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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 15, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COM DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES KOINES IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH JOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PBESS AND UNITED PtlESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COFY MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER 15 1942 PAlEIt CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 57 Before and After in Mason City Misses Are Few as City Becomes GhostLike for 20 Minutes south from the eighth floor of the HotolHanforci this is the wav Feeler fvlvJ9nUVTked a few minutes before the blackout and many store turfed irl th the saySaturday night white way for many store operators Id Movement of cars earlieiThe streaks of light on the pavement trace the is the story of the blackout on Federal avenue Lights along the pave ment were made by petroling police cars Some light in Centralpark is tho the FirSt National Auhitc srfeck on the Stops to fkyllght that was and turned out not long after the blackout start Bht torner is radio towcrRooftops in tho subdued moon ht had a weird gray appearance Lock photos Kayenav engraving nloon Must Step Up Contributions to Meet Goal of Cheer Fund More Individual Donations Essential to Success of Drive FEEVIOUSLY NEW CONTRIBUTIONS Marshall t Swift and Employes t B B Trinity Lutheran Itrotherhixiil FHlh Grade School Sixth Grade Washington Sciiool Trinitv Orlictd Circle The Kilsis Twins Ventral Drivers Vniot Local xx t L nirdlnc I1T A Immantiel Lutheran Aid Society Athenian Clnb WaTanYe Club Sliced Room Deckrr5 JtKteh Cooncil of Mason Cilr Tfce Garfield Creeses TODAYS CONTEintTIOVS TOTAL RAISED TO DATE TOTAI NEEDED FOR COAL BOUT aJl that can be said for sure at this stage of the Chrlstma s Cheer Fund campaign is that unless Ihe giving in the next eight GIVING DAYS is slopped up appree i a b I y the effort is go ing to fall short of the to tal needed by the Social Wel fare League to do its job as ad ministrator of the fund The principal source of concern upto this time is that the empha sis has been too largely on GROUP GIVING rather than on INDIVID UAL GIVING In the above list for example the individual gifts num ber only about a half dozen This isnt intended to discour 2O STARS NEEDED in Service age group giving Not at all Group giving is highly essential But it will not suffice in itself There must be generous contributions from a large number of individu als to supplement the gifts from clubs lodges working groups etc Plans are progressing satisfac torily on a Toy Shop to be opened next week for those qualifying for participation in the Cheer Fund For he past several years this has proved one of the most worthwhile ventures conducted by the Cheer Fund Everything is in readiness for the finest program ever for ex tending Christmas Cheer to those m need of such help here in Ma son City The one thing needed is money with which to finance the program And thats where YOU come into the picture Kight now would be a good time to address your gift to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa V Weather Report FORECAST h rizzle Ll ciiiKinuuu inixeu wun about 125 miles west of J rni C2riy nSht less than 300 miles Matn cJ Dlusn neaaquarlers colder Wednesday forenoon IOWA Occasional light rain and snow in east Tuesday afternoon and ending early Tuesday eve ning Slightly colder Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon MINNESOTA Colder T n e s d a y night and Wednesday forenoon except not much cliame in tem perature north portion light snow northwest portion Wed nesday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday Minimum Monday night At 8 a m Tuesday Snow YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 23 lracc LAUD IOWA BLACKOUT Defense Chiefs Report Test Successful PLANES BATTER Mason City Blackout Near CIIDlflunDO n c Cent as Seen From MJKVIVUK U f Plane and Tall Buildings ROMMEL CORPS Axis Retreat 40 Miles From El Agheila Naples Is Bombed Again By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Under lashing attack by 300 American and allied warplanes survivors of Field Marshal ErwiiV Rommels Africa corps were re ported to have retreated more than 40 miles from the collapsed El Agheila front Tuesday with the British 8th army in rapid pur suit f While Ihc axis fell back in Libya Italys hich command an nounced that allied planes Mon day nisht airaiu bombed the Italian city of Naples a major port for supplying the German Italian armies in North Africa The communique said dozens of bombs were dropped but so far no civilian casualties were re ported Two previous attacks on Naples were delivered by thu big B24 liberator bombers of the U S air forces in the middle east An Italian communique re ported heavy fighting on the Libyan front und asserted that the British 8th army1 was being held by Italian armored forces The British said the axis waspf opposition The iaseisFvraiIfullSviffTiurffier noted heavy bombing attacks on Tunis and Sousse axisheld ports in Tunisia reporting