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Larg**t N«v/tpap«r Clreulatton BY RUSS WALLER * * * Fred Wirtz, West Bend, has written and had printed a memorial to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, In the form of a song with words adapted to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The song has secured an International copyright. The front cover has a beautiful picture of the late president, the song is on the inside two pages in seven stanzas. The music brochure is being sold for 25<? each. * * * We had an office visitor, Tuesday. He was D. R. Hantelman of Tyner, Sask., Canada, a former Kossuth man who went to Canada about 20 years ago and now farms five sections, all in wheat. He and his wife had been back here on a visit and to attend the Spear-Vaske wedding. They expected to return shortly to their Canadian home, 1300 miles from here. The Hantelmans keep in touch with their old home area through the Upper Des Moines. * * * Herb Owens, feature writer for the Des Moines Tribune, had a nice article about Gus Sjogren of Algona, now 82, and probably the oldest grocer in these parts. For many years Gus, and a partner, Oliver Moe, operated the Moe & Sjogren grocery, next door to the Iowa State Bank. His sons, Dick and Don, are following the family tradition. Gus said in the article that he .- got his start when Charlie Murtagh, local banker of that time, amazed him by having enough faith in him to loan $1,500 with"- but security other than his signature. * * * After reading where Evelyn Cady had an old Mexican coin which she offered to give to the first person asking for it, we wondered ... did Dick Palmer make it in time ? * * * Up at Estherville, last week, city police towed 19 cars off the streets to enforce an ordinance which forbids parking more than 12 hours. Every one of the 19 car owners had the same reason for leaving the machines over 12 hours ... they couldn't get them started in that 20 below period. * * * The decision to remove all family personnel of military men from South Viet Nam makes us wonder . . . why were they there in the first place ... it has always been one of our weaknesses to have families of fight- Ing men in military danger zones . . . when it's war, brush fire or otherwise, families belong at home in the U. S. A. * * * Let us hope that the sifting committees of the House and Senate in Des Moines, do their job well . . . sifting the good from the bad, and especially the sensible from the impractical. * * * Don Minard of Algona received a traffic ticket at Hopkinton, Iowa. The notation on the police ticket was written exactly as below: •' Parcking in Stochton with tra- ler sticking clear out in mideal of streat with no lights on and unantended," Don paid the fine, then asked the mayor to explain on the ticket so he could show it to his boss. The mayor wrote exactly as follows; "This man driven your truck was find in our mary cort for improper parking. The fine was 6 dollars." * * * 1§6S 'Entered as second class matter at the postottlce at Algona. Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932. under Act of Congress of March 3, 18i9. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1965 16 Pagt« In On* Section VOL.. 100 - NO 13 216 Register At 9th Annual Algona Picnic In California Left to right, at the Algona Picnic in California, Feb. 7, were the above folks: Don Smith, Ed Genrich, Mrs. Don Smith, Genevieve Genrich, Russell Maxwell, Ed Wolcott and Mrs. WolcotL The Smiths and Wolcotts are Algonans visiting in California. Left to right, Hugo Johnson, Dutch Swanson, Kenny Samp and Jerome Neilsen and son. This group, left to right, includes Doris Drayton Richter, Jerome Neilsen, Betty Mesing Soppeland, Howard Genrich, Fern Johnson Haynes, Kenneth Bakken, Patricia Pollard Bakken and Ruth Ellen Gorman Thilges. (Photosby EdGenrich and assistants). Snow Blamed For Crashes; 2 Hurt A total of five mishaps were investigated by area officers during the weekend, with two persons, Eugene H. Kelley, 51, Algona, and Edward Burggraaff, 20, Sheldon, suffering minor neck injuries in separate crashes. Kelley was injured in one of two crashes here Sunday. His auto and a car driven by Gary L, Rochleau, 17, Algona, collided on McGregor street at 5:24 p.m., with a total of $200 damage estimated to the vehicles by police who investigated. Burggraaff was hurt when his auto and a car driven by