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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 1, 1957
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(te.) Uppw 0ti MftffMt ftoMrfcty, Awgujt 1, 1957 ,':;k .^Xf^^aa.^.. .. ^i..,^......^.. ... ; :„, r* » AHEAD OF HIS TIME Jo met M* Cox, tt Democratic party presidential candidate in 1920, died recently of hi* home in Dayton, Ohio. The one noticeable thing obbuf the obituary of thi» three-time Ohio governor, it net that he wa» defeated by Warren G. Harding, but that he refused to alter his viewpoint during the campaign, and staunchly advocated U. S. mem* bership in the League of Nations. Political experts say that this point alone resulted in his defeat. They might have added that his defeat doomed to almost certain death the League of Nations. Without U. S. membership it led a weak, erratic life. But in a span of 37 years, thinking changes. Today we have a world organization called the United Nations. The United States is a member. There is comparatively tittle difference between the old League of Notions and the present-day United Notions; it is pretty well agreed that if any world peace at all can be maintained, some form of organization of nations such" as we now have is fundamental to maintain that peace. Cox was told that if would soft pedal the League of Nations issue he had a chance to be elected. He refused. He said he believed in it, and would campaign on a platform urging U. S. membership in the League. In 1920 the opposi. tion waged a campaign against "foreign entanglements." In 1920 the nation was not yet aware of the fact that in a shrinking world, we will evermore have foreign entanglements, whether we like it or not. We just cannot escape the fact that we are part of the world, and must play an important and interested role in world affairs. James M. Cox received more favorable comments for his views after his death, than he ever received during his lifetime. He was a man just a little ahead of his time. His running mate, incidentally, was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. THAT SHRINKING DOLLAR In a report recently issued by Secretary of the Treasury James ; Hurhphrey, he indicated that the dollar today Is worth only 48.9 cents in relation to what it would buy 18 years ago. He blamed inflation. Furthermore, it is worth only 83 cents in relation to what it was worth in 1950. Probably the most serious problem^dcing the nation today — outside of what 'Russia may do — is the fact that the American dollar continues to shrink in value. The Canadian dollar today is worth $1.05 compared with our own. A few years back there was much editorial comment about the *value of the dollar, and how it had shrunk in value. But it was worth a lot more in 1950 than it is today. But then/ a different political party was running the Administration at that time. Today the editorial brethren politely sidestep the fact that if the dollar's purchasing , power was not doing too well in 1950, it is doing far worse in 1957. The most serious aspect of this dollar shrinkage is the way in which it affects folks who have based their savings and life planning on retirement, an r d who now live on fixed income from pensions and annuities. For them, the income they recejvp is based entirely on dollars. They get no more today than they did five or ten years ago; but their dollar is wprth much less. Their dollars simply will not stretch to buy the tilings .that once were part of their daily lives. There is evidence that the Administration realizes the seriousness of the present dollar- Value shrinkage. The so-called "tight- money" policy is a result. But so long as government pump priming continues in so many divergent fields, and government budgets and spending continue to climb, there is little hope that ''inflation will be halted. * # * The hardest thing for the senators debating the civil right bill is keeping a civil tongue in their beads. III E. Call Street~-Ph. CY 4»3S8f^AJgona, jtowa Entered as second claw matter at Uia postottice *t Aljf&na, tewa, iWMjer Act of Congrew of Man* 3, I87«. 