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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 29, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OCMftTMENT OF HISTORY AND MOINES VOL LI THS NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKK AU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS PTIH and Onlwo Full I IMI i MASON CITY IOWA FUDAT DECEMBER 1M4 Jim raper COMisls ol Two StctionsSertlon On MO YANKS THROW NAZIS BACK 10 MILES Kaster Dies on NO COMMENT IS MADE REFUSES TO SEE CLERGY Winchell i Trap Is Sprang by Bremer County Sheriff in 33rd Iowa Execution By WALDO WIESE Fort Madison M Kaster 36 year old former convict evaded the draft as a con scientious objector because he said he didnt want any part of a kill ing died on the gallows at the state penitentiary at 9 a m Fri day for the slaying of Glenn R Winchell Waverly utilities plant guard Raster who led officers a wild chase for more than a week before lie was captured and since had re fused to say a single word in his defense died without making a comment He was the 33rd person o be executed in Iowa and the first to be hanged during the yule tide season Sheriff H E Ehlert of Waverly Bfemer where Kaster was convicted sprung the trap at oclock and Kaster was pro nounced dead 16 minutes later Kaster was convicted more than a yeaiv ago of killing Winchell 38 with a shotgun blast as the guard was on patrol duty the night of Sept 25 1S43 Officers quoted Kaster as saving he fired when Winchell father of 2 small chil dren refusedto hand over his re volver and holster He never dis closed why he wanted the gun Be was captured 9 days later while bJdinc la a ear OB the shore of Clear Lake near Ventura 12 bent after in a wild gun battle with officers who had surrounded him in nearby cottage Kaster the object of several manhunts during the 9 days of fered no resistance when an offi cer Opened the lid of a car trunk in whjch lie was huddled He im mediately admitted killing Wih cheH Kaster wore the regular prison gray trousers shirt and sweater He bad not had a shave nor hair cut for several weeks and his beard and hair were a shaggy of death row Jarrett is sentenced to be hanged Feb 23 1945 for the slaying of his former employer Everett Warden a Kaster was the first occupant of death row since Nov when Ivan Sullivan was hanged for killing a uard during an attempt to de liver convicts from the prison Kaster refused to take the stand during his trial and no evidence in his introduced He never talked with newsmen and was noncommittal when ques The condemned man declined breakfast Friday morning as he did dinner Thursday night and thus had hadrjothing to eat since Thursday noon He maintained to the end his complete silence concerning the slaying Overnight he was kept in a small room near the place ol execution In the death march it took him 4 minutes to walk the 500 feet to the scaffold and up the 17 steps AU during the walk Kaster kept his face shielded with his hands apparently concerned lest some one attempt to take his picture He wobbled as he walked and kepi his head down the entire way Witnessing the execution were 90 persons including 12 peace of ficers who served as official wit nesses and hews writers Only witness was Mrs Edith Johnson 22 a reporter for the Fort Madison Democrat She show ed no emotion and declined after ward to tell of her thoughts Kaster expressed no desire for the benefit of clergy immediately prior to the execution although ministers were present One was the Paul Kindschi youthful Waterloo Methodist pastor who came to try to see the condemned man but was refused ari interview Snow was falling lightly at the time the death march started After the execution and while the body still hung from the scaf fold the snow fell briskly and the body became wet When Kaster reached the top of the scaffold the hood was ad justed by John Bennett deputy warden at the prison for many years Kaster was pronounced dead by Dr R L Feightaer prison physician and Dr F R Sparks of Waverly Bennett cut down the body it was taken to a stockade nearby arid redressed and then to a Fort Madison funeral parlor Rasters mother iWrs Daisy Kaster Or lando Fla will be notified that he has died and she may claim the body If she declines it will be buried In the penitentiary cemetery just north of the prison grounds Warden P A Lainson decreed that there should be no conver sation about the hanging among penitentiary inmates after the ex ecution I look at this as a solemn oc casion without fanfare he de clared Execution of Kaster a native JanesvilJe left William Jarrett M of Gowric the only occupant STANLET KASTEK on Gallows Local Patrolman Is Witness of Hanging Earl Shoeman