The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 21, 1966 · Page 20
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 20

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, February 21, 1966
Page 20
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Aloona (lo.) Upper D« Molntt Monday, Ftb. 21, Algonans Wed 25 Years The children of Mr. and Mrs. Art Leek are planning an open house In observance of their 25th wedding anniversary, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4:30 at Trinity Lutheran church parlors, Algona. The program will start at 2;30. All relatives and friends are invited. (Photo by Poundstone) THIS h A farmer! This is not the first time this column has appeared in print and it's pretty sure not to be the last. The original author is unknown but whoever he (or she) is, he knows a thing or two about farmers. * * * Farmers are found in fields plowing up, seeding down, returning from, planting to, fertilizing with, spraying for and harvesting of. Wives help them, little boys follow them, the Agriculture Department confuses them, city relatives visit them, salesmen detain them, meals wait for them, weather can delay them, but it takes Heaven to stop them. When your car stalls along the way, a farmer is a considerate, courteous, inexpensive road service. When a farmer's wife suggests he buy a new suit, he can quote from memory every expense involved in operating the farm last year, plus the added expense he is certain will crop up this year. Or else he assumes the role of the indignant shopper, impressing upon everyone within earshot the pounds of pork he must produce in order to pay for a suit at today's prices. A farmer is a paradox - he is an "overalled" executive with his home his office; a scientist using fertilizer attachments; a purchasing agent in an old straw hat; a personal director with grease under his finger nails; a dictition with a passion for alfalfa, animals and antibiotics; a production expert faced with a surplus; and a manager battling a price-cost squeeze. He manages more capital than most of the businessmen in town. He likes sunshine, good food, state fairs, dinner at NOON, auctions, his neighbors, Saturday nights in town, his shirt collar unbuttoned, and above all a good soaking rain in August. He is not much for droughts, ditches, throughways, experts, weeds, the eight-hour day, helping with the housework, or grasshoppers. Nobody else is so far from the telephone or so close to God. Nobody else gets so much satisfaction out of modern plumbing, favorable weather and good ice cream, Nobody else can remove all those things from his pockets and on washday still have overlooked; five "steeples", one cotter key, a rusty spike, three grains of corn, the stub end of a lead pencil, a square tape, a $4.98 pocket watch, and a cupful of chaff in each trouser cuff. A farmer is both Faith and Fatalist - he must have faith to continually meet the challenges of his capacities amid an ever- present possibility that an act of God (a late spring, an early frost, tornado, flood, drought) can bring his business to a standstill. You can REDUCE HIS ACREAGE but you can't RESTRAIN HIS AMBITION. Might as well put up with him - he is your friend, your competitor, your customer, your source of food and fiber, and self- reliant young citizens to help replenish your cities. He is your countryman - a denim-dressed, business-wise, fast-growing statesman of stature. And when be comes in at noon having spent the energy of his hopes and dreams, he can be recharged anew with the magic words: "The Market's Up." Mr. and Mrs, WiUard Thompson, Steve and Patrick arrived home Thursday after taking a 10-day trip to Phoenix, Ariz, to visit his sister, Mr. and Mrs. Jim ElsbeckerandalsointoCalif. They picked up a camper in Des Molnes and went in that. MR. AND MRS. Bill Hutchison, son and daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hutchison, moved recently to Marshalltown, where Mr, Hutchison started work for Fisher Co, after two weeks training, His job started Jan. 10 and his parents visited them last weekend, ONE DAY ONLY-FEBRUARY 22 Tuesday - Washington's Birthday ENTIRE STOCK FALL COATS and CAR COATS !/ 2 PRICE SKI JACKETS Reg. $12.98 Values ONE DAY ONLY 8.22 BLOUSES Broken Sizes, 30 to 38 Values to $5.98 ONE DAY ONLY 2.22 SWEATERS 1 Lot For 1 Day Only J4 PRICE HATS Values to $4.98 ONE DAY ONLY 1.22 $ 2 HOURS ONLY 7P.M. TO 9P.M. <AY WHITNEY OVER 600 TO DRESSES SELECTFROM $5.98 Values ... $4.22 J6.98 Values .. . $5.2! PENDLETON JACKETS Reg. $19.98 or $44 $17.98 Values I I ONE DAY ONLY BELL BOTTOM SLACKS '3.22 Black, Brown, Navy, Cranberry - All Wool with Bonded Lining. Reg. $7.98 (One Day Only) R.g.$3.49 PURSES Your Choice $O OO

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