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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 9

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, December 30, 1933
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SECTION B DECEMBER 30 ·§ 1938 PACES I-B TO 6-B ORTH IOWA RESPONDS TO RECOVERY EFFORT EHANKE HEADS ilDE RANGE OF ;LIEF ACTIVITY Payment, Corn Loans [Stimulus to Better Retail Business. |rro Gbrdo county's share in the deal" recovery efforts stands ne of the significant series of Its of 1933 in the local com- S'.ty. S.e entry of the federal govei-n- JL Into the relief and re-employ- |t efforts of Mason City and |o Gordo county, as well aa in Jfurther distribution of funds lugh corn loans and farm and Re loans was, no matter how it teceived, a gigantic effort to lig about a recovery of business. [Is the year draws to a close bus- is has felt an upward trend along j main tlioroughfares of Mason [ R.y, although most of the indus- i lea of the community, depending j the pickup of construction, have \t felt the stimulus of recovery. Confidence Increases. I The increase in retail trade that Us been evident the past month is ttributed chiefly to the distribution B government funds in the com|unity through CWA projects and irn loans. There has been evident increased confidence in the fu- Lre that lias reacted favorable in fade and which in time is expected | spread to the construction indus- ues of the community, i These efforts of the government battle depression, to get the un- nployed back to work and to veg- fate codes and agree- ents have centered on one individ- J1--A. ····M$J Schanke--who first at- |icteJ ;attitiQn by his generalship ll'v,fiairOTtLivbffc'the. democratic, cen- tal ' cbniinitteev -:: ', · ·.:· J; V ··"·'·'· I Mr. Sch'anke;-from- the time "he as named by Gov. Clyde L. Hertie as chairman of the emergency |ief committee of the county, has the central authority for a .,, and ever growing field of. act- Ay under federal super vision'that i included the distribution of $92,6.7.1. as emergency relief, $54,- u .95 as civil works, besides par- c pation in the activities of the j! r A. and other governmental pro- Had Largo Shares. he government's share in the of the needy is shown by the .owing table: lergency relief $ 92,402.71 ·il Works 54,639.95 nty direct relief 160,320.83 i.iy works 45,557.30 County and City Improvements Provide Jobs for Unemployed DIRECTS PROJECTS MILLIONS ADDED TO NORTH IOWA AS CORN LOANS County Agent's Office Is Beehive of Activity on Educational Work. Nearly two and a half million dollars in corn loan money has been distributed in a dozen counties in the' Mason City district thus far. This tog-ether with other governmental distribution of funds has materially increased the buying power of the population over this territory. The corn loans made in these A. SI. SCHANKE --Photo by Kirk ITotal $358,820,79' · The greatly increased need for _tlief this year is shown by the fact fiat in 1932, without the govera- ,enta'l assistance, the county's to- lill for .relief .was 5114,000. In it was 542,000. In normal years fgbill i~i- If ' lit as down as low as $14,000 'forta to aid the unemployed past summer included extensive en ing in which, huge supplies of tables were raised. The story of sounty's part'in supplying work the needy by the graveling of miles of highway, grubbing of a and other activities is sold where in this issue. Named as Chairman, r. Schanke was catapulatcd into maelstrom of governmental ac,y to care for the "forgotten i" when on Feb. 28 he was add by Gov. Clyde L. Herring that had been named as chairman of ^emergency relief committee for . Gordo county. aSehanke, as chairman, was I authority to designate members of the Cerro funty emergency relief com- Those named to act in such were: H. W. Alexander Or of the Thornton Enterprise lornton; W. C. Carroll, Clear |ke; John Dougherty, Dougherty D. Gibson, chairman, board of jicrvisors; Mason'City; I..C. Jen- assistant cashier, Northwes I/ings bank, Mason City and M ^ Mason, county attorney, Mason previous to this time, Mr^ Schanke bad no social welfare training but his business experience stood Mitchell .., him in hand, and he was and is able Hancock .. to procure the maximum amount o£ Winnebago good from each dollar of the tax- Worth payer's money spent for relief pur- Floyd . . . poses. Realizing that the number of Franklin . people receiving relief was too great Wright ... to attempt any morale-building at Chickasaw the Inception of the work of this committee, it was decided that relief would be given on the basis of every man working for what he received, and to that end the city and county proposed various projects, which were approved by the county committee and by the state committee, furnishing employment for those applying for relief. In March, 1933 the sum of 317,750 was appropriated and in April, 516,375. Information Not Available. At this time there was not available any sort of information relative