Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1936 · Page 137
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 137

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 31, 1936
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 31 • 1936 Sec. D-5' 1936 Was Important Year for Municipal Improvements in Mason City -NEW CITY HALL, STORM SEWERS, PAVEMENT BUILT Plans Being Made for 'Open House' for City Buildings in January. The year 1336 has proved eventful in municipal improvements in Mason City, the three outstanding events beins the re- inodeling of the old postoffice into the nc\v city hall, the construc- .._ lion of municipal storm sewers and the paving of 11 blocks of Federal avenue. PWA funds were i^cd in fi- ! nancing a share of all of these i projects. I The movement of the municipal : . _,. , , , ,, , offices from the former city hall. I C]t >'- El S ht blocks on South thc contracts for constructing the sewer and Jaying the pipe and work was started on the project j early in the summer. The sewer, •' which empties at the south bank j of Willow creek under the Penn- I sylvania avenue bridge, extends i west to Delaware, then south from < Fifth to Eighth street, then to Fed-. I eral avenue and south under the i Milwaukee viaduct. Construction of this sewer and the installation of new lead-ins along Federal avenue in preparation for the construction of new pavement kept the principal street of the city torn up most of the summer. ^ Federal Avenue Paved. Paving operations did not gel underway until the middle of September. With only two months of weather permitting the pouring of concrete, the Fred Carlson Construction company of Decorah which was awarded the contract, completed about seven blocks Ihrough the business section of the Mason City's New City Hall 15 Second street northeast, to the new building, 19 Delaware avenue southeast, late in December •was one of the outstanding events of the year. Plans are now underway for an ''open house" ;o the cral avenue from Second street to Tenth street will be completed next spring, making a total of 15 altogether. This will complete new paving on Federal avenue from the limits on the south to Fifth public for this building and other | street north, municipal buildings as well, including the recently constructed „„„„.. „., __„ „.„„„.., „, police station, the fire station. | the city was completed. Paving wnere a new truck and other im- | operations started at Fifth street provements have been added this j north and continued south to Sec- About half of the pavement through the business district of Impressive Building-. ^lost impressive of the improvements is the new city hal! building, purchased originally from the United Sv.ates govcrn- Re- [ were stopped in order that the i section of Federal :i» : enue over the | South Federal avenue bridge would not be torn up during co!d weather. ment at a cost of 525,000. Re- | 593,000 Spent. modeling cost about an equal fig- i The total cost for this pavement lire, the contract being awarded I will be about S93.000. the money i" the Eye Constru;'ion company being furnished by the Unitec and the Henkel Construction States government and allocated company, with Hausen and Wag- i to the state highway department goner as the architects. ; The tearing out of the old Ma- Construction on the city hail j son City and Clear Lake railway \vas started in July and the'build-jHnc streetcar tracks, the excava- ing was finished early in Decora- j tion for pavement'and the paving bcr. The exterior oi the building j operations themselves, were points remains practica'.iy the same as of interest throughout the summer H appeared when the old office building, except that the south entrance has been removec and replaced with a large window and the loading dock has been removed from the rear of the One of the outstanding: municipal improvements during the past year was the remodeling: of the old postoffice into the new city hall of Mason City. This marks the first time the city has had a city hall worthy of the appearance of a municipal building:. The, move from the old building was made late in December and "Open House" Is scheduled for early in January. (Lock Photo, Kayenay Engraving-) Scenes Like This Held Interest building. A rear entrance been left, however. Interior Rebuilt. post- ; and fall. The city salvaged about 200,000 bricks from the old pavement to be used in construction work at the waterworks and on other projects. IS Miles of Gravel. j Throughout the summer the j street department was busy with the city before cold weather set nmsn. Large vaults for the I-PC - uciuic i_u iu weauier sei orris of the city clerk and va'er ' ir> " Tv -' ent y- five mUcs ° f ^is type department and the cnrtneerin" ' o£ construcuon were Planned and department have bepn hi,,'it in ,hS ! lhe remainder will be completed -tment have been built in the j ..... _ massive corners of the front ! spring, completed according to City Manager Herbert T, Barclay. The work was evenly divided in all parts of the city with the of the building and a large lobhv extends through the center of th"-> building. Along the south wall of the building are the offices of the city clerk and the water depart- j e ' ed str eet. About $8,000 was also ment. These open onto the lobby I spent in construction of parking I Pl fln *° Place each home owner within one or two blocks of grav- where cashier's \vir:dowsfpr payments of water bills, etc., have been provided. At the rear of ihe ouildmg is the office of the manager. On the north s.dc oi the build- city J areas about the city, a portion of this also being furnished by WPA funds. All of this work, together with the city's battle against snow.