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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1959, Mason City, Iowa                                North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edtod foe BOOM VOL f GiW GLOBEGAZETTE Nvwspoptr Thot All North iowons Neighbors LMM wine MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH i Copy ThU w HOME EDITION North Iowans Stunned by Blizza 77 Perish in Iowas Worst March Storm in 20Inch Fall at Fayette Southeast Hit Hardest THE ASSOCIATED PKESS Eleven persons were dead Friday in Iowas worst March snow storm in a decade The storm ignoring the ap proaching signs of spring only 15 days away pounded the state with winds up to 50 miles an hour Fayette led Iowa in the great est amount of new inches Two of the deaths came in traffic two as a re sult of being mired in snow and the rest from heart attacks caused by shoveling snow The state basketball tourna ment at Des Moines was post poned for a day because of the storm THE IOWA Highway Com mission who pulled its plows off the highways late Thursday whenlimited visibility and con tinued falling snow made the removal job impossible re newed its efforts Friday to clear snowclogged highways Southeast Iowa which usual ly is spared the worst winter Storms caughtthis one headOn Iowa City Ottumwa Fairfield Grinnell and Cedar Rapids were paralyzed and vir tually Several counties reported all highways both primary and closed Children got a chance to frolic in what dshoped to be the last snow of the winter when schools in many sections of the state were closed Friday In Des Moines where hotels already were crowded because of a basketball tournament scores of persons waited in line at hotel desks without any chance of getting a room THE MAMMOTH snow mov ing job was further hampered Friday by winds averaging 25 to 40 miles an hour and a taper ing off of the snow which is in its second day Traer reported 18 inches of snow while Albin had 16 inches Dubuque Marshalitown and Brooklyn got 15 inches Ottum wa and Grinnell 14 Mason City and Fairfield 12 Zear ing 11 Cedar Rapids Oilman and Pella 10 Des Moines and Sioux City 9 Spencer Council Bluffs and Emmetsburg 8 Hundreds of travelers took refuge in farm houses and homes in small towns HIGHWAYS west of a line from Bedford to Adel Boone Rockwell City Humboldt and Algona were snowpacked but open except Highway 64 be tween Hamlin and Guthrie Cen ter Highways east of a line from Bloomfield to Washington to Ce dar Rapids to Dubuque also were snowpacked but open Roads between these lines the commission reported were blocked with snow except the interstate system in Polk and Warren counties Highway 93 from Indianola to the Interstate Highway 30 from Boone to Ne vada arid Highway 65 from Ma son City to the Minnesota line Drifts piled up 20 feet deep between Dccorah and Ossian The snow stopped falling over the western part of the state during the night and was ex pected to end in the east Fri day Colder air will move into the state and with diminishing winds and dear skies tempera tures Friday night will drop to 8 degrees in the northeast and to degrees in the southwest The Weather Bureau said the storrc was the most severe for March since 1948 and the fiercest for a winter since 1950 The storm that lashed Iowa stretched 700 miles from Okla homa to lower Michigan Un thunder and lightning ac tompanied tht itorm j SHOW ME THEWAY TO GO HOME Windwhipped snowwas just one of for North lowansas they abandoned their cars and trudged to and from work Jane Hermann 826 10th is one enterprising Mason City GlobeGazette Photo by Gibbs office girl She brought into use a novel windshield wiper gimmick for her glasses She only has to move her jaws and a rubber band attached to the wip ers sets them in operation OBTAIN FOOD FROM CAFETERIA 75 Snowbound Overnight at State Brand Company Pioneer Loses Voice Batteries Go Dead About 40 women and 35 men were snowbound for 12 hours at the plant of State Brand Creameries on Highway 106 in southwestern Mason City Snowplows got through from Highway 65 just before noon Friday The milk packaging milk drying plant and butter print room workers who were scheduled to go off duty at midnight were unable to leave because of the drifts Some spent the nighf play ing cards others slept in chairs or on tables When breakfast time arrived they discovered the cafeteria locked and the cook with the key not yet there One man walked the half mile to the West Haven grocery and brought back come food Fi nally others broke into the cafeteria At the nearby soybean plant five men who started work at 3 Thursday were still on duty at noon Friday They couldnt get home and their relief workers couldnt get to the plant WASHINGTON Ui Pioncei V vanished into space Friday and may never be heard from again The space probe tracking