The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 27, 1957 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 27, 1957
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By Rust Waller • • * The observer who said thai America is a nation on wheels was right. Of that we are con* vinced after completion of a little over 5,000 miles through the west, including a trip down the Pacific coastal highway from Sari Francisco to San Diego. • * • We headed west over highway 18 to Hot Springs, S. D., rather than the usual highway 30 through southern Nebraska. By so doing, we saw for the first time .the Fort Randall dam recently completed in South Dakota on the Missouri river. We also discovered that highway 18 is perhaps the best route to the Black Hills, or will be when South Dakota completes a fine new highway on the last leg into Hot Springs., Perhaps those of us in Iowa on highway 18 are missing a bet by not doing more to promote one of our own major highways as a direct and interesting route into that South Dakota area. If you like Indians you'll see plenty going through the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations of the Sioux. • • • There aren't too many routes over the Rockies, however, so we picked up highway 30 at Rawlins, Wyo. after going through Lusk and Casper. At Casper, after passing two oil refineries on the edge of the city, we stopped for gas and found it had gone up a few cents a gallon. The station attendant passed on this Information, true or false. He said all gasoline prices were based on Tulsa, Okla. and that the farther you got from Tulsa the higher the cost, regardless of where it is refined. Casper, incidentally, also has a municipal gas tax of one cent a gallon. This route took us through Devils Gate and past Independence Rock, on the old Pony Express and Oregon and Mormon Trails — you've seen it in the movies one of Hollywood's favorite western locations. Our longest day's trip was from Evanston, Wyo. to Reno Nev., 640 miles. And from there we sidestepped to old Virginia City where the famed Comstock lode in bygone days produced the gold that helped to build San Francisco. We visited the office of the Territorial Enterprise to which we understand Gene Murtagh is a subscriber — a paper still published in the style and typography of the old west, but by a pair of easterners. Over Dormer Pass in the Sierras before breakfast, to Emigrant Pass where we had same, and down into the Sacramento valley to San Francisco along wide, new highways to the Oakland - San Francisco Bay bridge. We've been over this bridge before, but never driving ourselves, and it's quite a sensation to ride on elevated highways, which are San Francisco's fastest means of travel. Only thing is, be sure where you want to turn off. * * • The National Editorial Con* vention was held at the Sheraton Palace hotel, and a trainload of conventioners arrived shortly before we did. The lobby was state Historical society Iowa Oity, la* liTASilSHEO 1863 M Mcpnd cla» fliattsf it ttt* postoffte* ftt Algont, Iowa. Nov. 1. 1938. under Act <rt Congress of March S. ll7». ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 3 SECTIONS - 24 PAGES VOL. 94 - NO. 26 P. O. Service Rates Increase July 1 3 Area Medical Students Get Practical Experience three prospective doctors from this area, Robert Q. Christeasen, AloMUt Patrick E, Qafty, Bancroft) and Her- - ben B, Tjaden, Titonka, are spending four weeks this sum* met i« preeeptershlps with general physicians around the state. The three are among many Iowa University medical students who recently completed their junior year and are being hosted by Iowa physicians, Chrlstensen is with Dr. D. L. Moriariiy at Council Bluffsj Garry is with Dr. H. C. Mallberg at Qelweim and Tjadea is with Dr. P. A. Nierling at Cresco. An Algona physician. Dr. John M. Schutter. is host to Lowell A, Luhman of Radcliffe. The underlying idea for the plan is for the medical student to study a practicing physician's techniques while the physician is brought up-to-date on some aspects of the medical College at Iowa City. Rites Wednesday For 7th County Crash Victim, '57 pretty well jammed. At one time, they tell us, you could drive a carriage right into the lobby, but times have changed. Iowa was immediately represented. Mr and Mrs George Carman of Buffalo