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' • '*»** wy^v*- >r' t * i i PAGE TWO. .ALGONA UPPER , ALdWA, IOWA. -' ' /rr?'W',<>V : r!,'' ' - ' '•-;4l * " *"'"•" •ftaa.iMB 's Thoughts On Hospital .. ' • ^^^ , . ^^ To The Voters and Taxpayers of 1 Kossuth County: J, Before the people of Kossuth County vole on the question of whether or not to vote a bond issue for a county hospital. I think -much misinformation regarding .this question should be corrected. ''• The question to be voted upon, in short, asks Whelhe.r . the county shall, procure a - site huild. equip and maintain w o county hospital, hy issuance J 01 $100,000 in bonds." t There is nothing in this word- «ing that says HOW MANY BEDS shall be contained in the hospital. In other words, if the proposition is voted it will become mandatory for the Bo.ar.id of Supervisors of .Kossuth County to appoint a hos-, pi^tal commission .vxfiich in .tu.r,n. must see thai this project is carried out. .' Thts, ifnist 'nil bje donfe with the $100,000 from the bond.issue, and at the most. and (being optimistic with $50,000, in federal aid, or a total o1'!$l50,000. • pbwn;in Story county, a $100,000 bond Issde was v&ted some time ago, and anrrtherf $'10Cf,000 was raised by donation. In that .case [ there was only one hospital proposition jbefore the public. But the \Vording of the vote called for construction of '3 40 BED hospital. Accordingly, 'bids have been call* ed .for several times, AND THE LOWEST BID RECEIVED FOR A 40 BED HOSPITAL WAS $270,000. In Kossuth, .therefore, there is no teason for us to believe that our $lOp,OQO'plus $50,000 can come anywhere near building 'anything other than a crnckerbdx building, and there is no guarantee at that as to HOW-BIG OR HOW MANY BEDS the hospital shall contain. If the vote is favorable', and we call for bids, we wi\l 'have W butld a hospital and take whatever .size •and number of ibeds we can get -for $100,000. If this is ten beds, Or fifteen beds, that will be what we'll get—.it seems certain it 'Will toe nowhere near 50 feeds, I present these facts to the taxpayers because 1 think they should understand fully before they vote what the county is taking .on, and what the county may stand to get. JACK QU.INN, Supervisor, Fourth District. , sqn t of Mrs. |r6r|| $ tuder wjji Brought home Fwday feom ( tne Mercy hospital in Mason City where the preytettg week he sub mitted ,tp tpe taWM At an , injured In a dyhftmHe accident. He lost the end oT Uvo fingerl also. Bode: At the marching band contest held m tpocjaho'titps' •S.attjr-' day, Oct.' I?, th4 ( fiwe>bpfid catae home with ft fit *i for the Sth coh- setiutlve year. A large crowd ttofh here attended the .event including 1C iband'".rn«{herS Who .Went 'over in the bus. Upper * 9 North Dodge Street— Phone 16-17 ,,f J Entered as second class matter at the postof- h' lice at Algona, Iowa, under Act of Congress of J March 3, 1879. Issued Weekly By THE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CQ. 0 No. Dodge St., Algona, Iowa J. W. HAGGARD, Editor R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. ERLANDER, Adv. Dept. Member National Editorial Ass'n Iowa Press Ass'n NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE National Advertising Service 188 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 111. 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 DCS Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, one year $5.00 No subscription less than 6 months. ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch 49c OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER Facts and Figures About County Hospital Costs and Construction In the heat of controversy, it is natural to toss statistics and figures around with ease. We're all inclined to be guilty of this, in upholding our own convictions. • The problem is usually to get at the actual truths ,and to reason matters out from true facts, not prejudice or casual statements. The Sisters of Mercy* hospital in Algona is now a certainty. The Sisters will face construction supply problems like anyone else who may think of building these days. But the hospital is now assured. The question of whether of not Kossuth county cares to vote a bond issue of $100,000 for construction, equipping and maintaining a county hospital, also, comes before the voters Nov. 5. Proponents of a county hospital have used several statements as a basis for their reasoning, r.nd we have endeavored to check on these points for our own benefit, and possibly those of our readers. 1—It has been stated that the cost of the bond i.=sue would amount to practically nothing. 