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By Huss Waller i Soup Briggs and John Wood, the latter heading the local GOC unit, are . wondering who the joker is. They each received identical letters from Des Moines, purporting to be from a Major R. S. Low, director of the air raid warden division of the civilian defense program.' The "major" instructed them to keep on hand Quite a necessary list of equipment, including the following: Axe in belt; Stirrup pump over left shoulder; Extension ladder over the right shoulder; Rake under right arm; Scoop under left' arm; Whistle on lanyard to • be carried in mouth; Extra sand to be carried in each pocket; Box of 'matches to light incendiary bombs which have failed to ignite; , One ship's anchor to be dropped for sudden halts; A broom — for miscellaneous pur- , poses. Neither Briggs or Wood is making haste to procure the equipment listed, but they would like to know who wrote tire letters. • • • * • . Your scribe has known former Algonan Steve Murchland for some years. Steve has been a resident of Corwith for sometime, and yet we seldom see him. Last Saturday, . your reporter chanced to drop' in at the office of Dr. W. W. Jolley at Fenton, whose hobby is short wave radio. A round robin between several other radio operators was in progress while Doc Jolley listened to what was going on ... suddenly one of the voices sounded familiar . . . sure enough, it was Steve Murchland, down at Corwith. To make a long story short, Doc let us talk to Steve' over the air, first time we've talked in, sometime. • ' •• • '.The Upper Des Moines re* ceiyed a number of calls and visits during 'the past week on the subject of school band instruments. Most of the folks had pretty .definite ideas on the sub ject of i merchandising in the schools; that is, the purchase of band_ instruments^ lot .pupils •-nJrpSgh^s^oor^Tnusfts-' -deparf- rrients, ' '' '•'• : Mrs Loralne Brewer, the co- proprietor. of a local music store, as a taxpayer and person in local business, had every right to appear before the local school board to question purchasing methods. So does anyone else, who requests . a .hearing. .The school system is not a private one, operated .by • a few^ persons; it, is the property of the entire district which supports it. Sometimes this fundamental fact, however, seems to have been forgotten. . • • • There is ho quarrel from any source about the actual music program and instruction procedure. . . there are c o m p 1 a ints, however, on the basis of freedom of choice as to where band instruments shall, be purchased by parents of music students. They seem to know more than they are given credit for as to what the score is on buying instruments; like most parents, however, they hesitate to do or say anything in the way of objections, with their children still in school. • • • • Wo would like to call attention to the School Laws of Iowa, section 739.10 which says: "If any state, county, township, city, school, or other municipal officer .. . directly or indirectly accept any valuable consideration, gratuity, service, or benefit whatsoever . . . otHer than allowed him by law, conditioned upon saW officer's doing or performing any official act . . or using his official influence or authority to give or procure for any person . . . he shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary not exceeding two years, or in the county pail not exceedi ing one year, or fined in any sum not less than twenty nor more than three hundred dollars." (For brevity we have omitted excess wordage.) An "officer" is further defined in section 710.3 of the same code as "any person who is elected, appointed or employed by the state, county, township, school •district, municipality, or any other public .body or subdivision thereof." * « * The purpo** of iha» law, we might assume, is to keep merchandising out of the schools . . . and we might further .assume that school folks would want to keep it out ... in the case of band instruments we can readily see where advice might be requested on the general subject of instruments, but it would also be only in keeping with the intent of the law and common sense to encourage purchase of musical instruments from any source available outside of the school itself. FMWUf tr* likt function wbw» ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, NOV. 1, 1933, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY,-OCTOBER 20, 1955 4 SECTIONS - 28 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 42 Toastiiiaster's 5th Birthday Algeria's chapter of Toasimasler's International held a double anniversary dinner at the Johnsot House Monday night, Oct. 3. Lowell Lenz, immediate