The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1956 · Page 22
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 22

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
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Annual Report of Progress j^ I Shows 9.3m Increase '55; Manylmprj^ intemt^d Motor An increase of 9.3% in output of electric light and power, and a transfer of $27,616.80 from the electric, department to ' the general fund of the City of Algona, are two notable items in the report of the electric department of the Algona Municipal Utilities, as rendered by the Utilities Commission for the year ending Dec. 31, 1955. .This increase of 9.3% in out' put, as explained by Utilties • bupt. Jim Palmer, amounted to 131,825 kilpwatf hours 1 , with the total generation of light and power for , the municipal plant amounting to 14,238,350 kilowatt 6ours for the year of 1955. The peak Ipad carried at the plant r/as 3,300 kilowatts at one time ,sn increase in peak load of 200 kilowatt hours, or Q% larger than at any time in the year previous. . It was stated by Palmer that no single development caused .this increase, but that it was a general overall increase in light and power, over the, community at large, indicating a larger general demand for light and power here. The new engine in the plant accounted for 9,357,900 kilowatts, or almost 66% of the,total generated during the year. This engine operated 7,301 hours out of a possible 8,460 hours, or 83% of the time during 1955. The No. 5 engine was super-charged during the year, which raised its capacity from 1,004 to 1,500 kilowatts, or an increase of 500 kilowatts for this engine. Cost of the super-charging was $29,000. Engines No. 3, 4 and 5 were ' converted to dual fuel operation permitting the use of natural gas which is resulting in a large saving in fuel costs for thes? engines. This conversion cost , came to $59,200. Of interest \the fact the light plant is the largest single u^cr of natural ga? in the community. It was also revealed in the elprtrir demrttncnt report \<j\ 1955 that thirty-one naw transformers were adds:! to the distribution system, end CO m-w t!ec trie p niters 1 pincod. Of interest to E'! citizens ir, th« iransjer of funds in Ihe amount of $27,316.00 from tho eleciric department Jo ihe city's Fund. This, in essence, rcpr-senfs ? dividend p 'id to the citizens of A' from the 13$5 opsrf.Jion ot ihe light plant. Pay roll for regular employ^ of the plant, numboriny ' n came to 5>ali,iiJU.O;) tor th_> pa- \vai-, and DU p ; v ,-,,;) f,, r " c , <;r ' ]--ilv,_- for the y,- T 'a period v.v it was n-'U-d "in th.; re > ,r' <V state salt;.; tax p; ; 'i! f.,.- Vii .'<.'..-.' v."s nut ploc-cl en bill- iv-iiVrc^ tn consume: 1 :;. f'p.i! Utilities c'nu^jsjiion, \vhir! .|Up:-evij(-s op;'r;>ti,-m of u'ilitie.- in In- ci'.y. aix- Alk-n liuchuivm<J,:nt, M. Joseph Bradley C H. McQuiston, and Ira Kohl'.' T J. (Jim) Palmer h general superintendent. General offices of the municipal utilities are located in the City Hall en East Call street. NEAR MISS Elmer Htwiu, live year old Nora Springs boy, carried hi baby sister, eight months, into the kitchen and right into tin path of his mother, who wy carrying a pan of boiling water Elmer was painfully burned- tin baby was unhurt. B-Algona (la.) Upper Oes Moines Tuesday, February 7, 1956 13,500 Phone Colls Now Made Each Day NW Bell Launches $650,000 Program With start of construction on the new telephone building at the corner of Dodge and Call streets in Algona, a $650,000 improvement and expansion program is being launched here by Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. The modern building, first step m a series of moves that include the installation of dial telephones here, production of a new directory, extension of wire and cable to all parts of the city, and ereption of a number of new rural lines, is exected to be completed by July 1. H. J. Cowan is general contractor for the building project. Almosi 3,000 Phones Now Interesting statistics pertaining to telephone service growth here have been released for this Report of Progress" edition by J. L. Claude, local telephone company manager. At the close of 195a, the number of telephones serving Algona was approaching the 3,000 mark, with nearly 1,000 phones.-having been 1 added here in the past ten years. At present,-the local system is handling more than 13,500 local and long distance calls daily—a rise of 6,000 a day over the average ten years ago, according to Claude. Additional Features Planne'd In addition to building construction and line improvement, the company also plans the introduction here of speaker phones, automatic answering equipment, volume control telephones, light-up dials, telephones in colors, and other modern equipment. , f ' 3,000 telephones. today — ove: which almost 14,000 cal!|s are made every day—as against just 50 phones that were connected to the switchboard here in 1895 ... a symbol of progress and growth for the Algona community. 