The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 17, 1956 · Page 10
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Dea* Bert Franklin: <1 have beeri reading a grea debl about.you lately so i, though' if/was'abcrat; tiftfe I-'was 1 ; writing yoll a fan le'tter. Especially; since January 17 is your 250th birth 1 day. Most people claim you have been deadifor nigh onto 166 years but if we '[start checking up a little We-firid that it is just your physical presence that is gone 'jftie things you started, the ideals and ideas you'-prohioted are still very ,nVtibh' alive even . to the ordinary homemaHer of 1956 Take a Way that' long bob. the frilled shirt, the short britches and substitute a butch haircut and a" grey flannel suit and you seem almost like' a contemporary. '• >. '•• i ' * ••""..* * '': . : •• : This nWrting when 1 awakened, I switche'dvon the, lights. It's pretty dat-k;at-7:45 '.in January and although 11" didn't exadtly stand there and pay you, a silent tribute before; Ot called the • kids, I,did owe'you ohe*. If it weren't for your .shenanigans with the kite and the lightning, I might have been lighting a candle. It was nice and -Warm in our hoi^se as it is 24 hours a day because we have an automatic furnace. You see, we've outgrown that marvelous Franklin stove of yours, but for about 150 years it was the latest squeak in home heating and a tremendous improvement over the fireplace. ment,' reorganized the Police Department , and Invented street lights that didn't smudge, it could Very well have been said that you* had done your civic duty by . Philadelphia, but you Weren't through yet. Not by a long shot. •! •• '* « * We might have had to wait for television to get, our first glimpse of the world outside our own little circle if you hadn't founded the first circulating library thus making books with theii world of enchantment and information readily available to the lowliest citizen. Another good turn you did us was to help or gariize the first public hospita and to get rid of the scourge p small pox by being a leader in ;he drive for vaccination agains it. * * * Fire Insurance is also your 'baby" for you organized and leaded the first fire insurance company. You recommended insurance against hurricanes and drought but I don't think you ived to see the system established. Those "frogmen" paddles he kids use down at the swimming pool are another of your in- •II; •entions, I was surprised to find, nd it was also you who first advocated wearing white clothes as better protection against the ummer sun. After the youngsters were off .to school, I settled down with a second cup of coffee to read 1 the morning paper, thanks in part to you, Ben ( for you were the one to establish the first successful newspaper in the colonies and your first job was as a printer. Up in the left-hand corner of the paper the weather report said it would be about the same as yesterday, , high temperature between 25-35. Another place where you are still influencing us for it was your data on weather that led to the establishment of the .Weather Bureau. They still aren't- completely accurate with their predictions, Ben, but I'll bet you'd flip your wig at how close they come most of the time.'•'. * * • The' kitchen floor needed sweeping so I got out another ol ybur 'brain-children, a handy corn broom. ' I didn't, have any trouble.^ seei«g.vu- -the^ i- di rt> i>l ot- around'Tiere you'cah v 'hardly misc but if I had been having trouble with 'myt eyes I could be fitted with another of your, "first", "bifocal glasses. * * * By and by. Hank Guderian, our mailman came .by on a dead trot. He's one of "the couriers that can't be stayed from his appointed rounds that you started when' you reorganized the postal system, back in 1753. Though Hank brought only an advertising circular and the light bill, I still knew that the shades of Ben Franklin were still operating. When you had a hand in it, the postal system was self-supporting and you also founded the dead-letter office which I often suspect of receiving lots of the mail I'm expecting. * * * The street out in front of our house is in the