The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 24, 1957 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 24, 1957
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F *. ^S State Historical aooitty Iowa City; la. Snap-On, Weidenhoff Officials Here To Inspect Algona Plant ^^H^^^^^H 1 For the fifSt tirho fiitlf^ Sftnft- tirvn nt nom ;4/v«» :_ jt_» *. j_n^ •... - * .......... WB*^ ^ Joseph Johnson President Snap-on Tools W. Walter Daniel Vice President, Snap-On President of Weidenhoff Wm* C. Nemitr Treasurer Snap-On Tools Robert L. Grover Secretary. Snap-On Tools 8t Weidenhoff, Inc. 24 Stitches To Close Injury Wesley — Richard Madsen suffered a badly cut right arm below the elbow Friday morning. He was riding on the corn picker which was being driven by Carl Froehlich on the Madsen farm when his arm was caught on the rollers . Froehlich took him to Dr. Paul Warner's office where 24 stitches were required to close the wound. Good Neighbors Aid Schipulls A "good neighbor" deed took place when 10 men, eight combines and tractors and three trucks finished combining 65 acres of soybeans on the farm of Albert Schipull and his son, Everett near LuVerne. v The men were G. M. Will, Harding Hansen, Gail Wolf, Archie Thompson, Jerry Krause, Robert Barber, Edwin Marty, Gordon' Foth, Clare Wingert and Curtis Morgan. Mrs Robert Barker, daughter of the Schipulls, and Mrs Gordon Foth prepared lunch for the men. ' Albert Schipull and his son, Everett, met with a serious car accident that sent them to a Mason City . hospital. Everett had a dislocated right shoulder and will have his arm in a sling for some time. Albert has an injured, back and was in the hospital two weeks. For the first time since Snap- On Tools Corporation of Kenosha, Wis. acquired control of Wei- defthoff Corporation of Algona, over a year ago, the officers and boards .of both corporations will convene in Algona. The meeting here is being held to give the officers an opportunity to inspect the fine 42,000 sq. ft. plant and to, see recently installed new machinery and equipment necssary for produc- tion of new items in the rapidly expanding Weidenhoff line, and for inspecion of the new building program now -nearing completion at the east edge of Algona. Weidenhoff Corporation, subsidiary of Snap-On Tools, purchased the assets of Jos. Weiden- hoff, Inc. from Bowser, Inc. on May 1, 1956. The purchase included 25 acres of land and the then-existing buildings. Wei- denhoff Corporation was organ- ized as an Iowa subsidiary of Snap-On. On May I, 1956, there were 14 employees at the plant. Today there are 85 employees. Meeting today in Algona will be Joseph Johnson, president of Snap-On and a director of both Snap-On and Weidenhoff, as well as president and director Of Snap-On Tools of Canada; ftofer Palmer, Snap-On vice president, a director of Snap-On and Wei- denhoff, and executive vice president of the Canadian- company; Victor M. Cain, Snap-On vice president, and the Canadian company, and a director of all three companies; Wm .C. Nemitz, Snap-pn treasurer and of the Canadian company, and a director of all three companies. W. Walter Daniel, vice president of Snap-On, president of Weidenhoff, and a director of both; Robert L. Grover, secre- tary of Snap-On and Weidenhoff and a director of Weidenhoff; Wm. A. Seidemann, retired vice president of Snap-On and its cofounder with Mr Johnson, and a company director at Kenosha and m Canada; Henry E. Lee, vice chairman of the board of directors of National Boulevard Bank of Chicago and a Snap-On director; and Newton E. Tarble, Los Angeles, a director of Snap-On Tools Corporation. The firm here manufactures specialized automotive test equipment. Snap-On plants are located in Kenosha and Mt. Carmel, I1J., and there are two foreign subsidiaries, m Canada and Mexico. Appropriate enter! ainment plans are being made for the visiting officials, who will leave here Friday. In addition to the plant tour a complete display of all products produced here Mother Succumbs Mr and Mrs Fred Plumb word called to .Downers Grove, 111. on Thursday, Oct. 10. by the illness of Fred's mother, Mrs Wallet Plumb. The elder Mrs Plumb passed away at a nursing home Saturday morning. Burial took place Tuesday at Clarenden Hills, The Fred Plumbs returned home Wednesday. Bionics ESTABLISHED 1863 t ** ? C ?J?<£ cla ? m ! tter ftt the Postofflce at Algona. Iowa. Nov. 1. 