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Grand Junction Globe Free Press (Newspaper) - July 10, 1969, Grand Junction, Iowa Already poor crop prospects the poorest crops since the drouth in 1936. Everyone Felt the need of a change of Pace and for a Little entertainment and relaxation. That was just what the lion club s first labor Day picnic and sports festival offered. It was All that an old fashioned Community picnic should be with All kinds of contests and prizes for All Ages and topped off with a Watermelon eating contest for the youngsters. A litter of pigs sold by Leonard Myers to Charles Burchfield Here in september set a world record that was written up in papers All Oyer the world. The litter of 17 hogs weighed an average of 357 pounds and sold for $26 per Hundred pounds or a total of $1,578.20 for one litter of pigs a lot of pork chops and Ham markets As the year neared the end were a far cry from the to cent Corn Days Butcher hogs $24.75, no. 2 Corn $2.15, new Corn $2.07, soy Beans $3.25 and Oats $1. 1948 the Winter of 1947-48 was a year for wonderful Winter sports participated in by scores of Junction ites. Most sunday afternoons found Large groups of people often including several entire families out at them amp Sll. Pit enjoying skating sledding and ice hockey. A Barefoot Jim this Winter As he had so Many Winters of the past j. H. Wright or a Barefoot Jim As he was affectionately dubbed by the townsfolk came in for his share of attention wherever folks chanced to meet him. You see Jim had a habit of going without socks in Winter and without shoes in summer. A to known from Sioux City to Clinton As a old Barefoot Jim and there is no Sandburg Patch but what id go through Barefoot and laugh at you a Jim often chuckled. When i was a kid we wore cowhide boots with red tops and Copper toes. They were the Pride of All the boys but when they got wet of they were Tough to get Back on a Jim would explain a we had a kicking Block at the Side of the House and in the morning stand there kicking against the Block trying to get our socks into those stiff shoes. I just took off my socks then and Haven to worn any for 67years.�?o note this was in 1948. A Barefoot Jim Wright when asked if his feet did no to get very cold in the Winter Barefoot Jim explained that the Only time his feet had bothered him was when he had in years past driven a Wagon 20 Miles in the Winter. When his feet got too cold and began aching head jump off the Wagon Wash his feet in the Snow to relieve the Frost bite then jump Back into the Wagon and go on. Of Barefoot Jim a feet got Tough and could take it once when he had been at Churdan and Street a hangers on began to tease him Jim told the men to stretch a barbed wire for a Block and if he walk it without drawing blood from his Bare feet head give the men ten dollars. If he did it As he said the ten was his. Needless to say Barefoot Jim won the Money. When he moved to grand Junction in 1924, Jim had bought blocks 3 and 4 on first Street near the . Track. Here for Over 42 years he was to take care of from one to seven cows and have a Garden. He delivered milk and vegetables in a Little Wagon. During the depression Days Jim had a very rough time for people could not afford to pay for his products and thus he could not Purchase feed for his cows and was forced to sell some of them. Yes Barefoot Jim was always a surefire a conversation piece a especially when strangers came to town and they saw the Lively old gentleman going about town barefooted. This seems to have been the year for business anniversaries. It was the 20th for Teagarden a Auto and implement business 17 years for the Reimer funeral Home and or. T. R. Watts had just completed 50 years at the Corner of main and Lith. Various citizens were beginning to show an interest in putting up Street signs in Junction and Bob Wells up in Browntown erected the first one when he put a sign at the Corner of Percival and 18th. 130 boys and girls participated in the summer playground program carried on under the supervision of coached Chuck. Everyone voted it a great Success. It was in mid summer that William Bill and Wilma Grubb opened their shoe store after remodelling the former Hattie Mae a cafe site. The East end of main took on a new look when another old landmark succumbed to change. Bulldozers moved in and cleared away Many Trees at the West end of the old a Sharvy Park to make Way for a new residence built for or. And mrs. R. O. Rudy Krieger or. Krieger having bought a lot from t. R. Watts. The City a a till got quite a boost just after school started in september. New school Stop signs were put up at main and 12th before school started that year $713 in fines were collected by grand Junction authorities from these who failed to Stop at the sign during the month of september this year of 1948 the bodies of Many servicemen who had been killed during