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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 4, 1950
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2—Algona Upper De» Molnet Tuesday, April 4, 1950 er ite$ ulotaes THE CENSUS BEGINS With the start of taking the 1950 census, there will no doubt bu quite a few Who vyill consider some of the questions rather impertinent, and none of anybody's business. But the purpose in asking the questions is not as "prying" as it might seem. Other than ascertaining population, the questions are aimed at determining totals with regard to various aspects of American life and living, and not for information on individuals or families. And it might be well to note that any enumerator can be sent to jail for two years and fined $1,000 for violating the confidence you give him on a census form. On the other hand, if you refuse to tell him what the questionnaire asks, you can be subject to a $100 fine or 60 days in jail. The intent of the census is sincere, and confidential, even if some of the questions seem a little nosey. * * * BEWARE OF SMOKE SCREEN Farmers had better be on their toes, or they may see many of the protective features gained in the past 15 years wiped out. Perhaps some of them should be eliminated, or adjusted, but it is becoming increasingly evident that one of the main purposes of some of the anti-administration ballyhoo being passed out is aimed at undermining any farm program. The anti-administration forces are not coming out and directly attacking farm support plans as such. They are attacking from oblique directions, through criticism of this and that, through useless and time-wasting Congressional stage shows and hearings, all aimed at undermining confidence in the administration, particularly in the farm areas. THE COURTHOUSE LOCATION As we hoped, last week's editorial passing along a suggestion about building the new courthouse for Kossuth county on the Athletic Park site, and making a full block of parking space out of the present site, brought some reaction. Our first caller informed us that under the . original terms of the gift of a block where the courthouse now stands, by the Calls in early days, it was stipulated that if the block was ever used for any other purpose than a courthouse, it would revert in ownership to the Call estate. We have not checked into this, but if this is so it immediately vetoes the idea. The second reply on the subject made the suggestion that the new courthouse be constructed flush with the sidewalk, on the present site; and cover all of one side, or be constructed in an "L" shape, so that at least half of the black could still bo used for parking purposes. Here again we may have a good idea, but a controversial one probably. Like most other questions of a public nature, the time to discuss them is before the die is cast and we'll welcome passing along the ideas of anyone on the subject. * * * MR. LARSON'S "UNDERWORLD" One of the most interesting excursions that can be made in the daily press is checking things over to see what latest pronouncement on the evils of living have been made by Robert L. Larson, the state attorney general. We have gathered that Mr. Larson is against sin in general, and that is good, of course. Mr. Larson has found himself waging combat with some especially vicious types, like bingo and pinball games, and it is rumored tr»at he u casting a wary eye at the new rage of Canasta, which folks have told us can be played in such a manner that there might be transferring of funds from one to another, much as was the case in bridge before bridge had to 'go underground." At Cedar Rapids, as a consequence of looking for where Mr. Larson is generating steam, we find that he mark- a speech in which he stated that thu big anti-gambling campaign which he inaugurated liiur months ago "'look the underworld by complete surprise in Iowa." Well, there may be a lot of "underworld" in Des Moint-t, and perhaps in some of our river cities, but .somehow ur other the thought of an ••underworld" in the rank and file of Iowa towns and small cities is hard to take too seriously. &pper Qes jttomes 111 E. Call Street— Phone 1100— Algona, Iowa Entered ab bec •«' Algon-. l March 3. li)7U. class mallei jt tju- ui.der An u: Cu Issued, Weekly By THE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. ERLANDEH, Advertising Manager MEMBER NATIONAL EDITORIAL ASSOCIATION MEMBER IOWA PRESS ASS'N MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE National Advertising Service 222No. