The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 24, 1956 · Page 19
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 24, 1956
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State Historical Iowa Oity; la. By Buss Walter * * * Your correspondciu has visited the Rochester, Minn, medical center several times before, but never as the result of having someone in his own immediate family us the patient. But there's a first time for everything, as some old philosopher once said. Last week it was the little w6- rnan, 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 pro- sume that with the thousands of patients, 'all 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 (und there were some) were following just about the same procedure as the Princes, Potentates, and women in the mink coats. * . _* • • Within a very thort time after our arrival, the first ( doctor had gone through preliminary questions, made an examination, and in view of Ihe non-functioning of the usual digestive process, started a little nourishment into the system via the intravehious 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 prac- • lice, and have served the usual internship. They seem pretty human, and like most doctors they ure vitally interested in doing what they can for evei-y case they handle. Doctors, like the rest of us, are human beings— although one doctor once told me he wondered about it! • • . • Mei Mrs Mads Christiansen in the hospital lobby Thursday. Muds, 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 an 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 is a small city 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 tu be a patient, or has someone there who is a patient. * * » Viewing it all, 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 in those earlier days? A Chicago it Northwestern freight sliced a. tfa£tor-f*ail- er truck into two piece* At the Gerled Crossing en highway 9 in north Kossulh county, Monday night and nobody wa* hurt. Mowerer it requited a state highway snowplow blade to clear off the 670 bushels of shelled corn which engulfed the highway, and it took a Northwestern wreck* ing crew with hydraulic jacks Train Slices Through Truck At Ger/ed; Driver Unhurt to get the diesel locomotive and one car back on the tracks so the freight could proceed southward. It want through Algona about 5 a.m. this morning (Tuesday). The accident happened abdut 8:40 p.m. The train was enroufe from Elmore, Minn, to Eagle Grove. Donald George Hillgren of Friend, Nebraska, was driving the truck. Me said he loaded the shelled corn at El- more, and was the last of three semis in a convoy. As he approached the crossing he spotted a truck stopped along the road by the highway sheds just west of the crossing, and saw several people around the truck. Concentrating on the stalled truck, he did not see the train approaching from the northeast over his right shoulder. Hillgren was driving west in the semi owned by the Houston Truck Lines of Friend, Neb. The diesel struck the truck jusl behind the' driver's cab, cutting the trailer from the tractor. The tractor came to a halt west of the crossing. The trailer was smashed to pieces and scattered 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 lore up the ties for that distance. The front fires 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 wete Andrew Schwartz, Granville, Claire Huitt, Des Moines, and Alfred Christ of Lakota, 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 any* way, fortunately, or the de* railment might have been more serious. Andy Anderson was fireman, and brakemen on the train were H. L. Ford arid L. O. Thompson, all of Eagle Grove. Highway patrolmen s e t flares and traffic on highway 9 had to be deloured for a number of hours as the train blocked the crossing. Clje &lgona Upper SJe* JWome* ESTABLISHED 5863 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algeria, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932. \inder Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. AlGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1956 3 SECTIONS - 18 PAGES VOL 93 - NO. 4 Ask $25,000 C Truck D th 7740 Sign Up As Members, 48 Hours County's 'Eat Pork' Drive Opens Feb. I 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 Lo 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 weeks 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 Car Stalls On Track With Train Coining; All Escape Lakota — There were some tense moments for a group of Lakota farm women, Wednesday evening of last week, when their auto slopped on the Northwestern tracks north of Bancroft, with the headlights of an approaching train looming up in the distance not too far away. Mrs Charles Gutknecht, accompanied by Mrs Wayne Heeiland, 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 road north of Bancroft to the pavement. When Mrs Gutknechi attempted to stop for the railroad crossing, because of the new-fallen snow and ice beneath, v the car did not stop 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 slop as the engineer had evidently seen the car as they passed the crossing. And All 4 For Free' 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 Curtis 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. Keesee 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. 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 that the reticence of the Dewel paper to stale exactly where Ihe 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 it! 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 ihe western states. Peter, who was handicapped when a lad after being 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 shilling and releasing of the clutch with special levers he had made where he can reach them from the seat. Truckload Free Food Given * 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 rood, a semi-trailer -truckload from Des Moines, went as a gift to those eligible. The eligibility 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 Immerfall 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. of 17 State * National Awards. .1950-1955 Including General Excellence, Iowa Press Ass'n, 1955 Isabella Hauser Rites, Corwith Funeral services for Isabelle M. 