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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 14, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME C C M P DEPARTMENT OF KfSTOay AND ARCHIVES MO IKES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS UNTTEQ PRESS FUU LEASED WIRES ALL LIGHTS OUT FROM 10 TO MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 141942 THIS PAPEIE CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION UlUlf NO 56 The first blackout of North Iowa as part the nine state seventh army area is scheduled from 10 to Monday eve ning Between 500 and fiOO regular peace officers and members of the emergency corps of the civil ian defense will be the only persons on the streets of Mason City theoretically Everyone else presumably will be indoors be hind thoroughly darkened win clows or already in bed with lights out for the night Theres nothing to go out for anyway declared Chief ot Po lice Hatold E Wolfe If thinps work out as they are supposed to there wont be anything ex cept darkness to look at unless the moon and stars happen to be out that night Those who do venture out will not get far without an official errand he promised Regular policemen in patrol cars with blackout lights and on foot and an additional half hundred auxiliary policemen have orders to stop everyone and find out why they are on the streets If anyone should be forgetful enough to be traveling in his car when the blackout signals sound he will spend a cold and quiet 20 minutes just sitting Of ficers have orders to stop all vehicles buses and transport trucks included Have the lights turned out and the conveyance parked well off the road out of emergency traffic There will be no smoking out of doors if it can Uc avoided And those caught in their cars will bo specifically asked not to light a cigaret Even the flare of a match especially if it is re flected off the windows of a car can be seen several thousand feet in the air Several hundred such bea cons would make lite city look like a colony of fireflies from and airplane it was pointed out And there will be at least one Fourth of U S to Be Plunged Into Darkness for 20 Minute Period By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 1or the first time in history an area encompassing one iourth ot the continental United States will be plunged into darkness Monday night Seventh defense regional civilian defense officials report ed aionday all was in readiness totthe ninestate blackout in winch 15000 000 persons will take part The test is scheduled from 10 p m to p m simultaneously in North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska fowa sola Missouri Wyoming Colo rado and Kansas The test has national interest for never before has so large an airplane overhead to check on compliance The civilian air pa trol has been asked to put one plane aloft for that purpose Army planes also will be abroad to check rural as well as urban compliance it has been promised Compliance also will be thor oughly checked by approxi mately 500 aiiraid wardens in Mason City They will patrol their respective districts usually a square block for each and any area been affected in a blackout On the eve of the blackout Na tional OCD Director James JV1 Landis sent a message to OCD headquarters in Omaha asserting attention of every civilian de fense official and every volunteer in the defense protective services throughput nation will be on fefise region Monday night for the lessons to be learned from the re gional blackout that will cover onequarter of the area of the United States Landis asked cooperation of every resident in the seventh defense region to assure tliat the blackout will be a success The national OCD chief expressed particular interest in the results in rural areas Regional Director Joseph D Schoitz in Omaha issued an appeal urging residents of the area in volved to conduct themselves during the blackout just as though your community actually being bombed bv enemy air raiders He said 1 ask every person to remember that the next bJnckout might be for an actual raid and to act accordingly This is not a spectacle and it Is not staged for spectators It is serious test of Ihe whole population of the region Scholtz emphasized Neatly 100 army and civilian defense airplanes will be in the ais as the nine states arc blacked out Monday night to observe the effectiveness of the tcsf Among those making such flights over Nebraska will be Brig Gen U S Grant 3rd of Washington D C national com mander of the United States citi zens defense corps Director 5choltz Brig Clerh eris director internal security seventh service command and Col J Leedom chief army liaison officer at OCD headquarters in Omaha Defense officials have nsked that special precautions be taken to guard against sabotage dur ing the