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Slgotra (Llppcr DCS fHomrs *••«... THE WBATHEft Generally ftUf, day, dowdy In Established 1865 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1933 Eight Pages VOL. 31.—NO. 42 FARMER SLUGGED MYSTERY ATTACK Canada Indicted on Poll Book Charge; Herring Testifies GRAND JURY TOTAL INDICTMENTS RUN TO 11 ON TUESDAY Governor Denies Knowledge of Change of Dennis Q-oeders' Vote QUIZZED FOB HOUR IN SECRET SESSION „,. James A. Canada, Webster City, -was indicted by the Kossuth county grand jury, Tuesday morning on a charge of uttering a forged Instrument. The charge resulted from a change which County Auditor E. J. Butler noticed in a poll book record of Dennis Goeders' vote in a primary several years ago. The poll book had been loaned to Canada who stated that he was from the office of the state attorney general at that time. Governor Clyde Herring arrived in Algona early Tuesday morning, and went before the grand jury to testify. The grand Jury probed the governor with regard to his connection with Canada, and his knowledge of the change in the poll book record. Governor Testifies The governor testified that he knew nothing whatsoever of the alteration, and had not looked at the record book itself, although he knew the attorney general's office had it, and planned on making photostatic copies of Mrs. Goeders' vote as it showed hi the book. The background for the entire affair lies in the fact that a movement to oust Goeders from the State Fish and Game Commission was started some time ago, on the grounds that he was not a Democrat, but a Republican. He bad been appointed by ex-Governor hat aoederir.'Wiis not a. Democrat but a Republican, and the pot has been boiing ever since. Goeders was called before the state central committee, but nothing, so far, has come of the investigation. The poll book change, which Auditor Butler says was made, was to alter the primary record of one election which changed the Goeders vote from Democratic to Republican. Goeders Holds Balance "I know nothing about the vote change," said Governor Herring, "Canada was not acting for me, and any change made was made without my knowledge. I saw the books, and was told that the attorney general was to make photostatic copies, but I did not personally look at the vote." Mr. Goeders position on the State Fish and Game Commission is an especially potent one at the present moment, because there are two other Democrats and two Republicans on the commission, and he thus holds the balance of power in voting, and also regarding possible changes in the personnel of the fish and game depratment. John Senneff of Mason City acted as a special attorney for the county in the investigation. Leo Sankey was also Indicted on a charge of issuing a worthless check to the extent of $59.62. Judge James DeLand will return to Algona, October 28, to hear motions or attend to any other business that may be ready by that time. Dickinson Believes New Start Needed; Urges Soldier Bonus A well-filled auditorium heard Senator L. J. Dickinson of Algona speak, Sunday evening, at the Congregational church, at 7:30 o'clock on "Economics." The Algona senator spoke against inflation, declared the NRA was unconstitutional, called the A. A. A. ineffective, urged "going back-to where we started from." One of the most important of Mr. Dickinson's suggestions was that the soldiers' bonus be paid. He admitted that he had not, in the past, favored the measure, but said that he believed it was far better to pay the soldiers' bonus now than to spend such large sums in other ways. There was no reference to President Roosevelt in his talk, but he did express 'the opinion that the economic theories now in vogue were not sound, and that the nation would be better If they were discarded. Win. Baade, Titonka, Buried on Saturday Wesley, Oct. 17, special: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baade of Wesley attended the funeral of his brother, William Baade, 38, at Titonka Saturday where funeral services were held at the Lutheran church northeast of Titonka in Charge of theRev. A. KiHan. Mr Baade had been ill for several months with Wdney trouble and passed away Thursday at the home of his mother who livw on a farm between Titonka and Wesley. Besides his mother and brother, Henry, he leaves four sisters, Mrs. Ernest Senne, Mrs. Chris Seime and Mr. William Koch of Woden, and Mrs. August p. Ohrist of fcafcota; and . othrbrottow, tag north of BWde, Who's Who and What They Do ' Number Three Of a Series of Thumb nail Portraits of Kossuth People Some