The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 15, 1968 · Page 1
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 1

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 15, 1968
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The Paper With the Grocery Bargains BY RUSS WALLER Democrats have been noted for a variety of inter-party conflicts and plenty of in-fighting, but the Republicans have their share as well. But who would ever believe it would develop In the field of garbage ? With Governor Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsay mad at each other about the garbage piling up at the rate of 10,000 tons a day in New York, and one accused of taking over powers of the mayor from the capital of New York, we have the foundation of a field day for political cartoonists, as well as a first class feud in GOP ranks in New York state. * * * Our mailbag brought an unsigned letter asking us a personal question. The question was: "Who do you favor for President in 1968 ?" This is a question that we do not intend to answer without considerable thought. At the moment, however, we are inclined to be in favor of Pat Paulsen of the Smothers Bros. TV show I * * * Mrs. Marguerite Kalar's English class at the high school had a unique problem for Wednesday, which happened to be Valentine's Day. She told each class member to bring in the title of 10 old songs with a romantic tinge, songs sort of "tuned in" as it were to Valentine's Day. Mrs. Kalar may have had tongue in cheek, knowing that the assignment meant each pupil would be asking parents to list 10 such songs . . . sort of took the Papas and Mamas back 20 years or so. .* . * ,*... „. _ -j.. Before you start driving on the 1,878 system of expressways and freeways approved by the Iowa Highway Commission, better wait until they're built ... the new network is scheduled for start of work after completion of the Interstate system, and the latter will carry through into 1971 . . . our own area is slated for an "expressway" if and when, a relocation or substitute for the present U. S. 18 running from Spencer to 1-35 at Clear Lake, a four-lane project at an estimate,d cost of $63.1 million . . . so buy as much gasoline as you can — we'll need those gas tax pennies I * * * Up at Fenton, Henry Schulte is a well-known, rotund and jovial barber of long standing, with seldom a sick day in his life. But recently he made the unpleasant discovery that he had an ulcer . . . "whoever heard of a barber having ulcers ?" asked Henry. Now he's back on the job, but also on a diet of 1,200 calories a day, which according to Henry isn't very much and consists mostly of cottage cheese . . . "good thing I don't mind cottage cheese" says Henry . . . now, as he slims down on his cottage cheese diet, Henry has another worry . . . "What'll I do when those Holly wood people come around after I get back a nice, slim cottage cheese figure ?" asks Henry. * * * One of our fellow workers commented the other afternoon that "this is my wife's ceramic class night; guess it'spop- corn and TV for me this evening." * * * Two Algona girls, students at Iowa State, Dorene Funk and Vicki Steil, are members of the Iowa State Singers, and will take off with that group on a four- state tour, starting Feb. 27. Rodney J. Smith of Swea City is also a member of the Singers, as well as Sidney Banwart of West Bend. * * * Appearances are deceiving; a dollar still looks the same as U did 10 years ago 1 * * * Famous Last Line - "It be* came necessary to destroy the town to save it," quoted from a U. S. major in Vietnam. 1BAS IHtO Entered ;i> si/cnnd ilass m.-iltur ;i: r>,,.-ti>i!ice at Algon.i. Town . .. , 5 0511.. N,,v. 1. I(i:i2. under Ai't MI O.neivss 01 March 3. 1870 What Happened To "Property Tax Relief"? ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1968 Two Sections — 20 Pages VOL. 102 NO. 13 Tax Levies To Be Same Or More Rites Pending For Sgt. Ewoldt Of Whittemore SGT. ROBERT EWOLDT Final rites for Kossuth county's second victim of the war in Vietnam, Sgt. Robert Ewoldt, 22, son of Mrs. Margaret Ewoldt of Whittemore, are still pending arrival of his body from the war zone. Sgt. Ewoldt died of a gunshot wound to the body from hostile fire while on patrol duty near Quang Nam in South Vietnam Feb. 6. He was serving with the 1st Marine Division. Rites for the young Marine are pending at McCullough's Funeral Chapel here. Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ewoldt, was born at Whittemore Dec. 23, 1945 and graduated from Algona High School in May, 1964. Ironically, he was in the same graduating class as the county's other Vietnam war casualty, William Kern, Algona, who was killed in action last year. Three months after graduation from high school, Robert enlisted in the Marines. In October, 1965, he arrived in Vietnam after volunteering for duty there a few months earlier. Robert came home on leave for 30 days in January, 1967, then returned to Vietnam to complete his first extension of active duty. At the time of Ills death, he was serving his third extension there. He was promoted to sergeant in November, 1967. Young Ewoldt was an outstanding wrestler at Algona High, winning second in the State Meet in 1964 and teaming with Denny Miller, gave the Bulldogs a third place finish in the same meet. His father/ Elmer, who died March 28, I960, was well-known in this area as a member of several orchestras. Sgt. Ewoldt is survived by his mother; four sisters, Lorna (Mrs. John Christensen), Maryland, Loveda (Mrs. Norman Barber), Algona, Myrna (Mrs. Gerald Meyer), Whittemore, and Janan, at home; and four brothers, Hank, with the Army in