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X Dept. of History and Archives Des Moines 19, Iowa I ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce «t Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1. 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1950 THREE SECTIONS-20 PAGES VOL. 85-NO. 7 Sectional Cage Meet Opens Here with 1949. By Ruts Waller * * * The three sons of Dale Lockwood of Lone Rock, had birthdays, recently, as did their father . . . the three boys, Everett of Bancroft, and Orville and Allwin of Lone Rock, 'each got the same present from their Dad . . . a subscription to the Upper Des Moines . . . the boys are all married and farming for themselves. * * * The snow we had a while back will probably be nearly gone by the time this is printed . . . and we're sure the snow forts will be, but right after that five inch fall, the Academy pupils built themselves two big forts, standing five or six feet high, and had one whale of a good snowball fight ... it was good to see; there are times when it seems to us that we're letting winter slip by without taking advantage of some of the fun that can be hkd; and do kids do as much skating, sliding and general rough and tumble in the snow as they did 20 and 30 years ago. » » • .STATE OF THE NATION: (Overheard in a booth: Two boys and two girls talking) — "And what would you do if there was another war — you'd try to get out of it, of course!" * * • Emily Kimbrough, who was co author of "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay", in a recent article remarks that she thinks there's too little talking and too much lecturing at women's clubs ... is she right? * • GUESS WHO: We missed getting this popular feature into the paper, last week, but from the week before, the correct guess first was turned in by Mrs. Morris Givins, who spotted Mrs. Paul Dremme), the woman pictured. Others who were guessed were Mrs. Clarence Bruns, Mrs. Ray Beamish, Mrs. Clara Watker, Mrs. Walter Courtney, Mrs. Fred Shilts, Mrs, Esther Haaiut and Mrs. R. F. Perry. How It Can S* Told P«pt — Seems that a while back, two local fishermen, whom we shall refer to as CP and JH because it might be so, were out doing a little fishing, and caught themselves quite a mess of crappies. The only hitcn was. it wasn't legal. They saw a man strolling toward them from a distance, so they quickly hid their crappie loot in some tall grass and saun- tere*d toward the approaching man. Sure enough, he turned out to be a game warden. So after while the two meandered back to where they had cached away their catch of crapry.-s. What did they find? A great, big cat, happily licking his lips. Somehow or other, ihe subject of teachers, etc. came up, and one of our scouts told of a class of 67, . back in 1922, out of which only three passed in physics from a professor named Mr. Doolittle. The three were Bill Steil, Elmer Sorensen and Tyrill Ingersoll. We 24. see Bill once in awhile, we don't know Sorensen, ana Ingersoll, we think, is making quite a name for himself in law as we recall it ... but what happened to the 64 that didn't pass? * • • It isn't often you find a basket ball team with three players wearing glasses, but that's the way it was when Ted Hutchison, Vaughn and Jerry Anderson were all on the floor at the same time for Algona high, this past season. * • • Lynn Hull, who writes a sprightly column in the Waukon newspapers, says he thinks maybe the University of Nebraska owes him a tidy sum for an education ... he recently bought a new world almanac for one dollar and ten cents and says he has discovered that much of what was presented at the university is in the almanac, if you break it down into proper units . . . only thing he found missing was a multiplication table. And our mail bag brought a letter from A. L. Frisbie, one of the g ublishers of the Grinnel Herald- egister. When Mr. Frisbie finds a wandering bumble bee or a straying box elder bug, he never fails to find material for an editorial essay, and we had written him about this remarkable ability to make copy ... he said our letter was like a spring of water m a thirsty land . . . «e still think that anyone who can meditate on such subjects and come forth with a human interest piece, is worth a sincere compliment. * » » An a««r dinner speech is like a wheel. The longer the spoke the greater the tire — Ida Grove Pioneer-Record. ^ ^ The local credit bureau says • miser is a man who is perfectly willing to let the rest of the world go 1949 Posfoffice