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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 20, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMP Of 1Y A N 0 ARCHIVES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS Leased Five CenH a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 29 1914 Fort Dodge Lashed by Storm Boy 18 Killed Flood Waters Continuing to Spread Over Thousands of Acres of Iowas Cropland Des Moiiies waters continued to spread over additional thousands ot acres of Iowa croplands Saturday in the wake of more heavy rains and tornadoes which claimed 5 lives within 43 hours A series ol tornadoes struck in the vicinity of Fort Dodge and Pocahontas in the northwest section of the state Friday night killing a high school student injuring dozen persons 3 seriously and causing heavy property damage City Commissioner C B aillcher from fences along the road and estimated the property loss in Fort Dodge and vicinity at 51000 000 as a result of Friday nights storms and said the damage from Thursdays tornadoes and rains in the same area would run almost as high Other sections of north west and central Iowa had sim ilar heavy losses but no state wide estimate was available John Collingsworth 18 son of Mr and Mrs G W Coilingsworth Fort Dodge was killed when a tor nado hit the automobile in which lie and 4 other youths were driv ing to a dance near that city The wind rolled the car over and over pounding it into a mass of tangled wreckage before it stopped 200 feet from the road The boys were scattered out over the field as it roiled The other students were injured but not seriously They were Richard Taylor 18 Fred Faine 17 Alvan Evenson Ifi and Pal Weiwel 18 strewn in the highway Radio station KVFD at Fort Torrential Rains Cause New Flood at Marshalltown MarshalUown For the cond time in us many days Mar shalltown residents are battling flood waters not only of Linn creek which again has inundated a portion of The residential manufacturing districts on Dodge suspended operations for the evening because of storm dam age Victims of Thursdays storms were West Mohler 12 and Mer rill Hoyt who were killed when a tornado swept through the Ne vadaMaxwell area 35 miles northeast of Des Moines Frank Maxwell 44 a fanner near Mingo 15 miles southeast of Maxwell who drowned while attempting to rescue a neighbors livestock from flood waters and Leonard Elliott farmer near Ames 20 miles north west of Maxwell who died of a heart attack attributed to the flood and the south side but also of the Iowa river spread far over the low lands adjacent to the city on the north and covering a wide por tion of the northeast residential section Both streams fed by a torren tial 335 inch rainfall during Fri day night were still rising at 8 oclock Saturday morning Pass ing the 1G foot stage early Satur day morning the Iowa river had closed all traffic north on highway 14 and was driving many nearby residents from their homes Only once before since 1918 has it reached its presen stage and that was in the spring oft 1942 Property damage running into I thousands of dollars has already 3 AIRDROMES IN FRANCE HIT BY US BOMBERS 4 French Railroad Centers Blasted by RAF in Night Raids London yP American heavy bombers possibly 250 strong blasted 3 enemy airdromes in northern France and the railroad yards at Reims Saturday less than 12 hours after heavy RAF forces smashed four French railroad cen ters in night attacks Accompanied by very strong forces of escort 150 and 1000 Thunderbolts Light nings and big day light bombers struck the Orly and Villacoublay fields near Paris and the Champagne field near Reims The Berlin radio had indicated earlier that allied fleets also were over Germany Saturday in a fast follow through to the RAFs blows at rail networks in Boulogne Or leans Leamans and Tours all in occupied France It was estimated the allies had thrown 2000 planes at German defenses since midnight most ot them against targets in occupied Allies Driving Nazis Back to 3rd Fortified Defense Switch Line There was extensive property been suffered by farmers in Mar Collingsworth would have been graduated next week No estimate was available on the amount of farm land flooded or crops washed out but virtual ly every creek and river in the centra and northwest sections of the state was out of its banks and the weather bureau forecast ad ditional flooding in some sections Leslie M Carl federal agricul tural statistician said however that while the storms might result in a high rate of loss for some in dividual farmers he did not think the statewide damage would be very great because it was so earlj in the season and most washed out crops could be replanted Right in the storm area if the corn