The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1956 · Page 52
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
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First Annual Report of Progress Of Tfie Algona Community Pioneer Delivered 420,000 Bushels In '55 Employees Now 34 Full-Time; Plant Total deliveries of hybrid seed corn made from the Algona plant Interesting figures concerning last year were 420,000 bushels, as the growth of the Pioneer Hi- contrasted with a similar figure Bred Seed Corn plant here over of 60,000 total bushels delivered past years, and the constantly in- in 1942. Acreage planted tor the The Algona plant, one of six^ 150,000 bushels from other Pio- gram, which in the past fe%v teen Pioneer seed corn-processing neer plants to fulfill orders years has resulted in the erection plants in the United States and shipped from here. ~, , -.Hditions is -i eiant wai-o- Canada, was installed here in The Algona plant serves a tor- , such adctltlon ^ as » a &* nl wai e- 1938, with six employees being ritory consisting of the northern house, new modern on tee head- sufficient to man the operation tier of Iowa counties from Kos- quarters, a new weighing scales then. Today, there are 34 full- suth west, Minnesota and South an ,d other physical additions. The time employees, with Hedlund as Dakota. Of the 16 Pibneer corn filing stock of trucks for coi'n plants, nine are in Iowa, three delivery has been greatly aug- in Illinois, three in Indiana, and nicnled. . t one in Ontario, Canada. Factors Irt Growth manager. 420,000 Bushels Delivered Harvest Employment Large During harvest season Inst ye; large bring 840 ' In recapping Pioneer's plant block-holding vises, seating tools is now developing a new tool .to and cutters, disc refaWrs, ahd 'a be marketed through a division large number of other tool items, of the United States Steel Cc-r- Started nere m 1945 in small poration. quarters on West State street by Approximately two years ago, C. L. Livingston, the local manu- the local plant was summoned to factoring firm has "grown to a offer designs for irrigation pro- point many times its original jects in Arizona. These designs size, with an output that dwarfs were for port Valves and head its first days. Much of its work gates for irrigation ditches, and comes from challenging design Livingston Tool solved the prob- projects which are sent to Liv- lem with new deiigns for head ingston from large industrial gates, which let water into the companies; and the exacting desi- ditches, and port valves, through Now producing approximately gn work is perfected on the which farmers admit water from 300 different types of precision drawing board of Hurt Haemes, the ditch,to their field. This pro- tools under its trade - mark partner in the firm. Experts on ject has grown to such proper- Livingston Tool Now Producing Over 300 Tools ing colors, and wide acceptance the growth of -"Super 'Speed 1 ', the Livingston the staff then "mock- up" tfie tions that Livingston is now sup- .here, Hedluhd Tool Co. of Algona is entering its item in <metal, and experts on plying valves and gates for ir- produced for shipment creasing output of tiie plant, wore local plant last year totaled ii.OOl) supervisors over-seeing the field cessary expansion here, and the here by Livingston go to many to many distant points, as far and sales of these essential tools revealed by Herb Hedlund, gen- acres; in 1946 n total of 2,370 work. In addition, 287 contract fact that the soil of this area is of the country's largest, creamer- away as Peru, So. America. are handled from Phoenix by era! manager of the Algona acres were planted. In the case workers were employed. well-adapted to growing of high-- ics. dairies, food and chemical The "team" of Livingston and Livingston representatives, plant. The figures tell a remark- of last years deliveries to farm- The growing out-put of the est quality hybrid corn. He also plants, and are used primarily to Harmes. with the former hand- About 3,000 of these irrigation able saga of progress for this ers from the local plant, it was Algona Pioneer plant has brought called attention to the fact that erect and maintain conveyer pip- ling the sales end of the local units are sold each month, in- Algona industry. necessary . to ' draw more than into being a large expansion pro- the cooperation of workers in ing in large plants. Produced firm's output, and the