The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 29, 1948 · Page 7
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 29, 1948
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vfl (y ^mlf^Wfft'-' • '-?• • j- '/•• • '<? '<* '"'<:' tf' ^"j'5 t j» BUILD IX P P L Y 11 ill ANNIVERSARY , OF OUR RETAIL STORE SECOND SECTION st ANNIVERSARY IN OUR NEW LOCATION JUNE 29, 1948 Employees; 3 J ULT TT 4 Now Has 8 Iowa Counties KEYNOTE OF THE FIRM IS '..',--. • * ' /'Personalized Home Improvement Service" COMPANY BEGAN BUSINESS DEMANDS FOR A COMPLETE HOME - / ~- ry, *" ' THAT WOULD ALSO OFFER INSTAUATON SERVICES *v j ', !,(,' •j< INTERIOR-VIEW OF COWAN BUILDING SUPPLY MODERN STORE IN ALGONA, IOWA •-.»'?-•• " • 'f" ' ' '. "~ QuonsetStee! by Cowan Firm k.&sf year, the to its rofny seiyiw* *,,»«»?**»»«ton of QuensiJ AU.ajeel 9uil4- .ins$, _ \, ' : iT initeUeci QMpQset Wldings en number of sUfiM. fm* The photograph'above sr^ow^a portion of the Cowan Building Supply Co. retail and wholesale store, Hlwstrati% %!tege stock of home materials carried at ail times. The store is one of tH4Jrrjost rnoder|;of its type in this section, and is equipped to render any home improvement/servi^. Man/interesting features, such as a novel wallpaper display, are Ih'ranfcttltm) in the s}9»%wilding, sto» in 1937 itere In 1937 lines ef to ^H"""'' ' ine$ of Merchandise is Record of Firm 6 ,bi^^|et that time. Teda'y it mately*4$Q different lines of mer- I*" S? ffl brl "l» *Ui?rchandlst ts Algens shpndisf^ Only finftrpjvality pro> in addjtlpn ,^fom lyil.nqtienolly'knewn howies. ' .ducts-are handled* end the best irvjcjj, these \ ?;jVi >* and latest type equipment is used K, S. Cowan announces the eleventh anniversary of the opening of the Cowan Building Supply Co., in Algona, :and the first anniversary of the firm's new quarters at 210 East State Street in tjijs city. Until eleven years agoj when the firm first opened on South Dodge Sreet, the principal home service activity was floor re-surfacing. Today, in 1948, the firm has a staff of more than 20, experienced employees and craftsmen, has, outgrown two previous other locations, and now serves home owners Jrt 8 lowq counfies within a radius of 50 miles. ; ' '••:''..'"'• '•'.»•••' ; Mr. Cowan states. that when he started in the floor resurfacing business in 1934, it was brought to his attention in many occupiecj homes that a complete home improvement service was needed. It was a common expression for the homeowner to say that his home was too old, too hard to heat, too |nrf»e, too uncomfortable or unattractive or old-fashioned . ., therefore, not worth modernizing. -.' : > f - ." ; ",..-.' Actually, {ri most cases, the exact opposite was true. Most older homes were perfectly sound structurally, and their existing designs 'lent themselves to modernizing. Mr. Cowan says he saw the need for a "selling job", or education on the value of mod'ernislng and properly equipping existing homes, Such was the inception of the present firm. The paramount idea back of the firm, in 1937 as it is today, was to provide a complete home improvement and modernization service-personalized to fit each particular job. Each home problem received personal attention, and each case has been handled on its own merits. Thus the firm has acquired a unique reputation in this territory of being "home improvement doctors". The staff is made up of specialists jn eaeh field, * * t . v s » • ' ' i Qowan Building Supply soon outgrew its first location and had a new building erected on North Moore, last FirmHSs Insulated Over .4 trf- MORE THAN CITY THREE TIMES SIZE OFALGON4 Since its first insulation job in 1934, the Cowan Building Supply Co. has insulated over 6,000, structures-er more than would be found in a e% three times the size of Algona. . Home insulation lias been termed "the greatest single home improvement f jnee the introduction of the, central heating plant." ' . Cowans maintains a com* plete staff of expert professional insulation engineers at all time, and the melt modern installing equipment Is ' '.I,'! '*{ d »f year another he/w then mcved addition ef tfr * fl, m haj neiW Wpajtdfd ill „,„. '~~ J *'M •'p«lii0^ly?kiMiw« home ' Quality i$ the n >yement prody?ti t9 cppre*h , Byilding Supply Co Steel This to TO to «n v§tatt ,.. y«sr 9f tfc* wa? put «p, to which the firm ' was necessitated by the increasing totln and services, suth as the na. term and %reen Sash, Qwonstt, er lines, , / Cewan niversary w?«MWi9n «s being held from th first year of thf fi?m' 3 njw sls» t« wmmemejrett th? Many int^reiting festyrsi will One unuiualjact concerning the Cowan'lniglation division if that it doe? P. larger bvsiness, in proportion, .th^ri anyBother firm in a town? ff thfo sije |n) the country lelling Eagle-Pieh- er. lnsi|lat|om« ; m annual Eagle- Pieher cotivffntironi, attended by Mr, Cowan|4^ has been t«|.4f that the , inflation bu»lm mnintained,?|»rf,Ji'larger

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