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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 21, 1957
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X State Iowa la* By RUBS Waller Dean L. Battles, county exlen« sion director, 4'eceives many varied requests for help and information. Last week he received a request from an eighth grade student, Karen Ratlif, of Forgan, Oklahoma, for a small sample of Kossuth county soil. Seems the young lady is making a collection of soil from every county in Iowa. Dean sent her a sample of the blackest soil he could find. * * • Down at Eagle Grove the Congregational church decided to adopt a refugee Polish family, bought a house, volunteer labor fixed it up, donations furnished it, and then the community waited for the family to arrive. They failed to show up. After a series of long distance calls to New York and other points it was discovered that the refugee family had relatives in Chicago and stopped there. The Chicago relatives thought they were sponsoring the family. Now the Congregational church at Eagle Grove is pondering whether to adopt another family or forget the whole thing and sell the house. * ' * » For 16 years New York police followed a policy of "no publicity" on the activities of the Mad . Bomber. But several months ago their policy changed. The result was that the newspapers. radio, Ty and the general public pitched into the fray . . . and today he is in confinement. We never did think milch of the idea that the less the public knows about public affairs the better off the public is. MAIL BAG: "I read in your paper that the city is- going to pay the rent so the fat men could have a place to exercise. I wonder why? If a man has enough money to • eat and drink himself fat, he ought to at least be able to pay for his exercise or he could shovel snow, instead of hav- -.* ' intf"hi8 v fun para; fdr By Tax-— v payers." We received the above postcard last week, with reference to the Park & Playground Commission's program to sponsor a jix week's physical education program for ad»lts at the high school, one night a week. * • • Everett Barr, a member of the commission, reports that about 30 men turned out last Thursday for basketball and volleyball at the gym. The Commission estimates that the entire six weeks deal will cost between $40 and $60. A levy is made annually in city taxes for park, playground and recreation and whatever the cost may be will come from that fund, and as Everett explains it, that is what the fund is for. Only cost is for lights at the gym and whatever charge there is for a janitor after the two-hour session is over. » * * Oliver Carlson, March of Dimes chairman, said Tuesday that a total of $2747 had been banked thus far in funds received for the annual drive ... no county towns or townships have yet reported, and totals from the coin cards have yet to be tabulated. * * » Trend of the times: After hearing the record "16 Tons", a local young lady of seven turned to her father and asked: "Daddy. what's coal?" * * * Tip of the Hat to Dick Phillips, Algona Theatre manager, who for the third straight year was awarded first place in a promotion contest among all Central States Theatre Corporation managers. His entry was the cooperative ad page on the movio "The Best Things In Life Are Free" which appeared in the Upper Des Homes some months ago. He not only was named Master Showman of the company, but gets to keep permanent possession of a gold trophy cup, as well as a cash award. * * * Frank Moulton went to a Lions Club meeting a while back and parked his station wagon near the Algona Hotel. He left with a group and forgot about the vehicle until the next day when the local police, checking it over, asked him if he'd care to have it back. * * * A host of Kossuth elevator men, in Des Moines for the annual State Grain Dealers convention, had a birdseye view from the Fort Des Moines Hotel of that solo flight by the Des Moines youth who had never flown a plane before. Des Moines firms, incidentally, are asking that any errors discovered in correspondence or billings for Jan. 29 kindly be overlooked. That was the day Mr Soderquist put an his exhibition. Slgona ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered os second class matter at the poatottle* at Alton*, Iowa. Nov. i. 1932, under Act. of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1957 3 StCflONS - 24 PAGES VOL 94 - NO. S Plan 5 Million Bu. Corn Shipment Smith Wins State Corn Yield Title V. C. Smith of Algona, pictured above at the left, was the 1956, state, winner in the national Selected 5-Acre DeKalb corn growing contest, it was announced last week. In the above picture, Mr Smith is receiving a trophy, two feet high, for winning the state honor, from • Ed Eichler of Humboldt, district manager for the DeKalb Agricultural Ass'n. The presentation was made at a banquet held at Mason City. The Kossuth yield which won the state award was 171.80 Fined $100 — Contributing To Delinquency of Minor - 0... 