was up above the ground it probably was pounded down but it probably will straighten up Carl there was hail and the corn was cut off it might not recover Heavy beating rains with hail beat the ground and caused more indirect than direct damage because they make necessary a lot of cultivation to get the ground in shape Charles D Reed federal meteo rologist said reports were too meager to estimate the damage Additional railroad washouts were reported the most serious being at Casey Iowa early Satur day Seven cars of the cast bound Rock Island Rockcy Mountain Rocket were derailed by a flash flood but no one was injured The cars remained upright Heaviest rain during the 24 hours ended at 7 a m Saturday was 155 inches at Cedar Rapids Other reports Fort Dodge 153 inches Webster City 152 Indian ola 145 Des Moines airport 112 Iowa City 103 Mason City 120 Albia 89 of an inch and Boone 76 Highest temperature in the state Friday was 92 at Council Bluffs The low last night was 51 at Decorah The weather little change in the weekend but more scattered thunderstorms Saturday night and in the south portion Sunday The 3 persons most seriously injured Friday night all were hurt at Fort Dodge Guy Hanson was injured seri ously when the storm took the top floor out of the new 3 story brick soybean mill where he was work ing Vito Amanrio a grocer was jured when the wind lifted him from the front of his store and threw him down in a nearby building Mrs Ernest Peterson was in jured when a roof from a wrecked building was dropped down on the car in which she was riding In a 4 mile stretch along high Til way No 5 beginning 3 miles west of Fort Dodge and extending to I ward Barnum only 2 or 3 farm j houses remained standing after I Friday nights storm which struck I in a lull in a torrential rain just damage southwest of Odebolt in Sac county at Turin and Castana in Monona county and at Washta in Cherokee Red Cross representatives from Fort Dodge were organizing shel ter and food facilities for the stricken families and civil air pa trol members detailed guards for the wrecked farm properties Reports from Manson said an apparent extension of the Fort Dodge storm topped 2 large con crete grain elevators upon the elevator office at West southeast of Pocahontas View shall county and by residents of Marshalltown through flood dev astation 7 Cars Derailed West of Casey Casey coaches two baggage cars and an express car of the eastbound Hock Island Rocky Mountain Rocket were de railed a mile and a half west of here early Saturday by a flash flood washout Officials of the road said no one was injured All telephone lines along high the fatk hatl bcen patroled all night company rep way 5 west of Fort Dodge were down and fields along the road was described as a lake Consier said he had finished milking when he noticed how dark it was getting I went inside and told my wife and family it looked bad he said We gathered the children together and hid in the southwest corner of the basement It wasnt long until we heard the blow come The house and its doors began to rattle and creak Then there was an awful roar and everything seemed to explode We thought the first floor above might be left but it swirled off over our heads One of Consiers horses was found with a 2foot shaft of wood about 2 inches in diameter stick ing from a rear flank bureau forecast emperature over j before dark In Fort Dodge 3 homes were wrecked a factory was torn down J the old Fort Dodge Des Moines j and Southern railroad station was unroofed and two garages were damaged badly Hundreds of windows were broken At the Fort Dodge Coun try club windows were broken out doors were torn off their hinges and all furniture in the lounge was piled in a heap in an adjoining dance pavilion but the roof stayed on Preliminary reports from the V stricken area had 4 members of 1 the Fred Consier farm family j missing but they were found sev Jcral hours later at Fort Dodge on the Consier farm SENATE PASSES SIMPLIFIED TAX 30000000 Wont Have to Compute Amounts Washington IP The senate passed Saturday the houseap pproved bill streamlining the in come tax to relieve some 30000 000 taxpayers of the necessity of computing their individual obli gations and simplifying returns for the 20000000 others The action by voice vote came swiftly after Senator Langer R Nr yielded the floor ending 2 days of speechmaking in protest against hasty passage The measure now goes back to the house for consideration of sen ale changes which Finance Com mittee Chairman George D Ga described as purely technical Senator McCarran D withdrew a proposed amendment o cut the new cabaret tax from 30 to 10 per cent after receiving assurance from George it would DC accepted as part of a pending bill