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 111. $5 'GO SUBSCRIPTION HATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One YtLir, in advance* ...... --------- .._ _ liolh Algiiiui paper*, in combination, per ye Single C"u|jict>. . -------- _... ....... ----- - . SUBSCRIPTION RATES lOUTSIO Oiu.- Yi-tJi 1 . in jdvancc - ..... ____ ________ _ itotn Algona papers, m combination.- one year. Nu bub^ci'ijjtjon leba than U months, ADVERTISING RATES L)J;.J>]J> Adv'L'i liMiiy, pur inch _____ . . ________ . fr-l. to 00 OFFICIAL CITY AJfP HE HAS SOMETHING HERE! The other day we spotted an acquaintance, a local business man, who looked as though he needed a little cheering up. We invited him to have a cup of coffee, and he did need a little cheering. He had just paid his taxes. After the coffee had helped to subdue the shpck of the tax total, he unburdened a little. And this is about what he said: "I am in business. I am therefore assessed on the personal property in my store, based on , my business inventary. I have to have goods to do business, and for that privilege I pay a tax. "People come into my store and buy goods. When they do, the state forces me to collect a two percent sales tax from them, which they pay for the privilege of buying my goods. I in turn act as collector and bookkeeper for the state, and forward the sales tax on to the State Tax Commission. "Then after I have sold the goods, assume have made a profit. On this profit, I have to fil another report and p3y another tax, this time ; state income tax. "Thus, in the course of selling one item, the item is taxed three times right in my own posses sion, once by the local taxing body, and twice b> the state, and two of the three tax assessments have to pay myself. Now can you tell me why one item should be subject to three different taxes just because I sell it?" We couldn't. * * * BROADWAY AND MAIN STREET Wrastling Is an Honest Sport, But Love is a Different Story BILLY ROSE- The other night at Lindy's, I was introduced to a Popocate- petl of a man named Ezaklios Pappanokiyuljkos, the Greek wrestler—better known to the toe-hold set as the Hooded Cobra. "You injessld in wrastling?" the mash-and-maul artist asked pleasantly. "Not particularly," I said. "I hear tell the business is full of crooks." "Is wrong." said the Cobra. "In United Schnapes, wrastling is mos" honest sport what can be. Why? Because no wan bet. Is lak betting on feenish of musical comedy show." STATE HOUSE JOBHOLDERS About every so often someone gets interested in jobholders sharing the benevolences of public jobs, and last week a prober did just that in the State House. He came up with' the following facts: A waterqd-down form of nepotism dominates Republican official circles today. It could lead to criminal prosecutions if the State nepotism law were not circumvented skillfully. Instead of hiring one's own relatives in one's own department, which is unlawful, Republican officeholders trade jobs for their relatives with the heads of other departments, for jobs for their relatives in exchange. The salary figures given below are taken from the 1948-49 State Salary Book, published by the State, as required by law. A former member of the Republican State Central Committee is employed in the Department of History and Archives and draws an annual salary of $3,600. His wife is employed in the office of the State Treasurer and draws an annual salary of $1,922.50. His daughter works for the State Tax Commission and draws $1,552.17 a year. A total for this family pf $7,074.67 a year. The widow of a former high elective State official is employed in the Motor Vehicle division of the Public Safety Department and draws $1,797.50 salary. Her daughter works for the State Commerce Commission for $2,904.99 a year. A total for this family of $4,702.49. A woman who works in the Department of Public Safety was paid $1,890 a year. She had three daughters and one son on the State payroll; in the Department of Public Instruction, the board of Vocational Education, the Department of Public- Safety and the State Tax Department, drawing salaries respectively of $2,200, $1,813.91, $336.86 and $2,334.19; a total of $B,574.l»6 a year for this family. Two brothers working for the State Liquor Commission drew salaries of $1,596.90 and $2,250. Their wives worked in the Department of Public