The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 26, 1954 · Page 22
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 26, 1954
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(!«,) Upp«r DM Molrm Tueidoy, October 26, 1954 FAkM INCOME Aeidbtaiflg t<? the Department of Commerce, a farm inebftie in 1983 wfis 24 percent less thuri Irt 1952. the year 1652 Was the last year the DMp- wete in potter; 1SS3 was the first year the ns were 1H power. . Sotrie segments of the Amerlcari economy show H6 such^figures. Some of the larger corpora* tlons HaVe shown larger percentagea...of .profits, eveii wiih a. lower total volume in a .few 1 cases. Smaller businesses, especially in the middle west, dre*. going to rise or fall as the farmer's economic situation rises or falls. There is a feeling in some of the high government circles and among the top echelon of appointive' officers in the government, that democracy's .government is td be run like a private club — on a "for mdmbers only" basis — and you don't get in unless you know the right people. •- Regardless of the outcome oft Nov. 2, the Republican party will control the executive and (5OST Of CbUNTf The chief function of a.county courthouse office is to conduct that office with efficiency and as economically as possible. County officers in the'filseives are certainly not in, the upper income brackets; they receive $3,800 a year salary. Neither are county 'offidefs a policy-Waking body as are elective officers for state and national office. They simply rtin dh office as the law prescribes. • By'the year : 1^53 several basic changes were made in functions of the auditor's office. The audltcYs 'office a few years back was also the county assessing! office, handled the weed commissioner's work,, arid the drainage clerk work. Today the auditor's office" dbes none of those things; the costs of assessing, weeds and drainage are'charged to accounts other than the auditor's expense. Also, Kossuth county now hires two "traveling clerks" ai salaries of $2,470 a year. These "graveling;, clerks" are charged off against the assessor's be used * a »* administrative end of the government, and this ...... . tippoiritive end also. Only a Democratic trend cah when needed, and much of the time, they are do; anything to equalize things somewhat, and bring about a halt in the trend to faVor.the few ahd forget the many. ,-'•'••• If the farm states give a stamp of approval Nov. 2 to ithe Republican party, they are approving the present trend of lowered farm prices and the tendency to forget the farmer as a factor In the economic life of the nation, if'they vote Democratic they will be serving notice that enough is enough, and that further cutbacks for the farmer is politically dangerous. -" The choice is up to the farm states themselves rioxt Tuesday.. - , * * * TEACHERS & POLITICS v Two years ago when the "Great Crusade" was ruirining hot, the Republican forces in Kossuth cjpunty received substantial support from a number df,;~teachers in Algona, including the Supt. of Schools, O. B. La ing, who Was a GOP commiUee- rfian. OUr Algona high school band was taken to Fort' Dodge- to play at a big rally for vice presidential nominee Richard Nixon. The county Republican organization paid the costs of that trip, and all the kids lost was a little time from school, but they probably made it up in experience. . •• The Democrats took - all this,; in 1952, with comparatively good grace. At least no open com-. m'ents were made against such procedure. School teachers, as one of the best educated classes of ditizehs, certainly cannot be expdcted to remain dtimb arid mute in the matter of political views. to assume and to find that they have ideas, can express them, and whether they may a'gree with us or not is not the point. They are citizens as well as teachers • ' But come 1954 several teachers (perhaps taking the precedents of 1952'as, an example) are interested in the course of events, and happen .to feel that the Democratic party coincides with their own ideas better than the Republican party. What happens now? A columnist suggests that "it would be the better part of wisdom to make their outspoken comments privately." This refers only to the Democrat teachers of 'course. What is . it — a threat? If and when the time comes that a school teacher, like any other citizen, cannot speak up right out loud, then we have lost the very basis of democracy. And if anyone is trying to say that a school teachers HAS to be a Republican or keep quiet — well, we'll just wait and see. Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson were once schoolteachers; neither kept quiet or had to, and the nation is glad of it. * » * A southern penitentiary held a track meet, but eliminated one event — the pole vault! * * * A bride is a former bridesmaid who has been promoted from catcher to pitcher.—Wall Street Journal. * * * A small boy defined conscience as something that made him tell his mother before his sister did. JUgorm Upper PI % » ^i 111 E. Call Street—Phone 1100—Algona, Iowa K Entered as second class matter at the postoffice • at Algona, Iowa, under Act of Congress ot , March a, 187'J. .. , Issued .Tuesdays in. 1954 By THE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. ' R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor . C. S. ERLANDER. Advertising Manager NATIONAL EDITORIAL MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Weekly Newspaper Representatives, Inc. 920 Broadway, New York 10, N. Y. ,SUBSCRit»f|ON RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. )ne Year*ir> advance T-.