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•jtr- Dept, of Hiotory and Des Moines 19, Iowa By Russ Waller * * « The "Horn of Plenty" design, Winner of a contest for ideas as to a new Iowa license plate, was completely overlooked in the final decision to just drop "The Corn State" from the 1956 license plates ... they will be white letters on black, with "IOWA" considerably bigger than it is at pre. sent, the governor has decided. * * • * , The Tony Guzowski family would like to know the answer to this one... they found a mother cat and five newborn kittens in their basement, and are at a complete loss to' know how the family got there. . ' * * *.. TJie death of an Algona high senior in a traffic mishap last -week was the fifth this year in Kossuth county .. .'Sheriff Ralph Lindh.brst said there was a total of six fatalities last year :.. Kos- •• • suth has no resident state highway patrolman . at present, although Chuck Simmons, driver's , license examiner, lives here. • • •' • - ; "f ""*' * Well, we passed Mother's Day —now Father's Day will be along shortly. , • . . * * * . . • One local geni inquired if ihey ever dropped that bomb out in Utah that had been delayed so long. Told they had, at 6 a.m. recently, .he remarked without'a grin "Oh, I just thought it was the kids coming down the stairs." . . . * '».-•.» Study of the week: Dick Phillips in the courthouse', poring over a volune entitled "How ,to pass a driver's' license exam." Seems he had passed the renewal dead• line and had to start all over. •*•-.» • A 21 year-old girl told her father that she had decided to marry a taxi driver. "How could you be happy with a, young mpn of such different background arid tastes?" he asked her. She was firrti., Her father consented.. This young.rhari"-began to: study fried-*' c icine 'and paid -foiMiis -studies from:' ' his ett-mni#fs%ta5d f driver; Recently his name crept into the headlines. /Jt Js^Dr. Jonas E. Salk, iiic ' biilliaiii scientist and researcher who discovered the anti- polio vaccine. * * * We note that it cost the state $1,944 each to pass the laws enacted liy the recent legislature. Two years ago it cost $2,171 each 1o pass every law adopted. At least we're getting a little more economy somewhere, , * * * One local farmer, commenting on some of the market quotations, remarked that he thought Secretary Benson had a plan nobody had mentioned —a plan for disposing of surplus farmers. * * * We missed it when it happened, but shortly after the first of the year Dr. F. C. Scanlan and Dick McAlpine both of* Algona were invited to spend a hunting vacation with an Arkansas man on his 2,000 acre plantation and game refuge ... seems they sold him their prize- winning retriever a while back and the man was so pleased with the dog he just invited them down for a little hunting—with real old Southern hospitality ... most ducks they ever saw in one place in their lives, they report—but thejimit was five per person per day, and that didn't take long. * * * Between canned hamburger and catsup, the navy is getting it from all sides ... and now a congressman comes along and accuses the sea-going service branch of spend ; ing 46 million seeking oil in Alaska without any return, that is without finding any oil. * * * Quote of itie week: The Master of Ceremonies spent an endless 15 minutes letting off esteem. * * * "Those new people next door seem very devoted, said the wife at breakfast. "Every time he goe.s out he kisses her and goes on throwing kisses all down the street. Why don't you do that?" The husband, from behind his newspaper, muttered "Me, I don't know her!" * * * Famous Last Line — Now what do you suppose I was going to do <with this yellow envelope addressed to the Treasurer of the State of Iowa? ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the poatofflee at Algona, Iowa, Nov. -I, 1932, under Act Of Congress of March 3. 1819. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1955 4 SECTION! - 26 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 19 3 Chamber of Commerce Committees Are Named President Herb Hedlund of the Algona Chamber of Commerce named three standing committees 'for the 1955-56 chamber year, Wednesday. Gordon Ditlevson, manager of the S. & L. store here, was named as chairman of the Trade Promotion committee. Other committee members are Phil Diamond, Frank Moulion, Kenneth Strahorri, Mabel Sorensen, Joe Techet- ler, Bill Ressler, Dick Phillips, C. V. Fowler, 'and publication and radio' representatives. feob LaBarrc was named chairman of the Industrial committee. Other committee members are Jim Palmer, Jerry Donovan, Gene Cook, Les Kenyonand L. A.-Winkel. Russell Buchanan will' be chairman of the Tax Study committee. Other members . of the, committee are Fred VKent Jr., Vernon Jensen, Wesley Bartlelt and Joe Bradley. . . : There, may be some additions to these committees in the near future, Hedlund added. LuVerne And Burt Queens Are Selected Kay Richardson 'Miss LuVerne • LuVerne—Kay Richardson has been chosen as Band Queen to represent the LuVerne high school at.'thc- • dnr.-u&l- 'N&?ih • 13 v,»a; Bead Festival to be held June 7 at Mason City. She is the daughter of Mr, -and Mrs... Clifford Richardson, and is a sophomore She,has played, as post guar.dx.two,.years on the girls basketball team, and is a member ol the conceit band, r\\)h. Barbara Fairbanks .Miss Burt Burt—Barbara Fairbanks, daughter of Col. and Mrs L, J. Fairbanks, has been selected as Band Queen for the Burt band at the Mason City Band Festival in June. She is a senior and has been active in band and vocal activities. She has also played basketball for four years, and a class officer in her freshman and seniors years. • Ted Hutchison In Honor Group Ted M. Hutchison, Algona, was among the 22 students and one faculty member chosen f o r membership Tuesday night, May 10, in the _ University of Iowa chapter of O'micron Delta Kappa, upperclassmen's leadership honor society. v Speakers at the dinner, held in the Iowa Memorial Union, were President Virgil M. Hancher and G. P. Lloyd of Joliet, 111. Hutchison is the son of Mr and •Mrs T. C. Hutchison, and a law senior. The faculty member honored was Professor Gerald K. Chinn of the school of law at Drake. Chinn is the husband of a form- well-known Algona girl, Mary Jane Neville, and a 1946 graduate of the Iowa Law school. No Commercial Vaccine Here Yet There is as yet no commercial polio vaccine in Algona, local doctors reported - yesterday. . The doctors stated that .they each had received a good many calls with requests for immunization for children and adults, and the doctors were compiling their own individual lists for. the vaccinations, with perferences usually tq be given to grade school children and pregnant M'orsst}.-. AH stated they would endeavor to vaccinate in the s order their requests have been received, ..when the vaccine is available. ' Procuring of the polio" vaccine from drug stores will require a prescription, local druggists said. One drug firm stated by letter that they did not expect to be able to' ship the vaccine before possibly August. Mike L. Besch Of Whittemore Dies, Aged 44 Whittemore— Funeral services for Mike Lawrence Besch/ 44, were held Tuesday morning,Way 10, at 9:30 in St. Michael's Catholic, church, iRev. Wjilliarh. VeH-Pf- .ficiatirig.' Pallbearers Wire'Mar- tin :Vanderlan, Art Cogley', John Marte, John Uhlenhake,' Fred rtuhnke and John V. c "'cUi 'fsll'. 'lil- terment was at the St. Michael's, cemetery. Mike L. Besch was born Nov.. 2, 1910 on his parents farm southeast of Whittemore, and was the son "of Mr and Mrs. Mike Besch Sr. He grew to manhood in this community, attended Presentation Academy and graduated with the class of 1929. On Jan. 27; 1937, le was united in marriage to' Pearl Higley and came to Whittemore where they established their lorne. He was at first employed with the Rural Gas Company, and n recent years was one of highest n sales with the DeKalb seed corn plant. For the past four years he also bought bulk gas tanks and established his own bulk plant here with Phillips 66. He was well known in the surrounding vicinity as he had developed an enormous business. Mr and Mrs Besch were the parents of three, children, Jerome, Dennis and Lois, at home. Besides his loving wife and family he is survived by his parents, Mr and Mrs Mike Besch Sr., four