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By Russ Waller * * * Your correspondent has visited the Rochester, Minn, medical center several times before, but never as the result of having someone in his own immediate family as the.patient. But there's a first time for everything, as some old philosopher once said. Last week it was the little woman, whose intestinal tract rebelled 'in a most serious way against the .usual, normal functions of that respected portion of the anatomy. • ' * • »' Rochester at times has been discussed as a pretty hard-boiled place in some ways, and. we presume that with the thousands of patients, nil of who ; become chiefly a serial number .instead of a name in about 15 minutes, no other course can be . followed. Most folks don't go to Rochester unless they have to, and when you go you'll do as the Romans do. Actually, Rochester can be friendly .and is insofar as a. medical center of that size can be personal in a somewhat impersonal world. ' * * * Anyone to write about Rochester and the "inside workings" of this gigantic medical setup would have to be there more than a few days, but in that length of time you can acquire information and make observations. Probably the greatest change from what most of us are used to is the fact that while at home you know the medicos personally, maybe the nurses, and are somewhat acquainted with your own local hospital. You're in an entirely foreign world at first in Rochester. If you can adjust rapidly, and don't expect the "red carpet" treatment you'll probably not have too many complaints. After all, you're there for a reason and it's to get the problem at hand solved. So far as we could observe, the fellows in the overalls (and there were some) were following just about the same procedure as the Princes, Potentates, and women in the mink coats. : ",' ; '• •„ ••£„:•'" *.•• ' ; •.*..._•'."-.•<- r ~~i Within a'very short time after our arrival, the first doctor had gone throiigh preliminary questions, made an examination, and in view of the non-functioning of the usual digestive process, started a little nourishment into the system via the intravenious route (Dextrose). Next day the medical delegation increased to four, plus an x-ray man or two. Sometimes you don't know whether the doctors drop by on the case or just stop in to see what's going on. Average age of these "teams" seems to be from 35 to 45—but we presume the MD's with the gray hair have served their time trotting around, too, and know pretty well what's going on in their own departments. * * * Doctors who eventually become attached to the clinic go through a long and arduous and not very handsomely paid apprenticeship, if we may use that word—all after they have graduated with a medical degree, been admitted to medical practice, and have served the usual internship. They seem pretty human, and like most doctors they are vitally interested in doing what they can for every case they handle. Doctors, like the rest of us, are human beings— although one doctor once told me he wondered about it! • • • Met Mrs Mads Christiansen in the hospital lobby Thursday. Mads, Algona creamery manager, had his gall bladder removed the day before and was coming along nicely although not seeing casual visitors "the day after." Adelbert (Heinle) Fisher isn't in the most comfortable position in the world, but he's on the mend, and we had a visit with him. He had some skin grafting coming up in a day or two as a result of severe burns resulting from that terrible truck mishap in Missouri several weeks ago. There -were more Iowa licenses around than any other state, except Minnesota. * » » There is en old saying that two heads are better than one. In the case of Rochester you might say it's a case of several dozen, hospitals are all privately run, and are not operated by the Mayo Clinic. Rochester itself U a *mall cliy that claims to have increased in the past five years in population from around 25,000 to about 32,000 and we believe it. It doesn't matter much where you are, anyone you meet seems to have either just been a patient, just going to be a patient, or has someone there who is a patient. Viewing it a»- with all of the modern developments of medical science today, as compared with what people had to work with only a few generations ago, you can only ask yourself one question. How did they get along « those earlier days? Train Slices Throug A dhlcaSd & Northwestern freight Sliced a WaeioMtail- e? truck into* two piece* 41 th6 Gerted crossing on highway 9 ift florin Kossufh court- ty, Mdtiday ftight and nobody waft butt, H6W6»er U jfequlfed a 11 a l,e highway snowplbw blade to clear off the 670 btishfel* of shelled com which engulfed the highway, and it tdfek a Northwestern wreck' ing crow with hydraulic jacks to get the diesel locomotive and oft* car back on the tracks