The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 20, 1956 · Page 25
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 20, 1956
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I have a great deal of sympathy for the Collyer brothers, those two New York bachelors whose house became so filled with junk that when they died their bodies had to be removed by litterally digging them out of the clutter. Pathetic as the Collyer household must have been, it serves as a grim warning to me. Lately I've been thinking it could happen here. * * * A family can sure accumulate lots of junk in fifteen years of living in the same house. The easy way to solve the problem would be to move every other year, preferably to a location where shipping rates would preclude taking anything but the most valuable and necessary equipment. Or the accumulation could be gotten rid of by burning the house to the ground. Neither plan is too practical in my case. We like living in Algona and I've heard they put you in jail for arson. One course of action remains and for me, it's really a last resort. I have to roll up my sleeves, steel my nerves and start throwing the junk out. * * * I started with the upstairs storage closet yesterday. I guess I've got kind of a "thing" about that closet. It could even develop into a complex—a closetrophobik. That closet to me represents all the frustrating parts of housekeeping. It's my Waterloo, my Achilles' Heel and my Black Hole of Calcutta. It's the secret vice I keep hidden from the world and I wouldn't let my best friend look into it. I am thinking of punishing my worst enemy by showing it to her. * * * At our house we don't have an vttic. We put things in cardboard boxes and shove them into that closet. In it are shorts from last summer, coats for next Ivin- jer, baby clothes, outgrown blue jeans, worn out dresses and some we're waiting to grow into. There are lamp shades, old love letters, a potty chair, worn out quilts and maternity dresses, old rags, a few old bones and gobs and gobs and gobs of stuff we're saving just because you never can tell when they might come in handy. The kids get into the closet to make a hideout or to find something for dress-up and everything spills out of the boxes. 1 suspect that once in a while, somebody goes in there with a big stick and stirs, just to be sure everything stays plenty messy. * * * When I clean this closet I have to pick a day when I'm cheerful, have no aches or pains and when my Scotch nature allows me to part with things with abandon. I seldom feel this way so that's another reason the closet is always messy. I got by pretty well yesterday. In the morning I was just bubbling over with joy, so I thought "This is The Day for the closet". I worked all day on it and by four o'clock I was feeling only slightly nauseated and exhausted instead of being on the verge of a nervous breakdown like I usually am if I start the job feeling gloomy. « ' * * There are certain rules to be followed in cleaning attics and storage closets. First is to ignore the box with the old letters and high school souvenirs. If you start looking through these, you are really licked. Noon will come and you'll still be sitting in a messy closet trying to remember why you ever thought that fifteen year old boy was so glamourous. I learned this through experience. • • • . The second rule is not to be tempted into trying on your wedding dress or slipping into that little number that brought so' many compliments back in 1943. The dresses won't fit and they never are as good-looking as they once were. Come to think about it, neither am I. * * * Third, be sure to keep 'the family away from the boxes once you have them sorted ready to throw put or give away. If anybody, including Father, gets his mitts on any of the junk, he'll never be able to part with it and you'll be right back where you started. And, incidentally, don't WANT A FREE VACATION IN HAWAII LOOK FOR YOUR SPRING SALE CATALOG FROM Ed Wolf, Owner THESE WOMEN! Mid furthermore, I don't like the tone of your exasperated,breathing!" Algona throw out or give away all your baby clothes. You know blamed well what will happen if you do. * » » Fourth, leave the buttons and zippers on the garments you send to the rummage sales and missionary boxes. The