The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 7, 1966 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, July 7, 1966
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Section— 2 ALOONA, JOWA, THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1966 VOL. 101 NO. 51 Algona VISTA Volunteer Tells Of Life In Tennessee Mountains Editor's Note: Luke V. McCarthy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don McCarthy ,'if Algona, has been a VICTA volunteer for the past year, working in the mountains of Tennessee in the Federal project designed to aid and improve the lot of folks in that area. The VICTA program is sometimes referred to as the domestic Peace Corps. What this young volunteer has to say about his work is most interesting, and follows: BY LUKE v. MCCARTHY "The child who never tastes candy will never miss it. So also is it here with our people, they never have had the good life, so they don't miss it." These were the welcome words of Charles Turner, mayor and merchant of Sneedville, Tenn., as he welcomed our group of six VISTA volunteers to work in Hancock County, Tennessee. It is an interesting county, (author Jesse Stewart writes many books of this mountainous region and used this county as the setting of his latest book, "The Daughter of the Legend"), a paradox of negative extremes in a time and a country of prosperity and affluence. It is the seventh poorest county in the United States based on per capita income. The roads, schools, farming methods, political and social life are in the 'shadow of the past'. The mountains cause a very hard life for these people. Of the 26 schools in the county, 13 are crude one-room shacks heated by pot-bellied stoves. Fifty percent of all farming is done by mules and horses. Roads as such are non-existent, rather only rocky paths. Into this area come six highly idealistic people with little experience in this line of social re-development but with high hopes. It is interesting after a year of work to stop and take count of all the many ideas we have used, added, or subtracted in our project's work. Quoting our VISTA director of training, "When you first came to us, you were idealists. Now that you have been trained, you are seasoned idealists. But after a year in the Appalachians, you will be seasoned pragmatists." His statement could not have been more accurate. We still have the same ideas for our project work, but we go about putting these ideas to work with a far greater amount of discretion. Tutoring, adult education, health, sanitation, housing, job placements, woodworking, and recreation have been areas where we have been able to make significant headway. Adjusting to the social and environment differences and criticism, both locally and nationally, have been the greatest stumbling blocks of progress here on our project. But living on the level with the people in this community gives the VISTA volunteer a unique advantage of being able to recognize immediate needs in the early stages of growth rather than allowing the problems to grow, as happens so often on government-sponsored projects. At this time it might be well to explain what VISTA is for those who are not familiar. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is sometimes better known as the domestic Peace Corps. The entire VISTA program is set up and administered in like manner to the Peace Corps. With one significant diff- ence - VISTA volunteers remain here at home in the United States trying to solve some of the same problems the foreign Peace Corps is doing in other countries. VISTA volunteers enlist for fifteen months. Two and one half of these months are spent in training in an atten ot to equip and prepare the volunteers for the area of poverty work they will be involved in. Then the volunteers are placed into communities in many of our economically depressed areas which have requested the volunteers services. The volunteers receive no pay - only a living allowance for food, housing and incidentals. So a VISTA volunteer mast Smiles of gratitude from this family as the members pose in front of their partially completed house which was part of the VISTA Volunteers housing project. Volunteer Luke McCarthy- is the fourth from the right. With the mountains as a background VISTA Volunteer Luke McCarthy (second from left) joins the members of his community in Hancock County, Tennessee harvest the tobacco crop - the only means of financial income for this area. have fortitude and faith, for the going gets pretty rough some times. But at the same time he must have a heart as big as a mountain, for when all is said and done the friends we make here are made by our big hearts. REASONABLE PRICES, good service, and quality printing, are trademarks of The Upper Des Molnes Pub. Co. in Algona. Will Be Bride Of Titonka Man In August TITONKA - Mr. ;iinl Ml s. Hoy Gustjfson, St., of ScKlstopol, California, announce the enga^i 1 - m<?iit and approaching marriage of their dam-jib v, Suczann, above, to Aik'ii Bils!''>roiii;h, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice HUsbnioii»ii of Titonka. Miss G'istafsun is a tU'i'lnaU' of El Mjlinn lliuli School. Mr. HilsboroU';h is a gnulualo of Titonka Hu;h School and ;m Kn/jiu't'i ingfii'.idualf! from IOV.M Stah.' Caivorsity at AIIKJS. Ho V.MS reci'iilly discharged from tho U. S. army and is employed by Lockh"pd at Sunnyvale, California. Tin.: r:n!tpli> plans to wed August 6th at tin' Sevastopol Methodist Church. Linda Pingei Of Ledyard Is Engaged LEDYAKU - Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pingei of Ledyard announce the engagement and approaching marriage of tlioir daughter, Linda Jean, to Dennis Sook, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Sook of Ivanhoe, Minn. The wedding will take place July 30 at the Ledyard Methodist church. Both Miss Pingei and fiance are students at Mankato State College. There will be an open house shower honoring Miss Pingei July 16 at 8 p. m. at the Methodist church in Ledyard. - o - Brent Keil, Rockford, m., visited his parents, the Maurice Keils, from Sunday evening until Tuesday. He also attended the wedding of a roommate at Austin, Minn., Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Doocy and family of Minneapolis visited the parental Tim Doocy home from Friday evening through Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Engelby and family were also dinner guests at the Doocys Sunday. \ot So Straight Birds do not fly directly to .suinnicr territories from their \v i n ti'r i iif* grounds. The migrants take detours to avoid mountains, deserts and large bodies of water. REDUCED ON LONG DISTANCE CALLS WITHIN IOWA NEW LOWER RATES START SATURDAY JULY 9 Good news foi Iowa telephone users! Lo'.vei idles on nwn, < within Iowa become effective July 9. Sc-wnn's >ao >; -e from b-; 3-minute call, depending on type of call, distance and time of The reduction;, result from discussions between the lo.V:i St; Commission and the Company and leflect economies fiom m new equipment and new techniques which Hie helping to lu.'. handling intercity calls over longer distances. As part of thi present collect charge of 15c on some st-itiun-to-stHtion cull-Iowa will be extended to all such collect c-ills Hus rh : i,v i cost of handling this type of call. These new lowei rates are part of a pro.t'uim .> M:ei i-'t to SH customers over""$2,000,000 annually. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company The Security State Bank Algona's Progressive Bank PAYIN INTEREST ON ERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT i The Security State Bank ALGONA, IOWA — OFFICE AT LuVERNE

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