The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 28, 1967 · Page 10
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 28, 1967
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Bancroft - 'A Town Of Champions' Algeria (la.) Upper Des Moine»-11 LEGAL NOTICES 1 don smith Bears Post Fourth Straight Victory HIGH school wrestling really got harpooned last week in the big daily - and as a result, all coaches were immediately up for criticism because of the acts (alleged) of a very few. Sort of like all students at a college or university getting the blame for a protest. AT any rate, it is obvious that those few coaches have been caught having their athletes taking part in some pretty terrible training habits. Besides crash diets, such things as dehydration in rubber suits, long steamy showers and self-induced vomiting are apparently the means of getting some boys down to weight. Fortunately, the practice is not widespread. FROM personal talks with wrestlers (and parents) here down through the years, it is apparent the sport, under Coach Champ Martin, follows the lines that it should everywhere. I've had a number of boys tell me that their dieting had not been prescribed by the coach, but that they had done it on their own in an attempt to get down to a weight where they had a better chance at competition on the varsity level. THERE is dieting being done and there always will be! It's part .of human nature, and in the case of grapplers at times seems to be a necessity. Many parents have also told me that they are (or would be) happy to have their boys wrestling - IF they could grow naturally while taking part. There's only one hitch here, as far as the boy is concerned, COMr PETITION. Who wants to ride the bench? BORE: A guy with a cocktail glass in one hand and your lapel in the other. LOSS of weight for (or in) athletics is nothing new. Football players often lose pounds during the early going when the mercury is high- in the form of excess water in the body. Those same football players, in most cases, will put weight on as the season progresses - in the form of muscle and other body substances, thereby being much better conditioned than when the first practice got underway. DIETING to get a large amount of weight from one's body for wrestling can be a bit different. It's not unusual for a lad to drop 15-20 pounds to make a certain weight in wrestling. Itisaprac- tice that has been going on for ages — but in most cases the decision to drop/ that large amount of weight has been the boy's. TO sum this all up -I've heard Coach Martin mention many times that he would like to have his grapplers grow up in wrestling. That is, move up weights as they progress from grade to grade through high school. And we know that he is not one who could condone anything that would endanger the health of one of his squad members. He is not one of the few guilty of wrong doing I THE reason the modern girl's bathing suit is real cool is that most of it is real gone. DICK Cook of Algona is a firm believer that there are some real good people left in the world. Mrs. Cook accidentally lost a valuable diamond ring owned by her husband while she was transporting it to one of the local shops to have it cleaned. Not knowing exactly where the diamond was lost, the Cooks im- mediatgly had the loss announced on KLGA (wish we could claim it was a UDM want ad). A couple of days later, another Algonan, Herman Funk, found the ring lying near the middle of State street and notified the Cooks. All ended well, thanks to the honesty of Mr. Funk. There ought to be Garrigan's Golden Bears withstood a slow start and late rally on the way to a foul-filled 77-69 victory over St. Edmond at Ft. Dodge last Wednesday night. The win was the fourth straight for Coach Steve McCall's club and ran the season mark to 5-1. The Bears went after win number six in the first game of the annual Holiday Coaching Clinic against Forest City here last night (Wednesday). The win at St. Edmond was not easy, in fact, was the toughest so far this season. The Gaels jumped into a 9-4 lead early, but Jack Muller, normally Garrigan's ringleader, and Jim Walker, who has been coming on of late in the scoring column, rallied the locals into a 16-11 lead at the end of eight minutes. St. Edmond roared back during the second stanza— and woundup with a three point edge over the Bears with only seconds remaining before halftime. TheMcCall- men were equal to the task and counted the points necessary for a slim 36-35 ege at the intermission. A three-point play by lefty Dave McCarthy provided the spark to give the locals a 44-40 lead midway in the third round — and Garrigan never trailed from then on, although there were anxious moments remaining. By the end of the third stanza, Garrigan's lead was 62-51 - and when the Bears' press forced St. Edmond into mistakes, the bulge went to 66-53 early in the fourth round. With three minutes remaining, the Bears led, 70-57, which- seemed comfortable. The Gaels warmed to the task, however, and when 10-straight St. Edmond points hit the net, the lead suddenly was chopped to