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of History and Archives Des Moines 19, Iowa By Russ Waller * * * Down at the Railway Express office, C. R. Kelly, new commercial agent from Mason City, paid his first visit to the local headquarters' where Jud St. JoWn, holds forth . . . Kelly looked the situation over, and then came forth with this gem: "Well, this is an ideal location for an express office — you have a doctor on one side of you, an undertaker on the other, and a justice of the peace in the back room." * * * We have great sympathy for a 100 year-old watchmak- ing concern which recently had to close its doors, but in view of the hue and cry about economy', it is hard io understand why the HFC should be criticized for not making the firm a loan of another two million dollars when it loaned them six millions only a year ago. * * * Didn't have lime to listen to WOl's broadcast Saturday afternoon, but they tell us this column was quoted on a newspaper feature. * » » Clayt Qualle, who has been with the S. & L. Co. for the past 10 years, minus time in the service, is now settling on an 80-acre tract of land in Minnesota, 10 miles from Murdock and five miles from Swift Falls, adjacent to relatives he's only a short distance, by the way, from one of the best fresh water lakes in the state where the pike run really big, he'says. • * • The notion thai drinking quantities of coffee can keep a human awake is discounted from many medical quarters . . . they say drinking 10 or 12 cups of Java a day provides a joy ride that ends in about 72 hours with the subject feeling sluggish and jittery ... we throw this in just in case you aren't feeling .quite right. • * * GUESS WHO: Well, there >were many guesses of identity in last week's Tear view Guess Who, including Dick Norton, John Ferguson, Lloyd Bohannon, Milton Norton, Raymond Norton, Joe Bradley and Murray Mowers correct guess came out the first from Soup Briggs who correctly spotted Bill Zimmerman. • • • Our Tucson, Ariz., scouts have forwarded us this picture of a young man in whom manv will be interested. He is pictured below. •t •Jfflmne* ESTABLISHED 1665 Entered M second class matter at the postoHlce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1950 3 SECTIONS-22 PAGES VOL. 85-NO. 5 Set New County Millage Levies He is "C. B." Murtagh, son of James R. Murtagh, proud dad who is holding him, and who needs no local introduction. It goes without saying that another "C. B.", who lives in Algona, is a pretty proud grand-daddy. Strange goings-on up at Armstrong. Seems someone broke into a store there last week, and the only thing that seemed to be missing is a quantity of grapefruit . . . probably some Florida, Texas, or California transient, yearning for a taste of home. *• • • In Russia a fellow can talk hit head off very easily (swiped from Iowa State Bank bulletin). * » * Just in case anyono thinks we're letting down in our opposition to parking meters here, we note that in West Union a committee has been named to see the city council there on the matter of parking meters. West Union has the meters, and the committee represents a hefty segment of the population who are fed up ... they say parking conditions are not improved a bit, are an aggravation rather than an aid, and are hurting retail trade ... the six months trial period ends there in May. Best wUhet of tht county, so with the Burt and Wnittemore girls basketball teams, who will be Kossuth entries in the sectional cage meets next week, just two steps away from the coveted state tournament. ^ Fwnoiu L*»i Line—Whose idea WM this Creamery's Big Party Slated Thursday Nite Implement Firms Offering Shows Here On Friday A big, gala week of free shows md entertainment is ahead for iCpssuth farmers and their fam- lies — and those townspeople who wish to attend. The first big program to be offered will be the annual meeting of the Algona Co-operative -reamery Association to be held in the high school auditorium here on Thursday, Feb. 9. All patrons of the association are invited to attend. The pro- ram gets underway Thursday at ':30 p. m. with the reading of the annual reports of the association, followed by election of officers, according to Mads Christiansen, secretary. A short