Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on July 15, 1974 · Page 18
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July 15, 1974

Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 18

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Witt D.M. Develop into a Midwest Supercity? Many Residents Hope Not By PAULA N. QUICK Associated Press Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is not Idaho or Ohio. And easterners, Des Moines is pronounced "Dun Movne." not "Duh Moynes," say residents of this mid-size cornbelt capital. Like the ugly duckling which turns into a beautiful swan, Des Moines has shed its "American Graffiti" image of hamburgers and milkshakes and now offers fine restaurants, big name entertainment and good jobs. But, it looks as though the towering (36-story) Ruan Center just topped-off in Des Moines is all the supercity status its residents want. James Hubbell, great grandson of a pioneer Des Moines businessman and railroad magnate, describes the quality of life in this small, big town as such: "Des Moines can be a good place to live and work and raise a family. It's large enough to afford the good things in life but can avoid the ills of the larger cities. We're basically a conservative group, but have a considerable degree of sophistication and independence." "As for taking on a great, big metropolitan look, no," says Jerry Ridgeway, a HOW THE TIME FLIES with Thermador's .® Portable Thermatronic Microwave Oven In no time at all ( 1 A the usual) you can have a complete meal on thetable. Browning element gives food that done-torperfection look, Food cooks in metal pans up to W deep. • Genuine stainless steel interior. Handsome black glass door. • Cook any place — indoors or outdoors. Uses regular household outlet— 120 Volts. It's a beauty too— come in and see it work! OPEN Wed. & Friday till 9 P.M. Sunday 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. RPPLIflnCE CEflTER Cnroll Phon. 797 3S2S - lok. City Phon. 464-31I schoolteacher in the suburb of Altoona, when asked about the possibility of Des Moines' becoming a Houston or Atlanta of the Midwest. "I've visited some of the larger cities and have seen some of the shortcomings and would just as soon divorce myself from that situation," he said in an interview. Ridgeway, 39, who was born in Des Moines. now lives in Ankeny, another Des Moines suburb. He says he doesn't want to live in the core of the city. _ Mayor Richard Olson, who "doubles" as manger of a local insurance company, also says he doesn't think Des Moines should try to become a big city. He says an important part of what Des Moines has is a better quality of life than can be found in a larger city. And the quality is good when compared with that urban leviathan called New York City, for example. With a metropolitan population of 232,101, Des Moines can boast of a per capita income expected to be $4,359 in 1975 compared with $3,263 nationwide. A study by the National Planning Association Center for Economic Projections shows that Des Moines is "pushing ahead faster in economic growth than other leading cities of the Great Plains region." Indeed, it is a city where even unmarried career people live in two-bedroom apartments. Politically, issues include metro solid waste disposal and not enough support of the city's transportation system. But in the summer, people go barefoot on the city's clean streets and even with the higher fuel prices, people are reluctant to abandon their cars to take a bus. Olson says of his city: "Des Moines, by nature of the banking and insurance agencies here, is conservative and very slow to change.'' He said other cities, such as St. Louis and Minneapolis, have been willing to "speculate and willing to'' gamble." Hubbell, who is vice-president of the Equitable Life Insurance Co.', feels, "Des Moines has to grow, it should grow," but that it can't grow into a Houston, Kansas City or Minneapolis. He says Des Moines relies upon agriculture and agriculture-related things and doesn't have the resources of nearby surrounding cities. "We're hemmed in," he says. However, he was a strong supporter of a $22 million downtown revitalization program which was narrowly defeated by the voters last fall. He says the rebirth of downtown is a major concern of any