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State Historical Iowa Oity, J Ia« By Russ Waller • * * Alvin Busch of Led yard returned home Sunday after a TWO WEEKS VACATION IN GERMANY. He visited his younaest son, Leo, who is in service stationed at Frankfurt. Mr Busch made the trip by plane, of course, flying from Mason City to New York, and New York to'Germany. While there he also visited cousins of the Gelhaus family of Ledyard. Who knows? In a few years those two weeks for vacation time may include news of people flying all over the world. Mr Busch was in the air onJy a proportionately short time of the two weeks. • • • Thlrty-three years ago. Henry Van Hove of Titonka left Germany, and one of the close friends he left behind was George Hoogstraat. Last week the two men met for the first time in 33 years. Mr Hoogstraal brought his wife and son from Clifton. 111. where he now lives and visited Mr and Mrs Van Hove and family for two days. There were also others in the Titonka area that the visitor knew many years ago, and old acquaintances were renesved with great pleasure. , • • • And another Kossuth man. Franklin (Zip) Coons was reminded of Europe by a letter he received from Ste. Marguerite- Sur-Mer. France, where the famed World War II landing raid on Dieppe was made. Koons was credited with being the first American to fire a shot on foreign soil in the war as a member ot the American Rangers who raided the coast with British Com mandos. The letter described a commemorative program and ceremony held on July 14. at which a plaque was unveilect. The letter added: "The citizens of Ste. Marguerite have not forgotten." We'll bet Zip hasn't, either. • • • One local gent, a little tired by the constant reminder of his wife to bring home the Green Stamps, laid down an ultimatum the other day. He said he refused to die until some undertaker subscribed to the Green Stamp program. • • • Most of the more prominent fisnt-rmen hereabouts get into the news every so often. But we have some "quiet fisherfolks". too. and this picture is proof. This paper recently received a picture of Alden McAdams. better known as "Dean", and his wife, holding a nice string of northerns and walleyes. This picture was taken at Heinle's Resort near Walker, Minn, on Leech Lake, where Mr and Mrs McAdams spent a vacation recently. ISTASLISHtO 1163 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. AL60NA, IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 1955 3 SECTIONS-24 PAGES Plus 12-Paqe Tabloid VOL 92 - NO. 33 Brother Sister Win Fair 4-H Honors 5 Injured In Three Crashes In This Area Five persons were injured in automobile mishaps in this area over the weekend, three of them escaping with minor cuts and bruises. Last Thursday evening, in highway 18 a mile north am west of Whiltemore, a car driven b\ Art Heidenwilh of Whitti.-more, with Kay Frances Rosenduhl and Helen Lynette Walker as passengers, was in a collision with a car driven by a Mason City girl who had two other girls riding with her. Two of the Mason City girls received injuries and bruises, but not of a serious nature. Friday evening, Robert E. Neary of Emmetsburg, who is employed as a linotype operator for the Upper Des Moines Publishing Co., was injured when a tlrt blew out on his car while rounding a curve near Cylinder as he was enroute home. The car rolled over several times and was practically demolished. Nearj received multiple bruises and lacerations and was hospitalized, but was to be released from the Emmetsburg hospital this week. He was alone at the time and no other machine was involved. Richard G. Schneider, 16. Bancroft, and Robert Crouch of Fenton, are ,a pair of pretty lucky fellows. A car driven by Schneider skidded into a wooden bridge rail, two miles south of Seneca on a county road, Monday evening, and the machine dropped into a 20-foot ditch, landing on its top. The boys escaped with minor cuts and bruises, but the car was not so fortunate. