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By RUBS Walier k • * • i ' Dale MeBride, state highway patrolman, enjoys: a little reerea- ,' tiqn in his off hours, spearing fish ...Monday he-turned up at the courthouse with a > prize catch, non-edibile, b'ut' 20 p6unds of carp all in one chunk! * -* s ' • Eight'Algeria men w«re among 1 thfe seven or eight' hundred at- 'lendfng a clinic in Des Moines £ last Week conducted by the loWa „'Devel&pment Asg'n. for cities irt- I'tecestea \n obtaining industry. Attending Tfrom '"Algona were ..Bill Stcele, Jim Palmer, Dr. C. ',C.> Shierk, Jerry Donovan, Bob L'ttB^awe', Gene CJook, M. C. Met-' calf' and^Law.rehce Winkel, all representing the Chamber of •Commerce and City of AJgona. ' They were told that attracting industry is not an overnight proposition, and they were told some of, the major points vital to getting industry interested, among them (1) put the town in order, with an attractive -appearance, good"' Streets/ adequate housing and a friendly and welcoming attitude; (2) have an attractive tax setup so that industry does not feel it-, is being 'needlessly penal' ized if it' locates in'syour town; :(3) have favorable 'utility rates, arid contacts, adequate .sewer and ityater facilities, .natural gas, and ^•favorable zoning. ''• ' - *... f' •' Mn this issue of The Algona Upper Des Moines will be found the first annual Report • of progress, a review of the year, of 1955 and what ill has imeant for the City of Algona \and surrounding area. Much time eind effort has gone into ihis special edition and the sections are well worth saving for reference, or sending to former Algona residents ...Progress isn't something that has to happen in only one year,—it can continue for year after year with a forward-looking civic attitude ...one firm ;/eknp)oyins 100 additional, employees means i an •increase ip»ret|il sales of about $360,000 yearly. .."'•,- -..V '"Y. •.•;•.'••<, .'•••-«*»..VSM'IH.„>>** tJifra coBle* of J&lajf'i Issue ..on ;<«fl* vat:..«» Smoke Shop or Upper Del Moines. , Jim Egli, manager of *he Algona sewage treatment plant, came up i with a" report on what his department is doing down there by the river. In. 228 days of operation the' city's new sewage plant' treated '94 million gallons of-sewage or enough to fill the Algona swimming pool 943 times (nobody is advocating this, it's just for comparison). They-removed 671,568 gallons of sludge from 'this sewage or enough to fill 85 standard railroad tank cars. Enough gas has" been produced to heat, six 3- bedroom houses for one year, or to operate 1700 gas ranges for . one year. Chief purpose of the plant, oi course, is to remove the'organic pollution from the sewage, which robs the river of its oxygen and creates much public discomfort, to put it politely. Any resident is invited to visit the plant.'— anytime! • * » Our mail bag brought a memo from Dr, J. G. Clop- saddle of Hurt, with a change of address to Fort Meyers, Florida, and the fact that he \ expects to be gone dbout two months, Doc adds as a result of a dollar refund that he got, "thanks for the dollar) good thing you sent it or I would have been unable tto go!" f . » Another letter from San Anselmo, Cal. from W. F. Clow, whom the writer met some years ago while in the navy, and who is married to a former Algona girl, Gertrude Long. He's -with Cudahy Packing Co, and is putting on pork lift operations in various west coast cities, includ* ing one in San Francisco where a super-market sold 115,000 Ibs, of total pork in a one-day bang- up sale... that's good news for }owa pork raisers, Wally! Famous Last Line— Here comes that Russian ambass- dor again with his brief cue. Saddle Club Has A Snow Party Guests and members of the Seneca Saddle Club gathered at the Everett Witham home, Sunday, Jan. 29, for a snow party with 49 persons present for an enjoyable afternoon of skiing, sledding and tobogganing. Prizes were given for the best skiiers, etc, with Bob Crouch taking first for tobogganing, and Gene Gardner second. Mark Simmons took first for skiing the farthest. Joyce Menke took first Jn the girls section for tobogganing, with Patricia Lynch Sfcoftd, After »n «eitin| attw- noon, the group enjoyed a hot pot-luck lunch- ' i i Dept. of History and Dee Moinee 19, Iowa tlTAIllSHeO 1<« ' ' Entered as second class matter at the postofflee at '* Iowa, Nov. 1; 1631. under Act of Congress of MafftM 3, 1819. AtDONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1956 N ' i -! 