The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 14, 1966 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 14, 1966
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don smiiK IF this sort of thing happened oftener, there would be a lot less fights. A couple of 8-year old boys, longtime chums in the same neigh" borhood here, had some kind of argument recently that led to attempted fisticuffs. One lad, really ready to go at it, wound up, leveled his Sunday punch at his ex-friend and let go. His roundhouse haymaker had only one thing wrong with it - after starting out in the general direction of his would-be opponent, it returned without hitting anything but air - and his own fist smashed him right in the eyel It got black the next day, too. ' Wish Cassius (or Mohammed) could do the same thing to himself - only rieht in his big fat mouthl - ?- WHAT has four wheels and flies? A garbage truck. WE'D like to strike a blow right now (not for freedom, although we need that, too) for the auto manufacturers and dealers who have been getting slammed recently in and out of the Senate investigation of auto safety. In the first place, autos are safer now than ever - and we'd be the first to admit most of them are over-powered with too many horses under the hood. However, despite the many safety features now found, compared with the past, it is still impossible to correct the nut at the wheel, and thereby lies most of the problem as we see it. As far as the fatality problem is concerned.- its' s always been with us. We saw figures the other day, shown to us by Rich Groen of the local police department, which would surprise most persons. In 1930 (if we remember correctly), almost as many persons were killed on the roads, streets and highways in Iowa as during 1965- and last year's pace of deaths was considered frightening. Breaking it down further, your chances of NOT GETTING KILLED on the highways today are 18 times BETTER than in 1930, Doesn't that make you feel better? The 18 to 1 ratio is based on the much larger number of vehicles now spinning down the roads times the number of additional miles now being driven on those same roads. So, let's cut out all the gobbledegook stirred up by the Senate (which should have much better things to do) and get back to the serious job of trying to tighten some of the nuts on the steering wheel. And by the way, weren't quite a few persons killed in pre-auto days in runaways of horses? Maybe they ought to investigate that, too! HERE'S a supposed true story making the rounds locally, although it happened in a city far from here. A housewife got a new automatic dishwasher and was using it the first time, Her husband was upstairs taking a bath when water began running out of the dishwasher. The wife yelled for help and hubby rushed downstairs right out of the bath. He got down on all fours, opened a door of a cabinet next to the machine and stuck his head in to examine the problem. About this time, the family cat came along, clawed the man on the fanny, he raised up, bumped his head hard on the inside of the counter top and was knocked unconscious. The frantic wife called an ambulance which soon arrived. The knocked-out husband was put on a stretcher and was being carried out when the wife told the entire story to the two men carrying it. They laughed so hard they dropped the stretcher - and the poor husband sustained a broken arm. Now, she's suing the ambulance drivers for the injury to the husband. Bet that couple doesn't buy anything new for a while, except maybe a kitten! THIS talk lately about whether or not the end of the Viet Nam war would result in an end to our prosperity seems to be another political football, with both Democrats and Republicans guilty of some pretty ridiculous statements. Makes you wonder if your right to vote in the USA is worth the effort to get to the polls. We're not against voting, but it seems-the quality of men named to high posts by the voters is not too good. Getting back to Viet Nam. Who do the big wheels think they are kidding? Sure, our young men are over there dying to thwart communism's growth but after all, the Viet Nam thing started out to be a civil war so we, showing how influential (?) we are, get in on it. We think the main reason (besides the communism angle) our men are over there is to protect huge fjLnancial interests of investors in this country, just as has been the case in most other major wars we've gotten in on overseas. We're keeping com- , munism from our shores (at least from the outside), but we sure aren't making any friends anywhere. And our foreign aid funds might just as well have been kept home in the first place. About the only thing foreign people like about this country is the money. We'd just as well have them hate us for lack of money, tool didn't get a chance as a result of the fatal mishap. His Offenhauser Special locked wheels with a- sprint car driven by Jimmy Wilburn, the cars spun out in a cloud of dust and Schrader was thrown from his speedster, landing on his head 15 feet away. His wife witnessed the tragedy. Schrader was 46 at the time of his death, and actually got his start in racing on motorcycles while he was stationed at Camp Dodge near Des Moines during World War 1. He won his first dirt track championship in 1932 and held the title every year until the time of his death, except in 1938 when Emory Collins of LeMars won it. During his 20 years of auto racing, Schrader had driven in more than 1,100 races and won on the average of four out of seven. His farm had been purchased with prize money he had won during a brilliant career. Few people knew that Schrader competed in the Indianapolis 500 mile Memorial Day race in 1935. He did okay until his car conked out after 116 miles. Back in Schrader's day - and for a few years after that, dirt track auto racing was a truly great sport. Lack of open competition during recent years has all but removed it from the scene at such fairs as the one held here each year. Auto race day, featuring the sprint cars, used to be the big day each year - now the stock cars pull fans through the gates. FIRST Cannibal: "I sure don't like your brother-in-law 1" Second Cannibal: "Then just push him aside and eat the noodles." Tuetdoy, Jug* 14, 1966 Atymu, (to.) Upptf &•» "KMrttii Cowrty't Favorite WHY do elephants wear red tennis shoes? To tell which team they're onl THERE'S a suite in one of the big Minneapolis hotels named after the Minnesota Twins which is very similar to another suite in the same hotel named after the Minnesota Vikings. The similarity ends in price of the two. The Twins suite brings $74 per day, while the Vikings suite is $53 for 24 hours. Why the difference? Well, according to hotel officials, the Twins suite has a photograph of owner Calvin Griffith in it and the Twins won the championship of their league in 1965 and the Vikings didn't. Thafs why you save $21 per day staying in the Vikings suite, A recent issue of the "Annals of Iowa" ran a reprint of a story which ran the day after Gus Schrader, Iowa's most famous race driver, was fatally injured in a race at the Louisiana State Fair Oct. 22, 1941 - and it brought back memories of the product 'of Newhall, la. Gus had already announced he would retire to a farm after the race, but A CLASSIFIED AD WILL GET FAST RESULTS TO ALL NEW BRIDES You Look After Your Husband and Let Us Look After Your Dry Cleaning FOR HER . . . cleaning of dresses, suits, etc. \ FOR HIM . . . quality dry cleaning of suits, sport coats, . slacks and sweaters. FOR THE HOME . . . drapes, cutains, slip-covers, cleaned beautifully. If your clothes are not becoming to you . THEY SHOULD BE COMING TO US! - Wally Hill, Owner — ELK DRY CLEANERS Phone 295-3447 Algona, (owe NOW! Effective Monday, June 13, we are distributors in this area for . Potter Distributing Co. ALGONA, IOWA 295-3202

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