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January 21, 1937

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 20

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J- ^i"1 - T -7-^. , -r J? "-^- -u,*.»-s. ,r_t-*- iiiffv ^.j. TWENTY FRANCHISE AT POLLS LOSES Forest City Votes 704 to 546 Against Issuing of Permit, FOREST CITY--Although the proposal to grant the Interstate Power company an electic franchise lost. 704 to 546 at a special election Wednesday, - there were believed to be several obstacles to be cleared before definite action could be taken for construction .of a municipal plant. On Sept. 17, 1936, the city voted authority to t h e - c i t y council to erect a municipal plant by a vote of 538 to 437. -Opponents of the plan, liowever, pointed out that that vole contained no provision for authorizing the city council to issue bonds. Another election may be held, it was believed,- to include those proposals. Considerable interest was shown in Wednesday's election, which was preceded by mass meetings. "Book Fair" Feature of Lions Program at . Garner; Talk Heard GARNER--A "Book fair" was featured at the Garner Lions club luncheon Wednesday at which Mrs. R. J. Fritsch, 'local librarian, gave the main talk. A colorful arrangement of 150 books in several booths included books for juveniles, collections on fine art, garden and home, a section called the international mind, hobby books and a rare collection of old school books. Newspapers, one published in Mason City in 1897, carried a Hancock county edition, with one- half of the. publication devoted to Garner with many pictures o£ business and professional men of 40 years ago. Another publication was the Cincinnati Daily News, published during the Civil war. Following her talk Mrs. Fritsch pointed out the various collections on display and the steadily growing need for a larger collection. With the backing of several of the Garner clubs which have already pledged their support, Mrs. Fritsch is making an effort to obtain a contract with the Mason City library to borrow 50 books for each. Supt. J. R.. Mounce gave a talk and explained magazines. The library, he said, carries reading material to the needs of all people^ Dr. Thomas McMahon, program chairman, introduced the speakers. Fred C. Missal is president for the Lions club. Beaver Pond in North Iowa MASON CITY Social Security Board Will Establish Three Field Offices in IOWE WASHINGTON, (tf)_The so cial security board announced i will establish three Iowa field of fices to supplement the work o the Des Moines office in admin istralion of old age benefits. The offices will be at Daven port {postoffice building), Siou Cily (Warnoclc building), and a Waterloo (postoffice building) Staffs of each will be small, th board said, and personnel will b drawn entirely from civil servic lists. The offices are to assist in maintaining wage records o workers with social security accounts, adjudicate claims for benefits and furnish information on the old age benefits plan This photo shows a part of the pond flooded "by a beaver dam in IVorlh couniy A vast supply of water planis /or food lias been made available to the colony ly this dam. Dam Constructed by New ; Colony in. Worth County Wide-Area Prospected by* Ui f Higleys, Whittemore, Buy Mason City Cafe -^ ..-WHITTEMORE-Jvir..' and. Mrs. Tfa'rve Higley, Sr., long time residents of Whittemore, have recently purchased' a beer garden and cafe on South Federal street in Mason City, They intend to take possession of it the latter part of this month. Mr. and Mrs. Higley and their son, Leslie, will leave Whittemore permanently for their new home Feb. 1. Helen, Lillian and Moran will remain in Whittemore to finish out the school year at Presentation academy. They will stay at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Mergen, the latter being their sister. Mr. and Mrs. Higley have a host of friends who wish them success in their new venture. ·" Male'Before Site Selected. CARPENTER -- The census of North-Iowa now includes a fine colony in eastern Worth county Its presence has been noted by the state conservation commission but few know of the existence of the clever group of builders, once so plentiful in the midwest. George D. Nelson of near Osage, who observed the prospecting progress of the head of the t=avei colony and has noted various steps in the building of the dam, said the colony now has a dam across a creek about 3 feet high, the main section of which is about 30 PARENTAL INTEREST As a father, we are deeply concerned over the charge that, in Oklahoma ,City, a'school teacher -sealed the lips . of talkative children with clothespins. What we want to know is, did it work?