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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 19, 1965, Mason City, Iowa The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors HOMI EDITION 10c a One MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY NOVEMBER IMS Associated Pieii Full Lease Wires VOL 105 No 241 Up home valuations here 20 By DAVE McMILLEN per cent increase could amount to million A proposed adjustment in 1965 property tax assessments may raise the assessed valuation of residential buildings in Mason City from to The Iowa State Tax Commis sion Friday revealed that it had ordered a 20 per cent increase in the assessed valuation of all homes and residential buildings within the Mason City limits Adjustments were ordered in 82 of Iowas 99 counties Since there will be only a slight change in the present mil lage rate of 106054 Mason City home owners could expect a 20 per cent tax increase according to Marvin E Welters Mason City assessor Assessed val u a t i o n adjust ments ordered in other North Iowa counties are Floyd An 8 per cent in crease on all residential land and buildings within cities or a 10 per cent increase on such property in Charles City only Franklin A 20 per cent in crease on all agricultural land 19 per cent on residential land and buildings within cities or 30 per cent boost in Hampton only 30 per cent on residential land and buildings outside cities Hancock A 10 per cent re duction on all Agricultural land and a 10 per cent increase on all agricultural buildings Hardin A 14 per cent in crease on mercantile lots and buildings within cities and an 8 per cent increase on residential land and buildings within cities or a boost of 20 per cent on mer cantile and residential property in Iowa Falls and Eldora only a 50 per cent increase on land and buildings outside cities and a 20 per cent increase on all in dustrial lots and buildings Kossuth A 20 per cent in crease on all agricultural build ings Mitchell A 20 per cent in crease on all agricultural land a 6 per cent overall increase on city and town residential realty or a 10 per cent increase on such property in Osagc only Winnebago A 10 per cent reduction on all agricultural buildings Worth A 10 per cent reduc tion on all agricultural build ings Wright A 20 per cent in crease on all agricultural land and a 10 per cent increase oi all industrial land and buildings Woltcrs Friday denounced the proposed adjustment in Mason City and said he would write immediately to the State Tax Commission asking for a hear ing Tax Commission Chairman Lynn Potter said the order was tentative and officials of the lo cal laxing districts have until Dec 1 to request a hearing on the changes ordered He said the hearings will be completed as soon after Dec 1 as possible and the commission will issue a final order after the hearings of the way After hearing of the tax com missions order Welters ex pressed surprise I thought we were right on the button he said referring to Ihc current valuation of on resi dential buildings in Mason City Beat off 4 assaults PLEIKU South Viet Nam Uft Vietnamese gov ernment paratroopers rushing to link up with battle worn US air cavalrymen in the la Drang Valley ran into a fight Friday night near the Cambodian frontier A US spokesman said Communist North Viet namese troops put up stiff resistance to a southward march of the paratroopers near the frontier and in flicted light casualties Heavy fire held up the para troopers part of a South Vietnamese regiment being committed to the valley battle The American cavalry men who beat off four Communists assaults dur ing the night reported a relatively quiet day Moving out from a position just outside the valley in the remote highlands near the Cam bodian border the bloodied but still battling Americans report ed 21 of the enemy had been killed and one captured during the night and Friday The troops of the 1st Cavalry Airmobile Division suffered light casualties a US spokes man reported He said the latest enemy toll brought to 1207 the number of North Vietnamese dead since the battle began in the la Drang Valley Sunday B52 bombers from Guam made two more raids on sus pected North Vietnamese posi tions west of the 1st Cavalry forces During the night the North Vietnamese fired mortars and small arms into thethree main American positions and stormed them in platoon to company strength The Americans en trenched in deep foxholes fought them off Mortir fragments damaged a large troopcarrying Chinook helicopter and a light spotter helicopter US and South Vietnamese forces were engaged in a major buildup to reinforce the hard pressed cavalrymen A South Vietnamese force of regimental size was moved into the battle area about 35 miles south of Pleiku and 6 miles east of rthe Cambodian border American transport planes ferried gasoline ammunition and food into Pleiku At Pleiku airport 1st Cavalry details were trying to identify dozens of American bodies brought in Thursday The Com munists had removed all identi fication from the soldiers slain in an ambush Wednesday In marked contrast to their hitandrun tactics earlier in the war the Communists showed no sign of breaking off their at tacks despite their heavy losses US officers believe that the Communists badly need a major victory over US forces to bol ster their morale feed their propaganda mills and move to ward a position of strength from which to bargain in any peace negotiations which might devel op The Americans also showed no sign of retreating