1832. under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALQONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1957 County Sues To Recover For State Hospital Care 3 SECTIONS - 22 PAGES Kossuth County is plaintiff in two legal actions filed in district court this past week seeking to recover payments made for care of state institution inmates. Named as joint defendants in one action were Alwin'and Henrietta Huenhold. The county is asking judgment for $2,984.84 which it claims is the amount it should be repaid for care of a patient at Woodward. In the second action, Ray S. and Clair Blossom are named as joint defendants, with the county seeking judgment for $2,183.14 for the care of a patient at another state institution. Both actions were filed by the tax attorneys recently hired by the county to check into tax records and payments. The actions taken are referred to as institutional liens, arising i n cases where the county says it has been paying state care bills for patients when there is someone financially able to care for the patient. The attorneys indicated they had only begun to scratch the surface on these cases in the county. Appearing before Judge G W Stillman, Oct. 23, Wayne J Wagner of North Sioux City, S.D., entered- a plea of guilty to a charge of OMVI and was fined $300 and costs. The case arose April 6, 1957. Two other new court cases have been filed. Marie L. Strohman of Algona is asking a divorce from James Strohman. The couple married March 24, 1955, in Algona. She asks child support terms. The Farm Service Co. of Emmetsburg is* plaintiff in a civil action against Herman Geilenfeld, asking judgment for $262.19 on a claimed bill. Vera, Mayor Candidate On Economy Platform VOL 94 — NO. 43 Frank Vera, candidate for Mayor of Algona, who decided to run for the office 30 minutes be- ore the end of filing and got his nomination papers in on time last Monday, says he will campaign, on a platform of economy. ts "Taxes — up, up, up — where 18 the money going?" aaked Frank. He said .that while the actual area in Algona's city limits hasn't expanded in 50 years and nearly all empty lots are now of new buildings all paying new taxes, yet this increased tax income still hasn't been able to equal the city expenditures. "I think the city debt is about the largest it has ever been," said Vera. Vera was one of six candidates two years ago, when the incumbent mayor, Dr. C. C. Shierk was elected. Shierk is a candidate? for reelection, in the city vote to be held Nov. 5. The other major political development is the fact no candidates filed for council posts in first and second ward, therefore insuring good write-in campaigns in those areas. Besides Shierk and Vera, councilmen Arnie Elbert, third ward, John Dreesman, fourth ward, and Vic Parsons and By- ron Richardson, at-large, and incumbent Francis Bunting of the park commission all filed for reelection. Councilmen not filing were Bob Barnes, first ward, and Leon Laird, second ward. Bajjnes was named in July to take over the council post-of Gene Furst when he resigned, .and Laird was elec't- ed in the fall of 1955 when five new councilmen and a new mayor were elected. Other write-in campaigns remain a possibility, of course, especially with only one candidate for each of four council posts and two candidates for mayor. Various rumors, involving other candidates ran their course before the deadline. It was thought Roy Hutzell, a mayor candidate in 1955, might file again, and that Andrew Crawford and one or two others might file for council posts, but nothing developed. Lack of a large number of candidates for the 1957 city election here doesn't dim the outlook for, an exciting dash to the polls toy local voters, indeed, j exactly the opposite type of elec tion, one full of write-ins and possibly a heavy vote may be th rule. Mrs Albert West, Ledyard, Dies Mrs Albert West, 75, died Monday at the Blue Earth hospital where she had been a patient for several months. She was a resident of Ledyard for 6 years. She was born in Brooklyn, England. Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Methodist church in Ledyard, with Rev. F. G. Samek officiating. Burial will be in Highland Home cemetery, with Garry Funeral Home of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be John Lippstock, Cecil Pingel. Willis P'in- gel, Willis Pingel, Virgil Loucks, Alvin Pusch and Raymond Sorensen. Surviving are her husband, Albert, three daughters, Mrs Alvin (Ethel) Busch. Ledyard; Mrs Raymond (Violet) Sorensen, Lakota: Mrs Virgil (Gladys) Loucks, Ledyard; sons Willis and Cecil Pingel, and two brothers, James Welfare of Estherville and Samuel Welfare of Ledyard. OK Solicitors Get Sheriff Approval Last week's caution from County Attorney Gordon Winkel about magazine subscription solicitations did not apply to the recent VFW magazine drive by representatives of Capper's Weekly. The county VFW netted $396, and over the past 10 years some $1400, all of which has been used in the purchase of hospital equipment for home