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By Russ Waller * * * II probably should have been done long ago, but the recent edict that street addresses be placed on all mail for Algona and other smaller*- cities of similar size, is causing considerable head-scratching. It is also gradually clarifying the question ol just what some of the street addresses actually are, a little fact that some areas have had considerable trouble in determining. As the city has grown, street numbers in a few spots have been duplicated, others have been accidentally misinformed or filled in by guess as to what the numbers should be; now the true, accurate numbers are gradually coming to light. * * * Proof readers and linotype operators on the big dailies will have a few new names to tackle, come the 1956 baseball 'season. For example the St. Louis Cards have a Repujski and a Pohalsky on the roster. » * • We erred recently, in the matter of the Twin Rivers school district of Livermore, Bode and Ottosen talking about building a new high school. The plan being studied would be that Livermore and Ottosen schools be used as all-grade schools, and the present Bode school be converted to entirely high school use for the whole area. * * * In studying the details" of Grace Kelly's impending marriage and ocean voyage to Monaco, we note that the future Princess sipped a glass of tomato juice in which some vodka had been inserted, and that she told reporters she planned on redecorating the Prince of Monaco's palace ... that poor fellow just didn't know when he was well off. Incidentally, Mr and Mrs Don Hutchison of Algona will probably be able to give an eyewitness account of Miss Kelly's ocean voyage ... they sailed for Europe on the S. S. Constitution, which carried Miss Kelly. « * *. . * Spys tell us that a reducing diet is sweeping the area, with those on the diet undergoing a treatment of cottage cheese ... good for the figure, they report— and also good for the dairy farmer! * * * Quote of the Week: "The basic cause of lower farm prices toda,y is that too many people, are engaged in agriculture" — Allan Kline, at Austin, Minn, last week. * * * One of the somewhat humorous aspects present-day efforts to solve the farm problem Ls that the same group which 20 years ago was lambasting Henry Wallace's program for taking land out of production is now talking about the Soil Bank plan as though it were a new idea. What a whale of a difference 20 years can make, and a change of administration! * * * We read where the Iowa tax commission believes taxpayers would be happier if the state income tax were deducted from their paychecks during the year. Are they really 'serious? » » » The lure of the Ozarks and a salesman recently resulted in an early spring vacation for several Algona couple^. Mr and Mrs Joel Herbst went''down to the Mountain Home, Ark. area and .sent back such glowing reports that Mr and Mrs Al Buchanan and Mr and Mrs Gene Hutchins decided to go down themselves and we presume enjoyed a fine time in the Arkansas sun, while snagging Arkansas fish ... Mr and Mrs Bill Dau Jr. were also down there for a brief vacation. * * * But the Ozarks are not the only place where there is a lure of the outdoor life. Rotarians were treated to a movie in color, recently of the great Saskatchewan forest, lake and stream area, by Craig Smith, who with other local sportsmen made a trip there last year . .. and a week before, Theo Chrischilles showed slides taken on his recent visit to Mexico... no telling in what direction the bite of the travel big may send local residents. » • * Attention is again called to the fact that all veterans of services must now file, each year, for their military tax exemptions with the county assessor's office, under provisions of a law passed by the 1955 legislature... deadline is June 30 ... previously, if you once filed, the exemption carried over from year to year this provision has now been eliminated, and every veteran will have to visit the assessor's office persimally to get the exemption. World War I. II and Korean vets are all eligible. * * * Famous Last Lin*—Throwing mud is a waste of dirt! Cfje Iowa City,' 2ft« r I flooitty iSTAftUSHtft Efitcred as second class matter at the posloffice at Alftonft, Iowa, Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3,, 1879. AlGONA, IOWA, tUKDAY, APRIL W, 1956 4 SECTIONS - 28 PAGES VOL 93 ~ NO. 16 Pair Sentenced To 25 Year Terms s '**!