The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 5, 1956 · Page 21
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 21

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 5, 1956
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fr-Atflana (lo.) Upper Des MeJnes Tuestfoy, June S, 1956 Somebody asked me what I was going to write about in my column this week and as usual I said that I hadn't the slightest idea. I welpt into the old, old story of Thursday night coming around pretty often and the difficulty of finding subj</jts. I added that after the previous night's session of helping Bill hunt night crawlers all I could think about was worms. "You wouldn't dare write about worms, would you?" asked my partner in conversation. Well I couldn't let a challenge like that just lay'there so this week's column is on worms. • • * •* Worms ate quite fascinating creatures when you get to know them, and there sure are an awful lot of them. There are worms in the sea, worms in still waters, Take it easy—look up Washing Machines in the classified section of your phone book. Whatever product or service you need—Washing Machine, Television, Stove, Refrigerator—you'll find it FAST in the YELLOW PAGES. worms on the shore and worms that live as parasities on animals and human bein«s. There are flat worms and round worms, ring worms and hook worms, U-shaped worms, formidable with bristles, and worms with bright green blood. There are branches and branches to the worm family, but the only member of the family who is respectable and worth a hoot is the least picturesque of them all. He's the earthworm. * * • Human beings owe much to earthworms but most people, especially women, don't like them very much. They go around shrieking when they see one and never stop to acknowledge that if it weren't for earthworms they wouldn't be eating. Earthworms plow up the ground, allowing air and moisture to get in, thev help keep the soil fertile and they prevent it from caking. I'll not go so far as to say that some of my best friends are worms, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due. It may be distinctly unfeminine of me, but I like earthworms. * * « Earthworms are more peculiar than most of the people you and I know. They have a real zest for living and if you cut one in two you don't have two pieces of dead worm, you have two separate live ones. You have to be a Little careful, though about where you cut'them. Earthworms have most of their vital organs m the forepart of their body If the tail is cut off, a new tail will easily grow; but the old tail cannot grow a whole new set of organs and a head. If just tho head is cut off leaving the organs with the tail part, then the tail part will grow a new head, but the old head will die. If you can't make head or tail out of this important information about earthworms, don't worry too much about it. We will go on with our lecture, anyway. * * * Another fascinating arrangement earthworms have is that each and every worm is both male and female. Even another earthworm can't tell whether that charming creature wriggling along beside it is a boy worm or a girl worm. To most of us, this would be extremely confusing THESE WOMEN! FORKING <5lRL but the earthworms don't seem to mind it one bit. They just go merrily about their business and never have to spend any time courting and making love. That's why earthworms get so much work done. • « • You'd think, wouldn't you, that with all this absence of love- life there wouldn't be much incentive for an earthworm to have a blessed event. But there's a whole new generation of little wormlets down in the burrow every 90 days! However, you never find an earthworm passing out cigars because he's a proud papa for chances are he has also just become a proud mama. I've heard lots of human mothers say that if the fathers had to give birth to every other baby, there'd be a civilization of one-child families. Earthworms don't feel this way about it. They go right on with either and both Ma and Pa experiencing morning sickness, yens for dill pickles and labor paina and their population doesn't decrease one bit. In fact it is reckoned that there are about 50,000 earthworms to every acre of land! DON THUPKE ELECTRIC MOTORS • Repaired • Rewound • Rebuilt ALL WORK GUARANTEED 8 YEARS tXPEHIENCE Trupke Electric Motor Service Next to J. 8c L. Motors on Diagonal St. Enjoy a Mai* if with 7-Vp and your favorite ice cream Put a scoop of your &• vorite ice cream in a taH glass. Then tilt the glass and pour chilled 7-U(k gently down the side. I met several thousand o. these worms on our less than one acre the other night when I helped Bill collect night crawlers for his fish bait sales project. I met lots of worms but it was only 1 nodding