The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 25, 1957 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 25, 1957
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State Iowa 0ity, J Ia« By Russ Waller Mr and Mrs Julius BolHg ol Bancroft are the proud possessors of a baptismal dress that has set quite a record, and still isn't through doing its duty. Forty-six years ago a sister of Mrs Bollig, Mrs Mayme Lentch of Comfrey Minn., made the dress and Mr and Mrs Bollig baptized their 10 children in it. Then 34 grandchildren, including two sets of twins, used it. Four years ago the dress was sent to England so that Mr and Mrs Gene Bollig's daughter could be baptized in it. Gene was then in the Air Force. As the years have rolled by, Mrs Bollig has cut it off, hemmed it up again, and added a new ribbon when needed. Now Mr and Mrs Bollig are again packing the dress, this time to be sent to California. They became great grandparents for the first time last week, when a boy was born to Mr and Mrs Cal Callesen at San Jose, Cal. Mrs Callesen is the former Shir* ley Metzger of Algona. The mother is doing fine but the Baby, born prematurely, kept in an incubator for some time. Mr and Mrs Clarence Metzger of Algona are grandparents for the first time. • * * A Minneapolis policeman has come up with an invention that might interest the ladies. It is a tear gas pencil, a shade larger than an automatic pencil. The tear gas pencil, when fired, spreads effectively over an area of four to 12 feet and makes a sound like A .38 caliber pistol. The inventor thinks it can be very handy against purse-snatchers or molesting males ... sells for $8.95 • • • Prescription: Having survived two world wars, critical illnesses and the slings and arrows of politics to ; reach the venerable age of 82, Britain's Sir Winston Churchill felt qualified to offer his own prescription for longevity: "A lot of drinking, a lot of eating, and eight or nine hours of sleep, most pJE it in the daytime." ,' . •:. .-• , •• • « .-- A recent winter visitor at Mesa, Ariz, gave us a brief summary of that thriving metropolis in the shadow of Phoenix... seems there are no city taxes in Mesa ... Mesa owns and runs its utilities, water, electricity and gas ... and the municipal profits ESTABLISHED 1863 fettered «t second cla«s matte* at the postofflce it Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1. 1832, under Act Of Congress of March 8, 1879. IOWA, THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1957 3 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES VOL 34 - NO. $750 Fine In O.M.Y.I. Case, District Court Thomas J. Murphy was finec $750 and costs by Judge Harry Narey, Tuesday, in Kossuth district court on a plea of guilty to a charge of operating a motoi vehicle while intoxicated, second offense. Murphy's driver's license was suspended for six months. The fine was paid. Complaint against Murphy was filed February 25 by Constable W. H, Steward of Hurt. A divorce was granted tc .Joyce E. Langman from Wm. J Langman, Tuesday, also by Judge Narey. Cruel and inhuman treatment was charged. A settlement was agreed upon by the parties concerned. They married Jan 12, 1957. A jury case which began last week was settled after one day of testimony, with Mrs Wilma Kuhlman receiving $500 in settlement for a claim for room and board she had ibrought against James Thorn. The latter had filed B counter suit asking $3,400 for services. Anothe'r case settled out of court was a damage suit brought by Walter S. Gatton against James W. Tindall Jr. for $2,083. The case was to have gone to trial Monday. One new case filed in district court was that of J. P. and Eileen Cullen against Dena K. Kohlhaas, a matter in equity, centering on a contract for purchase of a house in Algona. Trap Shoot Sunday A Trap Shoot will be sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, Sunday, April 28, at Squeeze Field south of Algona. Cooking School Coming Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, will be a special weekend for the ladies. Those two afternoons, starting at 1:30 p.m. daily, the Upper Des Moines Pub. Co. and cooperating local firms, will present a free cooking school at the National Guard Armory. Susan Lowe, whose recipes and articles of interest to women are found in the monthly rotogravure Farm fc Home Section with this paper, will be the demonstrator. She is a graduate home economist from the University of Wisconsin. More details will be furnished later, but save the dates — and remember! There will be the usual number of attendance awards each day. 