The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 29, 1968 · Page 1
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 1

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 29, 1968
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The Paper With The Grocery Bargains BY RUSS WALLER GLEN ELLYN, ILL. - Big, big cities hold little allure for this writer. Something like Minneapolis, which isn't small, is big enough. But the growth of Chicago west and northwest into prairie land of only a few years ago, is one of our industrial phenomenas. The area doesn't go by the name Chicago, except, we presume, when you're registering in a hotel or motel away from home . . . you probably don't say Wheaton, or Glen Ellyn, or Elmhurst, or Villa Park . . . you just say "Chicago." It sounds Big Time. But west of the Chicago city limits, scores of new industrial plants and warehouses and other units of various kinds are brand new - all, it would seem, with "Help Wanted" signs in front. Makes you wonder why there are ANY unemployed, with everyone wanting help. * * * With jamming up of people and industry and cars and traffic into a comparatively few square miles, it is understandable why so many problems exist in big metropolitan areas. Racial tensions, nationality tensions, traffic tensions, labor tensions, pollution problems of air and water, to mention only a few — what else can you expect? It also makes one wonder if all of our governmental efforts to solve or relieve these tensions are in the right direction.' * * * What good is it going to do to tear down old sections of a city and rebuild with government funds, newer housing units ? You still have all the other problems remaining. You can pass laws, but you can't change people by that simple process. The direction of all this well-meant "assistance" seems to be to make big places bigger; the bigger they become the more problems they face. But it IS the trend, even if wrong. * * * The Federal government offers a 7 1/2% investment credit off income taxes for buying new equipment. What would be wrong with the Federal government offering a tax write-off, once, for relocating of old or new industry in less populated but acceptable areas of the country, in diversified or economically stricken localities ? It would be far cheaper than continual appropriations and doles and subsidies to help out the Big Cities and the people that live in them. When 70% of our people are living on only 1% of our land it doesn't seem to make much sense. It does explain why so many problems exist. * * * Already, Mayor Dailey, Chicago police and the Cook County sheriff are worrying about the Democratic convention coming to Chicago next Aug. 28. They are talking about adding 900 extra police, and the sheriff has come up with a plan for forming a 1,000 man army of his own from volunteers to keep order. All of this results from information that a host of dissident groups will descend on Chicago to picket and generally object to things now going on under the national Democratic administration, There are estimates of as many as a million dissenters of all kinds and all colors expected in Chicago in addition to the Demo delegates themselves. * * * Chicago is termed a "Fun City" and probably is. Yet its problems are so stupendous and growing so fast, that no set of rules and regulations, or assorted appropriations seem likely to solve them. The same problems exist in almost all big metropolitan areas. * * * Until it is realized that people basically crave some open spaces, clean air and clear water, and more freedom of movement, and something is done to give them these things, nothing will be solved and troubles will compound themselves. The present approach of Urban Renewal as it is termed can be only a stop- eap. and a costly one. IflAt 1B05 Entered ;is second class matter nt the nosfntTice nt Alennn In\v;i (5051H. Nov. t. 1932. under Act m O.nerew m March :i. I37!> AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1968 Two Sections - 18 Poges Minus 6 Is Low For Past Week A minus 6 degree temperature on Washington's Birthday has been followed by moderating temperatures as March approaches the area. The week's weather as recorded by KLGA follows: Date Hi Lo Pr. Feb. 22 20-6 Feb. 23 29 -3 Feb. 24 38 9 Feb. 25 34 21 tr. Feb. 26 33 27 Feb. 27 32 21 Feb. 28 — 21 Sno. Colder weather was forecast for Thursday, and a moderate snow began to fall early Wednesday. 