5 SECTIONS - 36 PAGES VOt. 93 - NO. 6 Youth Dies In Sunday Plane Crash - i 1 - • ^f <• * I ( 'r* t ^^^ ' Grant School Patrons Study Abandonment Consider Proposal To ; Divide^tudent, To Swea City, Ledyard Residerits of the Grant Consolidated school, area .were giving serious consideration this week to die thdught, of ab&ndoriing the oresefit'Or ant "district 'and dividing the area between the Swea City and Ledyard'school districts. /Citizens 'from-, the Grant .area met, last week informally with the Swea. City school board t° discuss" the matter and received assurance; 'that they' would • be welcome in the Swea City district, as they also would in the Ledyard district/ , -.»•-. The .Grant school is' located in Grant township, fhree miles from the Minnesota line, about seven mile's .'from Swea City and seven and one-half miles from Ledyard. Costs of maintaining the Grant school, with .a small enrollment and a high per pupil cost, were given as the chief reason for considering the proposal to discontinue the school. If this were done, it would probably become effective next fall. Leon McCoy, _ clerk of the Grant school board, 'said that a meeting was being'planned for Grant area residents to go-over the. matter. A. M. Quintard,-county school superintendent, was present at Swea City, to outline some of the pros and cons of the.idea. If the question is decided by a favorable majority, to close the sphopl at .Grant, a vote of the Swea ^City and Ledyard school areas, would be.required to'-give official approval to expansion of each d'istr}qt. to -include part,;of. Gfafit. The dividing >lirie between the.$wea City and Ledyard .ttfea would have to be worked! out by the. Grant area residents, it was stated., ,- . ' L C. Hutchins Rites Saturday ; Funeral services for Lawrence C. 'Hutchins, 70, resident of the Alg'ona area for most of, his life, were .held Saturday at 3 p.m. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Harry Whyte, Methodist minister, officiated at the rites and''burial followed in Riverview, Cemetery. Mr Hutchins died suddenly Wednesday night, Feb. 1, of a heart attack at 7:30 p.m. in the Hutchins farm home three miles east of Algona. ' ' Lawrence C.. son of Clayton B. and Eva Hamilton Hutchins, was born here March 13, 1885. .He grew up here and .served as a captain in the local unit of the national guard in the early 1900s. * Lawrence spent eight years in California, where he worked for various fruit companies, and married Pansy Kunzmann at Highland, Cal., August 26, 1913. Mr nnd Mrs Hutchins moved back to Algona a month after their wedding, and have lived here since. Mr Hutchins served as manager locally for 9 Mason City sugar beet firm and was assessor in Ij'vington township for a number of years. The Hutchins have lived" on their present farm for the past 42 years. Survivors, besides Mrs Hutchins, include a daughter, Mary (tyrs Charles Mentzer), Mt Pleasant, Mich.; a son, Lawrence E., West Los Angeles, Cal.; three brothers, Harold and Carl, Algona, and Ralph of Indiana; and three grandchildren. Mr and Mrs Mentzer were visiting here at the time of Mr Hutchins' death and the son returned, for the funeral. Pallbearers at the funeral were Charles Peibler, Merle Moxley, Hugh Black, John Grandgenett, Frank McEnroe and Charles Rea- P er ' ' . We?by Supt, Has Appendix Out We»l*y—Wesley's high school superintendent, Charles Mullin, has been 'absent the past few day}. He undfrwent surgery for removal of his appendix at the Britt hospital Jon. 30, and was italised untii Friday, Fpb, 3' Holdren Golden Wedding Mr and Mrs Wilb'ur Holdren, Algona,, pictured above/ will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Sunday, February 12, at their home with open house from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to » p.m. tor They r were'married at Madison, Wisconsin, February 15, .1906; Both Mr and Mrs Holdren were born and raised in Compton, Illinois, moving to''Iowa Ih 1908 and farmed/'around Algona. In 1922 they moved to Algona and Mr Holdren started doing carpentervworfc which he is still doing. : ' '_... -.< ••.< There are four children: Orville of Algona, Iowa, Alberta (Mrs Vallie Shott) of Carlsbad, New Mexico,-Elaine (Mrs Aaron 'Kteiber) of femmetsburg, Iowa, and Arlene (Mrs -Francis McConnell), of Algona,'Iowa. There are also 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. , ' ' •',,..