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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 27, 1961, Mason City, Iowa                             North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for HM VOL MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE The newspaper that makes all North I owans neighbors 1 r r y HOME EDITION Associated United PreM International Full Lease Wires MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 27 1961 7c Paper of Two 141 N Iowa Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KCIO 1300 pm Sunday KWLCi Decorah 1210 pm Sun WOI Amt Gldi pm Tuesday WTAD Quincy 930 pm Tburs WSUl Iowa City am Sat Its a matter of life or death IN AN EFFORT to attract your undivided attention Im going to invite your notice to a pair of wellauthenticated statistics As matters stand 1 Some 45 million Americans now living are destined to have cancer 2 This year about 85000 can cer patients will die who prob ably could have been saved by earlier diagnosis and more prompt treatment isnt much alas that can be done about these 85000 who waited too long But there is much that can be done about the 45 million who are only statistically doomed Its about this Id like to visit I hope I can hold your attention if I have succeeded in gaining it In the light of the fact that cancer is our second greatest killer next only to heart and circulatory diseases and that one out of every six deaths re sults from cancer its almost unbelievable that our real frontal attack on the scourge is scarcely a quarter of a cen tury old Its true of course that medi cal men with a specialized in terest in this field got together as early as 1905 and talked over the possibilities of doing some thing about it And its true that an organization identifiable as an ancestor of the American Cancer Society was set up in 1913 BUT THE REAL GIANT stride in the crusade against the stealthy killer wasnt taken until as recently as 1943 when a dedicated woman named Mary Lasker aided by her husband Albert Lasker faced up to the realities and demanded action commensurate with the prob lem for which solution was sought When somebody talked about a year for cancer re search the Chicago woman reared in the advertising busi ness made this comment Why that wouldnt be enough money to advertise a toothpaste for a year Down through the years there had been bickering between vol unteers and medical people there had been argument about whether the public should be told the whole ugly truth about cancer there had been stutter ing progress with about as much retreating as advancing But with this shot of young blood and a new point of view and purpose the marching or der was a fullvoiced Forward Into Battle The name was changed from unmanageable length to American Cancer So ciety The days of handto mouth financing were over IN 1945 when World War II was grinding to a halt the can cer crusade yielded an upto then unheardof total of 000 At the insistence of the Laskcrs a million of this was earmarked for research There was division in the ranks more than a little infighting and clawing But a new image emerged This whole story is impres sively told by Richard Carter in his book The Gentle Legions not so long off the Doubled ay Press In this volume the author deals in a forthright way with all of the major voluntary health organizaitons He pulls no punches But on balance the American Cancer Society comes out shining From that lucky day in the middle 40s when the cancer or ganization quit contending in its own ranks and centered its fire on the enemy cancer the pro gram has had two main arms Continutd on 2 waters rising again Battle of sandbags won at two points the high point of Sunday night the highest point in memory for The fight to hold the dike at that stream Both Willow Creek and Chesale Creek were upjMarstons addition began m again with indications there of heavier flooding than was m the evening stood during the weekend j At 8 Pm Glen Haydon Red Early Monday city residents could look with pride on a fewjCross chapter executive seere achievements in the battle against the flood Sunday but all thatitary and Maj Tony Magnani of was saved could still be lost National Guard met there A DOGSBEST FRIEND Human beings arent so bad after all exclaim the pet Boxers of Mr and Mrs Art Mehsling 607 Harrison NW after they were evacuated from their home inundated by the flooding Willow Creek Mrs Mehsling hands one of the pooches to fireman Dan Allen Supervisor killed west of Grafton GRAFTON Clarence Slat turn 61 Kensetl Worth County supervisor was killed late Sun day in a headon collision on a county road two miles west of here According to Worth County Sheriff Myron Lcraacn Slattum was driving a car which collided with another driven by Mrs Kermit Harriett Jean Kuntz 27 Grafton Authorities said the collision N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES occurred during a fog which re duced the visibility to about 300 feet Mrs Kuntz and four passen gers in the Slattum car were taken to a Mason City hospital They are Tom Fretty 33 Amel Dybvad and the Rev Hensel Hendrickson all of Kensetl and Mclvin Christian 63 Albert Lea Minn They were all in good condition Monday morn ing Mrs Kuntzs two sons riding with her David 6 and Brenton 3 were not injured Funeral services for Mr Slat tum are incomplete at the Con ner Funeral Home Norlhwoocl Russia favors Laos talks MOSCOW Soviet Union wants peaceful solu tion in Laos along lines suggested by British Com munist party paper Pravtla says JFK continues negotiations WASHINGTON President Kennedy met with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko to get message from Premier Khrushchev on Laotian crisis After an hourlong conference the two said they had joined in the hope that possibilities will be found for peacefully settling the crisis President and Brit ish Prime Minister Harold Macmillan agreed at Key West Fla meeting Sunday that Laos situation can not be allowed to continue to deteriorate SEA TO endorses force BANGKOK SEATO foreign ministers appeal ready to meet force with force in Laos U S Secre taryof State Dean Rusk says SEATO has obligation to assist the peoples of Southeast Asia in their fight for freedom Belgian government to change BRUSSELS Belgium Premier Gaston Eskens has submitted the governments resignation to King Baudouin after the right wing Catholic party was turned out in Sundays general election It was be lieved the partys trade union wing would join the Socialists to form a new cabinet North Iowa Cloudy strong shifting winds much colder with light rain ending Monday night lows in the 30s De creasing cloudiness diminish ing winds Tuesday highs in the 40s Iowa Cloudy colder and windy Monday night with rain cast and central lows 30 northwest to near 40 southeast Partly cloudy and diminishing winds Tuesday highs in the 40s Further and warmer Wednesday possibly beginning Tuesday