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   Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - March 8, 1945, Clearfield, Pennsylvania                                1M Ifca. etjwefte ���' will m eaatela*ra fW VOLUME THE CLEARFIELD PROGRESS, CLEARFIELD, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 8, 1948 NUMBER 87 RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE ADVANCING 25 MILES FROM BERLIN "FIGHTING FUMES ALONG 125 MILE r r COBLENZ ALMOST GRASP OF YANK WEST PENNA. LONDON, March 8- (Jft-The Russians hare driven to within 28 miles of Berlin'* city limits, outflanking the fortrew of Kuestrin and reaching Seaiow on the weit tide of the Oder, a Trans-ocean broadcast from the ' German capital said today. L-a-t-e Bulletins LONDON, Mar. 8-tSt-Marshal Gregory ^hukov's massive new   r.ssault   along  the  Oder, Vied with the Allied drive to *  Rhine in the west, has jht"! to within 29 miles of �lin, a German military com-nt:ii :it. and the Russians have jde two breaches in the de-lenses ot the fortress of Kuestrin tu the southeast. Fighting was reported flaming| along ii 133-mile front along the Oder from Stettin Bay to| Crussen followinf a tarriflcar tlllefy barrage that began 4*' hours iigu. Th�� enemy said the focal |>cmt of the attack was on in.th sines of Kuestrin, 39 miles oast  f Berlin, with the Russians battel in� at the northwestern, t-;tv.ur. and *outhein sides of the * urli'es>. Mw.''nv remained silent on tho reported offensive In the past, liiwever, the news of such Hussnn thrusts often has come first from Germany. Berlin said the all-out drive ;t>\vai:J the heart of the Reich was launched nfter a terrific sustained barrage by the heavy guns of Marshal Gregory K. Zhukov's artillery. The Germajns Indicated the Red Army wa� striking at Kuestrin fr>m the north, east and scuih ;r.d intimated that units of the First White Russian Army had even driven beyond the city on either flank A dispatch late last night from Associated Press Corres-ponder-t Eddy Gilmore in Moscow said "many signs pointed tonight to an enrly launching of the all-out offensive on Berlin. The logical place for the first attack is Marshal Zhukov's Oder front," he added. The Russians had already re-movcii the last threat to Zhukov's northern flank by powerhouse stroke." that sliced up Ptwncinnia and virtually neutralized the great port of Stettin Please Turn to Page 4) LONDON, March 8.-tfP> -German rail and oil target* were struck another blow today as 1,350 American bombers, following up the RAF's 1,250-pIane night aassnCt, attacked seven oil plants and five switching yards handling traffic to the Rhur .battlefields. WASHINGTON, March 8. -UP-Army and Navy combat casualties since the beginning of the war have reached a total of 823,632, the two services disclosed today. Secretary of War SUnison (.Please Turn to Page 10) PARIS, March 8-(AP)-The American First Army crossed the Rhine to the east bank last night, launching: from the west the climactic battle for Germany. A dispatch from Cologne announced the crossing.       -f First Army infantrymen spanned the quarter mile wide river against rather light opposition before the startled Germans could grasp what had happened, AP Correspondent Wes Gallagher said. The surprise announcement was passed by censors at 5:55 tonight after 24 hours of security blackout-used while, events of great importance are shaping. Roy I. Fulton New County War Finance Chairman; Glenn Thomson Cited For His Outstanding Work BI ddle Rhine, onn and was que at Rema-proaching the the U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEAD QUARTERS, GUAM, March 8- -Dents in the last-stand line of the Japanese on Northern Iwo, driven up to 500 yards in hand-to-hand combat Wednesday, were exploited today by three Marine divisions striving for a breakthrough. In a maze of pillboxes and blockhouses, with their backs to the cliffs, the Nipponese still] showed no sign of collapse asi they met the all-out leatherneck drive with intense small arms and machinegun fire. The latest push opened Tuesday. The fighting all that day netted only local gains. Yesterday one 500-yard salient was won on the west side by