so the freight could proceed southward. It wont through Algona about S a.m. this morning (Tuesday). The accident happened abdut 5:40 p.m. The train was enroute from Elmore, Minn, to Eagle Grove. Donald George Hillgren 6f Friend, Nebraska, was driving the truck. Me said he loaded the shelled com at El- more, and was the last of three semis in a convoy. AS he approached the erosliha he spotted a truck slopped along the road by the high' way sheds jusl west of thi crossing! and saw sevefftl people, around the, ttuck, Concentrating on the'stalled truck, he did not . see the train approaching from the northeast over his tight shoulder. Hillgren was driv« ing west in the semi, owned X Dept* of Des Moinee 10* and Ger/ecf; Driver Unhttrt by |he Houston Truck Lines of Friend, Neb. The diesel struck the truck just behind the driver's; cab. Cutting the trailer frotrt the tractor. The tractor cairte to a halt west of the crossing. The trailer was smashed 10 pieces and scat* tered along the right-of-way on the east side of the tracks. The train came to a halt (about eight car lengths down the side Of the tracks. All wheels of the diesel except the front trucks were derailed and tore up the ties for that distance. The front tires on the first car back of the engine were also off the track. Hillgren and the train's conductor, C. G. Winans of Eagle Grove, were taken to the farm home of Jack Krebsbach, near the spot of the accident where highway patrolmen got details of the mishap and a telephone was used to phone Eagle Grove for help, and to report to the trucking firm in Nebraska. Witnesses to the crash were Andrew Schwartz, Granville, Claire Huiti. De* Moines, and Alfred Christ of Lakoia, the latter coming from the west as the accident happened. Fred Watson, Eagle Grove, engineer, said he thought the truck was going to stop, and he applied his brakes anyway, fortunately, or the derailment Anight have been more serious. Andy Anderson was fireman, and brakemen on the train Were H. L. Ford and L. O. Thompson, all of Eagle Grove. , Highway patrolmen set flares and traffic on highway 9 had to be detoured for a number of hours as the train blocked the crossing. Jlome* ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1956 3 SECTIONS - 18 PAGES VOL 93 - NO. 4 Ask $25, In Car-Truck Death 714.0 Sign Up MNF0 Members, 48 Hours County's 'Eat Pork' Drive Opens Feb. 1 Kossuth County's "Eat More Pork" campaign is slated to roll next week, according to Joe Skow, Wesley, chairman of the county-wide project to aid in reducing the surplus of pork, and to make consumers more pork- conscious. The month-long campaign, to be held in February, will st>rt off with next week being designated as "Ham Week", and a special price on 10 to 12 pound first grade hams being featured at meat retailers over the county for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 3rd and 4th. A committee meeting with packers' representatives has forwarded the "secret price" to county meat retailers, and this price, it is agreed, will be observed on hams- next in the county will be: Bacon for second week of February; Pork Chops third week; Pork Roasts fourth week, with special prices being featured on those items of pork accordingly at retail markets. It is expected, said Skow, that the offerings will be countywide. KOSSUTH COUNTY EAT MORE PORK The pork-pushing project was initiated by the Livestock Committee of the Farm Bureau, of which Skow is cairman. Mrs Ben Cassem Rites, Swea City Swea City — Funeral services for Mrs Ben Cassem were held Saturday at one o'clock at the Curtfs Funeral Home and 1:30 at Immanuel Lutheran church, Rev. A. ' M. Youngquist in charge. Burial was in Harrison twp. cemetery. Mrs Cassem died of a.heart attack at her home last Thursday around 2 p.m. She is survived by her husband, and seven children, all married. Home Federal Has Annual Meeting At the annual meeting of the Home Federal Savings & Loan Association held Wednesday of last week, Jan. 18, G. W. Stillman, G. D. Shumway and Milton Norton were reelected to the board of directors. Their terms were expiring. The following organization meeting resulted in reelection of all officers. H. R. Cowan is chairman of the board, C. R. LaBarre is president, M. G. Norton is vice president, M. J. Mowers is executive vice president and secretary, and H. J. Keese'e is treasurer. Other directors are W. A. Foster, M. P. Weaver, and H. M. Hauberg. As of Dec. 31, 1955, the local institution had total resources of $7,924,883.09. Car Stalls On Track With Train Coming; All Escape Lakota — There were some tense moments for a group of Lakoia farm women, Wednesday evening of last, week, when their auto stopped on the Northwestern tracks north o'f Bancroft, with the headlights of an approaching train looming up in the distance not too far away. t , Mrs Charles Gutknecht, accompanied by Mrs Wayne Heetland, Mrs Elmer Paulsen and Mrs Raymond Winter, were on their way to Burt to attend a recreational meeting and were going west on the gravel rodd north of Bancroft to the pavement. When Mrs Gutknecht attempted to stop for the railroad crossing, because of the new-fallen snow and ice beneath, the car did not stop until it was directly on the tracks. Then it refused to move either forward or back, and with the train coming nearer they jumped out, and then by some miraculous means the car rolled itself forward just enough so that the train missed it as it went by. Then the train came to a stop as the engineer had ! evidently seen the car as they passed the crossing. And All n,.