address will be iven by Leo Benson of Mason Uty, manager of State Brand Creameries. His talk will be followed by a presentation given Jjy Loren Gafke, of the American Dairy Association, which will in-- clude a movie. Then the meeting is turned over to fun and frolic, with a complete vaudeville show slated. Harris Nelson, comic ventriloquist, will lead off the acts, followed by Lucille Elmore and her Whiz Kids. Carl Mario is to be master of ceremonies. The evenings' entertainment will be topped off by free refreshments to be served at the Veterans of Foreign Wars new building on State street. On next Friday evening, Feb. 10, two large shows will be presented Under the sponsorship of Algona firms. The first of these is a free "Get-Together," featuring - a big stage show,- and presented by Taylor Implement Co., at the high school auditorium. This show will feature <3il Snyder, King of the Banjo; Bob Damon, mystery man; King Cole as master of ceremonies; the Hartleys in juggling acts; Helen and Her Trained Baby Elephant, and Livvy Taylor at the Hammond organ. This show, to begin at 8:00 p. m., is free ot charge, and the Taylors invite all their farm friends, to attend. Also color movies will be shown. Another big show scheduled for next Friday evening is the Free Family Party to be held at. the new building of the Algona Implement Co., on Diagonal street. This big session of entertainment gets underway at 8:00 p. m. and features a number of big city acts. Included will be Betty and her Playmates, an act featuring trick dogs; Teddy Qualla m terrific tap dancing; The Great Roy and Madame Helen in magic and mind- reading; and Ronnie Sinclair who plays on the musical wood-pile. In addition, there will be color movies. All of the entertainment is free and offered for the benefit of farmer friends of the various firms. It means that a lot of fancy, high class acts are being brought to town — and it means a big week of entertainment for the folks in this area. Full details of all shows are given elsewhere in today's Upper Des Moines. Titonka Votes A Bond Issue To Aid School Titonka — Voters of Buffalo consolidated school district overwhelmingly cast their ballots last Thursday in favor of a bond issue to finance a new school auditorium and additional clatV rooms. The vote was 194 in favor, and 30 agcinst. There were a total of 229 ballots cast, of which five were spoiled. The Titonka school district is in good financial shape, with a balance in the school house fund of over $34,000 as of Dec. 31, and the additional bond issue will build and equip the addition, it was stated. In December of 1945 the district voted another $50,000 in bonds for the same purpose, but the amount proved insufficient to carry out the project. However the balance from that time, coupled with the new bond issue, will do the job, scnool men say. Of the first bond issue, about $15,000 was used in building the The Street, Fence In City Tangle John Grotte, Algona cafe owner, is pictured above surveying the fence he has erected around half the street in front of his home. He says he owns the fenced off area, and is being taxed for same, and his appeals for tax relief have so far remained m the consideration stage. He put up the fence, set out flares, and apparently has satisfied all safety requirements. In the meantime, motorists using the other half of the street have been swinging onto property owned by Bert Palmer, and Mr. Palmer now also has an objection on that score. The city council is still endeavoring to figure out a solution to the problem of a street that isn't a street. (Cut by courtesy Fort Dodge Messenger). 7 Candidates Announce » As Political Year Opens Faber Home In Garfield -../--.- ••*•}.:': •'.,••'-*"^ Ji-^tffc: .".Yr; ;• - » . .