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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 21, 1957, Mason City, Iowa                                Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited tot the Home h MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE T HI THAT NIWSPAUR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10 WANS HIORS HOME EDITION VOL LXIII Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Seven CcnU Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 21 wf This pJOer of Two r IT IT i Death Toll in Tornado Mounts to 37 ExNorth I o wans Safe v t Homes Are Destroyed At least two former North lowans had the roofs blown awa over their heads in the Kansa City storm Neither was hurt Two others were in a basemen while the tornado swept awa houses a few feet away Billings a former Maso Cityan told of lying unharme with his family between the mat tress and spring of a bed whil the tornado demolished the f am ily home Carroll L Stover formerly o Sheffield lay on the floor of th Ruskin Heights shopping cente while the tornado destroyed it He was only two doors from th supermarket inwhjch 17 died First Word Stovers parents Mr and Mrs Henry P Stover Sheffield firs hadword from a relative in a suburb near Ruskin Heights Sh said their son was safe but could not call them because emergen cies were the only outgoing call permitted from Kansas City They then called him at hi home He and five women work ers and one customer were in tht store when the tornado struck All were in the front of the store and when he saw the storm ap proaching he shouted for them t run to the rear away from the large plate glass witdows They were only half way to the heheardthe tornado roar arid He sfibutedf for all to the floor As they lay be tweenthe counters the storm took the entire building away Car Missing He still does not know wha happened to his car which Bac been parked in the parking lo outsidethe store The store own er came to the store and took the employes home Stover 27 is attending Kansas City Bible College Hewas born and reared at Sheffield God certainly was protecting him his father commented in telling about his sons narrow escape Billings now a switchman with the Kansas City Southern Rail road told the story to his mother Mrs Rex Billings 823 Van Buren N E in al am phone call Tues day Billings reported standing in his yard watching the cloud when the tornado swept in upon the city about 7 pm The Billings home has no basement and a neighbor advised shelter in the bed seeking the Billings with his wife and four children the oldest age 7 stayed beneath the mattress while the home was destroyed about them Called Miracfe Billings mother Tuesday called the familys survival a miracle Billings told her at 1 am that a place had been found for the children to sleep An unidentified caller to Mason City haps a Red Cross representative assured Mrs Billings that her sons family was unhurt It was her first word of the Kansas City storm The home owned by the Billings family at Kansas City is in the Ruskin Heights area a section which some of the worst storm damage was done to the home destruction the family garage was smashed in badiy damaging the Billings car No Basement M Sgt and Mrs George H Law living in Hickman Hills saw the storm coming directly toward them Since their home has no basement they the home of a friend three doors away and all crouched in the southwest corner of the basement Mrs Law called her parents Mr and Mrs L H Mohr 17 Mon roe N W to tell them about it She and her husband had to get in their car and drive to a nearby town in order to reach a telephone from which they could call Their back yard adjoins a rail road right of way with the tracks about 20 feet above the yard level The new ranchtype homes on the other side of the tracks were leveled Mrs Law said They live on the west side of the tracks where nothing was touched Sgt Laws parents are Air and Mrs George Law Route3 Clear Many of the houses have only toundations remaining Dwellingon either side of Ike Submits Trimmed Foreign Aid Budget Showers Stay in Forecast A warning of some locally were fore cast for northeast Iowa Tuesdaj night alongwith thepossibility of a tornado The Weather Bureau said the storm area would be roughly northeast of a line from Musca tine to Algona Thunderstorms heavy rain anc il pushed across Iowa late Mon day and the Weather Bureau fore cast more precipitation in the statethrough Wednesday x Asevere thunderstorm over the Council Bluffs Omaha area dumped 227 inches of rain while Corydon in Wayne County re cevedl50 in hours Hail stones the size of marbles fell at Audubon High Winds Mason City was pelted by loudburst Monday evening which left 175 inches of precipitation most ofit falling in a twohour period High winds accompanied he rain and knocked loose some viring and a number of small tree limbs The Weather Bureau said that despite heavy nfinfall in some areas all rivers and streams in the state ivere expected to stay within their banks In the Quad Cities area early Tuesday a funnel cloud was sight ed at an altitude of about 18000 feet butno damage was reported Other Reports Rainfall amounts in the 24 hours ended 7 am Tuesday included Kanawha 141 Forest City 106 Dumont6S Emmetsburg 78 Al lona 118 and Iowa Falls 95 Des Moines on the other hand received only 08 The sun managed to break hrough the overcast Tuesday norning to send the mercury back to seasonal levels But fre quent showers remained in the orecast Scandinavia Notes Royal Visiting Day COPENHAGEN Denmark UP was royal visiting day Tties ay in Scandinavia Britains ueen Elizabeth II and Prince hilip were paying a state visit o Denmark and Queen Juliana nd Prince