The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 19, 1967 · Page 1
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Ct*ar Picture - More News - largetl Circulation Jlotnes. ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ;is second class matter at tin. 1 (SOSlli. Nov. 1. 1!>32. under Act ot . nostoince nt Algnnn. Town C'liiRrrss oi March 3. IS"!' ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1967 _ •• * - "^ - -^»- Two Sections — 18 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 80 BY RUSS WALLER Our area has been subjected to the sharp sound cracks resulting from jets giving us a flyover, in recent days .. . and one youngster looking skyward after one of the sound bursts, remarked to his small companion "There's another one of those Masonic booms." * * * One of the strange results of some of our legislation of hours, wages and what not is the effect it has on ambulance service. Many operators have quit the service around the state because they refuse to try to adhere to all the rules and regulations governing the use of the service, which is emergency but not usually profitable to maintain for its many hours of inaction. Then, after many of the ambulance services are discontinued, we have to find ways and means through city or county funds to maintain the same service on a municipal basis. Was this improvement ? * * * If you don't see it, you don't spend it 1 * * * Our mail bag brought a card from Switzerland, signed Roy and Darlene . . . and that must be Mr. and Mrs. Roy Peterson of Fenton, who went to Europe on the last regular Transatlantic eastbound voyage of the Queen Mary . . . they expect to be home early in November. * * * * Things are certainly crossed up on the political front. We have a great many democratic leaders with opposite views from .those of LBJ on the Vietnam involvement . . . and a great many Republican leaders voicing their agreement with his views. When it comes to party lines and Vietnam - the party lines seem to go overboard. This is a re-alignment that has almost no parallel in American.history, the closest thing to it being during the Civil War era. * * *• A salute to Kennebunkport, Maine, where they just had the annual "Dump Week" celebration. The week's slogan of the Kennebunkport Dump Association was "Keep America beautiful. Throw away something pretty this week." * * * With an initial sum earmarked by Iowa for study of locating a new state college in western Iowa, perhaps a quick and less expensive solution might be for the state to simply up and buy one of the existing private colleges', and expand it from there. Private schools for the most part have room for more students, but the state does not foot the operating costs . . .of course we know the suggestion will fall on barren ground . . . it's a lot more fun to just appropriate the millions and build from the ground up, with a few hot little lists grabbing off their share of the loot in the process. * * * Wonder what school of arithmetic our national legislators attended. The new postal bill will hike rates by some $890 million a year . . . in the same bill is a raise for 2 million federal employees amounting to 2,6 billion . .. and the postal raise was originally billed as an effort to help the postoffice department come closer to breaking even ! * * * We have read nothing further on the story about the woman out west who got a government check for $17,000 instead of the $15 child support check she was accustomed to. It was all a computer mistake, it seems, Anyway she cashed the check, bought a new car, and spent a happy week at Las Vegas with her ex-husband before the government caught up with her, With $5,000 left. To this lady we attribute our Famous Last Line of the week . . , "I didn't know what it was for, but I cashed it I" Name 26 To To LuVerne Hi Honor Rolls Four LuVerne High students placed on toe "A" Honor Roll for the period ending Oct. 16, it was announced Tuesday by Howard H. Smith, principal. The "B" Honor Roll contained 22 student names, as follows: "A" Honor Roll-Don Bristow, James Bowman, David Ristau, and Diane Patterson (5). "B" Honor Roll - Phyllis Block (5), Jean Casey, Becky Daley, Gary Ernst, Bob Fett (5), Mary Hjelmeland, Coleen Johns (5), Doug Nelson (5), and Henry Schnakenberg (5). Connie Hefty, Barb Hurlburt, Anna Bahmann, Larry Casey, Raejean Hewitt, Teresa Pedersen (5), Lee Schipull, Paul Swanson, Kathy Trauger, Terry Vaudt, Linda Wilhelm (5), Jennifer Wilhelm (5), and Randy Will (5). Four marks of B or better are required. An A does not balance a C. For the A honor roll, four or more marks of A are required. The four highest marks are considered for students taking five