fjCU?^^ Good Sign For Ottawa In Thosfe Road Signs By ROBERT B. WELLINGTON Though you would be lost without them, few people pay much attention to the signs along our highways. We are used to them and accept them as a matter of course. But the increasing number of signs could be a gold mine for the Ottawa Steel Division of Young Spring & Wire Corp. The local plant has completed work on its pilot model of a Hydra-Mobile designed to be used as a sign maintainer. Ed Johnson, equipment division vice president and general manager of the plant here, looks at it this way: "The State of North Carolina, neither the largest nor the smallest in the nation, reported recently it has about a million highway signs. It replaces some 90,000 signs a year. Proper maintenance of these signs, we believe, will reduce the replacements and save taxpayers' money." Using this as a basis, the local plant has developed the Hydra-Mobile which is a multi-purpose machine. It can be mounted on any truck chassis of 20,000 gross vehicle weight. Basically, the Hydra-Mobile is an 1,000-gallon water tank. It also has an hydraulically - operated, man - lift basket on an ISO-degree rotating tower. The basket can be lifted 25 feet in the air. Here is how the Hydra-Mobile is used, as Johnson explains it: Mounted on a state truck, it goes down the highway until it comes for example, to a turnpike intersection. Pulled up to an overhead sign, the crew aboard puts a man in the basket. With controls so simple a child can operate them, the basket is raised to the overhead sign. The operator then unhooks what looks like an ordinary plastic garden hose. He pushes a button and squirts the sign with warm water mixed with a detergent. After the sign is cleaned, the operator pushed another button, and changes the mixture and Bquirts the sign with water and wax. This puts a film of wax on the sign which protects it from the elements. If he wants, the operator can push a third button which mixes water with a soil sterilizer. He can use this mixture to squill around the base of the sign or along guard rails where the highway mowers can't reach. It is these areas where weeds grow, obscuring signs and collecting debris, which now must be cut and removed by hand. There is even a fourth button which can mix water with an in sect control chemical which maintenance men can use to squirt pools of water along highways where mosquitoes might collect and breed. When the job is done, the bas- NEW PRODUCT at Ottawa Steel is the Hyra-Mobile. Here Wally Leecy is shown in basket which is hooked to truck. Ed Johnson, general manager, looks at unit which heats water for 1,000 gallon tank. (Herald Photos). ket is lowered to the truck, locked into place and the truck moves on to the next job. There also is a rack on the Hydra- Mobile which can be used for storing replacement signs. In addition, an optional gadget which can be purchased with the Hydra-Mobile is a paint sprayer in case the operator wants to touch up the sign. Johnson explains that the water is heated by an exchanger which is hooked up to the mo- tor of the truck. The basket is run off an hydraulic motor attached to the power takeoff on the truck transmission. The various solutions which are mixed with the warm water are contained in four 30-gallon drums, tained in four 30-gallon drums. The operator controls which solution he wants with a series of valves. In addition the Hydra- Mobile comes equipped with long- life cleaning brushes. "We feel that this machine will Eleven To Retire AtKU LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP)—Eleven University of Kansas faculty and staff members with a combined service record of nearly 400 years will retire June 30. The 11 and their years of service: Miss Cora Downs, bacteriology, 46; Raw Q. Brewster, chemistry, 44; Frederick H. Guild, political science, 39; Cloy S. Hobson, education, 16; Miss Ruth Litchen, university extension, 41; Robert G. S. Mahieu, French language and literature, 45; James C. Malin, history, 42; Miss Emory B. Phillips, electrical engineering, 16; and Fred Ellsworth secretary of the alumni association, 39. They will be honored at the annual university retirement dinner May 8. Recommends Kansas Park WASHINGTON (AP) - The Interior Department has reco- ommended the enactment by Congress of a bill authorizing establishment of Ft. Lamed National Historic Site in Pawnee county, Kan. The proposed legislation would designate the site of not more than 700 acres as an area of the National Park Service. Ft. Larned was the northern anchor of a series of military posts that defended the southwestern frontier. It is considered by the Interior Department as an outstanding site with many important historical associations. These include the protection of the Santa Fe Trail, use as a base of military operations against hostile in- dians of the Central Plains, and use as an agency of the Indian Bureau Jor administering regulations under the Ft. Wise Treaty of 1851. 8 THE OTTAWA HERALD Saturday, April 13, 1963 •If' ' RICE BUS SERVICE Service 96 change the whole concept of highway sign maintenance," Johnson says. "Our pilot model has been completed and next week we go into production on the Hydra-Mobile. We expect before long to produce three a day. The next question is: Will it sell? The Hydra-Mobile formally was announced at midweek. But advance word of it got out several weeks ago, and the local plant already has 20 of them ordered. The Hydra-Mobile sells for just under $5,000. It can be mounted on a new or used truck. Mounting time is about two hours and a half for two men. While the first sales are expected to be to various states, Ottawa Steel officials feel the machine also will have a number of commercial uses, from sign cleaning in urban areas, and washing of buildings to uses at airports to clean and de-ice airplanes. Topekan Bosses Night Speaker Of All The Cars To Collide With! LOS ANGELES (AP)-With 1.75 million motor vehicles in Los Angeles whose car did R. L. Witte's bus bump into Thursday night? That's right —the auto of his boss, Cone T. Bass, general manager of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Bass wasn't hurt. Witte likewise wasn't injured physically, but he suffered considerable psychological damage. J. W. Erler, manager of the Topeka Sears Roebuck Store, will