Clear Pictures — More News — largest Circulation gHgona Upper BY RUSS WALLER Seems to us that the networks started the TV "reruns" a few weeks earlier than usual . . . which shouldn't make Jim Dougherty of the Aigona Theatre and Drive-in feel badly at all, does it Jim ? * * * A former Aigona boy, Duane L. Reynolds, son of Mrs. Bernice Reynolds of Aigona, has been signed as the new assistant football and basketball coach at St. Edmond High in Fort Dodge ... he taught in South Dakota and for the past three years has been teaching-coaching at Moulton-Udell. This summer he will take advanced work at the University of South Dakota. * * * The Sage of Main Street comments that back in the 1930*5 you paid about $50 extra when the car manufacturers were able to take the shift off the floor and put it on the steering post . . . now you pay about $150 extra for having It taken off the steering post and put back on the floor 1 * * * Our Portland Twp. correspondent, Mrs. Victor Fitch, always concludes her news items with a little bit of philosophy, and this week we stole the one which she had penned - "Love is its own reward; hate its own punishment." * * * STATE OF THE NATION: Two hundred firms now own 60% of all corporate assets in the U.S. .... Air Force planners propose dropping 19-ton blockbusters in Vietnam; largest we have used to date are 3,000 Ibs.; a B-52 can carry one of these 38,000 Ib. bombs, they say ... Inside GOP polls show that within strictly party official circles, Nixon leads the potentials, but that among rank and file party voters, it's Romney in the lead. * * * Had a chance to get a prevue look at the new American Legion club layout here, in the old postoffice building, and it's going to be^ a plush place . . . with plenty of room and rooms . . . if the boys remember details about the wars in which they participated, it won't be because of their surroundings. * * * Down our way we've been having sewer problems, which is at least something different from the dump . . . they both have something in common, however, a smell. Anyway, it seems that a tree on the parking is letting its roots interrupt the normal gravity flow through the drainage system. This led to a survey of the tree, and it seems it is a 50-50 tree, half on the lot of Dr. M. G. Bourne and half on the lot of yours truly . . . the city owns the parking, but indicates that it doesn't own the tree, so it looks like it will require a neighborhood pow-wow to solve the problem. (Wh° eve1 ' heard of a 50-50 tree?) * * * From Minnie Long, the editorial page of the Stockton, Cal. Record, with a reprint from the Upper Des Moines . . . now how do you suppose we ever got to Stockton? From Myrtle Turbaugh of Ai- gona, an editorial page quote by a columnist who doesn't seem to think Senator Dodd has done much wrong, a viewpoint in which Drew Pearson disagrees, and our reader disagrees with Pearson also. We're glad to have comments, anytime; it's healthy to think as you read. * * * Secretary of State Dean Rusk and our Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Earle Wheeler, predict in the May 30 issue of Look Magazine that the U.S. will be militarily involved in Asia for a long time, "till the END OF THE CENTURY." The end of the century is 32 1/2 years away, and about all we can hope for now, it seems, is that we don't have the same Secretary of State for the next 32 1/2 years* * * Famous Last Line - Sit down . . .but not that I want you to stay very longl ESTABLISHED 1865 Entrifd .is M.'i-ond i'l;is< m. •5(1511 Nnv 1. 1032. unrif Alt' AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1967 2 Sections - 22 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 39 $4,448,610 Taxes Paid In New Car Sales shgies of Aigona Wed so Years County For Year Of 1966 Rise To 43, A report on the 1966 audit of Kossuth County was filed by the office of Lloyd R. Smith, state auditor, this week. Some of the basic facts of general Interest follow: Current taxes due in 1966 $4,475,208.60. Current taxes collected — $4,448,610.86. Delinquent taxes-$21,128.13, or one-half of one percent. During the year there were also $9,306.49 in delinquent taxes collected. Valuations in Kossuth County were given as follows for 1965: Total real and personal — $76,766,193. Total monies and credits-$8,166,972. With regard to the courthouse, $31,000 in bonds were redeemed, with interest payments of $1,210 and there are still $30,000 in bonds outstanding. Of the various county offices, the following amounts were disbursed during the year; in the