The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 25, 1957 · Page 18
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 25, 1957
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S-AI00fla fto.) Upp*f &•§ Motfttt Thursday, April 25, 1957 met fle$ utome$ - * -7"^*-^f-- " " ~ ~ -TZ 7" . '. .;~ .".' _.' ~' -7. i" -it - - ri_i_L _. I ILII -11-' -iniiiiBiLiiiMmi^iiil^UBiaiiMiLiiiimiJtt^ STATE HIGHWAY PROBE The hue and cry over contract letting by the State Highway Commission seem* to have lots of possibilities. We hope the matter isn't dropped and forgotten. There have been serious accusations made, the original ones intended to imply that in some manner the Democratic party ot Iowa was try* ing to benefit from the purchasing of state highway equipment. We suspect the real back* ground to this is the fact that Governor Loveless may have an opportunity to appoirVJ one or more members ot the commission and it is probable they would not be Republicans. Thus the sudden splurge of accusations were based on political motives, regardless of what th* facts may have been. The State Highway Commission is Republican controlled at present. Under those circum- stancet it hardly makes sense to imply that this Republican majority could be persuaded to buy equipment from firms who in turn would pro*, vide a kick-back to the Democratic party. But there have been questions in many quarters, for some time, as to the handling of equipment and supply purchases by the State Highway Commission. In view of what arose last week, a thorough investigation of the methods of purchasing by the Iowa Highway Commission would be in order. If there has been anything illegal and dishonorable from Democratic sources with regard to this Commission, we feel it should be thoroughly investigated and aired. And if there has been questionable actiities or methods connected with purchases by the Republican-controlled Commissions of the past few years, these too should be given a searching scrutiny. Millions of dollars of state funds are spent every year by the State Highway Commission; the people are entitled to know that the spending of such huge sums is being properly and honestly handled. Calling for bids can often be far different than the open and above board manner that it may seem. Specifications In bids can be rigged sojhat__£n(y one manufacturer can comply with those specifications*. ^The charge that "this Was done in a- recent purchase of 60 tractor mowers for the state has been made. It should be openly and public disproved that the State Highway Commission is rigging specifications in favor of certain, manufacturers. When only one firm can enter a bid and meet specifications, calling for bids becomes a farce. L ::~;,t™TT The Republican party has had k a good thing in the State Highway Commission, and it is just possible that when the .first smoke has blown away some of the more concerned individuals and firms would just as soon let sleeping dogs lie. But now that the first shot has been fired, the, entire State Highway Commission purchasing setup should be given a thorough and public investigation. * * * HE HAS OUR SYMPATHY Senator Williams, Delaware Republican, finds hjmself in a most unusual situation. He had $1,508.26 left over from his stationery allowance as a Senator .for 1956, and now he finds, that under a new ruling by the treasury the money must either be spent or the senator will! be taxed on the unspent portion, even if it is left in the treasury. In other words, the treasury is making it impossible for the senator to- return money he didn't spend in, performance of his duties. This strikes us as indeed being an unusual situation. But we know that with the expert, businesslike administration we now have in Washington some solution to this problem will be found. * * * Hats off to Congressman H. R. v Gross for taking a $2.35 waste-basket before Congress and asking why the state department was spending $27 for waste baskets with no greater Capacity than Mr Gposs' §2.25 sample. Upper ft 111 & Call Street~-Ph. CY 4-3535— Algona. Iowa Entered a* second class matter et the postoffice «t Algong, Iowa, under Act of Congress ot March 3. 