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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 21, 1937, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLin FIVE CENTS A COPY AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MAY 21 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 193 SUSPECT IN CORWITH MURDER HELD VICTIMS CLOSEllteel Plant Workers Vote Nearly 3 to 1 for C MM m IBM M tit M M MMI HY Mn FRIEND QUIZZED BY AUTHORITIES Anfinson Operator of Beer Parlor Found Slam Near Tracks By STAFF REPRESENTATIVE Corwith residen was held for questioning Friday afternoon in the murder of Anfinson 47 year old Corwhu beer parlor operator at about midnighf Thursday The arrest was one of the first steps in the investigation launched by state and county au thorities The man held was Frank Veid er 50 who was said to have been an intiinate friend of the slaiu vic tim His daughter Louise had been employed in bee parlor for a couple of Of ficers searched his residence but did not reveal whether or no anything of significance was found Inquest Is Held An inquest was held Frida noon Sheriff L M o Garner Coroner Kenneth F Boughton of Britt assisted state investigation bureau agent Paul Gruber were following up various clews Deputy Sheriff John Wallace of Mason City took fingerprints His head horribly mangled face lacerated the body of Anfin son was found at oclock Fr day morning by W H Perkins section foreman who was goirp to enter a tool shack nearby when he saw the figure of Bloodstains were found on tl e door of the shack the investiga tion Friday revealed Blunt Instrument Used I was just going to enter the too house to get some tools for thlTdays Perkins said when I noticed the body The body was about 10 feet from the building and about eight feet from the Anfinsons body was lying face down when discovered by Perkins His spectacles al though smeared with blood were not broken Officers and physicians believed the death blow was dealt by heavy instrument prcbably a piece of steeL There a stack of steel bars only a few feet frcrn the body near the shack The blows smashed Anfinsons brains out and the murderer apparently struck repeatedly for the face was a mass of lacerations Since Hancock does not have a county jail Welder was taken to Algona for questioning Welder who is married and has 3 grown daughters was employed on the M and St in coal dump work and on the section Dead Several Hours Dr Walley said every bone in Anfinsons skull had betn brok en and that there were lacer ations on the face and head He said a sharp instrument such as a hatchet had probably been used Such a weapon has not been found Dr Walley estimated that An finson had been dead six or seven hours which would place the time of death close to midnight The beer parlor seen at approximately 11 oclock Thurs day night Dr Shaw of Britt also examined the body Robbery was excluded as a mo tive by officers for in Anfinsons pockets were his billfold a gold and 25 cents in change He had no known enemies Corwith residents said Mr and Mrs Glenn McClellan soninlaw and daughter of the murder victim lived with him They have been married but two weeks I thought I beard a noise during the his daughter told officers Friday but attached no significance to it Father was in the habit of taking early morn ing walks and when I noticed this morning that he was no in bed 1 assumed that he haa gone on such a Several are Questioned Coroner Kenneth F Boughton of Britt was in charge of the in quest Among the witnesses ques tioned were W H Perkins Art and Jim Tnab Dr Waliey Carl Bliss and Walt Kirchgirtter Found near Anfinsons body i were any empty picnic beer bottle and a grape juice bottle both empty and unbroken This was the first murder ever known to have occurred in Cor with Formerly of Buffalo Csnter Anfinson operated a beer par lor known as Berts He had moved to Corwith abut three or four years ago from Buffalo Center where he had also en gaged in the restaurant business He also formerly lived in Bel mond A brother Martin operates a beer parlor at Buffalo Center Members of his family said a sis ter Carrie Steinhoff lives in Fort Where Corwith Murder Victim Was Found The scene of the slayinff of Bert Anfinson Corwith beer parlor proprietor is shown In the above photo Found lying between the tracks and the tool shed the body indicated by arrow is seen cov ered by a makeshift box to protect it from the many spectators who were attracted to the site of the crime At the side are shown offic ers pointing out blood stains on the door of the tool shed Left to rijrht are Coroner Kenneth F Boughton Di1 P E Walley Sheriff Leslie M Browcr and Deputy Sheriff Elmer Katlcr Dr Walley the first physician to examine the body Scene photos bj Lock Kayenay ensraving BIG CROWD SEES JACKSON HANG Missourian Pays With Life for Killing of Man Who Befriended Him GALENA If Curious people packed the courthouse lawn and peered from nearby vantage points a Roscoe Red Jackson vas hanged Friday at a m in a state where le galization of the lethal gas cham ber may supplant the gallows It was ten minutes after the trap was sprung before Jackson was pronounced dead paying with his