blackout Protective meas ures will be taken at industrial plants and police and fire forces and defense volunteers have been asked to guard property Minnesotan Admits He Killed Wife Shot Self BUFFALO Minn UR A farmer who had suggested to po stray light from within the homes will draw a knock at the door The householder who answers the knock will be confronted by a neighbor with a white hand kerchief tied around liis left sleeve That is the insignia of the air raid warden For safetys sake the emer gency service corps will pro ceed on the assumption hat there is going to be at least one accident and at least one fire within the city during Hie 20 minute blackout Darkness lias never been known to discourage the stork either But anyone who attempts to move his car on that pre text will get only as far as the first auxiliary policeman If there is an actual emergency the civilian officers have orders to accompany any car that must move without blackout lights The fire will be taken care of by the regular fire department assisted if necessary by halt a hundred auxiliary firemen If there is an accident involving any human injuries ambulances and volunteer first aid units arc ready to take care of that too Signal for the blackout in Ma son City will be two long and one short blast from each of the citys steam whistles Those who ate listening to their radios at the lime will get the warning by that medium When the blackout is over the whistles will blow a continuous blast for two minutes to signal all clear ROMMEL PURSUIT RESUMED 3 Lose Lives in Fires Howard D Reynolds Services to Be Held Tuesday Morning Founder of Community Chest Camp Roosevelt Passes at Local Home lice that his wife hcrselt while sleepwalking admitted Monday that he killed her Sheriff Paul Krilzecfc said Frank Marke ton 30 had confessed slaying his wife and then shooting himself in the hand early last Friday Blackout Suggestions The Cerro Gordo county civilian defense council has is sued the following rules and suggestions to be followed by individuals in the test blackout Dec 14 from 10 to 1020 p m The rules should be clipped and saved for reading the night of the blackout it was suggested 1 If at home remain indoors Do not go outside to watch the blackout There should be nothing to see 2 Ir possible prepare a special refuge room in your home by covering windows with a lightproof moteriat Have rodo drinking water and other essentials in this room if possible Lights in other rooms should be out 3 Keep your radioturned on and stay away from the telephone except in case of an actual emergency within the home Men assigned to that duty will take care of everything outside so dont jam the telephone lines which they need 4 If driving when signals sound pull to the curbing at once and turn out lights Be sure your car will not obstruct S it necessarV PU on a side street 5 If in the country get your car completely off the road or turn into a side road to park 6 If necessary to walk on the street cross only at in ejections Watch carefully for cars on emergency errands tor the drivers cannot see you J P0 notLsmoke out of Even so small a thing as a Sighted match can be seen many thousands of feet above 8 Do not use a flashlight unless necessary If one has W fhe beam drectly toward the ground in it0 Ot Qdmit strangers to your home IU It riding m your car or bus ond at some distance from your destination remain in cor or bus II Do not leave theaters during blackout accidents epn9 CCO Cnd mind may Qvoid IShts or occupants or lessees of buildings responsible for elimination of light if h Sg buS 9iven for the start of the Juf w be from all the citys steam whistles which will slow alternately two long and one short blast for two min Df tShe b Seady bOSf Qt wili s9nal end Services for Howard D Rey nolds 74 who passed away at 8 oclock Sunday evening at a Mason City nursing home will be held at the Major Memorial chapel at Tuesday rriornin itvcharjse BuriaFwill be at ElfnwooaTcieme tery As past president of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce the Mason City Rotary club and the Boy Scout council he was known as one of Mason Citys most civic minded men Mr Reynolds came to Mason City in 1304 as buying representa tive of James Rowland and com pany a New York firm dealing in butter and eggs He was asso ciated with that firm for S years until 1028 He was then in Des Moines for two years in the insur ance business and then returned to Mason City where he had made his home since Mr Reynolds was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1022 and 1923 during which time the Community Chest was or ganized here He also was a for mer member of the board ct di rectors of the Social Welfare league It was during his days of leadership in the Boy Scout coun 1 cil that Camp Roosevelt was es tablished