Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1936 · Page 109
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 109

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 31, 1936
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NEW YEAR'S EDITION SECTION B PAGES 1 to 12 MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1936 BUSINESS, INDUSTRY SHOW CAINS Radio Station KGLO Nears Big Moment of Initial Broadcast WORK INDICATES iThey ' 11RunKGLO MOVE TO BRING OPENING TO BE IN NEXT MONTH Tower Is Up; Progress on Studio in Hanford Is Rapid. F. C. EIGHMEY Manager of KGLO The close of 1936 sees the Globe- Gazette radio station, KGLO. ncaring the big moment of it.-; initial broadcast. With the 290 foot antenna tower up and work progressing toward the completion of the transmitter house on the grounds with the tower and the studio and control room on the second floor o' the Hotel Hanford, indications are that the opening of the station \\-ill take place some time in the coming month, probablv on Jan. 17. F. C. Eighmey. who for the past four years was sales manager for station WHBF at Rock Island, has arrived in the city to take over the management of the station. Sidney Davis, formerly of Marshalltown. has been here for six weeks superintending the installation of equipment as chief engineer of KGLO. Fine Mechanical Setup. Both Mr. Eighmey and Mr. Davis are enthusiastic about the mechanical setup of KGLO and are confident that it will produce results equal to any station of its size in the United States Virgil Hicks, for eight years with the Globe-Gazette staff as local advertising salesman, is to wori-t under Mr. Eighmey as commercial manager. Installation is practically completed at the transmitter house of the transmitter, speech input, frequency and modulation checking equipment and the electricaj transcription turntables. A small structure has been erected close to the tower to house the coupling unit between the tower and transmitter. This equipment includes the antenna power meter. Studio Is in Hotel. Work is also progressing on ;:;c studio and control room at tne Hotel Hanford. where speech input equipment and micr~" v jnes will be installed. The studio has been acoustically treated. Transite installation en t li e walls and ceilings has been completed. This includes I 1 ; inches j of a felt material on the outside of which is a . slate material, which is perforated for absorption of the sound. Double windows and double- doors have been installed to reduce street noises. Business Office Provided. The Hotel Hanford facilities in- ciude in addition to the main studio, a small studio for voice- work, a control room and business office. Modernistic floor coverings and decorations have been carr ed out. Installation o£ cquipmeir. is "H XT n_ . p.._i. v _,,f,, ' pccted to be completed shortly j W nCat LOmraClS I after the first of the yc?r. Reaching Up to the Topmost Airlanes SIDNEY DAVIS Chief Engineer EQUIPMENT HERE BEGAN YEAR AGO Tests Conducted By Boring Into Ground Before greeting Tower. The story of the developments which led to the establishment of Mason City's radio station KGLO spans most of 1936, starting with a hearing before the federal communications commission at Washington, D. C. in January. In April Melvin G. Dahlberg, examiner with the commission, recommended that the Globe-Gazette's application for a permit be granted. On July 2 the commission made its decision to grant the Globe-Gazette a permit for the construction of a 100 watt broadcasting station on a 1210 kilocycles wave length. This permit authorized construction to begin on Sept. 24 and required that the station be completed by March 24, 1937. Option on Ground, Option was then taken on a 10 acre plot of the H. H. Shepard form, where borings were taken tc determine whether it h"id the proper soil conditions. The tests proved successful and upon the receipt from the federal communications commission of an amended construction permit, immediate steps were taken toward the erection of the tower and transmitter house. A contract was placed with the Radio corporation of America for a transmitter and other equipment for the transmitter house adjacent to the tower and the studio in the Hotel Hanford. The contract for the tovv-er was let to the Truscon Steel company and Rye and Henkel began work on the transmitter house. Three rooms on the southeast corner of the second Cloor of the Hotel Hanford were leased and work got under way to remodel these into a studio, control room and office. Installed Equipment. By the middle November Sid- i ney Davis, who had been selected as chief engineer for KGLO, arrived in Mason City from Marshalltown. where he had been engineer of KFJB for seven years, and the job of actually installing equipment got under way. One of the first jobs of Mr. Davis was the plowing under of 10 miles of cop- Mrs. Blaise Shopped for 385 Persons Christmas Cheer Money Well Spent Buying Yule Happiness. If you had $1.000 what would you do? It's fun trying to decide just what you'd buy with it, but no one had any more fun spending 51,000 or, actually, 81,259.91. the Christmas cheer fund total, than Mrs. Mabel Blaise secretary to the So- RECOVERY SEEN IN FACTORY AND RETAIL STORES 1937 Outlook Optimistic as North Iowa Goes Into New Year. Increased operation of factories, larger volume of retail business and marked gains in the construction of homes featured Mason City's industrial and commercial life in 1936. A continuation of the upward trend is expected for the coming year, as recovery gathers momentum. Mason City the past year has felt the impetus- that has