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst reported. Ex-German P-O-W Visits Heie City Adopts Its Budget For 1956 Following the administration of oath of office to Algona's new mayor, Bvron P. Richardson, the council held an open hearing on the proposed city budget for next year. Only a dozen citi/.ens were present, and as there were no objections voiced, the proposal passed as originally set up, $13,402 below this years. After the rather lengthy discussions on the budget, the coun cil handled the rest of the night's business. Cigarette permits were issued to the Trinity Lutheran Church stand and Hawkey e Lanes, and a cigarette and beer license to Earl C. Grimes. A building permit for John Spencer, who is building a new home, was okayed, and a petition 'rum roui land owners on North Phillip* street was read. It requested the city to drop curb and gutter and blacktopping for a hall-block on Linden street. The petition wa> filed. THE COUNTY FAIR The "day before" the fair — Tuesday — is a mad scramble, and it can only be wondered how everything can be made to fall into place properly for a Wednesday opening — but it does. Livestock entries, and machinery exhibits, require a bit of doing but the chief labor is simply getting the livestock and the machinery to the spots where they belong. Not so Floral Hall. Two mobile homes will undoubtedly get quite a play this year—the cheapest one sells for just under $3,000 and is quite modern, although we still don't understand just how all the plumbing works ... F. S. Norton & Son solved a display nicely by exhibiting one of their hog feeders with a simple banner reading "3,000 in Use." The automobile exhibit is missing this year—auto dealers say that by this time most everyone is familiar with the 1955 models, and the 1956 models are just around the corner. * » * Do you supposa those Russians are responsible for the deluge of grasshoppers which arrived the fore part of this week? t t f famous Last Line — (By Don Paarlberg, economic adviser to Secretary Benson, in a speech to a farmers field day in Massachusetts): "The decline in farm income is an emergence from » dream world and no one expected it would last." Medical Society Met On Tuesday Seven members of the Kossuth County Medical Society incl . 1- ing the president, Dr. Dan Bray and secretary, Dr. John Schutter, met at the Johnson House Tuesday evening. Their guest* were six well-known doctors from the University of Iowa who conducted the crippled childrens clinic at St. Ann hospital Wednesday. During the business meeting, Dr. Paul L. Warner, Wesley's new doctor, was made a nesv member of the group. Bray reported the second series* of polio shots would be administered in September following the opening of school, and it was announced a special meeting of the organization wil| be held Sept. 13. The six doctors, Patton, Read, Barnett, Allway, Miller and De- Gooyer, from Iowa U. were presented and Read, Patton and Barnett discussed medical practices. By Esther "Grace" Sigsbee A former German prisoner- of-war returned to Algona last week to revisit the scene where he was held captive from 1944 until 1946. Heis Erwin Speer, who with his wife, Helga, made the trip from their present home in Coraopolis, Pa. He found many changes from the Algona, Iowa, as he remembered it and the present town ten years later. The fact that all of the buildings at the former POW camp had been torn down and removed amazed Speer. The present airport with its hang- a.r and planes bears little resemblance to the rows of barracks he left in 1946. He asked about the Nativity Scene made by Edward Kaib while he was here and seemed greatly pleased, at the way the local Junior Chamber of Commerce is hatidling its display and at the wide-spread publicity the project has received. Mr Speer was in the German army for seven years beginning at the age of 17. He fought with Hitler's forces in Russia, was several times wounded , and was captured by Canadians in France. "Seven years is quite a chunk out of a man's life", said Speer. "Most of it was wasted." However, the months spent in the P. W. camp at Algona were the brightest of his service career. "Before I was captured they told us America was licked", he said. "But it took only a few miles on the H. W. train and a look at the factories, airplanes and automobiles of America to know that this was all a big lie." While at the local camp, .Speer went on work details to the canning factory at Fairmont and the nursery at Elmore. They visited those places Wednesday and spent the afternoon in the home of the proprietor of