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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 28, 1950
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r 2-Algona Upper Des Moin«* Tuesday, February 28, 1950 Does Algona Want A BIGGER Tax Load? Algona residents are being given a good sample—NOW—of what causes taxes to be increased. There is a desire on the part of many, understandable, to bring about the paving of some streets in Algona. There is no question but what the city's streets in many cases do need resurfacing, or completely new paving. But unless enough blocks were to be paved, the cubic foot cost of paving a few blocks here and there is going to be astronomical. The cost of any such paving will be borne largely by the property owners directly concerned, and we call attention to this because before these folks get into the matter too deeply, they should be familiar with just what this will cost them in dollars and cents. Then there is agitation for doing something,, RIGHT NOW, on construction of a sewage disposal plant for Algona. We will not argue with anyone as to the fact that the city needs a disposal plant, and has needed it for some time. But we will argue as to whether or not the city has to have this done RIGHT NOW. Therr. is some casual talk about forcing a vote this summer on the question of issuing bonds for from $300,000 to $400,000 for construction of this plant. The city already voted a small bond issue several years ago which provided funds for the purchase of the land, we presume. At least we voted for something and are. now paying taxes on that, ( and we thought THAT was for a sewage disposal plant. The last city budget carries an item of expense labeled "sewage disposal plant." Nor are we going to be stampeded into such an expensive project by having someone we tell us WE HAVE TO vote this bond issue. A big majority of the smaller cities in Iowa, and practically all of the towns, are without sewage disposal plants, and if any state agency is going to force US to build such a plant right now. they are also going to have to force all the rest of the state to do the same, and we'd like to see them try. Algona citizens in the past few years have seen their taxes stendily increase. They have constructed a new light plant, they have added more light plant engines, they have paid for an automatic hot water cutoff circuit, they are going to get extra assessments shortly for a "sewage rental" deal, they have financed the alteration of city property and are now in the process of financing a remodeling of the city hall, as well as other items too numerous to mention. They have also had their local light and power bills as well as taxes raised, in the process. All of these improvements are good; there is no quarrel with them. But it is high time to stop and think a minute. Algona can pave the entire city, and it can issue $300,000 or $400,000 in bonds to build a sewage disposal plant, but who is going to pay for it? Every resident of Algona, and especially the property owners, are going to finance this, and it seems from where we sit that with the present high tax rate being paid locally it might be wise to think twice before we put any more tax yokes around our collective necks. And President Truman has nothing to do with it! IOWA'S NEW COACH Iowa's new football coach at the state university has two handicaps. His name doesn't fit too well into headlines, and his major coaching experience has been tutoring high school athletes. But the name can be abbreviated, and already has, by the sports page crews, and in some ways high school coaching background and acquaintance may be of value that has been previously overlooked. If stories from high school coaching circles are true, they would indicate that high school coaches of the state are going to do everything in their power to back up "Raff" and to boost his> • stock with their own athletes—who in'two years after graduation are in collegate lineups. It is very evident that authorities at the State University of Iowa are impressed by their new coach, and the work he did as freshman coach. His freshman squad members are all for him. Before we go jumping at conclusions, and bemoaning the absence of a "big time" coach, it might be well to remember that Ohio State, some years ago, picked a high school coach named Paul Brown to head the Buckeyes, and in no time at all he had the club steaming, so well in fact that he moved into topnotch professional circles. Maybe Iowa will have the same good fortune. * * * WHAT ARE THEY DRIVING AT? There seems to be a concerted effort underway, bigger than ever, to belittle the existing agricultural support program. You find it being picked at from many quarters, but usually quarters with political reasons behind them. But with all of the fault-finding, you seldom find the critics coming up with substitute plans, or suggestions for changes of any great importance. Hrannan is an exception; he offers a definite substitute. The fanners are being fed this criticism from many quarters and with some of it they ayree. But