The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 27, 1968 · Page 1
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 1

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 27, 1968
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The "RRST-OMHE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . &lsotta ESTABLISHED 1865 dftomes; 12 Tabloid Pages Nnv Nov. T atler at thc P° st ° r f*e at Algona, Iowa under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1968 VOL. 102 NO. 15 Algona Industrialist Finds Mexican Market An Algonan, Burton Harmes, Metronics Inc., reports he has found a new market for Algona- produced equipment. Harmes was among 45 Iowa businessmen who went with Gov. Harold Hughes on a recent visit to Mexico City, arranged by Iowa Industrial Development Commission. He reported that "we are trying to stimulate trade which in turn, will stimulate industry in Iowa." The dairy industry in Mexico City is in the market for packaging machinery which Metronics produces. Harmes feels that prospects are good for growth of companies in this area and that many industries are interested in moving plants out of crowded cities. "We have a lot to offer in tax advantages and natural resources, and this is a good place to live," he adds. "If we could stop migration away from here, there would be more than enough people available for employment. People here do not work just for a pay check, but are proud of doing a good job." Father Passes Funeral services for Chris Cacavas, father of Mrs. Jack Clapsaddle, Algona, were held Friday at Aberdeen, So. Dak. He died four days earlier at Tucson, Ariz. 600 Persons Ate Beans At Annual Event A total of 600 persons enjoyed beans and all the trimmings during the third annual Kossuth County Historical Society Bean Supper, held the evening of Washington's Birthday at the VFW Hall here. The event, which has become one of the most popular get- togethers held in the area each year, attracted persons from every corner of the county. It is used as a fund raising dinner. Members of the Izaak Walton League and Knights of Columbus joined with members of the society and others to feed the hundreds in attendance. Steer Killed A car driven by Joseph E. Pfeffer, 16, Wesley, struck and killed a steer on a county blacktop road, three miles east and three-fourths of a mile north of Algona at 7:05 p. m. Tuesday, resulting in an estimated $100 damage to the auto. The steer, owned by Stephen Loss, was valued at $127. The auto was headed south and veered left to miss the animal to no avail, according to Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, who investigated. 4-H Royalty Crowned BURT — Do our youth enjoy an evening of planned entertainment 1 For the answer, one needed only to drop in at the Burt High School gymnasium Saturday evening. Approximately 350 Kossuth youth most of them 4-H'ers — and about 50 adults were gathered at the annual Kossuth County 4-H Fun Night, sponsored by county 4-H officers and youth leaders. Highlight of the evening was the crowning of a King and Queen by the county 4-H presidents, Shirley Becker, left, and Mark Mawdsley, right. Rosemary Fortney, second from the left, a member of the Seneca Stars, was crowned Queen and Terry Alt, second from the right, member of the Union Boys, was crowned King. The crowning ceremony came early in the evening's activities, and Queen Rosemary and King Terry reigned for the balance of the evening. As a reward of their crowning, they were permitted to take part in all activities, enjoy refreshments, etc., courtesy of their fellow 4-H'ers. The gym appeared as a county fair, as booths of all descriptions were set up to test one's talent and ability. For one cent, those attending could have their coats checked and at the close of the evening, refreshments could be purchased for one cent. Algona Farmer Corwith Shop Destroyed Among Nation's Honored Men The Algona Jaycees announced Friday that Richard Kuecker has been selected for inclusion in the 1968 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America. Outstanding Young Men of America is an annual project of the Outstanding Americans Foundation. John Putman, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America for 1966 and president of this nonprofit foundation said, "It is the purpose of Outstanding Young Men of America to recognize and honor the young men in our country who are working toward excellence in their careers and community service. It is these young men who will soon be the leaders of our country." Doug Blankenship, past U. S. Jaycee president(1962-63)whois serving as chairman of the Board of Advisory Editors, said that the men selected "have distinguished themselves in one or more fields of endeavor to the point of being outstanding." The men chosen are between the ages of 21 and 35. Outstanding