The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 20, 1954 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 20, 1954
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Dee Moines 19* By Office Staff ' *.**.," While the boss is away on a well-earned vacation, his assistants have struggled along in the sweltering heat to put out S6me kind of a sheet that half-way resembles a newspaper. ,With perspiration on our brow, we have come to the final stages -... and Odds and Ends. ' * » * V An unexpected event took place Monday evening, the night of the Centennial revue, when a Burt woman suddenly ' was adorned with a bird's nest> arid all the trimmings. Just as every one was seated, and. waiting for the show to begin, a scream .rang out over the crowd. The nest had fallen from'the amphitheater roof onto the woman's head. After some necessary clean- •ing up, all enjoyed the show. « * » After -Dwaine Lighter shaved his beard and cut his hair, his little daughter, Ann, looked up at him and exclaimed -with glee, "Look, daddy's oome home!" ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered fit wcbrid class matter at thepostof«ceijt Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of MareB s, AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1954 2 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES VOL. 91 - NO. 29 Bancroft Tot Dies In Tragic Car Accident Bancroft — Funeral services were held at 9s30 Satur'-' f And speaking of • beards, the V fellas really had sore faces after ^ they' shaved, some went through a ceremony, and others still have not had time to cut theirs. g, 20^^01* 'darter of Mr and Mrs Gordon Delperdang! who.was killed in a tragic accident last Thurs- d * y Cwollfad crossed the street in fronTof her home and as a car driven by George Anderson, 32, a neighbor, ap- breached, the little girl started back across the street and was struck by the machine. Anderson was on his way hdme front work. A The little girl was born at Bancroft, Oct. 16, 1952. Surviving are her parents, three brothers, Leo, Haipn and David,-and her grandparents, Mr and Mrs John Kemna and Mr and Mr* Leo Delperdang. ; . Rev. J. H. Schulies officiated at the Angel's Mass, and burial was in St. John's cemetery with the Garry funeral home in charge of arrangements. ..-<.. „• u Casket bearers were David and Duane.Mccleish, Richard Deiiering and Michael Marlow,' .; • ' Auto Races 3 Days Are Booked For County Fair Plans for the Kossuth County Fair, to be held in Algona Aug. 18-21 are well underway, according to Lou Nitchals, secretary of the Kossuth Agricultural Association, • .. . Features will (include three days of auto races, "Fair Vogues Features will include three of auto races, "Fair Vogues of. 1954", a Mario Sho.w production, featuring residents of the county entitled "Come to the Fair." Prizes Will be awarded to owners of livestock, poultry, horses I Police Chief Albert Weishaar J was looking at shoes, in one of } the shoe stores the other day .-The j owner came put; Al asked if he , had his size in that (pointing to a pair in the window) style. The owner -said sure, we've got 'em i in 13s. Wait a minute, Al said, I don't take quite that large a shoe. Moments later Al fyvas seen -'; coming out of the, store with a package under his arm. When a couple of old gents came through Algona, a few days nfter the Centennial parade with ,.i their covered wagon, three don', keys, a chicken, goat and, what have you, our. office phone was g really buzzing with calls from if scouts who thought .we might like' f to take a picture. They had the S right idea, except we had taken *, so many pictures of floats of not only in LuV * our own, that something from jacent_territory. •' outside didn't click with us. But , thanks, folks, for thinking of us; : and maybe the next time it will :> be worth the call. It seems the ; gents were pushing hard to make Algona for the Centennial parade, but lacked a few days of making it. *.»»