Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on May 23, 1939 · Page 6
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 6

Estherville, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 23, 1939
Page 6
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..... ^ VINDICATOR AM) REPUBLICAN, ESTHEEVILLE, IOWA, TUBSDAf , MAY 23, 1939 Keller Sums Up Projects Forty-three persons have been until last week, employed on three Works Progress Administration projects in Emmet county, according to a special report released recently by George J. Keller, state WPA administrator. "One construction project provided jobs for 38 workmen "certified" by the county relief office as in need of WPA employment, and two "non-certified" supervisors. Two non-construction, or professional and service, projects employed two men and one woman, all certified workers. C. F. Koebrick, area engineer stationed at Spencer, represents WPA on all construction projects in Emmet county while Mrs. Gladys Hudson of Council Bluffs serves in a similar capacity on the non-construction projects. Since its inception in the fall of 1935, there has been spent on | the WPA program in Emmet county a total of $116,216 of which $85,700 has been in federal • funds and $30,456 has been in funds of the various sponsors. Rural Roads Emmet county's rural roads have received nearly three times r.s much money as has the next larg-est project in the county. To date the expenditure totals $42, 613 of which $25,695 has been in federal funds and $16,918 has been in county funds. For that sum the county has acquired: New graveled roads, 36 miles, and regraveled roads, 47; cleared and grubbed roads, 5 miles; new culverts and bridges, 17; rock quarried and stockpiled, 741 cubic yards. The first project opened in December, 1935 providing for graveling nine miles of roads in four townships. Seven others followed, the last one being closed on July 26, 1938. Present Construction Latest construction embraced building of four maintenance garages for county road machinery in Estherville, Dolliver, Ringsted, and Hoprig. The structures are to be 24 by 40 feet with 12 by 24 foot basements for heating plants; of brick and tile on concrete foundations. Work started in September, 1938. and provided work for 3S certified workmen and tw 0 non- certified foremen WPA has allocated a maximum of $11,228 for the four buildings while the county- has pledged $8,959. Estherville Improvements Largest of the Estherville improvements has been the rive*front project started in November, 1935, and continued until April 12, 1937. Plans provided for the raising of the river bank levees, riprapping banks, straightening • he channel above the bridge, removing old dams and use of the lock for riprapping. The park area was improved, old trees removed r.nd stumps buried. Work was resumed in JuljT 1938, under an additional allocation of funds providing for completing the levee work, installing drainage structures, and doing much landscaping and beautification work. The quota reduction caused another closing of the project on April 11, 1939. Federal expenditure totaled $27,746 and local cost was $1 ,133. One of the Estherville school gymnasiums was made over into a recreational center during the spring and summer of 1936. Ceilings and walls were cleaned and refinished; seating rearranged and floor sanded and refinished. Federal cost was $1,289 and cost in school district funds, $1,456. The storm sewer, 4,200 feet along the west side of the M. & Sa. L. tracks, was cleaned out during tie winter of 1936-37, at a federal cost of $1,264 and city cost of $52L Hayes street west of Oak Hill cemetery was graded for a length of 860 feet, entailing the moving of 915 cubic yards of earth. The work was done during the autumn of 1936, and cost in federal funds $1,047 and $116 in local funds. Defiance State Park The Iowa State Conservation Commission opened development of the Fort Defiance state park early in the spring of 1936, contemplating further trail building, grubbing, clearing of weeds and noxious shrubs, and riprapping; Wild life shelters and feeding grounds were built and rustic fences and. buildings repaired. In September, 1937, aditional funds were allocated to the park work enabling the commission to im prove the roads and drainage structures and trails; construct entrance portals; install water lines and drinking fountains; plant trees and shrubs, and ex tend landscaping. Work was terminated in July, 1938, at a fed[feral cost of $11,601 and cost to the conservation commission of $3,183. The Iowa State Planning Board operated, with the biological survey, a project in Emmet county for the restoration and conservation and conservation of wild life resources. Work was carried on from April 1, to November 25, 1936, at a federal cost of $4,138 and sponsor's cost of $4,487. During May and June of the same year, the planning board prosecuted the survey of lakes and streams in the county. In September the men were transferred to the biological survey and the project terminated at an expenditure of $3,155 in federal funds. Professional and Service Largest of the professional and service projects has been the coun ty sewing room that opened in Estherville in December, 1935, and continued until March 15, 1937. During that period a total federal expenditure of $6,655 and county expenditure of $523, afforded production of the following output: Men's garments, 128; women's