The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 16, 1938 · Page 19
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 16, 1938
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The Algona Upper Des Moines, Algona, Iowa, Aug. 16,1938 PROGRESS MEANS WISELY PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Pioneers Had Pew Problems of Present Day Nature in Civic Lines (From Iowa Planning News) * Community planning is nothing more nor less than the common endeavor of the people residing in a community to make that community a better place In which to live, a better place In which to work and a better place in which to play. One or more of these objectives touches the life of each Individual In the community. There is nothing myst%rlous about /planning. Communities have always done a cretain amount of it and in the light of later developments have often had to do it over. The pioneers who established pities nnd town* In the beginning of settlement had no conception of present day population needs. They didn't have such problems as housing, traffic control, sanita- tion, water supply, recreation and the many other problems that vox and perplex today's planners. Many of the features of a former day have been replaced and forgotten, generally without regret. Progress has sometimes been delayed hut rarely denied, each new generation Insisting on its right to discard outgrown and outmoded usages. The early town planners built, and built well, according to their needs and lights. New Inventions, however, brought problems of which the early builders did not even dream. The automobile alone has brought a multitude of changes in every day living. People can livo farther apart. They can live in ons neighborhood and work in another Enlightenment in the broad field of public health and its relation to housing and sanitation has opened up an entirely new realm of thought regarding the relation of the individual to the community. Community planning is not a new Idea. It is simply putting an old idea to a better use. The inspiration of opportunity for better living. We seek to control by it, the course of future events. We would not think of building & house without first preparing a plan. We would not consider adding a single room to the house we may now have without first determining its limits, how we propose to get into It from the older portion where its windows should be located to make it blend with the older structure to give a pleasing appearance— these and other considerations. Why should we not consider with at least equal serlusness each addition to the structure of the community in which we live? It is not necessary to demolish the old structure In order to have the benefits of a new one. It Is necessary only to remodel as we discover and ds- fine the need. Ft. Madison Editor Gave Iowa Nickname As "Hawkeye" State To James G. Edwards, editor and owner of the Fort Madison Patriot, went the honor of giving Iowa its nickname as the "Hawkeye"'state. In the first number of the Patriot, the bill which had been introduced in congress by the territorial delegate, George W. Jones, for division of the Territory of Wisconsin and the creation of a new territory west of the Mississippi River to be named Iowa, was published. The editor wrote an article on the subject. He said: "If a division of the Territory is effected, we propose that lowans take the cognomen of 'Hawkeyes'; our etymology can thus be more definitely traced than that of the •Wolverines," 'Suckers', and 'Hoosiers', and we can rescue from oblivion a momento at least of the old chief." This suggestion met with popular favor and Iowa from that day became known as the "Hawkeye" state, and lowans as "Hawkeyes." Louis Kossuth, County Namesake. Fought His Whole Life for Liberty YSSSS/SSS/SSS/S/SSSSSS/SSj Pulling Together for Progress The Building and Loan Plan is for The Builder and The Investor, Alike Our organization is under rigid state and federal supervision, just like a bank, and has always passed the examinations with flying colors. Dreams and ambitions of hundreds of families of all means have been aided by our organization. Through easy, monthly payment plans, paid like rent, it has become possible through Algona Federal Savings & Loan assistance, to make the dreams of a home come true, to bring into reality and fulfillment the desires and hopes of a multitude of people. They are our friends, and our staunchest boosters. Real progress calls for cooperation, whereby Investors provide a fund from which borrower of sound standing may carry out their ambitions in building. Let's pull together! Along that line lies Progress. In the Building & Loan we find the last word in cooperation. Here the In- vestor or the man with small savings may place his money with security and reap a substantial return for its use by others in building homes and business buildings, In Algona, in Kossuth county, and in adjacent counties. Algona and Kossuth county have made much progress since the founding of this orgnizatlon. In our own way we have tried to help in the March