-•• j, * • "Dinner is ; being served at the Johnson House for the immediate family. (Glenn's Studio Photo) _______ County '56 Corn Acreage ciit3T;402 Acres Ort&% ._ Kossuth county's corn acreage allotment for 1956 is 178,043 acres, or 31,402 less than . for 1955, it was reported this week by Richaiid I. Anderson, chairman of the county ASC committee. ' This is a county acreage out of jbout 15 percent. Every county in Iowa will have a smaller allotment this year as a result of the Iowa and national allotments being reduced by the United States Dept. of Agriculture. The state allotment for 1956 is 8,201,379 acres, as compared with 9,636,620 in 1955 and 9,063,929 in 1954. In 1940, the State allotment was 8,193,000 and in 1941 it was 8,184,000. Computation of actual corn acreage allotments for individual farms of the county will be started immediately so that notices can be mailed out to farmers by March 2 at the very latest. As in 1954 and 1955, only farmers who comply with their individual 'corn acreage " allotments will be, eligible Tfor price support on corn produced this year. Nearly 51 percent of the farms of Iowa were in compliance in 1955 to lead all of the heave corn producing states. In Kos- •suth county, 68 percent of the farms were in compliance in 1955. Cliff Behrends Of Lone Rock trash Victim a \ Wm. Madsen Jr. -. Injured, But Making Recovery (Clifford Behrends, 21, of Lone Bpck met • death, in a tragic climax to a Sunday afternoon ah plane i pleasure flight,' when the plane he was piloting crashed on tlje William Madsen Sr. falm, six miles, northeast of Al- gb'na at 4:45 p.m.-' :William Madsen Jr., 27, a pas- se|(iger in the p'lane, who a few Seconds' before the crash had bgen waving to his parents,^ brother arid sister from the low-flying ship, received- a broken leg -and broken jaw.and other injuries, but was'reported as making a satisfactory recovery. . . * Sees Plane, Crash • John Wilson, who operates the farm just north of the Madsen place, was probably sthe only actual eye witness of the • crash. He was in his yard and saw the plane circling the Madsen grove. It was about a half mile northeast of the Madsen house, Wilson said, when it suddenly went into almost a vertical dive and struck the ground with terrific impact. T ; he Madsens from ' their porch Where they had been watching th<? plane, could not see the crash,' blft they noted the absence of sound of the motor, and Donald Madsen, 13, a brother of William Junior, climbed a windmill, saw § t had happened, and shouted n to the others that "the e crashed. 1 ' ilson; immediately , after the h, got in his car andVwent to the 'Madsen place, arid,'Vvith^.the assistance of others' summouhed ambulances. Remains.'Of Lone Rock Plane 36 Hour Spree In Stolen ' - ! Car Ends In Arrest Here Grand Jury In Free 2 - Hour Stage Show t Coining Here March A big "Thank You" party'that will feature a two-hour free stage show is all set for the afternoon of Friday, March 2, at the Algona Theatre, starting at 1:30 p.m. The show, which brings a troupe of professional entertainers here, is being sponsored jointly by the Upper Des Moines in conjunction with the Farm and Home rotogravure section which appears monthly with this newspaper. Tickets for this free show may be obtained from any of the area business firms who handle products advertised in the Farm and Home section. There is no charge of any kind; all you have to do is contact the area dealer for the products. Free tickets for this show may be obtained from the following firms: Clover Leaf Hatchery ^ Rusk Drug Store Bradley Brothers Buscher Implement Taylor Implement Algona Flour & Feed Kohlhaas Hardware Beecher Lane Appliances Western Auto • Robinson Produce Hood's Grocery Consumers Grocery Ray's Grocery All of these firms are located in Algona. In addition, tickets may be obtained from these, area firms: Stoeber Hardware, Fenton. Bartlett Bros. Hatchery, Titonka Headlining the show will be a group called the Musical Wades, including five top instrumentalists. Georgia Wade and Buddy Wade play the marimbas, Eddie Wade the hot accordian, Stella Wade the Hammond Organ, and Jackie Burtell doubles on the marimba. an4 chimfea, '• Billy Romajjo presents a study in Bjalloonatics and Balloonology, a most unusual number. Also 'performing will be Doctor Conrad, magician and escape artist, who combines feats ot magic with escape from a straight jacket. The entire troupe will come here from Mason City, and will travel from here to Spencer for the same performance that evening. $25 School Bus Fine Assessed A charge of failing to stop on sign from a school bus cost a West Bend man, S. Traub, $25 and costs, Saturday, before Mayor C. C. Shierk here. The charge was filed by D- D. Sparks, Algona school bus driver. In other eases, Louisa