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ESTABLISHED 18 A3 red 'u lecottd class matter At the postaffie*' at Algona, ™N6™ " 19M, under Act 6£ d6n«reM of March 3, 1879. , A160NA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1954 2 SECTIONS - 14 PAGES VOl. 91 - NO. 27 t Crowd ByBUss Waller ,••. i Among the old timers who were A attendance at 'the Centennial -»vas P. A. MdArthur, who was Iborn in Kossuth county July 2, §1868... Mr McArthur adds that |he has been out of the county f ONLY THREE TIMES since then. * H * , Mary Jane Hood and her mo• ther, Mrs Gene Hood, were visit' ing in Kans&s City recently, and attended the" stage show being presented theije in which one of the characters portrays ex-President Truman . . . that particular evening 1 Mr Truman himself was* to surprise the audience by appearing in the part on the stage . . . Mary, -Jane happened ' to be near, him and shook hands . .'. within a' few minutes after the handshake, the ex-president was stricken -by a gall bladder and appendix attack and rushed to a hospital. , » » • » One Centennial visitor finally went into seclusion here „ at the home, of his host . . . said he didn'J want to go downioVn and listen to "any more of thai small town gossip." ' -. > , ...*'••'•*.•.*•.•- ; One little mistake in our Odds and Ends, of 20 Years, printed in the .Centennial edition, -was "called to our -attention by parties concerned .'.. it seems that about 20 years ago, it was Ken . Cowan and Barney Frankl -who went into a youthful ^venture • of i raising chrGkens;;Va little later the same kind of venture was tried by Dick Cook and Merle Pratt . . .'we ha<J Cowan and Pratt paired up in our Btory . . . apologies, gentlemen, and sometime ^we'd like to hear .how tfiese earlier adventures' into business turned out. 'Nobody's Vayingl . ; ./ •• - • Our sincere regrets to Lolls Creek that there did not ap- • pear a 'Centennial writeup of that area . . . one was submitted to the committee, we are toltj, but where it went was 1 something not . determined last week after we had a talk*with ? ~»Niek Ckmglar;on' the , • • - Kossuth County Centennial Committee The Kossuth ' Centennial committee. is pictured above, in a ihoto by Nels Isaacson, Brpwn's Studio, shortly before the opening f the three-day delebration"here. - •• The Centennial Committee "members are as follows: Left to right: back row, Gene Hutchins, Lyle Mathes, W. W. Sullivan, Elmer Langmack, Bill Steele, Don Hutchison, Bill -Dau Sr. LUk Front"ow, L. W.'Nitchals, Mrs H. W. Miller, Mrs H. D. Clapsaddle, Mrs Fred Geigel,.Mjrs Harlan Sigsbee, Mrs Roscoe Mawdslqy Beth Annis; Don-. Hemmihgsen., •• 70 Miles Of Paper Used In UDM Centennial Issue Order Shake Up ln^A<S. C States Are New School Budget Calls For increase Of $75,001 . Centennial notes — One local woman says she ; has been reading the Centennial edition, one section at a time, and only on certain occasions . . . during the mailing of the UDM Centennial edition, Iris Lieb of the staff lost a shoe — if one turned up in a Centennial edition, Miss Lieb would like' to have it back... over at the Smoke Shop they report that only one customei objected to paying 25 cents for ' the edition, but 725 others didn' — at Maquoketa, the Centennia editions . cost $l...Doc Heise of Emmetsburg, in to buy extra ... copies, raised his eyebrows with surprise and asked "Is that all?' . when told they were 25 cents each,. f ^ t All roads led to Algcna. las week . . . Percy Kuhn, ex-Algonan living in St. Paul the past 17 years, grabbed a bus to come back for the Centennial. Goinj into Blue Earth the Northland bus was 30 minutes late, then Percy boarded the Algona Bu Line, and tlje driver really took off ... Percy asked him about th S peed-^-"We gotta get to Algon in time for that Centennial" cam the reply. ^ , , John Spencer, rigging himself up for his part in the Centennial Revue, tried on a pair of old Union cavalry leggings, then had to have the help of three assistants to get them off,,. John thinks the oldtime cavalry boys could have used a set of legging tools along with a horse and other equipment of that day. * * » * We'll say this for Frank Vera— he put on the last Buffalo .Hunt that Kossuth County will probably ever experience! Harry Godden came up with a poyel idea. , .those long-stemmed corn cob pipes, some of the boys were puffing were all passed around as Centennial sourvemrs by the Godden Monument Works. Sunday night's crowd