Volume Sets A New Record Algona Mail, Postal Receipts Steadily Climb Parcel Post Due £| To Hit New • High In 1950 Algona's postoffice set a' new all-time high in postal receipts and general handling of mail, parcel post, and other business, in 1949. Figures for last year were released Monday by Postmaster W. W. Sullivan. Postal receipts showed a boost of approximately $8,700 over 1948. Doubles' In 10 Years As a matter of fact, Algeria's postal business has practically doubled in the past 10 years, and if that is any barometer of a city's growth, Algona is doing all right. A comparison of postal receipts follows: Year Total 1938 $32,999.59 1947 - 52,668.63 1948 - 61,298.88 1949 69,988.71 Postmaster Sullivan added that indications so far this year point to an even greater volume in 1950. Olher Statistics In 1948 there were 1,621,375 mail cancellations, as compared 2 Internal Revenue Men Here Are Pretty Humai One of the jobs of the internal revenue men how stationed in Algona is to find deductions for tax payers — they really want you to pay no more tax than you are supposed to. By discovering all deductions 1,805,429 cancellations for Other statistics regarding post office activity last year: Incoming packages, 14,202. Pieces of registered mail handled, 2,597. - :•- -OXMX wail. 1*08. Money orders issued, 13,613. Money orders paid, 4,384. Pieces of special delivery mail Handled, 3,622. The postoffice has 16 people in its personnel, including the postmaster, clerks, city and rural carriers, and janitors. Due to the heavy increase m parcel post business, incoming packages are showing an increase of from 60 to 80% compared with last year, Sullivan said. 2 More Apply For C. C. Position Two new applications for the position of secretary of the Algona Chamber of Commerce have been received in the past week. This brings the total applications to seven. Deadline for making application for the job is Feb. The new applicants are John J. O'Reilly, 24, Dubuque, and E. M. Cassady, 24, of Iowa City. Both are veterans, both are married, and Cassady is the father of one child. O'Reilly is a recent graduate of the University of -Iowa, as is Cassady. Previous applicants were L. D. Paarmann of Iowa City, Jack Lee of Ottumwa, Richard Johnson of Fort Dodge, Basil Beal of Dubuque, and Wm. F. Steele of before the return is filed, duplication in work plus the necessity of returning tax money is avoided. But this is just one part of the job of Lecil S." Hohenshell and Lowell E. Avise, zone deputy collectors for the Bureau of internal revenue. The two men are pictured above. ,• These two men have offices in the basement of the Algona post office and are there for the pur- Algona. Plans are going forward for the annual meeting of the Chamber to be held March 16. Red Cross Drive ening March 6 Zimmerman, Algona insurance man, has been named to the post of fund chairman for the Kossuth Red Cross drive to be staged March 6 through 11. Mrs. Don Nelson of Algona, county chapter chairman, who appointed Zimmerman, stated that the aim this year will be for more members, rather than for a quota-topping drive- Kossuth county's quota for 1950 will be $8,841. Of this amount. $5,700 remains in the county for Red Cross work and emergency relief while $3,141 will go to National headquarters. John Carroll, Algona lawyer, has been named as chairman oi all towns in Kossuth and he is now appointing a chairman to conduct the drive in each town in the county. Also to be appointed are division heads who will have four townships. These will be announced later. Famous L*si Lin* — do** Monday morning always feei so dHftrt"* than Saturday night? Last Rites For Mrs. Skilling, 81, Of Irvingfon Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Skilling, 81, were held this morning at 9:30 at St. Cecelia's Catholic church here, with Father P. P. Gearen officiating. Mrs. Skilling passed away Sunday, after an illness of about two weeks. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, here. Resident Many Years For the past 49 years, Mrs. Skilling had lived on the family place one mile north of Irvington. She was born April 24, 1E68, in Allamakee county, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charfes V. Dunn, ["he family moved to Kossuth county when Elizabeth was seven years old, and her father engaged in farming and milling. She attended the local schools, and taught for six years in this area, before she became the bride of Richard J. Skilling, in 1892. The couple established their home at Irvington. Mr. Skiliing passed away in January of 1948. 