The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 13, 1962 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 13, 1962
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By Rtiss Waller , *' • * * , , Does a county office holder, working prlately and outside of regular hours and duties, have to turn:in as "fees" the proceeds from such work ? "•'' That is the question now before the : State Attorney General of Iowa. The question originated in Kossuth 'County as the result of an opinion of a state auditor's office employee who recently completed an audit of Kossuth county offices ... • • . » The situation that has resulted in a number of news stories in the county area has not been fully ex ^plained* We think such 'an explan ,atipn : ls,in order. What is it all about ? The question revolves around f'liert searches" which were necessary for the ASC offices to make before any commodity can be seal- .6d or any payment made. Whether or not there are any liens or mortgages against the commodity going under seal had to be determined. This'must be completed ' before corn can go under seal. Several'years ago the Kossuth ASC office had an employee familiar with the filing system and books in the county recorder's office, and knew her way around the 10,000 and more documents on file. But this ASC employee, quit, and \ the question then was to find someone to make this "lien search", -County Recorder Clara Walker suggested to the ASC office that someone in an abstractor's office, or the Credit Bureau, familiar with the records, do the work. But the ASC payment for this search was only 15 cents a name. Making such a search is not a regular part of the recorder's duties. The meagre pay involved could find no takers from abstract or Credit Bureau sources. And finding the proper jHotncs ESTABLISHED 1863 •» Mcond «1«M mattef at th« portofflc* at Alton*, Iowa. Nov. i,. 1B3S. under Act of comtrctt of Hareh S. mi. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1962 2 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES Plut 12-Page Tabloid VOL. 99 - NO. 6 Don Murray To Run For Congress records is m> work for an amateur. •v'..;-. - ' ' •<"•*<••'• «v '• ' The ASC office asked Mrs. Walker if she would do the job for them, on her own, and outside 61! regular office hours. She agreed, and the bulk of this "lien search" in 1960 and 1961 was done by Mrs. Walker between the hours of 4 p.m. when the courthouse day officially closes, and 6 p.m. In 1960 the heaviest year involving the checking for liens, she received $983.55; in 1961 she received $522.15. This year, county ASC officials say, the procedure has been chang- . ed so that most of the "lien search" has been eliminated. The ASC office even supplied paper and stamped envelopes for Mrs. Walker's use. Curtis Haahr, county ASC office manager, stated that making this Twin Rivers Is 52-44 Victor Over LuVerne Twin Rivers won a 52 to 44 decision over the LuVerne girls basketball team, Monday night at Lu- Verne, in one of the highlight games of the opening of the state girls sectional march toward the state tournament.' A packed gym saw the contest which brought together two of the more highly rated clubs in northern Iowa, with the winner having a good chance to enter the Sweef Sixteen championship tourney. Mae Belle Mqass, one of the top scorers in the state, led LuVerne with 32 points, while Rae, Ann Brink got 11. Pat McGee got 24 and Helen Rutz 23 for the winners. Twin Rivers led 14-8, 24-15 rind 3331 at the quarter buzzers and the game was tied, 31-31, late in the third period before the winners put the game away. For LuVerne, it brought to an end 'a season with a 17-3 record, during which the LuVerne girls won their North Star loop title Twin Rivers had played in a different conference, but each team lad won one game from the other n early-season play. Tourney first round results, Monday night: At LuVerne Twin Rivers 52, LuVerne 44 Goldfield 58, Corwith-Wesley 69. Corwith-Wesley and Twin Rivers Will meet in the semi-finals Wednesday night. At Mallard Whittemore 38, West Bend 41 At Thompson Titonka 24, Woden-Crystal Lake 44 For other area sports news turn to the sports page, in this section of the Upper Des Moines. Cage Sectionals Get Underway John Rodes Wed 50 Years "lien search" has practice in many been common counties. He added that he considered it a service to the ASC by whoever did the searching. There is nothing in the Code of Iowa that defines the question of a "lien search" with regard to where the payment must go. The idea never occurred to anyone that work done privately and not on regular