in town looked like the usual Saturday night throng, with hundreds inspecting the numerous and interesting window displays of a Centennial nature. Mr* George A«i9 who lives pn a farm between Titonka and Wesley had about as bad luck as anybody could have ...she fell Sunday at the farm home and broke bpth , her legs, making it impossible for her to see the Centennial parade, Monday, f Even the Weatherman was cooperative for the Centennial he brought a clear but fairly moderate day for Sunday, and Monday he laid a cover of clouds Famous Las! UaV-'-Thanfc Goodnesi, it's only once in 1QO For Centennial Over l^OO^persoQ^^e^is^lKiiyt; the" high school annex during the, Kdssuth Centennial Celebration, according to Mrs,H. W. .Millet,' chairman of the P.E.O. committee handling registrations. Persons who registered came from 28 states and Canada for the event. Mr and Mrs H. Koeller • ofr Admiral, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Danny and Everesta Malone, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Canada, were the Canadians who were here. Page . after page of names included people from Florida, California, Oregon, New Hampshire, Washington, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri, West Virginia, , Texas, New York, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, Montana, Georgia, Virginia, North Dakota, Michigan. Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and of course, lov/a. California was very well re presented during the celebration, and the 2000-mile or so drive did not seem to phase her citizens who came back to visit. An increase in school expenditures for the coming year ,of $75,001: over the preceding year is ^anticipated in the budget estimate of the Algona Community SchopLJUstrict. pfficjaUy^pubJish- Moin'ef'-'tbday.':""""*""':'". V-"""' , A hearing on the proposed budget has been set for 2 p. m. on Friday, July 16, at the high school in the administrative office. All interested citizens of the district are invited to attend. •A comparison of .the .past year's expenditures and the proj posed expenditures for the fiscal year of 1954-55 is as follows: General Pund Rob Coin Box At the Grotto A votive stand in the Grotto of the Redemption at West Bend was stolen sometime over the weekend, the Palo Alto sheriff's office was notified. The stand contained a com box in which many visitors to the shrine of the Virgin leave a small donation. The box is thought to nave contained between $25 and $30. Thieves would have easy access to the Grotto, which is open to the public day and night. There is no watchman during the night. Father Dobberstein, widely known builder of the Grotto, has been seriously ill and is confined to his home after a medical check up at Rochester. Legion At Wesley Elects Officers Car Plunges In River But Two Men Escape Two young Bancroft men narrowly 'escaped drowning, about midnight Sunday, when their car missed the bridge on the Bancroft-Sen • eca road, about five miles west of Bancroft, and plunged into the river. Neither of the men, Charles Hauver and Donald Noon, could swim. The water reached almost to the top of the car, and Hauver, who is about six feet tall managed to scramble to the roof of the car and pulled Noon out, according to Duke Kinsey, Bancroft town marshal. The men are employed by Welp's Hatchery, and were returning to their rooming house at Bancroft. In the only other weekend car accident reported to the sheriff's office, cars driven by, Gerald N. Erpelding of Algona, and Robert L. Brown of Cedar Rapids, collided on highway 18 west of Algona near the airport Sunday afternoon. The occupants of the Brown car were shaken up some, but not seriously injured, ,, w ,.,^__Rudy Hauptman was elected commander of the Wesley post of the American Legion, at the annual election held Tuesday evening, June 29. Gayle Stvider was named as adjutant. Dr. L. L. Pfeffer as service officer, Vincent Klempeter as finance officer, Bruce Cranston as athletic directpr. The post will sponsor a Pee Wee baseball team in, a league of six teams being organized. R. E. Newbrough and LeRoy Ricke are the retiring commander and adjutant. Summer SUident 1 Duane Reynolds, Algona, is one of 540 summer school students enrolled at the University of South Dakota. Reynolds is taking work toward an advanced degree in physical educatipn. The Angelus Ring Is Revived Here The Angelus Ring, an old custom dropped here many years ago, has begun again