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la By Ruts Waller Two years ago the Bob Kelleys went to Sexton where they took over management of the lumber yard. 'Shortly after their arrival. the friendly Sexton folks decided to give them a surprise housewarming, which they did. Monday, all of the Sexton folks who took part in the housewarming of two years ago were mighty surprised to find in their mail invitations to attend a "re- housewarming" as guests of Mr and Mrs Kelley, Thursday evening, Feb. 2. And this time, says Bob, "I'll have my shoes on." Seems two years ago they caught him with his shoes off and he didn't get them on all evening. * * * FARM FRONT: . There were fewer cows in Iowa last year, but they gave more milk, the Iowa Crop and Livestock Reporting Service states. Production of eggs in 1955 in Iowa was about 4 percent under Secretary of Agriculture Benn told 1500 delegates to the annual Republican Women's Conference in Washington that "to junk the administration's flexible farm price support plan and restore rigid high supports would be a backward step." * « • Lloyd Berg. Supt. of the Stale School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs, addressed the Rotary club here Monday noon and a high school assembly in the afternoon. His talk proved most interesting at both places and was extremely educational, and instructive, on how the handicapped are enabled to overcome that handicap and excel in their chosen fields despite loss of hearing. * * * Governor Freeman of Minnesota, speaking before the American Veterans Committee recently, pointed out that modern-day trends in communication and dissemination of information, now make it possible for a relatively few people to dominate and control great masses in "their thinking. "Some serious and sincere thinkers," he addeti, "fear that democracy cannot meet the problem of maintaining freedom of thollght under these circumstances." The Governor has a point. A comparatively few can control many newspapers, radio stations and TV networks. Think it over. * * • ' SLIPS OF THE TYPE: A few of the little gems that have appeared in various newspapers in recent months follow. "The couple went to high school together and their marriage will stop a romance begun there." "The ceremony was attended by only a few loose friends ana relatives." "Her accessories were plain punk. The maid of horror wore yellow tile." "The bridal party then passed out and greeted the guests." Wonder why most of the slips that haunt all newspapers seem to crop up most often in wedding stories? * * * One of ihe present propositions being discussed in Washington is a proposal to make the present White House into a national museum or shrine, and construct an entirely new home for the President . . . one of Ike's aides is reported to have said that "the only thing on which 1 agree with Harry Truman was his suggestion that a new wing be added to the White House." Seems the place is a little cramped, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican. * * * Small minds discuss people; Average minds discuss events; Great minds discuss ideas. * * » Local sportsmen are about equally divided on the subject of whether or not use of rifles should be outlawed in the state, a controversy that has been going on since a recent accidental shooting in the state. * * * Maybe one of the laws that Congress should pass would be one to prohibit any cabinet member while in office from writing articles for national magazines or newspapers. It would cut down the income, but would save them all from getting into a lot of hot water. * * * Like a recent one by Presidential Press Secretary Hegarty entitled "Why I told the truth about Ike's illness." What was he supposed to do, lie? * » » A patronizing young man eased himself into a barber's chair and asked: "Isn't this the place where I had my hair cut last time?" "I don't think so," replied the barber. "We've only been open two years." » » * Famous Last Line — Waii'll you hew what I'm going to promise the farmers this time!" Horn Specials Open 'Eat More Pork 1 Month Algona's meat retailers ar« geared for a high run of pork sales this week end when the county's "Eat More Pork" campaign swings into action with a special price on hams as advertised elsewhere in today's Algona Upper DCS Moines. This is the beginning of a month-long campaign during February to make everyone in the county more pork conscious and to let them take advantage of the low pork prices being offered by meat retailers. The Algona Upper Des Moines is cooperating along with other Algona firms, in presenting the special pork prices each, week during February. Pictured above are Algona me»t men with some of their choice cuts of pork. Left. to right, they are: Ray Beamish of Ray's Market, Jim Schneider of Hood's Grocery, Joe Downey of Sorensen's Grocery, Allen Bullock of Fare- way Stores, Inc., Pete Gronbeck of Council Oak and Ted Vera of East End Grocery. Consumers Market, as well as all other meat departments in ihe area, are also cooperating, of course. Joe Skew, Wesley, chairman of the county-wide campaign, hopes consumers will cooperate in the project which was instigated by the Livestock Committee of the Farm Bureau in an effort to reduce the pork surplus. While hams are specially priced for this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the county, next week it will be bacon, third week pork chops and the fourth week pork roasts with other specially priced pork items. The housewife will have a glorious opportunity to concoct some new pork dishes at a saving