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Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 15, 1936
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FOURTEEN MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 15 1936 DEED'S LAKE WILL BE MECCA FOR THOUSANDS IT Filling of Valley Will-Be Begun in Spring at Hampton Expect Water to Be Up to Top of Dam by Middle of Summer. By DON W. WIEDER (Globe-Gazette State Editor) Despite cold weather, work is progressing steadily on the main program of Seed's lake, near Hampton, and it is planned that by spring everything will be in readiness to plug up the dam and start filling of the reclaimed' lake. The lake will probably be full by the middle of next summer. various amounts of excavating done to develop 'a not too rugged shore line. TRAILS AND SOADS ARE CONSTRUCTED Since the entire lake shore area has been reserved as park area, ;t was easy to make a continuous trail encircling the lake, covering a distance of three miles. Other shorter trails lead to picnic grounds, parking areas, bathing beach and othei points of interest. There is one driveway entrance on the south, making it available to reach the parking areas. The Constructed by CCC labor, this second entrance can be made from recreation state park area will include bathing and boating facilities, fishing attractions with game fish furnished by a hatchery and rearing ponds in the park, picnic areas with stoves and tables, fool trails, a wild game refuge and beautiful wooded areas. An extensive planting program has been launched which will add to the beauty of the park in future years. Making possible the 110 acre lake is a large dam—the largest in the United States to be buil; by CCC labor—which has been completed in a gorge at the eastern part of the 270 acre park. The spillway of the dam -is 170 feet in length and 35 feet high and •will back up an enormous amount of water in the valley. Limestone Facinff on Dam. the north and a third from the east. The auto- trails were held to a minimum because no park affords seclusion or gives a chance for beauty to predominate, it wa^; felt, if cut up by auto trails. A woven wire fence will surround the park to do away with possible destruction from stray livestock and to make the three definite park entrances. CONSERVATION MADE PART; TREES PLANTED Thousands and thousands of trees and shrubs have been set out in the park, in addition to those naturally there, to add further to the conservation value of the area. These are of 39 different kinds. Of some, dreds have been set many hun- out. Bull- rushes and cattails have been included. Here are just a few of the It is expected that there will be trees . American elm 15m . white 4.; n ,. n *3 -fliMt- /-\f urator nv PI . - _ .. ' ' a continued flow of water ovev the spillway, handling the drainage of 32 square miles of watershed and the continued seepage from the numerous springs. Thousands of tons of field boulders and 5,000 cubic yards of concrete have been used in the construction of the dam. The beautiful dam, vnth irregu- pine, 1,466; hazelbrush, 8,380, and sumac, 1,120. The birches are 8 to 10 feet high, the spruces 3 to 4 feet high. Pines, poplars, walnut and a variety of shrubbery, from snowberry and Russian olive to wild roses have been planted. WATER AND SEWERAGE SYSTEMS ARE PROVIDED Location of Heed's Lake CLEAR LAKE 5WALEDALE THORNTON This map shows the location of Beed's lake and its accessibility to residents of a wide area. The park is a half mile west and three miles north of Hampton. (Drawing's by Mellangr) in.. »..c.v.»». —.... • ---- --jj- A sewerage system is now under lar facing of limestone to add to; constructjon > hig --** « J , l-l-l—J : V.U110U its picturcsqueness and to blend ]ant into the landscape, has large north mode ' rn and south abutments, sunken into bed rock as deep as 20 feet to svoid possible trouble with flood, ice or other possible damaging natural forces includes a if the most in the state, for sewage purification. The water system supplying the picnic grounds and bathhouse will be constructed next spring. "The lake backed up by this dam will be a mile long and a quarter of a mile across at its w'.dest part. The old lake covers about 53 -acres and the new addition will cover about 57 acres. It is expected that A small custodian's cottage will be built in the southeast part of the park, together with necessary service buildings. The park as a whole is a game refuge, but the west end of the old lake is reserved for this par^ - *u ™»»,. ,hn,it 44 fppt i ticular purpose. It is far enough ^ecV^^ curette St --/- A«g*£K The next deepest spot is next to j "° n oi l " e PUDUC to make it an ine next ueepeoi ^V' „., , , ideal feeding ground and home for the dam. measuring about 38 feet. wi]d - b^^va^from^^t'anl!