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July 15, 1963

Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 17

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Farewell to Great Building Block By WAftD CANMfeL Newspaper Enterprise Assn, NEW YORK (NEA) ~ Along with the passenger pigeon, whooping crane and buffalo, another American is on the way to extinction. After a century in the passing patt.de, trje riveter— the man who made the skyscraper—is fading out of the American scene he helped 4.:.., -* * *- to bttild. Artd with him goes forever a a high -wire heroism and daily death-defying act that has frozen more spectators in petrified wonder than P. T, Barnum ever dreamed of. The white-hot rivet was hurled and caught and hammered into place hundreds of feet above the ground by four men who worked quickly and surely a half-Inch from certain death. It is not deadly danger, however, that has retired the riveter, but rather the very cause for his being —• the rivet. After a millen- ium in mankind's tool box,, the rivet may finally be obsolete. * * * Archeological discoveries reveal that this metal fastener is nearly as old as man's use of metal which brought him out of the Stone Age. A straight rod with u head on one end that joins two pieces of metal by beating the plain end into another head, it is far older than the screw or nut and bolt. It was not until Josiah Pearson turned out the first commercial rivet for construction 170 years ago, however, that the modern riveter was born. Until that time, rivets were made out of soft, weak metals that could be easily hammered. Pearson's rivet, strong and tough, required heating over coats until it was soft enough to be smashed into place* with a heavy hammer. The Civil War saw rivets used on the warships Monitor and Merrimac. The Victorian era ,saW such monuments as the Eiffel Tower rise into the clouds by riveting. The time of the skyscraper, the heater, the catcher, the bucker-up and the riveter had come. * • * "When I was a lad," a retired riveter said, "the pot with the coals used to be on the ground and the heater used to toss those hot rivets up 50 to 60 feet. If the catcher missed, well,- somebody could get hurt. If he leaned out too far and lost his footing, well Despite changes in safety precautions and developments in automatic rivet hammers, the rivet and the rivet gang remained pretty much the same through ,the past century — four men who knew each other's work rhythms intimately and functioned as a single mind and arm with only Qalesburg Ifegister-Mail GALESBURG, ILL., MONDAY, JULY 15, 1963 SEC. 2 PAGE 17 DUNSWORTH S ... Sidewalk Day SALE! Used Remington $4 A TYPEWRITER 1U 10 Used Burroughs Adding Machine ONLY $ ONE LARGE TABLE OF • Games # Book's # Gifts and Wrapping Paper UP TO 75°/« O OFF Reproduction of Famous ARTIST PAINTING 50c to $1 DUNSWORTH'S BOOK & STATIONERS 220 E. MAIN 1964Wheat Tradings Hit $1.72 Bushe AIR MALE — High walks a narrow line above the city's streets, without his traditional a construction worker rivets. By L. It. SIMERL (Agriculture Economist) Some people are betting Cold hard cash that prices for the 1964 wheat crop will be far above those widely forecast before the recent wheat referendum. Trading in 1964 crop wheat futures began at Chicago July 1. During the first week of trading, prices for delivery next July reached a high of $1.69 9 /4 a bushel, while the September 1964 future reached $i .72'£. Those who had talked about $1 wheat were not betting on that basis. The lowest price at which the July 1964 future was sold was $1.63 l £, while the lowest sale of the September 1964 future was at $1.64. The prices at which the 1964 crop wheat futures were traded were only 16 to 21 cents lower than corresponding prices being paid for the 1963 crop that is now being harvested. We have no way of knowing why the buyers and sellers were willing to give and take these prices for the 1964 crop. They may expect new wheat legislation. Or they may believe that prices will hold up even without a new act of Congress. The prices recently offered for 1964 crop wheat appear to be very attractive. They may lead to excessive planting this fall. And there is no guarantee that prices will hold at recent levels. The price support rates for the 1964 crop seem likely to be $1.25 to $1.30 a bushel in most Illinois counties. Stocks of wheat are still very large. The carryover'July 1 was around 1,165 million bushels, only 18 per cent less than the all-time high two years ago. At the rates of use and exports in the past year, the carryover included enough hard red winter wheat to last 17 months, enough hard red spring wheat