Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa on April 5, 1962 · Page 6
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April 5, 1962

Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa · Page 6

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Prefab uriiis is /actor In decline of lumber soles EDITOR'S NOTE: This Is the second in a series of six articles on changes In retailing In Iowa during the past decade. The first noted a decrease in the total number of retail stores In the state. This second article describes changes In building and farm equipment retailing, with succeeding ones discussing food and drink, apparel, drugs and furniture, and travel and recreation categories. They are based on an analysis of shifts in Iowa retailing written by State University of Iowa Professor Leonard J. Konopa and appear In the Iowa Business Digest, published by the SUI Bureau of Business and Economic Research. A major factor which depressed the sales of building materials in Inwa during the decade 1948 to 1 !!.">,<) is the construction decline during the recession of 19">8, reports State University of Iowa Professor Leonard J. Konopa. The trend toward prefabricated units for construction is a second factor in the l!i per cent drop in adjusted average sales by Iowa lumber and building materials retailers, he says. And. he adds, if sales of pre- fab'icated units continue to expand in the future, lumber dealers may well shift their emphasis to paint or hardware lines. Professor Konopa's comments •:ppe»r in the Iowa Business Digest, published by the SUI Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Likewise, heating, plumbing, paint and electric stores declined in number and average sales in both the state and the nation, mainly Ix'cause of the decline in construction, says Konopa. Iowa lost It) per cent of its hardware stores during the decade while tne total number in the United States hardly changed. Average sales for hardware stores decreased 17 per cent in the state and per cent around the country. The trend toward scrambled merchandising with many stores handling items carried typically by hardware stores probably accounts for this reduction in average sales, the SUI marketing professor says decline in construction cut sales of Iowa lumljor dealers. Sales IXT farm equipment dealer in Iowa up 22.5 per cent in comparison with a national increase of •'! per cent. Contrary to the national trend, which showed a gain of nearly 8 per cent in number of dealers as certain agricultural areas of the country became more merchandized, the number of dealers in Iowa diminished about 9 per cent. Iowa had twice as many farm equipment dealers per 1,000 population than the national average. Per capita sales, furthermore, were substantially higher for Iowa's agri-business economy, which requires a substantial investment in buildings and equipment as well as maintainenco and repair supplies, may account for this variation, he says. For every two hay, grain and feed stores in 1948, there were nearly three stores in Iowa by 1958, but their average sales dim inished 22 per cent. For the United States, on the other hand, they showed a decline in number of stores with stable sales, reports Konopa. the Texas and Louisana Gulf Coast last September caused one of the greatest peacetime mass evacuations in history. Advance planning made possible the opening of 656 Red Cross shelters, housing 206,103 evacuees. Over 38G.000 disaster sufferers were given emergency mass care while an additional 000 emergency workers were also served. Over five and one half million dollars has been s|x?n* though Red Cross to alleviate the suffering of these victims and to provide long term rehabilitation aid. All Red Cross disaster aid is based on need rather than loss and is in the form of outright grants provided by the contributions from the public through local chapters. In regard to the possibility of serious flooding this spring. Mr. Burns suggested that residents closely follow Weather Bureau bulletins and if homes are threatened, evacuation should take place immediately, in order to save (K 'rson- al belongings and reduce the threat of injury. It your car Incomes stalled in a flooded area, leave it immediately and wade to high ground. Do not permit family members to remain with the car while you go for help. Unfortunately, no amount of preparedness can prevent natural or man-made disasters, but a full- scale plan for coordination of all resources available speeds relief efforts and guards against needless loss of life and property. Mr. Burns emphasized^ however, that although Red Cross is prepared to provide aid, communities throughout the state must also prepare by serving as Red Cross volunteers and by supporting the Red Cross in their March campaign or federated fund goals. Enlists in Air Force Mr. Richard J. Corbin, 21, of Wadena, Iowa has