Stat« Siatorioal 3ool*ty Iowa city; la. 20 Airmen Left - 20 Returned - Buf Not As Planned! . It was a bright sunny Sunday On February 12, when 20 air reserve officer* frbm Al§ona and n*Ar*b? area* — m*mb*rs of Algona "flight A" of the 9Sih Squadron — look off from the Mason City airport t6t an ait-force sponsored flight id Eglin Ait Force Baft* neat P*ns*tola, Fla. Little did the 20 then know that before they tot back to Kossufh county soil, they would experience a series of adventures reminescent of World Waf It. Under Lt. Col. Deb Hall, CO of the Ideal unit, the group reached Eglin base and there Were put through an intensive period of orientation on latest air tore* planes, weapons and methods. According to Lt. CoL Mali, their eyes were opened wide by such items as the fiew B-52 jet bomber, which can carry its load of bombs to the taffel at 500 miles 'an hour. They also were introduced to the C-lOO jet fighter that cracks the Hound battier in lerel flight. Col. Hall also referred, in rather guarded terms, to huge projectile missiles launched from the air. All in alt it was a dramatic and interesting experience ai Eglin Air Force Base — but it was when the men started on home thai things began to happen. When they were about to take off in an Ait force C-48 from Maxwell field, Alabama, the crew chief -suddenly acquired a stomach ache, and had id go to the dispensary. On hit return, the plane revved up for take-off, and then a generator burned out. During delay for repairs, the weather suddenly closed in, with almost gale winds. The boys were told they'd just have to wait it out. Major Dick Burt, member of the group, had several thousand baby chicks on the way at his Algona hatchery, and started biting his fingernails. The result was that the •thicks 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, their 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 to Mason City. While out quite a ways from Mason City, the governor on one propeller "went out", and the useless prop could not be feathered properly against the wind. However, with the other engine carrying on they made it, This tells the story of the air reservists and their adventure, but it says nothing of the twenty wives who "sweat it out" while their husbands were at first grounded by weather, and then were winging their way homeward. At 2.10 p.m. Saturday, there were happy reunions On ihe Mason City airstrip. Men making the trip, in addition to Colonels Fairbanks and Hall and Major Burt. were Majors Greenberg, Don Patterson, Hemmingsen, Misbach, Captain* Chapman, Steven, Lighter, Zeigler, Bartholomew, Mayall, and 1st. Lts. Welter and Scheffelman, and Sgl. Polesky. By Russ Waller Senior Girl Scou'is of troop 6 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 Ankenbauer, Margaret Gade, Patti Hedlund, Joyce Huenhold, Rebecca Jergenson, Judy Joy Reinders, 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 information along. It's one form of "Community Service" * » * We had a phone call from Mrs Louisa Murphy, Who had the misfortune 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, 40 years.,., we don't know the details of the matter other than what Mrs Murphy reported, but know that she didn't pass any sign intentionally. . * • • We received another pair of letters that expressed opposite viewpoints. One was from Blooming Prairie, Minn, where a subscriber was pretty mad because he was not getting his Upper Des 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 thai 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 we read what Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson has to say on the general farm situation, the more we are confused ... farm incomes down a billion in 1955 from 1954, and 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 had ALL of its revised agricultural program, in operation, and its own economists predict that 1956 will show another dip in farm income ... how long are farmers supposed to wait for the wonders of the "new flexible program" to take effect for their betterment? * + * Reports from Wisconsin say they are referring to Senator Joe McCarthy as "the third Senator from Texas." Seems Joe voted for the Gas Gouge Bill, against the wishes and policy of the Republican state administration . .. they say Joe drives a Texas Cadillac received three or four years ago, and someone has suggested that Wisconsin buy him another before the oil men do. » t « Lloyd Bohannon noticed a small child making faces at a bulldog. "Why are you doing that?" he asked. "Well, he started it", came the reply. ^ f . Famous Last Lin»—Just put this envelope on the Senator's desk. JWoine* ESTABLISHED Entered as second class matter at the postof/ice at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1. 