The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 14, 1966 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 14, 1966
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -Only those who lived through the heartaches of the great depression will remember it, but the first stab at building the Great Society took place on the bleak and scrawny hills of West Virginia, where the late Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Prof. Rexford GuyTugwellof the Rural Resettlement Administration attempted to resettle destitute and unemployed coal miners. The Arthurdale Experiment became famous chiefly because it was Mrs. Roosevelt* s pet. She made trips to Arthurdale, visited coal miners' homes, encouraged them to cultivate gardens and work in the Hoover vacuum cleaner plant, which she helped locate nearby. The experiment was praised by some, excoriated by others as a socialistic colony. I visited Arthurdale today and the neighboring West Virginia countryside. There have been amazing changes. The coal miners' home are still there, well-kept attractive homes. But the garden plots around them didn't really work. Men who had spent their lives below ground somehow couldn't adjust to gardening in the sunshine. And the Hoover vacuum cleaner plant never did get off the ground. It was switched to an assembly plant for cotton-picking machinery, but that didn't work either. Today, however, there is prosperity in Arthurdale and the surrounding neighborhood, thanks in part to the initiative of West Virginians and especially to the leadership of one man. Instead of a handful of coal miners employed in a vacuum cleaner plant, 650 men and women are employed in a plant producing high pressure valves; while, on the hills around Arthurdale, turkey and chicken farms will produce 10,000,000 chickens and 800,000 turkeys this year alone. - o - —PRIVATE ENTERPRISE—• PAID-Spark plug for this development is not the government but J. W. Ruby, head of the Sterling Faucet Company, a man who came to Morgantown from Ohio in the 1940's with paper in his shoes and patches on his pants. Ruby spent his first few nights in the Morgan Hotel's cheapest room, over the coal-burning heating plant. When he opened the window he was suffocated from the smoke; when he closed the window, he suffocated from hot air. He resolved that if be ever made any money he would buy and revamp the Morgan Hotel. He has now done so. This, however, is only a small part of the change that has come over north central West Virginia. This area, where coal was once king, suffered a terrible economic blow when King Coal was toppled off the throne. But coal has now come back, not as king but as a vital part of an economic republic. The mines have been mechanized, transportation has been streamlined, and today I saw a train so long I couldn't see the caboose or the engine rolling down the tracks of the bBalti- more and Ohio. The diesel locomotive engineer checked his brakes as he slowed down for Cranberry Curve, then went down the mountain's eightmile grade to the valley below. B was a thrilling spectacle of the new prosperity that has come to West Virginia. Unit trains are one reason for the comeback of coal. A mine which can load the entire 100 cars of a unit train within eight boors, sates money for Oe railroad and the mine. But this means the old days of the mines and mule-drawn coal cars inside the mines are over. Diversification, strip mining, and mechanized farming have contributed to the West Virginia revolution. - o - -CHICKENS IN CAVES-- Mr. Ruby, who has done considerable mining, has filled in the ugly pits and replanted .the scars, using chicken and turkey manure to grow new pasturage. Ruby flies his turkey eggs from San Bernardino, Calif., a million per season. Some of his chickens are housed in the Hanheim Caves, where the Alpha Portland Cement Company once dug out limestone, leaving behind huge tunnels under the mountain. The advantage o f raising chickens underground is the evenness of the climate. It doesn't change more than 10 degrees winter or summer. At Oakland, Md., to the north Ruby operates a poultry packing plant, processing SO chickens a minute, 4,800 chickens an hour. Gilman Sylvester, the plant manager, doesn't waste anything except the hen's cackle. Chicken feet are sent to Hong Kong for part of the standard Chinese diet. The feathers are ground up in chicken blood for a feed used in Italy and Japan for chickens, hogs and cattle. Tv*»d«y, Jim* U, 1*66 Afeano, (la.) Upp*t DM Meim* Chicken necks and backs are usually sold to mink farms. The American housewife has become so choosy thai necks and chicken backs now go beffing on the American market Walter Hart, editor emeritus of the liorgantown Dominion News and the town's biggest booster, points with pride to the fact that Morgantown now has 34 millionaires, 268 Cadillacs not over three years old, 51 Lincolns and 25,000 people. He predicts bigger things for the future, especially as a result of such revolutionary innovations as brick and cinder blocks manufactured from fly ash the very fine ashes emitted from factory smokestacks, which hitherto have polluted the atmosphere but in the future will be collected and turned into building materials. Such is the revolution in the state which Mrs. Roosevelt tried so desperately to improve in the dark, almost forgotten days of the great depression. - o- - LIQUOR IN WASHINGTON— Republican Congressmen attempted to put the Democrats in the position of defending the liquor lobby when 30 energetic House members acted to raise the drinking age in the District of Columbia from 18 to 21, thereby making it coincide with the drinking age in Maryland and Virginia. Billiard Schaiberf, chief lobbyist for the Washington Retail Liquor Dealers Association, is now busy buttonholing Democrats to try to overrule the Republican amendment. He calls increasing the drinking age from 18 to 21: "a monster - economically, morally, and socially bad." Spearheading the Republicans who wanted to remove the nation's capital as a Mecca of teenage drinking were William Harsha, Ohio, Thomas Pelly, Wash., Wm. Bray, Ind., Wm. Springer, HI., Ancher Neisen, Minn., and H. R. Gross, Iowa. Charles Joel son of New Jersey was the only Democrat who actively supported them. Joelsoc declared: "TheState of New York has an 18-year-old age limit, and we in New Jersey have a requirement of 21 years. The youngsters go to New York City and are involved in horrible automobile accidents. There is a tragedy almost every weekend; let us here in the nation's capital learn from bitter experience." Minnesota's Neisen had introduced a bill two years ago to change the drinking law in the nation's capital, but Democrats on the District of Columbia Committee bottled it up. Said Rep. Pelly of Washington State: "I have occasion every week to watch these cars that are driven by young people with Virginia license plates who come over and park around the various residential neighborhoods. 320 ACRES and 414 FOR SALE We have jusl listed a 320-acre farm located close to Bancroft, Burt and Lone Rock. Modem hoise, good soil, 5% contract, March 1,1967 possession. We have a 414 acre farm 5 miles south of Algona on Highway 169,5% contract, possession March 1,1967. Carlson Farm Management Co. Algou, Iowa We're remodeling, but still open for business. We're finding many items we didn't know we had - and they're going at ridiculous prices. Stop in and shop our bargains. BOMGAARS BEIM^FR AIM KL.I IM ALGONA

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