'Drag Race' On Hy. 1(9 Ends In Arrests John W. Struihers. 17, of Ottosen. and John D. Burris, 19, of Gilmore City, were arrested and later fined last week as the result of a "drag' race" on highway 169, south of Algona. They were arrested in Humboldt county. The drag race started just north of Humboldt, with Dean Hansen, Humboldt police officer, chasing the two cars at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. Struthers turned into the Bradgate road and Hansen followed him, while three highway patrol cars were alerted. Hansen. in the meantime, had managed to get Burris to pull off highway 169 and stop, and took him to Humboldt. Struthers was found at his farm home near Ottosen and reported to Humboldt police In justice court, Struthers was fined $100 for reckless driving, $15 for passing in a prohibited zone, $15 for speeding, and $12 costs or a total of $142. Burris was fined $25 for reckless driving. 77 Degrees A new high temperature mark for the year waS registered in this area Tuesday afternoon when the mercury shot up to 77 degrees. It was only one degree cooler two 'other days during the week, according to Weatherman Stu Albright at the airport. Date H L April 17 _67 39 April- 18 .' 75 33 April 19 76 28 April 20 ..70 41j April 21 72 35 April 22 76 44 April 23 77 52 While much of the state was favored with heavy and beneficial rain during the weekend, this portion of Iowa failed to get in on it. High winds, which at times hit 35 or 40 miles an hour, whipped dust from all over the midwest through Kossuth county; making field work difficult. Rites For Geo. Krieps, 28, Crash Victim, Wednesday Koster as sub- was at Calvary substitute for school system taxes... in the there is no nonsense ... if a pupil becomes unruly or shows a lack of desire to keep up in his work, he is sent home — and stays there until he or his parents make it plain that that the ill behavior and un- studiousness are over. Mr and Mrs Joe Miller, who farm 3%'miles north of Algona, have a mixed-up lamb. The Millers raise cattle, hogs, chickens and sheep, and many new lambs have arrived in recent weeks. One of the lambs was disowned by its mother, and the little fellow will go to practically anyone who calls it. Being left out in the cold, the lamb chases a large dog around the yard in an attempt to get fed, and the dog has a hard time getting away. It's'a cruel-world! * * * For many V.F.W. post years the local has sponsored an annual banquet for survivors of the Spanish-American War. At each of these recent banquets in recent years, as the ranks have thinned, H. C. Armstrong of Britt has ably served as toastmaster on behalf of the Spanish-War vets. Now the ranks are even thinner. Last week Mr Armstrong died at Britt at the venerable age of 82. * » .» Fishermen who have enjoyed going after Lake Superior rainbow wout seem to have had their last fun for some time to come. A large percentage of the lake- run rainbows being talien in the North Shore area bear ugly scars showing they have survived attacks from the blood-sucking sea lampreys. But not many are surviving. The lampreys, it seems, are also attacking all other fish in the Great Lakes and at the mouths of 23 Minnesota trout streams that empty into the lake. Efforts are underway to kill the predators with chemicals, but restocking of game fish after they might be brought under control will take many years. ' t * • A behind-the-scenes battle is on in Washington in the Foreign Claims commission involving some 9 million dollars worth of Czarist Russian ruble bonds .. some investors have picked up these bonds, considered pretty worthless, for little or nothing ... now they are organized and want the 'U.S. to make them good, dollar for ruble, so to speak- One of the claimants is a sister of a U.S. Senator. * . • * Famous Last Line — Once only a fool and his money vw» won parted* new U