city. Mrs. Josephine Treiber, a retired dietician who has lived in Des Moines since 1955, says, "I'm not sure we needed all of that," about the project which called for a convention center and hotel complex. A Des Moines housewife who has lived here all her 50 years and has been active in civic affairs, Mrs. Eloise Cram, says she thought it was too much— perhaps too much too soon. Discussions of downtown revitalization continue among city officials, but no formal plans have yet been proposed. Can Des Moines, the largest city in the nation's leading hog state develop into The city of Middle America despite itself? The home of 52 insurance companies employing some 10,000, Des Moines is also the financial center of the state. With each new business that opens that means new people and the need to serve them with goods and services. Lewis Pond, director of urban development, said executives wishing to relocate clients here have thought twice about it because of the lack of recreational activities such as Broadway shows. But in the past year, a number of new nightspots and restaurants have opened up. A 60- acre motel convention recreation complex called Adventur- eland opened recently, rivalling the prestigious Worlds of F'un in Kansas City. There is talk that the 4,000 seat KRNT theater will reopen again bringing Broadway shows, ballets and concerts to the city. It closed in August of 1972. Tours around the city are being planned by the Des Moines Convention Bureau. They will include a visit to Salisbury House, a recreation of a 42-room Tudor Mansion in Salisbury, England. Peter Flynn, chairman of the Des Moines Convention Bureau, says in two to three years, Des Moines will have 7,500 rooms in hotels and inotels putting it in competition for national convention bidding. He said the city attracted 138,000 conventioneers in the first five months of 1974, twice compared with 69,917 a year ago. "You've gotta grow or fall back, you can't stay in the •• —••...•• ..... white residents are ^king the middle," he says, pointing out j£«J Herald - fL"?"'*' ] 8 P*th of attacking the problem that Des Moines' central loca- ^"L^'Ll?.J.'™. ..." of desegregation themselves, tion makes it a haven for delegates from the east and west coasts and that safety in the streets is another factor. He said he's against the Oregon attitude of "stay away, we don't want anymore growth." In fact, futurist Robert Theobald recently told Des Moines residents to shed their inferiority complex and not await solutions from the megalopelises of the Atlantic. While burglaries and robberies have risen sharply from last year, the rate of murders remains the same. There was one murder for the month of June and four for the year— compared with four at the same time last year. Blacks, who number around 11,000, seem to represent a silent minority rather than a particularly vocal part of the population. Formation of a Black Panther Party failed to get off the ground in the late 1960's and there's been little attempt since to create some other type of community voice. A black radio station went off the air a couple of years ago because of insufficient advertising and a lack of community support according to those involved with the station. Raymon Ray, managing editor of the 80-year-old Iowa Bystander, says "there is nothing to consider as being a black community in terms of people joined together for a common cause." He says there's apathy and lack of curiosity among black Des Moines residents leaving "everything up for grabs for other people"—namely blacks who come to work in comfortable jobs in Des Moines from other cities. "The so-called middle class is totally removed from the community at large," he observes. Flossie Williams, 62, a resident of Des Moines since World War I, thinks things have opened up considerably for young blacks compared with the days when she worked as a maid at a local hospital for 10 years in order to go to beauty school at night. "The young ones are not doing anything with all the advantages they have," she says. "They don't have any get up and go." Who goes where regarding Des Moines schools is largely a matter of where students live— and there are enclaves of black neighborhoods. But Dr. Bob Denny of the Des Moines School Board says PIN PAL LEAGUE Team Standings