The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 6, 1967 · Page 20
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BY RUSS WALLER Jerry Leaneagh, president of Directory Service, Inc. and his Nebraska representative, Beecher Lane, left on a trip by company plane last week for Mexico. The last time Jerry made this trip he and his companions were forced down on an airfield in Texas, which turned out to be a landing strip on the LBJ ranch. Jerry didn't say so, but this time if something like this happens, either at the ranch or at the border, we'll wager Beecher will be able to talk their way in, out, or over, as the situation may require. * * * Dr. Jerry Waite of Fenton has been using a little of his spare time to tear down the old creamery house up at Fenton, owned by the Waites for sometime. In the process he ran across some excellent insulation material which was found under the old shingles . . . Upper Des Moines, Courier and St. Paul Pioneer Press newspapers dated 1901. There was a big gold rush on for Idaho at the time. Jerry got so interested reading the 1901 news that he almost forgot about the shingles. * * * One of the most startling news events of the current week is the suggestion, somewhat serious, made by Postmaster General Lawrence O'Brien that the trouble-ridden postofflce department be placed under a nonprofit government corporation and removed entirely from an arm of the executive cabinet. Another one is that the government divest itself entirely of the mail problem and sell the franchise to the highest bidder for a private operation, something like United Parcel Service's operation at present which is delivering parcel-post type of packages quicker and cheaper than the government's parcel post - and at a profit to United Parcel, according to a recent Newsweek article. Postal deliveries are a public service and as such continual deficits in operation have been accepted. But maybe the time has come when the immense buildup of government bureaucracy is such that private business can do it better. Interesting to see what happens. * * * We knew Barney Thilges of St. Joe best for his interest in baseball and basketball, but it seems he is also a golfer .... and playing at Rolfe a few days ago he cracked out a hole-in-one, a little early in the season, we'd say. Leonard McGuire was with him to verify the feat. * * * Cecil V. Pedersen of LuVerne, and a companion, spent a winter at their hobby of hunting foxes, and did pretty well .... they bagged 34 of them during the winter months-gotafewbeaver, muskrats and mink, too, via traps. Old Eagle Eye of the UDM staff spotted an article in the Emmetsburg paper telling about Margaret Gant of Algona, who while traveling in the east dined at the Waldorf-Astoria and was served a special dessert, what the chef described as "red" cake. The recipe, she learned, could be ob. tained for $25, which she reported to her women friends in Algona. They all chipped in and sent the $25 through channels, and got the recipe. Since then, those who have sampled the cake ' pronounce it "wonderful." Now if these enterprising women can arrange to sub-sell the recipe, say for $5 each, they could net a tidy little sum of pin money. * * * John Ruger, Fenton area farmer, is again hosting a Japanese farmer in an exchange program, for a year. * * * Definition: "Art for art's sake" usually means a picture won't sell. * * * Famous Last Line - I know it's pretty foggy to go to the Drive-In but it doesn't make any difference, we've already seen the movie. Clear Pictures — More News - Largest Circulation Upper ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the portoffice at AlRona, Iowa (50511). Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1B79 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1967 2 Sections - 22 Paces VOL. 101 NO. 27 Step Toward New T-V Reception Frank Butts Dies; Funeral Is Thursday Frank G. Butts, 85, resident here for the past 43 years and resident of the Good Samaritan Home recently, died there Monday noon following a lengthy Illness. Funeral services for Mr. Butts were scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday (today) in the Presbyterian church here, with Rev. Walter Morz officiating. Burial followed at River view cemetery and McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Frank Gotleib Butts, son of George and Louise Maarske Butts, was born May 26, 1881 at Albany, Wise. He married Fannie Wirtjes at Titonka May 21, 1914, and was employed for many years at carpentry prior to retirement. He is survived by his wife: three daughters, Valeria (Mrs. Warren Nelson), Algona, Ruth (Mrs. Charles Buss), Minneapolis, and Dorothy, Washington, D.C.j two sons, Herbert and Robert, Des Moines; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters, Mrs. Louise Pentecost, Algona; Elsie (Mrs. Harry Weiland) and Henry, Clear Lake; Mrs. Rose Mack and Samuel, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Edward, Gary, Ind. