The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 15, 1955 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 15, 1955
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State Historical Sooiety City/ la« By Huss Waller • * * Ken Seeley had a busy day, Monday. He did chores for his brother Howard, who has been at Spencer where he is showing his prize sheep. Then Ken went to the Algonu airport and met Bert Hanson, a friend from Minnesota. wh» picked him up and flew him to a cattle sale in Kansas. But Ken was back home late that afternoon, did the chores again, and was home in time for supper, which is covering a lot of territory in one day. * » » Lowell Smilh of Algona is judging entries at the National Barrow Show ut Austin, Minn, this week, a position which his father filled for a good many years before him...Nidas Dermand will enter John Hopkins University in Baltimore for a pre-law course this fall... those new Murray structures under construction at Bancroft are changing that town's appearance once again .. . Mrs Earl Miller of Burl is the new county T-B seal «ile chairman: she lias been the Burl chairman fur the pusl !(J years. • * • We have just a twinge of sympathy fur Ciov. Hoegh and the trouble he found himself in after accepting the gilt of the prize baby beef from the state fair, presented to him by an Omaha brewery. After all, the Governor did not ask for the animal, and it would have been a little odd to just tell them no. he couldn't take it ... the Des Moines ministerial association thinks thut is what lie should have done, however . . . the Governor did get rid of the be?f us quickly as possible, donating it to the state Junior Chamber of Commerce, who in turn auctioned it off with proceeds going to chanty, so the whole thing did turn out to the benefit of someone, and the brewery was out $2.06!i.80 on the deal. • • • While we knew Phil Diamond was quite excited and jubilant over the birth of his first child last Wednesday morning, we did not think he'd give out the wrong statistics. Phil gave little Marcy Ann's length as 11^ inches. Mother Joan isn't very happy about the whole matter, since she's been receiving phone calls from a lot of other mothers who are wondering how she did it. Joan says the baby is definitely not a "dwarf" and was 17'^ inches long at birth. Now. that everything is under control, Phil, we hope you're buck to normal again, too. * t * * Newsweek magazine reported lust week that a Gallup poll on tne subject of how do people feel about disposing of the U.S. farm surplus, resulted in three out of five saying we should just give it away, first to needy Americans and then to distressed nations who have proved friendly .. .the poll was taken before the drouth cut down the 1955 crop, however. • » • While shelling corn al the farm of Marvin Bnstow, Tuesday, sparks from the tractor ignited a pile of shucks.. .six nearby neighbors, however, speedily went to the rescue and put out the blaze before it gained much headwav. and saved a probable call to the Algonu fire department. • * • Our right hand bowqr, Don Smith Jr. is on vacation with his family this week up near Park Rapids, Minn. They said they preterrtd a September vacation . . .a curd from Don received yesterday said "wow 1 we've burned about 3 cords of wood since arriving—brother, is it cold." • * * Doctor A. J. Eason read that story in the Sunday paper about the Iowa Centennial half dollars from back in 1946 or 1947 being worth $7.50 today... then he went to a box where he keeps souvenirs and found he had ten of them ... he's going to save them for a few more years, however. • * * Memo To Men—Don't fail to read Grace's column, this •week. She tells us what's wrong with usl » » « There are a lot of guesses—it's as good as the $64,000 question— on whether or not Ike will run for reelection. He may, but we have a feeling that if he did what he really wants to do, he'd just retire after 1956 and enjoy his life the way he probably wants to. In military service he and Mamie unquestionably looked forward to eventual retirement and ease, with no consideration given to the call of politics. Despite pressure from a number of sources, Ike steadfastly is keeping his own counsel on his future plans, and evidently will not give his decision, one way or another, before next spring. This is going to keep quite a few folks on a hot seat until he speaks his mind, too. • » r Famou« Last Lino — What do you suppose that car is doing behind us with the red light? ^ jfHomesi ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1955 3 SECTIONS-24 PAGES (pj us 20 Page Tabloid) VOL. 92 - NO. 37 Supt. Short $2,243 In School Funds More Local Mayor Candidates Are Likely H.W.BehnkeJ, Teacher For 47 Years, Passes Henry W. Behnke Whiltemore—Funeral service? for Henry W. Beh.nkt-. 