three. Walker then flipped in a pair of free tosses, but a St. Edmond fielder made it 72-69 with 35 seconds left. That's when Mike Elbert canned a free throw, then two more and Kevin O'Brien two as the Bears wrapped up the scoring. Pressing defenses used by both clubs resulted in a total of 51 fouls, including 27 on the home club and 24 on Garrigan. The Gaels lost four players on fouls and Elbert of the Bears left the fray with seven seconds left. Three of the St. Edmond four left via five personals in the final 55 seconds of action. Between them, the clubs shot 76 free throws. Muller topped the Bears in scoring with 20 points, just about his average, while McCarthy had his bes« l night, canning 16 and Walker hit his high with 13. Cosgrove led the losers with 22, while Kreger notched 16 andMalloy 15. The loss was the fourth straight for the Gaels after an opening- game victory. Box score: GARRIGAN (77) FG FT F McCarthy 4 8-14 1 Fickbohm 20-24 Muller 92-34 Walker 3 7-8 3 Wingert 40-2 4 O'Brien 33-43 Elbert 2 3-7 5 27 2340 24 ST. EDMOND (69) FG FT F Bird 3 3-6 5 Barrett 01-24 Kreger 4 8-11 3 Cosgrove 6 10-13 5 Malloy 63-35 Eckerman 1 0-1 5 Kelleher 1 0-00 Estlund 1 0-0 0 22 25-36 27 A last-second field goal by Gary Cooper, who had his best night so far, gave Garrigan's sophomores a thrilling 56-54 victory over St. Edmond in the curtain-raiser. The victory wasthe fifth straight for the Little Bears, who dropped their season opener. Denny Potthoff led Coach Dick Walsh's club with 19 points, while Cooper added 14 andBesch 10. more like him. IN the same general vein, Bucky Buchanan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Buchanan, Algona, and a second-year medical student at the University of Iowa, thought there might be some interest among local high school students in an advanced biology short course, which he could teach during the holiday break. He notified officials at Algona High and Garrigan here — and they in turn announced it. The response was surprising, with a total of 25 signing up. BUCKY began conducting the classes in the Kossuth Historical Society building here last Friday morning - and there will be five three-hour sessions of noncredit schooling. The course is .above high school level. We think the project is an admirable one, especially when you consider the students (and teacher) are giving up quite a bit of time during a season when vacation from studies usually ranks first, WE got a real bang out of the story about the banker from Hawarden, Henry Visser, who mailed a check for $16.50 to the Iowa Tax Commission to pay the HATED three percent service tax for teenagers from the northwest Iowa town who have performed various jobs to earn money. MR. Visser, judging from the story, is quite a guy. To quote him, "We have a number of alert young folks in town who have some ambition and are willing to work. They spend a certain amount of their time doing odd jobs that must be classed as service. To protect these fine young citizens so that they cannot be classified as violators of the service tax law" Mr. Visser sent the check to cover the taxes. HE added (and we've got to go along with him all the way) that he wishes a bipartisan movement would start over the state "to vote out of office everybody who voted for this monstrous tax. Let's get rid of the whole bunch." A Republican, he says his own par- ty is just as guilty as the Democrats for the much-discussed (and cussed) law. Amen I (Moral- Let's do just that. Go to the polls the next time around and remove the guilty ones.) GNERALLY speaking, women are. LuVerne Shares Two Games With Thornton Club LuVerne split a pair of basketball games at Thornton Tuesday night, Dec. 19, the boys coming up with their eighth straight victory, 47-33, after the girls got dumped 70-53 in the opener. The split gave the boys an 8-1 mark and the girls are now 7-2, losing their last two frays. LuVerne led, 12-9, atthe quarter in the boys' fray, then trailed 21-18 at the half and 29-27 atthe three-quarter mark before rolling up a 20-4 bulge in the final eight minutes to take the win. Doug Nelson canned 17 points and Duane Will 16 for Coach Bryce Wickett's club, while Jeff Obrect topped the losers with 12. The girls trailed at the quarter, 14-9, and half, 36-31, before taking a 42-40 lead at the three- quarter mark. A Meservey- Thornton rally in the last quarter snared the win. 1 Linda Wilhelm counted 19 points, Michele Coyle 18 and Connie Hefty 14 for Lu Verne, while Unda Faaborg got 34 for the winners. Coaches Clinic Was Held Here December 27 The second annual Holiday Coaching Clinic was held at Garrigan High School here Dec. 27. The 'clinic was a co-operative venture between Algona High and Garrigan High and featured instruction in wrestling, track, basketball and football. ; In addition, two basketball games were played at night pitting Garrigan'against Forest City and Algona High against Spencer. Ex-UDM News Man Writes Feature Story Editor's Note: Wayne DeMouth taught for some years in the Algona school system, and did summer work for the Algona Upper Des Moines. More recently he has been on the faculty