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Seneca Clubs Sweep 4-H Day Honors Seneca Township 4-H clubs received the top places for their displays during the 15th annual 4-H Day here Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Algona Chamber of Commerce. The Seneca Stars (girls' club) were recognized for their display of refinished furniture shown in the window of Bjustrom's Furniture. The exhibit consisted of an unfinished piece of furniture and one that had been refinished. A miniature baseball diamond designed to represent the aims, purposes and projects of 4-H work, won the top award for the Seneca Progressive Farmers. This display was at the Klein Farm Store. We're Sorry A story on a car-motorbike mishap at Bancroft which appeared in the UDM Tuesday, stated driver of the auto was Arthur E. Kahler, Burt. The driver was not Mr. Kahler, it was Arthur E. Kadow, Burt. Mail Torn Up Charles Steil called local police this week and told them someone had removed mail from the mail box at his home on South Thorington street. The contents of the mail box, including a Social Security check, were then torn up and strewn around. An investigation into the matter is being undertaken. It is a federal offense to take mail owned by others. Cecil McGinnis Retiring From Gas Co. CECIL MCGINNIS Cecil McGinnis, 65, Algona resident for the past 41 years, will retire from his position with North Central Public Service Co. here the first of May. He will be on vacation from April 8 until that date, Cecil started with the gas company here 13 years ago, when North Central first came to Algona. He has been with the company longer than any other employee and has been sales manager much of the time. A company farewell party for Cecil will be held the evening of April 8 at the Country Club. Mr. McGinnis, a resident here since 1926, operated a service station for four years, then a DX tank wagon for seven years before working for Brady Transfer for a year. He served on the Algona police department for 16 years, with several years as chief, before joining the gas company. He and Mrs. McGinnis plan to continue to make their home in Algona. Hit Parked Car An auto driven by Opal V. Simpson, 59, Whittemore, ran into a parked car owned by John Hood, Algona, at the parking lot of Hood's Super Valu here at 7:05 p.m. Friday, resulting in an estimated $40 damage to the vehicles. City police investigated. Play 'Nowhere Fast' April 14 The senior class of LuVerne high school will present "Nowhere Fast", a mystery-comedy in three acts on April 14, 1967 at 7:30 p.m. in the LuVerne school auditorium. Mr. Dennis Holmes is director. Cast members ire DeloresEg- gleston, Rita Patterson, Gretchen Zentner, Zelda Witzel, Rich Hersbergen, Dale Schipull, BartSel- by, and Gerald Sill. The tickets are 50? for students and 75f for adults. They are obtainable from any member of the Senior class or at the door. J. A. Schwartz, Ex-Postmaster, Publisher Dies FENTON- J. A. Schwartz, for many years postmaster at Fenton, and a longtime publisher of The Fenton Reporter until that paper was sold some years ago to The Upper Des Moines Publishing Co., succumbed to a two weeks illness, Tuesday night, at Holy Family hospital in Estherville. Funeral services are pending, with Thomas Funeral Home in charge of ^arrangements. Mr. Schwartz was" a longtime member of the Fenton Methodist church, where services will presumably be held. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife at Fenton, two sons and a daughter, James and Robert, Ames, and Mrs. Elizabeth Jean Weisbrod of Trenton, Mich. . James is head of the Journalism department at Iowa State University, and both he and Robert, and a brother Karl, who preceded his father in death at Rockwell City, have been or are active in newspaper work, a vocation their father followed for many years. Mr. Schwartz - Jake as nearly everyone knew him - was a most respected member of the community, which joins in expressions of sympathy to the members of the family. To New Position Tom Zwiefel, former Algonan who has been a resident of Fairmont for some years, will take over the position of circulation manager of the Fairmont, Minn. Sentinel, the middle of April. He has been employed by a paint firm in Fairmont. His wife is the former Sandra Phillips of Algona. Visit UDM The Cub Scout den of Mrs. Tom Cogdall and Mrs. Bill Clegg visited the Upper Des