latter eluding port valves measuring New Airport Shows Big Business Increase, 1955 the area, when it comes time to here by expert machinists at the stipervisiing design and produc- from 8 up to 36 inches in dia- "bring in the harvest" has been Livingston plant at the north- tion. has been a good one, and meter. The Livingston product a notable factor in the growing cast edge of Algona are precision has resulted in great strides-for has been tested under fire in all operation of the Algona plant. sawing vises, expanding blocks, the company. Livingston Tool ways, and has come up with fly-- Above Photd Shows Arizona irrigation* Dilch With Livingston Port Valve* Installed. , Algona's Municipal Airport enjoyed one of its busiest years during 1955, and nobody kiuny it belter than manager Stu Albright, who was kept-hopping by the big rush. Albright, personable young man who came here in April. 1953, is responsible as the man in charge of a variety of duties at the local windsock center. A total of 16 planes regularly roosted on the field during the year, and no less than 27 persons were student pilots. Active students are Harold Van Allen, Dean Parrott. ArtSchweppe, R.F. Kain, Ervin Gerber, Herb Hensley and Clair Rowe, Algona; Charles McMahon. Sexton: Robert Reibsa- men, Burdette Thomas and Norman Chambers, Corwith: Larry Torgcrson, Bode; Cliff Behrends, Dennis Priebe, Bernard Pettit. Dick Gross and Marvin Kueck. Lone Rock: Dick Chipman and Larry Nemmers, Bancroft. There are eight others who at present are inactive. While flying activity is heaviest during the summer months/ traffic, involving local planes and travelers, is not limited greatly except during the severe portion of the winter. This period of inactivity gives Stu a chance to perform annual inspections and engine overhauls on planes housed here. The inspection process, which must be completed on each plane every 100 hours or 12 months, which ever comes first, • involves a great deal of dismantling of the planes. 'i'here is the usual task of maintenance on runway lights, plowing, snow removal and keeping up the entire grounds, all items which must be taken care of, besides running tests for private licenses (Stu has licensed more than 30 since arriving in Algona) and flying a variety of charter trips to all points. Stu also teaches aeronautics during an adult night school session pach Monday during the winter. The future- points to even greater things for the airport. At present, a .new hangar, which will house-seven planes, is being erected. A new airways beacon, 'of the rotating variety, mounted on a tower, is to be installed soon. Another advancement, Unicom radio, which will offer weather ana miscellaneous .information to pilots, is also a probability. A Un- icom radio system would make Algona a radio link between Sioux City and points east, and would insure safer travel conditions for all airborne traffic. The Civil Aeronautics Administration checks Algona's airport regularly, keeping a close tab on planes, traffic, etc. Mr and Mrs Albright have two children, Kathy, 9, and Lindy Jioyt, 19 months. Albright has been associated with flying since 1938, and served as an instructor for the army at Austin^ Tex. during World War II. Mr Albright was born at Burl and raised in Big Jump In Barn Fires Last Year 2—Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines Tuesday, February 7, 1956 /955'S WORST FIRE - \ Algona's worst fire in 1955 destroyed Hood's. Super Valu grocery store and'Finn's Bakery the afternoon of Jan. 31. Damage totaled at least $100.000 during the bhiZe, which was the most destructive since 1950. A huge crowd lined the streets as firemen battled the conflagration and brought it under control, saving buildings on each side of those destroyed. Hood and Finn made arrangements immediately for new quarters, with the result that both have fine new business places on State street. A Lot of Cement! How would you like io see bags of cement laid in a singls line down U. S. Highway 169 — reaching from Algona to Humboldt? Just trucking that many bags of comsni down .the highway and unloading it, would constitute a job of major proportions . . . about 24 miles of cement bags laid end io end. Yet that is about the exact amount of cement consumed here by the new Ready-Mix concrete plant during the year 1955, in producing some 60,000 cubic yards of concrete for construction jobs in this area. This figure was released