The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 7, 1950 · Page 15
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 15

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 7, 1950
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March 7, 1950 THIRD SECTION When Buffalo Bill Came To Algona In 1899 Wed Recently, Whittemore Pictured above are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mousel, bride and groom of Feb. 6, who spoke their vows in St. Michael's Catholic church at Whittemore. The bride-is the former Marilyn O'Brien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard O'Brien. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Mousel of Ft. Dodge. The wedding story was carried in this paper recently. Photo by Russel Studio. 2 Portland Twp. Students On A College Tour Portland — Kenneth Patterson, senior, and Joan McWhorter, freshman, at Ames, are members of the Iowa State Singers, who will go on a tour soon. Kenneth is president of the organization. The group will give concerts at Atlantic, la., and Omaha, Neb., the first day. Then at Fremont. Neb.. Oakland, Neb., and LeMars, la., on the second day. The third day at Ida Grove, Sac City, and Storm Lake; the fourth day at Carroll, Guthrie Center and Perry. The tour starts the 19th and is between semesters. Earl Miller and 4-H club members Russell and Billy Christiansen, James Harms, Richard Rasmussen. Bernard Miller, and Delores Trunkhill attended the tractor school held at Bradley's Feb. 18. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Miller en- tertamed at dinner last week Sunday to honor the birthday of Mrs. Paul Miller. Other guests were Paul and their small daughter, the John Miller and Raymond Lovstad families. Mrs. George Becker's birthday was Feb. 21, and relatives spent the evening with her. "500" was played, and prizes went to Frank Becker. Glenn Hain, Harold Beck- er, and Junior Mawdsley. Mrs Becker-has been a bed-patient with nephritis the past .three months and is now improving. Mr. and Mrs. Luther Fairbanks recently entertained the A. L Rasmussen family, Mrs. Anna Fairbanks, Algona, and Mrs Clara Fairbanks, Burt, at dinner Mr. and Mr*. Grover Fairbanks and family of Toledo, Ohio, are here visiting relatives for a few days. The Portland 4-H girls anc boys clubs met with Wendell Christiansen last week, Thursday evening. Twenty-six attended anc had a good meeting. Dwayne Mawdsley is recovering from a severe case of red measelsl He will be back in school next week. Newborn Babe Dies Funeral services were conducted on Feb. 22, for Eugene Henry Behrends, new-born son of Mr. and Mrs. Siebelt Behrends, in the McCullough Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Luther Loesch in charge. Burial was in the Eastlawn cemetery. The child was born in the Lutheran hospital in Hampton Feb. 20, but lived only a few hours. Paul Urichs Home Whittemore — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Urich returned from Palo Alto, and San Francisco, Cal., last week Wednesday afternoon where they visited with Mrs. Urich's sister, Blanid Cullen the past four weeks. Event Of Fifty Years Ago Still Fond Memory By Margaret Durant An area beyond the Northwestern railroad tracks in the east part of town until a few years ago was referred to as the Buffalo Bill show grounds by those who remembered the big day when Buffalo Bill came to Algona. That the occasion was so lone recalled as memorable probably seems amusing to present day youngsters, but in 1899 Algona was not a minature city, and although Ringling's circus showed here every other summer, the chance to see such a fabulous character as Buffalo Bill lifted us nto the seventh heaven of anticipation. We prayed to whatever tods might hear that show day )e a pleasant day. Even the greatest wild west show on earth wouldn't be glamorous on a rainy autumn day. Our prayers in regard to the weather were answered. Clear sky and bright sunshine encouraged everyone to make an early start for Algona. Some came by train, others by horse-drawn vehicles, ranging all the way from stylish rubber tired buggies to old-fashioned spring wagons. The town had several livery barns and plenty of hitcm'ng posts, but before time for the noon street parade show-goers were begging for tying space in residence' sections wherever a vacant barn or shed seemed available. Almost every home had guests, expected or unexpected. I recall how my brother and I ate our lunch in the kitchen. There were no places for us at the dining room table. Out-of-town friends, after tying their horses in the backyard, had come to the front door to inquire as to the y/elfare of the Durants and were given an invitation to the noonday meal. Century's Biggest Crowd For many years the crowd, attracted to Algona, by the Buff ale Bill show, remained the largest number of people ever to gather in Algona. It was rny first experience as a member of a pushing step-on-your-toes crowd. Fortunately a thoughtful relative hac purposed ,-tickets • at the drug store up town. We did not have to fight our way to the ticket wagon, but the day was warm for mid-September and waiting to get admittance to the tent was tedious even for those too young to have acquired bunions or high blood pressure. If the ladies, laced in tight corsets, who announced to theic husbands intention to faint away in case they had to wait five minutes longer outside the tent, really did faint. I do not know. Eventually my brother and I arrived inside the tent, and all in one piece. Moviegoing youngsters of today are familiar with the costumes of