Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 24, 1965 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Monday, May 24, 1965
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State Historical Society Iowa City, Iowa Visits space center; is amazed at the small size of capsule LITTLE GIRL HURT Wesley— Jacqueline Seebeck, 5 year old daugnter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seebeck, suffered painful, injuries Sunday evening, May 16, when she fell astride a 1 wooden fence near their farm home. She was taken to Britt hospital tor surgery and released the following aay. ADOPT A DAUGHTER -LyVtrne — The Edward filberts by adoption have a new daughter Lisa Joan. She was tx>rn May 8. They went, to Sioux City ; . Wednesday at a Catholic Charity home tor the new baby. They have a five year old son Joel. Mrs. Elbert is the former Jean Hefti, daughter of the Alber). Heftis, LuVerne. The August Elberts, Algona, are the parents of Edward Elbert. > Whittemore — Marilyn Ho- gari, daughter of the R. A. Hp- gans, Whittemore, has been , named "Girl of the Month" at Briar Cliff college: She is a graduate of Garrigan and will receive a bachelor of arts degree May 29. GIRL INJURED Wesley — Gretchen Cink, 15 year old daughter-of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Cink, dislocated her left shoulder during a soft ball game in which the Corwith-Wesley team defeated Ledyard 13 to 3. Gretchen was taken to a local doctor and the arm was put in a sling which she will wear for three weeks. Whittemore — Leland A. Drumm, Albion, Mich., has been assigned to teach at St. Paul's Lutheran .school, Whittemore. He received a bachelor of arts degree at Concordia, River For- .est;lik. He willTepj^ce H ^Mr,;]Bpr- chertu'nVI'V^ looo •>;*••.•,'*<•-• *'•••.•£:/..• ::?.•-:•;.. : ly Duattt 1, D*wcl An ordinary human being would get a bad case of claustrophobia merely thinking about getting inside the space capsule in which the Mercury astronauts orbited the earth. At the space Center at Houston there is a public exhibit hall and auditorium, and in the hall is the actual capsule in which Walter M. Shirra Jr. made his six orbits of the earth. First Imprtttion it that • man just couldn't poMlbly gtt into it. Tht hatch looks too •mall, and tho interior •ooms too crammod with inttru- monts. The "heat shield" is marked with signs of the intense heat it withstood, and the body of the capsule also shows the signs of fire including the painted "United States". The biggest part has the round heat shield and looks about six feet across. The capsule tapers like a stubby ice cream cone, and in length is about the size of a small car. At the narrow end a person could put his arms around the circular opening which held the chute. Steps lead to a platform at the port or Window of the capsule where visitors get a peek into the inside. The contoured seat looks small, and the entire instrument panel is within bended arm-length. There would be little stretching to reach any switch or indicator. In fact it seems an astronaut could use his nose to flick some of the switches they seem so close to his position. It is a marvel that any man (fits himself get crammed into such a small space, let aion* being shot out into space to orbit around the earth a hurt' dred miles up. This of course is the big at*' traction at the exhibit. However in a theater-like room with theater seats lectures are given at specified hours on space and the problems to be faced by man in space. The history of space flight is given including a model of the first actual rocket fired into the air back in 1924. A space suit is modeled by a dummy, arid there are many ex* hibits. At one exhibit earphones can be used and the actual talk between astronauts and the ground can be heard on tape as it occurred months ago. An- other gives the count-down. One moving model shows the earth with a mercury capsule going around it showing how the tilt of the earth wilt change the spots covered by the astronaut on successive trips around the world. The earth turns as the astronaut goes around. ,- Of special interest arc huge reproductions of snapshots taken by one of the astronauts during his flight. Several areas arc shown. The average person expects to see the earth like a map, with continents clearly marked and sharp in detail. Forgotten is the fact the earth's .atmosphere will cause haze. '{The blue of the sky actually is ' caused by the atmosphere, for 'Without it and as it really is in space the sky is jet black. One picture showed a portion i of the asiatic coast, and what' looks like cotton growing was actually puffs of clouds. This cloud pattern covered most of the area of the picture, but portions of the coast line could be seen. However the difference between water and land in the picture was not as marked as might be at first thought. The space center is marked by space—ground space. The buildings arc new and large at Houston, but set in vast areas of land they look small. Only the exhibition hall is open to the public, and the entire grounds is surrounded by fence and guards. Cars entering must pass a gate similar to that in army camps, and there are military policemen to guide cars to park ing spots and if necessary prob ably lake someone who fails to heed warnings to proper authorities. Admission to anything but the tourist building is by identification card which