Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on January 23, 1946 · Page 1
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POSTVILLE HERALD A LIVE NEWSPAPER IN A LIVE TOWN, Fifty-Fourth Year. ^ POSTVILLE, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1946. Number 12. School Levies Up; axes are Higher [n Post Township [Increase Varies From A vOne to Eight Mills in ^Various School Districts Highway Traffic Increases As Gas Rationing Ends crty owners of Post township, mnkee county, tire asked for n sub- tlal boost in their 1045 taxes pay- In 1948. In all of the eleven iOo}_ districts higher levies nrc iht '~\ •,y£§|(Brontcst increase is recorded in Ly- i"-',r ^*pind, Myron and Empire districts, and ; "."following in order of increase are ~'.,-\j$oiUh Grove, Highland, Woodlnnd, ,' ''j^est Grove, Luana (Post), Evergreen, '-' -''and Minert. Lowest increase is record• ' ed In Postvillc (outside corporation) district. Monies and credits were declared in only three of the township's districts, W«¥t Grove, Myron and Postville (out' aid* corporation) to bring the levies down in these by virtue of the credit resulting from the levy on monies and credits ns prescribed by law • fj Following is a comparative tabic of • .mill levies by school districts for 1944 and the one levied for 1045: ,"M> Postvillc (outside corp) liliana (Post) • Myron South Grove Evergreen JUghland Empire Minert Lybrand West Grove Woodlnnd f [The_report of Paul A. Schneider, division maintenance engineer for the State Highway Commission, indicates that motor vehicle traffic has made a decided Increase since gasoline rationing ended.J The-trfifflc meter located a mile west of Postville on highway No. 52 shows that 100,104 vehicles passed that recording station during the year 1945. This is an increase of 21.6% over the 150,390 vehicles passing that point during 1944. Naturally, the largest Increase resulted in the last half of the year. Vehicles numbering 112,945 were counted on the meter in the final six months of 1945, which was a 32H% increase over the 85,220 counted in the same period of 1944. The greatest decline in traffic resulted in the six months period from July to December, 1942 when a 45.9% shrinkage was recorded after gasoline rationing started. The above figures represent OO*!! of the totals shown on the traffic me ter, Mr. Schneider says, as 10% is de ducted for semi-trucks and farm machinery traffic which in most cases re cords twice, due to the breaking of the electric beams two times as these vehicles pass through. ot I at'' hi !e< ' 1D44 1945 40.681 47.093 31.524 34.619 26.885 34.007 27.380 33.477 30.569 32,649 23.377 28.529 18 867 25.596 22.812 24.979 16.924 24.879 20.275 23.831 14.603 19.397 ^.(Amounts given in the following table tire net amounts of taxes due, the homestead exemption applying on certain-properties having been deducted. The r- muximum homestead credit is |&S0 or 25 mills. •.'•"In bringing these lists the Herald assumes no responsibility for their accuracy! both as to names or amounts; we publish theme merely as a service tq pur readers as they are supplied us with all due care as to accuracy. t > First Second Adams; Harold Si C J... $ 88.75 $ 88.75 Adami, Harold & C J .. 101.91 101.91 AdamS, Walter 7.68 7.68 Althouse, H F, Martha ' tc Carl 264.86 /AlthQUse. Henry ct al... 1.38 Local Bank's Resources Grows $466,000 in Year New Horizons D &W// M/ M\U News at Local Schools As Reported by Students (WKUtirtO Few Tickets Remaining For Activities Banquet All officers and directors of the Post­ villc State Bank were reelected at the annual meeting of the stockholders and at the organization meeting held Monday evening. The reports read at the meeting showed that the year 1945 was a most satisfactory one, the total resources of the bank showing an increase of $466,000, the total in the last report to the state banking department being $2,285,804.31. The total deposits increased from $1,713,005.26 on January 1, 1945, to $2,168,250.31 on December 31, 1945. The report also showed that the bank had sold $385,000 in U. S. savings bonds during the year. Directors elected at the stockholders' meeting were C. F. Meier, A. L. Meier, William Leui, R. M. Hecker, Dr. F. W. Kiesau, Louis Schutte, Harvey Schultz ind W. A. Kneeland. This board elected the following as officers of the bank for 1946: C. F. Meier, president; A. L. Meier, vice president; W. A. Kneeland, cashier; Roy Olesen and Bernice A. Schneider, assistant cashiers; Helen G. Meyer and Mary H. Eberling, tellxn njr <l| css- isdo*| ity °!| which I >f lib- dto ol ofW pub* ice «"i evet' 1 tilUse* it I • worM Ralph W 83.99 It^pThercsa 58.73 <Wd«UFred L 7.22 ^"Ij John 105.85 JK.William 14.47 ft|nB, Arthur 173.18 pejfni^-Leo & Lucitlc ... 