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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 1, 1945
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Slpna Upper Des jftoitus 9 North Dodge Street J, W. HAGGARD & R. B. WALLER, Publishers Entered as Second Class Matter at the Postoffice at Algona, Iowa, under act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Issued Weekly. NATIONAL €DITOR!AL_ "•'•" ^" ASSOCIATION AWARDS General Excellence, 2nd, 1940 Best Iowa Weekly, 1933 Nat'l Edit. Assfti Awards in 1936-1938 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 Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $5.00 No subscription less than 6 months. ABVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch 42c CIRCULATION—OVER 4,000 WEEKLY Editorial By J. W. Haggard No Land Inflation Here Prices of Iowa farms as reported in the papers do not indicate to us that there is any considerable inflation at least in this part of the state. Over in Hancock county an estate farm recently sold for $250 an acre, and a Grundy county farm was sold for $300 an acre it is reported. The Grundy County Register warns that the $300 farm is worth no more than it was ten years ago when it probably could have been bought for half that price, and says that ten years from now it will perhaps be selling at half the price again. It explained that it was not the land itself that caused the high price, but says that there were only 100 acres of land and it was the fine improvements that caused the exceptionally high price. The buildings were alone rated to be worth at least half of the purchase price, which brings down the price paid for the actual land alone to $150 per acre. The purchaser wanted the place for a home. In this same neighborhood during the land inflation boom of 25 years ago farms such as this sold for as high as $500 per acre. Another high price is cited when a farm near Perry, Iowa, sold for $265 per acre. In the Grundy county farm sale of 25 years ago a farm that sold for $500 was later sold in the slump for $100 per acre. In Kossuth county we know of several farms selling as high as $200 an acre and one as high as $225, but in both cases the improvements were extraordinarily good and the acreage small. Over at Emmetsburg the top price lately was $240 for a farm just outside of the city. Another farm just outside that city sold a year ago for $250. We would not call any of these prices inflationary and at the prices now being paid for farms in northern Iowa the land is the best investment by far than anything now to be had. Even after . the war prices for farm produce dwindles a little : later the farm will pay good dividends one year after another on Iowa farm land at even higher prices than those mentioned here, and it surely is safer than stocks and bonds. It is noted right here that the land sales now being made are easily paid for, in most cases the full payment being made in spot cash. This means that there cannot be a chance of the land being taken away from the buyers by mortgage foreclosures, as was the case in the 1920 boom. We advise, buy all the land you can pay for and you will be sitting pretty later. No More Worries The time is' rapidly approaching which has long been loked forward to when all of us will be taken care of "from the cradle to the grave." This has been figured out by the New Dealers, or was ; it Henry Wallace, personally, that the government •would "look after all of us" and take all worries • off our shoulders, with some sort of subsidy or pension. Now somebody has estimated the num- . ber of pensioners and old people on relief under the Townsend bill now before the congress with -a good show of being passed, will practically cover the entire population of Iowa in a few years. Ed * Curtis, secretary of the Iowa State Bonus Board, figures that Iowa will have nearly 400,000 veterans of all wars. The World War II veterans will be between 250,000 and 300,000. There are 85,000 World War I veterans in Iowa in addition to several thousands men who fought in the Spanish American war. If each veteran is married the soldier's relief potential amounts to almost 800,000. If each family has one or two children, the number arises accordingly. Soldier's relief is available to the wives and children of veterans as well as to the service men themselves. The state's 1940 population was 2,538,000. Then to the war pensioners may be added the thousands of us over G5 years of age which if the Townsend bill passes will be amply taken care ol: by the government without any effort on our part. On top of this comes the bill now before congress guaranteeing all of us who are unemployed $25 per week. Several Algona men whom we know have stated that they will quit work immediately this bill passes and go "on the government." Some of these men are working in their old age for less than $25 per week. Now it seems that everybody in the state will be