garments, 253; boys' garments, 472; girls' garments, 709; infants' garment, 236; household articles, 854. A total of 6,881 yards of goods were consumed. Products of the sewing rooms are distributed to the county's needy by the relief office, or to state-supported institutions. During the three months following March 15, 1937, the Emmet county schools operated a project for repairing and indexing school books in the schools of the county. Total cost of the service came to $1,049 in federal money. The business and industrial survey was conducted by the planning board and completed" in time for the tabulations to be made available to the 1937 legislature. The I. E. R. A. survey of surplus commodities was completed and continued as the distribution of commodities, .which is employing one cer tified man in the county at present. The War Records Survey operated in Emmet county as a county unit of the state-wide project, and employed one man and one woman, both certified. "The operation of the WPA program in Emmet county has had a two-fold result," Keller explained in concluding his report. "Its most important purpose, of course, has been the providing of gainful employment to relief persons who might otherwise have been dependent on the county for their entire subsistence. The second major benefit is the material gains accruing to the various sponsors as a result of their co-operation in providing projects on which the workers could be employed." V.R. IOWA LIQUOR SALES SHOW MARKED DECLINE Synopsis er her chair said: When the wealthy foster parents * You wouldn't razyer I'd take of Marjorie Wetherill both die she finds a letter telling that she has a twin sister, that she was adopted when her own parents couldn't afford to support both of them and that her real name is Dorothy Gay. Alone in the world, but with a fortune of her own, she considers looking up her own family whom she has never seen. A neighbor, Evan Brower, tries to argue her out of it and teQs her le loves her and asks her to marry him. She promises to think it over but decides first to see her family. She goes to their address, finds that they are destitute and gradually persuades them to accept things they need. When the doctor calls to see her mother she notices that he seems particularly interested in her sister. Marjorie goes to church in Brentwood, where her family used to live, and becomes very much interested in the young minister there. She then sees the nice home there that her family had owned and determines to buy it back for them. She consults a lawyer and makes plans to purchase it in order to give it to her father as s Christmas present. Liquor sales in Estherville for April decreased as did sales in 148 out of the 170 liquor stores in Iowa. During the month of March local sales totaled $5,443.99. Last month they fell to $5,643.66. State total for March was $995,063.35 and for April, $949*779.45. This was a decrease of $45,283.90. Comparing Estherville with [cities of approximately the same population shows Estherville sales to be somewhat lower. Spencer had sales totaling $9,562.64 for the month of ApriL Emmetsburg liquor sales totaled $6,661.09 during ApriL Webster City sales totaled $6,813.01. Des Moines led the cities in liquor sales. April sales totaled $51,27555. Sioux City was second high with a total dnring April of $50,219.83. One-ninth of the liquor sales of Iowa during April were made in these two cities. Thirty-first Installment Then the other two of the party arrived. A small dark girl with no back to her dress. The man with her was overweight with a bulging stomach and heavy bags under his small eyes. But the eyes twinkled when they saw Betty. He kept them on her a full minute and she felt as if he had seen into her soul. She barely kept herself from shuddering. She loathed him. He wore an enormous diamond on his little finger. Another in his tie. His lips were thick and fulsome. The floor show that was presently put on was almost a relief to Betty, though in spite of its glitter she was soon disgusted with the girls. After the show Ellery asked the other girl if she would like to dance. Left alone with the other man Betty was terribly frightened. But she mustn't'let him see it, of course. She must try to think of something to talk about until El lery came back, and then she would demand that he take her home at once. But she couldn't think of a thing to say, and the man was looking at her. She hated that The man asked her to dance, but she shook her head. "Thank you, no, I don't feel like dancing," she said languidly. He offered her cigarettes but she shook her head. He looked at her puzzledr "What are you, anyway? Don't wantta dance, don't wantta smoke, don't wantta drink. Guess you're a kind of a frost aren't you " "Yes," said Betty trying to keep her lips from- trembling, "that's what I am, a frost! That's what Fm trying to be—a frost!" He gave her another puzzled look. "You're deep! That's what you are, you're deep!" he decided "Yes," said Betty quickly. "I'm deep. I'm deep water frozen over! "Well," said the man lifting his weight and moving his chair nearer—to her, "I've got to look into this." " "111 tell you what you can do," she said with a shaky little voice that was trying to be gay, "you go and find Ellery Aiken for me and tell hhn Fve been taken sick. Tell him I want him right away!" He stared at her a minute ana laughed. "Is this some joke?" he asked. He