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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 11, 1959, Mason City, Iowa                                North Iowas Daily Newspqper Edited for MASON CITY GLOBE The Newspaper That Makes All North lowans Neighbor s HOME EDITION VOL 7 Prew United Full MASON CITY IOWA WEDNEfbAY FEBRUARY 11 7o Copy Paptr CorulslJ of Two m Cost of Living Steadied Little Change Seen in 59 By JOSEPH SLEVIN New York Herald Tribune News Service WASHINGTON Two cant live as cheaply as one but hopesare rising that two wilt be able to live almost as cheap 3y Ihis year as they did last Living costs have been steady for the past six months and government economists Ihink there is a good chance that they will rise very little during 1959 The federal experts best cur rent guess is that living costs will edge up about one per cent this year ITS BEEN four years since living costs last went up as little as one per cent They dipped onehalf of one per cent in then inched up only three tenths of one per cent in 1955 They jumped per cent in 1956 and per cent in 1957 The pace of the advance slowed to per cent last year and the entire increase took place in the opening six months The big 1959 test will come during the spring and early sum mer Government economists say that if prices dont rise between February and August then theres a good chance they wont go up at all Food prices hold the key Living costs have been stable in recent chiefly because declines in food prices have off set increases in service costs But food prices customarily rise after midwinter and that mean that higher food prices soon may be added to climbing service charges and to any increases that appear in the prices of manufactured goods THE EXPERTS figure that theheat will be off after mid summer because fresh vege table crojs and fall cattle mar ketings will bring about a sea sonal drop in food prices unless bad weather intervenes The achievement of relative ly stable prices in 1959 GlobcGnzcltc pholo by Gllibs ANY OLD METHOD IN A STORM North lowans plodded to work during with a pair of snowshoes Here she steps Tuesdays snowstorm in or on just about every contrivance imaginable The GlobeGazette photographer came to the rescue of Connie Peyton 538 12th S off a snowbank at State ami Federal with the finesse of a veteran The only thing thats missing is her clog team Mush disappoint some of the investors who have been buying common stocks tohedge against infla tion Theyve been counting on substantially more than a one per cent a year price rise in making their stock purchases Soaring slock prices have cut yields to litlle more than 3 per cent Many investors may de cide that corporate bond yields of 5 to 6 per cent are more at tractive than stocks if living costs go up no more than one per cent Consumer prices last year were much more stable than has been generally realized The prices of durable goods including cars house furnish ings and appliances went up per cent but that was due large ly to a statistical quirk in new car prices Annual Legislative Session Called for in New House Bill Third Junior High School Approved FROM OUR WIRK SERVICES DES MOINES Constitutional amendment proposals which would reapportion the Iowa Leg islature and call for annual ses sions of the General Assembly were introduced in the Legisla ture Wednesday In the Senate a bipartisan measure called for the General Speed Limit on Rural Roads Voted OUR WIRE SKRV1CES trict on the basis of population in only one house while the other would be based on area On another Senate sent back lo a committee for further study a measure to allow union shops in Iowa The 399 vole came after al most two hours of debate over the merits of several amend ments filed by Sen Jack Miller RSioux which would al low the union shop with certain restrictions THE BILL was the same one which the House turned down last week Nine Democrats joined 31 Republicans in sending he bill back for study with as bly introduced in the 1959 from Floorleadcr Jack Assembly to convene in its regu lar session in odd numbered years but to meet in evennum bered years in a special session session would be devoted to btidgetry and finan cial matters including review and revision of the tax struc ture IT STILL WOULD allow the governor to call for a special session at any time Rep Willard Freed DGow rie proposed the reapportion ment of both houses of the Leg slature on the basis of popula