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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 12

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 4, 1966
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2-Algeno, (la.) Upper Dej Moines thonday, Augutt 4, 1966 HE BUILT HIS BOAT I r From Printing Impressions Magazine - Mr. VW. ran a typesetting outfit in a western sub- . -Urb of Chicago for a quarter-century, but hfe tnever got his picture in the magazines as a Captain of industry. He still had only two ^linotypes, a Ludlow and some foundry type. '-. He would spend an hour or two at his desk *irt the morning, open the mail, mark up some "copy, and then hurry to the barn. •" "Don't call me unless it's very important," 'he'd say. "Like if the shop is burning down, •for Instance." He didn't want visitors in the barn because he was building a boat. And he wanted to build it alone, without kibitzers. Some of the customers got angry. "Doesn't he want our business?" they'd ask. "Sure he does," I answered, "but he's made up his mind to build a boat." Quite a few customers went elsewhere, but Mr. Boss didn't worry about it. "They don't understand," he said, "that I have to build my boat." Salesmen shook their heads. "What's the . matter with him?" they would ask. "Doesn't he want to be successful? The only way to get to the top is to keep concentrating on the printing business, giving it all you've got." Even I was getting peeved with the boat I had not yet seen. I was getting all the pressure in the shop and on the phone. Everything was rush, rush, rush and there was a lot of yelling back and forth. One morning, as I watched Mr. Boss going through the mail with a sweet, contented smile on his face, I decided to quit. "I can't take it any more, boss. You'll have to run your business yourself." His smile faded for a moment and then he said, "Let's go across the street and talk things over." I followed him through the side door of the barn and he flicked on the electric lights. I stood in amazement. Supported on frames was the hull of an 18-foot cruiser, painted white. "D'you want a raise?" he asked. "No," I replied. "It's not a question of money. It's only that I've been hearing so much talk about you. That you don't care about the business. Some people say you're going broke." "Not really," the boss said quietly. "It's true that I threw a mortgage on the machines to buy some things for the boat. Plumbing, for instance. 'And that galley over there, stain* < f*ss J steTe1."fingines cos^ money, too. "Is it worth, Boss?" He shrugged and lit his pipe. "All my life . . ." he began quietly. "All my life I've wanted to build a boat. And I've been putting it off, for one reason or another. Now I'm 50 already. Time is running out." He took a long draw on his pipe and watched the smoke curl upward. CB HIE. Call Street— Ph. 295-3535— Algona, Iowa Zip Code 50511 Issued Tuesday and Thursday by THE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Editor & Publisher DON SMITH, News Editor ADVERTISING Russ Kelley Denny Waller JACK PURCELL, Foreman "You know," he continued reflectively. "Maybe that's why I've nover been much of a success at anything. I've been working hard, doing what people told me to do.^But I never had the courage to build my boat." I studied my shoes in silence. "Every man has a boat to build," the boss added, as if reading my thoughts. After that I began spending my spare time in the barn, helping Mr. Boss with the varnishing. When he confessed he couldn't give me my full pay for running the shop, I settled for half. Then I withdrew money from my bank account to help him buy a trailer. On June 18th we hitched the cruiser to Mr. Boss's old jalopy and hauled it to the Illinois River near Ottawa. Nervously we pushed the boat from the trailer into the water. Mr. Boss stood in awed reverence as it remained afloat. It had a slight list to port, which we remedied with a few Margach bars we had taken along. After we pulled away from the other boats, Mr. Boss let me hold the wheel while he went down into the cabin to change his clothes. He came back on deck in sharply pressed white slacks, a blue jackot with shiny brass buttons, and an officer's cap with S.S. Lorelei inscribed upon it. Proudly he filled his pipe, lit it, and took over the wheel. For two weeks we stayed on the water, cruising in the Mississippi past St. Louis, reluctantly turning back to Cairo. Throughout the rest of the summer we spent every week-end on the rivers and lakes of the Midwest. Neither of us was making much money, but it didn't matter. We had fallen under the spell of Lorelei. Two weeks after Labor Day Mr. Boss died in his sleep. Quite a few businessmen came to the undertaking parlor to pay