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•\ 3C „„„ of History «ftd ApSrf^ Dee Moinea 19, Iowa ESTABLISHED 1863 at wcoftd elasa matter at the postofflee at Algona, lowa, Ndv. i, 1932, under A6t of Congress of March 3. 1879. AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1954 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 91 - NO. 34 City Approves Contract For Meters * f - • 'I : ' ' • ' " -. • • .. ' - By Russ Waller i * * i* On the front page of another section in today's paper will be found a story',about a group of nearby farmers who are trying out the raising of vegetables'for commercial markets. They seem to haVe uncovered a distribution setup that promises to get their produce to market within 24 to 30 'hours after it has been picked. This problem has been the major obstacle to such 'a Venture in the past. It is .well worth study; it might afford ;a profitable income for many,oth,ers in;this,ay,ea. One local mother listened < to complaints from her five- year-old for almost a day about how one of his feet was hurting him ...then she checked, and discovered he was wearing two right tennis shoes on his feet. Further inquiry disclosed that one of his neighborhood pals, with the same type' of shoe, was wearing two left tennis shoes. Everybody is happy now. * • . * * ' Mayor Linda Clapsaddle had a "customer" the other morning in her court. He looked a little the Worse for wear, and she asked him if he could use some aspirin and a glass of water... he said he could, and swallowed three tablets with a glass of- water .-.. then she fined him $30.89 on a charge of intoxication... as he left the mayor's office he remarked. "Well, that's the first time I ever paid $10 apiece for aspirin and' 89c for a glass of water." ; * * " » Readers will find a feature story about Warren Ewing of Swea City in today's Upper Des- Moines. There is a postcript. Since the original story was written, reports Mrs Walter Smith of Swea City. The picnic with his family which had to be postponed has been held, and he enjoyed his first trip out-of-doors in three years,' Sunday, Aug. 15. » • - » Congratulations to Barney A. Frankl of Algona who has just been elected president qf • th6 'jiewly formed Iowa Agri-~ cultural Ammonia Distributors Ass'n. There are now approximately 35 distributors of anhydrous ammonia in Iowa ... three years ago we had hardly heard of this agricultural fertilizer. » » * One of the problems that perplexes us is that a. few years ago we heard repeatedly how Social Security was a fraud, the government had spent the money ,etc. etc. Nt)W, however, we find the entire Social Security program expanded, to include 3Vz million farmers, as well as many more not previously included, AND the total deduction rate is going up to 4 percent the first of next yeai ...If Social Security was "bad" before, it is going to be even worse now — if Social Security was "good" before, then the American public has been fed an awful lot of applesauce in the past, to put it mildly. It is with regret that we record the fact that parking meters seem really destined to be installed here ... we have been agin' them ever since the subject first came up, several years ago .. .perhaps the installation of meters will eventually change our mind on this subject, but we'll have to have it proved that (1) they provide a better parking system (2) they bring the city beneficial revenue (3) they do not hurt business, and (4) people will like them. We believe those who have favored them have done so with sincerity; we are equally as sin-' cere in not favoring them. One of us is going to be proved wrong, and we'll have to let time be the judge. ^ ^ . Cy Adams of the Kanawha reporter declares that what puzzles most married men is what single men do with their money. ^ . „ We hope that Secretary of Defense Wilson is right—he says the Reds do not have enough A- Bombs now to deliver an all-out attack and doubts if they will have enough a year from now. In fact as we think that over, its the most cheerful news we ve heard lately. ^ ^ One local fellow whom we shall call "Doc" in this item, chiefly because that is his title was up in Minnesota and latched on to a nice string of perch. Only thing was, he didn't have a Minnesota fishing license. , As he came in to the dock he looked up and there was game warden sauntering toward him. Quick as a flash, DOC asked, pointing to his perch, "These fish in the world," said the game warden with a smile and walked PUZZLE OF THE WEEK "We are laying for ourselves a very attractive and solid bottom upon which to renew en upturn 1 '—(Walter Williams, Undersecretary ol Commerce) 12/468 Paid Kossuth County Fair Admissions hamp Baby Jeef Brings Per St. Cecelias Open House Sunday Above is pictured the newly-completed St. Cecelia's Catholic church in Algona. which will be formally dedicated on Thursday, Sept. 9..The new church will be the,scene of a public open house next Sunday, Aug. 29, to which all people of the community arrf invited. Members of the parish advisory board will conduct tours of the new edifice during th,e afternoon and evening, and refreshments will be served Monsignor P. P. Gearen is pastor, and Father Harold Cooper assistant pastor of St. Cecelias.