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J-Algona (la.) Upper Dftt MetnM Thursday, Nov. 16, 1967 CALENDAR TROUBLE AHEAD San Mateo (Calif.) Time* - This leap year business — 1968 will be one — is a headache not only to perennial bachelors but also to calendar makers, who were worrying about it many years before Julius Caesar decreed the first leap year in 45 B.C. . . . Calendars in general use before Caesar's time were based on years presumed to be exactly 365 days long, whereas, according to the tinro it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun, a year really is 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds long By the time Caesar came along, the errors which had been accumulating for a long time at the rate of more than five hours a year amounted to a total of three months. Winter was coming in what the calendar said was fall, fall was occurring in summer, etc. It seemed silly to Caesar to have to get into his long underwear — or the Roman equivalent—before summer (according to the calendar) was over. So he fixed up the Julian calendar which brought the calendar and the sun back together and provided for an extra day every four years to take care of the annual discrepancy of more than five hours. Thus the leap year system was born. The trouble with Caesar's calendar was that it added 24 hours every four years when it should have added only 23 hours, 14 minutes and four seconds. Caesar's calendar created a discrepancy of one day every 128 years, so by 1583, when Gregory was pope, the calendar was approximately 10 days off. Gregory abolished 10 days by having October 15 follow October 4 and modified the Julian leap year rule by providing that centenary years .should not have extra days in the future except when such centenary years were divisible by 400, like the year 2000. The Gregorian calendar still fails by 26 seconds a year to coincide with sun time, so in 3,323 years it will be off a full day. Some Scientists have recommended the introduction into the Gregorian system of a new corrective device. In addition to skipping leap year in centenary years not divisible by 400 these scientists woujd skip extra days on centenary years that are divisible by 4,000. Such an additional correction would hold the calendar error down to one day in every 20,000 years. It is an issue that must be met squarely before the year 4000 rolls around. SCHOOLS NEED A CHECKING School conflicts over the nation are causing a lot of trouble. Strikes, boycotts, student discipline in larger cities — all are creating serious problems. Not so dramatic, but never- the-less probably more serious in the long run, is the feeling which is developing that we must have more efficiency from our schools. Governor Hughes recently put it this way, '"The monkey is now on the back of the educators" to come up with realistic school 'costs or there might be a "rebellion in the next legislature." We're all for paying well trained teachers good salaries — probably they have been underpaid in the past — but the decade has seen a great change. We'd like to see some system developed whereby the good teachers keep getting more money — but the poor ones can be weeded out. When teachers want to be evaluated as a group, and progress by training and experience only — they put a lot of deadweight on the good teachers, to try and buck up the poor instructors. Surely in all of the electronic progress of the past few years there are some things which can be used to improve instruction. Some of these things should make superior teaching ability more readily available to more young people — and reduce or slow down at least, the burgeoning costs of education. Merely adding new things on and retaining all that is already existant, is probably inefficient to say the least. We have commented many times on the fact that our nation's school plant is not used nearly as much as it should be. This situation is slowly changing — and we hope that it changes a lot more in the future. Our schools are our most important business, but that doesn't mean that everything about them is perfect. They should be studied, criticized where necessary, improved wherever possible. The idea that school should be above questions or discussions is fallacious. We not only lOYEflRS AGO IN THl can, but should, be alert to see that we get full measure, for the billions which are being added to our school costs each year. This is no criticism of our local schools — this is merely a statement of