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By RUM Waller • • ,« -s. The Kiplinger News Leilef from Washington, D.C. makes an interesting summary of "things to expect" for 1956 and after, we print herewith a few of their comments on 1955 and prophecies for the years ahead. • • • The baby boom will conlinue, although down a bit from the peak of 1947 when it was 26.6 per 1000 population, when men came home from the war . . . estimate 4 million new babies . . . city women fall behind farm women in child-bearing, city women having 2 children average, farm %vomen 3 children . . . however, because of fewer babies in the 1930's, there are fewer adults today in the marrying ages ... in the past year there were 1.5 million marriages, about the same as in recent years, but under the 1946 peak of 2.3 million ... by 1960, however, a new marriage wave will reach an all-time high. • • • For every 100 women of marriageable age, there are 109 men. enough lo go around for all Ihe women with a few bachelors left over . . . women live six years longer than men on a national aver- • age . . . women are about three years younger lhan iheir husbands on the average. • • * During the past five years there has been a big expansion of the niiddlt'-grade income groups . . . in 1950 there were 8.7 million people with incomes of $5,000 to $10,000 ... in 1955 there were 15.7 millions with the same rate of income . . . but the higher income brackets have shown an upsurge of 90 percent in the past five years, although only 7% of the total families in the nation . . . but the majority, or 61%, still make $5,000 per year or less . . . the building boom is not likely to be quite on a par in 1956 with that of the past several years, but by 1980 another boom in building can be expected. • • • Taxes will be a major problem in the year ahead . . .• and government budgets have not been balanced, which means that despite hopes 6f tax decreases thov are not too likely ... on the local, community levels, many civic and educational bond issues have been voted and the cost of these will be more fully felt in 195(3 . . . property taxes, which provide the bulk of ail taxes, will remain high . . . already near 45% of the property taxes collected go lo schools, so in the natural evolution of things there will be higher local taxes, higher property assessments, fewer, exemptions. • • • There will b« more working women than ever before, with 21 million women on pay jobs in 1955. Before the war only 27 % of the women worked at jobs outside the household, in 1954 that was up to 33%, and in 1955 to 35% ... it seems to be a trend. There is a slowdown on moving and shifting from place to place. Since World War JI the shifting has been progressively less and less, as service men and their families finally became settled in the location of their choice. In the past year only 5 million people moved from one state to another, while 126 million stayed \ put. • * » Farm population is still shrinking, along wilh total farm income. Farm population is down from 30'/ 2 million in 1940 to about 22 million now. In 1910 fanners were one-third of Ihe population; now they are one- seventh. • • » Fastest growing states, growing more than the national average, are East: Conn., N.J.. Del., Mq\; Midwest: Ohio, Indiana and Michigan; South: Va., Fla., La.; Southwest: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona: Far* West: Colorado, Utah, Nev., Oregon, Washington. Not quite so much growth in past four years as in the war years of the 40's. At top of list in recent growth, Neveda. Arizona, Florida, Delaware, New Mexico . . . Florida has edge on California in rate of growth past four years, 19% to 18% but in actual numbers of population gain California is way out in front, and probably will top even New York by 1965. » • • Population of the U. S. is now 167 million, in five years will be 178 million, in 10 years will be 190 million, but 1975 more than 221 million. * * * O.K. Now YOU make YOUR prophecies. « * * And, * Happy New Vtajr to you til. Basketball Miihap Wesley — Mrs Olive Erdman suffered slight concussion when struck on the head by a basketball Tuesday evenjn0 during the Corwith vs. Wesley game played here. State Historical 3c*it*y Iowa Cityi t$T ASIIJHID* 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postoffiee