The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 29, 1957 · Page 21
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 29, 1957
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Dept. of History and Moines 19, Iowa Face Circled? Stop In At UDM - $7 Casfi Is Yours Mear-Old 'Skeleton' Found i '-. ' In Local Closet Prominent Businessman 'Confesses' After Tip Orville Wicks, partner in the Arnold Motpr Supply company and manager of the Algona parts depot and sales office, was revealed this week to have won the Iowa State Corn Husking Championship—in the year 1932. Th,e 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 — nnd 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 Coif ax 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 Jloineg ESTABLISHED 1863 Entered as second class matter at the postottlce at Algpna, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of Match 3, 1879. AIGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1957 3 SECTIONS - 20 PAGES VOL. 94 - NO. 35 With Battery B At National Guard Camp By Russ Waller Camp Guernsey, Wyoming, where the Algona unit of the Iowa National Guard is taking .two weeks of training, proved a comparatively easy place to get into, but it proved more difficult to get out. At least that was the experience of Jim Wychor of station KLGA, and myself. We were invited guests of Battery B of the 194th field artillery battalion of the Iowa National Guard, Algona's unit, which concludes two weeks of training at the Wyoming site on Saturday. We left the Algona airport at 7:20 a.m. Monday, and were slated to return Tuesday afternoon. We got back Wednesday about 4 p.m. and flew from Spencer to Algona at an elevation of down to 150 feet; there was absolutely no visibility any 'higher. But we'll get to that later. ' Monday morning was crisp, Surprised? We 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, ill., 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 iudees. Wicks' style of corn husking— 25 years aeo and before modern- dny corn nicker* did away with the colorful field contests — in volved the use of a special full length sleeve to protect agains^ the rouch leaves. He husked bare-handed, using a wrist hook Corn husking contests wen such events in the early thirtie that Governor Dan Turner for lllitL vjw Y *- ..... • - 1 sook a campaign tour lonf enough to preside and shoot the starting Bun at the contest in which Wicks won his state champ's title. And when young Wicks went to Galva, 111.. . for the National corn huskme event, practically the whole of Norway township in Wright County followed him down there. Orv Wicks doesn t say what he could do with • huskinq hook today — but a lot of farmers, to say nothing of city folk who "came from the farm", would like, to have his 1932 "skeleton in meir closets. 1.974 pounds of corn in one hour and 20 «n5»ute«- ihafs keeping an ear inth« bright 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 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 Ai Spencer At Spencer we dropped down to pick up R. R. Jackson, publisher of the Spencer 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 a wi a y from the heavy weather, and we landed at 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 ange, where Algona, Spencer nd others in the battalion were HI a three-day firing exercise. Captain Warren Nelson wel- omed us to the firing area, Sgt. -huck Simmons (of the Iowa Highway Patrol) explained the ilotting procedure used in firing, nd we looked over the area, 'here are some 15,000 acres in he Camp Guernsey layout, and nuch of it is rugged and rocky. Algona's battery had two 155 millimeter howitzers in action. Visit Observation Post Among the many local mem- )ers of the Guard we met were Sgt. Bernard Miller who handled he vehicle equipment, Mess Sgt. Javid Miller, and First Sgt. Jim Kelly. Sgt. Jerry Davis took us o the observation post, where we found Colonel Elmer Lind- lart of Humboldt, battalion C. O. and others checking on the ar- .illery bursts and correcting the Jring via field telephone. Targets were changed, from time to time, and there are fewer old car chassis in Wyoming than there used ;o be. Battery B did a good jor>, :oo. Practically scored two direct lits at some three or four miles. The gun crews do not see the target at all. Lt. Jan Masmar was serving as forward observer ! or Battery B, at this time. Later, Jim arid myself had the honor of pulling the firing lanyards on a $23,038 howitzer. Both bursts were, of course, right on the button. 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 mosnuitoes, the nights are cool, the days not too warm, and if you can find the time you can look for arrowheads or aeate stone, which are numerous. It is probable that all Car Plunges Into River Here Chas. Murphy, ter Cliff on the old Oregon trail which follows the North Platte 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 U. S. government, only a few miles from Guernsey. It is now a National monument. The fort I owned by Dr. M. I. Lichter of was abandoned and neglected Burt. The latter costs were for many years, however. Hail Hits Camp 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, mail boxes and a cat in the Plum Creek and Burt areas Sunday. Each agreed to pay $29.50 to cover costs of damage to signs and mail boxes, and, Metzger paid $25 for the cat, a purebred 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 above fines 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 registration. truck New Supervisor Posts For Two AtWeidenhoff 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 ibe production control manager when the appointments become effective Tuesday, Sept. 3. 