The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 18, 1968 · Page 1
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Kottuth County's Larfrfttt Newspaper Circulation BY RUSS WALLER Nearly every business operation has its hidden assets, and the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. here is no exception. For a good many years there's been a Girl Friday in the Algona Bell office, with knowledge of the operation, acquaintance with the customers, know-how on the operating procedure, and is a ready source of answers to questions from patrons .... we refer to Genevieve Hartshorn. In a day and age when all too often the curt retort supplants courteous attention, and a don't- give-a-damn attitude is prevalent, Genevieve is a little old- fashioned. She makes it a personal goal to see that the customers get the information they want and in a most pleasant manner. You get the idea she really wants to help. Ma Bell has a lot of good employees, but very few with a more sincere desire to be of assistance than Miss Hartshorn. * * * Come now Mr. Kovats, official of the trucking industry, do you REALLY believe that longer trucks and trucks six inches wider would be "quite safe" on 18-foot highways, as you stated before an Iowa legislative committee studying truck licensing, last week. * * * Bob Bleich of Wesley is a student at Estherville Junior College, where there is presently an exhibit of paintings and drawings in a student art show. Bob is one of the exhibitors. * * * This is "Cuss The Government" month, a month in which all citizens begin to foam at the mouth as they tackle their state tax forms and their federal tax forms. It is preferable that you lock yourself away from the rest of humanity as you approach your formrfilling task, and out of range of all small children. Your first howl will probably come when you realize that they have changed forms on you again, so you can start learning all over. * * * Erv Wiltgen was in a hurry the other day, pulled into a parking spot in front of his store, left the motor running and dashed into the store .... when he returned seconds later the car was gone. It had somehow or other rolled backward about 150 feet, out of the parking space, against traffic, and came to rest on a busy intersection WITHOUT TOUCHING ANOTHER CAR. * * * Well, Adam Clayton Powell is up to his old tricks.... spoke in California and then left for Bimini with an unpaid $500 motel bill behind him. Over at Clear Lake, the council voted unanimously to remo.e all of the city parking meters. This eliminated 160 meters, now stowed away in a storage shed, and brings full cycle efforts to solve parking problems ... .a 60-minute time limit is now placed on major business parking areas, using the time-honored method of tire marking. * * * So Clear Lake hopes it has solved a parking problem .... wonder if they have a dump problem ? * * * Speaking of parking and parking Violations, we note where a fellow in Chicago received 229 parking tickets, which he had ignored — when the law DP catch up with him, however, his parking fines totaled $3,430 for two years. Our local boys in blue would have a REAL field day with that fellow. * * * One more TVpro football game to go, and the season is over.... lightning never strikes twice in the same place, they say - it doesn't have to .... if basketball had never been invented, where would high school dances be held ? * * * A typical box of corn flakes cost about 29$ a package.... the farmer gets 2-8 cents of that, * * * Famous Last Line-Doing little things well is a step toward doing big things better. ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ,-js second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa 1505111. Nov. 1. iflM, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879 AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1968 Two Sections — 22 Pages VOL. 102 NO. 5 Bob Gengler Is Whittemore Acting P.M. Mrs. Kathleen Elbert has retired as postmaster of the Whittemore post office after 24 years in that capacity. Mrs. Elbert received her appointment in April, 1944. Bob Gengler has been appointed acting postmaster of the Whittemore post office and assumed his new duties Monday, Jan. 9. Bob was born and raised in Whittemore, owned and operated the pool hall for many years and recently has been employed by the city as gas superintendent and is widely known. For the past year he has been president of the Community Club and has always been an active member of the local American Legion Post, holding various offices over the years. Mr. and Mrs. Gengler are parents of five children. Mrs. Elbert, the former Kathleen Barnes, was born and raised at Rolfe. Her parents were Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Barnes. She graduated from the Rolfe High School and attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City where she received her teaching certificate. She taught school before her marriage to George Elbert and was teaching in the local public high school when she received her appointment as postmaster. Mr. and Mrs. Elbert have one daughter, Mary Jo, who is married to Dr. Vincent Graettinger of Muscatine. Mr. and Mrs. Elbert plan to remain in Whittemore and hope to spend their leisure time enjoying the company of their grandchildren. Algona Student In Biology Group Touring Hawaii Bruce Sundet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sundet