The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 16, 1938 · Page 28
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 28

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 16, 1938
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The Algona Upper PesMoines,AJgbna, lowa,Ang.iM9g E^SiSi«^^"^—••^^•"••• - " — ^^™•^ — """"^^^^ September 5th • 9th OSSUTH COUNTY Fair Week! There's a thrill in those two words-a thrill you can't equal with a million other phrases, It means five days of excitement-five days of education-five days of exhilarating happiness and adventure, It means seeing and judging blooded cattle and live stock. It means agricultural and exhibits to awe and instruct, It means days and nights that intrigue and satisfy. This Year's Kossuth County County Fair is destined to be the greatest in history! Hour by hour, day by day there are events to interest you. Stock-judging . .. demonstrations . . .agricultural exhibits . . . horse races . . . vaudeville ... ferris wheels ... they'll all be here —to win you, to amuse you—Kossuth's greatest fair. HARNESS RACES 2—BIG DAYS— 2L Wednesday - Thursday Sept. 7 - 8 North Iowa's Finest Array of High Class Harness Races- Two solid hours. AUTOMOBILE RACES (JKKTKUDK AVKIJY'.S DIAMOND REVUE On Stage Each Night in Front of Grandstand 50 Beautiful Girls 50 A Carload of Scenery A 3-hour, dancing, hinging, night club revue Opening Day Tuesday, Sept. 6th 7 SPECIAL EVENTS 20 DAREDEVIL DRIVERS National Circuit Championship Automobile Races Note—Auto Races Set for First Day of Fair This Year Fort-most Dirt Truck Drivers in the U. 8. Friday, Sept. 9th THRILL DAY Sec "The Suicide Chili" in notion . . . see the .sensational IJollover Car . . . Stunt driving . . . motorcycle races . . . chariot races . . . see cars ••jiiuh .jump." YOU CAN'T MISS THIS DAY OF THRILLS "-UW TIME" VAUDEVILLE AC MAMMOUTII 4 AKXIVAL SHOWS Parking Space ENLARGED EXHIBIT QUARTERS GREATER LIVESTOCK EXHIBIT SPACE 1 - 1IIG GALA DAYS Algona September tt - 7 - « Entry Day, September 6th Picnic Grounds ____ ' == JT*~~ f Fair Progran Outlined AUTO RACES ON OPENING. SEPT. 6 Night Revue of 50 Girls on Stage Before the Grandstand Kossuth county's 1938 fair will DC the greatest in the county's his- :ory. For one thing, 'it will mark the Lomplction of nn expansion program, wherein a new 4-H building will be formally dedicated, and enlarged quarters for livestock will be provided. And—instead of having the annual Auto Race Day on the final day of the fair, the races will be held the first day, September 6th. September 5th will be entry day, and the fair will close following ft complete program on Friday, Sept. 9th, and a Thrill Day schedule of events. Special Revue Each Night Each night of the fair there will be a special evening program, featuring the Diamond Revue, with 50 girls dancing, singing and acting on a special stage built before the grandstand. Included In the evening show will be a nightly band concert, and a program of vaudeville acts as well. The headline vaudeville attractions will include the Four Aerial Lorenzos, the world's greatest high act, performing 110 feet In the air; Ruton's Trained Dogs, the highest attainment In educated performing dogs: the Three Boleros, In a thrilling roller skating act. $5,000 Premium Awards A total of $5,000 in cash premium awards Is being offered to exhlb itors at the fair this year. Especially in the livestock division, entries each year have been increasing steadily, and it has been necessary, year after year, to provide more space. With the moving of the 4-H department to a new building, the old 4-H building is being enlarged, and more space for livestock will therefore be pro'lded. It may still be necessary for the fair management to rent special tents for the overflow livestock scheduled for exhibition. All Local Officers J. M. Patterson Is president of the Kossuth County Agricultural Association. Clark Scuftham is vice president, H. J. Bode Is treasurer, and Earl Vincent is secretary. The first three men named are nil