Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 9, 1945 · Page 32
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 32

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 9, 1945
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20 g s ° n C i t y G l o b e - G ' All Work Toward a Model School of Modern ·c- A LL WORK coming out of * the county superintendents office in Cerro Gordo county is pointed toward a model school. Bath No. 1 is not the last word, but it may be said it is just as good as the best, for it has practically everything except running water, which will not be made available until the end of the war. · This one room school at present gets its drinking water from a farmhouse. A tank has been provided for soft water for washing hands and inside toilets and lavoratories have been in- stalled in the building. , Miss Hazel Thomas, county superintendent of schools, designed this school, which has many of the features stressed in modern schoolrooms, such as light floors, low blackboards, light walls, proper lighting and heating .---and fresh ai.r. Ventilation, a l w a y s a problem in rural schools, is taken care of nicely in Bath No. 1 by an outside intake that keeps the air fresh at the same time it is heated by the furnace. The board of Bath township is not guilty ot thinking more about ven tiJation : of hog houses than of schbolhouses. Bath-No. 1 also has proper light, with windows on the west and on the south, making this a cheery room even on the darkest days of winter. Proper two-way curtains for cutting out light when it is necessary also are installed. In one locality, according to Miss Thomas, eyestrain sustained when children, had affected the sight of residents of an entire community for 50 years. It all started in a drab dark schoolhouse. The commu- nity that builds a modern school, with light floors, light walls and ceilings, plenty of lights, ventilation, warmth and comfort will soon find the homes in the same neighborhood being remodeled. Bath No. 1 also has new equipment* such as modern seats, steel file, radio on which the CBS School of the Air program is heard each a f t e r n o o n , phonograph, maps, bulletin board and many fine features, including a built-in bookcase. From left to right in the seats are Gwelda Green, Bonnie Thompson, Jeanyce Johnson, Roy Diercks, Louis Huffman and Janice Green. Mrs. Ruby Bohnsack, teacher, is conducting the class at the rear of the room. American agriculture in comparison with many of the other countries ot the world is leading the parade, but there is still room for improvement. Before the war 77 per cent of the farms of the United States had no tractors, 66 per cent had no telephones, 84.5 per cent had no trucks, 92 per cent were without modern plumbing, and believe it or not, 42 per cent were without automobiles. AND WITH THE BIRTH OF THE NEW YEAR.. . We fervently hope and pray will come the Victory for which our brave men are fighting and dying-the PEACE, without which our future cannot be secure. From the depths of our HEARTS we wish you ALL a Victorious 1945. NICHOLAS TURKEY FARMS ~ W. H. NICHOLAS

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