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Dept. of History and Dee Moinea 19, Iowa North Kossuth In Angry S Protest * • * **• /• ••• • • * To State Senate's 3 Percent Proposal The "quickie" passage by the state senate of a bill to increase the state sales' tax from two to • three percent has aroused a storm bf-protest in North Kossuth County, where close proximity to the Minnesota line, in which state there is no sales tax at all, would result in a considerable loss of business, according to merchants in the Swea City, Ledyard, Lakota, Fenton, Bancroft and Titonka area. A delegation of 18 business men and farmers from border areas vvent to Des Moines last week and registered a protest against the three percent sales tax bill with State Senator Duane E, Dewel and other senate and house members. Dewel, who is floor leader of the senate, voted in favor of the three percent tax bill. Going to Des Moines from this area were Roger Linde, Brink Shipler, A. N. Andersen, Arnold Anderson, Don Mortenson, Ralph Mortenson.'Roy-Bravender, W. C. Guyer, Harold Opsol, and Bob Schwartz, all of Swea. City; C. L. Egesdal, Harold Herzog, and E. A. Carpenter of Ledyard; Wilson Brack of Lakota; Jim Pfeil, E. L. Opsol and Bill Harris of Armstrong. Roger Linde of Swea City, one of the delegation's leaders, said that it appeared there was much Harold Herzog Wilson Brack Harold' Opsol B..A. Cajpenieu Roy Srivendei Bob Schwarls Bill Guyer W. H. Shipler * A. R. Linde political maneuvering when the senate passed the bill. An ypper Des Moines reporter, interviewing some of the men who made the trip of protest to Des Moines, was told that there seemed to be too much complacency 'about .the bill in 'Des Moines. "Nobody wanted the bill stirred up before it passed the senate", one said. Taxpayers at Swea City said, they might get Up a resolution calling for a general sitdown strike, against paying any sales tax at all if ,the three percent tax bill passes the house. It passed the senate'by a vote of 31 to 18, State Representative Casey Loss of Algona, home during a spring legislative recess, said he would not vote for the three percent sales tax bill, and did not think the- bill would pass the house, but "you never can tell." Under the new sales tax bill as passed by the senate, there would be no sales tax on butter, fresh milk, rolls or bread, eggs in the shell, Irish potatoes in their natural state, fresh or frozen meats or fish for human consumption, and fresh or frozen poultry. Everything else in the grocery store or meat market would carry a three percent sales tax. Dewel told the delegation he voted in favor of the bill td "alert the people." He added he would work against it in the house. One member of the delegation commented that "instead of just telling us he made a, mistake, he found exfcuses and took, bdth sides." Comments from North Kossuth residents varied on the subject ot sales tax increases, but generally were pretty hot against the increase. It seemed to be unanimous in the'minds of all that a sales tax increase would drive considerable more btttiness across the Minnesota line, some of which is already going there because of the two percent sales tax in Iowa. Algona's Chamber of Commerce secretary, Bill Steele, was asked to join the delegation with local business men, but there was too little time between notice last Wednesday, and the trip on Thursday, to get a local delegation lined up, Steele told Rdger Linde, of Swea City. What some of the folks in North Kossuth county think of the pending increase in the state sales tax will be found in the following quotes: W. C. "Bill" Guyer—Swea City hardware man: "For Dewel to say that the senate only passed the salfts tax bill to awaken the public is like saying you set fire to your house to find out if there is a fire department." Dennis H. Wanner, Ottosen .farmer: "I can't figute out how 'anyone is going to figure sales [tax on groceries. Why not leave iwell enough alone. This new %ales tax idea is worse for eyery- jbody. Leave it the way it is, or make it all alike. Two percent is enough." Roy Bravender, Swea City clothier: "To me the legislators' are too lazy. They want a 3% sales tax all in one bill which they say would raise the neces- If they need that ... money—and . that's questionable—they could do a little more work and set up four or five separate bills which would tax various items or 1 persons in a way thnt would not be as much of a hardship on tne average per- sary funds, much more son. "It seems to me that the legislators are giving us a false sense of security. They pass it in the senate and turn around and say it won't pass in the house. But, will it be killed in the house? Maybe they want us to sit back and take It for granted that the house wil kill the bill. I say we need to arouse everybody in the state whether they are on the borde or in 'the center, to write thei representative and let them know how they feel about it. W need to shake-up all the Chamber of Commerce offices to get