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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 24, 1956, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for the Home Mason City Also Regards Progress as Its Most Important Product ASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH NEIGHBORS PHOME EDITION Associated Press aod United Press Full Lease Wires Seven Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 24 1956 3 Die in Blaze at Villisca Thla Paper Consists of Two One No 17t Elm Hotel Destroyed VILLISCA ff Three elderly men burned to death as a roaring fire destroyed the twostory Elm Hotel here early Tuesday Firemen recovered all three bodies from the smoldering em bers of the frame hotel The vic tims were identified as Tom Dar nold 80 M J Harding 82 and Henning Peterson 70 all of Villisca Couch in Lobby The fire apparently broke out in a couch in the lobby of the 70 yearold frame structure about a m Charles Powell 62 St Joseph suffered a fractured foot and chipped ankle bone when he jumped from the roof 1 Thirteen other guests fled to safety in the subfreezing weather with only their night clothes Most of them used fire escape ropes Bert Gidley the owner said he smelled smoke saw the flames and tried to put them out with a hand extinguisher However within a few minutes the entire lobby was afire He and his son Allen then awakened residents by pounding on the doors The three missing men were behind locked doors and could not be awakened Possessions Lost Except for two men all of the guests lost their possessions Robert Crase 25 and Harold Hart 33 both of Winterset slid down the fire rope from their room When they saw only smoke coming from their room they ob tained a ladder and climbed back up to rescue most of their belong ings Authorities said they were hold ing one man for questioning They expressed belief he might have been asleep on the couch prior to the fire An official of the state fire mar shals office also was sent to Vil lisca The Red Oak fire department aided Villisca firemen in battling the blaze The hotel burned to the ground but firemen were able to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby frame structures Rope Burns John Eland a driver for Con tinental Bus Lines was among those who escaped He suffered rope burns when he slid down the fire rope Eland said he smelled smoke heard someone yell out there was a terrible fire and went out the window Elands home is in Burlington The hotel was a frame struc ture located on a street leading from the City Square to the de pot The owner said the loss would beonly partly covered by insurance Most of the hotel guests were permanent residents there Although cause of the fire re mained to be officially deter mined speculation was that a cig arette may have ignited the couch the blaze originated NECKTIE FOR IKEPresident Eisenhower chael Auginbatigh 18 months after the youngster Tues day handed the President a necktie in gift box as he left the polling place near Gettysburg Pa With the two is Adams County GOP Chairman Baseshore The Presi dent was the first in his precinct to vote in the States presidential primary 2 States Alaska Cast Votes in Presidential Primaries WASHINGTON in Pennsylvania Massachusetts and Alaska went to the poils Tuesday in presidential primar ies which may provide a few more clues about how the vot ers regard the 1956 campaign Only Alaska which has no vote next November offered a headon contest between Adlai E Stevenson and Sen Estes Kefauver now the chief con tenders for the Democratic presidential nomination Although neither has cam paigned in the territory both were entered in the presidential preference vote which does not bind national convention dele gates Delegates sharing six convention votes will be picked later at the Democratic ter ritorial convention The Pennsylvania vote may be interpreted in terms of a pop ularity contest between Presi dent Eisenhower and Stevenson although the state primary law prevented Tuesdays balloting from providing a clear test Only Republicans may vote in the GOP primary and Demo crats in their primary Among the states five million regis tered voters the GOP has a bulge of about In the Democratic preference vote Stevenson was unopposed On the Republican side Eisen hower was entered against Sen William F Knowland of Cali fornia who was unable to with draw by the time the President made his second term an nouncement About The Weather Mason City Mostly cloudy and warmer Tuesday night and Wednesday with gusty southerly winds Wednesday Low Tuesday night 2732 High Wednesday 57 60 fowa Increasing cloudiness and continued cool with snow flur ries Tuesday night Wednesday partly cloudy and cooler Low Tuesday night 20s except low 30s south Five Day Iowa Temperatures