Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 92
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 92

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 30, 1957
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* t W., Jen. **, OSKAIOOSA OAltY HIRAL0 Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce has best year The Oskaloose. chamber of commerce h*d one of the best years j te history in 1959, thank* to the itork of Executive Secretary Cliff DMeon, an active board and officer*, and more than 280 people who served on committee* during the year. I Garold F. Heslinga was president. Hay Swanson first vice president, Pearl Wilbur second vice president, and Keith Morris. Bill : Van Draska. Ralph Hoar, Marion i Sedrel, Phil Wake. Bob Knoepfler, = Ijto fox. and Robert DeCook were £ members of the board. Industrial activity claimed most attention during the year because of the success of the community industrial promotion program, but aH phases of the chamber activity W e r e rewarded with marked ·chievment. ; The organization operated on a j budget of $20,361.03 in 1959. with ' industrial promotion taking $2,-: f 55.41 of the amount, retail bu- ! reau projects $1.915 and salaries! $9.295.54 | COMM1'11'£15 chairmen were = W a l t e r Coiville. agriculture; Francein Lamberson. conven- { ttons; Bob DeCook, audit and fi- i nance; Jack Hunt, civic affairs; j Wesley Glenn, membership meet- i ings; E. A. McFadden. education: ! ·fhomas J- Bray, good roads; Pearl i Wilbur, industrial; Chuck Wai- ; ling and Roy Coe. membership; j deorge Draper, retail bureau: j Wayne Douglass, welcome; John} Lytle, military affairs: Charles * llrowni. state and nation affairs; ' : Kent S. Clow. Jr., transportation; ! and Bill Sunstrum. parking. ] Sixteen men served as honorary j directors during the year. They j were asked to serve in this ca- i pacity to get a better understand- j ing of the working of the chamber i of commerce. i IT IS SAID that a town Is no I better than its retailers. The i chamber of commerce retail bu-! reau sponsored the following j events during the year -- threej Dollar Days, Spring Opening, Em- j ployee's Days, Outdoor Laving! Days, Back to School Days, Fall i Opening. Black Cat Day, and the I biggest promotion of the year -Ridiculous Day. Retail Mies of Oskaloos* hare ·hown a steady Increase from $18,266,799 in 1958 to an all time high of $?t,«51,900 te 1959. The fact that OsbsJooM wa« the only county seat town In this area that had an Increase in retail sale* last year, indicates the BUCC«M of tne local retail promotions. INDUSTRIAL growth was by far the outstanding achievement Of 1959 and paved the way for further manufacturing expansion Here, by new plant* and enlarged ·odsttng- ones. - Tb» upturn in providing' new industrial payrolls came on the heels "With your added support Os- kaVwtoa can and wtil become truly Good Today -- Better Tomorrow." Raymond Swanson is the 1960 pttgMent, Ml BunetiUM Me- ond vice president and Clifford Dodaon executive secretary- New directors are George Oidakcr, Wesley Glen, Bill Sunstnnn and president, .Pearl Wilbur is first I Art Garland. OfUNNELL (Special) - A widespread and intensive fund campaign was launched throughout the Jasper-PoweanMc county are* last fall to raise money for the construction of a community hospital GfUNNELJL (Special) -- Tui $1,200,000 Burling library at Grin* nell college was formally defeated last fall with a special three-day program held on the weekend of Oct. THE If60 ch-.-r.ber management includes Vice Pres. Sill Sunttrum; (Back row) --- Direc- . . . . . * *· *-s.i»rr §N _ J i D _ L I/_ A A A X|A_ D«I_.L LJtf*.. i «·«* FAY HAD from the left, (bottom row)--Sec. Cliff Dodson; Judy McKay, office secretary; President Raymond Swanson; First Vice Pres-.Pearl Wilbur; Pas* Pres. Garold Heslinga; and Second tors Bob Knoepfler. Ralph Hoar, Leo Fox, Bob DeCook. Bill Van Draska, Marion Sedrel, Wesley Glenn and George Oldaker. of the award of the Iowa Development commission's two top trophies to Oskaloosa for having the best industrial program in t h e '. state. j A self study in 1958 by the i chamber industrial committee con- ! vinced the members that Oska-, loosa should have a larger indus- ; trial site. Options were secured\ and plans made to purchase 20. more acres to add to seven al-; ready owned. I Steps were taken late in 1958; to raise $25,000 to provide an in- j dustrial park and to subscribe j $75,000 to build a sheU factory structure. PUBLICITY in connection with the Oskaloosa activity attracted the attention of Harold S. "Pete" Palmer of Keota and his enquiry was received by Secretary Dodson on Feb. 1. Negotiations started then ended with announcement April 3 that the Productive Acres Manufacturing Co. would set up a new plant in Oskaloosa. The Industrial park and PAMCO building funds campaign started April 14 and