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By Rust Wallet * • • 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 'we 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 purposes. Neither Briggs or Wood is making haste to procure the equipment listed, but they would like to know who wrote t«e letters. • . • Your icrib* 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 uther 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 Murchlund, 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. Slgona Upper X State Historid&l Society Iowa Oity, J Ia» JWome* ISTABllSHtO Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1955 4 SECTIONS - 28 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 42 Toastmaster's 5th Birthday The Upper Des Moines re ceiyed a number of culls and visits during the past week on the subject of school band instruments. Most of the folks had pretty definite ideas on the subject of merchandising in the schools; that is, the purchase of band instruments for pupil* through school music departments. Mrs Loraine 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, how- Algona s chapter of Toastmaster's International held a double anniversary dinner at the Johnson House Monday night, Oct. 3. Lowell Lenz, immediate past president, is shown cutting the specialcake in the above photo. He is flanked, left to right, by ciair Howe, vice president. L e w i s Ferguson 1 ell ring setM'Ptarv-trpn.mirpr A Knr-hun-in nt-oeirlan* ,.f *u,, «•..-...- ...\ T • * • . , . & --_"' .- 8eC1 °'- t '' ea - urer - , - • - _.- _, v , ^.^.^..v.^..^, *^i v, ,, a.j 4 », 1 g HOVJIi, •hamm. president of the group when it was inaugurated in 1950, Bill Cummings, treasurer. Paul James, secretary, and Morris Givens, The anniversaries were the thirtieth for the national organization and the fifth for the local group ? , re T a . r . e .. 2 . 4 me ™ b ? rs at P rcsent ' The wives wer e guests of the men at'this special observance dinne? Bert vice president, were not present. ever, seems gotten. to have been for- Ther* is no quarrel from any source about the actual music program and instruction procedure. .. there are complaints, 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. • • • We would like to call attention to the School Laws of Iowa, sec- lion 739.10 which says: "If any state, county, township, city, school, or other municipal oflicer ...directly or indirectly accept any valuable consideration, gratuity, service, or benefit whatsoever . . . other than allowed him by law, conditioned upon said 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 nqj exceeding two years, or in the county jail not exceed^ 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." (Nels Isaacson Photo). 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 pa&t years, loans and purchase agreements 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 or. these commodities were made at the rate for the county where they were stored. To be eligible for price suppon 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. Raising Night Crawlers A Sideline For Farm Wife Th» of that law. 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 m 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. * * * Lin*— Mmd» •rt lik* pwKdujje*; thty only function wb«a opt*. 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- Mrs Wm. Bonnsielier Thousands of slithering worms have slipped through the fingers of a \Vhitte;nore farm woman, whose hobby of gathering night- crawlers has developed into a sir.ull but profitable business. Mrs William Bonnstetter, who lives a mile and a half south of Whittemore, lias 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 iung night hours came this sum- mer when two fishing houses from the Spirit Lake area bought their nightcrawler supplies from her. Their regular supplier's watering apparatus broke down and resulted in the daily trips to the Bonnstetter's. Mrs Bonnstetter is very interested in breeding and raising nightcrawlers and has tried several methods, but none too sue* cessful. She has studied considerably on this subject, but there has not 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 old newspapers. When it rained the nightcrawlers would form on th newspapers which floated to the top and kept them from drowning. Lately she has discovered that they keep very well in old moss which she got at the greenhouse. Mrs Bonnstetter is pictured with a bucket-full of night- crawlers in moss. (Upper Des Moines Newsfoto) Visitor In Red Russia Speaks Here Oct. 28 Annual Meeting Of Farm Bureau To Hear Herbert Pike The Kossuth County Farm Bu reau annual meeting will be hclc Friday evening. Oct. 28 at the Algona high school auditorium al 7:45 p.m. for discussion of resolutions and to elect countv officer.' for 1956. The Farm Bureau meeting wil be adjourned at 9:30 p.m. and the doors will be open to the public at this 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 summer. 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 catfle and 50 breeding ewes. 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 kota. Hill cemeterv at La- pital. Several Droessler had years ago his other Mr leg amputated as the result of an injury in a car accident. 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. 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 tin- county had $360,000 in bond.' 