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Awarded Highest {Honors as "Iowa's Best Weekly Newspaper" By State University of Iowa, 1933 WtMOMfttt* Jfflome* This Issue for "Alfalfa Hay" Established 1865 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 193 14 Pages—Section Two. VOL. 31.—NO. 47 History of Alfalfa in Kossuth County, Related by Judge Quarton FIRST ALFALFAIN COUNTY STARTEDBY D.H.HUTCHINS Got Idea in California, and Brought Seed Home; Judge Tells Experience (By Judge W. B. Qoarton) Tradition has It that the very first alfalfa seed to be sown in Kossuth county soil was along about 1882 by Dexter H. Hutchins. Mr. Hutchins had been In California and saw the alfalfa growing and brought home a very few seed and planted them upon his lot in the city of Algona. The writer never saw this alfalfa growing, but he was told of It by Mr. Hutchins. I believe the writer of this article has the honor of having sown the first field of alfalfa In Kossuth county, and my best recollection is that It was about 1894 and was sown on five acres In the very southwest corner of the Southwest Quarter of Section 10, Town- chip 95, Range 29. I well remember •writing to a friend in Nebraska and having him send me two hundred pounds of dirt from an alfalfa field for the purpose of Inoculating the soil. I used this on about an acre of ground and then went into the highway Joining the farm and took enough of the first layer of soil where sweet clover grew to inoculate another acre. The balance of the five acre field was sown without any inoculation. The result was that the land inoculated by the soil from Nebraska and the soil from the highway was a much better stand than the land that received no inoculation whatever, and the stand of the two Inoculated acres was Just about equal; there was no difference between the inoculation from the alfalfa field of Nebraska and the Inoculation by the soil from the land where the sweet clover grew. I was able to secure a very good stand on this five-acre field. It was visited by agents from the Department of Agriculture at Washington and M. A. Hauser from the department at Ames, and they both told me that the stand was as good as, if not better than, the average stand in Kansas and Nebraska. This field withstood the rigorous climate of Iowa about five years. It was afterwards plowed up In the usual rotation on the farm and another field sown, and from that day until this, I don't think that the farm has been without a field of alfalfa. Old Dogs—New Tricks Immediately, I attempted to Induce my neighbors and friends In Kossuth county to sow alfalfa. However, for a number of years I was not very successful. I presume that it was on the theory that "it is hard to teach old dogs new tricks." However, we soon got a county agent in the person of Mr. wentworth and he being an enthusiast for alfalfa, both of us together were able to induce a few to try out small fields. One of the early pioneers in raising alfalfa was W. K. Ferguson, who raised it upon the farm Just south of Algona now occupied by Andrew Godfredson, and Mr. Ferguson and I often compared fields. When we made failures in getting a stand, we tried to study out the causes for such failures. WHAT'S YOUR CHOICE FOR THANKSGIVING Turkey, Duck, Goose, Chicken ? We have secured an unusually fine lot of meats and poultries for your Thanksgiving dinner this year—all personally selected from the choicest of the market's supply. You are guaranteed tender, fresh fowl If you get It here. Iowa Turkeys, country Chickens, fresh and tender, Ducks, tender, flavorsome, Geese, fresh from the country. Anderson Bros. MEAT MARKET I believe that In the beginning, the greatest cause for failure to secure a stnnd was because the soil was not inoculated with the alfalfa bacteria and some of the soil was quite sour and some of it had alkali. On these fields with patches of alkali, there would be a Fairly good stand in some places and in other spots there would be none, and In those spots the alkali seemed to be most prevalent. At one time, at the request of the soils department at Ames, I put phosphorus upon part of the alfalfa field io determine the effect, and upon my land there was practically no observable difference between the alfalfa grown where the phosphorus was used and where it was not; so, of course, we concluded that the land did not need phosphorus. I have always been of the opinion that lime upon almost any of toe Kossuth county soils would be a very great aid to the raising of alfalfa, and while I am not sure, I should like very much to see it tried and would like to try it myself if I could get the ground limestone without .00 great expense. Opinions Differ There Is much difference of opinion as to securing a stand in spring and fall seeding, #nd in spring seeding ;here is some difference of opinion as 0 whether a nurse crop should be used or not. My experience has been that in fall seeding in this latitude, ,he chances are not favorable to a good stand unless the seeding is done >efore the 15th of August, and difficulties that one encounters in so seeding are that in plowing at that time of year the ground does not pulverize sufficiently to make a good seed bed. I still hold to the old theory that the best stands are procured in the fall, and in the spring for that matter, by having as near as possible a dust mulch on top from one to three inches deep and the subsoil undisturbed and as hard as it can be left. My experience has been that there is something about alfalfa that it does not admire a deep, mellow seed bed. I had to discover this myself by some very sad and expensive experiences. With the proper imoisture and soil condition arid if the seed Is sown in this latitude by the middle of August, 1 believe that there is just about an even chance in getting a good stand by spring or fall seeding. My experience has also been that in spring seeding a nurse crop Is better than