The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 26, 1955 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, May 26, 1955
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Four New A/gona Bulldozers were at work leveling ground, while the old Hutchison , uozers wee a , ome at the corner of East State & Wooster s being torn down in ing Projects Underway Dept. of Hiatory and Des Moinee 19, Iowa I Arofci^ y?t ^ > »ome at tne corner or *.asi ouue <x vvuuo«:» « 5,""f_ VrlV.. o,./,p erv (reparation for construction of the new Hood's Super valu giOcery. Vbout one-third of a block will be used m the projecV*°r ooMtrug- .Ion and customer parking. The new super market is expected to >e completed sometime next fall On the southeast corner of the State 8t Colby intersection, a. second new filling station is now under construction, as pictured above. This one is being built by the Skelly Oil Co., whose local lessee at present is Ernie Moe, with a station on West State. The .Csteopathic Clinic is in the background. On South Phillips St., at McGregor, pictured above, the Botsford Lumber Go's new yard begins to take shape. wiU move, lock, stock and barrel, from its present West State St. lotion to this new yard sometime this summer, and the old yard will bu torn down. (All photos by Upper Des Moines). ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, iSwa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 1955 3 SECTIONS-24 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 21 Ca Near Whittemore I; 4 . By Huss Waller !•; •• •"'"•*..; ,/* E,'Richard Campney "of-Burl, majoring in agricultural educatiqn at I Iowa State college, is one of "31 i- students from the college who i will take a tour of 15 states and i Canada, this summer, studying -' farm and ranch operations. The • "class" will take off June 13 via ! chartered bus, rolling westward . into Nebraska, through Wyom ing, Colorado, New Mexico, Tex as, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ala bama, Tennessee, North Carolina Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, into Canada, and then back through Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. They will also "visit historical spots of interest enrbute. • * * ,An unusual event anywhere happened last week R! the Wesley high school, when a set of triplets received their diplomas. The triplets are. Dixie, Donna and Dennis See- ield, children of Mr-and Mrs Leander Seefeld who farm near Wesley. All were active in high school affairs, Dixie would like to be a ^.iK-i; Donna is engaged to be married. Dennis hopes to farm. • * * Donald Graham, the Tilonka Topic reports, was digging in his mother's garden in the south part of town when he dug up a bronze button, bearing pictures of two men and the names "Robert M. LaFollette and Burton Wheeler." A pin an. the back of the button was badly rusted, and broke off from the button ... an old timer for (rare, and reminiscent of a real, hot political battle of bygone days. One of our local cynics remarks that oftentimes a girl seems to have a magnetic personality because everything she has on is charged. Emil Lovstad says that- he's personally getting so that he prefers Betty Crocker to David Crockett on his radio programs. • * » A Bryant school kindergarten class made a recent trip out to the Joe Miller farm north of Algona to inspect things in general and the livestock in particular. One little boy, asked what they did, replied. "Oh, we had some chocolate milk from a black cow." We don't know just what kind of livestock Mr Miller has, but we'd say he has found a new solution to the dairy surplus problem. Algona's P. E. O. chapter had a good delegation at the recent state convention at Fort Dod^e, and the Fort Dodge paper had quite a detailed account of the convention ... but we still remain in mystery as to the meaning of the initials "PEO". We once asked a member what the letters stood for, some years ago, and received only a look of mystery — and it has remained thus ever since. In an unthinking moment, several years ago, we told one of our boys that when he got to be 12 years old we'd take him to Africa • • • time passed: the other day he reached his 12th birthday. And then out of a clear sky, after years of silence on thn subject, came the query: "Well, when do we go to Africa?" We'd say that boys, as well as elephants, never forget, Bob Schwartz of the Swea City Herald chidingly remarks that there was considerable reference to the Iowa State High School Athletic Board as being "money mad." Bob wants to know how you'd Classify the last state legislature which raised taxes pn just about everything. Famous *L*4 J-Sat — HI b* home, early. . . _____ _ __... . , -. • —*— " ' -" ~ _ . •• ^^^ Giii 13, DrankScbnppps/Toimi_ftiied$ Algona Sisters Are Sent To Juvenile Homes James Bockholt, 21, Rolfe,- was fined $100 and costs, Wednesday afternoon by Justice of the Peace C. H. Ostwinkle, on a charge of contributing to the delinquincy of a minor. Specifically, Bock h ol t wa charged in an information filed .by County" Attorney 1,7 W. 