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Grand Junction Globe Free Press (Newspaper) - July 10, 1969, Grand Junction, Iowa Editor and manager until her brother a return. The City Council signed a contract for a City water softening system and also named Robert Creamer of Laurel Nebraska As the new superintendent of the municipal Light Plant. Just As the year ended a shiny red $4,500 fire truck arrived for the City. For several Days then there were Many visitors to the City Hall to see the a new Arri Val. The general census of opinion was that a she s really some Babylo on the very last Day of the year tragedy struck the town when de Kirby and Floyd Brown were killed when the car in which they were Riding was struck by a train at the crossing near the Allen Hillman Home. Floyd Brown had Only recently been discharged from the army and was making a month s visit to his sister Here in grand Junction. To have gone through the holocaust of War and then to lose his life Here in our City it seemed doubly hard to Bear. 1946 How Good it was to see a Jiggs Quot Smith Home from the War and Back in his Barbershop again almost immediately after his return the Harker building in which Happy Day when balloons and chewing gum were again to be found in local stores. It was such a Happy time that it made the front Page of the Globe in March of 46. A if you Haven to had a balloon in the last few Days its either because you re too Short winded to blow one up or you Haven to got a Nickel. Balloons hit the streets the other evening like Angle Worms after a rain and every kid in town had a fist full of them. Doris Vanhorn a High school freshman met one of her teachers the next morning and bubbled with enthusiasm a of miss Morris its just like old times balloons and Bubble gum Are Back a a Hillman store is no More a precedent of More than 77 years was broken when Allen Hillman sold the Hillman store to Alvis Young. For the first time since 1869 there would not be a Hillman owned store on the City a main Street. Allen had been in the store for 42 years first with his father Lucius Hillman and then Allen took Over the management in 1929. This was the general merchandise half of the g. C. Hillman store which Lucius purchased in 1898. G. C. Kept the hardware part grand Junction youngsters gather to see Amos Youngblood and his miniature circus. That evening a huge crowd attended the services held at the High school auditorium to join in prayer and thanksgiving. In the closing moments of the service the entire audience stood for two minutes of silent prayer for those who had Given their lives for the wounded who Lay in hospitals for the sorrowing and for the final Victory and Hope of a lasting peace. The whole Community rejoiced with or. And mrs. Joe Rees later that month when word came that their son David had been released from a nazi prison Camp and was on his Way Home. Sam teeters grand junctions Well known shoe repairman marked his 30th year in business Here on june 15 and recalled he had begun with Only a homemade wooden Bench and a few pieces of leather. With two other shoe repair men in town Gus Wolf and Harry Becker at the time same so pickins Quot were mighty thin so he worked with the shoes for half a Day and then helped Andy Harvey in the ice business for the rest of the time. How proud the Home folks were to learn that Captain Clare Robson had been awarded the distinguished flying Cross and air medal. The air medal was for 150 hours of operational flight and the dec for 300 hours of operational flight in the transport aircraft Over dangerous air routes in the air transport command. He was typical of our Junction men so Many of whom had received honors and citations for their meritorious service to their country. July saw several of our Soldier boys returning Home from their tour of duty in Germany in England in Italy and other War fronts. Some were Home Only on furlough others had their honorable discharge. August 14, 1945 a v. J. Day a peace at last the glorious news that Japan had accepted the unconditional surrender terms of the allies reached Junction at 6 o clock in the evening on tuesday August 14 news welcomed with the deepest most Heartfelt thankfulness. Services of thanksgiving were held at 8 o clock that evening in the High school auditorium and St. Brigid s Church held special services on both tuesday and wednesday evenings. The Lions club took the Lead in organizing a Victory Celebration which was held wednesday with approximately 1000 persons on hand to share in the rejoicing. Main Street was roped off and Highway �?o30�?� traffic was detoured around town. The two hour program took place on main Street. There were songs by a Union choir directed by mrs. Elizabeth Henery a her second time to Lead the music at a War s end. There was Community singing and pupils of Harriet Ryan s dance studio presented dance numbers and a concert by the band again under the direction of or s. Henery since the regular director was absent. That night there was dancing at the legion Hall until the wee hours of the morning. At last Happy but exhausted the town slept. The bitter years of War Lay behind but ahead Lay the rebuilding the adjustments the change for America nor grand Junction would Ever be the same. The Good old Days were gone. The atomic age had come. What would it bring change was already at work in our town. Elvon Morlan purchased the Hefflefinger produce on Hager Street and did extensive remodelling before his opening Early in 1946. John Powell bought the grand Junction locker from Emmett Henery. Max f. Wetrich m. D., recently discharged from the army arrived in december to set up a medical practice in grand Junction. The doctor was heartily welcomed by the then a doctor less town. Harry and Edmund Snook bought the Bohner grocery. Ralph Cox purchased the Gamble store from Everett Ferguson. Gordon Wertz discharged from the Navy returned in october to again take up his duties As editor of the Globe. When Gordon had gone to service miss Eloise Wertz took leave of absence from her Job in los Angeles and came to grand Junction to assume the Job of Globe he had his shop was sold. A a Jiggs began making plans to build his own shop building. Another Veteran who returned to main Street that january was major Donald w. Davis who had spent three and a half years in the army dental corps. He resumed his practice Here practice he had but barely begun in 1941 before being called to service in 42. Burton Finger a Navy Veteran was named manager of the Mutual Telephone co., replacing Harry Jenison who had resigned after holding the position of manager for 