Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1936 · Page 121
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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 31, 1936
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NEW YEAR'S EDITION 7 *- PAGES 1 to 12 MASON GITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1936 97 PERMITS ISSUED FOR NEW HOMES NEW CONSTRUCTION TRENDS SHOWN IN HOUSES BUILT IN 1936 ENGLISH INFLUENCE—English lines of construction predominate in this new home of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Birdsall, 716 Jefferson avenue northwest. Mason City brick was used for the exterior walls, while the vestibule, fireplace and chimney were built of native stone. The dining room has French doors leadin? to a screened porch. One of the interesting features of this home is room over the attached garage, reached from the landing of the stairs, making a third bedroom or den. Birch was used for the interior woodwork. This house is equipped with gas heat and forced air. It was constructed by R. P. Hansen, 219 Vermont avenue southeast. (Lock photo, Kayenay engraving) BETTER TYPE OF HOUSES BUILT IN PAST 12 MONTHS Valuation Double That of Year Ago; Garfield Biggest Job. When Inspector B. L. Stratton starts a new leaf in the building records of Mason City, Jan. 1, 1937, it will be found that during the past year something like S409,- 782 in new construction wa,s started in Mason City and more than 3177,126 was spent in repairs, the largest part of which went into the residential sections of the city. Although thc figures were necessarily taken from the records at the city hall before thc year closed officially, they showed that out of 153. permits issued for new construction, 97 were for new homes, amounting .to S'291,592. a. figure nearly double the valuation on home construction here during 1935. Trend Upward. Thc graph of home building in Mason City has been steadily upward however, since 1933, when the figure was S123.610. In 1934 Mason City spent $133,191 and m 1935 a total of 5167,005 for the construction of new dwellings. An increase of 5124,587 was actually made in the home building ind'ustry of Mason City during the year. The peak in construction values reached S8.000 for a single dwelling during the past year as compared to S7.000 during 1935 and 18 homes were listed in the $5,000 class or above in 1936 compared to four during 1935. Hieher Valuations. Construction in the lower priced brackets fell off somewhat, however indicating the construction of better homes. While 13 homes constructed this year were in a class ranging from $4,000 to $3,000 compared to seven in 193D. only 14 were in the class between 53,000 and 54,000 as compared to 18 in 1935. Increased costs in building also account for some of the rise in valuations. \mong the homes costing more than 55.000 each this year were those of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Young. 1120 Second street southwest Paul Pappas 040 Jefferson avenue northwest, M. D. Judd. 1112 Second street southwest, Mr. and Mis H. A. Towner, 1130 First street southwest, Mayor W. S •Wilcox 210 Crescent drive, Tubesing and Keath, 1005 West State >treet. Allan Beck, 24 Eleventh street northeast, and A. T. Birdsail. "16 Jefferson avenue northwest. 'Commercial Building: Low. i New construction of commercial buildings showed a slight drop after the 1935 spurt. Fifty-six permits were issued during the year, v-ith total valuations at Sll8,i»u as compared to 167 permits in 1S35 with valuations at $20a,4bb While an increase in the construction of stores, plants and other types of business and industrial buildings was the outstanding fac- , tor in the 1935 construction program, indicating a definite trend toward recovery, the permit for the construction of a' new office building for the Standard Oil com- ... i 1.:^.-^ ^fC'Qd-nfl UUilU~l 1 -'& iy -'* *"- * „,.. ~-n I pany. with a valuation oi S84,ooO. , , was the largest undertaking in the STUCCO AND TIMBER —The construction of/ this new home of industrial phase of building here | -yj r _ anc j ji r5i Charles J. Casey at 820 Jeffcrso/n avenue northwest this year. The permit was issue-. 