Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa on June 7, 1962 · Page 2
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Thursday, June 7, 1962
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Established In 1914 3 =7 NATIONAL EDITORIAL Subscription Rates In Fayette and Adjoining Counties $3.00 Per Year Outside Fayette and Adjoining Counties $3.50 Per Year The Leader is published weekly in Fayette. Iowa, and distributed on Thursday morning. Entered at the Post Office at Fayette, Iowa as second class matter, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Maurice Stoneman, Owner and Publisher My Neighbors Chattin' With Stoney Creek Bottom Comments Editorial Comments - - - Do We Need More Proof? If the state of Iowa ever needed a clear and conclusive picture of the superiority of concrete pavement over asphalt, it certainly has one this year in Union- land. At the present writing, every one of the state's black-topped roads in the county, with the exception of two. one paved last year, the other the year before, is embargoed to truck traffic. The two i-oads unembargoed to truck traffic are No. 256. from Maynard to Westgate. paved last year, and NO. 296. from No. 56 to Wadena, paved two years ago. All the rest of the state's black topped primary road system in this county is closed as far as truck traffic is concerned. And the big share of this system was built within the last six years. Contrast this with the fact that no concrete highway in the county is, or ever has been, embargoed. In fact, no concrete highway in the state has ever been embargoed. And this jn spite of the fact that most ol it is from 25 to 30 years old. We do not mean to say that no concrete highway has become rough and damaged by traffic. The stretch from West Union to the Chickasaw county line is a rough a road as you would care to travel. However, mark this. It is not embargoed, still carries heavy traffic, uncomfortably it is true,'but carries it. While we are on the subject, the condition of this particular stretch of highway can be attributed, in part at least, to the fact that at the time it was paved the state did not have as stringent standards as to the hardness of aggregate, the rock used in the concrete, as it does now. Engineers agree that much of the blame for the condition of this 12 mile span can be laid to agregate deterioration. Concrete roads being built to-* day will outlast this stretch by many years. And it, is approximimately 30 years old. Contrast this with No. 93, from Fayette to Sumner, and No. 56, form West Union to Elkader, blacktopped roads which began to break up under the relentless pounding of traffic within two or three years, now are embargoed for one to two months out of every year to prevent their complete destruction. Conclusive proof as to the impracticability of black-top in this state can be seen in the Iowa State Highway commission's own figures for maintenance cost. Figures for the state show that the average annual cost of maintaining the surface on concrete is, $16t}.09 '•• per mile as compared to $264.58 for bituminous concrete on a flexible base. It is signifigant that the average age of this concrete is over 20 years while the average age of the blacktop is only about two years. Thus Iowa is spending 65 per cent to maintain new bituminous roads than it is spending on old concrete. The principal reason advanced for using blacktop rather than concrete is that it costs less to build. The arguments rage interminably between the Portland Cement association and the Asphalt Paving association dealing with such things as hauling costs on agregate, load limits, type of engineering, design, etc. We are no engineer. Listening to both sides only serves to confuse us. However, we think it is pretty obvious that any sensible estimate of the cost of a road should take into account its useful years. Applying that standard to blacktopping here in Fayette county would indicate that no matter how little the state' paid for the blacktopping compared to concrete, it was the most expensive road we could have built. All that money, and within a brief - .. •• •• M II , Homemakers Dateline by Dorothye E. Hansen Fayette County HOME ECONOMIST two years span, only a lOmonths road. Even if concrete didn't offer a better bargain for Iowa tax dollars, there is one other big reason why we should give it high priority. Did you know that Iowa had five Portland cement plants within its borders, not one asphalt plant? The cement industry Is a vital and integral part of the economy of the state of Iowa; it has been important factor in the state's progress and growth for over a half-century. Iowa today is one of the great manufacturing states for Portland cement, the manufacturing and production facilities of the five cement fills in Iowa