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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 19, 1956
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* atat« leva city; la S*oi«ty RUM Waller * . * * M you iusp«cied ihat »h* perpetrator of this column, on returning-from a 6,000 mile western jaunt which covered from Long Beach to Vancouver, British Columbia, and home via a circuitous route in Montana, would wind up using this space tot a brief travelogue, you're absolutely right! * • • You can make th* trip tight from Algona to San Francisco all the; way by .train, if you don't mirid a three-hour stopover at Sheldon switehihg from the Milwaukee to Northwestern to get to Omaha ... the last smiling face that I saw — and knew — during the whole 6,000 miles was that of Art Gloier, railway postal clerk, as he waved goodbye at Sheldon from the Westbdund Sioux . . . never having used the services of a domeliner before, the California Zephyr from Omaha west was indeed interesting . . . the new reclining chair car seals are O.K., and the vista* domes 'perfect for scenic observation ... if you can catch your sleep in a semi-reclined position you can travel for less than half the cost of Pullman fare, and see just as much . . . and the servite facilities are equal to any Pullman. « • % The California Zephyr is pre- surned to leave Denver via the Moffett Tunnel under the Rock- ies ... a wreck west of Denver rerouted the train, and we went out ; of our way about 300 miles via Pueblo and up through the Royal Gorge, with an unscheduled stop at that point in Colorado , . . strangely enough all of the railroad diesel engines I saw had plates on them reading something like this "J. P. Morgan &-Co., owners", or "Bank of America. Nat'l Trust & Savings Ass'n, Owners." We arrived in Oakland three hours late, after a great trip down the Feather River canyon in California. * * * San Franciico (and New Orleans) to our notion is tops as a city of interest. There is a certain, hail-fellow-well-met attitude on the. part of the citizenry, iind not the somewhat artificial attributes to be often found in the Los Angeles area . . . visited the Buena Vista, where "Irish Coffee" was first introduced. They say of -this special coffee that 'one takes the chill off, two starts you singing Down Went McGinty to the Bottom of the Sea' . . . and Fishermen's Wharf, of course, and dozens of other places including a few nautical museums that give an excellent insight into the early-day San Francisco. * * * Among sideirips was one into the Sonoma area, where fortunately my brother 'had an acquaintance with entree to the "Valley of the Moon" home built by Jack London, and destroyed by fire the night before he was Fenton Girl Eye- FtAldfi •* An «y« Withetl attouW ofth* horror that f6l- low** th* eralh of a etippled na»y )ei tighter in * Minrlta* polii ar*a ad)Ac*n» to Weld dhambtrlain airport, ha* roached Mf and Mr* Ernll frank 6f FenidH, Britten By their daughter PhyllU, Mr* Bdb Joharuen. Six p*opl* died immediately in the tragedy, More may Have since the letter wa« written. Mrl Johan»eh wa» called to the scene by one of her best friends, identified a* 'Jan', heme Was undamaged but *a* adjacent to the crash (Hit*. The letter, in summary, follows: v. "What a terrible week, tt all itarted last Saturday when that Jet plane crashed. Jan called us and screamed id c6me right over and get the kid*. The whole block was burning, The plan* hit th* house that their back yard adjoins and completely destroyed the house, gutted four more, and badly burned two more, "Sdffti 6t Tony's (Jan'i ion) playmates were killed, and more ar* in the hdipital With eyes, hands and feel burn* ed off. Well, we gof ihere and then went to work, Jan's house was safe, «o she "had run outside and got these kids that were lout and in shock and on fire and brought them into her own home, She told me to try and find the parent*. A « large and curious crowd gathered and the parents couldn't find their children, of Jet Plane Tragedy or they too were walking around in Shock and didn't know where they were. "Mike got a child out of the alley who was on fire, and rolled her oter to get the fire out, theft brought her in, and ihere were burned ashes all over the place. That litlle girl was 90% burned and is still alive. The Kieffer family Who are Jan's good friends have all three children in the hospital severely burned. One will live, but it may be a blessing if the other two die. The Kieffer's have been living