News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida on November 17, 1959 · Page 46
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News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida · Page 46

Fort Myers, Florida
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Tuesday, November 17, 1959
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4-1 Fort Myers (Da.) X-s-rr, TwdT, Nov. 17, list flew Building Being Pushed In Downtown ; Bank and Shopping ! Centers fo Greet Winter Visitors One of the most extensive face liftinsr operations in years is tak in pr place alongr Fort Myers' main business arteries, presenting a fre.h fac this fall to winter visitors. ; Three major projects dominate the scene a new home for the First National Bank on First! Street and two new shopping enters the B & B Supermar-' ket's completed one' on Palm Bea-h Boulevard and Boulevard) Plaza on McGregor. r- j The bank job is costing a con- j servative half-million dollars, the ; ; Boulevard Plaza in excess of a! ! mill ion and B & B has spent nearly $100,000 on its store alone. 1 Other Improvements Scores of other businesses have j leiii. or are spending thousands of dollars in. modernization and renovation along- the main streets in the business section, with new paint, glass and tile fronts giving a fresh look. Two new office buildings are planned one by Heitman Properties Inc. across from the new bank building and one on the old Vivas homestead just north of there on Royal Palm a Dlock off Edwards Drive. NTot the leart of the modernizations under way is interior work at the Lee County Bank testing in excess) of ?40,C-00. Tile mosaics depict Gen. Robert E. Lee on his steed in the enlarged lobby. Space was made available by moving bookkeeping offices upstairs. Stores which have modernized during: the summer and fall are Kosiner's Royal Palm Travel Ajrency, Royal Palm Pharmacy, McCrory'i, Evans-Park, Fremacs and Diana Shops, all in the Mil ler Building; Sears, M. Flossie Hill. H. Gluckman Jewelers Ar cade Cigar Store and the Bradford Hotel across the street; Fox- worthy Furniture and Mickey's on J ackson Street; Barber Furniture "on Cleveland; Leone's Shoe Store.' Wimberly Drugs and the Shoe Fair. , Furthern Renovations ' Renovations are expected to he completed soon at Jack Brown's photo shop and Shrem's novelty shop. Other new buildings are the. Mellor Building on Jackson and the Jackson-Main building on the corner a block off First. In addition, the Little Theater has been completely remodeled and air-conditioned. A new busings association called Downtown Fort Myers Inc. is spurring on the improvements in order to continue the business section's economic health in the fice of the imminent opening of : the- shopping centers. ' - The association was formed from the old Merchants Division of the Lee County Chamber of Commerce. The association was instrumental in securinsr new bus service for the city which now operates up to 12 trips daily over four routes to the city limits. It is called City of Palms Bus Line Inc. -A UATCHE E RIVER J . ri tJl tV m' 1 spw-.os oftivi ilUi j Parking Lot J n - . .' i L 1. JJlJ U j .!. T . ... . . TST , . C 11 " ',, "I U 'i J l! Jil i?LJJL A H . ' ' " V hi if ir 'i li City of Fort Myers, Florida One -Way Traffic Plan t9W Advertising Coum!(V Ft Mvr Flo Housewives Neb Sleeping Drunks WOE IS HE! JfORMAN, Okla. (ft - Some davs It pays to stay in bed. Don C. Welch had a Cat on one of his cars I fin4 riA fi veA i . . - . . OSAKA. Janan. (V !!.-.! "v "S rauroaa . ' . ! ck a noie was knocked in the wives here have an effective oil pan. The oil drailed out and j method of clearing their neigh- the motor was ruined. While push-I borhood of drunks at night Vol- j inS the auto with hii second car. j unteer stretcher squads of wives! ?! throtUe linka came loose -pick up sleeping drunks and take! them to police call boxes. The! rw,,, TTT. ! ,t , tiectncity and electrical equip- women say results have been ex- ment caused 20 per cent of all client. i U. S. fires in 1957. , Visitors Welcome "WHERE KIDS PLAY TOGETHER" SAMTIN'S GOAT FARM Certified Herd Buckingham Ft. Myers, Fla. THE MIDAS MUFFLER SHOP OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS LOCATED IM FORT MYERS! C5K!!HSiSii?l J DWiVf RIGHT IN- For Fast Muffler Installation J mammmuummmM 3 FACTORY WRITTEN CUARAHTEI OR THI IIFHIMI Of YOUR CAR GOOD AT MIDAS MUFFLER SHOPS FROM COAST-TO-COAST 5- ONE-WAY - TRAFFIC. Recently inaugurated was a one-way traffic plan in downtown Fort Myers to alleviate congestion and facilitate movement. First Street is for eastbound traffic from Monroe to Fowler; Second Street, westbound from Fowler to Anderson; Edward Drive, Bay and Main Streets are two-way. On cross streets, Monroe Is northbound from Anderson to First; Broadway southbound from First to Anderson; Hendry, northbound from Anderson to Kdwards Drive and Jackson, southbound from Edwards Drive to Anderson. DRIVE RIGHT OUT- In Quiet Comfort M - - fe 'trTr,M " GOOD NEWS . . . Whether you are a tourist or an established resident, the Midas Muffler Shop is right here in Fort 31yers, j5 Florida. You're MORE GOOD NEWS V hnng it to Midas for a new muffler Mkn installation. AND . . , It's guaranteed for the life of your car. WWJ 1533 JACKSON ST. FORT MYERS, FLORIDA I .f :pWlWWWWWBRWV 3f f11 IITmillnin MJJlJl CWlfnsiWumi iyJ- hi si f i -jmn iiiiiii M' -1 if, 4 . tr -. John Quincy Adam was president of the United States when Webster's dictionary first was published. .1 r " i-ini i ' (iv ' - f . ; - v K.