-..t ,.».--.... ......- * The "mystery" of how the Des Moines 'Register happened to print a story with an Algona dateline saying that State Senator D. E. Dewel of Algona had been "urged by a group of North lowans" to run for governor is gradually being cleared up. Dewel's paper said last week that the story was "written in Des Moines by George Mills following a phone conversation in Des Moines." Mills is a political writer for the Register & Tribune, Dewel's paper did not say with WHOM Mills had talked. The Register said the information came from Algona. Thus, it appears thai the reticence of the Dewel paper to state exactly where the information came from Is explained. Mills evidently talked to Dewel himself, who passed on the "being urged to run" story. That in turn allowed the opportunity for a later story in which Dewel "removed himself" from the list of possible candidates. As Dewel's paper said last week, "it's hard for a fellow running for office to get his name in the papers for free." Well, that's one way to do itl And for free! Anybody around here being urged to run for president, perhaps? Handicapped, But He Gets Around Whittemore— Peter Keene, accompanied by his brother and wife, Mr and Mrs Casper Keene, and his sister, Mrs Leona Potter, left .Friday morning on the southern route for San Francisco, where they will spend a month visiting a brother and his family, Mr and Mrs Clifford Keene, and take in the sights of the western states, Peter, who was handicapped when a lad after beir\g stricken with polio, lost the use of both legs, but he has driven a car to New York, and south to St. Louis/ and now to. the west coast. He* does all his shifting and releasing of the clutch with special levers he had made where he can reach them from the seat. Truckload Free •^^•m-iKs'^^Sf, Away Monday Some 800 persons in Kossuth county, representing from 200 to 250 families, were ,given a substantial lift as a result of distribution of Federal Surplus Commodities, Monday morning at the courthouse here.' The food, a semi-trailer truckload from Des Moines, went as a gift to those eligible. The 6ligi- bility included, everyone getting any type of assistance from county sources, or any 'low income family making the proper application. The food is being distributed through the County Board of Social Welfare and the Kossuth Relief Office, under authority of the county supervisors. Mrs Helen Huber and Mrs Marvel Immei-fall will handle direct distribution of the food. / Included in the commodities distributed Monday were 2710 pounds of butter, 450 bricks of 5-lb. cheeses, 1820 Ibs. of dry milk, 756 3-lb. cans of lard, 1700 pounds of lima beans, 1700 pounds of rice, 900 5-lb. bags of cornmeal and 675 10-lb. bags of flour. • Distribution of this surplus food will be made once every two months. This distribution was for February and March, Mrs Huber said. el It Vfefe IF »«Ji°J*!i£ Including Genera) Excellence. low* Pw w &s;'n, 1955 Isabella Mauser Rites, Corwith Funeral services for Isabelle Hauser, 76, resident! of Kossuth county for the past 65 years, were held Monday in the Methodist Church at Corwith at 2 p.m. Rev. Rasmussen officiated and burial was in the Corwith Cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home of Algona was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Hauser died Saturday noon at St. Ann Hospital in Algona of a heart condition following an illness of three days. Isabelle M., daughter of Mr and Mrs James M. Mitchell, was born in Illinois, March 6, 1878, and came to Iowa in 1891 at the age of 12.. She was married March 22, 1911 to Samuel A. Hauser at Corwith. He preceded her in death. Mrs Hauser is survived by a son. Ralph, Algona; two sisters, Dora Mitchell, Algona; and Mrs Arthur Mallory, Hampton; and a brother, Nels J. Mitchell. Walnut Creek, Cal. Two grandchildren also survive. Pallbearers at the funeral were Albert Johnson, Henry Weber, Ernest Widen, Albert Merriam, Joe Grandgenett and Larry Frieberg. S.A.A. Exchange Members of Pritt high, school's GAA .class will .visit Algona Wednesday evening for ,& oask night, according to Christ Alt, 75, Died Monday After Stroke Funeral services for Christ Alt, 75, Kossuth resident for the pasl 30 years, will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Apostolic Christian Church at West Benc at 2 p.m. Paul ^anwart will of ficiate at the rites and buria will be in the Apostolic cemetery there. • McCullough's Funera? Chapel of Algona is in charge 01 arrangements. . Mr Alt died Monday at his ,home where he had been bedfas' for the past five weeks followinj a stroke. He had been in il health for three years. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Christ Alt and was born May 21 1880 at Eureka, 111. He was later married, to Katy Rinkenberger Mar^-25, 1908 at .Stephen, Minn 2Fhe.;s&lt& moved to, Corwith in 'igrgftKen nortfiwe-sToT Algeria ii} 1925. . They purchased a farm near Whittemore in 1944, retired and moved to Algona in 1952. Survivors include his wife, six daughters, Esther (Mrs Alber Wibben) and Dorothy (Mrs Har old Lampe), Bancroft; Minnie (Mrs Albert Speth), Windom Minn.; Pearl (Mrs Eli Gerber) West Bend; Evelyn (Mrs Fred Greinert), Ringsted; and Ruby (Mrs Mervin Jentz), Fenton three sons, Harry and Melvin, Algona; and Lawrence, Fenton; two sisters, a brother, 32 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A son, Elmer, was kille] in World War II, and three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. Pallbearers at the funeral will be Eli Gerber, Harold Lampe, Albert Wibben, Albert Speth, Fred Greinert and Mervin Jentz. hip -girl? itk- Algona wiil go to Britt later in the year LuVerne Now Has Complete Dial System Two Kossuth towns, LuVerne and Whittemore, are now completely shifted over to the dial phone system. Whittemore has been using the dial system in most instances for some time, and LuVerne's phone system began under the dial setup at midnight, Monday, Jan. 23. Both Whittemore and LuVerne are part of the Northwestern Bell system of which John L. Claude of Algona is the area manager. All telephone numbers in Lu- Verne and surrounding area have been changed and it will be necessary to dial five figures to reach another LuVerne phone. New directories are being mailed to LuVerne subscribers. The LuVerne project brings to completion a $45,000 expansion program of Northwestern Bell in that area. Additional lines have also been constructed, with rural service improved, with eight or fewer telephones on each line, and only the called telephone and one other will ring on any one call. Algona is slated for the changeover to the dial system later this year in conjunction with the construction here of the new telephone building at the corner of Call and Dodge streets. Former Home Economist Dies Word of the recent death of Mrs Ruth Seaton Hicks in the state of Washington has reached Kossuth friends. Mrs Hiclcs serv- ecj Kossuth county as Home Economist for a couple of year? in ' Aitej- leaving Kossuth county M* f Bicta ha? forked in New York and later went to the West coast. She had one son, Jim. •T > . ._ • ' ' , *7 ftove nof Become Secretary of Agrlcuftvn of tho United S/0/ej to sit Idty by wringing my hands and ht th« former !&• squeezed, by lowered farm prices and high-fixed coifs." MU CtAIU. WISCONSIN. County Officers Elected Friday At 2nd Meeting Kenneth Patterson, a Grant township farmer who lives five miles north of Swea City, was elected Kossuth county chairman of the National Farmers' Organization Friday night during a meeting at the Algona Sales Barn. A crowd of about 100 was in attendance, including 17 township chairmen, for the election. Other officers elected during the night included W. L. (Buzz) Reynolds, Grant township, vice chairman; Ray Steven, Whittemore township, secretary; and Cordon Bollig, Ramsey township, treasurer. Seven national convention delegates. Bill Quinn, Leo Crawford, Carl Swanson, Herman Studer, Irvin Koppen, Ray Steven and Al Kayser, and two alternates, R. H. Collins and Howard Klinksiek. were also selected. The county chairman is the eighth delegate to the convention to be held later at a site to be announced. Seventeen of 28 township chairmen reported a total of 1140 nembers of the organization, which held its organizational rieeting Monday night, Jan. 1C, and township meetings during he same week. Signups hit a very high percentage in most ownships reporting, including Whittemore township, w h i c h •cached 100 percent with 97 'anners enrolled. Following is a list of total nembers by township: Seneca— 93; Cresco—40: Burt—75; Buffalo —91; Union—07; Greenwood—52; a gle _7i; Whittemore — 97; . ortland—OB; German —32; Lu- Verne—60; Prairie—73; Grant— 5; Lincoln—24; Swea—89; Ramey—68; and Plum Creek—59. During balloting for county ot- ic-era uf the NFO, Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson re- eived one vote for the position f secretary of the county set- ip. There were four candidates nominated for the chairmanship. They