major payments: Secondary roads - $1,716,222.03; General county -$239,501.11; Poor fund- Si 78,818.67; State Institutions $144,622.24; Board of Education - $57,674.69; County Assessor-$49,695.21. During the year a total of $637,500 was invested in certificates of deposit, with interest received in 1966 of $9,925 and also another $2,277 interest earned in 1965 but received in 1966. As of January 1, 1967, the county had $250,000 invested in certificates of deposit. A few minor clerical errors were reported, but all correctable, and no serious flaws were reported in any office. No Foul Play In Death Of LuVerne Man Sheriff Ray McCoy of Fort Dodge reported to the Upper Des Moines, Tuesday morning, that there was no element of foul play in the death of Harold Burtis, 69, of LuVerne, who died Sunday afternoon in a Fort Dodge hospital. Burtis was in the county jail at Fort Dodge playing cards, Sunday afternoon, when he slumped over from an apparent heart attack, the sheriff reported. He was rushed to Mercy hospital, where he passed away. The lull obituary of Mr. Burtis appears elsewhere in this issue. Attending physicians at the hospital were Dr. Reed and Dr. Sumner. Widening Of 3 Bridges On Hiway Agenda State Senator Don Murray of Bancroft, representing Kossuth and Humboldt counties in the state legislature, was informed Tuesday by the State Highway Commission that following his earlier request, the present 20 foot wide bridges on highway 18 between Aigona and Humboldt, have been slated in the 1968-72 state highway program for widening. A review is also to be made of the existing bridge on U.S. 18 just north of Aigona, another 20-foot-wide span that gives drivers the chills when meeting another vehicle on the structure. Following complaints that last year's resurfacing of Iowa 60 from Corwith to Wesley seemed inferior, a check of the surfacing material used is also to be made by the state highway department, Murray said. Saddle Club Show TITONKA - The Seneca Saddle Club's Tenth annual Quarter Horse Show will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Grounds on Highway 18 two miles west of Aigona. Judging will be on Halter classes and Performance classes. Judge will be Jerry Boren of Bismarck, N. D. Harold Burtis Funeral Held At LuVerne LUVERNE - Harold Burtis, 70, died in Mercy hospital, Ft. Dodge, Sunday. He was born May 5,1897 at Lu- Verne, to Elizabeth and Baylus F. Burtis. He lived in Des Moines and Ft. Dodge the last few years. He was educated in the LuVerne schools and farmed for a number of years in the LuVerne area. He is survived by one brother, George, Ft. Dodge; and two sisters, Gertrude Roseboro of Denver and Mrs. Cecil Lichty of Sioux Falls, S. D. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Carroll, Austin and Kelsey. Funeral rites were held in the Blake Funeral Home, Lu- Verne, Tuesday. Burial was at the LuVerne cemetery. Rev. Wilbur C. Egeland of Renwich officiated. Pallbearers were Wm. Hardcopf, Don Kruse, Orville Anderson and Allen Darby. Mayor's Court Gets Pleas Of Not Guilty Two persons entered pleas of not guilty to charges lodged in Mayor Bill Finn's court here during the week. Hearings were then held - and one was found not guilty, the other guilty and fined. Found not guilty to a charge of failing to turn right when meeting another vehicle was Perrie D. DeGroote, Corwith. His plea was upheld by the court following testimony during the hearing and the charge dropped. However, Leo G. Fevold, Goldfield, charged with failing to stop in the assured clear distance, was found guilty and find $15 after a hearing which included testimony on the matter. In other cases heard by the mayor, Chris Reefer, Aigona, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for intoxication; James A. Reid, $10, failing to yield the right- of-way; Clavin F. Armstrong, Wesley, $10,. no valid operator's license; and Ann Cudnik, Aigona, $5 improper backing. Were You Seeing Things? Five persons reported spotting UFO's here Tuesday evening- and called the police station to notify officials of the sightings. Investigation turned up the cause of the UFO's. Several children had manufactured them from plastic bags used by dry cleaning firms- and they worked fine. A framework of plastic straws, complete with holes cut to hold small birthday candles, is inserted into the base of the bag. The candles are put in the holes and lighted while someone holds the top of the bag. The objects operate almost like hot air balloons, with the heat from the candles sending the "balloon" skyward. A