it seems only fair to point out that unless these critics of the present program have a better program, and one thai can be earned into execution without a lapse of tune in the revision, it would be well to ptmdei such changes. It actually seems that much of the criticism is simply an oblique method of trying to completely eliminate ANY farm program. If it ian't that, then what are the critics driving at? * * * REORGANIZATION RUMPUS There will be no school district reorganization or revamping without either a long, bitter fight, or a good share of further discussion and education on the subject. Kossuth county has had the matter brought to the fore simply this county lias moved ahead faster than moat in formulating plans and making the surveys called lor under the school rc-or.yuni/aiion legislation. Thio legislation, by th'j way, seemed to create comparatively liuie iuroix- when it was in the state legislature, but now that we find it on our doorstep it looks considerably more important. Exchanges eon,Ing In tlu: office of this newspaper indicate thai olhei counties are only ju^t beginning to talk about the matter. The full import of what it might mean has still to be brought, home, to most of the other counties. County Superintendent of Schools A. E. Lau- ritzcn and the County Bocinj of Education are only carrying out the mandate.-, ul the leijrgajiiza- tion law; Kossuth has become \eiy awaie of what it is all about only because the hupcnnU-ndciu and the board have tackled their job quicker than is the case in other sections. * * x Boslon Herald—Our rivals are in.,ect.x says iiii eminent entomologist. OJ course, but it's daia- ed huicl to make the girl of your dreams leolize it. •K -x ic The Pocahonias Hecord-Democrat ii-ii,:,:k. 5 tiuil if atomic bombs become loo popular v. ,• <•,.:,•,• iiJl cailum.iUuJiy bt- i;ului» oiu ktUMs Jujy IULU In. THE FIRST ROBIN Grinnell Herald-Register: Mrs. Ed. Parish, always in the lead in matters pertaining to birds and bird life, has scored another first. She has seen the first 1950 robin, so far as our knowledge goes. At least she is the first to report same. Mrs. Parish phoned Friday morning that she had seen Mr. Red Breast gaily hopping about in her front yard, as cocky and carefree as if -winter were a thing of the past. He didn't have his suit case with him, but she is quite sure that he was a new arrival and not a hangover. She hoped that he was able to penetrate the ice cap in order to find some food but doubts it, but if we know Parish she would see to it that he didn't go away* hungry. We can't help wondering if Mrs. Parish's cailer was the talkative robin with whom we had several conversations last year. If he is, we are quite confident that he will find his way up to our house and offer a few pungent comments on the state of the nation and how things are down south. We're looking forward to meeting him again after our long separation. Now that our big rabbit has deserted us, our talkative robin is aboui our last ace in the hole. Anyhow put down Feb. 10 for the first robin date. Arkansas * Gazette * * -Personally we'd like to If Your Name Is • • * ANNE By Ann Reynolds, Ph.D. Anne means "grace", and it's a name from the Old Testament •where it is found as "Haiinah". In the Western World the name spread as Anna or Anne, and branched out in many pet forms, among them Annie and Nancy. Tradition holds that Anna was the name of the mother of Mary- She and her husband Joachim grieved bitterly because they had no children, until an angel appeared and said, "Anna, the Lord has looked upon thy tears . . . thou shall conceive and give birth, and the fruit of thy womb shall be blessed by all the world." Anna's child was Mary who became the mother of Jesus. A somewhat similar story can be read in the Old Testament about Hannah; her baby was a son, Samuel, the prophet. The vital issue to present her husband with a son was decisive in the fate of another Anne, by no means a woman endowed with the virtues of a pious Biblical character. She was Anne Bolevn. This alluring woman with adamant ambition succeeded to become a queen. Henrv VIII of England, passionately in love with the lively black-haired beauty, divorced his wife, Catharine of Aragon, for Anne's sake. But when Anne instead of the coveted male heir presented him with a girl baby, he felt this as a mark of failure. Of course, he could not look in the future and see this infant as one of England's most brilliant rulers . . . Because this child was the future Queen Elizabeth. Once more Anne gave birth; allegedly due to the shock she suffered at the news that her royal spouse had fallen from his horse, the baby, a boy, was born prematurely, and dead. Now Henry schemed to rid himself of Anna. She was indicted and found guilty of adultery, treason and other monstrous charges that were, at least, partly unfounded. Anne was sentenced to death. The only favor granted her xvas to lose her graceful head by the sword of a special, "very good" executioner instead of by the axe of the common headsman. Queen in her own realm, the realm of food, was