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HISTORICAL DEW. Awarded Highest Honors as "Iowa's Best Weekly Neiuspaper By State University of Iowa, 1933 OFFICIAL £-* <*w Jam ootMTf PAPER t * &lgotra Upper Jltome* Established 1865 WEATHER Stortn arc*x In Iow»: rontbrnrd fair In ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15. 19IM Ten Pages. VOL. 32.—NO. 7 Officers Work on New Clues In Robinson Robbery Case 3 IN JAIL HERE DENY CONNECTION WITHM AFFAIR All Have Criminal Records; Found Drunk in a Parked Auto RUBBER GLOVES KILL FINGER PRINTS b. C. Robinson Suffers Heart "Attack Sunday, But is I Reported Improving While three suspects were cooling their heels in the Kossuth county jail, «n sentences of 15 days each, local and Mate officers were attempting to gain more Information and obtain new clues which might lead to a solution of the mysterious attack, torture and robbery of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Robinson at their farm home, two miles east of Algona, last Thursday evening. In the meantime, Mr. Robinson, who at first appeared to have gone through the ordeal without any harm, suffered a severe heart attack Sunday at his home, and was very ill for several days, but fortunately was reported as much bet. ter yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are staying at the home of their son, L. H. Robinson, who lives just south of his parental home. Mr. Robinson was called to the door of his home about 8:30 p. m. He Is 78 years old, but spry and active. A stranger asked him for road directions to LuVerne, and in Men 11 y manner Mr. Robinson began to tell him how to get there. Whereupon the map pulled two guns, thrust them into Mr. Robinson's face, and told him to get in the house, as a robbery was in pro«**»•• Moond roan followed the first into house, while the Robinsons could hear, * third walking back and forth on the porch, evidently keeping a lookout. Tile men bound both of the aged folks, showing no mercy for Mrs. Robinson, who is 71. nor her hucband. They then demanded to know where the money was kept. A legacy to Mrs. Robinson from a Kansas estate, was evidently the money they sought. Mrs. Robinson told them she had only $6 in the house, and after some time the bandits allowed her to take them upstairs where she showed them papers and receipts to show where she had spent the money. But before they would take this evidence as a fact, they proceeded to rip •pen the sofa, cut the backs out of chairs, scatter stuffing from pillows ab- «ut the house, tear the beds apart and ertn removed the baseboard from the piano in an effort to find the money. They put a poker in the stove, and proceeded to heat it to a white-hot pitch, then thrusting it before Mr. Robinson's face, told him they would put •at his eyes if he did not tell them where the money was. Robinson, stout «f heart, told them they could put out his eyes, but he could not tell them where the money was, because there wasn't any. Took Watch, flashlight They finally left, about 10:10 p. m. taking $6, a watch and a flashlight. Robinson had worked his hands loose irom their bonds, without the bandits knowing it .and as soon as they left the house, he untied his feet, removed •he gags from his own and his wife's mouth, and untied her. Then the couple walked to their son's home, from where Sheriff Carl Dahlhauser was telephoned. The phone line at the home «f the elder Robinsons had been cut, so they could not phone from there. Receiving word of the outrage, the Kossuth sheriff and his deputy, Casey Loss, went to the Robinson home, learned the details,, returned to town, and notified local officers. Marshal (Continued on Back Page.) Gov. Herring Will Speak Here Feb. 20 Governor Clyde L. Herring has pro- mtoed to be present and will be the principal speaker at the Roosevelt dinner which is being put on by the Kossuth County Roosevelt club Tuesday evening, February 20, at six-thirty, to be held at the high school auditorium and to be served by the ladies of the Methodist church. Other speakers will be State Treasurer Leo Wegman, formerly of Kossuth county, and Mrs. Alex Miller, Secretary of State. Others who will be present will be State Comptroller