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Dept. of SIJtoty d •Dee Moines 19» Iowa By Russ Waller • • ' * '»•,*. Acapulco, famed in picture and ' ?J° r & a tropical resort well dowri the Pacific cdast in Mexico and not far from the Guatemala bor^ der, is something to see and ah* sorb-—but in my case a little bit went> a long way. It is only 5S rnmutesf flying time from Mexico City, but a day's journey.by car over very mountainous country. We chose to fly, and therein lies the only tale of potential danger encountered on our; 8-day swing , into Mexico.. i .•-''•'. • . • • .. • . . Our Acapulco plane was Dialed to take .off at 8:30 a.'m. and we Were-,there with time to spare, thanks to a wild-driving taxi man who'had to be slowed down a little in our own version of the ' Spanish language—but he got the idea., The plane was a twin' engine Convair, and carried about 36 passengers. We taxied out to the end of a runway, the pressuring system was turned on in . the cabin, qnd the pilots were revving up the motors, when the cabim suddenly began to fill with smoke, and • smoke that smelled of something burning. With a full supply of gasoline in the ' tanks and all of us sealed into the cabin, this was no joke. The smoke grew thicker, everyone began to cough and become apprehensive, and well they might. Just as. I was seriously considering kicking out a window, the ..-steward, who had rushed forward into the" pilot's compartment, came back and opened a window in the galley'and Some fresh air began to fill the cabin. The plane then turned and taxied back over to the 'hangars, and 'the ramp came out and we were all disembarked.' "About a 15 minute delay", said the steward. My brother and I went into the airport terminal and found a vantage point -over a cup of coffee' where we watched the procedure from there on. • . -•.-,»• • Mechanics swarmed over the plane, the baggage"was unloaded, then; reloaded, then unloaded ;i, again, ahdffinaUy^2%,hours later, ;i another aplane -was <wheeled i-ima position and we all boarded "it. r • What was wrong?" I asked the steward as we climbed the steps. "A short circuit," he said, "some dirty rags left In the wiring circuits." I was very hapjjy that the dirty rags burned and short circuited on the ground wnen they did, and not 30 minutes later with the plane 15,000 feet up, flying over mountains. Actually the pilots we encountered were all efficient and businesslike, and you felt confidence in them. However, you wondered a little as to just how good the ground crews might be. But all Mexican planes are American made and seemed new and in good condition. • * « So, we arrived a little late in Acapulco. Nature was g'eneorus here. Coves, inlets and good harbor facilities abound. . One spot, Pilot Cove, was a favorite rendezvous for pirates in the good old days. Today there are still a few pirates, but they are not on ships. Taken in its riatural setting, Acapulco is all that you may have read about. But like most other places of this type, commercialism has taken its toll. Our hotel, the Caleta, sat on a rocky point, an achievement in Spanish architecture and modern engineering, and while our stay was short it was enjoyable. I have no idea what the rate per day—American style—might be. We went there on a package deal which included our entire hotel and tour setup in Mexico City, and nobody bothered to ask for a breakdown on the various costs involved. But the American dollar, worth approximately 13 pesos (one peso equals 8 cents American), can go quite a way If you choose to have it. * * * There is the "morning beach" and the "afternoon beach" for the. bathers and sun loafers, and it is tropically hot at mid-day. We kept our tender hides in the shade as much as possible, and not having brought our swimming trunks didn't bother to try the surf, but we did a little touring, loafing, looking and questioning here and there. « * < One of the most interesting parts of travel, it seems to me, is meeting people. Among those we met were David and Sylvia Benn, two voyagers from, England, who operate a hotel at Hove, in Sussex. He served in the British army in the war, and since then the young couple have entered the hotel business and evidently were doing pretty well at it. If you're ever in Hove, drop in at the New Imperial and tell them Russ sent you. Strangely enough, the bulk of the Americans seemed to be from Chicago, ,jnd if they wanted to get "away from it all" they sure could. » « '« Wo took in an evening's enter- tainmerit at a place that for want •oj a better name I shall have to call the "Boom Boom." It sounded something like th'a't in Spanish, ( Continued On P«»e ) ) It's