cowboys, Indians and Cossack riders and the conglomerate sound of rifle shots, war whoops and galloping horses is a commonplace. Such was not the situation with us. It seemed that afternoon as if the adventure books we had read suddenly became real. We half expected to be blasted off our seats by the uproar of it. Annie Oakley. Toot Two celebrities lent prestige to the show, Buffalo Bill, in person, and Annie Oakley, famous markswoman. Remembrance of the afternoon's entertainment remained a source of pleasure for many years, but the celebrities were a disappointment. Even country young folks saw those two as they really were, Buffalo Bill, a wicked, swaggering old man and Annie Oakley, a hard faced dame in a soiled buckskin costume, quite different from the pleasing characterizations in a movie produced several years ago and bearing Annie Oakley's name. The last act of the performance was the Capture of San Juan Hill, a dramatic presentation from the Spanish American War (1898) made colorful by bugle calls and many flags. Sousa's stirring march, Stars and Stripes Forever, had not yet been altered by arrangers. Its jyen rhythm, as tooted and blared by the show musicians, seemed to beat in our heads for days after the show had left. Although a few thorough-going sports stayed overnight in order to attend the evening performance, most of the out-of-town vis- itors were ready to leave by late afternoon. Some who had come by train gladly accepted limited sitting space on buggy seats rather than again try standing in aisles of crowded coaches. The closing hours of the afternoon proved fully as exciting as the earlier part of the day had been. Buggies, loaded to capacity, moved out of town in every direction. Excursion trains maneuvered for space in trainyards barely able to accommodate the passenger coaches, stock and flat cars belonging to the show. Bakery goods were completely sold out and grocery stores had done a record breaking business in lunch materials. Pocket books of course been lifted from nio pockets by lone fingered artists at, the show grounds. However, the unusual and surprising loss of the day was a hired man. He Joined The Circus Among those who came on the excursion train from the north end of the county were a farm boy and his father's hired man. Stating it briefly, the boy arrived home that evening, but the hired man did not. After a few days effort was made to trace tlie missing man, the matter was dropped. His disappearance remained a mystery. One morning in early winter a vaguely familiar person walked into the farmyard and began conversation by asking if corn-picking was over. It was the lost hired man. He had tried being a roustabout with the Buffalo Bill show and now, the season having ended, wanted to return to his former status as a farm hand. There is a time-worn wisecrack about the relative merits of anticipation and realization. Most of us agreed that the show was even more wonderful than we had expected it to be. At present sixty dollars does not pay for as much enjoyment as I had from my sixty cent ticket to the Buffalo Bill show. It had everything,' the romance ot the old, wild west and a citified swank furnished by performers who traveled all over the United States. For at least a day we lived in an exciting world of movement and fanfare. Next to our pleasure in the show itself was our satisfaction in seeing the quiet streets of Algona crowded with people, some, the show personnel, so different from rural community types with which we were familiar. Pawnee Bill and 101 Ranch came to Algona in later years, but they drew little more than local patronage. The organization glamorized by Buffalo Bill's name truly was tops in its own class of entertainment. Perhaps some of us continue to go to rodeos and watch the same routine done with varying degrees of skill in the vain hope that for a split second we may know the delight which made Buffalo Bill show day a day to long remember. Teachers Banquet Over 100 teachers and directors of Kossuth county's rural schools held their fourth annual banquet Tuesday, Feb. 28, at St. Cecelia's Academy. Main speaker of that evening was Guy Wagner of Iowa State Teachers college. "Santa Claus" is In Lone Rock HE LIVES IN LONE ROCK! • YESI SANTA IS REALLY HERE ... He is a business man who lives in Lone Rock and believes that the spirit of giving can be carried out all year. • He must because he is really going to give... He not only gives peanuts, candy and surprises to the kiddies, but to Mommy and Daddy he gives MERCHANDISE FREE! Besides all that he gives MONEYI MONEY! MONEYI * Yes, Santa will give away more money than has been given away in Lone Rock for a long time. • Watch this paper for the answer to that big question. Who is "Santa Claus"? Don't Miss It! "We Are Sorry!" OUR STORE IS A MESS ^Merchandise is covered with dust! s so noisy you just can't think! are moved around so we can't find anything you want! <$> You can't get through the aisles! But the Result Will Be One of the Most Pleasant Places to Shop for the Finest in Hardware At the Lowest in Price We want to keep your hardware, paint, sporting goods, appliances and toy departments the most modern and up-to-date possible. Don't forget-although we are upset—we still want your business, so we can have you always say: Ha/J-SfroJiorfTs Have It, If They Can Find It' ' THANKS—Kenny, Tressa, Ann and Bob SHOP AND SAVE AT HALL-STRAHORN HDWE. Algona, Iowa If You Do Not Wish To Get Into The Mess, We Will Deliver Your Order Promptly

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