patrolman sta tioned at the local highway patrol office was among the witnesses at the Stanley Kaster execution HICKENLOOPER tioned by authorities His case was earned to the supreme couiH by his attorney but no arguments were submitted and the court up held the review ing a transcript of the records District Judge T A Beardmore of Charles City sentenced Kaster to death and the supreme conrf in upholding the lower court termed the cruel cold blooded unprovoked deliberate murder with no mitigating circuon stances Shortly after Rasters arrest B M Goodenow special agent for the federal bureau of investiga tion said he considers himself a conscientious objector opposed to killing our enemies He is espe cially hostile to the FBIfor trailing him all over the country for draft evasion He Kaster claimed he was evading a call to the armed services because he didnt want any part of a killing Kaster was sentenced to the state reformatory from Black Hawk county in 1933 for stealing a car He escaped was recaptured and returned to the reformatory in 1936 He was discharged in 1939 upon expiration of his sentence The night before he was caught at Ventura Kaster ran from a cottage surrounded by officers and machine guns shotguns rifles and revolvers blazed away as he and the officers exchanged shots The only one hit was Kaster who was shot in the heel During the trial Rasters mother Mrs JDaisy Kaster then living in Waterloo but now at Orlando Fla said in an interview he1 wouldnt have been in all this trouble if he could have had a decent job be fore he got into trouble the first time back in 1933 BE ON JAN 3RD Will Be Able to Take Oath as Senator When Congress Des Moines B Hickenlooper Friday announced his plan to resign effective Wed nesday morning Jan 3 so that he might be sworn into the United States senatewhen the 79th con gress convenes at noon The governor said that although he hadnt prepared his resignation to Secretary of State Wayne M Ropes he believed it would become effective at 11 a m central war That would coincide with 12 noon in Washington which is on eastern wartime LtGov Robert D Blue immedi ately will become acting governor serving in that capacitys until his formal inauguration as governor Jan 11 when Hickenlooper s term normally would end Hickenlooper said he planned to be in his office at the statehouse Saturday Sunday and probably Monday leaving just in time to reach Washington by noon Wed nesday His family will join him there around Feb 1 By being sworn into the senate wtfen it convenes Hickehlooper may obtain seniority for commit tee appointments It would be my personal desire to remain here as governor until the formal inauguration of my successor on Jan 11 but after thorough consideration of the in terests Ugation as senator this st necessary Hickenlooper said m a statement to the press Hickenlooperthusbecame the third governor to resign before expiration of histerm During the time when U S senators were elected by the legislature rather than the people Samuel JKirk wood resigned Feb 1 1877 with nearly a year of his second term left and Albert B Cummins re signed Nov 24 1908 with about 6 weeks left in his term Both gave up the governors of fice to enter the senate and both were succeeded by the then lieu tenantgo verri ors Hickenlooper said further in his statement Except for unforeseen emer gency I plan to resign as governor on Wednesday morning Jan 3 1945 in time to qualify as U S senator ou the day congress con venes So far as executive administra tion of the state is concerned for the 7 days between Jan 3 anc Jan 11 it will be in the capable hands of LtGov Blue who has been elected by the people as gov ernor for the ensuing term and i will mean that he will assume the duties of office about 6 days prior to that of his formal inauguration meanwhile there willbe no ab sence of Iowas full representation in the senate Marly friends and public spir Wrong Landing Cleveland Ruth Zel maniawakened her husband Har ry early Friday and told him that they had betterjbe going to the hospital right away Mrs Zelman 33 and the moth er of2 children was expecting a 3rd The husband called his broth erinlaw Emil Schoen and asked him and his wifeto hurry over couldnt get an ambu lance or a taxicub so Schoen took him and Mrs Zelman to the hos pital Just as they reached it Mrs Zelman collapsed Zelman and Schoen carried her inside the hos pital and she was taken to the delivery room A few minutes later a man rushed into the hospital shouting Hey theres a baby lying out side in the street The baby was the Zeimans newborn daughter crying and kicking her feet in the snow at the curb Zelman bundled her in his coat and rushed back into the