The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 4, 1956 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 4, 1956
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x - / 3tftt« RifltOTlOftl Iowa Oityi la. CSTAIUSHCD M iecond cUw matter at the postoffic* at Aljofta, Iowa. Nov. 1. 1931, uhd«r Act 61 Con|r«*» oi Match S, 1879. ALOONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1956 3 SECTIONS-22 PAGES VOL. $3 - NO. 49 One Dead, One Critical After By.Rus.s Wallet At Lakota, recently, the annual meeting of the Lakota Commercial Club got away to un unusual start with an elk roast dinner being served. The elk, scouts tell usj was provided by Bob Hamilton of Lakota ... no further details on the original home ol the elk—but all present report a fine, tasty meal. * * • Ken Cowan say* his wife, Arfa, wanted to go to the Rose Bowl- but the'y compromised and painted and redecorated the house instead . . . might have been cheaper to have gone to £he Rose- Bowl, Ken. * * * According to the Iowa Crop 8r Livestock Reporting Service, if farmers intentions to market hog? are realized, December will find 13% less hogs coming to market in December than one year age ... marketings of cattle and calves for slaughter from Iowa farms in October are reported as 12% less then October one year ago. We spotted one potential solution to the farm price problem—) if farmers can wait until 1962 that is... a report says that the nation's population is growing so rapidly that by 1962 the U.S. wil' be consuming all of its farm output and the problem of surpluse? will be solved ... just a matter of holding on for a few years. * » * A former Algona man, Robert Butts, really pulled a fast one on his sisters last August when he was married while all were or a vacation. Robert and his sisters, Mrs Warren Nelson, of Algona and Dorothy Butts of Washington, D. C. went to California on a vacation trip. While in California they joined Robert's friend, LaDonna Ott, who was out there on sorority business. The four then went to Las Vega* where LaDonna also transacted some business. While there the couple married, but did not disclose the wedding until this week. The marriage was kept secret until now because of sorority policy. Bob's sisters are still trying to figure out just how it all happened right under their noses. ' • • * * In Grand Rapids, Mich, recently a Business Women's Bulletin carried a statement that read: "If you've married, moved or died, please let us know." Read a good book latelv? This is National Book Week. While we live in a day and age of the TV and picture- learning, the ability to read and understand, and thus to think, is still the basis of real education. * * * Then there's the doctor who told his patient tr> stop worrying and throw himself into his work Unfortunately the poor fellow ran a cement mixer. * * * Don't underestimate the Algona firemen .. . last Tuesday evening they cagily had their wives as guests at a regular fire meetjng including the serving of a turkey dinner and handing out of their pay ... but each time Chief Ira Kohl handed out a five dollar bil" he'd tell the firemen "here's ; dollar" ... and while the men washed the dishes the women played pool. Offhand we'd say the boys should have no trouble in the future getting out at night —just so they tell the little woman they're "going to a fire meeting." As one observant wife remarked, however, after the nf- fair. "The only thing i.s the meeting got throueh by ten o'clock and my husband never comes home from a fire meeting before midnight." * * • Our own football season is now officially over with payment of a lost wager of five bucks to Bud Robinson. * * * Kay Soechl, age 10. startled a local barber shop the other dav when he walked in and ordered a "Presley haircut." « » * A note from Edward W. Weisbrod, Omah^. who savs he saw a picture of Marold Schlei of Fenton, his nephew, in a farm picture in our paner. It must have been in the Farm & Home section, last week. Marold farms in Fenton twp. How his picture got in Farm & Home we don't know. * » » Kossuth countv had a dip in retail sales for the second quarter of 1956 as compared with 1955... in 1955 Kossuth county firms reported total sales of $5,653.779: in 1956 the total sales reported were $5.477,781.60 according to the annual quarterlv state sales tax reports... the drop was proportional in most other counties in this section o> the state, although the total snlei for the entire state were up for the quarter. * » « Famous Last Line — Colliers magasine must think there are only 47 states in the Union. 