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from HISWRY'S SCKAPBOOK DATES AND EVENTS FROM YESTERYEARS President Tyler approved a resolution to annex Texas, March 1, 1845. The U.S. Department of Education was established, March 1, 1867. Texas declared Independence from Mexico, March 2, 1836. The first electrocution experiment was conducted with animals, March 2, 1889. The Missouri Compromise bill passed Congress, March 3, 1820. The U.S. authorized postage stamps, March 3, 1847. Serfdom was abolished In Russia by Alexander II, March 4, 1861. The "Good Neighbor Policy" was enunciated by President Roosevelt, March 4, 1933. The Boston Massacre took place, March 5, 1770. U.S. Marines landed In China, March 5, 1927. Premier Josef Stalin was made marshal! of the Soviet Union, March 6, 1943. Discovery of the South Pole was announced by Amundsen, March 7, 1912. Joseph Pulitzer, New York World publisher, began campaign to raise $100,000 for pedestal of Statue of Liberty, March 15, 1885. Magellan landed In the Philippine Islands, March 16, 1521. The U. S. Military Academy was established, March 16, 1802. March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, honoring the patron saint of Ireland. General Douglas MacArthur arrived In Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific, March 17, 1942. King George of Greece was assassinated, March 18,1913. Czar Nicholas of Russia abdicated, March 18, 1917. The U. S. Senate rejected the Versailles Treaty, March 19, 1920. Canada and the United States signed agreement to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway, March 19, 1941. Daniel Webster, secretary of state, Issued at President Harrison's direction, an order prohibiting political activity by U. S. employees. March 21 Is the first day of spring. WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round DREW FEAR WASHINGTON - Jack Anderson of the Washington Merry- Go-Round has just returned from Vietnam. He visited the battlefronts, talked with Gls and generals, saw for himself how the war is going and what the problems are. Here briefly is some of what he found: The war has reached a crucial stage. This is sensed but not understood by people here at home who seemed confused over what is happening. The news dispatches from Vietnam are sketchy, sometimes garbled. Vo Nguyen Giap, the North Vietnamese commander, scored a stunning surprise with his Tet holiday offensive. He gathered in the Viet Cong from the countryside. He also moved two North Vietnamese divisions from their sanctuary in Cambodia to the outskirts of Saigon. He accomplished all this under the noses of our intelligence experts. In fairness, they were at least aware that an offensive was building up. But they were surprised by both the scope and timing of the coordinated attacks, which caught 50 per cent of the South Vietnamese troops home on holiday leave. The communists struck 36 population centers in South Vietnam. They were driven out of all 36 cities with heavy losses. By no military measurement could this be called a communist victory. Yet the initiative was theirs; they called the shots; they chose the battlefields. The undermanned South Vietnamese army units fought better than anyone expected. Captured enemy documents indicate that the communists expected some • government troops and lower- level government officials to defect. They remained loyal to the Saigon government. The public, for the most part, seemed indifferent to both sides. But such lukewarm sympathies as were shown seemed to be more with the government than with the Viet Cong. In many places, the communists engaged in wanton terror. Assassination squads, for example, brutally butchered people who were suspected of being pro-government. The South Vietnamese soldiers, with rare exceptions, did not commit atrocities. However, they were guilty of widespread looting and pillaging. Some of our own troops, particularly the Marines in Hue, also stuffed their duffle- bags with loot. - o - - BATTLE IN A SWAMP- The famous Mekong Delta is the most populous part of South Vietnam and it produces more rice perhaps than any other concentrated area in the world, It is also a criss-cross of swamps and rivers, infested with pirates who have never bowed to the central government in Saigon, and where the Viet Cong sail sampans in broad daylight with impunity. Finally, it is an area in which old hands say we cannot root out the enemy for a hundred years or more. II you watch, as I did, atypical battle on the outskirts of Can Tho, the delta's largest city, you can understand why this* is probably true. v The fighting brought together as conglomerate a force as has ever met in abattleswamp. Units of the U. S. Ninth Army drove southward through the muck toward the city, while a South Vietnamese force slogged northward out of the city. Bogged down in the rice paddies between them was a battalion of Viet Cong. To help the American and Vietnamese soldiers close the nutcracker, the U. S. Navy sent a fleet of battlebarges up the Can Tho River. These heavily armored riverboats are the strangest craft the Navy has operated since the Civil War. Indeed, the largest of them are called Monitors because of their resemblance to the Civil War battleship of that name. The flotilla includes a couple of miniature flattops - barges with helicopter pads — which the swampwater sailors have nicknamed "Little Enterprise," after the nuclear aircraft carrier. There were also landing barges loaded with amphibious assault troops - not Marines who customarily ride with the Navy, but Ninth Army\ troops who call themselves the "River Raiders." The Air Force contributed thunder and lightning from the skies. First came a hot rain of glowing tracer bullets from obsolete C-47 cargo planes, which have been converted into gunships. Then Air Force jets were called in to bomband strafe the rice paddies. - o- - ESCAPE BY NIGHT - As darkness settled over the rice paddies, the South Vietnamese suddenly pulled back. They were supposed to close the trap on the embattled Viet Cong. Instead, they pulled back to defensive positions. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Viet Cong tried to slip out of the trap. They were blocked to the West by the Navy gunboats patrolling the Can Tho River. Bursting fireballs and red tracer bullets lit up the sky all around them. During the exchange of fire, a communist heat rocket ripped through thick armor plate into the gun tower of the Monitor 91-1. This set off ammunition v inside the tower, turning it briefly into a hornets' nest of hot metal. All three gunners in the tower - Second Class Gunner's Mate Theodore Frank of San Diego, Seaman Amos La Rue of South Bend, Ind., and Seaman Doyle Mayes of Powell, Wyo., were seriously wounded. It was a miracle they weren't killed. But, by morning, it was evident that the main body of Viet Cong had slipped away. I climbed into the back seat of a "Bird Dog" with Major Gene Mooney of El Campo, Tex., to look for them. We circled and swooped over the maze of waterways which looked like a rural Venice below. We could see Viet Cong trails across the rice paddies, showing that some at least had managed to sneak past the Navy's pigmy dreadnaughts to the other side of the river. There had been only a battalion. - o - - VICTORY FAR AWAY- A final military victory will never be possible in Vietnam unless and until social and economic reforms are adopted. In the countryside controlled by the Viet Cong, for example, landlords are stripped of their land and it is parceled out to the peasants. When we drive out the Viet Cong, the Saigon government promptly returns the land to the former landlords. Thus, the peasants, who owned land under the Viet Cong, are reduced to the status of tenants under the Saigon government. They don't understand that the communists, once in power, may confiscate their lands again and herd them into communes. U. S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker has pointed out the urgent need for land reforms to the South Vietnamese authorities. However, the Saigon government has made no move to give the peasants a greater share in the land, perhaps because the leaders in Saigon also happen to be landlords. - o - - CRACKING CABINET - President Johnson's Cabinet for the most part has been very loyal to him. But on the same day that Secretary of Defense McNamara was given a farewell, with military honors and an artillery salute, one of the ablest members of the Cabinet, John Gardner, bowed out as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare almost unnoticed. This was very significant. Gardner had proposed more aid for the big cities, more health, welfare and education money to remedy the most difficult problem facing us at home. And when he couldn't get this money, he resigned. President Johnson gave him no recognition on the day he left office, whereas he went all out to recognize the head of the military establishment. This made a very sour dish for many of the other members of the Johnson Cabinet. Privately they have not approved of his war policies in Vietnam but they have been loyal to him and have said nothing publicly. However, some of the Cabinet are so fed up that they will be A /-<.:> Time To c Spare By GERALD ANDREWS - Retirement Adviser Making Money While You Travel Traveling usually costs us a few bucks, as you've no doubt discovered if you're the type that likes to take off on sightseeing expeditions every now and then. In fact, traveling expenses make up a good part of some household budgets. Folks don't know how else to keep from going broke when the wanderlust hits them. But suppose you could travel without paying for it. Better than that, suppose you were paid for the pleasure. Wouldn't that double the fun? Well, it's possible. And I'm not talking about Utopia. My subject is the U.S.A. right now. There's more than one way to skin this particular cat these days. Mostly, though, It's a question of temporary employment In the place you want to visit. If the Idea tempts you, perhaps you should give some thought to the National 1'arks system. The National Parks have at least two things going for them. They're places well worth visiting, the magnets that attract multitudes of tourists every year. And they do have jobs for senior citizens. Yellowstone, for instance, has over eighty different entries in its job classification chart. Many of these opportunities call for people who are experienced and dependable. Other National Parks also have dozens of openings. Jobs like hotel manager or director of the maid service do not go to sophomores looking for something to do between college terms. But even where the age-groups compete, older people often have an advantage. For one thing, they're more likely to be available for the same job season after season, which saves their employers the trouble of looking for new help every year. This Is a good arrangement If you happen to like one spot well enough to return regularly. But even single-shot affairs exist. Either way, granted that you meet the requirements, you can have your travel — and a bigger bank account to boot. It's a fairly painless way to see America. glad to get out after the election in November. They won't embarrass LBJ by quitting during his campaign if he runs for reelection, but they have made up their minds they won't stay In office if he wins. Thus if LBJ is re-elected, you can expect the biggest Cabinet exodus any incumbent President will have ever had. - o- -ANITRIOT IMPASSE - Very serious differences have developed inside the Johnson administration regarding the anti- riot report on cleaning up the big cities and ending racial tension. The Presidential commission brought in a unanimous warning that we would have to spend billions of dollars or become a nation similar to