Glance at the Past: September 1947

Blacktop is being applied to the block on North Church Street between High and State streets, and other streets will be improved as soon as materials can be obtained. Mayor Charles A. Gary states that property owners on the street are now being improved petitioned for the improvement, and the petitioners are paying for the materials. The city is furnishing the equipment and the manpower with which to do the work. (I doubt if that arrangement would work today.) Another block to be improved soon will be Ross Street between the Methodist church and the Henderson Funeral Home. Mayor Gary states that property owners wishing to have streets paralleling their property improved with blacktop need only to signify their wants and pay for the materials to be used. Several Toledo streets have recently been improved with crushed rock.

The Wieting Theater is presenting an outstanding Bohemian picture, a musical comedy entitled “To Byl Cesky Musikant.” There will be no increase in prices for this better-than-average picture. The price still remains at 10 and 39 cents. (Probably no way that film would still be available today.)

Why doesn’t the courthouse clock strike the hour? That is the question that has been asked by the Toledo residents. To satisfy our inquisitive people, we have found out the reason. J.B. Tostenson, who has been taking care of the clock for a considerable number of years, tells a Chronicle reporter that the cable on the strike side of the clock is about worn through, and should the clock be allowed to strike, there is a danger of the weight which controls the strike falling through the tower. This weight weighs 750 pounds, according to Mr. Tostenson, and should it fall, persons unfortunate enough at the time to be in or near the entrance might be killed. As the custodian of the clock, Mr. Tostenson rightfully refuses to allow the clock to strike. Tostenson said that a new cable has been ordered and the clock will be allowed to strike again after the new cable has been installed. The courthouse clock has become an institution in Toledo as it has been looked up to for many years. Mr. Tostenson could not say exactly when the clock was installed but did state it was approximately in the year 1914.

The Schafer Produce Company at 111 North Main Street has started excavating for the construction of a new addition to the present building. The new addition will be two stories and will be constructed of cement blocks. A second story will also be added to the present building. Myrle V. Schafer, the owner of the business, states that his expanding business demands more room and that when the building is completed, he will install a modern cooling system, which will take care of a carload of eggs. The new improvement calls for a full basement. The second floor will be used for storage purposes.

The Tama Indians baseball nine will take part in a baseball tournament to be held at Kellogg on Sunday. Way to go boys.

Marion Rucker of Gladstone has bought the Rager apartment at 106 South Church Street from Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rager of Mechanicsville. The Ruckers will make their home there. Mr. Rucker will continue to operate his grain elevator at Gladstone. He recently sold his grocery store there to Charles Pocklington of Tama.

The bus station at the northwest corner of the courthouse square is without an agent, according to Mrs. Wanda Moore, who has been the agent for the Greyhound bus line and Yellow Cab taxi service for the past two years. According to Mrs. Moore, buses will continue to stop at this station, and tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

Thirty members of the Tama Toledo trail riders club attended the annual trail rider and horse show at Dr. Royal French’s ranch near Marshalltown. Nona Wallen of Montour won second place in the musical chairs contest during the afternoon horse show when she rode in competition with some 30 male riders.

George E. Farmer of Cedar Rapids will be the principal speaker at a dinner to be given in the Toledo Masonic Hall. Mr. Farmer is a past grand treasurer of the grand lodge of Iowa. He will have a message of interest to all Masons. The meeting is sponsored by the Scottish Rite Club of Toledo. Invitations have been sent to members of the Toledo lodge and other lodges.

The Iowa State Juvenile Home school in Toledo was said, by Ralph Arnold, architect for the state board of control, to be a terrible fire trap and that it is in a falling-down stage. He is quoted in a news item as telling the legislative interim committee that a slab of material as big as two tables fell recently and just missed the kids. Mr. Arnold asked the interim committee that he be permitted to engage architects to draw plans for new school administration buildings at Toledo and Mitchellville. The cost of the proposed buildings would be approximately $286,000 each. The interim committee delayed action on the request for a month. Tentative plans have been made for considerable improvement that is necessary at the home. It is said that the large chimney on the school building is in bad shape, and cars are not permitted to park nearby for fear the chimney might fall and crush the cars.

The Toledo Grain company has recently installed a new piece of coal-handling equipment, a Kewanee coal loader conveyor, which is the latest type of machinery designed for this purpose. According to Arnold Wiebold, local manager, this new equipment will expedite the loading of coal onto trucks from coal cars or storage piles. Farmers and others who haul their own coal will find this loader a great convenience, saving them both time and labor. It will handle all types of coal from stoker to large lump coal. Mr. Wiebold invites the public to see this new piece of equipment in operation at the grain company’s yard on West High Street.

A meeting of firemen and farmers was held to discuss plans for the purchase of a fire truck for the protection of rural residents of this community. The goal of the local fire department is 200 members, who will each pay $45 with which to purchase a fire truck fully equipped for fighting farm fires. The cost of a new truck will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $6,500 or $7,000. The balance of the money collected would be used for insurance on the truck. The new truck, if purchased, will be housed in the Toledo fire station free of charge. It is planned that the local fire department will serve a radius of 10 miles of Toledo. Nonmembers will not be served.

Grain market quoted by the Toledo Grain Company. No. 2 yellow corn, shelled and delivered. $2.17.

No. 2 yellow corn, ear delivered. $2.14. No. 1 white oats, old or new, 32lbs or better, test wt., delivered. 97 cents.

Hog market quoted by the Toledo Sales Co. Butchers 220 – 270lbs. $27.00. Packing sows 270 -360lbs. $25.00.

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