brothers and one sister, William, Edward, James, and Dora, all of Whitte- mor-e and Raymond of Algona. He was a devout member of his church and a member of the Holy Name Society, a member of the Community Club, a member of the Whittemore Public School Board. Death followed a heart attack suffered Sunday, May 1. He passed away at St. Ann hospital in Algona on. Saturday, Ma,y 7. New Pastor At LuVerne Named LuVerne—Rev. J. Paul Stevens of Merrill Point, near LeMars, received the assignment of pastor of the local Evangelical United Brethren Church at the conference held in Des Moines the past week. Rev. and Mrs Harold W. Dellit and sons, Ricky, Ronnie and Kevin who have served this charge for the past six years, were assigned to the church in Toledo, an advancement for the Dellit family. Rev. Stevens comes to Lu- Verne with a wife and twp small children, a son and daughter. Winnw oj If State & Including General Excellence, Jow» P*fW M«'«< Congressman In FrayOver Debate, Sexton 89*Sign PaHtion | Objecting To 1 Sob-Stotlon Plan ; Sexton—Congressman James ,1. •Dolliver has entered the fray' with regard to whether or not the present Sexton postoffice shall be retained. ---:.'",' . ; j After he received . a petition, signed by 89 Sexton -residents objecting to any changes in the present postal setup at Sexton, he wrote a letter to the regional operations manager of the Postoffice Department, from which excefpts.are printed below: .'..'; "I have received several com munications from persons in Kos suth county, in my Congressional district, expressing concern over the visit of the postal inspector to the community of Sexton, la. Their concern was occasioned by a rumor that the department- is contemplating consolidation o< the Sexton postoffice into a rural mail route or a sub-statidfi 'out*, of Algona. Iowa. ...\lv.v,' '••"•H' nave 'received| a peUuon ...; expressing objection, with 89 names. . , . r i "No official,"word has reached mfe that the department has made' any,, decision.. .and' if such p, move is considered, the wishes, of these'people should receive consideration/ ./' ' . "It is the x opinion of persons outside of Sexton that these peo-. pie are entirely.' correct in rioj wanting to lose their postoffice., Sexton is a very liVe little town ... it does not seem feasible to have a sub-station' more than 7; miles from the main postoffice in Algona ... I will be .glad • to have word from you.".. Copies of this letter in full were sent to all those who v signed the petition and also to Angus, Cotton, county Republican chairman., '; No definite answer as to what" will happen to the Ipcal pQ^t^tfiqe, Had' 'Been' received at Sextori. All that is known, is that .the matter has been referred to higher authority. J _j_^_j '••-'• ''••- *? Mercury Hits 83, Then Dips With the exception of Friday. 1 when the mercury went up to 88 degrees, the past seven days have seen quite moderate, according :o Weatherman Stu Albright at :he Algona Airport. A much- needed half-inch of rain settled the dust Sunday and Monday, but more wouldn't hurt at all. Date Hi L May 4 „ „_—75 45' May 5 - -71 45 May 6 . .i. .--88 52 May 7 76 52 May: 8 • 64 32 May 9 _'„.—82 '47 May 10 . —69 43 More rain is expected in the immediate future. 3 Year Sentence On Third O.M.V.I. Count THIS EDITION of the Algona Upper DJS Moines contains the senior graduation pictures of all 1955 graduates 'from Kossuth county high schools and parochial schools, and also the West Bend senior class, or 378 ssnlor pictures in all. Extra copies of this annual Spring Graduation issue may be obtained at the Smoke Shop or the Upper Des Woines office, at ten cents each. G'O-C Members TP Rally, May 13 Members of the Algona Ground Observer Corps who will Attend a rally at Arnolds Park, the evening of May 13, include C. C. Shierk, Al Hidlebau'gti, Wm. Foth, Ray Reid, Rev. G. G. Hallauer, Gene Cook, A. E. Briggs and John Wood, local supervisor, • Representatives of the Air Force filter center end the -state, direc-. tor of civil defense, will be present. Hospital Tag Day Set For May 13 St. Ann Hospital Auxiliary is holding jts annual Tag Day on Friday May 13, during National Hospital Week. There