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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 11, 1956
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By Russ Waller * » * Quite a number of folks from 1 his area either are going for 'certain, or hope to go to Pasadena for the Iowa-Oregon Slate foot- bull game in the Rose Howl, depending on tickets in most case.' . ; .one local group wrote Ic Frank Mathes, former Algona restaurant man, now located in Pasadena, for tickets to watch the Hose Bowl parade ... they got the licked, at $6.00 each/ Higher In price than the game it-self, but the seats are In the official re' viewing stand. * » » Ac-carding io the Swea City Herald, two Grant township uir^ are joining the ranks of. those who have seen flying saucers. On the evening of Nov.' 27, Dorothy Westcotl and Judith Skaar were returning home from a basketball game about 10:30 p.m. when they saw a bright red object in the sky. It appeared to be near the Leonard Mino home. The girls \said the object made-; humming sound and moved slowly, soaring high into, the air am- then dropping back toward the ground, all the while swaying from side to side. It eventually disappeared into the distance. A similar report was heard from Minnesota, just across the line, the Herald states. Quile a mixup look place, unintentionally, iii the matter oi getting a cur to its proper garage One local man-of-the-house returned home and drove his own rar into the driveway, then wen) to open the garage doors, anc discovered there was a car already in the garage. He went into the house and :isked "Who's here, Ma'.'" His wife replied nobody, and why? "Who's car is in the garage?" he then a.-'ked. "What car?" asked his wife. Further investigation took place and the registration card furish- ed a name. To niake a long story short, seems another family hud their car serviced at a garage, and*ordered the car delivered to their home. By mistuke the car was returned to ths wrong home. '(ic* We have a distinct feeling oi sympathy for Rles Tuttle, outdoor editor of the Register & Tribune, and his unfortunate involvement with Federal game regulations. While it is true that a law was broken, the law itsell doesn't make much sense, nur dot's it seem that Tuttle was in favor of breaking it. Wonder what some of the rest of us would have done, if as a guest in another man's vehicle at the Canadian border, the owner ol the vehicle wanted to bring back more ducks, legally bagged, than the law allowed across the border at one time — walk home, maybe? * * » Governor Hoegh's staff is still puzzled by a letter from a man in Algona. with this note: "Enclosed $1. Please send me the capitol for a few days." * • • There are a lot of TV programs that strike us as not particularly essential to the entertainment or development of mankind. But there is one series entitled "Air Power" which is presenting a spectacular review of history every Sunday afternoon. The two most recent "Attack on Pearl Harbor" and "Battle of Britain." These films, mostly taken during actual attack and combat, man.v troin enemy files uncovered after World Wai- II, are about as gripping a series of TV shows as one could find — and history in the making. They were also well timed lor December 7, a day on which — 15 vears ago — the U S. was plunged into war by one of the most audacious military attacks in the world's history. « * * Just to settle the record, we to state that Jim Wychor. KLGA's manager and football prognusticator. lost his five bucks on the season's bet with this department as to his average in picking tne winners every Friday during the season But Old Jim did pretty well. He didn't quiti reM-h the necessary average of .H50 but he did hit a nifty .794 . . we were almost ashamed to accept his gift. * * * Mrs Hazel Morey of West Bend views the arrival of the deer hunting season (with rifles) with mixed fcelingi. She got an early start on the season, unintentionally. Driving along a road west (jf town, she was startled to have a large deer jump right in front of her vehicle. She struck the animal, which hobbled away. however. If anyone happens to bring down a limping deer, it's probably Mrs Morty'a animal. * » » Famous Last Line —. Eleven more shopping days until Chr-.lmasl 2 Stata ._ Iowa City, la. Jlome* tSTAIUSHED 1863 Entered a» second class matter »t the postoffice at Alg6na, Iowa. Nov. 1, 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. A16ONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1956 3 SECTIONS-22 PAGES Plus 12 Pages Rural Gfaruw VOL. 93 - NO. SO Youth Held On Charge of 4 Thefts Farm Fire In Early Morning Portland Twp. Poland — Mr and Mrs Stan- Icy Black and family had a close •nil early last Friday morning •v'nen it was discovered that their homo was on fire. Mr Black was the first one up mil wnt downstairs about < a.m. lie sine!led smoke, we.n' >ut«ide and looked the house over ••nil saw smoke which Deemed U 'i« coming through in the chim ley area. Alter jirousing the of thi 'amily. lie called the Hurt fin leparlment, and while waitin 'or the department to arrive thi .'amily formed a bucket brigadt md passed pails of water through in upstairs window and poured it 'nto the walls from which the unoke seemed to be coming. The firemen arrived a n r! brought the 'fire under control Exactly how it 'started is not known, but it is thought that a defective chimnev ni'.y have allowed sparks to get into the wall. The Blacks live about four .'iiiles east and north of Burl, and nave live children. Mrs Stratton Of Sexton, 61, Died Friday . Last rites for Mrs John R Stratton, 01, Sexton, were held this afternoon. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in McCullough's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Luther Loesch Trinity Lutheran pastor, officiated-and burial followed in East- Uiwn Memorial Gardens. Mrs Straiten died Friday night at St. Ann hospital. , .Edith Prochaska, daughter ot Frank Prochaska and Mary Shanda, wa.s born June 9, 1895 at Irving, la. and had been a resident of the Sexton area off and on during the past 20 years. She w.'is married to John R. Strutton, who survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Maxinc (Mrs Clarence Huff) Sexton; two sons, Max Stratton, Algona, and Frank Stratton, Mason City; five brothers, Charles and Leo Prochaska, Mallard; Elmer Prochaska, Fort Dodqe; Fred Prochaska, Barrington, 111.; and Ben Prochaska, Emmetsburg; and a sister, Mrs Lenel Baldwin, Waterloo. Pallbearers at the funeral were Charles, Leo, Ben, Fred and Pat Prochaska and Lenel Baldwin. Swea City Man Badly Injured Swea City— Darrold Gabel, son of Mr and Mrs Martin Gabel of Swea City, is . hospitalized and badly injured, at Akron, Colorado, following a head-on automobile crash Saturday in Colorado. He went to Colorado about 12 weeks ago to take a civil service job. Perviously he had been employed in the Swea City post office. Darrold received a broken leg, and head and chest injuries. He was driving alone at the time. A truck ahead of him threw up a large amount of snow, and an oncoming car's driver was unable to see. The two cars met head- on. One occupant of the other machine was killed and a second is in a serious condition. Sunday, the young man's mother and his fiancee left Swea City and flew to Colorado. Monday they called back and reported Darrold was doing about as well a.i could be expected. Cong. Elect Coad Coming Friday Congressman - elect M e r w i n Coad of Boone will be in Algona, Dec. 14, in the assembly room at the courthouse here, for conferences from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m with anyone wishing to discuss pending legislative matters in Congress. Mr Coad said that if elected he would visit every county in the Cth district prior to the opening of Congress to receive suggestions from voters in his district. Pei-sons wishing appointments prior to the open meeting on Dec. 14 can arrange them by calling Joe Bradley, phone 707 or 714, Algona. Only 2 Left of 44 To 'Adopt For Christmas' Only two units, numbers 33 and 1)4, remained to be adopted from a total of -14 families and individuals needing help add suppoi I this Christmas in Algonu and adjacent area. . Anyont wishing to either 33 or ?A should call 11UO, the Upper DC-. Moinei. A cash donation of $10 has also 275 Farmers Hear Loveland On Corn Vote A former under-secretary of agriculture. Al Loveland of Iowa, spoke to about 275 farmers at a general open meetim? last Friday evening at the VFW hall. He sooko as ;i representative of the Farmers Union. 