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Clear Pictures — More News — Largest Circulation BY RUSS WALLER Alex Demand might change his mind, depending on what happens between now and the first of July, but if his plans do NOT change, he will sail from New York, July 14, for a return to his native Greece. He left there when a youth. While his immediate relatives are mostly gone, the Algona man does have kinfolks and boyhood friends still alive. And another ex-Kossuth man and his wife, 'Rev. and Mrs. S. H. Hammer, Tormer pastor of Methodist churches in the county, leave June 2 by air for a four months visit to Norway, where they were both born. The Hammers have been living at Humboldt. * * * Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Al Smith, now of Gilmore City, who operated Al's Cafe here for several years, on selection of their daughter, Kristy, to attend Girls State .... The Smiths operate a grocery store at Gilmore City. * * * And while he'll never get this message, we feel that Sir Francis Chichester, the Englishman who sailed alone around the world in a 53-foot yacht, has proved something or other .... if nothing else, that a 65-year-old man isn't always "through". He sailed 38,500 miles, by the way. * * * The Burt Lions Club has appointed a committee to meet with the Town Council to talk over doing something about the junk piles inside the city limits .... and we understand that some of the neighbors of a sort of backyard hot rod garage operation have or will present Algona city fathers with a request that "something be done" .... and others aren't too happy about an old car, with the motor removed, resting along the curb within a block of the main business area, * * * The growth of golf clubs continues .... Britt Country Club backers have received approval for a $120,000 loan to develop a recreational area which will include a golf course .... and the Britt Legion will construct anew home that will also serve as a clubhouse .... the Algona Country Club is still dean of them all in this area, but newer clubs have developed within the past several years at Wesley, Bancroft and Ringsted. * * * You can watch with interest the forthcoming election in South Vietnam, where the two leading generals are each candidates for president, along with a hatfull of non-military men .... there are 1 1/2 million men in the South Vietnamese army from a total population of 16 million .... who they support could well decide the outcome .... and while all that is going on U. S. troops can take over the task of "pacification" of the hamlets, as well as the major share of the fighting, of course .... the suggestion of Senator Percy of Illinois, and others, that the 1 1/2 million man South Vietnamese army should be trained to fight its own war with a phasing out 01 U. S. combat troops seems to get nowhere, however. * * * Up in Minnesota, the governor of the state stands fast.... he told the folks he would veto a sales tax. and has .... and he says he'll veto it again if n manages to get through House and Senate in a special session now in progress. He says the people should have a referendum on the matter, in other words, how they shall be taxed .... * * * Memo to Fishermen: Wind in the east, fishing the least; wind in the west, fish bite the best (Sophocles). * * * About a^l we can say on fishing is to quote Johi. Steinbeck, who commented: "It's always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses, has it coming." * * * Famous Last Line - Those boys at Indianapolis can have their $50 a lap. ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ;is second class matter nt thr postnffice at Aleonn. Town i50511> NDV 1. 1<>32. under Act of C'nnerr-ss of March 3. 187!) AIGONA, (OWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 1967 Two Sections — 20 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 42 Veterans Memorial Bldg. Dedication Program Held Dedication of the American Legion's new Veterans Memorial Hagg-Turner post home proved to be the highlight of public observance of Memorial Day on a chilly, windy, wet day here Tuesday. Because of the weather, the dedication ceremonies, slated to be held on the front steps of the building (the former post office) were instead held in the banquet hall inside where a large crowd witnessed the program, which featured an interesting talk by- Gordon Gammack, columnist for the Des Moines Register and Tribune, and shorter talks by several local Legionnaires and well- known Algonans. The actual dedication was in the form of a wreath-laying ceremony, with