to the worthiness of the individual, case and some 1,250 men were unemployed, who after the organization of the office, were reduced, upon investigation, one-half. .The next step was the building of case records and files, giving a complete running history of the people receiving relief. At the start of this work there were no investigators employed by the committee, ut a staff of investigators was gradually employed as needs arose, until six persons were constantly n contact with the relief cases. These records were later to prove valuable in the selection of the men o work on the CWA projects. The work performed at this time under the direction of the city of Mason City was a storm sewer and a water main extension. The water main extension from the water plant to Twelfth street north'and Federal avenue, had been started by the city and was taken over by the emergency relief committee with the understanding: that the money saved from this labor should be used toward the purchase of materials in connection with additional projects. Projects were as follows: Clear Lake, grading and graveling streets, cleaning sewers, grading and. graveling highways, trimming trees in the city park and along streets, making repairs in the sewerage disposal plant and an addition to the city hall to properly North Central Iowa counties are approximately as follows: Cerro Gordo § 175.000 Butler 100,000 Kossuth 450,000 Howard 40,1 JO 100,000 350,000 115,000 75,000 170,000 225,000 530,000 55,000 Total $2,445,000 The loans in each county vary considerably. In Cerro Gordo county the average is in the neighborhood of 5500, while in some counties it approaches $1,000 and in others is considerable below the 5500 mark. In Cerro Gordo county the county agent's office has been a beehive of activity the last three months since the government's intensive aid program for the farmer was put into action. County Agent Marion E. Olson lias devoted practically all his time to educational work in connection with the corn loan, corn-hog and allotment plans of the government. house., its fire fighting equipment and to provide proper jail facilities. Some 10,000 hours of labor was performed in Clear Lake. Meservey,. sewer drains .cleaned out and the sidewalk bridge repaired; Swaledale, graveling streets to the extent of approximately ten blocks. Mason City, painting and decorating city hall, city firo barn, water pumping station, city disposal plant building. Discontinued Relief Work. On May 19 Mr. Schanke was notified to discontinue all work relief projects, as the funds from the RFC were exhausted and if funds were to be provided, they would have to come from the appropriation provided in the Wagner-Lewis act. As a result of these conditions, relief was placed on a direct basis, to be limited to food, fuel and clothing in order to conserve the remaining' funds and make them go as far as possible. The state was hopeful that the Wagner-Lewis Bill would provide some additional funds for Iowa, but at that time was without any authorization, in connection 'With this law. Mr. Schanke conferred with the emergency relief committee and it decided that some sort of work should be given in exchange for the relief furnished, believing that the individual receiving this relief would be kept in a better state of mind if this policy were pursued. And from, that time, during tho summer months, workers were kept busy on two projects: Gard_ens operated by the county anc on the county roads. From these county gardens were produced beets, corn, peas, beans, tomatoes greens, apples, etc., which · were canned, approximating 115,000 cans Of this number approximately 192 cans were delivered to each family making 95,000 cans. In the warehouse for future distribution are 10,000 cans. The Salvation Army was given 1,925 cans. In addition to this, ther are 6,000 bushels of potatoes, 50( bushels of navy beans. There are ap proximately 248 tons of sugar beets grown, and worked with relief laboi which the county have sold. The re lief furnished by the Emergency Relief committee to this projcc totalled $8,925.90. In connection with the garden work, the com mittce was able to procure froir the American Legion community garden contest approximately 5175 worth of prizes from the merchants. Civil Works Stimulates Activities Nine Projects Given Approval; 600 Men Are Working. The Civil Works act furnished the means of many city improvements during the late months of 1933. The improvements included the grading of parkings, improvement of streets, the opening of the municipal quarry, the improvement of channels in the two streams flowing through Mason City, the building of storm sewers, the construction of a levee at the disposal plant, water main extensions, the installation of traffic signals (men being used during the holiday season), the painting of city buildings and equipment, and the trimming of trees in the city parks and street parkings. Nine projects have been approved and work has been started