Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1936 · Page 118
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 118

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 31, 1936
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10—Sec. B MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 31 Jj --936 Storms, Radio, Election, Municipal Improvements Big_Stories of 1936 STREETCARS OUT! Mason CJtyan Heads Decker Plant AS BUSES BEGIN! OPERATING HERE Important Business Changes Construction Loomed Large in Picture. By ENOCH A. XOREM Numerous Msson City events competed for the headlines in the past year. Important business changes, establishment of a radio station, storms, municipal improvements, the election and serious accidents thai caused a number of deaths were among the events that captured most of the reader interest in the past 12 months. To choose which were the most important raises the question of what's to be taken into consideration in the selection, whether, for instance, it should be the intensity of public interest or the influence on the future of the community. Both play a part in the evaluation of news. No one will dispute, however, the fact that the weather stole ii.e spotlight in 1936. New records in cold and heat were established, followed by a violent windstorm on Sunday. Sept. 6, that blew down the grandstand at the North Iowa far,', uprooted trees and did extensive damage to other p -op- crty. including the electric v. ire service. Heat and Cold. As a more detailed analysis of the weather for the year will be given elsewhere, mention will be marie here only of some of the h:°h points of this unusua: year from the weather standpoint. The thermometer sank to a new iow of 3U degrees below zero the latter part of January. Feb. 8 svill go down in history as the "terrible Saturday." when a terrific storm practically paralyzed all commercial activity. in contrast with this came the neat record of the summer that followed when the mercury made new highs, reaching 109 on July 12 and 13. \Vnter consumption rose a million gallons a day in ?ilason City. Or, Juiy 20 the he a: wave was broken, but the drought con- tirrjcci until the morning of Aug. 13 when two and a half inches of rain fell. An Important Story. The construction of the Globe- Gazette radio station, KGLO, in Mason City ranks as the No. 2 Ftory of the year. Interest in the project, has been growing throughout the year as I F. G. Duffield was appointed general manager of Jacob E. Decker and Sons in June. In announcing the appointment K. H. Cabell, I president of Armour and company, stated that under Mr. Dufficld's | supervision the Decker plant will continue to be essentially a Mason City institution and that the Decker brands and the operating personnel built up by the Decker organization will be largely retained. j the plans for the station mate- i riali;:ed and the actual construction of the tower and transmitter house got. under way on the west edge of the city. This story too is given in more detail in another section of this issue. The local aspects of the Nov. 3 election stands as one of the big events of the year. While interest was centered on the national ticket, it was reflected emphatically in the campaigns waged for county offices. Democrats in Cerro Gordo county elected Tim Phalen for sheriff, M. L. Mason for county attorney and Morgan J. McEnaney for state representative and helped elect Earl Dean as state senator. Streetcars Abandoned. The change in the city's transportation system from streetcars to buses and the repaving of Federal avenue, of course, were historic events. The streetcars had operated for nearly 40 years, becoming established here when Mason City was a small, but, apparently, a progressing city. The streetcars were operated for the last time on Saturday night, Aug. 29. That night the motormen handed in their equipment and cars were seen for the last time in the downtown section of the city. The new type of transportation in the city, however, wasn't established without developments that added to its news interest. The city defeated a double proposal of the Mason City and Clear Lake railroad to establish a bus system in the city with the added provision of bringing the interurban down to Sixth street on South Federal avenue. Granted Franchise. In the Nov. 3 election J. E. Osborne, who had previously been given a temporary permit for a trial run in the city by the city council, was granted a franchise for the operation of a bus system in the city. In December the Mason City and Clear Lake railroad was given a permit by the Iowa railroad commission for a bus line between Mason City and Clear Lake. Paving operations got under way early in the fall by Fred Carlson of Dccorah. Eleven blocks of pavement were laid, seven in the downtown section of the city from Fifth,'street on North Federal avenue and Second street on South Federal avenue, and four from Twenty-third to Twenty- seventh street in the southern part of the city. Organize New Bank. Organization of a new bank engaged the attention of Mason Cilyans throughout most of the yea'r. The charter for the United Home Bank and Trust company was obtained last spring and later the site at 13 South Federal avenue was decided upon as the location for the new institution, which was opened the latter part of August. The bank, with a capital of 5100,000 and surplus of 550,000, officers announce, is owned by I approximately 150 stockholders, who arc residents