Vietnam, Lynn, Craig and Jim at home. There are also a number of relatives living in this area. West Bend Pair Wed For 68 Years WEST BEND -Feb. 14, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. (Jim) Burns celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. No special observance was planned. Mr. Burns is 93 (will be 94 in March) and Mrs. Burns is 84. They are in good health and love to visit. They get out and go up town quite regularly. Their living children are Mrs. Rena Dayton, Thomas Burns and Everett Burns. Ross, a son, and Mrs. Win. (Helen) Schupfer are deceased. MEMO TO CORRESPONDENTS & ADVERTISERS One Issue Next Week; No Mail Deliveries On Feb. 22 Next Thursday, Feb. 22, Washington's birthday, is a Federal holiday. All postoffices will be closed and rural routes and ordinary mail deliveries will not take place. It is not a general business holiday, however. Algona retailers are sponsoring a three-day Washington Birthday sales event next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22, 23 and 24, Because of the Washington birthday, postoffice and mail delivery closing, this newspaper will publish but one issue next week, that issue to go to press late Tuesday afternoon for delivery to all area subscribers on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The North Iowa Shopper will also be printed one day early, Tuesday evening, for Wednesday delivery. Both publications will thus reach subscribers the day BEFORE the three-day event. Attention of all correspondents is called to this schedule for next week, and the advertising deadline for the single issue next week is Tuesday noon. Early copy, news and advertising, will be appreciated. Jerry Schutjer ASCS Sign-Up Hits 36 Percent Here Of Tifonka, 70, Dies Suddenly Death came suddenly Monday at his home for Jerry R. Schutjer, 70, longtime Titonka Implement dealer. Mr. Schutjer had not beeninill health and his sudden death was a great shock to the community where he had been one of the leading businessmen for the past 31 years. He was born at Wesley, Sept. 18, 189.7, a son of George and Tlllie Schutjer. He was married to Betty Haviland in Minneapolis, June 6, 1936. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Mildred) Yates of Clear Lake; a son, Jerald Douglas Schutjer at home; three brothers and one sister; George of Woden, Clarence of Titonka, Raymond of Wesley, and Mrs. Sophus Nelson of Titonka. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 1 p. m. at the Titonka Methodist church, with Rev. Paul Hansen officiating and burial in the Buffalo Twp. cemetery. Blake Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Les Richter, Eldon Attig, Alfred Meyer, Harold Gartner, Henry Radmaker and Robert Ringsdorf. Formal Notice From State To Relocate Dump "The old existing dump should be abandoned and covered with two feet of compacted earth." That's what a report from F. R. Pfeiffer, regional engineer for the State Department of Health, received here Tuesday morning, suggested to Algona's mayor and city council, five days after the dump here was investigated. The dump was investigated by Mr. Pfeiffer and W. J. Meeker, regional sanitarian, Feb. 8, as reported in Tuesday's Upper Des Moines. They also interviewed Mayor Bill Finn and City Clerk Dave Smith. Basic information in the report received Tuesday was also included in Tuesday's story. The dump must be considered a nuisance, due to the burning refuse and breeding place it affords for flies and the food and harborage available for rodents. It must also be considered a potential health hazard, according to the report. The investigators recommend that an effort be made to find a suitable site for a sanitary landfill, which should be above the highest known flood level. Two methods of sanitary landfill were also suggested, and both methods require a compacting unit, such as a track-type tractor. Refuse should be compacted at the end of each dumping day and covered with at least six inches of compacted soil, A final ground cover of at least two feet of compacted earth is also necessary to aid in the elimination of rodent and fly problems. Original investigation of the dump was the result of a complaint from Ray E. Johnson of Algona. It was expected the city council and mayor would discuss the problem during their regular meeting Wednesday (last) night. One of their jobs will be to locate a site for such a new dump and the Health Department has offered its assistance in the search. Two Licenses Two wedding licenses were issued at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson here this week. They went to Gregory Kinsman and Virginia Evers, Feb. 7; and Frank J. stebritz and Vera Hudson, Feb. 13. Sign-up for the Kossuth portion of the feed grain program continued at the ASCS office here last week, with the preliminary sign-up ending Friday afternoon. Office Manager Curtis Haahr reported to the Upper Des Moines late Friday that a total of 1,114 farms had been signed up when the early registration ended that day. That's 36 percent of all the farms in the county. Farmers and owners who did not sign up during the week have the opportunity to do so until March 15. Mr. Haahr pointed out that during both 106G and 1967, 71 percent of the farms in the county were in the fold when the final deadline, March 15, was reached. There were 64,231 acres included in the 1966 total signed up and 45,846 acres last year. Last week's sign-up was held each day except Wednesday, with designated townships listed for the sessions. The three photos above show farmers and township committeernen filling out necessary forms Thursday and Friday. At the top, left to right, are