by Harold Cowan, owner of the plant, for publication in the Upper Des Moines "Report of Progress" edition. In producing this amount of concrete during the year, besides' cement the plant used approximately 15,000,000 cubic yards of sand and some 17,000,000 cubic yards of gravel. The finished concrete — 10,470 cubic yards of it — wa» delivered right to construction jobs and poured into the forms from drum-rotating Ready-Mix trucks. In releasing these figures of production at the comparatively new Ready-Mix batching plant here Cowan said: "We know how much concrete we produced, but we can only estimate how much 'elbow grease* and sweat this saved. I'd say it saved about 38,000,000 pounds of plain, old-fashioned elbow grease." The Ready-Mix plant here, one of the most up-to-date of its kind in hie country, mixes concrete almost to "prescription" — for any type of job. The concrete is then delivered to the job in special trucks, on the date desired, and as fast as it can be tamped and troweled. Kossuth Mutual Insurance Assn. iu S72,0c!l,418 00. It's good to have an insurance policy when the barn cau-h^ fire! Irvington Ideals Met Irvington—The January meeting of the Uvington Ideals 4-H club was held at the home of Blondina Erpelding on Jan. 21 with 22 members and two k.\,d- lich and Virginia Simons. 1.1.s present. ] I; \:i.3 planned to have a Val- i online party on Feb. 14lh for the 1 Alguna Dairy 4-H club. \Vilnia j B:uwn. Blundinu Erpelding, Yir- I gima KKtin and Darleiu- Soik-r ! uie iTl the entertainment com- 1 mitu-e lor this occasion. i An illustrated talk was givt-n i by Darlene Soiler and U!M) b\' ! Maiy Daley. Dt-lores Klein gave | a talk and demonstrations Wi.-:v j by Bonnie and Judy Finch- ! A hot, dry summer as we had in 1955—can have disappointing effects on crop yields, and h can jjlso bring catastrophe to tinder- dry farm buildings. It is then that a stricken farmer thanks hi* lucky stars that "he took out insurance" on his farm prupeity. During the hot. dry summer ot last.year, and into the fall. K'.'s- suth Mutual Insurance Cu. wa- called on to settle a much larger number of ferni fire losses than in a normal year. Fou:teen big barns went up in fUmus, and there were five big losses in which iuv swept m<>s! of tin.- fa:ii: buildings into ashi-.-. As a iVMtlt. Korcutn Mutu:>! In.-ur;tiu-e A^n. pail mil $104.000.00 in kjsj. L-luims, ab >ut $'li.- GOQ m>-fv than usual, acc»rdini; '..> 'Lola Si-uf}'haj«, secit-tary of thi.- firm. This inuease j;i dam. . .-ctHCii was due piincipylly u> tire? caused by sptip.l;in<.-ou$ c >:*.,- bu/tuxn, or uf undeu-ruiiiKd' origin, but most likely caused b\ the dry »U;niuer \\e.iino.r. Vulum-e vf insurance handled by Ui$ *4W. invtVa.-ed jio,067.o3S dur.n.K 3955. t>fii;^i;i-; (t s r ..-n.-ti:;' vi v>.''ol UliU. ..!Kv ill tmvc ..I t& »] p,;, ; llilillil Good Town Good People Good Community And we are happy to serve them all with the best TEXACO gas, oil and lube products! WALLBURG'S TEXACO SERVICE "On North Edge of Algona" GENE MULLER Lessee A L G Q N A Home of One of the 24 • Authorized Ford Engine Reconditioners in the United State Our Report , ,* of Progress to the Community Our total number of fnii- ploy ees increased from* fvl5 persons in 1954, to 70 persons in 1955. Our payroll for the year 1955 exceeded $220,000.00. Our sales in 1955 reached SI.250,000.00 — an all-lime record for our company. *" In 1955, we added a new addition lo our main building — a 30 x 50 foot structure used for storage and expansion. In 1955, we added the reconditioning o f General Molors and Chrysler engines to the Ford line. Our production has now reached 675 engines per month, and 9.000 small parts such as fuel pumps, carburetors, etc.. per month. Our company is pleased to join with other civic, industrial and business elements of the Algona community in presenting to our citizens a "Report of Progress" during the year just past. This we are happy to do, in a factual manner that tells of our own company's progress . . . and we firmly believe that in sum total, al Ithat has happened in the Algona community reveals a fine record of progress. With others, the management and employees of Universal Manufacturing Co. join in saying: "Here's to You- Algona" — and may we all go forward soundly in the years to come. , MANUFACTURING CO. Authorized Ford Engine Reconditioner 400 DIAGONAL STREET ALGONA, IOWA

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