Frank Sailer, commander of the Legion, and Mrs. Lillie Foth, president of the Auxiliary here, in charge. Immediately following, Mr. Saiter and his wife, Helen, were presented with a plaque from the post for special services they performed in making the new center a reality. The plaque was presented by Ed Farrell, who served as emcee during the dedication. Gammack, who admitted (perhaps wrongly) that he is not a good speaker, held the attention of the crowd, which included not only Legionnaires, wives and Auxiliary members, but many other interested persons from this area, with his talk. He told of many of his experiences since joining the R & T as a cub reporter in 1933 - with most related to his duties as a columnist. Mr. Gammack praised the "wonderful building" which was being dedicated, and after telling of his job as war correspondent in Korea where he first learned about then Capt. Harold Fischer, famed double Ace of the conflict from Swea City, introduced Fischer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fischer, Sr. Highlights of his talk also included numerous short, funny stories all based on his many years as a newspaperman. Others who particpated in the dedication program included Rev. Milo Dailey, who opened it with invocation; Commander Saiter and Mrs. Foth, who welcomed the crowd; Mayor Bill Finn with words of advice; Earl Lierley, president of the Chamber of Commerce; and Bud Anderson, second Vice Commander of the 8th district of the Legion. A well-known former Algonan, R. J. "Skin" Laird, who has lived in Des Moines for many years, was also introduced. He is retiring this year after serving as State Legion Adjutant for 42 years. Memorial Day observances here and in other communities in the county featured tributes to the deceased, non-military and military alike. Rites Held At Swea City For Aletha Ecklund Funeral services for Mrs. Aletha Ecklund, 74, of Swea City, who died Thursday at Holy Family hospital, were held at 2 p. ra. Monday at Swea City Methodist church. Burial was at Harrison Twp. cemetery. Reese-Henry Funeral Chapel of Swea City was in charge of arrangements. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. John Ecklund of Swea City. Armstrong Boy Shot In Lung, Condition Fair A 13-year-old Armstrong boy was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Estherville for a rifle wound in his right lung, Saturday night. The wounding of Francis Doll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Doll of Armstrong, remains under investigation by the Emmet County Sheriffs office. Doll was reported in "fair" condition. A 22-caliber rifle slug passed through his body about 7:30 p.m. Saturday while he was target shooting with three other Armstrong boys. They indentified as Vincent Stefanski, 15, Mike Laffey, 16, and David Sathoff, 13. The incident happened on the Max Quastad farm a mile south and a half mile west of Armstrong. Laffev said he and Doll were in a gully when Stefanski shot at a target, with the charge apparently striking Doll. Laffey then ran for help to the Calvin Porter farm. Mrs. Porter called a doctor and an ambulance. Doll was admitted to the hospital at 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Weathered Out Algona High and Garrigan were slated to play Clarion and Clear Lake, respectively, away from home Monday, but weather forced the games to be called. The Algona-Clarion fray will be rescheduled and the Garrlgan- Clear Lake game was cancelled. The Bears were slated to travel to Bancroft for a meeting with St. John's Wednesday night. Algona will travel to Humboldt and Garrigan is to host Mason City Newman Friday. Eight Buildings Lost, Elmore Farm Fire A farm fire, thought to have started from spontaneous combustion in a barn, completely destroyed eight buildings on a farm owned by Enno Schaefer, west of Elmore last week. No one actually lives on the property. Flames apparently started in the barn, spread to a grain and chicken house, new cattle shed and hay shed, corn crib, hog house, portable hog house and hog feeder. High winds fanned the flames over an area of 100 yards. Firemen from Elmore and Fairmont were called, but were only able to keep the fire from spreading after they arrived, as the eight structures were nearly burned to the ground. A garage caught fire, but the flames were extinguished before much damage was done. The house and a machine shed were not damaged. About 1500 bales of hay and straw were also lost in the fire. A Fairmont fire truck received some damage when it was pulled too close to the flames and burned the