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X Dept. of History and Archives Des Moines 19, Iowa By Ruts Waller _ i» we * k ' g c®l"n"» carried a little item about a class of 64, in physics, back some years ago in Algona high, in which only three members passed. One of the three was Elmer Sorensen, and now we can give you a little more information on him. He is a son of Mrs. Mary Sorensen, Algona, and is an attorney for A. T. & T., and is located now in Atlanta, Ga. He went to work for A. T. & T. following his graduation from Colorado, and was with their New York office for a number of years. He visited his old home here about a year ago. SIGNS OF SPRING: Up at Swea City, Mrs. Walter Smith reports that spring is on the way. Last Friday morning a collection of pussy willow branches which she had placed in a vase, several days before, burst into bloom. The branches had AlOONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1950 THREE SECTIONS-18 PAGES VOL. 85-NO. 8 ,000 Fire Damage, Burt School and brought into the been cut house. It Pays to Advertise! A r 'lost" classified last week, requested return of a woman's slip, if same be found. Same was found, and returned to the UDM office by Mrs. Hugh Post, Thursday. The slip, by the way, was in a package, newly purchased, which had been dropped on State Street. 4 * • Well, Bill Barry, Sr., and John Kohlhaas are preparing to supervise the taking of the *1950 census in Kossuih county. But their Job doesn't sound nearly as attractive as one thai is being cooked up In the United Nations, where someone has moved thai a census be taken of all harem dancing girls . . . volunteers for this census job step In line at ihe right. • • * Our apologies for that little mistake which crept into the REA Spilles Hdwe. Here Sold To Humboldt Man Hall-Strahorn Co. New Owners Of Algona Business Announcement was made yesterday of the purchase of the Spilles Hardware store in Algona tf tjj 6 . Hall-Strahorn Hdwe of Humboldt, Iowa. Mr. K. R. Strahorn has taken over active mangement of the store, and for the past several days has been supervising the taking of inventory, , of new merchandise, unpacking and a re- , e- modeling and reorganization pro- 'ia s t orc ' under the . Hall-Strahorn Hdwe., Algona. Iowa, will be open for business on Wednesday morning, March 1. P-?! U £ h ce . rtaln remodeling will still be going on. To Mov* Hero Mr. Strahorn has been associated with Mr. F. W. Hall in the hardware business in Humboldt for the past seven years. He is married and has three children, a son and two (laughters. The family owns a home in Humboldt, and will move to Algona as soon as living quarters can be secured, will then dispose of their Humboldt residence" here permanently. to reside story last week among the individuals listed as having won attendance awards was a "Mr. Tank Heater." How this fellow supped into the yarn we'll never know. * * • GUESS WHOi If you didn't guess Mads Christiansen right off the bat, you might as well give up. Alice Schumacher called in at 12:55 p. m. last Thursday, only about 55 minutes after the papers got to the postoffice. to tell us first that Guess Who was Mads . . . but even at that, there were votes for Bob King, basketball coach, and one or two others besides Mads. • • • And speaking of foaiures, B juni find a new one in ihe pper Des Moines this week —'^Behind ihe Movie Sets", by Buddie Mason . . . Mason is a Hollywood stunt man with a flair for writing . . . the things he ialks about are not something you've reed before — he takes you behind the scenes. * » • The JayCee Bosses Nite dinner was a good affair, and those boys know how to keep things rolling . . . Neil Monaco reported on the popcorn situation, Bud Morck told of the forthcoming Air Show and Dedication .... Harry Greenberg outlined plans for the athletic banquet, Don Hutching explained plans for a deer census, and Art Odegaard outlined possibilities for an all-star basketball game here .. . the Bosses gobbled pike with gusto, talked fishing, and acted like normal, human beings, we hope. » * • By the way, what ever happened to that repeal of the sales tax on food which the state administration pledged itself to eliminate if elected? • * * Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Reid returned recently from a six weeks tour of Texas. They report that at Rockport, Texas, they found the cars of W. I. Nelson, George Spongberg and Sam Smith all there ahead of them, and it was the same all over Texas . . . Iowa