speak at the annual Bosses Dinner of the Ottawa Business and Professional Womens Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the North American Hotel. Erler, a graduate of Michigan State University, has been employed by Seal's since 1940, spending many years in Latin America. During World War H he taught at the University Student Center, Florence, Italy. He was assigned by Sears to the post of merchandise manager of the first Sears store in Mexico after he was discharged from the service. From 1947 to 1952 Erler was the 'ompany buying manager in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1952 he served as foreign buying manager for the firm in Brussels, Frankfort, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, London and Hong Kong. Erler became general merchandise manager for Latin American operations in 1956. In that position he worked in Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Salvador, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil and Peru. He was given special assignments by the president of Sears in early 1961, including surveys of Argentine and Chile. Herald Has New Carrier HERALD BOY - Dean Dillard is on the job as The Herald'* carrier at Melvern. (Herald Photo). ' Melvern residents are used to seeing Dean Dillard, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Dillard, going about town delivering "The Grit," each week, but Dean will be seen more and more around Melvern as he makes his rounds daily from now on, throwing The Ottawa Herald to subscribers. Dean is a sophomore at Melvern High School who hopes to be a teacher some day. Dean said he is saving a little of his paper money for college. Emporia State Teachers College is his goal after high school. Dean's father is a mechanic in the Highway Commission shops in Topeka. He has two brothers Elvin, 9, and Dahl, 19. Anyone wishing to subscribe to The Herald in Melvern can reach Dean at home in the evening. His phone number is 5493533. Those subscribers who have been getting The Herald by mail may have it delivered to their doors on the day of publication by calling Dean. They may, however, continue their mail subscription. J. W. ERLER He became the manager of the Topeka store in December, 1961. B.P.W. members will honor employers at the dinner Tuesday night. FROM THE PAST - John Junior Fritts, of northwest of Ottawa, found this barbed wire on an old fence on his farm. It is an early type of fence wire known as link barbed wire. The Fritts farm is northwest of Ottawa. (Herald Photo). UP IN THE AIR — Leecy demonstrates how Hydra-Mobile's hydraulic lift can put man in ah* to wash overhead signs. Plan Square Dance Fete At Baldwin BALDWIN - Heel & Toe Square Dance Club, Baldwin, will be host for the 13th annual Square Dance Jamboree, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday April 29, in the Baker University gym. This is the oldest continuous square dance festival to be held in this area. It was started in 1951 at the end of the first year of dancing after the local club was organized. Square dancers from many towns and clubs in the northeast section of Kansas will attend. Square dance callers from these clubs, who are members of the Northeast Kansas Square Dance Caller's Association, will serve as guest callers for the jamboree. Pat Beedles, local caller will serve as Master of Ceremonies. All square dancers in the area are invited. Officers in charge of arrangements are Jess Brown, president; Mr. and Mrs. Billy Routh, vice president, and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Turner, secretary-treasurer. In charge of concessions will be the local Evangeline Chapter of Eastern Star. In Uniform Officer Candidate In School David M. Christian, Naval Aviation officer candidate and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess M. Christian, Lane, is attending the naval school of pre-flight at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The 16-week course covers preflight and officer indoctrination subjects. Upon completion of the course, students enter basic flight training during which they will solo in a military aircraft. The 18-month program leads to a commission and designation as a qualified combat and reconnaissance pjlot. Richard N. Black, Naval airman and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Black, Sr., Lane, has completed aviation structural mechanic school at the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Mem phis, Term. The 9-week course includes fundamentals of electricity and aviation supply, flight theory, plane handling, aircraft painting and the repair of internal structures^ Library Notes National Library Week April 21-27 By NELL BARNABY Librarian The sixth observance of National Library Week will use the theme "Reading — The Fifth Freedom. . . Enjoy it!" This library and others all over the nation will be celebrating National Library Week from April 21-27. There will be special displays and a coffee for businessmen, details of which will be announced later. National L I - brary Week affords another fine opportunity for libraries to raise t ,h e status of reading and stimulate wider use of libraries of all kinds. On a national vasis, the library picture is a grim one. There are 18 million Ameri- NELL cans who have no access to public library service, and 110 million Americans have inadequate library service. The current national per capital expenditure annually is $1.62, .while the recommended minimum is $3.50. There are 10,600,000 students in public schools without central libraries, and 66 per cent of all elementary schools have no school libraries. Ottawa's $2.19 per capita is above the national average yet far below the recommended minimum of $3.50. Your library needs your support. It is essential to the achievement of personal and national goals. 'Reading — The Fifth Freedom. . . Enjoy it!" The Herald pays $5 every week for the best news tip turned in by a reader. CHRISTMAS FLOWER FOR EASTER - This Poinsettia, owned by Mrs. Willard Wallace, 908 N. Main, had two lovely blossoms at Christmastime when it arrived from a nursery. Now it's sporting one blossom for Easter. Mrs. Wallace plans to transplant it in yard during summer and put it back in pot next fall, hoping it will bloom again. (Herald Photo).
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