— &?£*»£• ^ <* ^ the old lake, west of the dike. | par ~ thcir sanctuary, between 5 and 16 feet. j FISH HATCHERT BEING j BUILT TO STOCK LAKE i The state board of conservation | has purchased 16 acres of land i just east and across the road from I the dam. This is being improved into a hatchery propagation system. Fish refuges, composed of large heaps of brush, have been anchored into the bed of the lake. Rearing ponds, to enable the fish to reach a self protective size. have been provided. I', will take some time, of course, for full fishing facilities to be developed in the lake as desired, but it is believed that cvenutally this will be MANY WORKED TO GET PARK XX Boys Thrive on Regular Hours, Labor Out of Doors Average Gain of 7 to 15' L Efforts for Conservation Area Began m 1917. Pounds in CCC After Three Months. Regular hours, work in the open and wholesome food have done much to build up the physical condition of the you.ig men who have been quartered at the CCC camp in Hampton, records have revealed. In addition to making youths into an organization for carrying on the project at Beed's lake, the camp administration has launched a vigorous program of education and other helps \for- improving the individuals and preparing them for regular work when they leave the service. With Capt. C, R. Benbrook in command, -the administration includes Lieut. A. F. A. Kluever, junior officer; Earl M. Briggs, educational adviser, and Dr. Ingram C. Taylor, camp surgeon. E. F. Behrens is superintendent of the ECW personnel with EJ M. Kilgorc as senior foreman. Other foremen are O. T. Baker, F. L. Scott, Leo Berncman, H. B. Folge- with song and A. B. Stillwell, Establishing ! Thomas House as mechanic. 0 ! Major Duties Outlined. Duties of the commander, and the following I his aides include I seven major aims: Actual establishment of the j The efficient and economical re- Beed's lake area as a state park | gulation of all activities within followed several previously successful attempts made in cent years when importance of j tions under which the enrollees un- i the camp, re- ! Maintenance of health condi- an unusually spot. Considerable >ULdll v Hiio wiii "-"i- *•• L. i i. attractive fishins j f!stl and same conservation begnn I live and "work. MILL OPERATED ON SITE OF PARK IN EARLY DAYS Grinding of Grain Began in 1857; Lake Drained in 1917. Work of CCC youths in reclaiming Seed's lake for a recreation area will not be the first time that this historic spot has attracted crowds, for it once was the scene of many a gay gathering. With the extensive facilities of varied nature now being developed, however, it is expected that the crowds it will entertain will dwarf those of previous decades. Rich in the history of Franklin county, the area now in the park was originally obtained from the government in 1854 and 1855 by David Matthews, John Van Horn and Henry L. Selen. The beautiful region, prolific in plant life, was seen by T. K. Hansberry in 1858 and he conceived the idea that such a beautiful natural basin, in the bottom of which flowed a spring fed stream, would be an ideal place to build an artificial lake by constructing a dike. Built Mill in 1857. After obtaining the water rights the next year, he erected a water mill and began operating it in 1857. In 1859 he had completed a mill with a two room buildin and for the grinding of grain an sawing of wood. The prosperity o '.he mill was doubtful and a rela :ive of Mr. Hassberry, John Me Donald, became proprietor witi but little more success. It was on Nov. 16, 1864. tha Mr. McDonald sold the mill and water rights to William Seed fo. ?6,500. Mr. Seed, who was en gaged in the mercantile business in Hampton, began improving the mill, the race and the long dike. Mr. Old Dike Raised. Seed raised the dike 1C one reason that men gain on the average seven to fifteen pounds after three months in the CCC. The regularity of all activities may be best exemplified by outlining the cycle of'an enrollee from the time of selection for service in the Civilian Conservation corps. In order to gain