First Newspaper In North Central Iowa Well, we recently Informed you about the trials and tribulations at Cherokee in connection with the problem of the municipal dump. We have since noted that the city has leased ground for a new landfill project, three miles outside of town. But in Chicago, they're in a real turmoil. Seems three Chicago officials decided to go to Tokyo to inspect garbage disposal systems. Two were to take their wives along, with incidental stops at Hong Kong and Honolulu (what the third was going to do for amusement wasn't stated). Each garbage inspector was to receive expenses. However, the wind switched, and now the city council is demanding an investigation. So we find that Algoua is not alone in problems of a municipal dump .... anyone for Tokyo ? * * * Al Buchanan says Ifs impossible to get real mad with a pipe in your mouth. * * * Sometimes you can think better if you close your eyes .... and your mouth 1 * * * Famous Last Line - The Russians might beat us to the Moon, but we'll be the first to send foreign aid. jUomesi ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered ;is sccnnd class matter at i50511i. Nov. 1. 1!I32. under Act the nustoft'ice at Algona. Town [>t Congress ol March 3. 18"fi ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1968 Two Sections - IP Poges VOL. 102 NO. 9 Algonan Plaintiff In Fraud Case BY RUSS WALLER One of the most interesting bits of correspondence this week comes from our alert Sexton correspondent, Maxine Huff. Sexton isn't the largest community around, but they have a knack of enjoyment, and also a good sense of humor. There isn't often a chance for an Open House at Sexton, but when one does develop, it's a fun party. Our Mail Bag received an interesting letter, not intended for publication, but among other things our farmer friend pointed out that before we completely discard the existing farm program, it might be well to remember that in 1966, Kossuth county received some $3,922,700 in return for idling of some 66,231 acres of land existing programs should not be abandoned unless and until some better program is developed, is the point of the letter. * * * Clifford Nolte, the Sentral High graduate of 1964 who is a crew member of the seized USS Pueblo, now in Wonsan, North Korea, was on his second tour of duty in the Far East. He served his first duty tour on the USS Manatee, a tanker. He was a radar operator on the USS Pueblo. In addition to his parents and a sister, Mrs. Jerry Breese of the Seneca area, another sister, Phyllis, 18, is a student at Ft. Dodge .Community College. * * * The Brookings Institution, a research organization, has reported in a publication, "Men Who Govern", some interesting facts about The Establishment in Washington. Forty percent of all government executives come from only 18 colleges, mostly prestige colleges in the east. Harvard, Princeton and Yale increased from 16 percent in the Roosevelt era to an all-time high of 25 percent under LBJ. Of the 1,100 executives in government, most of them appointed by democratic presidents, 77 percent have been Protestant, 19 percent Catholic, and 4 percent Jewish. Contrary to popular belief, it was Harry S. Truman and not John F. Kennedy who brought the youngest men into government. The median age of Truman appointees was 46, of Kennedy appointees, 47, of Johnson, 48, of Roosevelt appointees, 49, and of Eisenhower appointees, 51. * * * About the only thought that comes to mind with all of this is perhaps Washington needs some more appointees from the wide open spaces of the middle west and far west, a change of pace from the clogged eastern seaboard. A suit seeking an injunction against a Ft. Dodge business firm has been filed in Webster County District Court by Iowa Attorney General Richard C. Turner. The action was filed against Professional Hearing Aid Service. One of the persons allegedly defrauded is an Algona woman, Mrs. Clifford Etherington, who lost $239.90 in her dealings with the firm, it was stated. At least seven others were named in the state's petition as having lost money through dealings on hearing aids. Turner is asking the court to appoint a receiver to take possession of the firm's assets and the personal assets of Andrew P. Anderson, owner of the business. Mrs. Etherington says that she has worn a hearing aid for some years, but late last year she was unable to get batteries locally for her unit, and while she was in Ft. Dodge she looked through the Yellow Pages and found the defendant company listed in connection with hearing aids. She went there and got batteries for her 10-year- old hearing aid, and then several days later she was called upon by a representative of the Ft. Dodge firm with regard toanewhearing aid. They offered her a substantial discount on a new hearing aid if the offer was accepted before Jan. 1. She accepted the offer, at a $100 discount, and paid for a new hearing aid. She never heard from the firm again. "The business seemed legitimate," said Mrs. Etherington. "They were in the telephone book and had a business location which I visited. I don't mind so much if I lose this money, just so we can get this kind of thing stopped," she added. Mrs. Etherington endeavored to check on the firm after she failed to receive her hearing aid, and finally contacted the Ft. Dodge Chamber of