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Clear Pictures — More News — largest Circulation By RUSS WALLER LONG BEACH, CALIF.-There are a number of ways to make a living in California and some of them are unusual. Spotted several buildings identified as a "3-R School". On inquiry discovered that this is a private setup, offering tuition classes for grade school kids and teaching them exactly what the name implied — Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Seems the public school grades skip over these subjects in minimum time. . . . another booming business is the reducing salons, elaborate enterprises catering to the ladies with too many pounds which they guarantee to take off... .then there are the wig salons, and the numerous convalescent homes. . . .Long Beach is one place you can go and everyone can call you "kid". ... you are not a senior citizen until you're 801 * * * On the way down over the Cabrillo Highway, California Route 1, made two interesting stops, The two we did make, were a visit to the San Simeon castle of William Randolph Hearst; the second was a stop at Solvang, Calif., duplication in authentic construction of a town in Denmark. * * * San Simeon's Hearst Castle is reputed to have cost some 30 million to construct, and there are still some unfinished parts. But before our readers surmise that this money came from the newspaper business, let us point out that William Randolph's father was a wealthy man, a miner who hit it big and became a United States senator, and he GAVE his son the San Francisco Examiner as a 23rd birthday present. The Hearst estate, at its peak, included 275,000 acres bordering the Santa Lucia mountain range along the coast, north of Morro Bay. Work on the Castle began in 1919, by which time Hearst owned 30 newspapers and 15 magazines. Originally the estate was stocked with a big variety of wild animals, and a zebra and your reporter came face to face around one corner. But the more dangerous species are gone. The story is that despite all the entertaining done at San Simeon, only once did Wm. Randolph wear evening dress. That was on the occasion when' President Calvin Coolidge came to visit him. The castle includes art objects and stone work from Europe, but not all of it was imported, as some may have heard. The Roman Pool is right out of Caesar's Roman Empire, however, one of three pools on the place. Mosaic work unearthed from the ruins of Pompeii is on the floor of one room. Hearst had a great personal and financial interest in the motion picture business, got in on the ground floor with investments, and was something of an overlord for some years in the. movie industry. . . .he also met most of the stars and guided some to stardom, like Marion Davies. * * * Back in 1941, a young man named Paul Veblen worked for some months on news for the Upper Des Moines. . . .later he went into service, and settled in the west. . . .today he is the executive editor of the Santa Barbara newspapers, owned by the McClain interests who also own the Philadelphia Bulletin. He remembered quite a bit about Algona in the 1941 pre-war era. * * * Solvang, Calif, is a few miles off Hy. 101, a community built exactly like a small Danish city, and folks of Danish descent really run it. Even the U. S. postoffice is built with Danish construction . . .if you're out that way, a stop is worthwhile. * * * Here in Long Beach the newspapers have a lot to report. . . . a city port administrator found dead in the bay... .a murder trial involving not just a triangle but something like a quadruple doubled. . . .and Long Beach naval base is jammed with naval vessels, including two carriers, Princeton and Valley Forge. * * * Famous Last Line - "And 4 percent sales tax." ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered i50511>. m n U t' r ;i f 'idrr At-t tlic | 'st<iificc nt AlRim.1. In C'li-.Ete'SS o! M.irrh Ti. 1 AIC-ONA, IOWA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1967 Two Sections — 22 Pao« VOl. 101 NO. 89 * Trips, Chicago, Nov. 23 Wmer Hear Franzenburg Nine 4-H youths and two chaperones will be attending the Kossuth County 4-H Chicago Award trip. They are Marilyn Roethler, Algorta; Bonita Kiilsholm, Algona, Carmen Montag, West Bend; Paula Thilges, Bode; Judy Berger, Algona; Phil Meyer, Fenton; Marlyn Metzger, Whittemore; John Kiley, Burt and Dick Lynch, Fenton. The chaperones for the youths are Mr. and Mrs. Clair Reding from Ottosen. The youth leave by bus from Mason City Thanksgiving Day and return Sundav night. A few of the things the award winners will see in