use of the public. Winkel said that legitimate solicitors will obtain identity cards from Sheriff Lindhorst, or otherwise make themselves and their company connections known before starting a drive I County Chorus Wins A State Blue Ribbon The Kossuth County Rural Woman's Chorus went by chartered bus to Ames recently, where their year's work culminated in an appearance at the State Festival, of the Iowa State Extension Music Department . The local chorus of 22 members was awarded a blue ribbon for its performance of two special songs under the direction of Mrs Lawrence Govern, Titonka, Iowa. In the afternoon, following rehearsal and recording of group singing of this year's songs, all the choruses were grouped on the steps of Curtiss Hall where they sang to a campus audience and were photographed for TV. A banquet was held in the evening. Any woman interested in singing with the chorus is cordially invited to attend a rehearsal and join the group. For rehearsal dates or other information contact any member of the chorus or Mrs Govern. Members of the Kossuth Chorus who attended the Festival were: Mrs Raymond Vigdal, Mrs John Gisch, Mrs Clifford Etherington, Mrs Bert Baldwin, Jr., Mrs Harold Hunt, Mrs Marvin Leigh, Mrs Marlin Meelhause, Mrs Raymond Webb, Mrs Lewis GUbride, Algona; Mrs Everett Steven and Mrs Merle Hoover, Sexton; 'Doris Kuckenreuther, Florence Reynolds, Verla Brandt, Mrs Maurice Bilsborough, Titonka; Mrs Waiter Campney, Mrs Larry Holding, Burt; Mrs Ken-! neth Isaacson, Swea City; and Mrs Ordeen Kabrick, Mrs Jack Nyman, Bancroft. Schools Here Plan Reopening Classes Today After one of the worst sickness epidemics in this area in about 40 years, the invasion of the flu bug (Asiatic and other varieties), it was anparent Wednesday afternoon that residents were beginning to shake it off and get back on the road to healthy living again. An announcement was made by Supt. O. B. Lain? of Algona high school at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday that all public schools in Algona would re-open this morning (Thursday, Oct. 24). - Msgr. P. P. Gearen of St. Cecela s was also contacted regarding reopening of that school and he tated the Academy would open his morning if faculty members lad recovered in sufficient numbers to return to classrooms. The decision of the public schools to re-open was made a a meeting of Laing and schoo principals Wednesday afternoon No final word had been re ceived of possible re-openings a LuVerne, St. Benedict, Cylinder Rodman and West Bend, al closed earlier in the week. Lu- Verne, however, definitely plans not to re-open before Monday Oct. 28. Carol Flynn, 14-year old St. Cecelia student, daughter of MJS Helen Flynn, instructor at the same school, apparently is the most seriously afflicted victim of flu. ' Carol was taken to St. Ann hospital Saturday and Wednesday was still in criticial condition suffering from severe double pneumonia. She originally had a mild case of influenza which developed rapidly into pneumonia, and for several days was in serious condition. She is gaining ground now and has shown improvement but is far from complete recovery now. After . gaining ground in schools, homes, business places and practically everywhere else at a slow rate early last week, 'lu cases became more numerous during the weekend and schools segan closing Monday. Several n the area, including St. Ceceia's, didn't open Monday and ocal public schools closed Monday noon when almost half the jublic school students missed classes Monday morning. Many instructors from all schools were stricken. In fact, almost half the teachers at St. Cecelia's were ill at one time or another. And enough public school teachers ill so the supply of substitute teachers was exhausted. It was not known Wednesday exactly the percentage of students still on the sick list and no figures will be available until roll call is answered today. New T-V Station 60 Miles Away The Federal Communications Commission has approved the granting of a TV channel to KNUJ, Inc., New Ulm, Minn, and for establishment of a transmitter to be located south west of Mankato, near Lewisville, Minn. KNUJ is owned by the New Ulm .Daily Journal, which also owns, the Fairmont Sentinel. The new TV station will have channel 12, and will probably be received in Algona, a distance of some 60 air miles from the trans- nitter location. A 1,000 foot tower is planned, with maximum watts at 336,000. There has been a four way ight for allocation of a TV channel in the area, but Walter K. Mickelson, president of KNUJ, seems to have led a successful fight for his application. Licenses To Wed To 4 Couples Four wedding licenses were issued by Clerk of Court Alma Pearson during the