The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on February 25, 1937 · 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, February 25, 1937
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 25 ·· 1937 ELEVEN MASON GITY FIRMS FURNISHED MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT MANY PRODUCTS WENT INTO NEW CITY STRUCTURE Rye, Henkel Construction Firms Had General Contract. Mason City firms Iiimished materials and equipment for the new city hall, "formal opening of which is to be held' Friday. The Rye Construction company and the Henkel Construction company were the general contractors. L. A. Page Lumber comoany furnished building materials. · Damon's, Int., supplied and laid the floor and wall.coverings. The Yale locks and hardware used in the remodeling were furnished by the Cui'i-ie-Van Ness- company. Plastering throughout the building was done by William Easley. C. J. Smith supplied and installed the electric fixtures and he also did the electrical wiring. The ventilating system was installed by the Gardner Furnace company. Northwestern Cement. "Northwestern" Portland Cement, manufactured by the Northwestern States Portland Cement company, was used in th'is remodeling job. The Ideal Sand and Gravel company furnished washed and screened sand and gravel. Very high grade mill work for Mason City's new city hall was manufactured and furnished by the Mason City MiIIwork company. This local concern supplied the doors, counters, and the entire interior trim. Stran steel studs, used in build- j ing the partitions, were supplied by the Hay E. Pauloy company. The exterior and interior painting was done by Elliot Honsey. Furnish Eauipment. Yelland and Hanes furnished files for the fire-proof vault and a part of the office equipment, including desks, chairs and supplies. Tables, desks, chairs, files and various office supplies were also supplied by the Klipto Loose Leaf company. Last fall, just before the city hall building was to be occupied, ] the Crystal Lake Ice and Fuel company put a supply of coal in the basement. ·· Mason City Millwork company products were also used in the construction of Mason City's police station which \vas built in 1935. This building will also be open to the general public Friday. Floor Plan of Mason City's New City Hall Arline Judge Bound for Reno to Divorce Her Director Husband | HOLLYWOOD. (iP) -- Avlinc Judge, the curvacious actress, was Heno-bound Thursday to divorce Director Wesley Rugglcs. Friends believe she then will marry Daniel Reed Topping, millionaire sportsman, who last week figured in an exchange oE blows at a Hollywood night club. The brunet Miss Judge, recently adjudged by one beauty expert to have the most perfectly developed ligure in the movies, took a train for Reno because, her attor- j neys said, she prefers to terminate her five year marriage to Rugglcs in six weeks--Nevada's residential requirement. F i L'JT f LODE. P L R H -A i . m r Xz=x=o^ The architect's drawing above shows the first floor arrangement of Mason City's new ctty linll. It will be noticed that a lobby and corridor run from the entrance on the west end of the builtlinff almost to the cast end, supplying access to offices and council room. HOW SITE WAS CHOSEN Group of Politicians Had Part in Changing Proposed Place for Old Postoffice, Now New City Hall. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE FURNISHED OFFICE EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW CITY HALL KLIPTO LOOSE LEAF CO. 15 S. Delaware Phone 45 As preparations were made for the formal opening of Mason City's new city hail to be held Friday, local residents recalled once more the story oE how the building, formerly the postoffice, came to be situated at the corner of Delaware avenue and. First street southeast. That story, which goes back more than 30 years, reveals how a small group of resourceful politicians in Mason City changed the location from the site now occupied by the Park hospital, which had already been decided upon by the government. This was done by appealing to the political ambitions oE Leslie M. Shaw, then secretary of the treasury under President Theodore Hoosevelt. C. H. McNidcr, among others, wanted the building placed on the Park hospital site, then known as the Richard's corner. Erected Elks Building. James Rule, A. L. Hulc's father, A. H. Gale, Will McMorrow and W. J. Holahan had just I erected