past president, is shown cutting the special cakf in the above photo. He is flanked, left to right, by Clair Rowe, vice president, Lewis Ferguson retiring secretary-treasurer, Al Buchanan, president of the group when it was inaugurated in 1950 Bert Harmes, president now, and Bill Cummings, treasurer.'Paul James, secretary, and Morris Givens vice president, were not present.. ' The anniversaries were the thirtieth for the national organization and the fifth for the local group There are 24 members at present. The wives were g uests of the men at this special observance dinner (Nels Isaacson Photo). t|»»y Set Rules For Price Support Of '55 Crops General rules of the government's price support program for 1955-crop corn and soybeans were reviewed this week by Virgil L. Rohlf, manager of the Kossuth county ASC. Due .to early harvest, several farmers of the county have already obtained price support on their 'new crops of these commodities, he said. The support rate for 1955 corn in Kossuth county has been fixed at $1.50 per bushel. The' base support rate for new soybeans is $2.02 per bushel.' As in past years, loans and, pmchase"agreenv8 J nls -will* be " available through the county ASC office. Loans and agreements on corn will be. available until next May 31 and will mature next July 31. Those on soybeans will be available until January 31 and will mature next May 31, Manager Rohlf reported that a change has been made in the rule' governing the support rate applying to corn, oats and soybeans stored in a county other than the one where produced. This year,'the rate for the county where the corn, oats and soybeans were produced will apply. Last year, loans on these com- mbdities were made at the rate for the county where they were stored. . To be eligible for price suppor. on corn, Iowa producers must have .complied with their corn acreage allotments. The corn itself must grade No. 3 or better except that it may grade No. 4 only on the factor of test weight. The corn must also meet specified moisture requirements and be adequately stored. To be eligible for price support, new soybeans must grade No, 4 or better, contain not more than 14 percent moisture and be adequately stored. Premiums and discounts, will apply for classes, grades and qualities. 3, Bancroft Area, Hurt Picking Corn Bancroft—Three injuries, all as a result of corn picking, took place in the Bancroft area during the past week. Carl Johnson lost two fingers on his left hand when they wer<| cut off in the cornpicker on his farm. Tony Schiltz. 15, son of Mr and Mrs Arnold Schiltz, had the end. of his middle finger taken off on his left hand last Thursday when he caught it in the elevator while helping unload corn on his father's farm. John Droessler who farms with his brother Frank, north of town, slipped and fell while helping to pick corn, and fractured his leg. He is a patient at St. Ann hos- Raising Night Crawlers A Sideline For Farm Wife pital. Several Droessler had years ago his other Mr leg amputated as the result of an in jury in a car accident. Mrs Wm. Bbnnsleller Thousands of slithering worms have slipped through the fingers of a Whittemore farm woman, whose hobby of gathering night- crawlers has developed into a small but profitable business. Mrs William Bonnstetter, who lives a mile and a half south of Whittemore, has stayed up all night hunting night crawlers. She has them stashed away in practically every conceivable container on the farm, including an old refrigerator in the milk house. With the dry season this summer Mrs Bonnstetter was really swamped with orders including some from Des Moines and othei distant parts of the state. Living on highway 44, customers would drive through to their place on the way to northern fishing areas. Last year Mrs Bonnstetter said she made over $300. This year's take hasn't been figured. The long night hours came this sum- mer when two fishing houses from the Spirit Lake area bough their nightcrawler supplies -fron her. Their regular supplier's watering apparatus broke down and resulted in the daily trips to the Bonnstetter's. Mrs Bonnst'etter .is. very inter ested in breeding and raising nightcrawlers and has tried several .methods, but hone too sue- cessful. She has studied considerably on this subject, but there has hot been much ^information gathered on them. ' ; :•/ '. So, she just keeps picking: them out of her yard. ' , . • On one occasion she -kept the nightcrawlers in a large open tank filled partially with dirt and'ojd newspapers. When it raineckitne nightcrawlers. would /6nnT:6ri*i •- ^ top/and kept them from drowjf- ing. Lately she has discovered that they keep very well in' olc moss which she got at