First N«wspapftr In North Central Iowa BY RUSS WALLER Seventy years ago a worried eight-year-old girl asked the Nev York Sun to "please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?" That question and the editorial reply of Sept. 21, 1897, have immortalized her name - Virginia. Now 78 years of age, Mrs. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas looks forward to spending the holidays with her large family, including great grandchildren. An editorial writer, Francis P. Church, wrote the following reply to little Virginia's inquiry: YES, VIRGINIA THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS "Yes, indeed! ThereisaSanta Claus. "Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age —they do not believe except what they see - they think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible to their little minds. "All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are livtle. "In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his Intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. * * * "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. "He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give your life Its highest beauty and joy. Alas 1 How dreary it would be In the world if there were no Santa Claus 1 It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. * * * "Not believe in Santa Claus I You might as well not believe In fairies t "You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove ? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus - the most real things In the world are those neither children nor men can see. 1 'Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn ? Of course not, but thaf s no proof that they are not there - nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen or unseeable in the world. "You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, or even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside the curtain and view the picture of the supernatural beauty and glory beyond. * * * "Is it real ? Ah, Virginia,inall this world there is nothing else real and abiding. "No SantaClaus! Thank God !he lives, and he lives forever a thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood." * * * It's nice to believe in things... and if you, too, believe, your Christmas can be a wonderful one. Jlmms; ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ;is second class matter at tin- postnfftco at Algnna. Imvn iSOSll i. Nov. 1. Hi.12. undrr Act ui Congress of March 3. 1879 ALOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21. 1967 Two Sections — 18 Pages VOL. 101 NO. Ready Plans For Rally Night, 4-H, Here Dec. 28 Plans for the 4-H Rally Night program to be held Dec. 28 in the Algona High School auditorium are being completed. Rally Night is a high point in the year's activities in 4-H and is a county wide event in which all 4-H members participate. Parents and friends of 4-H are very welcome to attend and will find seating provided for them in the balcony of the auditorium where they can get a good view of the activities. The county 4-H committee whose chairman is Laurel Peterson and Ruth Patterson, Extension assistant, are in charge of arrangements. The current county officers will conduct the meeting. They are- Anthony Muehe, Wesley, boy's president; Judy Berger, Algona, girl's president; Dean Teeter, Algona, boy's vice president; Marilyn Roethler, Algona, girl's vice president; Dick Lynch, Fenton, boy's secretary; Karen Eden, Titonka, girl's secretary; Mike and Linda Nitchals, Algona, historians. A highlight of the evening's musical program will be folk singing by the Lawrence Besch family. They will also lead some group singing. The group accompanies itself with a guitar and has appeared on a number of programs in the area. They are active in the Whittemore boys' 4-H club. Other music will be'furnished by girls from the Burt Blue Birds. Marcia Soderberg will sing and Colleen Kruse will furnish piano music at various times during the evening. Files '60,805 Suit As Aftermath Of Crash Next Week One Paper During the holiday period, there will be but one issue a week of the Algona Upper Des Moines, the Thursday edition. Next issue of this newspaper will be the Dec. 28 issue, and the one after that, the January 4, 1968, issue. Both Christmas and New Years fall on Mondays, the usual publication day ofthefirst- of-the-week tabloid edition. Each of the next two issues will be metro size. Bancroft Man Charged After Mishap Here A Bancroft man, Alan J. Menke, 24, was charged with reckless driving by Patrolman Tom Cogdall after his auto slammed into two stop signs at the intersection of highways 169 and 18 north of Algona at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Menke was headed south in his auto, which was apparently traveling down the center of the highway near the intersection. The machine struck the stop sign north of the intersection, then crossed highway. 