The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 22, 1955 · Page 31
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gtat* Hirtoriotl 9ooUty lewa 6ity» la* Don'f /Make Christmas A Shining Example Of Fire Hazard By Ru«» Walter There is one ChfUimas lr*« in Algona that's "different." It is a "Plumber's Special." The tree is made entirely of metal, and was designed and produced in the Irons Plumbing & Heating shop, and after completion was presented to Mrs Irons ... Mrs Irons went right along with the whole thing...she trimmed the tree in her own way, but rebelled at the suggestion that '.'eJ- bows" and similar plumbing gadgets be used. • • • Thete Chriitmat programs can sometimes have some rare interludes. We have the case of Mri- Shirley (Doc) Snyder in mind. Her youngest, Tommy, was in the Lucia Wallace program and his costume consisted of a Teddy Bear outfit into which he had to be sewpd and remain for three hours. As she completed the final stitches which securely sewed Tommy inside, she suddenly remembered, and asked, "Have you been to the bathroom?" Christmas is a time when most of Us light up our homes. We should be careful not to burn them up as well. It has happened before. When it- does, overloaded electrical systems are usually to blame. The National Electrical Contractors association offers four suggestions for avoiding trouble from Christmas lighting: 1. Be sure all extension cords and special lighting equipment are of competent manufacture and certified by the Underwriter's laboratories. 2. Do not overload household circuits. 3. If outside lighting is used, make sine the puoper heavy-duty wiring is installed. 4. Do not use frayed or broken wire- which might cause a short circuit "and lead to serious firrs. Accidents -in and around the home at Christmas time last year caused 765 fires, •; according to the National Board of Fire Underwriters. Thi- represented a loss of about a million dollars. Mbst'of the accidents were attributed to carelessness. The contractors' association believes 15-ampere fus- fts will take care of most reasonable loads- from Christ- mas decorations. If a fuse burns out, remove some of the extra lights from the circuit operating from that fuse. You will have removed enough to be safe wrjen you try a new fuse and it doesn't burn out. You can attach the removed lights to another circuit. Never put in a heavier fuse when one blows out because of extra drain on a circuit. The average home electrical system isn't built to handle such a strain. Do not under any circumstances, the association warns, stick pennies behind fuses to increase their capacity. That eliminates the safety feature of the fuse and may se't the house afiro. The association offers a simple way to figure the capacity of a 15-ampere circuit. Such a circuit can handle up to 1,700 watts. Just add Up the number of watts stamped on all light bulbs and appliances on a single line from one electrical outlet. Since ?muil Christmas tree lights are seldom more than 7"6 waits a great many can be carried. Don't use candles to decorate trees unless you take. extraordinary piecautions. A tree with canrllo* should bo specially treated to insist fi''e. &igona Jftome* ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa. Nov. 1, 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1955 4 SECTIONS - 30 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 51 'Spirit Of Christmas' Rescues Stricken Couple Jess Lashbrook, commissioner, who city street had hoped that the recent vote might have favored a measure to build a new city equipment building, says that he piled a nice batch 01 sotad up stitt'ts in for me in sanding the winter, only to haVe it freeze solid as a result ol cold weather and below-freezing temperatures in the present old frame equipment structure. Efforts are made to heat it, but it's like trying to heat a sieve, Jess reports. The fuel oil bill far the Nov. 18-Dec. 10 period a' the shed was $144.47. • • • We were somewhat amazed to find a South African penny in our cash drawer at the UDM We just couldn't fl- \vhat South African lust week. gure out v _... . might have turned In that penny ... then at breakfast the other morning the awful truth dawned ... on the box of 4 popular type of Skid's cereal was tne statement, that each box contained some "rare coin" from a foreign land, and sure enough, South Africa was one, of them ... some Dad evidently swiped one of those "rare coins." Anyway, we've passed it along to a fellow who :ullecis lorcign coins. • • • Latest Dept. of Agriculture figures show ihat in 1950 there were 203.159 farms in Iowa. In 19S4 there were 192,933 or a decrease of 5 percent. .'