69. were held Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 13, with a >hort .service at the home and at 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran church. Rev. Paul G. Wcin- hold officiating. Pallbearers were Herman Zumach. Elmer F. Bell, Henry Wichteridahl, Lawrence Meyer. Lester Baas and Lawrence Gade. Burial was at St. Paul's Lutheran cemetery. McCullough Funeral Home of Algona had charge of the arrangements. Mr Behnke was a teacher at St. Paul's school here for 47 years. He came here in 1905 at the age of 19 years. He was born March 31, 18U6, the son of M\ and Mrs Fred Behnke of Chicago, _1I1. He was baptized and con"firmed on April 8. 1900, in Chicago. He attended Concoidia T-ach- ers College in Addison, 111. in 1900 and graduated in 1905. and accepted a call to St. Paul's here in August, and wus installed by the late Rev. William Kaulsticn ori Aug. 27, 1905. He started teaching in a small room in the ivai of the old church. In 1922 the new brick school was built and another tt-achei added and he then taught the -Hh through 8th grades. He had many chance* to transfer to other congregations but declined them all us he always said that he lik'-d Whittemore and his work here. During his 47 years of teaching over 1000 students passed through his class 'moms, for he taught many members of St Paul's, their children and their grandchildren. Due his failing health he retired in 1952. He served as secretary of the congregation, choir director and organist and has been honored with many offices in the local county and district conferences. He was president of thc> Public Library for 14 years. Four years after he arrived here, on Aug. 15, 1909, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Boekelman at Rodenburg, III. They were parents of one daughter (Gertrude) Mrs Wilbert Haberkamp, of Roselle, 111. who with her mother mourn his death. He had seen his doctor Friday morning and was advised to remain in bed, and Friday evening Rev. Weinhold, Rev. Kreueger, ana teacher Reuben Butzke were with him to spent the evening, when he became suddenly ill They took him to St. Ann hospital where he was placed in an oxygen tent and passed away shortly after midnight. One brother, Emil Behnke of Chicago, and three grandchildren also mourn his death. Bancroft Farm Fire Bancroft —The fire truck was called to the Harold Laubenthal farm Thursday when the mounted corn sheller caught fire and flames spread to the corn and cob pile. No damage was done to any building. The farm is owned by John Hellman. Mr Laubenthal is his son-in-law. Grid Guessers Contest Begins Football fans Eire again invited to enter the Upper Des Moines Grid Guessers contest, which begins this week. The first 20 games, all being played this coming Saturday, will be found elsewhere in today's paper. All you have to do is follow the instructions and see thai your entry is mailed (postmarked) before noon Saturday, Sept. 17, or delivered to the Upper Des Moines office. There will be three cash awards each week, with $10 as first prize, S3 for second, and S2 for third. We also have a surprise or two along the way for contestants this season. Offer Nursing" Scholarship Of $500 In County At the first meeting of the new board of director.-, of St. Ann hospital Auxiliary on Tuesday. Sept. 6, tin 1 hoard decided to offer a $500 nursing scholarship next spring to the best qualified applicant from Kosouth County. Members of the scholarship committee are Mrs Dan Bray, chairman, Mrs W. F. Hamstreel of Burl, and Mi.-s Antoinette Bonnstetter. They will supply the principals of the various high schools in the county with requirements of the scholarship. The chairmen of the standing committees for 1955-56 were announced by the president. Mrs N J. Kelley. They are Mrs Howard Beardsley, ways and means; Miss Kathleen McEnroe, men~.ber.-hip; Mrs Craig Smith, social: Mr.