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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, MAY 2 · 193o THREE 'I. INVESTIGATION OF FHA SANCTION OF PROJECTS URGED False and Misleading Claims Have Been Made as to U. S. Approval. WASHINGTON, D. C.--False and misleading claims of federal housing administration approval of housing projects and residential development brings a warning to the public by the federal housing administration, urging caution in accepting such statements without investigation. "Extravagant claims of governmental approval," said the administrator, Stewart McDonald, "of housing developments about which the federal housing administration knows little or nothing have manifested themselves in a number of places. Our attention is called to some claims that actually have reached publication in news columns as well as in advertisements. "The federal housing administra- tion has a very real obligation to the public in protecting it against such misrepresentation. The approval of a housing development or a subdivision by the federal housing administration means that a careful and thorough analysis has been made of the entire project and that it has been found to be economically sound. The danger of an overexpanded real-estate market which would cause unstable values is recognized, and insofar as possible no project receives approval unless there is sufficient evidence of a demand for the type of property under consideration. "It is regrettable that some few unscrupulous developers have published false statements claiming federal housing administration approval. If there appears to be any question about such approval, the public is urged to check with the administration's local insuring office, which will be glad to give the desired information." Compact, Convenient Cottage I Seasonal Loans. The seasonal payment plan arranged for farmers provides a convenient method of improving the farmstead. Many loans are arranged with payments to be met after the crop is harvested, even though the loan may have been granted several months previously. Full details of seasonal loans are obtainable at any bank or from the federal housing- administration. i Housing Hints Tips on How and What to Improve. FHA Insures. The federal housing administration lends no money. It insures loans made by private financial institutions operating under provisions of the national housing act. Bathroom Heat. Some auxiliary heat in a bathroom is a most desirable thing to have; an electric wall heater or a gas heater are practical and adequate. To stand before such an appliance after the bath is a luxury indeed. News! Now you can pay for painting in convenient monthly installments, through Pittsburgh's Time-Payment Plan. No red tape. No down payment ... as long as 18 months to pay. First payment 30 days alter work is completed and accepted as satisfactory by you. Only 5% f i n a n c i n g cost. Covers both paint and labor. Come in and see us for full information. HUGH DAVEY SON Phone 8*4 15 Second St. S. W. Automobile and Window Glass Plate Dresser Tops Plays Presented. KANAWHA--A program which included two plays "Thanks Awfully" and "Company Cake" were given at the primary school building Tuesday evening. The program was sponsored by the 4-H club girls. This brick cottage provides comfortable quarters for the average small family. The simple design is in excellent taste and no modern convenience has been sacrificed to compactness. The house was built in Foxcroft, Va., at a cost of 54,891). William L Harris was the architect. The exterior is of brick and there are five rooms and bath on the first floor. A room -ou!d be finished upstairs at a later time if the owner should so desire. The small kitchen is at the. rear of the house and is next to a laundry room. A special bin has been provided for fuel and there is ample storage space. Each bedroom has a large closet and a place for linens has been provided In the hall. The cottage was financed by a single mortgage insured by the federal housing administration. The monthly payment, including interest, part principal, hazard insurance and taxes is $35.91. PHONE 504 FOR YOUB DEPENDABLE ELECTRICAL SERVICE AT A LOW COST No Job Too Big or Too Small ECONOMY ELECTRIC CO. Next to Chapman Furniture SPECIAL PRICES $50 on Radiation and Water Softeners. Completely Installed for CONTINUES DRIVE TO REDUCE HOME UILDING COSTS American Builder Takes Issue With President on Shorter Hours. Continuing its campaign to reduce home building costs so that more ; homes will be