Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on December 5, 1945 · Page 8
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 8

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 5, 1945
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PAGE EIGHT. THE POSTVILLE HERALD, POSTVILLE, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, IMS. The old home town was packed with cars last Saturday afternoon, all hav- ins brought shoppers to town to do Christmas buying. It wasn't a very nice day for traveling cither. Merchants told us Monday the folks are making their holiday selections early this year because of the "alarms" sent out over the ether lanes to the effect that merchandise is scarce and admonishing all to "hurry up and set your share." PostWlle stores usually have .Hist about everything the market affords and this year is no exception. While many lines discontinued during the war have not as yet made their appearance on storekeepers' shelves and floors. Santa Clans is sure to find things for every member of the family in the stocks carried. A columnist in the Cedar Rapids Gazette carried the following item the other day that should bring a chuckle to our readers who are close to the soil: An eastern Iowa farmer, his harvesting finished, took a job in a factory that has a company-operated cafeteria. At the end of the first morning's work he got in line in the eatery, tilled up his tray and on reaching the ! end of the line was handed a check. "You mean 1 have to pay for this?" he asked. When informed that he did. the farmer replied-. "I've been working hired men for 20 years and I've never charged one for a meal yet. and j I'm darned if I'm going to pay for j one here. 1 quit." He did. too. | * • » • * The other fellow has the snap job— \ always. When the thermometer gets down below zero, the farmer caller i tells us how he'd love to have our job in a nice, warm spot. And we tell him we'd like to be in the balmy summer i breezes when the thermometer hovers : around 102 in the shop in mid-July and : August. we're leading up to is ; something that Johnnie Falb learned the past two or three weeks while he ' was confined to his home by illness. ; Seems Johnnie always thought his I wife had a snap job. just puttering around the house, getting a few meals -a day and tendin' to the kiddies. Johnnie knows better now; said a dozen anxious customers hanging around his office begging for a new set of tires or a new car with none in stock arc easier to pacify than three youngsters being prepared for the day's "routine." Yep. the other fellow has the easy job. Says "Seribblings" in the Sumner Gazette: One of our exchanges tells the following as n thing that actually took place in the editor's town. It happened in a local restaurant. A cranky, irritable and unreasonable customer came in and took a seat at the lunch counter. He was in an extremely irritated mood and * the patient waitress attended to his numerous wants and made every effort in her most gracious manner to please him. After he had finished his order she asked him if there was any thing else she could do for him. "No." he replied gruffly, "Why?" "Well," she said with skillfully concealed feelings. "I thought you might want me to kiss you goodnight." "You might." he flipped back. "1 should get something for my money here." Before he could move or raise his hands in protest the waitress, in the presence of a room full of onlookers, who by this time were in the mood to throw the grouch out, leaned over the counter and kissed the old sour puss full on the lips. He was completely nonplussed and while the crowd laughed in glee, paid his bill and made a hasty exit. * * « • * Our boys are bringing back a lot of stories about their experiences in far-off places and some of the witty things they overheard seem to stick by them more than the more sordid side of war. Or is it because they'd rather forget the latter? Whatever it is. here's one we heard the other day: It happened in Chungking. A WAC from Alabama, stationed with AAF headquarters in China, got lost one day—an easy thing to do in the maze of streets which make up the Chinese capital. After wandering around for half an hour, she spied an Occidental- looking Oriental, complete with brief case, stopped him and described her plight. The Chinaman, who spoke excellent English, straightway offered to escort her to her destination. They walked along for a couple of blocks, the doughgirl without any "Rs" in her vocabulary chatting animatedly in her soft southern voice about her impressions of China. Suddenly she turned to her companion and asked. "Is your home here in Chungking?" "Well, no," he said, "Ah'm a Suthe- naw, too. Ah comes from way daown south in Canton." Census Shows Wartime Shifts in Crops Acreage Wartime shifts in crop production are shown in a report of the Bureau of Census which lists the number of farms in Allamakee county producing specified crops, the number of acres grown and the production. The 19(4 corn acreage was 59,258 with the crop being grown on 1.967 farms out of the county total of 2,080. In I1'39 44,454 acres were grown on 1,976 farms out of 2.088 reported for that year. Oats were grown on 1,724 farms in 1SH4 compared with 1.579 in 1939. The 1944 acreage was 41,282 from which 1.171.095 bushels were harvested while in the previous census period 34,075 acres were grown and the harvest was 994,302 bushels. Soybeans were grown on 275 farms in 1944 