sta Uon at Goldstone lost ontact at CST vhen the probes transmitting signals became very weak AT THAT TIME the probe as traveling toward the sun at about miles an hour miles from the earth The Goldstone station in tailed a special filter in its racking gear and followed the pace probe for an additional nine minutes The last contact was made at about ASKED IF there was any ikelihood of further contact ith Pioneer IV a spokesman or the National Aeronautics nd Space Administration said t was He that the irobes battery apparently had qne deadf it was unlikely that he Goldstone station would make any further search for it We think that this is he aid Pioneer IV is gone for SCIENTISTS at the British tation at Jodrell Bank planned o try radio telescope tracking ul the jet propulsion labora ory of the U S National Aeroi autics and Space Adminislra lon had no such plans At it was felt this would be impossible at such range with vehicle as small as pounder only 20 inches ong and 9 inches in diameter SCIENTISTS SAID Pioneer fill rush on a curving course oward the sun and will come ithin less than miles that body 11 days hence on i March 17 That will be the part of its solar orbit closest to the sun The PLOW LEADS THE WAY Battle Snow to Get Women to Hospital Law enforcement officers road maintenance and ambu lance craws battled the snow storm Thursday night to get a Mason City and a Manly woman to Mercy Hospital Mrs Jesse Cisneros Manly waited for two hours Thurs day evening before emergen cy crews reached the Louis Flores home where she was staying The patrolmen and ambu lance crew with a Highway Commission snow plow open ing the road for them took Mrs Cisneros to Mason City She was hemorrhaging severe ly at that time but the at tending physician reported Friday that she was in good condition THE OTHER woman Mrs Robert Bartlett Burchinal was staying at the Don Cur ley home 4W 21st S E Ma son City police at Friday rushed her to the hos pital behind a city snow plow She later gave birth to a girl Flores said he first called the physician in Mason City The doctor said it was im possible for him to get to Man ly and advised Flores to call a snow plow to open the road to his home Flores then began search ing for a snow plow at about S Thursday The Flores home is about a half mile north of Manty He didnt re member what plows he called for but said he called three different places plow was stuck the driver of plow was home sleeping and the other plow was broken down MRS FLORES then called the sheriffs office in Mason City The sheriffs office con tacted the highway patrol The highway patrol called for an ambulance and a plow from the highway commission garage The battle still wasnt end ed Flores said the snow plow fought its way to within a quarter of a mile of the home but couldnt go farther The highway patrolmen and am bulance crew then walked to the house and carried Mrs Cisneros on a stretcher to the ambulance Flores said the emergency help arrived at about more than two hours after he had started looking for help Many Roads Blocked 34 Inches in Month golden cone will travel on around the sun much as the earth does and next Sept 29 should be at the far point of its FOUND IN DRIFT r f 3 Storm Victims WAUKEE tjfi The body of the 3yearold girl lay face down in the snowbank There were no overshoes on her feet Beside her huddled form was that of her father once stricken with polio and who walked with a limp That was the scene Highway Patrolman Leroy Weber came upon Thursday night on a blizzardswept country road near here The father George Cotton 30 was dead There was what seemed to be a spark of life in the little girl said the patrolman I carried her to the Otis Dyrhond farm about fourth of a mile down the road We tried our best to revive her but The father and child had spent Thursday afternoon visiting friends near this small town west of Des Moines They had started home sometime before 1 oclock It was five hours ater when Weber trudged upon lie tragic scene solar orbit miles from the sun compared with the earths distance of 93 mil lion miles WHILE COTTON and his And in a year and a half headed for home aj neers orbit will take it to withfierce snowstorm howled in five million miles of th SJcie thcir car Mason City Diminishing snows and blowing snow Friday aft ernoon Partly cloudy and Friday night lows 8 colder to 12 earth the closest it will eve come again to its mother planet At one point about four miles from his farm home Cottons car got stuck in the snow A farmer pulled him out and Cot ton put chains on his car About a mile further down the road the car stalled in a snow drift again They left the car and started walking for help They walked nearly a mile before they Weber said The Dymond farm was almost in Partly cloudy slowly diminishing winds west dim inishing snow and