The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 4, 1965 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 4, 1965
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KMtuth County** Lor0**t N«w*pap*r Circulation ttye Slgona ®pper ESTABLISHED 1665 Entered as second rlass matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. J. 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1965 12 Pagt» - 2 Sections VOL. 100 - NO. 16 BY RUSS WALLER * * * The state legislative recess Is now on, and local lawmakers Casey Loss and Don Murray are home getting some grass roots opinions. Don says that the 1,500 minimum high school enrollment suggestion, which created such a furore, never has been presented as a bill to the legislature, but was simply a program compiled by the state superintendent of public instruction. He, in turn, let George Mills of the Des Moines Register peek at his proposal and the next thing anyone knew it was page one stuff, and in many cases folks were led to believe the entire proposal was about ready for a legislative vote. Don says its a long way from that. Casey Loss doesn't feel that eliminating the death penalty in Iowa will particularly reduce homicides, and fears it might have the reverse effect. As a former sheriff he has a lawman's viewpoint, and feels that the stronger the punishment, the longer a potential murderer may hesitate. Our remarks last week about fluoridation brought a fast call from a local dentist, who tells us that the county dental society is trying to get the State Department of Health to run a survey on fluoridation in Algona, where the program was adopted 10 years ago. Chasing down all the original owners of teeth checked 10 years ago would be quite a job, and only a state agency could have the time or money to make the comparative study. Dubuque, incidentally, has just run such a survey, with results, not announced as yet. * * * One -bad aspect of this rough weather is that John Forbes, probably the only Flying Cheese- maker in the country, is grounded temporarily. * * * * All through the winter, until two weeks ago, this newspaper was printed at Spencer, with pages taken over, the printed papers brought back. We made it without a hitch. But since installation of a big 16-page offset press in the UDM building by Midwest Printing & Litho, a new corporation in leased space with us, pressmen from the Spencer plant have been coming over here to run our paper and other publications on press days. They came over Monday morning - and were snowed in here Monday night and Tuesday as well. Cute Co-ed: "You can't tell about men. Either they're so slow you want to scream, or so fast you have to." * * * Sunday was a very mild day, and scouts tell us that the Sunday morning socializing unit at the city dump was expecially active. One unit found an old city directory and spent a half hour or so studying it. In another sector, two ladies enjoyed themselves grabbing stuff from the fires in the dump and checking its value . . . all of which brings us to the point of asking when in tarnation is the city council going to move the dump to a less con- spicious, even if less social, location? * * * Our hats are off to Emmetsburg promoters. They managed to sneak a story into the daily papers about their famous Blarney Stone being stolen. This, of course, has nothing to do with the fact that the annual St, Pat observance over Emmetsburg way is coming up March 17. All right, you guys, which director of your Chamber of Commerce has that stone? * * * V Dean Taylor left last week for New Orleans and bejieved he was going to get there at the tail end of the Mardl Gras. . . he misjudged, and arrived just as it beganl * * * Famous Last Line - People who live in glass houses make interesting neighbors. 2 - Day Blizzard Isolates County Possible Adult Driver Course Slated Here The Algona Community School is offering an adult instruction program in driver education. Instruction is to be presented by, and under the direction of Fritz Nielsen, qualified instructor and the safety coordinator for the school. This driver education instruction will be similar to that offered to high school students and the same textbook will be used for classroom work. Course instruction will include 20 hours of classroom presentation and six hours behind-the- wheel for each student. Classroom instruction will be conducted Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 for 10 weeks. Behind- the-wheel instruction will be after 4 p. m. during school days or Saturdays. A car for behind- the-wheel instruction will be provided through the program. The tuition charge will be $30 per person. All of the necessary materials for instruction will be included in this cost. This program is scheduled to begin Monday evening, March 22, at 7:30. This session will be classroom work and will be conducted in the high school building. Class instruction will be presented on 10 consecutive Monday evenings, unless otherwise arranged. It will be necessary to have at least 20 persons express an interest in adult driver education in order for the program to be conducted. Anyone" who is not presently attending a high school is eligible to participate in this instruction. Enrollment maximum will be 