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Thursday, July 28, 1955
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X (Dept* of Hi* toy and Des Moinee 19, Iowa ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postofftce at , Iowa. Nov. 1, 1932. under- Act of Congress ot March 3. 1879 A160NA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1955 4 SECTIONS - 28 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 30 City, County Plan Budget Slashes Jf i ** ' ' ' **. * By Russ Waller * * » Three old buddies from World War I held a reunion last week, after 37 years separation. They were J. Webster Skerrett, now of Cranford, New Jersey, Dean J. M. Nolle of the extension college, University of Minnesota, and Luke Linnan, Algona attorney. The trio, with their wives, assembled at the Linnan cottage in northern Wisconsin. The three men served together in the army air corps in both Florida and Texas, m the days when planes by modern standards would be considered hunks of wood and metal held together by baling wire. They have written occasional letters, and Luke has visited with Dean Nolle in the interim, but this was the first time all three have been together in the 37 years intervening. * » * Cliff Millen, Des Moines political reporter, reports thai if the legislature were to assemble now, the prospects would be bright for repeal of the half percent additional sales tax that went into effect July 1. » » ». Seems most retailers simply cannot figure the tax rapidly, despite some of the shortcut methods offered, and have to keep referring to those pesky charts ... State Senator Henry Heideman of Rockwell City, commenting on this, said that "maybe they (the retailers) 'would have been happier if we had made it 3 percent and taken another 13 million a year away from them." Sounds a little dictatorial, doesn't it? \ * * * • Last year there were ( eight •.Federal liquor stamps' issued in Kossuth county. This year, in the list released last week, none were listed for . Kossuih county. . • » * Dick Palmer, Algona high school instructor, returned last week from a summer trip which took him to Mexico City by bus ... reports that there is a difference between buses in the USA and in Mexico . . .an attack from , of joying his "Mexican visit to the utmost. ••••-. * * • Lowell W. Smith of Algona has been named as judge of the Duroc division for the National Barrow Show to be held at Austin, Sept. 13-16. • • t Air Force Secretary Talbott is having quite a time explaining how he happened to draw $50,000 to $60,000. a year as a partner in an industrial engineering firm which is doing work for air force contractors while Talbott maintained his office in the Pentagon. • • ' • If you're interested in some of the inside dope on Disneyland which recently opened, read Buddy Mason's "Behind the Movie Front" on this week's Upper Des Moines editorial page. * * • There is something fascinating about the manner in which "stock splitting" can take place and seemingly make fortunes overnight — on paper at least ... for instance had Charles E. Wilson, defense secretary, retained' his 40,000 shares of GM stock, he would have made 2'/i million dol lars on the stock splitting opera-1 Alfred Zielske. Old Times Are Recalled By Grant Pioneers 225 Af Annual Twp. Picnic Held Sunday, July 25 Swea City — The anntial picnic and homecoming of the Grant Township Old Settlers' association was held Sunday, July 25, at the Grant school,, with about 225 in attendance. A picnic dinner at noon was followed by a program in charge of Lorene Trenary and her committee, Mrs Lars Skaar and Mrs Gordon Westcott. Ice cream and coffee were served to all visitors, with coffee in charge of Mrs Mabel Mino and Mrs Daisy Engstrom. Leslie Speicher revealed in an interview how he and his parents came to Grant in 1892 when there were only two houses between their farm and Ledyard, and spoke of being put at the task of frightening flocks of cranes out of the crops. Fred Jennings and his sister, Mrs Ward Taft of Fairmont, Minnesota, recalled the time when oats had to be cut by hand since the ground was too soft and swampy to permit use of heavy machinery. The Jennings family came to Grant in 1890, before Swea City or Ledyard were established. Program Presented The program included two vocal duets by Gwendolyn Link and Larry Trenary, a playlet, presented" in old-fashioned garb by Mrs Roy Valvick and. Mrs Gordon Westcott; three selections by a little German band of 10 boys and girls from the Grant' school band, directed by Dale Canfleld; a skit played by Mr and Mrs Ver'h Anderson, Mrs. Chester Farripg- ;tbn-and Mrs 1 Lars Skaar; a-jong, by Fred Link, Diane Mino, Wallis Reynolds and Arnold Ramse; a poem, read by Lorene Trenary; Scripture by Helen Taft of Fairmont, and two numbers by a mixed quartet including Mrs Chester Farrington, Sam Link, and Mr and Mrs Harold Merrells, with Owen Link at the pianp. Tribute To Departed A traditional part of the program was the period of silent tribute observed in memory of those of the group who have died during the past