The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 2, 1958 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 2, 1958
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By Ruit Wall** ;*:.••- « ' Because 1958 may well be a "year of decision" for many farmers, a recent editorial which appeared in the Chicago Daily Drovers Journal should be of interest, not only to farmers but to business and professional men who, happen'to be making their living in aft agricultural area. We reprint it accordingly. % • • • Because the cot! of the federal farm program totals something over five billion dollars,- many people foolishly 'jump to the conclusion that the farmer has no reason to be complaining — with the government pouring such a tremendous sum into his pockets every year. What they fail to realize is that the farmer never sees, or even gets a whiff of, more than a few paltry dollars ,out of that five billion. Why? Because so,much of what goes under the heading of aid to farmers is money spent in an indirect way to assist the industry generally. Most farmers never see a single dollar of that five billion. ONLY A SMALL PART IS PAID DIRECTLY An accounting of Where the five billion dollars 'in farm aid goes appeared in United States News & Would Report recently. It is one of the simplest and best analyses we have seen. Demonstrated clearly is the fact that only 806 million dollars, out of five billions, was paid directly to farmers in the last fiscal year, and those farmers who received a share of that sum earned it by co-operating in some way with a government program (such as the soil bank or conservation practices). Included under the 806 million dollars were payments .for taking land out of production in the Joil bank program, for building ponds, terraces, etc., and for wool and sugar subsidies. The largest chunk of -the five billions is the 2.55 billion dollars spent for "price supports and surplus disposal." Under this heading are sales for foreign currency, give-aways at home and abroad, barter deals and ex•port subsidies; handling charges (transportation and storage) on commodities (which goes mostly to private industry), net cost of price support loans and purchases, and other miscellaneous costs. WHERE REMAINDER OF MONEY GOES The remaining amount, 1.66 billion dollars, is spent for other farm program activities — such as loans to farmers for purposes other than price supports; loans to rural electric co-operatives; gifts of surplus food to schools and the needy; school lunch program, research, the Forest service; administrative expenses for the Department of Agriculture and its multitudinous parts, and other minor miscellany. All in all, it adds up to $5,021,000,000 ,the sum spent on the so-called farm program in the* fiscal year ending last June 30. Calling this "farm aid" or "aid to farmers" is to use a misnomer. Very little of it actually goes to aid farmers directly. It is spent for the benefit of agriculture, but by the time that benefit trickles down to the average farm, it is severely diluted. * * * li'i jtut January, but Dean Barnes, county extension director, is one who believes in look- ang ahead... he says that the seed catalogs with their beautiful pictures are starting to arrive, and that they make for good reading in the cold winter months .... incidentally, land values in Iowa pushed up an average of $6 per acre during 1957, he adds. * • • About time for Everett Barr, or someone, to work up plans for that adult volleyball class. * * * Henry Haplitt, writing in Newsweek Magazine, has a few things to say about a proposed military budget for the coming year of 40 billion .dollars, based on our awareness of Sputniks and missiles. He says our present plight is not_ because of "economy" but because of fantastic misspending in recent years. Less than 1/6 of one percent of previous military budgets have gone for any satellite program, but that we are still busy turning out obsolescent weapons... and the navy has enough canned hamburger on hand to last 60 years, though it will barely keep for two. * * * Be that as it may. 1958 has its cheery side.. .Evash- evsfci is staying at Iowa. We may be lo*ing everything •fee, but we haven't Iwt i»e cotefe, Upper ^% ^^ WTAIUfHtO 1I4J •nttttd M ttcend elan riwtttr at the portottu* at , low*. NOV. i, ua, undft Act of Contra* of Match *, int. AlOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1958 2 SECTIONS - 14 PAGES VOL 95 - NO. 1 County Granted $113,500 For ACP Opinions