State Historical Society Iowa Cltyj la* Dial Phones To Cause Revision In Fire Calls Algona's city council held another lengthy session Wednesday night, while considering and acting upon a number of items of business. The group did not adjourn until 12:24 a.m. Thursday. As was expected, curb and gutter and blacktopping petitions were filed by property owner.' living on or near streets which were not included in tht- present improvement plans.-Three groups- of land owners filed petition? with the council, and white they were 'considered, nont of the actual work will be undertaken before 1957. Eleven signers, living between Pair and Chubb streets on Jerome street, 12 signers, living from Kennedy to South streets on Jerome, and seven persons, residing from Grove street to the swimming pool on South Dodge, filed separate petitions. Three persons, Adda M. Price, Kennel) Frankl and William Sengbusch. filed objections to blacktopping for West Nebraska street, despite the fact no petition for blacktopping was filed by any residents in that area. John Claude, manager of the local Northwestern Bell Telephone office, and two representatives of that company from Sioux City appeared and explained to •the council the present fire call system would be impossible after dial phones are installed here. It will be necessary to have an employee on duty at all times in the city hall to call firemen, either by phone or radio after the new installation is completed. No steps will be taken until a later date to alleviate the situation. One answer to the problem was provided by Fire Chief Ira Kohl, who explained radio sets, installed in each fireman's home, have been used in other areas and are cheaper to operate than phone lines. At any rate, a full time- employee will be a necessity. Two more objections were received concerning installation of storm sewer in the east portion of the city. A written objection from Charles Wagner and an oral objection by Eugene Myers were considered and filed. Dwight Frambaeh requested that a fence be built along the open ditch in conjunction with the same project. The resolution of necessity for the project was accepted by the council and it will be installed later. Mayor C. C. Shierk was authorized to publish a proclamation confining all dogs for one week for the elimination of strays and promotion of proper licensing. No date was set for the dog confining period. Fifteen building permits were okayed. They went to Charles McVay, Robert Lewis, Harrj Simmons, Elead Wegner, Glenn Chally, Minnie Sarchet estate. Fred Shilts, William Bestenleh- ner, John Dressman (2), Phi! Kohlhaas, Tony Schmitt. F. S. Nelson, L. S. Bohannon and L. E. Linnan. McVay is building a $14,900 home on East Lucas. Wegner a $12,500 home on Main and Chally a $13,000 home on East Nebraska street. Three permits were rejected. Due to a request for use of an alley, behind property owned by Mrs Cora B. Martin at 406 South Williams street, the mayor was instructed by the council to notify Mrs Martin to show cause why her building should not be removed from the alloy. According to the request, the alley in question is impassable due to the building. A bid from Helmers Bros, for construction of a short sanitary sewer line to Durant's pasture near East McGregor street was accepted by the city. Contract price for the work is $133U. Only other bid piesented was for $131)2.75 from Luther Fairbanks Jr. Next regular council meeting will be Thuisday night, May 31 Weather Hotter Than Tin Roof In August Warmer temperatures a n cl more moisture 1 marked the week's weather, according to Weatherman Stu Albright at the airport. Total rain during the period measured .t>5 of an inch. Temperatures in the eighties were registered Saturday and Sunday, with a high for the week of 85 on Sunday before cold north winds moved in. Date Hi L May 8 68 41 May 9 "3 54 May 10 (J7 50 May 11 78 52 May 12 84 57 May 13 85 49 May 14 06 42 More rain is in the five-clay f o r e i- a s t, Wednesday. probably beginning Underpass Too Low; Truck High An AUorui Co-Op Creamery truck, driven by Gordon L. Cornwell of Marathon, la., hit the underpass on the Northwestern tracks across East Oak street Saturday at 2 p.m. The truck was too high for the underpass, and the box was shattered when it hit. Damage was estimated at $500 by Police Chief Al Boekelman, who investigated the scene. <Ef)c a Igona Upper ®e£ ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1. 