The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 12, 1967 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, September 12, 1967
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i don smith BATS I AS far as we know, Shorty Mertz (Mayor Bill Finn's neighbor) has never had bats in the belfry. However, a few weeks ago, he had a bat in his attic, which can be almost as bad, but not as high off the ground. This bat wasn't originally in the attic when first seen. Instead, he was hanging on the back screen door at the Mertz residence. Joan, Shorty's wife, got quite a surprise when she started to go out the door - and there was Mr. (or Mrs.) Bat looking her right in the eye. NOW Shorty isn't one to let a bat drive him bats — so he grabbed a large-size grocery sack and planned to sneak up behind the bat (which was still on the screen) and trap it in the sack. The idea was probably a good one — except the bat flew when Shorty was just inches away from a capture. It would have been fine (his flying, that is), except he got up into the Mertz attic. WITH the instinct of a true hunter, Shorty pursued the I don't 'want to be caught animal upstairs. Using a short piece of wood - and with the bat flying around helter skelter - Shorty said he struck out three times while trying to knock him down. The bat tired (and so did Shorty, probably, although that wasn't part of his story) and met his Waterloo when Shorty used a strong flashlight, which blinded him, and got in a swing with the bat hanging up instead of flying around. EVERYONE wants to go to heaven— but no one wants to die. PHIL Diamond and this writer got into mortal combat with a bat the morning of Sept. 7. Incidentally, it made us feel a little like Batman and Robin. This bat was hanging on the far reaches of the front of the Harrison store - and Phil had • borrowed a B-B gun from the Coast-To-Coast store and tried a few shots at the animal from in front of his own store to no avail. .We explained to Phil that it might be better to get closer to the little target. Whereupon, he asked us to try our luck. IT was with apprehension and sweaty hands that we took gun in hand (for the first time in years). Our strategy was 'to advance on the enemy — getting as near as possible before launching a hoped-for lethal shot. We walked into the street and neared the Harrison store before firing-. THE first found its mark - but was not fatal. The next failed to produce a B-B and the air failed to disturb the. bat. A third missed - but the fourth proved to be sufficient. With that kind of shooting, we at once informed Phil that the writer should be known as Batman and he as Robin. IT'S not the initial skirt length- it's the up-creep. PUDGE Miller is a good friend of ours - and president of the United Fund of Algona. He announced last week that the annual drive for funds — with a goal of $16,000 - will begin here Oct. 2 and conclude about the end of the month. After the drive each year, funds are then given to many agencies who formerly conducted individual drives in Algona cutting the number of fund campaigns to one as compared with 14 each year prior to 1959. THE United Fund is a good idea. One problem, perhaps, is the fact that many persons give less (in total) during a one-shot proposal than they would if 14 door-knockers came around every year. The goal this year is the largest for some time here, maybe in history - but it takes a lot of money to support all these agencies. Pudge and Harry Greenberg, campaign chairman, asked us if we would make a pitch for the drive - and we will try. SCOUTS, Boy and Girl, get almost one-third of the funds to be collected. The Red Cross gets $2,175; Kossuth School for Retarded, $1,900 ; Cancer, $1,250; and many others smaller chunks of the dough brought in. Now, maybe you as a resident of Algona think there are no benefits derived. Think it over, there are agencies involved that at one time or another may be called upon by you for help and the warmth from giving will make you sleep better, too. So when the commercial and industrial drive is held Oct. 214, give if called upon - and if you don't give then, be sure you do when the residential canvass is made Oct. 16-28, Pudge, his co-workers and many deserving organizations will give you a solid "Thanks". - ?BEFORE we forget it, our publishing friend just to the east, John Stegman of the Britt News- Tribune, who puts out a nice looking sheet week after week, turned in an extraordinary job on the issue of his newspaper which was printed right after Hobo Day. Included besides good coverage on the front page, was a' two-page layout inside, featuring no less than 18 very clear photos of events there. Good work, John I A hen-pecked husband was terribly disappointed when his wife gave birth to a baby daughter. He confided to a friend, "I was