The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 20, 1967 · Page 21
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, July 20, 1967
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ee* * at itutn ia*e feSTABLISneP IBOS Entered as second class matter at the ptistofficc at Algona. Town iSOSlli. Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3. IBTii ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JULY 20, 1967 Two Sections- 24 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 55 BY RUSS WALLER You would hardly expect such industrial giants as Chrysler Corp. to insist on executives using regular mail instead of long distance where possible to save money, or to find American Airlines arriving at a decision to serve only one cookie instead of two with each cup of coffee in flight. But each has done just that .... American Airlines says its decision will save $325,000 a year. America's industrial giants are reacting strangely, considering the six-year economic boom that has swept the nation. Perhaps it is in keeping with the times .... with the turning out of lights and saving of paper clips in government circles, while at the same time spending 2 billion a month in Vietnam.... economists are predicting the largest Federal deficit in history for next year .... American industry, evidently, is preparing for the worst. While total sales have fallen, labor and material costs have continued to rise .... total corporate profits have dropped all along the line. Campbell Soup and John Deere report profit margins down as much as 32 percent for the quarter ended April 30. The Northern Pacific Railroad has laid off all of its shop help for two weeks to a month to retrench .... Eastern Airlines is saving $11,000 a year by printing its instruction to passengers in case of an emergency on cheaper paper . ... the Kaiser industrial empire has ordered all of its postage meters to be monitored by its accounting department . . ./. International Harvester has trimmed its employees by 2,600 .... Pacific Telephone is weeding out office goldbricks .... Humble Oil has ordered its janitors to clean .carpets themselves, instead of having an outside contractor do the job .... General Motors has ordered its executives, when they fly, to fly tourist class .... there are other corporation heads, however, who say you cannot economize yourself out of declining profits, but they add that they are eliminating the driftwood in personnel, to partially compensate for expected higher government taxes in the near future. * * * All of which might be something of a barometer to the rest of us, with an eye cocked toward the economic state of the union and the effects of the vast drain of resources through government spending on all levels. * * * However, you might have forgotten a windfall .... the U. S. Postofflce Dept., which has just closed 6ut its Postal Savings system, reports that it still has 667,232-accounts on its hands totaling an uncollected $83 million, awaiting depositors who have never asked for a return of their money. Did you forget something ? lowans are not looking forward with pleasure to the sales tax rise from 2 to 3 percent, but they may get some satisfaction out of knowing that their fellow men in Minnesota are having even a worse time in preparing to adjust to a tax they never had before .... and the Minnesota tax bill has everyone in an uproar because of its odd twists .... drugs "prescribed" are exempt, but the per son who needs insulin, or an arthritic patient seeking aspirin, or one seeking relief from a cold, all without prescriptions, are taxed on their purchases .... baby powder is exempt, but the same compound sold for adult use is taxable.... a battery for a hearing aid is exempt, but if used in a transistor radio is taxable .... Coca Cola is taxable because it is "carbonated" but non- carbonated soft drinks are not taxable .... a cone served at a Dairy Queen is taxable because it is processed on the spot, but a "hand- packed" quart of ice cream is exempt as a food with no processing at point of sale .... Translator In; Cable Vote Next Earnie Schmidt Of Ottosen New Supervisor A 60-year-old Garfield township farmer, Earnie Schmidt, Ottosen, was named to the Kossuth county board of supervisors this week. Mr. Schmidt, a Democrat, was selected from a list of 12 applicants to fulfill the term of Charles Plathe, board chairman and first district supervisor, who died July 7. He is to be sworn in this afternoon CThursday) during a regular meeting of the board and will serve until the next election in November, 1968. Meanwhile, the board named A. J. Kollasch, long-time member of the board from Swea City, its chairman for the balance of 1967. The board names a new chairman each year at its opening meeting. Mr. Schmidt was selected for the board post by Auditor Marc Moore, County Clerk Alma Pearson and County Recorder Mertie Huber. Rail Service Resumes Here After Strike The national rail strike, which fortunately ended a