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State Historical society Iowa Oity, la. By Russ Waller • « « District Judge G, W. Stillman 'wns hospitalised lust week ut St. Ann after surgery, and during his convalescence he received a bouquet" of a most unusuul nature ... it consisted of a collection of cockleburrs, thistles, quack grass and other similar items that Weed Commissioner Clare nx- e Priebe is eternally looking for ... there are rumors that the perpetrator of this bouquet has initials thul are T-H.p. • • '* The UDM recipe contest it attracting attention from the men, too... it has been suggested that each contestant have a sample of the product accompany the recipe (that from a male bystander, of course), and another suggested that we set up a test kitchen in our office and try them all out. • • » Out at the Chrome Caf* they have what they call a "Rogue's Gallery." This is a collection of about 130 pictures of truck drivers and their vehicles on -a bulletin board ... they come from all corners of the U.S.A.—and they'll soon need a second bulletin board. • • • We are trying to figure out if there is any connection between the (act that Iowa's Governor Leo Hoegh ate a fried grasshopper in his office one morning, and later in the day look part in a tribal dance of the Tama Indians. • • • According to the Elmore, Minn. Eye, the $41.000 new building for the town municipal liquor store will be paid for in full by Nov. 1 find not a cent of tax money has bet>n used, "thanks in part to our friends from Iowa", says the Eye. All Elmore streets will be blacktopped by the same date, at a cost of $3,200 without increasing the village taxes, the» paper says. • • • Floyd Halt, who does quite a bit of traveling in connection with his job with the North Iowa Directory Service, hears a lot of stories —so many in fact, that the only way he can remember them is to write, 'em down, which he does in a memo book ... the only trouble with this system, he says, is that he's liable lo have forgotten the memo book, too, when he wants to tell a story. • • • Reading about the statement made by Vice President Nixon in a speech lie gave at the opening of the new Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, to wit: "I want all the people of the world to know that when you're in a Hilton Hotel you are in your own home", brings to mind a statement once made by former Vice President Jack Garner. Seems that old Cactus Jack was offered $25,000 to make a series of radio broadcasts by a big firm. The then Vice President replied: "You don't want to hire Jack Garner, you want to hire the Vice President of the United States. And ihe Vice President of the United States is not for sale." • « « Implement dealers at the Kossuth County Fair and their representatives on the groundf spent one very unpleasant and busy morning ... they discovered that during the night the air had been let out of their tractor and vehicle tires, and such things as gas cap covers and other removable items had been tossed to the four winds. * • • At the sewage plant "open house" last Sunday, we got to chinning with a representative ol Dorr-Oliver, Inc., a firm that supplied much of the equipment. We asked him how the Algona plant compared with others around the country, and he said "why, it's better than the one in Des Moines!" (We hope Harlan Miller picks that one up). Less than 300 citizens turned out to see what about $350.000 of their tax money had bought, but then it was a pretty'hot afternoon. Perhaps if the city admin-, ^ istration had just thought to bring Art Carney, the famous "sewer expert" of Jackie Gleason's TV show, to the open house, the response would have been greater. » • * Mrs Ann Clark says the reason it rained, Tuesday night, is because she did her washing Tuesday and hung it out to dry. • * * The rain came just six hour* too late to have helped prevent the great loss by fire at the farm of William Kuhn, in Plum Creek twp. i * f Donations »re in. order lot the disaster relief for the flood- stricken eastern states. You can send your donation to the Red Cross in Algona. or give them to any town chairman of the Red Cross around the county,• t " » Fawous Last L»»« — (Charlie Quinn, handling the 4-H baby beef auction at Ihe fair): j'4 likf to bivt *bos* Storf boys «iovu*d ajt every auction I cry. Face Circled? Stop In - $1 Cash Is Yours/ Upper JWome* ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the pnstofflre at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1»32, under Act ot Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1955 4 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 34 Farm Bldgs. Wiped Out By Fire * * * » * * * * • » * * As Firemen Battled Roaring Blaze, Plum Creek Farm 50 Day Drouth Ends with 2.68 Inch Rain Some Help To Crops-But A Little Late The weather pulled a complete a;id well-received) turn-about Tuesday night ( and Wednesday norning. and came