the greenhouse. Mrs Bonnstetter is pictured with a bucket-full of night- crawlers in moss. (Upper Des Moines' Newsfoto) Rites Today For Lakota Woman Last rites for Mrs Amanda Huittner, who passed away at her home at Lakota Sunday evening, were to be held today (Thursday), at 2 p.m. at the Garry Funeral Home in Bancroft, with burial in Maple Hill cemetery at Lakota. Mrs Huittner, 73, was the wife of Lakota's town marshal. She had been ill for sometime. Her death came just two weeks after the death of her husband's mother. Surviving besides the husband, Fred, are two daughters, Vera and Viola, both of Lakota. Pallbearers were Dr. H. H. Murray, Harry Mussman, Ernest Cramer of Corwith, Hilmer Hanson, Russell TePaske and Viggo Christensen. 30 Days In Jail Melvin Ditsworth, Bancroft, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail Tuesday by Justice of the Peace N. J. Nemmers at Bancroft on a charge of assault and battery, following domestic trouble. ef 16 fltlt * Natton*! Award., 1950-1955 Qfner*) E*coUfflc«, lows' PWM JUf'n, 1955 State Audit Report For County Is Good Kossuth county's annual audit report from the State Auditor's Office for the year ending "Dec. 31, 1954, was released this-week and Kossuth county officers came through with a good record. The state report showed that the county had $360,000 in bonds outstanding. In the report for justice and mayor's courts, it showed that C. H. Ostwinkle handled $4,254.34 in fines for 1954 and former mayor Linda Clapsaddle had a total of $1,295.38 in her court, for that year. In the breakdown by county offices, the supervisors were asked to have one item of $1779.79 transferred from the. poor fund to the insane fund. In faet a majority of the state auditor's suggestions or corrections for county offices" were based on the matter of what went in which fund, of which there are plenty. Nineteen minor account adjust, merits were recommended in the auditor's office and 18 requested in the county treasurer's office. There was a matter of a $1 correction in the clerk of court's office, two minor alterations in the sheriff's office, one matter of a 70 cent fee in the recorder's office, a correction of $15.75 in the county attorney's office, and one correction each in the assessor's and coroner's offices. The county engineer and county supt. of school audits were clear. Two Crashes In County Checked Two automobile accidents were checked by Deputy Sheriff Don Wood, Tuesday. About 4 p.m., a collision occurred 3 miles west of Buffalo Center on highway 9, in Kossuth county, between vehicles driven by John Oftedahl of Buffalo Center and Olav Smedal of Ames. About $400 damages resulted. There were no injuries. Tuesday evening a car driven by Ronald Lee Bilyeu, 18, of A1-, gona, left highway 19 east of Algona and rolled iota a ditch. The driver who was alone receive^ 4 head bruise. The car was badly damaged. Visitor In Red Russia Speaks Here Oct. 28 Annual Meeting Of Farm Bureau To Hear Herbert Pike The Kossuth County Farm Bureau annual meeting will be held Friday evening, Oct. 28 at the Algona high School auditorium at 7:45 p.m. For discussion of resolutions and to elect county officers for 1956. The Farm Bureau meeting will be adjourned at 9:30 p.m. and the doors will be open to the public at th'is" time, in order to allow everybody to hear guest speaker, Herbert Pike of Whiting, a recent Russian visitor. The Farm Bureau Women's Chorus will entertain at this meeting between the time of adjournment of the Farm Bureau meeting and before Mr Pike will deliver his address, thus enabling more people to hear the Women's Chorus. Herbert Pike, Whiting, Iowa, was a member of. the 12 man Agricultural Delegation which visited the Soviet Union this sum. mer. Mr Pike operates a large farm in the Missouri River Valley between Sioux City and Omaha. The Pikes supplement an intensive corn-soybeans-alfalfa cropping program with 700 hogs, : 100 cattle and 50 breeding ewes. Herbert Pike Mi' Pike, an Iowa Master Swine Producer, has appeared on numerous farm management and swine production programs. He also contributes to leading farm magazines and has appeared on farm radio and TV programs. Stories of his Russian trip were published in U.S. News. Pike, now 43, is a graduate 'ot Iowa State College with a Master's Degree in Economics, a trustee of the Iowa State College Agricultural Foundation, and a former member of the College extension staff. He has also hud experience as a farm manager for an insurance company. He is married and the father of two children.. Carnival Queen Candidates Si. Cecelia's Academy pupils held their annual 'carnival. Tuesday evening, at the school, with an evening of fun and the