fully taken care of by the government unless it is babies in arms and even the little ones are "taken care of" if they are the children of war veterans. It sure is a rosy prospect for most of us who are naturally lazy and require a lot of time to cultivate our vices. But we almost overlooked the "fly in the ointment," but then it seems to be of little im- portance and it is a shame to suggest anything that might dim our rosy dreams. It Seems that no one has stopped to think where the money is coming from to keep the entire population of the state on government funds. It may be that after all some few of us will still have to do a few chores, but we hesitate to mention the matter. The AlgoHfl Uppef De^Moifles, Algonfl, loWa, Loaning Borrowed Money Of course the United States Is rich, or at least we keep telling ourselves that we are rich, when sometimes the cold figures if carefully analyzed does not show this to be a fact, at least as far as dollars and cents go. For a great many years the different nations of the world have come to Uncle Sam for most any amount they may happen to need at the time. They usually get the money or credit they are asking for, without many questions asked. After the first world war we found most ol! the European powers indebted to us many billions of dollars which had been loaned them. So far as we remember, little Finland was the Only country paying us back and they are still some hundreds of thousands in default. Even our allies in the first world war, dubbed us Shylocks for expecting repayment of the billions of dollars loaned them in their great need. The first world war was strictly a European war in which we had nothing to gain except perhaps it might have been the abolition of war, which in the long run proved to be a mirage. Now Russia and England are both asking us for huge loans with which to get on their feet in a business way. Of course the billions of dollars ol lend-lease loans made by us has been practically forgotten, at least by the European nations who were saved from the annihilating jaws of the great Hitler military machine, by our supplies as well as by the aid of our manpower. Russia is asking for a six billion dollar loan and England wants five billion at least, to be able to start- on an even keel. Is there no one to look after starting the old U. S. on an even keel, or in fact any old kind of a keel that may be expected to keep us afloat? What the people of the United States think about these loans was demonstrated in a recent vote or survey made by the Gallup Poll people. The question submitted to those interviewed in a nation wide survey, was "Russia has asked this country for a loan of six billion dollars to help Russia to set back on its feet. Would you approve or disapprove of the United States making such a loans?" Only 20% signified approval, while 60% disapproved, with 13% had no opinion. The vote on a five billion dollar loan to England showed the same percentage of disapproval. This is certainly an overwhelming vote of disapproval of foreign loans, but at the same time is not necessarily a gesture of unfriendliness toward either England or Russia. There are still some people in this country who believe that we should be sure that our own finances are not a little wobbly before loaning huge sums to Europe and at that, money we would have to borrow. Of course there are many of us simple minded people who are totally at sea when the figures get above a million. That is where the "high financiers" step in and talk about billions as mere chicken feed. Of course we want Russia and England to get "on their feet" for our own good as well as theirs, but should we borrow the money to turn over to them? Opinions of Other Editors Henry Forgets Old Friends Indianola Record-Herald: It looks as if Henry Wallace has forgotten his old friends out on the farms of the middle west. Henry is in favor of raising the minimum wage under the wage- hour law to 65 cents'an hour. Since that does not apply to people who work on farms, it means plainly that the people who work in cities are to have their wage level raised while those who work on farms are to feed them at the same old level. If 65 cents an hour is a good thing in the cities, why should the workers in the small towns and on the farms not get the benefit of it? It is a cockeyed law that says a bank clerk must receive 65 cents an hour because he handles checks and drafts that pass in interstate commerce, or that the printer must receive the same because he uses paper, which crosses state lines, while the store clerk next door selling cotton goods from Georgia, woolen goods raised in Montana and woven in Massachusetts, or oranges from California, rice from Texas, and soap from Ohio has no protection or assurance of higher wages under the law. And the farm hand, who raises corn and wheat that will go to Buffalo to be milled to be shipped on to Boston as flour and corn meal, works at whatever the local custom suggests. The fact is, of course, that the whole thing is a scheme to raise the wages of certain selected classes of working people while leaving the primary producers of food and clothing, the farm workers and the clerks in the small country towns, holding the sack. And our old friend Henry Wallace is right in pitching with the city gang. ff. .f. !