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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, September 28, 1954
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September 28,1954 September 28,1954 Set New City Fire Dept. Call Record In 1953 1909 1954 , r .. 45 Yean of Fire Prevention.. < STATE Fire Prevention Day September 30 Th.s October of 7954 marks the forty-fjfth anniversary of the Druggists' Mutual Insurance Company of Iowa, whose home offices are in Algona, Iowa. During our forty-five year history, *Fire Prevention has been at the very foundation of our com plete service to druggists throughout the middlfe 'west. It has been the aim of the company to help its policyhofders PREVENT-fire losses, as weft as to. insure them .against those losses. Wherever a word is spoken for Fire Prevention, you will find this company in the vanguard. Our policy holders have come to welcome this consistent service, and look upon it as help and assistance in the pr ofitable conduct of their business. NATIONAL Fire Prevention Week October 4 to 10 PLEASE POST PLEASE POST THIS IS AN EXAMPLE ± WRONG DON'T SWEEP STORE RUBBISH INTO A PILE AND THEN LEAVE IT AGAINST FIRE RIGHT PUT ALL RUBBISH AND SWEEPINGS) INTO A COVERED METAL CONTAINER OUTSIDE E = DISTRIBUTED I |l THE INTERESTS OF STORE SAFETY -BY-— DRUGGISTS' MUTUAL '',... INSURANCE COMPANY OF IOWA of the Fire Prevention messages that are sent out by Druggists' Mutual in the interests ol preventing fires in drug stores. The one reproduced at left is suited to anybody! Other "Fire Hazard" Items To Watch in Home or Business FUSES The electric fuse is a safely measure in your home or place of business. Use Ihe correct size fuse for the job it is called on to handle. ( FURNACE Before firing up for Ihe winter months, everybody's heating system and furnace should get a check. The fire-box should be inspected thoroughly, as well as chimney and healing pipes. LITTER Piles of assorted liller in basement, allic or closet are dangerous potential fire hazards. Do not permit accumulations of "junk", anywhere on your premises. CIGARETTES One of the greatest causes of fire in business establishments is the common cigarette "butt". If left tp smoulder under a counter, or adjacent to merchandise, it can cause a disastrous fire in the dead of night. Guard against this fire hazard. CLEANING FLUIDS Inflammable cleaning fluids, used in the home, are risky, and cause a multitude of fires every year. Be sure the brand you use is a safe one to "use. MATCHES Left where children can get at them, matches are a dangerous fire hazard. Also, they should fee placed where mice cannot gnaw at them. Watch where you store matches in your home or place of business. HOME OFFICE Serving Policyholders In 10 States ALGONA, IOWA 54 In Algona, 17 In Rural Areas In '53 The largest number of fire calls of any year in history were made in 1953 by the Algona fire department—a total of 71 calls, setting a new record.- Of these, 54 were calls made, in the city of Algona, while 17 were farm calls. These figures, along with others of interest, were released by Ira Kohl, Algona fire department chief, on the occasion of State Fire Prevention Day, coming Thursday, and National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3-9. Up to this time in 1954 the local department has responded to 41 calls, 13 of these rural. Farm fires have been the most disastrous types occurring this year, having caused several total losses. Some of the more serious were a machine shop on the Gisch farm, tenant house on the Alfred Grill farm-, brooder house on the P, W. Hansen farm, hog house on the Julius Baas farm, and a barn on the Gronbach farm. A garage owned by Roy Webb was also seriously damaged. City Damage Loss Low ' However, due to quick response locally by the Algona department, total fire damage within the city has been kept under $1,000 thus far in 1954. Chict Kohl states, that quick action 'on the part of the "fire laddies", coupled with use of the new pumper, has maintained the department at a peak of efficiency this year. One of the more serious fires of recent date, in which the locals cooperated with another Kossuth town in fire-fighting, was the Bancroft conflagration of last fall, when a grass fire, fanned by brisk winds, grew into a blaze taking valuable farm property with it. The last time Algona has found it necessary to call in outside help was the fire which destroyed the old Call Theatre, one of the most disastrous in Algona history. New Ass'n Beneficial The forming of the Kossuth County Firemen's Association last year has been highly beneficial in an exchange of lire-fighting information between departments in Kossuth towns, and has also resulted in a "bond" of friendship among the firemen of'the various departments, which is highly important when outside help is' needed in any town. Members of the Algona fire department are as follows: Ira Kohl, Chief; Ralph Elbert, Asst. Chief; Harlan Sigsbee, President; Kenneth Geilenfeld, Secretary; Chester Willey, Treasurer. Harry Barton, Stan Muckey, Rex Voyles, Eugene Heimer, Chester Webb, Harold (Si) Roth, Bob Laing, Cy Venteicher, Don Sherman, Henry Geilenfeld, Ed Skilling and Dick Johannsen. At full strength, the Algona department requires 18 men, and one is being sought to replace Joe Dunn, who moved from the city. Mayor's Proclamation On Fire Prevention WHEREAS, according to latest figures released by the National Safety Council, fire last year accounted for 0,700 deaths. This was 7 per cent of the nation's 90,000 accidentally killed in 1952 