Points Carroll Lumber 29 Foley's Rest Home 22 Red Carpet Lounge 19'/j Norm's Locker 16 Hal bur Ins. & Investments 16 Old Home 16 Reiff's Standard 15 Carroll Bowl 15 Little Gus' 12'/j B 8. H Super Valu 11 Mac's Casino 10'/j Snyder Tree Service 9'/j High Ind. Single Game— Sherry Snyder 224 Ina Rae Anthony 204 Ann Goblirsch 195 High Ind. Three Games— Sherry Snyder 511 Jeanette Lorensen 502 Gin Knobbe 483 Ann Goblirsch 483 High Team Single Game— Red Carpet 739 Halbur Ins. & Investments 710 Little Gus' 706 High Team Three Game— Red Carpet 2069 Halbur Ins. 8. Investments 2057 Foley's Rest Home 2027 "before having a court tell us what to do." Dr. Dwight Davis, superintendent, has said, "This is a very progressive school community. Des Moines has not had an out- migration of middle management and junior executives." "Our teacher-to-pupil ratio is very good and 11 of our new schools are built around the open space concept. The city continues to grow. Mrs. Loretta Westover, an apartment manager who has lived in Des Moines since 1944; put it this way: "When I first came to Des Moines, it was just a little compact town. Now, things are spreading out. It hasn't gotten worse, it's gradually getting better." We've Gone RIDICULOUS ON PRICES Wednesday July 17 RIDICULOUS PRICES on CHINA, JEWELRY, WATCHES Other Items! Summer Store HOURS: 9-S Mon. to Thurs. 9-9 Friday 9-2 Saturday JEWELRY WESTGATE MALL • Carroll Phone 792-2878 ELLERBROEK'S RIDICULOUS DAY IF YOU ARE EITHER AN EARLY BIRD OR LATE BIRD - IT WILL PAY YOU TO COME TO ELLERBROEK'S THIS WEEK. COATS There are still 150 spring coats and all weather coats and now you can buy them for these low prices: gas $1498 $1998 PANTS N' TOPS Junior Shop Pants, Tops, Dresses. Bags, Belts 2 for $5.00. $2.98 Each 2 for $9.00. $4.98 Each 2 for $12.00. $6.98 Each 2 for $20.00. $10.98 Each We must be honest. Ridiculous Day is officially Wednesday only, but in order to get ready for a big bargain day like this we must mark all merchandise on Monday 'and Tuesday. So if you want a sneak preview and be the early bird shopper, come in Tuesday and see what .is already marked down. If you don't happen to get to town on Wednesday for Ridiculous Day, we must be honest again and tell you that what is left of our bargains after Wednesday will be moved inside the store and will remain on sale for the balance of this week. Check Our Low Prices on WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 ONE LARGE TABLE NAPKINS & TALLIES OTHER MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS * STATIONERY CANDLES & ALL REDUCED STONE'S Hwy. 30 Downtown LADIES' SPORTSWEAR Our entire stock of sportswear is on sale and you will find such names as Junior House at bargain prices. It will pay you to shop in two's because the price is even lower if you buy two items. You will find shorts, tops, slacks, culottes, pants skirts, with many of them coordinated —(if you can find the matching pieces in the mad rush). Here are prices: 2 for $5 or $2.98 each 2 for $20 or $10.98 each 2 for $9 or $4.98 each 2 for $25 or $1 2.98 each 2 for $1 2 or $6.98 each 2 for $28 or $14.98 each SUMMER DRESSES We still have 300 summer dresses to sell and they are really bargains. You will find all sizes — junior sizes 3 to 13, Missy sizes 8 to 20 and half sizes 121/2 to 24!/2. It will pay you to bring a friend because all dresses are sale priced with a larger reduction if you buy two of them! Here are the rack prices: JEANS 2 for $15 2 for $20 2 for $25 2 for $28 2 for $38 2 for $48 or $7 or $10 or$12 or $14 or $19 or $24 98 each ,98 each .98 each .98 each .98 each .98 each CHILDREN'S DRESSES AND SPORTSWEAR Better sportswear and dresses starting at and then 2 for $9 or $4.98 each 2 for $10 or $5.98 each 2 for $12 or $6.98 each AT THESE LOW PRICES BATHING SUITS Out They Go For LOTS OF BARGAINS FOR THE CHILDREN AND HERE ARE THE GROUPED PRICES, Sportswear, Swimwear, Boys' Shirts. Dresses, Bra Slips and Many Other Items at: 2 for *5 2 for $ 3 or $2.98 each or $1.98 each BOYS' AND GIRLS' COATS for just $5.00 - $8.00 We can't possibly put all our bargains out in the Mall, so we are going to have to ask you to come into our store so you will not miss any of the items we will have on sale. Ellerbroek's of Carroll

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