of Progress of Kossuth county and its. sicter counties, which represent the most fertile, rich agricultural section of the United States. The strength of our organization can best be Judged by its position and rating among similar groups, many located, in communities much larger than Algona. The Algona Federal Savings & Loan Association Invites you to investigate its loan or savings plans, and to come in and talk ovfr your problem* with us. Algona Federal Savings and Loan Association We Invite You to Visit Us During the March of Progress Celebrtaion the record of a lifetime • • . • It's Priceless 'PHOTGRAPHS LIVE FOREVER' How Often Have YOU Gone Through The Various Albums ? And What Are They Worth, Today ? A TRIBUTE TO A PIONEER (In Keeping With Kossuth's March of Progress Centennial) Many years ago, A. L. Peterson brought to the people of this section a thorough knowledge of photography and a real desire to be of service. Several years ago, Mr. Peterson retired. Since that time we have had as our goal, the desire to carry on, in modern times, and in a progressive nanner, the precepts of good photography and fair dealing as practiced by Mr. Peterson. We hope we have succeeded. And we pay tribute at this time to the pioneer founder of the studio which now bears our name. Keeping Pace With The Community We specialize in family groups, schools, babies and weddings, as well as individual portraits. Ample facilities and space are available, plus the finest equipment that money can buy. "Better Pictures, Less Money"—Our Motto Open Sundays and Nights by Appointment Visit Our Studio, Centennial Days Also Our Display at the Fair This Year BROWN'S STUDIO Will F. Brown, Owner 9 l /2 North Dodge Street \ Portraits by Brown Cost No More Than Ordinary Photographs His Flaming Leadership Was An Inspiration to Local Pioneers Kossuth county was named after Louis Kossuth, who has long been known as one of the world's most famous agitators, orators and patriots. His learning an'] eloquence have been admired on both sides of the ocean, and his heroic struggles for Hungary's Independence has stirred the heart and called forth the sympathy of every lover of freedom. Possessed of intellectual genius of a high order, and endowed with an indomitable energy, he would have been a man of mark in any country, but the sublimity of his patriotic devotion, the inspiration of his eloquence, and the rugged bravery of his character, could only have bten developed and called out in tho troubled times of his nation's history. Hungary made Kossuth. Kossuth spent his life in trying to r.iake Hungary. Of Slavic Descent Louis Kossuth was born in Monok, Hungary, April 27, 1803. His family was of Slavic descent and noble rank, and his father gave him the advantages of a liberal education, including a course in law and philosophy, at the University of Patak. He excelled as a scholar, particularly in his knowledge of history and the languages, speaking fluently the Magyar, Slavak, German, French and Latin and later In life, the Italian and English. After leaving college, Kossuth was appointed as assessor of the Assembly of his native country, and join- Ing the liberals In politics he became very popular with the common people. At the close of the Diet, Kossuth endeavored to publish a lithographic paper, but the government prohibited its publication, and for persisting in his work he v/as seized In the night, tried for treason and srntenced to four years imprisonment General public indignation, and the prospect of foreign intervention, procured his release before the time appointed. He then became editor of the Pesth Journal, entered the legislature as leader of the liberals, and kept up a vigorous agitation for local self-governmen.t Was Governor of Hungary During the war for liberty, he was for some months governor of Hungary, but on the failure of the struggle, he escaped to Turkey. In 1851 he sailed from Turkey on the United States war vessel Mississippi as the guest of our government. While in this country Kossuth spoke In many of our leading cities, enlisting sympathy for Hungary and urging the United States to join with England in preventing European interference with her struggles for llbery. Returning to Europe, he engaged in literary and scientific work, but all the time watching for any political complications, thnt might justify Hungary in striking another blow for liberty. In 1867, on the reorganization of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ho was allowed to return to his native land, but he preferred to remain In Turin, condemning the compromise that had been made by his countrymen. Kossuth's Statue FIRST KOSSUTH JAIL COST $308 When white men settle a new country the first buildings constructed after homes are very likely to be a church, a school and a jail. The first Kossuth county jail wns built after a session of the board allotted $308 for the purpose. This first "hoosegow" or "cooler" ns it wns dubbed, wns built of wood, probably 2x6 elm joists well spikeil together. The building floor dimensions were only about 10 by 12 