380,000 Project To Bring Algona Better Power Lines An $80,000 Algona Municipal Utilities project, to improve the voltage capacity of electric transmission lines within the city limits, is now in progress and scheduled for completion in January. The project, designed for the Algona Utilities by Buell & Winter, Sioux City engineers, involves construction of four new sub-stations within the c ity, and new high voltage transmission lines connecting them with the power plant on Hall street. According to Jim Palmer, utilities superintendent, the new installations will boost the present voltage of 2,400 volts being sent over existing lines, to a capacity of 13,800 volts over the new lines. As shown on the accompanying map, the new high voltage lines will proceed from the main power plant both north and south. The lines themselves involve the setting of higher poles in portions of the city, with the transfer of present lines to the new higher poles. Four new sub stations as shown on the map, are being erected, and include the .power plant unit, a small sub-station west of the plant, a new station near'Commercial street, and the fourth at Fair street a block from Phillips The increased voltage, from 2,400 to 13,800 volts, is sent from the main power plant over the new transmission lines to the sub-stations, where it is reduced again, to 2,400 volts for general distribution to users. ' ' • '. According to Al Buchanan, utilities commission president, the project was made necessary by greatly increased demands .for. electric power, both from residential and commercial users. The new lines and sub-stations also provide for/expected expansion north, east and south of the city. 51,100 In Fines Levied Here, District Court Thre'e fines, totaling $1,100 and a sentence of 90 days in the county jail, were highlights of the district week. court during the past The petit trial jury is to report next Monday, Dec. 10, as thing? stand at the moment, with the Gillingham vs. Carman civil case slated for court. Judge G. W. Stillman will preside. Viola Beck, Algona, was fined $500 on a plea of guilty to a charge of OMVI last Friday. II was her second offense. The case was originally heard in the court of Mayor C, C. Shierk, Nov. 2, when the defendant was bound over to district court. Carolyn Steussy, charged with selling beer without a permit, entered a plea of guilty and was fined $300 last Thursday. Reinard Lieb, Algona, was fined $300 on an OMVI count. George Jergens. Whittemore. was given a 90-day county jail sentehce on a charge of false drawing and uttering of a bank check. A case against Dwight M. Anderson was ordered dismissed for lack of evidence. Coad Plans Day Of Conferences Merwin Coad of Boone, Representative-Elect from the sixth Iowa district, will be in Algona on December 14 in the Assembly room of the Court House. Mr Coad will be available 'for conferences from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on this date and anyone or any group having matters to discuss with the newly elected Congressman are invited to make advance appointments by contacting M. Joseph Bradley, phone 707 or 714 in Algona, Iowa. This program is being instituted by Rep. - Elect Coa,d so that he will enter the coming session of the Congress in January with the wishes and des'ires of the people of the known to him. district clearly Pee Wee Rifle Teams Compete Something new and different is to be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. 'at the Algona V.F.W. Hall, when an air rifle match between Pee Wee teams sponsored by the Algona and Swea City V.F.W. Posts will take place. There are 16 youngsters in the local Pee Wee 1 squad, according to Wilbur Zeigler, commander of the Algona V.F.W. post, and the group is to be split into two units in the near future. In addition to the contest, Al Boekelman, Algona chief of police, will give a demonstration of shooting and the use of firearms. Saturday P. O. Hour* The Algona Post Office parcel post window will be open for patrons on Saturday, Dec. 8 until 5 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 15 the parcel post window will be ppen until 6 p.m. All other windows will be closed at 12 noon. Roy Hartshorn, Swea City, Dies Swea City — Ray Hartshorn, a resident of the Seneca and Swea City area most of his adult life, died sometime during the night Nov. 27 at the Shuttleworth Nursing Home in Estherville. He had gone to the Estherville hospital on Nov. 20, and later was taken to the nursing home. He was 74 years of age. Funeral services were held last Friday at 2 p.m. at the Swea City Methodist church, with the Curtis Funeral Home handling arrangements. Rev. Hammer, Methodist pastor, officiated. Music was presented by Sam Link and Mrs Tommy Preston, accompanied by Kenneth Seylar. Survivors include one son, Caleb, of Seneca twp., three grandchildren, two brothers, William of Blooming Prairie, Minn, and Carl of Easton, Minn., and a sister, Mrs Beulah Waters. Mr Hartshorn was born Oct. 30, 1882, at Lehigh, Iowa. Pallbearers were Tom Nielsen. Charles Beavers, C. O. Bailey, all of Seneca, Wm. Krumm, Swea City, and Burton Johnson and Chester Johnson of Ledyard. Licenses To Wed To 2 Couples Only two couples obtained wedding licenses at the office of Alma Pearson, clerk of the district court, during the past week. Nov. 