not only can accommodate the Iowa market demands but annually produce for shipments outside Iowa more cement than is used in the state. The annua! payroll of cement manufacturing alone in Iowa totals more than $9milIion. Obviously, payrolls of this proportion have an important effect on local communities and the state as a whole. In 1960 the cement mills in Iowa paid right at $3-millions in taxes to state and local government. Fuel purchases alone to run these plants in 1960 were right at $4.5-miIlion for coal, gas and oil. Electric power purchased by the plants last year amounted to almost $3-million. Freight expenditures, including railroad and truck, were over $9 million. The value of investments, including, plant, real estate, buildings, machinery, furniture, fixtures, tractors, trucks and autos is estmated at about$73-million. ; Thus it is quite apparent that Iowa does have an interest, and a considerable one, in the continuing progress and development of the manufacture of cement in this state, just as the cement manufacturers have a vital interest in the growth of Iowa. Last winter, because of a shortage of orders for Portland cement, four of the five cement plants in Iowa were shut down. This involved many hundred of Iowa families, put them on ue state's relief rolls or drawing unemployment compensation. It also affected another segment of the economy, the coal mining industry. At least one of the five mills here is Iowa uses Iowa coal. When it shut down, the coal mines shut down too. Now, when you consider the life expectany of blacktop JIS opposed to" encrjfrte, when you consider thii higher maintenance cost of blacktop as opposed to concrete, when you consider the considerable investment in plant and facilities and the tremendous payrolls of the cement industry in Iowa, constrasted ti no investment and no payrolls by the blacktop people it seems only good sense to us that the Iowa Highway-Commission use concrete rather than blacktop. Actually the state does use more concrete than blacktop. In 1961 it payed 63 miles of concrete to 41 of asphalt. In 1960 the figures were 157 for concrete, 115 for asphalt and in 1959, 54 for concrete and 23 for asphalt. These figures would indicate there is a trend, barely discernible but still a trend toward more concrete, less blacktop. But we are not satisfied. Remembering this the spring of 1962, when all but the very newest of blacktop roads in Unionland were embargoed, we'll battle to the death for concrete. Anything else is just a waste of the people's money. Fayette County Union Friendship is really put to the test when a person is asked to care for the pet guinea pig while the family goes on a short vacation. But one local businessman came through with flying colors when the situation arose recently. The young lady of the family is the owner of the creature called "carrits". However, since she planned on consuming her time by playing, it was decided to leave the pet at home. We have two good hearted em­ ploye friends who consented ( at least we hoped they would when'jp they read the note ) to feed and pi water the little rascal. jjj But they decided to play a joke jjj on one of our new young business- iij men. So they proceeded to write jjj another note asking him to care jjj for the guinea pig. And to take .*{{ it for a walk, daily. And they signed our name. So, when this dealer in household goods ( and former friend ) stopped in they showed him the note—and the family pet. For the first time since he has been in Fayette, he was reportedly speechless. However, friendship is thicker than guinea pig fur, so he picked up the box with the pet in it, and started to leave. The pranksters stopped him, however, before he got outside, which was probably a wise move. We just aren't too sure how good a swimmer the guinea pig is. ' —•— June seems to be the month for buying, selling and moving, in Fayette. Already this month Doc's Barber shop has been sold to Irvin Paul, George's Place has been sold to Nathan Humphrey, and Walker's Flower and Gift shop has been sold to Owen "Boots" Ott ( not to be confused with Ott Finger of Ott's Drive-In. ) Also, Buzz Thayer plans to move his furniture store into the former John Deere and Epco building, we'll be moving the printing plant into the former McLeese building, and Bob Lewis will be getting ready to move his variety store into his new building north of Attorney Clark's officer By the way, we suggest you watch for the grand opening of each of these places, and especially that of the furniture store. We understand he's contemplating a real zany promotion, which should cause a lot of commotion and a lot of interest. This could be- a real - lucrative month for all bargain hunters in Fayette and the surrounding area. Despite new color trends, women today