Their loss es were not known because VIET NAM Turn to 2 SAME DATE1H4714 To mark death of Kennedy NEW YORK AP Memori al observances will be held in many parts of America for resident John F Kennedy on Monday the second anniversary of his assassination Gov John A Volpe of Massa chusetts the slain presidents home state proclaimed a John Kennedy Memorial Week starting Sunday Said his proclamation It it itting that now two years after lis death we recall not the grief which was felt in every nation at he shocking tragedy of his as sassination but the challenge which he extended to all Ameri that of personal sacri ice and heartfelt endeavor for ones country for he will long ymbolize the ultimate accept ance of that challenge in Dallas where Kennedy was shot on Nov 22 1963 there were plans to mark the anniversary with a number of church serv ces and the placing of wreaths at the assassination site One of the wreaths will be laced by Miss Laura Alexan der recently named Demo cratic Woman of the Year on ehalf of the Democratic clubs JOHN F KENNEDY Remember his death of Dallas County Democratic women of Dallas County will attend a memorial Mass at Sa cred Heart Cathedral The Knights of Columbus Council in West Dallas plinned a memorial and wreathlaying Sunday after noon The Catholic archdiocese oi Washington announced specia Masses at St Matthews Cathe dral where the Kennedy funera was held and at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception A unique observance at Papil lion Neb will take the formo a longdelayed postoffice dedi cation The dedication originally was scheduled for Nov 22 1963 but it was postponed indefinitely because of the assassination On Monday postal officials am members of the community wil dedicate the building as a Ken nedy memorial Mayor Bernard Eichholz o Coyington Ky proclaimed Monday as John F Kennedy Day asking citizens to re member in their prayers our late president and the causes to which his whole life was dedi cated Amish children run from sheriff Children of Amish flee law Not on bus to school OELWEIN AP Weeping children fled into corn ields and wooded areas Friday o avoid being put on buses and ransported to public schools The childrens crying mothers stood by as the youngsters ran off to hide while Buchanan Bounty officials pursued them One boy Emanuel Borntrag er 15 was caught by Deputy Sheriff Tony Wengert and put on a bus The boy offered no physical resistance Later Wengert and County At torney llarlan Lemon picked up a Jittle girl But officials re leased the two children and re treated from the area Authorities aboard a bus wen lo the two Old Order Amish schools in the Hazleton area to bring 32 children to a public school staffed by statecertified eachcrs The Amish schools are taught by persons of their own beliefs with only grade educations The commission had ordered assessors to assess property at 27 per cent of actual market value Slate law says property should be assessed at 60 per cent of market value but that figure hasnt been used for years Welters showed figures that the ratio of assessed property in Mason City to property sales in 1964 was 271 per cent The ratio of residential building value to sales was 257 per cent he added In 310 actual instances of property transactions during the first nine months of this year the ratio of assessed value to sales was not far off the 27 per cent figure Wolters added These figures he continued would be brought out in his hear ing before the State Tax Com mission He cited Johnson County as one of the 17 counties in which no adjustments were ordered by the tax commission He pointed out that in Iowa City Johnson County the ratio of assessed property value to sales was 188 per cent and the ratio of residential building value to sales was 187 per cent Both of these figures are well below the 27 per cent figure be ng ordered by the commission Wolters added and these fig res also will be placed before he commission during the hear ing Wolters said he had not re ceived an actual copy of the ax commissions order but had obtained copies from the county auditor and assessor No reason for the increase was given he added The pro posed adjustment affects all residential buildings in Mason City including homes garages arid other buildings The in crease would not affect the as sessed value of the land on which the buildings are situated le said Until this evaluation matter s settled the county auditor can not go ahead and set the 1966 ax levy Wolters pointed out Sheriff Fred Beier watches as a group of Amish children dash toward a cornfield Friday morning where they hid and es Photofax caped being taken on a school bus to Hazelton See other picture on Page 2 Inside The Globe FIRST art gift to museum Page 6 HUTCHENS MAKES first team allstate football se lections Page 9 Editorials4 Comics 5 Mason City news 67 Latest markets 7 Sports 910 TV section1102 Society news 13 Clear Lake news 14 Classified pages 1617 North Iowa news 18 Defense budget is expected to top billion CHARLESTON SC AP Rep L Mendel Rivers DSC chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the 1967 defense budget will probab ly exceed billion Rivers made the prediction Thursday after meeting in Charleston with Secretary of De fense Robert S McNamara The regular 1966 defense budg et approved by Congress two months ago totaled Aircraft plant struck ST LOUIS Mo AP Ma chinists union members walked orderly picket lines in front of McDonnell Aircraft Corp here Friday and at one gate of the JS