recently enlisted in the United States Air Force. According to TSGT. Hofmann, he enlisted on the 8th of January and has been assigned to Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas for Basic Training. At the completion of basic, he will be assigned to a unit of the Technical Training Air Force for training in the Mechanical aptitude area. This is the area he chose before enlisting and after taking Air Force qualification tests. His enlisment is for a four year period. SELL YOUR DON'T WANTS WITH LEADER WANT ADS Preparedness Prime concern Of Red Cross Pick or shell corn Still in the field The best possibilities for handling corn in the field are either to crib it in the ear or shell and dry it before storing, Extension M. C. Wangsness advises. Any other method of handling should be approached with extreme caution. Mr. Wangsness pointed out that there may be a "temptation" to try to harvest the fields as silage and add water to it to bring up the moisture level, but it is risky business. The stalks probably are so dry they would make fluffy silage. This would allow air penetration and cause excess spoilage. If the moisture range is from 22 to 24 per cent there is a chance the corn could be stored as high- moisture ear corn. But the temperatures that can be expected by the time the corn can be harvested almost rules out any chance of success with this method. Most of the corn still in the field probably is down to about 16 or 18 per cent moisture. This will allow it to be stored safely Lv> a cdb, if it has good air circulation. Shelled corn, however, will have to be dried before it can be stored. With the ap |X )faching spring sea son of tornadoes and floods in the Midwest, Red Cross disaster preparedness is of prime concern in the 1*29 Red Cross chapters in Iowa, Frank if. Burns., of Des Moines, Red Cross National Fund Vice Chairman for the state, said in a special report on Red Cross Disaster Services. While tornado disasters occur throughout the year, the next few months are considered the period of greatest danger. Mr. Bums said tornadoes last year killed 15 persons and injured 440 in the nation. They also destroyed or damaged over 10,000 dwellings. Since tornadoes can strike in any part of Iowa this year, the Red Cross and the Weather Bureau suggest the following preparedness steps as a means of lessening loss of life, personal injury, and property damage: 1. The safest place is a storm cellar, cave, or underground excavation with an air outlet. 2. In open country - Move at right angles to the tornado's path. Tornadoes usually move ahead at about 25 to 40 miles per hour. 3. In town - Stay off the streets, preferably in a steel or otherwise reinforced building, but away from windows. 4. In homes - The southwest corner of the basement usually offers greater safety. Open north and east windows to equalize pressure and, if time permits, turn off electrical power and fuel lines. If there is no basement, lie down in the nearest ditch or depression. Mr. Burns said that last year disaster #pe were handled by Red Cross chapters in Iowa. He added that Hurricane Carla along COMPLETE PROCESSING FOR YOUR FREEZER MAYNARD LOCKER Phone 65 Maynard, Iowa GET YOUR CAR READY FOR CAREFREE SPRING AND SUMMER DRIVING COME IN TO Zobriskie Garage George Zabriskie, Proprietor Fayette, Iowa Congratulations To Vera & Harold Schmidt And Their New Business Vera's Dress Shop Harold and Vera Schmidt are definitely not newcomers to the business world in Fayette .... but they are newcomers, and pioneers in their new business — women's clothing. The clothing business is a far cry from the grocery business, in which they spent many successful years, but we feel sure they will be equally successful in this venture. Harold and Vera are certainly to be commended. They recognized the need for a women's clothing store in Fayette, and even though they weren 't suic what tlie outcome wuuld be, they had enough faith in Fayette and it's citizens to go ahead and give it a try. We wish them 1 much success. A clothing store especially for women certainly was one of the things needed in Fayette, and we sincerely hope the townspeople recognize the value of the new store and patronize it. We wish Harold and Vera much success, and we're proud to have them remain as merchants in our town. They are definitely an asset which we wouldn't care to lose. i THIS AD SPONSORED BY THE FOLLOWING FAYETTE MERCHANTS BILL'S SUPER VALU Phone 84 DANIELS DRUG STORE Phone 163 FAYETTE INSURANCE AGENCY Phone 88 FAYETTE SPEED WASH Phone Red 182 01TS DRIVE" IN Phone 192 WHO ARE INTERESTED IN A BETTER FAYETTE HARPER PLUMBING AND HEATING Phone 77 BELLES - WRIGHT FUNERAL HOME Phone 199 INTERSTATE POWER CO. Phone 66 STATE BANK OF FAYETTE Phone 4 LEWIS VARIETY STORE Phone 75 DUMERMUTH AND FAY Phone 207 LUCYS GARDEN OF EATEN Phone 60

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