through with 2.68 inches of rain which is still >eing evaluated by farmers, grain and crop men in the area. According to Dean Barnes, ex- .cnsion director in the county, .he much-needed moisture came in time to aid all crops immensely, although it is probable not iiuch, if any increase in the corn yield will be derived. "Late corn", said Barnes Wednesday noon," will benefit to a greater extent when considering :he yield angle, but the rest of :he corn and all other crops and grasses certainly will be more valuable from now on." First of all, the quality of all orn will be much better, due to the fact that all corn in the doughy stage will now have full kernels. It was .feared for •a time that some of the corn, or much of it, would not meet seal- ng requirements and that It would have to be used as feed. Those fears have subsided somewhat now. Soy bean quality will increase, new seedings will get a better start before cold weather hits us, fall pasturing will be greener and richer and fall plowing won't be so "tough". All in all, prospects for a finer crop all the way around were hiked higher than they've been for weeks, as the rainfall received was more than an inch above the total received during the previous 50 days combined. Rainfall varied around the county, with three inches reported- in the Wesley neighborhood. According to Weatherman Stu Albright at the airport, the lowest mid-day temperature during the week was registered Monday when the mercury hit only 87. Five of the seven days the high went way over 90 Pate Hi L Aug. 17 95 60 Aug. 18 97 60 Aug. 19 .- 97 63 Aug. 20 _- 94 63 Aug. 21 - 97 67 Aug. 22 87 54 Aug. 23 89 57 6 Couples Get Wedding Licenses Aug 18 — Jerold Beamish and Maria Oakland, Algona. Aug. 19—Maurice Froehle and Mary Ferguson, Bancroft; Jos. W. Kollasch and Judith A. Greinert, Whittemore; John F. Golwitzer, Bode, and Theresa A. Weydert, Algona; James Drone and Very Bradley, Algona. Aug. J3b- Clarence Golwitzer, Bode, and Mary Ann Weydert, Algona. Riverdale 4-H Team Is County Fair Champion Two Kossuth 4-H girls' demonstration teams, including the Kossuth County Fair championship team pictured abqve. will represent the county at the State Fair contests. Grand* championship went to the Riverdale Rustlers Unit 2. with their demonstration of "Fitted Shoes For Health." Pictured ubove are Catherine Hilbert, 16, daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank J. Hilbert. and Alice Illg, 16, daughter of Mr and Mrs Art IHg, all of St. Joe. Mrs J. M. Patterson, Mrs Hubert O'Brien and Mrs Nicholas Weydert are club leaders. The second Kossuth 4-H team to go to the state fair as a county representative is the Buffalo Boosters, whose demonstration on "Safe at Home" will be given by Darlene Callies and Marian Meyer. The Prairie Pals team, consisting of Charlene Downs and Mary Lou Hanig, won a trip to the Waterloo Dairy Cattle Congress. Their demonstration is entitled "The Popular Pleated Skirt." Winner of a trip to the Spencer Fair was the Lotts Creek Lassies team composed of Carold Reding and Mary Walker. They presented the subject of "Practically Perfect." (Upper Des Moines Polaroid foto). LUVERNE TWP. BARN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING A large barn on the M. N. Borman farm in LuVerne twp. was struck by lightning, early Wednesday, caving in the side of the barn^ and otherwise damaging it, but U did not catch fire in the rain. Circled In Fair Picture 1 Get $1 At the top of page one in this issue of the Upper Des Moines are a group of candid camera shots taken at last week's Kossuth County Fair. To each person whose face is circled the Upper Des Moines will give one dollar in cash. AU you have to do is stop in at the office and be identified. If you see a neighbor, better tell them the good news. too. No names were taken by the UDM photosphere, w w» doo't know ourselves just who. is going to get the "fret bucks." 2 New Damage Suits On File Two t»ew actions for damages were filed in Kossuth district court during the past week. In one case, Sherry Kuchenreu- ther as administratrix is plaintiff, with George Eden named as defendant, in an action for $40,504 50 as a result of the death of the plaintiff's husband last Jan 8. He was struck while lying on the highway after an accident by a car driven by Eden. The widow charges negligence on the part of the defendant, in the mishap on highway 169 north of Bancroft. Lyle Hirner and Raymond Hirner are plaintiffs in a suit asking $355.79 damages from Raymond Alderson and Geral Leek, as joint defendants, as the result of a mishap .cm highway 18 near Sexton, March 17, 1955. -the • plaintiffs are truckers from .Wesley. . They say their vehicle was struck by the Alderson s£mi-tr^4er when the latter was tofced to swerve out of its lane because of the Leek truck. Public Schools Open Monday; Academy Sept. 6 Monday will be the first day of school for all children who attend public schools in Algona. Classes for all, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, will convene at 9 a.m. for a half day session. Regular full - length classes will begin the following day, as will the school hot lunch program. There'll be a break in the schedule Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, when there will be no classes. Kindergarten pupils will attend either in the nWrning or the afternoon, and assignments will be made to these sections opening day. Bus routes will operate from the first day on. St. Cecelia's Academy will begin the 1955-56 school year Tuesday. Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day. A High Mass will be sung by Msgr. P. P. Cearen at 8 a-.m opening day and all students are expected to be present. Registration of students will be held this Sunday, Aug. 28, at the school from two to five in the afternoon and from seven to eight at night. There are sixteen members of the faculty and new ones include Coach Jim Geelan, who will also teach physical education and social studies. Other members are: high school —Father Harold Cooper, Religion: Sister Mary Aloysius, science and Latin; Sister Mary Ita, mathematics; Sister Mary Redempta, commercial; Sister Mary Alberta, English; and Sisters Mary Matthews and AJice Marie, music,, glee club and band. Grade teachers are Sister Mary Lois, first; Sister Isidore, second; Sister Mary Ruth, third; Sister Mary Christine, fourth; Mrs Helen Flynn, fifth; Sister Mary Teresa, sixth; Sister Mary Agnes, seventh; and Sister Mary Rosaria, eighth. Clothes Left At Pool Gives Scare Whittemore — Local residents and bathing pool attendants in particular had quite a scare, last week, when it was found when the pool closed that a set of boy's clothing was left at the edge of the pool. James Duffy, lifeguard, and others, searched the bottom of the pool, with the fear that some youngster might have gone under. Fortunately that was not the case. The owner of the clothes is requested to call at the bath house and pick up his clothes. Nobody had called for them as of Saturday night. . A similar incident happened ^t the Algona pool during the summer. Mrs Merryman Injured In Crash Wed. P.M. A two-car crash at the east entrance of the bridge on highway 18 near the Chrome brought injuries to Mrs J. I. Merryman of Algona at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs Merryman was riding with rter husband when an auto, driven by Darryl G. Householder. Lone Rock, collided with the rear of the Merryman auto. Damage to the Householder car was estimated at $200 by Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, who investigated the crash. Damage was slight to the Merryman vehicle. Mrs Merryman has been recuperating since May from a broken nip suffered in a fall at her home, and she was riding in a car for the first time since then when the crash occurred. 4 Townships To 'War On Rats' Swea City — Four townships will stage a "war on rats" beginning early in September. Plans were completed at a meeting in Swea City, Aug. 22. Townships in the program are Eagle, Grant, Swea and Harrison. and the town of Swea City. The Farmers. Night School council, Commercial Club. Lions Club, and town council are backing the project. An area including 144 sections wjll get poison bait, 3000 pounds of- it, will be covered with bait boxes to be made by FFA boys. Mrs RiebhoH Rites Friday Services for Mrs Flora Riebhoff, 83, who lived many yeais at Burt, will be held in St. Cecelia's Catholic church tomornnv (Friday) at 9 a.m. Msgr. P. P. Gearen will otficiate and burial will be in the Burt Township Cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home of Algona is in charge of arrangements. Mrs Riebhoff died following a stroke at Roberts Nursing Home early Tuesday morning. Flora, daughter of Mr and Mrs Chris Jergenson, was born June 15, 1872 at Moline, 111. She came to Plum Creek Township with her parents when a little girl and lived in that section until she moved to Algona in 1945. Her husband, John, preceded her in death. Survivors include four daughters and a son. They are Jo (Mrs Frank Sudmier), Marshfield, Wis.; Jean (Mrs A W. Mescher), Osseo, Minn.; Sue (Mrs Keiff), Algona; Betty (Mrs Roy Crawford), Polk City; and Verne Riebhoff, Burc. A daughter preceded her in death, Two brothers, Harvey and Alfred Jergenson, both of Algona, also survive. Becker Also Candidate For Algona Mayor Two candidates for Mayor of Algona were definitely in the field this week, for the office that will be decided next Nov. 8. They are Charles Wagner, who had previously announced as a candidate, and Bill Becker, who announced Monday of this week. Both men have their papers ready to file when nominations can be legally entered. Mayor B. P. Richardson announced last week he would not be a candidate. He was appointed to fill out the term of Linda Clapsaddle, who resigned. Roy Hut/.ell. present councilman, has also been mentioned as a possible candidate. Hutzell said Tuesday that he was "on the fence." He said he had been urged to run, taut had not made up his mind. Becker, who became the second entry, was born in Kossuth county, and entered business in Algona in 1909, operating the Elk Cleaners. He previously had been a, sales auditor with Decker Packing Co. In 1937 the business was .