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"'$«** ffi»i«f iiSj : Alg8ni^ii ;•• J.^'ff',•'}/•: : , -^^WS' SiiWi^M^W Jttgona tipper old Days 9 North Dodge Street Jr. W. HAGGARD & R. B. WALLER, Publishers Entered as Second Class Matter at the Postofflce at Algona, Iowa, under act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Issued Weekly. ^ NATIONAL EDITORIAL- ff. W ASSOCIATION First Place Award Winner, 1933, Iowa's Most Outstanding Weekly, Judged by State University of Iowa THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES SERVICE FLAG Richard Sheldon * Robert Ditsworth • Russell B. Waller -K Paul Arne Pedersen SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One Year, in advance $2.50 Upper Dos Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $4.00 'Single Copies 7c SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year in advance ....$3.00 Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $5.00 Wo subscriptions less than 6 months. ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch 42c Editorial By J. W. Haggard "German Prisoners Are Fat As Pigs" The sensational disclosures of conditions in the prison camps in Germany brought to light by the armies of the advancing allies on their way to Berlin, and the terrible 'brutality and starvation endured by our boys, some of whom have been in German prisons for three years, have brought forth a storm of indignation in America from the relatives of the American boys who claim that life in most of the prisoner of war camps now filled with German soldiers in America is made so pleasant and homelike that most of them have fattened up since arriving in prison from Germany and are enjoying life in most respects. In Sunday's Des Moines Register there were numerous hitter letters protesting the •coddling of the prisoners and the Algona camp was included in the criticisms. Last summer when the Algona prisoners of war were allowed to use the Algona swimming pool there was some public criticism, and some people sarcastically suggested that the German prisoners be given an ice cream lawn party, but of late we have heard little or no criticism. However, we are sure that nobody is starving at the Algona camp. In our news columns this week Lt. Col. Lobdell gives a detailed account o£ how the prisoners are handled in the Algona prison. Tuesday's daily papers carried the following from Washington, D. C.: Nazi war prsioners, "all overfed and fat as pigs," lounge lazily about the Papago Park, Ariz- prison camp, Representative Richard F. ' Harless (Dem., Ariz.) declared Monday. The congressman said on a recent inspection he found the 4,000 prisoners playing soccer and football, reading books from their 5,000-volurr.e library, or studying under their own teachers in classrooms without American supervision. "Only about one-third of the prisoners do any work," said Harless. ''They're not required to, and their only encouragement is the 80 cents a day pay." Harless stated that before a new commandant recently was put in charge of the camp, the prsoners dined on steaks, ham, bacon—the same food served to air cadets at nearby Luke field. "They had butter every day although the people in Phoenix couldn't buy it," he said. "They admit they're eating the best food ;'they ever tasted. I didn't see a lean one among ;them." He added although the diet has been switched •' to bologna, meat loaf, and macaroni, the real trouble lies with "weak" directives issued by the war department. The congressman has introduced a resolution '. calling for a complete investigation of our war t prisoner camps. Ray Is Restive Under Government Control We want to assure our good old friend, Ray Spurbeck, of the Swea City Herald that we agree with him in the main in regard to government control from Washington bureaucrats o£ our personal business affairs. Ray don't like the multitudinous orders coming from Washington and would like to manage his own affairs. That is one of the many reasons why it was hard for us to vote for, Roosevelt last fall. But these Wash- i ington controls are excusable to an extent on \ account of the war. When the war is over it is . ttoped that we may again become a free nation and have something to say in ordering our own 'business affairs. However, what Ray particularly objected to was the matter of extending price' control of commodities after peace comes. 'We all remember what happened after the last war, when prices on land and everything else soared to fantastic heights and almost ruined the nation. The whole country paid an enormous toll, which might have been prevented by the government taking control of farm land prices and most commodities. What particularly aroused Ray's ire was an item appearing in the papers quoting Senator Hickenlooper in an interview where our senator argues that government control of prices 'after the war was necessary to prevent any further inflation. We agree with Senator Hickenlooper that this will be necessary for a time at least. At the same time the less we are regulated from Washington the more satisfactory it will be to us. We agree with Ray that the sooner we get back to the old American Way of government the better