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By RUSS Waller * * * Fish stories, a little slow at the start are beginning to gain their customary vigor. * * » Mr and Mrs Frank Vera, however, are serving notice that they intend to make a bid for the 1955 * ish Story Sweepstakes .. they l» ave next M °nday for Fall River, Mass., where Frank has a brother, and from which port they expect to do some deep-sea fishing off the island of Nantucket • ... they are after swordfish. They may be gone a month. We havu followed Frank on his expeditions to the far north and the deep south, and we're ready for anything on this jaunt—and will probably get it. * * * Arnie Ricklefs, no mean fishermen himself if you can believe what you hear, reported that Ted Larson had snagged a 33 lb. catfish up at Rapidan, which got us somewhat excited until Arnie modified it a bit and said he thought that was last fall.. .last fall doesn't count for 1955, Arnie. And anyway, how do we know it's so? * * * Then the four musketeers, Virg Smith, Horace Clapsaddle and Fred and Maurice Bartholomew •v. returned from their Canadian Vportage trip, reporting a total catch of about 200 fish. Their largest walleye was 7% Ibs., the biggest northern was 12 Ibs and they bagged a 10 lb. lake trout, on an expedition which took them 62 miles by boat and 12 by portage from Kettle- Falls; on the Canadian border, and another expedition 55 miles east from Fort Francis, all by boat. They said fishing couldn't be better, and somehow or other we believe them. If they'd reported 20 lb. northerns and 10 lb. walleyes we might have had a different slant however. Incidentally, they had no guides on the voyage, and what fish they didn't bring .home they dispensed to various others less fortunate with rod and reel. Dept« of sietory and Dee Moinee 19, Iowa Jlome* ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1032, under Act of Congress'of March 3, 1879.' ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 1955 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES , VOL. 92 - NO. 22 To Dedicate Courthouse Sunday mio CulleriVbacte. warned to Sharp may f glad to see Ed ter 'a siege'oMll-" ness at the Veteran's Hospital in Des Moines, although he's been take it easy .. .Bill - - be able to return home next week from Iowa City where he had surgery at University Hospital, and he, too, has had about enough illness for one person to encounter ... and Mel Bay, while home from the Mayo Clinic, has been cautioned to take it easy and is trying to do that' insofar as possible ... and we might add that we're happy to have our old partner Clem Erlander prowling arouhd this printing joint again after a medical overhaul. » • • * Don't know whether it mean? things will be "easier" or not, but Jim Pool is sort of looking forward to that new job with Botsford Lumber as supervisor for yards in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. He's been with the firm for 41 years, and the new work will mean be;ng outride and traveling for the first time since he began working for them. w • » Evelyn Cady, whose "Tidbits" you will NOT find in this issue, has reached Houston, "Texas, according to a Wednesday postcair ... she adds "this is the life" ... she is uoming home with a 4 gal- Jon hat, and a Texas slant on life ... the picture side of the card shows the Warwick Hotel, a.nrf you gupssed it—she's x'd the window of the room she and Mrs Lizzie Post are occupying .. .have a good time, Evelyn, but don't buy any oil stock. • » • We have turned our research department loose on this one. Seems they have had some court cases down at Tipton in the matter of private clubs which hold beer licenses, but where there have been some raids and discovery that mixed drinks were on the tables ... the defense said the 1955 legislature clearly made it legal to permit mixing of drinks in private clubs which also hold beer permits ... the new law permits liquor to be kept on the 1 premises of clubs which hold beer licenses. But a district ruled that it apparently is LEGAL TO DRINK STRAIGHT LIQUOR in such clubs BUT NOT LEGAL TO MIX IT WITH ANY OTHER BEVERAGE. How this legal tangle comes out will be interesting to watch, and the legal beagles should have a field day working on it. Over in a town in Belgium some 60 single girls are having a modern Sadie Hopkins Day... a custom 52 years old, when all single men enjoy free lunch and entertainment at the expense of the spinsters... do you have Belgium on your travel itinerary. men? * * * Famous Last Lin* — Now let's see how we'll figure this now 2'/2 percent tales tax. Council Ponders New Problems In Paving Plans Experts Say Concrete Base Necessary For . Some Black Topping AJgona's blacktopping program, to be done in conjunction with the curb and gutter project