process of new curbing and resurfacing so I was reminded that it was you who caused the streets of Philadelphia to get their first paving and that you organized the first street cleaning department. After you formed the first Fire Deparl- "Ju*t had an argument with another Waiter . . . he said you're a poor tipper,,, I said I'd prpve you Weren't. *«" 14 years you spent in the Assem bly of Pennsylvania must have given you good experience if you judge by all the contributions you made in getting the colonies on their feet. Don't feel' badly oecause the Albany Congress wouldn't accept your famous "Plan of Union" because the jol? got done and in spite of a tragic split in the 1800's we are now more united than eves. * ft - * Thal academy you established is still growing strong, Ben. These days we call it the University of Pennsylvania. Colleges and lots of high schools are following your advice by teaching modern languages and your idea of all students participating in some form of sport is pretty generally accepted. M * * Here in Iowa, farming is a major occupation. We are still feeling your influence through your recommendation of gypsum and, other chemicals as fertilizers. I don't know, which new plans and grains you_ helped introduce 'to the new world, but I'll wager we are still growing them. And you should just see our Iowa hybrid corn! * * * Speaking of corn, that stuff you handed out in your Poor Richard's Almanac is still mighty good advice. You could very 'nsidered. America's . iuch goqd one—liners that writers are still ribbing from you today. "A penny saved is a v penny earned", "Waste not, want not", "If a man could have half of hii wishes he would double his troubles". "There are three faithful friends; an old wife; an old dog; and ready money." How I wish I had said those! If I had, I might have been quoted in another of your brain-children, The Saturday Evening Post. • * * * We could use you in 1956, Ben, for we have a big 'election coming up. If you were here, we wouldn't have to argue about whether or not Ike is going to run or if Aldai can swing enough votes the right way for you were not only a mervelous politician but also a grand statesman. I'd even go as far as to say that if you were running, I'd vote for you oven if you were a Republican! * * * You must have made your fortune early to be financially able to retire from business at the age of forty-two and devote the rest .. .... _, of your life to public works. The Des Moines Pub. Co., Algona. I've always been curious aboui ihose 18 years you spent in England trying to patch up the quarrel between the colonies and the mother country. I know you got he stamp act repealed, but what were you doing the rest of the ;ime? All my research on you las been in sources desgned for uvenile consumption—Book of Knowledge, Boy's Life and thf "unior High publication, Current Events so I think I have read ust the watered down version of our exploits, especially when . ou went to Paris. I've heard tell hat in your European jaunts were a lot more sophisticated han you sound in Poor Richard's Almanac, and I'd like to get the eal low-down on it. I've found o little about your wife since he saw you coming to Philadel-. )hia with those two loaves 1 ; of >read under your arm that I kind f suspect you had trouble at lome and that there were other ladies in your life. l\ . might make interesting gossip even if it did happen two hundred years ago. \ « * * * Benjamin Franklin, do ' you know that in 1956 we are still calling you one of the most famed men in all time, the greatest mind in American history? You were the only man who signed all, of these important documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Treaty of Alliance, The Treaty of Peace and The Constitution of the United States. You said a mouthful when you wrote your own epitagh, "The body of B. Franklin, Printer, (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stript of its lettering and gilding) lies here food for the worms, but the work shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author." And though my oven door is broken so I can't bake you a