28 — Clinton L. Decker Tripoli, and Viola M. Teague, Algona. Dec. 1 — Beverly Winkelman and Richard C. Mawdsley, Algona. Ferguson And Weishaar Hand In Resignations Two city employees tendered resignations to the city council during the week. City'Engineer Lewis Ferguson, who has held that post for about nine years, and Policenian Albert Weishaar. former police chief, are the men who resigned. Weishaar's resignation is effective Jan. 1, 1957. No replacement for him has been named to date. The council's okay is necessary for the appointment for a new policeman. Ferguson will remain as engineer until Mar. 1, 1957. Prior to that date the council hopes to hire a city superintendent of public works who will take office at that time. The council must approve the appointee. At present, according to Mayor C. C.'Shierk, two candidates ore in line for the superintendent position, It is:-probable there will be more before the final choice is made. To become superintendent of public works here, the man must have a degree in civil engineering with construction experience and background. The new man will oversee street planning, construction of sanitary and storm sewers, the sewage treatment plant and will also serve as inspector of buildings which will coincide with the new building code to be used by the city. A personal interview will be necessary before a candidate can qualify for the position. Ferguson intends to have a private engineering practice here, and during his time as engineer has performed many of the duties required of the new man. He has had little to do with streets, however, due to the longtime experience of street commissioner, Jess Lashbrook. Ferguson attended Iowa State College and was with the aviation engineers bnilHin? airfields during the war in the Pacific theater of operations. It is hoped the new superintendent can be selected during the next several weeks. Legion Qytter St«w American Legion post members in Algona will meet Dec. 5, 8 p.m. An oyster stew is planned after the regular meeting. Bernard Dahlhauser, chairman of the Christmas tree sale committee, reports good progress. Name County Voting Places, Corn Program Two Choices Given On Referendum Ballot, Dec. 11 Vpting time andvplaces for the cbr.ii referendum ••,' for Kossuth county farmers, which takes place' next Tuesdav. pec. 11, were announced Monday by officials of the kossuth county A.S.C. office. Voting places Will be; open from 8 a.m. .to 7 'p.m.. Richard I Anderson, county chairman, said. Each voting place will be in charge of a local township committee consisting of three residents of the township who are, eligible to vote in the referendum. Voting places in the county will be as follows: Buffalo—Legion Hall, Titonka Burt—Burt City Hall. Cresco — Cresco Community Hall Sec. 20. Eagle — Central School Sec. 9. Fenton — Legion Hall, Fenton. Garfield — Central School Sec. 16. German — German Valley school. Grant — Grant School Sec. 21. Greenwood — Murray Elevator, Bancroft. Harrison — Legion Hall, Swea City. Hebron—Community Hall Sec. 11.' Irvington —' Irvington Elevator. Irvington. Ledyard — City Hall, Ledyard. Lincoln — Ernest Heidecker Basement, NW V* Sec. 6. Lotts Creek — Lotts Creek School Sec. 28 LuVerne — City Hall, LuVerne Plum Creek — Plum Creek •JjoU ^Sec. 15, * . -. . . -, Portland — Center School Sec 22. Prairie — Lickteig School Sec. 9. Ramsey — Center School No. 2 Sec. 22. Riverdale — Central School Sec. 15, Seneca — Seneca School. Sherman — Center School Sec. 16. Springfield — Elmer Anderson Home NE V 4 Sec. 13. Swea — Community Hall Sec. 16. Union—Central -School Sec. 16. Wesley — City Hall, Wesley. Whittemore — City Hall, Whit- Fett Death Car Only 11 Families In 40 Left To 'Adopt' referendum will be conducted simultaneously in the 894 counties of 24 states, including all of Iowa, which comprise the commercial corn producing area of the nation. Corn producers will indicate on their ballots whether they favor the use of the soil bank base acreage for 1957, 1958 and 1959 corn crops, or whether they prefer the acreage allotment plan of adjusting production. At least two-thirds of the votes cast in the referendum must be in favor of the soil bank base acreage plan if it is to be adopted. Otherwise, under present law, the allotment plan will be put into effect. Information of a more detailed nature may be obtained at the county ASC office. •Before the end of this week, all producers on the records of the county ASC office will be mailed notices of their individual corn acreage allotments for 1951 under both plans. Eligible to vote are all commercial area farmers who engaged in the production of corn in 1956, including owner-operators, tenant farmers, landlords who share the 'crop, and members of qualified partnerships. No eligible voter may cast more than one ballot, no matter how many farms he may operate or where they are located. The vote must be cast in the community where he resides or in