168.16 Qehrens, Arbie & Helen 103.85 'Sehjegerdes, Louis H . 7.71 BeM||erdcs, F W 139.68 Boucher, Bessie ct al.. 276.93 Belfker. Wm & Ruth 96.76 Benne$ Earl B 8.96 Mcmm, Geo. & Eleanor 33.84 Srarjdt, Minnie et al 97 m ^ymATS. Ruth 3.84 '•jay^Lnwrence G 6.86 'aifiard, George R 249.28 itaard, John 0 3.23 irajhard, Keith E 86.91 ^ntwlt; Mrs. Ida jijwrd, Carl 48.75 ffi nrd, Dale E L 12.17 ,rd, Leo G 30.06 leicr. William .... 58.35 leier, Elmer J 6.06 in, Mary C 92 agen, Rudolph C 121.93 iagen, Walter .... 14.49 F T et al 11.45 , Melinda ,& Lu- C Geick 62,61 iofferson, Herm A 20.79 lery Company .... 150.82 'fferson, Leonard 8.05 ifferson, Wm 15,77 Harvey et al 38.25 Florence M 27.71 Florence M 179.66 Harry 0 7.78 il, Joe 16.52 Lite, M C 95.85 ler, Mrs. Herman.. .54 , H H 34.40 ir, Lawrence et al 111.69 ir Lawrenco ot al 4,85 Leo and Emma 73.39 Herbert 36.44 Virgil T 2.24 John 60.33 W E 24,08 Ing, Walt & Edna.. 112.28 James' E 4,04 't, Jas N & Frelda 46,69 J P 54,49 an, Lloyd K 9.33 inn, Rudy 110,87 Walter A 8,28 Otjo G 81,92 Arthur H., ., 123.96 . Mllo 34.01 Albert G 193.97 Harlan W & Har. J 17,26 Robert A 4.66 Id & Albert, ,07 (Continued on Page Two) 264,88 1.38 83.99 56.73 7.22 105.85 14.47 173.18 168.16 103.85 7.71 139.68 276.93 96.76 8.06 33.84 .97 3.84 6 249.28 3.23 86.91 48.75 12.17 30.96 58.35 6.06 .92 121.93 14.49 11,45 62.61 20.79 150.82 6.86 15.77 38.25 27.71 179.66 7.78 16.52 95,85 .54 34.40 111.69 4.85 73.39 36.44 2.24 60,33 24.09 112.28 4.04 46,49 54.49 9.33 110.57 8,28 81.92 123.96 34,01 193.97 17,26 4.86 ,97 As this is being written a few tickets to the Commercial Club's banquet to activity students at Postville high school Thursday night remained unsold. If you are wanting one, contact either' Boyd B. Turner or Willard Schutte immediately. The fifth annual banquet to be held since the club's change from entertaining only athletes of the school to now take in all students in the various actvities, promises to be rich in entertainment. The dinner will be served at 6:30 o'clock in the new auditorium of the school, with a program following, at which Joseph B. Steele will be the toastmaster. Groups participating in the program will be the girls' glee club, boys' quartet, girls' sextet and a skit presented by the Thespians. After the floor has been cleared of tables and chairs, the marching band will be presented in a short, but snappy series of drills. The program will be followed by a basketball game, with the Pirates igain trying to defeat their rivals, Waukon, for the second time this season. This is an Upper'Iowa conference game. Nine Below Zero Here Tuesday and Wednesday Mrs. Annie Kerr, 77, Passes On Thursday; Funeral Was Saturday Mrs. Annie Kerr, 77, passed away last~Thursday at the Postville hospital. She had been ln_failing health for the past eight months^} Funeral services were held at the Schutte Funeral Home and at the Community Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon, with Rev. R. F. Galloway of Cedar Rapids officiating*. Interment was in Postville cemetery. Annie Dodge, a daughter of Joel and Sarah Gage Dodge, was born on the Joel Dodge homestead six miles north of Newton, Iowa, October 4, 1868, On February 26, 1890, she was united in marriage with Charles M. Kerr and came to Postville to live on the Kerr farm on what is known as Henderson Prairie. They continued to live on the farm until November 1926, when they moved to Postville, residing here since. To this union were born five children, of whom the following survive: Mrs. Kate Benson ot La Motile; George of Decorah; Kenneth, who lives on the home farm; Malcolm a professor of Animal Husbandry at the University of Tennessee, -Knoxville, Tenn. A daughter, Helen, preceded her in death m November 1930, and her husband passed away April 14, 1931. Mrs. Kerr is also survived by 17 grandchildren who were all present for the funeral, except Elmer Benson who is now in the service and stfr tioned at Dachau, Germany; four sisters and one brother, Mrs, Bess Par sons, Mrs. Imogene Wormby, and Wallace Dodge, all of Newton; Mrs. Mabel McFalls of New Westminster, B. C. Canada; Mrs. Dorothy McElhlnney of Romaland, California. She was very active as a member of the Community Presbyterian church and the Ladies' Aid Society. She belonged to the Daughters of American Revolution and, the Birthday Club. People from out of. town here for the funeral were Rev. R. F.