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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1963, Mason City, Iowa Cheer Fund drive hits i at the GtebeGa f or the time bow our in deep appreciation Thanks Mto the generosity of the readers the an imal Christmas Cheer Fund surged above the mark which was set as the goal project From theverystart of the fund drivea little more than two weeks ago it was evident that thepeople of Mason City their own way of expressing the true meaning of Christmas Their contri buttons will help hundreds M needy persons have a merry Christmas Tholitt of mostrocont includes many names United Home Bank sent two checks totaling one repre senting gifts of the employes With Jit was attached a note which said in part Our bank has discontinued the practice of passing out Christmas tokens and instead contributed St Joseph Mercy Hospital for the purchase of new furniture for thegeriatrics ward and to the Salvation Roosevelt Junior High School donated Mason City Junior College and the patronsof Farmers Feed and Grain Co and Mason City Brokerage Co tinallor giftr equally working girl sent faT memory of our son Delbert who was only 10 when We tost him a donation Lynn Ellen a little girl who for merly lived here but now re sides in California to help needy boys and girls in mem ory of JFK and so on 1 The Cheer Fund to a 10 Bring Globe Gazette or send it toT CHRISTMASCHEER GlobeGazette Mason CityIowa 50402 GOAL KEPOBTED Mr Md Mr Arthur Meytr 399 Clafce D X DiBtau v CHy Jnter UalUd BMM Buk MI UattM BMk Grau SM u4 Kob Grmta MMCttr Olrl Sent M ScbMl 7 I r Hlifc l IM SPJ K Sehrttt Cilkt Ellca New Clmb SbcfflcIA ghri Girii tlM Vrw AmmUUry MTWT Lake A JFK Jkke UM 3M MM MM 1MM tlt 5M SM ZM MM 3M 3Ofl SM ZM lM 1M SM lM 4M The Larry SwaBMit f Dataware In Memr A T FalUwi Gazette tM lM 2IW fM SM DAYS I 47178 TOTAL TOY DATE 6IVING PATS LEFT ONE newspaper thot mokes oil North lowons neighbors CITY GLOBEGAZETTE Home Edition mil MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECfMBER 23 1M3 a NO tn TOO die at sea OUT THE ROOF Fire roars through the roof of the William Blakeley south of Plymouth This is the scene that greeted firemen when they arrived atthe site The sixmember Blakeley family was away at the time and lost nearly all belongings home burns to ground Fire Sunday night destroyed the William Blakeley home a half mile sputh of Plymouth leaving the Blakeleys and their four small children with only a few pieces of furniture and a few items of clothing Blakeley who operates the R R Oil Co station at 1S24 S Federal in MasonCity and his family were1 visiting the A Ed Cornelius Home in Plymouth when the fire broke out The Blakeleys had been gone Jess than a half hour the fire was discovered by a neighbor Duane Graversprif Plymouth fire chief said there will be an investigation to determine the cause of the fire Itappeared he said that the fire started in the furnace area It was frorii bottom to top of thehouse when firemen arrived he said and saving of the house would prob ably have been impossible un der any circumstances Plymouth depart ment vehicles and one Mason FIRE turn to Page2 North Iowa Weather outlook cloudy day MttwUy night Hig4n m on 2 BUILDING of the Blakeley evening The propertybelongs to 3 n consumdandone chimney leans as of Mason City Some other buildings flames continue to mount straight up in the windless land Dorsey or the Photos by W R Maillard y saved in ship tire mfM OUK WIBE SERVICES GIBRALTAR Radio reports said rescue ships Monday picked up 900 survivors after fire and explo lons ripped through the Greek liner Lakonia cruising with 1036 persons aboard in the Atlantic 500 miles off he Moroccan coast About 100 persons were feared dead in the dis aster Four of the passengers aboard were Americans most of the rest were Britons A broadcast by the coastal radio station at Santa ruz De Tenerife in the Canary Islands reported ar TfYVlTTlof Qlxr i proximately 900 survivors had been rescued from the calm Atlantic waters and added that res operations were prac ically end S patched rescue planes from the Azores and Germany An Air force rescue spokesman at lamstein Germany said oneof he U S pilots reported sight 100 bodies in the water He said the planes sre xirted that all survivors ap wared to have been picked up Our reports from the scene describedthe 100 or so bodies as lifeless the Air Force spokesman said They said the bodies were in life jackets escaped in lifeboats Others jumped into the water to escape thenflames All but a handful of passengers were o British or Irish nationality The Argentine Salta andtoe British Mont calm changed course and hur the picked vup some 300 persons Others still were beingpulled from the the blaz ing 20314rton Greek liner passengers were a gay and carefree group when the Lakonia left Southampton Thursday for af sunshine cruise toMadeira Tenerifee and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic off northwest Africa Then shortly before midnight came the first wireless message telling of the fire aboard It was followed early Monday morning by this final anguished signal SOS f r o m Lakonia Last time I cannot stay any more in the wireless cabin We are leaying the ship Please help Crackling wireless messages said other rescue craft were hurrying through the Eastern Atlantic to help the Salta and Pictures of the burning ship are not available How ever picturts taktn the incident occurred art on Montcalm in rescue operations if rescue and search efforts also were being mounted In London worried relatives and friends flooded the offices of Ormos Shipping Co Ltd with phone calls RJ Atkins the companys passenger director said the liner was fully equipped with lifeboats and oth er equipment and everything was in working order The captain M Zarbis 53 i Greek was said to have ar ranged a boat drill for the pas sengers before the Lakonia left Southampton and there had been others since she sailed The craw was up al most entirely of Greeks and Germans The passenger list named four Americans P Piker of SHIP turn to 2 On f he inside Editorials4 Society rwws Sports Bowling Latest markets Mason City 141S Comics It Trantit 2021 North Iowa M CRUISE ENDS IN FIREAr rpw shows course of the cruise liner Lakonia Passage predictea oil aid bill WASHINGTON AP House Democratic leaders bringing theirabsent members back to work by planes predicted they would have enough Democrats on hand Monday to crack Re niblican opposition and pass the foreign aid bill by Tuesday at he latest And that wontbe any too soon for President Johnson his prestige on the line and his Tex as holiday delayed He and aides were said to lave kept the White House tele hone lines humming Sunday ryihgTtqwhip lip support for he measure in calls to con gressmen Arid at least one charter flight was reported picking up con gressmen in Texas Louisiana and Georgia who had gonehome early for Christmas and was needing them back to the capi al Who was paying for the light and perhaps others clear A spokesman de nied the White House was pay ng the bill However because of House a final vote on the bil ion aid appropriations measure was not expected before Christ mas Eve But even if the House approves the bill with its controversial provision on government credit guarantees for sales to Soviet bloc countries the Senate still must act And the senators most of hem home for the holidays mve no business scheduled all week and are not likely to vote before Friday at the earliest House Democratic leader Carl Albert of Oklahoma served no ice that there will be no ad ournment until the bill is ap proved Shopping days till
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