Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 3, 1938 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 3, 1938
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mucH tempera- of tho mitt &*ff,gL^ ' !. ALGONA, IOWA. THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 3, 1938 10 Pages 80 Column Number 24 INION SLOUGH PROJECT STARTED Plum Creek Youth '3? Champ Holstcin 4-H Boy , Wis., Mar.'.lMfhe Hol- siatl Association of Anias selected > Winifred Wicki, Melbourne, In ' Marshall *•, as Iowa, state champion •Jtblateln club, girl,for 1937, JTloyd Bode, 'Algona, Kossuth * I, as state . champion 4-11 In 'clUb boy for 1937. 'Stlg Bode enrolled in 4-H rork in "1927 and has been 61) ever aince. He,has attended every meeting of the local club since 1932, and was secretary one year, vice-president two years, and president three years. He Is secretary-treasurer of the Kossuth No. 1 cow-testing, association and been assistant 4-H club leader three years. Hiis parents are Mr. and Mrs. H, J. Bode, Plum Creek township farmers in Kossuth, In the last ten years the young man has made 28 exhihits at ihe county, district, and state fairs, winning 13 firsts, four seconds, three thirds. He has taken part in two dairy demonstrations, both winning first in the county, one winning second at Waterloo. He has had part in 38 dairy judging contests, and has been- champion four consecutive years at the Kossuth fair in the showmanship contest. The youth has been Kossuth champion club boy three years, and he now owns 11 head of Hoi- stein cattle. By winning state honors Miss Wickershcm and young Bode are eligible for national championship honors. The Hol'stein-Frieslan association will select a national champion 4-H Holstein club girl and boy from the list of state champions for 1937. en Invited to Attend ., / Annual Meeting of C, of C. on ur jaj rewi or, (PAIGNTO EL TICKETS UNDERWAY SPEAKER 's Chorus to Sing a Feature of J s " » j, * ^ Program: lomlnating committee of the ar of Commerce f yesterday 12 Algonlana as 'candidates j four" directors of the yi to be"elected~Tat the an- leeting at- the yilgh school y. The .nominees ' include ,iring ; directors,- ''-President oom, Vlce*^ President W. V. T. H. Chrlschilles.andWm. jle. 'Other, nominees are T. chison, W- J /A'.> iforenz, E. Iby, Ralph'l Meldtke, L. C. I Leo 1 SpillesVjVDon White ticket selling "committee, by Joel f Herbst, started ) he first of •, the week, < and msinessman in Algona will cited. The board of direct- ently decided to permit the jf members to attend the meeting, and accord- 1 Ickets are t being sold with mind. The 1 tickets are on- •ents, and it is hoped that ilty crowd will ( attend principal 'speaker will be t 1 Wright) •• of lOmaha, often It to asi'<Tne, l j'WIll Rogers aska," a former banker, at- rancher 'and^rmer. Mr. s address, ^according to Al( who heard .him in a talk ; Dodpej'recently, Is pack> humor, ;c'pmmon sense, and [to Vomen'ras/well as men. first I public, appearance of i'a: chorus 'recently organlz- jie Junior Qhamper of Cora- ylir be 1 held when a group Ser'-will^be given by the 20 'B; ; of the singing group. ojrufl, is under the direction t. Rasmussen, The banquet wseirved >by ,the, Methodist jent''Joe ! y Bloom will pre- [dj the, ?• jt9T,SRj B. Burgess on. The biin- the high which the -,--, , v - r , ~,- to tne «at De,owMe"*fof * the poor _ » «__ i«_ _ t __ JI? t i-* _ Bit of Fall Dirt Yields a Crop of 40 Grasshoppers! In case you never saw baby grasshoppers, call at Button & Lcffert's Algona Flour & Feed building. When it came time last fall to dig up outdoor animals to avoid free/- ing, W. A. Dutton took a couple plants to the firm's building, where they have flourished all winter. Recently some "bugs" wore noticed on the plants, and on examination it was found that they were little bluck hoppers. Forty or more were counted, and it was evident they had been hatched in the bit of earth taken up with the plants. 