South Africa, divided and unequal. One of the commissioners who signed that report, Tex Thornton of Litton Industries, happens to be a very close friend of President Johnson. He has been telling people privately that the recommendations of the commission cannot be carried out. Significantly, Vice President Humphrey, who privately agrees with the commission findings, made a speech last week- on the advice of President Johnson — taking a much more optimistic view of the racial situation. The real issue .is whether we spend money in Vietnam or spend money in the United States on projects that we urgently need. For example, seven states in the Far West face a critical water shortage and need water from the Colorado River-apro- Ject which will cost around $790 million. However, the money is needed to fight the war in Vietnam. Simultaneously, the Great Lakes of the United States, one of our most useful and beautiful assets, are becoming filled with sewage. Lake Erie has already become almost an open sewer. America will have to act soon to save these great inland waterways, and it will cost about $10 billion to erect sewage disposal plants and clean up the lakes. The money is needed to fight the war in Vietnam. To emphasize this, Congressman Wilbur Mills of Arkanses, the czar over taxation, has become a one-man roadblock against increasing taxes unless money for civilian purposes at home is drastically curtailed. Congressman Mills is willing to give the military brass all they want for private airplanes, supplies that rot on the docks of Saigon or get into the Vietnamese black market. But he's not willing to spend more money on the big cities, on schools, cleaning up our waterways or supplying water to western states. What the United States needs is a full-scale, very frank debate regarding what comes first, war ten thousand miles away in Southeast Asia, or the resources of America which have made this country great and which now cannot be allowed to go to waste. BIRTHDAY Adolph Anderson of Eagle Grove was honored on his 96th birthday Feb. 24. Anderson was the life of his party which was attended by many friends and relatives. Algona Farmer JayCee Nominee Richard L. Kuecker, Algona, will be among 64 outstanding young farmers from Iowa competing for the State Ou standing Young Farmer award to be presented Sunday, March 17, at the State Awards Banquet at Belmond. The State winner will compete in the National awards program at Des Moines in April. Thursday, March 14, 1968 Algona (la.) Upptr 0« Moini*-3 National co-sponsors of the OYF program are the United States Jaycees and the L-PGas Association. Mr. Kuecker is cosponsored locally by the Algona Jaycees and the Thermogas Co. 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Craz* * o 1 £4 % 40 42 44 1 ft ^^ % v 7 b w, 2* % 36 ft % 2b 14 ^ 1 % 2T J^J GOOD NEIGHBORS KNOW AROUND THE TOWN & COUNTRY Meet Frank Heine Of Gladiola Fame FRANK MEINE It started as a hobby, but today it's grown far beyond that stage for Frank Meine, who farms two 80-acre plots and lives 3 miles north of Whittemore and 2 1/2 miles east. However, today, Frank personally takes care of only the gladiolus acres and the balance of the farm is rented for operation to his nephew, Herbert Hackbarth. Frank always liked flowers, and started about 1946 raising some gladiolus for himself. Then he began experimenting with hy- perdising - or crossing of glad varieties, and today in the productive season he has some three acres of nothing but glads, representing about 500 different kinds. With some he has only a few bulbs, with others a more numerous supply. He sells his glads mostly to florists. He has lived all his life in the Whittemore-Lotts Creek area. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Meine, and is a bachelor. He does his own cooking, so if he doesn't like it there's nobody else to blame. Mr. Meine has twosistersandabrother,Mrs. Louis Hackbarth of Algona and Mrs. Ada Balmer of Estherville, and Arnold Meine of Parker, Washington. He attends the Lotts Creek Lutheran Church. And right now, along with the usual crop year, he's getting ready for the annual production of gladiolus. Irons Heating & Plumbing "Completely Equipped To Serve You Completely" Plumbing - Heating Sheet Metal Gas or Oil Units Pumps Water Systems Complete Fixtures Phone 295-3640 ALGONA i Algona Implement Co. Your Friendly International Harvester Dealer FARM EQUIPMENT MOTOR TRUCKS SALES & SERVICE Phone 295-3501 ALGONA INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER Your International Harvester dealer, ALGONA IMPLEMENT CO., pictured above is located at 1417 Commerical in the northeast part of Algona. The International Harvester line of farm equipment and motor trucks is supplemented with other equipment lines such as Farmhand and Mayrath as well as power lawn mowers, boat motors, lubricants of all kinds for tractors and machinery, and motors. "Service Is Our Most Important Product" is the slogan of the Hall brothers and that is why they carry one of the largest parts departments in northern Iowa. Their shop room is the finest and most ample in this area . . . and housed in a fine modern concrete block structure. You'll find plenty of private parking and room for used machinery right at the front door or side door, ydu might say. The Hall brothers and the ALGONA IMPLEMENT crew invite you to stop in — anytime. ALGONA IMPLEMENT YOUR IHC DEALER Phone 295-3501 Algona Buscher Brothers ImpL Minneapolis Moline - KeJIy-Ryan - Papec New Idea Form Machinery § Sales f Services f Friendly & Courteous Always N. Main St. Phone 295-3451 Ernie Williams John Deere Farm Machinery BOTH QUALITY & SERVICE Liocatecl east of Algona on highway 18. Phone 295-3561 ALGONA Joe Bradley Equipment South Hotel Algona Farm Machinery — Trucks — Tirei GEHL STANHOIST CMC trucks FJRgSTQWS tirea Phone 335-2421 ALGONA

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