of Mason City or vicinity. Mason City business personnel saw a number of important changes in the year, the most important of which was the appointment of Fred Duffield as general manager of the Jacob E. Decker and Sons, announced by R. H. Cabell. president of Armour and company on June 25. Mr. Duffield succeeded E. E. "Dick" Evans, who took charge of the plant upon its acquisition in October, 1935. Visited Local Plant. This move was interpreted by Mason City businessmen to mean that the Decker plant is to continue to be essentially a Mason City institution. Mr. Duffield has been with the Decker plant for 29 years. In November Mr. Cabbell and other executives made a visit to | Mason City, addressing a Cham' her of Commerce meeting and inspecting the plant. On this visit Mr. Cabell hinted at plans for expansion of the Decker plant the coming year. Retail business underwent a definite improvement in 1935. Payment of the soldiers' adjusted compensation certificates in the early part of the summer furnished a decided impetus to trade. While a goodly share of the several hundred thousand dollars worth of bonus bonds distributed in Mason City were laid away in deposit boxes, a steady stream of veterans at the postoffice window on the days the deliveries were made testified to the fact that many of the bonds were cashed County Nurse Mrs. Mildred Johnson, itinerant nurse with the Red Cross for the past two years, started work Sept. 8 as Red Cross and county public health nurse for Cerro Gordo county. BIG NEWS STORIES OF 1936 1. New weather records established in heal, cold and storm. 2. Mason City gets a radio station. 3. Democrats iret several county offices in election landslide. 4. Streetcars givt way to buses as new Federal avenue pavement jrets under w»y. 5. Organization of new bank. 6. Fred Duffield appointed general manager of Jacob E. Decker and Sons. 7. Payment of soldier bonus srives impetus to increasing retail business: 8. North Iowa band festival. 9. Standard Oil company starts three story office buildinp. 10. Garfield Breese and B. A. Webster elected to school board. The 10 big news stories of 1935 were: 1. Armour and company purchase Jacob E. Decker and Sons plant. Z. Business recovery as seen in reduction of relief rolls and increase in industrial operation. 3. End of two years of "new deal" city jcovernmenl. 4. Relief workers strike. 5. Mason City high school wins basketball championship. 6. Mrs. Alex Mcurs injured when home is blown to pieces by explosion. 7. Two fatally injured in Clear Lake junction crossing accident. 8. The chain letter fad. 9. Mason City's participation in chain store tax developments. 10. Development of farm to market roads, putting: 85 per cent of farms on graveled highways. OVER FIFTY YEARS OF... SERVICE We again pledge ourselves to maintain during the coming years the Block Policy. When the business started many years ago, the founder, W. G. Block, laid out for his Company a definite policy, as follows: EVERY BLOCK CUSTOMER IS ENTITLED TO THESE THREE THINGS: Good Delivery Service Coal of Good Quality Full Measure Block Fuel shall give satisfaction or the fuel will be removed from the customer's bin and purchase price refunded. BLOCK'S HANDYMAN Automatic COAL STOKER Sensation of Ihe Year The Home Heating *129 Complete With Controls PRICE INCLUDES: 1 SACK—i 00 LBS. HYDROSIT 2 SACKS SAXD 20 COMMON BRICK 1 CAN FURNACE CEMENT You do nor need to burn expensive substitute fuels to obtain automatic heat. You can save up to 50 '"„ of your fuel bill with a Handyman. You vill need to see this stokrr to appreciate its amaz- injr value. Prcl Ash Srookelrs* Hcalo Coal Kcniaeky Jack Frnnomy Sootlcss wo. BLOCK ca FUEL MERCHANTS FOR FIFTY YEARS Golden Rod Black Hawk Petroleum Coke Black Diamond 501 THIRD STREET N. E. PHONE 563-564 and went into immediate circulation. The money went into the payment of debts, purchase cf automobiles, as well as radios and other household articles, payments on homes and numerous | other u?es, i Band Festival Held. j The North Iowa band festival, held in June was a reminder of Mason City's excellent seventy- fifth anniversary celebration sev- oral years ago. More than 10,0001 persons watched the parade of floats and a huge crowd saw the performance of massed bands at the Roosevelt stadium. This and the fact that the Mason City band again scored a i place in the top division of the ; national contest and that local | musicians again received first place at the state music contest at Iowa City demonstrated once more this community's promi- | nence in the field of music. Standard Oil Builds. I The Standard Oil company this j fall started the erection of a three story office building, the largest construction project in Mason City for several years. The fact that this corporation is willing to make a substantial commitment of this character indicates faith in the future of business in this community. It means also that the local division intends to retain its headquarters in Mason City. Mason City had the most interesting school election in years last March, with the organization of the Mason City School Betterment association in support of a ticket o£ candidates. Although the vote cast wasn't to compare with that of a regular election, nevertheless it was one of the largest in recent years. B. A. Webster and Garfield Breese were elected, closing a heated campaign. A number of fatal accidents were again a part of the news picture the past year, emphatic reminders of the