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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 1, 1965, Mason City, Iowa QUAKERTOWN Pa AP Numbed by the tragedy a 52 yearold father sat in a state police car Wednesday and watched investigators probe the smoking wreckage where six children burned to death The victims were the children or foster children of Mr and Mrs Chester Allen Sr The chil dren died Tuesday night when a fastspreading fire trapped them in their onestory wooden home in a rural area near this southeastern Pennsylvania com munity A seventh child was critically burned Allen sat in the back seat of to the state police car staring straight ahead asinvestigators in the predawn darkness tried to learn what caused the fire Chester Allen Jr 19 said the victims were his brothers Eric 1 ami David 11 and four foster childreirhis parents cared ifor Jack Jones 2 Robin Jones 8 Penny Jones G and Ronnie Jones 7 The son said he left his father at the house Tuesday night ami went with his wife Elaine and a sister Elizabeth 17 to pick up the mother at a nursing home where she worked Chest er Jr said when they left his in Pennsylvania father had been trying to light the furnace to ward off sub freezing cold As they returned home about 45 minutes later Elizabeth said We saw the flames going up one side of the house By the lime we got there the whole joint was gone Chester Jr said he and his mother tried vainly to reach the trapped and screaming chil dren but were driven back by the intense heat Finally the mother managed to drag out a son Alonzo 12 who was taken to a Quakertown hospital in crit ical condition Chester Jr and his mother also were treated for burns The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors HOME EDITION UOc a One MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 1 W5 Associated Press Full Lcnne Wives VOL 10S No 751 All about BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANDREW Edward Nicholaisens farm house was gone his elderly mother was dead of burns and his family was homeless Wednesday Mrs Kitty Ann Nieholaisen 90 died in a fire Tuesday despite his desperate efforts to save her Nicholaisen who farms five miles south east of this Jackson County community was visiting with a neighbor when he saw smoke Only the elderly woman was at home Smoke and flames forced Nicholaisen back when he started to crawl through the living room toreach a rear bedroom Trying the rear of the house he said he broke a window but again was driven back by the heat KEOKUK Seven of the critically burned victims in the armory fire here last week have borne up well in a transfer to a military burn center at San Antonio Tex authorities here were advised Wednesday The death toll rose to 12 Tuesday when Leo May 51 of Keokuk died at a hospital in Burlington The seven patients among the 16 remain ing on the critical list were flown to the mili tary burn center at Brooks General Hospital in San Antonio DAVENPORT Five Davenport residents have taken further steps seeking to block any application from Scott County for the war on poverty They said in a letter to the regional di rector of the Office of Opportunity at Kansas City that no need has been shown for the pro gram and any use of federal funds would be illegal and a breach of faith with Scott County people Sponsors of the letter were state Sen Ken neth Stringer Charles Parmele Trave OHearn John Burrows and Peter Barelett FORT prisoners Thomas Henry Hagge 28 and Frederick Thien 38 were given an additional five years each to serve Tuesday for escaping from a prison farm near Newton They were recaptured in Des Moines the same day theyfled Both were servingtime oh false check charges James John Byrnes 37 accused of leaving the state without permission last April was sentenced to five years for parole violation DES MOINES lowans have bought out the entire public offering of stock in a distillery to be built near Fort Dodge it was announced Tuesday Beaver Creek Distillery Inc offered the 1356750 shares at per share Nov 9 A rectifying and bottling plant is to be built in the Fort Dodge vicinity LINCOLN Neb For the eighth time Darrel Parker serving life for the 1955 strangu lation slaying of his wife Nancy in Lincoln has lost a bid for freedom In his latest appeal Parker now 33 relied on the US Supreme Court new doctrine that a suspect is entitled to an attorney when the case moves fromthe investigative to the accusatory stage District Judge Herbert A Ronin said the famed decision did not apply retroactively in Parkers case PQCAHONTAS Services for Herm Hem ker Minneapolis interior decorator killed in a plane crash Nov 14 in Utah will be held here at am Monday Hemker 26 was the son of Mr and Mrs Herman Hemker of Pocahontas Burial will be at Hastings Minn Tuesday CHEROKEE Mayor Dale R Goldie 74 whose second term ends Jan 1 has resigned for health reasons His successor Tom Bootby was elected in November SPOKANE Wash Services will be Thursday at Lewiston Idaho for Dr Erling Thoen professor emeritus of dentistry at the University of Iowa who died here Monday He was 73 Thoen retired in 1961 He and his wife moved to Spokane four years ago after Mrs Thoen suffered a stroke while visiting here She