7 By USHING CO, anager , „ Thursdays in vwm PES Momes RATES » KPMOTH CO, STATE OF THE NATION A couple of years after the matter fitit was brought to the attention of government courts and the Department of Justice, three big food firms have been ordered to pay bock more than $250,000 they received under a special "purchase-resale" dairy agreement they made with Secretory of Agriculture Etra Benson. Mr Benson made this deal in 1954. The recent federal court decision on the quarter-of-a-million refund opens the way for government recovery of almost 2V4 million more paid these same processors. In March, 1954, just before the agriculture department cut dairy price supports from 90 to 75 percent of parity, the department offered a special "purchase-resale" deal to processors. Thul the processors were allowed to "sell" cheese to the government at the 90 percent sup. port rate and were guaranteed the right to "buy" the same cheese in April at the new lower rate of 75 percent. The cheese never left any warehouses, and remained ip possession of the food firms all through the paper transaction. If any individual in private business ever handled a deal like that, his employers would either fire him or have him arrested for fraud; But Mr Benson leads a charmed life. • * * * A NEW TAX SNEAKS IN Northwood Anchor — More than 20,000 Iowa employees are now subject to the employment security tax. About half this number have been added in the past 12 months, including quite a number of Northwood businesses. tt used to be that businesses with eight or more employees were subject to the tax; the big increase in taxed businesses has come about because a change in the law made it apply to all businesses with four or more employees for as much as one day in as few as 15 weeks in a year. The rate of the tax is 2.7 per cent of a company's payroll; after four years rates may be reduced if the company has built up a good-sized credit and has not had too many unemployment claims. / Purpose of the tax is' to furnish employment insurance to workers. But as far as you and I are concerned, it's just another tax — another hidden tax which few people ever think much about, but which adds to the cost of doing business, adds; to the headaches of businessmen in keeping -books (without pay) for the government. There is, of course, merit to unemployment insurance i— and spreading the cost of unemployment insurance would seem to be desirable, although why a firm with four employees should pay the tax and one with three should not is a mystery which hasn't been explained. To customers of businessmen in Northwood — or in any other town — this tax should be a further reminder of many taxes, most of them larger than this one, which businesses pay for the good' of their community and the people working and living in it. And. consequently it should remind them that trading with hometown business helps that business — and the whole town as well. No matter whether taxes pass through federal or state hands, in the end all taxes are local. And it is only with local money that our schools and roads and swimming pool are paid for, that we are given police protection and courts, playgrounds and parks — and unemployment insurance. t * * THE CALIFORNIA TREK Osage News — The equivalent of three cities the size of Des Momes is the huge number of persons who are moving to California eyery year. It is estimated that by 1962 or surely by 1965, the Golden State will be the most populous in the nation. After a week spent in the San Francisco area With pur family, we returned to Iowa more than ever convinced, that wise lowans will soon stop their exodus to the Pacific shores. Long Beach, it is said, is the second biggest city in California. The vast majority of Hawkeyes move to areas which are already so congested that the school systems are floundering of their own weight, the vehicular traffic is so heavy that ulcers in persons under 40 are commonplace, and the "Ijviijg space 1 ' that the lowans supposedly w,ent to California to find is a 15-yard Jot. Everywhere you turn concrete Js replacing wooded hills, cheaply built shacks are ch'mbjpg up the sides pf mountains, and .fViej) toe attractive' larger hpmeg are jammed go close together that a seven-foot wall or fence becomes a necessity for privacy. Jt's progress, they say. The best wage scale for the laborer >n the nation. But also one of the highest costs 0f living in the land too. Cigarettes cost $9^15 a carton, but thfp«s j$ a. sjate sales tax of four percept apd it's going higher. Houses can be bad fer no idpwn payment, 'if you're a veteran, but the interest rgtes are high and you may never live long fljwwjflj to retire the principal. California's ajnasing growth, js §wesomo. But it's frightening, &>0, and we^ Wajger the 49'er6 Wish that Jowfos had never dpcovfjral the place. The taxes are higher, the jfn$sq,ultpeg are bigger, Jfre highways more crowded and there is ng } sight- Wfeen and i! the bubble breaks, it be a beauty, *•*••* HOME TQWN ISJEICtlV BUSINESS 8*. Anigw jggterprUf — We surest that the surest way to ijrjng h#ij>|uj -wviustry to our community and t# increase the Value of and the service from pur to^fl jfi Jo antf establish hjypetqwfll industries. *.'