The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 29, 1957 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 29, 1957
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State Historical Iowa Oity, la. Face Circled? Stop In At UDM - $1 Cash Is Yours 25-Year-Old 'Skeleton' Found In Local Closet Prominent Businessman 'Confesses' After Tip Orville Wicks/ partner In ih« Arnold Motor Supply company and manager of the Algona' parts depot and sales office, was revealed this week to havfe won the Iowa State Corn Husking Championship—in the year 1932. The uncovering of Mr Wick's "top secret" achievement was made following a tip passed to the Algona Upper Des Moines by a friend of Orv's. Today, perhaps only a handful of older farmers in this area — and very likely not a single young farmer — can recall much nf the days of "hitting the bang- board", let alone going through the rough corn leaves and husking a net of 1,974 pounds of ear corn in one hour and twenty minutes. That's what Orville Wicks did competitors against seventeen back in 1932 near JDcs i^otncs ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second clan matter at the postoMlee at Alffpns, Iowa. Nov. 1. 1933, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1957 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 94 - NO. 35 With Battery B At National Guard Camp By Russ Waller »T i, im Pkuernsey, Wyoming, where the Algona unit of the Town National Guard is taking two weeks of training£ provedla comSar atively easy place to get into, but it proved more difficult to geTout. mv«lif W w the ex P erience °f Jim Wychor of station myself. ^We were invited guests of Battery B of the rtillery battalion of the Iowa National Guard, Algona's Colfax to win the state husking champ's crown. A .few of the other contestants, according to newspaper accounts, husked more gross pounds of corn, but young Wicks' (he was 21 years old at the time) clean picking was the big factor in winning the state nlXS&r^* tW ° week «^ training TThe^Wyomin S g 0 site S i t We * left » the _ A1 8° n a airport at 7:20 a.m. Monday, and were slated to return Tuesday afternoon. We got back Wednesday about i«R' m ' ! n l flew from Spencer to Algona at an elevation of down to 150 feet; there was absolutely no visibility any higher But well get to that later. Monday morning was crisp, —— aright and clear. Our pilot was First Lieut. Don Lutz of Fort Dodge, who operates the Fort Dodge airport normally. Like others, he is now taking his two weeks duty with the National Surprised? were too... and no doubt, this 'secret', closely guarded by Orv over the years, will come as a complete surprise to his friends in the community. Born and raised on a 160-acre Wright county farm, Orville seemed to take to corn husking early. In fact, a newspaper article of 1932, covering his winning of the state championship, said: "Since a mere boy, .Orv -Wicks has known how to husk corn. At •the age of 13 he husked as high as 100 bushels a day, and since that time has increased his speed. On the farm of his parents, Mr and Mrs Cryder Wicks, six miles south of Kanawha, he ambled alongside the husking wagon as soon as he was able to throw an ear into the wagon box." Wicks first won the Wright County corn husking championship, then the district, finally the state. From there he went on to the National at Galva, 111., where he placed third, due to the fact that his hook went wrong after 80 minutes. In 1933, at the age of 22, he then defended his Iowa state husking championship and at contest's end had 164 more pounds of corn than the nearest contestant, but had "too many husks" in the opinion of the judges. Wicks' style of corn husking— 25 years ago and before modern- day corn pickers did away with the colorful field contests — involved the use of a special* full- length sleeve to protect against the rough leaves. He husked bare-handed, using a wrist hook Corn husking contests were such events in the early thirties that Governor Dan Turner forsook a campaign tour long enough to preside and shoot the starting eun at the contest in which Wicks won his state champ's title. And when young Wicks went to Galva, 111., for the National corn huskine event, practically the whole of Norway townshitp in Wright County followed him down there. Orv Wicks doesn't say what he could do with a husking hook today -T- but a lot of farmers, to say nothing of city folk who "came from the farm", would like to have his 1932 "skeleton" in their closets. 