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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 23, 1961
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Burf Woman's Husband Is New Dubuque V-P Dept. of Hietory and Des Moines 19, Jftome* ESTABLISHED 1863 $nte*ed U Mtond clu* matter at the poitottlee at Alfona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1832, under Act of Congress of March 8, 1879. AUJONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1961 2 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES VOL. 98 - NO. 12 Odds and Ends ' By Ruis Waller t.!.!.?** P6l6rsbu '3' Pl». March >19 — After a dozen or'two assorted highways, and eight states, John Kain and I find ourselves in It Petersburg, somewhat in .the "off beat season" but still Florida and temporarily ,the baseball capital of the world. ' »*: • c , an ? say that we toolc the most direct route. We crossed the .Mississippi .at Keokuk and if there are any more desert farm 1 ""*"" 1 "~n,you find in Ihe, southeast corner of our own state? m" Lee counties, I wouldn't know where they are te to Thomas Johns The,, appoiritment 6f 'Thomas Johns as Vice-president: of planning and development at the University of-Dubuque was announced, today by UD President Gay lord ;M. Gpuchman. • Mr Jphrig,' who will join the University in Septerriber, will replace Reese M." Williams. Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., Johns spent, most of his early years in Indianapolis, Ind., where he graduated from Howe High School-in. 1949. He was "Van honor student ai Hanover College, Hanover, Ind., where he received a B.A, degree in social science in 1953. He later attended Louisville Presbyterian Seminary .and was ordained .to the Presbyterian ministry in 1956. . Johns returned to Hanover in , J955 to become its first chaplain and to direct Hhe'public relations program with "the" Presbyterian church. He • was appointed dean of men at Hanover in 1957. Mr Johns is married • to • the for me.r . Barbara McWhorter, daughter of R.-S. McWhprter .ot Hurt. The Johns'are" the parents of three: children, Tim, 6; Mike* 5; and:-Deborah, 3.. (UDM Engraving). •••••••••-•• , , . > . appointed me as treasurer, so alii the money in the ^ Cket isu " Compan y fu " ds "' John'says he i used by the sun, but for this trip he bought a wrist watch . ' • • . " ' ' .. • * * '* r f 8 M 8b0ui & e Mor «°rt**ek" across Iowa after giving up • Nauvop II ..when ! 4hfe.:boys.from Carthage gbt rough* ' the . -° f tlle dty the site of the murder Itouldbe. i- - , lh n? ls ta -«> lo «g ^ate, John 'remarked, after d $ me * f - a ? ill ! > * t , he area around TaylorviHe, ' *' he s °y bean ca P ital °f the world." * n *» 1Ho «9 w .°n'ttiis Irip was to see a few of the historic spots 'along .the way, so after crossing the Ohio. river at Paducah into 6 %° SSed W £ St £ rn Ke "'tu<*y in about an hour and a half Sav ? nn ° h - Te ™- near which the battlefield of Shiloh river r * h ^ ** y vi ? itin ' g this s P ot near the Tennessee river and found several impressive monuments and memorials to Iowa troops who fought there in 1862. From the printed word and Bancroft's New St. John-; High School Okayed •";'.•) -*3f w-vi-iMKS^-' -.•*_;. L:. v . v ,.^of fixations for the proposed new St. -John's high school at Bancroft, Kccdraing- to' Msgr. J J.- H. Shultes. The contract will probably be let in June. Architect for the $375,000 structure Is W.'Lee Beuttler, and construction is "expected to begin this spring so 'that the school will be available for use by 1962. The proposed building will be 172 by 68 feet, two stories 'high, and will contain home economics, Music, typing, chemistry and physics rooms and a library. Decision as to'whether or not a cafeteria will be included has not been made. Present high school enrollment Is 159 and there are a total of 559 students in all classes. . th r?ational Park Service, wededuc that v , re ,°eived reinforcements during .the night between lost A S t i 0 . f S l°° nd da *.