Differ On Money & Credits Assessing Law Assessors of Kossuth county will begin work within a few days, County Assessor Leo Immerfall said Tuesday. Fieldmen for the townships are to meet January 1, for abriefing; f ieldmeh fo'r towns arid cities will meet January 9 for'the same preliminaries. Immerfall; called attention to changes m the. Moneys and Credits law which he says were amended by acts of the regular session of the\ 1957 legislature,. What Atseuor Says Beginning-as of the assessment year of January i, 1958, all non-interest-bearing moneys and credits (checking accounts,) accounts r receivable (presumably open accounts), and other moneys and credits .hot bearing interest are to be tax exempt. However, it appears that there is still a catch in the law,' because the $5000.00 statutory exemption enacted by the 1953 General Assembly of Iowa, as set out in the statutes, does hot apply on interest-bearing moneys and credits in the event such noninterest- bearing moneys and credits and accounts receivable exceed $5000. For an example we will say that where a taxpayer has $6000.00 in checking account in the bank which is noninterest-bearing, the statutory $5000.00 exemption must be applied on the $6000.00, and we will say that where, the taxpayer has $6000.00 of interest- bearing moneys and credits -which he is required by law to list for the assessor, he will not receive the statutory exemption of $5000.00 on his interest-bearing moneys and credits, because he has already used up his entire exemption on his noninterest- bearing checking account. He will therefore, be obligated to pay a tax on the full amount of $6000.00 interest bearing moneys and credits. , -, For another example we will say that a taxpayer had $3000.00 in checking account .which is noninterest-bearing, and he ha& $6000.00 of interest - bearirig moneys end; credits, the $5000.00 statutory exemption • will apply on the $3000.;00, this will leave a'n unused statutory exemption of $2000.00 which can be applied on the $6000.00 of interest-bearing moneys and credits, and the taxpayer will only be paying a moneys and credits tax on $4000.00 instead of $6000.00 as explained in the first example. ,li is now required by law however, that all moneys and credits be listed, with the assessor in every ca,se before the statutory exemption can be taken by any taxpayer. The law provides heavy penalties on the taxpayer who fails or refuses to list- his property for taxation. Executors, administrators, guardians, trustees and agents are equally responsible for listing with the assessor all moneys and credits and property in their possession or .under their 'control or management. .What Bankers Say There is considerable difference of opinion on the subject. Local bankers say that none of the money on deposit, and not drawing interest, is subject to Moneys and Credits tax. Building & Loan deposits, government bonds, although drawing interest, are not Subject to Moneys and Credits tax. Mortgages, notes, and similar things, are subject to tax Final O.K., fire Protect]on 140 Rural Sq. Miles Algona's city council wound up the year's business with a short regular-meeting Thursday night, Dec. 26,Vat the city hall. A contract for rural fire service, signed previously by Union, Plum Creek. ;Cresco and Irvington townshm trustees, was signed by the city/A total of $12,500 in revenue bonds will be issued as soon as possible, paving the way for purchase of ti new fire truck to serve the rural areas included. As soon as the plan is put into operation, a total of 140 square miles of rural area surrounding Algona will be served by the local fire department, according to Fire Chief Ira Kohl. Calls from other areas and for nontaxpayers in the areas, such as burning trucks or autos on highways, will cost $200. In other transactions, the city clerk was authorized to purchase a blanket liability insurance policy for 1958 from the Indemnity Insurance Co. for $2980 and an ordinance was passed vacating alleys running east and west through four bloqks in Call's Addition. The area lies from Phillips to Main street in the northeast portion of Algona. The new councilmen, Stanley Muckey and James Whittemore, will be in attendance officially at the next meeting. Kossuth Boy In Scholastic Win Merlin M.. §ohurnacher scored above the national average in an accounting achievement test at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, according to Keith Fenton, school president. Schumacher is the son of Mr and Mrs Louis Schumacher, R. R, No. 2, Algona, and a graduate of St. Cecelia Academy. 