Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 18, 1966 · Page 13
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 18, 1966
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•••••••••• »*»••+* 10 - 20 - 30 Years Ago By Molly MacDonald A weekly feature of by-gone clays August 9, 1956 Angus Cotton was defeated by one vote for sixth district republican chairman by incumbent Ralph I'.astian of Fort Dodge. The vote was 13 to 12. Jimmy anrJ Gary Colwell and John Phillip:- were pictured eating some of the 15,000 pounds of watermelon which would be served during Watermelon Days in Algona. AUo pictured were ths twV winning boy's 4-H demonstration teams which would represent Kossuth county at the lowe State Fair. Winners were Duane Jensen and Robert Wiskus of the Swea-Harrison club. Runners-ur were Bill Huskamp and Phi) Tokhcim of the Grant club. The Wesley softball team, which had been one of North Iowa's top clubs, lost in the first round of the state Softball tournament at Boone. Members of the Wesley club, which was mostly composed of Algona players, were: Clyde Priebe, Harlan Wichtendahl, Dutch Leek, Verle Long, Hank Geilen- f pld, Art Conway, Howard SV phenson, Jim Keilcy, Julie Baa~, Norman Lane, Whilsy Voigt. Art Ashton and Murl Hoover. Paul Christoffers was to be honored at a Scout troop recognition dinner where he would receive the Eagle Scout award. Two new Scouts — Lutz Duerr and Richard Hutchins — would receive tenderfoot awards. A reunion was hald on the A. B. Schenck farm north of Algona to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Schenck family on that farm. Bobby Lindemcn and his band were playing at the Plantation Ballroom. Hsgg Post 90 hcre to the first post-war convention of Iowa's Legion were- Fred Kent, Jr., Don Akre, H. F. Huenhold, Leon Merrill, K. L. Setchell, Archie Dodds, E. J. Zender and W. E. McGrew. Three Fentort youth*, Kenneth Householder, Jim Widdell and Bill Finnestad, had enlisted in the army. Bob Geigel, son of the Fred Goigels, had begun football practice at the State University of Iowa where he was enrolled. W. A. "Dutch" Lorent had received a letter from a former prisoner-of-war at the Algona camp who had returned to his homeland. Among other things, he related he missed the "good times" he'd had as a P. O. VV. in America. . V ' Margaret Durant tells of first Algona Hi graduating class in her final article AUGUST 6, 1936 A crowd "conservatively estimated at 9,000" thronged State Street the day of the dedication of the new paving. Congressman Fred Gilchrist, Laurens, gave the dedication speech. Before Mr. Gilchrist spoke, the paving was formally accepted by Mayor C. F. Specht who was introduced by President M. G. Norton of the Chamber of Commerce. Senator L. J. Dickinson and his secretary Rex Nelson were in Topeka, Kans., where the Senator was in conference with Gov. Landon, republican nominee for president. Eight Kossuth residents pur chased new cars during the wesk. Buyers of new Fords were Mrs. Wm. Shirley, C. L. Lehman, H. B. White, E. R. Carney and A. E. Kresensky, Algona, and W. E. Ley, Lakota. Peter Seaberg, Wesley, bought a Chev- •olet and Alberta K. Miller, Algona, purchased an Oldsmobile. The LuVerne kittenball team vas the only team that showed for 'an advertised kittenball .ournament and thereby was a- varded the silver trophy cup by the Algona nerce. Under a picture of huge snow- Senator B. bad accepted AUGUST 15, 1946 Hickenlooper B. an invitation to speak at the Kiwanis club lunch- con the coming week. Sen. Hickenlooper was to relate his experiences in viewing the atomic bomb tests on Bikini island the month before. W. W. Gillespie extended an invitation on behalf of the Al go;ia Gladiolus Society to have the 1947 Iowa State Gladiolus show here. The invitation was accepted by the board at the Tuesday. Guests wars th« Donald Larsons and Ralph Jacobsons. Mrs. Donald Usher attended the funeral for Sam Torkelsofi at the Bethany Lulherafi church at Emmetsburg Monday. The Gustav Holies, Montevi deo, Minn., and his sister Constance, of Stavangar, Norway, visited Mrs. Harvey Thorsen on Wednesday. Thursday Mrs. Thorsen accompanied them lo visit friends and relatives at Sandwich and Leland, 111. The John Larsons have mov ed from Emporia, Kans., where he has been taking graduate work this summer. They went back to Swea City, moving into different house. Helping them move Friday were the Ralph Jacobsons and family and Donalc Larsons. The Ray Cresses, Humboldt Mrs. Minnie Brueltmtn, of Send, and Mrs. LUliaft Fel . the rest home at Emmetsburg, were Sunday guests at Oress's. i>r. and Mrs. Hottest Jennifer and Steven, of field, Mo., were Saturday at Albert thorsen's. Mrs. les Welter was an evening visit* or. The Dwayne Benges were Sunday guests at Laurel Wors* ler's. The Ed Moores, of .Hardy* were evening visilors. The Percy Watnems were Saturday guests at Bruce Wat- nem's at Humboldt for Timmy's second birthday. Diane, daughter of the Carroll Olsons, had a birthday Sunday and guests were the Tom Olsons and Nels Olson, of West Bend, Earl Osborns and John, and Bruce Osborns, Cylinder. EARL STOTT Republican Candidate For KOSSUTH COUNTY SUPERVISOR THIRD DISTRICT Your Vote and Support Will Be Appreciated Primary Election. September 6, 1966 THE ALGONA graduating class of 1886 consisted of, back row, iett to ngnt, nnme Jounson, Edith Wheelock, Grant Heckart, Marian Spencer, Hardy Buell, Kate Frink, Ed Mantor and Louise McCoy. Front row — Nettie Durant, Josie McCoy, Ben Haggard and Lura Watson. (The following story was writ- Chamber of Con(- ten exclusively for the Kossuth County Advance a few days before her death by Margaret Du- cirifts, a local lumber company'rant and is believed to be the advertised, "Be prepared for