5 Surviving Children Children' surviving are Nellie [Mrs. Robt. Guffney) Irvington; lassie, at home; Robert, Irvington; Jencie, at home; and Gertrude (Mrs. T. J. Bagur), Algona. There are also three grandsons and two granddaughters surviving: Dewey Skilling, Murray Bagur and Robert Bagur, and Mrs. Doyle Hanson and Mrs. A. J. Sogge of Windom, Minn. A brother, James H. Dunn, of Omaha, also survives. Pallbearers were Dewey Skilling, Woodrow and Andrew Johnson, and James, Louis and Leo Devine. They were also pallbear- rangements loughs. $450 To Lunch Aid One beneficiary of tne Algona Community Chest not listed in the story on expeditures from the chest fund in last week's pa per, is the Algona Schools hoi lunch program. A total of $450 went from the chest funds to this worthy cause. pose of helping citizens file their income tax returns. March 15 Deadline , • After March 15, when all re» turns should be in the mail, they will continue the work of auditing tax reports of Kossuth county taxpayers. From now until March 1, the office will be open every Monday from 7:45 to 12 and from 12:45 to 4:30. Beginning March 1 and running through March 15, the office will be open at these hours, Monday through Friday. 'We have one request to make of the people who want our help," Hohenshell said, "and that is that they bring their return from the previous year, their 1948 return- r Another thing that should QflnA. by 'the vftXXURyCP Ut ; hS "figures tdwfed. The office will not* have time'to go through books, receipts and ac counts to figure a person's tax They can help in simplifying the process and spotting those ever loving deductions, Services Are Free "We want to stress the faci that our services are free," Ho henshell pointed out, to anyone with a tax problem, dealing with federal taxes, is welcome to come in for help." Both men expect to be station ed in Algona permanently. Hohenshell and his wife moved tp Algona from Marshalltown on Dec. 1 and now live at Cowan Courts. He has been with the de partment since 1943. Lowell Avise is just starting with the tax department, movinf here with his family on Dec. i of last year. Avise, his wife, anc two children live at 17V4 Eas Call street. They came from Des Moines. There is one other plea from internal revenue workers, not only those in Algona, but those all over the county. Please get those returns in early! City Considers Closing Of 18 Slocks Street Would Add 18 Lots; Decision To Rest With Citizens Algona's city council met in special session Thursday night and made preliminary plans on •Several actions that will affect many residents directly. The question of closing eighteen blocks of street in east Algona, the Call Addition, was brought up and it was decided to get resident reaction before going ahead. As things now stand, Durnnt and Ackley streets will be closed. However, this will be of liltla consequence since there is virtu- alJy no maintained road through Skilling's rites. Ar- were by McCul- these streets. Three blocks on Durant and two blocks on Ackley are in use ind it is thought that these five alocks will remain open. At present, the remainder of these two streets are pastures, gardens and some even have Rouses and other buildings built in what is platted as a street. Add 18 Lots Should the streets be' closed, i1 will make available 18 additiona lots, 66x132, which will be sold by the city. Consideration will be given to adjoining property owners in selling these lots. As yet, it has not been decided whether the lots would be sold by bid o: by auction. , There has been, opposition Burt, Whittemore Sirls Lose In District Meets Both Kossuih entries in the girls high school basketball district tournaments fell in ihe firs): round. At Webster City 1 , Whittemore high lost in ihe first round io Pocahonias, 37 io 24, and at Estherville, ihe Burt high girls again met disaster at ihe hands of Gruver, 43 io 39. Each Kossuih, team, also lost its consolation game. Whiiiemore losing io Callender, 43 io 36, while Burl went down before Hartley. 60 io 49. Kanurar defeated Pocahon- ias, 40-44. In the final at Webster City, and Mallard downed Gruver. 