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By Russ Wallet * * * Th* railroad excursion trip from Eagle Grove to Elmoro and ic u n ' slaled foi- Sunday, Oct. 16, has been cancelled .. .a guarantee of $000 was necessary for the Chicago & Northwestern, and the early ticket sales reported did not indicate the $600 total would be reached ... the Uppei Des Moines has money for refunds of tickets purchased in oui office, and if folks who bought tickets will please stop in, refunds will be made. We regret the cancellation, as do the sponsoring Railfans Club members. Eslherville, incidentally, also has six candidates in the field for mayor. • » * If Frank Vera runs as well for mayor as he came out on his Saturday football bets, he's in ...he had 13 individual bets, and won them all. Hoy Bjustrom called the local greenhouse and ordered flowers, with instructions given on sending them. etc. and then hung up, and walked away from the phone ... then he thought it over and realized he had failed to tell who it was calling, but the greenhouse said they'd send the bouquet ... if the greenhouse at this point doesn't know who to charge it to, this item may help. Last Feb. 20. ihe Tilonka-Doan Methodist churches decided to apply the Parable of the Talents, after the pastor, Rev. Max B. Goldman read the story and had the parable acted out in pantomime by youths of the church. At.Titonka 114 dollars were given out: at Doan 42 dollars. Rev. Goldman explained thaf thi? modest sum could be invested and increased in whatever way the members chose, in a modern treatment of the parable, with the results to accrue to the Minister's Reserve Pension Fund goa! lor their churches. The original dollars were loaned by Edwin Eden of the Titonka church, and Fred Asa, Ray Cunningham and Dale Struthers of the Doan church. Sunday, Oct. 9, the people turned in their Talent Gains. At Titonka the original $114 had grown to $499, and at Doan the original $42 had enlarged to $422.05, with still others to be turned m from both churches. Some folks had used bake sales as a means of increasing then- Talent dollars, others held coffee parties, did baby sitting, sold cards, eggs, honey and handkerchiefs. The choir at Titonka pooled their resources and presented a choir .concert. The MYF at Doan also pooled their money and put on a chili supper .. .and ti. top it all off, the men who originally loaned the money, presented them as their own gains. It was a novel, and a successful, idea. Last week was National Newspaper Week.. We probably did not make enough of a hue and cry about it, but we did run across a quotation that is worth some thought on the subject of what a newspaper is, and we present it accordingly as this week's Famous Last Line—There are all kinds of newspapers; at the worst a newspaper is a mirror of community smugness; at the best a newspaper is a community alarm clock. 5 File In Sweo City Election Five men have filed for positions on the Swea City town council when election is held Tuesday, Nov. 8. Three of those serving on the present council have not filed for reelection. They are Milo Svendsen, Harold Opsal and A. J. Bilsborough. Candidates, thus far, include Lowell Roberts and Monford Peterson, incumbents; Win. Christensen, Henry Larson and Gerald Greischar. Mayor Earl Hansen has filed for reelection to that post. Legion Post 1$ Award Winner AJgona's American Legion post was presented with an award from the state department, last week Wednesday night, for contributing most toward highway safety of any post in the state. Frank Ulish, state director of highway safety education, made the presentation. Two of the more recent projects which helped to win the award were sponsoring of a teen-age driver's club, and the sale of highway safety flares for cars, A board of directors was also elected, consisting of Les Kenyon, Don Hemmingsen, G. D. Brundage and Russ Buchanan. Everett Baldus is Legion conv mander. State Historical society Iowa Git?jf la, Jlome* ESTAIllSHfD 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 103J. under Art of Congress of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1955 4 SECTIONS - 28 PAGES (Plus 40 Page tabloid) VOL 92 - NO. 41 17 Enter Contests For City Offices Rally, Bonfire Set Stage For Homecoming Parade To Precede Football Game With Clarion, Friday Homecoming festivities, which will reach a climax when a queen is named during the halftimc intermission of the Algona-Clarion football game, will get underway tonight (Thursday), according to the program announced by Principal Ear! Legler Tuesday morning. Queen candidates are Karen Shirley, Marilyn