-.— ;r «3.0d olli Algona papers, in combination, per year $5.00 ingle Copies - — lou UBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH no Yfc&r in advanca — J4.0I lOtli Algona papers in combination, one year ... jii.OO [o subscription less than fi months. ADVERTISING RATES- Display Advertising, per inch .— 63c OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER doing Work that was formerly termed auditor's work. If the saldry of just one of these traveling clerks was charged against the auditor's office there Wolild be Very little difference between 1952 artd 1953 costs, and 1953 would be higher than any of the years preceding 1952. Incidentally, 1952 (when Democrat Elston was in office), was also a presidential election year and a land assessment year, each contributing to added costs for that year; this does not happen every year, and did not take place in 1953. The county auditor has certain laws to comply with, and certain years when costs increase because of legal requirements. All salaries in the auditor's office are fixed by law, so they do not 'change from year to year unless the state legislature changes them. In checking the county records we find that approximately $1500 in salaries for traveling .clerks was paid out of the county assessor's fund, where in reality it should have been paid out of the general coiirity fund and charged against the county auditor's office, because these traveling clerks were doing work pertaining to the county auditor's office for approximately four months of the year 1953. It has been the policy of the Board of Supervisors of Kossuth County to appoint two employees as traveling clerks each year ahd these two traveling clerks work usually in the county assessor's office, county auditor's office and county treasurer's office in the court house as the work progresses from 'one office to the other throughout the year. »» , • , . ^ - - iilCCblllgO WtAC lll^LU -CI1.UM4JM. * ltc i There is comparatively little change, fro;nt- coutny. and about half, that hiariyf year to year, in the 'cost of operating any courtj house offices unless there are'' salaryachanges (« there were several years ago when the elective' office salary was raised to $3,800, and deputy salaries were also raised, by acts of the state legislature), or unless there are additions or changes in the type of services each office renders^ In the case of the auditor's office, since the advent of the separate assessor's office, much less work is assigned to the auditor than formerly. Befbre anyone starts taking credit for a 20 percent cut in operating costs, all the facts had best be explained. * • *• ' * VIEWPOINT ON BENSON (AP Dispatch)—Secretary of Agriculture Benson was blasted this week by Congressman Frank L. Chelf (Dem., Ky.) for failing to assist drought- stricken counties in his district. "When the chips are down and help is really needed," Chelf declared, "all we can get out of Benson is a lot of jibber, all puff and no stuff; all talk and no action." Chelf pointed out that the Kentucky Drought Committee had recommended 14 counties in his district for Federal aid, but no help has been forthcoming. Chelf declared Benson "ought to resign" and be replaced by a man more sympathetic with farmers' needs. "Benson is the only Secretary of Agriculture in history who is openly and notoriously anti- agriculture," the Kentuckian added. * * * HE BETS ON GILLETTE Harlan Tribune — The political pot is beginning to boil in Iowa pretty hard. One of the most interesting races in Iowa and the nation is thut of Senator Guy Gillette and Thomas Martin. In a stand of scrub timber, Gillette has always been considered a mighty tall tree by Iowa voters. He repeatedly has proven himself a statesman and in years past, Iowa voters have stood by him. Iowa is generally Republican, but Gillette is the beat vote-getter ever to appear in Iowa circles. The Republicans are throwing everything in the book at Gillutte and bringing in top-level speakers in an all-out effort to displace him. But, I'm betting when the smoke clears away in this Republican era, Gillette will still be there. * « * BOOSTS NORTH-ENDER FOR OFFICE Swea City Herald — For more years than most "north-enders" like to remember, this area has not had direct representation in the Kossuth county court house. That, of course, excludes supervisors — but the court house itself is another story. This election, however, gives voters the opportunity to put in a "home-town" representative in the office of couty auditor. He is Virgil Rohlf, who is seeking that office on the Democratic ticket. Rohlf has proved himself a capable candidate by virtue of his exacting work while serving in the auditor's office and also in his present capacitj in the county treasurer's office. His working knowledge of these two mos important posts in county government shotilc prove a tremendous boon to him to conduct an efficient auditor's office should he be elected. This is the opportunity for voters in this area to get behind a local man and have Irom the "north end." THAT WONDERFUL NEW THRESHING MACHINE PRESIDENT EISENHOWER AT BROOKINGS, S. D., dN OCTOBER 4, 1952 "The Republican Parly is pledged 16 the sustaining of the 90 per cent parity price support and it is pledged even more than that lo helpirig the' farmer obtain his full parity. 