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3tat« Historical sool«ty Iowa oityj Ia« By Russ Waller « * * A few words to clarify the sit- Uiition regarding use of the city dump might be in order. A city ordinance limits use of the dump to those living within the city limits, and posting of a notice to that effect has caused a number of nearby farmers to ask "how come." Things aren't as bad as they seem; farmers living near the city limits can still use the dump, if they obtain a permit from the city, for which there is no charge. About 30 such permits have been issued by Mayor C. C. Shierk. * « * The dump (which by the way has receded somewhat into the distance with the opening of the new 1C9 underpass paving) has to be kept in order by using a bulldoy.er to push debris around ... there have been instances where folks have solved the problem of wha-l to do with old rolled wire by bringing it in to the city 'dump and depositing it ... when the bulldozer treads get into such wire, the trouble begins ... Mayor Shierk points out that the city has no wish to penalize anyone in the area who has and still wants to use the dump. ..only thing, please get a permit, and please don't dump »;ld wire, fence posts, etc. * * * One of these days, incidentally, the city is going to have to set up a new city dump—the old one is nearly full. * « * Now—another civic problem. Monday, the crew doing the street asphalt work, with their oil heated up, discovered to their dismay that some of the streets where they had done preparatory work, including hand-sweeping of curb and gutter, were all messed up. The streets must be absolutely dry and the curbs clean before asphalt application can be made, which means that if you wash cars in the street, or run your sprinkler so it waters the street or burn debris in the gutter, asphalt coating can not be applied. We've waited quite a while for the street work— with the final phase ready to go. Giving the contracting crew a hand at this moment will be well worth it. « » • We've had many inquiries about the operation of the new engraving machine at the Upper Des Moines for making cuts for news and advertising use, and commercial printing work ... in explaining to Mr and Mrs Nels Isaacson that there was one thing the machine could not do, it could neither enlarge a picture or reduce it—Mrs Isaacson said that was one of her troubles—she couldn't reduce either. » * * Margaret Durant of Algona has again been honored. She is featured in the Page Poet section of "American Bard" magazine, including a picture, biographical sketch, and a page of verse including eight of her poems. The magazine is published in Los Angeles, and is the second oldest magazine of its type in the nation. * * * Conservation Commission figures state that during the 1955 deer hunting season, there were 2,888 whitetails killed in Iowa ... of that total, 58 were taken by bow and arrow. <. * * At a recent 4-H boys leaders meeting, each one present guessed how many inches of rain •would fall between April 23, the clay they met, and June 26—their next meeting. Cecil Thoreson, Swea City, guessed 8 inches, as the most optimistic of the group. Ray Johnson, Lakota, guessed 2 inches, the most pessimistic of the group. Other guesses averaged from 4 to 6 inches. Ray seems to have already lost the contest. * * » After all ihe furore over a Time magazine reporter visiting Kossuth county on a guided tour, we rather expected to see the old home county given quite a spot in the agricultural roundup story ... sad to relate, there wasn't even a mention of Kossuth county nor what the reporter fuund in this area .. . there were some other comments, though, including an interesting yarn about a young farmer who sold his near-new equipment and kept buying older stuff so he could pay off his debts—but Time dutifully pointed out that this fellow was a good Republican, of course. Then there was a quote from one Don R. Massie, GOP committeeman from Bloomington, 111. who said: "Farmers used to run everything, but now they don't amount to anything in politics here—but we're trying to keep that quiet." * # * And we let the conclusion of Time Magazine furnish us with our Famous Last Line for tliis week: "The farm economy w no longer a critical factor." 