on the band wagon v and oppose this tax directly. We asked the legislators for a tax cut and they just, about hit the ceiling." Bob Schwartz, editor Swea City Herald: "The delegation tried to point out to the legislators just how the 3% tax would work on the border line towns with Min- nesota. Not only would they lose more customers, but the trend to Minnesota would be so much greater that instead of at least getting the 2% sales tnx, they vould get nothing. That in turn would reduce the income tax ot he merchants in that area and result in smaller revenue than at .he present time ... so instead of the 3% tax bringing in more money it would lower it even more' than it is now. So they haven't gained any money by increasing the sales lax ... they would lose." W. H. "Brink" Shipler, farmer near Swea City: "The farmers want to buy at home, but just like any human being, if he can ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered aa second class matter at the postottice fit Algona, towa, Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress ol March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1955 2 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 9 Planning 96 Acre ^Sub-Division For Algona Provide Room Algona Sailor Hurt In Car Crash That Kills Driver Robert C. Palmer ME2,;spn of iMmcU MrsPaui->Ealine#*&l=i By Russ Waller * * * That idea of the Des Moines Register about having Russian farmers visit Iowa might do a great deal of good, if the Russian government would agree . . . perhaps a' little, more exchanging of citizens would be more beneficial than the; sword rattling thai has been going on the past few years. '/;•.•• * In a tongue-in-check editorial Monday evening, the Des Moines Tribune suggests that border counties, which wbuld mean Kossuth, set 'up a special border patrol to nab citizens who buy over the line and do not pay a sales or use tax. \ The editorial follows: One thing border counties could do if they don't like the loss of business to states with no sales tax or lower ones: they could enforce the use tax. That would not be easy, or pleasant, or popular; but it could be done. If everybody who bought goods over the border to escape the sales tax knew there was a substantial chance of his being caught, and asked to pay the equivalent use tax, plus fines and penalties and notoriety, the home merchants would no longer be at a competitive disadvantage as a result of the tax. We doubt that the Tribune is being serious, What a deal, however, if it ever came to pass. * • • Economy note from Bill Barry Sr.s The price of pipe • cleaners has not increased since 1912. « * • Algona's native-son Leroy Math ison, now of Phoenix, Ariz, sends us a clipping of an Iowa picnic held there recently, with pictures. Says a lot of ex-Kossuth folks were in attendance . . . L e ro y directs the Child Evangelism Fellowship for Arizona. ^ Those legislators better pick out more secluded spots for their meetings ... seems that the Supt. of the Iowa Temperance League walked into a Des Moines spot and found the state senate sifting committee being -entertained by lobbyists, liquor and all ... ana ne didn't Uke it. gona," is hospitalized., in the U.S. Naval Hospital, Ward C, Corona, Calif., following, injuries sustaih- ed in an automobile accident Friday. Robert and a buddy were on their last day of liberty prior to shipping out to the Philippines on the U.S.S. Bryce Canyon when they accepted a ride with a stranger. .Within two blocks.'they were iiiVblvfediin.atv>accidenti •»= Their driver was 'killed,- and the two sailors were hospitalized* Robert suffered facial cuts and had .some teeth knocked loose, and his buddy, who was thrown through the windshield, required 90 stitches to close facial lacerations. Jim Palmer, a brother of Robert, is also serving aboard the same ship. Driving, Check Cases Turned Over To Court Adam W. Elbert of Whittemore was bound over to the April term f district court in Kossuth coun- y, Tuesday, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while ntoxicated, after a hearing in C. H,. Ostwinkle's justice of the peace court. Elbert was arrested Sunday by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst after a motorist' claimed Elbert's car forced him to go out on a shoulder of the highway to pass. M. C. Oakland, Algona, was also bound over to the next term of district court on a charge of talse drawing and uttering of a bank check. It is the fourth charge of this kind against him. Bond was set at $200. In other cases in Ostwinkle's court, P. W. Adams, charged with operating a motor vehicle while his license was under suspension, was sentenced to two days in the county jail. Roger E. Palmer, Algona, paid a fine of. $5 for improper passing. Iver W. Nelson, Algona, charged with exceeding the speed limit with a school bus, was also fined $5 and costs. Arden Lloyd, Bancroft, charged with operating a motor vehicle without an. operator's permit was fined $10 and Linda Not To Run Mayor Linda Clapsaddle said