The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 17, 1956 · Page 19
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 19

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 17, 1956
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By Buss Wallet * « • *«* long after Christmas, • Jittle fellow was raising a fuss in a local barber's chair. His father, recollecting shreds of child psychology, no doubt, remarked that if he was a good boy in the chair he could expect Santa to call again next Christmas. "I was a bad boy this year and he came anyway", was the quick retort. • • • At Emmelsburg the Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll recently on Friday versus Saturday night closing... the vote was 3 to 1 in favor of closing Saturday nights, and the new schedule begins the first weekend in February ... like parking meters, looks like it's here to stay! ; * * . * STATE OF THE NATION: An 11 -year-o 1 d Denver school girl worked a* an usher at several school affairs. She received $1.35 a performance. An impressive looking envelope arrived for her last week, informing her she was an empoyee of Denver School District No. 1, thai 24 cents had been withheld for her federal income tax and one cent for her state income tax. * • • Speaking of income taxes, we note that the Gov. of Utah, one J. Bracken Lee, a Republican first elected in 1948, made it clear last week that he was/not going to pay his 1955 federal income tax. He gave as his reason that he did not believe it was constitutional for American tax money to be used to support foreign gov ernments. We trust that this little defiance will be accorded a small space in the press in the future; we think we'd like to know how it all comes out, and we're not betting on the governor! * * * Sign in local beverage emporium: "Wives are worth 30 cents per Ib;—Let's sell 'em." At least they were reading the ads; this must have .referred to a recent offer of a Io6al store to pay 30c a Ib. man and wife weight as the valuation on a trade-in on a special merchandise offer. * • • There's no use denying it—TV has certainly changed the habits of every family having one. Life begins to rotate around the certain favorite programs, including meals and how they are eaten. Today's parents who aren't up to snuff on who's in what on TV are just hopelessly lost in the long pull. We even note that some lood processors are coming up with a deep freeze package that is a TV meal—all you have to do is put the darned thing in the oven and heat it, then open it up and it's ready to go, with a disposable tray holding everything... you don't even set the table, just take it into the living room, sit down, and try to find your mouth while you're watching Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers, or the Little Rascals do their stuff. Time marches on! • * • • A few well-earned rewards will be handed out Wednesday evening, Jan. 18, to Ground Observer Corps unit members nere in a ceremony set for 7:30 p.m. at the Lucia Wallace auditorium. Air Force officers will present the highest GOC honor to one local man—can't mention the name, don't want to spoil the surprise. » • • A new twist to maritime law arose recently when a shipping line started suit against the estates of three dead ship officers to collect 12 million dollars (nobody said whether the estates had 12 million). Seems the men went down in a storm in the Atlantic in 1954. The shipping line charges them with failing to properly supervise cargo loading, failing to reduce speed in the storm, failing to make the lift boats ready and to send an S.O.S. Thirty-two of a crew of 43,perished. * • • Wallace's Farmer says that in a poll recently taken, 48 percent of the people contacted thought Ezra Benson was doing a poor job as Secretary of Agriculture. In February of 1955 the magazine made a similar survey and then 27 percent thought Benson was doing a poor job. * * * A while back this paper received an inquiry as to whether or not Secretary Benson had ever raised hogs. We passed this along to a Washington, D. C. information source and received the following reply: "No, he (Benson) did not raise hogs. He was in irrigated area and raised spuds, cattle and chickens." * * « Iowa's Congressional delegation recently visited the Secretary of Agriculture and what he told them we offer as tljis week's famous last line: "Nobody Can Dictate To Me." Sterna State Hiatorloal towa J jWomes. ISTAilliHfD Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. I. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. AIGONA, IOWA, tUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 19S6 3 SECTIONS - 18 PAGES VOL. 93 - NO. 3 Turner Flays Benson, Price Drop * * * • * * * .