The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 16, 1938 · Page 26
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 26

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 16, 1938
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The Algona Upper Peg Moines, Algona, Iowa, Aug. 16,1938 From Free Land to A.A.A. Program, Agriculture Moves Steadily Forward FARMING TODAY CALLS FOR NEW IDEAS, TECHNIQUE Marketing, Quota Fro grams Aimed to Steady Prices and Production When the word progress is spoken people think immediately of metal planes flying through the air, the radio, streamlined trains flashing over the rails and giant factories turning out all manner of articles In mass production. Too few people ever connect the term with the country's basic Industry, agriculture. Yet. without the fanfare of celebrations, perhaps because the nature of his occupation precludes the possibility of a great deal of publicity, the farmer has been progress- Ing just as his fellow worker in Industry. Perhaps there is one chief difference, no matter what else he does to change things the farmer is always dependent basically upon the land. So Iowa fanners are fortunate in living In a fertile country. With good solid ground «*' their capital. Kosauth farmers have advanced just aa has the city. Their progress can be traced from the little log cabins which were their first homes and the crude machinery with which they worked to the present fine homes with all modern conveniences which are to be found in Kossuth county and the modern equipment with which the 1938 farmer works his land—tractors, combines and all manner of power machinery. 1882—45 an Acre In the year 1882 there was nothing to convince the average citizen thst land then worth $5 an acre might eventually be worth twenty times that, not even the fact that two railroads were crossing the county. But prices refused to stay at that level and kept rising until the fall of 1909 when farms began changing owners with prices of $100 an acre common. Today corn is king, but in the days of sod houses, hay must have P. S.—The Editor Will Be Out of Town SPEAKING OF PROGRESS! In 1928 or so, the girls' basketball teams dressed like this, or was It jbst coM weather.- At any rate, they probably won't thank us for reprinting this picture, but they are, from left to right, back row, Leon a Clark, Betty Streit, Marie Payne, Ruth Batt and Dorothy Man gan. In the front row, the first girl is Dorothy Sampson and the next two are Zelba Winkle and Doris Long. held that honor. Free grazing and free hay on any man's land not in crops were blessing which the homesteaders thought would always exist. This condition came to an end by degrees when lawn owned by non-residents came under the control of land agents who collected rent for it. According to B, JF. Reed's history much of the land in the early tim-is was "cold, sour and unproductive." The plowed land still possessed its wild nature fo want of being properly subdued and the ponds by retaining the water made the adjoining land when plowed hang to the mcldboards like putty. The implements being poor, the cultivation was far from being good. "Foul" weeds and grasses choked out the crops as a result and the farmer bad little to show for his summer's work. With thousands of acres of free pasture lying on every side no one dreamed that money could be made by keeping a herd of cow. It took a crisis, a grasshopper scourge. job quicker and better. There is no place for "foul weeds" on the present day Kossuth farm. Perhaps the latest permanent development will be the AAA planning system which considers the farm as a unit in the economic setup of the United States and not as something apart Chiefly three things are aimeJ at by the AAA. soil conservation, the "ever normal granary" and the establishment of prices for the farmer which will assure him a fair return for his work. Under this plan a farm is measured for its total crop producing ac- planting some of it in the soil conserving crops such as alfalfa and neutral crops such as soy beans and Sudan grass. A Typical Example This is the way the acreage allotment has worked out on a typical Kossuth county farm. The farm contains 160 acres of which 16.4 acres are non-crop producing land—land on which buildings, roads and other such objects are located. Of the remaining 143.6 acres the farmer is ailoted 100 acres of which 50 acres can be used for corn. This typical farmer put 450 acres in corn and 50.9 acres of his 100 acre allotment in oats. Of the to awake the setters from thrir reage eliminating such pieces of land I . , u ,. , „ , „ slumbers many years later and I as those containing buildings or remainder he had 5.5 acres of alfa.- drive into other chanels of labor! ™ ads - ^ e " bv considering the fa. 5.5 acres of Sudan grass. 12.1 besides raising Yankee eight- rowed history of the land in producing acres of soy beans. 