-Baltimore .Evening; Sun. feet long. There 'is a lateral dam about 300 feet long, ranging from 6 inches to 16 inches in height, to prevent water flowing around the ends. The dam, constructed of stalks, roots, sod, mud and rocks, provides water deep enough so that it will not freeze through during the winter. The site of the colony is on Deer creek, about three- fourths of a mile west ot the east line of Worth county. Wide Area Surveyed. Two years ago Mr. Nelson observed tracks in Mitchell and Worth counties and then realized that a male beaver was prospecting Cor a site. After covering most of the streams in both counties, this head of the colony selected a particular point. This male, according to his tracks, is a monster. The female is not so large. This season this pair raised a family of at least three young, judging from the tracks. Mr. Nelson has never seen a beaver in this colony and knows of few persons that have although Conservation Officer Yates has sighted one there. The animals are very shy and have the keenest sense of smell and hearing. As they seldom venture out in daylight, it is seldom a person has the privilege of seeing one ot them. This colony in Worth counly'has done a wonderful piece o£ engineering, it was observed. The "boss beaver" picked the dam site so as to flood a pond on the soutl side of the creek that abounded with acquatic plants that were excellent food for them, therebj preserving the supply of poplar alder and willow for future use These beavers have cut very littli timber on this project, having us ed dead timber and brush in con strucu'on of their dam. They havi. all the appearances of a well planned large colony project. Common in North "Woods. "A male beaver reaches u weight of 80 pounds and (he female 60 pounds," according to Mr. Nelson, who has had 42 years trapping experience and has spent parts of many years studying the habits of beavers while on fishing and hunting trips in. the north woods where they are plentiful He has also talked to Indians and old trappers concerning these animals of exceptional engineering skill. "I have aeon beavers in the north woods at work," Mr. Nelson continued. "It is surprising the load they can move and the work that can be done in a short time 1 have seen them load a rock, a. large as a man's head, on the tai of a large beaver, pack mud around the rock and he will haul it to the dam, dump his load and go for another. "They will fell a poplar tree six inches through and 30 feet ligh into the water and float it loivn io their dam where, cou- .rary to the belief of most people, they deposit the butt of the tree onto the dam with the branches up stream, then weight the branches down with mud and rocks interlaced with roots, grass and sod and they have a dam that will stand any flood, owing to the butts of trees projecting over the crest of the dam, to take the shock of the floating ice and do- aris. They cut. poplar and elder branches and bury them in the mud for winter feed. Prospecting; Work Observed. "When a colony becomes crowd ed, the oldest male beaver set, out to look for a new site. He will travel hundreds 01 miles overland and up and down streams looking cnBlomera Hay about Skelly Aromnx id too strong for eocae to believe. Kxam- plei "I start in Its* than 2 aecnnoUoa coldest morning*.' Batfel'ii look at the facu: Skelly tartars inlo refinery-made Skcllj Aro- max a Virgin gasoline prejied from nature's gas. Farmore volatile, cleaner, purer. Varying nmonius of Virgin goBoline are t»i- lored into Skelly Aromax at 2-t different tailoring pointi in SkeHy territory. This fil« Skelly Aromax to the weather m each community. - Yow get faster start, speedier acceleration, cleaner performance and more mileage. Try it--and see. © H!S, Skelly Oil Co. 6IJB t- · " * ~ GASOLINE FOR EACH COMMUNITY for a suitable site to start a col ony. 'In the case of the Worth coun ty colony, the male beaver trav eled down the Red Cedar rive from near Lyle, Minn., to Mitchell, then supposedly across coun try to Burr Oak creek and down it to Little Cedar river and up Beaver creek to Mossville. Ther all trace was lost. It is supposed -hat he then went back to the Rec ^edar near St. Ansgar and ui Deer creek to the present site. Al along the described route, trace: were found Where he cut smal poplars for food and prospectec aanks for a suitable dam site. "He about decided' on a site about three-fourths of a mile lortheast of Brownville on Bearer creek. He cut several smal trees and dragged .them into th creek and dug several prospec holes in the bank but I believe that lack of water caused him to ibandon this site. Joined by Female. "Now here is the queer part o the picture. When the male beave leaves on a prospecting tour in early summer, he leaves his female at home preparing for an addition to the family and when lie finally selects a home site, he iocs to work on the new home Mrs. Beaver then joins him. She travels in a direct line to the nev nome. How does she know whert. le is and when he is ready for her' · The Indians say that he sends word to her by (he birds. This is me of the secrets of nature tha man has never solved.' "When the female arrives the male already has work on the new lome well under way. She pitches n and helps, has her young aril ·aises them and when winter sets in they are comfortably loused in bank dens or houses and a new colony has started to prosper. "This fall there was another jeaver prospecting on the Little -edar river about a mile south o Brownville but I could not trace nm. Hlore Colonies Possible. 