architects were appointed to plan the park. The community subscribed $175.000 for PAMCO and funds to finance the industrial park. A building was completed in September and PAM- CO started operations Oct 1. Oskaloosa became the home of three other companies during 1959 -- the O s k a l o o s a Silo company, the Oskaloosa Engineering ft Manufacturing company and the Oskaloosa Concrete Products company. No other Iowa community can match that record. THE OSKALOOSA municipal airport became a reality when the city obtained title to the mile square former Navy field near Cedar. An antique airplane show · and contests were held over the i Labor Day weekend and the for- ; mal dedication followed later. The j chamber had been active in the; preliminary plans and eegotia-; tions. I The Oskaloosa chamber of com- j merce was one of the sponsors for f the Iowa state mechanical corn j picking contest on the Unsicker j farm near Wright last fall. j The agricultural committee was j one of the sponsors in the fifth j annual barbecu? at the Southern j Iowa Fair for 4-H and FFA members and junior exhibitors. This committee cooperated in planning ^ for starting paving secondary i roads, with the Glendale road j paved in 1959. This same commit- i tee led a move to secure county' zoning in Mahaska county. COMPLETION of the paving Of 146 between New Sharon and Grinnell, reviving of steps to pave! 225 between 146 and Sully, oppo-j sition to the i relocation of the Barnes City road when it is paved, the start of the widening of highway 92 east of Oskaloosa, the paving of the Glendale road and the new DCS Moines river bridge were major project* of the food roads committee. The committee recently requested the Iowa state highway commission to move ahead plane for widening, highway 92 west because of the traffic congestion expected when the Iowa Power * Light Co. starts building the new $20,000,000 power station near Tracy In 1961- All roads committee projects in the state program were included in the new five year plan. Oskaloosa was represented at the national Junior Chamber of Commerce convention in New York by an able group of local Jaycees, passing out information and literature provided by the Oskaloosa chamber of commerce. OVER 12,e*» pieces of mail were sent out by the chamber, much of it to firms and individuals and telling the advantages of Oskaloosa. Some of this mail resulted in over 9,500 persons visiting Oskaloosa as convention guests or in groups touring the city. All of these people were furnished literature on Oskaloosa and as many as 4,000 were given courtesy parking tickets to make their stay and parking more convenient and pleasing. All these activities take money and work. An efficient membership committee Helped make Os- kaloosa'B record outstanding. The committee added about $3,000 hi dues in 1959 and at the close of the membership drive the chamber of commerce had 378 members, the largest total membership to history. "If you are not a member. Join the chamber of commerce in I960 and see what your added work and support can do to help Oskaloosa become one of the leading cities In Iowa," says Secretary We Are Proud To Be In Our Fourth Year Of Serving Oskaloosa Our Trained Experienced Staff -- To Help You In Making The Right Selection Your Exclusive Keepsake Diamond Dealer Our 1959 A "New" Stereo Hi-Fi Organ Demonstration Room NOW . . . Hear thp amazingly realistic torn- quality of console and pnrtahlp stereo hi-fi sets and Lowrey organs under conditions similar to the average living room. We Feature These Famous Names In Music KiMBALL PIANOS GIBSON FENDER GRETSCH DANELECTRO KAY HARMONY HOHNER CONN BACH OLDS SELMER BUESCHER YORK ROTH RCA VICTOR CAPITOL DECCA COLUMBIA MERCURY WEBCOR MOTOROLA LOWREY ELECTRIC ORGANS SERVING THIS COMMUNITY SINCE 1946 Lay ton's Music Store 210 HIGH AVE, WIST DIAL 3-4390 Li LE S J E W E L E R S O U T H S I · f S Q · A t ...In Good Eating During 1959 More People Than Ever Before Enjoyed LYNN'S FRYERS 39 Years of Progress in FLAVORFUL POULTRY "Lynn's" has become the trademark of the finest in dressed poultry in southeast Iowa. The fine reputation we are now enjoying has not been easily gained . . . it is the result of many years of hard work. We feel that our good reputation is our most valuable asset . . . and we are taking no chances of jeopardizing it. When you buy any of Lynn's dressed poultry you can be assured it is the finest we can put on the market. We carry a full line of tur!;eyi, hens and fryers. Buy LYNN'S Fresh Dressed FRYERS At Your Favorite Store Our trucks deliver fresh dressed poultry to restaurants, stores, colleges and other institutions over a large section of southeast Iowa. Look for the Lynn's Flavorful label when you buy poultry at your favorite store. LYNN'S MlilESS 712 South llth Phone 3-4296 1N.EWSPAPEM

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