the final article she write. Miss Du- coming winter — see us now a-1 rant) a prominent author of stor- bout your coal supply." | ies and poems> died Aug L Sne T. H. Chrischilles reported in was a frequent contributor to his "Movies" column that author: h Advance for many years.) Richard Sherman had viewed | the movie of his famous story "To Mary With Love" for the first time in the Call theatre in Algona" the pre'vious Vweekv-'-The author and a. few friends had a private screening of the cinema version By Margaret Durant. Graduation from our commun- an e^Kfft fol- u t b univcrsi . iu " * y^^ J quently graduation came the middle of June, the next event of local importance to follow Memorial Day. In those years the number of students who completed the high school course was not large, but inter- terst in their graduation extended beyond relatives and friends, in fact included most of the town. Since the Congregrational church had the largest seating space, the program was held there. June is t:ie month of roses in northern Iowa and although Al- g<jna ha«Uru>-organized garden club at that time, there were many green thumbed gardeners. which starred Myrna ties and colleges. This pattern The flowers they gave provided; consists of several formal occasions and a few informal ones. i In the Algona High School's exer- Loy, Warner Baxter, Claire Trevor and Jean Dixon. From In Society: "Mesdames, - .. H. W. Pletch, M. H. Falkenhain-'first years 'graduating er and M. J. Streit entertained at cises", to quote the phrase then a bridge luncheon at the Algona '^ use, were a single occasion hotel in honor of Mrs. A. D. Ad- which consisted of a program beautiful and fragrant setting' or the graduation scene. Aside from vocal or instrumental selections, contributed ams who goes to Des ' Moines and t- he presentation of diplom- soon . . . The high bridge scores as were won by Mrs. H. L. Gilmore There was a nine and one half and Mrs. H. M. Smith." < month's school year, conse- SAFETY OF YOUR SAVINGS by local adult musicians, the program was made up pf drav matic readings and orations, given by the graduates themselves. These orations written by the students and memorized for delivery, were discourses on op- jortunity, attitude and success. The Open Door, Beyond the Alps Lies Italy, and Harbor Bells are characteristic titles. For a number of years a very pretty custom prevailed. Friends of the graduates, instead of gifts, brought bouquets and small wicker baskets filled with flowers. These were displayed in a room adjoining the auditorium and formed a miniature flower show. As to dress, the young gentlemen were expected to be well- groomed, but for the young ladies it was a style show. Their dresses demonstrated what a small town seamstress could do with yard goods. Perhaps the class of 1886 may be considered typical of those years. The Algona high school's standard for scholarship, set by its founder, Gardner Cowles, later became nationally known in the journalistic field, had been maintained. The twelve graduates were qualified to enroll in the Northern Iowa Normal School that had been located in Algona and was to open its doors in September. The class roster carries the names of Hardy Buell, Anthonette (Nettie) Durant, Kate Frink, Grant Heckart, Ben Haggard, Anna Johnson, Josie and Louise ,McCoy,(sisters) Ed^Mjantor, ian Spencer, Edith Wheelock and Lura Watson. Although these young people belonged to families for many years well known in the community, only part of them now ring the bell of recollection. Kate Frink (Mrs. A.nnis) moth- <er of Beth Annis (Mrs. Fred Freeze) is still a definite remembrance. The same might be said of Hardy Buell of Burt community where, for the larger part of his life, he engaged in banking business. Marian Spencer (Mrs. Frank Hedrick) is recalled only in connection with her father, the never to be forgotten Colonel Spencer of Civil War fame. Ben Haggard, uncle of Barbara Haggard, died in the early 1900's. Louise McCoy is brought to attention each year in the award of the Louise McCoy memorial prize, an award made by the local PEO group. Anthonette Durant, elder sister of Carrie I. and Margaret Durant, was identified with higher education in Illinois and Wisconsin, where for twenty-five years she was a college teacher From 1886 to 1966 is a long stretch of years. The changes that have taken place during these years have altered the pattern of living for everyone. Algona, however, has retained one design of a pattern begun when the town was founded. The dream of Algona as a. college town did not come true, but interest in education has never faltered nor lessened. It does not matter whether graduation takes place in a church or an open air stadium. In either circumstance it is an ending and a "commencement." Italy still lies beyond the Alps. Home Federal Savings & Loan Assn. All Accounts Fully Insured to $10,000 Save From The 15th — Earn From The 1st SINCE 1917 — ALGONA, IOWA All Savings Accounts insured up to $10,000 by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation of Washington, D. C. STORMOR DOES MORE Mrs. Donald Usher GROWING PAINS HEALING! After much pounding and sawing and painting, things are temporarily under control. We're not completely finished, but you can stop in and look things over. — SIDEWALK SUPERINTENDENTS INVITED — We'll have a seating capacity of 40 and, of course . . . QUALITY FOOD & PRICES STAY THE SAME! s CAFE 114 N. Thorington ALGONA, IOWA Phone 295-9117 Mrs. Roy Jacobson visited Mrs. Clara Solberg Thursday. The Conrad Johnsons had ,heir 13th wedding anniversary ' »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»+»»»»»»»+»»»»»»»»»»++«+•••»•••»• i-load Just Arrived! 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