at Clear Lake For years Mr Reynolds judged butter at the North Iowa fair and other contests Mrs Reynolds passed away in HOWARD D REYNOLDS March of 1D28 Surviving arc a daughter Mrs Ross A Potter nf Mason Cily and a son Howard L Reynolds of Waterloo Also surviving are two brothers James Reynolds Fatftockaway N Y Waller Scott Reynolds Sig ourncy N Y and three sistei Mrs John E Wcias Yonkers N Y Mrs Mac Arbucklc Ruther ford N Y and Mrs Jessie Uite Hcaldsburg Cal and one grand child Mrs G H Putnam New York City Mr Reynolds was n member ot Harding Masonic lodge and the Christian Science church Discharged From WAAC KATHRYN DORIS GREGORY AMBER d GEORG WThC WAAC out of the officals as Kathryn Doris 22 Fort Worth Tex on A W o L member of the Womens Avmv Auxiliary corps was dismissed Monday The WAAC training school an nounced Mrs Gregory had been given a discharge other than hon orable following a court martial at which three WAAC third offi cers second lieutenants formed the court Their recommendation for the discharge was approved in Washington Post officials said Mrs Grcaorv i was still at the WAAC hospital ns where she has been under treat ment for a minor back injury but was well now and is expected to leave the reservation promptly It was disclosed Mrs Gregorys was the second such discharge from the WAAC The name of the first defendant was not disclosed The former chorusgirl was re ported absent without leave Nov 26 and two days later military police found her right after a Thanksgiving matinee at which she entertained an audience with her dancing and disrobing 2 CHARLES CITY CHILDREN DIE 4 ARE RESCUED Britt Man Burned to Death in Home He Jay uilUor Sell CHARLES C1T dren were burned to death here in an early morning fire JVtondny which destroyed the home of Mr and Mrs Glenn Wentz 1200 Fifth avenue The fire believed by the coroner to have been caused by defective wiring in the hall claimed the lives of Marlene 2 and Betty Rae 6 The mother awakened bv the fire carried out Ronald seven months old baby nnd Glen Jr aged 9 Robert aged 5 tried to awaken Marlene who told him to go away as she wished to sleep Robert then ran through the flames to safety Charles agccl 12 jumped to safety from a second story window The mother tried to return for tbe other children but flames kept her from entering the two story house at the edge of the city She threw stones at the up stairs windows to attract atten tion and tried to scale the outside of the house to get to the win dows and in jumping for the window ledge fell to the ground and was stunned Recovering she ran across the street a neishbors and phoned Ihe fire department at The flames had gained such headway they could not be extinguished Other children were visiting relatives at Ionia and Rockwell City The father employed in a de fense factory at Rockford 111 re turned to Rockford Sunday after visiting his family here a few days Coroner Cart Hauscr was called to investigate the tragedy Pelton of Britt Victim of Fire BRITT Pelton an old age pensioner of Britt burned to death early Sunday evening in a home he had made himself His body was found at the door in front of the stove after the struc ture was destroyed by fire Keith L Baltzer deputy cor oner said an inquest would Uc held Monday The cause of the fire was unknown The Brill fire department was called but unable to save tlio home Surviving Mr Pelton is a sister Mrs Homer Farrell of Britt Funeral arrangements arc incomplete Team of Lions Will Draw Santas Sleigh EL MONTE Cal a shortage of reindeer ns well as men in these parts Thats why old St Nicks sleigh will be drawn by a team of lions in the Christ mas parade The animals from a nearby lion farm arc and owners assured Decker Canned Meat Gang Offers Challenge to Others Donations to Christmas Cheer Fund Must Speed Up to Meet Goal 2O STARS NEEDED Ifll CHEER FUNK TOTAL ncroiiTEo CONTK1BLTIONS Machinists jmd Helpers C M St u and t R R Wilson P T A Virzil A S Purdue University Mr and Mrs Floyd Wilson Route Mason Cily PFC Claire Ireland UVerja Cluh From the Royal Ncicbbors Decree nt Honor Tammy jcut KTF w Amy and Lon East Circle of First Presbyterian Church V i Club Meat ianj Deckers The Milwaukee Service Club Maacia Club oC North Iowa Mr and Mrs O IV LunJ ior Anderson Madison P T A Belly Floor Dry Cure Deckers Olfal Cam i 100 ZOO 500 3300 ilOO i 1700 J TODAYS CONTRIBUTIONS S HJrS TOTAL TO DATE S TiSIB TOTAL NEEDED FOB UOAL O M P E T 1T1OM IN THE FIELD Of w o r t h s c r v i c e is a healthy con di tion Thais why were pleased to pass along this little note that accompanied a currency c o 11 t r i b u li o n of S46G2 from the Canned M eat Gang at Deck ers w h i c h xvas started and finished by Louis Kipper The note follows Would like to challenge all other departments at our plant Included in the same batch of