county time was irregular, or that payment for such work should be turned in as a county "fee." • • • State Examiner Paul N. Loomis, after completing his audit of various county offices, had his attention called to the payments that had been made to Mrs. Walker by the county ASC. He had given the recorder's office an otherwise clear slate, but when the matter of the "lien search" payment arose, he gave the opinion that the payments should be considered as "fees of the office." The matter was forwarded to the Attorney General's office for an official opinion, still to come. If the ruling is such that the lien search payments are considered as fees, Mrs. Walker has two alternatives: (1) She can make refunds of the payments, or (2) she can make a test case of the matter in court. The issue involved applies to the entire state. * * * It should be pointed out that after the "lien search" was made, when chattels were then filed by the ASC office on commodities in question, the usual filing fee of $1.50 was paid, recorded, and turned in to the county treasury in the usual manner. Recording and filing chattels is part of the regular office work. Making a "lien search" is not.' » » » It is unfortunate that any impression should have been left that there was any irregularity of any kind. There was not. There is still a legal ruling involved, however, that could have •state-wide repercussions. Grand Jury In Short Session; Will Be Back The Kossuth grand jury reported last Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the courthouse for a session that lasted less than one day. While in session, the grand jury interrogated witnesses in one matter slated for district court action, but did not file a report. The jury requested the right to come back in April for an inspection of the county jail and county farm. Two divorce actions were filed* Barbara Swanson is plaintiff, Elmer Swanson, defendant, in one. The Swansons were married at Nashua June 6, 1947 and have two minor children. The plaintiff asks custody of the children, charging cruel and inhuman treatment. Shirley Wagner, plaintiff, filed suit against Kenneth Wagner, defendant. She also, charged cruel and inhuman ttreatmient. The couple were married Nov. 6, 1954 here and they have four small children. .V an off-duty policeman is hired to supervise a dance on his own time, must he turn in the proceeds of such work to his regular employer ? If a state examiner does private work in auditing on his own time and without interference with his regular duties, would he be required to turn proceeds from such work in to the state treasury ? * * * Mrs. Walker, a widow, who has served as Kossuth County Recorder since 1943, has never had the slightest stigma attached to her work, and is understandably upset over the matter. She was told by the examiner that all of her records were in good shape; there was no fault to find with her office or work. Recorders in other counties have been doing the extra "lien search" work outside of regular hours, in a number of instances, without question. » « » The county ASC officer here said that someone other than the state examiner requested them for facts and figures on how much had been paid to Mrs. Walker in the two- year period, which information is public record. They did not amplify as to who made the request. Mr and Mrs John H. Rode of Titonka will observe their golden wedding anniversary with open house Sunday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 5 o'clock at the Immanuel Lutheran church, 3% miles east and 1 mile north of Titonka. Mr and Mrs Rode are parents of two sons, William and Arthur, who with their families live near Titonka. A program is planned at 2:30 p.m. No invitations are being sent, Mr and Mrs Rode wish their friends and relatives to join them in celebrating this event. (UDM Engraving) Passes; Rites Are Held Here Funeral services for Mrs. Elton Wood, 24, Algona mother of three young children, were held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Cecelia's Catholic church, with Rev. Robert Thiele officiating. Burial followed at Calvary cemetery and Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers at the rites were Harold Illg, Roger Hoover, Gerald Thuente, Victor Neuroth, DuWayne Klein and LeRoy Grandgenett. Mrs. Wood died suddenly at the Wood home here Tuesday morning, Feb. 6. Janice Besch, daughter of Edward and Alice Besch, was born May 21, 1937 at Whittemore. She was married to Elton Wood at Whittemore Aug. 27, 1957 and Mr. and Mrs. Wood' had lived here since their marriage. She was a graduate of Presentation Academy at Whittemore and employed at the ASC office here prior to her marriage. She was a member of the CDA here. Besides her husband, she is survived by three small children^ Gregory, Jeffrey and Cynthia; a brother, Donald, and sister, Anna May, Whittemore. Ralph Peterson, Fenton, Found Dead In Snow Fenton — Ralph H. Peterson, 48, farm laborer and carpenter, was found lying dead with his face down in the snow early Saturday morning by John Haack, a neighbor. His body was found near his trailer house at Fenton. It was thought that he died sometime after midnight Saturday. Mr. Peterson will be buried following rites at Fort Snelling, Minn. National cemetery Wednesday at 2 p.m. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the army in the Philippines. Mr. Peterson was born July 3, 1913 at Mooreton, No. Dak., and never married. He came to Fenton as a railroad section laborer and later was employed by the Hantelman Bldg. Service. He is survived by two sisters, a brother, half-brother and half-sister, none living in this area. Thomas Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements at Fenton; Freezing Riiin-^ leaves Coat Of Thin Ice Here Sleet, which quickly became treacherous ice on highways, streets, roads and sidewalks, moved into this area during the wee hours today (Tuesday) and ended a short span of nice winter weather. Three inches of snow, received :n separate little storms early in the period, disappeared, along with quite a bit of that already stored up earlier this winter as .emperature readings shot into the high thirties a couple of times during the weekend. A high of 38 was registered Sunday and Monday, while the low for the week was zero Feb. 7. Here are the readings: H L R/S Feb. 7 16 0 %"S Rites Held For Emil Schmeling At Whittemore Whittemore — Funeral services for Emil Schmeling, 93, resident of this vicinity for 61 years, were held Monday at 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran church, Rev. Cleo Kautsch officiating at the church and graveside. Burial was at the Lutheran cemetery. McCullough Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Emil Schmeling was the son of August Schmeling and his wife, Johanna. He was born Nov. 15, 1868, at Knurbusch, Pomerania, Germany, where he also grew to manhood and on Nov. 22, 1889 he Xvas united in marriage with W,il- lielmina Maron. In 1892, Mr. and Mrs. Schmeling, daughter Olga and son William migrated to the United States and established their borne in Emmetsburg, and in 1900 they came here. They farmed two miles northeast of here, and for a number of years he farmed the lalf section in Lotts Creek township now owned by Ben Hanson. When his wife died in 1926 he retired from farming and moved to Whittemore. ' August 18, 1927, he married Emma Schranrn, also a native of Germany, who survives. For the past five years, he has lived at Algona in the Good Samaritan Home am in St(.Ann'hospital, which he had entered on several occasions, and was a patient in the hospital Fri day when he died. Survivors include his w i f e, Whittemore; three daughters, Mrs. Olga Platt, New London, Minn., Amanda (Mrs. Ferdinand Bruhn), Emmetsburg, and Mrs. Albert Baas of Algona; seven sons, Arthur, Spirit Lake, Otto, Walter, lister and Irwiri of Cylinder, Herbert, Hillsburough, Ore., and Elmer of Dowing, Calif.; 63 grandchildren; 125 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Three sons and a daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Paul's congregation. Feb. 8 28 Feb. 9 20 Feb. 10 34 Feb. 11 38 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 .38 0 6 13 11 32 28 29 2V 2 "S Tr.R Algona Man Is Shot In Leg; Condition Good An Algona father, Robert Lickteig, 30, gave his son, Bobby, 7, a graphic illustration on how not to draw a gun Sunday morning. The Lickteig "pardners" were on their usual Sunday morning outing on the "range" near here where they target practice. The father pulled his 22 pistol from the holster to demonstrate some shooting. The gun accidently discharged and hit the wrong target — Lickteig's leg. At first, neither father nor son realized what had happened. Bobby helped his father to the car. Shock evidently prevented the elder Lickteig front feeling any particularly severe pain and he was able to drive his car home. He was taken to St. Ann hospital where it was found that the bullet had entered just above the right knee and came out on the other side, just below the knee. Fortunately no bones were bit and Lickteig is expected to be released from the hospital today (Tuesday). Whether or not Bobby's instruction in gun-handling will continue is not certain. Lutheran Open House Begins Here Sunday Janse Memorials Donated A total of $136 in gift memorials, received in memory of Dr. P. V. Jnnse following his recent death, have been turned over to Little League Baseball in Algonn, by Mrs Beth Janse Miller, the doctor's daughter. In making the gift she said "it is with humility and deep respect that we present this money to the Little League. Dad was a lover of sports his entire life, and particularly youth activities. It was his expressed wish that any gifts in his honor .be directed to your organization." The money was presented to Everett Barr.