Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on February 15, 1971 · Page 6
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"0. B." Laing Reflects On School Progress In 38 Years As Supt. istorlcai ociety By Dorothy Muckey "AN EDUCATIONAL system is determined by the attitude of the thinking, active and vocal People in its community, not only administration - and most important, this community has never turned down any major request for educational improvement", is how Supt Otto B. Laing explains the exceptional quality of education offered Algona students for many years. "It is not by accident that since 1907 the Algona School system has carried a continuous membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Approval of standards, teachers, curriculum, program, etc. is made each year before membership is approved >and Algona's is a record to be proud of." When the Algona Community School Board accepted the formal resignation of Supt. Laing at their meeting last Tuesday night, 39 years of heading this school system and 49 years as an educator, will actively terminate on August "0. B.", as he is more familiarly known, came to Algona in the fall of 1932 as high school principal under Supt. John Overmeyer, one year after the new high school on South Harlan Street was built. A truly modern and outstanding school plant. The next fall, following the resignation of Mr. Overmeyer, he "took over" as superintendent. School and their functions were not unfamiliar to Algona's new educational administrator - he was not new in the field. At the age of 19, following his graduation from the University-of Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree, he taught one year at Hawarden before becoming junior high principal there. The next eight years he was superintendent at the Consolidated schools of Cambria, Thornburg and Essex before coming to Algona. He has since received his Master Degree from the University and did postgraduate work at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. IN TAKING a backward glance at Algona schools and their start, Gardner Cowles was the instigator of the first high school in the early 1880's and also became its first superintendent. The building was located on the same lot as the present Middle School and Jessie Smith Huntingdon was the first graduate in 1864, a class of one. To date, nearly 4500 have received their diplomas. The present Bryant Elementary building was built in 1899 and it was from that building the junior and senior high students came to attend classes in the new school building on South Harlan Street in the fall of 1931. The original Independent School District covered four square miles, including Algona. The first reorganization came in 1954, the next in 1958 with' Whittemore being added in 1962 and since 1966 the district takes in 220 square miles. This is approximately a 10 mile radius, in each direction, with uneven boundaries. As territories enlarged, so grew the program. In 1933 the entire teaching staff number- the entire teaching staff numbered 32, with approximately 900 There were no kindergarten classes and that program was not introduced until 1936. With the growing district, transportation of students became another point of thought. The hot lunch program started as a part of the system when the Annex was opened in the early 1950*s, THERE IS REALLY no legitimate comparison to be made between the present day schools and those of 40 years ago. Edu(Continued on Pafe 3) ADVANCE ALMANAC Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 17 Feb. 18 Feb. 19 H 31 18 33 34 41 47 37 — L 5 -9 15 17 29 29 32 33 O. B. LAING BUILDING PERMITS First United Methodist Church, remodel sanctuary. JUSTICE OF THE PEACE Walter j. Barr, Algona, control of vehicle, $5; Richard Preston, Ringsted, speeding, $12; John R. Zaugg, Algona, speeding, $12. ST. ANN BIRTHS FEB. 14-Mr. and Mrs. Donald Riebhoff, Algona, girl.. FEB. 15-Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stence, Algona, girl. NEW COURT CASES Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peterson, Algona, vs. Drs. Shey and Gotten, Algona, appeal from J.P. court; J. B. Geelan, Whittemore, vs. Harold J. Winkel, Whittemore, promissory note, $965.69. ALGONA WEATHER Precpt. 