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1 ALQONA, IOWA, TUESDAV7JUNS2~1942 to farts Mine?* .custddlan ot thfe local airport, to In receipt of a'let- ter written <by BS. R. (Bob) Sell- Strom now, with the flying Service of the U. S. navy. According to the return card on, thd envelope Bob is with the 'Lexington Air Group, on the U. S,' {Lexington (air craft carrier) somewhere in the /Pacific. The letter was mailed May 3 and Arrived here' a week Ago. , iBofc will be remembered by Al* gdnand as having grown up in this town, attended local schools and graduated lit 1984.' And it Is a dia- tlnfit Honor ,to himself and,, to his home town that toe has 'been 'responsible for "getting" two Jap bombers; Arid the tone of his letter indicates that the U. S. boys are prov- ing'their mettle and superiority AVer the enemy. The letter follows: "Lexington Air Group May 2 "pear Farlsi— -. "1 started to put down April and remembered that it has passed Into y. It's almost Impossible to keep UGHTEST VOTE IN YEARS IN PRIMARY ' • • , »»» * * * Clara Walker Carries Nomination For Recorder Over J. J. Dooley WILSON LEADS ~ •track of time islnce! the days and Months have gone by so fast. . '"We have been.seeing some ac-l tion and .certainly expect to See some more in order to get everything under control so far as the Japs are 'concerned. I've got two to my, predlt so far, one 4-englned and one'2-engined, bomber and believe me it certainly was a thrill. We were attacked by 18 enemy . bombers and we downed 16 of them •which .does, give us a great deal t oj..credlt'for the times to come. ''Tiny' Pos t has • come through with: some good letters and seems to like what he's doing. It's too bad Bob had to drop out of the flying part 'because of his health. He would have liked to fly I am sure. ./'•'•'." 'Td give almost .anything to get back to the States even for a week .but .that chance appears to be out for quite some time. Future plans are never known. "It 'would 'be great to hear from you, Farls and get the news of dif' ferent happenings and how everything is going with you. All in all, everything Is going along fine out here. As for superority in every respect the U. S. forces certainly have: It.- Give my regards to Stew and Mel. "Best of luck and everything.. Bab (E. R. Sellstrom)"., (Editor's Npte—It may be' assumed that where Bob speaks of downing 16 enemy planes the .battle was the one fought In the vicinity of Marshall Isles. PASSE§ WHITTEMORE PIONEER SjJNDAYfflWN-- .Diedrich Cordes Had Been Resident of County for ... Many Years; Formerly Of Lotts. Creek (Following, an illness of 'several months Herman Diedrich Cordes passed away at his home in Whittemore Sunday noon, May 31. He had 'been a resident'of .Whlttemore for more than a half century. He had followed constructional build- Ing and carpentering for many years. Married at Lotts Creek Mr. .Cordes was born in Germany July 1, 1863. He came to the United States when.a young man. On • December' 6, 1892, he was married • to Albertaina Potratz and to this union, was born one daughter, now Mrs.' Frank Bell of Blue Earth, • Minn. • The wife and mother, this daughter and three grandchildren and'6ne brother, Henry Meyer, of Whittemore" survive. Services at St. Paul's Funeral services for Mr. Cordes will be held from St. Paul's Lutheran church at Whlttemore (tomorrow) Wednesday afternoon at ,,4Jyp,. o'clock. The final rites will ; be in charge of Rev. W. H. Dis•'.. cher. Interment will be in St. Paul's 'Lutheran cemetery. The pall bearers are Chris Meyer, Carl Ostwald, Fred Bierstedt, HenryJHelmke, Fred Struecker, and Henry. .Kucker, all of Whlttemore. THORNBURG IN SENATORIAL RACE Republicans marvel at the light vote (Monday and wonder what the Cause might'be. There was plenty of fight in the republican state ticket with four candidates for U. S. .senator, a 'battle for governor, Seven candidates for secretary, of state and in the county a republican scrap for supervisor in the fifth district, Peter Heiken, Incumbent. 