Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 30, 1936 · Page 8
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 8

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, January 30, 1936
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EIGHT MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, JANUARY 30 1936 GAINS REPORTED BY M, AND ST. L Co-Receiver Shows Advance in Car Loadings Over Year Ago. MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 30. (/F The Minneapolis St. Louis Railway, Co-Receiver Lucian C. Sprague reported, gained 10,583 cars in car loadings and $138,236 in additional revenues during the first 11 months of 1935, compared with 1934. The report to the interstate commerce commission disclosed gross operating- revenue of $7,610,887 for 1935 as against $7,514,180 for 1934 and decreased operating expenses despite a ,?50D,000 wage rise. The incomplete report did not give net operating income figures. Sprague also said plans were being prepared fora special type of locomotive to handle trains at high speed without necessitating doubleheader Or helper service. This, he said, would cut operating costs. Iowa Goose Attains Ripe Old Age of 25 * Years Before Dying WATERLOO, Jan. 30. UP)--A goose that was a gosling when Theodore Roosevelt was president is dead at Hudson, having attained the npe old age of 25 years. The goose, owned by John Robertson of Hudson, is believed to have set a record of longevity for geese. Death wasn't due to senility or the complications attending old age, Robertson insists. He attributes the goose's demise to loneliness following- the disappearance of another goose on the Robertson farm. Directories in Vogue Here as Early as 1883 Only One-Fourth of an Inch* Thick But It Listed a "Union Depot." Mason City in 1883---as one old timer put it, "had a directory even then, so sure!" It contained only 87 pages and was about a quarter of an inch in thickness, but it Was printed exceptionally well for the times; was covered with a substantial binding; and contained much information. Published by the Mason City Times, operated by Rec Stanbery and advertised as "the only home- print paper in the county," the [act was proudly made known by a four line announcement in as many styles of type face on the fly .eat Streets Are Different. It was an entirely different Mason City that the old timers had and what is Mason City today. One had to know this city in those days to find his way around. For instance, in the street directory in the front of the book is this descrip tion of Commercial street, "extend from the south limit of the city tc "Most thriving young city in Iowa, and the largest one on the line of the C. M. St. P. railroad in Iowa." It was the end of the division at that time. The Central of Iowa railroad ran north and south and the Austin branch of the C. M. St. P. railroad completed the rail connections here. The schools were considered "superior to any in this section," the high school costing $30,000. :he north, running through the center of the city. From Firs street to north line it is called Com mercial; from First street to south ine it ig called Main." The remainder of the streets wer equally as different from the street.. ;oday. One was even listed as 'north of Twelfth and west of Com mercial is the Fair Ground road and not named but should stand as Thirteenth street." That was when the 'airgrounds was located on what is now Twelfth street northwest. "Most Thriving City." A surprising write-up concerning he better features of Mason City vas found near .the front of the di- ectory. It was described as the Top Your Winter Coat With a Flattering NEW SPRING TURBAN $2.98 Straw Fabric Silk Felt Black Brown Navy Bright Colors Final Clearance of WINTER H A T S . . . 69c "·''^·'N:?^/;".^ Long Distance Calls SpecM fates oa statkra-to-statkm calls now ate in effect not oo!f after 7 o'clock every night bat afeo aH day Sunday. These rates apply on station-to-station caMs for which die day rate is 40 cents of more. Abo, there BOW are special rases oa person- to-person calls every night after 7 o'clock and all day Sunday. These rates apply, in general, on person-to-person calls for which the day rate is 55 cents or more. JWCAL StoBon-to-Ststioti Rates Week Night and Ait-tine Mr)« Day Sunday RATES Parson-lo-Person Rstes Weelt Night and Day Sunday 100 $ .60 $ .35 $ .90 $ .65 200 1.05 .60 1.40 .95 300 1.40 .80 1.80 1.20 400 1.75 1.00 2.20 1.45 500 2.05 1.15 2.55 1.65 »"*' wwwwws An example of a line from the directory follows: "Smith John, fr Ky., carp, wks ss Main, 2 d w 2d at, bds ss 3r, 2 d w Main st." All of which means "John Smith, from Kentucky, carpenter, works south side of Main street, two doors west of Second street, and boards south side of Third street two doors west of Main street." Of course the streets ran in opposite directions from the example but this wag placed in the book so no one could mistake it from a real address. "Is Complete Mirror." The Times was by no means th only newspaper distributed here a that time, however. The Mason City Express was published by Tucke and Rugg and was advertised as an eight-page 42 column republican home newspaper--"a complete mir ror of the prosperity, enterprise anc home interests of the city and coun ty in which it is published." By con solidation with the Rockwell Phon ograph it claimed the "largest cir culation ever attained by a news paper in the county." The Cerro Gordo County Republican was also published by Leo Chapman and it was considered the oldest publication in the city, having been established in 1860, at what is now First street and North Federal avenue. Union Depot Listed. Although only two railroads had terminals in Mason City in 1883, it xasted of a union depot at that time. It was located at the junction of the C. M. and St. P. and the I. C. railroads at the southeast corner of the city limits. The directory lists six blacksmiths and only four barbers, 10 xot and shoe makers and dealers, zix