Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1936 · Page 111
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 111

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 31, 1936
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 31 Sec. B—3 20 Per Gent Employment Gain Made at Decker Plant; Wage Ratejiigher FRED G, DUFFIELD SEES FAVORABLE OUTLOOK FOR '37 Since Nov. 1, Beginning of Fiscal Year, Plant Has Operated at Capacity. "Happy New Year" means just that at the Jacob E. Decker and Sons Packing plant. The current situation and the outlook for the meat packing business are decidedly favorable, according to F. G. D'.ifficld. general manager. "Meat is a food which people prefer to any other." Mr. Duffield explained. "\Vhen they have money, they will buy mer.t and they are \viilinp to pay a price for it which guarantee.'; a fair profit to the livestock producer, the meat packer and the retailer. On the other hand, meat if perishable and it must always be sold. When general economic condition? are not good the prices of meat fall rapidly and everyone in the industry suffers according!.,..' Employment Gains. "The Decker plant employed 20 per cent more men and women in 1936 than in 1935 and a wage increase was recently announced. Since the beginmr.g of the packing company's new fiscal year on Nov. 1. the plant has been operating at capacity." During the pa.-a year, the Armour and company plan of em- ploye representation was requested by the hourly paid workers at the Decker plant. The management agreed, a conference board was established which has settled numerous question? affecting working conditions in the plant. Provides Ready Market. Not only docs Decker's increased payroll react generally to improving business conditions in Mason City, but the presence of the industry is helpful in two other particulars. Decker provides a readily accessible livestock market. Cattle, sheep, calves and hogs are purchased for cash at all times and the prices paid are competitive with other marke'.s bidding for I the livestock of Iowa producers. In addition, hundreds of people find employment in selling the product.? of the packing plant both at wholesale and retail. Decker's Io\vana meat food products made in Mason City, have gained increased popularity snd distribution every year. ''Few people realize the importance of a ready cash market for Fingerprints for Washington At the left is Deputy Sheriff John Wallace instructing two of the troop leaders of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts at the second fin?crprintinfr school held at the office of Sheriff J. M. Robertson. The Girl Scout is Ruth Knousc of troop 5 of the Wilson school and the Sea Scout is Guy Beir.iss of ship 301. The prints were sent to Washington. livestock." Mr. Duffield said. "Tuis is an agricultural community and most of the things our farmers raise are turned into livestock. Decker's recognizes a definite responsibility in marketing the farmer's 'crop' of hogs or cattle. We have a large investment in this community and we must cultivate the good will of the producer and treat him fairly if we are to remain in business. Our livestock shippers can depend on the Mason City market." Affiliation Bis; Help. Mr. Duffield pointed out that the Decker plant has benefited through its Armour affiliation in several particulars. The national setup of the Armour company guarantees the best possible outlet for Mason City meat products. Surplus production of Mason City hams and bacon can bo taken to the section of the United States where the yare most in demand and the Armour organization is in a position to know where the meat can be sold to best advantage. The Decker plant has profited further by adoption of many Armour practices for improving operations. As an example, Mr. Duf- fieid pointed out that the Mason City plant during the last year established an all-time safety record for the entire Armour organization. The safety program worked out by Armour engineers was followed" rigidly and the result was that the Decker plant has operated I for approximately 2 million man hours without a lost time accident. Prospects are that packinghouse operations during 1937 will be somewhat curtailed due to shortage of livestock following last summer's drought. j This community is better situ- j ated in this regard, however, than many other sections of the country and the curtailment nationally is not expected to result in any drastic scarcity of meat products. Opium Addicts Must Work, Clinic States NANKING. (UP)—Women inmates at the Nanking clinic for the treatment of opium addicts are enjoying the last of their free and easy days. A new plan drawn up will require the women to engage in sewing, laundry or quarry work. They will be paid for the ( w ork—but their wages must be | used for the payment of court | fines imposed for opium smoking, j Boys Ride Horses 900 Miles. | LONGMONT, Colo., (UP)— AJ 900 mile trip on horseback from I here to Center Junction, Iowa, has | been completed by Ernie Blohm. I 19. and Delbert Aultman, 