hap.» P«O» to Funeral services for ,George J. •Crieps, 28, wellrknown young Sexton farmer, were held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Cece- "ia Catholic church , with. Msgr. ?. P. "Gearen officiating. Fr. -.awrence Kline served as deacon and Fr. Dale deacon. Burial cemetery and Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Krieps was killed instantly at 10:15 p.m. Sunday when his new auto, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Aire hardtop, bulldozed its way into the entrance to the lane leading to the home of Oswald Thilges, 1% miles east of Algona on McGregor street road. Cause Unknown According t o investigating authorities, Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and Patrolman Darrel Drake, tracks made by the wheels on the right side of the car indicated the vehicle actually left the road about 840 feet from the Thilges lane. The car stayed on the shoulder for 360 feet, then went on down into a 10-foot ditch and travelled the final 480 feet to the lane embankment. The auto hit the embankment with such force that it flipped over the lane, landed on a fence 33 feet west, spun around and was resting on its wheels headed south when found. Force of the impact drove the front wheels back almost under the windshield, sent the engine back several feet toward the front seat, crumpled the double frame at the center of the vehicle, shattered practically every window, and left the rear of the machine practically undamaged. The back of the front seat was driven •under the splintered steering wheel, a fact which undoubtedly resulted in the decapitation of the driver. They Heard Crash . Members of the Thilges family heard the auto hit while seated in their home about 600 feet north of the scene. They investigated and notified Lindhorst immediately. The death of young Krieps was the fifth on county highways and roads this year. George was born in Algona Oct. 1, 1928. He attended St. Cecelia Academy and the local public high school. He served three years in the army from 1951 to 1954, including some time during the fighting in Korea, and was discharged in January, 1954. He had been farming at Sexton since his army release, He was single and a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion. Survivors include his parents, Mr and Mrs Nick Krieps of Sexton, a brother, Joseph, of Wesley, and three sisters. They are Martha (Mrs Joe Mergen, Algona; and Verena (Mrs James Castress), and Mary Jo Krieps, both of Chicago. Pallbearers at the funeral were Dennis Cjnk, Martin Eischen, Kenneth Forburger, David Seiler, Jim Mergen and John Youngwirth. Retired LuVerne * Farmer Dies Adolph Gramenzi 95, retired farmer who made his home, with a daughter, Mrs Erick Wingren, at Fort Dodge for the past 15 years, died at Lutheran hospital in Fort Dodge Tuesday night. , He had been a medical patient since May 15,* 1956. Funeral rites are planned for Friday afternoon at 1:30 at Guenther's in Fort Dodge. The Rev. H. J. Witigall, pastor of Si Paul's Lutheran church, will officiate and burial will be beside his wife in the LuVerne tery at LuVerne. '','•'•' *• Born on March 14, 1862, in West Prussia, Germany, he came to the United States in 1881, with his parents. The family settled first at Geneseo, 111.; moving to the LuVerne community in 1887'. He was married at LuVerne to Miss Pauline Wegner on March 4, 1888. They were the first couple to be married in Zion Lutheran church in that community. They farmed near LuVerne until they retired in 1918 and moved to Fort Dodge. Mrs Gramenz died on May 12, 1941. His parents, a son, August; two infant daughters, a brother, August; a sister, Mrs Augusta Schuetzler, and two half-brothers also preceded him in death. Surviving him are three sons John of Fenton, Walter and Adolph, Jr., of Lansing, Mich, four daughters, Mrs Erick Wingren of Fort Dodge, Mrs Henry Hintz of Pomeroy, Mrs John Heinkel of Fort Dpdge and Mrs William Longnecker of South Bend, Ind.; a sister, Mrs Bertha Schultz of Phoeniz, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren and 30 great- grandchildren. City's Summer Play Program Is Announced Plans for a proposed big summer athletic program for Algon- ans of all ages were announced Monday afternoon