Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on January 19, 1933 · Page 1
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ALGONA, IOWA, JANUARY 19, L933 lfH ?B!» E IS DISCUSSED I Judgment Total is $4,659,212 in Two Years. M. P. Weaver spoke before the ISotary club Monday on the mort- Igage foreclosure' problem f In -Koe- |guth. Displaying township mape, he Ighowed farms which- have been fore- I closed in the last two and a half (years. The townships were picked [at random in different parts of the | county to show general conditions. Of five maps, Grant township lehowed a total i of 7,520 acres foro- l.closed, or 37 per cent of the lands In Ithe township; Harrison township I showed 5,600 acres, or 24 per cent; I.Sivea, 6,440, or 23 per cent; Lu 1 Verne, 2,760, or 12 per cent; and I.Garfleld, 1,280, or -5 per cent. 3L,u I Verne township Is low on the charts, I probably because of the waiting pol- llcy of Receiver G. S. Buchanan, of | the defunct Hanna bank. Foreclosures Total $1,059,212. Mr. Weaver also gave the amount I of dollars of foreclosures from Jan- Itiary, 1930, to November, 1932, which s^sM reached the staggering total of $4,1669,212.78. (Life insurance compan- lies took judgments for more than [half, or $2,534,038.65. National and letate banks and trust companies ] were represented with $504,626.69; (the Lincoln Joint-Stock Land bank, I $111,342.55; other jol^t-stock - land [banks, $101,751.18; other corpora- Itions, $14.544.66; individuals, $328,- |S09.05. Speaking of credit contraction in 11933 compared with 1927 as shown Jin bank statements, Mr. Weaver said Ithat in 1927 the three Algona banks I then In operation had loans and dis- I counts of $3,098,533, .while at pres- lent the Iowa State bank has only lone-fifteenth of- this amount, or |$2SO,553.37. Only 8 Out of 21 Banks. . ,-: In 19J7 the county had 24 - banks; lat present, eight.. Total loans and •discounts of all county .banks in 1927 [exceeded $8,000,000, compared to a [present total of only $1,600,000. This is a decrease of more' than 800 per Icent. Only six banks of 1927 remain (open, with two new banks. Mr. Weaver oifed advertisements in local newspapers for 1919.-' These lehowed how eager people'then were •to lend money on land and how Irouch confidence they had that it •would never lose its wartime value. ,Mbwty loans of $4,683.100 were sold E fi ln Ko68uth county, A total •or 10,901 acres were sold for n.73'8,- or at a $159.42 average an acre. r ture V n Pal ° Alto county from 1929 show there were 302 for a totai <* * 3 -and in 105 of these sales no deficiency Judgments, were re deen»ecl. In county, 1921 to 1930, •One were 201 foreclosures and in 75 , deflclen °y .Judgments. redemptions. Before 1920 no definlency judgments. ™ 6 a muoh Beater per- of redemptions. Drop | g Terrific. WILL SUCCEED P. PJEBFASS Two New Directors Chosen in Close Elections. At a surprise election at the annual meeting of the county fair Tuesday at the courthouse, P. P. Zerfass, secretary, and two out of three directors were replaced. Earl Vincent, superintendent of speed many years, was made secretary. Mr. Zerfass had served since the 1924 election. C. B. Murtagh and Dr. W. T. Peters, Burt, were reelected president and vice president respectively, without opposition, as was also H. ii. Gilmore, treasurer. When time for the election of secretary arrived, Mr. Vincent, Mr. Zerfass, and C. E. Chubb were nominated. Before the balloting Mr. Zerfass announced that if the fair's finances were in a prosperous condition instead of havig been hard hit by the depression, he would not consider taking the place again, but that he did not feel that it would be fair to withdraw under the circumstances. Mr. Chubb announced, that he was not a candidate. Since all nominations had been seconded, all three names were balloted upon, Mr. Vincent received 111 votes; Mr. Zerfass, 34; Mr. Chubb, seven. Director Elections Close. On election of directors to succeed Geo. D. Moulton, (Ledyard, J. H. Fraser, south of Algona farmer, and J. A. Raney, Algona, Mr. Moulton was the only man to survive, though the other two races were'close. •'--' Mr. Moulton was opposed by J. H. Jensen, Seneca, and Arthur Murray, Bancroft, but he won with 63 votes to Mr. Jensen's 14 and Mr. Murray's 11. Mr. Fraser was opposed by C. M. Citified! Night Club Planned at Hobarton DeaVEleciion 'Frank Vera will open a night club In the former Bjustrom store building at Hobarton -within two weeks The interior of the building Is being redecorated and remodeled. A dance floor is being laid down the center of the room capable of