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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 27, 1954
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\ X Dept. of History Dea Moines 19, |oim ESTABLISHED 1863 nrt as teomd class matter/» the *«««(««?«* ' fewa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress ot March 3, 1B7B. AtGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1954 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOl. 91 - NO, 30 Tabled For 10 Days By Russ Wallet A summer vacation might be called a combination of sunburn, mosquito bites and the deyeldp- ment of a greater, appreciation of indoor plumbing. * * * It does contain a little of all three ingredients, to be sure. But is can also be quite an adventure, especially with 'youngsters in the party... two families, four adults, eight kids and one dog, three- cars, four, old inner tubes, five suitcases, 10 blankets, eight pillows, one pottie, .and three boxes of miscellaneous junk make up the major portion of the stuff that we toted to Knutson Darh where the Mississippi leaves Cass Lake on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. » * • » Since our last'.visit to the "Algona Cottage" some years ago. the old cottage has been replaced by a new one, but the rest of it was pretty much the same .. .but it's pretty hard to change the appearance of a big lake. • • • Right off the bat, things hap pened. We arrived Friday. By Saturday it was necessary to take two of the vacationists to a doctor in.Bemidji—Dr. D. E. Hogan- Bon, who turned out to be an acquaintance of some years back when we reported for 'the Bemdi- ji Daily Pioneer. "Grace", < and her son Bill, each heeded attention. Seems that sometime Friday night Grace heard a youngster crying, and hopped out of bed to see what was -wrong The only mistake she made Was 1 that she overlooked the fact she was -sleeping in the top ,bunk and the six foot fall didn't break a leg, but came close to it...Bil had one of*^hose sudden youth ful fevers ... later on we mad< a second trip for medical attent tion, trjs time for Jack, ou youngest, who also developed a sore throat and fever, but penicil lin works wopders, and in 2 hours he. was once again giving u a bad time by removing his clothing at every opportunity. Clothes after all are not a very necessary thing for two-year-olds on a vacation at a lake. 4 .' Steve,. 5, had quite, a time getting some Of the names straightened out... to him Knutson Dam became Dam Knutson, so we just let it go at that... the arrival ot the,mail boat, late in the morning, became an event comparable witn arrival of the train in earlier days ~T— the" boat travels about 35 miles around Cass .Lake and subsidiary waters, making some 50 to 60 stops a ,day ... passengers can enjoy the tour for $1.50, on this unique R.F.D. route ... there is a" good supply of lakeshore property for sale, if you're interested and also cottages here and there with "For Sale" signs... our grateful thanks to whoever dropped a marker out over a pothole which seemed to be a tribal meeting area for the Cass Lake perch ... the walleyes were scarce, the northern only a little less shy, but the perch were right friendly! » * * When they put in a county bridge over the Mississippi in this area, they uncovered dozens ol Indian skeletons—legend has it that a big battle between the Chippewa and Sioux took place along the river bank at this point, adjacent to the lake .. .incidentally we have an unused ticket to a turkey dinner and bingo party of St. Charles' parish at Cass Lake ... happened to wander into a trading post and there was a ledger book on the counter with a sign, "Register Here." Assum- ina this was for all visitors, we registered, and a trim little lady handed us a ticket for the turkey dinner and bingo party of the parish, and said $1.50 please, and thank you! ^ t At a crossroads posioffice and store we couldn't help but lister in on the conversation. It seem there is a move to take away tni postoffice, and local residents are Opposing it strongly, each o them remarking that he had •'written to Senator Humphrey . | We gathered that they felt for some reason or other Mr Humphrey was personally trying to take their postoffice away .. .the peculiar Part of this is that up in Minnesota they also have one Democratic and one Republica,, senator, Humphrey