•. Les Rhodes, former fieldman of the Farm Bureau office here, informs us that the Kenneth Me Coys, Robert Harrisons and Wm. Nothweirs put many long hours planning and building the Farm Bureau float in . the Centennial parade. It was a wonderful float and those people' deserve some recognition. Speaking of Les, we wish him well on his new assignment. His successor, Claude Timmons ol Estherville, will be here August 1. * * V John Burton, county extension agent, informs us that colored movies of almost all the Centennial events have been made and will be available for group showings for the next 100 years. » * » By the way. Farm Bureau members should be proud of the many complimentary comments offered their organization on the appearance and convenience of the Farm Bureau building. Many tired folks used the spacious lawn for "sprawling out" under those mighty trees during the Kossuth, centennial. * * * Honesty is the best policy, always, and three unidentified boys from Bancroft deserve a real pat on the back for their deed Saturday night, July 3. Betty Liscum, who formerly worked at Honsbruch Drug in Algona, and now resides in Fort Dodge, lost her billfold containing about $23 near the Western Auto store. Three Bancrofiers found it and turned it over to Al Boekelman and Ray Krebs of the local police department and the delighted owner was notified of her good fortune last week. Sports writers and baseball fans have already put the hex on Willie Mays, outstanding negro cen terfielder for the rampaging New York Giants. As soon as Willie hit homers number 29 and 4U against the Dodgers in Brooklyn Thursday, the announcement was rnade t& he had a three-day Fritzmeier of. LuVerneDies At Age of 86 LuVerne—Fred "C. Fritzmeier, 86; died at his home in LuYerne, Thursday evening, July 15, at 11:45 p.m.; He had been in failing health, for sometime. Mr Fritzmeler's failing health had prevented him. from driving his model A Ford, his pride and joy, about town, .whece-hg;-loved to visit' with a host of friends not only in LuVerne but the ad- cent territory. . . Mr Fritzmeier has lived in this community 60 years. Many years ago he lost a leg in a farm accident", still he continued on as part of this vicinity. He and his oldest daughter Miss Hulda'have maintained a home in LuVerne open to all. Mrs Fritzemeier passed away in 1935, shortly after they retired and moved to LuVerne.' Surviving are the three daughters, Miss Hulda at home; (Esther) Mrs Arthur Satre, Rockford, 111.; and (Marie) Mrs C. Lang of LeMars. Eight grandsons and two granddaughters, who were frequent visitors in his home and enjoyed so much when his health permitted, also survive. Funeral services were held in his church for sixty years, the Evangelical Uju'ted. Brethren churph at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18 with the pastor the Rev Harold W. Dellit officiating. Burial in he LuVerne cemetery beside his wife and two sons, who died in nfancy. Lone Rock Co-op Meets July 21 The Lone Rock Cooperative Exchange Co. will hold its annual meeting for stockholders Wednesday evening, July 21, in the church basement. A program has oeen arranged. Manager L. W. Geitzenauer stated that the company has had a very good year with net savings of $43,457,45. The company is just completing the erection of a new 160,000 bushel concrete house and expects to start u£ing it the first of Aug. Contractor on the building is T. E. Ibberson of Minneapolis. Officers and personnel of the Lone Rock Coop. Exchange are: Delmar Fischer, president; Andrew Thomsen, vice president; Ralph Bierstedt, secretary; Henry Schroeder. and Raymond Laabs, directors; L. W. Geitzenauer, manager; Alf Schultz, first assistant; Fritz Newbrough, second assistant; and Norma Bierle, bookkeeper. and colts which are picked by the udges as ribbon winners, and exhibits will also be awarded prizes after judging. Many special awards for all • types of entries are being offered by businessmen, firms and farmers in the area. The sale . of prize livestock will ae held Saturday morning, Aug. 21. Auto race fans will get three chances at all the thrills that accompany the big car races Wednesday, and the stock car,events, Thursday and Saturday, afternoons. The Mario productions are well known and have been feat- tured at the local fair for several years. The show this year -is entirely new and .includes acts popular with young and old alike. Program of the fair: Wednesday, Aug. 18 9 a.m. — Judging of-beef, floral hall and girls club exhibits. 2 p.m. — Big car auto races. 8 p.m. — "Fair Vogues of 1954" Thursday, Aug. 19 9 a.m. — Judging of'Mairy, swine and girls club, exhibits. 10 a.m. — Judging of sheep. 11 a.m. — Judging of rabbits and poultry. , 2 p.m. — Stock car races. 8 p.m. — "Fair Vogues of 1954" Friday, Aug. 20 9 a.m. — Judging continues. 1 p.m /— Judging of colts ana pleasure horses. 2 p.m. — Free baseball games. 3:30 p.m. — Livestock parade. 8 p.m. — "Come to the Fair" Saturday, Aug. 21 8:30 a.m. — Sale of prize live- 1 stock. 2 p.m.—Stock car races. 