built, American Builder for May takes sharp issue with President Roosevelt's recent-declaration in favor of "shorter working hours at the same pay" and declares hat it would increase building costs nd thereby largely prevent re-employment of 3,000,000 men who are till unemployed in the building industry. "Why there continues to be so much unemployment is a question nf vital importance," this leading ournal of the building industry agrees, but points out that unless he things done attack the real cause they are more likely to pro- .ract unemployment rather than reduce it. "The American Builder is not concerned with politics," it says in an editorial, "but it is concerned with and tries to discuss, everything af- | 1 V4 Lb. Point and Enamel Cleaner 25c | J. F. Garvey Plumbing Co. 19 First Street N. E. Phone 158 F o r Permanence . . . . Beauty and Stability use Washed, Screened and Sized Sand and Gravel. THREE GRADES OF SAND--FOUR SIZES OF GUAVEL IDEAL SAND GRAVEL CO. PHONE 551 A l l Kinds o f . . . Concrete Brick Work Martin Bros.,Contractors S Ninth St. N. W. Phone 2390 For Free Estimate ON HOUSE WIRING Phone 2649 Facilities for Complete Service, Fixtures and Wiring. L. E. 'les' Toole Electrical Construction 606 S. Georgia Ave. Masou City ·fete · d During the Severe Winter Just Past Street Cars Rendered a Valuable Service to Grade and High School Students. With sub-zero weather for weeks at a time, and almost impassable streets . the Street Cars demonstrated their importance as a re' liable means of transportation this past winter. To render a high degree of public service is the constant aim of this organization. MASON CITY AND CLEAR LAKE RAILROAD fecting building. Can Contribute. "President Roosevelt said in a recent address: 'While the total production of America is about back to the high point before the depression, only a little more than- 80 per cent os many human beings are engaged in turning out that production. . . . It seems reasonable, therefore, that industry can contribute in great measure to the increase of employment if industry as a whole will undertake reasonable reductions of hours of work while, at the same time, they keep the individual's pay envelope at least as large as it is today.' "The American Builder throughout the depression has contended that a large increase of production in industry as a whole would restore employment, and that nothing else would. Is it a fact, then, that great unemployment continues a£ter total production has been almost restored --that, therefore, stimulation of production is not all that is required to cause full re-employment? "Let us consider the facts about the building industry. Home build- in" has greatly increased; but contracts for residential construction in the first quarter of 1936 were still only 27 per cent as large as in the first quarter of 1929--S136,- 275,000 in the first quarter of 1936, as compared with 5511,200,000 in the first quarter of 1929. Contracts for other building were only 44 per cent as large as in 1929--being 5601,000,000 in the first quarter ^pf 1936, as compared with 51,367,000,000 in the first quarter of 1929. Still Behind. "Thus, total contracts for build- in^ in the first quarter of this year were only 40 per cent as large as in the last year before the depression-- 5737,275,000 in 1936, as compared with 51,867,000,000 in 1929. In other words, total building has been running thus far in 1936 at an annual rate of about four and a half billion dollars less than in 1929. ) 1929. "That production in the building industry is still at least 60 per cent less than at the 'high point before the depression.' "That failure to restore production in the building industry is sufficient to explain the continued unemployment o£ 3,000,000 persons. "That, in order to restore production and employment in industry as a whole, it will be necessary to increase present production in .he building industry alone at least 50 per cent. "Further reductions of hours of vrork without reduction of employes' aily or weekly pay would increase ourly wages and thereby increase the incentive of all private indi- iduals and business concerns to in- est in new buildings." Thick Walls. A thick wall is always attractive. Where pierced by doors and windows the deep "reveals," as the sides of this cut are called, lend a sense of solidity and permanence to a house that an ordinary wall lacks. Not many can afford the luxury of an 18 or 20-inch outside wall, but frequently the wall can be thickened at some inside door without making the padding obvious, and