Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 3, 1949 · Page 14
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 14

Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, October 3, 1949
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MM.n City Globt.Gaiet °° Ma^n City??,? Home Buying Booms After Rent Control Abolition of rent control in Wisconsin has resulted in a new wave of buyer demand for houses in the $8,000 price range, Edward G. Gavin, editor of American Builder magazine, reported Saturday. Mr. Gavin, writing in the September issue of American Builder, noted that building material dealers and builders in many Wisconsin cities and towns say they are swamped with inquiries and orders for small homes. "Because rents which had been frozen at pre-war levels were advanced to parity with the prices of other services and commodities, thousands of renters promptly decided to build their own homes as an economy measure," he explained. Wisconsin's governor signed _. bill in mid-summer eliminating rent control throughout the state He acted under terms of the new federal ruling which permits anj state to take the same action. "No doubt there will be some hardships as an effect of the Wis consul action, but the overall ben efits of the better housing which will result will be incalculable,' Mr. Gavin said. Reviewing the general buildin c situation for the first half of 1949 ie American Builder editor said hat the lag in home building dur- ng the early months of the year vas due to public expectation that onstruction prices would drop. This drop came gradually, he xplained, and when it became ob- /ious in late spring that a level been reached buyers re-en- ered the market with a steady demand for low-priced homes and with the first significant, post-war demand for more expensive, cus- om-built dwellings. Building activity during the summer has been so high that it ndicates 194!) probably will come close to equalling last year in lome building volume in urban areas, Mr. Gavin said. Farm building has suffered a setback, but this decline should compensated by a high rate of summer cottage building, the editor added. He said "a very conservative guess" is that 100,000 new summer living units will be built this year. Gains Shown in Private Construction New York—Contracts awarded for building and engineering works by private owners in the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains turned upward last month to reverse the downward trend of earlier months of the year, it was reported Saturday by F. W. Dodge 1 showed a loss of 34 per cent from July and a gain of 13 per cent over August of last year, while private nonresidential volume declined 11 and 19 per cent from the corresponding months. On a cumulative basis covering the first 8 months, nonresidential awards were down 7 per cent, with public ownership awards up 20 per cent and private nonresidential contract volume down 19 per cent Educational and science buildings, hospitals and institutions, and public buildings showed substantial gains over the first [corporation, a ganization tor industry. Investment commitments fact-finding or- the construction by IFTA Elects Eagle Grove—Norma Hamer has been chosen as president of the local unit of the Iowa Future Teachers' Association. Other officers are Wilma Claude, vice president; Ramona Minor, secretary; and Donna Anderson, treasurer. This organization is a branch of the Iowa Education Association and is for the purpose of furthering interest in the field of teaching and for developing ethics among teachers. Membership is open to those college students planning on entering the teaching field. Faculty sponsor is S. F. Gilbertson, West Side grade school principal. AUTOMATIC HEAT APPROVED [BY THE CAS CO. Immediate Installation On Small Monthly Payment! Injoy dependable automatic heat this winter and every winter with the Norman TWINfuej combination burner. Fits In your present furnace. Automatically provides an abundance of clean, healthful warmth. No furnace tending. Automatically switches from gas to oil fuel and back again as outside temperatures change. No worry about fuel supply. Approved by the gas company for immediate installation. No need to wait. Improved NQrman engineering features make the Twinfue] tops for effi- dent, economical heating. It's quiet, too! It is a lasting investment, for the TWINfyiJ can be quickly adjusted for permanent operation with gas. Phone today for complete details. private interests for building and engineering projects in August amounted to $589,339,000 in the 37 states to show a gain of 11 per cent over July and 2 per cent over August a year ago. The principal private investment increases were in residential and engineering projects. Residential Increases Investment commitments for residential building in the eastern states last month amounted to $393,434,000. This total was 16 per cent higher than in July and 17 per cent higher than in August last year. Public residential awards increased 6 per cent over July and 92 per cent over August a year ago, while private residential volume showed a gain of 17 per cent over July and 12 per cent over August'last year. The cumulative total of residential awards, public and private, in the first 8 months was $2,358,826,000 or 6 per cent less than in the corresponding period of last year despite an increase in public