subjects, if needed.. Four Mishaps In This Area On Monday A Ft. Dodge semi-truck driver, William A. Soppeland, 31, sustained a bruised left knee and was treated by a doctor there when his rig and a truck driven by Dennis L. West, 23, Wesley, collided on toe West Bend blacktop road, seven miles south and two west of Algona at 3:30 p. m. Monday. A total of $1,850 damage resulted to the trucks in toe mishap, according to Patrolman Tom Cogdall who investigated. West was headed west and Soppeland was headed east at toe time of toe crash. The trucks sideswiped near the center of the road. Both drivers stated they were unable to see each other due to dust blowing across the highway from a lime spreader being used in a field south of toe highway. There were three minor mishaps in Algona, also Monday. And three drivers were charged as a result. City police investigated all three. The first occured at 8:38 a.m. when an auto driven by Milton G. Norton, 74, Algona, collided with another car driven by Fred E. Kent, 72, Algona, at toe intersection of Jones and Call streets. Norton was headed east and Kent north when the former stopped for a stop sign, then pulled into the intersection, resulting in the collision. Mr. Norton was charged with failing to enter an intersection safely. Damage to toe autos was $450. At 9;40 a. m., a pickup driven by Wayne D. Tietz, 16, Algona, and a car driven by Maynard P. Nemitz, 56, Fenton, collided at the intersection of Hall and Nebraska streets and the latter was charged with failing to stop. Tietz was headed south and Nemitz east at the time. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $170. At 8:55 p. m., a car driven by Joseph P. Ehrhardt, 71, Livermore, allegedly backed into one driven by Richard W. Elbert, 21, Rodman, on State street near the Algona Theater. The former was charged wito improper backing and damage to toe Elbert car was estimated at $95, with no damage to toe other machine. Seven Fined During Week Seven persons paid fines in Mayor Bill Finn's court here this week following preliminary hearings of a variety of charges. They were: Donald M. Peterson, Algona, and Maynard p. Nemitz, Fenton, $10, stop sign; Esther M. Osborn, Algona, $10, improper backing; Gene W. Tietz, Algona, $10, speeding; and Larry P. Kollasch, Bode, PatriciaE.Rike, Algona, andCharlene L. Leonard, Emmetsburg, $10, failing to have control. Bill Holldorf Of C. & N.W. Retiring After 47 Years As of Qctober 31, Bill Holldorf, a Chicago & Northwestern depot agent for the past 47 years, and for 20 years the agent at the Algona station, will enter the ranks of retired railroaders. He entered railway service on the same section of line from which he will retire, and spent all of the 47 years up and down the line on the Eagle Grove-Algona-Fox Lake-Elmore sector. During those 47 years he watched the elimination of passenger trains and also a decline in freights all along the line, as well as replacement of the time- honored telegrapher's key by a phone system about four years ago. Wilbert is Mr. Holldorf s formal first name, but most everyone knows him by BUI. He was born near Ceylon, Minn., attended country school and graduated from Ceylon high. His father did carpentry work and painting, and Bill helped him for a time, but he had a cousin, Art Rave, who was the C. & N.W. agent atRing- sted, and one winter (1917) he worked for him, sleeping in the depot, and "hating every minute of it" as he describes the winter. After that experience, he obtained a helper's job with the railroad at Renwick, including the handling of mail on four passenger trains a day. In this job he formally entered C. &N.W. employ. In October, 1919, the railroad opened a new station at Manyaska, Minn., north of Ceylon, and young Bill Holldorf was named agent. He was there nine years, before being transferred to Fenton as agent in 1928. The Manyaska station is now completely gone, as well as the town. In the meantime, in 1924, he was married to Lucille Gillette at Ceylon. The Holldorfs lived in Fenton until his transfer to Algona in 1947. The family purchased a home here on North Jones street, where they have continued to live through the years. There are seven children in the family: Harlan, in civil service now in Frankfort, Germany; Mary, married and living in Ft. Dodge; Betty, married and living in Estherville; James, now living in Milpitas, Calif.; Gerald, who is in the army and stationed in Oklahoma; Arlis, now Mrs. Ray Sankey of Algona; and Charlotte, married and living in Des Moines. While the Holldorfs have no extensive plans for the future, they intend to take a trip to California after his retirement to visit their son James at