year. These were Fred Arndt, Elmore; Fred Darnell, Ledyard; Mrs Rebecca Mino, Elmore; Paul Larson, Swea City; and Frank Kelly, Cerlod. Miss Trenary read a poem, "In the Valley", as part of that ceremony. Mrs Curtis Kluger, secretauy, read the minutes of test year's meeting. It was voted that the 1955 officers should hold over for 1956. They are Mrs Wm. Speicher, president; Mrs Fred Darnell, vice president; Mrs Curtis Kluger, secretary-treasurer. Next year's program committee will be Mrs Roy Valvick, Mrs Gordon Westcott, and Mrs Wallace Reynolds-. Coffee committee for next year will be Mrs Jay Brones and Mrs Egg-Grading Law Stirs Controversy Iowa's new "in again, out again" egg'grading law is a hot topic of debate these days. Opponents of the law say the requirements will put th^m out of the egg business. The new law went into effect July 11, but a few'days later a Polk county- district court order prohibited the state from enforcing the law until a challenge to its constitutionality is settled in court. Then, the Iowa department of agriculture announced that for the first time in 36 years, Iowa has no egg law in effect. .Only 'restriction is that no eggs inedi- bile in nature can be sold for human consumption. The previous egg law was repealed when the new law was passed. Here is what the new law provided: All buyers and retailers of eggs in the state must be licensed. The producer does not have to have a license as long as he sells to d, licensed buyer or an individual. The buyer must candle and grade all eggs according to fedi eral standards, which provides for five grades of eggs: A, B, C> dirty, and checks. Only eggs, grading A and B can be sold at retail. . The candlers and graders are; required to have state license's! issued at $2 each following ., an examination by department of agriculture inspectors. " • Here is what the effect of the 'law will be in Algona: Grocery stores in Algona said that they had gone out'of the egg-buying business. Sortie had previously bought eggs pn a "current receipts" basis, which actually means at a flat rate for the entire lot of eggs "as is." '• Mabel Sorensen of Sprens.en Grocery, where egg buying has the practice. There will be no change at the :ommercial egg buying firms here. These firms have bought eggs on the grade for several years. Most of the states surrounding Iowa have egg grading laws, but the biggest market for "current receipts" or ungraded eggs is in the south. Most of the graded eggs from this area have been shipped east. Agitation for the egg-grading law has come from farmers and farm organizations, principally the Farm Bureau. The reasoning has been that Iowa producers could command a better return from their eggs by producing a quality product. Proponents say that the grading re- been a practice for many years, his said her store has discontinued 'buy quirements' will provide an incentive to the producer to clean his eggs, and get them to the er in better condition. Iowa hns ranked high in the number of eggs produced, but much fanther down the scale in the amount of money received Cor these eggs. Those favoring the gradeing law say marketing on the grade will increase the return for Iowa eggs. Principal opponent of the new law, and the organization which brought the jnjunction action in Polk county, is the Iowa Produce Dealers Association, a 60-menv ber group formed recently. Their spokesmen testified in Des Miones that they would lose 75 percent of the business if they have to sell only graded eggs. They predicted egg dealers in small towns would, be unable to get necessary help to grade the eggs. George Zanios of Mason City, president of the association, saic farmers and producers woulct have to absorb, the cost of grading and cajidling the eggs if lealers comply with the law. lie estimated the cost at 00 cents per case, or 2 cents a dozen eggs. Zanios contended at the hear- _ng that "breakers" or processors of frozen eggs want only "cur- ent receipt" eggs, and that if they can't get the eggs in Iowa they will buy them in other stales. Iowa has had on the books for several decades an ogg candling aw but there has never been strict enforcement of this law. What does a producer need to do to produce grade A or B eggs: It involves just two practices —providing keep eggs laying clean, facilities to and getting them to the buyer as rapidly at, possible before they begin to deteriorate. In winter, the latter is no problem, but in the summer, eggs should be harvest ed more frequently, and cooled as quickly as possible. Kidnap Search Underway Here As Suspects Nabbed Kossuth county law enforcement officers joined. in ' the statewide hunt last weekend for the two men who face charges singe their arrest near Jewell last Saturday afternoon, of a possible kidnaping of two Blue Earth, Minn, children. The two children, a 13 year-old girl and 9 year-old boy, were found safe in Des Moines. Two men, apprehended near Jewell, said they let the children out of their car north of Jewell. Kidnaping warrants had been sworn out for-the two men Friday, and all state law officers were, notified. 