Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 87
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 87

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 30, 1957
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IOWA UNIVERSITY / SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM IOWA CITT IOWA , 1960 a new decade of DAILY VOL. 73, NO. 127 READING ROOM ^^ . · f SUB. I SCHOOL OF Oskaloosa s best hod If craft 111 YEARS OP NEWSPANR SOtVtd OSKALOOSA, IOWA--FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 1960 FOUNDED JULY 2, 1850 year much promise THE FIRST unit of new Ipalco power station to be built west of Oskaloosa pleted with two more units the local station will generate more than 700,000 kilo- will b* two-thirds the size of this three unit station at Des Moines. When com* watts and will be the largest in Iowa. If the immediate past reflects the future the '60s will hold much promise for Oskaloosa. The last hurdles to industrial development in Oskaloosa have been cleared and Oskaloosa faces clear running ahead. Four new plants came to Oskaloosa and three existing industries were enlarged in 1959. If any one of several concerns negotiating for Oskaloosa manufacturing comes here in 1960 more progress win have been made and new payrolls wfll have been achieved. The story of 1959 is more than a new PAMCO, Oskaloosa Silo Co., Oskaloosa Engineering Manufacturing Co., and Oskaloosa Concrete Products Co., with expansion at the Iowa Valve Company, Continental Manufacturing Co., and Mahaska Industries, Inc. About 125 additional men have been employed here as the result of the new upsurge in manufacturing activity. LATE IN THE YEAR came word that Iowa Power Light Co., will let contracts this year for and start 1961 construction on a new $20.000.00(V power station on the Des Moines river ten miles west of Oskaloosa, The first generating unit will be rated at 150,000 kilowatts -- the biggest unit of its kind in Iowa. Additional units to be installed within the next decade are expected to raise production to 700,000"kilowatts"or more. THE POWER station construction win come at the .same time work is begun on the new §75,000,000 Red Rock reservoir, several miles up the Des Moines river. This will provide the largest Iowa lake and recreation center, as well as assuring flood control for the lower Des Moines river valley. About a third of the power station cost will go for wages, while a large share of Red Rock cost wfll be spent on labor -- all money certain to be spent in the local area over several years period. UNPRECEDENTED residence construction in Oskaloosa in 1960 should make the year the biggest ever in home building. At least two new residential subdivisions are in planning for incorporation into the city. Present and future are so closely tied together in Oskaloosa development that it is difficult to define the dividing line. Gains made in 1959 will be reflected in increased payrolls this year and those advances wfll spread to other fields of community activity with incident construction, employee increases and new pay checks. ECONOMIC-BALANCE in Oskaloosa income is becoming nearer and nearer, with manufacturing gradually catching up with farm income. Industry DOW provides $4,093,000 in salaries for 960 workers as the major share of the 814,584,250 paid to 4,751 workers in all fields of employment. M. St. L. train crews in Oskaloosa drew $502,970 in salaries in 1959, with 45 men listed as local employees. The total does not include public employees, professional men and women, etc. Evidence of Oskaloosa's growth may be found in the records of utilities. Domestic electric meters totaled 4,062 in 1959, up 55 from 1958. Domestic gas meters jrained 219 to provide a new total of 3,406 -- largely due to the extension of gas to University Park. Telephones totaled 6,700 last year, an increase of 297 for the year. Water meters totaled 4.281 for an increase of 32 in 1959. OSKALOOSA construction amounted to more than DEVELOPMENT . . . (Continued on Page 2) Section 1 Development Pages 1-12 AERIAL VIEW of the new Oskaloosa senior high school building north of town. Th« school is one of the finest in the state, incorporating many features now being copied for other schools. The new building made possible cst;ii;iishment of the new junior high school. {NEWSPAPER! SJEWSPAPES.I

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