30 years. Or. M. W. Karber opened his veterinary practice in an office on West main. He also served in the War. That Spring the neighbourhood a a kids began to hover around the Amos Youngblood Home a sure sign that the circus was getting ready to go on the Road As it had the past six years or so. Or. Youngblood a circus known As a the ring circus was a miniature hand carved circus its Many delicate parts working mechanically a everything in motion his billboards read. With his miniature circus or. Youngblood made the fair and carnival circuits in the Spring and summer. In 1945 or. Youngblood had added another show on his tour the a Village of Rosedale a a hand carved miniature replica of a Small town. This year of 46 he left in january for Florida where he had scheduled some show circuits which he would make before his season opened farther North. The children know quite what to make of the Youngbloos leaving so Early with their shows of Well they d be on hand when the circus returned this fall. It is hard to imagine nowadays All of the shortages there were during those War years. How glad we were when the once scarce items began to appear again on the Market. For the children it was a of the business which he also sold Early in the Century. The pounding of the Hammer and the buzzing of the saw blended with the rumble of the Cement mixer All summer and fall. It was a sound delighting the ears of the Junt ignites As the Post War Boom got under Way in our City. Oblinger a Smith s Barber shop and Lamb s garage were some who were knee deep in construction and remodelling. One old time building to fall under the hands of a dismantling Crew was the old Gamble building just to the East of the legion Hall which a gum pm Lamb and his Crew got out of the Way to make Way for a new garage building. Bob Crandell and sons constructed the first pre fabricated plywood House in Junction the initial step of a House construction program that was to prove popular during those Days of critical housing shortages following the War. Floyd Wullenwaber had his neighbor s eyes popping amazement and envy As he seemed to make child a play of gardening with the self pulling Garden cultivator he had rigged up that Spring. He had installed a Briggs and Stratton motor on a push Type Garden plow and ran the a a critters with a Model a steering wheel. He put in his whole Garden on a gallon and a half of Gas. Neighbors were wondering. A it was crazy but Good. Could it be possible that we d All be seeing Garden tractors come into general use a before the summer season began the City Council had the old band stand at the City Park torn Down the Park cleaned up and picnic tables and benches built. With the War Over everyone was sure to be ready for some summer picnics and Good times. Another Long time businessman was taken by death in june. Roy Blaylock had been a grand Junction jeweler for Over 30 years when he had had to retire some six years previously because of ill health. This summer also brought the dreaded polio epidemics and we were hearing much of sister Kenny a treatment and subscribing to funds to set up a National Kenny foundation Center. Grand Junction had made application for a National guard artillery unit Here As plans for reorganization of the National guard were being formulated after the War. All through the months of 1946 the question being asked about town was a will we or wont we a there was great disappointment when it was Learned that Junction would not get the unit stationed Here. 1946 would be remembered As the year we picked up the skeins of a living As usual following the War. Of it was t As usual to be sure but it was doing the Best that we could with what was available. The return of the veterans meant extreme housing shortages not Only the return of the veterans but Many of those who had gone to work in the ordinance plants and other War production plants now returned Home. With a shortage of new materials to build the housing we relied on our ingenuity. Large Homes about town were remodeler to make apartments. Many built a garage Homes a planning to Complete the Home when materials became available. Prefab Chicken houses hog houses and Grain bins were often pressed into use As Homes until something better could be found. With Confidence we Visioned Bright Days ahead. 1947 by 1947 materials As Well As clothing and food supplies were becoming More plentiful and old businesses and new businesses were looking up Here at the Crossroads. Out in the country More and More Rea lines were going up Rural Junction was going electric the Paul j. Lynch vow Post 9122 was organized in the Spring and by april had a membership of 30 veterans from the two world wars. It was wonderful news to hear that Fred Thacker had bought the c. E. Blaylock building and was remodelling it into a Fine modern theater with the latest equipment. With its 300 soft cushioned seats the sloping floor for easier visibility and an air Cooling system Junction Felt we had a very elegant theater indeed. The new theater opened on August i under the name grand theater with the first picture being a Wake up the dream starring John Payne. The Community was saddened and shocked to hear of the death of a former Hometown girl Eva Leonard the 46-year old actress who was then living in new York City. Many angles in connection with her death pointed to foul play and a suspicion of murder. Funeral services were held at St. Brigid a Here in Junction where she had graduated from St. Mary s years before. Local Farmers faced a serious crop crisis following very heavy Rains All Spring and summer climaxing with a 5-Inch rain in june which inundated a Good part of the crops. The prospects looked dim for much of a crop. The one Good result of this crisis was that it pointed up the need for soil conservation and from that Point on Many Farmers gave much More thought to the practice of conservation. Junction also initiated a a Fly free campaigns that summer and thought they were off to a Good Start when Alvin Smith who was doing commercial spraying went Over George Gliem s garbage disposal truck with . The Roselyn Dairy installed a new Pasteur izing Plant and began Selling pasteurized milk in september. And wonder of wonders l. A. Wertz offered automatic Launderette service to Junction housewives in his place of business in the basement room below the Globe office. August saw the new arc Street lights in operation and main Street looked like Broadway to the delighted townsfolk. Hot penetrating winds during the late summer and fall played havoc with the

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