8 p.m. — "Tournament of Thrills" Entry blanks, which must be filled out by persons competing School District Budget Boost Gets Approval Only 4 Persons Other Than Officials At Budget Session A proposed $75,000 increase in the operating costs of local schools next year was explained by Supt. Q. B. Laing during the annual budget hearing at the High school last Friday afternoon.-." A sum of, $445,238.00 iS the amount 1 estimated for operating the Algona Community School District through its first,year, 1954-55, and while it .Is rnu&h higher than last year, the-:cost per pupil will not be altered Very much, according to the school board. .' , ; V -. . ;; ';-'./ Four persons besides Ihe" board, the superintendent and secretary, attended"the meeting, and, very few ques^ lions were raised after the budget was explained. , One of the biggest increases from last year's actual cost of 5370,237.00 falls in capital outlay n the general budget. Due to the fact that 100 more pupils will be riding school buses and station wagons this year, the amount of capital outlay was raised from the 1953-54 figure of $5,982.64 to $32,950.00. , Add Buses, Station Wagon Seven buses and one rented station wagon carried 350 students last year, while it will take nine buses and two station wagons to haul 450 during the coming year. A saving of 15 minutes in the time, schedule for picking up students'will be made each morning and evening. It was pointed out that seven additional, classrooms for elementary students are being built within present buildings to handle new students. This building pro- ' gram should suffice for a couple of years, but at that time, it is very possible additional space will be needed in the junior high due to the fact that the larger classes, now down .in the' grades.;SriUT,:. then move up. Tfhree or four years from now this wave of larger classes will hit the high school. A total of $96,000 raised previously by tuition and transportation will now have to be raised by taxation, due to reorganization of the district. Teacher Cost Up $32,000 Instruction costs will raise about $32,000.00 this year. This" City Boosts Fine Limit For Intoxication Cases Crack Down On Fast Thinking Prevents Bad Crash for prizes in various divisions, should be filed with the secretary early, so necessary checking and paper work can be done as soon as possible. the part of Bill Hedrick Thursday afternoon probably saved the life of at leas [y his own as well as saving hundreds of dollars on car and truck damage. laintenance employee, was "about to unload a pile of rock into a washed-out holt m the"roa"d west "of the Orton Fruit Farm south of Algona. According to witnesses the truck wa horizontally parked on the road ready to dump rock when suddenly a car 1 appeared Hedrick sur missed from the apparent speed of the auto that it would not be possible tor it to stop without ram «££ t£ £,,,* hS-slde.The road was partially washed out so there wasn't any clearance fo ming the truck broad-side. The road was partially it to pass, In a quick decision, Bill backed his truck into the hole, allowing the car to pass. It contmued on n Luckil Hedrick was uninjured in the mishap. The rock got dumped into th , without stopping. Luckily, Hedrick was uninjured ' wou soppn. , hole even it it wasn't according to plan. In the picture above left is shown the truck as it appeare after the mishap The water jug setting on the road was in the truck at the time the truck backed fnto r the h?le It P 'was found in the hole about 25 feet away. A bent exhaust pipe was the only dam- 366 The^pictuS'at the right above shows the operation of removing the truck from the hole A tcrane was brought in and while it was pulling at one end, another truck was pulling at the pictures were furnished the Upper Des Moines by Donald Maasdam, who with Bill McKibben was painting a barn at the Gerald Rochleau farm. Maasdam, an amateur photographer, used a 60- second Polaroid camera. ° the Fire Strikes 2 Kossuth Spots In Past Week Whlttemore — A fire Saturday noon at the Joe Keene home burned all the family's clothing in a closet and completely burned out the adjoining bedroom in the one-story home located on West Main street. A new bedroom suite and bedding in the room were charred beyond use. Water damage to the rest of the house, was considerable. Estimate of damage was from $2500 to $3000. Cause of the fire was undetermined. Mrs Keene discovered the fire when she returned to the house about 11:45 a.m. to prepare dinner for Mr Keene. The couple had attended the funeral of Mr Keene's uncle, John Keene, that morning. When Mrs Keene entered the home, it was full of smoke. Luckily, all the windows and doors were closed which prevented a draft through the house. Wesley—A barn and its contents on the George Attig farm northeast of Wesley were destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon about 6:30. Also damaged beyond repair were a granary, lead on Babe Ruth's record breaking effort in 1927 when the Bambino hit 60 for the year. This same announcement other years has stopped such great ^g-dis- tance hitters as Kmnue Foxx, Hank Greenberg and Ralph Kmei from reaching the peak for some unkown reason.