- St. Cecelia V On Sunday Members of the parish of St. , Cecelia's Catholic church will be hosts to the general public at an Open House to be held at the newly completed church next Sunday, Aug. 29. This event is first in a series leading up to formal dedicatory ceremonies for the new edifice, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 9, and which will be led by Bishop Joseph M. Mueller, D.D., of Sioux City, head of the diocese. On behalf of the parish, Monsignor P. -P. Gearen issues an invitation to the general public to 'attend the Open House, and tour the new church. Hours for the Open House next Sunday will be 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ladies of the Catholic Action Guild will serve coffee and cake in the Academy gym to all visitors to the church. Conducting tours of the new edifice at the Open House will be members of the parish Advisory Board, consisting of G. P. Cullen, Harry Bode; Floyd Bode, Ed Frideres, Wade Hansen, John Thuente, Walt BracUey, Phil Kohlhaas, Lawrence Gisch, Joe Lynch, Sr., and Herman Becker. About 75 priests are expected here for the formal dedication 1 ceremonies Sept. 9, according to Msgr. Gearen. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on that day with a Consecration of Altars, the ceremonies will include dedication of the church at 10 a.m., to be followed by the Pontifical Mass, for which Bishop Mueller will be celebrant. Others who will act as officers for the mass will be Fathers Bernard Bauer, vice chancellor of the diocese, Cletus Ahmann, a former parish assistant now at St. Benedict, Joseph Scholtes, Bancroft, Sdward Maynard, Graettinger, Dean Walker, Scranton, George Benjamin, formerly at St. Ann hospital and now at Litterdale. Tather Leo Kelm of Corpus Christi parish, Fort Dodge, will preach the sermon. A noori banquet at-the Academy .-wjiU follow the dedication ceremonies, beginning at 12:30. All visiting priests, Advisory Board members and their wives, fourth degree Knights of Colum- ous and their wives, and all associated with the construction of the church will attend. Informal gatherings will complete the dedication day. The new St. Cecelia's .church has overall dimensions of 170 x 77 feet, with the nave proper 56 feet wide and having a seating capacity of 860. An additional 80 persons can be accommodated in the balcony. In addition to the large entrance vestibule at the south end, there is a family room, ushers' room, shrine and octagonal bap- tistry. The nave has 36 rows of new pews. The upper tip of the tower cross , • T_ , 1^ •_ -t f\f\ .£ A _i. n l* n ..n on the church is 108 feet above the gound. The bells in the tower are rung by pressing an electric button. Visitors to the new St. Cecelia's church will view the unusual work of an Italian church artist, Sirio Tonelli, whose studios arc* in Omaha, but who has offices also- in Florence and Carrara, Italy. Mr Tonelli directed the design of church interior decoration, and the main altar, his 9wn work, is considered a masterpiece of design. It is built of marble and other rare §t9Re imjprtf4 Italy. Metal work, lamp and candle stands, was performed by Italian iron artists. Tonelli is now in the process of designing large stained glass windows, to be installed later in the church. H. J, Cowan, contractor-builder, Algona, was general contractor for the new church. Among the subcontractors were Pratt Electric Co., Mergen & Webster,., Gerber & Buscher, of Algona. . A landscaped plaza, in the large area immediately in front of the church is yet to be completed. Howard Wallace Services Aug. 25 Funeral services and burial for Howard James Wallace, an early resident of Kossuth county, who djed last Thursday, Aug. 19, at Hollywood, Cal., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the McCullough Funeral Chapel, with burial and graveside rites at Riverview cemetery. Rev, Harry Whyte will officiated at the services, in the absence of Rev. G. G. Hallauer, Congregational