The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 21, 1961 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 21, 1961
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Serf Jffloto ESTABLISHED 1863 laws, du WMftd ela* nutter *t th« MftotftM tt Alton** Nov. l, 1934 uttUft Aet ol Congr&i of tunk i. 1W9.: , IOWA, THURSDAY; DECEMBER at, 3 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES VOL. 98 - NO. 51 By-Muss "Waller * * ' »' TodW, tfhuttday, \ t the first day of winter.'TBelleve it? ' * '* • • ,' '' , SALUTE' OF THE WEEK: ' ' ij -. , •', i ,. T*"; the 'Salesman's Bureau of the •Chamber of Commerce which , ' 'fcfdvided. pennies- starting Monday, find-a young man to'check meters, > who '.dropped in two pennies for 24 minutes parking time whenever he 'found a vehicle parked in front of an'erf- 1 pirgd .meter. 'Then,- under the / cat windshield wiper,- was placed a Cardi reading "Welcome To Af- gc-fla. iYdur parking meter had expired, we have given you 24 minute's of free parking, courtesy 'Chamber of- Commerce, Salesman's Bureau." ! • •'„'"*' ' ' A kfidb 'to the .street cleaning department fo'r S- Snow " removal this past week^ A lot of people who haven't favored expenditure for a new , municipal garage, might change their minds. * i'* Come what may, Mr. and Mrs. 1 Fritz |reyholtz ''6f -Fenton are ready. iThey have completed construction of" a l fallout shelter in x the basement along the "line of \ the one built by Mayor Shierk A of Algona. Galvanized, arched steel plates are bolted 'together, forming tubes, to be filled with sand. Ah- vents are also provided, but constructed so fallout cannot enter. S6* far it has cost $368, but there are still some improvements "to be "added! Fritz jays it might total $1,000. - *'•-.' ;•-.» ' • •' ', . ' • , Supl. Harold Martin of Burl calls our attention to an error in a story that all county schools had closed after the big storm of last week Tuesday. "Burt had school—drove all routes—had no trouble due to storm" says Mr. Martin. ....... •'» .. •.,_....,„«,,. .. ...... ... One area resident carefully fig. ured out the cost of hauling a trailer down south (gas, oil. etc.) and parking it by the month in a trailer court, as compared with cost of heating his home up north. He says it will cost less to go south, and he is. He isnt working anyway, so there is no lost wage entering the consideration. • • • Algona high's sports night next week Friday, Dec. 29, will have wrestling and basketball on the bill of fare. Mason City was invited, first, as a basketball foe. The Mohawks declined the cage bid, but offered to play us in football! The blaze lhat gulled Bob's House of Bargains here early Friday morning was'raging out, of control when the above photo was taken shortly after the fire was'reported Algona; firemen were called to the scene at 12:45 a.m. arid soon after firemen from Whittemore and'Burt' also rushed to the scene to help protect the Algona'Hotel; left, and a va-' cant building right. ' • - : - r ^,j . •• Without the benefit of a strong wind, the fire was practically limited to the furniture store. There was slight fire, and some smoke damage at the hotel. The building housing Bob's House of Bargains is owned by Dr. R W.-Heise of Emmetsburg. .,' , . , ; ' In the photo above, flames are clearly visible in the six front windows (upstairs) of the building. Bob Woods, owner of Bob's House of Bargains, and his wife,'lived in an apartment'in that area of the structure. The light streak at the left'(slanting diagonally toward the roof of the 'building) is a, heavy stream of water from a fire hose yrtiich was .set up on State street by Algona firemen. '•••-?? • / It is probable the blaze gqt,#S start in the'southeast portion of the building on the ground floor andf firemen sprayed the inferno with up to 2,000 gallons of water per miriufe from the front and back sides of the building. , •• - • - ;. Although the fire was brought under control within an hour or so after, the blaze was discovered,'they did not put the fire out completely until they were able to get inside and finish the job Saturday afternoon. There was at least one firemafestanding