Seller, Elaine Branson and Barbara Bourne, all seniors in the local high school. They were nominated by football squad members and one of the four will get the gold crown following a school election. There will be a gigantic pep rally and bonfire tonight. Students will gather at the high school building, proceed up State street then to the Athletic Park on East State for a pep meeting and bonfire. There will be lots of snake dancing and cheering during the night. Friday marks the actual Homecoming celebration. Two bands, the junior high and senior high outfits, a flock of floats representing the four high school classes and other organizations and marching students will parade up State street at 3:40 p.m.. immediately after school lets out It will then be fairly tranquil until the referee's whistle signifies the opening kickoff of the football game at 8 p.m. Friday night. During the half, aluim will be welcomed by a student and an alumni representative will respond. The floats, including the winning entry, will parade past the grandstand and the queen will receive her crown. Festivities will cease about midnight, following a dance from 10 p.m. to that time in the high school gym. All students and alumni are invited to jump to the music of Allen Frock and his orchestra from Spencer. About the only tiling needed to make the two-day event a complete success is a win over Clarion in the tootball game. Services Today For Mrs Duront Services for Mrs Ida Durant. 64, long-time resident of Algona. will be held this afternoon (Thursday) in the Presbyterian church at 2 p.m. Rev 'M. H. Brower will officiate and burial will be in Riverview cemetery. McCullough Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mrs Durant died Monday evening at St. Ann Hospital. She had been in poor health for some tune, but had been a patient in the hospital only a day. Ida Minnie, daughter of Carl and Mathilda Redemske, was born at Hankinson, No. Dak. June 28, 1891. She came to Algona 45 years ago and resided here since that time. Her hXisband, Solomon, preceded her in death in 1949. Two sons, Milo and Elmer, Algona; a daughter, Lillian (Mrs Leonard Schultz), Whittemore; a brother, Charles Redemske, Algona; and three sis>ters, Oliva Raff. St. Cloud, Minn., Mrs Minnie Raines, Oakland, Cal., and Mrs Molly Hedrick, LuVerne, survive. Two sons and two daughters preceded her in death. Academy Carnival Slated Oct. 18 Students of St. Cecelia's Academy are sponsoring a carnival October 18 at 7:30 p.m., at Academy Hall. Each year the Student Council holds this event for the benefit of tl>e Activity Fund. Food and games will be available for everyone. Highlights of the evening will include; a revue of fashions from "Grandma's time to Mine" and the crowning of a Carnival Queen Candidates are; Nancy Downs, Karla Knecht, Bunnie Sheridan, and Susan Weydert. 5 Become U. S, Cituens Tuesday Five persons from this area became United States citizens, in ceremonies in Federal court in Fort Dodge, Tuesday morning. They were Dagmar Hansen, LuVerne (Norway); Peter Halsrud, Algona (Norway); Elizabeth Guerdet, Armstrong (Canada); Ruth Barnett, Algona (Canada), and Anna Eden, Wesley (Germany). Robt. Nurre Rites Held; Victim In Plane Crash Funeral services for Robert H. Nurre. 27, Bancroft, one of 66 persons who died when a United Airline plane struck a 12,005 foot Wyoming mountain peak last Thursday morning, were held yesterday at Palo Alto. Cal.. where he was making his home. The Bancroft man was returning to California after visiting his mother, Anna Nurre. at St. Ann hospital, where she is a patient. Surviving are his wife and four children, one of them only a few weeks old. His family included seven brothers and four sisters: Fratei Henry (Vincent). John, Gone. Leo, Joseph. Phillip and Richard Nurre. and Sister Mary Paschal. Sioux City, Mrs Neal Stevenson and Mrs Leslie Harvey, Oshkosh. Wis., and Mrs Bert Ko'l- lasch, Bancroft. A brother Gerald and his father preceded him in death. The bodies were recovered Sunday. Three of his brothers from Bancroft flew to the funeral. The plane crash was the worst in the history of American civilian aviation. Robert was born at Bancroft. Dec. 19. 1P27. HP graduated from St. John's high in 1945, and was a star basketball and baseball player. He helped with plans for the baseball park at Bancroft, Robert H. Nurre * * * and also pitched for the Bancroft Li'ins for two seasons. After graduation from Iowa State College he was in the armed forces, and on returning from service decided to study law, which he did. and had recently passed the bar examination and accepted a position with a Cal- fornia firm. Council Races Develop Late; Election Nov. 8 Council Contests In First, Third And Fourth Wards Seventeen candidates filed for city office Tuesday, as the deadline for entering the field for th'.