The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 21, 1956 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 21, 1956
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Dept. of History aftd AroM^S* Des Moines 19, Iowa ^ Ii was a bright sunny Sunday on February 12, when 20 air reserve officers from Ai«fona and nearby areas — members of Algona "flight A" of the 95th Squadron — look off from the Mason City off port .for an air-force span-, sored flight rto Eglin Air Fort?* Has* tteat Pessftcolft, Tie. Little did the 20 men knfcW thai before they fdt back to Kossuth county soil, they tfould ekpetlenee a sfifles of adventures remineseent of World Wat II. • • 4 Under Lt. Col. Deb Mail CO of ; the doeal uHll, the aroup reached Eglin base and the^f were but through an intensive period of orientation on latest aft force .plattes, weapons and methods. According f6 Lt. CoL Hall, their eyes were opened wide by such itertis as the new B-S2 Left-20 tei bomber, which can carry Its load — at SOO miles "an hour. They also weie . (MOO jet fighter that cracks th* sound - Bof Nof As Planned! flight. CoL Hall also referred, in rathe* huge projectile missiles launched fc6ffl *he airi 'All ift alt it was a dramatic and term*, td , al figlift Air Farce Base , - but it en home that things began to hapWn,^W about to take off in an Ai* Force C-46 £*»» Alabama, the crew chief suddenly abutted JifW ft*d b arid had to ffo to the dispensary. On his relUttJ, the r^ved up for take-off, and then a 0«M^ bung During delay f of repaid the weather suddenly closed with almost gale winds. The boys were told they'd just have 16 W Majof Dick Burt. member t>f the group, had several thousand baby chicks on the way at his Algona hatchery, and "started biting hU fingernails. The result wa» that the chicks took precedence over the flight back, so Dick hopped a train and arrived back via Rocket at 11 p.m. Friday. Meanwhile, the 19 other reserve officers sat It out, and when weather conditions had cleared, the r C-46 took off from the Alabama field at 7:35 a-m. last Saturday. All went WelL the plane touched down at St. Louis for lunch, then on lo Mason City. While out quite a ways from Mason City, the governor on one propeller "went out , and the useless wind. prop coufi not be feathered properly However, with the other engine «"Yl"9 °« **ff This tells the story of the air reservists and venture? but it says nothing of the twenty wive«r who 'sweat it out" while their husbands were at first grounded by weaker and then were winging iheir way homeward. At 2.10 p.m. Saturday, there were happy reunions on the Mason CUy Men making the trip, In addition to Colonels Fairbanks and Hall and Major Burt, were Majors G^et^ag, Don Patterson, Hemmingsen, Misbach, Captains Chapman, Steven. Lighter, Zeigler, Bartholomew, May all, and 1st. Lts. Welter and Scheffelmaa and Sgl. Polesky. ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce ert -zTfaij- Iowa, Nov. 1. 1832. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1878. ALOONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1956 4 SECTIONS - 26 PAGES VOL. 93 - NO. 8 Fire Kossuth Towns By Huss Waller Senior Girl Scouts of troop 8 have organized a "Better Baby Sitters Club."' In preparation for this project the girls have been taking special, training, -with emphasis on the subject of "what is expected of a good baby sitter." There was also a course on "what is expected, of the parents of a child being set for." Completing the course were the following girls, Zulabel An : kenbauer,, Margaret Gade, Patti Hedlund, Joyce Huenhold, Rebecca Jergehson, Judy Joy Reln- ders, Carol Shore, ' Marianna Steele,, Patricia Thompson, and Carole Wittkopf. Giving the course were Mrs Wm. Finn/Mrs Wm. Ankenbauer and Opal Kern. We're glad to pass this in-:, formation along. It's one form of 'Community Service 1 ' * * • We had a phone call from Mrs Louisa Murphy, who had the mis- /ortune to be charged with an arterial stop sign violation recently for which she paid a fine of $5, This we reported, but Mrs Murphy adds that 'she paid a total of $9, the ,$5 fine plus $4 costs and she thinks the cost were pretty steep She said the sign was changing as she passed the' intersection, and that it was the. first time ,she had ever been fined in, 4Q ^ar§-' X e d ° nlt knotf th6 dWlpMqf. the* matter other than what Mrsi Murphy reported, but-kjn£w f tjhat,!ihtr didn't pass any sign intentionally , ,«''..« » . , . We received another pair of Idtters'.that expressed opposite viewpoints. One was from Blooming Prairie, Minn, where a subscriber was pretty mad because he was not getting his Upper.TDes Moines until Saturday ... in the same mail came a letter from Long Beach, Cal. from another subscriber telling us how happy they were to get their paper every Saturday... same delivery, Blooming Prairie, Minn, and Long Beach, Cal page Postmaster General Summerfield. * * * We note with interest that some papers are lamenting the fact that Clyde Herring of- Des Moines has announced he will not be a candidate for governor on the Democratic ticket... two years ago when Mr Herring WAS a candidate,' what did they have to say about him? . * .