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Terminate teaching Confracfs, Age 65 Reason By RUSS WALLER DOES ANYONE KNOW? Oiyr mallbag brought a letter from Hubert A. Wise, 9741 Oak Bend Drive, Tujungo, Calif. (91042). He is the grandson of Laura Drucilla (Smith) Davis, and the son of Pearl (Davis) Wise. He says he knows he has quite a few relatives around Algona and the vicinity, but doesn't know their names. Anyone knowing his mother or grandmother, is asked to contact him. It must be close to travel time. . . .Jack Shelley, former WHO newscaster, now a member of the Department of Technical Journalism at Iowa State, is heading a tour group to Southeast Asia and the Far East about July 31. .. .you have a choice of to or not to go to Vietnam, also, provided you get the necessary clearance. . . .both from the Department of Defense and the Government of Vietnam. . . .guess if you're a civilian you need the clearance- if you're in uniform, you don't. The cost-DesMoines to Des Moines, a little over $2,000 for about 35 days, and you visit a lot of countries, starting with Japan. However, we think maybe we have enough people over there now and they'll never miss us. * * * That this is going to be a vigorous year in politics is self-evident. Even on the home front, with seven candidates in the field for a county supervisor post, if s pretty lively. The man who gets the appointment to replace Garry McDonald will serve through this year, and the supervisor post will be up again in the fall election. * * * About the only new thing that . could happen to liven up the political season would be for Rockefeller to enter the Republican campaign. If he doesn't, it appears likely that the Democrats will be furnishing the major fireworks. . . .incidentally, there is a little scuttlebutt around, with no seeming verification, that just maybe LBJ will not be a candidate for re-election. . ..when you stop to think about it, he really hasn't committed himself, either - not officially entered in any primary contests where they exist to date .. . .but we suspect he'll be in the race. * * * One thing about it, this election year has generated real steam among the younger set, who are either eligible to vote for the first time or are soon to be eligible. All of a sudden we find thousands of young men and women seemingly more interested in the future trend of their country and its government than they are in making the almighty dollar. They seem to be just a little upset over the same old faces in the picture, with the same old political conniving, making the same old deals for the benefit of the same old few—regardless of which party it involves. Yes, there seems to be a genuine awakening - and all within the intended process of government, not with placards and marches and jeering crowds. To our way of thinking, if s a healthy condition. * * * Where does the automobile industry find all those empty roads to film the commercials on? * * * The Sage of Main Street suggests a slogans "Help beautify our City dump. Throw away something pretty today." * * * With Estherville fighting Emmetsburg over the Lakes Area Community College, with the Farm Bureau fighting the Farmer's Union and NFO, with Republicans fighting the Democrats, with the State Tax Commission fighting the various service industries, with governments fighting over the threat to the gold supply, with the Federals fight* ing the pot users, with color fighting color, and the ins fighting the outs, it hardly seems necessary to go to Southeast Asia to fight. * * * Famous Last Line - Greetings ... you are ordered to report. .. Five Algona public school teachers, some with lengthy periods of service in the school system, have been notified in writing that their renewal contracts \vill not be offered, and each was offered a chance to resign. Given as the reason for the action was the fact that each of the five had reached the age of 65. The teachers are: Miss Alvina Miller, high school math teacher. Mrs. Helen Kelley, high school English teacher. Mrs. Hazel Appenzeller, 5th grade Bryant teacher. Mrs. Isabelle Dahl, Lucia Wallace 1st grade teacher Mrs. Frances Eason, Bryant special education teacher The action came as a surprise to most of the teachers in view of the publicized