by Everett Ban- of the city playground commission. A meeting tonight (Thursday, April 25) at the city hall will help m getting one portion of the plans underway. Any male adult or high school boy interested in coaching one of the many ward teams which will take the field aftfr school is out may attend. Three tentative age groups will be included in the ward set-up if enough interest 'is shown and enough coaches available. It is hoped there will be four teams of boys nine years old and under; four teams in the 10-12 age group; and four in the 12 through 14 age group. This program will be an evening affair, with games from 5:30 until about 8:30 p.m. possibly four nights per week. No opening date has been announced. There will be a morning program for children as in the past. Jim Geelan and Art Olson will be in charge from 9 to 12 Mo,n- day through Friday, beginning June 17 at the athletic park. The program will last six weeks and will feature baseball, tennis, miniature golf and. ring toss games. ) Marilyn Seiler will have handicraft at the-high school Monday through Friday during the same period. Bead and leather work and nature study will be offered. Miss Seiler will also be in charge of the wading pool from 1:30 to 5 p.m. five days a week at the athletic park. There will be a 10-minute polio break every hour. The adult program will include softball for men and women, tennis for men and women and horse shoes, if enough interest is shown. Only persons who receive a paycheck from an Algona firm, get their mail from the Algona postoffice or on an Algona rural route are eligible for free recreation facilities. Anyone interested in any of the activities should |et?:1n;-touch with . Barr or Bob HcCullough, so plans may s be completed on the entire program. Article Published,. Mrs Esther Sigsbee, "Grace" to readers of the Upper Des Moines column, "Woman's World", is the author of an article that appeared in the current issue of "Grade Teacher" magazine. Her subject was "A Parent Looks at School." The ioiaUy wrecked 1957 automobile shown above was driven by Qeorae J» Sriejjs, 88, oi Bexion, when he met his death instantly Sunday at 10:15 p.m. » The one-car mishap occurred 1% miles east of Algona on the McGregor street blacktop. Krieps, who was travelling west at the time, had gone about two miles from the home of Mr and Mrs Al ISrpelding where he had been visiting when he crashed into a lane at the Oswald Thilges farm. It was evident the auto had been in the bottom of the north ditch adjoining the road for several hundred leet before striking the lane. The auto then catapulted across the lane, Iande4 on a fence and spun to a stop m a field. This on-the-spot photo by Nels Isaacson shows the auto as it was found by members o| the Thilges family who heard the crash from their house. (UDM Engraving) 8 City Contacts By Industrial Corp The four Algona representatives of the Algona Industrial Development "Corporation who recently visited the Twin Cities for four days report that they contacted eight different firms while there, and found a fine reception, although of course die not come home with any contracts tucked away in brief cases Making the trip were Dick Carr, Mayor C. C. Shierk, Harry Greenberg and Bill Steele. They learned a lot and with the aid of Jerry Donovan, manager of the North Central Public Service here for two years, and Donovan's, Inc., learned a lot that they expect to be of future benefit. Book Jazz Trio For Concert Unit The Community Concert Ass'n will offer the Teddy Wilson Concert Jazz trio as one of the fall attractions in the series, it was announced this week. Memberships in the association are on sale through Saturday, April 27. Tickets will not be sold at the door at concert events. The Teddy Wilson trio is only one of several outstanding concerts to be given during the 195758 season. Members of the Association will meet at 3 p.m. at the ligh school Annex to select the balance of the concert program 'or the coming year. Wedding Licenses To 3 Couples Three wedding licenses were issued this week by County Clerk Alma Pearson. They went to the following couples: April 20 — Donald E. Thornton, Zearing, and Elizabeth Coady, Burt. April 22 -r- Eugene