hos pital Mother and baby are doing SUNK Br EXPLO8ION HoustonTex A tug boat and a barge were sunk and an other barge and fireboat damaged by a terrific explosion in the Slip channel east of here early Friday ited citizens in all parts of state who are familiar with the the circumstances have urged this the best interests of Iowa during this vital period It is my plan to return fora few days during the second week in January in order to be presen at the inaugural and for such other final service as I may be able to render Hickenlooper will lake the sen ate seat of Guy M Gillette IX who was defeated by the governor in last months gen eral election Hickenloopers resignation is a result of the adoption of the ame duck amendment to the federa constitution Before adoption 0 the amendment the new congress and federal administration did no take over until March well after Iowas offices had changed hands in January Man Literally Takes Advice to Use Pipe Portland Ore customer took literally the advice to use a pipe during the cigaret shortage1 When John R Polioudakis tol the customer he had no cigarets the man produced a pipe Now Polioudakis is in the hospital with a 3inch head laceration It was a lead pipe FOR NAZI PARATROOPERS Cpl Walter Hanauer of Brooklyn N Y and Cpl Gary Hauptman of Bronx N Y examine a container dropped by parachute to German paiatroepers who took part m the attack on the U S 1st army positions in Ger many The wheeled earner vyas found at Kornehmunstei and contains hand grenades ammunition and bazooka shells s to Over Company Books to U S Chicago Ward and company refused Friday to named by the government to operate the companys facilities 7 cities under seizure order H L Pearson and treasurer of and retail store a presidential vice president the wholesale firm said he would not give up the books at least not until he had talked to Sewell Avery militant chairman of the board of directors whohas challenged the governments right to take over the plants Simultaneously at a court hear ing attorneys for the company said the firm would not comply with any mandatory orders for turning over She boobs but added that they were accessible if the government wanted to come in and look at them Meanwhile at Washington At torney General Biddle said there would be no attempt toevict Avery forcibly Avery had said earlier that the only way the government could keep him from the companys Chicago headquarters would be to throw him out or fence him out The request for a certain num ber of the companys books was presented by Lt Col Daniel Bo land to Pearson Friday morning as the government movedtoward a showdown on its ability to oper ate the plant in spite A verys defiance In court Federal Judge Philip Sullivan setJari 8 for a hearing on the governments petition for an injunction restraining the com pany from interfering with the armys operation of the plant Paring the court discussion Stuart Ball attorney for Wards told the judge that the companys books were accessible to the go v e r ri TO e n t representatives but added that there will be no man datory orders carriedout Asked by thejudge what he meant Ball replied Therell be no turning over the books turning Qver of fundsor officials and the army officers selected to operate the plant for the govern ment formed opposing camps in the deeplycarpeted executive of fices of MontgomeryWard The government force headed by Maj Gen Joseph WByron established itself in an office only a few feet from Ayerys hv the glistening white plant along the north branch of the Chicago river The army moved in Thursdayun der orders from President Roose velt to take possession of the Chi cago plant and Wards facilities in 6 other cities for failure tp com ply with warlabor board orders The position of the Montgomery Ward management was made clear b Avery when he said anything like that Meanwhile company SUmL fJHl W lndi rin stU in Stamps from your GlobeGazette j hasnt beTn turned over the tamer noy government and Ill be on the Job T today unless I am thrown out or fenced out Ah said Avery could come and go as he pleased and wxaild remain free to opeftte the more than 600 Ward retail and wholesaleoutlets which were not included in the seizure order The finnyofficer insisted however that the war deparment was op erating all plants named in the seizure order He admitted that the army did not yet have pos session of thecompanys books and said details of how employes would be paid by the government were being worked out At midmorning Avery had not appeared at his office but his sec retary said he was expected Nazis Resume VBomb Attacks on London London a one night lull in their aerial assaults upon Birtain the Germans