'Nitchals, who said Bockholt had provided a oint bottle of oeoperrhinl srhnaop 0 . which was consumec "b'y a 13 year-oid Algona girl, last May 5. The 13 year-old girl and her sister, 15, had a date with Bockholt and a sailor friend of his home on leave. Older Girl Out All Night After the younger girl became sick she was taken home, Nitchals said, and the older girl and two young men then left. The oldei girl did not return home until the next afternoon, about 2 p. m. Both girls were taken before juvenile court, where because of neglect and a lack of home guidance, the court ordered the older one sent to the State Juvenile Home at Toledo, while the younger girl was sent to the State Boys and Girls Home at Sioux City. The 13 year-old girl was in the eighth grade, and her older sister had quit school, authorities said. Mother, Daughter Divorced In other court cases of the past week, two divorces were granted, and one suit for separate maintenance was filed. A mother and her daughter were both divorced at the same time, May 19. Alfred O'Keefe, 79, Lakota, was awarded a decree from Leota Cook O'Keefe. At the same time, Melvin R. Abbas of Algona was divorced from Aletha Mae Abbas. Mrs Abbas is the daughter of Mrs O'Keefe. It was Mrs O'Keefe's second marriage. An action for separate maintenance was filed by Theresa Farrow against Wilbur E. Farrow, of Grant Twp. The couple married Nov. 23, 1938, and separated last December. There are two children. 14 Start 100 Mile Trail Ride Here On Wednesday Fourteen hardy members of the Seneca Saddl^^Club began a 100-mile trip on horseback to Cherokee WedMsday at 1 nm The group, complete with chuck wagon, left.ihe dub g^unds af the P Algona Airport and headed down highway 18 toward .Emmetsburg. . • They planned to camp Wednesday night a burg, then go as far as Rembrandt, south of •* tonight:(Thursday), and on to their destination I trip, second in two years for the club, will be cU...-.-_ -., attendance at the Bob Barnes World Championship R. C. A. ROCi pr'ovision S for the entire tour were packed, into W chuck wagon, and >w> oj_ the riders, Ellen ^^eanor, Witham, agreediiojbe c6oksi«Oryille >( CroucU is handling f ine. ;! " reigMoV«ie horses on^the xhuck'Vagon.; *,„„, Riders include Dave Lynch, Everett, Ellen and Eleanor WJthanv^Loren iBell, Paul Miller, Erwin Richardson. Pat RJflinFGene Gardner, Donald Doocy. Jerry Breese, Gale Kauffman, Max Krosch, Joe Lynch and Janice Simmons. The latter two left today (Thursday). . More riders, bringing the total to approx.malely 75, will join the group along the way. • ASC Measuring Corn Acres Poppy Day Here Friday mm* i. « , ~mnm»m'mimmtnmttm New City Sewage Plant In Operation - River Is Happy Rites May 20 For Two Little Girls Whittemore — Funeral services were held for Janice Mae, 3, and Jean-Marie, 2, daughters of Mr and Mrs Maurice Fickbohm, Friday morning, May 20 at St. Michael's Catholic church at 9 a. m. Rev. William Veit officiated. Interment was at St. Michael's cemetery. Both were killed instantly last week, Tuesday, May 16, in a tragic accident when they fell from their father's' pickup and were run over by the truck. Janice was born Dec. 9, 1951 and Jean Marie was born Jan. 31, 1953. Besides their parents they are survived by three brothers, Maurice, Donald and James, and two sisters, Patricia and Mary Ann, and their maternal grandmother, Mrs Peter Origer, and the paternal grandparents, Mr and Mrs T. Fickbohm. Mrs Fickbohm was tjxe former Theresa Qriger. The waters of the Des Moines River below Algona are the cleanest they've been since white men settled here—and it's all due to the operation of the town s newest addition, a gigantic sewage treatment plant. Practically every piece of equipment has been in action since the switch was thrown to set the filter bed into operation May 17, and from now on, at least 90 percent of the pollution will be removed as raw, sewage passes through a 7-phase process. According .to plant manager, Jim Egli, this is the way the ma- chiner> and bacteria do the job: Raw sewage from the north and south halves of Algona enters the screen house, where large pieces of refuse are strained out, lifted into an automatic grinder, which resembles a disposal unit found in the home, only much larger, and is then put back into the stream, It then goes into the grit removal unit, where small particles, including broken glass, bottle caps and sand that might get through the screen house, are dredged out. . The next stop is the wet pit in the basement of the administration building. Here a measurement of gallonage is taken (500,000 gallons per day), and it is then pumped to the large, open clari- flocculator. Heavy material then flows into an enormous filter bed. An open circular structure, the filter bed is 123 feet in diameter, and is filled with 78 carloads of quartzite rock to a depth of \i feet. This rock is a sandstone which has bacterial life living upon it. The bacterial action, plus aeriation, destroys most of the pollution before the fluid goes into a secondary clarifier. If any solids remain, they will settle m this open tank and be pumped out. From here, the liquid portion of the sewage goes to the river. The digester, which is 45 feet in diameter and 23 feet deep, has a 276,000 gallon capacity, and handles all the solids after they go through a heat exchanger located in the administration building where all solids are returned by pumps. The heat exchanger raises the temperature of these solids to about 96 degrees, so bacteria can really go to work, and pumps the material to the