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 187S. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 15, 1956 3 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES (Plus 20 Page Tabloid) VOL. 93 - NO. 20 Algona "Treasure Hunt" Coming This Week-End Shoppers of ihe area are in for a rare treat this weekend in Algona/ wheri the semi-annual "Treasure Hunt" hits town . . i this time with some new features that promise real excitement. 8,600 families are receiving Treasure Hunt "numbers" — and with these numbers they can come to Algona Friday and Saturday to claim free prizes galore, lei the kiddies see free movies, Saturday afternoon, find extraordinary bargains, and here's what's different — seek out the "Nutty Numbers" specials in store windows. There'll be ihe usual hundreds of free prizes offered as before, but ihe "Nutty Numbers" specials are on the spectacular side. If your number corresponds to thai on a window bard, you can buy values like these: $11.50 carving set for for 3c; $5.00 kitchen stool for 4c; bath towels at two for a cent; $10.95 ladies duster for 57c; $22.75 pen set for 98c; $7.98 bath scales for 9c; and a family-size stock of bathroom supplies for 6c. Thai's only a sample. Following pages of this issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines carry lots more news of this Chamber of Commerce- sponsored event — so read 'em and bring your number to town this week-endl Check Artist Tried By Mayor Bernard Murphy, alias Frank Belton, address unknown, was apprehended in a boxcar near the Milwaukee Depot Thursday night, found guilty of fraud upon hotel keepers the next morning, and received a suspended 10-day sentence in Mayor C. C. Shierk's court. Murphy was then turned over to Palo Alto county authorities and will answer to bad check charges at Emmetsburg. He had been out of prison for only a month, and admittedly has never vyorked a day in his life—rather living off money obtained from false checks. Murphy claimed he could write a check for up to $50 and cash it in any grocery store in the country, however, he might not get a chance to prove it. In other cases heard by the mayor during the week, Gordon G. Ireland, Algona, and Hope E. Kuecker, Whittemore, each paid $5 and costs for speeding: Havry J. Perkins, San Francisco, paid $5 and costs for going through a school stop sign, and Robert M. Bottorff, Whittemore, paid $5 and costs for driving without an operator's license. Fish Cooperate 100% The 1956 fishing season got away to a flying start over the week-end among local nimrods, with a good many overjoyed at their luck, and others offering such comment as "the lake was too rough." By and large, the consensus was that in Iowa lakes wall-eye fishing was quite satisfactory, while those making the trek to Minnesota stated that the second-rate "northern" was edging out the walleye. Joel Herbst and Ray Funk paired up to snag their limit of wall-eyes on both Saturday and Sunday at Spirit Lake. Bill Dau and Bill, Jr., did likewise, according to reports. A trio of night fishermen, Lloyd Wellendorf. Arnie Ricklefs and Leon Merritt, took their limits during the dark hours at West Okoboji. Another trio of local fishermen, Henry Becker, Harold Lampright, and Byron Richardson, simply said "they got a fine mess of wall-eyes" at Spirit Lake. Harold Sundet reported "fair luck" at Mille Lacs lake in Minnesota. Jim Egli, Ken Renken, Algona, and Dale Widen, Manson, fished at Spirit Lake Saturday and Sunday, taking 30 wall-eyes and thi.'-e northerns. As proof, they brought back a photograph of their catch, shown above. They were among those who reported the opening as "one of the best ever." Editor To California R. B. Waller, co-publisher and editor of the Algona Upper Des Moines, left by train Monday morning for San Francisco, Calif., where he will meet his brother, Lt. Col. M. E. Waller, who has completed a tour of army duty on the west coast and is now being transferred to Germany. They will visit relatives and friends in the western coast states before returning to Algona the first part of June. Memorial Day Plans Plans for the annual Algona Memorial Day observance, which will be held on Wednesday, May 30. are taking shape, with Eveiett Baldus, Legion commander, and Charles Devine, VFW commander, as co-chairmen. Ceremonies will include