^who has headed up the Little League activities here in recent years. Rev. Rosmann Passes Here; Funeral Thurs. Rev. Koehler Pastor Robert T. Koehler, Be- mldji, Minn., will be guest speaker at special services at Trinity Lutheran, Algona, during Lutheran Open House Week, Feb. 18-22. Services will be conducted each evening at 8 p.m. All are invited to attend these services. These services are the high point of the evangelism missions which included a convass of the Algona community. Gashes Leg Swea-Eagle — Linda Thompson, 11, daughter of the Warren Thompsons, fell at school Friday morning, cutting a deep gash in her right leg about four inches below the knee. Over a dozen stitches were required to close the wound. It was very painful, but Linda was able to resume school Monday. Father Rosmann Rev. Louis F. Rosmann, 65, well known Algona retired Catholic priest, died Sunday afternoon at St. Ann hospital after a 12 year illness with multiple-sclerosis Hamilton Funeral Home of A1 gona is hi charge of arrangements Rosary services were held Mon day evening and will be held agaii Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A solemn high mass Will be said for Father Rosmann Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Cecelia's Catholic church here. The body will then be taken to St. Peter's Catholic church at Defiance, where it will ie in stale until 11 a.m. Thursday when pontifical solemn requiem ligh mass will be said with His Sxcellency, Edward C. Daly, Bis- lop of Des Moines, officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's parish cemetery at Defiance. Louis F. Rosmann was born Dec. , 1896 at Harlan to George and Anna Rosmann. He was graduated rom high school and college at 3 rarie DuChein, Wise, and from ienrick Seminary at St. Louis, Mo, He was ordained to the priesthood June 6, 1925. Father Rosmann came to Algona n 1950 when illness forced his retirement from his parish duties at St. Peter's church at Defiance. He had been a classmate of Msgr. P. P. Gearen, pastor of St. Cecelia's church here. Father Rosmann built a new home on South Minnesota street where he lived with his brother, Frank, and sister, Olive Rosmann. He had made many friends in the community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus here. Surviving besides the Algona brother and sister are two brothers, Frank of Algona, Carl of Harlan and Henry of Defiance; and three sisters, Sister Mary Chrispina, O.S.F. of Milwaukee, .Wise., Mrs. Josephine Mertens of Dunlap and Msr. Ben (Anna) Hodape of Earling. Sharpen Hatchets Algona business firms are sharpening their hatchets — in honor of George Washington's birthday, which is Thursday of next week, Feb. 22. They arc doing it for a special reason. There will be a community-wide three-day" George Washington Days" sale event here Feb. 22, 23, and 24. Local firms will offer a citywide shopping event, and the sharp hatchets are to be used in cutting down the normal pricing on merchandise for the three days. Be prepared ! The bargain buys will be worth checking. Bancroft Man Is Democratic Candidate Donald W. Murray, 39-year-old Bancroft business man, announced Monday that he would be a candidate for Congress from the 6th district of Iowa, on the Democratic ticket. He is the first candidate to formally enter the race/in the newly organized 6th district as a Democrat. It will be his first political venture as a candidate other than serving in municipal government in his own home town. He will also be the first candidate for Congress from Kossuth in many years. JimGeelan To Enter Rev. 