the War were returned Home for burial. Several of these military funerals were held in Junction. For Many it meant re living the horrible Days of the War All Over again. Holz Brothers were again in the news in october when the top cow with her calf sold at their fall Sale brought $1380. The vow organized a ladies auxiliary to the Paul j. Lynch Post Here in november. In the same month the whole Community was shocked and saddened by the tragic and untimely death of mrs. Raphael Gordon Wertz wife of get Globe editor when she was struck and killed by a Chicago Northwestern train apparently by self intent. She had been in ill health for several weeks often suffering times of extreme depression. She was just 30 years of age and left five Small children. Mrs. Wertz was a gentle talented and creative person. Her loss was mourned by the townsfolk As Well As her family. In the months after her death the editor found it increasingly hard to carry on his work with the Globe in this town which now held such sad memories so it is no wonder he began to consider disposing of the paper and moving to a new location. Another familiar name was removed from main Street when . Morey after 41 years As owner of the dress shop sold his fashion shop to a Young Veteran Winston Young son of Alvis Young also a Long time merchant on old main. Then just before Christmas of 48 came the announcement that George Rice had sold his Coal and feed business to o. H. Nelson. This news called Forth much reminiscing among the old timers for Georges business was the second oldest business in the City at that time. He had done business on that Corner for 44 years. George Rice was born on a farm South of grand Junction in �?T79 but spent his boyhood in town. He often recalled How at the age of 7 or so he waded the Ponds of grand Junction to gather lilies which he sold to the passengers on the trains for 25 cents a dozen. He claimed the demand was always greater than the Supply the travellers loved those lilies in his youth while attending school he worked on the farm and also for the Harvey Brothers lumber Yard. The Harvey Brothers were members of junctions fire department and when the Iron Triangle sounded the horses and delivery Wagon from Harvey a took off usually with George driving. In 1903 he started in business for himself. He moved his business into the building just West of the present Neel lumber Yard in 1904. He kept grains and Hay for feeding the horses of the City horse and buggy owners. He always kept Coal and Wood on hand in those Early years for the pot bellied a a Heaters and the old Kitchen Range. Cord Wood was Cut along the River and hauled to Rice a where he sold it on a commission basis. George had been a member of the fire department from 1900 until he retired in 1940. Reserved As fire chief from 1914 to 1940. He was a charter member of the state fire association. He had served on the town Council and was the treasurer for Many years. Georges brother alien Rice had worked with him in this business since about 1909. 1949 the goodly amount of ice and Snow after the holidays made for Good sledding for the youngsters of grand Junction but it was made even better when Early in january the Volunteer fire department helped the fun along by flooding the Street near the school. The youngsters were so appreciative that they made up a special Booklet tied with red ribbon in which they wrote their thank you to the firemen and then each child signed his or her name. The Book was treasured by the department you May be sure. A very bad blizzard on january 27 dumped so much Snow in and around grand Junction that All activity came to a halt schools closed no Rural mail no trains or busses. One local Dairyman delivered milk to his customers with a tractor and cart. At the next Council meeting figures presented showed that it had Cost the City $400 for Snow removal after that storm that was a year that really made weather news. After the usual february and March Snow the weather turned mild and Field work was done Oats planted gardens were up. Of Spring had been a Little late but by mid april it looked As if everything was coming along Fine. Then Winter staged a wild come Back. A terrible Snow storm came on april 14 which snarled traffic for two Days and buried All the Green growth of Spring under great drifts. Of course it caught everyone unaware and the Brunt of the worry and anxiety entered around the school children who had to be gotten Home on school busses. One bus was stalled for several hours in a Snow Bank until finally the Wilson Brothers were Able to get through with a team and Wagon. The children and their bus Driver a a shark Hillman were mighty glad to be rescued. The Wil sons had covered the Wagon Over with blankets to protect the children while they took them to the Wilson Home other nearby neighbors then offered their Homes each of them keeping two or three of the children overnight. It was Welcome news when the Call came Back to town and then was passed onto anxious parents that the children were All Safe and another school bus overturned Enro Ute Back to town after delivering the children to their Homes. Travellers passing through Junction on Highway �?o30�?