Tuesday that she-would not be a candidate for reelection to office. The city election will be held next fall. The Clapsaddles have just opened their new motel and the mayor said that because of the business time involved at the motel she did not feel she could run for a second term. Titonka Phone Company Elects Titonka-— The Titonka Telephone Co. held its annual meeting Saturday afternoon, Feb. 19, at the Titonka Theatre. Telko Steck- Frank Behne, 54, Of Fenton, City Will Be Host To 45 4-H Clubs On March 12 Forty five ot the 46 4- sarittv^ cqjir&y" have accenj^ ed the 1 invitation of t'he Algona Chamber of Commerce to participate in the 1955 observance here of National 4-H Day, March 12. The day culminates 4-H week. About 90 4-H members will participate. . ., i Presidents and vice presidents of the county clubs will be special guests of the Algona merchants. Many of the clubs expect to set up club displays in the stores, and will be guests of the individual busness men for dinner that night. This year's Best Better." National 4-H club week is one 3-theme is "Make the of the important events of the ye"ar. It prpvides club members, an opportunity to display what they have accomplished, to welcome new members, exchange ideas, and inform the public of the latest development in the 4-H program. Club representatives in charge of each local club display in Algona will have an opportunity to get to know the businessmen of the town better and to become acquainted with the operation of their business. In addition, representatives will have supper with the local merchants, appear on a special radio program, meet prominent city and county officials and enjoy & movie ut the Algona Theatre. er was elected to the directors succeeding board of Clarence Mechier whose term expired at this time. „, Other directors are Edward Zwiefel who is president of the company/Garret Welhousen, vice president, Lela Bentley, secretary- treasurer, Carl F. Callies and Senus Isebrand. The manager is Louis W. Nath. costs. Joan Chrischilles?" U Poll Businesses On Friday Idea In a poll of 62 business places n Algona, taken this week by the Algona Chamber of Commerce, nine votes were registered against the idea of staying open on Friday nights and closing Saturday nights, Bill Steele, secretary, said yesterday. At a, meeting of the closing committee and the promotion committee, held Tuesday afternoon, a committee consisting of Gene Cook, John Swartz and Gordon Ditlevson was named to contact the nine opposed to the Saturday night closing to determine if they might withdraw their objections. In the meantime, Sheldon and EstherviUe are two towns which have joined the trend toward Saturday night closing. Licenses To Wed To 4 Couples Four licenses to wed were issued in the office of Alma Pearson, clerk of the district court here, during the past week. They went to ,the following couples: Feb. 23—Jerrold Funk arid Janice Kickbush, Algona. Feb. 24*rKenzy L. Kqrte and Violet L. Ba,ade, Titonka. Feb. 26—Roger Goetz and Caro lyn Johnson, Ledyard. Feb. 28—George Glen and Rob erta St. Germain, Mason City Creamery Meeting The annual meeting of the Al* gona Cooperative Creamery will be held next Wednesday, March 9, at the VFW hall. Election of two directors and annual reports will follow a dinner to be served at noon. Frank Behne Fenton— Frank Behne, prominent Fenton business man, and who served as Mayor of Fenton for eight years, was found dead in his office at the Thompson Yard lumber office, Tuesday afternoon, by' S. E. Straley who had dropped in on a visit. Mr Straley found Mr Behne ying on the office floor, and Dr. . W. Jolley who was called, said e believed the Fenton man had Deen dead about an hour. He was found about 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fenton Methodist church, with the Thomas Funeral Home f Ringsted in charge of arrangements, but the exact time and date of services were pending esterday. • ;• : Mr Behne was 54 years of age. He was born in 1901 at Alta, Iowa, and moved'with his parents to Nora Springs when seven years old.' In 1929 he went to work for a' Nora Springs lumber yard arid in 1940 was named manager of a Henderson, Minn. yard, [n 1943 he came to Fenton as manager of the Thompson Yard. Old Man Winter Is Giving Ground Two bitter cold nights during the past week served to remind us winter isn't giving up without a battle. According to .figures from Weatherman Stu Albright, low temperature for the period was seven below. Date Hi L 'eb. 23 24 -7 'eb. 24 ••— 27 7 eb. 25 35 -4 Feb. 26 33 . 