Young Men of America is an annual biographical compilation of approximately 10,000 young men of oustanding rank throughout the country. Nominees for the book come from many sources. However, the majority of the nominations are made by Jaycee chapter sand college alumni associations. President Lyndon B. Johnson has said about the Outstanding Young Men book, "The decision to honor in this manner the outstanding young men in our country is most welcome; it serves to spur these future leaders of our land to even greater accomplishments and it encourages others to follow their example." John Glenn, America's first astronaut to travel in space has written the introductory message for the 1968 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America. This will be the fourth edition of this annual biographical compilation. Annual Dinner Of Beef Group Set April 4 The annual banquet of the Kossuth County Beef Producers will be held at Garrigan High School here Thursday, April 4, at 7p.m. Announcement of the event came this week from Galen DeValois, county Extension director. Featured speaker will be Emmet Butler, retired public relations man, who was with the Maytag Co., Newton, for many years. His appearance at a recent annual dinner of the Algona Chamber of Commerce proved he is a fine entertainer. ,-• Prime standing rib roast, prepared by Hormel chefs, will be the dinner's main dish. Tickets for the event will soon be on sale by members of the organization. The Corwith Plumbing and Heating shop, owned and operated by a former Algonan, Vic Fisher, was completely gutted by fire which was discovered about 1:30 a. m., Feb. 17. Remains of the building are shown in the above photo from the Corwith Herald. Firemen from Britt, Wesley, Renwick and Corwith battled the flames and managed to save surrounding buildings, including the library, left in the photo, from destruction. The blaze was discovered by Ray Bonnstetter, night policeman, while he was making his rounds. He noticed smoke coming from the plumbing shop and turned in an alarm at once. When firemen arrived, the interior of the structure was a blazing inferno, so hot in fact that they could not enter it to douse the flames. A strong north wind and frigid weather (note the ice on the buildings) also hampered the battle. The library, council rooms, former fire house and Red's Barber Shop were all threatened — and equipment was removed from the latter buildings. Only slight damage resulted to the barber shop and the library sustained some water and smoke damage, also. Mr. Fisher lost all of his plumbing equipment, supplies, records, personal belongings and household goods. He lived in an apartment above the shop. Damage was estimated at $15,000 to inventory, up to $7,000 to building, and $14,000 to household goods. It was understood he had partial insurance coverage. Firemen estimated from 70,000 to 100,000 gallons of water were used in the battle against the flames. Rev. Ronald Cowles, one of the newest firemen at Corwith, froze both ears while on duty at the fire. The fire destroyed one of the oldest landmarks in the community. Fenfon Tavern Theft Nets Money, Liquor A thief or thieves burglarized Bernie's Tavern at Fenton sometime during the early hours Saturday, taking beer, whiskey and cash. Fenton and Kossuth county authorities are investigating the theft. It was discovered about 6 a. m. Saturday by Bernie Kramer, who operates the business. Missing was about $50 to $60 in cash, five cases of beer, eight fifths and two half-gallons of whiskey. It is believed entry was gained by walking through an unlocked door between the tavern and a beer garden that is used only in summer. Since the door had been locked, authorities feel that it may have been opened sometime during the evening by persons visiting the tavern. Mr. and Mrs. Don Hainzinger, employees, worked in the tavern until it closed about 1 a. m. Saturday. The tavern is located on Fenton's main street. Sheriffs officers were also called to investigate break-ins at the Van Norman drug store and Wischmeyer Grocery at Swea City last week. A total of $33 from a cash register and a quantity of drug supplies was stolen at the drug store after a glass was broken in a north door to gain entrance. Boards were pried off a back window at the grocery store and $10 taken from a cash register. Accountant Is Hired, Utilities T. James Palmer, supt. of Algona Municipal Utilities, has announced that Charles Oldham, 25, has been hired to serve as accountant for the organization. He began his duties Feb. 6. Mr. Oldham graduated from Immaculate Conception High School, Charles City; Hamilton Business College, Mason City, and came to Algona from employment in Ft. Dodge. He and his wife Janet are residing at Hillcrest Trailer Court here.

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