Nemmers, Bancroft, and Mary Doocy, Bancroft; and William Mather, Jr., Swea City, and Cleo Young, Lakota. Joan Stebritz Queen Of '57 Charity Ball Joan Stebritz, 1957 Algona Charity Ball queen, is shown in the above photo receiving her royal crown from her escort of the evening, Don Krause of Bancroft.,Mr Krause, who is Joan's brother- in-law, served in the absence of the new queen's fiance, who is at present in the army. . ' '" . ' Miss Stebritz was chosen by ballot from 11 queen nominees,and she reigned supreme during th« evening entertainment. (Nels Isaacson photo-UDM Engraving) Mrs Downs, 81, Rites Monday At St. Benedict Funeral services for Mrs Katherine M. Downs, 81, were held Monday morning at the St. Benedict Catholic church with Father Charles Ernst officiating. Burial was at gt. Benedict with •Hamilton's in charge of arrangements. Mrs Downs had been in poor health for several years and died last Thursday after three weeks in St. Ann hospital. She was born April 9, 1876, the daughter of Edward and Mary Fraher at Cullom, 111. She was married to Charles Downs at Cullom on Oct. 12, 1893. Six children were born to the union: Homer, Titonka; Orville, St. Benedict; Oma, Mrs Tony Hildman, Bradgate; Catherine, Mrs Julius Seller, St. Benedict; and Edward of Wesley. One son, Ivan, died in infancy. The family moved to the Wesley area in 1915. Mr Downs preceded his wife in death in 1933 and she farmed with the youngest son Edward until 1938. It was at that time that she moved to the home of her daughter. Mrs Julius Seiler at St. Benedict and she remained there except when helping out or visiting the other children. "Grandma Downs" as she was called by practically everyone, was noted for her love of visiting and witty expressions. Also surviving are four brothers: William, Louis, Edward and John, and one sister, Mary Mulligan, all living in Illinois. There are 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also surviving. Serving as pallbearers were six grandsons: Richard Downs, Henry Seiler, Darrel Downs, Dennis Hildman, Michael Seiler and Douglas Downs. Swea City Man, 26, Injured 8w«« City — Gordon Herwig, 26, who is employed by Johnson Produce , of Swea City, suffered cuts and bruises when his car rolled over a few miles north of Swea City, Sunday evening about 5 -.30. He was taken to an Esther- vine hospital by Buell Johnson, his employer, and Leroy Busch. He is expected to be released soon. Highway Patrolmen investigated and the par was a total wreck. Mr came from Paullina, Iowa about eight months ago, Wins Scholastic Honor At Iowa U. Ellen J. Stewart, daughter of Mr and Mrs Roscoe Stewart of Surt, was one of 45 freshmen coeds invited to membership in Alpha Lambda Delta at the State Jniversity of Iowa recently. Eligibility for membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, scholastic honorary society, is based on a 3.5 average for the first semester. Initiation ceremonies were held April 16 preceding a dinner in the Old Capitol. 3-Bedroom Home Goes Up In Day A three • bedroom home went up in one day yesterday in Algona, The house, a National prefabricated product, was started when a huge semi- truck backed up to the foundation on a lot at the comer of McGregor and East Main streets at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. An efficient crew, under supervision of Blead Wegner, had the entire home up, complete to room partition* and roof, before nightfall, Priced in the neighborhood of $12,000, the house is built '» «*wtty__ *»«!»* _ P«m by National Homes, inc., then sent to the building site. Wegntr SonsJiMstion has tbt local fraacfeiMi & pubUc showing of the new home will b» held shortly. Liverrnore School Robbed Monday The Livermore school was robbed sometime .Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The theft was discovered at 8 a.m. Tuesday by Jess Martin, school custodian. < Stolen were a typewriter, two baritone horns, a tape recorder, movie machine and some tools from the manual • training room. A sledge hammer was used in an unsuccessful attempt to open the safe. The thieves gained entrance by breaking a window and prying. ojgen jji door. Algona Woman's Rites At Bode Services for Mrs Theodore Evenson, 82, of Algona were held Saturday afternoon in St. Olaf Lutheran church at Bode. Rev. Kraabel officiated and burial followed at Bode. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. ' Mrs Evenson died at St. Ann Wednesday. Her death followed a brief illness. Bertha Hansen, daughter of Mr and Mrs Hans Hansen, was born near Oslo, Norway, April 4, 1875 She was married to Theodore Evenson in 1903 in Norway, a year before they arrived in the United States. Mr and Mrs Evenson settled in the Bode area and farmed there until moving to Algona in 1943. The Evenson home is on N. Minnesota street. Besides Mr Evenson, survivors include a son, Ivan, Ottosen; and three daughters, Thora, Algona, Emma, Buffalo Center, and Mrs Reed Seaman, West Bend, Large Throng Enjoys Annual fit Event P. J. Oakland, 72, Rites Saturday Last rites for P. J. Oakland, 72, of Algona, were held Saturday morning in the First Lutheran church. Rev. O; L, Nelson qffi- dated and burial was in East* awn Memorial Gardens. McQul- lough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Frank Schatt- Schneider, Leslie Huff, Ben Teigland, Andrew Erdahl, Albert Engelby and John Rake. Mr Oakland died in' Mercy hospital at Fort Dodge Thursday, April 18, following a six year ill* ness. Peter J. Oakland, son of Mr and Mrs Peter Oakland, was born at Randall May 5, 1884, and fanned in that area of Iowa for many years before moving to Al- gonu in 1946. He was married to Marie Teigland at Randall Peg. 1, 1904, and his wife and four chil* dren survive. The children are Adolph and Marvin, Algona; Marjorie (Mrs Earnest Jensen), Bode, and Agnes (Mrs Elmer Hedstrom), Albert Lea, Minn. Three sisters, a broth* er, six grandchildren and a grandchild also suryjve. Joan Stebritz,.daughter of Mr and Mrs H. W. Stebritz of Algona, reigned as queen of the annual, charity ball at the high school Tuesday ' ; night., r She was selected by ballot from a group of .11 nominees 'by the large crowd in attendance. Besides the - naming", of Miss ' Stebritz as queen, an outstanding .program, featuring the Port Dodge Men's Civic- Glee* Club, was presented. Director Donald A. Walkef sent the glee 'dub through its paces in "Musical Varieties of 1957" in a program of fine music that ranged from popular tunes' to Battle Hymn of the Republic. Soloists Charles Robinson, John Bjork, Joe Hall, John Rowles, Ted Soppeland, and Rajahneen Bencker, who brought the house down with her rendition of "Television is Tough on Lbve", and dancer Jane Morrow, were very , pleasing indeed. . Dr. Harold Meyer served as , master of ceremonies for the program. Leo Cassel's welcome in* eluded a history of Algona's charity ball, and queen chairman • Gordon Winkel concluded • the program with an introduction of the queen candidates. • Queen Joan then presided, 4i«> ing an evening of dancing in the gym, , Joan was born and raised here and is a 1954 graduate of St. Cecelia Academy, Her Robbies include piano p-laying and sewing , and she has been employed in" the office of Dr, Bray for the past two years. • No final tabulation of funds contributed to Algona Charities, Inc. preceding and during the •'. ball had been completed Wed» nesday, ... ' " . 30 Year Resident Buried Monday • Funeral services for Christian F. Seefeld, 80, resident of Algona for more than 30 years, were held Monday morning jn McCwllough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Luther Loesch, Trinity Lutheran pastor, officiated. Burial was at Sterling, 111. Tuesday! Mr Seefeld died at his home here Friday. He had been bed« ridden for the'past 14 : years. Christian F. Seefeld, son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Seefeld, was , born Oct. 30, 1876, in .Whiteside county near Sterling, 111, He farmed in- the Wesley area from, 1902 to 1926 when he and his family moved to Algona. He is survived by his wifa, Hannah, two daughters, Amy (Mrs Steven JCuhn), Kansas City, « Mo.; and Esther (Mrs Ulead We£' ner), Algona; and two brothers, Frank Seefeld, Beloit, Wig.; an HenrySeefeid of Halgey, Ore. 9111 SUit ,n Nttiawl AwwOfc iWWMT Including General ExwUwwt, few* PIMI AM<A IttA* Best Advertising Awud **• ifi&ft w WK& jwji-».-w •rr^m^n^^a^jf ^^^p^pip^p 4J9P9I PHPSHff

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