we will be. Ray at the end of his article warms up and sez: "We should like to ask the senator and Brother Bill just how long they propose to continue government controls over our private affairs once peace has come to the world again, "^^his government control business is being built lip to the likeness of a holy cult, and if you do pot support it with religious fervor you are toaked upon as <a black sheep of the congregation, •jos though you did not pay your pew rent or were guilty of some infraction of orthodoxy. "Well, we lived through the other big spree .alter the last war when things blew up higher than « Jam? .post in Berlin. We went nuts on money like the r$g.t of the population, with a 'big hejigache. But, doggone Id it as ft fisB6$ffi$ft American citizen yf^on^pt satraps, shooing ifiW Bertha Carey Gilbert, one of the early day residents of this vicinity, now living at El Reno, Oklahoma, and nearing 80 years of age, seeing the story of a Fred Gustafson coming from Illinois, to locate his birthplace in Algona a few weeks ago, sends the (following letter recalling the early days here. The Gustafson story appeared in the Upper Des Moines, where Mrs. Gilbert, who is a long time subscriber, read it. Being an old .friend of Editor W. C. Dewel of the Advance, her letter was addressed to him. At one time Bertha Carey was county superintendent of schools in Kossuth county, at the same time that Mr. Dewel was county clerk. Bertha was born and raised in Plum Creek township and was for years <a popular teacher and later county superintendent. The letter, which we give below, will be of interest to all old-timers.— Editor. I can't help Fred Gustafson to locate his family home because I didn't know the Gustafsons, but I knew the James Henderson family very well. They lived in a brick house in the south part of town near the old college buildings, back of which at a short distance flowed the Des Moines river, at that time and place a very shallow stream, and must have been the creek in which Fred waded. "Where the Flowers Bloomed Sweet In the Springtime" It was a very attractive place in springtime when wild flowers blossomed in the woods there, But I imagine with all the water from the numerous drainage ditches turned into the stream it must now be quite some river even at that shallow place. Altrona Indian Scare My memory goes way, way back to the Spirit Lake Indian massacre. I was a very little girl when, one 'bright, sunny afternoon someone came to our house and told my mother that the Indians were on their way to our settlement and there was no telling when they would attack the outlying farms; that everybody was frightened and didn't know what to do. We lived in a log house in the woods on the bank of the Des Moines river northeast of Algona, and hazelbrush, wild plum and crabapple grew thickly under the big trees, making a fine place for Indian warriors to hide. My father was not at home at the time and, so, when I go back in memory it is my mother's face I see as she peered anxiously from door or windows in expectation ol seeing an Indian at any moment while she planned the preservation of her family. My brothers, John and Enos, were only little boys but they were workers and trustworthy as most farm children were in those days, and she sent them to feed the stock, milk the cows, harness the horses and hitch them to the wagon, being sure they closed the barnyard gates and stable doors. Then she called us all to a hastily cooked supper, and though she ate little she said we children must eat all we wanted, only hurry because we must leave before sundown. The Indians would be more likely to attack after the sun had sunk behind the western hills and dusk had come. She put quilts and blankets in the wagon and we closed the house door and climbed in, my. sister two years older than I and my two brothers, and she drove us to Algona to the Henderson house, because it was brick and Indian torches could not so easily fire it and they wouldn't shoot through the walls. Other outlying families had come there and I remember the living room floor that night as covered with bedding and people. We drove home in the morning, glad to find things undisturbed, where my mother spent a very anxious day and prepared to take us 'back to the Hendersons at n:ght. The excitement did not last long as quite authentic news came that the Indians had gone back into Minnesota toward New Ulm, where they staged another massacre. Algonians drew a long breath of relief, as did my mother. Carrying the Mail Mr. Henderson and my father had a contract for carrying the mail 'from Algona to Blue Earth, Minn., and they made the trip turn-about —my father one trip, then Mr. Henderson, then n.y father again. When passengers 'wanted to go from Algona to Blue Earth or come from Blue Earth to Algona, which was seldom, they took a team and wagon; otherwise they carried the nail on horseback—all open country, no bridges and miles and miles between houses. Big Henderson Family The Hendersons were quite a large family—• four boys and six girls. John, the oldest boy, did not come hack from the Civil War. Robert married. Nancy Norton and lived in Riverdale township till they moved to Pueblo, Colo. Thomas ("Tom") married Marguerite Heckart, sister to Mrs. Asa Call, and they lived and raised their family a block northeast of the old E. N. Weaver home, where Mart Weaver was born and where the Wernert girls lived. James, the youngest boy, v/ent to Dakota. Jane Henderson, the oldest daughter, married Morris Chapin and lived in Union township; Martha married Brad Means; Mary married a Mr. Johnson and Emma married Chas. Waldo, and there was a younger girl whose name I can't recall. The Brad Means, the Johnsons and the Waldos all lived in Minneapolis when I'lived there 29 years ago—all gone to heaven now.