years ago a young man named Fred Oeigel was called upon by the then sheriff of Kossuth county, Sheriff Hackman to help him take three prisoners to Anamosa penitentiary. Fred consented. He was handcuffed to the three prisoners, to make Certain that they would have an Imepdiment should they start to run away. When they arrived at Anamosa It was late at night, so they all went to a restaurant to phone the prison warden to expect them. Sheriff Hackman, not knowing the dial phone system, Fred Geigel — Photo by Peterson Studio asked the restaurant manager to do the phoning, which he did. The warden asked how many prisoners there were, and the manager, after looking the handcuffed men over, replied that there were four. Needless to say, when the party arrived at the penitenttary, it looked for the sheriff explained that Fred was his son-in-law, and not a prisoner. However, as some of Fred's friends remarked, the warden was a pretty smart gent, and ought to know the signs when he saw one. But, lest we get In bad, we want to say that Fred has proved anything but a desperado. He is one of Irvlngton's most respected citizens; a testimonial given by the fact that he has been secretary of the Irvington Light and Power Co. for the past ten years, and in that time never lost an account or failed to collect a bill. And brother, that's going some. He is a full blood Swiss, born near Renwlck in 1894. His father is Councilman Fratik Geigel of Algona. After graduating from the rural eighth grade he started high school after the family moved to Algona. He graduated in 1914. His high school activities consisting of debating (the team never won), track (he always had a sprained ankle), and football (and the rest of the boys were bigger.) After three years work at the 1 E. A. Wolcott hardware store, Fred began farming near Irvington. In the meantime he had become a benedict. Mrs. Geigel states that she married him for his money, and he married her for her beauty, and both got stung. But money and beauty don't always make for happy homes, and nobody who knows the Geigels will accuse them of having anything else but. They have two children, Georga Anne, 15, and Robert P., 9. In addition to his other duties he Is secretary of telephone lines 15 and 27, a member of the farm bureau, sings in the choir of the Presbyterian church, is a member of the Masonic lodge and drives a Model A Ford. We asked Fred about his hobbies, and he told us he doesn't dance, and only plays cards to keep peace in the family. His favorite recreation is a Sunday afternoon stroll with his father- in-law, George Hackman, through the woods or a discussion on seed corn with anyone else interested in the subject. And speaking of seed corn, his product won a lop In • irijru3tte/tar the Joys ana "interests that It can hold, just follow Fred around for a few days, and learn. MRS. LUCY LIZER DIES; RITES HELD AT DOAN CHURCH Was 87 Years of Age; Is Survived by One Brother Mrs. Lucy Lizer passed away Sunday at the home of her brother, J. D. Andrews, in the Doan community, following an illness of three weeks. Mrs. Lizer lived in Burt several years ago. Funeral services were held Monday at the Doan church and the remains taken to Buchanan county for burial. She was 87 years of age. Lucy Caroline Andrews was born May 9, 1846, In Rlchland county, Ohio. In 1850 she moved with her parents to Marshall county, Indiana. Then to Buchanan county, la. In 1866, she was united in marriage to Eli Lizer. They remained in Buchanan county until 1901 when they moved to Waverly, Kansas. On Sept. 1, 1916, they celebrated then* golden wedding anniversary. The followLig year Mr. Lizer passed away. Mrs. Lizer remained In Kansas until 1920 when she came to Kossuth county to be near her relatives, making her home with her brother, James Andrews. She leaves only one brother living, James Andrews of the Doan neighborhood. Mrs. Lizer was one of the old pioneers of this country, suffering the hardships of all the early settlers. Many friends will miss her sadly. She had been failing in health for two years, and bedfast for two weeks with pneumonia. Big Bad Wolves Cash in Again It sometimes appears that Barnum was right! A Minneapolis photo studio duped a number of Algona families last week, by offering them sittings for photographs at reduced prices They took a deposit, tben arranged for a sitting at a later date at the Algona Hotel. Tbig week there are several dozen Algona citizens, as well as the hotel management, looking: for the visiting photographers. There is the matter of the deposit and the hotel bill to be taken