accommodating 100 couples, and booths will line it on each side. At the rear of the room ds a ball cony, on which .tables for small or larso parties will be located. Music onc e . or twice a week will be furnished by an orchestra. The room will be wired with loud-speaking equipment for radio or phonograph music. The kitchen will be in charge of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur White, formerly employed at a Detroit night club. Most of the service will be a la carte, but dinners can toe ordered on occasion. Mr. Vera plans a small cover charge, perhaps 25 cents a couple. The club is scheduled to open each evening at 6 p. m., and will close: i when patrons leave. Announcement of the opening, for which special features will be engaged, will be made soon. MATT HOLTZBAUER DIES AFTER YEARS OF SERVICE HERE Surviving habitues of the courthouse over a period of the last half century were shocked by news of the death Sunday of Matt Holtzbauer, who was janitor of the courthouse many, many years. Mr. Holtzbauer had not been in good health for a number of years, and a few years ago had to give up his place, tout, he was ,made honorary caretaker by the 'board of supervisors as a reward for his long service. ' Death was. caused toy the infirmities of age. He was taken sick some weeks ago, and his condition became serious early last week. He died I early Sunday morning, and funeral!' QUARTON IS PROMOTED; ORDEREDJpJEW POST •It was announced at Washington, D. C., Saturday that Harold B. Quarton, consul In charge at Havana, 'had been promoted to consul-general of the second class and assigned to Guayaquil, Ecuador. This puts him in line lor consul of the first class, and in due time he will be assigned to a berth in some leading country. Mr. Quarton is a career man and is in the. civil service, hence changes of administration do not affect him. He is married but has no children. Whether he \ylll come home before he goes to Guayaquil is not known here. It is now 21 years since Mr. Quarton entered the consular service, and ion^r! Ume TT he ^ aS se f ved ' n many ^"^"'con^c^nTo countries. 'He 'began in Germany, -• - ^" then served in turn in Holland, Finland, and Sweden, again in Finland, then in Latvia, Esthonia, again in Germany, and thence to Havana. PASTOR GETS HOT DISH FROM HAWAII The Rev. W. G. Muhleman much pleased to receive from the Philippine Islands last week Monday a dinner which was still "hot" after crossing the Pacific ocean and from California to Iowa in the maile. The dinner was sent by an old friend, R. O. Warrlngton, roommate of the Rev. Mr. Muhleman while they were students at Northwestern university, Evanston, 111. This friend is now a merchant-manufacturer in Manila. The dinner was intended for rival on Christmas day. It was probably sent from the Islands about No- 25, 30 days being usually al- for oceanic transportation. Gross, Lone Rock, and Carl Ebert,'' services were held Tuesday morning !' S ° me d £ Iay in Bating Mr. Muhle- Whittemore. Mr. Gross won .a nar- at the Catholic church, Father T. J. man -.J"<> had changed his address PHee ' produot al30 been astonishing, r Said ' In U1 » <** were the corn but nr, hnow o? Pr6Sent Of »2.30. toxee ' and at h Mr - Weaver* said SUre * pliowe<i the farmers - and., he the could than present it would farmer . w!L to moneyed ' clftases ' he falr thln * *<" Preeent condition. how- row,victory, with 30 votes -to Mr. Fraser's' 29 and Mr. Ebert's 20. Mr. Eaney and J. M. Patterson were the only nominees for the other place, and Mr. Patterson won, with four votes to spare, 43-39. New Amendment Offered. •H. J. Bode, prominent Algona farmer, suggested, before the balloting, a revision of the articles of incorporation which would provide new methods of electing officers and directors. He submitted the following amendment: "The corporate power of this association shall be vested in a board of five directors, who shall be elected by the voters'present at any annual meeting, or special meeting called for the purpose of such election. These directors shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified. "The directors elected following the adoption of these articles shal serve as follows: Two for one year two for two years; one for three years, The regular term of office o directors shall be three years. Va cancies may be filled by the tooarc of directors for the unexpired term Three members shall constitute quorum to transact business. "The officers of this association shall be a president; vice president secretary, and treasurer. The president and vice president shall be elected by the