Chicago are the the Board of Trade, Federal Reserve Bank, a stage show, Adler Planetarium and the 0*Haire airport. More details of the trip and sponsors will be reported later. Dump To Close Sundays, Nights In Rat Battle An attempt to further resolve the rat problem at the city dump here is now underway. In regular session Wednesday, the council approved a resolution which will take effect Dec. 1, with the dump to be open 7 a.m. to 6p.m.and to be closed Sundays. Agate will be erected, barricades erected and signs placed designating certain areas in which dumping may be done. Violation of the new ruling will be considered a misdemeanor, with a fine for violation not to exceed $100 or a jail sentence of not more than 30 days. The peace officer on duty will be obligated to make arrests of violators. A proposed preliminary street budget report will be sent to the Iowa State Highway Commission for its approval. Proposed street budget for 1968 totals $195,000. Former LuVerne Man Stricken, Dies On Street Funeral services for Erwin E. Ramus, 57, Ft. Dodge, former LuVerne resident, were held at 10:30 a. m. Saturday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in LuVerne. Rev. Paul R. Heckmann, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge, officiated and burial was at the LuVerne cemetery. Blake Funeral Home was in charge. Mr. Ramus was stricken on a Ft. Dodge street shortly after noon, Wednesday, Nov. 15. Taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival. Surviving are his wife, Bettie; two daughters, Mrs. Becky Vernell Hedeen,^ Cherokee; Vickie at home; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Martha Ramus, LuVerne; a brother Orval, Fort Dodge; two sisters, Mrs. Irwin Hildman, Wesley; Elizabeth Ramus, LuVerne. Born in LuVerne, Mr. Ramus made his home there until moving to Fort Dodge in 1949. He was a self-employed painter. Divorce Filed Terry Jean Parton filed suit for divorce from David L. Parton in district court this week. They were married at Hurdland, Mo. Sept. 20, 1966 and have no children. Cruel and inhuman treatment is charged. OMVI Sentence A Wesley man, John Francis Weig, 47, was sentenced to two years in the state penitentiary at Ft. Madison following a third offense OMVI conviction in Buchanan county district court recently. He entered a guilty plea to the charge Sept. 28. Council authorized David Smith, city clerk, to ask for bids on gasoline for city vehicles, with bids due Dec. 27. Smith read a final report of Wallace, Holland, Kastler and Schmitz, Mason City, concerning the recent sanitary and storm sewer extension project, which was certified as completed. Council authorized the clerk to make payment after a period of 30 days. Cost of construction was $47,257.55, with grand total of $52,838.57. A notice from the county board of supervisors was read, indicating termination or revision of the ambulance service contract between the city of Algona and the county as of Jan. 17, the end of the present 6-month contract. A meeting of the council and county ' board will take place Dec. 27 to discuss the agreement. Rural Thefts Are Reported To Sheriff Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst was called to investigate a pair of farm thefts last week. A tractor radio and tools were stolen from the Harold Illg farm southwest of Algona and two sets of tools were taken from tractors owned by Bob Buscher in the same area. The thefts were reported after someone broke into the home of Berl Priebe, also southwest of Algona, and took three guns. Burn Mortgage At Trinity Lutheran Here There will be a mortgage burning ceremony during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services at Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona, Sunday, Nov. 27. This liquidates the debt on the education unit and the parsonage of the church, completed in 1960 during the pastorate of Rev. G. J. C. Gerike. There will also be special music by the junior choir and children's chorus. Rev. G. J. C. Gerike, the institutional chaplain and campus pastor in Des Moines, will be the speaker on the theme "What Mean Ye By This Service?". Pastor Gerike will also speak to the upper Sunday School and Bible classes at 9:15 a.m. on his work in the Des Moines area. This meeting will be held in the church and all interested are invited to attend. There will be a congregation potluck dinner at noon, served by council member's wives, with Pastor and Mrs. Gerike and Carol Mae as guests of honor.