Center, the Paul Smiths of Rock Rapids and Leon Barnes of Northwood were on hand, as well as others. For the next four days it was a series of meetings, trips and entertainment — and a lot of interesting fun. The newspaper awards were made at a banquet the final evening. Governor Goodwin Knight of California was one of the speakers. • • • California highway L down the coast, is one of the most spectacular and beautiful routes in the country, with comparatively little traffic — everyone is over on highway 101, I guess. Anyway it winds up in the Los Angeles area. This is the area where everyone who lives in the southern part of the city works in the north and vice versa, or so it seems. We visited friends in Sherman Oaks, relatives in Santa Monica and Long Beach, and then drove on to San Diego and Coronado, Cal. where Mr and Mrs Steve Murch- landi Mrs Pete Greiner, Stan and Irma Greiner, former Algonans, Graveside rites for Earl Harry Armstrong, 47, of Algona were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Riyerview cemetery. Rev. Roland Andrews, first Baptist minister, officiated. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Mr Armstrong, -who had lived here for less than a year, became Kossuth county's seventh auto fatality of 1957 when he was killed instantly at 10:35 p.m. Sunday after being struck from behind by an auto a half- mile south of Algona on highway 169 '. Driver of the car was Milo O. Lammers, 23, Graettinger. Lammers was headed south and had just passed two cars when his auto slammed into Armstrong, who was headed south in the middle of the east lane of traffic. The driver couldn't see Armstrong in time to avoid hitting him. Visibility at the time was not good and the highway was ,wet from rain whicjti fell earlier Rains Over 2 Inches In Area During Week The rains, came to Kossuth county again during the past week, with some areas getting from 2.11 to 2.61 inches during the past four days. Latest downpour brought from an inch to in the evening. Russell Brown of Gruver^was a passenger in the Lammerd auto, and Loren Hahle, Algona, and Durwood Rutledge, Bode, were other witnesses to the tragedy. No charges were filed following the accident. Armstrong's body was carried by the auto and dropped on the east shoulder of the road south of the point of impact. His death was due to a basal skull fracture. He suffered a compound fracture of one leg and other injuries in the crash. The dead man had several part- time jobs in and around Algona, including a dishwashing job at the Club 169 south of town. He was walking to work at the time of the accident. He lived at the Laing Hotel, where he did some janitor work, and had also worked as a dishwasher at the Algona Hotel. Lammers is employed by a road construction firm which is building a road from $t. Joe to Lu Verne and lives here at pre<-- > sent. Sheriff Ralph Patrolman Dale Lindhorst, McBride and inches with it Monday evening, accompanied by high winds in some areas. There were no damage reports due to the latest storm. According to the latest available information, crops in this area should be headed for a ban- are now located, new ham radio Steve has his unit working, but we were unable to contact any stations in Iowa, although we tried. • * • Stopping a* Corona, Cal, to vUU a former Iowa publisher, Jack Hammond and Mrs Hammond, we had the surprise of being called to the telephone and finding Dutch Swanson, former manager of the A. & P. here, on the phone. oo 8) ner year, barring hail or an extended dry spell. Here's a quick run-down on county crops: Oats are heading out good; Beans look good, although some replanting, especially in the northwest portion of the county, was necessary due to hail and prior to that due to frost; Corn is coming fine, many farmers will nave corn laid by before the Fourth of July; Pastureland came along rapidly after early dry spell and grass is plentiful. Corn borers haven't presented any problem yet, but could » warmer weather gets here. So far, it's been too cool and rain water has washed most egg masses away from plants. Most first cutting baling has been completed, except'in isolated cases around the county. It was slowed down at times due to rain. High temperature reading for he week was a 90 degree mark rridey, while the low mark was i 53 degree reading Sunday and