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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, May 4, 1967
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Clear Pictures - More News - Largest Circulation ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ;is '5n511i. NII second class mnttcr nt the postofficp at Aleonn. In\\ a 1. lf'32. under Act of ConRfss nf March 3. 187'.' ALGONA IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1967 Two Sections — 18 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 35 BY RUSS WALLER The recent suggestion by Postmaster General O'Brien that the postal service be taken over by a corporation, government or otherwise, is continuing to be a major topic of conversation. It is unprecedented for a cabinet officer to suggest that his job be eliminated, but the suggestion is meeting with considerable approval in a number of areas. The President has even appointed a board of non-political business men to study Mr. O'Brien's suggestion. In the meantime, A. T. & T. has indicated an interest in taking over the postoffice operation, subject to stockholder approval and government approval as well . . . . but we venture the opinion that it is quite a long way off. . . . in the meantime mail routing orders that seem to make little sense continue to be issued. For example mail from Algona to Dakota City no longer is dropped off at Dakota City, but is carried to the sectional center in Fort Dodge and then BACK to Dakota City, although going to Fort Dodge the hypo stops at Humboldt, only a few blocks from the Dakota City postoffice. * * * That law which would allow $1 of your income tax money to be allocated to the political party of your choice may have the shortest life on record .... Congress is about to repeal it, before it ever got into operation .... $1 doesn't seem like much, but if every taxpayer did allocate one buck there would be some 20 million to play with in party campaigns. * * * One thing to be thankful for, that recent upheaval in Greece and overthrow of the old government took place so fast that we didn't even have time to send in ships and troops to get into the act. * * * While Surveyor 3 is getting samples of earth and rocks on the Moon, the rest of us have had some first-hand samples of good, old American dust, to the chagrin of many a housewife.... Sunday's high winds and tornado activity caught a number of local residents on the highways, but all made it safely through .... Arnie Ricklefs had his boat torn loose from its hoist at Spirit Lake by waves that old timers there termed the highest and worst they had ever known .... do you suppose we're tampering too much with old Mother Nature these days ? * * * Education is that which you get when your father sends you to college, but it isn't complete until you send your own kids there. * * * The Sage of State Street remarks that if s easy to save pennies today, because what else can you do with them ? * * * Definitions - Oratory: the art of making deep sounds from the chest seem like important messages from the brain. If you're calm and collected when everyone else is losing his head, maybe you just don't understand the situation. * * * Definitions: Psychologist One who, when a beautiful girl enters the room, watches everyone else. STATE OF THE NATION The Air Force just signed a contract with IBM for 160 new computers at a cost of $100 million .... in New York two veteran certified public accountants were charged with income-tax evasion; one a CPA for 25 years, hadn't filed a return for the last 16 years. * * * Famous Last Line - P11 go when Cassius goes 1 Lawyers Protest Reappraisal Plan 4lv ^K • • • • Girls' State Candidates Are Named, L-Rock MARY DITSWORTH SUSAN BLANCHARD LONE ROCK - The Legion Auxiliary has selected Mary Ellen Ditsworth, Fenton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Ditsworth, as their delegate to Girls' State. Mary Ellen is a junior at Sentral High School, a member of the basketball, track and softball teams. She plays in band, sings in chorus and is a member of the student council. Mary Ellen is pianist for the Methodist Sunday School and M.Y.F. and is sub-district representative for the M.Y.F. this year. Susan Blanchard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Blanchard, is alternate. Susan is active in basketball, track and softball. She plays in concert band, stage band and instrumental small groups. She sings in chorus, girls' glee club, madrigals and vocal small groups. She is a drum majorette in marching band, a member of the Presbyterian church, sings in the choir and is president of Youth Fellowship. Consolidation Of Two Economic Areas Talked The Board of Directors of the Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc., met May 1. This board administers the OEO program in Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto and Pocahontas counties. The board of directors of the Northwest Iowa Community Action Association, Inc., has expressed interest in merging their three counties with the four of the Upper Des Moines. The three counties of Northwest Iowa Community Action are Dickinson, Clay and Buena Vista. The Upper Des Moines board approved the possible merger. They also instructed M. Peter Hart, director of the Upper Des Moines, to meet with the three county board at Spencer on May 3 to discuss the possible merger with the board. If the Dickinson, Clay and Buena Vista board decides to merge, then a joint meeting of the two boards will be scheduled to work out details of the merger. Barn Destroyed The tornado activity and high winds of Sunday completely destroyed a barn on the Gale Craig farm near Ringsted. There were other farms in the area also damaged. 