their last respects. They discussed their ulcers and heart palpitations and the terrible tax problems. They criticized the business methods of Mr. Boss. They knew that the finance company, which had loaned money to build the foolish boat, was going to foreclose on the business. But Mr. Boss keep smiling in his coffin. He was the most contented man at his own wake. He had built his own boat. RECORDS ARE PUBLIC lyon County Reporter — President Johnson has signed one of the most important bills ever passed by our congress. It is the freedom of information bill, which really upsets the bureaucrats who have covered up information, even from the members of the congress. Under the new legislation, any persons can ask a public official for information, and that officer must produce it—or show reason, in court, why he does not do so. One of the favorite methods of covering up bungling and mismanagement in government has been to classify facts and refuse to let the truth come out. The new legislation will upset this practice, and it will mean better government for all. There are specific areas where high officials will still be able to classify information — largely in the areas of national defense—and everyone agrees that is a need for some secrecy in this field. Congressman Moss of California has worked for years to get this legislation passed into law—and he is to be greatly commended for his accomplishment. Public business always ought to be conducted in fujl view of the public. This new law will go a long way in seeing to it that the public gets the information to which it is rightly entitled. NATIONAL NEWSPAPER >C{ NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE American Newspaper Representatives, Inc. 404 Fifth Ave., New York 18, N.Y. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN TRADE AREA One Year, in advance, Semi-weekly s-i.oo Single Copies 10c SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE AREA One Year, in advance, Semi weekly SU.OG No subscription less than 6 months. OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING RATES ON REQUEST WRONG BOTH WAYS? Grundy Center Register — The democratic state administration is being blamed for having too big a surplus. The democratic administration in Washington is being blamed because we are getting too big a national deficit. If there is justification for blaming the National administration for r>ur big deficit, it would seem to be wholly jnjust to blame our Iowa administration for accumulating too big a surplus, In such a situation the majority of our voters will probably decide not to blame either party for the surplus or for the deficit. * * * Perhaps if we could forget our troubles as easily as our blessings we would live better. —Tribune, Oskaloosa, la. For And About Teenagers ] THIS WEEK'S LETTER: "I think your reply to the boy tired ft criticism about his long hair was very disgusting. Long hair U not a "fad". It was in style long before short hair — George Washington, Paul Revere, the Raiders, etc. Only a small minority of long hair is not well .groomed — on beatniks and hoodlums — 'and many of them nave short hair. I think there is nothing filthier than a person with Iheir hair filled with hair cream. I don't know why boys wear long hair. Mine is relatively short, even though I don't use that ghastly hair cream. 1 see nothing wrong with someone following their personal tastes. Why do adults object to long hair? My theory is that they are jealous because most of them could not grow long hair even if they wanted to. Adults are afraid that teenagers one day will have the position of adults today, and they fear it will be too toon. I'm not a silly teen- ager. I rank in the upper half of my class at school. I don't drive a hot-rod. I've never received a ticket or even been questioned by a policeman, which is more than most adults can say. Anyway, fifty years from now, the short-hair fad will be dead forever." OUR REPLY: Don't be so down on adults. They were the teenagers of yesterday — and it was only yesterday. They are concerned that today's teenagers will be the leaders of tomorrow's world — they want it to be a better world than it is today. Long hair has been around a long time, yet, methinks, in the latter stages of the real long hair period the wise men wore a wig in public and short hair In private. The first guy with nerve enough to throw away the wig was probably considered a nut! H you hovf o I«ono9f proof tm you wont to diKuu, of on obifrvotion to rnokt, oddrfli yoM' ItH.r to FOI AND AIOUT TEENAGERS. COMMUNITY AND SUfUMAN MESS SEIVICE. FIANKFOIT. KIT. WATCH YOUR HAT * "I was watching my hat and coal like your sign says and somebody ran off with my girl." 10 MIS AGO IN TMi FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES July 31,1956 The Algona American Legion Auxiliary won first place in the state-wide "Poppy Window Display Contest.' Algona's window display was named "Neglected Grave" and was done by Mrs. Homer Clark. It was displayed in Graham's window during Poppy Day. The award was $10. - o - The Whittemore Co-Op Creamery was burglarized and about $600 in cash and checks was stolen. The thieves gained entrance through the back door of the creamery, wrenched the lock from the door to the office, and then endeavored to pry open the cash register. Failing in this, they then tackled the desk drawer and pried that open. This contained the money and checks. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Genrich, Lone Rock, were dinner and supper guests in Livermore at the John Hauck home. The dinner was in honor of the birthday of Mr. Genrich. Afternoon callers were nieces and nephews of Mr. Genrich who honored him with a birthday party. They were Mr. and Mrs. John Hauck and son Louis, Mrs. Mary Hauck, Livermore, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hauck, Mr. and Mrs. Heine Hauck and family, Humboldt, Mr. and Mrs. Art Jensen, Bode, and Mrs. MiUie Nolte, Algona. - o - Fenton youth attending Camp Quest at Lake Okoboji during the week included Diane Helland, Janet Walker, Penny Boevers, Jeanean Zwiefel, Jerome Zwiefel Bryan Mortenson, Steve Stoeber and Bruce Hartshorn. Mrs. Charles Newel accompanied the group as counselor and Janet • Behne as junior counselor. - o - Pictured were two young Al- gonans who while serving in the Navy were making successful strides in the wrestling field. They appeared at the Olympic Try-outs in Los Angeles and while neither man made the Olympic team, it was an honor to be included in the tryouts. The youths were Gary Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hoover, ST., and graduate of the Algona high school class of '52, and Jerry Parkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parkins, a graduate of Algona high school class of '54. Both Jerry and Gary were outstanding wrestlers in high school and Jerry entered the state meet during his senior year. - o - Lt. Col. and Mrs. Paul Black and son Curtis, who had just returned from Japan, visited the Walter G. Smiths, the Floyd Smiths and other Swea City relatives. Lt. Col. Black had completed a 2-year tour of duty with the armed forces in Japan and was to be stationed in Alabama. - o - Mr. and Mrs. John Thul, St. Joe, attended the Quinn-Thul wedding at St. John's Catholic church in Bancroft. The reception was at the Plantation dining room at Whittemore, and a wedding dance was given the same evening. The Neighborhood club was entertained at the home of Mrs. Julius Becker, Livermore, with 500 being the afternoon's entertainment. High prize went to Mrs. John Sorlie, traveling to Mrs. Harold Gjerstad and consolation prize to Mrs. Harold Stoddard. - o - Sunday dinner and evening guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van Hove, Titonka, were Mr. and Mrs, John Van Hove and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Gratus Wickers and son of Acklcy, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stenzel, Elmore, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. John Van Hove and family, Buffalo Center, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Van Hove. - o - Friends and former residents gathered for the annual Old Settlers' picnic with about 175 attending, at the Grant Twp. school grounds. Mrs. Ida Darnell acted as president of the group in the absence of Mrs. Wm Speicher. A prize was awarded H. L. Read of Elmore, 98, as the oldest man present, and Mrs. Read, who was 78. . o - Mrs. W. J. Cotton of Lone 4 Rock had the unique experience of being hostess at a dessert luncheon for 13 women all of whom had been her pupils in a home economics class 29 years ago. 20 YEARS AGO IN THI FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES August 6, 1946 Twelve-year-old Boyd Bauder had a streak of bad luck while visiting his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Scott DeSart, Fenton, over a six week period. Boyd was injured when a load of bundles on which he was riding tipped over in the DeSart lane which was washed out. When the load tipped Boyd fell on a pitch fork breaking six of his ribs. The prongs of the fork entered his body in two places, his arm and abdomen. The boy pulled the pitch fork out himself and then was rushed to the hospital in Algona. His condition was reported as satisfactory. When Boyd first arrived at his uncle's farm, he ran into a barbed wire fence, causing four stitches to be taken in his head. Bonnie Bonar, a resident of Algona, was expected home with her discharged from the Army