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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 18, 1957, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for the Home ON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THENEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME VOL LXIII Associated Press and United Press Full Leaso Wires Seven Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 18 1957 This Paper Consists oJ Two Ono No Ill Press Probe of Blaze That Kilted 70 The World Around Us An Unusual Golf Course in Lebanon Number 79 EDITORS is one of a series of daily reports by our editor on a trip by air around the world How people five and how they feel toward America are more em phasized by Mr Hall than scenic features By W EARL HALL 13EIRUT Lebanon The rule of expect the unexpected began to operate for me rather soon after my arrival here for what is to be the longest stay in one place Ive had since the Olympics in Melbourne some 14 countries ago Ive visited what mqst be one of the most re markable golf courses in the world For one thing the greatest single hazard for players is los ing their ball in a tree Note that I said IN a under trees or among trees but in a tree The course is bounded and dotted by what to me is a wholly new type of evergreen It probably has a scientific name but locally its called the umbrella It grows to a height of about 50 feet with 40 feet of it naked trunk and a tip of pine needles so dense that a golf ball hasnt a chance of getting through The duffer who doesnt shoot over or around the clumps of these trees on nearly every fairway had best start reaching into his bag for another ball Shed Golf Balls In the rainy season which comes in winter here in contrast with India Burma Thailand and some other places on my course these umbrella trees shed golf balls as well as c o n es and needles Wind has the same ef fect Those with adequate mark ings on their balls get them back But that isnt the only unusual thing about this one golf course in Beirut For example its home for a large number of Lebanese families They live in improvised houses in those clumps of um brella pines Needles from the trees are their principal source of fuel They are of course squat ters Reddish Cast During seven or eight months of the dry hot summer there isnt a blade of grass on the entire course Its unofficial name incidentally is Never The fairways as well as the greens are of sand with a reddish cast Now by looking real close you can see a suggestion of green on the fairways and there are some delicate white flowers a testimonial to the per sistence of life on our planet Most remarkable of all how ever is the fact that the course has some 200 separate owners Each has title to a certain spec ified plot in the 100acre course Once the Americans who estab lished the course sought to pur chase the ground for their coun try club but seeking out the owners say nothing of getting them on the dotted line was an utterly hopeless task Many Complications This peculiar setup leads to numerous complications of course Every now and then the golfers go out to the course and find a new home being started somewhere in the playing area The latest intrusion of this sort is a modern ranch house on what used to be the ninth fairway Goats and sheep munching away at the malnourished grass on the fairways add something strange and wonderful to play on this course Now and then a donkey or camel will break in to the act The word fore means almost nothing to the blackveiled women who tote pre carious burdens across the golf course on their heads or to nativej picnickers who are sometimes a bit annoyed by a golf ball in their tafaouli a favorite Lebanese delicacy The overall setup of course leaves much to be desired But it has to be measured against the alternative That is no golf course at all When youre bitten by the golf bug youre incurable My colleague on this jaunt around the world Willis Patton and my soninlaw Paul in whose home I am now a guest are two impressive cases in point NATIONAL H O N O J Thompson 84 Forest City re ceived citations Saturday from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation at a banquet in Chicago Thompson was the first recipient of an award to be made yearly to an American lawyer of more than 50 years practice The honor goes to a lawyer who has manifested adherence to the highest prin ciples and traditions of the legal profession and of service to the public in the community in which he Thompson was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1904 Protest School Measure Reorganization Pian Opposed DES MO1NES of citizens from small Iowa towns converged on the Iowa House Monday to protest a Senateap proved bill aimed at forcing small school districts to reorgan Gl Housing Loan Rate Hike Vetoed WASHINGTON iffi The House Veterans