the "RRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . flipper itlomes ECTABllCUKft !•*• E»rABU5r1Ip IMS Kntered as second class matter at the pottoUice at Algona, Iowa (S0511). Nov. 1. IBM,- under Act of Conireia of March 3. 1<7B i 24 Tabloid Pages A I COM A I/-IUSA Tiitrrr**w »._...._.. -. A«»ONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1967 VOL. 102 NO. 14 Esther Sigsbee Services Casper Thilges Committee Asks Council Held Saturday In Algona Funeral Held To Study Translator T-V Funeral services for Mrs. Harlan Sigsbee, 49, who passed away last Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Sarasota, Fla., were held at the First' Presbyterian church in Algona, Saturday afternoon, Feb. 18. Mrs. Sigsbee, until four years ago a resident of Algona, succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage which had left her unconscious from Jan. 30 to the time of her death. Rev. Walter F. Morz officiated at the service and burial was in Eastlawn cemetery with McCullough Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were six of her nephews: Dennis and Tom Waller, Robert Sigsbee, and Richard, John and James Pratt. Her acquaintance in this area was widespread. Many knew her personally, and many others knew her through her column of almost 19 years in the Upper Des Moines, "Woman's World", which she wrote under the pen name of "Grace", her middle name. She was the author of numerous articles and feature stories over the years that appeared in a number of daily newspapers and magazines, and won a National Editorial Association award in 1957 with one of her Woman's World columns. She was also the author of the Algona Centennial Pageant playlet and narration presented at the fairgrounds during that historic event. Mrs. Sigsbee is survived by her husband, Harlan, a son, William of LaCrescent, Minn., two daughters, Mrs. David (Mary Ann) Rasmussen, Tucson, Ariz., and Jean, a senior in Sarasota, Fla. high school, and one grandson, William Mark Sigsbee. She was preceded in death by her father and an infant son, Dale Richard. Also surviving are her mother, Mrs. Harold Hobson, two brothers, Lloyd Pratt of Algona and Merle of Iowa Falls, and two sisters, Mrs. Russell Waller of Algona, and Mrs. Harold Schumacher of Whittemore. Esther Grace Sigsbee was born at Westgate, Iowa, Sept. 25,1917, daughter of Dennis and Clara Pratt. The family moved to Algona in 1931, where Esther graduated from high school. She attended Iowa State University and A. L B. in Des Moines. On Sept. 26,1940, she was united in marriage in Algona to Harlan Sigsbee. She served as church secretary at the Presbyterian church here for a number of years, and was correspondent for Ft. Dodge, Mason City and Fairmont newspapers, as well as writing for the Upper Des Moines. Her first column appeared Aug. 4, 1949, Only the day before she was stricken, she had transferred her membership to the Church of Palms Presbyterian church in Sarasota, where she had also been employed as secretary. Jack Shelley, WHO news commentator for many years, in his program Saturday morning, Feb. At St. Joe ESTHER GRACE SIGSBEE 18, paid tribute to the writer he „ had often quoted on his programs. He said: "I've often thought that Grace was so gifted she could become one of the nation's most famous women columnists if she had so chosen ... but she was a wife and mother above everything else .... some of her columns were real gems. One of them, "Ten Commandments for Teachers" became a classic, and in it Grace revealed, as in most of her columns, the love of young people, the awareness of the pride to be found in serving others, that were hallmarks of all her writing, and as always there was a chuckle, a saving sense of humor, that made her columns so delightful .... we are going to miss her columns .... but I think Grace would be happy to know that we'll remember her and when we do it will be with a warm and friendly smile, the kind of a smile she gave so many of us, so many times." No one could say it better. History Group Sponsors Bean Supper Feb. 22 The Kossuth Historical Society's second annual Bean Supper, this year tabbed as "Washington's Birthday Party", will be held this Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, with serving to begin at 5 p.m. in the VFW Hall at Algona. Home baked beans, ham baked by the Izaak Walton League and brown bread baked by Society members will be featured at the dinner and serving will be for 2 1/2 hours. The public is invited. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a program of music, with the Bar- bershoppers to sing and everyone invited to enter into square dancing will be held upstairs Food isbeingpreparedfor 600700 persons and an open invitation is extended to the general public to become members, besides attending the supper Funeral services for Casper Thilges, 84, lifelong resident of the St. Joe area and for the past 11 years a resident of the Good Samaritan Home here, were held Monday at 10 a. m. in St. Joseph's Catholic church, St. Joe, with Fr. Leo Schumacher officiating. Burial followed at the parish cemetery and Hamilton Funeral Home, Algona, was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were David Schneider, David Smith, Bob Altman, Joel Reding, Darrel Lentsch and Howard Kayser. Mr. Thilges died Friday morning at Good Samaritan Home here. Born Nov. 30, 1882 at St. Joe, he was a son of Nicholas and Margaret Hoffman Thilges. He never married. He was a member of the KC's. He is survivied by a brother, Roney Thilges, Tracy, Minn., and a number of nieces and nephews in this area. Six brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. • Emil Lovstad f Funeral Held