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Sandusky Star Journal And Daily News (Newspaper) - April 29, 1941, Sandusky, Ohio STAR And Sandusky JOURNAL Daily News FOUNDED 1866-NUMBER 101 SANDUSKY, OHIO, TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 1941 S^^^J^S^ PRlCF_pe� copy 1 mivl, j cents II. S. TO DOUBLE CAPACITY OF TNT PLANT HERE Maintenance Men Get Coal Mines Ready To Resume Production BULLETIN^ WASHINGTON, (Al>)-The United Mine Workers union announced today that soft coal production woild be resumed Thursday morning in the nation's bituminous fields shut down since April 1 in a dispute over a new wage contract. BY FRED BAILEY WASHINGTON, (UP)-The 28-day suspension of soft coal mining which impaired and threatened to disrupt national defense production ended today and 400,000 miners return to work tomorrow. Maintenance workers in mines of both the northern and southern Appalachian fields were ordered to prepare them for a resumption of work at once. Railroads marshalled thousands of empty coal cars to rush new supplies of the vital fuel to steel plants and other defense industries whose stocks were approaching depletion. - ) - Informed sources said tonight that German troops were "approaching the last harbors in extreme southern and southern Greece." President Roosevelt's formula whereby they will reopen their mines, continue their negotiations with the United Mine Workers (CIO) and make retroactive ^the agreements which result. This formula, which the southerners had rejected on April 21 and again over the weekend when it was urged by the defense mediation board, had already been accepted by the northern operators and the union. John L. Lewis, president of the union, promised Mr. Roosevelt that the miners would return to work as expeditiously as possible and almost all mines were expected to be reopened tomorrow. But full coal production will not be achieved before Thursday or Friday and it will be next week before the railroads can start replenishing the depicted stocks of industry. The northern Appalachian operators, who employ 250,000 men, reached a "tentative agreement with the union two weeks ago providing a basic wage scale of $7 a day, a $1 a day increase. The southerns had broken away from the Appalachian conference to establish a separate conference, and offered an 11 percent increase in wages, less than the northern operators had granted, and increasing rather than eliminating the wage differential between north and south which the union had sought. (Continued on Page 2.) The Plum Brook ordnance plant capacity will be doubled, the War Department in Washington announced this afternoon and more land will be required. According to the United Press dispatch, the $11,000,-000 plant will he inenxtsed to such size as to be able to double the expected output of some 205,000 pounds daily of TNT and DNT. While work for the plant is just getting underway, and not ail of the. former land owners have been paid f�r their property, this newest step of the War Department is not expected to slow operations on the present setup. According to the United Press, another 1,000 acres of land will be purchased for a total of 8,800 acres, 7,800 acres being in the original plot. The cost of the plant will also be doubled, the United Press said. With Captain Jermain Rodenhauser, commanding officer of the plant in Columbus today, it was not possible to get confirmation in Sandusky. None of the other officers said they were able to verify the report. The enlarged plant, according to reliable sources, will probably take in other land west and south of the present area. This, however, was not official, being based on reports heard several months ago when a group of farmers in that area went to Washington to protest on possible expansion. While Washington sources denied' at that time that any expansion was contemplated* at least one of the representatives of the farmers group who went to the capital, reported on his return that such expansion vas sure to follow. The United Press dispatch follows: WASHINGTON, (UP) - The capacity of the new TNT plant known as the Plum Brook ordnance works now under construction near Sandusky, will be doubled' by the War Department, it was learned today. The cost of the plant, originally estimated at $11,-900,000, will also nearly be doubled, it was understood'. The 7,800-acre tract on which the explosive factory is being built, will be expanded about 1,000 acres, it was understood. "Sakt5LZflM"iround TNT Plant To Average 3,500Jert From Outside Limits Of Plum Brook Ordnance Area Selectees Of May 12 Are Named Today Dover Battered While British Watch Egypt For Drive Eastward BY UNITED PRESS Axis armed forces stepped up the tempo of war today on widely scattered fronts from the straits of Dover to the Egyptian desert, renewing speculation on whether Adolf Hitler would strike next at England or in the Mediterranean.' The carefully-watched "invasion pattern''" was also seen in a four-hour blitz air raid on the important south coast, naval base of Plymouth, which suffered its fourth raid in seven days and which reported unusually severe damage, Portsmouth, Berwick and other points in England were attacked. German big guns on the French ?