The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 31, 1967 · Page 16
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Ready To Turn On GAS Service In 4 Area Towns ***'' |1» i mpM^L appearing often on the rolls are residents of New York, Pennsylvania and California. Shares of Northern are available to anyone with a mind to buy them. They are traded daily on the New York and Midwest Stock Exchanges. On The Farm Rapid «dvanc«m»rtt In firming productivity h«« strongly (alt the Influence of LP Gat. Countleti operation! are now being performed better and falter with LP G«. And In Industry, Too Natural gas service in four area communities, Fenton, Lone Rock, Wesley and Ringsted, will be turned on (or already has been) within the next few days as all four will be served by North Central Public Service Co. of Algona. The photos above were snapped near valves which will be turned when service actually starts. At the left, Jack Quinn, left, representing the mayor of Lone Rock, Bob Nielsen, mayor or Ringsted, and Walt Baade, Titonka, representative of North Central, are pictured at the site where Ringsted, Fenton and Lone Rock's service will begin. At the right, Norbert Hilbert, Wesley town marshal, Mayor John Richter of Wesley and Mr. Baade, left to right, are shown by the big valve which will start natural gas running through pipes there. Household, Commercial Uses Of Natural Gas Seven energetic "servants" walk up to every home — when natural gas flows into town. The "servants" are ready to cook your meals, heat your rooms in winter or cool them in summer, keep hot water on tap, dry your laundry, light your yard and burn your garbage. All of their sen-ices are automatic, clean and dependable. . . and economical. More than 37,4 million American homes enjoy natural gas service with cooking and heating the most popular uses. Central air conditioners, incinerators and lawn lights-keep growing in popularity, too. Natural gas ranges have modernized cooking to unbelievable ease and accuracy. Gas heat responds instantly to the flick of the knob. Latest refinements in ranges include thermostatic top burner, rotisseries, griddles and burners that turn themselves off when cooking time has elapsed, and keep-warm ovens which hold a full meal for hours without over-cooking. Anyone who has shoveled coal, hauled ashes, or forgotten to order fuel oil will appreciate the simplicity of natural gas house heating. And its no coincidence that you can turn the faucet any time and find water hot for dishes, bath or laundry because gas maintains the supply perpetually. Gas dryers make clotheslines obsolete. Gas air conditioners, combined with furnaces, provide year-around weather protection with one compact piece of equipment. Incinerators are odorless, quick disposers of waste, eliminating messy garbage cans and backyard trash burners. And gas lights, with their soft moonlight radiance, bring back the traditional charm of a gracious past to modern patio living. Natural gas has done more than relieve home life of wearisome toil. It can help boost a whole community to'the status-of^ a commercial and industrial c'eli- ter. Gas provides heat needed for commercial establishments, office buildings, stores, hotels, hospitals and greenhouses. As a source of energy it powers electric generators, bakes brick and tile, dries grain and cement, runs the cookers in food processing plants and plays a key role in transforming iron in taconite rock to pellets for use in steel mills. In still another application to industry, natural gas becomes the raw material from which other important products are made fertilizers, plastics, resins and solvents. Comfortable homes, efficient small businesses, huge factories follow the path of natural gas. Community potential comes with the pipeline. Converting the po- tential into reality is the task for local initiative. Conversion Is Quick Way To Home Gas Heat The simplest and quickest method of turning a house into a gas-heated home is by installing a conversion burner. Any house with a central heating system using some other fuel can normally be converted to gas with a minimum of installation work and often in less than a day's time. The gas conversion burner is a compact heating plant in itself and when installed in the furnace, utilizes the existing duct-work to distribute heat throughout the house. The conversion job can be done quickly by anexperiencedheating contractor. He first removes the old fuel burner or stoker from the furnace and then modifies the opening to accommodate the new gas burner. A gas line is connected from the burner to the outside service line and a thermostat is installed in the