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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 7, 1936, Mason City, Iowa                                t f S MEM ft EPT OF I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOLXUI FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7 1936 NO 286 STORM DAMAGE MAY TOTAL T RAISE STANDARD OF LIVING SAYS ALFM LANDON Organized Labor Urged to Stick Together in Its Struggle WICHITA Kans Alf M Landon in a speech Monday ad vocated a united organized labor struggle for higher living stand ards Coincidentally in his address be fore the state convention of the Am erican Legion he named a strong will for peace as the nations main reliance in staying out of war Emphasizing three present and future duties of war tolerance citizenship and the pres ervation of republican presidential nominee in his address noted Disquieting evidence of attempts to stir up racial antagonisms which would be tragic if it should become serious Expressing the hope that the recent split in the ranks of labor will be speedily healed he said those of us who were in the service appreciate in a way others cannot the utter futility of war its mean ingless cruelty Uses Regular Train The republican nominee told the Legionnaires who opened their eighteenth annual convention Sun day night that this was the fourth and last time he had visited them in the capacity of governor He made an overnight trip from Kan sas City Mo for the occasion ac companied by aides newsmen and photographers who occupied two Jcarsof the regular train The Cegion has Avorkedfor years for legisation totake the profit out of in the event of war to put everything the nation possesses in manpower industry and re sources on an equal footing Lan don told an audience gathered in the forum I believe we ean do much by in telligent legislation to lessen the danger being drawn into a war with which we have no real concern But after all the spirit of America must be our main reliance in stay ing out of war We must have the strong will for peace We must be ready to sacrifice short run profits Vfe must be prepared to stifle the natural affection that we have for the lands of our ancestors We must keep our heads In all this the Legion should be prompt to take leadership Urges United Action In discussing what he termed citizenship in its broadest the Kansas urged united action to make the welfare and safety of the nation our personal concern In this section of his talk he referred although not by name to the split of 10 unions headed by John L Lewis of the United Mine Workers from the American Federation of Labor The great gains made by labor through its organizations are in danger so long as this division ex ists London said Here again uni ty is requisite for progress and achievement The prodding by labor unions in the past has frequently awakened apathetic management to the need for improving conditions All labor will be in a stronger posi tion if it eliminates the cut throat competition of cheap labor in the sweat shops Low living standards for some of our people in this competitive age arc a continuing threat to tho standardsof workers in other sec tions more fortunately situated Landon said It ought hot to necessary to stress tolerance in America because we have a great tradition of tolerance Men of ev ery nation every clime united in building this country Work Sideby Side Protestants Catholics Jews worked here side by side good neighbors good citizens No other nation has such a background Saying there had been of late a fomenting of racial fooling which was not yet serious Landon attribu ted it in part to the influence of the persecuting spirit that has proken out in certain regions of Europe partly to the depression that has strained our nerves and partly to what wo call pure ornertness of which we all have a share The American Legion is a cross section of America he continued We are the referee in a position and we have the responsibility to oppose every move to capitalize in tolerance to break the country up Into hostile groups Must Preserve Freedom Also we must insist upon the preservation and protection of Am erican freedom and above all thfc freedom of expression We of the Legion must stand today in peace as Storm Leaves Widespread Damage in Mason City A secretary the North Iowa fair and A Norem GlobeGazette city editor are shown here surveying the ruins the large grandstand The fairs office building is shown in the background tothe right The stock pavilion and other buildings on the grounds were damaged by the wind with total loss cov ered by insurance estimated between uid 20000 Photo by Lock ehpravinc by Kayenay GLASS man Lynn A Arnold is shown here sweeping debris from the window of the Wolf