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By Biek Palmer Quest Columnist * * * COMMENCEMENT, 19S7 t am on Ihe aisle ihfo graduation night — my favorite spot— as the regal strains of 'Pomp Circumstance' herald final and procession that stirs within me thoughts of achievement and nappy association. As I watch, these serious, firm, straight profiles pass down the aisle — the intensity of the occasion broken only by an occasional hint of a "smile", -or a furtive wink of recognition as they pass me 'by. • • * Jumbled thoughts run ihtough my mind. I think of class routine, between class chatter, a lesson well-learned, burned popcorn and soggy hot dogs on football nights, debate Jiles, the races to the corner With Ted Finley at noon which I invariably lost. € think of Ken Bunkofske and Dave Kohl, the Grid Guesser Kings, and from it all, etched with the clarity of a cameo, I see: Maribel Kain — the valedictorian whose unfailing spirit and friendly, gracious manner twice won her the title of 'Madam President.' Darlene Skogstrom — a lovely Homecoming Queen whose charm and almost incredible versatility made her honors that night but a token of our high esteem. Marilyn Dreesman, Connie Priebe. Sharon Powers, Darleno Skogstrom — four vivacious debaters dressed in black who broke a "no all-girl team" resolution to bring honor to theii school and make their coach ver$ proud. Ted Finley — an independent, aggressive Irishman with an infectious grin and mischief in his eyes — who knows wh'ere he is going and is willing to work and .sacrifice to get there. Jerry Downey — another son of old Erin whose cheery greetings from clear across the street brighten the dullest day and remind us that there are still men of good-will and someday their way will be the world's: Fred Slrahorn and Judy Cowan — < two of the November campaigners who fought for their causes with vigor and conviction but never forgot that they were primarily Americans. Bob Slobe — the quiet, recitation-hating redhead who has written more papers and given more speeches on baseball than any other student ever has or likely will. Duane Kueck — the laughing, rock-and-roll lad who so patiently endured the unit on Life and Culture waiting for the Elvis record which I declined to play. John Moxley — the little man with a warm and generous heart whose clever pantomime and. Mr Magoo voice could bring a smile to the sternest face. Darrell Davis — the handsome, rugged athlete-of-the-year whose determination and decorum personify so many of the enduring virtues which have made and will keep America great. Larry Wicks and Bob Hardy — . the two Scouts and patriots of the Ground Observer Corps who have been through the years a Damion and Pythias of loyal comradeship. Many other friendships rest on foundations as enduring as this, Beverly James — the girl of the camera and Kimpac who is representative of all loyal workers who gave so generously of their time and talents in the service of their school and class. I think, too, of Tom Zender and his fellow players who changed a familiar stage into another world ... of Pat Van Allen, Molly Sullivan, Eunice Gade, and other marching Cadets every basketball night ... of many vojices blended in song rising to new heights of inspiration . . . and of the last Homecoming float so symbolic of this class which was often slow to start but never failed to finish in a blaze of glory. * * * The speech is done, this graduation night, The soecial honors are now history. Just as erect, one by one, they cross the stage. Look! They are smiling now. The tension is over and they walk with confidence and vitality of their young" years almost crushing the hand that meet's them with the vigor of their grip. » » • How many prayers and dreams go with them for Commencement — though an end is also a beginning. And though I cannot claim any one as truly mine, may I not have played a part in a decision made or a destiny shaped? I can but ponder on how the future may judge the fulfillment of my responsibilties to them, and tp those who have entrusted me. * * « The last diploma is given, and I join in the crescendo of the 1863 Bntered as second class matte? at the postbfflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1. 193J, under Act ot Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, tHURSBAY, JUNE 6, 3 SECTIONS-22 PAGES Welcome Signs Erected i >, , J »«">«<< Thllge. and ilx members of |he SI. Joe «-H ™ sre shown in the ibove photo putting the finishing touches on STtiSL °n c ?j°>??." ew y«l«njli>« signs. CUiB members are. Mi Gra "' Lncoln Special Gas Election At Burf Monday The first of two special elec tions, concerned with tHe distri bution of natural gas In Burt anc Bancroft will be held at Burt next Monday, June 10. Residents of Burt have indicated they would like installation of natural gas facilities, and the North Central Public Service Co. will take prompt action to gel the necessary approval to extend distribution there if franchises are approved. The vote at Bancroft, where the city council voted unanimously