hoping for a boy to help me with the housework." Ken Patterson Reelected To P.C.A, Board The 33rd annual meeting of the Emmetsburg Production Credit Association was held August 3 Oth at Emmetsburg. Chairman for the business meeting was R.W. Place, Armstrong, The business meeting showed reports of increased amounts in loans outstanding, There was an election of two directors, Ken Patter son of Swea City was re-elected for a three* year term, Mr. Stanley Quam of Emmetsburg was also elected for a three-year term. A new plan of capitalization was approved by the stockholders. R.B. Chambers received a service award for 19 years as a director. Present directors of the Production Credit Association are: R.W. Place, Armstrong; Rex Hanson, Ruthven; Don Dodge, Milford; Kenneth Patterson, Swea City; and Stanley Quam, Emmetsburg. Farms In Area Sell For $714, $610 Per Acre Two Kossuth county farms sold at auction recently at $714 and $610 per acre. Both farms were part of the Casper Thilges estate, located near St. Joe. A 120-acre tract went at $714 to Harold Reding of Bode, who owns other land nearby. There were six bidders, mostly from the same vicinity. A 160-acre farm in the same vicinity sold the same afternoon at $610 an acre to Kohlhaas Bros, of Irvington, who have extensive land holdings in this area. There were four bidders, including one from Illinois. Charles Quinn of Bancroft was auctioneer. Tu«tdoy, Sept. 12, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper DM MelnM-3 OTTOSEN By Mrs. Donald Usher A/2C Jim Halsrud of Ellsworth Air Base, S. D., spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Halsrud. Mrs. Essie Cooper, Mrs. Roy Telford, Mrs. Edward Zinneland Mrs. Ralph Richards visited Mrs. Mary Hansen at the Good Samaritan Home at Estherville Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. James Fowler visited her brother, Marlon Wilson of West Bend, who is a medical patient at St. Ann hospital, Algona. Mr. and Mrs. DeVere Newton spent a weekend recently at the home of their son, Donald, at High Amana. The Donald Newtons have a daughter, DeAnn Marie, born July 24, who weighed 8 IDS., 10 oz. They now have a family of two boys and two girls. Friday afternoon guests at the Earl Olson home were Mrs. Sam Thorsland, Mrs. Leona Pflibsen, Mrs. Marlyn Pflibsen, Julie and Clay, and Emma Olson of Bode, Mrs. Fred Benjamin of Bradgate, Sylvi Sylliason of Finland, Mrs. Roy Enockson, Mrs. Percy Wat- nem and granddaughter, Shelly Watnem, and Mrs. Loran Daniel. They celebrated Mrs. Olson's birhtday, which was Sept. 1, and At home inside the watch works Years of behind-the-dial experience work for you here. Pot your watch repairs up to us. teiSTIMD ^ JIWIUER AMIRICAN SIM $ocim| Sylvi Sylliason's birthday, which was Sept. 3. Miss Sylliason is spending three weeks at the Marlyn Pflibsen home in a 4-H exchange program. Mrs. Essie Cooper, Mrs. W. G. Cooper and Mrs. Roy Telford sold lunches at the Mann sale for the Historical Society Saturday afternoon. Jeffs Restaurant was closed from Aug. 10-28 while Mr. and Mrs. Struthers and Jeffrey took a trip to Canada and Expo '67. Mrs. Tina Dale of Bode and Mrs. Jennie Bratland were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dale at Dakota City. They observed the Dale's wedding anniversary and Mrs. Harold Dale's birthday. Howard Zeman returned home Saturday from Craig, Colo, where he has been employed this summer by the Bureau of Land Management. He is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Zeman. Mr. and Mrs. Laurel Worster went on a Farmland Industries tour to Coifeeville, Kans. from Wednesday until Friday. A/2c Marvin Lee, Mrs. Alf Lee of Stratford, and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lee and Tawny of Ft. Dodge spent Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hofius. Titonka Harvest Supper, Sept. 20 The Titonka Methodist Church will hold its annual Harvest Supper on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Serving begins at5:00p.m. Price is adults - $1.50, children - 75?. The public is invited. First Meeting The Cresco Mother-Daughter Club's first meeting for the '67'68 club year will be held Sept. 13 at Bernetta Wildin's. Members are urged to come, get their books and pay their yearly dues. FIND IT IN THE UDM CLASSIFIED ADS RADIO * TV [Put Dollars to Work! The use of Land Bank dollars to expand or modernize your operation could be the key to a brighter future. A low cost Land Bank loan is tailored to fit your needs, designed to help you increase your earning power. Among the advantages—long term (up to 35 ! years), low interest rate (now 6%) and the privilege of j paying in advance ; without penalty. (South of Penney's in Algona) Preferably Mondays and Wednesdays E. H. HUTCHINS, Manager Helen Haas, A»$i*tant

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