care of. Algona is well equipped with photo studios as well as all other kinds of stores, and outside solicitors seldom offer bargains that cannot be duplicated or bettered right In the old home town. Steer Stampede at Livermore Exciting St. joe, Oct. 17, special: Considerable excitement took place in Livermore last week Friday, when Jennings Bros, were unloading cattle that they t th t wit hout representa- had shipped in from South Dakota. tives / * Dozen Now After Kossuth Husking Honors Oct. 27th An even dozen corn pickers were entered in the county championship contest, Tuesday morning, it was reported at the office of E. R. Morrison, county agent. The annual competition will be held on Friday, October 27, at the Mike Loss farm just south of Algona. Entries received up until Tuesday noon were as follows: Herman Bode, Corwith; Leo Barley, Algona; Ervin Gerber, Algona; Ernest Heidecker, Lakota; Henry Heidecker, Lakota; J. G. Graham, Tltonka; Morris Graham, Titonka; Orie Peterson, Burt; Ralph Hurlburt, Lone Rock; John Schimmel, Algona; John Beenken, Titonka; Dick Helmers, Algona, and Fred Gray, Titonka. Prizes are to be awarded by the Algona Community Club to the winner, and he will also be entered in the district contest, and thus may become eligible for the state contest. Entries may still be listed with the county agent, and he is anxious to have the best men in all sections entered. There are still several sections of the Robbers Raid 4 Kossuth Firms Friday; 5th Sunday Loot Nearly $200 Prom Irvington, Burt and Swea City Places Four robberies early Friday morning, two of which were at Burt, and the others at Irvington and Swea City, netted criminals about $180, it was reported to the sheriff's office, following a checkup after the crime wave had subsided. A fifth robbery was discovered Monday morning at the Applequlst grocery, Swea City, when Mr. Applequlst opened up his store. The safe had been opened and about $50 in cash taken. At the Irvington elevator, entrance was gained through the south door. It is not the custom of those in charge to lock the safe door, but the inner box is always securely fastened. This money box contained about $40 In cash, with numerous checks and insurance policies and other valuable papers also in the safe. Mr. Headley, assistant manager, found the papers, checks and money box, but not the money, on the north edge of the village across the railroad tracks, Sheriffs Day Busy Sheriff Carl Dahlhauser was called to Burt and Swea City by similar robberies, Friday morning, and Deputy Sheriff Casey Loss alone in the office when the Irvington call was received, investigated that robbery. At Burt, entry was gained to the Farmers' Exchange elevator and the O. P. McDonald lumber yard. The safe at the elevator was pried open and between $40 and $50 taken. At the lumber yard, only a few cents were taken, as the safe is not locked and very little cash left on hand. The Swea city elevator yielded over $100 in cash, and was the big haul of the evening for the desperadoes. They by inserting a crow bar Into one corner after springing the door by hammering. The robbery was discovered by Charles Kinney, elevator manager. No clews were found at any of the places, and the sheriff expressed the opinion that the men had used gloves in all their efforts, as no finger prints were found. It was also reported that an elevator at Ringsted had been broken into and additional loot taken. Raid Well Planned The series of raids seemed to have been well planned and timed, and there is no doubt that the same gang worked on all of the places.'For the past three months a detective of the Chicago & Northwestern road has been working in this vicinity in an effort to apprehend thieves who have pilfered property in recent months, Sheriff Dahlhauser stated, and it is entirely possible that the same gang which recently entered the local O. & N. W. depot here and robbed the Burt. post office, are also responsible for this new series of crimes. Entry to the Applequist grocery was gained through a window at the rear of tba second story, Sheriff Dahlhauser stated, and the intruder evidently went through the building and down into the store itself, where he obtained $50. Fifteen dollars, however, was left in the box, to add more mystery to the Sunday night robbery. MERRITT ELECTED COUNTY HEAD OF AMERICAN LEGION 100 Members of Legion and Auxiliary Enjoy Annual Meeting About 100 members of the American Legion and Auxiliary of Kossuth county held a joint annual meeting at Fenton, Thursday night, elected Leon Mer- rltt of Algona, county commander