*••.. * » • » * * * * * * Ex-Iowa Governor Calls For Emergency Action 5-Hour Council Session; Buy New Police Car The first meeting of Algona's new mayor and city council in the chambers Thursday night proved to be a lengthy one, as almost five hours were required to take care of the business at hand. A change in the meeting nights came up for , discussion as the new rules of order were outlined by councilman B. P. Richardson. The city's governing body decided to hold its meetings on Wednesday nights instead of Thursdays in the future. from now on, the first meeting each month \yill be on the Wednesday preceding the 16th of the month, while the final meeting will be held the last Wednesday of the month. The new rules of order were adopted, replacing the set of rules which has been in force since 1898. , A new police car was purchased from Taylor Mercury for $859 and trade-in of the present vehicle. Other bidders were Kossuth Motor, $845; and Kent Motor, $878. Other major purchase of the evening was a Davis loader for the street department for $707 from Taylor Implement. The loader is to be used with one of the present city tractors. A new set-up for school stop signs was considered. It is probable movable signs, with red flashers attached, will be put in use at corners where school traffic is heaviest. Students, replacing the present extra police who have been on duty Jor several weeks, would handle the police work at the corners where needed. Final arrangements for the new plan have not been completed to date. Resolutions on approval of curb and gutter assessments, sanitary sewer district number 12 assessments and naming the Iowa State and Security State banks as official depositories for the city were read and passed. In other action during the night, a building permit was issued to Jens Sprensen, a cigarette and beer permit to Bell's Tavern, formerly the Friendly Tavern, was okayed, city bills were paid and talk of the possibility of extending Chubb street east of Phillips street led to no final decision, but further investigation of the possibility will be conducted by councilman John DVees- man. A city direction sign, mounted beside South Phillips street, was ordered removed, due to complaints of businessmen. Announcement of the new standing committees was made, as follows: Ways, Means and Finance—Vic Parsons, Arnie Elbert and B. P. Richardson; Purchasing —Leon Laird, Richardson, Parsons, Elbert; Fire Protection—Elbert, Laird and Gene Furst; Sewers, Drainage and Sanitation — Richardson, Dreesman and Furst; Streets, Alleys, Grades and Sidewalks—Dreesman, Laird and Parsons; Ru\es and Ordinances — Furst, Dreesman and Richardson. Gets Hero's Award An American Legion "Outstanding Heroism" award was pinned Wednesday night on Virgil Shackelford who showed extreme bravery and clear thinking in saving the life of a fellow truck driver, Heinie Fisher, when the two were involved in an accident Dec. 18, 1955, near Hannibal, Mo. Pinning the award on Shackelford in the picture above is. Don Hemmingsen, slate vice-commander of the American Legion. The medal was sent here by the Hannibal Legion post who had ordered it and planned to make the presentation to Shackelford while he was still in the Hannibal hospital. However, Shackelford was transferred to a Fort Dodge hospital the same day the presentation was to have b*en made. Also present at the presentation, which was made in the Shackelford home, were Everett Baldus, left, commander of the local Hagg-Turner post of the V.F.W., and Lowell Smith, center standing, of Western Buyers, owner of the truck involved in the accident and employer of Shackelford and Fisher. Shackelford, with both legs in casts, is recuperating at his home here and will return the latter part of next month for a checkup at Lutheran hospital. Fort Dodge. While both legs were broken, Shackelford was'able to drag Fisher, about 100 Ibs. heavier than him, io safely and extinguish flames which were engulfing Fisher's body. »,- Fis £? r is recuperating in St. Mary's hospital, Rochester. Minn. His condition is reported good. Both of his legs were also broken and have been sei, but to date only one leg is in a cast. The other leg will be placed in a cast soon when burns have been healed. (Upper Des Moines News Mrs Lichty, 63, Rites, LuVerne LuVerne —• Mrs Phil C. Lichty, 65, succumbed to a heart condition at Mercy hospital in Fort Dodge last Friday afternoon, Jan. 13. She had been taken there earlier in the day by ambulance for treatment. She had been confined to her bed since the holidays. Funeral services for Mrs Lichty were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the LuVerne Methodist church, with Rev. Robert Kessinger officiating. Burial was in the Lu- Verne cemetery. Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs Laurel Phyllis Bentley of Kansas City, Mo.; one grandchild; one sister and two brothers, Mrs George Watkinson of Cedar Falls, Wilson Legler of Corwith, and Arthur Legler of Fort Dodge. Mrs Lichty was preceded in death by one son, Lt. Philip Lichty, who was killed in England in October, 1944, during World War II, and by her parents. Lt. Lichty was a twin of Mrs Bentley. Manor Under Knife Jess W. Manor, manager of the Algona Rendering Co. plant in Algona, was released from St. Ann Hospital Monday. He underwent surgery for removal of'his appendix Tuesday, Jan. 10. 