-Galloway of Cedar Rapids; Mr, and Mrs. H. E, Benson, Barbara, Charles,;James and Betty of La Mollle; Mr, and Mrs, Mai colm H. Kerr, Burton, Janet and David of Knoxville, Tenn.j George Kerr, Ruth, Robert and Richard of Decorah Mrs, Bess Parsons and Wallace Dodge of Newton, Mrs. W, E, Cornell of Qs elan, Mabel Hansen and, Olaf Hansen I of Waukon. Monday and Tuesday morning's nine degrees below zero were the coldest readings during the past week here. On Friday the official thermometer at Albert Bertelson's weather station went to a high of 45, and on Saturday several inches of snow fell to blanket the earth. Several farmers were enabled by the moderate weather of last week to go out into their cornfields and husk some of the corn left there last fall. Here are Mr. Bertelson's high and low readings day by day: High Low y News of Service Men; / ) 1 Out; 1 In; 1 in States |__SgJLJohn Durwood Schutta, arrived here last Wednesday from Fort Leavenworth. Kansas, where he had been given his discharge fron\ the army after serving for three yearsTJ He had landed previously at SanPedro. Calif., having spent two years in Hawaii as an army medical corpsman in a general hospital. He wears the Victory ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific theater ribbon and the good conduct medal. Durwood had opportunity to meet up with a number of Postville men while stationed in Hawaii. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schutta of this city and before his induction was employed at the Milwaukee depot. Leo McNeil in States. Word was received here this week of the safe arrival in New York City of Sgt. Leo McNeil who had been serving overseas, in Belgium, and stating that he would soon be home. James Knceskern Rcenlists. James Kneeskern of Frankville, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kneeskern, enlisted in the regular army last week at the recruiting office in Decorah and was sent to Ft. Des Moines with five other volunteers for a physical examination. If he passes the tests, James will go to Fort Snelling, Minn., to complete his enlistment papers and then will be assigned to duty. James is a veteran of General Geo. Patton's famous Third Army which made such an enviable record in the fighting in France and Germany. He won the Purple Heart medal and the Bronze Star medal in Europe. Wednesday, Jan. 16 ...32 Thursday, Jan. 17 35 Friday, Jan. 18 45 Saturday, Jan. 19 32 Sunday, Jan. 20 27 Monday, Jon. 21 11 Tuesday, Jan. 22 20 4 15 23 11 9 —9 -9 FORMER LOCAL PUBLISHER PASSES AWAY AT WAUKON X Again another six weeks has ended, and n new list of the honor roll students has been placed for all to take a gander at. The freshman class seems to be the most intellectual, as fifteen names arc shown on their list. They are: Marilyn Backhaus, Charlotte Bennett, Leon Casten, John Dresser, Elaine Everman, Cloy Meyer, Cloy Micne, Ruth Miller, June Schroeder, Lyle Schultz, Bette Schutte, Kay Smith, Agnes Szabo and James Waters. More power to you, freshmen ! Eight students made the honor roll from the sophomore class. And they are: James Koevenig, Shirley Nelson, Fred Reincke, Mary Jane Schlee, Peggy Spencer, Zonna Stee, Kenneth Timmerman and Beatrice Turner. The juniors tied with the sophomores with eight honor students. The juniors who made "the grades" this time are: Lolita Buddenberg, Bernice Brainard, Violet Gordanier, Russell Harris, Gladys Mae Meyer, Kathleen Meyer, Chrystol Olson, Delores Osmundson! Now for the poor, bewildering seniors who are trailing the other classes with only five—maybe a bit more attention upon studying should be stressed in this class. In other words "get in the groove" from now on ! The five brainchildren (?) are Bernice Bachelder, Marjorie Barcis, William Palmer, Milton Turner and Gretchen Zieman. Congratulations to you few who did make the honor roll, but let's resolve to do better next six weeks and try to strive for a higher goal. Beat Fayette 39 to 22. Playing at Fayette last night, Postville won two games from the Little Peacocks. The first team won their game by a score of 3D to 22. James Molone was high for Postvillc with 18 points, and Smith led Fayette's scoring with 13 points. The Postville B team also won. 17 to 5, with Gene Groth high point man with six markers. Winners in Declain Contest. Much new talent in P. H. S. was unearthed last Friday night when thirteen students gave their declam pieces. Congratulations to all of you contestants for the fine job you did. The placings, given by Mrs. Milton Kiesau, the judge, were: In the oratorical division, first place to Russell Harris with "All This and Heaven Too"; second place to "Vision Beyond and Victory," given by Corrine Ry- pestol, and third place to "The Unknown Soldier," by Mary Thornton. '(Continued On Page Eight) Sheriff Bulman, William Gericke Shooting Victims Officer Sought to Serve Warrant on Local Man Barricaded in Apartment Ewald Brandt, Postville, Heads Brown Swiss Group Clstgor F. Medary, 79, publisher of the Postville Graphic in the early '90s, passed away at Waukon Sunday morn ing. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon/^ son of T. •erMedary, early Allamakee newspaperman, he was born at Lansing. He and his father were publishers of The Democrat at Waukon for 70 years, J. K. Griebel buying the newspaper from Medary 16 years^ago ^j Rev. Eldon Seamans Accepts Local Call (WO** • [^Bev, Eldon Seamans of Montrose who was here a week ago Sunday as a candidate for the vacancy as pastor of the Postville Community Presbyterian church created when Rev. L. H. Newhouse resigned last fall, has accepted the call Issued to him following his sermon herejj Rev. Seamans and his family expect to come hece about March 1 to occupy the parsonage in which the Wayne Thurm family now reside. ("' LBrown Swiss breeders of Canton No. 1 meeting here Monday at the school house, voted to hold a canton show at Decorah on Monday, May 20. Gerald Steva of Waukon was named to manage, the. event. T:> •-^Canton officers elected were: Ewald C. Brandt of Postville, president; Joe Schmeltzer of West Union, vice president; Lowell Mabon, Randalia, secretary-treasurer; Walter Plaht, Postville; Theo. Wangsness, Calmar; George Moran, Cresco, Keith Baldwin, Nashua; Ray Lauterbach, Sumner; H. A. Mabon, Randalja, and George Auer, Elkader, directorsT"\ Dick Stiimbo, Brown Swiss fleldman, assisted with plans for the show. A. R. Porter, Iowa State college extension dairyman, spoke on the importance of production records and the several types ot testing available. A picnic dinner was served at noon, with a good representation of Brown Swiss breeders present. DRIVERS AND CHAUFFEURS TO GET TESTS HERE TUESDAY A representative of the Department of Public Safety will be in Postville, at Memorial Hall, next Tuesday for the purpose of giving chauffeurs' and drivers' tests to those desiring them at this time. Marshal Eldo Gericke may be con­ tacted'tor further information.'' Seek To Remedy Housing Situation The officers ot the Postville Commercial Club in a meeting Monday night took preliminary action in the matter of post-war housing plans for Postville. Willard Schutte, club presi dent, states that it will be necessary to obtain information on the number of Postville families who are lntersted in obtaining houses, especially World War II veterans. « The committee requests {hat all veterans and all other persons inter' ested in the purchase or renting of a home immediately present their names to Willard Schutte at the Schutte furniture store. Boyd Turner at his insurance office in the theatre build ing will also take the names of persons interested in housing. -After completion ot this preliminary survey, the Commercial Club intends to take the matter up with National Housing Authority officials at the earliest possible date. , Military Funeral For Harlan C. Hein, 33, Held Here on Friday Funeral services for Harlan Hein, 33, were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Schutte Funeral Home in this city and at St. Paul's Lutheran church at two o'clock, with the Rev Frederick R. Ludwig officiating. Interment was in Postville cemetery where military services were conducted by Arthur F. Brandt Post, 518, American Legion. Postville business places were closed during the services. Mr. Hein, who served five months in the army in California before he was discharged because of his physical condition, passed away last Monday in the Veterans' Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., following a lingering illness. He was born in Postville on July 15, 1912, the son of George W. and Emma Meier Hein, and spent his entire lifetime in this community, receiving his education in the Postville public schools. He was married to Lucile Marie Wild on November 26,, 1936, by the Rev. R. B. Garten in this city, and to this union two children were born. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Karen Ann and Gloria Kay, his mother, two brothers, Harold Hein of Cedar Falls and Lewis Hein of Cedar Rapids, as well as numerous other relatives. His father passed away in 1937 and one sister died in infancy. Out of town people here for the funeral were Wm, H. Hein of Valparaiso, Ind., Mrs. Guy Mead, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bulman and family and Miss Lorna Wild of Waterloo; Mrs. Tillie Baethke and John Eberling of Cresco; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Meyer of Monona; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Verthein, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Wild and Millard Wild. Mr. and Mrs, Ed Wild, Mr. and Mrs. Harris