^ ; . Twp. Destroyed In Fire present bus barn and class rooms. Members of the Titonka school board at the present time are J. R. Schutjer, Ernest Peterson, Clarence M e c b I e r, president, Maurice Keil and Ernst Hoffman. Two Democrats In Race For • Sheriff's Post Political activity came to life with speed in Kossuth county this week. County republicans are holding a rally this evening, Tuesday, in Algona, at which time it was indicated they might select candidates for a county ticket. •And practically a complete slate of democrats announced themselves for county office, Monday. Quinn Not To Run All incumbent county officers, with two exceptions, made their formal announcement of candidacy for re-election. All are democrats. Announcing for re-election were Ralpr Lindhorst, sheriff; Rosalia Voigt Co. treasurer; Clara Walker, recorder; H. J. McNertney. county attorney; Alma Pearson, clerk of the district court; and S. D. McDonald. supervisor from the first district. Jack Quinn, supervisor from the fourth district announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election. He is now serving his ninth year in office. He said he intended to devote his full time to private business, but he thanked friends and competitors alike for an interesting experience in the past years in public office. Kathleen McEnroe, recently appointed as county auditor replacing Leo Immerfall, who resigned to become county assessor, said that she had been too busy learning the duties of her office to give much time to thinking about a candidacy for elective office, and she had no further statement to make at this time. Assessor Not Elective The office of county assessor is not elective so far as a general election is concerned. In the meantime, at least one contest has developed within the democratic ranks, that for the nomination for sheriff. Tim O'Brien of Algona has an-, nounced his candidacy. He is a native of Kossuth county, having been born at Whittemore. For the past 12 years ne has been a resident of Algona, with brief exceptions. He worked for the state motor vehicle license department, doing drivers' license and patrol work for 3V4 years, and was on the Algona police force for eight years. For the past three years he has been employed by Bradley Bros. here. He is married and has a family of two girls, one of them now married and, living in Illinois. He has never been a candidate for public office before. li S.U.I. Grad Robert GeigeL Algona, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Geigel, was the only Kossuth graduate in a class of 714 at the State University of Iowa, Saturday. He received a degree of bachelor of science in physical education. Otiosen—The fine farm home of the John Faber family was completely destroyed by fire. Friday morning. The farm is located in Garfield twp. The home, constructed in 1920. was valued at around $32.000 with furnishings. The family left home early Friday morning to attend church services in West Bend. Seeks O.K. On Algona-Blue Earth Bus Line An application has been filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission by Loren Larson, owner of the Algona Bus Lines, for permission to operate a bus line from Algona to Blue Earth, Minn. This information was received last week by A. H. Deitering, secretary of the Bancroft Chamber of Qommerce, one of the organizations which has been active in developing this north- south bus line for the past several years. Mr. Larson said that his line, which has expanded considerably in the past few years, is now in the process of making application. Larson is a former Algona resident, but now lives in Fort Dodge which is the central point of his bus operations at present. The proposed schedule of the Algona Bus Line, if allowed, would make connections at Blue Earth, Minn, for Mankato and Minneapolis, and also Sioux Falls and Albert^ Lea. At Ft. Dodge, the line already connects for service to Ames, Des Moines, Kansas City, and Sioux City. At present the Algona Bus Line runs from Algona to Ft. Dodge, where it makes connections for eastern, southern and western points. Extension of the line to Blue Earth would fill the gap that has existed in this area for years so far us bus connections are concerned. Spot A Cracked Rail, Stop Wreck A ixain wreck andoubledly WM averted last week Tuesday when two state highway maintenance men from the Kossuth shop noticed « broken rail at the Milwaukee railroad crowing this side of Sex- ion* They iinynedi>tely tele* phoned the Huon CUy depot. The two nun w«r* Helraer Helmut and Geexg* Heinen. and nobody was home. The fire was fint discovered by Dick Schmidt, a Neighbor, who called Mike Schmidt and Eugene Hofius. other neighbors. They broke down the doors to