of Algona and a senior at Luther College in Decorah, is one of a group of 32 students from the college on a special biological research project taking place in Hawaii. The biology group left Jan. 8 from Los Angeles and will return to the continental U. S. on Jan. 27. Their first days were spent touring the University of Hawaii - and maybe reading the weather reports from the midwest with some satisfaction. Before returning the group was to visit many of the islands in the Hawaiian chain. Degree To Steve Studer Seventy-six Bachelor of Arts degrees and 21 Masters degrees in education will be presented at the College of St. Thomas winter commencement exercises on p.iday, Jan. 19, beginning at 7:15 p. m. in the College Chapel. One to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree is Steven H. Studer, Algona. January Thaw In Area With High Of 32 Almost-balmy readings, with a snow storm thrown in, pretty much told the weather story in this area during the week. A 6.2" snow fall was recorded Friday and only one day, Sunday, had a below zero reading when the mercury got down to -2. Highs and lows the rest of the week were quite presentable. High during the period was 32 degrees Tuesday, while lows ranged from -2 to 18. According to forecasters, readings in this area are supposed to remain likeable. Here are the marks: DATE H L S Jan. 11 26 8 Jan. 12 20 18 6.2" Jan. 13 12 4 Tr. Jan. 14 16 -2 Jan. 15 16 7 Jan. 16 32 3 Jan. 17 — 16 Ray Fitch Of Portland Area Dies Monday Funeral services for Ray Fitch, 79, Burt, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday (today) at the Methodist Church at Burt with Rev. Merlin Davies officiating. Burial will be at Portland Township Cemetery in Burt. McCullough Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are Edmund Larsen, Willis Vogel, Jesse Harms, William Christensen, and Earl and Russell Shipler. Mr. Fitch died Monday evening at the Good Samaritan Home in Algona, where he had been a resident for one year. Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Robert Skilling, Algona; Mrs. Jessie Schmide, Ruthven; Mrs. Shirley Steinberg, Pomona, Calif.; and Mrs. Wayne Jones, Burt; a sister, Mrs. Mae Raney, Algona; 11 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. Born in Portland township near Burt, Mr. Fitch was married in Algona in 1905 to the former Mary Clark. He was a farmer in the area for many years prior to retirement. Mr. Fitch was a member of the Methodist church at Burt. Five Licenses County Clerk Alma Pearson issued five licenses to wed at her office here this week. They went to Roger K. Ferris and Pamela S. Hopkins, Jai. 11; Donald J. Madsen and Pamela S. Henderson; and Donald H. Lappe and Marilyn Priester, Jan. 12; Cyril Thilges and Darlene Haupert; and Wayne Preston and Peggy Pettit, Jan. 15. OMVI Fine Judge G. W. Stillman levied a fine of $300 and costs in district court here this week against Duane E. Clark when the latter entered a guilty plea to a charge of OMVI. Extension Service Elects 4 Officers For The Year Pictured above are four officers elected at the Kossuth County Extension Council organization meeting January 10. Extension council officers from left to right are - Herman Tjarks, Titonka, chairman; Robert Boleneus, Wesley, vice-chairman; Mrs. John Pedersen, Algona, secretary; and Mrs. Robert Dodds, Algona, treasurer. Galen DeValois, county extension director, reports that the Extension Council is made up of one elected member from each township and the council in cooperation with Iowa State University supervises the county extension program. The extension service works in four areas, including agriculture, home economics, 4-H and youth and community and public affairs. Kossuth Draft Board & Youth Objector Are Magazine Subject Operation Head Start Begins District Court As Printed Algona and the Kossuth County Draft Board marched into prominence on the pages of the January 27 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, just reaching readers this week. In an article entitled "Hell, No, We Won't Go", based on opposition to military service and flight to Canada by potential draftees, the story of a young Algona man now living in Toronto, Canada, was part of the article. Included in the Post article is the following reference to John Phillips, a graduate of Algona High School. "One of the more impressive of the Toronto refugees is John Phillips, a tall, blond, 22-year- old Quaker from Algona, Iowa. Phillip's pacifism is founded in his religion, and ordinarily he would have had little trouble obtaining the conscientous objector classification he applied for. But he bewildered the five farmers on his rural draft board; he was the first objector they had encountered, and they didn't know what to make of him. "They called me a coward and a Communist," Phillips says, "and when they learned I had covered the Selma, Alabama, civil-rights march as a photographer, they said, "Oh, so you went down there to help those niggers." I told them I'd go to Vietnam as a combat photographer, anything so I wouldn't have to kill, but they didn't believe me. For the first time in my life I broke down and cried." The article continues: "Phillips filed an appeal and went so far as to report for his pre-induction physical examination. He spent the night in a barracks at Fort Des Moines, where the other draftees-until they were stopped by an