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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 28, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NIWSPAPIR THAT MAKES ALUNORTH IOWANS NIICHIORS HOME EDITION VOL LVU United Prww Full Wlrei Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 28 1950 This Paper Consists ol Two HANDLES INTERCITY FREIGHTThe Mason City and Clear Lae a tram is shown here handles freight of all types between the 2 cities It also serves as a belt line transfer for the 5 other railroads entering Mason City Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad Sold to Local Owners The Mason City and Clear Lake railroad for more than a half cen tury a vital transportation link and intricate part of the indus trial development of this com munity Thursday passed into the hands of a locally owned com pany The railroad was purchased from the United Light and Rail ways company by an Iowa cor poration of which Charles E Strickland is president Earl Smith vice president and C F Beck secretarytreasurer All of ficers are Mason City residents Built by one of Mason Citys financial wizards W E Brice with Engineer C T Dike in charge of construction the railroad pro vided transportation for thousands of holiday visitors to Clear Lake in the early days Fart of Bif Growth The road also became a part of the romance of industrial develop ment in Mason City providing important belt line service con necting industries with each other and with other railroads while handling growing industrial and commercial demands of Clear Lake and developing industries and distribution outlets at Emery midway between Mason City and Clear Lake The story of the construction of the railroad the competition with existing services and Brices ef forts to procure outlets for goods Shipped on his road is one of the sagas of the industrial life of Ma son City and Clear Lake Started in 1896 Construction of the railroad got under way immediately after the organization of the Mason City and Clear Lake Tractbon company Dee 15 1896 and the procurement of a rightofway Land was pur chased for the location of shops at Emery Early in 1897 contracts were made with the Pullman company for purchase of cars to be used for both freight and passenger lervice The 1st passenger cars were operated between Mason City and Clear Lake on July 1898 Already at that early stage it was evident that Mason City was destined to become a railroad cen ter and Brice connected his road with existing trunk lines besides looping the Brice and Ong street railway addition in northwest Mason City Hade Connections Connections were made for both passengers and freight stations of the Iowa Central railroad now the M and St the Milwaukee and later with other railroads as they were built The need of new outlets for his railroad was one of the reasons why the help of his engineer Dike launched the con struction of the Iowa Minnesota and Northwestern from Blue Earth Minn to Belle Plaine Iowa which afterwards became part of the Chicago and North Western railroad Dikes construction genius was recognized onthe North Western on which he nose to become chief engineer arid vice president before his recent retirement and return to Mason City where he now lives at 503 Washington N W It was Brice who in his con tact with the heads of the big steam railroads in the early days made a statement that has be come a byword in the industry He told a railroad executive that my railroad may not be as long yours but its just as wide Crosses Other Railroads The main line from Mason City to Clear Lake crosses the Chicago and North Westernrailroad at which point interchange connec tions were completed when that road was built It also crossed the tracks of the Mason City and Fort Dodge Railroad company now the Chicago Great Western railroad at which point interchange con nections were made About 1910 a railroad was built north from Des Moines to Mason City known as the Des Moines Iowa Falls and Northern This line entered upon the Chicago and Great Western tracks at the south west part of the city used those tracks until it came to the Mil waukee tracks then ran over the tracks to that roads tions with each of the 5 trunk lines entering Mason City Name Chanced On May 8 1908 the name of the company was changed from the Mason City and Clear Lake Trac tion company to the Mason City and Clear Lake Railway company under which name it was operated until the summer of 1910 when a new corporation was organized under the name of the Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad com pany with a perpetual franchise under the laws of Delaware Brice who operated both the Mason City and Clear Lake rail road and the electric power and gas plants in Mason City in 1912 sold the railroad to the United Light and Railways company a Delaware corporation This company continued to op erate a street railway system in Mason City and an interurban system between Mason City and Clear Lake until 1936 when its franchise in Mason City expired Since 1937 the company has been operating bus passenger service between Mason City and Clear Lake Serves 5 Lines The Mason City and Clear Lake railroad has interchange connec tions with the steam lines serv ing Mason City so that freight can be routed from any of the 5 steam lines over the Mason City and Clear Lake railroad to any point on its lines Likewise any freight originating on the lines of the Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad ocmpany can be routed over any of the 5 trunk lines to points throughout the Liquidation of the assets of the United Light and Railways now in progress provided an opportunity for organizing a local company headed by Mr Strickland who for many years has been president and general