'Francis Conway, superintendent at Garrigan high, announced today the resignation of Jim Geean as athletic director at Garri- jan. He will continue his duties as athletic director and instructor un- il June 1, when he plans to enter n a business partnership with Arnie Ricklefs in the insurance usiness here. Mr Geelan has coached here for many years, first at St. Cecelia's ligh and later at Garrigan while t was in the process of being planned and constructed and after it pened. He had been in charge of ive athletic programs at the chool as well as the parish grade chool program in the area. He ,yas also instrumental in organlza- ion of the Garrigan Booster Club. In addition to his athletic duties, ie was an instructor in foreign anguages, and mechanical draw- ng and shop. He is a native of iVhittemore. Father uonway, on oehalf of the acuity and student body, express egret at his leaving, but wish him he greatest of success in his en- rance into the business field. Jos. W. Gross Funeral Held Monday, Burt Joseph W. Gross, 89, of Burt died at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Ann hospital in Algona after a lingering illness. He had been hospitalized most of the time since Christmas. Born Feb. 4, 1873 in Pennsylvania, he came to Iowa in 1911 and has farmed in Swea City township until 16 years ago when he moved to Burt. He is survived by his wife, Martha, two daughters, Mrs. Jean Simmons of West Bend and Mrs. George Pearson of Swea City; one son, Robert, of Britt; four stepchildren, 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Burt Methodist church. Rev. G. Bohi officiated and burial was in the Swea township cemetery, Scout Exposition Of 4 Counties Here Feb. 17 A four-county "Scoutingland Exposition" will be held in the Algona Armory, Saturday, Feb. 17, with 30 to 40 "live" demonstration booths on exhibit. The public is invited. It is all part of Boy Scout Week. Counties taking part include Scouts from Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto and Pocahontas. There will be 14 Cub packs, 18 Scout troops and 4 Explorer units participating. An area-type show is planned for each performance. General admission will be 50 cents, with proceeds going to various Scouting activities. Car Burned While en route to Phoenk, Ariz., where they are making their home, the car of Mr. and Mrs. James Shillington, Algona, caught fire, damaging it to the extent of $600. The U-Haul trailer with household goods was undamaged. V.F.W. To Meet A regular meeting of the VFW post 2541, Algona, will be held Wednesday evening, 8 p.m. at the hall, John Goodman, commander, states. Don Murray Don was born" and raised at Bancroft: He is a son of the. late W. A. Murray, and Elizabeth Murray. His mother still lives at Bancroft. Before and after World War II he worked with his father managing family farms and assisting in the Murray Elevator. -Upon the death of his father in 1948 he joined witli his brother, Joseph, in management of the elevator, in which he is presently a stockholder. He is owner of the Murray Oil Co. of Bancroft. He has also been active in community affairs. He served 12 years on the Bancroft town council, and was mayor for two years. For 14 years he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bancroft Municipal Light Plant. He is a past commander of Post 377, American Legion, at Bancroft, and holds membership in numerous organizations. He has taken an active interest in politics, and for the past four years has served as county chairman for the Democratic party. Don attended St. John's grade and high school at Bancroft, then St. Thomas College In St. Paul, Minn, and Iowa State University at Ames. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. After his return, on Feb. 20, 1950, he was married to Ardelle B. Fischer. There are four children, Michael, Bryan, Michele and Stephen. One of his brothers, Thomas, gave his life in action in WW II in the Philippines with the U.S. Army. Other brothers are Joe of Bancroft, John of Storm Lake, a teacher, and James of Washington, D. C., a lawyer. He has one sister, Mrs. Eileen P. Cullen of Storm Lake. The Murray family has been residents of the county for well over 60 years. The Murray Elevator was established in 1894. Don is well aware of the problems facing a Democratic candidate for Congress in the new 6th, district. The new Iowa 6th district includes 18 counties, 12 from the old 8th district and all but one considered as Republican, and six from the old 6th, of which four were Democratic in the last Congressional election. If he has no primary opposition, he will face a Congressional veteran next fall in Charles B. Hoeven, present Republican Congressman from the old 8th district, a lawyer from Alton, who has been in office 20 years. Hoeven is of the conservative Republican wing, an outspoken critic of the incumbent Democratic administration, and well entrenched in his old district. But all of this has not stopped Murray from deciding to make the race,

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