paint off the front and one side of the truck. Estimate of loss was not given, but Mr. Schaefer stated that he did not have enough insurance to cover the loss. The Schaefers live on a farm one mile east which they purchased from Mrs. J. M. Hanks several years ago. Beer Charges Filed; Hearings Are Continued Four area youths were charged with possession of beer as minors in Mayor Bill Finn's court Friday afternoon, the day after an alleged beer party was halted at a gravel pit: near Whittemore by Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten. The hearings were continued by the mayor. It is not known when they will be held. According to reports, city police were notified Thursday night that a drinking party was going on at the gravel pit. At 10:30 p.m., Bulten arrived at the scene and apprehended four teenagers, one 17, the others at least 18, and also nabbed a six-pack of beer. The four apprehended by Bulten were in one car. 2 Sons, Former Algona Couple, Air Victims Two sons of a former Algona couple, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Knoll, Littleton, Colorado, were killed Sunday in a helicopter accident near Fort Knox, Ky. Mrs. Knoll is the former Adris Anderson, sister of Lyle (Bud) Anderson of Algona. Mr. and Mrs Lyle Anderson left by air, Tuesday, from Omaha, for Denver. Funeral services were to be held today (Thursday) for the two young service men. Killed were Dennis Knoll, 24, a helicopter pilot, and Terry Knoll, 20, a crewman, whether it was an air collision or a power failure that caused the fatal accident was not clear. Several other service men also lost their lives in the crash. The Knolls have a daughter, 16. Both Mr. and Mrs. Knoll are graduates of Algona high school. Near 100 Temp Prelude To 1.47 Of Rains Two days of near - 100 temperatures were followed by nearly and inch and a half of rain in this area, during the past week. Temperatures soared to 97 and 98 in unseasonal heat, last Thursday and Friday, then the weather went into reverse with temperatures dropped into the 40-50 degree level, bringing with it 1.47 inches of rain. The week's weather: Date Hi Lo Rain May 24 86 51 May 25 97 61 May 26 98 63 May 27 82 51 .tr. May 28 52 47 .72 May 29 56 47 .50 May 30 57 50 .05 May 31 — 48 .20 The rain came at the right time, and while not an oversupply, still helped to bring the corn sprouting through North Iowa's rich, back soil. Three Account Matters Filed, District Court Three new cases, all dealing with accounts, were filed in district court here this week. A. Y. McDonald Co., plaintiff is demanding judgment for $429.67 from Elmer Schneider, defendant, for a check allegedly delivered by the latter which was returned marked insufficient funds. Bob Mullen, plaintiff, is seeking $1,527.50 as a sub-contractor for work reportedly done on a home owned by Rex and Sharon L. Kooyman, defendants. Farm Service Co., plaintiff, is asking $357.84 in settlement of a promissory note claimed due from Donna Schiltz, defendant. Seven Couples Get Licenses To Wed Here Seven licenses to wed were issued at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. They went to the following couples: May 25 - Mark W. Berkland and Carol Zumach; and Robert D. Lai sen and Raeann Brink. May 26 - Keith L. Devine and Dianne Malueg; and Thomas E. Winterton and Bernadine Bell, May 29 - Larry D. Neswold and Deborah Carman; Gerald L. Thompson and Caryl M. Larsen; and John L. Vint and Corrine Schimel. Graveside Rites Graveside rites for Howard Strayer, former resident of Algona, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today CThursday) at East Lawn Memorial Gardens here. Funeral services were held in the morning at Hartley where he had made his home for a number of years. Plans Progress For Fight Against Tax Reappraisal William Sfeil Of LuVerne Dies Suddenly LUVERNE - William (Bill) Steil, 58, will-known area farmer, died Monday at 3; 15 p.m. in Mercy hospital at Ft. Dodge where he was taken a day earlier. Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today (Thursday) in Sacred Heart Catholic church, Livermore, with Fr. J. G. Skahill officiating and burial to follow at Calvary cemetery there. Blake Funeral Home of LuVerne was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Dick May, Don Kruse, Lloyd Swanson, Jim Gilligan, Harold Potter and August Kuschka. William Steil, son of Mary and William Steil, was born Dec. 25, 1908 at Wesley. He married Lucille Birnbaumer Nov. 25, 1937 and they have farmed south of LuVerne since that time. Besides his wife, survivors include three sons, Richard, Edward and Thomas, LuVerne; five brothers, Fred, Charles City, Jack, Eagle Grove, Frank and Elmer, Eden Valley, Minn, and Ed, Hardy; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Hagg, Wayzata, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Steil also raised two other boys, Robert Besch, now of Ft. Dodge, and Eugene Besch, Concord, Claif. 