board of directors from its members. "The secretary and treasurer ehal be chosen.by the board of directors and' shall not be members of the board." Amendment Is Ruled Out. •In the past all officers have been ex-offlcio members of the boai-d. Only three of the seven members of the present board are not officers. The amendment was offered, Mr. •Bode explained, to allow for a continuing tenure of membership on the •board, which would make continuing plan of action possible. After consulting the articles regarding changes, Mr. Murtagh ruled that the amendment was out of order and could not be voted upon, being inconsistent with the articles in the manner of presentation. The articles provide that notice of amendments must be given ten days (before the annual meeting, or before a special meeting called for the pur-t pose. , Mr. Patterson then called attention to a requirement that membership In the association called for a dollar yearly fee which has not been collected for many years. He moved that a committee be appointed to redraft the articles of the as- soclalon and present the new draft at the next annual meeting. The motion carried and Mr. Mur- tagn appointed H. J. Bode, chairman, and Mr. (Patterson and N. A. Smith, Algona. KossutU Fair lg Leader. (Opening the meeting, Mr. Murtagh said that though the fair In 1932 was not the success it had been In past years, it had paid a higher percentage ol premiums than was paid toy ft«y Ptber county fair wltWn hte knowledge. Koeeuth paid 76 per Davern in charge, with burial in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Holtabauer was born near Vienna, Hungary, January 26, 1851, and was married to Eva Satler. Two or three years later they came to this country, settling almost immediately at Algona. After they had been here five or six years Mr. Holtzbauer suffered an accident in which he lost a hand. At that time Algona was a flax- shipping point, and Mr. Holtzbauer was employed at a mill which pressed flax for shipment. His arm was caught in the machine, and the forearm torn and crushed. Two Civil war veterans employed at the same place, tied up the arteries and veins, and then Mr. Holtzbauer walked five or six blocks from the mill, then located near the Milwaukee depot, to his home, where medical attention was given. Soon afterwards Mr. Holtzbauer became janitor at the courthouse, which position he held till advanced age forced retirement. Mr. Holtzbauer is survived by h wife and eigltt children: Matt, bor in the old country, now at Belmonc Joseph, Elizabeth, George, Mr Mary Barry,. Andrew,, and Theresa all of Algona; and "Frank, Santo Barbara, Calif. All except Frank who was too far away, were here be fore their father died. One son die in the old country. from Spirit Lake to Algona, resulted. The package was first missent to Omaha, then to Ayrshire, finally to Algona. The dinner was a typical Filipino Manila meal. The ingredients were rice, cocoanut meat, and pickled fruit. The heat was in the curry and spices which flavored it to the taste of the Filipinos. The Muhle- FORMER ST, JOE MAN WINS BRITT FIDDLERS' CONTES There was an oldtime fiddlers contest at the (Britt coliseum a weel ago Friday night, and C. E. Clark was voted first winner. Mr.'Clark who will be 70 a week from Sun day, was reared in the St. Joe neigh borhood and later farmed near Al ona, leaving 24 years ago for Britt vhere ,he has for many years been schoolhouse janitor, here are 13 children in the Clark family, and hree of them still live in Kossuth: Mrs. Ray Fitch, Irvington; Mrs. Ben Potter, Algona; Mrs. George Johnon, Burt. There are three boys at home, and the rest are scattered, hree at or near Britt, one each at Mason City, Webster City, and De- oi-ah, and a son in Massachusetts. Ir. Clark has been an expert on the iddle since boyhood. He has played n a number of contests, and this vas the first time he won over one f the other contestants. (Continued 90 pa»« 8.) Drug Store Moved. The Paine & Sorensen drug store has been moved into the quarters formerly occupied by the Weiss & Soretedt cloak shop whiel the former quarters are being redecorated. A fire in November necessitated repairs and redecoration throughout. Cowan & Son are in charge. Baby Girl Dies. Joy Loraine, six months daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orvllle Wxon, died at the farm borne early Monday morning of pneumonia. (Funeral services were held at Bancroft, an4 burJlal was made there Tuesday. The child wag born June 80, 1932. Mna. was Grant mans say they enjoyed the novel dinner, which they found really "hot." SHERIFFsflLTsToPPED