crowning of a Carnival Queen. She was Susan Weydert, shown above at the left. Other candidates were Karlu Knecht, sophomore; Nancy Downs, freshman; and Bunnie Sheridan, junior, also pictured from left to right next to the Queen. There was^a corn guessing contest and Father Cooper walked off with a niccj plump turkey for winning, the event. Net profits were $475 which will go toward the activity fund of the school. (Pho'to by Nels Isaacson). Charges Filed After 2 Local Motor Mishaps Bancroft Woman Dies In Nebr. Bancroft — Mrs Helen Stenicki, 32, Bancroft, was found dead in aed Wednesday morning at the lome of her daughter Marjory, at Lexington, Neb. Mrs Stenicki eft last Saturday to visit her laughter. She had been making ier home with her brother, L. Meyers, at Bancroft, the last two years since the death of her hus- iand. Surviving are a daughter at Bancroft, Mrs Frank Lichliter, ier daughter at Lexington, Neb., ind two sons, Paul Simmons of Bancroft and Howard Simmons of Austin, Minn. Funeral arrangements at Ban- troft had not been completed, but iervices were to be held at St. John's Catholic church with the Jarry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Marilyn Seller Homecom'g Queen Marilyn Seiler, senior, was selected and crowned Algona ligh school homecoming queen luring half-time ceremonies at he Algona-Clarion football game lere Friday night. Miss Seiler, daughter of Mr and Vtrs J. N. Seiler, was elected by he student body following her hoice as one of the four candi- lates by the football squad. £aren Shirley, Elaine Branson nd Barbara Bourne were the ther candidates. The junior class float, which was a large working model of an utomatic toaster made of paper, w?s selected as the best in the ' ig parade Friday afternoon. festivities got underway Thursay night with a gigantic pep ally a£d bonfire at the Athletic " qu*en was crowned >y Adele Herbst, 1954 homecoming queen. Burial Oct. 15 i For Mrs Anna Paulsen, Lakota Lakota — The Lakota commu- lity was shocked and saddened Wednesday Oct. 12, by the news pf.-the,.death of Mrs Anna Paul-. About 8:30 that morning her daughter-in-law, Mrs Elmer Paulsen stopped as was her custom every time she came to town, and the door was still locked. She called Mrs John Welhousen at Titonka and found she had not gone to the Welhousen home «o Mr and Mrs Welhousen having a key came immediately and they found Mrs Puulsen dead in bed. She had spent Monday evening at the Richard Zielske home watching television and had walked home about 10 o'clock with Hannah Heelland and it is presumed that death came shortly after she had retired. Anna Sophia Carolyn Nielson was born in Denmark, March 31, 1880. In 1908 she came to the United States and directly to the home of Mr and Mrs Soren Didrickson at Algona. Nov. 12, 1910 she was married to Adolph Paulsen and they lived on farms in the Algona and Burt communities before coming to the farm 5 miles southwest of Lakota in 1921. Mr Paulsen passed away in 1940 and Mrs Paulsen continued living on the farm with her son, Elmer until about six years ago when she moved to a home of her own in Lakota. Mrs Paulsen is survived by a daughter Mabel, Mrs John Wel- housen of Titonka, two sons, Milton and Elmer of Lakota, eight grandchildren, one sister, Elsine Ingtrup of Copenhagen, Denmark and a half brother, Nels Anderson of Denmark. Funeral services were held Saturday with prayer service at the home and services at St. Paul's Lutheran church at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. L. R. Mienie- cke with burial in Greenwood cemetery, Bancroft. Casket bearers were Russell Winter, Fred Mabus, Albert Bosma Jr., Morris Wortman, Joe Rippentrop and Lee Olson. Old Man Winter Blows Breath Old Man Winter is dead serious on an early arrival, judging from the lows recorded during the past four nights. In fact, according to Weatherman Stu Albright, it got down to 23 degrees early Sunday morning, lowest temperature recorded this fall. There was no trace of moisture during the period, and sunshine during the days gave us pleasant conditions. Date Oct. 12 Oct. 13 64 H .80 Oct. 14 -._ —-52 Oct. 15 - —58 Oct. 18 57 Oct. 17 ,.58 Oct. 18 , 59 Early snow seems to be a distinct possibility, although it jj probable it won't last, as long- range predictions point to mild weather until Christmas. Algona Upper Des Moines FARM SALE CALENDAR Farm Sale season is rapidly approaching, with one ,sale published, in this issue and three more farm sales booked for -November,-,-- - -^ ."'.'