Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1936 · Page 112
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 112

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 31, 1936
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4—Sec. B MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 31 • 1936 Many Activities Carried on by Chamber of Commerce in 1936 PAST YEAR ONE WHICH BROUGHT IMPROVEMENTS Band Festival, Conventions, Community Chest Among Projects Handled. Looking back over 1936, members, committee workers, officers and staff of the Chamber of Cnmmcrce note a few business or civic items with regret, but see m.-iny more which the whole community may "view with pride." In -KITH- 'nf these t!'c clu/mber hns t;-'<en ;.n Active L-art. while in n'hers it has hen privileged to rn-nprr;.te with other civic or p:;hlir bodies. Temporary public inconvenience over paving operations on Federal avenue have been forgot in the wave of pleasure and approval over that portion of the street which has been repaved. But the importance of storm sewer work, which has torn up the street much more generally than the paving operations, is not fully appreciated, for about all the public sees i? the ditches and the ro'jsh spots they may leave in the paving. Mason City has long been in need of an adequate storm sewer system, especially on the south- side. Lack of such a system hrs caused overflow of cellars and backing up of sanitary sewers and !v,s made construction and problems much more difficult. The'storm sewer system Crowd at Band Festival Parade One of the many events sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce the past year wks the band festival in June. Above is shown the float "Spirit of '36," entry of the junior division of the chamber, in the festival parade. The float, decorated with a hujre drum, showed youthful musicians with their Instruments. the Chamber of Commerce has already laid on its doorstep is the vexing "bottleneck" condition on the south sid'e. which is causing serious complaint from industries located south of the Milwaukee tracks. The general public scarcely realizes the inconvenience caused by the fact that from Federal avenue to the limits—a distance of there is no through reuth street. were: (without reference to their importance in their order). Projects Proposed. 1. Building of one or more junior high school buildings to relieve congestion in the present high school building. 2. Resurfacing or repaying of a large area of the downtown west city j Strcet5( O thcr than the primary 2 miles— north and roads and the resurfacing of such i other main streets as Fourth i street southwest and Fourth street tri,-.l c:\P- 1 nsion easier and less expensive. Hnnd in hand with this work have gone important repairs tn the city's system of sanitary scwrrs. Commend City Officers. t „ -... . Mason City's airport, into which will not only create better cnndi- j t | lc Chamber and Legior, post had lions in present buildings, but will I poured many thousands of dollars = !<n make commercial and indus- j 5 ini;e 19-7. finally collapsed in ^ 1P3R, due to a sad combination of i lack nf local interest and the fact that, the city is on no through air line. Airminried citizens, of whom Mason City has only too few, believe that the day will come when Airport Project Collapses. | northeast and Carolina, known as the Plymouth road. public schools, including the State Junior college basketball tournament and the district music festival with nearly 3,000 students, teachers and parents here, was one of the busiest days in Mason City in many a month. The Iowa Bandmasters convention gave the occasion around which to build the first invitation North Iowa Band festival. Perfect weather, the presence of every band and drum corps which had accepted, a colorful parade and a beautiful night at the stadium all combined to make it a very successful affair. It was so successful, in fact, that visiting band mas- tws and their youngsters have all expressed a desire to make it an annual affair. The chambers convention Committee, which raised the expense money and staged the event, hopes it will be possible to have another one this June after the new paving is completed, thus making finable a real parade. More in 1937. Several good conventions are already scheduled for 1937. These, their dates and probable attendance are: North Central Teachers, March 18, 19 and 20—1,500 to 2,000. Congregational-Christian church annual Iowa conference, May 4, 5 and 6—500. Iowa Biennial, Catholic Daughters of America, May 8 and 9— 500. Iowa Bar association, June-—500 to 500. Iowa Association of Real Estate Boards, late.summer—200. Iowa Master Painters and Decorators, December—200. Mason City manufacturers and distributors completed in 1936 a scries of good will trips to towns in the nearby territory which carried them to Algona, Forest City and Osagc in 1934; Hampton, Clear Lake Country club for sur- Crcsco and I New Hampton in 1035; Northwood, Clarion, Rnckford and Em- city and reduced one in a Minnesota city to make the new northwest branch at Mason City. The Chamber of Commerce did not bring them and does not claim credit for so doing, but it did help to sell them Mason City's advantages and to help them find a Jo- cation. Other distributors are now looking the city over for locations. Every industrial prospect is carefully investigated and many fly-by-nights are discouraged from stock selling or similar promotions. Builders Show Held. The annual building and home furnishings show of the North Iowa Builder's exchange have been a factor in the revival of. home building in Mason City. With 100 homes built .there in 1936 and a total of over $550,000 in building permits, Mason City i? setting a record uncqualed for several years back. The builder's exchange has also been active in ic- vising the building code, with the result that the many year old code will soon be republished. The new code will adopt modern practices which will make building easier, but just as "safe and sure" and it will maintain important credits for the city from a fire insurance rating standpoint. Revision of this code was urged on the council by a committee from the fire prevention committee of the chamber as far back as 1933. This committee has also been one of the chamber's active groups, co-operating with the city and the fire department. Subscribed to Chest, Nearly 7,000 business firms and individuals subscribed §50,400 to Heads Association phone, mail snd in person about the city, its industries, its people, business, recreational and social opportunities. It furnishes publicity, both of a general and specific type, to publications of various types and wide circulation. It cooperates with other organizations in their work and in projec* the general good of the city. "If in this, is the organized man- v power of 350 firms. 