people who get these items like to wear clothes all fastened up just' like you do. Anyway you already have enough okl buttons, don't you? * * • Rummage sales and missionary boxes do lots of good in this old world. They not only raise money for organizations and clothe the heathen, they also give the housewife her incentive to clear- out junk. The city dump is also an asset. The Presbyterians and St. Ann hospital are having rummage sales in the near future and Amy Geering has a missionary project. They'll all be hearing from me, now that the closet is cleared and the city dump already has my contribution. * * * What I can't figure out is how J can give away, throw out, repack and transfer so much junk and still come out at the end of the project with the closet just as full, but it's neater and the cobwebs are in the vacuum cleaner instead of on the ceiling. Hence-, forth, I swear, that closet is going to be kept in order. I can swear it but I know what will happen. There'll be a day soon when I have to get out the girls' spring coats. I'll look for them in the box marked, "Girls cts., skts. & drs." They won't be there, they'll be in the box marked, "bthg. sts. shorts & summer." I'll dig to the bottom of both boxes, get interrupted by the telephone, the kids will explore the closet and tht- cycle will start over again. • • • Though my thoughts are on a much lower plane while doing the job, if we are so inclined we can draw a moral even from something as mundane as closet cleaning. Housecleaning and the lenten season coincide. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could apply the same cleaning tactics to our spiritual life as we do to our home? Wouldn't it be fine if we would sort out all the mean and petty things that clutter up our lives and throw them out much as we clear a closet? And if we could polish up the windows of our hearts like we do the panes in our living rooms, wouldn't we get more light there also? * * * I was pleased to receive a letter from Corrine Gabrielson of Sexton this week. She also sent me a fine cookie recipe book put out by the ladies of her church. Mrs Gabrielson writes, "Just finished reading your last column to my two smallest youngsters. The children asked, "What are bloomers?" This reminded her, and also me, that time flies by all too fast and that there are differences in the terminolgy of the generations. This week's recipe is from the cookie book Mrs Gabrielson sent me. It's for Applesauce Cookies: VSs cup shortening 3 A cup sugar 1 beaten egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 cup walnuts 1 tsp cinnamon Vfe teasp. cloves >1 cup raisins 1 tsp. soda 1 cup applesauce Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and applesauce. Mix in dry ingredients, raisins and walnuts. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. —GRACE. The diamond is the most valuable form of carbon. LuVerne Girl On Choir Tour Cedar Falls — Ono of 70 students at the Iowa State Teachers jicfjc taking part in the annual A Capella Choir tour will be Pat Hansi.'n of LuVerne. The choir will appear in Independence and Manchester on April 3, Tripoli and MacGregor on April 4, and Sumner and West Union on April 5. Charles Matheson, assistant professor of music at the college, is director of the choir. The group will sing religious music as well as contemporary compositions. , Raymond Mctzen Jr., Salary Jack Mcnrs, Snlriry -- Donakl Prcw, Snlary - - - . Konnrth Frank!, Sal.iry -.. Iowa State Bank, Tax _. NW Bell Telephone, Service _.. _ Algona Iris., Prom. ... _ Milter Engineering Co., Plans _ C^rey S.ilt Co., Mdse. Algona Machine Shop, Repairs Bc'Mord Lumber Co., Mdf.e. Central Motors, Repairs Kohlhaas Hdv\e., Supplies _..... Norton M.ichina Wks., Repairs Taylor Implement Co., Repairs Public Safety Fund A.lbcrt Bockclman, Salary A C. Weishaar, Salary ——.. Richard Groen, Salary Ernest Hutchison, Salary . Peter Jorgenson, Salary .Albert Olson, Labor James Stcbbins, Labor -.. Jacob Godden, Labor Robert Stovpn, Labor - -.. Henry Stebritz, Labor 0 1 Cin 98.95 10J.95 W7.58 66.90 12.25 62.25 82.50 67.00 59.47 24.70 22.65 72.30 249.87 6.81 145.26 130.72 137.02 132.30 105.44 19.60 19.60 19.60 10 M 19.60 Tuesday. March 20, 1956 Algona (Id.) Upper DM Maine*— 3 Iowa State Bank, Tax Albert