need of safety education. One that probably amused the community the most because of the mystery element was the death of Mrs. Delma Funk, who was killed when she fell or leaped from a speeding automobile near the Decker plant, following a party, on the night of June 10. A coroner's inquest was held at which the jury decided Mrs. Funk's death was accidental. F. ,T. Hanlon Retires. Other important 'events of the j year included the retirement of j Frank J. Hanlon as head of the ' United Light and Power company properties here after a long and outstanding career in business and the coming to Mason City of Charles E. Strickland, vice president of the United Light and Power company, to take his place. The high school basketball team almost duplicated its last year's triumphant record, being runnerup in the state tournament at Des Moines. W. S. Wilcox was elected mayor. Former M. B. A. officials were convicted in the federal court, where the prosecution was in charge of E. G. Dunn, United States district attorney, who completed three years of per- j feet scores as the government j prosecutor. | The municipal officers took over the new city hall, the re- j modeling of which was completed shortly before the year was ended. Roosevelt Here. James Roosevelt, son of the president, again visited Mason City as the guest of Mr. Dunn. Gnv. Alf Landon, the republican nominee for president, also stopped for a short address while on his way from Des Moines to Minneapolis. The Cerro Gordo County Safety council was organized. The Garfield school was remodeled and many other events helped make 1936 an important year in the city's history. Dancing: Classes Closed ALAMEDA, Q»l. (UP)—School teachers should qualify for giving dancing lessons if they want a job here. The superintendent of schools has closed all dancing classes conducted by other than the regular school teachers. One outside dancing teacher lost 400 pupils by the ruling. Carnage Suit Kicks Back BARNSTABLE, Mass., (UP)—A damage suit "back-fired" on a plaintiff here and cost him $100. Herbert F. Noyes of Waquoit tried to make the state pay for damage caused his car when he killed a 15-pound buck on a Mashpee highway. Instead he was fined $100 in district court for concealing a deer-carcass out of hunting season. Sister Flays Part of Bridcgrom SHANGHAI, (UP)—When the time for Jen Ah-mo's wedding arrived Jen was nowhere to be seen. Betrothed to a girl in a neighboring province when a mere baby, he had never seen his bride-to- be, but apparently had little desire to do so. The day was saved, however, when Jen's sister agreed to appear as his proxy, and the ceremony was performed. Fined at Algona. ALGONA—Lars Skaar of Ledyard was given at $25 suspended fine upon payment of the costs in j Justice of Peace Danson's court. | Thursday. Charges filed by Patrolman J. C. West were overloading a truck. CHICAGO BANS "BANK NIGHTS" All Drawings to Be Stopped at Once by Order of Police Head. CHICAGO,- t'P) — Police Commissioner James P. Allman issued an order effective immediately to prohibit "bank nights" and other drawings in all Chicago theaters. The order quoted Corporation Counsel Barnett Hode's opinion that: "While no additional charge is imposed for the privilege of participating in the games, they are offered for the purpose of encouraging the public to patronize the theater during the period of economic distress, and they constitute a chance distribution of money, gifts, etc., within the purview of section 1,901 of the revised Chicago code of 1931." Violation of the section calls for a fine up to a maximum of $100. Recently it was estimated _ that $6,000,000 had been distributed in prize drawings in 250 Chicago theaters during the past two years. Individual prizes, accumulated if the winner was not present, ran as high as $2,750. Attorney General Otto Kerner held that'"bank nights" constituted lotteries and violated Illinois statutes, subjecting operators to fines up to 52,000. The Chicago Better Business Bureau launched a campaign against the drawings last month. Kiss Brinifs Death SARVAR, Hungary (UP) — Colonel Hiety of the Hungarian Gendarmie, accidentally killed his bride of two months when he kissed her. As he embraced her when he returned on furlough, the revolver which he carried in his pocket was discharged, killing her instantly. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Best Wishes For 1937 The Officers and Employes of the American Crystal Sugar Company extend hearty greetings—and hope that 1937 will bring you joy, health contentment and good fortune For your friendliness, co-operation and loyalty during 1936, we sincerely thank you. And we greatly appreciate the support and helpfulness that has been given this North Iowa institution the past year by the farmers, consumers, and the retail and wholesale firms of this community. During 1937 we do hope that you will continue to use CRYSTAL Sugar, which cannot be excelled in quality . . . and again we assure you that in all the world there is no better sugar for table use, or for every cooking and baking purpose. And, too ... we suggest that you Buy and Use CRYSTAL; Sugar for when you do, you are supporting a North Iowa industry which gives employment to many people . . . and the Money You Spend for "made in Mason City" sugar will help bring Greater Prosperity to this community and TO YOU DURING THE COMING YEAR, 1937. American Crystal Sugar Co. OF MASON CITY, IOWA

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