Bernhard of the Neth rlands were paying a state visit o Sweden John English in Line for Becks Berth WASHINGTON LW John F English general secretarytreasl urer of the Teamsters Union Tuesday was reported elected tc the AFLCIO Executive Council spot from which Dave Beck was ousted Monday English who had been oppos ing Becks activities within the Teamsters organization for sever al years is a 67yearold veteran and respected leader in the giant truck union Beck Teamsters Union presi dent who invoked the Fifth Amendment against possible self incrimination when questioned by the Senate Rackets Committee about spending of union funds was ousted as an AFLCIO vice president and executive council member The reported selection of En glish to replace him was regard ed as an implicit vote of confi dence by the AFLCIOs top offi cials in Englishs efforts to clean up irregularities in the Teamsters organization Reports mounted meanwhile lhat the Teamsters executive 3oard was preparing to oust Beck from the Teamsters Union presi dency English was reported as receptive tothe selection of John T Sandy OBrien Chicago a Teamsters Union vice president to succeed Beck as president Braves Game Will Be Played at Austin The Mason City Braves against the Austin Packers at Austinwill be played Tuesday night at 7 pm as scheduled It was postponed originally but an afternoon call again put the game on the slate when it was decided the diamond would be in satisfactory condition This is ths Southern Minnesota League opener for both clubs U SHas Developed a Truly CLEAN HBOMB ffi clean hazards h Unted States has developed a truly Hbomb which would minimize the potential health to far from the battlefields of nuclear war 4J V WuetheP RuSSia f00 h The Russians have claimed some of their tests were C to cwt down fallout But a rfr 1tWM Detonated in southwestern Sibtra if caused unusually heavy fallout in Japan this country Russia and Britain wfll not 4ift level of Dam Crumples Under 8Inch Rainfall Stillwater Flooded STILLWATER Okla but tha driving rain con heavy rainstorm crumbled a dam Tuesday and drove 2000 persons from their homes in this North Central Oklahoma college town There Was no immediate ports of casualties but it reared the city of 20000 would be isolated by flood waters from Sanborn Lake re A driving rain began hitting the area at 9 pin Monday and by 2 am Tuesday it measured eight nches Shortly before 3 am the rig dam gave way turning loose he lakes waters on Stillwater lome of OTdahoma State Univer sity formerly Oklahoma A M The National Guard was called out to a i d police firemen and civil defense workers in the eva cuation job Water coursed through the city tinued Authorities issued a call for boats to help in the evacuation Residents were being evacu ated to the American Legion Building in downtown Stillwater which is on a hill The east west andsouth parts of town were hard hit The major problem appeared to be the inability of stpjm sew ers to handle the runoff Levels of two other lakes Lake Boomer and Lake Carl BiacfcweU were rising and the rains continued FLU EPIDEMIC MANILA UP A major flu epidemic raged in the Philippines Tuesday with 60000 cases re ported in Manila alone Hundreds of U S servicemen were af About SAME flag tie Inffjo death IP 1 houri The Weather Mason City Mostly cloudy with thundershowers likely late Tuesday night and mild with low around 50 Partly cloudy and mild Wednesday high around 65 Iowa Mostly cloudy with scat tered light rain or drizzle cool er extreme southwest Low Tuesday night 4550 west 5055 east Wednesday mostly cloudy mild cooler extreme southeast Minnesota Showers windy cool er Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 am Tuesday Maximum Monday 66 Minimum Monday night 45 At 8 am Tuesday 66 Precipitation 1 74 YEAR AGO Maximum 85 Minimum so FACES OF TERROR Oral Lawrence carries Sheryl Jackson 3 out of the wreckage of her home moments after the tornado passed over Billion Slashed From Defense Fund WASHINGTON UP Th House Appropriations Commute Tuesday cut a 775000 of President Eisenhower request for new defense funds an called for a general belttighten ing in Jhe military But committeemembers con ceded that half the cut reprcsen ed bookkeeping savings They said it is questionabl whether any big part of the slas will show up in enforced spendin cuts in the new fiscal year starl ing Jufy i The committee said the naluf and extenfof the military threa against the United States and it Allies appears in certain re spects to have somewhat abated And it said excessive spending fo defense itself can impair security The committee therefore rec ommended to the House a biUcar rying in new appro jrjations to finance the Army Navy and Air Force in the 1 months starting July i The Pres dent had asked for Taken at face value the cu amounted to 7 per cent of th request The reduction irought claimed savings by the louse or its Appropriations Com mittee so far this year to more nan billion and was certain o bring renewed demands for a tax cut Appeal to Public WASHINGTON President Eisenhower formally submitted a mmmeddown for eign aid program Tuesday and told only sound way to get a substantial fax cut Is to succeed in waging peace Eisenhovverjcautioned skeptical economy minded legislators that they face a graVVfesponslbilJty to maintain foreign aid at a level dictated by the dangers we face The safety of our country thel preservation and strengthening of world peace the minimizing of risk to American lives and U S Jet Flown to Paris Nonstop in Seven Hours McGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE N J jet fighter piloted by a Korean War ace dashed non stop from New Jersey to Paris Tuesday in less than seven hours a spokesman at McGuire