The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 30, 1956 · Page 26
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 26

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 30, 1956
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Boy, 77, Cheerful Despite Crippling Attack By Polio Swea Cily — This young fellow with the missing tooth and the engaging grin is Ricky Spence> He's a favorite of Swea City kids with whom he plays during visit' to his grandparent.s Mr ;m,i Mrs G. D. Baker. Grown-up ; . too admire him fur Ins pluck and cheerfulness. Only 11 years old, Rick cannot remember a time when he walked as normal children do. Stricken with polio at 20 months, much of Ricky's life ha^ been spent in hospitals, or in learning to endure heavy iron leg-braces on the crippled kg that resulted from the dreaci disease. Games a n d active sports were out of the question for Ricky. Other kids wore sneakers and oxfords. At best, Rick's footwear had to be stiff, built-up high shoes. For years he has dreamed of wearing oxfords. But the right foot failed to grow, and the leg musicles •were too weak to function without orthopedic aids. Stricken In 1946 Ricky's parents, Mr and Mrs Ray Spencer, have carried a heavy financial burden eve; since that day in 1946 when little- Ricky was rushed to Raymond Blank hospital in Des Moines. The polio infection, though luckily not of the bulbar type, left the boy with a spinaJ curvature, and it took years of therapy to correct the condition. He could walk only by 'locking' the right knee. Just try this some time, then try to visualize the life of a little boy so afflicted. In recent months, the Spencers, who moved to Marshalltown last spring, were faced with another disheartening complication. Ricky's limp was becoming more pronounced as he continued to grow. As of last spring, the right leg was two inches shorter from the knee down than was the healthy left leg. It was certain that this condition would become progressively worse as Ricky reached adolescence. Things looked pretty black for the Spencers. Shriners Lend A Hand Then the Shriners stepped into the picture. A Marshalltown Shriner heard of the case. He knew that Ray. Spencer's job at the Fisher Governor factory in Marshalltown paid enough to tnaintain the family of five— (there are two children younger 6—Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines Tuesday, October 30, 1956 Ricky Spencer than Ricky)—but that Spencer'f salary couldn't stretch around any costly surgery. He knew, too, that the Shriners' hospital for crippled children, in Minneapolis, would help Ricky if help were possible. It wasn't long before Ricky was admitted to this wonderful place that has brought new hope to so many. R i e k y' s grandmother, Mrs Baker of Swea City, and his great-grandmother, Mrs Eva Nelson of Titonka, cannot say enough concerning the Shriners' hospital There is a school, and teachers: there is everything known to science in the way of therapeutic aids. Best of all, the Shriners pay the bill. If the grateful patient or his parents ever become able to pay, then they may make a donation. But no fees are paid by the patient or his family. Nor do you have to be connected with the Shriners' organization to receive this aid. Surgery Performed Soon after Ricky's admission, surgery was performed. Not on the crippled left leg, at first, but on the healthy right limb. Incisions parallel to the knee laid open the area where bone growth takes place. The bones were cut at the area where growth is fast- est. This was done to enable the disabled left leg. with u.- slower rate of ;;ro\vth, to catcl up. Miracle- surgery? Perhaps not But doctors assured the relative.; lhat Ricky's adult height will bi only an inch les* thrn it wouli have been without thy surgery After the surgery, several weeks were spent at the hos pital, with the leg in a cast. Tin i in mid-July Ricky, on crutches came to Swea City for an extend eel visit, luinbies didn't alarm him, nor did his playmates mind They helped him up, and the fur continued. Incidentally, the wel 1 children have learned a lot thru playing with a line little chat who doesn't cry when he's hurt and has overcome so many handicaps. A few weeks ago, Ricky returned to Shriners' hospital t have the cast removed and il possible, learn to walk without the crutches. This was an anxious time for his family. But he came home Sept. 30, with flying colors. No Crutches Now "I almost cried when I saw him, 1 ' says h i s grandmother Baker. Her tears were happy ones.' The atrophied right foot has been built up. A piece ot steel .strengthens the right ankle which had no usable musiclet prior to the surgery; and the left leg, the healthy one, is now approximately the same length as the crippled right limb. Crutches; Not for Ricky Spencer. The hospital pave him one for use if need be, but this spunky little guy walks without it. Braces? At last, after all the years of iron supports on his young legs, no braces. There's <i built-up shoe on the right foot. But with so many miracles already accomplished, it looks as though the oxfords of which Ricky Spencer has dreamed for, years may be only one more miracle away. Rest assured, if Shriners hospital can work that miracle, it's going to be done. Cheryl Lovstad Is 4-H Hostess The Burl Blur-bird mooting of Oct. 20 WHS held lit the home of Cheryl Lovstad. Nineteen mem bers presented which included seven ne\v members. They are Rose Ellii Kahler, Susan Lovstad, Jane and Judy Mitchell, Virginia and Audrey Lappe, and Lana Cunningham. Installation of the new members and Kathleen Fain-r, Marilyn ilineklev. and Shr.ny and Deanna Merniiu look piece. Kosemorv UKr f t: rt reived a l:!lmK the re- •!-ll meading 1V L' in qunemi ills D club. i'vhs Andrew lenders ineetin points t'> ix- work. Older club ,-^iven a Junior membi-r as n .si.'ter. Tiny are to advise and help them in anyway find possible. d on the th-n- 4-Ii meiiib.-rs were littlt them tney SQUIRREL Kenny Phillips. 