Gary L. Wunschel, 19, Sac City, collided one-fourth mile south of Algona on highway 169 at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, Deputy Sheriff Don Wood investigated and estimated damage to the autos at $100. Poor visibility was blamed for a second crash here Sunday, when cars driven by Richard J. Elbert, 21, and Carl P. Ludwig, 51, both of Algona, collided at the intersection of Garfield and Oak streets at 11:55 a.m. Damage to the cars totaled $450, according to investigating police officers. At 10:15 a.m. Saturday, a car driven by George A. Leigh, 48, Thompson, and a truck driven by Mathew J. Moellenhoff, 47, Elmore, collided one-fourth mile north and one-fourth mile east of Lakota on highway 9, and the latter was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way after stopping at a stop sign. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst investigated and estimated damages to the vehicles at $900, A total of $145 damage was estimated after cars driven by Al Agena, 59, and Albert W. Adams, 63, both of Algona, collided at the intersection of East North and Main streets here at 11:25 a.m. Friday. Snow-packed streets were blamed by police who investigated. Funeral services were at the IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR! Famous Last Line - J can get a strike anytime I want, but sometime I don't want to! Of Lone Rock Dies Sunday Mrs, Henry Hartwejl, who lived in Lone Rock most of her life, died Sunday at Heritage rest home In Bancroft. Mrs. Hartwell, 70, had moved into the rest home last Wednesday. She had been a semi- invalid for almost three years while living with a daughter, Mrs, Ervin Wetzel, in Lone Rock. Mrs. Hartwell had been hos- pitalised, in Algona from Jan. 13 until moving to Bancroft. Lone Rock Presbyterian church at 2'p. m. .Wednesday with Rev. Fred C. Preul of Fenton officiating, The former Mary Elizabeth Brooks was born Nov. 22, 1885 in Tennessee and the family moved to Missouri In 1916, the couple moved to the Lone Rock area where they farmed until retirement. Mr. Hartwell is in a rest home in Algona. Mrs. Hartwell leaves her daughter, Mrs. Wetzel of Lone Rock; one grandchild and one great- grandchild; one brother, Charles Brooks of Macomb, Mo.; four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Hafner of Stillwater, Okla.; Hattie E. Wilson of St. Louis, Mo., Maggie Brooks of Nevada, Mo., andMrs, Virgil Miller of McComb, Mo. Former Algona folks broke previous attendance records at the 9th Algona Picnic held at Huntington Beach, Cal., February 7. Including 43 children, 216 were registered. Southern California's sun was bright and warm, adding to the jovial renewal of acquaintances. The California residents and their towns are: ANAHEIM: Mr. and Mrs. Jon Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Soppeland, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond ; Dacken, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kennedy, Jimmy Shipler, Nancy ' Muckey, Barbara Kuchenreuther, ', Mr. and Mrs. Willis Erdman.. BELLFLOWER: VerleHarlan. BURBANK: Mrs. Ada Jasperson McCorkle. CLAREMONT: Mr. andMrs. Jess Riddle. EL CAJON: Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Brown, Leona E. Woods. FULLERTON: C. H. "Dutch" Swanson, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Crawford. GARDEN GROVE: Be mice Harrington Fuller, Robert Fuller. GLENDALE: Mr. and Mrs. Harry McCorkle, Mr. and Mrs. R. 0. Jasperson, Mr. and Mrs. Glen McMurray, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Heller. GLENDORA: Fern Haynes, Louise Sorenson Johnson, Darlene Noland. HUNTINGTON BEACH: Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Frost, Anna Nelson Williamson, S. Mervin Williamson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strait, Hazel Strait Ballard, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. French. IMPERIAL BEACH: Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Johnson. INGLEWOOD: Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Richter. LA HABRA: Mr. and Mrs. Glen Crilly, Mr. and Mrs. Haf Snyder, Marilynn Miller. LAKEWOOD: Ed and Genevieve Genrich, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Blanford. LA MIRADA: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mathison, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Beamish. LONG BEACH: Howard Genrich, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bakken, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin A. Peterson, Carrie E. Hardesty, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Habeger, Edna Fehrm Wales, Louis Wales, Mr. and Mrs. Orvid Gurney, Jerome Nielsen, Herbert Hobbs USS Kearsage, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Furst. LOS ANGELES: Margaret Habeger Armant. NOWALK: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pentecost. ONTARIO: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Maxwell, Mary Rich. ORANGE: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Thilges, Kathryn Gorman. OXNARD: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brown. PACOIMA: Mr. and Mrs. Art Sorenson, Mr. and Mrs. (Frances Sorenson) Max Stratton. PASADENA: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kruse. POMONA: Mr. and Mrs. Homer Tuttle, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Plumb, Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Best. RESEDA: Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Samp. RIVERSIDE: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sprout, Mr. and Mrs. Al Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Evert Richardson. ROSEMEAD: Mr, and Mrs. C. C. Johnson. SAN DIEGO; Mr. and Mrs. Dore Fresch, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Richardson, Ida Hay. SANTA ANA: Mr. and Mrs. (Janet Galbraith) Mac Jones, Mrs. Ellen Knoll, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kiebel. SANTA MONICA: Mr, and Mrs. Kenneth Samp. SANTEE: Mr, and Mrs. Bob Brown, Mr, and Mrs. Eddie Abbas. STANTON: Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Soppeland. SUN CITY: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harriman. WfflTTIER: Mr. and Mrs. John Dutton. ALGONA: Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Wm, Drayton, Mr. and Mrs. A R. Wiilrett, Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Haas, Mrs, Chas. Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Plumb, Selma Godfredson, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wolcott. BURT: Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Shipler. FENTON: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hudson. Town Of West Bend Closes For Funeral Algona Faculty Funeral services for Elvin H. (Al) Rolfson, 59, West Bend business man, were held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at West Bend Methodist church. The Rev. Donald Samuelson of Hartley, formerly of West Bend, officiated, and burial was in West Bend Cemetery. All business places in West Bend were closed from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday. Mr. Rolfson died of a heart attack very unexpectedly Sunday at his home. Born and reared at Graettinger, he was engaged in the plumbing business for several years, then purchased an interest in a grocery store here in 1936. He had operated the business, known as Al and Jack's, ever since. He was a member of the Methodist church, Masonic Lodge and Chamber of Commerce. In 1934, he married Esther Anliker of West Bend at Algona. She survives as do one daughter, Sharon, a student at the University of Iowa, one sister and three brothers, Mrs. Albert Norris and Byron Rolfson of Graettinger, Albert and Emmett Rolfson of Wallingford. Algona Guard Unit To Hold Muster Day The National Guard unit of Algona, Battery B, 1st Howitzer Battalion of the 194th Artillery, will sponsor a Muster Day, an annual event, this Sat., Feb. 20, at the Armory. Open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., with coffee and doughnuts to be served. The public is invited to view equipment and facilities. Those who are interested in joining the National Guard are especially invited to attend and obtain information about the service, since there are now a few vacancies in the local contingent. In addition to the display of equipment, there will be an inspection, a close-order drill and a Civil Defense demonstration. Members of the Guard will act as escorts to visitors and there will be instructors assigned for classes. The present complement of the local Guard includes three officers and 101 enlisted men. Commanding officer is Capt. Howard Stephenson. Other officers are Executive Officer, 1st Lt. Gerald Thatcher of Rodman, and 1st Lt. Philip J. Carpenter of Fort Dodge. Thirty towns are represented in the local unit. Raise „ _ George Washington Day School Board Action Tuesday George Washington's birthday is