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2-Algono (la.) Upper DM Moln»» Thursday, October 31, 1957 WHY TAXES CANT DECREASE An interesting hearing is going on before 6 house committee on government Operations in Washington. The general object is to get various expressions of ways and means to redi/ce government costs. This is always interesting; it has been done before, always with negligible results however. Many ideas have been presented, including one that advocates a reduction in the total number of counties. This makes us chuckle a little. About 20 years ago we wrote an editorial on the very same subject, pointing out that the present county system was based on horse and buggy or ox cart mode of travel. The editorial stirred no great public demand for county consolidation, and got a couple of county officials mad who thought we were suggesting that their jobs be eliminated. It Is nice, however, to find that 20 years later a Congressional committee is being offered the same suggestion, dnd by an ex-president of the United States at that. Well, another suggestion was that the number of tax levying authorities be reduced. This, of course, sounds pretty good. But let's take Kossuth county as an example. Just ih the past few years instead of fewer tax- levying authorities, we have more. Here are two examples. Someone in the state legislature got a bright idea and presto — we have a new County assessor law. This finally wound up with a whole new assessor's department separated from, the county auditor's office, where it had successfully rested for many years. In the final windup, then, the new county assessor setup became separate — and a new unit for the public to support with tax levies. We don't know what the exact comparative costs are, but we'll wager the county assessor law resulted in a far higher cost for assessing than existed previously, and we foisjed it on ourselves. Then let's see what has happened in education. Twenty years or so ago there were 60 or 70 rural schools in the county, supervised by a county superintendent. His wife was his only assistant. Today we don't have a single rural school in operation in the county. But what has happened. Some real good promoters somewhere got the legislature to pass new laws setting up an elective county board of education to run the county superintendent. Today the mechanics of the county superintendent oi schools office is such that without b smglaueJucai school to supervise, it now takes four or'ffve or six people to do it and an elective board at the top to direct the operation. All of this, of course, is supported by another additional tax levy that didn't exist until a few years ago. And so It goes. When we talk about decreasing taxes we had better be realistic. So long as we get saddled with more and more tax levies to support more and more new and expensive units of government, we can expect only one direction for total taxes to go — UPI * * * Just for a while we wish the syndicated editorial, page columnists of the Des Moines Register and the Des .Moines Tribune could be exchanged. The morning paper's writers are all of7the ultra conservative, stand-pat variety; the evening ppper has a few who call a spade a spade and aren't afraid to tangle with the powers that be — but nobody ever gets to read them in the rural areas because hardly anyone there reads the Tribune. •-..-* w ,* Labor -- More business bankruptcies were filed in" court during the year ending last June 30 than in any other year since the Federal Bankruptcy Act was passed in 1898, the Administration Office of the U. S, Courts reported. Nearly all the bankruptcies represent small; businesses forced to the waJL Bankruptcy petitions during the 1956-57 year totaled 73,. 761 up 11,675 from the previous year, the judicial report said. -a 111 E. C8J1 Street—Ph. CY, 4-3535— Algona, Iowa Entered M Becond claw matter at. the postoffice at Algona, low*, under Act oi Congress of March 3, 1879. * -..II! ..... in,,,, ,IM , ,...l|. IN... II.......M - . - 1 - U, Ill " Issued Thursdays in 1957 By THE UPPER DES MOWES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. 33RLANDER, Advertising Manager NATIONAL LO'TQUiAt @. w or ^ClftggfcATKJifB Weekly ffow*|*»pw Bepresentatives, Inc. 404 Fifth AvlrNew York 18. N. Y. Chicago 1, IU. M*e» IN KPSSWTH so. gATEfi OUTSIDE KQgSUTH ' _,~,....