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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 14, 1950
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Dept. of History and Archives Des Moines 19, Iowa ESTABLISHED 1865 entered ai second dan matter at the portofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1. 1B32, under Act of CongreA of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, Tuesday, March 14, 1950 3 SECTIONS-24 PAGES VOL. 85-NO. 10 Petition Asks Lauritzen's Removal By Russ Waller * » * This is a story about the- night of the "Big Wind", Tuesday of last week. It is also a story of how your reporter, and photographer Al Missal, became duly familiar with "basket social", which is a lot of fun and was all new to us, if not to AL who having once lived at Titonka has attended several of them. * * » The story started about 12 days ago, when Jack Quinn buttonholed us, told -us about the forthcoming event at Lone Rock, how the school band was making an appearance in its new uniforms, i and invited us to attend and perhaps get a picture of the newly uniformed band . . . Jack has a way about him, and you don't say no. We didn't either. * • * Then several nights later the phone rang. It was well past bedtime, and we plunged downstairs in answer to the summons. Delmar Fischer of Lone Rock was on the phone, to verify our Lone Rock date, and add a few instructions that Jack had missed. But came last Tuesday night, and with it an abrupt end to three balmy, spring days, The winds kept developing, the temperature dropped, snow was swirling, and radio reports of the gale were anything but encouraging. Think we should go, asked Photographer Missal? We decided yes. We finally got Missal's assortment of satchels and suitcases into the car, while the wind whipped off our hats and slammed car doors in great shape. Then we took of. * * * There was one thing about iti we didn't have to worry too much about traffic. All you could see of the highway was the black line town the middle, thank goodness. Missal, an old electrician's mate in the navy, decided it must be a rough night at sea, and the wind tossed the light car around with ease, especially driving in and out of cuti * •*••• • ••• -^ ... There was only ene thing wrong. The town looked deserted; not a light to be seen anywhere. We drove down to the high school, thinking everyone in town must be there—and not a sign of life! So we drove back to Main Street, and finally spotted a candle, flickering in the cafe window, and struggled inside. At this point we discovered the town's supply of electricity was cut off. The telephone circuits were still working, however, so we called Jack Quinn, who had just come up from his basement with a kerosene lantern, and said he'd be right down ... we passed the time with a cup of coffee. When the electrical circuit fails at Lone Rock, they call Armstrong, where a call in turn is sent to Cedar Rapids. There, someone throws a switch and a new circuit of juice is turned on, and in 10 minutes or so, welcome illumination returned from a new source, and we proceeded to the school. A goodly crowd of hardy souls had already arrived, carrying flashlights in many cases. It didn't take Photographer Missal long to get the pictures, although there was a wait for Band Director Georga Ann Vogt, who lives at Fenton, and had to wait until electricity returned there also before she could get gasoline for her car from the electrically operated gas pumps. The band, peppy and inspired hi new scarlet coals and black trouser*, entertained about ISO guests for an interval, and there were special numbers, including one by Mrs. Ted Jensen of Seneca, who played a musical saw. Then came the auction. Louis Heilly, assisted by Delmar Fischer, Art Priebe, Angus Cotton and Ernest Jensen, conducted this event, alter School Supt. James C. Harris got off a few good yarns to start things rolling . . .in this auctioning of baskets, one has to use extreme caution . . . Reilly wasn't so bad, but this man Fischer was dangerous ... if you even went to scratch your head you found you had just made a bid ... we scratched twice, and had two baskets, evidently bidding some high school youngster out of a chance to sit with two cute little band members, Marjorie Houck, age 11, and Judie Newbrough. age 10. This lunch we enjoyed with School Custodian Calvm Householder, who also bid on the double" basket. . . Photographer Missal got the other basket and ate enough to save himself a morning breakfast. AU in alL U was an interesting evening, the band netted about $150, and the picture of the band and the new uniforms is carried elsewhere on this: page. And this is the »tory of the event.. -we're in the market for more basket social* ... aj the »ayi»« goes— you can't beat fun! • Lone Rock Band Reaches Goal! New Uniforms There's about $1,000 worth of new band uniforms in the above picture of the Lone Rock high school band. Community efforts over i period of some months have raised funds making