Commerce. Eventually her case reached the Attorney General's office, as did evidently a number of other similar cases. In the suit, Turner asked the Webster County District Court to issue an injunction preventing Anderson from committing alleged acts of "deception, fraud, false pretenses, false promise and misrepresentation." Notice of the action was served on Anderson last Thursday. He is charged with "acquiring money from elderly residents in the state by practices which violate the Iowa Consumer Protection Act contained in the 1966 Code of Iowa." Algona One Of 50 Spots In U.S. Hosting Corn-Bean Clinic Free Lunch At Noon, Feb. 8, Garrigan Gym Corn-soybean farmers and producers from all over north central Iowa will be converging on Algona next Thursday, Feb. 8 to attend one of the few corn- soybean clinics to be conducted in this state. The Corn-Soybean Clinics, as run by Farm Shows, Inc. of Madison, Wise., have become the largest farmer meetings in North ' America and also the most informative. There are only 50 scheduled for the United States in 1968. Each of these clinics is a day long, informative, educational session by commercial companies with emphasis on more net profit for the corn-soybean farmer and producer. The Corn- Soybean Climes, organized by Farm Shows, Inc., are now famous with its "Meet the Experts" panels and speakers. These speakers and these clinics do not dwell on practices and procedures used by corn- soybean producers two, three, four and five years ago. The experts at the Corn-Soybean Clinics feel that those practices are not adequate in today's farm procedures. Agriculture is changing rapidly. Corn-soybean is the move-ahead field and producers will hear the proper practices for which they can guide their corn-soybean operations in the years ahead. Admission is free. There is coffee and doughnuts served at 8:30 in the morning, there is a free hot lunch served at noon and there are two prizes that will be given away- one an early bird door prize consisting of a Remington Model 870 twelve- gauge shotgun and a great prize at the conclusion of the day (3:30 p. m.)- a General Electric portable television set. Farmers must be present to win. If you are one of the farmers in the business of corn-soybean production to make a profit, then you will want to attend this daylong meeting. It is the most informative one to be conducted in your vicinity during 1968. You Milford J. Plathe, 44, Heart Attack Victim MILFORD PLATHE Dolph Miller Dies, Grinned; Services Today Dolph Miller, 58, a native of Algona, but in recent years a resident of Grinnell, died there Tuesday morning following surgery several days previously. He is survived by his wife; a son Dale, attending Iowa State University; a brother, George, with whom he was associated in the contrr ting field in Algona, and who now lives in Oregon; and three sisters in Algona, Mrs. Twilah Bartholomew, Mrs. Lloyd Wellendorf and Mrs. Alice Wilkins, all of whom will attend funeral services in Grinnell, Thursday afternoon (today). Dolph was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller, early resi-.- dents of Algona. A very well-known Irvington area farmer, Milford J. Plathe, 44, succumbed to a heart attack while working on the place about 10:30 a.m. Monday. He had not been ill and had no previous history of heart trouble. Funeral services for him were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) in St. Joseph's Catholic Church at St. Joe, with Fr. L. C. Schumacher officiating. Burial was to follow at the church cemetery, with Hamilton Funeral Home of Algona in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are Richard Mawdsley, Richard Kohlhaas, Jack and H. Peter Mertz, Max Bartholomew and Rex Taylor. Milford, son of Herman and Justina Plathe, was born May 2, 1923 and lived his entire life in the Irvington-St. Joe area. He was a member of the St. Joe church, a Grand Knight in the KC's, a director of the Irvington Elevator, an active member of the Garrigan Booster Club, a member of the Kossuth Flying Club and a sports fan. He owned his own airplane and enjoyed flying. He was married to Rita Thul at St. Joe April 23, 1946 and his wife; five children, Kristine, Clarke College, Dubuque; Kathleen, St. Catherine's College, St. Paul; and Darlene, Bobby and Jennifer at home; and a sister, Bernadine (Mrs. Ted Hilbert), LuYerne, survive. His parents and a brother preceded him in death. Wins Scholarship Nadine Weisbrod, a junior at Morningside College from Fenton, will participate in a special German language study program this summer at Portland, Oregon. WALT BUESCHER will hear all aspects of corn- soybean production covered and it should mean more money in your pocket at the end of the day. The corn-soybean clinic, says Farm Shows, Inc., is not a clinic for the farmer who is not in the business of farming to make money, because the subject matter to be covered will be technical, will be informative, and will be geared to more dollars for that farmer's pocket. Walt Buescher of Milwaukee will be master of ceremonies. He has spent a lifetime in the farm equipment business, and has filled many speaking engagements. He is connected with Allis-Chalmers, one of the major sponsors of the Clinic. Other sponsors are DeKalb Agricultural Association, Shell Chemical Co., Smith-Douglass