* * Why does the littlest waitress in a dining room always carry the largest tray? • ••••• » Rochester, Minn, is quite slaphappy over the announcement that gigantic'International Business- Machines (IBM) is going to erect an 8 million dollar plant at Rochester... seems the head of company when there as a patient, spent a little time looking around, and presto—an 8 million dollar industrial expansion. * ' . * * . The more wu read what Secfe tary of Agriculture 'Ezra Benson has to say on the general farm situation, the more we are confused ... farm incomes dowr a billion in 1955 from 1954, anc all Ezra can think of is to blame the whole thing on "unwise gov- erment policies of the past.' The year 1955 was the first year when the present administration hac ALL of its revised agricultural program in operation, and its own economists predict that 1956 will show another dip in farm long are farmers supposed to wait for the wonders of the "new flexible program 1 to take effect for their betterment? Reports from Wisconsin say they are referring to Senator Joe I, 2, ".I... ..„ "tv,o thirri Senator Boy, 15, Wins Armful Of Awards City Council Has Variety Of Business Algona's city council transacted a variety of business at it's meeting Wednesday night, although It DID NOT make any decision on a proposed new planning commission as reported by a banner headline in another Algona newspaper last weekend. In fact, by »he time discussion swung around lo the i planning commission, it was midnight, .and the council members and Mayor C. C. Shierk decided to discuss it at a later, date.. Of extreme interest to all Al- gonans and persons living in this area was the approval of a building application for* the Algona Community School District, making way t for the construction of an addition to the present Lucia Wallace Building. The'addition, .which will cost an estimated $131,000, will be 90x70x120 feet 1 and was okayed New Radio Station Buys Site, On Air By July Construction of a new radio station for Algon'a, with call letters to be KLGA, will begin very shortly, it has been announced by Frederick Epstein of Davenport, president of the Kossuth Coun•y Broadcasting Co., which was recently granted,a permit by the federal Communications Commission. It is expected that the station will be on the air by July. The new station is to be located on a 10-acre tract of ground three miles west of Algona on the old Whittemore road, on the southwest corner of section 5 in Cresco township. Fran6hise for the station was granted Jan. 25. The land was purchased from Bradley Brothers of Algona. It was understood that the building to be erected at the site would include not only the usual control station but would also be the broadcasting studio and business office. Plans, according to Mr Epstein, call for an air- conditioned building. The station will operate on 5,000 watts capacity on 1600 kilocycles, and will be on the air from G a.m. to sun- sst James J. )Vychor. will be the resident manager. He is at present program director and chief engineer of radio station KSST at Davenport, Iowa. Mr Epstein is also president of KSST. thouffh the young man in the center is holding a lot of prises, your're right Roderick Elbert, 15, son of Mr and Mrs Mike Elbert, who are pictured with ..him, is holding looks to you as — he is! er, , son o , . AS Union. The awo blue ribbons arsneecey wearing, testify that he is the DeKalb county junior corn growing champ and also the IOW Second pC lac a e m S > 'the county went' to Richard A. Olson of Sexton with 96.33 bu. per acre. He received an engrave 1 * billfold', in the annual DeKalb five acre yield contest, another state championship came to KoS county when Smith & Nauman of Algona won the honors with a yield of 141.36 bu. per acre. _ _ . _ . __ . - _, Ernest Jones Services Held On Saturday Funeral services for Ernest F. Jones, 70, former resident of Algona, were held in St. Cecelia's Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiated at the rites and burial was in Calvary Cemetery here. Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr Jones died Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Broadlawns hospital, Des Moines, following a lingering illness. , Ernest J., son of M,r and Mrs Joseph Jones, was born Feb. 28, 1885 at Mankato, Minn. He came to Iowa at the age of 16, settling at Swea City, where he lived foi about 17 years. He then moved to Algona, where he lived for 25 years before going to Des Moines in 1943. M 4 . His wife, Mrs Theresa Neuroth Jones, and thirteen children survive. They are: Erma (Mrs D Elphic), Englewood, Cal.; Enine 'Mrs James Sheridan), Algona Edna (Mrs Urnold Lund), Des McCarthy as from Texas." the third Senator Seems Joe voted A(*&' rr — — w - f for the Gas Gouge Bill, Bgwnst the wishes and policy.of the Re- nublican state administration ... fhey say Joe drives a Texas CadUlac Deceived three or four years ago, and someone has suggested that Wisconsin buy him another before the oil men do. Lloyd Bohannon noticed » smaU child making faces at a bulldog. aS Why are you doing that?" he Well, he started it", came the Academy Paper Award Winner Nineteen school publications, among them the Academy Rip)les published by St. Cecelia's Academy of Algona, have been selected for Ci.-i'Uficates of Honor in the 19th annual school press project sponsored by the tuber- •ulosis association of Iowa. An Iowa Certificate of Honor will be presented to the Academy in the near future. The award is based on editorials, news or feature stories on some aspect of tuberculosis control. Competition is ,on a national scope. 8 Eagle Scouts Get Recognition Eagle Scouts Richard Strayer Ed Carney, Gary Cook, Jay Givens, Robert Hardy, Joe Hoenk, Glenn Strayer and Larry Wicks of Algona were recognized Wednesday evening, February 8 at the Prairie Gold Council Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony a the Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. The honored Scouts were those who received the higher award during 1955 and were "jtviBMf**» —T*.T.•-.*!• -*———-••*»— «,,, . ,. iw . .Jarvey Johnson was also ap- pYoved, while one for Edward 3owman was rejected due to the fact the proposed structure is not :ire proof and would be built in a fire zone. . Purchase of property from Gordon S. ,Kuhn was discussed. The oroperty in question lies east of South Phillips street and is nec : essary df the city is over to extend East Chubb .street in the future. Kuhn wants $3500 and exemption from any future im- assessments that The problem was Moines; Elsie (Mrs Floyd .Shac- corn bi ne d that evening in a Me- kelford), Davenport; Jean (Mrs . __;_i ,-.1— j-js—»»j *«/*i,/> Don Craft), Algona; Victor and Florian Neuroth; helmina (Mrs Robert Gi ham); Bertha (Mrs Russell Hardgrove), Algona; Rosalia (Mrs Magnus Rahm), Algona; Esther Serrigan; and Pauline Weber. Mr Jones was a member of the Holy Name Society. Pallbearers at the funeral were Glorian and Victor Neuroth. James and Robert Sheridan, Donald Craft and Urnald Lund. Red Crpss Drive Opens March Mrs N. J. Kelley. county Red Cross chairman, nouncee the appointment of Rus#n' Q, ^wctenan, lp«?al «"— ney as chairman for we IvW Ofes? Iw4 drive, to be Ifun . ., - ••** M »j^ e county quoU is 'tot 1958. morial Class dedicated to ' the late WUlard Seward of Storm Lake who was a Scouter of long experience in that community and who was killed in an automobile accident in December of 1955. Algona Host To School Music Festival, 28th More than 280 students from Clear Lake, Eagle Grove, Humboldt and Algona -high schools will participate in the annual North Central Conference Voca! Music Festival at Algona high school next Tuesday, Feb. 28 Feature of the day-long event' will be a presentation of numbers by a 280 voice massed chorus at 7:30 p.m. in the evening. The music festival is rotated from town to town each year and a guest critic-director works with the singers during'the day. Lee Kjelson, director of vocal music at University High, Iowa City, is the guest director this year. Mr Kjelson has directed numerous clinics and festivals in the mid-west since his graduation from the University of Nebraska in 1948. He wfll devote his time as critic and will rehearse the massed chorus for the program to be presented Tuesday night. Individual choruses from each of the schools will also present numbers. Algona's School Operating Cost Above Average Operating per p.upil.costs of the AigontwSchool*.'systemVare- $3L56 above the state average, it was disclosed in figures for state school costs in Iowa cities re .eased last week. The state per pupil school cost for 112 Iowa cities is $201.53. The average per pupil cost for Algona Community School District is $292.09, for 1955. The per pupil cost for Algona in 1954 was $288. 