Wednesday through Sunday will average 46 degrees below nor mal Normal highs 62 north to 65 south normal lows 38 north to 44 south Minor day to day changes Precipitation will av erage light to moderate with amounts of near one half inch iceurring as rain or snow most ly first half of period Minnesota Flurries warmer GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 Tuesday Maximum Monday 45 Minimum Monday night 19 At 8 Tuesday 41 YEAR AGO Maximum 41 Minimum 43 Mental Health Survey in State Is Suggested DES MOINES Governors Committee on Mental Health which is supposed to make recommendations for improvements in the states mental health program in December has recommended a broad professional survey of the mental health situation in Iowa The committee which met here Monday said it plans to cover mental hospitals schools for retarded and epileptic children state training schools prisons health clinics and professional training programs in its study Gov Leo Hoegh endorsed the survey idea and said he would do everything in my power to see that the survey is started He said Woman Killed in Crash Involving Mason Cityans he would visit with the appropri ate authorities to see where the SAUK CENTER Minn state could get the necesA 60yearold Freeport sary for the survey iwoman was killed near here The services of the AmericanMonday when the car in whfch Psychiatric Assn would be usedjshe was riding collided with I m 51IH nO i ho c i Kir TVT n in making the professional sur vey This would include rating the state mental hospitals Be sides this a survey would be madevof all mental health serv ices and facilities throughout the state The number of kinds of men A ivA ill j tally ill persons in different partsjCenter hospital of the state and the local help Doctors s a i car driven by a Mason City Iowa couple Mr and Mrs El mer 7 Sursely 674 10th N E Authorities said Mrs Frank Stroeing was killed instantly in the accident Her husband who was driving the car was listed in poor condition at a Sauk o Push Soil Bank Plan Desegregate Buses at Montgomery Arrest Threats Heard City to Hold Color Line MONTGOMERY Ala UP Ra cial barriers were hauled down on city buses in this Cradle of the Confederacy Tuesday but the head of the police department threatened to arrest any passen ger who mixes with the opposite race Bus drivers who permit deseg regation on their buses also face prosecution the official said A reporter for the Alabama Journal cruising the city said all the Negroes he saw on buses were riding in the rear the sec tion reserved for them in the past Montgomery City Lines op erating the only bus service abandoned segregation of white and Negro patrons Tuesday in the wake of Mondays U S Supreme Court ruling Citizens Council A few hours later Police Com missioner Clyde Sellers a mem ber of the White Citizens Council said any passenger who violates city or state segregation laws will be prosecuted The council is an organization dedicated to the preservation of racial segregation Ill be responsible for any ar rests and Ill give the direct or ders for these sellers de clared As far as Im concerned this damn thing applies to South Car olina the commissioner explained referring to the deci sion holding bus segregation un constitutional The ruling came on an appeal from South Carolina Future Course Only a relatively few Negroes have boycotted the buses for nearly five months patronized them during the morning because word of the bus companys new policy didnt become known until ate Monday night Some of the drivers were unaware of it until they reported for work Tuesday Meanwhile the future course of the boycott was undetermined but the Rev Martin Luther King one of the leaders expressed hope that the end of segregation would terminate the long protest King said the decision will be eft to the Montgomery Improve ment an organization formed to support the boycott The Executive Board was called to meet Tuesday afternoon with a Negro mass meeting perhaps to follow HARBIT REELECTED DBS MOINES W G H a r b i t Marshalltown Monday vas reelected president of the Chriopractic Society of Iowa SEN JOHNSON Blames GOP for Third Depression WASHINGTON UP Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B Johnson charged in a nationwide address Monday night that The Republican Party now is pushing us into a third farm Johnsons charge was the Dem ocratic partys formal answer to President Eisenhowers recent radioTV talk explaining why he vetoed the Democraticsponsored farm bill The Democratic meas ure would have junked the ad ministrations flexible price sup port system and restored sup ports at 90 per cent of parity The President said he vetoed the bill because it was contra dictory and He said rigid high supports would only lead to greater farm sur pluses