the Democrat arid Thye the Republican ... with a Republican administration £id a Republican postmaster genial it would almost seem that the logical place to show dis- pleWufe witlfa postoffice change would tie wJth Senator Thyt This conversation also produced a few comments on the farm pro- eram the resort owners and as gospel truth. ^ f All in alL fun and fresh air you can't beat it! Algona Men Take AAA Training FORT BLISS/Texas —Three soldiers of the 1 Algona area recently began eight weeks of basic training in the Antiaircraft Artillery Replacement Training Center at Ft. Bliss Texas. . _ They are, left to right, Marvin J. Kollasch, husband of Mrs Mary Ann Bonnstetter Kollasch, Route 1 Rodman and son of Mr and Mrs John P. Kollasch, Route "No. 1, Algona and Pyt. Simon E. Henry son of Mr and Mrs Simon Henry of Algona, and Pvt. John L. Allen, son of Mr and Mrs James Allen 319 South Dodge St., Algona, Iowa. i * ,-i All will snend the first eight weeks of basic training on fundamental Infantry subjects like army drill riflTnSne gun and bazooka marksmanship, and familiarization with army technical subjects. This first phase of training is climaxed with a one-week maneuver m the field. i. a > n s na Upon Completion of their first eight week cycle/they will either be assigned for further tram ng at Ft Bliss in the techniques of Antiaircraft Artillery, or they will be transfered to another Training Center for schooling In some other army skill. Fr. Dobberstein Of West Bend Dies Saturday Father P. M. Dobberstein, 81, whose life's work included not only his parish of St. Peter and Paul church at West Bend, but construction of the famed Grottc of the Redemption, died Saturday night at, a Fort Dodge hospital fter a brief illness., He had been ailing the last year rom a.liyer .disorder,,-and suffer"d. a cerebral hemorrhage last Triday. Funeral services w'ere held this morning (Tuesday) at St. Peter ind Paul church, with burial in he church cemetery. The Most Rev. Joseph Mueller, bishop of he Sioux City Diocese, sang the pontifical High Mass at 10 a.m. A half hour earlier, priests of the diocese conducted the. Office of he Dead. A large group of church dignitaries and priests attended he services, as well as hundreds rom the-parish itself. Assisting the bishop will be'the bllowing priests: the Rev. Peter Sturm, Mt. Carmel, a former assistant to Father Dobberstein, deacon; the Rev. Leo Schumacher, St. Joseph's, sub-deacon; the Rev. Edw. Maynard of Graettinger and the Rev. Clarence Farrell, Smmetsburg, deacons of honor; the Rev. Leo McCoy of Ft. Dodge and the Rev. Francis Staber of Barnuin, masters of ceremonies; What! No Curtains! Ken Roney, Irvinglon, recently flew to California to visit a daughter who lives there. On the return trip he sat behind two elderly ladies, evidently taking their first plane trip. One of them returned from the rest room, and had this comment: "My. what a nice rest room —but they didn't have any curtains." Mrs Yigars Services Held Here Sunday Last rites for Mrs Selma E. Vigars, 76,' Algona, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home. Rev. G. G. Hallauer, Congregational Church mb> ister, officiated, and burial fol r lowed in Gardens. the Tlev. Leo lard, thurifer; Harpeneau, Malthe Rev. Harold Cooper of Algona and the Rev. James Cain of Emmetsburg, acolytes; the Rev. Clement Knobbe of Manson and the Rev. Lawrence Klein of Wesley, chanters. The Rev Bernard Montag, Ledyard, who grew to manhood as a member of the West Bend parish, will deliver the sermon. Born In Prussia Father Dobberstein was born in Prussia, Sept. 21, 1872, and came to the United States at the age of 20. He was ordained a priest June 20, 1897. For a year he was chaplain to the Sisters of Charity at Mount Carmel, Dubuque, then was assigned to the West Bend parish. He conceived the idea of the Grotto while ill with pneumonia during his student days at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, He vowed that if his life was spared he would construct a memorial to his God. 2 Million Visitors It has been estimated that 31 least two million persons have viewed the results of his life's work at the Grotto in West Bend The work started in 1912, and Father Dobberstein believed that with three or four more years of work the project would be completed. Matt Szerensce, who has assisted Father Dobberstein