The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 16, 1938 · Page 27
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 27

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 16, 1938
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The Algona Upper Des Moines, Algona, Iowa, Aug. 16,1988 LADYWRASSLEKS CALL DEAL OFF BUT MALES O.K. Boxing and wrestling faiw of northern Iowa will have an opportunity to witness what premises to l>e ofte of the best flght shows to be held In Iowa this year. Mr. Flnnell, who Is managing the show, has been corresponding with leading wrestlers and boxers over the entire state. The show Is not of the carnival type although his array of fighters challenge all comers. Mr. Finnell announces that for the show he has obtained lowat leading 'middleweight champion and a man that ranks third In tho heavyweight division of the world. The rating of these men were sent out by the National Federation of Wrestling. Mr. Flnneil has corresponded with Iowa's leading wrest. lers and many have accepted invitations to be in Algona during the two day celebration. Out of the numerous applications of boxers Flnnell has secured the best In each weight division to represent the show and to meet all comers In their weight class. Many of the boxers will come to Algona with the thought In mind to climb the fistic ladder a notch or two by defeating some of the leading contenders In the state. Two professional mud wrestlers have been obtained and with the tentative plans the two nights of the celebration will be devoted to this novel amusement. Mud wrestling to Iowa but is sweeping the nation as the tops in that form of entertainment The offer for two women mud wrestlers Is still open and Is bonded with a cash guarantee. It Is expected that this event will also be scheduled some timo during the show. Algona's two prospective lady mud rasslers could not be secured for the athletic show March of Progress days so two professionals (male) have been obtained to grapple in the grime for the amusement. If any, of the customers, If any, at the athletic show which will be a feature of the two day celebration in Algona, Wednesday and Thursday. The offer for two women mud wrestlers is still open according to E. E. Finnell, demon promoter, and a cash guarantee will be made any interested. Tentative plans for the event schedule the mud wrestling for shows both evenings. Mr. Finnell, who has taken to corresponding with boxers and rasslers in his odd moments—very odd—states that he has secured topnotchers in every weight div ision to perform at the athletic show. The show is not planned to be of the carnival type although the array of wrestlers and boxers chal- legene all comers. The promoter expects the wrestlers to be especially skilled for he has secured Iowa's middleweight champion and the third ranking contender in the world in the heavy, weight division. These rankings were certified to Finnell by the National Federation of Wrestling. ALGONA'S PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL, COMPLETED IN 1930 First Algona School was Part Cave, Part Shack - 4 Schools in City Now Built in 1856; Now Both Public, Parochial in Fine Buildings Education has kept pace with pro. gress in Algona. Two of the newest and most modern high school buildings to be found in Iowa provide unsurpassed facilities for education of Algona's older boys and girls. Three well located grade schools assure Algona children of a beginning education. All these educational facilities are a part of Algona's educational program which began with a little building, part cave and part shack located on the side of a bluff back in 1856. That school lasted only a short time before it burned down. It was finally replaced with an unplaster- ed building, in appearance a great deal like a little country school, but of course not nearly so well equipped. This building stood on what is now the corner of Moore and State streets. Its two teachers were the Misses Leonard and Reed. Classes five and six were held on the second floor and history relates that most boys and girls went barefooted to school until they reached the grades taught on the second floor, at which time they then considered themselves too old to go without shoes. Ball games and "fighting" games were the chief sports with .lumping rope for girls. In 1872, the Algona school became an independent school district. Gardner Cow>e», Principal Gardner, Cowles, the great pub- Usher, was principal of the Algona school for a period of time beginning in 188? and his assistant was Miss Flora Call—later Mrs. Cowles. During the Cowles service a grade school was established near the Milwaukee depot. In 1884 Miss Jessie Smith became the first student to graduate from the Algona high school and she continued her formal education until she graduated from the University of Minnesota, receiving a Phi Beta Kappa key. In 1886, the Central building