life for killing an Indiana man who befriended him Im ready to Jackson told the crowd as he stood on the gal lows while Sheriff I H Coin fitted the noose County officers and people from miles around came to witness the first public hanging in this south western Missouri communitys history Jackson about 35 was con victed of slaying Pearl Bozarth of Evansville in August 1934 after the traveling salesman had picked up Jackson in his car and bought him a meal at Branson ASKS FOR BASEBALL SCORE BEFORE DYIXG KANSAS CITY ff Dudley Hardface Barr 39 year old Ne gro who shared his last meal of fried chicken lemon pie and ice cream with another Negro await ing execution was hanged here Friday for the slaying of Walter Milton Negro One of his last requests was for the score of the New York Giant St Louis Cardinal baseball game Thursday Informed the Giants won he grinned broadly SAYS GERMANY WILL SAVE Flyer Captured by Spanish Loyalists and Sentenced to Die Defiant BILBAO Spain cap tured German aviator sentenced to die on charges of military re bellion and rnurdoiagainst the Spanish government defiantly warned Basque authorities Friday thiat Germany will never permit tnem to carry out their veidit The condemned officer was Gunther Schultze He made the statement after lie was sen tenced He and Capt Walter Kien zel the Basque front were convicted by a popular tri bunal of waging warfare against the government of Spain in the forces of insurgent Gen Francisco Franco A Febus governmental Span ish agency account of the trial said Captain Keinzel testified he had been in the regular German army before he came to Spain vol untarily last January He said he arrived at Cadiz Spain last Feb 18 aboard the Ger man steamer Hilma which he boarded at Kiel Germany Lieutenant Schulze testified he sailed for Spain aboard the Italian ship Conte Rosso and reached the civil war front through Portugal after disembarking at Lisbon He too said he came to Spain voluntarily after two years in the German army Dodge and a sister Julia Olson at Clear Lake Corwith is town of about 480 population It is located in the southwest part of Hancock coun ty only a short distance from the Kossuth county line PARIS John J Pershing arrived from London by the Goden Arrow express Friday looking pale and shaky after his indisposition I am well and enjoyed the Pershing said He said he was not certain how long he would remain in France Girl Kills Herself for Scliool Failure C A LD WELL Texas IP Shortly after 11 year old Eris Hare had learned she failed for the sec ond time to win promotion from the sixth grade she was found shot to death in her parents bedroom a pistol by her side Roosevelt Not to Hurry in Selection WA SHINGTON Roosevelt said Friday he had not considered to retiring Supreme Court Justice Willis Van doesnt expect to for some timei 22 Farm Payments of or More WASHINGTON agri cultural adjustment administra tion said 22 persons and firms re ceived federal payments of 000 or more under the 1936 soil conservation program ROV POUJ6RS CDGLf SCOUT Starting Saturday in the GlobeGazette EDWARD DENIED PROTECTION OF BRITAINS NAVY Duke Mrs Warfield Drop Plans for Religious Ceremony MONTS France Brit fish government was reported Fri day by a source close to the Duke of Windsor to have denied the former monarch the protection of the British navy for a honeymoon cruise down the coast of civil war torn Spain Windsor his friend said was considering turning to a foreign nation for the guarantee of safety which he was unable to get from the naval empire he once ruled The British government was said to have refused the request in view of naval incidents grawmg out of the Spanish conflict that increased international tension No Religious Ceremony There will be no religious cere mony to unite the duke and Mrs Warfield a spokesman announced Friday night Herman L Rogers made the announcement He refused to say why the plans for a religious ser vice to follow the civil service on June 3 had been abandoned It was known however that the duke and his fiancee had been trying without much success to find an Anglican pastor who would marry them in the face of the churchs stand against re marriage of divorced persons and its constant opposition to the EdwardWarfield union Consul Will Rogers did say that the British consul from Nantes would attend the civil ceremony thus giving it something of a British official favor However the consuls ca pacity will be unofficial The original honeymoon plan was said to have called for Wind sor and his duchess to leave Cha i teau de Cande immediately after I their wedding June 3 for an auto mobile trip to Biarritz a French resort on the Bay of Biscay whose waters also wash the Basque coast of northern Spain To Cruise on Yacht After three days at the famed watering place the royal couple was to cruise on a British yacht down the Spanish coast through the Straits of Gibraltar to the Mediterranean and the romantic Dalmatian coast of Yugoslavia The owner of the yacht which Edward planned to use had insist ed upon the naval protection There was a possibility the duke might change his honeymoon plans completely or might seek a for eign yacht and