and an increase of 2 per cent in the number of deaths by fire; and WHEREAS, the damage caused by fires in this country every year is estimated at millions of dollars; and WHEREAS, a redoubled effort is necessary in order to lessen the serious menace to safety of life and the enormous waste of property that result from destructive fires; and WHEREAS, the Chamber of Commerce of the City of Algona, Iowa has instituted a Fire Prevention Program under the auspices of the Iowa State Fire Prevention Association; NOW THEREFORE, I, Mrs Horace D. Clapsaddle, Mayor of the City of Algona, do hereby proclaim and designate September 30 as Fire Prevention Day for the City of Algona, and I request the appropriate public authorities, civic groups, educators, and others to cooperate in bringing to the attention of all the people the importance of taking measures to eliminate fire hazards, to abolish dangerous practices and procedures which may lead to the occurrence or needless fires, and to maintain a special alertness daily in every situation in which a destructive fire may occur. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Algona to be affixed this 23rd day of September, 1954. (SEAL > MRS HORACE D. CLAPSADDLE Mayor PRIVATE BRIDGE When the daughters of Mr and Mrs Chester Cornelius, Bellevue, go to school this year, the high waters on Brush creek will offer no problem. For the fourth year, the girls will be using a unique suspended bridge, slung between large trees on either side of the stream, which Mr Cornelius built for their use. WANT ADS BRING RESULTS Fires Thrive On Junk, Dirt, Carelessness Got any wooden barrels' of trash standing in the garage? Is that chimney of yours throwing sparks during the first firing? Too many electrical appliances hooked up to one outlet? Thursday, Sept. 30, is the day when the citizenry of Algona— and all of Kossuth County, too— are being asked to check carefully on dangerous and potential fire hazards. For'Thursday is State Fire Prevention Day, preceding National Fire Prevention Week October 3 to 9. The project is being sponsored locally by the Chamber of Commerce, Bureau 9 composed of insurance men, realtors and bankers, and the Algona Fire Department. Approximately 20 representatives of various insurance companies, all members of the Iowa State Fire Prevention Association, will be in Algona as qualified fire inspectors. With the assistance of the local fire department and the Boy Scouts, they will make a complete check for fire hazards in' all business places, schools and churches. While they will not be able to check residential property, all home-owners are asked to do their own ferreting out of dangerous fire material. In addition, home "fire inspection sheets" are being issued to all students in the local schools, with the request that these sheets be filled out after an inspection for fire hazards in their own homes. General chairmen for the day are Ira Kohl and Clair Blossom. Oilier committee heads are: Ted Herbst and Al Buchanan, noon luncheon, Bill Zimmerman, publicity, E. H. Hutchins, fire prevention posters, Bob LaBarre, inspection sheets for schools, Chuck Pax.son, film in school, Everett Ban-, Boy Scout inspectors. Rural residents are also being requested to check their farm premises against the potential of fire danger, and it is hoped through this intensive program that fire loss may be substantially reduced during the coming cold weather months. WESLEY NEWS Mr and Mrs Raymond Carlson had as their Sunday evening, Sept. 12 dinner guests Mr and Mrs Harvey Jacobson of Fairmont, Minn, and Mr and Mrs Oscar Johnson and Bob. Mr and Mrs Darrell Bess and Mr and Mrs Raymond Carlson were hosts to a resolution meeting of districts 1 - 2 Wesley township at the Bess home Thursday evening, Sept. 16. Jim Price and Alan Jordan were Wednesday nite, Sept. 15 over nite guests at the John Huff home as it was Andrew Huff's birthday. 1 Mrs Vivian Monson who teaches Orthel 3 this year reports an enrollment of 12 pupils, all boys. Mrs Alvin Swanson entered Britt hospital Friday, Sept. 10, for treatment of yellow jaundice. She was released 5 days later. Mrs Elizabeth Henley of Algona spent several days last week at the L. H. Kleinpeter home. The women are sisters. Dr and Mrs F. H. Wessel of Pontiac, 111. were guests at the Lon Gouge home one day last week. They were looking after their land interests here. HOSPITALS Sept. 13 — Henry Behrends, Lone Rock, medical; Mrs Rosene Wolter, Algona, surgery; Lester Mueller, Emmetsburg, accident; Mary Bormann, Whittemore, accident; Merle Loss, Algona, accident. Sept. 14—Mrs Clair Reding, Ottosen, girl, 8 Ib. 5Vfe oz.; Mrs Floyd Aldrich, Algona, medical; Donald Etherington, Algona, surgery. Sept. 15 —Mrs Emmert Daugard, Algona, girl, 6 Ib. 1 oz.; Mrs Peter Mertz, Ottosen, girl, 5 Ib. C 02.; Eunice Maahs, Whittemore, surgery: Mrs Alfred Schultz, Algona, medical; Mrs Clifford Carlson, Wesley, girl, 7 Ib. 11 oz. Sept. 16—Mrs Ernest Bernau, Corwith, boy, 7 Ib. 2'/2 oz. Sept. 17 —Mrs George Wesley, Algona, medical. Sept. 18—Mrs Gene Faulstich, Algona, girl, 7 Ib. 3V 2 oz.; Mrs Emma Huase, Algona, medical. Sept. 19—Mrs Ida Schmidt, Algona, medical. Elevator Destroyed By Fire A costly winter fire occurring in recent times devastation pictured above — the fire which The fire raged for several hours before it was fire losses in the area in recent years. in Kossuth county was the one which caused the destroyed the A. C. Schissel Elevator in Lakota. brought under control, and was one of the major

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