Clear Pictures — More News — Biggest Circulation ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered as second class matter at the postoffirr at Algona, Iowa. Nov. 1. 1932, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1965 VOL. 100 - NO. 41 BY RUSS WALLER * * * At a presentation of "Flnian's Rainbow" at Algona high recently, when the intermission occurred, the audience arose and meandered out into the halls and out the front door. One of the members of the audience, a matron that most of you know, unconsciously waited out and walked home ... when she found out she had left at the intermission, her only comment was: "Well, 1 thought it had sort of a funny ending 1" * * * It seems that golf course carts have NOT escaped the tax ferrets .. . they are taxed under the personal property tax, like electric mowers, etc. and the owners pay fees ranging from $12 to $18 a year for the privilege of using them, one golfer informs us. * * * Down in Des Moines, we note that the city dump there is being used for Questionable activities. A group of dump visitors were found by police to be engaging in a little crap shooting ... the Algona dump has no such problems. True, there is a certain amount of socializing that goes on, but our informants say there is no rough stuff. Incidentally, the Association for Moving the City Dump states that when the dump IS moved, there will be no requirements for any changes in apparel. The same attire that has been good enough for the old dump will be good enough for the new dump I * * * When a grandfather has four grandchildren graduating from high school and college at the same time, he can be dulyproud, and also we presume on the lookout for appropriate graduation" gifts. Such is the case with R.L. Krantz of Titonka. His grandchildren, Linda Krantz, Joan Cosgrove, Bruce Kitzinger and Greg Miller each graduated from Titonka high, and another grandson, Dverg Krantz, is a graduate from Iowa State University. To top it all off, the high school graduation was also R. L.'sbirth- dayl * * * And at Cylinder high, one of the graduates, Mary Jane Cody, had the remarkable record of never having missed a day of school in 13 years, from kindergarten through the senior year in high school. She ties a state record established earlier In another part of Iowa, She received well-deserved recognition during the graduation exercises and an engraved pin. * * # We had an opportunity, over the weekend, to see the fight pictures from Maine, in which Cassius Clay - pardon - Muhammed All - scored the much discussed knockout with his "lightning punch", which Muhammed described as "too fast for the eye to follow," Well, we saw it on slow motion when it wasn't so fast, and about all we can say is that no one has to go to the fights, and anyone is crazy who pays to see them from here on out until the professional boxing gets back to the fighters and eliminates the eccentrics, the nuts and the bums that seem to be running it at the moment, * * * To judge a legislature by the number of bills it passes is like judging a book's contents by the number of pages, or a roan's intellect by his height. But sessions of the legislature seem to have an unsettling effect on toe populace, As we understand it, the big problem now is that there has been more money appropriated than there have been ways of taxation enacted to finance the appropriations. Maybe they could stay in session another day or two and annul some of the appropriation measures to balance things out 1 * * * The prim old lady was given the first glass of beer she ever had, She sipped it for a moment, tben looked up with a puzzled air ajid murmured r "How odd I It tastes just like the medicine my husband has been taJdng for the last 30 year?." Algona Boy, 4 r Recovers From Near Drowning Mark Ferris, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs* Donald Ferris, of Algona, narrowly escaped drowning Sunday at Lake West Okoboji, when he apparently fell from a boat lift and struck his head. He was found floating face down in the water by Doreen Mowers, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Mowers,also of Algona. She and her father applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until shortly before an emergency squad arrived to administer oxygen and take the child to Dickinson Memorial hospital. Mark remained at the hospital overnight and was brought home by his parents Monday. According to Mrs. Ferris, Mark suffered no concussion and is being kept quiet for a couple of days. Mr. Mowers and Doreen were assisted In resuscitation by Jerry' Griffith and his sister, Sue, both of Fort Dodge. Both the Ferris and Mowers families were on the pier, and Mark was playing with Marcla Mowers, 6. He had been wearing a life jacket until shortly before his family missed him. 8 From Area Graduate At Iowa State U. Eight from Kossuth county, as listed in an official college release, are among 1,138 who 'gfaduate'd from" Iowa'State 'University at Ames, May 29. The list of county students by towns follows: Bancroft - Linda