enter the home, and managed to carry out a few belongings before flames forced them to reireat. A refrigerator, piano «nd a few other items were saved. The Fabers are living temporarily with a daughter, Mrs. Paul Thilges, in Riverdale twp. Mr. Faber said that when he left home about 7 a. m. everything seemed in good shape. How the fire started may never be fully determined. Neighbors seemed to think the fire originated in a chimney, near the roof, but D. D. Paxton, secretary of the Kossuth Mutual Insurance, which carried protection on the property, said his investigation would teem to indicate the fire originated in the basement, and spread rapidly up a clothes-chute. The home was insured for 10.000 and the contents for $2.000. Millage Drops But Assessed Values Rise In General, Tax Increase On Property Can Be Expected . Kossuth county's new millnge tax rates for 1949 taxes, payable in 1950 were released this week from the office of Kathleen McEnroe, county auditor. In practically every one of the 82 taxing districts of the county, the Assessed valuations have increased, but the mlllage levies per thousand of assessed valuations have also 'dropped. The Algona Upper Des Moines, in adjacent columns, presents a comparison of the 1948 and 1949 assessed valuations for each taxing district in the county, and a comparison of the millage levies for the same two years. Values Up 13 Million Assesed valuations in Kossuth county rose $13,387,625 as a result of the so-called tax equalization program put into effect last year, by the State Tax Commission, following passage of state laws relating to the general subject of assessing and valuations. • In 1948 Kossuth county's assessed value for all districts combined was $44,231,040 and for 1949 the same area carried an assessed valuation of $57,618,671. Algona alone showed an increase in assessed value of •well over a million dollars. In 1948. the. assessed, value was $3,010,970 and for 1949 this figure had risen to $4,280,908. At the same time, however, the Algona Incorporated millage levy dropped approximately 20 nulls, as shown in the tabular data in th.e adjacent column, ' ' A General Increase Kossuth county's total tax levy for 1948, payable in 1949, was $1,659,563.37? Just what total might be payable in 1950 on 1949 taxes is not bnown yet, but it is considered safe to say that there will be a general increase in property taxes all the way alon'g the line, with a few excceptions, in some taxing districts. For example, Algona's assessed valuation has increased over one-third, but the millage levy has dropped only one-fourth. It should be remembered, by those who will start figuring what tax they will approximately pay, that homestead exemptions will still come off the tax total where they apply. Each homeowner or land owner with buildings on the land where he is living, is eligible for a tax credit and will receive a reduction in tax on his assessment up to the $2,500 maximum, on the basis of 25 mills up to $2,500. Thus, $62.50 is the maximum homestead credit anyone can get Mlllage Levy Comparison Values Taxing District 1948 Alg. Incorp. $3,010,970 Alg. Incovp. Lands 735 Bane. Incorp. 438,654 Assessed Burt Incorp. — Fenton Incorp. Fenton Inc. Lands — Lakota Incorp. Lakota Inc. Lands Ledyard Incorp. Ledyard Inc. Lands — L. Rock Incorp. LuVerne Inc. Dist. 1-. LuVerne Inc. Dist. 2-_ LuVerne Inc. Lands _ S. City Inc. Dist. 1 S City Inc. Dist. 2 S. Sit'y Inc. Land Titonka Inc. Wesley Inc. Wesley Inc. Lands — Whittemore Incorp. _. Whitt| Inc. Lands... Alg. Ind. Cresco Alg. Ind. Irv. Alg. Ind. PI. Creek— Alg. Ind. Union Bane. Ind. Greenwood- Bane. Ind. Ramsey— Buffalo Twp. Dist. 7. Buffalo Twp. Dist. 8.. Buffalo Twp. Dist. 9-. Buffalo Twp. Consol. _ 293,244 341,721 4,552 268,261 750 190,644 11,967 126,846 252,706 2,790 26,724 531,584 2,889 11,810 316,177 275,467 6,500 376,292 6,191 221,668 178,990 42,153 174,557 289,313 116,156 134,953 138.825 127,797 888,095 Myers Candidate For Iowa Coach Denny Myers, former Algona high and University of Iowa football star who is now coach of Boston college, is definitely interested in the opening as head football coach at the University of Iowa. Representatives of the University were in New York Monday and had a conference