1 I f 0 i( ows the English type of architecture. A croam stucco was used in September and the building i? I f or the walls, with brown stained half-timber, rtrown trim and ivory ,_._ *—t;™ at in? sas j,. Th e entry is of brick veneer. The Interior arrangement includes French doors leading from the living room to a south side porch. The interior trim is of gumwood. Select oak was used for the flooring throughout with inlaid linoleum in kitchen and bathroom. The fireplace, which Is of novel design, was cut from Bedford stone and is of the Heatilator type. The house has warm air heating with air conditioning equipment and automatic humidifying: apparatus. It was built by D. E. Randall, 524 Eleventh street northeast. (Lock Photo, Kayenay Engraving) INSULATED THROUGHOUT—Stone trim was used to add to the interest of a brick veneer exterior wall in this new home of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Ransom at 921 Matilson avenue northwest. The bouse is insulated throughout with rock wool and also •weather stripped. It is heated with a forced air gas furnace and has indirect lighting. A stone fireplace is provided in the recreation room in the basement and one of the Heatilator type in the living room. Living room and dining room,are finished in oak and the remainder of the house is fir. Floors' are of oak throughout except for inlaid linoleum In the kitchen, bath and vestibule. The house was built' by Henry E. Tageson, 1051 Second street northwest. (Lock Photo, Kayenay Engraving) MASON CITY BRICK—Mason City brick was used in the construction of this new home of Mr. and Mrs. Karl P. Johannsen at 836 Hampshire avenue northeast. One of the features of the house is the attached garage opening to the street to the right. The house is provided with rock wool insulation and is weather stripped. A stoker is used as the heating system. A stone fireplace in the recreation room in the basement and a Heatilator type fireplace in the living room are other features of this home, which was built by Henry E. Tageson, 1051 Second street northwest. (Lock photo, Kayenay engraving) THROUGH STATELY TREES—The Colonial idea was maintained throughout in the construction of this new brick home of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Towner, 108 Linden drive. The spacious dining room has a large fireplace and French doors leading to a screened porch. The dining room is provided with Colonial China cupboards. The interior woodwork is finished in white enamel. Floors are of oak throughout the house «xcept for the bathroom, where the floor and ivainscoating is of tile, and kitchen, in which linoleum is laid. The house, which is equipped with ffas heat and forced air, was built: by R. P. Hansen. 219 Vermont avenue southeast. (Lock photo, Kayenay engraving.) More Homes—Wore Happiness One of the best arguments that the returning prosperity is on a sound basis was the substantial increase in the construction of homes throughout America in 1936. That Mason City participated in this movement is indicated by the news.presented on this page. Not only were there more permits issued for homes, but the average cost of each house is substantially above that of the year previous. Economists recognize the construction , of dwellings as the soundest indication of better times/More and better homes means more prosperity and more happiness. now under construction Third street northwest. Indications are that this phase of building will improve during 1937 however, with several improvements in line for the city. The N. A. DeWilde garage, 15 Fourth street northeast, 55,500; the new rest room at the North Iowa Fair grounds, S5.000; the Carl Grupp store, 1317 North Federal avenue, $5,000: the C. J. Mott warehouse. 617 Washington avenue southwest, 54,220; the S. and H. Wolf warehous. 816 South Federal avenue. 54,500: were other To Build $15,000 Garage J 1, V» UAJ. *» t" *•" •" "••*! • — cral avenue. 34,500: were other Thc Currie Van Ness company i Decembei/and i, maintaining tern- important new construction :ODS. j Thursday let thc contract for the I porary h*adcju;i:i., TS at 118 Dela- Two Large Projects. j cons t ruc tion of a 'garage building ware avenue .'-ouncast. Outstanding in, the rc P a ^ J™ to be occupied by thc Zcnor Motor At thrt time o[ the announce~~ "'" nd j ment of''Mr. Zcnor's taking over i the OJdsnhobilc ;i;;ency, he had this alteration phnse ' of construction was thc remodeling of the Garfield school, 320 Sixth street southeast. 835,000: and the remodeling of the old postofficc building into the new city hall at a cost of $24,792. Alterations and additions at the Marshall and Swift, Inc., building. •>10 Delaware avenue northeast, cost $8,800. The W. B. Wright apartments, 20S Second street northwest, $6,000, and the Edith May McGuire apartments. 