- forthcoming municipal election. to be held Tuesday. Nov. 8, was reached. There were .several surprise candidates, not heretofore mentioned. As expected, the candidates for mayor wero the six previously mentioned — Charles Wagner, Bill Becker. Dr. C. C. Shierk, Roy Hut/ell, Frank Vera and Herb Adams. Surprise Entries The surprises came in the filing "i candidates for the citv council They follow: First Ward— Eugene Furst and Arthur Obrecht. Second Ward — Leon Laird. Third Ward — Arnold Elbert. Me: Griffin and A. R. Willrett. Fourih Ward— Richard J. Cook >.rv,i J >!, Good Neighbors Pick 55 Acres Ralph Thompson, last Friday. Thev who farms picked ap- Miss Wernert Dies Here At Age Of 94 Services for Carolina Wernert, 94, resident of Algona for the past 80 years, were held in St. Cecelia's Catholic church Monday at 9:30 a.m. Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiated at the rites and buria' was in Calvary cemetery. The Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of anangements. Miss Wernert died at her home at 214 N. Jones street Thursday night. Oct 6. »l a heart ailment. Caroline, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ignat-.u^ Wornert was born April 18. IH'.ii at Dubuque am. moved to Aluona a! the age of 15 in i875. Sh..> lived here .since that date and w.'is a dre>< maker. She never nuirnoci. Survivors include two sisters. They are Chri>tma. with whom Caroline resided, anci Mrs Anna Walsh, Livingston. Montana. Pallbearers at the funeral were Arthur Glasor, Tun O'Brien, Charles Beringer, Bill Barry. Sr., E. C. McMahon and G. P." Cal len. 2 Special Pages Football Photos Councilmen-Ai-Large — Vic M. Parsons and Byron P. Richardson. For park i ?ommis.«ioner, there was ony on; candidate for the six-year term. Elmer Langmack. the incumbent. As a result of the sudden spurt of interest lor the city council. the 1956 election will probably be one of thr- hottest in the history of Algona. O! ie candidates P. H. Petersen, Seneca, Passes Ringsied—Peter Hansun Petersen. 76. died Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Holy Family hospital in Estherville. He had suffered a severe heart attack Monday evening. He was born Dt-c. 9, 1878. at Christ- lanfeld, Germany, the sun of Jens and Anna Petersen. He came to the United States in his early twenties and settled in the Cedar Falls area. In June, 1907. he married Catherine Sophia Rasmussen and they haa three children. Peter Petersen moved to Seneca in 1915, where he farmed northwest uf town. Later he was a janitor for nine years in the school system until ill health forced him to retire. He is survived by his widow; two sons, Alfred of Seneca and Holger of Algona; one daughter, Anna Hanson of Ringsted; ten grandchildren; a sister, Mrs John Erbae of Chicago; a nephew, Rev. Carlo Petersen of Ringsted; and one sister and three brothers in Denmark. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (today) at the Thomas Funeral Home in Ringsted and at 2 p.m. from the St. John's Lutheran church. Finger Injured In Cornpicker Portland—Lloyd Bartlett got his hand in the mounted corn picker he was running, when he and Raymond Bartlett were picking corn on the Hannah Behnke farm. Raymond took him to the doctor. He may lose the little finger on his left hand. Farm Sales Dated First farm sale dates for the season have been claimed. Harold Bates, NE of Burt, Nov. 3. Qiiinn & Fraser, auctioneers; Burt Savings Bank, clerk. M. W. Woltz, Burt, will hold a farm sale on Thursday, Nov. 17. Watch this newspaper for complete sale details soon. FRANK KERN, pictured above, is one member of the 1955 Algona high school football team whoso picture will not be found elsewhere in today's paper. He suffered a .shoulder separation earlier in the season, but before his injury he was a standout at both center and fullback. Elsewhere in today's Upper Des Moines will be found two solid pages of pictures and encouragement from local business firms for the Algona high team prior to its annual homecoming battle with, Clarion here Friday night. Frank is a senior. His playing number was 29. We'll miss it! Weather Turns Handsprings Common head colds became prevalent during the week as the weather turned handsprings. High for the period was 83 degrees, registered Tuesday afternoon, while the low temperature, 31, went on the books Saturday night. Almost half an inch of rain fell, according to Weatherman Stu Albright. Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 3 Oct. 9 Oct. 10 Oct. 11 50 47 50 Cooler temperatures are on the docket for the next few dav-, -70 _69 .58 .68 .79 -80 -83 for the council, only three are members of the present council, Griffin. Cook and Parsons. There will be new councilmen for sure from the fir^t and second wards, and one new 'cuUncilman-at-Jarge, B. P. Rich- j ard.son. as there are two elected at large and only two candidates. Richardson is filling out the term of mayor following resignation or I Linda Clapsaddle. Contests Develop Late The first, third and fourth I ward contests developed late in ; the filing ?tmch. especially in ) the third, where the field ex- i panded to three in the final hours of filing. From here on in, with 3 1 ? weeks remaining before the election, a torrid contest can be anticipated for the conte.-ted offices. especially that of mayor where every candidate give> evidence For Ihe second lime in about a week, friends and neighbors of !'•> miles north of Lone Rock, turned out to give him a helping hand, proximately 55 acres of corn, Earlier last week. 23 took over the combining of 40 acres of beans and did the fall plowing, as reported in last week's Upper Des Moines. In the above picture are. back row, left to right, Henry Schroeder, Otto Wilberg, Clair Bollinger. Clair Bollinger. Dave Weber. Walter Thompson, Dell Marlow and Bob Marlow. Kneeling are Dale Schroeder. Jim Elsbecker, Robert Hamilton who worked for Owen Berhow, Willard Thompson and Lawrence Walsh. Pictured below is the crew that worked in another field, Merrill Marlow, Da%'e Lynch. Marvin Beaver. Merwyn Marlow and Ralph Thompson, the latter having recently returned from a hospital siege. Also participating, but not available at the time the pictures were taken, were Lloyd Hutchinson. Harley Hutchinson. Sam McCleish and Don Hutchinson. The men began picking shortly after 1 p.m. and were through at 5:15 p.m. (Algona Upper Des Moines newsfoto) of making a fice. real race for the of- 3rd In Family Hurt In Mishap Ledyard—Shirley Doocy, daughter of Mr and Mrs Tim'Doocy. broke her ankle while skating in Elmore one evening last week. She is the third one in the family to suffer a broken bone this past month. Mr Doocy first suffered a broken collar bone, then Delores, who is a senior in high school broke her finger while playing ball, and now Shirley has -a broken ankle as a result of a fall while skating. Question Instrument Sales By School's Band Director Fined By Mayor Mayor Byron P. Richardson levied fines on three traffic violators in his court this week. Cornelius C. Sampson, Raddiffe. and Paul H. Hasse, Burt, each paid $5 and costs on speeding charges, and William L. Snodgrass, Algona, was assessed $5 and costs for going through a stop sign. A discussion about merehand- mg methods being carried on :n the public school music department in Algona took place Monday evening before a meeting of the board of education. Mrs Loraine Brewer, who with her husband operates Loraine's Music Store in Algona, and Russell Ouster, band director for Alcona's public schools were the two principal speakers. Mrs Brewer appeared before the board at her own request. She said that it appeared that most of the .vchool's music business and purchase of band instruments, both by the school and by pupil.-;, was beins directed to the Krafft Mu.-ic Co. of Estherville, and she wanted to know why. She said that Ouster had never entered her store, although he was invited to do -.-u by letter. The store opened last May 1. Ouster replied that it was a question of service, chiefly, us well as quality, and that the Krafft firm called on him and handled service work when re- Conoco Service Grand Opening Struecker's Conoco Service is celebrating the completion of a brand new station at 701 E. State St. with an open house all day Saturday, Oct. 15. Werner Stru- ecker, operator, has extended an invitation to all to visit him dui- ng the one-day event and regisu for valuable door prizes as well as giving away other wonderful items to all. For further details see large advertisement elsewhere in today's Algona Upp<'r Des Moines. Buy Town Tavern Livermore — Mr and Mrs Irvin Lentsch of Fort Dodge have purchased the Town Tavern here and began managing it last week. Mrs Herbengrater, who had been operating it, is remaining this week to help them get started. Algona high school's four anxious Homecoming queen candidates are shown in the above UDM flashfoio. Pictured, left to right, are Karen Shirley, Marilyn Seiler, Elaine Branson and Barbara Bourne. All are seniors and each was chosen by the members of the local football squad as a prospective ruler to reign over the Homecoming activities this week-end. Karen is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Lloyd L. Shirley, Marilyn the daughter of Mr and Mrs J. N. Seiler, Elaine the daughter of Mr and Mrs Carroll Branson and Barbara the daughter of Dr. and Mrs M. Q. Bourne. The winner will be named during halftime ceremonies at the Algona-Clarion football game Friday night. The other three will serve as princesses. quired. Asked Abput Commissions Asked by Mrs Brewer if he ever received any commissions from the Krafft Music Co. for the sale of band instruments, Guster replied that "I have never made anv money from him or anyone e!