more than 200 persons were killed und hun dreds injured British headquarters an nounced Dial Rommels altered forces were still retreating west ward leavingonly weak rear Kuards to combat the advancing 8th army Perilous stretches of minefields however somewhat hindered the British in their pursuit through the narrow El Agheila defile During the night a British communique said allied planes kept up their strafing of the weary German troops One report said British van juards had already passed the Marble Arch airfield 40 miles west of El Agheila A broadcast from the German controlled Vichy radio said Rom mel was now expected to make a strong stand against the British about 125 miles west of Kl Agheila less than 300 miles from the declared that swarms of allied fighter bombers operating on an unpre cedented scale were transform wneru ournini l the route of the latest axis feet beacon fire withdrawal into a trail 01 wrecked trucks and fivecharred equip ment One hundred American T40 fighter planes especially equipped to carry bombs were flying wing to wine with Aus tralian and British aircraft and the British announced that axis planes were totally ineffective in preventing these operations 01 LTOII was on lire from spi Without confirmation elsewhere taneous combustion but that another German broadcast as scried that the allies were contir uing to fall back westward from the air the TunisBizertc zone and re 7 Tli ported that in local thrusts troops destroyed some tanks Train Blacked Out Few Misses SeenWai Factories Operate In almost an instant at 10 oclock Monday night Mason City turned from a lively lighted com mercial center to a bleak gray ghost city From a circling airplane from the top of the Hotel Hanford and other tall buildings in the city observers watched Mason City mason luuiuuu uuv uuspive ine turning ot go through its first blackout and all yard lights and some evi arrived at the vcrdist that it was well done As the lights flicked out ihe whole city took on a dead ffray ness Roofs reflected a dull light from a moon hid behind overhanffiiif clouds V The blackout test was just about 100 per cent perfect as far as the citizenry was concerned accord ing to the consensus of the emerg ency chiefs gathered in the control center at the local police station Monday night Lights that really got out of controlwere Ihe result of thought lessness on tho part of minor em ployes or lighting facts not taken into account previous to the black out At the control center every thing was in working order and reports from wardens throughout the city clicked as though the system had been in operation al ways Seated at their posts well in advance of the blackout were eijiht emergency chiefs Daniel H Shirt ency fire service Harold E Wolfe chief of po lice J F Wagner chief air raid warden C E Lcfflcr Red Crass disaster chairman Dr C E Dakin chief emergency medical senice Don Gilbert acting chief of public utilities emerg ency service Herbert T Bar clay chief of emergency public works service Mayor Arleigh J Marshall commander of the Mason Citjemergency service corps and W Earl Hall chair man of county civilian defense Viewed from a quarter of a mile above Mason Citys blackout showed a certain number ot misses as expected but inten tion to comply was evident and better than expected Farmers in the territory around Mason City blacked out to a man Outstanding misses in the or der of Ihe prominence 1 The downtown Mason Cily traffic control lights which were turned off but then came on from a safety device which starts the yellow blinkers working They were on for about five minutes in the middle of the blackout period 2 The city dump in the old clay pits In southwestern Mason City where burning trash made a per The kilns of Ihc Mason Cily Brick and Tile company Two windows in the north side of the Hotel Hanford showed in bright rectangles V 5 There was 1 light in the old city hall building G A dull glow in a long line cast and wct was visible at Ihc Northwestern States cement plant Manager B A MacDonald said a pile of coal was on fire from spon combustion but that it was under cover and he would not have thought it visible from The police squad cars could our be seen moving about the city bc enemy cause of the moving patch of light reflectedoff the snow and ice in front of each The headlights themselves could not be seen from the air There were a certain number of lights which were on by spe cial permission because they involved work essential in the war effort which it was not de sirable to halt for a lesl black out V 1 Jacob E Decker and Sons loomed out despite the turning off dcnces of in attempt to black out Would Not Stay Put in Blackout Pays Fine of CEDAR RAPIDS fP Clem Muiphy 37 of Lisbon Imva wouldnt stay put during Monday nights blackout Stranded at the union railroad station here when the sirens sounded he wandered outside A policeman ordered him back into the building A few minutes later he tried to leave again That time he was taken to the police station Tuesday morning he paid a S5 fine for violating the Cedar Rap ids blackout ordinance 3 ARRESTED IN ST PAUL FOR VIOLATING BLACKOUT MINNEAPOLIS