3TI)c Algona dipper Bcs ESTABLISHED 1161 Entered as second class matter at the postofftce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 8, 1956 3 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES VOl. 93 - NO. 19 Walks Into Cars Side; Near Death Algona Juniors, Seniors Hold "Greenwich Village" was ihe theme of the 1956 Algona High Junior-Senior banquet and prom, held last Friday evening at the Annex. Maribel Kain, junior class president, and Cheryl Vander Waal, senior president, spoke, and musical numbers were presented after dinner by Nancy Amon, and the Symphonettes. Terry Cook read the class will-and Jerry Downey gave the class prophecy. Darlene Skogstrom presented the class tribute and Nancy Kain responded. Jack Cole and his orchestra played for the dance until 12:30 p.m., following which a movie was shown at the Algona, and the evening ended in the early morning with breakfast at the Moose Lodge where parents had prepared sandwiches and coffee. Mayor C. C. Shierk awarded door prizes to Sue LaBarre, Jim Etherington, Karen Hutchins and Ted Finley. : In the above pictures, the photo shows Jim Etherington and June Roepke, Connie Priebe and Duke Kinsey, John Moxley, Ronnie Ditsworth. and Edith Christiansen and guest, during the prom. Seated in the other photo, left to right, are Clen-dora Patton, Marvel Hansen, Morris Harbour, Jeri Kae Voigt and guest. 4 Demo Candidates Blast Republican's Farm Record Bessie Winkel Rites May 7 At Whittemore Whittemore—Funeral services for Mrs George J. Winkel, 62, were held Monday morning, May 7, at 9:30 in St. Michael's Catholic church, with Rev., William Veit officiating at the Requiem High Mass. Interment was at the St. Michael's Cemetery, with the Hyink Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were William Lauck, Earl Shepard, Andy Elbert, C. W. Elbert, Frank Foley and LeRoy Farrell. Mrs Winkel died Friday morning, May 4, after a prolonged illness, at Rochester, Minn. Mrs Bessie Winkel was born Feb. 26, 1894, in Lotts Creek Town-ship. Her parents were Mi and Mrs John Lane. She graduated from Presentation Academy and for several years taught in the rural schools in Lotts Creek Township. On Aug. 29, 1917, she was united in marriage to George Winkel in St. Michael's church. They established their home on a farm northeast of Whittemore. Mr and Mrs Winkel were the parents of three children, Mrs Hugo Potratz of Fort Dodge, Mrs AJ Elsbecker of Bancroft and Harold at home. Besides her family and her husband she leaves three sisters, Mrs Charlie Dunn of Mitchell, So. Dak., Mrs A- J. Jabubec of Minneapolis, and Miss Sylvia Lane and a brother William Lane of Kingston, 111. She was a devout member of St. Michael's parish, a member of the C. D. of A., the Rosary Society and the B'un and Do club Whittemore people and those in the surrounding vicinity were greatly shocked on Friday morning when it was learned that Mrs Winkel had died early that morning. Everything possible had been done to prolong her life, but efforts were of no avail. Mrs Winkel was a person of a most lovable disposition which endeared her in the hearts of all Everyone, rich or poor, looked alike to her and everyone in town or in the vicinity was numbered among her friends, as she always wanted to do something for those who were in need. Hundreds of friends of the deceased and her family visited at the home on Saturday and Sunday, and the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Relatives from a distance who attended the last rites were Mr and Mrs A. J. Jokubec of Minneapolis, Sylvia Lane of Kingston, 111., Mr and Mrs John Jacob of Austin, Minn., Mr and Mrs Lawrence Winkel, Dr. and Mrs J. B. Winkel, Mr and Mrs William Dodds and Mrs Mamie Winkel, all of Algona; Mr and Mrs George Lacina of Iowa City, Mr and Mrs Ralph Winkel of Morris, 111., Mr and Mrs Vincent Dunn of Sioux Falls, S. D., and Mr and Mrs Edward Dunn of Mitchell, S. D. Senatorial and Governor ( Candidates At Bancroft The five most prominent candidates for state and national office on the Democratic ticket this fall, appeared at an old-time Box Social sponsored by the 'Kossuth County Democratic organization, last Wednesday evening in the Legion Ballroom at Bancroft. About 350 attended. Joe Bradley of Algona presided at the open forum session. And while in two instances, opposing candidates in the primary spoke from the rostrum, the candidates took no pot shots at each other, but made up for it with the vigor used in pinpointing what they feel are Republican mistakes and abandonment of the agricultural midwest. Lawrence E. Plummer, Northwood, candidate for governor, opened the talks. "If anything happens in the next election to make it appear that the farmer favors the G.O.P., it will be a lesson the farm bolt will never forget in the next four years", he said. Plummer said one of the strange incidents of recent weeks was to have the Governor of Iowa show up in Washington to auk Ike not to veto the farm bill after Ike's veto was already written and in print. Plummer added that Secretary of Agriculture Benson's answer to the Ed Murrow show was to say that the farmers just didn't know what they were talking about. "This is not a one-man stute," concluded Plummer. Herschel Loveless, Ottumwa, also a candidate for governor, was the second speaker. "There is something hypocritical about the Governor of Iowa one day slapping President Eisenhowei on the back for good work and the next day taking issue with him," he said. State officials are using the same language they did four years ago, except for the 2'.2 percent sales tax, Loveless added. The Ottumwa man pointed