almost from the beginning of the' Grotto work, will carry on the project, according to Father L. H. Greving, who has been assistant pastor of the church for the past eight years. Szerensce knows tha plans and the work to be done in complete detail. Father Dobberstein died with the knowledge that his lifetime work would not go uncompleted. Only weeks ago he visited the frame home where his helper lived, and perhaps sensing that the end was near, spoke feelingly of his lifetime's work, and obtained a promise that Mathew Szer- ensce, to whom he referred as "my good right arm" would carry on. Three major projects remain- To Camp Aug. 1 Algona's National Guard unit will leave Sunday rnprning about 7 a.m. for a two-week training period at Camp Ripley, Minn. Nine men, including Captain Warren C. Nelson, commander of the local unit, will leave Saturday as an advance detachment that will make preparations for the rest of the group to follow Sunday. A total of 28 men from this area make up the local unit, which will be joined here at 6:4E a.m. by the unit from' Humboldt or the trip to Camp Ripley, located a few miles northeast of Minneapolis. These two units will be met at Armstrong by units from Spencer and Estherville, and a convoy will be formed there. . -. This is the first time since 1940 that units of the 34th division have camped at Ripley. It was there that the men trained prior to being called into duty durint World War II. Units will live in tents, and training will include small arms firing and also the unlimbering of the big guns for battery and battalion tests. Men of the local unit are: Capt. Warren C. Nelson, Lt. Del Carver, 2nd Lt. Kaye Holding, 2nd Lt. Howard Stephenson, Chief Warrant Officer Lewis K. Ferguson, Master Sgt. John D. Me Nerney, Sergeants 1st Class David W. Merryman, Thomas S. Merryman and James E. Kelly; Sergeants Kenneth Richards and Darrell McFarland. Corporals Charles Elbert, Bernard Miller, Bruce Holding, Kenneth Tjaden and William Detrick; Privates first class Everett Broesder, Kenneth Garman Clement Kollasch, David Miller and Ralph Richards; and Privates Steve Devine, Ronald Peck, Jerald Davis, Richard Moe, James Ostrum, Richard Shipler and Herbert Adams. Enlistments of men 17 to 18>,z are still being accepted by the .ocal unit. Eastlawn Memorial : i-' Mrs Vigars died last Wecfhes-; day evening of . qaricegfr.M.ri the Shertifeh hospital at Elgin, -111? She had been sick for'the .past two months, and a month ago went to live with her daughter and family,,Rev and Mrs Harold Wilke; at Crystal Lake, 111. Selma E. Lind was born March 13, 1878 at'Sioux-City. She was married June 15, 1903 to William A. Vigars at Sioux City. The Vigars moved to Algona in 1919 and have lived here since. Mr Vigars was one of the owners and operators of the National By- Products Co., until his retirement. He died in June of 1953. The couple lived at 405 East McGregor street. Mrs Vigars was very active in he Methodist Church here, and #as a member of the Rebecca Chapter of the Order of Eastern City, County Hearings For Budgets Aug. 12 Ask 2 Million Plus For County For Fiscal 1955 Thursday, August 12, will be an interesting day for those who are budget-minded. At 9 a.m. in the courtroom, the public' hearing on the county budget has been set. At 7:30 p.m. thai evening, the public hearing on the City of Algona budget for the coming year has been set. • Both the proposed city and county budgets for the next fiscal year will be found published elsewhere in today's Algona Upper Des Moines. The county budget for the next year totals $2,361,874. Major items in the,expenditure; are general fund, $228,000; poor fund, $116,000; courthouse bonds and interest, $1731000; emergency fund, $129,000; secondary road onstrUction, $704,000; and 'sec- jndary road .maintenance, $772,74. Details of what portion.of hese expenditures .would come rom taxes can be found in the official budget notice, and a corn- parison of expenditures with H-evious years. The estimated tax per $1,000 of assessed valuation would be $6.10 n towns, and $16.71 in the coun- ,y where maintenance and construction costs for roads are lev- ed. The city budget calls for a jroposed expenditure for 1955 of 11,091,215, of which total $155,502 would be raised from taxation. The utilities total of $679,000 in ,he budget is self financing and calls for no