32 New Vehicle Registrations For County New car and truck sales zoomed upward in the past week, registrations at the office of the Kossuth County Treasurer's motor vehicle department reported. There were 32 registrations made. They went to the following: Cadillac - John Joseph Collins, West Bend. Chevrolet - Roger L. Scott, Swea City; Harlan Harms, Titonka; Warren W. Householder, Fenton; Rev. A. E. Vehling, Lone Rock; Gerald D. Discher, Wesley; Edw. L. Sheldahl, Lakota, pickup; Wm. L. Clegg, Algona, pickup; Gary's DX, Swea City, pickup. Ford - Francis V. Torine, Armstrong; Nick V. Wagner, Algona ; L. E. Koppen, Lakota; Rose M. Hutchinson, Bancroft; Donald J. Kennedy, Armstrong; Wilbur L. Monson, Sexton, truck; Eldon L. Brown, Fenton, pickup; Reding Gravel, Algona, pickup; Algona Vault Service, Algona, pickup; Carroll Implement, LuVerne, pickup; Delbert W. Ferguson, Bancroft, pickup; Sam McCleish, Lone Rock. Pontiac - North Iowa Asphalt, Algona.; Gary F. Smidt, Titonka. Chrysler — Henry Bailey, Wesley; Oran T. Hudson, Algona. Plymouth - Betty Lou Wagner, Bode; Pioneer HiBred Co., Algona. Oldsmobile - Florence M. Bjustrom, Algona. Buick - Leslie Faber, Algona. Dodge - Ray Beamish, Algona, pickup. Apache Trailer— BehrTrailer Sales, Algona. Barn, Shed Hit By Ottosen Fire Damage to buildings on an Ottosen farm was estimated at $500 as the result of a blaze Friday. Firemen were alerted at 4:30 p. m. when the fire began in a pile of corn stalk sheaves at the Jerry Schmidt farm northeast of Ottosen and spread quickly to a small shed containing supplies and a nearby barn. VOL. 102 NO. 16 Ella Helmke Funeral Held Boys 14, 15, 16 Admit Theft Of At Swea city Liquor & Beer, Tavern Robbery SWEA-EAGLE - Ella Wilhelmina Helmke, 82, died at Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, early Saturday morning following a stroke. She had been a patient there since Nov., 1967 after suffering a broken hip. Mrs. Helmke was born Dec. 3, 1885 at Davenport, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ehlers. She received her education there. She was married to Peter Helmke in Kossuth county July 14, 1920 and they lived all of their married life on a farm near Swea City. They retired to Swea City in 1941. She was a member of the Methodist church. Her husband died in 1960. Survivors include one son, Art Claussen, Swea City; four daughters: Inez, Mrs. Lee Loge, Frost, Minn.; Arlene, Mrs. Sig Loge, Donnelly, Minn.; Frances, Mrs. Ben Ingebritsen, Winnebago, Minn.; and Norma, Mrs. Art Aldrich, Des Moines; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Carl Schroeder, Brainerd, Minn., and three sisters, Mrs. Martin Rinderknecht, Vinton; Mrs. Alma Sorenson, Walnut; and Mrs. William Dau, Algona. Services were held at 2 p.m.- Tuesday at the Methodist Church in Swea City with Rev. W. M. Bloodworth officiating. Interment was at Harrison Township cemetery. Reese-Henry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. OMVI Charged This Week In Mayor's Court Joseph A. Hamilton, Bancroft, was charged with OVMI in Mayor Bill Finn's court here this week after he was arrested by Algona police. He was arrested at 3 a.m. Sunday and charged. He waived preliminary hearing and was bound over to district court, with bond set at $350. It was furnished. Other matters heard by the mayor included: Anna R. Harris, Bullard, Tex., $25, reckless driving, and $10, invalid driver's license; James Edgington, Algona, $25, improper registration; Charles H. Baker, St. Paul, Minn., disturbing the peace; Duane N. Monson, Sexton, $10, speeding; Greg A. Keouch, Forest City, $10, excessive noise; and Francis J. Rolling, State Center, and Richard J. McCarville, Ft. Dodge, $10 each, speeding. ISU Graduate Donald L.Meyer of Whittemore graduated from Iowa State University Saturday in ceremonies at the Armory in Ames. Meyer was given a degree in industrial administration. Algonans Wed 25 Years Mr, and Mrs. W. K. Specht will be honored at open house in observance of their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p. m. at