- Pastor Gerike was at Trinity Lutheran for nine years State Treasurer Paul Franzenburg was guest of honor and a speaker at a county Democratic fund-raising dinner held Saturday evening at the Legion Memorial Building in Algona. There were about 200 present. County chairman Joe Straub presided, and State Senator Don Murray was also a speaker on the program. As it was Mr. Franzenburg's birthday, a cake specially baked for the occasion was presented to him by Mrs. Ruth Hurlburt of Swea City, co-chairman for the county. In his talk the state treasurer, in commenting on the recently passed state tax bill, pointed out that it was necessary for the governor to call party leaders together to settle their differences and agree on tax legislation which up to that time had not been passed. The governor did not originate the tax measure, and in no way outlined a tax bill for the legislature, which seems to have both good and bad features. He said he believed that state government can do more and cost less, but state reorganization is necessary first. Several efforts have been made to streamline state government, including two recent surveys, but the last session of the legislature, Republican controlled, refused to act. Some of the recommendations ignored included four-year terms for state office, combining the governor and lieutenant governor in one ballot square, and appointment of key state officials by the governor to allow team action instead of political splits, regardless of which party is in office. Franzenburg himself is a small town businessman from Conrad, Iowa, where for 30 years he has operated a widely known specialty firm in processing and packaging of cured meat products. For only the last three years has he been in a public office, and he candidly admitted that frustrations are inevitable to anyone holding public office. He summed up the basic concept of the Democratic party as one that "serves the needs of the people" and advocated that it remain such. He was accompanied here by Mrs. Franzenburg. State Senator Murray reviewed aspects of the new state tax bill and predicted that it would result in property tax reductions, and upping of the agricultural land tax credit and homestead tax credit. Whether or not it would be offset by increases in local levies would determine the final benefit to the individual taxpayer, he pointed out. Geo. K. Nelson Of Swea City Burial Monday Funeral services for George K. Nelson, 70, of Swea City were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at First Methodist Church at Swea City. Burial was in Oakland Municipal Cemetery at Forest City. Mr. Nelson died last Friday afternoon at his home, following a stroke suffered in September. The Nelsons have lived in Swea City since 1921 Survivors include his wife, Helen; a son, Donald K. of Dubuque; a daughter, Doris Nelson, of Upland, Calif.; four grandchildren; a brother, Paul of Forest City; and two sisters, Mrs. Burr Mann and Mrs. Ruth Steiner, both of Winona. Elderly Whittemore Man Fatally Burned In Yard Louis Mueller Services Held On Saturday Good Neighbors A t Roethlers A group of neighbors and friends got together on land fanner! by Virgil Hoethler, about six miles southwest of Algona, Friday and cut stalks, plowed and ran discs over GO acres, completing the fall work. They completed the job in about three hours and were then served lunch by the following women: Agnes Kisch, Jeanette Buscher, Pat, Elaine, Myrna and Clara Teeter, Dorothy Simpson, Helen Erpelding, Leola Knecht and Lavonne Henry. Most of the men who supplied tractors, equipment and labor are shown here. They are Vern, Cliff and Ken Teeter, Bob Buscher, Frank Kisch, Dick Simpson, Gerald and Marv Erpelding, Bill Bormann, Wilbur Knecht and Tom Henry. Two others who worked but were not present when the photo was snapped were Merle Teeter and Jack Henry. The men and women did the good turn for the Roethlers because the latter have been spending most of their time at Mercy hospital, Ft. Dodge, with their daughter, Jacqueline, 14, who was severely injured in a farm mishap Nov. 7.. A drive for funds for the Roethlers, which was set up by Mrs. Dick Buscher, 509 East McGregor street here, is continuing this week. It is hoped enough money can be donated so the Roethlers will get some help with medical expenses involved in treatment of their daughter. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by sending a check to Mrs. Buscher. According to reports late Friday, the girl is now, for the first time since the mishap, able to eat soft foods and is apparently on the road to recovery. Her attitude, according _ to relatives,, is very .good.. .