The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 21, 1933 · Page 7
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 7

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 21, 1933
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DEC13A1BBK aiASOiN CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE SEVEN URGES 10 POINT LABOR PROGRAM Miss Perkins Believes Plan Would Pay Dividends in Production. CHICAGO, Dec. 21. (.V--Secretary oC Labor Perkins has a 10 point program for the improvement of labor which, if adopted, she aaya, would pay dividends in production and in health satisfaction to the individual workers." She outlined her program before Our January Clearance Sale of Furs Starts Now Take advantage of our extremely low prices. MASON CITY FUR SHOPPE GOOD BOYS and GIRLS Deserve , Miller-Jones 'SHOES the Railway Labor Executives association as follows: 1. Permanent limitation o£ hours of labor. 2. Prohibition of child labor. 3. Standard minimum wages for women. 4. Requirement of safe and health working conditions. 5. Provision for ugert workers. G. Some form of unemployment reserves. 7. Adequate workmen's compensation laws. 8. Free pxibu'c employment bureau's. 9. Stronger administration of labor laws. 10. Steps to make permanent improved labor conditions. Cliff Kies Band and Entertainers Will Be at Avalon New Year's The management of Sunset inn at Manly announced the Cliff Kies band and entertainers of KSTP Broadcasting station of St. Paul will play for the New Year's watch party to be held at the Avalon ballroom Dec. 31. There will be special entertainment, a floor show and a dance. Table reservations are being made in advance, as tables will be placed around the dance hall for the evening, so that the guests may watch the show from their tables. The show will be turned into a carnival at midnight with whistles, squawkers, balloons and olber carnival attractions. Haiilontown Man Tells of Fertile's Clay Industry Dream of Electric Railroad* From Mason City Never Came True. few pro- GLOBE-GAZETTE'S DAILY CROSS WORD PUZZLE 31 a n ti i 5 fa e n o u g h t o p l e a s e e v e r y boy ami just aa sturdy a: it looks. KDJTOU'S NOTK--A days ago Eye Observing sen toil nn Invitation to readers to submit information concerning the early history of brick and tllo making in North Iowa. In the course of It, there mis n siigsjcctlon that the ubitmlonrd c!»y plant near Kertlle \vus !i remnant ot this early days. Tim foUosvluR article, written by 10. M. Klsner of Huiiiontown, corrects that impression iind supplies Home Interesting Information on tho ill-fated industrial venture. By K. M. KISNKK I noticed in your Eye Observing department recently a question regarding the abandoned brickyard at ·fertile. Although there are undoubtedly others who know more about it than I do, I will supply vhat information I can. You were mistaken in your guess hat the Fertile brick plant was one of the early brickyards of this section. It is really of fairly recent construction. Knoivn to Karl.v .Settlers. The claybanks aloup the \Vinne- jago river oust of Fertile were known to the carls' settler.";. Small quantities of brick, for building chimneys, etc.. were burned from .he earliest times. Pluti.s for capital- zing the clay beds iverc proposed for many years, but fell through, owing to the distance from transportation facililicM. The building of Lhc railroad through Hanlontown in 1899 improved this situation though by no means perfecting it. The project was promoted vigor"JUST WHAT I WANTED" , .. smart shoes from M I L L E R - J O N E S Smart/ Black, calfskin with Dimple trimming and easy liiiCa $199 Fellow! . . . Shoes from MILLER-JONES Good q u a l i t y upper trimmed ivilU simulated rc[* tile. Durable leather *olc. One inch heel. MILLER-JONES Qaad Shoe* for AH the Family AV. F. Duder, Mffr.--19 S. Federal This tic looks expensive but ibc price is only -- MILLER-JONES Good Shoes for ALL the Family W. F. Duder, MgT.