Ask Lower A/gona Commercial Assessments BY RUSS WALLER * * * Goiters, gardeners and other outdoor enthusiasts report hordes of buffalo gnats in the area, probably a result of spring flooding and many rains . . . and some say they are so plentiful because there seem to be fewer birds this spring (some admit having read "Silent Spring"). The gnats can inflict a host of bites and bumps, say those who have run into the swarms. They seem to hibernate in the morning, come out stronger than ever in the afternoon and early evening. + * * There are now 45 motor-driven golf carts at the Algona Country Club. Thus far they have escaped requirements for alicense and a motor vehicle tax. No reports on what they do for the scores. * * * MAIL BAG: From Don L. Hofsommer, social studies dept., Falrfleld, Iowa, high school: "... doing research on Iowa Central Railroad for State College of Iowa ... the road was absorbed by the M. & St. L. in 1912. Perhaps some of the old timers in your community might have photos, printed material or recollections of this line (which had a spur into Algona some 30 years ago), and I would like to make an appointment to see them." His home address is 203 West Jefferson, Fairfield, if you happen to have any of the material he is seeking. : * * * Over at Omaha, where the Cudahy Packing Co. has decided to completely close a $4.5 million plant It opened in 1961, they won't have to worry about any "right to work" laws. . . About 1,000 employees are about to lose a $100 million a year income ... now it'll be a question of "where to work," * * * Craig Smith, caught in the middle of a discussion as to the weight of a "stone", terminology used in the middle ages, stated with authority that a "stone" is 16 Ibs. and added that a "hand" is four inches. That ended the argument. * * * It's an "E" for effort for the state highway crew that valiantly tackled the job of "doing something" about the block on Jones Street (Hy. 169) between State and Call, last Monday. They worked from the bottom up before night fell - and then came almost an inch of rain - final results yet to be tabulated, but they were back at it again Tuesday morning. * * * What's this? The British bridge team in Argentina tournament accused of cheating - using hand signals to win ? * * * John Oakland, Algona young man in Africa with the Peace Corps, wrote home that in the sack received recently in which his Upper Des Moines arrives, by some mishap in a mail '/ag, perhaps, the UDM envelope contained not only the paper, but several other items, including a small Bible and a rosary. * * * Lloyd Bohannon, who is a staunch follower of T-V programs, reports that the other night after a T-V session he dreamed that he had invented a new type of breakfast food ,.. then he woke up and found a corner of the mattress was gone! * * * Mayor BiU Finn asked a woman in his court, who had been there before, her age, in preparing to make out his report. "Thirty", she replied. "You've given me that age here for the last three years," said the mayor, "Yes. I'm not one of those who says one thing today and another thing tomorrow." * * * 'Famous Last Line - Well, guess it's better to have too much water than not enough. The possibility of blanket reductions on the value of commercial property in Algona came nearer reality during a meeting of interested persons at the court house here Monday evening, in attendance were property owners, realtors, the county board of review and County Assessor Leo Immerfall. Despite a decision by the board of reviews to study the problem with the real estate board, there was no indication that property owners should celebrate a victory - possible action is probably four years away. Pat Montag, president of the Chamber of Commerce, which requested the opportunity to hold the meeting, suggested a meet- log of the real estate board and the board of review in the near future to see what can be done about the valuation of commercial property here for tax purposes. Available figures on sales of property here in recent years might be used in an effort to give some relief in the future. Montag asked (at the beginning of the meeting) that the board of review take "another look at the valuations of commercial buildings", then commended Assessor Immerfall and the board before stating the meeting was not a place for individuals to file objections to assessments. Property owners who asked questions of the board during the night included Theo Chris- chilles, Rex Taylor, Dick Cook, Phil Diamond and Ron Taylor, while Ted Herbst, Al Buchanan, Paul Seeley and Oliver Carlson, local realtors, also contributed their thoughts on the problem. Members of the board of review are Chris Dahl, Earl Stott, John Kohlhaas and Aubrey Water- house, with Albert Schipull serving as chairman of the group. They reported the problem of valuations was not present only in Algona - but everywhere. Stott stated, "we are to use our own judgment on the market value of property", referring to taxable valuations. Buchanan gave