A. Weber, home economics education, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Weber. Fenton - Earl E. Jentz, chemical engineering, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Jentz. Lakota - Pamela A. Keil, applied art (with distinction), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Keil; Philip N. Schroeder, agronomy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Schroeder; Virgil E. Wallentine, mathematics, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Wallentine. Titonka - Jeffrey W. Boyken, aerospace engineering, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Boyken; R. Dverg Krantz, agricultural business, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford R. Krantz. Whittemore - James A. Nichols, dairy industry - mechanical engineering, son of Mr. andMrs. Ralph Nichols. 75 Feeder Pigs Result In Claim & Counterclaim A petition and counterclaim, with A. L. and Robert Olson, plaintiffs, and Thomas Vipond, defendant, were filed last weekend in district court as the result of 75 (or 76) mixed breed feeder pigs allegedly sold by the Olsons to the defendant. In the original petition, the plaintiffs claim ownership of 75 feeder pigs, valued at $1,425, and that the defendant is wrongfully detaining possession of the pigs on his farm in Kossuth county. As a result, the plaintiffs ask a writ of replevin for immediate delivery of said property. The answer and counterclaim denies the plaintiffs are absolute owners of the pigs. The defendant claims the pigs were sold to him and title passed to him at the time of sale. The defendant's counterclaim also states the pigs were not as large as represented by plaintiffs, not fit for purposes intended and not of merchantable quality. The defendant issued a check in payment for the pigs, then stopped payment when he discovered their weight and condition, according to the petition. He claims he bought 76 feeder pigs for $1,292 and alleges the pigs actually were worth $532 less than that due to weight and condition and claims another $300 for expense in caring for diseased pigs. He is willing to pay $460 for the pigs, asking $832 as liquidated damages and asks a jury trial of the matter. Three Damage Suits Ask S 130,732 Here GOV Hughes Arrested On Check Speaker Here, , . Mayors Party Charge, Found To Be Three suits asking a total of $130,732.30, including one seeking $100,000 damages as the result of an auto mishap were filed in district court here this week. Eldon Edglngton, plaintiff, is seeking $100,000 from Gregory Origer, defendant, in the largest matter. The case stems from a single-car crash April 14 this year in which the plaintiff alleges the defendant ~-drove his car recklessly while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and that the auto struck a Rock Island railroad crossing signal at West Bend. Edgington claims severe personal injuries,- ..temporary, juid permanent, and seeks $50.00 damages for injuries and medical bills, past and future, and $50,000 punitive damages. According to the original accident report, Edgington was first /J0 .taken to the Emmetsburg hospital, then to Estherville and Iowa City hospitals for treatment of his injuries after the crash. A jury trial is asked for by the plaintiff. William A. Prothman, plaintiff, is seeking a total of $20,310.94 from Badger Builders, Inc., defendant, for settlement of a contract in connection with work done by the former on the new post office building here. The total amount is asked for labor and materials in six divisions of the petition. Home Federal Savings and Loan, plaintiff, is asking to foreclose a mortgage on property of Donald H. Bulfer et al, defendants, as the result of aprom- issory note for $10,500, with a balance of $10,421.36 claimed due. Son-ln-Law Of Ted Larson Dies, Chicago Dr. Carl Fischer, 51, son- in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Larson of Algona, died at St. Luke's hospital, Chicago, at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday. He had been a patient there since May 25 when he suffered a coronary at his home at LaPorte, Indiana. Dr. Fischer was the husband of the Larson's eldest daughter, Theotldra, and the couple has four children, including a son who will graduate from Northwestern University next week, another who is a freshman there, a boy who is a senior in high school and a 10-year old daughter. Funeral services will be held at LaPorte, with arrangements pending at press time. The Larsons planned to attend the rites. John G. Ruger Of LuVerne Governor Harold Hughes was the featured speaker at the ninth annual Governor's Party, which was held last evening at the Algona Country Club. Registration started in the morning, with golf until noon. The ladies' luncheon was held at the Johnson House. Speakers at the country club during the afternoon included L. M. Clausen, chief engineer of the Iowa Highway Commission, and C. B. Anderson, urban engineer of the commission. Ray Stiles, State Civil Defense Director, Conrad Lawlor, director of the Iowa Small Business