where she served as a lieutenant in the nursing corps. She had been in Japan, and was discharged in California after 14 months service. - o - Tommy Zeigler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Zeigler, Algona, celebrated his second birthday by entertaining neighbor children and their mothers at his farm home in Plum Creek twp. Present were Audrey Gardner, Harriett and Ruth Benschoter, Gary Priebe, Janice and Allen Bode and Francis Zeigler. Also attending were Tommy's grandmothers, Mrs. Vic Heiserodtand Mrs. Wilbur Zeigler, and his two great-grandmothers, Mrs. Martin Didriksen and Mrs. Oscar Norman. - o - Mrs. Raymond Winter, Lakota, suffered serious burns in an accident in her home. While she was canning green beans, the top slipped off a jar and the boiling contents covered her neck, chin, mouth and one arm. - o- Bode's annual Flower Show was held with a large display of various garden flowers. Mrs. Andy Olson received first in large zinnias, Mrs. Harold Skaugstad was winner of two firsts, one in the fringed variety of zinnias and one in snapdragons. Mrs. A. H. Hanson won first in gladiolus. - o - From Odds and Ends - "Rex Taylor started the fad and now there are several of these little motor scooters running around ... not a bad idea, either." - o - Donald and Kenneth Patterson and Dale Lockwood, Burt, were business visitors at Ames. Kenneth and Dale made arrangements for a room as they were planning to attend Iowa State College in the fall. - o The Sexton schoolhouse had a thorough job of painting and varnishing inside - the walls, ceiling, desks and chairs, etc. ppnwwnnn PiiniF bKUatJifUKU ruLLLL LAST WEEKS ANSWER ,M THE GOLDEN YEARS RETIREE SENDS A BLESS-YOU TO HIS FORMER CO-WORKERS Herewith a letter written back to former co-workers by a 65- year-old man who retired earlier this year: "Dear Slaves: "With great pleasure I give you a progress report on my retirement, and with the same five-cent stamp send an affectionate 'Bless You' for that part of your pay-check I am now getting every month.. " The most delightful development of my retirement came on the day I realized that though I had never saved more than $7,000 In my life I now had what amounted to about $125,000. And it Is guaranteed for life, thanks mainly to your pay-check. "A conservative Investment will pay 4 percent, and 4 per cent of the $125,000 is $5,000 a year. That's about what I'm getting. Which Is how I figure I'm rich. I can't figure just how much of the $5,000 a year yqu're contributing. It's all too complex. But as I work things out, I'm getting a pinch of your Social Security tax, a couple of pinches of your Income tax, and some part of the pension payment you're contributing or the company is contributing in your name as a fringe benefit. "On Social Security my wife and I are getting just over $2,000 a year. In a few years I will have eaten up all money I ever paid into Social Security, at which time I'll start eating off the reserves that your taxes are building up. Of course I could die early and you'd make money on my Social Security, and also on my pension payments. 1 don't intend to die early. Rather, 1 Intend to live on Into my 90's on my $125,000 cushion, and I will thank you to keep on earning a pay-check so 1 can. I will thank you, too, to .get a false soon so you can increase your income tax payments, thus to pay for the Medicare benefits I will get and which I'm figuring into my $5,000 at about $600 a year. "In opening this letter I addressed you as 'Slaves,' which was premeditated. I don't mean you are slaves of your boss or the company, but of the social system we live under. 1 escaped the bondage when \ retired. And this escape, which few people understand, is the progress report I wanted to give you. " In our society it is required that a man work. So he can earn his bed and board, naturally, but also because a man is considered odd or inferior if he doesn't. "In fact, a healthy 55-year- old man who refuses to work might well find himself being ushered one day into a psychi-' atric ward to answer some silly questions. t "So, until you are 62 or 65, you must have a job. The day you retire you are released from that bondage. In fact you are expected to relax, and if you never hold a job for the rest of your life you don't have to explain, aren't embarrassed. "One final thought: Retirement is not the paradise some of the do-gooders would have you believe. It has some rough edges. And it takes you a while to file them down. But it's not so bad either. Probably the truest picture of It you can get is when you offer the old job back to any 10 men who have been retired for a year. One probably will come back. The other nine will have 14 excuses. "Until we meet again, "Social