figures on sale prices of buildings that had changed hands here in the past eight years, saying "we've found cases where the one-fourth figure (basis for determining real estate taxes) is way off." He also said, according to prices obtained for such structures, that some buildings were actually worth only about 50 percent of the total value used for tax purposes. Basically, a rule of thumb in the past has been something like this: If a building is worth $20,000, the tax base is $5,000 or one-fourth of the real value. Buchanan's figures showed where in some instances the property brought slightly more than $10,000 when sold. These figures are merely used as an example. Immerfall explained the valuation set-up as used in assessing properties, and Mr. Kohlhaas told of the use of funct- ional depreciation, which sometimes is used when commercial buildings contain empty areas. Mr. Schipull stated that "this meeting was called about three weeks late for action this year" and also said the board had not appraised a building here this year due to a crowded schedule. Mr. Diamond suggested "it might be advisable to have realtors make appraisals here as a help to the board of review." No one at the meeting wanted an outside appraisal firm to come in and appraise all county prop- erty - a project tnat would cost about $60,QOO, according to Immerfall. The question of property valuations in Kossuth (as elsewhere) came to light recently when all property owners received a yellow sheet from the Assessor's office entitled "Real Estate Assessment Roll for 1965". Real estate owners began comparing rates No definite date for a meeting of realtors and the board of review was set, but the board asked if figures on properties here could be presented by the realtors in a week. Kossuth County's Largest Newspaper Circulation ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1870. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MAY 27, 1965 18 Pages - 2 Sections VOL. 100 - NO. 40 High Winds, Rains, Buffet County itSAWSffiWiySftS^ Charge Fraud In Wesley Tavern Deal; Seek $1,000 The personal property, including household goods and equipment for a restaurant and tavern, of Charles O'Hara was attached by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, after action by Judge Joseph Hand in district court here recently. Action in the matter came after Lou Ricke, plaintiff, filed a petition in district court against O'Hara, in which the plaintiff alleges the defendant had Intent to defraud him. Ricke took action in the matter as he was co-signer of a promissory note with O'Hara for $1,000, which was obtained from the First State Bank at Britt so the latter could open the restaurant and tavern at Wesley. It seems that O'Hara has left the state and cannot be found. The petition states that in April this year, the defendant advised the plaintiff he was opening a restaurant and tavern and needed funds for the business venture. Ricke then signed the note with O'Hara. The defendant disappeared April 30, according to the petition, abandoning the business venture and cannot be found, The plaintiff claims he has reasonable cause to feel the defendant has moved permanently out of the state and has no intention of paying the promissory note. Payment on the note is not yet'due, but wllITJe'within the next several months. ' The plaintiff, therefore, demands judgment for $1,000 and asked that a writ of attachment be levied on all the defendant's personal property. Memorial Day Parade Here Monday, 31st Memorial Day, May 30, falls on Sunday this year, so the annual observance here, which includes a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m., will be held Monday. All business places, including government buildings, the post office, courthouse, etc,, will be closed all day. The day's obse rvance in Algona will begin at 7 a.m. afihe bridge on highway 169 north of Algona when the VFW and Legion firing squad will salute all servicemen lost at sea with a volley and a floating wreath, Firing squad observances will also be held at Calvary cemetery and Eastlawn Memorial Gardens here, the cemetery at Irvington and also at St. Benedict. The parade, which will format the Legion hall, will be headed by the Algona high school marching band and will travel east on State street to Phillips street, then north to Riverview cemetery where Miles Soniker of Algona will deliver a short talk. Gold Star Mothers, Auxiliary members and World War I veterans wishing to ride in the parade may do so, Only public school children who will be let out are junior and senior high school student, They will be out from 10:30 to noon for the parade and services at the cemetery. There has been considerable local ^discussion, and objection, to the Memorial Day school for the Algona public school system, School officials said it is necessary because of the several days when school had to be canceled because of snowstorms, last winter, Flags will be placed on the graves of servicemen at area cemeteries Saturday evening, and