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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
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flat* Historical Iowa oity, By Rust Wallet « * • McBride. state highway patrolman, enjoys a little recreation in his off hours, spearing fish ...Monday he turned up at the courthouse with a prize catch, non-edibile, but, 20 pounds of carp all in one chunk! ' • * Eight Algona men were among the seven or eight hundred attending a clinic in Des Moines last week conducted by the Iowa Development Ass'n for cities interested in obtaining industry. Attending from Algona were Bill Steele, Jim Palmer, Dr. C. C. Shierk, Jerry Donovan, Bob LaBarre, Gene Cook, M. C. Metcalf and Lawrence Winkel, all representing the Chamber of Commerce and City of Algona. ..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 penalized if it locates in your town; (3) have favorable utility rates and contacts, adequate sewer and water facilities, natural gas, and favorable zoning. • • • In 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 il has meant for the City of Algona and surrounding area. Much time and effort has gone into this special edition and the sections are well worth saving for reference, or sending to former Algona residents ... Progress isn't something thai has to happen in only one year—it can continue for, year after year with a forward-looking civic attitude .. .one firm employing 100 additional employees means an increase in retail sales of about $360,000 yearly. ••>''•,.-• .•••'•• Exit a copies of today's issue on sale at the Smoke Shop or Upper DM Moines. ' * • • Jim Egli, manager of the Algona sewage treatment plant, came up with a report on what his department is doing down there by the. river. In 228 days of operation the city's new sewaga 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 till 85 standard railroad tank cars. Enough gas ha.' been produced to heat six 3- bedroom houses for one year, 01 to operate 1700 gas ranges for one year. Chief purpose of the plant, ot 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. Clapsaddle of Burt, with a change of address to Fort Me'yers, Florida, and 'the fact that he expects to be gone about 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 io go!" * • • Another letter from San Anselmo, Cal. from W. F. Clow, whom the writer met some years age 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 operatipns in various west coast cities, including 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 Iowa pork raisers, Wally! » » • Famous Last Line— Her* comes that Russian ambass- dor again with his brief cast. 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 in the girls section for tobogganing, with Patricia Lynch second. After an exciting afternoon, the group enjoyed a hot pot-luck lunch. JWotnetf IStAWlSMIt) fentered as second class mfihef at the pogtofflc* at Algoha, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1032, urtder Act of Congress of March 3. 1679. AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1956 5 SECTIONS - 36 PAGES VOL 93 - NO. 6 Youth Dies In Sunday Plane Crash Grant School Palrons Study Abandonment Contider Proposal To Divide Student To Swea City, Ledyard Residents of the Grant Consolidated school area were giving serious consideration this week to khe thought of abaridoning the present Grant 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 to 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 Grunt township, three miles from the Minnesota line, about seven miles 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 school at Grant, a vote of the Swea City and Ledyard, school areas would be required to give official approval to expansion of each district, to .include part of Grant. The dividing line between the Swea City and Ledyard area would have to be worked out by the Grant area residents,- it was stated. L C. Hulchins Dies Suddenly; Rites Saturday Funeral services for Lawrence C. Hutchins, 70, resident of tht Algona area for most of his life, were he'd Saturday at 3 p.m. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Harry Whyte, Methodist minister, officiated at the rites and burial followed in Riverview Cemeteiy. 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 •;rew 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 High- 'and, Cal., August 26, 1913. Mr ^nd Mrs Hutchins moved back to Algona a month after their wedding, and have lived here since. Mr Hutchins served as manager locally for a Mason City sugar beet firm and was assessor in Irvington 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 (Mrs 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 Deibler, Merle Moxley, Hugh Black, John Grandgenett, Frank McEnroe and Charles Reaper. ^ Wesley Supt. Has Appendix Out Wesley —Wesley's high school superintendent, Charles Mullin, has been absent the past few day}. He underwent surgery for removal of his appendix at the Britt hospital Jan. 30, and was hospitalized until Friday, Feb. 3. Mrs Al Loebif has been substituting tot Mr Mullin as a teacher in the high school. Holdren Golden Wedding Mr and Mrs Wilbur 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 9 p.m. for all their friends. They were married at Madison, Wisconsin, February 15. 1906. Both Mr and Mrs Holdren were born and raised in Compton, Illinois, moving to Iowa in 1908 and farmed around Algona. In 1922 they moved to Algona and Mr Holdren started doing carpenter worjn which he is still doing. There are four children: Orville of Algona, Iowa, Alberta (Mrs Vallie Shott) of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Elaine (Mrs.Aaron Kleiber) of Emmetsburg, Iowa, and Arlene (Mrs Francis McGor.nell) of Algona, Iowa. There are also 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Dinner is being served at the Johnson House for the immediate family. (Glenn's Studio Photo) , County '56 Corn Acreage Cut 31,402 Acres Or 15% .. 