resulted from the welcome comeback of cial Welfare league, who dispensed j the heavy industries. it in buying gifts for Mason City's j needy families. Running at Capacity. The Northwestern States Port- Some of the money went for | land Cement company had a sub- This towerinr framework, with a giant at the top, readies into a fairyland of entertainment, but unlike the one that Jack raised, this one is made of steel. It is the skeleton of Mason City » new radio station KGLO, the tallest structure in the city. It rises 290 feet IK to the air. The station is owned by the Mason City Globe-Gazette and will be put into operation soon after the New Year. (Lock Photo, Kaycnay Engraving:) per wire extending out a distance of 300 feet from the antenna tow- By the middle of December the Truscon Steel company had completed the erection of the tower and the installation of the equipment in the transmitter house got under way. toys, some for clothing and food j stantial increase in the demand for and some for household equipment, but every bit of it went for happiness, both to the receivers and to the givers whose contributions took the Christmas cheer fund over the top for 1936. Long- Shopping List. Mrs. Blaise's shopping list was a long one. She had to buy for 35 adults and 350 children. Sht bought 157 suits of underwear. 48 overalls, 3(i coveralls, 61 shirts, 251 pairs of hose. 72 pairs of sox 43 bloomers. 4 sleepers, 2 sweaters, 33 pairs of shoes and overshoes. 10 yards of dress material and 20 yards of outing flannel. Some of the gifts on her list were for fun. Tney included 130 dolls, 101 g^mes. 91 cars and trucks. 24 mechanical toys. 18 books and 20 boxes of crayons. Gets Miscellany of Gifts. Mrs. Glaise purchased a broom. 2 stove. 24 quilts, 3 cotton bats. 2 mattresses and spent $55 for candy and nuts. There were 257 baskets cleared through the Social Welfare league office and given out and the dinner;? they contained fed 1,210 persons. Donated merchandise, approximating $265. has not yet been distributed because it has to be suited to the needs of the client. How better could $1,000 be spent? Flying Fraternity Formed. LOS ANGELES, (UP)—Greek letter fraternities have invaded the field of aviation. Alpha Eta | awards. Rho is the name of the new fra- ' ternity and it is open to university students who are qualifying for flying. Miss Pretto Bell of this its products the past year and is now running at capacity. Jacob E. Decker and Sons showed a gain of 20 per cent in employment. A continued demand for brick and tile products is evident. Mason City enjoyed the best Christmas shopping season in " years, with some of the merchants getting back to the 1929 level of business. While commercial cor.sU'uclion. tended to lag, the construction of homes got under way in earnest, with larger and better houses than has been customary for ;everal years. Bank Deposits Up. Total bank deposits here are considerably above that of a year ago, indicating Mason City is participating in the general gains over the country. Improved purchasing power in the hands of North Central Iowa farmers also has been evident the past year, despite the fact that the crops suffered to some extent from the dry weather last summer. The general view of businessmen here is that 1937 will DC batter than 1936. They are looking forward to further increases in business, factory operation and employment. One of the significant developments of the year from the business standpoint was the forceful revival of the socalled heavy industries, such as the steels and construction and engineering city, vvhcf has a pilot's license, is the first president. We hate distatorship, and yet how unfortunate that our parents didn't have our tonsils out when we were too little to resist,—Kc- wanee Star Courier. VIRGIL HICKS Commercial Manager (Photos by Lock) Hercules "Beater Up." BOSTON, (UP)— Hev-ules was beaten up recently—\vilhin a few feet of the courtroom in the federal building. Abraham A. Hercules, 51, of Winthrop, told G- men that an unidentified man beat him on the head with a toy pistol in a washroom. He suffered a deep cut on his forehead. North Iowa Approved j HAMPTON—Approval for the signers of wheat contracts in Worth, Cerro Gordo, Wright, Hancock and Franklin counties was received Monday by Manning W. Howell, secretary for the five counties. Checks are expected within two weeks, according to Mr. Howell. A Happy Ne>* Year to Our Many Friends and Policyholders Equitable Life Insurance Company of Iowa IOWA'S PIONEER COMPANY CELEBRATING ITS SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY DURING 1937 Outstanding By Any Standard of Comparison F. W. OSMUNDSON, General Agent 502 First National Bank BEST WISHES FOR 1937 The Officers, Directors and Employees of the Northwest Savings Bonk wish you a joyous New Year. And, we sincerely thank you for your confidence, your loyalty and patronage during 1936. May the coming year bring you Health, Happiness and Good Fortune. To one and all we say, "HAPPY NEW YEAR." OFFICERS E. H. WAGNER Chairman of the Board DEAN H. LIGHTNER President • JAY E. DECKER Vice President C. S. THOMPSON Cashier ], C. JENSEN Assistant Cashier DIRECTORS Jay E. Decker Remley J. Glass F. E. Johnson Lee P. Loomis E. S. Sclby C. S. Thompson L. S. Thompson E. H. Wagner Dean H. Lightner Micr Wolf EMPLOYEES T->I - c,r,Ko,.^ Raymond LaGasse Florence Sanbei b W o odrow Wacholz Esther Porter Miles Moore Ellen Mooney Leland Hurley Walter Davis, Custodian Northwest Savings Bank MASON CITY, IOWA Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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