for 13 months and enough durum wheat for two years. On the other hand, the carryovers of soft red winter wheat and white wheat were less than one month's supply. •The 1963 wheat crop seems likely to be near 1,100 million bushels. This will make a total sup­ ply of around 2,250 million bushels. We need only 500 million bushels for our own mills and can export a slightly larger amount. The price support loan rate for the 1963 crop is $1.82 a bushel, national average. Loan rates are a few cents higher in most Illinois counties. Farmers eligible for price support loans also get direct payments equal to 18 cents a bushel on the normal production of their planted acres. ^ The lower level 'of price suppOf It scheduled for the 1*4 crop will tend to depress prices of wheal later in this marketing year. Ort the other hand, most of the fiupl ply is expected to be lied up un* der price support. The CCC can* not sell at less than 105 pet cent of the loan level plus darryin| charges. This will tend to sustain; prices next spring. SPECIAL SIDEWALK DAY BUYS! Banlon Shirts With Pocket 6 colors to choose from Reg. $5.95 $J88 Wash Pants Small Group Skinncy, or regular Reg. $4.95 to $5.95 $2 88 Boat Necks Good Selection M length $488 sleeve in small, med., and large Val. to $5.95 1 1 ONE LARGE GROUP 1 Short Sleeve 2 -*i 188 SPORT 2 -*i 188 SHIRTS 2 -*i t 1 Ass't. knits and Regular to ! 14.95 1 fancies. Regular to ! ONE TABLE SOX • SHIRTS • CAPS (Slightly soiled) Values to $4.95 also cuff links and crazy straw hats 88c One Group VINYL JACKETS Lightweight Val. to $6.95 88 3 SPECIAL GROUP Values To $39.95 One Group LEATHER OXFORDS and Slip-ons Regular $8.95 "Galesburg's Style Center" — mEn's'iUERR $ 3 -enter" — 54 S. SEMINARY ST. 88 confidence and experience between them and death. * * * "As late as 10 years ago," an old riveter said, "there wasn't a building or bridge going up without rivet gangs. But now? You can hardly find them any more." What has happened is the development of the high strength steel bolt and nut which requires no heater, no catcher, no gang; but only two men — one to hold the bolt head while the other tightens the nut with a machine. It's faster. It's easier. And above all, it's new. Strangely, there's nobody around to mourn the passing of the rivet gang. At one construction site in Manhattan, a man in a safety helmet put it this way: "I used to be called a bucker- up. Now I'm called a bolter-up. I don't care what the title is as long as I get paid scale." In July 1965, according to the terms of the recent New York contract, that scale will be $6.20 per hour. A laser organizes the haphazard agglomeration of light waves of all colors and sends out single- color waves moving all in one direction. The word laser is formed from the initial letters of the device's function *— light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. ( 1 | 1 | 1 I 1 | 1 I 1 | 1 I 1 | 1 Jack's on (he Square • i READ THE CLASSIFIEDS! Sidewalk Days at the PLATTER FOR TREMENDOUS BARGAINS "45" RPM Pop Records ______ 10c-* "45" Extended Plays ... 3" $ 1.00 "45" Record Cases 99c E "* RCA — Columbia Camden — Coral Brunswick LONG PLAY RECORDS Over 500 of them Reduced to 50% and more of regular price, STEREO - MONO Each and Every Item in the store con be bought at a MONEY SAVING PRICE on SIDEWALK DAY. Believe It and Buy It! 13 STEREO MACHINES — PORTABLES and CONSOLES — PRICES SLASHED! DIAMOND NEEDLES V% PRICE (excepting cartridge type) The PLATTER 67 SO. PRAIRIE o (A ft -10 Look Me Over Good Sidewalk Sale Day-Wednesday About 300 Pairs JEANS Quality Heavy Denim Jeans in Tan—-Black Lite & Dark Blue Red & Green Reg. $ 2.98 Sizes 3 thru 12 \ ^% people will win Silver Dollars for every foot of their height. I _£ Names of winners will be published in Register-Mail Friday, July 19. The participating stores invite you to come in and Register IT'S THEIR PARTY AND ALL FREE... MON., TUES., WEDNESDAY—ALL DAY Farmers & Mechanics Bank Hawthorne Drug Co. Badger Paint Store Holcomb Studio Kiddie Corner Galesburg Glass Company Joe The Tailor Gene's Appliance Jack's Supply Store Barney's Lunch m > _o § H 4 BOYS' WINDBREAKER JACKETS 6 ttiru 16 MEN'S CANVAS OXFORDS All Siies All. HALF SLEEVE SHIRTS $ 1.99 $ 2.00 20% $ 1.88 $ 1„00 DRESS SLACKS BEAUTIFUL WOMEN'S BLOUSES From His & Her Sets SWEAT SHIRTS Men's, all sizes SWIM TRUNKS 20% off Men's Water Repellent JACKETS $2.00 TERRY SHIRTS $1.00 SHOES $1.00 BLANKETS $2.00 CAR ROBES $2.00 $ 3.99 MANY OTHER ITEMS ON SALE SIDEWALK DAY JACK'S SUPPLY STORE VWL. "Overlooking Central Pork" fiLi 01 IT More for Your Dollar in Jin, i .. :._ * .-..s/i

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