The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 23, 1967 · Page 9
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 9

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 23, 1967
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BY KUSS WALLER Coincidences, yes, and most unusual. Mrs. Ollie Robinault, recently hospitalized here at St. Ann, entered her room to find that the other occupant in the two-bed room was an ex-day cook from the old Silver Grey Cafe in Algona, Rosie Miller. Mr. and Mrs. Robinault operated the Silver Grey for years. Then her husband, R. S. (Fuzzy) Robinault entered the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines. His roommate turned out to be Shorty Boever, who at one time was the night cook in the old Silver Grey I We hate to see milk wasted. About all we can say is that two cents more is worth it, compared with what we pay for cigarettes and beer, or liquor. * * * Some 20 years ago Les Weisbrod was chief of the Fenton Fire department. Being fire conscious as a result, he rigged up a basement fire alarm that sounded when an undue amount of heat was generated. The years passed, and about a week ago, after 20 or so years, the alarm sounded early in the morning awakening Mr. and Mrs. Weisbrod. There was a fire in the basement of the Weisbrod home. Without the alarm, it might indeed have been a much more disastrous fire. * * * Someone is always debunking more interest apsects of our early history. Now it seems that Miss Pocahontas was a sort of a 1600 go-go girl, a bigamist, and not too particular in her selection of male friends. * * * Before we get carried away completely on the subject of "Federal funds' it might be well to remember that there is no such thing .... money from Washington is the money of the people, sent there through various channels, where 2 million Federal employees take out their "handling charge", .and then allocate what is left into various departments and the "Federal funds" we read about. If states, municipalities and school districts paid their own bills, those bills would be far lower and the money would be better spent. State Senator David Stanley of the Iowa legislature has quite an idea. He has proposed a change in our tax laws to encourage people to improve and repair their property. He says: "It seems ridiculous that a person who improves or repairs his property is penalized by a higher property tax, while the owner who lets his property run down is rewarded with lower taxes." You have something there, Senator I * * * Our State Street Sage remarks that about the only thing President Johnson has going for him is the fact that a recent poll of Republicans indicates party leaders favor Dick Nixon as the GOP candidate in 1968. * * * Famous Last Line - (From current headline): "Ky Asks More War At Peace Parley.' Good Friday Union Service Slated Here The Algona Ministerial Union will be sponsoring a Union Good Friday service at the Episcopal church, 213 East Call St. There will be eight churches participating in the services. The messages will be taken from "The Seven Last Words of Christ." Services will begin at noon, with local ministers bringing the messages. Each service will last 25 minutes, with opportunity for those in the congregation to leave or to arrive at the end of each service. The services will conclude at 3 p. m. Wat ESTABLISHED 1865 » second <•'»» matter at the portoffice at Alsona. Iowa (50311). Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress at March 3. 1879 Clear Pictures — Mere News - Largest Circulation Upper AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1967 jWotne£ 2 Sections - 18 Pages VOl. 101 NO. 23 Questions Barrage 2 Legislators Fire Chief Ralph Elbert Is Heart Victim Here RALPH ELBERT Ralph Elbert, 68, popular Algona fire chief and member of the local department for many years, sustained a fatal heart attack while driving his auto at the intersection of State and Thorington streets here Monday at 2:42 p. m. and was pronounced dead by Dr. Dan Bray after an examination at the scene. Following the attack, the Elbert auto, in which Mr. Elbert was alone, continued north through the intersection, slanted left and struck a parked auto owned by Ben 5. Bahling, Burt, in the first stall on the west side of Thorington opposite the comer of the Security State Bank. Frank Bahling was sitting In the parked vehicle and was not Wednesday For Richard Berg Funeral services for Richard E. Berg, 72, well-known Swea City man, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Baptist church there, with Rev. Hugh Crandell officiating. Family services preceded the public rites at 1 p.m. in the Reese- Henry Chapel there. Burial was at the Harrison township cemetery and there were military rites at graveside. Mr. Berg, who had been in failing health for 1 1/2 years, succumbed to a heart condition at Southside Hospital, Mesa, Ariz., at 2 a.m. Friday. He was born April 29, 1894 at Swea City, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Berg, was educated there and married Ann Deim at EstherviUe Oct. 14, 1926. He was a veteran of World War I and a charter member of the American Legion and VFW at Swea City. Mr. Berg served as rural mail carrier at Swea City for 36 years prior to retirement in 1962. He lived his entire life at Swea City. Survivors include a daughter, Shirley (Mrs. Donald Harr), Ft. Collins, Colo.; four