Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

December 12, 2013

AC history

The Daily Iowegian

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Dec. 12, 1933: Nine hundred and twenty three of Appanoose County’s unemployed were working for the New Deal Civil Works Administration. They resurfaced streets and rural roads with shale and crushed rock.They dug a half-mile ditch, 14 feet deep, 30 feet wide to divert the flow of the Chariton River in an attempt to decrease flooding. In Moulton, Rathbun, Moravia and Unionville and they made all-weather streets. At area schools they built additions, dug wells, repaired foundations and spoutings, laid brick sidewalks and leveled ground for athletic fields. In Centerville, 820 feet of sewer was laid in the northwest part of the town where raw sewage was entering Cooper Creek and being drunk by cows supplying the town with milk. Trees were planted at the City Park and ground leveled for tennis courts. At the airport two runways were measured out and shaled. Books were repaired at Drake Library. The Courthouse was washed and painted, the main doors polished revealing their long-forgotton, gleaming copper beauty.