officer- tried forcibly to shave him from head to toe. That decided Phillips. He married his fiancee, also a Quaker, and they left immediately for Canada. Today his wife, Laura, is a social worker in the Toronto slums, and Phillips is a photographer for an agency of the Canadian government." * * * Many points in The Saturday Evening Post were denied by the Kossuth County Draft Board. The Kossuth County Draft Board is composed of Milton Norton, Dick Godfredson, both of Algona, neither a farmer, Franklin Koons of Swea City, and Dennis Dreesman of Titonka, who are farmers, and Lawrence Menke of Bancroft, who has farmed in the past. The entire board spent a three- hour night session with Phillips last summer, going over his objections to military duty. A spokesman for the Board said that Phillips was twice offered a classification of 1-AO, a non-combatant status in the military forces, where men so classified usually serve in medical units. This did not mean there would be no overseas duty, however. Phillips had used up his four years of student deferment, the 1-S classification, it was added. He rejected the 1-AO status, the board member said. Unofficially he was asked if a classification of 1-0 would be acceptable. This is a conscientious objector status, with those so classified working in hospitals within the states. He said he did not want this, either. He did say that if he could have a photographer status in a non- combat role, he would take it, but the draft board points out that it has no authority nor can it guarantee a man the exact duty he would get under ordinary induction procedure. Phillips is a good photographer. As a student in Algona High he did considerable outside photographic work. The draft board member contacted by this paper said that Phillips was never called a "coward or a Communist" by any When you hear about the Gingerbread Man it isn't a bad idea to sample a Gingerbread Cookie, and in the above picture that's exactly what a group of youngsters are getting ready to do in Operation Head Start, in classes that began for the south half of Kossuth county on Dec. 13. There are 15 children, aged four and five, in the class, most of them pictured above with their teacher, Mrs. Lawrence Besch of Whittemore, left, and Mrs. Herb Kaiser of LuVerne, teacher aide. The school is located in the upper room of the Algona V.F.W. building. The space is donated by Post 2541 of the V.F.W. as part of its community service program. Classes are in session from nine to one each weekday, and the children are given a morning snack and a noon lunch. Mrs. George Jergens is cook for the group. A similar Head Start class is in session at Bancroft for north Kossuth county. Each is operating under the Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. office of economic opportunity program. Children pictured are, front five, Eddy Fox, Ronnie Reefer, Doug Hammer, Jo Ellen Dimond and Danny Moe. In the second row are Mark Schmidt, Paul Giddings, Pam Miller, Ronny Stevens, Randy Harris, Tommy Martinson and Bobbie Hansen. They were just getting fresh cookies as their picture was taken. Each child has his own plastic cup, toothbrush and paste. Tooth brushing is part of the program, as well as washing of hands and combing of hair before they have lunch and next year they'll all be enrolling in kindergarten. (UDM Flashfoto) member of the board, and they do not remember him crying at any time. "As a Quaker you hardly think of a man as also a Communist," said the board member. It was added that this was not the first objection in the county to military service on religious grounds. Draftees taking their pre- induction physicals usually leave Algona about 4:15 a. m., go to Ft. Des Moines, take the physicals, and are home that evening, the draft board office said. They knew nothing of what may have happened at Ft. Des Moines, or why Phillips stayed overnight in Des Moines, as the Post article reports. Complete denial was also made that any board member had any comment to make about Selma, Alabama, or a reference to "niggers." Phillips was asked about the Selma experience, and told the board he went there only as a reporter-photographer on behalf of the Grinnell College paper, where he was then an editor, and not as a marcher or demonstrator. The board accepted that statement, a spokesman said. There seemed to be no animosity on the part of board members toward the young Algona man, and one member said he had a feeling that the Post article might have been slated a little to fit in with the title of the general story, "Hell, No, We Won't Go." In the meantime, Phillips has filed a formal appeal from induction, an allowable procedure, which was received locally last week and which, has in turn been forwarded to Selective Service headquarters. After leaving Grinnell College, the young man attended a Quaker school in the east and has been back on visits several times. He evidently married recently. Board members said he was not in a married status last summer. At Dealer Conference Kenneth Wehrspann, owner of Ken's Auto Service in Algona, is attending a three-day Plymouth dealer's conference in Minneapolis this week. He will return home the latter part of the week. Wesley Will Host Two Major Legion Meetings Wesley's American Legion post will host a county Legion meeting, Thursday, Jan. 18, which will include an oyster stew and chili supper starting