Moines plant and toured the lay-out Monday after school. Ottosen Pair Wed 50 Years Keep our String Tight' Many Details Develop In New School Plans Mr. and Mrs. George Reding, Ottosen, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary, April 10. Due to the ill health of Mr. Reding, there will be no open house. A family get-together will be held. Children are Verne, Woden, Mrs. Merlin Schmidt, Whittemore and Harvey at home. (Glenn's Studio Photo) Cliff Prall of Des Moines, school architect, met with the Algona Community School District board of education Tuesday evening to discuss problems and development of the proposed new high school building surrounding area. Also present at the meeting were David Smith, city engineer; Max Bartholomew, representing the planning and zoning commission; and T. James Palmer, superintendent of Algona Municipal Utilities. Studying maps and charts of the area, discussed we re streets, sewer and water, parking, and general development of the area. Also the orientation, or position of the school, with a view to later expansion. Main disucssion centered about establishing a flow of traffic which would not place undue load' upon certain streets, especially when a special event such as football and basketball games occur. Prall will meet again with the board to discuss his findings and will have suggestions to make. Date for that meeting was set for April 17. Approved was the construction of two baseball dugouts, 25 x 8 feet. These .will be sunk partially in the ground. Part of the structure will be above ground, and the materials will consist of wood and cement block. Total cost was estimated at approximately $600. Five bids were received for a 54-passenger school bus. Low bid and the one accepted was from Kossuth Motor for a total of $2,806. Other bids were from Algona Implement, Joe Bradley Equipment, Percival Motors and Taylor Motor. Six bids fora42-passenger bus were received, with low bid and the one accepted from Bluebird of Mt. Pleasant, la., with a total cost of $4,448.75. Additional will be $20 for a vacuum arm for the stop signal. Approved were releases for two teachers and nine new teacher contracts. Names will be available later. 0. B. Laing, supt., informed the board, in regard to sale of the school bonds, that the bond attorneys are in possession of all necessary forms and the local school attorney hopes to have final material prepared to present to the next meeting. Sale of the bonds is to take place next month. Anniversary Dinner, Land Bank Ass'n The Federal Land Bank Association at Algona, la., sponsored a dinner at Charlie's Supper Club for directors and a few business and agricultural leaders April 3 in celebration of the Federal Land Bank's 50th anniversary. Eugene Hutchins, association manager, spoke briefly about operations and called attention to special 50th anniversary publication entitled "Down the Road Together." Emphasis was placed on the increasing importance of credit as a tool of agriculture with the protection per man and per farm increasing and the number of farmers decreasing. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Douglas Wildin acknowledging his 27 years of service as a directior of the local association. The Algona Association is owned by the farmers it serves in Kossuth county and makes long-term farm real estate loans. Directors are Hugh Black, Algona, president; Robert Deal, Algona; Leander Menke, Swea City; Marvin Junkermeier, Elmore, Minn.; and Donald Usher, Ottosen. Assistants of the local association are Helen Haas and Keith Hopp. The dinner was one of 700 similar April 3 Three Licenses Three wedding licenses were issed at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. They went to Joseph H. Welp and Linda F. Lien, March 28; and Donald Hilbert and Margaret Nelson; and Dennis G. Cue and Rita K. Tague, March 30. Coming in on a string and a prayer (and crossed fingers). That's the way it was at the Kiwanis Club's annual Kite Flying contest at Bertha Godfrey school here Saturday afternoon as many local youngsters of all ages competed for prizes in 11 categories. Apparently, a lot of work went into some of the rigs that took off (or tried to) during the one hour contest - while some others must have been put together in rapid order. Some competitors had fancy string winches while most either wound the string around a stick or their hand. They ranged in size from 5 x 7 inches to 84 x 62 inches (at least the ones that got off the ground - and of course, quite a few didn't get off the runway. And, among the hard luck entries was one child whose work of art was eaten by a dog before a possible big flight. All in all, it was great fun as