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Deadline for driver’s permit; Cigarettes for servicemen; Pipe breaks at city reservoir

Midnight, July 15, 1939, was the final hour for making an application for an Iowa driver’s license without taking the regular examination.

Applications were no longer received at the sheriff’s office in Osceola, but blanks could be secured there and the applicant could send the application direct to Des Moines.

The 1937-39 driver’s license expired on July 5 and people who had not applied for new licenses were subject to arrest if they drove in the state. People who failed to apply for renewal of old licenses before the deadline of July 15 were required to take a driving and written examination to obtain a license.

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Clarke County citizens donated nearly $200 for the purchase of cigarettes for U.S. servicemen overseas. Isaac Davis Post of the American Legion conducted the campaign. Cigarettes were to be sent overseas and given free to the boys.

Since the cigarettes were tax free, the government paid the transportation costs across the oceans. The cigarettes were purchased from the manufacturer at a rate of 5 cents per package. The cigarettes were bought in $50 lots.

The legion placed glass containers on counters of many businesses where citizens could drop their donations. The cigarettes purchased through the fund raised by the legion were to have a printed band around each package that stated they were furnished by the people of Clarke County.

• 1943

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Still another difficulty beset the water board, possibly because of faulty engineering or faulty construction of the dam at the new city reservoir.

This was an added expense to the multiplied thousands of dollars that had been spent by the city and government in righting the mistakes made in the original construction.

This time, there was a break in the intake pipe that led from the lake to the purification plant. This was the same pipe that originally broke in two before the dam was completed, and it was necessary to cut the dam open to replace it.

Fortunately, at the break this time, it was under the north side of the dam and workmen were able to dig in and locate it without endangering the earthen fill.

Had the break been under the water side of the dam, the repair would have been a major construction job. It probably would have meant the emptying of the lake or the building of a coffer dam around the intake tower.

As it was, it required the work of several men and took nearly a week to make the excavation. Plans were to caulk a collar around the broken pipe.

• 1939.

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