Furniture store as the company cleaned glass from the sidewalk follow ing the storm Photo by Wright engraving by Kay enay TOO MUCH huge elm tree landed squarely on top and another grazed the corner of the L T Nolan resi dence at 515 Pennsylvania avenue southeast Mrs Nolan and her son Harold arc shown here surveying the damage Monday morning Shingles were loosened but none of the branches pen etrated the roof of the house Pennsylvania avenue both north and south was believed by many observers to have borne the brunt of the storm so far as Mason City was concerned Photo by Lock engraving by Kayenay OTHER PICTURES ON PAGE 3 we stood yesterday in warfor one flag one united nation Aside from his Wichita program included breakfast with Mr and Mrs Howard Fleeson and a visit with friends and sup porters at a local hotel He planned to be back in Topeka by nightfall On the Legion speaking program with him Monday were Verne Mar shall Gedar Rapids Iowa publisher Col Walter K Wilson chief of staff of the seventh corps area Omaha and H H Dudley the Legions na tional rehabilitation field represent ative The convention was addressed Sunday night by Ray Murphy na tional commander GIRL 7 KILLED AT EAGLE GROVE Mildred Luke Runs Beneath Large Tree Limb as ft Comes Down DES MOINES Skies cleared over Iowa Monday after a night of windstorms in north and west Iowa which brought death indirectly to at least one person and did wide spread damage The fatality was Mildred Luke 7 daughter of Perry Luke She died in an Eagle Grove hospital today During the storm at Eagle Grove z large tree limb was blown over onto the Luke home As Luke chop ped it down the girl ran beneath the limb and it struck her on the head fracturing her skull Escapes From Posse CORNING John An gus said William Garrett 18 and Raymond Bridgen 21 sought in connection with theft of a car near Albany Mo escaped a sheriffs posse near here by speeding away in their car FORECAST IOWA Fair Monday night and Tuesday cooler in soiitJi central and extreme cast portions some what warmer in extreme west Tuesday MINNESOTA Generally fnir Monday night and Tuesday he finniiiif unsettled in northwest Tuesdiiy cooler in extreme oust Monday niglil somewhat warmer Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum Sunday fit Minimum in Night fii At 8 A M Monday 71 Kamfall 133 Figures for 21 hour period end ing at 8 oclock Sunday morning Saturday 82 Minimum in Night H7 At S A M Sunday 7 Rainfall On The hour between 7 and 8 oclock Sunday night brought more rain to Mason City than has fallen in an etiual time in ninny years The wind too was of almost unprecedented in tensity as the trees and tree branches strewn aout yards and streets in all sections of the city testified Monday morning Little Falls Band Wins First Honors ST PAUL Little Falls city band took first honors for the second consecutive year in the statewide band tournament held at the Minnesota state fair The Al bert Lea band was second the Wi rona municipal band fifth and the ninth district American Legion band sixth DAMAGED BY L B Rogers is shown pointing to a hole 20 feet long ripped by lightning in the ceil ing of her apartment on the top floor of the Holahan building on the north side of Central park Her aunt Miss Bessie Benshoof who was visiting here was alone in the apartment at the time and was just opening the door when bricks crashed through the ceiling Photo by Lock engraving by Kayenay FRANCE PLANS TO BOLSTER ARMY Cabinet Asks 275 Millions More Heads New World Disarmament Move PARIS deciding to ask for more than 5275000000 ad ditional to bolster her armed serv ices moved simultaneously Monday toward a new world disarmament effort The cabinet drafted a new na tional defense bill to provide for an initial appropriation in 1937 of 4 200000000 francs currently 5276 360000 to answer Germanys re cent doubling of her universal con scription term Then the ministers announced they would take the lead at the league of nations meeting in Geneva this fall for a general convention on limitation and controlled reduc tions of armaments The cabinet after a long meet ing with President Albert LcBrun at BIysee palace announced the bill opening up the 4200000000 franc credits for improvement and exten sion of fighting equipment had been approved by the ministers MRS MARKHAM TAKES IT EASY Sleep Shopping Objectives of Flyers First Full Day in US NEW YORK Beryl Markham a society matron to Lon don but just plain Blondie to New York put down sleep and shopping MondRy as the objectives of her first full day in the United States The trim genial woman who be came the first of her sex to fly solo westward across the Atlantic in a trip described ns almost incredible took ciro of the sleep first A atrip of adhesive