tax levy. ^'•Thevtwo major increases in the city budgets center on street improvements, and sanitation. Ralph Miller, President of Iowa State Bank, To Retire Besides the daughter,'Margaret Mrs Wilke), she is survived by ;hree grandchildren and two sis- ,ers, Mrs Emma Olson, Poca- lontas, and Mrs Minnie Morse, Sioux City. She was preceded in death by her husband and a bro;her. Pallbearers were James Lytle Harold Lampright, G. D. Brundage, G. D. Stokes, Al Granzow and Fred Geigel. Ralph Miller, president of the Iowa State Bank of Algona since 1932yi will retire from that position with the bank as of Sept. 1. it was announced this week. A. F. Agena of Baxter, Iowa, who has been executive vice president of the State Savings Bank of Baxter, will become executive vice president of the Iowa State here, and Harold Gilmore, who has been vice president ol the local bank, will become president. Directors of the bank are John Haggard, Luke Linnan, Clarence Mawdsley,-H. R. Cowan, Hugh Raney, and Harold Gilmore and Ralph' Miller. Mr Miller does not plan to leave Algona, and will remain in an advisory capacity for an indefinite period With the local bank. Prior to becoming president of the Iowa State Bank hero, he was in charge of liquidation of closed banks in this general area. In the past 22 years the local bank has grown from a million dollar institution to one with footings or around six million. The retiring president has served as president of the Rotary club, on the board of directors of the Algona Chamber oi Commerce, the board of the Algona Country Club, commander of the American Legion post, and in other civic and fraternal of A. F, AGENA fices. Mr Agena has been associated with the Baxter bank for the past nine years, ever since leaving the army. He has been in banking since 1924, previously being associated with banks at Gladbrook and Garwin. He is married and has two children, a daughter, 10, and a son, 7. File Objections To Purchase In Formal Letter City To See If State Appeal Will Be Made Parking meter bids were opened and tabulated, but Algona's city council took no definite action on their purchase nt its meeting last Thursday afternoon at the city hall. A possible legal protest halted signing of an installation contract, at least temporarily. The Dual Parking Meter Co., Canton, Ohio, Duncan Parking Meter Co., Chicago and Park-O- Meter Co., Oklahoma City, were the three companies that presented sealed bids to the city clerk. A letter of objection to the meters, from a group of Algona businessmen, was read, and on a motion by councilman E. S. Kinsey, was placed on file. A resolution overruling the objection was presented by councilman Dick Cook, and it was also passed. Five men, E. M. Langmack, Partnership Of Firm Dissolved Sale of the interest of W. Bryce Jlayton in the Clayton & Rusk 3 harmacy here to Bless Rusk, effective July 21, has been ''announced. .The firm will continue under the name of Clayton & Elusk, and will be operated by the new owner, Bless Rusk, as aefore. Coming here from Fort Dodg^e and Webster City, the two purchased the Lusby and Giossi store in 1952. Rusk, a graduate of the University of Mississippi college of pharmacy, will be assisted in the prescription department by Miss Karol Hanson, also a graduate 1 pharmacist. Rusk is commander of the American Legion post here. Immediate plans for Bryce Clayton have not been announced, although the family plans to remain temporarily in the Algona community. Rev. Benzon, 74, Passes Monday ' Rev. Emil Benzon, who was pastor of the First Lutheran ---- .- - - TT . T ,. -, . church in Algona from 1947 to Weatherman Harry Nolle has got 1951j died in a st p e ter, Minn. Start Work On Gas Pipeline Tap To Algona Work began Monday on construction-:of (.the natural .gas .pipe, line from Algona to Belmond, to tap the main pipeline of the Northern Natural Gas Co. V. P. Wilson, company representative of Northern Natural Gas, is now located at the ; Hotel Algona to handle supervision. <The Northern Natural Co. will will construct the pipeline to the Algona cjty limits, and the company also expects to serve Kanawha and perhaps Corwith. It was estimated it would take about 30 days to lay the pipe. All matters pertaining to survey and easements were completed last week, and any damage claims will be settled at the conclusion of construction. Any