of the Des Moines school system as a high school teacher. The following summarized article about Bancroft, Iowa, was written by Mr. DeMouth and appeared in a recent issue of "The lowan" magazine and is most interesting especially to this section of the state. By WAYNE DeMOUTH There's an old saying around these parts that a Bancroft boy is born with a glove in his hand and a Big League Bend in his bonnet. He cuts his teeth on the seams of a baseball, and he swings his rattle with the trademark up. By the time he is five, he knows how to catch a ball on a short- hop trap and that the "gay deceivers" worn by women make excellent padding for a catcher's mitt. Such early Spartan discipline for its young men made Bancroft- with only a little more than 1,000 population - a Town of Champions. Billing itself as "The Garden Spot of Iowa," Bancroft has harvested 19 various state baseball titles over the past 30 years and given bloom to two major league players who gained the magnitude of stars- Denis Menke and Joe Hatten. Bancroft's cradle for its fabled baseball empire is the trim tidy Memorial Stadium. Built in 1948, the park includes a sod infield, a covered grandstand that seats 1,000 and a lighting system of 180,000 watts. It is 320 feet down each foul line to the 8-foot high board fence around the outfield, and a well-tagged home run rattles the Commodity Credit Corp. storage bins that flank the fence in left and right field. Public' subscription picked up $12,000 of the money to build the park and theMcKinnon Post of the American Legion chipped in another $5,000. The land on which the park is located was donated by the Ken McGuire families and Art Murray. Here baseball starts in the cold, damp, raw days of early spring, when even a lightly rapped fungo fly stings the hands with a flash of arthritic pain. From then on each year - spring, summer and fall - until the snow scuds across the frozen turf, Bancroft boys learn their baseball. Art Murray, besides sharing in the gift of the stadium site, kept his hand in on most Bancroft baseball developments until his death in 1948. It is generally agreed that Murray is the patron saint of baseball in Bancroft. Even during the dark days of the Depression of the 1930' s, Murray was ploughing his personal money into financing baseball. A warm friendly man, Murray treated ragamuffin pickup teams to pop and ice cream after the big year-end games between the North Side and the South Side. He used his personal car to bring financially strapped teams to Bancroft, hauling them in from Rake, Ledyard, or Swea City. Even though it was Murray who launched the so-called era of modern baseball in Bancroft, the community has always had a rich tradition in the sport. Even 50 years ago the town relished its baseball and the name,s in the line-up today are much the same as they were at the turn of the century. The 1926 line-up for Northsiders: Seiberts, Dudding, Janvrin, Murray, Quinn, Hood, Baker, Deitering, Menke, Rustemeyer. Even in recent years, most of the same names persist, and, of course, others have been added. Since those days, Bancroft has become more sophisticated about its baseball. When a Bancroft team takes the field, there is no mistaking what team it is. Bancroft players are far from "bush," and the teams appear on the field as well-disciplined units. They possess remarkable poise- almost jaunty insolence- the cocky "cool" that marks a champion. Part of it is dress- uniforms of good quality, simply designed, with very little "gingerbread." Perhaps most important, the uniforms are worn properly. Every baseball cap - year around attire in Bancroft - has a bill shaped in the familiar Big League bend. Boys wrap the bill of a new cap around a milk bottle neck with rubber bands, then let it set for 24 hours before the cap is ever worn. Much of the prideful bearing of Bancroft teams can be traced to two influences. One of these is V. J. Meyer, St. John's High School coach. The other is the example of professional excellence brought by Big Time baseball to a small community. Bancroft is about 90 percent Catholic. The public school closed in the early 1940*8, and most Bancroft youngsters attend St. John's High School. Since he came to Bancroft nearly 25 years ago, Meyer-coached teams have been stuffing the school trophy cases full. Meyer is a hard-nosed taskmaster of scholarly turn of mind who doubtless could have been a successful coach in a so-called major college athletic program. A Loras graduate, the articulate, soft-spoken Meyer has been turning out athletes who always become all that their potential will permit. Meyer is an excellent teacher in the classroom, and has turned out his share of champions in that department, too. It is hard to find a coach who says he doesn't "teach fundamentals." The critical difference between Meyer and other coaches is that he teaches fundamentals instead of just talking about teaching fundamentals. A promising hitter, for example, isn't through with Meyer until he can bunt a ball exactingly down the chalk line to either first or third. He learns to bunt even though he may be