at Jan's, but sleep in the hospital. They didn't save a thing; people have given them clothes. Mow many children Jan saved w e' 11 never know, but she. certainly saved some. My role was that of wrapping the shocked ones in blankets, comforting the paniced, and feeding doctors and reporters, and giving iop water to others. "I'd take the children in shock into the bedroom and t remembered the stories ,t)ad used to tell his grandchildren, and between prayers I'd repeat them. When my mind wouldn't function anymore, I'd talk about the farm (the Frank farm near Fenlon). One little boy, Bradley, age 2'/2, was burned on the stomach, legs and arms. He is the brother of little Lynn who was burned 90% "All the kids were finally taken to the V. A. hospital which is about three minutes from Jan's, but with all the gaping people in the way it took about 30 minutes. We had to go over there too, and Jan (who is a registered nurse) had to help. 1 saw* this little Bradley on ,a table as they were bandaging him, I went in and kissed him." Mrs Johansen drew a diagram of the scene of the Jet plane accident. AH of the damaged and destroyed homes were directly across the alley from the home of her friend, in the same block, Bcs jHotned HTAIUJH1D 1(63 Entered as second class matter at the postottioe at Alfona. Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879, ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 1956 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 93 - NO. 2S City Faces Water Shortage Danger 'Dairy Queen' of County To Be Selected June 28 A Koisuth county "Golden Girl Dairy Queen" will be chosen here the evening of Thursday, June 28, during the regular Algona band concert at the Athletic Park, it wat announced Monday by J, C. Skow, chairman of the Kossuth dairy month committee. Contact! have been made" with various creameries and civic groups around the county, and at least six or seven have indicated they will have Golden Girl entries. Probable entries will be made by the Whittemore Creamery, Farm Bureau Young People, Burt Lions Club, Titonka Creamery. Wesley Creamery and Algona Creamery, Mr Skow said. Possibilities are the Bancroft. Fenton and LuVerne creameries. Other county committee members are Ralph Nichols and Russ Medin of Whiitemore, Owen Hirt and Dean Barnes of Algona. Financing of the county, state and national contests comes from the set-aside of the dairy industry. County contestants must be high school graduates and have a farm background, among other qualifications. The county .winner will compete in the state contest Aug. 9 at Waverly. and the state winner will receive a $500 scholarship to college. State winners compete at the National Dairy Show in Chicago, where a $1,000 scholarship and wardrobe are the major priies. Today's Algona Upper Des MOines carries the annual salute to the dairy industry during June Dairy Month. to move in in this area there are great fields of mustard seed which originated, we were told, when the padres in early days wanted to leave an accurate route tp retrace in the spring; they scattered the mustard seed on the trail as they traveled south in the fall, then followed the blossoms back in the spring. * * * In the Richmond area, one gas concern is offering a 1956 Cadillac free via a drawing every Monday . . . the used car lots are loaded with new cars, including 1956 models . . . irrigation and reclamation projects are adding thousands of acres of land to the nation's agricultural system ... in the State of Washington they raise only 40,000 hogs a year at present! Reclamation and irrigation projects will lead to an estimated 400,000 in a few years . . . tourists in May can jjet west coast accommodations in motels for from two to five dollars less than a month later, including "suites" with kitchens and often parlors — they still advertise 'winter rates' . . . the sea food epicure can have a carnival along the California and Oregon coasts, but the famous Pismo Beach', Cal. clams you hear about are imported from Mexico . . . The California Redwoods — if they could only talk! * * * A tip of the hat to Editor and Mrs Hal Schiltz of the Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Mail, for their hospitality and the best baked salmon we ever ate right from the cool waters of the Umpqua river, and a trip to the largest nickel mine and smelter in the U.S.A. near there and don't think Algona is the only place that ever had a woman mayor; the mayor of Signal Hill, Cal. (in the middle of Long