The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 6, 1955 · Page 17
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 17

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 6, 1955
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When most wives tell their husbands to go to. blazes its more or less merely a figure of speech But there ara 18 wiv£s right here in Algona whose husbands go to b azes regularly. And they don>t nee ^ 3, Wofd fr ^ th s little woman toFmake them'do so ' * ' * v * ' v These eighteen gals are the wives of the members of the Algona Volunteer Fire. Department ana I m proud to say my Old Man If °?? ° f l , he | lremen - And since next'week, from October 9 . to October, 15, is-Fire Prevention /Week, perhaps a few words on the subject.of Life With A Fireman would : be appropriate. ..Volunteer fire departments are E? culi t rl , to the small town. Though they are pretty skilled in the trade, they have other jobs and they don't sit around the fire house playing • pinochle Waiting 1 for an alarm ; to sound. They don't nave eight hour shifts and then go home for an undisturbed night ,1 ^ eyf are ' on 24 hour call. It often seems to the fireman's wife that these calls come only at mealtime, after the whole family is in bed or when Papa is all dressed up in his Sunday suit. * *. * The first blait of the siren announcing a fire brings plenty of action in a firemen's home. Father can be snoozing most contentedly but when .that whistle blows he really jumps! One of the most essential pieces of equipment in fighting fires - is the Volunteer's pants 'and if he happens to be without them at the moment, he digs them up in a hurry. Some pretty strange outfits have turned up at fires, but so far as I've been able to find no member of the Algona company has ever shown up trouser- elss. However, they frequently j have their pajamas on under their pants, Meanwhile, MaVna is waiting for the divided ring of the telephone ahd the operator's voice informing us '.of,the location of the blaze. Sometimes Ijefdre this information can ».be relayed the fireman is already out the door, into the car and zdoming like a stock car racer toward the fire station. This extreme haste is motivated by two things—utter devotion to duty and by the fact that the first firemen td arrive get to drive the trucks. Firemen, i;m convinced, have have their hearing tuned in on a' special'wave length so that they almost always hear the siren no matter how much noise there is at home and whether they are awake or asleep. 1 don't always hear the 'whistle, 'but Father does. On the other Hand, I can hear" the children pall me" in the night, go upstairs,-tend .to their needs and be back inibed'and he won't even break the rhythm of, us snoring.. But just let that ire whistle blow and he's off ike a flash. » * > * Fighting fires is not the only work a fireman does oh the company. There's many thousands of dollars worth of equipment at the station—the average truck costs $12,000—and it must all be kept in tip top shape at all times. When the whistle blows,' it's no time to wonder if the hoses are squirting right or if the water tanks for country fires are filled. The local company has one work meeting a. month,, more if necessary, and Chief Kohl and othe? members of the department work on trucks and equipment at other times. At least once a year every inch of the 2700 feet of hose has to be thoroughly tested, .drained and re- rolled on the trucks. This takes three to four hours per truck with several inert working, * * * .Fife can be a terrible thing. The lives it can take and the property it can destroy; Is simply .appalling, ,1'm apt to think about :these thirigs When my husband is out on a:fire call and I always feel mudi e*asier when he's safely back home. Most of the time he's not gone long, but I can rehiembef abdut a dozen times when the local company spent the better part of a day or a night battling,a blaze. The volunteer fireman's pay is the same whether it takes ten minutes or ten hours. -«••,.' - ' « * • * Fires seem to come in threes. It's one of my pet superstitions so .every time the whistle'blows,'' I knock on wood and say to myself, there'll be. two more, within the next few days. Several years back, the firemen were on their way back from Wesley after fighting a gasoline fire when they say the light from the tragic Country Club ,fire. When they returned from that the next afternoon, they were just starting to rest up When there was a country grass fire. Fortunately, much of the time when this 'theory of three" applied the fires were all minor and sometimes one fire doesn't bring two' morei'-at all. ..I'.