(UDM. N.ewsfotp) $375 Damage In Pair Of Area Mishaps A pair of mishaps in this area during the weekend resulted in an estimated $375 damage to three vehicles. A potato chip truck driven by Don Higgs, Algona, struck a pony owned by the Darlow Rogert family 7 1/2 miles south of Algona at 6:40 a.m. Friday. An estimated $150 damage resulted to the truck, while the pony sustained severe injuries and had to be destroyed. The animal had gotten loose and wandered on to the highway. Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten investigated. Autos driven by Fred Asa and Sylvester Arndorfer, both of Algona, collided as the former was coming out of a driveway at the Ray Cunningham farm, 4 1/2 miles north of Sexton, about 1 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Asa was charged with failing to stop and yield at a private drive by Deputy Sheriff Don Wood who investigated. An estimated $225 damage 80th Birthday Party Planned Friends and relatives of Mabel Mino of Swea City are invited to an open house by her family in honor of her 80th birthday. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Swea City Methodist Social Hall. Her six sons are sponsoring the event. They are Leonard, Harold, Leslie, Walter and Glen of Swea City, and Edwin of Algona. Six Fined Six fines were paid in Mayor Bill Finn's court this week, including Kenneth R. Batt, Algona, $15, careless driving; and the following, all speeding fines, Gerald J. Ferris, Algona, $10, Fredrick J. Beshorner, Emmets- berg, $12, James R. Cecil, Armstrong, $14, Donald B. Heldorfer, Bancroft, $12, and Raymond S. Torres, Atlanta, $15. Court costs were also assessed. 9 Take Test Assessor Job It was reported early Tuesday that nine persons had indicated they would write the examination that day at the courthouse in order to be candidates for the position as county assessor. The State Tax Commission was slated to conduct the examination and grade the returns, with results expected in about 10 days. A committee, consisting of R. G. Buchanan, Charley Quinn and Edward Boyken may interview applicants for the post and report to the county conference board, which is made up of the board of supervisors, mayors of towns in the county and the school districts. The conference board will then make an appointment to fill the post. Selection ofa new assessor is expected early in December. Licenses To Wed Three wedding licenses were issued at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. They went to Michael Cruise and Marie Nelson; James Gunnerson and Anita Lickteig; and Carroll Primrose and Ruth Kel- Iner, Nov. 17. Funeral Held For Former Algona Lady Graveside rites for Mrs. Russell Thorpe, 39, Sterling, 111.,the former Joyce O'Brien of Algona, were held at Calvary cemetery here at 4 p.m. Sunday, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. She died Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Memorial hospital at Sterling following a lengthy illness. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tim O'Brien, Algona, had been at Sterling to help take care of the family. Funeral services v/ere held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Sterling, then the body was brought to the Hamilton Funeral Home here for final arrangements. Joyce O'Brien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim O'Brien, was born May 18, 1928 at Lawler and graduated from Algona High School in 1945. She then attended Clarke College at Dubuque for a year, then enrolled at University of Northern Iowa where she later received her degree. She taught kindergarten at Clear LaJ<e prior to her marriage to Russell Thorpe, also formerly of Algona. Survivors include her husband; two children, Timothy and Ann; her parents; and a sister, Aim (Mrs. John Duffy). Services Pend Funeral services were pending at press time for Mrs. Henrietta Mescher, 85, Bancroft, who died Monday at an Iowa City hospital. Garry Funeral Home, Bancroft, is in charge of arrangements. San fa Claus Will Be Algona Guest Friday The familiar (at Christmas time) "Oh-ho-ho-ho'' of the happy fat man in the bright red suit and shiny boots will mark the appearance of the favorite of all children, Santa Claus, here this Friday. St. Nick will officially kick-off the Christmas season with his visit - and local stores will be chock full of many items designed for Yuletide giving. Algona merchants are going all out to make this city Christmas headquarters for all shoppers in the few weeks that remain before Santa's trip Dec. 25. Stores will be brightly decorated, adding to the feeling of Christmas when the