the old Elks building on the present site of the Foresters building and were eager lo get the postoffice established on the corner south o£ their property in order to enhance the value of then- holdings. Inspectors came from Washington and informed them that there wasn't a chance for the reason that postoffices in cities the size STRAN were used in framing- the partitions in the New City Hall, because they are Lighter than masonry, They are fire resisting, and you can nail to them just as you do to wooden studs. These qualities make the ideal framing material for residences and other small buildings. Ask us about the cost. RAY E. PAULEY COMPANY Phone 963 421-25 S. Federal Ave. I AM GLAD TO HAVE WORKED ON THE NEW CITY HALL Wm. Easley -- Plastering Phone 2934 WE ARE PROUD THAT MILLWORK PRODUCTS Of a Very High Character were used in the remodeling of the building which is now the City Hall of Mason City. They were manufactured, by the Mason City Millwork Company, a home owned and operated concern. Mason City Millwork Co, Our Craftsmen Are Skilled in Making 'EVERYTHING OF WOOD" Phone 155 Corner 4th and Monroe S. W. Congratulations Mason City With considerable pleasure and pride we furnished a part of the office equipment for the New City Hall. We invite your inspection of this latest modern fire resisting equipment which houses the city records in adequate shape and is a long time program deserving of your commendation. YELLAND HANES OFFICE SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT Phone 400 . H-13 E. State St. of Mason City were almost invar- ably placed on streetcar lines. Automobile transportation had not ippearcd and stret car service vas deemed almost a necessity. Then came the news that Sec- ·elary Shaw had decided on the Richards corner. It became evident to this group then something iraslic had to be done to procure the postoffice for their site. Wanted to Enter Senate. Necessity became the mother of nvention. It was learned that Secretary Shaw, who was from Iowa, had ambitions lo enter the United States senate. At that time United States sena- .ors were selected at a joint session of the state senate and house The local candidate for the senate in the spring of 1903 happened to be D. W. Telford. . The Galc-Holahan group concluded Mr. Tclford would oppose VIr. Shaw and throw his influence to Albert C. Cummins, then progressive republican governor of Iowa, making plans to run for the United States senate. So it was decided to run Mr. Gale for the senate on the belief he could-de feat Mr. Telford for the republi can nomination. They Used Strategy. The strategy of the Gale sup porters was that with a vote in the state senate available for Mr Shaw it would be possible to ge him to change his mind as to Hi location of the postoffice. One matter, however, stood ii Hie way of the Gale candidacy Prior to this lie and his associates nad made an agreement with Tom Way, former member of state highway commission and at that time nanager of the Cummins campaigns for governor, that it h_ would keep Cummins supporters n Mason City from opposing Frer Norris for his second term tot mayor they would not place a candidate in the field against Mv Telford. Mr. Holalian was the nanager of the Norris campaigns Though! of Petitions. Mr. Gale was reluctant abou breaking this agreement. The suggestion was made that a petition I'ould be circulated demanding :hat he become a candidate, ii which event it would appear tha iis candidacy sprung up spontaneously among the people. On this condition Mr. Gale consented to become a candidate and to break the agreement. The man selected to circulate the petitions was Col. Al Sortoi who is credited with fathering the idea of a Memorial university ii Mason City and an active and pop ulfli- leader of the'Woodman's lodfi' then a strong organization in Mason City. Called hi Conference. On the evening the Woodmar lodge was to meet Mr. Sorter wa called to the Holahan home, wher Mr. Gale and Mr. Holahan wer in conference. On his arrival they were surprised to see him in eve nine clothes. "I'm going to a wedding," hi said. "Well then we can't use you, said Mr. Holahan. "We though you were going to lodge." Hearing of their plan to circu late petitions,' Mr. Sorter agreed t gn to lodge instead of the wed ding. Were Widely Circulated. The petitions, started at th Woodman lodge, were widely civ culated and hundreds of