'TVHIS IS'OTljLEN WRIGHT,~of •*• Omaha, who is to give the principal talk at the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce next week Tuesday. ium. will Rebe eretary lOW Issued |ijtie held here --"- completed .ce, and a •pwers who entries for show. was secur- So- ijtjjjnth annual *• echool gym- W^Y.. JTgaateatJons ;SftW? nsorlng * ne the and Commerce, The 'pages, and juwlll be dis- ns In Iowa rvisor annpunc- super- •Unlon-Plum some cellent rec- no c oth- sup- McDonald, far the £be was 'at the Injured her ' STATEMENT OF THEOLDHANNA BANKROLLED Copy of a Statement in Wartime Found Among Files. G. S. Buchanan, Algona, for the last few years receiver of the private Bank of Lu Verne, had often heard of the unique yearly statements of the bank's condition which the late Geo. W. Hanna owner, published once a year, but had never seen one till the other day, when he came across a copy as he was sorting some old files. The statements, also Mr. Hanna's somewhat remarkable career, are unknown to that has grown the up generation since the World war, but there are still left many oldtimers who well remember both. In the preceding generation Mr. Hanna was the recognized financial and political "boss" of southeast Kossuth. He was also for many years rated the richest man In the county. . Once Owned 6,000 Acres. Mr. Hanna settled at Lu Verne when the community was new. He had great faith in land, cattle, and hogs, and he gradually acquired real estate till he ownecL more than 6,000 acres in the vicinity of Lu Verne. Much of the cropping he oversaw himself, and to one property, still known as the Hanna Ranch, he gave sonal attention. continuous Here and per- elsewhere he reared, or fed great numbers of cattle and hogs. And it was an event whenever he shipped a tralnload of cattle to, market. A man of forceful character, Mr. Hanna from the first dominated' the town and countryside. He grew deaf, but it never interfered with his activities. For many years his bank had no competition. In political affairs he ruled Lu Veine town and township, many times also the neighboring townships. Like George E, Boyle, The late Geo. E, Boyle was in many respects a like character at Whittemore. Mr. Hanna and Mr. Boyle usually beaded their respective delegations to republican county convention in the courtroom, and the jury seats were conr sidered their territory for seating. The two white-haired politico^ usually worked together and often dominated the conventions. Their part in Koasuth business and politics is historical. Mr. Hanna'g bank statements were always personal; that Is, they were personal statements rather than the customary bank statements, in them he listed. all tys property, began with his land holdings, and it was his boast that he always listed the land at what he paid for it, with cost of improvements, even though the' market value might have increased many times. — -Mexican' Orange Eanch;" " One of the "assets" which Mr. Hanna acquired in his later years, and which cynical friends joked him about, was a Mexican orange ranch. The statements always wound up with pithy personal observation by Mr. Hanna whic'h were read with relish by his contemporaries. The statement Mr. Buchanan found is typical, and it occupied 3 columns by 12 Inches of space when published in 'the Lu Verne News. For the information of the new generation in the county it is reproduced here in column width: Statement of the condition of the BANK OF LU VERNE, May First, 1916, at the close of the thirty-first year of business. ASSETS Real Estate, consisting of 6114 acres of well Improved land in Kossuth and Humboldt counties $378,451.49 Town property in Lu Verne 23,500.00 Orange Grove—A one-fourth interest in an Orange Grove in Mexico, consisting of 1630 acres of land, 16,000 orange bearing trees, and 6 days, 4 hours and 48 minutes of the water of the Purification River 10,000.00 Overdrafts 696.09 Bills Receivable 78,250.94 Cash 102,744.05 Total __$593,642.57 LIABILITIES Capital and Surplus ___$172,743.20 Bills Payable, mortgages for purchase of real estate .80,000.00 Ranch Live Stock, consisting of 482 two-year-old Steers, 80 Horses; hundreds of hogs, and equipment for. head-quarters, as profits 1 -15,490.54 Sight Deposits $75,360.13 Time Deposits 250,048.70 Total Deposits _ 325,408.83 Total ' $593,642.57 It has been 1 our custom, at least once a year, to submit to ou r customers a statement of the condition of the old private Bank of Lu Verne. This is the end of thirty- one years of business of that institution and we think that we show a substantial growth. We have on hand land and cattle enough to make us safe and since Booster Mullln, boss of the Hanna Ranch, shipped the 17 cars of hogs and cattle from the jHanna Ranch recently, we