The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 8, 1942 · Page 2
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 2

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 8, 1942
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tifflfa IQW&, Dae. 8,1042 COLLIER'S STORY HASSELLSTROH IN PLANE ACTION Mentions Former Algona Boy at Grips With Jap Flyer; Bellstrom Since Killed in Action In Collier's, issue of December 5, Lt-Commander John S. Thach, tJ. S. N., writes Interstingly of activities of the former aircraft carrier, Lexington, during the early periods of the war. And, according to his story, it seems that "Doc" Sellstrom, former Algona boy, was the commander's wing man during those experiences. Following the sinking of the Lexington In the Coral sea Sellstrom was' Injured in a .plane crash at Pearl Harbor and died June 21, from those injuries. .'Bob", as he was familiarly known here is spoken of as "Doc" In th* Colliers' story. They Get Their Jap The story tells of the big day when our forces "took" 18 Jap planes in the Coral gea Wattle. "Bob" had written Algona friends about that engagement, before the sinking of the Lex 'ngton. Writes the commander: "He was a smart Jap. He turned inside the cloud, and when we came out, the air was vacant. We went back into the cloud, flying on instruments. There was a small opening in the cloud, and as I came out into it, I looked down and not more than a thousand feet below was a huge wing with a red disc. It was my first sight of an ene- A Letter From a Buddy to Joe Doe (Conlnued from last week) I was aboard ship 12 days, sea sick all of the fane. Nothing going down, everything coming up. I made the entire trip leaning over the rail. Right in the middle of one of my best leans the captain came up and said, "What company are you in son?" I told h:m I was all by myself. He asked me if the Brigadier had shown up yet. "If I swallowed it, it's up," I told him. The next thing we had life boat drill. When our boat was being lowered the tackle in one end, my end, let go and some of the men were spilled into the water. The second l.'-eutenant and I were the only ones who managed to hang onto the boat. This was because I was hanging onto him. He says, "Pull them out, and pull them out by the hair on their heads." I said "Yes, sir." I started pulling. Just then a bald-headed soldier came to the surface and yelled, "Pull me out." I gave him a push and said, "You heard the orders. Go on down and come up the regular way." We finally landed in Australia and were immediately ordered to the front line trenches and all of the cannon in Europe saluted us. I was shaking with patriotism. 1 tried to find a tree to hide behind but there wasn't enough trees for the officers, let alone me. The captain came around and said: "Seventeen hundred is the zero hour and we all go over the top." d said, "Sir, I'd like to go on furlough." "What's the matter, son," he said, haven't you got any red blood in you?" I said "I think so, but I don't want to see it." At seventeen hundred we went over the top and 10,000 Japs came at us. They all looked at me as if they thohght I had started the war. Our captain gave orders to "Fire at Will," but I didnt know any of their names. Neither did anyonu else. I guess the guy behind mei thought I was Will because he let a round go and shot me in the excitement. On my way to the hospital, I asked the stretcher-bearer where they were taking me. "You're going to the morgue, Buddy to the morgue." I said, "Hell, there's a mistake, 1 ain't dead." He says "Shut up, and lie down. my aircraft as close as that and It! nearly scared me to death. Then we both went into the cloud again and I spent some time trying to find him again. Finally my wing man and I let the Jap get out Into the open and then went after him. "Doc" Thought It Gibberish "When we got In close we could! hear the Japs talking In their plane, over our own radios. My wing man, Doc Sellstrom, who has since been killed, heard this conversation arid thought I was talking to him. He ^said later it didn't sound right, because 'he couldn't imagine me so excited as to be talking gibberish— which was what the Japanese language sounded like to Doc. Saw Bullets Coming "The big four-engined .bomber bristled with guns and as I maneuvered to attack, Its crew opened fire with cannon and machine guns. For a moment I wondered what they were shooting at. Then it occurred to me that it was Doc and myself. We could see the bullets coming toward us. The cannon shells looked Hke Roman candles— a black center with a fiery corona. I drove on in and opened fire myself. I could tell I had hit the Jap because I could see gasoline spray out from the wing between the inboard engines. I swung around to recover and saw that Dob was getting into position to attack from the other side. The Enemy Goes Down "On my second attack, we went in together and while I was still shooting at the point where the gasoline was spraying out, the Jap's whole wing burst into flames. Doc and I swung away and watched him burn. Black objects fell from the plane; at first I thought they were bodies. But they were bombs, eight of them." SENECA GKL MARRIES SWEA CITY SOLDIER, MARVIN SAUNDERS, DEC. 1 You want to make a fool out of the doctor." But they got it straightened up and I landed in the hospital, hadn't been there very long when a pretty nurse came '.-n 'and said "Move over!" But that's another story. Yes sir, Bud, the next time the call come to make the world safe for democracy, I'm taking a crack at the navy. Yours, Joe. LuVerne and Wesley To Have Surgical Dressing 1 Rooms Mrs. F. E. Kent and Mrs. L. G. Baker, county supervisors of the surgical dressing work, assisted by local supervisors, held a school of instruction Monday for six women from Wesley and six from LuVerne who will conduct surgical dressing work in their home towns. Algona has been making all the surg'-cal dressings that have bean made in the county, but the quotas have become too large for the one group to handle and other towns have been urged to open surgical dressing rooms. Those from Wesley who attended the meeting Monday were the Mesdames H. J. Braley, M. R. Page Fred Diekmann, Al Wagner, Arlo Dawson, and Julius Kunz. The six from LuVerne who were present were the Mesdames R. L. Corbin, Arthur Dimler, Wm. Big- irrgs, Richard Basham and Wm. Ristau. Four Corner News feyrKfyrw™™"^^ Mr. and Mrs. Russell Walker and family spent Thanksgiving at the Hugh Raneys. Mrs. Everett Witham came home from Rochester Saturday where she had a major operation. Mr. and Mrs. Otto Harlan and family and the Quinton Bjustrom family spent Thanksglvng at the Arie Dlttmers near Burt. The Four Corners Mothers and Daughters club will meet Dec. 10 with Mrs. Chester Robinson and Mrs. Keith Stephens assisting. The William Draytons had as their Thanksgiving guests the following, Mr. and Mrs. W.'ll Rich Mr. and Mrs. John Rich, Mr. anri Mrs. Walter Rich and family anii Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lirrdeman. Faim Fanfare We cordially invite your inquiries on our complete line of HONEYMEAD PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS, for Hogs, Cattle, Sheep and Poultry. Prompt delivery service on all ton lot orders. It will be our aim to render you a Complete Feeding Service. A Honeymead Service Man will be at your disposal at all times. May we suggest your making inquiries from the feeders of Honeymead in tliis territory. See us for used tractors, combines, spreaders, plows, grinders, etc. We are handling CROW'S HYBRID WHITE SEED CORN. See us at once while the supply lasts. Try our permanent anti-freeze, "No-Freeze." See us if you ueeld a new pump jack, water tank, hpg feeder, tank heater, fanning mill, etc. We hiave 'em. Very a|oon we expect to have a new shipment of DeLaval milking machines. At present we are expanding our parts stock and service on all Allis-Chalmers, Oliver, New Idea, and DeLaval machinery. Come in and have your machinery repaired. Bradley Bros. South Hotel Algona Phone 714 Seneca: At six O'clock Tuesday evening, Dec. 