now in progress, came up for discussion during a lengthy meeting of the city council Thursday night. Vern Miller, engineer and Kossuth County Engineer, H. M. Smith, appeared, answered questions, and gave frank opinions on the work. It was their opinion that a concrete base will have to be Jaid under the blacktop on certain streets to assure a good job. The only bad part about this underlay is the increase in cost of the work. The exact amount of increase in cost is not known at present, but a new estimate of cost and a new plat and schedule for the project will be filed. It is certain some of Algona's streets which are to be blacktopped will not stand the gaff of traffic without concrete base. Four men, David King, Levi Hendren, Henry Braun and Leo Heinen, landowners in the east section of Algona, appeared with their lawyer, Leo Cassed, and asked for more information in regard to the storm sewer project prosposed in that area. At the present time, the city has not got the right to cross any property with the new sewer lines Further action on the problem is sending. Jim' Merryman, representing Algona Block and Tile Co., requested an alley bounding the firm's new plant be vacated. A Titonka Boy Accidentally Shoots Self Titonlea — Russell Sonnenberg, Tilonka high school student, accidentally shot himself in the right hip while hunting In a grove near the Sonnenberg farm home, north of Tilonka. last Saturday evening. After the injury from his .22 calibre rifle, the youth walked to the farm home and told his folks he thought he was hurt. He was rushed to the Buffalo Center hospital, where the bullet was found lodged near the hip bone. Doctor's did not endeavor to remove the bullet at once, and were making further ex. animation before so doing as of Tuesday. The youth cannot receive company at present, but was reported as . resting as well as could be expected. He is a son of Mr and Mrs Ed Sonnenberg. will portion of the new rest on the-alley, r- was introduced and possed which vacated the part of the alley needed by the firm. Brail Wright requested the city to open an alley so he could have access to his garage, and Engineer Lewis Ferguson was instructed to stake the alley for grading. Ferguson was also instructed to hire another inspector for the curb and gutter project at $1.75 per hour. Building permits for Dale J. Hasty, Gustav Romer, E. L. Wolcott, Thelma Halsrud, M. T. Me- Guire, Leo Bellock, Algona Community School District,. William A. Knoll and.Glenn M. Graham, were granted and a beer permit for the Office Cafe was okayed Salary of Albert Baas, custodian of the city dump, was raised to $165 per month, and benches, built to meet city specifications and paid for by any businessmen who wish to put them in front of their store fronts, were allowed. Any store on State street, from Thorington to Jones, may put the benches on the sidewalk facing the store front from now on. City bills were paid. Allen K. Buchanan was approved for a six year term, beginning June 1. 1955, on the board of trustees of Algona Municipal Utilities, and was transferred from the fund to the debt service fund in other business transacted during the evening. Poll Merchants On New Closing Some idea about how popular Saturday night closings are with Algona merchants may soon be known, it was learned this week from Bill Steele, Chamber of Commerce secretary. The local Chamber is conducting a poll of all Algona businesses m an effort to determine the general feeling about Saturday night closings, a policy which went into effect this spring Steele indicated that the poll results were about "evenly split." Steele said Wednesday that the questionnaires were still being processed and -that many merchants had not yet reported so that final results of the poll would not.be available until final tabulation. Even then, according to Steele, it will be difficult to determine exactly what the findings mean and the results will serve only as a guide line to preliminary study. To Educators' Confab County Superintendent of Schools A. M. Quintard and Mrs Fidelia Kiisholm will attend a special State Department clinic «t Lake Okoboji through the week of June 0. One of the purposes of the sessions will be to develop a new handbook for elementary teachers. Dr. Guy Wagner, curricujura expert from Iwy* State Teachers will head thf week long institute. Heiderscheidf Funeral Held On Saturday Funeral services for Mrs Annie B. Heiderscheidt, 83, were held in St. Cecelia's Catholic Church Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Msgr. P. P. Searen Officiated at the rites, and burial was in St. Joe Cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Heiderscheidt died Thurs- dai>?rnprning at St. Ann hospital foliowlrt'g an illness of two weeks. Annie, daughter of