The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 19, 1965 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 19, 1965
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The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . Clear Pictures - Mere News - Biggest Circulation i3taotra jIloincG SnMn d M S J eC i° n , t ' n , c . lass T atte / at the Postoffice at A1 K ona. Iowa (60511). Nov. 1. 1832. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1965 16-PAGE TABLOID VOL 100 - NO. 78 Algona Postmaster To Retire Resignation Is Effective On Nov. 30 Wade Sullivan, popular Algona postmaster for the past 30-plus years, ended a variety of rumors and also announced an end to his career in that post this week when he stated he definitely will retire, effective Nov. 30, 1965. So Mr. Sullivan, known as Wade to most and William Wade to a few, is about to relinquish the position he has held since Feb. 22, 1935 when he was named acting postmaster here. It was in August that same year when Wade was sworn in as regular postmaster - and he's been at it, serving in three different buildings, since. The job has been under civil service since Jan. 20, 1940. Mr. Sullivan, 61, a lifelong Algonan, was appointed originally to replace James McDonald after the death of the latter, who served only one year in the position. At the time of Wade's appointment, eight mail trains came into Algona each day - and Ed Genrich hauled the mail to the local office from both stations in a 1919 vintage Ford truck. Since then, things have changed radically I At present, 22 highway post offices and star routes travel to and from the local office each day. There were 11 employees here in '35 and the office was second class, with receipts of $35,000 yearly. Now there are 19 employees and gross receipts during the most recent fiscal year were $166,000 - almost five times the amount grossed 30 years earlier. Wade served as postmaster in three buildings, locally. The office was located in the present Security State Bank building when he was sworn in, then was moved into the Federal building at the corner of Dodge and Call streets in August, 1937. The last move was into the new building on the corner of Call and Minnesota streets, officially completed May 3 this year. Mr. Sullivan was born and raised here and his father was a well-known attorney, Judge John William Sullivan. Wade was an outstanding football player at Algona high school prior to his graduation in 1922 - and then attended Notre Dame University. His wife is the former Cecelia Kelly. They were married, at Emmetsburg, July 2, 1931. He was employed as a reporter and advertising man by the Upper Des Moines for several years and was also a state scale inspector prior to becoming postmaster, Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan have two daughters, Sheila and Molly (Mrs. W. B. McDonald), Algona. And the latest addition to the Sullivan clan here is Heather Mary, infant daughter of the McDonald's and the first grandchild for Wade and Cecelia. Wade doesn't expect to have too much time on his hands after his last day on the job. An avid golfer, he will probably be on the local course as often as possible (when weather permits), and he also plans to do a lot of reading. TV will also be in his plans - and he may also take another trip to Ireland, home of his ancestors and some of his relatives. And granddaughter Heather Mary will probably get more attention, too. As to a successor to Mr. Sullivan, nothing has been definitely set at the moment. Normally in such cases an acting postmaster is appointed, allowing time to set up a Civil Service test for applicants for the job. The test is a tough one, according to Mr. Sullivan, and can be written by Democrats and Republicans alike. There have been rumors as to a possible successor here, but of course no action can be taken until applicants are known and tests taken. If there are more than three applicants who write the test, the top three, based on test grades, will then be in the running for the job, with one to be named. Time and date of the possible test for Algona postmaster applicants will be announced later by the Civil Service Commission. (UDM Polaroid Photo by Don Smith). Autopsy Report An offiical report received by county authorities last Wednesday indicated Gerald Hellman, 37, Bancroft, found dead in Union Slough the preceding Sunday, died from drowning, The autopsy was performed at Mason City. Funeral services were held last Thursday. Funeral