in the family budget. Pork recipes galore are being distributed in pamphlets and other forms. (Upper Des Moines Photos) aigona (Hppcr Be* ^^•^ ^\ ^\ ESTABLISHfD 1S63 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of, Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1956 3 SECTIONS - 18 PAGES VOL. 93 - NO. 5 Extension And Farm Bureau Now Divorced New County Tax Levy Aids Financing Of Extension Service For the first time since the organization of the Extension Service and Farm Bureau, the Extension Service is now operating under a complete tax support program. And the Farm Bureau is operating under a completely self-financed setup, Up to the first of the year the Farm Bureau in each Iowa county was a substantial underwriter for the operation of the Extension Service in each county, aiding that office with financial appropriations, New Tax Setup As of January 1, 1956, this Farm Bureau aid ceases, and the Extension Service in turn "will receive approximately $15,000 through regular Kossuth county tax channels, according to Marc Moore, county auditor. The levy for the Extension Service is .267 mills. A year ago the Department of Agriculture announced that there must be a separation between the Farm Bureau and Extension Service. Iowa laws were provided to enable a small millage levy^ro be established on behalf of the Extension Service. The new levy and elimination of the old one just about balance off each other, so the taxpayer actually has no new tax in total. The Extension Service office, located in the Kossuth Farm Bureau building, will pay rent for the space to the Farm Bureau. On a basis of population, the Extension Service will also receive a sum from state and federal sources to supplement the county revenue it receives. Work of the Extension Service, in turn, is to be assisted in guidance by an elective Extension Council, which met recently for its organization meeting. Each township is represented'on this council so it has a countywide complexion. The heads of the Extension Service, then, receive a portion of their pay from Statq-Federal funds, through the extension service at Iowa State College, and the remainder comes from tax funds. Dean Barnes is County ,Extension Director, and Bob! Johnson is Youth Assistant. Mary Staudt • is County Extension Home Economist. Edith Welter is office secretary. Service For Everyone The Extension Service belongs to everyone, of course, and its chief purpose is to aid and assist in better farming practices, boys and girls club work, and everything that pertains to improving farming and farm life. In this it has the full support of the Farm Bureau, of course, even though the former relationship no longer exists. The Upper Des Moines has been asked by quite a numoer of persons just what the organizational setup now is with regard to the Extension Service and Farm Bureau, and we hope the above clarifies the situation. Break Ground, New Phone Building * t*""' "" .. Ground-breaking ceremonies, making way for the construction of Algona's new $140,000 telephone exchange building at the corner of East Call and North Dodge streets, were taking place Friday morning when the above photo was snapped. Shown, either putting the shovel in the ground or standing by in case help is needed, left to right, are: Herb Hedlund, president of the Algona Chamber of C9mmerce; John Claude, local NW Bell Telephone Co. manager; Dr. C. C. Shierk, mayor; Jean Lensing, chief operator; Mary Lou Burmeister, assistant chief operator; and H. R. Ranes, district manager of NW Bell. The building, which is part of a big $650,000 improvement and expansion program taking place in Algona by the Bell firm, should be completed sometime In July this year. Installation of the new dial system, cables and all equipment for the switch to dial phones should be completed in February or March, 1957. The building itself is only the first step in a program that will eventually bring all new and better phone service to Algona and vicinity. OK Permit For Radio Station The Federal Communications Commission at Washington, D. C. approved an application foi> a new radio station in Iowa, in Algona. Approval was given to the Kossuth County Broadcasting Co., Inc., to operate a daytime- station here at 1600 kilocycles and 5 killowats of power. It was understood that the group operates a station at Hutchison, Minn, at present. Geo. B. Ludwig Funeral Monday Funeral services for George B. Ludwig, 64, life-long resident of St. Benedict, were he>ld in the Catholic Church there at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Fr. C. A. Ahmann officiated at the mass and burial followed in the St Benedict cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home, Algona, was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Henry and Bob Arndorfer, Warren, David, Richard and William Ludwig. Mr Ludwig died of a heart attack Thursday evening in the borne in which he resided in St. Benedict. George B., son of Mr and Mrs George B. Ludwig, was born August 21, 1891 at St. Benedict and lived there all his life. He served his country during World War I and was a member of the VFW, which conducted graveside rites at the funeral. He was a carpenter of note and was never married. Survivors include three brothers, John and Leo, St. Benedict, and Lawrence, Long Beach, Cal.; and a sister, Mrs Dan Froehlich, St. Benedict. Give Figures On '54 County Sales Retail sales of 353 stores in Kossuth county totaled $29,077,000 in 1954, according to a preliminary 1954 Census of Business figures announced by the Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce, this week. This was an increase of 23.6 percent over sales in 1948 of 3S9 stores reporting, for a total of $23,519,000. Augustana Synod Churches Meet The First Lutheran church here was host, Monday, to the annual meeting of the Northern District of Iowa Conference of the Augustana Lutheran church. Rev. O. Leonard Nelson was host pastor. , Annual reports were presented and lunch was served at noon with another session held in the' afternoon. There were fourteen churches in this district represented. Rev. Nelson is vice president of the district. Rev. Arthur E. Enquist, Fort Dodge, president, presided. Legion To Meet A chicken dinner will precede the February meeting of the Algona American Legion post, sei for Wednesday evening, Feb. 1. The dinner serving will start at 6:30 p.m., Commander Everett Baldus states. Junior Legion baseball will be one of the subjects discussed at the meeting. Dr. John Kenefick has been appointed as the Legion's representative on the "Algona Lake" project. Below Zero Is Weather Fare Variety is the spice of life— and the weather made life in this area plenty spicy during the past week, according to Weatherman Stu Albright at the airport. Warm days, interspersed with cold days and nights, plus snow and sleet, made weather talk quite interesting. Low temperature during the period was a 13 v below zero reading early this rnorning (Tuesday), while the high was a 33 mark Saturday. Some damage to telephone lines was reported Friday and Saturday, but work crews quickly ironed out the difficulties. The sleet also slowed vehicular and pedestrian traffic considerably. Jan. 24 23 4 Jan. 25 -24 13 Jan. 26 24 -5 Jan. 27 31 21 Jan. 28 33 17 Jan. 29 19 -4 Jan. 30 -12 -9 Home From Hospital Fenton—Mrs Emil Bierstedt ot Fenton returned home Friday after major surgery at Naevij hpspital, Albert Lea, Minn Winaw of 17 State * National Awards, 1950-1955 _ Including General Excellence. low* Press Ass'n, 1955***" Estimate Cost il Storm Sewer Project Bay, Morton And Laird Approved On City Boards The Algona city council held a lengthy session Wednesday night and discussed business brought before it. Adjournment came at 12:40 a.m. Thursday. Mort Bittinger, local representative of the engineering firm of Collins, Thompson and Willis, Marshalltown,, presented plans fqr part two of the storm sewer construction in the east portion of town. He was told to go ahead with preparation of a plat and schedule to be presented later. Cost of this portion of the project will be about $60,177, and -will be financed by special and genei!al^..abligation ^ b'bn^i^sues, later.-- • •"•S.VAV .*—•>.•. ••"••»••»• — • .<„"!"" A discussion of Algona's trees was held. Don Maasdam, representative of the Algona Tree Service, appeared and answered questions of the council. Many trees- are in bad shape and are a hazard in their present condition, and according to Maasdam, must be taken care of soon. Mayor C. C. Shierk was instructed by the council to publish a proclamation for all citizens to comply with ordinance 14, which deals with the subject. Under the rules of the ordinance, persons must take care of the tfees or the city will do the work and bill property owners for the cost. Three appointments were made. Mel Bay was appointed to the board of adjustment, Dr. Robert Horton was made health officer and Leon Laird took a board of adjustment post vacated by former councilman Mel Griffin. Building permits were issued to Irwin Malueg, Rosella A. Larson and Kossuth County. The county is building a $4500 addition to one of its present buildings. Fire Chief Ira Kohl gave his annual report on the condition of the fire department. It was accepted and filed. Kohl was told to proceed with his investigation into the probability of full-time fire protection for the rural area. Other items during the night included the purchase of a new siren and light for the newly purchased police car, authorization of a delegation of the police department to attend a police school Feb. 1 at Fairmont and purchase of a Friden calculator for the city clerk's office. An agreement, between the city and Iowa Aeronautics Commission, was signed. It paves the way for a new airway beacon which will be constructed at the local airport. Concealed Weapon Case Dismissed An Algona man, Matt Hentges, was found ndt guilty of a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in a car in Mayor C. C. Shierk's court this week. The defendant, Hentges, appeared in response to a summons following discovery of a gun in his car by Policeman Ernie Hutchison. Evidence was given that said the defendant was not owner of the weapon, and was not aware of the fact the weapon was in the car. Hentges 1 lawyer, R. G. Buchanan, requested continuance, it was granted, and there being no sufficient cause for believing defendant guilty, he was found not guilty of the charge. William Heller Has Hepatitis William Heller, motor vehicle registration clerk, is ill at his home here with hepatitis. All other members of the motor vehicle registration department and the county treasurer's staff, in the same courthouse unit, took shots against the disease, Saturday. Bill was ill last Thursday night, but got back to work Friday noon, and again Saturday morning, but Saturday noon his illness was diagnosed and he was ordered to bed, and the shots for his fellow workers followed. Membership In County At 1500 N.F.O. States The membership drive of,,the Kossuth County chapter'of''the NFO (National Farmers' Organization) is progressing in fine shape, according to county secretary