struck at southern England with Vbombs again during the night The gov ernment announced some damage but ho CONDITION IS WORSE Chicago condition of airs Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms Rockford 111 newspaper publisher and republican leader was reported slightly worse Fri day at Billings Memorial hospital Mrs Sirnms recently underwent an operation for pahcreatis CLAIM BIG U CONVOYMOVING IN PHILIPPINES Japs Report 30 Yank Transports Escorted by More Than 20 Warships By LEONARD MILIJMAN Associated Press War Editor The Japanese high command riday reported a big heavily guarded convoy of American transports moving westward through inland Philippine waters day attack Unconfirmed Tokyo broadcasts recently have reported a seeming ly endless movement of U S transport convoys in and around the Philippines If only part of them were true it would mean Gen Douglas MacArthurs troops were heavily reinforced for their next amphibious operation Fridays enemy communique said the convoy consisted of 30 transports escorted by more than 20 warships Japanese planes the report said attacked Wednesday and Thursday as it moved through Mindanao sea from Surigao Strait south of Leyte island perhaps headed for Mindoro within 150 miles ofManila Tokyo radio claimed Nipponese air assaults on Mindoro were con tinuing But General MacArthur said there was no trace of air naval or land activity after U S PT boats and planes routed a Jap anese taskforce that erratically shelled the airdrome and lost 3 destroyers New major navalair battles can the western Paclficsaid Vice Adm Marc A Miischer on his way back from 6 weeks vacation to resume command of the fast carrier forces he has led in devastating raids Hesaid the Japanese have reached the point where theyll throw everything in the fight I think in another year we should have their navy pretty well clean ed up The Nipponese continued to throw diminishing the Saipan Superfor tress base They came from daily raided Iwo island 750 miles south of Tokyo Maj Gen Robert WY Douglass commander of the 7th air force explained the Nipponese can re pair their fields in half an hou and every time our men fly ove they find airfields repaired For the 3rd successive day Yank flyers heavily bombed Halmahera island from which the Japanese periodically try to ferry troops to U S airbase island of Moro tai 300 miles south of the Philip pines MacArthur announced 912 Jap anese were killed and 16 taken prisoner by Yanks mopping up Leyte island Theres a lot of mop ne more major effort to UUi of their salient before starting a general withdrawal was expressed m more cautious military circles iiere Friday This idea was ipite late reports of nazi with drawal of armor from the areas at the southwestern corner of the penetration and the successes of U S third army elements moving up from the south One officer student of the situa tion said he believed it is quite possible that von Rundstedt stilt has some divisionsstanding by near the base of the salient These Eociated Press war eorrespcndem with the 77th division Tokyo radio reported comple tion of an underwater tunnel link ing the main island of Honshu and may be used when fighting reaches the homeland Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Cloudy Friday night be coming partly cloudy Saturday afternoon no decided change in temperature Shippers forecast Northwest zero northeast 5 above south 15 locally 18 Mason Cityj Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday colder Sat urday lowest in Mason City 5 Minnesota Snow flurries and falling temperatures late Friday afternoon and Friday night with low temperatures near zeroex treme northwest portions Sat urday mostly cloudy with snow flurries northeast portion Cold er south portion Saturday Dim inishing winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 19 Minimum Thursday night 11 At 8 a m Friday 18 Snow 14 inch Precip 04 inchi YEAR AGO Maximum 30 1 Minimum 9 Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Assault By ELTON C FAY ESCAPE GAP TO 17 MILES Von Rundstedts Retreat Becomes Rout at Some Points Along Front BULLETIN London British corres pondent on the Belgian front said Field Marshal von Rundstedts withdrawal from the Ardennes into a rout at some points Friday night Overall gains of 3 mileshave been made Friday with most of e f discovered a Ilk fW brakOUt iU Una thT SStnorthX the salient There German patrol where Lt Gen George S Pattons men are attacking the dispatch said BULLETIN With American Armies in BeJ gium Marshal Karl von Rundstedt appeared o be re This activity if was with a possible view to throwing out an offensive operation This might be aimed in a general south westward