wasn't exceedingly keen or he would have seen that she was frightened. But then he had been drinking freely and he was somewhat foggy in his peceptions. "No!" she said sharply. "Ifs true!" I'm sick! Get Ellery for me quick!" He studied her stupidly another minute and then he said: "All rightie, darling, if you shay its sho it mnsht be sho! Pll do my besht!" He ,got up and tottered off, but then to her horror he turned back again and leaning ov- you hinie, m-shelf ?" "No, thank you!" she said draw- tag a deep breath and feeling suddenly faint. The world seemed [whirling under her. But he went off and was lost among the dancers. Her estimate of EUery had gone down a good deal, yet she was glad to see his familiar form wending its way toward her, even though unsteadily. Wha's the matter, Baby? Did- n*ya like the millionaire I got for ya, darling? Poor fish been taking too many drinks. FQ get ya *nu£h- er fella*" "Xo, no! EUery. I want to go home! Pm sick!" she shuddered and certainly did look sick. 'Aw, Baby! Dont get harsh with me! rm your own dear El lery! Yon wouldn't do that to jme! Come on, Baby! Have it your own way then. Well go home!" Ellery was really drunk. "She wasn't used to drunken men. She didn't know what strange things they could do. But when she saw the car start off with a leap and a shock she was more frightened than she had,ever been in her life. They were going as such a wild pace now that Betty felt that every moment might be her .last. Past red lights they dashed on and the tears rolled down Betty's cheeks as she gripped the seat ana tried to keep her balance. . "Here! Here! Isn't this Aster Street? Yes, let's stop here! This will do nicely." "This it? Okay by me! Let's fjust park awhile an' get a little sleep, Baby!" said the gallant knight bringing his car up to the curb with such a flourish that he mounted the curb and headed right into the pole that held the street sign. Betty thought the end was coming and she had a wild thought of her mother, wondering \ who would tell her. The next second came the shock and she was thrown to her knees with her head {against the dashboard of the car, stunned for the minute. Then her senses returned, , and she could (hear Ellery talking, apologizing over and over to the sign post. Frightened and bruised and trembling, Betty managed to get the car door open and stumble out to the street. • She looked wildly back at Ellery, but he was unconscious of her presence. Already he was drawing long loud breaths in n drunken sleep. Then she fled up the dark street. , Keith Sheridan t coming home that evening from a hard drive which had taken at last with a sigh of relief. He* was tired out and needed a good night's rest. As he turned a corner he noticed a car ahead of him being crazily driven, turning a corner on two 'wheels and tearing madly away. A block farther on the same car. came around another corner him, and he barely avoided a collision. He swerved away from the catastrophe and looked ahead to where the car was dashing up on the sidewalk. He heard the crash of the pole and the splintered glass of a windshield, heard a girl's voice cry out in fear, and then silence! . Quickly he drove to the spot to*, see if anyone was hurt He stopped his car and listened. He heard a man talking, but there seemed to [be no girl, and he was about to drive on, when suddenly he saw a stealthy form like a shadow slip out the other door of the car and topple up the street in the shao- ow of the houses. He started his car slowly again and followed watching. And now Betty was aware of a car, and tried to hurry faster. 'Blindly she ran, then caught her toe in a brick of the pavement and fell prostrate. For a minute the breath was knocked from her body so that she ,thought she was dying, and then she felt someone lift her, and she froze with horror again. Had Ellery run after her arid caught her? Oh, she wished that she had died! Rather anything than to be in his power again. The doctor lifted her very tenderly and looked into her face, gently lifted one of her eyelids, and in the flare of a street light Betty suddenly recognized him. "Oh, Doctor, Doctor, you won't tell Mother, will you?" she gasped. "It would kill Mother to know I had done this!" And suddenly Betty burst into a flood of tears and buried her face in the breast of the doctor's big fur-lined overcoat. • "Betty! Is it you, dear child!" The doctor's voice was very tender, and he held her close in his arms and instant looking quickly up and down the street. He quickly strode w^th her in his arms to his car, and put her in. "You won't tell Mother!" pleaded I etty between the sobs. "No, of course not, dear child! . Now tell me about it!" "Oh—I went out—with a young man from the office-r-1 thought he was all right—He was going to take me to a night club!" Betty was talking very fast," trying to get her breath and tell a coherent story, but her sobs interrupted wiiivu IBQ uaKen him into the I sto: country on a road that had a long 'her. rough detour, turned into the city CONTINUED THURSDAY •NSION $1.39 POCKET AND WRIST WATCHES *!.OOto *3.95 ALARM CLOCKS '1.00to*2.95 ON THE DIAL NAGGING BACKACHE M.IN War \i lion niiri'i W-i^U-Lt I:' Modern life with to hurry and-vent htaduhe. dining. —_ Jag and drinking, exposure, contuton.'era? _ vXSiS'-'S™'?!. °a**r th« MS 4 • rtk - 8SST 1 iJ^JZ: After eoMa, ferer and itailar m- _. to —*• '

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