Awarded Highest Honors as "Iowa's Best Weekly Newspaper" By State University of Iowa, 1933 Jftome* THE WEATHER Uiuetfed with lower temperatorn. Established 1865 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 15)33 VOL. 31.—NO. 48 CORN SEALERS START WORK THIS WEEK Kleven Boy's Mother Tells Ootoner's Jury He Worked atSteilFann That Verne Kleven, 20, Jordan, Minn, youth, came to his death from burns received as the result of the explosion of a still somewhere in this vicinity, was the belief expressed by county officials, following an investigation last Friday and Saturday which failed to clear up the mystery, but promised further developments this week. Kleven was burned as hard as a piece of wall board, hospital attendants stated, when he was informed that he was about to die, he still refused to communicate the true facts of the case, but a coroner's Jury ascertained more Important details. mother Hears Story The mother of the boy, who came from Jordan, testified before the coroner's Jury that her son told her before he died that the youth said he had been working for John Steil. The Steil farm is located about six miles north of Algona. On the strength of this testimony, Sheriff Dahlhauser, Dr. R. A. Evans, and the coroner's Jury went to the Steil larm, where a search warrant entitled them to look the Steil farm over. The party found pieces of coil and other apparatus, and John Steil end his son, Elmer, were arrested and brought to Algona, charged with illegal possession of intoxicating liquor. Steil denied emphatically that he ever had employed the Kleven youth. He said that the evidences of mash which the Jury found the pr»lse^w^e;star<OTataM^ using. .. around ttie dutsTde of about six Inches and the rest hollow, added to the mystery. Another angle of the case which caused the eventual arrest of Ferd Brethorst, resulted from a mysterious visit that Brethorst made to Kleven's bedside shortly before he died. Kleven asked his mother to leave the room while he talked to Brethorst. The sheriff and his party, armed with another search warrant, visited the Brethorst farm, where they found one-half gallon of alcohol, and 116 empty gallon cans. Brethorst was charged with Illegal possession of intoxicating liquor. Justice H. B. White heard the case against the trio, Saturday night. Bret- norst was released after furnishing- $1,000 bond, and John Steil was returned to Jail when he could not furnish a similar bond. Elmer Steil was ordered released on lack of evidence, in a motion by the county attorney. Steil and Brethorst waived a preliminary hearing and both were bound to the grand jury. The coroner's Jury icalled by the coroner, consisted of Lynn Keith, joe Harlg and A. A. Sterling. They had not returned a verdict Monday evening, pending further investigation. Seek Missing Man Meanwhile the body of the youth was shipped to Jordan, Minn., for burial. One of the unsolved mysteries was the question of who brought Kleven to the hospital. Neither of the Steil men could be identified by hospital at- tenda^ts who said they would recognize the man if t£e"y saw him. Kleven's story was to the effect that he was burned when a lantern exploded in a barn near Bancroft. He changed his story several times before he died, but with the exception of what he told his mother, did not "squeal" on his pajs or enemies, as the case might have been. 1934 Auto Plates Ready to Distribute Turkey Day Grid Game Billed Here The Algona Independent footbal team will close Its season here, Thanks giving Day, with Fairmont furnishing the opposition. The game Is slated to start at the Athletic Park at 2:30 p m. Fairmont has defeated Algona twice thus far this year, each time by on< touchdown. The boys are out to avenge themselves for this disturbing element in an otherwise successful season, and are determined to make Thursday a real day of Thanksgiving for local grid fans. $23,960 COMING TO KOSSUTH FOR CIVIL WORKS JOBS 69 Men Will Be Employed in Projects Throughout County Warrants from the Iowa State Civil Vork Administration for Kossuth cqun- y, totalling $23,960.50, and ..insuring work for at least two months for men in the county, were expected here the latter part of the week, it was tated by W. E. McDonald, chairman of he KossuSh civil works committee, Monday. Eight district civil works projects in he county were approved last week by the state administration of the civil works fund. The projects follow, with total cost, and number of men that estimates say will be given employment: Bancroft: graveling, fixing streets and sutlers. ?2226.00. Eight men. Automobile registrations for 1034 slated to begin Dec. 1 at the Kossuth county court house. There will be no penalty tor the month of January, the office of the county treasurer has been notified. Feiwas desiring "pet" numbers should make their reservations with O. W. Pearson, deputy in charge of license registrations, at once. The 1034 Iowa licenses will be gold and black, and are very attractive. If oars are to be placed in storage for 19^4. owners should file storage affidavits prior to January 1, it was also stated, and 1933 plates turned in* Algona: put In storm sewer, 1900 feet, and 3250 feet of sanitary sewer. $3425. Nine men. LuVerne: repairing streets, storm sewer, tile drain. $1300. Eight men Algona: laying water main. $5833. Five men. Wesley: repairing streets and hauling gravel. $1320. Six men Laokta: storm sewer extension and laying pipe. $3207. Ten men. Swea City: graveling-, resurfacing streets, fixing gutters, g.