- Frank Moulton, service earl: Mrs N. S. Bungs, publicity; Mrs Beth Miller, special services; Mrs Luke Linnan. program: Mrs Ed Gilmore, auxiliary news letter. In addition to those previously mentioned, the board of director"-includes Mrs L. S. Bohannon. 2nd vice president; Mr.- Paul Zerfass. recording secretary; Mrs Harry Greenberg, corresponding secretary; Miss W. F. Steele, treasurer; and Miss Maxine Momyer, director und member of \vuys and means committee. The annual membership luncheon ii scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Algonu Country Club. Mrs Linnan promises an informative and entertaining program, which will be announced soon. Eagle Awards To 3 Scouts Boy Scout Post 71 will hold their Eagle Court of Honor Saturday at (5:30 in the Methodist Church basement. Three boys will receive the award. They are Jae Givens, son of Mr and Mrs Morris Givens; Jot- Hoenk. son of Mr and Mrs H. L. Hoenk: und Edward Carney, son of Mr and Mrs E. R. Carney of Des Moines. Allen Hidlebaugh, Explorer Advisor of the Post, said this is the first time in Algonu that the award has been given to three boys ut one time. Locul attorney John Carroll, an Eugle Scout, will present the final challenge to the candidates. Sell Whittemore Farm, $326 Acre Whittemore— Joseph Loebach Jr. was the lucky bidder Friday afternoon when he bought the late Jack Farrell quarter section just north of Whittemore for $32ti an acre. This farm has fairly good improvetnets, and the farm land is as good if not better than any land in Kossuth County. The farm is tenanted by Francis Fandel. The Loebach's will take possession March 1, 1956. WUwer Of 1$ St«i* & NaJionaJ Avitffc IWO-1955 Including General £*c«U*act, JPW» Psttf JUf'n, 195$ Hutzell, Shierk Boosted By Local Backers Interest in the forthcoming city election was rising, this week. Nomination papers for candM dates can be filed between Sept. 29 and Oct. 11, and the. election is held Nov. 8. In addition to the election of a mayor and six councilmen, there will be a special vote on the question of a bond issue for $45,000 to construct a maintenance building for the street department equipment. Two candidates have already announced for mayor, and there was considerable s p e c u 1 a t ion about four or five more potentials. Already in the field tor mayor are Charles Wagner and Bill Becker, who have their papers for the position of mayor ready to file as soon as they can. Misbach Will Not Run Incumbent Byron P. Richardson, appointed to fill out the term of Linda Clapsaddle, has stated he will not be a candidate, and feels that he has served his time in office. Leighton Misbach, another former mayor, mentioned as a possible candidate, said Wednesday that he, too, feels he has spent his time in office and that he definitely will not run. John Kohlhaas has also been mentioned, but was understand to have declined to be a candidate. His brother, Frank, was Algona mayor for many years. Roy Hutzell, present councilman from the first ward, was still undecided Wednesday on the question of whether or not to run for mayor. He said that he had been approached on the subject, however. Another possible candidate for mayor is Dr. C. C. Shierk, who says he is not seek- I :ng the office but that he would j be willing to serve if enough i voters wanted him to be a can- i didate. Dr. Shierk's daughte; was married Wednesday, and politics were not his chief concern at thut moment, however. Council Talk Quiet There has been comparatively little talk about candidates for the city council. It was thought likely that most of the incumbents would seek reelection. Me; Griftm, third ward councilman, who said sometime earlier that he did not think he would seek reelection, said Wednesday that conditions had changed somewhat in that he has sold his lumber j yard here, which may afford him more time for a civic post. He was still undecided, however. There will also be a park commissioner job filled in the election, a six year term. Don Hemmingsen will be a candidate fur the position which he now holds The city council will meet tonight, Thursday. Last Thursday was the first Thursday since May that there has not been a council meeting. Whittemore, Titonka Papers Each Have New Publishers Joe Nordseth, Whittemore By Mary Lytle Cheryl, 34. Philip Jaren, Tilonka After working in eight printing plants and attending five different schools throughout the country. 