out that the present state administration is now calling for a dozen or more new forms of taxation, and that if reelected they will feel they have a mandate to introduce them. "If elected", said Loveless, "I also guarantee not to have my picture taken over once a week." Lumund Wilcox, Jefferson, candidate for U.S. Senator, was the third speaker. He said that the two major parties have opposite philosophies of government. The Republican philosophy, he said, is that the farmer can never be prosperous so long as he looks to government. The Democrats, Wilcox said, believe that every economic group has the right to an equal share of national prosperity, and the government can do something about it. He added that in the past six months there have been more new mortgages on farm land at any time since the USDA started keeping records. Huge monopolies and a policy of price-fixing by them, were oilier targets of attack. "Bi^ business, has efficiency in its own operation", he said, "and if such efficiency reduced prices it might be all right, but that it not so." The government policy of "give-away" of natural resources came in for mention from boU th> orV Wjlgox, and Spike , Evans. _. Arnolds Park; also a.candidate for the U.S. Senate, and the tmal speaker. R. M. Evans opened with a review of the four big promises of 1952 (1) a business-like administration, (2) a balanced budget, (3) a reduced national debt, and (4) continuation of 90 percent parity farm price supports. On not a single point has the party in power made good or kept its word, Evans said. He pointed out that the national debt, in fact had risen from 267 to 280 billion dollars since 1952. "People operating the farm program today do not want to make it work", Evans charged. "There never has been a time Benson was friendly to the farm program." Shortly after he took the oath of office, Evans said, Benson was asked what his views were on the then existing farm program "You can throw it out the window as far as I am concerned," was Benson's reply, Evans said. "This is the end of the trail for the farmer," Evans concluded. "If the Democrats do not win, and voters fall for all the Republican window dressing again, they will demonstrate that they have lo.si all their effectiveness as a factor at the polls." The program concluded with auction of the baskets und a social gathering. Boy, 11, Hurt In Bicycle Mishap Steve Obrecht, 11, son of Mr und Mrs Art Obrecht and sixth, grade student at Bryant school, was injured in a bicycle accident at the school Monday noon. He was on his bicycle going down an inclined driveway when his foot became entangled. Young Obrecht fell toward across the handlebars and his left arm became impailed on a bolt extending from a vehicle. The bolt pierced the arm below the elbow. He was treated and was back in school Tuesday morning. Buys Koffee Kup Leola Andeison. new owner of Die Koffee Kup here on South Moore St., is holding Open House, Thursday morning and afternoon, with free coffee for those who drop in. Mrs Anderson comes from Estherville. Treasure Hunt Days Coming Here, May 18-19 AJgona's popular twice-yearly "Treasure Hunt"—with some interesting new features—is scheduled for Friday and Saturday of next week, May 18 and 19, it has been announced by Brail Wright, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce promotion committee. With more than 8,000 "Treasure Hunt" numbers to be sent out over the area, as usual, the committee has added two new features that are bound to give next week's Treasure Hunt a new "wallop". In addition to the hundreds of merchandise prizes to be featured, there'll .be a lot of "Nutty Numbers"—special, numbers featured in store windows on merchandise offerings that will be so spectacular they'll be "Nutty". Holders of these numbers will really share in a treat. An afternoon series of free shows for the kids will be given at the AJgona Theatre on Saturday, May 19, courtesy of AJ- gona merchants participating in "Treasure Hunt." Three shows will be held—all free to kids. Serving on the 1956 Chamber of Commerce retail promotion committee, besides Wright, are Phil Diamond, Bob Williams. Gene Zender. Jack Chrischilles, Dick Phillips, Wes Bartlutt, Bill Ressler, Gordon Dit lev-son and Gene Cook. Ex-Algona Man Loser In Fire Jack Morton, former Algonan who is the new golf pro at Webster City, lost most of his equipment when the clubhouse there was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. Lightning apparently touched off the blaze, which leveled the big one-story structure rapidly as flames sho't as high as 100 feet in the air. Everything in the building was lost. It was estimated cost of a new building would be $35,000 to $40,000. Morton was greenskeeper here in the earl> 1940s when his father was local pro. Jack was later pro at Estherville for several years after the war. He was hired by the Webster City club this year. Winner of 18 Stale & National Awards. 