-- 1 ' i I ' :.':' ,-'i' . . .tfr ' 'fill f? 1 . 1 ; -N 4 U GIANT SAWFISH. This monster specimen was landed on a rod and reel from the bridge at Fort Myers Beach by Ralph Ganter of Jefferson, Ohio. mmm t BW SM -vam iver view stes?rBui? . . overlooking the beautiful Caloosariatchee River Home For The Chronic, Senile and Convalescent t ' ! ' ' V I l2 Mile West of City Limits 3 on McGregor Blvd. (Beach Road) The staff of the River V-w Restorium is under the supervision of a Regis , ...c cu;:;..ieni ot river iew rNesTonum is adequate tor tr neeos ana comfort ot the Datients with the ec ie nhn ftf nner41nn n4 X-Ray equipment. Our rooms are large and well heated, comfortably furnished, wi twin or hospital beds and with connecting baths. Theood served rs the best that can be obtained, and is home cooked . to delicious goodness. All patients are under the care of the Physician of their choice. All Medications and Doctors Bill are Extra. RATES .FOR ROOM, BOARD AND NURSING'CARE . . . Private Room $12 Per Day Semi Private for bed patients $65 Per Week 3 or 4 Bedroom ! :.. ' Per Week FOR FULL INFORMATION. WRITE: Mr. Everett Bennett, Mgr. Inez Bennett, R.N. P. O, Box 748 .. . or Phone EDison 5-9481 Fort Myers, Florida Ann Werner Is Colli a Pastor, Dancing Teacher Unity Leader ' Was once Voice Of 'Betty Boop' An attractive lady preacher teaches dancing here Mrs. Ann L. Werner, diminutive, black-hair ed widow who is pastor of the Un ity Church of Christianity at La fayette Street and Grand Avenue. She weighs 97 pounds. She agrees that teaching dancing is an unusual sideline for a preach er but says that her church doesn't consider it a sin and believes in letting members do that which they I feel ig good. "Dancing is good for "health," she said. "It gives grace, poise and is an exercise for the brain as well as for the body in carrying out of steps." Along the same line, the church doesn't consider smoking or drinking good for health but doesn't order members to stop, said Mrs. Werner who neither smokes nor drinks herself. She is also a vegetarian because she believes a meatless diet more healthful. Voice of Betty Boop Mrs. Werner was a dancer before she became a preacher. Born of Russian parentage, she grew up in New York City, sbecame a "baby" star in 1923, was a dancer and comedienne for years on the RKO vaudeville circuit, and was the "voice" for Betty Boop Paramount cartoons for 12 years. She got interested in the Unity wnen prayers oi memoers ncipea a v girl friend sell a piano in the de-' I pression days of 1933 and became ! I' snld whan oho TanHrv o c--i I. son's stage bookings shortly afterward following prayers on her own behalf, She says the church also believes in healing through prayer and that miracles have been performed in Fort Myers in restoring members to health. ' Her husband, who died 11 years ago, was a vice president of Consolidated Edison and they retired to Florida in 1912, settling first at Bradenton, then moving to St. Petersburg. She was licensed in 1951 and dispatched to minister the Fort I Myers church. j "My salary was only $50 a month I and actually my dancing classes ; have helped augument my in-1 come," she said. Now that her sal ary is up to 5120 a month, the board of directors wants her to devote full time to church work, . she said. Teaches Children She teaches tap and Hawaiian dancing to boys and girls from 2 to 16 year old. Her students have presented many popular shows at meetings of various organizations here. Mrs. Werner says acquisition of ; the church building here was a mir- I acle of sorts. ' It was built origin- 1 U.. 4.U. t ..LI , 5 ujr me uuierans wno nave since built a new church on McGregor Boulevard and were persuaded to sell the Grand and Lrihy- Hie properly for IM) dWn, h ance $100 a. month. "We paid the last installment in February .and were never late with a single payment,", said Mrs. Werner. ihere are about 33 members in .the congregation here, she said, if" Dlus manv vicitm-c anil I.- . ...... wiu autciiuaxiuc in season by winter resident members. The Unity movement was launched (Uml 1887 :it Kansas fily by Myrtle and Charles Fillmore and now has churches all over the world, Mrs. Werner said. Headquarters are at Lee's Summit, Mo., known as the Unity School of Christianity. "Kit ,wwi ' --, ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' I .... . . - I; L s , .www I - l t II i il In ' I W!, i. - AJi- ' ,V . r l' E M I rvvVr,':;. w t xV'vHrTr SSyJ1' 1 I - CiieeliTIiese PLUS SilWfCiS : Some of the outstanding reasons why you are vise to buy lumber Materials through us. Free Delivery within 50 miles Aid in Selecting Contractors we know will fit YOUR NEED And of Course: Prices are Always Most Reasonable . . . Quality The Finest Of Its Grade! 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