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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 24, 1948, Mason City, Iowa HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS KILL VOL LIV Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY APRIL 24 1948 This Paper Consists of Two One No 169 Death Toll Reaches in Ionia Disaster GlobeGazette Photo by Sorlien TWO FAMILIES families escaped in jury in this home when it crumpled during the Ionia storm Friday Mr and Mrs Hubert Burgart and 4 children and Mr and Mrs Ralph Brown and baby lived here They es caped injuries but lost most of their possessions Tornado Sidelights Hundreds of Cars Blocked Roads to Stricken Ionia Hundreds rirs were stalled stuck abandoned or just waiting for others to move along the highways leading into Ionia Friday evening Before the Iowa State Safety patrol brought organization to the scene the highways were so crowded that ambulances had dif ficulty moving along the roads The highway patrol did an excellent job in handling traffic and spectators looking over the wreckage once they arrived at the scene Sheriff George Murray sheriff of Chickasaw county also did a re markably fine job of handling a tough assignment Radio station crews and newsmen from various cities wve at the scene soon after the stormstruck The telephone service was down however and linemen were unable to repair the lines until later in the evening Mrs Rose Rink telephone operator for 27 years helped out in Events Call Marshall to Washington Washington of State Marshall returned to Wash ington Saturday to deal with the important events he said neces sitated his leaving the Bogota interAmerican conference The secretarys plane reached the airport here at 8 a m CST alter an overnight flight from Bogota Although he did not say what the events are officials here pointed to at least 4 major policy problems which will confront him on his return Before leaving the riotscarred capital of Colombia Friday night in President Trumans plane the Sacred Cow Marshall told fellow delegates at interAmerican conference only that important events demand my return to Washington Officials here generally ex pressed the view that the secre tary was coming home not to deal with any particular crisis but to tackle problems which accumu lated since he left March 28 These include 1 The drive within the United Nations to secure a truce between Jews and Arabs in Palestine set up a trusteeship government and possibly send an international peacekeeping force including American troops to the Holy Land There is some fear here this drive may not succeed in time to prevent extensive warfare in Palestine when the British give up their mandate May 15 2 Decisions by the American government on how to give mili tary support to the projected west ern European union President Truman told a news conference Thursday he soon might have an announcement on this major for eign policy development 3 The continuing critical sit uation in Berlin which still is the worst trouble spot in relations be tween the western nations and Russia 4 Possible soviet reaction to the communist defeat in the Italian elections When Marshall left for Bogota he said he would remain at the conference until it ended But the meeting originally scheduled to last 6 weeks was broken up by the Bogota revolt Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and warm Saturday night with thunder storms in the vicinity Sunday cloudy and turning cooler in the late afternoon Low Saturday night 50 High Sunday after noon 68 Iowa Mostly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday with scatter ed showers and thunderstorms in the northern and western sections Cool extreme north west portion Saturday night and in the west portion Sunday Low Saturday 47 in the north west 62 in the southeast High Sunday 58 in the west 7JJ in the east Minnesota Mostly cloudy Satur day and Sunday with occasional rain northeast and thunder showers southeast and extreme south portions Cooler west portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum 77 Minimum 56 At 8 a m Saturday fil Precipitation 22 YEAR AGO Maximum 52 Minimum 31 Victims of Tornado MR AND MRS SIMON HUFFMAN Commission for Palestine Named by UN Lake Success United Nations security council estab lished a 3country Palestine truce commission Friday night but made no provision to force the Arabs and Jews to stop fighting The action was the councils 4th effort in 2 months to bring peace to the Holy Land Some delegates doubted it would succeed in view of the failure of pleas and orders to the Arabs and Jews March 5 April 1 and April 17 The United States France and Belgium were named to the com mission in a resolution proposed by the U S and adopted by the council This proposal was the latest in a series made by the U S since she dropped support of partition of Palestine last February The U N assembly which recom mended partition last Nov 29 now is in special session to con sider a U S suggestion for an interim trusteeship niter the Brit ish give up their mandate over the Holy