cars everywhere, and Mr. Reid added that the cockroaches down thers look like B 26's. Mr. Reid's observations, incidentally, are responsible for the famous last line this week, which he says was told him by more than one Texas cabin camp and motel operator, towit: * « * Famous Last Line—An Iowa tourist is as good as a bale of cotton. The Humboldt firm two years ago purchased a hardware store in Kanawha, which they also operate. Mr. Hall will continue to manage the Humboldt store for the firm. Ch. of Comm. Leaded , M £ s , t , rahorn ' whose nick-name is "Ken", was born in Iowa Falls, and attended school there. Prior to his entry into the hardware business, he was associated with Younkers in Des Moines, in the appliance division. He has just tfnlflhed a term as president of the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce. and was affiliated with the Lions club. Leo Spilles, owner of the Spilles Hardware store, decided to sell the store lor reasons of health, and stated that for the present his future plans are indefinite. Minnie Ristau, LuVerne, Dies Funeral services will be Friday, March 3. for Mrs. Minnie Ristau of LuVerne. The services will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. at her home and at 2 p. m. at the Zion Lutheran church in LuVerne with Rev. L. Wittenburg officiating. Burial will be maue in the Lu Verne cemetery. Mra. Ristau died Feb. 24 at the age of 00. She was born March 17. 1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baessler. Besides her husband, William Ristuu. two step-sons survive, Arno and Bruno, who live in Sioux City. Two Seek School Posts March 13 Both incumbent members of the Algona school board have filed for reelection in the annual school election March 13. Judge G. W. Stillman has filed for reelection to the board of education for a three year term. E. A. Schemel has filed for reelection to the post of treasurer for a two year term. Deadline for filing nomination papers is noon, March 3. The election will be held in room 144 of the high school between noon and 7 p. m. Making up the board are Perry Collins, president, Dr. F. C. Scan- Ian, D. C. Hutchinson, and Mrs. Veda Murtagh. Not Guilty Plea In Morals Case Raymond D. Smith, 52, Swea City, entered a plea of not guilty in Minneapolis, last Saturday, on a morals charge filed by the Hennepin county attorney at Minneapolis. He was released on bail of $5,000, and was to report at Minneapolis Friday, at wnich time date for trial will be set. Smith waived extradition from Iowa. Those who have known Mr. Smith for a number of years, who have followed his ouilding of a successful hatchery business, and his generous donations to local causes and general interest in community welfare, are at a loss to understand the charges filed. Wm.RSieele New Secretary Algona C. of C. William F. Steele, Algona, is to be the new secretary of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. At a meeting of the board of directors of the organization, held Monday morning, Steele was elected from a list which had Wreckage After Burt School Fire I :. ' simmered down to three eligible candidates, from a total list of seven or eight, who applied. He will be offered a year's contract, and will succeed Lyle B. Rodd, who is resigning effective next month, to enter private business in Algona. Four New Directors At the same time, announcement was made of the results of balloting for new directors. Taking office as new directors, '- ' three years Morgan Infant's Rites Saturday Funeral services were held Saturday for Kenneth Joe Morgan infant son of Mr. «i*i Mrs. Kenneth Morgan of Algona. Born Feb. 22, the child died two days later at St. Ann hospital. Rev. O. W. Brand officiated at the services in the McCullough Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Eastlawn cemetery. PHONE 1100-YOUR NEWSPAPER - - president, Ralph Dieckmann and Clayton Percival, who have served three years. The election was conducted among all members, from a slate of 12 nominees. To Pick President The annual banquet of the Chamber of Commerce is slated for March 18, at the Algona Country Club, with James I. Dolliver, member of Congress from this district, to be the guest speaker. Mr. Dolliver will review the highlights of a recent trip he made to Euope. Election of a new president of Chamber, to succeed Sharp, will take place next Monday evening when old, new and carryover directors meet for dinner. Geo. Foerfsch, Wesley, Victim Heart Attack Wesley — George F. Foertsch died