on each of them. Approximately 600 men are employed daily on the projects, the cold weather hindering the work but little. The individual projects are listed in the order approved. Project No. 3--Grading parkings --About 8,500 cubic yards of dirl have been excavated and hi most cases hauled to and deposited in places where filling was needed. Project Is Flexible. Project No. 6--This is a project hat was originally established as ·oad improvements, but as new roposals were made to the state oard they were added to this pro- ect in order to save transferring )f men from, one project-to another. As now set up, it includes ie grading b£ streets, the excavation of underground storage pit as a pumping station of the water de- jartment and improvements at the lisposal plant. Under this project there has been ;ald 250 feet of storm sewer and :bree catch basins as street improvements. Also about 400 feet of roads have been graded, involving about 400 cubic yards of grading. At the pumping station about 800 cubic yards of earth and loose rock excavation have been taken out. At the disposal plant about 1,000 cubic yards of excavation for the construction of additional sludge beds hag been accomplished. A- quarry has been opened for the crushing of rock to be used in surfacing streets. The crusher has been installed and a large amount of material moved and leveled off SURFACED HIGHWAYS IN CERRO GORDO COUNTY 1 This map shows the 500 mile surfaced road system in Cerro Gordo county as it appears ·with the completion of a 111 mile graveling project in 1933 and additional work to be done under CWA provisions before Feb. 15, 1934. The broken lines show 60 miles of highway to be graded in 1934 as CWA projects: And Made Investigation, while the state felt that i ·,. "·'· ^11 A, M* Schanke Company 208 I. 0. F. BUILDING Mason City, Iowa INVESTMENT SECURITIES Specializing in Securities of Jacob E. Decker Sons and other local bonds, mortgages and stocks TELEPHONE 1300 %vork relief was a more expensive proposition than direct relief because of the careful selection, permission was given to resume the work program and continue at his discretion. Mr. Schanke pursued a course of complete investigation in each relief case and this made it possible to have at hands files of detailed information when it came to the selection of the CWA work- era. The administration set the date of CWA work at Nov. 20, taking 50 per cent of those to be employed from the number on relief as of Nov. 6. Mr. Schanke was called in to Des Moines Nov. 19-where he submitted the projects and they were approved. He returned to Mason City Nov. 20 to start selecting the workmen. The other 50 per cent of the men were taken from the re-employment (Turn to Paje 4-U) Confidence is all we need now, says Senator Fcss, to make prosperity's bells ring. All right, senator. Bring on your confidence man. --St. Sfiuls Tost Dispatch. for storage yard and for driveways into and through the quarry. Project No 7--Improvement of the channels of the two streams flowing through the city. The bed of Willow creek has been widened and deepened and the channel straightened in various places through the town. About 3,000 cubic yards of excavation have i been completed. In addition to the above work many overhanging and fallen trees have been removed .from the channel. Through Hast parlc the banks have been protected by stone : walls; A low earthen dam has been constructed across Willow creek at its entrance into Lime creek. The south shore of Lime creek through East park is being protected by a stone wall. Servers Constructed. Project No. 8--Storm sewers in various places in the city. About 800 feet of 48 Inch storm sewer has been constructed on Tenth street southwest and Washington avenue. This will relieve a bad flood condition in this part of the city, where the runoff of about 800 acres of land is now carried down the streets. This sewer required about 1,500 cubic yards of excavation, the backfilling- of about 1,150 cubic ye"ds and hauling off of the pipe displacement of about 350 cubic yards. Project No. 9--Levee at disposal plant. The purpose of this levee is to prevent flooding of the disposal plant during times of high water in Lime creek. During the high- water In the spring of 1933, the water was 44 inches deep over the pump room floor. The flooding of the pump room floor necessitates the removal of the pump mot- ers and a lot of clean up work after the flood. The samo condition exists at the incinerator plant. This project was late in being started so a relatively small amount of work has been accomplished up to date. About 1,000 cubic yards of embankment has been mode. Mains Extended. Project No. 10--Water main extensions--About 1,800 lineal feet of water mains have been laid under this project, most of which involved expensive rock excavation. Project No. 19--Installation of traffic signals at six intersections. Under this project the business traffic has been handled manually during the