Ray Steven. At present, 1500 Kossuth farmers have joined the organization which was formed three months ago at Corning. So far, only 18 of 28 townships have reported and it is expected total membership wUl surpass all expecta- £ions. It : has been estimated by the county officers from 80 to 9U percent will eventually belong. As stated in the by-laws, the NFO's purpose is "to work for a better life for farm people that the said farmer should have a fair share of the national farm income, and to band together to exercise our sacred right to peti-' tion to our government." The group, which has a total membership in the mid-west of more than 70,000, favors 100 percent parity and an immediate floor of approximately $20 on butcher hogs and approximately $30 on good to choice cattle. Parity has been explained by the organization as a square deal, purchasing power equal to that of other fields of endeavor. Expansion of the group has been rapid since its formation by a handful of farmers Officers of the county group, Ken Patterson, chairman, Buzz Reynolds, vico chairman, Ray Steven, secretary, and Gordon Bollig, treasurer, will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) night. license To Wed One wedding license w»s ^sued in the past week, here, going to Alfred H. Stengel of Lakot^ and Blna Caroline Van Hove of Titonka, Jan. 24. Services Sunday, George Stewart Funeral services for George Stewart, Sr., 62, life-long resident of this area until three years ago, were held Sunday in the Methodist Church in Algona at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Harry Whyte officiated and burial was in Riverview cemetery. McCullough's Funeral Cnapel was in charge of arrangements. Mr Stewart died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24, at his home in Phoenix, Ariz. George, son of Mr and Mrs Robert Stewart, was born in Riverdale township and farmed for many years in this axea. About 1950 Mr Stewart quit farming and was employed by the Livingston Tool Co. Three years ago, he, his wife and son, George, Jr. and family moved to Phoenix where they have sincii represented the Livingston Tool firm. He had been in ill health for some time, but had been working most of the time. Survivors, besides his wife and son George, include his father, Robert, Algona, and two daughters, Mrs Heltn Cobb, Los Anseles; and Leona (Mrs Charles Recker), Buffalo Center. Pallbaarers at the foneraJ were W. J-'SSfshee, Loyola O'Brien, Bob Loss, John Simon, Casey Loss and J. P. Smith. Casey Loss Candidate For Reelection Seeks Reelection As Representive From Kossuth One political question in n political year was answered this morning by Casey Loss, state representative from Kossuth county. He announced that he would be a candidate for reelection to his present office, that of sta.ta representative. There has been some speculation that Loss might be a candidate for state senator from this district. He said this morning that because of •Ihe seniority he would hold, if reelected to his present of-, fice, he had decided to again seek that post although he had been urged to run for .the senate. ' : . ...- ••'. .':'... -,•••;'- ;. Kossuth's present representative has served four terms or eight years as state representative. He is the ranking Democrat in the house, second to Representative Bill Johannes of Osceola. At the last session of the legislature Loss was the minority floor leader. On • Interim Committee In case of a Democratic state victory and Democratic control of the legislature, he would become majority floor leader. Chief among the posts or responsibility that he has held is that of membership on the interim committee, where although in the minority politically, he served in 1951 and 1952, and again in 1955 and will in 1956. The interim committee represents the legislature between ses\- sions on matters of state expenditures and appropriations. Last week Mr Loss appeared before the State Highway Commission to inquire as to plans fpr a proposed road straight west from LuVerne to highway 169. He was told that there is no such plan in the works at present, although LuVerne areu residents had hoped there was. The commission told Loss that they thought the area was being adequately served, particularly since there is a bituminous road connecting LuVerne and Sexton. Rebuff To LuVerne The commission did not explain how this was much of an asset for anybody wanting to get from LuVerne west or south, or to AJ- gonu for that matter. The road in question is a county road, not u state highway. Marc Moore, county auditor, said that no hew nomination papers had been taken out for any county offices other than those previously announced. March 31 is the deadline for filing for state, congressional and legislative offices. April 10 is the final day to file for township and county offices. The primary election will ba held June 4, and the general election on November 6. In the meantime D. E. Dewel, incumbent state senator from this district, has also taken out papers and will be u candidate for reelection to that office on the Republican ticket. 'Dimes' Drive At $2,000 Thus Far Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, county chairman of the March of Dimes, said this morning that over $900 had been reported in from three Algona wards, and. a total of about $2,000 for reports so far filed. This included only three Algona wards, some schools and three townships. Last year the county donated $7,000 to the project, and it i4 hoped that this total mJ^ht ba exceeded this year. Th« response has been termed "good" to date.