space complex at Cape Kennedy Fla Union and McDonnell negotia tors met in Washington with the Federal Mediation arid Concilia tion Service in an attempt to set tle the strike that began Thurs day midnight Production of SO Phantom jet fighter planes usedin Viet Nam and Gemini space capsules was stopped by the walkout of 17000 machinists in St Louis Some 500 members of other unions re fused to cross picket lines but 18000 engineers and white col lar workers reported as usual The impact of the strike at Cape Kennedy was reported to be small District 9 of the AFL CIO International Association of Machinists is bargaining agent for 235 McDonnell employes there as well as the 17000 in St Louis The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said some McDonnell technicians showed up for work Friday despite the strike enabling setting of work schedule to carry the Ge mini program through the week end without delaying the launch date of Gemini 7 A final sys tems test was to start on the spacecraft Friday Eugene Glover vice president of District 9 of the International Association of Machinists and company officials flew to Wash ington for a meeting today with federal mediators Spokesmen for the company and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said a prolonged strike could upset the Gemini launchings The strike also will affect Mc Donnell aircraft and testing op erations at Edwards Air Force Base Calif and Holloman Air Force Base Alamogordo NM However other work at Cape Kennedy is not expected to be affected By picketing only one gate the machinists allowed some 3000 union construction employes working on space projects with other aerospace firms to enter without crossing picket lines Guiana will become independent in May LONDON AP British Co lonial Secretary Anthony Green wood announced Friday Brit ish Guiana will become inde pendent next May 26 Greenwood made the an nouncement as chairman of the British Guiana Constitutional Conference which opened on Nov 2 and ended at Lancaster House today The conference agreed on a new constitution calling for a sovereign democratic stale with a governor general representing Queen Elizabeth II as its titu lar head British support for the new country to seek Common wealth membership and assur ances that Britain will sponsor Guianas entry into the United Nations The South American country will revert to its former name of Guyana McDonnell machi n i s t s had staged a fourday wildcat strike in St Louis one week earlier when union leaders would not authorize a walkout They returned to work after union officials promised to au thorize a strike if the latest company offer was rejected More than 11000 machinists jammed into a downtown audi torium to vote down the offer overwhelmingly Wednesday McDonnells last offer of a nincccntanhour wage increase for each of the next three years was termed a fair offer by local union leaders But they balked at company rejection of a modi fication of a nostrike clause loosening of a wage freeze to permit qualified employes to move up belter distribution of overtime additional paid holi days QUEEN RECOVERING BRUSSELS Queen Mother Elisabeth 89 is recovering from a heart attack she suffered two weeks ago She got up Thursday and listened to classical records palace sourc es said AmJshman Abe Yoder whose own children attend the schools said the youngsters had been in structed not to resist violently nit not to gel on Ihe bus will ngly Arthur Sensor superintendent of the Oelwein Community School District said that when he bus arrived at school No officials found no children here Then they drove over to school 2 Sensor said one Amish oy told him that the teacher lad instructed the children to lide in a cornfield behind the school when the bus came Finding the second school also empty the officials returned to school No l and found 14 stud AMISH Please Turn to Page 2 Phntofax TEACHER SOBS Katie Miller an Amish teacher sobs Friday morning as she stands on the steps of Amish school No l Officials were looking in cornfields for children who ran for cover The proposed adjustment also will hold up preparation of the 1966 tax lists to be turned over to the county treasurer Jan 1 he added All farm land and buildings commercial and industrial land and buildings and residential valuations in surrounding Cerro Gordo County and towns were VALUATIONS Please Turn to Page 2 Form wife is acquitted of murder ALBERT LEA Minn A southern Minnesota farm wife the mother of three children was acquitted of first degree murder Friday in the death of her husband However Mrs Ida Swehla 30 found innocent on the grounds of insanity was com mitted to the Minnesota Secur ity Hospital at St Peter Mrs Swehla wept as the jury verdict was read With her in the courtroom were her daugh ters Kyle 5 and Robin 10 and her son Michael 12 The children were taken to the home of relatives Mrs Swehla was charged in the fatal shooting last June of Leo Swehla 31 at the couples farm near Alden The mother who is pregnant testified that she was kicked in the abdomen by her husband just before the shooting She said she could not remember the shooting Dr Reynold Flom St Paul psychiatrist testified that Mrs Swehla was unable to control her actions after she was kicked and her unborn child was threat ened North Iowa Weather outlook Variable cloudiness Friday night and Saturday Warmer Friday night lows in upper 20s Cooler Saturday in low 40s Weather details Pa9e 2
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