piaster across her forehead and a taped finger were the only mementoes of her narrow escape in landing out of fuel in a boggy Canadian field Her little single motored ship bucked head winds most of the 2600 mile flight that ended 800 miles short of the goal lowan Diesof Injuries COUNCIL BLUFFS L Henry Jr 56 of Council Bluffs died here of injuries suffered last Thursday when be fell from tho Douglas street bridge Turns on Gas Dies in His Barber Shop MAHSHALLTOVVN VV Meeker 55 a barber committed suicide sometime Sunday or Sun day night by turning on the gas in Mi one chair hop here His body was found early Monday morning lying on the floor beside that of his dog No motive for the act is known Mason City Checking on Storm Cost Boarded Up Windows Twisted Trees Are Reminders Twisted trees in Central park dangling street signs and numer ous boarded up windows where lass had been caved in by the wind were impressive reminders Monday morning of the damage wrought in downtown Mason City by one of the severest storms experienced by this community in many years Although the wind passed lightly over several of the heavily wooded sections of the residential district t struck with full force in the heart of the business district wrecking display windows tearing down telephone and electric light lines damaging signs ravaging trees Hundreds of persons were on Fed eral avenue shortly after the rain ceased viewing the freak damage caused by winds The damage in the business sec tion included the following North Federal avenue 200 block north show window broken out at Federal fruit store More than 20 small awnings ripped and torn from hinges on second story windows along the block water blown under metal sash of show windows in several buildings North Federal avenue 100 block supports torn away al Damons Inc and large show win dow broken out at north side of lobby Water blown under sash in south show windows Seven panes broken out of south show windows at Buttieys where hundreds of people were attracted by the grotesque appearance of models upended on their noses and fall Styles padly damaged following tb storm wiridouiR rRcei v ed the rf u I lrprc Lorm rn aKrpe the scene one to resemble laugh provoking parts in comic movies North Federal avenue 10 block park filled with debris broken branches Electric wiring torn down by falling trees but cut away to eliminate danger of shock Light Globes Broken Several globes broken from elec troliers on both sides of street by falling branches or force of the wind Lower section of large neon sign torn off at Olympia cafe Sign itself torn loose from bottom supporting bracket but guyed in place to pre vent fall Water soaked merchandise in windows of CumcVan Ncas com pany and Ford Hopkins drug com pany Soulli Federal ivvuniic Little apparent damage Water forc ed under metal sash of show win dows in few buildings and damaged merchandise in Hughs and Style Shoppe windows South Federal avenue 100 South window broken at Coney Is Isnd restaurant South window brok en out at Atlantic and Pacific Tea company South Federal avenue 200 block Cloth sign torn from Wander Inn cafe Broken upper window let storm flood north show window of Sam Raizes department store Show Windows Broken Three large show windows at northside of entrance broken out at Micr Wolf furniture store also large second story window and small window on street level which ad milted rain lo basement South win dow broken out at adjoining store room also owned by Micr Wolf Galvanized iron smokestack twist ed on small building across street South Federal nvcJtic 300 Front window broken out at Noras Coffee shop awning torn down at Casey drug company The Forde Printing Inc plant 31 Second street southwest was prac tically exposed when the front win dow blew out apparently by suc tion and water damaged equipment near the window Church Roof Lifted North Weshliigton avenue 100 roof lifted from First Methodist church masonry loosen ed Section 10 feet by G feet broken through roof at west side of auditor ium The Queen Esthers were meet ing in the basement North Washington 10 cil theater forced to cancel program when power failed in west section of city return tickets to audience North nnd South Pennsylvania center of damage to trees mostly cottonvvooda Elec tric current all or partly cut off in northeast section of city including Y M C A Short circuit caused small fire in tree on 700 block south Large trees fallen across both north and south sections of street in many places Apartment Bndly Damaged First street ment No 3 third floor Holahan building occupied at time by Miss Bessie Benshoof of Iowa Falls in ROOFS TORN OFF WIRES DOWN AND WINDOWS BROKEN North Iowa Fair Grandstand Demolished Trees Uprooted Large Sections in