lUfi T h e e persons were arrested in SI Paul for blackout violations and com AIR RAID AIDE IN CRESTON IS FATALLY HURT Nations Biggest Test Shows Midwest Realizes Responsibilities Fully By IAUL HANSELL ui iviiiiiiiL iw ULIL uKicKuui violations and rnm X pan ot the plant Many windows plaints were entered by anxilia y SC e raPUal threw beams at the sky police against 15 others Those nr Uh Ilgllt lts ar1 xnose ai jhrnhlnnf iviti itncu lolicc os ed bonds e m on e woman who refused to turn ofl lights in her home Another was a motorist who continued driving rluring the test At Albert tea an air void war den unable to enter a parked automobile to extinguish a tail ight solved the problem by smashing the light with his foot Horse Meat I Love the Hoof 5 NEW YORK R Vlickard secretary of agriculture was discussing the food situation at a press press conference Mon day How about horses a newsman asked I love the hoof Navy Clips Fondas Locks HOLLYWOOD Cul lusty locks of Henry Fonda movie actor are now on the cutting room floor along with the mustache of Clark Gable A navy barber cut them off in conformity with slylc by the navy which Fonda will join as soon as he com pletes his current picture threw beams at the sky 2 The old Jackson school build ing on South Federal avenue at Nineteenth street houses the Sloddard refrigeration plant and revealed no blackout attempt 3 The Milwaukee shops were not entirely blacked out although yard lights were out 4 Switch lights on the various railroads leading into town pointed the way from Manly and from the south and west as well 1 1 A 1 I 5 The three towers of radio sla WlCKard ASKCC lion KGLO had their usual air craft warning lights G The single red light atop the police stations radio loiver was a perfect beacon from which to orientate oneself from the air Using it as a starting point the streets were sufficiently visible so that the hotel and old city hall lights could be definitely located No accidents or fires were re ported blackout Arfdorierbf astound ing achievements reported was ilie blackout of he east bound Milwaukee train No 22 which pulled into the station at the start of the blackout and was held there employes blackout out all train lights and even the live coals that showed in the engine Not until the lights were on again was No 22 visible continu ing on eastward to Chicago During the blackout the chief of public utilities emergency serv ice called his office and was no tified by his assistant who had gone out on the roof of one of the downtown buildings that Its really black in town Be careful yon dont fall off the roof warned the chief First call to come into the con trol center following the slart of the warning whistles was for the fire chief informing him that the fire station was ready with its auxiliary crew The first real emergency order to come through was for the medical chief con cerning a baby case A physician called to a home in the northwest part of the city ar rived just before the blackout was to slart He wanted to know what to do and the chief told him to go turning to his assist ant a pin in the map for the baby This was Hie first Ibe firsl pin in the emergency map located in the control cen Icr The call came in at oclock The second call came from a warden on State street nt oclock A night light had been left on at Yclland and Hancs store Police wore dispatched to the Hanes home to notify him and he came down promptly nnd doused the light pronto A light also was found in the of fice of he highway commission that was left on This was report ed in at oclock At ocluck the citys traffic lights jravc 110 end of trouble due to the manner in DES MO1NES s ity die Monday night It just crumpled up dropped from sight which these are hooked up in order o prevent accidents at times before blackouts were thought of One warden called the center at stating he had found a light burning on a back porch of a home at 508 First street south west but no one would come to the door in response to knocking A squad car was dispatched to the scene At oclock a warden re ported a car headed east oi Second street northwest with liffhls brightly burning At the same time a call came in rc Rardinc a on the fourth floor of the International Har vester buildinjr A light was re ported on the seventh floor of Ihe Hotel Ilanford A nfelil lisht also was reported on at Sam Raizes store and its arteries intensity of ortable scat of an airplane fly ng 4000 feet above DCS Moines during the ninestate test black out I save one mixed emotions to watch the states metropolis disappear yet U brought a sense of security that lowans so many miles from todays front lines realize fully their responsibilities in the protec tion of their industries and homes against Ihc day enemy bombings may coinc All over Iowa the scene was re pealed as the entire state took part nearly 100 per cent in the biggest single blackout test ever held in the United States There was at least one fatality due to the Iowa test Charles H Graby an assistant air raid war den was killed by a police car at Creston Police Chief Hi att said Grabs on duty on the outskirts of the city apparently stepped into the