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Thursday, January 4, 1968
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Average American soldier in Vietnam is 18V2 years old- Reprinted from the Fairmont, Minn. Sentinel In Vietnam is that most back- including lawmakers, do not tadersttnd or accept the truth that ti» conflict in Vietnam is war. That the talk of America considers Southeast AMt with confusion and mild contempt. A soldier returning home from Vietnam, will find that people can't yet point the country out on a map, can't guess the number of weekly casualties there, can't figure out who the enemy • is, and can't understand what it's all about except they guess freedom is involved. . "You think Vietnam is bad?" a state- aider wiM grin. "Brother, you should have been In New York during the blackout." "Too bad you're home," another adds grimly. "Traffic's terrible." "la Drang?" a third will say. "Nothing. You should' a seen the Battle of the Bu'ge. Now that was real war." Vietnam is still a pop art oddity 12,000 miles away. The public worries more about living with a possible tax Increase. Officials worry about living with world opinion. The GI worries only about living. His world there is nightly blackout and mortar traffic. It's alive with booby traps that can blow his legs or his life to shreds. It's occupied with an enemy and an ally that look exactly alike. He would give a month's pay for a sound sleep. And 10 years of his life for a night at home. He is not a bit player in a comic opera conflict, not the trump In an International card game and not 12,000 miles away, but as near as the muddy and bloody pictures in the news-. papers. Moreover, he is usually a very young American citizen in a hell of a fix. The average age of a combat GI In Vietnam IslSJ. He is for the most part unmarried and without material possessions ex- 2-Aloona (la.) Upper Dei MolnM Thursday, Jan. 4, 1968 sumrs LIVE TODAY Make a resolution for the New Year. Make it simple. Resolve that you will LIVE TODAY. THE MCCARTHY CHALLENGE New York Times — The decision of Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota to challenge Johnson in the Democratic Presidential primaries now enables those who dissent from the Administration's policy in Vietnam to find political expression for their convictions. Energies that might otherwise be dissipated in marches and demonstrations which often antagonize more people than they persuade can now be used constructively in politics. It is highly unlikely that President Johnson can be denied renomination if he wants it. Senator McCarthy's more optimistic supporters argue that if he should be successful in the primaries, such a show of strength might impel President Johnson to withdraw voluntarily to prevent a hopeless split within the party. We believe this kind of reasoning to be based on a complete misreading of Mr. Johnson's temperament. He is not a man likely to quit under fire. But it is true that the nations policy can only be changed by political methods. How the Vietnam issue is fought out within the party and between the two parties in the coming year will go far toward determining the shape of American policy in the next Presidential term. Since Senator McCarthy is a thoughtful, responsible man, he can be expected to clarify the alternatives in Vietnam and usefully contribute to the complex political process-by which the American people make up their minds on great issues. ONCE IN TWO IS ENOUGH Independence Bulletin-Journal: After every protracted biennial session of our legislature, lowans hear it suggested that there ought to be an annual session. From where we sit, however, the sound seems quite definitely to emanate from the politicans, not from the grassroots. What you actually hear from rank and file lowans is not an appeal for more frequent session. It's something quite different. It's a loud sigh of relief prompted by the news that our every-other-year sessions has adjourned ... at long Last. One doesn't have to be either prophet or son of prophet to predict what would be the long-term effect of annual sessions. Our legislators would look upon themselves as professional lawmakers. As such they would be tempted to cut their ties with the business, profession or craft from which they drew their livelihood before entering the public service. This would be reflected in two ways: 1. A salary from the state comparable with their previous income would be sought and received. 