the nursery. Mr Speer is a member of the Moose Lodge and when they called at the local clubrooms. Mr and Mrs James Whittemore, who lived in Germany, were contacted and the couples enjoyed a conversation in the native tongue of three of them. When the war ended, Speer returned to his home in Berlin, where he was married three years ago. Meanwhile his mother and sisters came to America, settling in Wisconsin and a year ago last April, Mr and Mrs Speer also came to this country. He owns and operates an uphol- steiy shop at Coraopolis which is just outside of Pittsburgh. Mrs Speer, an attractive brunette, speaks excellent English although she learned the language at night school after coming to Pennsylvania. She was thoroughly enjoying her automobile trip and she said that now she's seen nine of the United States and she hopes someday to visit the other thirty-nine. When asked how he liked this country now that he has a chance to view it on his own. Mr Speer said, "America is the greatest country in the world. You have everything here and the ordinary man has the freedom to make the most of it. You realir.e ' this when you've been in .-nine of the places I have." Drouth & Heat Taking Toll; No Rain, 44 Days Kossuth county's crop report isn't going to look too good if the sky doesn't deliver a few million gallons of rain pretty soon, according to men in the know. A search through the weather records since July 6 proves pr.ly about an inch and a half of rain has been registered at the Algona airport weather station in 44 days. Drought conditions will reach major proportions soon if relief doesn't arrive. For the first time in many years, this area has been skipped by several drenchers that have hit the rest of the state. Corn i> scorched and other crops are taking a beating from lack of moisture. And gardeners aren't getting the usual results in fresh vegetables, either. A quarter of an inch of rain is all we got during the past seven days as temperatures continued to reach for 90. H Li Aug. 10 85 63 Aug. 11 .- 86 50 Aug. 12 87 54 Aug. 13 85 53 Aug. 14 90 51 Aug. 15 89 63 Aug. 16 84 63 The long-range forecast indicates we're in for more of the same sort of treatment for several days — and it might be quite a while before any real rainfall comes our way. Burt Man Found Dead In Cistern; Tuesday A life-long resident of the Burt community lost his life Saturday afternoon when he apparently jumped into a cistern at his home in Burt. Will Ringsdorf. 77. had been in poor health for some time. He was found floating in the water by his wife who immediately summoned Dr. J. G. Clapsaddle. Dr. Clapsaddle called the Burt fire department who used their new resuseitator in an effort to revive him. Dr. John M. Schutter, county coroner, who was called, declared his death a suicide by reason of drowning. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Burt Presbyterian church with the Rev. H. A. Smidt officiating. Interment was in the Burt town- ship cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandsons: Dale Shipler, Dean Gamble, Wendell Ringsdorf, Gene Ringsdorf. Keith Davidson and Verne Davison. Mr Ringsdorf was born May 9, 1878, in Portland township where he spent his entire life until 11 years ago when he and his wife retired to Burt. He married L. Davison in Burt and there were four children, all of whom were here for the funeral. They are: Roy and Don, both of Burt; Neva, Mrs Brink Shipler, Swea City; and Clara, Mrs Albert Shannon, Hayward, Calif. His wife and children survive. The Garry funeral home of Bancroft was in charge of arrangements. Robbery Suspect Goes To Trial Arland L. Gerberding, accused or robbing the Lakota, Iowa, bank of $6.000 in April of 1954, wil stand trial on the charge in Federal court at Fort Dodge, in a case set to begin Friday of this week. An attorney was appointed by the court to defend him. Gerberding had entered a plea of not guilty to the charge or robbing the bank. Convent Open House Bancroft — Open house will be held at the new Sisters' Convent here on Sunday, Aug. 21. The Sisters are busy preparing for the opening of the fall school term at St. John's. Lt. Col. Wilson At Ft. Riley School Fort Riley, Kan. — Reserve Lt. Col. John B. Wilson of Burt, Iowa, completed two weeks of instruction in the