1 «,-••'»•'• - - . - : ^' V. ".'-•-• . , . ; . .. A Wesley truck driver-farm laborer, Donald Chennaux, about 30, was fined $100 and costs in Justice G. H. Ost- winkle's court this week bn a charge of contributing to the delinquency of minors. He entered a plea of guilty. The charge was the result, of a beer drinking party Feb. 2, which was attended by seven minors, including several from Britt, in a farm house near Wesley. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst made the arrest after a complaint was received following the party. Chennaux purchased the beer and made it available to the minors. Melvin Busch of L^dyard paid $5 and costs for failing to have an operator's license in another case heard by Ostwinkle this week. Famous kftsjt tine «. With 90 wiv»i at hwn«* m wonder King Seud cwue ever Local Officers Aid Arrest Of Check Suspect Roy Hawkins, 39, of Humboldt county, was apprehended at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, by Patrolman Dale McBride and Deputy Sheriff Don Wood of Algona at Rodman. Hawkins" arrest followed a bulletin sent out from Emmetsburg on state police radio which indicated he had falsely drawn and uttered a*check there.for $20 in a grocery store that afternoon. All peace officers were alerted and on the lookout for the suspect, who was wanted on previous charges, including several false checks issued here last summer. McBride and Wood found the suspect's family in their car, which was parked with its motor running at a Rodman gas station, waited, and picked up Hawkins when he returned to the auto after a visit to a local beer dispensary. » Hawkins was turned over to Sheriff R. O. Miller at Emmetsburg. Pending disposition of the case, Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst has issued a "hold" order on the suspect. LuVerne Woman Dies, Ft. Dodge Mrs Mathilda H. Godfrey, 56, who was born and raised at Lu- Verne, died suddenly Monday afternoon at Fort Dodge. Mrs Godfrey was stricken at her home, rushed to Lutheran hospital by ambulance, but was dead on arrival. Funeral services for Mrs Godfrey will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran church at Fort Dodge. Rev. H. J. Witzgall will officiate and burial will be at LuVerne. Born April 19, 1900 at Lu- Verne, she was also educated there. Fallowing her marriage to Glenn Godfrey, she moved to Fort Dodge 28 years ago. Survivors include two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, her-father, two brothers, and her husband, Phone Co. Elects At Titonka Titonka — At the annual meeting of the Titonka Telephone Co; Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, Senus Isebrand and Carl F. Callies were reelected for another term and the new 20 year charter was voted in by 100 per cent. Other members held over were Telko Stecker, John Wel- housen and Ed Zwtefel, Another meeting was held Monday afternoon wjth Ed Zwiefel being elected president and John Welhousen elected as vicer president. Mrs Lela Bentley who has been secretary for many years was also re-elected. Election Held By Lone Rock Co-Op Lone Rock ~- The annual meeting of 4he Lone Rock Farmers Co-Op Creamery was held Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Lone Rock church, with a nice crowd on hand to hear Russell Weaver of State Brand Creameries and Ralph Nichols of the Tri-County Drying Plant at Whittemore speak. In the election that took place, Ralph Hammerstrom was reelected to a three-year term on the board of directors, and Robert Schmidt Jr. is a new member elected for three years to replace Will Christenson who retired after serving for 12 years. Other officers are ' J. A. Nyman, president; Ray Dreyer and Milton Madison, directors; L. V. Johnson, manager} and Richard Behrends, assistant. Swea Lions Plan Musical Circus bushels per acre. The five acres selected were from a 204 acre field oh the Smith farm lying east of Black Cat creek, between Algona and Burt, in Union twp. As the county winner, Smith received a plaque. As the state winner he received not only the trophy pictured, but also a 52 piece stainless steel serving set. All yields entered were checked by disinterested parties. There were 426 entries in Iowa, and 5,442 entries in the, entire U.S. Smith's ayerage placed him 8th in the nation. A Colorado enfry 1 won first with 219 bushels to the acre. The Smith corn DeKalb 459, was planted May 15, 1956. The land had been fall plowed, It was disked and harrowed, and commercial fertilizer was plowed under. Used was 300 Ibs. of 0-20-20. A starter of 250 Ibs. 4-12-12 was later used and then 215 Ibs. of nitrogen was used'as a side dressing. . The first Iowa winner in this contest was John Byson of Algona, back in 1938, when he won both state and national DeKalb titles with an average yield of 178.26 bushels per acre. The Chevrolet he won, he is still driving in California where he has now retired. Foreign Legal Post Slated For Dolliver Action was fast on the