cake, I am celebrating your birthday. A very happy 250th! May your memory and good deeds live on for at least 250 more is the wish of one of your ardent admirers. —GRACE. PRINTING? GOOD work at fair prices at the Upper Mrs Jensen, 92 f RifesAf Seneca, 14fh Seneca—Funeral services were held at the Seneca Lutheran church Saturday afternoon for Mrs May Jensen, 92, Mankato Minn., wno passed away at the home of a daughter on Monday, Jam 9. Mrs Jensen was the widow of Martin 'Jensen, who passed away in September 1953. The Jensens farmed in the Seneca area for many years. When they re.tlred from the farm n 19t5 they inoved to Albert Lea, Minn. They moved to Rirfg- sted in 1923 where they resided until 1949 '.vhen they mov"ed t'6 Mankato, where they have since resided. .'•••' Surviving Mrs Jensen are five daughters, Mrs Oswald (May-' aelle) Overn of St. Paul,' Minn.; Mrs Wallace (Laita) Packman of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs C. Urdahl (Alice) fr'aye of Mankato. Vlinn.; Mrs Lloyd (Isabelle) Grabel' of Schenectady, New York; and Mrs Sarlock (Theresa) Ries of Minneapolis; also two sons. Martin A. Jensen of Mankato! Minn, and Lester T. Jensen of Buffalo, Mj. The Rev. Harlan Blockhus officiated at the service and inter- hient was made in the local cemetery. No One Shot" Deals Here! When someone advertises a $59.50 mattress for $39, chances are it isn't even worth $39. You can't sell Cadillacs at Chevrolet prices, and the same holds true for bedding. OUR STRENGTH MUST BE OUR REPEAT BUSINESS . . . AND WE KNOW THAT OUR MERCHANDISE MUST BE GOOD AND OUR PRICES MUST BE FAIR. Our idea is not merely to make a sale today or tomorrow, but to maintain and build the business on the basis of fair dealing at all times. We will eqrn customer confidence that way, and that way only. WE SELL GOOD MERCHANDISE AT FAIR PRICES TAKE MATTRESSES, FOR INSTANCE IAND-0-NOD and SEEIY __ Are TWQ of The Best - We Sell Them - We Have A Special Display RccnTr^r Them - And They Are Priced To give You The Greatest Value Per Dollar. WORTH DRIVING MILES TO FIND OUT ABOUT Petersen's -sy Furniture FENTON, IOWA Election Held AtOftosen By Lutherans Ottosen — Trinity Lutheran church members held their annual meeting -Wednesday afternoon in the church parlors with Rev. Harold Mountain in charge. Mrs Merle Holt was the secretary pro torn in the absence of Donald Usher. Reports were given from all the organizations and the following officers were elected: Melvin Ellingson was re-elected deacon; Knut Oppedahl was elected secretary; Oscar Oppedahl waj elected trustee; Merle Holt, treasurer: Mrs Knut Oppedahl, financial secretary; Mrs Harold Mountain, Sunday School superintendent: Mrs Ivan Evanson, assistant superintendent of the Sunday school; Mrs Richard Kinseth was re-elected pianist and Mrs Merle- Holt and Martha Usher aru the assistants; Collectors are John W Nielsen, Bruce Watnem; Jerry Kinseth, James Ja.cobson, Norman and Arland Speich and Monte Newton. Oliver Kinseth was elected delegate and Merle Holt alternate to the General Convention to be held in Minneapolis June 20 to 28. Second alternate is Peter Enockson. Mrs Harold Mountain was elected to take charge of the Daily Vacation Bible School. Hosts At 500 Mr and Mrs Conrad Johnson enti-i-tuined friends at a. 500 party Wednesday evening at their home. Those present included Mr and Mrs Ralph Jacobson, Mr and Mrs Louis Jarobson, Mr and Mrs Bernard Coyle, Mr and Mrs Dean lelford, Mr and Mrs Victor Mover, Mr and Mrs Paul Meyer, Mr and Mrs Allan Wehrspann, Mr and Mrs Richard Kinseth, Mr and Mrs Howard Thompson and Mr and Mrs Kenneth Hanson. Mrs Louis Jacobson and Bernard Loyle won the high prizes and Mrs Paul Meyer and Richard Kinseth the low. Ralph Jacobson won the travel prize. Progressive Club Progressive Club members met Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs Oliver Kinseth for a regular meeting. Fourteen members answered roll cull with Interest- ins,' Places in Iowa. This group will have charge of the February P.T.A. program. During the business meeting they voted to give five dollars to tjie March ol Dimes. Mrs Knut Oppedahl Have (ho lesion "She Rode To Triumph Over Polio." Mrs Jesse VanBuskirk was In charge of fe> creattott. Quests Were Mrs Olvift Haiig/ Mfs Hldhafa IKinselh and MrsJMerle :Hblt; < >fHe next mte> ifci$Wll!