Mr and Mrs Valentine Dieter, was born May 8, 1872 at Wheaton, 111. She came to St. Joe when- ten years old, and lived there all of her life until 1953 when she moved to Algona,. She was married to John Heiderseheidt, August 11, 1891 at St. Joe, and the .couple had 11 children'. Mr Heiderscheidt and four of the children preceded Mrs Heiderscheidt in death. Survivors include two daughters, Kate (Mrs Nick B. Wagner), Algona; and Dora (Mrs Fred' rfagg), Algona; and cfive sons. They are Valentine H., Cottonwood, Minn.; Charles, Ottosen; Adam, Mike and Joseph, Algona. Pallbearers were Mike, John, Nick and William Wagner, John and Lawrence Heiderscheidt. Kossuth County's New Courthouse Hawaii Reunion For Fischers U-D-M Salutes New Courthouse This week's Upper Des Moines carries a special section on the new Kossuth Couniy courthouse which is being' dedicated next Sunday, June 5. Contained on these pages is a wealth of back, ground information on the history of the building pro- .gram, pictures and stories of the old courthouse, and picture* of present employees. Turn to this section for the complete story of Kossuth County's new half million dollar improvement. Tel! Names For June Draft Pick Names of the four draftees for the June draft call were released Wednesday morning by the local draft board office. They are: Robert A. Mogler. Whittemore. Harold M. Kemna, Bancroft. Eugene F. Jacobs, Elmore, Minn. Dennis B. Rustemier, La. kota. Besides the four 21-year old draftees, Draftboard Clerk Idela Wood also announced two recent enlistments. Monte Black of Algona has re-enlisted in the navy, and Donald Teems of Ledyard is an army enlistment. Start Plans For Swea City 'Homecoming' Mr anct Mrs Harold "Fischer boarded a C-47 transport at Fort Dodge Wednesday afternoon a 2 p.m. and sped'Off-on ; ;the.?firsl leg of their flight to'Honolulu anc a happy reunion with their sort Harold Fischer, Jr. At Omaha's Offut field they were to rendezvous with the families of the other ; released fliers to board an 'air force plane which was to fly them to Hawaii. The reunion of parents, the Captain and his son is expected to take place today in Hawaii. The Iowa jet ace and three Jther American pilots, freed by -ommunist China, arrived in Honolulu Wednesday at 12:15 Iowa time) from Hong Kong. Fischer was to appear on a special radio-TV interview from Honolulu at 8:00 Wednesday evening. . In another development it was learned that friends and neighbors of the jet double ace plan to buy him ' a plane. During the lonely months in the austerity of the Communist prisoner camp, besides home, Fischer dreamed of having his own private plane and in letters sajd that "a plane was the first thing he was going to buy when he got back." Those in the Swea City Community, when they became aware of his lonely dream, began thinking about the "Harold Fischer Fund". The official sponsoring organization is the Legion Fisher Post American No. 19 of which Dan-old Gable is post commander. While the idea was conceived in Swea City, it is believed that people from all over North Iowa will contribute. Gable said contributions should be sent to "Harold Fischer Fund, c/o American Legion, Swea City, Iowa. The Legion has already investigated a four sealer plane which they hope to have obtained by the time the jet ace reaches Swea City. According to Gerald Gable, post commander, by Wednesday afternoon a steady flow of contributions had already started to roll in and Gable predicted that the tempo of the response would increase from now on. Gable also indicated that plan* were being shaped for a homecoming for the jet hero whose two year imprisonment has been followed closely by the entire world. Gov. Leo Hoegh has been contacted and a committee is currently searching for a master of ceremonies for the occasion. Both Earl Hall, editor of the Mason City Globe-Gazette and Gene Godt of WCCO have been contacted as possibilities. 4-H Girtr Elect Officers Choose ' Best Groomed Nearly 500 4-H girls, representing every club in the county, and the most ever in attendance, were present at Burt last Friday afternoon •and Saturday for he annual the Lotts Creek Lassies,' was' judged the winner of the Better Grooming Contest thai got things under way Friday. Miss Streit was picked from an entry list of 40 contestants, and with Norma Jean Reding, newly elected president of the county group, will represent Kossuth County 4-H clubs at the state convention al Ames, June 15-18. Saturday was a full day, what with registration, campaigning by clubs for candidates for office, group sing- Ing, campaign speeches, club caucuses, installation of new officers and a skit on the docket. The length of the program made it necessary for the rally to extend an extra half way. Officers elected, besides the president. Miss