signature obtained. It was said that man names were forged to swell th number. And none but a few in sitlers know who had started th movement. At the p r i m a r y election in Jun Mr. Gnle carried every precinct ii Cqrro Gordo county and in th district convention of Cerro Gor do, Hancock and Franklin coun tics at Hampton he was given (h republican nomination for the of fiee. With the Gale nomination their pockets the politicians kne\ now they had something wit: which to bargain in getting th postoffice site. They immediate!, communicated to Mr. Shaw tha Gale was a strong admirer of hi and could be useful should Mr Shaw decide to become a candi date for the senate. The communi en linn also suggested n confcrenc on the matter of the oosloffice site This Was Different. Arrangements were made I meet Secretary Shaw at the Audi lorium hotel in Chicago. The Ma son City delegation was made u £ J. E. Blythc, Mr. Holahan and Ir. Gale. Without hesitation Mr. Shaw a\v decided the Delaware avenue te was the most desirable. He pent several hours with the Maori, City delegation, discussing the olitical situation in Iowa. 'Secretary Shaw, true to his vord, placed the postoffice on the Delaware avenue site, but his amxtior: to become a United States enator was never realized. In 1908 Ir. Cummins advanced from the 'overnorship to the senate and re- mai'neri until the early twenties. Building Cost $60,710. The posloffice was erected at a ost of $60,710, which, records how, was the amount of the gen- ral contract let to the Northern Construction company Aug. 24, 907. Occupancy ot the building legan Feb. 16, 1909. At the lime the building was reeled the government had appropriated $8,000 for the polsoffice He. This was the exact amount aid for the corner, then used for feed lot, by Mr. Valentine only a ew months previous. In fact $500 vas all that Mr. Valentine had tied up in the deal. Had to Have 510,000 More. When Mr. Valentine was approached on the sale of the pro- losed site he asked $18,000, mak- ng it necessary to raise an addi- ional $10,000 among the residents of the city. In the negotiations with the government for the purchase of he building two years ago it was decided that Mason City should )id in the property at a low price n consideration of that $10,000 advanced by its citizens. The reply of the government was that the local citizens in donating the $10,000 made a mistake n not incorporating into the deed he provisions that if at any time the building is not used for a post- office it will reevrt to the original owners, Never Got Credit. But that enterprising group of ,-itizens who raised the $10,000 nevei- dreamed they in their»limc would see the postoffice building outgrown. They thought they had a building that would remain a postoffice as long as it was fit for use. Mason City was then "about one fourth of its present size. So in the negotiations for the purchase of the property, Mason City was given no credit for having donated $10,000 to the government in order to make the purchase possible. Sikkema for disturbing the peace. D. W. Moore, arrested Tuesday night by George Molencamp, night marshal, and charged with intoxication, was released on a $25 appearance bond. Nora Springs, Ackley Men Fined at Hampton HAMPTON--Foster Smith of Nora Springs, truck driver, v.-as fined $1 and costs by Justice D. W. Parks ' Wednesday for driving through a stop light. He was arrested by F. C. Schwieger, sheriff. Roy Burman o£ Ackley was arrested Tuesday night by George Molencamp, night marshal, and fined $5 and costs by Mayor J. "NORTHWESTERN" PORTLAND CEMENT Was Used In the remodeling of tlie post office building, which is now Mason City's City Hall, " NORTHWESTERN " Portland Cement was used. When you Build, Remodel or Repair . . . u s e "NORTHWESTERN" for Permanence, Beauty and Satisfaction. Northwestern States Portland Cement Company General Offices, 6th Floor First National Bank Building, Mason City We Point With Pride To Mason City's Latest Achievement The New CITY HALL Ventilating System In Mason City's New City Hall was installed by Gardner Furnace Co. Rear V. G. E. Bids. Ph. 480 'STAL LAKE ICE and FUEL CO, CITY COUNCIL... and our CITY MANAGER The businesslike manner in which the planning of the new City Hall was conducted is commendable. CONSTRUCTION CO. HENKEL CONSTRUCTION CO. The General Contractors

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