• • • Maybe that U.S. Senator from North Carolina has something ... traveling through Iowa he reports he Was greeted by blank looks when he ordered such corn- consuming things as country ham. guts, corn pone, corn bread and hush-puppies.. .well, senator, so far as we are concerned you can have the grits, Out the rest sounds OK. • • • We note with considerable interest the statement of another senator—this one on the state level—who trys to sluff off the present hog prices by saying they are no lower than in 1941 "when you know who" was president... sure, but he fails to add that in 1941 it took only 36 That .the "spirit of Christmas" really and truly exists in the land —and in Algona particularly— can be attested to by Levi Hen dren, 69, and- his wife, 61, who since a disastrous fire gutted their small home in northeast Algona last Thursday, have been overwhelmed by community generosity. Firemen are shown in the photo as they subdued the flames which totally destroyed all belongings of the elderly couple, and left them standing in the sub-zero weather with only the clothes they wore. As soon as word o'f the disaster spread, neighbors and organizations went into action, and in the days following, for Mr and Mrs Hendren, it was like n flosv of "manna trorn Heaven." Immediately following the fire, they were taken in by the Cleo Slacks. Until a small house on Poplar street east of the" Milwaukee depot, loaned by the Robert Braun family, could be made ready. Neighbors who rushed to the flaming home, and assisted Algona firemen were Dave King Max King. Otto Westling, Raymond Westling, Robert Braun. Robert Gillingham, Helmer Helmers and Floyd Newville. After the fire, Newville started off a personal campaign, for .funds for the Hendrens, with a dollar of hi? own. and to this fund the following contributed: Barry's Recreation, Hugh Carroll. Rav Cunningham, Sid Spear, Judd St. John. White Front Tavern, Lee Hopkins. Glen Adreon. Robt. Munger. George Willey. Harley Hansen Kate & Jean's Cafe. Charles Pax son, Margaret ReesBj Oliver S Carlson, N. B. Best, Charles C. Reffer, H. W. Peterson, Emery Chapman, Wilbur Courtney, Wm Ettel, Ray Colberg, Matt Strcit. Garh-nd Bradley. Dick Helmer.-. Lee Hatcher, Ted Vera, and John W. Helmers. Numerous other cash donations were made "on the spot" to the Hendrens. includinf one from the Algona Upper De? Moines Christmas fund. Calls, from all parts of the area came in to the Red Cross office, also, with offers of help and assistance, according to Mrs Cidney Laird, Red Cross secretary. pigs to buy a tractor, and today Among individuals and local it takes about 136 ... one of those , firms rushing to the assistance Thank You! Algona Upper Des Moines Algona. Iowa Dear Sir: We do not know how to say Thanks to all who have helped us out so much since our fire last Thursday morning, and so we are sending you this letter for the paper, and we hope all who came to our help read it. We did not realize there were so many kind folks, and all the groceries and clothing, and furniture that has been given to us has made us very happy. There are so" many to thank. I was downtown when the fire started, and got there when the house was,,,sfcreUy. gone/-sj. , . am thankful to God that my wife lived through it. We are going to thank every- j body personally that we can, but ' we would like it veiy much if you can put this letter in the paper to tell folks how we feel. We are going to have ;r Merry Christmas after all. and we hope you all do too. Mr and Mrs Levi Hendren day before the fire. The radio '.vent up in smoke, and'is beiiu' replaced by Beecher. So what looked Hke a "catastrophe for Mr and Mrs Hendren last Thursday, as lightly-clad in the they stood bitter cold and wept over the scene of their ruined home, has turned out to be a -'Merry Christmas' after all —thanks to the generosity of a helpful community. A letter expressing their thankfulness to all the many who came to their assistance, and given to the Upper Des Moines by Mr Hendren, • is published elsewhere in today's issue. things you can conveniently forget, if you want to... somehow or otner we don't think a majority of farmers are going to forget it this time, especially when they read in the Register, Wednesday morning, that the administration is proposing "increased spending of several billions next year fur foreign aid, military establishments and programs advocated by the secretary ot health, education and welfare." Not a word about the farmers! Something else can be added to that slogan, "Everything is booming but the guns—and American agriculture." • ft Famous Last Line— (Witness speaking before Congressional farm price investigation group) "Our worst surplus U in In* empty heads in the administration of our {arm program." of Mr Hendren and his wife, were the following: Mr and Mrs L. A Copp, mattress and clothing: Vernon Kline, stove; Mr and Mrs Jim Devino, davenport and chair: Mrs Otto Westling, dishes and groceries; Mrs Earl Sprague.and Mrs Harry Godden, kitchen utensils, groceries; S. W. Nelson, Francis Adams, Mrs Evers, Hurry Simmons and the Busy Bees, clothing. A full