2 —The Greene County Hospital at Jefferson has been held up as the best example of a county- owned hospital in this area. Some interesting information has been obtained on both of these points. COST—County Auditor Immerfall says that the 11)45 assessed valuation of Kossuth County is $41,419,737. A bond issue for $100,000 would be paid off with interest at a '/•; mill levy, which would take about six years to pay. The yearly levy of \2 mill would raise $20,710 on the 1945 valuation, each year. The Code of Iowa states that "after a county hospital is built and completed" there can be another yearly levy of not to exceed one mill for hospital maintenance, and to meet any operating deficit. This means that after the hospital might be built ,a levy of $41,420 a year can be made for the hospital, not one year but any and all years if necessary. How much is this going to cost the taxpayer? We picked a man owning an improved quarter section of land as an average example. Let us say his land is valued at $8,000 and his buildings $1,1)00 which is certainly a fair figure. The 'j mill levy is $4.50 a year for six years to pay off the bond issue, or $27. That in itself isn't too rough and would hardly harm anyone financially. BUT, after the hospital is once constructed this man can be assessed one mill or $9 a year for eternity, if necessary. In 10 years time, while a new hospital is being equipped and made to operate, he can stand to pay $90 plus the $27 for the original bond issue, or $110, as an example. This does not entitle him to free use of the county hospital, either. He pays there for service as he would in p.ny other hospital. * si a GREENE COUNTY—This county hospital was built in 1937 as a 30-bed unit and cost $136,000. It also was aided by a $45,000 PWA grant. The site was a gift, so the site-free hospital was con- structed at a total cost of $185,000 (30 beds, in 193.7). It was opened in 1938. Tax levies were made .tor the (hospital in 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. 'TJiei-e were none in 1943, 1944 and 1945, but there jvlll lie a levy in 1947. T;he hospital has never shown an operating profit since it opened. In the past nine months there have been three dififerent superintendents, the most recent one c'oming from Idaho. Since its original construction, seven or eight • more 'beds have been added -by converting the managers' office, solarium, and other space not originally intended for beds into space for patients. * '.••' o As an interesting sidelight, two local citizens in search of facts visited Jefferson on a Sunday. They tried to get in the front door of the hospital along toward noon and found it locked. Going downtown, they stopped at a drug store and asked the druggist about the locked hospital. "Oh, they probably haven't got around to unlock them yet," was the explanation. There is one more argument that has been repeatedly advanced, and that is the "saving" to the county toy having a hospital of its own, and not sending patients to Iowa City. Here is the truth of the matter. Out of your lax money as paid to the state, eaoh county in Iowa is allocated a certain sum ear. marked for that county in the care of county patients at Iowa City. If the county uses more than the sum it is allocated, the county has to pay the additional money directly from county funds. But ii the county didn't use any of the allocation, it would still be paying for Iowa City care not received. « * * It is our belief that we should not be "for" or "against" anything without good reasons for doing so. The reasons should be sound, honest, and sincere. We know that the people of Kossuth county are going to make up their minds as they choose. The above facts are true as presented, and may be of value to readers in making thier own decisions. ' R. B.-W. Truman and Meat ' All price controls on meat have been removed. Two days after the removal of controls press reports stated that Iowa packing plants were glutted. One plant jumped from 700 head the day after controls were removed to 60,000 head on the second day. Decontrol of meat was about the only thing left for the administration to do; the position of the President is an unenviable one. After temporarily dropping controls several months ago, they were re-established when it became evident that prices were runnnig away with the situation. Then ,the producers went on strike! Now, everything on the hoof that can toe mov- .ed to m.arke,t will probably move; we will get meat ~ ; at Jiigher prices, of course. And when the first rush is over,' and farms, ranges and feed lots have been cleaned out of hogs and cattle, there will probably be another shortage in a few months. * * a There is an old saying about not being able to • "have your cake and eat it too." Controls of any kind, basically, were intended to stabilize prices while we were gradually reconverting from wartime to peacetime economy. Perhaps the management of controls was poor; perhaps our people did not fully understand the aim of the program; perhaps it would