$? "J,aii,f 26; at tfte Mfhe of :Mrs •' JesSis yafiSuskirk, ' Mrs J. B/CKristianson "and Mf and Mrs Vefriofi Christianson and children John and Judy of Mar- shallr Mlnri. wei'e overnight visi* tors Tuesday at the Ralph Richards horrieV The Vernon Christ* ianson family left Wednesday for a trip to Chicago and Mrs J. B. Christiansen remained at ,the Richards home until Sunday, when ; the < Verrton Christiansens. returned from their Chicago' trip. All returned to Marshall Sunday. On Thursday Mrs Ralph Richards and Mrs J, B. dhristidnsofl visited at. the; Will Sutler and, Mrs Bessie tfdhnson homes In Hum* b'dldt. Msidames Rlcha>d% dftrisfilnso'fti Sittler &rtd jfofihiXifi ttre sistersi ,v -,. . . .'•:•,.. • •"•i.^.i-'!. jTh'e members of, the fiand,'M|5- thers met;: Wednesday evehjHg "at tjlo '< schodlh'bUse • for a regUlBf rheeting. There was no special transacted at this m.eet- ihg. Mrs^Silas Banwart .and Mrs Donald Cooper ; were .the hos't- " " ''"' Training School; 'On A county traifting school family and- grotip reef datiori, ; be held Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7«30 p.Ai. at , the Biirt Legion hall, CJeof-gei Wilkinson, , State, Re- Cf§atfbn -Specialist from Iowa Stats Colleger Will /be in charge o!f the prograifif assisted by the el- Kossuth Sjbhfieli Gouhti - Extension pel- . Training will be dffered. Jn^ singing, _ together fe«(am|s/. J cH-i ..... sijuare aHr fSlk darictn^. ,.,. f his ,tr;4ittinft S^ol in o|>ffl|M 4-H clubs, .'•"•Junior | L&flfiefiWlg members, IsHureh' tfc-cojnffittmw . groups wHb"wish !tfr :s«id". Several delegates to represent.IMf of*, ianizatipii., ..^..Al^MQjJl' Student at i donn •JJuJe'i siuueni at r\iiico,; Spent fhis: Weekend' at the home df.hjs parents, Mr and Mrs El- rM£ and Mrs German Beeker Sre'enjoying a vacation in California; Mexico : and! Texas for a*tipM-three weeks. Mr ahd Mrs , Jack <Vitzthum~bt Wesley are Staying' with 'the &*!$•• children during, their absence. . -.i Mr and MrrLee eeiweli-Sp-efit last; weekend : af Spirit;: Lake the •home of their ton, Mrs -Harold Colweli. Mr and 1 M?;and : Mrs Charles • MofHs: spentFridurev-ening at jhe'A^F. KrtJeget- ' in, FatfmOnti Big Tire Ne^llt BP^OtEY •^•^ . •• '-v . •. '-• :•••< ••">'• i"' ' •.-'-'.' ' ••'!»•.:•"••''•.-'•''.•'..'•• '••••'•..". ••-•;• • •*• '.• Just Received Special Shipme miottt TIRES at Drastically Reduced Prices! ,.1°'' 45 SIZE 6.00-16 PIUS TAX and your recappable tin TUBELESS UP TO '32 55 IBS! SET THAN BIG SAVINGS ALL DQWN THE LINE FIRST LINE TIRES WITH TUBES "SAVE AIWOST of New \ Tire Price on flrestone APP' your ,11,0- on •<><"»> bodiit or on own ti»»» M* '•"'*.«., BIGGEST TRADMNS TOWN A Complete Clean-Up of .Traded-ln and Floor Sample Tires , PASSENGER CAR TAKE-OFF TIRES VALUE IS Goodyear Tubeless .._ j. $30,95 15 Firestone Tubeless _1 $30.95 15 Goodrich Tubeless ___;' $30.95 15 U .S. Royql Tubeless $25.00 15 Century Tubed ___•_ -'. $28.95 x 15 White Sidewall. Goodyear Tubeless $44.95 (4) 760 x 15 White Sidewall U. S. Royal Tubeless $44,95 (1) 760 x 15 Suburbanite Tubed , _ $2000 (1) 800 x 1.5 U. S. Royal Tubed _•__' "I $33-95 (4) 710 x 15 White Sidewall Firestone $35.45 (2) 670 x 15 White Sidewall Town & Country Retreads $21,15 TRUCK TAKE-OFF TIRES (6) 670 x (5) 670 x (1) 670 x (2) S70 x (1) 710 x W 760 SALE 19.95 21.50 19.95 12.95 14.95 29.95 29.95 12.95 15.95 15.95 9.95 These t!r«s were replaced by Firestone Super All-Traction VALUE tUBEUSS 5AU5 & SERVICE (2) 700 x 15 6 P Goodrich Pickup Tires *. $51.45 Ea. (2) 900 x 20 10 P U. S. Royal Tires, $138.35 (plus tax) IMPLEMENT TIRES FIRESTONE and GOODYEAR ,600 x 164-PIYR1B SALE 29.50 Ea. 70.00 The Firestone Dealers and Stores listed below KNOW TIRES . . .Tjiey can serve you better . . . Can show you how to get MORE MILES for your TIRE DOLLAR . . , COME IN rODAY! ^^^^^^^^^^ i^^i^w ^^^^^ ^*^P- ^^^^^ ^^^^^^p^p^ 9, ^fjj^^f^/t mmp •** Phpne 714 Firestont Tire Headquarters

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