1,974 pounds of corn in one hour and 20 minutes— that's keeping an ear in the dir practically aU tbt iinwl Guard. His ship was a DeHavil- land "Beaver", a powerful 450 H.P. single motor plane capable of carrying two pilots and four passengers. Stop At Spencer At Spencer we dropped down to pick up R. R. Jackson, publisher of the ^pencer Daily Reporter, and Mason Dixon'of station KICD. The radio men each brought along tape recorders. As we crossed into Wyoming about three hours from Spencer, we ran into rain squalls and a low ceiling, but a detour to the south took us away from the heavy weather, and we landed at 1 p.m. at the Guernsey airstrip, mountain time. It didn't take long to get us moving again. After a fast meal, we all headed for the artillery range, where Algona, Spencer and others in the battalion were on a three-day firing exercise. Captain Warren Nelson welcomed us to the firing area, Sgt. Chuck Simmons Highway Patrol) (of the Iowa explained the and we looked There are some plotting procedure used in firing, over the area. , 15,000 acres in the Camp Guernsey layout, and much of it is rugged and rocky. Algona's battery had twb 155 millimeter howitzers in action." Visit Observation Post Among the many local members of the Guard we met were Sgt. Bernard Miller who handled the vehicle equipment, Mess Sgt. David Miller, and First Sgt, Jim Kelly. Sgt. Jerry Davis took us to the observation post, where we found Colonel Elmer Lindhart of Humboldt, battalion C. O. and others checking on the artillery bursts and correcting the firing via field telephone. Targets were changed, from time to time, and there are fewer old car chassis in Wyoming than there used to be. Battery B did a good job, too. Practically scored two direct hits at some three or four miles. The gun crews do not see the target at all. Lt. Jan Masmar was serving as forward observer for Battery B, at this time. Later, Jim and myself had the honor of pulling the firing lanyards on a $23,038 howitzer. Both bursts were, of course, right on the but-* ton. We went back into the headquarters area after chow, and we might say it's the "new army." Not a bean in sight through six meals, anywhere, except string beans. The Algona unit seemed to like Camp Guernsey very much. There are no mosquitoes, the nights are cool, the days not too warm, and if you can find the time you can look for arrowheads or agate stone, which are numerous. It is probable that all artillery units of the Iowa National Guard will go there to camp next year. U. S,. government, c miles from' Guernsey. for many years, however. Hail Hits Camp But by Wednesday morning, everyone was wondering if and when we might start home. It hailed during the night. Denver's weather report at 7 a.m. was not good, but at 10:30 a.m. permission came to take off, and we did. .Until we reached Iowa, other than some clouds under 4,000 feet, the going was fine. As we flew into Iowa the ceiling lowered, but we reached Spencer without any trouble. Then we started for Algona. It was that last 50 miles that was a honey. By the time we got to Kossuth county, the ceiling was 150 to 200 feet, and we followed highway 18 into the Algona airport, with Wychor watching for windmills and yours truly watching for the airport driveway. Lt. Lutz made it without mishap, phoned Denver and told them the weather conditions, and the National Guard "Beaver" was parked overnight last night at the Algona Airport, while a car came from Fort Dodge for the pilot. There are many more names that could be mentioned, and probably should. We might mention briefly that Sgt. Vernon Hanselman of Lu- Verne drove us into Torrington, about 30 miles from camp, a city about the size of Algona, for a look-around Tuesday afternoon. For Jim Wychor, I must say, however, that it was time he came home. As he got up Wednesday morning he ripped a rear Car Plunges Into River Here ter Cliff on the old Oregon trail which follows the North P.latte river through this section. On this sandstone cliff are carved the names and dates of .early pioneers who traveled the route. There are over 500 names, some as far back as 1849. This cliff is not on any main highway, and the tourist traffic is nil. From there we went to old Fort Laramie, at one time the most western military outpost of the only* a few . , —•'• It la now . a National monument. The fort I owned by Dr. M. I. Lichter of was abandoned and neglected Burt. The latter costs were above fines Two $100 Fines Result From Damage Charge Two Algpnans, Clarence Metzger and Richard Waldera, both 20, paid fines of $100 and costs each in Justice C. H. Ostwinkle's court Tuesday afternoon after pleading guilty to charges of damaging traffic control signs and devices. The charges were a result of damage inflicted by the pair on stop signs, curve signs, mailboxes and a cat in the Plum Creek and Hurt areas Sunday. Each agreed 'to pay $29.50 to. cover costs 0^4 damage to signs and mail , blftes, and Metes paid $25 for the cat, a purebr and court costs." Local authorities announced that any vandalism of the same type will be prosecuted diligently in the future. In other justice cases, James L. Haines, Estherville, paid $25 and costs for failing to yield the right- of-way; B. R. Smith, Pocahontas, paid $20 and costs for overload on registration; and Edward T. Juchem, Wesley, and Albert G. Bedford, Corwith, each paid $5 and costs for improper truck registration. New Supervisor Posts For Two At Weidenhoff Two supervisory appointments were announced by the Algona Weidenhoff Corp. plant recently. Kenneth L. Holcomb was named supervisor of the stores department and incoming material inspection and Edward B. Gottfredsen is to be production control manager when the appointments become effective Tuesday, Sept. u* seam in his one and only pair of pants, Lieut. K. E. Holding came to his rescue, and Jim flew home in a