have been better to have lifted all controls and let wildeyed inflation run its course. Whatever it may have been, -the effort to control prices for a time has failed, just as the effort to control wages has failed. We want to have our cake and eat »t too. We waul big- wages and low prices; or we want biff prices and Ipw wages. We can't have them both. At this stage of the game perhaps the best thing to do is drop ALL controls. Prices of all merchandise, and wages of all labor, will then engage in a skyrocket contest and will only end with a loud crash. When Industry Prospers The Iowa Development Commission has prepared a chart to explain the decentralization of eastern industry and the resulting effect upon the economy of Iowa. The Commission points out that when one factory, employing 150 men for example, comes to town, it supports: —24 professional men. —32 retail stores. —390 occupied homes. —$500,000 in retail volume. —320 cars and service for them. —Fourteen teachers. —^-Farm product consumption from 6,600 acres. The Commission's figures, if facts as we pre_ sume they are, are most interesting to any community which desires to move ahead by inviting small industries into its midst. R. B. W. "A CITY STORE WITH COUNTRY PRICES" Delia Welter, who was chalr.man of the social committee at. the Algona Country Club this past season, presented club officers and committee members with a two- page, itemized report of social committee funds . . . the social fund showed a balance ' of four cents, with the notation "retained by chairman for postage and handling charges." O. K. Delia,,nicely done! ' '"'.'•' '" • lit I'.t >'.> Mrs. Leo Spilles was attending to several things at once, thS'other evening, and among other jithings was preparing to put the Persian cat down Into the .basemehf /and close the kitchen window .j.;«-ab- sent-mindly she walked oj/er to the window and tossed theltmimal out ... it was a tie as to who! was the most surprised in the next second, the cat or Mrs. Spilles, !'.( * 111 * • . * And before we leave the'ladies, we'll have to tell you about 'Mrs. Ted Larson, who walked into the office wanting to collect American Legion Auxiliary dues for .the .better half . . . we paid, and in the process of discussing matters Mrs. L. informed us that SHE always got Ted's check . . .which is something that we males would just as soon not have heard about. STATE OF THE NATION: Present fad among teen-agers is to develop large collections of photographs of movie stars . . . Judy Murtagh recently sent for a dozen or more, including of course that guy Van Johnson . . . and Judy Nasby has a collection widely envied . . . while Alice Krese'n- sky and Virginia Fristedt are right up in there in volume and variety. Bill Barry, Sr. .says -he'd -like'to know the recipe .". . : he recently went to'MMorris. -111., along with Mrs. BrfiTy 1 and his sister; Mrs. C. B. 'M. Smith of Des Moines. to visit relatives . . . there he met an aunt of his, now aged 96 ... talking over old times, Bill reminded her of the time she did an -Irish jig at the age of 83 . . . "Hmph," said the sparkling old lady, "I can still do it", whereupon she .jumped up and gave a fine exhibition. ft o >:« RAMBLING AROUND— Ed Chambers and J. A. Freeh tacking up '<Blue for Governor" signs on South Phillips S,t- . : • •waitress in a local eatery explaining that she was sweeping the lloor ''to get in practice"—getting married the first of the year . . . Bill Sharp 'With.a "client" ; . . Bud Zander stenqiling out H pretty .picture to go' to Legion members -inviting them to the stag . . . Roberta Miller heading for .Grqtte!? fo.r a cup of java • • • Wade Sullivan raking up the leaves on his mother's lawn (conservation note— that's bad; leaves provide good humus for the soil) . . . Halloween displays are in the fore, masks, pumpkins, and wha.tn.pt, , .Coach Hertz -reviewing the game over a Saturday morning cup .qf "~c6ffe,e . . . Russ Hardgrove^ putting op storm windows ... 2? <5t} ^tend- ance at the meeting •la.ftt 1 jue,gday regarding the county hojplt.arvot'e, held in high schopl . . , f}oy Bjustrom and Frank Mo.ultqr* \n 'that new car . . . Doc Lee talking about picture developers and enlaTgers . . , Sadie Hawkins Day is almost here. .