- •<. ••) ' ' • *'• ' * - *," •• ' ! After a man has been *qn the company for ten years hfe can retire if he chooses and still have his fire company life, insurance policy in force. But firemen rarely do this. The fireman at' our; house is within a few years of his second ten years on the company and "he won't even consider giving up his membership until his rhematiz lays him up. The com-, pany is kind of an exclusive outfit, too. .There's usually a wait- ting list of applicants and a m'an is admitted only after a vacancy' and a vote-byHhe entire company. *;,*••« ' Another example of the kind of sparkling dialogue that takes place at our house was when Mary Ann came home and announced;-"We have to write a re- rrt in school tomorrow." "Oh," said, "What on?" "On notebook paper, Mama", replied Mary Ann. So, the next time anyone asks me what the column next week is on, I'm going to say, "The tpyewriter." . * * . * My envelope in which 1 keep the recipes gathered from the Algona Upper Des Moines-Algona Merchant's Recipe Contest is getting fatter and father. I wish I could share all of them with you for there are some excellent ones. One of them that almost made if in the Frosting, Filling and Icing category is this one for Apple Frosting. It came from Mrs Anna Berte of Livermore. 1 cup granulated sugar 4 tablsp. powdered sugar 1 medium grated apple. I egg white. Beat by hand wjth a wire whip or electr'ic mixer until white and thick. —GRACE. What makes a man want to be a fireman? The checks they-: receive make nice extra spending money in most hoiiseholdsf but, the fireman could probably earn more on his regular job. Soci-' bility at the fire house could' be, mother reason for they. do have fun together after the meetings. Community service is another reason and a very commendable one. But I doubt if any of these is the v/hole reason. * , • * • Without meaning to belittle the 8 FALL SALE A Bountiful t Harvest of Bargains! SWARTZ SUPER "What shall t say to thei Huber people, tir—- v shall I lose ybtlr temper?" Thursday, October 6, 1955 Algona (la,) Upper Des Molnes-3 • WESLEY By Mrs. Viola Studec volunteer fireman one-bit, I sus^ pect-it is all these Reasons plus an even inore potent one—the glamour of fire fighting. A small boy dreams of being a fireman as naturally as he breathes. The huge, red trucks, the screaming sirens, the respectful halt of traffic and the saving of life and property is the twentieth century boy's substitute for Knighthood and dragon slaying. This sense of adventure is not' entirely lost When the boy grows up, so he becomes a volunteer fireman. And whether'this diagnosis is right or wrong, Algona and thousands of towns like it are glad he does, for the volunteer fireman makes: his community a better and safer, place to live. * » . • Another community betterment organization is the St. Ann Hospital Auxiliary, currently conducting a membership drive. Among the projects' the organ- zation is planning to accomplish this year is a $500 nursing scho- be awarded next spring and the purchase of a modern light-weight service cart,' .elec- 'tuically heated food carts, a frac- 'lure table and sound absorbing accoustical ceilings for ' the hospital nursery and delivery room. Your dollar 'membership" will help iri these projects and your work on any of the many services provided by the auxiliary will be worthwhile. * *:,*.• ''•-•;. } Just before the killing frost and lust'after the heat wave, is the time flies seem to plague us most. The horrid little insects are plotting to find a warm place for the winter, rest up and then raise! disgustingly large families next spring. But not if I can help it! The other day I was pursuing one particularly pesky fly with a rolled up magazine. "I'm going to cqmmit murder!", I shouted. Jeannie looked up. from her comic book and said ,"Oh. Are you.mad at Daddy?" Ready To Start Child Aid Drive In preparation for the cam- >aign in Kossuth County for the >enefit oft the Iowa Children's Home • Society, Mrs Elizabeth Schenck, Algona, chairman, announced the list of workers who will assist during the Oct. 1-30 drive. ' The helpers are: Mrs Frank