prominent Kossuth county farmers, who have done a fine job along w<»h the secretary in offering residents of this vicinity one of the finest county fairs in the state, year after year. Directors other than the officers named are George Hagge of Ledyard. C. M. C.rois of Lone R'.ck, und J. A. Raney of Algoni, all Influential in putting the fair over each vear. Department Heads Horses—Geo. Scuffham and Woodrow Johnson. Cattle—Delbert Hannn. Swine—Carl Hutchlns. Sheep—Dave King. Poultry—S. E. Ward. Grain—Arthur Look. Vegetables—Merle Wcllendorf. Fruits—J. F. Overmyer. Pantry Stores—Mrs. C. H. Clement. Mrs. H. D. Hutchlns, assistant Domestic Textiles, Fancy Work- Mrs. W. J. Weisbrod. Mrs. E. W. Lusby, Mrs. Fred Parks, and Mrs. Pearl Potter. Junior Department—Mrs. Fred Geijrel. Plants and Flowers—Mrs. W. A. Educational—Wm. Shirley. Dairy—M. P. Christiansen. Boys and Girls Club Work—A. L. Brown and Mrs. Ray Miller. Special Department* Machinery-^!. M. Patterson. Concessions—J. A. Raney. Police—John Foth. Speed—Wm. Geering. Oaten— Hugh Raney. Parking—Clark Scuffham. State Fair Plans To Have Relics of Early Transportation Pea Mnines. Special: Running the c-ritiit- cumin from Indian days, and tlit horse -met buggy era. down to the modern, streamlined nulomo- ' bile, the Territorial Centennial StiUe 1 F;ur. AUHUM 2>1 to Stiiii-mbur 2 will : i.n.ieiit the most colorful parade of years in tran.ii'orliition ever , Hh.iemhli-il in the mi.dwv.-st. officials ; ;tnnoun< ed thin week. • All parts of the state have heeiv i oinljt-d for pioneer busies, wagon* and automobiles. Exhibits will include prairie schooners, stjige coaches, two wheel and four-wheel carriages} automobiles dating B4 far back as 1898. and many transportation curiosities which disappeared from the Iowa scene more than a generation ago. The exhibit will be one of the numerous old-time displays of early Iowa life which have been assembled for the climax of Iowa's Territorial Centennial celebration nl the Centennial State Fair here, August 26-Scptember 2. Aerial Lorenzo* One of the Feature* Of 1938 Kowuth Fair Free Acto Suicide Club Will Perform This Daredevil'Act, Fair, September 9 Steamboating on Mississippi in 1866 A NEW $30,000 POSTOFFICE building, dedicated In the fall of 1937, if one of Algnoas finest, newest buildings. In the base- • ment are the officei of the county agent, and a collector of Internal revenue. Mound Builder* First in State The "Mound BuiMtrs" were the lu.-t inhabitants of Iowa. "Mound Builders" is the onl> name given the original lowuns in the absence of History about them Their homes, the mounds. ar» Vumerous along the Mississipp valley, extending from Dubious at intervals through Johnson, Clinton. Sfott. Muscatine. Louisa and other counties. Many have been opsned. disclosing implement*, vewela, ornaments, and skeletons. The mounds extended as far west tis the Little Sioux River. At one point, near Des Molues, on a big river bluff, were many acre* covered with the home* of theae first luwans. It is believed that the remote ancestors of the Indiana were the conquerors of the "Mound Builder*." owir lout PIMifX, STATESMAN. YtARS, BE A FRiKTUTtO ST THE SHOCK HIS MOMS StCflVCO HUM flUTEIr- OF VARIETY OF INSURANCE CO/S Druggists, Kossuth Mutual Top List; All Lines Are Represented For ft community of only 4,500 population, Algona is probably one of the outstanding small city insurance 'centers In the United States. Its largest insurance organization, from a national standpoint, Is the Druggists' Mutual Insurance Co., with head offices here. This organization, originated with the purpose of providing insurance coverage to drug stores only, and maintaining that exclusive coverage since its formation, has policies in a majority of drug stores throughout the middle west, and has policy-holders in some 15 or 16 middle-western states. v AH of its officers are Algons residents, and several of its traveling representatives live here, and work territories from this city. Big Farm Mutual Another organization, with its pol- Icyholders