Security Sam" For «i« QOIOCN YEARS 36-(»,t boetlft, Itnd JOs in coin (no Itampl), Ip Dtp*. CSPS, fc» 1672. Grond Ctntrol Station. Ntw Yert. N.Y. 10017. ACROSS 1. Kind of Art 4. Notices of a sort 7. Rent 9. Grove of small trees 12. Fireplace 13. Civil wrongs 14. Bar items 16. Flay 17. Guided 18. S'oak 20. Victorian, for one 21. Epochs 23. Dry, inflammable material 25. Exclamation 27. Negative 28. Frankness 32. Fish- pitching prong 36. Constellation 37. What the beer was on 39. Field 40. Facial feature 42. French 44. Dissolves 46. Nib 47. Smooth 48. Incites 49. Pen 50. Maritime signal DOWN 15. Tosspot 1. Chinese 19. FaS- temple tener 2. Capital of 22. Doleful Norway 24. See 19 3. Skins down 4. Part of a 26. Fiery play 28. Soothes 5. Bermuda 29. Tricksy grass ' sprite 6. Scatter 30. Italian 7. Kind of city thread 31. Large 38. Fathers 8. Come in roofing slate 41. Galley 10. Setting 33. Unites mark for 4 down 34. Sham 43. Timber wolf 11. Natural fat 35. Data 45. Welkin ie 37 19 n 16 19 14 Dr. W. W. Jolley, Fenton, received his private pilot's license which enabled him to take passengers with him in his plane. Lester Weisbrod, also of Fenton, had purchaseda 1946 model Piper Cub airplane, two passenger. He was about ready to solo and make .application for his license to fly alone. - o Leo Elbert, Whittemore, had the misfortune to fracture a bone in his heel when he jumped from a straw stack at his farm. Edward Greinert ruptured an artery in his leg when he stepped from a grain wagon, missing the rim of the wheel and striking the hub when he was helping thresh at the Elmer Greinert farm. - o Will Ryan of Titonka had purchased 3 1/2 lots from the Mid- Continent Oil Co. and had begun work on a 4,000 egg capacity hatchery in Wesley. Mr. Ryan had been employed at the Hamilton Hatchery at Titonka for eight years. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Percival, Algona, returned from a vacation in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Colorado Springs, Colo. At Cheyenne they attended the rodeo, which they found most entertaining. - o - Mrs. Bernard Gisch and Larry Gisch, Union twp., were sponsors for the baptism of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Specht, Algona, at St. Cecelia's church. The little one had been named K.Thomas. Mrs. Specht was the former Fern Gisch. | Professional y, •X I INSURANCE A. J. (Arnie) Ricklefs HospitaHzation Health & Accident Life — Auto — Fire — Hail 2 E. State '' 295-5529 ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines Of Insurance 295-3176 206 E. State BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY General Insurance 7 N. Dodge 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 5 N. Dodge 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm Polio Insurance HERBST INS. AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms. Phone 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $74,000,000 worth of insurance in force. Phone 295-3756. Lola Scuffham, Sec'y. MISCELLANEOUS *:*:*:-:*:*:*:tt^ Credit Bureau of Kossuth County Collectrite Service Factbilt Reports OPTOMETRISTS swswftw:*:^^ DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State Algona Telephone 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined — Contact Lenses — Hearing Aid Glasses 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Closed Saturday Afternoons RICHARD A. MOEN Representing FEDERATED INSURANCE Modern One-Stop Insurance Service Business— Home — Car — Life Phone 295-5955 P.O. Box 337 Algona, Iowa SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Complete Insurance Service 118 So. Dodge — Algona, la. Phone 295-2341 DR. J. B. HARRIS, JR. Dentist At 622 E. State Phone 295-2334 DR. J. G. CLAPSADDLE Dentist At 112 N. Thorington Phone 295-2244 for Appointment Farm Mgmnt. CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY UV'j N. Dodj* Ph. J95-J891 DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Chiropractor SftWftWfcWft^^^ DR. M. R. BALDWIN Summer Office Hours Mon. - Tues. - Wed. - Fri. 8:30 • 5:00 Thurs. - Sat. — 8:30 - 12:00 Friday Evenings — 6:30 • 8:30 *:*:*:*:*:*:^^ DOCTORS MELVIN G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 118 N. Moore St. Offjce Phone 295-2345 Residence Phone 295-2277 J. N. KENEFICK, M.D. Physician & Surgeon 218 W. State Street Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Phone 295-2614 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M.D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Physicians & Surgeons 220 No. Dodge, Algeria Off ice Phone 295-2408 Residence Phone 295-5917 aw:*:w:*:*:&^ INVESTORS INVESTORS DIVERSIFIED SERVICES. INC. WILLIAM STUDER Phone 295-2705 Box 267 700 E. McGregor Algona, Iowa

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