at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OECEM*ER 29, 1955 2 SECTIONS - 16 PAGES VOL. 92 - NO. 52 Start ASC County Signups For 1956 Sue For $1,093; Charge Dog Bit Girl, 5 Geo. Hamilton Plaintiff In Unusual Case A damage suit asking a judgment for $1.093.10 was filed in Kossuth district court, this week, us the result of an alleged attack by a dog on a five-year-old girl. Plaintiff in the case is George Hamilton as parent and guardian for Cecilia Hamilton, age 5. Named as defendant is A. M. Letnkee of Irvington. The plaintiff states that on August 11, 1955, he was calling on the defendant to see about selling him some merchandise, and while discussing the merchandise his daughter was attacked by a dog owned by the defendant. The charge says that the dog knocked the girl down, scratched and clawed her, and caused injuries, fright, shock and pain which required four days of hospitalization. A total of $93.10 is asked for the hospital and doctor bills and $1,000 for permanent scars said to have been left as a result of the mishap. Other New Cases .In other new cases docketed the past week, Berven & Co of Des Moines is plaintiff wilh Rex Taylor and the Taylor Implement Co. as defendants in an account matter in which the plaintiff asks judgment for $127.72. The Central Petroleum Co. is plaintiff in another case with Dean Hungate named as defendant in an account matter in which a judgment of $81.23 is asked. A bond of $1,000 was posted by a surety allowing the release from custody of M. D. Schoenbeck. whose address is given a~s LaCrosse. Wis., and who had been arrested on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses from the Iowa State Bank of Algona. Up In February Term Schoenbeck is to appear at the February term of district court, beginning Feb. 6. 1956. The charge states that the defendant signed another person's signature in cashing three checks at the bank, totaling $450. Schoenbeck had been doing church painting and decorating in this area. A judgment was entered bf Judge Fred M. Hudson for $318,^2 in favor of the A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. against Edgar Rowlet, Swea City, last week. Loretta Giffin Service Today Funeral rites for Mrs Loretta M. Giffin, 61. will be held today, 2 p.m. (Thursday) at the Presbyterian Church. Rev. M. H. Brower will officiate and burial following in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Giffin died at St. Ann hospital at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning following a lingering -illness. She had been hospitalized previously during recent months. Loretta Marie, daughter of Mr and Mrs Earnest Barz, was born March B, 1B94 at Joliet, III., and had been a resident of Algona for the past ten years. She was married to Gilbert V. Giffin, and they had five children, four of them surviving. They are Shirley (Mrs Don Boevers), Fenton; Phyllis (Mrs O. F. Apple), Anchorage, Alaska; Duann (Mrs Roger Christensen), San Fernando, Cal; and Merritt, Ringsted. Two sisters, Mrs James Lage, Gladbrook; and Mrs Elmer Wenberg, Joliet, 111., also survive, as do six grandchildren. Pallbearers at the funeral are Ord Kinden, Bill Finn, Harry Irelan, Ed Cullen, Fred Geigel and B. G. Holcomb. Winter Wonderland Prom To Pick A Queen Tonight One of these young ladies will rule as Queen of the "Winter Wonderland" dance to be held this evening (Thursday) by students of St. Cecelia's Academy at the Knights of Columbus ballroom. The Queen will be selected bv popular vote from among the four senior candidates, pictured in the rear row above, left to right. Betty Detrick. Ruth Fox, Jeanette McCarthy and Barbara Barton. The three underclass attendants in the front row are Lavonni.' Winkel. Jean Hall and Jane Nelson. The Music Masters will play for the dance. Students, alumni and parent? will attend. The coronation of the Queen will take plact- during the evening's program. Mrs Tietz, 74, Dies Tuesday; Rites Friday Services for Mrs Frank Tietz. 74, resident of Alcona for the past 30 years, will be held tomorrow (Friday) in the Trinity Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Rev. Luther Loesch will officiate and burial will be in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. McCullnugh's Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mrs Tietz died Tuesday at the Roberts Nursing Home here following a lengthy illness. She ana her husband entered the rest home several months ago. Rosina, daughter of Mr and Mrs Helmuth Minndeman, was born in Bonne County, la., May 4. 