The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on March 23, 1974 · Page 1
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VOL. 113 NO, 38 HUMBOLDT, fOWA,*MTUROAY, MARCH 23, 12 PAGES-ONE SECTION !5c ,;% Const ion bids School decides on bids, Tues. Hear about Cottey PEO Chapter BY of Humboldt entertained Humboldt High School junior girls in the upper half of their class/Thursday with an informal Coke party. The get-together was held in the home of Mrs. James Coddington with Mrs. Guy Carter and Mrs. Doug Meyer assisting. Mrs. Norman Caldwell, a Cottey graduate, discussed the college with the attending girls. Front row, from left: Nancy Amlie, Marci Berka, Colleen Northrop. Back row: Linda Northup, Marlene Nissen, Mrs. Caldwell, Jennifer Edge, Diane Larson, Chris Mather, Kathy Cur ran, Kathi Fischer, Viona McBurney, Faith Brennan, Ann Hart, Cindy Curry, Susie Lerdal and Joyce Fortner. Mrs. Chase McLaughlin is chapter president.—Independent Photo. Adult courses begin soon adult s±. dinator for •* Humboldt Com- "Living .with a-nd senior high students. That course will be held for eight Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. at the HJHS gym. Eight Wednesdays have been set aside, starting May 1, for adult beginning tennis. ,, , „« , ,. This class will also meet in the Diabetes," , wav -.March 28.. for. ,Jy£P., HJHS Kvm wMhme'eT-*' s ^^ r *^^*ktb#HJHS.ig^mV3 i -'Cost l'6f*'""eiti C*O?t TSMw>. \ -t. 4 .j-," cocci'nr»"'ia JCQ ._. V «., .' — •..*.." , OC991UII la 'VI'* • • ' ' ' * ••'"• There will be tjyo tenn fa... Persons may register at the sessions with the first, junior h| h b ' Bhoni g32 . starting April 29, for junior 2812 'Tennis The: Humboldt Community Board of Education will meet 7:30 Tuesday evening to decide the fate of the addition and remodeling project for Humboldt Junior High School. ^Construction bids were opened Thursday evening at a . special session, but due to the high bids the board decided to withhold a decision until it had a chance to study the bids for the $435,000 bond project. Five contractors bid on the general contract, all well above Supt. R. Wesley Carlson's estimate of $260,000. On the electrical contract, Carlson had hoped for a $40,000 ceiling on the bids, and his estimate was closest in this category, with two above and two below his mark. There was only one mechanical contract bid which was well above Carlson's $85,000 hoped-for figure. As it stands now, Kolacia Construction, Fort Dodge, has the low general base' bid of $338,670 with a $39,250 ..deduction if the HJHS "^re-roofing project.is scra ' secretary's end-of-year balance from general to schoolhouse funds which could add $26-30,000. The first estimate of the addition and remodeling was $384,000 plus $26,000 in legal fees and $25,000 in equipment for $435,000 which was the amount of the bond issue. Using the low bids given Thursday, the lowest figure would be $497,424 with just the construction alone. Adding the legal fees and equipment would up the total to $548,424 or 26 per cent above the original estimates. Without the re-roofing work done on the present structure, Kolacia would deduct the $39,250 bringing the total construction costs to $458,174. Wilh the additional $51,000 in fees and equipment, the total project would bo $509,174. Like the HCMH addition bids, which were also high, the difference is blamed on the day-to-day inflationary costs of the building trades. The other general contract base bids were Build-A-Rama, Algona, $382,431; McHan Construction, Sioux City, $359,306; Sande Construction and Supply Co., Inc., Hum- boldl, $361,917; and'Webster Construction, Fort Dodge, $349,900. The other electrical contract base bids were Essinger Electric, Fort Dodge, $45,800; Kaderabek Electric, Fort Dodge, $37,698; and Prime Electric, Humboldt, $64,500. "The building trade will be tight until 1976," said President Ed Crist. "We're in a bad bid situation but it's not going to get any better." Bob Baker commented, "I'd hate to have to rebid this again." Architect Stan Griffith, Fort Dodge, who handled the bidding procedures, said the low bidders were strong bids and commented the lone mechanical bid was "very good." Mechanical firms can (Continued on Page 2) Award Sande HCMH work Hutnbnldl County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) trustees voted unanimously to accept (he lowest general contract, mechanical and electrical bids submitted by Iowa builders and professionals, Wednesday afternoon, for the $450,000 Skilled Nursing Care Addition (SNCA). The total low bids on the project come to $522,656 including a deduction of over $9,000 in a mechanical bid alternate. Sande Construction and Supply Co., Inc., Humboldt, was awarded the general contract with a $267,086 offer for the 40-bed addition. Oldson Plumbing and Heating, Eagle Grove, bid $207,180 for the mechanical contract while Darrell's Electric, Manson, was awarded the electrical contract for a $57,675 bid. moved the general contract bid submitted by Sande be accepted in total and the trustees agreed unanimously. On the mechanical contract, Hart moved the bid be accepted with either alternate M-2 or M-3 depending 'upon what the board decides. M-2 is the use of radiant panel ceilings for heating the addition and would allow a deduction of $5,786 from Oldson's original contract where M-3 is a lay-in "T" bar panel ceiling which would allow a $9,285 deduction from the overall mechanical bid. The trustees decided to take about two weeks to decide which alternate to accept. On the electrical contract, Hart moved Darrell's Electric be. awarded the job with a (Continued on Page 2) Mrs. Milligan comes to town Republican Women of Humboldt County met Monday afternoon in the home of Mrs. John Mansfield. Guest speaker was Mrs. Margaret Milligan, mother of State Senator, George Milligan. She was in town campaigning for the re-election of her son. Shown with Mrs. Milligan are, from left: Mrs. Don Eck and Mrs. Harold Jensen.