Here Saturday A well-known Algonan, Emil W. Lovstad, 52, resident here for the past 50 years, died at his home Thursday. Funeral services were held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist church, with Rev. Mack Carlson officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Robert Shillington, Ray Westling, George Heinen, Arthur Weise.EricWill- rett and Kenneth Wehrspann. Emil William Lovstad, son of Edward and Anna Jessen Lovstad, was born March 26, 1914 at Burt. He was married to Phyllis Coleman Jan. 18, 1939 and for many years served as a route man, both in and out of Algona, for Modern Dry Cleaners. He is survived by his wife; six children, Marcella (Mrs. Val Gene Westling), Algona; William, Forest City; and Linda Sue, Mary Ann, Marlene and Larry at home; four grandchildren; and seven brothers and sisters, Mrs. John Snyder, Swea City; Mrs. Victor Carman, Clifford, Raymond and Robert, Burt; Leonard, Plymouth, la.; and Vern, Kansas City. Announce P.O. Exams The examination to be given for all applicants for postmaster of Algona will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, at Fort Dodge in the Federal building there, it has been announced. There were 15 applicants for the position of Algona post, master Members of the city council here were Invited by letter during a meeting Wednesday night to travel to Fairmont some Saturday afternoon and evening to study translator TV facilities and reception there. The invitation came from a 7-member translator TV committee, composed of Dr. J. B. Harris, Jr., Earl Lierley, Leo Cassel, Glen Graham, Hugh Black , Wes Bartlett and E. J. Gilmore. It marked the first time since last year that the translator set-up had come up here. It was discussed prior to that at various times between unsuccessful votes on cable TV here. During the latest presentation last year, facts and cost figures on the translator type of reception were discussed - and at that time, a 400-foot tower, land, bldg., etc. was estimated to cost $65,000, with maintenance to run approximately $5,000 each year. Broken down, tax-wise, the average home owner would be assessed about $40.50 the first year (to cover construction, etc.) and about $2.83 per year from then on. Translator TV has been mentioned as the logical method to make good reception possible for everyone in this area. Each resident of the city would be assessed in order to pay for the system. There are 150 such translator systems in use in this six-state area - with Fairmont, Blue Earth, Mankato and Windom in Minnesota and Spencer, Des Moines and Iowa City using the same type of installation. No action on a possible visit to Fairmont was taken. Also on the subject of TV, the Algona Community School District was granted permission to hook up with a tower owned by Gene Faulstich in order to improve educational TV reception at Bertha Godfrey School. A bid of $1,695 for purchase of a new police car was accepted from Ken's Auto Service, and the Plymouth is expected to be delivered in about 60 days. There were three other bidders, Dau's, $1,698; Kossuth Motor Co., $1,761.49; and Taylor Motor Co., $1,893.65, and a 2-year old vehicle is to be traded in. The third reading of the last of seven parking ordinances dealing with streets surrounding the business district was completed and the ordinance approved. Reports of Algona Municipal Utilities (quarterly), the airport and fire department (annual) were read and approved. Date of the next meeting was set. It will be held this Wednesday night, Feb. 22. 4 Escape With Bruises, Car & Train Collision Four area 18-year olds luckily escaped serious injury about 1:30 a. m. Sunday when the auto in which they were riding collided with a Rock Island freight train at West Bend. All four were taken to St. Ann hospital for treatment of injuries. Injured were: Roger Kenne, Whittemore, driver of the auto, bruises, treated and released; Mary Foley, Whittemore, broken ribs; Robert Bestenlehner, Algona, bruised leg; and Donald Fickbohm, Rodman, facial lacerations and bruises. According to Patrolman Dick Fellin, Emmetsburg, and Marshal John Goldtrap, West Bend, who investigated the mishap, the auto was headed north on high way 44 and the train, which was on its way to Estherville, was headed northwest. The auto struck the third car behind the three engines which were pulling the freight and was carried 41 feet from the point of impact, with every other car of the train bumping it as it pulled past. The auto remained upright, but was hung up on switching apparatus. Trainmen aboard the freight knew nothing of the mishap until they reached Estherville, but a representative of the railroad was to arrive Monday afternoon for a talk with Fellin. According to the patrolman, Kenne couldn't stop the auto due to ice and packed snow at the crossing on the highway. The car, a 1957 Chevrolet was demolished and charges are pending further investigation. One Day Special Sales Event Here Feb. 22 Algona business firms are presenting a George Washington Birthday sales event Wednesday of this week, with store hours to be 9 a.m. to 9 'p.m. for this one- day event. A host of attractive retail merchandise bargains will be found in this issue of The Algona Upper Des Moines. Mrs. Black Dies Mrs. Stanley Black, 54, Burt, succumbed at St. Ann hospital, Sunday evening. Funeral arrangements were pending at Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft. Services will be held at the Burt Methodist church. ELM DISEASE- A public meeting concerning Dutch elm disease will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 at the Bancroft fire station.
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