The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1956 · Page 67
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 67

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
Page 67
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First Annual Report of Progress ............................. Of The Algona Community Thank You ALCQNA for the splendid reception you have given to our new CONOCO SERVICE STATION Four of us to serve you every day and evening until 9:30 LUBRICATION WASHING WAX A POLISH MINOR TUNE-UP TOWING SERVICE • WHEEL BALANCING • WHEEL ALIGNMENT • GENERATOR & STARTER REPAIR • HEADLIGHTS ADJUSTED • GOODRICH TIRES & BATTERIES Struecker's Conoco Service WE GIVE S & H GREEN STAMPS 1955 Chamber Of Commerce Activity Given A report of activities of the Algona Chamber of Commerce for 1955 showed that the organization and the local office had a busy year. The C. of C. membership, composed of local businessmen, was engaged in everything frofn assisting in the vaccination of dogs and cats for prevention Of rabies to more sedate activtles sugh as local tax studies. A report of the more important Chamber of Commerce events in 1955, as given by Bill St-ele. C. of C. secretary, are as follows: Algona 4- HClub Day, at wmch 46 county 4-H Clubs displayed their projects in local stores, and were entertained by local businessmen. This event has rece'V- ed national recognition. Sevemh ahnual Algona Band Festival, participated in by 27 area bands, and witnessed by a crowa of approximately 5,000. Pet parade a public health measure to curb rabies. A number of city-wide promotions, including Dollar Days, Spring Festival, Treasure Hunt, Lucky Bucks Days, Turkey Days, during which h&'f a toil of turkeys were given away, and Santa Claus Day, at which 2,500 sacks of candy were distributed. Assisted In Projects Chamber members also engaged in a large number of other projects during 1955, either as C. of C. events or assisting other organizations. These included an auto "Safety Check" event, an- nu:il Flight Breakfast in the airport, a Christmas sales training school, vocational guidance panels at the high school, assistance in Rural Youth program', June Dairy Month, Kossuth County Governor's conference on education, and other like events. Various Chamber committees were extremely active during the year. The Tax Study committee attended all budget hearings and supplied information with respect to local tax problems. The Housing committee actively cooperated with the city council in promoting housing, with the net result that thirty new homes were erected in 1955, while the Industrial committee has worked in close cooperation with the Iowa Development Commission in supplying data to industrial firms elsewhere on Algona's potentials. The Retail committee handled a large program of citywide events throughout the year. At present, for the tenth year, Chamber of Commerce members are serving coffee and doughnuts at the conclusion of each Fann- ers Evening School sessions held here at the high school. The Chamber also operates the Western Union agency here. Herb Hedlund, genera] man- fcger of the Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn plant here, is president of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. Partner in Algona's March of Progress ARCHITECT'S SKETCH OF ALGONA'S NEW TELEPHONE BUILDING Ever since 1S95, when the telephone first came to Algona, it has been u partner in the growth and prioress .of this community. There were only 50 .telephones connected to the first switchboard. The instruments were noisy and crude. Nearly always, it was necessary to shout. But the telephone served an important need in the community — then as now. Today, the number of telephones serving Algona is approaching the 3,(XX) mark — about. 400 of them in the rural area. Nearly 1,000 telephones have been added in the last 10 years. Use of the telephone also lells a story of {lie value of the service. • Today, more than 13,500 local and long distance calls are made each day — an increase of 6;000 calls a day over the average 10 years ago. They are calls that help build the growth and prosperity of Algona — calls that knit together the business and social life of the community. Through the years, the telephone system here has been expanded and improved to meet the city's needs — to keep pace with the changed tempo of living. And now under way is another big step in meeting the present and future telephone requirements here — a $650,000 improvement and expansion program that includes a new telephone building and dial service. And with it, new facilities and services to meet the needs and wants' oi telephone users — speakerphones, automatic answering equipment, volume control telephones, light-up dials, telephones in various colors and syles, and other equipment to meet every communications problem. \\ r e are proud of our part in the history and growth of Algona, and it is our whole'-hearted desire to continue to contribute our full share toward the future prosperity and progress of the community. J. I. CLAUDE, Manager NORTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY 1954 County Retail Sales Totals Given There were 353 retail business places in Kossuth County in the year 