blowin snow east Friday afternoon Partly cloudy and colder Fr day night lows 8 northeas to 18 southwest Partly cloud and slightly warmer Satur day with a few snow flurrie in the extreme highs 30 to 38 northeasl Minnesota Fair and colder Highs Saturday 20 to 30 GlobeGazette weather up to 8 Friday Maximum Minimum At 8 Precipitation 12 data 24 20 20 snow THE PATROLMAN startsdi his search when Cottons wife reported he and Carolyn were missing i Weber drove as far as hej could down the country roadj Then he set out on foot in the storm A farmer got out his actor and helped plow a path When the tractor bogged down Vebcr continued on foot The patrolman battled bitter wind and wet blown snow for several hours before he found he bodies There were drifts on the road as high as six he ris Waterloo international rep Strike at Oliver May Be Ending CHARLES CITY Har TRAFRC AT STANDSTILL Ample evidence as to blocked highways is given by the photo tsfken on Highway 106 near the southwest city limits of Ma son City Plows working from Mason City back ground had only progressed to this point by mid pholo by Musser j morning Several plows are lined up in tandem as they extricate one of several stalled cars and trucks before setting to work clearing out the fivefoot drifts said I caiied the Highway Commission They sent out a Jow and we got the bodies BOXCAR CRASHES CHERRY POINT UPI Marine Corps Flying Box car crashed in a swamp near this Marine air station Friday while trying to make mcnt landing during a heavy rainstorm Eight men were resentative of UAW said Fri day afternoon a tentative settle ment has been reached in the 35day strike against the Oliver Corp here Details were not revealed He said settlement terms will have to be put before the union membership before they can be definitely accepted Such a mepting will be held as soon as a large enoughmeeting place can be found in Charles City The sun came out Friday noon to smile on North lowans dig ging out of a snowstorm driven by a hard northwest wind which had blocked every high way during the morning By 1 the Mason City dis trict office of thq Iowa High way Commission reported the main north south highways open Both Highways 65 and 69 were open from the Minnesota line to Des Moines Snowplows were having a harder time on the eastwest roads Highway 18 was open from Mason City to Clear Lake and there was oneway traffic from there to Garner West of Garner it was stillclosed EAST FROM Mason City Highway 18 was open to Nora Springs but closed between there and Charles City No airline service was ex pected until evening North south buses were operating on late schedules at noon but ho buses were being sent eastj the Jefferson Transportation Co reported y At Clear Lake drifts were up to 12 feet high in placesalong the south shore reaching above roofs in some cases Snowplows worked throughout the night there opening major streets and streets to doctors homes and other possible emergency locations In the morning South Shore Drive was blocked south from the Touristville area Until Highway 18 was opened the town was completely blocked in Highway patrolmen kept traffic from entering Highway 18 at N 8th Street The storm was North Iowas third in less than a month The new snow brought Mason Citys total for that period to 34 inches Schools were closed through out North Iowa Mason City public schools might have opened except for a complication Supt P 0 Bruns void was notified soon after 7 that a transformer wire was broken at Hoover School and it had neither light nor The superintendent also said a number of teachers par ticularly those living outside Mason City reported they were unable to get to school THE MASON CITY bjses all were operating about on time Friday morning except for the Central Heights run Highway 106 was blocked by a truck across the road Snowplows and crawler tractors got it open by noon The taxicabs were swamped with calls reporting one of the heaviest traffic loads of the win ter There was no eastwest train service on the Milwaukee Road Friday during the day Thurs day nights eastbound train for Chicago did not leave Mason ity It was expected to go out on time Friday evening The westbound train from Chicago was stalled when it got o Iowa and returned to Mar quette It had still not ieft there n the early afternoon If it gets o Mason City Friday railroad men said it will not proceed vest but will be combined with he eastbound and return to Chicago The southbound Rock Island locket was reported on tj nd the northbound about minutes late The northbound Rock Island ue in Mason City at rrived at 10 The north ound Great Western was held t Clarion and was to irough Friday afternoon THERE WILL JJE ound on the Great Western to maha Saturday morning riday mornings Iraia ason City at   

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