guard at the scene until that time. (Nels Isaacson Photo — UDM Engraving) There will be a sliding and dancing party for all college ana high school .students, Dec. 26, ? to 11 p.m., on the Country Club grounds and -in the ballroom, reports one of our young callers. Non-members are welcome- Contact Brigitta Whittemore or Jo Ellen Milder by Saturday noon as they would appreciate reservations as to how many to prepare for. OK girls? * * * There is probably little that can be added to the more formal obituaries for either Dr. P, V. Janse, or Joe Tschetter, Algonans who have died within the past week. "Doc" was one who made short work of cutting through the foliage which surrounds some of our reasoning and hypocrisy in modern life; he left no doubt as to where, he stood, and in briei but clear words. He judged a person by what he was, not by the bank balance. Joe Tschetter came to Algtm« about 19 years ago, and embarked in business for himself.' ue never spared himself in the long, hard hours of the food business, and perhaps those years took their toll, too. But he exhibited the tireless effort of a man who learned early how to work, and he and Mrs- Tschetter raised a fine family in the process. We shall miss both D&c and Joe. » * * The problem of a "contiguous area" of land required by law between any two school districts planning a merger, has been solved, we understand, insofar as> Whittemore and Algona, is concerned. One present land owner, whose real estate is in neither district but between both, has agreed to join, scouts tell us. We trust that the ability to hold "high level" conferences with good results is better in our own immediate area than in world pqljtics. Our school boards might set them a good example! Famous Last Line—I su» fee* a gmid boy M* —" •-•-.? -^ i-/1 For Algona & Whitlemore 30 Flee Hotel As Next Door Building Burns A large double front business building, owned by Dr. R. W. Heise of Emmetsburg and housing Bob's House of Bargains, owned by Bob Woods, Algona, was gutted and several other buildings threatened by fire during the wee hours here Friday. Estimates of damage range from $20,000 to $50,000, but the actual total of loss is not known. Mr. Woods stated this wee., that he had no idea what his loss might be. A large shipment of furniture, which arrived here later Friday, has been stored in a local warehouse and Woods indicated he would make every attempt to stay in business despite the disaster. It is possible he might rent another business place on State street or set up some of his furniture for display in the basement of the Algona- Hotel. He had partial insurance cover-* age- Besides causing total loss at Bob's, the blaze also inflicted some damage to the hotel. A window frame was burned out on the southwest corner of the building and a hole was burned in the floor in the same area. There was also considerable smoke damage, According to Fire Chief Ira Kohl, the blaze got its start in the southeast corner of the ground-floor of the combination furniture store-garage. Without being discovered, flames then made rapid progress on the second floor before Jean Sires, local telephone operator who lives With her parents on McGregor Street, about two blocks from the scene, saw flames leap out of the building. The alarm was called in by Miss Sires at 12:42 a.m. Friday and Kohl immediately called fire departments at Whittemore and Burt to ai(J in the night-long battle in frigid weather that saw the mercury dip to 15 degrees below zero. There was a slight wind out of the northegst at the time—and that fact might l»ave saved the blowing from the northwest, the hotel building probably would have also been destroyed. Sparks, ashes'and-debris 'from the fire landed near homes six or eight blocks from the fire. Water, being pumped -< on the blaze at Bob's from State street and the roof of Joe Bradley Imp. south of the structure at the rate of 1,700-2,000 gallons per minute, was frozen quickly on the building, ladders and firemen's helmets and coats. The deep gutter in -front of the hotel ran full of water for hours- One Algona fireman, John Levy, reportedly got pneumonia as a result