—.sa.00 _„ MWS yw -,-fo.oo # JUOttUUf- IUTW COUNTY NEWSPAPER THE OLD DONKEY HAS LIFE In a year between elections, nearly 1,000 persons attended a Democratic party rally at the Plantation Ballroom, last week, to hear a Wisconsin U. S. Senator and cm loWa Congressman speak. The admission, including a box lunch dinner, was $5 a person. To have an attendance of this size at such a function, in a year when there are no elections pending, we think, is somewhat unusual, and also somewhat surprising. The purpose of the meeting, in addition to bringing two top notch party speakers before the public, was to raise funds toward the 1958 campaign. A great many folks in this area evidently wanted to hear both Proxmire and Coad and also to help the party treasury. There seems to be plenty of life in the old Democratic donkey in these here parts, and if the Demos can't count on party donations In big chunks from big business as does the GOP, perhaps they can make up tor it in smaller contributions from a greater number. And the program committee used good sense and judgment; the entire affair was over by 10 p.m. before anyone got too tired of listen* ing. *. * * EXPANDING CITY'S AREA We trust that the election on Nov. 5 6ver the question of annexing 160 acres of ground to the City of Algona will not result in long- lasting ill will. It is likely that the measure will receive support from" 60% or more of those voting; the average citizen is likely to feel that annexation is a progressive step and will give the city more room to grow. We are hopeful that if the measure passes, it will also not prove to be tj. financial hardship on those now living outside the city limits oti the 160 acres in question. The rest of us, living within the city limits, should remember that these folks who moved outside the city limits, built their own homes, put in their own septic tank .systems, provided themselves wifn water, and similiar things on their own which are usually ^provided within the city limits by the municipality itself. It is certainly true that the "room to breath" within Algona has diminished rapidly these past few years. Until a few years ago there was a considerable area in the eastern section of Ali ^ona standing vacant. The past few years, have seen these populated with new homes. When the new Catholic high school is constructed, thVfasf large remaining land units now vacant will be pretty well used up, and the question is — where from there? City boundaries to the north and west and south are curtailed by the Des Moines river. We have nowhere else to go but east and southeast. If the annexation is voted, as we anticipate it will be, we do trust, however, that the absorbed home and land owners will receive just consideration in whatever developments may take place in that area. They deserve fair treat ment without undue financial strain if such a thing is possible. * * * CITY WILL RESIST TAX RAISE Humboldt Republican — This past summer many property owners received a notice that the tax valuation on their property was being raised. The Board of Assessments and Review made the raise because Jhey felt there was a need for better equalization of the tax values. No property owner could be in accord with their action for it meant a raise in his or her taxes; but the worst was yet to come. In spite of the approximate ten percent raise in valuations by the county board, the state board recently announced a ten percent raise in tax valu ations in Humboldt. This, coupled with the recent ten percent raise, would make a total increase of twenty percent. Shades of Midas! Does the state board believe this city is paved with gold? Mayor Snyder has advised us i that the city of Kumboldt is protesting the raise, and that is as it should be. A twenty percent total raise is completely unfair and unwarranted. We hope the city is able to convince the state board of the unfairness of their intended raise. This whole matter is the direct result of the Assessor's Law, which was passed by the state legislature some time ago, under the guise that it would make for better equalization of tax valuations. More trouble, arguments, and unfair raises have come as the result of this law than from any other law which we can remember. What the passage of-the Assessors Law- meant, in reality, was a complete surrender of county rights to a state board. This is never good, but some powerful arguments were presented which convinced the legislature they should pass the law. It was a mistake, and events since its passage have demonstrated just how big a mistake it was. We hope thfe city of Humboldt can win its argument with the state board. * * * NOT SATISFIED Lyon County Reporter — The republican party will very shortly have to reassess its position 3$ regards the farm problem, Secretary Benson is hurting the party very much by his firm stand against high supports -T- because the farmers do Rot like this position. Republicans can not continue to ask the farmers to take a low income while other segments of. the economy T- especially big business and big labor are permitted to have greater and greater return*. A failure to find a solution — which will giye the