—Independent Photo. Development Corporation Stockholders meeting The annual stockholder's meeting of the Humboldt County Development Corporation will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the First National Bank Social Center. Three new members are to be elected to the board of directors. The terms of Ronald Sande, Ed Snyder and Robert H. Worthington expire and they have been delegated as a nominating committee. Nominations may also be made from the floor. A report will be given regarding the year's activities and future plans. There will be a discussion of possible land to purchase for future industrial development. Present members of the board are Ronald Sande, president; Tom Welch, vice president; Edward Snyder, vice president; Donald Roberts, treasurer; Richard Mikelson, secretary; Ken Mick, Merland Cody, Dennis Fuller and Robert H. Worthington. the recent ; .Humboldt County Memorial Hospital HflCMH) 40-bed contract. Darrell's Electric, Manson, was low on electrical with a $36,385 base bid with an additional $3,500 for the furnishing and installing of a wall clock system. However, the total is a few dollars under Carlson's expected $40,000. Darrell's Electric was also awarded the HCMH electrical contract. The lone bidder for the mechanical work was Kinseth Plumbing and Heating, Belmond, with a $122,369 offer which blitzed Carlson's $85,000 expectations. Kinseth also bid, but did not get, the HCMH mechanical work. Carlson indicated the board could go to the state's Budget Review Committee to request a shifting of funds in the Weather Date high low pre wind sun 17 35 27 S cldy 17 SE clear 17 .10 NWcldy 3 .10 N cldy 4 NW clear 17 18 19 20 21 35 40 34 27 33 ARC award winners Winners have been announced for the annual ARC written essay contest. From left: Nancy Gosch, third place winner; Shelley Van Horn, first; Cathy Bradley, honorable mention; Jim Humphreys, second; and Randy Gosch, honorable mention. Miss Van Horn received $10 as the top winner of the 18 entries. Winners read their entries at the awards night held March 19 before judges Ruth Barrett, Frances Messer and Patrick Ellis. Chairman of the contest was Mrs. Fred Gosch.—Independent Photo. Paul Sea is remarkable Dane Young Paul Sea Paul Sea's major "claim to fame," according to a Des Moines newspaper several years ago, is that he played poker one j.ime with Al Capone. But, the 90-year-old Dane has more to his credit than his one-time card game with the Chicago gangland leader. Sea is one of those interesting turn-of-the-century Horatio Algers who came to America from the "Old Country" and became quite successful in his adopted land. Now livirij? in Torgerson's Boarding Home, the spry Sea continues to play, and win most of the time, at poker. He isn't the type to be bluffed despite his advanced age. Many ships have passed through the Kattegat and out into the North Sea since 1901 when Paul Sea sailed from Arhus, Denmark, to New York for the first time. Coming to the United States, the 17-year-old Dane worked laying cement on Wabash Ave., Chicago, for 25 cents per hour. With his penchant for saving, and poker, Sea accumulated $1,000 in two years. He then returned to Denmark where he was taken by the military draft at age 19. Sea was christened by his parents as Paul Sea Paulson, but dropped the last name during his Wabash Ave. job in Chicago. During his compulsory military tour, Sea was well liked by his superiors and fellow Danish soldiers. In fact, his captain ordered Sea to take offer's candidate school after the affable Dane turned down the captain's offer to be appointed to the school. So, Sea became a second lieutenant and during his army career traveled through Russia to the little-known White Sea in the northern part of the country. Sea did well enough as an officer to be offered the position ol administrator in the Virgin Islands which then belonged to his country. He turned down the position and returned to the United States in 1909 and became an American citizen shortly after. Back in Chicago, Sea worked as a teamster for over two years before returning to Denmark in 1912 with his brother Mads. They stayed three months and returned to Chicago with Mads marrying and coming to Gilmore City where his in-laws lived. Sea stayed in Chicago and ran a saloon at 3838 Cottage Grove Ave. next to the South Side Car Barn. During his stay in Chicago, Seu played a good deal of poker and it was through the game he met Capone. "He ran an honest game," Sea said of their encounter at Cupone's Cicero establishment shortly before 1920. As the men sat down to play cards, Sea recalled Capone pulling out a pistol "a food long" and placing the weapon on the table. "Th.-n'-i in case any of them SOB Eye-talians try to rob the game," the Sicilian Capone said, according to Sea. "He was a good looking young man," Sea said, "and he couldn't have been any nicer. But, I still didn't like it." Thai was the only encounter Sea had with the famous Chicago gangland figure. He commented he lost as high as $600 in a game during his Chicago days but usually was a winner. The Dane left Chicago in 1919 and followed his brother to Gilmore City. Sea, a farm- boy in Denmark, gave American farming a try for seven years. "I started on 400 acres and had never been on a farm over here before," he said. "My wife was born and raised in Chicago and didn't like farming so we moved into Gilmore City." He sold out in 1927 and operated a dance hall and bar until 1936. "Prohibition didn't hurt business a bit," he said, eyes gleaming. After the bar and dance hall, Sea operated a beer parlor and restaurant in Gilmore City, and lost his wife to sickness in 1938. His first son had died during the influenza epidemic in 1914 and a second son, serving in the Navy, was killed in a San Francisco auto accident in 1947. His daughter still lives in the Gilmore City area. After his son's death in California, Sea sold out his business and retired. "I haven't done anything since 'cept play cards," he grinned. The aged gentleman plays in a regular game with Humboldt area professional and businessmen. The night before his interview, Sea won $70 in the game, a crisp new fifty and a twenty. "The men in the game are good honest fellows," Sea said, "or they wouldn't be there. We only play a $2 limit. I played mostly $5 limits in (Continued on Page 2) Paul Sea

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