Air Force Base reported The F100F Supersabre jet pil oted by Maj Robinson Risner landed at Le Bourget Field Paris at about am the spokesman said Risners arrival inParis high lighted celebrations of the 30th an niversary of Charles A Lind berghs flight which Paris has never forgotten Lindbergh made his flight in hours Civil Rights Biii Is Sent fo House Floor WASHINGTON UP The House Rules Committee Tuesday cleared President Eisenhowers civil rights program for action by he fuil House The vote was 84 to send the longdelayed measure to the floor cj LI at left aiso injured was not identified JONES REELECTED WATERLOO UP The an t MS1 of the Associaledihower said refusal to and BeauliciansSquate support now for 200 on Kansas City Hit Hardest re sources in future years theChief Executive said all imperatively demand that we hold fast in our worldwide collective security ef fort Biggtit Taik In supplementing our countrys defense the tested and proven nutual security programs give hgr American people more seciir typer dollar invested than any ther expenditure they make In our most important task of the waging of programs lay firmer foundations nan any other effort of our conn ry Eisenhower was repeating fam liar arguments in a special 5000 word message to Congress Tuesday night he will back up is bid for keeping the foreign aid srdgram rolling in a radiotele vision appeal direct to the nation Eisenhower pointed out he al eady has reduced his request for id to friendly nations mil ion below his January budget es imate Nearly all this cut he said is KANSASCITY The seasons worst tornado smashed across the south edge of Kansas City at dusk Monday night dealing death and destruction along ah 80 mile swath in nearby Kansas and Missouri Rescue counted 37 dead after a night of toil Xwith flash lights automobile headlamps and portable floodlights At least 200 were in some seriously injured Twentytwo werei killed at Sil verton Tex on May 15 in tha worst preyious tvyistcr this year On May 25 in 1955 i tornado wiped out little Udall Kan 175 miles southwest of Kansas City killing 80 f Hit Mondays big wind concentrated its worst destruction on Ruskin Heights and Hickman Hills about 12 miles south of downtown Kan sas City and four miles east of the KansasMissouri line Gov James T Blair of Missouri ordered martial law there and mobilized the 110th Engineers ol the Missouri National Guard for rescue and relief work The Red Cross set up disaster headquarters A force of more than2000 moved in by daylight to search for more bodies ahd piece to gether scattered families Most of the casualties were in Ruskin Heights and Hickman Hills There also were dead at Ot tawa and Spring Hill in Kansas and1 at Martin City and Lees Sum mit in Missouri The Red Cross estimated 975 families affected at Ruskin Heights with 11 dead InifUl Survey An initial survey showed 90 to 100 houses destroyed in Ruskin Heights along with a 15store shopping center and the new two million dollar high school Seventeen bodies were removed from an A P supermarket in the shopping center The wind leveled the Ruskin Heights shopping center is if it had been bulldozed J M Kaesner one of the first to reach it said The place was filled with people who were moan ing and crying It was just as bad as if a bomb had hit out there Police called for air ambulances nurses and doctors Collection stations were set up for the injured in Kansas City Inde pendence Mo and the Richards Gcbaur Air Force Base at Grand view Police also appealed for mobile generators and portable flood lights to facilitate rescue work The storm wiped out power serv made possible by savings in he military assistance program He aid these savings can be carried yer into the new fiscal year be inning July 1 and represent not efcrred spending but a real sav ng Special Bead Whether this slash will ice Struck The storm struck first at Otta wa Kan 60 miles southwest of Kansas City Mr and Mrs J A Marsha both 78 were killed A motel and restaurant were de stroyed five big transport trucks were unended and several houses were wrecked The Kansas High way Patrol reported 22 houses destroyed or heavily damaged at Rantoul just east of Ottawa At Spring Hill Kan half way to Kansas City the tornado smashed the new home of Isham Davis and killed Davis his wife aifloli Will OC JllS nough to satisfy the legislatorsjand two daughters 7 and 5 vho have drawn a special bead on II crossed into Missouri ho have drawn a special bead on oreign aid spending as an econ my drivetarget is open to ques on Eisenhower told the lawmakers hateveryone is seeking to cut the ost of government and all of us ant taxes reduced when possible ithout injury to our country There is however he said only one sound way for us to chieve a substantial tax reduc on That tvay is to succeed in aging peace thereby permitting substantial cut in our heavy lilitary expenditures A substan Ql TTl rt jrl4u i Missouri miles south of downtown Kansas City smashed the eight block bus iness district of Martin City into rubble and killed Lowell Atkinson a storekeeper The black funnel veered slightly off Us northeast course as it ap proached Kansas City dipping across Grandview Hickman Hills and Ruskin Heights about p m Kansas City radio and television stations had relayed repeated warnings from the Weather Bu reau advising to take al cut in these expenditures in shelter in basements tie face of present world condi ons would be foolhardy For the same reason Eisen the reelection of Earl Muscalme as president Jones ade our son could hardly be more illadvised or illtimed GETS AWARD MOINES John Clinton had the prize raphcrs of Iowa and was Bta the Frank Medlar award Monday   

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