Bookelman, Expenses ._. City Clerk, Adv. Cash Advance Publ. Co., Sub. . ._ Harvey Larson, Supplies — ' Alcjorva Ins., Add/I Prom, . Kossuth Motor Co., Repair* Taylor Mercury, Car . Taylor Implement, Repairs . NW Bell Telephone, Service . Irn Kohl, Salary Ralph Elbort, Salary ... Sanitation Fund L. K. Ferguson, Salary -. Reiner Helmers, Labor _ Reakus Helmers, Labor John W. Helmers, Labor _. Fucene H<?lrtv.'rs, Labor _ .. _ George Weig Jr., Labor NW Bell Telephone, Service Standard Blue Print Co., Supplies Ernndf Buick, Repairs Joel Herbst, Appraising A H. Borchardt, Appraising —- 27.30 12.00 2 30 • 5.00 6.55 15,00 6.00 80900 41.43 22.21 20.00 10.00 141.75 3.92 68.60 66.64 4 90 6.86 2680 4.33 54.08 60.00 6000 Algona Troo Service, U»bor 15,00 K 5. Norton & Son, Mdse. _.._ 7.37 James Egli, Salary ._. 149.36 Fred Gronbach, Salary 97.97 Iowa State Bank, Tax M.90 lnr : rtol Co., Inc., Supplies .- '-2^ Chicago Apparatus Co., Mdse. _. 46.09 Geo. t. Walker Co., Supplies 13.46 Algona Refrigeration, Repairs ._ 23.00 Bofsforcl Lumber Co., Supplies ._ 8.51 All-ert Baas, Salary 155.92 Teresa Norton, Salary 66.15 Dr. F. E. Sawyer, Rent 35.00 Parking Meter Fund Raymond Kretw," Salary 129.7S Iowa State Bank, Tax 12.00 Park-O-Meter Co., MdsC. 585.61 Mfelin gadjoumed to March 7, 1956 at 7:00 P.M. Or. Cameron C. Shicrk, Mayor Attest: Ivy D. Scuffharn, City Clerk Published in the Kossuth County Advance, Algona, Iowa, March 15, 1956. COUNCIL MINUTES The City Council met February 27, 1956 at 7 30 P M. in adjourned session, with the Movor and all Councilmen present, except Richardson. "The City Engineer was authorized to m.-ike drainage and street improvements n the area noar the swimming pool subject to the approval of the Playgrovmd Ordinance No. 172 entitled "An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 3, Chap- Ttr v ano cutting Responsibility for Mam- k-nnnce of Trees and Removal of Trees upon the Public Streets upon the Abutting Property Owners" was passed and adopted. A proposed Plan Commission Ordinance wa? presented for consideration. Meeting adjourned. Dr. Cameron C. Shicrk, Mayor Atlest: Ivy D. Scuffham, City Clerk The City Council met In regular session February 79, 1956 at 7:30 P.M. with the Mayor and all Councilmen present, except Elbert. Minutes were read and approved. A Resolution was adopted releasing an easement for storm sewer constructed across Lot 3, Block 240, Call's Avenue Addition, at the request of E. S. Kinsey. A Resolution was adopted accepting an offer to purchase from Gordon S. Kuhn a tract approximately 66' by 132' for $3500.00, for use as an extension of Chubb Street east of Phillips Street. Builder's permits were granted to Botsford Lumber Co., Paul Dremmel, Burton Thorpe, M. J. Mowers, Walter Framback, Lena Fuerstenau, Schultz Bros, and E. S. Kinsey. A cigarette and a beer permit were granted to Lawrence J. Knoll. Improving west McGregor Street from Blackford Street west to the city limits was discussed. The following claims were allowed. General Government Fund Dr. C. C. Shierk, Salary 150.00 Ivy Scuffham, Salary 250.77 Nancy Sands, Salary 72.67 Lewis Ferguson, Salary 16.94 Albert Boekelman, Salary 37.80 Iowa State Bank, Tax 82.50 NW Bell Telephone, Service 8.00 City Clerk, Adv. Cash 6.01 Matt Parrott & Co., Mdse. 179.60 Upper Des Moines Publ. Co., Publ. & Supplies 185.12 Glenn A. Bell, Refund 93.75 Botsford Lumber Co., Mdse. 49.72 Htrbst Ins., Add'l Prem. _ 48.99 Municipal Utilities, Refund 20.48 Street Fund Jess Lashbrook, Salary 129.36 Albert Pergande, Salary 111.04 Glenn Burtis, Salary 111.04 NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS THE FIRST INSTALLMENT of real estate and personal property will become delinquent on April 1st. Three-fourth percent penalty will be added for the month of April and three-fourth percent for each month thereafter as provided by law. Taxpayers are advised to furnish the description of their property or bring in their old receipts with them. If it is not convenient to come to Algona, write to this office or contact your local bank. ROSELLA VOIGT County Treasurer FREE COLORED BABY CHICKS Saturday, Mar. 24 For Any Youngster Who Brings An 0. K. Note From Porents and Who Brings Own Container An Easter Present From Us To You ! 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