4 Below Her* Four below was recorded here early this morning, but temperatures were expected to rise after a two-day cold snap in the area. New Supervisor Takes Office An organization meeting of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors was taking place today in the court house. 'The old board met this' morning', going over the final bills from 1957. The new board will convene this afternoon for organization, and swearing in of Charles Plathe who will replace Henry Scheppmann, long-time member of the board and for some years chairman. Mr Plathe is the only. nevj member of the board for 1958, and will serve a three-year term. Mr Scheppmann and Mr Plathe are both from the first supervisor district, southern Kossuth county. Bernard Hellman, Bancroft, Dies Last rites for Bernard Hellman, 69, longtime resident of Bancroft, were held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. John's Catholic church there with Rev. J. H. Schultes officiating. Burial was in St. John's cemetery and Garry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were P. J. Schjltz, K. R. Ditsworth, Paul Simons, John Brink, A. W. Schiltz and Francis Foth. Mr Hellman died Christmas Day at his home following a lingering illness . Mr Hellman spent most of his life in and around Bancroft. Survivors include his wife, a daughter,- Leona, and two sons, Donald and Harold, all at home; two brothers, Andrew and Henry; and five sisters. Winner of m State and National Awards 1980 MAIMNAI Aw AM WINK* 57 Winner at Second Place "General Excellence" National Observe 10th Anniversary Of Soil District The Kossuth County Soil (JOn- servation District celebrated it's tenth anniversary this year wHh the greatest number of new requests for assistance, the largest number of contoured acres of irt- tertilled crops and the first farm ponds built, according to J. C. Skow, Chairman of the District Commissioners. Sixty-six applications for basic conservation plans were approved by Commissioners Skow, T. E. Lagerstrom, and -Ernest Heidecker. There were 28 planning meetings held this year with 10 different groups, stated the Commissioners. They also noted that there ,had been 41 farm plans that had been prepared for District Cooperators. First Ponds Built Clarence McGuire and Claude" Johnson, both of Bancroft, built the first two farm ponds in the District, according to the Conservationist. . i Leslie Johnson, Lakota, C. W. Schlichting, Algona and T. E; Lagerstrom, Burt, were selected as the three outstanding Conservation Farmers in the District by the Commissioners, assisted by Glen Jenkinson, Treasurer' and Walter Campney and Joe Skow, Assistant Commissioners. The District assisted in the formulation of the ACP and soil bank programs. The U. S. Soil Conservation Service staff conservation plans were as follows: Work Unit Conservationist Lyle Riedinger, Con-» servation Aids, Sidney Johnson, Eugene Arndorfer, Robert Fritz and' Paul Haverly. x t .^. , r - • * 540 Acres Contoured Riedinger pointed out that the staff had assisted District Cooperators in the layout and construction supervision of 540 acres of contouring, 36,569 feet of tile, a pond for livestock water supply and a gully control structure. The gully control structure was located on the Joel Herbst farm in Irvington Township. The District provided assistance in soil conservation and land judging in Buffalo Center, Algona, Titonka, % and Swea City Vocational Agriculture departments. A field trip was held with the Whittemore Jr. High School and assistance was provided to boy scouts interested in merit badges in conservation, The following District cooperators were listed by the conservation office as receiving farm conservation plans this year: George Seaberg, Delmar Angus, Howard Hoenk, M. E. Clements, Pat Bradley, Ervin Klinksiek, Harold Sabin, Esther Satrc, Louis Schmit, Leonard McGuire, Carl Reinhardt, Dr. J. A. Sanftner, Irma Lea Diem, Ray Eichhorn, Ada Helen Vogel, Ehno Folkert, James McEnroe, G. D. Cleevers, Klare Butterworth, Orion Lee, Kirby Smith, Luther Fairbanks, Lloyd Bartlett, Ernest Heideckor, Robert Boleneus, Henry Steenhard, Gordon Westcott, Arlie Banwart, John Askeland, Donald Degen, Richard Cosgrove, Mrs Sue Keith, Claude Johnson, Earnest Christ, Lyle Alexander, O. R. Person, Mrs Clara Thul, Mrs G. W. Hulshof and Donald Ringsdprf. Riedinger pointed out that in addition to furnishing assistance to the District