couple of the persons who sighted the objects in the air told police they thought they were flying Molotov cocktails (a form of gasoline bomb in a bottle). However, the light from the candles undoubtedly furnished that appearance. This type of UFO has become popular in California during recent months, and it has been reported no less than 2,000 have been launched there. According to officials here, there is nothing against the law in the construction and operation of the objects, however, they urged caution be used, as a fire might result if the "balloon" were not launched in an area away from buildings. Past 10 Days Sale of new vehicles in Kossuth county was hitting a healthy pace, with 43 registrations taking place in the past 10 days, as follows: Dodge - Albert Bormann, Ai- gona; Carl H. Goetsch, Aigona. Chevrolet- Gerald Rahe, Bancroft; Wm. Specht, Aigona; Cyril Wlschmeyer, Swea City; James Kollasch, Swea City; Carl Kvamsdale, Swea City; Donald Diers, Bancroft; Earl Thompson, Lakota; diaries LaBarre, Aigona; Earl Schmitt, Whittemore; Mrs. Bridget Smith, Ai- gona. Rambler - Grace Skarpness, Aigona. Chrysler - Paul Bode, Aigona; Ben Bahling, Burt. Ford - Harold Conway, Swea City; Darrell Sonnenberg, Buffalo Center; Leonard Gustafson, Elmore; Donald Wirtjes, Lakota; Alvina Edwards, Lakota; Maynard Hertzke, Lakota; La Verne Wittmeler, LuVerne; Ronald Heetland, Lakota; Ervin Kading, Lone Rock; Dennis Eller, Ai- gona (truck); Elmer Krause, Fenton, pickup. Cadillac - Black Cat Farms, Inc., Aigona. Pontiac - Charles Hamilton, Aigona; Lloyd Bartelt, Titonka. Plymouth — Iowa Bancorpor- ation, Aigona; Joyce Hayden, Ai- gona ; Perrie DeGroote, Corwith; No. Central Public Service, Ai- gona; Janet Scuffham, Aigona. Buick - Mildred Dale, Aigona; Hans Baago, Fenton. International — Aigona Implement, Aigona (Tr. All); Hollis Benschoter, Aigona, pickup. Oldsmobile — Margaret Kees, Aigona. GMC — Richard Krapp, Aigona, pickup; Don McGuire Construction, Aigona; Gurney Farrow, Ledyard. Honda — Don McGuire Const. Co., Aigona. $250 Sholarship At S.C.I. To Don Riedinger Don Riedinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Riedinger, was the recipient of a four year college scholarship at the State College of Iowa. The scholarship was based on an industrial arts project, high school grades, test scores and a personal interview by members of the staff at State College of Iowa. The scholarship is to be used in the field of industrial arts and is one of four awarded by the college. The amount of the scholarship is currently valued at $280 per year and is dependent on the state tuition. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Riedinger, together with son Don and his instructor and sponsor Mr. Edgar M. Meyer, spent Friday and Saturday at the campus attending the interviews and festivities which included the State Industrial Arts Fair. 32 Families Bought Food Stamps Monday A total of 32 families, less than bought Food Stamps May 5, purchased stamps at the courthouse here Monday - the second time they have been on sale since the plan went into effect in Kos- sutli county. However, the 32 families spent much more monej for stamps than May 5, with $1,857 in cash used to buy $2,594 worth, according to the welfare office. Stamps will be sold to the needy June 5 and 15 next month. Graduates, Duchesne Victoria Bradley of Aigona is one of 71 graduates of Duchesne College in Omaha. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Joseph Bradley. The school's commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 20. Sorority Initiate CEDAR FALLS - Judy Parrott of Aigona is one of 52 State College of Iowa coeds who were formally initiated into the Epsilon Mu chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, national sorority, on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. August Slagle of Aigona will observe their 50th wedding anniversary at their home, located on a farm near the northeast edge of Aigona, from 2 to 5 p. in., Sunday, May 21. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. They request no gifts. (Glenn's Studio Photo) Operating Costs Of Pick Juron County Rise 100,000 To Hear Large Damage Case Operating costs of Kossuth county rose over $100,000 in 1966 from the preceding year of 1965, official financial statement figures of the county show. A comparative breakdown of the various county offices and departments is shown below with figures for each year. It should be noted that in a number of the departments, there are also incomes from fees and rebates and federal funds which actually reduce the total net expenditures, but the expended figures are comparative for the two years. By far the largest single county expenditure, however, is in the construction and maintenance of roads. The 1966 expenditures for construction of new farm to market roads was$992,591.27. The cost of road maintenance was $66,091.77 and of road clearning $14,325.99. The total of road funds spent in the county was thus $1,673,009.03 including the farm-to-market program. County expenses fluctuate from year to year, due to various circumstances, and requirements of office. The "miscellaneous funds" item covers a variety of expenditures which in one way or another affect all of the offices. The unit breakdown for the two years follows: 1965 1966 Supervisors $ 35,375.14 $ 41,301.74 Auditor 20,637.62 23,807.14 Treasurer 28,917.03 29,882.15 Recorder 14,544.73 16,523.30 Clerk 10,873.37 11,906.05 Sheriff 20,528.61 22,644.41 County Attorney 9,347.96 9,553.54 County Engineer 31,698.51 34,527.97 County Board of Education 25,478.31 49,365.78 County Assessor 48,537.50 49,009.80 Health Nurse 4,317.28 4,529.35 Weed Commission 6,175.42 6,392.40 Jail Expense 1,073.09 1,054.34 Bounties 609.90 98.20 Printing 8,204.59 7,091.60 County Home Expense 27,768.45 36,488.90 District Co^rt 26,063.04 27,740.08 Medical Examiner 929.63 838.20 Miscellaneous Offices 1,857.66 1,461.59 Miscellaneous Expenses 25,475. 4] 29,402.89 State Institutions 90,385.24 116,938.93 Miscellaneous Funds 134,472.53 128,661.26 Poor (Outside Co. Home) 95,639.97 119,651.27 Relief Office 4,823.28 5,390.02 TOTALS $673,734.33 $774,260.91 Ex-Sexton Man Suffers Burns SEXTON - A former Sexton area resident, Frank Stratton, was seriously burned in a freak accident at his farm near Thornton. The electric wiring on the pump on his farm gas barrel shorted, throwing flames on him while filling the tractor. He was badly burned on the face and hands and survived because of an insulated jacked he was wearing. The outer material burned off and the fire then went out. He was not hospitalized on th--! advice of his doctor. There was less danger of infection at home among "familiar" germs. In a letter to his sister, Mrs. Clarence Huff at Sexton, it was said they could not know the complete extent of the injury to his hands until bandages were removed this week. Mr. and Mrs. Huff and John plan to attend the graduation of the Frank Stratton's son, James, at Thornton this week. Case Filed One new case was filed in district court here this week. Edna , Bowman seeks a divorce and injunction from RobertD. Bowman, charging cruel and inhuman treatment. They were married at LuVerne Sept. 15, 1952 and have no children. She asks temporary support and furnishings. Collision Near Whittemore; Man Is Charged Autos driven by Robert D. Reese, 32, Ames, and Alyce L. Lauck, 30, West Bend, collided on highway 44 four miles north of Whittemore at 4:15p.m.Tues- day. The Ames man was charged with failing to stop in an assured clear distance. His auto struck the Lauck machine from the rear as the latter vehicle was making a right turn off the highway. Damage to the vehicles were estimated at $700 by Patrolman Tom Cogdall who investigated. There were no personal injuries reported. Course Postponed The Dale Carnegie Customer Relations Course that is being sponsored by the Aigona Chamber of Commerce is being postponed for a week or so to 'allow more persons to enroll. A starting date will be announced later. Plan Club Tour The May meeting of the Wesley Boys' 4-H Club was held May 10 at the Harold Martinek home. The treasurer's report indicated $36.49 as the balance . The club tour was set for June 7. Twelve jurors and an alternate were selected in district court here Tuesday and testimony in the damage matter, W. C. Ire- Ian vs. Robert J. Will, was expected to begin Wednesday morning. Jurors named were Iris Hinton, Art Rusch, Ruth O.Patter- son, Frances Seefeld, Dorothy Zeigler, Betty Countryman, Gladys Kluger, John B. Grandgenett, Rose Stebritz, Alice Bruns, Lucille Hanson and Carolyn Weydert, with Laura Anliker, alternate. Judge Joseph Hand, Emmetsburg, is presiding during the current term of court. The damage case was filed as a result of a mishap, with autos driven by the plaintiff and defendant involved, in which the plaintiffs wife was killed. Swea City Lady Injured In Sunday Crash Mrs. Hugh Crandall, 47, Swea City, suffered a fractured left leg and other undetermined injuries Sunday night in an accident on Highway 9 east of Estherville. The accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. as Mrs. Crandall was driving east in a 1954 Ford 9 1/2 miles east of Estherville. The right wheel of the car went off the paving on the right shoulder and the driver lost control. The car went across the paving into the north ditch and rolled. It came to rest on its top. Mrs. Crandall was able to crawl out of the car and was picked up by a passing motorist and taken to Holy Family Hospital at Estherville. Her physician reported that further examination would reveal the extent of injuries, which may involve a compression fracture of the back. Deputy Sheriff Robert Knox and Keith Day, highway patrolman, investigated the accident. No charges were filed. Honor Several Seniors From St. John's Students at St. John's high school were honored at the school's annual Award Day. Some of the students receiving awards were Mary Lou Vaske, Future Humemakers of America; Sandra Thilges, Crisco Award for outstanding scholastic achievement in home economics; Darrell McCleish, Citizenship Award of the Iowa State Bar Assn. John Meyer, Annual Reader's Digest Valedictorian Award and honors at entrance should he choose to attend Iowa State University at Ames for superior academic achievement at the high school level. Sidewalk Art Show Slated Here June 9 The annual Sidewalk Art Show sponsored by the Aigona Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday, June 9, in the downtown Aigona area. Entry blanks have been sent to all area artists and the Chamber wishes to emphasize that anyone not receiving an entry blank may pick one up at the Chamber office. The deadline for entries is Saturday, June 3. The show is open to all artists other than those who are classified as professionals (those making a living from art). Ribbons will be awarded in the categories of paintings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, photography, mosaics, enamels, metal work, and tran- slucents. A well qualified art expert will judge the show. A special feature of the show again this year will be a sculpture demonstration, using a live model, by Cliff Carlson - well- known sculptor from Wesley. A special division for student exhibitors will also be featured and all Kossutli County schools are being invited to display in a separate area and to compete for separate prizes. Show time is from 12 noon until 9 p.m. In event of rain the show will be moved to Saturday June 10. Ex-Resident Of Aigona Dies In Des Moines Mrs. Robert Harrington, the former Lula Kohl of Aigona, succumbed Tuesday In Des Moines to an illness of some months. Funeral services are to be held In Des Moines, Friday morning, and graveside rites will be held with burial in Aigona, at Calvary cemetery, somewhere around noon, Friday. Surviving in addition to her husband, are two children, Tim and Betty, and five brothers, Harvey Kohl of St. Paul, Ira of Al- goan, George of Phoenix, Ariz., Richard of St. Paul, and William of Los Angeles. Bob Harrington, also an ex- Algona resident, has been In the legal department of the Veterans Administration for a number of years, since military service in WW n, and for some years in Des Moines. His father was a prominent Aigona attorney of some years ago. Aigona Church To Host Pastoral Meet, Monday The Aigona Circuit Pastoral Conference was held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Aigona from 10:40 to 4, Monday. The opening service, with Holy Communion was conducted by Rev. Paul H. Sohn. Attending the conference were Rev. and Mrs. W. T. Wolfram of Ventura; Rev. and Mrs. L. G. Leonard of Garner; Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Stock, of Livermore; Rev. T. T. Mueller, LuVerne; Rev. and Mrs. W. C. Ostermeier, West Bend; Rev. and Mrs. Cleo Kautsch, Whittemore Rev. Rex Spicer, Fenton; Rev. and Mrs. Arnold Vehling, Lone Rock; Rev. and Mrs. Paul Sohn and Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Friedrich of Aigona. Rev. and Mrs. Sohn and Rev. and Mrs. Friedrich were hosts to the conference at a noon luncheon at the Johnson House. Trinity Lutheran Vacation Bible School will start June 5 and continue through June 16. Help Family The family of Roman Eisenbacher, burned out of their home in which they lost practically all their possessions in a fire May 1, has been supplied with furniture by many persons offering to donate used items to them. They have also been outfitted with clothing from funds contributed to a special fund at The Security State Bank here.
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