-�---- coast bombarded Britain for five \ \X 1 IV 1 National Debt Peak Forecast 90 Billions The Weather Fair and somewhat warmer tonight, Wednesday cloudy with mild tempearture followed by light showers at night or on Thursday- DEATHS Mrs. Robert Moosbrugger. 70, 630 Reese-st. Mrs. Charles Spieker, 51, 634 Camp-st. MARRIAGE LICENSES Eugene J. Young, S3, farmer, Sandusky, and Esther M. Gurtz, 29, Castalia registered nurse. The Rev. W. G. Armitage to officiate. William J. Bingley, 23, assembler, Sandusky, and Helen M. Baldizer, 19, Bay Bridge, packer. The Uev. Cornelius Dobmyer to officiate. BIRTHS Mr. and Mrs. Christ Mayer, 904 Warren-st, a son, at Memorial Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Miami, 1313 Milan-rd, a son, at Providence Hospital. New- from warring coun- ^ tries is subject to censorship. It may sometimes be misleading. It is the right and duty of every American citizen to do his own thinking, hold to his own beliefs, and not permit himself or his country to become a victim of emotionalism or propaganda, i _- Congressmen Hit Retail Sales Tax For Defense Fund WASHINGTON (/P)-Two. members of the House ways and means committee today condemned the principle of a retaiFsales tax as-a-means of raising part of the $3,600,000,000 in new revenue sought for defense. The sales tax suggestion was put forward on behalf of the New York state Chamber of Commerce yesterday by William J. Schief-felin, Jr., chairman of the chamber's committee on taxation. He told the House group that the state chamber was not "urging" such a levy but thought it should be considered. Representatives Robertson (D-Va) and Disney (D-Okla) had only criticism for that method of federal taxation, and Robertson predicted that the committee would follow, in general, the treasury's recommendations calling for sharply higher income tax. This forecast aroused considerable attention, for previously several committee members had indicated a preference for the (Turn to Paye S-No. 10.) Mines Reopening Will Boost Loading The announcement that the southern bituminous mines would be re-opened was good news here, where the strike had suspended shipping operations this week. No freighters came here yesterday or today for coal and all along the lakes the shortage was beginning to be felt even in fleets carrying ore and stone exclusively. At most lake ports there was 10 coal either for fuel or cargo. Opening of the southern mines will help the situation here materially since much coal dumped here comes from the south. WEATHER OUTLOOK Extended weather lorecast ioi the period from 6:30 p. m. April 29 to 6:30 p. m. May 3; Region of the Great Lakes - The tern perature will average much above normal but with somewhat cool er latter part of period Precipitation will average light; showers or thunderstorms beginning Thursday in Lakes Superior and Michigan regions and spreading slowly eastward. Beginners On Violin Appear Next Monday One of the unusual features of the big instrumental music festival of the Sandusky public schools at 7:30 o'clock Monday evening in Junior High school auditor-ium will be the appearance of the beginning: violin students in the schools, and the grade school orchestra, B. F. Aldrich announced. W. E. Edmonds is in charge of both the young violinists and the grade school band. Violinists taking part will be: Monroe School: Kathleen Har-ple, Iretta Lilje, Elwood Clemens. Barker School: Evelyn Young, Doris Guss, Lyle Schnittker. Osborne School: Laura Sausser, Alma Nissen, Barbara Bertoch, Alice Stadler, Ellen Brandstrup. Hancock School: Ann Evans, Kathleen Wellbaum, Jane Sartor, (Turn to Pago 8-No. 9.) Public Relations Officer Announces Certain Houses Will Be used for Officials, Others Sold; Crops Within Safe: ty District to Be Harvested and Sold, the Federal Government Taking Bids. The "safety zone" around the Plum Brook ordnance plant will average about 3,-500 feet, it was revealed today, with the fence to be erected at that distance from the outside borders of the 7,- Although it was presumed for some time that a "safety zone would be established, the distance involved was not made known until today. Meanwhile, plans to utilize buildings within the area to house officers of the ordnance division of the War Department Meier Wine Co. Is Shipping Wine And Renovating Plant The Meier Wine Co., which recently took over the plant of the old