36 io 24. at EsthcrvSUe. and ihus both Kamrar and Mallard enter ihe stale tournament. Fire Burns Car, Gqrage At Sexton A fire late Friday afternoon caused $500 damage to a garage and car on the William Goeders farm, % mile east of Sexton. Some repair work was being done on the car when a flash fire developed. Goeders closed all the doors and threw in two fire bombs. He then called the Algona fire department. When the department arrived, the fire had smothered itself and was almost under control. The interior of the garage was burned and the car will need a new coat of paint. Sells Hatchery Wesley — Will Ryan has sold his hatchery and poultry house here to the Hamilton Hatchery at Titonka, and possession was given last week. New Candidates For Supervisors Two democrats and one republican have announced their candidacy for the job of supervisor from the 4th Kossuth district, as of Monday. Another candidate was also rumored about to enter the field. Jack Quinn, present supervisor from.the district, is not a candidate for reelection. James M. Long, Lone Rock, announced himself last week on the democratic ticket. He has been a resident there 35 years, 12 of them as a county employee. This is his first political candidacy. He is married and has one son. Robert Ditsworth, Bancroft, is also a candidate for the same post. He owns and operates a garage in Bancroft, and has lived there all his life. He is married and has two children. A. A. Krueger of Lone Rock is a candidate for the office on the republican ticket, without opposition in the primary, thus far. Henry Scheppmann, Irvington, supervisor from the first district, and now chairman of the board, has announced thai he will be a candidate for reelection to a second term. Mrs. Pannkuk, Sr., Of Titonka Dies TUonka — Mrs. John Pannkuk Sr., died at her home here Saturday night after an illness of „ that this section o Algona-is level and would ap parently be the section open t development as a residential dis trict. These councilmen contenc that it is impractical to closi these streets and open others tha seem to require more mainten ance in the hillier part of town Could Cost $50.000 Other couneilmen feel tha these streets should be closed be cause the eventual- cost x>f devel opment could run to about $50, 000 what with street lights, sew age and water facilities, curb anc •gutter and other improvements They say that by closing these north and south streets, the city would save money and mak these 18 lots available for homes In a recent survey, it was founc that of the total area of Algona 26 per cent of the land is devotee to streets and 24 per cent is in residential lots. According to this survey, in th developed area, 40 per cent o the ground is devoted to streets It will be up to residents livinj along these streets, Ackley anc Durant, and the property owner in this area, to make their de sires known to the council Should there be a valid reaso for keeping these shr^ets open the project will be dropped. -Renumber Houses Another project that will effec a good share of Algona resident is a proposal to renumber part o the houses. It has been found tha the north-east section of town bounded by Phillips on the eas Jones on the west, State on th south arid Pine on the north, has been numbered incorrectly ove a period' of years. Some home have received numbers from th city clerk's office, others wer numbered with a number select ed by the home-owner. Often these numbers did not agree Some have no numbers. There are other sections o town that are numbered incor rectly and considerable confusio exists when a new house is bui and makes application for a num ber. Should this plan be put into ac tion, homeowners in those area would have to change number firms having address plates woul have to make changes, the tele phone directory and city direc tory would have to be changed Advantages are that insuranc companies, legal firms, visitor and others would have an accu rate record of locations. In moving ahead with plans for the sewage disposal plant, it was decided to interview engineering firms to decide which one of several should be retained. First of these interviews was held last night (Monday). Fox Battles Policemen It was yoicks and iaily-ho early Monday morning when Police Officers Milt Hinders and Andy Phillips engaged in an unscheduled fox hunt . . . with a surprise ending. The patrolmen were cruising down highway 169 near the Rainbow Bridge about 2 a.m. when they spotted a fox bounding across the road. This fox was apparently one of the dumber foxes because he slopped, sal down and looked right al Milt. One shol from a .38 knocked the fox over and the boys lossed him in the trunk. When they returned to police headquarters, they were going to lake out their $2.50 bounty. Phillips opened the trunk door and found a live