with 27.115 bushels being harvested from 1.846 acres. In 1939 this crop was grown on 408 farms with 6,727 bushels being harvested from 370 acres. Hay acreage shifts from the 1940 census to 1945 show that an alfalfa crop of 12,949 tons were harvested from 5.863 acres. The crop was grown on 508 farms in 1944. While in 1939 a tonnage of 12.846 was harvested from 6.563 acres on 825 farms. Clover and timothy hay. the other major hay crop of the county, was harvested on 1.775 farms in 1944. An acreage of 45.631 yielded 79.431 tons. In 1939 1.736 farms produced 42.848 Uns from 39.568 acres. Red clover seed was harvested on 149 farms in 1944 and 625 farms in 1939. During the past year 949 bushels of seed were harvested from 1.348 acres while in the previous period 9.829 bushels were harvested from 7.377 acres. Copies of a more complete and detailed report of the census are available at the county extension director's office. Watikon. This report includes information mi farms and farm acreage, livestock and livestock products, all of the grain and forage crops and fruit and vegetables. 'I'm No Bargain," Says llu* Christinas Card IOWA POSSESSES GREAT MINERAL WEALTH | One of the men over at the post of; fice read this in his civil service bulletin and asked us to pass it along to ! our readers who sometimes wonder | what happens to their Christmas cards: ;DEAR PUBLIC: : Many wonder who I am? Still, j many are guilty of my plight and final destruction. Year after year I fail to fulfill my intended mission, often being the cause of broken friendships and |misunderstandings. Perhaps, you are . now curious as to my being. Well. I (hold no secret? for my intended wish- ! es were to fulfill a happy mission. I j am. and indeed I am sorry to say. the ! Christmas Card that is never delivered i but doomed for destruction. Why should I. the card of Christmas joy. the reminder of past friendships, and the messenger of good cheer, be destroyed. Here is the reason: I am given a !'• cent stamp to carry my message. That, immediately puts me in the third class passenger boat and 1 am classified with common circulars. Often my address is uncertain, many times my intended receivers lhave moved and then I die a death of [natural destruction like all other eir- jeular matter. j How can this be avoided you may j ask. | First, place a three-cent stamp in my j upper right-hand corner. That really '•brightens me up and now I am ready for first-class service. Second, write your own name and address in my up- jper left-hand corner. Third, write the address of my intended destination clearly and, brother, that's all. Just drop me in any of Uncle Sam's mail boxes and I'll do the rest. If I can't locate your intended friend and give him your Christmas wishes in first class order, "I'll come back free of charge and let you know the reason. Yes, perhaps I'll really save a valued friendship. Well, solong. for they are getting ready to destroy me. Don't forget what I said next year, please don't. Yours truly, YOUR ]> a CHRISTMAS CARD. Iowa leads the nation in agriculture; it also possesses mineral resources worth many millions of dollars each year. Coal Is the most Important mineral found in the Hnwkeye State, accounting for approximately 49 per cent of the total value of Iowa's mineral products from 1895 to 1938. During this same period, cement accounted for 18 per cent, clay products for 17 per cent, and gypsum for 8 per cent. The remaining 8 per cent was equally divided between lime and stone and sand and gravel. In a typical year the value of mineral production mounts to some $35,000,000. In 1920 it reached the high point of more than $57,000,000. Since coal mining dominates the mineral production scene in Iowa a brief historical sketch of its development is in order. In 1835 Lieutenant A. M. Lea observed the presence of coal while canoeing down the Des Moines River from the Raccoon Fork. In his little book on the Iowa District which he published iji 1836. Lea wrote that bituminous coal could be found in numerous places. In 1894 the Iowa Geological Survey noted that the coal fields of the State embraced upwards of 20.000 square miles. About one-half of this area, or nearly one-fifth the area of the State, was underlaid with coal in quantities of commercial importance. Coal production rose from 400 tons in 1840. to 5.000.000 tons in 1899, and to 8.965.000 tons in 1917. the largest production in Iowa on record. The State ranked tenth in the Union in coal production that year. The most valuable output occurred in 1920 when production was valued at §30.793,847. In early days Mahaska County led all others in coal output. The supremacy of the Des Moines Valley was demonstrated in 1890 when Ottumwa erected an elaborate Coal Palace and invited all coal-mining counties to display their products. Governor Horace Boies and President Benjamin Harrison were among the notables who visited the Ottumwa exhibition. By 1902 Monroe County gained first place among the counties, with a production record of more than 1.000,000 tons. Four years later Monroe was producing over 2.000.000 tons annually and Polk was producing more than 1.000,000 tons. By 1925 the lead had passed to Marion County, with Monroe, Polk, and Appanoose following in order. Production has been on the decline since 1925. As production declined, many a mining town vanished from the scene—Monroe. Appanoose. Keokuk, and Mahaska counties counting twenty-seven abandoned mining towns. The