^ ^ Famous Last Line —/Well, ihif week's paper » out, no* get started on nexi Titonka Gears For Indian Day Committees are hard at work in preparation for the annual Indian Day to be observed at Titonka, Saturday, Aug. 14. The big Indian Day parade will be a feature of the celebration. This parade is to start at 10:30 a.m. and free acts will .be offered at 1 p.m. with a baseball game set for 2:30 p.m. In the evening there will be a band concert, followed by more free acts. Concessions and rides will be set up and operating Friday evening. The annual event is sponsored by the Titonka Chamber of. Commerce. all farm machinery not in the field and an elevator. The silo was badly damaged and last year's baled straw was burned. No new hay had been put in the barn. Cause of the fire is unknown. is due to the hiring of eight more teachers, with 70 to be hired, for the coming school year. The total cost for instructors, not including $18,000.00 for special courses, will be $237,243.00 as compared with $204, 902.47 during last year. Special courses include athletic directors, art teachers, etc. All but one of the additional teachers added will teach in the elementary grades, kindergarten through sixth. Enrollment in the local schools grew from 1,221 in 1951-52 to 1,303 in 1953-54, and this growth came before the reorganization, Laing stated. The per pupil cost per month dropped from $35.59 during the 1952-53 year to $33.60 last year, the superintendent declared. Every item on the budget from last year was raised for the estimate for the coming year, but only the jump in capital outlay and instruction costs are noticeably higher. Most From Direct Tax Lion's share of the receipts for the year \yill come from district taxes which should amount to $274,100.00. Other smaller sums will come from state aid, federal aid, rural assets and other minor contributing factors. The tax millage figure of just over 31 mills is based on an estimate made by the auditor placing the value at $12,000,000.00. It is also estimated that a total of $64,650.00 in income will come from sources other than taxation. Included in the budget is $31,700.00 which will go toward paying bond interest and retiring bonds. All school buildings are paid for with the exception of the two latest ones, Lucia Wallace and the annex. Bonds on those buildings will be paid up in 1968. Worms, Borers, Bins yiit&i.','-' "V;'-'.' •'.-•... ""• '• •"/ ' •*" "~"4r~ . ' ",'' - >'••-.-..-,iv'x.-.•..!-•—•.•-•.^..:.,.: -,..-..,-..••-.• ••••-•'•.. —"~-r ; r ; .-,.,-.-• Are Farm Problems Meeting Here Wednesday On Storage Puzzle Bancroft Car Stolen A car belonging to James Lensing of Bancroft was stolen at that town sometime, early Sunday morning, and was recovered later in the day at Owatonna, Minn. This was the only weekend infraction of the law reported to the office of Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst. Wedding License Only one license to wed was issued in Kossuth county during the past week, that going to Raymond Brandt, Titonka, and Darlene Ennen, Elmore, Minn., Dance Nets $459 To War Memorial A large crowd attended the War Memorial dance held at the VFW Hall in Algona Saturday night, and $459 was donated toward the new plaque to be installed in the new courthouse. To date, $1200 has been donated by service organizations and private individuals toward the purchase of the plaque, which will cost $2400. The committee, headed by Jim Kelley, Algona, is anxious for all posts to report all other contributions, so total amount in the fund can be known. Say 70 Percent Kossuth Corn Now Infested Kossuth county farmers—as well as other north Iowa sectors— have a case of "double trouble" at this moment. Evidence points to a big • population of second brood corn borers, according to J. Burton, county extension director. And, perhaps worse yet, army worms have hit Kossuth county severely during the past week in