100% parity, with Ihe guarantee in the price supports of 90%." 20-M& AGO /'|N THE FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES OCTOBER 25. 1934 * * • - .• "INTEREST IN P 6 L IT I C S GRIPPING COUNTY" was the headline on- the front page? Sounds familiar, possibly benauser we've got another big election ' coming up next week. The election 20 years ago was causing more talk, and promised: more action than any non-presidential; election for years. Six Democratic' burg. * * * The first serious railroad mishap in the area in many months took the life of Charles Brooks, 50, of • Eagle Grove. Brooks, a railroad man for 25 years, evidently Slipped as he attempted to jump 1 a moving freight train near the Northwestern Depot, and was run over by' five cars. Several eye-witnesses saw the accident. •""•»•» • One of two check-passing artists being held in Algona, Peggy Worth, s alias Peggy Trowbridge, was released from jail, because she had committed no crime in this county. One of her partners jn crime,' C. R. Williams, supposed be the bi'aioa of Hie ling, was 'being held by Sheriff Carl Dahl- meetings were held d thtC bn:-the. Republican* . fifficers and U.S.., senators, gnd^representatives had taken an" active hand in the proceedings,-' appearing at practically: all . meetings set up bv the two parties. Hottest race n-a a three-cornered battle for . epresentStive with a Democrat, Republican and Farm-Laborite on the ballot. * * « Paul Engen, Wesley's butter- maker (and he still is), won first prize at the Pacific International Livestock Eposition and 'Dairy Products show. His entry topped a list of 85 that were judged, and his tub of butter won him wide acclaim, a gold medal, and the championship gold watch. His creamery still turns out fine products. • * * Algona High School's Bulldogs surprised Gilmore City, 19-0, in the mud at the Athletic Park before a damp crowd. Fido Medin scored all three TDs for the locals who looked good despite many injuries received in the Spencer contest the game before. Algona led, 6-0, at tHe half, and added a touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters to take the win. Nanny Bruns was also outstanding for the Bulldogs. Next game —Emmets- tra" ar- the Call Theater fettUflHi Glaudette ren WilflW an Arnoftg bther premised to be tH* oftg ffeatuting offOO men weaflrif 75 tofts ot armoY. In those days, you needed ft tmrj, opener to take 'tiff yow gloves. / * * • Hblfr fjtfnity 6f MalBft CHf facked tip 4 20-0 Win ovgf St. Cecelia's irt a game flt MasiDfl City, the locals trailed, 13-0, at half time, and lost a golden opportunity to stay in the ball* - game after failing- to H fbtir plays from Holy Family's five yard line follo'Wlhg recovery rff a fumble. A * * * It was pretty cheap 16 have a pheasant in your pdssessiatl illegally in those days. A huritef, picked up by game Warden Fritz Pierce of Algona, was fined only $10 and costs for having a dead Hen (pheasant) in his (Jar. It costs $100 and costs now, "of course everything is higher. Behind The Movie Sets WITH BUDDY MASON While thousands of stage- struck youngsters are "just dyin£ to act in movies", Gloria Grahame is acting in pictures, and— just dying! Or so it seems to Gloria. Completing her role in "Naked Alibi" for Universal-International, Miss Grahame bows out bf the cast with a neat death scene. This is her sixth assignment in Which she ta'kes leave of this troubled sphere while the cameras grind merrily on. No sooner does she plunge head first into a new role than she finds herself making a final exit —feet first! This time a little plain-and-fancy-sharpshooting by Gene Barry hastens the lovely Miss Grahame's departure. . » * This thing coUld become a'ha- bit., Gloria appears, to be headed .for' a career of violent endings: She's making a good living by dying but, she says, "I'd" just as soon be breathing at the end of a picture for a change!"- ; In 1952, after cashing in her chips via a plane crash in "The Bad and the Beautiful", she collected an Oscar for being the year's best supporting actress. However, it's the paycheck that supports an actress, and every time Gloria turns up her pretty, pink toes her name is lopped oft the payroll. This means that if CROP FARMERS FACT SHEET BENSON SUPPORT CUT Com - 24c per bu. Oafs Barley .—*- £& p6f~BU fldxseed .—'-— 65c per bo Soybeans ^~ W p'er bU BOffsrtdf * tie pef Ib $240.60 50.00 90.60 650.00 \ 340.00 ' s110.00-1 060 Ib. CROP U PARITY L6S§ Nft WO .BU. Com ..-_- ---- ,.. 43t-p*rbtr. Oats *e bu — ----- - — Barley ______ -— 15.3c per,bu. Fldxieed —.*.