Wild, Mr. and Mrs, Keith Wild, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Zezulka, all of Lansing; Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wild, Adolph Fos sum, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bulman, Mr. and Mrs, John Verthein, Mr, and Mrs. Leonard Rolte, Mrs. Rose Sadler, all of Waukon; Mr. and Mrs. Alton Bui man of Dorchester; Mrs, Fred Doane, Mrs. Milton Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. John Jas ter of Ossian; Mrs. Oscar Smerud, Mrs. Albert Meyer and Mr, and Mrs. Kermlt Wild ot New Albin. While attempting to apprehend William Gericke in the apartment over the Baltz tavern Saturday night at about 7:45 o'clock, Sheriff Leonard J. Bulman of Waukon was shot and killed by Gericke. Accompanying the sheriff were his deputy, Peter Hendrickson of Waukon and Eldo Gericke, Postville town marshal, with whom a complaint had been filed that Gericke was threatening other people in the building. Some of the shot from the gun struck both Hendrickson and Eldo, the latter getting two pellets in the cheek and neck from the blast from his uncle's gun. Peace Officers Summoned. A call for help was issued to peace officers and the following responded: State Highway Patrolmen Emery Galloway and Arthur Longstedt of Manchester, Special State Agent Glenn Mueller of Guttenberg, Sheriff Arthur Kutschat and his deputies, Hanson and Blockhus of West Union, Sheriff Murray and his deputy of New Hampton. While awaiting the arrival of the officers. Postville firemen set up their ladders and brought Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hangartner and five children, who occupy another apartment in the building, down to safety, the regular exit from the building being in the path of Gericke's rooms. Tear gas bombs were used in an effort to bring Gericke outdoors, but to no avail. Finally rifle and small arm fire was resorted to and Gericke was killed when he approached the exit carrying his loaded shotgun. It was not until near midnight before the bodies of the dead men could be brought out of the building and during the four-hour siege an estimated crowd of two thousand people watched the proceedings. Gericke Funeral Tuesday. Private funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Schutte Funeral Home in this city for William Gericke and burial was in Postville cemetery. The Rev. Frederick R. Ludwig officiated. Mr. Gericke was born at Clayton Center September 29, 1871, as the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gericke. He came to this community when a young man of 18 or 19 years and followed farming in Post township until about 13 years ago, when he came to Postville to make his home. For about 50 years he was a thresherman. operating his machine on many farms here. About 35 years ago he won considerable fame as an inventor, a mechanical farm gate and cattle stanchions being among his best selling inventions. In recent years he has been employed at various jobs, and most recently he was employed by Lorence Meyer of Castalia in the stone quarries near Where the new rendering works will be erected. Mr. Gericke is survived by three brothers and five sisters, John, Fred and Henry Gericke, Mrs. Christ Meyer, Mrs. Otto Sandei% Mrs. Ben Morch, Mrs. William Sebastian and Mathilda Gericke, all of this community. He was unmarried. Sheriff's Funeral Held. Leonard J. Bulman was born 52 years ago as the son of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Bulman in Union City township. He was a farmer when elected as sheriff for the first time some years ago. In 1940 he again sought the office and was elected to take office in January, 1941. At the time of his death he was starting on the last year of his present term in office. Mr. Bulman is survived by his wife, the former Martha Barthell of Waukon, two daughters, one son, his mother, a sister and two brothers, all living in this county. He was a cousin of George P. Hartley of this city. Funeral services were held at Waukon Wednesday afternoon, with a number of Postville people going to attend the funeral. They bore with them a tribute from local business men which was presented to Mrs. Bulman in token of the high regard for the sheriff who gave his life in .the performance of his duty. WAUKON MAN TAKES JOB AT LOCAL, HIGHWAY SHOP . Henry Engrav of Waukon reported Monday at the Iowa highway garage in this city as a mechanic, the rush of work being more than the present force there could cope with. Mr. Engrav, who has been in highway maintenance work for some years, is a married man and as soon as he can-find a place to live, will bring his family to Postville,

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