-old. After several years in Denver, Mr Becker returned and was connected .with the 1940 Federal census, and then was manager of the local Federal employment office until 1947. Since then he has been in independent sales work. Mrs Becker is the former Florence Johnson of Wesley. They have six children, Carlyle of Central City, Dennis of -Phoenix, Ariz., Bill Jr. a music director in the Rudd school, Richard now in Japan with the Air Force, Florence of Corpus Christi and Helen (Mrs Everett Anderson) of Algona. Rodman Boy, 10, Is Electrocuted A 10-year old boy %vas fatally injured at the farm home of his parents, near Rodman, Monday, when he touched a 110 volt electric wire on a yard light pole. He was Dean Wood, son of Mr and Mrs Harold Wood. The boy with some friends had been playing in the back yard. The bulb on the pole hud burned out, but had not been replaced. Dean decided to replace-the bulb. His father was working in the field. Halfway tip the pole was a coiled set of wires, one hot, which had been used for heating a brooder house, then rewound and hung on the pole. The youth climbed the pole, but then decided it was to -high and began his descent. He evidently touched the hot wire, but continued on down the pole, took a few steps and then fell. The Emmetsburg fire department was called $50,000 Loss At Wm. Kuhn Farm, Tuesday One of Kossuth county's most disastrous farm fires swept the Plum Creek farm of William Kuhn, Tuesday afternoon, lotnllv destroyed seven buildings, u large amount of farm equipment, and large quantities of grain and hay. It was one of several farm fires in the area the past week—and by far the worst. The Kuhns had left, after the flames were through, only their own farm home, a tenant house, and part of a garage. Loss was estimated by Mr Kuhn at $50,000 of which only a part was covered by insurance. Lost in the roaring blaze which evidently started in the big bum about 2:30 p.m. wore the b irn. machine shed, new corn crib with 3.000 bushels of corn, chicken house, brooder house, well house and a small shed. The Kuhns were away at the time the fire started. Mr Kuhn was in Algona on an errand, and Mrs Kuhn wus attending a wedding. The blazing barn was seen by Mrs Melvin Rieken and daughter Judy, who were driving by. and at about the same time ,by Mrs Herb Hedlund from her home at the top of the hill on highway 109. The fire had a tremendous start before the department arrived. Beyond Saving The Riekens turned in an alarm from the Chrome Cafe, after they tried to get into the Kuhn home but found it locked. Algona firemen and a host of volunteers responded within minutes, but four or five of the buildings were already ablaxe by that time. Only arrival of the firemen saved tho garage and the tenant house, botn of which were in the path of the flame?. The Burl fire department was also called, and a water tank truck was rushed from the Algona Creamery. In the barn, which was still smouldering Wednesday morning despite the night's rain, were 1.700 bales of hay. Also lost in the barn were a tractor, combine, baler and elevator. • Among the first on the scene, after spotting the heavy smoke, weie neighbors Earl Cooper and Louis Simpson, Cooper attempted with a tractor to haul machinery !rom the barn, but was driven back by the searing heat. Ho succeeded in pulling some other machinery to safety. Simpson backed a cur from th« garage and drove it away from the flames. Others to arrive early in the fire fight were Harold Mosher, Melvin- Alt, Jim Potter and Herb Hedlund, who spotted the fire from the Pioneer Coin Plant, a half mile away. Save Tenant House Firemen and volunteers cleared the tenant house, which is occupied by Mr and Mrs Bill Kuhn Jr., but firemen succeeded in saving the dwelling. The baled hay had been stored in the barn last Saturday. Thirty head of sheep managed to escape Iroin the barn and were saved, but over 200 chickens were de.-- troyed. Burning shingles ignited a cornfield across the road, but this fire was extinguished by the Hurt firemen. LONE ROCK BARN. 2000 BALES HAY BURN Lone Rock—A bolt of lightning about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning set fire to the large cattle barn on the Gerald Radig farm, two .-outh and two west of Lone Rock, iotally destroying the barn and ::bout 2,000 bales of hav and straw stored within. No cattle were lust. BAD FIRE HITS HEBRON TOWNSHIP FARM The barn, hog house, implements and some gr»in and hay were destroyed in a fire at the Ralph Mastin farm, in Hebron twp.-•'Monday. How the fire started is not known, but the was large.