Cooperators that the SCS had furnished assistance to 67 participants ip the ACP program and furnished consultation on the soil bank participants on request. Blumberg Divorce Granted Here A divorce was granted in Kossuth district court by Judge G. W. Stillman, last Monday, to Karoline Blumberg from Willi Blumberg. The couple were married in Germany, Oct. 15, 1947, and came to this country as displaced persons. Blumberg left this area a number of months ago, and his wife and daughter had remained here. The divorce was not contested. Blumberg is reported to be in North Dakota. A court stipulation was that Blumberg is to pay $1QO a month for support of the child and $50 a month alimony. Steal Hub Cap* Theft of three automobile hub caps were reported to local police by Carl Morck, Jr. New Year's Day. They were stolen from the vehicle while it was parked at the Morck's home on North PbJWf* street. 3 New Algona Pastors Rev. H. Glenn Discoe Ministerial changes ' in Algona churches have possibly never been as numerous as during the past few months. Three of tho recently appointed pastors are show here. They are Rev. H. Glenn Discoe, First Baptist, Rev. N. M. Coughenour, Methodist, and Rev. James i E. Boycl, Congregational. Rev. Discoe, his wife, Kerrie, and two sons, Jon, 1(5, and David, 12, arrived here Sept. 6 after Rev. Discoe was named to replace Rev. Roland Andrews who became pastor at Titonka, The Dis- coes came to Algona from Sidney, Nebraska. Rev. Discoe was born, raised and received his education at Brady, Nebraska. After moving to North Platle, Nebraska, ho Rev. N. M. Coughenour attended Northwestern Bible Institute at Minneapolis following preliminary work nt Ncbrua- ku Central College at Central Qity, Nebraska. He recently completed further work at Galilee Seminary, Tampa, Florida. Rev. Discoe has held pastorates in Nebraska, California, Michigan nnd Iowa and has specialized in organizing churches and church building programs, including new churches and parsonages. He enjoys woodworking when he gels a chance and was active in athletics ,in high school and a college basketball player. Mrs Discoe was born at Tilton, New Hnmp.shirL-. She met Rev, Discoe when both lived at North Platte through mutual friends. Early Morning Fire Hits Unit Of Weidenhoff Plant , i Fire swept through tho engineering department of iho Weidenhoff plant east of Algona at 4 a.m. this morning (Thurday) causing an unestimated amount of damage to contents in the building. John Jennings, night watchman, discovered tho engineering wing of the large building, full of smoke and notified the Algona fire department, which was on duty at the scene for 2'/ 2 hours in sub-zero weather. A recently installed largo water main and hydrant was probably responsible ^or saving the structure, according to Fire Chief Ira Kohl. Until a week ago, there was no main or hydrant at Weidenhoff's. According to Weidenhoff officials, including General Manager Ken Peirce, it is not known if any engineering records were lost in the blaze. There is a lot of water damage, and test and blueprint equipment suffered the biunt of damage by fire. Walls and the ceiling were scorched and many windows broken from the heat. ", According to Kohl, it is possible the fire got its start from a piece of electrical testing equipment, but the exact cause is not known. When firemen arrived at the scene the blaze had barely burst through the roof and was readily controlled. It will be some time before total loss is known and insurance coverage facts released. The Weidenhoff plant is owned and operated by Snap- On Tools, Inc. 5 Licenses To Wed Issued Five licenses to wed were issued between Christmas and New Years at the office of Alma Pearson, clerk of the Kossuth district court, here. They went to the following couples: Dec. 26 — Cletus R. Quinn, Lone Rock, and Nancy Lynn Guyer, Swea City; Richard Davis, Algona, and Laura Lee Elbert, Whittemore; Lyell H. Holmes, Jacksonville, N. C., and Diane Rahm, Algona . Dec. 27 — David Hankins, Corwith, and Jane Wibben, Algona; Richard D. Larson and Karen Passihl, Eagle Grove. 