ion His proposal was the ighth measure proposing redis ricting of the General Assem Floods Again Threat Bjr TUB ASSOCIATED TRESS The icechoked Sandtisky Riv er threatened Ohio ind its citizens Wedncs lay It WHS the hardest hit of Ohios northern cilics in new loods hat struck for the sec ind lime in less than a month There was a fool more water lian in the flood which coursed hrougli the city three weeks go Fremont still is in a slate f emergency from that disas er There arc business places dverlising flood sales from he January destruction AN ESTIMATED Fre nonl residents were forced lo vacualc their homes Tuesday nd early Wednesday Another 00 to 500 evacuees still are omclcss from the first flood he river was out of its banks or three miles through he city A huge ice jam clogs the San uskj lo the north where the atcr normally runs through larshy areas into Sandusky Jay on Lake Erie To the south there is another lass of ice five feet thick in ome places behind the Ballville am An Ohio National Guard demo tion team made an unsucccss il effort Tuesday lo crack the ce lo Ihe north of Fremont AT LEAST three ectly and re sulted from the second Hood so far There were 15 deaths last month At Finday with a population of the Blanchard River Vote by Precincts Precinct Mill Levy Bonds Yes No 1st Admin 81 658 208 5rd 8l IMcKiiiky 57 125 5th City Hall 7fvl 6th 547 71 h S 122 8lh 310 172 Yes 257 if 7 ISO 7I8 512 503 no No 213 UK 120 180 18R 123 17fi LANDSLIDE POISED Town Threatened j i ERBKIGOEN Switzerland A brilliant sun balhcd the Alpine mountainside Wed nesday and began inching the this thread of ice holding hack a tremendous landslide that threatens lo crush this little village beneath tons of rock dirt ice and snow Loud ominous grinding noises from Ihc moving moun tain feet above broke Ihc waniers bugle Ihiil would herald he roaring iviilanchi hat would send huge boulders crashing through their homes at 100 miles an hour Mountain engineers have given up all hope oT diverting Ihc moving mountain bill Ihc V a la is provincial cabinet called a mooting lo decide whether an attempt should be made lo break up lie land hush of silence that turned the slide wilh n trcmiindous dy village into a ghost town Townspeople and fanners gathered at the edge of he main street but spoke in hushed whispers in order lo be able to hear the bliisl of the namite explosion tt debated whether such a blast would split Ihc slide in two and send it into the bor dering pine forest and thus save Hie town crested late Tuesday night at more than nine feet above flood stage about a foot higher than Ihe January mark Approximate ly onefourth of the city was covered with water Civil De fense officials said about 200 persons are known to have cvac uated The worst flood in 46 yearfe bcganreceding at Wabash and the big battle against the onrushing Wabash River in northern Indiana switched to sandbag and pumping crews in Peru 14 miles downstream lundrcds of families were evac uated In SI Louis meanwhile the Maton City Fair andwarmc Wednesday night Lows 5 abtive Increasing cldiidines5 and wanner Thursday High 20 lo 25 Iowa Generally fair Wednesday night and warmer most sec tions Lows zero to 5 above northeast 15 to 20 southwest Thursday increasing cloudi ness and warmer Highs 20s islalure Sehroedcr hat iliju8e of cleaning up after He called for a House wilh noli woukl be seriously rcconsid DES M01NES of secondary road speed limits ofjmore Than 150 members I A DELAY in factory deliver ies and then in the introduction of dealer discounts at the end of the year caused new car prices to register a per cent rise during 1958 They will fall dur ing the months ahead The prices of durable goods other than automobiles didnt change last year Apparel prices went down onetenth of one per cent in 1958 and the prices of other soft goods except food declined threetenths of one per cent Food prices went up per cent for the year as whole The food increase a per cent rise in the cost of services and the sharp jump in new car prices were responsible for the per cent rise in overall living costs Sharp increases in four items sparked the 1958 rise in service costs The four were hospitaliza tion insurance premiums hospi tal room rates local transit fares and automobile insurance premiums The pace of the advance in rents and some other services has slowed in recent months Service costs have risen almost without interruption since the JGO miles an hour in the daytime