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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 17, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             HARlOM R HISJ WEU A m r PEPi OF IOA4 COUP oesuoiscs u NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLVII ABSOCJATED PHESS ANP THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS LEASED MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 17 1941 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS uixi i ii jntj 1AicK CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS MO Si STIMSON SEES CRISIS IN 6090 DAYS F AStephenson Pioneer Businessman Succumbs Here WASORGANIZER OF M C BRICK TILE COMPANY Recognized as One of Most Progressive Men in Clay Work Industry F Stephenson 83 one of the founders of the Mason City Brick and Tile company Inc and vice president of the United Home Bank and Trust company of Mason City died at a local hos pital at oclock Friday morn ing following an illness of more than a month One of the pioneers in the clay workinr industry of Iowa Mr Stephenson had been rec ognized as one of the most pro gressive men in his field later turning to the building of sand gravel and cement plants Born Feb 25 1857 at Palatine now Deal N J Mr Stephenson spent his boyhood in the bark and lumbering industry which his fa ther operated With a companion he came west to Springfield 111 in the spring of 1877 They de cided tlie town was too large for them to start in so they went to a smaller town of Buffalo where Mr Stephenson was lirst em ployed in a brickyard After two seasons at Buffalo Mr Stephenson spentawinter in Equisiana sawmills and the fol lowing spring he migratedup tiie The Governor and His Family worn into office another two ears this picture was taken m his office wilh his family In the picture are the go SUH recovering from an injury received when she fell Mt and daughter They are James 18 a Drake university freshman aiarv Ann 1 a sixth grade student Mrs J a Wilson the governors mother Governov Wilson airs Wibon GeorgeIr 16 a Rooslteli PhMoS JUIUOr J 13 3 ffrade SUdent at Awlor high schooi Iowa Daiiy Press it a chines unlil the capacity of the plants for the manufacture of 5 inch tile had been increased from EflOO to 80000 units per 10 hour day Mr Stephenson is also credited Blanket of Snow Covers All of Iowa j DES MOINES and many other ideas 115 gave iuvtied a cold face 011 Iowa Fri freely to his competitors What day piling up a snow blanket on hm lle a owed to be top OC theice sheet formed by copied withputjoyaUies of any frigid rains of the last lew days kuidrfortUstwl The snowfall ranged upward wilh the first waste heat dryer in the industry His original plans have now become common prac tice in drying clay wares This of the industry F A STEPHKiVSOX Winona Minn In the spring of 1880 he moved to Des Moincs where he helped build a brick yard where the Iowa Pipe and Tile company plant now stands At this yard lie built the firAl sewer pipe press that operated by steam anil formed the bell on sewer pipe Previous to that In December J9H Mr Steph enson retired Irom the clay indus try and byspring 1916 Mr Stephenson and Grant McGoivan had completed the building of the Ireal Sand and Gravel company He remained active in Ibis busi ness until December 1923 when Mr Stephenson sold his interests to Mr McGowau The later years of Sir Steph ensons life had been spent in building cement plants at Chat tanooga Tenn and Demopoiis Ala and a tentative plant at itfacon Miss upon which he was working at the time of his death Mr Stephenson was a director of the Northwest Savings bank of Mason City from the time of its organization until the United Home Bank and Trust company was organized He was vice presi dent of the latter bank at the time of his death A lifelong member of the Meth odist church Mr Stephenson as sociated himself with his church in every city in vfhich he Jived He was not a man to crowd him self forward but he was interest ed in bringing new industries into a city and was also active in civic enterprises For many years he was a member of the Elks lodge Surviving Mr Stephenson are his wife Mrs F A Stephenson im h V 11 IS vlle lurs A Stephenson time the bells were put on by I Bl River Heights drive one son nann t IT hand son moved uiixc cine son r j Myron W Stephenson 314 Caro Dcs Mr Stephen lina avenue southeast and two to Grand Junction where he built a plant and mined daughters Mrs Irene Webster Hardy Kewburyport Mass and rlv irnm j Vi namy rewouryport iviass and wlilr t n i TC vclniMrs Kathiyn M McConnell 122 While at Grand Junction Stephenson interested the father of Robert and William Goodman of Des Moines in the manufacture of clay wares In 1883 Mr Stephenson rebuilt clay working plant at P Junction Mr President court Five grandchildren Miss To Kanna Stephenson Mason City Mrs Betty Ann d Autremont Lexington Mass Miss Jean Web slcrNewburypovt Mass John S I a T McConnell Jr and Sally Ann Mc the First Methodist church Satur Grand Junction and in the spring they City where Mr Stephenson operated a brickyard until the fall of 183U That fall he came to Mason City and built the Mason City Clay Works plant now known as Plant ftp 2 ofthe Mason City Brick and Tile company The following summer Mr Stephenson and O T Denison merged the Mason City Brick and Tile and the Clay Works into what as known today as the Mason City Brick and Tile company Inc During