Milpitas. Presumably, Mr. Holldorf will receive the traditional lifetime railroad pass on retirement. His only problem will be to find passenger trains going where he may want to go. In his earlier days as agent, he recalls a Des Moines to Twjo Cities passenger train each way daily, going via Elmore, and another from Eagle Grove to Burt to Fox Lake, Minn. There were two way freights daily, two time freights, Des Moines to Twin Cities, and often extras as well. Today there is one freight train north on Mondays and Thursdays, and return on this section of the Northwestern. Mr. Holldorfs appearance belies his true age, which we'll not divulge, and if the good heatlh he has enjoyed previously continues, he can look forward to many pleasant years of retirement. Burning Leaves Algona firemen were called to the Tom Kissner residence at 704 South Moore street shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday when leaves in the backyard began burning and flames nearly reached the home. There was no damage. Woman Killed After Visit To Whittemore WHITTEMORE - Mr. and Mrs. Edmund O'Brien went to Elkader Tuesday, Oct. 10, where they attended the funeral of Mrs. Bill Roethler, wife of a cousin of Mrs. O'Brien. Mrs. Roethler was killed in an auto accident as she and her husband were enroute to Ft. Dodge to visit their son, Bob, a teacher andcoachatSt.Edmond High School. The' Roethlers had spent Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7 with the O'Briens and to attend the St. Edmond Garrigan football game at Algona. The mishap occurred on the Badger curve north of Ft. Dodge. Mr. Roethler was also seriously injured in the tragedy, although he has since been transferred by ambulance to the Elkader hospital where he is recovering. Slave Auction Ledyard High School seniors expect to be willing slaves this fall in order to be travelers next spring. Seniors will hold a "slave auction" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Ledyard's main street. If the weather is unfavorable, the auction will proceed in Ledyard Town Hall. The class will use proceeds toward a class trip Phil Diamond Is Named To Zoning Board The city council Wednesday evening accepted the resignation of Melvin Bay from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Named as his replacement was Phillip Diamond. Council authorized the street department to purchase a snow plow at a cost of approximately $915. It will be mounted on one of the city trucks. Council authorized the ambulance service to purchase two new snow tires, as well as a spotlight and an emergency light for the vehicle. Purchase of six coveralls for ambulance drivers and attendants was also authorized, with no estimate of cost made until further study. Council authorized the city to participate in a storm sewer project on the west end of Kennedy street near the Good Samaritan Center. The home plans to install a new sewer for drainage of their parking lot and other areas on the property. David Smith, city clerk, was instructed to contact the Holiday Station Store regarding a sign on its property which obstructs the view of traffic approaching Phillips street. The next meet.ig will be held Oct. 25. Team Loses Algona High's junior high football team travelled to Emmetsburg Tuesday afternoon and dropped a 13-7 decision to the Littlest E'Hawks. First Report, Civic Survey, Given Here Members of the Algona Zoning and Planning Commission heard a representative of Henningson, Durham and Richardson, Omaha, present the first analysis in a series of 14 (one a month) which will vrind up early in 1969 with the city either updating its present city code - or adopting a new one - whichever seems to be called for. Quoting figures apparently garnered mostly from the U.S. Dept. of Census (1960) and the Iowa Development Commission and put together into an analysis and projection to serve Algona, it was determined at the end of the meeting that there is little chance to hurry the process - so it appears local citizens interested in what the future holds will just- have to wait. Total cost of the survey is $16,400, with the city paying one-third, federal funds the rest. The next meeting was set for Nov. 21. At that time, the next step in the analysis will be presented and discussed by the commission. Among other facts presented were: since 1910, population growth here has been small but steady; the county has followed the trend of surrounding counties — downward; on the basis' of state average birth- death figures, Algona has lost almost 500 citizens by migration since 1910; employment here, 1950-60, increased; there are 39,000 persons in Algeria's trade area, which is alleged to reach west of Cylinder, north of