left in place for a week, Families of the deceased may then obtain the flag as a remembrance, if desired, Postoffice To Be Closed, May 31 The Algona Post Office will be closed all day Monday, May 31, in honor of Decoration Day. The lobby will be open all day and all mail will be worked to the post office boxes and will be dispatched as usual. There will be no window service and no rural or city delivery of mail except for general delivery mall. There will be no Tuesday issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines, next week, because of the Monday, Memorial Day, holiday, Charge Filed After Driver Hits Underpass A Titonka man, Leroy A. Jacobsen, 32, was charged with failing to have control of his vehicle here Tuesday after the pickup truck he was driving crashed into the underpass on highway 169 at the north edge of Algona at 8:40 a. m. He was headed north at the time. The pickup struck the abutment of the railroad underpass on the east side, richocheted off it, jumped the curb and ran into the ditch on the east side of the road. Damage to the front end and windshield of the vehicle was estimated at $600 by police who investigated, Guilty Pleas, Pair Receive Paroles Here Arthur W. Mayiand and Gene Kauffraann, earlier charged with breaking and entering at Ogren's service station at Lakota, entered pleas of guilty to charges in district court Jiere during the weekend and were sentenced to 10 years in the reformatory at Aw mosa * with the sentences suspended by Judge Joseph Hand. Toe pair were paroled to the State Board of Parole and suspensions in such matters depend upon the behavior of the parolees, Union Township Farms Bear Storm Brunt Kossuth county, which has been mistreated by Mother Nature during most of 1965, got another jolt Monday evening when high winds (there were no tornadoes spotted) buffeted several areas and inflicted further untold damage. Nearly an inch of rain, with thunder and lightning, hit the area again Tuesday night. Apparently the area hardest hit was a strip about a half- mile wide and four miles long, extending northward from McGregor street road, south of Hobarton, There were also scattered reports of damage from . other..noihts in the county. Hall „ struck west of Algona. In attempting to picture the damage, this is about the way it looked: At the Dick Simpson farm on the south edge of Hobarton, a hay rack was smashed; the winds next hit the farm of Charles Dearchs, a half-mile north of highway 18, where two hog houses were badly damaged south of the house and a third hog house was tipped on its top north of the home in a field. Pictures of damage will be found on page 12 of this section. Across the road from the Dearchs place (on the west side), high winds destroyed one cattle shed, tore half the roof off another, distributing pieces of the metal for about a mile north, scooped part of the roof from a silo (damage estimated at $600) but missed the big egg factory at the Harley Troutman place. There were 6,000 laying hens inside at the time. Almost a mile north of Troutman's, two large trees were knocked down at the Walter Heerdt farm, and a little farther north, on the east side of the road, heavy damage was sustained at the Matt Weydert place. At Weydert's, a garage, housing a new Buick, was blown over and damaged, without putting a scratch on the auto; a machine shed nearby was pushed about 10 feet north of its normal spot and badly damaged, with a tractor and other equipment inside; and a wire corn crib was toppled over and twisted into a mass of steel. At least one window was broken at the home of Don Riebhoff, north of Weydert's, and just north of that, the wind raised havoc at the farm of Mrs. John McEnroe, Algona, which is tenanted by Leonard Heller. Mr. Heller was in a field when the winds began about 1:50 p.m. He had a tractor and wagon with him and promptly crawled under the wagon to await the outcome of the storm, M the farmyard, the entire roof was swept off a corn crib and boards from the roof were driven into the house in at least three places, piercing the walls and roof; a power line was knocked down, but power remained on in the house. Mr, Heller, who didn't think it was a twister, measured .8" of rain following the storm. The Burt area was also hit, with Cliff Lovstad reporting that part of the barn roof was blown away, windows in the house were broken and the TV antenna went down. Other farms in that area Neighbors Help Bill To Forget Broken Leg reported less damage. Shortly after noon Tuesday, this area was again placed in a severe weather zone, according to official police radio - and remained in it until 7:30 p.m. Rainfall varied, with amounts ranging up to 11/2 inches in some areas, and right in Algona, drops seemed as large as saucers when the storm first hit. No severe damage was reported here. Rainfall during the past week totaled 2.03 inches, according to the official weather station, KLGA, with most of it measured Monday and Tuesday. Only one day during the entire period was without