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Billings Herald (Newspaper) - April 15, 1948, Billings, Montana Historical society x MONTANA VOL. 28 THURSDAY, APRIL 15, IMS. City Deliveries To Be Increased Citizens of- Billings started get- ting twice-a-day deliveries of their mail Thursday. This additional mail service includes an increase In efficiency and speed-up of all foot- carrier route service according to Mearl L. Fagg, postmaster. It is estimated that it will at least two weeks before the new service reaches its maximum efficiency. According to the Billings post- master it is now planned that each city mall carrier will be able to maintain a regular two-trip de- livery service and that the first trip will be completed on all routes before noon. Postmaster Fagg said that In most Instances it is hoped that deliveries will be made be- fore each morning. "The population growth end mail increase .has been .under careful study by the Billings post office for the .past several months. It is hard for those living within the corporate limits to realize the tre- mendous increase we have experi- enced in new post office said Postmaster Pagg. "While many feel that the popu- lation Increase has been outside the city, from our patron list we realize that the growth within the city limits has been as heavy as outside.' This comes from many residents changing their houses into duplexes, one, two, three and four apartmetns, along with new construction within the he continued. Commenting on the new service said: "It is difficult for new home owners residing close to a delivery 'area to .understand why a carrier cannot make a few additional steps. 'His route is carefully plan- out, the steps are counted, the mail is weighed, and the route ds itien accurately figured. It is impossible to add additional bur- dens. So, in order to speed up the mail service, it practically means turning all routes inside out and a reorganization of all incoming dispatches. "To handle this new change in service, and to speed up mail de- liveries, requires the services of nine additional mail carriers and to handle the increased work in the office along with Bother mail (Cpntlnued on Page 4.) Go-Western Days To Be June 4-5-6 Billings' big day has toeen set for June 5. That is the day of the Go-Western day celebration parade which will start as la a. m., ac- cording to the announcement of the general committee. The com- mittee announced the closing' of stores will ibe optional. The big tea-tare of the annual western style celebration on June 4, 5 and 6 will -be the rodeo and selection of the "Queen of the West." The queen 'will- be chosen from entries from towns of Mon- tana and rodeo -associations. The winner will be awarded a trip to Hollywood with all expenses paid and an opportunity to aippear for one day with stars of -western pic- tures at the Republic studios. The candidates for "Queen .of the West" will Ibe' selected for Ibeauty, personal appearance .and ability to ride. Candidates for Miss Billings, -who will ride in the pa- nade and compete in the "Queen of the .West" contest will toe se-. a dance sponsored by the Go-Western committee at the Hilltop, Saturday night, .April 24. The committee to make the 'selec- tion is headed by Dr. Phil Collins, tost year's Go-Western king. WALL THE PROOF IS IN THE PIC- is a photostatic copy of part of the plans submit- ted and approved by the F. II. A. for the construction of the 27 homes at Calhoun Lane subdivision which were sold to veterans. The plan specifies a foundation and a footing three feet below grade. To the left is a photograph of the foundation and footing: as it ac- tually exists resting on top of the ground, depriving each home of three feet and two inches of actual foundation as called for In the ap- proved plans. The fact that these 27 foundations were not construct- ed the proper depth into the ground below the frost level, Deal- Ing., the house from the elements, leaves each bouse in jeopardy. alarming disclosure is only one of many discrepancies reported found In the 27 veterans' homes here.v Government to Probe Veterans'Home Deals Washington Expediter Tighe E. Woods expects 'to ask congress for at least 300 investi- gators to check complaints from veterans who say they got gypped on their postwar homes. If congress provides the funds, the investigators will check complaints received from veterans who purchased homes built under priorities-and with specified maxi- mum prices. Only 15 investigators are working tor every com- plaints. Appeal for the enlarged staff will ibe included In the appropria- tion request for the office of the housing expediter, to go to con- gress soon. Only was available for salaries and traveling expenses of investigators for the nine months ending March 1. Consequently, the staff was reduced from 332 to 15. The apriorities program Iras been out of existence for a year, al- though many homes were built in the latter part of 1947 with priori-. ties Issued before the program ended. Thousands of veterans who pur- chased the homes, meanwhile, are complaining about faulty construc- tion and overcharges by the build- ers. About one million homes were built under the program. FABM PROGRAM SIGN-UP DEADLINE IS MAY FIRST Farmers to Yellowstone county have until May 1 to sign up for Hie 1948 agricutlural conservation program according to H. O. Bee- man, county chairman. The 1948 program carries about the same provisions for financial assistance, materials and aid as last year ex- cept that the assistance to any one farmer is limited to Vet Clears Up A Phenomenon Several weeks ago during a cold winter Sunday the owner of one of the veterans' homes in Calhoun subdivision decided to taie a shovel and see what kind of a foundation his home actually had under it. Since morning glory vines were pushing through, the floors of