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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 14, 1967
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A Brief History Of Kossuth County Kossuth county has a proud and distinguished heritage. It came into existance by act of the Iowa legislature on Jan. 15, 1851. It was named after Louis Kossuth, the great Hungarian patriot of that day. The county's boundaries changed several times in those early years but finally were established as we know them today. The county consists of 28 townships, and is the largest county in area in the state. Kossuth county is located at the head waters of the Blue Earth river which flows north through Minnesota to the Mississippi, and the east branch of the Des Moines river which flows south through Iowa to the Mississippi. It is believed French explorers and trappers followed these rivers while crossing the county, but the first record of white men crossing the county were military expeditions in 1820, 1832, 1835 and 1844. (See Ben Reed's History.) The purpose of the first of these expeditions was to establish an overland route between Camp Missouri near Omaha on the Missouri river to Camp Coldwater, later Fort Snelling, near Minneapolis on the Mississippi a distance of about 300 miles. Starting on the Missouri they traveled in a northeasterly direction over the trackless prairies, through endless swamps, and grass which almost hid their horses. There was an abundance of buffalo, elk, prairie chickens and water fowl. Wolves howled about their camp during the nights. Swarms of mosquitoes were almost unbearable. They reached a point which seems to have been Union Slough in Kossuth county where their guide became lost. After spending the night on the east bank of the slough they proceeded on their journey reaching the Mississippi after 23 days of travel. The military expeditions were followed by the surveyors who established the state line between Iowa and Minnesota in 1852, and others who surveyed the townships and sections in 1854 and 1855. Because of swamps and sloughs much difficulty was encountered. Again many mosquitoes were a serious handicap. Many errors were made which caused settlers trouble in later years. Bands of Indians were encountered who added to their difficulties. Ono engineer on the job declared the whol area of north Kossuth worthless and to quote: "I would not give a jack knife for the whole county." A band of maurading Indians finally robbed their camp and forced them to abandon the project temporarily. In July of 1854 Asa and Ambrose Call arrived in Kossuth county in the area that is now Algona, coming from Fort Dodge, the nearest settlement on the south. Finding an abundance of timber along the river they decided to establish a settlement. After a few days of exploration they returned to Fort Dodge for supplies, returning shortly to establish the first permanent settlement in Kossuth county. Their nearest neighbors were settlements at Mankato on the north, Clear Lake on the east and Fort Dodge on the south. They were not to be alone for long for in late August of 1854 six teams and wagons, one pulled by horses, the others by oxen, arrived. The wagons were loaded with household goods, and some had women and children. Other settlers arrived rapidly in the following years, the settlements spreading out on all sides of the original one at Algona. Because of the lack of timber and the many sloughs and swamps the north half of the county was slower in developing. However settlements were made in Swea township in 1865 as well as in most of the other townships in the county. Today the county the surveyor would not give a jack knife for is one of Iowa's most productive. It boasts a population of some 25,000 people, and many prosperous towns. There are 2546 fine farms of 612,811 acres of which 233,083 were in corn in 1965 yielding 17,838,594 bushels. According to an announcement just made by the crop reporting service Kossuth ranked third in Iowa in 1966 with an average per acre corn production of an even 100 bushels. Kossuth land, which could be had for the taking in 1854, today sells for $500 to $600 per acre. Kossuth's past is one to be proud of — the future in the hands of today's citizens is unlimited. 2-Algona (la.) Upper Des Motnei Thursday, Sept. 14, 1967 A CAPABLE APPOINTEE We were interested in noting that this district's former Congressman, Stanley Greigg, has been named director of the Post Office Department's office of Regional Administration. His salary will be $25,890 a year. This is a fine position for Mr. Greigg and from what we have observed of him, we think he will do an excellent job. Personally, we have never questioned Mr. Greigg's ability as an individual. He was an exellent campaigner and beyond that his approach did not alter after he got out of district politics. In our business we have had a little opportunity to observe the political mind in action; we have noticed, with some degree of interest, that major candidates sometimes have a more winning manner before than after the election. Candidates of either party quite often have a tendency to freeze up a bit after they get out of office, which is probably natural enough, based on the well-known principle of discarding that which is no longer of use. Mr. Greigg, we are pleased to say, has not shown this trait; his pleasant manner and personal approach has not altered a bit from his campaigning days. Something as rare as this, we think, should not go unreportedt, Party For Thieves