will be open house at the hospital oh this day for any who care to visit. The money raised will be used to purchase a snfgll oxygen tent for children and also will be put in a fund for a nursing scholarship which the auxiliary plans to sponsor, "Mrs Daniel Bray is the chairman of the scholarship fund and Miss Bonnstctter and Mrs Hamstreet are on the committee. Mrs Seeley and Mrs Bickert are serving as co-chairman for Tag Day. Captains in Algona are: Mrs Bill Barry Jr., Mrs N. J. Kelley, Mrs Joe Lowe, Mfs Don Frederick, Mrs Leo Cassel, Mrs John Carroll, Mrs Dean Parrott, Mrs Robert Horton, Mrs Julia Meissner, Mrs Jack Chrischilles, Mrs Don Priestkorn Mrs Walter Bradley and Mrs Eugene McMahon. Out of town captains are: Mrs Hamstreet; Burt, Mrs Bradley; Bancroft, Mrs McDonald; Ledyard, Mrs Robert Hamilton; La.k- ota, Mrs John State; Titonka, Mrs Glen Gabrielson; Sexton, Mrs J. M. Kunz; Wesley, Mrs George Rader; St. Benedict, Mrs Mark McGuire; St. Joe, Mrs Ralph Thompson; Lone Rock, Mrs Edmund O'Brien; Whittemore, and Mrs Hams; LuVerne. Larry Obrecht Rites Held; Memorial Fund At $286 Funeral senyices for Larry Obrecht, 16-year old Algona High School senior, were held at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Father Harold Cooper officiated, and burial followed in Calvary Cem- etry. " McCullough's Funeral Chapel was hv charge of arrange- rments. • Larry was killed instantly at 112:40 a.m. Friday morning when the car he was driving crashed a mile and a half east of Whittemore on highway; 18. He was the fifth auto fatality in Kossuth County since the first of the year. Lawrence Neal Obrecht, son of Mr and Mrs Arthur E. Obrecht, was born at Rolfe, May 19, 1938, and moved to Algona with his pr.rfr.tF' -and family from Wesley five years ago. Larry was an outstanding student in the local high school, and planned to attend Iowa,State College next fall Annual Meeting, Red Cross, Set kossuth County chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its Annual meeting -Tuesday, May 17, at 2 o'clock at the •. Druggist Mutual Insurance Co.. building meeting room, second iloor with entries on Ncjrth Moore. St. ?hls meeting is open \Q «tf persons wyum the county wtyo *3.v$ f»f Red. Cross membership fees 4uring the r«c*iit.drive fp?. members »mJ funds. ••'.'• ..Only two weeks ago, Larry received notice he had won one Of fqnr Genera,' ^Motors . • m e r.J *. scholarships to Iowa State. The value of the scholarship rangeu from, $200 to $1000 per year, based tin/financial need. He previously had .been offered a' four-year Scholarship to Buena Vista "College at". Storm Lake. His score on , written tests taken : several w,e ; eks ago earned him the •.General. Motors , award. His activities .in .high school were varied, and numerous. He was active' in vocal music, speech, dramatics, was on 'the student council, and a member of the track team for the past two years, getting a letter last season, The entire student body from the high school attended flie funeral, and the 73 members of the senior class served as honorary pallbearers. Six classmates, close friends of Larry, served as casket bearers. They were Joe Troutman, Nidas Dermand, Pete Langmack, Don Cook, Alvin Christiansen and Bob Jensen. Survivors include his parents, two sisters, Patricia (Mrs Herb Hensley) and Christine, and two brothers, William and Stephen, all of Algona. Three ' grandparents and his great-grandmother, Mrs S. H. Gill, Havelock, also survive. Start Memorial Fund Announcement was made Wednesday noon by Earl Legler, principal at the local highschool, that plans for the Larry, Ooreoht Memorial Award, which was established and approved by students during a general assembly Tuesday morning, have been completed. According to Legler, a total of $288 had already been donated by Wednesday noon. Of this total, $265 came from high school students and faculty members, and $23 from donations by the community. A concessions stand, set up by seven students, swelled the total by $37 Tuesday afternoon, through sales of refresh- meats at the district baseball tournament at the fairgrounds. Mads Christiansen, manager of the local creamery, donated 11 cases of pop, and Sjogren's