set of inner and outer clothing was given to Mr Hendren by Zender's, and a similar contribution of clothing for Mrs Hendren was given by Graham's store. All furnishings in the couple's home was destroyed, so a dining set was given by Richardson's Furniture, 3 davenport by Foster's, and a bureau by Bjustrom's Furniture The Hendrens had purchased a radio from Beecher Lane Appliances and had it delivered the N»tion»J A***4», i*«if 2 Seniors Vie For Scholarships Two Algona high seniors are among a crop of sharp seniors who have advanced to the semifinals of the largest private scholarship program in American history. Sandra Shumway and Dick Vipond are among the 5,000 who will take their second examinations Jan. 14. in a quest for one of the 425 four-year scholarships offered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 'There were 60,000 taking the first round of exams. 3 From County Get ISC Degrees Three Iowa State College seniors from this area, Jack Bohn, Wesley; Jerry Johnson, Corwith; and Richard Pehrson, Swea City; received diplomas during fall exercises at quarter graduation Ames last week. Each accepted a position prior to graduation ond will report within a few days. Bohn will remain at Ames to take graduate work and will also be employed at the Atomic Energy Commission laboratory; Johnson heads for Chatsworth, Cal. and his job with North American Aviation; and Pehrson is reporting to Farmers National Co., Sioux City. He will be a farm manager for that fi:m. W5 Fractures Hip Mrs C. C. Cooper was taken by ambulance to University hospital, Iowa City, Tuesday morning for operation on a .hip which was fractured two weeks ago when she fell on an icy sidewalk near her home. Her son, Earl Cooper, accompanied the ambulance and then returned homa. Truck Accident In Missouri; Escape Flames • * ;i#,* Fisher, Shackelford In Hospital; Truck Plunges 30 Feet Two Algona rrfen miraculously escaped death Sunday night when a semi-truck in wnich^they were riding plunged off a bridge 30 feet_ into a dry river bed a fe>V miles "north of Hannibal, "<Mo.' A. A. (Heinie) Fisher,drfVer of .the truck, is in critical condition et St. Elizabeth's hospital, Hannibal. Virgil ShackelT&rd riding with him, is in fajr ctmdi- tion at the same hospital. Fisher suffered two broke'n ankles, legs severely-crushed below knees) broken nSnSr broken ribs, a collapsed lung, second degree burns over Jhe ; body and face and multiple; lacerations and bruises. His condition was much improved as of Wednesday night and hopes for hit recovery are good. He is expected to be moved to Fort Dodge next week. Shackelford also suffered two broken ankles and crushed heels as well as chest injuries. Plans are made for flying him to a bone specialist at Fort Dodge this Friday. Both Mrs Fisher and Mrs Shnckelford were flown by Stu Albright to their bedside Monday morning along with Nat Bangs of Western Buyers whose truck was In the accident. Freak Circumstance The accident happened at a narrow bridge near Palmyra, Mo. The men were returning the truck after delivering a load of hogs at Nashville, Term. They had. just refueled. The road was wide except that it narrowed at the approach to the bridge. Another semi-truck, also owned by Western Buyers from Gutten- ber.2, was loaded with hogs and just coming off the bridge, mt-et- ing the ill-fated truck. It appears that as the two trucks passed, a vacuum may have been created. As a result the empty truck was flung against the guard rail. Fisher was unable to free the truck from the rail. The truck rode the rail for $0 feet and then climbed 12 feet onto the steel girder of the bridge before plunging 30 feet into the dry river bed. There have been five or six serious accidents at this same bridge. (The bridge was I similar to the one just south of Algona on 169.1 The cab of the truck was on fire before taking the plunge. When it landed both men were thrown out. Fisher's body was afire. Shackelford, seeing two blankets which had been thrown out of the cab, threw them over Fisher and put out the flames, saving his life. First Serious Mishap The cab was completed burned The new trailer, which wa.- aluminum and only on its second trip, wns badjy damaged. Thr two units are value"d at about $20,000. This is the first serious accident to be placed (<n the Western Buyers records since they established their headquarters in Algona a number of years ago. Fisher was a relief driver for Western Buyers having started with them in October when he closed his summer resort near Walker, Minn., 'for the winter. He is also a former resident of Algona. While here he operated his own trucking business and had the Kaiser-Frazer garage for several years. Shackelffcrd is a long-time employee of Western Buyers. Nat Bangs and Bob McCullough will fly" to Hannibal Friday to bring Shackelford to Fort Dodge . Fractures Hip, Fall On Ice Tiionka—Sever Pannkuk had