couple days after its start, resulted in a shutdown of rail service to Algona by the Milwaukee Road and Northwestern Railway. No freight moved in or out of the city by rail. Bill Holdorf, Northwestern depot agent here, remained on duty, but the Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday service was held up until the strike was settled. John Snere, agent for the Milwaukee Road here, stated his company had also halted service. The post office here worked first class mail as usual, but second, third and fourth class mail, with the exception of packages headed for Vietnam, was held up. Practically everything was delivered, outgoing, in the first two zones away from Algona. Roy McMahon Is Feted For Bank Service F. L. "Roy" McMahon was honored guest at a party given him by officers and directors of the Iowa State Bank, Algona, at Algona Country Club July 18 with Kossuth county bankers and adjoining county as well as many correspondent banker friends in attendance. Roy started his banking career in June, 1917, and has been in the Iowa State since its Incorporation in March, 1928. About 90 people were in attendance, sort of gives us something to chuckle about, doesn't it ? * * * Famous Last Line - "We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to do for themselves" - (LBJ- 1965). 14 Queens On Stage At Swea City Hospital's Heeds Set At $150,000; Plan Approximately 180 persons attended a meeting Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Building at which future plans for St. Ann hospital were discussed. Dick Briscoe of Kansas City, representative of Thomas R.Finn Associates, will be the director of the fund-raising campaign and will personally conduct the drive. The actual drive for funds to assist the operation of St. Ann and improvements will start about Aug. 31 and will last for two weeks. At the onset of Mr. Briscoe's arrival, contacts with local and area organizations and persons will be madt and members of various committees named. During his tenure here, a lay committee for the hospital will be chosen. This committee will serve as liaison between the hospital, medical profession and citizens' groups. Estimated cost of needed improvements, suggested by the Benedictine Sisters will be in excess of $150,000. Largest investment will concern the installation of an air conditioning system. Named as administrator is Sister Delores, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Kollasch of Whittemore. Another daughter is the Mother Superior of the Order of St. Benedict. It was brought out that rates of rooms were raised about a year ago to conform with those of other hospitals in the area or those of comparable size. The hospital has operated "in the red" since its beginning until the past year, which was the first time that it has been "in the black". Mayor Finn stressed the need for cooperation and pointed out that this must not be a sudden splurge, but rather a continuing effort on the part of the community. One physician called upon for comments stated that he knows that there has been criticism of both the hospital and the medical profession. But he stressed the fact that the community needs the hospital and its service. Mayor Finn read a letter from the Sisters of St. Benedict suggesting that qualified Doctors of Osteopathy share membership on the hospital staff and be able to admit patients. The letter contained quotes regarding other hospitals where such an arrangement has been carried out. Suggested in the letter was a revisal of the hospital by-laws to permit such a practice. The letter stated that this practice would increase the income of the local hospital. Corwith Man Dies; Funeral Is Thursday Chester R. Williams, 72, Corwith, died at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge Monday after a long illness. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Evangelical United Brethren Church in Stilson. The Rev. Donald Thompson will officiate. Burial will be in Corwith cemetery with Blake Funeral Home in charge. Born May 31, 1895, at Argenta, HI., to Jasper and Emma Williams, he was married to Millie Ethel McGowan Aug. 24, 1914 at Cisco, 111. They came to the Corwith area in 1915 and farmed until 1959. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Calvin, Lyle, Minn, and Roland, Fort Dodge; six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a brother, Ernest Williams, Argenta. UDM Features New Localized Farm Columns An exclusive new feature begins this week in the Algona Upper Des Moines. Arrangements have been completed with Galen DeValois, Kossuth county Extension Director, Dennis Cumberland, Extension Assistant, and Margaret Pratt, Extension Home Economist for Kossuth and Palo Alto counties, for weekly columns which will appear in the UDM each week. The columns will carry information of interest to farmers, 4-H youths and housewives and will be in either the Tuesday or Thursday edition of this newspaper each and every week. Don't miss them! New Equipment The Iowa State