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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 12, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAKR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIORS VOL Press and United Press Full teased Wins Wive Cents a MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 12 1911 Thb Paper Consists at Two NO MS One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary by W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO City Sunday 4 p KHMO Hannibal Tuesday 1145 p WSUI Km CUT Thursday 1a p KOI Ames Friday p m KSCJ Sioux Cltr Friday p m KICD Spencer Friday p m Lets Give Our Farm Youth a Fair Shake I WAS listening in on one of those popular radio quiz programs long the man with the put this question MO his At age 13 which would have the betterrounded educational background the youngster from the country or the youngster from the city The answer was The youngster from jhe city 1 It disturbed me More than that it made me downright mad And the thing about it that disturbed me that made me mad was that it was the correct answer Our city and town children ARE getting a better break education ally than our rural children And theres no fairness or justice in the situation Its about that I want to talk to you in this com mentary TO LAY the groundwork for my own observations on the sub ject Im going to pass along to you a wellwritten thoughtpro voking article by C IT Wilson which appeared in the March is sue of the Iowa Bureau Farmer official magazine of the Iowa Farm Bureau federation Im going to read the entire feature just as Clarence Wilson wrote it under the title Wake Up Iowa in a Do yon remember when that youngster of yours let out his first howl of protest Do you remem ber when he took his first step said his first word Do you re member his first day at You said Mr and Airs Iowa that you wanted that little tyke to have the very very best of everything you could give him You said that nothing was too good for your child Sir and Mrs That mighthave been 20 years ago 25 or 30 it might have been only 15 years might have 5 years ago or it might have been last week Did you mean it when you said that Mr and Mrs Iowa Or were you just saying it because you thought it was the thing to say actions havent shown that you meant it You havent given much evidence to the world that you meant it You havent given that child of yours the best of everything that is within your power to give Oh given him a fairly decent standard of living youve given him good automo biles good theaters good roads good dance orchestras good ra dios clothes tractors even electric lights in some given him the best guns in the world and more of them youve shown him the big cities youve taken him on trips to the east north west and south youve let him down Mr and Mrs Iowa Yon havent shown him what makes the world tick jYou havent given him the one fundamental and absolutely essen I lial that he needs MOD 1ERN EDUCATION NO you rural schools arent what they could ind SHOULD be Good enough for you Maybe they were we wont irgue that point But if your ichools were good enough 20 years Ego why werent your horses and buggies good enough why werent your roads good enough why did you need a radio theaters trac tors electricity Dont kid yourself You know why you modernized and im proved everything but your rural schools You were through school you didnt need it any more But you werent through living and you wanted to live just as fast easy and good as anybody in the country You have lived fast high wide and handsome the words John Greenleaf Whit tier ill sits the school ho rise by the road m ragged beggar snnning Around it still the samacs grow and blackberry Tines arc running Within tbe masters desk is seen deep scarfed by raps official The warping floor the battered seats the jackknifes carved initial Tbe charcoal frescoes on Us wall its doors worn sill betraying The feet hat creeping stow to school went storming oal to plajinpl CARENTAN CAPTURED BY YANKS Many Local Areas Flooded BOATS USED IN RESCUE WORK RISE IS RAPID Waters Reach One of Highest Levels in History of Mason City MORE PICTURES PAGE 13 The Mason City water depart ment watched the waters of the Winnebago river slap against the trusses of the 13ih street bridge Monday afternoon with an anxi ous eye It was the highest water since the bridge was constructed some years ago and should it rise above the bridge it would flood an area that would endanger the municipal waterworks Rainfall of 651 inches at Forest City together with a rainfall in Mason City measured at the American Crystal sugar factory at 448 inches for 24 hour period and at the KGLO transmitter station as 320 inches was responsible for the sudden rise in the Winnebago for some of the rise in Wil low creek as well Clear Lakes overflow also helped the latter to rise Sandbags were held in readi ness for use at the waterworks in the event the water should rise higher The Winnebago river starts in the Forest City area and the Winnebago had too much for its banks by the time it reached Mason City The water reached one of the highest levels in history for June in Mason City and this area Willow creek was the first fo rise flooding the