one Anna, the famous restaurant owner Anna Sacher of Vienna. This vigorous cigar-smoking female chef was for Vienna what Escoffier was for Paris. Her most famous creation was the "Sacher-Torte". It's a rich, dark chocolate cake, and if you're on a reducing diet, it's not for you. But if you're in a festive mood, willing not to count calories on a very special occasion, I shall be happy to send you the recipe. It was given to my grandmother by Anna herself, and has been cherished as a family treasure ever since. Just send a self- addressed, stamped envelope to me in care of this paper. Copyright 1950 Ravings CO • bT CHHIS REESE A 1.U1U of ThU. « Lllll* of That: Rot Much of Anything. I'll bet a nickel that folkn in Algona do not know what an informative and interesting volume the local telephone directory lurns out to be. It was one day ast week that I put in over two lours perusing the book and I'll sure congratulate Fred 'i'imm upon the excellent job he has turn- d out in the telephone directory. The book has colors because on account of there is Black (4), Brown (5), Green (2) and White 4) listed in it. And with three Blossoms the book could eventually be flowery, too. From a trade angle there are Millers (14), Bater (3), Cook (6) and Miner (Z), Dut there is not a single Carpenter of Mason-included. Thre^rjo'l «l_i. - .«. v_. .* 1...* «l*C^J see a deep freeze deep enough to hold the cold war. * * * There is one thought, comforting or otherwise, for local .taxpayers. Included in their 1950 tax bill are partial payments on such items as it new Algona sewage disposal plant, and a new Kor.auth courthouse—each still to come. * * * It was most appropriate that Brotherhooc \Vei k should follow immediately after Mr. Bran nan and Mr. Kline exchanged viewpoints on farm pioyiam... Kanawha Reporter—To keep young, associate with youny people; to gto'.v old, try keeping up with tin-in. r ZDcs 111 E. Call Street—Phone 1100—Algona, Iowa Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ~~~~~ Issued Weekly By (HE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B WALLER. Managing Editor C. S. ERLA.N'DEH. Advertising Manager MEMBER NATIONAL EDITORIAL ASSOCIATION MEMBER IOWA PRESS ASS'N MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Kational Advertising Service Michigan Ave., Chicago, 111. SUBSCRIPTION HATES IN KOSSUTH CO. )ru- Year, in advance $3.00 Both Algona papers, in combination, per year $5.00 Single Copies JOc SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year, in advance 54.00 Both Algona papers in combination, one year $6.00 No subscription less than (i months. ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch 58c OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER ;he names are Young but s not a single Old in the book, icnce that is favorable from an age standpoint. As to temperature the book has but one Frost and lot a single Heat. Sure the town las some hills but Hill is only mentioned twice in the book. There is not a single Tree nor Weed nor Forest nor Nut mentioned in the book but I found 1 one Bush and two Woods so that would help some toward a shade effect. According to the book Al- Rona couldn't be classed with hotels because on account of Hall is only entered twice and Chambers only three times. Of Walkers the book contains 11 but there's not a single Itunner. I'm never at a Loss when I read the directory because on account of I find seven of 'em listed. And I study the book for Long and find seven of 'em but not a single Short. And if the book was to measure potatoes there is only one Peck in it and nor. a single Bushel. I hunted the book through foi big names like Roosevelt or Truman, etc., but not a single one, in fact, there are only four Chrif names among the 17/5. A lot ol "C" initials and some of them might be Chris but Chris L. Johnson, Chris J. Long, Chris Wallu- kait and Chris rteese are the only four spelled out in the book and I'm the only Dane one among those, so to speak. ', find one King in the book but thai i.-; tne extent of the roy ally mentioned, no duke, no count, no prince. Yep, I repeat the telephone book is a fountair of interesting information anc facts and data. —o— In fact I spent most of a whol day Sunday going through tlv Algona telephone directory anc that proved a job but I was in terested in the extent of letters in names. That's how come know ttiere are 1775 names listec and they re made up from thre Io thirteen letters. And I have them all sorted out, can tell yoi how many names contain three letters, four letters, five letters oiia so on up Ui thirteen Yes, might mention that there fou. names in the volume winch have thirteen letters and there are 1 which have only three Inters There are over 400 names in th> book which have six jeilera. i'hl«i I also sorted out the names which began with the different letters Foi instance there are 47 namei which begin with "A". There are nine in the book beginning will *'Y" and four beginning with 'T and two beginning with "U" anc one beginning with - 'Q'' and none beginning with "X" Yep. I'm going to give a year'* subscription to the UO.Vl to th< lust person who drops me a care and tells me which of these let ters -B", -11", "M" or "S" "stall the most names in the Algons telephone directory. And I'll aUc give a year's subscription to the UDM to the person who drops nvj a card and tells me v. hich of tn« names with 4 or 5 or 0 or 7 or i letters in 'em are the must num fiou.. in the book. Yep it's a job checking these but you'll get a kick out of it— maybe. 