farmer through whose and the pipeline runs can hook up for natural gas, Mr Wilson aid. The gas to supply this area ivill come from the Kansas, Texas nd New Mexico fields. Swimming Pool Highly Popular Algona's swimming pool i; very popular these days, anc Weatherman Harry Nolle has got the figures that show precisely why the popularity is on the upswing. It was also noted by Nolte that our rainfall since the first of April is 7.3 inches over the average we usually receive, although we got less than half an inch a week ago. Temperatures for the week: Date Hi July 13 94 July 14 90 Open C-H Bids, Gen'l Equipment A base bid of $37,419.06 submitted by the Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. of Algona was the low bid for the general equipment contract for the new Kossuth courthouse. The bids were opened last Friday afternoon in the courtroom. The only other complete bid submitted was that of Storey- Kenworthy Co. of Des Moiues, for $48,076. The bids included counters, desk, chairs, files, shelving, Venetian blinds and many other similar items. No contract was let Friday. The supervisors $pe studying the bids and will reconvene August 6 to make final decision. July 15 84 July 16 ,86 July 17 .—(.37) -82 July 18 84 July 19 90 July 20 (.20) 88 July 21 (.22) 75 July 22 80 July 23 (.26) 77 July 24 80 July 25 85 July .26 1--96 L 67 72' 60 66 60 65 6b 66 63 62 62 57 63 65 nospital Monday, after a short illness. He was 74, Rev Benzon was visiting at the home of a daughter, Mrs Ren Anderson, when taken ill. Born in Sweden, Rev Benzon came to this country and entered the ministry as a young man Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters and a son. Funeral services will be held at the First Lutheran church in St Peter at 2:00 p.m. Friday. Lakota Contract Lakota—Contracts have beer let for construction of the new addition to the Lakota school to the Fagre Construction Co. o Estherville. Work began Mondaj to lay the brick facing on the new part built about three years ago. Nitchals Has A '54 Fair Slogan Lou Nitchals, secretary of the Kossuth County Fair, which is to be held.August 18-21 inclusive, has devised .a snappy slogan for the coming event. Here it is: "Fun Galore In '54, at the Kossuth 'Centennial Fair." Final' booking of entertainmen attractions is no\y being rnade and, two 4avs of'Stock! car racjpg are being booked, with a hug entry list for both days seeminglj assured. Big car races will also be held one day. Carl Mario productions will offer one night program, and a Home Talent Show is also being developed for another. ____ men, Neil Monaco, Joe Lynch, Sr^; Joe ynch, Jr., and Roy Christensen, who were among those who signed the letter of objection, were present at the meeting. Objections Listed Four reasons for the objection to the meters were listed: 1. Installation of meters is against the wishes of the people; 2. They would be of no benefit to the parking problems; 3. They would cause a loss of business through ill feeling; and 4. They are against the people's interests. There was a different of about $1,500 in the three bids. The Dual Co. offered 300 meters for $20,700, Duncan's bid was, *:*-~* Mrs. Scinftner Of Swea City Passes Swea City—Mrs Elizabeth San- 'tner died Thursday evening, July 22, at her home south o£ Swea ity, after an illness of seven months. Had she lied until November, she would have been 83 years old. Funeral services were held Monday morning, July 2, at St. John's Catholic church in Bancroft, with Father J. H. Schultes officiating. Surviving are two sons, Dr. John Sanftner and Earl Sanftner of Swea City, Mrs Arthur Peterson of Swea City, Mrs Dewey Cochrane of Mankato, and Mrs Isabel Dahl of Algona, daughters. Her husband preceded her in death in 1950, as well as one son and one daughter. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Bun crot't. PHONE 1100 - YOUR NEWSPAPER Winner of 14 Si*ie & National Awards, 1950-1954 Including General Excsllwiw. Iowa Press AM n, $100 Cash Stolen From Elevator At Ottosen, about $100 in cash and a safety depoist box, containing paper and bonds, were stolen sometime early Thursday morning at the Farmers Co-Op Elevator Co. The thieves evidently gained entrance by prying off the lock of the west window in the office of manager Irl Bell. The lock on the safe was then knocked off, and the contents, except checks, were taken. Manager Bell had been attending a ijieeting in Minneapolis and was not in Ottosen when the theft occurred. Humboldt county sheriff E. H. Bradley and others were investigating the robbery. Two other robberies were re- Henry Fox, i Buried Today At Bancroft Bancroft—Funeral services for Henry Fox, who passed away Sunday morning at the home of his son-in-law, A. J. Renger, following a heart attack Saturday, were held this morning, Tuesday, at St. John's Catholic church at 0:30 a.m. Father J. H. Schultcs officiated and burial was in St. John's cemetery. Garry Funeral Homo was in charge of arrange- nents. Mr Fox had lived most of his ,ife in Bancroft, and farmed north )f town until three years ago, Following the death of his wife, tie was 78 years old. ( Surviving are also a daughter, Helen, Mrs Gordon Osmus of Joliet, 111., and sons Charles or Algona, Joseph, Wilbur and James of Bancroft, as well as 23 grandchildren. A brother, Ben Fox, and a sister, Mrs Dan Harris, live in South Dakota. Casket bearers were Ed Johnson, Alfred Weber, Andrew Fangman, Mike Hoffman, Albert Deitering and Jack Dudding. Burt Girl Picked For Queen Title Marilyn Taylor, 18, daughter of Mr Bernie Taylor of Burt, was selected as Queen from a field of 11 candidates, at a picnic and gathering held at Clear Lake, Sunday, for deaf people of the state. Marilyn graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs last May. Others attending from this area were Chester Armstrong, Jack Purcell and Carroll Christensen, all of'Algona. The gathering was held at the P.M. Hall near Bayside. 227, aird $19,665. The bids in each case included a charge of from $3.50 to $4.50 for computing coin registers on each meter. Not too much interest was shown by the council members in these registers, which count each coin as it enters the meter. The Duncan firm was not represented by a salesman, but the other two had salesmen present, and they demonstrated their meters to the council and all others present. Both salesmen, R. W. Zuber of the Dual Co., and Alex Johnson of the Park-O- Meter Co., pointed out that no meters are tamper-proof, and therefore that out-of-orfler meters can be expected after installation. Bids were studied by the council, but no contract was let, as it was decided further study of the purchase was necessary, but indications were that i£ no legal objection was filed within 10 days a contract would be signed. It was pointed out during tue meeting that many persons had the idea that the city would pay for the meters when the contract is signed. The meters will bo paid for on sort of a pay-as-you- go plan, with 50% of the proceeds the first year to go to the meter company and the other half to the city treasury. How Bids Compared Bids on single meters by tha three companies, the figures at the top indicating the number ot meters bid on: 200 250 300 $13,800 $17,250 $20,700 12,818 10,072 19,227 Dual Duncan Park-O-Meter 13,110 16,387 19,665 ported the same Emmetsburg and Vincent. night, one the other Bob Wright To New Store Post Robert D. Wright, son of Mi and Mrs Brail Wright, assumed a new position Monday as assistant manager of a new Graham department store being opened on August 15 in Elkader, Iowa. His family is joining him in Elkader within a few days. These prices all include computing coin registers, and if they are not included in the contract, the price will be reduced considerably. Alternate types of meters were offered by each company, and those shown were of the double-head variety. Purchass of this type of meter would alsu reduce the price. Individual bids for single meters, minus computing coin registers, were $64.50 from Dual, $60.09 from Duncan and $62.05 from Park-O-Meter. Delivery dates varied from 15 to 30 days with the bids. It was pointed out by city attorney, John Carroll, that if a necesiiary number of businessmen who are objectors to the installation of the meters wish to file an apeal with the state appeal board, it must be done in a ten-day period from last Thursday. The number of objectors needed is ten, based on the vote in the last general election. Licenses To Wed July 20 — Lyle Goedke and Virginia Baer, Algona. July 21 — Eldnn H. Marty and Karen McClellan, LuVerne. July 2 — Eldon A. Fehr, West Bend, and Verdell L. Greineit, Rodman. " '•( i'

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