18 and hit the stop sign on the south side of the Intersection. Damage to the auto was estimated at $400, while damage to the stop signs amounted to $150. Beer Charges Bring Fines For Minors Four persons including a pair of minors, paid fines in Mayor Bill Finn's court here following preliminary'hearings of a variety of charges. The minors, Wallace R. Hansen of Sac City, and Jerry S. Hobscheidt, LuVerne, were each fined $50 for possession of beer as minors. Dan E. Wehrspan, Algona, was fined $12 for speeding, $10 for failing to appear and sentenced to two days in jail for driving while his license was under suspension; and James W. Nail, Corwith.was fined $5, improper registration. Court costs were also assessed. Two Cases Are Filed Here In District Court Two new cases were filed in district court here Tuesday. Dennis Jergenson, plaintiff, is asking $860 for personal injuries and damage to his vehicle and belongings from Joseph D. Campeau, defendant. The action is the result of a two-car mishap a mile north of Whittemore on highway 18 earlier this year. The petition alleges the defendant failed to stop for a stop sign. John Levy, plaintiff, is seeking $736.44 in settlement of a conditional sales contract from George B. Owens, defendant. Athough the latest session of district court ended recently, there was a lot of activity here this week. Two men were sentenced after they appeared before Judge G. W. Stillman and entered guilty pleas to charges of OMVI; a $60,805 damage matter and two others were filed, with the state the plaintiff in the latter pair. The damage suit was filed by Dora E. Johnson against Albert H. Brandt, defendant. Both are from Lakota. The petition states the plaintiff sustained extensive, severe, painful, multiple and permanent personal injuries which required extensive surgery and long periods of hospitalization in an accident June 19, 1966 at 9:10 a.- m. five miles north and one-fourth mile west of Titonka. According to the original accident report, the mishap occurred at a gravel road intersection and the lady was rushed to Rochester, Minn, for treatment, while Mr. Brandt was taken to Mason City for treatment of injuries received. At the time, charges of failing to have control were filed against each driver by investigating officers. The petition alleges Dora E. Johnson underwent surgery 11 times and that medical and hospital services amounted to $10,805.65. The plaintiff is also asking $50,000 damages. - o - TWO SENTENCES ON O.M.V.I. COUNTS Edward C. Johnson, was sentenced to two years in the state penitentiary following a plea on an OMVI charge, then placed on probation, with appeal bond set at $1,000. Curtis E. Johnson, charged with OMVI, second-offense, was fined $500 and costs and his appeal bond also set at $1,000. The State of Iowa is plaintiff in two criminal matters, with R. Thomas Fridolfson and Albert R. Butterfield, defendants. Fridolfson is charged with false drawing and uttering of a bank check. The check, for $40, was allegedly given to Bowman Small Engines here June 15, 1967. Butterfield is charged with breaking and entering at theGal- braith Store July 23, 1967. The original report of the entry stated an estimated 7-9 cartons of cigarettes and some beer were taken that night after entrance to the building was gained through a rear window. In other new cases filed this week, Henry Reefer is seeking a divorce from Theresa A. Reefer, alleging cruel and inhuman treatment. They were married Nov. 17, 1947 at Vermillion, S.D., and there are no children. Murray, Inc., plaintiff, is seeking settlement of a$1,233.40 account from Elmer Schneider, defendant. Licenses Issued A pair of wedding licenses were issued at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. They went to Tim L. Kelly and Catherine Hatelstad, Dec. 14; and Gerald D. Chapman and Marilyn E. Schmeling, Dec. 19. 