1/4" snow 1.32 rain WEDDING PERMITS Donald Weber, Wesley, and Darlene Schumacher, Algona; Randall Bierle, Jolient, HI., and Karma Johnson, Swea City; Lyle Mabus, Lakota, and Mary Droessler, Bancroft; Keith W. Holm, Swea City, and Virginia Ann Sager, Fairmont, Minn.; Dennis Simmons and Sandra Thilges, both of Bancroft. ST. ANN HOSPITAL FEB. 13 - Harold Ristau, Lu- Verne, medical; Florence Macumber, Algona, medical; Harold Busch, Jr., Swea City, medical; Albert Baas, Algona, medical; Alice Droessler, Bancroft, medical. FEB. 14-Leo Thilges, Algona, medical. FEB. 15 - Carla Hansen, Lu- Verne, surgery. FEB. 16- Bertha Thuente, Algona, medical. FEB. 17- Pauline Coady, Bancroft, medical; Janine Gisch, Algona, medical. FEB. 18 - Frank Bahling, Algona, medical; Angela, Battani, Algona, medical; Robert F. Kain, Algona, surgery; Sherri Harms, West Bend, T&A. FEB. 19-HermanBonnstetter, Algona, medical. NEW VEHICLES John / W. Orvick, Ledyard, Chev.; Rev. Russell F. or Marian M. Markkula, Burt, Chev.; Alfred W. or Margaret Schadendorf, Algona, Chev.; Pittman Fin. Corp., Algona, Olds; Gerhard A. or Edna A. Wittkopf, Algona, Olds; Melvin W. or Freda A. Madsen, Armstrong, Chev.; Wm. R, or Ruth C. Carman, Algona, Chev.; Edwin G. or Edna L. Hanselman, LuVerne, Plym.; Ervin K. Eimers, Burt, Helwood Flat Bed; Roy or, Margery Ehrhardt, Swea City, '70 Artcraft MH; Thomas C. Wolfe, Algona, '70 Kayot TT; Donald D. Gerdis, Titonka, Chev.; Sam or Irene Larson, Armstrong, '70 Dodge Cab; American Oil Co., Algona, Ford p/u; Harold F. Dreyer, (Co (itiiwed on page 3) Sfiows We Con Still Husk Com On 100th Birthday Many friends and relatives gathered at the Roman Thill farm home near St. Benedict Monday, Feb. 15, in honor of Mrs. Thill's father, John Kellner, who observed his 100th birthday that day. Dinner was served at noon with Father Thomas Geelan, St. Benedict; Father Luke Becker, Boonville, Mo.; Father Nick Becker, Spirit Lake; Sister Clare Becker, Munday, Tex.; Mr. andMrs. Lawrence Recker, Alta Vista; Matt Kellner, Stewartville, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Matt Bormann, Mrs. Clara Kohlhaas and Mr. andMrs. Al Bormann, Algona; Mrs. Mike Arndorfer, St. Benedict; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Thul andMrs. Mary Becker, Bode; and Mrs. Justine, Wesley, as guests. Afternoon callers were. 94- year-oid Chris Gales who resides at the Good Samaritan Home in Algona; Ernest J. Gales, Bode; Mr. and Mrs. James Becker and Mrs. Mark Bernhard, Bancroft; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hilbert, LuVerne; Mrs. Gordon Davidson, Algona; and Ray Becker and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Becker, Wesley. Dollar Days Planned For This Weekend The Algona Newspapers are sponsoring a city-wide Dollar Days sales promotion for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Feb. 25, 26, 27) in Algona. Participating merchants will be advertising special bargains for the event in Thursday's Algona Upper Des Moines. Advertisers are asked to remember that all ads must be at our office by 2 p.m. Tuesday. Extra circulation in fringe areas will provide advertisers with more than 2500 extra copies of the UDM. Also in the afternoon, a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated in the home for Mr. Kellner by his two nephews, Fathers Luke and Nick Becker. Mr. Kellner attended mass in the St. Benedict Catholic Church on Sunday, the day before his 100th birthday. A grandson, visiting him on Monday, presented Mr. Kellner with a beautifully wrapped package and insisted it be opened immediately. Inside were five ears of corn, complete with husks, and a husking hook. Mr. Kellner lost no time in showing his guests he still knew just how the job was done. Mrs. Art Leek, St. Benedict, baked him a birthday cake which was beautifully decorated by her daughter, Dolores, Mrs. James Blerstedj, Whittemore. „,. Many friends and relatives have come before and since to offer their congratulations and he has been showered with cards and good wishes. Letters of congratulations have also been received from Pope Paul, Bishop Gretteman of Sioux City, President Nixon, Governor Ray and state officials. School Bus Hits Pole; No Injuries A driver and five kindergarten children escaped injury Wednesday shortly before noon when a Swea City Community school bus hit a pole one-half mile south and 2 1/4 miles west of Bancroft. Driver of the bus was Theresa E. Meyer, Bancroft, and she was returning five kindergarten children to their homes when she lost control of the bus on the slush-covered road. The 1966 Chevrolet bus went off the south side of the road and struck the pole near a bridge. The bus had about $600 in damage according to deputy Charles Day, who investigated, but there were no injuries. VOL. 71 - NO. 8 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1971 an Entered « woond clan mottw, Dee. 1, 1908, of APoofio, torn. 30511 pojfoff!" «"*»«• Act of Congress March 8, 1879 Fire Destroys Hog House At Buffalo Center BUFFALO CENTER - Firede- stroyed a 28' by 48' wood hog house on the Richard Helmers farm one mile north of here Wednesday night. The cause of the fire was not known. There were no animals in the building at the time. It was to be used for hog farrowing. A neighbor reported the fire. Suffers Severe Facial Cut In 2 Car Crash Algona High School senior wrestling star, Mike Putney, received severe facial lacerations in a two car crash at the intersection of South Phillips and Me Gregor streets at 9:15 p.m. Thursday following the Algona- Clarion basketball game. Putney and Debra McConnell, in a 1960 Comet, were headed south on Phillips Street when a 1966 Chevrolet driven by Norman H. Schultz of Whittemore drove out from the east in front of the southbound car. 14 stitches were required to close a severe gash on Putney's upper lip and into his nose after he hit the windshield. Miss Me Connell had a cut on her chin requiring several stitches. Both were treated at St. Ann Hospital and released. Friday Mike was suffering from bruised knees and an arm injury. The Algona Police investigated and charged Schultz with failing to yield, the right of way at a stop intersection. There was $2000 estimated damages to the two vehicles involved. A freak accident Wednesday resulted in some minor damage to the post office and a 1965 Ford owned by Joseph Straub. Straub had parked on Minnesota Street, headed south, and the car rolled backwards, turning toward the east, crashing into the building. MAYOR'S COURT Gary G. Folkerts, Algona, failure to yield right-of-way, $10, no valid operators license, $10; Linda L. Sherman, Algona, speeding than greater than reasonable and proper for road conditions, $5; Kenneth D. Durant, Algona, failure to yield, $10; G. E. Paulson, Armstrong, overload, $10; L.A. Wellendorf, Algona, overload, $10; John N. Horning, Morgan, Minn., improper registration, $38; Charlene R. Klein, irvington, failure to turn right when meeting, $10; Marcia A. Soderberg, Bancroft, failure to turn right when meeting, $10, Algona Hosts District Wrestling A near-capacity crowd was on hand Friday night for the opening round of the Class AA D.strict Wrestling Tournament in the new Algona High School gym. tournt^llmed 1 - 5 ^ 0015 ^^^ 16 ^'"' 0 «»*<>" >" < he firs ' round of eliminations. The Sa"u?day night * e ™-<*™\ matches Saturday afternoon with consolations and finals Clarion and Belmond were in the first and second place team spots after the opening round, followed by Clear take and Algona. (Algona Publishing Photo) openmg Jury Trial In S 80,000 Bank Suit Continues In Court Monday Two Defendants Testify Here Last Week Another Algona Building Begins To Disappear ANOTHER ALGONA business building began to disappear last week as workers started demolition of the two-story, double-front building just north of the Iowa State Bank on Dodge street last Wednesday. The top photo shows the building in the early stages of demolition Wednesday afternoon, while the bottom photo was taken Saturday morning and shows progress during the three-day period despite almost steady rains. The building is owned by the Iowa state Bank and officers indicate that long-range plans may include an addition to the bank but that presently, the area will be leveled and possibly used as a parking area. The building housed the Blossom Insurance Agency on the south side for many years while the upstairs had offices until recent times. The north half was the longtime home of the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper until the firm moved into a new building in the late 1940% since then, It has had a variety of tenants but the entire building has been vacant the past several years. Algona now has three large vacant lots in downtown. The former location of Hub Clothiers and Finn's Bakery was gutted by fire and cleared last summer. It is expected that a new building will be constructed in that space this spring or summer. The former location of the Algona Hotel has been gutted also and is expected to be blacktopped for a parking area by The Security State Bank this spring, also. (Algona Publishing Co. Photos'* \ Swea City Has Garbage Service For First Time SWEA CITY (Special) - Swea City residents have an opportunity for garbage disposal service for the first time ever for $2.75 per month or $1.75 per month in homes occupied by one person. The rate system, based on number of persons