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State Historical sooitty Iowa oi*?; 1*4 By Buss Waller FIRST ROBIN — We've been waiting for this ... the first robin of the "spring" was reported as having been seen, of all times, last Saturday morning during the snowstorm, by Kay Frances Rosendahl at Whittemore. * 0 * IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE — Seems that one local fisherman gels a lot of static from his wife every time he wants to go fishing, but his wife's unmarried lis- ter Was always a champion of his right to succumb to the lure of the sport. Then the unmarried sister got married, and the two brothers-in-law decided to go fishing ... you guessed it... who raised the big fuss about the trip? Why the recently-married sister, of course! i * * * GANGWAY — At one, of the stations on the Northwestern Road in this area, the section foreman had dropped into the depot to warm up between jobs on the track. He happened to look out of the window, then grabbed his sheepskin, yelled "gangway", and made a fast break for the door. A few minutes later a visitor who had driven up to the depot walked in, a friend of the agent. Later the agent asked the section foreman why the hurried exit? "For all I knew it might have been that new fellow Heineman inaking a personal inspection", replied the section man. Heineman is the new president of the C. & N.W., a live wire who Is liable to pop up anywhere. ' *\ ' NEEDLEPOINT — Denny Myers was one of the greatest football players ever turned out it Algona, later going on to fame st the State University of Iowa, and professional ranks, .and into the coaching ranks where his Boston College teams in the forties were among the best in the nation. Recently Denny, who lives in Boston, suffered a stroke. A Boston paper recently carried a feature story on the former coach and his efforts to recuperate. He is doing needlepoint, as one of the therapies advised to help him regain the grip in his hands — hands that once brought down the best professional backs in the game. Denny says "the stroke came out of nowhere. I was sitting at the dinner table when suddenly I lost my power of speech and my ability to remember, just like some of my quarterbacks used to do." * * * SLAUGHTER — Iowa was the leading meat producer in the United States in 1954, the Department of Agriculture informs us. Illinois was second ... But California was the top beef producer in 1954, followed by Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska ... Iowa was the leading pork producer, far ahead of Illinois which was second ... more than 25 percent of the people live in the North Atlantic states but that area produced less than 10 percent of the meat for slaughter ... the West North Central states (including Iowa) have only 9 percent of the people but produce 35 percent of the total meat raised in the U.S. ... the five largest public markets for livestock in 1955 were Chicago, Omaha, Sioux City, South St. Paul and Kansas City in that order, with South St. Paul the leading hog market. * * • STATE OF THE NATION — Remember when a proposal of the late President Roosevelt to harness the tides in the Bay of Fundy (Passamaquoddy) was called a boondoggle and a pipe dream . . . well it might be of interest to know that this very proposal, 20 years later, has now been passed and was recently signed into law by President Eisenhower . . . Passamaquoddy is now respectable. The administration bill to authorize power dams and irrigation projects in Colorado, Utah, Arizona. New Mexico and Wyoming is now well un its way and seems curtain of passage ... this will bring into production at tremendous per acre cost, a vast area of land at present non- productive ... at about the same time we propose to curtail production from good, tillable land. » « » Jill Rae Smith U the bright- eyed four year-old daughter of Mr and Mis Ed Smith Jr. of Burt, so it said under a picture on the "Anybody You Know" page in the "Sunday Register ... it didn't add that the little miss is a granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Ed Smith Sr. of Burt and Herman Rachut, Burt banker, or that the little miss has red hair. * * * Famous Last Line—Audie Murphy, Americans much decorated soldier of World War II: "Np on* erw MTpn a medal alone, on the battlefield." gllgona dipper Jiome* MTAillSHID 1163 fo n wa re Nov S i?