—BERTHA CAREY GILBERT. Opinions of Other Editors A Strange Spectacle Sheldon Mail: "If there is a strange spectacle anywhere in the world today," says the New York Times, "it is the spectacle of the government of the United States solemnly preparing to poll the coal miners, under its official auspices, on the question of whether they want to cripple the American Army and the American Navy with a wartime strike." Here ds a chance for the members of one great union to vote No, leave their demands to orderly adjustment, and show they think more of their country's welfare than immediate personal gains. Is this too much to expect of American workmen in a war crisis? Webster City Freeman: It is not likely that President Truman will try to dominate congress to the extent that President Roosevelt did. Mr. Roosevelt was naturally a domineering character. He was made that way. His attempt to increase the number of supreme court judges and his efforts to purge members of his party in high places who refused to do his bidding were a few evidences of * his dictatorial nature. •fi & * E. K. P. in Northwood Anchor: This soldier boy at home on furlough was invited to spend the evening with a girl he had admired a great deal before entering the service tout with whom he had never enjoyed a date. He was a bashful chap and when he handed-the girl a huge box of chocolates she threw her arms around his neck and gave him a number of ardent kisses. He immediately grabbed his cap and started to leave. Knowing ha had always been somewhat bashful and uneasy when with girls she laid her hand on his arm and pleadingly asked: "You're not really offended past forgiveness, are you?" He grinned and promptly toW her: "J should say not _Tim inst aninc out to net a. lot more candy," A I <Hl« dfTMi *. A LlhU of That.. Nai Mfleh It remained for BtftrM llclmcrs ;o solve the problem of my lawn mowing this summer and I've quit worrying because on account of Harm told me to get a goat and to stake the goat in a differ, ent spot on my lawn every day and the goat would get fat while ceeping my lawn nice and mowed. And Paul Dremmel also sug- ^ested that I buy a couple 4 of sheep and he'd guarantee they vould keep my lawn grazed down to a minimum and maybe so, tout I don't like the continuing blaahing all the time because on iccount of I hear enough blaa blaa up and down the street every day from a lot of birds who always want to argue with me and Fred Gronbach said if .he could drive a truck over my lawn ic'd come down and mow ths many acres and that might work except that he didn't say he'd ill up the truck tracks, and then M. B. Dannewitz entered a sug- .estion that maybe I'd be smarter f I mowed the lawn myself and vhich would add to my muscle and would be good exercise and ivhich I don't need because on account of I get enough exercise going back and forth to my work every day, so to speak. So far he goat suggestion sounds the >est to me because on account of could yank him around' by his whiskers when I get mad at him. Thanks, Harm. The other day I signed up two roung guys up Bancroft wiay and ;hey get their mail on a Burt route and they both agreed to go o bat up in their neighborhood or the Gulpers and maybe also he Bunkers. It was Art Kadow md he says he can gulp his cof- 'ee noislessly and James Coady and he claims he can gulp his offee slirpleslessly and they both >rag about it and which is the hing to do. Those two gulpers are 'hustlers and I expect great headway for the gulpers in their neighborhoods, so to speak. I have found another pipe moker and his pipe is almost as ;trong as Sim Leigh's or Gene Murtagh's or Harold Lampright's and it's D. M. Long. He also laims to have as many pipes in •eserve as does Harry Winkle and ich is going some because on account of he's particular about aroma and strength and he lets em lay around and age, so to ipeak. The pipe problem is as- iuming huge proportions amongst he male population now that the cigaret shortage is becoming more acute, and there ain't any corn silk yet this year to roll into :moking material, so to speak The first two days of this week, Sunday and Monday, reminded me a whole lot of Christmas because on account of they were From the Files both cold and I had to shovel coal into the furnace like in the winter time and I don't like it and so 1 decided this year 1 was not going to hang any May baskets or go barefooted on the first of May because on account of the weather was too cold for what corns I have.,, There's something wrong with this world when we have