west park of the city in the early morning hours The AVinnebago began to rise shortly after daybreak however and continued to rise throughout the morningr At 11 a m water was within a foot of the new 13th street bridge near the Mason City waterworks and was still rising If the water reaches the top of the bridge it will cover the area and the waterworks will have to Should Boil Water From Surface Wells Dr C M Franchere city health director Monday warned residents of Mason City using surface wells to boil all water used With re cent rains and high water levels there is danger of a spread of typhoid the physician warned All drinking water should be boiled and then cooled before us ing according to Dr Franchere although the city water is tested Rust found in the city water is not harmful according to Dr Franchere and it comes from stirred up conditions which are not controlable at present Special warning was given to the low areas in outlying sections of the city where surface wells are being used 1400 Heavy U S Bombers Lash France Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force than 1400 Flying Fortresses and greatest number ever dispatched on at 1G a single mis German air fields and bridges in France Mon day Only 7 bombers and 14 fighters were reported missing from the mission on which 17 enemy air craft were shot down by the fighters CERISY FOREST ALSO IN HANDS OF AMERICANS Nazis Admit Caen Is Menaced by Flanking Moves of Allied Force BULLETIN Supreme Headquarters Allied Ex peditionary Force dis patches stated Monday that Car cnlaii had been occupied by Amer THIS ONE MISSED THE Willow creek Ix ganrising early Monday morninga wild rabbit venturing in ioia nibble of tender shoots in Mason Citys Victory gardens was marooned on a doorstep at 408 N Jackson avenue My what a lot of water to jump across Lock photo Kayenay engraving The armada sailed out during a day in which allied air forces were dealing the heaviest blows since DDay with sorties ap proaching 10000 The Fortresses and Liberators were escorted by thick swarms of Lightnings Thunderbolts and Mustangs which strafed and bombed 11 locomotives 63 railway cars 102 trucks and 11 other ve hicles 3 antiaircraft towers and several freight yards and rail junctions At 9 a m 2 a m the Paris radio left the air in the middle of its news broadcast indi cating that area again was under attack The big thunderbiuls of the RAF in their 7th straight night of invasion supporting raids ranged over France Sunday night all the way from the Paris area to the west coast port of Mantes They bombed the rail junctions at Exrcux Nantes Tours and MassyPalaiseau Nantes and Tours respectively 225 and 130 miles southwest of Paris are junc tions through which Field Mar shal Erwin Rommels embattled forces might receive reinforce ments from the German army group in the south of France The Exreux and MassyPalaiseau junctions are potential channels for German reinforcements to the area of heavy fighting around Caen Evreux is only 70 miles east of Caen The blow against Berlin was delivered by twinengined Mos quitos which pounded the Ger man capital with 4000pound bombs Nearly 7000 allied planes Hy ing in support of the Normandy offensive Sunday gave the Ger mans the heaviest series of day light blows since the invasion be gan Allied aerial losses over France Sunday were 26 planes most of them victims German antiair craft guns In all operations a to tal of 9 German planes were re ported knocked of them by the 8th air force iiaii troops Supreme Headquarters Allied Ex peditionary Force troops have driven 18 miles inland in the middle of the Normandy beachhead capturing the whole forest of Cerisy and the German high command said Monday the strategic stronghold of Carentan had fallen to U S forces The smashing advance through the Cerisey forest punched the deepest dent yet in the nazi line Doughboys were converging on St Lo communications hub in the center of Normandy less than J miles away from the north and east Carentan guards the narowest neck of Cherbourg peninsula Americans were within 14 miles of Cherbourg itself from the southeast and had punched half way across the cape threatening to seal oft the tip German broadcasts said Caen eastern bastion of the 60 mile long front was menaced by en circlement with British troops slashing 9 miles east of the city A front dispatch Monday said Caen had not yet been captured Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy HE PARKED HIS Prauss 500 N Jackson avenue parked his car in front of his home Sunday eve ning It is still parked there and no one is especially anxious to move it The seats quite damp And of course one might have trouble starting the motor Lock photo Kayenay engraving M R AND MRS IOWA your parents laid out the public school system in the early days when the population was spread sparsely over a wide area Then sound schooling consisted pri marily of the 3 Rs and the 1room 1teacher school served the needs the children Districts were small because the elementary school had of necessity to be within walking distance of every child But enrollment in your rural schools has dropped 40 per cent in the last 20 years and your automobiles have vast ly improved the transportation system