'At any rate you'll find the telephone book highly interesting from cover to cover and plenty good reading, too. I've added two more Elberts to the Coffee Gulper membership list and I'll admit that I have a _ot of those names in my file. It was Archie Elbert and Clem Elbert and they're both good Java julpers and they both admit they •an dunk a doughnut without getting a drop of coffee on their wrist and that's going some. But good coffee gulpers are found amongst the Elberts in Kossuth county and there are lot of them at that. I Am Peaceable I am a peaceable galoot, nor do hanker for a scrap; I aim to >acify forsooth, not muss oppo- lent s facial map. My days are illed with quiet peace (?) I tear not up and down the street in search for sundry birds to fleece j lor shekels from a widow cheat. To battle always is the bunk, to ook for trouble and the like, to always live in scrappy funk, to milt, for Scrap on every pike, to loist on shoulder sundry chip, to threaten-smash of placid face, to offer fisticuffs for quip, in all of hese I'm out of place. I would my utmpst foe beguile, would salve him when he's belli- :ose, would give him wide and happy smile in place of sock or smack on nose. This world is filled with planty fight, each day we needs must armor don, ofttimes t's might submerges right and wrong declares a battle won. No leed to hunt for daily scraps we Jnd them plenty close at hand, with birds galore who'd muss our maps, who glory in a scrappy stand. So I perforce, would peaceful be, would seek but quiet, restful, life, would ask* that you join hands with me in ousting daily useless strife. 20 YEARS AGO From the Files of the Upper Des Moines - Republican Feb. 5, 1930 » • * The way was clearer fox a vote on the proposed $180,000 school building. Citizens of Algona were to go to the polls on March 10 to decide on a bond issue. The new structure was to include room for a junior college, an auditorium with a tea ting capacity of 1,000, a standard size gym, domestic science rooms and facilities for physical training anc a science laboratory. Members ot the school board were T. P. Harrington, president; t». S. Buchanan, A. E. Michel, Mrs. George St. John and Mrs. C. B. Murtagh. Miss Mary Mitchell was the secretary. • * * In a nine year period, 484 Kossuth farms and other real estate went under the gavel at sheriff's sales. This period was fiom 1921 through 1929, with 1928 seeing 77 foreclosures and 1929 only 44. • * » Algona cagers downed Hampton, 27-25, with Kanouff dropping in the deciding field goal with 30 seconds to play, it was apparently a rough game, since one fan said he saw 32 rounds of boxing, a good football game and ten good wrestling bouts, all for 50 cents. Algona's line up included Samp and Runchey at guards; Moore at center; Cliff and Van Dorston at forwards, with Kanouff as a sub. • * • H. N. Kru«a announced thai he would run for re-eieetion to the office of county treasurer, having served for four years. At the same time, it was announced that Charles E. Chuob was seeking the office of county auditor on the republican ticket. . * * * Tb* I» Tomw family of near Whittemore was quarantined for spinal meningitis. One girl, age eight, was taken to Ft, Dodge and another girl, age 12, Was ill but it was not known if she had the disease. I • * « « At the annual meeting of the country club, L. K. Linnan, F. D. Williams, G. A. Buchanan, J. w. Haggard and E. J. dilmore were elected to the board of directors. The club paid oft $1,565 on the indebtedness during that year and owed only $5,«00 on the land contract. * • • Rosiuth county purchased a new 83 horsepower four wheel drive Coleman trucK snow plow. The plow was manned by two men and was capable of covering 100 miles a day. * • • P. J. Waldfon set a new record in bowling when he rolled 279, 249 and 226 for a cotal of 754. * * * Dr. and Mrs. F. C. Scanlan were happy over the arrival of a baby daughter, Virginia Lou. The Scanlans had two other little girls. * » • Guy Manior had a six room house that he would rent for $15 per month. » » » Dplph Raney, J. C. Smith and William Fisher drove, to Canton, S. D., to witness the ski jumping contest. The winning jump covered 171 feet. Clifford Alfs and Ray Nelson also witnessed the meet. * * • Sheriff E. M. Wahleri of Hancock Co. was accidently shot and killed while on a liquor raid. His car slipped off the grade and the sheriff got out to push. His gun slipped out of his shoulder holster and discharged when it hit the ground. The sheriff was shot in the heart. Pot On Back For Farm Job Helpers "A great job well done," is the way Manager Jim Mathews of the Algona Jimployment Service