2. The public's outlay for legislative expenses would far more than double the cost of biennial sessions. Members of Congress used to view their office as an opportunity for public service. With the passing of the years, that concept changed. Now it's looked upon as a business opportunity in most cases. That almost certainly would prove the trend of events if Iowa abandoned its time- tested system of biennial legislative sessions ip favor of an annual convening. Some of the very politicans most insistent on annual legislatures oppose a special session to correct the notorious inequities and garbled language in the sweeping tax bill How do you live today? You start each new morning with What happened yesterday Is history. What happens tomorrow is not certain. Today is the thing that counts. Today is the time to do something about the mistakes you which emerged from the final house of the 1967 legislature. They make no bones of it. They're afraid that in the attempt to repair the mish-mash enactment, something even more horrendous might be evolved by the special session. This lack of confidence in our legislative processes isn't much of a recommendation for more frequent gatherings of our lawnmakers. ma( fe yesterday. Today is "the a a * time to set plans for the kind of tomorrow you would like to see. . .._, ..-,_-».—.-.. ..... Now, today, is the time to do ANTI-NEPOTISM BILL the things about you that need doing. Mason City Globe-Gazette — Rep. Neal Live today to the fullest. Do Smith, D-lowa, decided six years ago that it was time to do something about nepotism in government. The practice of hiring relatives to staff offices in all branches of the government was common. There were flagrant examples of abuse in Congress itself, and a host of incidences in postoffices around the country. Tradition doesn't bow easily but the Iowa congressman kept at it and finally got an anti-nepotism provision included in the federal pay bill. It prohibits the hiring of relatives, whether brother or first cousin, in the legislative, executive and judicial branches. It includes the smallest post office and the White House itself. Smith didn't claim that relatives didn't make good employes in many instances. He objected to the practice as subjecting the federal government to constant criticism, warranted or not, and also in denying jobs to those who deserve them more than relatives. The cause of good government has been strengthened by Smith's persistence. not pass up the opportunity to help a friend, or a stranger. Do not refuse a piece of work if it is something worth doing. Life is so unpredictable that you may never have another chance. The task will pass to someone else and they will receive whatever rewards it offers. Try to live today in a fashion that leaves nothing undone when the day is over, unless, perhaps, it is part of an unfinished task that will be the foundation on which you will begin to live today when a new day is born. cept for possib'y an old car at home and a transistor radio here. He listens to rock 'n' roll and the 105mm howitzers. He has just got out of high school withfn the past year, received so-so grades, played a little football, and had a girl who broke up with htm when he went overseas or who swears that she is still faithful although he half the world away. He has learned to like beer by now because it Is cold and because It Is "the thing to do." He smokes because he gets free cigarettes In his C-ration package and It Is also the thing to do. He never cared much for work, preferred waxing his own car to washing his father's, but he Is now 10 or 20 pounds lighter than before because he Is working or fighting from dawn to dark, often longer. He still has his trouble spelling, and writing letters home Is a painful process. But he can break down a rifle in 30 seconds and put It back together In 29. He can describe the nomenclature of a fragmentation grenade, explain how a machlnegun operates, and of course, utilize either if the need arises. He obeys now, without hesitation. But he is not broken. He has seen more suffering than he should have in his short life. He has stood among hills of bodies and he has helped to construct those hills. He has wept In pub'lc and In private, and he is not asamed in either place, because his pa's have fallen In battle and he has come c'ose to joining them. And he has become self-sufficient; he has two pairs of fatigues, washes one and wears the other. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth but not his rifle. He keeps his socks dry and his canteen full. He can cook his own meals, fix his own hurts and mend his own rips -material or mental. He will share his water with you if you thirst, break his rations In half If you hunger, split his ammunition If you are, fighting for your life. He can do the work of two civilians, draw half the pay of one and find Ironic humor In It all. He has learned to use his hands as a weapon and his weapon as his hands. He can save a life or, most assuredly take one. Eighteen-and-a-half years old. What a man he Is ... already. from HISTORY'S SCRAPBOOK DATES AND EVENTS FROM YESTERYEARS COMMENT ON WRESTLING Rock Rapids Reporter — There has been considerable publicity in recent weeks about dangers which might be connected with