'Meat Typd' Hcig Clinic On Febr 9 Swine q ullity improvement ana boar testing will be the topic of a meeting planned for' Thursday afternoon, February 9, according to Dean L. Barnes, county extension director, Algoha. The meeting will be held in the.. y.F.W. building, Algona"be" ginning at 1:30 p.m.: withV.Dr. Ralph Durham, animal breeding specialist from Ames, as the feature speaker. Dr. Durham is Ift. charge of the new boar testing station being built at Ames. He will explain the boar testing'pro- gram to be used, and also a testing program which local farmers can use on their swine herds to improve their meat type qualities. -. . A newly printed "Litter: Record Card" will be given out free to interested farmers. . .:'.:•••' 'One of north Iowa's largest and p 1 d e s t Chevrolet dealerships, Kossuth Motor C,o. of Algona, .completed .its 20th year.of operation in 1.955, and at the same time ico'mrilefed one of its best years in*,/business.. With seventeen persons-^niechanics, V off ice and parts 'personnel, and sales force- on its staff,: the; KosstJth Motor ._ r ^™,f6 : ff»^8fe!r9&S came td approximate^ HoUse'd ifl a ' if the; south^s^^rp^f'^bpK house square 1 here,; th"e~ ffyttph&fi since taken.,£.;hurilB%r ,of 'steps to Enlarge;; find irriprdvs iw|ief»* vice and quarters still ffibre.' ,'A service station and corner lot'ad- jacfent td the Kdssuth Motor main 1 garage was • acquired in' 1.953, iarid a, larTge acquisition of new iquipment Installed 6rf com* pletion of the liew building -has since been greatly ^ugittentedi The 'iirm now handles orie of the ; largest Chevrolet parts s'tockf in Iowa, including metal body, parts." Don Nelson, head of the company, states that as a Chevrolet dealership and as a garage equips ped to handle : SerVice 'on, a-11 tf.maiceSj the firm' will fcbhtihue its' ''pfiSgfaliti of acquiring the latest atitofriofaile equipment and main- ,;falrtlfig 'a -high: level of service •*- " ijdrts vstock ; fof the driving ,.. '.- Wtoriona and Woodbury counties lost one of their oldest resi- dentS recently. Loyal Greenstreet •dieid^tft Moonhead at the age, of 95, after living most of his^ life in that a'fea. '', " \ > • SHOT ; When he 'brought his .410 gaug^ into the house tb warm it up, after hunting, rabbits, Dale Aldrich, 21,. oi near Anamosa ,was shot in the wrist. The gun was • dropped, accidentally discharging It. • - ,'. ' DRIVE-IN Jerry Wolfe's drug store in Osceola is being referred to this week as "Jerry's Drive - In." Cliff Coyle's automobile,- left parked with the motor running, crept through the front plate- glass wJndow. OVER MILLION GALLONS GAS.. During the year 1955, 104 tank cars, carrying 10.000 gallons of gas each, were processed through our plant in AlgVma. This gas, in both bulk and bottle, was used by our 1,000 retail customers, plus gS dealers whom we seVve in ihe area as wholesale accounts. It was our privilege to add over 100 new home healing accounts during ihe year. ; As part of an expansion program. Rapid Thermogas purchased the bottle gas business of the Bjustrom Furniture'Co. of Algona; added one new retail truck to the present fleet of 8; and increased the personnel from eight to 10. A major improvement was the building of an addition to ihe present .warehouse. The picture of our plant above shows the-addition which is just to the left of the large Thermogas sign. This addition was built to enablei us to carry a more complete stock of gas burning appliances and to better service our dealers and retail customers. With an annual payroll of $45,000.00, Ra^id Thermogas contributes its share to\ the Algona community as it progresses and develops through'intensified efforts by all. We like to be a part in Algona's, progress. REPORT OF PROGRESS Association Lola Scuff ham, Secretary INCREASE IN VOLUME OF INSURANCE BUSINESS IN 1955 •.. .i • TOTAL LOSSES PAID IN 1955 $104,049.80 TOTAL INSURANCE NOW IN FORCE $72,081,418.00 SERVING • KOSSUTH COUNTY SINCE 1887 LONG TRIP Two runaway teenagers wen picked up at Grinnell recently after they had driven from Gary Inciana, in a car belonging to the grandfather of one of them. Tin driver was 13 years old. The.y were "running off" after a quarrel at home, they told police. The first newspaper wen oi the Alleghenies was the Pittsburgh Gazette, founded in 1786 by John Scull and Joseph Hall. '*» as Co. The Algona Upper Des Moines nas the largest circulation in Ko ' suth county of any publication. PHONE 16 - ALGONA -'.; •; on b d " «" 3 ' ° em * ara B e > owroom, parts and offices, was erected in 1950 ond n t »u carried one of north Iowa'* largest *to«k of genolna Chevrolet car and truck partv with ene of the largest stocks of melal body partf available in any Iowa Chevrolet dealership. If '^ossuth Motor Co. activity hai carried forward by the veer, keeping pace with Chevrolet leadership nationally. Some of pur present employees have been with us since our founding in 1935, and others for ten years or more. AH of this has contributed to oyr 'progress' . . . and we are pleased to join with others of ovr com* munity in reprinting these facts of our 'private life' . • . and to renewing our pledge for rendering the finest and most complete typo of service possible in o.ur chosen field. * Some Things About KOSSUTH MOTOR CO. We'd Like Yog to Know! V t We seU and service the complete line ol Chevrolet cars and trucks, and maintain one of north Iowa's largest and most complete stocks of genuine Chevrolet parts, t Our modern garage facilities include special departments lor lubrication an4 wash, motor tune-up complete mechanical overhaul, frost end alignment complete body and paint shop — with nothing U c j£ ing for complete service to all makes cars and trucks. • We have seventeen skilled persons on our statf, in all departments, each of them ready and on call to give top service at all times. >Q f Our payroll for the year 1955, which went into the Continuing To Serve With The Finest In Product, Parts and "Know-How" ... Is The Pledge and Motto of Kossvith Motor Co., Algona — -,._^. __. -^HIMM^^^M.^ . _. . . I WW

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