Maj. Gen. Keller E. Rockey's Fifth' Division. Another was pushed into the (Please Turn to Page 4) STRIP MINING BILLS CALLED UP NEXI WEEK E. Jack linger Moves o Boyce Building E. Jack Unger, well known upholsterer, has moved his establishment to the Boyce building it the corner of Turnpike avenue and Nichols street. His shop for merly occupied the. room at 125 East Market street. Mr. Unger has spent his entire adult life in the upholstering bu smess, having learned the trade upon leaving school. He was employed by another upholsterer prior to opening his own shop here nearly five year* ago, and was located at 208 Cherry street until the Market street room became available. Weather Forecast Fair today, tonight and Friday. Wanner Friday. Lowest tonight 1S-S5 degrees. HARRISBURG, Mar. 8-UP>- onfluting legislative proposals to regulate strip or surface coal mining in Pennsylvania will be considered by the House Mines Committee probably next week. We will devote a full session to consideration of nothing but strip mining," Chairman Earl E. Hewitt. Sr., (R.-Indiana) said. The meeting will be held after we have all the bills on the ubject " He said these will include the Dent-Thomas measure, approved by the Senate this week, which would regulate strip or open pit mining operations in bituminous coal fields. Askoi if there was a pessibil- Woodland Soldier Recuperating In England Hospital WOODLAND - A letter dated February 7. the first since October 7, 1944, was received by Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Houser of Woodland, R. D., from their son Foster P. Houser. In the letter which told of h*s recent promotion from staff ser geant to technical sergeant,! Foster said he is now in a con valescent hospital recovering from a head wound. Although T/Sgt. Houser said he had written home from another hospitai, no other word,-nor det&il have been received by his family. T/Sgt. Houser had been pre viously wounded in action ui France on August 9, but after treatment in a hospital in England, he was returned to active duty. He has,.been awarded the Purple Heart for these injuries He has been serving with ths 9th Armored Infantry Battalion in the European  section. PAKIS, Mar. 8-(AP)-Powerful American armies drove into the outskirts of Bonn and massed close to Coblenz today and.were reported officially by the enemy to be within 17 miles of a junction which might trap 50,000 Germans west of the The First Army besiegi placed by the German cwmn gen, in a 12-mile advance ai . Third Army. (A Blue network broadcast said the First Army was a ftiilS ah9"a half from *Bonn and three from Godesberg where Neville Chamberlain, umbrella in hand, met Hitler just before the Munich conference seeking "peace in our time." German resistance was paid to have collapsed, with Americans racing through town after town virtually unopposed.) The Germans said the First Army had crossed the Ahr River, last water barrier between them and the Third Army, and that Patton's tanks were "advancing through the Etfels in the Rhine-Moselle triangle." Both   armies   had   achieved breakthroughs and both were at tacking under news blackouts] which Gen. Eisenhower hoped would keep the foe ignorant of their movements There was reason to expect that the trap would close witnin a matter of hours, tearing off another 2,500 square miles of the shrinking Reich. Third Army censors passed this cryptic message "Nothing new was reported officially on the Fourth ArmoredJ Division which reached the Rhine yesterday, but tanks are not yet across the river." The terrific breakthrough of the Fourth Armored Division, led by white-haired Maj. "Gen. Hugh Gaffey of Austin, Texas, Lt Gen. George S. Patton's former chief of staff, covered 75 miles in 58 hours and reached the Rhine at a point specified only as "the area of Coblenz." Another column of this Third Army Di vision spurred southward from the Mayen vicinity and last was reported ithree miles from the Moselle. The First Army pressed upon (Please Turn to Page 5) PITTSBURGH, March 8-W The -Monongahela and AUeghenyj rivers, swollen to a 33.4 crest by a 28-hour rainfall and bank-fill' ed streams, were dropping to day. The two Ohio