Ledyard, east of Britt and south of Livermore. The primary trade area is within 10 miles of the city; median (not average) wage here in 1959 . was $5,358, with 15 percent of families having an income under $3,000 and 12.1 percent $10,000 or over; unemployment only 2.8 percent here, far better than state average; this region underdeveloped as is most of northwest Iowa; employment force here is almost full. Using 1940-60 population of Algona as a basis, by 1990 the city should have 7,000residents; farm employment will continue to drop; manufacturing employment will increase as new plants are established; and retail trade employment will show increase (very slight) in line with the population growth. A series of graphs and charts were included in the opening outline- and admittedly many of the figures presented were basic assumptions, with the projection of figures for the future mathematical, based on past trends. A second projection will be presented later. The lengthy survey got underway here Oct. 11—and more work is to be done on it between each monthly meeting with the local commission. The commission also granted a preliminary approval to Riverview Acres, located at the southwest edge of the city, to construct a turn-around street to serve 13 lots located there. Further action will be taken on the matter in the future. Besides members of the commission, Mayor Bill Finn, City Attorney Russ Buchanan, City Clerk Dave Smith and some of the councilmen were present. Frank Frimml, Wesley, Dies; Funeral Friday Frank Frimml, 87, longtime Wesley area farmer, died early Wednesday morning at the Britt hospital. Funeral services were pending at press time, but had been tentatively set for 10 a. m. Friday in St. Joseph's Catholic church at Wesley. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Frimml was born at Red Oak Feb. 25, 1880 and lived with two of his sisters on a farm south of Wesley for many years. He never married. A complete obituary will appear in the next issue of toe Upper Des Moines. City Declares War On Rats! Council Acts To Fight Rodents Aw, rats. That used to be just a slang expression. However, recently it has become a way of referring to the much-discussed city dump, located at the northwest edge of Algona. For some reason, a problem that was controlled by the Algona JayCees some years ago with D-Con bait boxes has once again become one of major proportions. Before the JayCees played Pied Piper, rats were seen all over the city, not only at night, but also in broad daylight. Bait boxes placed in alleys at that time took care of that portion of the rats. One dictionary says a rat is "an animal like a mouse but larger and more voracious." It also says, "to turn informer," which we doubt any at the dump will do. The problem here was jokingly referred to the other day by someone on the street as being - so serious "it will take a band of 76 tubas to get them out of there." Several members of the city council went to the dump recently following a meeting and saw first hand just what was going on at the dump. And action has been started in an attempt to once again rid the area of the rodents. The city has a yearly contract with an exterminator and the council has contacted the company, stating the city is willing to spend more money if the job can be satisfactorily done. The population of rats at the dump would be impossible to estimate. Maybe there are millions. The Upper Des Moines photographer who shot the photo above Monday night, Oct. 16, wore knee-high boots - and wasn't overly enthusiastic about getting within 15 feet of a herd of them to snap the shutter. Pictured above are rats, amid the rubble that crowds any dump in any city. The white arrows point out those that can be readily seen by the naked eye - and we probably missed quite a few. It would be easy to do. Besides several individual rats, the arrows also show a couple of pairs and there's a flock of 8-10 under the arrow second from the right. Smoke from burning garbage at the dump has been a problem for years. Mayor Bill Finn said Tuesday that he had told residents in the area that he or Fire Chief Kink Willey will be happy to send a fire truck to the dump to extinguish blazes - if someone will just call. Some city residents are guilty of lighting fires at the dump when they haul their daily or weekly collection of garbage to the site - and should stop the practice at once I Mayor Finn pointed out that while the present dump is a problem to some families in that area— it is convenient for other residents of the city. In the meantime, we're going to stop watching Rat Patrol or any other program on TV that refers to the furry rodents - especially after that visit Monday night I (UDM Flashfoto by DonSmith) ^ .......v.v.v.