entrance into the CCC, one must first be certified by his local relief agent. This done, he awaits the date of the next enrollment period which is designated by the war department. He is then sent to the CCC company where he undergoes a physical examination B~y' tKe camp" doctor and, if the result is satisfactory, he is sworn jri by the commanding officer and becomes a full fledged enrollee. Must Orient Himself. His next step is to orient himself. This comes easy for some, not so easy with others. The average new enrollee is unaccustomed to a definite schedule of eating, sleeping, housekeeping or even regular hours for work, Thus he must change his habits to coincide with his new environment. Those who find this hard sometimes drop cut, but those who survive the initiation period usually remain unti! ihey are employed elsewhere at a more remunerative opened agam for legs than a year s I only feed being ground. The following schedule which is I It was on May 13, 1916, that rigidly followed in company 2717, | Henry Paullus came into posses- gives a general idea of the daily j ^ion of the mill and it was de- routine of a CCC member: feet, giving it a height of 20 feet and lengthened it until it was 12( rods long, instead of 80. He dug a new race about 10 feet higher and much deeper so that the mil would not • have to close during drought in the summer or from freezing through in the winter. •/.-The. original mill structure was enlarged by Mr. Beed "until i was four times as large, having three stories. Machinery was added and the mill hummed with activity, the only other mills in that section being at Iowa Falls and at Ackley. Mr. Seed encouraged boating, swimming and fishing on the old lake. Drained In 1917. In 1882 the mill was changed to the roller system and was known as the Franklin roller mills. It had a capacity of 150 barrels a day and employed eight men. Later came a period o£ changing farm methods and competition from outside sources. The mill ceased operation in 1904 but was i to be fully recognized. stocking has already been done in the waters of the lake that are backed up by the ok", dam. BATHING BEACH AND BATHHOUSE INCLUDED Two acres of sanded beach has been built with a gradual slope to the water on the south shore of the old lake bed. The entire beach Improvement of the , First call standards Reveille and roll call 6:20 a. m. At the time Henry Paullus ac- and habits of living of all en- Breakfast '. 6:30 a, m. tjuired the property in 1917, a few citizens in Hampton attempted to raise 56,000 to buy the lake property as a recreational and wild game center but only S2.500 was subscribed. In June, 1926, a group of sportsmen organized a Franklin county chapter of the Izaak Walton league to preserve wild life. With ty. matter of future developments. tant safety factor will be observed. Near the beach a bathhouse is being built of split field boulders of many colors for an exceptionally attractive effect. The bathhouse, located just south of the old dike, is a building 83 feet long and 28 feet wide. Dressing rooms, a check room and women's and men's rest rooms are included. The room that constitutes the bath room consists of a space or 23 feet by 60 feet. Flagstone steps lead from the beach to the bathhouse. A foot bath has been built near the entrance to the bathhouse. Shelters are being built connected to the bathhouse building and enclosed so as to give convenience to the public during various kinds of weather. Log rafters and sheeting, in turn covered by wood shingles, provide a rustic effect BAT OR BOAT DOCK INCLUDED IN PLANS About r.-.idway from the dam to the old dike, extending to the south from the south lake shore, William G. a small bay will be excavated. The Bced s lakc bay will extend to the south so as to include about 2 1 ,7 to 3 acres. The depth of the water in the bay v/ill average from 2 to 5 feet A small water inlet will be excavated K boats can travel from tie lake proper Into the bay. The opening win be crossed by a small footbridge to be used In following the foot trail which runs to the east and west. plans new to 12 ° acre lake - A 545,000 appropri- rolees. Sick call 6:55 a. m. Improvement of the enrollees j police call ..'. 7;00 a m' educationally, vocationally and I inspection .,'.'...... 