Giving way to progress

A Con-Struct Co. back-hoe works to demolish a house at 1408 E. Main St. in Marshalltown Monday. The structure, formerly the residence of the late Lyle Hogeland, is being removed to allow for more parking at Hogeland Auto Plaza, said owner-operator Lonnie Hogeland. Lonnie is Lyle’s son. The current business grew from a body shop Lyle opened off an alley in 1948. In an interview with the Times-Republican, Lyle said he learned vehicle painting and body work skills while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he opened a salvage yard. Lyle died in 2015 at age 92.