residential volume from $84,039,000 to $246,544,000. Private awards declined 13 per cent in the 8 months. Apartment house construction increased 12 per cent, single-family houses built to owners' orders were down 1 per cent, and single-family houses built by operative builders for sale or rent declined 15 per cent in the 8-month period. Nonresidential Down Nonresidential contracts let last month amounted to $278,031,000, an over-all decline of 21 per cent from July and 10 per cent from August of last year. Nonresidential awards by governmental agencies 8-months of last year. Utilities Construction Heavy engineering awards last month amounted to $234,283,000 to show a .decline of 7 per cent from July and an increase of 13 per cent over August of last year. The decline from July was attributable to a 20 per cent drop in public-ownership engineering awards. During the first eight months of this year, heavy engineering awards in the 37 states totaled $1,585,665,000 to show a gain of 5 per cent over the corresponding period of last year. Private engineering awards increased 7 per cent, spectacular increases being reported in August. Graettinger Church Host to Federation Graettinger—The fall convention of the Estherville circuit Women's Missionary Federation of the E. L. C. Will be held Oct. 4 at the First Lutheran church here with the Rev. E. W. Quam as host pastor. Plans have been made to care for delegates and guests from 15 ladies' aids representing more than 1,000 members. Special speakers for Tlwman •(M Combination Conversion Burner RAY E. PAULEY CO., Inc. SHEET METAL CONTRACTORS 421-25 S. Federal Phone 963 AT DAMON'S The H. C. BROWN AGENCY FOR DEPENDABLE INSURANCE .... • FIRE • WINDSTORM • AUTOMOBILE • COMPENSATION • PUBLIC LIABILITY First National Bank Bldg. Phone 1019 Thompson the day Tenner of Minneapolis; and Allen Lee, the wheelchair evangelist and others. The circuit executive board of the Estherville circuit includes Mrs. Herman Norland, Cylinder, president; Mrs. Melvin Christian, Ringsted, vice president; Mrs. H. O. Hclgen, Emmetsburg, secretary; and Mrs. John Tweedt, Estherville, treasurer. Emory Site } of New Type Lumber Store John W. Evans of Webster City has begun erection c? •"- lumber store at Emory, on highway • 10G between Mason City and Clear Lake, and expects to have it open for business in 2 weeks. The site is just south of the Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad shops and across the highway from the Automatic Washer company. An 84 by 200 foot shed is being constructed. There will eventually be one more of dompan- ion size, Evans said, and the office will be located nearby. The store will be operated on a cash and carry basis and will nandle a complete line of building materials including lumber, paints and roofing. Evans owns and operates the Webster City Lumber store now and will continue his interests in that concern. It is affiliated with several other lumber stores in the state. Evans said the site was chosen due to its excellent rail facilities and the large trade area. Beet Harvest Begins Britt — Beet harvesting started this week in the Britt area. All work is being done by machinery, lifting, topping and loading. The beets are better than average. VALUABLE LAND More than half the wealth of the United States is in land and buildings. 21-29 0BR1EN PAINTS ut8US - E -Whotes«te.Retail 13G2 Specially built for your kitchen ULTRAMATIC (Caloric GAS RANGE AMERICA'S EASIEST RANGE TO KEEP CLEAN Come in and see our beautiful new Caloric Ranges. Your choice of models . . . automatic or non-automatic, for natural gas or L-P gas, for finest cook- ; ng results 134.50 RESTORE THE COLOR AND BEAUTY OF YOUR RUG with LYONS Scientific Cleaning Process \VE PICK UP AND DELIVER PHONE 600 2 MORE HEAT,roomforroom! MORE VALU The HEPPLEWHITE Fuel Oil Home Heater by DUO-THERM PRICES AS LOW AS CONVENIENT TERMS APPLIANCE CENTER — DOWNSTAIRS "SALES BACKED BY SERVICE" Globe-Gazette Photo CHANDELIER MAKER —Four chandeliers to go into the remodeled Methodist church at Algona are shown here with James W. Belberoff, the builder, who with his »on, James, Jr., operates the Belberoff Woodworking shop at 640 Jackson S. W. The chandeliers are made of solid oak, with scroll work in the corners, incorporating Gothic design. The inside of the glass enclosures, are frosted. The Belberoffs have a complete woodworking shop, with a capacity for turning out interior finish to meet almost any need. They have modern woodworking machinery and equipment throughout. . • U. S. Building Industry Can Handle Work The United States building industry is big enough so that it won't have to expand substantially to construct the 810,000 government-financed dwelling units authorized by the Housing Act of 1949, R. H. Morris, publisher of American Builder, the oldest and most widely circulated building magazine, said. Public housing construction is to be spread out over a 6-year period, for an average of 135,000 houses and apartments a year. The business journal publisher pointed out that this number equals only about l/7th of the building industry's capacity. The industry erected 930,000 dwelling units last year, according to the bureau of labor statistics. Another factor in the ability or the building industry to assimilate the additional work is that the number o£ builders in the United States has increased about i since 