1879. Issued Thursdays in 1957 By THE UPPER PES MOINES PUBLISHING CO, . & WALLER, Managing Editor ' Advertising Manager NAI'IQNAI EQITOIIAl ! *V " " IT SURE AW or RATIONS NATIONAL Week •• RATES III KOSStJTH CO« to j»p«r». In combination, per year-. '.-$5 .00 ~- »—- - WC K068UTH 63c COUNTY NEWSPAPER THEY GIVE THEIR ALL The current season of campigns for funds for this and that is coming to a close. For that, many a sigh of relief will rise. But before we put the current drive for funds literature away for another year, let us pause and pay tribute to those hardy souls who have donated their services in pounding pavements, doorbells and backs asking for donations. The plain old solicitor doesn't get much credit for his or her public service. They are asked to do a job and they do it. They hear all the complaints, all the beefs about every organization, listen to discussions on the state of business, and endure a blow by blow account of the patient's last operation — until they can beat a polite retreat with or without the requested donation. The solicitor is the unsung hero of every drive for funds- He has earned his place in Heaven. * * * UNITE TO AID FARM ECONOMY Forest City Summit — Time has come when all lowans — townspeople as well ae farmers — must take a stand on the soil bank and acreage reserve programs if the traditional role of the Iowa farmer and the Iowa farm economy is to be maintained. rf This need for a united front for the farm economy is pointed up by statistics furnished The Summit this week by Merwin Goad, sixth district congressman, on the estimated plantings of various grains for 1957. 1, In 1956 the entire corn planting in the U. S. was 78,557,000 acres. In 1957 it is estimated at 74,410,000 acres. This is a reduction of over 4 million acres. Iowa shares heavily in thjs reduction. 2. The second important phase of this picture is that in 1956 there were 21,503,000 acres of grain sorghums planted in the U. S. The estimated planting for 1957 of grain sorghums is 26,490,000 acres. This is an increase of nearly 5 million acres. According to Congressman Coad, grain sorghums are raised mostly in the southern and' southwestern portions of the nation. Texas this year is increasing its grain sorghum 'acreage more than 1 million acres over its planting bf .Igst year. Kansas is adding nearly 2 million acres 't<J its grain sorghum planting this, year, These two states alone will nearly offset the reduction of 4 million acres in corn planting which the soil bank has accomplished. How does this affect the Iowa farmer and the farm economy of our state? It adds up to just this: thes'e southern states end up raising the feed grain and consequently feed more livestock. Iowa ends up with a' depressed market price for its corn because of trie glut of feed grains available and; finds that its traditional role as a livestock feeding state- is being usurped by these southern states. Action on the recent farm legislation points up the need for a united front by all lowans -— several attempts by Congress last month to provide a workable corn, program were voted down on what analysts termed a "big city vs. farm" vote. Only by uniting can lowans — and all mid westerners — relieve -this plight * * *• WHO IS SPENDING YOUR MONEY? Mexico (Mo.) Ledger -— You are paying more of your hard-earned money for Federal taxes than any other generation of Americans. Maybe you like it that way. Maybe you don't. If you do, then to keep the government spending still more of the money you earn, all you have to do is encourage our President, our two Senators and our Congressman to suppprt more spending, • If you don't like the id,e,a, of. Washington spending so much of 'the money you earn, all you have to do is say so — let the men in office, know. There are two ways the- Federal government spends your money fon you. One is on projects and* programs, and the o^hjer is on waste and duplication. i- Saying whether any particular project or pro- grom is worth what itj costs you or me, requires detailed study. But what doesn't require any study is the worth of waste. Waste is worthless, Yei, the cost of inefficiency and duplication in Federal government runs into vast quantities of pur money every year. Why not stand up and be counted against how. much of it is being needlessly spent ? THE POOR