Office appraised the work -of the local volunteer farm placement representatives in this area. Through the efforts of the volunteer workers in this area as many as 102 workers found jobs on farms last year, and many more not accounted for. Making up the Kossuth county tarm placement committee are the following men: Bill Barry, Jr.. Barry's Recreation, Aigona; Art Obrecht, D-X Station, Wesley; Jeff Hannifan, Swea City Produce, Swea City; Joe and Don Murray, Murray Elevator, Bancroft, and Chas. Weisbrod, Farmers Coop Elevator at Fenton. The men have seived as "local employment offices" and have aided in getting farm hands to the spots needed. TYPING PAPER. Algona Uppei Des Moines, phone 1100. BROADWAY AND MAIN STREjT Butterflies, Beetles, Cyanide Make a 'Surprise 1 Vengeance -By BILLY ROSE- When Martin Quint, 7f, married Ellie Reynolds, 84, their; friends in Nyack didn't give the union much chance of success.: Five years later, however, they were ready to admit they had; been wrong—Ellie was doing a good job of taking care of Martin,| and as for the old coot—well, he was a lot friendlier than anyone, had ever thought possible.' • ... ! On their fifth anniversary, Msrthi sent Knle to New York on an errand, filled the parlor with gifts and paper curlicues, and Invited a) dozen neighbors in for a surprise party. The plan was for a lookout at the railroad depot to phone when he saw Ellie get off the train, and then they would turn out the lights and bide. When Ellie walked hi and turned them on again, everyone would yell, "Surprise!" Well, what happened was a surprise, ail right, but there Mas no yelling. As the front door opened, Quint and his guests heard Ellie whls- per, "Sssh! He might be awake." "I don't like this sneaking around," said the voice of a man. "Why don't you ask him for & divorce?" •Think I'm crazy? He doesn't figure to live much longer, and I'm pretty sure to get the savings and Insurance. Thanks for taking me home. See you Tuesday at the' regular time." Then Ellie closed the door and switched on the lights .... Billy B«»e AFTER THE embarrassed guests had left, she said to her husband, "I suppose you want me to pack." "Why should 1?" said Martin. "It's only human nature for you to take up with someone nearer your own age." "Don't you want a divorce?" "Not unlett you tniitl o»U,AU 1 ah b tbtt you stop teeing the young «MM *i loitg a Fm Me*. If yot/U agtee md put it imirit- iaf, I'tt fix it to you'll get every cent rue got." And that's how it wan arranged. An agreement was signed and' locked in the wan safe, and ;th* couple went on living together. Of course, the neighbor! ..gossiped a lot. particularly when It was whispered around that Ellie was still seeing the yqung man. but their ,t«lk seemed to make no Impression jon Martin. Instead, be busied him- jself with a new hobby—the study of insects—and spent most of bis waking hours in a spare room over the garage, mounting butterflies and beetles on small exhibit boards. "I wouldn't mention this around," he told his wife. "As It Is, peopls think I'm not quite all there." One evening, just after Ellie had brought Mm the usual glass of warm milk, Martin began to have convulsions. Ellie phoned the doctor that her husband was having a heart attack, but by the time he arrived the old man was dead. The doctor examined the body, then called the coroner, and an hour later the corpse, together with the empty milk glass, was taken away. * • • EARLY THE following morning, a detective rang Ellie's doorbell. "I have a warrant for your arrest," he said. "According to the coroner, your husband died of cyanide poisoning, and the drugstore in town reports that you bought • bottle tit the stuff two weeks ago." I "That's right," said Ellie. "MarJ tin used the cyanide to kill the Insects he Was studying. There are hundreds of specimens in the lab- 1 oratory over the garage." "/ never beard of bit being interested In bngl," uii the de- teeOve. "da I tee tbit bbort- toryf" Ellie led the vny up the g*r*ge ttnrs tint ofemed the door. There w*» nothing fa the room but t fete bin of M* *nd em oU hi- tytlt, ; "I'm sorry, but you'll have to come along," said the detective. "You're the only person who figured to profit by Mr. Quint's death.", I "I swear I didn't do it." sail EU1-. "Both Martin and I knew ha wouldn't Uye long, and we signed an agreement Trhlch explains every-i thing. It's in his study." ) She ran Into the house, opened; the wall safe and took out a brown envelope, but when she tor* it open there was nothing inside but • piece of blank paper- I Blank, that is, except for one word penciled in a childish-scrawl' —"Surprisel" She knows what your givin moans Helping turn on the light of hope in acme dwster-atricken face ... That'* what your giving Helping to lave a life so someone, somewhere.., That', what your giving moan* Yourhflp is alwayg there— through your Red Go*. Know in you^ heart you peat GIVE in the Kossuth County Drive— March 6th Thru llth + Give npw and give generously,; mqy help RID CROSS &VENOW/ FUIRNITURE CO

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