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- M*rt N«wi - loro«it Circulation BY RUSS WALLER They sought no publicity, but 'members of Alcoholics Anonymous from northern Iowa and southern Minnesota held an all- day meeting In Algona, recently, at the new Legion Memorial Building on a Sunday. There were about 200 members in attendance. * * * A note from Ernest M. Jensen, former Lone Rock resident, now making his home at Hackensack, Minn., where his son Don conducts a real estate and insurance business, contains some interesting information. Mr. Jensen, for many years connected with the Lone Rock bank, noted a story in a recent UDM issue about four Kossuth young men who are attending the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. It so happens that one of the instructors at the Academy Is Captain Jerald N. Jensen, who teaches physics. Jerry is a graduate of Sentral High, the University of Iowa, and got his master's degree in physics at Texas A. & M. His father forwarded the clipping about the four young men from Kossuth and Captain Jensen either has or will look up the Kossuth students. And to Mr. Jensen at Hacksensack, we shall accept your invitation to drop in and see your home on Ten Mile Lake. * * * That the future of America is in darned good shape has been evident on many beaches this summer. * * * While Congress and the President and a host of welfare workers are going around and around in Washington over the question of whether or not to allocate $40 million to fight rats in the big city slums, we'd like to call attention to a "rat problem" right close to home, namely In the Algona city dump and the northwestern sector of Algona in particular. A number of years back, an active JayCee organization allied with a firm that produces poison rat bait, staged an all-out war on rats in Algona. At that time you could find rats running up and down the alleys right in the business area in broad daylight The JayCees drive did a good job. Poison bait boxes were placed around the city, the municipal dump was filled with poison bait, and the rat population seemed to almost disappear. Now the bait boxes also seem to have disappeared. And the rats are back now, and In full force. One resident several blocks from the dump ran his car out of his garage the other day and ran right over a rat. Visitors at the dump say they have never seen so many rats. It is most unlikely that Algona will share in any of the proposed $40 million to fight rats. But it is time to think and to plan a course of effective action. There are 20,000 cases of rat-associated diseases reported in the U.S. each year, and 14,000 rat bites reported yearly. Rats have a habit of running from privy to pantry. * * * Rats are indiscriminate scavengers and will sink their teeth into just about anything. They can transmit a host of diseases, and they are not easy to combat. One female rat, with a favorable habitat and a group of obliging male friends, can drop a litter of 22 as often as once every month, The statistics on this are frightening. Merely starving rats or tearing down their nesting places will only force them to migrate elsewhere. They must be exterminated with poison bait or poison cyanide gas. Rats have been known to gnaw through concrete walls four inches thick. However, they rarely stray more than 40 feet from their nests unless forced out by flood or famine, * * * Poison bait to fight a rat menace is not particularly expensive. But an ounce of prevention - now - might well be worth a pound of cure some months from now, * * * Famous Last Line - Don't worry about getting kicked in the rear; it simply means that you're out in front I Slgona ®pper ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algonn. Iowa (50511). Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879 ALGONA. IOWA THURSDAY AUGUST 24, 1967 3 Sections - 20 Pa*es VOL. 101 - NO. 65 Tire, Grain, Stock Thefts Solved Rain And Hail Arrive Here Rainfall, which ran from slightly more than a trace to two inches in this area, brought a sigh of relief from farmers-but in the Armstrong area, a hail storm during the wee hours Tuesday resulted in severe damage to crops. It was reported that hail stones the size of golf balls dropped on that area about 2a.m. Tuesday. Many windows were broken at Armstrong and other damage resulted during the storm which hit an area from four miles south to three miles north of that town. Meanwhile, it remained damp (with thick ground fog) here Wednesday morning. Total rainfall here was estimated at less than half an inch. At Garner, two inches fell Tuesday. The crop outlook in areas not hit by hail improved. Rites Held For Eliz. LeConte Of Bancroft Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth LeConte, 76, Bancroft, were held at 9 a. m. Tuesday at St. Donatus Catholic church at St. Donatus, la. Burial was at the church cemetery. Mrs. LeConte died Saturday morning at her home in Bancroft. She was born Jan. 10,1891 at St. Donatus. Survivors include one son, Lawrence of Chicago; one daughter, Mrs. Dolores Vaske of Bancroft, and three grandchildren. Garry Funeral Home of Bancroft was in charge of arrangements. Bancroft youth hurt in accident BANCROFT. - A Bancroft youth, 10, Is awaltlngjwrgery on a broken leg today at Holy Family Hospital at Estherville, after being dragged Monday into road construction machinery belonging to Hodgman Equipment Company of Fairmont. Donald Lappe, son of the Lawrence Lappes of Bancroft, was cleaning a shouldering machine on Highway 17, when the machine reportedly was accidentally pushedbyamalntalner. Lappe's trousers we re caught and he was dragged under wheels, which ran over both lower legs, Lappe's physician reports today that Lappe has a fractured right ankle. Both legs were badly bruised. Surgery awaits a reduction of the swelling. St. Ann Fund Drive Boosted By Gov. Hughes Harry Greenberg, chairman of the fund drive for St. Ann hospital here, received a very nice letter from Gov. Harold Hughes Tuesday, commenting on the work being done here. It reads: "Mr. Harry L. Greenberg, Chairman, St. Ann Hospital Committee, 103 E. Call Street, Algona, Iowa. Dear Mr. Greenberg: I want to extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes for success to the people of Kossuth County in connection with their drive to modernize and improve St. Ann Hospital. "As you know, the moment you stop progressing, you begin to fall behind, and that rule applies to hospital facilities Just as certainly as it does to schools, and industrial facilities. You really have no choice; you simply must keep pace.' For that reason, I feel that your committee and all the volunteer workers, as well as all who will contribute funds, are effecting a very real benefit to the people who are served by St. Ann Hospital. "It will not be an easy task, but anything worthwhile seldom is. However, I am confident that all the people who will cooperate to make this drive a success will recall their efforts with satisfaction for many years to come. Sincerely yours, HAROLD E.HUGHES" Ledyard Girl Is Teen Queen Nominee, D-M Becky McCoy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon McCoy of Ledyard, won first round competition Saturday at the "Teen Queen" contest at Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Eight of the total of 64 girls enrolled in the pageant compete in a semi-final pageant each day of the fair. The winner of each day's pageant will compete in the finals Aug. 26. The new Teen Queen will be crowned Aug. 27. Gretchen DeBoer, daughter of Supt. and Mrs. Gilbert DeBoer of Ledyard is the reigning Miss Teen Queen. Has 232 Total Dick Thoreson, Algona Country Club golf champion, woundup with a 232 total in the Tournament of Champions at Atlantic during the weekend. Bill O'Connor of Anita won the title with a 209 total. Club champions from all over the state competed for the crown. Weil-Known Algona Man Dies Tuesday Raymond (Fuzzy) Robinault, 74, long-time Algona resident, died Tuesday afternoon in Des Moines. He had been ill for some time and had been in Veteran's Hospital inDesMoines since May of this year. "Fuzzy", as he was called by his friends, formerly operated the Silver Gray Cafe in Algona. He is survived by his wife and one son. Services were pending at McCullough's Chapel in Algona at press time. Iowa Drivers Warned To Be Fire Sweeps Through Hay Bales Realistic State Safety Commissioner Jack Fulton warned Iowa drivers Monday they must adopt "a more realistic attitude" on the road during times of heavy traffic. He issued the statement after 15 persons died on Iowa highways over the weekend, making it one of the most tragic weekends in the state in recent years. If driver courtesy and care does not improve in heavy traffic periods, Fulton said, "Iowa's heretofore good record of this year" will go down the drain. Reviewing the weekend's fatal accidents, Fulton said investigating officers "flatly stated that at least two of the fatalities would have been prevented with the use of seatbelts." He said driver carelessness in other accidents Included failure to yield the right-of-way, swerving into the opposite lane of traffic and failure to have control of the vehicle. "We are now faced," Fulton said, "with three critical traffic problems in this state - vacationers returning home, traveling to and from the State Fair, and many schools opening around the state this week, "All of these will add greatly to traffic on streets and highways." Plan