'Ihe open meeting brought forth considerable comment from those •'ttendini', and the majority opinion seemed to be that thg farme> would be better off if Congress controlled the farm program instead of Secretary Benson. Loveland reviewed the history of all the farm programs fron. the middle 1930's. He said lha*. a vote in favor of plan No. 1 in the corn referendum (which i- taking place today, Dec. in would amount to approval of taking corn off the basic commodity list, and opening the way of parity support anywhere from zero to 75','y. Lack of informs tion prior to the Dec. 11 election was also criticized. He added that figures showed that the farm program in the pas', two years had cost 200 million dollars more to thd government than for all the preceding 21 years, yet the farmer's'actual support and income had declined. "There will be no chance to vote again next year. You are deciding the course for years to come", he warned. How the final vote in the corn growing belt comes out will be known within the next .several days. The American Farm Bureau Federation has strongly urged support of the soil bank plan, or No. 1 on the ballot; the Farmers Union while not flatly advocating either, seems to favor proposition No. 2 on the ballot Appliance Firm Here Is Sold Announcement of sale of the appliance division of their business was made yesterday by Jay Atherton and Gene Heimer, co- owners of North Iowa Appliance & Sewing Machine Co. The sale, effective Monday, Dec. 17, was made to Al Richardson, Algona, and John Levy, Spencer, who are naming their business the North Iowa Appliance Center, and will continue operation in the same building. Atherton and Heimer will devote their entire activity to their sewing machine interests— both retail and wholesale—with their retail store and headquarters in their present building also. In addition to their Algona store, they have acquired a retail sewing machine store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They will continue to reside in Algona. Richardson, one of the two new appliance owners, is an Aigona boy, attended school here, and is married to the former Betty Ann Parkins. He has been operating the Skelgas service here, which he purchased last year. John Levy, of Spencer, is leaving his position as Iowa zone manager for Skelgas to take over in the new Algona firm. Before representing Skelgas, he had twelve years experience in the appliance field. He is married, has one daughter, and the family will move here. County NFO To Meet Dec, 19 A county-wide meeting of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) has been called for Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the high school auditorium here, it was announced Monday by Kenneth Patterson, president of the county unit. Corbin Crawford, state president of the NFO, from Ainsworth, Iowa, will be present and -will speak. The general public, as well, are cordially invited to attend. been received from Mr and 'Mrs Jens Sorensen of Algona. Such cash donations will be applied to families otherwise unadopted, or will be turned over to Miss Bonn.steller. Family No. 1 — Adopted by Newcomers Club, Algona. Family No. 2 — • Adopted b> P.W.O. of Algona Presbyterian church, ^Family No. 3 -- Adopted by Nin^h grade Sunday School class, Algonti 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 Walton League, Algona. Family No. 9 — Adopted by Mr and Mrs II.' H. Lindeman. Family No. 10 — Adopted by Izaak _Walton League. Family No. 11 — Adopted by anonymous. Family No. 12 — Adopted by Algona Junior High. Family No. 10 — Adopted by W.S.C.S. of Algona Methodist "hurch. Family No. 14 — Adopted bj V.F.W. Auxiliary, Algona Family No. 15 — Adopted bj Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid, Al- gor.a. Family No. 16 — Adopted b.V .Art Kndow, Burl, la, Family No. 17 — Adopted by Alsiona Lions Club. Family No. 18 — Adopted by First Lutheran church, Algona. Family No. 19 — Adopted by Catholic Daughters of America Algona. Family No. 20 — Adopted by Trinity Lutheran church, Algona. 