certatoly not definite, but judging from the general opinions of members of the crowd at the annual Kqssuth County Fnir Board meeting in the Farm Bureau meeting rooms Monday afternoon, people in Kossuth county want to expand the activi- ye's.and facilities of the present setup. A crowd of about 70 from all corners of the county was present to discuss one'main topic —"Pair'' grounds—did or new", arid many suggestions wefe tossed around the room during the two hour confab. ne of the main problems .fad- Mass jng the hitie-man fair board is the lack of room for livestock arid miscellaneous displays at the yearly county fair. It was disclosed by A. A- Schipull, president of the board, that the group had been discussing the problem for about two years, ever since the amount of the debt on the grandstand got down closer to the 2ero point. • Right now. indebtedness on the grandstand is'$2640, all that remains to be paid of the original amount which was $17,000. That's all the money that is owed on the entire system at present., ' A major item in the minds '•of Expanded County Fair all concerned seems to be the fact that large sums of money will have to be spent on a great deal of necessary repair work on the 1 present buildings, and they all need plenty of Work done on them. Two Very ' important factors dealing wis^i the idea of moving or staying at the present spot are these: 1, What is the value of the;, present property? 2. What is the value of an 80-acre tract of land and buildings to house, the fait if a move is made? Neither of these costs are known at presents but committees are going to get right to work so the board will have .something definite to work with even if it. is only a paper. The need for proper facilities was pointed out by Herman Bosworth, well-known cattle man who liyes southwest of town. He said "Many exhibitors would have come from the fair at Mason City to Algona and shown their stock if we had room for them, but they just couldn't get in.' 1 The fair here is a natural for more growth, according to many farmers present, due to the fact the dates of the local show fall right between the Mason City fair .and the state fair at Des Moines. Louis Reilly, one of the board members, in answer to a query from the audience about the possibility of going way in debt, staled "The present buildings are ih bad shape. It's not a case of going into debt, because we know we'll have to anyway, but should we go into debt with bit? repair bills or for new buildings and grounds." Reilly backed up Bosworth's statement that present crowded conditions were driving out many exhibitors who would show here. The necessity for more space has become apparent as the local fair has grown immensely in tho past several years. Figures given by Lou Nitchals, secretary of the fair board, show that gross business at the fair has doubled since 1947, gaining to the point that this year's total was nearly $30,000. John Burton, extension director for the Farm. Bureau, got the meeting back to the present year when he asked "What do we do with the stock at the next fair, we'll have to add a shed or two or make cuts in entries." It was reported by Bosworth, who shows cattle all over the state, that in many cases, preliminary judging, held a day early, would help to alleviate the overcrowded conditions until something definite can be done. Reilly, Schipull, and Louis Bartlelt, Titonka, were re-elected to the board without opposition after the treasurer's report WHS read and approved. The fair board wanted a good turnout for the meeting and wanted suggestions. It got both, and now will attempt to do tha necessary work to come up with the right answer, whether it be a new fairgrounds on an 80-acre plot, or keeping up the present grounds which . amounts to less than 40 acres. ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1954 3 SECTIONS-24 PAGES VOL. 91 - NO. 48 $15,000 Damage Case Set For Trial 27 Groups Invited To'Adopt'A Xmas Family Adopt a family for Christmas? For the fourth consecutive year, ndividuals, families, 'church groups or clubs are offered a chance to make Christmas for some family in this area a happier one. * - .....'• A list of 27 families has been compiled jointly by Mrs Marvel Immerfall of the Kossuth Welfare affice and Antoinette Bonnstetter, Algona school nurse, and each of these families is now available for' "adoption" this Christmas. In all cases listed, the families are not now receiving county aid or any aid sufficient to insure a cjjmnlete iahd happy Christinas. 