purchase of :hese uniforms possible. For details of one such event, read Odds and Snds in adjacent column. Band members pictured are as folfows: First row, left to right—Carol Thompson, Dolores Marlow, Patsy tfarlow, Dolores Schmidt, Janet Newbrough, Mrs. Georga Ann Voigt the director, Virginia Marlow, Darlene Long, Marlene Anderson, and Jerry Jensen. Second row—Verdabel Behrends, Jo Ella Culbertson, Janet Kruger, Marjorie Houck, Barbara Quinn, Joan Schadendorf, Joan McGovern and Arlene Zumach. Third row—Elnora Schadendorf, Joe Culbertson, John Cotton, Joe Householder, Dean Culbertson, Dennis Priebe and Jimmie Pettit. Fourth row—Roger Flaig, Dale Schroeder, Jim Marlow, Don Jensen, Dick Jensen, Leon Marlow and Max Flaig. (Photo by Al Missal). Jurors Drawn For New Term District Court Judge Fred M. Hudson will preside at the March, 1950, term of district court here. The petit jurors will report for service on Tuesday, April 4, at 10 a. m. The jurors selected are: C. J, AppelqjiUt,. Swea, Cit« loyd Bacon, > Bun; -Raymond ueamish, Algona; A. J. Bilsborough, Swea City; Glen Clark, Swea City: Roy Clark, Burt; Arthur E. Cutler, Bancroft; Carl Dahlhauser, Algona; Geo. Deirs, Swea City; Ida Dreyer, Fenton. Anna Eischen, Algona; Goldie Erickson, St. Benedict; Chester Farrington, Swea City; Wm. A. Foster, Algona; Lillie Foth, Algona; Alice Fristedt, Algona; Henry Furst, Algona; Will Hammond, Wesley; Esther Helberg, Algona; Domitilla Herrig, Algona; Esther Hilbert, Wesley. Paul Inman, Bancroft; Carl Johnson. Martha Kayser, Bode; Chas. G. Kollasch. Whittemore; Clifford Krantz. Titonka; Lawrence Krueger, Titonka; Albert Loeschen, Woden; Ivan Long, Burt; Wm. Manning, Lone Rock; John Munch, Fenton; C. O. McClellan, LuVerne; Hubert O'Brien, Algona. Emma Paetz, Algona; Edna Pearson, Swea City; Emma Pittman. Algona; Leona Potter, Whittemore; Floyd Rosenau, Lakota ; George Seaberg, Wesley; Walter Schiltz, Bancroft; Ruth Sigsbee, Algona; Esther Skow, Wesley; Walter R. Smith, Swea; City; Frank Smouse, Swea City; Mitch Taylor, Algona; Mike Thill, Whittemore; Jack Welfare, Ledyard; Dorothy Zeigler, Algona; Violet Zimmerman, Whittemore; Ed Zweifel, Titonka. C.D.A. Will Hold Convention Here Catholic Daughters of America will hold their state convention here April 1 and 2, Judy DeZellar, grand regent for the Algona court, announces. About 00 delegates from courts over the state will meet here for the two day convention, as well as C.D.A. state officers and Mrs. Anna Baxter, Dubuque, state regent. Priests from 20 neighboring parishes have also been invited. The meetings will be held Sat' urday and Sunday in the Algona Hotel. A dinner will be held for the delegates Sunday at 1 p. m. in St. Cecelia's gymnasium. Review of the year's work and reports from each court will be a large part of the program. 380 Chicks Lost In farm Blaze Whittemore — The Whittemore fire department was called to the P. L. Stainbrook farm east of here Tuesday noon to extinguish a fire which stalled in a brooder house. When an oil burning brooder stove exploded, Mr. Stainbrook put in a call to the fire department. William Meyer, Jr., « neighbor, hearing the call, rushed to the Stainbrook farm. There he and an unidentified man started to extinguish the flames by carrying water to the scene, Although the arrival of the fire department was prompt, the lire was under control when it arrived. No 'Boom', But Building To Be Easier Here During '50 While Algona does not expect what might be called a "boom" in the building field, in 1950, indications point to a steady and well-balanced program of build- Ing for the city. It will be a case of con- sis tency, rat her than "...i......" builders indicate. •' .^..^reiiWTOts planning M have already signed construction contracts. One prediction was made that there would be at least 30 new tomes constructed here this year. No Use To Wait One of the deciding factors in building plans for 1950 seems to :enter on the now-accepted fact that many basic building mater- ials are not going to have any drastic drop in price. Expectation that such a price drop might come has been responsible for retarding many who definitely expect to build, one contractor said. Those who need and expect to build homes, have just about de- for St. Cecelia'a Academy teach ? dried**that there I» nduse iri**j>tf r «nd ^completion- of the new _*«—t addition. ——•" waiting any longer. There is another favorable aspect to building, and that is,that no scarcity now exists in most materials needed for general construction. This has been the case nearly every year since the war, however. Already Planned The Botsford Lumber Co. has already scheduled four new Bond Issue For Passes At Whittemore Whittemore — By an overwhelming vote of 7 to 1, voters of Whittemore went to the polls, last Wednesday, and voted in favor of a $60,000 bond issue to finance construction of a new gymnasium for the public school. The almost unanimous vote gives the school directors the right to issue bonds not to exceed $60,000 for the