which he was engaged in the production of corn in 1956 to qualify as a voter. Absent voters' ballots may be obtained in person as early as five days prior to the referendum and must reach the county ASC office by the hour set for closing of the polls on Dec. 11. CALL MASS MEETING TO TALK CHOICES Robert Loss, Algona, announced today that a meeting to explain the Dec. 11 corn referendum will be held in Kossuth county Friday night, Dec. 7. at 7:30 p.ra. at the V.F.W. Hall in Algona. Loss stated that farmers should have all the facts in order to be able to know how to vote. A. L. Loveland. former Under Secretary of Agriculture, and now a representative of the National Farmers Union, will speak at the Only 11 of 40 families in Al- gone and the nearby area remain for "adoption" for Christmas. In a period of the quickest response since the Upper , Des Moines began its annual "adopt- a-family" program for the Christmas season, 29 of the 40 families were taken within the first six days after announcement of the 1956 list. Last week's list contained 37 families; since then three more families in need of assistance to make their Christmas what it should be have been added. There have also been inquiries as to cash donations. While the Upper Des Moines is not soliciting cash donations, in the past such donations have been used to either take care of any families not otherwise adopted by the final week before Christmas, or the cash has been turned over to Antoinette Bonnstetter, school nurse, for'use as she sees fit during the coming year. Family No. 1 — Adopted by Newcomers Club, Algona. Family No. 2 —' Adopted by P.W.O. of Algona Presbyterian church. Family No. 3 — Adopted by Ninth grade Sunday School class, Algona Methodist church. Family No. 4 — Adopted by Delphian Society. Family No. 5 — Adopted by the W.S.C.S. of Algona Methodist church. ' Family No. 6 — Adopted by the W.S.C.S. of Algona Methodist church. , , Family No. 7 — Adopted by P.W.O. of Algona Presbyterian church. Family No. 8 — Adopted by Izaak'Wai ton League, Algona. Family No. 9 — Adopted by W.S.C.S. of Algona Methodist church. ' Family No. 10 — Adopted by Izaak Walton League. Family No. 11 — Adopted by anonymous. Family No. 12 — Adopted by Algona Junior High. Family No. 19 — Adopted by Catholic Daughters of America Algona. Family No. 20 — Widow, raising four children, ages 3 to 15. Family No. 21 — Adopted by Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid. Family No. 22 — Adopted by Izaak Walton League, Algona. Family No; 23 — Adopted by Irene Chrischilles, Algona. Family'No. 24 — Man and wife, neither able to work. Family No. 25 — Parents with three children, nearby town; children aged 4 to 13, one with rare blood disease. ' , Family No. 26 — Adopted by anonymous. » Family No. 27 — Adopted by Algona V.F.W. post. .. ,„.>, Family No. 28 — Adopted by Bob Schoby, Algona. Family No. 29 — Mother with boy and girl, aged 2 months- and 2 years; family separation, nearby town. > Family No. 30 — Parents with nine children, nearby area; just plain hardship. Family No. 31 — Adopted by anonymous. Family No. 32 — Man and Wife 1 latter bedfast, elderly. . Family No. 33 — Mentally deficient case, woman unable to accept employment. Nearby town. Lives alone. Family No. 34 able to work. Woman, un- Family No. W.S.C.S. of church. 13 — Adopted by Algona Methodist . Family No. 14 — Adopted by V.F.W. Auxiliary, Algona Family No. 15 — Adopted by Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid, Algona. Family No. 16 — Adopted by Art Kadow, Burt, la. Family No. 17 — Adopted by Algona Lions Club. Family No, 18 — Parents with six children, ages 3 to 14; income not adequate for family. local meeting, to which all farmers and others interested are invited. Loss said that farmers 'should understand that the referendum vote is to determine whether corn is to remain in the category of a basic commodity with price supporting loans from 75 % to 90 % of parity, or whether it will be supported at the discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture from zero to 90% of parity. The per acre income from land involved in the 1957 corn production will be almost identical in any of the propositions; the prime concern should be what does the farmer get after 1957, Loss pointed out. FARM BUREAU BACKS SOIL BANK PROGRAM The Kossuth County Farm Bureau today urged farmers to consider the advantages of the Soil Bank corn base, in a news release. The release' said that the Soil Bank corn base will let Iowa farmers make more income next year, and that they can raise more corn. Family No. 35 — Parents with four girls, nearby town, need Christmas help. Family No. 36 — Adopted by Algona Lions Club. Family No. 37 — Adopted by Plum Creek Elite 4-H club. , Family No. 39 — Adopted by Algona Lions Club. Family No. 40 — Father and mother with daughter, 10, born Christmas Day. heart condition. Mother has Father recently lost employment through no If your