a crowd-pleasing, long ball hitter. - - A good performance may be forged in the heat of occasional Meyer anger. Says Meyer to his squad, adding a pointed finger of admonition, "We don't blow signs. If you miss a bunt sign and I can find a man on that bench who knows his name, you'll be out of the game." The professional influence has also schooled Bancroft boys to place a high premium on excellence. How a thing is done looms more important than what is done. Bancroft is unique in that its youth has had a chance to watch from time to time some of the fastest baseball in the nation, apart from a Major League team. Fans have thrilled to it, and boys have patterned their play after athletes who perform with marvelous excellence, as though baseball were a business rather than a game. Over the years, Bancroft fans have seen not only solid pros like Hatten and Menke, but they were treated to the golden years of the Iowa State League. The Iowa State League was a bold, small town venture that included, besides Bancroft, such towns as Mason City, Spencer, Carroll, Schaller, and Estherville, although it operated from 1949 through 1955, with a variety of alignments. It was a wild, reckless competitive league in which teams recruited fancy talent at fancy prices in an orgy of fiscal irresponsibility that made for blue chip baseball and red ink. And while all this was going on the fans that jammed the Bancroft stadium on game night were getting at least Double-LA brand from line-ups dotted with league whizzes and leathery ex-minor and ex-major league players. Bancroft, however, played mostly with homegrown talent. Main Street also felt the impact of Big Time baseball just as the youngsters who learned valuable baseball lessons watching the stars. The Iowa State League brought hundreds of Major FEATURED League scouts to "Bancroft. After the panics, scouts and players headed for The Pool Hall to caucus. Sitting on rough benches or shooting snooker, scents waited for the players to come in to hoist a post-game brew. Scouts who have visited The Pool Hall reads like a Hall of Fame roster. Paul Waner, Hal Newhouser, John Rigney, and Paul Richards are only a few of the great names in baseball that spent a lot of time in Bancroft. Just across the street from The Pool Hall is the Dug Out, another haunt of Bancroft baseball buffs. The owner is Glen Walden, who once pitched for the Chicago Cubs. The Dug Out, lie- sides its name, gets some additional baseball flavor from the painting of Denis Menke. Said Walden, "The guy who painted it just drifted through. His name was Fritz Thompson. He did it from a colored post card picture I had. We're proud of Denis, of course, and, who knows, mayl<e the painting will be worth a lot some day." Bancroft's Main Street also .pitches in to help finance the ambitious program of youth baseball. Much of the money is derived from Saturday night bingo games, a popular pastime at the American Legion Hall. Bancroft's Main Street lias used baseball for its missionary work. Local teams have competed against clubs from such far off places as Anchorage, Alaska; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Spokane, Washington; and Holyoke, Massachusetts. Besides 19 championships, Bancroft spawned two individuals of whom the community has equal and pardonable pride-both hlglily successful in their careers, but each representative of a different era. One of these is Joe (Lefty) Hatten. The other is Denis Menke. Hatten broke into the Major Leagues just before World War II, a time when handsome bonuses were unheard of. Menke, on the other hand, in 1958 the hottest young prospect in the nation, hit it just right. He was there when the lid came off the pot of gold. Menke signed for $125,000, after his father had met with every major league club except the Washington Senators. Joe Hatten's mother, Mrs. Frank Hatten, still lives in Bancroft. She Is a warm, friendly woman with all the patience derived from raising 11 children. She lives in a modest frame house just a block from the old Hatten Harness Shop that her husband operated before his death. She spends much of her time weaving rugs at one of her two looms. She has also popped corn at the ball park concession stand. Hatten is now a Redding, Calif, mail carrier, his full-time job since he retired from baseball in 1961. Nearly 50, Hatten became eligible for a $118 a month pension in November. The Hattens have a comfortable home near the center of Redding. There are five children. Menke, the son of Walt and Mary Menke, is now 26. He has the same syrup-smooth swing that made his father one of the toughest "outs" in the old Western League where he and his brother John played 30 years ago. Says Bill Dudding with admiration, "Denis is a carbon copy of his Dad, same swing, same mannerisms." Denis lives with his wife, Jean, a former Marquette University co-ed, in the fashionable Chamblee section of Atlanta, Ga. It is a spacious, modern tri-level home surrounded by stately trees. The family's new Buick is parked in the spacious double garage. Menke works in the off- season as a jewelry salesman for