at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church. The church bell recently installed in the new church is set automatically to ring at 7 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. every day. Parishioners pause for a few minutes of prayer when the bell -rings out. 1954-55—-———- ---- -369,650 Transportation , 1953-54 ________________ — None 1954-55 — ___ - ----- - — $12,000 Textbook-Supplies 1953-54 _________________ $3,000 1954-55 __________ - ------- - $3,000 Old Age Fed. Ins. 1953-54 — . -------------- $2,557 1954-55 _____ ...... ------- 5,000 Employee Retirement 1953-54 __________________ $9,242 1954-55 . ......... — — 10;500 School House (Voted) 1953-54 ____ "—— __________ $6,207 1954-55 — ...... ---------- None Bonds and Interest 1953-54 ------ ..... ----- $27,72 1954-55 _______ ..... - ----- 27,088 Special Courses Fund 1953-54 ...... - ..... ----- $16,70 1954-55 ___________ ...... 18,000 The estimated tax per $1,000 of assessed valuation would be $31.71 under the proposed budget on an estimated value of 12 million dollars for the area in the district. Of the total operating cost $380,588 would have to be raised by direct taxation. Estimated income other than from direct taxation is $64,650. The annual financial statement for the last fiscal year which ended June 30, 1954, will also be found in today's paper, and shows total receipts for the past year of $404,741.56 and total general fund disbursements during the year of $319,599.45. Weather Fine For Centennial The Fourth of July proved to be one' of the coolest days during the past week, according to figures of weatherman Harry Nolte. Almost a half inch of rain fell H L R June 29 — ....... 90 72 June 30 _________ 80 62 July 1 __________ 79 58 .15 July 2 __________ 88 68 July 3 __________ 85 68 .27 July 4 ----- ..... 82 67 July 5 __________ 84 66 Name Swen Larsen Swen Larsen of Buffalo Center wa£ named as chairman of the Farm Bureau membership committee this week, by president Lester Eden. He will head the Farm Bureau membership drive for 1955. All Veteran Committeemen How Ineligible A large percentage bf the pre- s e n t township committeemen jarring the: ASC'tagricuJtuiialitSt^ bilization committee), the former PMA, in Kossuth county, will not be eligible for reelection, undei a new ruling handed down by Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson. • Under the order, farmers who have served for three or more consecutive one-year terms will not be eligible for reelection. The order also applies to the county committee, and thus will rule out one member, Andrew Fangman of Bancroft, on the county committee, who has served 4% years. R. I. Anderson of Ledyard and George Wolfe of LuVernS, will still be eligible to remain on the committee. Benson's order will became effective with the elections of new committeemen scheduled for late July or early August in Iowa. Nominations for township committeemen will be made in the near future by a committee composed of John Burton, extension director, Leon Laird of the Soli Conservatton Service, Bob Wallers, Farm Home Administration district representative, and Lester Eden, president of the Kossuth Farm Bureau. It was understood that the old system of picking the nominees by nomination within the townships would be discontinued under the new plan. The new ruling is expected to bring about a considerable shakeup of township committeemen because in many instances the present committeemen have been reelected year after year by their neighbors and have become thoroughly fafniliar with the work they have had to do Lctkota Boy, 6, Runs Into Car PHONi HOP - YOUR NiWSPAPER Winner of M Stai* & National Awwdf, Including Gwmal Excellence, low* Pie»i Aw'a, 1953 Lakota — Mike Buckels, six year old son of Mr and Mrs Clifton Buckels, was severely bruised and cut about the face and head when he ran into a moving auto driven by Marion Adams. . Mike had been playing on the John Smith lawn and dashed across the 'street for his home. Girl's Eye Torn By Firecracker Barbara Drone, 6, daughter of Mr and Mrs Fern Drone of near Algona, received a serious injury to an eye, Sunday morning at the Algona Airport while the Flight Breakfast was in progress, when a firecracker exploded near her. She was given first aid treatment and then rushed to a Mason City hospital where surgery was to have taken place yesterday or today 1 »n an effort to save the little, girl's eyt. The unfortunate incident was the only mishap to be reported in the are* over the weekend resulting in serious injury. 