still buy more beige for their homes <than any other color. The beige family, from the off- whites into cocoa, accounts for four out of five sales in most lines of furnishings. Because it is a neutral color which can easily be accented by bright accessories beige will probably continue to stay way out in front 1 Did you know that popular colors for home furnishings usually follow colors trends in apparell« hy about two years? D'B-B ' A new wholesale grade for, lettuce, U; S. Fancy, may mean we'll find a higher quality product in our retail markets. U. S. Fancy must have better appearance and higher quality than U. S. No. 1 which has been the highest grade available. Research has found new ways for improving the keeping quality of lettuce and these techniques will be applied to U. S. Fancy to guarantee that it will reach the retail store and homemakers refrigerator in best condition. D-E-B With the season for filling our freezers and pantry shelves with garden products for the coming year just ahead, you may be inter­ ested in the bulletin "Freezing Fruits, Vegetables and Prepared Foods". The bulletin contains information on reliable steps in preparing fruits and vegetables for the freezer and packaging them as well as lips for freezing combination dishes and baked products. To get this bulletin drop us a card at the Extension Office, Fayette asking for bulletin' HE 23. D-E-B more coming DEB continued Summertime, when much of the living is out of doors, increase the chance for accidents to happen right in you own back yard. As a basic safety measure, keep sports and eating equipment away from most traveled areas of the yard. Tie brightly colored yarn of cloth on every wicket of your croquet set so they will be easily noticed. Make sure no one goes to a farm pond or river alone for fishing or swimming. And never, never use kerosene to start a fire! Make yours a safe summer! D-E-B Right now, before you begin to fill the home freezer with fresh garden products, is a good time to clean and defrost your freezer. It is most important to follow manufacturers direction for proper care of your freezer. It is best to defrost the freezer on a day when the weather is relatively cool. You can speed defrosting by placing an electric fan inside or at the opening "of the freezer. Be sure to cool your freezer to zero degrees before In a sense, few things in this world matter any less to a little old hog farmer than the New York stock market. But in a greater sense, it matters to all of us, because it reflects the economic pulse of the nation. After the recent "Black Monday", who was pushed forward by the Kennedy Administration to try to soothe the worried public? None other than Mr. Walter Heller. And who is Mr. Heller? Here is a little of what we believe to be the TRUTH. Back in 1951. as a wiseacre of' the Truman regime, Mr. Heller, in his great (?) wisdom, advised Conrad Adenauer to... keep interest rates — By Reuben low - not worry about inflation, or balancing the budget - and above all, let the government dominate the German economy. Wise and able elderly Adenauer did just the opposite, took a completely contrary course. And today, West Germany has one of the strongest and soundest economies in all the world. All Mr. Heller needs to do, is re write his book on economy, backwards, and upside down. In plain and hard words, Walter Heller is one of the foremost "damn- fool" economists in all of Washington. But there he is, a spokesman for JFK. Another great (?) cog in the JFK wheel, Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg has recently proposed that the U. S. Treasury subsidize the "performing arts". The Grand Opera, the Symphonies, and the "high brow" play houses would get a little shot-in the-fanny of th.it great vitamin, federal aid. This is of course just one more subtle step toward national socialization. No doubt we farmers, and you Main Street small businessmen should be just champing the bit to pay a little more income tax. so that some fat, diamond studded, society dowager will be sure to get her seat in the "diamond horseshoe" at opening night of Grand Opera. Good Lord, where is our America hither-bound??? c-b-c One of the trends on the times, is counting calories instead of counting blessings. :::::::::::ir.::::: hi Local 4-H members To state conference Twelve 4-H club members will represent Fayette county at the new State 4-H conference at Ames June 12 - 15. Harold L. Boulton, County Extension associate, announced this week. Those selected were Ann Gilmer, Eileen Kuhens, Rosemary Andrew, Lorraine Koch, Francis Burington, Charles Porter, Paul Clark, Joe Gibson, Paul Grafenberg and Rodney Graf. Judy Langerman and Gary Gamier, county presidents, are automatically delegates. Theme of the 4-H conference will be "Citizenship, your