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By Russ Wallet Ralph Haag, ever on the alert for the unusual, spotted these two signs on the marquee of Dick Phillips' Algona Theatre jfst week — "Behind a High Wall" with Sylvia Sidney "Outside the Law." « * « Down at the University of Iowa, the football team is not graced at the moment with anyone from Algona, but we do have a representative nearby in the person of Calvin Tschetter, son of Mr and Mrs Joe Tschetter, who plays a bass in the Iowa .land. * * * And speaking of football, our research department, says that the game originated in the eleventh century when groups of Englishmen boot<-d Danish skulls around old battlefields, a strange pastime that later developed into soccer. Later the English began using inflated cow bladders instead of skulls to prevent players from breaking their toes, as they played without shoes. The ball was placed in the center of a field and at a given signal the two sides or mobs tried to kick the ball into the middle of the rival town. Once, King Henry II ordered the game slopped because he felt too many men were playing "futballe" and neglecting their archery. There is still a little skull-kicking going on in this manly sport, and this fall over 20 million Americans will attend college and professional games to forget momentarily the roming election, the pressures of business and economics, and X > State Hlstorioed Society lota oityj ISTASllJHtO tltt Entered »9 second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act ot Congress of March 3, 1879. AIGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1956 3 SECTIONS-22 PAGES VOL. 93 - NO. 43 P. O., Store Lost In Ottosen Flames what might happen Bomb civilization. in an H- Things are looking pretty good for us in the running feud with Jim Wychor out at.KLGA with whom we have a bet on whether or not he can pick 85% of his football guesses right. Last week he picked 40 out of 50 correctly, for an 80% average (and a good one) and a season's average of .767. Frankly, however, we think the bet is just as good as won at this stage. * * * MAIL BAG: Front Ames, subscription renewal from Gerald and Georga Ann Voigt, ex-Fenton residents. Both are now teaching at Milford high, seven miles from Ames, and both are doing graduate work at ISC. Gerald, who completed a four year course in three years. is teaching math, chemistry and shop, and Georga Ann teaches music. Gorald, by the way, decided to get a college degree after marriage and did just that. His wife is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Fred Geigel of Algona. » * * Jan .Meurer, daughter of Mr and Mrs James Meurer at Lakota, a kindergarten pupil, stepped into her locker to get her coat at recess time recently. Other youngsters, not knowing she was in the locker, closed the door. Jan cried softly to herself inside the locker, and sometime later a passing high school boy heard the soft crying tones. He retraced his steps, listened, and found the noise coming from the locker. He opened it, and made a friend for life in Little Jan * * » At the old Setchell home, at the corner of North Jones and Lucas streets., torn down recently by Bud Robinson's contracting crew to make way for a new home, some old relics came to light, including Upper Des Moines papers of 60 years ago and a batch of New York papers from the 1890's. * » • How To Slop It Dept. — At Omaha, Neb., after due consid- e. rat ion, a judge handed down a ruling: Any husband who sends his wife to court to appear for him in a traffic case will have to buy her new clothes up to the amount of the fine. •• » » Burt Boy Scouts know how to raise funds for attending camp next year. They went to the Raymond Westling farm, Oct. 20, and picked up corn, had it shelled, and it netted them 57 bushels plus and brought a cash return of around $65. * » • Mr and Mrs Knut Orton are guests of Knut's parents, Mr and Mrs Clark Orton. Along after the first of the year they will be leaving on the first leg of a trip to French Equatorial Africa where they will be Baptist missionaries. They are both graduates of Omaha Bible Institute and have already completed medical and dental technician training in Omaha and Chicago. They expect to spend about a year in France learning the French language before going on to Africa. * * • When Fred Genrich, Lone Rock, who is rounding out 38 years as a rural carrier, was involved in an auto mishap Monday morning northeast of Lone Rock, his wife, who had traveled the route with him and knew it well, filled in and earned the mail to the final 40 percent on the route while Fred had a checkup at St. Ann hospital here. The Genrich car and one driven by Fred Kahler of