C. B. Murtagh, Judge D. F, Coyle, •f Humboldt, Mrs. Mary Kelleher cf Fort Dodge and W. J. Branagan of Ticket sales for the banquet have progressed very satisfactorily under the group of committees appointed from each township as named last week. No tickets will be sold afUx Saturday morning, February 17, an the ladies serving thfi banquet must loave definite information at that timi; as to the number of plates to be prepared. Cars Collide B. T. Agard and L. F. Jenkinson had a collision, Tuesday, while driving their numhineq here. One thought the other was going to turn in a different direction, but they both turned in the same direction. Neither was hurt, although the cars were damaged a little. OBJECTS OF BANDIT TORTURE —Cut Courtesy Des Moines Register Pictured above are Mr. and Mrs. c. C. Robinson, whose home was invaded by armed fiends, who sought their money, last Thursday even- Ing. —Cut Courtesy Des Moines Register This Is the C. C. Robinson home, east of Algona, where Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have lived 30 years. CRESCO TOWNSHIP FIRST TO HAND IN CORN-HOG SIGNUP Springfield and Sherman Next in Order; 253 in to Date THREE TABULATORS READY FOR WORK "Contracts '• Checked Here, Then to Des Moines and on to Washington Three townships had reported to the local corn-hog office, Tuesday afternoon, marking another step in the plan as being worked out locally. The first .ownship to report TIM Cresco. A. E. Clayton, chairman, tvned in 86 signed contracts. Springfield, B. A. Miller. chairman, was next, with 74 contract. 1 ;, and Sherman township was third, John Geishecker bringing In 93 signed con- racts. Each township had a few more to come in. Headquarters for corn-hog In'orma- ;lon and work have been moved. The entire force of the county agent's office is now located in new quarters in the court house, in the couit room, where Edith Welter and Ruth Roland are In charge of office work. Hairy Bode, county chairman, and County Agent 3onnstetter's office, are also located in the new location. 3 Tabulators Employed The permanent township election for corn-hog organization cannot be held until a contract or work sheet for ev- iry farmer in the township has been handed in, it was also emphasized. Three tabulators have been employed to begin work in the near future, 'oliowing a competitive examination held a week or so ago. They are Helen Dlngley of Algona, and Leandcr Menke and Clarence Janvrln of Bancroft. After the contracts as handed in lave been checked by the tabulators, then approved by the county agent's office, they are passed on to the state board of review. The state board looks J. A. McDonald Appointed Acting Algona Postmaster J. A. McDonald, more familiarly known as "Jim", has been appointed cting postmaster of Algona. His sel- ction was announced in a letter rc- -elved here Saturday from Washington. Jim came to Algeria In 1897 and be;an working for Cowles & Murtagh as i stenographer in the employ of that firm, which was handling U. 8. Mall contracting and star route service. He remained with them for six and one- half years, then went to Seattle in 1905, where he worked in both a real estate and steamship office. Iowa and Algona still possessed a warm spot in Jim's heart, however, and n the fall of 1907, he returned to Algona, where he opened an insurance ind collection office where he has done business since that time. He lives at 416 East Call street with his mother, Mrs. Rebecca McDonald. Jim's appointment will be well received in Algona. His cheerful dispos- tlon and friendly words of greeting are mown by all, and he 's never too busy to spend a few moments in pleasant conversation. Jim is a member of The Algona Country Club, and he admitted that golf was his chief vice, has never sought any pollctical office and has never been one to endeavor to push himself Into the limelight. KOSSUTH RATES BIG HONORS AT AMES CORN SHOW Mawdsley, G-eigel, Look, Schenck, Blumer, Thor- sons All Place Irvlngton: At the corn show held recently at Ames, Kossuth county car- j ried away many honors, so still maintains the high standard of being able to raise good seed corn. Kossuth men placed in every entry for the northern section. On the