{. All Spending Is Not A Virtue Knoxville Journal: Strange and beyond the ordinary man's understanding are the ways of those who rate high as economists and public financiers. The ordinary man would likely assume that now that the United States has fought a war, in which it spent hundreds of billions of dollars and accumulated debts of more than $300,000,000,000, it would be time to cut down costs and avoid spending more and more billions. But these men of high finance would now .squeeze more billions out of the people arid pour out that borrowed wealth in peace-time almost as lavishly as they did for national defense and to win the world war. They seem to hold to the idea that going more and more deeply in debt and spending more and more billions that we do not have, are the height of wisdom. That's contrary to the personal experience of the individual man. * * * What Civilization? Northwood Anchor: "Another fighting war —with atomic bombs—would ruin civilization," Agricultural Secretary Anderson asserted in a recent radio broadcast. With close to a half million on strike at this writing—fist fights flourishing, knives, guns and clubs threatening, and riots going on in Qonnection with the legal right to "peacefully picket," there's just one thing you ought to make clear, Mr. Anderson: What civil- iz»tion? Jaqua Juggles Billions with Aplomb Humboldt Republican The demands of representatives of Great Britain have been set forth. They are: 1—A gift of six billion dollars by the United States to put Britain on her feet financially and restore trade potential, incidentally in competition •with the United States. 2—Loan of 1,000 liberty ships by the United rStates to the British to enable them to regain their • ocean trade on profitable terms. 3—Repeal by the United States of the provision of American law requiring the exporting by American ships of American products purchased with the proceeds of American loans. 4—Devaluation of world currencies, including -the American dollar, in order to make the six biK 'lion dollar gift more palatable to the American people. The six billions would be taken from the United States twenty billion dollar gold stock but •would be represented to the public as partly if not wholly offset by the United States treasury's pa•per profit on devaluation of the dollar. It has now been generally admitted that '"lend-lease" was nothing more than a gift, 50 far as England is concerned. This additional gift of six billion dollars is based on England's necessities, as- her representatives state them, and the consequences if we do not agree to the gift. England points out that without this aid she will not be able to resume her place in. the affairs of the world, but will be forced to resort to trade restrictions and other methods to protect herself, and that these actions will result in more damage to the United States than the gift will be. She also suggests that by taking the six billion from the twenty billion gold stock she will not be adding to this nation's debt or obligations, and considering the gain we will make on the remaining fourteen billions of gold in the Kentucky strong box, we will more than profit by the deal. It is a little slight-of-hand performance certainly not countenanced in polite society, but that is common to financial sharpers. Also there is a question if the administration has a right to thus deplete the gold reserve that stands behind our paper money that is floating so promiscuously throughout the world. To do so is something like the iman who is checking against a bank account, and then removing the account but leaving the checks still floating. There are many reasons why this gift msy not be good policy, and also many reasons why it would be. Kay Setchell, state conservation officer and local flying enthusiast says you can't Always believe maps ... he had occasion recently to fly to Decorah, where he had observed a large dot indicating an airport of some importance . , When he got there the port was nothing at all like the dot indicated ... he finally got down on a hogsback type of field but has decided henceforth to pay less attention to the airport dots on his maps and more to verbal information. * * * The local street resurfacing: Is causing some comment with down town quarterbacks wondering how long it will last . . . the ladies report that judging by the amount of dust and dirt raised, it should last a long time . . , anyway, it is an improvement. * * * . PROGRESS DEPARTMENT: Two girls of high school age were actually wearing long stockings