Burt met at the rise of a hill and Fred took to the ditch. He was shaken up but otherwise uninjured. School Board Lets Contracts For 2 Buildings Humboldt Firm Gets General, Pratt 2 Electrical Jobs Three firms, Sande Construction Co. and Hanig Bros, of Humboldt, and Pratt Electric of Algona, were awarded contracts totaling $303,804 for construction of two elementary schools Friday by the Algona Community School district board of education, following letting of bids Friday afternoon. The Sande firm got the general contracts, Hanig Bros, the plumbing and heating contracts, and Pratt the electrical contracts for new schools which will be built in the near future as an addition at Bryant and a new school in the east portion of the city. Bids for the East Side school were let first, with 11 general contractors three were: bidding: The low Wesley Golden Wedding Mr and Mrs John Weig, pictured above, will observe their golden wedding on Sunday, Oct. 28, with open house at St. Joseph's church parish hall in Wesley, from 2 to 4 p.m. The couple married Oct. 30, 1906, in the same church in Wesley, and have lived there all their married lives. Mr Weig was born in Webster county, and Mrs Weig, the former Mary Puls, was born in Marshall'county. They farmed until 1947 when they moved to town. Since 1951 Mr Weig has been janitor at the church. A family dinner at which all eight of the Weig children and their families will be present is planned for noon at the church, Sunday. The eight children are Joseph, Ed, Ray, John and Eugene, all of Wesley, Marie (Mrs Joe Drummer) of Livermore, Viola-(Mrs Walter Drummer) of Clarion, and Theresa (Mrs Edward Drummer) of Laurel, Iowa. (UDM photo and engraving). Sande Const., Humboldt $91,724 Woodruff-Evans, Ft. Dodge 93,800 H. J. Cowan, Algona 97,432 Plumbing and heating: Hanig Bros., Humboldt $35,992 E. L. Secory, Clear Lake 37,991 Sande Const., Humboldt 38,990 Electrical: Pratt Electric, Algona $8,360 Prime Electric, Humboldt 9,752 Montag Electric, West Bend 9,976 Bids for the Bryant structure; general: Sande Const. 112,010 Woodruff-Evans 112,853 H. J. Cowan 113,456 Plumbing and heating: Hanig .Eros. E. L. Secory Sande Const. 45,408 45,871 46,71b Electrical: Pratt Electric 10,310 Montag Electric 10,836 Packard and Jenison, Belmond 12,500 Actual low bidder for the electric contract at Bryant was Webster City Electric with a bid of $9,986.42, but that firm filed a certified check ot an insufficient amount, so Pratt was awarded the contract. Bids on each division on both of the buildings were below the original estimates. There were alternates to the base bids on every contract let, and the list above includes costs of the actual work to be done after alternate costs were added to or subtracted from the low bidder's base bids. The $136,076 East Side school will include six classrooms, a small multi-purpose room, toilets, offices, heating plant, and will be located in a four-block area between State and North streets at the east edge of town. For future growth, the building could be extended to include a gymnasium-auditorium and additional classrooms. There is enough land in the plot to take care of a playground area and more rooms, if added later. At Bryant, the new $167,728 building will be constructed on the west side of the present school building, one kindergarten, two first grade rooms, combination gymnasium-auditorium, and multi-purpose room for physical education, music, programs, public meetings, area for stormy weather use, toilet rooms for all pupils, heating plant in the new unit, large enough for both buildings. A future addition may be added across the area now occupied by the south section of the old building. The school board is studying a couple of the alternates on the bids let Friday and will make a definite decision soon. There was a public hearing held following the letting of the bids Friday, but there was no-one present to pose any questions. 4 Teenage Girls Injured; Three Weekend Mishaps Six persons, including four teenage girls, received injuries in a trio of accidents on Kossuth county streets and roads during the weekend. The injured are: Marion L. Wright. 