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1956 4 SECTIONS - 26 PAGES VOL. 93 - NO. 8 Fire Strikes Three Kossuth Towns Boy, 15, Wins Armful Of Awards City Council Has Variety Of Business If it looks to you as though the young man i n the center is holding a lot of prises, your're right — he is! ,. Roderick Elbert, 15, son of Mr and Mrs Mike Elbert, who are pictured with him, is holding both a state championship trophy as first place winner in the DeKalb Iowa Junior Corn Growing contest, and ,a large certificate of scholarship worth $250 to the college of his choice. Rod, who was the'Kossuth winner, topped the entries from all of the 99 counties in Iowa with a yield of 141.09 bushels, per acre. Entries were limited to boys who helped in planting, cultivating, caring for and picking corn on the home farm in, 1955. Roderick is a freshman at St. Cecelia's Academy and thinks he will use his scholarship to attend Lady of the Ozarks preparatory seminary at Carthage, Mo. The Elberts farm 385 acres 3% miles east of Algona on highway 18. The award was made Decently at a dinner at the Ames Memorial Union. The two blue ribbons Roderick is wearing testify that he is the DeKalb county junior corn growing champ and also the Iowa Junior Champion. Second place in the county went to Richard A. Olson of Sexton with 96.33 bu. per acre. He received an engraved billfold. In the annual DeKalb five acre yield contest, another state chanipion- ship came to Kossuth 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 F., son of Mr.and Mrs Joseph Jones, was born Feb. 28, 1885 at Mankatq, Minn, fie came to Iowa at the'age of 16, settling at Swea City, where he lived for about 17 years. He then moved to Algona, where he lived for 25 years before going to Des Moines in 1943. 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 Moines; Elsie (Mrs Floyd Shackelford), Davenpo'rt; 'Jean (Mrs Don Craft), Algona; Raymond, Victor and Florian Neuroth; Wilhelmina (Mrs Robert Gillingham); 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, Academy Paper Award Winner Nineteen school publications, among them the Academy Ripples published by St. Cecelia's Academy of Algona, have been selected for Certificates of Honor in the 19th annual school press project sponsored by the tuberculosis, association c/f 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. Red Cross Drive Opens March 12 Mrs N. J. Kelley, Kossuth county Red Cross chairman, announces the appointment of Russell G. Buchanan, Ideal attorney, as chairman for the 1956 Red Gross fund drive, to be launched March 13. The county quota is $7,650 for 1956. 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 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. The honored Scouts were those who received, the highest award during 1955 and were combined that evening in a Memorial Class dedicated to the late Wiilard 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, 160 Acre Farm Goes For $34,750 Swea City—The high bidder for the late Bert Hall estate consisting of ICO acres of land, was John Kramersmeier of Ledyard. He paid the price of $34,750, according to the administrator A. J. Bilsborough. The estate was sold by sealed bids which were opened last Wednesday at 3 o'clock p.m. Four other bids were received. The farm is located two miles eaet of the Giant Consolidated school. 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 Vocal 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 194S. 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 city council transacted a variety of business at it's meet- in?'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 Ihe time discussion swung around to the 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 appvoval of a b'uild- ing application for the Algona Community School District, making way 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 and was okayed by school district voters Dec. 5. It is only a portion of the total building project planned for the near future, •• A,-building permit for Harvey Johnson was also approved, while one for Edward Bowman was rejected due to the fact the proposed structure is not fire proof and would be built in a fire.zone. Purchase of property from Gordon S. Kuhn was discussed. The property in question lies east of South Phillips street and is necessary if the city is over to extend- East Chubb street in the future. Kuhn wants $3500 and exemption' from any future improvement assessments th a t might arise. The problem • was 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 in town. The first 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 the council, township trustees 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 install a filter plant and re-circulation system at the swimming pool this year at a cost of $12,196.38. A letter of objection, concerning curb and gutter assessment, from L. A, Winkel was read and filed. Deadline fur filing objections has passed and it is not known what action might be taken on the matter. Jess Lashbrpok, street commissioner, was instructed to purchase, a 1 Vi ton chain hoist for the street department and the 1955 report of the zoning commission was approved in other action by the council. New Radio Station Buys Site, On Air By July Corfstruction of a new radio station for Algona, with call letters to be KLGA, will begin very shortly, it has been announced by Frederick Epstein of Davenport, president of the Kossuth County Broadpasting 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. Franchise 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 (i a.m. to sunset. James J. Wychor 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. 