The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on March 22, 1934 · Page 11
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 11

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, March 22, 1934
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t MARCH 22 1934 HANSON SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE Prominent Teachers' College Pastor Being Brought by Baptists. 1 i ; At the invitation of the First Baptist church of Mason City, Dr. Howland Hanson is coming here -Friday April 6, for three days of conference work. Dr. Hanson is regarded by local Baptists as one of the outstanding teachers of the Bible in Iowa. For many years he was- pastor of the First Baptist church of Des Molnes He was then called to the chair of Bible study in Des Moines university and continued in that capacity till the close of that institution He then was called as college pastor and teacher of the Bible in Iowa State Teachers' college at Cedar Falls, and continues still in that work. Dr. Hanson's work will open with a free potluck supper for all young persons especially at the Baptist church at 6:15 Friday evening, April 6. This will be a pep meeting'and a time to get acquainted with the conference leader. At 7:30 of the same evening there will be a mass meeting in the auditorium when Dr Hanson will speak on "Who Am I," or the "Miracle of Me." He will use a chart, "The Diagram of Life." Saturday will be given over to conferences and Bible study. Sunday, April 8, there will be three services when Dr Hanson will discuss the following subjects- "The World Wished On Me," "What's Mv Job?" and "I Will Do It, Let's Go.'; L A. Baken Speaker at Trinity Luther League's Meeting The regular monthly social meeting of the Trinity Senior Luther league was held in the church parlors when L. A. Eaken spoke to the group on the subject of "Ships at Sea." Mr. Baken's talk was bas=d on the twenty-third to the twenty- eighth verses of the eighth chapter of Matthew. The fact was emphasized that the spirit of Christ together with His holy word were as necessary to a true course in the life of an individual as a captain and compass to ships at sea. Miss Helen Gulbranson gave the scripture reading and prayer A reading, "Tommie's Prayer," was given by Miss Evelyn Rholl. Orris Herfmdahl and Truman Gravelie played two clarinet duets. During the short business meeting Telford Wik was elected vice president. Refreshments were served by ^Enola Skram and Gladys, Beatrice *"·"·* Evelyn Lysne. Even Hens Quit Working in Mason City in 1876 * . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Life at ]Low Ebb; Farm Crops Poor; Teachers' Pav $18 a Month; Pickford Wrote Examination. MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE By ARTHUK PICKFOKD Globe-Gazette Farm Editor It was In September in 1876 th I went to Mason City to attend teachers' examination. I was livin on a farm in section 3 of Portlan township, about six miles east town. The reason I went to the exam ination was that I needed som money. North Iowa farmers had cu bound and stacked the poores wheat crop in the memory of th oldest inhabitant. It averaged les than five bushels of shrunken whea to the acre. It was worth about 5 cents a bushel and cost 4 cents bushel to have it threshed. Poor Crops in 1876. It took a lot of that wheat t pay interest at 10 per cent or mor and taxes. The corn crop wa s als poor because this was before th time of ear testing corn for see and my father took the man's wor for it when he said it grew well-after lie had put a small handfu into an old panful of dirt to test II Quite a lot of the kernels grev but we did not know which of th kernels we planted would not grow and even if we planted One for the gopher, One for the crow, One to rot and Three to grow, we still had a thin stand. Straw Was Poor Feed. So the future looked dubious. We had six cows that had all the timothy hay and wheat straw'that they wanted to eat. They had a straw shed to run into for shelter but it was open to the south and as all cattle in those days wore horns and used them for determining their status in the herd, it sometimes happened that the shed had only one occupant, the boss cow, until she choose to lie down. There would be no income to amount to anything until another crop had been harvested. Even hens quit working in those days before Christmas came and so the outlook for getting what groceries we must have was dubious and in many cases groceries, that winter, were cash. Why He Wanted a School. So it occurred to me to try for a teacher's certificate because I needed some money and that seemed the only chance to get any. Country school teachers got $18 and $20 a month in summer and good men teachers got as high as $27 in the winter months. That was why I went to Mason City to take a teachers' examination. Ira Kling was county superintendent and there had been a teachers' institute for a week for the purpose of raining those who were teaching or intending to teach but, of course I could not go because I was threshing all through that week, still I thought I would risk writing the examination. 6 In First Courthouse. It was held in the old courthouse w ' on , der if there is a picture of that old stone, barnlike building? It was just a two story stone rectan'gle with gables east and west and it stood about midway along the block where the Cecil theater is Below there was the county clerk's, off ice to the front and the treasurer's office at the west end with the recorder's office between A flight of stairs led up into the courtroom above which was like a barn loft. A wooden addition had been built on to the north side of the original courthouse to house the offices of county auditor below and the coun- y superintendent above and perhaps a jury room. There was a platform at the east end of the room where the judge and jury sat in trial cases. The furniture was very plain We sat at some long pine tables and the chairs were ordinary wooden kitchen hairs. BIcet Dr. Shorland Harris. I was informed that each appli- ant must furnish his own paper-- of fools cap size. So I went across the park to the Central Drug store, kept by Dr. Shorland Harris, M. D This was hia full title. As I entered the store, a short rotund man with curly hair and long, well kept mustache (see cut in early history of Cerro Gordo county) met me with "what can I do for you, sir?" and I asked if he kept stationery to which he replied: "Yes, my Lord. All our goods are stationary until they are sold." So I bought 10 cents worth of paper and took away with me an impression that I never forgot. Superintendent Whole Thing. At that time each county superintendent compiled such questions as he or she saw fit and was the sole judge of the correctness of the answers. I don't remember the questions. I was rather surprised some time later to receive a second grade certificate, which I never used because by the time I got the cer- all the schools were en- tificate gaged. I remember that James Rule was the treasurer; Owen T. Denison recorder; H. H. Shepard, auditor, and M. S. Schermerhorn was clerk of the court. The park contained a few very small trees. The Methodist church was about where the Piggly Wiggly store is and there was no town west of the courthouse nor east of the old stone school, now the Administration building. South of Willow creek was a boggy flat and the north edge of town was Fourth street northeast. Was Country Road. Elm Drive was a country road leading out to Randall's mill and the stone quarry; and the bridge there was the only bridge across Lime creek in what is now Mason City. There was a farm homestead where Kemblos greenhouse is and ELEVEN the Milwaukee depot seemed quite out in the country. Hugh Shepard has some early photographs and maps which confirm my recollections of those early days when Mason City had a population of 1,700 and the total population of the county was 6,685. DeLong Gives Address. RUDD, March 22.--The members of the Schoolmen's club met Wednesday evening at the schoolhouse. Miss Dorothy Jean Brown and her home economics class served dinner. The Rev. John DeLong of Nora Springs spoke. Pioneer Teacher Dies. SIOUX CITY, March 22. (.«-- Miss Mary McCarty, for 45 years a teacher in the Sioux city public schools, most of the time as a principal, died Wednesda JUKES MILLINERY (AT MANLEY'S STORE) TEENYAS! MEET THE JOHNNY BOY HAT It's the most up and coming self assured bit of straw we've seen in many seasons. The brim turns up so cheerfully that your spirits are bound to turn up too. The saucy little feathers in the ribbon band are a badge of nonchalance in street colors and lighter shades. $1.98 and $2.98 SOME WOMEN ALWAYS ATTRACT You want to be beautiful. 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