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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 20, 1962, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper for Hornj VOL 102 J CITY GLOBEGAZETTE newspaper t hot makes all lowans neighbors IOWA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20 1962 HOME EDITION nn k t No II 3 orbit Capsule picked Up at sea f son Arrests follow gunplay 2 men gir in custody By JAMES R OWENS GfobeGarette Staff Writer Thomas Rasmussen 30 told Mason City polic Tuesday how he and Ken neth Truesdell 31 Water loo robbed two banks took part in a gun fight and committed various othe crimes in this area Rassmussen from Mason City talked to officers who capturec him here Monday evening sev eral hours after a bank holdu at Plainfield Truesdell also i being held at Mason City as i Bonnie Harding 18 Ventura who had been with the men The girl was arrested at a Nashua ice cream store the Dairy Bar Truesdell was ar officers at Nashua who found him hiding in the cab of a parked truck after the exchange of uie two bank robbers and Plain field Marshal James Bossom 40 who had pursued the two t Nashua County Afty David J BuHer laid Tuesday that both Trues More photos on page IB dell and Rasmussen are being turned over to the FBI for ac tion on federal bank robbery charges However locallyfilea state bank robbery charges are still onfile and could be used later No decision has been madeasyet as to any possible charges against the girl Rasmussen admitting the Plainfield robbery of 515000 and the Feb 3 holdup of the American State Bank office at Hock Falls told what happened when the pair got to Nashua after fleeing the Plainfield scene We got out of the car he said and some giiy got out of a reddish colored station wagon I think it was and start me sp V4UOUU ujidijx Jerry ofWaterloo xms phptOTvas enap ped through a window by GlobeGazette photog rapher Ehvln Musser Truesdell 32 of Waterloo was Nashua after m partner in Ma son City Truesdell was bound over rfoFederalGrand Jury by US Commissioner Tom Jolas ona bank robbery charge us He was about he did not know whether tnehad the so away car he had was as yet reportedthem stolen Most of the way from Rasmussen admitted that courage to chase iffi I took off running then nd I dont know what Truesdell id He was still squatted beside he car stopped and talked to three U J Nashua to Sheffield a nd then to Mason City he drove on gray el roads belaid Mason City policeof course in the search1 Plainfield holdup idea was in spired by the lioldup of the same bank Jan 17by Ross 68 of Charles City Carroll was arid sen i fr 0iCJ iut jiaamussen ana to five years in prison et off the street They were Truesdell who were already t u ookmg for somebody in a blue identified by the girl as the that the bank ackct Rasmussen was wearRock Falls robber and one Rasmus HO HI MA H1C 5GI1 S were 7 vrv4c uiuug jjuci m me search gesmen and they told me to in for Rasmussen arid Jig a blue jacket I ran around by a used car ot and was out in the middle E the street when thisguy fired t me again I fired three shots ack at him I took off running Plainfield bandits Rasmussen was not in Mason City long before police detec tives Max Stephens and Duane Jewell received information that he was believed to be iiicf robbed and I didnFthink they would give any trouble Rasmussen and Truesdell had been charged with a Mason City car gain and got behind a house the city They nd reloaded the gun wouid be trying to contact Rasmussen said he then gotSons here in i a car and drove toward harles City From that point n he said he saw law officers everal times first at Nashua 1 VH Mh nd later at Sheffield although They and officer H J Joe Cookman went tothe Tapager household furnishings store at 14th and N Federal where Ras mussens wife is employed In theft some time ago and Rock Falls bank on e the day they were to have ap peared in court on that charge r armed the meantime other officers of when captured by a Mason City policeman after the car theft Rasmussen said he and Truesdell returned to Mason City afterthe Rock Falls hold up the girl She u and Stephens said the basement After that the three were in I1JVW t 1 J t door of the storerattled and thethree officers in the store assumed Rasmussen was hiding there Rasmussen later said he had seen Stephens arriving Minneapolis for a Spirit Lake in Wisconsin and Illinois Later they were in Orin near Oehvein and con sidered a bank holdup there J 41 A real he says on reentering atmosphere Atlas THOMAS RASMUSSEN T 11 r r Y anivuig omcicu a oamc noiaup there Jewell left to get ear gas but Then they went back to MinneM Stephens and Cookman had apolis and later back to Wiscon Rasmussen before he got it sin The Plainfield bank rob We told him to come planned at Prairie du with hishands up and he came D WS said out with his hands up Steph ens said Rasmussen still had the loaded 38 caliber pistol he In his final flight from Nash ua to Mason City Rasmussen said he got stuck on a rural ihad used at Nashua in his road near Sheffield at j breast coat pocket point and was pulled out ba Truesdell was unarmed when farmer with a tractor breaking he was arrested He had hidden3 car bumper in the process his gun in a lumber pile SherHe left the car near McKinley iff Harley Ehlert of Bremer County said As it turned out Marshal Bos somsr work had done the two School when he got to Mason City and it was recovered by police there In his statement Rasmussen admitted that he and Truesdell c aumiuea inai ne and Truesdpll out of any chance of keepingbroke into Johnnys Tap onN jthe Plainfield holdup the night before the When they stopped to pick up Rock Falls robbery ri f Earlier breakins he said the two committed were a one at the Richard Hughes home in the Willowbrook neigh the at the Nashua cream store his close pursuit resulted inthe gun fight and m the money being left in the North Iowa Snow beginning northwest late Tuesday con tinuing through Wednesday Lows Tuesday night 10 to 15 Highs Wednesday in low 20s Several inchesnew snow like ly Iowa Snow spreading over most of state Tuesday night and Wednesday occas i on ally mixed with rain extreme south Heavy snow northwest with 6 or more inches likely