with Myers, it is known. Myers is now the only Iowa graduate who is head coach of a major team. The field of those interested, and considered possibilities for the job recently vacated by Dr. Eddie Anderson has now narrowed to about eight likely prospects. Membership Drive C. of C. Opens While directors of the Algona Chamber of Commerce are assembling applications for a possible successor to Lyle Rodd, present secretary who announced his resignation last week, effective March 17, activities of the Chamber are by no means at a standstill. Quite the contrary. This morning, Feb. 7, an 8:30 breakfast at the Algona Hotel was a kickoff for the annual membership drive, now underway. Fifty membership drive workers were present. The annual banquet and election of officers has been set for March 17. Burt Twp. 1,003,893 Burt Ind. Burt 131,245 Burt Ind. Portland... 45,212 Corwith Con. Lu Verne 150,478 Corwith Con. Prairie 178,141 Cresco Twp. 1,103,198 Eagle Twp. 1,009,544 Fenton Twp. 774,070 enton Ind. Fenton.. 312,828 arfleld Twp. 137,429 German Twp. 1,311,179 Grant Twp. Cons. 1,009,317 reenwood Twp. 1,133,224 Harrison Twp. Dist. 2 179,194 Harrison Twp. Dist. 3 171,110 Hebron Twp ._. 1,057,897 Irvington Twp. 1,478,917 Lakota Ind. Ledyard 170,603 Lakota Ind. Lincoln . 101,179 Ledyard Twp. 479,481 Ledyard Cons. Ledyard 822.477 Ledyard Con. Harrison on this basis. In compiling information for this story, one Algona home was taken as an example. In 1948 the assessed valuation of this home was $1550 and the final tax paid was $90.06. In 1949 the new valuation is placed at $2,719 and the tax now to be paid will be $110.89. Following the determination of the figures^ the auditor's office is now hard at work preparing the tax figures for property owners. Due to Kossuth county's size, the' preparation or these figures takes longer than is the case in many counties of smaller area, and population. It will take four to six weeks to complete this task, and when figures are ready notice to the taxpayers will be given. N. A. Nelson, a state examiner, is now in Kossuth county auditing all county books in a routine, annual checkup. All Local Taxes All monies raised by property taxes are for local use, that is county, city,' town or township, and scnool district. The approved budgets from these sources are lumped together, then the total approved for each taxing district determines the amount of money to be raised in taxes, and the rnillage levies for each tax district is arrived at. This explains the wide variation in the rnillage levies between taxing districts. Kossuth county itself made a levy of $481,676 in taxes for 1948, payable in 1949. The 1349 levy, by Kossuth county, which figures into the 1950 tax bill, was $530,671 or an increase of $48,995. Algona's city levy for 1948 was $74,282 payable in 1949, and for 1949 payable this year it was $91,868 or an increase of $17,586. The Algona Independent school district, however, showed a small decrease. The 1948 levy payable in 1949 was $172,526 and for 1949 Ledyard Cons. Sp'field Lincoln Twn.^^,,-*.,. L. Rock Ind7 Burt.-.. L> Rock Ind. Fenton—.Lotts Creek Twp 156,031 300,308 1,307,407 313,058 339,569 1,352,837 LuVerne Twp. _. 1,132,690 LuVerne Ind. LuVerne 126,234 LuVerne Ind. Sherman 16,400 Ottosen Con. Garfleld. 166,311 Plum Creek Twp. ... 1,355,588 Portland Twp. 1,239,653 Prairie Twp. 1,275,016 Ramsey Twp. 1,169,251 Riverdak? Twp. 1,310,879 Seneca Cons. 1,049,488 Seneca Dist. 7 156,408 Seneca Dist. 9 161,080 Sherman Twp. 1,597,611 Springfield Twp 753,328 Swea Twp. 936,228 S. City Cons. Harrison 912,241 S. City Cons. Swea.. 463,099 Union Twp. 1,195,448 W. Bend Cons. Garfleld 1,020,586 Wesley Twp. 1.22U.680 Wesley Ind. Wesley.. 142,201 Whittemore Twp. .-- 1,212,102 Whittemore Ind. Whitt. 