the customary early morning salute to those lost at sea. and a parade at 10 a.m. Organizations wishing to participate are asked to contact one of the co-chairmen. J. P. Court Five traffic violators paid fines in Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court this week. R. W. Bratt, Fort Dodge, paid $7 and Clarence M. Bruns, Ti- paid $15 and costs, and Kohlwes, Algona, paid $20 costs, all on overlength truck charges. Joann E. Schuller, WhiUemure, paid ?10 and costs for passing a school bus, and Donald M. Bonnstetter, West Bend, was fined $10 and costs foi throwing beer bottles on a public highway. miller costs. tonka Aden and Retarded Children The council for relaided children of Kossuth County will meet jjt the Presbyterian church May 21 at 8 p.m. There will be election of officers. Lions Aid Prom At Swea City Swea City — The recreation room of the newly completed addition to the Swea City Com- munhy School plant was the scene of the annual junior-senior banquet and prom Friday night. Eighty-one guests. including juniors, seniors, faculty members and their spouses, were present. The program included speeches by Dennis Lunn, Jimmy Klliot. Lavon Jensen, Supt. Stewart and junior sponsor. Wm. Lyle, a song by the waitresses and a solo by Judy Bravender. FoUiwing the dinner program the group danced to the music of Karl Hughes' hand. At 1 a.m. they adjourned to VFW hall, where hamburgers, coffee and pop were served by the Lions Club. The Lions also paid for the dance band, as part of n vuuth service pi One License Issued One wedding license was issued by Clerk of Court Alma Pi-arson this week. It went to Wayne A. Wei.se and Myrna J. Fries, both uf Algunu, May 8. Algona Seniors Set To Finish School Friday Algona high school's seniors will wind up their local educational careers Friday with the final day of school, but commencement, baccalaureate and many other festivities remain on the schedule until May 25. The seniors will compete against the juniors in the annual field day at the athletic ' park Friday afternoon, and the seniors will be feted to a breakfast with the faculty Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at Call State Park. Baccalaureate exercises will be held Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium, complete with, a program of instrumental and vocal music. A sermon, Dynamic Living, w.ill be delivered to the seniors that evening by Rev. Harry Whyte, Methodist church minister. Rev. O. L. Nelson, First Lutheran church pastor, will rpad scripture, and Rev. M. H. Brqwer, Presbyterian church minister, will lead the prayer preceding the sermon.. Commencement will follow for the seniors Friday, May 25, in the auditorium. Dr. William Clyde Donald of Milwaukee, Wis., well-known writer and lecturer will deliver the main address. He has been psychologist and chaplain at the Deaconess> hospital at Milwaukee for seven years, and is pastor of the Bethel church there. All other grades in the public school will finish May 24, and report cards will be issued the following afternoon. * # * ACADEMY GRADUATION A total of 22 seniors at St. Cecelia's Academy have been undergoing the usual round of graduation activities since May 7. Baccalaureate services for the graduates will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 20, in the church and commencement exercises will following that night. The crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was held in the church Sunday ' Major Surgery For Bill Sharp Bill Sharp, Algona jeweler, who has courageously withstood a long siege of illness, underwent a two-hour major operation at University Hospital, Iowa City, last Friday morning, for the purpose of severing spinal nerves. For the present, he has special nurses in attendance 24 hours a day, and will be in the University hospital for a least ten day.s. Mrs Sharp is with him in Iowa City. Bill's room number is T-253, University Hospital, low.i City. Lotts Creek Aid Met The Lotts Creek ladies aid met May 11 at the church parlors with Mrs Geisler and Mrs W. H. Meyer as hostesse.s. Mrs Ray Kading and Mrs Willis Kruse were guests. June hostesses will be Mrs Elmer Pijahn and Mrs Herbert Potratz. Entertainment committee is Mrs Harold Wolter and Mrs Art Zumnch. Divorce Granted A divorce was granted to Olio Koppen, Lakota, in distinct court here Saturday. Judge G. VV. Stillrnan heard the case, in which Mr