Beach) is a woman, and a pretty lively grandmother if you ask us. * * * Our Canadian cousins are no slouches when it comes to pursuit of business and tourist traffic ... we entered and left without ever having a suitcase open- end by either U. S. or Canadian border officers at Blaine, Wash. . . . Vancouver, B. C. is about a half million today, and constantly growing, endowed by nature with a tremendous backlog of (Continued on Pag* 4) Natural Gas For Bancroft Under Study Citizens of Bancroft are studying a proposal that would bring natural gas to that Kossuth county town. Representatives of the North Central Public Service Co. of St. Paul, > Minn., who also distribute natural gas in Algona, met recently with a group of Bancroft councilmen, Chamber of Commerce directors and others to discuss the proposal. Last week's Bancroft Register stated that it was explained the first step would be an expression of a desire from the community to obtain the benefits of natural gas. Then a franchise must be voted before the company can apply to the Federal Power Com- missionrfor a permit to run the gas line from Algona to Bancroft. Then it would be necessary to build a diftribution system. To quote the Bancroft paper: "Bancroft has always been a real hot bed of opoosition to anything that smells like a private utility ... dating back to the days of trouble with electrical service and exhorbitant rates It is true that the North Central Public Service is a private utility. But there the connection between the two ends ... under the private utility natural gas company, you may patronize them or not just as you see fit." Reference was made to the fact that Algona had approved the gas company franchise, despite municipal ownership of an electric light and power plant. Safety Belt Saves A Life Swea City — A safety belt is credited with saving Raymond Johnson, Swea City, from critical injuries and possibly death in an accident which badlv damaged the Johnson car and left Mr Johnson with broken ribs and possible internal injuries, Thursday night. Mr Johnson was driving east on Highway 9 near the east edge of Estherville!. At a point just in front of Arnie's Market, a car suddenly turned across the pavement directlv ahead of the Johnc on car. Mr Johnson swerved his machine into the ditch in order to avoid a collision The steering wheel of the Johnson car broke completely off, and persons who viewed the wreckage are certain that only the safety belt with which the c;.ir was equipped prevented Mr Johnson from being impaled on the steering post. As it was, he was taken to Holy Family hos- oital, where it was ascertained that he had sustained several broken ribs. Reject Titonka Power Franchise Titonka voters turned down a proposed 25 year franchise to-tfie Interstate Power Co., last week by a v-9te of 1.52 against and 137 for the'proposal, with 293 ballots cast. /Four were spoiled. Future plans have not been revealed by either the power company or the opposing group. Interstate's franchise expires on Oct. 16, 1956, and will continue »f\ sewe the community after that date if other arrangements have, not been made. There is some talk of getting electricity from another source. Return Woman In Forgery Case Mrs Bernke Brecht, -indicted by a Kossuth county grand jury last Feb. 7, on a charge' of false drawing and uttering of a bad check, was picked up at\ Charleston, 111. last week by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, and returned here to await trial at the Sept. term of district court. She was lodged in the jail at Fort Dodge, after arraignment June 13 before Judge G. W. Stillman. Mrs Brecht was acquitted of a similar charge at the Illinois town last week, but her husband was sentenced to five years in prison on the same charge, by the Illinois court. $2,500. Bond was set at The check' in question on which she is held was one for $25, drawn on the Bancroft Farmers & Traders Bank, and cashed at the S. & L. store in Algona, last Nov. 29. One new court case was docketed here the past week. Eva L. Rich is plaintiff naming the Kossuth Board of Supervisors as defendants, in an action involving drainage district 166 and lateral 20. The plaintiff claims her land, which is included in the lateral, if improved and repaired will not benefit her land and does not conform to Iowa statutes. She asks the proposal be set aside, and if approved that the assessment against her land be cancelled and such relief as the court decree just be granted her. Conventions