--19 S. Federal Fit for a king! Fine black or taix calfskin upper, "Arch-Wedge" insole, snugly fitting heel, Good- Year welt learner sole. MILLER-JONES Good Shoes for ALL the Familv \V. r. Dti);r, Mfc'r.--3» S. Federal '*. For Folks Who Can't Decide What to Give to DAD or GROWN-UP BROTHERS MOST MEN NEED A NEW RAZOR THE NATIONAL1..V ADVERTISED ROLLS RAZOR Any man would be proud to own one ... $ RAZOR BLADES Genuine Gillette, Probak or Auto Strop, 5 blades fo SAFETY RAZORS GILLETTE $1 to $5 AUTO STROP $L to $5 ENDERS $1 Genuine HENKEL STRAIGHT RAZOR $4.00 -- $4.50 -- $5.00 None Better I I ss . I A Good Pocket Knife Always Pleases Several different sizes ffSAc ranging in price from ................................................... f !/ lo Beautiful Remington Pearl Handled Knives -- an exceptional value at .| JL Remington Sheath Knives _ 75c up -i CURRIE-VAN NESS CO. i Wl9l9l$l#l$ll$lftf^ ously during the summer and fall of 1907. Outside interests promoted the sale of stock, but most of the capital was raised locally. One of the main "talking; points" of the promoters was the possibility of using peat for fuel in firing the kilns. There are extensive peat beds in the vicinity of fertile and Hanlontown and at that time there was a concern working on the Goose lake tract north ot Fertile, digging peat and pressing it into blocks for use as fuel. Old timers declare that it was excellent stove fuel, but whether unsuitable for the purpose or for some other reason, it appears that it was never used in the brick plant, the kilns being fired with coal during the entire time that the plant was in operation. Construction Started In 1808. Actual construction l3gan in the early spring of 1908. and the factory was completed and commenced burning brick late in the summer. Operations were suspended during the winter months, but were resumed in the spring: of 1909 and continued throughout the summer and fall. The plant was closed late in the fall of 1009 and was never re-npened. Just why the factory failed has never baen explained to the satisfaction of this writer. Some say that the clay was unsuitable for brick and that the brinks were crumbly. A story is lold of one carload that was shipped which arrived at its destination without a single brick intact. Others say that the bricks could not withstand (he j action of water, and thn crumbling piles in the old brickyard seem to bear out the truth of this statement. On the other hand, the Fertile creamery building, which was built of brick burned in this plant, is still standing intact after 25 years, apparently still as solid as when it was built. Therefore it is evident (hat some good brick was actually burned in the Fertile plant. It is possible that the defects of the Fertile brick were due to faulty manufacture, as it is declared by those "in the know" that the Fertile clay is essentially the same as that from which the excellent Mason City brick is made. Transportation Was I'rohlom. Another reason for the failure of the plant was probably the difficulty of transportation. No railroad runs through Fertile, and. that being before; the. day of motor trucks, the bricks had to be hauled In wagons to Hanlontown. three miles away, and loaded on the cars at that point. Coal for firing the kilns was unloaded at Hanlontown and the customary procedure wus for the teamsters to haul a. load of brick to Hanlontown and a load o£ coal back to the plant. There were no improved roads in those days, so the hauliug had to be done in dry weather. Farmers living in the vicinity were employed in IhiS work, but even so tt wa.s expon.'rive transportation. At the time the p l a n t closed there were several great piles of brick in the yard awaiting hauling;. They arc there yet today, but have crumbled down into flhapsless mounds .iml overgrown with grass. This would appear to subslantiule (he theory that the brick were not water resistant. At the time the brick plant was being promoted, a group of "capitalists" in Mason City were promoting an electric railroad to run from Mason City to Fertile, "to top the rich clay iind peat beds at that place." It is possible, in fact