Safety arjd drew salaries of $1,830 and $1,520. A total for this family of $7,196.90 a year. An employee of the State Conservation Commission drew $3,050 a year. His wife was employed by the State Executive Council for $803.20. A total for this family of $3,853.20. Two brothers were employed, one by the State Liquor Commission, the other by the Department of Public Safety, at salaries of $2,250 and $1,820; -a. total of $4.080. One of the two brothers is said to have a married sister and thiee cousins working in the Department of Public Safety. One man who works in the office of the State Tieaiiirer drew a salary of $2,080 a year. His sister woiked in the Department of Public Safety for $2,155 a year. A total for this couple of $4,230. Wfctoter'ii Dictionary defines nepotism as "bestowal of patronage by reason of relationship rathei than of merit." The Iowa Code leads: "It shall heieafler be unlawful for any person elected 01 appointed to any public office or position under the- law* of the state ... to appoint as deputy, clei k or helpei in said office or permit to be paid fiom the public lundi any peison related by con- canguiriity or affinity within the third degree." Another sfcction reads: "No pejaon so unlawfully appointed o; employed shall be paid or receive any compensation from the public rr.oriey . . . and any pci^on or person.* to paying the iajne o» ar»y pan thereof, togc-thfci with hu t/or.'Jin.tii, 4.1,ail be liable for any and all moneys vi j,a;U. ' These examples may be '•> oia.r. ca.--.c- oj violating the spirit if not the letter of thu lav/, th.:-, trading iflativej' position*. * * * Allanla Journal —A writm says thtje an.- ten ways of avoiding succe^j. The easit:>l and most pleasant way, no-doubt, is to avoid work. * * * Sub Bate Gazette —When a jnarned man h the last wuid, the- woid is "Yt-s." * * * Indianapolis News —Perhaps the- fiie that is being built under President Truman has convinced him thcie is no coal emergency. * A x Christian Science Monitor It's only a topnotch salesman who ca« convince his wife that by i (.'laming her old fur coat *he'a sacrificing style lor \vai iiiti'i. 'k K * Tipton Conservative —If woiiicn's 1 clothra didn't fhanue *n often, the it would probably be mure chull;.•!.• m men's. "What makes you think people don't bet on musical comedy shows?" I said. "But never mind, go on." "Only place wrastling Is crooked sometime In Sout' America," the Cobra continued. "Frlristance, Ecuador, where tree months ago I ween plenny money by losing." "I am amaze," I said. "Is funny story," said Ezaklios. "Day before I wrastle Aloicio Macombo, Billy Rose champ o f Quito, Senor Ramon, matchmaker, walk een my hotel room. Ramon is beeg shot in Ecuador. " 'Foot on show twanny, twanny fife minoot,' he says. "Then Aloicio weel take fall for you. Mak It bear- hug an' body-press.' "I cannot believe ears. I say: "You want me to beat champ?' "He say: That is only way you gat return match. Mak sure no mistake. I bet plenty for you to win.' • • » "NIGHT OF MATCH, when I walk down aisle, crowd have bottles, is boo, want kill me. When Aloicio comes in, they chuck flowers an' cheer. "Everybody is bet on champ- poor, rich, Spaneesh, Indians — an* theese mak me sad. I am honest man an* do not like cheatin' poor, ignorant peoples. So I decide to be fair and lose—I even bet all I got, on Aloicio. "Well, ft firt* is* very good match. For tu'anny minoot u<» poosb, mak noises an' stick lin- gers in eyes. An' then Aloicio lays, 'Is loo hot to wrastle more, I f take fall soon.' "I am smart an' say nothing, an' minute later I fall on back with Aloicio on top. But Aloicio is smart, too. 'Oh, no,' he says, an' begins to fight dirty. An' before raferee can count tree, he twist my arm round his head so I got Deadlock. Then he geeve jerk, mak like he trip over my leg, an* fall on hees head. Only he fall harder than he think an' gats very deezy. "Queeck, I jump on beem, making beeg tangle weeth arms and legs— no one can tell who got who. Then I feenish up on my back, Raferee counts tree, announces Aloicio ween, an* crowd go crazy." • • • WASN'T SENOR Ramon sore? I asked. . "I no wait for Ramon," explained the Cobra. "I slip out of the arena, then out of town, then out of Ecuador . . . ." Just then, a good-looking woman pushed her way through Mr. Lindy's revolving door, spotted the wrestler at my table, and began jaber- wockying away at him in Spanish. "Wait for me in car, babies," Ezaklios