manager of the Mason City and Clear Lake railroad Operation Same Operation of the company will continue as at present with the same personnel The transaction has the approvals of the interstate Iowa to Give 1350 Draftees for 3rd Month Des Moines With an nouncemeht of a national draft call of 80000 for March Iowa will be called on for the 3rd month in a row to furnish about 1350 draf tees for the army state selective service headquarters said Thurs day The Iowa quota for January and February also is 1350 and reports from over the state indicate the manpower squeeze is growing a little tighter A few Iowa 19year olds will be inducted into the army in January and it is expect ed larger numbers of them will be needed for the February and March calls December Full Col Ralph A Lancaster state director of selective service said the December quota now has been filled This means that in the 4 months since inductions were resumed in September Iowa has furnished about 3500 men Taking the next 3 months into account this states quotas for the 1st 7 months total more than 7500 men At least one county draft board Wapello is getting down to 20 yearolds to meet its calls Indi cations there were that the pres ent available registrants under current regulations would last through March Colonel Lancaster said he had no way of knowing whether this situation was typical through the state He said further there is no i to anticipateheteiwhat nar NPA Bans Hoarding of 55 Items Washington national production authority Thursday banned hoarding of 55 scarce ma terials essential to defense and civilian production The order makes it illegal for businessmen consumers or house holders to accumulate these prod ucts in excess of the reasonable demands It also specifically pro hibits acquiring the products for resale at prices in excess of pre vailing market provi sion aimed at black marketing The 55 items include cement softwood lumber and plywood pa per and paperboard cast iron soil pipe and a long list of metals and chemicals Punishable Violation Any violation of the order is punishable by up to 10000 fine and a years imprisonment The antihoarding decree ex Allies Withdraw Behind River Front Near Seoul tends NPA and reenforces an inventory control earlier order which applied only to business and industry and covered only 26 materials The new order effective at once NPA accomplishes these ends 1 It sets up a ban agaainst household hoarding and starts a list to which NPA later could add such items as automobile tires cars and other consumer goods though none of these is named in the present order 2 It plugs a loophole in the ori ginal order by eliminating the chance that a businessman might hoard materials with the excuse that they were for personal con sumption Covers Speculation 3 It discourages trie entry individuals into the business cpmmerce commission the securi ties and exchange commission and the Iowa state commerce commis sion We are happy to make the Ma son City and Clear Lake railroad a locally owned as well as locally operated property said President Strickland We hope that the railroad will become of increasing importance to the economic life of this community tional selective service would do if such a condition were prevalent throughout the country Deferments Could Tighten However he explained regula tions could be changed on order of President Truman to tighten up deferments He added that the draft boards are continually re viewing deferments He said he believes quite a large number of men can be obtained Milwaukee station This was the lines terminus un til the road was sold to the Chica go Rock Island and Pacific Rail road company After this line was acquired by the Rock Island it became a part Of a through line from the Twin Cities to Kansas City and Calves Ion Connections for interchange also were made with this line giv ing the present Mason City and Clear Lake railroad rail connec Intimidation Charged by Remington New York for for mer Government Economist Wil liam W Remington charged Thursday that potential defense witnesses were being intimidated by prosecution tactics Federal Judge Gregory F Noon an brushed aside the charge com menting I do not recognize any thing such as a defense or a gov ernment witness until a person takes the stand Remington 33yearold former department of commerce econo mist on trial on a charge of per jury is accused of having lied to a federal grand jury when he denied he ever was a communist His divorced wife Mrs Ann Remington has spent the past two days on the stand testifying they both were communists more than 10 years ago Defense Attorney Joseph L Rauh Jr charged Thursday that the government has been calling a series of potential defense wit nesses before the grand jury for the sole purpose of getting in formation about the defendant and intimidating them U S Attorney Irving H Saypol said the intimidation charge was baseless and said the govern ment had no apologies to make for what I consider to be the normal functioning of the admin istration of justice Mrs Remington has been the principal government witness since the trial started Tuesday She said she made Remington pledge loyalty to communism be fore she agreed to marry him and did not love him at the time Mrs Remington swore that Remington had given topsecret information to an admitted former Russian agent Miss Elizabeth Bentley under present regulations by more closely reviewing past deferments He indicated he felt the situation could be handled in this way for a while yet without a change in regulations Iowa veterans groups have urged thatnames of men deferred and the reasons be made public As to induction of college stu dents he related Many of them may be called up for physical ex aminations next