moisture as the high temperature mark was 83 degrees Tuesday and the low 49 degrees Thursday, May 20. Here are the readings: May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 H 81 82 75 74 82 83 L R 49 61 .35 50 .08 50 .08 56 Tr. 60 .67 55 .85 Guilty OMVI Plea; Driver Fined $300 William E. Hof entered a plea of guilty to a charge of OMVI in district court here this week and was fined $300 and costs by Judge Joseph Hand. He was arrested recently and charged. One new case was filed. Harold M. Burgess, LuVerne, has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under suspension after his arrest by Patrolman Tom Cogdall May 23. He entered a plea of not guilty in Mayor James Mallory's court at LyVerne and was bound over to district court, with bond in the matter set at $150. Joint Meeting A joint meeting of Ateona service clubs, Rotary, Lions & Kiwanis, will be held at Country Club May 31 at noon. Speaker will be Loren Hickerson, executive director of University of Iowa Foundation. He will also be the speaker at Algona high school commencement exercises that evening. Saddle Clubs Present Show; Breakfast Here The Algona Bit and Spur Club will sponsor a chuck wagon breakfast at the Algona airport May 30 from 5:30 to 10 a. m. The event is open to the public. Sausage, fried potatoes, eggs, milk and coffee will be served. There will be a door prize. Free pony rides will be available for children. The Seneca Saddle Club will sponsor its eighth annual quarter horse show at the airport' May 30, starting at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available on the grounds. An American Quarter Horse Association trophy will be presented to the grand champion in each class. Ribbons will be presented to the first six places in the youth classes. The halter classes will include colts, stallions, fillies and mares. There will be a class in youth showmanship at the halter. The performance classes will follow the lunch break and will include open cutting, open pleasure, calf roping, junior reining, and junior pleasure, as well as novice cutting and several other classes. In the youth classes, an American Quarter Horse Association all-around trophy will be presented. The judge will be Phil B. Jensen of Albert Lea, Minn. Ringmaster will be Don Budlong of Titonka. Daryl D. BessofPanora will be the announcer and show superintendent is BiU Orthel, Titonka. Drs. Shey and Gotten will be veterinarians. ^ Poppy Day Here Algona Legion Auxiliary will sponsor its annual Poppy Day May 28. This year, more than 2 million poppies were made. Proceeds from this program will go to disabled veterans and needy children. Bill Paetz, who farms two miles north and half mile west of Sexton, had the misfortune to break his leg, several weeks age?. With spring field work at its peak, this was a major problem. Last Monday, however, part of his problem was solved when a large number of neighboring men went into the Paetz fields and plowed and worked up some 50 to 60 acres of ground, despite its wet condition in places. And of course the ladies saw to it that the noon meal took care of everyone. An Upper Des Moines reporter-photographer dropped in on this occasion and pictured above are those who took part. In the men's group, back row, are Dick Balk, Jim Spear, Cliff Benschoter, Mervin Engelbarts, Chris Miller, Dennis Seefeld, Roger Hoover, Henry Bailey, Dean Sparks, Mike Schmit and Bob Harrison, and a tot-in-arms not identified, In the front row are Ed Kain, Floyd Bode, Bill Paetz, Harold Bode, George Dorweiler and Arlen Benschoter, Randall Clark, who also assisted, was not present at the time of the picture. Cyril Venteicher of Algona and North Central Public Service, furnished gas for the tractors. In the women's group are, back row, Mrs. Robert Harrison, Mrs. Mike Schmit and Mrs. Cliff Benschoter; in the front row, Mrs. Jim Spear, Mrs. Ed Kain and Mrs. Wm, Paetz. Mariana Steele To Tour Europe Mariana Steele, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Steele of Algona, will be one of 38 persons to take part in the State College of Iowa social science seminar in Europe, which departs June 15. Miss Steele is an elementary librarian at the University of Chicago and an SCI graduate. They will sail from Montreal, June 18, for a 10-week tour. Tuesday Crash Ervin L. Hanson, 40, Blue Earth, escaped injury when the auto he was driving crashed into a traffic island at the intersec- tion of highways 9 and 169, five miles east of Swea City at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Damage to the car was estimated at $500. Hanson, who reported the mishap to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, stated he thought he fell asleep. Top Scholastic Honors, Sentral FENTON - At graduation exercises, Tuesday night at Sentral Community School, Dennis Dahl was named as class valedictorian, and Elaine Schlei as salutatorian. The other top students were David Frink, Marilyn Alt, Nadine Weisbrod and Bonnie Wehrspan.
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