direction toward Liege with the intention of cutting in of the allies northernflank the salient thus endangering it and forcing a withdrawal 2 That the enemy merely seeks to keep the allies in uncer tainty by threatening such a move with a demonstration of patrol ac tivity 3 That the enemy himself Is seeking information possibly to find whether British and Ameri can 9th army forces have diverted any troops southward toward the salient or whether strength might be accumulating in that area for an allied offensive against the of wall The size of the German force already committed to the break through venture and the careful planning that went into it indi cates the nazi aimed at something other than a mere harassing oper ation military men say With this extensive commitment of precious strength it is reason able to expect that von Rundstedt may make another bid for his goal before attempting to fall behind the Eeigfried line Truckload of Turkeys Stolen Without Gobble Los Angeles an alarm sounding gobbler in s truckload of turkeys Thats what Helen Goodrich of suburban Van Nuys concluded after thieves in the night trucke away 200 birds at apparently didnt emil a single squawk in London From London IP Prime Minister Churchill and Foreign Secretary Eden arrived in Britain Friday from the conferences in Greece PREDICTS VICTORY London topflight commentator liya Ehrenburg in a New Year message broadcast Friday by the Moscow radio said We will finish off the Germans this year new of siab Along the western AMERICANS COUNTERATTACKArrows show ters of action indicated by field dispatches were diggingin perhaps preparing permanent positions The Germans in some sectors were throwing up entranchments and digging in their tanks Paris armored troops have thrown the western tip of German spearheads back 10 miles and advanced to the out skirts of the picturesque town of Rochefort field reports said Fri day Field marshal von troops were reported at the western end of Ibeir while his armor drew back U S 3rd army troops at up to 3 miles Friday in a fromthe south Less than n miles separated the 3rd armies at theVBa stogne neck 61 the a junctionwould catch von Rund stedts advanced elements in a noose Associated Press Correspondent Hal Boyle said American armored forces hitting von Rundstedts of fensive on the nose had driven his forward elements back 10 miles and thrown them across the Lesse and Homme rivers Roger D Green AP correspond ent with British forces added that the Americans had entered Roche forts outskirts on the east bank of the Homme by 10 a m Thurs day Rochefort is a tourist center dat ing from medieval times and is miles north of the famous Han Grottos where the Lesse river flows through a series of subter ranean chambers Von Hundstedts December of fensive had been kicked into re verse by American forces which slammed into all 3 sides of his extended bulge with Lt Gen George S Pattons 3rd army sen sationally changing its front and advancing 20 miles into the Ger man flank in 6 days The situation was not an un mixed success however for Pat tqni shift of front brought his own offensive along the Saar to a stop and obliged the Americans to give up their hardwon bridge head across the Saar at Dillingeri where they had broke into the initial defenses of the Siegfried line The big turning point was the 7 day stand of the U S 101st sir borne division and other as yet unidentified units at Bastogne one of the gateways to French Sedan And now the Americans were hitting back Throughout the northwestern area of the German penetration from Celles to Roche fort doughboys tanks and grey hound armored cars slashed across the frozen fields overrunning German trucks armored cars and infantrymen wandering blindly The Americans groped for their disorganized enemy in a fog which limited visibility to 50 yards The Lesse and Homme at Rochefort wind approximately It miles east of the Mense and II miles southeast of Celles deepest Point of German penetration to ward Dinant Here the critical battle was fought in the hamlet of Huhiain 4 miles southwest of Marche and 4 mlcs north of Rochefort The Germans were driven out of the village with planes artil lery infantry tank destroyers and finally flamethrowers and the Americans were firmly in control of the town including its old cha teau where a cornered G e r m a n group made its last stand Celles where the enemy often sive was stopped was one of the ghastliest carnage scenes of the war Here a German pocket wms wiped out J2W prisoners were taken and 63 enemy tanks gnns and 177 military vehicles lit tered the terrain The Germans said a British 2nd army division
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