shortage of teachers and the fact that all of the teachers involved are experienced and settled locally, and no physical or mental handicaps seem to be involved At least two of the teachers with long tenure in the local system had just reached the age of 65 when they received their termination notices. Supt. 0. B. Laing could not be reached Wednesday morning for further information, or comment on the policy of the Board of Education regarding the 65-year age limit. Mr. Laing, whose birthday was Nov. 3, 1902, is also 65. In recent years some teachers have continued on the faculty past 65 years of age, but the policy regarding age limits has evidently been revised, and the first indication of the change came with receipt of the official letters of notification to the teachers. In addition to the five named earlier, a sixth, Mrs. Elizabeth Blackburn, elementary annex teacher of 2nd grade, has also been informed that her contract will be terminated. One school board member stated that action on the terminations was made after recommendations had been re* ceived by the board from the school administration. The Paper With the Grocery Bargains ESTABUSHED 1865 ALGONA, IOWATHURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1968 Two Sections - 18 Pages VOL. 102 NO. 22 County Demo CaUCUSeS On Kossuth Dairy Ass'n Meets, Elects ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^HHH^HHHHBMHHBHMHHMMHnttMEUBVfijera '*&&&&. &a •^#£MraM£»^w*«v£9e4«K*MM«wMi^MMfc^^^HMHMHMii^HHM Monday - 3 Way Split Seen Kossuth County Democratic Chairman Joe Straub announced Tuesday the locations of the party precinct caucuses which will be held throughout the county next Monday evening, MSrch 25, at 8 p. m. At a county central committee meeting held last Thursday, the caucus locations were selected, some in private homes, some in civic locations and a few in business areas volunteered for the occasion. There were 37 in attendance at the meeting, and a straw vote was taken as to presidential preferences from among the three potential candidates. Senator Eugene McCarthy received ^ votes, President Johnson 12, and Senator Robert Kennedy 20. It is evident that among Kossuth County Democrats, as elsewhere, there are divergent opinions on major issues. Straub urged all Democrats to attend the caucus in their precinct, saying that this promises to be one of the most interesting election campaigns in recent years. He said it is apparent that there will be an open convention this year and that all Democrats who are really interested in having a voice in the selection of the Democratic nominee for president should attend their local caucus. The precinct caucus selects the delegates to the county convention, which in turn selects delegates to the state convention, which in turn selects the Iowa delegates to the national convention. The Democratic chairman said that it appears that there will be a contest at the state and county levels to determine whether delegates committed to President Johnson, Senator Kennedy or Senator McCarthy will be selected, and that is why the precinct caucuses are extremely important this year. Mr. Straub also indicated that there would be informal polls taken at many of the caucuses this year to determine presi- Spring Arrives, Along With Dust And Snow The first day of spring 1968 (Wednesday) was baptized with snow flurries and the lowest dip by the mercury for some time. A low of 20 degrees was registered at the official weather station, KLGA, shortly before the snow flurries began. Most of the readings during the period were more spring- like than the official opening of the season, with a high of 66 going into the records Monday and traces of rain measured every day, Saturday through Tuesday. There was no official reading of the amount of dust- but it must have been in excess of a half-inch, more than offsetting the traces of rain. High winds buffeted Kossuth county most of the time during Lone Rock Boy Graduates At Marine Camp DAVID A. SCHMIDT SAN DIEGO - Marine Private David A. Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Schmidt of Lone Rock, was graduated from eight weeks of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here. He will now undergo from two the seven days - and visibility, due to dust storms, was at times chopped nearly to zero. Here are the readings: DATE H L R March 14 57 31 March 15 64 26 March 16 64 29 Tr. March 17 63 39 Tr. March 18 66 50 Tr. March 19 61 29 Tr. March 20 — 20 The five day forecast Wednesday showed the area could expect near-normal readings for this time of year, with a warming trend Friday. Light rain was predicted for Thursday (today)and possibly during the weekend. However, predicted rainfall (one- tenth inch) was not expected to alleviate the dust problem. to four weeks of individual combat training and then, after leave at home, will report to his first Marine Corps assignment. The intensified Marine recruit training emphasizes rigid physical conditioning and survival techniques, both at sea and ashore. Marksmanship with the M-14 rifle and 45-caliber pistol are equally stressed. A thorough study of basic military subjects serves to polish the new Marine's recruit education and prepare him to join the Marine combat forces. Hold Graveside Rites Tuesday, Local Infant Graveside rites for Timothy John Arend, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Arend, Algona, who was born Monday at St. Ann Hospital, were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Cemetery here with Msgr. P. P. Gearen officiating. Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The baby died the same day it was born. Survivors include his parents, three brothers and three sisters. Seventh Man Files Here For Supervisor A seventh man, Eppo Bulten, at present one o! two deputy sheriffs in Kossuth county, filed an application with County Auditor Marc Moore this week, indicating his wish to be considered for the appointment as county supervisor in the second district. The number of men seeking the appointment, which will probably be made about April 1, is thought to be one of the largest (if not the largest) to ever seek a single county post. The second district vacancy developed when Garry McDonald, who has served that area (Algona, Union and Plum Creek townships) since his election in November, 1962, resigned to accept employment with Faber Construction Co., Algona, by whom he was employed prior to election. McDonald's resignation becomes effective April 15 and Auditor Moore, County Clerk Alma Pearson and County Recorder Mertie Huber must make a selection prior to that date. Other candidates for the appointment include Steward McFadden, Earl Zeigler, Lee Schenck, Nealy Zaugg, James Walker and Richard R. Kain. Another candidate, who filed earlier, Mayor Bill Finn, later withdrew his application, indicating he would prefer to remain in his present post. Selection of the second district's supervisor promises to be an interesting (and difficult) task for the three county officers who will make the final choice. Arm Mangled Don McCarthy, Algona, had the misfortune to have his arm badly mangled March 12 in a power take-off while working on a project for Forney Welding Co. at Forest City. He is at Mercy Hospital, Mason City, and was to have skin grafting performed Tuesday. He expects to remain there the remainder of the week. dential preferences. The following are the locations of the caucus meetings to beheld throughout Kossuth County, with delegates to be named to the county convention in parenthesis: Algona I - Algona High School (4). Algona II - Lucia Wallace School (5). Algona El - Gordon Winkel residence (7). Algona IV- Upper Des Moines office (7). Buffalo - Titonka Library (3). Burt - Pat Bradley residence (3). Cresco - Cresco Community Hall (2). Eagle - Art Larson residence (2). East Lone Rock-Burt-Doocy Garage (1). Fenton - Mrs. Arnold Hansen residence (2). Garfield - H. P. (Pete) Mertz residence (2). German - Dennis Dreesman residence (1). Grant - Kenneth Patterson residence (2). Greenwood — Mrs. Flora Bradley residence (6). Harrison - Mrs. Don Martin residence (4). Irvington - Irvington Elevator (2). Lakota - Vincent Miller residence (1). Ledyard - Ternes Garage (1) Lincoln- Arnold Becker residence (1). West Lone Rock-Fenton Doocy Garage (1). Lotts Creek - Butler schoolhouse (2). LuVerne - Dale Zentner residence (3). Plum Creek - Plum Creek Community hall (1). Portland - Roger Scott residence (1). Prairie - Cy's Scuttlebutt (3). Ramsey - Mrs. Don Degen residence (1). Riverdale - Ray