� were writing letters to the editors of their Home town pacer the Globe and the Des Moines papers complaining about the so called Speed trap. Of course newspaper reporters around the state picked it up with the result grand Junction was getting some publicity it did no to want. When the mayor was questioned his response was a the Way of the transgressor is a Manv saw humor in the situation including editor Gordon Wertz who featured a Story entitled Quot please done to take my daddy away in which he told the Story of a Little boy sobbing bitterly As he saw his father led away by an officer to pay a Fine for running the sign. The Little boy was crying a please done to take my daddy in another headline the Globe asked a do we want our children protected or Are we after Revenue that is the there were All sorts of suggestions to the Council of course. Some thought the City should remove the signs and have an officer conduct the school children safely across the crossing but the arrests continued 61 in one three week period. In february the Council voted to discontinue the a free a or City sponsored collection of garbage. Henceforth the garbage collectors must be paid by the householders and business people. The $50 per month formerly allowed by the City for this Job was deemed insufficient funds to maintain efficient service. This was a time when the town was spreading out a around the edges so the Council was kept Busy authorizing water extensions. One for example was to Camp cozy and a filling station at the Southwest Corner of town. The homemade travel trailer of or. And mrs. Kempton teeters they called it a rolling Home then was coming in for a Good Deal of attention that Spring and Many curious were wanting to take a look at it. Kempton had converted an old school bus into a comfortable Home on wheels with built in cabinets and and storage closets an ice Box a bottled Gas Cook stove and even linoleum on the floor. It seemed quite luxurious to Junction ites As they heard the teeters Tell of their trips around the country. I wonder did any of them vision the Stream of trailers and campers rolling along our highways today Annuli tha to year was anything but Spring like. It was a year when Milady to Hatifi Tim Long skirts nearly to the Ankles. Perhaps that cold easter fair taste m0d the warmth of toe Tong in Many ways you could say that 1949 was the City councils year. At least they managed to make the headlines in e local paper pretty regularly. When they made the headlines across the country or by their actions got the town thaw do Elfus Ity As 3 p Well that was what really ruffled some feathers those school Stop signs which had been put up on main Street e previous fall had proved a the shot hot re around the world for our fati City ringing unexpected repercussions. Another curiosity in town that Spring was the new Star performer at the Louis Rachofsky Home. This was a Bud a the parakeet which or. Rachofsky was trying to each some tricks. If successful Bud be just an Ordinary household pet head be in the act. The Rachofsky were or of Essi Ona i musicians. Mrs. Rachofsky is the former Pauline Dutton daughter of the banker o. J. Dutton. Before her marriage she was a Well known and popular Chautauqua superintendent and sales manager. Louis Rachofsky was a very famous magician and after their marriage Pauline joined him in the act. They were known professionally As a the magic rays and made appearances All Over the country. They always referred to it As their a a sidelines for they had other business interests. They continued with their magician act even after retirement years. Through the years Junction was frequently their part time Home. Still in this year of 1949, the bodies of the world War n dead were being returned Home for burial while other Young men were leaving for Camp training. Junction was proud of Ray clause when he was chosen As an Iowa master Farmer with special recognition Given to his soil conservation work As Well As his civic contributions. He had served on the school Board for Many years and had tee unusual privilege of handing each of his six children their High school diploma. There was considerable talk about town As it was Learned there was the possibility the state might Purchase Spring Lake and make it a state Park. Everyone was Happy to hear tee september announcement teat the state had purchased 240 acres at Spring Lake for $50,000 and development would Start there tee next Spring. That was the summer teat the lawns about town were sprinkled with those

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