The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 31, 1975 · Page 31
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 31

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Sunday, August 31, 1975
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j^aaai^^^^^^^^^^^^^B^Kfcu^^E.^fci-^K^.^B.^MP.'^^ She created 1880s aura at Hoover park, now moves to D.C By LARRY ECKHOLT " r WEST BRANCH, IA. - The chicken coop is built and 10 hens are laying eggs. The Jack Anderson privy" hasn't been tipped over. The cry'raom in the Friends meeting house is furnished. And the boardwalks, the yard swings, the hitching posts and the gazebo hark back to another age. Lorraine Mintzmyef's work to create a little patch of the 1880s just off Interstate Highway 80 \i completed here and shells off to Washington, D.C./for a new assignment at the U.Sr Department of the Interior. Blacksmith shop Two years ago Mintzmyer was appointed superintendent of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, which is maintained by the National Park Service and is the location of the thirty-first U.S. president's birthplace, presidential library and grave. Under Mintzniyer's supervision, the framework of the Hoover park has taken on the aura of an 1880s Iowa town ~ complete with a blacksmith 'working in Jesse Hoover's blacksmith shop, vegetable an* flower gardens and women in inkle-length skirts - to depict what West Branch was like when Hoover lived there as a child. Now Mintzmyer has been chosen for the Department of Interior's manager development program, a 10-month training schedule for "high potential employes." As park superintendent here, Mintzmyer was one of only 10 female park superin- tendents in a network of 300 federal park facilities. Mintzmyer Joined the National Park Service's regional office in Omaha, Neb., in 1959 after an employment experience that many women faced. With six years' experience at a bank she was called upon to fill a departmental managerial position left vacant by the departure of a male. Though she said she "did my job well," when it was time to permanently fill the position, the bank replaced her with a male "fresh out of college" who started at twice her salary. Civil Sirviet txam She left the bank, took a Civil Service exam and even- tually took a stenographer's job at the Omaha Park Serv- ic« office. Thtn she worked her way up the Udder. She had been a regional program co-ordinator (the first woman to hold such a Job) at the time of her assignment here. It is not surprising, then, to hear Mintzmyer praise the Park Service, as well as the Department of Interior, as being among the "most positive" in the area of equal opportunity employment for women. Mintzmyer viewed her role In the.Hoover Centennial celebration In 1974 as her great* est accomplishment here. She said the festivities showed the world that Hoover was a fine human being, who Interior of replica of Jesse Hoover's blacksmith shop at West Branch. 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PAIIY-SUNDAY 1JP-M..7P.M. f WOOLCO MAKES IT EASY TO SHOP ' Convenient Time • Payment ' Convenient Uy-*way Plan >%4^ jwa PRICES EFFECTIVE lUmovid trti When she first arrived she decided to cut down a large, beautiful tree that obstructed the view of the Hoover cottage from the top of the knoll where Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover are buried. Though some complained, most now feel it was the right decision. Then there was the construction of the two-hole privy (that hides an electrical transformer) in the back yard of the Hoover cottage to give it a more historic look. Somebody sent a copy of a DCS Moines Register article on the privy to Washington political columnist Jack Anderson, who ridiculed the privy in his column. The structure has been dubbed the "Jack Anderson privy" in his honor. . Mintzmyer and her husband left West Branch earlier this month. She said they yfill miss life in West Branch and hoped that her next permanent assignment takes her to a "natural area" > like the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone. Before heading for Washington she said, "We're homesick even before we leave." Plan to restore Portland homes By WILLIAM MARLUM (c) Oirltflan Scltnct MMMttr Ntw'i $trvlc» PORTLAND, MAINE This southern Maine city of 68,000 people has discovered a useful way to tie together several sources of. federal and local money to make the most of its existing residential architecture., In a time when things are tight with the high costs of borrowing money,:energy and building materials, dipping into the existing stockpiles of structures is just plain common sense. And Portland's historic melange of style and scale, edging intimate streets with granite, brick and wood, will be re-used following necessary restoration. Portland plan The Portland plan, announced in February by William Lee Roberts, executive director of Greater Portland Landmarks, would draw upon the Housing and Community Development Act and the Emergency Home Purchase Assistance Act, a mortgage insurance program. Signed into law last year, both are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Although HUD lawyers are making negative noises about the technical eligibility of the plan, it offers a framework of action which the spirit of the Housing and Community Development Act clearly mandates: • Elimination of slums and blight. • Expansion, through conservation and conversion, of the housing stockpiles. • Restoration of properties of special value historically, architecturally, or both. • Elimination of conditions that are contrary to health and safety standards. • Thrifty and well-planned utilization of natural and physical resources. • Expansion and enhancement of community facilities and services. 'Block' {rants To these ends, HUD automatically makes grants to local units of government on a so-called "block" basis, congealing a lot of overlapping categories of funding such as urban renewal, open space, model cities, rehabilitation loans, sewer and water, and neighborhood development. This money is to be spent at the discretion of local officials and, in Portland's case, the grant would come to about $5 million for fiscal year 1976 The Portland plan, worked out in consultation with busl nessmen, civic leaders and bankers, would use $1 million of the block grant to set,up a mortgage guarantee corporation which would: in part nership with the provisions, ot the. Emergency Home PUi chase Act, enable local banks to make low-cost loans forth* rehabilitation of housing 01 for the conversion of certain non-residential structures foi housing purposes $4,60 to $1 yitld This co-op approach to in surance would yield, in ef feet, up to $4.60 in rehabihta tion dollars for every dollar of the city's block-grant mon ey. The HUD lawyers, in reviewing the particular use-of block-grant money, were troubled by the fact that nowhere in the Housing and Community Development Act does it state that the goals of the act may be attained by investing money in J such a mechanism. In addition, the lawyers contended • returning the interest, which would normally go to outside investors, to the city might lead to uses of that money which are ineligible under the act. Such uses include: • Paying for such public facilities as schools, libraries, hospitals, transportation, and cultural centers. • Beefing up operating or maintenance budgets. • General government expenses. • New housing construction. • Direct-income payments. So while the list of ineligible uses does not specif- cally say that a city cannot use parts of its block grant or such a purpose as the *ortland plan has proposed, t clearly does list the array if abuses which the assets of uch a mortgage guarantee corporation could suffer. However, innovative legal and financing mechanisms are basic to this kind of operation. There are many cities imilarly in need of uplift, and HUD officials could prof- tably look at the Portland ilan as a procedural proto- ype, well worth "testing ut." !• ANNIVUSAMIS 3linM —3dllar$ 284-8141 In Ott Moin«$ 1836 Toll Free In low* i t

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