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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 13, 1956
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State H10to*16al Sooiety Iowa OityJ Ia« By Huss Waller * • * The Weather man cooperated nicely with the opening of the pheasant hunting season last Sat- turday. The freezing temperature during the preceding night brought whole flocks out into the open, Saturday morning, looking for food. Hunters report that along highways 169 and number 9 in north Kossuth, 40 and 50 birds could be seen out in the fields along the roads — up until noon, that is. * * * State Conservation officials say that the majority of Iowa farmers will readily grant permission to hunt if they are asked. In a recent poll (the poll season isn't quite over yet), about 70% of Iowa farmers indicated they would allow hunting if asked first, and only 6% said they would not allow hunting under any conditions. * * * Next Monday, Nov. 19, is the annual Farmers Banquet, sponsored by the three Algona service clubs, Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions. Maynard Speece, farm service director of radio station WCCO of Minneapolis, will speak. Each service club member will invite one or more farmer guests. The dinner and program will be held at the high school Annex. * • • Lost in the first mass of election returns, last week, were results of the vote in Kossuth county on the question of giving a bonus to Korean War vets. Kossuth voters gave overwhelming approval to the bonus, 5,274 to 1,810. Korean vets will receive $10 per month for domestic service, and $12.50 per month for foreign service. * • • After a hectic cix weeks prior to election, 'it was amazing the ease with which the nation viewed and accepted the results, and settled back into the normal" between-elections life. For the first 24 hours the results were a prime topic of conversation; after that, with the exception of the Cpad-Dolliver battle for the 6th district Congressional seat, conversation turned to football and how things were coming at Suez and in Hungary. * * • Beginning with July, 1957, a disabled person, age 50 or over, may be eligible to start getting monthly social security insurance benefit payments. It is no longer necessary to wait until 65, as a result of 1956 amendments to the Social Security laws. The disabled, however, must be so severely disabled that they are, not able to engage in any substantial work. The condition cannot be just temporary. * * * Odd Spots in the News — In Omaha a woman was excused from jury duty after she explained she knew the little words okay, but not the big ones the lawyers used... out in Los Angeles a holdup man who had been inside the movie walked out to the cashier and announced 'I didn't like the movie, give me everybody's money back'... in St. Joseph, Mo. a man begged for a lie detector test, and told police he'd been drinking for 25 years, now thought he wanted to stop, but wanted to find put if he was lying to himself... in Limington, Maine, the Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge was busy nailing up the name plate on the Lodge's new health', center, fell off the ladder, and 'was popped into bed as the first patient. * • * In Emmel county, the question of adding a new $100,000 bond issue to the previous $350,000 for construction of a new courthouse was placed before voters in the last election. The $100,000 bond issue received only 57.56 percent in favor, missing the necessary 60% by a narrow margin. The previously approved bond issue of $350,000 has not been sufficient to furnish funds for construction, based on two previous calls for bids. * • » In its "50 years ago" column, a newspaper in Westboro, Mass, ran an item concerning two concern? there that were on strike. The editor was bowled over a few. days later to receive a letter from he U. S. Department of Labor marked "Work Stoppage Report —Confidential." The Department wanted to know all about the strikes. The strikes were settled 50 years ago and the workers had their pay raised to $6.50 a week. * • » Famous Last Line—Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must fust be overcome (Samuel Johnson) ISTAIUSMID entered at second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1933, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1870. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1956 4 SECTIONS - 26 PAGES PLUS 16 PAGE TABLOID VOL. 93 - NO. 46 Canvass Begins; Goad Picks Up 162 Swea City Couple Wed 48 Years Mr and Mrs John H. Schueler of Swea City, who observed their 48th wedding anniversary on Oct. 14, are pictured above. The Schuelers farmed for many years and in 1953 moved to Swea City to make their home. (Photo by Nels Isaacson). Aunt Jemima And Pancakes On Thursday Thursday is "Pancake Day" in Algona — the fifth annual one soonsored by the Algona Kiwanis Club. Proceeds from the day-long pancake serving will go to the children's hot lunch fund for use at the Annex and Academy. Serving will start at the V.F.W. Hall here at 10:00 A.M. and pancakes, eggs, and sausages will be served until 4:00 P.M. by club members. After four previous experiences, Kiwanians are pretty adept at dishing up delicious "eating" from the hot griddle. All of the ingredients are being furnished wthout charge by the Quaker Oats Co., Folger's Coffee Co., Staley Syrup Co., Algona Produce, Brown's Dairy, and Winter's Dairy. Kiwanis Club co-chairmen for the event are Dr. Harold Erickson and Rev. M. H. Brower — who call your attention to the "Aunt Jemima page" appearing elsewhere in today's Upper Des Moines. AHS Junior Class Play Wednesday "The Little Minister", a play of spiritual significance, will be presented by the Junior Class of Algona high school, Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Harlen Waller of the school faculty is the director. The cast of characters will include Judy Lowman, Peggy Hardgrove, Roger Keith, Larry Hutzell, Wayne Williams, Marilyn Peglow, Karen Hutchins, Nicki Clark, Dennis Schoby, Jackie Cook, and Bonnie Elliott. The business and stage staff includes Mimi Wright as* assistant director, Pat Gilbert as business manager, Sandra Strahorn, script girl, and Charles Johnson, stage manager. Tickets are on sale at the high school Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The play itself is a drama of a minister in his first parish. Weavers of the parish are led in rebellion by a gypsy, and a beautiful love story is interwoven throughout the play. Injured By Gun Livermore — Ivan Larson is suffering with a bad arm that he received Sunday afternoon, Nov. 4, when he and three of his boy friends were duck hunting. The gun accidentally went off and the shot struck his left arm. Parade, Program For Vets Day Several hundred persons witnessed the program for observance of Veterans Day here Monday, on the courthouse lawn, following a parade headed by a color guard and firing squad of VFW and American Legion members from the high school. The high school band also participated. Mayor C. C. Shierk delivered a brief but fitting address. Russell Buchanan was master of ceremonies, and Rev. O. Leonard Nelson offered the benediction. Algona business places were closed from 10:30 to noon. The official Veterans Day this year fell on Sunday. Coll 7th Vote, Sentrol Bonds The seventh bond issue vole for a new high school for the Sentral Community School District has been called. Voters of the Fenlon-Lone Rock-Seneca areas will again ballot on Dec. 15, Saturday, on a $450,000 proposition. This time the location as specified" J ~JI'ruraX including 10 acres of land lying on the northeast corner of the southeast quarter, and ihe southeast corner of the northeast quarter of section 9, Iwp. 97 north, range 30. Procuring and improving adjoining land as a site for an athletic field is included in the proposal. Complete legal publication will be found in today's Algona Upper Des Moines. Edward Dontje Rites, Lakota Funeral services for Edward Dontje, 53, well-known Grant township farmer, were held in the First Presbyterian church at Lakota, Monday, at 2:15 p.m. Rev. Harlan Kruse officiated and burial was in Maple Hill cemetery. Garry Funeral Home of Bancroft was in charge of arrangements. Mr Dontje died suddenly Thursday evening at his home A farmer in the Grant area most of his life, Mr Dontje is survived by his wife, Henrietta; a son, Eldon, Ledyard; a daughter, Eunice (Mrs Douglas Mechler), Titonka; his father, Henry Dontje, Sr., Lakota, two granchildren and four brothers. They are Frank Dontje, Swea City; Herman Dontje, Buffalo Center; Henry Dontje, Jr., Fairmont, Minn.; and Dick Dontje, Guckeen, Minn. Livermore Town Marshal Dies Livermore—George C. Davis, 62, a lifelong resident of Livermore and for many years the town marshal, died suddenly Monday morning of a heart attack at his home. Two years ago he suffered a heart attack but had seemingly recovered and was carrying on his usual work up to the day before his death. Surviving are his widow, the former Margaret O'Neil, three sons, George of LuVerne, John W. of Fort