Bank in Algona is installing new electronic equipment that will be used to record checks and deposits at the bank. Bank president Al Agena announced that a new Electronic Data Processing Computer System will be in use in the near future. He stated that the new equipment and computer will re<- lieve manual duties of the bank's employees, thus giving them more time to provide personal service to the firm's customers. Thirteen queens from Kossuth and Winnebago counties had their first rehearsal July 11 at the Swea City High School gymnasium for the upcoming Miss Kossuth-Winnebago Pageant. The pageant will be staged in conjunction with Swea City's Fair and Field Days July 26-27. The candidates are shown on stage during the rehearsal in the above photo. They are receiving instructions from the current Miss Swea City, Linda Hoeppner, Lakota, third from the right, and are, left to right, Ann Anderson, Thompson; Coleen Elliott, Swea City; Joleen Wiseman, Ringsted; Becky Johnson, Rake; Gretchen DeBoer, Ledyard; Kathy Christ, Lakota; Linda Rognes, Lake Mills; Susan Carlson, Forest City; Linda Meyer, Crystal Lake; Jean Mescher, Burt; Jean Johnson, Buffalo Center; Nikki Laffey, Armstrong; and Kitty Hardgrove, Algona. Winner of the pageant will compete in the Miss Iowa pageant of 1968, and if she wins there, will participate in the Miss America pageant. First runner-up of the Kossuth-Winnebago pageant will participate in the Miss Iowa - Miss U.S.A. — Miss Universe contest, also in the summer of 1968. Miss Hoeppner is looking forward to July 20, when she will represent Swea City in the "Miss Iowa" pageant at Davenport. Linda is a 19-year-old, five-foot-two inch tall girl who lives on a farm with her parents two miles south of Lakota. Since becoming Miss Swea City, Linda has traveled more than 3,500 miles. Some of the gifts and prizes Miss Iowa will receive will be a $1,000 scholarship, $1,000 toward her wardrobe and a new car to use as long as she reigns as Miss Iowa. Linda's talent offering will consist of a dance and pantomime routine from Doris Day's original picture version of "Whatever Will Be, Will Be." (Photo Courtesy of Fairmont Daily Sentinel) Jim Andreasen New President Of Lions Here The Algona Lions Club has elected James Andreasen, local attorney, president of the organization. Other new officers for the coming year include vice presidents James Kolp, Jerry Cowan and Dick Buscher. Floyd Bode was re-elected secretary- treasurer and directors will be Frank Saiter, Ervin Wiltgen, Dennis Waller and Edward Adams. Phil Diamond was named to head the program committee and Dwight Cook and Bob Henderson will handle duties as Lion Tamer and Tail Twister, respectively. All of the above and the past year's president, Dr. Kevin Nash, will act as the board of directors. The local service club will again sponsor projects, such as the Halloween Party, window- decorating, radio day and the sight-saving fund. House Burned By Firemen From Burt BURT - Many Burt residents gathered Monday night to watch Burt firemen burn downtheHasse house. The Hasses, Alvina, Albertand Paul, had moved out all their belongings, preparing to build a new home. When they found it would be costly to have the old house moved or torn down, they confronted the town council and other city officials to get permission to have the local fire department burn it down. Monday night was an ideal night for such a job as there was no wind. ' Ambulance Service Here Set; Purchase Vehicle In regular session Wednesday evening the Algona city council discussed the problem of ambulance service and passed a resolution to accept the terms of agreement between the city and county board of supervisors, with operation to begin on or before August 1. A purchasing committee, composed of Sheridan Cook, Howard Miller and K. T. Peirce was appointed to purchase a vehicle after a complete inspection. An ambulance, formerly owned by Blake Funeral Home of Lu- Verne, was purchased Thursday morning for $3,SOOand necessary equipment from McCullough's for $400. Mayor William J. Finn is to be temporary adminstrator until a permanent one is appointed. The operation will be manned by volunteers trained in first aid and emergency work. Volunteer help will be solicited In the near future. The county will participate in communication and the Algona city hall will be the clearing house. W. B. (Bing)MacDonald, county attorney, appeared in reference to the joint agreement between the City of Algona and the county, regarding the ambulance and emergency project. According to this agreement, Algona is to purchase the ambulance and furnish manpower and radio on a 24-hour basis. The agreement will be effective for succeeding periods of six months and can be terminated by mutual agreement. The county will pay $400 per month for the service. Julius Baas and two men from the county appeared before the council to discuss cable and translator television. A map of the county was shown and Mr. Baas stated the translator system would