fox crouched, fangs showing, and fire in his eye. Hinders grabbed a shovel and Phillips manned a night stick and soon they overpowered ihe animal. When is a dead fox not a dead fox, they wonder. Named As New R.E.A. Director An estimated 1,110 persons attended the annual general meeting of the Humboldt County Rural Electric Cooperative Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 7. A capacity crowd filled the Humota theater and the lobby to hear Gov. William S. Beardsley speak, and about 400 were turned away. There were 432 names of patrons registered. Many didn't register and other members of the families were present in most cases. The winners of the electric appliances from this area were W. F. Hundertmark, Bode; Kenneth Trenary, Burt; Jewell M. Larsen, Algona; E. E. Hodges, Livermore, and Tank Heater, M. A. Arndorfer, Corwith. At the general business meeting directors whose terms expired, Herman Kramer and Carroll Adams of Ottosen, Arthur Strachan of Humboldt, were elected. Eugene Drager of Algona was elected to fill the vacancy left by the death of his father, Leonard Drager. After the general meeting the directors and manager, Henry Lenning, adjourned to the R.E.A. business office for their election of officers. All were named to serve again in 1950. They are president, Herman Kramer, Ottosen; vice president, Floyd Lane, Ren wick; secretary, Oscar O. Holden, Humboldt, and treasurer, Arthur Strachan, Humboldt. The rest of the directors are J. C. Skow, Wesley; Perry Morse, Gilmore City; Eugene Drager, Algona; A. A. Schipull, Luverne, and Carroll Adams, Ottosen. Jacob Weaver Kites Monday At St. Cecelia's Last rites for Jacob M. Weaver, Sexton, who passed away Friday morning at the Merritt Rest lome, were held Monday morn- ng at 10 a. m. at St. Cecelia's Catholic church here, with Father Leo Kelm officiating at the services. Burial was in Calvary cemetery. Mr. Weaver had been ill about ;wo weeks. He was 74 years old. He was born Oct. 24, 1875, in Indiana, and. some 40 years ago came to Iowa, living at Sexton, Lone Rock and Bancroft. He was a tiler by trade. His wife died in 1938, and one son, Bernard Weav er of Sexton, survives. Brothers and sisters, surviving are Mrs. Stella Nichols, Newcastle. Ind.; Mrs. Berl Miller, Latay- ette,^; Mrs. Iw Nlekaon, of Or- hroao. Fla.; Clorvnl Weaver Brookston, Ind.; Mrs. Flossie Whitacre, Kokomo, Ind.; Vernon Weaver, Lafayette, Ind.; Ross Weaver, Delphi, Ind.; Harvey Weaver, Omaha; Chester Weaver, address unknown; and August Weaver, Indianapolis. Be- rause of illness and death in their families, none of 'the brothers and sisters were able to attend the funeral here. One of Mr. Weaver's sister's husband was struck and killed by a bus, Thursday night. Pallbearers were Soren Didriksen, Grover Grubb, Francis McMahon, Ambrose Lickteig, Wm. H. Goeders, and Martin Mimbach. Hamilton's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Weaver was seriously ill in the fall of 1947, recovered his health for about a year, but his fatal illness began in June, last year. Prayer Program Set For Friday The World Day of Prayer will be Friday, Feb. 24, at the Presbyterian church at 2:30 o'clock. There will be a nursery for mothers with young chuldren, in charge of Mrs. Kenneth Asa. All Protestant churches in Algona will be represented. Soloist will be Mrs. Gilbert Kuyper; organist, Mrs. Rex Taylor, and song leader, Mrs. Casey Loss. 10 Schools To Compete; Finals On Saturday Seven Class "B" And Three Class "A" Teams Vie Algona high will be host to one of the state sectional basketball tournaments, starting tonight, and continuing through the balance of the week. There will be 10 competing teams here, seven in Class "B" and three in class "A". Winners here will enter the district tournaments next week. Play begins at 7:30 p. m. tonight (Tuesday) when Burt meets Whittemore. Then, at 8:45, St. Cecelia's Academy of Algona plays Presentation Academy of Whittemore. Two Draw 8701 Fenton drew a bye, as did Titonka so they will not see action until later in the week. On Wednesday, l.one Rock and Wesley tangle at 7:30 p. m. At 8:45 on Wednesday, Algona high school meets Britt for the last of he first round games. Britt beat Forest City last Tuesday by an 18 point margin. This feat takes on new stature when it is remembered that Forest City was runner-up in the 1949 state tournament. Algona, Titonka and Britt are the only class "A" teams entered. Second round play is set for Thursday at 7:30 for the "B" section.' Finals On Saturday