pair of the lieutenant's pants. If space permits, we may continue this next week. In the meantime, Battery B will be home with some stories of their own. Bancroft Votes Bonds For Pool Bancroft voters, by a majority of 159 to 100, decided in favor of issuance of $50,000 in bonds io construct a municipal swimming pool there. Sixty percent of those voting had to favor the project, so it carried by a scant three votes. Town officials will meet soon with engineers to make plans for the project. It is hoped that work can begin this fall with completion next spring. Late Wednesday night, word was also received that a $55,000 bond issue at Swea City had been approved by a vote of 240-97, a 70 percent majority in favor. fet Soybean Support Price The regular price support or loan rate for soybeans produced in Kossuth county this year will be $2.06 per bushel or .07 cent? less than for the 1956 crop, it was announced this week by Richard I. Anderson, chairman of the county ASC committee. The announced rate is for green or yellow classes of 1957 soybeans, grading No. 2 or better. Couniy-by-counly rates for 1957 soybeans will range in Iowa from $2.05 to $2.10 per bushel, as compared to the 1956 range of $2.12 to $2.16. The 1957 rates are based on a national average of $2.09 per bushel, which represents 70 percent of parity or 5 percent less than 1956 when the national average support rate was $2.15 per bushel or 75 percent of parity. Price support loans and purchase agreements on 1957 soybeans will be available from harvest time to next January 31, The 1957 rates in Kossuth county for all other field crops which are price-supported in Iowa were previously announced as follows: Corn produced in compliance with allotments — $1.28 per bushel; Grain sorghum —$1.75 per hundredweight; and Oats—$.58 cents per bushel. To Iowa City Herman Lindeman, who has been in poor health the past few months, was taken by ambulance to University hospitals in Iowa City Wednesday for further tests. Last Of Famed Hanna Family Died Aug. 21 LuVerne — Word was received here recently of the death of Mrs T. Ayres Robertson of Monterrey, Mexico, who died there at 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 21. Mrs Robertson, the former Eugenia Hanna, was the last of the family of the late Mr and Mrs George W. Hanna, early longtime land-owners and owner of the Hanna Bank of LuVerne. Eugenia Hanna Robertson was born at LuVerne November 22, 1877. She attended LuVerne high school, graduating in 1894, a member of the first class graduated. She attended Cornell college, Mount Vernon, graduating in 1900. On October 20, 1901 at Lu- Verne she was married to T. Ayres Robertson, American Deputy Council General at Monterrey, Mexico. The couple have lived in Monterrey since that time. Mrs Robertson was the eldest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Hanna. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and a brother, She is survived by her husband and a daughter Georgia (Mrs Manuel de la Gar- 7.3.) Monterrey,' Mexico, a son Dr. Treadwell A. Robertson of West Liberty, Iowa, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Aberdeen-Angus Field Day Set The tenth annual Aberdeen- Angus field day, sponsored by the North Central Iowa Aberdeen-Angus Breeders' Association, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at the rarm of Lagerstrom and-Juckniess, four miles south, two west, one south and three- fourths of a mile west from Algona. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a picnic lunch at noon and a program, featuring Prof. Leslie E Johnson and Dr. John B. Herrick of Iowa State College, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Production testing and bull fertility evaluation will be discussed. Etta Anderson Burial, S-Cify Funeral services for Etta Anderson, 87, will be conducted a 2 p.m. Thursday at the Curtis Funeral Home, Swea City. Burial will be in Harrison Township Cemetery with Rev. S. H. Hammer in charge of services. Mrs Anderson died early Tuesday at the Holy Family Hospital in Estherville as the result of a stroke. She had been ill since Aug. 3. She was born Oct. 1, 1889, in Poweshick County, the daughter of Mr and Mrs J. D. Sargood She was a graduate of Deep River High School and was married on Feb. 11, 1901, to Elmer S. Anderson at Deep River. They operated a shoe store and repair shop in Swea City for 44 years. She is survived by two daugh ters, Mrs Glen Burrow, Ledyard and Mrs L. L. Cha{Anan^Dav«n> port, and two sons, O. Wlllii Anderson, Spokane, Wash., -and Wilbur. Her husband died in 1947. Weather Closes In But come Tuesday, and the weather picture had changed. Lt. Lutz was told from Denver that no planes were taking off from Iowa, Everything was closed in from Scotts Bluff, Neb.. east, with 400 feet ceilings reported at Fort Dodge, with rain. But it was a bright, clear day in Wyoming. At this point we were given a L. T ^)r 9 ° na men P* c *u*«4 above are RUM W»U»r, editor of the Upn»r DM Moiiwi at the toft, and Sl?jft!te JSSf^ll 1"*° -^ Uon .KLQA, at the right, just bf&e ?