30-year-old Philip Jaren has settled down to his life's ambition—to be his own newspaper boss. Jaren became publisher-editor of the Titonka Topic Aug. 20th when he bought the; business from the Frank Clark estate. Working 15 hours a day ut least three days a week is a hard las* to undertake, but Phil is happy doing the work he's known since he was born. His wife and four children, Philip Jr., 7, Violet. 5. Carrie Lee, 2. moved to Titonka Saturday. They're living in a three-room apartment adjoining the printing plant, and Mrs Jaren will assist her husband in the office. Phil began his printing careet age of eight when he at the helped publisher grandfather who was of the Alexandria. Minn., Citizen News. He recalls that his grandfather would prop him on top a bux f> that he could teed pap-;i into the press. At the age of 10 lie v. as operating small job pressc His parents live ut St. Joeph, Minn., where Mr Jaren is a druggist. Following graduation from St. Lost Wedding & Diamond Ring Found And Returned Mrs Norman Best spent a very unpleasant 24 hours until a Northwestern Bell Telephone lineman came to her rescue. Last Friday morning Mrs Best was downtown shopping, but suddenly noticed that her wedding ring and a diamond ring attached to it, had both slipped off her finger. The diamond came from Africa, brought here by her husband who served in Africa in the war. The loss was discovered about 10:30 a.m. The Best family later left for the weekend at Okoboji, after a frantic search of the area which Mrs Best had covered without success in finding the rings. About noon, Friday, Don Knedler, who lives in Lakota and is a lineman for the telephone company, parked his company vehicle on the west side . of Sorensen's Grocery. As he stepped out of the machine he almost stepped on the rings, but spotted them and picked them up. Word of his find soon brought information that Mrs Best had lost the treasured rings, and he went to the Best home, but finding nobody home left a note with his name on the door. A neighbor, Mrs Jim Egli, spot- led the note and then called Mrs Best Saturday at the lake to tell her she could stop worrying about the loss. Monday the rings were returned to Mrs Best by Mr Knedler, with a gift from the loser to the finder. 8 Couples Get Wedding Licenses Wedding licenses to eight couples were issued the past week in the office of Alma Pearson, clerk of district court. They went to the following couples: Sept. 7 — Fred Williams und Esther Mogler, Algona. Sept. 8—Kenneth A. Forburgei and Darlene W. Lickteig, Wesley Sept. 9—Keith L. Pries, and Lavonne Boekelman, Waterloo. Sept. 12—Donald Vogel, Adaza la., and Cheryll Meurer, Wesley; Edwin E. Edge, Humboldt, and Blythe Larson, LuVerne. Sept. 13—Richard Mathes and Ruth Shierk, Algona. Sept. 14—Charles Harmon and Betty Lou Peirce, Algona; Stan ley FandJs, San Diego, Cal. ;md Louis>j Bowman, Algona. Seneca Plans A Horse Show, 18th Seneca Saddle Club members will present a Horse Show and Races at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds, Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at 1 p.m. In case of rain. the event will be held Sept. 25 Lunch will be served on the grounds. Dedication Brings Back Torpedoed Ship Memory Break-In Drive,In Sometime Tuesday night, prow lers entered the concession building at the Starlite Theatre east of AJgona, and stole some small merchandise articles. There was no money in the building. ng to for 15 or 20 minutes. By this time he was about 20 feet from the ship when a second explosion came and it plungea under the surface. Shortly utter the ship disappeared an empty "doughnut" tloated pust. Ho grabbed it and helped three others into the raft Then they drifted—fur nine hours in snow, 3tt degree waters ana SO feet waves. One of the men dk'd before they were picked up by the Escanuba, a port-bound ship that had given up the search for survivors. Boeckholt .-aid the men's hands were fro/en to the rope.- of the doughnut and they hud to be las.-oed by men on the Escanaba und pulled to .