••* Sales dates taken as of Wednesday were as follows: Oct. 31 — Machinery & Dairy Sale, Swanson & Clark owners, 2Va East of Ceylon, Minn. Sale starts noon. State Bank Ceylon, clerk. Sale details in UDM today. Nov. 3 — Harold Bates, northeast of Burt. Quinn & Fraiar, auctioneers; Burt Savings Bank, clerk. .Nov. 16 — M. W. Woltz, Burt. Complete details in this paper soon. Nov. 30 — Alfred Schipull, Lone Rock, complete closing out including dairy herd. Quinn & Clark, auctioneers; Lone Rock Bank, clerk. Farmers planning farm sales are asked to contact the Upper Des Moines as soon as they have their date selected, or if they want help in choosing a date, for listing in this column, for which there is no charge. Caroline Wiener Services Oct. 19 Funeral services for Mrs Henry (Caroline) Wiener, 72, who died at a Burt rest home Sunday night, were held yesterday, Wednesday, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church in Burt. Rev. E. L. Wittkopp officiated, and Garry's Funeral Home of Bancroft handled arrangements. Burial was in the Burt cemetery. The Wieners farmed for many years in the Burt-Lone Rock area, before moving to Burt to make their home. Surviving are the husband, Henry, and the following children: Florence, Mrs Henry Schroeder, Lone Rock; Rose, Mrs Roy Chrischilles, Fenton; Nellie, Mrs Joe Gerace, Spring Valley, 111.; Carl of Cedar Falls, Jerry of Algona, and Pearl, Mrs Glenn Mino, of Swea City. Mrs Wiener was born in Germany and came to America with her parents when she was a child. Pallbearers were Herman Rac- hut, Rudolph Willrett, Henry Kueck, Albert Peters, Louis Riedel and Estel Rentz. Geo. Scobee, 67, Rites In Calif f George Scobee, 67, Milwaukee road depot agent here for many years, who was retired several months ago because of illness, died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles, Cal. He served the local depot for 17 years. Funeral services were to be held at Whittier, Cal. with burial there. The Scotme family )eft Algona last May and has been living at Whittier. Surviving are the widow and three children, MU- dred, Barbara and Jimmie. LuVerne Driver Accused Not Rendering Aid Preliminary hearings were held in Mayor JJ, P. Richardson's court this week, for 'twp persons arrested as a result of traffic accidents in the -dity during the t weekend.' '""• •"'"""'*"""" •"" ""•" — *"'"*' A LuVerne woman, Lois Corrine Bristow, appeared Wednesday morning, charged with failure to 'give information and .aid following an accident. She was apprehended through information supplied by a witness who saw her car hit nine-year old Susan Moulton at a downtown intersection at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The Moulton girl was not seriously injured, although her ankles were skinned somewhat. She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank Moulton. Says She Stopped At the time of the incident, the Moulton girl, who was walking her bicycle, was crossing Jones street at the corner of State and Jones. She was going west and the Bristow auto approached from the south. The girl and the \ bicycle went in a heap when hit ' by the auto. According to Mrs Bristow, she stopped the car and asked the little girl if she was hurt. Susan told Mrs Bristow she wasn't, so the LuVerne woman continued on her way. Susan's story differs somewhat. She stated no one stopped to ask if she were injured, but remembers seeing a child looking out the rear window of the car as it pulled away. According to a couple of witnesses, the little girl got to her feet, crossed the street and continued on her way headed west on State street. The case was continued to Friday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m. on a motion by the defendant's attorney, D. C. Hutchison. If found guilty, the most severe sentence) which could be handed down would be 30 days in jail and a fine of $100. Case Continued B. Robert McAllister, Algona, appeared before the mayor on a charge of traveling on the left side of the highway. McAllister's auto and one driven by Robert A. Baughman, Whitehill, Wise, collided on highway 18 in front of Frank and Em's Cafe Sunday as McAllister began turning toward Algona. Baughman and his wife, Charlene, McAllister and a passenger in his auto, Hans Klindt, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Mrs Baughman, mast seriously injured, was released from St. Ann the following day. Defense attorney Leo Cassel moved for continuance ajid it was granted. The trial will be continued Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. Tractor Gas Afire Algona's firemen answered a call to the Herman Platt farm east of Irvinfton shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Flames broke out while « tractor was being gaseed *hd threatened the tractor and one of the outbuildings. Pant- age was slight, however, ag Uv> flames were* extinguished rapidly.