* * * * * * * * • • * • * * * * • • • One Tries Suicide In County Jail; Eats Crockery Algona Home Show Opens Friday Doors to the first annual Algona Home Show will open Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., after weeks of preparation, and it is expected that a record attendance will be set for the three-day event, which Is to be held at the National Guard Armory at the local fairgrounds. The Home Show, featuring almost 30 separate exhibits and displays, will ppen at 2 in the afternoon on Friday. Saturday and Sunday, and the show will remain open continuously until 9:30 p.m. each of the three days. Free prices and favors are being generally featured by almost all firms exhibiting at the show. A modest admission of 2Sc is to be 'asked at the door. There will be plenty of free parking space. Among the exhibits will be found almost everything pertaining to the home . . . from a new electronic range that cooks by microwaves to the newest rage in window awnings. There will be demonstrations of paint that won't run out of a can tipped upside down, as well as lots of new items pertaining to construction and modernising, both inside and outside a home. Entertainment will be provided for the show, and will be different each day. Friday will feature the appearance of the KGLO-TV "Dude Ranchers while Saturday's program will bring organ music with special novelty acts. Sunday's program will feature the Algona Junior High Glee Club in an afternoon performance, while Bob Cavanagh's "Variety Show" will be given from the stage on the last evening. The Home Show is beind presented by 30 local firms, under auspices of the Chamber of Commerce "Home Improvement" committee, of which Tom McGraw is chairman, assisted by Bill Steele. Other members are Les Kenyon, Murray Mowers, Lloyd Muckey, Glenn Jones, Wes Bartlett and Beecher Lait*. The Algona Home Show will be where the crowds are going this week-end! Petition New Sentral Vote Ask Ballot On Fenton Site For Hi School Start Selection Of Jury In 2 Court Cases A panel of petit jurors was to report today in Kossuth district court, to pick a jury for the first of two criminal cases on the Aprif term docket. First case up for trial is the State of Iowa vs. Alfred Niles of Mason City, charged with larceny by embezifcs- ment. Second case will be that of the State vs. Clyde Math Reinsbach, 'charge'd with operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated. In a third case originally slated for- trial, Lauritz Stra'nd, Wesley, charged with an O.M.V.I, offense, entered a plea of guilty to the charge last week, and was given a 90 day jail term, with the sentence suspended by Judge Fred Hudson. Strand was paroled to Sheriff Lindhorst. Four civil actions were also slated for jury trial. First of those is Martin B. Hamilton vs. Dorothy Peterson, et al. Second is in the estate ot Margaret Fandel, requiring court procedure. The third and fourth cases are two damage actions against the Rock Island Railroad, each for considerable sums of money. Willard Zeigler and Clarence Macumber, each of Algona, are plaintiffs in individual cases. Both were injured when the machine in which they were riding was in a collision with a Rock Island train at a West Bend crossing last year. Both local men were injured. Several non-jury cases were also slated for hearing this term of court. In other district court activity of the past week, a divorce decree was granted, April 13, to Adelbert Leaneagh of Algona from Helen Leaneagh. One new case was filed, that of Ella Addy vs. Robert Addy, a matter at law to appoint a guardian. Judge Hudson ordered dismissal of two old cases on the court docket. One was that of A. G. Madison versus Jack T. Lynch, et al; the second was that of S. D. McDonald, et al, versus Albert Looft. Fire At Irvington The Wm. Boldridge home at Irvinglon, pictured above, was badly, damaged by fire Wednesday morning of last week. As the abov£ picture was taken by an Upper Des Moines photographer, Algona city firemen had just reached the scene and were playing chemical on the roof. They brought the fire under control but almost all of the roof was a complete loss, and considerable damage was done to the interior of the home. ' Fire also damaged the Mel Griffin garage shortly before noon last Wednesday, in Algona. City firemen have been on the jump the past week with numerous grass fires reported. County Democrat Box Social Set An "old time" box social is being planned for Tuesday evening, April 24, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Burt Legion Hall, by the Kossuth county Democratic organization. The affair, which is countywide, is • being chairmaned by Glee Bullock of Burt. All county, district, congressional and senatorial candidates of the party are being invited to attend. Parents Plan For Prom Nite Party A parent-sponsored all nite Prom Party is being planned for the evening of Friday, May 4, as an aftermath of the Junior-Senior high school prom, and organization of the event took place Mooday evening at a meeting of parents of juniors and seniors. General chairman of the committee is Mrs Ken Strahorn, and Mrs George Powers is financial chairman. Other chairmen are Wes Hardy, and Carroll Branson, driver service; Mrs John Dreesman and Mrs Berle