49. The following comparative per pupil costs for other school systems in this general area were 160 Acre Farm Goes For $34,750 Swea City— The high bidder for the late Bert Hall estate consisting of 160 acres of land, was John Kramersmeier of Ledyard. He paid the price pi $34,750, according to the administrator A. J. Bilebprough. The estate was sold by segled bids which were opened last Wednesday at 3 o'cjocfc p.m. four other W ceivex}. were re. The farm, is located tyo miles east of the. Grant Consolld%t«4 school. Six Enlistments From This Area Six enlistments and two re- enlistments were reported at the local draft board office, this week, according to secretary of the board Idella Wood. Max E. Treat, 20, Swea City enlisted in the navy, Thomas P Lickteig, 19, Wesley, army, and Kenneth M. Potter, 19, Algona Marvin K. Dearchs, 19, Algona Ronald R. Lloyd, 21, Ledyard and Ronald W. Ludwig, 18, West Rend, enlisted in the »ir forge. J«ry Per4ue, 30, Burt, who has nlae yaars In the §rme4 re-«nlt«ed in the »J? provement might arise, tabled. \ New metal school stop signs, built by the street department at a cost of $87.52 per unit, .were discussed and demonstrated. The signs were placed and put into operation yesterday (Monday). Violators will pay heavily for offending the signs, which are placed at four corners m town. The first K offense will be $10, second offense $25, and a jail term will follow the third offense. Fire Chief Ira Kohl reported on prospects for a fire truck for use in rural areas. He will meet with Jhe council, township Iruslees and county attorney Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. for discussion of the problem. A contract and bond with the Waterite Co., Omaha, was approved. The Omaha firm will nstall a filter plant and re-circulation system at the swimming jool this year at a cost of $12,,96.38. A letter of objection, concern- ng curb and gutter assessment, from L. A. Winkel was read and filed. Deadline for filing objec- ;ions has passed and it is not <nown what action might be ;aken on the matter. Jess Lashbrook, street commissioner, was instructed to purchase a IVt ton chain hoist for the Street department and the 1955 report of the zoning commission was approved in other action by the council. COUNCIL TO MEET FEBRUARY 27 There will be a special meeting of the Algona city council as follows: School Algona Webster City Spencer Estherville Clear Lake Iowa Falls Hampton Eagle Grove Emmetsburg Humboldt Forest City 1954 288.49 221.47 239.99 242.15 209.71 274.94 230.01 28G.77 295.07 250.74 227.45 1955 292.09 232.11 227.9 232.18 228.47 273.04 238.5 290.80 301.00 259.7 228.87 EqiilJohrOf Burt Succumbs Funeral services for Emil Jahr 78, Burt, have been tentatively set for tomorrow morning (Wednesday). Rev. E.' L. Wittkopp will officiate at the rites in the St. John Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Burial will be in-. the Burt township cemetery. McCullbugh's in Charge of Worst Blaze AtWhittemore; arrarf|en1erits. Mr Jahr died at St, Ann hospital Monday. He was born in East Prussia, Germany, Feb. 3, 1878, and married Bertha Magdelena Wlese at Marcus, Iowa, May 9, 1934. His wife preceded him in death a year ago. The information was compiled by the Iowa Taxpayers Association. , force, and pooald E. Beck, 19, Swea City, re-enlisted in the «ir force. Monday night, Feb. 27, according to Mayor C. C. Shierk. Discussion of a proposed combined zoning and planning commission will be in the spotlight. If the new commission is formed, the seven members of the present zoning commission anc two new men, a total of nine members .will serve on the combined commission. The new commission would have power to determine the future development of Algona. A planning ceftnrais&ion was set up by the council two years ago, but rai» U«Q 4 veto at that tune due to the parking meter souabbje It is nqt known who the two new members will be. New Whittemore Supt. Selected Whittemore's school board elected a Sioux Rapids man, D. N. Fernau, to serve as superin- endent of schools there for the. emainder of the present school •ear at a meeting Monday night. A. M. Quintard, county super- ntendent of schools, has served as superintendent at Whittemore ince Dec. 9, due to the illness and death of Francis Slagle, who neld the post for many years. Mr Fernau is a former super- ntendent who, with his wife owns and operates a hospital at Sioux Rapids. He will commute to and from Sioux Rapids when he weather permits, and will hold the post at Whittemore only until the end of the present year. Selection of a super-, mtendent for the 1956-57 year will be made later this spring. Call For Bids On Burt School A call for bids for construction of an addition to and alterations of the Burt Community School District has been made, with bids to be received up to 8 p.m. on March 21 at the superintendents office in Burt. An official advertisement for bids will be found elsewhere in today's Algona Upper Des Moines. Extend Deadline On Assessments Mayor C. C. Shierk brings good news to Algona' taxpayers who have not as yet paid the special curb and gutter assessments, 'or the district 12 sewer assessments (northwest Algona). A bonding attorney from Des Moines has stated that those being assessed can have until March 20 to pay these assessments without penalty. After that interest at 6 percent and penalty will accure, City tax lists are being held up to the county auditor until that date. After he gets the lists, the tax is set with penalty and interest. Taxpayers in the district 12 sewer district will be notified by mail of the amount of their assessments, the mayor said. He is hopeful that nearly everyone will take advantage of this special concession to save themselves any penalty or interest on the assessments. JohnTAiller, 84, Rites Ledyard John Miller, 84, died Monday morning near Ledyard. He formerly was a resident of Whittemore. Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Mrs Steve Power of Lakota. Funeral services were to be held Wednesday morning at the Catholic church in Ledyurd. Whittemore — Fire damage of about $25,000 was estimated after an early morning blaze was brought under control in a struggle that lasted an Hour and a half here Sunday morning, at the Swanson Furniture building. Francis Lonergan, who was helping his son deliver Sunday morning papers, walked past the building on'one of Whittemore's main corners and saw the flames. He called the Whittemore fire department ; at 7:20 with all 22 members of the company responding. Only a fire wall through the center of the double front store saved the west half of the building and its contents. v . It is thought that an oil heater used to heat the store somehow may have become overheated and started the fire, or else that a leak in tubing from a 260 gallon tank might have been responsible. A' hole was burned through the floor and the ,oll heater had dropped into the,bBSemem,wh,en tjie 1 • fire was ''discovered. 7 * . >Gharles* Elbertj one of-thfr-fire- • men, rushed' into the' building and because Of the smoke did not see'that the floor had collapsed in one spot. He plunged into the basement, but was not injured or burned, miraculously. The damaged east part of the store carried the stock of stoves, electrical appliances, T-V sets and radios, all of which were badly 'damaged by smoke and water. Some had just arrived. The west portion of the building contained living room'suites and • veneered furniture, and while having some smoke damage was not touched by water. Rex Swanson, son of Leo Swanson of Algona, said the loss was only partly covered by insurance. Rex has been operating the store since his father's retirement in J952. Burt Garage Burns Friday Burt—Holding's Garage here was almost a total loss as a result of fire from an urfknown cause here, last Friday evening. A few office items were saved but all tools and equipment, and a pickup truck belonged to Vern Reibhoff, were total losses. The fire was discovered about 6:30 p.m., and after the Burt department arrived the Bancroft department was also called. The jarage is in one of the main busi- less blpcks, of wood construc- ion, and it was feared that a shift in the wind might fan the fire out of control. The two departments fought the flames for Fractures Pelvis Burt — Mrs Amelia Polhemus had the bad fortune to fall Tuesday mornjjig on her way home from the Pat McGuire house, ajid received a broken pelvic bone and multiple breaks in the right wrist. She was taken to the hospital in Spirit Lake, but may be able to return to Burt the first of the week. Two Hurt In Bancroft Falls Bancroft — George Dooqy, employed at Welp's Hatchery, fell down the elevator at one of the chicken houses Friday morn ing, and received injuries on 10 head. He is under a doctor's care and will be unable to work for several weeks. He is confined to bed and is being cared for at home. John Shay, employed at the Murray Elevator, fell from the top of a box car Saturday morning, fracturing both arms and receiving a badly injured back He was rushed by ambulance to Holy Family Hospital, Estherville It is not determined as of ye' how bad the injuries an». Goodwill Truck The Goodwill truck wilj be in Algona the mornjng of F«P 28, at the Will Runchey home where donated items may be left .hree hours. Mr Holding, who is not planning to rebuild, bought the build- ng from Mrs H. O. Buell about 15 years ago and has been in the ;arage and trucking business Jnce that time. Ten years ago u fire partially destroyed the same building, then two stories high. At that time Mr Holding remodeled it, removing the upper story, and covered the outer walls with asbestos siding, and the latter aided in confining the fire lust Friday. $2,000 Loss, Sweo City Swea City — A fire was discovered about 4 a.m. Thursday morning in the Link Implement building. The blaze destroyed the building and also equipment belonging to the Swea City Community school to the amount of approximately 1500 or 2000 dollarsT The~ building has been used for vocational agriculture and shops classes pending the completion of the new addition to the school building. It is thought the fire may have been caused by an overheated stove. The owoer. Mrs Nona Link, is a teacher in the Mallard school.

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