street to halt the automobile and ivas run over At least one baby was born in DCS iMoines during the blackout Flashlights and matches pro vided illumination for the birth of a daughter to Mr and Mrs G A Harvey Jr A son was born to Mrs Glenn Ward just 10 minutes after the blackout ended The test began at 10 p in and lasted 20 minutes Iowa defense officials were de lighted with the results I think it was per cent O K declared Rodney Q Selby secretary of the Iowa In dustrial and Defense Commis sion Every place I talked to tokl me they were delighted with re sulls Selbys enthusiasm was echoed by all other civilian defense of ficials When you consider the mil lions of lights he exclaimed the few violations that were re ported were a very small propor tion He pointed put that the observ ers were meticulous in their re porting making note of every house light car light or even dash light which they saw Observers in pianos hovered over most of Iowas larger cities Three were over DCS Moincs It was reported frirni Red Oak that it was so black in Montgomery county that pilots were lost until Ihc lights came on again Tl was very nearly thai black in Poll county I had a grandstand seat for oniy a small portion of the states tcs but it probably was typical in its problems and its compliance For 10 minutes before the lest began Pilot John Blicy circled the ciiy so that we might become oriented Promptly at 10 p m DCS Moincs began to flicker out An area several blocks square be An area several blocks square be Unannounced Blackout Planned After First Test Meets Success OMAHA Seventh defense re gion officials began plans Tuesday for an unannounced blackout in nine midwestcrn states that Mon day night underwent a scheduled simultaneous 20mimilc blackovit described as a complete success by defense officials The blackout proved lo me what I have always Ihc midwest is not complacent about the war Regional Ci vilian Defense Director Joseph Scholtz declared It was mn dred per cent blackout The middlcwcst is ready for any thing Brig Gen U S Grant 3rd na lional commander ot the United exceeded my expectations unannounced blackout will States citizens defense coips said the blackout the biggest test of civilian defense organization ever attempted in the United States far The come promised in the not too distant future X Monday nights blackout lest covering Colorado Wyoming Iowa Nebraska North and South Dakota Minnesota Missouri and Kansas was marred by a few mishaps At St Louis firemen were called out on a three alarm fire and fought flames with only tiny flashlights to guide them Tho fire started in the basement of a funeral parlor But the blackout had its light side too Residents of Fairmont Minn ftRUrcd their participation was 200 per cent perfect because Jhcir blackout lasted twice as Ions as scheduled Local offi cials couldnt jet through lo slate control for all clear so Fairmont had a 41 minute in stead of a scheduled 20minutc Jest At Dodge City Kans local wardens were happy to find one careless resident A glow from his radio set could be seen through a window A blackout baby was born at Scottsbluff Nebr four minulcs after the air raid signal sounded Capt R J Joyce army flyer who piloted the plane in which Grant and other officials ob served the blackout said it was Ihe best he had ever seen Nothing on the Pacific coast even approached it Joyce said The blackout was ushered in by silencing of all radio stations in the area at 10 p m Lights began going out immediately in he area extending from the Mississippi river lo the western slope of the contincnlai divide The radio si lence lasted only a few seconds and the stations came on the air again to report progress of the test Nearly 400000 volunteers were on the job during the blackout and almost 350 airplanes carry in observers reported the progress oT Ihc lest which was considered im portant becoiiic it covered thinly fettled rural areas and such thickly populated centers as Kan fas City St Louis Minneapolis SI Paul Omaha DCS Moincs and Denver In Omaha a suburban niflu marshal misunderstood the time for the test and the street lights in the suburb lialston rcmniiicl on for a short time after the si rens gave the warning signal Wardens found a light at the Salvation army hospital in Om aha but nurses cvplaincd it was needed in the maternity ward where a baby was expected A similar incident occurred at Denver where a baby was born while Ihc blackout was in nroK rc55 The Denver hospital how ever t room prcpnrcci a blackout In the Twin Cities Mayor Mar vin Kline of Minneapolis and A V Hcnsch chief air raid warden of St Paul rode in the same ob servation plane and argued dur ing the flight as to whether the few flashes of light observed were in Minneapolis or St Paul One beacon of light was seen in western South Dakota and offi cials were trying to determine who was responsible for it In Iowa the entire state was report ed to be as black as the inside of a boot Rodney Q Sclby Iowa coordmator said wardens were so serious about the test they even reported persons who line failed to cover lights in radio sets   

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