of the'night-long vigil. While the fire was actually brought under control about an hour after firemen arrived, all of the fire wasn't put out until Saturday afternoon when local firemen went inside the building and doused it. About 30 persons inside the hotel were routed from their rooms and spent the night in area motels. Smoke in the building was so thick on the top floor that firemen had to use masks to enter rooms to make sure everyone wag out. George Larson, Algona, regih- tered at the hotel, felt he was Ballroom Is Total Loss In Holocaust A Whittemore area landmark, the Plantation Ballroom, was reduced to ashes, twisted metal and Churches Ready Special Music/ Xmas Programs Dr. P. V. Janse Rites; Practiced 60 Years Area churches have announced their Christmas services and programs as follows, arid are presented here in the annual .Christmas Church Program schedule of The Algona Upper Des Homes: TRINITY LUTHERAN Rev. G. J. C. Gerike, pastor pec. 22, 6 p.m. — Walther League Caroling. Dec. 23, 6:30 p-m,; •*- Nurser> through Primary, Sunday Schooj Christmas program. Dec. 24, 8 a.m. — Matins; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class; 10:30 a.m., second service, with reception of members; 6:30 p.m., upper department Sunday School program, Dec- 25, Christmas Day — 10 a.m., Christmas Day festival services. ST. CECELIA CATHOLIC Ht. Rev. Msgr. P. P. Gearen . Sunday Masses — 6 a.m., 7:30 a.m-, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. .Holy Days — hours as above. Masses, same smoke within a couple of hours matter o? early Sunday morning. Tabbed "Pettit's Folly" when it was constructed in 1948, the "Plant" had been a favorite spot for dancing, parties, political rallies and receptions down through the years. Owner H. R. "Hitchie" Pettu hadn't decided whether he will rebuild the ballroom or not when he was contacted Wednesday morning. Insurance adjusters had been notified, but had not been at the scene Wednesday. Total Loss was estimated in excess of $100,000 by the owner. Twelve wedding receptions, int Lone Rock alumni banquet and several dances scheduled within the next few weeks were forced o be cancelled by the fire. Th ballroom-cafe was partial- a lucky man, indeed. Mr. Larson ly covere d by insurance. hotel. Ifft4 § etrojjg wind been blaze occurred, was routed with the rest of the guests. He was living at the Laing Hotel when it was virtually destroyed and four men lost their lives here May 28, 1960. When it was possible to ge^ inside the building it was founo. that most of the furniture on the [round floor was not burned— aut was covered with from one ;o three inches of ice. The Woods' apartment, which rau along the front of the building's second story, was' wiped out, along with their clothing, except the items Mr- and Mrs. Woods were wearing, The Woods had- returned from ft. Dodge some, time before the ! ire was discovered and had gone to a local cafe for a cup of coffee when they received word of the blaze. Also destroyed in the fire were a 1935 Mercedes-Benz, owned by Mr. Woods and many tools, ncluding a set valued at $2,200- There were ajso some mechanics ools owned by Herman Funk, Algona. A big sale of furniture had ust begun at Bob's when the Final party held at the Plantation was for Weiden- hoff. Inc. officers and employees Saturday night and an estimated 150-200 persons attended. Mr- Pettit, his son, William, and William "Peanuts" Kollasch, manager of the Plantation, completed a clean-up of the premises following the party and lett the place between 1 and 1:30 a.m. It was about 2 Ms hours later that a passing Wisconsin truck driver spotted "the blaze. He turned in the alarm at Whittemore about 4:15 and when the fire department got to the scene, two miles north and a mile west of Whittemore, the entire structure was a blazing inferno. Cause of the blaze is not known. Firemen could do nothing to •save the 60 x 240 foot building which had a quonset-type ballroom area with an.attached cafe and kitchen. Destroyed were 18 new folding dishes and ..,,, surrounded the dance floor, many chairs and banquet tables, all silver, booths that tables and 500 folding chairs