£y^ook off in a National a rocky, river trail to Regie- and engraving). in the was the pilot. Buffalo Center Man Purchases Titonka Firm Titonka—Telko Sleeker, manager and operator of the Clover Farm Grocery Store in Titonka has sold his business to Lu Von- nu Kuchunreuther of Buffalo Center with possession to be given Sept. 1. Mr Kuchenreuther is operator of a store in Buffalo Center and also owns a store in Thompson. His plan is to have a manager here in Titonka. School Opens At St. Joe August 28 St. Joe — St. Joseph's school opened Wednesday, August 28, with a high mass in honor of the Holy Spirit offered for parents, pupils and teachers, at 8 a.m. Two hundred twenty five pupils were expected for the start oi regular classes Thursday morning at 8:40", with dismissal at 3:30. Teachers are Rev. Leo C, Schumacher, Religion; Sister M. Felicia O..S.F,, social studies and Latin; Sister M. Ephriam, O.S.F., math, science and home ec.; Sister Marie Bernard, English and typing; Sister M. Caritas, O.S.F., 7 & 8 grade; Mrs George Dunphy, 5 & 6 grade; Sister M. Cecily O.S.F.. 3 & 4; Sister M. Marcel- linda, O.S.F., 1 & 2; Sister M. David, O.S.F, music; Sister M. Dulcelline, O.S.F., housework. Six Wedding Licenses Issued Six licenses to wed were issued by County Clerk Alma Pearson during the past week. They went to the following: Aug. 21 — Clinton B. Godden and Helen E. Kuhlmann, Algona; Vincent P. Graettinger, and Mary Jo Elbert, Whittemore. Aug. 23—Elton E. Wood, Algona, and Janice M. Besch, Whittemore; Waynard Rippentrop and Elnora Christ, Lakota; William W. Tokheim, Swea City, and Caroline Pedersen, Ledyard; Grenville J. Chapman, Eagle Grove, and Judith A. McMahon, Algona. Loses $230 In Local Theft Local authorities are investigating theft of approximately $230 from the apartment of Jack Purcell, which occurred sometime during the foro part of last week. The cash had been saved by Purcoll during the past several months and was to be used to finance a wedding trip following his marriage Sept. 1 at Sioux Falls, S. D. The Purcell apartment was unlocked by the thief and the money taken. Discovery of the loss was made by Pitrcell Aug. 21. Chas. Murphy, 69, Rescued; Hurt Slightly An Algona man, C h a r 1 e l Murphy, 69, escaped death by drowning and received only bruises on his face when his auto plunged into the Des Moines river on highway 18 north of Algona at noon Wednesday. Mr Murphy, who has been hospital, iaed several times during the past couple of years due to a ' heart condition, was taken by ambulance to St. Ann hospital where he is getting along as well as can be expected. According to investigating officers, Patrolmen Dale McBrida and Charles Bird, and Policemen Ernie- Hutchison, the Murphy , fyehiele, .WhicH was traveling west on highway 18. angled across the road, on to the ; south shoulder' about 300 feet from the large bridge over the river in that area. The vehicle then went down into the ditch and nosed intp the river. The car's:. hp9d ; was partially covered by water, which seeped into the auto and covered the floorboards in frpnt of the front' seat. The front wheels were embedded in mud. Murphy's head, hit the windshield and he was found flying on the front seat of the auto. A Burt man, W. H. Paullin, witnessed the accident. He was following the Murphy car in his own vehicle. Authorities thought it possible that Murohy suffered a heart attack which may have caused the mishap. , Mrs Murphy was admitted to St. Ann hospital a short time before her husband's accident for medical treatment. Open House At Burt School The Burt Community Board of Education has extended a blanket invitation to any and all who would like to attend an open house at the Burt Community School this Sunday, Sept. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. Guided tours of the educational plant at Burt will be featured, followed by a lunch. No'formal program other than the tours will be held. Funeral Pending Funeral services for Edna Johnson, who died Wednesday at St. Paul, Minn., were pending at press time. McCuuough's Funeral Chapel went to St. Paul for the body later in the day. Jt is probable the luneral will be held here St. Benedict Lady Undergoes Leg Amputation St. Benedict— Mrs Arnold Arn- lorfer, who had been at St. Ann lospital in Algona for two weeks following surgery was late? aken ,tp University hospitals at 'owa City, where amputation of one leg above the knee was per- "ormed Saturday. : Mrs Arndorfer, moths* of seven children, had been at hoihe f pj owing , her surgery at ' Al M-ior to the hosphaUzatiEJn owa City. at* F-B. Area Meets Set In County Next Week The resolutions committee of the county Farm Bureau will ' hold several area meetings within the next eight days. Policy for the coming year will be discuss* ed at the meetings. All Farm Bureau members are urged to attend and participate as several important issues will come up for debate. , Meetings will be held as fo.1, lows: Sept. 3, 8 p.m.— Titonka school; Sept. 4, 8 p.m. — Swea City Legion hall; Sept. 4, 8 p.m.— -La, kota town hall; Sept. 5, 8 p.m.-Burt Legion hall; Sept, 5, 8 —Farm Bureau building, Al and Sept. 6, 8 p.ra.^Lug town hall. Suffers Stroke Wesley — was taken b; day, August tal, Algona, suffered in side was

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