had been in a Spokane nursing home since if BOONE John Walker 72 of Boone was fatally injured Tuesday when his car was struck by a Chicago and North Western westbound freight train at a crossing here Authorities said Walker started driving across the tracks after an eastbound freight had passed and apparently did not notice the other train The car was dragged about 295 feet Start refugee airlift Shoots wife kills himself Mason City man is dead A story of marital difficulties and failing health was being pieced together Wednesday fol lowing what police described as a suicide and attempted murder Dead is Edward John Crow ley 59 who was found early Wednesday in the home of his sister Mrs Burton Pine 408 2nd NE with a gunshot wound in his right temple Dr John MacGregor deputy county med ical examiner has ruled the death a suicide His estranged wife Bonnie Belle Crowley 47 now living in Milan 111 Wednesday remain ed incritical condition at Mercy Hospital Mrs Crowley was to surgery at the hospital where slugs from a 22 caliber revolver were removed from her face arid chest Police said eight spent cart ridges from the revolver were iound in the living room and front porch area at the Pine lome Officers said Mrs Crowley and her daughter by a previous marriage Mrs Warren Booker 26 also of Milan had left Illi nois about 10 pm Tuesday for Mason City The Crowleys who had been married about 14 years had been separated at least two months police said Relatives told police Mrs Crowley was not returning to Mason City for re conciliation with her husband Authorities believe that Mrs Crowley had stopped at the Pine home o give Crowley a dog she had brought from Illinois Crowley had fallen asleep on the davenport in the living room Tuesday night Mrs Pine report ed she was unable to awaken him about 10 pm The big unanswered question police said is what actually hap pened when Mrs C r o w 1 e y walked up to the house Mrs Booker and the dog were in the car parked in front of the home Whenshe heard the shots Mrs Booker ran to the home of Walter Gaffney 407 2nd NE to call police The re port was received at am Investigating officers said they found a few 22 bullets in a desk drawer in Crbwleys bedroom where he had stored clothes Police believe Crowley saw his wife at the door went to the bedroom for the revolver and the shooting followed Mrs who was n a nearby bedroom of the one story home reported she was awakened by the gunshots She quickly called an ambulance and started applying towels to Mrs Crowleys wounds to stop bleed ing When officers arrived they said they found Mrs Crowley lying on the enclosed front porch Mrs Pine told officers her brother was in the base ment Upon opening the basement door Crowley was found dead on the stairs with the revolver nearby Police said an autopsy is planned to check for other injuries or wounds Police relatives reported that Crowley a retired painter had been suffering from emphy sema in his lungs and had been told by doctors he was not ex pected to live more than 10 SHOOTING Please turn to Page 2 To carry up to 1000 weekly MIAMI Fla A Pan American Airways charter plane flew into Miami Wednesday with 82 from Communist Cuba kicking off an airlift that could go on fnr years if Fidel Castro sticks to his promise to let his people go The plane reached Miami International Airport from Veradero Cuba at pm hours late because f mechanical trouble and edtape On behalf of President ohnson a welcome mes age from the US State TflV f Department was read to IVJW VA13W he exiles on the plane Nearly 1000 exiles thronged Miami International Airport waiting hopefully to see the re membered face of a relative among the first group of 82 They were due originally at Mitchell Cuban refugees leave airplane The first of the 83 Cuban refugees to arrive at Miami Fa Wednesday by plane crowd the lad Plintofax der The refugees boarded at Varaclero Cuba Inside The Globe NEW BOSS for 7th Fleet Page 15 CONGRESSMEN setting travel record Page 11 LBJ declares war on price increases Page 27 Society news North towa 1213 If Clear Lake newt 20 Editorials 22 Sports Bowling news 31 Latest markets 32 Mason City news323337 North I owo Weather outlook Partly cloudy and mild Wednesday night and Thurs day Wednesday night around 30 Highs ThwrMlay in upper Weather Details On 2 Weeks war toll b 459 Vietnamese SAIGON South Viet More than 3300 Amcr AP The destruction of jouth Viet Nams 7th Regiment in sayage fighting Saturday raised the Vietnamese weekly combat dead to 459 the govern ments secondhighest toll of the war a US military spokesman announced Wednesday Another 185 government sol diers were missing in action and 861 were wounded man said the spokes The number of American dead dropped to 40 in the week ending last Saturday the spokesman said This compared with 240 Americans killed the previous week the biggest US casually list since the United States began sending troops to Viet Nam nearly five years ago In were addition wounded tf m and Americans five were leans have been killed in the Viet Nam combat The US toll last week was also far below the 70 and 86 Americans killed in the first two weeks of November No US units engaged Com munist forces of any size during the week while