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X L Dept. of History and Des Moities 19, Iowa Who Will It Be Causes Plenty Of Pondering Question Of New Mayor Will Be Settled Nov. 8 Algona has been' a city of rumors since the sudden resigna* tion of Mayor Linda B. Clapsad-i die at the city council meeting last Thursday night—and interest has really increased on the important question of "Who will be elected mayor November 8?" The election by the city council of former mayor Byron P. Richardson at a 'special meeting Monday night has added fuel to the fire. ' Two possible candidates for that import tint position in city government were contacted by. the Upper Des Moines Wednesday. The two, William Becker and Charles Wagner, are the only ones so far who have taken out necessary papers from the city clerk's office to date. When questioned, Becker stated that although he has taken out papers, chances are that he will not run. He expressed the belief that Richardson will run, and if such proves to be the case, he will not make any pronounced effort to oppose him. He had no other statement as to his candidacy plans other than that. Wagner Will Run Wagner was not at all indefinite — he intends to run, and figures he's got a good chance to win. He's had the necessary- signatures for a long time, and will turn in his petition near the end of September when filing time rolls around. He's taken definite stands on many things, and presents himself as a rather conservative man with money, even if it's the city's. First of all, Mr Wagner has a deep-seated interest in Algona's future. He is in favor of inviting or coaxing industry as neighboring cities have done in the past. He would like to see industry that would give the laborer a year-round paycheck, because according to him "rocking chair money is no good for anybody". He think it's up to the city to invite and get industries to come to Algona "so the working man can make a living wage.". As far as parking meters are concerned, Mr Wagner says, "We've got enough, in fact, maybe a few.too many." . ,;, Conservatism "In the last few years," according to Mr Wagner, ."there .have been too many projects that the taxpayers will be paying for in years to come. We ought to be more conservative." Mr Wagner, a tile contractor who was born in Mallard 54 years ago, has lived in Algona since 1921. He has worked on city projects and feels he knows the inside facts on the city sewer, water and electrical setup. His feelings on the new proposed subdivision in the southeast part of town are favorable. "It's a good thing if we can do it without too much cost," according lo Wagner. Former Mayor It is not known if Richardspn will seek the mayor's post which he held for several terms until Jan. 1, 1954, and he couldn't be reached for comment as he was, in Minnesota for the day. Various other names have been mentioned as possible candidates, but hone will reveal at present if they will file in time for the election. Mrs Clapsaddle listed the health of her husband and additional duties since completion of their new motel east of town as reasons for her resignation. Mayor Clapsaddle has been a controversial figure at times since her landslide election in November of 1953, but under her leadership more city projects have been undertaken and com- 1 pleted, or are partially completed, than under a mayor here for years. The parking meter battle during the early months she was in office was perhaps the hottest item ever to hit Algona. Feelings have cooled since. Meeting Tonight Richardson will come up for approval at the council meeting tonight, and if approved, will serve until Jan. 1, 1956, when the duly elected mayor wall take over. The activity over Mrs Clapsaddle's resignation overshadoweo. the rest of the business last Thursday. New taxi rates were filed by Eldon Collins, with each zone showing a slight raise, building permits were issued to Earl Sprague, Ida Reid and Lloyd Robinson, who will build an $18,000 home on South Harlan, and a class C beer permit renewal was issued to the Council Oak. Hlgona Upper ©e£ ESTABLISHED 1863 EnteWd as second class matter at the postofllce at Algona, Iowa, Nov.. 1, 193S, under Act o£ Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 1955 4 SECTIONS - 30 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 32 Car-Truck Crash Kills Woman, 73 Fair Off to Big Start On Next Wednesday Promises To Be One Of Biggest ln97Years of Thrills". Some of the most daring of daredevils will be present doing neck-risking stunts. The reason for this year's fair being the biggest and best ever may be attributed to the hard work of the following, fair officials: < •President, A. A. Schipull,. Lu- Verne; Vice president, Fred Plumb, Lone Rock; Treasurer, H. It's going to be "Fair time" again next week! ' ' And if present reports are any indication as to what the Kossuth County Fair will offer for its 97th annual showing, it will really be "big" and, really "best", for according to Fair Secretary L. W. Nitchals all available exhibit space has been -"taken and overflow exhibits will be housed in special tents. Opening next Wednesday, Aug. 17, the annual event at the Kossuth fairgrounds in Algona is slated to present four days of record exhibits of all kinds, a top livestock exhibition, dazzling entertainment, racing thrills of a high order, and of course, midway attractions, without which it wouldn't be the "Fair". From interest shown thus far Secretary Nitchals predicts a record-breaking attendance "if the weather is favorable." Following is the complete 1955 Kossuth County Fair program:' Wednesday, August/17 : 7 a.m.