professional ten ears corn, Edward Mawdsley, Irvington, received first and sweepstakes, Fred Oei- gel, second, A. L. Look, LuVerne, third, Alfred Schenck, Algona, fourth, Ed Nordhein, Decorah, fifth, Paul Blumer, LuVerne, sixth, Max Kalen, Algona, seventh and Thorson Bros., Swea City, ninth. On the professional bushel, Mawdsley also won first and sweepstakes. Look, second, Qeigel, third, Schenck, fourth and Kalen, fifth. The thirty ear sample was lor both amateur and professional. Blumer received first, A. W. Steussy, LuVerne, second, Schenck, third. Look, fourth, Meyer Herman, LuVerne, fifth, Geigel, sixth, Mawdsley, seventh and eighth, ninth and tenth places went out of the. county. On commercial corn, Thorson Bros, received first, Steussy, third, Blumer, fourth, Mawdsley, sixth and Qeigel seventh. Places five, eight, nine and ten also went out of the county. In the amateur ten ears and also bushel, Steussy of LuVerne placed first and second respectively, which now makes him in the professional class. On a whole the show was reported one of the best ever held although not the largest. They Got The Dope on Lusby and James From the rockbonnd coasts of Maine, to the foggy streets of Seattle, thus the fame of Algona's drag- glsite spreads. In a magazine for the drug business, edited In SeattCe, called "Moul- ton'B Live Wire," the following references are made to local druggists. "E. W. Lnsby of. Algona is anotb- etr one of those drugrfrts that's rounding ont a fine physique. Unless It mi*hit be P. J. Jepson down at Newton, E. W. puts up Jnat about the beat front In Iowa. "K. D. James has made a lot of improvement which make ills store one of the be*t equipped and best clocked In the state. He takes great pains In fixing it ap right—and the firte there are trade pullers." It would seem that the magazine men out in Seattle are keeping pretty close tab on the local men, and are afsc very observing-. Burt Wrestlers Take County Title A Burt wrestling team, better than ever, won the county championship at LuVerne last Saturday, at the tournament. The team consists of Mansmith, Grey, Graham, White, Bahling, Riddle, Bristow and Pinckney. The Burt team, prior to its match with Mason City last week, had scored 218 points to its opponents 86, and has gained statewide recognition as one of the best high school wrestling teams ni this section. Car Hits Wagon in Mishap on Saturday Union: Saturday morning on high-) way 169 in front of the Joe Ricken farm, a Ford coupe driven by Eleanor Payne of Algona, accompanied -by Evelyn Van Alien ran into a team and wagon being driven by Louis Bode. Another car was passing and Mfes Payne hit the rear of the wagon and both landed in the ditch. Mr. Bode was knocked down in the wagon by the impact but recovered himself and controlled his horses. No one was hurt. Dennis Ooeders Improves Dennis Goeders returned to his home yesterday, after spending ten days in the hoepiUJ. following an attack of stomach hemorrhages. He has been ordered to continue to take things easy for a Urn*, but is regaining bis strength fast, and his many friends are mighty glad to hear of his progress. Liquor Found in Raid on Armstrong Place A raid on one of Armstrong's beer palors was made a few days ago by W. H. Zelinsky. state agent, Cliff Pred- erickson, sheiff, E. Twito, deputy, Wm. Bale, county attorney and several special deputies. They took into custody, L. A. Horswell, who has a beer selling permit, and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Singtnaster, who were also engaged at the same location in serving lunches and as helpers. Liquor stronger than 3.2 was found in bottles in the beer parlor as well as some In gallon containers on the second floor. Bottles were found on the floor under the booths, some contiining liquor and others empty. Some who were not legal age were drinIcing beer and statements from them w>-re taken as to their ages. Those Uiken into custody are out on bond. Bad Check Charge Anker Larsen, Corwith, was released from custody when he paid the costs of a cose brought against him for uttering a bad check. The case was heard by Justice H. B. White last Saturday. The defendant cleared the check matter up to the satisfaction