the other day . . . and Evelyn Cady reports a bakery window minus any flys. v* * * Leon Merritt says a sure-fire way to get a rise out of any Mason Cityan is to comment on the fine, new CLEAR LAKE AIRPORT just three miles from the lake. * » * Universal military training; for a year may not be the most attractive thing in the world to parents or youngsters, either . . . but having a few fundamentals of military training and a trained reserve might save billions of dollars later on—and many lives, too. It's good peace insurance, too. * * * Everytime we see Jimmie Neville we marvel at, his spirit '. . . for a youngster of "some over 80", Jimmie is tops . . . down at Iowa City where he recently gave several doctors a workout, Jimmie was the one they always pointed to when other patients became obnoxious. "Look at that fellow," they'd say, and the unruly patient usually quieted down. * * » Revival of the annual Kossuth Conservation League Field Day is being planned for 1946, our scouts report. » * * Ernest Miller of Swea City, dropped in the office the other day. He's one of the real oldtimers in this section . . . when we tell you he's been taking this paper for the past 50 years you get some idea of what he's seen develop in this county in his lifetime. * * * Chris Reese, now editor and publisher of The Ocheyedan Arrow, writes to say that his wife recently had an operation, but is now getting along quite well . . . we hope so, Chris . . . and we also note that the coffee drinking is jumping by leaps and bounds up in Osceola county. * » * Mrs. E. H. Pittman, or someone over in the Credit Bureau, has a pretty good supply of yarns . . . recent one in the Service Bulletin follows: Mike: "Did you protest against the movie that represented the Irish as disorderly?" LEDYARD PASTOR OPERATED UPON Ledyard: Rev. Edward Cass who underwent a minor operation at the Lutheran hospital at Fort Dodge last Monday was able to come home on Thursday. He was unable to preach Sunday and since it was Missionary Sunday a missionary program was given with Mrs. Cass in charge, and Mrs. Paul Wilson, Mrs. Glenn Burrows and Mrs. D. B. Mayer assisting. U. S. W. A. Meeting— The U. S. W. A. work meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Ruby Johnson, Friday, with 15 ladies attending. This meeting was also Mrs. Johnson's vanishing tea and a nice lunch was served. Mrs. Louis Anderson turned in $5 from her tea. Mrs. Steve Powers has asked the ladies to meet with her in January. The general meeting will be in the town hall Nov. 5th. Pheasant Hunters Visit— Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Lutter entertained Mrs. Lutter's brother Bill Misbach and 5 of his fraternity brothers from the medical school of the state university of Minnesota, on Sunday. The boys came for pheasant hunting. Mrs. Lutter's parents Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Misbach and Mr. Henry Gillpin of Fairmont were also guests. Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Pingel visited at the Charles Winters home in Lakota, Sunday evening. Mrs. Hattie Sprank has been at Swea City the past week assisting her daughter Mrs. Wm. Wenzel who has been ill. Don't forget to come out and hear the Rust College Singers at the Methodist church Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p. m. Phyllis Strand who teaches at Watertown, Minn., spent the week end at the home "ot her parents Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Strand. Mrs. L. W. Wiemer, Mrs. W. E. Wiemer, Craig and Deanna, Mrs. D. B. Mayer and daughters spent Sunday at the E. E. Williams home in Stevens. Mrs. Chapin Wied of Chicago came Sunday morning for a short visit with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Looft. Mrs. Weed is the former Beulah Looft. Hospital apprentice Pearle Wentworth left last Tuesday to return to the navy hospital at Philadelphia, after spending a 10 day furlough with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wentworth. Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson visited at the home of Mr. Thompson's nephew the Rev. Clarence Thompsons of Terril. Rev. Thomp^ son followed the Rev. Harvey Nelson, a former Ledyard pastor who is now at Sibley, to Terril. \ By RUSS WALLER Pat: "Did we! We wrecked the place." * * * The Smoke Shop on a football Saturday afternoon Is quite a pen and pencil club as the scores come in ... and regardless of its being Saturday, it is surprising how many of the local citizenry find it necessary to attend to official business In that vicinity, and just happen to linger on for a few minutes of • the day's gridiron thrillers. » * * Motorists, especially at night, had sudden chills last week, at the corner of Call and Colby, when they spotted what seemed to be a man lying along the curb . . . twas a well constructed straw dummy that somehow or other came to rest ih that spot. * * » One preacher asked us if our ears burned, recently . . ', they didn't . . . but it seems the newspapers got a little going over for not being more regular in getting church notices into the paper . . . sometimes, gentlemen, we can't help it.... only so much type goes on a page . . . but we're trying all the time. * * * PICKED UP ON THE ROUNDS: N Wade Sullivan and Ray Ladendorf returning from what looked like a government, postoffjce survey party, the former with "barking dogs" . . . may have been inspecting mail boxes . . . T. 