have a right smart o£ money, the cash on hand being $102,744.05. The Hanna Ranch shows itself to be out of the hole and with $15,490.54 to the good and we §tUl have on hand 482 two- year-old steers, 80 head of horses, and several hundred hogs. It ia great to have land to mortgage and hogs and cattle to sell when you get hard up. Mexican property sounds like a Joke now. Ipwa land at $5.00 per acre was a joke not many years ago. I had my hat lifted on the street in Algona about 25 years ago for the purpose of the examination of the size of my head because I bought six quarters of Agricultural College Land for $5.00 per acre- Tha lifter was a good judge of values and called me the "ducfc maa'« for buying. The Joke was upoa »e when-1 sold, for a trifle in advance oj fS.QO per acre. LEGIONNAIRES OF HAGG POST BEAM TALKS Livestock & Turkeys, Hatcheries & Bees are Topics. Five men headlined the speaking program at a local Legion meeting Tuesday evening. All of them were introduced by County Agent A. L. Brown. C. R. Bailey spoke on the care of livestock, emphasizing sheep and lambs; Glen Jenkinson outlined his experiences as a turkey raiser; Harold Hamilton, of the Hamilton Hatcheries, near Bancroft, reviewed his twenty years in the business and invited the LegionnalresTo visit' his plarit;anc Elmer Peterson, Corwith, and the Rev. L. G. Gartner, Titonka spoke on their hobbies, which have become real vocations—the care of bees. Discussions on Bees. Mr. Peterson related the history of bees, explaining their practices and peculiarities, and Mr. Gartner spoke on the economic value of bee-keeping, emphasizing that it is a business far different from what most people suppose, inasmuch as there is considerable expense to starting and maintaining bee colonies, questions were asked. Many At a business session the p^sfe heard the report of the recem charity hall, made by Commander L. C. Nugent, who said that the tentative plan now Is to appoint a member from each of the five sponsoring organizations as a central committee tq administer the profits. He appointed Milton Norton to represent the post. Talk on Conservation. L. M. Merritt, former county commander, spoke'briefly on the 25-year conservation plan whcih has been approved by the county league. Commander Nugent ap pointed H. M. Smith and M. H Falkenhainer as a Legion commit tee to cooperate. ' G. D. Brundage, recently electee vice-president of the county Safety Council, spoke briefly on safe- OFFICERS ARE CONCERNED BY YOUTIUNTICS Attack Attempt and 15 - Year - Old in Jail Latest. Kossuth and Algona officers are wondering whether it'will be necessary to set a few examples for the younger generation. Yesterday an east Kossuth girl, only 15 years old, was picked up at Mason City in company with a young Minnesota fellow, not a great deal older, and the pair were intoxicated. They had left home Tuesday night to attend a show, so the parents were told. An officer had to go to Mason City to straigthen out the matter. Saturday nigh an Algeria girl who lives in the south part of! town was accosted near the Swift prodttce' plant by a young man who attempted to drag her into his truck. She screamed, and held on to an electric light pole and fought him off. When she yelled he got back in the truck, but trailed her for three blocks, stopping the girl at every cross-road, and preventing her crossing the street as long as possible by backing and starting the truck to block her passage. In the meantime he kept up his invitations to take a ride. The girl finally got home. Police' are now making a thorough investigation of the matter, and a prosecution may be he result. Cases Are Frequent. Ever since last summer officers have had almost a case a week In which a young girl or some youngster has run away from home, or stayed out all night alarming the parents. Most of those .involved are so young that officers are surprised that their parents would permit them to remain out till late hours without some restrictions. " (Some weeks ago Algona officers became disgusted with "goings on" in Algona in early Sunday morning hours following dances, and a drive was made which ended the trouble for the time being. The officials recognise that "fun is fun" and have no objection to the normal lives of youngsters who are just beginnig to get out. However they do demand that the youngsters