16, Algona, cut knee and mouth and teeth loosened; Karen Hulchins, 16, Algona, cut on forehead; Sandra Rouze, 15, Ames, fractured right arm; Judy Pickett, 15, Algona. fractured right ankle i Irvin L. Wirtjes, 20, Lakota, cuts on face and arms and neck injuries; Grass Fire Algona's firemen extinguished a grass fire behind the Universal Mfg. plant on Diagonal street at 10:30 this morning. Damage was slight. New Officers Named At Farm Bureau Fete All Kossuth county Farm Bureau officers were re-elected during that organization's annual meeting at Burt in the high school gym last night (Monday). The officers, who begin their new terms Jan. 1, 1957, are Harry Naifziger, LuVerne, president; Glen Gabrielsen, Sexton, vice president; Harold Hunt, Ah gona, secretary; Henry Looft, Fenton, treasurer; Hugh Black, Algona, voting delegate; and Albert Johnson, Corwith, alternate voting delegate. Mrs O. T. Cherland, Lone Rock, was elected chairman; Mrs Clarence Brandt, Titonka, vice chairman; and Mrs Randall Clark, Algona, publicity chairman, of the county women's committee. Charles Bjustrom, Whittemore, was approved as county chairman for the Farm Bureau Young People. Winners in the county cake bake-off were crowned. Top white cake baker in the county is Mrs Martin Wilberg of Seneca township, while Theresa Stelflug, of Seneca township, and Mrs Irvin Schwartz, tied for top honors in the dark cake class. The project was designed to stress the importance of using lard in cakes. Township winners in each division were named recently. Members present at the meeting also voted on 20 resolutions for the coming year, and there was entertainment provided by county persons. Walter Steward, Burt, hip, arm and neck injuries and bruises. The four girls were injured at 7:35 p.m. Sunday when a car, driven by Miss Wright, hit a city light pole near the junction of Fair street and highway 169 northeast of the fairgrounds. Patrolman Dale McBride investigated the crash and estimated damages to the grille, hood and bumper of the auto at $200. The four injured in the mishap wa$ takin to St. Ann hospital. Young Wirtjes was taken to Buffalo Center hospital for treatment after the auto he was driving left a county road three miles north and a half mile east of Lakota at 1:40 a.m. Friday. The 1951 Mercury Wirtjes was driving was a total loss, according to McBride, who said Wirtjes ap> parently dozed at the wheel. The car went across the road and overturned into a ditch. Steward was injured Friday morning when the truck he was driving hit a soft shoulder and crash into a ditch a quarter mile south and four miles east of Burt. Steward reportedly met a tractor driven by Dean Mann, also ot Burt, and edged toward the side of the road. The truck rolled off the shoulder into the ditch. A total of $600 damage was estimated to the truck, which was owned by the city of Burt. Falls From Crib Bancroft—Leo Arndorfer suffered several bad bruises, but escaped with no broken bones, when he fell from the top of a corn crib last Wednesday afternoon while helping pick corn on his farm. Gets 5 Years On Embezzlement 01 e Stangland, Waterville, Minn,, entered a plea of guilty in Kossuth district court last Friday morning to a charge of embezzlement as administrator, and was sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary at Fort Madison. lie was also taxed the costs in the case of $86.81. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst took Stangland to Fort Madison last Friday afternoon. In other district court matters, a divorce decree was granted to Donald Maasdam from Virgin- L. Mausdam, on grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. Judge Stillrnan issued the decree on Friday. A new district court divorce action was filed last Thursday with Sophie Shipler asking a divorce from Russell Shipler. The couple were married in November of 1951. Cruel and inhuman treatment is charged by the plaintiff. Winner of 19 Stale & National Awards, 1950-1956 Ibcludina General Excellence. Iowa Piesi Ass'n, 1955, •Ad Best Advertising Award lor 1956 Good Weather Still Prevailing Summer readings during the days and fall readings at night have prevailed during • the past week, according to Weatherman Stu Albright at the airport. High mark for the period was an 80 degree reading Wednesday, and the low was a 38 Sunday morning. Date H Oct. 16 79 Oct. 17 80 Oct. 18 79 Oct. 19 .77 Oct. 20 _- ..68 Oct. 21 70 Oct. 22 70 Only moisture during the week was 3/100 of an inch recorded Saturday. L 49 50 46 52 49 38 44 Whole Block Threatened In Saturday Fire 8 Companies Rush To Ottosen Aid; Loss Extensive Ottosen's postoffice and the Alme Grocery in Ottogen were destroyed by a fire, Saturday night, which for a time threatened an entire business block. Pire departments from eight other towns battled the blaze, which was discovered about 7 p.m. by Mr and Mrs Mike Coyle, who occupied an apartment over the postoffice. Both buildings and most of the contents were a total loss. See A Red Glow The fire was discovered by the Coyles. They were in their apartment watching TV and noticed a red glow from the rear of the apartment. Investigating, they opened a closet and saw the flames which had eaten their way to the second floor evidently