Dodge, and Thomas E. of Minneapolis, a brother, W. B. Davis of Livermore, and a sister, Mrs Hazel Barnes of Pierre. S. D. There are also seven grandchildren. Funeral services had tentatively been set for Wednesday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic, church, with Father Sturm to officiate. Bogaard Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements, and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Lvermore. Choir Song Service The fourth annual song service by the choir of St. Paul Lutheran church at Whittemore will be held in the church Sunday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. The choir will present 12 hymns during the program. Organist will be Mrs Harold Heinrich, and lunch will be served following the services. Farmers Eye Dec. 11 Vote On Corn Plan Kossuth county's ASC committee and some office personnel*,, were in Estherville today at"' a district ASC meeting, to receive detailed instructions on the Iowa ACP handbook for 1957. This is the step before the holding of sign-up meetings for townships in the county in connection with the 1957 conservation program. County Chairman R. I. Anderson has been informed that the state appropriation of national ACP funds for 1957 is about the same as for 1956, and each county will receive about the same as this year. Kossuth county's original apportionment for 1956 was $109,200. In the meantime, however, most farmers were showing keen interest in the approaching corn belt vole — to be held Dec. 11 — at which lime farmers will vole on which of two programs Ihey want lo have on corn next year. II will be the first such vole ever held. Under one choice, the corn- soil bank program set up in 1956 would be abandoned. In that case acreage allotment of corn for the commercial corn area including Kossuth would take place, if farmers wished to qualify for price-support payments on their corn crop. These supports, which can be anywhere between 75 and 90 percent of parity, were due to be announced this week. Under the second choice the farmers would vote for the same corn-soil bank program they have had in 1956. The acreage allotment program will be adopted unless the soil bank plan wins a two-thirds majority. Youth Admits Local Break-ln A break-in at Algona Produce Sunday afternoon, Nov. 4, was solved by local police officers Thursday when they took a statement from a 15-year old Algona boy, who admitted the act. According to the boy's statement, he gained entrance to the premises through a door on tho north side of the building during a rain storm. He drove around the interior of the place on a lift-truck and caused $185 damuge to an egg grader and conveyor. After causing the damage, the youth made his exit out a window on the east side of the building. The case will be heard in juvenile court here, possibly later this week, according to Police Chief Al Boekelman. officials questioned many suspects in the case before finally getting the admission Thursday. Parents of another Algona lad brought their son in to the local police station when they heard of the break-in, thinking their boy might have been in on it hand and the parents did not know he received the injury when the boy's hand went through a window. Owner Of 3,1 Acres, Kossuth Farm Land Dies Mrs Thomas Purdy Dies At 86 In New York State One of Kossuth county's largest real estate owners succumbed Oct. 10, 1950, in her home at Purdy Station, New York, at the age of 8(j years. She was Mrs Thomas L. Purdy who at the time of her death owned some 3200 acres of land scattered throughout the county. Her death brings to an end r colorful, interesting & productive era in the Purdy family, although the children are carrying on with her interests. Her many tenants and friends in this community mourn her passing. Anne Beeson Purdy was born at Niles, Mich., in 1870, and for many years spent part of each year there. She attended Ogant's School in Baltimore and studied abroad. In 1902 she was married to Thomas L. Purdy at Niles, Mich., and went to live at thr Purdy Homestead at Purdy Station, N. Y., which is about 50 miles from the heart of New York City. She spent the rest of her life there. Bought At Tax Sale Mrs Purdy acquired her large land holdings at the age of 12 from her grandfather, Strother McNeil Beeson. Mr Beeson war a circuit .judge in Michigan and Ijad a \vide acquaintance in Iowa and other states. He acquired the land as it became available at tax sales, most of it having been acquired prior to 1870. This included land in various "counties in Iowa