rights and responsibilities to yourself and to others". Delegates will have an opportunity to explore and view drama and personal ap[)earance programs. State 4-H officers will also be elected. returning the food after defrosting. D-E-B You may have found that one way to avoid some of those unpleasant range cleanings jobs is to use aluminum foil. Proper use of this time saver is important. Always use heavy duty foil that will not curl and melt under heat. Never use foil on the baffle of an electric oven and take great care that foil never comes in contact with the plug-in point of an electric unit. Correct use of foil will surely help to cut down range cleaning. D-E-B Whether .you as a homemaker, a student or a business person, your job demands a good share of your; time each day. But for healthful, happy living you also need to enjoy a certain amount of leisure time of recreation. Recreation is doing what you want to do, when you want to do it and at your own pace. In your busy daily schedule it is important to allow some time for recreation, whether it be painting a wall, taking a walk or enjoying a few minutea reading your favorite book. D-E-B ... What will you do for recreation or leisure time today? ' D-E-B Do You Recall 20 - 30 - 40 Years Ago] Meeting at Klock's Island The Willing Workers club will meet June 14 at Klock's Island with Marian Gray as hostess. Roll call is to bring picture of, or describe your wedding dress. Marjorie Lau is in charge of the entertainment. 20 Years Ago — Milo Roy Maltbie was granted the honorary degree. Doctor of Saturday, June 9 Extension Council Activities Calendar Law at the commencement U. I. U. exercises. Dr. Richard C. Raines of Minneapolis will speak at U. I. U. commencement, and Dr. John Andrew Holmes will give the Baccalaureate address. Eugene Wright was chosen by the American Legion and Auxiliary to attend Boy's State this year at Grinnell. Ilene Wooldridge will present her senior piano recital in College Hall. Her assistants will be Wayne Timm, tenor and Irene Alderson, accompanist. Merle Thompson, was elected president of the '42-'43 U. I. U. senior class; Basil Rowland, sec. retary of next year senior class; and Venita Chumbley will be one of two pepsters for the class. —• — 4G~Years Ago — The Commerce Department estimates the life of the average car as seven and one half year. Memorial Day exercises were held in the Methodist church. Fayette county received a car load of flour delivered to Oelwein today, to be dealt out to the poor. This flour is furnished by the Federal government, made from some of the surplus wheat. Deaths - Emil N. Hartman. Clermont Comets 4-H club tour - 8 a. m. - Leslie and Paul Miller Windsor Spark Plugs 4-H club tour - 8 a. m. - Bill and James Koch Windsor Winners 4-H club meeting. Jefferson Good Luck 4-H club meeting. Wadena Wonder Workers 4-H club meeting. Smithfield Jolly Juniors 4-H club meeting. Eden Starlets 4-H club meeting. Westfield Worthy Winners 4-H club meeting. Harlan NRG 4-H club meeting — Maynard Community hall. Illyria Clipperettes 4-H club meeting - Illyria church. Waucoma Urbanettes 4-H club meeting. Monday, June 11 — Putnam Foremost 4-H club tour - 8 a. m. — Dennis and James Grummitt. Staff conference at Ames. Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15 — State 4-H Health and Conservation camps. Tuesday, June 12 — Alpha Clover Leaves 4-H club meeting - Alpha Gym. Tuesday, June 12 throught Friday, June 15 — State 4-H conference. Wednesday, June 13 — Eden Livestock 4-H club tour. 30 Years Ago — Moravia, in Appanoose county, claims the only egg . breaking plant in Iowa and one of the few in the entire country. It hires 12 girls daily. A U. I. U. graduate, of the class of 1921, Miss Anne L. Corbitt, has been awarded one of the Lydia C. Roberts fellowships to Columbia univresity. Dr. and Mrs. J. E. Dorman entertained the high school senior class. Earl Birdsell sold his barber shop last week to Paul Lester of Waucoma. Paul C. Davis has returned from Iowa City, where he received his degree in the School of Pharmacy. Thank You I have sold Walker's Flower and Gift Shop to Mr. Owen Ott. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the many people whose patronage has made my business a success over the past years. I would appreciate it if you would extend the courtesy that I have enjoyed, to my suc­ cessor. Mildred Walker Ott's Floral and Gift Shop Phone 39 — Fayette I HAVE JUST PURCHASED THE WALKER FLOWER SHOP AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THIS AREA. I HAVE HAD EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN ALL TYPES OF FLOWER ARRANGING — WEDDINGS — FUNERALS AND CORSAGE MAKING GRAND OPENING TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER

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