acquaintance for about )0 percent of them got away Bill had a big order coming up and it had just rained. He needed all the hunters he could get so his father, his sisters and his mother were drafted. He's been getting 15 cents a dozen for his worms and heretofore I've claimed that it was like finding money in the street. But after crawling around on my hands and knees for two hours trying to capture the creatures I have about decided that a dollar and 15 cents isn't too much. * * * Night crawlers are about the quickest thing around. To hunt them you need a flash light, a tin can, a strong back, a quick stoop and a lightning grab. Night crawlers have, no eyes, but they can detect the difference between light and dark and they much prefer darkness. The minute the flash light is turned on them they zip back into tho ground, leaving the hunter with a handful of grass. If they are already part way into the ground when you grab them, they use all their musicle power to pull th° rest of themselves into the burrow. Nine times out of ten, it is the worm who wins. Night crawlers have no ears, but if you yell and talk while hunting them, they sense the vibrations and make themselves, absent. They have no nose buf they smell. Bill claim* th'at when he uses that dope to keep away the mosquitoes when he's out hunting, it also keeps away the nightcrawlers! These worms are very fond of moisture. When they sneak out of their homes to catch a quick drink is when they meet their down fall. * * « I worked hard at being a mighty hunter. Combined with our daughters' catch I had a two quart juice can full of worms, 01 roughly $1 worth. Bill caught at east twice as many and was none the worse for wear while I was •eally feeling my age for the next two days. On second thought, it wasn't my present age I was 'eeling, it was the way I expect o feel when I reach 106. My jack was sore, my hands would not grip and my legs were so stiff I couldn't climb stairs. I found that the only way I could uet to the second story of our house was to go up backwards! » » * I have pretly much recovered from my night crawler hunting experience and I trust the worms have done the same. The guy who put in the big order that started it all never did show up to collect or to pay for the worms but we're selling them out in smaller batches. But next time you see a spineless, shifty, low- lifed person, please don't call him a worm. It would be a big insult. To the worm! M. Henry of the Des Molnes Register writes, 'Congratulations on that NEA award. I know enough personally about the competition in those contests to appreciate the recognition given you. The fact that I am not surprised at your winning doesn't lessen my congratulations one bit." * * * Marion Corey Rekers wrote from Cedar Falls. She sends me a letter all too infrequently but when she does it's a real book frH so w"''-otn'\ The Rekcrs s°e quite a bit of another family ui ex-Algonans. the Hob Richardsons. Donnabele has been working ai Blacks in Waterloo but has resigned for the summer to be with the children. Corrine Gabrielson lives just over at Sexton and we've never met, but I always enjoy her letters as I did this one. * * * Mrs Georgia Thaves senl a fine note. She has ;i hobby of collecting recipes and says that the ones in Woman's World are always of interest to her. Mrs Andy Elbert of Whittemore wrote to tell me she was "most happy for you success" and that she enjoyed the fishing column because she happens to be one who goes fishing. Leota Geigel writes. "Of course, like all mothers, you girls are still our little girls and I will always remember you as you were in the Sunday school class with Evelyn, Helaine and George Anne." Margaret Durant wrote, "To win a national award is truly an honor. I am happy that you have received it." There were also a whole bunch of telephone calls and every one ;of them left me with a nice warm feeling. Dorothy Kilgallen may have a syndicated column and a 17 room apartment, hut I'd be willing to bet sh« doesn't have any nicer group of readers than I uo! —GRACE. Free delivery of mail was inaugurated in the United States in 1863, transmission of funds by postal money order in 1864, postal 1873, special delivery 1885, rural free delivery 1896, postal savings 1911, parcel post 1913, airmail 1918. June ol ttettei Keep your family healthier. . feeling belter, looking better — serve dairy foods often. It's practical and economical to include dairy foods in all your meals. Serve dairy foods often, not only in June, but throughout the year. BUTTER EVAPORATED MILK The mail has been wonderful this week. So many nice congratulatory letters. My columnist friend, Frun Olirien of Whittemoix-, took time out to write even though she was preparing for major surgery at Iowa