30 persons. If sufficient enrollment does not develop by March 22, people who have expressed an interest will be notified by mail or telephone. It is desired to have enrollment made previous to the Mar. 22 beginning date, but the tuition may be paid at the first meeting. Enrollment or questions may be directed to Frank Brusie or Elgin Allen, high school principal, at Algona, 295-3518, or by writing to Frank Brusie. < Shoplifting Charge Heard, Mayor's Court An Algona woman, Lorene Nelson, was sentenced to five days in jail - and the sentence suspended - in Mayor Bill Finn's court here this week after she was charged with shoplifting. She was apprehended a couple of weeks ago after taking 12 cents worth of ribbon from Bomgaars store here. In other cases heard by the mayor, Richard L.Reising, Wesley, was fined $25 for reckless driving; Robert J. Gengler, Whittemore, $10, failing to have control; and Hazel Prieskorn and Bernadette Reilly, Algona, $5 each, failing to yield the right-of-way. Costs were assessed in addition to fines, 4 From County Are Graduates At Iowa State Four Kossuth area students are graduates of Iowa State University at winter quarter exercises held at Ames. From Burt, Ronald C.Cherland is a graduate in industrial education. He is a son of Mr, and Mrs. E. J. Cherland. from Fenton, William R. Berkiand is a technical journalism graduate, He is a son of Reuben Berkiand of rural Fenton. From Titonka, Michael A. Nelson, son of Sophus Nelson, is a ceramic engineering graduate. From Wesley, Louise M. Scow, daughter ol Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Skow, is a graduate in textiles and clothing. Propose Substantial Pay Elderly Man And It Was Fun! Boost, County Officers Faced With A proposed bill in the state legislature would have a considerable effect on the pay scales of Kossuth county's elected officials. If adopted, it would also probably result in a little more interest in getting elected to county office, one local official surmised. Officers' salaries would be based on population and valuation. On that basis, the new pay scale would give Kossuth elected officials a salary of $6,450 a year, an increase of $1,450 from the present schedule. Kossuth would have the highest salary schedule of any county in this area because of its size. Hancock would be $5,800, Winnebago $5,650, for example. However, the bill is just proposed, not passed, at this time. Feed Grain Signers Will Get Early '65 Payments Advance payments are available again this year to growers signing up to participate in the feed grain program, it was announced this week by R. I. Anderson, chairman of the Kossuth AS'C county committee. Similar payments were available under the 1964 program. According to the chairman, the advance payment will represent one-half of the estimated total diversion payment to be earned under the 1965 program. The remainder of the diversion payment and all of the price-support payment earned under the program will be made next fall. The 1965 feed grain program covers corn, barley, and grain sorghum. Participants in the .program may qualify for a payment for diversion of eligible cropland to approved conserving uses, and also for a price- support payment on the normal production of the 1965 feed grain acreage. They will also be eligible for price-support loans on their entire production from the feed grain acreage. Each farm has a total feed grain base, representing the combined base acreage of the three feed grains grown on the farm. A producer may divert one or more of the feed grains, and his diversion payment will ba. based on the per-acre rate which applies to the grain diverted. Minimum diversion under the program is 20 percent of the total feed grain base; maximum diversion is 50 per cent of the base or 25 acres if this is greater. While participation in the 1965 feed grain program is voluntary, the price-support payments and the loans, as well as the diversion payments, will be available only to growers who sign up and carry out the program's provision. The sign-up period for the program will continue through March 26. Foreword For New Anthology Written Here Margaret and Carrie I. Durant of Algona have been honored with publication of a new poetry anthology, "From the Heart", which represents the work of 50 poets who hold membership in the North Iowa Writers Club. The collection of verse Is of local interest because the foreword was written by Margaret. Durantj an honorary member of the club. Both sisters have contributed to the anthology. Miss Durant's foreword follows: "The designation of the North Iowa Writer's Club is somewhat misleading. It is true that membership is regional, but our little candle sheds its beam far beyond the region and the state, and even to foreign countries. Our urge to write stems not from any self-seeking motives. Instead from our wish to share our treasured thoughts with others, that they "May never beat upon the gates of Fairyland and find them closed." There's a poem for every need. We trust you find yours here in this collection of verse written by the members of the North Iowa Club." Easter Seal Campaign Set To Open Here BURT - The 36th annual Iowa Easter Seal Campaign opens Mar, 1 and will run through Easter