Committee Monday turned down a proposed five per cent interest rate on veterans home loans It voted to continue the present W per cent rate The committee approved and sent to the House a bill liberaliz ing home building requirements under the guaranteed direct loan program applicable to veterans in small towns and rural areas But by a vote reported as 115 to it rejected the amendment raise the interest rate The increased interest rate was urged by the Eisenhower admin istration to bring loans guaran teed by the Veterans Administra tion into line with FHAinsured home loans Administration spokesmen said the rise would make to prospective home among veterans The committees action sent to approximately million in new noncity areas loan i activity through July 25 1958 WELLS RITES HELD SANTA MONICA Calif UP Funeral services were held Monday at St Augustine ByThe Sea Episcopal Church for noted explorer and lecturer Carveth Wells 69 He died Saturday ize Among those arriving early were residents from Owasa Bat tle Creek Gushing Galva Steam boat Rock New Market and Linn Grove All said they represented small school districts that w o u 1 d be threatened with a possible loss of revenue if the Senate bill be comes law The measure now before the House would require all districts to reorganize into units with at least 500 students to obtain a special form of school aid Wide Margin It passed the Senate by a wide margin without an appropriation Supporters said the plan is to ap propriate at least 15 million dol lars in the near future to give the bill Small districts refusing to reor ganize would have the special aid withheld on a proportionate basis until 1962 when they would lose all claim to the special fund Verne Fuller a member of the Owasa Community School Dis trict said he was opposed to the change because we feel we are entitled to a fair share of our tax Wayne Swanger Danbury a member of the Battle Creek School Board said his district just reorganized to handle 420 pupils Were wondering how that bill w o u 1 d affect Swanger said Otis Wood a member of the New Market School Board said his district couldnt possibly take in enough area to total 500 pupils He said a 300 minimum would be acceptable Incentive Needed Wayne Beery superintendent of financing available schools at Gushing said we can builders see where we need incentive but that 500 figure is just too Rep Merle Hagedorn DRoyal me House a bill making available House minority member met with about 50 representatives of T 14 u w UL cny Jl and available funds for direct the SpencerCherokee area He ex government ioans to veterans in plained details of the bill to them Tom Raveling Linn Grove tu Avuvkujjg uiim vriuvtj the total amount 150 million member of the Peterson Consoli would be new money for direct dated District said his commun ity felt we shouldnt be deprived f no c Muumuii i uu uLiJiiveu ut uic rest the VA still has apof tax funds just because it could S117 million still on not reach the 500 figure hand from the present direct loan program and 100 million more al ready authorized by Congress for loans through June 30 Council Bluffs Fire Claims 15th Victim COUNCIL BLUFFS Vinson 71 became the 15th vic tim of last weeks fire at the Council Bluffs Convalescent Home when he died Monday morning at a hospital of burns suffered in the blaze SCENE OF FATAL CRASH This is the rural inter section north of Rockwell at which William A Hansen 57 was killed Saturday in a twocar collision Hansens demolished auto foreground was pushed into a field after it collided with a second car right driven by Dennis Jo Cook Arthur Miller Is Indicted for Contempt WASHINGTON Arthur Miller husband of ac tress Marilyn Monroe was in dicted Monday on two charges of contempt of Congress The indictment stemmed from Millers refusal to tell the House Committee on UnAmerican Ac tivities the names of felloe writers with whom he admitted attending Communist Party meetings in 1947 Miller denied in testimony to the committee June 21 1956 that he had ever been a Communist or under Communist discipline but admitted he had been asso ciated with a number of Com munistfront groups The Pulitzer Prize winning playwright told the committee he would not support now a dominated by Comma Accidents Fatal to 8 Rockwell Farmer Dies After Crash cause nists In refusing to name persons with whom he attended Commu nist Party meetings Miller said My conscience will not permit me to use the name of another person to bring trouble to The federal grand jury which indicted Miller also returned a separate indictment charging Dr Otto Nathan New York execu tor of the estate of the late Al bert Einstein with contempt of Congress SAME Black A sen 57 Route 1 Rockwell died Saturday of injuries suffered in a twocar crash 2Vi miles north of Rockwell The accident oc curred about 2 at a gravel road