from a stairway below. They ran to the Alme grocery with the alarm, and then to the Cafe where a general alarm was turned in. Departments from Algona, Humboldt, West Bend, Whittemore, Livermore, Bode, and Rolfe, as well as the Ottosen department, joined forces to quell the conflagration. Ottosen is a town of about 125 persons, on the north edge of Humboldt county, about equidistant from West Bend and Bode. Loss Not Estimated No estimate of the loss was available, pending insurance adjustments. There was some insurance on both buildings. The Postoffice building was owned -by,. Joe Traub, ~andi the grocery building by Mr Alme, both two- story buildings. The Coyles lost all of their personal possessions except the clothes they were wearing when they discovered the fire. They have taken up temporary residence at the home of Mrs Selma Nelson in Ottosen. Mr Alme was in Nebraska at the time of the fire. Saved from his store were only a few pieces of equipment. Temporarily the grocery will operate in space in the Kelley Lumber building. Save P. O. Cash, Stamps At the postoffice, volunteers were able to save the cash book, the government cash, stamps and mailbags. It is believed that the only mail lost was what was in the postoffice general delivery boxes. The postoffice is now temporarily located in the mayor's office in Ottosen. Mrs Roy Jacobson is postmistress. A fire wall between the Alme grocery and the Cooper Implement next door to the south is believed to be the only thing that saved the rest of the block. There was no fire wall between the postoffice on the corner and the Alme 'Grocery store. An apartment over the grocery was unoccupied. The influx of fire companies strained the usual Ottosen water supply, but tank trucks coming into town dumped their loads into the town reservoir system. Whittemore Tri-County Drying Ass'n sent four big trucks filled with water as extra help. The fire had pretty well burned itself out in about two hours, but firemen remained on duty into Sunday morning and poured water on the charred ruins. At the height of the fire, the glow in the sky could be seen for 15 miles. No decision on rebuilding had been reached as of Monday. Whittemore's fire department brought three large water tanks to aid in the effort to control the fire. The buildings were of frame construction with brick veneer. Man Falls From Ladder One unidentified man was shaken up when he fell from a ladder during the fire. He landed on Ronnie Olson of Bode, thus breaking his fall. Neither was injured to any great extent. Ottosen women organized during the fire to set up a spot in the Community Club building where fire fighters were served hot coffee. This was not the first bad fire to hit Ottosen. In 1924 four business places were destroyed, the Dasen Mfg. Co., the restaurant, Nick Mertz Hardware and the Mersch building occupied by Purdy & Co. In 1927 the Lutheran church was struck by lightning and destroyed. In 1930 the oil storage tanks Ridout Says Dewe/ Voted Twice For Sales Tax Rise were destroyed and about the locker plant burned. 1951 Slur On Service Records Of Democratic Candidates Challenged With the general election only two weeks away, Kossuth county political activity and debate got into high gear this week. And the first round of political ads brought instant repercussions. Burl Ridout, Democratic candidate for the office of State Senator from the 49th district which includes. Kossuth, Emmet and Palo Alto counties, campaigning in Kossuth county this week, said that published ads by incumbent Republican D u a n e Dewell were "misleading." Dewel's ads said that he voted "No three times" on measures to increase the Iowa state sales tax to 2 1 /i>%, a measure that has not proved popular. Voted For Sales Tax Ridout said that Dewel, majority leader of the Senate in the 1955 session, did vote for the sales tax on at least two occasions, and one of the times was for the 3% tax which brought a storm of protest from counties bordering on states without any sales tax, such as Kossuth, Emmet and Palo Alto. "Dewel voted Yes on Senate File 237 to increase the sales tax to 3% on Feb. 22, 1955. His Yes vole is recorded on page 383 of the Senate journal", Ridout said. "Again on April 19, 1955, Dewel voted Yes on House file 522 to raise the sales tax lo2!