°MMs conflict, the Blue might well have irn^iMf 88 - 4 /^?' Wer ? behind after the, first day, but the Gray Thai fan ™ d to>est."overnight and finish the fight the next day inat, too, was a : mistake. . , Bessie Palmer Here Thursday Funeral services for Mrs Bessie Palmer, 76, life long Algona resident, will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at First Methodist church. Rev. Newton Cougi honour will officiate and burial will be in Riverview cemetery, McCullough's Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. ACrs Palmer died Sunday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs Wayne Christensen at Cedar Falls. She had made her home there for the past year. She was born Bessie Turner, July 16, 1884 at Algona to George and Martha Miller Turner. Her husband, Ed Palmer preceeded her in death several years ago. She was a member of the Methodist church here and had a wide circlt ty. of friends in the communi- Surviving are a son, Roger of Algona; three daughters, Mrs James (Martha) McGowan, Fredericksburg, Texas, Mrs Gail (Margaret) Hakes, Clear Lake, and Mrs Wayne (Kathryn) Christensen, Cedar Falls; five stepsons; Herbert Palmer, San Francisco, Calif., Charles, Sheldon, George, Clear Lake and Donald of Klemme; a brother, Floyd Turner of Algona; and several grandchildren. Pallbearers at the services will be Stanley Muckey, Reiner Helmers, Glen Jones, Ralph Bierstedt, Walter Dacken and Paul Bernhard. . . , . . of the travelers, standing In. front of<«Ji*i'bft%$*| ral< monuments, erected in honor, ,of lowa-'troopB who fdiigM 1 with the Army of the Tennessee'at the Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War, (UDM Polaroid Photo-Engraving) • • • . ' * * * Meade's army reached Shiloh from Nashville, a fact of which Confederate General Johnston Was not aware. He lost his life the next'day, and the battle. • ..,?*''* * Muscle Shoals gigantic TVA system ofi dams is but a short distance away, and there, also; we spent several hours of side driving, including one across the top of the Wilson Dam. It isn't exactly spring, even dnto the deep south, and we hdd some mild heat on in the car even into southern Alabama, but today (Sunday) was warm and we shed our suit coats for the 'first time. Western Tennessee and Alabama are dotted with many new industries. Most small cities have new plants, which are in sharp contrast to some of the older, drab homes and business buildings But the Civil War is perpetuated by highways named after it and by the Daughters of the Confederacy who are still busy bees and anxious to lalk about the war of 100 years ago. They are volunteer Information centers, and of course mean well. * * * Florence, Alabama, to Birmingham, to Montgomery, Dothan and Tallahassee where Florida State College has a tremendous new camp- up on a beautiful site. We have discovered 'that if you ask for road information and the man says to go down three stop lights and then turn, you in all probability should have gone either two or four stop lights. There is no roadside advertising in Tennessee; it is prohibited. Not so in Florida, and if we visited all of the caves, caverns, gardens and wonders as advertised we'd be here for several months. But as it is, we shall forwith begin finding who is playing where when in baseball, and hope to see our first game tomorrow. * * * John's new car isn't quite as new as it was, but it is as yet unscathed, and if it remains that way we expect to not only see some of Florida, but Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia, enroute to New York. In the meantime we heard a radio report of another snow with sleet in the midwest . . . hope it missed north Iowa. Choir To Appear The Pillsbury College Choir of 37 voices of Owatonna, Minn. will present a sacred concert Friday, March 24, at 8 p.m. at First Baptist church of Algqna. The public is ten* . invited to Penalty Tacked On Taxes Soon Kossuth county residents have less than a week and a half-nine days, to be exact — to pay a\ least the first-half of their I960 real estate and personal- property taxes without penalty, according to County Treasurer Rosella Voigt. April 1, a three-fourths of one percent penalty will be tacked on to the bill each montJj until paid. If a taxpayer pays the first half only, he has until Sept. 30 this yea^to pay the final half. Taxes now due are on property assessed during 1960 and payable in 1961. Nephew Killed Howard Platt was notified Friday that his nephew Ron Walters of " Hyattville, Wyoming, had been instantly killed Friday morning in a tractor accident at the Walters Ranch near Hyatt- viUe. The accident was