'IfirtwoWiiistances,where the :tern- ily includes the father, he is employed, but income is such that for one reason or another a helping hand would bring great Joy to the home and particularly the youngsters. Jndiyiduals or groups wishing to adopt one of these families has only to call the Upper Des Moines; phone 1100 in Algona, and designate the family to be adopted. . Shortly before Christmas the name of the family will be divulged only to the individual or representative of the group, making the adoption. Several additions to the list will be made by next week, and are now being compiled by Mrs Immerfall. In cases where individuals or groups do not feel they can "adopt" a complete family, donations of food, clothing, or money, will be accepted. In the case of cash, the funds will be held until shortly before Christmas and used in behalf of families which may not have been adopted by that time. The families in all cases are deserving of help. It isn't "charity"—it's simply a touch of friendship and warmth at a time when it counts the most. Here are the families available for "adoption": ; Family No. 1 — Mother and three children, a girl 14, son 6, and daughter 5, all in school. Family No. 2 —Father and mother, father working, nine children, youngest age two,, eldest 18 but in poor health, Five are in school. family No. 3—Father and mother, seven children with five in school, father working but income such that only bare necessities are available. Family No, 4—Father and mother, mother ill, three children, two in school, two boys eged 8 and 1, daughter 3. Family No. 5—Four children, three in school, being cared for by grandfather, ages of boys 8, 1, and 5, one girl 1. Family NO. 6^-Father and mother, eight children, seven in school, income inadequate to provide complete Christmas. Family No. 7-^-Mother and four children, three in school, son 9, son 7, daughter 5, daughter 3. Family No. 8—Father and mother, sjx children, four attending school, ages 12, 10, 7, 5, 4 and 3. Family No. 9— Father and mother, eight children, six in school. Ages range from IVfe years to 17. Family NP» 10—Father and mother, three children aged 2, 4, and 6. - f • Family NO. 11—Man and wife, unfortunate circumstances. Family No. 12—Father and mother, seven children with four in school, ages nine months to 13 years, Family No. 13 -~ Mother and four children, all in school, aged 9 to 17 years. Family Ho. 14—Father and mother, fpu,r children, one in school, aged one year to 1$ years. Ffmlly Vfc, J^Fathf F .an4 TO o* ther, mother *U health, five chil- Families Need A Brighter Xmas Girl, 3, Eats Reducing Pills Lakola—Elaine, three year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul Christ, was taken to the Buffalo Center hospital after eating an undetermined number of her mother's reducing pills. When found, the little girl was unconscious and remained that way for some lime, but she is now recovering and her parents expected to bring her home last -weekend. dren, one in school, and all are less than seven years, old. , Family: No. 16—Father and mother, six children, with four in school, ages range from 3 to 13 years. Family No. 17—Father and m ther.vtwp gjirls 11 and 6, Und two .,. Family No. 18-^Father arid mo ther, five children with three in school, ages 2 to 9. Family No. 19—Mother caring for family of tv*> youngsters, 9 and 12. Family No. 20—Father and mother, two children, boys 15 and 13 both in school. Family No. 21—Woman, living alone, only fruit, candy or cookies requested here. Family No. 22—Mother and two children, aged 10 and 15. Family No. 23 — Father, in ill health, and mother, with one son, 17, all doing the best they can but a little something more would be appreciated. Family No. 24 — Father, and three children, girl 13, son 12, and son 9. Family No. 25—Father and mother, and eight children, aged 3 to 16 years. Family No. 26—Father and mother and two sons, 14 and 12. Family No. 27—Father and mother, eight children aged 2 to 17, in difficult circumstances but making the best of it. The Upper Des Moines has purposely made the descriptions as brief as possible. Interested persons or groups desiring to adopt a family will be given more detailed information on ages and sex of the children, if desired, and other pertinent information with the exception of the names. If requested, delivery will be made by the UDM, county supervisors or welfare office. Let's make Christmas in 1954 a happy Christmas for EVERYONE. • 2,000 Youngsters Greet Santa Here Santa came riding into Algona on a fire truck Friday afternoon :o be greeted by hundreds of children who were anxiously waiting ;o tell of their wishes for Christmas and to receive a bagful of candy which the Algona Chamber of Commerce asked Santa to pass out. The jolly old man is pictured above as he made his debut for the first time this year in Algona. Descending from the fire truck, Santa was eyed by more than 2,000 youngsters as they stood in line on the courthouse square. Over 1,200 of the children rushed; from Santa's house to the Algona Theatre where they were given a free movie, courtesy of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. And so, with the first real snowfall of the season Friday, Santa Claus Day officially opened the Christinas holiday season in North Pole style. Incidentally, that is the new Kossuth courthouse in the background.