at 7:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow. Al Becker has been designated as the head oyster stew supervisor and critics say that his oyster stew is of a superior variety. The Wesley Legion Post will also be host, Jan. 21, to the 8th district midwinter meeting, with about 100 Legion members expected for the conference which is to start at 1:30 p.m. on that day. Several state officers will be present, including Dept. Commander Chauncey Francis of Bloomfield; Dept. Service Officer Jerome Scheckel of Des Moines; and Asst. Dept. Adjutant Marion Johnson of Ankeny. All area Legion members are cordially invited to both meetings. Jurors Drawn, Next Session Petit jurors for the February session of district court here were drawn this week and notified of their selection by County Clerk Alma .Pearson. At present, it is not known when they will be required to report for possible duty. Jurors are: Algona - Helen Anderson, Arlen Benschoter, Penelope Bradley, Florence Brown, DeAnna Cogdall, Violet Davis, Patricia Harris, Robert Harrison, Shirley Hedlund, Eugene Henry, Bill Kuhn, Jr., Marion Merryman, Carl Morck, Elva McQuiston, Berl Priebe, Madonna Skog- strom, Helen Webster and Richard Yeoman. Bancroft - Arlene Behnkendorf, Ed Goche, Al Lensingj Vern Logan, Lorraine Schemel, P. J. Schiltz and Phil Vaske. Whittemore - Zita Bormann, Eddie Farrell, Glen Kollasch, Frances Mosbach, Burnadette Steier, George Streit and Walter Vaudt. Lakota - Fred Christ, Ann Hamilton, John Johnson, Howard Klinksiek, Dale Patterson. Elmore - Doris Clayton. Wesley— Vincent Eisenbacher, Carl Froehlich, Rose Hauptly, Winifred Pommer, Sarah Raney. Swea City - Gene Fagerlund, Elizabeth Kollasch, Pauline Newlin, Marion Thompson and Elsie Tokheim. Irvington - Mike Frankl. Lone Rock - Edward Hackbarth, Verna Hartman, Patsy Priebe and Laura Schmidt. Titonka- Virgil Heesch,Thelma Higgins, Ernst Hofman and Fern Kitzinger. Fenton - Ardeth Halve rson, Bernard Tigges and Martin Wilberg. Ledyard - Byron Hoffman, Eldon Larsen, Gerald Pedersen. Burt - Alva Kahler, Harvey Marlow, Lance Riebhoff and Frank Ryerson. Armstrong- Michael Kennedy, Edna Picht and Harold Swanson. West Bend - Elmer Ludwig. Buffalo Center- WayneOster- man. LuVerne - Cecil Pedersen, Clarence Siemer and Martha Wolf. Jurors will be notified later of time and date they are to report. Annual Banquet, Algona Adams Reefer C. of C. Set For Jan. 23 Funeral Set Here Friday The annual Algona Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held at the high school annex Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Earl Lierley, 1967 Chamber president, will be master of ceremonies. New officers and directors will be introduced that evening. Algona Chamber banquets in recent years have become known for their above-average speakers. George Bailey of Pennsylvania, nationally-known entertainer, will highlight the annual banquet. Rated among his own profession as foremost in his platform presentation, Bailey combines a miraculous memory with hilarious magic which has enthralled audiences from coast- to-coast. Sometimes called "the man with the photographic mind," a dramatic part of Bailey's presentation is to meet - and later call from memory - more than 100 members of any audience. In fact, Dr. George W. Crane, nationally syndicated columnist, has written, "George Bailey is a superb memory man and magician." Chamber members, wives and guests are urged to get their tickets early because the annex will only hold a limited crowd and the ticket sale may be a sell-out. Stopped After Rapid Chase A Loma, N. D. young man, Terry Lenz, was apprehended after a high speed chase by Patrolman Charles Bird about 1:30 a. m. Sunday on highway 169 north of Burt and charged with driving at a speed of 100 miles per hour. According to reports, the patrol car and the Lenz vehicle met south of Burt and the latter failed to dim his lights. The patrolman turned around and began an attempt to catch Lenz. The trail led up 169, then west on side roads and back onto 169 where the North Dakota driver lost control and put the car in a ditch. The car was not damaged. Lenz appeared in Mayor Bill Finn's court here this week and was fined $100 and costs on the charge. Two men, Maynard Ferden, West Bend, and Richard J. Ford. Algona, were each fined $25 and costs by Mayor Finn following hearings on intoxication charges. Adam Reefer, longtime resident of the Algona area, died about 1:30 a. m. Wednesday at the Good Samaritan Home here. He had been a resident there for the past four years. Funeral services for Mr. Reefer will be held Friday at 1:30 p. ra. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Paul Sohn officiating. Burial will be in at the Lutheran cemetery at Lakota. Six grandsons will serve as pallbearers. He was born in Germany, Dec. 21, 1880 and married Kathrya Meyer in Germany. She preceded him in death in March, 1959. He was a retired laborer. Survivors include six sons, Chris, Gottlieb and Alex, Algona, Henry and Charles, Victor, la., and Phillip, Humboidtj a daughter, Leatha (Mrs. Clans DeBoer), Buffalo Center; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great* grandchildren, 60th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. George Fisher of Whittemore will observe ttoir 60th weddii^ anniversary Sunday, Jan. 21. No open house is plann.g<j,

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