222 Jefferson avenue northwest, S5,- 500, were outstanding in this phase of construction. Remodeling of the State theater, 120 South Federal avenue, cost $3,250; the Francis Beck vault, 13 South Federal avenue, $3,000; and ths Lyons Laundry. 25-35 Second street southwest, the Cecil theater, 16 Washington avenue northwest, and the Jefferson Transportation station, 1R First street southwest, were $2,500 each. to be occupied by thc Zcnor Motor At thrt time »[ the announce- company at 17-19 snd 21 Second street southwest. ' | tne UJdsnhobilc ;i;;ency. Thc building, which will be 6u | matter irj mind, out arrangements by 120 feet, will be of modern fire- I io1 ' thc'lftasinj; of the new building proof construction, with brick | nad not'been entirely completed walls and a steel roof. The con- j at tn at time, struction will be such as to eliminate the need of posts or pillars, which will greatly facilitate the handling of traffic. The-interior arrangement of the building includes offices, showroom and service department. Contract for the construction of the building, which will cost approximately $15,000, has been let to the Rye Construction company and the Henkel Construction company, who will start work immediately. Plans and specifications were prepared by Hansen and Waggoner. Mr. Zenor, who was tor the past year with tlit S. and R. Chevrolet company, w;is given thc pldsmo- $500;Settlement Is Approved by Court in Thompson Case Judge Jo:eph J. Clark Thursday approvecV F ssoo settlement agreed upon by th Hagerman Sales company ana: ussell E. Thompson, guardian ^< mg for his 13 year old daughter, ii\<arjorie, who suffered various in J <E;-jial injuries last Nov. 30 in a collision between one of the company's trucks and the automobilijn which.tine girl was riding. Riilhard Campbell was the Luiujjciuj', w.ts ftivuii mi; wiuftinu- j iiuing, rtuiriaru ^an i bile agency contract the middle of'driver of lie truck. HOMES BUILT IN 1936 New homes costing more than $1,000, for which permits were issued during Ij)o6 in Mason City, are listed bdow. Valuations in each case include private garages when built with the home. The figures were taken from the building records at the city hall. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Young, 1120 Second street southwest 88,000 Paul Pappas, 940 Jefferson .avenue northwest 7,000 M. D. Judd, 1112 Second street southwest 6.500 Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Towner, 108 Linden drive 6.000 W. S. Wilcox, 210 Crescent drive 5,800 Tubbcsing and Keath, 1005 West State street 5,750 Allan Beck, 24 Eleventh street northeast 5,200 A, T. Birdsnll, 716 Jefferson avenue northwest 5,200 M. J. Haaheim, 1119 Second street southwest 5,000 M. J. Haaheinr,"715 Jefferson avenue northwest 5,000 C. A. Holman, 1015 Third street northwest 5,000 C. A. Holman, 845 East State street 5,000 Harley Ransom, 921 Madison avenue northwest 5,000 P. Thorgeson. 721 Jefferson avenue southeast 5,000 Riley W. Lewis, 102 Kentucky avenue southeast 5,000 R. C. Smith, 501 Twelfth street northwest 5,000 Bob Finlayson, 705 Hampshire avenue northeast 5,000 H. E. Tageson, 1125 West State street 5,000 Karl P. Johannsun, 836 Hampshire avenue northeast 4,300 | H. E. Swarner, First street and Kentucky avenue southeast ... 4,800 John Robinson, 38-40 Linden drive 4.500 Charles Casey. 820 Jefferson avenue northwest 4.500 Mrs. R. W. Mellem, 1115 First street northwest 4,500 Huston W. Palmer, 925 Third street southwest 4.500 M- J. Haaheim, 1136 Third street southwest 4.500 John Hcrzog, 633 Connecticut avenue southeast 4.400 J. W. Allon. 635 Ninth street northeast 4,000 J. Francis Beck, 1025 Madison avenue northv/cst . . 4.000 Mrs. S. Lee, 1016 Jefferson avenue northwest . . 4,000 L. P. Sanborn, 224 Tennessee avenue southeast 4.000 M. J. Haaheim, 222 Taylor avenue 4.000 Eleanore Koebrick, 704 Jersey avenue southeast 3,825 M. -L. Payne, 930 Carolina avenue northeast 3,600 W. S. Thompson, 724 President avenue southwest 3,500 James Odle. 1107 Pennsylvania avenue northeast 3,500 George Alexander, 215% South Federal avenue 3.500 C. J. Smith, 259 Chescent drive 3.500 J. W. Igou, 833 Twelfth street northeast 3,400 Belle Parker Jackson, 246 Ninth street southeast 3,000 L. Shanks 514 First street southeast .. 3,000 C. A. Holman, 1027 Second street northwest 3,000 Wilbur Plath, 608 Tenth street northeast 3.000 Philip Thurtle. 944 Ninth street northeast 3.000 John Schultz, 1512 Massachusetts 'avenue southeast 3,000 J. E. Vesterby, 25 Twentieth street southeast 3,000 D. Smith, 1025 Taylor avenue . 