-utety. They were taken to a Greenland hospital for treatment, ui On Sept. 25 u beautiful memorial fountain will be dedicated in National Memorial Purk m Fulls Church, Va. This occasion may not mean much to most of us in Kossuth county, but to Walter (Bud) Boeckholt it brings buck the memory of nine hours from one page of his life, during whicn time he tloated in the Atlantic Ocean, off Greenland, hoping with despair thut some miracle might save his companions und himself. The miracle happened. Boeckholt boarded the S. S. Dorchester on Jun. 22, 1943, on his way to serve with the Air Force in Greenland. The men knew th)ey were heading uito Torpedo Junction; on the 13th day out two enemy planes had circled time and again. And in the early hours of that February 3, u torpedo ripped open the side of tilt- transport. Boeckholt was asleep when the torpedo hit at about 1:15 of that cold winter morning. The little freighter sank in about 15 min.. during which time life jackets were issued. Boeckholt . got into his life jacket and made his way to a life boat, which was just coming down. Men on the deck were jumping into the boat as it was being lowered, and the overload broke the rope. Most of the men were thrown into the icy waters, but Boeckholt landed on the deck again. He got pinned down, and after freeing himself walked of! the 4ecl£ of the sinking ship into the water. He floated for a distance and „-, ..., then found a ball of rope which School began Sept. 12. Boeckhoh remained there for six weeks. And so. with the dedication of the Four Chaplains' Memorial Fountain, u chapter will be closed in the ,-tuiy of the Dorchester— a torpedoed transport mat hud only 229 survivors of the 90o men aboard. For it was m the 15 minutes after the torpedo hit that four chaplains — Catholic, Jew, and Protestant — made history. They uni.elfi.-hly guve their life jackets to four soldiers after the Cloud Technical high school, Phil went to Washington state where he worked in two different printing plants as a compositor and pressman. He then entered the navy air corps in 1943 und served oT months during which time he atirnded Southwestern Louisiana In-titute at LaFayette, Lu., and Rice In.-titute at Houston, Texas. taking an engineering course. Following his discharge from service in 1946. Jaren attended St. Cloud Teachers College where he received his journalism degree. He walked for u lime in the Sauers Commercial Press at St. Cloud and then decided that he.needed to learn more about the printing business. He went to Dumvoody Institute at Minneapolis where he learned to operate the linotype machine. He worked In Minneapolis and Austin. Minn., before going to Mason City where he was t.-mpliiyed in the composing room i if the Central Show Print C". Always in the "back shop", Jaren had never had the opportunity to do writing which he iikes. The chance to be his own bo.-s came this summer when lie saw an advertisement that the Topic- was for sale. While Juren lias "printe: 1 ' ink" in his blood he still likes to play golf. He doesn't claim to be the best, but he enjoys the sport and exercise. A newcomer to the community 'f Whittemore. but un old-timer .'; th-? pimting and publishing .<me. is J G. ijoei Nordseth who | purchased the Wmttemore Champion July 1st. Mr Nordseth is assisted in his work by his wife who i-- the business manager. Mr Nordseth, who says you're only a- old as you feel, learned the printing trade at his home town. Canton. S. D., where he wus b"rn and raised. His apprenticeship -turttd when ha was 15 years old. He owned and edited j weekly paper at Emery, near Mitchell, S D, tur a number of years. Late]-, hi- sold the newspaper und was employed in the commercial printing shops in Sioux Falls, S D. His yearning to return to the publishing business brought him to Whittemore. The town wus thoniioughly scrutinized before tlu- final decision to buy was made, say the Nordseths, who really took u liking to Whitte- mure. Their desire lo remain in the community is expressed by thQ tact that they are building u new home in the northeast purt of town and expect to move in by Oct. 1st. Mrs Nordseth is an Iowa girl and was born at Cushmg. A visit to the Champion office will disclose not only printing equipment, but also a variety of power tools, which Joe enjoys working with in his spare time, ;f and when he has any. He is also a stamp collector, and jokingly Joe says he also is a collector of dollar bills, like everyone else. supply was They then linked a,rms and prayed as tht cold Atlantic waters, closed over their heads. Enters