—Gates open 9 a.m.—Judging of beef, floral hall and girl's club exhibits , 2 p.m.—Big cat" auto races ' 8 p.m.—"Fair Vogues of 1955" by Mario Show Productions Thursday, August 18 7 a.m.—Gates open 9 a.m.—Judging of dairy, swine and girl's club exhibits 10 a.m.—Judging of sheep 11 a.m.—Judging of rabbits and poultry 2 p.m.—Stock car races. Open competition , 8 p.m.—"Fair Vogues of 1955" by Mario Show Productions N Friday, August 19 Kossuth County Day (Special privileges for kids 7 a.m.—Gates open 9 a.m.—Judging continues 1 p.m.—-Judging of colts and pleasure-horses to be followed by special entertainment by the saddle clubs of Kossuth County 1 p.m.—Free baseball games 6:30—Livestock parade. Kossuth County's boys and girls in 4-H will entertain you with the finest animals that this great county can produce 8 p.m.—A stage production by residents of Kossuth County, home talent and home produced. Saturday, August 20 7 a.m.—Gates open 8:30 a.m.—Sale of prize livestock 2 p.m.—Stock car races. Open competition 8 p.m.—Tournament of Thrills. This year the grandstand attractions are of highest quality, and promise much enjoyment and excitement, On Wednesday the big car races are on the agenda. This IMCA sanctioned meet will feature seven events, including time trials, which will get underway at 1:30 p.m. Bobby Grim, who is at present leading the IMCA in points will lead the brigade of top-notch drivers in the event. Mario Returns > Wednesday & Thursday nights the Mario Show "Fair Vogues of 1955" will be in the spotlight. Mario productions have, for the last four years, been a gr^eat favorite of fair goers, and this year's show promises to be even more New Manager Whittemore-Al Zirnmer. who has been manager of the Whitte- mqre Locker Plant the past ten years, has resigned his position here and will return to Storm Lake where'he has had a residence. Mr Zimmer was nonorea Thursday evening with a farewell party held at the Legion hall. Taking over Zimmer s duties vyiU be Mr Faust of Conrad. Niter Vacationing Mr and .Mrs R. B. Waller and family are vacationing this wees at Park Rapids, Minn Editor Waller's 'Odds and Ends' column will re-appear in its regular page one position on his return. J. Bode, Algona; Secretary, L. W. Nitchals, Algona. • Directors—Fred Kollasch, Whittemore; Claude Seely, Algona, O. L. Thoreson, Swea City; Delbert Berninghaus, We^t Bend; Fred Plumb, Lone Rock; A. A SchipuU, LuVerne; Louis Bartlett, Titonka; Louis Reilly, Algona. Superintendents Department superintendents are as follows: Livestock department—Charles Quinn, chairman; Fred Plumb, beef cattle; Delbert Berninghaus, dairy cattle; Claude Seely, swine; William Christenson, sheep; Bill Durant, colts. Floral Hall — Aaron Steussy, chairman; Albert Reid, garden; Mrs Quentin Bjustrom, culinary; Mrs Wm. Dau, plants and flowers; Paul Dettman, agriculture; Mrs Hugh Post, textiles; Mrs Charles Nygaard, township booths. Club department—Dean Barnes, George Sefrit, and Robert Johnson, in charge of 4-H farm products, 4-H girls club, and FFA projects. , Schools—A. M. Quintard Machinery exhibits—Fred Kollasch. Auto exhibits—William ,Dau . , Gate department-^Hugh Raney. General gate admission "for aduts will be 50 cents, day and night, with children under 10 to be admitted free. General ad- mission'at the grandstand will be 75 cents, either afternoon or .evening. The gates will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight, each day of the fair. Other information about the 1955 Kossuth Codnty Fair may be found elsewhere in today's issue of the Agona Upper Des Moines. Home Talent Favorite Fair Attraction Always a favorite attraction of the Kossuth County Fair is the home talent show which is produced by the Kossuth County Women's Rural Chorus and includes many well-known Kossuth county entertainers as well as a few from northern Iowa. music lovers all around here. There will be many other entertainers including Mrs John Larson of Armstrong who is called the "Swedish Nightingale? and Delores Chapman of AJgona, who was chosen recently as thlj 'Golden Giii" by the Iowa State Dairy Industry. Kossuth women who have assisted in producing this show are Mrs Walter Campney, Burt, Misf Erna Baars, Burt, Miss Florences Reynolds, Titonka, Mrs Art Boyken, Titonka, and Mrs Everett Steven, Sexton. (Glenn's Studio Photo) Rain Assists Algona Firemen At Hobarton The Algona Fire Department had a rush call at 8:00 p.m., in the middle of Tuesday night's rainstorm, to the D. D . Sparks' residence at Hobarton. A