pastor. Howard James Wallace was born near Algona, Feb. 17, 1877, only child of Douglas and Mary Chapin Wallace. His parents settled in Irvington twp. in the early 1870's. Mr Wallace attended school in Algona, graduating in 1895. His health caused him to later move to Colorado where he graduated with an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He then held various positions with western mining firms. He retired in 1930. He was married in Algona, June 26, 1907, to Ruby E. Smith, daughter of Lewis H. and Eugenea Rist Smith, early Algona pioneers. A son was born to the couple, Douglas, ho dfed in 1912 at Great Falls, Montana. His widow survives. Rain dampened the finish pi ;he 1S54 Kossuth County Fair, jut according to secretary Lou % Nitchals, the event was a financial success. . A total of "12,468 paid admissions' at the main gate to have Fun Galore in "54", and over half of that number, 6,836 attended six performances at the grandstand, and the number could have been higher except for the cancellation of the thrill show Saturday night due to wet weather.' Biggest gate during the fair was opening day, when 3,759 paid to enter the grounds • and 1556 entered the grandstand for the big car races. Another 897 paid to see the Carl Mario production that evening. The biggest night at .the grandstand was Friday when 1345 attended the Kossuth Rural Women's Chorus minstrel show. The gate was cut Saturday when the admission price was dropped completely at 6:30 p.m. Attendance at the four-day fair: Main gate Grandstand Among Top 4-H Winners About 250 To Be Installed In Next 30 Days At a meeting last Friday night, Algona's city council by a five to one vote approved the signing of n contract with the Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter' Co. of Oklahoma City for the installation of 250 parking meters in Algona—more or less. Installation is to be made in about 30 days. The base price for the meters will be $62.05 each, installed, and the city and the meter firm will split proceeds from the meters 50-50 until the meters are paid for. ' , Double Vs. Single It took the city council w two evenings to get the matter set'tled. A meeting was held last Thursday evening also, at which time the chief problem seemed to be whether to install what is called a double-headed meter, or single meters. Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday The Friday 3759 3647 3362 1700 afternoon 2453 2303 1345 735 crowd Sales As Auction Season Opens Full details of three auction sales are carried in today's issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines First is a special Consignmen! Dairy Sale being held at the Algona Sale Barn Wednesday night August 25, at 8:00 p.m. A gooc run of cattje is already set for this sale, with more expected by sale time. Yungeberg and Reib hoff are staging this sale. George R. Stewart is holding a complete closing out sale on the farm located 1% miles west o' Algona on highway 18 on Fri day, Aug. 27, beginning at 1:00 p.m. This sale will have a com plete line of farm machinery, plus other items. Colwell Bros, are auctioneers and Security State Bank will clerk the sale. On Thursday, Sept. 2, at Fenton, a sale to include his modern home and all household goods will be held by Ray Kyhl. This sale will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will offer a complete six-room home and grounds, and also all household goods. Auctioneer will be Lloyd Berkland of Fenton, and the First Trust and Savings Bank of Fenton will clerk. Breaks Leg In Ditching Mishap Titonka—Herb Schram, while helping his brother Wilbur with a ditching machine operation at Bode, Aug. 17, had a close call from death when a 15 inch culvert tile fell on him while he was in a ditch. He suffered a broken leg between his knee and his ankle. He was taken to St. Ann hospital where he remained for two days. Herb now farms near Clear Lake and was just helping his brother for a few days. They was large, with no charge made for attendance at the ballgames or the pony show. The 4-H baby beef, sheep, and hog sales Saturday morning were, &e largest everiheld'.aKithftlofial "fair. Attendance-at thersaleisXwas excellent, and prices paid by bidders were good, $65,641.41 being paid for animals sold. The grand champion baby beef, owned by James Bierstedt, Whittemore, sold for $36 a hundred, and brought $397.80 from the Whittemore Elevator. The reserve champion was bought by Linde Implement, Swea City, for $28 a hundred from .owner Earl Johnson. The Algona Kiwanis Club presented Johnson with a trophy for sportsmanship. Grand champion