6.2 acres of crops, the amount the farmer has [ cits, which were prevented from corn. Canada Club wheat and Norway oats. Contrast With Today Contrast this situation with farming today. The progressive farmer in the year of the centennial is likely operating a powerful streamlined tractor which replaces the spavined mules his grandfather might have driven. Instead of the crude tools, often hand-made, which early farmers used, new scientific- been rotating his crops and using a | going into grain and 17.3 acres of special formula an allotment is fig-1 blue grass. This farmer is thtjs ured for. the farm. If a farmer's} within his AAA allotment and will corn allotment is figured at 50; be paid his bonus for complying, acres he can get full price if he I The theory works on the same prin- puts in 80 per cent of his allotment, or 40 acres. There is no restriction on the total yield of the land—only on the acreage devoted to different crops which are the so-called soil depleting kind. In this way the farmer is actually given a bonus ciple as a factory cutting down production when supply has exceeded the demand and there is a surplus. With machinery as efficient for its purpose as any industry and planning the keynote of present day agriculture, framing has come a long ally designed machinery does the for conserving his own land by way from the days when the farm• i cr raised as much as he could to I meet his own demands and as often j as not went without what he could not supply himself OIL... the Naiioi:'s Stream cf Gold A SALUTE TO A MIGHTY INDUSTRY FROM A PROGRESSIVE COMPANY -A company that in seven years time has helped 1,400 families to pay themselves a profit from gas and oil they use. -A company whose patronage dividends have been about 1 5 percent, plus 8 percent interest on capital stock. -A company that is home-owned in every sense of the word, with stations in Burt, Titonka, Algona, Bancroft, Wesley, Woden and Corwith—and every station managed (and owned) by a friend and neighbor of yours. Total Profits, 7 yrs.—$102,578.01 1935 Gas Gallonage-- 713,735 1936 Gas Gallonage— 884,507 1937 Gas Gallonage—1,065,914 Join the 'Marr-h of Pr<>-" in this Organization—write u.s, or better yet, visit yuiir nearest station. K & H Coop. Oil Co. Home Office—Wesley, Iowa Fenton 4-H Holds Achievement Day Fenton: The Independence Idealist 4-H club held their local Achievement Day, Monday afternoon. August 8. at the center school house in Independence township. The following program was given: roll call. "What I have gained in Hone Efficiency this Year and What Made my Work Easier?" was r,r.?v.-ered by nine members. Mrs. W. P. Weisbrod. leader of the clu 1 -. gave a report on "Thf Different Kinds of Lessons that had be<-n j Given During the Year." Mrs B. j G. Berkeland. assistnat leader, gave j a report on "What. Each Girl Had Made and Exhibited." Frances Juhl gave a report on social activities during the year. The following demonstrations, to compete for entrance in the Palo Alto county fair were given: "Daily Care of the Bedroom". "Laundry Bags' 1 . "Laundry Boxes'!. "Dust j Mops and Dust Cloths." j "Making Shoe Racks" was given I by Marrian Bcrkeland and Lorraine ' Berkeland. i "Proper Way to Wash Dishes" i was given by Lois Kerber and Ir- j ene Berkeland. j Nelson King, of the State High- j way Patrol, gave a talk on "Highway Safety." i Mrs. W. P. Welshrod read a card i to the girls from Margaret Dunkel- ber. Palo Alto county home demonstration agent, who is vacationing at a girl's camp in Michigan. Helen Kern read "A Country Girl's Creed." Mrs Thos. Goeders of Freedom township judged the team giving! first p'-ice to Lavaun Priebe and j Virginia Berkeland. who will re-i resent their club at the Palo Alto county fair on August 17. 18. 19. ALGONAHAS4FMPARKS,AS PARTY, PICNIC, PLEASURE SPOTS Athletic, Blackford, Call State and Swimming Pool Areas Develop for a great deal of discussion this year which is also planned for the future is the band shell. This is not at present a park commission project, but is being adVan<Sed by civic groups as a needed park im- provement, intimately, it is planned al«6 to rttttfidffhiif Athletic park when a IdeaHbnicWr be found for the football Held and running track BO that this parR will be. of greater use the year around. Through fortunate planning and circumstance Algona has acquired a number of beautiful park areas, which add materially to the beauty of the city. Only one. the Maple park, was or- iginalh- platted as part of the city. Maple park was laid out by Judge C. Call in 1836 in the city. According to a famous botanist of Iowa State College at Ames the park has one of the greatest variety of native trees to be found in Iowa and in the spring the tract is almost covered with a mass of wild flowers. The park is very popular with picnickers because its many accessible picnic grounds with fireplaces and the shelter house which is open to visitors. Recently footpaths have bee.i constructed through the tract which enable hikers to better explore the beauties of the wooded area. Swimming Pool Area five acres was acquired by the park commission in 1913. About 15 years ago the wading pool for children was put in at about a cost of $1,800. This has proved to be one of the most popular attractions in the city and 'la have used it— jvicted by authorities. Besides the lawn, wading pool and shades trees and benches courts and kitten have been in great use. In addition to the park fac- lities the grounds contain the foot>all field and running track which are used for high school athletics. Blackford Park Donated Blackford Park was given the ity by the heirs of John Blackford. me of the original Algona pioneei-s. "he land, comprising about ten cres was donated by the Blackford leirs. John. Ernest. George. J. C. nd A. E. Blackford and Ella A. L Clark. July 17. 1913. the same ear as the Athletic park was ac- uired. George Call gave the park boar.l he little corner of land in the north•est section of the city, which was ie site of the first cabin Asa C Call built in Algona. Incidentally, paid three times as much fo.