Monroe County News, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1968, Albia, Iowa
CiT-Lce or ouperincfciKicri'iG 48 Years in Party Office, From Women's Suffrage to LBJ fight Of CitiZCn> in ___ :_ IMA _. right of citizens in tht Unlled States to shall not or .fcridaed by tho United States or any Statt en of It was years in coming, but with the Adoption of this Article XIX of the U. S. Constitution women were given the right to vote. It was proclaimed as adopted Aug. 26, 1920 and with the pas- sage of this amendment was launched the political party ca- reer of Frances Richmond Bick- ert. For Mrs. J. H. Bickert was chosen vice chairman of the Democratic party organization at the first convention held in the county following the adoption of this amendment giving women the rignt to vote. She held the post for 48 years, until unseated at a meeting of the Monroe County Democratic Central Committee on' April 19. For 48 years she's been at- tending state conventions and she's been at all of them. She attended her first one in 1920 with her father, the late L. T. Richmond. Richmond, an attor- ney and president of Albia Interurban Railway Co. had told her "You're going to be voting now and you should know always for what and for whom you arc voting and why." So Mrs. Bickert and Mrs. A. E. Hollingshead at- tended their first state conven- tion and the district caucus which preceded it. Richmond at that convention was elected a delegate to the San Francisco convention which nom- inated James M. Cox as the op. position to the Republican candi- date Warren G. Harding. Mrs. Bickert, who has bubbled with enthusiasm for the Demo- cratic party for better than half a century, said that "I believe so firmly in the principles of the Democratic party as set forth by Thomas Jefferson (whose party affiliation incidentally was Demo- crat My goal in each election has been a Democratic victory but never at the sacrifice of my own or my party's dignity or integrity." Mrs. Bickert confesses she wasn't overly enthused about women's suffrage in the World War I years. She and the late S. W Wilson, publisher of the Albia Republican, had served as defense chairmen for the county and she was engaged in civic af- fairs. But the idea of women vot- ing and holding office and the entire suffragette movement left her "lukewarm." But in a chance luncheon one noon in Des Moines with Miss Mary LeCompte cf Corydon (also at that time and with some ardent suffragettes Jed to the "conversion" and Mrs. Bickert came away feeling that if only women could vote "Every- thing would be right with the world." So once women got the right to vote Airs. Bickcit ma.lo Demo- cratic politics a habit. She's serv- ed 48 years as county vice chair- man, 48 years as committeewo- man, first in Troy Townrhip and later in Albia's First Ward. She has been district president of the I Democratic Women's Clubs and vice president of the Iowa Fed- eration of Democratic Women. In 1940 she was one of the del- egates to the Democratic nation- al convention in Chicago, the one which broke precedent by nom- inating Franklin D. Rooicvelt for a third term. That was the year, too. that women were given their first op- portunity to be members of the Democratic platform committee. Mrs. J. H. Bickert and Henry Wallace were the Iowa represen- tatives on the platform commit- tee cue man and one woman from each of the Vivid in Mrs. Bickcrt's memo- ry arc the verbal battles between Senator Burton K. Wheeler, the ultra-coiusrvativc from Montana, and the then far, far left Sena- tor Claude Pepper from Floiida. Vivid, tco, are the memories of James Byrnes and his frequent phone calls between the Chicago convention and the White House as the platform committee was meeting. Easy to recall is the work done in the New York headquarters attempting to get that delega- tion's support for Henry Wallace for vice president. The argument of course was how much Henry Wallace had done for the Iowa fanner: He had lifted the price of corn from the 10 cents a bushel in 1932, nut n floor under the price of corn, etc. Jlr. Flynn. the chairman of the New York delegation wasn't much impressed by the argu- ments a? he turned to Mrs. Bick- ert and remarked, "Little girl, tne people in New YOJ-K don't care what the Iowa fanner gets foi his coin just as long as they can get it for 10 cents a can on the .'helves- in New York grocery I'm sorry but that's the way it is. The New York delega- tion just won't .support him." But in the showdown Henry