in the sheep division was owned by Marc Bernhard, Bancroft, and was sold for $30 per hundred. Reserve champion, owned by Arlin Bilsborough, sold for $22. Top hogs were owned by Dennis and Richard Stucki, Algona, but were hot offered for sale. Dennis had the grand champion and Richard the reserve champion. The champion pen of three logs, owned by Patty Roalson, Armstrong, sold for $25.75, and brought her $159.14, while the op price went to James Hardt, Swea City, who sold a pen ot four at $28, a total of $238. Baby beef sales brought a total of $60,913.97, hogs, $4,247.04, and sheep, $480.40 during tha morning. About 275 baby beeves were sold. Secretary Nitchals stated that it would be at least a week be! ore a financial statement of the fair could be prepared, but said he was certain the 1954 fair was a financial success. Last year's total paid admissions at the gate ran about 13,000. Summaries of blue ribbon winners at the fair will be found elsewhere in today's Algona Up- oer Des Moines. in the Buy A farm Twp- — Mr and Mrs Roy Ringsdorf have purchased the former Albert Bunkofske farm and will live there next year- were formerly partners machine operation. Burt Woman To Head Kenny Fund Dr. Dwight C. Wirtz of Des Moines, state volunteer chairman for Iowa, has re-appointed Mrs W- B. Officer, Burt, Iowa as Kossuth county volunteer chairman for the 1954 polio fund appeal of the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation to be conducted late this summer and fall. "In addition to patients from Iowa among the 1,018 hospitalized at Kenny Institute and cooperating hospitals in Minneapolis, 66 victims of the disease were treated for polio by Kenny Therapists on assignment at Ray mend Blank Memorial hospita. in Des Moines in 1953," Dr. Wirtz said on announcing the re-ap pointment. James Bierstedt, Lotts Creek, and his grand champion baby beef n the Kossuth Fair 4-H judging, are pictured -above. The Lotts Creek youth's entry was judged best in the beef division from over 270 calves entered. His Angus steer weighed 1,095 pounds. Reserve baby beef championship honors went to Earl Johnson, Eagle twp. The -reserve champion, an 855 pound Shorthorn, and his young owner are pictured above. METER SALESMAN KILLED IN CRASH Alex R. Johnson, Minneapolis, representative of the Park-O-Meier Co., who handled the firm's bid, and successful contract negotiation with the Algona city council, was killed Saturday night just north of Atlantic, Iowa, when he was thrown from his car after a' sideswipe; with .a truck. Johnson left Algona for Atlantic Saturday, after arranging details of the contract here. Asks Divorce; Mother-in-Law Trouble Cited An action which involved mother-in-law trouble was filed in Kossuth district court last week, by Irene Geerdos of Titonka, naming Clarence Geerdes as defendant. The plaintiff states that the couple married Aug. 20, 1949, at B,lue Earth, and went to live with his parents, Geerdes in Mr and German Mrs Bert iwp. She 3 Farms Sold in Wesley Area Wesley — A number of real estate transactions have taken place in Wesley and the surrounding area in the past week. The Kenneth Donovan farm east of Wesley on old highway 18 has been purchased by the Jack Hughes family of Britt. Donovan's have purchased a farm west of Spirit Lake. The changes will take place next spring. Mr and Mrs Elmer Doughan have purchased the 80 acre farm from the late Anna Loebig estate, which has been occupied by the John Loebig family. Doughan's live on their farm eight miles southwest of Britt. That farm is now for sale. John Loebig's have rented farm 3% miles northwest of Britt for next year, and the Victor Loe- bigs have purchased the farm which they have occupied for a number of years from the Anna Loebig estate. Mrs Ruth Johnson has purchased a home in Britt and will move their from her farm in the near future claims that her mother-in-law was jealous of her, complained, and nagged her, and at one time threatened her life. She left her husband in 1950, and returned to him when he agreed to set up a home of their own, she states. They then lived in a trailer house until Nov. of 1953 when she states she rented a home in Titonka, which did not lead to domestic tranquility. In- the 'only other new case filed, Foster Radio Shop of Brooklyn, Iowa, is plaintiff in an action against Mrs Robert Shuey c-f Titonka, asking $50 as balance due on a transaction involving a TV set. Genrich Sells To Beecher Lane Beecher Lane completed a business deal Monday by which he purchased the Genrich Radio firm here, taking over the Genrich sales and service for radio and