The Courier from Waterloo, Iowa on November 22, 1939 · 3
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The Courier from Waterloo, Iowa · 3

Waterloo, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 22, 1939
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WATERLOO DAILY COURIER, WATERLOO, IOWA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1!M . 3 em I? I? 0 71 f MOTS id M 1 S S 111 EM OF PROGRESS AS I'll FUND (Continued) Ca lied IT T Link 77 7, Ml I. i it Slippy sounded the keynote of the celebration when he declared: "Drawn Closer." "For years the east and west fides of Waterloo have been separated by our river, the Cedar, but with every new bridge we have built our city and its people have been drawn closer and closer, "Opening: of this bridge at Park avenue, then, brings our fast and west together anew, to march forward toward greater successes. "This bridge, it seems to me,'' said the city's chief executive, "marks a new era of growth and improvement for Waterloo. It is another step in our transition from just an 'overgrown town' to a full-fledged and prosperous city. "We are more than grateful to Ihe fine highway commission we have and to the PWA officials who havs given Waterloo this long-to-be remembered 'lift' in paying for and presenting to' us this bridge." Thousands Cheer. The thousands nearby cheered, with the mayor, to show their appreciation to the commission and federal agency. Speaking at the bridge ceremony, in behalf of the public works administration, Peter J. Chamalis, j of Omaha, Neb, ganeral counsel for the federal agency, .told his audience: "You have every reason to be proud of this fine bridge, not only for its intrinsic value and the service it will give your community, but for its greater values being a part of the national pattern of recovery. "This project should always be remembered as one which fins cooperation and dispatch on the part of the Waterloo city officials, the Iowa highway commission and our FWA have given." Chamalis spoke, he said, in behalf of Robert A. Radford, regional PWA director at Omaha, who had been called to Missouri, and for all other federal administration officials who had parts in getting the Waterloo bridge built. Melson Admires Bridge. Chairman Melson of the highway commission, in his remarks to precede his actual presentation of the bridge to Waterloo, asserted: "This is a happy occasion today, for Waterloo and for Iowa, as we dedicate and open this fine new bridge here. "This is a bridge of which you of Waterloo and we of the state can feel justly proud. We should feel proud, too, of the buildsrs of such a bridge, the engineers who designed it, the workmen whose hands and brains put it together. "In presenting Park avenue bridge to Waterloo," said Chairman Melson, "I do so with the thought that it will be of great service to the city for years to come." Bands Join. On schedule, the east and west parade sections moved toward the bridge at 11:15 a. m, from Washington and Lincoln parks, meeting at the center of the bridge a few moments before 11:30. As East and West High bands arrived, they provided the stage setting for the dedication by joining in playing "East Side, West Side." E. R. Hagcrstrom, president of the Waterloo Central Labor union and acting chairman of the ar rangements committee appointed by Mayor Slippy, launched the speaking program of dedication as he said: "This is an outstanding event in Waterloo's history. "Today, Waterloo goes forward, united as never before all for one. one for all. It should be the ambition of all of us to push forward in every way so that our city wHi, continue to grow and grow. "We are the center of Iowa's carden spot," said Hagerstrom "and we should make this city the place to which all Iowa will want to come. "We are proud of this beautiful bridge structure. It fills a long needed want a dream at last realized. Our thanks to those who worked long and hard for it." Traffic Aid. "The new Park av:nuc bridge benefits both the people of Wa tcrloo and your trade territory and is a project that will assist in handling your traffic problems here," said A. A. Hurst, Maquo k?ta, member of the stale highway commission, in a talk before nearly 200 persons at a bridge dedication luncheon in the Gold room of Hotel President, follow ing the ceremony on th? bridge. Hurst, introduced by Toastmns tor Frank Collord as "another Nile Kinnick so far as carrying the ball is concerned," because of his ef forts ovsr a long period toward obtaining the bridge for Water loo, praised the bridge as a proj ect of great merit and an unsrlf ish one. Medal for Chapman. One of tha features of the lunch eon was the presentation by May or Ralph B. Slippy of a gold medal to Charles Chapman. Waterloo youth, who saved a workman. C J. Jasper. 27. from drowning while the structure was b?ing construct ed. The medal had born turned over to Slippy by the donors for delivery to Chapman, when thr? youth modestly declined to appear pt the bridge ceremonies. J. S. Duller, Chicago, rcresentirs x k - : '. 