bears the picture of the person. However with all the lectures and other exhibits attention always returns to the actual space capsule, and its small size is the most amazing part. The actual instruments and gear arc still in the cabin, if that's what it is called, but in another display a duplicate set is on display in the open. This is designed for the boys and some older boys who like to throw switches and make like an astronaut. The switches work, and so do other gimmicks, but it ends there. The switches carry no electrical current. When the space capsule is orbiting of course the retro-rocket package still covers the heat shield. This is thrown away from the capsule after the rockets have slowed it down for descent, and the heat shield is bare to the blistering re-entry into the atmosphere. It was this retro-rocket package that didn't jettison for Glenn that caused the firey burning of metal past the porthole that caused some alarm on earth when he reported it casually. The space center is well worth the visit—but it is quite a distance from Houston and a phone call should be made to see if the exhibit is open to the public—the schedule is not hard and fast and can change. Alqona K County Entered cs second class matter, Dec. 1, 1908, at Algona, Iowa, postofficc under Act of,Congress March 8, 1879 VOL. 65—NO. 39 MONDAY, MAY 24, 1965 — ALGONA, IOWA — 8 PAGES IN 1 SECTION Call meeting on tax valuations $w«a City — Mike Davis, edi- \ tor of the Swea City Herald, has been named official weather re-! porter for Swea City for the U. S. weather bureau. He succeeds Jens Mogesen. tjitonka — Phyllis E. Sachau, daughter of the George Sachaus, has been selected to represent Titorika high school at the Miss Teen'Queen contest at the state fair this year. Four grandchildren in same class Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Krantz, Titonka, have four grandchildren graduating from the Titonka high school Tuesday (tomorrow) night. That day is also the grandfather's birthday. The cousins started kindergarten together and will now graduate together. They are Linda Krantz, daughter of the C. R. Krantzes; Joan Cosgrove, daughter of the R. C, Cosgroves; Bruce Kitzinger, son of the H. W. Kitzingers; Gregory Miller, son of the A. C, Millers. Dverg Krantz, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R, Krantz, will graduate from ISU in agriculture business on May 29, V \ Three Fenton men hurt in a car and tractor accident Three Fenton men were injured in the tractor-car crash pictured above last Wednesday night 4Vz miles north of Fenton on Highway 44. Taken to Holy Family hospital for treatment were; LeRoy Jacobson, 30, Fenton telephone company manager; Elmer E. Duncan Sr., 36, manager of a Fenton fertilizer plant; and John Struecker,. 44, Fenton, Strueqker was the least hurt of the trio, suffering face lacerations and a bruised hip. Jacobson received a dislocated left hip, severe lacerations of the face and scalp. Duncan had a broken right leg and lacerations of the face and ear. THE ACCIDENT occurred at the David Looft driveway. Both the car and tractor were traveling south on Highway 44. The car ran into the rear of the tractor, according to Sheriff Leprechaun tells the girls GATHER!P ARQUNP Phil Taylor, a leprechaun in the musical production, "Finian's Ratebow", are Debbie jfcause on tne left and Cathy Chrischijj.es and Wen4y Gardner on the right. The production will be at the high school auditorium Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:30. Photo by Mjfce Three Garrigan students win in Latin exam Three Garrigan students — James Becker, Bonita Danlhaus- er, and Mary Dorweiler — each scored 115 out of a possible 120 in the 34th annual national Latin exam, winning silver medal pins and for the school, a trophy. Besides the medal winners, Mary Ann Eischen, David Loebig, and Patricia Dorweiler received Achievement Certificates of Superior Merit, Magna Cum L.au4e, for 100 or above, and nine others received honorable mention, Gym Laude, for 90 or above: Kathleen Poudewyns, Glenn Elbert, James Sehmjtt Michael Grotty, Michael Elbert Kphjh.aas, Barbara Wag ner, Janice TJiul, and i&e Ann fb£ national for first year score Latin students was 4§; Garrigan's was 64. The Property owners in commercial area in protest A meeting of commercial property owners in Algona with the board of review has been called for this Monday' night at 7:30 at the assembly room of the courthouse. The meeting will discuss property-valuations for taxing purposes as regards commercial property in Algona only. Thursday noon Paul Sceley and A. K. Buchanan discussed the taxing methods of the county and the variations in the valuations of some properties in the commercial area of Algona. • ! S • • ' Mr. Buchanan paid tribute to the integrity of the county board and Assessor Immerfall, and observed they believed a real honest effort had been made. However valuations based on true value are not an.arbitary figure but depend on what a seller wishes to get for his property and what a buyer will pay, Doth under no stress to Hell or buy. Property is divided into three classes for property tax — residential, farm and commercial. It is believed by realtors that the valuations as set for the commercial area of Algona have not been realistic in view of prices obtained for buildings sold here, Mr. Buchanan cited examples on recent sales and