his home, and his neigh- bors' homes, he wanted to investi- gate the phenomenon. He was surprised that it was easy to dig in the soil around his home as the soil out in his yard 'was frozen. He was still greater surprised to dig up fishworms with the soil. (The day was so cold that the worms soon froze stiff.) next surprise was to find that the foundation of his home was resting on top of the soil. The Jfeict that the foundation was resting on, top of the soil soon cleared up the phenomena. The houses were heated with radiant heat pipes set in the concrete floors. The heat from the floors the ground under and near the houses at summer .temperature. This kept summer plant and worm life active. The grass was also green all winter for several feet around each of the 27 veterans' homes, accord- ing to the owners. Many of the Calhoun Lane homes had morning glory vines trailing through their rooms the past winter; a novel feature which was not specified in the approved plans. BOOSTS DUDE RANCHING The dude ranching industry of Montana was given a- boost in a recent issue of the Christian Sci- ence Monitor in a feature article, "Dudes Have Fun." The Nine Quarter-Circle ranch, Gallatin Gateway, Mont., was played up as offering excellent food, good horses and beautiful country. Monday is National Preparedness Day Billings will participate in "Na- tional Preparedness Day" on. Mon- day, April 19, which is being spon- sored by the Amvets over the Uni-bed States. Tied in with Re- dedication, week, the day has been set aside by a, 'proclamation by H. E. mayor of Billings. Issued Uns week the proclamation is: "Whereas, the President of the United states has outlined to con- gress certain steps that must be taken to insure security and peace; "Whereas, the swift march of events in Europe- today emphasize anew the importance of prepared- ness if peace is to be secured; and "Whereas, public discussion of preparedness is vital to common understanding of our needs; and "Whereas, the Amvets with the written approval end consent of the President of the United States have urged that April 19 be set aside as National Preparedness Day; and "Whereas, this date, April 19, the 173rd anniversary of Paul Revere's Ride, is peculiarly suited- lay Ws- torioal connotation to point up the urgency of democratically re-exam- ining our military needs In achiev- ing ipeace through preparedness; "Now, I do designate Monday, April 19, 1948, as Pre- paredness Day and do call upon all citizens of tills community to ren- der -their fullest interest and sup- port to the accomplishment of the urgent and special aims of this national program that .America may determine and Ibo alerted to its needs." Freedom Is Everybody's Business! Have you taken on active port In Redcdication Week? Freedom Train Here Tuesday The Freedom Train, which is bringing precious documents which record our freedom to millions of Americans will be open to the public next Tuesday from 10 a. m. to 10 p. an. on. track No. l, just east of the Billings passenger station. The train, will arrive here sometime Monday from Great Falls but 'Mill not be opened for visitors until Tuesday morning as Monday Is the day off for the Marine Corps personnel of the train. On Tuesday morning Mayor H. E. Biddinger and Commercial Club President John A. Kcefe will pre- sent a dedication and opening cere- mony at the Freedom Train. This ceremony is scheduled for 9 o'clock. The public is invited to attend this ceremony as a part of the Rc- dedication week program which ends Tuesday. The Freedom Train committee for Billings headed Mearl L. Fagg, postmaster, has been, working hard for several weeks to make the train's visit here one of Its most successful. Many groups and organizations will take an active part in the day's program and look after the thousand and one details must toe carried out. Thousands of people in Billings and area plan to visit the train next Tuesday. Children, under 12 years of age must be accompanied by their jparcnts to gain entrance to the train, according .to the local committee. All other persons over 12 years can enter the train In- dividually. As visitors leave the train they will toe privileged to sign a rededication scroll. The Freedom Train is sponsor- ed by the American Heritage foundation, an. independent, citi- zens' program supported by mil- ions of Americans and directed to all Americans. Its slogan is "Free- dom Is Everybody's Job." Rededication Week Parade Saturday The presence here next Tuesday of the American Heritage Founda- tion's Freedom Train will climax an unprecedented series of patriotic peacetime demonstrations in Bil- ings this week. Mayor H. E. Bid- dingei- has issued a proclamation calling on "all citizens and organ- isations in Billings to participate n the ceremonies and events con- stituting Rededication week." Highlighting the week's program will be the Rededication week par- ade at 2 o'clock Saturday after- loon in which all civic, patriotic, and fraternal groups have been in- vited to participate. Lead by the Sitting's city -band the parade will bllow tills line of march: Starting xt First avenue north and. 32nd trcet cast on First avenue to 27th, treet, north on 27th street to Sixth avenue, cast on sixth avenue to 22nd street and north to North, park and the IT. S. Naval reserve armory. The public is invited to join the parade and take part in the re- dcdicatioji ceremonies in front of the armory. A flag raising cere- mony will be held there with Lt. 'erome Kohn of the Naval reserve n charge. Mrs. George Israel will give a talk on "The American Heritage" and Mayor H. E, Bid- dinger 'will lead the group in the Freedom pledge. Following the ceremonies there will ibe drill team exhibition in the armory by the Shrine G. I. drill team. Moose (Continued on Page 4.)
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