Grocery, employers of Larry, donated the ice for the event. The award is designed* to be a yearly feature as long as the funds last. An amount of money, probably $30, will be given to the senior boy each year who most nearly exemplifies the character, excellence, versatility, and high standard of scholarship achieve^ by Larry, The boy who receives the award each year until tne fund is depleted will be chosen by a committee consisting of a faculty member designed by th,e superintendent of schools, a student designated by. the student council who is ineligible to get the award;', and W or Mr Federal Savings and Loan here, and anyone wishing to contribute may do so by contacting Mr Legler at the high school. Was Alone In Car Larry died instantly when the car in which he was driving alone swerved and finally left the road after rolling over early Friday. He was returning from the Estherville Relays where he had competed with the track team Thursday night. The school bus, carrying all of the team except field men- who went up earlier with Coach Champ Martin, ana Larry, left Algona at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. He worked at his regular job at Sjogren's until about 6:30. then drove in his mother's business car, a lUdb Ford belonging to the CUrtis Circulation Co. of Philadelphia, to JEstherville. .,i,. first- bridge east of • Whittemore. The car evidently struck the cuU vert in front of the bridge, the south shoulder of the highway, then cut back across the road and into the ditch on the north side, leaving a wake including both doors and the young student's body. The car rolled and skidded on its top and sides on the pavement during the crash, and was a complete wreck. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood investigated. Academy Seniors On "Skip Trip' The last surge of senior activities at St. Cecelia's Academy will get underway today (Thursday) when the group of 28 graduates and their chaperones. travel to Minneapolis for the annual skip day outing. Crowning of the Blessed Virgin is set for 7:45 p.m. this Sunday night, May 13, in St. Cecelia's Church. • Final exams for seniors will be written, Wednesday, May 18, and the senior class play "Teen Time" will be presented Thursday, May 19, in the Algona High School auditorium at 8 p.m. Avyard. day for . academy high school students will follow, Friday, May 20. Scholastic and athletic awards earned during the year will be given that day. Graduation exercises are slated for Sunday evening, May 22, at 7:45 p.m. in the church. Msgr. P. P. Gearen will distribute diplomas and Father Elmer Thorn, Emmetsburg, will deliver the address. © w re<Sht • or . si! !»»te4 by- m. -at • 4** U be given -at •commencement . . . __ ere on deposit a t Home LuVerne Brooder House Burns LuVwn*—The LuVerne Fire Department received a call, after noon Saturday, when the brooder house burned on the farm of Mrs Nelle Biegger and tenanted by Audie Ramaeker. The house burned to the ground, but the 450 chickens outside were saved. No cause is known. It was heated by an oil burner. Mr and Mrs Ramaeker are grateful to the fire department for their prompt assistance. June 5, Dedicate New Courthouse The formal Dedication and Open House for the new Kossuth county courthouse will be held Sunday, June 5, it was announced this week. A program will be briefly held at 2 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Judge 0- W. Stillman will be master of ceremonies, Judge Harry Narey will deliver an aa- dr«ss, ao4 Judge Fred Hudson will make the dedication. Tours will then be made of the building. Pick Successor To Burton For Extension Post New Jury Trial In m Civil Action Begins Lawrence M. £chiltz, Bancroft, was sentenced to a term of not to exceed three years in the state penitentiary at Fort Madison, by Judge G. W. Stillman, on a plea of guilty to n charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. It was n third offense for Schiltz.' He was sentenced for O.M.V.I, in HumbolcK county in 1943, and ag::in from Dickinson county in 1950. Sentence was imposed last week. SchillK were, nrresterl. nbout 3 p.m.,' April 29, by Deputy Sheriff. Don M. Wood, after complaints from