values. One building assessed on a true value of $22,000 actually sold for $16,000; another assessed en true value at $30,300 sold tor $22,500; one assessed at true value of $28, 000 was sold for $16,000; one at $31,000 sold at $17,000. The "true value" was based on the total figure at the 60 per cent valuation — on which the actual tax is paid — at four times the 60 per cent valuation. Thus a building on which the 6Q per cent taxing value is HQOO should actually sell on the open market at $16,000. This includes the lot and building. Both speakers said that the A new 36 by 120 ft. building survey they had conducted sho- is being erected just east of: wed practically ait of the corn- George's Body Shop on Com- i mercial property was too high mercial street to house the! based on that formula. Howev- Rehearsals for Finian's Rainbow Ralph Lindhorst, who with deputy sheriff Larry Hudson and patrolman Charles Bird, investigated. Both machines were termed a total loss. It is believed Struec- ker, who was operating the tractor, was returning home from a tract of land he operates north of Fenton. He was about one- fourth mile from his home when the crash occurred, Jacobson and Duncan were in a car owned by Jacobson. National median for second year students was 43; Garrigan's was 64. Only four G.H.S. students scored below the national median; only one second year student was below the national average. New building for new firm here REHEARSAL FOR "Finian's. Rainbow" has been underway evenings for about five weeks. There are 25 in the cast and the same number of singers and dancers. In cut-offs in the foreground is Skip Perkins who plays the part of Senator Rawkins in a conversation with Dana Snodgress in the title role. In the background are a few other members of the cast. Photo by Mike Stillman. Grace Greentown retail feed store opening here. At present er residential property, generally speaking, was about right ac- fertilizer and anhydrous animon- cording to that formula. ia are available but the line will | include the Walnut Grove pro-; ducts which is a division of the W. R. Grace company. Operating the plant is Lyle Dahlgren, formerly of Clarion, where he j was associated with an outlet | there, and service man will be Frank Mechem, Belinond. Both families are moving to Algona. REPRINTS AVAILABLE Reprints of both the Garrigan and Algona high school graduating classes on fine white paper are now available at the Security State Bank in Algona. The situation arises now as the valuation of real estate is. ift fpr 4 four-year period. The valuations as finally made are fpr the next four year*, the last valuation wa; four ytfrf 499. By Thursday evening many objections had been filed to the assessment valuation with the county assessor. Main basis of the fjling of so many protests was to have the board review the entire commercial taxing valuations with a view of mak< iflg them more equitable accord Two get ten year terms but are paroled Two southern Minnesota young men were sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary at Anamosa Friday by Judge Jos. Hand. Both pleaded guilty to charges of breaking and enter ing in the night time. In both cases Judge Hand suspended the sentences during good behavior and paroled the two to the state board of parole. ing to the valuations at which the property might sell. Both speakers and others emphasized the consideration here was not an attempt to unload taxes on cither residential or farm property, but rather an effort to get the valuations on a ; better basis on commercial pro-] perty. • Most businessmen have no j desire to ta*c advantage of any! other taxpayer, but like most j things a lot of valuations have grown like "Topuy." A rule of thumb Or :nany years has been that ine rent income for two months should pay the property tax on a commercial building. Cited was the fact in many cases it now requires up to four months or more rental to pay the property tax. Emphasized several times was that businessmen were not being critical of the board of Through arrangements on parole matters the actions of the parole officers have the same effect in Minnesota as if they lived in Iowa. Both pleaded guilty to. entering the Ogren Phillips oil station at Lakota May 12, and stealing windshield wipers, candy, gum, fishing equipment, cigarettes, sunglasses, gloves and miscellaneous items. These were recovered when Sheriff Ralph Undhorst arrested the two. Bin stored com is .offered for sale Richard I. Anderson, ASCS chairman, reports approximately 65,000 bushels of CCC bin site stored corn are being offered for sale on the basis of sealed competitive bids. All bids must be received in the County ASCS Office on or before 3 p.m. May 26. Prospective bidders may make arrangements with the ASCS office to examine the grain. sessment or the assessor but that the matter should be re- ; viewed occasionally by commercial property owner:; as a group rather than individually. Wins, jets to Germany HEIPE FERGUSON was handed a $400 bond by Bob Skilling as a prize for bowling a 284 in the Mixed Doubles league. The check was given by the Hilton Shirt Co. As a result she left Thursday by jet for a six weeks visit in Wuerz- burg, Germany, with an aunt, cousin, and an uncle. Mr. Ferguson and Evaline, the daughter, stayed in Algona. Photo by Mike Stillman.

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