The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 17, 1956 · Page 34
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 34

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 17, 1956
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H f 4-Afftdfla (la.) Upper De» M«h«i tu*^ay, January If, 1956 Dear Ben Ffanklin: I have been reading a great deal about you lately so I thought it was about time I was writing you a fan letter. Especially since January 17 is your 250th birthday. Most people claim you have been dead for nigh onto 166 years but if we start checking up a little we find that it is just your physical presence that is gone. The things you started, the ideals and ideas you promoted are still very much alive even to the ordinary homemaker of 1956. Take away 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. * * * This morning when I awakened, I switched on the lights. It's pretty dark at 7:45 in January and although I didn't exactly stand there and pay you a silent tribute before I called the kids, I did owe you one. If it weren't for your shenanigans with the kite and the lightning, I might have been lighting a canc^e. It was nice and warm "in our house- 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. • • »' After the youngsters were off to school, I settled down, with a second cup of coffee to read 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 tween " 25-35. temperature be- 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 the time. they come most of The kitchen floor needed sweeping so I got out another oi your brain-children, a handy corn broom. I didn't have any, trouble seeing • the • dirt- for" around here you can hardly misE but if I had been having trouble with my/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. t 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 Depart- 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 then world of enchantment and information readily available to the lowliest citizen. Another good turn you did us was to help organize the first public hospital and to get rid of the scourge of small pox by being a leader in the drive for vaccination against it. * • • Fire Insurance is also your "baby" for you organized'and headed the first fire insurance company. You recommended insurance against hurricanes and drought but I don't think you lived to see the system established. Those "frogmen" paddles the kids use down at the swimming pool are another of your inventions, I was surprised to find, and it was also you who first advocated wearing white clothes as better protection against the summer sun. • * * That 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 plan^ 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! a * + Speaking of corn, that stuff you handed out in your Poor Richard's Almanac is still mighty good advice. You could yery riatiUxJaaJSgnsidered America's firsVctrttrmnist with such good one—liners that writers are still cribbing from you today. "A penny saved is a penny .earned". "Waste not, want not", "If a man could have half of i 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. H * * 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 even 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 STRICTLY-BUSINESS "Just had an argument with another waiter . , . he uid you're a poor tipper ,«. I »aid I'd prpve you weren't. •." 14 years you spent in the Assembly 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 because the Albany Congress wouldn't accept your '• famous "Plan of Union" because the job got done and in spite of a tragic split in the 1800's we are now more united than ever. * U 1f I've always been curious about those 13 years you spent in England trying to patch up the quarrel between the colonies and the mother country. I know you got the stamp act repealed, but what were you doing the rest of the time? All my research on you has been in sources desgned for juvenile consumption—Book of Knowledge, Boy's Life and the Junior High publication, Current Events so I think I have read just the watered down version of your exploits, especially when you went to Paris. I've heard tell that in your European jaunts you were a lot more sophisticated than you sound in Poor Richard's Almanac, and I'd like to get the real lew-down on it. I've found so little about your wife since she saw you coming to Philadelphia with those two loaves of bread under your arm that I kind of suspect you had trouble at home and that there were other ladies ia your life. It 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 Consti- Jution of the United States. You said a mouthfu_l 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 oile of your ardent admirers. —GRACE. NEED PRINTING? GOOD work at fair prices at the Upper of your life to public works. The Des Moines Pub. Co., Algona. 