Administration also spoke. William F. Sueppel, Commissioner of the State Department of Public Safety, and Park Rinard, executive director of the League of Iowa Municipalities, also spoke. Darrel Johnson, state president of the League of Iowa Municipalities spoke, as did the president of the Iowa Chamber of Commerce. Bob Lee of Estherville presented organ music, and the Meredith Gentry of Spirit Lake provided vocal music. Hosts for the day were Mayor William Finn and Chamber Secretary William F. Steele. Algonans Wed 25 Years Mr. and Mrs. William Proth- man of AJgofta will observe their 25th wedding •anniversary with an open house from E-5 p,m. this Sunday, June 6, at the KC Hall east of Algona, They were married at LeMars June 8, 1940 and have six child- Kathy (Mrs. Dave Macumber), Omaha; Connie (Mrs. Michael Neuroth), Ft. Dodge; Mike, Algona; Pat, Jeane and Bill at home. All friends and relatives are invited to attend the open house. Dies At 90 Funeral rites for John G. Ruger, 90, a long-time resident of LuVerne, were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church with the Rev. R. T. Mueller officiating. Burial was in the LuVerne cemetery. The Blake Funeral Home was in charge, Mr. Ruger was born in Vacha, Germany, and came to the Lu- Verne area with his parents when he was six years old. He was married to Olga Bleich at Corwith in 1907. Survivors include his wife, three sons and one daughter. They are Carl Ruger, Mason City; John Ruger, Jr., Fenton; Walter Ruger, LuVerne; and Mrs. Ernest Habeger, West Bend. Also surviving are nine grandchildren. Mr, Ruger died Sunday following a brief illness. Algonan Bound Over; Property Damage Charge Larry A. Reefer, Algona, was bound over to district court this week after he waived preliminary hearing on a charge oi malicious injury to property in Mayor Bill Finn's court. The charge was filed earlier by Deputy Sheriff Don Wood and it is alleged property was damaged by the defendant at the Starlite Drive-In theater here the night of April 29. In another matter filed this week, John Risius et al, plaintiffs, allege in an estate matter that several owners (six) cannot agree on a division of real estate, so ask that it be sold and proceeds distributed. G. Welhousen Rites Are Held At Titonka TITONKA - Garret D. Wel- housen, 89, died Wednesday at the Buffalo Center hospital where he had been hospitalized for ten days. Mr. Welhousen was born Sept. 9, 1875 at FonDuLac, Wise., his parents being John and Gertrude Duitman Welhousen. He came to Titonka with his parents when he was 13 years of age. He was married to Allie Isebrand in 1902, and they had two children. Mrs. Welhousen died in July 1911. He married Mary Rippentrop in 1912 and farmed many years until they retired and moved to their home in Titonka. Survivors are his wife, a son, John of Titonka, and a daughter, Mrs. Herman (Ruth) Chandler, Dayton, Ohio; a brother, William, Titonka; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were Saturday afternoon at the Methodist church, with Rev. Eugene Rasmussen officiating. Blake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Ray Kahler, Glen Kahler, Oscar Gingrich, Clarence Gingrich, Herman Welhousen and Wilbur Wel- housen. An Army Deserter Msgr. Gearen Is Priest 40 Years Former Algona Teacher Dies In Arizona Mrs. June Carson, 64, former Algona school teacher, died Sunday, May 23, in a U.S. Air Force Base hospital near Sun City, Ariz, where she had been making her home. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Britt last week. Mrs. Carson was the widow of a former Britt businessman, who taught school here after his death. She had purchased a retirement home at Sun City. She is survived by four sons, 11 grandchildren and a brother. Playground Lighting Work is expected to start this week on installation of electric lighting at the old athletic park on State and Phillips streets in Algona. At a letting held by the city park board, the Algona Electric Company had the lowest bid. Park board members are James Kolp, chairman, Charles Sheakley and Charles Hinken. Sunday afternoon, June 6, Rt. Rev. Msgr. P. P. Gearen will observe his 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. At 4 p.m., a solemn high mass will be offered by Msgr. Gearen in Thanksgiving for his many years of service to Almighty God. At the mass he will be assisted by former assistants that have served with him in St. Cecelia's parish since coming to Algona. Msgr. J. B. Bauer will preach the sermon. Officers of the mass will be Deacon, Rev. Harold Cooper; Sub-Deacon, Rev. Edward Mason; Master of Cere-' monies, Rev. James McAlpin; Thurifer, Rev. Joseph Kerwin. Following mass, a dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in St. Cecelia's hall by ladies of the Catholic Action Guild to visiting clergy and relatives of Msgr. Gearen. At 7:30 p.m. a reception will be held for Msgr. Gearen at the Garrigan high school Auditorium. A program will be presented with Rev. James McAlpin acting as master of ceremonies. The program will consist of musical