Murphy and Richard Ringsdorf, each paid fines of $5 for arterial highway stop violations. Bancroft Cafe Changes Hands Bancroft—Mr and Mrs George Rahe have purchased the Grogan Cafe here, and took possession Monday. -Mr Rahe operated the billiard parlor prior to taking over the cafe. t Remodeling was taking place Monday and Tuesday and the cafe was closed then. Mr and .Mrs Arndorfer and Mr and Mrs Grogan have not announced their future plans: and opened a path to the scene of the crash which was over plowed and stalk Around, so that the ambulances could reach the plane. Behrends was dead, evidently killed instantly. He was sitting in the front of the tandem seats of-the Aeronca plane, purchased only recently by a group of Lone Rock pilots, from a former Ringsted owner. Flying Since November Behrends had been flying since last November. He was married, and_the father of three children, a boy about a year and a hah' old, and twin girls only three months old. His wife is the former Lucille Gifford of Burt. Clift had farmed with his father, Ornie Behrends, two miles east and Va south of Lone Rock, who with his mother also survive. . Funeral services for the Lone Rook youth will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Lone Rock Presbyterian church, with Rev. C. E. Nordine officiating, with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Garden in Algona. Garry Funeral Home is in charge of arrngements. Pallbearers will be Duane and Dwight Gross, Dennis Priebe, Merwin and Leon Marlosv, and Frederick Newbrough. Clifford was born Jan. 17, 1935. C. A. A. Investigation Monday, following the crash, a Civil Aeronautics Authority representative, Fred Becchetti, was here making an investigation of the crash. A file will be prepared giving the official analysis of what might have caused the mishap. The plane was kept at the Algona airport, and Sunday morning, §tu Albright, local airport manager, had given a lesson to another student in the same plane. i Albright then went to church, and whjen he returned the plane was gone. The plane had been given its yearly checkup on Jan. William Madsen Jr. was rushed to St. Ann hospital for emergency treatment, and then was taken to Park Hospital at Mason City for bone specialist treatment. He was employed at the Burt elevator. Son For Smiths Mr and Mrs Don Smith Jr. ot Algona are parents of a new son born early Tuesday morning at St. Ann hospital. It is their 3nd son. poo is ejnpl6ysd by the Upper pes MoJnes, bng turned up missing for work Tueg^W morning, but he had a good excuse! Five Uvermore Residents Hurt Livermore—Mr and Mrs John Torkelson of Livermore and two children were taken to .Fort Dodge Lutheran hospital following an auto accident last Wednesday evening near Pocahontas. The Torkelson car collided with one driven by Mrs Don Ogden of 'Fonda. Mr Toffcelspp was injured in the chest, and his wife suffered leg and;; head injuries. The children wtf* feftcUy-shaken'tiP' but all are reported, as making a good recovery. Term Opens Kossuth district court opened here Monday, with Judge G. W. Stillman presiding. . The Grand Jury reported Tuesday morning and had one case under advisement. Grand jurors are Chris Brandt, Titonka; Elvin Carpenter, Ledyard; Frank W. Elbert, Wliittemore; Leona Heetland, Lakota; Kathleen Fitzgerald, Armstrong; John N. Ludwig, Corwith; and R. W. Will, Algona. The petit jury was to report next Tuesday. Judge Stillman assigned one case for trial, that of Clyde Math Reinsbach, charged with O.M.V.I. A second O.M.V.I. case was postponed to the next term, that of Lauritz Strand. Civil and equity actions set for hearings were James E. Trask vs Bahnc K. Bahnson, and M. J. Bradley et al vs. Victor Neuroth. A fine of $100 and costs, with $50 suspended, was assessed on a plea of guilty by Rich Reiling to a charge of selling feeder pigs while under quarantine. NFO Membership List Now 1650 Members of Jhe Kossuth County chapter of the NFO (National Farmers' Organization) will meet in the VFW Hall at Burt Monday night, Fel). 