farmer a return that will put him on a parity .with other major economic groups is un* ftceeptable -^ if the republican party expects any substantial part of the agricultural vote to stay in the republican column. STRICTLY BUSINESS "• . . Having tested yoor trick cigar, I on iU superior taste and explosive wish to comment quality " BEHIND IKE'S BROADCASTS An avalanche of anti-administration mail from folks jittery over Russia's scientific advances — that was one reason President Eisenhower decided on his series of radio and TV talks detailing our scientific progress. A confidential report discloses that the launching of the first Russian satellite brought the most mail critical of the White House since the peak days of the controversial 1958 federal budget. • ' WHY NIXON CANCELLED— Vice President Richard Nixon announced he called off his extensive European tour because of press of work. There were actually, three reasons: 1. More countries than Nixon could possibly visit in his limited time had sent formal invitations to him. (Protocol dictates that :the syifie president visit every TOurjtrj** issuing an invitation). w *2. *!tlft State! Department considered the timing bad because of the serious dip in our prestige abroad due to the Sputnik. 3. Nixon was needed here to help draft the President's policymaking address to Congress in January. MYSTERY WITNESS — The Senate rackets committee is hoping against hope to entice a key witness into this country from Canada to testify against nathan Shefferman ... This is for the latest series of hearings purporting to show there was collusion with big companies to rid themselves of organized labor. The witness: Dr. Louis Che- cov, one of Shefferman's top assistants in the nationwide "antiunion" operation. Checov refuses to budge despite every threat the rackets committee has used on him. A SMALLER BUDGET? — President Eisenhower has ordered his budget people to hold 1959 federal* spending estimate to $70 billion ... That's Jess than last, year's estimated budget. The President 'hopes to keep costs down by shrinking the size of Big Government. More than a billion more will go .into missiles, but any extra money can be drawn from the $32 billion now in the Defense Department's unexpended funds-jfmoney allotted earlier j«but nofesj5"ent)V\ There's one big«-hitch-in Ike's big economy hopes.. .State governments will demand more federal grants than ever before. MORE BENSON.CRITICISM— The- beleaguered Agriculture Secretary, Ezra Benson, now faces new criticism — for using taxpayers' money to help pay for a world junket for two of his daughters. At his "bon voyage" press conference, Benson (flushed when asked if the government was standing expenses for the girls who are accompanying the secretary on the 25-day trip ... But he refused to answer the question. Later, however,, an assistant told reporters the government would take care of the girls' transportation, and nothing else. SYMPATHY FOR IKE-*- Despite the barbs aimed by Ike's critics on his handling of the Little Rock racial dispute, the President is receiving an amazing amount of sympathy from folks around the nation. They're writing their congressmen saying that it wasn't Jke'3 fault that Gov. Faubvjs acted so contrarily and had to be dealt with sternly. "Why blame Ike?" the letter-writers are'asking. CAPITAL BRIEFS *- Gwen Cafritz, aspiring to be the Capital's No. 1 hostess, slipped a notch in social esteem when Queen Elizabeth was here ... She was not invited to the queen'« formal, dinner, while her biggest competitor, Millionairess Marjorie Merriweather Post, was. The Internal Revenue Deparlf ment is launching the greatest crackdown in history on questionable business expense deductions of big and small 'companies ... They let it be known they really mean business. A federal "space agency" may be set up in Washington in '58 '... Sen. Charles Potter of Michigan will introduce a resolution calling for a "Scientific Progress Adminstration" to oversee outer- space Developments. " The Agriculture Department expresses alarm over the amazing drop in farm population this year .