BY HUMBOLDT FARMERS -Farmers stopped a Sheriff's sale at Humboldt Tuesday, and a group of 200 stopped a similar sale at Pocahontas the same day. The main objection of the farmers was the practice of loan companies in bidding at 80 per cent of the mortgage which leaves a deficiency judgment hanging over the farmer. The Humboldt case was aggravated by a second mortgage held by a bank receiver, who also held a chattel mortgage. By virtue of the latter the bank receiver refused to permit sale of-chattels to pay Interest on the real estate mortgage. L. E. Linnan, who was in court at Pocahontas on another matter, saw the gathering, and says that though no force was used it was evident that the crowd was determined to forestall a deficiency judgment and FEATURE NEW COURJJOCKET Judge Heald Opens January Term Monday. . Judge George A.. Heald, Spencer, will open the January term of court here next Monday. Fifty-nine law and equity cases .filed for previous terms have -been noticed for trial and among them .are some which will attract much attention. Four new damage suits were filed Friday, final day for filing for the January term'of court. R A, Harvey asks $800 damages from iLuther Disney, Dick Paul, and the Paul Construction Co as the result of a collision between a Paul gravel truck and a car on county highway "A," four miles east of Burt last August 8. According to the petition, Mrs. Harvey was a passenger In the J. H. Zanke car, when the truck, driven by Disney, came out from a side road and crashed into the car. She suffered injuries and assigned a claim for $500 to her husband. Mr. Zanke assigned to him a claim for $300 for damages to the car. A companion case was brought by Mr. Harvey in behalf of his 2- year-old son James, injured In the same accident. In this case damages of $1500 for permanent scars are asked of the same defendants. The Paul company maintains headquarters at Fort Dodge. Two More Collision Suits. W. W. Summy, address not given, has asked $548 from Al Rosenmey- or,-St. Benedict, as damages resulting when the Summy car ran into a Rosenineyer truck at' night at a curve on No! 18 near Wesley last October-12. Summy'e petition alleges that the truck . had been left with lights out and that he did not see it till too late to avoid a crash. The rear end of Summy's car was caved in by the truck. Lewis WJldin asks $401.55 damages from Harold Kuecker, Richard Vaughn, and the Royal 400 Oil Co., as the result of a head-on collision between a Royal truck and the Wll- dln car south of Hobarton. , The petition alleges that the truck was owned by Kuecker, but was driven by Vaughn. Both are agents of the Royal 400 concern. The plaintiff lists $390 damages to car, $8 for ruined groceries, $1.80 for radiator alcohol and oil, and 76 cents for a hovel handle broken in the.crash. Husband Seeks Divorce. . A new divorce petition was filed Friday, in which Clifford V. Schra- SENTENCED TO PEN AND JAIL TERM! Milo Rentz was sentenced to 9 days in jail Tuesday by Judge Heal at Emmetsburg on the charge bootlegging here. Rentz was caught by iMarsha Frank Green and taken before May or Specht Monday. He pleaded no guilty and was bound over to th district court on bond of $1,000 which was not furnished. The evl dence of County Attorney M, C. Me Ma-hon and Erwin Reed was taken in the preliminary hearing foefor the mayor. . Rentz was taken to Emmetsburg by Sheriff Dahlhauser Tuesday. Howard Johnson was sentenced t ten years in the penitentiary by the court the same day, but sentence was suspended and he was parolei to the state parole board. Sixty days of the Rentz sentenc was also suspended, and he will be paioled to Sheriff Dahlhauser after he has served 30 days. Johnson was charged with breaking and entering the county sheds at Titonka in September. Keckless Driver Fined. Wilfred O. Johnson was fined $10 and costs by Mayor Specht Monday on a charge of reckless driving. BUILDING & LOAN ASSN, SHOWS GAIN IN 1932 FOOTINGS Footings of the Algona Building & Loan association, annual statement given out this week show the sizeable gain of $11,000. $139,058.91 for 1932, The total is the audited yearly report shows. Loans on first mortgages show a gain from $123,700 in 1931 to $130,400 in 1932. -The. annual footings of the association have shown a remarkable increase of nearly 200 per cent in the last five years. In 1928 the footings were $56,170.63; In 1929, $81,262.36; n 1930, $106,905.18; in 1931 SI'S- '39.82. Installment stock shows an in- rease from 1931's total, which was $43,964.90, to $52,237.03 in 1932. Fully paid-up stock showed a slight loss over 