Sunday, April 18. Mrs. Russell Patterson, Burt, county chairman, announced this year's Easter Seal Campaign to finance treatments, rehabilitation, loan equipment, Camp Sunnyside and many other services for the handicapped, was officially opened with the mailing of Easter Seals, Mayor's A$$n. Is To Hoar Legislators Mayor Bill Finn will attend a meeting of the Northwest Iowa Mayor's Association at Spencer Friday. It is hoped Rep. Casey Lose and Sen. Don Murray can attend the meeting with him as other legislators from all over the area are expected to attend and discuss legislation, Area Boy Is New Resident, Rabiner Home Eight-year old Cleo Willis, who has been in two different foster homes, was taken Monday to make his home at the Jerry Rabiner Home at Fort Dodge, Accompanying him and registering him were Ernie Hutchison of the police department and Harold Sefrit, social service case-worker. Cleo is the sixth boy to enter the new home for boys, which is sponsored by the Iowa State Police Association, who are trying to raise $100,000 for the home. Any local person who wishes to make a contribution for the home for boys may make them to the Algona police department or to Mayor William Finn. 11 At Garrigan Elected To Math Fraternity Eleven students at Garrigan high were recently honored by election to Mu Alpha Theta, international high school and junior college math club, with headquarters at the University of Oklahoma. Sister Mary Ita is the sponsor of the Garrigan high school club The outstanding students who have earned the honor of membership include; Carol A, Besch, Kathryn M. Besch, Kenneth M. Erpelding, Eldon P. Erpelding, Steven R. Eischen, Leonard G. Kenne, Dennis M, Long, Therese A. Mullin, Jean A. Owens, Stephen J. Schuller and Patricia M. Dorweiler. Serious Charge An elderly man, Milo G. Emerson, was charged with lascivious acts with a child this week in district court. A county attorney's information was filed. The petition charges Emerson as follows: "did willfully commit lewd, immoral and lascivious acts in presence of a girl under 16 years old." According to the allegation, the act occurred while Mr. Emerson was babysitting in the home of his son at Swea City with grandchildren. Parents of the girl involved contacted the county attorney, Gordon Winkel. It is not known if the case will come up during the next term of court, which gets underway this Monday, Mar. 8, with the petit jurors to report at 10 a. m. Judge G. W. Stillman set bond at $500 and it was furnished. The act allegedly took place Nov. 3, 1964. Gary Shatto, 19, Spencer, entered a guilty plea before Judge Stillman, also this week, after a charge of larceny in the day time was filed earlier, the result of the theft of a wrist watch from the Bill Holldorf home here, and he was sentenced to five years in the men's reformatory at Anamosa. The sentence was suspended and the youth paroled to the Iowa State Board of Parole. Appeal bond was set at $1,000 by the judge. Music Groups At Garrigan To Contests Garrigan high school music department will send students to participate in the state solo and ensemble contest to be held for the area at Mason City April 2 and 3. Two mixed double quartets will include Eugene Lickteig, Norman Bormann, John Dahlhauser, Robert Nichols, Cindy Reding, Kathleen Plathe, Frances Goecke and Linda Gant; William Obrecht Timothy Thill, James Fickbohm, Mark Prieskorn, Christine Obrecht, Carol Schneider, Barbara Winkel and Rae Ann Kollasch. Piano entires include Constance Bormann, Kathleen Plathe, Susan Nelson, and vocal entries include Jane Arndorfer, Victoria McGuire and Florence McGuire. In the trio event will be Mary Foley, Mary Jean Mertz and Anne Vonderhaar. The sextet includes Diane Dogotch, Ruth McEnroe, Rosalie Murphy, Bernadette Montag, Ann Penton and. Patricia Loebig; and Diane Bode, Constance Bormann, Kathleen Boudewyns, Phyllis Lichter, Patricia McGuire andCorrinne Bormann. The concert choir of 42 voices willl participate in the large group contest to be held at Estherville May. 1. Alma Pearson Fractures Arm In Fall Here Alma Pearson, Kossuth clerk of district court, sustained a fractured right arm (just above the wrist) when she fell on ice in front of Sheakleys store here Tuesday afternoon during the latest blizzard. Mrs. Pearson was taken inside the store and her doctor then took her to St. Ann hospital where the arm was treated. She remained in the hospital overnight, but is expected to be released this week. Meanwhile, Mrs. Betty Galbraith, deputy in the clerk's office, is maintaining the office. The next term of district court is slated to begin Monday, Mar. 8, with the jury to report The annual 4-H Fun Night, held Saturday night in the Bancroft public school, was just that - FUN - for all who attended. Reigning as King and Queen over the '400 junior 4-H members in attendance were Alan Mescher of the Burt Bombers, second from the left, and Mary Reding of the Riverdale Rustlers II, second from the right in the top photo. Shown crowning them are Linda Hoeppner, left, Lakota, and Rod Scuffham, right, Algona, president of the girls and boys 4-H organizations in the county, respectively. Alan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mescher, Burt, and Mary