for approval of gas service for the town, will be held eighl days later, Juno 18. Entire cost of both elections is paid for by the gas company. If the towns approve at their elections, an effort will 'be made to obtain approval oi the Federal Power Commission for natural gas to service them. Duvall's "Committee" Algona ___„.. _ ,. _„_„._ Duvall, is attempting"to"revamp.and recoup his two specialties the. : use of a ."committee^ system. One of his committees is to right, are Coach Duvall, Jim Cowan, Dave ink and Jerry Rupp. The four basketballers shown above, the h ow tne iao7-5 Cowan and season. were recently elected co-captains . Duvall's men are holding practice sessions, free of all coachine several evenings at the Athletic Park each week in hopes of keepSig m ,^ lm •f nd im P,5 ovin g f or the next round-ball season. Hopes fo? tee set'un^mnM £, st .on the accomplishments of Avail's committee set-up. (UDM Flashfoto-Engraving) New 4-H Girls Officers 11 Persons In Auto Crash Memorial Day In the only accident reported here Memorial Day, a 14-month old boy, Gary Helmcrs, received a broken arm and his sister Delores Helmers, 15 year old, re* ceived a broken rib when the car in which they and nine other persons were riding, struck a tree at Call State park. The car, owned by John W. Helmers, was badly damaged. The accident occurred when one of the youngsters started tp fall, the steering wheel wa| turned tree. and the car struck the Services Friday For Algona final tribute and benediction. Then the hush of I leave my Kossuth county's new 4-H girl officers are shown in the above photo. The four, left to right, are Bonnie Froehlich, president; Gertrude Kahler, vice president; Carol Chambers, secretary; and Julie Nygaard, historian. a , by Funeral services for Timothy M. Parrish, 73, father of Ken Parrish of Algona, were held Friday at Charles City in the Hauser Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Rev. Edward Arnold, First Congregational church minister, officiated, and burial was in Riverside cemetery at Charles City. Mr Parrish, who had been ill KCs Ho Down Despite This Blast Mgr. Gordy Winkel and his Algona KC mat es suffered their first defeat of the Kossuth County Base-ball League season Sunday when Humbold t came to town and registered a 6-5 Win V '° umy urhi,* '£ • ? " a *u° K 0 "} 1 * county attorne y, "docketed" only one hit in the fray, a • *u , 8 ° Wn " 6 ** ° f stIn In ** ph oto above ' The ' New Officers Are Elected By 4-H Girls Sat. Saturday proved to be a big day for 466 4-H girls, leaders. mothers and guests who attended triple (»mpire) behind the plate is the distanc * "* the Humboldt "pitcher the annual ity. Most important Rally Day at Swea item on the for the past ten months, Charles died caty Wednesday in a hospital. Born in Wisconsin, Mr Parrish moved to Emmetsburg when he was 20, then to Charles City five years later. He had been a resident there since that time. He was employed at the Hart- Parr Co., then at the Oliver Co., and was custodian of a grade school for 16 years until his retirement in 1950. Survivors include his wife, three sons, Kenneth, Algona; William, South Bend, Ind.; and Donald, Dallas, Tex.; and 12 grandchildren. A son was killed during World War II. 4 AHS Seniors Get First Thompson Cash Darlene Skogstrom, Ted Finley, Maribel Kain and Dave Kohl, graduating seniors at Algona high school, are recipients of scholarships from the Willard E. and Ella P. Thompson Educational Fund which was set up recently. Announcement of the awards, which range from $500 to $100, was made Friday night during commencement exercises. Miss Skogstrom received $500, seat to congratulate parents in the happy throng, and to take the hand of an honored graduate in a grip that says: "Well clone, son. Now go forward with God," Finley $300, and Miss Kain and Kohl $100 each from the fund, which was established Dec. 30, 1955. Original amount of the fund was $40,000 and is slated to increase until the principal reaches $250,000. Ella Thompson originated the idea almost 28 years ago. Miss Thompson, who lives here, and her brother, a resident of La- Jolla,. Calif., notified the school board of the fund March 9 this year. The awards made Friday night are the first from the fund. Both Thompsons are graduates of Algona high school. Mr Thompson accumulated considerable wealth in the oil business in Texas and has lived in California for the past six years. The amount of money available will increase as the years go by, with need for assistance, character, scholarship and general ability of the student set as determining factors for those who will receive the money. Only students from Algona high school are eligible for the awards, L. C. McGee Funeral Held Here Monday Last rites for Lynn C. McGee, 73, resident of Algona for mans years, ,were held Monday at 2 p.m. at McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. M. H. Brower, Presbyterian pastor, officiated, and burial was at Riverview cemetery. Mr McGee, who had been in ill health for some time, died at a rest