of the Legion, and attended to other business of Importance. L. L. Lease, present county commander, presided at the Legion meeting, and gave a brief report of the Chicago convention. Other officers elected were H. J. Bowman, Swea City, vice commander, and Joe Bloom, Algona, adjutant. The Legion meeting was held in the opera house and the Auxiliary met in the Legion rooms. Victor Stuehland, of Forest City, spoke on membership at the Legion meeting, while the Auxiliary program consisted of an address of welcome by Mrs. W. R. Wolfe, president of the Fenton unit, Mrs. Nell Larson of Algona, Mrs. L. L. Lease of Wesley, Mrs. Zada Naudain of Algona and Mrs. Ida Larson of Swea city, who presided at the meeting. Mrs. Sadie Denton of Tltonka was honored by appointment as pubicity chairman for the eighth district. Mrs Denton plans to keep a complete record of newspaper clippings on Auxiliary work for the entire district, and the unit chairmen are directed to sent their clippings to her for her scrap Escape Mystery Attack One of the animals got loose and ran wild for a time, Jumping the fences at the Archie Wilson place and finally running into a car belonging to F. Conley and breaking one light and a fender. It was finally caught and taken back to the stockyards, Ernest Thiele Named V. of F. W. Officer Ernest Thiele was elected commander of the Algona post of tne Veterans of Foreign Wars at a meeting held October 11 at the Legion hall. Other new ofl'icers are as follows: Harry Edwards, senior vice commander; Herman Willrett, junior vice commander; Fred Bartholomew, quartermaster; Henry Neuman, officer of the day; Herb Adams, post historian- Tfce officers wUl be Installed at the next resuiar meeting pa NOV. 8 Sanity Board Passes on Transient Case George McCoy, whose residence was given as just Iowa, was taken to the state sanitarium in Cherokee, following a sanity hearing, Saturday afternoon in the court house here. McCoy was found at Whittemore, on Friday evening, by Marshal Seymour of that place. Due to his queer actions, and his evident belief that he owned The Milwaukee railroad at that point, he was given the shelter of the city jail until Sheriff Carl Dahlhauser could bring him to Algona, Saturday morning. McCoy bad done no barm, but it was evident that fee was not in his right mind, and bte removal to Cherokee re- 150 Druggists Met Here; Discuss NRA Between 125 and ISO members of the Iowa Pharmaceutical Association gathered In Algona, yesterday, from all parts of the eighth district for their annual meeting. The N. R. A .code for druggists was expected to have a prominent place for discussion on the program following the evening dinner to be served at the Algona Country club. A local committee consisting of E. W. Lusby, Bob James as chairman, Al Borchardt, Ben Sorensen and Mel Fal- kenha.lner handled the arrangements. The men enjoyed a golf tournament while the ladies were entertained at bridge during the afternoon. John Slocum of indianolafsecretary of the state association, had charge of the program in the evening. Community Club Has Important Meeting At a board of directors meeting of the Algona Community Cub, on Monday evening at the Algona Hotel, the following: important pieces of business were attended to. —The sum of $150 donated from the piano fund, to help buy capes for the hig'h school band. —Appointment of Jim Pool as chairman of the corn husking contest committee, and prize awards. —Itaph Miller was named to investigate the light situation for the athletic park. —A Christmas stunt was ordered purchased, and the Christmas celebration will be held Wed., Dec, 6. P. J. CbrislenbtJU, Hugh Post, autl Duane R. Collins were named on a committee to plan the parade. Joe Kelly will handle street iewratlons. A Wf general meeting for the month of November is being planned. James I. Dolliver, eighth district commander, and Mrs. J. C. Underkofler, o: Britt, district commttteewoman, will be present for the meeting. Memorial Services Held by Bar Ass'n. For T. P. Harrington A memorial service, honoring the memory of T. p. Harrington, prominent Algona lawyer, who passed away with- n recent months, was held by members of the Kossuth ~ County Bar Association, Friday afternoon, with Judge James DeLand presiding, in the court •oom. Present as a member of the bar was Robert J. Harrington, son of the wide- y known Algona lawyer. Talks were given by Judge W. B. Quarton, oldest member of the Kossuth bar, and by United States Senator L. J. Dickinson, for 30 years junior partner in the firm of Harrington and Dickinson. A resolution was read and approved which expressed the regret and sorrow of the Kossuth lawyers in the passing of their esteemed friend. The resolution also said: "The bar of Kossuth county will ever cherish his memory and take pride in the record he made. His life and attainment are an inspiration and example to all those who may follow him. In his death our profession has lost an example of a life well spent and ardently devoted to its chosen work, and we have lost a friend." The resolution was signed by a committee composed of L. E. Linnan, E. J. Van Ness and T. C. Hutchison. 