Demos, G.O.P., Here June 29 If the vote in the primary .election is any indication—fand it should^ be with a 58.5% 'increase in the'1956 primary compared with 1954; the fall election should be a stem-winder in Kossuth county. Both major parties will hold their county conventions in Algona next week. The Republican convention will be held at 10 a.m. in the courthouse; Friday, June 29. The Democratic county convention wil be held at 8 p.m. that evening, June 29, also in the courthouse. Official county delegates tp the state convention will be selected at that time. It is not necessary to be a county delegate to attend the county convention. County Democrats held a rally last Friday night at Fenton, with] about 200 in attendance, with* nearly, all of the. major-" candM dates tfor. state office in attendance, #s Well -as county candidates. Present were HerscHel Loveless, candidate for governor, Merwin Coad, candidate for Congress from the 6th district. Burl Ridout of Estherville 1 , candidates for .the state senate, and all county candidates except Casey Loss who planned to attend but was unable to when a baler broke down v that afternoon. The'meeting>was well attended and enthusiastic. Joe Bradley of Algona presided. A survey of the primary vote for 1954 as compared with 1956 shows that there were 2,357 primary votes in 1954 and 3,717 votes 'in 1956, and increase of 1,369 or 58.5 percent. Great county-wide interest in party primaries was evident, and indications are that there will be no slackening of interest between now and next November. Bags Two 30-Lb. Muskies Two 30-lb. Muskies, caught on a recent fishing trip to Cass Lake, Minn, by Mr and Mrs Gaile Towne, of Algona, are shown above, behind held by Don' Smith Jr. at the lett and Mr Towne at the right. Last winter the Town es did some Florida, fishing and hooked some exceptionally large species o'f Florida fish, < also. In addition to the muskies shown, ffiey had a good catch of walleyes, including one that ^exceeded eight pounds. (Upper Des Moines photo and engraving), •••• • - " •'"'.-. '•• ' '" ' '-•- -' : " ' ' '''":'.,'•';•:. '..-':. :,; T'""-7": ' West Bend Fire Fire, Saturday, destroyed a barn and granary on the C. L. Girres farm, located just east, of West Bend. Both buildings and a quantity of hay and oats were lost. West Bend firemen kept the flames from spreading to other farm bufldimjs. Cause of the fire, and amount of the loss, were not known immediately. James Fay Dies Funeral services for James W Fay, 60, Emmetsburg attorney who was well known in this area, were held last Friday morning at St. Thomas church in Emmetsburg. Pat Cullen of Algona, longtime friend of Jimmy, one of the pallbearers. Mr Fay succumbed to cancer. Fog Causes Tuesday Crash Heavy fog was responsible for an auto-pickup accident six miles north of Algona on highway 169 at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday. A car driven by William N. Batt, Jr., 33, Irvington, collided with a pickup truck, owned by Everds Bros., and driven by Joseph W. Householder, 21, Lone Rock, causing an estimated $400 damage to each vehicle, according to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, who investigated the mishap. No injuries .were reported. Wedding Licenses To Four Couples Four licenses to wed were issued during the week by County Clerk Alma Pearson. They went to: . June 1 — Philip J. Garry, Bancroft, and Alice P. Walsh, Lone Rock. June 15 — Lawrence B. Govern, Titonka, and Margaret E. Murphy, Des Moines. June 16 — Eugene F. Fitzgerald, Armstrong, and Marjorie Ann Schiltz, Bancroft; Lyle Huff, Wesley, and Ramona Reising, Wesley. June 18 — David N. Dantie and Susan Bentele, Swea City; Charles A. Berte, Irvington, and Shirley Kliegl, Whittemore. Early Resident Of St. Joe Dies Peter Heiderscheidt, an early resident of St. Joe where he was born Nov. 22, 1895, died June 4 at Tomahawk, Wis. where he \va.s on a vacation. His home had been in Chicago. Surviving are his widow and four children, John, Helen Wae- hrle, Betty Wenzel and Raymond. He was a brother of Elizabeth Hundertmark of West Bend. Hope To Start Soil Bank Signup Here By Monday Kossuth county farmers wore being informed today (Tuesday) of the three ways in which they can participate in the much- discussed soil bank for 1956. County ASC officials attended a district meeting Monday at Estherville at which time the program was outlined, as it stands today. Tuesday morning 70 Homes Week Get Dial Phones Visible evidence of the $650,000 Northwestern