the next few years Mr Stephenson and Mr Denison built two other units and a central grinding station of CIO United Automobile Work Mr Denison died in October 1310 and F E Keeler became active m sales management while Mr Stephenson managed the manufacturing end of the busi ness During these years of his life i The strike call Thursday night by Rich was considered the most pro Frankenstein chief CIO srcssive man in the entire clay industry ha vine designed and uaa e built larger and greater ma i still unsettled v ocvcinceii smaii towns in south ers at the Ryan Aeronautical com em and western Iowa were iso pany will go into effect next Tues lated Friday however he re day if federal conciliation efforts and the wave radio ni nSUT and Viciilil3M05 f the damage rrn was in lile south of Des Moifiil Ayr sina coverctTYrr tually the entire state The highway commission said slight drifting was reported but was causing no difficulties Driving conditions the com mission safd were much im proved in all sections by the snowfall The snow evidently tended to give better traction than the slippery ice coating The weather bureau forecast a moderate cold wave for eastern Friday night and warned shippers that temperatures might as low as five below zero Friday night in the northwest ern section The mercury stood at 20 de grees here at a m the bu reau said after reaching a high of 35 degrees Thursday at Du buque Friday nights maximum was 16 degrees at Sioux City Temperatures averaged 10 de grees above normal Friday morn ing for the state Spirit Lake reported a half inch of snow arid heavy winds with the mercury standing at eight de grees Fort Dodge also had a half inch of snow with a 16 de gree minimum At Burlington wet snow fell steadily with the mercury stand GOVERNOR OF IOWAFETED Traditional Pomp and Color at Reception and Inaugural Ball DES MOINES traditional pomp land color df lici o wa T h u t staged its biennial reception and inaugural ball for Gov George RAF BOMBERS BLAST AT NAZI CHANNEL BASES Thrust Follows Night Assault of Germans on Port of Bristol By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Brislish bombers roared across the channel to pay a daylight visit to nazi bases along the French coast Friday afternoon and heavy explosions were heard soon after they disappeared in the mist shrouding the Strait of Dover Greek dispatches from the Albanian front reported new gains in the bitterly contested Tepeleni mountain sector while the Greek press declared one liird of Italys forces have been knocked out of the Uweeks old conflict Italian losses in the campaign were estimated at 70000 killed wounded taken prisoner or sent back to Italy for frostbite treat ment In the RAFs daylight raid across the channel violent explo sions heard on the English coast indicated that the bombs were falling on the CalaisBoulogne invasion sector The thrust followed intensive overnight assaults in which German torch raiders set 100 fires aVBristoI of Garner Guests A Wilson State officials said approxi ceremonies The governor and Lieut Gov B B Hickcnlooper of Cedar Rap ids both were inaugurated Thurs day for a second term at the head of the loua state government At the head of the receiving line were Governor and Mrs Wil son Next were Lieutenant Gov ernor and Mrs Hickenloopcr who were followed by Senate President Pro Tcmpore and Mrs F C Bycrs House Speaker and Mrs Robert D Blue House Speaker Pro Tempore and Mrs David A Dancer judges of the Iowa supreme court and other elective state officials Providing additional color for the reception were the members of the military staff of the gov ernor headed by Brigadier Gen eral Charles H Grahl No former governors attended the reception and ball ing at 35 degree Some REA power lines broken near Marshalltovn from the heavy ice load and an inch of snow fell there blown by sharp winds Farm Product Prices wew Will Advance U S Department Predicts tnitecl Slates war while RAF squadrons again blasted the big German naval base at Wilhelmshaven in a highly successful attack It was the second smash at Wil A ice President John X Garner left seated and Vice President elect Henry A Wallace right sealed were the honor guests at a luncheon m Washington given by Senator Guy M Gillette richt of Iowa Senator Clyde M Hcrrine left rear was also a guest mately 1000 persons went through the reception line and an estimated additional 1000 at m tended the ball and watched the elnjsnaven base of the German north sea fleet in 24 horns and the since the war began British authorities at Malta island citadel in the Mediterran ean said 10 axis planes Wars Impact May Require Adxlitiprial Large Scale Shifts Wallace Says Overhauling of New Deal Farm Program he aid W0llld be iri cffect Seen Says Report WASHINGTON A Wallace in his last report as sec ILR rotary of agriculture said Friday ralizod maiuifucturing or market that the wars impact on American divebombing raid on the harbor and city Thursday with three others damaged In contrast to official German and Italian reports of the atlack the British said little damage of military importance was in flicted as British machineguns chattered from rooftops and windows al the lowHying raid ers A Royal Air force communique agriculture may require additional largescale shifts in crop pro u ntnl 111 U down m the tempestuous duction and an overhauling of tiie o new deal farm programs With the foreign markets im paired by