525 individual members trying to make Mason City a better place in which to live and in which to make a living. —L- M. ,T. A. Van Ness was elected president of the Iowa Retail Hardware association at the state convention of the organization in Des Moines. much as the 1936 campaign failed to reach its goal by about $1,000 and was just about that much short of the previous year's total. This year's'campaign also had a less amount for shrinkage in its total than did the 1935 goal, which was exceeded by some 5400. The first 235 chests throughout the country to report to Community Chests and Councils had raised" some $50.000,000 and had rounding territory. 3. Rebuilding or remodeling of the court house. 4. A municipal swimming pool. 5. A municipal golf course anH additional city park area. ___ 6. A real wooded park on the | metsburg in 1936, The crowds shores of Clear Lake, which were entertained for dinner by the 30 or more participat- 7. A low cost housing program. the Winne- The Chamber of Commerce and citizens generally unite in commending city olfi-ials for the city will regret not having placed "itself in position to have their received some of the nearly $200,- vhich the federal govern- at prosecution of these pub- i 000,000 which . ts. When a cham- ment has spent on airport devel- during the psst four lic improvemen be:- committee visited the councij ; opmont chambers in the spring of 1935 i years. asking for a renewed "push" on lh,' Federal avenue paving -e- qucst. it was discovered that a ^'orTiHl application was not even or. file for chat projrct. Since then. prc.--s in light ^ co-operation of public and private ; needs and the continued spenchn e 8. Completion of b;<go river drive. 9. A 4-H club building North Iowa fair. The latter project is coming raaidlv to the fore since the fair ing firms ran as high as 400. The high school band was featured at the | Northwood. the Mason City mu- ! nicipal band at the other three 1936 visits. Every trip drew muivmurtia iuu^iiucu -pov.-wu W . the 1936 community chest cam- | exceeded by 4.i per cent the This is the largest number I amount raised m these same cues paign of subscribers in the 14 years his- a year ago lory of the Mason City chest. Or- anfeing and staging the campaign then bookkeeping, collecting and disbursing the funds to the nine member agencies of the chest is one of the biggest tasks of the Chamber of Commerce. It is done as a chamber project with no charges of any kind, except small Junior Chamber. grandstand Wind" and has it is "Gone with the evident that an In m:d:-'.immer of 193o of projects were discussed in various private groups and in the of Mason City's important amount of money must a group j b e " S pent at the North Iowa fair if this institution is to go forward, or even survive. Conventions Held. Conventions w h i c h visited :'nrts worked to community ••.vantage nnd city officials have !:rn a rightful lead. -.••;p n : .-••••!-? "f :h-- n'y nt'lirials -:= hern thr ""f-viv il" nf ihr Inns •>rman! city planning cnmmis- r<n. One nf the problems which i nf government money lo relieve unemployment. Included in them were all nf 'hesc mentioned =ibnvr. fniTi"? nf the mn = t important now bring <~>n the road ' n fulfillment- Others, which may be : important or not. according to the Mason City in 19.36 were the Association of Wa-Tan-Ye clubs, llv: Association nf Iowa Accountants *nd the Inwa Society of Certified F'.-'blic Accountants, the Iowa Bandmasters' association, the Iowa Chief? of Police and various mpor, . .^ _ readers' interests and inclinations I regional gatherings. Events of the The chamber's junior division is an active group of over 100 representative young men between the ages of 21 and 35. It meets twice each month from September to May for programs of a social and educational character. Its members take their of cost of cam- share of community responsibility administration being and learn by doing how to work and lead in civic affairs. During 1936, for example, junior commit- amounts paid tor bookkeeping and paign and less than 5 cents on the dollar. This compares favorably with friendly comment from the tcrri- I similar chests out of the country's tory visited and bound Mason City j now more than four hundred 'closer to her customers in her natural jobbing territory. Natural Jobbing 1 Center. Mason City occupies a natural position as a jobbing center. It is about half way between Des Moines and the Twin Cities, has a long stretch of territory north and west without centers of similar size and has superior rail and truck facilities for distribution. It Many cities raising very little more than Mason City have an entirely separate full time set up to handle their chest affairs. Over 400 men and 'women, volunteer workers, were enlisted and gave time to various phases of the Mason City campaign. Chest collections for the year which ended Sept. 30, 1936, were | represents the Inwa 97.6 per cent, The year closed | club and tiie AAA. was these things which brought j with a small balance of S430.76. here in 1936 the James Manufac- the first time in Chest history this happened. It luring company, which entirely closed a branch in another Iowa has handy in come in the present year, mas- , tees had charge of clean-up wesk, of the parade during the band festival and junior members had the downtown Red Cross roll call canvass, which made a record since war days for members obtained. The Chamber of Commerce performs a great number of miscellaneous services which are a convenience to the public. It gives information on road conditions and . Automobile i t maintains an R. L. Polk directory library as i well as other business directories for reference. It answers hundreds of inquiries made by wire, NEW YEAR'S GREETINGS Hearty best wishes for 1937-and many thanks for your kind' patronage during the past year. Get to Know OPPOSITE THE PARK MAY 1937 BRING YOU HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND GOOD FORTUNE When You Build, Remodel or Repair During the Coming Year... Remember Concrete for Permanence and Beauty "NORTHWESTERN" for Satisfaction Northwestern States Portland Cement Co. SENERAL OFFICES, SIXTH FLOOR FIRST NATIONAL BANK BUILDING—MASON CITY, IOWA

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