Tours Farmer-cooperators in the midwest's corn, bean and livestock belt have been invited to visit "their other farm" at the Felco-Statex Research Farm facility, just east of Fort Dodge on U. S. Highway 20, during the last two weeks in August. Heralded as Farm Progress Tour Month, the 160 acre facility has been staffed with crop and livestock specialists to describe trials in progress and to share the results of the trials with the more than 6,000 expected visitors. Fire caused severe and unestimated damage to a huge stack of hay bales on the Vernon Plathe farm, six miles south of Sexton, late Tuesday afternoon. Spontaneous combustion was thought to be the cause. Firemen from LuVerne were first called to the scene after the fire was discovered by an unidentified driver for the Thermogas Co. from Algona. The man noted the fire, stopped at the farm house and told the Plathe's children about it. Mrs. Plathe was at her sister's at the time canning corn. About 5 p. m., firemen from Algona were called to assist in the battle. The building housing the bales (an estimated 9,600) was a pole structure with no sides and a corrugated steel roof. Damage was restricted to a large portion of the bales and the building. The top photo shows the scene right after Algona firemen arrived. There was a lot of smoke and several young men climbed on the pile and tossed unburned bales to the ground (note one in mid-air in the center of the photo) and other neighbors and friends carried them to a spot south of the blazing inferno and started another pile, left. The bottom photo was snapped from the opposite side of the structure (north). The entire pile was ablaze on that side. Fire Chief Kink Willey, right, and one of his firemen can be seen at the right. (UDM Newsfotos by Don Smith) Elmore man subdued ELMORE - A man who threatened his family with a shotgun In Elmore Monday was confined In a mental ward at St. Joseph's Hospital In Mankato today. Don Hagedorn, about 35, was taken to the hospital Monday by Farlbault County authorities after the incident. Hagedorn was subdued by Paul Pugsley, a neighbor, until other men arrived. Mrs. Pugsley said today that her husband was summoned by theHiigedorn children. She said her husband struggled with Hagedorn, disarmed him and held him until being aided by other Elmore residents. No policemen were in town and firemen who were summoned were mistakenly sent to the wrong address. AHS Class Of '62 Has Reunion The class of 1982 of Algona High School held a dinner and get- together at the Country Club here Saturday night - and the 89 members of the graduating class, with spouses in most cases, attended. Shown are the following (with maiden names only for the female members): Front row, left to right, Carol Loar, Lucille Gade, Becky Strayer, Jackie Rowley, Wanda Grisham, Pauiette siobe, Marjorie Holdren, Barbara Lau, Sandi Cook, Jean Rovn, Jan Koepke and Susan Schuitz. Back row, left to right, Myrna Mino, Terry Hobbs, Gary McVay, Randall Shierk, John Sires, Jim Higgs, Don Etherington, Jim Pingel, Bob Post, Tom Zeigler, Richard Dugan, Gary Priebe, Lynn Kueck, Steve Ostrum, Bob Gerber, Larry Braun and Patty Peterson, (Poundstone Photo) Henry Farrow Of Bancroft Dies Saturday Services for Henry Farrow, 83, of Bancroft, were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Bancroft Baptist church with burial in Greenwood cemetery. Mr. Farrow died of a heart attack Saturday morning. Born Sept. 8, 1883 at Hungry Hollow, m., he farmed in the Bancroft area until his retirement into Bancroft in 1936. Survivors include one brother, Richard of Sauk Center, Minn., and many nieces and nephews. Garry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Kossuth GOP Women Plan Panel Program Kossuth county Republican Women's organization has scheduled an outstanding panel discussion program entitled "People Who Care" to be given at an open meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Congregational Fellowship Hall, Algona, at 2 p.m. The program will be non-political in nature and it is hoped that all men and women in the area interested in how various social problems are being met will attend. Church, community, school and study groups especially are urged to circle the date and plan to take advantage of the exceptionally well-qualified speakers who will give the program. Watch the Upper Des Moines for further details. This program will climax a series of studies sponsored by the G.O.P. women this year on various social concerns such as education for retarded children, concern for our retired citizens, mental health and other topics. Service Center To Close Here September 15 Announcement was made this week by Merton Ross, manager of the Algona plant, that Farmers Service