-ading. $1870. Nine men. One of the provisions of the funds are that communities cannot and must not employ persons on the Civil Works program for a few days, a few weeks, or any short period of time, and then replace these"persons with others. The persons employed are to be given steady and permanent employment not to exceed 30 hours per week until Feb. 15. If any person or persons are discharged or must leave the work because of illness or other developments, they may then be replaced but no person may oe discharged In order to give employment to some other person. Other members of the local county committee are H. M. Smith, E. R. Morrison, Jim Sheridan of Bancroft and Henry Kunz of Wesley. In the meantime, applications for employment are still being taken at the court house by the county committee on national unemployment, of which C. R. LaBarre, Algona, is chairman. Headquarters are in the office of the county engineer. Jury Still Probes Strange Death of Youth Who Burned PAIR ARRESTED; OFFICERS SEEK "MYSTERY MAN' OUR TOAST TO THE COMMUNITY Let us pause for a brief moment and again realize that Thanksgiving Day is a time for an expression of gratitude and returning thanks . . . Let us picture those sturdy Pilgrims setting this day aside in 1621— B12 years ago, in acknowledgement of their first harvest, and dellveiance from countless enemies. Again in. these last few years many of us have fought hard to survive, not against Indians and primitive privations, but against equally as destructive forces. On this great traditional day we hope that Prosperity can be a guest at your table and Cheerful Courage a guest in your heart. Santa, Eskimo Dogs, Coming; 'ARMER GREATEST GAMBLER IN WORLD SPEAKER DECLARES Ledyard in Lead of North Kossuth Cage Conference In the middle of the second week of play in the North Kossuth basketball conference, the Ledyard team took undisputed first place by winning a hard fought game from Titonka, last Thursday, 4 to 16. Titonka won an overtime thriller earlier in the week from Seneca, 19 to 17. Seneca seemed to have lost none-oj its steam in the Titonka game, and went right ahead to trim Lone Rock, Friday, 18 to 10. Fenton reached a five hundred rat- Ing by downing Bancroft, 23 to 17, after trailing 14 to 6 at the half. Conference ranking, Monday, Nov. 27. Won Lost Pet. Rev. Allen Wood, pastor of the Good !ope Methodist church, in a forceful alk at the Algona Rotary club, Monay noon, to the Algona Hotel, spoke in ehalf of greater understanding and 'riendUness between town and rural re- dents, and cited some interesting Information to prove his point that a better understanding can be reached. Rev. Wood, prior to his talk, interviewed a number of rural folks, asking them question as to how they would suggest improvements to town-country relations. These answers, which he read, omitting the names of the parties who gave them, provided plenty of food for thought. "I do not feel that the folks in larger communities have a feeling of superiority with regard to their country brethren," said Rev. Wood, "but I do feel that there are times when folks in the city, in the hustle of everyday life and .pursuit of business, forget that they may seem pretty short and brief in dealing with visitors to their community from rural sections." He also asserted lhat the farmer faced hardship without a murmer, and that he was the greatest gambler in the world, staking everything each Christmas Celebration Here Next Thursday; Parade Starts at 1 P. M. MUCH INTEREST IN POPULARITY BALLOT As we go to press Tuesday night, H. B. White, chairman of the Miss Mary Christmas Committee, reports that the committee is now counting today's ballots and Lucille Els- enbarth of St. Benedict and Gertrude Long of AUrona are showing surprising strength. In just a few days now, Santa Claus will be in Algona 1 As everyone knows, the day of his visit is Thursday, December 7. For several weeks his coming has been anticipated keenly and elaborate preparations have been made to welcome him. Now, as the day approaches, the entire city is atingle with teen anticipation. The riant Christmas festival parade will start at 1 p. m. Thursday, from the Kossuth county court house. It will proceed east on State street to highway 169, then north one block, west one block and south one block back to State street. Here the parade will come west on State street to the point of starting. Santa's surprise announcement to- year on his crops and his livestock— day Is intended especially for the lit- when a hailstorm, drouth, disease or low market prices might leave him at the end of the season with nothing for his efforts. Rev. Wood's talk was heartily received, and called for a great deal of favorable comment from the members, many of whom expressed themselves as desirous of taking to heart his straightforward advice as to better city-country relationships. Ledyard ................... 