Tuesday. Date H L B June 19 83 55 June 20 85 60 June 21 90 67 June 22 85 63 Junfe 23 72 53 .85 June 24 75 55 .0? June 25 .,.,.80 53 . .50 June 20 Disregarding all the ifs and buts, which isn't always possible, this area could produce crops as abundantly as any year in history , Policeman James Voigt investigated and estimated damage at $100 to the Lammers auto. The left front fender and left front portion of the hood were dented from the mishap. The county's latest fatality was the third in a row on Sundays and kept the average above one per month killed since the first of the year. Mr Armstrong's only known survivors include a sister in Minneapolis and a cousin on the west coast. 76 Descendants At Kollasch- Deim Reunion Swea City — Seventy-six descendants of the John Deim and Henry Kollasch, Sr., families held a reunion and picnic dinner Sunday at the Legion, Hall. The gathering was planned ty Mr and Mrs A. M. Kollasch and Mr and Mrs Maurice KpUasch. honoring Mr and Mrs Eddie iKling and son John of San Diego; ana Mr and Mrs Jerry Beavins, Barbara and David of Louisville,-Ky. lyirs Kling and Mrs Beavlna>are daughters of A. M. Kollasch and his first wife, the former Geneva Deim, who died many years age). As it has been some years'Uince Mrs Kling and Mrs Beavins have visited here the reunion was planned so that they could meet their Kollasch and Deim cousins and their families. The Kollasch families are descendants of Mr and Mrs Henry Kollasch, Sr., desceased, who came to Swea City from Illinois in 1900 and farmed near here for many years. They were the parents of four daughters and three sons: Mrs Peter Stelton of St. Cloud; Mrs Wm. Krumm, Mrs Jake Kockler, A. M., and Joe, all of Swea City; and Mrs Oscher. A brother, Henry, Jr., died about two years ago. Four generations of Kollasch descendants would have been present Sunday except that Rich: ard Krumm, Jr., Armstrong, is serving with the U. S. Navy on the Saratoga. However, his son Allen and his father, Richard, 13r., both of Armstrong, and his grandfather, William Krumm, Swea City, were present. The Deim families are descendants of Mr and Mrs John Deim, deceased, who were both born in Austria and came to America shortly after their marriage. Fof many .years they farmed south of town, where their nine children were born. Sons and daughters surviving are Mrs R. E. Berg, Gregor, Frank, and Art. Kossuth Family Of 17 Sets New U. S. Insurance Record Twp. A.S.C. Vote Opens June 28 Ballots for township, elections of ASC township committee members will be mailed out Friday, June 28, Virgil Rohlf, manager of the county ASC announces. Persons eligible to vote will have until July 8 to mark and deliver or mail their ballots back to the county ASC office in Algona. A ballot has been mailed to 5,251 farm owners and operators. Names of candidates will be found on each ballot. Additional names can be written in by voters who so desire. Terms of office are for one year starting August 1. Letts Creek Tour June 19, the Letts Creek Lassies held their 4-H tour. Among the highlights were visits to Radio Station KLGA, Finn's Pakery, and the pop factory. The climax to the afternoon was a hike and picnic. Mrs Louis Pog- oteh, hostess, served a delicious lunch. Schultz Big 4th July Party Set Entertainment with a capital E is on tap at the fairgrounds Thursday night, July 4, when Schultz Bros, will present their second annual show in front of the grandstand. And it's all free. From the time the Algona city band begins its halt-hour program at 7 p.m. until the final skyrocket is fired about 9:45 p.m., a continuous series of acts will be featured. Included will be the Bit and Spur ejub's junior drill team, a singing trio from Rockwell City, fancy roping by Eddie and Edwin Stattelman of West Bend, the Four Drips and a Drop from Rodman, the Sidewinders with impersonations, a drawing for a pony, saddle and bridle, and Sandy Phillips, Cedar Rapids, who appeared on the original Amateur Hour on a national TV show last year. Bill McNamara, Emmetsburg, will be master of ceremonies. Climax of the event will be a huge fireworks display. Power Mower Afire Algona firemen answered a call to the William Gustin home at 1027 north Minnesota at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and extinguished a power lawn mower which i was burning. Nominate 15 In State