Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 17, 1974 · Page 5
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 5

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, April 17, 1974
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Spirit of Arthur dale Wanes; Maybe We Need Another Depression ByTOMTIEDE ARTHURDALE, W.VA. (NEA) — The well-fed young woman got bur of a new car and walked into Jean's bar. She removed a stylish double-knit coat and rapped the table with a $300 set of wedding rings. "My God," she groaned, "I was shopping in Kingswood this morning. Coffee's up four cents, bread is up another penny. Irspent $38 and got two UNA Head to Speak at Iowa Assemblages DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— The national president of the United Nations Association (UNA) U.S.A. will be in Iowa this week on a two-day speaking engagement. Edward M. Korry, New York City, will addess the 10th annual Iowa High School Model United Nations at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls Friday. Some 500 young lowans are expected. Korry will give the principal address in Des Moines Saturday at the annual assembly of Iowa UNA members and representatives of cooperating organizations. Kerry's -visit to Iowa is his first as UNA president. Korry began his journalistic career as a United Press correspondent covering the United Nations. He was European editor for Cowles Communications. Inc. magazines, and was president of the American Publishers Association. He was also an American ambassador to Ethiopia and Chile. The annual assembly "brings together members of the UNA from over the state for a business and inspirational session," saidCy Douglass. Marion. Iowa UNA executive director. Officers will be elected Saturday morning "with Donald M. Typer. Mount Vernon, bedding a slate of officers and directors as nominee for division president," Douglass said. Mrs. Donald Bryant, Iowa City, current president, is retiring after two terms. Environment Week is sacks of groceries. If you ask me we're heading for collapse; it's like another depression." Nobody has asked the young woman. And nobody felt any special sympathy for her rhetoric. Loose talk of depression in this community is looked on with headshaking disfavor; a good lot of the old timers here knew hunger in the last depression and many of the middle-agers remember growing up in times when new cars, double-knit coats and $300 rings were reserved for royalty. Arthurdale, in fact, was a creation of the Depression. It was an experimental construction of the 1930s Federal Homestead Project. Some 100 other communities were built at various other places in the nation, all designed to activate idle land, give the impoverished places to live and rekindle sparks in the national spirit. Calendar DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— Gov. Robert Ray has proclaimed April-'14-20 as "Environmental Progress Week," and said it would begin a month-long environmental action program in Iowa. The governor said in future weeks, he will proclaim "Arbor Week,' 1 "Resource Conservation Week." and "Make the Scene Green Week." Ray said he hopes state em- ployes and agencies, schools, businesses, and individual citizens will involve themselves in environmental action programs in coming weeks. THURSDAY Trinity Guild, 10 a.m., Odella McGowan O.E.S. family potluck, 6:30 p.m., meeting 8 p.m.. Masonic Temple Wa-tan-iye, Derby Newcomers, Tony's Pateo Club, Elk's B.L.B.F. Club tour and 11:30 luncheon, Elk's Duplicate Bridge, 9:45 a.m., Fire Destroys Atlantic Building ATLANTIC, Iowa ( A P ) — F i r e Tuesday destroyed the building which housed the Deb Kote Kingpin Co. The company, which used highly flammable materials in its operation, manufactured and refinished bowling pins. Officials estimated damage to equipment at $10.000. No damage estimate to the building, which was leveled, was made. Woman Spends Week Visiting In Missouri WALL LAKE - Mrs.' Minnie Bielema left last Tuesday morning with Larry Linstrom to spend the week in the Linstrom home at Raymore, Mo. She returned home Saturday accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Linstrom and daughters. Afternoon guests in the Art Greve home were Monica and Michael Dahm of Des Moines. A supper guest was Mrs. Terry Lord of North Platte. Neb. Monday dinner guests in the Frank Johnson home were Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Subbert of Jefferson. Visitors last Monday in the home of Mrs. Ida Nissen were Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sattrhan and Mrs. Tollie Peters of Raymond, Minn. Sunday dinner guests in the Alford Dreessen home were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dreessen and children of Sioux City. Mr. and Mrs. Arlin Still and family of New Sharon. Mrs. Robert Wreck of Des Moines was a Saturday afternoon visitor in the Elmer Ogrenhome. \ Three diamond rings for two lovers •'i':>;'.