ENGLISH; Pocshpntas Record- Democrat — Television has brought With it a good many changes in family living. In some instances, it's been a welcome boom to the field of education. But along with all of its good, it's presented some pretty, tramendpus obstacles to Engjish teachers in thgir efforts to. teach their pupils the traditional use of- 1 the language. The Toledo Chronicle recently observed^ "... these here now English teachers just ain't hardly got a chance no mqre." When you hear the young ones referring tp the boy down the street a# "thqt SsJ4%\vinder livin down thar" and the baseball game that ended, when the catcher "clobbered" one with t^§ base| loaded, you begin to wonder. They can't all grow up to be Jim 6owifs, Cheyennes, Wild Bill Hickofc, or Buffalo Bills, but they're going to try! "Bujfe I .reckon there ain't no use gettin your dander up Jingles, 'cause ain't nothing gonna turn ou£ alb dgWi 3TRICTLV BUSINESS "Watch your step. He'» in a natty mood today 1 A* S0 KOTER8A — The operations ol govamnwU *f» lurd- %» understand. The U- S. just made 3 gift of $81.6 million" dollars to Brit^jjj, by toOftog oil much interest. Britain, in payers a reduction in th^fe t$pg«. $u£ m» tfeg erous nation that' we are abroad, ran do nothing like that for our own people. WHAT DID THEY DO? Before Congress took off on its 10- day Easter recess, both the Republicans and Democrats accused each other of "do-nothing- ism." All the Senate accomplished was that it voted on two major bills — the Eisenhower doctrine and the excise-corporate tax extension. In the House, members introduced 6,000 bills — but passSJ' less than a dozen which could be termed "important." Rep. Charles Halleck, Indiana Republican, put it this way: "Congress is indulging in a political turtle derby to see who can stall the longest on. vital legislation:" " — ..... ANTI-BRITAIN CRY. Taxpayers are incensed, that the House okayed. a measure to postpone the payment of Great Britain's interest to the United States. The interest amounts to $81',600,000.. It is on a loan of 3^4 BILLION dollars we made to England in 1945. Thousands of angry letters have poured in from constituents because, while we making this "gift" to the United Kingdom, that nation was cutting itft income taxes ... BECK'S MONEY — Dav<e Beck was not talking through his hat when he said he could "blow the top off some very nice people .in Washington." He was referring to. members of, Congress — who knowingly aq-t cepted tens of thousands of Dave Beck's dollars for campaign purposes ... INSIDE BRIEFS — A secret Pentagon report now states that an atomic-powered plane cannot possibly b» put into the air [h full flight before 1960... President Eisenhower, though backing- Postmaster General Sumjnerfield's recent cutback in. mail deliveries, is disturbed that the Postoffice Department "illegally"' spent money it didn't have .durjng the fir,s), three-quarters 91 the, fiscal year ... The Pentagon is keeping it quieti but an "alarming'' number of. Russian subs have oeen spoX- ted 1 ' ofi the Florida coast whx-re gnjded, missile tests, are being staged . . . Chances look good that Congress will remove the wartime 10 per cent excise tax on rauroa.d, pasgenger fares ... 4n intense controversy, is in the making involving the import of Japanese textile goods to this cpuntry . . • Manufacturers; charge ''unfair Competition" while President Eisenhower says we should practice "toler'ance 1 ' for thie Japs and their ingenuity Rep, Usher Burdick of Nortlj Pakpjta is ajarmed by purported. cancer-producing food of colorings, and is asking for a special congressional' committee to investigate the matter'. . . The- federal government, in ite program to get out of private busyies^, has discontinued bread* baling at VA> hospitals,. ... Te^ans are looking for an internal" fight among its- two senators, Mjjprity Leader Lyndon Johnspn and the, newly-elected RjOph YarJ?Qjrough. . . Both Johnson and Nation Democratic Chair? man Paul Butler pointedly snub, bed Yarfcprough during his earn- paign--- WHATS FfUSt» — A liinited suppljr of 4§ RPInI records of the musical' vision qj the Pledge of Allegiance is aYauaJj)^ from your oonjgj;asaman in. Washington, The recordings are available to schools, organizations ai}d