1931, dropping from |63,500 to $57,125. This was caused by withdrawals, most of- which were due to the times. The reserve was increased in 1932 to $2377.90. In 1931 the reserves stood at $1636.64. Dividends on fully paid-up stock for 1932 totaled $3735.21, and dividends paid on installment stock for the year amounted to $.33159.74, the grand total of dividends being $7994.95. Dividend payments on installment stock are credited to the stockholder's account on the books. PAXSON, COUNTY MUTUAL LEADER 18 YEARS, DIES Had Been Resident of Kossuth for 56 Years. J. O. Paxson, -whose given names were Joseph Oliver, died last Thursday night at 9:30 at his home on east Call street. T<he event was not unexpected. His health began to fail 6% years ago, and there was a steady decline till -the peaceful end. Nearly a year ag-o he ceased to leave the house, but for a long time before that he had been frai!. He was.bedfast only the last two weeks. There was no mmediate cause of death. Funeral services were conducted at the home Saturday by the Rev. 5\ J. Clark, and burial with Masonic lonora was made in Rdverview. C. "3. Chubb was master of ceremonies 'or the burial rites. Mrs. T. T. ierbst, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Sylvia Gunn, sang at the funeral services. M. P. Haggard, K. D. James, udge Quarton, H. J. Bode, Jos. Harig, and J. W. Kelly served as )all bearers. Mr. Paxson was in his 77th year. He was born April 13, 1S56, in Lan-aster, Pa., and grew up there. Though not many here knew it, lie vas of Quaker extraction, and from irth he was a member of "the Wends faith. He was affiliated vith the Friends organization • at Baltimore. In his early youth Mr. Paxson am e ' west to Minneapolis. There he ecame 'acquainted with the family f the late Capt. D. D. Dodge. The 3odge family came here in 1876. Mr. WALLS OF HOME FOUND SOAKED WITH KEROSENE Deputy State Fire Marshal Holds . Inquiry. Samuel R. Starr, deputy state fir» marshal, spent Tuesday here investigating the fire which in part destroyed the interior of the Mrs. TH- ie McCall house on Diagonal street. northwest of the ice cream factory. The house had been vacant foe iome time. Sunday . night a Mr. Stevens, of Wesley, who drove by • on Diagonal, discovered that it warn on fire. It wa s then about 1 o'clock n the morning. (L. M. Walker, who.' operates an oil station across the- street, near the ice cream factory, was aroused at A. V. 'Larson's, where he rooms, and an alarm turned in from the station. Kerosene Gas Odor Strong. The firemen broke into the house and found it ablaze at several points. Most of the fire was, however, confined to the .interior of walls. There was a strong odor o£ had ar« axson followed, and on July 876, he was married to Helen der, Burt, asks a decree from Maude j Inspector's reports shows. the as- Schrader, charging, desertion a year ago. A petition has been filed by Mr. nd Mrs. Adam Heiderscheidt, St. roe, for the adoption of their granddaughter, Marcella Anna Agnes, vhoee parents are both dead. She is to force bidding the face mortgage. of the BANCROFT FARMER BURNED WHEN GAS FUMES EXPLODE Bancroft, Jan. 17 — The Register here reports an accident which is a new warning against approaching ;asollne at night with a light of fire. J. P. Mousel, well known farmer lere, kept in his granary a ban-el of ;asoline. Last week Monday he filled his car 'and dropped the barrel lose Into a bin to drain. That night Mrs. Mousel told him the hose was eaklng, and he went to investigate vith a lantern. The result was an xplosion, which, however, did not xtend to the barrel. There was a ot fire, and Mr. Mousel lost his yelashes, eyebrows, and mustache, jesldes suffering tourns. The Ban- roft firemen put the blaze out, and o other buildings were damaged. School Draws Crowd. More than 120 women attended the Wgona Flour & Feed's Better Bak- ng school yesterday afternoon. Weather conditions held many at ome. Twp cars were kept busy, ringing women to the school. The chool continues this afternoon at 2, nd this Is the last day. six years old. Her mother died at Chicago only a few weeks ago. Two Justice Court Appeals. Two cases appealed from Justice P. A. Danson's court present an involved question. Jennie Riley brought suit against Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Funk '• for house rent, and .the Funk personal property was attached. The Funks defended on the ground that the rent money had been garnished by Charles SRamus, and they secured a dollar judgment against Miss Riley as damages for wrongful attachment. The second case is the suit brought by Mr. Ramus