Command and General Staff college course at Fort Riley, Kan., Aug. 13. The course was one of four conducted by the Army Reserve school of Kansas City, Kan. Colonel Wilson has returned to Burt where he is a farmer. His mother Mrs Edward B. Wilson, lives at 198 Pawling Ave., Troy, N. Y. Trio of Fines In Justice Court Three fines were imposed by Justice C. H. Ostwmkle in his court Tuesday, and Wednesday. Jody Hogsett, Maryville, Me., was fined $9.60 and costs for having an axle overload, and Leo F. Montag of West Bend was lined $5 and costs for having only one dealer license plate displayed. Anna Maria Schmidt, Ottosen, charged with parking a truck unattended on a public highway, «nd also having defective brakes on a truck, had her case continued until this morning, Aug. 18. The charge was filed by the highway patrol. Albert R. Becker, Bode, was fined $5 and costs for driving w.th an expired license. 16-Act Home Talent Show At Fair On Friday Night The most sensational and entertaining home talent production ever presented to the people of this area will be staged Friday night, Aug. 19, at the Kossuth County Fair starting at 8 p.m. in front of the grandstand. The production, always a favorite attraction of the fair, is under the direction of the Kossuth County Rural Women's Chorus. The group has gone to extreme efforts in order to present the very best talent available in this and surrounding areas. There'll be names you know and oe-iple you love in the show of shows. As master of ceremonies. 19- year-old Art Campney of Burt. will keep the performance 'n high gear and throw in a few laughs for which he is noted. Stars of the show will be Harris Sonnenberg of Titonka, who is a junior at Wartburg college & has been a baritone soloist with the Castle Singers three years; the Pettit fawily of Emmetsburg, who are a popular quintet that has appeared several times on KGLO-TV and in this vicinity; Mary Beth Sartor of Mason City, who is a tap dancing darling of 13 years. Dolores Chapman, chosen Golden Girl by the Iowa St&te Dairy Industry recently, will sing a solo. And the well-known favorite, Mrs John Larson of Swea City, known as the "Swedish Nightingale", will present several melodious selections. Other entertainers in the production includes: a trio, Darlene Callies, Titonka, Nancy Tjaden, Wesley, and Myrna Norland, Titonka, all 15 years old; acrobatics on the drum, Judy Jolley, 10, Fenton; accordian solo, Bill Jolley, 17, Fenton; solo, Janice Pasley, 16, Waverly; acrobatic and tap dance team, John Gardner, 12, and Beverly Larson, 10, Swea City; accordian duet, Irene Kenne, 14, and Jo Ann Borman, 16, Irvington; baritone horn solo, John R. Eigler, 17, Fenton; Joan Metzger, Burt, cowboy songs; the Zwiefels, Titonka, hillbilly songs. Darlene Nelson, 12, 1955 championship trophy winner in the junior girl's figure skating contest for Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, who also does acrobatics and baton twirling, is to present another special ac,t here. She just appeared at the Martin county fair in Fairmont. Her home is in Pcoria, 111. and she is a granddaughter of Mrs John Larson of Armstrong. Ice On Floor In Milk House, Asks $25,490 Ice on a milk hou-e floor has resulted in a damage suit filed in Kossuth district court, Wednesday, asking a total of S25.490. Leo Jorgensen is plaintiff and Henry Kinne of Pruiri,- twp. is named as defendant in the legal action, which requests a jury trial. Jorgensen states that he was a contract milk hauler for the Renwick Community Creamery Co. On Nov. 30, 1953, as usual, he went to the Kinne place and picked up a can of the defendant's milk and proceeded co c aiTV it across the milk house floor. The petition alleges that v.'ater had frozen on the floor, unknown to the plaintiff, and Jorgensen slipped and fell, injuring himself. He charges negligence on the part of the defendant. Jorgansen states that he suffered personal injuries to an in- travertebral disk and pulled muscles and ligaments in his left leg and foot, and received a permanent injury to his spine. He asked $15,000 for loss of earnings, $490 in medical fees, and $10,000 for being permanently disabled. Michael Thilges Dies At St. Joe Funeral services for Michael Thilges, 80, lifelong resident of St. Joe, will be held at 8:30 a. m. Saturday morning in St. Joseph's Catholic church. Fr. Schumacher will officiate and burial will be in the St. Joe cemetery. Hamilton funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Mr Thilges was found dead Wednesday morning in his farm home near St. Joe. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Nicholas Thilges and was born at St. Joe, Feb. 8, 1875. Nev*r married, he fanned all of his life. His death was attributed to a heart attack. Survivors include two sisters Ann (Mrs Chris Gales), Irvington; Mary (Mrs James Reding), Bode; and two brothers, Casper, Bode; and Honey, Tracy, Minn. Svfftrf Strokt >l4Ytr4 — G. I. Purdy suffered a stroke at his home Sunday, New Record In Dirt Half Mile Set By Grim A brother and a sister, James Bierstedt, 18. and Virgean Bierstedt, 11, took top honors in the 4-H baby beef judging at the opening of the Kossuth county fair, Wednesday. James won the grand championship honors for the second straight year with his Angus entry, and his sister took the reserve championship with her Angus. They are son and daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred Bierstedt who live between Whittemore and Fenton. There were 270 entries in the 4-H baby beef class, about the same as in 1954. The champion Shorthorn ribbon went to Mike Nelson, 15, son of Mr and Mrs Sophus Nelson of Titonka. The champion Hereford blue ribbon went to Barrel Berkland. 14. son of Mr and Mrs Lloyd Berkland of Fenton. Has Another At Home James, the grand champion owner, is a 1955 graduate of Fenton high. He expects to help his father on the farm until early winter when he expects to attend a short course at Ames. In the meantime, he is also entering the Iowa State Fair and the Spencer fair. Asked what he would enter, when his grand champion is sold Saturday morning, he replied: "Oh, I've got another one at home." In the beef heifer class for 4-H entries, James also won two blue ribbons with his Angus, and a blue ribbon also went to Gerald Waite of Fenton with a Hereford. Open Beef' Winners In the open divisions of beef, grand and reserve championships went as follows: Shorthorn — Grand and reserve champion bulls, Orvjlle Wiebke,'Greene; grand champion and reserve champion females, Kent Seely, Algona. Herefords — Grand and reserve champion bulls, P. M. Christiansen, Lone Rock; grand champion female, B. J. Holcomb, Algona; reserve champion female, P. M. Christiansen. Lone Rock. Angus — Grand and reserve champion bulls, Charles Schowalter, Sheffield; grand champion female, James Bierstedt, Whittemore; reserve champion female, Charles Schowalter, Sheffield. There was a paid attendance of 1967 at the gate, Wednesday, up until 4:20 p. m., and the afternoon grandstand totaled 1273 paid admissions. In the big car auto races, Bobby Grim of Indianapolis set a new Iowa half mile dirt track record, with time of 23.60 seconds The old record was 24.12 anc was made in 1953 by the late Bob Slater here. Slater died early this year in a crash on the State Fair track. Judging in the dairy cattle and swine divisions was to begin this morning. Saturday morning at 8:30 a. m. the auction sale of all 4-H baby beeves will take place, as well as 150 head of market hogs and 20 head of sheep. Following' are blue ribbon winners in the various departments as listed: Garden Dept. Mrs Wm. Moeding, Mrs Raymond Charlson, Mrs O. L. Thorson, George Bierstedt, Mrs Chris Gales, Etta Howard, Madonna Erpelding, Mrs H. S. Montgomery, Petra Thorson, Gretchen Looft, Mrs Sylvester Wagner. Richard Friets, Mrs Ray Kleiger, Mrs F. W. Plumb, Clarence Hays, David Kaltved, Mrs Ernest Bormann, Mrs W. C. Dau, Robt. Friets, L. W. Nitchals, Francis Bunting, Mrs Martin Becker, Frank Meine, Paul Thorson, Delores Johnson, Severin Opheim, Ruth Weise, Joe Wadleigh, Mrs O. W. Friedow. Mrs Harold Becker, J. G. Graham, Mrs Henry Kubly, Mrs Ray Kleiger, Mrs John Altman, Mrs Anna Hanselrr.an, Mrs Wm. Wiskus, Jeanette Bjustrom, Mrs Carl Swanson. Mrs J. B. Asa, Lucille Gade, Mrs Leo McEnroe and Marlyn Bormann. Plants and Flowers Mesdames H. S. Montgomery, F. W. Plumb, Nick Fisch, Ed Fitzgerald, W. C. Dau, Bert Deal, J. B. Asa. Don Bruellman, Harold Becker, Henry Kubly, A. F. Schweppe, Chris Gales, Netha Mathes and Leo McEnroe and Sheryll Carr, Frank Meine, Louis Reilly and Etta L. Howard. Agriculture Dept. and Booth Mrs Harold Becker, J. G. Graham, Mrs Chris Gales, Mrs John Altnuui, Leo McEnroe and Clarence Hays. Cresoo Twp., booth blue ribbon, agricultural. Union Twp., township booth blue ribbon. The fair will feature stock car races this afternoon and Saturday. Mario's stage revue tonight and a Home Talent show Friday 3 Dead-2 Crashes A county road intersection, one mile south and m miles west of Burt, was the scene of the fatal accident pictured above, in which Mrs Henry Dacken. 