The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 13, 1957 · Page 1
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I f. H. Ghrfcchiilei Guest Columnist * * • By merest coincidence, my invitation to act as guest columnist for this Pillar of Palaver also marks the 30th anniversary of a department called "The Grouch' which I once conducted for this newspaper. Under the able editorship of the late "Bin" Haggard, who believed that a discussion of controversial subjects gave sparkle and zest to any newspaper (times haven't changed much in this regard), The Qrouch was supposed to stir up the natives — work up a "tempest in a teapot", as the saying goes, » • • Reading the old columns el 1927, 1928 and 1929 (when they appeared in print) brings back fond memories but it also scares the wits out of me. The writer was anonymous, of course, or as much so as is possible in a small community like Algona but it is interesting to note the fearless and somewhat reckless manner in which I attacked the so-called foibles of the day. * * • The targets for most of my onslaughts were Sunday movies for Algona, the Prohibition issue and child discipline. In these respects, my views haven't changed greatly but in others, I was pretty far "off-base." I took a determined stand against the proposed swimming pool (now a reality), claiming it was a plot by Estherville, who had just built one, to hang the expensive toy on her sister city, * * • The Sunday movie was a bitter issue and the late Vally Tribon, a sincere and devout church member, was my chief opposition. I am happy to say thai after the matter was settled by a vote of the people, Mrs Tribon and I remained firm friends and intimate neighbors. * • • The Stale legislature came In for a severe scorching (Patterson and Bonnstetter represented us in Des Moines, as I recail) with the unkind accusation that it was a "do-nothing" session, the chief bills passed being a raise in salary for members and a law prohibiting the picking of wild flowers along the highway. The failure of Prohibition and the rise of bootleggers came in for considerable discussion and in many of these remarks, the prodding and encouragement of Editor Haggard f were plainly evident. * * • Just as the passing of H. L. Mencken marked the close of an epoch in our American life, just so the tendency today for mass thinking and acting is more firmly entrenched than ever. I don't believe a column like The Grouch would have public appeal in 1957. In 1927 we were still living the myth of a World Safe for Democracy. Now, with the "A" bomb hanging heavily over out heads, with the threat of war ' constantly besetting us and with peace only a far-off dream, we are in no mood for frivolous foolery, ribald razzing or even veiled buffoonery. Our problems have become so involved and complicated as to preclude intelligent or facetious discussion. Getting down to more mundane subjects, the Grouch griped about the difficulty of opening milk bottles (The Algona Creamery finally put those little tabs on the caps to make it easier), the Post Office door (which still gives us trouble occasionally), the wild and reckless behavior of the children at the weekly band concerts, the absence of owners names on farm mail boxes, Father's Day (good only for the clothing merchants) and finally scandal mongering and gossiping. I even dared to challenge Spring House cleaning —undaunted courage, * * * Looking back now. I am amazed at my sheer audacity. Are there any gripes in today's program of living? I can think of a few. The litter-bug nuisance is one (it was billboards in 1927). The abundance of free-wheeling dogs in our yards and gardens is another. Adult censorship of everything not suitable for a ten year old child to read or see continues to gripe me. Of the minor and lesser irritations of our present time, I might mention the long-winded and repetitious commercials that mar some of our otherwise intelligent and adult TV programs. While I appreciate the fact that were it not for the sponsors, we would not have TV entertainment, it would seem that a little less "plugging" would still be effective advertising. Singing commercials on the radio are just as bad — or worse. J have actually stopped using a certain dentifrice because some female warblers are constantly reminding me that my ,teeth will stay whiter if I brush with 'it. * • • In 1927 it was the Black Bottom and the Bunny Hug; to-day, it's Rock n' Boll. Have times changed? Has the human race advanced? These are moot questions too loj; tbis OJd Historical 9<x»i«ty Iowa Oity, J la. tSTAUISHID 1863 fettered M wccmd datt matte* at the fartrtofhc* at AIfc<w»», Iowa, Nov. l, 1932, under Act of Congress of Marcft 8. 