probable, that the promoters of the brick plant counted heavily on the building of this railroad. However, for reasons unknown, it never got f u r t h e r than a survey. Clay Tits Can Be Seen Vet. The factory buildings 'and kilns stood on the north sido of the Winnebago river, while the clay was dug south of the river. The claypita are visible yet today. The clay was hauled to the factory in cable cars over a narrow- gauge elevated trestU; railway. The tracks were carried across the river on top of a .set. of regulation iron bridge railings. The concrete butmcnls ot thin bridge are .still in place. The main building, containing thr. engines and machinery, wa.s of frame construction. It's plank flour was supported by rows of small concrete pillars which arc still in place and can be seen from the road when the weeds arc not too high. There were two kilns, built of brick obtained, I believe, from Mason City. There wa.s also a great smokestack, built of the samu kind of brick. Parts of the kilns are still standing. In spite of the fact that they have been used as quarries for building material for the last 21 ' years. There wa.-i a large rectangu- 1 lar brick building on the grounds, which was built later of brick burned in the plant. I do not know vhal this building was used for. When I first visited the plant in 1912 or 1(113 it was standing to all appearances sound and solid but it has gradually crumbled away. Year by year I have noticed its gradual disintegration until it is now u shapeless mound overgrown with grass for the most part but still showing a reddish color in Hpots where the grass has not yet encroached. Machinery AVns Modnru. After the plant was closed it stood vacant and deserted for five or six years. Then the B'ertile bank obtained tax title lo the property and it was under their direction I believe that the plant wa.s dismantled. The machinery was of the latest and most modern type then known and I am under the impression that most of it found its way Into Mason City plants. The building.i were torn down one by one to salvage the material. The big brick smokestack stood until seven or eight years ago and was visible for miles around. Thou it was ACROSS 1--EudurQ K--A small globular Vjoily 11--Lessens 13--A meat slew 15--Youth lii--A small wax caiulle IS--To seek Inrornmtlon claivlcs- luieJy 19--Slornge receptacle for fodder - I -- A me.i.suro of l e n g t h 22--To distribute -3--Poem of l a m e n t a t i o n 53--BchinJ (lie limes 5C--Atouto 27--A city In folaml 3 0 -- I n t e r t w i n e d 34--Commotions 35--A p r o n o u n 37--Redeem 33-- Sun 30--A K i n d of imrrol ·U--To m e n d ot- u l t a f h w i t h tli rend J " -- r o r l n i n i n p lo a tribe 44--t.'n.";uccesM'iil conies tun (3 J t j -- S m a l l .secluded valley 47--A masculine proper name DOWN 1 -- X J n t r u e 2--Dipper S--By 4--To place 5--An autocratic ruler 6--Heproduced nntl multiplied, as y o u n g 7--PerctipUon Of eound S--Cliemlcnl abbreviation for silver y--Plica with medicine 10--Type or method 12--Surety for Die safe custody of a prisoner I t -- J a p a n e s e lr£c yielding a iioi- :mnou."i juice 17--WiHc: prudent -0--Monsters -----Decorated lou'cr p a r t of a \vnll ( p l u r a l ) -t---A Japanese coin :,"--Kind cf iucloMM) bcncto 27--Gluo -5--Aroma :;!--Substantial 31-- Jars 3 " -- A l w a y s 3 3 -- A b o u n d i n g in news 35--Passageway In a b u i l d i n g ^ti--Transfer of p r o p e r l y fur a consideration 33--A prefix; had (0--.Succeeded 4 3 -- P a r t a k e of r e a l i t y ·!"