2 Algona Cars In Collision Autos driven by Mrs Reba A. Devine, 63, and Carl Hutchins, 68, both of Algona, collided at the intersection of Kennedy and Harlan streets at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday. There were no personal injuries. Mrs Devine was headed east and Hutchins north at the time of the crash. Damage was estimated at $175 to the Devine machine and $75 to the other ve- chile by Police Chief Al Boekelman who investigated. License Plates For '58 On Sale New 1958 motor vehicle plates are now being issued at the court house and deadline for purchase of the plates is January 31. After that'there will be a cash penalty. New plates must be on vehicles by March 15, or offenders will be subject to arrest. RoseUa Voigt, county treasurer, reminds folks that people must have their car titles in order to obtain plates. Bring your registration along if you don't have a car title, when applying for new plates. Gas Explosion Cases Settled For $8,115 Settlements totaling $8,115 were made in two cases where injuries resulted after an explosion of gas at the Star Roller Rink, here, Jan. 16, 1957. The settlement papers were filed in Kossuth district court this week. Receiving $6,115.25 was Ruth Schadendorf of Lono Rock. Argil Pettit, also of Lone Rock, received $2,000 settlement. The settlements were made through the Royal Indemnity Co. on behalf of the Donovan Construction Co. and North Iowa Public Service, Inc. The two concerns denied liability for the explosion and an- juries, but settlements were made nevertheless. ,• All settlements have now been made, with one exception, as a result of the explosion. A total of nine persons were injured in the blast. In other district court matters, H. I. Torgersen paid a fine of $300 and. costs on a charge of O.M.V.I. F. G. Nitz is plaintiff in a new case filed, naming Cornie and Wilda Jurgens as defenfants, in a landlord's attachment action. Guests At Wilbergs Seneca—Christmas Day guests at the Martin Wilberg home included Jerry Wilberg of Norfolk, Va., Mrs Marvin Wilberg and daughters of Omaha, Neb., Lloyd Wilberg of Minneapolis, Mr and Mrs Donald Wilberg and Dennis of Fairmont, Minn., Bob Wilberg of Lone Rock and Raymond, a student at Luther College, Decorah. Rev. James E. Boyd They were married in Colorado, Jon is a junior at Algona high school while David is in sixth grnde. Rev. Newton M. Coughenour was born fit Greensburg, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was raised und educated there and later attended Ponnington Preparatory School at Pennington, New Jersey, which is sponsored by the Methodist church. He graduated from Rutgers University and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, then served ns student pastor at Old Bridge nnd Spots Wood, Now Jersey. lie was pastor of Central Church, Point Pleasant, N. J., for 11 years then moved to Iowa in 1949, Since that lime, he has served four years at Alia and four years at Independence prior to his arrival here in the latter part of June. Rev. Coughonour and his wife, Virginia, have spent as much time as possible traveling. He has visited not only each of the 48 states, but also Canada, Mexico, Cuba, France and England. He served as an exchange pastor at Epsom, England, during the summer of 1952. He majored in history and political science during his college days and paid his way through school with odd jobs and scholarships. Mrs Coughenour is the daughter of M.r and Mrs E. E. Davis of Spencer. She attended Morningside, Drake ,-md the Joulliard School of Music, New York City, where she met Rev. Coughenour. Mrs Coughenour was a professional accompanist, ha? taught music, worked on radio and is an accomplished pianist and organist. She was president of the Community Concert Series at Independence. 1 last year. Rev. Coughenour replaced Rev. Harry Whyte, who retired and moved to Sioux City this summer. Rev. James E. Boyd was born on an orange ranch at Highland, California. lie wus raised at Highland, Los Angeles and Hollywood and graduated from high school at San Bernardino and Pomona College at Claremont. He also attended Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley and has studied at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and other schools. He was pastor for four years at Oakland, Cal., pastor at Lisbon, Conn., and employed in private industry during World War II for four yea^s,. He also devoted time to the* study of psychiatry, then served for nine years at Wantaugh, Long Island, Now York, as pastor, and three years at' MedyVay, Mass., near Boston, where he was active in interdenominational affairs, before coming to Algona Oct. 6. He replaced Rev. G. G. Hallauer, who moved to San Diego, Calif. Rev. Boyd's wife, Catherine, was born at Scantori, Pa., and met Rev. Boyd in New York. They were married in New Jersey and have five children, including a married son, Theodore, in