1954, which did a sales volume of $29,077,000, according to a 1954 census of business figures released for that year by the Department of Commerce census bureau. Figures for 1955 have not yet been released. Of the total group of 353 retail operations, for major kinds of businesses, 1954 sales totals were broken down as follows: Lumber, building materials, hardware and farm equipment businesses, as a group, did the largest sales volume for the year, racking up a total of $7,086,000 in sales. Auto dealers received the next largest share of the Kossuth county consumer's dollar, doing a business of $5.453,000 in the twelve-months period, put- ing a lot of Kossuth county drivers behind the wheel of new cars. There were 24 dealers in the group. But people had to eat as well as build and drive cars, and they paid a total of $4,596,000 for groceries to 37 county food stores during the year. Sixty-two Kossuth county eating and drinking places did a business in that year •(totaling $1,449,000, while 49 service stations achieved $2,283,000 in sales volume in 1954. Thirty-one county furniture and appliance stores did $1,176,000 in sales for the year, with 28 stores classified in the general merchandise group grossing a total of $1,877,000 in sales. Ten drug stores did $478,000 while twelve apparel stores did $684,000 worth of business in the twelve months. Figures for milk dealers and stores with annual sales of between $500 and $2,500 were hot detailed, but were included in the general county total. aigcma ©pper Be* ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1956 VOt. 93 - NO. 6 Lone Rock Gets Dividend fr The Lone Rock Cooperative Exchange recently received $856.25 as savings dividends from the Farmers Elevator Service Co., one-half of the 1951 savings, and L. W. Geitzenauer. elevator manager, is receiving the dividend check from Floyd Kreger of the Farmers Service Co. The savings checks were distributed during a convention held in Des Moines Jan. 23, 24 and 25. Check To Bode Elevator In the above picture, E. M. Ellingspn, manager of the Farmers Elevator is shown as he received a savings check' for $1,407.39, the dividend in payment of one-half of the savings'earned by the Bode Cooperative in 1951. With him is M. M. Stientjes, general manager of the Farmers Service Company, which, paid o.ut more than $129,000 in cash dividends to farmer cooperatives throughout the state, who handle Felco products. , . > Fred Welp, 55, Funeral Held Jan. 31, Swea Swea Ciiy — Funeral services for Fred Welp were held Tuesday, Jan. 31 it the Methodist church here at 2 p.m. Rev. S. Hammer was officiating clergyman and Miss Iva Moats, Mrs Tom Preston and Sam Link furnished the vocal music. Pallbearers were W. L. Reynolds, Sam Gibson, Joe Preston, Wm. Barger, Vern Lunn, and A. M. Tokheim. Burial was in Harrison township cemetery. Fred Welp, 55, was born March 26, 1900, at Kamrar, la,, the son of Mr and Mrs Dirk Welp. He died Jan. 28 from a heart condition while at Bancroft. As an infant he was baptized in the Presbyterian faith. When he was 15 he moved with his family to rural Titonka. He was united in marriage to Jennie Marie Oroen of Ledyard, Dec. 23, 1925. The young couple farmed for 9 years near Titonka and then moved to the Swea City community, where they hava lived on the Patterson ranch for a number of years. One daughter, Lorraine June, was born to the cotiple. •• Survivors are his wife, his daughter, Mrs Harvey Work, and three grandchildren, Harvey Jr., Timothy Lynn, and Pamela Marie Work. There are also two sisters, Mrs Joe Temple of Kamrar and Mrs Harm Oroen of Hurt, and three brothers, Eppo and Adolph, both of Kamrar and Ray Welp of Titonka. Two aunts, Harmke Klaver of Kamrar and Bertha Tranipel of Blairsburg, and several nieces and nephews. Picked In Army Ceremonial Unit Washington. D. C.— Pvt. Loren A. Stecker, 21, son of Mr and Mrs Telko Stecker, Titonka, la., recently was picked to serve in the 3d Infantry Regiment, the Army's top , ceremonial unit, in Washington, D. C. The 3d, the oldest active Army regiment, performs . at military funerals; pirad« an d wreath laying at the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Members of the regiment maintain 24-hour sentry duty at the tomb;. ,, Private Stecker entered the Army in July 1955 arid was last stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. A 1952 ffraidiiatfe . of Titonka high school, he , attended Wartburg Collage in^.yf ADVERTISING in the Algoni Upper Des Molnet reaches rnort families ta KbtiUth county thai tny other ptfblfcailofe SIXTY YEARS Of Service Completed In 1955 On D*e*mb*T 91. IMS. f. 8. Norton b Son completed ite fix* rieth yew of continuous butintM operation and service to tilt community. Thai amounts to 11.9QQ day* In business . . . and encompasses • span of time that ha* se«n « wonder of proorew h**f and throughout the land. F. S. Norton fc Son ifttotM a splendid record oj proorw by a fine community' and w» hold a deep inner satisfaction in knowing that we hare b**n able to play a part i« th*t »ehi«T«<mmt. Now wt turn to our sixty-firM year, and r»f4y «IWlT*f * f* forward »*» mmf vitb th* ft** folks, fine {tfHMff. u4 mit fen*who* «• fc»v« th* pti<r> of

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