-.v.v.v School Board 3 Yout ' ls *"* Urceny (: ° unt To See Floor Plan Oct. 30 The Algona Community School District board of education met Monday evening. Reviewed by Supt. 0. B. Laing was aprogress report on planning of the proposed new high school building. Mr. Laing reported that a general proposal of floor plans for the new school will be prepared and ready for discussion at the next meeting of the board Oct. 30. Reviewed was the monthly financial statements of various school funds. Approved by the board was the master payroll of all employees who are under contract for the current fiscal year. Mr, Laing reviewed test records of the senior high school, grades 9 to 12 inclusive, in the Iowa Tests of Educational Development, which were administered last September. In reference to the tests, Mr. Laing reported that the local school averages ranked uniformly above the Iowa median for other schools in Iowa in which the tests were taken. The school bo<..J a^, reviewed the problem of adequate lighting on various school grounds, particularly at the Bryant and high school buildings, with a view of future improvement, Annual Event The annual Fall Event of St. Ann's Hospital Auxiliary was held at the Legion Club in Algona Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. with a luncheon. Following, a non-religious program "Madonnas are Interpretive" and floral arrangement was presented by Mrs. Dorothy Ashpole of Clarion, who has presented this program on television, at Minnesota 1 fairs and numerous other groups in Iowa. 500 and • bridge were played following. A minor auto accident and a lead from a farmer resulted in charges of larceny against three county youths here Tuesday morning. Two of the three are juvenile boys and will be dealt with in juvenile court, while the third, Edwin L. Parcel, 19, Burt, was fined $100 ($50 suspended) on the larceny count and $10 and costs on a control of vehicle charge in Mayor Bill Finn's court. The larceny charge came as the result of the alleged theft of five gallons of gasoline from the Ray Beamish farm in Plum Creek township. Wind-up of the case came after Deputy Sheriff Don Wood investigated a one-car mishap two miles south and four east of Burt which occurred at 10 p- m. Monday. Parcel's car, which was headed east, went into a ditch and sustained an estimated$100damage. Meanwhile, the farmer living near the Beamish place reported there had been lights on at the Beamish farm earlier Monday night and thought it seemed strange as it is unoccupied. The light was apparently turned on while the gasoline was stolen from a tank near a storage bin on the place. Deputy Wood stated the mishap resulted when the auto was apparently being driven without its lights on after leaving the farm. Masonic Centennial Prudence Lodge 205, Masonic order, is completing plans for its observance of a Centennial year, with a dinner and program planned for Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Masonic Hall here. There will be a 6:30 dinner, with an open lodge meeting to start at 8 p.m. Deadline for dinner reservations is Oct. 26. Guest Night Algona C.D.A. will hold a prospective members party and guest night Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. at Academy hall. Former Algonan Victim Of Gang Attack In California Three men were viciously beaten, kicked and robbed—one of them a former Algona resident - in Berkeley, Calif, recently. They had stopped to make a telephone call from a pay station on a corner when they were attacked. Louis H. Scheppmann, 49, son of former supervisor Henry Schepp- mann, was one of the men beaten and robbed. He received bruises on his neck and side and cuts on the forehead. Louis and his two companions were on their way home from work, and one of them wanted to stop and call his wife. Just as the call was put through, the men told police, a gang of youths came along and kicked open the phone booth door, knocked the man inside down, and demanded his wallet and watch. One of the youths had a knife. When Scheppmann and the third man saw what was happening they jumped out of the truck in which they were waiting for their companion and went to his aid. The fight ensued. When police arrived, Scheppmann was the only one of toe men still standing. The gang of six, all in their late teens or early twenties, were all Negroes. The three men were treated at a hospital after the police arrived, Scheppmann works in Berkeley, but lives now In Sacramento, where the trio were going at toe time of toe attack. He has been in California toe past eight years.

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