17 New Vehicles Licensed Here In Past Week Seventeen new vehicles, all cars or trucks except three, were licensed in Kossuth county last week, as follows: Plymouth - Ken's Auto Service, Algona. Chevrolet - Thos. P. Sheridan, Bancroft; Geo. Schneider, Bancroft; Edward Priebe, Fenton; Welp's Hatchery, Bancroft (PU); Merle Phelps, Titonka (PU). CMC - N. W. Bell Telephone, Algona (truck). FORD - Enko Smidt, Titonka (PU); Thermogas, Algona (PU) Walter Haupert, Algona; Kenneth Kollasch, Swea City. Buick - Marlin Hardt, Swea City. Pontiac - Charles McCabe, Algona, Mary Benschoter, Algona. Sears Travel Trailer - Edgar Meyer, Algona. Kawasaki - Roy Hinz, Buffalo Center. Honda - Eldon Banwart, West Bend. Ex-Whittemore Man Creamery Mgr., E'Ville Clem Mergen, West Bend, has been appointed manager of the Estherville Co-op Creamery to succeed Merle Klongerbo, who has accepted a position with State Brand Creameries at Mason City. Mergen was formerly manager of the Ringsted creamery before it closed and has been manager of the West Bend Co-op Creamery for the past 11 1/2 years. He is a native of Whittemore and attended Iowa State University and Estherville Junior College. Stolen Pickup Still Missing A pickup truck owned by Ed Bowman, Algona, which was stolen May 24, still had not been located Wednesday morning, according to police here. The truck, a 1957 green and white Ford, was taken from the south side of the Bowman cabinet shop. Many tools and miscellaneous items were in the box of the pickup when it was taken. AHS Class Of '67 Graduates June J DR. AREND LUBBERS The President of Central College, Pella, Iowa, will deliver the Commencement address this evening, Thursday, June 1, at the Algona High School stadium field in exercises for the Class of 1967. In case of rain, the ceremonies will be held in the school auditorium. Following the traditional entrance of the senior class, the high school band will present "Sound of Music" under the direction of Russell Guster, and the address by Dr. Lubbers will follow. Dr. Lubbers, at 35, is one of the younger college presidents in the country. In 1962 lie was selected by LIFE magazine as one of the top 100 young men in the U. S. He received his B.A. degree from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, in 1953, and his M.A. from Rutgers in 1956. He instructed history at Wittenburg College, Springfield, Ohio, from 1956 to 1958, and in 1959 returned to Rutgers to work toward his doctorate. Following the address of Dr. Lubbers, Principal Elgin Allen will make the honors announcements, and the class of 1967 will be presented by Supt. 0. B. Laing. Presentation of diplomas will be made by Russell Medin of Whittemore, president of the Algona Board of Education. Rev. Walter Morz will deliver the benediction. The class motto of the class of 1967 is "The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With One Step." The class colors are Princess Blue and Luster Blue, and the Blue Daisy is the class flower. Area Free Of Serious Mishaps Over Weekend While hundreds of persons met death in traffic mishaps during the long Memorial Day weekend in the United States (and eight in Iowa), Kossuth county proved to be a pretty safe place todrive. Five mishaps occurred, but only one person was injured and Craig Vitzthum, Algona, was actually hurt prior to the weekend. He sustained a cut on the head and was treated at St. Ann hospital when an auto driven by Kenneth M. Potter, 30, Algona, slammed into the rear of a watering truck owned by Dwight Cook on the race track at the fairgrounds at 1:20 a.m. Thursday. Potter's auto was demolished and minor damage resulted to the sprinkler truck. City police charged Potter with reckless driving. He pulled his auto on the race track and was apparently traveling at high speed when he plowed into the rear of the trucx headed south in front of the grandstand. The following day, two mishaps were investigated. At 12:02 p. m., autos driven by Gary L. Lamuth, 17, Algona, and Wilbur A. McGill, 57, Albert Lea, Minn., collided at the intersection of Jones and State streets here, with $200 damage resulting to the vehicles. A left turn violation was filed against McGill by police who investigated. A Whittemore man, Art