The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 6, 1955 · Page 49
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 49

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 6, 1955
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October 6,1955 glgona tipper Be* jWoines! October 6,1955 17 Less Algona Fire Calls During Past Year 1909 . 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 Drug 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't sweep into 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. % CIGARETTES One of the greatest causes of fire in business establishments is the common cigarette "bull". 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. DON'T GIVE 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 Ppkin, Illinois manufacturing plant, where the destruction by fire amounted to $7,l30,000-,for one firel Take steps during Fire Prevention Week to eliminate the fire hazards from yogr property. ... r ' FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCTOBER 9-15 MU,MP. .n, gwie , C9njpany pf lowa/ Home A , 0Qno/ 54 Calls Here In 1954, With 15 Rural Fires Algona and the surrounding community suffered less fire clnm- ii«e in 1<J54 than in tin; preceding year of 1953. when an all-time rec.'orcl of 71 calls was set bv the Algona liie department. This figure dropped to 5-1 rails made by the local department last year, of which In 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 laige extent, with the "dry summer clausing moie rural fires, some of them disastrous. So far. the local department has answered 46 culls this year, 19 of them being rural fires. Th'-se 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 4C calls answered so far this year, four have been disastrous farm fires, but the one fire that stands out in the memory of I all lire department members is ] the January HI hnlneaust which | Hood's Giocery and the Finn Bakery, and took an afternoon and evening of fire-lighting to bring under control. The total loss in this fire was S100.000. The futir sorinus farm fires WI.-PJ the Harma ranch fire, the Sam Mogler farm fire, the Gilbert Hargreaves farm fire, and the recent Wm. Kuhn fire which totally destioyed seven buildings, farm machinery, hay and corn. Another serious farm fire, in which the Algona department did not participate, was the Dave Lynch fire north of Lone Rock, which destroyed a large barn and cr;b. 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 countiy 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 the enormous waste o-f property that result from destructive fires, NOW THEREFORE. I Byron P. Richardson, Mayor of the City tif 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 dangeimis practises and procedures wbich 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 th,. seal of the City of Algona to be affixed this 30th day of September. 1955. BYRON P. RICHARDSON, MAYOR. also answered, including Whittemore. Burt. 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 in 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 lire departments in the county, as a result of the forming of the Kossnth 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 Dept. Members Members of the Algona fire r 'I i V. IMPROPER GRAIN DRYING HAS CAUSED MANY Hxs , COSTLY FARM LOSSES, IF YOUDWOWN \ H SAFETY STZPS, ^ '- m 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 Wcise, 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." 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 warning 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, faulty wiring, etc. Then on Friday night following, the siren will again blow a fire call with the firemen responding, and the apparatus will parade down State street flaunting banners on fire prevention. In announcing this unusual method of observing Fire Prevention Week, Chief Kohl said: "This is pur plan, and I just hope it isn't interrupted on either of those two evenings by a REAL fire call." DRY GRAIN IN FIELD AS 10NG NY5H AS POSSIBLE. ARTIFICIAL HEAT WAY NOT BE NECESSARY USE ONLY ELECTRICALLY CQHTROLLED DRIERS THAT OPERATE AUTOMATICALLY WITH 01LBURNR,GAS<*S1DKER. Jfl BLOWERAMD^EATERSHOOLP " RUM FROM SAME ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT. NEVER5ET THERMOSTAT AT MOPETHAK 125 DEGREES, 10 u \ J KEEP SOMEONE OM DUTY VUILE DRIERS AR£ RUNN (KG. AS* FOR INSURANCE Kossuth Mutual Insurance Assn. LOU 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 4-11 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 u 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 dehornet 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; FrankJin 1478; Poweshiek 1477; Kossuth 1476 and Bremer 1470. BURRO BIPEDS The Clarence Topfs who farm n*ar Charter ©»k are just about the most popular folks in their county these days. They recently bought S3 head of Mexican burros. Now most everyone in the area is dropping around lor a free burro ride courtesy of the Topfs,

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