Reding, were Mary Keith, Plum Creek, vice president; Marilyn Bormann, Riverdale R u s 11 e rs, unit two, secretary-treasurer; and Charlotte Wise, Prairie v Pals, historian. • »The assemblage' had a picnic at noon, Saturday, after hearing a talk by Jeanetta Schweitzer, Oelwein, who spent several months in Scotland as an International Exchange student. The Kos- suih County 4-H Girl's Chorus, directed by Erna Baars, also appeared, and the new officers were installed by the retiring group, Ruih Ann Pehrson, Dorothy Dade, Phyllis Kauffman and Phyllis Rustemier. Adult women who assisted in the planning for the day included Mrs Ralph Thompson, Mrs C. A. Gui- knechi, Mrs R. I, Anderson, Mrs Charles Nygaard, Mrs Wayne Keith and Mrs Henry Loofi. Janet Clark, Bancroft, was selected to present the Country Girl's Creed. 2 New Divorce Actions Filed Two new divorce actions were filed, in Kossuth district court this week. Leona May Sanky of Burt is nsking a divorce from Raymond Sanky in one case. The couple married Oct. 2, 1948 and separated in October 1950. The defendant was convicted on a charge of statutory rape at Spencer, Oct. 28, 1950, and sentenced to not over 20 years at Anamosa. Cus- .ody of a minor child was asked ay the plaintiff. Arlene Alice Bunting is plain- .iff in the second case, with Fran- Tax Report Pegs Yule Sales Hike Algona held a favorable position in business volume for the so called "Christmas quarter" of 1954 in relation to other cities of similar size in North Iowa. The report shows that Afgona businesses turned in $61,841 in .sales tax, an increase of more than $2,000 over the 1953 figure, an indication that last Christmas saw some of the heaviest spending in history. cis A. Bunting as defendant, are from Algona. They were married Feb. 7, 1953, at Canton, S. D. Wtan*r of if StilV* Including G»n«r«l Award*. low, Pm, Asf'o, 1355 Liyermore, Bode School Vote, 14th Livermore — A special election will be held here June 14, with voting hours from noon until 7 p.m. At that election, V9ters in- the ivermore area will express hemselves on establishment of a proposed new school district to be known as the "Twin River Community Sch6ol District." The proposed new district would include the towns of Livermore, Bode and Ottosen, and part of Kossuth county, Garfield township. Each school .district will have its own polling place. Has Surgery Dick Johansen, manager of the local Sargent Feed Co. plan.t, ig recuperating jit Bt. Ajin Hospital folljwinj strgery. performed this weeB. He entered the Tuesday, and" will prob- today (Thurs- ably be released day). marked gains while there was a sharp drop in the amounts returned by Clarion, Britt and Pocahuntas. The total volume of sales in dollars may be obtained by multiplying the 2 per cent sales tax returns by 50.: 4th Quarter 1953 Algona .__ 59,850 Humboldt 39,200 Clarion 30,133 Emmetsburg ._ 35,352 Eagle Grove ... 27,730 Britt 19,728 Pocahontas 29,465 5th Qtr. 1954 61,841 40,722 30,318 40,(J07 30,193 19,614 26,785 Breaks Arm In Fall Titonka—Mrs Grady Smith fell Tuesday morning and broke her right arm. She chipped a bone in the arm in the accident at the Grady home. She had the arm splinted and returned home. Mr Grady is the Titonka barber. Is I, S. T, C. Graduate Mr and Mrs Henry Furst will attend graduation exercises Friday at Iowa State Teachers' College, - Cedar Falls. Their son, Richard, will be in the graduating qlsiss after completing a four- year course in general business administration. He will be teaching in the school at Humboldt next fall. 1 To 4 Inch Rain Deluges Kossuth Area ,-. A heavy downpour of rain earTy .WednRSidHy' morning, measuring" ah inch in Algona and filling many of the streets, climaxed several days of weather in this area that has been entirely different—it's been predictable. In fact, this latest cloudburst capped a seven day period that saw measurable rain registered on all but two days, with high winds and hail also on the agenda. Largest amount of rainfall reported during the latest storm was four inches at Galbraiih, although most of the towns in the area reported about an inch. The forecast for the next few dpys indicates we should expect more of the same, as high and low pressure areas will continue to form somewhere near, Denver and collide over the midwest. Total rainfall for the week through Wednesday afternoon amounted to 3.27 inches at Algona, according to Weatherman Stu Albright at the airport. There's no way to measure hail effectively, but this destructive form of moisture made a general appearance Wednesday varying from traces to a large amount reported at West Bend. The soil, which was badly in need of moisture a short time ago, is now loaded with water, but fortunately, according to the state department of agriculture, practically