Koppen charged his wife, Christene Koppen, Buena Park, Cal., with desertion. The couple were married in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1948. Dogs Inactive June 3 According to city authorities, June 3-9 will be the week designated as dog confinement time. All dogs must be tied up so strays can be located and licensing completed. A proclamation will appear later. Bluejacket Of Week Mr and Mr.s Adolph Hendnck- son received word from W. C. Wells, acting group commander, Pacific fleet, that their sun. Algene, had been selected Bluejacket of the Week. He was chosen from a group of 1200 in en. for being oustanding in conduct, loyalty, initiative and smart appearance. Winner of 18 SUte & National Awards, 1850-1958 Including General Excellence, Iowa Press Asf'n. 1955, and Best Advertising Award for 1956 $519,197 County Road and Bridge Contracts Let Friday Industrial Development Directors ELCOME Eight of the nine directors elected stockholders in the Algona Industrial Development Corporation are pictured above, as they attended the organization meeting of the group last Friday afternoon. Their election took place the preceding evening at a meeting in the Assembly Room of the Courthouse. Named as directors, and pictured above, left to right, are Joe Bradley, Jim Palmer, M. C. Metcalf, Al Agena, Dick Carr, Fred Kent Sr., John Drees man, and Gene Cook. Harry Greonbcrg, ninth director, was out of the city. At the Friday organization meeting, M. C. Metcalf was elected president. Named as vice presidents by the board were Mayor C. C. Shierk, R. B. Waller, R. O. Bjustrom and D. E. Dewel. Bill Steele was named secretary, and Fred Kent was named treasurer. Seventy-one of the 100 available memberships had been subscribed for as of last week. The group's aim is a working fund of $10,000 which may be used in any way seen fit to interest, encourage and aid the establishment of industrial or wholesale business firms in Algona. (Upper Des Moines foto-engraving). 385 Bins By July 31 For Corn Reseal Kossuth county farmers having price-supported corn on their farms^will be urged to reseal as 'mucn of It as possible for another year to help solve the big grain storage problem which has developed in the state. Under the program reported this week by Virgil Rohlf, office Manager of the county ASC, the benefits from resealing will include a storage payment of at least 15 cents a bushel for eligible corn kept on the farms a full extra year. Eligible Corn Eligible for resealing this year will be 1955 corn under original loans, 1955 corn under purchase agreements which are converted to loans, and 1954 corn now under reseal loans. There will be no further extension of loans on resealed 1953 corn still on the farms. To meet the statewide situation, these steps are planned: Urge farmers of Iowa to reseal at least 50 million bushels of their price-supported corn; increase binsite space in the state by 18 million bushels by immediate erection of 5,535 bins recentl;( purchased by the government, and make full use of all available old and new commercial space. 385 New Bins Kossuth county will get 385 new bins having a total capacity of 1,251,250 bushels. Under term's of contracts awarded by the Department of Agriculture, these additional government bins arc to be erected and ready for use by July 3J. A total of 2,759,415 bushels of 1953 and 1954 corn was resealed in Kossuth county last year. In explaining the benefits of resealing, Rohlf emphasized that delivery of resealed corn to the government is not required to earn a storage payment. At the end of the reseal period, the farmer may either deliver or repay his loan and in either case receive a full year's storage payment. The farmer also lias the right to redeem his grain at any time during the reseal year and receive a pro-rated payment for the period beginning October 1, 1956. Farmers haying resealed 1954 corn who desire to continue the reseal another year will receive the storage payment fur the past year when they extend their loans in the coining settlement period. Special 'Goodwill' Train of Des Moines Men Coming More than 100 Des Moines Manufacturers and Wholesalers traveling in a modern de luxe stainless steel Pullman car train will visit here on the organization's annual Good Will Tour, Wednesday noon, May 16. The Manufacturers and Wholesalers Bureau of the Greater Des Moines Chamber