The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 7, 1965 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 7, 1965
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Thursday, October 7, 1965 Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines-3 ALONG ABOUT THIS TIME EVERY year comes Fire Prevention Week. I may already be too late to go along with the vest of the Algona Upper Des Moines' recognition of it, but it is never too late to say a few kind words about the guys who L:;O to blazes - the Volunteer Fire Department. - o - I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT PUTTING out a fire, but I could tell you quite a bit about life with a volunteer fireman for father was one for more than twenty years. After that he ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT AGAINST ICI Don'i kid yourself. Fire at home can happen to the best of us. Fire fighting and control aren't solely the fire department's concern. It's yours, too. Help your fire department by checking your home against fire hazards. For further safety measures, see us for the adequate fire insurance you need. FIRE PflEV lOIUl MlffiEK OCTOBER 3-Q, 19S5 INSURANCE AGENCY FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS SEE US!- TEL. 295-3176 206 E. STATE MISFORTUNE I CAN COST YOU A FORTUNE! Farm buildings are easy prey to fire. Today's a good time to start checking them for fire hazards. It's also a good time to add fire insurance to your protection. Be sure you're fully covered. See us today! KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSN. 119 N. DODGE ST. — ALGONA, IOWA Lola Scuffham, Sec. I FIRE Mil WEEK ^E_ OCTOBER 3-©/ was an honorary member of the Algona Fire Department. Its one of the few things, besides his fishing prowess, I've heard him brag about. I'll have to agree that anyone is justified to be proud of being a volunteer fireman. - o - IT ALWAYS SEEMED TO ME that although the firemen were on call 24 hours of the day, fire calls would come only at mealtime, or after the whole family was fast asleep in bed. Else it was when everybody was dressed in their Sunday clothes. I remember one fire happening during the annual Firemen's Ball and many, many fires, some of them tragic, occuring when the weather was way below zero. - o - VOLUNTEER FIREMEN ARE EQUIPPED with a special sort of radar especially tuned to hear fire alarms. They can be totally deaf to a summons from a baby for 2 a. m. feeding or cry from the youngsters' bedroom demanding a drink of water. Mom hears these every time, while father sleeps blissfully on. But at the first blast of the fire alarm, his feet hit the floor. - o - ONE OF THE MOST essential pieces of equipment in fighting fires is the volunteer's pants, and he has to find them before he can go to the fire. They are always hanging right where he left them - excepting on the nights when there's a fire. So far as I know no Algona fireman has turned up at a fire without his pants, but there used to be some very strange - looking outfits. Once dressed, the fireman is out of the door, into the car and zooming like a stock car racer toward the station. This extreme haste is motivated by two things-utter devotion to duty and by the fact that the first firemen to arrive get to drive the trucks. - o - VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS are peculiar to the small town. They are paid, but itfe only a small amount per call and it's the same whether it's a false alarm, a fifteen minute session or a conflagration that lasts a couple of days, Fire fighting can be dangerous and the fireman's wife always rests much easier when he is safely back home. Volunteer fire departments have to be skilled in their work and they put in long hours of training. A volunteer has one incentive for quick flame squelching which I presume the big city Smoke Eater does not have. He has a personal interest in every bit of property he is called upon to save, for when a fire occurs in a small town it's happening to an acquaintance, a friend, a relative or a business associate. - o - MUCH TIME IS SPENT BY a volunteer company in preventing fire. Potential hazards are carefully checked and every member must know thoroughly the floor plan of every business establishment in town so that he '11 know where to start should fire occur. The firemen keep the many thousands of dollars worth of equipment in tip-top shape at all times. When the whistle blows there's no time to wonder if the hoses are squirting ^properly or if the water tanks used for country fires are filled. WHAT 'MAKES A MAN VOLUNTEER hi s services as a fireman? Is it the money? It's true that those checks used to come in handy for extra spending money, but the majority of the firemen could earn far more if the time were spent on their regular jobs. Is it the sociability at the fire house? They do have good times playing pool and pinochle after the meetings and I always had lots of fun at the parties that included the wives. And all that wonderful food at the family picnics! The desire to be of service to the community is another reason and a very com- medable one. But I doubt if any of these is the whole reason. - o - A SMALL BOY DREAMS OF being a fireman as naturally as he breathes. The huge red trucks, the screaming sirens, the respectful halt of traffic and the saving of life and property is the twentieth century boy's substitute for knighthood and dragon slaying. This sense of adventure is not lost when the boy grows up, so if he lives in a small town where dragons are scarce, he becomes a volunteer fireman. And whether or not this diagnosis is correct, there are thousands of towns that are glad he does. For the