TV. He also acquired the sound equipment used by Ed Genrich which will continue to be available for rental as before. The purchase includes the Motorola radio and TV line, and the Genrich stock, and equipment was moved to the new Beecher Lane store yesterday. The store will open for business in its new location on Sept. 1. Bob Jones is now service man in charge of radio and TV repairs and service for Beecher Lane Appliances, it was also announced. Mr and Mrs, Genrich left Monday afternoon for Anaheim, Cal. to make their home. Over 3 Inches Rain, Week End More than three inches of rain and four days out of seven at the 81 degree mark tell the story 01 the weather during the past week, according to the records of Weatherman Harry Nolle. Date Hi Aug. 17 72 Aug. 18 ..(1.52) 81 Aug. 19 81 Aug. 20 81 Aug. 21 —(.19) 74 Aug. 22 .-(.38) 81 Aug. 23 —(.95) 82 L 59 60 53 62 61 64 63 Safety Stickers For Motorists A campaign to awaken motorists to use extreme caution in school areas will begin in Algona Thursday night. The Algona Police Department and Boy Scouts will distribute colorful red and white adhesive bumper strips which warn — "School's Open — Drive Carefully." "During the summer months motorists develop bad driving habits," according to Police Chief Albert Weishaar, "and worst of all they tend to forget the cautious driving habit in and around schools, and when schools reopen in the fall, it catches them unprepared." It is essential that every motorist be on the alert for youngsters all the time, and these attractive stickers which will be put on autos at the corner on State street at the entrance to the Athletic Park will help remind all drivers of the fact. There is no charge for the stickers, which will be applied on Thursday and Saturday nights. The double - headed meters handle two parking stalls at a time, and are placed in between the parking lanes. The single meters, are placed'directly in tjhe center v of the parking'- lane, giving-the 'car 'driversr a'-target- to shoot at as they park. The pros and cons of this found several councilmen favoring the double meters. Friday, the other councilmen visited Spencer, where they have five of the double- headed meters, but final decision was for the single meters. Councilman Parsons who has opposed installation of meters voted no on the contract. At one stage of the game Councilman Hutzell said perhaps the best thing to do was throw all the bids in the waste basket and start over, but this temporary ray of hope for opponents of parking meters quickly died. Pick Manual Type Park-O-Meter did not have the low bid of all .bids submitted, but there was comparatively little difference between the bidders. Duncan Parking Meter had an automaton meter at $55.92 and a manual meter at $60.59. Dual Parking Meter Co. had a double- headed meter at $99 and a single manual meter at $64.50. Duncan and Dual offered a one-year guarantee; Park-O-Meter offered a 5-year guarantee. The council's decision was in favor of manual meters as having had the most successful operation. The contract is to stipulate that the mechanism will take pennies and nickels only. Algona will be the 36th installation in Iowa towns for the Park-O-Meter Co. All three bidders offered to "throw in" a considerable amount of extra equipment free. Park- O-Meter included a speed analyzer and an electric coin counting machine, and similar accessories, as well as spare parts and meter equipment and a pipe straighten- er. Where They Will Go Basing the decision on total meters on a police survey of some months back, the city will probably get about 250 meters. There will be meters on State Street from Jones to Hall Streets, and one half block each side, with the exception of the east and west sides of the new courthouse where there will be no meters, and the east side of the Algona Hotel. The meter firm will also make a check of parking space and the final decision on total meters to be installed will then be made. All councilmen were present at the meeting Friday night, but no salesmen were in attendance. Until last week, the local Committee Against Parking Meters had been hopeful that- an appeal to the State Appeal Board might halt the pending installation. The Appeal Board ruling in a letter to the city, however, said that it did not have jurisdiction in such a dispute, and that the city council was within its legal rights in making a decision in the matter. * New Rotations Fred Shilts and Bill Kirkland, who recently purchased Lyle's Shoe Store, are new members of the Algona Rotary Club.

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