river tributaries dropped to 30.3 feet-5.3 feet over flood stage-early this moral Ing and were falling at the rate five tenths of a foot an hour, e weather bureau reported. As the swirling waters reced ed, an estimated 4,000 temporar ily homeless in the area looked forward  to   re-occupying their abodes For war-vital Pittsburgh, the speed with which the rivers fell reflected the rapidity of work re sumption at plants shut down in expectation of flood danger. Shipyards, mills, river mines and transportation systems suffered greatest from the inunda tion. A reported 25,000 were forced jnto idleness, entailing heavy production losses. Disaster relief agencies   said they would maintain temporary shelters until refugees in the ma ny inundated communities returned to their homes. U. S. Weatherman W. S. Brote-rDaa-provided a heartening note to'jthe area with a prediction that precipitation in the next 48 hours would be "very little." EIGHT TO SAVE Retiring as county war finance chairman, Glenn E. Thomson is presented �with a Treasury Department citation-by Thomas Hughes,  of ^^Ut^tui.Lileputy manager of RegTorTB of the state war finance organization: Witnessing the presentation are, left to right, P. T. Davis; R. I. Fulton, new chairman; S. F. W. Morrison, Mr. Thomson, John T. Kurtz, L. E. Soult, Mr. Hughes, W. Elbridge Brown, S. K. Williams and H. M. McGarvey. F S. A. Divisional Commander Here For Meeting Tonight The second quarterly mee'tin of The Salvation Army Advisory Board will be held this evening at  6 o'clock  at  the Dimeling Hotel   and   will , have   as   its special  guest  Brigadier Ralpn ,,,,j;,, 4. 4 ,______.   Miller, the Divisional Comman :ty or amending that measure in , der of Western Penna. Accompanying the Divisional Commander on this meeting will be Major William Baggs th Divisional Young People's Secretary and Major Walter Porter the Divisional Financial Secretary. At the Board meeting the sublease Turn to Page 2) committee to cover anthracite as well Hewitt dc-clared: "I don't see how they could he covered in one bill. The problems are too different. In soft coal **.elds you have shallow mining while in anthracite regions you have deep pits." Hewitt also pointed out that Please Turn to Page 5) PORTSMOUTH, O., Mar. 8- JPt-The Ohio River continued to rise today while Portsmouth watched to see if sandbags atop its obsolete t?2-foot fioodwall would hold back both the Ohio and the tributary Scioto. Swe'Iing at a rate of .1 feet sn hour, the tig river passed 63.2 stage, more than 13 feet above flood stage, at midnight, This was more than a foot higher than the wall, but the sandbags, laid in a night and day struggle ~ by 350 Ohio State uardsmen and civilian volunteers, had held the two rivers out except at one short section. Meanwhile   a   partly-finished new wall to protect to a 77-foot ;tage stood futilely above the flood. It will be completed after] the war. Already low-lying districts of the manufacturing city of 40.000 population were taking shelter on higher ground. Five hundred evacuees were*taken by train to Chillicoth, 40 miles up the Scioto, where they were cared for by (Please Turn to Page 2) Operators Dead Set Against Dime Royalty On Each Ton of Coal Roy I. Fulton has been named chairman    of    the    Clearfield' County War Finance Committee,! ucceeding Glenn E. Thomson, it was announced here last night. Although Mr. Fulton has been appointed by G. Ruhland Reb-mann, Jr., state war finance! chairman, on Monday, the an nouncement was not made until Ust night at the meeting of the Clearfield Rotary Club. George Gable, regional chairman, and Thomas Hughes, deputy manager of Region 6 of the state war finance organization came to Clearfield from Altoona yesterday to confer with the new county chairman. Active in past war loan drives, Mr. Fulton, the president of the County National Bank, will head the county organization during) the Seventh War Loan scheduled! to open in May. In preparation for the drive he and P. T. Davis county bank and investment chairman, W. Elbridge Brown, (Please Turn to Page 6) Four County Soldiers Get Bravery Awards Posthumous Award In Death of Kerr Addition Soldier Word has been received that Lt. Ralph D. Maurer, husband of Mrs. Dorothy Maurer, of Clearfield, and son of Paul R. Maurer of Hyde, Pa- has been awarded the Bronze Star, Citation. The citation reads as fol lows: "Second  Lieutenant Ralph D. Maurer,  200th  Field Artillery Battalion, United  States Army, For meritorious service in  connection with Military operations against an armed enemy   from June 8, 1944 to Sept. 14, 1944 ii> France, Belgium    and Luxemburg.  