stored in the basement for large meetings, and all other equip ment inside, including an elec trie organ.and grand piano. The Plantation had a.ccomodat- ed as many as 1,500 persons a political luncheons and this hac been the busiest year in history there since it opened Sept. 19 1948. According to reports, there were dances booked there until New Year's Eve of 1962. Many persons from that area were regular employees of the firm. An attempt was made to reach Mr- and Mrs. Pettit, who live on a farm three miles north of the Plantation, by telephone as soon as the fire was discovered, but it was necessary for a neighbor to arouse them and tell them of the disaster. They went to the scene at once. The frame building was heated with oil and gas was used for cooking purposes. Retarded Boys, Girls Have A Christmas Party A Christmas party was held Monday evening at the Special School for Retarded -children here. A large crowd of parents md friends attended. Mrs. Clyae Dudley is teacher. Featured on the program was each pupil demonstrating some of the things they had learned during the past year. A great deal of progress was noted. Each pupil made Christmas ;rees of spools and rick-rack ana presented them to their motheis. handles, made with the help of he teacher, were also given. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Rev. M. H. Brower, pastor Dec. 24, Sunday —.9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:45 a.m. Children's Christmas program witii special choir music;-, 7 p.m., Christmas Eve vesper , service, special music- CONGREGATIONAL Rev. James E. Boyd, pastor Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. — Qhristmas Pageant, Sunday School', special choir numbers. i Dec. 24, 9:45 a.m.; — Church School; 11 a.m. Worship ser- vie, with Christmas music of combined choirs. FIRST METHODIST Rev- N. M. Coughenour, pastor Dec. 24, 9:15 a.m. — Church school; 10:30 a.m., worship service; 7 p.m., annual Christmas Eve family worship. •', ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL • Rev. Donald Baustian ' Dec. 24 — 11 a.m., Worship services (Sunday School, 10 a.m.) FIRST BAPTIST ' Rev. J. R. Fountain Dec. 21 — 7:30 a.m. Prayer service, Bible Study. Dec. 24 — Sunday School, J:45 a-m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Christmas Eve Service, 7:30 p.m., special music and pictures. REGULAR BAPTIST Rev. Ralph Colas Dec. 21, 8 p.m. — Midweek prayer service. Dec, 24, 9:30 a.m- — Sunday School; 10:45 a.m., Morning Worship; 7:15 p.m., Adult Bible Hour; 8 p.m., Evangelistic Hour. FIRST LUTHEHAN Rev. Edsel Isaacson Dec. 24, 9:15 a.nv, — Sunday School, and Adult membership class; 10:30 a.m., Pre-School Nursery; 10:30 Divine Worship; 11 p.m., Christmas Eve song service. NAZAHENE CHURCH Rev. James E. PIckens Dec. 24, 9:45 a.m. — Sunday School; 10:45 a-m., Morning Worship; 6:45 p.m. Junior Society; 7:45 p.m., Worship Service. GOOD HOPE METHODIST Rev* Evan Routh, pastor Dec. 24, 10 a.m. — Morning Worship; 11 a.m., The Church at study, special music and carols. Memorial services for Dr. Phillip V. Janse, 82, area physician for nearly 60 years, were held Friday afternoon in McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Newton M. Coughcn- our officiated and a long-time friend, Theo Chrischilles,, gave the eulogy. Burial was in Riverview cemetery. Dr. Janse died Thursday morning at his home here. He had not been ill and had kept his usual office hours Wednesday morning. He was born Nov. 13, 1879 at Fort Madison to Hector and Maraya Flohill Janse. the youngest of 11 children. He played on the first football team at Fort Madison high school and later at Keokuk Medical School, where he took his professional training, gained much renown as the quarterback and captain of the football team.. "Janse pushed ,them all the way back" read several old clippings. Dr. Janse was graduated from the school in 1903 and the nchool disbanded about 1907. On April 23, 1903, he was married to Margaret Mason at Fort Madison. She preceeded him in death Apr. 10, 1954. Dr. Janse practiced medicine at Eagle .Grove for a short time, then at LuVerne where he remained until coming here ih 