to raise the national debt limit from to 000000 The streamliners big break for the estimated 30000000 taxpay ers is contained in a section pro viding that effective next Jan 1 the present 20 per cent withhold ing system against wages and sal aries will be revised to deduct the full lax liability for persons earn ing up to S5000a year Under this plan the taxpayer would simply mail the internal revenue collector the essential data on his income withholding and marital status and the gov ernment itself would figure out whether the tax withheld covered Ihc bill resentatives said a flash flood just prior to the time the train reached the spot must have been responsi ble for the derailment The train was moving cautiously and slowly and the cars which were derailed remained upright The engine and the two rear coaches of the nine car train remained on the tracks Shortly after the derailment another portion ot the tract also about 150 feet was washed ou1 about a mile behind the train between Adair and Casey Mean while attempts were being made to reroute other trains which use that line but representatives of the Rock Island said The other roads are in about the same fix we are and we are unable lo say now how soon service will be re stored Section workers from Atlantic and other nearby towns went al most immediately to repair the washed out section behind the train and derricks were expected from Council Bluffs Silvis III and Fairbury Neb to replace Uic derailed cars One of the problems connected with the repair job was Ihe scarcity of needed materials Engineer Hurt in Nevada Derailment engine tender mail car and 2 baggage cars of Rock Island passenger train No 15 were derailed at Fernald 6 miles north of Nevada Friday because of a track washout None of the passengers was in jured but H E Murphv of Des Moines the engineer suffered fractures of both legs and Philip Sheridan of St Paul employe in France The air ministrys communique reporled British bombers over France in great strength indi cating possibly 750 bombers were used and more than 3000 long tons of explosives dropped In addition military objectives in the west coast of France were bombed Fast flying Mosquitos also attacked the German city of Cologne Seven aircraft were reported missing in the nights operations The great waves of RAF night bombers followed up the pounding given Berlin and Brunswick Fri day by 1500 American bombers and fighters who shot down 125 German planes at a cost of 26 bombers and 9 fighters A German news broadcast claimed 71 American planes most ly 4engincd bombers w ere downed The U S assault on Berlin Fri day flattened some of the largest workers districts of the city de stroying hundreds of dwellings the Berlin correspondent of Stock holms Aftonbladel said terming it one of the worst attacks or the iazi capital One of Berlins most historic buildings was de stroyed he added A strategic air force bulletin Saturday said photographs indi cated damage to industrial areas and railways in Berlin and Bruns wick Disclosing another operation Friday an official announcement said strong forces of medium light and fighterbombers pounded objectives including docks at Di eppe rail targets at Valenciennes Busigny Formerie and Buchy and Ihe St Denis DAclou air fields One fighterbomber and 2 fighters were lost CARRIER FORCE RIPS JAP BASE AT SOERABAJA Direct Hits Scored on 10 Vessels Oil and Dock Facilities Blasted Allied Headquarters Southwest Pacific carrierborne forces from the NimilzMacAr tliurMountbatten commands unit ed lor the first time in this war to inflict heavy damage Wednesday upon Japans principal Dutch East Indies base at Soerabaja Gen Douglas MacArthurs south west Pacific headquarters an nounced in a special communique lhal carrier planes attacked and damaged important oil and dock installations and struck at 35000 tons of shipping sheltering in the great Java harbor The attack was the first water borne assault against Soerabaja an important base the allies were forced out of 2 years ago and it was the first in which the flyers and seamen under Adm Chester W Nimitz Adm Lord Louis ountbatten and Gen MacArlhur ad joined forces in strength lountbatten is the southeast Asia ommander Nimilz commands the entral Pacific and MacArthur the outhwesl Pacific On the heels of the carrier iike Liberator bombers flew in a cw hours later and bombed the oerabaja railyards and other islailations Their attack Wed esday night took them on a 2500 nile round trip from a northwest Vustralian base The Japanese airforce and round defenses put up only minor esistance to nearly 100 allied car ier planes Fifth airforce Liber tor bombers from the southwest acific followed up the carrier ilanes with a heavy blasting Wed nesday