1881. She was married to Frank Tietz in 1900 and the family moved here in 1925. Survivors, besides her husband, include three sons and two daughters. They are Rosine (Mrs Ernest Wolter), Algona; Ida (Mrs Rudolph Peter), Burt; Edwin, Whittemore; Rudolph, Lone Rock and Frank, Sheldon. A sister, Mrs August Huenhold, Algona, also survives. Pallbearers will be Archie Voigt, Theo Bierstodt, Andrew Funk. Fred Schultz, Alfred Krueger and Ed Hackbarlh. Hero's Award The removal by air of Virgil Shackelford, 41. from a hospital at Hannibal, Mo. to a Fort Dodge hospital, following a serious truck accident near Palmyra, Mp. last week, prevented the Missouri American Legion from presenting him with an American Legion'hero's medal. Shackelford. despite two broken legs, aided Adelbert (Heinle) Fisher, 45, from their blazing truck, Dec. 18, after it rTad been forced from a bridge and fell into a creek bed, then caught fire. Legion officials in Missouri say they will ask Iowa Legion officers to make the formal presentation to Shackelford later. For more details of this .mishap, with pictures of the wrecked truck, turn to page one, section two, this issue. Peanut Lodges In Baby's Lung Portland — The baby son of Mr and Mrs Otto Reutzel may have to have surgery as the result of a part of a peanut lodging in one of his lungs. The little fellow got bold of a peanut last Friday. Saturday -he became' feverish and the home doctor advised taking him to Rochester, .which was done. Monday. Clair Reutzel brought Mr and Mrs Reutiel and the baby home, but he is to be taken back to Rochester later in the week where it is believed he will have to undergo the surgery. Radio'Ham'Acts As Relay For Flood Area Messages Steve Murchland, Corwith, son of Mrs Ollie Robinault of Algona. had an unusual experience last week in connection with his hobby of operating a short wave radio station. Tiring of watching T-V he decided to see what was gqing on over the rest of the airways and turned on bis short wave set. Suddenly he heard his call letters and in replying found he was in touch with another "ham" operator in the San Francisco Bay area, who told him that hi? signals were coming in so well there they wondered if Steve would act as * relay point for messages going east from the flood area of northern California. For the next four hours, until daybreak Murchland took messages and relayed them to other operators in the eastern part of the United States. The San Francisco station told him that he was their only contact in this ace* and tht only L^J 1 *** to * bt ft"** »*•» had cf 9««i«»9 »ts»ifl«i out that time. Masons, O.E.S., Plan Installation Installation ceremonies for the Order of the Eastern Star in Algona have tentatively been set for January 10, at 8 p.m. Officers to be installed at the Masonic Temple here are Clara Amesbury, worthy matron; Raymond Gilbert, worthy patron; Dorothy Laird, association matron; Charles Hardgrove, associate patron; Clara Shilts, secretary; Evelyn Thompson, treasurer; Darlene Claude, conductress; Lila Potter, associate conductress; Mildred Nelson, member of Temple board. The meeting and installation will be an open one. Installation of officers for Prudence Lodge 205 and Prudence Chapter 70 has been set for January 5. > 4 Hurt In Car Skid At St, Joe Four members of a West Bend family were injured when their car went out of control, skidded into a ditch and struck a post just south of St. Joe on highway 169. Friday night. Injured were: Mrs May Grace Helleseth, about 44, who suffered a broken back and possible internal injuries. Thomas Helleselh, 9, a minor brain concussion; Donald Helleseth, 6, a severe brain concussion: Mardelle Helleseth, 20, chest injuries and bruises. The fathex, Norman HeUeseth, who was driving the car, was not injured. All four were taken lo St. Ann hospital for treatment. The family was returning from Fort Dodge when the accident occurred. Patrolman Sievers investigated. School Supt. At Whittemore Rites Dec. 28 Francis E. Slagle Succumbs To Heart Attack Sunday Whitlemore — Funeral services for Francis E. Slagle, 49, were held Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m. in