Sandusky Winery on Camp-bell-st, has started making shipments of wine to the company's wine cellars in Silverton, a suburb of Cincinnati, Frank Wermes, superintendent of the local plant said today. Most of the 300,000 gallons oi wine in the winery when it was purchased by the Meier concern about two months ago will be shipped to the Silverton plant to make replacements and to clear the local cellars for the coming fall press of grapes, Wermc state. The Sandusky cellars wil hold 350,000 gallons. Wermes said he was experiencing difficulty in getting labor to do the work at the Sandusk> winery, there being an apparent shortage of labor here, he added. The Meier company also pur chased the vineyards of the Sandusky Winery on North Bass Island WPA Report Lists City, County Work On Roads, Streets Better rural roads seems to have been the aim of WPA workers during the five and one-half year existence of the Work Projects Administration. Of 73 miles of highways, roads and streets improved in �rie-co during this period a WPA report shows that 61 were of the rural or farm-to-market variety. All road work completed duiinp. 1940, 20 miles in all, was of this nature. Three of the 21 bridges or via ducts WPA has built were added during the past year. Slights-more than half of the bridge? built are of wooden construction with the balance masonry. The newer bridges have all been ma-sonary, however. An extensive amount of work was done in building culverts ami providing road drainage during (Turn to Page 8-No. 7.) 4,000 Quota For Buddy Poppy Sale By VFW Auxiliary One out of every 20 persons in 97 cities of 100,000 population or more purchased a V. F. W. Buddy Poppy in the 1940 nationwide distribution sponsored by the Vet-crans-of Foreign-Wars of the United States. One out of 24 persons throughout the country as a whole, bought one of the symbolical little red flowers to wear on Memorial Day in honor of America's hero dead. Approximately 3,500 local posts of the V, F, W. and many thousands of its members will lend their, efforts to the 20th annual Buddy Poppy sale Saturday, May 24, in an "all-out" effort to better last year's record, according to Commander Lloyd Coonrad, of Lowell C. Hein Post. The Auxiliary will conduct the poppy sale here. A 25 percent in crease over last year's sale ot five and one-half million poppie; has been assigned by tne V. F. \V. national Buddy Poppy commit (Turn to Page 8-No. 1.) City Departments File Requests For Increases In Pay Requests for increases in sal aries for city employes were "pouring" into City Manager K L. J. Wagar's office today, following the presentation of three requests to the City Commission last night. Wagar said that oy ihe end ot this week he expected to have applications from all department heads for increases for their em ployes. The three requests last night were from the Fraternal. Order of Police, the Fire Fighters association and Miss Selma Nader, sec retary to Wagar. The police and firemen want $15 a month increase for each man. Miss Nader also requests a $15 a month increase On motion of President C. A Weingates the three communica tions were referred to the "Commission as a whole." Wagar was instructed to investigate the possibilities of in creases for all city employes. The vote was unanimous. Increased cost of living wah cited by the police and tiremen in asking for a salary boost. went ahead, with some definite idea of the number to be used to be made known by the latter part of the week. All other buildings will be offered for sale under bids as will props in the ground in the "safety zone" area. Bids will be asked by the Federal Government on ,1fte"""ex'cess: "buildings and a date will be set for opening of the offers. As to crops, the public relations officer said a similar plan would be followed. Considerable wheat and oats were planted in the bor der areas and they will be har vested under present plans. James W. Rea, attorney for the department of justice, said today that more checks would be paid Thursday to former land owners who optioned their property to the government. Yesterday two payments were made, one to Frank Balduff, 159.36 acres, $38,-000 and the second to William Kautz, 8.5 acres. $2,030. Captain Jermain Rodenhauser, commanding officer of the plant, and Lietuenant Colonel Harry Collins are in Columbus today The E. B. Badger and Son's Co., general contractors, have placed a few more men at work on the plant, it was learned, and gradual increase in employment is indicated. Although it was an nounced last week that approximately 100 men are on various (Turn to Page 8-No, The city selective service board classified 150 questionnaires last night in a special meeting, and named the lour young men who are to be inducted into service May 12, as the city's quota. They are Joseph