Land May 15 5250000 Damage in North Iowa Town By CARL WRIGHT GlobeGazelte Staff Reporter Full page of pictures of Ionia tornado destruction can be found inside death toll mounted to 5 Saturday in the wake of a tornado that struck this about p m Friday Ten persons were injured and damage was estimated close to a quarter of a million dollars Light and power lines were cut off fire departments and ambulances were called from Charles City and New Hamp ton and the destruction was centered within about 3 blocks with more than a dozen buildings demolished and as many more badly damaged Ionia is in Chickasaw county 9 miles southwest of New Hampton and 14 miles southeast of Charles City The community had just voted for a municipal water system but Ai St Pauls Lutheran church which gTound it was too 5ate for any help in this tragedy When twilight came the inhabitants stood about in small groups shocked by the destruction that had come almost in a breath Major E H Tieman of the Salvation Army of Mason City was in Ionia Saturday and together with the Red Cross set up a canteen for workers at the public school Little has been cleared away in the wreckage awaiting the arrival of adjusters Housing has been taken care of for all families but approximately 30 homes have been affected and about 110 persons displaced accord ing to the major Pat Finnegan 24 repairman at the Implement building of Simon Huffman where 2 persons were killed instantly and one fatally in jured was the luckiest of the towns 300 inhabitants He was buried under the same pile of rubble that a moment be fore was a 2 story brick building And he was so close to Mrs Simon Huffman who was killed that was touching her hand Yet he escaped with only scratches on his nose and face It was Pats calling for help that directed rescue workers to locate the bodies of Mrs Huff man and her grandson Billy Huff man Jr JO Mr Huffman also was taken from the debris uncon scious and was taken to the New the emergency staying by the switchboard until the last call had been put through the heater was perched atop the ruins almost unscratched The kitchen of E J Bonfigs cafe and tavern was one of the most hospitable spots in Ionia Friday night Hot coffee and sandwiches were served there by the Red Cross Bonfig saw the storm coming closed his windows and door and then heard the glass breaking around him But his establishment was damaged very little f if Most of the residents of Ionia who were in the storm agreed that it lasted 30 or 45 seconds 5k I For several hours Patrolman Peter Tometich of the Iowa State Safety Patrol provided the only communication with the outside world for Ionia via police radio at Cedar Falls from the set in his patrol car This more than proved the worth of this service While Dan Siglin 49 watched his son Billy 9 be blown across the street against a porch a tree fell on him Billy was returning from school Both were taken to a hospital 1 f T Mr and Mrs Brooks had moved into their home a few days before the tornado They had been living at Charles City CAROL BROOKS BILLY HUFFMAN JR MRS LEO BROOKS Nelson Eddy Cancels Davenport Nelson Eddy cancelled a scheduled concert here Friday night because of an acute case of laryngitis He planned to go trv Kansas City to consult a specialist mranx no death In 4 hpurn Washer Firm Takes Over Hemp Plant Turn to page 16 for the story and pictures ahout the Auto matic Washer company of New ton which has leased the iVtason City hemp plant and will con vert it into a washing machine factory Knutson Held on Bond Lewis C Knutson 57 oT Joicc was free on bond Saturday to appear in justice court Monday afternoon on a charge of reckless driving He was arrested Friday afternoon following a charge Tiled by Herbert Kennison 211 Mon roe S a picket at the strike bound Jacob E Decker and Sons packing plant The complaint lodged by Kenni son said that the car driven by Knutson struck him about a m Friday as Knulson was driv ing into the plant A reckless driving charge against Ralph Simon 807 Harrison S W was continued from Satur day in the court of Justice of the Peace C R Servison to Monday iit 9 a m Simon is alleged to have driven through a picket line at a high rate 01 speed on the morning oi Friday April 10 M L Mason will be attorney for both defendants replacing R F Clough attorney for Armour and company who will be in dis trict court injunction hearings Mondaj Destructive Tornado Hits Farm Property Cresco SEEKS Fred A Cahalan long time democratic worker in Ccrro Gnrdu county has been recom mended for appointment as postmaster at Mason City upon the retirement of A M Schanke June 1 it was revealed here Saturday by Dr Sterling E Barber chairman of the county democratic central committee Cahalan is a former county AAA chairman and was mana Rer of the hemp plant here dur ingthe war Schanke is retiring under the age limitation A tornado apparently he same one which struck Ionia a few minutes earlier did consid rable damage to buildings on 7 farms in a radius of about 5 miles 2 miles west of here at p m Friday Nobody was injured but