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Thursday, May 24, 1945
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The Algona Upp6r DCS Mdifle*, AlfStta, Iowa, May 24, 1945 9 North Dodge Street 3. W. HAGGARD & R. B. WALLER, Publishers Entered as Second Class Matter at the Postoffiee at Algona, Iowa, under act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Issued Weekly. First Place Award Winner, 1933, Iowa's Most Outstanding Weekly, Judged by State University of Iowa both reached vital spots on the tolg carrier and the following explosions killed the navy boys like flies. Notwithstanding the terrible loss of life the ship was saved and arrived In New York under its own .power but of course badly damaged. The crew that saved the ship will go down in history as among the bravest of all time. However, this brief story of the great disaster is not written as a neWS story, but as a demonstration of how late we are getting the news of major disasters in this war. The Japanese reported 'this at the time, and we think gave the name of the carrier, which they mistakenly reported as being sunk. It may -have been thought necessary for us not to be allowed to report the disaster for fear of giving the enemy some vital information, but hereafter when the Japanese report sinking of vessels we are going to be more liable to believe their report, though it may not be "confirmed" by our authorities. THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES SERVICE FLAG Richard Sheldon -K Robert Ditsworth Russell B. Waller -K I Paul Arne Pedersen -K I SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One Year, in advance $2.50 Upper Des 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 D,es Moines and Kossuth County Advance in conibination, per year $5.00 No subscriptions less than 6 months. ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch —42c Editorial By J. W. Haggard Roosevelt Being Missed at San Francisco It seems to many that the world organization for peace now being planned at San Francisco by most of the nations of the world may easily lead us into war instead of safeguarding peace for the world. It is now recognized by most of the nations that the United States and Russia are the two strongest nations on the globe in military matters as well as resourcefulness and productiveness. While President Roosevelt was alive he personally had the confidence of both Churchill and Stalin who proverbially are suspicious of each other. That was the main reason he was known to the best informed people, as in fact he was, the "indispensable" man. No one could take his place at the San Francisco conference, and that fact is already showing up. Russia, it is said, has refuted 'her pledged .word in regard to the Polish settlement and it seems that the United States and England insist that the agreement made at the Crimea conference of the big three be carried out by Stalin. To our 'humble mind it seems silly for us to try to dictate the Polish boundary or form of government. Russia has just as much right to wish her next door neighbor be friendly as we 'have to want Canada to be friendly to the United States and we would certainly resent interference by any European power. We don't believe, that Americans generally give a hoot where the Polish boundary is located and we are enough of an isolationist as to think that we should go slow in trying to dictate delicate European controversies. Our attempted dictation is more liable to lead to war than peace. Personally we have little confidence in this world league for peace, but we have got to try and do something to stop war and that seems to be the only thing we can do, in the meantime keeping our fingers crossed. Another war would ruin what little civilization we have left. Great Naval Disaster " vr Reported After Two Months That the lurid stories of the sinking of American ships by the Japanese may not all be lies as 'they are frequently branded by the American authorities, was demonstrated last week when a damaged and partly iburned American aircraft .carrier, the Franklin, limped into New York har- •'"xwr after a trip of over 12,,000 miles from the vicinity of Japan with one of the greatest losses of men during this war. The aircraft carrier, one of the largest afloat, was over three city • blocks long and carried a crew of about 2,500 men, 1 of --which over 1,000 were casualties. About 750 S& \rfte lost were dead or missing which means likely dead and 300 wounded were saved from the water. It was one of the greatest disasters in all recorded naval history. It happened on March 19 .and we have just now got the news, two months afterwards. It was, however, reported by the Japanese at the time. One lone Japanese bomber dropped only two bombs but they Algona Man Objects to U. D. M. Editorial "Algona, Iowa, May 17, 1945. Mr. J. W. Haggard, Editor: I personally find myself, in complete agreement with your editorial in today's copy of the Upper Des Moines but feel your attention should be called to an error that was no doubt unintentional. In the latter part of the editorial you state that some of the prisoners burned to death by the Nazis in the brick barn were American boys. In re-reading the story written by Mr. Ralph W. Anderson I find nothing to justify such a statement, in fact Mr. Anderson states that they were "Polish, Ukrainian and Russian, political prisoners." "Now you will understand, Mr. Haggard, that I do not approve of burning Russians alive any more than Americans, but I do think you should stick to facts as announced. You will understand that there are several Algona boys who have been prisoners of war held by the Germans and such statements will only tend to increase the anxiety of their parents and friends." It is true that Mr. Anderson failed to mention any American boys as being among the murdered, prisoners, but the daily papers reported several Americans in the 'bunch. War is indeed a terrible thing, certainly as practiced by the German barbarians and we dislike to print such horrible stories, but when 80 per cent of people in the Iowa poll favor feeding the Germans, we think at least they should have their attention called to the fiendish acts of the Germans. This is only one of the German prison camps where all nationalities have been tortured and murdered. The writer of the above criticism did not wish to have his name mentioned. Opinions of Other Editors Hard Days For Enterprise Decorah Journal: Small merchants, while acknowledging the kindly treatment given them 'by federal surplus commodities officials, report they are finding it hard to compete for the government goods now being offered for sale. One Decorah merchant says he finds he can do better buying from one of the big fellows who buys first from the government than he can by trying to buy directly. This is not government invention, but it is an evidence of the increasing concentration of economic power. It is evidenced by the concentration of research scientists in the employ of a few corporations, concentration of entertainment industries in big units, in the decline in number of daily newspapers in the country during the last 25 years along with a 56 per cent increase in total circulation. One of the biggest future jobs for America is to free small business sufficiently from the restrictions used to curb big business. Small business has to get the breaks in the way of early release from government restrictions if it is to stand up to the tests of the future. A really free economy and a prosperous future depend on the freedom of small business. *V T* T* Soroptimist Girls Take Notice E. K. P. in Northwood Anchor: Since the fishing season opened for some particular members of the finny tribe the local Izaak Waltons have been fairly busy at various neighborhood lakes. It wouldnt 'be fair to mention names, but the story goes that one of our rod and line fans was investigated at Clear Lake the other day by a game warden who found a huge prohibited fish on the sportman's stringer. "I'll explain that to you," said our Northwood friend. "This big fish kept grabbing my hook every time I threw it in. Finally I took him off the line and tied him up just to save my bait for legal fish. Of course I was going to let him go as soon as I got through here." ^f» ffi fp Furnish Servants for War Prisoners Horrors! It stands by the papers from Omaha, Nebr., that "German officer prisoners of war at the Pow camp, Concordia, Kansas, had to do their own cooking and KP duty Wednesday." This was the cruel and unusual punishment for celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday in violation of war department instructions. Think of the cruelty! Those distinguished Nazis having to cook up a meal and wash "the dishes. Is America reverting to barbarism? An Iowa Editor in London From G. E. Whitehead Iowa Press Association RAVIH6S A I (Hie ef Thl« -- A LlHlt of Thai Not Much of Anything MEMORIAL DAY by Chris Reese Today, In memory, we pause, ' Our daily tasks we put aside, For those who fought in honor's cause, Who've passed beyond the great divide. And we would build in memory's shrine An everlasting home for them, Where they may dwell till end of time, True heroes and revered by men. They took up arms at country's call, Nor for one instant did they pause, Prepared to sacrifice their all Defending home and freedom's cause. To throbbing drum with measured beat They marched to battle for a right Which never would permit defeat Nor freedom's progress e'er to blight. Of whining bullets unafraid, With battle cry on lips they fought, And never fervor unallayed, For home and freedom well they wrought. This is a country of the brave, A land which does not hesitate, Nor holds the slightest fear of grave When (honor, freedom are at stake. This day the nation sets aside, This day we all take rev'rent heed Of memory of those who died To safeguard us and freedom's creed. We'll place a flow'r upon the grave Of soldier who has paid .the price, We'll doff our hat to living brave Who offers self in sacrifice. . And we are thankful for a land Which ne'er forgets the dead and brave, Where rev'rently, and hand in hand, We mark, with love, our heroes' grave. Penrith, England: Since being In England we have seen the slow transition from the depth of war to the bright hope oil world peace come to England. Arriving in London during the deep blackout — and nothing can 'be blacker than London on a foggy blacked out night — I have seen the lights come up again. I missed by only a few days the last V-2 bomb that crashed in the London suburb ot Stepney. This bomb killed 134 people, and wrecked three large buildings. More than 60 per cent of this labor section of