14 of Sandyville, recently shot a squirrel on a hunting expedition. Nothing unusual about that, except that this squirrel was a bright orange in color. The custom of referring to a university as "My alma mater" is supposed to have started in Bonn, Germany. The words mean "foster mother." RATING At Garner, the high school band has won a Division I rating for the 11 Hi consecutive year, at tho marching band contest held at Charles City. A wall-eyed horse is one whose ivis is very light grey or white. IT'S EASIER TO WORK BETTER . . . when office fitisue caused by needless reaching, bending and moving around are a thins of the past. See our Art Metil New Century Desks, e.ich designed around a job function, nnd m.itching Art Metal Correct Seating Office Chairj. Upper Des AAoines Publishing Co. Phone 1100 Algona Here! New Task-Force 57 Chevrolet Trucks ! Performance-proved in a history-making test on the ALCAN Highway to Alaska The Akon Highway is the road where trucks grow old before their time. The road where gravel endlessly sledgehammers the life out of trucks. Where a fog of superfine dust chokes engines, and vicious ruts subject chassis to months of wear in a few hundred miles. Six new '57 Chevrolet trucks, heavily loaded with cargo, roared north from Dawson Creek, B.C., through 1,520 miles of mountains and mire, rain and hail to Fairbanks, Alaska. Running around the clock, they made this tortuous trip-normally a 72-hour run-in less than 45 hours. As a special test during the run, two of the trucks went the entire distance without once having their engines stopped! Come in and see how well these new Alcan champs measure up to your job. FIRST WITH THE MOST MODERN FEATURES! New 283-cubic-inch Taskmaster V8 is standard in Series 5000, 7000 and 8000, optional in Series 6000 at extra cost. Horsepower ranges up to 210 in Chevrolet's complete line-up of modern V8 and 6 truck engines. Revolutionary Powermalic Transmission— exclusive with Chevrolet trucks! This six-speed automatic, designed specifically for heavy-duty hauling, Is an extra-cost option in Series 5000 and 6000 and all heavy-duty truck models. Hydra-Matic is offered in 3000 and 4000 Series models at extra cost. l.C.F. models ouldate C.O.E. trucks In every way; yel offer all the traditional C.O.E. advantages. Heavyweight Champs with Triple-Torque tandem are rated at 32,000 Ibs. GVW, 50,000 Ibs. GCW. Special features include built-in 3-speed power divider. AfaM *•«* reports up to IA 17 m//e« per gallon/ That's the mileage reported by the Cameo Carrier, with Thrift- 6 and Overdrive (optional at extra cost). (My franchisee} Chevrolet dealers All the way in DRIVE range with Powermatic! This Powermutic-equipped 10000 Series tractor traveled the Alcan Highway in a single forward-speed rangel display this famous trademark KOSSUTH MOTOR CO Courthouw Square Phone 200 NOTT EVERYONE WILL AGREE, AND VOfI ALIKE, ON NOVEMBER 6 But This We Do Know EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE FOR x HEAT-TYPE HOGS When grandpa ran the farm he used to take his milk into town whenever he like it. Or maybe he would wait until grandma got a full case of eggs. Sometimes in the winter the mJk would accumulate for a week or more, but the creamery still bought it. What if it was a little sour? They made butter from it and grandpa fed the buttermilk to his livestock. It may not hiave made the best butter, but who graded butter in those days? Grandma's egg money paid for tfce groceries. Chickens were easy to raise and) it didn't make much difference whether the ejggs were good or bad, the grocer still bought them. Who candled eggs anyway? How times have changed. Grade A milk and strict egg laws-have improved milk and egg quality. Many hog men feel that today the pork industry has reached a similar transition period in which only the efficient producer and packer of quality pork will survive. The average market hog in the past produced enough meat for two people and enough lard for three. Hog producers and packers are beginning to realize that pork is slipping in consumption compared with other meats because a leaner product is needed. According to Wilbur Plager, president of the National Swine Growers Council, hotels and restaurants merchandise 25 per cent of all the meat that is produced in the United States. Plager said that only 9 percent of the meat sold to hotels and restaurants last year was pork. That's not much for agriculture's second largest industry. The "World Almanac" says that pork con-, sumption has fallen off more than seven pounds per person in the United States since 1949, Maybe consumers don't like paying for ;fat — only to fry it down into grease and throw' it away — anymore than buying rancid butter or rolten eggs. Anyway, they're demanding leaner cuts. The answer to the suiplus problem as well as the falling off in the demand for pork then is quality. BETTER PORK MAKES MORE PORK CUSTOMERS Anthony Schillz of Bancroft and his Poland China entry which won not only the 4-H championship bhl the grand championship of the purebred open class at the Kossuth Fair, is pictured above. Animal husbandrymen predict that hogs of the future will be sold on a carcass grade basis —not just by the pound. Meat type quality pork carcasses will sell for more money than the overly-fat kind. Already several packers are cognizant of the implications of over-fat pork and slipping consumer demand. Many are buying hogs on a quality basis — either rail grade or careful live hog appraisal. Some are experimenting with grade and yield on carcasses and are paying premiums for meat type hogs which is a step in the right direction. WESTERN BUYERS SELLS TO OVER 200 PROCESSORS OF PORK .... WE TAKE HOGS ANY WORKING DAY OF THE WEEK . . . ALL HOGS & ANY TYPE ! WESTERN BUYERS IS YOUR BEST MARKET - quick & reliable PHONE 107, ALGONA, OR SEE YOUR LOCAL AREA REPRESENTATIVE RAY KRANTZ Titonka MURRAY ELEVATOR ft WELP LIVESTOCK - Bancroft J. B. MERTZ We*t Bend IOU NITZ Lakota-Ledyard E. K. JOHNSON Fenton WHITTEMORE CO-OP ELEV. Whittemore MURPHY LIVESTOCK Livermore - LuVerne - Corwith DALE DUNDAS Burt GAYLE JOHNSON Swea City ALEX RADIG Lone Rock HERMAN NORLAND Cylinder WESTERN BUYERS PHONE 107 ALGONA, IOWA

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