1, the wedding 6f Mrs. Berdene Smith, daughter of the Walter L. Smiths of Seneca, and Private Marvin Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Sanders, was solemnized at the Baptist church, the Rev. S. A. Anderson readnig the single ring service. Preceding the ceremony a prelude of piano music was played by the church pianist, Mrs. Walter G. Smith, and two solos, "The Prayer Perfect" and "Oh Promise Me" were sung by Miss Evelyn Butterfleld. As The Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin was played Miss Smith came from a back room of the church on the farm of her father. Miss Lois Looft, friend of the couple, led the bridal procession to the al•tar where the groom awaited his bride. His attendant was Maurice Smith. The bride wore a gold col ored dress, street length, and carried a corsage of roses and carna- tions, And A locket, which was a gift of the groom. The bridesmaid was dressed !n a blue gown, and her corsage was similar to that of the bride. Pvt. Sanders wore his uniform and his best man wore a brown suit. Congratulations were received at the church from a large gathering of friends after which a reception for relatives and close friends was held at the Smith home In Seneca. A three-course dinner was served, with decorations carried out In the national colors. Many flne gifts were received. Mrs. Sanders Is a graduate of the Seneca high school and Mr. Sanders graduated from the Swea City high school. Pvt. Sanders returned later In the week to Camp Edwards, Mass. Mrs. Saunders w'll remain at the parental home for the duration. mdrnlHff for Lohtvllle where the will spand the winter months With her a«tttfht«r*ifl'lMr, -MM. Jtfieph MeV»r. £>r, McyW it &Wft| W m h.$m&& filtaAft ' , Mr. am* Mrs. J. O. Kelly atttftdfA the fUrteral of *ft. Kelly 5 * tfoOieV, Mrs. Qua Kelly at Waterloo last Friday, She ,was 76 yearn of ago and Is survived by three sons and one daughter. Mrs.'Clara Logue was hostess to the Friendly sewing club at her home Tuesday afternoon-. The af* ternoon was spent in sewing for the hostess. A lunch was served by Mrs. Logue. Virgil Boyd arrived home this week from Cedar frails where he is employed at the registrar's office. He will commence school Monday morning to complete his college course before going into service. Mr. and (Mrs. Pat Gleason of Glendale, Nebr., and Mrs. Leonard Tuttie and son, Tommy spent the week end visiting at the parental John Tuttie home. Tommy stayed for a longer visit with his grandparents. Mirs. Mary Murphy and daughter, Mrs. Margie Schrieve'r spent from Wedfl«* the hbm* ofLivermore Vicinity Father Costello Is in the Mercy hospital in Fort Dodge this week. Charles Houston was in Des Moincs th.'a week as his father is quite ill. Mr. and Mrs. Lanning of Sioux City visited recently wtih her brotn- er, Frank Baesslcr. Mrs. Dennis Skow underwent an operation at a hospital in Fort Dodge Tuesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. James Zigrang of Des Moines visited several days at the Harry Zigrang home. A baby boy was born last Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Erpelding at an Algona hospital. Mrs. Harold Smith, Mrs. Cecil Smith and Mrs. WMbur Beers were Eagle Grove visitors Thursday. Mrs. Will Mosler of Albert Lea, Minn., spent a few days visiting her mother, Mrs. Anna Pooch. Ted Dev'ne who Is employed on the railroad in Chicago .visited n few days at the Leo Devine homp. Mrs. Edna Schultz Wood of California arrived last week for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Dennis Skow. Glen Jensen, who is stationed in the army in California, visited bis parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson, last week. Mrs. Charles Jennings is In Miller, S. D.. as she received word that her grandson, Ronald Jennings, was to undergo an operation, Mr. and Mrs. John Falk of Titonka and Ann Fechner of Algona were dinner guests Thursday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pooch. Helen Larson, who is taking up nurses' training in Sioux City spent a few days last