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 Bancroft Votes Bonds For Pool Bancroft voters, by a majority of 159 to 100, decided in favor of issuance of $50,000 in bonds to construct a municipal swimming pool there. Sixty percent of those voting had to favor Ihe project, so it carried by a scant three votes. Town officials will meet soon with engineers io make plans for the project. li is hoped thai work can begin ihis fall with completion next spring. Late Wednesday night, word was also received thai a $55,000 bond issue at Swea City had been approved by a vote of 240-97, a 70 percent majority in favor. Set 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 cents less than for the 195G 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. County-by-county rates for 1957 soybeans will range in Iowa from $2.05 lo $2.10 per bushel, as compared lo the 1956 range of $2.12 io $2.16. The 1957 rales are based on a nalional average of $2.09 per bushel, which represents 70 percent of pariiy 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 Ipwa City Herman Lindeman, who has been in poor health the past few months, was taken by ambulance to University hospitals in Iow=> 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 c" 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 Garza) 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 clay, sponsored by the North Central Iowa Aberdeen-Angus Breeders' Association, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at the farm 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-City Funeral services for Etta Anderson, 87, will be conducted at 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, 1869, in Poweshiek 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 daughters, Mrs Glen Burrow, Ledyard and Mrs-L. L. Chapman, Davenport, and two sons, G. Willis Anderson, ,Spokane, Wash., and Wilbur. Her husband died in 1947. air practically limel artillery units of the Iowa National Guard will go there to camp next year. 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. car, and with Major Harry L. Jim Wychor, manager oF radio"station ICLGA, at the right, just before "they took off in a National Palmer at the wheel (he's the C. Guard plane from the Algona airport last Monday morning for Camp Guernsey, Wyoming, where O. of Camp Guernsey for the Battery B, from Algona, of the 194th field artillery battalion in concluding its summer encampment Wyoming National Guard) we First Lieut. Don Lutz of the Iowa National Guard, pictured in the center, was the pilot. (UDM foto took a rocky, river trail to Regis- and engraving) Algona men pictured above are Russ Waller, editor of the Upper Des Moines at the left, and Buffalo Center Man Purchases Titonka Firm TiJonka—Telko Sleeker, manager and operator of the Clover Farm Grocery Store in Titonka rias sold his business to Lu Vonne Kuchenreuther 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 hero 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 ol the Holy Spirit offered for parents, pupils and teachers, at I a.m. Two hundred twenty five pupils were expected for the star) of regular classes Thursday morning at 8:40, with dismissal at 3:80 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 anJ 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 invest! gating theft of approximately $230 from the apartment of-Jack Purcell, which occurred some time during the fore part of las week. The cash had been saved b\ Purcell during the past severa 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 Purcell Aug. 21. 69, Rescued; Hurt Slightly An Algona man, C h a r 1 e i 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 McBride and Charles Bird, and Policemen Ernie Hutchison, the Murphy vehicle, which was traveling west on highway 18, angled across the , road, on to the south shoulder I about 300 feet from the large bridge over the river in that area. The vehicle then went down into the ditch and nosed into the river. The car's hood was partially covered by water, which seeped into the auto • and covered the floorboards in front 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 Murphy 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. St. Benedict Lady Undergoes Leg Amputation St. Benedict—Mrs Arnold Arn- dorl'er, who hud been ut St. Ann hospital in Algona for two weeks following surgery was lalev taken to University hospitals at Iowa City, where amputation of one leg above the knee was performed Saturday. Mrs Arndorfer, mother of seven children, hud been at home following her surgery at Algona prior to the hospitalization at Iowa City. Open House At Burt School The Burt Community Board o! 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 education al plant at Burt will be featured, followed by a lunch. No formal program other than the lours will be held. Funeral Pending Funeral services for Edna Johnson, who died Wednesday at St. at Paul, press Minn., time. were pending McCullough'.s Funeral Chapel went to St. Paul for the body later in the day. It is probable the funeral will be held here Friday. 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 diseu-w- 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 follows: Sept. 3. ii p.m.—TiUmka school; Sept. 4, 8 p.m.—Swea City Legion hall; Sept. 4, H p.m.—l.a- kota town hall; Sept. 5. 8 p.m.—• Burt Legion hall; Sept. 5, o p.m. —Farm Bureau building. Algona; and Sept. ti, B p.m.—LuVerne town hall. Suffers Stroke Wesley — Mrs Oliver Young was taken by ambulance Thursday, August 22 to St. Ann hospital", Algona, following a stroke suffered in her house. Her left side was paralyzed.

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