jolly old fellow (who is ageless) arrives astride one of the city's fire engines about 1:10 p.m. He'll make the journey up State street to his new house located on the southeast corner of the courthouse square - and plans to be there until 2,500 sacks of candy are given away free to children or until 4 p.m., which ever occurs first. Judging by earlier annual visits to Algona, he won't be there until 4, because the candy will be gone before then. And that's not all. There will be a free movie for youngsters at the Algona Theater (and Manager Dave Reab promises a good one), with two showings, the first to begin a.t 1 p.m. Store hours during the Christmas season were announced this week. Besides the regular Friday night openings, stores will be ready to serve customers, young and old alike, Dec. 11-12-13- 14-18-19-20-21-23 - and that take us right up to the big day- Christmas. Santa will also make later visits to Algona. He plans to be on State street each and every Saturday afternoon throughout December, excluding Dec. 30, of course. Hours of his visits those days will depend upon the weather, according to his local henchman, Bill Steele, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. Yessir, with the street and store decorations in place, and stores loaded with all kinds of fine gifts for giving, the Yule season will get a proper send-off here Friday. Be sure you have your children up town at 1:10 so they can get in on all the fun (and candy). They won't want to miss itl A well-known elderly Whittemore man, Louis Mueller, 82, was burned to death near his home there alwut 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. He was found by tils wife. Many of the facts involved in the tragedy are cloudy as no witnesses were in the vicinity at the time of his death. The story was pieced together like this: Mr. Mueller, who had a liis- r lory of heart trouble, apparently was burning rubbish on the Mueller acreage, located at the east edge of Whittemore, beyond the end of the main street. The house on the acreage is located about a block south of main street, and Uie trash fire from which the victim apparently caught fire, was located more than a half-block north of the home. From the refuse that remained at the site of the fire, Mr. Mueller had been burning corn stalks and other trash. His clothing, which was entirely burned off, with the exception of the soles of his shoes, apparently caught fire from the burning trash and he tried to get to the house. He didn't make it however, instead falling face down in a garden area, half-way between the bonfire and the house. He sustained burns over 95 per cent of his body, with some very severe. Funeral services for Mr. Mueller were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Lutheran church, Whittemore, with Rev. Cleo Kautscli officiating. Burial followed at the Lutheran cemetery, Fenton, with McCullough's Funeral Chapel, Algona, in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Matt Erdman, Jim Besch, Alfred Meyer, Norbert Zumach, Lorenz Gade and Bill Ostwald. Louis Ernest Frederick Mueller, son of Ferdinand and Emily Peton Mueller, was born at Fenton, Jan. 6, 1885 and was married to Clara Klatt there Sept. 7,1910. She died Dec. 9, 1918 and he then married Rosina Klatt at Blue Earth, Minn. July 2, 1920. They farmed for many years in the area prior to retirement. Mr. Mueller was one of the first confirmed members of St. John's Lutheran > Church, Fenton. He is survived by his wife; five children, Merrill of Algona, Clifford of Stanley, Wise., Maynard of Merced, Calif., Olivia (Mrs. Lloyd Johnson)ofCylinder, and Arthur, Lone Rock; one brother, Ernest, Fenton; one sister, Rose Birchmont, Badger;-34 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren. A son, Wilfred, preceded him in death. Ellen Norton Funeral Held Here Friday Ellen Teresa Norton, 84, Algona, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Good Samaritan home here where she had been a resident for some time. Funeral services for her were held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Cecelia's Catholic Church, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Wesley, with McCullough's Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Ed Wolf, 0. L. Nasby, Maurice Givens, and Robert Reilly. She was born at Sissna Park, m., Nov. 28, 1882 and was a daughter of Thomas and Margaret Higgins Norton. She never married. She is survived by a sister, Mary Juli^i Norton, Algona. A sister and five brothers preceded her in death.

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