the deep effect is thus obtained. If the reveal is deep enough to panel, this effect is enhanced greatly. Front Hearth. The front hearth--that is thai part of the hearth that is outside of the fireplace itself--should be not less than 18 inches deep. Logs break up when they burn, and flam ing embers roll in all directions. A narrow front hearth is dangerou in such a case, as these embers maj roll beyond the hearth and burn the floor or rug. Besides its prac tical use as a fire protection, a wid hearth looks better: it has a mor generous feeling, and large andiron seem more at home with plenty o hearth in front of them. Insulation. If you build a house without basement be sure the first floor well insulated. A wooden subfloo heavy waterproof paper, a layer some rigid insulating material--th thicker the better--or a blanket in sulation between l-by-2 sleepers- an then the finish floor should keep 01 the cold. Incidentally the space ta low the flcor should be ventilated prevent dry rot from attacking tt wooden members. Chats With Master Gardener 2. Getting Rid of Weeds in Your Lawn WHEN YOU · BUILD · REPAIR · REMODEL Use "NORTHWESTERN" Portland Cement · For Beauty 0 Permanence · Satisfaction Northwestern States Portland Cement Co. General Olfiws, fith l''loor First National Bank Bids. I know lots of folks have given up hope o£ ever having a weedless lawn. And if I try to tell them that they really can have one they're likely not to believe me. But the treatment I'm going to prescribe has cured lots of lawns that their owners had given up for lost, and I certainly want to urge you to give it a fair trial. In trying to get rid of weeds, the first thing to consider is this. A weed and a grass plant just naturally can't grow in the same identical spot. If you have enough grass plants, if your turf is thick enough, the weeds won't'get started. But when your grass is thin, when it doesn't completely cover the ground, every little spot ot bare soil"practically invites weed seeds to light and grow. And you know you can't keep weed seeds off your place; every breeze brings a crowd of them. So you see why it is that it your grass gets thin you're sure to have a healthy crop of dandelions and other pests. Feeding Is Solution. The real answer to this thin grass problem--and consequently to ^the weed problem--is proper feeding. Because a thin, weedy lawn is a half-starved lawn, almost every time. Here's why. All through the growing season your grass roots are constantly drawing 11 diffsrent food elements from the soil, ant! every single one of these elements is necessary tor healthy growth. If you let even one of them become exhausted from the soil, you're headed for trouble. Just like a child on an incomplete diet, your grass will become thin and sickly, will begin to die out. And right then, the weeds get going! So the first and by far the most important step in controlling weeds is to make sure that your grass has all 11 of these needed food elements. "Very good." you say. "it sounds like a great idea. But how about the weed roots that are already in my soil just waiting to spring up and spoil my lawn?" Well, the answer is exactly the same! You sec, grass roots start growing. earlier in the spring than weed roots do. If you give your lawn a good square meal early enough--just as soon as the frost is out of the ground--it will give your grass a great big head start over the weeds. And later, when weeds do crop up, your grass should be growing so strongly that lots of weeds will find no room to ^row; they'll be choked out. Will Cut Number. Now of course. I wouldn't want to promise that early feeding will make the grass choke out all the weeds in one season. But if you do it right, and do it early enough, it will cut the number down so greatly that you'll feel like going after the rest by hand. But remember--to be effective, it must be done just as soon as frost is out of the ground. And remember, too, that just any old plant food won't do. Manm-ps, for instances, actually contain weed seeds, and putting them on your lawn just makes the problem t h a t much worse. I'd recommend t h a t you buy a complete plant loocl. one that sup- CHANGE MAKES OLD HOUSE NEW Modernization Can Be Done Without Structural Alterations. Much can be done to modernize an old house without making structural changes. Floors can be refinished or recovered; walls can be patched and painted or papered or, in places like bathrooms and kitchens new wall coverings can be installed; heating and plumbing equipment can be replaced; new electric