-.- _. „„„. storms and bad weather, heat and facing onto tlie front vaults is { <iust - navc made this one of the tJC office of the city engineer and I busiest years in municipal affairs street departments, the assessor's ' n mari y years, room, office of the building inspector, the council room. The city laboratory is at the rear. StoraT space and the heating plant are in the basement. Relief Offices Moved. The relief administration otfirvs formerly located :n the old post- office building were removed to the assembly room of the courthouse. Marsnallto ,vn From State Penitentiary MARSHALLTOWN, (£>)— The state board of control returned The city ha]], together with the i -Marvin T. Grattan, 87 year old Decorah Civil war veteran sentenced to serve an 8 year term for manslaughter, Soldier's home in new aerial truck ior the fire department, rebuilt from the old ladder truck at the shops of Peter Prisch and ?ons, Kenosha, Wis.. new search lights for use by the fire, police and street departments in case of emergency, snow plows and truck; io'.- the street j during an argument and water departing is. and im- 1 horses, provements at the waterworks have amounted to about 8100.000. j to Fort Madison prison earlier this -Approximately $90,000 in sewer I month after the supreme court re- bonds were voted, matched by' " S67.000 in federal money for the construction of the larsc storm to the. low* Marshalltown from Fort Madison prison. Grattan shot and killed Claude Meade at the 1933 Decorah fair over race The Civil war veteran was sent fused a second time to give him a ne\v trial. In 1934 he was ?ent from Fort Madison to the Marshalltown home on a hospital order. sewer in the south pan of the city and for rspairs and extensions on seweis in other parts of! the city. j p;t a ] , vUn no other explanation Storm Sewer Built. j than an order from Henry C. The Thomas Flynn Coal com-1 White of Vinton, state board of pany of Dubuquc was awarded ! control member. Throughout the fall scenes like this alone Federal avenue held interest for many persons. This Gratlan came back to the hos- P icture shows the huee mixer of the Fred Carlson company pouring: concrete for the new pavement ! on Federal avenue. One-half of the street from the curbing- to the center was poured at a time. Below is a picture of workmen constructing- the storm sewer. The Thomas Flynn Coal company of Dubuque was awarded the contract for this job, one of the major municipal improvements of the year. (Lock Photos, Kayenay Engraving-) 1937 We show our appreciation of your good will during the past year by conveying 'to you this wish. This message is expressed so that you may know how much we value your good will. We are very grateful for the business you have given us during the past year, and ir is our hope to merit your continued confidence end that these pleasant relations will continue in years to come. GEORGE SAUERBERG, Owner North Iowa Motor Company New 1937 Studebakcr Champions Fine Used Cart 520 North Federal Ave. Phone 896 80 NEW FORDS SOLD SO FAR BY PRITCHARD FIRM High Sales Record for 1937 Is Expected by Company. j Since Lhe introduction of the nev Ford on Nov. 14, the Pritchard Motor company, 202 First street southeast, has delivered and taken orders for 80 new cars, . trucks and commercial units. Sim- j ilar sensational sales records in other sections point to a record year for the Ford Motor company. "We are looking forward to a record year," declared Paul Pritchard, manager of the local Ford agency. "Already sales have mounted above expectations. Just after the new car was introduced the order was raised from 1,500,000 to 1,800,000 and it looks as if all of those will be sold." Mechanics arc Trained. It was pointed out that there are no labor troubles within the Ford organizations and that the shutdowns that have resulted from strikes, which have influenced Ford production, have been in companies supplying Kcti» to the Ford organization. The Ford minimum wage of $6.90 for an 8 hour day which has been in effect since last year has been maintained. "In the Ford business." Mr. Pritchard continued, "we believe that on the delivery of an auto, our obligations have just started. We feel that the service given after delivery i§ as essential as getting (he business. In order to insure the service that the owner is entitled to on the new car, additional equipment has been installed here, the mechanics have attended branch schools for instruction and training has been given on the new service with slides, films and records." , Values in Used Cars. v During 1937 Ford is continuing with the popular exchange plan by which motor assembly, generators, carburetors, distributors, fuel pumps and other parts of the car are replaced if not 100 per cent efficient after a car has been operated a certain (dstarce. Due to th« pcpularity of the new car, Mr. Fri;chard stated, the company is in a position to offer used car values greater than ever before in its history. These cars are not worn out cars, but late models, jFree Lance Social | Organizer of Osage Dies at Albert Lea OSAGE, OT—F. J. Albert, 80, free lance social organizer, died Thursday at the home of a son at Albert Lea, Minn. He had traveled and lectured over the United States and two years ago had a conference with President Roosevelt. Five children survive. Too Late for Regrets. A New Yorker who for 30 years has trained after-dinner speakers is giving it up. But what good is it now to say he is sorry?