1879. A160NA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 19S7 3 SECTIONS-22 PAGES Plus 8 Page Tabloid VOL. 94 - NO. 24 Heidenwith Not Foolin', Here's The Proof Art Heidenwith, UDM correspondent from Whittemore, is a fisherman from the old school and proved it Sunday. Mr Heidenwith, who has been stocking the gravel pit pond a mile east of Whittemore with small game fish for. 30 years, pulled a 10% pound, 36M>. inch Northern ashore there about 4 p.m. Sunday after a 35 minute battle. He was fishing with his grandson, Danny Rosendahl, at the time. After hooking the big one, Art needed help to get the fish ashore. A passerby used the only net possible, of a very small variety, and flipped the fish to the shore after Art hauled it from the middle of the pit. The fish was photographed with. Art Monday then entered in the big UDM fishing contest at Larry's Recreation, where it was admired by sidewalk fisherman all day. (UDM Newsfoto- Engraving) Minor Mishap Tuesday P.M. Cars driven by Alvin R, Zumach, Fenton, and S. S. Wischer, Elrnore, collided as the" latter pulled on to highway 169 two miles south of Elmore at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $150 to the Zumach vehicle, while $50 damage resulted to. Wischer's auto. Charges of improper signal were filed against Wischer by Patrolman • Dale- McBride, • who investigated the mishap. V.F.W. Banquet For S«A Vets Is June 22 Algona's V.F.W. post will hold its annual Spanish-American War Veterans and Widows banquet- dartce at their hall here next Saturday night, June 22, beginning with a turkey dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any V.F.W. or Auxiliary member. The public is invited to attend and pay tribute to the few remaining Spanish-American veterans. Howard J. Cloe, V.F.W. dfepartmcnt of Iowa service officer from Des Moines, will be* the featured speaker. 11 Wedding Licenses New High For Year June is here for sure. Records of the county clerk prove it, for no less than 11 marriage licenses have been issued during the past week. They went to the following couples: June 7 — Elmer Rickc and Elaine Sonnenberg, Titonka. June 8—Merlyn Beckler, Wellman, and June Harner, Swea City; Ronald J. Caron and Mary Lou Cole, Madison Lake, Minn.; and Walter Licht, Clare, and Geraldine Voigt, Fort Dodge. June 10 — Patrick Sweeney. Fort Dodge,, and Diane Sandt, Bancroft; barrel Bishop and Sedell Hammer, Swea City. June 11 — Patrick Stickney and Bonnie Lou Dickson, Nora Springs. June 12 — Ronald Head, Sylvan,' Kans., and Jane Dearchs, Algona; Donald Hauptman and Sharlene Martin, Wesley; Francis Erpeldmg, Whittemore, and Mildred Hellrnan, Bancroft; and Dean Meyer, Marlene Freyholtz, Fenton. New Auxiliary Officers Named Members of Algona's American Legion Auxiliary elected new officers at their regular meeting Monday bight. Arlene Kenyon was named president, " , I' Other officers include 'GrolSie Guderian and Dorothy Muckfey, vice presidents; Berneta Rusk, secretary; Rena Hansen, treasurer; Marie Nelson, chaplain; Hertha Dau, sgt. at arms; Fern Specht, assistant sgt. at arms; and Mabel Paxson, historian. The president announced the organization's hospital equipment is now being stored in Finn's Bakery. Anyone interested in using the equipment may John Fitch, 83, Ex-Resident, Buried Tuesday Funeral services for J o h r! Fitch, 83, who was a resident of the Plum Creek and Sexton areas until 1912, were held in the Parker Funeral Home at Faribault, Minn. Tuesday afternoon. Mr Fitch, a resident of Faribault for the past 15 years, died Sunday in a Rochester hospital. He was the oldest son of Erastus and Fannie Gray Fitch and was born Mar. 30, 1874, in Plum Creek township. He moved with his parents to Sexton in 1892 and was, married to Bertha Crose in 1898.'