73. was killed Wednesday afternoon of last week. In one photo. Sheriff Ralph Lindhurst is viewing the Dacken car where it lay after a collision \vith a gravel truck. In the other picture the wrecked machine is about to he towed away. Obituary of Mrs Dacken is elsewhere in today's paper. — (Upper Des Moines newsfotos). A twisted mass of meJal is all that remains of the car in which Donald D. Zwiefel, 18, and his wife of six weeks, Carol, 18, met death last Friday night on highwav 18 at a county road intersection, four miles east of Algona. Story details below. Wed 6 Weeks, Boy & Girl Die Under Crushed Car Double funeral services for Mr and Mrs Donald D. Zwiet'el, killed in a tragic truck-car crash about five miles east of Algona Friday night, were held in the Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Monday. Rev. Harry Whyte officiated at the rites, and burial was in the Burt Township Cemetery at Burt. McCtillouyh's Fune'ral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Carol Frances, daughter of Mr and Mrs Russell Shipler of Burt, was born at Burt, June 19, 1937. She attended the Burt school and about lour months ago began working here ijt Ray's Market. Married June 26 She was married June 26, 1955, o Dunald Zwiefel, and the couple noved into an apartment at 222'2 South Ridgely. Survivors include her parents and three sisters. Thev are JoAnn (Mrs Donald Way),~Galt; Layonne (Mrs Ray Eimers), Dolliver; and Darlene (Mrs D. E. Young, El Monte, Cal. Pallbearers were Roger Scott, Dale, Lyle, Robert and Vern Shipler and Warren Andreasen. Donald Dean, son of Mr and Mrs Glenn Zwiet'el, Burt, was born in Algona, Sept. 9, 1937. He attended school at Titonku aid Burt and had been employed at Hutzell' Cities Service here since February. Survivors include hi.-- parents, four brothers, Merrill, \Vt,-sVy; C'letus, Titonka: Gary and Brian. Burt; and a sister, Patricia, Burt | Pallbearers were Larry Menz, ; Richard and Roger Shipler and j Darwin Koepke. Donald and Carol were returning from a visit at the Zwiet'el farm southeast of Burt when the crash occurred. They were headed south when they came to highway 18 arid crashed broadside into a Ruan gasoline transport, driven by Ellsworth A. Oehlert, 51, Clear Lake. Struck Gas Transport The 1950 Chevrolet four-door lilt the middle of the empty trailer and the rear dual wheels uf the trailer passed over the auto. The truck driver was uninjured, although the truck slid off on the shoulder and back on the pavement following the collision. Mrs Zwiefel was killed instantly, and her husband died minnus later. Both died of severe skull fractures and multiple m.iurie.-. They were the .-eventh and eighth auto fatalities in the cuuntv in 1955, and died only abuut 54 hours after Mrs Hems' Dacken. Burt. was killed in a car-truck collision southwest of Burl at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Swea Boy Hit By Meningitis Ledyard — The youngest son of Mr and Mrs Otto Pingel of Swea City was taken to Blank Memorial hospital on Saturday where it was learned he has spinal meningitis. Mr and Mrs ffoger Meyer took his parents and also his two grandmothers, Mrs Willis Pingel and Mrs Morgan of Blue Earth, down on Saturday. His mother and grandmother remained with him. Mr und Mrs Ronald Meyer went down on Sunday and took Willis Pingel down and then brought the others home. His fever had been lowered when they left and his condition was as good as could be expected. Social Security Man Here Today A representative of the Fort Dodge Social Security ofiice will be in Algona today iThuradjyj to answer any and all questions and accept applications for benefits. He will be in the basement of the post office from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.