2.975 V. D. Nelson, 303 Tennessee avenue southeast: 2,975 Virgil Westcoat, 410 Tennessee avenue southeast 2,970 Jens Walker, 320 Tennessee avenue southeast 2,950 V. D. Nelson, 228 Tennessee avenue southcEist 2,900 Nels Langren r 136 Twenty-fourth street southwest, 2,800 Mr. and Mrs, C. L. Watters, 718 Van Burcn avenue norlhwes', 2.800 Frank Sant'ord, 136 Twenty-sixth street southwest , 2.800 Florence Crook, 620 Harrison avenue northwest 2,600 M. C. Developing Co., 215 Twenty-fourth street southwest . . 2,500 M. C. Developing Co., 313 Twenty-fifth" street southwest ... 2,500 Daisy Johnston, .522 Sixteenth street southeast 2,500 Beck Brothers, 522 Fourteenth street northwest v 2,500 Beck Brothers, 5 Fifteenth street northeast .:....' 2,500 Beck Brothers, 914 Fourth street southwest 2,500 M. W. Shanks, First street southeast 2,500 Mrs. J. T. Thompson, 1618 Delaware avenue northeast 2,445 H. E. Cooksie, 20 Sixteenth street northeast 2.35C H. E. Cooksie, 24 Sixteenth street northeast .* 2.350 R. Hendrick, 334 Ninth street northeast 2,300 H. C. Dolter, 511 Jackson avenue northwest 2,250 Charles Sproul, 1129 First' street southeast 2,200 G, T. Platts, 1418 Hampshire avenue northeast 2.000 Leslie Groff, 700 Jackson avenue northwest 2,000 M. C. Developing Co., 2404 Jefferson avenue southwest 2.000 Ray Seney, 709 Third street southwest 2.000 Dick Frank, 528 Van Buren avenue northwest 2.000 Mrs. Orpha Overturf, 824 Ninth street northeast 1,600 Markley, Page and Markley, 1628 Delaware avenue northeast 1,200 L. B. Southard, 1125 First street southeast 1,000 NATIVE STONE USED—The combination of Mason City brick and native stone was used in building this home of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Thogerson at 721 Jefferson avenue northwest, one of Mason City's many new homes erected this year. Oak finish was used throughout and. ill floors are oak. .except for the bath, kitchen and vestibule, which have inlaid linoleum. Half of the basement is used for a recreation room. The fireplace in the living room is of the Heatilator type. French doors lead from the dining room to terrace overlooking the back yard. The house was planned and constructed by M. J. Haaheim, 1015 Second street northwest. (Lock photo. Kayenay engraving) INVITING ENTRANCE—Large, well ventilated bedrooms, attached sarag-c and a cozy breakfast nook are amonp: the interesting features of this new home of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Richardson. 715 Jefferson avenue northwest. The house is built of Mason City brick \\ath cut stone sills. Interior arrangements include a. recreation room with a fireplace in the basement, gas heat, Heatilator fireplace in the living room and a screened porch off the dining room. .Floors are of oak with linoleum in the kitchen and bathroom. The three bedrooms are on the second floor, a large one to the front, one ventilated from three sides over the garage and a small one to the rear with a door leading to balcony ov«r the porch. This house, which is insulated throughout, was planned and built by M. J. Haaheim, 1015 Second street northwest, and purchased by the Richardson .family. (Lock Photo, Kayenay Engraving) Gildner Business Improves Opening of a new store, No. 18 in the organization, marked the year 1936 for Gildner Brothers company. The organization is now making plans for the modernization o£ several of. its stores in the near future. Approximately SO persons are employed by the Gildner group of stores. Much of the rural trade was lost i the past year because the drought hampered the farmers' buying power, believes W. E. Gildner, president of the company. "Even so, conditions are considerably better than they have been in the past," Mr. Gildner stated. "An encouraging sign of the times is that the average consumer today is looking for a better type of merchandise," he said. "General conditions are improved although unemployment remains today's largest problem. However, we always have had that problem to contend with and probably always will have more or less/' he continued One store was ridded to the Gildner organization in 1936, being opened at Owatonna, Minn. The organization is now making plans for the modernization for several of its stores in the -near future. Approximately 80 persons are employed by the Gildner group of stores. Warning .against the continuing rise in price of some commodities. Mr. Gildner said that "we should avoid price lifting as much as possible." If prices are raised loo much, we will have a 'buyer's strike,'" he claimed. "Although price of wearing