at St. Ann hospital, Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, following a short illness due to a heart ailment. He had been taken to the ho 2 Farm Sales, 3 Hog Sales Two farm sales and three hog sales, are announced in today's Algona Upper Des Moines. Sales listed follow: Wednesday, March 1 — W. D. Hauck & Son. 8 north of Humboldt on highway 160, sale of purebred Hampshire gilts. Thursday, March 2—Carl Hebner, 5 miles west of Goldfield on highway 3 and Its miles north, purebred Duroc and Spotted Poland China bred sow sale. Monday. Much 6 — Clem and Archie Elbert farm auction sale, 3% miles east of Algona on highway 18. This is one of the season's biggest sales, with 90 head of livestock being offered, as well as much machinery. Colwell Bros, are the auctioneers, and the Iowa State Bank of Algona is clerk. Tuesday, March 7 — L. L. Cole, located 4 west of Algona and 5 south will hold a sale including cattle, machinery, two small buildings, and miscellaneous items. Lee Colwell is the auctioneer, and Iowa State Hank is clerk. Saturday. March 11 — Bert S. Qeerdes & Son, Lakota, sale of Spotted Poland China bred gilts, sale to be held at Buffalo Center pavilion, starting at 1:30 p. m. All of these sales will be found advertised in detail in today's Upper Des Moines. corn April o, 1887. at Auburn Iowa, and the family moved to their farm north of Wesley in 1894. George had lived there ever since, the past years with his brother, Ollie, and their niece Angeline Foertsch. Surviving Relatives He attended the Wesley parochial school in his youth. His father died in 1925, and his mother in 1920. A brother William also preceded him in death, passing away in 1930. Another brother, John, died in 1912, a sister in 1905, and twin sisters in 1942 and 1949 in California. Surviving the deceased are two sisters and one brother: Mrs Carrie Ricke, Mrs. Mamie Kellner of Stewartsville, Mini\, and Ollie Foertsch, and a number of nieces and nephews. Rites Saturday Funeral services were held Saturday morning, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic church, with Rev. L. N. Klein officiating. Burial was in the family lot at St. Joseph's cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Frimml, Lawrence Witigert, Leo Hanig, Jim Hilferty and George Vitzthum, Sr. 3 Algona Firms Move Recently Three Algona firms recently completed moving projects that have put all of them in new business locations. Wiltgen Jewelry, formerly located in room 12 above the 'Iowa State Bank, is now on Thorington street, east across from the court house. The Wiltgen brothers bought the building occupied by Gillmgham Electric Co. Sperry's Gift Shop, also located above the Iowa State Bank, moved across the hall Irom its old location and is now open in the old Wiltgen Jewelry spot. Giflingham Electric moved to the Old Algona Produce Building, next to Swifts' on State St. Brail Wright Is Graham Manager Brail Wright of Hampton, Iowa, has been appointed manager of the Graham department store here to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Roy Ingham. who is entering business for himself. Mr. Wright is known to many in Algona, having managed the Graham store here while Mr. Ingham served in the U. S. Navy during the war. He is married and has three children. R°y Ingham is purchasing a variety store in Alhambra, Cal., a suburban district five miles from Los Angeles. He and Mrs. W March 5 for •^•••"i ••P^e^e»»e»»^"i"»»apaMM»ejEi mummmmmf**mmmmm*^^^i***i**mii*miimi**i^mm*mmmm^^^^mm Pictured above is the interior of a classroom at Burt school, after fire caused an estimated $30,000 damage there, lust Saturday morning. In the lower picture, firemen are pouring water into holes drilled between floors, when remnants of the fire were discovered eating into the partitions and between floors. (Algona Upper Des Moines flashfotos). Seek 32 Enumerators To Take Census In Kossuth W. A. Barry, Sr.. and John Kohlhaas have been named crew leaden for taking of ihe 1950 population census In Kossuth county. At the same time, ihe two Algona men announced that an examination will he held Thursday, March 2, starting ai 1:30 p.m. in the Kostu'th courthouse courtroom here, for all Ihoie seeking positions as enumerators. Kotsuth county will have 32 enumerators appointed. The examination is open to everyone from any part of ihe county, and all those interested in making application are urged to be present Thursday. They should bring a fountain pen or pencil. The examination will be based on