against Miss Riley in which $26.75 rent money owed her by the Funks was garnished. -»- Dan Long Jr. Fined. Dan 'I«ons Jr. was taken before usttce H. B. WWte Tuesday on the jarge of assault and battery on ugene ILong while the former was BOOTLEGGERS CAPTURED BY MARSHAL AT ARMSTRONG Searching recently for a stolen car, Marshal Jack Frost, Armstrong, came upon a car parked alongside No. 1 containing eight gallons of alcohol. A young woman had been sitting in it, but when she saw the marshal she jumped out and ran off. He recognized her as Mrs. Otis Haukos, and later she was arrested and taken before Judge Davidson at Estheryllle. On a plea of guilty to a booze charge she was sentenced to three months in the woman's reformatory and was fined $300. Sentence and fine were suspended,, and she was paroled to Mayor George Vandenburg, Armstrong. She has two children, and her husband Is in Minnesota. sooiatlon in excellent condition. 'Inspectors who have investigated have expressed amazement at the large amount of security backing loans. An item that always causes favorable comment is the fact that in all but three cases the loans have been made to home-owners who occupy the mortgaged property. Such loans are considered the highest type of mortgage security. The list of officers and directors appeans in the published statement. WEEK OF VARIED WEATHER FOLLOWED BY SLEET STORM The weather has been near normal most of the last week, with temperatures hovering above or below freezing in daytime and not falling as low as zero at night. Last Thursday a half inch of snow fell, but it lasted only a day or two. Sunday the temperature rose to the high of the year, 49 degrees. Yesterday the sidewalks were covered with sleet. The temperature record follows: The marriage took place in Igona. The couple celebrated their olden wedding in 1926. Sir. and Mrs. Paxson began farm- ig immediately in Rlverdale town- hip. At death Mr. Paxson still vned the home quarter section on o. 169 south of Algona. The tenants are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fitch. On March 1, 1903, Mr. and Mrs. Paxson retired to Algona. Three years later Mr. Paxson began work as assistant to the late Edw. Blackford, County Mutual secretary. In 1914 he succeeded Mr. Blackford. He served 18 years, or till his son D. D. was elected last week. Of late years the son had been his father's assistant. Mrs. Paxson survives, and beside D. D. there are two children: E wood F., an insurance man at Delta Colo., and Mrs. F.,B. Shaffer, Maso City. There are seven grandchil dren. The Shaffers came for th funeral. Few, if any, Kossuth county me ever had a wider acquaintance tha Mr. Paxson, and none was mor popular. The regularity of tils re election as County Mutual secretarj testified to the confidence farmers reposed Jn him, Mr, Paxson was a Master Mason and an Odd Fellow. Prior to th loss of his health he was a membe of the Kiwanis club. kerosene gas, and It drove firemen out of the upper floor. The blaze was extinguished with some difficulty, for no sooner than the firemen had put it out In on« place it broke out in another. The odor of the kerosene-was so* strong and the evidence that -otl been used in other ways than -.«-. legitimate that the state fire marshal's office was notified, after further investigation (Monday morningi- The .interior had apparently toeea soaked in kerosene. Wall paper along baseboards was still wet with it Monday morning, and the ceiling, showed large patches of oil-soaked, wper. Holes had apparently been. I poked in the walls of two closetaj and oil had been.poured Into them. All window shades were found down when the firemen arrived. Only Interior Walls are Ofled. : " The oil had been used only on interior walls, apparently Jn an effort to confine the fire to them and hov« them destroyed or flaming foefor* the outside walls were attacHed and the fire broke to the outside,' where it would be seen. Behind a home- built stove in the kitchen was * of kerosene The house was so tightly shut un that no draft developed, which probably held back the fire. The interior walls were ibadly burned, but .little damage was done to the weather walls or to the roof, through which. the fire broke in only a couple at January 10 4g January 11 37 January 12 36 COUNTY PAYS $1382 FOR ANIMALS KILLED BY DOG! Annual claims for loss of animals killed by dogs were paid last month by the county auditor, and the list appears in board proceedings published this week. There were 61 claims for a total of $1786.51 Two were not allowed. The rest' were cut to meet the income from dog license fees