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ffee Moinea 19, By Cleni Erlarider l * f * , LINCOLN LORE > Having just returned last Sun* day from a motor jaunt down- Into Georgia, I was regaling Editor Russ Waller with an account of .. tf ie,trip when he suddenly said: "Why don't you write Odds ; and Ends, this week?" So here ; goes — •"• ••'. " -- .•••:-••, ..-...., '.*'•* • * One of the unexpected adventures of this trip was.visitlhg for the first time the actual places where Abraham..: Lincoln was born, where. he worked and lived' until the time he left the middle West to become.President' "at the United States, - : So,; since Lincoln's birthday comes next week, the readers of this columfi might be interested in sharing •• some of the unusual things, we found out about this; comroton man who almost.i.single* hanrte<dly accomplished the task of-preserving the Union. ' ' • ••..*'„• Our first meeting with "Lincoln Lore" took place with u "visit to ,his home—the only home Lincoln -ever owned—in Springfield, III, where he practiced law for msfny years. As we entered the front door, I noticed that, - typically, there was a Shell oil station right across the street from this- venerable residence. A charming little old lady escorted Us through, and she i was amusing as well as factual. Noticing the long flowing draperies at the windows, my wife asked if they were the ones hung by Mrs Lincoln. The little lady exclaimed: "Land sakes, no! Mrs Lincoln had a household goods sale when the family went to Washington, and for all I know they sold the draftes, too. These have been put up since, but they're exactly like the originals." Abraham Lincoln paid $1,200 for this home, which has something like ten rooms, arid ,to it he brought his wife and infant ;son, Robert Toad, after the first two years of their married, life had . been spent ,at. the Globe;; Tavern, •ip7 Sprjngfield, s where^sEraWlrtd room was'*-$*i.00*7pfer we'eft; --Tfie home Is now owned by the State 9f Illinois., •.- • • ;•••• -[»•';.^t :# ; A large clock hanging on the wall of the parlor in the house—• a clock actually used by the Lin- coins—has its hands set at the exact hour and minute of Lincoln's death—7.22 a.m. » • » In school, I had learned, of course, about Lincoln reading by the light of the fireplace as a boy, and of his splitting fence rails, and walking miles to return a few cents change' to a customer when he clerked in a rude* log store, but here in Springfield, 111., and later on, in Hodgenville, Ky., where the original one-room log cabin is preserved, we asked questions and found out many unusual items concerned with Abraham Lincoln's life. • * * Lincoln stood 6 feet four inches in his sock feet, and in later life weighed about 180 pounds. He possessed unusual strength, and in his prime ( could lift a full barrel of apple cider and drink from the bunghole. He worked on a farm until he was 22 years old, and later entered into partnership in a tiny country store, but we were told that Lincoln "never took to" business, and the store just never became a success. * * * An attendant at the Lincoln home told us of his days as a lawyer in Springfield. She ,said that Mr Lincoln wore a 7Vs size hat, and that in his hat as he w.bre it he carried a big cotton handkerchief, his bankbook, letters and memorandum slips to himself. He got to his Jaw office at 9 a.m. every morning, and on the way never stopped in the street to have a social chat with anyone. He used to go to his office often on Sunday 'afternoons, bringing his sons Tad and Willie with him, while he wrote letters and caught up on his law work. * * * With regard to the terms "Abe" and "Honest Abe", we discovered that they'were never used during Lincoln's lifetime. He didn't even like the prefix "Mr.", but always preferred to be addressed as just plain "Lincoln", even in courtrooms. He was especially good in a courtroom, too, we found out— always playing to a packed house because he larded his courtroom speeches with jokes and anecdotes which entertained and also won cases. $ , , Abraham Lincoln was 51 yeais of age when he became President, an office which he won largely by his great speeches. Despite the fact that his voice was shrill and high-pitched, we were told that his emotion was so great that his audiences sat as if enthralled. He was always nervous at the start of a speech, standing with hi? hands clasped behind him, but as the speech progressed he grasped the lapel of his coat with Ins left hand and gestured with the forefinger of his right. (Coniisued pa P9f« 2) ESTABLISHED 1863 Etttered «« tecotid clsss matter at the postoftlce at Algona, Iowa, NOV. 1..1832, under Act ot Congress ot March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1955 3 SECTIONS - 22 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 5 Air Views, Algona's S100,000 Fire Twenty minutes after the discovery of fire "in Hood's Grocery here Monday afternoon, Nels Isaacson, Algona photographer, took these "on the spot" aerial views' of Algona's worst business district fire since 1950. Isaacson was being flown to Humboldt on another aerial picture assignment. The plane had just ; taken off from Algona airport with StU Albright as pilot, when they spotted the smoke. Their trip to 'Humboldt was interrupted long enough to take these pictures. One shows the crowd lined up oh the north side of State Street. The other shows the business block and how .the fire was raging within a few minutes after it itsrjed. Extremes In Highs and Lows It was bitter. lipld; and then balmy during' the past week, according to figures