Senale of aL leasl 75 members and 50 at night was approved by the IowaHouse 7922 Wednes daj The measure now goes tothe iast week passed a bill setting a 70mileanhour daytime speed limit on primary roads Before taking a final vote the House defeated amendments which would haVe set the limits of the earlier reappor tionment proposals would redis til Waterloo Blast WATERLOO UPI An ex plosion blew up he Wheeler wjjjiii WULIIU oti tut limns T at 50 miles an hour either day Molor Co garagc m downtown UiJJJVIUll W1U1U1UW nia or nighl and limited lie daytime Waterloo Wednesday injuring for rol can voLCj Jlc speed to 60 without setting any two men and destroying sev mid1930s but last years per cent rise was markedly smaller than a per cent in crease in 1957 SALARIES HIKED AMES Wi The Iowa High way Commission Tuesday ap proved salary increases for 062 of its employes The in creases range from to t ytar limit at night REP HILLMAN SERSLAND chairman of the sponsoring Highway Safely Com mittee said we will have ac complished something if this bill saves only two An e f f o r I by Rep John A Baumhpver to lower the daytime limit to 50 was shouted down Baumhovcr contended that many of Iowas secondary roads were absolute ly not suited for the 60 limit Rep Merle Hagedorn D Royal attempted to increase the nightime limit to 60 but eral cars and much equipment Firemen believed a boiler ex ploded The blast set off a fire and destroyed everything in the building not demolished by the explosion Three walls and the roof were leveled by in the onestory brick and con crete blofk repair garagc Roy Fink 62 and Clarence Ford 58 were injured and hos pitalized Fink was in serious condition with second and third reachecj degree burns Ford was in fair ly good condition major problems Another was he finding of new homes for the estimated made homeless by the twister THE TORNADO killed at 21 persons Seven others arc missing Of the estimated 300 persons injured 70 remained in hos pitals one in critical condition Some buildings were re ported damaged at a loss of million by the Insurance Board of St Louis In many other parts of the said in order to test the sinjstorm bet pounded by ice eerily of Republican leaders assurances lhat a union shop would be reconsidered The Miller amendments pro vided that a union shop could be negotiated by a company and a union but it would not ap ply to any worker who did not wish to belong to the union if he had been employed by the com pany for one ydar before Ihc union shop aggreement was Sehroedcr said the discussion on the floor of the Senate illus trated the Miller amendments were not palatable lomany Democrats as well as the Re publican Party which opposes the union shop Joining in a yes vote was Sen Andrew Frommelt DDu a union worker who had charged that returning it to the committee was railroading it o He withdrew his northeast to 30 southwest Fiveday Temperatures will average about 5 degrees below normal Thursday through next Monday Normal highs are 31 north to 40 south Normal lows are 11 north to 19 south Cold at beginning of period warmer over the week end then colder the first of next week Precipitation will average 10 to 20 of an inch occurring as rain or snow Friday or Saturday Minnesota Not socold cloudy High Thursday near 30 weather data up to 8 Wednesday Maximum Minimum 14 At 8 7 Precipitation 1 snow Skies Clear Cold Follows Skies were clear over Iowa Wednesday as colder air fol lowed a thrccdny sleet and snow storm into the slate The colder air dropped the temperature lo 18 below zero a I Spencer early Wednesday Mi son City had H below Winds should switch lo Ihc southwest in he western part of ihc state Wednesday night and lows will be from zero to 5 above n the northeast In about 15 above in the southwest A warming Ireml is expect ed Thursday over Ihc entire state willi readings likely to be n the 20s and 30s More snow or rain is likely Friday Tuesdays high readings were rom 13 above at Sioux City to a high of 35 at Davenport and Burlington Mason City had 1G Road conditions in Northern owa were improving rapidly Wednesday Al highways were pcn and in good sliqpc but here were numerous icy spots he Iowa Highway Commission also said motorists were still IK 75 in Favor of Plan Mrison Cily voters approved wilh a 75 per cent majority in Tuesdays special election conslruction of a third junior high school The new building at the cast end of Stale Street will cost equipped and ready for 700 