discovered when he didn't come in for dinner. Ron was the son of the late Helen Platt Walters and Senator Stanley A.' Walters of Basin, Wyoming. He is survived by his father and one sister, Mrs Merle Hamilton, of Hyatfvillei Burial was made at Worland, Funeral For Frank Sfeiner At Armstrong Last rites for Frank J. Steiner, 70, who died Friday at his home in Armstrong after a long illness, were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic church in Armstrong. Rev. E. E. Apt officiated and burial was at Catholic cemetery at Estherville. He was born July 6, 1890 at Mallard, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Margaret Steiner. He attended schools "at Mallard land Armstrong. He married Margaret Sullivan, Sept., 1926 at Estherville. Mr. Steiner was associated for many years in the Corner Hardware store at Armstrong untij his retirement in 1954. Survivors include his wife, one son and one daughter. He was a member of the Ameri- icn Legion, a veteran of World War I, and served in the army in France. Charles Eggerth Of Swea Dies; Funeral Held Charles .'Eggerth, 64, died . 9 p.m. Thursday at the Holy Family hospital in Estherville. He farmed near Swea City and was well known'as a seed corn grower and salesman. He had been in poor health for some time and had undergone surgery at Rochester several 'mdhths ago. i Funeral services were held ai 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist church in Swea City with Rev. W. A. Farmer officiating. Burial was in the Swea City cemetery. Kr Eggerth was born April 11, :896 at Renwick. He had lived in Kossuth county most of His life and moved to the Swea City »re£ 20 years ago.. , . '• His first wife died in Feb. 19ql and he was married to Flor'a Stroud in 1953. . v Survivors include his wiflj hree sons, Edward, of Stewart- /ille, Minn., Robert of Manly; nd Henry of Swea City; two daughters, Mrs Harlan Peterson of Ringstcd and Mrs -Moynard Koppen of Fort Dodge; also four brothers, Ernest and George 6t Renwick; Steven of Ventura and Henry of Coer d'Alene, Ida.; and one sister Mrs Lottie Starr also of Coer d' Alene. Sixteen grandchildren also survive. "Get The City Folks Out t Of Mud" Talks Continue former Algona Painter Passes In Minnesota Funeral services for Eric M. Johnson, 7G, former resident of Algona, were held Monday, Mar. G, at 2 p.m. in the Rowe Funeral Homo at Bovey, Minn. Rev. R. C. Bey officiated and burial Was at Lakeview cemetery, Coleraine, Minn. Mr. Johnson, who was a painter, was a nephew of Mrs. Osoar Norman of Algona and a sister, Bertha Johnson, Cedar Rapids, is a former Kossuth county auditor. Mr. Johnson Minnesota. died March 1 in Algona VFW And Auxiliary Have New Officers The Algona VFW and Auxiliary recently elected officers for the coming year. Commander df the VFW is John Goodman, while president of the Auxiliary is Georgia Fitzgerald. Installation of all officers will be held Wednesday, > April 12, at 8 p.m. at the VFW hall. Other VFW officers are Roger Hoover, senior vice commander; Willard Zeigler, junior vice com' termaster; Jim Utt, 'judge advocate; Bob Bennett, surgeon; Tony Schmitt, chaplain; and Ed Wolf, trustee. • Other Auxiliary officers are Bette Hoover, senior vice president; Louella Wolf, junior vice president; Lorraine Schoby treasurer; Ruth Black, chaplain; Mildred Zeigler, conductress; Mae Fitzgerald, guard; and Leona Sabin, trustee. COSTLY ! Interesting figures on the terrific cost of snow removal in the state, including Kossuth county, were released this weekend by the Iowa State Highway Commission -'pointing up further the expense of an Iowa winter. According' to the Highway Commission, costs of snow removal are based on a figure of from $60,000 to $80,000 per inch of snow removed. And that figure takes care of only primary highways in the state. After a winter snow storm, about 740 stato plows, or about one for every 13 miles of road, n-e called into action to begin the ask of making the way clear for traffic. About 1400 men are employed during such a snow removal project. The Commission has got figures to work with, even before the real winter season begins. They estimated the following snowfall "or various areas of the state hrough Mar. 10 this year: Northwest, 43.5 inches; North Central (including Kossuth), 36.9; ortheast, 28.2; West Central, .7.7; Central, 19.3; East Central, 17.2; Southwest, 15.7; South Central, 14.9; and Southeast, 17.3. Though the variation of snowfall around the state is wide, it Mrs. Ackerson, Wesley, Dies; Rites Friday 1 Wesley — Funeral services for Mrs Clarence Ackerson, 61, Wesley, will be held tomorrow (Friday) in the Methodist church at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Robeft" Jones officiating. Burial will be at Bancroft. There will be a short prayer service at 12:30 p.