—(Upper Des Moines Newsfoto). Wash Cars, Raise $75 For Uniforms Lakota—A group of high school basketball boys with a goal of $75 washed cars Thursday afternoon and Saturday, to buy new sweat jackets for the team. They washed and polished approximately 45 cars at a dollar and a half per car. Girl, 11, Hit By Gun Blast Mary Brpesder, 11, Lone Rock girl, was taken to St. Ann hospital Sunday for treatment following a gun accident al the Broesder home. Lloyd Broesder, 14-year- old brother of the girl, had been hunting and returned home with his 410 shotgun, and was ejecting the shells in the kitchen of the Broesder home when the gun discharg- The girl was struck in the i»f| Jhign and while injured was fortunate to not have baen fcjw«| J*« ly, authorities said. Mrs Leaneagh, 44, Succumbs; Rites Tuesday Last rites for Mrs Del Leaneagh, 44, Algona, were held this afternoon (Tuesday), at McCullough's Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. Rev O. W. Brand, Forest City, former Methodist pastor here, officiated, and burial followed at Riverview cemetery. Mrs Leaneagh died here Saturday, a victim of cancer. Arlouine, daughter of Mr and Mrs James H. Palmer, was born October 30, 1910 at Ledyard, and had lived in the Algona area for the past 40 years. She was married to Del Leaneagh, who survives. Three children, Larry, Jerry and Jan, all students at Iowa State College, also survive. Other survivors include her mother, four sisters, Hilda Ancell, Margaret (Mrs James Elbsrt), and Neva ((Mrs Robert Nute), all of Waterloo, and Mrs Lorraine Dale, Algona; and two brothers. Clayton, Spencer, and Harold, Algona. Pallbearers were Ed Dickinson, Paul Lindholm, Fred Beerman, Tom Ellefson," Wayne DeMouth and Ben Speedling. licenses Tp Wed Nov. 24—Herbert Hensley and Pat Obrecht, Algona; Orviilt Mueller, Whittemore, and Wiima Kollasch. Swea City. Nov. 29 -- Wallace D. Dawson, Dunnell, Minn,, and Betty J. Roalson, Swea City. Stores Open Evenings Algona stores will remain open Monday evenings, from now until Christmas, and also on Tuesday, Dec. 21, Wednesday, Dec, 22, and Thursday, Dec. 23—with the exception of food stores, it was announced this week by the Algona Chamber of Commerce. Name 8 For December Draft t Eight men to answer the Dec. 13 draft call from Kossuth county were named Monday at local Selective Service headquarters, and were being notified today. Men who will leave in the December call are as follows: Vernon D. Pailejrson, Lakoia Raymond H. Franzen, Titonka Herbert E. Callies, Titonka Richard R. Sarchet, Algona Gary B. Schichtl, Burl Roger H. Goeiz, Ledyard Dean W. Meyer, Algona Michael McGovern, Algona One reenlistment report was received, that of M/Sgt Don D. Clapsaddle in the Air Force. Going To Germany Mrs James Whittemore and Brigitta, Lark and Jerry plan to leave next Monday for a trip to Bonn,' Germany. They will go by train to New York and then board the Gripsholm and after the eleven day voyage land at Bremerhaven; Bonn is Mrs Whittemore's former home and they will visit her mother, Mrs Helena Fassbender. The length of their stay is indefinite at this time, but they expect to be gone at least three months. F-Bureau, Extension Study Benson Decree Of Divorce Kossuth Farm Bureau board members met Monday evening for a discussion of the new ruling from Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson which will entirely divorce the Farm Bureau and the Extension Service, and will deny the latter from receiving any financial aid or office space from the Farm Bureau. The directive was received Monday by John Burton, county extension director. The major problem resulting from the Secretary's order divides itself into two parts, Burton said. First, what will be clone to replace the finances of the Farm Bureau now earmarked for extension education work? Second, what type of local, governing body shall be formed to assist the extension service in its work. At present the Farm Bureau board is responsible for the administration of the funds it supplies for extension work. The Farm Bureau has been supplying approximately one half of the funds, about $7,800, of the total budget for the extension service in the county. Kossuth county itself contributes $5,000 to the fund. Burton said that ultimately it might be that the three government agencies, the ASC, Soil Conservation Service, and Extension Service might have to find quarters together. It was not yet clear whether or not the ruling meant the Extension Service would have to move out of the new Farm Bureau building here. H. M. Smith Will Receive Honors A 25-year-service award will be made to H. M. Smith, Kossuth county engineer, in ceremonies planned at the County Engineers conference to be held at Iowa State college at Ames, December 1-3, it was announced today by Bernie Kooser of the Iowa Highway Commission. The presentation of the plaque, on native walnut, will be made at the banquet Dec. 2, at Ames. There are 29 county engineers in the state to receive a similar honor. The conference is being sponsored by the engineering extension service of Iowa State college, the Iowa State Highway Commission and the County Engineers Ass'n. Algona Man Is Injured In Fall Edwin Wichtendahl, All°na, was taken to St. Ann hospital by ambulance last evening following * fall. The accident occurred in the home of Mrs Mary Buenger,. mother-in-law of Mr Wichtendah'l, at 533 North Phillips street. Mr WichtendabJ lost his balance and tumbled down some steps. The exact extent of his injuries is not known. The Wichtendahls recently came to Alfipna fronv Lbngville, Minn, Many Cases In Court Disposed Of, Past Week Kossuth district court disposed of a host of cafees, Monday, and notices were sent to the petit jury to report next Monday, Dec. 6, when the trial of a $15,000 damage action is scheduled to start. The damage opse is that of Loretta Bruch vs. executors of tho James Beiser estate. This primarily, concerns an insurance company connected with the defendant's estate, and involves the question of liability in connection with a fatal auto mishap. Gels Suspended Sentence Two indictments were returned last week by the grand jury. Joseph John Kenne, charged with operating 9 motor vehicle while intoxicated,'entered a plea of not guilty and his case was continued until the February term of court. In the other indictment, Howard Morris Alcorn, charged with obtaining money under false pre-. •tenses, entered a, ( plea 5 of guilty' ;a'hd'"'was given a- suspended sentence of one year in jail. Earlier last week, C. W. Lundquist of Swea City paid fines of $300 for illegal possession of in- toxiating liquor, and $700 on a plea of guilty to a charge of bootlegging. Two OMVI cases were continued to the February term, those of Lloyd Steinman and Elizabeth Ogren. A similar charge against George Vitzthum was dismissed for lack of evidence, and Thomas Murphy of Lone Rock paid a fine of $300 and costs, in the court of Judge Fred M. Hudson. Larceny Cases Pend One case that is hanging fire is that of the State vs. Robert V. Garman, a parolee, charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. He is now in custody. A plea of double jeopardy by his attorney was overruled by the court. Also hanging fire was a case of the State vs. Merrill Walker, charged with larceny in the night time. A divorce was 'granted by the court to Luene Johnson from Darrell Johnson, and financial agreement was approved by the court. Dismiss Old Cases A number of old cases were dismissed and cleared from the court docket. They were as follows: James A. Mueller vs. Mrs J. Kissner; Pratt Electric vs. Herman W. Miller; Christine Peter* son vs. Julius Peterson; Harold Wolter vs. George Wellik et al; L. J. Owens vs Philip J. Kohlhaas; Don F. Nelson vs. City of Algona; State of Iowa vs. Neil Monaco, and Camilla Willerson vs. Philip Hulsrud. $250 Scholarship For Algona Girl Marilyn Lowman, 18, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ptrry Lowman of Algona, has been awarded tha Treloar's Inn scholarship at Fort Dodge for being the best all around car hop at the drive-in during the past summer. Miss Lowman is using the $250 scholarship at Iowa State Teachers college at Cedar Falls where she is a sophomore, majoring in physical education. She was awarded the scholarship after receiving 1,023 votes of the 2,800 votes cast by customers at the drive-in during the summer season. Her number was 13. Swea Gl Ends Driving School 1ST DIV. .GERMANY — Cpl. LeRoy G. Sanftner, son of Mr and Mrs Frank Sanftner of Swea City, Iowa, recently was graduated from the Army's Winter Driving School in Germany. Corporal Sanftner has since returned to his duties as a mechanic with Battery B of the 1st Infantry Division's 33rd Field Artillery Battalion. He entered the Army in .February 1953.