jn- djyiciuais. Wtii "EilWi BmMiB^' L9w? Co4jgp$ss grinds out a fantastic number of biljs every year... of the Senate and the Ql RegA'esejQtaUves alt._,^, iflti^em asacJy 8,ftoo tapm the &gt te^eg aigiithp Only a smidgen of them will heroine law. M<«-'t of thorn you never heard of. •Some are sound, others are silly. v Some would benefit a mere fraction of our pebple, others could affect almost every household. Let's glance at a few ... Rep. Byrne of Illinois wants an additional $700 income tax exemption for all taxpayer husbands whose wives are enrolled in elementary school and vice versa Congressman Withrow of Wisconsin, unmindful of ' all the criticism about second, third and fourth class mail, comes out with bill No. HR 5900 that, asks for FIFTH class mail... It would cost a penny and a half for each pound of mail and would be confined only to non-profit organizations for mailing magazines an4 other periodicals. Atomic-age minded Rep. Cole of New York wants a law that would permit the architect of the U.S. Capitol to make a study to see, U> the lighting, heating and air-conditioning of the building couldh't be accomplished with atomic .energy. Both' Maryland senators introduced a bill that would allow the U.S. flag to fly over the. grave of- Francis Scott Key in Frederick, Md., 24 hours a day. " (Note to the senators: It's been flying there 24 hours a day for many,, many years.) Here's one for weekly news-' p^pJer publishers who yearn to close shop for a bit of fishin' come summertime: Sen. Allott of Colorado and Sen: Mansfield of Montana want a law permitting weekly papers to suspend publication up to two weelts a year without loss of second-class mail privileges. The bill of Idaho's Rep. Budge would abplish all free mail for all government offices and members of Congress. He wants the s.tamps paid for out of authorized appropriations for the various •offices. (This certainly would help get the postoffice out of the red). Rep. Van Zandt of Pennsylvania wants a law permitting taxgayer^ to deduct up to $500 a year for repairs, painting and papering of their house. Rep< Fino of- New York is worried that Uncle Sam is not getting enough money from the rank-and- fije workers in this country. He introducc-d a bill that would establish a national lottery regulaV §d Pi' the government. He figures it would bring $10 billion a year into the federal treasury. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WE GAVE AN ASSIST Algona Upper Des Moines It might interest you to know that the idea of "Ridikalus Daze" which we borrowed from you and promoted here won second prize in the Iowa Press A$jhl Best Advertising Idea con- tegt at the state convention held recently. Thanks for the, help and the cuts we borrowed from you. I know they helped put it over.: 1 will be happy to borrow mor* outs' from yoju whenever you put on another such event. Lawrence Jaqua Publisher Humboldt Republican HARVARD Upper D£ S Moines Gentlemen; Professor Galbraith has seen % copy of yqyr edition of Ajy;il 11 containing the full text of His addles? at the- yijsjversjty «£ Wisconsin Faxm & Honje Week; He if very much piea£eji and impressed. We has asjpd me to inquire if you would be kind him lour or oi, Secretary to J. K. Galbraith Harvard University Congretwmm Goad's Comments : 6th Diftitiei eoQgt»iimin Ffftfti tOWt fiipotti Ofl Washington ActivitiM The mail hat been coming into the office in a heavy stream, ana it has been necessary on several occasions to dictate replies far into the night. Many letters request information which 1 must get through the various agencies here in Washington. To get full and complete reports on some of these matters requires research, which takes time. Therefore, your letters may not be answered as promptly as I would otherwise desire, but I am of the opinion that a thorough answer, which may require time to get the necessary information, is better than a 'fast' answer. Of course, much of the mail consists of problems of individuals from the district in connection with legislative matters currently under consideration. • • * One of the prime issues which is repeated in the mail is the curtailment of -the postal services, which came to a head this past week. I stand in opposition to curtailing the