intersection by the John Sturges farm A southbound car driven by Hansen and an auto driven east by Dennis Jo Cook 17 also of Route 1 Rockwell were involved in the collision The Cook auto struck the right side of the Han sen car and Hansen was thrown from his vehicle Hansens auto went into the ditch struck a pole and came to rest in a field Hansen was placed in a Snell ambulance that was called to the scene He was pronounced dead at by Dr J B Camp bell of Rockwell who was treat ing the injured man in the ambu lance Dr J E Christopherson county coroner said that death was due to a skull fracture Car in Ditch The Cook car continued oast on the road after the collision coin ing to rest in a ditch about 100 feet away Cook and a passenger with him Wendell Strugcs 17 of near Rockwell were treated for minor injuries A second pas senger Deborah Cook 5 the drivers sister was uninjured al though she was thrown from the rear to the front seat by the im pact Hansen was alone in his car His car was completely wrecked and the front of the Cook auto was badly damaged j Cook told highway pntrohnan Richard Hahn at the accident scene that he had seen a yellow Hansens car just before the crash No charges have been filed against Cook Funeral services will be Tues About The Weather Mason City Mostly fair and colder Monday night and Tues Low Monday night zero to 4 above High Tuesday around 1015 Iowa Partly cloudy through Tuesday Low Monday night zero to 9 above north 1018 FiveDay I o w a Temperatures will average 12 to 14 degrees below normal Monday night through Saturday Normal highs 34 north to 42 south Nor mal lows 15 north to 22 south Greatest cooling at first of pe riod and only minor day to day changes thereafter Little or no precipitation is expected Minnesota Fair much colder GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 Monday Maximum Sunday 36 Minimum Sunday night 15 8 Monday 16 YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum 6 GlobeGazelle weather data up to 8 Sunday Maximum Saturday 28 Minimum Saturday night 2 He is v i iivi v v vo vvirj uc JLUvJi pailiday for Hansen at the Pattcrson JJames Chapel at Mason City The j funeral will be at 2 Burial jwiii be at Memorial Park Ccmo Itery Born in County i A lifetime rcsidcni of Cerro jGudo County Hansen was born jMarch 3 1899 in Owen Township iif was the son of Chris and Han nah Bahnsen Hansen survived by two sons of Rockwell City and Donald of Los and by four grandchildren Also surviving arc five brothers Carl nrl Alfred of Mason City EmiJ Rockwell Fred Marble Rock land Chris Colwell Three sis ters Sophia Tagcscn with whom Hanson lived Dora Hoffman Mason City and Mrs Harry Frenz Deer River also survive Mr Hansen was preceded in death by his wife four sisters and his parents He was a farmer and did carpentry work SAND FAIRWAYS TOO This amazing golf course appropriately called Never green is the subject of Earl Halls travel article next column Willis Patton Paul Hook the former Marjory Hail and Mr Hall are shown in the foreground e oregroun foliage HO thick they capture hundreds of Rolf halls are shown in the background Beyond not visible are snowcapped mountains LEGION PARLEY DES MOIAES commanders adjutants and serv ice offiters of the Iowa American Legion were on hand Monday for several activities associated with the annual leaders conference fiveDay Tieup of Coast Ports Believed Over NEW YORK York wa tcrfrdnt employers and the strik ing International Longshoremens Assn reached agreement Sunday night on a pact to end the fiveday t i e u p of ports from Maine to Virginia by tlock This contract ensures water front peace along the e n t i r c Easter n Coast from Hampton Roads to Portland sakl ILA Counsel Louis Waldman The actual backtowork move ment however is conditional on membership ratification of the Vehicle Toll for Year in Climb to 72 By THE ASSOCIATED TKKSS Eight persons died over the weekend as a result of traffic ac cidents on Iowa streets and high ways The deaths occurred as State Safety Commissioner Clintot Moyev issued a special warning to motorists on the traffic ha ard which officials felt the pleas ant weather could create Moyei Sunday had said This is the kind of day when six to eight traf fie fatalities can Iowas motor vehicle loll now stands at 72 compared with 99 a year ago The latest victims were Miss Annie Fahnders 49 Cum aerland killed in a twocar acci dent Sunday afternoon four miles southwest of Anita Martha Mae Turbett 14 daugh er of Mrs Ralph Todd Salem fatally injured when a car left the highway late Sunday miles west of Salem Alfred Jerome Handegard 20 South Sioux City who cliecj when the car he was in hit a bridge on Highway 75 about I1 miles north of James early Sun Missouri Nursing HomeHit Cause of Fire Undetermined W A R R E N T 0 N Mo Searchers poked through the ittted shell of an old folks home icre