'j. V ;, 1 : 1 f V, i f Courier Photos Above are some of the thousands of persons who Wednesday morning were present at dedication ceremonies for the Tark avenue bridge. A Courier cameraman snapped the picture from the roof of Hotel President. In the center of the span is a group of PWA and highway commission officials who took part in the dedication and in the roadway on the downstream side is one of the four musical units which participated. both A. Guthrie & Co., bridge con tracting concern, and Liberty Mu tual Insurance company, which insures Guthrie workmen, made the presentation speech. In his remarks, Butler commend ed Waterloo and the bridge builders for completing Park Avenue bridge "without having Ihe stain of death, injury or disabling accidents on it.'1 Dolan, Lang Cut Tape. Cutting of the red streamer which was tied across the bridge roadways and walks occurred at 11:46 a, m. Wednesday as East Councilman-at- large T. E. Dolan and West Council-man-at-large Warner J. Lang put their scissors to the ribbon and severed it as a signal to open traffic. The bridge's 60-foot width, with 6-foot sidewalks and two divided 24-foot roadways of concrete, was jammed with spectators s ceremonies were conducted. In the morning sun, the aluminum posts, railings, deck girders and un-der-structure glistened as silver Sharing honors as "first" to cross Park Avenue bridge following the dedication ceremony were Mrs. J. A. Dunlev-y, 82 Mulberry street, who led the east-to-west procession, and Arlo Banficld, 314 Lindalc avenue, whose coupe was leader of the west-to-east line. The mayor, who along with members of the citv council was a guest at the luncheon, said this bridge "represents co-operataive effort or. the part of citizens, making it easier to get around the city and helping in our traffic congestion problem." He stated that at the corner of Fourth and Commercial streets there were on the average of 14,000 cars a day passing and there were four different pedestrian crossings in the area. Chief Engineer Fred White of the state highway commission told the audience that "necessity was truly the mother of invention" in the case of Waterloo's newest bridge project. "There are few bridges like this one in the United Slates and none like it in Iowa," White said. "I refer to the divided lane idea which, incidentally, doesn't permit parking on the structure itself." Guests introduced by Colloid, after Howard M. Smith, assistant general manager of the Iowa Public Service company, had opened the meeting, were the following: Guy Van Dervcer, Wavcrly, la.; J. A. Paulsen, Cedar Rapids, dis trict highway engineer; Edwaul O'Ncil, chief engineer for the public works administration; Peter J. Chamalis, regional council of the PWA at Omaha, Neb.: John Mc- Mecl. PWA engineer here; L. M Squires, of the Guthrie company; Butler; Ralph H. Avencll, resident engineer for the highway commis sion; Wayne Fluent, Ames, auditor for the higTiway commission. Many Introduced. Those introduced who spoiie briefly were the following: Thomas O'Donnell, Dublin, uo, Harry Green, Avoca, both former members of the highway commis sion; Irving Knudson, Jewell, who was chairman of the commission when it was voted unanimously to build the bridge. Fred Hagcmann, Waverly; Melson. Gus Olson of Whiting; Lester M. Eichcr of Washington, and R. B. Laird of Sidney, all members of the commission: Ray Eggert, Waterloo; C. V. Warren, Omaha, assistant regional PWA director. Begun in March and virtually completed Wcdnc.-day, Park avenue bridge was an outright "gift" from highway commission and federal PWA, the former shouldering 55 per cent of the total cost and the federal agency granting 45 per cent of the expense necessary. , New Koute for 63. With the bridge o;ened. highway fi'! traffic will smm be routed ovrr IVrk avenue from Franklin street on the east to Washington strict on the wc-t. At Hie dedication rites, the entire highway cnmmis.-inn. PWA officials aiu'l r;v;imcrs. commission engineers and district represents- lives, the Waterloo city council, East and West bands, and the band and drum corps of Becker-Chapman post, American Legion, took active part Hagerstrom headed a dedication committee comprising Charles C. Chickering, president of the Waterloo Retail Merchants association; Blair C. Wood, Junior Chamber of Commerce president; and Harry E. Benham, president of the Illinois Central Booster club. Letting 10 Months Ago. It was almost such a day as Wednesday, 10 months ago, when the highway commission at Ames. Ia., awarded a $203,797 construction contract for the Waterloo bridge to A. Guthrie & Co., St. Paul, Minn., the low bidder. An earlier, minor contract related to the bridge was awarded in late 1938 to the A. Olson Construction company, Waterloo, on ils bid of $661.60 for excavation of abutments at east and west ends of the proposed bridge. Actual construction by the Guthrie crews began March 9. Concrete pier pouring was completed Aug. 10. Steel work, a major part of the project, began July 5 and ended Oct. 4. Concrete work on roadways, sjdewalks and approaches was one of the last portions to be finished, within the past week. With a state arterial highway to be routed over Park avenue, from Franklin street on the east to Wash ington street on the west, Waterloo city councilmen have approved an $8,193 installation of stop-and-go lights along Park at seven of the busier intersections. Three other sets of lights will go at Fifth and Franklin streets. Mullan avenue and Washington, and at Lafayette street and Mullan. New Bridge Costliest; 18th St. Span Longest Waterloo's principal bridges and their history, location and com struction cost now include: Park avenue Built in 1939; span 615 feet; cost, $205,000. Mullan avenue Built in 1913; span, 716 feet; cost. $93,600. Eighteenth street Built in 1931; span. 758 feet; cost, $93,000. Fifth street Built in 1908; span, 664 feet; cost, $87,000. Fourth street Built in 1903; span, 586 feet; cost, $74,100. Eleventh street Built in 1887 at Fifth street, moved to Eleventh in 1908; original cost, $30,800. 