Wallace did get the New York on Page t. Mrs. J. H. Bickert It's News to Us The Weekly Almanac WEATHER (By George Seibert, Official Weather Observer) Date High Low Precip. April 25____55 32 None April 26-____65 39 .50 April 27____67 42 Trace April 28____69 48 None April 29____ 44 None PUBLIC April of Trustees of the Albia Public Library, regular meeting, 5 p.m. at the library. May County Exten- sion Council, p m. at exten- sion office in Post Office build- ing. May City Council, p.m., council chambers, Albia City Hall. AUCTION May out farm sale, 12 o'clock noon, one mile north, one mile east, one-half mile north and one-half mile cast from Bus- sey, or 15 miles southwest of Os- kaloosa. Robert' and Marjorie Watkins, owners. Saturday, May sale, 1 p.m., 604 Bcnton Ave. E. Mrs. Anniss McMulin, owner. April R. Tucker, 68, 31 llth Avc. W., at Ivioniue County Hospital. RESCUE April Roy Sample resi- dence on old Highway 34 at p.m. John Spiccr, Otlumwa, taken to Monroe County Hospital, transferred by private ambulance to University Hospitals, Iowa City. Robert D. Jensen, 25, Mclchcr. and Janice M. Romance, 21, Lovilia. Admissions April Stahl, S. Clinton St.: Mary Jane Nicolctto, 101 N. 10th St.; Loretta Corbo, Rte. 2; Dennis Phipps, Lovilia. April 26 Mrs. Raymond La- hart, Rte. 2; Mrs. Ray 1307 S. Main S.; Richard B. Al- lison, Rte. 1. April 27 Mrs. Frances Sm- nott, Melrosc; Mrs. Ronald De- Moss, Rte. 3; Mary Mc- Cord, Manor; Mary Jo Hope, 323' N. A St.; Ernest Johnson, Lovilia. April 28 Rodney A. Brink, Eddyville; Robort D. Ford, Bus- sey; Mrs. Joseph Gragg, 334 S. Third St. Discharges Mrs. Jan McLcland and son, Albia; Mrs. Roy Chidcster, Al- bia; Willion H. Frye, Bustcy; Richard Proctor, Unionville; Bcr- Iha Bussey, Bussey; Mrs. David Stiles and son, Albia; Mrs. Clif- ford Allison, Albia; Mrs. Vincent Simmons, Albia; William Coul- son, Dallas; Jcnkin Morgan, Al- bia; Lois Shclquist, Albia; Mer- rill Dean Robinson, Albia; Den- nis Phipps, Lovilia; Cleo M. Ad- ler, Albia; Cora B.'-Mathias, Al-> bia; James Gullion, Bussey; Mat- tie Porter, Albia. AUCTION The following South Iowa Auc- tion Report is prepared by Wayne S. Frank, market reporter for the Iowa State Department of Agri- culture. It covers the sale last Saturday at the Albia Sales Co., Inc. CATTLE: 1181; Moderately ac- tive, good demand. Compared to the previous Saturday feeder steers 25-50 cents higher; feeder heifers generally steady; steer and heifer calves fully steady; not enough slaughter cows the previous week to set a market. Bulk of supply Choice, few Prime feeder cattle and calves; 4% slaughter cows. SLAUGHTER COWS: Utility and Comercial Can- ner and Cutter SLAUGHTER BULLS: Utility and Comercial on Page 5. Monday, April 29, 1968 VOL. LXXXIII NO. 18 nroe Count Section Eight Pages J Albia, Iowa TB Testing This Week Mantoux tests will be available to Monroe County residents Wed- nesday, May 1 with tests being given in Lovilia, Melrosc, and Albia to help detect persons who are susceptible to tuberculosis. Tests will be given Wednesday in Lovilia at the Evangelical United Brethren Church from 9 to 10 a.m., in Mclrose at the Community Hall from 11 to 12 noon, and in the Monroe County Courthouse in Albia from 2 to 4 p.m.. i'cits will ,also be, given Wednesday "evening from 7 to 8 p.m in the Iowa Southern Utili- ties oA'ice building. Mrs. Dale BarKcr, Monroe County public health nurso, said today that apparently there arc in Monroe County several active cases of tuberculosis which have' gone undetected. She comment- ed that in Ic.ts given to school personnel two students and one adult reacted to the Mantoux tctts. Those receiving a reaction t the Mantoux te-tJ will be given free x-rays next WCCK when the mobile unit visits in Albia. The free chest x-rays will be authorized by a letter from the individual's doctor stating that he or she is a reactor, or by a let- ter from the county nurse. The mobile x-ray unit will be on the Albia from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Monday. Tcits will be at the Junior High School from a.m. V> a.m. Fails to Report Francis M. Kuhns, Moravia, failed to report for induction into the U. S. armed forces Wednesday and his complete file has been turned over to U.S. Attorney James P. Riley in DCS Moinss. Riley is attorney for the Southern Judicial District of Iowa. Mrs. John Botts, draft clerk, said that to her knowledge 1 this is the first instance of a Monroe County resident refus-: Ing to report for induction. Kuhns had been scheduled fcr an earlier induction and whan he did not appear the mw date set. Attend Republican Women's Meeting All announced .