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel preceding the funeral services. Pallbearers will be six nephews, Leonard and Jerry Warner, Darrell, Eugene, Ray and Ellsworth Nemmers. ' Mrs Ackerson, former resident of Bancroft, died at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann hospital following a lengthy illness. She was a victim of cancer. s^rMts Ac^kerson 1 and.; hear "husband Sp-med for'hiany. years"Hear' Bancroft, then moved to Wesley and have farmed there for the past 25 years. She was a member of the Methodist church and W.S.- C.S. Survivors include her husband, three children, Mrs Tom Long, Lone Rock, Marvin, Fenton, and Everett, Wesley; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs Lena Warner, Ledyard, Mrs Ed Kerr, Alma, Kansas, and M'rs Harvey Coates, Dearborn, Mich.; and six brothers Nicolas, Sylvester and Clarence, Bancroft, Anthony, Arcadia, Kansas, George, Charles City and Jack, Waterloo. . A son Charles, preceded her in death. Newlyweds—Almost! Burt Woman Now Has Total Of 20 G-Grandchildren Burt— Mrs Cora Stow became great-grandmother for the 20th time this past week when a son, Donald Kirk, was born to Mr and Mrs Collin Meyer at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The little lad has a brother, Curt, to welcome him to his new home. Young Donald Kirk also has 3 great-grandparents on his mother's side, Mrs Stow, and Mr and Mrs Nels Godlredson, Swea City. Mrs Meyer, is the former Rita Godfrcdson, formerly of Swea City. Oitosen — These four Otiosen couples have all celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries recently. The picture was token at the last United Presbyterian Women's meeting, to which all the ladies belong. . The couples are from left to right, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kropf, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Van Buskirk and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Richards. _ Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kropf celebrated their anniversary Jan. 11. They are the parents of five boys and one daughter and there are 19 grandchildren. The Kropfs have put up all the buildings on the farm where they live. No one else has ever lived on .that farm. Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Cooper celebrated their anniversary Feb. 8. Mr. Cooper is the water superintendent at Ottosen. They have five children, two boys and three daughters and ten igrandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Van Buskirk celebrated their'anniversary Oct. 12, 1960. Mr. Van Buskirk is a retired depot agent. They are parents of five children, aill daughters, the last two, Fae and Mae are twins. There are 17 grandchildren. . i Mr- and . Mrs - Ralph Richards celebrated their anniversary August I960. Mr. Richards is a wool buyer. He has an interesting hobby d carving. They have a daughter and one grandchild. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are natives of this community, Mrs. Rich- r^y^ born near Bode and Mra - Van Buskirk was from Bradgate (UDM Engraving) ' i As Tie-Up Asked means only one thing to the Commission (and taxpayers), a large expenditure each winter. Big Easter Egg Hunt April 1 The salesmen's bureau of the Algona Chamber of Commerce, four local produce dealers and a group of Algona Boy Scouts are combining to offer a morning of fun to all Algona children between the ages of one to 12, Saturday, April 1. That's the day children will flock to Call State Park, southwest of town to begin a search for 700 eggs in assorted colors. The hunt for Easter eggs is slated to get underway at 9 a.m. Russ Pickett is chairman of the event. There will be prizes for everyone, according to the salesman's bureau, who announced the children will be divided into logical age groups for the hunt at the park. $3,000 