4 Pork Weeks Designated In February Drive Kossuth County's "Eat More Pork" campaign, designed to aid in reducing the surplus of pork, will be launched the first week in February, it has been announced by Joe Skow, Wesley, president of the Kossuth County Livestock Committee, and general chairman for the pork sales event. county-wide Each week during February a special pork item will be featured by the meat retailers of county towns, and during that period will be sold at cost or near to cost. The special items will be as follows: February 2, 3 and 4 — Hams (10 to 12 Ib. first grade, whole or half). February 9, 10 and 11 — Bacon (first grade). February 16, 17 and 18 — Pork Chops (end cuts and center cuts). February 23, 24 and 25 — Pork Rousts (Boston butts). A special committee, selected by fanners and meat retailers, will meet a week prior to each event with the packers, to obtain the best possible prices for that item of pork, and a county-wide price will be forwarded to all county meat retailers in ample time for them to stock the item at the featured) price. Steering committee members, in addition to Skow as chairman, are Owen Hurt, Joe Tschetter, Clem Ei-lander, Algona, and Ray Hertzke, Lakota. In addition, each town has a member on the general committee which planned the month-long pork event. List 19 Farm Sales Seven farm sales will be found listed in detail in today's 'issue of the Upper Des Moines. A complete luting of dates tot liji auctions in Ibis are* will b« found io ib» special Auction column in today's paper. Mrs John Huff Rites, Wesley Funeral services for Mrs Huff, 46, Wesley, were held today (Tuesday) in the Methodist Church there. Rev. Frank Webb officiated and burial was in evergreen Cemetery at Wesley. McCullough's Funeral Chapel, Algona, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Huff died Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Mason City. Ethel Vivten, daughter of Mr and Mrs Andy C. Baker, was born Sept. 8, 1909, in Algona and was married to John Huff, Sept. 4, 1928. The Huffs lived at Wesley from that time until the present. Survivors, besides Mr Huff, include three sons, Lyle, Eugene and Andrew, all of Wesley; four sisters, Florence (Mrs Donald Klunder). Mrs Viola Mabie and Mabel (Mrs Herman Tucker), all of Mason City; Zada (Mrs George Wirtjes), Osage; and three brothers, Kenneth Baker, Forest City, Virgil and Merlin Baker, Mason City. Mrs Hiiff was a long-time member of the Wesley Methodist Church. Pallbearers at the funeral were Leander Seefeld, Adolph Girres, J. N. Seiler, H. J. Arndorfer, Gerald Brown and Harold Hornbuckle. 13 Enlistments Reported Here Thirteen new enlistments and a re-enlistment were reported by draft board clerk, Mrs ' John Wood, this week. New enlistees are: Alfred J. Berte, 21, Irvington; Francis J. King, 20. Marcellus J. Kollasch, 20, and Kenneth H. Johnson, 18, all of Algona; Maurice J. Bormann, 20, and Henry F. Wichtendahl, 19, West Bend; Philip F. Vaske, 19, Bancroft; and Mark F. Kollasch, 19, Whittemore, all navy; Merle C. Laubenthal, 21, LuVerne, army; Wayne F. Rip- penu-op, SO, and Donald H. Kienitz, 19, and Harlan H. Heideckw, 19, all of L&kota, air force; and John H. Elbert, 21, LuVerne. ria- val reserve. • Francis C. Dori 25, St. Benedict, re-enlisted in the air furce. NFO Organizes County Unit Monday Night Say Farmers Are Ignored By Present Dept. of Agriculture A former governor of Iowa, Monday night at the Algona Sales Barn, gave the present administration of the Department of Agriculture, including Secretary Ezra Benson, a thoroughly critical tongue lashing, and urged farmers to organize with memberships in the NFO (National Farm Organization) before it was "too late." Dan Turner, who served as the Republican governor of Iowa in the years 1931 and 1932, was the chief speaker at the meeting, which was attended by about 300 farmers, representing nearly every township in the county. There were about 300 present, despite cold weather and a local farm evening school meeting at the high school. The meeting was quiet and orderly, and on only two occasions during the former governor's talk was there any applause—but there was an element of concentrated listening. Who Got Worst Of It? "Benson said he inherited a mess when he became Secretary of Agriculture," said Turner, "but what the farmer • inherited in Benson was much worse." "It became evident over a year ago that, the Department of Agriculture had decided to put the farmer on what it called a peacetime basis, and all that meant was lower, prices for the farmer—but not so for any other industry Everybody is subsidized except the farmer," the former governoi said. In giving a review of the present economic situation in the United States, .Turner pointed at the National Manufacturers' Association as "the most wealthy, the most powerful organization in the world today." He