said, affectionately. "1 am weeth you in minoot." "Who's the lady?" I asked, when U'e uere.alone again. "Wife of Senor Ramon," laid the Cobra. "When the gat final divorce, she became Metsui Pap. pangkiyulilios." "I thought you said wrestling was an honest sport," I said. "Wrastling, yes," said Ezaklios. •Love, my frlen', of course, i' borse of different collar." Ravings CHRIS REESE LU11* of Tbfc. •f Tfeab Mot Macb of Anything. measured the outside circumference, we found that every time my tire makes one revolve, so to speak, it covers a distance of 90 inches. And so for every mile I drive the bus the wheels each turn over 704 times. Lots of the gents and business and professional men on the main drag here live a mile or more from their office and they make this drive •*our times- daily, say 300 days Jn a year, and* their tire turns over times, almost a million. of it being Dr. Hoffman's birthday and it was then that I saw some real honest to goodness coffee gulping, every one of them being experts. I hadn't seen Joe Bloom § ulp his Java for several years ut he sure has the art down to a finer science than ever. Joe Harig maintains the firmest of holds on his cup and never a slirp is heard. Chris Chrischilles gulped his coffee with the finest of cup holding stances and Phil Kohlhaas proves a better and more consistent gulper every day. And it being Dr. Hoffman's birthday he assured me that with each passing year he hoped to continue his coffee gulping with the highest enthusiasm. And I sUre got a bang out of seeing the gulper artists at their gulping and they're all good members of the Algona Gulper Club, so to speak. And it was last week Jhai Leo C. Bernhard, formerly of Bancroft, but now of Park Rapids, Minn., called at the shop and asked for 50 Amalgamated Association of Coffer Gulper membership cards because on account of the Gulpers in Park Rapids are about to organize and a meeting had been called for April fool's day at the town hall and Leo assured me that the gulpers in Park Rapids would prove a credit to the association. Last Saturday was April Fool's Day, so I'm told, and I still can't figure out why the day is designated as such because on account of I've found that most any day can be a fool's day to me. I suppose that's because I'm dumb to begin with. v And last week in this column of bunk I hailed spring as being here and was so happy because we were now going to have grass and flowers and sunshine and the next day we had a near blizzard and winter continued with us in all its sneezy and wheezy details. And then Harry Nolle told me that if I hadn't started the spring bunk perhaps we'd have come into warmer and more springy weather, but he also said that he hadn't ordered the winter atmos- here, but he suggested that I eep my mug shut about weather and maybe the weather men would be more congenial and give us a better grade of atmosphere, so to speak. Donna Callies Of Titonka A Bride Titonka — Miss Donna Callies, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Calies, and Dwayne Jensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter E.» Jensen of Ringsted, were united in manage at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, at the Swedish Luthernan church in Fort Dodge, Rev. C. R. Linberg, the pastor, officating. They were attended by the groom's brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Jensen of Ringsted. Tb»r* ax* 139 miles *tz«iched between the Iowa State Bank corner in Algona to the Register and Tribune building in Des Moines. And that means that each of the four wheels on rny Ford turned over 907,856 times to make the trip. Just think of it, 1,815,712 lurns by each of the wheels to take the Ford to the state capital and back. And just think of this, loo, I've checked and found the 41 bus to have been driven 121,000 miles and this means that the wheels have turned over, each one 7,666,560,000 times. So, just think of the turn-overs some wheels on older cars being driven have made. I'm not much of a mathematician but 1 like to figure and so 1 thought it would be fun to figure the wheel revolving and trm mileage in miles and feet and inches, so I called on Frank Schattsschneider and with the help of Merrill Mueller, Don Sherman and Adrian Hang, who held a tire while Frank and I : Figuring the tirei at 90 inchei I find that Des Moines is 8,807,040 inches from Algona, or 44,480 rods, or 244,640 yards or 733,920 feet. Now that's some