'Particularly was the senatorial scrap one of much concern In the campaign. Governor Wilson beat Thornburg by more than 200 votes. . , . For Senator Wilson .. .,,.......1032 Thornburg f. 824 Dolliver ..-532 Davis :'....,. .'.... ...; 22 For Governor Hickenlooper 1952 iMiller ,. *..... 440 For Secretary of State Christiansen 386 Ford ..„ 228 Olson A 2K4 Peyton' ,.... yj Ropes 75 Van Gorden 517 Beam 155 Ollchrist Leads The republicans also had a fight in the sixth congressional district -column. Against GilchriBt, incumbent, and' whose record was said to 'be Isolationist, were arranged three candidates, Hanna of Ruthven, Rilfcy of Clarion and Smith of Forest City. While it was conceded Gilchrist would win it was not thought his vote would reach so. definite a lead. For Congress Gllchrist:....'. 1224 Hanna 508 Smith .-...'. .....1200 Riley/ .- .-.: ..., 167 Heiken Losefe in Fifth The only county fight on the re- publican'ticket was that of Heiken, SWea City, supervisor incumbeitt ed.By Johnson and the battle was nip. and tuck until the final vote was counted, /'For Supervise Heiken _ .....332 Johnson .,.*..„. ."376 The .republicans in Kossuth gave the largest vote to Hickenlooper, for governor, with 1925, in fact it was the largest Individual vote cast for Four ofKossuth's Fairest Hitch-hikers. Know 'em? —Upper Des Moines Flash Phofjo This is a picture of four Kossuth county young ladles. They were hitch-hiking from Algona to their .home town .one afternoon when a member of the Upper Des Moines staff was privileged to pick them up and give them a lift toward home 'of about ten miles. The young ladies informed the reporter that-they were getting quite a thrill out of their first hitch-hiking experience, though one of. them admitted the sort .of shoes sh'e ? wore that day were not meant for comfort when a twenty-mile walk was to sight. The reporter, by the way, knows *he parents of these girls, all of them substantial and influential Kossuth county citizens. And just so that we may know to what extent pictures are noticed in the Upper Des Moines we are going to credit .one year's subscription to this paper to the first letter received which identifies these young ladies correctly and which sets out their home address. In next weekls issue we shall print the names of the girls. Who are these fair 'hitth-hikers and in what Kossuth community do they reside? Two Precincts Anticipated a Bigger Vote The Eagle township precinct was the only one of the 86 in the county which felt the need of additional ballots yesterday and County Auditor Kinsey had 70 republican ballots printed In the morning and delivered them before noon. Eagle had previously been given 70 republican and 70 democratic ballots. These numbers were based on the ballots, cast at the primary In 1940.* this time it seems-the election board in Eagle figured that Eagle tnlght go heavily republican hence the doubling of the order, 140 republican ballots. It Is the only precinct which feared a shortage of ballots for either party. Lafafr: _ Gerjnan townshfp came In with 'an jorder for 70 republican ballots at about thrrtv o'clock. The original order in that township was for 70, hence It is thought that republicans are carrying that precinct in a big ivay. any"' candidate two tickets. on either of the Eddie Sifert Home from Texas Swea City Boy Repprjted Missing; Now In Alaska Confimipn In identity broughl anxiety to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Berg, fanners west of Swea City, last week end. On May 21, they received word from the war department that their son, Elmer, was listed as missing 'in action on Bataan peninsula*.. Hie Bergs paid little attention to the message believ- ing'their son was stationed at Fort, Richardson, Alaska, and ,they had received a letter from him recently. .On Friday, May 20, another notice that Elmer Burg was missing was received. This time the word was • dispatched by the Swea City Red Dr,o88 representatives.,. The Bergs Immediately dispatched a telegram to ' Fort Richardson to make certain of