Soil Contest Kossuth county will be well represented when judging begins in the annual Iowa Soil Conservation Award program, according to Lyle Riedinger of the local soil conservation district office. Fifteen men have been chosen as possible entrants by other farmers in the district. They are Carl E. Reinhardt, George H. Olsen, Narine Danielson, Wilfred Schneider, Eldon Brown, C, W. Schlichting, Rueben Holcomb, Ralph Morgan, Harold Hunt, Julius Baas, Ernest Heidecker, Herman Wise, Harvey C. Larsen, Glenn Larsen a'hd T. E. Lagerstrom. Three of the 15 will be selected by a nine-man judging committee to represent this district in state competition. Serving as judges are commissioners J. C. Skow, Torsten Lagerstrom and Ernest Heidecker,- two assistant commissioners, Walter Campney and Joe Skow, Glen Jenkinson, secretary, and last year's winners, Morgan and Olsen, are possible choices again this year. Judging in the state contest, which will be completed Sept. 4, is in three divisions, family operated farm, tenant operated farm and new district cooperator this year. A total of 65 counties have already entered the state contest, with three days left before the July 1 deadline. The McCarthy family — Front row, left to right: Timothy. 4; Phillip, 5; Patrick, 6.- David, 7* Paula, 2; William, 11; Luke, 10; and Jerome, 9. Back row, left to right: Eugene, 17; Jeanette, 18; Leo, 20; Donald C., father, 45, and Denise, five months; Marion, mother, 44; Catherine, 16; Eileen, 13; and John 15. (Photo by Isaacson - UDM engraving) Well Known Men Are Hospitalized Two well-known Algona men, Bill Barry and Phil Kohlhaas, are recuperating at St. Ann hospital; Mr Baity entered the hospital Friday for medical treatment, while Mr Kohlhaas underwent major surgery Tuesday morning. Both are coming along fine and will probably be released soon. Wesley Woman's Mother Passes Wesley — Mr and Mrs Richard Smith attended the funeral of Mrs Smith's mother, Mrs John O'Brien, 60, Saturday afternoon, June 22, in the First Baptist church in Mason City at 2 o'clock. Burial was at Clear Lake. Mrs O'Brien, a former dress shop operator and later a taxicab dispatcher died Wednesday, June 19, in a Mason City hospital. She ig survived by her husband, 5 daughters and two sons. Kossuth Has 16 At State 4-H Short Course Delegates from 16 Kossuth County 4-H clubs are spending- thxee days on the Iowa State College campus at Ames June 2527, attending the annual State 4-H Boys' Short Course. Scheduled to represent the county are: Jack McDonnell, Whittemore club; Jim Kain, Plum Creek club; Wayne Arndorfer, Algona club; Thomas Nurre, Ramsey club; James Erpelding, St. Joe club; Darrell Wichtendahl, Lotts Greek club; Jack Munch, Fenton club; Norman Clapsaddle, Lakota Lads; Daniel Skow, Wesley club; Dean Dodds, Union club; Curtis Will, Lu- Verne club; Billy Wiskus, Swea- Harrison club; David Stewart, Portland club; J. D. Andrews, Burt Bombers; Phil Tokheim, Grant club; David Kollasch, Greenwood club and Roger Dreyer, Fenton club. They are accompanied by Dean Barnes, county extension director. Algona. Local persons who will have a part on the program include Roger Dreyer, Fenton, who was an officer candidate and who will serve as usher during the convention of club delegates. This year's short course program is built, around the theme "My Place in a Changing Iowa." To give the boys an insight into vocational opportunities and to help them make decisions, a task force of Iowa State College staff members will meet with the delegates in small groups. Other parts of the program include field trips to college experimental farms where the delegates will study new developments in agriculture. They are to visit the Beef Nutrition Farm, the Iowa Swine Producers' Testing Station, the Agricultural Engineering Research Farm, the Agronomy Research Farm, and the Soil Testing Laboratory. In general assemblies the delegates will hear talks by Dr. James H. Hilton, president of Iowa State; Floyd Andre, dean and director of agriculture; Marvin A. Anderson, associate director of the Cooperative Extension Service; Don Cunningham, secretary of the Sioux City Livestock Exchange; and Ray Cunningham, member of the state legislature from Story County. UDM To Press Early Next Week Next week's Algona Upper Des Moines will go to press Tuesday night, instead of