No longer is it vital that Twa to Face 2 bo protected by sandbags to keep the engines working according to Bob Moore engineer of the water department The water has been higher at other times of year according to Mr Moore but the rise has been more gradual The water was the highest Monday it had been since the new bridge was constructed Both the Winnebago river and Willow creek overflowed their banks putting low areas in West park and East park under water flooding homes on N Jackson Pierce and Harrison avenues in West Haven and southwest south east and northeast Mason City Firemen began receiving calls shortly after 2 a m for help in evacuating families in the north west part of the city With the fire department boat and a boat rounded up by police they went to work At 4 a m the Red Cross emer gency committee was called into action and between then and a m they evacuated 13 families up park area on north to 8th N W In East park the Winnebago slopped over its banks when the main channel was running about 12 feet above normal near the entrance to the park at the Isolation hos pital The shelter house ball dia from the area Water came around the homes and the pres sure was so great that the base ment walls caved in on the Dick Smith home 418 Jackson The intersection at West State and Monroe was closed because of high water Flocks of chickens were wiped out in various out lying places and a wild rabbit was marooned on the doorstep of the home at 408 S Jackson Three boats were used in all by the rescue squads Don Toepfer going to Clear Lake for the 3rd one for use by the Red Cross monds playgrounds and prac tically all of the lower part of East park was under water Water was running down the road south of the band shell and most of the low area north of the rise on which the shell is located was a complete lake All ot the lowland in the park along the northern edge was a wide expanse of tor rents Water was boiling up through the storm sewers on 4th street southeast but the street was not flooded AH available fire equipment was brought into service Monday morning as the water began to rise in river Firemen were besieged with calls for assistance with water in basements One pumper was sta tioned at the cold storage planl on S Federal where government supplies were stored Another pumper was stationed in the For est park area And every avail able man was used Part of the high water in Wil low creek was due to the sudden rise of water at Clear Lake The highway along the north shore by the Surf on west was under water and a stream of water poured out of manholes along the way which had been built for drainage Water rose on the north side of Water was running high over I Willow creek covering the West the dam at the outlet of the Jake nnd all of the low areas between Mason City and Clear Lake were under water The grade at Vpn lura also was under water and docks were completely blotted out of sight Water covered the B C Way jardens on the banks of Willow creek near the footbridge and flooded the Rock Glen area on East State street Jess Hood 235 Carolina N E provided the 2nd boat used by the Red Cross disaster committee C E Leffler chairman of the com mittee furnished coffee and doughnuts for the workers long towards morning Gas furnaces at Clear Lake and in the flooded areas of Mason City were being turned off Monday as basements began to fill up en dangering heating equipment In low areas in the east part of the city sewers backed up and filled basements with debris Members of the sheriffs office were called out in the early morn ing hours to evacuate farm fam ilies from their homes The Paul Klusr family about half a mile south of Central Heights was evacuated after a series of mis haps in attempting to get a boat Sheriff Tim Phalen sent to Clear Lake for a boat and the Hen nings Boat line sent one out but the boat and truck got stuck on the highway leaving Clear Lake A wrecker was sent out from Ma son City to get the boat and the Klug family was rescued from their home about 5 a m Water in Willow creek began to recede after 8 a m however while the Winnebago continued to rise Max Hilcy city engineer or dered sandbags be filled ready to irotcct the city waterworks in Jie event that water should flood the area Lightning also struck the farm home of H E Rasmuss on 19th street S E and members of the sheriffs office helped with rescue work and extinguished the fire All along the Winnebago area Monday plugs were put in drains to keep water from coming into basements In homes where per sons were out of town water backed into depths from 4 to 5 feet Sundays rain was responsible for calling off the 4H Rally Day picnic scheduled for East park Due to the condition of the fields and the large amount of work on farms no definite date has been set for the picnic but it probably will be toward the end of June according to Marion Olson county extension director Forest City Rain Measures 651 DCS Moines waters raced through central Iowa Mon day for the 2nd time within a month as cloudbursts hit severa sections of the state and precipi tation ranged up to 651 inche at Forest City in the north cen tral area Britt 20 miles southwest o Forest City had 626 inches and several other places had 4 and