economic nationalism increased competition and fin ally tile war the vicepresident elect said that farmers will have to think anew about making fur ther reductions in acreages of cotton wheat tobacco and other products which formerly found outlets abroad Growing unneeded crops i if tonponrflyVpro German Junkers divebombers and Italian fighting planes on Malta and that civilian properly suf fered considerably Throughout the attack the RAF1 said British fighter plnnes slashed at the raiders and shot down five icmuc Counted ducts can go into storage under government loans Wallaces final annual report said Covering the 12month period to Wallaces resignation Wallace viewed the certificate incihud as readily adaptable to products which pass IhroiiKh cen processe such as cotton wheat rice peanuts prunes vi sius and tobacco In the ciiso of corn und other feed crops onlv n small portion of which are pVo cessed other methods would have to be used he aid suggesting p r i c e s u p p orting government loans and appropriations Looking beyond Hie war the former secretary declared agri culture needed to be guarded against having ti be the main postwar shock absorber KNOX ASSERTS BRITAIN KEEPS WAR FROM US Stimson Urges Quick LendLease Action Is Apprehensive BULLETIN WASHINGTON Secre tary Slimson urging swift con gressional action on the British aid hill said Friday he was ap prclicusivc as to the possibility of a crisis within the next GO or at least 90 days The war de partment head made the state ment without immediate elabor ation duringtestimony before lie house foreign affairs com mittee in behalf of legislation to Kive President Uoosevclt broad powers to advance armaments to Britain Itcplviiur to a Ques tion by Representative Luther A Johnson Slimson saiil I cannot state too em phatically the apprehension I feel as to the possibilily of a crisis which I think even mr friends un the right would rec ognize as a crisis within the next 60 or al least 90 days WASHINGTON of the Navy Frank Knox calling for ourunstinted lieip to Greal Britain siid Friday that only the British navy was keeping from the Americas lie released navy department estimates of combined axisGer many Italy and strength showing thatit now ex ceeds that oC the United States by tons that it now has 658 warships compared with the IT Ss 312 that on Jan 1 1942 it would have 803 lighting craft compared wilh our i2 on Jan 1 1913 it would have962 against 422 for this country If the United States does not wish to face the consequences f tin establishment in South America of aggressive military power Knox told the house foreign affairs committee should now prevent Germany from overturning the British sea power which holds hc navis in Hurope If the United States and Greal Britain lose control of even part of the sens surrounding the west ern hemisphere he said inevi tably tiie wars of Europe slid Asia will be transferred to the Americas The committee resumed Hear ings on President Uooscvelts arms lending bill with further testimony by Secretary of War When peace comes even if Hi Henry L Slimson and then is a good peace it may involve called Knox who read a short more or less depression with price declines and increased un employment he said This will sharpen one of our gravest dif of balancin sumption production We dustrially1 i There i MLJ i i no prospect Wallace grams may have to put more em said Hint alter the war ngricul re ln 3h ftinrt nntin ill I u l WASHINGTON agri xvirias agri fowa City reported steady snow culture department Friday fore since daybreak Mason City recast price advances during the ported two inches of snow andnex several weeks for such Dubuque had an inch Light snow was reported al Council Bluffs Ottumwa Ccdai Rapids and Centerville The snowfall assumed blizzard proportions at Mount Ayr where large trees were blown down as well as light and telephone wires by a 33 mile northwest wind SERIOUS DAMAGE TO LINES IS LIKELY farm products as meat animals at truck cropsgrains potatoes and possibly cotton Prices received by farmers rose from 99 in November to 101 per cent of the 191014 average in De cember the department said add ing that levels prevailing this month were five points higher than a year ago and as high as al afternoon at 2 oclock with Doctor C E Flynn pastor of thJ church in charge Burial will be at Elmwood cemeteryThe body will lie in state at tile Major fu neral home until oclock Saturday noon when it will be taken to the church for services CIO Strike May Go in Effect Tuesday at Airplane Factory SAN DIEGOCal strike in ths ter f CIO Friday he said I any time since j war in Europe the outbreak of The price advances reflect the Ilict auvuuces reiiect tlie Likelihood of serious damage to department said expansion of telephone and transmission lines in North Iowa if the promised cold wave arrives Friday night was seen by Ernest T Olson manager of the Mason City office of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company Ice on he wires ranges from l16th inch at Albert Lea to inch at Hampton he said and con traction of the wires with a de crease in temperature would un doubtedly cause breakage in the wind Seventeen small towns In south storing service consumer buying power the defense program The Weather i hais on shirting entire cuterj will ie able to i also reported a repent j prises on systems r in j full competitive pn e new German air base certain areas or regions