home in Estherville where he had been a patient for several weeks. He was a patient prior to that at St. Ann hospital several times. < Mr McGee was a cook before his retirement at several Algon;i cafes and was also emplqyed as custodian at the country club. He is survived by a brother and sister not living in this area. Pallbearers at the funeral were Bill Finn, Ed Shackelford, Leo McEnroe, Ray Cunningham, Paul Seeley and Charles Wagner. docket during the day-long event was the election of officers for the coming year. Bonnie Froeh- 'ich, daughter of Mr and Mrs F. H. Froehlich of Algona, was named president; Gertrude Kah- 'er, Burt, vice president; Carol Chambers, Corwith, secretary; and Julie. Nygaard, Wesley, historian. Present officers installed the newly elected officers fol- "owing the election. The annual business meeting was held in the morning, -with Tarr-:- Clarkv .. rfitiring^president}= presiding. Reports of the 27 clubs in the county were given. Patsy O'Brien of St. Joe was named, winner of the good grooming contest and Bill Steele vas named as official honorary nember. Marilyn Johannesen of the Seneca Stars recited the Country Girl's Creed, and the county 4-H chorus performed All 67 volunteer leaders of the various clubs were given recognition by the girls and gifts were presented to them. Other music and special dances were presented by clubs during the day. A picnic dinner at noon proved to be a popular event. Six Wedding Licenses Issued Wedding licenses were issued to six couples during the past week by Clerk Alma Pearson at the court house. They went to: May 31 — Paul Rustemeier, Lakota, and Janet Hammer, Bode; and Eugene L e m k e e, Irvington, and Sharon O'Brien, Bode. June 1 — Doyle Szabo, Castalia, and Nadine Snitker, Waukon. June 3 — Dennis Long, Lone Rock, and Marlys Jentz, Fenton. June 5 — James McLeran, Audubon, and Virginia Fristedt, Algona; and Marlin Runksmeier, Ledyard, and Shirley Miller, Lakota. Brazen Gunman Robs Kiester Bank Of $7,500 Authorities, including highway patrolmen and sheriff's office men, from this entire area began searching for a man who brazenly held up the First National Bank at Kiester, Minn, at 9 a.m. Wednesday and escaped with an estimated $7,500 in cash and a number of checks. The man, described as 6'2" tall and weighing about 200 pounds, entered the office of the bank's president, Donald Elwell, and forced him to empty his briefcase. After ordering other employees into another room, the holdup man directed cashier Oluf Hermundstand to fill the briefcase with cash and checks, which he did. ' The gunman was reportedly wearing a light suit and brown shoes. He told Elwell he hated to pull the holdup, but creditors were demanding that he pay bills, and the robbery seemed the only way out. He dashed out of the bank with the briefcase and drove away in a 1957 Buiek. There were a total of 11 persons in the bank at the time of the robbery. Kiester is located midway 'between Blue Earth and Albert Lea, about 1 % miles north of the Minnesota-Iowa border and a short distance from Forest City. The FBI reportedly dispatched an agent to the scene of the crime at once and the highway patrol flooded all highways with men and cars during the attempt to catch the robber. Rev. Hallauer Is Called To San Diego Rev. G. G. Hallauer, First Congregational minister here, has accepted a call to the Plymouth Congregational church at San Diego, Calif., and is slated to report there August 11. Rev. Hallauer, popular since he first began serving the local church' eight years ago, was selected by the San Diego church after preaching a sermon there May 26. His last sermon here will be June 30 and he and his family will vacation for a month before going to San Diego. Open House Slated Here This Weekend A public "Open House" will be held this weekend — Saturday and Sunday — at a unique new home recently completed by Wegner Construction Co., Algona. in cooperation with National Homes, Lafayette. Ind. The home is located at the corner of Main and McGregor streets in the fast-growing east residential section of the city. The home—called "Sweetbriar"—presents many novel features in a new kind of home construction, according to Elead Wegner. Inspection hours will be from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Saturday, and 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday. The home has already been purchased by Homer Dodds, who has kindly consented to the "Open • House." Many local firms are cooperating in the "Open House", and full details are given in a large presentation to be found elsewhere in today's Upper Des Moines, Winner of 21 Slate & National Awards, i960'1857 Including Qtneral Excellence, Iew» pr««| AM'S, }&§£, •ad fin* A4¥«tts*»f Awwd fei ittS Dr. H. D. Meyer At Des Moines Convention Dr. Harold D. Meyer of Algona was one of app^ximately 250 osteopathic physicians who attended the 59th annual convention of the Iowa Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, May 26-28, at the Savery Hotel in Des Moines. The three day meeting featured