the north end of the county were received about the matter. A second charge against Schiltz, operating a motor vehicle while the driver's license wns under suspension, brought a 90-day jail term, to run concurrently however with the penitentiary sentence. New Trial Begins ' A petit jury was being selected Wednesday lor a trial in the civil action brought by Ellen M. Johnson against the estate of Severt Stangland for $5,400, an action to recover an amount claimed due for the care ot the deceased prior to his death. Jurors selected for the trial • were Robert H. Bell, Algona; Roy Ennen, Lone Rock; Thelma Hays, Algona; John' Keller, BRflr.TO.tt; Beth Miller. Algona; Pearl McEnroe, Algona; Dorothy Rieken, Burt; Irene Slobe, Algona; Goorg- iana Steele, Algona; Gladys DEAN BARNES At a special meeting of the Kossuth Co. Farm' Bureau Board May 4, Dean Barnes, New Hampton, was hired as Kossuth County Extension Director. The position was left by the resignation of John Burton who will be em- pluyed by the Iowa Farm Supply Company. Barnes, a graduate of Iowa State College, was born and raised at Marcus, Iowa. During World War II, he was in the U.S. Navy submarine service. He has had 3Vj years experience in Extension work both as CED and as Youth Assistant. The past year and a half, Barnes was a partner in a feed- seed-and fertilizer business in New Hampton. According to Lester Eden, Co. Farm Bureau President, Barnes will assume his duties on May 16. His wife and daughter will move here when housing is available. Jr. High, Grade Concert, May 17 The annual spring concert of grade and junior high bands, and the fifth, sixth and seventh grade chorus groups will be held in the Algona High School auditorium, Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m. About 280 pupils from fourth .to seventh grades will participate in the presentation. Mrs George Sefrit is dhector of the fifth and sixth grade choruses, Del Carver has seventh grade, and Russ Guster directs the two bands. There will be no admission charge. New Bank Director Roy McMahon was elected a director of the Iowa State Bank at the monthy meeting of the board of directors, held Monday. ,. Fentoh; and Leta Weber, Ban croft. i "n o pp wr? .f 'led in district court. Daniel E. Blancharcl, Algona, was bound over to the next term of court on nn O.M.V.I. charge filed by city police. His preliminary hearing was before Mayor Linda Clapsadclle. Bond was fixed at $300, and had not been furnished yesterday. County Attorney L. W. Nitchals said it was the third charge of the same; nature against Blanchard. Bruch Vs. Insurance Co. Lorcttn E. Bruch, as guardian, filed a civil action asking $5,024.8Si and interest from the Iowa Homi* Mutual Casualty C". of DC:', Moines. This involves an insurance policy. The plaintiff .says that a judgment for $5,000 was awarded her as guardian against the James J. Bciser estate, but that on Dec. 13, 1954, the .sheriff returned a report of "no property found" and that as a result the insurance company is charged with being the insurer and thus liable for the amount of the judgment. Reinhold H. Ostwald and James P. Bisenius are plaintiffs naming John McEnroe as defendant in a civil action asking a temporary injunction to restrain the plaintiff from continuing with exeavution of a tile ditch and from laying tile on land owned by tilt plaintiff Bisenius and from connecting saiil tile with tilt; owned by the plaintiff. They also state that the defendant made no contribution to the cost of construction of the origion- al tile drain. The defendant had not had time to reply to the plaintiffs' petition. Fractures Arm Bancroft — Mrs Nellie Lupin fractured her left arm Friday, just above the wrist, when wind blew a door out of her hand throwing her to the ground at the Frank Ditsworth home. Her arm will be in a cast for three weeks. Obrecht Death Car The death car driven by Larry Obrecht, Algona high senior, who was killed early last Friday morning on highway 18 west of Algona. is pictured above. Lijrry was driving back from a -track meet at Estherville when he met death. His was the fifth fatal traffic accident in Kossuth county in 1955. (Upper Des Moines newsfoto).