The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on October 17, 1961 · Page 8
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 8

Ottawa, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 17, 1961
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8 THE OTTAWA HERALD Tuesday, October 17, 1961 FARMERS TO BUILDERS — Charles Glcason, 72 and his son, Walt, pause at their work on •me of some 70 homes they have built at their farm home near Columbus, Kas. Prior to 10 years ago both knew very little about carpentry. Houses Are Main Crop On This 40-Acre Farm Hal Boyle Many Advantages In Being Fifty By HAROLD 0. TAYLOR Pittsburg Headlight & Sun Written for The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Kas. (AP)-an unusual crop is being produced on the 40-acre farm near Columbus of 72-year-old Charles Gleason-houses. Gleason and his son, Walt, have turned out about 70 two and three- bedroom houses for movement to various locations, plus several others too large to be moved and built on the owner's lots, in the last 10 years. About a year before they started, the senior Gleason says all he knew about carpenter work was which end of a hammer to bring in contact with a nail and which side of a saw had teeth. Walt says he knew even less. The two got into the house Says U.S. Children Are Puny building when they went broke farming, Charles Gleason explains. Most of his life he had been a farmer, and a fairly successful one, too. Walter was following in his footsteps. Then the son became ill with arthritis of the spine and could not work his farm. The cost of medical help took his savings and then his farm. His father stepped in and medical expense took his holdings, all but the 40-acre tract Charles Gleason went to Commerce, Okla., and landed a job as a carpenter's helper. In a short time he became so proficient he was given a contract to build three houses. Meanwhile, Walt Glcason heard of an Indian in Oklahoma who claimed he could cure his ailment for $10. He hunted up the Indian. He says that did the trick. With Walt able to work but with no farm to work, the senior Gleason decided on a house building project. He taught his son the trade. They occasionally use a few extra hands now but basically the work is done by father and son. Usually there are at least three houses under construction at the same time. Gleason-built houses have gone to cities in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. There is a bit of irony at the ' Gleason house-building farm. The son and his wife and child live with his parents, but the residence is underground. There are ade- I quate quarters but it is all basement. The Gleasons had planned on building another story when they fixed the basement quarters but they have been so busy building homes for others they haven't had time to finish their own. By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP)'.- Are you approaching 50 and feeling fearful? Calm down, man. What's to be afraid of? You're just entering the payoff years. Physicians say many men and women today approach the age of 50 with a gathering hysteria, a sense that they are leaving the sunshine years forever and entering a dark dismal tunnel leading nowhere. Some can't even stand the prospect. They come apart, mentally and physically, and their courage for living becomes as limp and sodden as a paper bag in a rainstorm. I had some of these fears, too. But after being 50 some eight months now, I find it has turned out to be a far less-shattering experience than turning 40 was. Or kindergarten, for that matter. Actually, if you have the sense to realize it, life at the half century mark, and after has certain advantages. It adds a few flavorful bubbles to the foam on the beer of existence. Such as? Well, such as— At 50 you don't have so much trouble finding a parking space. You leave the car in the garage more often. You're no longer in danger of getting a heart attack from running after a bus. Why chase it? You can't catch it anyway. Your clothing costs you less and less each year. As you get stingier and stingier, you hate to put out money for anything new. Your wife's clothes cost less, too. She'd rather put up with her old coat another year than listen to you complain about how high everything is getting these days. Instead of going to the barber every two weeks, you go every three weeks. After all, what's left to cut? You go to bed earlier and get more sleep. Why stay up and watch the late film on television? You saw it 20 years ago at the movies—remember? You cat less and your food bills go down. You have finally learned the less you overload your stomach the less it has to gripe about. You don't waste your energy on foolish things like chasing red- haired girls. You don't know any. And those you did know—well, their hair has turned to silver. You give up the wasteful three- martini luncheons that used to leave you sleepy on the job all afternoon. You can now feel just as sleepy on one martini. You get plenty of healthy exercise. Getting up in the morning and closing the window is all the exercise you feel you really need —besides bending down and tying your shoelaces. You become wider and better informed on world affairs. This is because in the evening you'd rather stay home and listen to your wife than go out on the town. You no longer have to fret about the future. The boss has let you know you don't have any. But you gain a wonderful golden goal. Your ambition is to reach 62 or 65 when you'll be eligible for a Social Security pension, and the government will have to start giving back some of the dough it has been taking from you all these years. After 50 you turn away from big problems and see the beauty in small jobs, and at last you have the time for them—time for gratitude, time to be kind, time to remember, time even to grow young in heart again. Who, on the summit of 30, would want to be 20, and have to start the long rocky climb again? SPRINGFIELD, Mo. ,(AP)Children in A m e.r it'a ft 1 ''grade schools apparently are rather puny, says Dr. Ted Forbes of Washington. Forbes, director of the President's Council on Youth Fitness, told Monday about simple tests given school children in pilot programs at Muskogee, Okla., and the Turtle Mountain Indian School at Minot, N. D. He said 51 per cent of the Muskogee children and 47 per cent of the Indians failed to pass easy tests—such as requiring a 12-year- old boy to do one pull-up. Forbes conferred with Springfield oficiak about setting up a third pilot program among this city's 13,800 school children. No date has been set for giving the youngsters the tests. Forbes expressed belief the Springfield children would make a better showing because they were gel- ting 15 minutes of daily supervised exercises. "The condition of this nation's children is worse than I thought," Forbes told the Springfield Planning Council. "I was shocked by the results at Muskogee and Minot." Questions about remodeling, repairing, and modernizing? Bring them to us Tor a quick solution! 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What's more, you enjoy • new concept of quality and reliability that makes every Oldsmoblle a car of superiority! AFTER THE LANDING - Wildly swingin; prop knocked this hole in side of Braniff Airlines Elcctra at Fort Worth when turbo-prop craft with 49 passengers aboard made belly landing at Carswall Air Force Base. The plane, bound for Chicago, developed landing gear trouble on takeoff from Dallas and headed for the military base for emergency landing. Real Senators At Home On Hollywood Movie Set By JAMES BACON AP Movie-TV Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Two distinguished former members of the U.S. Senate emoted today on a Hollywood sound stage, scoring as perfect examples of type casting. Guy Gillette of Iowa and Henry Fountain Ashurst of Arizona are cast as U.S. senators—what else —in "Advise and Consent," the movie version of the controversial best seller about Washington politics. On their first day of shooting, the venerable pair got a real inside look at Hollywood. They were made up by Del | Armstrong, Lana Turner's favorite makeup man. Their director is Hollywood's most explosive—Otto (the Terrible) Preminger. Austrian - born Preminger has been labeled the only dictator ever to make a movie about a democracy. But he was all sweetness and light with the bona fide senators. But nearly everybody else caught it. Three crewmen were fired—and later rehired — during one scene that required 15 takes. The many takes were needed because the Hollywood senators —Walter Pidgeon, Don Murray, Peter Lawford, Charles Laughton, et al.—had trouble with their lines. The real senators, natural politicians both, had no such trouble. Gillette, a New Dealer who first went to Washington with Franklin D. Roosevelt, got a typical Hollywood twist with his casting. "I play a Republican whip," he laughed somewhat sheepishly. And Ashurst, also a Democrat, who went to Washington when Arizona became a state in 1912, got an even bigger switch. 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