the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Reding of Irvington. In the center photo, Harlan Metzger is showing his muscles to Patty Besch as he put on a weight-lifting act, which cost a penny to witness. In the bottom photo, Paul Thoreson, center, a balloon salesman who was busy peddling his wares, attracts the attention of two young would-be buyers with his display and costume. While the event was limited to younger 4-H members, it was planned and carried out by county officers and older members and entertainment during the evening included folk dancing, booths, prizes and movies. (Extension Photos) Kennedy Library Gets $115 From St. Cecelia State, County Crews Digging Out Highways For the second time in less than three weeks, Kossuth county was included In a large portion of the midwest which was belted by a two-day blizzard that halted practically all traffic, Monday and Tuesday. This time, seven inches of snow followed a two-day thaw which had removed much of the 13 inches of snow that arrived during the storm Feb. 11. High winds kept plowed-out highways plugged in short order. About four-fifths of an inch of rain Sunday afternoon and night served to usher in this latest wintry blast - after the rain had added to the threat of serious flooding in the area. When the blizzard arrived, it was ushered in by freezing rain, driving sleet, then light and later heavy snow. And for a while, it seemed once it had been turned on, it couldn't be shut off - but late Tuesday night the snow ended and a little later high winds died down, allowing road crews to make the first real progress against drifts that had been registered since Monday. Mail trickled into Algona from the south and east, but none from the west. A heavy coat of ice under the snow on city streets will provide a driving problem until there is a real thaw-. However, city crews, as well as state and county snow-plowing details, got busy and by Tuesday morning had begun to win the battle. All area schools were closed Monday and Tuesday - and a very few got underway with classes Wednesday. Schools here were closed all three days, Monday through Wednesday. At LuVerne, 16 telephone patrons had no service for a while Tuesday, but it was restored later. Algona was almost like a ghost town at times Monday and Tuesday. Most stores closed and let employees go home at 2 p.m. Monday - and many of those employees couldn't get back to their jobs Tuesday, especially those who live away from the city. Some stores didn't manage to open on time Tuesday, but did manage to operate with skeleton crews - however, Wednesday, after the storm moved on, it was business as usual. Street conditions here for a while Tuesday were so bad many cars got stuck (or hung up) on State street and on side streets all over town. Even in areas where plows made a pass at clearing the way, there was no guarantee traffic could move efficiently. The state men got help from rotary plows from other areas, and by late Tuesday afternoon, highway 18 was open from Algona to Emmetsburg, but driving conditions were terrible and the highway patrol radio warned all drivers to "stay home I" The 30-50 mile per hour winds which accompanied the sleet Monday let up slightly, but were still too strong and won the battle with the plows, filling highways and county roads right behind the plows that managed to make it through. This latest pile of snow will add immensely to the threat of flood when warm weather returns - and that should be soon I The children at St. Cecelia's grade school here made up their minds some time ago to do something about raising funds for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library being built at Boston, Mass. Members of the teaching staff, including nuns and lay teachers, thought the plan a good one and suggested the youngsters earn money any way they could in order to donate it to the fund. So, without further ado, the kids went to' work. They shoveled walks, driveways, etc., andprob- ably made some money washing dishes at home, too, and brought their earnings to school where the money was placed in a mail box, which was loaned to them by Ed WolfoftheCoast-To-Coast store here. When the children's fund drive was completed the money was counted and sent to Mrs. Kennedy Monday morning. The amount sent, $115, will undoubtedly be deeply appreciated andput to good use in the memorial to the late President. Scholarship Finalist Rod J. Ricklefs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ricklefs of Algona, a senior at Algona high, is one of 27 finalists in competition for Trustee Honor Scholarships at GrinnellCollege. Winners will be announced in about 10 days, and the awards range up to $1,600 a year renewable annually. Minor Crash Here Monday, No One Hurt Tom Cogdall, Iowa highway patrolman, investigated a two- car collision at the entrance to the Weidenhoff Corp. Monday afternoon. The mishap occurred as Loyce Dreyer, 40, Fenton, was entering highway 18 and turning west. He collided with a car driveifby Raymond Berkiand, 52, Mason City, who was proceeding west. Damages to Dreyer's 1964 Chevrolet were estimated at $150 and to the Berkiand 1963 Dodye at $200. There were no injuries

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