Rueb, Algona; Mrs 'Bill Woltz. Burt; Mrs Ronald Newbrough, Wesley; Mrs .Alfred Bell, Whittemore;. Mrs Marlyn Bailsman, Lone Rock; Mrs Leonard Dittmer, Burt twp.; Mrs Clarence Siemer, Iryington twp.; Mrs Glen Gabrielson, Plum Creek twp.; Mrs Paul Blumer, Sherman twp;; and Mrs Fred Bentele, Wesley twp. The society offers aid to children from broken homes and others who need help. LOTS OF HEALTH At least one apple tree is doing its best to'"keep the doctor away" if one believes that old saying about the health-giving qualities of the fruit. At Manilla, an apple tree on the Claude Conrad place is doing right by its owner. The tree had produced its second crop of apples this season. • Mr and Mrs Clarence Ptacek and daughters of Eslherville were Sunday guests of her parents, Mr and Mrs Lon Gauge and of her' sister, Mrs Wilfred Becker and family. Mr and Mrs Bill Clements ol Iowa City spent the September 18 weekend at the parental, R. C. Bauer home and attended the reception for Mr and Mrs Calvin Moincke on Sunday in the parish liall. Mrs George: Wellik and family of Bi-itl spent Friday, Sept. 16, in the parental R. C. Bauer home. Mrs Martha West and Walter, VTr and Mrs Cietus West, Mr and Mrs Ben Matern of Meservey and Mr and Mrs Gaylor Vitzthum and family went to Elmore Sunday morning where they attended the 20th wedding anniversary surprise party for Mr and Mrs Urban Hommerding. Mrs Hommerding is the former Laura Wolf, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Frank Wolf. There is always a better way to do something. "Public relations" is everything ^^^^^^ u do - - PLANTATION BALLROOM WHITTEMOBE, IOWA Friday, Oct. 7 , FRANK BUHR Sunday, Oct. 9 DON SHAW Friday, Oct. 14 PUG STUEFFEN Sunday, Oct. 16 LYNN KERNS Friday, Oct. 21 JOLLY LUMBERJACKS No Advance Booth Reservations Doors Open at 8:30 U-D-M Classifieds Pay Dividend) Roland China Boar Sale Friday Nite, October 7th ' at 8:00 P.M. 40 Head of large, fast growing boars of known mealiness. These are long, rugged boars from large litters. We think we have just what the commercial pork producer needs Bangs free herd No, 141, Free Delivery. Vaccinated and • Guaranteed. Sale at farm, 6 miles S, 2 miles E of Britt. Floyd Friedow and Sons Kanawha, Iowa 7-Pc. Screw Driver Set With Rack Magnetized Ne\v and Colorful PLASTIC DISH PAN $1.98 Value 1.28 Enameled ROASTER Holds 6 to 7 Ibs. SPECIALLY PRICED 580 Rubberized WORK GLOVES 49c Value TOILET SEAT Quality Reg. $5.95 3.88 LOOK AT ALL THE CHECKERED FLAGS CHEVROLET'S COLLECTED! Drive with care... EVERYWHERE! Masonite PEG BOARD 18"x24— 12 Hooks & Screws King Size Aluminum WASTE BASKET Regular $1.75 Now Special At ANGEL FOOD AIMUwminym PAN | Regular $1.29 (1 to Customer) SWARTZ AlOONA Great .Features back up Chevrolet Performance: Body by Fisher—Ball-Race Steering—Outrigger Rear Springs —Anti-Dive Braking — 12-Volt Electrical System —Nine Engine-Drive Choices.' Let's translate these Chevrolet victories into your kind of driving. You've got to have faster acceleration to win on the tracks. And that means safer passing on the highways. You've got to have better springing and suspension. Again, safer and happier motoring for you. You've got to have big brakes that act fast and smooth . . . and easy, accurate steering. More things that make your driving safer. But it's more fun to try these things put than just to talk about them. So come in and let's take a ride. Every checkered flag signals a Chevrolet victory in official 1955 stock car competition-not only against its own field but against many American and foreign high-priced cars, too! DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. FAYETTEVIUE, N.C. COLUMBIA, S.C. YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO ATLANTA, GEORGIA JERSEY CITY, N.J. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS PITTSBURGH, PA. TORONTO, CANADA BELMAR, N.J. CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA BALTIMORE, MD. FLOYD, VA. WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ' GRAND FORKS, N.D. MINOT, N.D. :j LYNCHBURG, VA. CANFIELD, OHIO MILWAUKEE, WIS. CINCINNATI, OHIO FLAT ROCK, MICH. JEFFERSONVILLE, IND, DARLINGTON, S.C. HAMMOND, IND. DETROIT, MICH. The safer car wins ,. f and Chevrolet's the winning car MOWS THE TIME TO BUY I 10W PRICES-BIG DEALS! ENJOY A NEW CHEVROLET KOSSUTH MOTOR CO. Southwest Courthouse Square Phone 200

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