contributions Monday were two other group gifts from Decker workers Like solicitations were reported under way in several other places in he city too All you need said one man active in such a project is some body to start it off and follow through until everybody has had a chance to chip in The number of giving days be fore the fun comes to a close the day before Christmas has now been reduced to eight which means that the average per day from this point on must be SlnO Mondays contributions totaled SI 1258 Preparations arc now being made fjy Miss Doris Bruce and her Social Welfare League asso ciates administrators of the Cheer Fund for setting up a TOY SHOP on North Federal avenue at which beneficiaries of the fund may experience the added joy of doing their own Christmas shop ping If youre planning to give to this cause theres no time like the present Address your contribu or Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa Discover 3 Wise Men Had Enlisted in Navy MIAMI Fla Rehearsals were well under way for an elab orate high school Christmas pag eant when the three wise men failed to appear Investigation dis closed that they had enlisted in the navy j Service in Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Light snow and warmer M o n d a y afternoon Lowest temperature Monday night 5 Not much change in temperature Tuesday forenoon IOWA Not much change in tem perature Monday night and Tuesday forenoon but with minimum temperature higher Monday night than Sunday night in cast portion MINNESOTA Colder southwest portion nnd not much change in temperature Monday night north and cast portions but with minimum temperatures higher Monday night than Sun day night southeast portion light northwest portion Tuesday forenoon IN MASON CITY statistics GlobeGazette weather Maximum Sunday iO Minimum Sunday night 4 At 8 a m Monday 20 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday KJ above Minimum Sat night 16 bctuw At 8 a m Sunday 2 below At 1 p m Sunday 10 above NAZIS DESERT FOX IS CHASED OUTOFBURROW British Push Westward to Tripoli Toward Showdown With Axis LOXUOV The aiorocco radio reported Monday that Marshal Uommcls Africa corps had crossed inta Tripolitaiiia after destroy ne rortiiiea posi tions nearMdAsheila and ing behind large minefields El Aghcila itself lies on the Trip olifaniaCirenaica border By JAMES M LONG Associated Press Har Editor Field Marshal Rommels care fully prepared El Ayhoila defense line lias collapsed under a single assault by Gen Sir Bernard I Montgomerys British eighth army which pushed on to the west Monday toward Tripoli and a showdown The onslaught ivJiiiii once more drove Komnicl the desert fov out of his burrow was limcil to coincide with smash ing aerial assaults on the en emys Tunisian slronRlmlcls in llmncIcriiijT evidence of the ris iiiK air might of the allies The annoiicemem that the eighth army again was on march came early Monday brief communique which said tiio in a from Cairo Rommel has been driven from is strong positions at El Aghcila Turn to the Classified Page Now Second weeks Pictoquiz Contest winners are an nounced today WHY DONT YOU TRY THE PICTOQUIZ CONTEST THIS WEEK Its Fun Its Profitable Buy Christmas and is in retreat to the west The cost a later communique declared was slight and the pur suit relentless H gives these added details The eighth army Sunday turned Rommel out of his strong positions at El Brcga the north eastern end of the El Aghcila line at little cost to themselves The enemy is retreating westwards relentlessly pursucti bV the Jcadinjr elements of our forces Allied fighterbombers oper ating on an unprecedented scale were employed to harass the I enemy Axis air aclivily was totally ineffective in preventing those operations Some observers said the speed of the breakthrough might be an indication that Rommel to escape a certain beating left only n hold ing force at Aghcila and with drew to the west One military source in London commented This is the first time in this war that a great German army has found itself faced by equal forces and whnt happens The German army pulls out with out n fight German and Italian communi ques were silent on the collapse of the El Aghcila line They re ported only reconnaissance and patrol activity The value of the African front and ot the united nations strategy of coordimiled attach made il self felt further too on the icy battlefronts of Russia RUSSIAN GAINS ARE SLOW BUT STEADY The Kussians announced over the weekend that the Germans had lost more than 169000 killed and 74500 captured since the start of the red armys offensives on the Moscow and Stalingrad fronts added to 100000 which the Germans lost in their earlier siege of Stalingrad Russian sains continued steady slow and despite the   

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