story of mining in Iowa is told by Dr. Jacob A. Swisher in the October issue of "The Iowa Journal of History and Politics." NEWS OP OUR MENwWOMCN IN UNIFORM SAILOR JOHNNIE BRANDT HAS BEEN AROUND SOME (Continued, from page one) land, California. However, we shall have gotten underway for the Marinn- Announce Cage Tourney Pairings At Conference When the Allamakee county schoolmasters met at Waukon last week, they chose Waukon as the site of the county basketball tournament and set the dates for January 29 to February 1. Drawings resulted as follows: Boys—Immaculate Conception. Lansing vs. Lansing. Waterville vs. Postville, Waukon vs. New Albin. St. Patrick's, Waukon vs. Harpers Ferry. Girls—Lansings vs. Bye. Waterville vs. Bye. Harpers Ferry vs. Bye. Immaculate Conception, Lansing vs. New Albin. Junior High—Waukon vs. Waterville. Postville vs. Bye. Immaculate Conception Lansing vs. Lansing. St. Patrick's. Waukon, vs. Bye. CHLOROFORMED POLE CAT. Roger Campbell of Rockwell set a rat-trap in his basement. There is perhaps nothing unusual about that. However, when the trap caught a pole cat, Roger was hard put to figure out a way to liquidate the situation without making matters any worse. Finally, he called Dr. J. C. Kaiser, a veterinarian. Between them they eased a box over the kitty and by using a long wire inserted a wad of cotton soaked in chloroform. The process was speeded up when the "kitty" became angry and started to chew on the cotton wadding. There are plenty of turkeys for civilians and service men this year. KINDLINESS. The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love,—Wordsworth. ***** Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.—Landor. • **.*• A pure affection, concentric, torget- ting self, forgiving wrongs and forestalling them, should swell the lyre of human love.—Mary Baker Eddy. ***** It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.—Bailey. * « • « » Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. —J. M. Barrie. The one who will be found in trial capable of great acts of love is ever the one who is always doing considerable small ones.—F. W. Robertson. Iowa used 12 limes as much commercial fertilizer in 1944 as in 1938. as by the time you receive this. Plans are that we should be pulling into San Pedro. California, about the 3rd of the New Year. Just late enough to miss the holiday season ! 1 am lucky, because it is only the first Christmas season I will have missed spending in the States. The next one I should be able to spend at home, if no other wars spring up. "I can't remember where I left off the last time I wrote to you. but we've covered some distance since then. To make it a little more simple, here are some of our recent "travels": We left San Francisco on July 3rd and arrived in Manila on July 26th. From there we went to Leyte and Ulithi. On j August 15th we received word of j ' peace, crossed the International Date Line, and thus had two V-.I days'. We arrived in Pearl Harbor on August 10th. On September 13th we were in 1 Saipan. On the 27lb of September participated in the landings of the llr.U occupation forces at Sascbo. Japan. By October 1st we were back in Manila. Another trip to Sasebo followed, after which we returned to Saipan. Here we embarked army and navy units for delivery to the United States for discharge. November 15r Arrived San Francisco — debarked troops—10 days leave granted. "That brings things pretty well up to date. I'm sorry I didn't get to see you while 1 was on leave, but I only , had five days at home and drove j through Postville on a Saturday night \ when the Herald office was closed, j ;The sudden change of temperature! 'back there kept me quite confined to j . heated areas and the icy highways | iwere just a little too much for me to; j cope with. I hope such weather sneaks j i up on me a little' more gradually next j time! To top it off. someone didn't j know how to control the heat on the j train on our way back here to Cali- j fornia. So we sweat during the day ' and shivered at night. Such things surely don't help one to enjoy the j scenery along the way. . "Yesterday while I was gathering telegrams, general messages, and so forth over at the Administration Building here on Mare Island. I inquired as to the whereabouts of Cy Harris and was very disappointed to find that he is having a little slay over in the contagious ward at the hospital. I don't think I would have been able to see him if I did go to the hospital, so 1 gave it up. I was fortunate to have a couple of callers from another ship here that had attended the Naval Radio School at Madison, Wisconsin, when I was there. "While we were in Japan most everyone hnd n chance to go ashore on liberty. Snsebo. was quite a large naval base for the Japs and also hnd a few factories that arc no more. The business district of the city took quite a beating from our bombers, so there weren't too many establishments open for business. There were n few that had ten sets and cheap products that I could see no use for. Most of the souvenirs were acquired by bartering candy, gum and cigarettes. The people seemed to me to be poor. Of course, I 've been told that the Japanese people live on just the bare necessities of life, but this seemed to me to be just a little too much in the past. On one occasion another fellow and I were walking up through the hills of the residential district with a couple of candy bars in our hands. This caused quite a commotion