1350-1956 Including General Excellence/ Iowa Press Ass'n, 1955, and Best Advertising Award for 1956 2 Injured In Motor Mishaps Over Weekend A 20-year old Ledyard man, Donald Klocke, and a 64-year old Fenlon: resident, Joseph Youngwirth, were hospitalized following weekend highway accidents in the county. Klocke is in critical condition in a Rochester hospital, receiving treatment for severe injuries suffered when he walked into the side of a cur driven by Darald Elscheid, 20. Algona, a half mile west of Wesley on highway 18 Friday at 2:45 p.m. His injuries included brain concussion, a fractured jaw, fractured left forearm and chest injuries. He was taken by ambulance to St. Ann hospital, then to Rochester by plane. Should the mishap prove fatal, it would be Kossuth's first traffic fatality of 1956. Klocke was riding in a semi- trailer truck with Carl V. Froehlich shortly before the mishap. Froehlich stopped the truck, which was headed west at the .intersection of highway 18 and a county gravel road and Klocke jumped out of the truck cab and strated to cross the highway after walking in front of the truck. It was impossible for Eischeid to see young Klocke as the Eischeid vehicle was also travelin west. Klocke stepped into the right front fender of the Eischeid estimated he was going 50 or 55 miles an hour at the time of the impact. Klocke was going to his own auto, parked on the side of the gravel road, when hit. Damage to Eischeid's auto was estimated at $100 by Deputy Sheriff Don Wood and Patrolman Dale McBride, who investigated the mishap. Latest condition report on Klocke from Rochester in- dicaled he was still on the critical list. ( . * Mr Youngwirth received a fractured left leg and bruises in the second accident at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, two miles south of Fenton on highway 44, when, a car, driven by William Lee Wiener, 16, Fenton, collided with the rear of a motorbike driven by Youngwirth. Both vehicles were traveling south at the time of the crash. Wiener was momentarily blinded by lights of an oncoming auto and could not see Youngwirth's motorbike. The Wiener boy did manage to see it just before the collision, and swerved to the left, a move that probably saved the older man's life, as the auto hit the bike with a glancing blow. Total damage to the car amounted to $10, while damage to the motorbike was estimated at $25. The motorbike, a 1955 Whizzer, was later taken from the ditch and at latest report it was not known whether it was stolen or picked up by some neighbor in the vicinity. KUHLMAN'S CONDITION LISTED AS FAIR Three of the four teenagers injured when their car hit a bridge south of Algona Sunday night, April 29, have been released from St. Ann hospital, according to authorities. Only Robert Kuhlmann, 19, driver of the vehicle, remains at the hospital. He is listed in fair condition. Others injured were Al Grill, Jr. and Dick Ristau, both 17, of Algona, and Francis Ryg, 17, of Ottosen-. Frank Moulton To Head Lions Frank Moulton has been elected president of the Algona Lions Club, succeeding Ted Chris- chilles, out-going president.Other newly-elected Lions Club officers are L. W. Nitchals, Dwight Cook, and Craig Smith, vice- presidents. New directors are Clair Thomas and Dean Taylor. Lion Tamer is Owen Hurt, and Rev. O. Leonard Nelson continues in the office of Tail Twister. File 2 Account Suits In Court Two new district court cases were tiled during the past week in a period of lull in court activity. Viking Oil Co. is plaintiff with Wm. Schneider and the Union Construction Co. named as defendant in a suit asking judgment for $1,078.13 in the matter of an account. Hrayender Clothing. S w f » City, ia plaintiff in a»otb*r account matter, asking judgmwt ol $106.98 from Russell Gibson. 3.31 Inches Rain A Help—Still Short Kossuth Soil Now 35 Percent Shy Of Needed Subsoil Moisture Dean Barnes, left county extension director, and Herman Bosworth, well-known farmer who lives southwest of Algona, are shown conducting tests to determine subsoil moisture content, an item of extreme importance here following ten days of rain during an 11-day rjeriod. A post-hole auger is the main piece of equipment necessary. Separate piles of soil are made from each foot drilled through, then by feeling the dirt it is possible to estimate moisture content within 20 percent. The auger is run to a depth of five feet to gain a complete picture of the moisture absorbed by the ground. The test conducted at Bpsworth's Friday afternoon proved the field had 6.5 . inches of water in the top five feet of soil, about 35 pet- cent below the amount necessary to assure a top corn crop. (Upper Des Moines Polaroid Photo) * * * Kossuth county's thirsty soil didn't entirely 'get well', but did show vast improvement following 3.31 inches of soaking rain over an 11-day period which ended, for the time being at least, Sunday, according to Extension Director Dean Barnes. Barnes