said there was no "peacetime basis" for the NMA. Farmers now are being ignored because they represent only 12% of the population, with only 4% of the national income. But Turner pointed otit that nobody can exist without trade today, and that while the 12% represents 20 million people, the 12% are also vital to at least another 12%, the retailers in the farming states, so that actually the farm area represents at least 40 million who are dependent on agriculture. Could Stop Price Drop "This farm price slide could Aid March Of Dimes Drive be of stopped now if the Secretary Agriculture wished to," said Turner. "He is empowered by law to put a plank under the price of hogs at $18 per hundred, and for choice cattle at $27.50 per hundred, and the Department of Agriculture has the money to do it." Turner suid his figures and information came to him from members of the Iowa Congressional delegation with whom he has talked on the subject. He said he knew that Benson had 2Vz billion dollars to work with, not 85 million so much publicized through the pork purchase program. Washington has no concern about us because they don't respect us, the speaker said. What Parity Is He told a story of a young farmer who approached him after one meeting and asked to have explained to him what parity meant. The young farmer said he was ashamed to admit it but that he didn't understand it. Turner said "I told him not to be ashamed, the Secretary of Agriculture doesn't understand it, either." Parity, in the definition of Turner, is simply an equal exchange of the farmer's goods for the things the farmers buys. "And we must write 100% of parity into the law, not in the future, but right now." he added. "This is the last stand for the small farmer for justice and equality in agriculture. Benson is for corporation farming, not hundreds of acres but thousands of acres, with stock sold on Wall Street in tig farm enterprises' then Wall Street can control everything", Turner said. On th« subject of surpluses in farm goods, Turner said there was only a 5 percent surplus of meat today, and over a period One of the first dimes io be deposited in one of the many county collection boxes which hav» now been distributed in the interest of the annual March of Dimes was dropped in a slot last week by Lynn Buchanan, daughter of Mr and Mrs Al Buchanan of Algona. Lynn is pictured above, with Cheryl Vander Waal, daughter of Mr and Mrs W. L. Vander Waal of Algona, helping her, while Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst (left) and Craig Smith, look on. Lindhorst is county March'of Dimes chairman, and Smith is the assistant chairman. Cheryl, by the way, is president of the Algona high school senior class and student council. All donations will go to the Rational Founda tion for Infantile Paralysis with a strong percentage retained for use in this area. (Upper Des Moines Polaroid foto). of the past 20 years there had only been an average surplus of 1.6 percent. "This surplus cry is a scarecrow to enable the administration to maintain itself against the farmer's plea for help." Controls Or "Go Broke" On the subject of controls he said it was either a system of controls or "go broke." We want to be controlled in a way that helps us, not destroys us, he added. Turner said that his present efforts in behalf of the NFO was "the greatest mission of my life." He js not a young man, but he spolie with clarity and a sense of purpose that left no one in doubt as to his sincerity of intention. At the conclusion of Turner's talk, appointment of temporary township chairmen took place, and a second meeting has been called for this Friday evening at the Algona Sales Barn where township chairmen, secretaries and treasurers will elect county officers. Township Meetings Township temporary chairmen, and meetings where set, were as follows; Garfield, Paul Meyer, Wednesday night, Center School. Sherman, Ted Hilbert, Wednesday night, Center School. LuVerne — Ernie Bonnstetter; Whittemore—Ray Stevens, Wednesday night, City Hall or Legion Hall. Cresco— Ronald Sabin, Gerald Rochleau, Wednesday, Community Center; Irvington — Don Warmbier, Irvington elevator, Wednesday. Prairie — Raymond Harig; Union — Art Hovey, Wednesday afternoon, Good Hope church. Plum Creek — Archie Elbert, Wednesday night, Center School; F'enton- Lyle Newel, Wednesday afternoon, Fenton Elevator; Burt —Herman Kramer. Portland—Bert Miller, Thursday night, Center School; Buffalo —Dale Higgins, Wednesday night, Legion Hall; Seneca—Ted Jensen, Thursday, Seneca Store. Greenwood—Lawrence Johannesen and Bill Quinn, Legion Hall, Bancroft. Ramsey—Gordon Bollig, Wednesday afternoon, Center School; erman — Lawrence Balvance, German Valley school, Wednesday night. Swea — Maurice Berkness, pmmunity Hall, Wednesday night; Harrison—Louis Stenzel, egion Hall, Wednesday night. Ledyard -— Melvin Busch, Thursday afternoon. Legion Hall; incoln—Ferd Koppen, Wednesday night, Lakutu town hall: agle — Harold O'Green, Center