volunteer fireman makes his community a better and safer place to live. - o - WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED the mail for our wedding anniversary. Former Algonans, John and Elaine Bishop wrote from Pittsburgh; Marion and Everett Rekers from Cedar Falls (we are all excited over the possibility of a visit from them); the Gabrielsons of Sexton, Myrtle and Jens Sorensen, Darlene and Wendell Feaster, Margaret Durant, Mom and Harold, Grandma Rose, the Pratts and the Wallers. And our kids telephoned us from Algona. - o - DURING THE WEEK OF October 3 through 9, birthdays include Robert Straub, Ruth Jorgenson, Jim Harris HI, Robbie Claude, Harold McNertney, Meta Gunder, Mike Boekelman, Janice Troutman, Susan Nash, Virgil Smith, Kathleen Rooney, Warren Nelson, Gary Lane, Sherry Teeter, Todd Miller, Lyle Mathes, Mrs. Raymond Reid, Helen Anderson, Nels J. Anderson, Joan Skogstrom, Michelle Anderson, Delia McCullough, Elaine Deal, Bill Detrick, Chuck Farrell, John Geelan, Dena Boekelman, Norma Johnson, Tom Snyder, Lloyd Muckey, Leo Cassel, Shirley Schenck, Ruth Johnson, Melanie Nelson, Jo Ann Taylor, Mary Lou Mawdsley, Les Kenyon, John Fraser, Esther Smith, Mark Goodman, Steven Koob, Larry Wicks, Jack Williams, David Phillips and Scott Ruhnke. Wedding anniversaries include Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kollasch, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sundet, Mr. and Mrs. Wally Hill and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Naylor. - o - THIS WEEK'S RECIPE IS for Orange Rice Cream - which is rice pudding with a Florida touch. (Just call me Betty Cracker), 1 cup uncooked regular rice 6 oranges 4 to 6 tablespoons sugar 2 cups whipping cream 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate pieces Early in the day, or one hour before serving, cook rice as label directs, refrigerate. Peel oranges, cut into sections; reserved ten sections for decoration, cut the rest in half and sprinkle with sugar. Refrigerate. Just before serving, whip the cream stiff; add vanilla extract. Fold in rice and halved orange sections (if very juicy, drain off some juice). Arrange In serving dish; decorate with orange sections, and chocolate pieces. Makes 6 to 8 servings. GRACE from RUBBISH Keep your closets, cellars and storerooms clear of all rubbish and litter. Clean out spaces under counters. Be sure you are protected with insurance against fires. See your insurance man now. BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY 109 N. DODGE AIGONA * FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCTOBER 3 - 9 I FIRE .-.. PREVENTION BEGINS WITH YOU! Keep matches out of reach of children. Break matches before throwing away. Don't "light up" near explosive materials. AND . . . insure against the unexpected! See your agent today. BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE Phone 295-5443 6 No. DODGE ALGONA, IA. * FIRE PREVENTION WEEK * OCTOBER 3 - 9 Barbershoppers Appear At Des Moines The Kossuth Barbershoppers attended the Central States District Contest at KRNT Theater in Des Moines Saturday. Nineteen choruses participated in the competition in the afternoon and 38 quartettes competed in the evening. Approximately 1500 participants from seven states competed. President of the local organization is Roland Bode, who attended. The local group appeared under the direction of Merle Dickinson of Mason City. Representing Algona were Eugene Hutchins, Corwin Peer, Art Olson, Don Gant, Dick Moen, Dr. Harold Erickson, Ollie Nasby, William Holldorf, Dr. J. B. Harris, Ed Ruhnke and James Arend. Also participating were Ed Lickteig and Joe Graham of Burt, and William Faulstick and Dave Kollasch of Whittemore, Clarence Isebrand and William Schram of Titonka, R. W. Jurgens and Ben Anliker of West Bend, Russ Jensen, Ron Schultz, Jerry Helmke and Richard Strachan of Humboldt, Paul Bailey and Merrill Rasmussenof Goldfield and Oscar Kallestad of Rodman. Former winners in the contests were featured in the program, Ex-Resident Of Ringsted Dies RINGSTED - A longtime former Ringsted resident, Mrs. Ida Kohl, 94, died Mond?" at Cedar Rapids hospital following a stroke complicated by the infirmities of old age. Mrs. Ko 1 was well known to Seneca residents, being the mother of Mrs. Joe Madden who has lived in the Seneca area until the death of her husband not long ago. Also surviving is another daughter, Mrs. Alta Madden of Cedar Rapids, and grandchildren, Mrs. Cecil Langerman, also Lloyd and Loren Madden of rural Ringsted. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Presbyterian church at Ringsted Is Still on the Rampage! Fire prevention is more than a set of rules. It must be an awareness of exposed or faulty wiring, a carelessly dropped cigarette, an overloaded circuit, or a furnace that has not been properly inspected. Very few fires start by chance. Most are caused by ignorance or neglect, and hurt not only the property owner, but the community as well. Lady Luck simply can't be trusted as an effective substitute for sound fire preventive practices. The only really effective method is to be continually aware of the numerous fire causes. Druggisrs Mutual has grown with Iowa and Kossuth County for over 55 years, and has actively supported fire prevention at every opportunity. Through experience comes ability and wisdom, ind we are happy to extend our time and efforts to the "Thought of the month THE PREVENTION OF FIRE." FIRE IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS Fire Prevention Week October ^nsu/tance EUGENE MURTAGH, President V. M. PARSONS, Secretary HOME OFFICE ALGONA, IOWA

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