week. They went to the following couples: Oct. 17 — James C. Scuffharn and Daiiene F. Wagner, Algona. Oct. 18 — Gerald tfedersen, Ledyard, and Dorothy Gade, Algona. Oct. 19 — Charles Hallbauer, Cherokee, and Ruth Zumach, Sioux City; and Franklin Pruis- man, Jr., Sexton, and Sandra Hudson, Algona. Proxmire C Unite ;Fc ile U.S Says Modified Brannan Plan Worth A Try Senator Wm. Proxmire o Wisconsin, speaking at the Plan tation Ballroom last night before a crowd estimated at from 800 to 1,000 persons, called for a unitec national action to speed up the progress of the United States in missile development, and some method to stimulate the interest of young Americans in science and scientific developments.' The speech was delivered at a nine-county Democratic party rally., Other program speakers were Congressman Merwin Coad of the 6th Iowa district, Jake More, state Democratic chairman, and Dr. Robert Johnson, executive assistant- to Governor Herschel Loveless. . Governor Loveless i could not attend, having-:*- pribr speaking- engagement in Des Moines. Mrs Loveless, however, was in attendance. " On Farm Subject Senator Proxmire also touched on the .administration and leadership in the present farm program under Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson. He said that his election in Wisconsin in a special runoff to fill the Senate seat held by the late Joe McCarthy,, was clearcut. "My opponent was pro-Benson. I was anti-Benson." Proxmire carried every rural precinct in his state in his 120,000 majority victory. "Everybody sets his own price except the farmer", said Proxmire. "I feel that if Benson ihinks the principles of the Brannan plan are sound for folks in Utah, his home state, with wool a major product under the support, he should be willing to admit they might also have merits in other fields of agriculture." Cong. Coad Speaks Congressman Merwin Coad of Boone leveled some direct criticism at the present Republican administration. "The farm situation is demoralized, the tight money policy is constricting business and trade at the wrong level, we are losing the confidence of our friends abroad, and we are second to Russia at the present time in the missile race," The Congressman said. "With all of this we are met with the confounding indifference and inaction of the Eisenhower administration." Coad referred to a speech made by Iowa Senator Tom Martin recently lauding the Benson farm program, then pointed out that there are 1,800,000 fewer farm folks than there were a year ago. 'Ms that accomplishment?" asked Coad. Coad introduced Senator Proxmire .., "the man who couldn't win — but did!" Paul Hellwege of Boone, 6th district national comrnitteeman of the Democratic party, acted as toastmaster. ri — A few minutes after Senator and Mrs Wm. Proxmire of 'Wisconsin w fyening the Senator held a p ress conference at the Algona Hotel. Pictured above* ht, are Jake More, ^tate Democratic chairman, Mrs Herschel, Loveless, wife of «lowa'& fiover- n m w^' Se ^ iort Pro *™* e > ' *P* Congressman Merwi^Coat'WStS Ld his^felfrdv i f St S' Wl ?= an £ s.^PPed overnight in Algona. Press, radio and -TV coverage wasjjiven4hl ally at the Plantation Ballroom. (Foto by Nels Isaacson — UDM engraving).. , \ ' . nor, Ask Gas Rate Increase A proposed gas rale increate, which would affect every user of natural gas in Algona, was to be discussed by Algona's city council during a special session Wednesday night. Oct; 23. The increase, first since users began purchasing natural gas here in the fall of 1954, was asked for by the North Central Public Service Co., 'Algona. According to Dick Carr, manager of the local gas firm, estimates of needed increases in gas costs to customers are not largo. On the basis of figures obtainable, customers with two or three ap- pliances, stove, dryer, hot water heater, etc., would pay about 25 cents per month more for natural gas in the future, if the increase is okayed, than they do now. Persons using gas for heating and appliances, which would apply to many local home owners, would pay about $1,25 more per month for gas, and commercial users, including business and office buildings in the city, would pay about $3.25 per month more than the present rate. Three wholesale price increases have been forwarded to North Central since gas Lone Rock Case In Local Court A Lone Rock man, Alfred 'Schadendorf, was fined $10 and costs, with the fine suspended, for disturbing the peace in a case heard by Mayor C. C. Shierk Tuesday morning. . The case, involving the Town of Lone Rock as plaintiff and Schadendorf, defendant, was a result of an argument between the defendant and an unnamed man in the pool hall at Lone Rock. In some way, a beer bottle