Thilges residence (3). Seneca - Elvin Godfredsen residence (1). Sherman - Woodrow Johnson residence (2). Swea - Al Guerdet residence (1). Union - Union Twp. Civic Center (1). Wesley - Fred Asa residence (4). Whittemore - St. Michael's hall (6). MCCARTHY BACKERS CALL INFORMAL MEETING A group in the area who favor the candidacy of Senator Eugene McCarthy have called a meeting for 7:30 p. m. this evening (Thursday), open to anyone wishing to attend, to be held at the office of the Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. David Shumway of Algona is chairman of the group. Shumway said that McCarthy backers well realize the odds he faces, but they also have admiration for a man willing to clearly state his position and belief in the major issue of the day, and to do so in a calm, thought-provoking rnaimer. Kossuth dairy producers held their annual meeting, Monday evening, at the Lone Rock Legion hall, with some 75 in attendance. A program, election of officers, and luncheon at the conclusion of the evening were highlights of the annual gathering of members of the Kossuth Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Officers elected are shown above. Front row, left to right, Milton Madison, Lone Rock, president: Gerald Soderberg, Bancroft, vice president; Alfred Meyer, Whittemore, director. Back row, left to right, Leander Menke, Swea City, bookkeeper; Charles Schmidt, Ottosen, director; Laurel Peterson, Swea City, secretary-treasurer; and Sidney Payne, Ledyard, director. (Extension Service Photo) Build-A-Ramo, Inc. New Corporation Here For Construction Work A new corporation has been formed in Algona. The corporation's (Build-A-Rama, Inc.) primary purpose is to build, sell or lease commercial buildings which are financially sound and beneficial for the community. Its activities will not be limited to the Algona area but are intended to encompass a large portion of the State of Iowa. The corporation was originally organized in December of 1966 by Virgil Spencer and Donald R. Tietz. Recently two other local men have joined as equal stockholders, namely, Doyle Dailey and Chris C. Hemmen. The corporation has obtained the franchise for Pascoe Steel, a company specializing in classic commercial type buildings which can be adapted to almost any purpose. The corporation is presently the owner of the "Big Bear" building on U. S. highway No. 18 north of Algona where approximately 700 feet of additional building frontage is available. The corporation plans are not limited to commercial buildings but include multiple dwellings, apartment houses and housing additions constructed for sale or lease. Present officers are Donald R. Tietz, president; Virgil Spencer, vice president; Chris C. Hemmen, secretary and treasurer; and Doyle Dailey, director. Tietz is the owner of Tietz Construction Co. and has been active in the construction business since 1961. Spencer is the owner and operator of the Algona Livestock Auction and the Webster City Livestock Sales Pavilion. Doyle Dailey is superintendent of sales for the Des Moines Register and Tribune for this area and active in other community enterprises. Chris C. Hemmen, until recently, was the owner of Algona Grain and Feed Co. in Algona with a branch office inGalbraith, la. Mr. Hemmen will devote all of his time to Build-A-Rama, Inc. business. It is anticipated that as the corporation grows additional stock will be offered for sale to the public, Algona is fortunate to have local people interested in developments for the future. New Licenses To 22 New Vehicles Issued, Past Week Twenty new vehicles were licensed in Kossuth county last week, going to the following new owners: Oldsmobile - Beverly Ann Fiderlick, Lakota; John Droessler, Bancroft; JohnT.McGuire, Algona. Buick - June A. Mawdsley, Algona. Ford - Ronald V. Taylor, Algona; Terry Johnson, Armstrong; Albert Dirksen, Armstrong; Albert Banwart, West Bend; MerlynSwanson, Lu Verne, pickup. Plymouth - Ernest W. Meyer, Whittemore; Robert D. Jorgenson, Swea City. Chevrolet - Joann Marie Weber, Algona; Arthur P. Elbert, Whitternore; John R. Lovstad; Hugh J. Crandall, Swea City; Russell D. Richardson, Swea City, pickup. Mercury - John I. Steeiihard, Swea City. Dodge - Cargill, Lie., Algoria, pickup. CMC - Algona Dairy, Algona. Misc. - Francis McVay, Algona, Travel Trailer. 