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Civic* Progress Section - 12 Pages - March of Progress Edition &lgona Jfflome* Established 1865 ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY. AUGUST 1(5. 1938 VOL :J7.—N(X 3:5 26 Give Views on Civic Progress - Past and Future MANY IDEAS OF FUTURE GROWTH GIYENSCRUFINY Citizens United in Belief That This Area is Due For Expansion This story might be labelled "for special consideration of the city fathers." For Ideas contributed by Algona citizens In this story give, perhaps, as valid a review of Algona progress as any Chamber of Com- meYCe report Since the following story is re&Uy the-work of Algona people and not necessarily the sentiment of the Upper Des Moines the findings may very well present a tnre-picture of the progress which has been made in the past and the worthwhile things which ought to be accomplished in the future. It was not attempted to make a comprehensive study of Algona progress but instead a random sample of Algona and Kossuth people were interviewed and in that manner a cross section of opinion obtained. "If you would saw the steeples off your churches and make community centers out of them you might accomplish a lot more than preaching sermons in them." E. J- Van Ness, veteran Algona lawyer, remembers Judge Coyle, Humboldt pioneer, making that statement years ago. Mr. Van Ness reaffirms that opinion today. A recreation center for young people would be one of the most valuable things which could be accomplished in the progress of Algona, according to the veteran lawyer and former county attorney. Likes Courteous Treatment Algona stores may be gratified to learn that their courteous treatment of customers has not gone unnoticed. Airs. Ray Fitch commented that in recent years, service in Algona stores has been increasingly better as compared with older days. She lives on a farm a few miles out of Algona and courtesy of clerks In carrying heavy packages to the car. aa well as the regular service In the stores Is appreciated. Dr. C. H. Cretzmeyer has seen many improvements come and go during his many years of practice here, and he cites the construction of the swimming pool as one of the outstanding achievements of recent years. From the standpoint of future progress, he hopes to see a community house of some sort, or a community building erected, where recreational facilities for the youngsters can be worked out Getting purchases to the car is a problem, however, which if solved would really be appreciated. It lj a problem which hinges upon another, providing adequate parking space for shoppers, especially on Saturday nights. As everybody knows, parking spaces are at a premium on Saturday evenings when the largest number of people are in town. Widening of State street, which permitted the parking of a greater number of cars along it, has helped solve the problem but not completely. A. W. Ammuon, local optometrist, believes that some time In the future it will be necessary to widen the streets crossing State to permit perpendicular parking on them and make the lane, now dangerously narrow, between rows of parked cars wider. Mr. Amunson is enthusiastic about the improvement in the appearance of the business section, the new modern appearing fronts and the widened, smoothly paved State street. [ Modernization of the business dis- ' FIRST COMPLETE AIR VIEW EVER TAKEN OF MODERN CITY OF ALGONA AI/3ONA—1938—in the above picture taken recently, gives the first complete air view of the city, reproduced for a newspaper cut. At the top of the picture, the white ribbon is highway 169, stretching northward. V In the lower left hand corner is the municipal swimming pool. The main business section can be seen in the center. Naturally, at a distance of about 3,000 feet In the air, every building cannot be reproduced clearly in this picture, but the general idea of Algona's size, layout and the beauty of the setting of the city are clearly shown. The Upper Des Moines river, winding around the city, can be seen extending north in the upper right hand part of the picture. The picture was taken from a point a little south of the fairgrounds, looking north across the city. Courthouse, Part of Business Section, Algona A closer shot of the city's business section is taken and reproduced in the above picture. The courthouse and city light plant can be clearly seen In the upper left hand corner. Those specks along the curb are automobiles. Although Iowa, In the minds of many who do not know anything about the state, is considered a flat and treeless prairie, the above picture gives a good idea of the beautiful shade trees and foliage found in Algona. trict is the most noticeable Improve, ment in Algona In recent years according to BUS Steele of Steele's clothing company. The modernization of store fronts especially helped Steele believes* During a period of a few years the remodeling of many older buildings improved the appearance of the business section, making it a much brighter place. Ed Hough, executor for the Galbraith estate was as much responsible for improvement In this respect as anyone in Algona in the opinion of Steele. Rebuilding of the pavement to provide a wider and smoother State street was second In importance I only to the new fronts. "The way I it used to be you could break a spring driving down main street," he said. "A lot of people believed that the sidewalks when narrowed wouldn't be wide enough. They did not realive that cities with 20 story buildings had sidewalks little wider and found them wide enough. For