4-Mile Parade, Reunions and Revue Jam City Centennial Draws To Close With Huge Fireworks Display '. Kossuth County's three-day Centennial drew to a close today, with a bridge and highway dedication this afternoon and a stage presentation, "Salute to Kossuth County" and a gigantic fireworks display, at the fairgrounds Tuesday night. Finals in the whisker contest were also slated for Tuesday evening. ' v •But Monday was the day that held the spotlight. Packed with activities from early morning to late into the night, a crowd variously estimated at from 25,000 to 50,000 jammed Algona for class reunions, the record-breaking '. mile parade in the afternoon, anc a top notch, home talent revue in the evening at the fairgrounds Thousands At Reunion Class reunions, Monday morn- ng, resulted in thousands of people assembling at the fairgrounds, where the National 3uard armory was able to handle only a small portion of those present. The class of 1929, for example, from Algona high school, was represented by 41 out of 64 original members, which gives a good indication of the percentage of old graduates who returned. But if that crowd was large, it was nothing compared to the multitude that descended on Algona and lined up along the parade route for the afternoon program. Spectators began picking choice spots at 9 a.m. Monday, and by noon there were already thousands >, along;^the line, ; ,o: march." "Tfif-'parade'Carted; to roll promptly at 2 p.m.'. arid' for two and one-half hours the Centennial crowd was held spellbound by the passage 6f hundreds of oldtime vehicles, floats, mounted horsemen, and exhibits. Special Seats of Honor Fortunately, while the weather was hot, there was a slight breeze and much shade along the line of march. About 600 members of the Pioneer club viewed the parade from special seats of honor in front of the Algona Library Algona's State Street was roped off from general traffic early Monday morning, so that spectators had a clear view of the passing parade the entire line of march. This afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Robert Kier, chairman of the State • Highway Commission, cut a ribbon as the concluding part of a dedication program for the new highway 169 approach to Algona irom lue north. Unfortunately the new highway bridge is not yet quite ready for traffic, but is expected to be opened to the general public within a week or two. Congressman -James Dolliver of Fort Dodge delivered an address, with Msgr, P. P. Gearen offering the invocation and Rev Harry Whyte the benediction. 5,000 See Revue Monday night a "standing room only" crowd of some 5,000 persons saw the Centennial Revue. The fairgrounds grandstand held the largest crowd in its history, and several thousand persons who could not find grandstand seats crowded the available fence areas, stood on cars and otherwise made the best, of the situation. There were 300 persons in the cast of the production, all from Kossuth county, and the script and narrative itself was written by an Algona woman, Mrs Esther Sigsbee. Humor, dancing and music were combined to provide one of the finest entertainment -programs ever offered here. No accidents of any consequence were reported in Algona during the Monday program. Special police were added to the regular force, and with the assistance of sheriff's office details and state highway patrolmen, did an excellent job of moving and handling traffic. As the Centennial draws to a close, and the thousands of visitors return to their homes, the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Kossuth County and Algona will leave a never-to-be-forgotten imprint upon on the minds and in the memories of the many thousands who participated in and enjoyed the three-day observance. H * * * I * * Centennial Edition I Once in a lifetime is enough, says Poostmaster W. W. Sullivan, with a hearty "Amen from the postoffice crew, as they finish the gigantic problem of distributing the Algc-na Upper Des Momes Centennial Edition issued last week. .'„*'• i r-j-« „ «* The paper used in printing the Centennial Edition of the Upper Des Moines, if rolled out in one straight line, one page wide, would extend for 70 miles, or from Algona nearly -, to Charles City, Iowa. ; "'.''.'. A new, all-time high for individual newspaper sales was set at the Smoke Shop when Lawrence Gillespie reported that 700 copies of the UDM Centennial were sold over the counter.