general policy, we believe fundamental to our American way. It applies to our local system, just as it does to all other school systems. —Guthrie Center Times HUGHES' HOG-WASH Governor Hughes has gone out of his way on several occasions lately to take blasts at Iowa newspapers for what he called their inaccurate, erroneous and false reporting of the facts about his sales tax law. There is a tried and true method of switching the heat onto someone else, which has been used in politics for years. In this case Hughes has come up with a tax bill that can't be figured out. It's his bill, he forced it through the legislature without any adequate debate or discussion—and now he is saddled with it. Last week he said that the newspapers were against it because they were being taxed—sure, so are the shoemakers, the TV repairmen, the banks, the furniture repair people, the abstractors and the beauty operators. He was asked if reports about the bill as carried in the newspapers were wrong—and he said no, but the headlines were misleading and the stories were placed in the wrong spots. Which, cut it anyway you like, is a lot of hog-wash —Rock Rapids Reporter. PENALTY OF 'BIGNESS' Sheldqn Mail — As our country's population has grown, and as the size and activity of government has grown even bigger along with it, the individual finds he pays here, too. Bigness brings the penalty of added controls: each added control is an infrngement on individual liberty. Many citizens find these continual infringements to be highly disturbing, but as they are imposed on all, that same average citizen quickly finds that the only good of protest is to relieve internal pressure. Most of us resent these side burdens of the system, but most of us also resign ourselves to the unpleasant fact that they evidently have to be accepted. In the same manner, at some time in the future, the organizations of individuals in labor or professional unions of any kind, and in particular, organizations including those in vital services, are going to have to resign themselves to the fact that they, too, must accept the penalty of size and of a complex society, and accept controls which will prevent groups, in the same manner as an individual would be prevented, from halting the vital activties of the nation. Falls City, Nebr., Journal: "We're going to get state aid to education in one shape or another,' predicted a local commentator on the day's news over a cup of coffee. 'Well who's going to aid the state?' someone asked. 'The federal government,' chipped in a local philosopher. 'Then who's going to aid the federal government? 'a wise guy asked. 'Why you are —the taxpayer—you dummy'." Recall what Benjamin Disraeli said when a friend asked how he kept going despite unceasing opposition: "Have you ever watched a stonecutter at work? He will hammer away at a rock for perhaps 100 times without a crack showing in it. Then, at the 101st blow, it will split in two." "It is not alone that blow which accomplishes the result," he commented, "but the hundred others that went before it as well." Marathon, N.Y., Independent: "Too many of us fear that we will be subject to ridicule if we stress the positive. Let's not blame the news media altogether for the style of interpretation of life. When was the last time you heard a conversation stressing all the positives, without a trace of negatives? The old adage says that the news, after all, reflects only the people, their ways and their thoughts." I 8lsona Be* Jfflome* Ill E. Call Street — Ph. 295-3535 — Algona, Iowa Zip Code 50511 ESTABLISHED 1865 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY CITY OF ALGONA NATION NEWSPAPE A$(fbc ALGONA COMMUNITY SCHOOL ISSUED TUEDAY & THURSDAY & NORTH IOWA SHOPPER THURSDAYS: Newspapers entered as Second Class Matter at the post office in Algona, Iowa I I I I I EDITORIAL R. B. WALLER, Editor & Publisher Don Smith, Managing Editor ADVERTISING Dennis Waller .lack Purcell, Foreman SUBSCRIPTION RATES $ In Kossuth County and adjoining areas $5.00 per year iji: To all other addresses in United States or Foreign $7.00 per year $ (No subscriptions less than six months) jij: SS^:%W:W#:y:y& FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES November 14, 1957 Rain again interrupted farm work in the area as .32 of an inch of rain fell. Temperatures for the week ranged from a low of 16 degrees to a high mark of 56. High winds also prevailed during the week with guests up to 40 miles an hour. - o - Loss was estimated at $20,000, chiefly in tires, as a result of an early morning fire, which could have teen worse, at the Bradley Bros. Implement buildings in Algona. Only the fact that every member of the fire department responded within minutes to a general alarm at 4 a. m. kept the flames from probably destroying the entire Bradley layout and conceivably spreading north to the Algona Hotel. City Policemen Don Tietz and Jim Voigt discovered the fire at about the same time that Manager John Rossman of the hotel went to investigate the smell of smoke. The fire started in a small frame building between the main office and a quonset-type warehouse used for storing tires. When firemen arrived, the intense heat, fed by oil drums, had ignited tires within the warehouse and the frame supports that held them. Between 500 and 1,000 new Firestone tires were in the quonset building. - o Tom Forburger, Jr., Wesley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Forburger, Sr., was honored at Iowa State College during an R.O.T.C. parade, with an award as a Distinguished Military Student. Tom was a senior, majoring in business administration, president of his fraternity Phi Kappa, and worked part time in the J. C. Penney store in Ames. - o - A fire which lit up the sky so as to be visible in Titonka, 6 1/2 miles away, destroyed a hog house on the farm of Ben Siehl- mann. The family was watching television when an unidentified passerby noticed the fire and turned in the alarm. The Titonka "fire department saved six of the 20 hogs which were in the hog house, but the building and 150 bales of hay stored in it were destroyed. - o Fifteen new members were initiated into the Algona chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Club. They were Gladys Burtis, Stella Mae Breen, Marilyn Burmeister, Charlotte Collier, Wilma Cooksey, Elva Ewoldt, Kathleen Griffin, Mary Hays, Lelah Henderson, Kathleen McEnroe, Audrey Mosher, Leona Siemer, Jessie Smith, Rosella Voigt and Clara Walker. - o - Larry Menz, who was in the Army and stationed in Massachusetts, arrived in Seneca for a leave enroute to Washington and then for an overseas assignment to Japan. - o ~ Charles Loerwald, Bill Bonnstetter and Kathy Bockes of Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Keith Kubly of Iowa State College, Ames, spent the weekend at their parental homes in LuVerne and attended Homecoming festivities. - o - This was ladies week in the Grid Guessers contest. All three prizes went to the feminine sex- and all three were from Algona. First place went to Mrs. B. J. Bradford, second to Mrs. M. Kern, and third to Mrs. Les Kenyon. There were two occupants on the Mourner's Bench, Robert Kunkel, LuVerne, and Howard W. Thompson, Bancroft. - o - Sunday evening guests in the William Voigt home, Fenton, to help Peggy Voigt celebrate her 12th birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Douglas and family, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Mueller and boys, and Judy Jolley. - o - Mrs. Mary Oesterreicher, Titonka, entertained eleven ladies at a birthday club party. Prizes were won by Mrs. J. L. Intermill, Mrs. George Sachau, Mrs. Ollie Bruns, Mrs. Irene Peterson and Mrs. William Ricklefs. - o - Pictured were the finalists in the "Most Beautiful Costume" contest at the Algona Lions Halloween party. Linda Sands won the $5 first prize in this group, with Jean Christensen and Judy Venteicher, ruuners«-up. CROSSWORD PUZZLE LAST WEEKS ANSWER AGO IN THl "Yeah, but you only carried him for nine months." (from HISJORY'S SCRAPBOOK} I DATES AND EVENTS FROM YESTERYEARS J The U. S. Marine Corps was established, November 10, 1775. Sir Henry Stanley found Dr. Livingstone In Africa, November 10, 1871. Armistice ending World War I was signed November 11, 1918. The "Unknown Soldier" was buried in Arlington Cemetery, November 11, 1921. The Mayflower arrived at Cape Cod Harbor, November 12, , 1620. A dlsarmement conference opened In Washington, November 12, 1921. Federal troops quelled the "Whiskey Rebellion" In Pennsylvania, November 13, 1794. President Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free Commonwealth. November 14, 1935. The American Federation of Labor was formed, November 15, 1881. The Pearl Harbor inquiry opened, November 15, 1945. The United States and Soviet Russia established diplomatic relations, November 16, 1933. to meet their son, Lt. Edwin Gilmore, and his wife and little son, Johnnie, who were coming from Korea where they had been living for some time. They