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Algona, Iowa
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By Htiss Waller * * * At Tlfonka, Friday evening, rural route patrons, friends and neighbors of Lou Heiffner, who retired from the RFD postal service as of Wednesday, after serving 46 years and 7 months, will honor him at a pot luck din- rier and program at the school gym in Titonka. Louis Bartlett will act as master of ceremonies. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. ' . « * * Mr Heiffner has lived at Titonka since 1893, when he was a small boy. He is now 70 years of age. He started carrying the mail Feb. 1, 1909, on one of the earliest RFD routes in this section of Iowa. He has been serving 232 families, with 223 rural boxes on his route, and a total of 1160 patrons or persons. His route has been covering 62 miles dah> No permanent replacement for the route has yet been announced. * * * Mrs Heiffner has been leaching at Cowrie, and Mr and Mrs Heiffner expect to move there shortly. Mr Heiffner is' the father of six children, none of who now live, at Titonka. It will be a big turnout and a big- event, and one that the retiring carrier richly deserves. * * * Scouls lell us that ihe most recent recruits to the art of surfboard riding are Dick Cook and Harold Brandt... the latter, however, admitted that getting a surfboard underway with his poundage is something of an art that he hasn't fully mastered as yet. * * * In ihe home class of Mr Challey (8-1) in junior high, there are 28 pupils and six of them are left- handed. * * * The Upper Des Moines was honored this week by receiving a "Certificate of Appreciation" from Iowa Division of ihe American Cancer Society, "for notable assistance in ihe Crusade lo Conquer Cancer J- 1955". Community service is a thing thai, all .newspapers contribute, but "' r: 'foo often the service is simply taken for granted, and it brings a warm glow'io have ah appreciation such as the certificate from a group that the paper hat endeavored to assist. * * # We read with interest of the stock market manipulations of business school students in a small Pennsylvania college, where the students have worked an original gift of $10,000 into a total now of $12,260 by practical application of buying and selling stocks .. .this reminded us of a long ago teacher we once had in the 8th grade who conducted a similar experiment in her classes—without money, of course—but in which each student had a mythical sum to invest, and we watched the rise or fall of this "fortune" with great interest, Don't remember now how it all came out, but a tip of the hat to the teacher who' probably was a little ahead of her time in education. * * * Many a good man works hard at being successful, only to find he has no time for what success is supposed to bring—going places, friends, .sports and weekend relaxai iion. • • ». A training course for adults interested in leading Girl Scouts is being offered, Sept. 7 and 9, and again Sept. 14 and 15, with sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. in the local Methodist church. Mrs N. J. Kelley and Mrs Helen Mikes will be the leaders, and training chairman is Mrs Wm. Anken* bauer. There is a need for more Girl Scout leaders as present membership .here is now about 250. Additional information can be obtained from Mrs Ankenbauer. * * « AH Algona stores will be closed next Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5. * * * Harold Gilmore got off "scot free" for lack of sufficient ,evidence, last Monday noon. Rotarians varied their program with a mock trial- Luke Linnan acted as judge, Joe Lynch Sr. was attorney for the defendant, Russell Buchanan was attorney for the state, and the crime charged by indictment was chicken stealing .. .Andy Foster was to have been tried on the charge, but he "skipped out" on the meeting, flew the coop so to speak. Ralph Miller as the chief witness on the stand proved considerabjy more vague than he used to in his answers at the Iowa State Bank, which gave Defendant Gilmore quite an assist.. .nobody ever did mention whose chickens were presumed to have been stolen. * * # Famous LasJ Line—(Overheard in conversation of local farmer): "The onjy '^apportionment' that interests me is a fair share of the Great Prosperity dollar." Dept, of History and Des Moines 19, Iowa ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, undef Act of Congress ot March 3, 1819. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1955 3 SECTIONS - 70 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO, 35 Dick Dale of Algona Wins Welk Band T-V Star Spot By Buddy Mason Hollywood Correspondent If Algona High School teachers note that students are taking an increased interest in. music lately, we have hews for them! -i The lads and lassies have been reading about Dick Dale, son 'of MKS Gertrude Dale of Algona and; a brother of Mrs Harold Cowan. Dick, now a tpp-rated musician with Lawrence Welk's famous. "Champagne Music" Orchestra, featured over ABC-TV network, was been in Algona. While still in the seventh grade, Dick began to show a marked interest in musical instruments. By the time he was ready for high school,he was a candidate for the Algona High Band. Here, Dick Dale developed his talents to the point where they indicated music as a professional career. He started playing saxophone in 1936, and by the time he graduated from Algona High in 1943, Dick was playing with 'Yukon Eric' A Visitor Here For Car Repair A very well-known TV sports personality,' Yukon Eric, one 01 the biggest of the pro wrestlers in the business, stopped in Algona Tuesday morning to have the generator on his 1954 Cadillac El Dorado convertible checked at the Ernie Williams garage. The opportunity afforded a UDM reporter, a grand chance for a first-class interview (he thought). The reporter went to the garage and inquired as to the whereabouts of the giant Alaskan, who was probably born in New York City, and was told he could be found behind the Botsford Lumber Co. woodworking shop. That's where he was—reading a couple of late magazines. Yukon was asked where he last appeared and where he was headed. His reply was historic to say the least—"I'm retired, I'm a working man now." He sat there puffing on a cigar and rested arms as big as Iowa ^ams on his legs—but continued reading. "Nice day," was his next comment. After more grunts and groans n answer to various questions, the interviewer prepared to leave, when the first question came from Yukon—"What did you say your name was?" When told, the heavyweight said "See ya," and the interview ended. Yukon's car had a New York license and the registration under the hood said "Yukon Eric", so it isn't just a stage name. He pulled into Algona at 8 a.m. Tuesday and didn't demonstrate a willingness to talk much. A search was conducted among the Williams employees so a wrestling match might be 'held with the visitor, but no opponent was located. It's lucky. local bands. In fact, Dick Dale was so good that he attracted the attention of pro combinations and, in the early 1940's, the lad began playing professionally with midiwe.ster^c'qmbos. >-•••,-. ••YTKeri," along came'World Waf'II and Dick donned a uniform. After two years in Uncle Sam's' Navy, young Dale joined the celebrated "Six Fat Dutchmen of Minnesota". With this band, Dick had an opportunity to showcase his musical accomplishments to the world of music, in a much wider field. In 1951, Lawrence W.ellc discovered Dick. He observed the ease with which the young musician could handle either the saxophone or the clarinet. Further noting that Dick possessed a fine baritone voice,-the Old Midwest Maestro' promptly added Dick Dale to his talented "Champagne Music" aggregation. Dick fitted into the Welk organization perfectly. So well, in fact, that he's been with this nationally acclaimed group ever since. Following the Lawrence Welk policy of developing personal talents of the men in his band, Maestro Welk started Dick singing with trios and soon had him doing solos, as well. -Today, successful in his chosen profession, Dick Dale, his wife, and the" personal boss of the Dale household—a 30 month-old-son—, are "at home" to old friends in their cozy Reseda, California, home. Talented * and popular, the former Algona High student is gaining a country-wide reputation with the justly far-famed Lawrence Welk and his "Champagne Music" combination. And, — if Algona High School scholars seem to take a special interest in musical instruments — who can tell — there may be other Algona High students who have their hearts set on becoming eminent musicians in a band of national renown! KSMN Suspends Algona Studio The Algona studio of radio station KSMN, Mason City, suspended operations Tuesday after three years here. Mr and Mrs Jack Buis, operators of the local setup since May 20, signed a contract with ihe Pascal Radio and TV Corp., Mimai, Fla., and following a short stay at their home in St. James, Minn, will travel tor that company in promotional work. Honor fuchsen Family, Aug. At State Fair One of the highest honors at the Iowa State Fail' was accorded- a Whittemore family, Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Fair. Mr and Mrs Lester Fuchsen and their three children, were presented in front of the grandstand -at 1 p.m. and were presented with a plaque as one of the