digester. Bacterial action does the rest, and the residue is hauled away and buried. A gas, known as me- thylamine, is formed during this bacterial action, which is very inflammable. It is used to heat the screen house, digester and heat exchanger. Egli stated it is possible there might be an odor for a month or so after the digester is set into actiont until the bacterial count is raised to the point where the active little parasites take over and do their work. Total capacity of the local plant is one million gallons a day, and should handle sewage problems for at least 25 years. Weldon Bros., Iowa Falls, built it of brick, tile and concrete at a cost of $340,000, including collector sewers, and construction began last summer. At present, only Egli is employed at the plant, but an assistant will be hired in the future to help man it. 6 Bands Coming To Dedication A tentative program for the Dedication and Open House at the new Kossuth County Courthouse, scheduled for Sunday, June 5, was announced yesterday by S. D. McDonald, chairman of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors. Six bands from the county will participate. Algona, Burt, Grant, Lakota, Titonka and Whittemore high school bands will be present. The program, will start at 1:30 p. m. The program will be held on the courthouse lawn, but inside the courthouse in case of rain. Inspection tours of the building will follow the formal dedication ceremony. Burt Man Gets $100 Driving Fine Dean M. Hungate, Burt, was fined $100 and costs by Judge G. W. Stillman in Kossuth district court, May 23, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while his driver's license was under suspension. He was driver of the car in which Ralph Shipler met his death, April 3, when the car left the road near Ledyard. Hungate's license had been suspended followed an O. M. V. I conviction. For '55 Begins Measuring of corn acres in Kossuth county will start immediately according to Evelyn J. Ollom, acting office manager of Kossuth ASC office. Township nomrmtteemen have received § eir instructions and equipment id will begin work at once. 'It'itsvifweessary' to complete all, 'farm measuring by July l: 1! Farrh- ers themselves have a responsibility in connection with tms phase of the farm program. Every farmer should accompany the field reporter when he calls — point out the various fields on the farm and assist in any measuring that needs to be done. Farmers should not ask the field reporter to figure acres as all figuring will be done in the ASC office from information turned in by the reporters. It will require co-operation ol all parties concerned to complete measuring during June. This must be done in order that farmers may receive their official notice of their corn acres in time to assure themselves they are in compliance by August 5. August 5 is the deadline for all farms to be in compliance if they wish price support of their 1955 corn crop. 100 At Dinner Honor Burtons Mr and Mrs John Burton were honored Thursday evening, May 19 at a dinner at 7 p. m. at the K C Hall in Algona, by a group of friends associated with their work here for the past several years. Mr Burton is going to a new position in Des Moines, June Over 100 attended. Dean Barnes, who succeeds Burton,.was also a guest of honor. Lester Eden, county Farm Bureau president, on behalf of the group, presented the Burton's with a gift of luggage. . Entertainment included selections by Earl Zwiefel on the accordion accompanied by Maurice Bilsborough on the steel guitar, and a recording that had been prepared by office personnel at the Farm Bureau building was played, on the theme "A busy day with the Burtons." Mr Burton has sold his home here to Owen Booth, head of the rareway store meat department although Mrs Burton • and the children will remain here until Mrs Leota Halpin. local »M^™*°^f A ^^™£$}? Auxiliary, pins a Poppy °" ^ Salesman, 26, Badly Injured On Wednesday A 2fi-year old resident of Algona, John E. Estenson, is in very serious condition at St. Ann hospital following a train-car crash about a mile and n half east of Whittemore Wednesday morning at 10:35 a. m. Estenson, according to authorities at the hospital, "is doing as well as can be expected,!' Dr. Robert Horton, who is treating Estenson, reported the injured man received a crushed chest and ribs, and internal injuries. Mr* Halnin exDiams i-oppy uuy has" a two fold purpose. The memqri- S poppies pSenTod to the public as symbols of remembrance for our war dead are assembled by disabled veterans in our V. A. hos- P ' tal For each completed poppy the veteran receives a nominal sum which helps to maintain his morale and often is a means of assisting with the supporT of his family. Mrs L. E. Linnan, Poppy chairman, desires n wholehearted community response to this clay of remembrance. (Upper Des Moines Polaroid Newsfoto) koines. home can be found in Dei New Manager For KSMN Here Radio station KSMN, Mason City, which has a studio in Algona, announced Tuesday the appointment of Gerrit (Jack) Buis as manager of the Algona studio beginning June 2. Buis will be assisted in his new duties by his wife Eleanor Buis They will be in charge of all activities of the Algona branch. Previously they had been employed in KSMN's Mason City station, and have been associated with radio work for