night In the great operation deep into enemyheld regions of the Pacific he Japanese navy failed to offer he slightest resistance It had a hance presumably to meet on his occasion the first sizable al ied naval force to penetrate astcrn Netherlands Indies water ince the Japanese won the battle if Java sea 2 years ago The carrierborne planes tie Lauvens felt the full fury of the storm On the Orville Hawlcj farm only 3 stumps were let standing The family saw the storm coming hopped in theii automobile and drove to Lauren to safety Electric Cable Blown Out Here Friday evenings severe electri cal storm caused a cable near th Mason City power plant to bio out plunging the east section o 1hc city into darkness for an hou destroyed Motorists reluming to Fort from the storm area re ported many tires damaged by barbed wire which had been torn and 40 minutes Minor break a mail car suffered minor injuries downs blackeclout isolated por tions when falling branches el Shortage of Water Reported in England A TJ S Bomber Base In Eng land have been for bidden until further notice at one American division headquar ters in England due to a severe water shortage coupled with a breakdown of emergency pump Both north and southbound Rockets passing through Mason Cily were routed over the M and SI L railroad between Manly and Marshalltown Friday on account of a washout at Fernald From Marshalltown to Des Moines the Rockets were routed over the Chi cago and Great Western The same routing will probably continue throughout Saturday al though actual verification of this was not known at the local office due to poor wire service Saturday due to the storm Steam trains of the Rock Island are being routed over the Rock Island lines south from Mason ity and dctouring from Iowa Falls to Vinton This will probably continue until the wreckage due to the storm and washout is cleared up 2 Tornadoes Hit Pocahontas County Des Moines more tor nadoes were reported Saturday in Iowa The first of the newest storms levelled farm buildings along a wires and burned out transform cis the Peoples Gas and Eleclri company reported A KGLO newscaster was force to prepare his 10 oclock broac cast by matchlight He was lei ng his troubles Saturday morn ng when somebody said conso ngly Oh well a lot of radio ivere off anyhow If they werent because of Ih storm they got turned off who I started that broadcast the an nouncer replied Buildings Near Bristow Damaged storm which showed some semblance of a twister struck fi miles northwest of here Friday night and did considerable damage chiefly lo buildings on several farms The entire barn and a silo were blown down on the Wilbur Tindall 5 miles long and 2 between Ware and ing equipment drinking water Both have bath been and tioned at a number of other bom ber and fighter bases strip about miles wide Laurens in Pocahontas county An hour later another twister hit 6 miles cast and 1 mile north of Pocahontas wrecking buildings and killing livestock on 3 more farms Telephone communications with the stricken area were cut off be cause of broken lines and poles so it could not be determined im mediately whether anyone was killed or injured EXPLAINS VMAIL OPERATIONS TO R Dean Avise of Mason City experienced a real thrill re cently when he was presented to Queen Elizabeth who paid a visit to the Vmail station in England where Jlaj Avise is in charge according to word received here by his mother Mrs D E Avise 10 7tli N W Alaj Avise is shown in the above picture explaining to the queen the workings of the operations connected with the distribution of the Vmail coming to the station A story and picture of the visit was carried in the Stars and Stripes Yank publication for servicemen overseas and MajAvise had written his mother that she would be receiving a clipping one of these days The picture shown here appeared in a Chicago newspaper Maj Avise is in the Chicago division of the Vmail service He wrote that their department handles thousands ot letters and never keeps one over night but remains on the job until all are put out every day Maj Avise was here on a visit last August At that time his mother who had regained her sight after a blind ness of 20 years was able to see her son for the first time in that many years troyed 19 enemy aircraft on the ground in the strike at Soera baja which is on Java lo the lorthwest o Darwin Australia Of the few enemy planes lhal iccepted the allied challenge 2 vcre shot down While protecting fighters circled overhead the BritishAmerican carrier bombers scored direct hits on 10 vessels aggregating 35000 ons Only one ship was seen lo blow up but reports from the fleet said others probably sank The greatest damage was in flicted around the harbor where an oil refinery