as well a? in Michigan and Illinois, some of which was later disposed of but at the time of Mrs PurdyV death the Purdy holdings in Kossuth county consisted of some 3200 acres. The land when originally acquired' was largely swamp land, and a large amount of this has only been tiled and placed under cultivation in more recent years. This land is now owned and managed by the fourth generation. Thomas L. Purdy, Jr., the only surviving son, is a frequent visitor to the county. For a number of years he has made semiannual trips here. He recently spent a week here. From about 1900 until death in 1941, the late J. L. Bonar managed the land in this county and looked after the Purdy interests. Following his death the management was turned over to the late E. J. VanNess and Delia Welter. Miss Welter has continued the management of the properties since Mr VanNess' death in 1948. The "Hanging Oak" Miss Welter visited the Purdy Homestead in New York a few years ago. While there she discovered many historical events connected with it. The old Purdy Homestead was erected in 1775 and has been occupied continuously by members of the Purdy family, and it is still one of the most attractive of the really old dwellings in Weschester county, New York. It is enclosed by an ornamental iron fence which can rarely be found. In his darkened living room back in the days of the Revolution, the then owner, with several of his neighbors gathered to watch for cattle thieves anc< subsequently captured and suspended a rustier from a branch of Hangman's Oak until he agreed to leave town. Hangman's Oak is an historical landmark. In 1847 the then owner of the property offered to donate land for a railroad right-of-way across his property and in return the railroad company agreed to erect a depot and cattle yard and guaranteed station stops. The station stop came to be known as Purdy Station, later shortened to Purdys. The village that developed assumed and still retains the original name. To this day the trains must stop at thif station although the railroad company has many times tried to break their agreement, but so far has not succeeded. Studer Cattle At International Chicago, Nov. 7 —Ben G. Studer, a prominent Kossuth county cattle breeder of Wesley, has listed entries in the' 57th International Live Stock Exposition, to be held here November 23 through December 1. He will exhibit purebred Aberdeen-Angus and Shorthorn cattle at this year's Chicago show — the world's largest meat animal exhibition. Santa Glaus Coming To Algona, Friday, Nov. 23 Sanla Claus Day will be held in Algona on Friday, Nov. 23, Ihe day afler Thanksgiving, it was announced this week by Ihe Algona Chamber of Commerce. Sanla is due lo arrive in town about 1:15 p.m. and will be at Ihe Santa Claus House lo hand out 2,500 sacks of candy. There will also be a free movie for Ihe kids, "Thunderhead. Son of Flicka", and selected choice cartoons, at the Algona Theatre. Monday, Dec. 3, has been set as the annual Turkey Day, wilh 125 turkeys lo be given away. Registrations will be made only on Monday, Dec. 3, and will close at 8:15 p.m. The central drawing for the free turkeys is slated to start at 8:30 p.m. Registration boxes will be at local business firms. Night openings for the Christmas season have also been set. They will be Monday, Dec. 3, and Friday Dec. 7; Monday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec. 14; Monday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 18 and 19; and Thursday, Dec. 20, Friday, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22. One Injury; Results Good As Pheasant Hunt 0 pens A Boone man, Orville Miller, 52, was the only pheasant hunter locally reported injured as the season opened. He was treated at St. Ann hospital for gunshot Frank Skilling Dies; Services On Saturday Funeral services for Frank H. (Fritz) Skilling, 57, life-long resident of Algona, were held at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Cecelia's Catholic Church, with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Burial followed in Riverview cemetery. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Mr Skilling, an employee of the Elmer Dole Co., was found dead, lying face down in a small stream that runs through a gravel pit about seven miles northeast of Titonka, by several other Dole workman early Thursday morning. Death was accidental by drowning, according to Kossuth county Coroner, Dr. John M. Schutter, who, with the Winnebago county sheriff, investigated. Mr Skilling had been afflicted by a muscular illness during the past several years, and it was assumed he was unable to get out of the eight or ten inches of water after he had fallen into it. Mr Skilling had returned to his cabin Wednesday night after eating out. His car evidently became stuck near the cabin and he left it and went to bed. As the story was pieced together, he then got up very early the next morning and walked to his car, but stumbled down an embankment into the water. The flashlight he had used was lying nearby, and was still lit when fellow workmen found him after n search. The workmen appeared on the scene about 5:30 a.m. and found Mr Skilling a few minutes later. Mr Skilling was working as a gas attendant and night watchman at the pit. Frank II. Skilling, Jr., son of Mr and Mrs Frank Skilling, was born Oct. 2, 1899 here. He was married Nov. 20, 1919 to Ethel Fry in Algona, and Mr Skillinp later worked for several road construction firms in this area His wife died in December, 1943. He is survived by throe sons. Ed, Algona, Dick, Marion; and Jerry, Hanley Falls. Minn.; hi;-, mother, Mrs Frank Skilling, and two brothers, Elliott and Donald, nil of Algona; a sister. Mrs Robert Spurgeon, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and six grandchildren. Pallbearers at the funeral were Mike. Casey and Bob Loss, Charles Harvey, WHlard Gregson and Donald Christensen. wounds the opening day of the season, Saturday. Buckshot from another hunter's gun ricocheted into the neck and head of Miller. He was treated and released from the hospital immediately. His wounds were not considered serious, according to authorities. Hunting, generally, was reported as good. The season's opening was not without its humor. One group of Algona hunters spotted a fine flock of birds shortly before noon and parked down the road. While they were eating sandwiches another car came along, spotted the birds, and also stopped. The "first come" hunters waited a bit and then when they were sure that the second group intended to poach on their preserves they decided that "if we can't have them they can't either." . So they threw a few stones into the field and the pheasants took off. Another group of local hunters, after scaring up a few birds which took wing, saw one of them fly into a high voltage electric line and fall to the ground. It was a hen, and the'problem was what to dp wth it. They decided to do nothing and let it lay. Fifteen minutes later they were stopped by a game warden, the car was searched, and they were mighty glad they had not yielded to temptation. "How would be ever have believed that hen was electrocuted?" one hunter asked. Another hunter spied two pheasant tail feathers sticking up in some tall weeds. Not thinking it was actually a bird he approached and stamped with his foot. To his amazement there was a cock in the weeds, its head buried like an ostrich. The bird took off, and the hunter was so startled that he missed the shot. And the payoff for one fellow came when he went back to his car and found what he thought was a bullet hole in the windshield—one of those false ones that you can make by applying a transparent adhesive as a joke. Lakota Couple To Germany Lakota — Mr and Mrs Jasper Srnidt k-ft Wednesday for New York City from where they will sail for Germany to visit Mrs Smidt's 86 year-old mother and other relatives. They are taking their car with them. Twenty-one years ago Mr and Mrs Smidt with their three children made their first return trip to Germany, and Mrs Smidt made the voyage seven years ago, traveling alone. They expect to be gone until April. Wins A Turkey Mrs W. A. Foster was winner of a dressed turkey given away Thursday during the monthly Catholic luncheon at St. Cecelia's Academy. Over 500 persons were served a turkey dinner that noon. 11 Hunters Get Violation Fines Hunting violation cases were plentiful in Justice C. H. Ost- winkle's court this week, with 11 fines resulting from a variety of law encroachments. Milton Cherland, Ceylon, Minn., Carroll Cherland and Duane Suhn, Blue Earth, Minn., each paid $40 and costs for failing to have a non-residence license. $25 of each fine was suspended when the men purchased proper licenses. Roger Madsen, Armstrong, Jack Angle, Alvin Richardson, Jr., and Regie Peterson, of Swea City, each paid $10 and costs for having assembled and loaded guns on the highway; Carroll Morrison, Des Moines, was fined $50 and costs for shooting a hen pheasant; Frank R. Long, Goldfield, and Elmer C. Krause, Fenton, were each fined $18 and costs for failing to have ;i