London had been destroyed completely. A quarter of a million peoole lived in that congested borough. There were few houses that had not been hit, and here was where London suffered the greatest loss of life. The officials say that about thirty thousand new dwelling places will be needed. Any mention \of England's bomb damage would not be complete unless something was saic about Coventry. Probably no spot in all England lost so much in the bombing raids, but at the same time it should be said that no other city has done a better job of clearing away the wreckage and preparing for the future. Cov entry is an ancient city. Sa Michael's Cathedral, one of th jnost beautiful in all England, dat ed back to about 1070, and it wa -completely destroyed by bomb and fire. Nothing remained bu the side walls and the huge spire Tif ty-five per cent of all the build ings in mid Coventry were completely destroyed. Almost a thousand people were killed there in one raid. The complete story was told, «s I was conducted around the city by 'Mayor Hodgekinsou, end olfoer city officials. The war Tfee* to *»>• uture. They showed me the lans for rebuilding. When these lans have been completed it will je a great modern city but with a nost interesting background of the .ncient and 'historical. The Cath- idral will be re-constructed, leav- ng all that remains of the old, >ut modernizing everything that nust be new. As the mayor said 0 me "on the very ashes of our ancient and beautiful past we in- end to build the most modern city .n England." That is the endurable spirit of English people. There are many badly damaged communities — Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Reading, hundreds of others. All of them with their stories of the horrors of war, aU of them with hopes for the future. The bombing stories have been told many times and they need not be repeated here. Since I arrived in England the terrific pace of war has been slowing down and finally ended At one of the bomber bases where 1 spent my first night with the air forces, that group had just finished nine straight days of bombing German targets. I saw one o those boys two weeks later, anc they had had only one fighting mission and two mercy missions I visited the naval transpor base at Southampton. I heard th real inside story of D-day from .these men who had manned the LST's and other transport ships When the final figures are adde' up, and the credit is tolled ou the 'LST and the crews who hav< manned them will receive a full share of recognition. London: I was in London to see the war In Europe end. I stood on a corner oil that great city when the first lights cajne on, and I $aw five years o| peat up * ™ J oyous celebration. It is hard to ay in words what the end of this var meant to the people of Eng- and. Perhaps when you consider that or these five long years they ived in fear. They had slept in :aves, and tiny shelters, or in sub- vay channels while great sections of their city had been destroyed )y the blitz, or by V-bombs, Thousands of their fellow citizens had been killed. There had been mass funerals. The injured had 'illed every available hospital )ed. There had been no V-bombs for a month, but the thought of them still remained. No air raids had tit London in several weeks, but there was always the thought that this might be the day and the hour when they would be resumed. Here was an end of five years of dread. First there had^ been bombs, and the expected invasion. Few here had a' the time thought there was really much chance that the German armies could actually be stopped. Then had come the V-l and following it was the silent destructive V-2. What would be next? That question had remained. They had been hopeful but never sure but that some new implement of terror would beset them. Suddenly those lears were gone. The bombs would come no more, the shelters would be forgotten. The lights could go on. You could go out day or night without fear. Those five years of pent up emotions burst into a torrent of enthusiastic celebration. No matter where you went you found it the same. Mr. Cfaurcblll was cheered respwndjjngly w the House of Commons. I confess J Dr. Janse insists that June 15th is the official straw hat date and he said he had one and would have worn it Tuesday but he felt he needed ear laps and wore his felt 'hat until the weather 'becomes bare-foot type weather. I don t know where he gets the authority for the 15th 'being straw hat day but he says I'm all wet when I insist that it is June 1st. Jim Pool also sided in with the doctor about the 15th being the day but 'Jim didn't wear any straw hat either, tout both of them insisted that they 'had new straws for 1945. I am frank to admit that I don't have a straw hat yet and ain't going to wear one until the first of June. And I'm still mad at Fred Timm for burning up my last year's hat because on account of now I've got to go and buy a new one. —o— Sherm Potter almost made me mad the other day because on account of he said I should lug my fiddle around with me under my arm to match my long locks because on account of fiddlers always wore their hair long and which indicates that Sherm was kidding me because I needed a hair cut, but he didn't offer to •lend me the 60c for the barber; And besides that I can fiddle just as good whether my hair is long or shirt and