was constructed which was first used for a high school and then grades. In 1898 the Third War school was constructed to relieve congestion in the Central building. In 1899 the high school was moved to the so-called "Old Normal" building. This building was so poorly built and heated that students sitting next to the stove perspired from the heat while those sitting farther away shivered, nearly freezing. In 1899 the Bryant school building was constructed to help solve the lack of school room. This building met the needs of Algona for some time and no other was built until in 1930, when the present school, the $237,000 structure located on the corner of Harlan and McGregor streets was built. Educational standards and extra curricular activties have kept pace in Algona with the Improved buildings which have housed the schools. The presence of a personage such as Gardner Cowles among the list of former Algona educators is an example of the calibre of men and women who have controlled the education of Algona children. First Football, Coaon An interesting character was Algona's fltft football coach, a lawyer, Curtis, a graduate of Ames. It Is recorded that this gentleman used to coach his teams during practice wearing a high silk hat. But when the scrimmage got rough MARCH OF PROGRESS Cadillac 3-way Funeral Coach and Chrysler Imperial Invalid Coach More and more has been added to Merritt Service, until today it is recognized as being of the very highest type obtainable. Likewise, it inspires us to continue Merritt service so complete and faultless that it will ever be looked upon as a standard for measuring the ideal in funeral directing. The many thoughtful and kindly touches, our painstaking attention to details, and the numerous ways wherein we lighten your burdens have made Merritt service preferred by discriminating folks. Merritt Funeral Home k, M. Merritt, Licensed Mortician and Funeral Director PHONE 11 NIGHTor DAY ALGONA, I A. he would mix in too, regardlesss and after practice his fine clothes would often be torn and dirty. Lee Nugent, now practicing dentistry in Algnoa, was one of Algona's best athletes, winning second place in the broad jump of the Nat ional Interscholastic track meet while he was in high school. In 1916 and 1926 Algona's football teams were the undefeated champions of Iowa. At the present time the affairs of Algona public schools are under the direction of Superintendent Otto B. Laing with John McDowell his principal. The superintendent has 41 other teachers on his staff. In addition to the large modern high school with its auditorium, stage and other fine equipment, the Bryant school is now used solely as a grade school and the Third Ward school provides a building conveniently located for youngsters too far away to attend the Brant school building. St Cecelia Academy The history of St. Cecelia Academy is strictly a modern one. This fine parochial school building was constructed during the years 192027 and opened September 6, 1927. Its initial enrollment was 120 pup Us and has since grown until 300 students were registered during the school years 1937-38. Only eight grades were included the first year but a year of high was added the next and another each year until a full four year course was offered. The first grad- j uating class was in 1932. Orchestra. ;lee clubs, declamatory work and athletics were organized in 1928 the year after the school's opening. Although journalism was not introduced until 1936 along with extemporaneous speaking the schoo has had a newspaper since 1930-originally called the Sa-Ca-Ha-Sa Its name was changed In 1937 to Academy Ripples. In 1931 and 1932 the school was Inspected by a state inspector and then accredited by the state board of education In 1932. In extra curricular activties the school has done as well as in its scholastic work. During the p five years the Academy has he,-n ntered in the diocesan dcclam contests and hns reached the finals three years. It won first place in he finals in the oratorical division n 1938 and went to the finals in the extemporaneous contest. The has <etball teams of the school have won three trophies in diocesan ournaments. The school at present has twelve members on its faculty. In June. 1934, popular Rev. C. Ahmann came o Algona as assistant pastor and las since been athletic coach and a member of the faculty. In July, 937, the Very Reverend T. J. Davern, first superintendent of the school was transferred to the Cor pus Christ! parish of Fort Dodge ind was succeeded by Rev. J. M. Hallinuer, who became superin- endent of the school. With both the public and paro- •hial school system modern and fully accredited, Algona offers an education to all who want it. PROPOSEHERO'S MEDAL FOR BOY WHO LIVED HERE Proposal that a hero's medal be given Lyman Way, 12, son of Mrs. Helen Way, formerly in the photography business in Algona, now of Mason City, has been made. Lyman