purpose of constructing and equipping a new gym, and other school remodeling. The new addition will be built on the north side of the present school, extending east and west from the present building's boundary. The old gym is tentatively planned for conversion to make room for a library room, and to accommodate other school activities. There were 236 votes cast, witli 207 voting yes, and 29 voting no. Titonka Pupils In Forensic Meet Tiionka — Emilie Greber, English and dramatics teacher in Titonka high, left Friday morning with her winning pupils in public speaking for Sioux City. The pupils took part in a forensic contest held Friday evening at Morningside cpllege. Making the trip were Ervin Fahrenholtz, Mary Ann Nordman, Joan Johnson, Herbert Tjaden, Amy Fisher and Catherine Orthel. 200th Baby At St. Ann Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Curran of LuVerne are the parents of the 200th baby to be born in the new St. Ann hospital. The Curran infant arrived on March 10. On this special occasion, Mrs. Curran was presented with a beautiful throw rug, a gift from th» Sisters of M*rcy, under Whose supervision the hospital operates. Trains Gradually Back To Normal Well, maybe things are getting back to normal with the train and mail service. Restoration by the Milwaukee Road of the passenger train, between Chicago and Mason City, is expected to relieve the east and west Sioux trains passing through Kossuth county, of the extra load of mail and express, which has been responsible for the lateness of the westbound passenger. The Chicago-Mason City "Marquette", discontinued during the coal strike, resumed its schedule Monday. The upset mail schedule has been largely responsible for failure of newspapers to be delivered as normally, postal officials said. Burt Pastor To Southern Iowa Rev. Ray K. Hill, pastor of the Burt Presbyterian church, will leave for a larger pastorate at Leon, Iowa. His last service at Burt will be March 26. No new pastor has been named yet to take his place. Definite arrangements for services after he leaves have not been completed, but it is planned to hold regular services until a new pastor is named. Rev. Hill has successfully completed four and a half years of service to the Burt community, as well as to the Presbyterian congregation, and his place will not be easy to fill. He came here from Louisville, Texas. He is a native of Colorado. Wedding Licenses To 3 Couples Three marriage licenses were issued in Kossuth county last week. They were for: March 7 — Joe Boekelman, 37, homes, two for Algona and two in the country. H. J. Cowan, besides some home projects, now has several commercial projects on the planning boards. One is a two-story addition to the Druggists' Mutual Insurance Co., and a new convent school addition. A new garage for the Kossuth Motor Co. is also being planned for the corner of Hall and State streets. Other definite contractors also and prospective have construction planned. Costs Not To Drop The cost of labor and building materials is not likely to go down this year, contractors said. Cement may be hard to get later on, warned Milton Norton, if last year is a sample of what happens. After April 1, cement became a scarce item. Lumber shipments are about two months behind schedule, due in part to disrupting of railroad schedules by the coal strike. Good weather during November and December allowed builders to continue working, and stockpiles normally built up were thus drained during those months. Financing Easier Financing of new homes is con- sider^bly easier than it has ever been before. The & Loan Home Federal Ass'n here is looking to helping with much new construction. Under FHA terms, as much as 80% of the cost of a house can be financed, at 5% interest. Payments may run from H.O to 25 years, payable much like rent. Building sites in Algona are not over-plentiful, but many still exist. The eastern section of Algona, since installation of sewer and water, is now slated for consistent development, many believe. In today's Algona Upper Des Moines, local building trades firms, and firms interested in home improvement, have many special messages bearing on the general problem of building and furnishing of homes. and Lois Graham, 27, both of Titonka; Adolph Poppe, 23, and Geneva Hans, 19, both of Lakota. cemetery, March 11 — Francis Ruberg, 22, Clarion, and Norma Wilhelm, 22, Renwick. Ray Marquis, 64, Rites, Ledyard Funeral services for Ray Marquis, 64, of Ledyard, were held last Thursday afternoon at the Ledyard Methodist church, with Rev. Ulland officiating. Mr. Marquis passed away at Naeve Hospital, Albert Lea, Monday, March 6. ' Mr. Marquis was widely known. He had served as past master of the 'Masonic lodge at Swea City, was a past commander of the Ledyard Legion post, and active in other community activities. He is survived by Mrs. Joseph Jenks, a sister, and another sister, The First Robins! The first robinfln fact two of them. Mis. Morris Given* said she saw two hopping •round in hex