the Viet Cong made at least two and possibly three regimentalsized attacks on Vietnamese units Five other Communist attacks were of bat talion size and four were of company size The spokesman said 1539 Viet Cong were killed during the week giving US and govern ment troops a favorable kill ra tio of 3 to 1 Many of the South Vietnamese soldiers fell in the devastating attack on the 7th Regiment on an abandoned French rubbei plantation 45 miles northwest o Saigon Saturday Some US ad vipers were aniong the casual tics No major ground action waf reported Wednesday but th Viet Cong kept up guerrilla pres sure striking before dawn a three small government outpost in the central highlands south of the big US air base at Da Nang Communications wen dead with one of the camps U S Marines had their firs action in some time in the Hue Phu Bai area north of Da Nang exchanging fire with about 2 Viet Cong The Leatherneck killed one Communist and VIET NAM Weather details on page delayed DES MOINES AP A weeks delay until Dec 7 ha been ordered in the hearing o a court suit which challenge the states effort to adjust prop erty tax assessments in 82 of Iowas 99 counties Further proceedings in the case brought against the Iowa Tax Commission by Mitchell County were suspended Tuesday by Polk County District Judge Dale S Missildine Attorneys representing Scott and Greene counties and the cities of Newton and Marshall own also were represented as complainants against the com nission order when Judge Mis sjldinc callcd a conference in lis chambers Counsel for the commission ncl the governmental bodies onferrcd with the judge for an iour and a half before the hear ng was delayed until next Tues lay at 2 pm Judge Missildine said testi mony will be taken at that time f it is necessary He indicated hat he preferred consolidating 11 grievances against the com mission rather than to have eparatc actions Mitchell County objected to i Tax Commission order that it farm property valuations 0 per cent and residential pro perty G per cent It sought a emporary injunction and later final order The countys suit contended he adjustments would work a lardship on the county because t would be impossible to make he required changes and certi y the assessments to the coun y treasurer by the Dec 31 deadline set by law Other complainants said the collection of 1966 property taxes vould be delayed and local spending bodies would run out of money Earlier Tuesday counsel for he Tax Commission asked dis missal of the Mitchell County action on grounds that the coun ty had until Dec 1 to ask a com mission hearing on its tentative order but had not done so More than 20 counties have re quested such hearings Judge Missildine did not rule on the dismissal motion am Replacement of navigational equipment aboard the Pan American World Airways plane caused a delay in takeoff for Cuba of more than an hour Pan American later reported further delay in Cuba while officiate ex amined i documents of the refu gees A passenger list issued by the US governmentoperated Cu ban refugee center in Miami showed that 19 of the refugees would remain in Miami The other 63 were slated to join rel atives in Illinois New York California Massachusetts New Jersey West Virginia Virginia and Colorado The plane bringing the refu gees had taken off for Cuba at am an hour and 12 min utes late Between 80 Oand 1000 refu gees are expected weekly start ing next week The air lift the product of negotiations between the US and Cuban govern ments is to continue indefinite ly Most of the exiles are to be transferred to cities throughout the nation One flight daily is expected this week and two flights daily after that Sundays and possibly Saturdays will be excluded Refugees qualifying for the migration program are those with relatives in this country Parents of children iii the Unit ed States will be given pref erence a U S official said Wednesdays flight was the first between United States Cuba and the by commercial Arrest man for burglary WASHINGTON AP The FBI reported Wednesday the ar rest by Montreal police of a man charged in the burglary of a Syracuse NY office of Brinks Inc in which an antitank gun was used and was tak en The FBI had placed the man Joel Singer 22 on its list of ten most wanted fugitives Nov 19 A 20millimeter cannon was allegedly used by Singer and his uncle Jack Frank to blast open the Brinks safe during the week end of Oct 2324 airlines since June 1963The U S government is paying the refugees fares The flights between Vera dero Cuba and Miami followed boat lifts from Camarioca and Matanzas Cuba to Key West Fla which brought more than 3000 refugees The final boat load of 18 men 42 women and 23 children reached Key West Tuesday night aboard the U S chartercd Skipper K This migration followed a September 28 offer by Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro to remove departure restrictions The restrictions continued in the case of youths of military age physicians and some tech nicians Nine airlines are to alternate in flying in refugees The first Pan American World Airways will transport them till Christ mas SAME OATE1H47S4 Blck Plac Tnfflo Dtilh hi il Bean
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