Ellis, Paines-ville; Frederick J. Lombardy, 43-. Camp-st; Clifford R. Schirg, 152i Prospect-st and Robert E. Gang-ware, 124 Finch-st, The city board mailed 30 questionnaires today to Gerald B. Morris, Royce L. Martin, Albert .!. Cassidy, Jack Farrar, August N. Ott, John L, LaLond, George C. Kaiser, Lyle J. Muehlfeld, Clarence W. Geisler, Hubert L. Penn, James F. Ritzenthaler, Raymond E. Charity, Clyde H. Collins, Leonard J. Held, Henry R. Cane, Jr., (Turn to Page S-No. 4.) FAPEK IS DELAYED hours today and more than 100 Nazi Messerschmitts battled Royal Air Force fighters in dogiightii over the English channel. It was the biggest day's action on the southeast coast since the invasion scare of late summer and �arly last autumn. The German guns opened up against the Dover area about 8 a. m. The bombardment went on witn only occasional pauses until about 1 p. m. During the bombardment, the Nazi luftwaffe sent over a series of small formations of Messer-schmitt fighters which attempted to penetrate the British coastal defenses. Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons fought them off and prevented all but a few German planes from reaching tne coast. In Greece, the Nazi high command reported, German troops have pushed southwaro past Tri-polis, in the center of the Peloponnesus, and are smashing at the final line of British imperials in southern Greece - a line that seemed certain to be. sacrificing itself to permit evacuation of the remainder of the British forces. (Continued on Page 3.) 2.) Fair Tonight And Wednesday; Light Rain By Thursday at Fair weather is to remain least until Wednesday night Thursday with the wind from the southwest, and Erie co farmers should get along rapidly w'th their work, according to the forecast of C. C. Cooper, weather observer. The mercury went tc 72 Monday afternoon and dropped back to 50 last night, starting off at 60 degrees this morning and. going rapidly upward toward noon. The wind was from the south and eight miles an hour with no rain recorded. "Fair and somewhat warmer tonight, Wednesday cloudy with mild temperature followed by light rain at night or on Thursday." is the official forecast. For Lake Erie: Noon to midnight Tuesday, south to southwest winds 15 to 20 mph, weather fair; midnight to noon Wednesday, wind southwest 15 to 2u mph, weather fair. In order to give its readers the latest developments, The Star-Journal is later than usual today because of the change in the Plum Brook ordnance plant here as announced in Washington this afternoon. Efforts are being made to get early delivery to subscribers each day, but in this instance it was deemed advisable to 'lolny publication of the paper so that all readers would be familiar with the TNT plant announcement. Music Teachers Of County Are Rehired The County Board of Education, meeting in the office of W. E Weagly, county school superintendent, last evening rehired the county's two music teachers. Miss Margaret Williams and Miss Helen L. White had the contracts renewed. Miss Williams teaches at Huron, Perkins, Mar-garetta and Venice while Miss White handles the music classes at Vermilion, Birmingham, Berlin Heights and Milan. James Hoffman, instrumental music instructor is hired by the individual boards rather than by the county board. City Provides For TNT Plant's Water Supply For Year The City Commission . last night authorized City Manager R. L. J. Wagar to enter into a contract with the United States of America for furnishing untreated water to the Plum Brook Ordnance Works south of Sandusky. Under the set up the Federal Government will construct and maintain its own separate pumping station at Big Island, and also lay its own pipe line to the TNT plant area. The city will charge for use of the big 80 inch intake across Sandusky Hpy and into Lake Erie, provide a sit for the pumping station and give right of way on city property for the "raw" water line to be laid to the Plum Brook plant. The price unit will be 1,000,000 gallons at a rate not to exceed 15,000,000 gallons a day. Monthly rate will be $5 per 1,000,000 gallons. Service will start July 1 (Turn to rago S-No. 3.) WASHINGTON (/V> _ Jesse Jones forecast today that the national debt would mount to at least $90,000,000,000, and declared "we have not yet made any sacrifices." "But they are in store for us," plenty of them," the secretary ot commerce added in an address" prepared for the annual convention of the United States Cham--ber of Commerce. "A few months ago we were worrying about whether we coulct afford to increase government -borrowing authority above $45,-000,000,000." Jones recalled. "It seems probable now that it wili grow to at least double that amount, even allowing foi pay- < ing as much of this extraordinary cost as our economy can stand. from current taxes. ' "Frankly, it