Congressional scene, this past week, as it concerned Iowa's 6lh district. Former Congressman James I. Dolliver, Republican, defeated by Merwin Cpad of Boone, Democrat, for the 6th district seat in the last election, is reported to be in line for appointment as a regional legal officer assigned to help administer the foreign aid program in the Middle East. The pay is reported as'between $12,000 and $15,000. Dolliver is technicaly still contesting^ Goad's election, and how this will change the contest picture is'not known. The appointment has not been confirmed. The post in the Middle East is a new one, but Dolliver has the backing of, the White House and Iowa congressional delegation for the plum, it was reported from Washington. As a congressman, Dolliver received $22,500. He is now eligible for a pension of between $5,000 and $6,000 a year if his contest appeal fails. That, coupled with the Middle East .appointment, would put him right back rhto a Congressional salary bracket. In the meantime, a' dinner meeting was held by the Republican Central Committee at the Johnson House here last Wednesday evening, at which time Bob Waggoner, Fort Dodge, executive assistant to Senator Tom Martin was a guest of honor. Informed Republican sources say that Waggoner is being urged to run in 1958 as the Republican candidate for congress from the 6th district, and presumably would oppose Coad. While Waggoner is nOw comparatively unknown in the district, outside of Fort Dodge, he would have almost solid backing of the Republican district and state organizations. Name 8th Man To Police Force Appointment of James Arthur Voigt, 24, of Whittemore to A1 T gona's police department was announced by Mayor C. C. Shierk Wednesday morning. Voigt's appointment raises to eight the number of men now on the local staff. The installation of the new city radio system in the near future, which will require a man on duty at the city hall at all hours, served as the necessity for enlarging the force to eight. The new policeman will begin his duties here about Mar. 15. He is at present employed by the Whittemore creamery, is unmarried and an army veteran. Other members of'the local department are Chief Al Boekel- rnan, Ray Krebs, Richard Groen, Ernie Hutchison, Pete Jorgenson, Joe McBride and Bill Ankenbauer. • Swea City Lions Club will sponsor a Musical Circus, a program of barber shop quartet music and comedy, to be given Friday evening, March 1, at the high school auditorium. The "Gay Nineties" quartet from Montevideo, Minn., one of the best-known barbershop quartets in the Upper Midwest, will headline the program, and other guest quartets will include the "Bum Steers", Fairmont, Minn.j and the "Prince Alberts" of Albert Lea, Minn., as well as local groups. Tickets are now on sale at $1.25 and $1 each Mayor On Visit To Governor Mayor C. C, Shierk and the mayors from Emmetsburg and Estherville paid Governor Herschel Loveless a visit in his office at Des Moines Tuesday afternoon. The men discussed legislation dealing with cities the size of Algona and Mayor Shierk presented the governor with an honorary membership in the Northwest Iowa Mayor's Association, which includes 25 towns and cities in this part of the state. Wedding Licenses Wedding licenses were issued to two couples by County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. Both were issued Monday, and they went to Norman Prichard, Whit- ternore, and Laura H. Wichtendahl, West Bend; and Orville L. Pison, Bancroft, and Vehna Groen, Purt. Ex U-D-M News' Editor Honored Roger" Benson, former news editor of the Upper Des Moines, and now editor of the Windom, Minn, Reporter, was honored last week by selection as Minnesota's Outstanding Young Man For 1956, an award made by the Minnesota Junior Chamber of Commerce. After leaving Algona, Roger went to Windom and served as president of the JayCees there. He was later hospitalized and underwent major surgery twice in a battle against tuberculosis— a battle that he won. He is 34 years old. Redeem $692.25 In $ Day 'Cash'; 40 Percent Return Algeria's Dollar Days last weekend were unanimously termed one of the best ever held here, both by the sponsoring merchants and the general public who benefited, Immense interest was created by the Upper Des Moines contribution of "Dollar Day money", in sums of 25c, lOc and 5c, all clipped from the front page of last week's issue of this newspaper. The clipped "money" was redeemable in any co-operating store in the values as designated, based on the size of the ads run by the local stores. There were 2,042 coupons redeemed for 25 cent valuation, or 40 plus percent of the total possible from a maximum of 5,000 copies of the paper distributed within a 40 mile trade territory. Their value was $510.50. There were, 1,220 ten cent coupons redeemed, or 24 Va percent of all possible. Their total value was $122. There were 1,198 five cent coupons redeemed, or 24 percent of all possible. Their value was $59.75, The