—(Upper Des Moines polaroid foto). •> » * • * ' . * * • Unscheduled Buffalo Hunt Peps Centennial Program A young cow buffalo, one of two brought to Algona by Frank Veja for the Kossuth Centennial, caused no end of trouble Friday night, but gave a powerful assist to Centennial publicity. She was captured Saturday noon by several members of the Algona Bit and Spur club in the Pioneer Hibred experimental tract on the east edge of Algona where she had spent most of the time since the escape at 10 p. m. Friday. The young lady was escorted back to the wire stockade on the northeast corner of the fairgrounds to join her buddy. The animals were brought here by Vera from Nora Springs to be shown during the celebration, and if Ihs escapee was trying to get home, she was headed . the right direction, but ran out of gas too soon. During the night Friday, several attempts were, made at a capture, but none succeeded, although Chet Webb halted an earlier try for free-. dom by the persistent animal. When the animal was spotted in the Pioneer field, the National Guard made an intensified attack by jeep that proved to no avail, and succeeding trails by private citizens also went for naught, so the local saddle club had a try and came through after a chase down the corn rows. Many interested spectators watched the capture from a . distance, and Vera started strengthening the fence where the buffalo gained her freedom. 750 AT FLIGHT BREAKFAST SUNDAY An estimated 750 persons took part in the Flight Breakfast, Sunday morning at the Algona Municipal Airport, the opening event on the Centennial program. Poor visibility until midmorning cut down the total number of planes arriving, but about 50 did land in the morning, including one from Denver, and others arrived later in the day. There were 750 breakfasts served by the Kossuth Flight Club, which sponsored the event, and 150 dozen eggs were used. Church and family reunions, and registration of old residents were the main events during the balance of the day, Sunday. Vets Memorial Fund Now $641 A total of $641.14 to date'has been donated for the Kossuth County Veterans War Memorial plaque to be placed in the new courthouse. A benefit dance is being planned for July 17 at the VFW hall here with both VFW and Legion posts in the area cooperating' in sponsorship. Contributions include $48, Whittemore Legion Auxiliary; $100, Algona Legion Auxiliary; $81.64, VFW and Legion Auxiliary joint bake sale, Swea City; $10, LuVerne Legion Auxiliary,$5, Lone Rock Auxiliary; $50, Ladies of the Moose, Algona. Individual contributions have been received from Emil Schmeling, Frank Cink, Andrew Fangman, A. J. Meyers, Bob Schoby, Dick Post, Hugo Johnson, Matt Streit, Jens Sorensen, Carl Swanson, Chris Alt, Don Smith Sr., Harvey Stevens, C. R. Schoby and Mr and Mrs Henry Scheppmann. Name Harold Reding Harold Reding, St. Joe, who belongs to the St. Joe K. of C. council, was recently appointed a district deputy of district 18 for the State of Iowa. He is «also a past Grand Knight of the St. Joe council. There are five councils in the area. Titonka Oil Station Robbed Over Weekend Titonka—The K. & H. Oil Station at Titonka was robbed sometime after closing, Saturday night, or early Sunday morning, of a considerable sum of money, believed to be at or around $250. The robbers picked open the front lock with the aid of a crowbar, and then broke into the cash register, taking all available cash. Then they worked open the safe, and took all the money and checks in that, without damaging the safe, it was reported. Ed Sathoff, manager, discovered the theft when he went to work Sunday morning at eight o'clock. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst was called and is conducting an investigation. No other Titonka business places reported any thefts. Jr. Legion Nine Goes To District Algona's Junior Legion baseball team advanced to the district meet at Breda, Sunday, without swinging a bat. The locals took a 9-0 forfeit win from Pocahontas when the latter failed to show up for the scheduled contest at Bancroft. The locals meet Breda this Sunday night. Breda won its way into the meet with a cozy 4-3 win over Webster City Monday Algona earlier downed Kanawha, 7-3, to Advance to the meeting with Pocahontas, .as Peanuts Erickson set the losers down in fine shape. -

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