7-25 preparing them to obtain and re- lain remunerative employment when their services with the company are terminated. Teaching all enrollees to the a. m. Work cr..ll 7:45 a. m. Recall 4:00 p. m. Retreat 4:55 p. m. Supper 5:00 p. m. Sick call 5:30 p. m | :nolished. Building stone from the 6:00 a. m. j IT >iU w as sold to farmers for improvements. In November, 1917, the lake, which covered 40 acres, was drained and practically all of the land was made available for pasture and cultivation. When the water had almost left the lake bottom, carp in great numbers were taken from the lake. maximum degree proper habits of j Lights out ' ' '// ' \ Q .Q O personal hygiene and the genera] principles of public sanitation. Installation into the enrollees a sense of personal pride and teaching them to improve their appearances. Promotion of a spirit of co- Options Were Boujrht. This vote, however, failed by 300 majority. The next effort started in December, 1932, when E. S. Gage of Mason City met with ths group and explained that ^Continued on Next Tape) .Practically »11 of the proposed lake bottom has been leveled, stump* removed and k Feeding Lake 12 Miles in Length Spring creek is the stream that is to feed water to fill Beed's lake. Flowing through a natural valley, it is fed by numerous springs which have flowed regularly winter and summer, it has been observed. The creek is 12 to 14 miles long with headquarters a few miles northwest of Latimer. operation and team work. To attain these objectives, every effort is made to make the barracks, recreation rooms and other living quarters neat, clean and, as far as possible, comparable with the average American home, Lake First Referred to as Old Mill Pond 3ocd, for whom at Hampton was named, died in DCS Moines Jan, 1, 1912. The original lake was first referred to as "the old mill pond.' 1 Large Tree Is Moved by Boys on Project The largest tree moved by CCC boys at Eeed's lake was a burr oak 12 inches in diameter. It lias been placed on the north shore of the lake. This tree with frozen earth ball weighed 13 ton*. etfort is made, especially through the educational program and contact, to develop in the men a sense of self reliance and ability to adjust themselves to economic conditions. The principles | of public sanitation and personal hygiene are constantly stressed, both in company regulations and by group. and class instruction. In all departments of the company, a model of high efficiency in arrangement and cleanliness is carried out Has Hljrh Rating:. District inspectors consistently give company' 2717 a rating of "excellent." Menus are made systematically of well balanced foods, served .well and regularly. This is . m. Taps and bed check. . .11:00 p. m: To follow this schedule means that the men are first called at; 6 a. m,, from which time they are permitted 20 minutes to dress, bathe and report for reveille in full dress for roll call. At 6:30 they eat and police of the barracks and areas follows. At 7:25 the barracks are inspected by the commanding officer for cleanliness, neatness and arrangement of equipment. Taken to Project. At this time the bunks must all be made alike, .lockers packed uniformly and all other equipment systematically arranged. In other words, there must be "a place -for Park's Full Beauty to Be in Few Years A visit to the state park at Beed's Lake at present may prove to be somewhat disappointing, for although some of the projects are completed, there is still' much cleaning up to be done and landscaping is only partly completed. It is also rather difficult to visualize just what area will be covered by the Jake until actual filling of it is completed in the middle of next summer. As planned on a long time program, however, in a few years the full beauty of the many plantings, special projects and natural attractions of the section can be fully appreciated. Scenes a t Beed' s Lake, CCC Camp f 4 OLD DIKE LINE QRIDGE PICNIC . BOAT LANDING, ' At the top, the new dam. Second row, right, a mess hall scene, and left, the beach. Thir'd row, right, are Preno Bisacchi, John Dillinger and Louis Hulsing in the recreation room and left, Jack Luloff at the steel lathe. In the reading room are Carrol Lamb, Elmer Becker, James Toops, Jack Luloff, Alfred Jensen, Francis Sweeny, Robert Freudenburg and Clyde Erickson, and in the kitchen, Lee Dawson, Raymond McGurk and Virgil Clabaugk. Bottom photo, the administration, left to right, E. H. Behrens, Earle M. Briggs, Lt. A. F. A. Kluever, Capt. C. R. Benbrook and Dr. Ingram Taylor (Photo, b?

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