would accompany the H. L. Gil- mores home for a visit. - o - Mrs. M. G. Bourne, Algona, gave a party in celebration of her son Billy's fourth birthday. Guests were Randall Shierk, Tommy Anderson, Jerry Cowan, Scott Misbach, Billie Sigsbee, Dennis O'Rourke, Margaret and Larry Sprague, Mary Misbach and Barbara Bartlett. The afternoon was spent at games and closed with the serving of cake and ice cream. - o - Verle Nelson, Jay Graham, Arlo Zwiefel and Elwood Nelson, young farmers in Portland township, were leaving on a week's deer hunting trip in northern Wisconsin. - o- Two Algona High School football players placed on the all- conference team of the North Central Conference. They were Charles Crapser, end; and Jerry Lauritzen, tackle. On the second team, Delmar Kern placed at center, and Cliff Skogstrom, backfield. Honorable mention was given to Ray Schenck, guard; Jim Pentecost and Gary Waldron, backs. - o- Catfish fishing would probably be a lot better in Algona's Des Moines river the coming year for 1,000 of the funny looking but good eating fish were dumped FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES November 20, 1947 A broken axle caused derailment of the Minneapolis & St. Louis passenger train a mile and a half south of Livermore. Only seven passengers were in the diesel-operated coach at the time and none were injured. Although the train did not swerve from the track despite a speed of 45 miles per hour, had it done so it would have plunged over a high embankment at that spot. - o- About 60 percent of Kossuth county's 1947 corn crop had been harvested. From various reports, it seemed that an average of about 40 bushels of corn to the acre was being found. The 1947 crop was the smallest in recent grain-growing history. Average yield in a normal year was around 55 bushels or better. Some fields hardly produced anything where low spots allowed water to stand and ruined the corn during the summer. - o - Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Gilmore and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kent, Sr., Algona, were leaving for Los Angeles, Calif., where the Gilmores would visit an aunt of Mr. Gilmore's. From there they were going to San Francisco Time To Spare By GERALD ANDREWS - Retirement Adviser Heartening Advice I've just been reading what Dr. Paul Dudley White has to say about the causes and prevention of heart trouble. You must have heard tell of Dr. White, the Boston specialist. Seems as if he's had more famous patients than you can shake a stick at — including Dwight D. Eisenhower. If you have any questions about the way your heart's liable to act up in the later years, Dr. White's a good man to listen to. His advice is — well, heartening, in every sense of the word. It's about your heart. And it's most encouraging. Dr. White begins by. pointing out that the heart is a fist-sized pump that beats about 100,000 times a day. Remarkable pump, as you might imagine, and if anything happens to it, you're in trouble. More and more Americans are finding themselves in deep trouble every year. . Why? According to Dr. White, a number of causes appear to be involved in the development of heart trouble. Why Overweight? One obvious thing is excess weight, which puts a strain on the circulatory system because the heart has to send more blood to more pounds of flesh. After all, what happens when you overload any pump? And there are just too many Americans overweight because they overeat. The eating problem is compli- :ated by cholesterol, or fat in the slood, the precise effect of which s not completely understood. Dr. White, like most of his col- eagues, believes that the less saturated fats you absorb, the Detter. Nervous tension is a different aroblem, perhaps directly affect- ng the heart, perhaps indirectly Dy causing an eating compulsion that causes obesity. Cigarettes? That's a thorny question, aut Dr. White does advise his patients to quit smoking. Coffee and liquor? Not so dangerous, but if you have any heart trouble at all, it would be wise to drop them. Is heredity or environment the key factor? No one knows, although they're working on it. But it does seem that if your family has no history of heart attacks, you have a better chance of escaping one yourself. Okay — but what to do about it? Dr. White suggests regular medical checkups so you can know where you stand. Follow the diet your doctor gives you, especially with regard to the avoidance of saturated fats. Take off that excess poundage. Control your tensions. And ^et some real exercise regularly. ACROSS 1. Chefs specialty 6. Astern , 9. Exchange 10. Pronoun 11. Clip once more 12. Greedy 14. Exclamation 15. Movable barrier 17. Girl's name 18. Permit 20. Scoffed 22. Revise 24. Stitch 25. These should be crossed 26. Colonizes 29. Exclamation 31. Title of rdspect 32. Contest of speed 35. In place of 38. Conflict 39. Negative 40. Mix 42. Sun god 43. Weary 45. Hardens 47. Nothing 48. S-shaped moldings 49. Little child 50. Swellings DOWN 1. Drunk: slang 2. Skill 3. Fat 4. Senorlta's farewell 5. Proof 6. Exclamation 7. High temperature 8. 