distance, ain't it? I admit it, L. S. Bohannon and his adding machine helped me figure all this out. — o — I received 29 gueuei as to the Fenton telephone directory names snd the third letter, written by Wm. Fisher, of Fenton, was the first one to be correct, hence Mr. has earned a year's sub scription to the Upper Des Moines. Of the 29 guessers who did the guessing, 17 were right as well. One of these. first days I'm going to study the Wesley telephone directory and I find that there are some really many- ieuereu names in tnai IJOOK. — 1> — One night last week the Mr*. and I had a feed at Ricardo's and wnilt we were gulping our coffee in comes Joe Jiang, Hnil Ivoni- haas, Joe Bloorn, Chris Chrischil- les and Dr. Hoffman and they proceeded to feed on the occasion PLL_SAY IT'S "' KENT MOTOR CO. WHATCHA LAP FIN 1 AT, MISTER. EDITOR. rSOMETHIN'^WILL PWNT A COMIC 7 .-/FUNNV FOR. STRIP CALLED ™ »//-M \D OAOCD '*MlLE-AvMM4UTE~M£ -OOW'T M\SS ONE OF THEM / TEL US- SO WE CAM LAUGrH TOO / Following the ceremony dinner was served the bridal party at Ft. Dodge, and they then returned to Titonka where they will make their home for the present with the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are fine young people. The bride has lived here all her life and has a host of friends. The groom has been employed at the Tyke Electric shop here for some time and operates the machine at the theatre. He is a nice young man and has made many friends since coming to Titonka. Spanish Vets Banquet ~ The annual banquet, tendered by Post 2541 of the Veterans of foreign Wars to veterans of the Spanish-American War has been set for Thursday, April f 27, at 8:30 p. m. at the VFW hall. Tickets will go on sale shortly. IF IT'S NEWS Wfc WANT IT! Visiting around Iowa by Joe Marsh Iowa's Wider Roads Glad to see they are widening tome of our highways! "It's going to save a lot of acci- ientsi" Ed remarked as we drove west from Coif ax on newly-widened No. 6. "Narrow roads are like narrow- minded people— they're dangerous." And that's certainly true. Think what trouble and unhappiness a few narrow-minded people can cause in a neighborhood. If we could only broaden their outlook as easily as we widen our highways! After all, broad-mindedness is one of the keystones of our democracy. Tolerance and good will. help make America th'e wonderful country it is. Neighbor Ed goes fa rot bowling and baseball, while I prefer reading and the radio. Ed likes his coffee; I prefer * temperate glass of beer. These sound like little things. But, tolerance In little things means tolerance in UK things, too. The highway officials hare s sign — "Danger—Narrow Road." Our democracy would be safer if we had a sign like that for folk* with narrow minds, too. lot Marib, CatjritM, V. S. Bnwtn feundftion NO. 134 OF A SERIES Presenting The Farmers of KossutS County ALVIN STECKER When we encountered Alyin Sleeker, to draw his pic- lure, he had a small cigar just about smoked down to a nubbin,' but didn't exactly want to throw it away—so we made the picture complete with cigar. Alvin Sleeker, 22, is another young Kossuih farmer who is well launched on a farming career—and be has a Dad' who has given him a good apprenticeship in sound farming principles. Alvin rents a 240 acre farm from his father, Fred N. Sleeker, six miles from Titonka. The elder Sleeker himself farms a 120 acre place cear Lakota. In fact, of the nine Sleeker brothers, all of them that are old enough are on farms. Mr. Sleeker, senior, came from Germany when he was 15 years of age—and headed right for Kotsulh county. He has been here ever since—and has raised a family of 14 children. Alvin was married in 1949 to the former Marjorie Red- inius of Britt. The young couple- has a daughter ttv« months old, Marvella. He has eight brothers: Hank, Bruno, Connie. Stanley, Martin, Ferdinand, Qeorge and Fred Jr. He has live sisters as follows: Mrs. Gerhard! Klassie, Mrs. Leo Set- berl, Mrs. Kenneth Craig, Marcelia and Gertrude. A lot of farmland is planted and harvested by all the menfolk in this entire family of brothers and brothers-in-law. Alvin says he had pretty good crops last year, taking everything into consideration, Alvin. his Dad and hU brother, Stanley, farm their places together. He is keeo ing thirteen sows this Spring, to J»Kaw in • The Value Of A Good jh.l the eiUblUhm.rS *7i^. IOWA I*'I* A HABOLD GILMORi:, C«W« ftQf

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