all crops are in the ground. Now the main worry will be too much moisture, which causes crops to rot as they did in many instances following last year's flood. A tornado hit the ground on a farm tenanted by Wayne Ohnenus, east of the county farm, last Thursday evening, smashed the barn and stripped the trees, then took off and left without further damage in the area. It was reportedly seen by motorists later north of the Ohnenus farm. * * * West Bend Hit By Heavy Hail A severe hail storm, causing heavy damage to crops and gardens, struck here early Wednesday morning. Accompanied by rain, sharp lightning and thunder, the hail fell during a 15-miruite period from 7:45 to 8 o'clock. Local residents said a dark and threatening sky had hung over the area for an hour before the storm. Corn in many fields was reported as "torn to ribbons," but farmers predicted the crop would "come out all right" since it was not too far along. It is believed that the hail Open House, Tours Climax Of Program $522,000 Structure To Be Formally Presented To County Dedication of Kossuth county's new half million dollar courthouse will be held Sunday afternoon on the courthouse lawn with Judge Harry E. Narey of Spirit Lake slated as the featured speaker for the ceremonies. Bands from six Kossuih couniy towns, Algona, Burt, Grant, Lakota, Tilonka and Whillemore, will open the program-al 1:30 with a concert. Following the concert will.come presentation of the colors by drill units of the American Legion and VFW at which time the flag and flag pole will also be dedicated. Rev. Meinecke of Lakota will ive the invocation after the color presentation. Master of ceremonies for the afternoon program will be Judge G. W. Stillman who gave the major address at the cornerstone laying ceremonies last summer. He will introduce the county officers, trustees, mayors and guests. McDonald To Accept Judge Narey's speech will be followed by the dedication re-' -% marks of Judge Fred M. Hudson of Pocahontas who will make the presentation. The acceptance will be made by S. D. McDonald, chairman of the board of supervisors. Benediction will be by the Rev. G. G. Hallauer, of Algona. .The ceremony, which comes less than a year after the laying of the. cornerstone., wilL.be hejd . on the^newly soc!rl«l."rr/m'thcmjje"™ ''''' la'wn'. ;-: 'i Iii the event o'f'"ruinjtlk < ''' t '' ? activities will be moved indoora After the ceremonies, inspection tours of the building wiU be held in the open house period. A large crowd is expected to be on hand to visit the new building which is a showplace among courthouses of Iowa. A Dream Come True Dedication ceremonies Sunday will mark the fulfillment of the dreams of many who worked so laboriously that the dream might become a reality. The 80-year old building, , which the new courthouse replaces, had become an unpleasant eyesore in the city square, and, although it had done its duty well, the rickety frame structuz'u could no longer cope with thu rigors of wear and tear. A major milestone in the long march to complete the courthouse was passed when the board of supervisors, in 1947, called for an election on the question of issuing $500,000 worth of bonds to build the new two story structure. On September 9, 1947 the vote was taken and carried. Then came the planning period and the actual building of thu courthouse which will be climaxed Sunday afternoon in the dedication ceremonies. Coroner's Jury In Death Case A verdict of negligence" was "unintentional returned last week by a coroner's jury at Emmetsburg in the inquest into the deaths of Jean Marie and Janice Mae Fickbolm of Rodman. Chief witness was Maurice H. Fickbolm, 39, father of the two little girls. The father has been bound over to Palo' Alto county district court on a charge of O.M.V.L There were 10 other witnesses called at the inquest. The two little girls were killed when they were thrown out of a truck their father was driving when it hit some rocks and went into a ditch, May 17, west of Whittemore in Palo Alto county. 2 Traffic Fines In J. P. Court Two traffic violators paid fines n Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court during the week. Albert L. Hippen, Jr., Lu- Verne, was assessed $5 und costs 'or speeding, while Thomas E. Oxley, Corwith, paid $10 and costs for failing to stop at a stop •ign. and heavy rain had struck only in West Bend and the area within a two-m.ye radius outside the town. Most severe damafie was thought to have been directly northeast of the community. Visit Bill Beckers Mr and Mrs Carlyle Becker and family of Central City were Sunday visitors at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs Bill Becker here. Carlyle is manager of the Creamery at Central City.

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