high school wrestling. When you get right down to it the criticisms pretty much come down to dangers of too much emphasis on winning — and bad effects that might accompany harsh diets to get down to a lower weight for participation in the sport. Personally we think wrestling is one of the cleanest, safest, and healthiest sports for high school boys. We doubt whether there are very many coaches who would want to have winning teams to the extent that they would risk the health of their team members. There is nothing wrong with the sport—if some of the coaches need attention, that is another matter. The trouble with most of us is, that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved with criticism. * * * President Eisenhower's definition of leadership: The art of getting somebody else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. * * * A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air — F.D.R. * * * The only way you can make a man trustworthy is to trust him. —Henry L. Stimson President F. D. Roosevelt enunciated the Four Freedoms, January 6, 1941. The first Soviet ambassador arrived In the U. S., January 7, 1934. The first U. 8. bank opened In Philadelphia, January T, 1782. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the Prohibition amendment, January 8, 1918. U.S. troops were ordered to China to guard railroads, January 9, 1912. General MacArthur returned to Luzon, January 9, 1945. The Lend-Lease Bill was Introduced In Congress, January 10, 1941. Japan invaded the Celebes Islands, January 10, 1942. Amelia Earhart-Putman started solo flight across the Pacific, January 11, 1935. The first iron made with anthracite coal was produced at Mauch Chunk, Pa., January 12, 1839. Iron previously had been produced in small quantities by hand methods. 10 YEARS AGO IN THI llgona ?ipper 29e* Jflome* Ill E. Call Street — Ph. 295-3535 — Algona, Iowa Zip Code 50511 NATIONAL ESTABLISHED 1865 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY CITY OF ALGONA NEWSPAPER AFFILIATE MEMBER ALGONA COMMUNITY SCHOOL ISSUED TUESDAY & THURSDAY & NORTH IOWA SHOPPER THURSDAYS: Newspapers entered as Second Class Matter at the post office in Algona, Iowa ADVERTISING Dennis Waller Jack Purcell, Foreman EDITORIAL R. B. WALLER, Editor & Publisher Don Smith, Managing Editor SUBSCRIPTION RATES | In Kossuth County and adjoining areas $5.00 per year $ Jo al) other addresses in United States or Foreign $7.00 per year $ (No subscriptions less than six months) ;•;! FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES January 2, 1958 Fire swept through the engineering department of the Wel- denhoff plant in Algona at 4 a.m. in the morning, causing an un- estimated amount of damage to contents in the building. General manager Ken Peirce said it was not known if any engineering records were lost in the blaze but there was a lot of water damage and test and blueprint equipment suffered the brunt of damage by fire. It was possible the fire got its start from a piece of electrical testing equipment, but the exact cause was not known. - o - Merlin M. Schumacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schumacher, Algona, scored above the national average in an accounting achievement test at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. Merlin was a graduate of St. Cecelia's Academy. - o - Hostesses at a shower at the Presbyterian church for Carol Finn, Algona, whose marriage to Don Welp was to take place Jan, 13, were Mrs. A, W. Amunson, Mrs. Loreen Brown, Mrs. Frank Butts, Mrs. Ralph Brown, Mrs. A. D. Crawford, Mrs. Harvey Finley, Mrs. Fred Geigel, Mrs. Ed Hough, Mrs. Casey Loss, Mrs. Lyle Mathes, Mrs. Marc Moore and Mrs. Albert Schenck. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dreyer, Fenton, entertained at dinner New Year's Day and had as guests Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tieman, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Wolfe of Fenton, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Tieraan and Terry of Burt, and Mr. and Mrs. Art Tietz, Lakota. - o - A truly Scandinavian Christmas feast was held at the Bert Larson home, Swea City, with many Norwegian delicacies featured and the crowd ate, among other things, 29 pounds of lutefisk. - o - Mr. and Mrs. I. E. Wortman and John returned to Lakota after visiting the Don Wortman family in Springfield, Va. They stopped to visit the Wade Balls at Wheeling, Mo. enroute home. John Wortman recently returned to the states after spending two years in Berlin, Germany, where he was working on his Ph, D. dissertation. He was going to the University of Minnesota for further study. - o Edwin Gade, Whittemore, had the misfortune to fall while unloading fertilizer from a boxcar at the Whittemore elevator. The truck rolled ahead as Gade was on the gang-plank causing him to fall and strike the door-frame of the car, severely bruising his chest. He entered St. Ann Hospital, Algona, where he was a patient. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nitz, Ledyard, entertained Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Nitz and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blome of Elmore for Christmas dinner and in the evening the Delbert Wentworths were guests. - o Roy Peterson, Fenton furniture man, was rushed to Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, after an acute digestive attack following by a few hours the return of the family from a trip to Kansas City. Roy vas hospitalized overnight after emergency treatment by Dr. Jolley of Fenton and was back on the job the following day. Mr. ?jid Mrs. Walter Strueck- er, Whittemore, entertained a group of relatives at a turkey dinner at a Christmas party. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Struecker, Rodman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fuerstenau and family, Lotts Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lauck, Jr., West Bend, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Struecker and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Mains and family of Algona, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lauck, Sr. and family of Whittemore. - o - Mrs. Earl Miller, Algona, was hostess to the members of her birthday club and guests included Mrs. Esther Williams, Mrs. Fern Andreasen, Mrs. Verda Kienitz and Mrs. Florence Schichtl, all of Burt. The anniversary of Mrs. Miller was observed. - o.- Kossuth county had been allocated $113,500 for farm participation in the ACP program for 1958, it was announced by Virgil Rohlf, county ASC office manager. He stated that there was an increasing interest in the soil bank program by area farmers and the local office expected a heavy participation in 1958. 20 YEARS AGO IN TMi FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES January 6, 1948 December weather was better than average for most of the month and the general temperature had been above normal. There was still 4.3 inches of snow on the ground that had fallen over two weeks ago. The month had only five clear, sunny days. The high temperature over a two week period was 38 degrees and the low three above zero. - o - Robert Anderson, sophomore in the Swea City High School, was pictured with a 30-pound wolf he shot and for which he claimed and received the $10 bounty from the county. The animal was discovered in the farm yard, when Mr. Anderson heard a commotion and looked out the kitchen window'to see the dogs chasing the wolf through a gate. The wolf had been fighting a large gander. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Bob Holzhammer, Algona, entertained New Year's Eve at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Raney. Guests were Boyd Granzow, Spencer Shore, LaVonne Wolcott, Howard Genrich and Mary Frances Carney. Bridge and 500 were played with a lunch being served later. - o - Pfc. Harry McCorkle, son of Dr. and Mrs. Harry McCorkle, and Pfc. Richard Mathes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mathes, Algona, were expected soon from Camp Stoneman, Calif., where they would land from Korea, having spent a year there in army service. They expected to be discharged the last of February. - o - Dennis, Kay and Patricia Murray, Lakota, were hosts to about 30 young people at their home with games, dancing and eats furnishing entertainment. Dennis was home from Denver and Kay from the-University at Iowa City for the holidays. - o Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Greinert, Whittemore, entertained a number of relatives at their home at a 7 o'clock dinner. Present were Mr. and Mrs. George Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. William Ostwald and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Seely and Keith, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Meyer and family, all of Whittemore, and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Bruhnandfamily of Depew. - o A. B. Alexander and A. J. Eischeid, both of the Four Corners area,went to Lake Crystal, Minn, to buy seed oats and stopped for supper with the Earl Gappas. Mrs. Gappa was the former Mary Joyce Rich. - o - Duane Dreyer, Fenton, entertained at a New Year's party from 2 to 4 p.m. at the parental Everett Dreyer home. Enjoying the courtesy were Carol Bierstedt, Robert and Christina Friedrich, Marilyn Jentz, Marvin Bellinger, Mark Finnestad, Sharon and Judy Eigler. Marvin Bellinger won a prize for a contest which was part of the afternoon's entertainment. - o Wayne Opheim, Gene Benjamin and Gene Bergum, all of Bode, Time To Spar© By GERALD ANDREWS - Retirement Adviser The Worth of a Will Here's a statistic that ought to make you blink — or open your eyes". Seems that around sixty per cent of Americans^ die without leaving a will. "In- testate," as the legal eagles say. \Vhy? Likeliest answer is that most people think they still have plenty of time left. Keep putting off the business of making a will until it's too late. They aren't around to experience the consequences, but their relatives sure know what's happened. So do the lawyers who so often have aggrieved heirs for clients. There's lots of scope for litigation, considering the ambiguities of the law. How much of your estate can your spouse claim? How much goes to your children, or your parents?"