/e." Later, Mrs Brewer asked ihe band director about his business dealings with the Becker Sporting Goods store in Algona of sometime back. Guster then said that "I took commissions for several instruments on special deals, and that's the only time, due to trade-ins which I took on ihe sale." Gu.-ter said he had never had anyone "eiig me in the back" like Mrs Brewer had done. "The man before you wouldn't even tell a music student where to buy. or wiiat brand of instrument, or where to get it." Mrs Brewer said. "Why do you?" She said she was told by a salesman that if she would "play ball" she would get some school business. Guster said that wa^ right, that if Mrs Brewer would play ball she would get some business. He added that he could not. however, run her business tor her. Guster also said he didn't figure it was his business to go to her store, and why didn't she go to see him. There was considerable other discussion on the subject before Mrs Brewer left. After her departure. Perry Collins, president of the board, said to Guster "If there is an apology necessary' 1 feel like I should say something, and we're sorry we subjected you to something like this." Supt. of Schools O. B. Laing and the bund instructor also said following Mrs Brewer's departure that they would go to see hei the next day (Tuesday) in an effort to work things out. Contacted Wednesday, Mrs Brewer said she had received no visit. Robert Brewer, associated with his wife in the business, said Wednesday that "our complaint isn't that we aren't getting the school business but that the school band department is in the merchandising business." Henry Becker, contacted by an Upper Des Moines reporter on the subject of the purchase of band instruments in conjunction with the school band director, explained the arrangement he formerly had with Guster. Becker's Statement He said that through his wholesale connections, and because there was no regular music store in Algona. he ordered instruments as requested by Guster. On these deals, Becker said, there was a 10'"r deduction made from the list price for the benefit of the music student purchasing the instrument. Most instruments. Becker said, carry about a 40% markup. After deduction of the 10 c r the balance of 30 r r for example was divided between Becker and Guster. Becker said he was not familiar with any trade-ins that Guster may have taken on the deals mentioned by Guster, but that there could have been some. The arrangement between Becker and Guster came to an end after a difference over the arrangement o n commissions, Becker said. At that time he had two instruments on order for Guster. After they arrived, they were never called for; one of them he later sold, and the other one he still has. Mrs Brewer suggested to the school board that they visit Mi- Becker to get information from him on the subject of the merchandising in question. One item of bills paid for the la.st school quarter, as published in the Upper Des Moines elsewhere today, is to the Krafft Music Co. for $403.48. This includes purchase of a baritone saxophone, a stand, and two snare drum heads, the school record shows. Whittemore Fire Whiitemore — Firemen were called to the former Witham farm, 4'^ sjiiles east of Whittemore on highway 18, last week, to extinguish a fire that started in an old building. No other buildings were damaged. Tractor Mishap Fatal Guy Kruse, 66, was killed instantly at 10 a.m. Wednesday while hauling corn on the Leo Goche farm east of Bancroft. He was riding a tractor pulling a corn wager when the tractor tipped a_ he was thrown off. His death was accidental' Kruse was single and was employed by Goche at the time of his death. Before coming to Bancroft be did farm work ne*r Graettioger. Survivors include two nephews, Clifford *nd Arthur Kruse, of Grw*ring«r. Funax*! »rraagtnx•nil, which »re incomplete, »r» in charge of th* G*rry Fun»r»l Home.

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