The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 19, 1967 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 19, 1967
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First Newspaper In North Central Iowa don smith ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ;is second oln« matter at 150511'. Nov. 1. 1M2. und.-t Act •• i.-.-totncc a' Aieon.i I t.' n: M.iMh 3. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1967 2 Section* - 16 Pages VOL. 101 NO. 96 NOEL! First off this week, I'd like to wish every one of you very fine readers a sincere Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (better than 1967 I hope). And while enjoying your Merry Christmas, keep reading, we like all of you I WE'D like to congratulate another pair of local athletes who have gone on to bigger things in college. This time, we' re picking Dave Martin and Craig Espe, both AHS grads, Dave in '66 and "Eggie" in '67. Dave got his first shot at a varsity match when Iowa State opened its dual meet wrestling season last week- and like the Cyclones, came through with a win, 7-0, over his opponent at ISZlbs. Eggie opened at a guard spot for the University of Iowa frosh against the varsity- and while his team was trounced, came up with four buckets against the older players. Good work, men! OUR first Negro Astronaut, Air Force Major Robert H. Lawrence, died recently when his F-104 jet crashed on a runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California during a training flight. He was selected as an astronaut designee in June this year. Survivors include his wife, a son, Tracey, 8, and his parents in Chicago. His death was the seventh or eighth among the elite corps of Astronauts, including three burned in the Florida disaster. IT'S nice to be important but it's more important to be nice. Max Asnas. TV doesn't have a lot to offer any more (at least for some of us) in the way of real good shows. Once in a while, there is an exception. To our way of thinking, "Winged World", presented on CBS Dec. 11, was one of the finest exceptions of the current season. It was great. It was a National Geographic special, with the "voice", Alexander Scourby, narrating. NO attempt was made during the hour to present all of the world's estimated 100 billion birds, but quite a few were shown in their natural habitats doing a great variety of things. The photography, especially of Heinz Sielman, was almost beyond description. For anyone who likes good shows and missed it - be sure and watch for a re-run. ONE of the dailies recently ran a photo which showed an A- 7 A Corsair II flying along with its predecessor, the Corsair I. The new jet has been added to the stable of U.S. war planes in raids on North Vietnam's military facilities and is a neat looking craft. It can carry 15,000 pounds of explosives and travels 600 miles per hour. The Corsair I gained fame during World War II in the Pacific theater of operations where it rang up an 11-1 ratio in enemy craft destroyed while being flown by U. S. Navy and Marine pilots. SOME people have no respect for age - unless it's bottled 1 ONE of the largest questions facing lowans nowadays is What's the matter with the University of Iowa (and we aren't referring to the football team, although it could be included)? Our reference here is to the demonstrations there in recent weeks- and the dormitory fires, etc. NOW, we'll quickly admit that we don't know all there is to know about the situation down there, but it seems to us the officials at the university, the Board of Regents and other state, officers have taken more than enough from a certain segment of the student body. Why piddle around with those who are insistent upon holding demonstrations and the resulting chaos? Why no<: cut them off the registrar's Ust and send them home or wherever else (Continued on Page 5) Son/a, JayCees Treat Youngsters A total of 76 underprivileged children from this area were guests of the Algona JayCees at their annual Christmas party at the VFW hall here Sunday afternoon. -A good time was had by all. After having treats and pop, Santa Claus arrived (nobody knew how, but certainly not in a sleigh) and proceeded to hand out gifts to all in attendance. The jolly old gentlemen is shown in the above photo as he stood next to the Christmas tree and presented gifts to the kiddies. He was assisted by a group of girls and a committee of JayCees, who may be seen on the stage behind him, helping with the job. Most of the toys given to the children were donated to the club by area residents. (UDM Flashfoto) Titonka Youth Commissioned Force In Meeting Here 2nd Lieutenant Druggists Mutual Field The annual Christmas sales meeting of the Druggists Mutual Insurance Co. field force and office staff was held the week of Dec. 11 at the home office building in Algona. A board of directors meeting was held in conjunction with the sales meeting on Dec. 13. Company operations for the year 1967 were reviewed and future plans were discussed. Druggists Mutual had shown steady growth in the past and has plans to broaden its operation with new cover- ages to insure continued growth. The firm currently operates in 10 midwestern states through various field representatives. A presentation on casualty insurance and liability claims adjusting was made by Wilfred Gill of