3-legged stand 11. Chest sound 13. Fathers 16 Stagger 19. Poetic contraction 21. Pitcher 23. Examination 27. Bonds 28. Cutting tool 29. Cue 30. Oil 33. Touch lovingly 34. Epochs 36. Minute groove 37. Wild dog of Australia aiaaa aaaau uaaaa aaaao 41. Regretted 44. Old times 46. Arikara 30 HI I 1 ? 26 36 3 15 23 31 20 27 40 50 37 m 28 3B 33 3H in the river by Wendell Simonson, state conservation officer. The catfish were from six to 10 inches long. - o - Fenton's football fans, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Voigt, braved the weather and went to Iowa City where they attended the Iowa- Minnesota game. They were guests of Mrs. Voigt's brother, Bob Geigel. The previous weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Voigt and Mrs. J. A. G. Smith went to Madison, Wise., where they attended the Iowa-Wisconsin game. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Ed Larsen, Burt, entertained at dinner in honor of Ed's birthday and had as guests Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Larsen and Linda, and Mr. and Mrs. Franz Teeter and family. The next evening the Larsens had as dinner guests Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ortman and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bristow, this time in honor of their 16th wedding anniversary. - o - A Thanksgiving birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Householder, Lone Rockr and guests included the Wm. Batt family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Sigsbee, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Sigsbee and Agnes, Mrs. E. C. Bierstedt, Mrs. Anna Reimers and the Henry Gettman family, all of Burt; and Mrs. Nina Bierstedt and Don of Lone Rock. - o - Ruth Wallentine, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Wallentine, Lakota, was taken to the hospital at Buffalo Center where she underwent an operation for appendicitis, and was reported recovering satisfactorily. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kollasch of St. Paul, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kollasch and family, Swea City, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kollasch and family, Lakota, Don Kollasch, Lakota, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kollasch and family, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cogleyandiamily.Mr. and Mrs. Jess Marlowe and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Kollasch and family, all of Bancroft, were entertained at a Sunday dinner in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Deitering of Bancroft. GOURDS Snake gourds measuring more .-than-=40 inches long were raised this year by Mrs. Huldah Bippes, Perry. Professional Directory DOCTORS INSURANCE 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, Algona Office Phone 295-241)8 Residence Phone 295-5917 DENTISTS DR. J. B. HARRIS, JR. Dentist At 622 E. State Phone 295-2334 OP^ DR. L. L. SNYDEIl 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. KINGF1ELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 FarmMgmnt. 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, and Many Other Forms. Phone 295-3733 j Ted S. Herbst KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $74,000,000 worth., of insurance in force. Phone 295-3756. Lola Scuff ham, Sec'y. SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet and Larry C. Johnson 110 So. Dodge — Algona, la. Phone 295-2341 Chiropractor DR. M. R. BALDWIN Summer Office Hours Won. - Tues. - Wed. <• Fri. 8:30 • 5:00 Thurs. - Sat. — 8:30 - 12:00 Credit Bureau of Kossuth County Collectrite Service FactbiU Reports CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12'/2 N. Dodge Ph. 395-3891 Milton G. Norton Justce of the Peace Collection Services Office at M E. State Algona, Iowa Office Phone 295-3836 Home Phone 995-2548 Post Office Box 460

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