the usual Wednesday night, because of July 4th on Thursday. All area subscribers' will receive their next week's issue on Wednesday morning, July 3. Correspondents are advised" of this moveup in publication, and are asked to have their correspondence in our office not later than Monday. Advertising deadline will be 2 p.m., Tuesday. Teacher Delegate To Nat'l Meeting William Littlejohn, former Business Education teacher at Lu Verne and now Superintendent of Schools at Lovilia, will leave for Philadelphia, Penn., this week tp attend the National Educational Association's 100th anniversary. Mr Littlejohn will be a delegate to the convention representing the teachers of Kossuth County. This past year he was the secretary of the Kossuth County Teachers Council and was also a delegate-to \he delegate assembly in Des Moines. Divorce Actions Filed In Court Two divorce actions were filed in Kossuth district court this week. Helen I. Pearson is plaintiff and Albert Pearson defendant in one case. The couple married April 8, 1924, in Swea City, where they have since lived. Donna M. Penrod is asking divorce from Charles R, Penrod. She is now living in Algona. The couple married Oct. 17, 1955, in San Francisco, and separated May 31, 1956. Cruel and inhuman treatment is charged in both cases. Obtain Largest Unit Policy Ever Known A Kossuth county family, that of Mr, and Mrs,. Donald, C. "McCarthy,. who farm 240 acres at the south edge of St, Benedict, has just been issued the largest family insured major medical expense policy in the United States. There are 15 children in the family, and all 17 members of the family are insured under a policy just issued by the Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co, of Hartford. Conn., through their local agent, the Hood Insurance Co. of Algona. The ' children range In ages Mrs Geilenfeld Services Monday Services for Mrs Walter Geilenfeld, 62, were held in the Trinity Lutheran church here Monday afternoon. Rey. Donald Heck of Livermore officiated at the rites and burial was in Riverview cemetery. McCullough's Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Geilenfeld died Friday afternoon at the M. P. Burlingame farm home. She had been housekeeper there for the past several years. Martha B. Boettcher was born in Fenton township Feb. 8, 1895. She was later married to Walter Geilenfeld who died in 1928. Survivors include three daughters, Delores (Mrs Duane Logue), Dorothy (Mrs Howard Raney) and Verna (Mrs Lowell Samp), all of Algona; two suns, Kenneth, Algona, and Harvey, Oklahoma; four brothers, Henry, William, Fred and Robert Boettcher, a sister, Matilda, and 13 grandchildren. Pallbearers at the funeral were' Wayne Wickwire, Wayjie Boettcher, Eugene Geilenfeld, Henry Geilenfeld, Frank Seely and Gordon Weyrum. J. P. Court Fines Four drivers were fined in Justice C, H. Ostwinkle's court this week. Roger Hunsley, Algona, paid $10 and costs for faulty truck equipment; Ronald Kapsner, Hillman, Minn., was fined $8 and costs for overwidth vehicle; Vincent T. Rich, Algona, paid $10 and costs for failing to yield; and George W. Patterson, Burt, was fined $10 and costs for crossing the yellow line. from five months to 20 years. The policy was issued May 13, with a special agent from the insurance company's Des Moines office, and Gene Hood of Algona, present at the time the policy was presented. The above photo was taken by the company and one in color will -be presented to the McCarthys ias *a special gift. ' The policy covers expenses in curred by accident, illness or .hos- pitajlization over and above a deductible amount which th'e family selected. Large families have been insured before in a blanket policy, but this is the largest family policy known in national insurance circles, it was stated. Leo, the eldest son, is now attending CJreighton University, John attends LaSalette Seminary in Jefferson City, Mo., Jeanette is employed at the Winkel & Winkel law offices in Algona, Eugene and Catherine attend St. Cecelia's Academy here, and the rest of the family of grade school age attends the St. Benedict school. The entire family is in good health, and Mr McCarthy, in addition to operating his own 240 acre farm and raising 15 children, has his own airport and flys a Piper Pacer plane. Postmaster At Lakota, 47, Dies Services for Emory A. Smith, 