the misfortune of falling on the ice Saturday on his way up town. It happened about a half block south of his place on the corner as he was crossing the street. He was taken home by some of the neighbors and later taken to the hospjtaJ in Brttt where he was under observation and later X-rays were taken and it was found he had a badly broken hip. At the present time he still Is at the Britt hospital. It's Christmas......Soon! We take pleasure in presenting the 1955 Christmas issue of The Algona Upper Des Moines, and hope it pleases you. In this issue, you will find Christmas messages from some two hundred firms and individuals, news of holiday happenings, and we call your special attention to the Christmas presentation of Algona's twelve churches. May you have good reading! A .Merry Christmas To You All from the UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. Publishers of The Algona Upper Des Moines 17 Donate Rare Blood To Save A Whittemore Life An urgent, wide-spread search for donors with type O, Rh negative blood, needed for transfusions for Francis Slai;le. 49. Whittemore hijjh school superintendent, ended successfully Sunday night and Monday morning. Slagle entered St. Ann hospital Tuesday, Dec. 13, following a severe heart attack. He had suffered a couple of mild attacks prior to the one that hospitalized tiim. Mr Slagle began hemorrhag- ng Saturday, and transfusions administered to him used up all O, Rh negative blood available here and at Fort Dodije and Mason City. Commander Russ Harris and service officer Bob Gengler of the Whittemore Legion post began the blood seurch Sunday. They contacted all Legion posts in the area, many radiu and TV stations, newspapers, and announcements were made in many churches nearby in an attempt to locate donors. The response was tremendous. Prospective donors waited in line at St. Ann to have their blood typed, and doctors in various towns around the county aided the hunt by taking specimens from all who offered. Seventeen persons gave blood at St. Ann. They were John Carroll, Donald Deal, Jesse Blanchard, Willis Godfrey, Ray Prieoe, Wayne Fimmesta, Wayno Bell, Delmer Reding, Robert Reding, James Merryman, Milford Elbert, August Slagle, Maurice Schwini, Verne Higgins, Gordon Higgins. Jim Kolp and Phil Eischen. Calls came in from prospective donors from all over this area, the state and from as far away as Indiana. A list was made, and is now on file in the lab at St. Ann in case more is needed. Thirteen 'pints have been used by Mr Slagle so far. and according to hospital authorities, he is now making fine progress toward recovery. The all-out ef- iort by everyone, not only those who gave blood, was undoubtedly responsible for saving Mr Slagle's life. Dies In West Philip nig, 59. a nephew of Mr and Mrs Fred lllg of St. Joe and well known at St. Joe, died Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, and a sister, Mrs Rony Th.il- ges of Tracy. Minn. Weather Balloon Down At Lakotq Lekota—A weather balloon •made of plastic material, 25x30 feet in size, landed on the Helmut Griese farm last week. It was first seen by two Interstate Power ,Co. workers as they were driving east of Lakota, as it drifted to earth. Fearing it might become entangled in power lines, they followed it until it landed. However, a carload of men who had been following its course from Minneapolis arrived about the same time. The balloon contained instruments to register wind, weather conditions and barometric pressure. Medical Society Annual Meeting Dr. John Kenefick of Algona was elected president during the annual staff dinner and business meeting at St. Ann Hospital Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Dr. R. Boardsley. Liyermore, was named vice president and Dr. Robert Horton. Algona, was reelected to the secretary-treasurer post. The two retiring officers were Dr. M. G. Bourne. Algona, president, and Dr. Dan Bray, vice president. The regular monthly meeting followed the dinner, and the 17 doctors present then held a county medical meeting. Committees for the coming year will be announced later. The turkey dinner was served by Mrs Craig Smith, Mrs Jack Chrischilles, Mrs Ted Herbst and Mrs Harold Erickson, members of the St. Anil Auxiliary. More Records To Keep On Farm By the end of January all farmers who.hire farm hands and pay the farm hand $100 or more cash wagei in 1955 will have to file Social Security forms for those employees, by Jan. 31, 1956. They should apply for a farm employer's identification before then, George Replogle, representative of the Fort Dodge Social Security Office, said today. The farm employer can get the application for this number at their nearest Internal Revenue Office, Art A. Bishop, C & NW Agent 22 Years, Dies Funeral services for Arthur A. Bishop. 