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 Bend, enlisted in the sir force Jerry Perdue, 30, JJurt, who has served nloe years in the armed forces, re-enlisted in the »tr force, and Donald £. B«ck, 19, Swea City, re-enlisted in the air force. COUNCIL TO MEET FEBRUARY 27 There will be a special meeting of the Algona city council 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 and 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 pl*nnirj| commission was set up by the council two years ago, but ran into a veto et that »ime due to the parking meter sauabble. H is nqt known who the two new members will be. Algona's School Operating Cost Above Average .- Operating per pupil costs of the Algona, school system are $31.56 above the'state average, it was disclosed in figures for state school costs in Iowa cities-released last week. The state per pupil school cost for 112 Iowa cities is $2G1.53. 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 as follows: School 1954 I9SS Algona 288.49 292.09 Webster City 221.47 232.11 Spencer 239.99 227.92 Estherville 242.15 232.18 Clear Lake 209.71 228.47 Iowa Falls 274.94 273.64 Hampton 230.01 238.55 Eagle Grove 288.77 290.80 Emmetsburg 295.07 301.00 Humboldt 250.74 259.71 Forest City 227.45 228.87 The information was compiled by the Iowa Taxpayers Association. Emil Johr Of 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. M(jpullouf|h> Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements;' -* Mr Jahr died at St. Ann hospital Monday. He was born in East Prussia, Germany, Feb. 3, 1878, and married Bertha Magdelena Wiese at Marcus, Iowa, May 9* 1934. His wife preceded him In death a year ago. New Whittemore Supt. Selected Whittemore's school board selected a Sioux Rapids man, D. W. Fernau, to serve as superintendent of schools there for the remainder of the present school year at a meeting Monday night. A. M. Quintard, county superintendent of schools, has served as superintendent at Whittemore since Dec. 9, due to the illness and death of Francis Slagle, who held the post for many years. Mr Fernau is a former superintendent who, with his wife owns and operates a hospital at Sioux Rapids. He will commute to and from Sioux Rapids when the weather permits, and will hold the post at Whittemore only until the c-nd of the present year. Selection of a superintendent 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 Schpol District has been made, with bids to be received up to 8 p.m. <jn March 21 at the superintendent's office in Burt. An official advertisement for bids will be found elsewhere in today's Algona Upper Des Moines. Fractures Pelvis Burt — Mrs Amelia Polhemus had the bad fortune to fall Tuesday morning on her way home from tha Pat McQuire house, and received a broken pelvic bone and multiple breaks in the right wrist. She was taken to the hos* pital in Spirit Lake, but may be able to return to Burt the first of the week. 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. John Miller^ 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 Ledyard. Two Hurt In Bancroft Falls Bancroft — George Doocy, employed at Welp's Hatchery, fell down the elevator at one of the chicken houses Friday morning, and received injuries on bji 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 yet how bad the injuries are. Goodwill Truck The Goodwill truck wUJ be in Algona the mornjnf of Feb. 28, at the Will Hunchey home, where donated items may be left. Worst Blaze At Whittemore; Loss 85, 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 7:2(r 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. 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 oil heater had dropped into 'the basement .whien the fire was discovered. , Charles Elbert, one of the firer men, rushed into , the building and because of v 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 1952. Burt Garage Burns Friday Hurt—Holding's Garage here was almost a total loss as a result of fire from an unknown 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 garage is in one of the main business blocks, of wood construction, and it was feared that a shift in the wind might fan the fire out of control. The two departments fought the flames for three hours. Mr Holding, who is not planning to rebuild, bought the building from Mrs H. O. Buell about 15 years ago and has been in the garage and trucking business since that time. Ten years ago a 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 last Friday. $2,000 Loss, Swea City Sw«d 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 dollars. The building has been used for vocational agriculture and shops classes pending the completion of the aew addition to the school buildiag. It is thought the fir* may have been caused by an overheated stove. The oWaer v MJS Nona Link, is it teacher La the Mallard school.
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