Veterans Memorial Building. Their children, William, Phillip and Debra, will be hosts. Another son, Al/c K.T. Specht, is stationed in England with the USAF and will not be present, No invitations are being sent and all friends and relatives are invited. The couple requests no gifts, please. (Glenn's studio Photo) Wesley Co-Op Has Annual Meet, Election The 61st annual stockholders meeting of The Farmers Cooperative Society, Wesley, was held Feb. 19 at the Wesley public school auditorium. At the meeting a sales volume of $2,651,170.86 was reported with a net savings before ta.xes of $97,542.68. Taxes paid by the firm were $9,789.10, corporate income tax; $13,228.78,property taxes; and payroll taxes of $3,139.40. Stockholders were also informed that a cash payment of the patronage rebate allocated in Feb., 1964, on business done with the firm in 1963, will be made effective July 1, 1968, totaling $39,562.94 and that a 20% cash payment will be made effective Sept. 1, 1968,totaling$13,336.93. This will make cash payments to the stockholders in the amount of $52,899.87 for cooperative patronage. Joe Skow, George Seaberg and Herman Bode were re-elected to the board of directors for another 3-year term. Leonard Becker and John Kiley each told of their experiences at Madrid leadership camp and 4-H trip to Chicago, respectively. Prizes in the drawing went to Barbara Larson, Mrs. Viola'". Studer, Robert Arndorfer, Qeo. Goetz, Dennis Glawe, Leo Ludwig, George Hirner, William Foertsch, L. B. Erdman, Francis Pfeffer and $1 bills to Russell Kiley, Connie Burghart, Ernest Van Weelden, Victor Youngwirth, Leander Seefeld, Bill Hanig, Luke Youngwirth, Robert Penning, Bernard Kunkel, Donald Mains, Louis Lickteig and John Preuschl. Lunch was served by Corwith- Wesley junior high, sponsored by Mrs. Howard Funnemark. Edmund Otis was re-elected president; Lester Larson, vice president; and Herman Bode, secretary-treasurer at the reorganization meeting of the board of directors. Talk Alcohol Control During Mayor Meeting A meeting of the Kossuth county Municipal League was held at Burt Feb. 20. A committee from the Iowa Comprehensive Alcoholism Project appeared before the group and told of work being done in rehabilitation of alcoholics. The League was reminded that the state law allowing five percent of liquor profits for such work was amended and now 10 percent of such money is available. However, all town councils in a county must approve the program before such funds are available. Mayors, council members, clerks, supervisors and the county engineer were in attendance at the meeting. School Board Okays Final Bldg. Sketch Another discussion of possible salary schedules for the 19C8-C9 school year was held during a meeting of the Algona Communit;. School District board of education Monday afternoon. Nothing definite has been set. The board is now studying salary possibilities. The board also met with Cliff Prall, Des Moines, architect for the proposed new high school building, and he will now proceed with final plans and specifications for the structure. It is hoped bids can be let in a couple of months. Several bids for insurance for the district's property were also submitted and will be studied by the board. 91 The collection of beer and liquor shown here with Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst would furnish a great number of hangovers for a great number of adults- so it's a matter of conjecture just'how many it would have furnished for three teenage boys who admitted stealing the merchandise from Bernie's Tavern at Fenton about 1:30 a. m. Saturday. Return of the stolen goods and most of the $53-$54 cash taken during the break-in came after the sheriff apprehended the boys Monday. It was brought to the courthouse here. The boys involved, 14, 15 and 16 years of age, had stashed the stolen items in the loft of a building located on a farm where one of the youths lives. (Sheriffs Office Photo) Bertha Baft Succumbs At Age Of 90 Bertha May Batt, 90, well- known area woman, died Monday, Feb. 26, at St. Ann Hospital where she had been a patient for several months. Mrs. Batt had lived in this area for 42 years. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at the Methodist Church in Algona at 2 p.m. with Rev. A. Lee Abramson of Cherokee officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Algona. Pallbearers will be William Batt, Jr., Dean Potter, Donald Batt, Richard Lewis, Armin Edwards and Kenneth Batt. Mrs. Batt was born June 30, 1877, in Boone to George and Lavancia Houghton Weston. She married William Henry Batt in 1899 at Boone. He died in 1941. Mrs. Batt is survived by three sons, William of Burt, George of Hartland, Minn., and Verne of Boone; six daughters, Miss Edna Batt of St. Benedict, Edith (Mrs. Dwight Potter) of Emmetsburg, Ruth (Mrs. Mervin Hauenstein) of Emmetsburg, Helen (Mrs. John Simpson) of Whittemore, Dorothy (Mrs. Orrin Edwards) of North Platte, Nebr., and Doris (Mrs. Robert Lewis) of Westside, la.; 33 grandchildren, and 66 great- grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, Robert, John and Orville. Two Accidents Are Reported In This Area Two mishaps were reported in this area Monday and one driver was charged as a result. Dennis D. Janssen, 29, Dal.jta City, was charged with following too closely after the pickup truck he was driving struck an auto driven by Grace A. Gollner, 67, Algona, from the rear at the intersection of North and Jones streets here at 11:45 a. m. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $85. The Gollner auto was stopped at a stop sign at the time of the accident. At 10:20 p. m., an auto driven by Edward L. Attig, 22, Wesley, struck a coal elevator at the Farmers Elevator Co. machinery lot at Titonka, resulting in an estimated $500 damage to the hood and windshield of the auto and $100 damage to the elevator. Three Licenses Three wedding licenses were issued at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. They went to Salvador A. Rios and Susan DeGeeter, Feb. 21; and James B. Parks and Vicky Olson; and Gregory L. Hatch and Darlene K. Heinrich, Feb. Ex-Algonans In Annual Picnic, Long Beach, Calif. Former Algona folks gathered for their annual Algona Picnic in Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 18. The Golden State's warm sunshine added to the jovial renewal of acquaintances. Adults and children who registered numbered 157. Heaping picnic baskets were evidence that transplanted lowans remember fried chicken. Everyone was pleased with the new location, El Dorado Park, Long Beach, Calif. Following are the names of the adults who registered (add about 34 children). ANAHEIM: Jimmy and Nancy Shipler, Mildred Billsborough Gollee, JoAnn Erdrnan, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kennedy, and Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Snyder. BELLFLOWER: Verle Harlan BURBANK: Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Dreyerr CLAREMONT: Mrs. John (Dorothy) Dunn. EL CAJON: Dan and Arlene Kajewski, Vaughn and Marilyn Brown. FULLERTON: Jerry and Rosalie Swanson Gronwall, C. H. (Dutch) Swanson, Roy and Betty Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Ted McNeil. GARDEN GROVE: Roby Miner Yates. GLENDALE: Mr. and Mrs. Oren Jasperson, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Heller. GLENDORA: Fern Johnson Haynes. HUNTINGTON BEACH: Leonard and Florence Frost, Mervin and Ann Williamson. INGLE WOOD: Doris Drayton Richter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sloan, Ann Marie and Wm. Sloan and Pat and Hildegard Hanneman. LA HABRA: Hal and Jackie Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Miller. LAKEWOOD: Ed and Genevieve Genrich. LA MIRADA: Roy and Phyllis Mathison. LONG BEACH: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kain, Kenneth and Pat Bakken, Jerome Nielson, Howard and Dorlyne Genrich, Louis and Edna Fehrm Wales, Helen and Orvid Gurney, Laura Arehart, Kenneth and Helen Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Habeger. LOS ANGELES: Margaret Habeger Armant, Lyall and Mildred Jacobson. ONTARIO: Harold and Ruth Wrede. ORANGE: Kathy and BillThil- ges. PACOIMA: Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Sorenson. PARAMOUNT: Mr. and Mrs. James Winters. PASADENA: Irene Miller Kruse, Bill Kruse v POMONA: Homer and Blanche Tuttle. REDLANDS: Henry and Helen Douglas- SAN DIEGO: Bill and Charlene fiurlerian. Mr anrl Mrs. Walter