Stephens Miss Cleona Rue Crawford, daughter of Mr and Mrs Andrew P. Crawford of Algona, ha$ been accepted for entrance to Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. this fall. Ceramics Show Set For Sept, 26 A "Ceramics Show", sponsored by the Algona Hobby Club, wil; be held in the building across from the post office on Monday, Sept. 2(1 with hours being from 12:30 to b:00 p.m. A door prize will be offered, and prizes given in five different classes of ceramics work. Members of the Algona Hobby- Club are Mrs Bob Williams. Mrs Orville Kinden. Mrs John Dreesman, Mrs Pat Jensen, Mrs Erma Lee Deim, Mrs Bert Harines and Mrs Jack Hernen. Makes Refund; No Prosecution To Be Made Special Audit At Ringsted Uncovers Account Shortages A shortage of 52,243 in funds has brought about the resignation of <i supi:rintt'ndt'nt of schools in this area. He is L. B. Bedeson, who hud served four years as superintendent of schools at Ringsted. The state auditor's office reported Tuesday that he had resigned as superintendent after an audit showed he was short $2,243 in his accounts. He made re- sitution of the funds, and no further action is being planned, according to County Attorney Francis Fitzgibbons of Estherville. Ringsted is just west of the Kossuth line in Emmett county. Under Iowa law the .superintendent has custody of certain funds, but under the law ther« can also be no prosecution on an embezzlement charge where restitution has been made on demand, the state auditor's office said. Bedeson resigned last Aug. 12, after the school board at Ringsted questioned him on some seeming irregularities in accounts and reports that Bedeson had filed with the board. The school boaixl then asked for the special state audit. There was a shortage of $1,419 in the lunch program fund, and a shortage of $824 in the activities fund account, the state audit showed. The shortages occurred during the year that ended June 30. In the meantime, a new superintendent has been hired at Ringsted, T. G. Ahrenkeil, who went there from Klemrne. School circles in the area had heard rumors of things not all in tip-top shape, but it was not until the official statement from the state auditor's office was made that the public was informed or what hud happened. Grand Jury To Report In New Term Of Court Kossuth c o u n t y' s Stepemtwr term of district court will open in Algona next Monday, with Judge Fred M. Hudson presiding. County Attorney L. W. Nitchals has ordered the grand jury to report Sept. 20, next Tuesday, and the petit jury is to report Sept. 27 when trial cases are slated to begin. Judge Hudson will set his court trial docket next Tuesday. In the meantime one juvenile und three adult criminal cuses were disposed of by Judge G. W. Stillman, Saturday. Dave Truelson, AJgonu und West Bend, charged with false drawing und uttering of u check, for $23.73, entered u plea of guilty. He wus given a suspended sentence of not to exceed seven years ut the Anamosa reformatory, and paroled. Stanley Walker, Algona, charged with breaking and entering, was given u suspended sentence of not to exceed 10 years, und paroled. He admitted breaking into the warehouse of C. D. Morck Jr. on East Elm St. Virgil L. Schmidt, charged with forgery of a check for $10.57 which was cashed at Sjugren's Grocery, was also given a suspended sentence of not to exceed 10 years at Anamosa, and paroled. In the juvenile case, u 17-yeur- old Algona youth wus charged with being a delinquent und incorrigible, and wus sentenced to the Eldora Training School until he is 21. He admitted stealing auto parts. Kenneth Adriun Hirsch, who was indicted by a grand jury m 1954 on a charge of desertion, entered a plea of not guilty to the charge and agreed to assign hul£ of his wages to his family. Thtj case was continued. One criminal and one civil action were also filed in court the past week, both involving the same defendant. Alfred Niles u charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, Sept. 4, in an information t'ilt-d by Jennie A. Niles, Sept. 7. The latter is also plaintiff in un action for divorce from Alfred, Niles, in a civil action. . St. Joe Trojgn* The St. Joe Trojans held their monthly 4-H meeting at the home of Gerald Redinf, Wednesday, Sept. 7. Lunch was served by Mrs Reding.

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