without. This is because if a nurse crop of from a bushel to a bushel and a half of oats is used, It keeps down all weeds and with a reasonably moist season, the alfalfa will catch as well as red clover. The weeds, especially the foxtail and other grasses, .are. A great enemy of the young alfalfa plant. Poor Seed Bad Investment I have sown various kinds of seed in these past years. Poor seed or seed from irrigated land is the most expensive Investment the farmer can make. I have had the best luck in using the best Grimm seed. Dakota No. 12 alfalfa has become quite acclimated to the rigorous climate of North Dakota and Is fairly good seed, but the genuine Grimm always seems to last the longest and do the best. Prom the small beginning with alfalfa in Kossuth county, I am advised that the Year Book for 1932 credits Kossuth County with 13896 acres. This would be, in round numbers about 496 acres to the township or about 14 acres to the section, it is my ,flrm belief that alfalfa is one of the most valuable crops that can be grown on Kossuth county soil. I believe that an acre of alfalfa with a good stand is more valuable than any acre of corn that can be raised up to the point where alfalfa can be used by the farmer in feeding his herd; and as a sales crop, I believe that it is also as valuable as corn, if not more valuable. Certainly, the alfalfa is much better for the soil than the corn and will add much more fertility. Mr. and Mrs. James Woods of Cambridge, Iowa, arrived Thursday evening at the home of the latter's sister, Mrs. Arthur Helberg. They returned to their home Monday morning. Words of Thanks Through the fine cooperation of Kossuth county business men, not only In Algona, but in Irvington, Burt, Whlttemore, Hobarton and other places, this Issue of The Algona Upper Des Molnes has been made possible. It Is easy to demonstrate the kind of a newspaper that may be produced when such cooperation is extended in a worthwhile project. This paper wants to take this opportunity of thanking those Individuals and firms who have helped, and also Manager N. C. Bice of the Call Theatre, who has so kindly consented to allow the use of the theatre for the meeting. We also wish to thank County Agent E. R. Morrison, R. L. Reid, clarence Mawdsley, Paul Kriethe, Harry Bode, Roscoe Mawdsley, G. W. Bleich and dozens of others who have helped us to plan the gathering. All any newspaper asks is cooperation In providing a fair amount of advertising—we will do the rest by giving you the newsiest and most constructive and progressive newspaper we are capable of producing. Signed, Algona Upper Des Molnes. Dress Up Your Dining Room for Thanksgiving Dinner Special Dininj? Room Suite Offer until Thanksgiving Be sure and see the latest designs in Dining Room Suites at the low prices. Foster Furniture Company Juniors Ready to Give Class Play Next Week The Juniors of the Algona high school will present the play, "Applesauce" a comedy of American life in three acts, Monday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 8:15 o'clock. The play is under the drection of Elsa M. Goeders. The proceeds of the play will be used for financing the Junior-senior banquet. Tickets are being sold by the Juniors during the week. Reserved seats may be obtained at the James drug store on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. Prices of admission will be 15 and 25 cents. The oast of the play is as follows: Mrs. Ella Robinson . .Isabel Greenberg John Robinson James Chubb Mrs. Jennie Baldwin .Arlene Brethorst Matt McAllister ..Robert McCullough Bill McAllister John Bishop Rollo Jenkins Melvin Miner Specialties between acts under the direction of Margaret Morris and Grace Miller will be given by Marion Corey, Ella Mae iJohnsion, Rosecta Barker, Marjorie Johnson, Helalne Ostrum, Elith Roeder, inna, Dee Phillips, Geneva. Bcharlach, Shirley Damon, Olive Geilenfeld, Eva. Schackelford Pauline Turner, Maurice Michel and palmer Sellstrom. Others assisting with the program ore: business manager, Allen Buchanan; assistants, Frieda Paetz, Kathleen Evans and Bernard Brlggs; stage man- r.ger, Adrian Burmelater; assistants, Robert Bolenus, Raymond Harr, and Orville Schultz; lighting, Melvin Miner; properties: Marlon Corey, Melvin Miner, Arlene Brethorst; sponsors, Ruth Kreikenbaum, Prances Messer, David Ward, and Grace Miller. Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Chipman and Wm. Elvldge were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Elvldge Sun- tiny. A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Hanson Nov. 14th. Miss Leona Blerstedt Is the nurse at the Hanten home. Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Puffer from near Corwlth spent Sunday with Mrs. Puffer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Mansmlth. Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Phelps and son spent Sunday afternoon at the home oi Mrs. Phelps parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Sperring. Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Prlesenberg of near Buffalo Center spent Sunday here with the formers' sister, Mrs. Hliam Ward and family. Mr. and Mrs. Mllo Brown of Garner and Mrs. Mayme Baker of Brltt were dinner gueste at the E. O. Chipman home Sunday. W. H. Smith who has been in poor health for several months has been staying at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Floyd Duncan, the past week. George Graham, Jr., left Monday for Atlantic where he will Join the C. C. C. Mr. Graham Is an ex service man, having served in the World War overseas. Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Radeke, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Stott and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Holding were guests at the C. E. Slgsbee home recently for a pheasant dinner. Willis Chipman and Mr. Tesh of Milwaukee came Thursday for the >heasant season. They visited at the lome of Willis' parents, Mr. and Mrs. . B. Chipman. Dr. J. G. Clapsaddle drove to Iowa City last Friday. He was accompanied >y Mrs. Carl Watson who entered the Jniversity hospital for treatment. Doc:or Clapsaddle returned home Saturday. Rev. Hulse Speaks on College Problems Rev. C. V. Hulse did an excellent Job of "plnch-hlttlng at the Rotary luncheon in the Algona Hotel, Monday r.oon, when he selected as a subject for discussion the proposed tax on endowments of small colleges, which is being presented to the state legislature. His contention was that the enactment of such legislation would force the small, privately owned colleges out of business, and would result in larger enrollments in state institutions and thus more expense to the taxpayers. A general discussion by club members followed. Basket social-Program A basket social and program will be held Thursday evening, Nov. 23, at the District B, Central school, in Union township. The school Is four miles north, and one and a half miles west of Algona. A varied program by the pupils has been planned, to start at 8:15 o'clock. A large crowd attended the C. C. Cooper sale last Thursday. The Lone Rock boys' and girls' basketball teams will play at Seneca on Friday, Nov. 24th. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Anderson and family visited at the R. E. saunders home Sunday evening. Mrs. Ervin Heidenwith and daughters of Lone Rock visited at the Henry Kueck home Tuesday. ' Maurice and Dorcella Jensen, Theo. Lampe of Bancroft visited at the Ceo. Patterson home Sunday evening. Mr. and Mrs. James Doocy and Leo Lampe of Bancroft were dinner guests at the Fred Jensen home Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Saunders visited with their daughter, 'Mr. and Mrs. Ray Anderson and family east of Swea City Thursday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Anderson and their children spent from Friday until Sunday visiting at the Milton Murphy home at Garden City, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. John saunders and son Jackie Bruce visited Sunday evening at the home of Mrs. Saunders' parents, the J. D. Peterson home at Rlngsted. Mr. and Mrs. Jay Godden celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Among the people who were there were the following: Rev. and Mrs. Gladstone, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. will Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. L. B, Hollister and family of Lone Rock; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Godden and family of Burt; Mrs. Martin Vant, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Larson of Seneca, und Joe Mokery of Titonka. BURT NEWS 8 fix®x®3xy^^ Mrs. G. C. Giddings had her tonsils removed last week. D. L. McDonald went to Omaha last Friday on business. A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ferm Bewick Nov. 11. B. V. Daniels was ill with a gallstone attack Saturday night. P. L. Dreminel has built a storm front on the telephone office. O. 8. Coffin is digging a well on the Lyle Mann farm now occupied by Roscoe Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schenck and family spent Sunday at Mason City at the Harry Broken home. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur May of Lake Park were guests Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Bewick. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fisher and family from near Armstrong were supper guests at the o. B. Ohipman borne. Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Chipman and two children were guests at an oyster dinner at the home of their father, Wm. Elvldge Tuesday. This dinner was in honor of Mr. Elvidge's 78th birthday. Dr. and Mrs. Shipley and children of Ottosen, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dehnert of Algona, and M. E. Otterness of Fenton were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Vinaas at the Marvin Hotel. Miss Bertha Daniels attended the funeral of her uncle, Fred Relbsamen at Titonka Monday afternoon. Mr. Relbsamen has lived in Kossuth county 58 years. He died at the Kossuth hospital Nov. nth. Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Smith took their little daughter to Iowa City Sunday for an examination at the University hospital. Mrs. Frank Snyder accompanied them to Cedar Rapids to visit her daughter, Mrs. John McGovem, and family. Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Thompson and daughters took Mr. Thompson's mother Mrs. Gertrude Thompson to Mason City Saturday where she took the train to Grinnell where she will spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Earl Girton and family. Alfalfa Acres Are Money Makers Every farmer wlio lias given thoughtful time and effort to the growing of alfalfa, knows this to be tmc. From this luxuriant feed crop, you make money because, it's yield per acre in feeding value 5 can hardly be excelled by any other crop that is < grown in this locality; it makes excellent hog and chicken pasture and will eliminate jbntirely all foul weeds. We have dozens of fine "Alfalfa Growing Farms" for sale at real BARGAIN PRICES. Come in and see us about one of these fine ALFALFA FARMS. SPECIAL AGENTS FOE Federal Farm Loans Kossuth, Hancock, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Humboldt and Webster Counties. McDonald & Co. : • Iowa State Bank Bldg. Phone 120. Get Inside These Thanksgiving Clothes Before You Get Outside the Thanksgiving Dinner It's going to be a great Thanksgiving if you'll let it. If you'll but put aside all thoughts of old clothes and concentrate only on old friends. You can afford these clothes. You need them . . . and we don't know of one single reason why you shouldn't join the hundreds of other men who are going to play Santa to themselves without interfering with their next month Santa activity for others. Suits and Overcoats 14.50 to 29.50 Zender & Caldwell Clothing and Shoes. &j

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