week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Larson. Mrs. Dave Cockrill of Missouri and Sam Cockrill of Ames visited over the week end with Superintendent and Mrs. Lowell Cockrill. The high school will commence school at nine o'clock on Monday morning Instead of 8:40 and will continue untM 4:00 instead of 3:20. Mr. and Mrs. Calvert Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Floy Torgerson of Bode were supper guests at tho Ole Jacobson home in Rolfe last Saturday night. Harold Mansor, who has been working on a government road In Alaska, has returned to his home here. His family has been in Liv- crmore during his absence. Mrs. Ardis Hamm was hostess to the Woman's Society of Christian Service at her home Wednesday afternoon. After the business meeting a 15 cent lunch was served. Superintendent and Mrs. Lowell Cockrill received word that their son, Dave, who is in the army at Fort Benning, Georgia, is in the hospital with a broken bone in his foot. Mrs. Mary Meyer left Monday CLOSINGOUT FARM SALE Two miles south, 3 east dl Wblttemore, 7 miles west and 3 south of Algona, Monday, Dec. 14 12:00 p. m. 9 Head »f Horses 17 Head of Cattle 47 Head of Hogs Sheep, Chickens, Machinery, Household Goods, everything goes. OPAL HENRY Whittemore A jftoitf of* ' 'J ^ J " T Iffiic ~T£LMi£lf—*—i" *~*~* e to tne Home of Mrs. Ma'ii^Bpribner in honor of the birthday of Mrs. Smith. The afternoon was spent in playing 600. A lunch brought by the guests was served. She was presented sortie fine gifts. Mrs. Sam Law spent her Thanks^ giving vacation visiting her parewts, Mr .and Mrs. Sepple at Ladohlii, Mo. Miss (M. Balmer spent her vacation at her home at What cheer. MiSs Virginia Liggett ahd Mbs Mabel Fred spent their vacation at Miss Liggott'8 home nea"r Des Moines. The Twentieth Century club met Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Edith Johnson. The following program was given: roll call, current events, Charm of Service, Mrs. Ethel Basesler, Infantile Paralyse (Kenny Method), Mrfc. Leona Hlntz; Garden and Wild Flower Conservation, Mrs. Virginia Raney. After the program the dining room denfc -Mt«« Mkte Paulson WM panted with - i ».u .b«.l ME MASKED «MI. . M**M wij » «*«* . u..d. S* twxl, I* fid. lM< M KfOdurt.. CREBN «l.r *.«*• . • • Y«u ' qu.lltr ffi* tt^rrtiAtr. dUJ »( bulk." H«t'T . mrttt* »•»!. «*M ** •"•""'* «»• GREEN MARKED COAL, is on Ihp nit! Botsford Lumber Company nit**** «M AM Pool 1 Phone 850 Corn Loans Have your corn loans made payable to tins bank and we will cash same for you when papers are completed. Security State Bank ALGONA, IOWA Black Navy Green Blue Beige Gold White Crepes Wools Jerseys Mixtures IN OUR CHRISTMAS SALE 200 NEW FALL DRESSES YOU MUST SEE THESE; ^°0 ^C^v^ /, Pretty Dresses You will marvel at these pretty dresses, crepes and suede cloths, all dJC AH sizes, val. to $6.95, reduced to ^5J«Uw We know you never expected such a pretty well made dress at such a low price. Values to $10.95. d»"f Cft Reduced to - ^ • "^V i No reason why you can't have good-looking clothes when you see these " dresses, values to $14.95, reduced to = COAT SALE | 20 Coats i I No need to be cold in I that old coat when you | can get one of these I plain fleeces, sizes 12 to I 46 at Sizes 12 to 20 9 to 17 38 to 48 One-piece Two-piece Combination Short and Long Sleeves COAT SALE = 15 Coats Warm, smart, in tweeds, plaids, and fleeces, popular sport types. The sizes are 12 to to, at only ALGONA MERCHANTS "CHRISTMAS"-- 4 THANK YOU PARTY" December 16th, l?th-Call Theatre Stertin8 aUO^^^ r^E F T 0 s RT rA R v SANTA CLAUS CANDY DAYS iffiSaSR Saturdays-For the Kiddies, Dec. 12-19 You are Welcome to Use the WAITING AND REST ROOMS Writing Desks — Tables for Wrapping Packages Kossuth County SERVICE MEN'S PICTURES Former A, & P, Store Room and East of Call Theatre WHATEVER YOU DESIRE IN MERCHANDISE, ALGONA STORES WILL SUPPLY YOU PLAN TO DO ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN ALGONA STORES OPEN EVENINGS DECEMBER 2L22-23

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