Atlanta's Hyman Jewelry. He keeps in shape by working out daily at the YMCA. (Since this was written he has irone to the Houston Astros.) Except in 1964 when he hit a husky .283, Denis' bat has never been quite as big as his bonus. But injuries have nagged him. After prosperous 1964, when he also hit 20 home runs, he was injured in 1965 early in the season when he ran into catcher Jim Pagliaroni at home plate. His 1965 batting average faded to .243 and runs-batted-in total was a skimpy 18. Walt Menke still remembers the days when such scouts as Paul Richards and Paul Waner sat in the Menke living room and talked liig baseball money. The elder Merike's canny shopping is generally given as the reason why Denis was able ; negotiate such a large bonus. Menke, who operates a farm just north of Bancroft, reflects pardonable pride in his son. Every visitor to the Menke farm gets an automatic pencil modeled like the famed Louisville Slugger bat used by his son Denis and autographed "Denis Menke." Obviously not all of Bancroft's baseball greats go on to professional stardom as Hatten and Menke. But the influence of Bancroft baseball is apparent. Don McNertney, now a public affairs officer for the United States Information Agency, promoted baseball interest in Venezuela and is given credit for introducing baseball in India. He brought a Venezuela high school team to the United States for a two-week tour. Another Bancroft product, Dr. Kenneth Devine, a doctor at the Mayo Clime in Rochester, Minn., is generally given credit for authorship of President Lyndon Johnson's proud, post-operative scar. Dr. Devine was a member of the team of doctors that operated on the President. Other Devines have done well, too. Tom is an FBI agent in New Jersey; Arthur, a Waterloo, Iowa, doctor; John,, a First National Bank of Boston executive in Rio deJanerio. The Devines played in the 1930*s and 1940*8. Other success stories: Bill Welp, Marshalltown attorney; Ed Walsh, a Ford Motor executive in Detroit; Lawrence Becker, a Bancroft banker; and Joe Murray (Art Murray's son) who operates the grain elevator in Bancroft. One name that persists when you talk Bancroft baseball is Father Schultes. (Msgr. Schultes has for years attended to parish duties and served as superintendent of the St. John's grade and high schools). Says Dudding, "His contribution has been so great you just can't describe it. He has encouraged all of us and kept the interest alive. We just couldn't say too much about him." IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF IOWA IN AND FOR KOSSUTH COUNTY Probate No. 9252 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF . ADMINISTRATOR IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Clara I. Rath, Deceased. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ABOVE ENTITLED ESTATE : You are hereby notified that all persons Indebted to said estate are requested to make Immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against said estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provldedbylaw, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed within six • months from the second publication of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) such claim shall thereafter be forever barred. Dated this 14th day of December, 1967. Clinton Rath Administrator of saldEstate Lone Rock, Iowa Shumway, Kelly & Frlstedt Attorney for said Administrator Algona, Iowa Date of second publication: 28th day of December, 1967. (97-98) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF IOWA IN AND FOR KOSSUTH COUNTY Probate No. 9254 NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Hazel E. Prlebe, Deceased. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF Hazel E. Prlebe, Deceased: You are hereby notified that on the 19th day of December, 1967, the last will and testament of Hazel E. Prlebe, deceased, bear- Ing date of the 19th day of September, I960, was admitted to probate; in the above named court and that Edward B. Prlebe was appointed executor of said estate. Notice is further given that any action to set aside said will must be brought in the district court of said county within one year from the date of the second publication of this notice, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to said estate are requested to make Immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against said estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance; and unless so filed within six months from the second publication of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) such claim shall thereafter be forever barred. Dated this 19th day of December, 1967. Edward I). Priebe Executor of said Estate Fenton, Iowa Linnan, Lynch & Straub Attorneys for said Executor 111 North Hall Street Algona, Iowa Date of second publication: 28th day of December, 1967. (97-98) Winter JACKETS at SUMMER PRICES DIAMOND'S JACKET HEADQUARTERS OF NORTHWEST IOWA BENCH MARK 1967 THE YEAR'S TOP NEWS STORIES VOICES - EVENTS - SOUNDS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 1967 - 12:15 P.M. 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