dressmakers, three milliners, ive drug-gists, 15 attorneys, four agricultural implement houses, three akers, three banks, five billiard alls, three bookstores, a carriage and wagon works, a cigar manufacturer, five clothing dealers, four fuel dealers and four confectionery and fruit dealers, four dentists, eight physicians and surgeons, two veterinary surgeons, one undertaker, five dry goods stores, five "gents' furnishings," an express company, telegraph company but no telephone, three furniture stores, a gunsmith, eight grocery stores, four hardware stores, three harness and saddle stores, nine hotels, five restaurants, three sewing machine agents, one photographer, two music teachers, three dealers in musical instruments, two mills, four meat markets, four lumber dealers, a marble yard, two tailors, two livery stables, two lime kilns, two jewelers and a laundry. John Cliggltt Mayor. According to the official register, John Cliggitt was mayor, J. J. Clark, clerk; A. S. Church, treasurer; John C. Saerwin, city attorney; A. C. Owen, city marshal, and cc-uncilmen were W. W. Knapp, John Lee,H. I. Smith, A. T. lien, L. A. Page and L. C. Hurlbut. County officers were W. C. Tompkins, treasurer; Duncan Rule, clerk; E. J. Rosecrans, sheriff; Duncan Rule, clerk of district court; Dr. E. C. Miller, coroner; Lizzie J. Fitch, recorder; H. H. Shepard, auditor; L. L.. Klinefelter, superintendent of public instruction; W. S. Jaynes, surveyor. J. B. Dakin, H. J. Willis and William Henderson were supervisors and John JD. Glass was state senator and N. Densmore state representative. Mrs. Catt Teacher. G. R. Miller was president of the school board, J. C. Sherwin, vice president; O. T. Denison, secretary and treasurer; F. M. Rogers, James Rule, G. W. Sanborn, W. B. Stilson and S. S. Bagley were members of the board. That was when Carrie C. Lane, later Carrie Chapman Catt, was principal of the high school. The directory was originally the property of W. D. Allen, at that time general agent for Sohmer pianos, "highest award at'the centennial exhibition of 1876" if you please, but later the directory became the property of C. H. Stevens, present city engineer. State Parole Board to Study Clemency for Martin Norton DES MOINES, Jan. 30. L?)--The state parole board next week will consider possible clemency for Martin Norton, Anamosa reformatory convict who went to the aid of a guard two weeks ago, Chairman Matt Cooney of the board said today. Norton assisted in subduing Richard Reinicks, Negro inmate who threw Guard Charles Strickel to his death from a guard railing 40 feet from the reformatory floor. Cooney said the board will go to Anamosa two months ahead of its regular visit to interview Norton, who is serving a 10 year sentence on a forgery charge on which he was committed June 7, 1934. Chairman H. E. Felton of the state board of control recommended that the parole board take whatever action its members deem advisable in Norton's case. City Father Diligent TIFFIN, Ohio, (UP)--Martin P. j ·Clei has been a city councilman 0 years without missing a meeting. O AT S Man y As Low As Half Price! Time is getting short if you want a real bargain on a winter coat. . . . We still have a good assortment and have reduced them far below their original values. Some are untrimmed sport coats while others have fine fur collars. DRESSES Sizes 12 to 44 Evening Gowns Sport Frocks Afternoon Styles There are dresses so smart and new that you will enthuse over them. Many are at half price and even as low as one-fourth of the original price. We are determined to close out every fall and winter dress and have priced them accordingly. Bargains, if there ever were any! Sizes 12 to 46. S N O W S U I T S $2.98 to $10.98 All of our wool and corduroy suits are drastically reduced. Enjoy the many outdoor sports in one of our suits--they'll keep you warm. Sizes 14 to 20. Chiffon and Service SILK HOSE 3 pairs $1.69 Extraordinary values in first quality, pure silk stockings, new colors, and made by an outstanding manufacturer. Sizes 8 to 10. pair 59c Regularly 1 $1.15 Van Raalte Hose pair 88c A beautiful quality, sheer chiffon stocking which we are discontinuing. High quality at low price! Children's Hose, 4 prs.. $1.00 Silk and wool, full length, sizes 6 to 10. Children's Union Suits . . 69c Wonderful bargains in silk and wool and cotton union suits. 'Former prices ranged up to $1.95. Sizes 2 to 6. Silk Pajamas, $1.69 Two-piece styles in blue and tea rose. Sizes 15, 16 and 17. Were $2.25. Also silk crepe gowns in tea rose, orchid and blue. Sizes 15 and IS. Vossarettes !4 Off Snug-fit pants and vests in lisle and 50% wool. Formerly $1 to $3. MERKEL'S FIRST FLOOR Merkel's Second Floor HERE'S THE GREATEST SHAVING VALUE IN YEARS LONSBURY DOUBLE EDGE BLADES GOLD PLATED RAZOR USED BLADE RECEPTACLE · Here is positively the greatest shaving value we have ever seen. For only S9c you get this complete 3-in-l shaving kit -- 50 keen, double-edge razor blades; a handsome gold- plated razor; and an attractive container for used hlade disposal. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up with a year's supply of quality blades at this sensational low price. Mail orders filled while supply lasts. Come in --or write in--before the crowds clean us out! MERKEL'S FIRST FLOOR MAIL ORDERS IFitlilji Ruffled Curtains Pair79c Odd lot sale of ruffled curtains, assorted styles, one and two pairs of a kind. Glazed Chintz Yd. 29c 19c Fast colors, lovely patterns, 36 inches wide. Germanfown Yarn 3 balls $1 Four-fold Germantown yarn in all colors. Makes beautiful jiffy-knit garments. Wool Blankets Wool Blankets $4.95 Bridal blankets of all wool In blue, rose, peach, orchid and tan. Davenport Pillows, 89c Attractive pillows of taffeta and damask filled with pure kapok. $7.95 All wool Faribo and Kenwood Blankets in all pastel shades. Size 72x84. These are remarkable values considering the high market prices of wool. FIRST FLOOR

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