2 Fenton ................... 1 Lone Rock ............... 1 Seneca ................... 1 Titonka ................... 1 Bancroft .................. 0 1.000 .500 .500 .500 .500 .000 The only girls' game in the conference went to Seneca, which defeated Lone Rock, 22 to 18. Junior Play Pleases Two Packed Houses The three-act play, "Applesauce," was presented by the junior class of the high school, Monday and Tuesday evenings of this week, to well-filled houses and was well received and highly spoken of after both performances. Isabel Greenberg, Geneva Sharlack, Eva Shackleford, Helaine Ostrum, Alice Geilenfeld, Marjorle Johnson, Pauline Turner, Rosetta Barker, Edythe Boeder, Robert MoOuUough, Melvin Miner, Marion Corey, Ella Mae Johnson, Maurice Michel, palmer Sellstrom and Die* Post were luoUided to the OBJ* of characters. Thj play was directed by ' Skeleton of City's Water Tower Rises Work on the new city water reservoir had proceeded to the point, this week, where it was rising in skeleton form in the sky against the municipal water plant. Only by taking a good look at the base and foundation can residents of Algona get an idea as to the size and appearance the new tower will make. Plans are being worked out to have some form of sign or signal light on the top of the tower as a beacon bidding all to come to "The Friendly City." The pity council, which would meet Thursday in the course of normal events, will probably meet Friday Two Petition For Wesley Postoff ice Wesley: Two candidates, through their petitions, have made known their desire to receive appointments for the Wesley postmastership in the past few days. The vacancy will occur after next May. The candidates to date are Mrs. I. A. Gerdee and Mrs. John Ornwby. it to thought, that several other <$«di* f'stes wlij announce their intentions in the new tle children. Knowing that his little tots have been wondering whether, hi the midst of the great festivity which will attend Santa's parade, they might reallv have an opportunity to realize childhood's cherished ambition of talking with Santa and shaking his hand, Santa radtogramed today to assure his little friends he will see them one and all. To add a further thrill to the marvelous sensation of meeting old Santa, the patron saint has sent word that he will meet his little friends in his very own north pole cabin which he is bringing with him to Algona. Donna Qulnn in Lead The contest being held locally for the selection of Miss Mary Christmas will end Saturday night, Dec. 2, and the winner will be kept a secret until on Thursday, Dec. 7, the day of the big Christmas celebration. The contest- rnts, of which there are 31, were in the following places, Monday evening when the votes were tabulated: Donna Ouinn, first; Betty Barry, second; Lucille Elsenbarth, St. Benedict, third; Jane Hemphill, fourth; Marlon Corey, fifth. And the other contestants were in this ord«r: Josephine Chubb, Toots Larson, Rachel Clap'ad- dle of Burt, Marcella Cuilen of Whittemore, Rosemary Murphy of Bancroft, Ruth McKee, LumeUa Mae Reece of Elmore. Elma Krueeer of Lone Rock, Vera Blggings of LuVerne, Alice Dreyer of Fenton, Frances Kunz of Wesley and Gladys Stoeber of Fenton. The other candidates trailed these leaders. Ballots good for 35 votes are being pivm out by each business place in lffona with each 28 cent purchase. The place to greet Santa in bis own log cabin abode Is in the court house square where as last year, Santa locat- (Qonttaued QO sac* page) 550 HEAR ALFALFA TALK; DETAILS OF CORN-HOG PLAN Arizona Visitor Kiwanis Speaker Klwanians had the pleasure of hearing of Ernest Wheelock of Douglas, Arizona, brother of J. B. Wheelock, at the Klwanls meeting last Thursday. Mr. Wheelock talked on the Klwanls organization's motto, "We Build," and also on the conditions of the country at this time. Mr. Wheelock believes lhat honesty Is the best plan to follow In the affairs of the country. Included in his speech was the statement that up to the present time it seemed as though the plan for the country was to put the money in the hands of the few and spread poverty In the hands of tlie many, and as the conditions of today stood, they had succeeded. 