and Herman Bosworth, Mrs Gettman Of Burf Dies; Rites May 5 Hurt — Funeral services were held at the Burt Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon,. May 5, for Mrs Henry Gettman, 61, who passed away at Mercy Hospital, Mason City on May 2nd. Rev. H. A. Smit, pastor of the Buil. Presbyterian church, offi- Mawdsley C r\f Trtoilu" ciated and Evelyn sang "Safe in the Arms of Jesus and "God Will Take Care of You" accompanied by Ruth Hodgson. Pallbearers were Howard Batt, Wilbur Doege, Donald Houck, Richard Lavrenz, S. R. Parsons and Ronald Ortman. Burial was in Burt Township Cemetery with Garry Funeral Home of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Mrs Gettman was born April 29, 1895, at Britt, the daughter Florence Elnora, of C. C. and Mary Jane McGarry Gilbert. She was the youngest of nine children. When still a small child she moved with her parents to Buffalo Center, here she attended school and grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Henry A. Gettman in August of 1922 at Fairmont, Minn. Most of the past 30 years have been spent in Burt. Mrs Gettman was in pool- health for sometime and underwent surgery five weeks ago. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sons and a daughter, Jean Rae, who passed away April 5, 1952. Surviving are her husband and the following children: Howard O. Schrepel of Venice, Calif.; Mary Ann, Mrs C. M. Pearce of Mason City; Helen, Mrs F. E. Bohen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Jack of Burt, also ijix grandchildren. Surviving brothers and sisters are William Gilbert of Ogden, Utah; Harry of Britt; Clarence of Stillwater, Minn.; George of Minneapolis; Arthur of Havre, Montana; Charles of Schuyler, Nebraska; Mrs Belle Miller of Shell Rock and Mrs Nelle Grothaus of Buffalo Center. She also leaves other relatives and a host of friends. Various Memorials have been given in memory of Mrs Gettman. 8 Donate Blood Burt— Eight residents of this area have donated blood at Mercy hospital, Mason City, on behalf of Lee Cole of Burt, who h»d surgery there recently. Blood douors were Roland wad Richard Lavrens, Lawrence, Cbipman, Charles Schrader, J^artin Voigt, Bruce Graham, Kobejt Hamilton and Merwin Cunningham. well-known farmer who lives southwes^ of Algona, conducted u sub-soil moisture test Friday afternoon. and discovered Bosworth's field had 6.5 inches of moisture in the top five ; feet. For real good "corn/-that's not enough, although it is 1 Vi inches more than registered two weeks before. Corn requires 10 inches of moistures , in the top five feet of soil to be assured of good production. Oats are different. The root structure of oats reaches only about three feet in the ground, and six inches of moisture in those three feet will produce a crop. This area is still approximately 3.5 inches short of moisture for good corn, and about an Inch shy for oats. Bosworth's field, which was used for the latest test, has grown alfalfa for two years. This means his soil probably would be as dry as any in the entire area, and consequently more moisture might be present in soil in other parts of the county. Of course, there is a variation in the amount of rainfall received around the county, too. The test at Bosworths proved the top two feet of soil contained the maximum, or two inches, of moisture per foot. The third foot held one inch, and the fourth and fifth feet three- fourths'of an inch each. The reading taken in April proved soil locally held about five inches of moisture, approximately half of the necessary amount for corn. "Corn prospects are not good right now," says Barnes," but the outlook could change rapidly if we get more rain. Some farmers will be planting later this week, and if we receive plenty of rain during the growing season and no hot, windy weather, good corn could be plentiful in the fall." It won't be long until corn borers will be on the scene again. The borer population around the state is presently smaller than a year ago at this time, but when the corn reaches 25-35 inches in height, it will be necessary for farmers to watch the leaves on the plants. If 75 percent of the plants show leaf feeding, it will be time to spray. Pastures in the county are behind normal years, and our long winter reduced the supply of forage available. Warm weather now could make goad pasture for stock in no time. So far, the cold, dry spring has hindered production of pasture. Yes, the outlook has improved, but it's not time to cheer yet. More rain is needed during the month of May, as a total uf three inches of moisture will be lost by the end of the month by the soil. It will take more than six inches in the next 22 days to allow the soil to approach normal conditions. Moving From We*ley Wesley — Mrs Ida Fuanamarlc has purchased a home in Zumbra- ta, Minnesota, and wtU move there. Sh« is selling h*e bpuM on Church «tr«»t. ttewey Wilsons and Carl Albees «r« also offering their homes for sale.