Upper Des Moines redeemed all of the "money" turned in, and rebated to local merchants a total of $692.25. So far as we know, this is the first such tie-in newspaper promotion of this type to ever be staged. The "treat" was on the Upper Des Moines, its readers and its advertisers benefiting accordingly. Only 10 of the 44 lucky dollar bills were redeemed for the ten dollars that each of them brought last Friday and Saturday, and three of these turned up at the state liquor store here. Nobody redeemed the dollar bill which would have been worth $50. County TB Unit Meets March 23 The annual meeting of the members and board of the Kossuth County Tuberculosis and Health Association will be held at noon Saturday, Mar, 23, in the Hotel Algona, according to C. B. Murtagh, county chairman. The meeting is open to all purchasers of the 1956 Christmas Seals. A tentative budget and the program for the coming year will be discussed. The budget, which was prepared earlier by the ex- cutive committee, provides for expenditures of $3,748 during the next year. The budget represents $598 for health education; $1500 fov case finding program; $500 for Christmas Seal sale expense; $100 patient service; $50 administration; and $1000 for a teaching fellowship at Iowa U. ' The $1000 teaching fellowship is to be maintained three years. Election of officers, and reports from various departments will also be held at the meeting. Paralysis Hits Swea City Boy Swea City «- Five year old Gary, son of Mr and Mrs Warren De Wald, was taken to the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Saturday p.m. When Gary wakened Saturday morning, he was unable to stand up. A doctor was called, who advised that he be taken to Holy Family hospital at Estherville for examination and tests. From Estherville he was rushed to Rochester, with both parents accompanying him. As of Monday no word had been received here as to his condition.' The other child is being cared for by the sister of Mrs Be Wald, Mre iivin Stroug State Declam Contest Held At Titonka Top ratings (No. 1) went to a number of pupils from Kossuth county schools, in a sectional declamatory contest held last week at Titonka high school. No, 1 ratings from this area went to the following, all of whom are eligible for district contests starting next week: • Original Oratory — J. Lichter, 'Algeria,. St- Cecelia's, Dramatic declamation — Judy. SteckerY Titonka,- A7 Ludwig,"J. Elbert and R. Briggs, Algona, St. Cecelia's. . Humorous — Harlan Hanna, Jo Anne Baade, Titonka; E. Kelch, L. Long and S. Gourley, Corwith; M. Guerdet, Kay Fitzgerald, Armstrong; M. Berkland and G. Johnson, Cylinder; J. Becker and L. Dahlhauser, St. Cecelia's of'Algona. Interpratiye Reading — M. Volen, D. Richmond, Armstrong; J. Andreason, Ringsted; M. Berkland, Cylinder; D. Stebritz, R. Briggs, D. Bebo, St. Cecelia's of Algona. Radio Speaking — G. Maaland and B. Berkland, Cylinder; M. Thiel, Armstrong; Sharon Carroll and Robert Fritz, Titonka; G. Esser, St. Cecelia's. Oratorical — Cecil Schilmoel- ler, J. Goecke and Jean Hall, St. Cecelia's; D. Bonnstetter, B. Reimers, B. Mullins, Corwith; Trudy Bess, Titonka. Extemporaneous Speaking — Wayne Bartelt, Titonka; J. Lichter, St. Cecelia's. TWO TOP RATINGS FOR LUVERNE HIGH In sectional competition at Dows, .Kathy Bockes and Ronald Stone received I ratings in extemporaneous and oratorical de- clam respectively. There were 200 students competing. Charity Ball Is Slated Apr. 23 Initial plans for the annual Algona Charity Ball, which is to be held in the gym at Algona high school Tuesday, April 23, were announced Tuesday by Jack Chrischilles, general chairman. Mel Bay is co-chairman. At present, arrangements are proceeding pretty well. Chairmen named to head various committees are Don Hemmingsen, music; Wally Mesing and Ralph Hagg, decorations; Gordon Winkel, queens; Dick Carr, patrons and patronesses; and H, W. Miller, treasurer, Lyle Mathes, publicity; Al Rode, program; Gordon Ditlevson, reception; Antoinette Bonnstetter, contribution booth; Sor- opiomist Club, check room; and Harley Waller, stage and lighting. The ball this year will be held two days after Easter, which is Sunday, April 21. Golden Wedding Ledyerd •»» Mr and Mrs N. A- Pingel will hold open house in observance of their golden wedding anniversary at the Legion Hafl from 2 to 5 p.m. tliis Sunday, Feb. 24. All friends and relatives are invited to attend, Burt Bombers The Burt Bombers met at the M. J. Cunningham home Monday night, Feb. ll. Fourteen members were present. Girl Taken III Titonka — Miss Joice Isebrand, 17 year, old daughter of Mr and Mrs John Isebrand of Titonka, was rushed by ambulance Sunday to the hospital in Rochester after becoming seriously ill. Miss Isebrand has been suffering from diabetis and became ill on Friday. Falling Tree Injures Harms OfTifonka x ,~, Titonka r—-Ralph, Harms otli- tonka had the misfortune to break a bone in his hip Saturday when he was helping saw trees in a field at the