efficient postal service which we have ; reasonably accepted as a part Of our American way of life. I have consistently been of the opinion that there should be an adjustment in the rates of other classes of mail before an increase is considered for first class mail. The primary concern of the Post Office should be in the terms ot "service". The officials of the department should weigh spending in terms of maintaining and improving the postal service to the American people, and the Congress should consider legislation on rate increase in view of fairness and equality to the workers in the postal department and to the American people. * * • • After several days' of heated debate over extraneous portions of Joint Resolution 4249, the House and the Senate today passed that portion of the Resolution whiph would provide,, mafcjnjng funds for the' various state social welfare programs. This means that Iowa's State Department of Social' Welfare will receive Federal funds to help pay>the costs of the Old Age Assistance program, Aid to Dependent Children program, and the Aid to the Blind grants: These programs directly affect567,238 lowans. Your Congressman, Merwin Coad .f 1 z^ FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES APRIL 29, 1937 * * * CALL THEATRE DESTROYED BY FLAMES was the banner headline that greeted readers of the UDM. The blaze, most spectacular and also most disastrous during the past 20 years in Algona, got started in the basement of the building, got out of control and completely gutted the structure despite the efforts of firemen from Algona, Whittemore, LuVerne, Humboldt and Fort Dodge. Loss was estimated between $60,000 and $75,000, and would have been much more if the blaze had spread to adjoining buildings, which for the most part were undamaged. Two firemen from Algona, Frank Ostrum and Bert MucJ^ey, were overcome by smoke during the battle, but were revived and returned to the scene. The building had been an opera house, then a theater after its comple' tion in 1392. • * * * Th$ best story of' the weefc came from a local restaurant where a man Ordered three eggt for his child, four eggs for hit wife and a dozen eggs for himself AND THEY WERE ALL EATEN. They must have skip* ped breakfast. • » « A grader had quite a bit oi trouble on highway 44 near West Bend. The maintainer dropped into a chuck hole and two tractors were brought, to the scene to pull it out. TheV couldn't get the job done, so three trucks were employed, and the large machine got out. Number 44 was to be graded and paved late; in the year, and according to everyone in the- area, it was § good thing. • -« * « Thw<9s entered Ibo office of Pr. B, M. Minkel at Swea City sometiinp Friday nighj ^and go) sway with &8D. T?ht money was taken from a drawer, according to Sheriff Casey LOSS, who was investigating. Access to* the office was gained thrQw&h at U'an? of two mail routes at Uvermpre was to take place May "U Under new sump, gale Ben-yhilJ covey 6ft mites aach 4&$ Fred Fleming, rural carrier for years, retired, ami the switch » a., single route was made. * * t Lightning struck the tenant house on the Ray McWhorter farm near Hurt a few days ago, came down the chimney, into tne kitchen, made a hole in the floor and killed a pet dog sleeping in the kitchen.. None of the occupants of the house were injured. Calves were reported killed near Ledyard and Swea City during the same series oi storms. Ont Algona ftian wa* extremely surprised after walking intc a local business establishment. He administered a sound whack on the sit-doWin portion of .c man's anatomy, thinking the owner was someone he knew well. To his surprise, the man was a complete* stranger. Raie 1*11 ift ihit area for lout straight days during the week, with a total of 1.53 inches registered. Cheerful forecasts were made for the weekend coming up when the weatherman pre- dieted weathar conducive to farm field work or playing golf. * « * Buddy Paulson of neat Lakota received serious injuries Friday afternoon when he Was pulled into a well-digging apparatus. It was thought the wind flipped the lad's jacket on to a shaft and his clothes wrapped around it ana held him tight. The operator of the machine shut off the power and cut the boy loose, saving his