The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 2, 1955 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

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2-Alflona (la.) Upper De» Mblne* Thursday, Jun« 2, 1955 ' '' . When Work Started On New County Court House 'fe?^&^^!^ij^f^^!>^^ .-.">':• VS-'-':-•" 1 >V^jr...:.,y.'jf^,:•;:;', •• In this phoio, taken n&dr iHe end of May. 19 S3, trucks and equipment of the Fagre Construction Co., sEsthervilje,' ane beginning the task '6f digging the basement for the new courthouse. Before actual •excavationj Work tbegan, crews worked for a week,'removing debris, old brick and lumber from'the scene jailer the Wrecking crew finished its job. Several "sidewalk superintendents' shown, discUssing''progress" 1 of .the job. are This view of the square-was taken .in May, 1953. and shows how-the area appeared from the top of a building ^on Hall* street, looking east. The trucks, shovel and ipieiuhre shown cutting the basemen^ to feize, 8s, laid o.ut by. stakes and lines by the contractor. A close? look, at the upper right- center portion of this photo discloses the original cornerstone; and semi-circular stone which had been over the east door of the old courthouse, now displayed on the east side of the lawn. Another view of the courthouse lawn is shown here. Several of the big shade trees on the south half of the block, complete with their protective wooden guards, are pictured. All but two of the entire crop of huge shade trees were saved, due to the application of these guards, which fought off the ravages of falling materials and construction equipment. A trio of "superintendents" are seen in the lower right. County Supt. Of Schools County Weed Commissioner County Superintendent of Schools, A. M. Quiniard. seated, and his staff an- shown above. i,..ft u. right, standing, are Elmu Walters. Monographer: Fuli-ha Kiilsholm, elementary supervisor: and Shaky Shipler, clerk. The supei inti ndent'.s office, located on the fir.st (lour, serves as the organ of euniuumieation between the superintendent of public- instruction of the state and all schools which are members oi the county system. Mr Quintal d came lure July 1, l'Jf)2. Auditor & Personnel Members of the county auditor's office force are shown above. Lelt to right, they are Shirley Alikcny. ili-puly; Janice Funk, cleik; Auditor Marc Moon;: and Gene Kursl, liennty. The auditor's ulhu; is located on the first Hour of the courthouse. The auditor acts ai clerk of the buard of aiipci VIMJIN compute;, taxes, audits funds, is hurse of conniv cliriiMns ;,ivl a^-^i-i- in 'li:rvm^ inij. , ''[•)-,,. in d.u.'ity - li <'jnciiil s'.ulrmcnt lo been audil'.'i' suite toluplkcl 'a otflt County Weed Commissioner C'lrence Priebe is shown looking over a rnap in the above photo. Tin- weed commission off,ite is located on the .-,-cond floor of tht- courthouse, and it is the commissioner's job to keep track of, and have destroyed, all damaging weed growth in the county. Director Of Social Welfare Judge Still man Will Be Master 0/ Ceremonies Judge G. W. Slillman, above, Algona's judge of the district court, will preside as Master of Ceremonies at tb,e formal dedication of the new Kossuth County Courthouse, Sunday, June 5. Judge Stillman also presided at the first term of court in the new courthouse, in April, which proved to be an extensive but speedy one with perhaps more, court business handled, including jury trials', than has ever before been the case. Lack of facilities, especially heating in the winter in the temporary quarters, accounted for a great pile-Up of trial cases. ' • • , Carl S. Pearson, Drainage Clerk Carl Pearson, Kossuth County drainage clerk since* ; 1950, "is shown in the above picture. His office, located on the first floor, of . the new "courthouse, handles- drawing up of notices, and letting of bids on land clearing and drainage work. J. I. Merryman Was Inspector J. I. Merryman. who served as Architect J. A. Dougher's inspector, during construction of the new courthouse, is shown in the above photo. Mr Merryman, owner and operator of the Algonu Block and Tile Co., was on the premises at all times to answer questions and keep tab on the progress of the work. Temporary Spots For Offices A Real Problem One of the toughest problems confronting county officials, when t became a certainty that Kos- uith County was getting a new •ourthouse, was that of finding, und moving into, offices. Temporary quarters had to be located, but quick, partitions built, lighting arranged for, and rnadt completely ready so a regular flow of county business could be handled from the time the old buj'd- ing fell until a new one .vas ready tor occupancy. Office space was found in two separate buildings—the fonner Kossuth Motor building, ea.-t of the poiloffice, and the former John Di-ere building, south of the couithuuse square. Then came the real hard work—moving all the files, desks, tables, chairs, books and business machines, the corn- Mrs Helen Huber. director of j pktc equipment necessary for social welfare, is shown above, j running the county's Her office is on the ground floor Flatbed trucks, office- of the new courthouse, and the duties performed by her include keeping lab on Koosuth Couuiv'a IILLI.|,V lamiliej. bhi_ lias ijn_:i ul l.iij posl fur itvcra! yeaii. ces of the county, arid hiied hands gut the job done in less than ;i week, with leporu of choiky- $500 SAVED The Kossuth County Supervisors saved a substantial sum of money by converting the old jury chairs into chairs for use in the new board ofi Supervisors' room. The old jury bases were removed, new regular bases supplied, and after revarlrishing the old jury chairs they give the appearance of entirely new furniture. Approximately $500 was saved by making use of the old jury chairs. County Engineer • Members of the county neer's stff are shown here. Thelma Spurgeon, clerk, and County Engineer H. M. Smith are shown beside Smith's desk, while Jack Fraser, assistant engineer, is pic- tured separately. The engineer plans 'ail rbad, bridge and culvert work and supervises it as it is being done. The engineer's office is on the second floor. Jack Was out on a road project and his picture had to be snapped on the fly, so to speak. IF IT'S NEWS WE WANT IT ADVERTISING ii» the Algon! Upper Des Moines readies more families fti Kossuth county than any other publication CONGRATULATIONS TO KOSSUTH COUNTY C M. OLSON PAINTING CONTRACTOR FOR THE NEW KOSSUTH COURTHOUSE 2000 W. OAK ST. SIOUX FALLS, S. D. Phone 2-3341 with nd SINCEREST CONGRATULATIONS to KOSSUTH COUNTY on Completion And Dedication of The New Kossuth County Courthouse .., from a Friend Italia*** - •>* i

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