living area of the home to complete the job. The homeowner need only set the thermostat to the desired temperature and his new gas heating unit does the rest. Because of its low cost and easy installation, the conversion burner is especially attractive to 'budget-conscious homeowners who want the superior performance of gas heat for a modest investment. Patron Safety Concern Of Gas Company To assure the customer of the safety of natural gas, great efforts are expended by your local natural gas distributor. Natural gas itself is colorless and odorless. Odorless, that is, until a chemical is added to the gas which gives it a distinct aroma. This safety necessity is adhered to by the local utility before the gas is distributed to users. One teacup of this chemical will odorize the gas used by the average customer for three years. It is so potent that gas can be detected when the ratio to air is less than one percent. This is an important safety factor, since it takes a four to fourteen per cent ratio of gas to air for ignition. " Even though the mixture of gas to air is ignitible, it still takes a source of heat from 1,000 to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit to ignite the gas. Natural gas is non-poisonous and, therefore, can be inhaled. To prove this, four men played cards for two hours in a room that contained 25 percent natural gas. They emerged with no ill effects. Not only is the safety record for natural gas excellent, but the same applies to those who work in the natural gas industry. Recent American Gas Association figures reveal that although the utility and pipeline employment has increased by 25 per cent since 1948, the industry's safety record has improved 63 per cent. Northern Natural Gas Com- pany, the pipeline firm that supplies gas to your local utility, maintains intricate and modern facilities to see that the gas it conveys is the cleanest, safest and most efficient. These plants, located near the gas fields in the Southwest, remove such elements as water, hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide from the gas before it is transported through thousands of miles of pipe. Northern Firm Has Total Of 29,000 Owners Northern Natural Gas Company is regulated in its rates and expansion by the Federal Power Commission, but the company's real bosses are private persons- some 29,000 holders of the corporation's stock. They have staked its ventures with their personal funds and elect directors to see that their goals are achieved. In other words, while it operates within the framework of federal, rules, Northern is not a public utility. It is, instead a true example of private enterprise. Many Northern shareholders would be right at home in the 1,000 Midwestern cities and towns served by the corporation's 21,600 miles of gas-carrying arteries. A very large group (6,000) owns fewer than 25 common shares apiece, with an average investment of less than $700. Women outnumber men ten to seven on the stock record books. All rely on their invested savings to pay them a reasonable return. It would be difficult to hold a reunion of the entire family of Northern owners. They would have to come from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries. The eight states in Northern's market area account for 9,000 common stockholders. Nebraska tops the region with 3,350. Also Approximately every 100 miles along Northern Natural Gas Company's pipeline system are compressor plants like this. At these plants the gas is cleaned, compressed and cooled before being sent back into the pipeline. Switching to the the convenience of gas GAS? GIVE YOUR WIFE A BREAK! In the multitude of work the housewife must do, cooking and doing the laundry consume the most time. Give your wife a break - allow her more time with the family and her other work - by installing a new gas range and clothes dryer in your Lome. For dependable and economical gas appliances, you can't beat MAYTAG GAS DRYERS, MAGIC CHEF GAS RANGES and GENERAL ELECTRIC GAS DRYERS. All available now at... North Iowa Appliance Center PITY THE PIOHEfRS! X 310 E. STATE ALGONA, IOWA PHONE 295-3818 They didn't have the advantage of these GAS appliances: •MONARCH GAS RANGES •MONOGRAM GAS SPACE HEATERS •MAYTAG GAS DRYERS • MONOGRAM GAS WALL FURNACES •CALORIC GAS RANGES • MONOGRAM GAS DIRECT-VENT HEATERS • MAGIC CHEF GAS RANGES • MONARCH GAS FURNACES For complete lines of these fine gas appliances, visit Beed Hardware in Titonka. Quality gas appliances at the lowest prices in the area ! BEED HARDWARE "SERVICE SPECIALISTS" PHONE 928-2127 TITONKA, IOWA »,^y*,t*.,#»,.^. ,„ j,. ^ _^

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