outlets can be installed; the exterioj can be repainted or even recovered and a new roof covering can be laid In addition, slight changes can be made in the architectural appearance; wide overhanging eaves can be cut hack and trimmed tight; jigsaw porches can be removed or replaced by porches of simple design; chimney tops can be simplified; grading around the house can be raised to give the house a lowei appearance, and proper planting can be done to make the house hug the ground. Such work can be done with funds obtained from private institutions under the terms of the federal housing administration's modernization credit plan. NSULATION AID 0 COMFORT IN WINTER, SUMMER 'our Types in General Use Throughout Country at Present. Four tvpes of insulation for omes are" in general use through- ut the country today. Rigid or board form of insulation, lanket or flexible form, metallic oil, and the so-called "fill" type of rtsulation became more generally sed in recent years, as the public earned the fuel-saving as well as omfort-inducing qualities of such modernization projects. Multiple uses of insulation ma erials, according to good authority often contribute savings in con struction costs that should be creel ted when studying the economii value of insulating materials. Some rigid insulating boards have suffi cient structural strength to be use as sheathing. Used in the requisit thickness to give the required re duction in heat transfer, matcria savings can be effected in material and labor. Most rigid insulation are offered in forms suitable fo use as plaster bases. They also ma be used to eliminate plaster an sometimes even painting, costs. Fill type insulating materials ha\ proved their value in stopping fire in walls. Many types have grcatc or less value as sound insulatioi according to the way they are in stalled. Insulations used as r terior finishes may contribute m terially to acoustical properties. Funds with which to finance sue insulating projects may be obtaine from private lending institutions operating under the terms of the federal housing administration's modernization credit plan. "alvin Higden Winner in Contest at Wesley WESLEY--Winners in the aiiiH- ur show, sponsored by the Amcri- in Legion Friday night and at- ·ndcd by 250. were: First, vocal olo by Calvin Higden: second, tap ancc by two girls of prc-school gc; Lois Eleich and Mary Lou averly, and third, three grade upils in a lap dance-. Donnabcllr. ayncs, Jean Bottom and Vnrla Lav Johnson. Store llemodclcd. HEALSBURG, Cal.--When his andlord agreed to borrow S500 to mprove the front of his store. Mr. V. Brown, a druggist, decided to orrow .f2.000 to remodel the in- erior of the building. As a result, he landlord is receiving an in- reased rent and the druggist has ecn forced to employ an additional lerk to care for the new business. It appears Mr. Hoover could have made more of floods in his 1932 alarms. He failed to predict seaweed in the streets.--Atlanta Constitution. Iron is the machine that made foal an automatic fuel Automatic coal firing is revolutionizing heating in every kind of firing job from 250 H. P. boilers down to home furnaces. Let vis give you the interesting facti and figures, FIRESIDE FUEL CO. Phone 888 IF YOUR ROOF LEAKS . . . CALL US We have 5X Red Cedar shingles and Johns-Manville asphalt and asbestos shingles. We shall be glad fo give you a Free Estimate on repairing or re-roofing your house. L A. Moore Lumber Co. Phone 1 1 9 629 South federal Ave. plies all 11 of the food elements your grass needs from the soil. Apply it to your entire lawn, 4 pounds to 100 square feet. THOMAS MACHINE CO. WE DO ALL KINDS OF MACHINE! WORK ALL WORK GUARANTEED Phone 2503 SOS 2nd S. VV. Mason City, la. Electric Motor Repairing By Experienced Men New Motors Bought and Sold Zack Bros. ELECTRIC CO. S06 Second S. W. Phone 977 I ESTIMATES Cheerfully Given On All Kinds of Construction Work I GENERAL CONTRACTORS Phone 2626 525 Ninth St. S. E. PAINT Now PAPER Now F. H. ·v For Long Wear Beauty PAINT WITH THERMOL1ZED TUNG OIL PAINT FINISHES Birge Imperial Fine Wallpaper Patterns RALPH S. SHEPHERD P A I N T S WALLPAPER Hi 1st S. K. OpP- ('hnpniaii's P H O N E 1362 . Make Your Dreams Come True . BUILD THAT HOME OF YOUR OWN We can help you with plans, suggestions and financing. Price and conditions are in your favor. Your new home will not be taxed until 1938 LET FULLERTON'S HELP YOU P L A N FULLERTON LUMBER Go. F R A N K M E L I U S , M a n a g e r 15 Fourth Street S. W. Phone 3838

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