night Minnesota Cloudy colder Highs Tuesday near 40 GlobeGazette weather up to 8 am Monday Maximum Minimum At 8 am Precipitation Sunrise Sunset GlobeGazette Weather up to 8 am Sunday Maximum Minimum data 51 41 44 70 Data 54 31 By JIM OWENS ilobeGazette Staff Writer Flood waters that were receding in Mason City early Monday began rising again at midmorning caus ing fear that the crests of Sunday night might be ex ceeded New rain was adding to streams already swol len by weekend thawing and rain At 2 p m the Winnebago River was within two inches of where the dike volunteers held the MRS JAMES Holub 53 11th NE who has lived at that ad dress 47 years said that the Winnebago was the highest she could remember although flood ing in the early 1930s was near ly as bad Volunteer effort saved the low lying Marstons Addition on the east bank of the Winnebago north of the bridge over that river on Carolina Sandbagging and pumps also kept the water out of the city water works at 13th NE and Elm Drive The dramatic effort was the hourslong battle for the new housing area in the Marston Addition Nothing like that was possible in northwest Mason City where there was no dike system to hold In west Mason City water cov ered an area oounded roughly by Parkers Woods on the south 7th NW on the north Tyler on the west and Jackson on the east Also under water on the west side of the city was an area around State and Monj roe Willow Creek which flooded the west Mason City areas failed to hit the high point it reached in 1954 However 35 or more families were estimated to have been evacuated some with Red Cross and Fire Department help A number ol persons chose to stay in their home in west Mason City in spite of water in the lower floors Chesale Creek forced evacua tion of some homes in West Haven when it went out of its banks there The flooded Winnebago River went into homes both east and north of Marstons Addition Record high water at Charles City CHARLES CITY The Cedar River here set a record at 9 a m Monday It rose to 2140 feet The previous high mark 2102 was set in 1933 St Marys Bridge which has been the subject of discussion because it is considered inadequate to carry present day traffic was under water Monday Traffic on Highways 18 and 218 was rerouted and both higftways blocked through town Authorities were watching the bridge fearing it might be xvashed out com pletely by the force of the All residents in the Oak Park residential section here some 100 families were evacuated Sunday night The Union Labor Center Salvation Army and the YMCA were opened for home less families Many private homes in Charles City were also made available to provide shel ter for floodedout residents Everyone left except a few diehards officials said The depth in Oak Park measured three feet The City Hall was sand bagged during the night in an effort to keep the rampaging Cedar River building Charles away from that On the Inside Editorials Page 4 News Quit 5 Society News 678 Sports 1112 Latest Markets 14 Mason City News 1415 Comics 16 Clear Lake News 17 North Iowa News 18 and the guard was called The first heavy equipment and Red Cross men were on hand and Mayor George E Mendon also at the scene had put in a call for sand FIVE MINUTES later a patrol of Red Cross personnel was assigned to watch for pos sible water breakthrough Ten minutes after that Haydon called the sheriffs office and fire department for flood lights and generators and both ar rived within minutes Haydon already 48 hours without sleep along with other Red Cross personnel made a Red Cross aid The Cerro Gordo County Chapter of the American Red Cross is talcing applications for assistance from families displaced from their homes by the flood waters McNeal field representative for north central Iowa is di recting the Red Cross relief activities in Mason City and Charles City Glen Haydon executive secretary for Cerro Gordo County chapter is conducting a survey to de termine how many homes are affected by the flood in Mason City LIZ LONDON RELEASED UPI Elizabeth Taylor left the London Clinic Monday blinking in the bright sunlight of an English spring day and headed for California City schools wcrefor a lonS rest but bus service was lim jitcd Immaculate Conception School just two blocks from jthe river did not open Monday morning The water had not yet reached the school but had drawn close The Cedar was expected to crest at 195 feet at Waterloo Monday night That would be the highest mark there since 1929 One Waterloo resident said 19 feet is the panic level here SAME quick check of other areas in the meantime getting a commit ment of shovels for sandbag use from the city water plant where cityemployes were holding their own dike In the meantime several hun dred large part arriving at the Marstons Addition in answer to the Red Cross appeal They and the first guardsmen on the scene began sacking sand as the first bags arrived on Red Cross or der They were also shoveling unbagged sand on the dike In the meantime moving vans were standing by to start the household goods evacuation in case the dike could not be held LEAVING BY BOAT Larry Birch 515 lllh NE and son Larry Jr used their duck boat to transport personal goods as they abandon their home in face of the rising water from the Winnebago River TIME TO RAIL Enright 412 1st SW uses a doityourself pump as he tries futily to empty the water from his basement Most Mason Cityans in this predicament found the situation hope less and wero waiting for the water to recede before calling in pumps GORDON SCHAPER Red Cross disaster chairman took over the job of general coordin ation and a headquarters was set up in one garage Althuogh volunteers city po lice Red Cross and National Guard personnel were working over the entire area coordina tion was surprisingly good Spec tators created some problems mostly in street traffic Police called from the temporary Red Cross headquarters finally had to block Carolina Avenue past ithe area except for the emergen cy traffic to the scene One group of guardsmen was sent to the Ideal Sand and Gravel plant to bag the sand so that it could be sent to the addi tion in bagged form and speed up the operations there At 9 pm things were well enough under control that Schap er said It looks like were go ing to whip it here BUT THE BATTLE was to continue for another three hours with the long line of bag passers forming first at one point then another to wrestle the sand bags to places where water would boil through In themeantime the overall city Red Cross operation from the downtown chapter houso was keeping an office crew busy Helping under Civil De fense arrangements were the local amateur radio operators with four base stations at city points plus a number of mohtla units in cars The radio work began about 7 pm Sunday and the fast re sponse on calls for bags lights and other needed   

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