- Mr and Mrs Fitch farrried here until they moved to Owatonna, Minn. He was later on th£ ' police force there and in 1942 they moved to Faribault. Survivors include his wife, a son, Durwood, Faribault, two grandchildren, a sister, Mrs Mae Raney, Algona; and three broth' ers, Ray Fitch, Burt; Ed Fitch, Sexton; and Del Fitch, Lebanon, Mo. Rites Held For Mrs Uhlemcmn Here Tuesday Funeral servcies for Mrs Lina Uhlemann, 73, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. O. Leonard Nelson, First Lutheran pastor, officiated, and burial was in Riverview cemetery. Mrs Uhlemann, mother of Mrs Elizabeth Gwlbraith of Algona, died suddenly Thursday morning, June 6, in a Flagstaff, Ariz., motel. She was accompanying Mrs Galbraith on a trip to the west coast at the time. Death was due to a heart attack. She was born in Germany Dec. 25, 1883, and came to this country following her marriage. She and her husband settled first at Milwaukee, Wise., then moved to Brookfield,. 111. Her husband died in 1931. She had lived with "Mrs Galbraith • .here at; .varioll* times for many years. .* Besides Mrs Galbraith and several grandchildren, she is survived by a son, Herbert, of Mt. Prospect, 111. Divorce Granted Sarah A. Depue was granted a divorce from Albin H. Depue by Judge G. W. Stillman in district court here Wednesday. The plaintiff charged cruel and inhuman treatment. /owo's Governor Feted By Mayors Photo of head table group shows. left to right. Mrs Loveless, the Governor, Mayor Shierk. Joe Bradley, and Mrs Bradley. A rather unique 'feather for his cap' was acquired by Algona's Mayor C. C. Shierk last Friday, when he saw the culmination of many weeks of planning in a gathering here which brought together mayors and their wives from 24 northwest Iowa cities, Chamber of Commerce secretaries and their wives from the same cities, local guests of all political faiths, and Governor and Mrs Hefschei Loveless. The occasion was the first of its kind held by the recently-organized Northwest Iowa Mayors' Association, of which Dr. Shierk is president- The basic purpose' of the organization is to secure an interchange of thought between northwest Iowa mayors, with the objective of mutual benefit for the cities represented- A number o( 'round tables' have been held prior to last Friday's major event, at which Governor Loveless, a former mayor of Qttumwa, appeared as honorary member. The day's events began with a smorgasbord luncheon at the Algona hotel, continued with tours of Algona's sewage disposal plant and the new courthouse, and ended with a banquet and pro' gram at the Algona Country Club. Governor Loveless talked for »bout t National 'Excellence' Award Made To Upper Des Moines For the first time in the history of Kossuth county journalism, an Algona newspaper has received a top national award for "General Excellence", with the announcement made at San Francisco, Calif.. Saturday. June 8. that The Algona Upper Des Moines had placed second in the weekly newspaper division of newspapers with' circulation from 2,500 to 6.000. ,,«.,» One other Iowa newspaper. The Storm Lake Pilot- Tribune, has received a similar award — the same second place "General Excellence" standing a number of years ago. The award was made at the final banquet at the 72nd annual convention of the National Editorial Association, held at the Sheraton-Palace Hotel in San Francisco last week. Representatives of newspapers from 47 states and Hawaii were present. In the photo above, taken following the formal presentation ceremony, winner* In the yreekly division of newspapers with up to 6,000 circulation are shown. At left is C. W. Brown, publisher of the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Enterprise, first place in "General Excellence". Shown pre- senting the Oconomowoc bronze plaque is Alfred J. Ball, president of the National Editorial Association and publisher of the Woodhaven Leader-Observer, Woodhaven, New -York. Next to Mr Ball is a familiar face — that of Russ Waller, proudly holding the second place "General Excellence" award. At extreme right is Charles Crane, son of H. J. Crane, publisher of the Wailuku Maui News, an Hawaiian Islands newspaper. Mr Crane was his dad's representative at the NEA convention. Honorable mention in the same division went io the Washington Star, Washington, New Jersey, the Mason Ingham County News, Mason, Michigan, and to the Winter Park Herald, Winter Park. Florida. ,,. Mr and Mrs Waller are expected .home the latter part of June, and ace at present visiting a\ aunt of Mr Waller. Mrs J..W.Kahl.. Long Beach, and a former Iowa newspaper