grabbed his sister, Georglna Way, 6, as a Rock Island Rocket thundered onto a trestle near Mason City last Wednesday, and clutched her at the side of the trestle while the train thundered by. Neither of the chldren were injured. The train stopped at the far side of the trestle, and the train crew hurried back, fearful, of the worst, but found the two youngsters, frozen stiff with fear, but uninjured. Rock Island officials proposed the medal for Lyman. Geo. Simpson. engineer of the train, was also at the helm when the Rocket struck a Rcnwick school bus, killing ten, U sL October. The Way children had gone on a picnic ,and were walking across the trestle when the train approached the bridge. The little girl was panic-stricken, but her brother had the presence of mind to rush over to her, grab her, and hold her crouched over the edge of the bridge as the train rushed by. Mrs. Way moved from Algona to Mason City about a year and a half ago. Did you know —That Iowa In the beginning had only two counties—Dubuque and Des Moines? WE'VE DONE OUR BIT TOWARD — PROGRESS NORTH IOWA'S NEWEST, MOST MODERN FURNITURE STORE OUR NEW SKELGAS DE PARTMENT IS GROWING LARGER EACH WEEK, YOU WILL FIND JUST THE STOVE YOU NEED IN THIS LARGE SHOWING AND AT A PRICE YOU'LL WANT TO PAY. SPECIAL LOW PRICES ON EVERY ARTICLE IN OUR STOCK TO CELEBRATE THE MARCH OF PROGRESS CELEBRATION DAYS Since the establishment of our Stove in 1927, we feel we have made a modest but progressive stride" toward fulfilling the needs of the public. Our new store, picture above, and opened in 1938, has brought us real pleasure, because it enables us to present to the public in a truly modern manner, the fine lines of furniture, carpeiiting, linoleum and appliances which we are proud to carry. On March of Progress Days, Aug. 17-' 18. we cordially invite you to visit Al- gonu's Progressive furniture store. Richardson Furniture Co. WEST OF THF. COURTHOUSE go:«o:£«cs3me8X>:0:aomxcax8^ »• 'LIGHTING' the way to progress LOSES DUCKS, BUT ROASTER SEES SERVICE Livermore: A few weeks ago an article appeared in ihis paper regarding "Pete and his Ducks." That was Pete Wilson at Livermore, young son of Mr. and Mrs. ,awrence Wilson. The ducks were mallards that Pete had acquired the year before, starting with three, and increasing his flock until he iad a dozen at the time the artic.e was written. Pete had lost the ducks when he only had five, and for several weeds ne mourned their loss, but finahy one day they were found a few blocks from the Wilson home, returned, and Pete had no further trouble keeping them at home, even though he did not clip their wings. All was well, and Pete was pretty proud of his ducks until last Saturday night when John Groh. who lives south of town, stopped about midnight to Inform Pete that he saw a bunch of ducks flopping around the road, looking as if they had been struck by a truck or something. This was directly in front of the town hall, a block from the Wilson home, and Pete accompanied by hiu parents soon made their way to the designated spot to find the ducks breathing-their last. However, all were in good condition for the roaster, and the Wilson family wore dressing ducks until the morning hours. Then, invitations went out to the close friends of the family, and a seven o'clock dinner was served with all the trimmings, and the guests were not asked to "bring the duck " Since that fine dinner which Mrs. Wilson is so capable of preparing Pete sheepishly admits it wasn't so bad, for he intended eating some of them anyway, but those wlio know Pete beat, doubt that. 1938 Electrical Contracting Jobs of This Firm 1—Ames dormitory, $10,000 2—Cedar Falls dormitory, $10,000 3—Iowa City dormitory, $10,000 4—Hampton high school, $7,000 5—Hampton grade school, $2,000 6—Tipton post office, $1.500 7—Walker school, $2,100 8—Belle Plane School, $2,500 9—New Sharon school, $2,100 10—Eddyville school, $1.500 11—Gillette Grove school, $2, 100 12—Royal school, $1,600 13—Duncan church, $600 14—Hutchison Bldg., A.'gona, $1,000 Plug .Many Electrical Job* O'oiuiected With New Home Building In the Spring of 1930, the Pratt Electric Co., located in Algona on No. Thorington St. At that time Mr. Pratt and and office girl were the force of employees. The building was 1 2x36, one story In 1938, The Pratt Electric occupies a modern building, 24x I 1 0, two floors, on State St. There are from I 8 to 24 employees on the payroll at all times. We believe we have filled a much-needed service; motor repair work comes to us from all sections of North Iowa. WE, TOO, BELIEVE IN PROGRESS. Progress Days Specials I. E. S. Floor Lamps $13.00 Lamps at 9.98 $9.80 Lamps at 7.50 $8.50 Lamps at 5.00 and tither.similar ]>i'i<-i' reduction's for two dav.s Pin up WALL LAMPS all ri'diirc/d ill pri.-es from 98c to $4.00 PRATT ELECTRIC CO. 2 14 East State St. Algona, Iowa &3OiiifS8aiQ&&^^

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