As Chief of  Detail, Battery A.   200th  F. A.  Bn.,  Lt Maurer, (then   S/Sgt.)   in  the performance   of    his   normai duties, surveyed numerous Bat tery positions and observation posts.  The results of his work which  often  took  him  unde front line fire, were of great value to his Battery and Battalion (Please Turn to Page 2) RED CROSS WAR WD TOTAL IS NOW m WASHINGTON, March 8.-UP> -Bituminous coal operators, a week after John L. Lewis pre  sented 18 demands for a new contract, apparently are dead set against a 10-cent-a-ton ''participating royalty" for the miners. Lewis asked for the royalty ti build up a United Mine Workers' fund estimated at $55,000,000 to $60,000,000 annually for rehabi-i litation, medical service and "economic protection" for Vhc miners. Among operators who would discuss it today, there was a feeling that the royalty request extended beyond the realm of negotiation. Some questioned the seriousness of the demand. In three days of discussion between negotiating committees representing miners and operators six of the 18 demands have been covered, including the roy alty. The present bituminous contract expires March 31. 'The consensus among operators on the demands thus far: (Please Turn to Page 2) A posthumous award of the Purple Heart has ben made to Technical Sergeant Amos Keller, who was killed while on active duty in Belgium on January 8. The presentation of the medaij was made to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Keller of Kerr Addition last week Corp. Thos. Berry Slightly Wounded Mr. and Mrs. James Berry of South Third street today received word from the War Department that their son, Corporal Thomas L. Berry was slightly] wounded in action in Germany on February 25. Corporal Berry, inducted into: the Army in July, 1943, was sent overseas in August, 1944. He is| in the field artillery. Cash donations and pledges for the American Red Cross Wat Fund, amounting to $8792 have teen turned in to local headquarters, officials of \he Clearfield organization revealed today. This figure represents, almost entirely, local house-to-house and special gift contributions, and because neither the house-to-house soliciting nor that of special gifts, is yet completed and no industries have reported those in charge of the drive feel (Please Turn to Page *) Club Told Public Must Consider Game Problems The thousands of deer that are starvinlg in Pennsylvania wood* constitute a problem for th general public, Harris G. Breth, outdoors writer and radio o mentator, told the Rotary Club at its Wednesday night meeting. "This is not a matter only for the sportsmen," he declared, "for he game and fish do not belong to the sportsmen. They belong to you, the public. The problems connected with wildlife haven': been cleared up largely because the public does not have the fects." Pennsylvania sportsmen spend from 50 to 80 million dollars a j ear, he said, and 5^ per cent of the four million dollars spent annually on sports of all types hi \v (Please Turn to Page 2) River Here Is Falling Today Here yesterday and gone today. That Just about turns up the Clearfield flood threat. Yesterday the river reached a height of 9.75 feet, only three inches below flood stage. This morning at 7 o'clock tho river reading was 6J8 feet and falling. 58 Year* Married, In 58 FloodM CARNEGIE, PA* March I it mi St yam kg* when  Mn. Abh lameO settled down here aa a bride. water rear has had to evae-te hi became ef overJtow from Ctartieri Creek. It wm bu different day far t)� 78-year-eU we-�vw. except that K w the first tfaae she was carried est. Her Bnticemaa * Kennedy, rasee to the *rtcarrfe.he*thf-*gh #sen water to Mft&y   

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