--Tims Answer to previous puttie the roads around Fertile are sometimes found filled in with a peculiar red dirt, a phenomenon that has caused no little astonishment among motorists who came in from a distance. This material is dug from the piles of decayed brick in the old brickyard. I realize "Mr. Eye," that this account is incomplete In many details. I have mentioned no names, either of promoters, stockholders or em- ployes, for not koovviag all of them it would hardly be fair to those I do know to drag them in. If you want a more detailed account, I refer you to J. F. Rhoads or G. Oliver Sanderson, both of Fertile. Either oC them is In a position to know more about it than 1 um. However, if you care to US'! this account, you may do so, in the absence of a better one. You can obtain information concerning former employes of the plant by interviewing Steven Fryet of this city. He fired the kllna at the plant during the entire time that the plant was in operation. Many From North Iowa Receive High Grades at Teachers' College C E D A R F A L L S , Dec. 2i.-- "Straight A" grades in all subjects, the highest mark attainable at the Iowa State Teachers' college, were earned by four men and two women students In their studies during the fall term, It was announced here by Miss Sadie B, Campbell, dean o! women, and L. 1. Heed, dean of men. John II. Smith, Lacona, earned SO grade points while carrying 20 hours of work. Albert J. Ebsl, Wat erloo; Edward L.. Gorton, Waterloo Rutherford D. Rogers, Jesup; Frieda Blume, Hampton, and Alice Faust Cedar Falls, all earned 00 grad points while carrying 15 hours o work. There were 08 girls and twenty eight men on the honor roll for th fall term. In order to be placed or the honor roll a sludent must earn t least three and one-third grada o.nts n credit hour anu oariy not ess than 11 hours of credit work. North Iowa students who earned he required three and one-third ov lore grade points a credit hone vere: Bernlce Bernatz, SplllvUlej Helen Brlnkman, Rolfe; Mabel Da- ics, Plymouth; Olga Grangaard, "'nukon; Velva Klaessy, Convith; Ruemond Koestler, Burl; Irma -j. i.ows; Mary La Dage, Wav- rly; Elsie Kelly McCoy, Fayette; LUdrey McWilliams, Bristow. Syrita Schleuter, Cresco; Lola Schoellerman, Lake Park; Amos ^elknap, Tripoli; Gordon H. Arenda, Aplingion; David Grant, Oelwein; VIi""*"t ^---'·- ", Wavcrly; Randall Hart, Randalia. wrecked for the purpose of gal-' vaging the brick. Nothing remains of the plant today except the concrete hutmenta of the bridge, the foundations of the main building, parts of the two kilns that have de- fied the picks of the wreckers, the great mound described above, and aomc smaller mounds where piles of stored brick crumbled into dust. Decayed ISrlck Used on KoiulH. Mud holes and low spots In 3 CHRISTMAS D A N C E S Clear Lake Country Club SATURDAY night, Dec. S8. Carey ISraUiCrH bund, THey'ru liked by all dancers. 40o ucr person. SUNDAY night, Dec. 21. Start- Ing U p. m. till 4 n. m. Monday morning. Dawn dance. Music, by Carey Brothers baud. 40c per person. M O N D A Y night, Dec. 25. An- nunl Christmas night (lance. Bobby Grlggs orchestra. 40u ucr person. Just in Time For These Special CHRISTMAS LAMP VALUES! Hobnail Fount/., Colonial Bridge Lamp (Right). Just received n delayed shipment, of lamps similar to the one shown at the right. Wrought Iron base, parchment shade, with glass hobnail fount. A great value. Trice Cumplclc Extra Special Indirect LAMP bnsc, I L e f t ) . One of the best values we have ever had In a belter Indirect L a m p -- b e a u t i f u l l y finished artistic shade. Price Only EASY TERMS CJhrlshuns Tree: Sets 59c t:\trn Bullis, 3 for lui; (nntitliiT proof) $1.25 SPECIAL ELECTRIC TRAIN VALUES Bring 1 that boy of yours alon;? and let him decide. Sure--he wants a Lionel for Christmas. Bring him in and let him sec Lionel Trains in action. We .slock the most complete line of Lionel Trains and accessories. We will gladly demonstrate them for you. T U A I N SKTS AS I.OW AS $2,95 $5.50 $9.50 PEOPLES GAS AND ELECTRIC Co. p FUR COATS aro Perfect Gifts SPECIAL PRICES for CHRISTMAS! Sensible Gift Complete Glasses Special Showing GIFT 'GLASSES ·Mon. -- Tties. -- Wed. ' O P T O M E T R I S T Llvcrgood Bros., 110 N. Fcdernl A\c. SALE of hundreds of pairs of New Shoes We're proud to offer values such us these . . . nil new styles . . . Impossible to illustrate all of Ihem . . . suedes, kidskins, calfskins and combi- nalion leathers in black or brown . . . every pair a bargain at htlss ale price. 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