inches First reports indicated th heavy rains were confined t catlered damage hiefly of flooded lowlands and minor railroad and highway wash local areas was light and that consisting tornado cut through an JUtS The area a mile wide and two miles ong It was not immediately known vhelher the precipitation at For est City and Britt set a new record or downpour within a 24 hour period The most serious flooding was in the Des Moines river valley Tom Des Moines to below Ot lurmva an area which was just recovering from last months floods The weather bureau said the Des Moines river would rise steadily for 3 or 4 days It is ex pected to reach a stage of 19 feet 5 above flood Tracy Tuesday morning 205 feet above Eddyville late Tuesday and 135 feet at Ot turawa Wednesday morning The flood stage at Ottumwa is 9 feet Weather Report IN MASON CITY Mason City Cloudy Monday night and Tuesday with scattered thundershowcrs Hot and humid Monday afternoon Cooler Tues day Fresh winds Iowa Cloudy Monday night and Tuesday with scattered showers Continued warm Monday night Cooler in west and central por tions Tuesday Minnesota Mostly cloudy showers and occasional thunder storms Monday night and show ers Tuesday Cooler west and north central portions Tuesday although a considerable German force has been brought to battle and hit hard Another story dated Sunday declared allied troops pressed within a few miles of Caen after blasting the Ger mans out of the town lateFri day This suggested the naris had pulled back at least the main part of their armored force from the city Supreme headquarters said fur ther gains were made around Monteboure on the southeast av enue to Cherbourg and reported considerable progress around Carentan a vital junction The doughboys were cracking the Cherbourg peninsula line in the center and a Berlin broadcast reported seaborne forces had landed at St Vaast La Hogue 15 miles east of Cherbourg port In the widening hole in the center the beachhead to the southeast Berlin said British for mations were concentrating in the Balleroy area 12 miles inland flanking Cerisy forest to the east thus in position to aid the Ameri can drive on St Lo Headquarters said Hie beach head front now had been length ened to GO miles nnd said the German command had been forced to throw in reserves piece meal sapping potential strength from his anticipated major coun terattack The Germans however halted the British drive in the Tilly Sur Seulles area southeast of Bayeux and there were strong indications the allies had lost the town of Tilly itself 12 miles inland al hnugh still occupying high ground around iL Heavy fighting raged in this sector 7 miles below Bayeux Fresh winds to occasionally strong Snow Educator at Webster City Dies Webster City Frank Snow 72 former Hamilton county superintendent of schools for 23 years died Sunday of a cerebral hemorrhage following a 5day ill ness Snow who lost both hands in his early youth when run over by a train had taught schools in Batavia McCallsburg Woolstock and Renwick Iowa His widow and a sister survive FORECAST GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 74 Minimum Sunday night 57 At 8 a m Monday 65 Rain 320 inches Rainfall Sunday night and early Monday morning which includec some hail made the total for June 555 inches On only 2 days in June there has been no precipita tion indicating that the soil has been thoroughly soaked The 320 inch rainfall was re corded at the KGLO transmitter At the Crystal Sugar plant indi cating a heavier fall on streams leading into Mason City the rain fall the past 24 hours measured 448 inches At the airport the rain was 317 inches YEAR AGO Maximum 78 Minimum 66 Precipitation 02 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 65 Minimum Saturday night 56 At 8 a m Sunday 58 Rain 05 inch Despite the battling there and he hard light around Caen leadquarters described the gen eral situation as better than sat isfactory Cerisy forest was used as one ot the greatest ammunition and fuel dumps in western France by the Germans and had repeatedly been bombed Headquarters declared flatly that a nazi report of fighting for St Lo itself was not true Allied planes battered fiercely at the Germans flying perhaps more than 10000 sorties Monday The German air force came up in opposition in the greatest strength since DDay On Cherbourg peninsula American troops advancing west ward from Stc Mere Eghse had crossed the railroad leading to the port on a 7mile front The Germans said Carentan whose floodgates control the main peninsular water defense system was evacuated in order to contin ue a stand of ground less exposed to allied naval guns As for Caen German broadcasts said that a British drive had reached nearly to Troarn 9 miles due cast of that bastion and that allied parachutists had landed south of Caen British troops were driving down west of Caen threatening the other flank Field Marshal Envin Rommel has mounted his fiercest armored counterattacks in this Caen sec tor and Berlin said major Brit ish forces were concentrating for a full fledged assault on the town In the center of the 50mile long front American troops were advancing toward St Lo a prize   

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