1939, Mr. Morris said. 46,074 Contractors Latest department of commerce figures show a total of 46,074 "building - general contractors." This is the first official count since 1939, when there were approximately 39,000 builders in this category- In addition, there are about 3,600 "operative" builders, those who build houses almost exclusively on speculation, making a total of nearly 50,000. "This puts an end to a controversial question," Mr. Morris said. "One school has pictured the residential building industry as dominated by a multitude of small operators who piece houses together by handicraft methods. ""At the opposite extreme are those who have been insisting that about 6,000 large operative builders do 80 per cent of the home building. Obviously, both these positions are false. The official report indicates that the truth is midway between the 2 extremes." Each Hires The 46,074 general builders were hiring an average of 14 em- ployes each at the time the department of commerce figures were compiled. Only 1.9 per cent was 19. Although building "starts" are reported, rather than buildings completed, the numbers generally are considered to be approximaie- y the same. Fire Damages Cargo Northwood—Lee Clark of Perry drove a blazing truck into Northwood and stopped at the fire station to have it extinguished. The fire started in the cargo of 6,000' paper sacks for lime fertilizer enroute from Perry to Minneapolis. It. took more than an hour to unload most of the truck to extinguish the smouldering blaze. The truck body and a tire were damaged and the cargo was nearly a total loss. BRUCE FLOOR CLEANER NO MORE SCRUBBING! • Get Your House Numbers Here • BOOMHOWER HARDWARE of the builders had 100 employes or more, while 42.7 per cent employed fewer than 4 persons each The average numoer of buildings started by each contractor J. C. PUTH CO. 202J North Federal Phone 989 Read* &>' Winter BANK LOAN Larson FURNACE CO. First National Bank of Mason City, Iowa 3 15th Street N. W. PHONE Mason City NEW 2 BEDROOM HOMES built on your lot or ours $1,000 down— Less for Vets. F.H.A. or G.I. Financed. Payments $40 to $50 per month. Not Prefabricated or Pre-Cut. Special reduced prices on other models. Buy now and move in, in 90 days or less. Call 5G22-W Day or Evening STODDARD Construction Co. You g*t moi» hecrt from every drop of oil with Duo-Therm's exclusive Dual Chamber Burner! Burns clean at ail settings. Quiel— no moving parta. And built oversize to guarantee you ^ extra warmth on the extra-cold days when you need it! You s«4 mor* value because every dollar buys double when you buy a Duo-Therm Hepplewhite console! It's more than a superb heater—it's a magnificent furniture piece that beaidifiea your home with fine period styling and rich' mahogany fmishl Exclusive Duo-Therm Power-Air Blower—available at slight extra cost—saves up to 25% on fuel billsl Often pays for itself in a single heating season. More than a million owriers heat with Duo-Therm fuel oQ | appliances... why take less than America's most popular heater for your home? Easy Terms. 10% Down — 24 Months to Pay MASON CITY APPLIANCE THESE BEAUTIFUL 2-8EDROOM CAPP-HOMES NOT PREFABRICATED OR SECTIONAL- CONSTRUCTED OF ALL WESTERN LUMBER QUANTITY AND QUALITY FULLY GUARANTEED The 24x32 North Star YOUR OWN PLAN—We will custom build or pre-cut your home to any plan or design you desire. It is not necessary for you to use our designs. Meets all F.H.A. Building requirements CUSTOM BUILT ,,._.,««^r. an ^T* aU ™ $2,589 PRE-CUT ,.,..... . ...,.,.,....: $2,389 You have many choices of different windows, doors, and exterior designs (horizontal bar windows optional). We FURNISH and CONSTRUCT all floor joist?, bridging and sub-flooring; erect all outside walls, install all windows, frames, WEATHER-STRIPPING and hardware; hang and fit all outside doors, frames and hardware; erect the bearing partition, ceiling joists, roof rafters, collar ties, "A" bracing; cut out basement stair well and sheath the entire building. And we still furnish you 210-asphalt thick butt roofing shingles, all lap siding or DOUBLE COURSED PROCESSED CEDAR SHAKE (PAINTED), felt paper, nil Inside doors, frames and hnrdwnre, all partition lumber ALREADY CUT ready for erection. BEST QUALITY AND WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED. If you prefer, we can furnish such items as flooring, sheet rock. Inside trim, plumbing and heating. Meet!? nil F.IT.A. building requirements. COME IN, OR WRITE FOR INFORMATION Also 2-3 Bedroom Cape Cod Homes in 1 and The 2^30, story Morning Star - NO OBLIGATION Stories in all Sizes and Designs 211 SO, FEDERAL STORE PHONE 1103 207 !/2 NORTH FEDERAL J. B. YOUNGBLOOD & SON, REALTORS Established in 1003 MASON CITY FOR WOqD FLOORS AND LftJOLEUM Design Your Own Linoleum Tile Floor SAVE InstsH !i Yourself 16 9" x 9" Tile Almost no limit to the imart, colorful designs you can have with Armstrong'* Jaspa Linoleum Tile. We'll help you with designs- and show you how to install it yourself. MIER WOLF SONS SAME WTH Lowe Brothers 2-COAT SXSTtNV for both new" Work,' and repainting /. Start with HIGH STANDARD ^ PRIMER For founda- ,, ti0 n coat. It m "holds fast GAU and seals well- '*> 2. finish witt HIGH STANDARD HOUSE PAINT it spre ads A7 evenly — cov- rtlt <jrg solidly— GAL. -wears longer. GURRIES 20 E. State Phone \1

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