17. both of Longmont. The trip required five weeks. The boys stopped at farm homes and assisted with j chores to earn meals and lodgings. GAIN SHOWN OF 232 TELEPHONES IN MASON CITY Additional Facilities Are Added by Northwestern Bell Company. In the first 11 months of this year there was a net gain of 232 telephones in Mason City and 939 telephones in the Mason City district of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company, according to C. F. Weaver, manager. Of the 930 telephones added, 262 were installed in rural homes. The Mason City district includes 15 counties in the north central section of Iowa. In these counties the Northwestern Bell company operates in 31 towns and the rural territory surrounding each town. There was a net gain of 109 telephones in Mason City and 948 telephones in the Mason City district during the first 11 months in 1935. Facilities to provide- two additional long distance telephone circuits between Mason City and Mankato, Minn., were installed during the latter part of the summer. These facilities were required due to the present and estimated future increase in long distance telephone calls to points in Minnesota, stated Mr. Weaver. New Cable Placed. Construction work involving the placing of 10,123 feet of aerial and underground cable and 279 poles was recently started in Mason City. The project which will be completed during the next summer involves an expenditure of approximately $12,000, according to the manager. Due to highway improvements in the Humboldt and Algona area : the rural and long distance pole line between the two towns was moved about 15 feet from its former location. In connection with the pole moving job, 8,000 feet of long distance^telephone line cable were installed near Humboldt. Both projects were completed during the first half of the year. Building Remodeled, Remodeling of the Webster City telephone building which included the removal of the second story, which was not used for telephone equipment or quarters, and rearrangements and changes in the business office was completed tar- ly this year. Improvements In rural tele- Happy New Year IS OUR SINCERE WISH TO YOU ALL WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYAL SUPPORT DURING 1936 MAY OUR FRIENDLY AND PLEASANT RELATIONS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR JACOB E. DECKER & SONS S.U.I. Student One of Two Youths Killed in Car-Tram Crash OPHEIM, 111., (JP)—Robert F. Broders, 20 of Davenport, Iowa, a junior .at the University of Iowa, and Joseph Winterscheid, 17, of Rock Island, 111., a student of St. Joseph's high school, were killed almost instantly when a truck operated by Broders crashed into a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy passenger train at a grade crossing one-half mile north of Opheim Tuesday. Broders was driving a liquor truck for a Rock Island concern and was enroute to Galesburg, 111.. with a supply of goods at the time of the crash. He was employed by the liquor company during the holidays. phone pole lines were made in many communities in the Mason City district throughout the year. The 1937 program includes a continuance of the rural and town plant improevments and the completion of projects already_under way in communities in this district, according to Mr. Weaver. Superintendent Wishing You the Best of everything for 1937! FROM THE ENTIRE PERSONNEL OF fiwmi fHAPMANS Miss Hazel Thomas was elected to the office of county superintendent last spring-, taking the position immediately upon the resignation of Mrs. Pearl Tan- P HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL WISHING YOU the best of *u:ccss in everything that you undertake in the New Year. Shipley Printing Co. Tom Krumbhol* George E. Guertin Federal at First Street N. E. I Investment Department First National Bonk OF MASON CITY RANDALL Funeral Home Packard Ambulance Service Phone 511 104 Third Street N. E. HARVEY B. MAJOR CHARLES E. SNIPPS MOD-GAIN RED. IN w 'U-S PAT.OFf It pays to feed GOOD FEEDS Mor-Gain Feeds get results! They are honestly made. Only the highest quality of ingredients is used—no mill refuse, screenings, or eheapeners of any kind. They are designed to give the feeder economical results and to bring the feed dealer repeat business. We hare one of the most completely equipped feed manufacturing plants in lowo. We invite you to inspect our plant and see Mor-Gain feeds made. We are distributors of TRU-BLU FLOUR and CEREALS TRU-BLU Flour makes more loaves and better bread. Tru-Blu Cereals are packed in Mason City Corn Meal Whole Wheat Flour Graham Flour Rye Flour Rolled Oats Cake Flour Pancake Flour Buckwheat Pancake Flour Pure Buckwheat Flour Cracked Wheat Ask Your Grocer for TRU-BLU Old and unoriginal as the saying may be ... these three words express a sentiment of good will and good cheer from us to you as no other words can . . . Happy New Year! NORTHWESTERN DISTRIBUTING CO. Mason City, Iowa (INCORPORATED) 436 Second Street N. E. R. B. Girton, Pres. and Mgr.

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