hunting license, with $1.50 suspended when they purchased same: and P. L. Echols, Anna, 111., was fined $10 and costs for carrying an assembled gun on the highway and $5 and costs for going through a stop sign. In other cases heard during the week, Clarence H. AUig, Woden, paid $5 and costs for a stop sign violation; Elmer C. Jorgensen, Swea City, paid $5 and costs for improper truck equipment; Donald Behrikendorf, Bancroft, paid $10 and costs for truck overload; Donald G. Reding, Bode, paid $5 and costs for no operator's license and Bernard J. Casey, Jolley, paid a total of $35.20 and costs on two truck counts, axle overload and overload on registration. More Tallies Than Ballots In Emmet Ward Democrat's Lead Up To 200; Kossuth Recheck Is Today Under the eye of the chief investigator for the national House of Representatives committee on elections, a canvass of the votes for Congressman from the 6th district, which includes Kossuth county, was underway this week. On Ihe basis of the first returns from this canvass, Merwin Coad of Boone, who ' was the winner by 38 voles on the basis of unofficial returns from the 15 counties in ihe district, had boosted his margin to 200 votes late Mon- ' day. In KosButh county the canvass of votes by the Board of Supervisors was to begin today at 9 a.m. The board adjourned the meeting until today, after meeting briefly yesterday, which was being observed here as Veteran? Day. Eslhervillc Recheck In the unofficial tally after the election last Tuesday, Coad had a total of 64,579 votes. James I. Dolliver, incumbent, had a total of 64,541 votes. Coad is a Democrat, Dolliver a Republican. The official canvass is usually a formality. This year, however, with the seat from the 6th Congressional district at stake by a narrow margin, the canvass assumed an unusually important role. Coad picked up an additional 162 voles from Eslh- erville's second ward as the result of a recheck made last Friday. The recheck increased Goad!* total by 39 votes, and decreased Dolliver's by 123. This is the ward where it was discovered that there were 61 < more tallies on the poll books than ballots. When word of this situation reached Donald J. Mitchell, Democratic national committeeman from Fort Dodge, he asked the House of Representatives to have an observer on hand. As a result, Richard T. Allen, chief investigator for the House, arrived in Fort Dodge Sunday. "Unofficial Observer" Allen described his presence as that of "an unofficial observer." He is prepared to go to any county seat town in the 15 counties during the canvass, should the need arise. "I am here at the request of Merwin Coad, Democratic candidate for Congress," Allen said. "Goad's request f9r an observer was sent to Gillis Long, chief counsel for the House committee." Actual authorization for sending Allen to the 6th district came from Rep. Clifford Davis, chairman of the House committee, Allen said that Representative Dolliver had been notified of the action. If the canvass does not show a margin large enough to satisfy Dolliver that Coad had won the election, Dolliver can appeal the vote to the House committee on elections. Should there be a contest following the 6th district canvass, the House committee would demand evidence that there had been some violation of a Federal election law. Disposition of such a contest wpuld precede the seating of the 6th district congressman when Congress convenes next January. Absentee Ballot Shuffle There were complaints from three counties that absentee ballots were not handled properly. Representative Dolliver said he would make no decision on whether to contest the election until the official canvass is completed. On the basis of what was dis* covered in Emmet county Monday, the Fort Dodge Messenger, a staunch supporter of Dolliver, said last night that "the 162 gain in Emmet county makes it appear more certain that the 6th district will have a Democratic congressman next January for the first time in history." There has been no comment from Coad on the situation. On unofficial returns, Coad carried Kossuth county with 5,921 votes to 5,551 for Dolliver. Licenses To Wed To 7 Couples Nov. 7 — John Gifford and Aria Mae Moore, Hurt; Myrna Jennings and Merle Teeter, Algona; Marlin Lium, Bricelyn, Minn, and Betty Hill, Swea City; Norman Hinz and Sharon Quinn, LuVerne. Nov. 9 — Roger Peterson «nrt Lois Lenz, Des Moines. Nov. 10 — Jimmie Morrell sad Grace Holub. Cedar Rapids; Wendell Christensen, Wesley, Esther Hasse, Burt.

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