grain and corn fields. Army worms are those dark green worms with black strips and waxy appearing heads that attacked grain first by chewing the stalks until heads dropped on the ground. Then they moved into corn, beans and hay fields, trimming the foliage back to the stems, Farmers spraying with IVfe Ibs. toxaphene per acre reported excellent kill results. They need to be watched closely and sprayed immediately as they enter a field, their enthusiasm for eating crops is great and like an army they leave ruins in their trail. Don't Realize Threat It's obvious from the damage observed in corn fields that a great many hard working farmers do not take a threat of insects seriously until too late to control them. And it's almost impossible to alert everyone at the proper time for their own field condition. But each man can watch his own for the signs indicated as danger signals, apply chemicals as recommended immediately and whip this insect team in his crop fields. Questions should be referred to the local County Extension Director, Vocational Ag. teachers, Veterans instructor or chemical dealer for the information they can is July 24 to 26th. Peak emergence will be about a week to ten days after the beginning of emergence. Extenlion Director Burton recommends daily inspection of corn fields for egg masses as soon as the moths start flying. When infestation approaches 100 egg masses for each 100 corn plants, it is time to spray at once. Extension Director Burton recommends pounds of actual DDT per acre. » Because there is a shortage of high clearance equipment and airplanes for spraying in this area, cooperation among growers will be needed to insure efficient use of the equipment. Extension Director Burton says that high clearance equipment is the most efficient Burton says experiments at Iowa State College showed that control of second brood borers can mean an increase of 5 to 10 bushels per acre over unsprayed corn. offer. 70% Corn Infested First brood borers enjoyed a favorable season, largely because corn growers, both in KossutV and throughout the state, failec to apply control measures. As ; result there has been a rapid build up in the corn borer popula tion. About 70 percent of the corr in Kossuth County is infested. Corn borers are reported to bi about 10 days ahead of thei normal schedule, Extension Direc tor Burton says. The estimate: date for emergence of seconc brood moths in Kossuth County Paul P. Zerfass Rites Tuesday At St. Cecelia's Final rites for Paul P. Zerfass, 69, Algona, were held this morn- ng (Tuesday) at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Mr Zerfass died Saturday even- ,ng after an illness of several weeks at St. Ann hospital, t'ollow- ng a stroke. Msgr. P. P. Gearen said the Mass, and burial followed in Calvary cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Paul Zerfass was born at Oxford, Ohio, March 12, 1885, the son of Mr and Mrs Philip Zerfass. After high school, he attended and graduated from Miami, Ohio, University. He came to Algona in 1912, and had lived here since. He was employed by the Underwood Co., Chicago, was in the land and farm business, and after 1932 was employed by the Federal Land Bank, Omaha. He retired in 1948. He was married here in 1931 to Lucille Windell, who survives. A daughter, Mrs Janet Verveer, Hawaii, two grandchildren, and two sisters, Mary and Katherine, North Hollywood, Cal., also survive. Mrs Verveer flew from Hawaii for the funeral. Pallbearers were H. M. Smith, W. A. Lorenz, Joe Greenberg, Theo Hutchison, Matt Streit and L. E. Linnun. Corn storage problems loom up bigger than ever, according to Herman Studer, office manager of the local ASC office. A special meeting has been called for all warehousemen, men who run corn shelters and men that check corn at ASC bin sites to be held at the courtroom south of the courthouse square, Wednesday night, July 21, at 7:30. Discussion of these storage and delivery problems will . hold the spotlight. Corn and beans crops look good, and, barring any unforeseen storms or events, should be of a bumper nature. Corn is tasseling in most areas, and the gentle rains of the past week have helped raisq the corn outlook. 