'Beaver are making a wonder- ul comebtck and if given the pr o - ection they should have, will do venders- to restore some of the amage mankind has done to the Ireams. AH a beaver needs is TMf r ?i enty ° £ P°P lai ' s (quaking sp), alders and willows and to e let alone. They are the great- st .engineers and landscape art sts that ever lived. "1 discovered several large col- nies this summer between Reeds .anding and Wabasha, Minn., on he Wisconsin side.in the Upper VTississipi -Wild Life Refuge "If our conservation department vill protect these colonies in Iowa t won't be long until a beavei olony will be a common sight long some isolated streams that Have proper-food supply." Real Estate Transfers . . E., to D. E. Kenyon Lots 1, 2, 4, 3 5 in B 8 and ·°ts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, G 7 in B » n Hogcrs and Sandry Add to ,. a !',, L lke - Sc P l - 28 - iSSe. Willford, Robert wf., to Mrs \melia Maynard §250.00 com- ncncms at a point 33 rods S and 9 * lhe « o , r ° -a. -19, thence S 9 rods, thence V to railroad r. w., thence NEly mong said r. w., to a point due v of place of beginning, thence o beginning. Jan. 5, 1937 Young, Alice L., to W. H. Ward 1.00 Lots 6, 7, 8, 9 1 0 in Young nd Clausen's replal of Lots 15 nd 16 in S. J. Clausen's repiat C Lots 1, 2 and 3 in 28-96-22 an. 11, 1837. Young, Alice L., to W. H. Ward an "^^lear Lake Highlands. Young, Alice L., to W. H. Ward 1.00 SEly IB ft of L 6 B 5 Orieal^Town ot Clear Lake. .Ian. 11, Young, Alice L., to W. H Ward 1.00 L 5 B S, Original Town of Clear Lake. Jan. 1, 1937. Dreizy, Julie Christine, to Chrisan Z. Larson ¥1.00 QCD ", int . , N 100 ft of L ] B 9, Brice ng Add to M. C. Jan. 13, 1937 Boltum, Edna et al to Asa C w l ,T,A 1 00 w 2 - 3 in SWA' W'/i 19-95-19. Dec. 12, 1036. Woodforcl Wheeler Lumber Co o G. E. Haecker, $1.00.00. QCD L B 3 in Kausville in town of Me- ervey. 7-17-36. Mason City Loan and Inv. Co. to \ntonio Marrone and Louisa Marone, 51.00. I, -3 B II Brice and "ng Add to M. C. 1-13-37. Ridgeway, Joy, county treasurer o Erml C. Tobsing, $7.00. L 21 B Ventura Heights. 12-31-36. Hasley, John and wife to Helen r esley SI L 2 B 7 in East Lake lace, an Add to City of Clear ake. 12-16-35. Edgington, Orval M. and wife nd Sarah Edgington and husband 0 Nye and Jenks Grain company 1 QCD Lots 443 and 444 in Mid- nd Heights, an Add to Mason ily. 12-10-30. Nye nnd Jenks Grain company i Enrl C. Westcott and Wccnonah f. Westcott 5307 Lots 443 and 444 Midland Heights, an Add President takes Oath of Office Again ^T' 015 "" ^ TM" '" witn *s the ceremony and hear his inaugural · address THRIFTY - ·Word comes frein Aberdeen S Dak:, that the WPA has agreed to provide it with a Santa Ciaus dur- ing the week before Christmas. Apparently the town is living up to i(s Scottish -name.--New Orleans Times-Picayune. An Evansville WPA worker has quit of his own accord, and that, of course, is news.--Indianapolis News. Legion Membership ' Shows Gain.inJ936 INDIANAPOLIS,, Ind % --,In, enrolling the "second ·' highest' membership in Us- entire history dur^ ing 1336, the American Legion made a net gain of 113,418 members over 1935. The Legion closed the J93G calendar year on.Dec. 31 with a membership of 956,273, against 842,355 on Dec. 31, 1935. The final 1S36 figures on; the Legion and all its- affiliates, follow: The American Legion, 356,273; number of Legion posts, 11,360; the American Legion '-Auxiliary, 424,311; number of Auxiliary units, 8,822; Forty and' E i g h t , 36,000; number o£ voitures;\70D; Eight and Forty, 5,554; number of salons, 254; Sons of the American Legion, 48,126; number of. squadrons, 2,242. Mclliiis- Pot to Be Tested. LOS ANGELES, (UP)--Sixty American-born Japanese at the University oC California volun^ leered to submit to scientific tests to show what the American "melting pot" really does. The tests will determine what influence American environment-has had on the physical characteristics 'of the Japanese. Go to DCS flloincs, LITTLE CEDAH-^Leon Smith, accompanied a group o'f men from Osage. to Des Moines Wednesday, to attend the state convention of the Farm Bureau. NG SUITES i ' :· : ··- SUITES MADE TO SELL UP TO 879,50 Choose, any suite in this group and you'll know by comparison that you are saving at least $20. There are smartly tailored creations in this section---all at one price during this sale. Save at 9 and SUITES MADE TO SELL UP Both tapestry and frieze covered suites form the Major part of this lot we have grouped for rapid selling .tomorrow. -Every one is worth every penny, of the original price but we know the saving must be sensational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GROUP 3 SUITES MADE TO SELL UP TO $129 Yes, Kinkimo, mohair, and some frieze covers are found on those late arrivafs now substantially reduced. If you want a really fine suite, don't miss this splendid offer. $5.00 DOWN DELIVERS BALANCE EASY 1 I

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