Hei- denwith, 79, was uninjured when his auto went out of control, slammed into a ditch, rolled over and struck a fence on the Donald Kollasch farm two miles north and a mile west of Whittemore at 2:45 p.m. Damage to his auto was estimated at $250 by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst who investigated. At 10:58 p.m. Saturday, an auto driven by Margaret M. Cokerman, 59, Everly, collided with a truck driven by Elmer H. Reuter, 44, Raymond, Minn., on South Phillips street near the driveway of the Schultz Bros, service station. The latter was charged with failing to enter a highway safely and damage to the auto was estimated at $200, with none to the truck, which pulled from the station into the path of the southbound car. Police investigated. At 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, a car driven by Lowell D. Larson, 41, Swea City, collided with a truck driven by Fred Harms, 57, Buffalo Center, two miles west of Buffalo Center on highway 9. About $405 damage resulted to the vehicles and Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, who investigated, charged Larson with attempting prohibited passing. Hot Belt Algona firemen were called to the Algona Locker Plant at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday when a belt on an electric motor began smoking. There was no damage reported. 6-Man Group To Represent Organizations Coordinated efforts by ten or more area organizations to oppose a State Tax Commission demand that Kossuth County be reappraised for valuation of all real estate is making progress. A six-man committee, headed by Russell Buchanan, Algona city attorney, has been named, and three of the six made a visit last week to Des Moines to obtain general information for use at a later time. Also making the Des Moines trip were Bill Steele, Algona Chamber of Commerce secretary, and Oliver Carlson, representative of the County Real Estate Board. Other committee members are Bill Conn, Albert Schipull of Lu- Verne, and Marvin Leigh of rural Algona. It is expected that a formal protest will be filed, if necessary, sometime before July 1 with the State Tax Commission. The illness of County Assessor Leo Immerfall, who had been hospitalized at Iowa City for some 10 days, made it Impossible for him to make the Des Moines trip. He returned from the hospital Monday of this week. The group visited with Ray Edwards of the Iowa Taxpayers Association, and obtained basic information on how to approach the Tax Commission at a later date. Mitchell county, also under orders to reappraise, has filed a suit resisting the order, it was learned. Chairman Russell Buchanan said that his committee was in the "fact finding stage" in the matter. It has been estimated that a complete real estate reappraisal in Kossuth county would cost somewhere around $150,000 if done by an outside firm, which is the usual procedure. The committee said that from first comparisons available, it would seem that Kossuth's valuations compare favorably, although some areas might be higher and others lower than the state average. The local committee hopes to be able to study comparisons of real estate sale prices with assessed valuations. The major unanswered question, they say, is "why" the Tax Commission wants Kossuth reappraised. Whatever action is taken must be done before July 1, which is the deadline for compiling of various budgets, including the county assessor's office. If the reappraisal is to go through, the next budget must include a request for the anticipated cost of $150,000 for the work. Among the organizations cooperating in opposition to the reappraisal request are the Kossuth County Real Estate Board, the Kossuth Bar Association, the Kossuth Board of Education, Farm Bureau, NFO, Kossuth Bankers Assocation, Board of Supervisors, Algona Chamber of Commerce and Algona Industrial Development Corporation. Titonka To Get Custom Farm Service Plant Construction has begun on plant facilities for Titonka by Custom Farm Services, Inc., located at Titonka. The new Custom Farm Services plant will supply pre- cription-mixed bulk and bagged fertilizer, nitrogen solutions, anhydrous ammonia, pesticides and other farm chemicals to Titonka. and surrounding areas. spreader service, soil testing and agronomic assistance will also be offered by Custom Farm Services, thus making it a one-stop soil fertilization center. It is expected to be in operation by early fall, according to Phillip Pfeffer, who will manage the Custom Farm Services operation.

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