can be seen by the intense concentration on the faces above. The only one in the whole bunch who really didn't care about the outcome was the nifty boxer with the lad in the lower right of the composite photo. And, as you can see, it wasn't warm (UDM Polaroid Newfotos). Rib Roast For Beef Producers The annual Kossuth County Beef Producers banquet will be held tonight, April G, in the Garrigan High School gymnasium, starting at 7 p. m. Featured speaker will be Dan Murphy, long a farm writer. Musical entertainment will be furnished by the Kossuth County Barbershoppers. A standing rib roast is again to be served by the beef producers. Gets I.S.U. Post Douglas Barr of Algona was named as head resident at Iowa State University in his dormitory recently. Mayor's Court Four persons paid fines or posted bond in Mayor Bill Finn's court here this week following preliminary hearings of a variety of charges. They were Phillip L. Carman, Algona, $350 bond after waiving preliminary hearing on an OMVI charge (and bound over to district court); James Knoer, Algona, $25, public intoxication; Ronald M, Hanson, Algona, $10, speeding; and Victoria Mergen, $10, faHing to yield the right- of-way. Stations They'll Install Boosters Here The "Improved Television For Algona (and surrounding areas, possibly)" committees remained active here during the past week following a public session on cable TV with the city council Wednesday night, March 29. At that time, it was announced most members of the council and Mayor Bill Finn would travel to Fairmont Saturday, April 1, to get a first-hand look at the comparative features of cable and translator TV. Mayor Finn and Councilmen Ken Peirce, Stan Muckey, Howard Miller and Jim Andreasen made the trip as did several others interested in better reception here. Councilmen Sheridan Cook and Joe Elbert were unable to go along due to prior commitments. Despite a very successful session with the council on cable TV last Wednesday - those persons who apparently favor cable failed to help get a franchise without a vote for Gene Faul- stlch, who presented a petition at the meeting, requesting such a franchise. Cable TV has been defeated three times here in the past by a majority of voters who went to the polls - and following the last defeat, talk of the possibility of a translator system for Algona came up. There are now many who favor that form of assistance for TV signals - and they are putting out a lot of time and effort in their attempt to get ,lt for Algona, without any cost to taxpayers. Practically all information on the translator committee has been in rumor form - but after a meeting by members of that group with representatives of KGLO-TV, Mason City, last Thursday - one rumor has met with favor from most quarters. The Mason City station apparently promised a translator to Algona. Earlier, contact with at least one station at Sioux City was also made and during that meeting, it was (according to rumor) bluntly said that Sioux City would put up a translator here if Mason City wouldn't. Now, it seems Mason City will. The translator committee also plans to meet with officials at Ft. Dodge and an ABC channel, hoping to get a translator for each of the major networks for use in this area. They say (the committee) that the translators reach out about 20 miles from point of installation. Meanwhile, it's apparent cable backers are not sleeping on the job, either. They, like the translator proponents, insist their type of reception is best, cheaper in the long run and can be set up and operated by private enterprise. Translator backers are quick to point out that nothing could be cheaper to the user than no cost at all. IF, and that's always a big word, three stations (representing the three networks) put up translators, rumor has it they will pay the entire cost, not just the initial cost, but also for upkeep in an attempt to keep national advertisers satisfied that all areas are receiving their high priced messages. The latest cable petition carried signatures of many well- known Algonans - and the council agreed during the meeting that Algona does need better reception - some way. With two factions involved in the TV reception story here now, it's possible Algona might wind up with both - that's the way it is at Fairmont and probably many other places in the midwest. It's apparent the question isn't going to get much rest until local residents get better pictures on the big tube - one way or another 1 Injured In Mishap Robert L. Banwart, West Bend, 26 received facial injuries and was released after treatment by a doctor, following; an auto mishap last week.

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