The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on May 29, 1947 · Page 7
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 7

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, May 29, 1947
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14 M»y Z9, 1(47 »"«• City GI<be-Gn»Uc, Mum city, I.. Apprentices Build Walls in Old Central Get Training in Bricklaying Off-the-Job A group of bricklayers' apprentices are building fireplaces chimneys and brick and tile walls in the old red Central school building on E. State. They are nearing the close of an 8 weeks' course but the building is nowhere near full of brick work. And there is no intention of remodeling or modernizing the old abandoned school building. , The apprentices are learning how to lay brick and tile. They are learning how by actually doing it under the watchful eyes of a bricklayer with 26 years of experience. He is V. C. Benner, a member pf the Mason City bricklayers union, No. 21, who admits that he didn't particularly want the job but neither did anyone else so he got it, probably because he has had such teaching experience before, both here and in Ok- lohamo City. Plans were announced for a ]>re-KraduaUon open house at the training school Monday afternoon from 1 to 6. Mr. Benner has invited the public to attend. The 7 veterans of World war It, who are in training will be graduated June 6. By that time they will have completed the 8 weeks' course. "In these 8 weeks the lads can get as much training as they could during the 6 months on the job," said Benner. "This is the right way to start apprentice training. When they go on the job they'll know the terms used, the bonds and the use of their tools." "These lads can go right to work when they get out on the jobs after-the. 8 weeks' course," Benner continued, "even if Ihey won't have the speed. Always before a 1st year apprentice has cost the employer money. These should be able to pay their way from the start." • . The local union now has 10 apprentices, the highest per capita number in the state, he said. Three already are on the jobs. Much credit for the establishment of the 'local school is due Joseph S. McGlade, Waterloo, regional field representative of the Structural Clay Products Institute apprentice training department, who co-operated with the local joint apprentice committee under whose auspices the school is being conducted. .This committee consists of George E. Flatts and John Moen, contractors representing the Mason City Building Trades association, and Benner and Harry Christiansen, representing local 21 of the Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers International union. The school is officially conducted by the Mason City school district as a function of the junior college and is being supervised by M. E. Aspenson, supervisor of vocational education in the local school system. During the organization of the school the financial responsibility was guaranteed to the Mason City school district by the Mason City Brick and Tile company which also donated the clay products used by the students. Others who provided material and equipment were Davey and Moen, Kye and STUDENTS AT WORK—The apprentice bricklayers who are in training in Old Central school here are shown laying a brick and tile wall on the floor of one of the rooms. Each day they must tear, down the wall again jjefore the mortar sets. Two chimneys and part of a wall, among the finished products which are left standing, are shown in the background. Against another wall are 3 fireplaces. ^ Henkel and G. E. Flatts and Sons all local contractors. Inasmuch as all of the student are veterans of World war II th major portion of the school ex pense including shop facilities an instructors'Salary, as well as sub sistence allowances to the appren tice students is being borne by th U: S. Veterans Administration un der the provisions of public lav No. 346, commonly known as th G. I. Bill of Rights. L. G. Mason chief vocational rehabilitation' am education of the Veterans admin istration, Des Moines, was parti cularly co-operative in the loca arrangements. Iowa now has 3 such mason's schools, according to R. V. Kelsp Mason City, field representative o the U. S. department of labor. The one at Davenport includes men from western Illinois. Kelso helps to co-ordinate the program for the apprentice training service in North Iowa as far west as Spirit Lake and east to Cresco. His work also includes apprentices in other trades. The Veterans Administration assists by financing the training program. The apprentices are paid the regular GI subsistence allowance up to a maximum of $65 monthly for single and $90 monthly for married men as long as they are in school, according to Jack Cooksie, VA contact representative here. After the apprentices go to jobs they continue to receive the subsistence allowance in addition to their pay from the employers so long as they do not exceed a maximum of $175 monthly for single and $200 monthly for married men, Cooksie explained. In addition to mixing mortar and laying brick and tile, the ap- CLASS MEMBERS—The class and the instructor, left to right, are: Standing,'V. C. Benner, instructor; Hanford Bartelson, Forest City; George R. Bruns, Mason City; A. R. Sanky, Algona; Joseph S. McGlade, Washington, t>. C., Structural Clay Products institute; kneeling: Robert Bartelson, Forest City; Lincoln P. Johnson. Mason City, and LeRoy Nelson, Mason City. Not shown on the photograph is Bert Buehler of Ames, who entered the school late. rentices are spending 40 hour •eekly doing some blueprin eading and textbook work, Ben er said. They also must take tim tear down most of their wor ach day so the brick and til an be used again. The 6 apprentices are Lincoln P ohnson, Leroy Nelson and Georg .Bruns, all of Mason City; Rob rt and Hanford Bartleson, Fo: 0m But most Mothers are busy. Lucky ;f who finds time to b a companion to her family. est City, and A. R. Sanky, Algona. "We hope to run an advanced school next January and February," Benner said. The men would be taught blueprint' reading, estimating, some drafting and 'advanced brick work, he explained. The school here may 'include apprentices from all of the northern half of Iowa from Sioux City to Dubuque, he said. Apprentices Are Honored at Banquet Everyone involved in construction is vitally interested in every other person involved, J. S. McGlade, Washington, D. C., told 2 dozen apprentices and an equal number of journeymen and employers who attended a banquet at the V. F. W. hall Wednesday evening. "The journeyman is interested in the apprentice to