•• • * * infuucn Hu §1*0 HftU "U. S. consunttji P** 6 * in de x rQS ° one-haljf pf one percent In 'Awe' la *a«iher reetrd Wfh, the Bureau of JUifcor Statistics reported Wednesday," "Our efficiency expert solved the problem of the high cort Or photographs for our annual report If ' * • * : • WV* . I, * I WASHlNGTClN I KICK-BACK SCANDAL — Sen. John Williams of New Jersey tossed a bombshell into the complacent, "accepted practice" of big manufacturers who've been paying bribes to officials of foreign governments at taxpayers' expense. Numerous American firms have kicked back tens of thousands of dollars, it is charged, to foreign officials who helped "facilitate" big overseas contracts. Williams plans a thorough congressional airing. . ATTACK ON CHIEF JUSTICE Members of Congress — including a number of Democrats -— privately lambaste Democratic Senator 6yrd of Virginia for his recent tirade on the Senate floor. Byrd lashed out at Chief Justice Warren's "ultra - liberal influences" and compared him with, the .despised Thaddeus Steven^ if quarter-million dollar re- for cabanas in Madras, boats in Martinique and mountain hideouts in Manilla were earlier 'okayed by generous old men in the of New Jersey, said " Byrd's ' attack was "sheer demagoguery." OIL BILL SHAKY — The oil industry's in a frenzy ... worried that the natural gas bill may be sidetracked by civil rights debate. Also concerned about growing opposition by housewives who express fears to their congressmen that cooking gas costs would go qp. Th6 oil people are spending several millions of dollars for, advertisements the next fewi/ weeks to tell thejr side of in** story. FHA INTEREST UP — The FHA expects to raise its interest rates on homes to 5V* per cent within the next few weeks. i. fell on our fun-loving foreign diplomats when a last-ditch conference between House and Senate members tossed the whole program out the window. . • Behind The Movie Sets WITH BPDDY MASON Hollywood, Calif — Within a few hours' driving distance from Hollywood, you can find any American'.region: We mean, of i course, that, you can locale an area which will duplicate, photo- FARM PROFITS 1?OWN - In i the first half of 105* pet income, U.S.)i This is the same as "last year, the lowest in six years. What makes the farmer's plight worse is that.dost of* living went up 4 per cent in the past year. NEW POSTpFFICES _ A new way of financing postoffice buildings and other government structures will be voted by congress*. One of. the mp*i picturesque of the village" of Faljbrbok, Calif. Situated between the San luis Rey and Santa Margarita River canyons and" -surrounded by towns, wvei£^ highways and ranches bearing early-Spanish titles, even Falibrook's name foreign to* Jhe countryside. There are creeks and rivers but no brook runs near Nor- any waterfall many miles! Apparently, Antonio Reche, oRe of the: first American^ to f jl£ . a homestead declaratidh in the region, named IKS <3PTS BLAME — Blame for Congress' failure to put across the full civil rights bill — brainchild of the Administration ~ is, ironically, directed at the presi. Congress wants a pay-as-we-gp; plan. Now- in effect is a leased purchase plan. In the past four- years, 149 buildings were authorized at cost ol $714 million under lease-purchass, but only two havjs^ been .started. - * Reason for' the slow starts Jg that und^j' the lease-purchas<j P' s idea, thVgovernment would have he non ^ e J ! ved in north toVay addiHpnal $750 million in .Pennsylvania, , - ; interest and local taxes before it woujcj QwrU the .buildings. Towing residents from Jowa, The new plan may ^unfreeze" Ohio and the Keystone State pass many longstanding postofficp through a su^jeffcjon. of iq;c#e> so building "projects. familiar looking they frequently inspire a twinge of homesickness, proves of shade trees line the roads and, except for the fact that the fruit trees .bear lemons a$d ayacados, the' roadside' orchards resemble tjios£ .'"Jjacl? home!" Just as' Pieneeriown hit fet< come a Hetwjeen-plctures, hide* away for ' Western players who came front Western. SJafes, F.all- brook is attracting ' a growing filmland jpplony of technicians and stars \fit\\ AOgfaJfiic .,.., , of former 9nid-W£5't£rn 8 n d 'f ern homers. ' polony seem to foJloW, a pattern in bu,ilci- jng. They bfegin with a cabin and, after* "a few minor addi- <tions," discoyej; they've embark,ed on a home-building project. _ Their "little hideaways," liko their attachment for . the hq$ like surroundings, just seem grow with each Ne'uberger of Qregon"*want.s the , Makeup exfifrL fiam Ka\, goverftment to stop subeidizinl creatcu- Q| many ofi-beaf 4 the grQwiof <?