fire, believed to be caused by lightning, had started in a /^combination garage and warehouse which rests next to three houses. According to Fire Chief Ira Kohl, "if it hadn't been for the rain the sparks could, very easily have ignited the houses and wiped out the entire section." As it. was, the warehouse, which contained a thousand pounds of beeswax and supplies, burned to the ground before -the firemen :' could get the blaze under control, causing an estimated $3,500 'damage. enjoyable. On Thursday and Saturday afternoons, the flying stock cars will invade the the fairgrounds. mile track at This is an open competition event, which will include many Iowa drivers. A field of entries totaling from 30 to 40 cars is expected each afternoon for the seven-event program. A double-header baseball game is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Bancroft will go against Lone Rock in the opener at 1 p.m. to be followed by a game between Whittemore and the Algona KCs. Lone Rock, Bancroft and Whittemore are the top three teams in the Kossuth County League, and the KCs are starting to come into their own, so the games promise to be real enjoyment for fans. Talent A Plenty Friday night's home talent show will be of special interest to Kossuth County folks, and the grandstand closes its entertainment Saturday night in a big way by presenting two hours of spills and chills with the "Tournament Two Bancroft Girls Injured As Car Rolls Bancroft—Two Bancroft girls, Yvonne Doocy and Lois Lampe, were injured in a car accident a mile south of Armstrong last weekend. > They were on their way to Fairmont when the auto, driven by Yvonne, skidded off the edge of f the paving and rolled over three times. Yvonne suffered severe cuts on the face and neck, while Lois got a badly bruised leg and cuts on her arms and hand. She returned home with her parents, but Yvonne was taken to Holy Family Hospital at Estherville. The auto was badly damaged. Public School Opens Aug. 29 r Plans Listed Elementary Grades Set-Up Is Major Switch, 1955-56 Arthur Campney The program will be presented Friday evening in front of the grandstand. Master of ceremonies will be Art Campney, 19- year-old Burt man, who is noted around Algona for being an "odd ball." Those who know hjm say he'll be "a scream" and well wortfi seeing. Art, pictured below, is a junior at Simpson College, Indianola, has played the famous Shakespearean clowns, and been actiye in many school functions. The show will star Harris Sonnenberg of Titonka, a baritone soloist with the Wartburg Castle Singers; the Pettit family of Emmetsburg, well-known singing quintet in this area; Mary Beth Sartor of Mason City, a tap dancing entertainer who is a favorite on many programs throughout northern Iowa; and the-Swea City Barbershop Quartet, who have captured the hearts of Titonka Topic Sale Announced Titonka—Sale of the Titonka Topic printing office to a Mason City man, Phil J. Jaren, was announced this week. The new owner will take possession Satuiday, August 20. Mr Jaren has been a printer at Mason City for the past six years, and has a wife and four children. The family will live in an apartment in the office building. The Topic was left without an editor when Frank Clark died suddenly several weeks ago. Picked For Style Show The Irvington Ideals 4-H club held its Achievement Day at the Center School house. Sixteen members and six mothers wi're present. Virginia Simons was chosen to represent the club at the Kossuth county fair in the style review. Mrs Studer was the judge. Lunch was served by Mis Erpelding and Mrs Bristow. Summer must be about for all of the Algona Community School District schools open Monday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m., and that's a sure sign Fall isn't far away Superintendent O. B. Laing released the official announcement Monday, and it will be found in its entirety in today's Upper Des Moines. All students, kindergarten through twelfth grade are to report at 9 a.m. the 29th, but for only a half-day session. The first full day is the next day, with a break in the schedule for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, when there will be no classes. Mothers, Note Kindergarten classes will be half-day sessions all year, and assignments to forenoon or afternoon sections will be made opening day. Preference of parents will be observed, if possible. Children entering kindergarten must be five years of age on or -before Oct. 15, 1955, while the age limit for first grade is six years on or before the same date. Twelve buses will serve rural students and one area in the northeast part of town. They will be in operation opening day and parents of all pupils on the routes will be notified before that time of the route schedule and other facts pertaining to the service. Elementary Changes • There have been important changes made in the elementary attendance areas in town. There will be a first grade room in the high school building. Children living south of State and west of Jones streets will attend it. Lucia Wallace will have