-•'•' : * * * Speaking of Sadie HawK)n« Day reminds us that Lena The Hyena is probably one of'the best and most humorous of the comic strip series in a long, long time. Definition of the football season: The time of year when you can walk down the street with a blonde an4 a blanket and npbody thinks anything jibout it. ' * « 0 There is one tree down in the southern part of the county which is going to face this co}d' cold winter in a sad state. Bqb Williams and Craig Smith took a squirrel hunting trip (tjje mejit situation toeing what it i&r-pr was). Thpy flushed a squirrel, bright- eyed little critter, and cornered it in a tree, if such a thing Js possible. Williams whammed away 12 times. When he got through the squirrel still had an inquisitive look on .its face, .but tf\e tEe$—alas, it was stripped o| .barjt over a /oiir foqt souarc area. ' ' '''•'' tt {j,f*qj$. tp^k a more rc-straingd form to,qc.k som>e jre^rs. One of our spys recently let us see a letter, yellowed with" age, found in an old drain which read as follows: "ij^liss M. ..... ._, Degr FrjenjJ *— I have b,een 'thinWng about you. .ever Since that night we hjjd §i»ch a good time, ana I wouj^'jlike to y_pu gome nfeht this $«$£. time £o su.it ypiu- awn jsyeet .§9 if you wilj, ma^e jin ftgBf- ment to see- me. It would please me very much. I wish -you -would name the time and place where J ca,n see you and have a nice time. Please write and ; let rne know your pleasure. Yours. — '• ." We'd like to S86 what the .present generation cb.uld do with 1 that same subject matter . ... send yours in. , »ii $ .ft Our friends over In the postof- fice are getting 'quite poetic, iflese days . .; seems last week had been designated at ' National Letter. Writing Week . . . the postal tooys (and also .the one girl,'attractive •Geneva,vScharlach) advise Us to •"renew old contacts with faraway friends and relatives^by airmail." They point'-out that "people who don't write don't receive' letters," which : is : -something, quite logical . .,. anyway, it was an interesting bit of Advice, and we are only too happy to join in urging you to, write more letters, and tp "get the joy of receiving letters." ft ft ft Our famous last Ijne was turned in by a reader who sjgns himself "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing", and goes, to-wit: $ »|t 15 Girls who keep ,011 slapping faces, don't see sights arid 'don't go 'places. Fenton Juniors To Present A Comedy Fenton: Work has begun on the Fenton junior class play "Don'.t Keep Him Waiting," a three-act comedy by Marten to be presented early in November. Characters are Jess Ramble, Vincent Votteler; Toodles Ramble, Maxine Donahue; Betty Ramble, Lorria 'Kressin; Owen Ramble, Gene Mansager; ; Mirierva, Phyllis Bierstedt; 'Selina, •Lois Bellinger; Jimmy, 'Betty •Voigt; Chester Ramble, Frank, Myeller; Sally Lou Rattinle, "Doris! jSollinger; David Vance, 'Di£k Theesfield; O'Toole, D'ean .Lufkin; •Dd ' Amos . Atkins, Jim Hiatt. iipt. V, J. Tatum is director of 4he.play. . taNbtyr. *>% V*totti$jH9ft """HWBMI « * ; j. r's>; farmer namoi Jonee from J)uJ>u<fue y starter _ * The buck kiazts mt|<& <fui< 'TKan ahired man scared by a A • HI. •!!• flU Get Phillips 66 That's right—Phillips 66 is regulated to suit your weather conditions! To .give you a smooth, powerful motor fuel—summer, fall, winter, or spring, the quantity of high-volatility elements in Phillips 66 Gasoline is changed with the calendar and'the climate! Phillips vast reserves of high-test natural • : " ' * "" gasoline make this possible. That's ,why Phillips 66 gives you smooth even power in summer . . .' quick instant starts on cold winter mornings . .. and driving efficiency all year round. Try a tankful at the next sign of "66"! Jbr crood sendees. • - 3 •-.." ••••." • ,..PHILLIPS 66. VOLATILIT/.60E Harms Oil Company, Dist. ' ., Harms Sjuper Service Station Herman Waller, Tank Wagon Agesnt Gcp. .Harris, Operator gnd lt *- L -- 1 Phone 74 FranJd PJxillips Station ' .(Formerly Klamps) ' ' , .. State and.Tones Jones . .....jrtHagg '.:. . (Formerly Johnson'*) ,0^1Highway IS i.t/-*f*'-t-fl • no aqcidftiit , that the largest cr,pps in our re bajjig ijarvesttcd this year Miheruwe, a,n<| the rest ftf ,tihfi wpiJUU jppe.d tUejn moat. J^ ^pjte of twoc, Joes, of jlatior toid Utllle new ,ha.s , National thanks are due the /ariner for the j6b he has clone in the .last five yesrq, \Jn\verso}, respect is due him for his foresight in helping ind^iatry. equip ffttws to meet a wjiole —- ! — of emergencies. ,care i for .abroad. 49 ,p«r fjirniers ,$9 it? HOW is it that «.p^f^eof jOjf our pfi,oj>le 4^ feed tU| o/ \»s and go on hw^ng.records i« tjie fa«e of cfcaMinstances which slqw up industry? "JUiere are thre^ reasons: First, fafiners w,o,rk •harder and longw $flB most other Americans, ^ond, they ki^Q\v^q.>y to make the he^f t}§p of tools, And, third, they have a long-standing their iyge to get more out of the land for the same labor. Farmers are still practicing tlM'kiud BUT;;; we should not crowd «p the farmer's luck either. Too many farm i are now worn onti Without ne,\v < tion may go down* Farmers nejd ovpr eight hundred mill fan rfo(/«rs' n.yrlh,ft$ ^ew inents and equipment- It W up and labor to keep wheels turning ty> produce them, but any recurrence" .of strides would, prevent tUis. America should see that getf wl ' ' 350 THE it! "' 1 *- -I*

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