among the children and it wasn't but a few minutes till there were at lenst 30 or 40 crowded around greeting us in Japanese and motioning for the candy. We had a little difficulty getting rid of them, but we managed. The district of town that we were out sightseeing in was very nice. Quite n few of the people invited us in to have tea or snki. the latter wasn't the best of thirst quenchers, according to my swallow. All that wc had to converse with them was the little Jap-English interpret^rs' books we had in our pockets, given us by the chaplain. The younger children could understand us much better than the older people and many of them picked up quite a few words of English in a short time. Almost all of the men and boys (maybe they considered themselves young men) were dressed in uniforms. I couldn't figure out just what most of the population worked at there, because most of them seemed to be standing around just looking at us or trying to do a little exchanging of materials. "Almost all of the streets were crowded with playing children of all ages, down to babies that were set aside while the older ones played. The women reminded me of little pack animals the way they always carried their children and other products on their backs. Even the older children carried babies around on their backs and somehow the ones having the back .-eat ride didn't seem to mind in the least, because they just poked a thumb in their mouth and took it leisurely. The foot apparel was simply ridiculous. They either wore grass slippers or the flat wooden ones. I only saw a couple, of business men wearing shoes of our style and I might well presume that the shoes were of an American make. The only mode of transportation available were bicycles with enclosed sidecars on them. The one doing the pedaling sure got a workout. "Well, Japan was a little more interesting than some of the other islands I've been on. but I still haven't seen any that could beat that large piece of land we all call home. Holiday greetings to everyone. My papers all caught up with me finally. I read news that was nearly three months old, but it was still new to me. I finally got my second -stripe.' JOHN BRANDT." Pfc. Delbett J. Martins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leska Martins, is now stationed in Tokyo, Japan, according to word received by them. His address is Hq. Troop, 2nd Cavalry Brigade, APO 201, enro of Postmaster, San Francisco, Calif. Cpl. Marvin C. Boll landed in California on Inst Thursday, coming to the stntes by air. He plans to be home this week. While serving overseas ho was stationed In India and Okinawa. THE EDITOR'S JOB. This business of being an editor brings out great beads of sweat on our brow when we think of the things we should have done and didn't. It brings in irate subscribers when we hnd not the slightest desire or intention to offend. It brings joy, too, when ap. prcclntlve souls find items that have made them very happy. The finest thing about running a newspaper is that It brings us face to face with every angle of human nature, the good and the bad; with the great souls as well as with those whose vision of life is so limited that It can not shine beyond their doggone eye. brows. It gives us opportunity to share the greatest triumphs of the community as well as the woes and heartaches. Then, too, its requirements are sufficiently varied to banish every threat of boredom. Why, these even include the job of mnking a living. There are a lot of thrills in that.—Milo Motor. Two-thirds of the butter sold in retail stores is summer butter, known to be higher in vitamin A content than winter butter. But dairy scientists say winter butter can be made as powerful by feeding hays and silages cured to retain a high percentage of their green color. Potatoes are plentiful. So fix them a dozen different ways and have them for almost every meal. ZONOLITE — and — BALSAM WOOL We haye these now in stock, and for greater saving in fuel this winter and comfort from the heat next summer, you'll never regret it it you— INSULATE NOW! Postville Lumber Company H. J. MEYER, Manager IIIHItllllllltllllMiitillUIIIIIIMIIItlllll '""""•"'•"'»» • • „ „ ,„,„ Thank You! We wish to express our appreciation to the people of this community for the generous patronage accorded us during our brief business period here. We found the people here friendly and receptive to our efforts, and in turning- over our store to Mr. John D. Brueckner, an experienced and well qualified pharmacist, we bespeak for him the same cordiality and good-will extended to us. Thank you all, folks. Mrs. Evelyn Bauer Miller Health Service Store I take pleasure in announcing the purchase of the business, stock and fixtures of the HEALTH SERVICE STORE from Mrs. H. J. Miller, and am now in possession! The store will be known as the Brueckner Drug Store I will devote my best efforts to serve you arid invite you to come in and get acquainted with our service and the high quality line of merchandise we shall endeavor to carry here for you at all times, in drugs, cosmetics, perfumes, candies, cigars, cigarettes, and at our fountain and luncheonette. * jRight now we have in stock a splendid line of gifts and novelties - - - in addition to our regular line — that are suitable for Christmas Gifts. COME IN AND LET'S GET ACQUAINTED -John D. Brueck ner m,uZZmrnZ, ••••IMtHIHtlllUIIMMMHUUIMIIMlull'lllHIUllil

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