°iwa. un"er n AcfV t c^reM t o1 f ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1956 4 SECTIONS - 26 PAGES - PIUS 24 PAGE TABLOID VOL. 93 - NO. 11 Find Kossuth Man Frozen In Storm Herman Studer Is Candidate For Auditor Supervisor Races Develop In Past Week Political activity accelerated its tempo during the past week as filing began for county offices. Deadline for filing for county offices is April 10, at the county auditor's office. Herman Studer, widely known K o s s u th resident, announced Monday that he would be a candidate for the office of county auditor on the Democratic ticket. He will thus oppose Marc Moore, present auditor, who is a Republican. It appeared unlikely that either man would have any opposition in the primary, but the battle in the fall should be one of the major contests for county office. Mr Studer is a lifelong resident of Kossuth county, where he farmed for many years on the home place in Prairie twp. He actively farmed until three years ago when he turned the farming operation over to his oldest son. However, he has been also active for a number of years in administration of the farm programs since the time of the Triple A. He served as township committeeman for several years, and in 1948 became a county committeeman in the PMA. Then from August of 1953 until May of 1955 he served as office manage?; for the ASC which succeeded the PMA. He has also served as township trustee, township school board president, was a leader for eight years of the Prairie twp. 4-H boys club, and is a director of the Farmed Creamery at Wesley. This is his first entry into the realm of elective county office. There will also be a contest foi the office of county attorney. Gordon Winkel, Algona attorney, will be the Democratic candidate for the post now held by Lou Nitchals, Republican. At the same time, both primary and general election contests developed in the supervisor races. In the first district, incumbent Henry Scheppmann will be opposed by Charles Plathe for the Democratic nomination. Schepp- mann defeated Plathe in a previous contest. In the second district, Fred W. Plumb will be a Republican candidate for supervisor, opposing Jens Sorensen, the Democratic inucmbent. In the third supervisor district, Tom Forburger, a Democrat, will oppose John Rode, Republican incumbent. Rode defeated Forburger in the last contest between the same two. There have been rumblings of other candidates for other county officers, where all of the incumbents are seeking reelection, but as far as is known no definite decisions have been made. DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS DATES SELECTED Democratic party caucuses in Kossuth county will get underway Saturday, March 17. Republican caucuses have already been held. The caucuses will be held as follows: Saturday, March 17, 1:15 p.m.— All AJgona wards, and Plum Creek and Union townships; For Eagle, Grant, Harrison, Hebron, Lakota (Ledyard), Lincoln and Springfield townships, 3 p.m. at the Grant Consolidated school. Monday, March 19—East Lone Rock (Burt) at 8 p.m. at Flaig's Garage Lone Rock. Tuesday, March 20, 8 p.m.— Fenton townships at the 1- enton Community Center. Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m.— Seneca twp. at the Seneca school. Thursday, March 22, 8 p.m.— Swea twp. in the Swea City Community Hall. Monday, March 26, 8 p.m.— Greenwood twp. at the Murray Elevator. The balance of the township caucuses had not set the dates as of Monday. $5,500 Pledged To S-City Project Swea City—As of last Thursday morning a total of $5,500 in shares for the new Swea City Medical Center had been raised, it was reported by Wm. Guyer, chairman of the fund-raising commiiteje. There was still much soliciting to do, and the board of directors were much encouraged by the first returns. Several leads were also reported for 9 deotist and at least one medical doctor had expressed Interest in the project. 48 Complete Girl Scout Leader Course A 20-hour basic leadership course conducted during the past three months by the Volunteer Leader Trainers of the Algona Girl Scout Organization came to a close Friday morning, Mar. 2, at the American Legion Hall with a coffee hour and investiture of new leaders. Women present at this meeting are pictured above as they listen to Mrs N. J. Kelley, standing, and Mrs Helen Mikes, seated, who presented the training course to the women. Mrs Win. Ankenbauer is training chairman of the Algona Girl Scouts Organization and had charge of all course arrangements. These three women are Volunteer Leader Trainers. In the picture above are left to right: back row, Mrs Arthur Glaser, Mrs Gene Schattschneider, Mrs Vic Parsons, Mrs Fred Lupkes, Mrs Paul James, M'rs Don Hemmingsen, Mrs Max Bartholomew; center row, Mrs D. K. Chiquet, Mrs Earl Miller, Mrs Leo Aulich, Mrs Walker McDonald, Mrs Orville Wicks, Mrs L. S. Bohannon, Mrs Everett Baldus: front, Mr sWm. Ankenbauer, Mrs Leo Gardner, Mrs R. C. LaBarre, Mrs Les Kenyon, Mrs Richard P. Norton, Mrs Dick* Post. All women are from Algona, except Mrs McDonald who is from Titonka. ' Other women enrolled in the course, but not present in the picture are: Mrs A. F. Agena, Mrs D. L. Bray, Mrs Kenneth Bran- Sentenced To 10 Years A* three-weeks investigation of • suspected sodomy ring, resulted in a reformatory sentence of not to exceed 10 years for a Kossuth mart, Monday morning. Raymond W. Wempen, 23, whose address is Buffalo Center, but who lives in Kossuth county, was sentenced to Anamosa reformatory by Judge G. W. Stillman on a plea of guilty ito the charge. Clyde Wm. Steinberg, 41, Buffalo Center, was in the county jail on a similar charge. His preliminary hear- Mrs Hansen, 59, LuVerne, Dies LuVerne—Mrs Van Hansen, 59, died at 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, where she had been a patient for nine weeks. She had been in ill health for the past two years. Funeral services for Mrs Hansen have tentatively been set for Wednesday, Mar. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Kessinger officiating. Burial will be at Titonka. The Blake Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her husband and three children. They are Duane, Spencer; Mrs Allyn Brink, LuVerne; and Patricia, Cedar Falls. Other survivors are four sisters, Mrs William Erickson, Crook, Colo.; Mrs Ted Hoover, Titonka; Mrs Fern Young, Algona; and Mrs Carroll Struthers, Oakdale; two brothers, Dean Andrews, Burl; and Howard Andrews, Titonka; a half- brother, Lawrence Brown, Nampa, Idaho, and five grandchildren. Her parents, two brothers and two half-sisters preceded her in death. 4-H Turnout Despite Blizzard County 4-H presidents and vice presidents, representing 850 club members from the 27 girls and 22 boys clubs observed National 4-H Club Week and took part in the Algona 4-H Day, Saturday, March 10. This was the fourth annual 4-H Day sponsored by the Algona Chamber of Commerce. Despite one of the season's worst blizzards, there was a good turnout. The day in Algona climaxed the 4-H club week in which many clubs displayed their wares in their local communities and in Algona on Saturday. Club theme for this year was "Improving Family and Community Living." During the day club representatives had an opportunity to set up their display and to explain the club program to local merchants, friends and the public and to visit other club displays. Members also had an opportunity to learn more about the business place they were at or the merchants took them on a tour of the store and explained the problems and joys of operating their particular store. In the evening members enjoyed supper witn their host for the day, after which they attended a program Begin Balloting For Queen Of Charity Ball Balloting will get under way starting with this issue of the Upper Des Moines for the election of the ten candidates for Queen of the 1956 Annual Charity Ball. Dean Parrott, chairman of the Queens Committep, announced today that the official ballot as appears in this paper should be used in casting a vote for the girls to be nominated. From the ballots that are cast during the next week the top ten will be selected to be the official candidates from which the Queen will be elected to reign over the ball. The qualifications to be selected as a candidate are: resident of Kossuth County, unmarried, at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate. This is the only issue of the Upper Des Moines that will carry a ballot and to be considered in final tabulations must be post marked no later than Tuesday, March 20. The ten candidates will be announced prior to the Ball and will be presented in person on the stage during the evening program at the Ball. Balloting on the ten candidates will take place at a booth the night of the Charity Ball, April 3, in the High School. Each person will receive a ballot and may cast it for the Queen announced and presented that evening. She will receive a $50 bond in recognition of her election and will reign over the Ball. Chairman Parrott announced that the committee urges patrons of the area to cast their ballot and to be sure that the official form found in todays paper be used and mailed to Box 109, Algona, Iowa. Service Station Broken Into A break-in at Ed's D-X Service on the corner of State and Moore streets sometime Sunday night was reported to local authorities early Monday morning. Nothing was stolen. The culprits first .broke the heavy glass in the front door, and failing to gain admittance there, went to the rear of the building and knocked out another pane of glass that allowed a window to open. ing was held this morning (Tuesday) before C. H. Osl- winkle, local justice of Ihe peace. Steinberg was bound over to the April term of district court following preliminary hearing. Bond was set at $5000 and was not furnished. A third man is being held in the Forest City jail facing a similar charge in Winnebago county. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst said. After a report of unnatural conduct had been heard by a town marshal in Kossuth county, the matter was reported to the sheriff, who began his investigation, with the aid of state agents. Wempen and Steinberg were specifically charged with having committed unnatural acts on February 13 in a room in the Algona Hotel. Wempen had a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the next term or district court bu't in the meantime decided to enter an immediate plea of guilty. He is a farm youth. Fire Damages LuVerne Home LuVerne—The LuVerne Fire Department answered a call shortly before noon Tuesday when fire was discovered in the home on the John Hefti, Sr. farm southeast of LuVerne. The fire was confined to the attic and second floor and was believed to have started from defective wiring. There Was extensive water and smoke damage. Mr and Mrs John Zimmerrnann live with her father Mr Hefti. On Wednesday, Mrs Walter Hefti of Britt, Mrs Marshall Clancy of Hardy, Mrs Edwin Hefti and Mrs Jack Hefti went to assist Mrs Zimmerman with the cleaning. Most of the furniture had been removed from the home. dow, Mrs Arvid Dennis, Mrs John Hopkins, Mrs James Kolp Jr., Mrs Earl Legler, Mrs Gail Haase, Mrs Lewis Marshall, Mrs Frank Moulton, Mrs Jeri McKean, Mrs Frank Rueb, Mrs Wm. Steele, Mrs Harl- lan Sigsbee, Mrs David Smith, Mrs Mitch Taylor, Mrs Bennie Wibben, all of Algona; and Mrs Elizabeth Anliker, Mrs H. P. Shoeman, K. Anne Christenson, Mrs Harold Mikes, Mrs John Mertz Jr., Gloria Borg, Madeline Jones, Mary Larson, Mrs Wyn DeJong, Donna Keller, all of West Bend; and Mrs Marcella Wenger of Titonka. •f Purpose of the training is to acquaint leaders with the Girl Scout program and to teach them the necessary outdoor skills so that they may prepare girls for camping. The course is also designed to help the leaders have a better understanding of the age groups with which they work and how to guide them in special activities as singing, dancing, recreation, flag ceremonies and crafts. Program planning, troop government and finance are also included in the course study. The 48 women enrolled in the course spent 14 hours on training inside and six hours at Call State Park on a cook-out. (Upper Des Moines Newsfoto). '56 Polio Totals Over '55 Mark Final figures on the Kossuth County "March of Dimes" campaign as released Monday by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, county chairman, and Craig Smith, assistant chairman, show an increase in total contributions over last year's campaign of more than $700.00. Total contributions this year amounted to $7,839.12, while the 1955 total came to $7,073.99. A break-down shows March of Dimes contributions for the 1596 campaign as follows: School collections, $1,H>7.91: Mothers March and personal solicitation, $5,500.77; Coin collectors in places of business, $740.73; Spurts events collections, $180.09; Theatre collections, $70.00; and organisation contributions, $179.62. Lindhorst and Smith issued a statement of thanks Otto Elsbecker, Bancroft, Dies Otto Elsbecker, 54, died .suddenly at his home at Bancroft Sunday from a heart attack. Funeral services were to be held Tuesday morning at St. John's Catholic Church, at Bun- croft. The Rev. J. H. Schultes officiated. Burial was in S-:. John's Cemetery. The Garry Funeral Home was in charge. Surviving are his mother, two brothers, Walter, Lone Rock, and Alphonse, Bancroft, and two sisters, Mrs Leo Hellman and Mrs Florin Helman, Bancroft. Mr Elsbecker was preceded in death by his father and brother Clem. Casket bearers were all nephews: William, Gerald, Albert, Dennis, Elmer and Arthur Hellman. Saddle Club To Hold Trail Ride A trail ride and Easter Egg hunt is being planned by members of the Seneca Saddle Club for March 18, .starting at 1 p.m. at the Everett Witham farm. The date of May 20 was also set for the first season's rodeo at the Saddle Club grounds at the Algona airport. Discussion also took place on the forthcoming 100-mile trail ride, and the possibility of making u 275 mile jaunt to attend the Sidney Rodeo next August. These matters were all taken up at a meeting held March 5 at the Everett Witham home with 45 directors and members present. After the trail ride, March 18, the Easter Egg hunt will take place and games enjoyed at the Witham place. Anyone with horses wishing to ride will be welcome. A pot luck lunch will be served. 5 Vehicles Pile Up In Blizzard On Saturday Five vehicles got tangled up during the blizzard Saturday at 2:30 p.m. 2V» miles south of Bancroft on highway 169. The fracas began when a state highway truck, headed north, driven by Helmer Helmers, Algona, and with a snowplow mounted on it, collided with an auto driven by Raymond Johnston of Burt, who was traveling south. The car and truck ended in a position that completely blocked the road, and when Vaughn Hoover, Algona, driving a Pioneer Hibred truck, came along heading south, he couldn't stop, hit first the Johnston car, then the snowplow. The Pioneer truck pulled off to the side of the road and stopped, and Lloyd Gray, Bancroft, driving a Welp's Hatchery truck, pulled up and stopped behind the snowplow. William Dixon, Bancroft, headed south, came along. He could not stop in time, hit the parked Welp truck and ricocheted into the Pioneer truck. That was the end of the line. Patrolman D. W. Holman, Humboldt, came along and he and Deputy Sheriff Don Wood got traffic started again. Estimated damage to the vehicles added up like this: One ruined