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 Richard I. Anderson, chairman of the county ASC committee. This is a county acreage out of .ibout 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 for 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 Kossuth county, 68 percent of the farms were in compliance in 1955. Free 2 - Hour Stage Show Coming Here March 2 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, i.s 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 and chimes. Billy Romano presents a study in Balloonatics and Balloonology, a most unusual number. Also performing will be Doc tor Conrad, magician and escape artist, vyho combines feats oi 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 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 cases, Louisa Murphy and Richard Ringsdorf, each paid fines of $5 for arterial highway stop violations. Bancroft Cafe Changes Hands Bancroft—Mr and Mrs George Rahe have purchased the Grogan Cafe here, and took possession Monday. Mr Rahe operated the billiard parlor prior to taking over the cafe. Remodeling was taking place Monday and Tuesday and the cafe was closed then. Mr and Mrs 'Arndorfer and Mr and Mrs Grogan have not announced their future plans. Cliff Behrends Of Lone Rock Crash Victim f Wm, Madsen Jr. Injured, But Making Recovery J.Clifford Behrends, 21, of Lone Hbck met death in a tragic climax to a Sunday afternoon airplane pleasure flight, when the plane he was piloting crashed on the William Macisen Sr. f$rm, six miles northeast of Al- gpna at 4:45 p.m. , William Madsen Jr., 27, a pas- sfnger in the plane, who a few seconds befole 'the crash had bfeen waving to his parents, brother and sister from the low-flying f.hip, received a broken leg afid 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 the 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. The Madsens from their porch where they had been watching the plane, could not see the crash, but they noted the absence of sound of the motor, and Donald Madsen, 13, a brother of William Junior, climba'd a windmill, saw what had happened, and shouted down to the others that "the plane crashed." Wilson, immediately after the crash, got in his car and went to the Madsen place, and with the assistance of others summouned ambulances. ^Wilson and ^Harold Campney, 1 and' othW nfe'igMorsP who fSs^'B to thr 'farm, procu'red tractors and opened a path to the scene of the crash which was over plowed and stalk ground, 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 lnst ( November, He was married, and the father of three rhildren, 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, Ornic Behrends, two miles east and l fc south oi Lone Rock, who with his mother also survive. . Funeral services for the Lone Rock youth will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Lone Rock Presbyterian church, with Rev. C. E. Norcline 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 Marlow, 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, Stu Albright, local airport manager, had given a lesson to another student in the same plane. Albright then went to church, and when he returned the plane was gone. The plane had been given its yearly checkup on Jan. 1. 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. Remains Of Lone Rock Plane 36 Hour Spree In Stolen Car Ends In Arrest Here Grand Jury In Session; Court 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, Whitteinore; Leona Heel- land, 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. Bahne 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 Heiling to a charge of selling feeder pigs while under quarantine. 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 2nd son. Don is employed by the Upper Des Moines, and turned up missing for work Tue«<Uy morning, but he 1 had a good excuse! Five Livermore 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 Torkelson was injured in the chest, and his wife suffered leg and head injuries. The children wer» badly shaken up, but all are reported as making a good recovery. NFO Membership List Now 1650 Members of the Kossutli County chapter of the NFO (National Farmers' Organization) will meet in the VFW Hall at Burt Monday night, Feb. 13 and discuss current problems of the farmer. At last count, more than 1050 farmes were listed on the membership of the county set-up, with seven townships .still unrcportcd. 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 Buz/ 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 hugs and a S30 base on cattle which would lend 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 Leads To Apprehension Five By Sheriff Lindhorst Three girls, all 16 years old, and two youths^lB and 17, .were taken .into eu&fcfjr; • Ralph Lindhorst, Monday morn- Ing, after a 36-hour spree in a stolen car. Roger A. Edgett,. 18, of 69 W. Jessamine St., St. Paul, Minn:, and Gordon Peterson, his 17 year- old companion, were turned td 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. Fv. L. ,N. Klein officiated and 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 Eli/abcth, daughter of Hurry 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 195'.! and resided with her sister and her husband, Mr and Mrs L. H. Kleinpeter. Mrs Kleinpeter i.s the lone survivor, as Mr Hanley preceded his wile in death. Pallbearers at the funeral wera Tom Forburgc-r, John Muehe, Julius Stutler, Lael Root, Herman Bode and Lester Lease. LuVerne Woman Hurt In Oregon LuVerne—Mrs Clara Wolf and Mr.- Edward Ramus received news that their sister, Mrs Lizzie Bommel, ISO years of age, fell and broke hi-r hip. She is confined in a hospital and her address is 84U Maple Park Drive, Medford, Oregon. Mrs Bumm'L'l, former resident here, before .moving to Missouri, had gone to Medford to live with her daughter, Mrs Everett Gastor and family. Winner of 17 8i*t« & Naiional Awards, 1950-1965 Including General Excellence, low* Pies* Ass'n. 1955 probation fronr a previous charge of stealing a car. He had been paroled" J j£rip:^13,'1956. : *; The "I?"' year-old was 5tf 1st) on probatfriri: The older boy Was a senior at Harding high-in St. Paul. As the story unfolded, the two boys 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 to ' Rochester, Waterloo, New Hampton, Fort 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 ear 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. 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: Dale Hi Jan. 31 -.17 Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb. February 1, .20 -14 -14 -27 -30 ,32 three inches L -13 0 -12 -17 -5 0 8 of snow fen, and February 4 there was a four inch snowfall, with no blizzard or high winds, fortunately.

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