has never occurred to me that we could not carry a national debt equal to a year's income, and as we build the national income we can carry more debt. "But whatever amount we have* to borrow, we must commence to pay back the day the emergency is over." The cabinet official declared that "much more" money would be appropriated for national defense within the next four years, and pointed out that the cost'of maintaining the Army and Navy (Turn to Fagw 8-No. 5.) Pleasure Craft Being Launched At All Shipyards S. E. Hyman Co. To Use Third Shift If Women Are Available Girl Suffers Burns In Fire At Home Betty Croudup, lb", daughter oi Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Croudup, colored, 718 Rockwell-st. sustained burns on the right hand and a cut on the left hand today at 10:20 a. m. when a kerosene stove exploded in the kitchen of the Croudup home. The floor and walls were slightly damaged, Fire Chief Wilson McLaughlin reported. The Croudup girl received her injuries in attempting to smother the burning oil, firemen saul. She was given first aid by the firemen and told to call a physician. GET ARMY CONTRACTS WASHINGTON The Army announced award of the following Ohio contracts: Republic Steel corporation. Cleveland barrel blanks, $22,256; Clyde Cutlery Co., Clyde, bread knives, $3,920. TO BOOST ACREAGE FREMONT, April 28 -(Special) -An increase in tomato acreage of approximately 20 percent in Sandusky and nearby counties is expected as a result of governmental action in increasing production this year. The increase may even be as high as 1,000 acres in Sandusky and Ottawa-cos. Each county has been growing about 2.000 acres. PARENTS' PKAYER Who do parents pray for so far as their children are concerned? Is it for them to sit in the seats of the mighty, achieve fame, or get rich'' Read today's editorial on Page t. * The S. E. Hyman Co. today made a strong appeal for �w women to complete a night shut which was started two weeks ago. The auto seat factoty has orders which requires that it on erate at full capacity, officials of the company said today. Ninety-five persons are now being employed on the two shifts which work from 7 a. m. to 4 p. m. and from 4:15 p. m. to 12:45 a. m. A third shift will be started if sufficient help can be secured, the personnel director of the plant stated today. Sixty-five workers are now on the day trick and 30 on the night shift. S. E. Hyman said that he is well pleased with the results being received from his branch plant here and hopes that enough employes can be found to round out a third shift The mair. plant of the company is at Fremont, the branch being opened here in the armory building at E. Water and Meigs-sts the fore part of this year. LOOKING BACKWARD By Associated Press ONE YEAR AGO TODAY April 29, '1940 - Heavy fighting rages in Norwegian mountains between invading Germans, allied forces. 25 YEARS AGO TODAY April 29, 1916 - British force of 9,000 officers and men under General Townseud sur renders to Turks at Kut-et-Amara alter tive-nwuta siege. craft ranging in size from 16 to 40 feet, will be placed in tne waters of Sandusky bay thi-J week, a survey of marine dock yards today indicated. A large number of craft are ready to slide down the ways at the Perry-st dock and at the Wagner boat works on Meigs-st. Most of the craft have been painted, overhauled and tunc!-up for a busy summer. Workers continued placing the steamer G. A. Boeclding in shape for her runs across Sandusk.v bay to Cedar Point, while the motorship George W. Maley Has been busy for more than a month in the Sandusky-Cedar Point run for the G. A. Boeckling Co. The Maley is used to haul supplies. The motorship Messenger of the. Neuman Boat Lines is scheduled to make an extra trip to PuU in Bay this afternoon to return (Turn to Fagu 8-No. 6.) Sandusky Shipping Showed Record Last Year, Like Others Sandusky, like other lake ports hit a new water borne freight record last year, according to the annual report of army engineers, with 10,190,681 tons, due principally to the all time record in the shipments of outgoing coa' According to Associated Press Cleveland's freight pushed to an all-time high with 17,673,926 tons, compared with a previous top ot 17,385,842 tons in 393/. Biggest factor in the record w*S 11,438,391 tons of iron ore loaded here. A total of 4,684,383 tons in iron ore receipts accounted prinnj cipally for Lorain's new marie Of 0,929,811. ' < Other figures, the 1940 tot|%' first and the 1939 following:. Huron, 1,678,285 and IPHA*&* Fairport, 3,374,946 and SAMUHrif' Ashtabula. 13,252,966 and 9,648* 333; Conneaut, 13,304,455 and Ifry' 487.249. Conneaut, annual competitor with Cleveland for the IsiVCsMHfc* u.re in ore receiving, untoadttifl record 10,5tf3.930 tons. 3783
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