life. Buddy suffered a fractured arm and many bruises, but was expected to recover. WOWI We're certainly keeping nice company these days! Here we are, with Judy Bamber, who was chosen "Miss Dragstrip Girl of 1957!" — (Glamorpix by Bill Gary). Behind The t Movie Sets WJTHVJ : I;, Hollywood, Calif. — What do you think of teen-age drag-strip racers who enter races with flat tires on both rear wheels? That's right! But, we're getting . ah,ead..qi£ ourselves, which is no trick~af;aHK if you happen to be twins. Unfortunately we're not twins. We never realized how much we DIDN'T know about drag-race cars until we put in a week around the sets of Golden State Productions' new action thriller. "Drag-strip Girl." It was a week well spent! Except for a tendei pair of frayed and tattered eardrums, caused' by the staccato barkings of finely tuned racing motors roaring in the confines ol a closed sound stage, we're now back to normal. * * * Quite a few of Hollywood's younger players own, and race, drag-strip entries. Thus, it was nq problem to cast /'Drag-strip Girl" with experienced drivers familiar with that type of motor. In fact, when the original call was given, a series of training periods was eliminated by simply adding, "And, you may bring your own racer. We'll hire r. for the picture!" Steve Terrell John Ashley and Tommy Ivc were delighted. They would bi able to tinker with* their car.-. while turning in a day's acting * * ' Lovely, little Fay Spain amazed everyone by handling one 01 those racers like a veteran of thi tracks. She worked thru all hei racing scenes without once usin;;. a double. No small feat for ;; novice at this sort of thin:,'. Thi floors-boards and pedals of the small, shortened, racers are SL close to the bodies of the drivers- they must drive in a position resembling that of a person sitting on the floor, with his head resting upon, or between, .his knee.-. * » * Upon reaching the approximate speed of 100 miles per hour, th- driver shifts over to his "pots' and uses a fuel injection system thereby becoming jet propelled'. Some of these speedsters h-iv. over 3 and 4 thousand dollar.- invested in chrome, engineering and "soup." All built into a cut down, second-hand chasia. Anc. the proud owners wouldn't drean of trading "even" for a bruno new, 1957 stock model of ANY make! -In the iilm, the racer? and their pert, little chicks — • the "Drag-strip Girls," gather ju a pizza-pie pavillion where i. jukebox blares the latest Roc!. and Roll tun-js. Here, comediar Frank Gorshin trusts you to i side-splitting skit called, "Drag strip Gertie." f • » "Drag-strip GirJ" introduces two future stars possessing much promise. One is John Ashley. who bears a striking resomblunc. 1 .. to Elvis Presley. The other, a curvaceous cutie, is Jucly Bain- ber. Judy is a juvenile replica of Marilyn Monroe. She was chosen "Miss Drag-strip Girl of 1957," and brought to Hollywood fo; this picture. Under the expert guidance of director Edward I. Cahn, both youngsters are displaying a 'considerable amourt of natural talent. Vat- ! U:'eu pro- teeners' tastes. Action, slick chicks and Rock and Roll. Speed, danger and laughter. * * * What's that? Oh! Yesl The "flat" rear tires! The huge, truck- size balloon tires 'have had the treads ground down — straight across their width — giving them a wide,. .flat surface for maximum • traction when tlu "speedometer zooms up to numerals in the stratospheric brackets. This is jet flying without leaving the ground! Oh! Well: You were u,p in the-clouds anyway, if the seat beside you happened to contain YOUR "Drag- strip Girl!" 5" 104TH Mrs Tonnette Halverson, Sioux Rapids, observed her 104th birthday anniversary recently. She has lived on the same farm for the past 66 years. This tilin. iliough gem'val in appeal. k> especially tailored io STEEL FILING CABINETS 4-Drawer Letter Size Files — Priced From 39,50 Up Office Supply Dept, Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. ALGONA SPRSNG TONIC ! for Your First Time On Market HORTHRUP-KING 'Triple-Tonic' For Lawns DOES ALL THREE I 1. I I 3, KILLS BROAD- LEAVED WEEDS DESTROYS ALL LAWN INSECTS F6RTILIZP5 YOUR LAWN 25-LB. BAG Covers 2500 Sq. Ft. $2.95 KOHLHAAS HARDWARE

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