classes from kindergarten to fourth, inclusive; Third Ward will have kindergarten and grades one, two, three and five, but no fourth; and Bryant will be the same as last year, kindergarten through sixth grade. Special meetings for students not previously enrolled in the local schools will be held again this year. All new students from ninth through twelfth grades. will be expected at the high school, Monday, Aug. 22. at 8 p.m., and all pupils enrolling in seventh grade, or eighth grade if not previously enrolled, should appear in the high school junior study hall, Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. Any new pupils, kindergarten through sixth grade, are asked to report their name, address, grade and other data at the superintendent's office not later than Friday, Aug. 19. Flashers Operate School flasher signs will operate at four corners in town on school days from 8:15-9:15 a.m., 11:15-1:15 p.m. and 3:15-4:30 p.m. It is important that all students and drivers take every precaution to prevent serious accidents. Parents should be sure their children cross at corners where there are flashers when possible. As in the past, textbooks will be on a rental basis and there will also be set fees for other extras. The hot lunch program will get underway the second day of school, and will be served each noon at the annex. Severely Cut Wesley — Barbara, 3-year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Haverly, received a severe cut on her cheek Friday when she was hit by a swing board while playing at the family's farm home. Five stitches were required to close the wound. Offer Free Dollar Bills In City On Dollar Days Shoppers — men, women and children alike — are going to have a chance to strike "pay dirt" in Algona next Friday and Saturday! In addition to offering red-hot bargains throughout the town, an "extra" is being added by Algona merchants as a Dollar Days attraction — the giving away of hundreds of crisp, new dollar bills. Each store is cooperating by offering these new dollar bills. All anyone has to do is register his or her name at the different store* on Friday and Saturday, Algona Dollar Days. Names may be registered 9* as many stores as any. one wishes to viitt^-for most itore* arc giving away dollars At close of business Saturday, drawings for *h« many winners will be belli in each Stc-rft, Tho«« whose names aw drasro do not have to be present ft «»y of the drawing* to win, for the crisp new dollar bill* will b» m»U«d to all winners by the Chamber of Commerce en behalf of the m«r- chanri following the drawings. " Bill" Ehrhardt Wins County Plowing Match It took an "old timer" to make the best showing at the first Kossuth county level land plowing match held Tuesday at the Ornie Behrends farm south of Lone Rock. Veteran farmer, W. H. "Bill" Ehrhardt, pictured above, of Algona, outclassed all the other 12 contestants as they vied for top position in the match. The crowd of more than 1500 people apparently were unanimous with the judges in their choice of Ehrhardi. After learning he had placed first, "Bill" grinned broadly and remarked, "I sure thought those "young squirts" would outdo me." But, witnesses at the match thought "Bill" was just another "youngster", too, as he handled his equipment with zest and precision.- As winner of the contest, Mr Ehrhardt will represent Kossuth county at the state plowing match in Cherokee county on Aug. 18. All his expenses will be paid including iransportation. Four other contestants received prizes in addition to Mr Ehrhardt. They are pictured below, left to right: Dick Gross, Lone Rock, fifth: George Johnson, Swea City, fourth; Carl Rejnhardl, Lone Bock, third; and Lawrence Johannesen, Lone Rock, second. Other contestants included: Sam Mitchell, Lone Rock; Ronald Peltit, Whitiemore; Leo Crowley, Swea City; Frank Dreyer, Lone Rock; Lawrence Rath, Lone Rock; Paul Bernhard, Fenton; Don Gross, Fenion; and Clair Bollinger, Lone Rock. The contest was sponsored by the Lone Rock.Commun- ity Club and implement firms in the county cooperated. (Upper Des Moines Polaroid newsfoios) 7, ' '-,- .>'.''.. - " •*»;''* --•' ;'•:• 'y, "-. '>' 'V ''•" Hot, Dry Weather May Change Reseating Plans The recent period of unfavor- ' able crop weather in Iowa may j increase the amount of price-supported corn to be retained on Kossuth county farms under reseal, it was declared this week by Virgil L. Rohlf, manager of the county ASC office. Prospects for a record or near-record crop of corn have been dimmed in a number of areas by unseasonably hot and dry weather and as a result there will probably be more reselling of old corn than expected a month or so ago, he said. Manager Rohlf pointed out that producers who have 1953 and 1954 loan corn on their farms may still apply for reseuling by notifying the county ASC office or their neighborhood sealer. The official stated that even those who previously expressed a desire to deliver their loan corn may apply for resealing at this time. He said the present situation emphasizes the fact that resealing of old corn