Priebe, food; Mr and Mrs Vern Jensen and Mr and Mrs Earl Sprague, theatre party; Dick Phillips, entertainment. The program will follow that of last year, with a late movie followed by food and dancing at the Moose Hall, which is being furnished without charge of the occasion. Drops Dead In Rings ted Shop Fenton — Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the home and 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church, Depew, for Otto Solberg. Mr Solberg died suddenly at 5 p.m. Monday of a heart attack at the Ringsted blacksmith shop. He had taken eggs to town to be delivered when he went to the blacksmith shop, stepped inside the door and dropped dead. Surviving are his wife, two sons. Dale, 15, and Ronald, 9, five brothers and two sisters. Members of the Solberg family are M'ell known in the Fenton community. • *• Winner of 18 State & National Awards, 1950-1956 Including General Excellence, Iowa Press AWn, 1955, and Best Advertising Award for 1956 BurtHostTo County Womans Clubs, Friday Burt will be host to the Kossuth County Federation of Woman's Clubs, at the annual meeting, Friday, April 27, at the Methodist church. Registration will be at 10 a.m., with the morning nrogram to begin at 10:15 a.m. On the program in the morning will be a vocal solo by Mrs Doris Miller of Titonka, accompanied by Mrs Feme Kitzinger. The Doan Women's Club will present a skit, and reports will be given by clubs and Mrs Pearl Asa, 6th district chairman. Following the noon luncheon, the afternoon program will be held. A talk and display of ceramics will be presented by Naomi Chipman of Burt. Mrs H. E. Hennings, 6th district director, will deliver the address. Musical numbers will be presented by Burt students directed by Erna Baars, and Mrs June Goldman of Titonka will speak on the subject "Ribbons on our Maypole." Resolution committee reports will be presented, and the club collect will be offered by Mary Stewart, with Mrs Trudy Budlong of Titonka rendering a soprano solo. Hostess clubs are Burt, Doan, Plum Creek and Titonka Woman's Club. Four J. P. Fines Four persons paid fines in Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court during the week. Virginia A. Marlow, Lone Rock, and Margery E. Albright, Algona, each paid $5 and costs for failing to have 1956 plates; Dwight H. Dolf, Armstrong, paid $5 and costs for faulty equipment; and Robert E. Barslou, Swea City, was fined on two counts. He paid $20 and costs on a truck overload count and $5 and .costs for failure to carry registration card in truck. The fine on the registration charge was suspended. Petitions with 186 signature have been presented to the Sentral Community school district president, Lawrence Newbrough asking for a fourth vote in the school area on the question of a bond issue for construction of a new Sentral area high school building, and setting forth a proposed location directly east of the present Fenton school building, on highway 44, at Fenton. „• .T±^ Centra), aj^a iscomposed, of e>erleca. Lone ROCK" and F&itbh areas, and three .votes have already been held on the question of a new high school. All three previous votes have failed to meet the required 60 percent ol those voting, with two elections missing by only a scant margin. Previous Voles Rural Sife In the" previous ballots, all locations were out in the country, two of them in about the same spot and one on the blacktop between Lone Rock and Fenton, a bit further south than the first and third vote location. Some of those previously opposed to the $450,000 bond issue have expressed themselves as being in favor of the bond issue if the site selected is in a town. The petitioners this time say they think that in view of the' three previous defeats with a rural location selected, one vote with a location in town would at least decide whether or not that is the thing that is keeping the bond issue from passage. The Sentral district already owns five acres of land across the highway east of the present Fenton school, and town water from the Fenton system is already available, proponents of the new location say. They feel that there would be a considerable saving to the school district by such a locution, and that such factors as providing a home for a home for a custodian would be solved without building one adjacent to a new school in the country. Await Attorney's Decision Whether or not action will be taken by the school board on the new petition awaits a decision by the distrct's legal counsel on the wording of the petition itself. The attorney was away last weekend. It was stated in previous elections that the bond issue would result in a tax increase of four mills in the area within the district. Prior to the lust election, which failed to reach the required 60 percent by a scant 25 votes, a Citizen's Committee for the area was named and worked in favor