June weather in March and December weather in April and 1 get so tired changing from winter to summer undies back and forth and Theo. Herbst says he's tired of the everlasting changing, too. —o— Looks like the Amalgamated Association of Coffee Gulpers is going to reach into Palo Alto county on account of last Saturday I was in Graettinger and I met Jack Wolfe and he used to was the manager of the Council Oak store here and he now has a grocery store in Graettinger and he gulps coffee and I signed him up right now and then John Sullivan, editor of the Graettinger Times, showed up and he also is a gulper and I signed him up and both of 'em are going to take over the organization of a Gulpers' Club in Graettinger and John heads the publicity committee and Jack is president of- the Graettinger unit, and then I met Virginia Leonard and Mrs. Jack Doyle and they also know good coffee and gulp it and so I signed them up in the association and they will probably sign up a Gulpers' Auxiliary and if they do that I can vouch for a group o£ swell looking girls because on account of those two girls sure are plenty good looking and of which there are a lot of good looking girls and women in Graettinger. Sure glad I was able to start .the Gulpers going in Graettinger, so to speak. My old bus went on the blink Sunday afternoon, maybe it got a notion I shouldn't work it on Sundays, and it refused to operate and I had to leave it up town and walk the five long blocks home and I thought for a while maybe I'd have to build a garage over it in front of the office and then Wilbert Holldorf came down from Fenton for a visit and he is the boss of the C. & N.' W. depot in his home town and he is also on the Fenton council and the Fenton school board and I didn't think he knew so much about Pontiacs because on account of he drives a Chewy and all he did was look at the Pontiac battery and tapped the kudingus which holds the contrivance on the battery and the old Pontiac walked off with a bang and now Wilberf is afraid the garagemen's union will find out about him and he'l! have to quit railroading and join ;the- ! -par fixers' union. But I got to give it to him, he sure knew what was wrong with my; bus and which proves 'he's smarter'n I am. golflg TEN YEARS AGO Mrs. A. W. Amunson had been aken to the Kossuth hospital a ictim of pneumonia and had been eriously ill. The Amunson's oungest son, Dickie, had been aken to the hospital at the same ime suffering with a bad cold. A. II. Borchardt, E. W. Lusby, <. D. James, and B. F. Sorensen lad attended a monthly druggists' meeting at Soencer. Dick Post, Bob LaBarre, Allen Buchanan, and John Hargreaves ad attended Veishea at Iowa .tate college at Ames over the week-end. L, S. Bohannon, Paul Hutchlns, nd Leighton Misbach of Algona lad left for Des Moines to attend he annual get-together of Iowa J. S. army reserve officers at the Fort Des Moines hotel. If M. P. Weaver had been present at the Call theatre bank night would have received $225. As t was, the hank deposit for the ollowlng week had amounted to $250. Dick, son of Mr. and. Mrs. II. R. 2owan, had come home from 'owa State college at Ames. Dick had undergone an appendectomy several weeks before and was lome to recuoerate. Katherine Van Ness, vVho was leaching at Iowa Falls, had re- :urned there after visiting with ler father over the week-end. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cronait had driven to Toledo, Iowa, where they had visited their son Don and wife who had recently moved there from Algona. A bathing- contest was held on the opening day of the swimming aool. Any young lady could enter who cared to do so. A diamond ring was prize for the winner. TWENTY YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. August Huenhpld had celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They had a family of four children, Helmuth, Alwin and Lula, and Mrs. Ira Iverson. The normal training girls had taught kindergarten work. A number of little girls, Maxine Larson, Ruth Stevenson, Ruth Dubbe, Barbara Haggard, and Mildred Richardson had been tutored in this way. A deal had been closed whereby Frank Vera had purchased the fine Adams home. It had been one of the finest homes of the city and the property had included half the block in which the Con gregational church property is located. Raymond fCresensky, who bat been attending *he McCormick Theological seminary the pas year, was to fill a position at Far go, N. D., 'during the summe months. Puane Dewel had attended homecoming of the Columbia Mo., school of journalism, a which the great Iowa author Herbert Quick, had Spoken, short ly 'before his sudden death from heart trouble. Two of Algona's sportsmen bad gone to Crystal Lake on a fishing trip. They had come home with 18 little bullheads, La_mpright caught 15 of the 18. Dplph flaney caught three and hj4 bee# teH-f -* Three Ledyard Homes Changed Ownership Ledyard: Several properties ave changed hands in recent veeks. Mr. and Mrs. Hubert ielske have purchased the Leo Anderson home and will take- osssesion when Andersons move o Rake some time this month. Mr. Bleich, the new depot gent, has purchased Mrs. Blanche 'enks'' home where the Zielskes lave been living. 