Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 20
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January 30, 1957

Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 20

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« « W.d., J.n. 30, IW OSKAIOOSA MM MIAU Chamber Of Commerce 75 Years Old-Action Packed '56 . . . _ , _*,,_ ,,_,» EVtroouHwc. g«rn«t-»iir t F*Tmilv Field Davs in Mahaska tho identification Ttakmlnnfia -- o*k a ioosa'« Chamber of Com-' rectors and Executiir* Secretary j Family Field Days in Mahaska the identification "Oshal «Jrc* te 75 vears old--that is,' Ralph Shelton. ! county next June; "suitcase re- GOOD today, BETTER tomorrow." nucleus for" the present orgam-' Appointing cf honorary direc- lays'" to promote toe Oskaioosa re- During the countjr-wid* indus- ation waT incorporated in 1882. tor. * the Chamber of Commerce toys participated ui by some 65 trial promotion cAnp^gn -still But in sharp contrast to the age bo^, to better acquaint Oska- schools; and the offering of a 78- continmng-Mo large -Aboard* of this business club a the youth- toosa's citizens with the cham- week retail selling course, through wet e offered the city, one onjugh- fulness of its umr.ed.ate past pres- ber's activities, was mstituted in * nationally-known sales consult- way 63, and the other o«' 1«- S'am- and its execu- July Each group of four serves ***. to local sales people. . Through the efforts of the Good Dr. OUbert A. VL Watts*, B. V. EL Johnson, Mart Vi Grow KvtMitfa, r. Ctii Butler. Si,.* BM !eMtraM*; Dr. J. P. BobDeCoor a****- *- * Herb Sauter and Bd '·«», D*R - * IRw Dr. H. T. LIP. fay tive secretary. Ralph Sheiton. To foTa thi^n^^perfedl and" "then At Fella's Tuhp Tune, and New Roads committee, and their adopt- these men. its directors and ap- appoints their own successors. Sharon's centennial Oskaioosa was ~_._TM_f/°£5!^,.I^_ r '^ P proximately 400 members coopera- Cooperating w i t h Howard, Bwett Wwufefc, John C. JDon Berkemeir. Garrett Van Gorp, Lytle, Charles GUtttjr. Willis! Bob Jones, Chuck Walling, M. D. Wills. Rev. D. Cahalan. Fete Kel- Taylor, Dick Herwig, Clifford derman, Leonard Shaw, George powers, Jim Mathew and Tom Elfa, Con Couptond. Keith Mor- b*L GaroM Hesttnga and Don! TITIlirj- Attain: C. D. Foeh! u___ chairman; Don Graham, W. of the totroducted in 1956. Perhaps one of the greatest changes was that of the Retail Bureau's voting to switch open night for Oskaloosa's stores from Saturday to Friday n:ght_ Acceptance of such change made u» many Iowa towns has varied by community. But more than one merchant here has been heard to comment that '·Friday's business I* now almost twice what it wa before the snitch; and Saturday's al- mofft swi yood so luslnLj!i» men have actually gained by the change." To promote the Night Specials" THE FIRST TIME m FOB THE FIRST TDIE in on Seot. 6 with 260 attending. Oskalo^sa was selected as a "test town" for such a luncheon, by the magazine, as being an "average midwest city". BUT TO THE National Municipal League, Oskaioosa was one of the 22 outstar-ding ciues in the nation-- and given Cie opportunity to "Plead its case" before the All- America Cities jurv m Memphis, Tenn^ and win an honorable mention. Two chamber of commerce representatives, along with pro-' moters of the Mothers' Crusade, attended the Memphis event. Southern Iowa * ^'ts by the retail bureau w SSer teS Attempt, in 1956. of chamber members to pro! mote local events. Andco-spon- Bureau, of ssast s ONE OF THE mo* «xt«ntlve promotional projects Oskaioosa ever had locally was the mdus- trial booth, manned oy cnamaer * commerce associates, at tne Southern IOTA?. Fair last ear. More than 3.0-- sjaustical sneeoi tooog Oskalccsa arms _ w ere ban*ed out. Prior 10 tne tail, Cfi^n- b«r of Commeice meanoers crga- ***** two ^'-^^ « lcl ; r su »- rounding towns to promote the fair. ' Local tours are also ai ranged by the chamoer of comrr.erce of- =fice. During Apr:l of 1956, for instance, tours fcr seven groups. totalling 145 persons, v ere scned- --: « «« ·«« conventions that month. THE CITY'S XEV% slogan chosen thiougn cca'c-st oy tne includes the headquarters building at 124 north Market, with the chamber of commerce offices on floor; and an upstairs committee room which is leased to organizations for regularly sched- -- meetings, acquired by tocm- by the Chamber of Commerce R«atty Serving as officers of company are Car dent, Russell Howard and Carl Johnson. . IK THKEE-qUASTEms of a [century, Oekatoosa's chamber of 'commerce--first organized as the . "Board of Trade" with 13 iacor- , porators, and later known as tb« Oskaioosa Commercial dub--has ; indeed made great strides. But its Charles Russell, John**, »d Jta. WmUin «' Byrott er ^ hirb* I4i btween New ra ^ - GrinBeU being brought to grade ^^ mos{ ^ ^ brlcges and culverts j^jn- b uilt- mafc . mTaitoWe wiu Uze d »ts gaal of the partial recoc- slruction ^ widening of highway 92 between Oakaloosa. and the Keokuk county Un*, with a four-lane ^^^ ffg^ Eleventh street to Spring Creek. Engineering aurveys, through the efforts of the Road committee, are ^ .