their, son's whereabouts. A telegram came from > Alaska the following: day (Memorial Day) assuring .the soldier's parents that-everything was well. ' ^~ It is thought that the qon- fuslon and mix-Aip In messages was caused by there being another Elmer Berg in the same opmpiuiy which earlier had bean stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. The company was dlvld- e# laejt fail, one group going overseas and the other being sent to-Alaska. It is now felt that the Elmer, Berg,reported missing was with the group which was l»ter stationed on Batann- The Bergs have another «pn, Ear],' also in the service of Vfl- cle 8»in, ALGONA SOLDIER CITED FOR LIFE SAVING IN WEST Edward C. Cook, With Plying School, Stockton Calif., Receives Honors ,Por Brayery Daily Vacation Bible School at Firtt Lutheran Startt 8th Starting pext, Monday, the flrjt ft "" 5?u^ tion of £ueMe " J/iWy lYftl. Saving the life , bf a man. hav brought a citation of honor to PFC Edward C. Cook, son of Mrs. Leota L. Cook,.Algona, and now stations at the Air Advanced Flying School Stockton Field, California. Cite with Edward was Pvt. • Clayton Cartwrlght of Keiser, Ark. Cook Joined 'at Des Moines Edward Cook joined . the U. S army air force at Des Moines Aug ust 19,1941. He has 'been statlonci at Stockton Field since -that time The citation was made, before i formation of the entire quartermns tor detachment of which he is i member. The Daily Record, Stock ton, California, prints a detailed ac count of the citation as follows: The two soldiers were driving along a road near the field when they saw Harold M. Gilder, construction company employe become a human torch from the waist up when gasoline he was pouring into the carburetor, of his car exploded Gilder threw himself to the .ground and rolled over several times bul before Cook and Cartwrlght could reach him, he rose and ran In panic! The soldiers overtook him, threw him to the ground, and with their bare harrds tore off the man's flaming clothing. Officer Reads Letter The letter of commendation from Lt.-Col. Tull reads as follows: "An official report has' been (brought to my attention outlining your meri torious conduct incident to an ac oident Jnvoflving' Harold Gilder, which occurred on Sharps Lane, May 21,1942. "The report discloses {hat upon seeing Mr. Gilder accidentally get himself covered'with flaming gasoline and start running, you exhibited presence of mind and with utter disregard to your own safety, you assisted In overtaking this individual, throwing 'him to the ground, fearing off his flaming clothing and extinguishing the fire from his skin. There Is no doubt but what your courageous action aaved a human life, '1 cpmmend y<?U for this outstanding conduct as set forth above which establishes a splendid example of courage and efficiency in time of emergency, and Is In accord with the "'best traditions of the «*rmy," THREE ALGONANS TO BOYS' STATE 9 ^ ff H ^B^wPSn "w TlB^PflFWr Fenton Reporter Editor Enlists in U. S. Naval Air Corps Bob Schwartz, editor of the Fenton Reporter, has enlisted in ''the U. S. naval air corps and expects to report at Minneapolis within the next two weeks for examination and induction. Bob is one of the younger editors in the state and has published a very creditable newspaper •in his home town. Jjje.is the youn- IgesJu-son ._of..,Jilr.,._asid-..Mra., Jake iSchwartz. The Feziton Reporter has' been publisned by the Schwartz family for many years. 