the past three years. They h»ve one son who graduates this spring from Carleton college, Northfield, Minn. 8 Commencement Honor Awards Commencement exercises were leld last night (Wednesday) for 3 graduates of Algona high chool in the auditorium at 8 D. m. The band played the process- onal "Pomp and Circumstance,' The Trombone King," and "La- Boheme," followed by "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" and "The Lord's Prayer," by the mixed chorus, accompanied by Darlene "ikogstrom. Rev. Reuben K. Youngdahl, pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran :hurcn in Minneapolis, well- cnown lecturer, traveller, writer and worker for the blind, then delivered the main address entitled "The Impossible Becomes Possible." Principal Earl Legler then announced honor award winners, who were presented with checks by these orgary-'iHions: $5 American Legion auxiliary — best eighth grade history student, Joel Harris; $5 Delphian Society to Elaine Montgomery for best ninth grade English; and the following to outstanding seniors: $10 Be Canto — to outstanding vocal ant instrumental m'usic student in honor of Lucia Wallace (New award this year) to Karen Kuch enreuther; $10 D. A. R. — socia science, to Nidas Dermand; $10 Business and Professional Women's — commercial student to iaren Kuchenreuther; and $25 ?. E. O. — top English student ;o Evelyn McKim; American Citizenship award by Bar Ass'n to Joe Troutman, plaque and pin; Don Cook, outstanding athlete; Pete Langmack, $50 poster contest award. Supt. O. B. Laing then presented the class of 1955, and Perry Collins, president of the school board, presented the diplomat. Rev. O. Leonard Nelson, pastor, First Lutheran church, then delivered the benediction. City's Memorial Day Plans Are Completed Memorial Day in Algona will be observed with two formal ceremonies, Monday, May 30. The morning ceremonial dedicated In sailor and marine dead will be held at the new bridge north of Algona on highway 169, at 0:45 a. in. Veterans will meet at the V. K. W. hall at 0:30 a. m. and will follow the colors to the river. Rev. O. L. Nelson will lay the wreath and pronounce observance. . The V. F. W. will furnish the firing squad for this ceremony. The regular Memorial program will start with a parade at 10:15 a. m., forming at the Legion Hall. The parade will move to Thoring. ton, to State, and east to Phillips, then north to Riverview cemetery, arriving there at approximately 10:50 a. m. The V. F. W. will furnish the firing squad, the Legion the buglers and program. Glenn Dugger, asst. service office of the Iowa Department o: the American Legion, will he the speaker. Wreaths will be laid by representatives of all groups. Ag Council Ballot Election of persons to serve on the County Agricultural Exten sion Council will take placi Tuesday, May 31, in designatec polling places in each township At least two nominees for eacl township will be announced, am other nominations may be mad from the floor. bound passenger train, and _Es- •tenson, -who was "driving a 1955 ».• Chevrolet Bel Air tudor, totally smashed the -auto. Estenson was headed north on a gravel road which leads from a county sandpit a short distance fro™ tne was hit nearly dead-center and slammed down into the right-of- way ditch on the north side o£ the tracks^ west of the road. Estenson was found lying in the ditch by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, who was called to investigate the accident by Frank Spil- es who farms near the crossing, Dr. Hugh Geiger of Whittemorn was called to the scene' and administered aid to the injured man. He was given oxygen, and brought to the hospital in an ambulance from the Hyink funeral home, Whittemore. • 1 .—!"** *««r1 vilh debris, including broken lass, various materials being auled in the car, and car parts, 'he gas tank was torn loose and lipped 50 feel from the car, and ne hub cap was found 75 yards lown the tracks from the point f impact. According to Lindhorst, who talked to the engineer of the train, the car was seen approaching the tracks, but . the train was moving at SO miles an hour and couldn't be stopped in time. It was delayed for almost an hour and a half after the wreck. Estenson's home town is Bloom- ng Prairie, Minn. His mother, wo brothers and two sisters live there. His father was superintendent of schools at Blooming Prairie before his death. The injured man is president of the Algona Equipment Co., and has worked in this area for a year and a half. He had been living at the Acreage Motel east of Algona. 4-H Rally Day This Weekend One switch has been made in plans for Rally Day, May 28, at Burt. The Better Grooming contest will be held Friday afternoon, May 27, instead of Saturday. The balance of the program will be on Saturday as scheduled, however. The Better Grooming contest will begin at 1:15 p. m. at the Burt gym. Winners will be announced Saturday. Breaks Hip In Fall Mrs Ivy Hutton of Bancroft, who has been working as a proofreader at the Upper Des Moines since mid-April, had the misfortune to slip and fall in the Upper Des MoTnes office Tuesday afteijnoon, and suffered a fractured hip. She is at St. Ann hospital. Winner of 16 State & National Award*, 1950-1955 Including Ge»*r*l Exceliww. I«w« P»«* Aw'a. 1955

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