from Weatherman-Stu Albright at tHe Algona Airport, The weather the past couple pf days makes us believe spring is coming—but look out Date » Hi L Jan. 26 19 _5 Jan. 27 ;.,„,__19 .5 Jan. 28.._ _-Jl .8 Jan. 29 13 5 Jan. 30 14 -7 Jan. 31 39 10 Feb. 1 „_- 31 16 We got al.most a tenth of an inch of moisture, in the form of jnow, during the period. Episcopalians Ordain Priest Rev. Kent Pinnep, who has been deacon in charge of the Episcopal churches at" Algona t Em* •netsburg and Spencer, was pr- dained a priest m the Episcopal church, Wednesday, Feb. 2, in services held at Emmetsburg. Rt. Rev. Gprdon V. Smith of Des Moines, bishop of the diocese for Iowa, officiated at the ordination, with other church dignitaries in attendance. Herman Hauberg's Sister Succumbs ' LakpiB —Mrs Fred Schroeder received word of the death of her au,nt,.Mrs Becky Hunt, after being struck by a car at Mesa, Arizona. A sister of Mrs Hunt was- in seripws. condition. Funeral services were held in Vint9n, Iowa, Jan. 30. Mrs Hunt was well known in Lakota, as she had lived here with her husband, the late Ernest Lewis." She was a sister of Herman Hauberg of Algona, Firm To Make Safety Belts Formation of two new corporation^ was i announced this week by .Craig Smith, Algona, one of the.parsers in the firms. Smith i arid Jim Seaman, Des Moines- contractor, have organized the Safride Manufacturing Co. and the S. & S. Specialty Co., and will feature the manufacture and distribution of automobile safety belts. The belt is patterned somewhat like those used in commercial airplanes, and is designed to protect auto passengers who become involved in highway accidents. Headquarters for the two firms will be in Des Moin.es. Deny Passports For China Visi Mr and Mrs Harold Fischer of Swea Qity have been notified by the state department that they will not be given passports to visit their son, Captain Fischer, a captive in-Red Chinese hands. After an offer from the Chinese Red government to visit Captain Fischer, the Swea City folks had asked for permission to do so. Their son has -been a captive since April 1953, when he was shot down in Korea. Mr and Mrs Fischer were quoted as saying they thought the State Department were making a "terrible mistake." They added they will continue to make plans for the visit and hope the situation in the Far East clears up. New Asst, Mgr,, Graham's Store Richard McCarty has joined the staff of Graham Dept. Store here as assistant manager, coming here from Jessup, Iowa, where he was employed Ijy a retail store. Mr McCarty is' a veteran, having served two years in the U.S. Navy- His wife and young son will join, him here this week. Early Resident Dies In Calif, Judge Adin A. Randall of Culver City, Cal. passed away on Dec. 31, 1954. He was the youngest son of M. F. Randall who was recorder and also treasurer of Kossuth County, Iowa for several terms. Judge Randall was born in Algona and moved with his parents to California in 1910. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son. Also surviving him are three sisters, Mrs DeEtta Dodge, of Arcadia, Calif.; Mrs Eva Ball of San Diego, Calif.; and Mrs Lolla Lee of Vancouver, B. C., Canada. Sentral District To Vote 'On New School Hood To Build State Street Super Market Finn Also Plans To Reestablish Destroyed Bakery W. J. Hood, whose Super .Valu grqcery store was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon, completed purchase of the quarter block oWned by Del Leaneagh at the corner of State. Street and Wooster Street yesterday, and announced that he intended, to construct a. new super market at that location as quickly as possible. At the same time, Bill Finn, whose bakery next to Hood's store was also destroyed in the fire, said that ivhile he ,had nothing definite at the moment, he expected to go back into . business here and probably in the same location. Negotiations on this were pending, he said. " ••• About 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, a kerosene heater in the rear of Hood's store was .evidently .tipped over by a falling crate or box, and the Under-dry rear frame structure was aj mass of flames within a few minutes. The fire spread to Finn's Bakery, separated from the grocery by only a thin wall. Both places were total losses, with damage estimates running up to $100,000. Bill Hood himself discovered the fire and endeavored to beat it out while awaiting arrival of the fire department. Jim Schneider, head of the meat department, grabbed Hood and forced mm to .leave ithe^.raging^rear ol leave so hurriedly that they were unable to grab even - their . owh personal possessions, coats, hats and overshoes. ' Firemen had the flames under control in about 2% hours, but only after a stubbpn fight, and a fire which for a time threatened both Harrison's and the Hub Clothiers, to the east of Finn's Bakery. A fire wall saved that two story structure. The corner site for the new super market is 128x132 feet. Hood said there is much to be done before construction can start, but he was to have possession of the property in from 60 to 90 days. In addition to the new store there will be customer parking areas adjacent to the store. " Both local firms carried insurance and the Purvis estate, which owned the buildings, likewise had insurance. Adjusters for insurance companies were in Algona Wednesday surveying the situation. . . Cars Collide At Wesley Corner Wesley — A truck driven by Philip Goetz. and the L. T. Root car driven by Ellen Root collided at the R, C. Bauer intersection Saturday afternoon and both vehicles were badly damaged. The drivers were