'Family No. 21 — Adopted by Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid.' Family No. 22 — Adopted by Izajk Walton League, Algona. Family No. 23 — Adopted by Irene Chrischilles, Algona. Family No. 24 — Adopted by N. W. Bell Telephone operators. Family No. 25 — Adopted by Zeta Xi chapter, Algona. Family No. 26 — Adopted by anonymous. Family No. 27 — Adopted by Algona V.F.W. pofit, Family No. 28 — Adopted by Bob Schoby, Algona. Family No. 29 — Adopted by Algona Aces 4-H club. Family No. 30 — Adopted by student council, Algona high. Family No. 31 — Adopted by anonymous. Family No. 32 — Adopted by St. Thomas Episcopal Guild. Family No. 33 — Mentally deficient case, woman unable to accept employment. Nearby town. Lives alone. Family No. 34 — Woman, unable to work. Family No. 35 — Adopted by children of Mr and Mrs Leon Martin. Family No. 36 — Adopted b> Algona Lions Club. Family No. 37 — Adopted by Plum Creek Elite 4-H club. Family No. 38 — Adopted by Moose Lodge, Algona. Family No. 39 — Adopted by Algona Lions Club. __ Family NO. 40 — Adopted bv St. Thomas -Episcopal Guild. Family No. 41 — Adopted by Soroptimist Ciub, Algona. Family No. 42 — Adopted by P.E.O., Algona. Family No. 43 — Adopted by Fifth Grade, Lucia Wallace. Family No. 44 — Adopted by Anonymous. $100 Fine; Drove Without License Miscellaneous items were recorded in Kossuth district court during the past week. Wm. B. Dayton, charged with operating a motor vehicle while his licence was under suspension, was fined $100 and costs by Judge G. W. Stillman. John W. Fisher, Bend, was bound over to the district court on an OMVI count. He was held to the next term of district court, und furnished bond of $500. The preliminary hearing took place Dec. !i in Mayor C. C. Shierk's court A court judgment for $1,021.43 was entered in behalf of Harold F. Schilt/m against Derwin W Kuenle, whose last address was in Minnesota. The action grew out of an auto crash, Oct. 23, 1955. The defendant, Kuenle, was found guilty of negligence One new case was filed, a civil action regarding a contract, in which Bertha Trump is plaintiff, asking judgment ot $5,818.85 from Theodore A. Trump. Algona, Ottosen Break-Ins Thought Solved Several break-ins around area in the past few months were solved this weekend when Sherifl Riilph Lindhorst arrested James C. Strohman, 21, a former resident of Emmethburg, who has been around Algona for the past two/ weeks. Slrohjnan's confession and the subsequent recovery of all stolen Items indicated his implication in the lullowing break-ins: The theft of $200 worth of mechanics tools from Kossuth Motor Co. here: theft of four expensive glass archery bows from a sporting goods firm in Cherokee in June or July: theft of portable sewing machine and portable radio from the school at Ottosen sometime last summer; and theft of 18 cents from Bryant school here the night of Dec. 6. Two locai juvenile boys, ages nine and 13, accompanied Strohman when he gained entrance at Kossuth Motor and Bryant. They will undoubtedly be taken into juvenile court here soon. Slroh- man's appearance in district court has tentatively been set for this Friday. An Algona man, who according to Strohman's statement was implicated in the theft at Ottosen, is being held at Humboldt. It is not known at present, according to Humboldt authorities, whether or not the second man is involved or not Sheriff Lindhorst arrested him' Saturday. One of the remarkable aspects of the case is the fact that all stolen items were recovered. It is possible one person, who received one of the archery bows from Strohman, and who knew it was stolen property, will face a charge of possession of stolen goods at Cherokee. One other bow was given away, but the person who received' it had no knowledge it was stolen, so wilJ not be charged. The tools taken during tWC break-in at Kossuth Motor were found hidden at Emmetsburg. The break-in at Brvant, which .resulted in a net of 18 cents, was the minor offense of the four. A total of SI. 18 was taken, but Strohman stated he lost a dollar bill in the building before leaving the premises. The money was taken from the library at the school. Unlocked windows furnished entry in most of the break-ins. The Ottosen break-in occurred in Humboldt county and Sheriff E. H. Bradley is also working on the case. The arrest of Strohman followed several weeks of investigation. 