-. $1.105 per bu. Soybeans —1~ 67.8e per bu. 16-& *r Ib. 430.00 ,85,00 isido 1,105.00 678.00 166^00-1000 Ib. hauser for a sheriff in Texas who she - s going to live by dying, shd wanted the man for removing has to see k a new death after demise so she can continue to die for a living. It's a vicious circle. • * • •' At one lime during the early era of silent films, players were mortgaged property there. No Report on the third check-passer, ,'a wpman picked up by authorities at Charles City. &"•'' '• ', ' 5,v A lone, unattached lightning bolt brought excitement to the Streit neighborhood on north Jones st. The lightning struck a tree on the property, knocking off all the 'bark, knocked pictures off the kitchen wall and gave -the house a good shaking. Needless to say, accupants of the house were in a frenzy. * * * The Algona Independents were handed their first defeat, 25-0, by the Austin Packers. With Moco Mercer and' four other, regulars out of the game due to previous engagements, Austin really past- ea cue locals. The opening kickoff was a^ sign of things to come, as the fre'e kick was recovered by the Minnesotans in the Algona end zone for a TD. It remained 6-0 until the half, but a sharp passing attack soon put the Indies down for good. * * * This one on politics was in Russ Waller's Odds and Ends—To be a good boy scout, one must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, brave, friendly, courteous, obedient, thrifty and reverent. It sounds like a candidate's description of himself. *" * * » Feature movie of the week at Vaudeville ahd, qu*$e from ahy other source tnat Offe ed' a needed type. No ohfc seemed to take movie engagements too seriously. If a picture ran over schedule and members of the cast had better jobs in the offing, any morning might find an actor, 01' two, missing from the roster. In that day and age; title-cards explained much of the action. Producers, plagued by epidemics of footloose players, finally hit upon an idea that solved the problem. • • • On tn^ very first day of each picture, they'd shoot a death scene with EVERY member of the cast. Then, when, an actor disappeared, a' title-card would announce that he'd .been ambushed, shanghaied, hit by a brewery- wagon, poisoned or conveniently felled by any plausible accident. Most anything would do if it would remotely fit into the script: The .player's last-ga'sp closeUp. Was then cut into the film, and a bit of rewriting, the story kept right, ort rolling along. ' Many an "epic" .was salvaged by title-card explanations, x but it Itook'consiserabie inqenuity to explain away the absence of a leading man when it was time for the traditional clinch in the final reel! Young supporting players, have always welcomed death scenes. That's the one time they/ have "to themselves. ._ cast J Thenibers share ,a medium-shot With them, no one can steal a scene from a dying man. . .'.-.-, Call it morbid curiosity, symr pathy, or awe in the presence of death, but it's almost impossible to pry the eyes of ah audience away from a dying person. All actors'know this, and take the utmost advantage of such'Situa- tions. '•-''. ,So, .the next time you watch a performer writhe, choke, grab his chest, and do everything but back-flips and nipups, before he takes off for. a better world, don't becdnie impatient! He's showcasing his wares for you. It may be his Only chance in the picture to chew up a little scenery. Take our word for it, if the director became impatient and decided to speed things up a bit with, a'n the cameras all Even if other hard-dying lad would refuse to q3 SECOND SOONER! A TEACHER SPEAKS To the Open Pot-urn: One of the most * important characteristics of American politics is our tWo party system. Examination of areas where one party dominance _ exists shows that such a condition means a political machine has grown too powerful, too exclusive, for the welfare of the residents. Where one party has captured power absolutely, healthy criticism of political Weakness and error is impossible. When seri- OUS mistakes in government have been made they have seldom come to light until the opposing party was given a share in the power. These things are pertinent to JoWa voters. loWa's eight representatives are all Republicans. The most .recent session of the Iowa legislature, composed of 158 seats, brought 151 Republicans into a position of overwhelming power. Every" statii office in Iowa which is elective is at present controlled by Republicans. The dangers in this unbalance are, not readily apparent. The scandals of corruption are only , ;he clumsiest of political errors/ Public needs that are not met, problems that' are not foreseen, and a stagnant political attitude bring the greatest crises which governments experience. Thoughtful lowans will remember that the criterion of good government is~not the absence of corruption but the presence of positive, intelligent political action which flourishes only where two strong parties participate in public responsibility and power. Robert L. Ross World History and American Government Instructor, Algona • High School, Algona, Iowa ', De Soto was buried under thfc bed of the Mississippi River. \ recruited from the stage, frdja; honest-to-gqbdness bullet, 'the" Want Ads Pay Dividends; ransportation The Polls To Phone Extra good because HVmade^witlh^extra cream! . Lady Borden Ice Cream IN Half gallon packages! For dinner partiev and-between meal refreshment Lady Bprd^n U your p«r» feet dessert . , extra creamy, extra flavorful. 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