The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 13, 1956 · Page 23
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 23

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 13, 1956
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This week I've been burning the candle" at both ends. There have been the conferences at .school with the youngsters' teachers, that play we are putting on at Brownies, some extra writing chores, a couple of board meetings and working on thi- election board until three o'clock Wednesday morning. I f have stayed out until 3 a.m. a' few times before in my life but never at the end of a day that began at 6:30 in the morning. + * * The election has gone into pas! history and I'm glad it's over. That is, I will be when I have caught up on the lost sleep, but the day after the election I was talking with a friend about working at the polls and I might have been bragging a bit about our board getting everything signed, sealed and delivered by 3 a.m. Evidently the friend didn't think we were so efficient for he said, "Well, if I couldn't get 467 votes counted and done by 10 o'clock, I'd think something was wrong." So I thought a discussion of a few of the things that go on back- sfa»e at any polling place might not be too untimely. * • * • * Counting the votes is probably the most important process in any precinct but it is by no means the only thing an election board does. We use double boards here, five people on the receiving and five on the counting boards with three judges and two clerks in each department. Every ballot unused, voted and counted must be strictly accounted for at all times. You even have to keep (rack of the ballots in the unopened packages. The board can't use the back of a ballot for playing lick-tack-toe or,for. doodling nor ran you take one home with you when you go for lunch so that the kids can see what Mamma's doing at the election. Temporary uj«i tt itt 1 merits 111 Ine nurnoer ol names on the clerks' books and the number of ballots received in the counting room have been known to send both boards inti, a tizzy until the mistake is found. * * * One local member of an cloc- tijn board remembers with chagrin the first time she voted, ahe went into the voting booth and started to mark her ballot She made a couple of mistakes and not wanting to admit them to all those people sitting at that table out in front, she tore up the ballot, stuffed it down the front ot her dress and went home Nobody called her on it, nor as far as she knows, discovered that she had the missing ballot. But years later, now that she works on the board, the inciden' rises up to haunt her every time the figures don't jibe. And when she diligently searches for the error she considers the job a spr : of penance for her youthful indiscretion. * * » : The clerks have the biggest job on the receiving boaru during the day for they do all the writing of the names in the poll book. The judges count out the ballots, fold them and sign their initials on the back. They receive the voted-ballots and see that they are placed in the box. This year we had two boxes — one for the general ballot and one for the public measure ballot. In spite oi .spying about 647 times, "The yellow one goes in the cardboard box and the white one in the tin," there were a few that strayed to the wrong department. inneapolis Hotel you'll be glad you did In the very center of the clty- near depots, |theaters, whplesala district and all shopping. Air-Conditioned Rooms- Radio— TV available. Dining Room, Coffee Shop,j Cocktail Lounge. Garage Service. 350 modern rooms, moderately pricea Leslie F. Long, Mgr. 4fh Street at Rennepin .Minnesota Absentee ballots ate suppottd Jo b£ brought to We polling places early in the day and tnen checked, registered and placed in the boxes when there is a lull in the voting. This year there was no appreciable lull in the voting—we uiun't even get any dish towels nemrned, so at five o'clock during the after-work rush we were aiadly voting absentee ballots ,Ve had fifty-one of them—an un- .tsually large number, probably oecause the rest home is in our vvard. * * * In our ward, we had two people voting in a presidental election for the first time since receiving citizenship papers. I' •>vas a big day for both of them and we shared in their happiness. vVo assisted, two people who had physical disabilities but didn't let that stop them from voting and ;herc were several people who were voting for the first limt since coming of age. * * * I don't know too much about the workings of the counting board, because they are the only jnes in the room 'when they gc into action. They start shortly aiter the polls open when there ss& some votes to count, they continue all day long and lonr, after the polls close. They are sworn not to reveal how the count is going so the receiving board has to wait almost as long as the rest of the public to know the results in their own ward. * * * . ' ' Did you ever wonder how your name got on a jury list? It's done at the general election and it's up to the judges on the receiving board. For the%Grand Jury. I name is picked for each 25 people voting; for the Petit Jury, 1 for each 10; and for Tales- men, 1 for each 20. This sound? quite simple and it would be il it weren't for the rules that provide the exceptions. *. * * You csn't b3 picked for the jury if you are a doctor, a lawyer a policeman, a preacher, a city state or county official, a tcachei or a registered nurse. You cnn'l be a juror if you are on UK fire department or have a firemr.n for ten years in the past. If you .