keep the craft alive, the contractor in the jounrneyman for quality work, th< manufacturer in the contractor as a salesman of his products, and Ihe public in all of them for a good building: job," declared McGlade. He spoke following the banquet honoring apprentices of the Bricklayers, carpenters; and mill- workers unions which was spon- sered by the Mason Crty Building Trades Employers association and he Mason City Milhvork company. VTcGlade is from the Washing- on office of the Structural Clay Products institute and helped to ;et under way the masons' train- ng school now operating in the Old Central school building. . "Every young man should learn trade," McGlade declared. "It s something that never can be aken away from him." He sug- ested that the secret of good labor ' elations in Iowa's building in- ustry is the fact that so many of ie contractors started as appren- ces in one of the crafts. C. K. Bassarear, Des Moines, enior field representative of the ppreutice training service of the . S. department of labor, told he apprentices that they should e grateful to the employers that ve them an opportunity to learn, ftcn at some expense to the contractor. The apprentice training program, such as the one set up in Mason City, is not for veterans only, he explained, because it will last long after all veterans are gone. R. V, Kclso, Mason City representative of the department of labor, introduced the speakers. George Platts, vice president of the employers association, presided and introduced honored AMONG ORGANIZERS—Five men who contributed to the success of the mason's training school at Mason City inspect a finished wall constructed by students at the school. Left to right are V. C. Benner, instructor; «T. S. McGlade of the Washington office of the Structural Clay Products inatitute; Russell V. Jfelso of the apprentice training service of the U. S. labor department; George E. Platts, secretary of the local joint apprenticeship committee, and A. G. Frisk, Mason City Brick and Tile company, which furnished the masonry materials used by students. Ackley Will Pay Honor to War Heroes Ackley — Roger Flemmlng of Des Moines, secretary of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, will deliver the address at Memorial day exercises at the City park Friday afternoon. The Ackley band, veterans and Boy Scouts will meet at the City park at 9:30 a. m. for a flag raising ceremony. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Arthur Rumbaugh. Special memorial services for veterans of Ackley and community who are buried in foreign cemeteries will be held after the flag raising. They will then go to St. Mary's Catholic cemetery to dee- orate, the graves. At 1 p. m. the band will meet the public school pupils and go to Oakwood cemetery to decorate the graves and from there to the City park for the following program: Invocation by the Rev. R. Z. Braun; General Logan's Orders, M a r j o r i e Greenfield; Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Joanne Henning; "Flanders Field," Edna Mae Fisher; Memorial day in 1947, Walter Humke; song, "Just Before the Battle," . Appollo club; address, Mr. Flemming; song, "Tenting Tonight," Apollo club; benediction, the Rev. A. K. Henning. Voting is compulsory in Costa Rica, Central America. For failure to vote the first time there is a fine of 5 colones (the country's monetary unit); the 2nd time a fine of 50 colones, with a ban on holding office for 2 years. TODAY'S guests including V, C. Benner, instructor in the masons' school, and M. E. Aspenson, supervisor of vocational education for the Mason City school district. LEAVE FOR COAST Clarion — Dr. and Mrs. P. M. Sims and son John left Sunday for San Francisco, Cal., where Dr. Sims will attend the convention of Rotary International as a delegate from the Clarion Rotary club. Dr. A. H. Berger will be in charge of Dr. Sims office during his ab- Rock Falls Cemetery Group to Hold Dinner Rock Falls—The Cemetery association' of Rock Falls will hold its annual Memorial day dinner at the school gym Friday noon. Serving will commence at 12 o'clock noon. Mrs, Henry Uschkrat is chairman of the kitchen committee and Mrs. Lewis Wegener has charge of the dining room. REAL DEAL FRYING PAN, regular 1.39 m". I I Heavy Aluminum I I I SPECIAL For Saturday - Monday I I I Real Deal loo FIRESTONE STORES 122 SOUTH FEDERAL PHONE 106 Lack of Pipeline Capacity Restricts NEW Gas Heating For Next Winter No More House Heating or Space Heating Jobs for Any Purpose Will Be Approved! This does not affect ordinary uses of natural gas for cooking, water heat* ing, refrigeration, etc. TO OUR GAS CUSTOMERS: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to announce that we must discontinue accepting additional space heating or house heating customers until further notice. This will not affect existing heat customers. It is done solely to protect their supply and the supply to customers using gas for non-heating purposes. The Northern Natural Gas Company, from whom we purchase gas for Mason City and other P. G. & E.-served territory, has advised us that it faces a serious delay in securing pipe and other equipment needed to provide the increased capacity to serve new heating loads. Therefore, it becomes necessary for us to request that the installation of gas heating equipment be temporarily discontinued. The total number of house heating and space heating jobs which can be adequately supplied with natural gas from the line company have either been already installed or approved. If additional house heating or space heating were permitted, deliveries to existing customers would be placed in jeopardy during extremely cold weather and the health and comfort of a large number of people thereby endangered. This restriction applies to both old and new homes, physical hardship cases and all others anticipating the use of gas for heating. Customers who now are using gas for purposes other than house heating are particularly cautioned that they should not install heating equipment. A copy of this announcement is being sent to the proper municipal authorities together with a list of jobs that have been heretofore approved, and we have requested them to refuse permits for gas heating (where same are required) except to those customers whom we are already committed to serve. We are faced with this temporary emergency as far as gas for heating is concerned and take the. above action only in the public interest. PEOPLES' GAS fr ELECTRIC COMPANY T An Essential Industry Giving You Friendly, Dependable Service II II

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