Bell Telephone expansion program in Algona— aside from the new telephone building now under construction at Call and Dodge streets — is being brought right into tho homes of Algona residents, in the form of dial telephones. According to John Claude, local manager, approximately 70 homes a week are getting the new dial equipment, and when this phase of the program is completed by Jan. 1, 1957, 3,000 dial phones hjjr <\bo Funeral June 7. services were held will be in operation here. About <25% of local residences ha|ve had the new dial equipment put in at present. Unitl all local phones have been replaced with dial equipment, however, phone calls art- to be made in the same old way —just by lifting the phone and asking for the number. The dial is inadvertently turned now while a call is in progress, the connection will be automatically •broken, since the dial equipment is hooked up, only awaiting the final change-over. While installing the new dial equipment, phone crews are inspecting the system in each cast* from pole to phone—and replacing needed equipment. Also, according to Claude, the laying of new cable is scheduled tp begin in July. A major portion of this project will bo the laying of underground conduits from the new phone building down Call street to Minnesota, thence to Nebraska street. Completion of the new telephone building is scheduled for August 15th. Dermand Cafe Sold John Waldron, Whittemore, took formerly of possession of Dermand's Cafe, Monday morning as proprietor. Mr Waldron and his wife had operated a business at Armstrong, prior to coming to Algona. Mr and Mrs Der- rhand have no immediate plans for the future. They retain possession of the building. S Appear In Mayor's Court Five persons paid fines for speeding and stop sign violations in Mayor C. C. Shier); 1 ;- court this week. Stop sign violators, who paid $5 and costs eagli, included Gerald R. Downey, Algona, Edith L. Smith, Burt, and William M. M»yer, Algona, who also paid $5 and costs for speeding. Beverly A. Meyer, Edgerton, Ohio, and Fred Kent, Jr., Algona ,each paid $10 and costs for speeding. O.K. Permit For $210,000 School Two vital issues were among business items discussed and acted upon by Algona's eity council during its five hour meeting Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. The council okayed a building permit, previously rejected, for the construction of a $210,000 school building which will be built in the near future west of the present Bryant school. The building will house four classrooms, an auditorium-gym and heating plant, and will be the preliminary step in future replacement of the old school. Non-compliance had been listed as reason for the earlier rejection of the permit. The city's board of adjustment reviewed an appeal made by the Algona Community School District, and advised the council to allow the permit A hearing and bids on three blocks of blacktupping from the city limits east to Blackford street provided no answer to the dust problem in that area. A bid from Everds Bros, for $7,340.35, the only one received, wa^ rejected by the council. There were no objectors to the project present at the meeting, but cost was considered too high to handle right now. Two city policemen, Ernie Hutchison and Rich Groen, will be sent to police school at Iowa City, June 25-29, and a new ordinance, number 381, governing traffic in Algona was read for the first time. Bureau Union Twp. Fi-B Union Twp. Farm members will meet Thursday evening, 8 p.m., at the new township h^ll. Homemakers will serve homemade ice cream, with proceeds to go to equip the hall. and afternoon, township ASC committeemen met here with the county committee and had the program explained. Tonight (Tuesday), an open forum meeting at the county ASC office was to be held, with all county farmers and landlords invited. There are three ways for a farmer to participate in the soil bank. First, he can underplant his corn base, which has not yet been received for the county. For the amount underplanted he will receive approximately 85 cents a bushel on the e'stimated yield of land taken out of production. This is based on 60% 6f his loan rate. He will also receive the highest support price for corn he does raise, expected to be $1.42 approximately. Second, if his 1956 acreage is less than his corn base because of destruction by natural causes, he is eligible for payments. Third, If a farmer plows, clips, mows or cuts acreage within his corn base after May 27, and before