The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 26, 1967 · Page 1
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North lowo's Best Grocery Buys - Inside 1 Slgona ®pper BY RUSS WALLER Numerous reports of movement of part of the rat population from the Algona municipal dump into sectors of the city itself have reached this office . . .perhaps it is a series of fires at the dump, perhaps rat increase ma 1 'Ing food scarcer, or perhaps it is simply the stronger rats pushing out the weaker rats . . . at any rate, a number of them have been reported in home and business area . . . one county official crossing the Security State Bank corner came face to face with a big one the other evening ... a local discovered one in her garage on the south side of State Street... we hope the city council's move to increase the fight against the rodents is getting action. Newsweek, in last week's issue, had an analysis of Russia, after 50 years of communism, well worth reading - and not exactly dry stuff, either. * * * Had occasion to eat noon lunch at Cunningham's in Burt the other day, and Bank President Herman Rachut, spotting us, advised the waitress to count the tableware before serving . .. very cautious, these bankers. * * * Harvey Johnson says he used Right Guard and smells just fine on his right side . . . now he's looking for some Left Guard. * * * While some in Washington are predicting the "catastrophic consequences" of the mounting national debt, unless we get that income tax surcharge, one member of Congress points out that Atlantic Refining Co. reaped a $113 million profit last year and paid no income tax, and Standard Oil of New Jersey had a net profit of $1.1 billion, but paid a tax in the 6.3 percent bracket .. . so what* s wrong with plugging up the tax loopholes first ? * * • * One campaigning politician was extolling his earlier days and commented that he started work in a country earning $5 a week. "Was that before the days of cash registers?" asked a voice from the rear of the room. * * * "U.S. To Deliver Arms Again To Israel, 5 Arab Countries" says a Wednesday morning headline . . . here we go again. * * * There's one thing wealthy people usually miss . .. the thrill of paying the last installment. A word of cheer for those fearful of new inventions which might seriously affect their business ... in colonial days shoemakers feared that the growing use of carriages and wagons would keep people from walking enough to wear out their shoes 1 * * * "The only thing we get for just asking for it is trouble." * * * It will be interesting to see just how much extra money for state coffers the new 3 percent sales tax will produce. Our uninformed guess is that the state had no idea the tremendous amount of extra cash that will accrue from the tax rise and expansion into all fields of service . . . we'll wager that estimate of $25 millionisn'thalf high enough! * * * Famous Last Line-(dedicated to the young snow shovelers and lawn mowers): "The tax is to be collected and sent in on the •Honor System'", 13th Fire The Algona fire department has been unusually busy during October. Firemen were called out for the 13th time this month when a fire at the city dump leaped across the river and burned grassland between the river and Van's Cafe. There was no damage. Firemen were called shortly before 7 p.m. ESTABLISHED 1865 Enteicrl .is srcond class maMi-r ;it 'In.- nnstnlficc at AtRnnn. lown l'. NDV. 1. l'i:)2. under Ar! «\ Cor.iztess 01 March 3. 187!' ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1967 Two Sections- 16 pages VOL. 101 NO. 82 Select Algona For Vocational Unit N. E, Kossuth fwps. Study Hospital Proposal Five towns, including two from Kossuth, Lakota and Ledyard, have joined forces to see what can be done to upgrade the hospital at Buffalo Center, in their general area, so that it may qualify in the future for Medicare certification. The move was prompted by a directive from the State Department of Health indicating that the Buffalo Center hospital does not meet Medicare requirements. The hospital is certified for Medicare patient admission only on an emergency basis. Each admittance must not exceed three days before the patient is moved to a fully certified hospital. Myrtle Lighter Funeral Set Here Thursday Myrtle R. Lighter, 81, Algona resident for the past 30 years, died Monday at St. Ann Hospital. She had been in ill health for some time. Funeral services for Mrs. Lighter will be held today CThurs- day) at 10:30 a.m. in the Methodist Church, with Rev. Wm. Noland officiating. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, with McCullough's Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Leon Laird, Leo Cassel, Warren Nelson, Dick Post, Gene Rochleau, and Harold Sabin. Born at Milford Dec. 29, 1885, she was a daughter of George and Addle Howe Ellis. She married Clint Lighter at Cumberlund, Wise. April 4, 1916 and he preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1962.. She was a member of the Eastern Star and WSCS of the Methodist Church, Survivors include a son, Dwain, Algona; a daughter, Marion (Mrs. LeRoy Peterson), Humboldt; seven grandchildren; and six great - grandchildren. Three brothers preceded her in death. Rites Friday, Bancroft, For N. J. Nemmers Funeral services for a prominent Bancroft man, Nicholas J. Nemmers, 82, will be held Friday at 10:30 a. m. in St. John's Catholic church with Rt. Rev. Z. Reising officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's cemetery. Mr. Nemmers, a lifelong resident of Bancroft, was an interior decorator and Justice of the Peace until retirement. He died Tuesday afternoon in St. Ann hospital, Algona, where he had been hospitalized for the past week. A rosary will be said Thursday at 8 p. m. in the Garry Funeral Home, who is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Nemmers is survived by his wife, Mae; four sons, Richard, Lorrin and Arthur, all of Rockford, 111., and Raymond, Des Moines; seven daughters, Mrs. Shirley Bauer, Mrs. Leola Graydon and Mrs. Donna Barmore, all of Rockford, m., Mrs. Mary LaSpina and Mrs. Dorothy Wiley, Phoenix, Ariz,, Mrs. Betty Kollasch, Swea City, and Mrs. Adelia Kirkpatrick, Waukegan, 111. He is also survived by four brothers, Clarence and Sylvester of Bancroft, George, Charles City, and Anthony, Arcadia, Kans., and three sisters, Mrs. Lena Warner, Ledyard, Mrs. Ed Kerr, Arma, Kans., and Mrs. Harvey Coates, Dearborn, Mich.; 38 grand-children and 18 great- grandchildren. Boy Scout Meeting FENTON - All parents and boys of Fenton interested in Boy Scouts are asked to meet with Scoutmasters and assisting Scoutmasters, Monday evening, Oct. 30 at 8 p. m. in St. John's Lutheran church basement. Boys must be 11 years old to be a Scout. As a result a volunteer committee has been set up in Winnebago and Kossuth county to make a canvass of every home in the area with information relative to the construction of a new hospital. Members of the committee are: Carlyle Gerzenu, Supt. of schools, Irving Larson, Rev. Wayne Wasta, Fr. E.W. Lechtenberg, Elmer Leibrand, Reinert Levik, Les Ostrander, Lawrence Wirtjes and Merlyn Elman. Meetings have been called within the committee and with township trustees, mayors and town councils of Buffalo Center, Thompson, Rake, Lakota and Ledyard. 2 Funerals On Wednesday For W-Bend Victims Funeral services for the two West Bend men who died as a result of injuries in an automobile crash early last Sunday morning near Spirit Lake, were held Wednesday at West Bend. Services for Dr. James Johns were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the West Bend Methodist church, and services for Byron Boos were held in the morning at 10 a. m. at the Presbyterian church. Schellhammer Funeral Home handled arrangements for both funerals. Details of the tragedy were reported in Tuesday's UDM. The condition of Merle Porter, third occupant of the car, was reported as improving at the Dickinson County Hospital, Spirit Lake. He suffered a broken shoulder and other injuries. Annual Lion Halloween Party, Oct. 31 The annual free Hallo ween party sponsored by the Algona Lions Club will be held Tuesday, October 31, at the Algona Athletic Field. The party will begin with a parade for all costumed contestants at 7 p.m., and will march to the field from the corner of State and Harlan streets in Algona. Chairman of the Lion project, Joe Bradley, Jr., announced that there will be six costume categories: clowns, cowboys and Indians, hoboes and tramps, witches and ghosts, spacemen and miscellaneous. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in three divisions according to grades in school: pre-school through first grade; the second, third and fourth grades and all fifth graders and above. Cash prizes and certificates will be given to all winning entries. All contestants will receive a free box of Cracker jacks. Hot chocolate, milk, cookies and coffee will be served by the Lions free to all children and parents attending. Games will also be held during the evening, with prizes awarded to the winners. The public is cordially invited to attend. Two Nebraskans Fined Here For Intoxication Two Nebraska men, Robert J. Faust, Norfolk, and Gerald D. Osten, Columbus, were fined $25 each for public intoxication in Mayor Bill Finn's court here this week. Several other persons were also fined following preliminary hearings of a variety of charges and one, Monte Collins, Livermore, was sentenced to two days in jail for driving while his license was under suspension. Others paying fines included William Spurgeon, Whittemore, $10, improper backing and $10, leaving the scene of an accident; Virgil Roach, Algona, $10, failing to yield the right-of-way; and Joseph P. Ehrhardt, Livermore, $5, improper backing. Court costs were assessed in addition to fines. The proposal calls for a new 35-bed hospital at an estimated cost of $900,000, with a graduated millage rate to pay off potential bonds and possibly part of the operating costs. The committee says that without Medicare certification, which would result in 409c patient loss, the hospital will have to stop functioning. All homes visited are being asked to check oji affirmative or negative reaction to a bond proposal for a new hospital. The four northeast townships of Kossutli are directly affected. Two Youngsters Hurt In Crash Here Monday Three drivers were charged here this week as a result of mishaps in the area Monday. Two children, Scott Ebersole, 4, and his sister, LeAnne, 3, Toledo, la., were hurt slightly in one of the crashes and hospitalized overnight Monday at St. Ann. They sustained injuries when an auto driven by their mother, Phyllis L. Ebersole, 31, and a truck driven by Gordon E. Christensen, 47, Forest City, collided at the intersection of Call and Hall streets at 9:49 a.m. The auto was headed east and the driver apparently