of all. final approval. Payment of the corn and hog checks will follow. Accuracy Needed "Accuracy in filling out production figures will help more than any othei thing in speeding up the handling ol contracts," O. A. Bonnstetter stated If many adjustments need to be made all contracts will be held up. March 1 Final Corn Loan Date The final date for corn loan papers to be in the hands of the Commodity Credit corporation Is March 1. in order that the corn sealers will be able to take care of everybody, farmers should be sure to get their applications in early. Those who do not care to send their papers in until the latter part of February may hold them until that time and will not have to pay Interest until their papers are sent in. 1,000 at Service For Charles Paetz Held on Tuesday Charles Paetz, 15, son of Mr. anc Mrs. Carl Paetz, died at the home of his parents in Plum Creek township Saturday night, as a result of hemorrhage caused by an abcess in the throat Funeral services were held at the Algona Methodist church, which was filled with sorrowing friends and relatives. The high school sophomore class, of which the youth was a member, attended In a body. Rev. P. J Braner, of the Trinity Lutheran churcl officiated at the service. About 1,000 attended. Casket bearers were Emmett Beard Arthur Boettcher, Martin Zimmerman Bob Post, Andrew Miller, Walter Beardsley, Kenneth Sarchett and Wilbur Steven. Interment was in Riverview cemetery. Charles had his tonsils removed at a Des Moines hospital three weeks ago. A few days later he was back In school again, but was not feeling well; the abcess from which he died, had begun Its deadly work, and the best of care was to no avail. Charles Paetz was born August 18, 1918, in Plum Creek township. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed. His early departure from this life is mourned by his parents; three sisters, Frieda, Helen and Madelyn; one brother, Billy; also a grandfather, William Paetz, and four uncles and four aunts, other relatives and an usually large number of youthful friends of his own and friends of the family. Many beautiful floral offerings gave proof of the great love for the youth, and the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is with the Paetz family. Who's Who and What They Do No. 17 of a Series of Thumbnail Portraits But this modesty on his pnrt has had the effect of increasing his popularity and his many friends Join In congratulating him on his appointment, and wishing htm well. TAKES CHARGE AT ONCE; SUCCEEDS TO BACKUS'POST Letter From Farley Received Saturday, Asking Him to Take Charge J. A. McDonald Dogs Have Holiday as 17 Earn Awards in "Kossuth Dog Day Thorlngton street, across from the court house, presented a sea of dogs Saturday morning, when N. c. Rice, Call Theatre manager, sponsored a Kossuth County Dog Day. And if there was anyone who sua- picioned a dearth of dogs, the collection Saturday dispelled that doubt. The theatre held the dog contest in connection with, the opening of a new serial, starring Rln Tin Tin, Jr. "Besft Johnson;, smartest dog, owned by Bernadine Towne; dog looking most like Rln Tin Tin, Jr., owned by Bob Goeders; shortest dog, owned by Eugene Wight; longest dog, owned by Roland Richard; largest dog, owned by Mary Runchey, West Bend; tallest dog, owned by Beulah Speraw. (All winners from Algona except one). Best Lcdyard dog, owned by Othal Curtis; best Titonka dog, owned by Betty Ball; smartest dog, owned by Dickie Downs, Titonka; best LuVerne dog, owned by Jack Guy; best Bancroft dog, owned by Joe Merrill; best Whlttemore dog, owned by Ruth Ann Behnke. Best trick dog, owned by Herbert Potter, Algona; younpest dog, " flog, ttwneS fcy^KuTrFMurtnn. Theatre tickets were awarded to contestants; cash prizes to the big winners. There wore dogs of every description and breed, Including miscellaneous. GROVE, JOHNSON INDICTED; OTHER CASES IN COURT Trio Involved in Fillinsr Station Deal Given Clean Slate Of Special Interest to'jFaraway Readers We hate to do it, but there is no alternative] About 100 subscribers on our mailing lists, living outside of the Kossuth county trade area, are delinquent in their suhscripUotis. As it cosu this paper between 