47, were held at Lakota Monday afternoon in the Presbyterian church. Mr Smith, appointed postmaster here in May of 1956, died suddenly Wednesday eve ning of last week. He had worked all day at the office but later in thf evening had not felt too well. He called a local doctor. Later that evening about 10 o'clock when Mrs Smith, who works at Hertzke's Grocery, returned home, she found him lying on the kitchen floor dead. Mr Smith was born July 17, 1909 and would have been 48 Boost Money Order, Special Delivery Cost Postal service fees will increase all along the line effective Monday, July 1, it was announced yesterday by W. W. Sullivan, Algona postmaster. The service fee increases are nationwide. Unaffected as yet ic the postage rate, which requires an act of Congress to change. However, congressional com* mittees have approved postal rate increases but Congress . as a whole has not yet acted on the "matter. The rates to increase July 1 are services where fees are under jurisdiction of the postoffice department. Where Boosts Come All money order fees will increase. The domestic money order Ic to $5 fee was formerly lOc. It will become 15c. The $5 to $10? fee will rise from 15c to 20c, and the $10 to $100 fee from 25c to 30c. . International money order fees will rise proportionately, to $5 from 20c to 30c, to $10 from 30c to 40c, and to $100 they become 70c. :••• Special delivery fees, one of the most generally used of the extra 'services, will increase as follows: First class and air mail including air mail parcel post of not over two pounds from 20c to 30c. All other classes of special delivery not over two pounds rise \ from 35c to 45c, and there are proportionate increases as weights increase, , Cut Classifications There will 'be fewer classi- rate ,b which fications arid, than before, some work, for the department. Insured mail; - with - liability limited to $400, will increase as follows: To $10, remains at lOc; $10 to $50, from.' 15c to 20c; $50 to $100, remains at 30c; $100 to $200, from 35c to 40c. Registry fees for registered mail will increase on an average of frorn lOc to 25c as the liability limit goes up. Certified mail will increase ' from a fee of 15c to'20c, plus postage. Return receipts on 'registered and certified mall will increase from 7c to lOc. * - • One of the biggest rate iij- creases, but one which will not particularly concern this area, is a rise in the charge for mailing list corrections. There is now** 25c minimum, with Ic a name for changes. The new fee will become $1 minimum, and 5c for each name change. Such mail* ing lists are most frequently rei quested by mail order houses. Postal Savings Decline Postmaster Sullivan said/that postal savings were showing a steady decrease here, as'else- where. There were 196 accounts this week in Algona, compared with about 500 a few years ago. The local balance due depository is now $197,849 and a few years ago the total about $750,000. Postal savings are now paying years old next month. He was a lifelong resident of this community with the exception of three years in the navy during World War II. He saw action in the Pacific theatre. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Richard and Allen, both in the ngvy, compounded interest. .Within the past three weeks the local postoffice has expanded its city carrier service to include new sections of Algona. One of the chief changes is the extension of city carrier service into' th"e east part of town, to Main St., aj* area formerly served by a rural route carrier. Other sections now receiving carrier delivery are the Over*" meyer Drive area, and the west. part of town on West State and West North streets. Local postal employees operate on a 40 hour week, but there are times when more hours are called for in a certain week. When this happens, compensatory time off is given in a following week, and a constant shuffling of work schedules and use of sub* stitutes is necessary, Sullivan, said. ,. Postal receipts of the local office were $93,273.90 in 1858 compared with $34,932.82 in 1940, This includes tlie strictly stamp, envelope, card income. and service fee Graveside Ritei Graveside rites were held Tueg. day morning at $t "" Catholic cemetery, for the st«ll and Mrs A gona, Rev. services. thfl

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