200 AT COUNTY LEGION MEETING HELDAT WESLEY Legion, Auxiliary Members Hear Prominent Leaders; Units Honored COUNTY SPLIT UP INTO 7 DISTRICTS , FOR FAST ACTION Warehouse Receipts Redeemable Immediately Into Cash Start Flowing Soon SEALERS TO GET ORDERS TODAY Wesley: Two hundred Kossuth county members of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary enjoyed the hospitality of the Wesley units, last Thursday evening, in one of the largest meetings ever held In this county. Special citations went to six unite In the county which are over the 'top on membership, as follows: Algona, Mrs Zada Naudain,, unit president; Ban croft, Mrs. Minnie Mousel; Hurt, Mrs A. Ringsdorf; Fenton, Mrs. Nellie Wolf Swea City, Mrs. Opal Myhr; Wesley Mrs. Helen Johnson. " went to Wesley: and _. 3xuasBf>^m:f$atiti0<!ao^ remain to reach their quota to put KOs suth county above its assigned quota. A valued trophy was presented bj Mr. Lease to Commander Radke o Hurt for being in the lead on Legion membership in the county. Reference was made by several speakers to its utilitarian values. Prominent Speakers Principal speakers included Glen A throng of about 550 men, with a sprinkling of women, most of them from the rural sections, enjoyed a rapid-fire program at the Call Theatre last Friday afternoon, sponsored by The Algona Upper Des Moines, in the Interests of planned econmic production on the farm. C. R. Hutcheson, better known to thousands of northwest farmers as "Al- lalfa Hutch", was the first speaker, following the presentation of two reels of films, one on feeding of dairy cattle and the second on alfalfa production. Mr. Hutcheson explained how alfalfa can be either a soil builder or a soil' robber, and compared its value as hay with several other crops used for feed- Ing purposes. He urged a greater production of alfalfa, but not an overproduction, and pointed out how nicely the raising of alfalfa would fit into the corn-hog allottment plan of the government. E. R. Morrison, county agent, armed with charts which explained plctorially why the united States had experienced an overproduction and as a result, low prices for farm products, was next on the program. He also gave a concise, talk on the corn-hog plan and bow it would operate in this county. He stated that its management would be left In the hands of the farmers themselves. The meeting started promptly at 1:30 }. m. as scheduled and was over by 3:30 p. m., in tune to allow everyone to take care of farm chores or do shopping before dusk. Both the International Harvester and Kossuth Implement Co. offices here held morning and afternoon demonstrations of feed grinding in conjunction with the alfalfa-corn-hog program and much interest was evident in the processes which were demonstrated by the latest types of machinery. Corn-Hog Blanks Due Here Dec. 1 Application blanks for the corn- hog allottment plan are expected to arrive n Kossuth county by December 1, E. R. Morrison, county agent, was Informed the fore part of the week. As soon as they arrive, every effort will be made to handle (he sending and sign- ng of the applications as quickly as possible, he stated. A mailing list of all farmers' has been compiled, and the pplicatlons will be immediately mailed o them. Grand Jury Studies Five Court Cases The November term of district court convened this week. The grand Jury went Into secret session, Tuesday, while the petit jury is not slated to report until next Tuesday. The grand jury is investigating five cases, returns on which are not expected before Wednesday afternoon, Gray of Rockwell city, state vice commander; J. I. Dolliver, Fort Dodge, district commander and Mrs. J. c. Under - kofler, Britt, district auxiliary chairman; William Hathaway, Des Moines, state graves registration director; Vic Stueland, Forest City, district vice commander. The address of welcome was given by Mayor John Hutchinson of Wesley. L. L. Lease, Wesley, last year's county commander, presided in the absence of this year's commander, Leon Merrit, who was called to Algona in connection with the Verne Kleven death. Ida E. Larson, Swea City, county chairwoman of the Auxiliary, Introduced the women on the program. Outsiders Introduced Among the distinguished Legionnaires from outside Kossuth county Introduced to the crowd were Edgar Miles o/ Rockwell city, Calhoun commander, Walter Dirksen, Hancock county, Joe Graham, winnebago, Sam Grotewald of Lake Mills and Les Whipple of Mason City. William Frimml of Wesley sang two baritone solos and W. Earl Hall of Mason City led in the community singing. Refreshments and a dance brought the meeting to Its close. The next county meeting will be held at Burt In January, It was announced by Joe Bloom, Algona, county adjutant. Farmers Holiday at Ledyard Scheduled Handbills were scattered throughout Algona, Monday, advertising a meeting to be held at Ledyard, today, (Wednesday) at eight o'clock, at the school it whclh speakers will appear who be- ieve that the governor's plan offers a quicker and more permanent basis to jring recovery to the great majority of farmers and business men of the