|: tobacco.. .He sajf yps for Boris Rarloff, started ; t's ridiculous for the government a tiny cabin where he *" •*"* u °'" i "" $gm n $$$$ jhji. "lounge around between to tne cause of tures." S«m recently told us, lung canoor." . "We'ro always adding something. Liberals complain he did not bap-k up the bill, forcefully. As pointed out in this column sev- pral^w^epkj ago, Ike has disclosed prlya^ply to'flftS^ fiends that he was for "moderation" in civii rights. NQ BATHING FOR BEDS -^- JJespito tprrid heat in Washington, Russian diplomats and fam- ili^s ar^ barrel ^roft} their tradi- tioiial fummfF report spot on Chesaneake Bay .., ?his is our jpverflmeiit's way of retaliating [or Spviat's harrassuiejU of in Moscow. : POLiTlCS — Sen. Kerr of Oklahoma, who A few weeks ago said Ike didrtH have any brains, now refers to the term Of former Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey as "The Humphrey- DumptyDud." Sen. John Kennedy of Massachusetts has told associates he definitely WELL seek Democratic nomination for President in I960;. NO CABANAS THIS YEAR — The ,l}kndsomely-paid career men of the State Department overseas face impoverished days ahead. . Their plush .country club pro- jfectsi— which were .to be set up 1 taxpayers' funds —• were Aetottly &e *$*£& 1 rt* Aowr, and wotS &t mil. But, ow, «-e return fhj*i a fisit. tnd PWtW. After %e're out, wi ift«p like children. Tli« fr*»h, «k«v air tfH) peace* fu) quiet do the rest.'^ fa U« **tlf hfctott, raltbt&ek wfviyed & mm of boetni aftd fninof tra|edi««. A fafhbliftg thfee-stotirlioiel, still majestic in ruiftt refhaihi as a lettering monument to the Obld Rush. In 1880, increase of Village population matte it necessary to move the townsite three miles west, where it ctmld expand. F&llow^ ing a land boom in 1888, Fallbrook suffered a setback, but slowly recovered. » • » When Fallbtoek wa» 20 yeati- old, the California'Southern Rail* way spiked a roadbed to the precipitous wall of Temecula Canyon. Fruit and produce flooded out to market oh the shiny rails and prosperity came once more to the valley. Three times, storms washed the rails into the canyon. After a Washout in 1916 the line Was never rebuilt. It was then that ranchers formed the Fallbrook Citrus Association and pooled their produce to ship it out by horse-drawn wagons until a branch line was built over another route. The Association now boasts over 260 > members who cultivate over 1,150 acres .of citrus. Dogged courage and rugged determination to survive has pulled Fallbrook through to surmount every crisis. • . « • Today, a community of thriving ranches, a scenic beauty-spot for tourists and movie location units, a shady retreat for city dweller and movie star, Fallbrook basks in the warmth of a hard-earned heyday. Nestled cozily in its ludti valley, it's a pioneer's dream fulfilled, a prosperous, quiet haven offering a serene oasis in the midst of a madly rushing; world! Congressman Goad's Comments 6th District Congressman From Iowa Reports On Washington Activities FOOD DOLLAR _ Farmers now get 9 cents out of each $1 spent by consumers for food. This is a drop of 9 cents in the past 5 years, and the downward trend in the farmers' share is to continue, possibly for several years, according to the t)ept. of AgricuU ture. Retail food prices are lower than in 1952 by a little less than 1%. Farm - to - contumer tfests have gone up at about the strni fate that prices teceifed fey p?od- ucets have gofie down. Middlemen are taking aft Increasing tftatt of th« food dollars because «f ffrweeses it* business pfttfits, highet interest rates, higher Wages, and higher freight rates. The consumers fifid the farTmers foot the bill, but mostly the farmers because they sell in a buyers' market. * * * NATURAL QAS BILL - the natural gas bill which wa's tentatively scheduled to come before the Mouse next week is .presently held up in the Rules Committee. This Committee heard only one Witness today and there is a long line of Congressmen" who have asked to be heard both for and against the bill at this time. This delay does not necessarily mean that the