month But under present regulations none will be inducted until they finish academic year next June this BULLETIN DEFENSE BILL APPROVED Washington congres sional conference committee Thursday approved i civil de fense bill which would grant the federal government almost unprecedented powers to aid cities stricken or threatened by attack of of speculative buying in hopes of making resales to industrial con sumers later at higher prices Such speculative trading particu larly by newcomers in the field looking for a quick profit is often termed gray market or black market operations The list of materials covered includes Building materials Cast iron soil pipe and pressure pipe gyp sum board lath and sheathing insulation material made of pulp insulation board which contains paper Portland cement Lumber Softwood and hardwood lumber except hard wood flooring railroad ties and mine softwood plywood woodpulp FayDer products All converted paperVand board products paper paperboard and construction paper and board materials Iron and Steel Iron and steel Pig iron gray iron castings carbon alloy and stainless steel products ranging from ingots to sheets strip rods and wire Tough forgings iron and WE DONT WANT THE DAMN PLACE GI fashioned sign boardltands near the harbor at Hungnam Korea to greet the reds as UN forces complete the evacu ation of the beachhead Auto Firms Working on Waf Production Swelled to 7 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Turning colder Thursdaynight Low Thursday night 5 to 8 above Fair Friday with high near 18 Iowa Mostly cloudy Thursday night with snow flurries in ex treme northeast Somewhat cold er in northern third of the state Low Thursday night 5 above north 15 south Friday general ly fair and cold with high 15 north 25 south Southerly winds 2025 M P H becoming north erly in extreme north and over entire state Thursday night Light variable winds Friday Further outlook Partly cloudy and warmer Saturday Minnesota Partly cloudy and colder Thursday night Friday mostly cloudy with light snow beginning northwest portion Colder southeast portion Friday Low Thursday night 1015 be low north and around zero south High Friday 10 northeast 20 southvest IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a rh Maximum ie Minimum 20 At 8 a m 14 YEAR AGO Maximum 34 Minimum 12 steel scrap Other metalsand minerals Aluminum in crude and semi fabricated form and scrap anti mony asbestos cadmium cerium chromium cobalt columbium copper industrial diamondslead magnesium manganese mica molybdenum nickel platinum talc tantalum tin tungsten vana dium zinc zircon nonferrous scrap Chemicalsbenzine carbon te trachloride dichlorobenzene gly cerin methanol methyl chloride methylene chloride phthalic an hydride polyethylene styrene and plystyrene titanium pigments trichloroethylene bristles An NPA spokesman said the ban against accumulating paper and paper products in excess of rea sonable demands applies to news print and other printing paper Womens Army Needs 100s Des Moines ff To meet the everincreasing needs the wom ens army corps WAC said Thursday it needs hundreds of women between the ages of 18 and 34 inclusive to take specialized training as xray operators dental technicians medical laboratory technicians and physical thera pists Basic requirements besides age the WAC said are that each wom an must be single a high school graduate of high moral standard and able to meet the mental and physical requirements Detroit M ore and mar auto workers are becoming wa workers as the motor industr hurried Thursday to tool up fo mounting war production order Two new war orders includin the largest ever issued for th spunky jeep of World war I swelled to 7 the number of auto mobile manufacturing firm working on war materiel An 8t automaker was negotiating t build cargo planes for the air force One new order went to Willys Overland motors for worth of jeeps capable of operat ing under water The improvei version of the famed little ve hide of the last war will be pro CHARTER IS RENEWED Des Moines The North western States Portland Cement company of Mason City paid the secretary of state a fee of S2209T Thursday to renew for 20 years its charter to operate in Iowa The Iowa corporation was chartered 20 years ago SAME BUck Muni traffic lealh in put 24 duced in Toledo Ohio wher WillysOverland already han died smaller military contract since the Korean war Bazookas at Olds Oldsmobile division of Genera Motors corporation said it woulc produce rockets for th armys new superbazooka Thej will be manufactured at an engine parts clant in Lansing Mich The auto industrys militarj pulse quickened Tuesday when General Motors disclosed it wa converting its Kansas CityKans assembly plant to production O F84 Thuniieriet fighter planes for the air force Previously rush orders had gone put to Ford for B36 engines Cad illac for light tanks Chrysler foi heavier armored vehicles Buick for tank drives and to Reo for heavy trucks can be oper ated under xvater Tanks at Chrysler Chrysler intensified planning on its new tank plant at Newark Del Thursday by naming the works manager of its famed World war II tank arsenal at Detroit to bp erale it He is Robert T Keller son of Chryslers board chairman Keller will be general manager of the hew arsenal Studebaker announced Wednes day at South Bend Ind that pro duction of its cars and trucks will be cut 20 per cent next month by government restrictions on civi lian use of defense materials President Harold S Vance said the auto plant would operate 4 days a week and the truck plant would keep on a 5day schedule but lay off 20 per cent of its work ers They will be absorbed in military truck production how ever In addition to the 7 automakers now preparing for defense