protection for the cruise It was pointed out that the prince regent Paul of Yugoslavia was a close friend of Windsor and might offer a Yugoslavian convoy Give Unofficial Approval Members of the British royal family prevented from attending the wedding by the British govern ment which refused to allow Ed ward the king to wed Mrs War field were planning to meet Wind sor and his bride at Biarritz to give unofficial approval at least DitiiTiage a friend of the duke Mrs D B Merryman fields favorite Aunt and LOOK INSIDE FOR FATJL V McNDTT Philippine Controversy on Precedence Aroused PAGE 2 Many Franchises for Rural Lines Granted STATE PAGE Hog Market Declines From Its 8 Year Peak MARKET PAGE Transport Pilots Open Activities at Airport PAGE 12 250 Athletes Drawn to Big Ten Track Meet SPORTS PAGE wedding guest No 1 was expected at the chateau Friday night along with Dudley Forwood the dukes equerry who has been in London on a mission to Buckingham palace Mrs Merryman arrived at Le Havre aboard the liner President Roosevelt Thursday night The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Friday night and Saturday cooler Fri day night and in east and south centra J portions Saturday MINNESOTA Generally fair Friday night and Saturday ex cept cloudy in northeast Friday night cooler in west and south portions Friday night light frost in northwest cooler in extreme cast and slightly warmer in Red River valley Saturday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum Thursday 68 Minimum in Night 52 At 8 A M Friday 61 Rainfall AS of Inch SOUTHWESTERN IOWA DRENCHED Bridges Railroad Tracks Washed Out by Heavy Rains By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain reaching an unofficial to tal of four inches in southwestern Iowa Thursday night drenched and washed out fields bridges and railroad tracks leaving mud caked streets and flooded base ments Sidney and Red Oak both re ported torrential rainfalls total ing from 2 to 4 inches accord ing to unofficial observers Elsewhere in the state light ning rain and hail struck al though the weather bureau fore cast fair sides for Saturday and reported only the eastern of the state was cloudy Friday The weather bureau reported inches of rain fell in Des Moines where a severe electrical storm put lights out in 700 homes and several buildings were struck by lightning Lightning Kills Steer Rainfall totaled inches at Newton and varied from an inch to over Jasper county A steer was killed by lightning at the Jack Healy farm near Skunk River Van Meter reported inches of rain and Winterset At Red Oak where storm dam age was most severe mud and debris were washed down into the streets and homes and store basements flooded The Allen hatchery lost baby chiVVr waluscl aijl a large suppiy of feed Lowland residents were forced to evacuate their homes when the Nishnabotna river leftits banks Zephyr Delayed 5 Hours The Burlington railroad dis patcher at Lincoln reported that a Zephyr train was delayed five hours by washouts near Red Deer creek north of Randolph and Walnut creek near Sidney were reported near record heights i Plum creek left its banks near Thurmaru J There were no injuries or 500 Miners on Sit Down in Coal Shaft WILSONVILLE tJF Five hundred miners who spent the night singing and dancing to the tunes of their own accordions and guitars in the cayrrnous depths of a coal mine waited for company officials Friday to offer a basis for settlement of their sit down strike The companys only reply was three ringing blasts of its whistles at No 3 and No 4 mines at 6 a m These were to inform miners no work The strikers held mine No 4 of the Superior Coal company sub sidiary of the Chicago and North western railway They spent the night wrapped in blankets feast ing on the 400 loaves of bread and 200 pounds of cold meat their wives and sweethearts sent down to their stronghold 310 feet under ground bya cooperative elevator operator Plan Is Thwarted They had planned to grope their way through three of con necting tunnels Friday to enlist a sympathy strike among the work ers at No 3 mine in Mt Claire Company officials heard of the plan and blew their whistles to inform No 3 mine workers they would not be needed n the mine The company normally employs 700 workers at No 4 mine and 600 at No 3 Mines No 1 at Eagleville and No 2 at Sawyerville had been shutdown previously to per mit installation of electee load ing machines The No 4 workers demanded I that men thrown out of work at Sawyerville and Eagerville be given jobs immediately in Mt Claire and Wilsonville Company officials said they would operate under the 30 day clause of their contract with the Progressive Miners of America permitting them 30 days in which to redis tribute workersthrown out of jobs by shutdowns Demand New Contract The contract expired April 1 and negotiations have been under way for a new one Strikers de manded the new contract elim inate the 30 day clause Were not coming up until the company signs that Mike Pomatto strikers spokes man announced through the mine telephone If they dont come up they wont get anything to re torted Mine Superintendent George Wilcox However his em ployes paid no attention