28 Enlistments, 16 Draftees - New Board Member The new Military Selective Service Act of 1967 provides that no member shall serve on any local board for more than twenty-five years or after he has attained the age of seventy-five. Because of this law, Milton G. Norton stepped down from his position on the Kossuth County board as of January 31, 1968. Mr, Norton had served on the local board since August, 1962. Lyle (Bud) Anderson of Algona, la. has been selected and has accepted the appointment to the local board filling the vacancy. At the February meeting Richard E. Godfredsen was elected chairman and Dennis G. Dreesman, secretary. The Kossuth County board is now composed of the following members: Richard E. Godfredsen, Algona; Lawrence Menke, Bancroft; Franklin M. Koons, Swea City; Dennis G. Dreesman, Titonka; and Lyle Anderson, Algona. Recent enlistments from Kossuth county are: Navy - John Henry Senenfelder, Swea City; Larry Allen Hippen, Lakota; Merlyn David Hoover, Burt; William Wayne Easier, Algona; Richard Jack Thomas, Jr., Binghamton, N. Y.; Merwin James Baer, Burt; Dennis Lee Cushman, Buffalo Center; Vaughn Gene Krominga, Titonka; Harlan James Krominga, Titonka ; and Donald Paul Intermill, Titonka. Army - Paul Herman Seller, Algona; Francis John Hildman, Wesley; Steven Michael Hardy, Algona; Dale Robert Walker, West Bend; Timothy Lee Dailey, Algona; and Dwight Melvin Frideres, Algona. Marines - Ivan Edwin Tietz, Whittemore; David Allan Schmidt, Lone Rock; Gregory Lee Miller, Titonka; David Alphonse Berendes, Algona; Walter Thomas Anderson, Algona; and Dennis Arnold Jensen, Algona. Air Force - Vincent John Goecke, Algona; Virgil Robert Lewis, Lakota; Dean Dennis Logemann, Elmore, Minn.; Donald Nickolas Kockler, Bancroft; Thomas James Studer, Algona; and Dianna Mae Pedersen, Algona. Recent inductions from Kossuth County are: Army - Eldon Earl Banwart, West Bend; Harlan Henry Metzger, Whittemore; Ronald Lee Brekke, Armstrong; Donald Henry Lappe, Bancroft; Lyle Edward Rippentrop, Swea City; Richard Charles McCarthy, Bancroft; Charles Lee Trunkhill, Burt; Joseph Fred Wolf, Bancroft; Gene Allen Weringa, Lakota; Larry James Doocy, Lone Rock; Ronald Dean Mittag, Algona; Kenneth Michael Erpelding, Bode; David Wayne Spear, Titonka; Gary .•Ulan Edwards, Lakota; and Jerome Arnold Menke, Swea City; Richard Lee Pratt, Algona. North Kossuth School Boards Study Plans With 39 in attendance, school board representatives and members of the County Board of Education met Tuesday evening at Van's Cafe and went over plans for the projected consolidation of the school systems of Swea City, Ledyard and Lakota and four rural areas hertofore unattached to any high school district. The plan prepared by the County Board has been filed with the State Department of Public Instruction, and meets with state approval, but no effective action can be taken now until the necessary petitions are received from the district in general asking for the consolidation. It is presumed that such petitions will soon be in distribution. County Supt. Quintard had charts which were presented, giving cost estimates and other basic factors for the proposed new consolidated district. Demo Women To Tour County Jail, March 26 A meeting of the Kossuth Democratic Women's Club will be held Tuesday, March 26, at 7;30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Ralph Lindhorst, 121 N. Hall St. One part of the program will be a tour of the present Kossuth jail facilities. Recommendation was made recently by the Kossuth Grand Jury that a new jail be constructed. The membership committee is urged to contact their members and get their dues paid at this meeting. Jonnas Edwards Funeral Held Here Wednesday Funeral services for Jonnas Edwards, 75, EstherviUe, who died in a nursing home there Monday afternoon, were held in McCullough's Funeral Chapel here at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Wm. Noland of the Methodist church officiated and burial followed at Riverview Cemetery, According to the funeral home, Mr. Edwards had no known rela* tives in this area. He had been a resident of the nursing home where he died for the past foyr years.

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