The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 2, 1955 · Page 11
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 11

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 2, 1955
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Original Architect's Drawing Of New Courthouse ||^i?W^»S8^^y^i«pls||li%^|A?t|i|pgp¥|| The thousands of..Kossuth citizens who inspect the new courthouse here next Sunday, might be interested in knowing something about the preliminary work that goes on before any actual new construction of the magnitude of the Kossuth courthouse can get underway. After the Kossuth Board of Supervisors hired James A. Dougher of Des Moines, as architect for the new structure, there began weeks of study, interviews and preliminary planning. Mr Dougher and his staff made B thorough check of each office requirement, not only for the pre- sent but also with the future in mind, and the final architect's plans incorporated all of the requirements of each office, after the usual adjustments necessary to fit the amount of money available for construction. In the above 'architect's drawing, folks will note the close attention to detail that resulted in today's fine new structure, and the fact that the original drawing has today been duplicated in brick and stone to the finest degree. During the construction, periodic checks of all work were made by the architect to see that all specifications were being met. Hundreds of details had to be. kept in mind, and each one dovetailed into the final construction. Every piece of stone and marble, every bit 'of floor, had to meet the requirements of the drawings. Every counter installation had to be within a minute fraction of an inch perfect to fit as it should. Venetian blinds all had to fit perfectly. Wiring outlets, doors, windows, all had to come together in the final, finished product without a flaw. The work of an architect on a construction project of this magnitude cannot be underestimated, and such a building would be impossible without one. Board Of Supervisors -- 1953 Recorder And Aides ball which rested ntop thn tower. Homemakers Of Plum Creek Met The Plum Creek Homemnkers mot May 2f> at the home of Mildred Scuffham. Jean Benschoter, Ella Bode and Kathryn Bode were assisting hostesses. Eighteen members and one Thursday, June 2, 19SS Algona (lo.) Upper Des M6!ne«-3 guest were present. As this was the annual health meeting, AntoiiK'Ue Bonnstetter, Algona school nurse, presented n tally on the work of a school nurse. The next meeting will be June 29 at the community room. Hostesses will be Blanche Long, Eleanor Gardner, Lela Gardner nnd Millie Single. Evelyn Mnwd- sley will be in charge of the music program. Visit Leibolds Livermore—Mrs Tanna Johnson of Canova, S. D. visited recently with Mrs Julia Leibold, and Vincent Cunningham ami mother from Cedar Falls were recent callers at the home of Mr and Mrs George Leibold. Kossulh County Recorder Clara Walker, seated, and her two aides are seen in the above photo. Standing beside Mrs Walker are Dottie Kuchynka, left, deputy, and Ardyth Henry, clerk. The recorder's office is located on the first floor of the new courthouse, and the duties of this trio is to record all instruments which may be filed for record, including deeds, mortgages and plats. Mrs Walker has been recorder since 1943. The scene shown above preceded ihe demolition of the old courthouse, the cleanup campaign and construction of the new building. Left to right are the five members of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors in 1953, Henry Scheppmann, Irvington, Bill Cosgrove, Titonka, S. D. McDonald, AlKona chairman of the group, A. M. Kollasch, Swea City, and Charles Newel, Fenton, and^ they've fut a problt-m. McDonald is offering suggestions regarding temporary headquarters for all county offices Tlu-v are shown in the former Kossuth Motor building, which was occupied by offices. The other'offices were housed in the former John Deere building south of the courthouse square. Such things as lighting and partitioning troubled the supervisors for a while, but the necessary arrangements were handled, and the big move from the old courthouse began. • Old Courthouse Was Tough One To Tear Down Kossuth County's old courthouse, completed in 1872, proved to be a very rugged 81-year old when the Johnson Bros, wrecking crew from Omaha came to tear it down early in May, 1953. Most obstinate piece of the wary old building was the courthouse tower, and the fight between man and brick was a dandy, supervised by many sidewalk superintendents. It finally caved in when the Caterpillar attached to the rigging asserted its' strength, and the roar was heard, and dust seen for many blocks. The chimney was als difficult to persuade with the tractor. It had been relined with bricks several years before, and the double strength was a problem. The Cat finally won this tug-of-war also, Veterans Memorial i Sheriff And Deputy Keep Tab On "Biggest County" Baa*^ from there on the goipg got , and most of the walls fell one day. Papers' of historical importance were found in the cornerstone and in the flag pole WE ADD OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO CITIZENS OF KOSSUTH COUNTY ON THE DEDICATION bF THEIR FINE, NEW COURTHOUSE ... r< Hanig Bros. Plumbing and Heating Co. Humboldr, Iowa Fort Dodge, Iowa Plumbing & Heating Contractors For The New Courthouse " : ' ' ' ' " ; •• Is , • , whu-h The above photo shows the Kossuth County Memorial Plaque on the wall opposite the main entrance of the new s on » ™ ' e »£ ™ nt m ' arble s]ab was purchased, at a cost , C0l i« inn ihVmich donations of county residents and American Legion of ! 2 , 4 r ir W P noils The Lofiion and V. F. W. sponsored the project, a . , i 'KVIIV "aiid Harold Sundet, chairmen. Other members of the Jim ««•*»' ] ' " . , i w,U, Jim A ' Fangmun. Bancroft; Oscar Person, Swea Whittemore; and Leo Garman, Hurt. Adjacent fniin Cily J BobmU ori a T'there'is"a"conipartment which contains the names l » ll }f im ;™;"veterans The inscription reads - "To the men and womcn C o Kossuth County who helped preserve for us a fr M n»tu»». Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, whose place of business in the new courthouse will be found on the basement level in a pleasant, cool and well-lighted office with a handy rear exit, is the first sheriff of Kossuth County in modern times to have enough office room. E^pr years the sheriff's office has been in a cramped room, which was gradually whittled smaller as other offices were added or expanded in the old building. Sheriff Lindhorst, incidentally, has an unusual record of accomplishment in his years as sheriff, and as a fitting reward he finally acquired a new desk in the new building (by Invincible), and the old one — which stood up only by leaning it against a wall—was relegated to the discard. Deputy Sheriff Don Wood Don Wood, deputy sheriff, whose genial profile we show here, is also a veteran of World War II, like Sheriff Lindhorst. The sheriff's office is one that has not increased in personnel for years. The chief addition, outside of larger quarters in a new building, has been a short wave radio which keeps the office in constant touch with state police broadcasts, and enables the Kossuth sheriffs oftice to muke immediate contact with every other sheriff's office in the area by radio. Mr Oscar Miller took his wife to the train at Des Moines last Sunday for a check up and treatments at a hospital in Illinois. On his return he became sick ana on Wednesday entered St. Ann hospital at Algona, where he remained until Saturday. WE INVITE YOUR INSPECTION OF THE NEW KOSSUTH COUNTY COURTHOUSE, THE JURY CHAIRS, COURTROOM CHAIRS, JUDGE'S CHAMBER CHAIRS - AND ALL NEW COURTHOUSE CHAIRS, WERE FURNISHED BY ... MILWAUKEE Chair Company MAKERS OF FINE CHAIRS FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY

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