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 ol 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. G.A.A. Exchange Members of Britt high school's jrAA. class will visit Algona Wednesday evening for a Dasketball play night, according to Miss Papousek, Algeria high girl* athletic instructor. Algona wiJl go to Britt later in the year 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 Bend at 2 p.m. Paul Banwart will officiate at the rites and buria! will be in the Apostolic cemetery there. McCullough's Funeral Chapel of Algona is in charge of arrangements. Mr Alt died Monday at his home where he had been bedfast for the past five weeks following 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 latei married to Katy Rinkenberger Mar. 25, 1908 at Stephen, Minn The Alts moved to iCojrwith in 1919, then northwest of Algona in 1925. They purchased a farm near Whittemore in 1944, retired and moved to Algona in 1952. v Survivors include his wife, six daughters,, Esther (Mrs Albert Wibben) and Dorothy (Mrs Harold 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 killel 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. 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 als'o 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 not Secern* Sccivfory of Agrkvfivn of f*e States to tit idly by wringing my bonds ond ht tint form* be jquecz*/ by towered form prices and high-fixed costs." •AN ClAMf. WISCOWM. W« * * • County Officers Elected Friday At 2nd Meeting 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. Mi» Hicks served Kossuth county as Home Economist for a couple of years in 1938 and 1939. After leaving Kossuth county Mrs Hicks haa worked in New York and later went to the West coast. She had one son, Jim. Kenneth Patterson, u Grant ownship farmer who lives five niles north of Swea City, was elected Kossuth county chairman of the National Farmers' Organization Friday night during a neeting at the Algona Sales 3arn. 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 Stev.en, Whltte- nore township, secretary; and Cordon Bollig, Ramsey township, reasurer. 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 members of which held the organization, it.s organizational meeting Monday night, Jan. 16, and township meetings during the same week. Signups hit a very high percentage in most townships reporting, including Whittemore township, which reached 100 percent with 97 fanners enrolled. Following is a list of total members by township: Seneca— 9'.i; Cre.scc—4l>: Bui t—75; Buffalo — 91; Union —67; Greenwood—52; Eagle —71; Whittemore — 97; Portland—68: German —32; Lu- Verne—60; Prairie—73; Grant— 75; Lincoln—24; Swea—89; Ramsey—68: and Plum Creek—59. During balloting for county officers of the NFO, Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson received one vote for the position ,>f secretary of the county setup. There were four candidates nominated for the chairmanship. They were, besides Paiterson, Ernest Bonnslei- ter, LuVerne twp.; Leonard Poxnpe, Lotts Creek twp.; and Alfred Scbftnck, Union twp. There were three candidate* 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 260 entries. Geo, W, Hanig, Wesley, Dies George W. Hanig. 63, veil- known Wesleyen, died early this morning (Tu«*day) «| Si. Ann Hospital where he had been a piiieni. Funeral arrugtaU being handled by Ue t«9 Fuaeral Honoe. were incomplete ai time. Thty preas Dacken Estate Sues Burt Owner, Driver A fatal, crash between a car and a truck on a county road in Burt township, August 10, 1955, has resulted in the filing of a $25,000 damage suit in Kossuth district court. Walter Dacken, as adminstrator of the estate of Lizzie Dacken, is plaintiff in an a.ction 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 been, filed by attorneys for the defendants. 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 $50 of the fine, however. Under the 1954 Code of Iowa it is necessary for anyone moving hogs into this state to secure a permit from the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Divorce Granted A divorce was also granted to Charlotte M. Hershey of Crescp twp. from Donald Hershey, and the plaintiff was given custody of a minor child. Next term •• of district court opens in Algona on Feb. 8, with Judge Stillman presiding. Petit jurors will report Feb. 14. The grand jury panel which will serve for the 1956 year will report Feb. 7. Members of the 1956 Grand Jury are Chris Brandt, Titonka; Wm. Dudding, Bancroft; Elvin Carpenter, Ledyard; Frank W. EJbert, Whittemore; Leona Heetland, Lakota; Kathleen Fitzgerald, Armstrong. Eugene Kelley, Algona; Oliver Lindgren, Swea City; John N.. Ludwig, Corwith; Wm. Miller, Fenton; R. W. Will, Algona, and H. L. Walsh, Lone Rock. Mrs Anderson Of LuVerne Dies LuVerne — Mrs Alice Anderson, 79, passed away at 2:30 Sunday morning at the Robert's Rest Home. She had been a patient there for three years. Funeral services were to be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the LuVerne Methodist church with Rev. Robert Kessinger officiating, and burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery, Al* gona. Blake funeral home of Lu- Verne had charge of arrange* ments. Her husband, Emil, died nine years ago. The Andersons fanned for over 40 years near Lu* Verne, and Mrs Anderson lived on the farm until her health failed and she went to the Rest Home. Four children survive. They ure Mrs Arthur Carlson (Mabel) of Cowrie, Iowa; Mrs George Wolf (Edith), LuVerne; Mrs Elmer Kubly (Eleanor) Corwith; and Orville Anderson, Corwilh. There are 12 grandchildren. an4 9 great grandchildren. A brother, Andy Holt, Stratford, Iowa alsq survives. Has Major Surgery After undergoing major sur* jery Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Mercy aospital, Mason City, Mrs H. D. Clspsaddle 15 conv»lesdn$ nicely, and expects to return to her home at the Acfea«* Mptii hei* the ead of this week. Und» served ts mayor of Alfon* dur- ng most of 1995.

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