the Employers Mutual Casualty Co. of Des Moines. In addition to Mr. Gill, the following company representatives attended the meetings and allied functions: Pat Jensen, Algona; Ross Strickler, Grinnell; John Swartz, Baraboo, Wise.; Duane Logue, Algona; Larry Freiberg, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Bud Morck, Boulder, Colo.; Bob Baker, Prairie Village, Kans.; Dale Heeren, Sedalia, Mo.; Larry Higginbotham, Brookings, S.D.; Stan Struble, fieldman for Minnesota was unable to attend due to illness. Members of the board of directors are G. Edward Harvey, Missouri Valley; John Lynch, Spencer; Norman Telander, Northfield, Minn.; Al Borchardt, Algona; and Eugene Murtagh and Vic Parsons as company president and secretary. Casey Loss, Regents, Join In Warning To Students Casey Loss, Algona, member of the State Board of Regents, joined with a majority of members of the board in issuing a warning to students at state schools, last week, that the board will not tolerate "disruptive or illegal actions" in the three state schools. "I've had more people talk to me about trouble in institutions than any other issue in 26 years of public life" he was quoted as saying in a Des Moines Register article after the meeting. He said the trouble is being caused by a small minority of students and faculty while the majority are getting "sick and tired" of their actions. "These people who are causing the trouble will stop at nothing," he added. In the meantime, a number of students at the University of Iowa who did not participate in any protest demonstrations have been writing newspapers around the state and declaring that they came under police attack during the demonstration, just because they happened to be in the vicinity. So the controversy goes on, but seems to have reached a lull at the moment. Legal House-Burning In Algona Is Now Illegal The burning of houses and other buildings within- the city limits of Algona, a practice that had increased considerably in the past couple of years, became a thing of the past following action by the city council during its regular session here Wednesday night. It is no longer legal to destroy property in such a manner. From now on, such houses or buildings must be torn down or demolished and hauled away. There had been some discussion of the problem recently and Fire Chief Kink Willey was on hand at the meeting Wednesday to discuss it further. There had been reports that neighbors living in homes near places burned (with firemen on hand to protect adjacent buildings) had sustained costly bills for cleaning, etc. following such fires. The practice had been allowed in the past because it afforded firemen the opportunity to fight a fire at a time when it was possible to try out methods developed, but not generally used. And such fires had always been set by firemen at a time when there was little or no wind. Hovever, the discomfort angle still remained with neighbors, so the council decided to abolish the practice, once and for all. Various other minor items A small amount of farm land surrounding the sewage treatment plant in the southwest area of the city was leased to Kyle Keith for a lump sum of $125 per year; City Clerk Dave Smith was authorized to ask for bids on a new pickup needed by the city; $42,946.81 was transferred from the light and water fund to the street fund A resolution approving the withdrawal of an offer to pur chase certain vacated streets in the east portion of the city was adopted and the clerk was authorized to advertise those streets and vacated alleys, with the exception of a portion of Heckart street, and set Jan. 10, 1968 as date of hearing. LT. BILSBOROUGH SAN AOTONIO - Lowell K. Bilsborough, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice L. Bilsborough of Titonka, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force upon graduation from Officers Training School (OTS) at Lackland AFB, Tex. The lieutenant, selected for OTS through competitive examination, is being assigned to Laughlin AFB, Tex. for training as a pilot. Lt. Bilsborough, a graduate of Titonka Consolidated High School, received a B.A. degree in Russian in 1965 from Syracuse (N.Y.) University. Three Suffer Minor Injuries At Whittemore Three persons sustained minor injuries and one driver was charged with entering a stop or yield intersection as the result of a two-car mishap at Whittemore Friday at 10:15 a. m. Injured were Eldora Schmeling, 41, Whittemore, bump on the knee, ear and back injuries; her daughter, Jean H.Schmeling, 3, bump on the head; and Eleanor M. Maberry, 43, West Bend, neck injury. Mrs. Maberry and Mrs. Sen- meling were drivers oftheautos. They collided at an intersection near the Lutheran school and the Maberry auto, which sustained $1,000 damage, was headednorth and the other car was headed east. The Schmeling auto sustained an estimated $250 damage. Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten investigated and charged the Whittemore driver, who apparently was blinded by the sun. Killed Deer Hunting BURT - Mr. and Mrs.. Harold Andreasen received word this past week of the accidental death of Steven Alvord, 20, Duluth, Minn. Mr. Alvord, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Alvord, Duluth, was deer hunting when a gun in the hands of a hunting companion accidentally discharged, fatally injuring Steven. The elder Alvord and Mrs. Andreasen are cousins. Fire Destroys Cars, Garage At Burt Home HURT - Disaster struck a third time within five months last week at the Dr. Bahne K. Balmson home. In June of this year, Dr. Balmson's wife, Maree, was fatally injured in a one-car accident near Humboldt. On August 7, Dr. Bahnson was filling his car with gasoline when a flash fire caused by static electricity badly damaged a two- story breezeway and garage just erected about a year ago. Work was only recently completed repairing the $2,500 damage done. Thursday afternoon about 3:30, Dr. Bahnson had just seen a patient and accompanied him to the top of the stairs and on opening the door, discovered the garage and breezeway a mass of smoke and flames. He rushed out in an effort to removed a 1961 Tlumderbird car purchased less than a month ago and a 1959 Continental from the garage, but his efforts were in vain. He suffered second degree burns on both hands and his face in the attempt. Prompt work by the fire department kept the flames from completely destroying the structure and house and office. Both Dr. Bahnson and Fire Chief Walter Steward said they were at a loss to determine the cause of Thursday's fire. Dr. Balmson, in addition to his cars, lost a new snow-blower, never used, tools, automotive equipment and other articles in the blaze. The second story of the screened-in breezeway was used as a sort of a summer home. The property is insuredandDr. Bahnson said he would rebuild as soon as possible. Dense- smoke from the fire completely hid Dr. Bahnson's home at times and rolled across town. The smoke and cold weather made the fire-fighting chore unpleasant. Damage was estimated from $10,000 to $15,000. Dinner Honors Winners In Soil Contests The Kossuth County Soil Conservation District's outstanding farmers and teacher, who entered the Iowa Achievement Award Contest, were honored at a recognition dinner held Dec. 14. Roger Frink, who farms five miles south of Fenton was named top new Soil Conservation District Cooperator in a thirteen- county north central Iowa region. Wendell Christensen, who farms six miles northwest of Wesley and Bill Marshall, who farms four miles northeast of Algona, were named as district winners in the other two divisions. Mrs. Florence Behne, Sentral elementary teacher, represented the Kossuth district as a teacher that taught conservation in her classes. Roger Frink, Wendell Christensen and Bill Marshall are cooperators with the Kossuth County Soil Conservation district. Frank H. Mendell, State Conservationist for the SCS and chairman of the state juding committee of the Soil Conservation Achievement Awards program, told Frink, "You are to be commended for your efforts in furthering the cause of soil and water conservation and protecting the number one resource of our nation." Frink constructed a new grassed waterway the full length of the farm to handle the excess run-off from his and his neighbor's farm. Last fall he terraced the cropland on his farm. Heusedseeded back slope terraces with tile outlets. This is a new system of terracing that is being used in this area. The back slopes of the terraces were seeded to crown vetch or birds foot trefoil. Crown vetch is a new legume that is being tested in this district for critical area erosion control. Sentral Christmas Cantata, Dec. 19 FENTON - The Sentral vocal department will present its annual Christmas Cantata on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 8 p. m. in the high school auditorium. The Junior High chorus will perform a nativity cycle called "The Christmas Crib" by Roy Ringwald. After a number of selected Christmas composition the high school choir will present a choral cantata of "Twilight" music by Dietrich Buxtehude. The Madrigals and a number of small ensembles will also be performing. R. A. Behnke Services Monday For Funeral Held Engineer H. M. Smith Here Saturday Reinhard Behnke, 85, died Wednesday morning at his home. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran church Saturday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Paul Sohn officiating. Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. McCullough Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Julius Baas, James Hannifan, Jr., Howard Lunsmann, Dale Mains, Grady Phillips and Elmer Van Buren. Surviving are his wife, Anna; two sons, Herman, Fairmont, Minn.; Harold, Marshalltown; three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Waller, Decatur, HI.; Mrs. Harold Roschke, Waverly; Mrs. William Mellman, Philadelphia, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; four sisters, Meta Behnke and Adela Behnke, both of Algona; Mrs. Armin Van Buren, Truro; and Mrs. Reinhard Lieb, Algona. Born at Lotts Creek, Sept. 17, 1882, he was a son of Henry and Ida Luedtke Behnke. He lived in the community all his life. He married Anna Lehmann May 10, 1911 at Whittemore. Mr. Behnke was a member of Trinity Lutheran church in Algona. H. M. SMITH Silver Wedding Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Krantz of Titonka, will observe their silver wedding anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 31. Friends and relatives are invited to attend an open house to be held in their home from 1:30 to 5 p. m. The honored couple