4 Above Zero Two Mornings Snow eluded this area during the past week, but that seems to be the only thing we need to con- vinoe us that winter is here. Low reading for the week, a frigid four above zei o mark, wa.s registered twice, on Friday and Sunday. The high was a 53 Monday, Dec. 3. There wys no moisture during the seven day period. Lone Rock registered a two below for the state's lowest Dates Hi L Dec. 3 53 26 Dec. 4 50 27 Dec. 5 48 20 Dec. 6 20 a Dec. 7 15 4 Dec. 8 1C 10 Dec. 9 40 4 Possibility of plenty of snow before C14/istmas is good, according to Weatherman Stu Albright. 2 Jail Sentences In Mayor Court Two men are serving jail sentences heie as a result of actions in Mayor C. C. Shierk's court this week. Cleo W. Black, Algonu, wa.s sentenced to five days in jail on an intoxication charge and Lawrence J. Becker. Bancroft, was found guilty on three counts, including failure to have vehicle under control, no driver's license and intoxication. Fine wa.s set at S25 and co.sts on tad charge. The fines were not paiu and he is serving out the fine* in jail. A Fort Dodge man, Williajn B Dayton, was bound over to district court for driving under suspension by the safety responsibility office, and John W. Figher, West Bend- was also bound over to district court on an OMVI charge. A $500 appearance bond was furnished. Tramp,. .Tramp, Tramp The Boys Are Marching! Within the next two weeks, the four gentlemen shown above will have had it, as far M carrying mail and walking plenty of mileage goes. The four, left to right, are Ray Ladendorff, Henry. Guderian, Ken Harris and Whitey / Voigt. These men, along with .Bill Bestenlehner, are the five regular city route mail carriers in Algona, and while they get a pretty fair amount of leg-work the other 50 weeks of the year, the two weeks prior to Christmas are something special. With the exception of Harris, who carries the business section route, the others walk fi'om 14 to 16 miles six days a week, and during the busy season now underway deliver more than 200 pounds of mail apiece each and every day on the job. In all. there arc 2007 residential families and 116 stores served by city carriers every 24 hours, not including deliveries made by truck. Guderian has been carrying mail here for 33 years. He's the real veteran of the group, but the others have been around for quite awhile, too. Ladendorff has put in 25 years, Harris 21 years, and Voigt and Bestenlehner have each been at it for ten years. So when your mail arrives a trifle late, don't be too perturbed. Remember between now and Christmas each of the city carrieres will walk about 224 miles and carry a ton and a half of mail (and that's a lot of Christmas cards). And it's doubtful if the shoes shown below will feel half as comfortable Christmas morning as they do.right now. (Upper Des Moines Flashfotos-Engraving) Choral Of Xmas Music, Dec. 12 A well-rounded choral musical presentation, entitled "Los Chansons De Noel", and centered on Christmas music, will be presented in the Algona high school auditorium tomorrow night, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. Choral groups under the direction of Mrs George Sefrit and Del Carver, including many soloists, will be featured. The seventh grade, eighth grade, junior high, men's chorus, women's chorus, mixed chorus, Symphoncttes and choral singers will all present numbers on the program. Featured soloists will include Kim Jinho Deal, tenor, Allan Reid, Jerry Downey, Ben Herbst, Dave' Hutchins, Tom Hutchison and Ron Zittritsch, baritones, Truman Shackolford, tenor. Karen Hutching, Carol Hayes and Linda Smith, sopranos, and Connie Priebe, mezzo soprano. John Moxley will narrate one number. Accompanists for the various singing groups will include Dar- lenc Skogstrom, Linda Smith, Sharon DeGroote and Pamela Waller. TJie program will close with Christmas carols by the junior high chorus. The high school art department will be open for inspection following the song-fest. No. Kossuth Has Cancer Meeting Lakola — The annual meeting and election for the north 12 townships of Kossuth county was held here at the Richardson Cafe last Friday. Mrs Juanita Clark of Bancroft presided. She was also reelected as president for another year, her seventh. Wilma McKinnon of Ledyard was named vice president; Mrs Nemmers of Bancroft, treasurer, also for her seventh vi-ai 1 ; and Mrs Gertrude Schis•-el, education