proposal will not be considered on the floor of the House this session. * * • HELLS CANYON DAM—The Subcommittee of Interior and Insular Affairs killed this major issue forever Wednesday when the committee members approved striking the enacting clause of the bill relating to the construction ol the Hells Canyon project by a roll-call vote of 16-14. » * * SMALL BUSINESS — Government studies show that business failures in 1956 increased 66% over 1955, and during the first four months of this year increased 11 % over the first four months of 1956. • • • RAILS ASK $2.5 BILLION GOV'T ASSISTANCE — President James M. Symes of the Pennsylvania Railroad, speaking for 34 Eastern rbads, urged Congress to establish a self-supporting agency to buy $2.5 billion worth of rolling stock and lease it to the roads. The plan calls for a new Federal agency with $500 million capitalization and $2 billion borrowing authority to purchase and then lease cars and locomotives to individual railroads. The reasons given for asking Congress for this program were: 1. Tight money. 2. Low earnings for railroads. 3. Increasing number of equipment units which need replacing. • * • CAPITAL INVESTMENTS — Industry has about $13,000 capital investment for each industrial worker as compared to $15,000 farm investment per worker. This points out why many of those who would like to get into farming are not able to do it. Your Congressman Merwin Cdad RETIRED At Lovilia, Miss Delia Cobb has retired after 54 years of service with the Bellamy Telephone Co. She's been in ,the Lovilia* office since 1903, with the exception of six years at the Pleasantville office. FROM THE FILES Of THE ALCSONA UPPER DES MOINES AUG. S, 193? t * • This sounds like it was out of last week's UDM instead of the copy from 20 years ago — Sevetal dark, cloudy and thundering evenings failed to bring the rain hoped for, although surrounding areas did get moisture during the past week. High reading for the week was a 95, while the low mark was 55. » * * The federal Land Bank ai Omaha announced the sale of a 240 acre farm in the Bancroft area for $25,000. The $104 per acre price was $19 above ths average assessed valuation, of Kossuth farm land, which was $85. It's not unusual in 1957 for land to bring $400 per acre, prov* ing again that INFLATION HAS BEEN HALTED. (WhereW * * » • The William Klrschbaum family of the Sexton area held a reunion in Call State Park at Algona Sunday. A total of six sons and three daughters, 45 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren of the Kirschbaum's were present to enjoy a picnic dinner and get-together. ^ Fenton't newly-organized band, under the direction of Harlan Gaard, presented its first concert on the main street there Saturday evening. Members of the band were Howard Schulte, Ruth Espe, Lyle Weisbrod, Harold Geronsin, Edward Lindsey, Lyle Newel, Bob Schwartz, Rolin Geronsin, Vernon Ohm, Edmund Krause, Dale Weisbrod and Clarence Yager. Weekly concerts were on tap throughout the summer months. • • • Oat yields around the county were running from 50 to 65 bushels to the acre generally, but Matt Baumgartner, who farmed near Corwith, had one 20 acre plot that averaged 81 bushels. Tallest corn stalk in the county was reported by Conrad Gable at Ledyard and measured 12 feet, 3% inches. Many reports ol taller stalks were expected following Gable's find. » * * A Mexican, Juan Medina. 24 was killed Sunday in an aut« accident near Ledyard. According to highway patrolmen whc investigated, Medina was guilty of reckless" driving at the time of the crash. Driving conditions were perfect at the time of the mishap, but there was evidence the man had been drinking. Sun-brelia Days are loads of TIME FOR LOTS OF ICE-COLD COKE! . . : ...,,.^j • • - r iit««t,tf t i Sun-hreUa Days are smmnerV best! Blue skies to eat-out under;;; a gaj-den blooming;;; goo4 fripoda ' droppmg by/'Ajid Iwepjtality'e ao easy on dsya lito (base, i»it^ qujck-fudng foods and the special refireehing plefsure ic^oM Coc&*Cola givea. What fun! How friei^ty! To share tbe uwque food tasto of Coke.„ rWi»f drink in aJlttoworiO; c»lly ccwu them* »e!ve»r Kronen meal* an4 packaged dlftoer« , . , w»a quiek flnafik-fljftkers fike euid* Wits, packea, cljeesop »a4 spreads. They're h»a4y ftv mother, they're gaudy with Poke, Th§y*n» ail *t 19W mn OF fiooo TASTI ftottltd under owthortry of The Coco*Colo Company by Mineral Spring* Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Humbeldt, Iowa

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