organization or group, or as an individual, desire to adopt any of the remaining families, call 1100, the Upper Des Moines Pub. Co. Families are numbered to avoid embarrassment; the names will be given to the adopting group when they are ready to make delivery of their gifts. Smoke Shop To Reopen Soon Announcement was made Monday afternoon by Lawrence Gillespie, one of the operators of the new Smoke Shop, that the new firm will be ready to go in the very near future. The original Smoke Shop was destroyed by fire several months ago, and the building rebuilt by owner John Bieser. Gillespie and Stewart McFadden will operate the business when it opens. Jolly Neighbors, L-Creek, Met On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Lotts Creek Jolly Neighbors met at the home of Mrs Veronica Gardner, Mrs Gladys Kading assisting hostess. The project lesson was given by Mrs Ruby Wolter and Mrs Caroline Luedtke. Darlene Bollinger had charge of entertainment. Mrs Dorothy Laufenberg joined the club. Five dollars was voted to go as a Xmas gift to the Old Folks home at Burt The Jolly Neighbors Christmas party will be held Dec. IStfe at the home of Mrs Edna Meyer with pot luck at noon. RichardFelt, LuVerne,Dies Sunday A.M. Brother, 15, Badly > Hurt; Third Boy Slightly Injured Richard Dean Fett, 20, of Lu- Verne, became Kossuth county's third auto fatality of 1956 when the car he was driving crashed into a grove of trees two miles north and a mile east of LuVerne at 9:40»a.m. Sunday. He died of multiple injuries. Injured in the crash were: Darrell Fett, 15, brother of the dead man, who received severe facial and scalp in* juries and was in serious condition at St. Ann hospital Monday afternoon; and Ronald Clark, 14, good, friend of Darrell. who received body bruises, a cerebral concussion and shock. The trio was returning from Galbraith at the time of the crash. The Fett boys had gone to pick up the Clark youth, who was returning with them. to spend the day at the home of the Fetts, a mile east and a mila north of the scene of the mishap. Exact cause of the crash is not known. The auto went out of control, into a shallow ditch on the south side of the road, slam* med into three trees which wei'a . side by side and came to rest another 50 feet east on the edge ol the road. v Car A Mangled Mess Debris and parts from the car, including the hood, horns, front bumper, right front fender, a light, spring and hub caps were strewn in the ditch between the trees and the spot where the auto rolled,- to a stop, and tha battery popped forward on to the' road and exploded into many pieces. The engine 'was - torn loose and lay entangled in the mangled front end of< the car. The accident was on the north side of the Donald Bormann farm. Mr Bormann heard the crash and went out to investigate, He found Ronald Clark in a dazed condition walking down the road. He then saw the car and telephoned for help. Returning to the scene ho found Richard dead, and his brother Darrell pinned beneath the overturned machine. Only the fact that the Clark boy waa sitting between the other two saved him from more serious injury. Skid marks indicated the car went sideways into the trees, which had bark knocked off due to the impact. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and Patrolman Homan from Humboldt investigated the scene. Funeral Wednesday Funeral services for Richard' Dean Fett will be held at 1:30 at the Blake Funeral Home in Lu- Verne and at 2:30 p.m. in the Grace Baptist church at Corwith Wednesday. Rev. George S. Knutson will officiate and burial will follow in the Corwith cemetery. Richard, son of Mr and Mrs Forrest F. Fett, LuVerne, was born there June 21, 1936., After growing up and attending school at LuVerne, Richard was married Mar. 19, 1955 to Joan Cookman at Algona. Richard and his family have been living at Mason City, where he is employed by the International Mineral & Cement Co. He was visiting his parents for the weekend when tha crash occurred. Survivors include his wife, two little sons, Rodney Dean, 13 months, and Ricky Dale, two months, his parents, five brothers and five sisters. They are Alfred, Willard, Donald, James, Darrell, Lela, Vera, Etta, Doria and Bonnie. Richard was preceded in deatn by three sisters and a brother. Bartletts Hosts, Turkey Dinner Bartlett Brothers hatchery of Titonka was to be host this eve* ning (Tuesday) at its annual turkey dinner for about 150 invit» ed guests at the Titonka Lutheran, church, served by the Good Hop* Lutheran ladies aid. Jack Shel* ley, widely known radio and TV announcer for WHO, Des Moines, will be the guest speaker. '57 Car license Sale Underway Sale of 1957 motor vehicle li» censes got away to a flying start last Saturday, according to Rosella Voigt, county treasurer. By Monday a lineup had started in front of the registration desk. at the courthouse sere. License* became available Dec. 1.

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