Fertilizers, Amchem Chemical Co., and Behlen Grain Drying and Storage, all in cooperation with The Algona Upper Des Moines. Roland Bode of Algona is general chairman of the event here. The noon meal will be served buffet style during the intermission right in the Garrigan High School auditorium. Casey Loss An Overnite Patient Casey Loss, former sheriff and state representative from Kossuth county, now a member of the State Board of Regents, was an overnight patient at St. Ann Hospital, Tuesday. He went home Wednesday morning after treatment for a kidney stone. Bathroom Fire Algona firemen were called to the Lou Robinson farm home about a mile south of the city at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to extinguish a fire in a bathroom on the second floor. The fire apparently got its start from a cord on an electric heater and extensive damage resulted to one wall in the room. Rustlers Met Riverdale Rustlers held their regular meeting at the Alvin Klein home Jan. 17. It was called to order by Colleen Reding. Talks were given by Jane McGuire on how to measure liquid and dry ingredients, Janice Erpelding on how to beat, fold and stir and the difference, and Darlene Platlie on the secret of good muffins. 28 Licenses To New Vehicles In County New cars and trucks, including nne travel trailer, went to 28 new purchasers last week, according to county motor vehicle registrations. They were licensed as follows: Buick - Lyle C. Newel, Fenton; Alfred H. Meyer, Whittemore. Plymouth - Lloyd R. Gerber, Algona; Lester M. James, Algona. Ford - Taylor Motor, Algona; Universal Mfg. Co., Algona; Audrey H. Ruby, Lakota; Donald L. Etherington, Algona; John R. Pergande, LuVerne (PU); W. J. Mayland, Titonka (PU). Lincoln - Everds Bros., Algona. Mercury - Robert J. Ogren, Lakota. Chevrolet-Maxwell M. Miller, Algona; Albert Goetz, Ledyard; C. J. Brandenburg, Armstrong; Orville C. Barber, Whittemore; Vernon E. Jensen, Algona; Dorothy L. Johnson, Algona; Hugh L. Walsh, Bancroft; H. J. Bierstedt, Whittemore (PU); Thomas M. Altman, Irvington (PU). Dodge — Chester C. Harmon, Algona; Wilbur M. Studer, Corwith; HenriettaDimler, LuVerne. Oldsmobile - Dau's Garage, Algona. Pontiac - Ivan L. Frey, Corwith. International - Algona Implement Co., Algona. Travel Trailer - Eldon J. Winkel, Bancroft. Divorce Action And Dismissal In Court Here A divorce action and writ of injunction was filed in district court here this week. Wanda Watkins, plaintiff, charges cruel and inhuman treatment in her petition against William F. Watkins, defendant. They were married June 19, 1938 at Mclntire, la. and have two minor sons. The plaintiff seeks care and custody of the sons, support, $350 per month temporary support and alimony, attorney fees and permanent support and alimony. Judge Murray S. Underwood also handed down a decision which resulted in dismissal of a matter filed here last year. The case concerned a driveway serving two properties here and Julia Hentges was plaintiff and Walter and Leola Zenter, defendants. The plaintiff was assessed court costs. Two Suits Ask $1013, District Court Here Two new cases were filed in district court during the week. Victor C. Erdman filed suit for damages against Albert Chantland. The case resulted from a highway crash May 21, 1967, near Algona. In the pe- i tition, Erdman charged negligence and asks $591.59 for repairs to his auto. Sunray DX Oil Co. filed suit against James L. and Paulette Daniels in the second case, asking $421.95 in an account case. Mayor's Court Six persons paid fines in Mayor Bill Finn's court this week. They were Duane A. Webb, Algona, $10, failing to yield; John H. Brzuchalski, Granville, $10, improper passing, and $15, expired license; Christy Kuhn, Algona, $5, expired license; PaulG.Han- telman, Fenton, $5, allowing unauthorized person to drive vehicle; Dwight S. Guerdet, Armstrong, $10, speeding; and Craig J. Jensen, Algona, $10, interfering with traffic. Court costs were also assessed. Elect Officers LuVERNE - The LuVerne volunteer fire department held election of officers at their last regular meeting. Officers are: Fire chief, Fred Goetsch; Assistant fire chief, Lowell Thomas; Sec.-treas., BurtDeNio; Captain, Bill Hardcopf; and fire marshall, Henry Loerwald. Tax Problem, Money Shortage For County Titonkans Wed 50 Years > The children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Speicher, Titonka, wish to announce they are having open house for the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Speicher at the Titonka Methodist church Feb. 4 from 2to5p. m. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Brail Wright Retires From Graham Stores For the first time in more than 25 years, Brail Wright, Algona, did not report this morning (Thursday) for work as manager of a Graham's store. Mr. Wright, manager here since November, 1942 (about the same time he joined Graham's after 19 years with Penney's), with the exception of four years, 1946-50, when he served a store in southern Iowa, announced his retirement recently and it became effective today. Brail and his wife, Neva, have no definite plans for the future except that their favorite Algona will remain the Wright's home town. They plan to travel to the west coast in the near future tc visit a son and daughter, brothers and sisters. Mr. Wright enjoys the outdoors, and while he says he has no hobbies, he's pretty good with a hoe and rake and consequently likes to garden and raises some beautiful flowers. A new manager and assistant manager (Brail has operated the past several months without an assistant), were to be named by the firm tiiis week. He started with Penney's at Shenandoah in 1923 and was with that organization until 1942. Graham's has been his boss since then. When Brail and his family arrived in Algona, Graham's store consisted of the west half of the present location. In 1947, the east half was added - and in 1963 the whole layout was remodeled. He lias been active in Chamber Partnership Is Formed By Local Firm Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Oakland, Algona, announced this week that a partner has joined them in the ownership and operation of Algona Plumbing and Heating. Effective today (Feb. 1), Ray Sewick, who has been employed by the Oaklands for the past 14 years, is the new partner in the business. Mr. Sewick is well known in this area. He is married and has five children. BRAIL WRIGHT of Commerce, served as president of that group for a year after putting in a year as vice president, and was on the board for several years. The Wrights are members of the Presbyterian Church here. Mr. and Mrs. Wright have two sons, Bill in Fresno, Calif., and Bob in Little Falls, Minn.; a daughter, Mimi (Mrs.TedStang), whose husband is a captain in the Air Force at Corvallis, Ore.; and ten grandchildren. The tenth arrived recently at the home of Capt. and Mrs. Stang. The Wright's trip to the coast will give them a chance to get a look at that new grandson, then it will be back to Algona where they probably will spend more time with their friends. Mr. and Mrs. Oakland plan to remain actively engaged in the business as they have been in the past. They have owned and operated Algona Plumbing and Heating since May, 1950. Cancer Workshop The American Cancer Society held an all-day area workshop Jan. 26 at Charlie's Supper Club for key personnel for the 1968 Crusade which will be in April. Approximately 63 registered from 14 counties of which Mrs. Helen Lukes, Algona, is Field Representative. Mrs. Ted Hoover, Jr., South Kossuth Chapter Chairman, welcomed the group and then turned the meeting over to the staff. Can't Figure Or Collect Until State Moves Kossuth county, just like most other counties in the state of Iowa, will soon have money problems. In fact, some counties are already in the throes of such money woes and the state is attempting to give aid to help solve a problem which it helped create. The money shortages are due to a lack of collection of first- half taxes from citizens owing them. The citizen-taxpayers can't pay the fees because they don't have any idea what they owe. And county treasurer's offices can't tell them what they owe because they don't know. It's a vicious circle. Only taxpayers who would ordinarily have paid first-half taxes by now are benefiting. Cause of the tax hang-up is failure of the state to set school tax levies. Figures from budgets of all school districts in Iowa are normally studied and tax levy standards set for each county. So far, it hasn't been done for 1968. A three-cornered set-up in Des Moines, consisting of the Board of Control, State Comptroller and Attorney General, is supposed to come up with a decision on the tax levy — but hasn't to date. Not only that, but it will take about a month, according to County Auditor Marc Moore, for county officials to take the state's figures and come up with individual tax levies for Kossuth taxpayers. It's hard telling when county forces will get a chance to do any figuring. At any rate, school aid checks are already being sent to some school districts in Iowa so bills can be paid. Largest one sent out to date went to Cedar Rapids this week — for more than a million dollars. During a normal year, and 1968 can't be included in that category, the county treasurer begins sending out checks (on a monthly basis) to school districts within his county as soon after April 1 as possible. Then, districts have the funds necessary to operate and pay bills. According to Kossuth officials, it will be necessary for state school aid checks to be sent to districts in this county before the tangle is untangled. Meanwhile, no taxes can be collected here until final word from Des Moines — and until officials here have an opportunity to figure them. Weather Here Features Fog During Week Except for a predominance of fog, the weather in Kossuth county during the past week proved to be better than normal in January. Slick highways resulted in a number of mishaps, but fortunately, none resulted in serious injuries to motorists. The high mark during the period was 42 degrees Thursday, while the low was five above Tuesday. A total of .22" of rain was registered. Here are the marks: DATE Jan. 25 Jan. 26 Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Jan. 29 Jan. 30 Jan. 31 H L R 42 23 36 32 34 32 36 27 .03" 24 10 .19" 35 5 — 30 The five-day forecast, according to the official weather station, KLGA, indicated readings will be about normal for this time of year, with one-half inch of moisture near the beginning and end of the period. Drizzle or snow were predicted for late Wednesday, Jan. 31.
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