The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . , dipper Best JWoines 24 Tabloid Pages ESTABLISHED 1865 x a , S second class matter at Hie postofflcc at Algona. Iowa Nov. ], 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 187!) AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1967 VOL. 101 NO. 36 Crop Prospects Here Questionable * ** "•"• •***" * **•*•'•'•"•*•*•*•*•*•***•'•'•'•""'•*•*•*•'•**'*"'*•'•'•*•*•*•'• v ^^ Family Loses Everything Moisture In Subsoil Low; Much Of State The 1967 crop situation in Kossuth county (and a large portion of the rest of the state) didn't improve any during the weekend as still another dust storm plagued the midwest. Before the latest dusty blast, the south one-third of the county was in a vast area of Iowa which had been labeled either "questionable" or "unfavorable" by crop experts. Basically, we need RAIN I Kossuth's plight is equalled (and in many instances worse) in other sections of the state. In fact, they only two areas right now given the "favorable" crop tag lie in the middle half of the state along the Minnesota border and the southeast quarter of the state. So, most of Iowa is in trouble - at least at the present time. Most of the problem stems from a lack of subsoil moisture— as compared with 1966. Agronomists, however, feel corn yields might be normal if appropriate amounts of fertilizer and seed are used. In areas short of water, 14,000 to 16,000 corn plants per acre should be considered. Planting should also be completed as soon as possible. Among persons who have lived here for a number of years, none can remember when lack of moisture seemed more of a problem since the midwest drouth back in the thirties. Iowa was spared most of the problems then, but states nearby weren't so fortunate. Subsoil moisture is determined by probing the top five feet of soil. If less than five inches of moisture is found, an unfavorable rating is given, while seven inches results in the favorable rating. Agriculture specialists in the state have said that 20-25 inches of moisture from April to harvest is necessary for a good crop. Kossuth county is going to need most of that amount from now until harvest — and Kossuth has a lot of making up to do, because rainfall has been strictly in the trace category this spring. • Good, healthy, soaking rains, especially after planting is completed, could remove the stigma of a possible poor crop harvest from the minds of farmers in this area. The Good Lord has seen to it before - let's hope he smiles on us again this year! Suits Filed Milton Greimann is plaintiff and Edward Godfredson, defendant, in an account matter filed in district court here this week. The plaintiff is seeking $1,244.64. In a promissory note matter, Gerald Voigt etal, plaintiffs, are seeking settlement of the $1,200 note from Florence Shottenkirk, defendant. Infant Twins Succumb Here; Rites Are Held Graveside rites for twins Joseph and Teresa Reding, who succumbed shortly after their premature birth at St. Ann hospital Friday, were held Saturday at 2 p. m. at the cemetery at St. Joe, with Fr. Leo C.Schumacher officiating. Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Parents of the infants are Mr. and Mrs. Joel Reding, St. Joe, and they have five other children. Grandparents of the infants are Mr. and Mrs. Clem McEvoy, Algona, and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Reding, St. Joe. Merger For Two Economic Aid Districts The board of directors of the Northwest Iowa Community Action Association, Inc., met May 3 in Spencer to discuss a merger with the Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. Northwest serves Dickinson, Clay and Buena Vista counties; Upper Des Moines serves Emmet, Palo Alto, Kossuth and Pocahontas counties. M. Peter Hart of Emmetsburg, director of Upper Des Moines, attended the meeting at the request of the boards of both agencies. Hart answered questions and explained how the merger could be accomplished. The Northwest board voted to merge with the Upper Des Moines as soon as possible. The resolution instructed Hart to arrange a meeting of the executive boards of each agency to meet and work out details of the merger. After this was accomplished a meeting of the joint boards would be held to approve the merger formally. This will be the sixth such merger in the state of Iowa in recent months. Mergers of this kind reduce the administr- tive costs. There are definite restrictions on how much can be spent for administration. The larger area is more efficient because it allows more specialization. For example, one staff member could administer Neighborhood Youth Corps and manpower programs, another could be responsible for Head Start, etc. The board expressed the desire that the executive boards of both agencies meet soon, and joint meeting be arranged within two weeks. Hart would be the director of the seven county area. Board Meeting The board of education of the Algona Community School District was slated to hold a regular meeting Monday night, May 8, at the high school. A rural Algona family, Roman Eisenbacher and his children, were left homeless and with only the clothing they were wearing when fire swept through and leveled the home in which they were living early Sunday morning. Mr. Eisenbacher and the children were not at home when the blaze was discovered at 7:58 a. m. The house was located on a farm owned by V. C. Smith, Algona, about five miles northeast of Algona. Discovery of the fire was by an Algona fireman, Don Petersen, who with a friend was on his way to Bancroft to play golf. Petersen saw the blaze from highway 169 and drove to the place, finding the kitchen area practically burned away. He sent his friend to a nearby farm to call firemen from Algona, and the Burt department was also called. When firemen arrived, however, there was no chance to save the structure as flames were eating at every room and the east portion had already been reduced to just framework. Firemen were at the scene for some time, making sure none of the other buildings on the place were in danger. Mr. Eisenbacher and his children were out of town, but were notified of the fire later in the day. He is employed at Ken's Auto Service here. It was not known at press time where Mr. Eisenbacher and the children planned to live. Bill Nugent of The Security State Bank here announced early Monday morning that the bank will serve as a collecting station for clothing, toys and money for the family. The three children in the family are Pamela, 3, Roman, 5, and Donna, 7. Checks should be made payable to Fire Fund and sent to the bank where an account will be set up. The home was valued at $6,000 by the owner, and Fire Chief Kink Willey stated personal property inside, owned by Mr. Eisenbacher, would have been valued at from $1,500 to $2,000 at least. Cause of the fire is not known. (UDM Polaroid Photo) Ex-Algona Lady Dies Friday At Mankato Funeral services for Clara P. Davidson, 69, former Algona resident, were held at 2 p. m. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel here Monday. Rev. Walter Morz of the Presbyterian church officiated and burial was at East Lawn Memorial Gardens. . She died at Mankato, Minn. Friday following a lengthy illness. She had been a resident of Mankato since leaving here in 1925. Survivors include a brother, Dale, Mankato. Gets 5 Years Theft of two auto tires from Bohr's Standard Service here April 13 resulted in a five year sentence for Donald F. Wolfe, West Bend, who entered a guilty plea before Judge Joseph Hand in district court here Thursday. Father Oailey Resigns From Whittemore Church Father Philip Dailey, pastor of St. Michael's Catholic church, Whittemore, has announced his resignation effective June 1. Father Dailey came to Whittemore in 1957 following the retirement of Father Veil. He was ordained to priesthood May 21, 1932 and served as assistant pastor at Fonda and Sacred Heart at Ft. Dodge before becoming pastor at Sac City. In World War n he served as chaplain in the U.S. Army. At the end of the war, he was appointed pastor at Wall Lake where he served until being sent to Whittemore. During Father Dailey's stay here, Garrigan High School was built and many improvements made to church pro- perty. He is an enthusiastic member of the American Legion and last year was awarded a lifetime membership in Seely-Walsh Post at Whittemore. In 1961 Father Dailey suffered a stroke followed by a heart attack in 1964 from which he made good recovery. Another stroke occurred in 1966 which ultimately resulted in his decision to retire. Art Fair The first annual Sidewalk Art Fair has been scheduled Saturday, June 3, at Emmetsburg. Anyone interested in entering the competition should contact the Chamber of Commerce there.
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