chairman. Mrs Schiss:-! wa.s presented with a cer';fic:ite for her service. The S. r >00 nursing scholarship was explained in detail bv Miss Rex Any ^irl interested in a scholai ^hip should contact Mrs Schisscl. Mi-- Juan Mabus is contact person for I.akota and surrounding area, and Mrs Luetta Klinksiek fur the Ledvard area. Sorority Initiate Marcia Stillman. daughter of Judge and Mrs G. W. of Algona. was one of 14 home economic students at Iowa State College recently initiated into Omicron Nu, home economics scholastic honor sorority. Wm. Gronbach Rites Set For Wednesday William Fredrick Gronbach died Saturday afternoon at his home in Algona. Mr Gronbach was born Nov. 10, 1893, a son of Mr and Mrs Michael Gronbach, near West Bend. He served overseas in World War I from 1917-1919. When he returned from service he started farming. He later was employed by F. S. Norton & Son and Kossuth county. He was married March 14, 1922, to Amanda A. Whitmarsh, who survives. They were parents of six children, and also have 15 grandchildren, with 13 living and two deceased. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Algona Presbyterian church, with Rev. M. H. Brower officiating. Burial will be in the Irvington cemetery, with McCullough's in charge of arrangements. Surviving children are Betty, Mrs Robt. Sankey, Ft. Dodge; Thomas, Irvington; Shirley, Mrs Dale Briggs, Algona; Paul, Irvington; Bonnetta, Algona; Adabell, Mrs Pete Blumberg. Pallbearers at the services will be Robert Skilling, Tony Thilges, Ralph Markla, John Hanselman, Charles Reaper and Kenneth Ronev. Retiring Carrier, Lalcota, Honored Lone Rock — Mr and Mrs Fred Genrich attended the annual Christmas party held for rural carriers of Kossuth County and their wives, at the Van's Cafe in Algona, Sunday evening. Fourteen carriers and their wives enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a gift exchange. There are seventeen carriers in the- county. This was also a retirement party honoring Fred Schroeder of Lakotu. who retired Nov. 30th. There were four retired carriers in all attending, including Mr and Mrs V. Mullin of Cass Lake, Minn,, formerly of Wesley. Student Honors Cedar Falls — Marilyn Seiler of Algoiui was recently elected as an officer in her residence. Bartlett Hall, by fellow students She is a freshman. She wa.s named publicity chairman for the Hall. Thermogas Co. Now Local Corp. The Rapid Thermogas Co., bulk and bottle retailers and wholesalers, of Algona, became a local corporation on Dec, 1. The company will be known as the Ther- mogas Co. of Algona and will continue to operate with the saine personnel. Mr James Milder, who has been .district manager here, will, be general manager and a member of the board of directors of the Algona company, with a branch plant at Emmetsburg. - . Speech Students To Iowa City Instructor Dick Palmer and nine . of his speech students traveled to ,Ipwa City last weekend to" participate in a discussion conference. The subject for discussion was "What .agricultural policy will best serve the interest^ of the people of the United States?" Other events- on the agenda included a student legislative as- sembfy, oral interpretation and extemporaneous. Students who made the trip included Connie Priebe, Marilyn Dreesman, Sharon Powers, Darlene Skogstrom, Beverly James, Jim Anderson* Gary Bernau, Tom Hutchison and Fred Strahorn. Car Crashes In Ditch, No Injury Gerald H. Bormann of Whitte- moi'6 escaped injury when the auto he was driving went out of control into a ditch three-fourths of a mile west of Algona on McGregor street road Friday at 7:20 p.m. According to Deputy Sheriff Don Wood and Patrolman Dale McBride, who investigated tho mishap, Bormann lost control while attempting to pass another vehicle and went into the south ditch. Extensive damage resulted to the car. Sentral Bond Vote On Dec. 15 Voters in the Seniral Community School district will vote once again on Saturday. Dec,. IS, on a proposition to issue $450.000 in bonds for construction ol a new high school in the area. Voting will be 9} the Lone Rock school as on previous occasions. This is tlie seventh vote on a similar proportion- The Pec. 1$ vote would establish the school in « rural location.

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