Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 21, 2014

AC history by Enfys McMurry


The Daily Iowegian

---- — AC history

March 21, 1935: The 1930s and 40s were considered the “golden age” for local schools. Students were winning academic awards, their debate teams winning contests, the high schools band regional and and national prizes, its individual members No. 1 ratings year after year. In 28 games the Centerville boys’ football team never lost. In the 1935 season it was undefeated and untied. Centerville girls’ basketball team, the Redettes, won state championships in 1935 and 1936 and were finalists in 1937 and 1938. (377)

March 22, 1931: Appanoose County, on this date, was Iowa’s leading coal-producing county. After the coal troubles of 1927 and 1928 local coal mines were fighting back. The miners at two local mines — the Sunshine and the McConville North — were breaking records for daily outputs. Those at the Empire Coal Company were treating their furnace coal with a solution of calcium chloride. They called it “dustless.” To ship the coal around the Midwest, they bought 12 railroad cars. On the outsides they painted scenes of the Empire coal mine, even a slag pile surrounded by trees, a map of Iowa showing the location of Centerville and the words “The Home of 8,000 Friendly People and Empire Dustless Fuel.” (328)

By: Enfys McMurry