— .1,861,000. That's one- tenth of our total farm workers. FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES NOV. 4, 1937 * * » Two men, H. C. McLaughlin of Des Moines and Lowell Kruse of Westside were cremated when an auto owned by the former and one driven by E .C. Allen of LuVerne collided at an intersection a mile east of St. Joe at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The deaths were the fifth within a five mile radius in that area in the past four days. The McLaughlin vehicle was headed north, the Allen machine east at the time of the crash. Mr Allen and his father, H. C. Allen, also of LuVerne, escaped with only minor injuries. McLaughlin, a representative of the State Automobile Insurance Association, was in the area checking on a crash four days? * earlier which had claimed three lives. • » * Algona vaulted into first place in the North Central Conference with a win over Clarion, 20-19, and a 6-6 tie with the strong Eagles of Eagle Grove, while Webster City knocked off previously unbeaten Iowa Falls, 6-0. The Bulldogs, . less center Bud Anderson, who fractured an ankle in the closing minutes of the Eagle Grove contest, were set to meet Humboldt in the final fray of the year Nov. 11. • • * • Two long-time railroad men retired during the • week, They were Martin Didricksen and George Kanouff, both of Algona. Mr Didricksen, section forman of the Milwaukee Road for the past 24 years and an employee of that railroad for 44 years, retired Thursday. Mr Kanouff had been a mail clerk on the same road for 31 years, including 26 years while located here. * * * Three young men from the Corwith area luckily escaped serious injury when, the auto in which they were riding struck a rut and . overturned several tiines, landing in a field. Injuries were limited to cuts and bruises but the auto was a total loss. ' * * '• * Fire of ao undetermined origin destroyed the house and all it contained on the farm of Mrs Emma Heifner near Titonka Saturday afternoon. The blaze was discovered by the owner's grand- sqn, Clair Heifner, who farmed the place, but the fire was out of ha,nd Ijy the time firemen got to* the scene and all was lost. Exact cause was .not known, although a smouldering flue may have been the trouble. • ••• * » t Coffee, 19 cants; swe«i potatoes, 5 Ibs., 16 cents; <Jo»-n Flakes, I ior 19 cents; tomato soup, 4 cans, 25 cents; hamburger, 2 Ibs., 98 «*nt8; flaw, 48 Ibs., $1,39; and light syrup, 59 cents per gallon, were only a few of the specials listed in one grbtery ad, * * t A hen HK>iti«r*d thrw kittens on the M. L. Roney farm east o! Irvington recently. The opportunity for the hen to become a mother cat became a reality when the kittens fell out of the hay loft while the real mother was away. Now a hen just can't provide the necessary food for a group of young kittens, so despite her fihe efforts she had to be penned up and the young ones returned to their real mother for a complete up-bringing. t * * Dr. William M. Shipley, doe- tor at Ottosen for the past 39 year's .died Saturday in a Fort Dodge hospital. He was 65 years of age. Dr. Shipley began his practice of medicine at Ottosen in, 1898 and followed his profession until his death. Survivors include his wife and three daughters. » * * In ihe farm news. A new corn crib was being built on the Mrs S. C. Spear farm two miles north of Algona by, Joe Platt and son of Irvington and George Boevers and son of Union township purchased a new 2-row mounted corn picker last Week to replace a single row. » • « Mrs Helen While, wife oi lawyer Hiram White and a clerk at the James Drug store, Was chosen as clerk of the month by an unknown shopper for the month of October. Others rated high for the month included Fred Shilts and Everett Anderson. About the latter, the unknown shopper said, "very pleasant to customers and always helpful with food suggestions." Everett worked at Anderson's Jack Sprat grocery store. Behind The ie Sets WITH BUDDY MASON Hollywood, Calif. — Perhaps you've wondered why most comedians maintain that burlesque offers the best schooling for young comics. Our funnymen make solemn, statements to this effect, then promptly change the subject 1 A recent interview with veteran comedian Hank Henry may hold the answer to this reluctance on the part of the baggy- pants fraternity to elaborate on the matter. * * * • : Hank U currently playing a wIse-cracMn&V-night club owner with Ritb. Hay worth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak in the Essex-George Sydney production, "Pal Joey," fof Columbia release. He speaks with the authority of 20 years experience in Show business. Two decades spent in musical comedies, hight- * p o t entertaining, vaudeville and burlesque. For six years Hank Henry has been the main attraction at the Silver Slipper in Las Vegas. * » * Some of life's lessons art be*i learned the hard way. Any wisdom acquired while an impatient teacher beats out a measured bongo beat on ten grubby, little knuckles with an even 12 inches of hardwood measuring equipment is likely to be remembered. If many of our more select exponents of the artistic prattfall, and well-timei| slapstick impact, hesitate to recall more details of their early schooling in burlesque, they may have their own reasons. /* * * According io Hank Henry, and he should know, a burlesque audience is by far the tough sounding 'board in the business. Says Hank, To begin with, you know