there was some livestock loss Hardest hit was the farm of Lloyd B Cunningham secretary of the Iowa fair board tenanted by Mr and Mrs Clair Magnus A large hog house machine shed and several smaller buildings were de molished aud one cow was killed On the Cunningham farm a large tractor was carried 20 feet by the storm large trees were up rooted and other damage done A small building that was on another tractor was lifted off by the wind Other farmers in the same area who reported losses were Ben Ollendeick who lost a bam and some smaller buildings and Fred Butsch John McAllister and Arthur Livingston who lost barns and other buildings Less seriously damaged were the Louis Meyer and Henry OKada farms where loss was reported to small buildings There was some rain in Cresco but no wind although many per sons saw the heavy cloud which appeared to drop west oC town then rise again to continue its course from southwest to north east Hampton hospital He died at a m Saturday from internal in juries Darrcii Brown reached gun first digging through several eet of brick and broken wood A jcnch against which Finnegan had rolled saved him from the impact of this debris while others died within inches of him near the tractor on which lie had been working Finnegan had stopped his work in the service shop of the Huffman Implement building when he noticed a lull in the rain that had been falling and went to the door of the shop facing south onto the main street There to the southwest he saw the huge cloud which he described and in almost an instant he saw the home of Dan Dudley Ionia banker neaiiy a block away jrise into the air from its foundation Finnegan said he rushed for the back of the shop but had gone only a few feet when the building collapsed Mr and Mrs Huffman had come into the service shop from the office together with the grandson according to Finnegan The boys parents who are as sociated with the business had gone to Waterloo on business In the home next to the Huffman Implement building to the east 2 other lives were lost Mrs Leo Brooks 25 and daughter Carol Of the record 1947 U S wheat crop of 13 billions bushels Kans as produced more than onefifth treatment and were released to relatives Brooks and Mr Jenkins were at work at the time of the storm at the Oliver plant in Charles City A falling tree pinned down Dan Siglin across the street from the implement building and he was taken with his son Billy to the New Hamptou hospital tout was released 3n the opposite eortier of the from the implement com 9 months With Mrs Brooks was her sisterinlaw Mrs Felix Jenkins 31 who was seriously injured and taken to a hospital at Charles City Mrs Jenkins two sons Jerry G and Joseph 8 and Bob Brooks 8 also were injured and were taken to the Charles City hospital for OF DESTRUCTION A stormof tornado like intensity leveled this block in Ionia Friday afternoon From this corner to the brick build ing standing in the background arc the remains of a church 4 homes an UloboGnzoUe Photo by Sorllcn implement building and dance hall The bank building in the distance was unharmed although the bankers home was turned over completely on its roof It was in this block of destruction that 5 persona lost their lives pany Mrs Frank Schoenfield 41 was injured when her home was Casualty List DEAD Simon Huffman 62 imple ment dealer Mrs Simon Huffman 55 his wife Billy H u f f m a n Jr 10 n Mrs Leo Brooks 25 Carol Brooks 9 months her daughter INJURED Mrs Felix Jenkins 31 Joseph Jenkins 8 Jerry Jenkins i Bob Brooks 8 Dan Siglin 49 Billy Siglin 9 Mrs Frank Schoenfield 41 Mrs Charles Chandler 65 John Kramer 9 Roger Gerber 11 torn From its foundations and crumpled She was found in the street in an unconscious condition and taken to the New Hampton hospital Mr Schoenfield and 3 children were all working at the time A neighbor Mrs Charles Chand ler 65 also was injured and her home was demolished John Kra mer 9 son of Mr and Mrs Tony Kramerand Roger Gerber 11 son of Mr and Mrs Carl C Gerber also were injured and taken to a New Hampton hospital O K Conklin music instructor of the public school at Ionia said that the storm just missed the school in which there were about GO students According to Mr Conklin storm came from the southwest made a half circle of the town and disappeared toward the northeast St Boniface parochial school in the northeast part of the town also has about 70 students Since it had been raining hard the Sisters had let out about 50 of the students and they had already started for their homes When the storm broke about 20 students still in the building were taken to the basement Windows were shattered in the building ax well as in the church and rectory but no one was injured according to Father Arthur Stirn George C Murray New Hamp ton sheriff Chickasaw county was among the first officials to ter the town following the storm and worked hand in hand with the rescuers First reports of the tornado were sent out over the Milwaukee telegraph wires and the first re port back to the and KGLO was sent onthe ca Contliuicrt on 2 Column ;