'In uKpssuth county, 4he sheriff's 4 office in -turn notified ^cburi-' ty law officers in the town, aqd preparations were being made io set up road blocks, and also to make an aerial reconnaisance of county roads, when word came through that the men had been apprehended. Whether or not the men crossed the state line with the children, which would put them under the shadow of the Lindbergh law death penalty for kidnaping was not clear. A traveling salesman reported he picked up the children Wednesday on a road near Lakota, and drove them to Buffalo Center The .chase began Saturday morning when the two men and two children were seen together when the men.drove into a farm near Clarion and bought gasoline. The two suspects, DeaMos-u ier, 52, Potosi, Mo. and Ohntir* * Montgomery, 22, Wkrsa«?;fni. wer.e,.ife-Biluer,Earth.'J6h& 4^,, with a carnival, and J£ayed' behind to , work the^e ' ih a canning factory. ' The Blue Earth sheriff. Earl Fletcher, said the girl went for rides with the men despite' warnings b'y her father. Ex-Teachers College Star Tackle New Algona Coach Loss In MoglerFire At Whittemore Whittemore — Fire of unknown origin destroyed the dairy barn on the Sam Mogler farm at Whittemore, Tuesday morning. The fire was discovered about 5:45 a^m. Calvin Mogler was in the barn doing the milking, when he thought he smelled smoke. He .went outside and noticed smoliD coming through the barn roof and out the cupola. Fire departments from Whittemore, West Bend and Algona were called and while the barn was destroyed, a Quonset adjacent /-to it and connected to the tion. Insiders say the reason for the stock splitting is to make more shares available for public purchase at a lower price ... and to anticipate the public or- fering of stock in the Ford Company, coming future. "P. in the near Hot weather doesn't cause everyone to lose a sense ot humor, fortunately. Seems a fellow registered in at a hotel while things were steaming on all thermometers and asked if they could run cold water through the radiator in his room to cool it. "Why we can't do that", he was told "Don't see why not", came the reply. "You did it last winter.» ... How many employers of between four and eight are aware of the fact that they have given their employees an automatic pay raise this year? Employers of lour or more will pay the unemployment compensation tax in 1956 for 1955, instead of employers of eight or more as in tne past...this 4s an approximate fax of 3 percent on the total payroll the first year. * * * We'll bet that physiological chemist pn the Wayne University staff over in Michigan is hearing about it... seems he stood up at a conference on gerontology (whatever that is) and said that if grandma and grandpa would take a snifter of wine or a highball before dinner or at bedtime they would enjoy better health in their later years. However he also advised drinking at least two quarts of water a day. * * * F«moui Usi Lin. - How far is the Canadian border? Prizes Awarded Annual prizes were awarded as follows: cash prizes of one dollar each to H. L. Read, Elmore, Minn., the oldest man present, at 97 years of age; Mrs Anna Wudke, Elmore, Minn., 83 years old; and Mrs Harold Merrells of Parkersburg, West Virginia, the person coming the greatest distance. Mr and Mrs Merrells have their own radio program on a Parkersburg station. She is the former Gladys Speicher and with her husband is visiting the parental home in Lake Mills. Next year's meeting will be held on the traditional date, the last Sunday in July. Algona High School's search for a football coach ended abruptly Monday night when the school board hired Jason Loving, coach for the past five years at Orange City. He will replace Tony Guzowski, who resigned July 18 to accept the head coaching job at East Waterloo. Loving, 30, graduated from Lamoni High School in 1943. He served 2Vi years in the marines before enrolling at Iowa U. in. 1946. The following fall he enrolled at Iowa Teachers and was a standout on the football team there for three years, making the North Central Conference honor team three times as a tackle. During his senior year there he was named the outstanding senior on the squad and was picked on the United Press Little All-American second team. His coaching career since 1949 is as imposing as his college play. He spent the first year at Primghar, turning out an undefeated eleven that won the Sioux VaUey championship. The last five years, the 30-year old coach served at Orange City. His teams rolled up a record of 29 wins against 14 losses, and included a Siouxland Conference championship in 1953. At the present, Loving is commuting from Orange City to Sell 797 Vehicles, 6 Mos., Nearly $2 Million Value Kossuth county residents paid almost $2 million for 797 new cars and trucks in the first six months of 1955. according to figures compiled by Rosella Voigt, Kossuth county treasurer. , . In addition they paid. $17,853.75 in license fees on their new cars and trucks. Use tax collected by the treasurer s office on the new