines reached Emmetsburg, HutV boldt, Fort Dodge, tend *fvke grew, By 1915, a call could be made to either coast of the United States. By 1927, a call could be made overseas to London, today, Storriipfoof buried cables provide connections to he nationwide long distance network at Mason, City. THOMAS FUNERAL OHAPEL FENTON . Experienced Embalmcrs and ,, Funeral Directors . • — •-RELIABLE 24 HOUR AMBULANCE SERVICE « A --JM Funerals May Be Referred To Us With Confidence Phone 23 — FENTON RINGSTED PHONES: 21007 — 21006 — 60406 was the selection. It was de- Kossuth County were erected in quin, the name of the famous jake Massacre, woodland Indian nation which had several tribes in Iowa at one time or another. Two of these"tribes—the Sac and Fox— fought the last Indian battle in Iowa here. Shortly after the Call brothers arrived, a thriving community was in existence. In. Aug ade. After several ndian scares, the ust, 1855, Algona was chosen to be Kossuth county seat. By 1856, the first general store was in operation. It was man aged by H. F. Watson. A year later, the first church was founded. It was a Presbyterian church under of Rev. D. S. the supervision McComb. That same year the first school was started. Known facetiously as "Go pher College," this first schoo! was located in a dugout in the side of a nearby bluff. The hole was walled with logs and cov ered with sod. A write-up in the town's first hand-written the to Spirit protect gainst Indians. One of the forts nclosed the town, hall and was known as the Algona Stock unfounded stockades ivere dismantled and the lumber was used to build plank roads In 1867, a college-level institution was established here. It was known as Northwestern Allege but had only a short existence. A year earlier, the first Court House had been built. Lumber for the cour house was hauled from Boones boro (Boone) some 90 mile south. The railroad firs reached Algona at 11:00 p.m August 13, 1870. It connecte Algona to Clear Lake and M Gregor. Six years later it wa extended to Sheldon. In 1872 the year Algona was incorpora ted as a town, the first electio was held. Charles Birge wa elected mayor. Sixteen years 1 ter, Algona officially became newspaper, The Bee, discussed the colorful schoolhouse. Incidentally, the early editions of The Bee were written, not City. A few months after the first telephone was installed here in July, 1895, an exchange switch- Announcing. ANEW WATER CONDITIONING SERVICE FOR ALGONA and KOSSUTH COUNTY FEATURING THE Pioneer Continental Water Conditioner SALE or RENT Fiber glass tank, sizes and models to fit your family's needs, automatic. Easy payments. FREE WATER TESTS Pioneer Soft Water Serv. PAUL. A. JAMES Phone 295-3311 603 S. Jerome Street ALGONA, IQWA HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATION Part and Parcel of the deep rooted business that came to stay 1917 -1966 families who save with us, or who take flie.road to home ownership ore ttring proof of the contributions of the 129 billion dollar iS to the economy of our nation, and in particular . People who want to enhance their financial future enttust . We?*turn, give these savings steady growth through the regular addition of generous earnings. ,^««««nii«it Families who want a home of their own come to us for convenient Economical home loans. This is a case of neighbor helping neighbor; for Sn^ savedhere furnishes the funds to supply the home financing. In turn, as homes are built or bought, the community benefits. Money paid to contractors, tradesmen, realtors and sellers 1S respent locally, laving our economy regular stimulation. As "specialists" in savings and home financing, we can help you to enhance your financial future. Give your personal economy deep roots by saving or lv, ^wing here. ASSETS All Other Loans _.._ Real Estate Owned and in Judgment Loans and Contracts Made to Facilitate Sale of Real Estate Cash on Hand and in Banks Investments and Securities Fixed'Assets Less Depreciation Deferred Charges and Other Assets . - LIABILITIES Savings Accounts _ Loans in Process Other Liabilities Specific Reserves General Reserves Surplus STATEMENT OF CONDITION December 31, 1965 Mortgage Loans and Other Liens on Real Estate $20,044,808.54 319.439.51 41,741.29 40,033.93 383,479.42 2,500,618.75 164,932.76 139,958.22 Total Assets $23,635,012.42 „ $21,035,884.13 560,756.55 270,399.79 42.913.99 $1,478,460.56 246,597.40 1,725,057.96 Total Liabilities and Net Worth $23,635,012.42 Ex. Vice Pres. and Sec'y.; Mark R. Stanton, Vice Pres. „ and Treas.; Richard A. Ringsdorf, Cashier. Home Federal Savings & Loan Assn. All Accounts Fully Insured to $10,000 Save From The 15th — Earn From The 1st SINCE 1917 — ALGONA, IOWA t All Savings Accounts insured up to $10,000 by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation of Washington, D. C. CURRENT RATE OF EARNINGS EFFECTIVE JAN. 1, 1966 COMPQUNPEP SEMI-ANNUALLY

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