our buildings the sidewalks are cf good size and it makes it possu'lo to have decent streets. Suggestions for further improvement—nothing very definite although a new court house might be a real addition to both the town and county. City "Come* of Age" Having lived his entire life up until the present time in Algona, Alf Kresentky of the Kresensky store views the progress of the city as a period of steady growth with the city just now coming of age. He can pick out no definite milestones of progress but regards the city's comeback from the depression as a real accomplishment He feels that one of the worthwhile goals for the future is the furthering of the development of a friendlier, cooperative spirit in the town. For concrete developments he would suggest the building of a supervised Ice rink nnd a band shell. Somewhat the same sentiments were a little differently expressed by Fred Wlllrett, farmer living In Plum Creek, just outside of Algona. He has lived there for over 40 years coming to Algona to buy and trnde. He can name no definite improvements nor suggest any projects for the future but he knows that "everything is much more convenient Btw than in earlier dayi. Stores are better and it is easier to carry on your business." Would Like "New Blood" New blood In civic affairs is what H. S. Boittty would like to sec. "I know H lot of people won't like this,' he said, "hut I'd like to see a fc\v in office who would open this town up :« little. This city ought to KK to be twice as big as it is with th-.* big territory it has to serve." Beatty is a relative newcomer to Algona. having lived here about two years. He located here because it seemed to be a growing town, \viHi lots of building going on and in the center of H good trade area. Perhaps because she is in a better position than anyone to appreciate It. Mrs. Paul R. \Ville is enthusiastic about the Call State Park. She and her husband live in the park. Mrs. Wllle would suggest a new disposal plant and a museum for historical objects us potential Algona projects. Algona's fine new high school draws the special praise of Frank Cook, who is sending his children there. However, the host of other improvements are fine, too, in his opinion, so that it is hard to single out one or even several for special mention. After considerable thought ho would suggest some work in redesigning several dead end streets as a worthy project. The street on which he lives, South Moore, is one such street and he has observed the great annoyance it is to motorists many of whom are in search of the swimming pool. For their benef-t and particuarly strangers in Algona I he would like to see the streets improved some time. Want Recreation Center Misses Marlon Corey and Esthpr Pratt, two of the Algona younger generation are also highly appreciative of the new high school. Both of them attended it and also the former building nnd thus can be expected to be especially enthusiastic about this imposing public building. Likewise they agree on a' project they want most to see figure in plans for the future progress of Algonn. A community recreation center is what they want. It might also be a nice thing to build up the Horary they thought, but Algona's crying need is a center to provide recreation for Algona's younger people. Also thoroughly In favor of the project is the law firm of Harrington * Ixnve with Bob Harrington the chief spokesman. A relief project for underprivileged lawyers would be swell too they said but were not optimistic about its establishment. Mr. Harrington and Mr. Lowe have also been greatly interested In the Call State Park, which the former's father was greatly Instrumental in founding. Farm to Market Road* Mrs. Loo McEnroe, Irvlngton resident, likes Algona just the wny It Is. Improvements, so far as she Is concerned, ought to come in roads arcund the city so it would be easier to get here—which ought to be good a recommendation for a city ns you could ask. Both R. A. lirownrll, local merchant, and Ralph Miller, local banker, found it difficult to single out any particular milestone of progress In recent Algona history. Nor could they name any particular without giving the matter more thought than the Interview allowed, although Mr. Miller suggested the band shell as a possibility. Mrs. B. F. Soronapn and Grorge W. Cannody are in agreement, comparison of their statements show, on one problem—Saturday night traffic. Mrs. Sorensrn would like to see a system of lights arranged for Saturday nights or If that was too costly, extra patrolmen added for the evening nnd holidays to control traffic. People with children should be greatly interested In such a program she said. Mr. Carmody, going farther Into the subject, mentioned a point not often appreciated by motorists, too (Continued Last Page, This Section) Des Moines Register and Tribune congratulate Algona and Kossuth County on their celebration of "A Marcli of Progress Centennial." H congratulation is particularly heartfelt because of the close personal relationship which Gardner Cowles f . publisher, and Harvey tagham, editor, of The Register and Tribune have had for many yean with Kossuth County people. •frit is our sincere hope that your program Wednesday and Thursday will be successful and well enjoyed. • *Tha past hundred years have seen in Iowa some of the most rapid development in the history of the world from a wilderness to a prosperous, well settled land. No place has this progress been more marked than in the upper Des Moines area. 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