0ake Schwartz is the postmaster at Fen 7 ton. NAVY TO SPONSOR MASS ENLISTMENT SUNDAY, JUNE7 Sunday, June 7, six months to the exact minute from the time that Japanese bombing 'planes swept over. Pearl Harbor,. Hawaii, and plunged the United States into the present war, a mass enlistment ceremony wiU.be held In each of 1 Iowa cities where Navy Recruiting Stations are located. \ Young men desiring to join the Navy in any type of service are urged to become honorary members of the "Avenger Squadron", to which all men taking the oath of allegiance Sunday will 'belong. They sould visit their nearest' Navy Recruiting Station at once. Each man so Cftlisted and so sworn in will receive a special scroll identifying him as member of the Avenger unit,' The scroll will show thn exact day, hour and, minute that each Avenge/ took the oath, This should prove a valuable family possession and will be 'suitable, for framing. \" Ceremony in 14 Cities Enlistment ceremonies will be leld simultaneously in Sioux City, Spencer, Mason City, Decorah, Pu- )uque, 'Burlington, Davenport, Cer dar Raplojs, OUtumwa, Waterloo, J'ort Dodge, Carroll, Creston -and Des Moines, patriotic, civic and service organizations will participate in honoring the men at the Sunday ceremony. Men will raise their right hands' n the. oath of allegiance to the Jnlted States and the Navy at ex^- actly 1:25-p. m. C. S. W. T., whl-.ih S 7!S5 a. m, Hawaii time. 'Expanded training faciHtes ejre now available for Navy recruits, nd all merr interested ^n joining the Iftvy volunteers are urged to Im-- mediately make application and be* LT. PAUL BLACK WEDS AT KEARNEY, NEB., THURSDAY Algona Boy, Now Serving At Kelly Field, Texas, Will Mary Bernice Porter, Teacher Hugh Black and sister, Mrs. Florence Kain, and Misses Evelyn Black and Leona Smith, all of Algona, will leave Wednesday for Kearney, Neb., to attend the wedding Thursday afternoon of the two formers' brother,, Lieut. Paul Black and MJsa Bernice. Po/tejr,;a. "' J ' eligible for mnftbershlp in ie honorary "Avenger Squadron.' lo to yopr nearest Navy Recruiting Ration at onpe. . ,. ,,, Hugh Willfserve'as best man at" the marriage ceremony. . * * Lieutenant in Air Corps Lieut. Black, an Algona boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. -F. Black of Irvington, is now stationed at Kelly Field, Texas. He joined the air corps last October and is teaching military law In the field. He was a reserve officer. While at-" tending law school at Iowa City {several years ago he met Miss Porter. She has .been teaching in New York the past year. Following the ceremony Thursday the wedding group will drive to Algona. for an over Sunday visit with the lieutenants parents and*relatlves here. The newly-weds will proceed from here ,» to ..sSan Antonio, Texas, to make their home while Lieutenant Black is stationed at Kelly Field. CAROLINE KIPFER OF FEffTON WEDS EDWARD CAPESIUS Algona'g where m B^ys' Staj$ iimifta^l on )|rjgg of state legtiOatJve foyernnien* and in/which representiMves from — ery county in thf$fate join Weather Continues Normal Though Wet _ . week saw nearly ., pf rainfall and farm wprk ' somewhat '.". The tempera,!. .... norm*!, »rlg the warmest day ,,19^, adding ~ weathermen. The MBS, BPWABD CAPESIUS ^Formerly Miss Caroline Klp- ifer of Fenton, married to Dr. Edward Capealus at Whitte- mpre Wednesday, May 24th. Dr. Capesiws is tie son of Mr, and (Mr?. Frank Capesius of near Algona, The doctor and his bride will make their home in 'Fenton. LIQUOR STORE BOYS AGAIN RING THE BEL IN IOWA Sell Near $10,000 Mark in Stamps and Bonds foi Month of sMay; May Top State Again Not being satisfied with rlngin the .bell for tops in war stamp and bond sales for the month o April the personnel of the Algoni Liquor Store raised the quota fo May and rang up $1309.90 in stamp. and $7,922.50 in war bonds to tola $9,224.45 for the month, no doub tops over all of the other 176 store: in the state. It seems to be thi regular thing now folr Algons(*s store to rate first in these mpnthly stamp and bond sales. Saturdays Big Days According to the report issued b> Mr. Brundage, manager, the ntampj sell in the larger numbers on Sat urdays. On Saturday, May 2, stamp sales reached $125.00, on May 9 $127.40; on May 16, $175.50; on May 23, $145.35 and on Friday, May 29 $109.05. The lowest sale of stamps on any day during the month was $10.55 on May 20th. Bond Sales Vary The sale of bonds through the month vary on the different days The lowest sale was made on Maj 1st, with ortc bond going at S18.70 There were no sales at all on the 13th and the 14th. There were It days when the sales reached over $100 per day and several of them touched better than the $200 mark The 'biggest day was on Saturday May 9, when bond sales reached $4, 92125. During April the :boys sold $113.8.30 worth of stamps and $6,711i25 worth of bonds, totalling $7,900.29. .It wi) be noted that the increase in sales for May over April was $1,324.15 This is about in line with the in crease of April over March. Th boys are really.'selling-stamps ant -- -"ft*** ; je~l&*"•*-'}.