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 adjustments 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. Herbert Pike Mr 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 had 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 Ihe 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 Karla 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 nice plump turkey lor winning the event. Net profits we-e $475 which will go toward the activity fund of the school. (Photo by Nels Isaacson). Charges Filed After 2 Local Motor Mishaps LuVerne Driver of II ftttt % National Award*, WO-1985 Jocluding Q*a»r«J Excellence, I OV a Prt** Ann, 1955 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 Ali gona, left highway 18 east of Algona and rolled into a ditch. The driver who was alone received a head bruise. The car was badly damaged. Bancroft Woman Dies In Nebr. Bancroft—Mrs Helen Stenicki. 62, Bancroft, was found dead in bed Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter Marjory, at Lexington, Neb. Mrs Su-nicki left last Saturday to visit her , daughter. She had been making huusen of Titonka, two sons, Mil- her home with her brother, L. '"» and Elmer of Lakota, eight Burial Oct. 15 For Mrs Anna Paulsen, Lakota Lakota — The Lakota commu- lity was shocked and saddened Wednesday Oct. 12, by the news of the death of Mrs Anna Paulen. About 8:30 that morning her daughter-in-law, Mrs Elmer Paulen stopped as was her custom very time she came to town and he, door \vas still locked. She ailed Mrs John Welhousen at Titonka and found she had not gone to the Welhousen home so Mr and Mrs Welhousen having a key came immediately and they found Mrs Paulsen dead in beci. She had spent Monday evening at the Richard Zielske home watching television and had walked home about 10 o'clock with Hannah Heetland and it is presumed that death came shortly after she had retired. Anna Sophia Carolyn Nielson was born in Denmark, March 31, 1886. 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 Wei- Meyers, at Bancroft, the last two years since the death of her husband. Surviving are a daughter at Bancroft, Mrs Frank Lichliter, her daughter at Lexington, Neb.. and two sons, Paul Simmons of the home and Bancroft and Howard Simmons of Austin, Minn. Funeral arrangements at Bancroft had not been completed, but services were to be held at St. John's Catholic church with the Garry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. grandchildren, one sister, Elsine Ingtrup of Copenhagen, Denmark and a half brother, Nels Anderson of, Denmark. Funeral services were hold Saturday with prayer service at Algona Upper Des Moines fc^, 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, 2\2 East of Ceylon, Minn. Sale starts noon. State Bank Ceylon, clerk, day. Sale details in UDM to- Nov. 3 — Harold Bates, northeast of Burt. Quinn & Fraser, auctioneers; Burt Savings Bank, clerk. Nov. 16 — M. W. Woltz, Burt. Complete details in this paper Alfred Schipull, soon. Nov. 30 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. Marilyn Seller Homecom'g Queen Marilyn Seiler, senior, was selected and crowned Algona nigh school homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies at ihe Algona-Cl.arion football game here Friday night. Miss Seiler, daughter of Mr and Mrs J. N. Seiler, was elected by :he student body following her choice as one of the four candidates by the football squad. varen Shirley, Elaine Branson and Barbara Bourne were the other candidates. The junior class float, which was a large working model of an automatic toaster made of paper was selected as the best in the big parade Friday afternoon. Festivities got underway Thursday night with a gigantic pep rally and bonfire at the Athletic Park- The n§w queen was crowned >y Adele Herbst, 1954 homecoming queen. 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 H .80 -64 Oct. 14 _52 -58 .57 .58 39 34 35 23 28 31 31 Early snow seems to be a distinct possibility, aJthough it is probable it won't lest, as long- range predictions point to mild weather until Christmas. Oct. 15 Oct. 16 Oct. 17 Oct. 18 - ,.-.59 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 churcn 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, 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 »t Whjttier, Cal. with burial there. The Srobee family left Algonij last May and has been living at Whittier. Surviving are the widow and three children, MU- dred. Barbara and Jimmie. Accused Not Rendering Aid Preliminary hearings were held in Mayor B. P. Richardson's court this week for two persons arrested as a result of traffic accidents in the city during the weekend. A LuVerne woman, LoLs 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 Jonen 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, shf» 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 ide of the highway. McAllister's auto and one driven by Robert A. Baughman, Whitehall, Wise collided on highway 18 in from of Frank and Em's Cafe Sunday as McAllister began turning toward Algona. Baughman and his wife, Charene, McAllister and a passenger n his auto, Hans KJindt, suf: ered minor injuries in the crash. Mrs Baughman, most seriously injured, was released from St. Ann the following day. Defense attorney Leo Cassel moved for continuance and it was granted. The trial will be continued Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. Tractor Ga* Afire Algona's firemen answered a call to the Herman Platt farm east of Irvington shortly alter 5 p.m. Tuesday, Flame? broke out while a tractor belnf and threatened tbi tractor . Dam- and oae of age was slight, however, as th» flames were extinguished rapidly.