The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 6, 1955 · Page 21
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 21

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 6, 1955
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October 6,1955 October 6,1955 17 Less Algona Fire Calls During Past Year 46 Years of Fire Prevention This October of 1955 marks the forty-sixth anniversary of the Druggists' Mutual Insurance Company of Iowa, which serves policyholders in ten states, and whose home offices are in Algona, Iowa. During our forty-six years history, Fire Prevention has been at the very foundation of our complete insurance service to druggists throughout the middle West. It has been the aim of the company to help its policyholders PREVENT fire losses, as well as to insure them against those losses. Wherever a word is spoken for Fire Prevention, you will find this company in the vanguard. Our policyholders have come to welcome this consistent service, and look upon it as help and assistance in the profitable conduct of their business. —And What Is Good Advice For Driig Stores Is Just As Good For YOUR Home or Business DRUGGISTS' MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY STRESSES THESE SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE FIRE PREVENTION MEASURES: • SWEEPING Put all sweepings and rubbish into a covered metal container that is outside the store or home. Don'l sweep inlo a pile and then leave it. • FURNACE Before firing up for the winter months, everybody's heating system and furnace should get a check. Fire-box, as well as chimney and pipes. FUSES The electric fuse is a safety measure in your place of business or home. Use the correct size fuse for the job it is called on to handle. LITTER Piles of assorted litter in basement, attic or closet are dangerous potential fire hazards. Do not permit accumulations of "junk" on your premises. 6 CIGARETTES One of the greatest causes of fire in business establishments is the common cigarette "butt". If left to smoulder under a counter, it can cause a disastrous fire in the dead of night. • CLEANING FLUIDS Inflammable cleaning fluids, used in the home, are risky, and cause a multitude of fires every year. Be sure the brand you use is a safe one. DONTGIVE A Place To Start Fire damaged or destroyed an estimated $870,984,000.00 worth of property in the United States last year. The largest single loss during 1954 occured to a Pekin, Illinois manufacturing plant, where the destruction by fire amounted to $7,130,000-for one fire! Take steps during Fire Prevention Week to eliminate the fire hazards from your Property- . r^HLj FIRE PREVENTION WEEK Thi, M<m«g« Prmirt** In The lnt,r«ts of Our Community by Drugg!,* Mutual Insurance Company of Iowa, Homo Office, AI 8 ona, Iowa. 54 Calls Here In 1954, With 15 Rural Fires Algona and the surrounding community suffered less fire damage in 1954 than in the preceding year of 1953, when an all-time record of 71 culls was set by the Algona fire department. This figure dropped to 54 calls made by the local department last year, of which 15 were rural fires. The record number of fires in 1953 is attributed to the fact that it was a "dry" year, with an excessive number of field and grass fires ocurring as a result. The same holds true this year to a large extent, with the dry summer causing more rural fires, some of them disastrous. So fur, the local department has answered 46 calls this year, 19 of them being rural fires. These figures were released by Ira Kohl, Algona fire department chief, on the eve of Fire Prevention Week, October 2 to 9. Four Bad Farm Fires Of the 40 calls answered so far this year, four have been disastrous farm fires, but the one fire that stands out in the memory of all fire department members is the January 31 holocaust which destroyed Hood's Grocery and the Finn Bakery, and took an afternoon and evening of fire-fighting to bring under control. The total loss in this fire was $100,000. The four serious farm fires were the Hanna ranch fire, the Sam Mogler farm fire, the Gilbert Hargreaves farm fire, and the recent Wm. Kuhn fire which totally destroyed seven buildings, farm machinery, hay and corn. Another serious farm fire, in which the Algon^ department did not participate, was the Dave Lynch fire north of Lone Rock, which destroyed a large barn and crib. In most of the serious farm fires, other county departments CITY OF ALGONA MAYOR'S PROCLAMATION ON FIRE PREVENTION WHEREAS, the damage caused by fires in this country every year is estimated at millions of dollars; and WHEREAS, a redoubled effort is necessary in order to lessen the serious menace to safety of life and tho enormous waste of property that result from destructive fires, NOW THEREFORE, I Byron P. Richardson, Mayor of the City of Algona, do hereby proclaim and designate October 9-15 as Fire Prevention Week for the City of Algona, and I request the appropriate public authorities, civic groups, educators, and others to cooperate in bringing to the attention of all the people the importance' of taking measures to eliminate fire hazards, to abolish dangerous practises and procedures which may lead to the occurence of needles fires, and to maintain a special alertness daily in every situation in which a destructive fire may occur. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Algona to be affixed this 30th day of September, 1955. BYRON P. RICHARDSON, MAYOR. also answered, including Whittemore, Burl, Bancroft, LuVerne and Swea City. Other than the Hood-Finn fire, total fire damage within the city has been kept at a minimum thus far Jn 1955, it. was stated by Chief Kohl. This has been due to quick response on the part of the local "fire laddies", coupled with efficient use of the year-old pumper. Fire Chief Kohl laid emphasis on the close-working relationships between fire departments in the county, as a result of the* forming of the Knssuth County Firemen's Association two years ago. This has resulted in an exchange of fire-fighting information between departments in county towns, and has also resulted in a "bond" of friendship among firemen of the various departments, which is highly important when outside help is needed in any town. An instance of this cooperation was demonstrated when the Burt department assisted at the Wm. Kuhn fire. A blaze started by embers in a neighboring corn field was quickly extinguished by the Burt firemen, while the Algona department kept hoses on the blazing Kuhn buildings. Fire Depl. Members Members of the Algona fire ^POINTERS department are as follows: • Ira Kohl, Chief; Ralph Elbert, Assistant Chief; Bob Laing, President; Kenneth Geilenfeld, Secretary; Chester Willey, Treasurer. Harlan Sigsbee, Harry Barton, Stan Muckey, Rex Voyles, Eugene Heimers, Chester Webb, Harold (Si) Roth, Art Weise, Cy Venteicher, Don Sherman, Henry Geilenfeld, Ed Skilling and Dick Johannsen. The Algona department is presently at full strength, with 18 men, and with its modern equipment which was augmented by addition of the new pumper, is able to tackle any fire at the peak of efficiency. With'regard to Fire Prevention Week and its observance locally, Chief Kohl had a final word: "This week is .set aside primarily for the elimination of fire hazards. If folks will just do this on their own premises, whether home or business, it will help greatly to keep down fire calls and fire damange in the months ahead." fe. IMPROPER GRAIN DRYIN6 HAS CAUSED MANY COSTLY FARM LOSSES, IF TAKE THZSE $AF£TY STZPB, ORYGRAW IN FIFLDASLQNG AS POSSIBLE. ARTIFICIAL HE AT MAY NOT BE NECESSARY. USE ONLY ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLED DRIERS THAT OPERATE AUTOMATICALLY ^ WITH OIL BURNER GAS ORSIDKER. J\ BLOWERAMDUEATERSHOULD ^ RUM FROMSWE ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT. NEVERSET THERMOSTAT \\ AT MO(?E THAN 125 PEGREES. O u A J KEEP SOMEONE OM DUTY To Dramatize Fire Prevention With 2 Alarms As a dramatic way of bringing "Fire Prevention" to the minds of local residents, the Algona fire department is planning to exercise the fire siren and its firefighting equipment next week, Fire Prevention Week. On Thursday evening, October 13, sometime during the course of the' evening hours, the siren will blow a typical fire call. It will not be a "real fire", and firemen will not respond to the call. The siren warnjng will be given merely to implant in local resident's minds the fact that they should look around their premises and remove fire hazards, such as rubbish, etc., and repair other hazards such as bad flues, 'aulty wiring, etc. Then on Friday night follow- ng, the siren will again blow a ire call with the firemen respond- ng, and the apparatus will pa- •ade down State street flaunting >anners on fire prevention. In announcing this unusual method of observing Fire Prevention Week, Chief Kohl said: 'This is pur plan, and I just hope t isn't interrupted on either of hose two evenings by a REAL ire call." AS* FOR INSURAMCe PEWIT, Kossuth Mutual Insurance Assn. LOLA SCUFFHAM, Sec'y. 4-H Judge Team 4th At Waterloo The Kossuth County 4-H Dairy Judging team won fourth place honors in the all breed State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at the National Cattle Congress Show in Waterloo, Sept. 30. In addition they were high team in the judging of the Holstein and Shorthorn breeds and had the highest team score turned in for *any one breed with a score of 391 points on the Holstein breed. Dick Kuecker of Algona won runner up over all breed judging honors with a score of 535 points and an electric calf dehornei from the Sunbeam Corporation for his accomplishment. Other team members were Gene Nurre of Bancroft; Gerald Pedersen of Ledyard and Dennis Schoby of Bode. Four members each received a pen and pencil set from the Shorthorn Breed Association and a bronze award medal from the Holstein Breed Association for being high team in their respective breeds. The team was coached by Robert C. Johnson, county extension youth assistant. The five high teams of the 28 teams competing in the contest and their scores were—Grundy 1515; Franklin 1478; Poweshiek 1477; Kossuth 1476 and Bremer H70. BURRO RIDERS The Clarence Topfs who farm near Charter Oak are just about the most popular folks in their county these days. They recently bought 58 head of Mexican burros. Now most everyone in the area is dropping around for a free burro ride courtesy of the Tofts,

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