yard. Saturday morning. Nina. Burial was in Highland Home Ledyard, and pallbearers were Ed Reece, Chris Gelhaus, Ray Wentworth, Nick Behrends, H. V. Jones and Axel Erickson. Masonic rites were con ducted at the grave. Exceed Goal Quota l*ket» — Mrs. I. E. Wichman, chiirman of the local Red Cross, has collected and turned in $236.35. The goal was $209.00. Reorganization School Row In A New Phase Claim 2,000 Names On Petition Going To Education Board A petition asking for the resignation of A. E. Lauritzen ns county superintendent of schools will be presented at the next meeting of the county board of education, Dr. H. H. Murray, chairman of the Kossuth Committee for Better Education, said Monday. More than 2,000 names have been signed by voters in north Kossuth, according to Dr. Murray. The petition reads: "We, the undersigned voi- •rt of Kosiuth County, do herewith demand lh« resignation of A. E. Lauritzen as County Superintendent of Schools, to wit: (1) Not giving full time to hi* public office due to other interests, (2) Not representing the true interests of the voters of Kossuth County." Dr. Murray, who is also president of the Lakota school board, and has been for the past 25 years, said that Lauritzen was "spending more time trying to eliminate our schools than in trying to help them." "We believe in letting our people handle our education rather than leaving it up to a few individuals. We can't see mass education," he added. Supt. Lauritzen points out that he is only complying with the orders in laws passed by the state legislature. He must form a plan for re-organization, but it is up to the voters to accept or reject it, he said. Meeting At Lone Bock Foes of school district reorganization heard visiting superintendents tell just what ii wrong with reorganizing in other states, at a meeting in the Lone Rock school gymnasium, Thursday night. This meeting, called by the Kossuth Committee for Better Education, had a smaller turnout, due to the weather, than the two previous ones held at Lakota and Bancroft. About 150 persons were present, including Lauritzen. Kent H. King, superintendent at Boxholm, pointed out the danger of political control when schools are consolidated and are controlled by only a few board members. He told of the politically controlled school situation in New Mexico where he taught recently. 30 Year Experiment School reorganization has been operating for 30 years in New Mexico, he said, and its evils are apparent. Pupils there learn by rote the standardized tests that will decide their grade for the year. Teachers are hired on the basis of the number of friends they have in the school system. By memorizing New Mexico state history and a list pf 500 vocabulary items, a child can pass any subject. All these faults are caused by centralized school control, he stated. Supt. Irwin from Rodman explained more faults of reorganization as evidenced in his native Illinois, where the revamping has been in effect a number of years. Taxes Increased "Who wants to buy a farm 23 miles from the school?" he asked the group. That, he explained, is what happened to his father's Illinois farm. "No one knows what reorganization is, but property taxes have jumped more than 200% in Illinois," he added. Casey Loss, state representative from this district, was cheered and applauded when he demanded, "Make the superintendent of public instruction and the county superintendent of schools elective offices." Dr. H. H. Murray, Lakota, chairman of the Kossuth Citizens Committee for Better Education, explained the position of the committee. "We believe in better education, but we think it can best be accomplished with the schools as they are." Ray McWhorter, Burt, called the plan "reorganization from above." Lauritzen's Viewpoint Supt. Lauritzen, attempting to justify his stand on the problem, repeated again that the people were the ones to decide what reorganization should be done. They would djscuss the plan, through groups such as this one, and then vote on it at a school election. When the meeting was thrown open for discussion, questions were fired at Supt. Lauritzen asking clarification of the county plan. Others there besides the speakers mentioned include Clarence Mawdsley, member of the county board of education from Irvington; G. D. Hart, superintendent Treasurer Swamped! "Swamped" is the only word that describes the situation at the office of County Treasurer Rosella Voigl. Tax payment* are coming in faster than ever before, the treasurer said, since completion of the tax assessment lists and beginning of payments, last week. Taxes may be paid all during the month of March, including Saturday afternoons when the office will be open. Miss Voigt said, without penally. However, be sure and bring your tax descriptions with you, as in the present rush the office personnel does not have time to look up every description, with customers standing 20 and 30 deep in line. Tax payments, also, are running larger than ever before, and while the shoulders