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 earn customer confidence that way, and that way only. WE SELL GOOD MERCHANDISE AT FAIR PRICES TAKE MATTRESSES, FOR INSTANCE LAND-0-NOD and SEELY _ Are Tw« «f The Best- - We Sell Them - We Have A Special Display RoonTrTr Them - And They Are Priced To give You The Greatest Value Per Dollar. WORTH DRIVING MILES TO FIND OUT ABOUT Petersen's w Furniture Mrs Jensen, , Rites At Seneca, 14th Seneca—Funeral services were held at the Seneca Lutheran church Saturday afternoon for Mrs May Jensen, 92, Mankato, Minn.. \vno passed away at the home of a daughter on Monday, Jan, 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 retired from the farm in 1915 they moved to Albert Lea, Minn. They moved to Ringsted in 1923 where they resided until 1949 \vhen they moved to Mankato, where they have since resided. Surviving Mrs Jensen are five daughter-;, ivlrs Oswald (Maybelle) Overn of St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs Wallace (Laita) Packman > of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs C. Ur- clahl (Alice) Faye of Mankato. Minn.; Mrs Lloyd (Isabelle) Grabel of Schenectady. New York: und Mrs Sarlock (Theresa) Ries of Minneapolis; als"o two sons Martin A. Jensen of Mankato. Minn, and Lester T. Jensen of Buffalo, Mo. The Rev, Harlan Blockhus officiated at the service and interment was made in the local cemetery. Election Held AtOttosen 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 tern in the absence of Donald Usher. Reports were given from all FENTON, IOWA VanBuskirk was in charge of recreation. Guests were Mrs Olvin Haug, Mrs Richard Kinseth and Mrs Merle Holt. The next meeting will be Jan. 26 at the home of Mrs Jesse VanBuskirk. Mrs J. B. Christiansen and Mr and Mrs Vernon Christiansen and children John and Judy of Mar* shall, Minn, were overnight visitors Tuesday at the Ralph Richards home. The Vernon Christ- ianspn family left Wednesday for a trip to Chicago and Mrs J. B. Christiansen rernained at the Richards home until Sunday, when the Vernon Christiansens returned from their Chicago trip. All returned to Marshall Sunday. On Thursday Mrs Ralph Richards and Mrs J. B. Christiansen visited at the Will Sutler and Mrs Bessie Johnson homes in Humboldt. Mesdames Richards, Christiansen, Slttler and Johnson are sisters. , The members of the Band Mothers met Wednesday evening at the schoolhouse for a regular meeting. There was no special business transacted at this meeting. Mrs Silas Banwart and Mrs Donald Cooper were the h6st- esscs. Training School On Recreation A county training school 'on family and group recreation will be held Wednesday* Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Burt Legion hall. George Wilkinson, State Recreation Specialist from Iowa State College, will be in charge of the program, assisted by the KoSsuth County Extension personnel. , • •. ' Training will be offered in singing, quiet* active and get- together, games, circle mixers, square and'folk dancing.^ This training school in open to 4-H clubg, Juftior Leadership members, : church or community groups wHo wish tb send" several delegates to represent their organization. Irvington News John Dole, student at Ames, spent this weekend at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs Elmer Dole. \ Mr and Mrs Herman Becker are enjoying a vacation in California, Mexico and Texas for about three weeks. Mr and Mrs Jack Vitzthum of Wesley are staying jwitli the Becker chi3 l dren during, thfeir' absence. Mr and Mrs Lee Cohveil spent last weekend at Spirit Lake at the home of their son, Mr and Mrs Harold Col Well. Mr and Mrs Charles Moi-is spent Friday evening at thfe A. F. Krueger homo, ni Fairmont, Minn. •*"' " \ Big Tire News At BRADLEY BROS. Ju&f Received Specte/ Shipment TIRES at Drastically Reduced Prices! famous 0 4^45 frestofe* "* the organizations and the following officers were elected: Melvin Ellingson was re-elected deacon; Knut Oppeclahl was elected secretary; Oscar Oppedahl was 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 are the assistants; Collectors are John W. Nielsen, Bruce Watnem', Jerry Kinseth, James Jacobspn, 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 26. 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 entt-rtained friends at a 500 party Wednesday evening at their home. Those present included Mr and Mrs Ralph Jucobson, Mr and Mr.s Louis Jac-obson, Mr and Mrs Bernard Coyle, Mr and Mrs Dean Tel ford, Mr and Mr.s Victor Meyer, Mr and Mrs Paul Meyer, Mr and Mrs Allan Wehrspann, Mr and Mrs Richard Kinseth, Mr und Mrs Howard Thompson and Mr and Mrs Kenneth Hanson. Mrs Louis Jacobson and Bernard Cuyle won the high prizes and Mrs Paul Meyer and Richard Kinseth the low. Ralph Jacobson uun the travel prize. Progressive Club Progressive Club members met Thursday afternoon at the home of Mis Oliver Kmseth fur a regu- ur meeting. Fourteen members ji.-.sverc-d roll call with Interesting Places in Iowa. This group will have charge of the February P.T.A. program. During the busi- ] )U'.-..s meeting they voted to give live dollars to the March oi ' Dunes. Mrs Knut Oppedahl j Phone 714 •!;ivc th<> },',:-.,>,} "She Rode T r " WIIC ' ln Triumph Over Polio." Mrs Jcss< ••^•^•^•^^•i TUBE1ESS LESS! '« SET THAN WRST LINE TIWS WITH TUBES M,mv* • ^ of N«« 1>ire Price on firestone KfW TREADS VA«" •.'?"• your own ' SIZE 6.00-16 PIUS TAX I ! and your rtcappabl* tin BIG SAVINGS ALL DOWN THE LINE BIGGEST TRAOMNS IN TOWN A Complete Clean-Up of Traded-ln and Floor Sample Tires PASSENGER CAR TAKE-OFF TIRES VALUE (6) 670 x 15 Goodyear Tubeless $30.95 (5) 670 x 15 Firestone Tubeless ' $30.95 (1) 670 x 15 Goodrich Tubeless ^ $3095 (2) 670 x 15 U .S. Royal Tubeless $25XX) (1) 710 x 15 Century Tubed $28.95 (4) 760 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 15 U. S. Royal Tubed $33^95 (4) 710 x 15 White Sidewall Firestone $35.45 (2) 670 x 15 White Sidev/all Town & Country Retreads > $21.15 SALE 19.95 21.50 19,95 12.95 14.95 29.95 29.95 12.95 15.95 15.95 9.95 TRUCK TAKE-OFF TiRES These tires were replaced by Firestone Super All-Traction VALUE SALE (2) 700 x 15 6 P Goodrich Pickup Tires _________ ...... _____ '_.. $51.45 Eci. 29.50 Ea- (2)900x20 10 P U. S. Royal Tires ______________________ .... $138.35 70.00 (plus tax) IMPLEMENT TIRES FIRESTONE and QOODYEAR 600 x 16 4-PLY tflB TUBEUSS TIRE SAUS * YOUR $!Zf Firestone Tire Headquarters Algona' Iowa

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