James Jentz, Fred Jentz, Leslie Baxter, Raymond Dreyer, Jack Munch and Frank Dreyer at the Fenton sign-up table; in the middle, left to right, Donald Gangsted, Marvin Junkermeier, Ed Neuman (standing), Ralph Mastin and Andre Torkelson, at the Hebron township table; and below, left to right, George Detmering (standing), H. D. Radrnaker, Art Rode, George Alke, Arnold Boever, Dennis Isebrand and James Van Hove at the Buffalo township sign-up. Main change from the 19G7 to 19G8 regulations is a raise from 20 to 50 percent in the amount of diversion acres allowed. There are 3,109 farms listed in Kossuth county. (UDM Polaroid Flash- fotos) Industrial Corp. Chairmen For 1968 Named At a meeting last week of the board of directors of the Algona Industrial Development Corporation, with President Dick Cook presiding, standing committees for the current year were appointed as follows: Site Evaluation Committee Dick Everds, chrm.; Dave Smith and Dean Taylor. Exisiting Industry Committee- Jack-Chrischilles, Chrm.; Harry Greenberg. Finance Committee - Kirk Hayes, Chrm.; Dave Smith. Publicity and Advertising Committee - Jerry Leaneagh, Chrm.; George Allen and Bill Conn. New industry Committee Burton Harmes, Chrm.; Harry Greenberg and Patrick Montag. On Goodwill Trip Burton Harmes, president of Metronics, Inc. ol Algona, ,vas one of a group of Iowa businessmen who left last wei-k on a goodwill trip to Mexico City. He was expected home ttiis week. Governor Harold Hughes headed the delegation. New Airport Hangar Bid Let United Building Center was the successful bidder for construction of a new hangar at the Algona Municipal Airport, with a bid of $15,817.66. The bids were opened by the Algona Municipal Airport Commission last week. Other bidders were Taylor Implement and Construction, and Henningsen Steel Products of Ft. Dodge. Completion is slated for early spring, and complete occupancy is already indicated. Leighton Misbach is chairman. Frigid Marks Will Remain In This Area This area experienced a little more winter during the past week as temperature readings shot below zero for a couple of days and stayed near that mark most of the time. The low was -6 Sunday, while the in Kossuth was 40 H L Feb. 8 40 12 Feb. 9 32 6 Feb. 10 12 0 Feb. 11 15 -6 Feb.12 14 -3 Feb. 13 14 1 Feb. 14 - 3 The 5-day forecast doesn't sound as good as a week ago. The readings are supposed to be 5-10 degrees below normal. However, precipitation is predicted as light. Algona Taxes Go Up; Few May Reduce Kossuth county taxpayers, if any were under the impression that their local level taxes would go down due to increased state "property tax relief measures, are going to be disappointed in most instances. It just Isn't the case, preliminary figuring in the office of County Auditor Marc Moore indicates. The Kossuth auditor's office received the mill age rates for school districts Tuesday, from the state, and has begun figuring the county faxes, based on the 19 school districts in the county. On top of the millage levy for schools in the various districts, the auditor's office adds the town or township, county, and city taxes where applicable to arrive at the final tax millage. Algona, as an example, in the area covered by the Algona Community School district, will pay a higher property tax than last year by about four mills. While the general levy in Algona is down from last year, the school tax, partially because of the new school bond issue, went up between 9 and 10 mills, accounting for the higher tax to come in the immediate Algona area. Auditor Moore, asked how the state arrived at the levy, said he could see "no rhyme or reason" in the figures. "Some are up, some are down," he 'said. The conflict evolving from decisions of Attorney General Turner regarding allocation of funds could have something to do with the figures received. There seemed to be no indication at all that the increased sales tax and expanded tax on services and other expanded taxes were in any way decreasing local property taxes, which was the basic idea of the new state tax program. However, some school districts fared better. Buffalo Center district came down, Burt came down ove* 3 mills, Armstrong was down 1 1/2 mills. LuVerne, however, went up 4 mills and Sentral went up 2 mills. The work of figuring out the 1967 taxes, payable in 1968, for the county is underway, and it is expected to require four to six weeks to complete the job. Taxes will probably be ready for payment around April 1, and taxpayers then have 91 days in which to pay their first half tax before becoming delinquent. Ample notice of completion of the tax due figures will be given, Auditor Moore said. Burl Woman Hurt In Crash Near St. Joe HURT - A Burt woman was hospitalized with head and shoulder injuries at 4:15 p.m. Monday in a collision on a bridge 9 1/2 miles south of Algona on Highway 169. Mrs. Merle Schwietert, 62, was taken to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge by ambulance. She was driver of the car and accompanied by her husband, who is 69, when the car swerved acorss the center line and into the path of an oncoming car driven by Barrel Jones, 34, Ottosen. Jones, a passenger, Howard Thompson of Ottosen, and Schwietert escaped injury, according to Dennis Steffens, highway patrolman of Humboldt who investigated the accident. He charged Mrs. Schwietert with failing to have control. The Schwieterts reportedly were returning home from Des Moiues where he had undergone major surgery. There was about $600 damage to the Schwietert's 1964 Dodge and about $1,000 damage to the 1966 Chevrolet owned by Jones.

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