middle west, than the proposed Corn-Hog plan. No explanation was made as to how this move might effect the plan of the government which Is on the verge of being presented to the middle west. The handbill was headed ("Farmers Holiday Meeting." A number of farmers In Algona during the distribution of the handbills made the flat statement that they considered it 3 poor lime to call such a meeting, just as" the government plans have reached the county, and are ready to turn corn Into cash at a figure considerably above I he market price. Lightning doesn't move a great deal faster than the New Corn Loan Warehousing Act did in Kcfisuth county. Announcement was made Friday of the Kossuth county committee Which will handle the plan in this county. Monday afternoon the counw. was divided into seven districts, and'an official sealer appointed for each district. Tuesday and Wednesday of this week the sealers and committee are attending a school of instruction in Des Moines. and the latter part of this week it is believed that farmers of Kossuth county will be able to turn their warehouse certificates into cash. Ralph Miller, president of the Iowa State Bank, stated that ttae bank was ready to convert the warehouse certificates into cash as soon as they were signed and approved by someone with the power to so authorize—which would be an official seafer. The county committee which, organis- ed Itself Monday, following its appointment last Friday, consists of George Butterfield, Swea City, president; John Frankl, Algona, vice president; Harry Bode, Algona, secretary-treasurer; Mr. Brandt, Titonka, and Ed Youngwirth, Whlttemore. Youngwirth's appointment .had to be verified today at Des Moines, as he accepted the post after Jacob. Hengel, Fenton, the original appointee, said he did not. care to qualify, fo;p the Job. • Koasuth county's seven districts and '-••A. H. Hundeby, Swea City, district one—Eagle, Grant, Swea, and Harrison townships. George Hagge, Ledyard, district two- Springfield, Hebron, Ledyard and Lincoln townships. E. R. Worley, Lakota, district three —Ramsey, German, Portland and Bufalo townships. Phillip wander, Fenton, district four —Seneca, Greenwood, Fenton and Burc ownships. Walter Vaudt, Whittemore, district five—Whlttemore, Lotts Creek, TTnion nd Cresco townships. Hugh Raney, Algona, district six- Plum Creek, Irvington, Prairie and iVesley townships. Chester Schoby, Bode, district sev- n—Garneld, Riverdale, Sherman and uVerne townships. The farm warehouse certificates are onvertible into cash at the rate of 45 ents a bushel for each bushel of corn esignated on the warehouse certifi- ate. The owner's statement includes ques- ons as to ownership of the grain, ens and incubrances, delivery In le future, amount of grain stored and he name of the company with which is insured against fire and windstorm. Wan on Way to Funeral Hurt in Irvington Mishap Irvlngton; A serious accident occur- d last Wednesday morning about 0:30 when Thos. Dale of Health Seals Go on Sale Monday The Christmas health seals will go on sale Monday when they will be mailed out generally. The return envelope which Is enclosed is not to be mailed as in former years, but is to be dropped into a ballot box which will be placed in the post office, thereby saving the money usually spent on postage for health work. Mrs. J. W- Little is county chiarman of the organization this year, and Mrs. Adrian Bur- melster is chairman for Algona. Iowa, turned over twice in his car Ju,east of the small bridge at the bottom of the Irvington hill. Mr. sumners was going west Vdowa 1 the hill with a team which became unmanageable and reared'as Mr; Dale left the east side of the bridge. It v is thought that Mr. Dale turned out boo far, causing the car to turnover. Mr. Dale was taken immediately to the Kossuth hospital where it was found necessary jo take several stitches In his head to close a scalp wound thus inflicted and dress his wrist, some of the muscles having been badly cut. He was released from the hospital Saturday morning, but in his weakened nervous condition was able to return to his home at Grinnell. Mr. Dale Is a nephew of Wm. Rutledge and came to attend the funeral of Mrs. Rutledge. Fire at Shiltz Home A fire which started near a chimney at the clarence schiltz home, about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, did some damage to the rear of the house, near the roof, but was brought under control by the Algona department before it could do a great deal of damage. The family was at home at the time. Who's Who Yarn Back Next Week Due to the early publication this week, because of Thanksgiving, the Who's Who article has been omitted after eight successive weeks. It will be back again next week, however. We wish to thank our correspondents who cooperated with us In an early publication thte week by sending their material in earlier than usual.
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