50 cents and $1 a year to mall each paper, we cannot euntin- ue to send the paper after iic-xt week. Please check your subscription records. We want you with us; how about it? Two Indictments were returned by the grand Jury last week, while three other cases were dismissed. Byron Grove, West Bend, was indicted in connection with the Nick Thllges case. He entered a plea of not guilty. Leonard Johnson was Indicted on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined the costs of the case. No bills returned were those of Wade Coon, Cleo Black and Geo. WilH'y, Jr., all charged with malicious mischief and willful trespass. Other cases on the criminal docket were adjusted as follows: L. E. Evans, charged with uttering a bad check, case continued by agreement. Arthur Riley, paternity of child, case dismissed. Paul Smith, charged with carrying concealed weapons, case continued. Walter Bunkofske. charged with bootlegging, fined $300 and given three months jail sentence, but sentence suspended on good behavior and paroled to sheriff. Paid costs of $12.60. James A. Canada, charged with altering; public record, may be brought to trial this term, but no word of the case has been definitely issued. Margaret Nelson Wins First in Fidac Contest The Fidac essay contest, conducted by the American Legion came to a close Monday evening and the first prize of three dollars went to Margaret Nelson, Algona, and second prize of two dollars was awarded to Lucille Dole, Irvington. Both girls are students at St. Cecelia's academy. The first prize essay will be sent to Des Moines to be judged. The subject of the essays was "Peace with Security" and all were submitted under numbers without names Almost fifty contestants entered this contest which was open to all high school boys and girls. Another Candidate in 5th Carl Arnold announced the first of the week that he would circulate nomination papers for the office of supervisor from the fifth district soon. Talks About Newspapers D. E. Dewel furnished the program at the Kiwuais weekly meeting la^t Thursday noon with, a talk on Newspaper Writing. Editor Haggard in Texas on Vacation J. W. Haggard, wnior editor of the Algona Upper Des Mollies, and Mrs. Haggard left Thursday of Insl week for San Antonio, Texas, where thry wl'l spend the next few weeks with Mr. Haggard's sister, Mrs. II. N. Afoorc and family. Mr. and Mrs. Melzar Falkenlmlner took them to Mason City by car and they left from there on the train. This Is the third winter (he Hag- gards have gone south to enjoy the milder climate. A card from them at Kansas City, however, reported the weather colder than It won at home. "Bill" has devoted his time for many years to the newspaper business and has something coming In the way of vacations. MAY REOPEN ON SATURDAY AFT. Acting Postmaster-ship Us« ually Leads to Regular 4 Year Appointment J. A. McDonald was appointed acting: wstmaster of Algona, Saturday. Hfo akes the place of Sid J. Backus, Alona postmaster for the past 12 years, r ho passed away a short time ago. Although Mr. McDonald's appointment was only that of acting postmas- er to complete the unexpired term of IT. Backus, it Is a foregone conclu- lon that he will also receive the regu- ar government appointment for four ears. The letter from Washington nnounclng tils appointment follows: Mr. James A. McDonald ATgona, Iowa. My Dear Mr. McDonald: Under the provisions of the Act ap- irovcd March 1, 1921, you have been ppolnted acting postmaster at the ab- ve-named office, and this letter I* •our authority to assume charge as uch Immediately. If for any reMon yon are unable to do so, the Department should be notified at once. It Is Important that yon have the In- losed bond and oath executed and returned without deity to the Bureau of the Pint Awtotant Formatter General. Very truly yonn, < Jttna* A. FMrtey • ' riatmMttu GcnentL r UM IxflWl and TnitrTW unoe,- and- wJ* bttqrlfftr week in learning the ropes of the' offide, and conferring with postofflce employees. No definite changes in the setup of the local office are contemplated, he stated, with the possible exception'of the Saturday afternoon closing, which has been in effect for' a number of months. Mr. McDonald