<"&•', McGUffiE BROS. TO GRADE 33 MILES OF COUNTY ROAD (At a letting by the .board of supervisors Friday which involved the grading of 33 miles of county roads the successful bidders were the McGuire Bros., M. T. and John, ol Algona, The contractors expect to start work on the 'project soon. II will be remembered that the board lad intended to receive 'bids or this •work a month since but that a 'ban by the government was placed on all road work. This was later raised and the'board decided to have the work done Immediately. The board at its Friday session also decided to continue with the bridge program • which involves some $85,000 for replacing several old 'bridges, including a new steel bridge to replace the Blackford structure west of town. For a time the government had also placed a ban on bridge construction but this, too, has been lifted. Norton Machine Works Will Service Valves In Defense: Work A gate valve machine for the purpose of refacing gate valves was recently developed and patented by Norton, of the , Norton Machine Works, city. The outstanding features of this machine is that the angle of the valve seat and wedge is controlled during the refacing operations. With the addition of this machine to the line of valve tools previously developed it Is possible to service the complete line of valves now.in use' This service- is to be extended to the industries that are now in direct defense, work or those that have a priority rating. Valves to tie serviced have been received from industries operating in New York, Pennsylvania, Virignia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, South Dakota and our own state. The Dinner Bell Indicates a Shot at the Japanese When the old dinner bell located on the roof of the IOWTI State Bank building sends out its peal it is notice that another bond has been sold and another kink put in the Axis war machine. And the operator of the bell, the lady who pulls the cord, is Dorothy Day, stenographer and bookeeper in, the bank ,and whose photo is printed herewith. Miss Day has 'been assigned to the clerical work attached t» the sale of bonds in .the, ..bank, an* , Ralph Miller, president of the bank informed, an Upper DCS Moines reporter that 1,314 bonds had beqfn sold up to noon Monday since the first of January.- The total involved in the sales has reached a total of $213,125. It means>.lot of pealing by the old bell. The Bradley Bros, are responsible for the dinner bell having ton-owed it. from Mrs. Elizaberth Owen, 4 miles northeast of Dakota City, Humboldt county. It bad dally for many years called the "hands", from the fields to the meals. Mary .Susan Eason, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A. J. Eason, is one of the younger purchasers .of % bondw^She traded stamps fop the bond'and insisted that inasrauch as she had bought a b'ond' she should have the right tp ring the bell and Miss Day saw to it that Mary Susan gave a good account of her buy by ringing .the old belt Mr. Miller says that m»nv of the younger children are bond* purchased by trading in stamps. TWO CONTESTS ON LOCAL DEMOCRAT TICKET MONDAY Perhaps the present war conditions may be responsible for the light vote cast at Monday's primaries no one seems able to satisfactorily explain the reason for nonvoting. It was thought because of wet weather and farmers being unable to work in the fields that the vote would be a heavy one this year. However, that analysis also failed. Suffice to say the vote was the lightest in a primary in years. Walker .Defeats Dtooley There was' three contests on ; the democratic ballot, those of J. y. Dooley, incumbent, and Mrs. Clara Walker, for recorder, the supervisor; fight in the third disfcrist, Bill Cos* grove, the incumbent and , Sleper and Young seeking the nominatiori and Drs. Egan, Evans and Meyer, for coroner. With only Portland township missing the vote was tabulated as follows: For Recorder Walker ... . .1182 Dooley * k ... ggL For Supervisor Cosgrove .. 