outstanding GI farm families in the state. They were named as district winners for this area. Eight other difc- trict winners and their farhilfes were similarly honored. The Fuchsens represented the 8th district in the contest recognizing the work of Iowa 1 farmers who served in World War II or the Korean conflict and whd are improving the place of ture in America. During World War II Mr F.uch- sen served in the SeaBees, being stationed at various time's ifi'Ber- muda, Trinidad, Hawaii antblvyo Jima. V'v • He was married nine years ago to a Sioux City girl, Marion peg- en. They have lived all their 'm&r- ridd life at Whittemore, aria are now purchasing a quarter sgb'tibn farm two miles south of Whittemore. . , ' £-• There are .three children in the family, Tommie, 7, in 'the sfipond grade at Presentation .Ac,acft(m.y. and twins Kenneth and Karen, age 5, who are starting kindergarten this fall.- -.-.;. ' Mr Fuchseri has been, active ,m farm groups, soil •• conservation, the' Knights of'Columbus, arid American Legion, and his wife'is a member of the. C. D. of A. and Legion Auxiliary. Both are members of St. Michael's parish. Kuhns Plan To Rebuild After Big Fire toss It will -take a lot of v time and doing, but Mr and; Mrs WlllitflS C. Kuhn, who lost seven : farm buildings during a fire Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 24, plan to eventually rebuild everything necessary for them to farm properly. The Kuhns lost seven buildings to the blaze, and replacement of all seven plus machinery would run well over the $50,000 mark. First up on the list /of new structures is a stock barn, and Bill has already sketched rough plans which show exactly what he wants. The Kuhns and their son and daughter-in-law, Mr and Mrs Bill Kuhn, Jr., who live in the tenant house on the farm a mile and a. half northeast of Algona, raise feeder cattle, so the barn is a must. A poultry house is number two on the schedule. There are several hundred pullets on the Kuhn place without a place to live, but it will be provided before the cold blasts of winter arrive, As to the rest of the buildings— Bill doesn't exactly know what he's going to do. "We'll probably put them up as we need them, he said, and added "1 learned one very important lesson the hard way—don't builcl them too close together." A couple ot bulldozers cleared the yard of all debris in short order. A county dozer did much of ihe work, as most of the refuse, including many large pieces from various foundations, was pushed into a ditch adjacent to the yard. The Kuhn families were literally flooded with food, cards and letters following the disaster, which was one of the worst in recent years in the county, as only two houses and part of a garage were saved from the flames. About 25 percent of the farm machinery was rescued from the burning buildings, or was not in them at the time. It won't be too long before work will be underway on the barn. Bill plans to completely level off the yard before new buildings begin to spring up. Eye Operation Lone Rock—Mr and Mrs Sam McCleish and Thomas left for Mason City Thursday afternoon where Thomas will receive an eye operation. Jo Ann is staying at the George Kissner home and Patsy and Nadine are visiting the Harlan Marlows. Winner of 19 Stat* $ National Award* 185Q-1955 Including G«n»rel E«c*Jl9gc*< Jowf Pwf Aw'n, W5 6 Injured In Bancroft Crash; Two Hospitalized 7 Grandchildren-All Born In '47 When Mr and Mrs F. H. Mescher of Bancroft celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this summer, the observance brought together for the first time a unique group of grandchildren — the seven of '47. From January to .November, 1947, a baby was born in each of the families of the seven married sons and daughters of Mr and Mrs Mescher. Until 1955, this group had never met at one time. From left to right the seven are: Dickie McCleish, son of Mr and Mrs Glenn Me Cleish, Bancroft; Virginia Gisch, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Gisch, Algona; Jeanne Mescher, daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter Mescher, Algona; Kent Mescher, son of Mr and Mrs A. F. Mescher, Kenosh a, Wise.; Joseph Mescher, son of Mr and Mrs Edward Mescher, Silver Spring, Ma.; Gary Johnson, son of Mr and Mrs Wallace Johnson, Hagerstown, Md., and Rickie Mescher, son of Mr and Mrs Paul Mescher, Bancroft. Mr and Mrs Mescher have twenty-six grandchildren, twenty of whom are boys. (Cut Courtesy The Globe) Fancy Titles For Fancy At Septr 9 Auction It appears that ihe Lions Club members are really getting in gear for their "Baby Beef by the Piece" auction to be held Friday evening, Sept. 9, on downtown State street. At least, they are getting