observe the common ordinary decencies and keep away from beer and hard liquor. What About the Parents'? On several occastions night police have had to round up youngsters at an early hour and send them home to worried parents who should not have permitted the children to be out. The officers are seriously considering prosecuting under sections of the criminal law to furnish an example. Unless conditions Improve within the next few weeks this may be done.. Masonic School of Instruction Draws Many for Sessions A Masonic school of instruction was held at the Masonic Temple this week Tuesday and Wednesday and is still in session today. Only five such schools in'the state are being conducted this year. There was an ty matters and urged members of | of 65 Tuesday; more the post, reviewed annual commanders' the post o join. Oliver S. Reiley, adjutant of briefly an and adjutants' meeting at Des Moines February 20-21. Commander Nugent thanked Legionnaires njid others who have appeared on the post's series of farm programs In the last four months for excellent presentation of their subjects. Some 40 Legionnaires and five guests attended this meeting, which was followed by lunch. "Dick" Speaker at Charles City Meet Ex-Senator and Mrs. L. J. Dickinson returned Friday frpm Des_Moines, where they had attended a Washington birthday dinner Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Mr. Dickinson has opened senatorial campaign headquarters in the Fleming build- Ing, Des Moines. Last night (Wednesday) Mr. Dickinson spoke before the Men's Forum of the Congregational church at Charles City on The Trends of Economic Affairs. attendance than 100 'Recession* in J. P. Courts. The business 'recession* seems have got ,a firm foothold in the local justice courts. Not even, a mouse was stirring in either the Danson or the Welter courts, few minor civil cases. •*> Grocery Store Spruces Up, The interior of the Long grocery store was redecorated last week by Fred Peterson, The -walls were painted a light gray, and new shelves, etc., were built. Joins College Sorority, University of Dubuoue, Pubuque, Mar. 2— Pern Lewis, been initiated into the Lamba Tau Wednesday. Grand Master Harry A. Palmer, Cedar Rapids, came Wednesday to confer a third d. gree at the evening meeting. Meetings were held from 9 a. m. ,to 10 p. m., with intermissions for meals. Twenty attended a secretaries' conference Wednesday. D. D. Monlux is master of the local Prudence Lolge; D. L. Leffert, is secretary. Old People's Home Pleases Oldtimer August Studer, widely known oldtimer on a rural mail route out of Rolfe, has spent the winter in an old people's home at Dubuque, but now wants his Advance sent to the old address. He writes: "This has been the pleasantest winter I have ever had in my 90 years. I have not had a shoe wet all winter. It Is the place for elderly people: a warm room to go to bed and get up in, plenty of eats, mass In a warm room at 6 a. m., etc." As Flames Devoured W. T. Ohm Home at Fenton on Feb. 21st Plans World's Fair Exhibit Father Dobberstein, West Bend, has returned from New York City, where he consulted authorities of a world's fair which is to be held there in 1939. He may have an exhibit, presumably in the interest of his famous grotto. -*Kossuth Seems Healthy, The state morbidity report for the week ending February 19 showed only a case of brucellosis and two cases of scarlet fever in this county. ('Morbidity: sickness; brucellosis: undulant fever.) '*• Flans Hove to Algona. A. F. Schmidt, two miles south and .a mile west of West Bend, bad a farm auction Monday. He ia quitting the farm and moving to HPHIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN -with a Fenton Reporter X camera •• — .""...i-.