living in each house rather than on the number of garbage cans, is unique in Kossuth County. The service is privately-operated by Joe Fischer, who went Truck Slides 98 Feet On Ice, Then Hits Train A panel truck and Chicago Northwestern train which was backing up at the time, collided shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday where the track crosses East Elm Street near the Third Ward School. The truck, driven by Jerome D. Simpson of rural Algona, slid approximately 98 feet on the icy street, and part of that distance up the hill, before the collision occurred. The Algona Police investigated and charged Simpson with operating a motor vehicle at a speed greater than conditions allowed. Tin.* truck |ja.ij $000 ijaifia;^, into the garbage business in mid- January and now has about 250 customers. He purchased a new "packer" truck for about $7,300 and collects twice a week for transport to the county dump near Burt. The Swea City dump is closed, Fischer received authorization to operate from the city because his rates were lower than other bidders. Dr. John Schutter Specialist In New Medical Field Dr. John Schutter returned Friday from Iowa City where he had been attending a four-day refresher course for the family physician. Last year, Dr. Schutter had the distinction of being named a specialist in the family physician field of medicine, and is a Diplomate on the American Board of Family Practices. This was the first new special field to be opened in medicine in twenty years, and only 2,000 doctors from the entire nation were allowed to apply. The honor of specialist carne to Dr. Schutter following a two-day test K<-i-tii<in !u.-{.<i in Cli»<:aij. An $80,000 jury trial by a Chicago, 111. bank against two former officers of The Security State Bank and a prominent Humboldt businessman and his wife continued over the weekend and will resume this morning (Monday) at 9:30 a.m. Testimony in the case began Wednesday and continued for the next 2 1/2 days in Kossuth District Court before Judge Joseph Hand of Emmetsburg. The trial was recessed late F.riday morning to allow the Judge to serve as a pallbearer at a funeral. Plaintiff is the Continental- Illinois National Bank & Trust Co. of Chicago. Co-defendants are Gunvald Sande and Edna Sande of Humboldt, and Maurice B. Thompson, W. B. Lundberg and The Security State Bank. The latter pair were connected with the Algona bank for several years in the late 1960*3. Six legal firms are involved in the case, including two from Algona. L. E. Linnan is representing the Linnan & Lynch firm for the plaintiffs and Russell Buchanan of the Hutchison, Buchanan, Andreasen and McClure firm is representing several of the defendants. TWO OF THE defendants, Mr. Sande and Mr. Thompson, were on the stand last week. Sande, who owns the Sande Construction Co. at Humboldt, testified for a good share of the time Thursday while Thompson was on the stand Friday morning before recess. Also called to testify last Wednesday were Al Agena, president of the Iowa State Bank, and William Conn, former president of The Security State Bank. The case involves personal notes and signatures of security on notes during a period of time when the Humboldt men, Lundberg and Thompson, owned the bank here. Serving on the jury hearing the case, which is expected to end sometime this week, are Arlene Van Norman, Swea City; James Knoll, Burt; Julia Chambers, Corwith; Robert Hudspeth, Algona; Vern Riebhoff, Bancroft; Margaret Stecker, Titonka; Edmund O'Brien, Whittemore; Vernon Haag, Ledyard; Harold Eimers, Ringsted; Fern Paulson, Wesley; Lloyd Bollinger, Burt; and Ann Radig, Lone Rock. Hammerslrom Has Part Of Leg Amputated BURT - Word has been received by Burt friends from Mrs. Kenneth Hammerstrom at Rochester, saying that Kenneth (Chinks) had undergone major surgery three times in ten days, his left leg had to be amputated two inches below the knee and doctors are hoping they can save the rest of the leg, and especially the knee. Mrs. Hammerstrom said that her husband's pelvis was broken in many places and that he is in a cradle with both legs in traction.' Doctors say there will be several months of recuperation ahead so mail would be very welcome and much appreciated, Mail will reach him at the Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn. Kenneth, a former Burt resl* dent, was critically injured in a 10-car pile-up near Cresco during a blinding snow storrn about three weeks ajjo. The family IK/.Y Hv<; ;K Hic.-vilk-, I*.

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