Brainerd (Minn.) Daily Dispatch—Historians of the future may have a hard time figuring out of the big-city riots of 1967. At first they seemed only to be part of a Negro revolution, brought on by frustrations of ghetto lif.e. But the Detroit looting, burning and shooting seemed to be something else, or at least partially so. White men, women and children joined Negroes in the looting of stores. In Detroit, the mob did not seem to be angry about injustices. Instead they seemed happy for the chance to steal things they wanted. In one way, this turn in big-city rioting may help the law-enforcing officers. When the riots were part of Negro demonstrations, public opinion was divided on the right way to deal with the situation. Now that Detroit has shown that many of the rioters are thieves instead of revolutionaries, most everyone agrees that the use of force is the only way to deal with triem. No governmental unit in the United States can permit people either singly or in groups to burn and loot business establishments. No cijy can tolerate the use of guns by demonstrators. If the cities and states can't control the situation, then the soldiers will have to take over as they have been forced to do in Detroit. Peace and order must be restored to all American cities, regardless of the cost. NATIONAL GUARD & RIOTS Des Moines Tribune — In camps throughout the nation this summer, half a million National Guard troops received sharply increased training in riot control. The crash program was ordered following the imperfect performance by guardsmen in the Detroit riot of July. Until Detroit National Guard directives required as few as four hours of riot training annually. Cyrus R. Vance, special assistant to the secretary of defense and President Johnson's personal emissary in Detroit, testified he was distressed by the performance of the Michigan Guard during early stages of the riot. Some of the riot's 43 known dead were killed by inaccurate volleys of shots fired at snipers or possible snipers by the troops. Problems have arisen in the crash program, as is likely in any hastily-enacted program. One area of concern is the major emphasis on mob control. Critics say that while dispersing crowds is important in the first stages of a riot, most of this summer's experience shows snipers and looting present more important problems. Riots are almost certain to break out again, despite all efforts to end them. This creates a major responsibility for guardsmen. The summer crash program doesn't complete their labors. An 89-year-old pottery firm at Red Wing, Minn., in the throes of a strike since last June, has decided to close. The decision was made by the 160 stockholders. While there were 160 stockholders, there were 100 employees out on strike ordered by the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers local. How they got into pottery is a good question, but now they are out of it - for good at Red Wing, anyway. Fearlessness is the mother of confidence. i I ft! ft! ft! Upper 111 E. Call Street - Ph. 295-3535 - Algona, Iowa Zip Code 50511 19 ItRllfl PRESS' \flSSOCIftIIOIT 67 ESTABLISHED 1865 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY CITY OF ALGONA NATIONAL NEWSPAPER A$(fi AFFILIATE MEMBER ALGONA COMMUNITY SCHOOL ISSUED TUEDAY & THURSDAY & NORTH IOWA SHOPPER THURSDAYS: Newspapers entered as Second Class Matter at the post office in Algona, Iowa EDITORIAL R. B. WALLER, Editor & Publisher Don Smith, Managing Editor ADVERTISING Dennis Waller Jack Purcell, Foreman 1 SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Kossuth County and adjoining areas $5.00 per year To all other addresses in United States or Foreign $7.00 per year (No subscriptions less than six months) "They gave me the box it came in to use for a garage." 10 YOB AGO IN TH| FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES September 12, 1957 Three rainy days with a total of only .52 of an inch of precipitation measured at the airport dampened the spirits of only a few persons in this area during the week. Fog and cool temperatures accompanied the moisture. High reading for the period was a 77 degree mark, while the week's low, 45 degrees, was registered three different days. - o Mr. and Mrs. Perry Lowman, Algona, had been visited by their daughters, Marilyn and Shirley, over the weekend. Marilyn was a physical education teacher at a junior high school in Davenport, and Shirley was a senior student at Broadlawns School of Nursing at Des Moines. - o At the American Legion meeting to be held Sept. 16 at Swea City, thirteen members of the Post would be honored for 40 years continuous Legion membership with the payment of 1958 dues. They were Charles Schemmel, A, B. Tweeten, Ed I. Hammond, Frank Tooley, Herman Bowman, George K. Nelson, R. E. Berg, Axel Erickson, Fred Sheeley, Oscar Nelson, John Batton, Sam Rystad and Joe Kennedy. All had maintained a continuous membership since the American Legion was organized following World War I. Glen Curtis was a 35-year member. - o - Mrs. Robert Winter, Algona, was honored at a baby shower in the home of Mrs. Don Smith, Jr. Guests included June Winkel, Ruth Robinson, Helen Schlievert, Bev Miller, Helen Webster and Arlene Kajewski. The honoree won high at court whist after opening her many gifts. - o - C.D. of A. Court, St. Joseph, served 750 at their chicken supper in St. Joseph's parish hall. Ralph Reding of St. Joe and Rosalie Eisenbarth of Algona received the door prizes. - o- Neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Joe NordsethofWhitte- more congregated at their home to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Nordseth. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Vic Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Zumach, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bierstedt, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Voigt, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pertl, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Heidenwith and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ollom of Algona. - o- Guests in the Roy ChrischiUes home, Fenton, in honor of the Chrischilles 1 33rd wedding anniversary, were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weisbrod, Mr, and Mrs. Paul Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Chrischilles and family, Mrs, Kate Schroeder and Arthur, Mr, and Mrs. Howard Lowman of Algona, and Mr, and Mrs, Jerry Wiener and girls of Burt, Five hundred was played at three tables with high prizes going to Mr, and Mrs. Howard Lowman and low to Barbara Wiener and Ronald Chrischilles. Paul Hudson won the travel prize. - o- Mr, and Mrs. Walter Steward, Burt, received word from their son Eugene that he would come to Minneapolis from the west coast, and the Stewards would meet him there. Eugene had completed his four year enlistment in the U, S. Navy and would enroll at Ames for the coming school year. - o •> Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Welp of Bancroft were on a six week's vacation and expected to visit seven countries in Europe. They flew to New York. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Lensing were staying at the Welp home and caring for the son Joey. - o- Plum Creek 4-H members met at Roger and Jackie Keith's with 17 members present. There were 30 blue ribbons won by club members at the Kossuth County Fair. Jim Kain was top in the Judging team and got a 4-H Jacket. Mike Kain received champion shorthorn of the shorthorn class. Jim Kain and Donald Madsen gave a talk on their trip to the State Fair. A hay rack ride was held and lunch served by Mrs. Keith. - o Grand sweepstake winner at the flower show held at the Tltonka school was Mrs. Ann Schwerin in the two-tri-color, while 1st sweepstake winner was Mrs. Mildred Cosgrove, Mrs. Clarine Boyken, 2nd, and Mrs. Myrtle Plasier, 3rd. 20 YEARS AGO IN THi FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES September 18, 1947 A 10-week wave of unbroken heat finally came to an end when some night showers brought respite and after that there were normal and below normal seasonal temperatures. Late gardens had taken an upward appearance; and livestock owners could lay aside worries that their stock would be overcome by the heat. The summer had been a bad one for all kinds of stock and the rendering works had had been called to remove many carcasses for salvage throughout the area. High for the week was 84 degrees with a low of 41. - o - Julia Bourne, Algona, was hostess to the Aowakija Campfire girls at a Council Fire at her home. Present were Margaret Ann Beardsley, guardian; Ann Stillman, assistant; Mrs. Vaughn Rising, who was to be the new guardian; and members Judy Murtagh, Judy Nasby, Julia Bourne, Marcia Stillman, Janet Sorenson, Shirley Kuch- enreuther, Janice Ostrum, Jane Hicks, Joan Kurtz, Car men Wellendorf, Alice Kresensky, Lois Funk, Ursel Sholtes, Virginia Fristedt, Sheila Sullivan and Sandra McCorkle. - o- Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Thilges, St. Benedict, accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hilbert of St. Joe on a week's vacation trip into Minnesota. They visited in St. Paul, spent one day at the Minnesota State Fair, from there went to Leech Lake, and also toured Itasca State Park, the iron mines and Duluth. Their children stayed with the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Plathe and Mrs. Mary Dole of Irvington. - o Oscar Simons, who had been here on leave from army service at Saipan, was reporting back to San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 23, and would continue in service until May. He had been in Algona with his wife and family at the Harvey Johnson home, Mrs. Simons being the former Alice Johnson. He also spent some time with his mother, Mrs. Mary Simons, at St. Benedict. - o Ardis Kresensky, daughter of the A. E. Kresenskys, Algona, left for Iowa City where she would attend the State University. Others enrolled there were Roseanne Reding, Patricia Seeley and "Tommy" Lynch. , - o Mr. and Mrs, Gilbert Beenken and David, Ledyard, left forShe- boygen, Wise, where Gilbert would enter the seminary at the Mission House to complete his last year of studies for the ministry. - o - Marilyn Schmeling, Whittemore, entertained girls of the 7th and 8th grades of St. Paul's Lutheran school on her 12th birthday, Guests were Arlene Hedin, Beverly Zumach, Elaine Maahs, Lora Wichtendahl, Leola and LeBerta Ostwald, Naomi Greinert and Verla Barber. - o - Wayne Heetland, twin son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Heetland, Lakota, suffered an attack of appendicitis while attending the Spencer fair and was taken to the Buffalo Center hospital where he had the appendix removed. He was reported recovering satisfactorily. For And About Teenagers) THE WEEK'S LETTER: "I've been flipped over Mike for several years now. Just this summer he was very attentive for a while. Believing he was sincere, 1 really lost my head! Now he dodges and completely ignores me. I realize now he took me for a ride but I can't forget him and keep on