S't. Michael's Catholic church in a solemn High Mass. The Rev. Robert Joynt was Celebrant, the Rev. William Veit, Deacon, Rev. Raymond Pick, Sub Deacon. Rev. Gerald Zensen, Master of Ceremonies, and Rev. E. E. Apt delivered the sermon. Pallbearers were Martin Po- tralz, Ralph Bauer, Gordon Jensen, Stanley Brotherton, George Slagle Jr., and Robert Gengler. Honorary pallbearers were Merlyn Wegener, Leonard Elbert, Jerry Zaloutkal, Milton Espe, Victor Perkins, Frank Eisele, Robert Bottoroff, and Russell Medin. Francis Slagle was the son of Mr and Mrs Charles H. Slagle. He was born Feb. 2, 1906, at Ruthven. Later his parents moved to Cylinder where he attended school and graduated in 1919. He then attended Io%va State Teachers college at Cedar Fails, and the University of Minnesota. He taught school for four years in the rural districts, one year at Barnum, eight years at Seneca, and for the past 13 years .he has been superintendent of the Whittemore High school. Suffered Heart Attacks Mr, Slagle had not enjoyed the best of health for the past two months, and two weeks ago he suffered three heart attacks and was taken to St. Ann hospital in Algona, where he was placed under oxygen and was given many blood transfusions, and for several days it appeared that he was on the road of recovery, but early Sunday morning, Dec. 25, he suffered another heart attack and passed away at 3 a.m. Mr Slagle was of pleasing disposition and everybody's friend. He was a splendid coach and teacher and a pleasing neighbor, a loving husband and father to his family. He leaves his- wife, two sons, Charles, a student at Emmetsburg Junior College, and Tommy at home, two daughters, Joan, and Nancy, at home. One daughter, Mary Margaret, and his parents and one sister Elva, preceded him in death. Also surviving are four, brothers and one sister, August Slagle of Algona, George Slagle of Milwaukee, Elmer Slagle of Minneapolis, John Slagle of the Solomon Islands and Mrs Winnifred Klosterman of Vienna, Iowa. He was a member of the K.C.'s, Holy Name Society, and served with the Whittemore Fire company, on the Town Council, the Community Club, School Masters and the Boy Scouts. Mr Slagle was married June 13th, 1934. at •Emmetsburg. to Veronica Drew. Mr and Mrs- Slagle with their family m9ved here in the fall of 1942 and bought their home in the east part of tqwn. Burial was at St. John's cemetery at Emmetsburg. with the Hyink Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. J.W. Haggard, 63 Years A Newspaperman, Succumbs Longtime Editor Of Local Papers Near 86th Birthday; Services Held Tuesday John Brandt, 9, Fractures Wrist John Brandt, 9, son of Mr and Mrs Harold Brandt of Algona, received a badly broken wrist in 3 sliding accident Christmas afternoon. With some other youngsters he was sliding on a hill near the Algona Greenhouse. The sled hit an obstruction and John was thrown to the ground. The fracture was set at St. Ann hospital, where John was a patient as of yesterday. J. W. (Bill) Haggard, for 63 years connecteo] with the newspaper business in Algona, including 50 years as co-owner of the Algona Republican, the Upper Des Moines-Republican, and the present-day Algona Upper Des Moines, died Christmas eve at the age of 85 at his home here after a lengthy illness. He lacked but a few days of reaching his 86th birthday. Mr Haggard began his newspaper career in 1882 as a boy apprentice on the old Algona Republican. He retired in 1949 and disposed of his interest in the Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. Funeral services .were held at the home here at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Rev. G. G. Hallauer officiated, and music was provided by Julia and Barbara Bourne. Pallbearers were Don Hutchison, Wade Sullivan, Earl Sprague, Vincent Esser, Dick Post and Eugene Murtagh. Burial was in Riverview cemetery. McCullough's were in charge of arrangements. Surviving is his widow, Segrid, and two sisters, Mrs Margaret Moore of San Antonio, Texas, and Mrs Mattie Kalkenhainer of Algona. A brother, Melzar Haggard, preceded him in death. John William Haggard was born Jan. 3, 1870, in a_ sod house in Irvington township', a son of Mr and Mrs Dave Haggard. His father was a veteran of the Civil War/ •• " •;, - , ;., As a boy he attended the village