180,584 Values 1949 $ 4,280,908 227 701,853 395,743 4G8.471 7,583 353,539 658 279.593 16,092 157,994 299,634 3,696 34.109 730,819 4,068 19,268 508,157 401,503 11.011 443,721 6,674 278,786 197,775 49,278 196,220 346,101 149,514 185,488 189,570 179,127 1,213,067 1,237,837 159,831 61,562 209.514 238,229 1,280,691 1,089,881 1,078,941 412,942 219,172 1,812,923 1,241.392 1,373,183 213,330 217,772 1,402,830 1,814,815 217,825 126,504 019,805 1,028,111 190,047 524,361 1,742.782 386,750 467,036 1,794,623 1,472,985 145,604 22.339 242,211 1,588,427 1,543,318 1,616,151 1,480,342 1,651,100 1,342,328 197,129 217.339 2,161,005 1,028,278 1,259,558 ' 1,103,873 618,578 1,419,104 1,608,905 1,654,430 199,737 1,555,008 220,000 1948 1949 Millage Millaga Levy 83.10 G1.68 51.20 79.96 56.98 49.05 66.25 50.06 46.35 37.48 44.78 • 73.42 73.42 65.71 53.24 51.99 38.73 59.L2 56.78 48.22 46.99 34.37 64.46 64.35 64.30 64.41 35.18 35.07 39.93 37.56 22.17 51.87 22.57 78.53 ,78.65 41.00 40.65 26.58 28.50 27.27 53.74 18.54 36.35 37.83 20.92 21.31 27.40 32.30 25.69 53.95 53.82 23.98 42.30 42.31 42.10 27.43 45.82 45.89 < 24.01 29.11 70.08 70.49 42.58 24.65 26.99 26.01 19.43 18.96 37.60 21.08 26.61 21.20 23.16 32.08 42.44 42.23 25.98 40.92 29.8'J 52.99 24.15 38.24 Levy 63.77 45.68 33.57 52.28 48.90 42.84 57.56 '45.60 39.56 32.47 35.66 52.82 50.76 45.03 40.38 39.13 30.17 49.81 43.65 37.37 41.75 30.59 47.38 47.30 47.26 47.32 24.77 24.67 35.87 28.50 17.03 38.80 23.49 52.05 57.65 30.95 30.73 23.70 30.51 23.69 46.59 17.30 26.90 30.96 18.82 17.92 26.59 26.40 22.30 48.17 48.22 22.56 36.17 36.29 36.17 30.12 36.75 .36484 18.48 21.89 48.95 48.86 31.32 24.48 23.98 22.39 18.25 15.69 37.63 17.83 21.04 17.42 25.33 28.79 33.20 33.08 27.38 34.41 26.61 41.18 16.61 33.77 Total Assessed Values,$44,231,046 $57,618,671 payable in 1950 it is $165,607 or a decrease of $6,919. This is partly explained by the fact that the old bond issue matured, and the new one had not yet begun to figure into the totals, for last year. 500 At Wesley Creamery Meet An estimated turnout of 500 persons attended the annual meeting of the Wesley Farmers Creamery Co., Saturday, Feb. 4, held in Kleinpeter Hall. R. C. Weaver of State Brand Creameries, Mason City, Folmer Hansen, chairman of the Iowa Dairy Commission, and County Agent Henderson of Hancock County were guest speakers. In the annual election, Herman J. Studer, Herman Ostercamp, H. E. Haverly and Therop Hansen were all reelected as directors. The creamery board will hold its reorganization meeting and election of officers Wednesday, Feb. 8. J. C. Skow, Albert Johnson and Bernard Sehrauth are holdover directors. In the annual report presented at the meeting, a very successful year was noted. Paul G. Engen is buttermaker and manager, Vincent Doughan is secretary-treasurer, and Joseph Drummer is butcher. The creamery showed a total income from dairy products of $178.750.61 and shipped a total of 240,184 Ibs. of butter, exclusive of that used locally at Wesley. Hit By Gas Fumes Bob Gade, employee in the S. & L. store, had a close call from gas fumes, Saturday afternoon. He went into the furnace room to fix a ttoker, and some minutes later collapsed as he left the furnace room from fumes that had collected there. He was given medical aid and sent home, and recuperated nicely. District Court Juvenile Cases Before Judge Kossuth district court, so far as jury cases are concerned, hit a slow track this week. While the petit jury reported as ordered, last Tuesday, both cases slated for trial were settled out of court and the jury was dismissed. Judge G. W. Stillman was conducting a hearing, Monday, in a matter pertaining to jurisdiction of a child, in which complaint had been filed that the mother was not properly caring for it. The girl's mother i$ under 21. In another case, a 17 year-old Algona girl was committed to a Sioux City home, as the result of being involved in forgeries of several checks here. The girl's father is in the penitentiary and her mother is dead. Wm. H. King, charged with larceny, was sentenced to a year in jail and paroled. A divorce was granted to Wayne Ridenour from Mildred Ridenour by Judge Stillman. New cases filed in district court included Spencer Adjustment Bureau vs Elmer Fadder- son; Frances Beitz vs Fred Beitz, a divorce action: the couple were married Jan. 23, 1931, at Blue Earth. Cruel and inhuman treatment is charged. Licenses To Wed Jan. 31 — Robt. L. Mousel, Ft. Dodge, and Marilyn O'Brien, Whittemore; Ralph Kayser and Irma Becker, Bode. Feb. 2 — John Murphy, Clinton, and Onalee Schimmel, Algona. Feb. 3 Marlin Larsen, Algona. and Irene Busch, Bancroft. Feb. 6 — Herbert E. Knecht, Whittemore, and Esther Eischeid,

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