Monday for the bodies of iclims of a flash fire in which it least 70 person perished in a cw minutes Sunday night Searchers poured water on sec ions of the ruins Monday and hen continued to probe through icbris for bodies They had re covered 16 It was all over in minutes One eyewitness said it seemed he entire 2Vi story brick build ng was aflame in three or four ninitfes Another said it couldnt iavc been more than 15 minutes Bodies of the victims could be seen in the rubble Plastic bags md cardboard cartons were used 0 gather them up they were so jadly charred Most of tha jodics appeared to be in tha casement The whole building was in flames in just three or four min John J Barada a 34year old hardware operator said Ha was one of the first to reach tha day John Reed 17 South Sioux City who died early Monday of in juries in the same accident which killed Handegard The car was 1 riven by Reeds brother Robert Reed 20 George McMann 57 a blind news dealer in Davenport who was fatally injured early Sunday when struck by a hitrun driver while he was walking across a street Ralph B Vick 21 airman sta tioned at Sioux City Air Force Base who died Sunday of injuries suffered in an auto accident in Sioux City Friday night John T Duggan 26 South Sioux City who was killed early Sunday when his car rammed into a North Western Railroad switch engine in the stock yards area in Sioux City William A Hansen 57 of near Rockwell 44 Flee When Flames Destroy Rest Home BRAINTRKE Mass ire broke out in a nursing home Monday but was Seen 30 Miles Away County Coroner F H Knigga estimated the death toll from 70 on The State Highway Patrol in reporting 70 inmates unaccounted for did not include employes Firemen from 25 nearby com munities townspeople and at tendants rushed into the burning building and helped bedridden inmates the injured out be fore flames thwarted further rescue attemtps Shortly after the fires start a muffled explosion shot flames and smoke billowing into the air visible more than 30 miles away A crowd of collected quickly and watched firemen at tempt tn quell the flames which turned the home into a black shell in short order National guardsmen directed traffic in the town and its outskirts Highways were choked with cars of sight seers It started off as a pleasant Sun day afternoon Relatives were visiting with inmates Some 50 of them were believed to have been in the building when the fire struck at with light ninglike speed Not all of them had been accounted for Holding Services The Rev Walter H Schwanic a Lutheran minister was holding services in a first floor room oE a dormitory for 22 patients and 11 visitors The congregation was singing the hymn What a Friend We Have in when they heard someone shout Fire The vis itors and the Rev Schwanie helped the patients two of them in wheel chairs flee the flames The fire reportedly started ia a hallway nearby The operator of the home Woodrow OSulli van said he had no idea what caused it Authorities said they were puzzled over how quickly flames enveloped the 65yearold building Thirtynine patients in an ad joining building also a two story brick structure were evacuated and taken to a gro UP C01y sloic across the street Warren Stuart an employe at confined to the first floor About settlement of thorny local issues in several ports However every one was expected to fall in line once the longshoremen in the Port of New York accept terms of the new contract Included in the tentative con tract is a 32cent hourly wage boost spread out over a three year period The new pact pro vides also for improved vaca tions holidays welfare and pen sion benefits and other work con ditions 71 REBELS SLAIN ALGIERS UP French troops have killed 71 rebels dur ing vicious fighting in the last 48 hours it was reported Mon day Nursing Home were herded into other rooms when flames broke1000 55 out No one was injured accord ing to officials a nearby filling station was putting gasoline in a car when he heard the fire alarm in this castcentral Radio Commentary Carried on Page 2 One Mans Earl Halls weekly radio commentary usually car ried on page 1 for this edition can be found on page 2 The feature will re turn to its customary posi tion on completion of Edi tor Halls series of articles about his world trip Missouri town of s west of St Louis Heard Screams He looked up and saw smoke pouring from the t home He helped six inmates to safety be fore flames turned him back He told of hearing screams and cries for help The more water they poured on it the faster it he said In only a few moments the flames and smoke beat back rescue efforts Those who had not gotten out by then just didnt get OSullivan who had operated the home since 1948 said his patients ranged in age from 50 to 99 years He called it the Katie Jane Memorial Home
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