the comprehensive type of question. Enumerators will be selected from among the applicants at ihe Fort Dodge regional office, and those selected will attend school there before the start of the actual census taking, which will get underway sometime around April 1, ihe local crew leaders believed. Mr. Barry conducted the business census made last year. 2 Kossuth Grads At I.S.T.C., 24th Two Kossuth students were Two Departments Quell Flames In Two Hour Fight Inside Section Of Building Is Badly Damaged imong BO graduates from Iowa State Teachers college, at the end of the winter quarter, Feb. 24. Paul E. Schenck, Algona, and ..eo Dale Struthers of Burt received a bachelor of arts degree. Schenck joined the staff of the Algona Upper Des Moines, Monday. He worked during the summer for this paper, and served he past year as editor of the College Eye", student newspaper it I.S.T.C. He will do general writing for the Upper Des Moines. Entertained Bosses At the speakers' tables last Wednesday evening \vhen Algona JayCee members staged Bosses Nite, were the young men pictured above. They are, left to right, John Ferguson, president elect of the Algona group. Gerry Allen, retiring president, Dwight D. Havens, secretary of the Rochester, Minn. Chamber of Commerce. Fred Bennett of Boone. and Gordon Dt-Kobters of Spencer. (Photo by Russell Studio) Lyle's Store To Open Thursday Thursday, March 2, is the date set for the grand opening of Lyle's Shoe store in Algona, it has been announced by Lyle Mathes. owner of the new store here. A special announcement of the opening is to be found in today's Upper Des Moines. The new store Is located on the northeast corner of State and Dodge streets. Extensive remodeling to the building has been going on during the past weeks, and a completely new interior will greet visitors to the store. The Bohannon Insurance Service will be located in the north portion of the same building, where a new entrance and display window have been installed. Mr. Bohannon stales that this office will be opened shortly, us soon as the remodeling pi jgrum there is complete. Free flowers will be presented to all ladies at the opening of Lyle's next Thursday. Four-Inch Snow, 10 Below In Week Almost tour inches of snow fell in Alguna during the week to add to the dozen inches alreudy on the ground. With the snow cume sub-/ero temperatures, with a low of —10 recorded Feb. 2(j. „ , H L Snow Feb. 22 33 9 Feb. 23 30 9 2 Feb. 24 10 —6 1 Feb. 25 --- JO 2 36 Feb. 20 19 _io Feb. 27 35 <J Burt—Fire raged through the Burt school building Saturday morning and in its wake, left a section of the- two story brick structure gutted and waterlogged. Damage from lire, smoke and water was estimated at $30,000 by Burl Fire Chief Paul Olson and Superintendent W. B. Officer. The alarm was sounded at 7:30 a. m. by Mrs. Harold Steward whose son Richard saw flames in first floor class romm windows. First on the scene was Chief Olson • who fought his way into the blazing structure but was driven out by smoke. He donned a gas mask and re-entered the building. In a short time, he was overcome by smoke and was carried out by fellow fire fighters. OeJl Lone Rock When the intensity of the blaze was determined, a call was put in for help from the Lone Rock fire department and in a few minutes. Lone Rock Chief A. A.Krug- er and his men were pouring water into the inferno. It is thought that the fire started in the boiler room and spread along the outside wall into the second and third grade rooms on the first floor. From here, ihe blue bit into ihe walls and Joists, making ihe Job doubly hard. Sub sero weather further hindered since U was necessary to run hose irtmjhyd- •*•*»>* vto&TiwM d$w any hose watt not in action, • slow stream of water was continued to prevent freezing. By 8:30 a-.m., the blaze was under partial control and it was possible to focus attention on small spots of trouble on the second floor. Second Floor Blase With tho first floor and boiler room blaze snuffed out, firemen moved to the second floor study ^iall to get at the flames between :he flooring and the sub-floor. It was necessary to cut several holes n the flooring and force water nto the area. While firemen were battling the stubborn lire, students and townspeople were moving in and out of the building, saving books, records, trophies, typewriters, radios and other equipment from further water and smoke damage. Hot coffee and doughnuts were donated by Burt restaurants for the fire laddies and other volunteer workers. New Threat The fire threatened to break out anew after it licked under the second floor and across the building to thr.