—Bangor Commercial. Ahreiids Heads TITONKA—Newly elected officers for the Good Hope Luther league are: Floyd Ahrends, president; Harley Brandt, vice president; Herbert Kakow, treasurer; Elida Stecker, secretary. Wishing You . . . A HAPPY AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR RUSSELL PHOTO STUDIO PHONE 2272 NCXT J. C, PINNIY CO. Northwestern Distributing Company, Inc., Sales Gain Tenth Anniversary of Feed* Manufacturing to Be Observed Next Fall. The volume of sales of the Northwestern Distributing company, Inc., 436 Second street northeast, showed a marked increase the past year and the officers of the firm are looking forward to an excellent season in 1937. The fall of 1937 will mark the tenth anniversary of the entry of the company into the manufacturing of a line of commercial feeds for hogs, poultry and cattle. Previous to that the business had consisted mainly of jobbing flour and feed. At present the company is making 29 different types of feeds, for which ingredients are purchased in all parts of the United States, as well as foreign countries. Fish meal is obtained from the west coast. Molasses, shipped from Cuba, is brought into the plant in 10,000 gallon tank cars. Cod liver oil from Norway comes into the plant in carload lots, being contained in large steel drums Peanut meal is shipped from Mississippi and Alabama and • alfalfa meal from Colorado. Tests Conducted. These, however, are only a few of the ingredients that go into the making of the feeds that are mixed according to the company's own formulas. Tests have been from agricultural colleges in Iowa and surrounding states. Farm lots have been used for experiments to show how the use of specially mixed feeds contributes to getting the highest possible results from the feeding of grain. At the present time the feed mixing plant is running day and night, turning out from 25 to 30 tons of feed a day, to meet the demand. With returning prosperity and higher prices farmers have turned to an increased use of scientifically mixed feeds. To meet the need of increasing demand the company installed a second mixer in its establishment this fall. Has Six Trucks. The Northwestern Distributing i company. Inc., territory covers the | north half of Iowa and the southern tier of counties in Minnesota. Four men are kept constantly on the road to cover this area. Six trucks, ranging in size from 3Vi tons to 10 tons, leave the warehouse every morning with one arid a half carolads of feed, marked under,the name Mor-Gain. At present the company employes 22 persons. The warehouses, with a capacity of 35 carloads, usually carry from 20 to 25 carloads of flour and feeds on hand. This includes a full j line of spring wheat and winter I wheat flours. While feeds and' flour are stored on the main floor of the 90 by 150 foot warehouse ment The equipment on this floor includes a machine to package a number of products that are sold in small bags. The company also handles large quantities of field seeds in season. The Northwestern Distributing company Inc., has signed a contract for broadcasting three times a week on station KGLO. It will go on the air from 12:15 to 12:30 p. m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Officers of the corporation are: R. B. Girton, president and manager; C. R. Van Gordon, vice president; H. V. Hocken&erry, secretary, and H. W. Girton, treasurer. A Canadian alienist thinks the entire population in another 25 years will be fit for insane asylums. Plainly, the entrance requirements must be stiffened.— Richmond Times-Dispatch. conducted to show that the better j such products as cod liver oil, mo- jalanced rations provided through he mixed feeds makes for more efficiency in the job of converting corn and other grains into meat. The formulas have been worked out by the company or obtained lasses and salt are kept in the basement, the molasses being stored in a 10,000 gallon tank. Has Package Department. The second floor is used as the flour and cereal package depart- WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR LAIRD'S 14 East State WHERE SHOES ARE REALLY FITTED To All Our Friends and Associates During the Last Year. A Most Happy and Prosperous New Year, and Continued Good Luck for 1937 Mason City's Most Outstanding Auto Service Station Featuring Product* of Merit for Thrifty Motorists TYDOL GAS WINTER-FLO VEEDOL DAYTON OILS TIRES PROTECTOL — PRESTON E Complete Lubrication, Tirs, Ignition, Battery and Washing Service. 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