next Monday, the 22nd of February, and Algona retailers are sponsoring a one day George Washington Day that day, with local stores to be open from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. This issue of the Upper Des Moines contains a large variety of sales messages concerning the Monday event, worth reading and remembering. If you want to get a little background on the first President of the United States, we invite you to read Grace's column, elsewhere in this issue. There will be a special G«orge Washington Days circular distributed in Algona, Saturday, sponsored by local merchant* and printed by the Upper Des Moines. _ Locally For Father Dies Mrs. Norman At Emmetsburg Funeral services for Sebastian Ries, 77, Pocahontas rural mail carrier for many years, were held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic church, Pocahontas. His son, Rev. Donald Ries of St. Joe, faculty member of Garrigan high school in Algona, was celebrant of the solemn requiem high mass. Burial was at Calvary cemetery. Mr. Ries died Feb. 10 about 4:30 p.m. at Lake View Nursing Home, Emmetsburg, where he had been admitted recently. He suffered a stroke in December and was at Mercy hospital, Fort Dodge, before entering Lake View Home. Born at Brooklyn, N. Y., Mr. Ries came to the Pocahontas area as a young man and had lived here ever since. He was a veteran of World War 1 in which he served overseas. From the early 1920's until his retirement in 1957, he served as a rural mail carrier here. In 1929, he married Amelia Hronek of Pocahontas. She died in 1953. Surviving are six children, Rev. Donald Ries of St. Joe, Rev. Richard Ries of Carroll, William Ries of Pocahontas, Sister Mary Amelian of Oalili 53 sian, Mrs. Eugene Schnabel of Hopkins, Minn., and Mrs. Robert Young of Emmetsburg, and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Miss Rose Ries of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Ray Roth of Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Frieda Norman, 85, longtime resident of Algona, died at St. Ann hospital Monday afternoon. Rites for Mrs. Norman were pending at McCullough Funeral Chapel here at press time. Mrs. Norman had been visiting relatives at St. Louis, Mo. and entered the hospital here after her return to Algona. 27 New Autos And Trucks Are Sold In Area Chevrolet - John Forbes, Algona, pickup; Jos. Leonard, Elmore; James Smith, Algona; Esser Dry Cleaner, Algona; F. L. or Mary E. Yackle, Bancroft; Orville Ramse, Swea City; Clara Kohlhaas, Algona; Francis Shorey, LuVerne; D. G. Shipler, Swea City. Ford - Wm. or Alice Baker, Algona; R. S. Mather, Swea City; W. E. Ley Motor Co., Lakota; Greimann Impl., Swea City; Helen J. Comfort, Algona. Dodge - George Patterson, Burt; Anthony Kollasch, Swea City; Raymond Johnson, Bancroft. Mercury - Helen C. Vogel, Burt; Robert Hamilton, Lakota. Olds - Lelah M. Henderson, Algona; H. J. Frideres, Ottosen. Plymouth - Adeline M. Wagner, Bode; Howard Sigsbee, Burt; Duane Nelson, Algona. Buick - Rolland Jurgens, West Bend. IHC - W. R. Kuhn, Algona. CMC - Klein Farm Supply, Algona. Local Police Assisting In Fund Drive All members of the Algona police department are participating in a statewide drive for funds for the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys Ranch near Ft. Dodge. Goal of the drive is $100,000 in the state. Ernie Hutchison, local policeman, is secretary for the drive here. The Ranch is a 160-acre tract, which when completed will house many wayward and neglected boys. There are a few boys living there at the present time. Donations of $1 or more will be accepted during the drive and each donar will receive a nice identification card in return. GHS Speakers Rate High In CYO Contest Father Francis Conway has announced Garrigan high school speech students went to St. Edmond at Fort Dodge, Feb. 7, to compete in the CYO contest. Those receiving superior ratings will advance to the CYO finals at Fonda, March 7. Garrigan varsity debaters are also certified to appear in the finals. Ratings were received by the following: Ruth Cassel, Constance Cassel, Mary Bray, Constance Bormann, Mary Beth Ster- b«u Gary Loebig, Patricia Loe- taf 1 , Janice Thul, Victoria McGuire, Kristine Plathe, Diana Bode, Linda Dodds, William Obrecht, Janet Erpelding, Betty Lichter, Eileen Reilly, Joan Campbell, Mary Jean Mertz, Rose Studer, Lucinda Bradley, Lucille O'Brien, Margaret