and vital engi neering works were wrecked and 2 floating docks were damaged For this achievement the allied force had to pay with only 3 planes and lost no surface vessels Among the attacking allied air men were Americans British Australian Dutch and F r c n c li flyers The nth airforce which struck n a quick followup in the com bined operation went after the Soerabaja railroads A special communique issued by General MacArthur in coordina tion with Mountbattcns command did not disclose the makeup of the raiding fleet but mention of French participants was a new development in the spreading al lied assaults in the Pacific The raid was the 2nd into the enemyheld Dutch East Indies A carrier force from the southeast Asia command aided by a force from the central Pacific raided northwestern Sumatra and near by Sabang in midApril The 5th airforce 4cnginc bomb ers flew approximately 2500 mile on the roundtrip from and lo a northwest Australian base to hit Underground in Europe Gets 1st Direct Orders by Radio London invasion headquarters broadcasting its first direct orders to Europes vast underground army on preparations for DDay lold the underground forces Saturday to take minute detailed note of the enemys facilities were blown up and ships in port were scuttled But the Japanese since have j had 2 years to restore the base Aside from the purely military damage inflicted in the Wednes day raids Dutch officials ex pressed belief it would demon strate to the native population the growing weaknesses of their Jap anese conquerors and would be a token of Dutch Intention to re turn to the islands farm and on the John Tindall farm neighboring a part of the barn and a silo were leveled Outbuildings were destroyed at a nearby schoolhouse and on many farms in an area of about 1 square mile corncribs were twisted out of shape and large trees were uprooted No persons were injured in the slorm but there was some damage to livestock Reports Saturday stated that about 100 telephone poles were down in the immediate vicinity of Bristow and many lines were out of commission Creeks in the area were out of their banks and persons living in the lowlands were alarmed con Seven farms between Ware and ccrning flood conditions Soerabaja for the rth lime since the allies withdrew from the Netherlands Indies in March 1042 WALLACE ON WAY TO CHINA Departure on Trip Is Announced by Presidenl Washington resident Roosevelt announced the depart ure Saturday of Vice Prcsidcn Wallace on a mission to China to gather information for a first hand report on awar area of ut most importance to our future peace and prosperity The president in a statement made public at the house said the vice president was going as messenger for me in China and would return about the mid dle of July Accompanying Wallace were John Carter Vincent chief of the state department division of Chi nese affairs Owen Lattimore deputy director of the office of war informations overseas branch every move Indicating that regular broad instructions might be lecled as DDay approaches n spokesman for Invasion Chief icn Dwight D Eisenhower said he next broadcast to the V army would be on Monday In a broadcast over the new American broadcasting station in Europe the allied invasion com manderinchief advised the un derground to take minute and detailed note of every move ot the enemy his men tanks guns their markings and strength It was the first time the new station had bcen used lo issue orders lo the underground army through spokes man from Ihc allied expeditionary force headquarters advised the underground lo get to know voice of n member of the supreme commanders staff In due course you will receive advice and instructions from the supreme commander himself the announcement continued supreme the spokesman went on counts upon AMERICANS WIN TRI GAETA ON SOUTHERN LINE French Punch Deeper in Middle 8th Army Gains on North Flank BULLETIN With American 5th Army Forces i Ilaly doughboys ushing after retreating Germans rom Itri advanced lo within 35 lilcs of the Anzio beachhead Sat rday without meeting more than asual opposition Allied Headquarters Naples fP troops have seized a tring of the strongest fortifica ions in the Hitler line and in rigorous advances are driving the inzis back along the entire lower lalt of the Italian front to yet a 3rd defense wall it was an lounced Saturday Headquarters declared the Ger mans now were being forced back upon the switch line run ning southwest from Pico in the center to Terracina on the a pullback that would make a wide swing of the southern nazi front lo the southwest from Pico an a hinge The German high command announced the loss of Campodi mele near the center miles south and slightly west of Pico and within