Richardson. SAN MARINO: Vivien Miller SANTA ANA: David and Hazel Ward, Mrs. Ben Herbst SANTEE: Bob and Paula Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Abbas. SEAL BEACH: Emma Nelson Blandford. ST ANTON: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Maxwell. SUN CITY: F. A. and Marjorie Carlon Harriman. RIVERSIDE: Albert and Bettyanne Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Evert Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Clair Snyder, ROSEMEAD: Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Johnson, WHITTIER: Mel and Evelyn Thompson, Winter visitors in California who attended the picnic were: ALGONA: Will and Clara Drayton, Allen and Blanche Salisbury, Henry and Ruth Guderian, John and Cora Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dreesman. BURT: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shipler LONE ROCK: Mrs. Lawrence Dittmer. Stashed Loot In Barn Loft Near Fenfon Three Fenton youths, aged 14, 15 and 16, all admitted to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst Monday that they had taken cash and a large quantity of liquor and beer during a break-in at a Fenton tavern during the early hours of Saturday morning. Bernie's Tavern was broken into between 1 and 6 a. m. Saturday. The boys told the sheriff the break-in occurred at 1:30. The told Lindhorst they had thought about the possibility of breaking into the tavern for several days. It was set up while the boys were playing a pinball machine in the tavern Friday evening. One allegedly walked to a door leading from the tavern to a beer garden outside, which is used only during summer months, and unlocked it. The unlocked door was not discovered when the place was closed for the night by Mr. and Mrs. Don Hainzinger, tavern employees. At 1:30, the youths returned to the tavern, walked through the unlocked door and took $53-$54 in cash, five cases of beer and ten bottles of liquor. They then hauled the stolen goods to the farm home of one of the lads (the other two live in town) and put everything in the loft of a chicken house, according to their statement to the sheriff. Practically all of the stolen property, including $48, was recovered after the sheriff rounded up the lads while following up clues found at the scene of the crime. Included was 11/2 gallons each of gin and vodka, varied other liquors, 24 full 6-packs and nearly three cases of beer. Action in the theft case will depend upon juvenile officials. The sheriff indicated Tuesday all information in the matter has been turned over for processing. The theft at Fenton was the latest in the county where about a dozen break-ins have been reported within recent weeks. An increase in such crimes has been noted around the entire nation. Honor Wesley Trio For 100 Years Total Fire Duty fUfcaSfcav.,. t. i . T <f WESLEY-The Wesley volunteer fire department held its annual oyster stew in the American Legion hall and in attendance were all members of the fire department, Mayor Jack Richter and members of the town council, police, city treasurer and some of the honorary firemen. Three members that retired in January, 1967, were given trophies in appreciation of their many years of service. Honored were Lester L. Lease, center above, with 50 years of service, Frank Bleich, right, with 26 years, and Hoyt H. Raney, left, with 24 years, of which 20 years were as chief. Red fire bucket ash trays were given to these still active members with over 20 years of service: Lael Root, 30 years; Paul Flaherty, 26 years; BUI Loebig, Roy Kollasch and Harold Weber, each with 24 years on the department. At present the department has 20 members with LeRoy Grandgenett as chief, Ed Dornbier, assistant chief, Dave Klein, secretary and Louis Simpson, treasurer. During the summer of 1967 all members attended the firemen's training school, taught by an instructor from the Fire Extension Service, Ames. The Wesley department will hold its 60th annual firemen's ball in the Duncan community hall on Saturday, April 20. Tickets will be mailed out soon and those persons not on the mailing list that wish to do so may purchase tickets at Al's Cafe or Flaherty's r*Qfo in U/A£*lntr

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