13 eb. 27 24 13 eb. 28 32 18 Vlar.'l 39 7 He served as mayor until January of 1954, when he resigned. He had suffered a heart attack some time ago, and since then had made every effort to protect his health but continue with his position of responsibility Mr Behne was a member of the Methodist church, the Masonic Lodge and the Fenton Commu nity Club. He was an ardent fpl lower of sports, and took an activi interest in community affairs. Surviving are his widow anc two children, Janet at home, anc Layton Behne, who is located a Wichita, Kansas. There are als two grandchildren, four brother and six sisters surviving. _ His,passing was a great shock to the entire commmnity, and loss of one of Fenton's business and civic leaders. For 50 To 60 New Homes Development of a sub-division adjacent to the present city limits was announced this week. Louis F. Ferstl, who owns 8C acres, and Frank Cunningham with 16 acres, intend to develop the land on the south side of Eas McGregor St. just beyond UK present city limits into building sites. Paul Seeley, Algona real tor, is working with the two men in the project. It is expected that 10 or 12 homes will be built development this year. Y, F, W, iltstion Veterans ol Foreign Wars post in Algona will hold its annual election of officers next Wednesday evening, March 9. County A. S, C. Meeting A meeting has been called Joi- all three township comraitteernen of the county A-S.G. for ne«t Monday. March 7, at 130 p.m. at the VFW basement here. AGP practices for 1956 will be taken up at that time. Blowing snow was registered ast Friday. Rites Friday For Hugh Carney, 59 Fenton—Funeral services will be held Friday at the Fenton Methodist church at 2 p.m. for Hugh Carney, 59, who died Sunday at Mesa, Arizona. Mr Carney had gone to Arizona last December after holding a farm sale. He is survived by his widow and four children. Richard in Korea, Hugh Jr. of Arizona, Mant of Council Bluffs, and Catherine of Fort Dodge. . . Brothers and sisters surviving are Mrs H. E. Lampright of Algona, E. R. Carney of Algona, Mrs A. L. Hansen of Des Moines, and Mrs Helen Barton and Mrs Catherine Zack, both of Council Bluffs. _ 7 Men Named In March Draft Sewn men will leave Kossuth County, Tuesday, March 15, to serve in the armed forces in answer to March draft calls, according to draft clerk, Mrs John Wood. The men/sll 21 years old, are: Wayne H. Boettcher and John J. Bollinger, Fenton; James L. Capesius, Diode; Donald E. Meyers, Richard R. Samp, Robert F. Po4ds ao4 Raymond W. Metzger, Jr.,'all o| Algona. • No April draft call has been received yet. Soils Group To Elect, Banquet At Burt, Mar. 8 Fred Gilmore, vice president of the Federal Land Bank of Omaha will speak at the Annual meeting of the Kossuth County Soil Conservation District. The subject of Mr Gilmore's talk will be "Agriculture in a Changing Economy." He is a native of Iowa County, having been raised on a farm there, near North English. Merton Roalson of Eagle Township and Ernest Heidecker of Lincoln Township have filed petitions with the State Committee as candidates for the office of commissioner of the Kossuth Soil Conservation District. The election will be March 8th at the Burt High School. The polls open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8:00 on the The lots will all be large, "many with 90 foot fronts, and there will be 50 to 60 lots available. 1IUIIICI11 UWllg, I save a few dollars by buying elsewhere he'll do it... that's just common sense. And sometimes those few dollars can amount to quite a bit over a period of time. Look at what you can save when buying a $2,000 or $3,000 piece of machinery. A 3% sales tax will just drive business away from home." Harold Opsol, Swea City D-X service man: "We went down primarily for the purpose of voicing our opposition to the 3% sales tax, but there are other items, too, that should come in for discussion. For instance, they are considering raising the gas tax. At the present time it's 5c on every gallon, I haven't checked these figures closely but I think that Kossuth County received about a half million dollars as return from that tax. And it's my.., feeling, without actually County is entitled to much more than that on the basis of what it puts in. If so, where is that money going? And, that's exactly what a lot of, us are asking now. Where has the money gone that has already been put into the state. If we can't see what our money is doing, how can they expect us to put even more money into the pot. The legislators told us the state isn't .in debt, yet, but that it will need the extra taxation money to keep it out in the future. They say the people are asking for more appropriations, so they need more money to take care of these and they expect the taxpayer to supply it." , Martin ,Wilberg; Seneca twp. farmer: • "The-isales tax is tv fair tax in that • it rt h$J *aTl*prdfc6rtion- ately but I don't"ilik'e the setup of having some •thing?, taxable and, .some not. 