sponsors a good will tour annually to give its members opportunity to visit their retailer customers in their own places of business. Plans call for a parade to band music of a Des Moines marching band when the group stops here. Tony Mihalovich, widely known Des Moines community award winning policeman and a conti- gent of police will head the parade. Boys and girls along the parade route will be given balloons and candy and other souvenirs by the visitors. The tour will start on May 15 continuing through May 17, during which more than 40 towns and cities will be visited. Local retailers will be guests of the DCS Moines group at breakfast, lunch- the parados. eon and dinner stops along the route of the train. Fred Lorber is chairman of the tour. Prominent leaders who will be here will include: Rudolph W. Weitz, President of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and Louis F. Kurtz, Chairman of the Manufacturers and Wholesalers Bureau of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. Visitors will wear colored fell hats, large identification badges and carry canes. Towns which will be visited on the three-day tour in Kossuth County include Whiiiemore, Algona and Wesley. The tour will visit Whittemore in the morning, have lunch in Algona, and stop at Wesley in the afternoon, about 2:30 p.m. In many of the towns and cities along the route, local high school bands and Legion bands and drum and bugle corps will rneot the Des Moines Good WiHers at the depot and join with them in 6 Bridges, 42 Miles Blacktop This Summer A road - blacktopping and bridge - building program described as one of the largest ever undertaken in Iowa by any county was assured last Friday, when Kossuth county's Board of Supervisors let bids that will provide more than 40 miles of new blacktop roads this year. The supervisors contracted With three firms for a total of $519,197 worth of road improvements, which include 42.35 miles ot blacktopping and six steel and concrete bridges. This year's program, when completed, will provide county residents with more than 200 miles of blacktop roads. Six Bridges An Algona firm, J. H. Merryman, contractor, was awarded the bridge contract, which totaled $84,197. The bridges, to be of steel and concrete with creosoted timber headwalls, are to be built this summer. Two will be constructed east of LuVerne, three in the German Valley neighborhood, and one at Plum Creek. Unsuccessful bidders for this portion of the work were Cramer and Bayse, Newell, and Montgomery & Herberger, Humboldt. Two road - contracting firmi received the blacktopping awards. Everds Bros,, Estherville, will do $315,000 worth of the road work, while Hodgman & Son, Fairmont, Minn., got $120,000 worth of the blacktopping, or 12 miles. Greene Limestone Co., of Greene, Iowa, bid on all the blacktopping, but- had the high bid. New Blacktop The Fairmont firm will blacktop 5'/j miles in Harrison and Greenwood townships, ~3 mile* ^each in Fenton and Seneca 'townships, while Everds' blacktopping will include seven miles in Swea and Eagle, , six miles in Hebron, 4% miles,:: in Ramsey and Greenwood, four miles in Union, five miles in Wesley, nine miles from Algona to Whittemore and six miles in Plum Creek and Portland townships. Kossuth's blacktopping program for the year is one of the largest ever undertaken in tbe state by any county, and when completed, will .provide residents with more than 200 miles 'of blacktop roads. There are seven miles of gravel, six miles of gravel and grading and 37 miles of grading still on the. agenda. Work on the blacktopping and bridges will begin soon. Under 10% Cars Flunk Safety Hailed as an overwhelming success by law enforcement officers, the Algonu Safety Council's "Safety Check Lane" Friday night drew 254 cars who all passed the satiety check with the exception of 28. While the percentage of faulty equipment, was small, the opinion was that cars had been put through a safety check recently. Aod th$t wag tbe mala purpose oj tbe ehack. Faultv equipment centered m a i n 1 y around the lights. Map Shows Location 42 Miles Blacktop The map at right shows approximate locations of blacktopping work to be completed in Kossuth county this year. Bids for the work were let Friday at the courthouse. The heavy black lilies indicate where new blacktop is to be laid.
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