/2%. This vote is recorded on page 985 of the Senate journal", Ridout added. "The only conclusion that I can reach is that he is intentionally trying to mislead the voters." The sales tax is an explosive issue in this area, where especially along the Minnesota border much business is going across the state line because of the sales tax. Delegations from Kossuth and Emmet counties went to Des Moines to protest a sales tax increase by the state legislature. Ridout also said, in reply to Dewel's statement that he had "made 320 motions" while Senate floor leader, that of that 320 total, 253 of the motions were to adjourn or recess, which his position of floor leader called for. Object To Slurs A Republican political ad declaring that "not one of their Democratic opponents served in the armed forces" brought immediate replies from two sources. Joe Bradley, Democratic county chairman, pointed out that both Stevenson and Evans on the Democratic ticket are ex-service men from World War I, and that Stevenson also served in World War II in the Navy Dept. Robert M. Loss, county chairman of the "Evans for U. S. Senator" committee also pointed out that E. R. (Spike) Evans served in uniform in World War 1. One Democratic candidate, Herman Studer, candidate for Kossuth auditor, said that he had found instances where his signs posted around the county several weeks ago had been torn down, crumpled and thrown into the ground. "The wind would not crumple them into wads", Studer added. At Titonka, Merwin Coad, Democratic candidate for Congressman, will speak at a rally in the Titonka Theatre Monday evening, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. OTTOSEN — The two pictures above, taken by a UDM photographer, show the climax of the fire which destroyed two Ottosen business places last Saturday night. The upper pictures shows firemen still pouring water on the smoulder- ing ruins. The lower picture gives a -good idea of the empty space on the Ottosen business landscape left after the Ottosen postoffice, which was at the corner on the right, and the Alme Grocery, next to the standing building, were totally destroyed. (UDM photo & engraving). Other than that, no formal political rallies have been announced. Young Republicans are planning a dance, however, the night of November 2 at the Plantation Ballroom. Pick Corn For Injured Man Lakota — Wednesday over 70 men gathered at the Henry Steenhard farm and with 17 corn pickers and picked 100 acres of corn for him. The ladies of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church served dinner to the men at the parish hall. Steenhard still is in the Buffalo Center hospital. He lost liis left arm last week in a corn picker accident. Sentral Bond Vote Saturday Sentral school district voters will again ballot, Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Lone Rock school gymnasium, on the matter of issuing bonds for $450,000 to construct and equip a new high school and procure a site for same. The Sentral area includes the Seneca, Lone Rock and Fenton areas, which are at present operating in three separate schools, with some teachers going bacSc and forth between schools to conduct classes. The high school is now distributed between the three schools. Plane Spots Illegal Hunters Five Minnesota hunters, who failed to have non-resident Iowa hunting licenses, appeared in Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court and were fined $40 and costs each Saturday evening. The men were apprehended by Game Warden Frank Tellier in Grant township through use of plane-to-ground two-way radio, late Saturday afternoon. Two of the hunters, Venzel Peterson, Blue Earth, and Melvin Dundem, Minneapolis, had $25 of their fines suspended when they agreed to purchase licenses, which were issued by Tellier. The other three, Ray Kloss, Clarence Kloss and Everett Merrimen, all of Minneapolis, had no money, so their guns are being held in lieu of the fines and costs. Three other persons paid fines during the week in Ostwinkle's court. They were Verle D. Baas, Texas, and Beverly J. Ressler, Algona, $5 and costs each for stop sign violations, and Lowell W. Smith, Algona, $35 and costs for reckless driving. Brandt Buick Ceases Business The Brandt Buick closed its business here last Saturday evening. The firm is no longer operating, and Monday a general cleanup and invoicing of parts was taking place. Harold Brandt, operator of the firm, said he had no definite plans for the future. 1,000 At Style Show Monday A capacity crowd of almost 1,000 persons viewed the Algona Style Show Monday night at the high school auditorium. The lively performance was presented by the Business & Professional Women's Club of Algona in cooperation with Algona stores. The show carried a campaign theme and was narrated by Richard Palmer. A variety of entertainment was interspersed through the show which wa$ highly praised by the crowd. A stunning array of this season's keynote fashions, coupled with the city's glamorous models,, met with much approval by the audience.

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