stated that many local business men and others have requested that some arrangement or shift of hours be made so that nt, least the main window of the post- office might be open to transact business. At present the postofflce is entirely closed on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Bnckus was preceded as postmaster by I. M. Pinnell. The latter was the last Democratic nppolntre to the Algona postmastership, being named under the Wilson administration. Eugene Keith Rites to be Held Today Eugene Keith, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Keith of Algona, died Tuesday of uremlc poisoning. The youth suffered n crushed leg when caught under a furm tractor wheel lost October. Two brothers, in addition to the parents, survive. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. today at the Baptist church, with Rev. Arthur Hueser preaching the funeral sermon. Butler, Ricklefs Make Announcements Two candidates for county office made formal announcements of their candidacy this week. E. J. Butler, present county auditor, announced himself as a candidate for renomination for the oHIti', in the Democratic primary election. W. H. Ricklefs. Titonku, definitely announced his candidacy on the republican ticket. Mr. Butler, who is holdnlg his first term of office, has gained favorable comment generally, due to his efficient handling of the office, and is certain to have strong support in the coming election. Mr. Ricklefs is widely known over the county. He has been engaged in business at Titonka, and has the high rts- pect of his community. He is an exser- vice man. He is the only Republican candidate in the field. Sheriff Carl Dahlhauser, democrat incumbent, has made no formal announcement, but is expected to seek reelection. Little Knowledge of Law Leads to Court Meagre knolc-dge of the laws governing mortgaged property involved Wm. Stefanski in a court case here, Friday, Feb. 9. Stefanski, who lives across the line in Minnesota, but farms in Iowa, was charged with tuibesadunf mortgaged property. An explanation <jf the ciusu before Justice H. B. WhiU; was made, and the defendant wao released after he paid the costs and settled ftiih the plaintiff. W. B. Mason, Old- Time Rural Carrier. Passes at LuVerne W. B. Mason, who served as rural letter carrier out of LuVerne for 25 years, died Saturday morning at hla home from heart disease and complications. He had resided there for 45 years. Mr. Mason Is survived by four children, Mrs. George Thompson of Ledyard, Mrs. Jumes Zwlefel of Corwith, Ed of Charles City and Ray Mason of Fairmont. Minn. Thirteen, grandchildren also survive. Three years ago Mr. Mason, 73, retired from service. He received an honorable discharge with, a class A record. During his service he traveled for enough as rural letter carrier to have taken him around the world nine times. Funeral services were held In the Presbyterian church, Monday, at 2:30 p. m. Rev. A. O. HericU« of Thompson conducted the service. Musical numbers were presented by Mrs. Lee Lichty, Phyllis Lichty, Paul Blumer and Sherman Phillip^ Girls' Teams to Play Lone Rock and Seneca girls' basketball teams meet next Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p. m. at the Ltdyard gym. to decide the championship of thu North Kossuth girls' teams. They aru tied at present. Burt Boy Hurt Burt: Little Leroy Phelps was badly injured last Saturday when he fell down the basement steps at his home. Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Plielps are the lit- tie fcl!o*'s parents. Sale Today; Sow Sale Billed Feb. 21 The following sales are listed for (he mar future. P. F. IiniuerfaU, Thwdsay, Feb. 15, located </z mile west of St. Benedict, and 3 miles south or </j mile east of Sexton; and 3 mile* south or 4 miles i;et>t of Wesley; or 9 miles north and '/; mile east ol LuVcrue. Sale ttzrta at 12:30 p. m. C. J. Houseman, Wednesday, Fro. 21, &u.'e of Poland China bred &ow«, Aruiitroiig;, Iowa. II. M. Colwell, Thursday, Feb. 22. at his place 5 wile* ta&t of LuVerue (L, mUe mirth-south road), or S miles irtiith and 2 west of Corwitb, or S uiiles oorUt iiud 1 west of Beu- wUk, or 12 south of

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