^,.^.4 to determine exact location of a new bndge across the DesMoine. nver southwert of Oskaloosa. Bui Sunstiiun. **** Pacc Ver Plo*g, Boh DeCook and Joe Gettys. A?r ie4ilhire Ciniillle*: Walter Colv:!le, chairmAii; Leo Fox, Car^ B rown, Wayne Douglasa, Hen^ n^keK, Charlea Brown, Otia Bo^-orth, Pete Ellis, Joe Gray, RusseU Howard Jr, Harold Slayer, Mart Vander Heiden, Mehrin Heime ndinger and John Porter. Better Roads Comtnlttoe: Torn Bray ^h^i«««n- Clifford Powers, vice'-chairman; Cart B. Johnson. DeWayne Foehonger. A. K. Au- Carroll Brown, Lyle Ctu- maA t^ Jon es. T . L. John p, den , p^ BlackfonJ . o ~° Mason and H. It McGruide. Wayne Dou«- site at 1209 south Seventh street. WOD today, BETTER Consisting of «JS acres, it « avad. : 7M8;iD!l events to come, and activities of ( m a n y last vear - ! various committees. I DIRECTORS TAKING office at j According to Ralph Shelton, the' the 1956 annual meeting, Jan. 10, Chamber of Commerce, during were: Gale W. Stapp. president; 1956 put out approximately 85,- . Roy Coe, first vice-president; John 000 pieces of mil. This total in- ' Liley; Peter E. Ellis; Stanley Haw; eluded regular and special mail- Don C. Ogden; Walter Colville; ings to various committees, the en» Otis Bosworth; Dr. Kenneth Lem- tire membership, and regular cor- on; Don Hemphill; Hugh Ben Mc- respondence. Coy; and Mayor Charles Brown. The chamber also furnished sup- This group met monthly to han- plies for 30 conventions neld in die routine and new business, and Oskaioosa during 1956--with an set changes of policy. Two im-, estimated attendance of 9,000. portant changes in the article? of; Another "first" under Chamber incorporation, voted upon in tfas- of Commerce sponsorship, jointly . 1957 annual meeting, include first, | with the Farm" Bureau, was the the election of directors early in ail-day educational farm tour December rather than in January, through Mahaska county. Ap- as has been the policy. This would proximately 30 business men, and allow the new members to take j an equal number of rural resi- office on Jan. 1, and appoint com- dents, observed six different types mittee chairmen before the annual of f arxnimr operations on as many, meeting. Individual farms. ! The second change in articles of FOUR NEW committees were incorporation would provide tnatj added in 1956: military affairs; the immediate past president be j membership and welcome; conven- permitted to serve on the board ttons; and professional men. jthe year following his term, in an| First-named of the new commit- advisory capacity. I tees backed two special promotions J OPERATING UNDER TWO . --one on Armed Forcer Day, May i separate structures, the Chamber '· 19; and the other on Veterans'| o£ commerce is divided Into the Day, which was officially observed i community organization -- under Nov. 12 with all retail stores co- ; which committees operate; and the 1 «-,,,, ,. v __.. _.».,..-_ ,,-- .,, - ,, operating in closing for the day. j chamber of Commerce Beaity O f f urn ;t U re is an art down at B M Furniture, time since they Military speakers were imported · company. ! 804 south Market. Owners Carl Braaksma, left (Herald Photo! for each event. Major O. L. Bus-1 One representative from each j Q M H} da|m f h f +helr bus ; nej$ (,« sen, TTSAR, Ottunnva spoke from , typ e o f business serves actively in TM , the bandstand in the city square j Retail Bureau, with a breakfast May 19; and CoL John E. Bowen · scheduled the first Thursday of of Strategic Air Command head-, eacn month, at which all retailers quarters, Offutt AFB, Omaha, to {^e welcomed, a capacity crowd at an evening! Representatives on the Retail dinner Nov. 12 at the American Bureau in 1956 included: Harry Legion dining hall. Initial ar- shrago, Al DeKock, Boy Coe, Joe raagements are already being Monast, Jr., Wayne Douglass, made for both 1957 observances. Keith Morris, Okey Goodman, Don THE WELCOMING and conven- Hemphill, Clyde Loupee, Lloyd tion committee was active every Hedden, Lee Van Gorp, Glen Rund- week of the year. To name just lett, J. R. McGregor, BUI Suna few of the many varied events strum, E. A. Lemke, Cliff Dodson. .