Center, Inc. here will terminate business at its Algona facilities on South Phillips street. According to the announcement, which came from Mr. Ross and stockholders of the firm, cessation of business will be Sept. 15, 1967. The firm has been in operation here since it was sold to Farmers Service Center by Rising's Mill. Mr. Ross has not announced his future plans. Algona Girl Hurts Neck In Car Mishap An Algona girl sustained a neck whiplash as two mishaps were reported in this area Tuesday. She was Karen Lierley, who sustained the injury when the auto she was driving collided with another driven by Greg Fox, also Algona, at the intersection of Phillips and McGregor streets at 1:41 p.m. Miss Lierley was treated by a local doctor and Fox was charged with following too closely. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $1,400 by police who investigated. Unestimated damage resulted to a motor scooter and $25 damage to a parked car when the former, driven by Dean Lowman, Algona, struck the latter on South Jones street at 4:05 p.m. Police investigated, Report Succe«« The Algona JayCees were scheduled to meet at the Veterans Memorial building here last night (Wednesday), While all the returns are not In, Pres. Les Foxhoven announced this week that the club's concession stand at the Kossuth County Fair had been a financial success. Total Of Six Young Men Are Arrested Three Ledyard youths entered pleas of guilty to larceny charges and a pair of Fenton young men were caught by authorities after theft of eight auto tires and charged with larceny as criminal activity in this area reached a high peak during the weekend. At 1:30 a. m. Tuesday, Frank Young called officials when two young men were seen carrying some tires. Apprehended at 1:55 a. m. were Raymond Herman Dreyer, 20, and Roger Lyle England, 18, both of Fenton, charged with stealing eight tires from a truck parked at the Acreage Motel and owned by the Schledout Tire Co., Peila. The two young men were released on their own cognizance and appeared later In the court of William J. Finn, mayor. They waived preliminary hearing and were bound over to district court, with bond set at $500, which was furnished. A break-in at Hamilton Hatchery at Wesley was reported by Martin Hamilton, owner, Monday. Stolen were about $20 and a television set. Also reported to the sheriff Monday was the theft of approximately $400 worth of tools from LuVerne High School. Reporting the theft was J. B. Shelton, superintendent of schools at LuVerne. District Judge G. W. StUlman set Sept. 2, at 10 a. m., for sentencing three Ledyard youths, each of whom pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny in excess of $20. In their written plea of guilty the young men waived preliminary hearing and formal arraignment. County Attorney W. B. (Bing) MacDonald will be prosecuting attorney. Charged with the thefts are Craig Lloyd, James Alvin Richardson and Lyle Jorgenson, 18. Also Involved Is Arnold Johnson, 18, also of Ledyard. Stolen June 16 were 15 feeder pigs, owned by Irvin Johnson, Ledyard, sold by Lyle Jorgenson on June 16 through the Arends Sale Barn for $188.25. Stolen July 13, allegedly by Arnold Johnson and James Richardson was corn owned by Edward and Dennis Knoner, Ledyard, and sold July 14 by Richardson at Frank Bros., Blue Earth, for $105.96. Stolen Aug. 4 were 96 bushels of beans owned by Paul Koppen, Lakota, allegedly by Jorgenson and Richardson, and sold to the Blue Earth Elevator by Jorgenson for $249.94. Stolen from Paul Koppen on Aug. 16 were 92 bushels of beans, allegedly by Richardson and Jorgenson and sold by James Richardson to Frank Bros., Blue Earth, for $234.52. Also stolen from Ted Trump, Lakota, were 108 bushels of beans, allegedly by Craig Lloyd and James Richardson, and sold to the Blue Earth Elevator by Lyle Jorgenson for $282.54. In addition, the police department investigated vandalism at the miniature golf course, occuring Sunday and Monday evenings, with moderate damage reported. Vandals tore the fence and broke posts and other wooden parts of the equipment. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and his deputies or local police in* vestigated all the reported criminal acts - and arrested those charged. Two Men File Two candidates, Dick Schoen- hair, Bancroft, incumbent, and W. A. Renger, Swea City, filed petitions for election to the County Board of Education before the deadline for filing was reached here Tuesday. The election is slated to be held Sept* U, Schools To Open Schools in this entire are* ar« slated to open, at day, next Monday, AUK. 29, day, sessions will beheWi, with hot lunch progrgmj ft)Jg slated to operate from fete. «o,

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