'Mrs. Alice Garry has purchas- :d the home where they have >een living for the past ten years rom John J. Tillmoney of Ames. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frye pur- hased the home of Mrs. Fred funkermeier. They have been >apering and painting the entire louse and expect to move in in he near future. Irvmgton: fhe ladies of the .Ideal Presbyterian church will meet at the church, on May 10. "This will be a covered dish affair. Eleetidn of officers tot. the coming church year '.which has been un« reported, are Mrs. E. O., Chamberlain, president; Mrs. Wm. Bo- brldge, Sr., vice president; Mrs. Opal Barker, Secretary, arid Mrs. Lee Colwell, treasurer. The la* dies are making tentative plans for redecorating the church. Mrs. Dorothy Mawdsley Abbott arrived last week from California for an indefinite visit with her The missionary society met last Staff Sgt. Walter Meldt 61 Camp Robinson, Ark., visited the past week with his wife at the parental A. L. Greenfield home Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Riley are the parents of a new baby daughter born April 25. She has been named Diane Jo. Both are doing nicely. Ray Marshall, son of Mrs. El- Townsend Flash By Mrs. A. M. Anderson WASHINGTON . A bill providing "pensions for congressmen" is expected to come up .for hearing some time* this month. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Mary T. Norton, New Jersey Democrat. Rep. Norton has never signed a petition for a hearing on the Townsend Plan and voted against the Townsend bill when it came before the house for a vote in 1939., • It is universally known that Townsendites are not opposed to retirement pay for anyone. In fact Townsendites are heartily in favor of retirement pay for everyone,—not just congressmen. Just recently the State Legislature of Iowa voted retirement pay for all Iowa public officials. Why not let everyone have a chance -to finance a retirement fund for themselves? The Townsend Plan will do just that. Adv. HELP!! A Message to YOU If there wias ever a time when your help was needed to win this War, that time is NOW! You can help even if you've never had any similar experience. Work Where You Are NEEDED MOST! at the- ' CORNHTTSKER ORDNANCE PLANT GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA School teachers wanted for summer work Unskilled workers start as high as $44.20 per week free for Line Uniforms are workers Reasonable Cafeteria' meals Low Cost Dormitory rooms Furnished homes for families Recreational facilities- Transportation paid from point of hire —Contact— War Manpower Commission U. S. Employment Service 1V£ East State Street; Algona, Iowa THE RENT IS LOW On Money Now Prices have increased on nearly every commodity, but "rental rates" on money at this bank are the lowest they have been in a long time,! on 1, Business Loans 2, Mortgage Loans 3, Insurance Loans 4. Personal Loans 5. Collateral Loans 6. Cattle Loans This is an advantageous time to borrow at low n> terest. Come in to see us when you need money. IOWA STATE BANK Member Federal peppslt |ngBf»npe Miller, QUmwe, m Fplftf ,:fit iff rs. BMs $H& v tM - MSf ' . Chflstenfent cadet aHd dsufhtet 6£ Mfv aftd Maffy -CHr istfenseft, spehl ft • w days 4ast week with the tene fblks. Helen is taklHfhefAyark at the General hbspltal In 'B« Moines. Mr, and Mrs, Albert Leigh afe he .parents of a son born April 22. The young mah has bei'ri named Dennis Eugene. The Lelghs also have a 2 & year old daughter wh6 for the present L is staying with her aunt and uncle, Mr. artd Ata. Steven Loss,' Jr. .Merle Chamberlain returned on April 2S, to Fprt.6rd, Calif.. after spending, a brief furlough with his load IWured ag&MSt IoM < damage, JSqulpirtia W do A kinds of draylng and ham* •In*. .. ; •.". • : :. .'• .: '. .,->.,r Here's a plan of Home ovUiershlp that's hard to beatt Apply to .us for a Veteran's Guaranteed Loan which should easily cover the required down payment. Then, finance the balance of the pur* chase with an FHA Insured Mortgage Loan. FHA's analysis of the transaction tends to protect you against possibly inflated prices in the current market . . . and gives you other advantages unmatched in other methods of mortgage financing. Let us tell you more about this sure, safe way to home ownership. No obliga< lion. Come in any time. Algona Federal Savings & Loan 'hone 55 Algona, Iowa- t New Machines No. 15 McCormick Deering pick-;up baler with motor complete. McCormick. peering^s Mid double unit milkers. Electric and hand turn separators. 6 ft. McCormick Deering No. 9 horse drawn mower. Hydraulic manure loader for H or M Farmall. Grain tank wagon box. WE DO BELT SPLICING Cargill Feeds / - Farm-Oyl Lubricants Firestone Tractor Tires and Tubes Pontiac Parts and Service Algona Implement Co. McCormick Deering Sales and Service Phone 52 State and Jones Help! Help! HELP! My Car's Giving Out! flight tbif way, Mister \, « w you* Phillip Station, Your PWllips 66 Oesler will be glad get every las*mite |r«m yeui-cpr • • io ftequeatly^o lei "+•£•.£* = ^>g||&=yim ', Ivory week have yaw iin He Witt and Vir#$wm$ jEmtafi Isrty , ,

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