cars and trucks at the rate of 2 percent, amounted to $36,752.61, Miss Voigt reported. This means that residents had spent $1.837,690-50 for their 797 "sets of wheels." . The use tax is paid on the factory delivered price of the automobile or truclc, and does not include any optional accessories that the dealer might put on an individual car. and on which he collects and reports sales tax at the same 2 percent rate. On the basis of the use tax reported, the average cost of the 797 car and truck units was $2,305.68. The 797 new cars and trucks bought during this past six months is considerably «Jaore the avor»ae lor car* pjw- chased by resident* in the first six months of " t !sl --:v.. ings' were saved. Mogjlers had stored baled hay in the barn -Monday, and shortly before the fire was discovered, Cal.yin was up in the loft, but noticed no signs of fire then. .None of the Moglers smoke. The farm is only a half mile from Whittemore, and Leroy Elbert and Conrad Higgins, with the Tri-County frying \ truck, hauled water fron) \own to the farm. Mr Mogler had a most modern dairy barn, which he had reVnod- eled and insulated about ' five years ago. Modern milking equipment, some of which was lost in the lire, had been installed. The barn was of timber frame construction. An adjacent milk house was saved, and on the east of the barn was a steel cattle shed in which were stored 1000 bushels of oats. This was scorched and there was some watQr damage. Loss was estimated at $15,000 which is partially covered by insurance. Jason Loving • » • the University of South Dakota, working toward a master's degree. According to his plans, he will move his family, including his wife and daughters Linda, 3'/a, and Jane, iVi, here about ten days before football practice sessions get underway Aug. 24. Although a protege of Coach Buck Starbeck, well - known single-wing authority, at Teachers, Jason's football offense reportedly combines the T, single- wing, and anything else that fits the material on hand. You Think It's Been Hot? You think it's been hot?. Well it has, but most of us are still lucky enough not to have the hottest jobs in the world. An Upper DCS Moines pholographe spent a little time last week looking up some of the really hot jobs and three of them are pictured below. This doesn't mean, of course, that there aren't many more really hot summer jobs, like construction work, laundry and dry cleaning plants, and farm work in" general • for the time being. but the ones below will do Boy's Hand Is Injured, Combine Seneca —Roger, 14, son of Mr and Mrs Clarence Menz, lost the end of the middle finger on his right hand, smashed a second finger and received a bad cut on another finger when his hand caught in the V-belt of a combine. The combine plugged with oat straw and Roger was trying to clean it out. After the mishap, he ran home, a quarter of a mile, and was suffering from loss 01 blood, shock and exhaustion. He was taken to a Spirit Lake hospital, but returned home Friday afternoon. The Menz had just started com- I aining on their place when the accident happened. Bill Hansen brought his combine over B'ri- day morning and helped Clarence combine his oats, after harvesting was stopped temporarily by the Thursday afternoon accident. These four girls are part of a total of about 700 young folks who are winding up corn detasseling for the Pioneer Hibred Corn Co. on some 3,000 acres of corn in this area, under the direction of Herb Hedlund, local plant manager, and W. H. Steffan, asst. manager. Pictured here, left to right, are Dolores Thompson, Judy Adams, Rosella Elbert and Eileen Bode, all of Algona. The temperature was just about 92 degrees when this picture was taken — time for a trip to the water jug. County Cut Of $121,500; City Cub HMD Budget Hearings ^ Set For August By Three Groups There wns good news for Kossuth county and Algonn taxpayers, this week. With official publication of tho budget estimates for Kossuth county and the City of Algona, us found elsewhere in today's Algona Upper Dos Moines, both groups will have a reduction in the amount of money to he rauotl by taxation Cor 195(i. The county is ask'ng $127,500 less than for this year, and the city budget will drop $13,402. How They Compare For 1955, Kossuth county asked to- be raised by taxation the total of $1,067,200 and for 19.)fi this amount decreased to $039,700. The City of Algona raised by taxation for 1955 the total of $148,502. This will be reduced to $135,100 for 1956. The actual city budget as published shows a fi- fiure higher than that, but along with the budget as submitted to the county auditor will gr> a letter asking for elimination of three appropriations under debt service, all of which will be paid off in 1955—street improvement, storm sewer and 1949 city sewer debts. Technicality of the law requires that they be included for the next year, but they may also be eliminated when the debt is paid off by a notice to that effect to the auditor with the budget notice. New Pool Filters As a result the city millage tax levy will drop