July 31, he is eligible for payments. Farmers are advised not to do this until after their soil bank contract is signed, however. ' Township committeemen, today, were to establish the normal yield for farms in their township, from base figures for the county received from Washington. Notices will be sent to each farmer of his soil bank acreage base, and it is hoped that by next Monday the county ASC office can begin the typing of contracts. Farmers, and landlords, must sign up for the participation in the soil bank program at the county ASC office. Burial Friday For Mrs Dooiey Funeral rites and committal services for Mrs Pat Dooiey, whose body is being shipped here from Oakland, Cal., will be held Friday. Msgr. P. P. Gearen will officiate at the mass, to be held at 9 a.m. in St. Cecelia's Catholic church, with burial following hi Calvary cemetery. Survivors include a son, Kenneth, Algona; and two daughters. Mrs Harold Schuh, Berkeley, and Donna Dooiey, Oakland, who will be present for the rites. Other survivors include two nieces, Mrs Harlan Miller, MU- ford; Mrs Iraelda Engesser, Algona; and a sister, Mrs Jake Glasier, St. James, Minn. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ] City Wells Only Able To 'Keep Even' • "If consumption of city wate.< rises any from the average of the past week, we, may have to curtail the use of city water," Jim Palmer, supt. of Algona Municipal .Utilities, said Monday noon. He added that curtailment would immediately be necessai;y, also, if any thing went wrong with any one of the city wells, now pumping to capacity. For the past week city water users have been consuming about 500,000 gallons, of water a day.' The city water tower holds 300,000 gallons, and the reservoir in the filter plant holds another 300,000. Use of water during the daytime has depleted the total reserve, but the city wells and pumps have been able .to replenish the supply after dark. At present the city-has two "new" wells, drilled in 1937, gravel packed, 165 feet 'deep, each capable ,jof ' producing 400 gallons a^rriinufe., ^he.tjjfco .oldet^ wells' which have.been'kept'in reserve cari produce 60 gallqns q minute in one, and 100 gallons a minute in the other. One old well is being used now. Supt. Palmer pointed out that if anything happened to one of the new wells with the big capacity of production, curtailment of city water would be immediately necessary if consumption remained at the level of the past week. By running the three wells, the city water system has just about been able to keep even with the demand for water. "We are using considerably more, water than a year ago", Palmer added. Many Io,wa cities in the., southern ^part of the state, and some even in this section, have already curtailed use of wajer for lawns and similar purposes. City officials asked water users to be as considerate as possible in the way they used city water during the present drouth conditions. Even a rain here Saturday afternoon, heavy but brief, failed to relieve the water demand to any appreciable extent. 97 DEGREES HIGH; SPRINKLE OF RAIN The week's weather was described only as HOT. With a mark of eight readings, in the nineties in ten days, the heat produced most df the con-r versation, although in some areas around the county much needed rainfall was registered, although in too small amounts. The only rainfall registered at the Algona airport during the entire seven days was a quarter of an inch Saturday, and several threatened storms failed to develop at all. All in all, the only good thing about the heat and Jack of moisture was the fact that lawns refused to grow, saving a Jot of hot work. Readings for the week: Date fii May 12 96 May 13 97 , May 14 91 May 15 90 May 16 87 May 17 90 May 18 85 The temperature drop L G2 07 65 (H 67 68 67 to 85 degrees Monday failed to impress anyone as the humidity proved to be a real foe. In the north part of Kossutb, county, however, reports were that up to an inch of rain fell in some localities, Saturday• or Sunday, or in combination. Bancroft Baby Dies Bancroft—The infant son of Mr and Mrs Joe Kramer died Wednesday morning at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville. The little child was born Tuesday but suffered from a lung condition. "Pie baby was named Joseph Edward. The little boy is survived by fcil parents, one-sister, Janice his grandparents, Mr %ad Mrs Goche ajxd Mr and Mrs Kramer. Mr and MJ'S Goche «fe great graadpare»t«.

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