selections by students from St. Cecelia's school ami Garrigan high school. There will also be a presentation of a spiritual bouquet and gifts to Msgr. Gearen by the Parish. Rev. Philip Dailey will give the address at the reception. Msgr. Gearen was born July 22, 1897 at Sioux City, son of James and Dorothy Gearen. He attended St. Joseph grade school and Trinity high school at Sioux City, Campion College at Prairie du Chien, Wise, and Kenrick Seminary at St. Louis. He was ordained June 6, 1925 at Sioux City by Bishop Edmund Heelan, then served as assistant at Whittemore, 1925-1930, Onawa, 1930-1940, and Early, 1940-1948. He came to Algona's St. Cecelia's parish that year. Vandalism And Robbery Over Weekend One business place here was broken into and a rural farm home was heavily damaged by vandals during the weekend. From $4-$ 5 In change was taken by a thief or thieves from Veronica's Beauty Shop here, sometime between 6 p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the owner. Police were notified when discovery of the theft was made and are investigating the matter. Nothing else was stolen. Entry was gained through an east window of the upstairs shop The vandalism occurred at the unoccupied farm home of John Schallin in the Lotts Creek area. According to Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst, who was called to investigate, the act occurred early Sunday morning. Windows were broken out of the house, furniture inside smashed and empty beer cans thrown around the rooms. Original Fraud Charge Arose In Wesley Deal George L. Spurgeon, alias Charles O'Hara and Charles Powers, was arrested outside the Chrome cafe here in his auto at 8 p.m. Sunday by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst. The man, known in this area as Charles O'Hara, was later found to have been a deserter from the U.S. Army sinc« 1960 and just what the army's action might be is not known at present. He was arraigned in district court by Judge G.W. Stillman here Tuesday morning on a false check charge, stemming from a check he had passed at a Wesley store. He entered a plea of not guilty and the court appointed an attorney to represent him. Bond in the check matter was set at $2,500, and according to officials, the man passed more than one check in this vicinity. Spurgeon (O'Hara, Powers) was originally sought by local officials after a petition wts filed in district court here by Lou Ricke, plaintiff, in which Rlcke alleges the defendant intended to defraud him as cosigner of a $1,000 promissory note at the First State Bank at Britt. The money was obtained supposedly so O'Hara could open a restaurant and tavern at Wesley. However, the defendant disappeared from the Wesley area April 30 and no trace of him could be found. An attachment on his personal property was issued by Judge Joseph Hand here, who ordered the sheriff to attach the property. < In his petition, Ricke demands Judgment for $1,000, the amount of the note, which he felt the defendant had no intention of paying. According to the sheriff, O'Hara had been at International Falls, Minn, and upon his return. to Iowa was in Ft. Dodge long enough to sell his auto and buy another - the one in which he was found here Sunday evening. Farm Fire Near Titonka, Tuesday Titonka and Woden fire departments saved a granary full of corn and several hundred chickens in a fire at the Duane Higgins farm three miles east of Titonka early Tuesday. The departments were called when a passerby saw flames and awakened the family at 1:15 a. m. A large barn used to house chickens, and containing some hay, and a chicken house were lost. The origin of the fire had not been determined Tuesday. No estimate of the loss has been made. Safety Check Saturday, June 5, a safety check program will be held in front of the city hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All car owners are urged to participate in this check. Tickets will not be given on faulty equipment and trained mechanics will be on hand to aid in this check. Gone Fishing, Algonan's Home Is Fire Victim The home of Mr. and Mrs. James Walker, 1500 East Elm street here, was badly damaged by fire which was discovered about 4:42 p. m. Monday. Fire Chief Ralph Elbert made no estimate of damage, but it was severe. The family had left to go fishing shortly before. Donations of clothing for the family, father, mother and four children, are now being accepted at the welfare office in the court house. The blaze was discovered by a neighbor, who saw smoke pouring from the building about two hours after the Walkers left the house. Flames were also visible inside a window in the living room when firemen arrived at the scene moments Overloading of defective wiring was blamed for the fire, which apparently got its start in a large upholstered chair, which was destroyed. The entire contents of the home was burned, scorched or blistered from the intense heat, and a window and door were blown out. Floors, walls and paint were also badly scorched.
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