were, besides Patterson. Ernest Bomwtet- ter. LuVerne twp.; Leonard Pompe, Letts Creek twp.; and Alfred gcb#iwk, Unjoa twp. There were three candidates in each of the other officer ' elections. It is the aim of the NFO, which has gained rapid popularity among farmers in the midwest, with more than 71,000 members, to persuade the present Congress to act and ease the crisis brought on by the severe dip in prices of farm products. The farmer members of the NFO want the prices paid to them for their products to compare to those paid by them for all other products. Parity, which means an equal exchange of the farmer's goods for the things he buys, is the answer, according to the NFO. As was the case during the organizational meeting eight days ago, the election of officers went off smoothly. 3 Finalists In Oratory Contest Three entries from this area were among the eight finalists, each one a district winner, in the ninth annual state public speaking tournament for high school boys and girls, sponsored by the Farmers Grain Dealers Association. The finals took place in Des Moines Monday evening, with the winner to receive a $25 cash prize, and each of them a wrist watch. Finalists in Monday's contest included Ronald Buscher of Algona, Marilyn Nissen of Corwith, and Norma Jean Reding of Ottosen. The district winners were selected after competition by 200 entries. Geo, W. Hanig, Wesley, Dies George W. Hanig, 63, well- known Wesleyan, died early this morning (Tuecday) «t St. Ann Hospital where h» had been « pwtient. funeral arrancwneoU are being handled by tint VarnU* ton FuuwaJ Home- Th*y were incomplete ft time. Dacken Estate i SuesBurf Owner, Driver A fatal crash between a car and a truck on a county road in Hurt township, August 10, 1955. has resulted in the filing of a $25,000 damage suit in Kossutfi district court. Walter Dacken, as adminstrator of the estate of Lizzie Dacken, is plaintiff in an action brought against Clifford Holding and Gordon Gifford, both of Burt. The case was filed in court here last week. Plaintiff's petition alleged that a truck driven by Gifford and owned by Holding, was operating at a high and excessive speed. and negligently failed to yield the right of way. Died Instantly Injuries to Mrs Dacken resulted in her immediate death at the time of the crash. The petition states that she was 72 years old at the time and had a normal life expectancy of 8.08 years. A jury trial was demanded by" the plaintiff's attorneys, Linnan & Lynch; No ."reply had as yet A state law with regard to Interstate' transportation of hogs resulted in the second charge in the past 10 days of moving hogs into the State of Iowa without a permit resulted in a fine of $100 for John Von Bank, area farmer. Judge G. W. Stillman suspended $50 of the fine, however. Under the 1954 Code of Iowa it is necessary for anyone moving hogs into this state to secure a permit from the Iowa Department of Agriculture. . Divorce Granted A divorce was also granted to Charlotte M. Hershey of Cresco twp. from Donald Hershey, and the plaintiff was given custody of a minor child. Next term of district court opens in Algona on Feb. 6, with Judge Stillman presiding. Petit jurors will report Feb. 14. The grand jury panel which will serve for the 1956 year will report Feb. 7. Members of the 1956 Grand Jury are Chris Brandt, Titonka; Wm. Dudding, Bancroft; Elvin Carpenter, Ledyard; Frank W. Elbert, Whittemore; Leona Heetland, Lakota; Kathleen Fitzgerald, Armstrong. Eugene Kelley, Algona; Oliver Lindgren, Swea City; John N.- Ludwig, Corwith; Wm, Miller, Fenton; R. W. Will, Algona, and H. L. Walsh, Lone Rock. Mrs Anderson Of LuVerne Dies LuVerne — Mrs Alice Anderson, 79, passed away at 2:30 Sunday morning at the Robert's Rest Home. She had been a patient there for three years. Funeral services were to be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the LuVerne Methodist church with Rev. Robert Kessinger officiating, and biirUl was in Eastlawn Cemetery, A1- sjona. Blake funeral home of Lu- Verne had charge of arranae» ments. Her husband, Emil, died run,* years ago. The Andersons farmed for over 40 years near Lu- Verne, and Mrs Anderson lived on the farm until her health failed and she went to the Rest Home. Four children survive. They are Mrs Arthur Carlson (Mabel) of Cowrie, Iowa: Mrs George Wolf (Edith), LuVerne; Mrs Elmer Kubly (Eleanor) Corwith} and Orville Anderson, Corwith. There are 12 grandchildren, andj 9 great grandchildren. A brother, Andy Holt, Stratford, Iowa also, survives. Has Major Surgery After undergoing major sur- O ery Tuesday. Jan. 17, in Mercy hospitaJ, Mason City, Mrs H. D. Clapsaddle is convalescing nicely, and expects to return tp her home at the Acreage Mot»J harf the end of this week- Ljndt served es mayor of Aliens dm> ng most of 1955.

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