in the domestic anlma fund, and the total paid out January 12 28 11 > «7o~,' Q , „"'", ""• ttl JJam oul wa « January 13 26 6 ' wT ™ ? * lars£6t Check went to January 14 ""AS l W .' J : F uoss ' Whittemore, who re- January January 15 ( 49 January 16 January 17 -39 27 19 , - ceived $116, and second high check went to Frank Sanftner, of Swea City, for $102. Sheep, as usual, were the b£teis of claims in most cases drunk fl»M«» a suspended ®witen<* of 39 days Three Licenses Issued. Two marriage licenses were issued by District Court Clerk B. J. Mc- Bvoy last week: Rudolph Tietz, Clara Lelninger, Lotts Creek;' Ben Hays, Sylvia Abbas, tooth of Lakota.. An application was filed last week Wednesday by Nick Hutoerty and Malinda Thilges, both of Bode, and the license was Issued Tuesday. i i » Lamed in Fall. Mrs. R. H, Spencer fell down her week Monday aer « p a few day?, , cosfc «j UM, He paid the costs, now about t fcou» » cmt. to State Park is Visited by 70,000 Last Year Custodian Paul Wille reports that more than 68,000 people visited the Ambrose A. Call state park in the first ten months of 1932. This estimate was made November l, and since then enough have visited the park to increase the total to 70,000 more or less. In the warm spell two weeks ago a picnic was held at the park, with a half dozen in the group. Such groups are not Infrequent in mild winter weather. In past seasons there have been afternoon or evening parties at the shelter house. Mr. Wille is again clearing out dead trees, also others, the removal of wnich ,do not affect the plan, ot the state park board to leave parks In tneir natural condition. The wood is cut for th e f ; in the shelter house and the camp stoves scattered a,bout the park. Mr. WiUe has been feeding pheas- habit the park. Corn on the cob is stuck on twigs a foot from the ground for partridges and pheasants, and for the quail wheat is spread on the ground. Quail do not travel from place to Place as other birds do. Mr. Wille is proud of the feathered friend* he has made. The natural shelter in the park offers an excellent home for wild birds. At different tlmea Mr. Wille has counted as many as 50 pheasants in the park, with as many as 20 cocks in the flock. Hunting of these- and other birds te of co.urse unlawful in the park grounds whether there Is an open season etee.wh.ere or Rot. Some of the wood cut on the park this winter has been, cut on. shares, osly The fir e apparently started In ». small closet opening off the kltohea. This is approximately in the center of the house, under a stairway to the second floor. The rooms abut on. the walls of this closet, and If a draft had been created after tb» flames had broken through the root the house would have been totally- destroyed. Mr. Starr, who was called by Fit* Chief Oscar Anderson after it warn suspected that the fire had been set spent all day Tuesday here, but had to leave yesterday to investigate & fire at Emmetsburg. He said Tuesday night that several clues haa been developed. No arrests had .been made up to yesterday noon. Deputy Fire Marshal Comes. Mr. Starr and County Attorney M. C. McMahon questioned a t length: Monie Sohultz and Mrs May Hubbard, the latter a sister of Mrs. McCall. who had been at the hou»» Sunday evening. Mr. Schultz, who* Js a former railroad engineer, ha» been making his home with the sla- ters, driving their car, and doing odd jobs. Mrs. McCall's health has not good, and Mrs. Hutobard, ,,. w is hard of hearing, has heart trouble. . Both testified that they had gon* to the house Sunday evening at 7:30- and had worked around the placa till 8:45. They then came up town. and later went to the Kossuth hoa- pital to see Mi-s. McCall, who suf- "ered a nervous breakdown last s-eek Wednesday. House Cleaned last Week. They returned to their quarters at he J. E. Moulds home at 11 p. in., ind did not know of the fire till tlj» 'ollowlng morning. They said th« louse was apparently as usual when hey left it, and that no kerosen* ft'as in evidence at that time. Bottn' denied that they had either spread. terosene or set the fire. The two women and Mr. Schulta aad planned to move -Into the house ast week-end, but the Illness 9< Mrs. McCall interfered. They e$- iected, however, to move in thip veek. Much time had been spent last week at cleaning wjndows and. •oodwork. ' The hpuse was insured for $180Q. Jamage is estimated at $500 to f 80,0. Mrs. MoGall owns three other house* n Algona. ^^ CLOSING OUT FARM SALE TO BE HELP NEXT WEE* Henry Yen Steenberge, 'midway etween B»rt and Bancroft, ' t«-s

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