snowplow, $300 - $600; Johnston car, total loss; Dixon car, $200; Welp truck, $150; and Pioneer truck, $200 damage. Luckily, no serious injuries were sustained by drivers involved. Burt Fish Fry Burt — The Boy Scout Annual Fish Fry will be Thursday evening the 15 at the Burt Legion Hall. Mothers of the boys will prepare the meal, but the fathers and helpers will fry the fish. Proceeds will go for the summer camp. Serving starts at 5:30 p.m. Fenton Legion Host Wesley — All American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members are urged to attend a joint county meeting at Fenton, Wednesday evening, March 21. Official Nomination Ballot 1956 Charity Ball Queen Contest I place in nomination as Queen of the 1956 Charity Ball Mail this ballot to QUEEN COMMITTEE Box 109 Algona, Iowa \ \ NOTE: Nominees in order to be eligible for the queens i i contest must be — 1. unmarried. 2. at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate. 3. resident of Kossuth County. Ballots must be postmarked no* later than Tuesday, March 20 Arnold Wagner Of Whittemore Dies, Exposure Car Goes Into Ditch Sometime Saturday Night Saturday's blizzard and extreme cold weather was responsible for the death of -Arnold H. Wagner, 53-year old Whittemore carpenter. His frozen body was found in his, auto in a ditch eight miles south'of Whittemore Sunday morning by Ed Banwart, West Bend farmer. Wagner's death was attributed to exposure. His auto, which was headed south, slid into the ditch on the west side of the road. Time of the accident is not known, but it was obvious Mr Wagner had been out of the car, possibly attempting to get it back on the road. Found In Car The car was shut off and the left-hand door of the two-door sedan was open when found. Mr, Wagner's body, with'one leg protruding, was between the front and back seats of the auto. Mr Wagner left his home one mile east of Whittemore, Saturday afternoon on business with the bank in West Bend, in the severe snow storm. Just when he left West Bend has not beea learned, but when on Sunday morning Mr Banwart was delivering the Des Moines Sunday Register, he found him in his car, a 1938 Chevrolet, with one of the front wheels barely off the grade. Dr. John Schutter, county cor- onor, was called and pronounced death the result of exposure. It looked as though Mr Wagner had tried to push his car. He was lying .with his ^acm .behind .Klin as though he Was getting into the, car and possibly buffered a heart attack. He has had several attacks the past year. His son, Wayne, in the meantime, went to Whittemore searching for him. By this time, the storm was' so bad Wayne cotild not get back home, so he stayed with relatives in town. The Wagners don't have a telephone, so a search for Mr Wagner was practically impossible. Mrs Wagner and one of the Wagner's daughters,. Wilma, a high school student, assumed Mr Wagner had been caught in the storm and decided to wait somewhere until the snow abated. The discovery of the body Sunday was the first trace of Mr Wagner. Services Wednesday Funeral services for Mr Wagner will be held Wednesday, Mar. 14, in St. Paul's Lutheran church at Whittemore at 2 p.m., after funeral home services at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Paul Weinhold will officiate at the rites and burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery. Hyink Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be J. B. Gee- Ian, L. H. Peril, Leonard Elbert, Herman Vaudt, Alfred Bell and William Roeber. Arnold Henry, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Wagner, was born at Whittemore March 21, 1902, and lived there all his life. He was married March 19, 1932 to Margaret Voigt at Whittemore. Mr Wagner was employed by the Roeber Construction Co. at the time of his death. He earlier had been an employee of the Milwaukee Railroad. Mrs Wagner and three children survive. They are Wayne and Wilma at home and Darlene, Algona. A son and daughter died in infancy. Six sisters and four brothers also survive. They are: Mrs Adelia Esser, Whittemore; Mrs Elfie Schallin, Pettaluma, Cal.; Mrs Esther Schaeffer, Prescott, Ariz.; Mrs Matilda New, Chicago; Mrs Emmajean Walker* Twenty- Nine Palms, Cal.; Mrs Dorothy Baker, Fort Dodge; Alfred, Louisville, Ky.; Edward, Humee- ton; Martin, W-drrington, Ore.; and Harold, Chicago. Mother Succumbs In Germany Mrs Lewis Ferguson has received word that her mother, Mrs Bertha Merk, 62, died Friday, Mar. 2, in a rest home in Germany. She had been in failing health for some time. Mr Merk is believed to have killed during a bombing in World War II. Mrs Ferguson is an only child. Details of the funeral services have not yet been received by her. Only a short time ago she had talked with her mother and hod assured her of her definite plans to visit her in May. Due to Mrs Merk's health, she was unable to obtain » vi»a to come here. Earlier plans had been for Mrs Mark to make her home here with the Fergusons.