publisherr^raok Hamrriorid, no now owner of. the Corona Independent, Corona, Calif. (Photo by George Shimmon. Sheraton-Palace Photographer — UDM engraving). Compliance Check Now Underway By County ASC Governor and Mrs Herschel Loveless minutes following the dinner. Officers of the Northwest Iowa Mayors' Association, in addition to Mayor Shierk as president, include Mayor Leo I. Sanders; Estherville, secretary, Mayor Keith Merrick, Sibley, and Mayor F. W. Rulifison, Storm Lake, vice-presidents. (UDM Flash- lotos * Engravings) Algona Chamber of Commerce President Bill Finn chats with Governor Announce Promotion Elmer H. Walter has been appointed to the post of assistant controller of Weidenhoff Corporation here, it has been announced by K. T. Peirc-e, vice- president and general manager Mr Walter has assumed his new duties, which includes control over payroll, costs, and all phases of general accounting. Checking of Kossuth county farms to determine compliance with acreage allotments and soil bank agreements and contracts is now under way in all townships. Virtually all farms must be visited by representatives of the county ASC office to make either an accurate determination or an estimate of acreage in crops. In most instances, the checking will be done by ASC community committeemen, serving as performance reporters. Following are the general rules and requirements involved in the farm checking work, which is scheduled to be completed by June 30 if weather and crop conditions will permit: Any farmer who does not wish to qualify for price support on his corn and who is not participating in the soil bank is not required to be in compliance with his corn allotment. His corn acreage will be estimated by a performance reporter, instead of being measured or otherwise being accurately det e r m i n e d. Later, but prior to the compliance deadline, which will probably be August 1, such a farmer may get into compliance by paying ASC for the cost of measuring his corn acreage and by disposing of any excess by discing or plowing under. Corn acreage will be measured on all farms whose operators wish to comply with their allotments to qualify for price support, on all farms which must be within their corn allotments to qualify for wheat acreage reserve or conservation reserve payments and on all farms which must be under their allotted corn acreage to meet the terms of corn acreage reserve agreements. Full details may be obtained from the local A.S.C. office. Hospitalized After Heart Attack June 3 Swea & Eagle —• Mrs O. L. Thoreson suffered a stroke Monday morning, June 3, at her home. She was taken by ambulance to Holy Family Hospital where she remains in serious condition. Mrs Thoreson has lived alone at her farm home since deglh of Mr Thoreson March 15. Her daughters, Mrs William* Grace, Des Moines, and Mrs James Me Couslin, Cresco, came to be with their mother. County Girls To State 4-H Convention Kossuth County girls will have a special part in the 4-H Girl's State Convention on the Iowa State College Campus in Ames, next Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-22. They will have the privilege of initiating an honorary member into the State 4-H girl's organization. This year's honorary member formerly resided in Kossuth County. Having an important role in convention will be Patsy O'Brien, winner of the county better groomed girl contest, who will compete with girls from 33 other counties for ratings. County 4^H president, Bonnie Froehlich, will join with 99 other county presidents, state officers candidates for a pre-convention workshop. Mrs Wayne Keith, county committee woman, and Mrs Ed Arend, Iryington Ideals 4-H club leader, will accompany the girls while at Ames. Delegates to this year's convention include — Patty Cogley, Barbara, DeGeeter, and Karen Wilhelmi, all of Bancroft; Sharon Carroll, Titonka.; Judy O'Brien, Burt; Eunice Gade, Algona; Judy Pavik, Armstrong; Ruth Miller, Fenton; Beverly Water bury, Ledyard; Wilma Brown, LuVerne; Donna Hertzke, Lakota; Kay Geitzenauer, Lone Rock; Shirleen Schnetzer and Donna Miller, LuVerne; Janice Bode, Algona; Julie Nygaard, Wesley; Betty Wagner and Joan Erpelding, Bode; Sharon Dorsey, Bancroft; Margaret Verbrugge and Betty Clark, Swea City; Jeanette Bjustrom, Burt and Catherine Girres, Wesley. Open House Continues The first of two weekend "Open