school, herded cattle and hogs, and acquired the nickname of Bill, which remained with him through life. As a boy of 13 he began his first newspaper work as an apprentice in the shop of the old Algona Republican. After learning the rudiments of the printing business of that day, he went as a young man to South Dakota where he worked on newspapers for tsvo years, and then to Milwaukee where he was employed on the Milwaukee Journal for three years. Returning to Algona he rejoined the Algona Re- .publican force and soon became foreman when Milton Starr was j editor and publisher. In 1899 he became a partner of Mr Starr, and in 1902 Haggard and Starr bought the Upper Des Moines from Harvey Ingham, -who had been called to Des Moines to become editor of the Des Moines Register, recently purchased then by Gardner Cowles Sr. The old Upper Des Moines, founded in 1863, was the first newspaper to be established in this section of the state. In 1908, the Starr interest in the combined Upper Des Moines- Republican was purchased by J. W. Shearer, who later sold his interest in 1912 to Sid Backus. This partnership remained until the fall of 1932 when the Backus interest was purchased by R. B. Waller, present co-publisher of the Algona Upper Des Moines. In the fall of 1949, ill health resulted in the sale of the Haggard interest in the firm to Waller and C. S. Erlander, present publishers. Mr Haggard's interest in and active participation in the business life of the community was widespread during his lifetime. He belonged to and was a charter member of the Algona Country Club, and served as a director for many years. He helped to organize, and was a vice president at the time of his death of the Security State Bank. He supported the Congregational church, and some personal philanthropies which he never wished to publicize. Politically he retained an independent point of view, and was noted for a rugged and honest Plan Moves To New Locations A. J. Ricklefs, local insurance man, and Lou Nitchals, county attorney, are planning to move their offices sometime after the first of the .year to the Algona Hotel corner front, which has teen occupied by Loraine's Piano Shop, . The present location of the Insurance Agency and ^cNertnay. attorney, is be occupied by Leah's Bakery in the near future. J. W. (Bill) Haggard individualism that, as Rev. Hallauer noted in his funeral remarks, is all too rare in life today. He enjoyed several hobbies in his younger days, among them golf and duck hunting, and during! his entire lifetime was an avid reader. His library at his home was perhaps one of the best private libraries in Algona. In 1946 Mr Haggard was honored by the Iowa Press Association by being selected as a Master Editor-Publisher in Iowa, and received a plaque in recognition of the award. While his health permitted, he loved to travel, and spent a nuni- ber of winters in the south, including visits to Old Mexico. One of the most interesting events in his life was a personal meeting with President Teddy Roosevelt while in Washington, D. C. on a trip, and he also met personally the novelist Opie Reed and President Taft. E. B. McCorkle, 1HI, Dies; Rites Here Today ,*> Funeral services for E. B. M^Corkle, 88, long-time resident of this area, wil be held at 3 p.m. today (Thursday) at McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Campbell of Austin, Minn, will officiate and burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Mr McCorkle died in St. Olaf Hospital at Austin Tuesday morning. Elbert.Burdette McCorkle was born at Moundsville, West Va. November 16, 1867. He was married to Katherine Price in 1892 at Toulon, 111., and the McCorkle's moved to Hastings, Nebr. where they farmed for four years. After moving back to Toulon, where they lived for 15 years, the family then came to Algona and purchased the Willow Lane farm about two miles east of town. Mrs McCorkle died in 1948 and Mr McCorkle moved to Austin to live with his son, Ray, and his wife. He was a member of the Methodist Church here and at Austin. Survivors include, besides Ray, a daughter, Mrs Ray McWhorter. Burt, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and a half-brother, Marshall, Bellaire, Ohio. A son, Harry, six brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Discuss County Plan For Big Operation Pork-Lift A county-wide "Operation Pork Lift" may be in the making if plans develop further from a preliminary meeting held here Tuesday afternoon called by the livestock committee of the Kottuih Farm Bureau. 