The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 28, 1950 · Page 15
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March 28, 1950 THIRD SECTION n . R ' n 9 |ln 9 Bros. Grcus'CameToyfoW Played A Part Under Big Top By Margaret Durant *********** of Al record as a good c * 16 ' 189 P >s -and early eral smn ge Clrcus and sev «fL $t er ones came here each season. All except the very smallest were railroad showZ Paved highways and motor vehicles had not yet revolutionized cross country transportation An ?n! uW* ?Sp A e ? t of the Kelly-Miller show in Algona was the dem°. ns * ra »°n of how satisfactorily a *°° d '* lzed circus can be handled b motorized power? in Sp J rit Lak « the ;, u . flnd m ade the drive, about 70 miles, in the morning hours of that day; How? »i *"•""«• von no longer the pleasure of standing in the railroad yards in the \L W ^ the circus load the custom years ago. Circus Train. Spectacular The larger circuses, traveling avoe<l Shown above is a rare old photograph, reproduced as good in newspaper cut form « *I»e picture will allow, taken when Ringlingi came to town in Algona. This is no j » Picture of a street parade. The circus was delayed in arriving by a railroad washout, and a parade was impossible. It had also rained in Algona. and the wagons are lumbering along State Street on their way to the circus lot. a pasture south ol ine present swimming pool ca of muddy roads on rainy days, but it was impossible to avoid trie mud on ram-soaked show lots. The early 1900's were wet years m the middle west and circuses moved from one soggy pasture to a n ° th .er. The hi P po 8 pmamus cage and he tent pole wagons, the P 1CCeS ..f a nk to their hubs very dy - The " T» »••*. \.**vuat a good-natured "work ... was lucky. It sometimes took the combined effort of 20 horses and an ele pushing from behind, to the mired wagons onto ground. firm During one of those wet summers Campbell Brothers' circus put up their tents in a pasture °? u. n °* 'he present residences of the Harry rfolte and the Paul n!l me f f « ni H e «. in east Algeria. Realizing the impossibility of get^ the heavy equipment moved oil the soggy lot .after an eve- nlog performance. , thecimis bosses -bcfta to tear down toe tents soon after the close ol the afternoon show. Some of the 2«f v 'w-^* gc 5 n !' even though they PJ_°!*. the : lot,_stuck in * mud hrough the 101 Ranch Show. H was made assistant boss hostler ater he served in the same ca acity with Ringling's and when Tom Lynch, veteran boss hostler wanted to retire the post went to Finn. Finn had to be and was the best man on the lot. VThen a heavily loaded wagon sank in the mud and the drivers said ii could not be moved, Finn climbed onto the driver's seat and through superior horsemanship and a compelling personality got results Hone Out - Tractors In Early in the 1938 season Finn's career as a circus boss came to a sudden end. At Scranton, Penn? the teamsters struck for an increase in wages. Finn, in loyalty to the men who kept the circus on the move'frdm' day to day sided with the teamsters. The strike failed, the circus went back to winter quarters, and the hors- e *Jj e *5? p l the ri "8 st °ck. were sold. Next season, whenSing- ling s wagons again began roll- site. The circus had so much trouble getting in and out of the mud. on this expedition, that it has never since returned. Note the poster advertising the "Big Show" oa the side of the building in the photo. Final Rest For Mrs. Siems, II, Of Whittemore A ~ F "neral services tor Emilie Stems. 82, were held Wednesday afternoon with a short service at 1:30 at the homp St. Paul's Luther™ " Weinhold , hole where the lane, used by the circus, connected with State street One of the day's thrills was the many horses hitched to 1116 heaviest of the stalled wag- fPui y^S? the ' inal tu « came, taking the wagon to firmer ground, the lead teams plunged across a lawn on the south side of the street, barely missing the corner of the front porch. Elephant On The Loose Later.that same afternoon we were startled by the sight of an unsuperyised elephant, standing in the street, opposite our house It proved to be the "work elephant", waiting for his keeper, and orders as to what to do next. My recollection of those years when Ringling's came to Algona at regular intervals brings to mind several heavy rain storms some delaying the unloading of - - t — * ---p ***** fea*u\JC*V4Jllg \Jt. the circus until it was not possible •to have a street parade, and others, in the evening, when swaying tent poles and flapping canvas caused the etorm to seem worse than it actually was. My remembrance was verified, a number of years ago by a retired