that 90 per cent of your audience came to see the dancing girls. Let's face it. To them, you are an intruder. And, a restless, belligerent audience is absolute poison to any comedian. * * * A budding young comic, bent on evoking hearty laughs from these somewhat less than enthusiastic gatherings, is more than likely to encounter a few heartbreaking experiences. "In such a setup," notes Henry, "it isn't at all surprising to run into a lot of impatient hecklers. Keeping an extrovert of this type In his place is an art. To become a good comedian, you must learn how to do this and yet keep the show going at a good clip." * * • A prospective, young burlesque comic most certainly is NOT training for a life of ease. To quote Henry, "I don't know who the first guy was who caught a pie with his face, spilled soup on his dress suit, took the first pratt- fall, was first to slip on an empty banana, or fell into a pool with all his clothes on, or swallowed the first goldfish, but I'd bet my life he was a burlesque comedian. * * * "It's a strange thing, muses Henry," but people have to laugh at the other guy's misfortune. The more punishment you take, the more they howl. Up to a point, that is. If they think you are seriously hurt, then they stop laughing. And, if they stop laughing, then the comedian is seriously hurt. Being funny is a funny business!" * * » A real comedian will suffer any discomfort for a good laugh. It's all pact.of .•Uiergame,.*. If ',.'.„ reaping a'harvest, of laughs, he!^ work his heart' out under the most trying conditions. With- hold the laughs and he'll eat Ms heart out. Is it any wonder then, that Mr Comedian's fnfe- mory conveniently skids off onto a detour when he recalls an early apprenticeship. A soul sear- Ing time when a fledging comic held center stage, beating himself to death before a stony- faced mob that was "waitin* for 'em to bring on the girls."? Pile At Swea City Mayor E .L. Hansen and five present Swea City council members have filed for re-election Nov. 5. Councilmen arc Wm. Boland, Alfred Anderson, Monford Peterson, Lowell Roberts, and Martin Dahl. Also a candidate for the council is Lloyd Jansick. tmLITISB A meeting of the Board of Trustees of the AlRona Municipal Utilities was held in the City Rail, City of Algona, Io\va, Oct. 18, 1B87, at 7:30 o'clock P.M. Present were: M. J. Bradley, C. R. McQulston, Allen Buchanan, T. James Palmer, Supt., Ira Kohl, Secretary and R. G. Buchanan, Attorney. The minutes of the meeting of Oct. 1, 1D57, were read and approved. Motion by McQulston, seconded by Buchanan, that the vouchers payable be approved nnd authorized paid as audited. Motion carried. All voting "Aye". LIOHT FUND W. W. Sullivan, P.M.. postage $ 39.32 Iowa Employment Security Commission, tax — 343.33 Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, tax 525.92 Pay Roll, pay roll — 1.821.44 Milton Bllyeu, labor 181.90 Mervln Hentges, labor 107.32 Wilbur E. Bruner, labor 96.70 Iowa State Bank, withholding tax 272.10 Soc. Sec. Fund, soc. sec. tax — 135.80 North Central Tree Service, on contract „ 8,438.70 Treasurer of The State of Iowa, St. sales tax 1,204.64 Treasurer of The State of Iowa, use tax 82.73 WATER FUND Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, tax .s. 124.02 Iowa' Employment Security Commission, tax 81.58 Pay Roll, pay roll 328.41 Walter Peterson, labor 148.79 Iowa State Bank, withholding tax 20.20 Soc. Sec. Fund, soc. sec. tax - 21.73 Treasurer of Tlie State of Iowa, st.' sales tax 331.02 North Cen. Pub. Ser Co., gas bills 2.50 DEPOSIT FUND Marvin Int Veld et al, refund 80.00 SOCIAL SECURITY FUND Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, tax 649.93 Iowa Employment Security Commission, tax 424.90 Sealed bids'for extension of Water Main to the Weidenhoff Corp. were opened and read as follows: Thomas H. Guess, Emmetsburg, la., lump sum bid $3,220.00 Lee M. Hatcher and Dick Helmers. Algona, la., lump sum bid $2,510.00 Luther Fairbanks Jr., Burt, la,, lump sum bid $2,771.50 A resolution approving a contract with the Weidenhoff Corp., was passed and adopted. • A resolution accepting the low s bid of Lee M. Hatcher and Dick Helmers, and approving" a contract for extension of water mains, was passed and adopted. Next meeting date was set for Oct. 31, 1957, at 7:30 o'clock P. M. ;. adjourned. . .... £.-,-«•>':•- :1 ••• /S/ Ira Kohl • Secretary/S/ M. Joseph Bradley President of the Board HEADQUARTERS FOR A NEW ALL LEADING MAKES • ALL MODELS • ALL THE NEW DECORATOR COLORS • ALL GUARANTEED SMITH CORONA • UNDERWOOD REMINGTON t ROYAL (Time Payment Plan If Desired - As little As $1.00 A Week) STOP IN - iOOK THEM OVER - AT THE Upper Des Moines Pub. Co. ill E. Call St. OFFICE SUPPIY DIPT, l*wa

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