a few miles of the switch line itself Assaulting the sagging Hitler linc Americans on the south won Itii and Caela the French Report Retreat of Nazis Is Turned Into Virtual Rout London 5th army ripping apart he southern of he Adolf Hitler line has turned the German retreat info a virtual rout front dispatches said Satur day The Blue network said it heard London broadcast that the allies had advanced to within a little more ban 20 miles from the perimeter of the Anzio beach head but his broadcast was not by any other source Disclosure that the Germans now were being forced back on heir alternate line anchored on Terracina meant that the enemy will have to retreat at least an olhcr 15 miles in the coastal sec lor before reaching his next pre pared defenses Whether the Germans better can resist the allies from lie Tcr racinaPico line was a question The Hitler line had been described as the strongest hi Italy south of Rome but its southern sector along a front of 15 miles from the Liri river to the sea now has been smashed beyond repair A high authoritative military spokesman said he German com mand had committed a blunder by failing to begin an orderly re treat the Hitler line south of the Iiri river as soon us it realized the allout strength of the allied allacU you being part of his force now marshalled to inflict final defeat on the Germans and bring about the final liberation of your countries The attack first was Australiabased executed July 1943 but that and 5 subsequent landbased bomber attacks were on a small scale compared to Ihc combined operation The Japanesecontrolled Java radio gave the first news of the attack in a broadcast May 18 say ing the raid did little damage Under Dutch administration Soerabaja was built into one of the easts great ports equipped to handle and repair surface ships and submarines Seaplane facili ties were a part of the great in stallations the Dutch erected When the allies were forced out of Java the Dutch made a thorough job of rendering the base unfit for immediate enemy use I Oil storage tanks docks and other and John Hazard chief Unison of ficer of the foreign economic ad ministralions division of soviet air supply 23 Thousands of British Escape Camp in France in Confusion of Raid Bern Switzerland thousand British prisoners mostly Indians escaped from a camp near Epinal France in the confusion caused by a recent RAF raid a French frontier dispatch to the Lausanne Gazette said Saturday For the last few days groups of lhex escaped prisoners have been crossing the Swiss frontier which the dispalch said they had reached with curious case Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy to cloudy with thundcrshowcrs Staurday night and Sunday not much change in temperature Cloudy with littlechnnge in temperature Saturday night and Sunday scattered thunder storms Saturday night and the south portion Sunday Minnesota Partly cloudy to cloudy with little change in tempera ture Saturday night and Sun day Occasional showers south west and extreme south portion Saturday night IN7 MASON CITY Maximum Friday 79 Minimum Friday night 57 At 8 a m Saturday 6 Rain 120 inches Rainfall for the week in Mason City measured 270 inches YEAR AGO Maximum 70 Minimum 52 Precipitation 01 fames E Koper United Press corresponilcnl with Ihc 5th rmv reported traffic moving up i the front was so heavy along loth Ihc lfliTniaGacta and For niaItri mails that jxlra military olice had it be called out o keep irdcr Jeeps trucks halftracks nd tanks were almost bumper to lumper on both roads punched deeper in the middle and he 8th army on the northern lank shook the Hitler line even in he Liri valley by pulling under shattering attack the town ot and the mountain strong lold of in ef cct outflanked by the French Huge stores of booty were en by the allies and more ban 5500 nazis have bcen cap lured in this offensive which is smashing ever closer lo he 5th irmy forces on the Anzio beach iicad An NBS broadcast said allied forces had captured Monte Pizza 4 miles north of Ilri Terracina on the coastal end of Ihc switch line is 20 miles west of Formia which had been the south ern anchor of the Hitler line The Americans captured both the vital road junction of Hri on the Appian way and the seaport of Gaeta around which the nazis had clustered the greatest concentration of artillery yet en countered in Italy At Terracina on the third line which the Germans have been forced to fail back upon allied warships shelled the town and roadways the navy announced Many fires were started after a dump was hil Allied planes pursuing their campaign lo disrupt the flow supplies to the German front at tacked the Italian west coast ports   

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