grandchildren; and one sister, Ellen Berg, Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, three brothers and infant twin sisters. Hurt In Fall Dean Parrott,. well-known Al- gonan and court reporter for Judge G. W. Stillman here, slipped on steps at his home Sunday evening and sustained unknown injuries, requiring hishospitaliza- tion at St. Ann hospital. Mrs. Parrott reported Tuesday evening that her husband was in much pain and that the doctor had stated he probably suffered a compression Injury. X-rays, taken earlier, were to have been read Wednesday to determine exact extent of injuries. Minor Crash Two cars received a total of $500 damage in an accident on highway 9 in Buffalo Center Sunday night. Police said cars driven by Lawrence Hacker of Thompson and John Kollasch of Lakota collided at Main Street and Highway 9. injured. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at only $95 by- Rich Groen, local policeman who investigated. Closest witness apparently was Greg Hatch, Algona, who was driving a car right behind the Elbert machine. Both were headed north on Thorington. Hatch reported that near the intersection, Mr. Elbert's head suddenly slipped back onto the -top of the seat and the car went out of control, fortunately at slow speed. The Elbert auto hit the other so gently that the engine remained running - and was shut off some minutes later by Groen who was called from the police station. Russ Kelley, an employee of the UDM, was nearby and saw the Elbert car collide with the other. He saw Mr. Elbert slumped back in the seat and hurried to the office of Dr. Bray to summon him to the scene, a half-block from his clinic. The city emergency truck was rushed to the scene, also, by Assistant Fire Chief Kink Willey and Clarence Metzger, Jr., but It was determined that oxygen would do no good. Mr. Elbert had been hospitalized at St. Ann here a couple of times in recent months. Mr. Elbert served as fire chief here at two different times. He had served since 1964 until his death and was chief for a while prior to World War IL Ralph was an auto mechanic most of his life and a long-time employee of Kossuth Motor Co. here. Funeral services for Mr. Elbert will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p. m. in the Congregational church here, with Rev. Frank Harcey officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens and Me- Cullough's Funeral Chapel Is In charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Bill Finn, Don Sherman, Chester Willey, Bill Hood, Donald Meyer and Al Boekelman. Ralph Peter Elbert, son of Joseph and Margaret Kerker Elbert, was born Sept. 17, 1898 and married Margaret Har, greaves at Nashua Sept. 15,1928. He was a resident here many years. Besides his wife, survivors include twin sons, Ronald, Silver Springs, Md., and Donald, Dayton, Ohio; a brother, James, Waterloo; three sisters, Mrs. Mathilda Waldschmidt, Algona, Josephine (Mrs. Dahlhauser) and Mrs. Jane Allg, Whittemore; and four grandchildren. John Gisch Of Algona Dies John R. Gisch, 57, well-known Algona farmer, died at his home here Tuesday morning. Funeral services for Mr. Gisch will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Cecelia's Catholic church, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary cemetery and Hamilton Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Eldon Win^ kel, Lee Schenck, George Heinen, Allen Wagner, 'Ronald Peck and William Nugent. John, son of Lorenz and Eva Lentsch Gisch, was born April 25, 1909 at Livermore. He married Mary Mescher at Bancroft Feb. 19, 1941 and they have farmed at the southwest edge of Algona for some time. Mr. Gisch was a fourth degree and third degree KC. .He is survived by his wife; his father, Algona; three daughters, Virginia (Mrs. Dennis Guerdet), Armstrong, Rosemary (Mrs. John Wibe), Ames, and Madonna, WIndom, Minn.; two grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters, Lawrence, Fern (Mrs. Wm. Specht), Bernard and Ruth (Mrs. Duane Arend), Algona; Dorothy (Mrs. Wilfred Kohlhaas), Livermore; and Rachel (Mrs. Luke Hamilton). Sunday Is Easter mm ] F/Rsr MTHERAH ' ' . \ \ • < i >' U fi , v f y ; SftSHI Stf ttOMAS CHH cp ISCOP4t 10 = 30 S «NDAY SEWIC HOLY COMMUN '%* 15 Teachers Resign; 3 Retire Supt. 0. B. Laing reported fifteen resignations and three retirements from the school staff for the 1967-68 school year, at the board of education meeting Monday night. Resignations include Mlchele Huntley, English; Ruth Kuyper, art; Eunice Peters, music; Carol Schnell, 2nd grade; Janice Wassman, 4th grade; Diann Wischof, business education; Don Wells, 5th grade; Carole Kniep, kindergarten; Allan Kniep, social studies; Domae Meling, 5th grade; Judith Johnson, kindergarten ; Jon Putnam, special education ; Adolfo Franco, Spanish ; Elmer Sonksen, English; Loren Burnett, physical education ;Isabelle Dahl, 1st grade; Hazel Appenzeller, 6th grade; and Alice Condon, art. New contracts were approved for Sonja Putnam, kindergarten ; Jan Anderson, kindergarten; Enrique Bazan, Spanish; Jeanne Lighter, art; and Kathryn Misbach, 6th grade. The tentative date set for the public sale of school bonds authorized by the election last January, is Wednesday, May 10. Arrangements are being completed on the advice of Paul Speer and Associates, finance consultants, local attorneys, and Chapman and Cutler of Chicago, for final details of