my locks don't have a thing to do with scraping the cat guts. And that's that. Yep, I've got a lighter now, not but it does the job and I don't have as good as Frank Shilts' lighter, to 'have an A coupon to keep it filled either. And it ain't one of those $12 lighters like Bill Jr. Barry lugs around either and maybe which need a B coupon to % keep lit. I found .that lighters were becoming popular again and so I borrowed 79c from the Mrs. and bought one and now I don't have to bother here box of kitchen matches, so to speak. And I also signed up Pvt. C. R. Bennet of the Marines and he tells me that there are some really good Gulpers in that outfit and he proposes to take on the agency of membership and first thing you know we'll have thousands of those boys in our club. I saw Cpl. Bennet gulp a cup the other day and there sure wasnt any slirping in that operation. —o— O. E. Hott told me the other day that he considered me liar because on account of I had never bowled 315 in one game and he even had his doubts about me tipping 315 pins in three games and all I could do was stand there like a- ninny and take it because on account of I've often threatened to bowl 315 in one liee but I didn't have my overcoat with me and I can bowl best when I have on my overcoat. But I still admit I'm a good bowler. I beat Don Smith once, and that's good enough for me. I've signed up another influential and famous citizen in the Gulpers, in fact two of 'em, and the big shot membership in the Association is growing by leaps and bounds. Out at the feed and program by the real estate men at the Country Club Friday .night I added the name of Wayne Ropes, and he's secretary of the state of Iowa, and I also got the name of Earl A. Hart, secretary of the real estate commissioner, and there you are. I'm bragging, so to speak. Both of those gents gulp' 10 per cent O. 1C, their coffee I mean. And that same night I also signed up Senator Herman Knudson, of Mason City, and he ain't Irish, or Dane, but he loves his coffee. I have also signed up the city editor of the Globe-Gazette at Mason City and first thing you know I'll have that town on the map and maybe one of these days it will be almost as good a town as Algona, what with the brainy and influential men over there signing up with the Algona gulpers. Clara Goraczkowski Is to Wed Navy Man Swea-Eagle: Clara Goraczk- owski, T-3c of the Waves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Goraczk- owski of Eagle township, recently became the bride of Meredith E. Riggs, EMlc of the navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon C.'Riggs, Tallmiansville, West yirginia. The wedding took place, in the naval communications annex Jiospital, ^Washington, D. C. After a brief honeymoon trip to New York the bride returned to her duties at naval communications annex in Washington, and the bridegroom to Camp Perry, Virginia, where he is attending inter-communication school after a year's duty in the European theater. Pvt. Maurice W. Smith of Keer Field, Miss., is home on furlough visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Delius Peterson, of Des Moines, were recent visitors at the home of his sister, Mrs. David Anderson. T-Sgt. Orville Thoreson, aerial instructor in a California air base, is home visiting his parents, Mr. and-Mrs. O. L. Thoreson. - Mr. and Mrs. John Jongberg, Janet Thackery, T-Sgt. and Mrs. Ellis Jongberg were Thursday evening 'guests at Frank Kellys at Gerled. Mrs. Floyd Treat had a number of youngsters in Friday afternoon to help Max Treat celebrate his birthday. After games lunch was served. Meta Mae Swanson Sic AMM3e of San. Diego, Calif., is spending a fifteen day leave here with her mother, Mrs. Christina Swanson and friends. Mrs. Ralph Sanders and small son of Elmore and Mrs. M. F. Koons were Tuesday afternoon visitors at Francis .Torino's and spent the evening at the Andrew Berg home. Mrs. Emil'Larson was a visitor Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Ed Bergesoru Visiting at the Bergeson home were Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Nelson of Spirit Lake. The Nelsons visited here until Thursday. Mrs. Nelson is a sister of Mr. Bergeson. HOME FRIDAY Lakbta: Albert Bosnia (Happy) arrived Friday f<tf ft thirty day furlotigh with hid wife and parents. Harry was In Hawaii but was returned to the states because of his health and has been In a hospital in Texas. He has two trucks and a corn sheller which he left In charge of Wm. Meyer when inducted. Cecil Peterson Is spending a furlough with his brother, Jakle, and family. Miss Ruby Daniels Is working at the McCleish beauty parlor In Bancroft. Miss Jeanette Anderson Is visiting In Hampton this week with Betty Johnson. Miss Margaret Schroeder is home after several months' stay in New (Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jorgensen of Lone Rock visited at the Gus Torine home Sunday. •Mr. and Mrs. John Abbas of West Bend were Sunday visitors at the Andrew Anderson home. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burn, Mrs. Gertrude Hansen and Mrs. H. A. Jansen were Mason City visitors Friday. Mrs. Emory Smith and boys were Sunday visitors with her' parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Estle near Ledyard. Larry, Gary and Douglas Stickler are visiting their grandparents in Oscola while Mrs. Stickler is In Iowa City. Arlis Heetland, cadet nurse at Mercy hospital, Des Moines, visited Sunday at the parental George Heetland home. Ordination services for Tabe Loats and Calvin Ukena will be held May 25 at the Presbyterian church. The evening'services will be at 8 o'clock. Mrs. Emory Smith, Dick and Allen, left Monday for Washington, D. C., here they will live this summer. Emory is in the navy and is stationed there. Mrs. Mary Zoller received word through the Red Cross that her son, Wilbur, had been liberated from a prison camp and woul.l soon be on his way home. Mr. and Mrs. James Smith and Lt. and Mrs. Devere Smith were Sunday dinner guests at the T. Doocy .home near Ledyard. On Wednesday they were entertained at supper at the Vernon Smith home. The Glaus Daniels family of Burt and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Smith were Sunday dinner guests at tn'l 36ft» Heeaffid-toltie*. Af* tefndtfft «alterS' Wfrl 'M», W& Mlttttf, Pat ffind Sh&fofii atM Mr", and MrS. Stone* PfltflS6n f / MrS. "Fred^ Schfoedefi •filatti, Mrs, A. £». Sdrenseft and R6gef, and TatnaM Spafks Wftre visitors at the Harvey Reed home in ,A1- f sna Sunday. R6g>r returned to iotix City and 1 Mrs. Sofenspn stayed for a longer visit with Relatives. ' The Presbyterian Missionary with Mrs. E. H. Bushman and Mrs. Society met at the church parlors Henry Swalve as hostesses. Meditations were given by Mrs. W. B. Guteknecht, devotions by Mrs. Andrew Jansen and worship In the home, Mrs. J. E, Ukena. < Mr. and Mrs. trvin Wortman took Don to Mahley Sunday where he took the triln for Kansas City. He will visit his aunt, Mrs. Robert BroWn and husband, In the Jack Halsey home. Roland Langhol accompanied the Wortmans to Manley on his way home to Waverly, Roland is graduating from the Waverly high .school this week. ' ™'V-•{,<*.. ^V;';;"^* 1 -iT£k i m a lii >frjMtiatJ|gim& '» ft?^ ' HHH5H=,,,*k • Sk April 14th on the *»«/• f \ - fc* was wbrklttTIff;0&f* 'n\ • tJAh nWftlit fefttetetf tftfi •' <,! Home to Lu Verne After Being German Prisoner 2*6 Months Lu Verne! Pfc, Gordon Dlmler arrived home Sunday morning to spend a 60 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and.Mrs. Ralph Dim- let. Gordon, who had been n Saturday May 26 AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY WEAR' A POPPY HONORING VETERANS of 1 WORLD WAB I AND II. Townsend Flash By Mrs. A. M. Anderson What would it not be worth to •this country if every citizen was covered 'by an insurance policy against all hazards of life? An insurance 'policy which, .would, guarantee every citizen a monthly annuity if he was incapacitated, for employment by chronic ill- nee, blindness, or other physical disability, or by old age. An insurance policy which, would never be cancelled for non-payment of premium? This is the Townsend plan. Washington: Notified that the Townsend Plan will receive a, hearing before the House Ways and Means committee this year, the Townsend steering committee in congress called a special meet- ting this month to complete plans and testimony supporting lation. legis- Adv. A : ;V...:-T^ New Birth of Freedom On this Memorial Day it's up to us to carry ori, to see that, as Lincoln said at Gettysburg, "these dead shall not have .died in vain . . . and that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom" ... For our honored dead ' and for the cause which earned their sacrifice, let's dedicate-ourselves to this great itasJ ALGONA Member Federal Deposit Insurance Ralph Miller, President . Harold Gilmore, Cashier Roy MoMahea, Ass't Cashier this great nation through the troubled years came into that room. Someway you felt that he represented victory. Certainly he did represent the will to live, and the spirit to fight for freedom. No one could estimate with any certainty the number of people who waved at and cheered the king and queen in their various appearances on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Maybe a million, maybe two million. Perhaps more. They gathered in front of the palace in that great circle. A continuous stream from mid-day until well into the night. Standing in that vast crowd you realized that it was not just the king and queen being cheered. It was a cheer for victory. It confidence come to show respect upon the seat of government, land was still England. I will ot try to describe dtlly. !Mdles of human masses gone utterly stark raving mad. -It was carnival, circus, celebration, joy, matfness and bedlam rolled into one. Again it was more than just thousands, it was multitudes; it was .massed madness. The snouting and the celebration are over. England has gone back to work- O» every band you hear "That part is don«. Now for Mr. and Mrs. Jake Kubly, Sgt. Leslie Kubly and Mr, and Mrs. Henry Kubly went to St. James, Minn,, recently to visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Kubly. EXPERT FURNACE REPAIRS Depend on us for the best furnace repair service in town. Under present con-! ditjons, it's especially important that you keep your furnace healthy, NEW FURNACES? || yojtf present t uroace-* gas, coal or oU-6re4-wi» beyond use or repair, you can |tiU buy f new green Colonial. Mt us »bpyt it Laing & Muckey the. Japs, **» . one m^gic word to a,U these wlw kftwy w&J* waj is peace. Forever and. ' GREEnCOLOillBL FURilRCf SERVICE '**

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