output KaiserF r a z e r was negotiating for contracts to build cargo planes at its Willow Run Mich plant KF said auto output would not be affected SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Des Moines Sgt Herbert M Miller a Des Moines policeman for 14 years has been awarded a fellowship to attend the traf fic police administration course offered by Northwestern Univer sity Trebilcock Wounded 3rd Time in Korea Marine Cpl William Claude Trebilcock 19 has beenwounded a3rd time in Korea according to atelegram from the war depart ment received here by his sister and guardian Mrs Vietta Mae Thornton 318 Pennsylvania N E He was 1st wounded in action on Aug 18 He was returned to action and a message received by his sister in September stated that he had been wounded a 2nd time Later word came that he was in a hospital in Japan No details were given in the message telling of his last injury C G W EXECUTIVE DIES Oelwein M Golden 50 vice president in charge of opera tions of the Great Western rail road died of a heart attack Wed nesday night in Albuquerque N Mex the railroads division of fice here was notified Thursday Goodell Man Found Frozen Loses Both Legs and Fingers Harms Si about 70 was reported in critic condition ata Masqn City Wednesday following amputatio of both legs just below ihe knee and all his fingers with the ex ceptibn of one thumb Mr1 Harmshad fallen in th yard and was found badlyfrozer 3y John FPals on whose property living He recentlj moved to Goodell from Meservey and was livingina small cabin on the Pals property Neighbors believevhe had laid all night on the ground befon he was found He has been un conscious most of the time since never married close relatives has few ILLINOIS CENTRAL PURCHASE Chicago The Illinois Cen ral railroad announced Thursday jlans to spend more 100 on new freight andvpassenger TRAFFIC TOLL Chicago 3day New holiday weekend will take 30lives in traffic crashes the Na ional Safety Council estimated hursday AP Wircphoto MCCARTHY AND plenn McCar thy and Mary Margaret oldest of 4 daughters enter Methodist church in Houston Texas where she became the bride Wednesday night of Harry Richards Jr in the day McCarthy confirmed the Dec 2 marriage of another daughter Glenna Lee to George Pontikes son of a Houston shoe repairman Chinese Mobilized on Big Scale MacArthur Expects CoOrdinated Attack to Come by Jan 10 FROM WIRE SERVICES The main body of U S 8th array forces completed its withdrawal behind the Imjin river line 21 miles northwest of Seoul Thursday while allied warplanes hit back at the Chi nese reds v The United Nations with drawal abandoned the major South Korean border strong hold of Kaesong an 8th army spokesman announced Kae song is two miles south of the 38th parallel and 10 miles northwest of the Imjin Troops tentatively identi fied as from the Chinese 4th field army moved into Kae song and pushed on in force two miles south to a point 33 miles northwest of Seoul General MacArthur predicted that more than 19 red up to 190000 rush against his tightened new lines in the next twoweeks The UN commander said com munist China has its effort on a In his war summary MacArthur said the last known location of the 19 divisions which compose Chjnese communist 4fhjfieldarmy placed thenTliriepbsftlonrt6Mt the 8th army sometime betvtfeeri Jan 1 and 10 He said there were 6 Chinese corps in the area Jand that limited attacks in lesser strength of one or more armies corps could be launched at any time but a cooidmated attack could be expected by the 10th ot next month AllOut Effort The character of a major mili tary effoit by the Chinese com munist government though in itially masked under the treach erous ruse of a volunteer partici pation is only too apparent in the deployment of all elements of the 3rd and 4th field armies which represent two out of the 5 field armies constituting the entire mil itaiy structure of China the communique said 7 This war effoit on a national scale is recognizable in their ary budget According to reliable sources the Chinese reds in Peip ng have approved the spending of 8 billion dollars for war pur jpses in 1951 This is probably the jiggest military budget in history It is estimated that it is times greater than the Chinese communist military budget for 1950 antt 8 times more than the Chinese nationalist government las evei spent in one year Chinese nationalists in Taipei aid Monday the communists war sudget was 8000000000 Chinese ilver dollars On the preWorld var II exchange basis would approximately U S money Chinese currency s virtually worthless about 4000 o SI when there was an official xchange rate months 35 Miles From Seoul The vanguard of a 1350000 ommunist force mostly Chinese vas only 35 miles north of Seoul Thursday night A U S 8th army briefing of cer said two Chinese armies of bout 60000 men were ma miles north and northwe he apprehensive South Kor apital Little ground actionwas eported Patrols from both sides robed links for weak spots and trength In the air far east air forces nd 5th air forceiplanes hammer d at red troops immediately be irid the enemy lines Two Rus sianmade MIG15s were reported destroyed and a 3rd damagediia a series ot 3 engagements withSUs S F80 jets over North The ly thrown more airpower into the area One fighter group reported sighting 35 sMIGs Wednesday General MacArthufs summary said United Nations patrols op eratinsrin thewesternsector of the 8th army supported by air strikes destroyed and dispersed several enemy groups in the area Wednesday ak ternoonj Enemy Thrown Back 2 Allied troops continued riM pulse enemy attempts to perifr Irate defense lines in theJUM southeast of Taedong One abuth Korean unit pushed UM   

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