of office personnel are broad, they should be given consideration. The treasurer's office does not assess, or even compute the tax. It merely collects. Most taxes are up—some way up—and there is plenty of dissatisfaction evidenced in results of the so-called tax equalization plan." As Bill McDonald, late supervisor, said after the legislature passed the "equalisation" bill, "it'll be the biggest mess we ever saw." Call Meeting For Sewage Talkfest _. . - . Supt. A. E. Lauritsen of schools at Bancroft; W. B. Of ficer, supt. at Burt; and county supervisors Henry Scheppman, Irvington; A. M. Kollasch, Swea City; W. S. Cosgrovt, Wesley; and J. F. Quinn, Lone Rock. Other opinions expressed were that reorganization would ruin the small town when the school was closed. They feared that the transportation problem would raise the cost of operation beyond reason. Residents of Hebron township who send their children to Elmore, Minn., only a mile away, resented having to send them as much as 20 miles to Swea City, as called for under one plan. 2 Algona Women End Swedish Trip Two Algona travelers, who have spent the past several months in Sweden, were home this week. They are Mrs. Hilda Gronwall and Mrs. Swan Lundh. Mrs. Lundh returned last Thursday. She visited her mother at Halmstad, Sweden, and other relatives. She and Mrs. Gronwall sailed at the same time and came home together as far as New York City. Mrs. Lundh then went to Rockford, 111., where she spent a short time with her sons and daughters, and Mrs. Gronwall stopped at New York City for a visit with a sister. They both enjoyed their trip very much but were glad to get home. Campfire Girls In Anniversary This week Camp Fire girls all over the country are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their founding. As a special observance Camp Fire girls throughout the country carry out special projects. Each girl who fulfills all the requirements earns a special honor which is known as the birthday honor. Some of the work done by the members of the Aowakiya Camp Fire girls of Algona on this project can be seen this week on display in the window of Sharp's Jewelry Store. An open meeting to discuss a sewage disposal plant for Algonu nas been called for Tuesday evening, March 21, by Mayor B. P. Richardson, at the city hall. At this meeting the general jublic is invited, Mayor Richard- ion said. Council members, and Paul J. Houser, director of pubic health engineering from the State Department of Public Health at Des Moines, will be present. The health department has recommended that work on a new sewage plant for Algona, costing an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 be started this year, and scheduled for completion in 1951. Cost To Taxpayers In the meantime, the city council has been probing into the ma,t- ter too. Whether Algona decides to call a special election to vote on a bond issue for the sewage plant, will rest largely with the counclL They in turn have Indicated they would welcome public viewpoinU on 4h«. msrtter.. At a meeting of the council held last Thursday night, one of several firms of engineers which have been contacted, had a representative present. This was the fourth firm to be interviewed regarding plans and ideas. Among other things, a breakdown on the tentative cost was asked for. A levy of 3 '/a mills for 20 years could be made to pay off a bond issue, it was said, and this would amount to about $17.50 a year on a $5,000 assessed valuation, on the basis of the present mlllage levy. Property owners can roughly compute what the plant might cost in individual cases from this basis. This is over and above the new 50% surcharge to be added to the water bills for a "sewage rental" levy. The rental levy is expected to raise between $15,000 and $18,000 yearly. New Taxi Owners In other matters handled by the city council, tentative approval was given with regard to licensing a new ownership for the local taxicab service. Ev- rouel Loebig, present cab line owner, haa sold his firm to Wm. and Ralph Roberts of Oskaloosa, father and son. The council agreed to issue a new license provided the necessary insurance and bond was provided by the new owners. Three building permits were also approved by the council. Clarence Hunt's application for a $2,000 basement house was approved, John Dreeman's request for a permit to replace a wooden store front with brick and glass was approved, and the Seventh Day Adyentist church plans some remodeling, which was also approved. Nothing new developed with a proposal to close off some platted streets in the east section of Algona. Teen-Age Party A Teen-Age party will be held Tuesday night, March 21, at the Moose Lodge. Hours are 7:30 to 10:30 p. m. and all teen-age youngsters are invited. The event will be chaperoned, music will be provided, and the committee in charge consists of Russ Hardgrove, Grady Phillips, Beecher Lane, Albert Davis and Chris Reese. PHONE 1100-YOUR NEWSPAPER

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