make good reception available to persons within a 15- mile radius of Algona. There is to be a public election on cable TV July 25. A letter of complaint about "junk" cars was read, with the matter referred to Al Boekelman, chief of police. A beer permit was granted to the Diagonal Grocery. Mayor Finn read a letter stating that David Smith, city clerk, has been presented with a certificate of completion of training at Iowa University in city management. A letter from the Iowa State Department of Health was read regarding records of the operation of the sewage disposal plant. A report of daily records is to be sent as part of the state water pollution program. Russell Buchanan, city attorney, read a letter from Howard Smith, engineer of Wallace and Holland of Mason City, regarding the new sewer'project. He estimated construction costs at $54,000, engineering and inspection costs at $10,000, and $3,250 for contingencies, making a total cost of $68,000. Theo. Chrischilles of the library commission and Mrs. R. W. Phillips, librarian, appeared before the council in regard to the proposed library budget. Russell Guster, director of the city band, and Charles Paxson of the cemetery commission, also appeared about their budgets, as did Leighton Misbach of the municipal airport commission. No action was taken following discussion with these members. A special budget- study meeting of the council will be held tomorrow (Wed.) evening, July 19, at 7:30 p. m. KGLO Leases Land, Tower To Be Built Many persons here were still attempting to decide on a yes or no vote In the special cable TV election next Tuesday, July 25, when an announcement from KGLO-TV Tuesday afternoon assured area residents they will have translator TV - no matter what the results of the election prove. There has been lots of activity in the TV reception field here recently - among backers of both types of Improvement for viewers, those favoring cable and those in favor of translator. And there are more than a few that seem to think both are okay- and should live side-by-side here. A news release from KGLO- TV (channel 3, Mason City) said: "It was announced today by Lloyd D. Loers, station manager of KGLO-TV, that a lease has been signed with Mamie Frankl and Merle Moxley for a site for a KGLO-TV translator. Loers advised further that papers are now being prepared for application to the FCC for a construction permit. When queried about the upcoming election in Algona, Loers stated that the election and KGLO-TVs translator plans are two separate entities. The voters in Algona will have to make a decision on CATV (cable). KGLO- TV has made a decision to construct a translator for the Algona area." The translator site selected is about a mile east of Algona. WMT-TV, Cedar Rapids, with two former Algonans in top positions, including Wm. B. Quarton, president, and Burns Nugent, vice president and manager of CATV, is seeking a 25- year cable franchise here, the fourth asked in recent years, but the first by a firm from outside the city. Cable was defeated in preceding elections. The Cedar Rapids company, which has numerous cable TV installations, and also some translators in operation, if granted the franchise would furnish 12 channels of reception, with a hook-up charge of $9.95 and a monthly fee of $4.95 for those wishing service. Mr. Nugent, who has spent much time here during recent weeks in behalf of WMT, has pointed out the possibility of revenue for the city from the cable set-up, including one percent of the gross receipts the first three years, two percent the next five years and three percent from then on, plus utility pole rental, which is reportedly $2 for each pole used each year. Installation of a 500-foot tower would be in the plans, with the cables then installed around the city to patrons of the company. A cable TV installation is now underway at Fenton, with Gene Faulstich of Algona owner of the company which obtained a permit there recently. A committee, representing rural areas and 15 other towns within a 15-mile radius of Algona (the radius which translator TV promoters say will be served by that system), has been active for the past week orlOdays, meeting with various civic groups here and making a pitch for translator. Headed by Julius Baas, well- known Algona farmer who is serving as chairman of the group, organizations have been quite receptive to them. It is their feeling that translator would best serve the Algona trade area, which they point out is within that 15-mile radius in each direction. The announcement from KG- LO-TV proved the work of a group of Algona men, who have been putting lots of time and effort into translator TV for the area, has finally paid off—guaranteeing the whole area of at least one, channel on translator. It is not known for sure when install^ tion of the translator will be* gin - and further efforts are still being made to get other stations to join the translator set»up, '

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