circus man (pink lemonade concession) who, with his college student son, stopped for a short call. My eldest sister at that time was a faculty member of a Wisconsin teachers college. The older man remarked that Algona reminded him of rain storms. "But," he added, "everybody came to the show In spite of the weather." Wu In Circus Band However, Algona has had a closer contact with circus life than that of the spectator. George Spongberg, now a retired posta service employee, traveled fo several seasons with Barnum an< Bailey's circus band before tha show became a part of the Ring ling organization. Bandmasters in both Barnum's and Ringling's set a high standarc of musicianship lor their players during those years. Band music was one of. the attractions for many circus goers. We heart popular numbers for the firsl lime at the circus, not over the radio as we now do. Toe name ol Sieve (Red) Finn is still well known on , circui lots. Finn, who rote ' from the Job ol competent but obscure driver to the supervisory position ol boss hostler lor Ringluig'f Circus, spent hU boyhood in Algona. He left here as a replacement driver with Al G. Barnes and in the course of 10 years traveled with every big outfit on the road. Steve, driving eight or ten horses on one ol the heavy wagons in a street parade, was a gratifying sight to his boyhood friends, who tried, each season, to keep track ol the show lor which he was «. - — -ov.,.0 a£aiii ucguii rou- , they were hauled by tractors. Tom Lynch and Red Finn represent street parades and horse. power at their top level. It was Lynch who trained the 40-hor»e *yanv _th»t- drew Barnum -and Baitejr 1 . l*nou« red and gold band-wagon. Finn once ordered /H 8; *fW te ^! to Wtch 44lnqrse4 <",.was in Fort Dodge, Jowa, I believe) to a stalled wagon rather than make use of elephant power That pattern of circus life was possible dUe to lower wages thai are now demanded arid to em ployment of roustabout helper who had to 'be controlled bv rough methods of discipline. W would not turn back the clock to those years, even if it were pass ible. Qnly the top bracket show could afford to properly feed and care for their work teams. Let us be thankful that trucks and tractors have eliminated. much ol the hardship of moving a circus Down in the south and southwest these days circuses, in winter quarters, are making final prepartions for the coming season, Here's hoping that some good-sized show puts Algona on its 1950 route. Personally. I wish it might again be Kelly-Miller. i.* 0 / 1 ? enJoy another chat with Aunt Sally Miller who took tickets at the menagerie tent entrance, and also I would like to know if the barker for the gorilla show (assuming he is still with Kelly-Miller) continues to be interested in magazine articles. Academy Seniors At Whittemore To Present Play ' <Ju f/ Ducky" a comedy by Donald Payton- will be presented by the senior class ol Presenta tion Academy. Whittemore, a fil f ' m-> Sunday . April 2, in the Academy auditorium. Arrnand Elbert w ui p i ay the M Jr, Ma ? we11 ' his wif e will fc ed . by Mary Jane Uhlenhake, Betty Lou their daughter, Beraadine smith, a friend wLP lay £ d ; by Marita P u "y . Betty Mmier respectivel/ Their son, the eighteen-year-old atom bornb. and his bosom pal, P Doan Women's Club Holds Annual Election Officers Doan — The Doan Women's club met Wednesday afternoon at th .f. home O f Mrs. Lee Seefeld, with 11 members present. Election of officers was held. Mrs. Karold Martinek was reelected president; Mrs. Alf Lee, vice president; Mrs. Ray Cunningham, secretary, and Mrs. Guy Carlson, treasurer. A book review, "The Dukays" was gaven by Mrs. Robert Kain. Mrs. John Jennings was a guest. The next meeting will be held ? » n -flu .'~ at Mrs> Br yan Asa's. It will be "Guest Day." Mr and Mrs. Robert Kain and family visited at the Herman Lyon home at St. Paul over the weekend. Mrs. Lyons is a sister of Mrs. Kain. Mr. Kain also went to Rochester for a final checkup. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cunning- jam and family and Mr., and Mrs; "red AM «««^t *o~»n.. _ju_«. i~°: le l ^eninson.' raffiny ana Mr .. E. Krantz. Mr. Krantz is Mrs , !i*? nd •??"• Cunningham's frandfather. Mr. Krantz has been 11 and ; was feeling fairly wel over the weekend. He is staying with their mother. Hazel Hutchinson. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martinek attended a 5 o'clock birthday dinner in honor of Mrs. Martinek's mother, Mrs. Anna Hauptmann, at the Harry Barton home at Algona. Also attending were the D -rt Kings and Rudy Hauptmann -; Wesley, and Bud Hauptmanns of Algona. Mrs. Beulah Hansen of Cedar Falls spent the weekend at the Tom Young home. Mrs. Hansen is a sister-in-law of the Youngs. Sunday evening callers at the Harold Martinek home were Mr and Mrs. Dick Youngwirth and son. Bill, of Corwith. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Hansen and Carl Hansen of Algona spent Sunday evening at the Tom Young home. Tuesday evening the Doan young people met at the Dale Struthers home for the membership training class. Rev. James is teaching the class. Fourteen attended. The next meeting will be held at the Oscar Hammond home, Tuesday, March 28. LaBarre Named To B. & L Group ' C. R. LaBarre, president of the Home Federal Savings and Loan Association, received word today of his appointment to the Investments and Investment Policies Committee of the United States Savings and Loan League. The appointment came from Henry A. Bubb, Topeka, Kansas, president of the League, which is __^_^T;_ _*;. '•'-*•. .*--r^TV-~-- ~i*J^J^ ^P^^diq o*gwiu.atien of the savings association business. FOR BETTER BOX SPRINGS Mrs. Emihe Karoline Ostwald biems was born June 27, 1868, in Uermany, where she was baptized on the day of her birth: At ™,,t£* ? t fs . even . years she was Jrought to America by her par- nts, and the family settled at Watertown. Wis. The following Xf^i c wife and mother of this amily was taken by death. ame to Iowa and settled on their farm northwest of Whittemore where the Martin Ostwald's now live. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by the Rev. Maas &«™ anu , e l. Lutheran church in Lotts Creek in 1882. ,, n ^.'' 1889 ' she was united in marriage with Christopher Siems. They established their home on a farm two miles east of Whittemore, where the deceased continued to live until her death. Their union was blessed with three sons and six daughters. One daughter died in infancy, and their youngest daughter, Esther, died in 1939. On March 29, 1921 Mr. Siems passed away. She was one of the charter members of St. Paul's congregation. She was a faithful wor- hiper at services. Hers was a humble and kind nature and t< know her was to love her She was a loving and devout mother and her memory will always bi cherished by her children. bne always enjoyed excellen health and not until the pas year did she show any signs o declining health and the infirmities of old age. She was able to be up and about the house unti Friday, March 17, when she be came ill. She lapsed into a coma on Saturday evening and passed away peacefully without regaining con- ciousness, on Sunday, March 19 at 6:35 p. m. ' She is survived by her three son*. George of Fenton, Erwin at lorne; and Werner, a teacher in Kedeemers congregation in Evansville Ind. four daughters, Jora, Mrs. Herman Haack, of ^"ton; Ida, Mrs. Kuecker, of .otts Creek; Mathilda, Mrs. Noah leisner, of Lotts Creek; Lydia Mrs. Henry Wichtendahl, of here 1 grandchildren, and nine great- Tandchildren. Three sisters also.survive. They are Mrs. Herman Gade of Whittemore, Mrs. Otto Booth of Norwood- and Mrs. Fred Wahlers of Albert Lea; three half-sisters, Mrs. Carl Booth of Albert Lea- Mr i s ri. Hulda Finn, and Mrs. Ruth gailnem of Los Angeles, Cal., and four half-brothers. Henry, Reinhold, and Martin Ostwald of Whittemore, and Carl Ostwald of Fargo, N. D. Interment was in the Lutheran cemetery beside the grave of her husband. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Kermit and Gerald Kuecker, Hilbert and Wilfred Bierstedt, Harlan Balgcman, and Lyle Haack. Debaters Enter State Contest Algona debaters will go to towa City March 30, 31, and April 1 to participate in the Iowa High school Forensic league finals Waking up the team are Fred T ,angmack, Edd Laing, Helen .em, and Claudia Pollard. The Algona team qualified for he finals at a district meet al Sioux City, March 11. Fort 3odge and East High of Sioux -ity also qualified from this dis- rict. The subject of the debate s the changing of the present ?lectorial method of selection of he U. S. president to direct elec- lon. The last time Algona was represented in the state finals was in 1942, when Richard Palmer, coach of the local debaters was a member of the team. Algona was awarded second placu that year. A one act play \till also be given at Iowa City the same weekend. Jack Allen, Nancy McAlpine Dianne Schaap, Ronald Hutchings, Marilyn Miller, Larry Wolcott. Bob Applegate. and Ronald Peterson are the cast for "The Ugly Duckling" by Milne. IF MOVING OR STORING YOUR HOUSEHOLD GOODS-confact BRADY TRANSFER & STORAGE COMPANY FORT DODGE, IOWA Agents, Allied Van Lines, Inc., in your locality. Excellent equipment, competent and courteous service Phone or write for estimate on any moving problem. 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