- south wall. Alert firemen spotted the smoke billowing out along the wall and soon subdued this traveling blaze. By 9:30 a. m. firemen considered tho blaze under control and the Lone Hock department retired from the scene. At 10 a.m. the Burt department began disassembling its equipment and posted watchmen to spot any resurgence of the fire. Superintendent Officer directed the evacuation of records and equipment, trying to keep the records intact and in a central location. School To Resume 'It is doubtful if there will be any school the forepart of this week," Officer said, "since our heating plant is out of commission and there will be no way of heating the undamaged sections of our building." There was no school at Burt Monday and Tuesday, but it was slated to resume on Wednesday. This was the second time in recent years thai this school has been hit by tire. On Memorial Day of 1937, this same section burned when it was struck by lightning dur- in a severe electrical storm. SIDELIGHTS ON BURT SCHOOL FIRE Mrs. Allen Hinkley and her seven-year-old daughter were watching fire fighting operations from a safe distance. As the blaze was brought under control, Mrs. Hinkley asked her daughter if she wanted to see her second grade room. "Oh no, Mommy, I don't want to see it because I won't be able to go to school now," the girl answered with a catch in her voice. * • « Jay Graham, school janitor, was on the scene early, aiding firemen in battling the fire and pointing out short cuts that only a janitor would know about. As soon as the fire was out, he grabbed his mop and pail and began the seemingly insurmountable task of cleaning up. "If I get at these floors right away," Graham explained, '"at least they won't warp. This rebuilding will cost enough, the way it is." »* • • Hiram Ackerman, who lives across the street from the school, said, "First thing I heard was the fire siren. I was just sitting down to eat breakfast. Then the Missus ran to the window and saw it was the school. * * * Smoke was so dense that entering the building was extremely difficult. Paul Olson, Burt fire chief, was the first man in the first and second grade room, where concentration of the fire was strongest. Olson, hampered by a mask and the dense smoke, was partially overcome by smoke when he opened doors to let his men in. * • * Ackerman, one of the first fire fighters on the scene, had followed Olson into the burning building and remained at the flrst- 'grade^room entrance while Olson. cleared the way. Hearing nothing after a short time, Ackerman entered the room and found Olson lying on the floor. Ackerman dragged the chief to safety, where he revived quickly in the fresh air. An extensive redecoration program had been carried out last summer and will now have to be re-done. The second and third jjrade room had received 40 new desks .costing $25 each and these were burned and soaked, most of hem beyond repair. The building was valued at .125,000 four years ago. Two Algona Cafes Change Hands Two more Algona businesses lave changed hands this week and both were cafes. Frank's Cafe on West State street is now under the management of Mrs. Andrew (Eva) Jorgen. Mrs. Jorgen has been employed at the cafe for the past year and has now leased it from Frank Caughey. She will continue the same policy of short lunenes and good coffee. At the other end of State street, the Foth Cafe is now under the management of Raymond Loveall. Loveall came here from Brazil, Ind. Save Life, Swea Boy Swea City — Little David Dresser, I'/i year-old son of Supt. and Mrs. Dresser had a close call Tuesday night of last week, as the result of a choking spasm. Dr. Snyder attributes his recovery directely to the re- suscilator which was purchased by local people with donations last year. David, who was coining down with the measles, choked on phlegm which shut off the supply of air in his windpipe. Mis parents called two doctors and summoned the resuscitator iquad who administered oxygen, and breathing was restored. The tire department operates the resuscitalor. Are You Moving? March 1, the traditional moving time, in farm changes, is here. If you are moving, please usu the form printed below to notify this newspaper, so that your paper's address may be changed immediately. I am moving, and wish the following mailing address change made: Name. Old Address--. New Address.