City. I add my very best wishes for a speedy recovery to those of the rest of her many friends. John Dairy foods are ideal for use in cooking whether you use cheese as a main dish casserole or fresh whole milk, or evaporated milk in recipes. They're economical too. And remember, all foods taste better with real butter. MIIK Drink at least three glasses every day. Milk, nature's most perfect food, supplies your body with the vitamins and minerals necessary to good health. Milk also helps ease nervous tension . . . helps you relax, feel better . . . look better ... deep better. COTTAGE CHEESE ICE CREAM CHEESE Healthful, economical dairy foods Ihe whole family will enjoy. Serve a colorful cottage cheese salad with chilled fruit; ice cream for dessert; wse a favorite cheese whenever you warn a light snack. DAIRY FARMERS OF IOWA Special School Election June 7 At Whittemore A special election has been called by the Whittemore Independent School District to be held June 7, for the purpose of submitting to the voters the question of purchasing a residence for the school superintendent. In the past, it has been )ieces5iiry to rent a house for the school official and it is not always possible to obtain a residence for that purpose. With its own housing the district can collect rent and in a few years will have the house paid for in rent money. Several houses in Whittemore have been inspected. The school board announces that Leo Moreman of Crystal Lake will be the new superintendent. He is married and has three children and it is expected that they will move to Whittemore shortly after the first of July. Mr and Mrs Elmer Ruhnke and son, Everett, of Lotts Creek visited at the home of Mr and Mrs Ellsworth Heidenwith Friday evening. A force of men have been busy moving the two storage shed.; just east of the Whittemore Elevator. One was placed on a new foundation just west of the elevator and the other was moved north of the driveway. A new 'storage building will bo erected which will be fireproof and will be 28x86 feet and 55 feet high. Mr and Mrs Ralph Walker and Ralph Jr. were in Minneapolis Friday to rm>ke applications for Ihe son, Ralph, to enter the Northwestern Telegraphy School in Minneapolis. Ralph Jr. just recently graduated from Whittemore high school. He will enter the school next week Monday, June 4. Hugo Meyer, Herbert Zumach. Walter . Vaudt, and Lorenz Gade left Saturday for northern Canada, to try their luck and catch bigger pike than the ones that have been caught last week here east of town in a gravel pit. Rev. and Mrs Paul G. Weinhold will leave Monday morning. June 4, for St. Louis, Mo., to spend their two week vacation at the home of their son and family, Mr and Mrs Robert Wein- hold. A son was born to Mr and Mrs Ernest Meyer Thursday at St. Ann hospital in Algona. They have one other child, a son. Trophies Displayed With plans already being made for the Kossuth County Fair Society Horse Show, to be held the first day of the coming Kossuth Fair, a call for "Trophy sponsors" has been issued by the group of local horsemen staging the show. It is announced by Bud Anderson, head of the show, that the trophies are now on display in Sharp's Jewelry windows, and any business firm de'sirin.g to sponsor a trophy for one of the ten classes of horsemanship is asked to contact Anderson. WANT ADS BBING HEStJLTS MOTOR REPAIRS PHONE 1100 - YOUR NEWSPAPER JUNE SPECIAL f/omeprooJ G/atf Large Stock of REPLACEMENT PARTS On Hand Prompt Service At All Times Service Motors Available For Emergency Use PRATT ELECTRIC CO. Jhone 170 Algona, la. Iced Ted _ Maker-Server FuH half-gallon capacity with wide neck for easy cleaning. Modem snowflak* design and non-famishing lid. 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Lets you start off like an Olympic sprinter, with the pedal pressed just an inch or less. (And driving that way, you get better gas mileage.) Sure — you'll like the graceful beauty of the V-shaped prow and sweep-ahead look. And you'll like, the extra room inside. But as you drive you'll find that this? Buick responds with the new might of a big, record-powered V8 engine, of 322-cubic-inch heft. It handles easy as butter to, a warm' knife. Tracks the curves like a plane on die beam. Makes anv road seem paved with pillows. | And what's responsible for all thit are more new engineering advances than Buick has ever made in one model year. So why not come in and see — and' feel—the difference they make? You'll soon know why owners find it's the best Buick vet-and the be«» buy yet, by far. N *New Advanced Variable Pitch Dynafa? is the only Dynaflow Buick buildi today. It is standard on Roadmoster, Super and Century—optional at extra cost on the Special,. 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