75, agent in Algona for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad for 22 years from 1921 to 1943, were held Wednesday, Dec. 21. with commital services at Riverview cemetery here at 1 p.m., following funeral services held at the Major Funeral Chapel in Mason City at 10 a.m. Mr Bishop and the'Bishop family are widely known in this area. In 1943 Mr Bishop was made general agent at Mason City, and following his retirement " from railroad service in 1947 he and Mrs Bishop continued to make Mason City their home. Mr Bishop was a member 01 the First Methodist church in Algonu, and belonged to the same church in Mason City. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge, pa.st patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and has been a member of the Brotherhood ot Railroad Telegraphers for 54 years. He was also a member of the C. & N.\V. Veterans Association. Mr Bishop is survived by his wife, Helen McBroom Bishop, and six children: (Margaret) Mrs B. L. Hilliard, Sarasota, Fla.; (Esther) Mrs W. W. Patterson, San Diego, Cal.; (Ruth) Mrs Robert L. Gorr of Minneapolis; Harry A. Bishop, M. D., Frankton, Indiana: James R. Bishop, St. Louis, Mo.; and John G. Bishop, Pittsburg, Pa. Another son, Charles Alan, preceded his lather in death. Two brothers also survive, John N. Bishop of Rowley, la., ;.nd Robert H. Bishop of Sarasota., Fla. and there are three grandchildren. Mr Bishoji succumbed to a heart attack. He and Mrs Bishop would have golden wedding 1956. observed- their anniversary in Local Clearance Sales Begin Along %vith Christmas messages in today's issue of the UDM, downtown Algona stores are also important news for in the form of an- bringing shoppers, nouncements of their Aftej-- Christmas clearance sales. These annual sales scheduled to start Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, and full details are contained in the merchants' ads. Bill Barry, 36, Dies Suddenly, Heart Attack Young Businessman's Rites Set For Friday Morning Bill Barry Jr.. 36, one of the most widely known young business men of this area, dropped dead a few minutes before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, as the result of a sudden heart attack while he was working at the Barry Recreation, here, which he owiit-cl. He had just given change to a customer, when he slumped forward. His father, W. A. Barry Sr. was standing next to him. ;>rul grabbed him us he began to fall. The son died in his father's unru. Nearly everyone knew Bill Barry, and his sudden death came as a great shock to a host of friends, as well as a tragic- loss to members of his own family. There had been no previous indication that Bill hud any heart ailment, although he had not felt well on Saturday, but seemed to be feeling better by Monday, when he performed his usual tasks and helped his clad start the hitter's car in the 21 below- weather. Two years ago he went through the Mayo Clinic, and if Bill knew then or later of any heart condition he may have had, he kept the information to himself. William Andrew Barry Jr. was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Algona, an.I lived here* his entire life "with the exception of two school years spent at Creighton University in Omaha. He graduated from St. Cecelia's Academy in 1936, and after his two years lit Creighton, returned here to assist his father in the business. Later he pui- chaseci the business fiom his dad, although the latter had assisted his son from time to time. Bill Barry Jr. On January 2, 1941, Bill was married to Colleen Hood, at St. Cecelia's Catholic church in Ai- gona. The couple had five children, Richard, M a r y Kay, Thomas, Marcia and Susan, all of whom survive, as well as Bill's parents, and Mrs Barry's parents, Mr and Mrs Lloyd Hood of Foil Dodge. Bill also had one sister. Betty, Mrs Roy Berrie, of Ma.-.n City. Funeral services have been set for 9:30 a.m. Friday,'Deo. 23. at St. Cecelia's church here, with Monsignor P. P. Gearen. Father Harold Cooper and Father C. A. Ahman officiating at the Solemn Requiem High Mass. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The Knights of Columbus, uf which Bill was a member with both third and fourth degree, will provide a 4th Degree Honor Guard. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery, here. Pallbearers will be: John Hopkins, Wade Hanson. Kit Cullen, Walt Bradley, Ru.^ Pickett and Paul Seeley. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Leo Cassel, Dick Noonan. Floyd Holt, William Bestenlehner, Leonard Mtis.sm.-r and Fred Kent Jr. Bill was a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he had a perfect attendance record over the years, the Elks and Moose Lodges, as well as the Knights of Columbus. He served as the first president of the St. Cecelia's Academy Alumni Society, and had been active in bowling league circles for a number of years. Catholic Daughters of America will say Rosary a.t 8:30 p.nou Thursday evening.

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