Darkness as Electric Service Fails Give of the worst windstorms in Mason City history swept through the community at 7 oclock Sunday night damagingbuildings uprooting trees and break ing many plate glass windows in the business section No estimate lias been made as to the extent of the damage which may total The wind which ac companied a 132 inch rainfall crushed the grandstand at the North Iowa fair tore sections of roofs from nu merous business buildings and residences almost com pletely paralyzed electric light and power distribution service leaving most of the residence sections in dark ness Telephone service was crippled Electric light wires were clown in nearly 1000 places over the community tangled among hundreds of broken and uprooted trees ruins roof thought to have been struck by lightning Miss Benshoof suffered minor injuries lo hands and arms as falling masonry struck her More details elsewhere in this is East State torn off at Lairdshoe store neon sign ripped looseatvThe Cavern Electro First NaMonril Large tree atj southwest corner of Central school grounds crashed through heavy wire fence as it fell Large tree also broken off at cast side of grounds near Central school building Screen door torn off at north ele vator entrance Foresters building Chapmans Window In First street large panes broken from west display windows at Chapman furniture store Large signboard on top of building folded by wind Awning torn down at Ralph Lloyd Jones office LOOK INSIDE FOR FRANCISCO LAKGO CAIJArLEKO New Ircmier of Spain Anarchists Socialists Fight in San Sebastian ON PAGE 2 Former Mason Cityans Daughter Storm Victim ON STATE PAGE Read Second Story of Iowa History Series ON PAGE 5 New Champion lo Be Crowned in Amateur ON SPORTS PACK Officers regarded it a miracle that with all the confusion that ac companied a rush of hundreds oC motorists about the city to view the results of the storms no serious in juries resulted Church Is Diunugcd Tho storm tore huge openingsin the First Methodist church the Hol ahanapartments and the Maryyl apartments took a hugesection wall from house at ifyne teenth street southeast The grandstand on the fair grounds wasa tangled mass of de bris after the storm struck The hog house was also severely damaged Secretary F G Mitchell estimated the extent of tho damage at be tween 515000 and 20000 covered by insurance About 200 feet of cupola roof was torn from the roof of the west building of the Iowa Stale Brand Creameries wast of Mason City The root was thrown against the office bfiflding at the east side of the grounds All Lhe windows on the west aide of the office building wore broken out nnd water debris ami glnss mined much of the interior and equipment One large tree at the rear of the office was strucfc by lightning and the chimney at the rear of tlie office was demolish ed by lightning or wind Rural Area Litllo Hurt No extended damage to buildings was reported from the rural sec tion surrounding Mason City Some trees were uprooted arid the corn flattened in some sections The con clusion drawn here was that Mason City wns the center of the storm area The storm struck ill sections of the community causing more dam ngc in some nrcns than others Huge trees that have stood as stnl wart oinnnicnu nlong Die streets for almost a half a century were pushed over into streets crushed porches crumpled automobiles and broke wires The storm which wns from tlic west pushed some trees to Ihn northeast and others to the south east indicating Uierc wan some twist to a furious wind thnt reached its climax nt around oclock This was the time when hundred of electric clocks came to a stop in the city as broken wires cut off the current Forest Inrk Unhurt The storm passed comparatively lightly over the Forest park section of the city but descended with lash ing fury after crossing the Rock Island tracks A region immediately cast of the North Western station wns among the worst sufferers from the storm But the damage wns just as bad in other areas Between Fourth street southwest and the cemetery was a medley of trees branches and debris Pennsylvania avenue was a spectacle of broken trees until cleared for traffic Federal avenue was blocked In several places the section from Twentyseventh to Twentyninth streets in the southern outskirts of the city being probably the worst Wires were down as far south as the Schcrmerhorn farms Severe damage occurred In spot ted sections over the remainder of the city where the gale dipped Barely Misses House Two huge cottomvood trees in front of the George White resi dence 122 First street northwest were uprooted the wind pushing them to the northeast one of them barely missing the house A large   

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