didn't see the other vehicle. The Toledo woman was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way by local police, who estimated damage to the vehicles at $550. At 9:35 p.m., an auto driven by David A. Berendes, 19, Algona, struck another auto driven by Mitch J. Taylor, 42, Algona, on State street, resulting in an estimated $95 damage to the cars and a charge of following too closely against the younger driver, who was lined $10 and costs in Mayor Bill Finn's court. Police investigated. Ten minutes later, a car driven by Don D.Clapsaddle, 19, Algona, was totally demolished when it slammed into a ditch 1 1/4 miles southeast of Algona on a county gravel road. The auto was headed south and the driver apparently couldn't make a curve, so the vehicle hit the ditch. He was charged with failing to have control by Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, who investigated, and fined $10 and costs in Mayor Finn's court. Teachers To Tour 4 Industries Here Thursday Algona teachers in all grades, in all schools, both public and parochial, will be guests on a conducted tour of Algona industries on Thursday. Sponsoring the tour is the Algona Industrial Development Corporation in local observance of Iowa Industry Month, recently declared by Gov. Harold E. Hughes. According to William F.Steele, secretary of the organization, the various schools will be dismissed early, with hours varying, and the teachers will be taken by bus to the Weidenhoff Corporation plant, K. T!" Peirce, president; Universal Manufacturing Company, Earl Lierley, president; the Directory Service Company, Jerry Leaneagh, president; and Metronics Tools Incorporated, 0. Burton Harmes, owner. Six men assist on explanations presented on the busses, and each plant will conduct its separate and individual tour, with members of each manufacturing plant describing and explaining operation, manufacture, and distribution of products. Licenses To Wed Four wedding licenses were issued this week by County Clerk Alma Pearson. They went to Michael P. Schrauth and Darlene M. Weydert, Oct. 18; Carey Remus and Janet Buffington; Dennis R. Strayer and Linda J.Cole; and Robert Hanisch and Rode K. Bergum, Oct. 20. Good Neighbors In Fenton Area WHEN LARRY ALT of the Fenton area was hospitalized recently, it took place at a most critical period in farming operations. But "Good Neighbors" came to his aid. Among other things they fall-plowed 70 acres of his land and the above group did the job. Left to right, they are, Bob Krause, Marlin Wegener, Fred Greinert, Clarence Wegener, Lloyd Sunde, Dale Douglas, Jerald Halverson, Herb Krause and Howard Bruhn, The ladies prepared and served the noon meal. Vandals Are Busy In The Swea City Area Mayor Gif ford Smith warns that vandals "will be dealth with severely" after cases of damage to public and private property have come to light in Swea City. He says there have been several cases of defacing or destruction of property and that town officials are making an effort to apprehend the offenders. Obscene words written on the brick of First Baptist Church had to be removed by sand-blasting after other removal efforts failed. Holes were kicked in the walls of public restrooms. Other damage was reported at the Ralph Hurlburt home, where there was breakage of windows and other vandalism. Lions Annual Store Window Project Begins The Algona Lions Club will again sponsor the annual Halloween store window painting project this year for the junior and senior high school students in the Algona area. All students interested in the contest should register as individuals or in pairs at the Algona Chamber of Commerce office by 5 p.m. this Friday, October 27. The store windows in downtown Algona will be painted Saturday, October 28 from 10a.m. to9p.m. Materials used are to be supplied by the students and should be water soluble so that they can be washed off easily after the judging. Prizes will be offered for the first, second and third place winners in both the junior and senior high school division. 3 New JayCees Algona JayCees have three new members. They are Robert Cramer, Bob Wells and Robert Bachmann. The membership is now at 32, with a state quota of 38, reported Les Foxhoven, president. Change Play Dates Changes have been made in the dates of the all-school play at Garrlgan High School. The play, "The Death and Life of Larry Benson" will be given on Nov. 1 and 5 at 8 p. m. in the GHS gymnasium. Leading parts are played by Dave Besch, Larry Benson; Rose Studer, Fred Benson; and Leonard Becker, Sam Benson. Mr. Richard Balcik directs the play. Nov. 2 Masonic Lodge 100 Yrs. Observance Thursday, Nov. 2 Prudence Lodge #205 will celebrate 100 years of Masonry with a gala celebration. The festivities are scheduled to get under way at 6:30 p. m. with a bounteous meal served by the ladies of the Eastern Star. Reservations for the dinner are necessary and may be made by contacting Chas. D. Paxson, P, 0. Box 540, Algona. Following the banquet the large group will assemble in the lodge room where the past and present Grand Lodge officers will be officially received and introduced. The Grand Master of Masons in Iowa, R. Kenneth Miller, will be received and proper Masonic honors will be accorded him. Following the introductions a colorful and interesting history of 100 years of Masonry in Algona has been compiled by Brother Max Miller and will be presented at this time. Following the history of the Lodge, the speaker of the evening will be introduced. He is Ivan M. Maxson, P.J.G.W. of Dickens. All leading Grand Lodge officers are expected to be in attendance. Algona Youth Wins Contest Dan Struecker, 13, one of six age group winners in the local contest, copped first place in the zone Punt, Pass and Kick Contest at West Bend Saturday. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Werner Struecker, Dan will now go to Des Moines, Oct. 28, to compete in the district contest. He and his parents will also attend a football game at Des Moines Gladys Jensen Funeral Held At Swea City Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Swea City Baptist church for Mrs. Virgil (Gladys) Jensen of Swea City, who died Sunday at Fairmont hospital. Burial was at Harrison twp. cemetery, with Reese-Henry Funeral Home of Swea City in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her husband; one son, Lowell of Swea City; two daughters, Mrs. A. E. Beier of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Mrs. David Mederna of Rock Rapids, la.; five grandchildren; three brothers, Albert, Arthur and Roy Jacobsen, and one sister, Mrs. Lester Hesseldahl, all of Winnebago. Mrs. Jensen was born May 25, 1911, at Swea City, to parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Jacobson. She moved with her pa rents to Winnebago, Minn, as a child and graduated from the Winnebago High School in 1929. She was married March 16, 1937 to Virgil Jensen at Swea City. They have farmed the same place since their marriage. She was a member of the Baptist church, Swea City. Aufo Mechanic Course Part Of New College Algoiui lias been selected by directors of the Lakes Area Community College as the site for locating a vocational unit to instruct in automobile mechanics, it was announced Tuesday by Edgar Meyer, Algona, member of the board. The decision was made at the same time that a secretarial training school unit was allotted to Spirit Lake, and an automobile body repair training school to Spencer. The academic heart of the college unit will remain at Estlier- ville and the major vocational training school in Emmetsburg. In fact the board authorized purchase of 120 acres of land just west of Emmetsburg as site for ttie new vocational unit, at a cost of $1,000 per acre. The Algona course would be one part of the vocational program. Meyer said that a survey was made in June, and results of this survey indicated that a vocational unit for instructing in an auto mechanic course should be assigned to Algona, where several industries suchasWeidenhoffand Universal and Metronics are already in machine tool use in a big way. The auto mechanic course has some connection with such work, Meyer said. He added that two instructors would start the course here sometime in the future, and that the board had a good site in mind. He did not say where this might be. One of the Instructors would be a college graduate with auto mechanic experience, the other a man with practical experience in automotive repair. Indications were that the starting class would have about 24 pupils, Meyer said. The program must meet with final approval from the State Department of Public Instruction, but that was expected, Meyer added. Tuition in the Community College is $100 a semester. Enrollment in the academic unit was projected at 1,000 pupils within 5 years and in the vocational unit at from 600 to 1,000 in all branches. Five counties are in the Lakes Area school unit. TV Translator Should Be Set Before Winter TV viewers in this entire area should have very much improved reception from KGLO-TV before too long, according to an announcement from Llpyd Loers, station manager. According to Mr. Loers, apre- winter completion date has been set for construction of the tower a mile east of the city which will hold the station's translator. Work on the tower is expected to begin soon, now that an okay has been issued by the FCC. Persons in this area will then watch KGLO programs on Channel 71, UHF, if they wish the expected improvement in signal for their homes. Mrs. Polhemus, Burt, Passes Amelia M. Polhemus, 88, Burt, resident of the county for 82 years, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Dodge. Funeral services for her will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Presbyterian Church at Burt, with Rev. Bruce Calbreath officiating. Burial will follow at the Burt cemetery, with McCullough's Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will beRayDrem- mel, Donald Ringsdorf, Merwyn Cunningham, Willard Stow, George Manus and Howard McMullen. Born at Berlin, Germany March 19, 1879, she was a daughter of August and Hannah Neitzel. Following the death of he.r father in 1884, she came to this country with her mother and other children in the family and they setteled in Kossutli county in 1885. She married Maurice E. Polhemus March 24, 1906 and he preceded her in death Feb. 21, 1950. She was one of 10 children, now all deceased. Survivors include two sons, Edward L. Polhemus, Artesia, Calif., and Warren, St. Louis, Mo.; a step-son, Ernest, Artesia, Calif.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. One step-daughter preceded her in death. Account Matter One new case was filed in district court here this week. Sun* ray, Inc., plaintiff, is seeking to obtain $1,162.28 for settlement of an account from Louie Miller,

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