*. irllll c* O-'clltUll JLXC|JUI LV'I UtlUJUlil last week Monday morning after the 6 a. m. blaze had obtained a good start. The house was not new but had recently been modernized. The blaze started while Mr. Ohm was building a fire in a basement laundry stove and a can of kerosene was upset. His bathrobe caught fire and he ran outdoors. When he returned the. house was doomed, and he called his family, also two teachers rooming in the house. Few contents were saved, but on learning that Mr. Ohm's wallet containing $50 was still in the building George Boettcher dashed in and rescued it. The Fenton-Whittemore firemen had the fire under control by 11 o'clock, but only sidewalls and a floor or two remained. • A/gona Wins, First Round Algona won, 32-25, and will meet Hampton in tlie second round Friday, 7:10 p. m. The high school basketball team, took part in the first round of a district basketball tournamen at Mason City last night, playing Britt in the first round at 7 o'clock. Other towns to play last night were Ellsworth vs. Hampton in Class A, and Barnum vs. Fertile and Goldfie\d vs. Hansel, in Class B. Games on the schedule 'tonight will be Humboldt vs. Mason City and Swea City vs. Webster City in Class A, and Klemme vs. Rake and Stratford vs. Union in Class B. Friday evening will see the semi-finals, and the finals will be played Saturday night at 8 and 9 o'clock. The winners Saturday night will go to the state championship tournament at Des Moines next week. A large number of Algonians watched the game last evening. Algona will meet Hampton Friday. Algpna is handicapped in the tournament, with Willasson out as a result of mumps. Miller has a chipped bone in one arm. ANNUAL COUNTY SPELLING TEST COMING MONDAY Grade School Pupils Throughout County to Compete. An annual county spelling contest will be held here next Monday In the courtroom, beginning at 2 p. m. Both written and oral tests will be given. Dr. Roy W. Eaton, Omaha, will be pronouncing-master, as he has been for the last five or six years. The best speller In each town, parochial, consolidated, and rural school in the county will participate, making a total of around 50 spellers. Winners in the oral and written tests will spell against each other to determine the champion, who will take part in a state contests a Des Moines early in April. The runner-up will be alternate. Teachers and parents are invited to attend the county contest. -- « — Dealers to Join in Four Bowling Ties Reduced to Two in the Bowler League Four teams — Skelly, Titonka, fflrvington,, and Courthouse—were tied for first place in the local bowling league at the end of last week's game. However, on Monday night Skelly again took the lead, winning two from Phillips, and on Tuesday night Wesley won two games from Titonka, Irvington and the Courthouse were to play off their tie last night. Tonight Flowers and 'Lu Verne play, and tomorrow night the Jr. Chamber plays Burt. Standings as of yesterday follow: Skelly 37 Titonka ' 36 Irvington ._ 35. Courthouse 35 Phillips 31 Wesley 31 Flowers 25 Burt 24 Lu Verne 20 Jr. C. C. 18 New Grocery Firm Plans Remodeling: of Ex-Akre Store Alphonse Lensing, Bancroft, who, with L. J. Nelson, has purchased the Akre grocery, moved here Monday, and the family is living a block east of the Trinity Mr. Nelson store. The MILE OF ROAD TO BE BANKED BY WPA LABOR To Repair Grade to Prepare Way for Creek Dam. Des Moines, Mar. 2— Improvement of the .sub-grade on a stretch of secondary road in Portland township, Kossuth county, will be done immediately with a crew of WPA laborers, according to a Works Progress administration: announcement. In Union Slough Area. This is the mile of road between sections 4 and 9 at the base of the Union Slough federal game refuge area, and is the first work that is being done on the project. It Is expected that in a few weeks a. dam will be constructed just north of this road to stop the water flow on Buffalo creek till the slough, area reaches the required water depth. Authorization to open the project was received at Mason City last week by H. N. Severs, area WPA engineer, from George J. Keller state WPA administrator. To Employ 25 Men. The work, consisting of the placing of riprap to protect the road sub-grade from wave action and muskrat burrowing will call for the employment of 25 men, all [drawn from the Kossuth relief rolls. The grade to be improved is built across an old slough, now entirely dry. However, the U. S. Biological Survey has secured easements on all adjoining land and intends to dam a creek and flood the slough to make a wildlife refuge. Muskrat to Be Foiled. Once this is accomplished, muskrats would move in and proceed to make homes within the grade above high-water mark, then undermine the grade, unless some means of protection were provided. A maximum of $1630 can be spent by the WPA for relief labor on this project, while the county will spend approximately $2,900 for non-relief labor and materials. Drought