\ ,v^^:^%r( ^fV, Magnificent diamonds to set your hearts pounding ...Light your lo ve with a sparkling diamond engagement arid wedding ring set for her ...a matching wedding hand for you. I! Loehr's Jewelry Westgafe Mall Carroll IPS 8 C's Club, Mrs. Paul Venteicher E.B.C. Club, Mrs. Mike J. Sullivan C.C.C. Club, Mrs. Kenneth Dirkx L. or L. Club. Mrs. Ray Henkenius Eight O'Clock Club. Mrs. 0. H.Juergens Triple C Club, Mrs. William Hammen N.B.C. Club, Mrs. Cyril Schulte Here at least the experiment was a success. The government purchased 2,400 acres of promising land from a farmer named Richard Arthur, built 65 sturdy homes and sent out the call for residents. Several hundred desperately poor people (mostly coal mining families) moved in. In addition to new homes, the homesteaders received employment, several acres for gardens or farming, and new hope. In return, they were asked to "work hard and build well." Indeed, the work did go well. To some extent because the community was favored as the pet project of Eleanor Roosevelt. She outfitted the school with money she earned from magazine writing, visited often, encouraged the instruction of crafts such as hand weaving, and in one supreme moment of pride for all, brought her Presidential husband to address the graduating class of 1934. The latter occasion was turned into a nationwide broadcast and history credits its importance for a nation rebuilding its image. Times Herald, Carroll, la. £ Wednesday, April 1 7, 1 974 5 Ah, says homesteader Hen Thompson, who has since- moved away, the times were both terrible and fine. He remembers paying less than $10 a month rent (toward the purchase price) on a home that would sell today for $25,000. On the other hand, he recalls, "Nobody had any money and some people had no food. People scrounged is what they did. There wasn't a gopher alive for miles." Nonetheless, people managed. Mrs. Felicia Hartsell, still a resident, says she and her husband moved to Arthurdale with two babies, a crib and a measure of pluck. "My husband walked eight miles each day to work, and he got paid 35 cents an hour. But we didn't complain. We were glad to have anything. That's the way it was around Arthurdale then, everybody was glad to be surviving. "There was a feeling of community and cooperation. Some women raised gardens for school lunches, other women took turns cooking it. We had meetings, we talked over our problems and we all went to church on Sundays. Yes, that's the way it was here then." But no more. According to long-time residents, the glut-worms of progress have destroyed the innocence of Arthurdale. Once a self-sufficient hamlet — with industries such as carpentry shops, which not only provided employment but usable goods as well — the community is now a nondescript and unproud bedroom locale for a transient population. The once-active Community Center, where FDR drank punch and Eleanor chatted with the ladies, has been slipped of inside furnishings and outside windows. The pottery kiln is gone, so is the metal shop, Barnraising is dead. Town meetings have not been held for decades. Graffiti and initial scrawlings decorate what few public houses remain in the village. And according to the oldsters, the population and character of Arthurdale have deteriorated as well. Coal miners have moved ugly trailer houses into the countryside. Careless new owners have let some original homesites weather away. The result is that where once there was community solidarity. Mrs. Harsell says "I don t hardly even know my neighbors anymore," and where once there was the feeling of industry amid poverty there seems now a sentiment of lethargy amid spoiled affluence. The woman in Jean's Bar is a good example of the corrosion, says one old gentleman: "She always complains. Yak. yak, yak, never says nothing good. God knows, maybe the price of food is a blessing; she could possibly lose about 20 pounds herself. It's not that the originals here deny the newcomers the right to rap high prices and hard times. Andrew Worf, who once ran the now defunct Arthurdale variety store, says older people such as himself are sweating as much as anybody at the cost of living. "But these young poeple got big mouths. They never suffered themselves, they don't know what suffering is. I say this: rather than complain, they would do better to roll up their sleeves, like the homesteaders did, and get to work on the problems." Wolf is among many oldsters here who doubt the younger generations will roll up their sleeves. He says the virtue of appreciation is dead in the area. He surveys the homes flanking his — each driveway filled with cars, each lot populated by campers, each house inhabited by wall to wall carpeting and color TV's. But do they appreciate what they have? "Hell, no," Wolf says, "they're too busy griping about what they don't have." The opinion is a hard one, but according to many here accurate. The feeling is that Americans, including "Arthurdalites," have gone flabby and foolish. Everyone is out for himself. The mouth .is mightier than the muscle "If Eleanor could see what's happened," says one old philosopher, "she'd turn in her grave. She meant the town to be something different from what it's got. I don't know if I myself haven't fallen off; I hate to say it but maybe a depression wouldn't be so bad again. It's funny, and I know you won't understand, but at least we had some self respect back then." *]» SBRN6TT WESTGATE MALL Carroll, Iowa You'll Be Singin' In the Rain . . . OPEN: WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY TILL 9, SUNDAY 1-5 Garment Quilted vinyl front and fop. Non-tear grommets. Full length zipper. Holds 16 dresses easily. Protect seasonal clothing this handy, economical way. Reg. $2.79 value. Discount Pr^ce . . . Bikini Panty. 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