largely in Kossuth county, and adjacent counties, is tho Kossuth Mutual Insurance Association. As its name Implies, it is a mutual, cooperative company, and its chief business is insuring farm properties in this section. Both the Druggists Mutual and the Kossuth Mutual have fine, brick buildings in Algona, employ local help and are a distinct credit to the community which they represent. Many Insurance Lines To attempt to outline all of the various kinds of Insurance handled and sold by local firms would be almost impossible. There are a half dozen major offices maintained in Algona, both by local men handling the general Insurance lines, and by organizations such as the Metropolitan Life, which has a field force of six men, and three office assistants, located In the Hutchison Bldg., from which point they handle affairs of the company In this section. One thing Is certain. PROGRESS fias been evident in the Insurance line, with a constant expansion of that business In this community, and a reliable group of men handling the local business for reliable companies. River Boats Best Transportation in Iowa Up to 1838 Mall delivery was hazardous, transportation of freight was difficult, and frequently travel was little short of taking one's life into his own hands, one hundred years ago in Iowa. As Iowa was largely a state of river towns, travel facilities were best along the rivers by boat. The steamboat was by far the fastest, most comfortable mode of travel. In the spring of 1838, the Demolne discharged upwards to 50 tons of freight and 45 immigrant farmers at Fort Madison. But even steam- boating was not without Its hazards. Collisions, explosions, danger of snags and sandbars, frequently occurred. In 1837 the Dubuque exploded below Muscatine with a loss of 22 lives. A young army officer. Lieutenant Robert E. Lee, recommended the Improvement of both the DCS Moinea and Rock River rapids at a cost of $344,280. This was the same Robert E. Lee who won fame as the general in command of Confederate forces. He was stationed for a time at Fort Armstrong, and some work was done on this project. Boats piled the smaller rivers leading to the Mlsslslnpi. The Des Molnes river was navigated -as far as Keosauqua and lowaville. One of the major costs of travnl was the ferriage charge acrtMH streams. Rates along the Mississippi were high. A dollar was the charge made for one horse anil wagon. Four horses and wagon were charged $2. Man aid horse were 50 cents, and freight aw* i2'. cents a hundred pounds. Special rates were offered on droves of cattle, hogs and sheep. Comfortable stage coaelu-j were unknown 100 years ago in Iowa. One pioneer recalls that "in dry weather sloughs and creeka offered little Impediment to the teamstrrs; but duriiiK floods and the breaking up to winter, they proved exceedingly troublesome and dungerous. To get 'stuck' in some mucky slough, and be thus delayed for an hour or more, was no uncommon circumstance. Often a raging stream would blockade the way. seeming to threaten swift destruction to whoever would attempt to ford It." However, with the establishment of the territory of Iowa In 1838, the need for roads was one of the first things given consideration by the territorial government. One of the first acts provided for the laying out and opening of territorial roads. Before statehood was achieved the legislature had passed ten general statute* and neraly 200 special act* authorizing the location of roads. Our Pioneers (By Ida K. Lar*on) Swea City, Iowa They're going fast, our pioneer* These sturdy men of old— Who broke ths sod, and tilled the soil And never thought of gold. They built their humble home* And tilled the virgin land. With ChrUtian fortitude Ever lent a helping hand. With a vl»ion for th« future— They pl»ysd an important part In laying the foundation That meant hard work from th« But with honest perseverance, They hallowed the very ground— And left a golden heritage Where golden memories abound. J

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