House" showings of a new National home erected here by Wegner Construction Co. drew a record crowd last Saturday and Sunday. The home, located at Main and McGregor streets, will again be open for visitors next Saturday and Sunday, Many local firms assisted in the home project. Wolf Snares Real Walleye Ed Wolf of Algona came up with a real catch while on a fishing expedition with Jim Kelly, Fort Dodge, Jess Dugan. Lone Rock, and John Hopkins, Algona, when he hooked an 8 lb., 9 oz. walleye in Clear Lake, 40 miles north of Deer River, Minn. The fish is the largest walleye reported so far in Minnesota during 1957. It was entered in the UDM fishing contest and displayed at Larry's Wednesday. Ed caught the big one at 2:48 p.m. Monday and it took him just five minutes to get him into the boat. He was using a spinning rod at the time. All four members of the group got their limit of walleyes and Northerns on the three-day weekend trip. Dr. Schutter To New Office Dr. John M. Schutter, well- known Algona physician, .will move to his new quarters, the former office of Dr. Robert Horton at 220 north Dodge street, this weekend. His new office will be open Monday. Dr. Schutter has been located here for the past ten years. Dr. Horton will leave Saturday for a new position at Minneapolis as a specialist. Dr. Joseph Rooney is slated to move into Dr. Schutter's former office. To Des Moines A group of Kossuth farmers and their wives were guests of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Friday, June 7, and were taken on a guided tour of the giant Des Moines plant. The trip was a joint gift of Firestone and Bradley Bros. here. Those on the trip were Mr and Mrs Herb Weydert, Algona, Mr and Mrs Don Krause, Bancroft, Mr and Mrs Joe Namer, Wesley, Fangman brothers, Bancroft, Don Schafer and Lyle Runchey, West Bend. Howard Stillman, of Bradley Bros, accompanied them. Class Reunions St. Cecelia's Alumni will hold its twenty-fifth annual reunion at the K of C Hall Sunday, June 16, with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. In the afternoon from 2 to 4 a tea will be held at the school The class of '48 of Algona high school will hold its tenth annual reunion at the fairgrounds at 3 16. Award Given For Entire '•-''" ') Paper Content ''General Excellence" standards for the 1957 National Editorial Association competition require^ judging of a newspaper on 'its. entire contents — including news presentation, typography, advertising, feature coverage, pictorial presentation, and reproduction. Each requirement is judged on .a specified percentage basis, witli a board of 10 judges, selected from all parts of the U.S., determining the awards. Other Iowa Awards Plaques for "General Excellence" in the weekly division of newspapers with circulation up to 6,000, in which the Algona Upper Des Moines placed second, were offered by the Ludlow Typography Company. In the daily newspaper division; the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Daily News was placed first. Other Iowa newspapers placing among ( the top three in their classes were the DeWitt Observer, first in Service to Agriculture, and the Clarinda Herald-J o u r n a 1, second in column writing. This year's National Editorial Association competition had the record total of 1,911 newspaper entries, largest in history. Awards in all classes were made to 140 newspapers from 40 states and Hawaii. Highest Award To Pate Though the 1957 NBA plaque is the highest overall award ever given to the Algona Upper Des Maines, the paper has re-, ceived others of national and state distinction. These include 2nd in Advertising nationally in 1949, and first in Advertising nationally in 1950. The latter was made to the UDM at Providence, Rhode Isalnd. In 1956, the paper .received third place for Best Column on a variety of topics, for its 'Woman's World* written by Esther Sigsbee. In 1953, a first place Service Award was presented to the Upper Dea Moines for service to toe dairy industry by the American Dairy Association, Chicago. Prior UDM Awwdi In Iowa newspaper competition, sponsored by the Iowa Press Association, the Algona Upper Des Moines has received, five first place awards since 1880. These include three first pl»ess for "General Excellence.'* a Continued on BUM 3 ^KPSWIWWWWWT^f » J ^ tjp V9f V W

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