-,re of unsound mind, unsavory morals or, in t'fie opinion of the iudgL'3, irresponsible, you can't be tupped nor can you be if you served in the immediate preceding jury or on an election board. You can't be a jury member if you are over 65. As you can see, this narrows the field quite a bit. * * * I can see reasons for most of these exceptions, but il seems to me the over 65 rule is wrong and wasteful. Many people of this age have more time to serve than say, an owner of a business or a mother of very young children. Besides, by setting the age limit so low, courts are deprived of a lot 01 fine jurors having sound, mature judgement. 65 is not an age to be put on the self, especially when it comes to the jury. * * * When the ballots are voted and counted they are given back to Lhe receiving board. Then they are folded and strung on fine wire using a darning needle. This isn't a hard job but it is aggravating when the wire knots up and it does lake a great deal of time. Late at nii'lit in our ward, Amy Gecring had strung a huge pile of ballots and she counted them a? she went along. "Two hundred and forty-three", she announced as she put on the 244lh. She pulled the needle through with a flourish appropriate to the last one. The needle kept right on going. The wire had broken and there was the whole job to do over! At this point we were s-j tired wo didn't know whether tc laugh or to cry. So we laughed :&s8£^#'\Ch M5\ jpvj^vfe!. f Af* '•""ii' W^f^ r ,'-''-i^-''^r t " You can depend on PELCO FEEDS and on the FELCO organization. FELCO is a cooperative of Iowa's leading farmer cooperatives. As a member of your cooperative, you and yout neighbors own and control FELCO. You can rely on FCLCO fc-c'ds. too Stop in and watch us mix a batch of those high. qual'ty FELCO feeds t;-a< will be fed right in this area. FELCO feeds have been formulated by expert nutritionists We mix FELCO feeds according to those formulas every week So you xnow you're getting fresh feed. And remember You share m the cooperative savings when you feed FELCO feeds. Ask vour neighhoi about FELCO Stop in and see us soon. Fenlon Cooperative Elevator Co., Fenton, Lone Rock Cooperative Elevator Co., Lone Rock The Farmers Elevator, Bode. Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co., Swea City. Whittemore Cooperative Elevator, Whittemore. Burl Cooperative Elevator, Burt. yVest Bend Elevator Co., West Bend. Jiti! Abdul the iMt el 111. the clerks of the Fbceiving tKrtFd go Into action with more Writing. They must record the results for e&ch candidate in written figures, not numbers. The ballots arc seeded with wax and stamped yj that it is plain that ther6 has no tampering and everybody sign.- his haine to numerous documents. I didn't keep track this year ol how many timer, I signed but 1 think it was about 32 during thv day and evening. But the inos! pleasurable signature by far \± the one where you certify lunv many hours at 75c per. It's quite a bit of maney, as far as I'm concerned, but I claim we earned it And it will como in mighty handy for Christmas shopping. * * * A while beck iho phone rang in a local home and a male voitit- asked to speak to a girl \vh<; rooms there, lie was told by the person who answered that Mary, let's call her, was out. "Thai> too bad." said the caller, :"Ttn- in (own just for the evening and I thought maybe she'd go to dinner and a show with me." They chatted for a while and the telephnner evidently was intrigued with the pleasant, slightly husky voice oi the person who answered the phone. "Are you Mary's roommate?)), he csked and the reply was, "No, my room's just across the hall." Then the man said. "Well, if you're not married, or busy or already had your -dinner, maybe you'd do me the favor of going out with me." "I guest it could be arranged", was ths? answer. "Wonderful!", Said the tek-phoner. "Tell me a little about yourself and your name so I'll know who to ask for." -"Well", came the answer, "Im kind n! blonde, I'm almost fifteen and vhy name is David." The fellow never did show up for the'engage- ment! * » * FatLsr cams home wiih 65 pullet eggs that he bought at a fantastic bargain price when ho was working in the country this week. Since I already had ; jouplc of dozen eggs oh hand 'his gives iu quite a sufficiency. We're eating them all sorts of ways, and tomorrow I'm going to get real fancy with this recipe [ found. It's for Eggs Tetrazzine: 1 \z cups uncooked broken spaghetti 2 tablsp. chopped onion ] , i cup chopped green pepper. 2/3 cup chopped celery 2 tablsp 1 . butter 1 cup milk 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (i hard-cooked eggs diced 1 cup ripe olives, pitted. Cook spaghetti in boiling water. Cook onion, green pepper, and celery in butter until soft; combine milk with soup. Add olives, vegetables, Worcestershire sauce, -pay,netu, eggs. Heat throiigh- ly. Makes 6 servings. —GRACE. Cylinder Girl Is Bride, Oct. |1, West Bend Man Mr and Mrs Odne Stokka of Cylinder announce the marriage of their daughter, S. Suzanne, to Pvt. Mars Pert! of Fort Deyens, Mass., son of Mr and Mrs Archie Pert! of West Bend, on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 o'clock at Ayer, Mass. The Rev. R. D. Shroud performed the double ring ceremony. Attendants were their parents, Mr aftd Mrs Odne Stokka of Cylinder and Mr and Mrs Archie Peitl of West Bend. The bride was attired in a white winter wool cashmere suit with brown accessories and an orchid corsage. Following the ceremony a dinner for the bridal party was held at a pre-ftevolutionary manor at Shirley, Mass. The bride is a graduate of Cylinder High school. She then attended Iowa State Teachers college at Cedar Falls and Mankato Commercial college at Mankato, Minn. The bridegroom is a graduate of West Bend High school. He attended the State University at Iowa City, where he is affiliated with Theta Xis fraternity. ,' He enlisted in the armed forces and is now stationed at Fort Dcvens, Mass. Pvt. and Mrs Peril are at home in Ayer, Mass. Tuesday, 13, 195& Afgftna (la.) Upper D«» three hundred parakeets ,>vere suffocated by smoke recently when a building at the Leo Hanson farm home, near Masonville, caught fire. ANK YOU! 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