hoping. His college brother wants to go steady with me but every time I see Mike I keep putting him off and taking his ring. I can't expect him to wait forever. Please don't tell me to forget Mike as I've tried to ever since I first saw him and it just doesn't work." OUR REPLY: You don't have to forget Mike — but you need to do away with the idea that he is the only one in the world for you. If you are wait- ing around, hoping that he will change your mind (not a wise idea, since you say he is ignoring you) you might be waiting a long time. You don't have to go steady with anyone. Date and have fun. Refuse to let Mike occupy your thoughts all of the time. Think about him only long enough to decide why he is ignoring you after he became very attentive last summer. Either he set out, as you say, to "take you for a ride"; or something displeased him. You should be able to come up with the right answer. K you hov» a tttnog* problem you want to diicuil, or an oblffrvalion fo mahft, addrvtl you ItHtr lo FOR AND ABOUT TEENAGERS. COMMUNITY AND SUBURBAN PRESS SERVICE. FRANKFORT, KY. Sylvester Brace, LuVerne, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Dave Lynch of Lone Rock and Warren Anderson of Burt had Just returned from an extended trip out west. They traveled by motorcyle, covering a total of 5,000 miles and were gone three weeks. - o- Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shaser and Betty, George Rath, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rath and John, Mrs. Martha Rath, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Rath and family, the Harvey Rath family, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Long and Roger of Lone Rock attended a Rath reunion at Interlaken. - o- The Floyd Treats moved back Into their home In Swea City after having sold their cabin camp at Crosslake, Minn, where they had spent the past two summers. The W. A. Bolands, who had been tenants In the Treat house, have moved to the Ed Sanftner house south of Swea City. - o Tom Trenary of Portland twp., treated his threshing crew members and families and their help to ice cream and cake at the Ralph Dugan home. Those in the thresh-run besides Ralph were Earl Miller, Ed Wolf, Pete and Tony Plemel, R. I. Simpson, Roscoe Stewart, Howard Clark and Leonard Klocke. Lu Verne Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Kubly accompanied their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Meyer to Minnesota where they visited over the week end with their sons and brothers and their families, Sunday dinner guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Henderson and family were his sisters and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Surby of Waterloo, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Huggans and family of Pomona, Calif., Larry's mother, Mrs. Minnie Henderson of Lu- Verne, his brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Henderson of Cedar Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pooch of Llvermore. Mr. and Mrs. Don Huggans and family of Pomona Beach, Calif., have been guests for a week in the home of Mrs, Huggan'smoth- .r, Mrs. Minnie Henderson, and her brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Henderson. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Stewart were hosts Wednesday night to a dinner honoring their niece and family, Mrs. Barbara Templln, Mike and Jim, of Minneapolis. Professional Directory ,| INSURANCE DOCTORS ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines Of Insurance 295-3176 206 E. State BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY General Insurance 7 N. Dodge 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 5 N. Dodge 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm Polio Insurance HERBST INS. AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, a.nd Many Other Forms. Phone 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $74,000,000 worth of insurance in force. Phone 295-3756. Lola Scuffham, Sec'y. SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet and Larry C. Johnson 118 So. Dodge — Algona, la. Phone 295-2341 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 118 N. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Phone 295-2277 J. N. KENEFICK, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 218 W. State Street Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Phone 295-2614 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M.D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Physicians & Surgeons 220 No. Dodge, Algeria Office Phone 295-2408 Residence Phone 295-5917 DENTISTS DR. J. B. HARRIS, JR. Dentist At 622 E. State Phone 295-2334 DR. J. G. CLAPSADDLE Dentist At 112 N. Thorington Phone 295-2244 for Appointment (».••, V,-^,»,. | . t . ( ^. [ . i - i . i .^ T - TTt .^ Tt v,,,, L , L Printing UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. Ill East Call - Algona Phone 295-3535 Chiropractor DR. M. R. BALDWIN Summer Office Hours Mon. - Tues. - Wed. . Fri. 8:30 • 5:00 Thurs. - Sat. — 8:30 - 12:00 Friday Evenings — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Mgmnt, DR. L. L. SNYDER ; 113 East State Algona Telephone 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined — Contact Lenses — Hearing Aid Glasses 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY ItVi N. Pod?* Ph. 399-mi MISCELLANEOUS ::::::s::::::::::%::¥:::::: : :i!:!:: : :;:y:::::;^55; Credit Bureau of Kossuth County Cpllectrite Service Factbilt Reports

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