this sale. Salary adjustments for James Anderson, Wesley Warner and Richard Palmer were approved, since the men will not be supervising extracurricular activities. The optimum is to have not more than 25 pupils per teacher. Three more teachers will be added to the teaching staff for 1967-68, with one for 2nd grade, one for 6th grade, and one for high school, if the student load is increased by shared-time program. The board was requested by the city to give authorization to vacate Hale and Orchard streets just north of the proposed new school building site. The matter will be taken up by the planning and zoning commission. Authorized was an annual audit of financial records of the school district, to take place in July. Also authorized was the employment of Howard Lawson, C.P.A., of Ft. Dodge to perform the audit. Supt. Laing was authorized to allocate a share of federal aid funds from the 1968 Elementary and Secondary Education Act program for the special education county program for public and parochial news. Algona's share this year is $17,000, with the share for 1967-68 expected to be increased somewhat. April 4 was set as the date for the next meeting, which will be held with Cliff Prall of Des Moines, school architect. Discussed will be the problems of utilization of the 38-acre site for various athletic and recreational activities, as well as location of buildings. The board received seven bids for fuel oil for the school year 1967-68. Accepted was the lowest bid from Farm Service. Hilton Sinclair was awarded the contract for gasoline, with pump price at 34.9; discount 8.4, net 22.5 per gallon. Vaughn Rising, business manager, was authorized to call for bids on a new 54-passenger school bus, to be delivered before the opening of next school year. Two buses were bought when the district was reorganized In 1963. The next oldest was purchased in 1959, and one in 1956 and one in 1957. The latter two are now used as stand-by buses. Twelve buses are on the a. m. and p. m. runs, and one is used for the Whittemore kindergarten run. Pat Montag, manager of the local North Central Public Service Co., and George Ross, Coon Rapids, an engineer with the same company, appeared before the school board to present Information on the use of natural gas in the heating of school buildings, especially in the proposed new high school building. They discussed annual rates, efficiency, and installation costs, as well as presenting a comparison of gas heat with electricity and oil. Railroad Brakeman Dies Of Heart Attack, Lakota An Estherville railroad man was found dead at Lakota Monday night after apparently suffering a heart attack. He was Gilbert Amdahl, 58, a Rock Island Railroad employee, one of a crew of four on a train bound for Albert Lea. Amdahl, a brakeman, was missed by crew members when the train reached Rake. Crew members included John Pool, engineer, Don Bisgaard and Darrel Johnson, otherbrakemen. The crew notifed N. J. Moritz, agent at Estherville, who called Marvin Austin, agent at Lakota. Austin found Amdahl lying beside the tracks and summoned Dr. R. F. Snyder of Swea City, Kossuth County coroner, who pronounctd Amdahl dead of a heart attack. Bisgaard had met Amdahl beside the train when it stopped at Lakota, after which Bisgaard went to the front of the train and Amdahl went toward the rear. That was the last Amdahl was observed until he was found by Austin. Crewmen were not certain whether he was on the ground when the attack occurred, or whether he was on the platform of the caboose and had fallen off when stricken. JayCee Election Algona JayCees, meeting Wednesday evening, March 22, will elect a slate of officers for the 1967-68 year. Frank King is currently president. All members are urged to be present. School Buses & Property Tax Lead Open Forum An overflow crowd of about 250 fired a bombardment of questions in a surprisingly heavy turnout, Tuesday evening, to hear what State Senator Don Murray ;md Representative Karl Kiilsholm had to say about the current session of the Iowa state legislature. Both men are home for Easter recess. The meeting, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, was anything hut humdrum. Mrs. W. J. Finn, League president, opened the meeting in the assembly chamber of the Kossuth court house. Mrs. Dan Dray introduced Senator Murray, and Mrs. Dick Thoreson Introduced Representative Kiilsholm. Slips of paper for questions were presented to members of the audience at the beginning of the meeting, with each speaker given an opportunity to answer them. Questions were then asked from the floor. The question of riding school buses was by far the most discussed. In the Senate it is S.F. 118. In the House it is H.B. 26. Senator Murray discussed the vote in the Seriate of 35 to 26 in favor of Uie "bus bill" Senate File 118. This is now In subcommittee of the house, which will study it for at least 18 days. The sub-committee had previously voted unanimously to postpone action on the bill indefinitely. Rep. Kiilsholm said he would vote against SF 118 because many students of Bancroft, Fenton, and oUier areas cannot ride. He favors House File 26, which he feels would allow each and every child in the county to ride on a bus, and that the bill would take the bus problem away from the school system. He favors a bill wherein the district would make a contract for bus operation completely