\Vhat if you have no close relatives when you die? It's only common sense to answer these questions yourself instead of leaving it up to the state to do it for you. Besides, vou may save your heirs from legal delays, painful anxieties, and the bitterness of a family quarrel. So, make a will — and make it right. That means you need a lawyer. He'll want to know the size of the estate after debts, taxes and expenses have been subtracted; how much will go to each heir; and the name of the executor who will see to the proper distribution. With these facts, he can write a document protecting your loved ones by making sure that your wishes are carried out. If you don't have a lawyer already, you might consult the Bar Association, your bank, or some organization to which you belong. Perhaps a friend who has solved his own testamentary problem will recommend the lawyer who handled it for him. When your will is presented to you, remember it's one of the most important documents you possess. Keep it in a safe place where it can easily be found. A safe deposit box is much more satisfactory than stashing it away under a pile of papers in that desk in the attic. If your executor gets a copy, you're doubly secure. Making a will is a simple operation for most of us. There's nothing to gain from putting it off indefinitely. had passed the qualifications and physicial tests given by anF.B.L agent in Ft. Dodge and they were to report for clerical duty in the offices of J. Edgar Hoover, Washington, D. C. Jan. 5. living quarters had been arranged for them there. All three boys were 1947 graduates of the Bode High School. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Matt Becker, Wesley, observed their 25th wedding anniversary Jan. 3 with an 8 o'clock high mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. - o - Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bollig, Seneca, were hosts to their immediate family on Christmas day. Present were the Clarence Metz- gers of Algona, the John Metz- gers of Ringsted, the Henry Ir- mlters of Armstrong, the Gordon Bolllgs of Bancroft and Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Mueller of Whittemore, and also Kenneth and Howard Bollig. - o - P. M. Christensen of Lone Rock exhibited the grand cham- pion bull at the Iowa Polled Hereford show held at the state fairgrounds, Des Moines. The animal was bought on a bid of $1,300. - o From the Humboldt Independent on the Editorial page: "Iowa farm land is gradually creeping up in price. The average price today is about $167 per acre. The same land could have been bought 15 years ago for $50 per acre. Land at $167 per acre IB something of a 'hot potato' that should be all paid for when acquired. The graveyards are full of people who lost their homes because of mortgages during the last depression." BOTTLES Duane DuVall, Kimballton, has come up with a unique hobby. He "stretches" bottles into vases. DuVall has already sold over 200 of them, in over seven states. BALLOON A huge experimental balloon, which covered three acres, was recovered from the Alvin Woods farm southwest of Hampton-thls month. Professional Directory i&WmW:-:?:^^ 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 295-2408 Residence Phone 295-5917 DENTISTS DR. J. B. HARRIS, JR. Dentist At 622 E. State Phone 295-2334 DR. L. L. SNYDER 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. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3Z43 INSURANCE ;:W:::::::::::;:::::::::::::::::W:::::::::::::::7:::^::::yiBi 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 295-6443 Home — Automobile — Farm _ Polio Insurance _ HERBST INS. AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms. Phone 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $74,000,000 worth of Insurance in force. Phone 295-8756. Lola Scuffham, Sec'y. SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet and Larry C. Johnson 118 So. Dodge - Algona. la. Phone 295-2341 Chiropractor DR. M. R, BALDWIN Summer Office Hours Mon. - Tues. - Wed. - Fit 8:30 • 5:00 Thurs. - Sat. — 8:30 - 12:00 MISCELLANEOUS Farm Mgmnt, Credit Bureau of Kossuth County Collectrite Service Factbilt Reports Milton Q. Norton Justice of the peace Collection Service* Office at 2Vfc E, State _„. Algona, Iowa Office Phone 2W-3836 Home Phone 895-25W Post Office Box 460

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