School, Wednesday. Grant — Maurice, Drew, Grant school, Thursday night. No specific temporary chairman or meeting dates were named for Riverdale, L o 11 s Creek, Wesley, Springfield or Hebron townships. Most of the meetings were set for either Wednesday or Thursday, with times indefinite in some cases. Herman Kramer of Lone Rock acted as temporary chairman and introduced Don Lofthus, Humboldt county NFO chairman, who in turn presented Mr Turner. The National Farm Organisa- tion claims a membership of 71,000 in four months. Dues are one dollar a year, with 25 cents remaining locally. To belong, a We Presume! Round 3! The news story carried a week ago Sunday in the Des Moinet Register saying that D. E. Dewel had been "approached" by some North lowans who had urged him to run for governor, DID com* from Algona.-,, , - . ...., That statement was flatly made by an editor of the Register contacted by the Upper Dei Moinei last we«k after Dewel's paper said the article was written by Georg* Mills of the Register staff. Dewel's paper alto criticised the Upper Des Moines for "presuming wrong" when it said that the governor story came from the Register's local correspondent, who is an employee of the Dewel paper. The Upper Des Moines presumed right! The Register editor contacted also said in referring to the Upper Des Moines that "you didn't present a wrong set of facts." He added that it was completely clear by reading the story in every paragraph -where the story came from. That narrows the field to the Register's correspondent or Dewel himself. The matter is of course somewhat unimportant in most ways; Dewel has since stated that he is not a candidate for governor. When a newspaper story carries a dateline from a specific town or city, every reader knows that is where the story originated. Such was the case with the original governor story in question. . Jhf Upper Des Moines "presumed" right, as the Register verified. May we now also presume that enough has been said about it ? Thieves Plunder Cafe Here member must earn most of his living by farming. Ed Murrow Interview Mr Turner said that he was going to be on the Ed Murrow show the evening of January 26, at 8:30 p.m., to explain the NFO by interview. He also added "perhaps someday Benson will drift buck to the de.sert, but in the meantime farmers have to act—and fast." NFO officials said they believed that fast action now by farmers might result in fast action during the present Congress to do something about the farm situation. The proposed soil bank plan "won't hurt anybody" and amounts to simply having the government rent farm land, but it will not grant parity prices, and the emergency is now, Turner emphasized. There was no political tinge to the meeting, other than the expression of general dissatisfaction with the present Department of Agricuture policies. Final Ten Hams Go To Winners The final 10 winners of the free hams given away in conjunction with the January Jubilee of Bargains in local stores, by the Algona Upper Des Moines, are as follows: Jan. 10 — Mrs Roger Palmer, Algona; Eli/abeth Bormann, Bode. Jan. 11 — Mrs Lester Johnson, Algona: Mrs Bob Rahe, Bancroft. Jan. 12 — Mrs L. B. Wyatt, Algona; Mrs John Harms, Algona. Jan. 13 — Ray Meyer, Algona; Walter Pfeffer, Wesley. Jan. 14 — Marvin Fickbohm, Rodman; W. H. Godden, Algona. Winners for the preceding five days were listed IB last week's paper. All the winner* have to do is stop at the UDM officf and get their free ham gift certificate. A break-in, involving the theft of about $10 and an unknown quantity of cigarettes was disaovered about 1:45 a.m. Friday morning by two Algona police officers at Katy and Jean's Cafe, south of the courthouse. Officers Pete Jorgensen and Ernie Hutchison made the discovery. The thief or thieves gained admittance to the building by breaking out a window- light in the back door, then reaching through and unlocking the door. The money taken, estimated at $10, was in a jar under the counter, and was sales tax receipts, including a $5 .bill, three $1 bills and change. It is not known how many cigarettes are missing. It was evident the cash register was not opened during the break-in, and there was no damage to any equipment in the restaurant. Clues are slim, although fingerprints were discovered and taken, and a report on and taken .and a report on them is being waited for by local authorities. Marriage License Business Rises January 6 — James A. Myerf and Marlys Amelia Kroesch, Led* yard. January 7 — Merlyn C. Altman, Irvington, and Susanna R. Bertii, Bode; Earl J. Kauffman, Arm-* strong, and Nuncy Catlin, Milwaukee, Wis, January 9 — Ernest G. Thicl and Clara Sankey, Algona. January 10 — Jerry Garguilo, Los Angeles, and Helen M. Win. kel, Algona; Harold A. Bates, Bode, and Shirley Bird, Fort Dodge. January 12 — Jud&an Marvin Welther, Randall, and Ruth Mar. ty, Corwith. Jaauery H — Ralph Sp0nc» and Ruth Mortenson, Winnebag Minn.

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