requests no gifts be brought. Seek $2000 To Finance Trip, Nativity Originator The visit to Algona by one of the creators of the city's famed Nativity scene, which was scheduled for later this month, has been postponed at least until a year from now. Rev. William Noland, pastor of the Algona Methodist church, said the church Men's Club telephoned Edward Kaib at his home in Germany to re-schedule the trip for December, 1968. The Men's Club must raise more than $2,000 to cover expenses of the Kaib family's trip, "and we're willing to accept any gifts anyone would like to make," Rev. Noland said. The decision to invite Kaib to return to the city where he was a prisoner of war more than 20 years ago was made last summer, Rev. Noland said. "He wrote to tell us that he and his son could make the trip this year," Rev. Noland said, "but we decided it would be nice if the entire family could come." Kaib and his wife have two children, Norbert, 14, and Cornelia, 11. Kaib has an older daughter who is married. Kaib and five other German prisoners held at the Algona camp during World War II used their own money to purchase materials and spent hours constructing figures for the creche, The Nativity scene opened to the public last Sunday, with hours from noon to 9 p. m. on Sunday, and 2 to 9 p. m. weekdays, ft will be open through Dec. 31. The Men's Club takes care of the display which is housed in its own permanent building on the Kossuth County fairgrounds, Marvin Leigh Named Head Of Kossuth F-B The Kossuth Farm Bureau board of directors recentiy accepted the resignation of William Tokheim as county Farm Bureau president. Marvin Leic. , Algona, who was elected vice president at the Kossuth county Farm Bureau's 50th annual meeting in September, will assume duties as president of the Kossuth County Farm Bureau. To fill the vacancy of vice president will be Harold Bjustrom of Whittemore. He has been secretary of the county Farm Bureau. The board of directors appointed Wendell Christensen of Wesley to serve as secretary for the coming year and to fill the vacancy left by Bjustrom. Fete Doctors The St. Ann hospital medical and dental staff and their wives were dinner guests of the Sisters of St. Benedict Friday evening, Dec. 15, at Charlie's Supper Club. Msgr. P. P. Gearen and Father Bruch were special guests, . Sister M. Dolores, hospital administrator, thanked the medical staff for their support and dedication to St. Ann hospital. Dr. Dean Koob, president of the medical staff, expressed gratitude to the sisters and the administration of the hospital, Funeral services for H. M. (Slim) Smith, 74, Kossuth County Engineer for the past 44 years, were held Monday morning at 10 a. m. at St. Cecelia's Catholic church in Algona, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial was in Calvary cemetery, with military rites conducted by Hagg-Turner Post of the American Legion, of which Mr. Smith was a charter member. Hamilton Funeral Home of Algona was in charge of arrangements. Six nephews were pallbearers, and members of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors were honorary pallbearers. Mr. Smith was the dean of all county employees. He was born at Washta, la. in 1893, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Smith. Afte r high school graduation he entered the State University of Iowa in 1911, but between that time and graduation he worked two years for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in the vicinity of Edmonton, Canada, while that road was being built west to the Pacific Coast. He later re-entered the University and received an engineering degree in 1917. After graduation he took a job as assistant county engineer in Kossuth County, but when World War I came, he entered service and spent a year and a half in Panama, with an engineering unit. On Dec. 26, 1931, he was married to Eva Streit of Algona. He had in the meantime also become the County Engineer, in 1922, succeeding Dave Leffert. He took a leave of absence from the county post during World War n and worked as an engineer on the Alcan Highway in 1943, the project that linked the states with Alaska on a land route through wilderness. For many years "Slim" served as a member and head of the Soldiers Relief Commission, and resigned a couple of years ago when he was named head of the Kossuth Conservation Board. He was also a charter member and past president of the Algona Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the Country Club. Mr. Smith entered Veterans Hospital in Des Moines recently and had a stomach operation, from which he seemed to be recovering when he suddenly suffered a stroke which resulted in death last Friday afternoon. The county temporarily has appointed a retired engineer from Emmet county to assist locally. The position of county engineer calls for an engineer. ing degree. Burt R.F.D, Job An examination for rural carrier for the post office at Burt, la., will be open for acceptance of applications until Jan. 9,1968, the Commission announced today. Applicants must take a written test for this position. Application forms must be filed with the U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C, 20415, and must be received or postmarked not later than the closing date Jan. 9,1969,

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