Damage As Truck Rams Railroad Signal A total of $3,000 damage to a truck-tractor and railroad signal gate resulted when the vehicle, driven by John F. Prince, 19, of Forsyth, Montana, missed a curve a mile east of Sexton on highway 18 at 5 a.m. Tuesday. The mishap occurred at the spot where the highway crosses the Milwaukee tracks, scene of many accidents down through the years. The truck was headed west at the time. According to Prince, snow was packed on warning signs east of the intersection and he couldn't read them. He skidded on the curve and the truck rammed into the ditch, hitting the signal. Fortunately, the driver was not injured. Patrolman Charles Bird investigated the mishap. There were no changes filed. Rites For Swea Woman Today Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Anderson, 70, Swea City, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Methodist church there with Rev. W. A. Farmer officiating. Burial will follow at the Harrison township cemetery. Mrs. Anderson, a long-time resident of Swea City,'died Monday at 8 p.m. at Holy Family hospital, Estherville, after a lingering illness. Born at Marcus Nov. 21, 1890, Mrs. Anderson's husband preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Arnold, Swea City, four sisters, • including Mrs. "tlilma Erickson and Mrs. Jolin Carlson, Swea Cily, and a brother. Four brothers' and two sisters preceded her in death. Firemen Called Algona's firemen were called to the Milwaukee depot in the northeast portion of town at 8:45 a.m. Monday when a heater became overheated., -Station Agent John Snere, who discov.ered the blaze, extinguished the fire before the Filling Station Break-In Monday Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst was called to Sexton early Tuesday morning when discovery of a break-in at the D-X Station there w;is reported. Thieves pried off a padlock and hasp on the front door of the station to gain entrance to the building. Once inside, they took about $1.50 in pennies, an estimated four cases of beer, eight cartons of cigarettes and two boxes of shotgun shells. There were no other break-ins reported in this area during the weekend. Investigation of the matter continues. Toastmasters Elect Dr. D.. D. Arnold was elected president of the Algona Toastmasters Club at that organization's last meeting. Other officers named include Darrel Ludwig, educational vice president; Dr. William Clegg, administrative vice president.; Gerald Haas, secretary; Robert Johnson, treasurer; and Byron Richardson, sgt.-at -arms. Attend Convention Three employees of the Druggists Mutual Insurance Co. of Algona, Pat Jensen, Richard M. Thoreson and Vic Parsons, were among 400 Iowa druggists attending the 82nd convention of the Iowa Pharmaceutical Association fire trucks arrived and damage in Des Moines this week. Has Algona gone lo the dogs? That's the question many local residents have been discussing (and cussing) since Vincent Oxley, local man, presented a petition concerning a dog tie-up to the city council during a regular session last Wednesday night. Actually, the petition, not lengthy except for a list of some 125 signers, some dog owners and some not, asks that dog owners restrain their canine friends some way — either through use of a fence or rope. The problem was shelved for the time being, at least, when the city's governing body tabled the petition until its next meeting date. So any fireworks of a verbal nature between now and that meeting will take place outside of the council chamber. According to Oxley, who visited this newspaper office Tuesday, there are many school children in Algona "sacred to death of dogs around the city's grade schools." He also said that a dog grabbed his sock as he walked from a meeting the other night and that he had noticed many dogs without collars and licenses running around town and that police officers had told him it was impossible for them to control strays in town. Oxley reportedly got his most serious resistance to the petition from one local dog 'Owner who almost threw him out when asked to sign. There are two sides to the question, as usual. The possibility of rabies' might be lessened if all dogs were confined —however, many cases of rabies are contracted from other animals, such as squirrels, etc., and there would be no way