228, Sleper . „ .j. . . . . ftt Young . . .19* Fdr Coroner jJjjj, Dr. Egan 697 Dr. Evans ..... 716 Dr. Meyer . *.. . • 627 Kitaschel Leads (For governor on-, the democratic ti.'cet Former Governor Kraschel lead Senator Ear] ^Augustine by a safe margin/. Paul ZerfassJ for state treasurer, was given a nice vote by his home county over Arant of Des (Moines. Frank Murray of Buffalo Center, for secretary of agriculture was given a fine vote by his Algona neighbors. For U. S. senator, Clyde Herring ran away from his opponent, Seeman of Wat- loo. For Senator Herring Beeman ... ..... ... Kraschel „..:. .?.../„. .... ,,.' Augustine ...... ..... .... 672' For Treasurer Paul Zerfass ... . 1247 Arant ....... 828 For Sec. of Agriculture Muifrayi . a , L . . 1297 Bowman , ... 214 it might be noted that Senator Herring polled the largest vote -of any demoprat tin the ballot with 1360. Lawrence Winkel to ;' i _j Head Kossuth Bpwlei* Marriage Licenses Marriage licenses were issued luring the past week to two cou- iles as follows: Clarence Ort- mus and Lucille Balk of Florence, D.; John H. Holland of Oilman, III., and Anna M. Olson, Bancroft Air the meeting of the KosaitbJ County Bowling League held last', Wednesday night Lawrence Win- 4 ', kel was elected president of (he 1 league for the ensuing .year, Carl- Pearson was elected eecretary.,Chftt|j Dailey is the retiring president, TSusi" league will resume bowling sessions again the latter part of next SepV tember. , New Restaurant .= M. E. (Bill) Billick Is opening a'- restaurant in the W. J. Slgshee, building formerly occupied by the Barber. Mr. Billtek has 'been in Algona more or less for the past' ten years, where he has been a waiter at the States. He has also spent some time in 'Fort Dodge. A Lumber yard Once 6raced the Iowa State Sank Building Spot FIVE KOSSUTH GRADUATES IN LS.T. CLASS the 306 ipaduates in the class received diplomas at Iowa Teachers' College, Ce&j? Sunday afternoon, flww h. residents. Jt was one gtesftgs &>, receive many, years: Fairmont Editor Makes Splendid Talk t Memorial Program the early morning rains Saturday somewhat reduced the at> tendance tb* Memprlftl Day program was The bell mounted on the roof of the Iowa State Bank building pealed forth the announcement that someone had purchased a war bond. This was fThursday, May 28th., Prank Bestenlehner, Whittemore banker, ' in Algona that day, heard the peal and he grew rernjpis-. cent To a member of the Algona Upper Des Moinea staff he turned with the statement: "That reminds me that pn May 28, 188}, our family arrived in Algona from across the seas. And W the lot where now stands this bank there was a lumber yard. No covered at** •fajr like we have today, just a small office and the lumber piled (n the open, subject to the weather, wet and dry." N Algftna Skimpy Then ."Sixty-one years ftgp Algona fts a, 'rather skimpy place," continued jjfr. ' Bestenlehner. for John Goeders, pioneer merchant, and managed a Goeders store at Butt an4 later two years a Goeders store at Whittemore, The family, Mr. and Mrs. Fran-. els Bestenlehner, Frank, Joe also of Algona, and Andrew now of Qttumwa, lived In the wilder* ,ness where the third ward school is now, located. In June of 1904 fce marrie^ &• daughter of Pat-,, rick Kalr>, a pioneer fajnljy, and they are the,parentS of Ann-% *tte, now Mrs. Kenneth. Uoj/ icomb, Spencer, ami franpis,' ' now oversea? w jtfe «»,-«, gt forces, Mrs. BestenlehJier died In October, (Moving tp IfWft «ary, the Milwaukee V*v iWr "rWfcV ' tWQ &rtclip m ^_ >?%&*> * !*?* 6"M«f

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