15% Oats Combined About 15 percent of the combining of oats had been completed Monday, and farmers in the area are working full-time, when it is dry enough, in an attempt to finish the job. Yields are varying greatly in most cases. In some fields, 70-80 bushels per acre are not uncommon, while in others, where too much rain and flooded conditions existed, the yield won't reach 20 bushels. Weights are slight below normal, based on a 36 pound per bushel figure, with a variation from 24 to 38 pounds being noted. The average is about 33 pounds. The local ASC office petitioned the government for 4 million dollars worth of bins for grain storage some time ago. The government allowed one million for storage, thus making it necessary for most farmers to supply storage of their own. Can Borrow For Bins Loans to farmers for storage bins are being made through the local ASC office. Up to 80 per cent of the cost of new storage facilities can be borrowed anc paid off over a four-year period These loans are also available through local banks. Need for more storage space is especially serious because of the large carry-over from 1953. At present, farmers can resea corn for about 15c per bushel barley, 15c; oats, lie; flax, 16c wheat, 13-15c; rye, 14-16c anc grain sorghums, 26-28c per nun dred weight. Weeds; Adopt 2 Ordinances Algona's city council met last Thursday night, and acted on many proposals during a fast- moving meeting. '• The council will be in session again tonight (Tuesday) for consideration of the budget for the coming year. The meeting starts at 7:30. Two major ordinances, involving weeds and intoxication, were passed into law. New Weed Ordinance The new weed ordinance involves weeds,- vines and. brush in town. Under the provisions of the ordinance, persons having such nuisance plants on their property will be sent a notice iby the city telling them to- destroy said weeds, and if it is not done, other steps can be taken. One possibility is ,to send out city employees, who will do the work of cleaning out the area. A bill will then be sent to the property owner to pay for the labor involved. It is also possible, when a person becames extremely, difficult in the matter, to levy a flOO fine or a 30-day jail sentence against the offender. The ordinance was passed on the first reading. The new intoxication ordinance amends the original one which was written about the turn of the century. The outstanding change is in the levying of a fine, and is designed to lake care of of•, fenders who' are brought in more than once. Up to now, the fine has, usually' been $25 "arid costs, but frolfr now on, it is legal to charge up to $100 and costs with all of the money to go into the city funds. Name Everett Barr Everett Barr was named to replace Carson Taylor on the playground commission, following Taylor's resignation. He is moving to Arizona soon and asked to be relieved. Building permits were granted to Clarence and Ervin Wiltgen, Skelly Oil Co., Robert C. LaBarre, Methodist Church, Dick Post, Ida M. Gorman, Rosa L. Jones, Deb Hall, J. I. Merryman, Leon- • ard J. Frost, Carrie Woodford, George Winter and Walter Schildknecht. Easements for all land involved in the construction of sewers or the new sewage disposal lant were approved, and bonds f the contractors who will do the vork were also approved. A sewer survey by Buell and Winter, Sioux City, was report- d on briefly by City Engineer _,ewis Ferguson. The survey Is lot complete, and probably will lot be for a couple of weeks, al- hough most of the work has been .one. Curb & Gutter Plans Curb and gutter plans were discussed, but no definite deci- ion on street widths was reach- d. Ferguson is studying the jroblem of the varying widths .vhich are found all over town at present, and will present a list )f suggestions to the council soon, :o the work can be done. In some cases, the street width varies within a block, and decisions , nust be made whether to widen or not in many instances. Mayor Clapsaddle and the council received a letter of con- ratulation from Gene Hutchins, O eneral chairman of the Koss u t h Centennial Celebration, thanking them for all of the able assistance given during the recent three-day event. On this bright note, the meeting was adjourned. Named Directors At Whittemore Two new directors of the Farmers State Bank of Whittemore were named recently. They are, Wibur Roeber and Harry Seeley. This election increases the board of directors from five to seven. Other directors are Vic B. Perkins, president, J. B. Geelan, C. L. Cavanaugh, E. C. McMahon and Frank Foley. Kossuth Girls At Red Cross Camp Five Kossuth county tended the Junior »irls at- i Cross camp held near Boone, recently. Attending from Kossuth were Ellen Root, Mary Jo Elbert, Sheila McEvoy, Linda Pentecost and Mary Keith.

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