9 Pay Fines, Mayor's Court During Week Nine persons appeared in Mayor Bill Finn's court this week and paid fines on a variety of charges following preliminary hearings. They were: James M. Muller, Algona, $50, possession of beer as a minor; Merwin Dimond, Algona, $25, intoxication; Thomas J. Fitzpatrick, Algona, $10, speeding; Verl R. Patterson, Irvington, and Harlan E. Harris, Algona, $10, night time speeding; Homer Gregory, Algona, $10, failing to enter a highway safely; David A. Camp, Algona, $10, striking an unattended vehicle; David A. Nelson, Algona, $5, invalid registration; and Paul F. Watkins, Algona, improper registration. Court costs were assessed in addition to fines. Henry Tieman Rites Thursday At Fenton FENTON - Henry John Tieman, 87, died at St. Ann hospital Monday. He was born July 9, 1879 at Buckley, m. and was married to Sena Theesfleld Jan. 20, 1901 at Buckley and came to Iowa in 1914. They farmed northeast of Fenton until they moved to town in 1948. Since 1962, they have been residents of a rest home at Burt. He is survived by his wife; two sons and two daughters, Jack, Titonka; Leslie, Fenton; Mrs. Art Tietz, Lakota; and Mrs. Frank Dreyer, Lone Rock. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran church, Fenton, with burial to follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, Algona. Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft, is in charge of arrangements. Howard Sparks Succumbs To Heart Attack Howard Sparks, a Portland twp. farmer for the past 26 years, died Tuesday at his home. He was 56 years old. Mr. Sparks suffered a heart attack Sunday, and took medical tests on Monday, then returned home. He was stricken suddenly again Tuesday, and suc- combed. Funeral services will be held today CThursday) at the Titonka Methodist church at 1:30 p.m. with burial in the Buffalo Twp. Cemetery. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate, and Blake Funeral Home is in charge of arran- ements. Mr. Sparks was born May 13, 1910, in Algona, and was married to June Dimond at Wesley, Aug. 26, 1937. His wife survives, as well as two sons, Daryl of Brirt and James of Davenport. His mother, Mrs. Ruth Sparks, and a sister, Mrs. Joe Goetz, live at Wesley, and he has a brother, Dean, at Knox- ille. Pallbearers will be A. L. Rasmussen, Eugene Meyer and Earl Shipler, all of Burt, and Heiko Boekelman, Earl Stott and Erwin Eden, all of Titonka. With Navy Band Eleven Kossuth county high school band members appeared with U. S. Navy Band during its matinee appearance here Tuesday. They were Jo Ann Smidt and Val Miller, Titonka; Kathleen Plathe and John Hamilton, Garrigan; Norrna Harms and Nancy Ackerman, Burt; Pat Phelps and Craig Larson, Swea City; Dennis Georg and David Ruhnke, Algona High; and Mary Lou Larsen, Sentral. Law Day Jurors At GHS These 12 area high school seniors served as trial, held Monday at Garrigan High School here. jurors during the annual Law Day mock They found the defendant guilty of first to right, front row, Janice Angle, Barb Miller, Dianne Miller, Jo Anne Phipps, Valora Kueck, Marlys Orvick and Gretchen Zentner. In back, left to right, Steve Waller, Don Courtney, Ronald Johnson, Brian Johnson and Phil T VPY* The trial was presided over by Judge Joseph Hand, district court judge from Emmetsburg, and local attorneys represented the state and defendant, who was Robert Vaske of Bancroft. A total of 525 area students attended Law Day here. Found Guilty Of Murder En Law Day Mock Trial Last Rites For Mary Streit Are Held Here Two Licenses Two wedding licenses issued by County Clerk Pearson here this week, went to Melvin Iverson were Alma They and Funeral services for Mary Streit, 85, resident of Algona for 51 years, who died Sunday morning at Mercy Hospital, Ft. Dodge, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Cecelia's Catholic church here, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial followed at Calvary cemetery and Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were six nephews, Terrance Cullen, Michael Streit, Robert Rellihan, Donald and Robert Niichel and Dale Fischer. Miss Streit was born at Ashton, la. Nov. 10, 1881, daughter of Anton and Mary Johannes Streit, and came to Algona in 1916. She was a charter member of C.D.A. here, lived for many years in a home on North Jones street and had made her home for the past eight years with her niece, Betty Streit, at Ft. Dodge. Suvivors include two sisters, Eva (Mrs. H. M. Smith), Algona, and Teresa (Mrs. M. K. Cullen), Ft. Dodge; and two brothers, Matthew, Algona, and Leo C. Streit, LaGrande, Oregon. Truck Sales Show Rise In Week Deliveries Seventeen new cars or trucks and several other types of vehicles were licensed last week in Kossuth county. The trucks had a good week. New vehicle registrations went to the following: Chevrolet - Geo. McVay, Algona, truck; D. F. Perdie, Swea City, truck; Robt. Sloan, Corwith, (PU); Pioneer Hibred, Al-. gona (PU); Larry A. Lappe, Lakota (PU); Ken Roethler, Algona (van); Melvin Alt, Burt; Oscar Froehlich, Algona; Dennis J. Hutchinson, Lone Rock. Ford - Geo. McVay, Algona (truck). Dodge - Algona Vault Service, truck; Donald Steinfadt, Algona. Oldsmobile - Cleo Nelson, Titonka; John Bockes, LuVerne. Buick - Maurice Flaig, Algona; Schultz Bros., Algona. Hyster Semi-trailer - Mark T. McGuire, Algona; John T. McGuire, Algona; Don McGuire Const., Algona. The defendant, Robert Vaske, Bancroft St. John's senior, who was John Chas. Smith for the day was found guilty of murder in the first degree by a jury of 12 other students during the annual Law Day mock trial, held in the Garrigan Fieldhouse here Monday. Judge Joseph P. Hand presided during the trial, which opened after introductory remarks by L. E. Linnan, Algona attorney. Attorneys for the state were J. J. Straub and E. J. Winkel, while J. H. Andreasen and V. L. McClure were attorneys for the defendant. Court reporter was Frank Ross and County Clerk Alma Pearson, Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and Bailiff Byron Richardson also took part in the trial. Appearing as witnesses were Lindhorst, H. F. Fristedt, Pat Krapp, H. W. Miller and Shirley Schenck. Law Day committee, representing all members of the Kossuth Bar Association, were Leo J. Cassel, Joe E. Lynch, Jr. and G. L. Winkel, all Algona attorneys. The jury, which had eight minutes to reach a verdict of first or second degree murder, manslaughter or not guilty, had a minute left when the decision came. Jurors were picked from the crowd. The trial used here is one based on an actual murder trial held in Texas some years ago. A total of 525 high school seniors, representing Algona High, Armstrong, Burt, Garrigan High, Lakota, Ledyard, LuVerne, St. John's of Bancroft, Sentral, Swea City and Titonka, were in attendance. Law Day here is sponsored by the Bar Association and the County Supt. of Schools, A. M. Quintard. The regular May Term of district court (for real) opened the following day here, with Judge Hand presiding. Cement Truck Is Ditched Near Titonka A ready-mix truck driven by Gary L. Luick, 23, Belmond, sustained an estimated $100 damage in a minor crash one-fourth mile south and one-fourth mile west of Titonka on a gravel road at 9:15 a. m. Tuesday. The 'truck was headed south and when Luick met an auto coming from the other direction, he pulled too close to the shoulder, which was soft, and the vehicle went into the west ditch. Maxine Jenkins; and Larry Scobba and Carol Ernst, April 28. Harvey Peck Passes; Rites Here Friday Harvey Peck, 85, lifelong resident of Algona, died Tuesday noon at Holy Family hospital, Estherville. A retired farmer, he had been in ill health for several months. Funeral services for Mr. Peck will be held Friday at 1:30 p. m. in the Methodist church, with Rev. Merlin Davies officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview cemetery and McCullough's Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Jens Sorensen, Durwood McArthur, Duane and Albert Metzger, Louis Merkle and Raymond Spencer. He was born here Oct. 8,1881, son of Clark and Carrie Peck, and married Myrtle Mae Hannigan in 1916 at Ames. She preceded him in death and he has since made his home with his son, Ronald, and family here. Besides his son, three grandchildren survive. LuVerne-Sexton Road To Get Needed Repairs AMES, IOWA - The Iowa State Highway Commission at its meeting of April 26, approved 23 farms to market construction projects in 13 counties for the letting of May 23. Estimated cost of the work involved is about $2,000,000. The projects include the Lu- Verne - Sexton road as follows. KOSSUTH -- 11.35 miles of grading for shoulders from Lu- Verne north to Sexton; 4.94 miles of soil aggregate surface from near SW Cor. Sec. 31-100-27 east to near SE Cor. Sec. 35100-27; 5 miles of soil aggregate surface from near SW Cor. Sec. 9-98-28 north to Iowa 9; 2.98 miles of asphaltic concrete pavement from near SW Cor. Sec. 24-97-28 north to near NW Cor. Sec. 12-97-28; 2.96 miles of asphaltic concrete pavement from near SW Cor. Sec. 3-9730 east to near SE Cor. Sec. 1-97-30; 6.96 miles of asphaltic concrete pavement from near SW Cor. Sec. 34-94-28 north to 5.96 miles of asphaltic concrete Real Estate Appraisers In Protest, Too A meeting has been scheduled at the Chamber of Commerce office here at 7:30 p.m. Friday by professional appraisers of Kos- sutli county (Kossuth Real Estate Board) to discuss the proi>osed re-assessment or reappraisal of real estate values, which was ordered recently by the Iowa State Tax Commission. Representatives of 12 organizations have been Invited to attend the meeting Friday evening, according to a letter sent out by Oliver S. Carlson, secretary of the Real Estate Board. It is hoped all 12 organizations will be represented, as an attempt to "determine the real issues and a solution to the problem" will be the basic idea behind the meeting. The letter also stated that the proposal would cost taxpayers in Kossuth, which allegedly has one of the highest real estate tax bases in the state now, "not less than $85,000 and possibly as much at $180,000." The proposed reappraisal first came to light a year or more ago and it was halted by court order due to action of many of the counties in the state last summer. However, the