feet. The nITnir wns built with tho help of the whole community nnd the historinn records thnt one Ed Blnckford "occasionally managed to hit the nail and about as often ns his thumb." The elm joists finally began rotting and the whole jnil went down in dcrny. Another was built in the ! bnement of the court house and used ! for snme time until it finally got to be too damp for the henlth of the occupants nnd it also wns found inadequate to house the tough chnr- nrters of the enrly days. Jnil breaks were common and tha mnnner in which they were accomplished often bordered on the ludicrous. Once n pair of enrly dfty desperadoes dug the cement floor out with n broom stick This statue of Louis Kossuth, Hungarian patriot, after whom Kossuth county, Iowa, was named, is shown above. It Is located on Riverside Drive, New York City. Picturesque Pair Among Settlers of 1864 Recalled Among the picturesque settlers In the early days of Kossuth county, Lev! Leland and John Maher take their places. Levl Leland arrived In the Cresco country between the close of 1856 and the end of the Civil War. Leland married a settler's hired girl and made a home for himself and his bride. Leland was known as a very entertaining lecturer nnd making faces was one of his principal tricks. At the end of a lecture in which he talked on the "Conduct of the War" he asked a character of the time, Uncle Tom Robison, how the lecture pleased him. The old fellow replied, "By dog! you are the first person I ever saw who could make a seven cornered mouth and flap his ears at the same time." John Maher had a sister contentedly married but he scorned the benedictlne life and lived happily a bachelor life all alone In his cabin on the hill. His cooking became legendary when on one occasion Old John in getting dinner ready for the threshers found a little frog in the kettle with the potatoes he was trying to boil. As the water began to get a little warm the frog mounted a big Irish potato and began croak. Hearing this Old John look- i ed Into the kettle and burbled In astonishment, "OO, ye booger ye I'll hnve to skim yez ahf." ONE VOTE MADE ALGONA COUNTY SEAT IN 1850 Judicial Election Battle With Irvington Was Deciding Factor Algeria's growth to become the largest city in Kossuth county has all but obscured the fact that there was once a close race between Algona and Irvington to determine which would be the county seat. The matter of naming the county seat town hinged upon the election of a judge in favor of the particular community. The Irvington community under the stimulus of some enterprising capitalists from Webster City began quietly organizing, planning a layout for a town in the Irvington district and promoting the interests of Dr. Craydon Craw who was to be their candidate for judge. Algona settlers had not become aware of the plot until the day of the election was approaching and then Asa C. Call was put forward as the candidate for the Algona faction. Some of the voters were absent before election day and several trips were made by Call and his supporters to round up voters. One man was on his way to Cedar Falls and was overtaken 60 miles away on his journey and brought back to vote. Judge Call spent two days rounding up a pair cf settlers who were out hunting elk and deer. He brought them back to the polls to vote. After the finish of the feverish campaign the votes were counted in Homer, at that time county seat of Webster county and the tabulations showed that Asa Call had beaten out Dr. Craw by the narrowest margin, one vote. As a result of this campaign Algona gained ascendancy over Irvington, became the county seat and grew steadily to its present posi tion of dominance in the county. Did you know—That the state capitol building was designed by a Communist? Did you know—That Iowa during 14 years of its history was IccalK non-existent? The Old Prospector Took his Burro and His Pack and Went Back into the Hills That Was 100 Years Ago I hi I in 193ft The New Prospector Finds His "Gold" in the Bountiful Harvest of Iowa's Kossuth County i For many years, this organization has served its community, lias seen the development of farms, the improvements in farm life, and in fact "The March of Progress" in Kossuth County has heat a steady path to our door. The Elevator plays an important part in marketing of farm crops. This elevator has laid its business foundation on a basis of Honesty, Integrity and Fair Square Dealing. We rejoice, with you, in Iowa's Centennial Year, and all it means. I loha r 1 on Coop. Elevator R. L. Reid, Mgr. Phone 36FI Did you know—That interior Iowa in 1820 was called a "vast, uninhabitable desert" ? Did you know—That Iowa a hundred years ago was inhabited by more than 22,000 outlaws? A Progressive Hospital - A Progressive Cummunitv This Hospital conforms to the standards and requirements of the medical profession and an a result the public is assured of full satisfaction in care, equipment and treatment. ~*&s& Conveniently Quietly Located The Kossuth Hospital ALUONA, IOWA

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