'H. Chrischilles has developed into the "man to know" when it comes to getting hotel reservations in'dis- tant cities ... he says his chickens are now coming home to roost —he's been booking in football fans all around the country for hotel space . . . Dr. R. W. Lee, who will open his medical practice here today, hails from Nevada, Iowa. Traveled over some 1500 miles of Iowa before deciding to locate here . . . Gene Murtagh, county Victory Bond chairman, is another who has traveled a lot recently—negotiated over 500 miles prior to the drive's opening, contacting other workers . . . and a good job, Gene . . . interestingly enough, Gene's father-in-law was chairman in World War I ... Eldon Ham from seven miles south ,of West Bend dropped in to advertise Berkshire boars . . . Del Clopton and Tom Holmes matching a third party with the usual results . . . Lyle Mathes feeling right chipper, as he should, about the nice appearance of his new shoe department . . . Forrest Twogood, with a good yarn about a washing machine that he trundled around in the Pacific . . . had it labeled "Radar" and it always got there fast. t * t The Emmetsburg Reporter (and we suspect it was brother Knudsen) commented tHusly on a recent meal, declared to have been procured in Algona: "the roast chicken dinner, alluringly described on the menu as with dressing, cranberries, etc. looked attractive . . in due course the waitress brought forth the order . . . the $64 question was, where was the chicken? . . . three tiny slivers of the fowl nesting on a small lump of'dressing, and a forkful of friend potatoes added to the lonely plate scene." C'est La Guerre, Brother Knudsen! * * * \ EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK: * I wish my deadly foe no.worse '• Than want of friends, and empty purse. * * * One newlywed couple report that -upon returning from their honeymoon they found the landlord parking on their doorstep . . . the rent was being raised. * * * Famous Last Line: And where can I buy a Victory Bond? BUHJINGS, CAR BURN, SWEA CITY §we4 city; The fire alaftft was sounded at 2:30 a. iftf Suttdfiy Wheft the* barn aha coal shed at the Henry Johnson home east flf tht Lutheran church wefe disebverfef to be on fire, The fire truck was soon on the scene but the' two buildings were bey&nd saving. Th« Johnson car, parked In the bai-Hj was destroyed. Cause of the fl« is undetermined. There was no Insurance. A pole carrying electric and telephone lines was also burned. Prompt action by the fire company saved the house from catching. Vet Is Due Home- Carl Schauberger, who grew up in the Swea City community, is expected to receive his discharge soon, according to • word received by his sister Mrs. Walter' Madsen of Swea City. Carl's service record has been unique In several .respects. Entering the army Shortly before Pearl Harbor -day, Carl became a member of a tank battalion with the First army. His first overseas duty was in England, after which he was in combat in France, Belgium arid Germany; spending 28 months in'the Euro* pean theatre. Joins Cadet Nurses- Mary Lobb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lobb, Jr., has become a member of the cadet nurse corps. Graduated from the Swea City high school last spring, Mary Jane entered the 'September class of cadet nurses at Cook county hospital in Chicago. She will com- p'eto the cou..*a In inreo years. Mrs. Ingar Haugen and three children of Burlington are visiting at the parental Wm. Christensen home. Mrs. Rosa Mitchell attended the annual meting of the grand chapter of the order of Eastern Stars which was held in Des Moines last week. Mrs. Harold Evans took Towmend Flash By Mrs. A. M. Anderson The top council of the Townsend organization has launched a drive among the U. S. congressmen to gain a hearing on the plan by Christmas. On the first day of the drive, 100 solons were contacted. This concerted drive is made to .win 218 signatures to a Townsend discharge petition. The petition will demand a vote and debate on the twin Townsend bills, H. R. 2229 and H. R. 2230. The Townsend plan will maintain a consumer market for goods produced. It offers a balance between capital and all labor;/thus eliminating continual strikes.— Adv. No Restrictions On Some Models Available Novy Many families will be enjoying toon that new pre-war quality Green Colonial Furnace they've been waiting for. HAVE YOU PLACED VOUR ORDER? 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