ind i ing in KifTK I aKrlttH to bits and fires set which were visible 50 miles away Far on the other side of the world the undeclared war between French IndoChina and Thailand Siam flared to larger proper The small French Asiatic fleet was reported to have sunk two Siamese warships and severely damaged a third in the Gulf ot Siam The size of the ships was not Bvcn Simultaneously the Bangkok Siamese radio reported large scale offensives were being pushed by the Siamese army in five sectors along the 1000milc ties at 8 a T jVfaxlmum Thursday 31 Minimum fn Jfighl 23 8 am Friday 21 Precipitation 51 Snowfall z inches YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation Snowfall OT The raid on the at Catania Sicily in which added grounded nazi planes were blown j Collectively anil individually farmers with suitable federal aid should do all they can to ad just their output to the actually availalile roarkel In the setting created by the war we may have to overhaul our farmpriceadjustment policy Ex actly what new shape it will re quire we do not yet know Every thing is in fluv on so great a scale that it would be idle to pro pose details Wallace said however that tiie future price policies inay require differentials between export prices and domestic prices and between the cost ot farm commodities to the ordinary consumer and the cost to the person on relief The situation requires he con tinued separation of surplus production from the rest of the supply and disposal of the sur plus in some special manner He indicated that he continued to favor for some products the socalled certificate plan of boosting grower income from that portion of crops consumed In this country while permitting prices to adjust themselves at levels which would permit the surplus o compete favorably n world markets Under this plan the government would allot marketing certificates to farmers who cooperated with crop control programs Manu facturers would be required to buy these certificates These cer tificates which would cover each prepared statement As the third day of hearings started opponents of the bill were confident that Joseph P Kcnnedv retiring ambassador to Great Britain would oppose it in a ra dio address Saturday night They charged that the war department was assuming the United States probably would be in the war bv prospect Wallace April 1 mid demanded that President Roosevelt make public Kennedys reports on condition havemore surpluses than short age both agriculturally and in to ush hack frontier between the two coun tries The French admitted their forces had been driven back by the in vading Siamese fighting a rear guard action as they withdrew to their socalled Little Maginot line defending tlie important rail center Sisophon The French listed 66 casualties bu Siamese lost 600 men Hitlers high command reported nazi divebombers renewed their efforts to sink the British aircraft carrier Illustrious already crip pled in a furious attack off Sicily Jan 10 striking at the 23000 ton FORECAST IOWA Cloudy light snow east becoming fair west tonight moderate cold wave cast Friday nen iemur 01 oisopnon ilie trench MINNESOTA Fair and colder I listed 66 casualties but said the snow flurries and moder Knn ate cold wave east Friday night colder extreme east IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weathet stalls vessel as it awaited repairs at the port of Valletta Malta The nazi high command said I several direct hits were scored on the liluslrious and informed 6 j German quarters declared the craft was now so badly damaged E doilosic ociuctiou add As far as we can sec ahead we shall have need for concerted crop adjustment soil conserva tion submareinalland retire ments landtenure reforms aids in rehabilitating the rural poor surplusdisposal michincry and devices of one kind or another for maintaining domestic farm prices above world prices We are going to have more need for science in agriculture more need of largescale crop shifts more need of aids for rural dispossessed more need of siren fu purpose in Europe Knox warship statistic were first on axis naval strength ever released by the navy department Combatant tonnage built on Jan 1 1941 was estimated as United States 1250000 Germany and Italy SiOOOO Germany Italy and Japan 1835000 Germanv Italy Japan and France 2155000 He called for all possible ypccd In complete the projected ocean navy but said that in ef fecl tlie United Slates and Great Britain have had twoncean operated for a single pence Because Ihc other part of our present twoocean navy the nous efforts to enlarge and ini prove the domestic market luu Agriculturc Wallace said has British navy is now in grave laid the basis in production plHni danger he said ning which other branches ot the i national economv may have to j Believe South Dakota Man Victim of Hit Run Driver in Iowa SIOUX CITY MWilliair Haven 46 of Dcadwood S Dak died on the way to a hospital here Thursday night a few moments after a passerby found him lying injured on a downtown street Deputy Coroner Paul Osincup said he did not believe the man suffered the injuries which in cluded a skull fracture and a possible broken neck in a fall Police theorized Havens mav have been struck by a hitandrun mo torist Havens had working here crau was now so bad y damaged market would i H IMU ucen worKing here A out of the war COL FRANK KNOX   

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