100 W. R. C. Delegates Convene Here Tuesday Tjie third district convention of the Woman's Relief corps will be held in the Masonic Temple, Tuesday, October 24, and approximately 100 delegates expected. The morning session will open at 9 a. m., with registration, followed by a call to order by the local corps and an introduction of department officers. Rev. Hueser will give a scripture reading and offer a prayer. Following a flag salute and an address of welcome by Mayor C. F. Specht, a response by Anna Beaham and several other points on the program, a report of corps in the district will be given, followed by a talk on "Why Should the W. R. C. Carry On After the Grand Army is Gone," and a report by national delegate. Dinner will be served In the dining room of the Masonic Temple. The afternoon session will include 3, drill by the Royal Neighbor lodge, reports, reading of minutes and closing ceremonies. Approximately 20 towns will be represnted, Including Webster C'ity and Emmetsbmrg. NICK THILGES IN BLOODY BATHE FIGHTS FOR LIFE Cartridge Clips Falls to the Ground; Held as a Possible Clue Photo by Staff Photographer Nick Thilges ana wife, pictured above, escaped the attack of a mysterious assailant at /their farm home, south of Whlttemore early Saturday morning, when Mr. Thilges grappled with the armed intruder. A gun clip, which slipped from the gun prevented firing of the weapon, and the attacker was beaten off with a cable which Thilges wrested from his grasp. TWO CORN PICKER MISHAPS IN WEEK --» Lone Bock, <w»-»Ti™- Corwith Men Victims in Annual Fall Casualties Lone Rock, Oct. 17, special: Earl Ackerman, living three miles east of Lone Rock, has the misfortune to get his right hand caught In a corn picker, last Friday. The bone was crushed n one finger to the second Joint, and he flesh torn away from another fln- ger. Wesley, Oct. 17, special: Wilbur Studer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed J. Studer, north of Corwith, has the misfortune to mangle his left hand in a corn >icker Friday while he was operating he picker on his father's farm. His iveralls were caught in the rollers, and n tryjpg to keep his leg from being caught his hand was pulled into the rollers. Unable to get his hand out or stop the machine, he had to wait until his brother, Dick, drove across the field to his assistance. It is thought he hand can be saved. Hallowe'en Program at Rural School A Hallowe'en program is planned by Laura Hilbert on Friday, October 27th at 8 o'clock at the Jack Devine school, 3 miles north of St. joe. Everybody Is invited to attend the program. A lunch will be served after the program. Harvey Ingham on Church Celebration Program of Nov. 5 Harvey Ingham, former editor of The Algona Upper De s Molnes and now editor of the Des Modnes Register, has accepted an invitation to speak, in Algona, Nov. 5, in conjunction with he 78th anniversary of the founding Df the Congregational church here in he afternoon. An acceptance was also received from Rev. Suckow of Alden, Iowa, once a pastor of the local church to fill the pulpit for the Sunday morning service on November 5. Mr. Ingham is perhaps the best informed man on early Algona history, an4 his address will be of interest to the entire community. Both the morning and evening meetings will be held in the church. Jubilee Jottings, a clever arrangement of historical data in connection with the local Congregational church, will be found elsewhere in this issue. WIFE BUSHES TO HUSBAND'S AID 200 Whittemore Neighbors Scour Country for the Unknown Fugitive j (By Will Harris, Farm Editorj With blood spurting from his head battered with the butt of an automatic pistol, Nick Thilges, farmer living two miles south of Whtttemore, turned on the man who assailed him in his barnyard Saturday morning, and wrenching a length of cable from the hand of his attacker, fought back desperately to ave his life. Striking hard to neck and chest, Thilges returned the beating and man- ,ged .to escape to the house, where his wife, who had heard the