The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 3, 1957 · Page 41
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 41

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 3, 1957
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Fire Prevention 'Clean - Up Day' Here Oct. 9 Siren To Remind - Every Hour On fffie -Hour Don't be too alarmed when you hear the Algona 7:00 a.m. siren signal next Wednesday morning. It won't be the usual one long blast. It will be''the fearsome "Who-o-o"oEee-e-e-e-e-" signal that ordinarily announces a firfi. You can set your clock by it, however, next Wednesday morn ing. The Algona Fire Department doesn't want to alarm you —• only to the extent of reminding all citizens that Wednesday, Oct. 9, is designated as "Fire Preven- tion Clean-Up-Day," in obsdr- on-the-hour, from 7:00 a.m. to vance of annual Fire Prevent!an 6:00 p.m., to remind residents and Week. . business place owners to clear Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Algona their premises of potential fire fire siren will blow every hour hazards, such a accumulations of I 11 """ 111111111111 «l»"llllllllllll*lllllllllllllllllllll Illlllllllllllllllllll Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllli Ill llllllllllllljlllllllilllllllillliiniliiiiii lllllllllllllliiilliiliiHiiiimi rubbish, oily rags, old paint cans, piles of boxes, etc. The novel idea is being used here for the first time, as a feature of Fire Prevention Week. Chief Ira Kohl has issued an urgent message to all citizens on that day to do the little cleaning up work that is necessary to rid the city of poential and dangerous fire hazards. Chief Kohl also suggests a check on heating w — -™ Fire I Prevention | Week OCT. 6-12th For Almost Half A Century \ We Have Emphasized This One Message: DON'T GIVE #v.;wy $#V SRT 48 Yeais of Fire Prevention Eugene Murtagh, President HOME OFFICES: ALGONA, IOWA Founded In 1909 • 1909 ^D/tuggtsts' oMutua? $ns«/tance Company ©J $ iii mm iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii^ 1957 equipment, electrical installations, etc. As the fire siren keep;? blowing next Wednesday, it is anticipated that the city dump may well be the recipient of an increased volume of business. Mayor C. C. Shierk stated that residents and . business owners are encouraged to haul their 'fire hazards' to the clump, and if traffic gets too heavy through the dump gate, city police will be detailed snarls. to unravel the Farm folks, while not perhaps hearing the siren blasts on thQ hour, are urged to take slock of fire hazards on their premises, also. Incidentally, the every houp on-the-hour fire siren next Wednesday will not in any way affect the regular handling of a real fire call by the department, since all Algona firemen are now? informed of a fire through tha new short-wave' system direct to their homes, and not necessarily by the fire siren. ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1957 Short Wave Fire Alarm Tells Fire Spot Faster In Ihe above photo, taken at the City hall police department headquarters, city policeman Ernest W. Hutchison demonstrates) how a "fire call" is handled. He is shown answering the fire phone, which is painted red, as he would following a citizen's report of a fire by telephone. Noting down the location of the fire, he immediately turns to the microphone and by voice via short-wave broadcasts the information to all city volunteer firemen, all of whom have receivers in their homes. Their apparatus is operated 24 hours a day from the police department. The Fire phone number? CY 4-2434. • ¥ Pictured above is Fire Chief Ira Kohl, shown in his home at the time a fire call might come in over the recently-installed Plect- ron short-wave fire alarm system. The receiver shown emits tha call as given by city policeman Hutchison above. All firemen's receivers get the call at the same time. Residents of Algona and the surrounding rural area can take comfort from the new way in which Algona volunteer firemen are now able to answer a fire call, for it means that if you are suddenly faced with the disaster of fire, you can now expect help from the firemen far faster than under the old system. You don't want a fire, natural- y. But say you < have one ... :irst thing you do is phone the Fire Number: CY 4-2434. The jolice department answers your call at once on a cleared line, notes down your location, and even before you have hung up is relaying the data on a "hot mike' over short-wave to all city firemen. Say your fire happens at 3:00 a.m., any day. You've reported it. In the homes of all Algona fireman, a startling fi-second- long sharp tune sounds. The fireman instantly tumbles out of bed on that one — and hears the fire location. If he resides "close in", he hits for the fire station, to help get the apparatus moving. If he lives far out, he doesn't bother with going to the station — he knows his buddies will have the trucks rolling. He hits for the fire location, and the result is, under the present system, that when the apparatus rolls up, firemen are there and ready. In the seconds saved, lives can be saved. The short-wave system, called "Plectron", has according to Chief Kohl, added minutes to local fire - fighting strategy, whether in the city or at a farm location. The result is water on the flames sooner, and less total destruction. Incidentally, in case you DO have a fire, remember these three things: (1) First, get your family out of the burning structure (2) Call the Fire Department (3) Fight the fire with whatever means you have at hand. CLERK At Humboldt, they will have a new city clerk for the first time in 25 years. Harry Jakway has announced his retirement as of January first. In fact, he's only the second city clerk since 1900; Arthur Parker served that community from 1900 to 1932. Miltord Plathes Entertain At St. Joe Sunday St. Joe — Mr and MrsJVIilford Plathe entertained on (Sunday, Sept. 29, in observance of tha first birthday of their son, Robert, and also the 48th wedding anniversary of Mrs Plathe's parents, Mr and Mrs John Thul, the birthday of Patricia Wagner, Sept. 28, a granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Thul and the birthday of Mrs Raymond Kohlhaas on Oct. 3rd, a daughter of the Thuls. Guests for the gathering were Mr and Mrs John Thul, Herman Plathe, Mr and Mrs Ted Hilbert and family, Mr and Mrs Richard Thul and family, Mr and Mrs Raymond Kohlhaas and family and Mr and Mrs Sylvester Wagner and family. Alma Illg, Jeanne Reding, Nancy Willfong and Bill Bonnann spent Sunday in Sioux City with Lois WillFong, Kathy Hilbert and Kay Ann Fridercs, students at St. Joseph's School of Nursing. Mr and Mrs Ted Hilbert attended a cattle .sale at Den Moines on Saturday. Mrs Alvin Klein ami daughter, Mi's Frank Hilbert, ami Doris Ann Kohlhuus accompanied Mrs Annie Geischecker of Algona and Barbara Kellner of St. Benedict on Saturday to Webster City where they spent the day at the home of Mr and Mrs Geo. Shanley and Mary Kay. Mr and Mrs Frank Hilbert attended funeral services f.>r Mrs Jim Marso in Waseca, Minn., on Friday. Mrs Marso was an aunt of Mrs Hilbert. Miss Rose Gales and Mrs Shirley from Gilbertsville visited here with relatives and friends. They are sisters of Chris Gsles. EXPLOSION Myles Mark of Leon was badly injured recently when his spray paint machine exploded on a farm near Ellston. Mark was hurled from the machine and his left arm was badly injured. His wife was also stunned by the explosion and she suffered from shock.

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