The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 26, 1966 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 26, 1966
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Old Corner Loaded With History *rVV Y-f BY EVELYN CADY I don't need to tell you this picture was taken a long time ago -probablyin the late eighties. But it will be easily recognized as the house across the street from my home on McGregor street. I never knew the family, Mr. and Mrs. John Grove, but I have heard my grandmother Cady mention them. The fence around the house proves if s age as they had been removed before my day of remembering things - the women's bonnets, the horses and buggies prove antiquity, as well as the long apron on Mrs. Grove. And lap robes in the buggies prove it wasn't balmy weather and the scrawny trees are bare. Take a look at the mud road and the boards laid over the drainage ditches. I can remember those, for we had them until 1914 when paving was put in on McGregor street. The only changes made in the house over the years are the enclosed porches. I don't remember the various families who lived in the place after the deaths of the Groves, but I do recall the M. J. Quinns moved into it and I always enjoyed Zeta (Mrs. Roy Christensen) who played the piano nicely. Zada Branson used to sympathize with me, "Poor Red," she'd say, "you are always tortured with someone who can't play," so she rejoiced with me when Zeta entered the neighborhood. The house back of the Groves was lived in many years by the late Elmer and Lulu Hartshorn. It is now owned by Wayne Hanson. Between the houses, the rear of the present Legion hall can be seen, It was then the library. The house which shows a window and blinds boused many families. A Sampson family at one time who had a daughter, Ada, the Walters, Milt I believe his name was and Edna (Mrs. Clarence Shilts) lived there with her sisters and Jennie and Julia. Mr. Walters had a harness shop, Then there was a Fiene family. Hfc had a shoe store where Kirk's is now._ And the Rikes lived there, too, He was an auto mechanic and the family moved to Arnolds Park. The house bad a sad ending in 1922, just a very short time after the death of my father. Cobs in a back shed caused a combustion and the house was aflame in such a short time. Mother and I were intheGoeders (Sheakley) store one evening and when the siren sounded, everyone left the store to get out to see where the engine was going. We could see the flames so plainly and thought it was our house until we got across the street from the present Dairy Queen corner. Miss Coate, living at M rs. Ferguson's, was helping put the children to bed. She looked out and said to Mrs. Ferguson, "Oh I am afraid ifs the Cady house" Miss Coate told me about it and while she didn't want anyone to have disaster, she was so concerned because of our run of "hard luck", me crippled, Dad's re- cent death, and she thought we had received more than our share. Well, the lot was sold to Bill Hawcott, and he and Marie built a nice home there and enjoyed it together till May, 1951, when Bill died just a few hours after my mother. That block has quite a history. Can you remember when the whole half block was a lumber yard with the office where the Dairy Queen is? If you can, your are getting along in years even as I. The building showing back of the Hawcott lot was a bus barn. It was used to harbor the buses used by George Brown, whose house stood where the Roy Hutzell house is. It has changed hands a few times, but the Hutzells have owned it quite a number of years. Changes - changes - yet quite a lot of the old, beloved Algona Algona, (la.) Upper Des Moines Tuesday, April 26, 1966 WE PUT THE SURE IN INSURANCE . . . WITH ADDED PROTECTION FOR TODAY'S DRIVING NEEDS Old-fashioned policies don't give you the kind of coverage that modern motoring requires. Be sure you're more than adequately protected ... see us today! BLOSSOM INSURANCE Phon. 995*2735 FOR COMPLETE INSURANCE COVERAGE CALL NOW! Algen* remains. Goodness, I almost forgot to tell you the Grove house is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Johnston who have made three apartments in It. Newcomers Newcomers club held guest night April 19 at the Country club with Joan Schubert, Ginny Nelson, Sandy Krasean andGerri Howe, hostesses. New members are Mary Ann Griffin, Pat Langstrom and Donna Etherington. Door prize was won by Maxine Rooney, high 500 by Mary Zeegg, low 500, Ginny Nelson, high bridge, Bea Basler and low bridge by Blanch Walter. Sherry Baker sang a solo accompanied by Marilyn Paetz. CHOPPER GREEN CHOPS NON-STOP! The fiehl FO-72 Hail Chopper through the heaviest green chop . . cuts a six-foot swath, rain or shine! Compared lb,gra/ing. the Gehl 12 can double the usable feed per acre. Provide your cows with the lush, fresh feed they need for top, consistent production. Downtime repairs? No problem! 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