Florida, a married daughter, Delores, in New York, and Barbara, 11, Evelyn, 10, and James, Jr., 8, at home. Next Issue Of U-D-M On Tuesday The next issue of The Algona Upper Des Moines will be next Tuesday, Jan. 7, when this paper swings to a Tuesday publication. Once every two years we get "two in a row" and this is the year. Correspondents are asked to note this change, and news letters should be received Saturday in the office, with later news mailed or phoned to the Upper Des Moines. Press time is 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoons, and late news can be received up until shortly before the deadline. Also To Start Signup For '58 Soil Bank Plan Kossuth county has been allocated $113.600 for farm participation in the ACP program for 1958, it was announced this wpok by Virgil Rohlf, county ASC office manager. At the same time, it was also announced that work in preparation for participation in the 1958 soil bank plans for Kossuth county farmers was also progressing, and letters are going soon to all producc;rs with basic information on the 1958 program. Approve 18 Projects There are 18 approved practices for compliance and ACP sharing in 1958, Rohlf said. No cost sharing will be allowed, however, unless the farmer comes in and applies before the practice is begun. ACP practices may be completed only on land considered as croD land. In 1958 there will be a $2,500 maximum in payments that may be received for cost-sharing of ACP practices. There will be no township meetings held to sign up for ACP. All signups will take place in the county ACP office. Soil Bank Changes There are some changes in the 1958 soil bank program as compared with 1957 .during which year 253 Kossuth farmers parti- ' cipatcd. It is expected that agreement signing for soil bank participating will get underway about January 20 in thus county, with announcement to be made later. Information needed includes the number of acres devoted to each grain crop such as : corn, oats,, beans, etc. also hay and pasture on.cropland for. each pf the two years of 1956 and 1857. From this information the county office force and the county committee will establish a soil bank base for each farm. The farmer will be notified of his soil bank base. Then with his allotment, his payment rate per acre, and his soil bank base in hand, he is in a position to plan his cropping program for 1958. Since the farm program is a voluntary one the choice is up to each individual farmer and naturally he will choose the one that seems to offer him the greatest opportunity for net income. Cash Rental Plan Should he wish to take advan« tage of the benefits of the soil bank, a producer may put part or all of his allotment acres in the acreage reserve and receive cash rental per acre as shown as his payment rate notice. If he had an acreage reserve contract in 1957 and elects to put the identical acres in, in 1958, the rate of pay is 110% of the rate set for the farm. Corn acres would be reduced by what ever amount was put in the acreage reserve up ot the full allotment, providing payments do not exceed $3000 per producer, per farm. Any acres put in the acreage reserve would be deducted from the soil bank base set for the farm, the balance o£ which could be put into other grain crops. For example: If his soil bank base were 120 acres, his allotment is 40 acres, his payment rate $50 per acre, he could put all 40 acres in the acreage reserve at $50 per acre or $2000. He could not, then, grow any corn but by subtracting the 40 acres in acreage reserve from his soil bank base of 120 acres, he would have 80 acres to put in crops of his.choice such as, beans, oats, grain sor* ghum, flax etc. First Come. First Served In 1958 agreements will b4 taken on a first come first sery ed basis. A producer may con* tract any or all of his allotment at one time up to payment of $3000 per producer per farm. Manager Rohlf states that there is an increasing interest in the soil bank program and, {h£ local office expects a heavy participation in 1958. ' "• With the uncertainty of weather, the hazards of insect damage, and the mounting surpluses o| corn in excess ot need, majui farmers axe considering the soft* bank benefits available as they plan their 1958 crop yeajr, < local ASC office Is prepared explain the program f - ^^ and welcome the oj assist anyone inter*, paring the necessary and agreements. While will and ej one int soil bank soon

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