scientific papers, symposiums, clinical demonstrations, and movies on general health problems. Dr. Robert D. McCullough of TuJsa,, Okla., president of the American Osteopathic Association was honored guest, the Monday luncheon and banquet speaker. Gov. Herschel Loveless and representatives of the clerjgy and of state and local health, educational, and civic organizations were special guests at the Monday luncheon. The Women's Auxiliary held its Silver Anniversary Convention, and five other osteopathic groups also met during the three day meeting. Loveless Guest Speaker Here Friday Iowa's Governor, Herschel Loveless, and his wife will arrive in Algona Friday, June 7, to attend a 6:30 p.m. banquet for the Northwest Iowa Mayors Association at the Algona Country Club. Mayors, chamber of commerce executives, wives and guests will be in attendance to hear Loveless deliver the featured talk following the evening meal. . Registration for the event will take place at the country club from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be luncheons for men and women at 1, and a social hour at 4 p.m. Mayor C. C. Shierk and Bill Steele, secretary of the local chamber of commerce, will act as hosts. Pool To Open Municipal Swimming Pool at Whittemore will t open Saturday, June 8 with hours being from 2-5 in the afternoon and 7-9 each evening. The Red Cross swimming lessons will start one week later. Editor In California Editor R. B, Waller of the UDM and his wife are in Sa,n Francisco where they will attend the National Editorial Associa- VOL. 94 - NO. 23 Denny Myers Dies Of Heart Attack May 30 An ex-Algonan, perhaps best- known for his athletic and coaching exploits, Dennis E. (Denny) Myers, 52, who made a remarkable recovery from a crippling' stroke two years ago, died unexpectedly Thursday, May 30, of a heart attack at Newton, Mass. Last rites for Denny were held ,at Newton Saturday. He is survive^ by his wife, Phillipa, two adopted children, and two brothers, William and Jerry, both of" Algona. ; ,' Denny was born here and graduated from Algona high school in 1926 after? captaining/ the football, basketball and wrestling teams and chalking up quite a record while doing so. While in high school, Myers wag also active in speech and won the state oratorical contest one year. Following graduation from high school, Denny entered the University of Iowa and became the scourge of Big Ten football fields prior to his graduation in 1930. After playing professional football for several seasons, Myers was hired as an assistant coach at West Virginia U. • He later moved to Yale and ) Brown universities as ah assist^ ant coach and became well-known as a coach following his appointment as head mentor at Boston College. He was hired to replace Frank Leahy who moved to Notre Dame. Denny had several fine teams during his seven years at Boston College. His 1942 team won the Lambert trophy, emblematic of football supremacy in the east. That team competed in the Orange Bowl, losing to Alabama, 37-21, after the entire squad narrowly missed being present a| the tragic Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston which claimed 400 lives. ;i Myers served, three years during World War II in the navy and since his stroke two years ' ago. had been broadcasting for a Boston radio station and furnishing football coaching tips by mail to many of the 'nation^, outstanding cpaches, ' * "* ' Suffers Severe Injuries In Swea Crash A Luther College siudent, Russell Rulon, 21, whose home is in Yankton, S. D., is in an Estherville hospital with a fractured spine and possible internal in- j uries as the result of a one-car accident about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, on Highway 9 on the east edge of Swea City. Rulon, who was on his way ; home from Decorah when the car went off the road on the left, breaking off two highway, markers. The car smashed through a fence and into a small field, turning over and landing on Its top. Rulon was thrown clear of the car. : He said his brakes may have locked as he attempted to slow down, causing his car to skid on the wet pavement. The car was demolished. Auxiliary Meeting Algona's American Legion . Auxiliary will meet Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. A luncheon will be served by the American Legion Auxiliary juniors, under tion Convention which is now in the direction of Mrs Robert Carr session. ' and Mrs Harold Jergenson. Mayor Cuts Ribbon Accident Reported A minor auto accident was investigated by Policeman Joe McBride on Easl State street at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. A car driven by Albert J. Slobe and e truck driven by John H. Kajewski, both of Algona, collided, resulting in slight daoaase to the auto, --r.- -*< : •n-.-nrsw ^F j|Wr^MWp If* *PwW jyfl. *• 4M$ event, got underway at iO a.m. Friday, cut the ribbon across the trout daor. " waU&a on the sidewalk w front ol'' 9 * V" .«?* W*"W •WwlW ^P*«™*WlwP flMf 9f- event, whic •'•-•' '"•* f reaaodeUng.

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