of the project. With a fourth vote in the offing, the matter of location still seems to be a stumbling block. Two members of the Citizen's Committee, William Wiener and Dale Schroeder, resigned recently, and Lloyd Berkland und Owen Berhow were appointed to take their places. Generally speaking, a majority of the voters in the Sentral district seem to agree on the need for a new high school. The basic- problem, however, seems to be that of finding a site that meets with the approval of the required 60 percent. Qoiden Wedding Mr and Mrs W. H. Stott of Ti- tonJta will observe their Golden Wedding anniversary by holding open house on Sunday, April 82, from 2 to 5 p.m. at their home. UDM Is First Place Winner In Advertising lower Press Award Won With Series On Meat-Type Hogs The Algona Upper. Des Moines won its 18th general excellence prize in a state or national newspaper contest last week, with the first place award for "Best Advertising Idea" in the 1956 newspaper contest of the Iowa Press Association. Entered in this contest by this newspaper was the "Meat-Type Hog" ad series which have been running for the past year, sponsored by Western Buyers of Algona. Rightly, the trophy is as much that of Western Buyers as it is the Upper Des Moines, although this newspaper expects to place the prize-winning plaque with the many others in its "trophy collection" on the wall of the UDM office. A Local Idea The idea for the ad series originated with V. C. Smith, head of Western Buyers, early last year. Knowing full well that many hogs were going to market too heavy, and too lardy, and that the growing demand was not for hard-type hogs but meat-type, from processors and buyers of meat at the retail counter, Western Buyers decided to launch a campaign of education based on "emphasizing this fact to the.hog raiser, and _;to; point out that "meat-type hog's bring tKe market premium price." This campaign began months before the break in the hog market, and when .the break did come, it served only to emphasize what the ad series had been saying all along about the value of meat-type hogs. So far as ' the Upper Des Moines is aware, this ad series In a local newspaper is the only thing of its kind in the country. Most hog breed publications and farmer's papers, of course, have also laid heavy emphasis on the value of meat-type in recent months. Widespread Ad Interest As a result of the Western Buyers ad series, the Upper Des Moines received in subsequent months after the campaign began, numerous inquiries and a number of subscriptions, from stockyards, processors and hog breeder's publications to follow the meat-type hog ad series. In 1955, the Upper Des Moines won first place in class one for general newspaper excellence in the Iowa Press contests, and thus was not eligible to compete in the same contest this year. Other 1955 awards included general excellence in typography, New Superior Oil Station To Open A two-day Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for Friday and Saturday of this week for the new Superior 400 super-service station completed on South Phillips St. in Algona. Rated as the finest of the 125 Superior stations now in operation in the midwest by Terry Wallace, Superior Oil Co., district manager, the Algona station provides many innovations, including an apron of 10,000 square feet of concrete. H. J. Cowan was general contractor for the new Algona addition, with materials being supplied by Ready-Mix Concrete & Lumber Co.. Electrical installations were made by Pratt Electric Co., and the plumbing and heating contract was handled by Sigsbee Plumbing & Heating. The station is on the east side of South Phillips st. Vernon Dopp, formerly of Fort Dodge and now of Algona, is lessee of the new Superior station. He has moved to Algona with his wife and child. He will be assisted by Charles Porter in station operation. Sheriff Lindhorst Clears Up Case Within A Week Breaks Second Arm Lalcota—Gary Anderson, son of Mr and Mrs Cecil Anderson, broke his arm Thursday while playing at his home. This is extremely unfortunate for Gary since his other arm has been crippled since breaking It abput three years ago and had surgery on it just before Christmas. Algona's first armed hold-up in 15 years was climaxed successfully after thorough investigation of the case by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and other law officers Friday when Carl D. Clymer and Anthon J. Rodgers, both of Fort Dodge, began serving terms of not to exceed 25 years for the crime. Clymer, 25, was taken to the Anamosa Reformatory, and Rodgers, 31, was taken to the state penitentiary at Fort Madison by Lindhorst from Fort Dodge, immediately after Clymer received three one-year sentences in federal court on three counts of violating the national firearms act Friday morning. Clymer will serve the three one-year sentences