--the Keomah kennel club dog Ray Swanson. show; tri-county teachers' conven- Also Jim Mathew, Glen Stanley, tion (with 600 in attendance); Art Goshom, Chuck Walling, Har- Watchtower convention of 1,000: ry Fitch, John Liley, Marion Van- Southeastern Iowa district dental der Linden, Dick Herwig, Ernest society meeting; council No. 2- of Dilley, A. Meyers, Gale Stapp, the Toastmistresses' clubs, inter- Ralph Shelton, Carroll Alscp, Keith national; Central States Shorthorn Layton, George Draper, John Talsale: Southeastern Iowa polled bot, Marshall Oberstein, Bob hereford sale; and business men's Knoepfler, Gene Grandstaff. Ev- luncheon at CEI. Assisting this erett Wenrick, Marvin Smith and committee were those other com- Wendell Fuller, mittees certinent to the occasions. · Harry Shrago and Al DeKock Mabaska county's medical asso- were co-chairmen of the bureau. Ciation centennial was an impor- SALES PROMOTIONS spon- tant e\*ent in 1956 to the new pro- sore d by the Retail Bureau included fessional men's committee. Wide ^ e \vhite Elephant Days; Dollar FINE WOODWORKING AND refinishing been better ike last six months than at any; -. . ... ._, j -x D ». u e.--M...-- *:__ ,,:...-» -fluTv became partners in iTal.'-' E X P E R T P L U M B I N G Let Us Serve You In '57! We give immediate service on plumbing repair. All work guaranteed. We are equipped and experienced to handle major plumbing and heating contracts. Free estimates. Modernize That Old Bcrthrooni! KAUTIFUL NEW FIXTURES MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. LIIERAL ALLOWANCES GIVEN ON OLD FIXTURES. Plenty of Hot Water? Ask us about Rheem 80- gallon hot water heaters now available at a low, low price. GABEL 507 North 3rd Street Dial 3-3156 CALL US for all PLUMBING NEEDS! community interest -.vas stimuia- u a y S ; Spring and Fall Openings; ted by a poster contest, and stories in the newspapers and en the "Back-to-School' sales. Events for 1957 already sched- jCis 4-ii t_uc xiov c *jo. w^-i o ****** v-** ~**v j^VSiltS lor JLyij t cmrciiUj amicu- radio about the strides made by ' uie j include January clearance medicine. NO SPECIAL recognition can be given any one coirnnittee, however; because each one of the newly-formed groups, as well as those reg-olarly appointed each year, operated at fujl capacity in its own particular field, with coordination from the board of di- sales; Dollar Days; Spring Opening; Ridiculous Days: Eack-To- School; and Oskaioosa days. Various other committee activities for community betterment have included the arranging of a general discussion program on school reorganization; scheduling, after many conferences, the Farm CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PAST PRESIDEVTS 18S9 1890 1*91 1SS2 to 99 1900 1901 02 1S03 1904 1505 06 1907 IPOS 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 '16 1917 'IB 1919 1920 1921 '22 1923 1924 1925 Chris Winter G. B. McFall E. H G:tbs J. G. Oppenheimer E. H. Gibbs Sam Baldauf Jor.n A. Kalbach W. E. Ke~ble R. D. Walton H. H. Phinney I. W Cook S. W. Jameson C. E Sa\vyer W. W. Williams H W. Garner George True A. P. Spencer C. Ed Beman J. G. Roberts Warren Kalbach R. M. Boyer T. J. Xeiswanger C. C. Alscp J. H. Porter R. S. Howard 1926 1927 192 S 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 '36 1937 '38 1939 '40 1941 to '43 1944 1945 1946 '47 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 T. J. Brav A. K. Walling C. D. McGregor Art OpDenheimer R. V. Porter J. C. Eichhom V. C. Ramseyer F. W. Markley A W. Read Rex Benz Kobel McKay I. A, Garland John Sunstrum J. R. McGregor. Jr. Waldo E. Conner Russell Howard Grover Krouth Xed Gilbert A. D. Carlson Ed McFadden Mart VanderHeiden Ray Smith Clifford Powers Peter E. Ellis Gale W. Stapp NOTE: On July 1, 1882, the Oskaioosa Board of Trade was organized, and managed until 1889 by a board of 15. The name was later changed to the Oskaioosa Commercial club and then to the Oskaioosa chamber of commerce. SPAPFRf Our 58 0 Telephone Switches To Dial Telephones This is a section of the Kellogg C r o s s b a r Dial Switchoard. W. H. Fowler. 83- year-old president and owner, dials the number of one ef his 2400 subscribers. f fl^Bb«~de Fowler Telephone Company PELUL, IOWA "SPAPERJ

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