The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 2, 1955 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 2, 1955
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Courthouse One^hird Completed •fv<."->;Tv <|uj&'fM •&£«•• :v«p? (??.•;• *!,'"' :?•' ;,/• V ?•£ '? ^- : -?sSr|% r f:; Four Major Courthouse Contractors Major contractors for the new Kossuth County Courthouse were the Fagre Construction Co. of Estherville, general contractors; the Ilanig Plumbing & Heating Co. of Fort Dodge and Humboldt, plumbing and heating installations the Pratt Electric Co, of Algona, electrical contractors and the Upper Des Moines Publishing Co., Algona, counter and office equipment installation. There were numerous sub-contractors tied in with major contractors listed above, some of whom are represented in these special Courthouse Dedication pages. James A. Dougher of Des Moines was the architect for the new courthouse. The Fagre Construction Co. had Bill Cummings as general superintendent on the job, and J. I. Merryman represented the architect as resident inspector. Counter installations and new metal office equipment was supplied by the Invincible Metal furniture Co. of Manitowoc, Wis.; the Milwaukee Chair Co. of Milwaukee, Wis. furnished the new wood chairs, chiefly in the courtroom, library, judge's, chambers and conference rooms; and Leopold of Burlington furnished the wood desks and tables. These were all furnished through the Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. general equipment contract. Work on the new Kossuth County courthouse was progressing ahead of schedule when the above photo was taken -early in October of 1953. The foundation had been laid, structural steel columns erected and cement poured on the second floor only about two months after construction got underway. Preparations for pouring the roof were completed and the job was undertaken later. At this time, work on the $522,000 structure was about one-third completed, with workmen anxious to get far enough along on the exterior worK so interior work could be done during the winter. Treasurer's Office Meet Alma And Anita Kossuih County Treasurer, Rosella Voigl, seated, Mary Sands, deputy, and Harold Wesley, deputy, are shown above. Rosella, who has been in office since 1947, is in charge of Kossuth's tax collecting agency, and apportioning of the money collected to the townships, schools and towns in tho county. The treasurer's office is on the first floor. . Kossuth County Clerk of Court, Alma Pearson, seated, and her deputy, Anita Thiesen, arc shown above. Mrs Pearson, who has been clerk since 1948, has her office and vault on the second floor of the courthouse. Her duties are numerous, as she records all vital statistics, probates wills, prepares bar docket and court calendar, keeps records of court proceedings and prepares many papers relating to court transactions. ' •' The virus of poliomyelitis measures almost exactly a millionth of an inch in diameter. Congratulations Kossuth County for the New Court House C.A. &SONS Abstracts of Title Algona, Iowa RELIABLE TITLE SERVICE FOR OVER 41 YEARS Pratt & Lambert Paints . , . used in the decoration of the new Kossuth Courthouse were furnished by us. May we extend our congratulations on completion of this magnificent structure. fi/%. Supply Algona, Iowa Thursday, Juno 2, 195S Algeria (la.) Upper DM Molnes-S IF IT'S NEWS — WE WANT IT Sidewalk Sujrts, Had Field Day During Building The final five months of 1953 and all of 1954 provided Kossuth Couniy residents with the best chance they ever had to become "sidewalk superintendents" —-and at the sam« rate of pay they would have gotten for similar work In Chicago or even New York. From the time the first shingle fluttered down off the roof until the time the new parking lot was completed outside the back entrance. Kossuth County's new courthouse was the center of activity for all would-be contractors, builders and carpenters. For the most part, the figuring was simple, but there were tough problems for these underpaid citizens too, in fact, just as tough as they were for the men sweating to get the work done. It was pretty much agreed throughout the throng assembled on the sidelines that as soon as the lower and walls were pulled down the job would progress more smoothly. It did. Washington was tho only President ever to receive the entire electoral vote, (1789). Hiroshima was blasted by the atomic bomb on August 6. 1945. For A Job Well Done KOSSUTH COUNTY HAS A BEAUTIFUL NEW COURTHOUSE We Are Proud To Have Installed The Cornerstone, New Structure, Has 30 Items When the cornerstone was laid, Teb. 7, 1954, for the new Kossuth bounty courthouse, a box containing 30 items was placed in it. This box now rests behind the Centennal Plaque. Contents of this list is as follows: 1. Preliminary statement concerning plans and objectives for celebrating a century of progress at Kossuth Centennial. 2. Algona Chamber of Commerce .bulletin of Centennial information. 3. Memorandum for the second meeting of Steering Committee, 4. Copy of the Articles of Incorporation. 5. Letters from the Presidents of both railroads. 6. Kossuth Centennial invitations. 7. Official souvenir program with cast, crew, and credits for Kossuth Centennial Revue. 8. Chamber of Commerce Algona 1 Organizational Directory. 9. Shave Permit. 10. Sisters of Swish Button. 11. Official Centennial Button. 12. Official Centennial Parade list. 13. Centennial Ribbon. 14. Complete script of Kossuth Centennial Revue. 15. Official Membership Care Kossuth Whisker Club. 16. Official Non-Resident Peddlers Permit. 17. Chamber of Commerce Mem bership Card with picture of the Old Mill. 18. Centennial bumper sticker. 19. Picturesque Algona Booklet. 20. 50 Years of Progress of the Algona Public Library. 21. Kossuth Centennial Metallic Seals. 22. Official Underwriters Certifi- j cate. 23. Program of Dedication of New Bridge and Highway Improvement. 24. Pioneer Club information. 25. Poster advertising Centennial Costume Ball. 26. Centennial Costume Ball ticket. 27. Sample of Centennial stationery and envelope. 28. Complete list of the organizing cominiutees of the Kossuth Centennial, including all committees. 29. Complete list of underwriters of the Kossuth Centennial. 30. Complete copy of Centennial issue of Algona, Upper Des Moines. LAKQTA NEWS Mr and Mrs Raymond Winter were hosts to the Ledyard Township Farm Bureau Wednesday eVr ening. Mr Dean Barnes of Algona, the npw extension agent, guvy u talk and showed slides. Congratulations On The Beautiful New Kossuth County Courthouse Botsford Lumber Algona Co. Iowa CONTRACT WORK ON VENETIAN BLINDS & FLOOR COVERING A SPECIALTY HARMON'S Ed Harmon Phone 28 Manson, Iowa VENETIAN BLINDS FLOOR COVERINGS We Are Proud To Have Been The Electrical Contractors For The New Kossuth Courthouse PRATT ELECTRIC CO. ALGONA, IOWA

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