apparel has scarcely changed as yet, it will probably, rise within three or four months," Mr. Gildner predicted. "This is partially due to the social security act," he said, "since there, is a tax on each transaction in the making of an article, such as an overcoat The operations of making that coat ready for the dealer probably are done* by 25 persons, each of whom must pay his share in the social security act. The old age pension is a good feature, but it can't help but boost prices," the clothing company executive stated. PROSPERITY IN IOWA KEEPS ON UPWARD TREND State as a Whole Boasts Substantial Gains in Business. DES MOINES. (IP)— The hottest and dryest summer on record, the coldest winter in 117 years, and even a political campaign failed to halt the upward climb of Iowa prosperity during 1936. Sections of Iowa suffered temporary setbacks, but reports compiled from a dozen business nerve centers showed the state as a whole continued the gains forecast a year ago. Month by month the business factors, on the average, showed increases over 1935. Cash Income Mounting. Much of Iowa's gain in trade, business experts said, might be attributed to a steadily mounting farm cash income in the state. Federal economists estimated the cash income of Iowa farmers this year at 500 million dollars, the highest since 1930 and 33 million dollars more than last year. From this source, cash poured into wholesale and retail channels to spur the upward trend. Make Rapid Strides. New automobile sales mounted. Department stores, life insurance companies, railroads, contractors, banks, factories and utilities made rapid forward strides. Complete business figures for October show business building contracts in the state increased 117 per cent; residence building, 22 per cent; industrial payrolls, 6 per cent farm prices, 6.5 per cent; cat-loadings, 10 per cent; retail sales, 7.3 per cent. The figures show the gain in October over the same month last year. While complete figures- for the year are not yet compiled, economists conceded that the business gains recorded during the first: It) months have continued at virtually the same pace. Employment Climbing'. Chirstmas sales, a number of Iowa cities reported, were substantially over sales during the holiday season last year. Employment in the state's industries has mounted steadily: The state labor commissioner reported that during the first 10 months of the year employment was "decided higher" than during the same period in 1935. In his November report on business conditions in the state, Prof. George R. Davies of the University of Iowa bureau of business research said "Iowa business has been making satisfactory gains, especially in view of the drought conditions of the summer months.'' Listed Month by Month. Economists co-operating in the bureau of business research issued the following month by month Iowa reports during the year: | January — A minor recession from the moderately rising trend. February—A recession from the rising trend due to weather conditions. I March—Moderate improvement after declines in ' the winter | months. ! April—Nearly all regis- | ter month-to-momh improvement. May—In general, indexes regis- | ter decided gains over the corresponding figures of 1935. • Improvement Is Continued. June—A continuation of the recent improvement which has carried business well above the level of a year ago. July—Activity has been "surprisingly well maintained." August—Iowa business general| ly has held up surprisingly well considering drought conditions of the summer months. Bank debits, railroad car loadings, and some other indexes remain well above the level of a year ago. September—Iowa business generally has been making satisfactory gains. October—Bank debits, building permits, car loadings, and retail sales show gains over the level of last year. Rural School Pupils Are Building Shelters Rural school teachers and pupils in Hancock and Cerro Gordo counties have taken an active interest in the winter bird feeding program which was launched about a month ago by the county superintendents of schools in cooperation with the state conservation, commission. Due to the fact that the rural schools are now enjoying Christmas vacation, it was impossible to obtain a complete report on the number of shdtes built by each school, but it is' estimated that at least five shelters will be built by each school, making a total of well over a thousand shelters for these two counties.

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