7 Accidents Mar Pre-Xmas Week In Area Vehicular mishaps proved to be far too numerous in this area during the weekend- with no less than seven accidents reported and investigated in the county. Fortunately, only four persons sustained minor injuries. The injured were Lyle A. Marlow, 55, Lone Rock, cut on the head; Laura Testroet, 18, Manning, bruises; Irene Mayer, Carroll, bruises; and Mary J. Kallin, 19, Ida Grove, bruises. None of the four required hospital! zation. They were hurt when a truck driven by Mr. Marlow and an auto driven by Frank H. Test- roet, 54, Manning, collided two miles north of Algona on highway 169 at 3:35 p. m. Monday. Both vehicles were headed south, the Testroet auto, carrying his daughter and three other girls on their way home from college for the holidays, behind the Lone Rock truck. The truck began a left turn as the auto attempted to pass and the auto went under the left side of the truck box. The mishap occurred at the driveway to the sale barn. Damage to the truck was estimated at $100, while $250 damage resulted to the auto. Deputy Sheriff Eppo Bulten investigated. TUESDAY MORNING CRASH The most damaging mishap of all resulted in no personal injuries - and, according to Bulten, who investigated, all of the youths involved were "lucky they were not hurt badly." This one occurred 3 1/2 miles south of Hobarton on a county blacktop road Tuesday at 1 a. m. Autos, driven by David E. Zeimet, 17, Bode, and Joseph E. Osbekoff, 21, Humboldt, collided as the latter's auto swerved into the other vehicle when the left rear tire blew out. The Humboldt car struck the Zeimet machine and the latter spun around, shot through a small bridge, while remaining on the road, and came to rest near the corner of the bridge. The Osbe- koff auto then swerved farther left, clipped off a stop sign and came to rest in a field west of the highway. Originally, the autos were headed in opposite directions, with the Zeimet car traveling south. Damage was estimated at $1,200 to the Zeimet vehicle and $1*,000 to the Humboldt car. BANCROFT MISHAP A freak accident at Bancroft at 12:50 a. m. Sunday resulted in damage to an auto driven by John A. Schiltz, 30, Albert Lea, two gas pumps and a driveway light. The car skidded while attempting to make a turn, went out of control and knocked down two gas pumps and the light. Damage to the auto was estimated at $300, while damage to station equipment was placed at $500. Patrolman Jerry Michael investigated. DRIVER BLACKS OUT An Algona man, Allen Bonde, escaped injury when the auto he was driving went out of control as he "apparently blacked out from an overdose of pills" and struck a stop sign and pickup truck owned by Mr. Crail near the intersection of Commercial and North Main streets here at 8:53 p. m. Monday. The driver then proceeded to his home and once inside, apparently passed out, according to the report. He was then rushed to St. Ann hospital for treatment. Possible charges in the matter are pending. Police who investigated estimated damage at $250 to the auto and $125 to the parked pickup. TAKES TO DITCH Bulten was called again Tuesday at 10:28 a. m. when an auto driven by Robert H.Walters, 52, Humboldt, slammed into a ditch along highway 169 three miles south of Algona. The Humboldt auto was driven into the ditch by Mr. Walters to avoid striking the rear of a truck driven by Gerald D. Hanson, 30, Algona, which was stopped on the highway before making a left turn at an intersection. 'The car struck a driveway entrance, New U.S. 169 Route Thru Algona Is Slated For 1971 From The UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. publishers of the ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES & NORTH IOWA SHOPPER Russ Waller Jack Purcell Josephine Waldera Paul Halverson Don Smith Denny Waller Aria Cowan Delores Eggleston and our columnists, Evelyn,Juan and Ruth and 25 County Correspondents and Assistants ... AND FROM MIDWEST PRINTING & LITHOGRAPHING CO. Harlan Steburg Terry Dixon Shorty Mertz Joan Mertz New Bridges So. Of Algona Set For 1970 Re-routing of U. S. highway 169 through Algona is definitely in the State Highway Commission planning program for 1971, it was revealed this week when the five- year program of the Commission, county-by-county in Iowa, was released. The 1971 program calls for reconstruction of .7 of a mile of 169 from State and Phillips to Oak St. The commission's estimated cost of the .7 of a mile is given as $286,000. In all probability a public hearing will be set at a later date. Nearly $2 million is Involved for Kossuth in the next five years. There are no projects planned for next year, 1968, in the county. In 