District qualifiers will be determined Saturday night, with the "B" section playing it off at 7:30 and the "A" section, made up of Titonka and 'Britt 'or Algona, having • their playoff at 8;45 that evening. The district tournaments' will be held the week of March 6 and the sub-state tournament the "week of March 137 ' "State championship finals are March 21 to 25 at the field house in Iowa City with 16 teams competing. At this sectional tournament in Algona, admission prices are 50 cents for adults and 35 cents for students. For full sports news of Kossuth county see sports page in section two, this issue. Soles Tax Shows A Slight Drop Based on sales tax figures, Algona's retail business in the third quarter of 1949 showed a slight drop as compared in 1948. The decrease was small, however, much more so than many other cities in Iowa. A comparison of 1948 and 1949 figures for the third quarter of each year for Algona and its closer neighbors, follows: City 1948 1949 Algona 49,997 49,952 Clear Lake — 39,801 34,424 Emmetsburg — 36,924 35,415 Estherville ... 55,535 52,929 Forest City ... 24,158 22,607 Humboldt 33,608 37,817 Spencer 89,429 86,767 The gross retail business for the quarters may be computed by multiplying the 2 per cent sales tax figure by 50. three weeks. She been 74 in April. Funeral services would have will afternoon, Tuesday, at be this 1:30 clock at the Ramsey Reformed church, north of Titonka, with Rev. A. Roskamp officiating. Submariner Home Fred Hutzell, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Hutzell, set some sort of a record in driving home from the submarine base in New London, Conn. Fred, who has been in the submarine service for about a year, left the bast last Wednesday. Wm. Ricklefs Of Titonka Is Home Titonka — Wm. Ricklefs was brought home by • ambulance, Tuesday, from St. Mary's hospital, Rochester, where he had been confined since Dec. 6 when he was seriously injured in an auto crash. His car struck a bridge abutment west of Lakota. Mr. Ricklefs suffered 12 bone fractures. He will be allowed to remain at home for six weeks, and then will return to Rochester for further consultation and treatment. Mrs. Ricklefs has been with him during his stay in the hospital. They were accompanied home by a nurse who will help care for him. Plan Communion St. Thomas' Episcopal church will conduct church school, Saturday, at 1:30 p. m., with Holy Communion to be held Sunday at 11 a. m.. Rev. Paul J. Davis, rector, announces. Algona Boys On I.S.T.C. Band Trip Joel Herbst and Bill Becker of Algona are two of ihs 75 members of the Iowa State Teachers college concert band making a three-day tour of southwestern Iowa schools. The band will play 12 concerts during its three-day trip. Under the direction of Myron Russell of the Teachers college music faculty, the band will play a two hour program at each school. This year's tour is the fifth annual spring trip for the Teachers college band. A 'Talking Calf 1 Here This Week We've heard of two-headed calves, and there have even been reports of "Siamese twin" calves, but this is the first time a "talking calf" has come our way. Dick Burt and Harold Fitch, of the Cloverleaf Hatchery & Feed, are bringing such an "animal" to town, and the calf is scheduled to do her talking tricks at the firm's place of business Friday and Saturday of this week. All are invited to see the critter. Complete details of the event are outlined in an advertisement Woman Trips, Breaks Leg, Sues Fenton For $4,988 A suit asking damages in the amount of $4,988.20 was filed last week in Kossuth district court by Mrs. Anna L. Osborn, naming the town of Fenton as defendant. The suit claims that Fenton was negligent in the upkeep of its sidewalk and as a result, ivlrs. Osborn suffered a broken hip m a fall in front of the post office. She claims she tripped on a block of concrete on Oct. 29, 1949. I. G. Dewel is asking judgment of $221.93 from defendants Oscar Gustin and G. A. Sharp, charging that a steel drum being hauled by a motorized crane swung into his car. The crane was property of the defendants. F. S. Norton and Son asks judgment of $143.28 against John Metzgar for merchandise delivered. S. and M. Finance Co. of Ft. Doige asks judgment of $278.07 in a promissory note with Donald E. and Florence E. Palmer as defendants. District Judge G. W. Stillman granted Emma E. Casler a divorce from Vernon D. Casler. She was awarded custody of three children and Casler is to contribute to their support. No alimonj was granted.