of keeping stray dogs from coming to town from other areas — dogs that may carry rabies. However, many dog lovers would argue far into the night that their pets are immunized every two years and definitely not troublemakers. Most would agree that strays without immunization and license lags are probably far more dangerous than their own little Fido. Meanwhile, the question waits further council action. Iowa's cities and towns proved they are in the battle for the Fair Fifteen percent of the state road use lax Tuesday during a State of the Streets rally held at Des Moines and attended by some 280 representatives, including mayors, city and town clerkg and other city and town officials. Mayor C. C. Shierk of Algona was chairman of the meeting, which was sponsored by the.Ur- ban Street and Highway Research Association. Many interesting and important facts were discussed at Dog Moines. To a man, speakers on stage pointed up the virtual necessity of towns and cities getting a better break as far as road use lax is concerned. At the present time, cities and towns get roughly 8.3 percent of the road use tax for their own purposes. A $250,000 study of the situation, ordered by the state legislature, found that cities and towns were entitled to 20 percent of the money yearly, on the basis of need and volume of traffic, but recommended 15 percent as a compromise figure in the mailer. So Ihe cilies and towns nra batlling for lhat 15 percent. They are opposed in their fight by many county boards of supervisors and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, who feel cities and lowns should get no such, increase, fearing, perhaps that tho additional 6.7 percent the cities and towns might eventually ie- ceiv'e would cut into money now spent on farm-to-market and rural roads and highways. ; During Tuesday's ' meeting, a statement by- Hamburg ]\Cayor Maurice Dalton, who said that 13 farm families live on mud roads in Fremont county, but 300 families live on mud streets inside Hamburg, . pr,e^y. much, .set a standard'for most of the remarks during the rest of the session. , - Mayor- Shierk stated- recently that Kossuth county received in the neighborhood of $700,000 for road purposes last year; Algona got $30,364 and other towns Sri the county received a total of slightly more than $34,000. If — and it's a mighty big word — the 15 percent figure is put nlo effect, about $100,000 would 3e added to Kossuth's total for .owns and cities and the amount for county road use would be th* same as in the past. Kossuth is one of nine coun« ies in the state that would receive additional funds under tha new selup. In Ihe other 90 coun- ies in the state, a decrease A'ould result. Tuesday's meeting indicated hat Iowa's cities and towns are sanding together in the struggle or additional funds. The byword now seems to be — "get the city folks oul of Ihe mud." Good Samaritan Auxiliary Here Names Officers Twelve ladies mot at the homo of Anne Presthus here Friday afternoon, Mar. 17, for the purposo of organizing a Good Samaritan Home Auxiliary unit. Purpose of the Auxiliary is to provide outside interests for residents of the local home, other than what the home can provide. The ladies will visit with, read and write letters for, do shopping, hold birthday parties and shop for residents and in all ways attempt to do away with any possible feeling of loneliness of the residents. The Auxiliary will give time and talents to projects that will be of interest to those who are residents at the home and also 'or some who may bo shut-ins in their own homes. The Good Samaritan Home will provide someone to coordinate the pro- Cram and work with a leader to be named by the Auxiliary. The organization has no dues, but will finance their projects with coffees in the future. An election of officers was held and Mrs Presthus was nam- er president. Mrs Vivian Hovey is vice president, Mrs Martin Becker, secretary- treasurer, Mrs Ralph Parsons, m e m b e r s h i p chairman, Ellen Carlson, project leader. The April meeting will be held April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs Frances Holtzbauer. Dance Enjoyed A large crowd enjoyed an evening of dancing at the JayCee St. Patrick's Day Dance, held Friday night at the VFW hall

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