students It is lo be com plelcd by September 1961 The proposal to use from Ihc mill levy fund to help finance Ihc school drew Yes votes and No The proposal lo issue worth of bonds was approved to The voles cast on the day following the worst snow storm of the season were more than had been expected The 10 incli snowfsill made it difficult for ninny to get their cars out so they could get to the polls THE TOTAL compared with a year ago the highest number ever cast in any special school election in Mason City That day the weather was fav orable The two proposals passed by heavy margins in every prc cinct Highest percentage given the bond issue was in the City Hall precinct Lowest was at Madison for lie district as n whole the vote on the bond issue was 74J Yes Stale requires a 50 per cent majority for all pub lic issues Use of Ihc mill levy fund carried by 75 per hare majority would have been leg ally sufficient THE SIZE of the vote and the margin as well show that people want lo support their schools if they can be assured of Ihc commented Leslie G Hawkins president of the board I feel sure that the success of the isucs is attributable large ly Lo Ihc work that was done explaining the proposals lo the voters There was an amazing spirit of cooperation throughout the community in getting that job The many groups and individ uals contributing their time and money also were mentioned by Supt P 0 Brunsvold He ex pressed his appreciation partic ularly forthe work done by the PTA Council in getting out the having tough going llirmigh VQl Fcdera owns as the result of I uesday sj tjop of jn provjdjng in 10inch snow his amendment also failed IOWA PUBLIC Safety Com missioner Russell Brown favored a 50 speed limit on sec ondary roads both night and aMts plant Plymouth Output Resumption Readied DETROIT UPI Chrysler Corp said Wednesday it will call back workers and re sume Plymouth production next day Rep Casey Loss DAlgona said he was against the bill be cause it would make a violator out of every driver on the sec ondary road ilnd Chrysler began closing its assembly plants Ihrcc weeks ago because of glass shortages caused by a strike al Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co New sources of glass have been obtained SAME 67 Black Irxfffn death In 2i hours IOWA gATKTT DEPARTMENT FIGURES snow sleet and rain storms for more than two days there were big communicajr lions clearing streets and highj ways and getting business in dustry and schools back to nor mal Tornadoes also hit areas in other parts of Missouri Illinois Indiana Ohio and Kentucky Six persons were injured in Ken Lucky and five in Ohio Many nomcs were damaged Iowa Road Spending May Hit Million AMES MVThe Iowa Highway Commission proposes spending more than million in its 1959 road construction program This program was approved at he commissions monthly mcetingj Tuesday but details will not be made public until Feb 25 A projected 23 million dollars in interstate highway construction 90 per cent of which will br fi nanced wilh federal funds is not included in the total AP Pholofax THEY WORK THIS WAY Rufus King gov ernment attorney tells the Senate Rackets Commit tee how slot and pin hall machines work was called to testify as the probers opened an inquiry into alleged racketeering in the coin machine industry racket formation and transportation to the polls the League of Women Volcrs in working on registra tion and Ihc Junior Chamber of Commerce in ils information program Replace Altimeters on New Airliners NEW YORK New Elec tra turboprop airliners with old standard altimeters were abls to land in bad weather Wednes day without special restrictions The Federal Aviation Agency lifted the restrictions Tuesday on condition hat a new lype of altimeter used in the Electra model be replaced with the old ypc temporarily The FA A posed more stringent restric ions on bad weather landings y the Lockheed planes on Mon lay six days after an Electra operated by American Airlines crashed into the East River with he loss of 65 lives 100 Gobs Stricken by Hepatitis in Italy NAPLES Italy UPI More lan 100 officers and men of the 6th Fleet contracted infec ous hepatitis duirng yearend berty in the Naples area the Navy announced Wednes The disease proved fatal in One case and 76 men are being treated in Army hospitals in West Germany Twentynine others contracted the highly in fectious liver ailment   

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