Still on; Rainfall for Two Mos. Under Normal Only a Mttle more than an inch and a half of rainfall has been recorded in two months, whereas normal average Is 2.28. During January there was only .76 inch, but normal Is 1.07; and during February the total was .81, while normal is 1.21. Normal average for March Is 1.77; April, 2.96; May, high month of the year, 4.58. Temperatures in the last week have shown the advance of spring, with six consecutive days of thawing climaxed by a high of 51 degrees Tuesday. The record for the week follows: February 23 29 18 February 24 27 12 February 25 37 9 February 27 38 32 o 7 February 26 42 31 February 28 35 2« March 1 51 27 23 24 22 22 29 29 33 Lutheran church. Mr. Lensing and plan to remodel the f* • plan to remodel the store. The Campaign, east wall will be moved back ten As part of a national campaign to stimulate business and end the recession next week has been designated as national used car week by motor manufacturers to clear away the surplus stock of used cars which has dammed the new car market and halted sales. Algona dealers are planning cooperation in the movement, and next week's papers will carry special announcements of interest to everyone. It will he a good period in which to trade in an older car for a newer one. Along with the drive to clear away ''surplus used cars is also a campaign to remove out-dated and dangerous cars from the highways. Dealers who take in old Model T or other makes of cars which are beyond the safety-use period will junk them. , feet, -new fixtures will be added, and repainting will be done. As soon the work is finished, a formal "opening" will be held. John Merrill, who operates a store at Bancroft, was here Monday to assist with inventory. Mr. Akre, who has been in the grocery business many years, will retire. "I plan on staying in Algona, but I may go on a fishing trip when it gets a little warmer," he told a reporter. Burt Oldtimer Recovering. 0. P. McDonald, veteran Burt lumberman, is again at his office part of the time, after a spell of heart weakness since early December. Before Chrismas he spent two weeks, more or less, at the Kossuth hospital, mainly for rest. ! * Wed for 80 Years. Druggist and Mrs. S. L. Denton, Titonka, were wanted 30 years a week ago Saturday. They have been at Tttonk a ?5% years. . w . New Lumber Yard Started by Miller George Miller is this week announcing the opening of his new lumber yard across the Northwestern tracks under the name of the Miller Lumber Co. He will continue his contracting and building busines under the seper- ate firm name under which he has been operating for nine years. The new lumberyard .will handle all lumber, mlllwork, brick, tile, fencing, posts, flooring, hardware, insulation and other building necessities. Mr. Miller has put up two new building recently, 30x88 and the other 24x88, in which he houses the new business, together with office facilities. Group Attends AAA Conference Monday Kossuth men attending an A. A. A. meeting at Ames Monday were Garret Welhausen, Robert Loss, William Frimml, County Agent A. L. Brown, and Clarence Janvrin, secretary of the county corn-hog set-up. Claude R. Wickard, north central regional chief, spoke on the new farm bill. The same group is attending another A.'A. A. meeting at Garner today. Ante Accident Statistics, A statehouse summary of 1937 motor vehicle accidents in Iowa was issued last week r Thursday, and it reported six fatalities in Kossuth and 149 other accidents. One hundred seven persons were injured. In the state at large 571 persons were killed and 10,1P8 Sealed Corn Over Half JMiHion Bus. It was reported from Des Moines week. Thursday that 22,313.- bushels of corn had been sealed for federal loans in Iowa. The figure for Kossuth was 548,938 bushels. This was more by some 17,000 bushels than the total far Emmet and Palo Alto counties, which together have the sajne area, but , it was far under the total for Dickinson and Clay conn- ties, which also have the same area. Clay alone sealed 578,698 bushels, and Dickinson sealed 218,236, a total of 826,934 bushels. ' Betali, CCC Ctnup, A recent Washington dispatch. said that Congressman Gilchrist was urging the Civilian Conservation Corps to continue the raejft- matlon camp at Bancroft for wor on the Union

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