Held Saturday For Portland Lady Mrs. George Hix, 77, resident of the Burt-Titonka area for almost a quarter-century, died Wednesday at the hospital at Britt. Funeral services for Mrs. Hix were held Saturday at 2 p. m. in Doan Methodist church, with Rev. Paul Hansen officiating. Family rites were held at 11 a. m. at the Blake Funeral Home, Titonka. Mrs. Hix, born Sept. 21, 1888 at Volga City, la., was the daughter of Frank and Martha White Durst. She was married to George Hix Dec. 18, 1910 at Alexandria, So. Dak., and they lived there until 1913 when they moved to Gordon, Nebr., then to Kossuth county in 1942. She was a member of the WSCS of the Doan church. Survivors include her husband; four children Vera (Mrs. Victor Fitch), Hazel (Mrs. Dwight Ruse), and Dawn (Mrs. Edward Harms), all of Titonka and Arthur Hix, Sexton; two sisters, Cora Mae Dial, Southgate, Cal., and Mrs. Viola Kempton, Maywood, Cal.; a brother, Frank Durst, Compton, Cal.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant children, a brother and a sister. At Convention Clara Shilts, Vera Graham, Edith and Delia Welter attended a Soroptomist convention at Lincoln, Neb. as delegates last weekend. Balmy Weather Sees Return Of Picnics Indian Summer prevailed during the weekend, with a high of 78 degrees registered here Sunday. In fact, the mercury was 70 or above four straight days, Thursday through Sunday, with a low of 29 registered Wednesday, Oct. 13. Only a trace of moisture was registered Saturday. Here are the readings: H L R Oct. 13 62 29 Oct. 14 70 42 Oct. 15 70 36 Oct. 16 75 55 Oct. 17 78 61 Tr. Oct. 18 - 59 Issue Warrant On Bad Check Charge Here A bench warrant was issued in district court here this week as the result of a false check charge against L. H. Owens. It is alleged in the county attorney's information that Owens cashed a $25 check at the Johnson House here Aug. 26, It was drawn on the Edina, Minn, State Bank and the check was subsequently returned unpaid for the reason the account had been closed. The false drawing and uttering of a bank check charge followed. Meanwhile, petit jurors were slated to report this morning, Tuesday, Oct. 19, for continuation of the September term of court, A damage suit, Harris vs. Jergenson, is on the docket, filed as the result of injuries allegedly received by the plaintiffs in a crash north of Algona Lyle Mathes, Ex-Algonan, Heart Victim Lyle Mathes, 64, Des Moines, former'long-time resident of Algona, succumbed to a heart seisure in his office at Des Moines at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. Funeral services for Mr. Mathes were held Saturday at 2 p. m. in the Presbyterian church here, with Rev. Walter Morz officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens and McCullough Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Masonic services were held at the chapel Friday evening. Pallbearers were C. R. LaBarre, W. L. Jensen, Don Nelson, Merle Webster, E. L. Wolcott and Stewart McFadden. He was born at Farmer City, 111. and came to Algona as a youngster. Prior to-graduation from Algona high school in 1921, Lyle starred in football and basketball. He was later employed at the Kresensky store here as shoe department manager, was well-known as a sign painter and later operated Lyle's Shoe Store here. He sold the bus• iness to Bill Kirkland several years ago and became an agent for the Monarch Life Insurance Co. here. About three years ago, he and his wife, the former Netha French, moved to Des Moines and he was an agency trainer for the company. While a resident here, Lyle served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary club. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine at Des Moines. Mr. and Mrs. Mathes have visited here frequently since moving to the capital city. Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter, Alice (Mrs. Kent Seely), Algona; two sons, Richard, Green Bay Wise., and Herbert, Dunsmuir, Cal.; a sister, Mrs. Neva Merrifield, Algona ; two brothers, Frank, Santa Barbara, Cal., and Lynn, Tulsa, Okla.; and two grandchildren. Mrs. Bleich Of Wesley Dies Early Sunday WESLEY - Mrs. Arthur Bleich, 55, died suddenly at her rural home near here Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Catholic church here, with Blake Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bleich is survived by her husband, a son and three daughters. A complete obituary will appear in the next issue of the UDM.

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