State Tax Commission has ordered all counties to have a similar property valuation reappraisal made - and some have already done so. For instance, cost in Palo Alto county was $44,000 for a similar reappraisal. Taxpayers would get their first taste of such a reappraisal when they get tax bills in 1969. At present, it is not known Just what the change in valuation will do to the millage rate - but it would have to be up, because the firm hired to do the reappraising has to be paid from taxes. It was pointed out recently that the Kossuth County Bar Ass*n. is opposing the effort of the State Tax Commission to have the reappraisal completed by outsiders, saying the job could be done locally at a far smaller cost than the original estimates. The Association also stated real estate values here are already far above neighboring counties. One question, besides that of cost, which seems quite extreme seems to rank foremost in minds of all area residents - Why is the reappraisal necesary? Button Up Your Overcoat, Winter Stays The next few days hold little hope for the many persons in this area who have been dissatisfied with recent weather. Forecasters say readings will be 1015 degrees lower than normal (and normal this time of year is 60 for highs and 40 for lows), with rain due to move in during the weekend. So, it should be both cold and wet Sunday. Readings plummeted here May 1 as blizzards struck areas not too far removed from Kossuth county - and what looked like an early summer suddenly became late winter. The low for the week was Wednesday morning, May 3, as the mercury got down to 21. The high was 82 degrees Sunday before the big wind storm. April 27 April 28 April 29 April 30 May 1 May 2 May 3 Titonka Delegate Linda Higgins will be the Girls State Delegate from Titonka at Cedar Falls this year, sponsored by the Titonka Legion Auxiliary. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Higgins. H 63 71 68 82 70 46 - L 35 58 55 58 33 25 21 R/S .03"R Tr. R Tr. R .02" R/S Say Unneeded And Far Too Expensive A vigorous protest against the hiring of a professional firm to reassess and reappraise all property in Kossuth county was filed with the Algona City Council, last Wednesday evening, by the KossuUi Bar Association. In a letter read from the county lawyers by Mayor Bill Finn, the Bar Association feels that the reappraisal is not necessary and would be unnecessarily costly. They say that county assessed valuations are already higher than Uiose recommended in surrounding counties. The Bar recommended that if the county is forced to make a reappraisal, the local assessors should be employed to do the work. County Assessor Leo Immerfall, who finds himself the middle man in the matter, said that jurisdiction in the matter still seems to rest in Des Moines, and he doesn't know what the outcome will be. He attended a meeting of county assessors recently and found that other counties had received the same order. The State Tax Commission ordered Kossuth County to reappraise all property in the county based on its value as of today. The final appraisal for tax purposes would be 27% of the actual value today, under the state program. It was understood that the county association of realtors was also meeting and preparing a resolution similar to the lawyers, in opposition to the state order. The Bar Association said that cost of reappraisal by an outside firm would run anywhere between $86,000 and $186,000 and that such an expense to the county taxpayers is not necessary. Other business before the city council involved a proposed extension and expansion of the municipal water system, and plotting of lots for sale in a growing area of Algona. Municipal Supt. T. James Palmer outlined with maps proposed plans for water expansion, including a new well, and two new electric sub-stations. Don Tietz and Kyle Keith appeared concerning a development of lots in the southwestern part of Algona. They asked a voluntary addition to the city of their property. There are 29 lots in the area, with five or six in the Martin-Kuester property. Appropriate zoning was requested. If added to the city, municipal improvements costing some $4,300 would be required. The matter was taken under consideration, and by resolution approved as platted. Ted Herbst, Leighton Misbach and Wm. Foth, members of the Airport Commission, appeared to discuss need for a third hangar at the airport. A five-unit hangar is proposed, capable of handling larger planes. Councilman Sheridan Cook has been studying the project, also. Estimated cost of construction was$16,000. A letter to the council from Hamilton Funeral Home and Mo Cullough Chapel stated that the two local firms would discontinue private ambulance service as of June 30. A committee was appointed to study the matter. T-B Drive Nets $4000 In County The annual meeting of the Kossuth County TB and Health Association was held at the Johnson House in Algona, April 24, 1967, with C. B. Schbby, president, piosiding. Dr. John Schutter, medical advisor for the county association, spoke to the group emphasizing the value of the money that the association spends on research projects. Mrs. George Wolf and Mrs, Dettmer Thompson, county Christmas Seal co-chairman, an* nounced that $4,000,10 has been contributed

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