was tossed, ricocheted off Schadendorf s head and crashed through a plate glass window in the front of the building. J. W. Pentecost Passes; Rites Here Friday Funeral services for James W Pentecost, 76, long-time resident of Algona, will be held tomorrow (Friday) in McCullough's Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. with Rev. Cou- ghenauer, Methodist minister officiating. Burial will be al Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers will include Dick and Reiner Helmers, Robert and Roland Thompso/i. Mr Pentecost died suddenly at his home here at 1413 Commercial street Tuesday. James Willard Pentecost, son of Scarbar and Sarah Shalb Pentecost, was born June 16, 1881 in Kansas. He was married to Louise Butts, June 4, 1912, at Titonka and was employed as a railroad machinist for many years. He was a member of the Railroad Brotherhood and I. B. of F. O. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Irene (Mrs Louis Heetland), Renwick; and Hazel (Mrs Gordon Johnson), Santa Clara, Cal.; three sons, Howard, Algona; Geo. Hobarton; and James, Jr., Southgate, Cal.; 2 sisters, Mrs L. Hartshorn, Algona; and Mrs Mahalia Novak, Wagner, S. D-; six grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. His parents and a daughter, Florence, who died in infancy in 1923, preceded him in death. Skin Grafting Ledywd — Alfred Kramers- meier is in Rochester having skin grafted on his hand which was injured recently in a combine accident. Parents Of Girl, 15, File Charge Parents of a 15 year-old West Bend girl, already on probation, filed a charge of statutory rape against Sam Schneider, 24, of Irvington, in Justice of the Peace C. H. Ostwinkle's court this week. A preliminary hearing was not completed due to the illness of the defendant's attorney, L. W. Nitchals, and the hearing has been continued until Nitchals re. covers. Appearance bond was set at $5,000 which Schneider could not furnish. He is in the county jail. Anna Raskopf, 82, Services Friday Last rites for Mrs Anna Ras- topf, 82, lifelong resident of the 5t. Benedict area, will be held lYiday at 9:30 a.m. in the St, Jenedicf Catholic church with ley. Charles Ernst officiating. Burial will be in the St. Benedict cemetery. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of ar- angements. Pallbearers at the funeral will be Jack Ludwig, Anthony Grandgenett, Don McCarthy, Clarence Siemer, Nick Amdorfer and Jerry Garman. Mrs Raskopf died at St. Ann hospital Wednesday morning following an illness of two years. Anna Rahm, daughter of Mr and Mrs Martin Rahm, was born Jan. 30, 1875, at St. Benedict and was married to John L- Raskopf there Nov. 13, 1893. Mr Raskopf preceded his wife in death Survivors include two sisters, Mary (Mrs Henry Seller), and Celestine (Mrs Frank Eis.en- barth), both of A1 was turned on for the first tune here. The latest came August 27, this year, and that increase, combined with a raise of 18 percent in material and labor costs since 1954, serve as a basis for the proposed increase to customers. North Central installed more than $400,000 worth of pipes and miscellaneous equipment before going into operation, and under th* franchise passed by city voters in 1952 is allowed to make a fair profit on its investment. During recent months, natural gas price increases to customers at Spencer and EstherviUe and other citiea in the mid-west have been allowed and put into effect. Final action on an increase her* will probably not be taken for some time. Matilda Meyer .'? • > v . ?''•*. OfLuVfrne, v 77, Succumbs LuVerne ~~ A lifetime resident of this area, Mrs Matilda Meyer. 77, died Wednesday morning in Lutheran hospital at Fort Podge, She had been a patient there since Monday. Exact cause of death was not known, but Mra Meyer was thought to be suf» fering from pneumonia. Funeral arrangements, in charge of the Blake Funeral Home, were incomplete at press' time. Mrs Meyer was born on a farm two miles west of LuVerne and/ lived in that area all her life, She had lived with her children during the past few years and more recently with a daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Her* , man Hinz at LuVerne. Her hus* band died in 1946 and several brothers and sisters also prececU ed her in death. Survivors include four sons and four daughters, Ferdinand and Harold Meyer and Mrs Her, man Hinz, LuVerne; Bins Pa«J Maass and Mrs Floyd Mastersqn, BrookfieJd, Mo.; Erhart Meyep, Henderson; Ernest Meyer, WhJlU temore; and Mrs Qrvjlle Ramus. Fort Dodge; a brother, Fr*4 Tiede, LuVerne; two sisters, Mt* Smroa Ristau, Nora Swop: ajo4 Mrs Li?zie Broderson, Qleabyrn. N. B.; if giawdcljildfeii and if great-graodchildren.

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