1969, however, $139,000has been allocated for right-of-way and approaches to three new bridges on U.S. 169. south of Algona. Then the 1970 program calls for reconstruction and rebuilding of the three new bridges, at an estimated cost of $1,352,000. The Highway Commission released its next five-year program for public study yesterday. The bridges involved are the narrow ones, three in a row, starting with the one over the east fork of the Des Moines river at the south edge of Algona. The second one is again over the same river, next to Scjueeze Field, and the third one is farther south. All were too narrow to begin with, with barely enough room for two cars to pass, and a distinct menace if a truck or two are involved. Balmy Weather Is Appreciated In This Area Balmy weather (with an overnight low Tuesday of 33 degrees) moved into this area Sunday and remained through Wednesday morning - and possibly longer. A high for the week of 42 degrees Tuesday was appreciated by everyone as Kossuth's winter kept getting shorter day-by-clay. Low during the week was six degrees Friday, with a 41 (second high) going into the records Sunday. The fore cast Wednesday morning indicated residents can look forward to rain and possibly some snow — soon. Of course, this time of year that's a pretty safe forecast. Here are the week's readings: H L R Dec. 14 22 13 Dec. 15 26 6 • Dec. 16 34 West Bend Air Major Home After 100 Strikes You can talk about just anything, with Air Force Major Earl Krug of West Bend, home after completing 100 strike missions in Vietnam, except the war. On that he has but one answer, "No comment." While the major was stationed for six months at Korat Air Force Base in Thailand, his attractive wife, Eldora, and their three- year-old daughter, Elizabeth, lived in Honolulu. The family flew to Iowa where they've been dividing their time between the homes of the major's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kurg, Sr., and Eldora's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hanselman, all of West Bend. The major also has a brother, Holland, living at Whittemore, and two sisters, Mrs. Alf (Mar- tha) Studer, Mallard, and Mrs. Gary (Eleanor) Cooper, 320 7th Ave., N., Ft. Dodge. Eldora has three brothers, Richard, Donald and Eugene Hanselman, all of West Bend, and a sister, Mrs. Amos (Lee Ann) Meyer of Algona. The major and his family are leaving Dec. 26 for Ent Air Force Base, near Colorado Springs, Colo. "No comment," is the major's standard reply to questions about the war. "The war is a political subject," he says, "and the military stays away from politics." Asked if his superiors take a dim view of public comments on the war by homecoming majors, the major grinned brightly and replied, "No comment." End Dec. 16 Dec. 17 Dec.18 Dec. 19 Dec. 20 34 41 36 42 14 29 24 20 33 .17' of discussion. The major flew a F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber on 49 strike missions and 51 Wild Weasel missions. A 1952 graduate of West Bend High School, the major enlisted in the Air Force in April, 1954. He spent two years in flight training at Stewart Air Force Base, New York, before a three- year assignment at Misswa Air Force Base, Japan. After Japan, came three years at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas; 18 months at McCord Air Force Base, Washington; and F-105 training at Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, Nev. Military careers seem to run in the family. The major's brother, Army Capt. Frank Krug, is on his way to Vietnam. Another brother, A1C Richard Krug, is stationed at Grand Forks, N. D., and a third brother, Louis Krug, Jr., just retired from the Navy and lives in Key West, Fla. To Assist In Office Leo Immerfall, Kossuth County Assessor, is not retiring as of Jan. 1 because of health reasons as stated in the local newspapers. He will continue on in an advisory capacity at his present salary until they leave Algona. Wesleyan Dies Mrs. Helen Hawkins, 88, Wes* ley, died early Wednesday morning in Hancock Memorial Hospital at Britt. A former resident of Algona, survivors Include two daughters and a son. Funeral arrangements for her were pending at McCullough's Funeral Chapel here at press time. Host Parents The special education classes at Third Ward School were hosts to parents and friends at m open house in Mrs. Lyle fUgg* inger's room recently. Refresh* ments, made by the were served and % program in Mrs. Busch's room.
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