Studer, Barbara Winkel, Kathleen Boudewyns, Corinne Bormann and Linda Adams. These students are coached by Sister Mary Michael and Sister Mary Ignatius. The Algona school board met in regular session Tuesday evening. Upon recommendation of the Algona Educational Association, which met in special session at 4 p. m. Tuesday, the board acted .to raise the base pay of the teachers from $4700 to $4950, an increase of $250 per year. The association had requested a raise to $5,000. No representative of the association was present at the board meeting. President of the board, John Hayes, stated Wednesday morning that the Algona school system finds it necessary to maintain a competitive standard according to the salaries paid to teachers in this area conference. The base pay at Armstrong is $5,000, and many others in the district have a comparable pay schedule. The base pay applies to teachers with a bachelor of arts degree, which most Algona teachers have obtained. In our school system, several teachers have master's degrees, and there are several who are now working towards their master's degree. There are 85 faculty members in the system. In other action, the board heard two Des Moines architects with regard to the new high school building. A new school bus, purchased since an accident recently caused heavy damage to a bus, was delivered and has been in operation since the 10th of the month. Demo Women's Luncheon, Feb. 20 County democratic women are planning a luncheon, Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. at the Algona Country Club. State Representative Casey Loss and State Senator will be present and review current legislative problems. A question and answer panel will follow. Reservations should be made not later than Thursday by calling 5-3730. Approve Purchase Approval of purchase of a two- way radio for the new police car was given Elect Officers John Kramersmeier was elected president of the board of directors of the recently formed Ledyard Lumber Co. Leon McCord was named vice president, E. F. Logemann, secretary, and Melvin Logemann, treasurer. Other directors include Irvin Brandt, Harold Herzog, G. V. Kelling, August Klinksiek, Frank Rotterman and Clair Clark. P. O. To Close The Algona Post Office will be closed all day, Washington's Birthday, Monday, Feb. 22. There will be no windows open, but the lobby will be open all day. There will be no deliveries of mail either in the city or country, but all incoming mail and outgoing mail will be worked as usual. OMVI Fine Richard R. Witham was fined $300 and costs in district court here this week after he entered a plea of guilty to a charge of OMVI. He was bound over earlier from Mayor Bill Finn 292 Retailers In County Did 34.8 Million In 1963 Kossuth county's 292 retail establishments had $34.8 million in sales in 1963, an increase of 12 percent from 1958, the U. S. Bureau of the Census has just reported after tabulating data gathered from all firms in the 1963 census of business. The last previous business census conducted by the census bureau an agency of the U. S. Department of Commerce, was in 1958. Retail trade in the county meant jobs (exclusive of proprietors) for 907 men and women and a yearly payroll of $2.9 million. In volume of business the county's food stores had sales of $6.3 million an increase of 12 percent from 1958. In other retail business - the county's eating and drinking places had sales of $1.1 million, and gasoline service stations had sales of $3.3 million. Auto dealers and related retail trade establishments had sales of $5.8 million: general merchandise group stores had sales of $782 thousand: and lumber, building materials, hardware and farm equipment dealers had sales of $7.2 million. For the state as a whole, the census bureau reported 30,915 retail establishments with sales of $3,887.6 million, up 15 percent from 1958. Census reports to be issued during the next few months will give state and county figures on wholesale and service trades, manufacturing and mineral industries. Figures on number of establishments and sales volume for major types of retail establishments in each county are provided in the printed report: 1963 Census of Business, Retail Trade, Iowa, available at $0.45 from Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D. C. 20402 and at U. S. Department of Commerce field offices.

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