holiday rush period. Project No. 20--Painting of various city buildings and equipment. The interior of the pumping plant is being repainted. Project No. 22--Trimming of trees In city parks and street park- ings. This project is progressing well, though only a few men are working on the project at this time, due to a scarcity of experienced tree surgeons. EVERY PHASE IN RECOVERY IS FELT BY CORN STATE Major News Events of Year Sketched With President Holding Limelight. DES MOINES, Dec. 30. UP)-Roosevelt and company were featured players in the daily drama world happenings spread across the front pages of Iowa newspapers in 1933, a compilation of the major stories shows. The Rooseveltians, in Iowa as well as in the entire nation, held sustained attention. Virtually every phase of the president's recovery program had Its effect on the Hawkeye state. There were the March banking holidays, the appointment of Iowa-born Secretary of Agriculture Wallace and the inauguration of AAA, PWA, CCC, CWA, CWS CCC and NRA. Socially, too, the wedding of the president's son at Burlington brought the state a measure of pres tlge and newa distinction. Probably the Influx of millions ol dollars In corn loans to farmers and a coincidental upturn in business climaxed the federal program in Iowa for 1933. But impending ad ministration of the corn-hog pro gram promises the Roosevelts an other year-long stand on Iowa's page one in 1934. The Barrow bandit hunt with air plane, armored car and machin guna provided enough excltemen for a three-day stand on the ever changing news stage. Farm unrest played intermittent ly to the Iowa newspaper audience The Oscar M. Hartzell trial fo fraud delved into the sixteenth cen tury wanderings of piratical Si Francis Drake for an outstandin historical presentation. The advent of 3.2 beer in low; and the vote for repeal of the elgh centh amendment commanded their lare of press notices. The Univer- 'ity of Iowa's football comeback had 60-day run. The resignation of 'resident Walter A. Jessup at the :ate university to become president of Carnegie Institution for the Advancement of Teaching, likewise, was a page one highlight. Democratic activity at the statehouse was billed lavishly during two legislative sessions. CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS DIRECTED TO HELP JOBLESS $45,557 Paid From County Road Fund as Aid to Needy. Cerro Gorcio county's road construction efforts the past year have been directed almost wholly to ono purpose--that of providing labor for the unemployed. As result of tills co-operation between the engineer, board of supervisors and the overseer of the poor there was paid a total of 545,557.30 from the county road fund as aid to the families dependent on the county for support and for work done on county roads by heads of families receiving: help from the HFC. This amount was paid out aa follows: To truckers for haul- Ing- grovel ?32,8lo.OO To men on relief list for shoveling grovel 9,401.30 Applied on roit for men on relict list In return for Bliovel- Ing gravel, etc. ... :i,308.00 Total 5-18,307.80 A total of 59,723 hours of work was done on the highways by men on the relief list who were paid In supplies issued from RFC office. Now, what did this labor accomplish? It made possible the graveling OL 111 miles of highway In the county, closing numerous gaps In the county highway system and bringing every farm home within a short distance of an improved highway. Given 1,000 · Yards. ·· Bach of these 111, miles wtta., given 1,000 yards of gravel. In afi- dltion to this some 55,000 .yards of gravel was placed on other main roads. Every ounce of this tremendous tonnage of gravel was handled and hauled by men receiving aid In return for employment. The result is that with additional roads to be surfaced aa CWA projects before Feb. 15, 1934, the county will have approximately 500 miles of surfaced highways. This additional graveling is scattered in all sections of the county. Not to Stop. It is not the plan of R. E. Rob(Tam lo rage 4-n OFFICE AND M,ANT AT 4th STREET AND MONROE SOUTHWEST New Year's Greetings and Best Wishes from the Officers and Employes of the Mason City Millwork Co. JOHN W. TUBBESING President JAY M. TUBBESING Salesman and Credit Manager K. E, Johnson - - - Factory Foreman W. H. Lockwood - - Frame Department George Landeck - Mouldings Carl Boyd - - Cutting: Department H. Bailey - - Benchman and Fireman O . Dahl - - - - - - - Glueing FRED TUBBESING Secretary and Treasurer T. E. HANSON Estimator and Bookkeeper CABINET MEN James Belberoff Otto Peters Rutl Hanson Bob Purrington T. Johnson, Door and Sash Dept.; Lloyd McClelland, Storm Sash; Screens, Doors; B. M. Watts and AI Stoecker, Genera] Machinists; Iver Berg, Glazing; Tom Cookman, Driver, Machinist MANUFACTURING HIGH GRADE MILLWORK AND SPECIALTIES. EVERYTHING IN WOOD FOR THE HOME, STORE, OFFICE, ETC. MASON CITY MILLWORK CO. ·1th Street and Monroe S. W. Phone 153

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