1930. Although he was a general practitioner of medicine it was as an obstetrician he was best known. During his practice at LuVerne and Algona; he was the attending doctor at the birth of more than 5.000 babies. Many parents claimed that Dr. Janse treated each '• case as if that particular baby was the most important child in the whoTe world. Dr. Janse played an. active game of tennis until he was past 65 and never lost interest .in the sport. When he was at LuVerne! he and Thay Niver, an area banker,, werb North Ipwa tennis- champions.' During the past year, Dr. Janse footed "the bill to have the courts down by the swimming pool blacktopped and he had several times before seen to it that Algona tennis fans had a place for their games. He also was an avid fan of other sports. Dr. Janse professed no formal religion and at times was quite put- spoken in his views on the subject. However, he covered his' many kindnesses with a gruff manner. Dr. Janse was the best friend Algona dogs will ever have. He was a soft-touch for all canines, but DR. JANSE •••'»•• * always had one special pet of his own. The red setter was, "Spark"; the dalmation, "Coach"; and Mrs. Janse's dog, who stayed home most of the time, was "Fido". The most recent dog, "Blackie", who always followed Dr. Janse's ancient Chrysler coupe, is grieving over the death of his master, and may have to be put away. This'would be according to Doc's wishes. A few years back Dr. Janse broke his hip, and according to reliable sources, was, "the world's mosl ornery patient". But he recovered and kept regular office hours again. In fact you could set your watch by him. He arrived at the office about 9; went to the drugstore at 10:30; home for lunch and a rest until 1:30; back to the office;' and then completion of his professional day at 4 p.m. <--, .,,. , Typical of Dr. Janse was,his request that no flowers be given for his funeral. Memorials were slated to be given to Junior Legion Baseball. Pallbearers were H. M. Smith. Henry Pletch, G. W.. Stillman, Duane Dewel, Harold Cowan and Dr. A. J. Eason. Surviving, besides a host of fr.iends, are a son, Dr. Hector Jense, Houston, Texas; an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist; a daughter, Mrs. Beth Janse -Miller, Algona; four grandsons; -and three great- grandchildren. (UDM Engraving) It's Supposed To Warm Up; But Look Out It was difficult for many persons to believe, at least when they first went outside Wednesday morning, that warmer weather is supposed to move back into the area — soon. Of course, the prognosticators have been wrong before (we never did get those 30-35-mile an hour winds), so possible cold weather might remain. Low reading for the week was a frigid 15 degrees below zero early Friday morning. The high through Tuesday was 34 degrees Sunday. The dip to eight below early Wednesday followed a 24 degree high Tuesday. Here are the week's read- H Dec. 14 9 Dec. 15 Dec. 16 Dec. 17 Dec. 18 Dec. 19 Dec. 20 . 10 25 34 26 24 L -7 -15 0 17 21 22 -8 New Manager For Ringsted Bank Ringsted Dale Johannseji, Estherville, has been appointed manager of the Emmet County State Bank at Ringsted and will begin his duties Dec. 20. He is married and has four children. Mr. Johannsen has served as fieldman for the Emmet County Farm Bureau for a five-year period. The past year he has served as area Farm Bureau fieldman out of Spencer- Only One Paper Here Next Week There will be only one newspaper published in Algona next week, the Upper Des Moines of Thursday, Pec. 28. It will be our final Thursday issue for one year. The next Upper Dee Moines will be that of Tuesday. Jan. 9. The week of New Year's there will also be only one Algona paper, the Advance, to appeal Thursday, Jan. 4- pjjlith a genuine appreciation of our pleasant associations during the past gear, tee extend to pi our best toishes for an ©Id-fashioned IHerru **" ,. C« Christmas and a Beto Hear of ttappiness and ^prosperitg. RUSS WALLER JACK PURCELL DARRYL WUBBEN DON SMITH CHESTER ARMSTRONG JO WALDERA MERLE PRATT LARRY LANGE ESTHER SIGSBEE EVELYN CADY (and all our UD.M. Correspondents)

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