15 Jews Expelled by Medical School Bucharest U.R Fifteen Jewish freshmen of the University of Iasi's medical school were expelled Wednesday because they could not obtain Jewish bodies for their dissection work. University authorities informed the Jewish students three weeks ago that they could dissect only Jewish bodies because Christian students objected to Jews dissecting Christian bodies. V SI T. E. Dolan (above), east councilman at large, ruts the red ribbon to open the newest link between Waterloo east and west to traffic. Following the cutting, East and West High school bands, Legion-Municipal band, and the Legion drum and bugle corps crossed the bridge. SORENSON CIVEN 60 DAYS, $100 FINE FOR HIT-RUN ON OFFICER Jap Troops Near Capital of Kuangsi Shanghai (U.R; Japanese Doir.oi News Agency dispatches from Hongkong said Wednesday that Japanese troops, which landed near Pakhoi. South China, last week. were within 10 miles of Nanning, capital of Kwangsi province. The attacking forces, Domei said, were deploying along the south bank of the West river, in an effort to encircle the capital which the Chinese have vowed to defend to "the last man." Military rind naval aircraft covered the attack. II I ""7 '.""' N H H h ! 1 x 1 ! i 1 - ' t 3 . L Representatives of the two groups which made possible Waterloo's new Park avenue bridge posa for a Courier cameraman before the dedication ceremonies. Left to right, they are C. V. Warren, Omaha, Neb., assistant regional director of PWA; A. A. Hurst, Maquoketa, of the Iowa highway commission, and Teter J. Chamalis, Omaha, regional TWA counsel. , r 1 , i , f " 1 ' - 'r J "V 1 ; V : .; . - .- ,.-v-... r . ' : t ' ' ' J ' i f f! f I '., , ,V ' ; ' s' x ' '1 i L 1 i I ' ... ! " ; ' . . ' J' 1 - ' - rV v v d i S i it i ' '1 Chairman Randall Melson (lefl) of the Iowa highway commission, and Mayor Ralph B. Slippy ((enter) shake hands after Melson presents the bridge, and Mayor Slippy accepts it for the city. At extreme right stands E. R. Hagerstrom, president of Waterloo Central Labor union, who made announcements during the ceremony over a public address system. Hagerstrom was a member of tha committee on arrangements. FILl URGED 10 FUJI ITS III 1LIIJM15 Best Way to Build Up Home Memories Is Not to Go to Grandmother's. Ames, la. "To grandmother's house we go'' may not be the best way to spend Thanksgiving e.ftor all. Mrs. Alma H. Jones, family relationships specialist for the Iowa Stale college extension service, Wednesday urged each family to establish holiday tradition of its own. Kemember Grandma's Tie. "If your Johnny and Jane 'go over Ihe river thru the woods' year after year, it may be grandmother's turkey and her pumpkin pie instead of mother's they'll remember when they're grown up end gone away," she asserted. Establishing customs for holiday observances within the immediate family circle so that children will have home memories when they grow up, Mrs. Jones said, helps to build family unity, affecton and solidarity particularly important 111 periods of rapid change m home and family life. "Invite Old Folks." On the other hand, Mrs. Jones did not condone the picture of the "old folks" sitting at home alone. Invite the grandparents to spend the holidays with the children, she urged. Or go on having the huge family reunion under the grandparcntal roof but have it the dav before or the day after tht holiday. -Mrs. Jones suggested a threefold emphasis on the Christmas season, for example day before Christmas, church observance; Christmas day as "family day'' in the home, and the day after, the "big Christmas" for family, relatives and friends. Roosevelt Arrives at Warm Springs Warm Springs, Ga. OP) President Eoosevelt arrived here at 10 a. m. Wednesday, just seven and one-half months attcr he had promised his friends at the Warm Springs foundation to "be back in the fall if we don't have a war." Accompanied by Mrs. Roosevelt and his aides, PvOoscvelt motored immediately to the "little white house" where he plans a week's vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday. Iowa City, la (U.R) James Sor-enson, 24, Cedar Rapids, must spend 60 days in jail and pay a fine of $100 for failing to stop after his automobile struck and injured Harry Cloud, state highway patrolman from Cedar Rapids. The accident occurred while Cloud was directing traffic away from the Iowa-Minnesota football game lavt Saturday. CONDITION OF WOMAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO KILL SELF IS CRITICAL Dcs Moines i.V Mrs. Bert Tazewell, 66. found slumped over a stove in her gas-filled kitchen, r bullet wound in her abdomen, remained in a critical condition at a hnsntial here Wednesday. Her husband, who found her, Stud she had been in ill health. .1 t j rrr 1 V-i f i 208 EAST FOURTH STREET. if t 1 ) 1 c r i, 1 ! i 0 j ; j M 1 ?. "T r 1 4 n m r H a i i 1 I 1 t r We're Going to Sell Down to the Bare Shelves and then Sell the Shelves Fixtures and Equipment Delivery at Close of Sale! WOHEH'S SHOKT I.1MS 01 r.rniit SHOI s .) 1 i V! v LJ Pair VII UImU Values to $5.50 ::g: Values to $7.50 CiiUaO to S3.T3

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