badly shaken up but escaped serious injury. Voters in the Sentral Community School district, comprising areas of Seneca, Lone Rock and Fenton, will go to, the polls in March, probably March' 14, to decide whether or not they wish to construct a new centrally- located high school to serve the area. , The bond issue in question will be for a total of $450,000, to be retired in 20 years, with a school house 'levy of four mills. This levy would retire the bonds and pay interest. After three years this four mill levy would be reduced slightly, as the principal becomes smaller and the interest is automatically reduced. At the present time the Sentral district has the lowest levy in the county for schools where a complete grade and high school System is operated within the area. The present millage levy for the district is 18.24 mills. As presented to the, voters, the first architect's drawing of the proposed new building is shown on this page. It would provide a complete new secondary school. In addition to the general purpose classrooms the "building would have a gym capable of seating 800 or more spectators. Rooms would be provided for home economics, industrial arts and vocational agriculture, and serving hot lunches. A multipurpose room, suitable for smaller meetings than gymnasium size, would also be provided. • The site selected is located on the west side of the road in section 9 of Fenton twp. The proposed site will be 20 acres, half to be purchased from Wm. Jentz and half from Carl Priebe. Additional acreage for athletic facilities are also planned. Expected high school enrollment <in the district for 1956-57 would be approximately 200. The present school buildings of Lone Rock, Seneca and Fenton, would be retained in the district and used exclusively for grade school purposes, Supt. K. M. Chase of " Women's Week, Kiwanis, Rotary It was a "woman's week" in a big way for both the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs of Algona in their programs during the past week. The Kiwanians went to their meeting last Thursday to find that the wives of the officers were "running the show." They were Mrs Glenn Graham, president; Mrs Lawrence Wihkel, vice president; Mrs G. G, Hallauer, program chairman; Mrs Harold Erickson, song leader; and Mrs Mary Bartlett, pianist. The program was on the subject of "legislative councils" and was a round table presented by League of Women Voter members, Mesdames Opal Bourne, Dorothy Greenberg, Helen Hutchison, Thelma Tschetter, Dorothy Dewel and Aria Cowan. The same round table discussion took place at the Rotary club, Monday noon. February Term District Court Opens Tuesday Grand Jurors For 1955 To Meet For First Time The February term of Kossuth district court is scheduled to open in Algona next week. Grand jurors, newly selected for 1955, are to report Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. unless otherwise notified. The petit jury for the new term reports Feb. 15. Several cases, including driving of motor vehicles while intoxicated, and other matters, are expected to be presented to the grand jury by County Attorney L. W. Nitchals. Two rape cases are also pending, but may be handled through a county attorney's information. Grand jurors for 1955, who serve the entire year, are Heiko Bruns, Titonka; J. D. Clark, Swea City; Joe Donahue, Bancroft; E. H. Dreyer, Fenton; Gordon Giddings, Wesley; Edward Knoner, Ledyard; Henry Kueck, Lone! Rock. W. D. Ley, Lakota; Fred Looft, Swea City; Carl Morck Jr., Algona; John B. Reding, Bode; and Elmer Willmert, Elmore, Minn. To SeWOJ General City J t ,»,"* ,M U W "V Bad Check Case George Taylor, transient, was bound over to the February term of district court by Justice C. H. Ostwinkle, last week, on a charge of writing fraudulent checks. He wrote a check for $30. His bond was set at $500, which he could not furnish, and he is now in jail. Algona's city council set Tuesday, Feb. 15, as the date for sale of $110,000 worth of general obligation bonds at its meeting last Thursday night. The bonds, to be set up on a 20- year retirement schedule, must be sold to raise funds for the completion of the new sewagq treatment plant now under construction. • The original 'bond issue, which was sold in August, will be paid for out of sewer rentals. It was known when the project was originally studied that an additional bond issue would be necessary, but the exact amount of money to be raised was unknown. There 1 are now about a dozen applicants for the job of plant operator. The council is investigating applicants and a questionnaire pertaining to the work will be prepared and Written by potential operators. N. B. Best was appointed to the board of adjustment, city bills were paid, and building permits granted to the Algona Hotel and Brown's Dairy. Beer applications of D & D Cafe and Frank and Em's were renewed, the fire department was instructed to purchase necessary new equipment, and the salary of Leo Counley, latest addition to the police force, was raised from $250 to $280 \ Proposed $450,000 Sentral High Auxiliary To Open Magazine Drive Algona's American Legion Auxiliary post announces the start of the annual magazine subscription campaign, with Mrs G. D. Brundage as chairman. Funds raised will be used to purchase portable sick room equipment. Previously purchased equipment procured through similar means is now housed in most Algona towns available for temporary use without charge. Solicitors calling on the public M/ill carry credentials from the Auxiliary, and will be registered

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