organized, and we didn't know it took so many titles to run off an affair like this. Leo Cassel, Dave Smith and Herb Hedlund have been named as "Cut Chiefs", and will decide whether the beef is to be offered as 2 steaks in a package, as big or little roasts, as hamburger or as soupbones. Craig Smith has been assigned as "Roaming Bidder and will haunt ihe crowd. Ed Gilmore and Roy McMahon will handle the cash box, while Sheriff Lindhorst will have a posse on hand to run off any intruding "cattle rustlers". Assistant auctioneers •will be John Dunn, Mitch Taylor and Harold Brandt, but ii is expected thai Col. Dale Yungeberg will handle this post pretty much by himself. The choice beef is to be offered to the bidding public, with the proceeds being splii between St. Ann hospital and the Lions Halloween party fund. Struck By Car Here A pedestrian, Don Ramus, 36. Algona, received a head cut, scratches and bruises at 1:20 p.m. Monday afternoon when he was struck by a car driven by Mrs Helen Johnson on North Dodge street. Ramus came oui of ihe alley between L. S. Muckey's plumbing shop and the liquor store and was hit in the middle of the street, despite Mrs Johnson's efforts to .avoid him, He was rushed to Si. Ann hospital, his injuries treated and released immediately. Lawrence Faber Dies, Ottosen Last rites for Lawrence G. Faber, 50, Ottosen, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church at West Bend. Msgr Scholtes will officiate and burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Hamilton Funeral Home, Algona, is in charge of arrangements. Mr Faber died Tuesday morning of a heart attack at the home occupied by he and his father east of West Bend. Lawrence George, son of Mr and Mrs John Faber, was born Sept. 27, 1904, and lived all his life in the Ottosen-West Bend area. He never married, ana farmed with his parents. His mother died last year. Survivors include his father, three sisters and a brother. They are Irene (Mrs Paul Thilges) and Laura (Mrs Andrew Kramer), Bode; Adella Faber, Ottosen; and Alvin Fsjpr,' Whittejnore. Pallbewjjsj!*. will be Joseph and George Faber, Psul Thilges, Jr., Harold and Victor Frideres and Alfred Zelle*. Files For Divorce In Action Here Action for divorce was filed in Kossuth district court, Tuesday, by Delpha Ramus, naming Donald Ramus as defendant. Both are from Algona. They were married Dec. 31, 1945. The charge is cruel and inhuman treatment. Judge Fred M. Hudson, at request of the plaintiff, issued an order restraining the defendant from visiting the home of the couple. A civil action asking judgment for $255.23 was filed by the Farmers Elevator of Titonka, naming Virgil Miller as defendant In other court matters, a divorce decree was granted to Leona Mae Sankey from Raymond Sankey, Aug. 25, and a juvenile hearing took place Wednesday afternoon in connection with the recent theft of firearms from the Becker Sporting Goods store here by two local boys. Howard L. Jones, Denver, Colo., was in the county jail awaiting disposition of a case in which he is charged with failing to account for $1300 to Jack Lynch, Ledyard auto dealer. Jones returned from Denver and gave himself up on the charge last Saturday. He had been indicted by a grand jury on the charge a year ago, but had never been found after that. Residential Lot Area Is Opened Announcement of a new tract of residential building lots is being made this week by O. A. Anderson, owner of the tract, and Bud Anderson. The areti, to be known as "Anderson Heights," and located just north of the four corners north of AJgona, comprises eight building lots. The areti. is being opened for inspection this coming weekend, and details are given in a special announcement in this Jsstie of the Upper De§ Moines. L.LRoss,58 f Wes Here df Heart Attack Services for Lowell Leslie Ross, 58, resident of Algona for the past 11 years, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Congregational Church. Rev. G. G. Hallauer officiated and burial was in Eastlawn Memorial Gaixlens. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements, Mr Ross died following a brief illness Saturday at 2 a.m. at St. Ann hospital. A son of Mr and Mrs Elmer Ross, he was born Jan, 11, 1807 near Ames. The Ross family moved to Sioux Rapids, where Leslie attended school, and later went to Grand Meadow, Minn. Mr Ross was married to Edith Van Grundy Nov. 17, 1923, at Grand Meadow, and they farmed therp until moving to Sioux Rapids, then to Algona in 1944. He was empolyed at the prisoner of war camp, and when it closed wont to work for Sargent & Co. Survivors include his wife and five children. They are Shirley (Mrs Stanley Larson), Des Moines; Doris (Mrs Roger Satory), White Lake, So. Dfik.; Murjorie (Mrs Wallace Anderson), Ketchikan, Alaska; Merle, Des Moines; and Ray in the air force at Sioux City. Other survivors include a sister, Beulah, (Mrs Harry Dennis), Des Moines; and a brother, Lvle, Little Hock. Pallbearers were Dick Johansen, Ronald Stephens, Pat Doerning, Harry Wray, Harold Peter- sun and Harvey Graham, all members of the Sargent & Co. Reilly & Fischer Win Fair Honors Louis Reilly of Algona, and Harold Fischer Sr. of Swea City were announced as two winners of top honors in the swine department ut the Iowa State Fair this week. There may be other county livestock winners, also, but judging had not been completed as of yesterday. Reilly, with his Poland China hog entries, took third place with a -senior yearling boar, and third with a fall boar. Fischer, showing Hampshires, won the grand champion sow award, first prize ed sow class winner and also senior sow champion. Has Punctured Lung Lone Rock—Mr and Mrs Henry Kueck and their guests, Mr and Mrs George Gollmarr attended hobo day at Britt on Tuesday. While there they also called on Mr Leo Sankey who is in the hospital there with a punctured lung which he received from a fall when he tried to shut olt a motor on a $r»vel machine. Cornfield Shut Off View At , Road Crossing Two Bancroft teenagers, Mary Welp, 13, and Richard Fox, 15, who were hospitalized following a near-tragic two-car crash northeast of Bancroft Monday at 4:30 p.m., are improving, according to hospital officials. Both were tnken to St. Ann hospital immediately after the mishap, and Miss Welp was flown to Rochester early Tues- 1 day morning for further' treatment. She received cuts and a contusion of the abdomen and Fox a broken thigh and bruises when cars driven by Richard Rahe, 17, Bancroft, and D. W. Reed, 27, St. Louis, collided at a corn-hidden intersection a mile north and two and a half miles east of Bancroft. Altogether, six persons were injured in the crash, but only two hospitalized. Richard J. Rahe, 17, son of Mr and Mrs, George Rahe, received a cut on the head and face; Reed had two ribs broken and a possible fractured thumb; Joan Nurre, 15, daughter of Mr and Mrs Leo Nurre, and Patty, 15-year old daughter ot Mr and Mrs William Rustemeiw, each received bruises. At the time of the crash, the Rahe auto was traveling east, the other vehicle south. Both cars suffered extensive damage, according to Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, who investigated. A passenger jn Reed's auto, who wus not identified, was the only one who escaped without injury. ' Miss Welp's parents are Mr and Mrs Art Welp, while Mr and Mn\ Wilbur Fox are the parents of, Richard Fox. Truck Mishap Fenton — David, 8 year-old son of Mr and Mrs Fred Frink, is recuperating as well as can be expected from injuries suffered in a fall from a pickup truck, last Thursday afternoon. He was riding in the back of the truck, and fell from it while the vehicle was moving, striking his head on the blacktop. He suffered a basal skull fracture, broken collarbone, broken ear drum, and a cracked rib. He was unconscious for sometime after the mishap and was in an oxygen tent at St. Ann hospital until Monday. He was reported as improving, yesterday. Rudolph Fischer, Lone Rock, Dies Services for Rudolph Fischer, 80, long-time Lone Rock resident, will be held this afternoon (Thursday) in the Presbyterian Church there at 2 p.m. Rev. C. E. Nordine will officiate and burial will be in the Fenlon Community Cemetery at Lone Rock. The Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr Fischer died at St. Ann hospital of a heart ailment Monday night following a three day illness. Rudolph was born July 10, 1875 at Des Moines. He came to Kossuth County in 1893 and lived here since that time. He was a farmer and tiler and never married. Survivors include three brothers, William, Lone Rock; Edward, Goodland, Minn.; and Gus, Des Moines; and two sisters, Amanda (Mrs George Pettit), Lone Rock; and Anna (Mrs Tom Sharp), AJgona. Pallbearers will be Ornie Beh-^ rends, Jack Quinn, Ben Schmidt, Karl Kwoldt, Frank Fluig and Edward Ohm. Leg Splintered By A Tractor Lakota —Herman Bosma, Lakota, splintered a bone in his leg, recently, when he was caught in, front of a tractor wheel when he started the tractor without knowing it was' in gear. The accident happened several weeks ago but it was not at first known that he suffered any injuries except braises. He is employed on the John Berschman farm. He has been in the Buffalo, 'enter hospital. Bond Festival Oct. 1 The 7th annual Algona £and Festival date has been set tor Sat-" urday, Oct. 1. .'

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