Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 18, 1976 · Page 9
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 9

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, March 18, 1976
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Building Things Replaces Booze for Man HUGO, Okla. (AP)— This is the story of a shy girl, an alcoholic man and the toy workshop that emerged from their friendship in this southeastern Oklahoma town. The man, Don Hitt, was whiling away an early retirement by guzzling vodka and "various amounts" of beer.' Just another half-drunken day would have passed had he not happened to spot plans in a newspaper on how to build a birdhouse. He and the neighborhood children used to build birdhouses back in California. He had spent his adult life there in the fireworks industry, bidding on jobs, designing displays and piecing them together with wood. Surely, he reasoned, he could still build a birdhouse. The girl — we'll call her Robin — saw the man working with scraps of wood inside his garage. After several minutes, she timidly ventured in and joined the balding, paunchy man. Before long, she was helping him. Later, he helped her build her own birdhouse. Robin invited her brother to do the same. Soon a half-dozen children were dropping by the place. "I started turning them away because I wanted to go downtown and have a few beers," Hitt recalled. "Then I got to thinking, 'What a rotten thing this is.' I couldn't turn Times Herald, Carroll, la. Q Thursday, March 18, 1976 V them away again." That was I'/a years ago. At first, only birdhouses were built. But the children asked why they couldn't build other things — maybe toys — and Hitt quickly decided they could. A 14-year-old boy designed and built a diesel truck, complete with air horns made from copper tubing and headlights of shiny upholstery tacks. Drag racers, boats and sundry models of trucks, each ruggedly built from thin blocks of wood also began to take shape. Hitt, eventually going $1,500 into debt for everything from power saws to varnish and paint, began busily cutting the pieces in runs of a dozen or more. The finished products, looking like the store-bought toys of the 1940s, were given to needy children near and far. There was no set schedule at the workshop, sometimes swamped by the elf-sized workers and sometimes completely deserted. They, were free to come and go at whim, leaving their partly completed work tucked under benches. No one was turned away. 1 For those too young to paint or sand, coloring books were - kept handy to free their older More Women in Real Estate Field BOSTON (AP) — What do a socialite, an empty-nester, a former office worker, a young married woman and a career girl all have in common? "They could all be women in the real estate business." So comments Jackson W. Goss, president and chief executive officer of Investors Mortgage Insurance Co., an organization in the private mortgage insurance industry. No one really knows for certain how many women are currently involved in selling real estate in the United States today. "But, a good guesstimate is 500,000-plus," Goss notes. Some reports put the number of distaff real estate salespersons at 700,000-plus. "Women rarely find any dis- crimination — and have free entry into the field either as salespersons or as brokers." Goss notes a status symbol associated with women in the real estate industry. "They seem to consider it a highly sophisticated and prestigious professional field — and regard it as a meaningful job, "he says. Men still play an important role in residential real estate selling, but women outnumber them by quite a margin. "Women now make about 70 per cent of the residential WATERS FASHION STORE 501 N. Adams St. 1926-1976 Downtown Carroll TROPICAL PUNCH MIX Active ingredients to mix many wonderful ways! 100% Dacron® polyester in sky blue, red, sun yellow, or white. Tropical Clouds skivvy, S-XL, 11.00 Knit poplin culorte, 8-18, 18.00 Tropical Clouds shirt, 6-18, 18.00 Knit poplin pants, 8-20, 16.00 Jantzet^ sales in new and resale units," Goss estimates. He observes that many women have a distinct advantage over men in real estate counseling. "Women spend more time in 1 the home — and consequently get to know more key areas of it than males. Thus, they are in a better position to sell it." "A home may be a man's castle — but it's a woman's, workshop," he adds. brothers and sisters for the serious task of toy-building. One boy took his sister to the garage and cautiously introduced her to Hitt. known to the kids simply as "Uncle Bud." "This is my sister," he said. "She can't hear and she can't talk." Eye contact shifted back and forth for a moment as the girl ducked behind her brother. "Uncle Bud" slowly walked over to them, and gently patted her on the head, prompting a small smile. Hitt, deciding a wood-burning project would be enjoyed by the girl, began showing her various patterns to be traced onto plaques. She fanned out her fingers high above her head and patted her mouth with the palm of her hand. Hitt smiled and handed her the pattern depicting an Indian chief. The turning point for the workshop came recently when a lumber mill lost its market for semi-scraps and Hitt learned he could have them. Hitt used the free lumber to make road construction stakes, which were sold to a lumber company. A quick $150 profit and promise of'more Form Marketing Program — — Farm Bureau Photo The Maple Valley slaughter cattle marketing program has been formed in Ida, Monona, Sac, Woodbury and Crawford Counties. Members of the council (front, left to right) are: James Johnston, Turin, Farm Bureau president, Monona County, which will soon name two representatives to the council; Gaylen Demarest, Gushing (Woodbury), vice chairman; Bruce Bennett, Schaller (Ida); and Leonard Carstensen, Odebolt (Sac), chairman. Second row, left to right, are: Dick McCollough, Denison (Crawford); Robert Bohnker, Charter Oak (Crawford); C.S. Rogge, Battle Creek (Ida); and Glee Mulder, Iowa Farm Bureau commodity and marketing division. Absent were Gaylord Stadlman, Sac City (Sac), and Wayne Schlotman, Bronson (Woodbury). made him decide to move the workshop into a newly purchased rent house he had just finished remodeling across the street. "I was within one day of renting it," he said. "Already had the walls freshly painted and shag carpeting down on the floor." Wood chips are on the carpet now. Paint stains the bathroom sink. And boxes of toys line the walls of the old house surrounded by shoulder-high stacks of lumber. Robin, incidentally, still drops by the workshop. Some 400 boys and girls have followed her path. And Uncle Bud, pushing 60. hasn't touched booze in more than a year. They showed me plush ones, splush ones and random sheared plush ones. They showed me wool, nylon polyester and some I never even heard of before. They have so many rolls of plush to choose from it can really be confusing, but they really help you pick and choose. The decorator salespersons help you from start to finish. Everyone helps you. They even help you by leaving you alone if that's the way you like to shop. Somewhere in this fantastic collection of carpeting there's got to be at least one carpet perfect for you. So, if it's carpet you're looking for — formal or casual in practically any color you can dream up — this is the store for you. And, the prices amazed me — I could actually afford it! And, if I wished, I could just say "charge-it." Stop in today and just say 'show me some plush carpet,' Boy, will they! Revolving Credit No Money Down Up To 36 Months To Pay Serving Western lows Bierl's East Edge off CARROLL, Hwy. 3O Ph. 712/792-4318

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