farm of Miller Nelson. A big log had been sawed and was about to be sawed again and to do this a jack was placed under it and while he and Martin Harms, a cousin, were sawing jt, the jack slipped and the tree fell toward him. It was believed that he slipped and the log fell upon him. He was taken immediately to the Buffalo Center hospital for x-ray. He is getting along nicely but is expected to stay in the hospital for a few days, County NFO To Meet Feb. 27 A county meeting of the NFO has been called for .next Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Burt VFW Hall at 7:30 p.m. to dicsuss the national NFO proposals to Congress with regard to a farm program. Kennth Patterson of Swea City, county NFO president, appeared Sunday on a TV program from Mason City, on the same subject. The NFO has a 7 point proposal — 1, adoption of a 51 million base acreage; 2, 15 % in soil bank to qualify; 3, no soil bank payments; 4, 100 % parity supports for participating farmers; 5, insurance covering basic crops to insure average yield; 6, enactment of legislation supporting livestock prices. 10 Below Coldest Of Past Week Warm days and cold nights prevailed in this area during most of the last week. Low reading for the period was a 10 below zero mark Wednesday, while the high was a 39 Tuesday, Feb. 5. Date H L Jan. 30 25 -10 Jan. 31 27 -1 Feb. 1 28 16 Feb. 2 — 24 5 Fleb. 3 27 0 Feb. 4 - 32 4 Feb. 5 39 13 The skies were clear and readings went upward again Wednesday, To Need 2,500 Boxcars For Kossuth Grain Preparations are being made for shipment of 5 million bushels of stored corn out of Kossuth county elevators in the Very near future. The shipment, which will require an estimated 2,500 box, cars, will be the largest concentrated grain shipment in the history of the county. Exactly when shipment wilt take place awaits final instructions from national and state ASC headquarters. Railroads Notified All railroads serving Kossuth county — The Milwaukee Road. Chicago & North Western ana Rock Island, have been notified of the impending grain shipments;, and empty box cars are already arriving on all of, the roads. Elevators will be notified by the ASC when orders for shipment are ready. Virgil Rohlf, county ASC office manager, was checking grain 1 bins Wednesday and could not be contacted for « specific information on the coming shipments. A check with local railroad agents, however, disclosed that just Wednesday 20 empty box cars were set out at Ruthven by the Milwaukee. There are a half dozen or so cars in Algona thus far. Palo Alto Also In addition to an estimated 5 • million bushels from Kossuth county, another 2 million to 3 million is slated to be moved from Palo Alto county. Until final shipping orders are received there is no way of knowing where the corn is going. Fr,om Algona, an estimated 290,000 bushels will be shipped, which will require 150 box. cars here alone. North Western officials .>a id .similar •-shipments..... would be made all along the line, requiring about 125 cars at Irvington, and an estimated 100 at Galbraith. No Special Trains Regular freight service will handle the shipments. No special trains are anticipated. Milwaukee officials are ipre- § aring for pickups at Wesley ( exton, Hobarton, Whittemore, Cylinder and Ruthven in this area. About 2,000 bushels of shelled corn can be carried in an average box car, it was said. An average loading is about three cars a day per elevator. Extend One Deadline In the meantime, county ASC officials said the deadline for signing soil bank conservation reserve contracts beginning in 1957 had been extended from March 15 to April 15. But they added there are no changes in the March 8 deadline for signing com acreage reserve agreements. The time extension for signing conservation reserve agreement contracts was ordered by the De» - partment of Agriculture because of the present heavy workload iu many county ASC offices, As of February 15, a total of 4,278,654 bushels of the 1956 crop of corn in Kossuth county had been placed under price support, of which 4,186.050 bushels werg under loans and 92,604 bushels were under purchase agreements, A year ago, 3,901,974 bushels of the 1955 crop were under prict support in this county. Sunday Drive To Aid Heart Fund Sunady, Feb. 24, will be observed as National Heart Sun« day, and a day on which volun* teer workers will call at local homes for contributions. Chairman for South KossutH County is Mrs Loyal Young, with Mrs Geo. H. Johnson as publicity chairman. Ward chairmen for the drive are first ward, Mrs Wes Barttett, Mrs Henry Blome, co-chairmanj ward two, Mrs C. Q. Shierk, w chairmen Mrs Max Bartholomew, Mrs G. H. Powers, Mrs Corwlll Peer, and Mrs Richard Norton; ward three, Mrs Robert Render* son; ward four, Mrs Bryan Asa, co-chairman Mrs Jack Lira,* baugh. Winner <sf 19 SHrtt ft MHiaMl Awwd* UtfrttM tJMHj TiiTftrilinviti Ivn 9MM An"ft» •ad 8Mi AdwlWng Awud jtot- INI

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