separate from the schools. HF 26 would have the State Safety Commissioner as overseer. He is not in favor of tax money being used for private pupils to ride on buses, as this would associate government with the schools and gradually find the government dictating to the schools. He stated, "The most important thing to me Is that 1 may live with my conscience, and I cannot in all conscience support having taxes support the bus bill." Another question was asked of Rep. Kiilshom on financing HF 26, to which he replied that the best way is contracting with private contractors for school bus transportation. He reiterated that he is against federal government's intervention, that he wants freedom, and for us not to drift into socialism. He was also asked if he voted as to his own conscience or as to the will of his constituents, to which he emphasized that his conscience is most important to him. Sen. Murray explained that HB 26 is not new but had been presented previously. He said It would require the state of Iowa to provide transportation for every pupil in the state and would be under the Department of Public Safety. He is not in favor of this bill. He raised the question as to sports events, etc., and said, "I have beeninDes Moines and seen several school buses downtown. Do you think that if Algona or Bancroft or Dubuque or any other city, were to participate in a sports event, would find it possible to call up the Department of Public Safety and say, 'Our school is to send pupils to Des Moines for a basketball game. We need a couple of buses" Do you think that they could get the department to send buses for that type of thing?" He stated that all he is asking for is for private school pupils to be allowed to get on the bus and thinks the bus should stop for them. He feels definitely that the Senate bill is preferable to the House bill. Many more persons wanted to discuss this problem, but limits of time prevented this. Sen. Murray discussed the property tax relief bill, asking for a sales tax to relieve the property tax. Sen. Murray explained that he does not like that approach. He discussed suggestions concerning the bill, one of which is to eliminate the local tax assessor. Under this plan, each taxpayer would make his own inventory, with a district assessor to check it. Another suggestion Is to have stocks, bonds and "earning insurance' to be listed as property. Still another suggestion is a so-called "Business tax" for doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc., to Include their profession as business property and taxable. Rep. Kiilsholm stated that the House had not accomplished much on tax relief although it has put in many hours of work on it. He said that hopefully something concrete would be developed soon. A question on reapportionment brought forth statements from each speaker that both parties are basically In agreement, that the bill has been back and forth several times. A question was directed to Rep. Kiilsholm concerning the voting-age bill, which would change the age from 21 to 18. The questioner Inquired why the House defeated the bill. Rep. Kiilsholm replied that the Senate passed the bill and ->ent it back to the House. Sen. Murray was called upon to answer a question concerning a proposed bill to abolish the mayor's and J. P. and smaller courts. Sen. Murray replied that he, having served as mayor of Bancroft, would like to see the smaller courts continue, and concluded that he is against having district courts "like the old circuit riders." Sen. Murray brought a laugh from the audience when he said that a fee was to have been charged for use of the park at Union Slough, that he had never found one person who had actually paid the fee. Also, that a man was to have been employed to collect the fee, and he wondered that since no fees had been collected how the man could ever be paid. In answer to a question about letters concerning Bingo, Rep. Kiilsholm said that his mall had been running five-to-one letters against Bingo. Sen. Murray replied that he had not had much mall on the subject and drew another laugh when he concluded, "Everyone knows enough not to write to me, as they all know I am for it." A question was directed to Sen. Murray as to why student scholarships have strings attached, including one that the recipient must continue to work in Iowa. He replied that he feels that this is the rfght idea, as employment in the state pays back the money furnished, in some measure. About the Conservation Committee, Rep. Kiilsholm said that there are many miscellaneous bills being considered, including one on recreation, fishing, and boating. One of the main things to be considered include a training park for teachers in conservation, with possible plans to improve the park. On the Counties and Townships Committee, he stated that courthouse closing hours have been discussed. It is not now mandatory that they remain open Saturday mornings, and it has been left up to the local authorities to decide upon their hours. Concerning the Schools Committee, he explained that he is interested in education, but that he wants freedom, with no encroaching from state or federal governments regarding schools. About the only thing not discussed was daylight saving time. Many stayed to visit with the speakers and discuss problems with them.

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