Rising temperatures Lows Tuesday night 10 to 15 north east near 30 southwest Highs Wednesday near 20 north to near 30 south Further outlook diminishing to flurries juttiuuig JLO ventura T v Sq Car after her arrest at Nashua She Xasrf custody at an ice cream shop and identified Jie men who stopped to get her there as the robbers of Rock Falls and Plainfield banks The Feb YV6re t0gether since the Rock Falls holdup ucuig ieii m me uie winoworook neigh getaway car Although a humborhood a hardware store at her of shots were exchangedSheffield Central Food Market here a yard at ThornMinnesota H e a v y snow in Americans proud of achievement FKOM OUR WIRE SERVICES WASHINGTON Congressional leaders Tuesday praised Lt Col John H Glenns orbital flight They were particularly elated be cause his space capsule was launched without the secrecy which accompanied similar Rus sian flights President Kennedy who watched the flight on television while meeting with Democratic congressional leaders was highly pleased A tremendous note of joy That was a friends description Of the atmosphere in the home of astronaut John H Glenn Jr in Arlington Va as fastflowing reports showed full success in the early stages the launching of the husbandand father into space flight As for the tense early moments i of the liftoff the Kev Frank A Crwin pastor of tte Little Falls United Presbyterian Church vhich the Glenns attend told re wrters It was quiet every body had his own thoughts Mrs Glenn and the two chil ren David 16 and Lyn 14 with everal friends and neighbors watched all the proceedings on three television sets in the living room The pace of business slowed all over the nation as the populace followed Glenns orbiting It was a milestone in US history and most citizens were aware of it The excitement almost was as great in Europe and even Radio Moscow kept a steady report oh its news broadcasts around the world New blizzard for lowans Another snowstorm was ex pected to spread across Iowa Ttiesday night and Wednesday litting hardest at the already buried northwest section The weather bureau said 6 nches to locaUy 10 to 15 inches could be expected in the north west which was covered with up to 20 inches of snow over the weekend The latest blast rolling out of the central Rockies and across Nebraska and South Da cota was forecast to hit all of owa from the severe fall in the northwest to 36 inches in he central northeast and south west and several inches in the outheast by Wednesday eve ning To add to the woes of the northwest which is still battling o get county and feeder roads opened brisk winds are ex pected to cause considerable a minuet yara at morn Mason city olice Chief Uo north Risacher who did much of the questioning of Rasmussen praised Bossom Tuesday He got the car and he got the money the chief said He of Mason City Chazens junk yard west of town a locker plant at Ventura and a VFW club at Lyle Minn Most of the breakins resulted in little gain for the pair south continuing Wednesday Highs Wednesday 10 to 20 Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 am Tuesday Photofax UP HEGOES The mighty Atlas rocket leaps off its launching pad at Cape Ca naveral Fla atop a tongue of flame Arrow points to Lt Col John Glenns space cap sule perched atop the 80foot rocket as it heads for orbit Maximum Minimum 20 On the inside Editorials page 4 Mason City News 67 Latest Markets 7 Society News 39 North Iowa News10 Sports IM2 ClearJake News 14 16 AP Photofax READY TO GOClad in his silver space suit John Glenn carries a portable air condi tioner as he walks to the gan try around the rocket and then climbed into his space capsule Glennremained in his spacecraft as it was picked up and placed on the deck of the destroyer Glenn reported my con dition is excellent He was still sealed in the capsule but maintained communi cations with those on board the ship pending his re moval His landing was in the prime recovery area which had been preselected about 800 miles southeast of this spaceport for a three orbit flight Glenn was hauled from the sea at 201 p m ESTHIS cap sule Friendship 7 was set down on the deck of the Noa at 204 p m Th crew of the Noa antici pating the possibility that it would beat helicopters to the rescue had painted a welcome sign for Glenn and had voted to make the veteran Marine the imps sailor of the month A few moments after the spacecraft was placed on deck Glenn climbed through the narl upper neck of the space cap get out onto the deck of he Noa At 2 14 p m Mercury officials aid Glenn had gotten out of the and was OnUie deck of the Noa From the moment he rose nto space until he plummeted nto the ocean the astronaut lave glowing accounts of is journey hat made it Iain he was having t h e ime of h i s ife Repeated y he radioed ack that I GLENN eel fine The view is tre The capsule is in ood shape And when he ipped through the atmosphere upon landing he commented Boy that was a real fireball In the space of five minutes the speed of the bellshaped capsule was cut from its top speed to about 270 miles an hour The fireball he saw was caused by air friction heating the capsule on reentry The space craft began its de scent off the west coast of America when braking rockets j fired at pm The tonanda half cabin then arched into dense layers of the atmosphere at an al titude of about 55 miles above the coast The big red and white parachute deployed above the capsule at the proper altitude and the spacecraft settled slowly toward the sea The whole world watched and listened as the Marine lieutenant colonel whirled on around the globe He did encounter some minor trouble with bis space control sys tem but officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Adminis tration said it was not serious Glancing at the earth at alti tudes ranging from 100 to 160 miles Glenn had a breathtaking panoramic view stretching 1800 miles from horizon to horizon He described the view as dous and a beautiful sight On the initial orbit GFenn a space meal of beef and vege tables from a squeeze tube con trolled the latitude of his capsule several times and made frequent instrument readings to ground stations When he passed over Australia
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