to the streams of women who marched to the mine entrance at dawn Fri day and piled bread meat and pails of steaming coffee on the elevator and sent it below StrikeUnauthorized Wilcox made no attempt to ne gotiate immediately and it was believed he would confe with union officials before acting Min ers awaited results of this confer ence The strike was conducted under leadership of P M A Local President John Fisher Joe Ozanic Illinois P I A president said the strike was not authorized that the men had no reason to Ozanic offered to enter the mine and discuss the matter but the strikers told him they were not interested that he to offer Ozanic then announced the P M A strike committee would fine and penalize the miners unless they ended their strike and then left for his office at Gillespie UNION J AND L COMPANY WILL CONTRACT Murray Reports Firm Head Accepted Result in Good PITTSBURGH Steel Workers Organizing Committee victorious in the nations first major employe election under the supervision of the government presented a collective bargaining contract Friday to the Jones and Laughlin Steel corporation The contract was received by Chairman H E Lewis of the cor poration at a 20 minute confer ence with Chairman Phillip Mur ray of the steel union spearhead of John L Lewis industrial un ionization drive Emerging from the conference room Murray said The meeting was very amiable Mr Lewis accepted the resultof the election in good The two leaders will meet again Saturday when the contract posr sibly may be signed It is ex pected to be considered first by counsel for the corporation Over Vote More than of Jones and Laughlnrs mill employes voted Thursday bya two and one half to onemargin in favor of having the union represent them exclusively in bargaining with the management The result was ah I nounced at dawn Friday bythe na tional labor last ballot had countedin the It was an historic election be itwasthe ever con ducted under the federal govern ments supervision It was a de cision of momentous significance to the forcesof John L Lewis whose Committee lor Industrial Organization already was reaching out toward other steel companies where yet it has been unrecog nized The count was Total ballots forthe Steel Workers Organizing Com C I O unit involved not in favor of the S W O blank ballots 3i void ballots 55 challenged votes 90 Vote in Two Plants The men voted in two plants the larger at Aliquippa 18 miles down the Ohio river from Pitts burgh the other at the south side mills in the city proper It was at Aliquippa that most oi the unrest occurred in the recent 36 hour strike brought about the election A J and spokesman com menting on the fact that about 91 per cent of all eligible men voted remarked This shows the intense interest of the men The men have spoken this shows what they want Chairman in Statement H E chairman of corporation issued this statement The Jones and Laughlin steel corporation is gratified that such m important issue has been so amicably settled by peaceful and democratic methods under the provisions of the Wagner act that the election is over and our employes have made their decision let us forget the tension of the past few weeks and cheer fully apply ourselves to our du ties as there ismuch for all of TW to do with our order books better filled than for some time coincidence it was which chJlenged legality of the deaths reported from the storm At Lovilia in southeastern Iowa a tornado which two houses demolished three j Wagner act and the private garages and wrecked other buildings about 1C 15 p rr Thursday failed to injure per sons on the streets returning from the school commencement exercises The twister tore a swath 100 feet wide and yards long through the town Tornado at Osceola At Osceola a tornado cut a nar row path through the city but the only damage was uprooted trees bushes and poles It wasall just said GovernmentMeteorologist Charles D Reed He explained the recent weather has been the closest to normal of any spring since 1929 In Des Moines a grocery store was robbed while the lights were out A lone robber entered the B and C grocery ilghted by two candles and held ap the clerk Melvin Wheeler alter asking to buy some milk The bandit escaped with taken from the cash reg ister The storms came at the end of the hottest day of the year in Iowa The mercury reached an ofticial top for the season of 88 at Mount Ayr supreme court In three other western Pennsyl vaiiia industrial towns more than mill men prepared to vote in elections similar to that of J and L workers Sharon Steel company ban agreed to a consent election un der the labor board to be held May 25 It wffl affect workers at Sharon To Vote in Tune Workers in the Monessenand Allenport of Pittsburgh Steel company affiliated with Sharon Steel will vote June 9 and 10 Other labor day included WILSONVILLE hun dred coal who spentthe night in thedepths of Coal company mine for company officials to for settlement of their sit down Strikers said main in the mine untilthe com raeets their demands Com pany officials said If they dont come upthey get anythinj to but no attempt   

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