guarantees the owner a supply of feed on his farm and protects him against a possible rise in feed costs. In addition, the owner who reseals can earn a storage payment of 15 cents a bushel for keeping his 1953 and 1954 loan corn an extra year. Fireman Injured Wesley—The local fire department went to the Jack Kutchara farm Friday afternoon and put out a grass lire. Damage was slight, ejccept to Paul Flaherty, one of the firemen, who sprained his wrist when he fell from the truck. Girl Softball Player Suffers Fractured Jaw Lakota — Sharon Dorenbush was seriously injured Friday night during a softball game here. Sharon slid into third base and received an accidental blow on the chin by her opponent's knee. She was taken to the hospital after first aid, and is now awaiting surgery on her fractured jaw. Ostwinkle Fines Two Two men paid fines for driv ing trucks with expired licenses during the week in Justice C, H. Ostwinkle's court. They were Leonard E. Jacobs, Spencer, and Hugo H. Cade, Alguna. Both were driving trucks owned by their employers. Jacobs was fined $15, but $10 was suspended, and Gade was assessed $5 and costs. Tony Winter New Grant Coach An Algonan, Tony Winter, son of Mr and Mrs W. A. Winter, has signed a contract to coach girl's and boy's sports and teach in the Grant Consolidated School this year. Tony is a 1949 graduate of St. Cecelia's, spent two years in the army, and graduated from Buena Vista College at Storm Lake MrsH.Dacken Instantly Killed At Intersection Was On Her Way To Visit Doctor In Burt Mrs Henry A. Dacken, 73, was killed instantly about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday as the car she was driving and a 2'/<j ton truck met at n gravel road intersection about a mile from her farm home. The fatal accident occurred a mile south and one and a half miles west of Burt. Truck Driver Unhurt Driver of the truck, loaded with dirt fill and owned by Cliff Holding of Burt, was Gordon Gifford of Burt. He had as his passenger Terry Joe Cook, 11, son of Kenneth Cook, who farms near Burt. Gifford, thrown from the truck as it plowed its way into a cornfield after the impact, and landed upside down, was uninjured. Terry Joe Cook crawled from the wrecked cab of the truck with reported minor bruises, and was later taken to a doctor for examination. Mrs Dacken was on her way to see her doctor in Burt, was alone in her car. She had just left her farm home about a mile away, and was driving east to highway 169, when the two vehicles collided at the intersection, resulting in the instant death of Mrs Dacken. While the Dacken car remained close to the spot of impact, the truck, headed south, caromed off the gravel road, over a ditch and into i cornfield. Mrs Dacken's vehicle was a total loss, and damage to the truck was severe. -•• First On Scene First on the scene was Cliff Behrends, Lone Rock, who was driving a truck following Gifford. Ivan Long, who lives on a farm on the corner, was in a cornfield pulling cockle burrs and hearing the impact rushed to the scene. Dr. M. I. Lichter, Burt veterinarian, who also lives on a nearby farm, was called to the scene and summoned an ambulance and authorities. The accident was investigated by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, and state patrolman Earle Shoeman of Fort Dodge. Dr. John Schut- tcr, county coroner, examined the body of Mrs Dacken. ' 24 Grandchildren Mrs Dacken was 73 years of age, and two years ,ago she and her husband had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Mrs Louis Riedel, Burt; Mrs Edward Kain, Plum Creek, Mrs Andy Nauman, who lives on a farm near Burt, Mrs Ernest Nauman, also on a farm near Burt, and a son, Walter Duckwi. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, Funeral services for Mrs Dacken are as yet unannnouncetT. Piter's Widow May Sue City For Damages Jacqueline Pifer, widow of Robert Pifer, has gained permission of the court to take proper legal steps to recover damages because of the death of her husband. Pifer was killed by a ricocheting bullet from the gun of Algona Policeman, Al Boekelman, during a frantic chase from Algona to Humbokit, July 10. Mrs Pifer, serving as adminis- tratrix of her husband's estate, has not filed suit, but has vho right to do so, according to the court. In papers filed in the estate, she asks permission to recover damages to Pifer's estate due to his death as a result of the wrongful death by reason of assault. The petition states the admin- istratrix has investigated the circumstances of the shooting and is of the opinion that said estate is entitled to recover damages. No amount has been named as proper settlement by Mrs Pifer. It is assumed that if no settlement is reached in the matter, suit will be filed by her, probably against the city and Boekelman as a police employee. Mr Piler died instantly when shot in the head while riding with Doyle Johnson in Pifer'* car during a 100 mile an hour chase. Johnson is now serving a one year term at Anamosa following conviction on an OMVJ

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