--late and con- gressional Republican candidates will attend a Fouilh Di'tucl meeting of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women Thursday ithc Christian Church in Cen- rville. Registration for the .spring con- icnce will be at a.m. with af luncheon at 1 o'clock. Speaker will be Jaci: Warren, chaiimnn of the Iowa State Republican Central Committee. Attending from Albia will he Miss Ann Milctich, fir-t vice- president of the Mate organisa- tion; Mrs. Jack Santcn, secretary- treasurer of the county tion, and Mrs. James mem- bership chairman of the local group. Other interested women are invited according to Vcrna Schaff, piesidcnt of the local organisation. Miss Schaff said transportation will be ;n ranged if women will contact her. A smvey on the feasibility of a central water system for the nir- al aions of Appanoo.se and Mon- roe Count icy has been sent to ap- proximately farmers in the two counties. John Humphrey, lural renewal leader for the Farmers Home Ad- said that the system being studied would probably in- clude a central water supply, necessary treatment facilities, and distribution lines to serve the lural people. Uc added that if enough inter- est is shown among farm resi- dents in the two-county area 'a scries of informational meetings will be hold to further explore I lie possibility. 'Jlie survey has been recom- mended by the Technical Action Panels in Monroe :md Appanoosc Coiinliqs. These panels arc made up of personnel from various agencies of the U. S. Department of Agriculture in the area. Two from Albia Shaken in Crash Mrs. Harry Gallicrs, 210 Sec- ond Ave. W.. and her daughter. Mrs. Joyce Fletcher, 216 Second Avc. W., both received bruises and were severely shaken up in an accident four miles west of Oltumwa Fnday night. The vehicle, owned and opcr- rted Iw Mrs. Fletcher, was turn- ing left off Highway 34 when it collided with an auto driven by I.eltoy F. Btiincll of Ottumwa who attempting to Mr. and Mrs. Harnctt were treated and released from Ot- lui'ivva Mrs. Gallicrs and Fletcher were treated by Albia physicians. Corn Planting Starts This Week in County Weather Scan This television camera with the built- in lights will way of the mirror, the weather instruments on this panel. Time, temperature, wind velocity, direc- tion, humidity and other weather data will be telecast on a 24 hour a day. basis on the cable television in Albia. The high- ly polished mirror is covered until the panel is placed in operation this week- The camera will scan the instruments once each minute. Control Panels Walter (Jack) Peterson, technician for United mission. Inc. is shown making an adjustment in the con- trols for the cable television which is now being tested and which will be into the first Albia homes some time this week. The cables shown at the top of the panel board connect to the antenna on the 495 foot high tow- er in east Albia. Monroe County farmers are facing almost ideal weather as they set ready to plant their corn between now and May 10. James D. Johnson, county ex- tension Director, said today that with the plowing and discing vir- tually completed in the county, most of the farmers are in posi- tion to take advantage of the warm weather following the rains of lust week. Johnson pointed out thiil a ground temperature of 50 Joiin- MIII though he cautioned Medicare Handbook For County Aged AI-'Hil 1500 older people in Monroe Counts will receive .t new copy of "Your .Medicare Handbook the next weeks. Caul George. diMrict man- r of tbc Oiimmv.i vicial cmily office, snid today 'I he new Medicare Handbook the changes onncted In tbe UMi7 KICI al scctnity amend- ments, improving protection and medicare procedures. II has also been made easier for older people to lead and under- stand. 'licloil pasiuic snouui show a nl (din lo five inches be. loie is allowed. IJhie c.i.i .lire 'homo hmc a lotn- inch xunvuh .md bromc and Itccd's Ctiriiii} gi.iss a six-inch growth. Alfalfa .should have an to 10 inch giowlh before s.iid. Welfare Services For 8 Children Child welfare services were provided to eight children in Monroe County in December, the current report of the Iowa State Department of Social Services shows. A total of 18 wcfarc inter- views wero conducted with seven children receiving service during the month. Studies included placement in an adoptive home and with an- other .ojency. .FWSFAPFR!