commotion, lad just stepped out of the door. The assailant followed, almost to the house, and Thilges shouted to his wife in Gernan, "Go in the house and get the gun." Evidently the man understood German, for when Thilges shouted, he turned and ran north, into a cornfield. Thilges had just finished his chores about 8:30 Saturday morning and was about to leave the barn by the south door when a man stepped in through, the same door and pointing a gun at Thilges, commanded, "You go where I tell you." He said nothing more but motioned his victim out through, the east door of the barn and toward the silo. L Cartridge Clip Saves Life On nearina ttxe silo, he began to beat .hUges<on. the head-with the butt of -ftferplstolr Taaft«hocfc-j>f-the bjowsjfttot to down Thilges but released the cartridge magazine of the pistol thereby disabling .the weapon for firing purposes. The magazine fell to the ground and is being held as an important due along with the assailant's cap which he lost in the struggle. According to the victim, his attacker was about 35 to 40 years old, tall with ight complexion, light hair and blue eyes. He wore overalls and a jacket., Thilges believes that he has seen the- man somewhere before but he does not. remember when or where. On reaching the house, Thilges at- • .empted to phone for help, but the in- itrument was dead; the wire had been-, cut. He then ran to the Duffy home nearby, and Mrs. Louis Duffy drove him. o Whittemore where Dr. McCreery dressed his wounds. Thilges' head and. ace were badly battered and cut by the* ilows. Blood ^etches'on the sud and he Walls Of the house as well as Thiles' bandaged head and gashed faca emain as vivid reminders of the trange and vicious attack. No Motive Supplied Thilges cannot account for the mo- ive in the assault. Thirty cents was 11 the cash he had on the farm. He as been living on the farm, which ha wns, for the last six years and is not ware of having any enemies.. About a ,-eek before the attack Thilges sold ix calves at West Bend, and it is pos- ible the assailant believed he had ome money on the premises. About 7:30 Friday evening, Tbilges ecalled, there were several, knocks on lie door, but before he could answer, he caller drove out of the yard in an Id car equipped with poor lights. Kossuth county authorities are baffled as to the identity of .the assailant nd the motive of his attack but are necking all clues which may lead to ils apprehension. Following the bat- le, 200 neighbors combed the coun- ryside, searching in vain for Thliges' ttacker. Algona State Pays $22,885 Dividend A dividend of $22,885.00 representing a 5.104 per cent dividend, awaits the depositors of the defunct Algona State Bank, it was announced this week by the state examiners In charge of the liquidation of the institution. This will be, (he fifth and final dividend. Checks are available now, Harry Hull stated Monday, and may be obtained by calling at the bank. Anyone living away from Algona may write for his or her check. Tlie bank has been in the process of liquidation since Oct. 1927, and this is the final dividend. Finnell Kin Passes Clarence Finnell, brother of J. M. Finnell of Algona, and Mrs. Frank Beeley, and also of R. H. Flnnell of Whittemore, passed away in Colorado, relatives in this section learned recently. He died from ulcers of the stomach. .. F, Ward, Former Union Resident, Dies Sunday, the Spongberg, brothers, Albin, Geo. and Harry returned from Sioux Falls, s. D., where they had gone several days before because of the death "of their sister's husband, L. F. Ward, who died last Thursday at the age of fifty. Mr. Ward once lived in Union township but has lived in Sioux Falls for the last 21 years. Mrs. Ward returned with her brothers Sunday and vldted here until Wednesday. She was, before her marriage, Rose Spongberg. Ex-Mayor and Wife To Winter in Texas Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ogren expect to leave next week for the south where they will spend the winter. They will drive south by way of Vlcksburg, Mississippi and follow the river to New Orleans. After a few days' sightseeing in that old historic city they will drtvo west through Louisiana, into Texas, stopping at Galveston and other points on their way to San Antonio, where they will spend the winter. Mr. and Mrs. Ogren were at San Antonio last winter and found the climate and golf course much to their liking. Algona friends will wish them a pleasant winter. Their Algona home will be occupied during the winter by Mr. and Mrs. Earl Griffith.

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