13 and discuss current problems of the farmer. At last count, more than 1650 farrnes were listed on the membership of the county set-up, with seven townships still unreported. Presiding officer at the Burt meeting will be Chairman Ken Patterson, who was elected at a county meeting in Algona several weeks ago. Other officers are Buzz Reynolds, vice-chairman; Gordon Bollig, treasurer; and Ray Steven, secretary. Prices of farm products will again be discussed. The NFO is for a $20 bottom on hogs and a S30 base on cattle which would tend to bring the farmer's prices closer to those paid by him for other goods. There will also be organization reports and reports from all township chairmen Gas Thefts Lead To Apprehension of. Five By Sheriff Lindhorst s, all'' 16 vye'ars old-/' probation' frbfn'%' preVioua^jhorge ,*.Un 1O ««^ 1*7 lira-Ha nf ofttolint* ' t_»,'/*at» i ' 'TT** Vlflrf nf*l*ll •TVUlpll -iJlJlUIlUt DV, A»AU1*U«J' tll^»l. ing, after B 36-hoiir spree in a The older boy; Wast a senior at stolen car. Roger A. Edgett, 18, of 69 W. Jessamine St., St. Paul, Minn., and Gordon Peterson, his 17 year- old companion,' were turned to police authorities at Fort Dodge, and the three, girls were held until the father of one of. them could drive down from St. Paul and take them home. There were no charges filed against the girls. Edgett was on a three-year Grace E. Hanley Services, Wesley Last rites for Mrs Grace E. Hanley, 57, resident of Wesley for the past three years, were held Saturday at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church there. Fr. L. N. Klein officiated ynd burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home, Algona, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Hanley died Thursday morning at St. Ann hospital following a lingering illness. Grace Elizabeth, daughter of Harry G. and Mayme Dugan Hill,'was born Dec. 19, 1898 at Austin, Minn. She later moved to Michigan, and married Richard Hanley in 1934 at Lapeer, Mich. She came from Michigan in 1952 and resided with her sister and her husband, Mr and Mrs L. 'II. Kleinpeter. Mrs Kleinpeter is the lone survivor) as Mr Hanley preceded his wife in death. Pallbearers at the funeral were Tom Forburger, John Muehe, Julius Studer, Lael Root, Herman Bode and Lester Lease. Harding high irt St. Paul. As the story unfolded, the two boy's spotted a 1952 Mercury in St. Paul, and used a jump wire to get it started, about 8':30 p.m. last Saturday, Later, they met the three girls and the journey began. They drove Waterloo, New to Rochester, Hampton, Fort LuVerne Woman Hurt In Oregon LuVerne—Mrs Clara Wolf and Mrs Edward Ramus received news that their sister, Mrs Lizzie Bommel, 80 years of age, fell and broke her hip. She is confined in a hospital and her address is 846 Maple Park Drive, Medford, Oregon. Mrs Bommel, former resident here, before moving to Missouri, had gone to Medford to live with her daughter, Mrs Everett Gastor and family. Dodge, Sioux City and Emmetsburg during the 36-hour period. At two points, including one just north of Fort Dodge, they got gas and left without paying for it, which resulted in a report to the state highway patrol and resulting radio broadcasts. At the Kossuth sheriff's office, the report was received stating that a car answering the rescrip- tion of the gas pirates had been seen going through Emmetsburg on highway 18, headed east. Sheriff Lindhorst and Deputy Sheriff Don Wood started west on highway 18 and had gone about a mile when they met the suspected car going east. Lindhorst turned around, gave chase, and overhauled the Minnesota car at the Catholic cemetery just east of Algona. The youths meekly surrendered, and while Lindhorst stopped them only because of the gas theft broadcast, he soon discovered that the car had also been stolen. This was about 11 a.m. . "' The youths had two cents in their possession. They said they had spent the balance of their funds for car repairs, and none of the five had eaten for 24 hours. They had an assortment of luggage with them, and seemed to have no definite destination in mind. One girl carried a hunting knife. The youths were turned over to Fort Dodge police because ot their gasoline theft charge, but Sheriff Lindhorst said the F.B.I, had also been called in and the boys would probably be returned to St. Paul, as they are now involved in the Federal offense of transporting a stolen car across a state line. Winner of 17, Sial« it National Awards, 1950-1955 Including General Excellence. low* Press A»s'n. 1955 7 Inches Snow Here, two Days A weather slide to 17 below, then a rise to eight above featured the past week's activity, coupled with' seven inches of snow in a two-day period, Stu Albright, official weather observer, reports. The week's weather follows Date Hi Jan. 31 17 Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb. 20 -14 ..14 .27 ,30 .32 three inch.ee L -13 0 -12 -17 -5 0 8 of February 1, snow fall, and February 4 there was a four inch snowfall, with no blizzard or high winds, for- tilnately.

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