'Making certain.tyernsu, tax free is confusing. The simp-- ler the better. I don't object to a tax if the money is needed, byt how it is used is the important thing." Albert Milchell, Fenton: "I think they're crazy." Wilfred Stoeber, Fenton hardware man: "I'm satisfied with the present sales tax but I would not like to see it increased to 3 percent. I would rather have a Lax on services of 2 percent it more money has to be raised. It would be very unjust to add another one percent to the sales tax." Les Weisbrod, Fenton implement dealer: "On small items there are'not so many complaints p.m Negotiations are taking place with the city to enable the property to be connected to a city sewer outlet, and other details of development of the property are also being worked out. The property will be handled in such a way that financing will be approved by FHA and other lending sources, if required by the ome-owner. In the meantime, a meeting has jeen called for this evening at he city hall at which members f the city council, Chamber of Commerce industrial committee nembers, and other groups inter- sted in property and business ievelopment are to meet. At the city council meeting held ast Thursday discussion centered jn general obligation bonds, and garbage disposal problems. Jess Lashbrook, street commis- iioner, suggested that if the city :ould acquire a point of land neai .he present city shed, from the municipal utilities, the site at some time in the future might be deal for a new, fireproof building o house city equipment. In the meantime, the land would provide extra dirt for landfill work at the city dump and for street purposes. The matter was to be taken up with the utilities board. The successful candidate will replace Jerry Heetland of Lakota whose term expires at this time. The office of District Commissioner is a 1 position of guiding the efforts of conservation in Kossuth County. Owners of land within the boundaries of Kossuth County and tenants of land in the same ooundaries are eligible to vote al this election. This is the first time that Kossuth County has had a commissioner elected since the State law was changed giving the tenants the right to vote in this election. The present governing body, J C. Skow, Torsten Lagerstrom and Jerry Heetland assisted by members of the Cooperators Club have carried out their duties with a firm and steadfast resolution. The future holds more in it's grip for this group of officials to ac complish in conservation. Charity Bail Dated The date for the annual Charity BaU has been set for April 12, anc Lawrence Winkel has been namec as general chairman. The affai ,--- t,_ Q _j •will be held at the high school, only case heard. 3 New Cases In District Court Three new cases were filed in Kossuth district court, this week, but otherwise court was very quiet. David Farrow is plaintiff in an account suit brought against Wilbur Farrow. The plaintiff asks $1297.50 for work done in hauling manure, and for storage fees. Both men are from Ledyard. A petition in equity action was also brought by Milton and David Farrow and Grace Elman, against Lillian Farrow and others. Louis McEnroe,is plaintiff in a suit naming Harold Hamilton as defendant, asking a judgment for $90 rent. about tax, but when you get into bigger purchases the dealer usually has to pay the tax, one way or another, why should dealers have to fight the tax battle?" A. R. "Roger" Linde, Swea City implement dealer: "This 3% sales tax will draw most on the working man and the tenant farmer and these are the people who can afford it the least. I think I probably pay the highest income tax of any of the delegation present at this meeting, and I say if I have to pay more tax I would take the lesser of the two evils which would be the income tux raise." E. A. Carpenter, Ledyard implement and hardware dealer: "The 2% sales tax is bad enough, let alone a 3% sale tax. We're- only ix miles south of the Minnesota jorder and it would really hit us hard. There must be some ither way of raising funds." Harold Herzog, Ledyard lumber man: "A 3% sales tax will drive our business to Minnesota, was well pleased with the meet- ng at Des Moines and I think .he delegation got its point across ,o the legislators." Wilson Brack, Lakota super market owner: "In my own par- icular case, the sales tax bill would put a bottle neck in my check-out counters. With some Eood items being taxed 2% and others 3% and some none, how are we ever to keep them straight. Sura, we can post a list in our store, but look what it would mean to the person who rings Fined $25, Costs Gotlib Reefer, Algona, paid $25 and costs on an intoxication charge in Mayor Linda Clapsaddle's court this week in the up all those items to individually figure a tax on each item. And the consumer would be confused just as much. And I haven't even mentioned the bookkeeping end of it. I'd probably be working full time to keep the records straight. I'll admit the state has a problem in where it is tu get more money, but I don't th^nk they've tried in the right way or direction. Why wasn't there more publicity in the newspapers, the weekly county newspapers as well as the city dailies? Apparently the legislators gave out very little, advance information on what they were planning. If there had been more publicity before hand I don't think the senate would have needed to pass the bill in order to "awaken" the people. It could haye been done through the newspapers. We can read." ,r<

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