concurrently in a federal prison after he serves his 25^year state sentence. Sentenced Thursday The pair were sentenced to their 25-year terms in Kossuth county district court by Judge Fred Hudson, Pocahontas, Thursday morning, less than a week after they admittedly held up the Drive-In Theater and stole $165 while holding 14 persons at bay with sawed-off shotguns, April 5. Key to solving the crime was the fact Clymer had at- tempted'a similar hold-up at a drive-in, theater at Fort Dodge three years ago. During the same week, in September, 19S2, Clymer was involved in an armed robbery of a grocery store and an auto theft, also in Fort Dodge. He was tried On the three counts in Webster county district court.an,d paroled by Judge John Schaupp at that time. Mis paroles will : now be revoked and he will serve ten years for the drive- in robbery and five years for car theft while serving his new 25-year sentence. The pair were arrested in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, April 10, by Lindhorst, Fort Dodge Detective Don Carney and State Agent T. A. Thompson following a chase from Clymer's place of employment at 11:15 p.m. Lindhorst prdised the Fort Dodge police department and all other officers who aided in the capture, which followed intensive tracking down of clues. Both Had Records Both men have long records, Clymer's dating back to 1946. Rodgers was suspected as the second man in the hold-up due to his past close association with Clymer. "Clymer put on quite an act while in jail here," said Lindhorst, who explained a couple of attempts at suicide by the young criminal. Wednesday afternoon it was discovered he had broken up a heavy coffee cup and eaten some of the pieces. He lay on his beet with a glassy stare and refused to talk. He was taken to the office of Dr. Dan Bray where x-rays disclosed particles o£ the coffee cup. For a time, he refused to talk in the doctor's office, retaining the blank look, and at one time held his breath for some time. When tolci he would not die, he began talking again. He also tore a strip off the blanket in his cell, indicating he might hung himself, but didn't. A 24-hour guard was posted near him following these episodes. Wrote Suicide Note Clymer wrote the following suicide note, addressed to his wife: Dearest Phyllis Well it seems the time has at last come for me to check out. Sounds kind of odd doesn't it. I been sitting here thinking about it all night darling. I haven't been much of a husband for you and you surely deserve better than myself. Well it would seem its to late now to change that. Phil, please take good care of those kids. Never let them grow up as I have. Those kids are the only thing I ever have had of my own. They are good kids Phil. I just lit my last cigarette. When its gone I will finish what I have to. Why did it have to be thi; way? God only knows I tried not to. Start the kids in church and maybe they will get the thing 1 obviously missed along the way somewhere. Don't ever blame yourself, Phil. You tried and I really do love you and the kids even if I am so rotten I can't seem to do anything right. Perhaps it would be beet if you moved away from Fort Dodge for awhile. People will throw it up to the kids and yourself. Tefl all my friends thanks and if my insurance is any good please bury Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst is shown above holding the two sawed-off shotguns which were used by Carl D. Clymer and Anthon J. Rodges, Fort Dodge, during the armed hold-up of the Drive-In Theater April 5. The guns, both Winchesters, are a 12-gauge and a .410, which were stolen by the pair during a break-in at a hardware store in, Early. The men sawed off the barrels of the guns before using them here. The guns were found in an abandoned house m Fort Dodge ( after Clymer and Rodges were'ai'rested there Tuesday, night, April 10. .,...,„,....-.. On the counter, between .the two guns, in front of Lindhorst, are two money bags taken by the men during the robbery. One contains $18 which was in the bag when it was lost in the vicinity of the European Hotel after tht robbery. (Upper Des Moinei Flashfoto) Carl D. Clymer Anthon J. Rodgers me in Oakland Cemetery at Fort Dodge. Come and see me there. I'll try to protect you even after I am gone. Phil I hope there is such a thing as God. I've got to get some help some where. Pray for me. Kiss all the kids for me every night and tell them when they get older to try not to think, to hard of me. With all my Love Carl The two men were defended in court here by Arthur Crawford, Fort Dodge attorney, while Kossuth County Attorney L. W. Nitchals represente'd the state. Clymer and Rodgea began serving their tarms only eight days after the hold-up, a quick wind-up to Algona's first armed robbery since th« early 1940s.

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