from 28.79 mills for 1955 to somewhere about 26 mills, lor 1958. The 195Q budget .also'includes thu cost- of' pctil'haW and-installation of new filters for the municipal pool. The county millage levy will run at or slightly over 6 mills in towns, per $1,000 of assessed valuation, and about 14.79 in the county where maintenance and construction of roads is includ- ded in the levy. The drop in the 1956 county and city budgets will be more than offset in Algona, however, by the proposed increase in the 1956 budget for the Algona C om m u n i i y School district, which is asking an increase of $59,557 to •be raised by taxation. Budget hearings will be held as follows: Algona school district—Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7:30' p.m., administration office, high school. City of Algona, Thursday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., City Hall. Kossuth County, Friday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m., courthouse. The public is invited to attcna uny of the budget hearings. Harrison's New Store Formally Opens Today Dollar Days Coming Algona business firms will offer "Lucky Bucks" days Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13, featuring Dollar Days with many free gifts to be offered by individual stores. Watch The Algona Upper Des Moines for complete details and bargains to be offered these two days. Licenses To Wed Wedding licenses were issued to three couples in Kossuth county the past week. On July 21, Ronald Trickel of Fort Dodge and Karen Erickson of Algona, and Donald D. Reimers and Janice Madsen, Burt, obtained licenses. July 23, one was issued to Richard D. Taylor, Algona, and Jan ice-Hefti, LuVerne. 98 Here Last 2 Days Two consecutive days of 98 degree temperature, Tuesday and Wednesday, set u new high in heat for Kossuth county this week. There were no signs of relief from any direction. Continued hot was the forecast. Pate Hi L July 21 --95 67 July 22 90 72 July 23 - 85 53 July 24 - 81 53 July 25 c-.92 80 July 26 - 98 60 July 27 98 70 In the above picture are, left Jo righl. Bill Walker, Jack Amon and Roy Lamb, employees at the Algona Rendering Co. The boilers were operating nicely, and the temperature inside where this photo was taken was a mere 10(5 degrees hot. The cookers, while insulated, still work under 90 Ibs. steam pressure, which is equal to 331 degree fahrenheit, Jess Manor, plant manager, pointed out. We were convinced—it was hot enough for anyone The tremendous animal casualties caused by bloat in July of 1954 have not been repeated this summer, probably due to the fact that clover and alfalfa has not had the same rapid growth. Also, says Manor, farmers of the county have remembered last year's bloat, and are likely watching their cattle more closely this summer. Despite the decrease in I'arm animal deaths, the Algona Rendering plant has been working overtime in its processing work, and is on call at all times to pick up farm animals which become casualties. . Welding is another occupation that isn't exactly cool during the summer. At Thorpe's Welding Shop in Algona, J. P. Smith is pictured above as he gets into action. That protective face mask that is worn doesn't cool things off a bit, either. While the temperature was in the low 90's when this photo was taken, Smith says it has been as hot as 12U degrees at times while welding is' going on. Anyone want to head for the swimming pool? Livermore Rites Funeral services for Mrs John Fox, 72, will be held at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart church in Livermore. Mrs Fox died Monday night in a Fort Dodge hospital. Her husband and J1 children survive. In a special ceremony held at the building's front entrances this morning (Thursday) the new Algona store of the R. M. Harrison Co. was formally opened at 9 a.m. Roy R. Hutzell, acting in the absence of Mayor Linda Clapsaddle, who had earlier been called to her husband's side at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, cut the ribbons at thn store entrances, which "formally signaled the store's opening. Others present in the official group included C. R. Harrison, president of the company ;md son of the founder, Rex H. Harrison, vice president, Herb Hedlund, president of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. Bill Steele, C. of C. secretary, and a large group ot Harrison company officials. Charles Hinken is manager of tin- store. The Algona store is largest In the Harrison group of ten stores, all of them in Iowa. The building is completely air-conditioned. While the selling staff has been greatly enlarged for the three- day Grand Opening being held this Thursday, Friday and Satui- day, those on the regular staff include Christine Arend, Gladys Burtis, Bernice Walker, Marilyn Kearney and Emma Miller. In today's issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines will be found a special six-page section devoted to the Grand Opening of the Harrison store, which covers in detail all phases of the opening event.

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