4bout 1$ w*r» pretest, including s*v«n of nine members of the committe*, belied by Joe Skow of Wesley, with local business peopl* aJao present The tentative id«a U to have a couniy-wide jroawtoo* for around the Utter p*ri of January. wfch every community in lha county ceopezattns in the project to move more pork into the band* el 18 Practices In Eligibility List Of Participants Voluntary Cooperation Basis; List Approved Practices Township meetings, dealing with the Agricultural Conservation Program for 1956, got underway Tuesday and will continue at various sites around the county until January 9, according to Virgil Rohlf, manager of the ASC office. Basic purpose of the program, as in the past, is to aid in conserving our soil and water resources which will help guarantee prosperity in the future. Participation in the ACP is voluntary, and any farmer who can do the needed conservation job on his farm without the aid of limited funds available under the program is urged to do so. If it is impossible to do so without aid from the federal government, it is possible to get share- the-cost help, BUT the request must be made before beginning the practice. There are five seeding practices and 13 others listed which the farmer may get help on. They include: Seeding of crop land "which should be in and should remain in permanent pasture; increased acreage over normal seeding for hay or pasture; seeding crop land for green manure; seeding of grasses to be used for pasture only; improvement of permanent pasture; applying limestone as needed; strip cropping; tree planting: clearing of shrubs and brush; construction of dams for livestock pond. Establishment 'of sod waterways; three different types of terracing; permanent open farm drainage ditches; tiling; shaping or grading to permit surface drainage; 'and establishing contours. "Many practices not previously included are listed this year", says Rohlf, "and the amounts paid by the government have been raised to a higher level, including quite a hike in tiling practices." Purchase orders, which apply to seeding practices and tiling, will allow the farmer to borrow money from the local office, and a pooling agreement, covering tiling projects, can be arranged for by farmers who.se land is benefited by the tile. They can sign as a group. Meeting Places, Dales Township meetings were held Tuesday-: or Wednesday in Buffalo, Burt, Eagle, German, Grant, Greenwood, Hebron, Irvington, LuVerne, Portland, Prairie, Ramsey, Riverdale, Sherman, Springfield, Swea and Wesley. Dates and sites of meetings coming up include: Cresco—Dec. 31, Herman Bosworth farm. Fenton—Dec. 30, Fenton Elevator. Garfield—Jan. 3, Center School Harrison—Jan. 4, Linde Implement. Ledyard—Jan. 9, Lakota Town Hall, 9 to 12 and Ledyard Town Hall, 1 to 4 p.m. Lincoln—Dec. 29, Ernest Heidecker residence. Lotts Creek — Jan. 4. Letts Creek School. P.lum Creek — Dec. 29, Center School. Seneca—Dec. 29, Seneca .store. Whittemore township date has not been set, but will be announced later. Any persons who cannot attend their township meeting may file their request at the ASC office in Algona. Complete information on the entire program is available there, also. START WORK ON ACREAGE ALLOTMENTS County ASC office managers from Kossuth, Hancock, Palo Alto, Emmet, Winnebagu and Wright counties and the Kossuth County ASC committee attended a kick-off meeting dealing with corn acreage allotments fur 1950 in the local ASC office Tuesday. C. R. Schoby, fieldrnan for this district, was in charge of the meeting, and outlined 1956 plans, which are incomplete. According to R. I. Anderson, county chairman, acreage allotments will probably not to be set until the end of January. He also listed three important items that must be reported to the ASC office as soon as possible by farmers participating in the program. They are: 1. Changes of names (new owners and operators tor 1956). 2. Any combining or splitting of farms. 3. Extra cropland that has been in crop on* year, or any error in tht listing of cropland on ASC records; measurements

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