- lis piece of land as was paid for he entire tract which is now the ' mbrose A. Call State Park. This beautiful wooded spot, al- hough not a city park. Is located so snveniently near the city and so losely tied up with the history of Igona that it is almost a part of the ity park system. The land is the te of the first cabin built by the alls in what was then the Upper )es Moines country. The 1RO acres •ere purchased with the ai I of Mrs. | •ardner Cowles. who wanted to i elp provide a memorial for her ather, Ambrose Call. '( with funds allotted in 1929, the ,,„„. I has been one of the outstanding re) creation spots of the city ever since. It is located on a tract of land of about 10 acres which offers room for location of future recreational projects. The pool itself contains 37H.OOO gallons of water which is completely changed, filtered and chlorinated daily. A modern bath house has been constructed for swimmers and an attendant, at present Miss Evelyn Graham, is always in charge. Swim"*-- ' supervised by two life- Included in plans for the future of developing the parks of Algona are prospects of building concrete tennis courts either at the Athletic park or at some other location. This cannot be done immediately because of the limited income of the park board but it Is a definite goal for the future. A project which has betn up We'll Be Glad To See You On Progress Days THE SMOKE SHOP BEEE —SOFT DRINKS — SMOKES "An Algona Institution For 24 Years" *OS8SW*X80QS£e«SB3KI^^ BUILDERS of NEW SKYLINES KOSSUTH COUNTY 20YEARSAGO; FIRST KOSSUTH SOLDIER KILLED Carl T. Hagg Immortalized and Local Legion Post Bears His Name Sylvester Arndorfer Home Greets Stork i Union Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester! Arndorfer are parents of a baby girl j born August 4th. She weighed about j five pounds and has been baptized Shirley Vernoica. Mrs. Arndorfer was formerly Luella Roethler and daughter of the Philip Roethlera. of Cresco township. This is their first child and first grandchild for the Roethlers. Mrs. Arndorfer is at the Joe Arndorfer home in Cresco. Mother and babe are doing nicely. Mrs Albert Gould and two song visited at the Joe Arndorfer home in Cresco township last Wednesday. Hugh Herman is reported very low and under the influence of opiates to relieve the intense pain he is suffering. Shirley Harvey ii> again bein,j troubled with the infection which I started in one of her feet. She was ! c onfined to her bed with a high j fever last week. The glands seem to be affected. Richard Kohl and lady friend cf I St. Paul lias been visiting his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Kohl. Mrs. George Kohl entertained a large Kruup of young folks at supper last Thursday evening. With Russia and Japan carrying on a trial war and Spain and the Orient imbroiled in actual conflict, progress which has been made towards lasting peace since the World war seems little. However, it is now 20 years sinr? the first Algonian was killed in thr- World war and Algona. as an American city, may consider itself fortunately located in a country' which is making efforts to keep out of war. Carl T. Hagg. in whose honor the Algona American Legion post is named, was the first Algona man to b« killed in action in the last great conflict and one of eight Algonmns who died for their country. The others are Edward Gross. Francis Webster. Chris Kain, Chris Sloth. Charies E Wilson and How?rd Hodges. Francis Webster was the only soldier besides Carl Hagg from Algona to be killed in action. The others died in camp, proof that w»r kills far more than those who actually loss their lives on the battle front. Carl T. Hagg was horn August W 1889, in the city of Algona. His parents were Charles A. and Hulda Hagg. He attended the Third Wird school until he was fifteen years of age then moved to a farm north fit Algona with his parents where he continued to live until enlisting in the army during the World war. He enlisted in April. 1918 and was immediately called to Camp Dod^e where he was rated as a private and assigned to Company G, 138th Infantry. He sailed for service in France from N'ew York in May the same year on an Australian ship going to Liverpool and arriving at Brest France. He was killed on the firing line in the Argonne on September 28, 1918, at 11 a. m. His last words were "I guess I have done my duty. This is as far as I can go." His cousin. Fred C. Hagg, was with him when he was shot down, and one brother. Arthur E Hagg. also saw service in the war Carl Hagg was brought home from the burial ground in France and was buried with full military honors in Riverview cemetery at Algona, in September, 1619. Every type of Construction has a Pioneering Angle to a Contractor, and there is a sense of achievement at the conclusion of every job we tackle—OF DOING THE WORK RIGHT. A FEW OF THE 1938 JOBS OF THIS FIRM • Ii<-mo<lclin<r and rebuilding of the Hutchison Bldp., Algona • Construction of Dean Andrews farms home, north of • The Humphrey house on North Jones St., Algona • The Mitchell house on South Minnesota, Algona • Leo Miller's bam in Plum Creek Township • Three new houses on East Elm Street, Algona • Bradley Cafe building at Bancroft, Iowa • Remodeling at Clifford Krantz home, north of Thonka We Salute March of Progress Days. The Word Progress is our Keynote in the Building Business. GEO. L MILLER GENERAL CONTRACTING Yard East C. & N. W. TrackH—Algona, Iowa Home Phone, 109 y ar d Phone 108 s&fts** 0 ** 0 **^^ Of all motor vehicle fatalities in 1937. approximately 17,100 occurred in incorporated urban communities, and the remaining 22,400 in rural areas. In cities of 10,000 or more. 67 per cent of the fatalities wer; pedestrians, in smaller town anr I rural ureas only 27 per cent were ! pedestrians. FOR GENERAL INSURANCE KRUSE - BLOSSOM AGENCY 7 North Dodge St. >••••»*•••»»•••+»»••••«.»»•••••»»»++. Algona, Iowa

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