which depressed market prices for farm goods in the first place But Johnson a possible con ender for the Democratic presi dential nomination denied this He used recordings of the Presi dents own voice and TV image n an effort to show that Eisen nower himself promised the farmers 90 per cent of parity sup ports in the 1952 campaign Johnson accused the President of favoring high supports in election years and low supports in nonelection Former lowan Dies in Indianola Accident INDIANOLA UP Charles Nevins Taunton and a former Tfuro Iowa resident was killed instantly about 12 miles south of here Monday in a cartruck collision SAME Postmasters Open State Parley Here Frank Goshey Is Speaker Frank Goshey Minneapolis re gional director talked Tuesday on decentralization of postal serv ice at the start of the second day of the state convention ofthe Iowa Branch of the National League of Postmasters at the Hotel Hanford He substituted for L Gwcn Lemley Des Moines assistant district operations manager who conducted the school of instruc tions for postmasters Monday aft ernoon on the opening day of the convention About 150 postmasters from all parts of the slate were in at tendance at this 47th annual con vention Assisting Mrs Lemley in the school of instruction were G L Miner Mason City and E E Lychwick Fort Dodge post office inspectors Reception Held Following an informal recep tion in the Sky Room of the Hotel Hanford Monday evening the convention resumed Tuesday morning with opening ceremo nies greetings by Henry C Pen dergraft Mason City postmas ter Lester Milligan Mason City secretary of the Chamber of Com merce and Mayor George E Mendon of Mason City Postmaster Vinnie G Olson Superior Iowa gave the re sponse and A C Rank Buffalo Center state secretary read the Tax Cut Is Held Unlikely Ike Meets With Staff minutes of the last meeting Other speakers on the Tuesday morning program besides Re gional Director Goshey were Joseph J McGuill Sioux City district operations manager and G L Miner Mason City who assisted with the school Monday afternoon Memorial Services Memorial services were planned for Tuesday afternoon conducted by Eva Anderson Fre mont assisted by Lou Ella Jones Rose Hill and Bess Gorham Pisgah accompanist Also on the Tuesday afternoon program were Oster W Schwartz Davenport district operations manager E E Lychwick Fort Dodge post office inspector James B Tunny St Louis regional director C R Ham mcrstrom Des Moines United Air Lines and Ed Schilling In dianapolis group insurance department Wednesdays program will be a full one with the banquet Wednesday evening the climax of he convention Bert B Barnes Washington executive di rector of the Bureau of Opera tions will be the banquet speaker J C WRIGHT Tax Group Backs Gradual School Shift From Oar Wire Services DES members of the Iowa Tax Study Commit tee agreed Tuesday that schools must gradually be forced into reorganization The decision came as a sub committee on public school finan cing discussed a recommendation of the Iowa Department of Public Instruction Department Supt J C Wrigh outlined a plan whereby all schoo districts by 1962 would contain a high school and have at least 50C pupils One Idea Wright said one suggestion to set up a new type of standard aid in place of present supple mental aid to school districts After 1958 districts with less than 500 pupils would have their claim reduced by 20 per cent per school year until in 1962 when no money would be available to small dis tricts It was estimated 521 of more han 800 districts would not quali y after 1962 unless they reorgan ized into larger districts 90 Vote The subcommittee did not im mediately accept the proposal and held a lively discussion on its merits The members did agree however by a 90 vote that a gradual reduction in aid would be wiser than to suddenly wave a red flag in front of school dis tricts The department estimated 20 to 24 million dollars as a starting place for the new standard aid Wright said that figure would be lowered if the Legislature de sired The plan would permit county joards of education after July 1 902 to attach any districts hat did not voluntarily reorganize The department did not recom mend any changes in the pay ment of general aid which is WASHINGTON A bill to give the administration full au thority to carry out its 000 soil bank plans was introduced in the House Tuesday by Chair man Cooley DNC of the House Agriculture Committee Cooley acted shortly before the House Rules Committee was to onsider a Democraticsponsored ill to give President Eisenhower the money to carry out his pro gram under an old 1935 New Deal oil conservation law The administration has insisted that new authorization legislation was needed but Democrats have contended that an appropriation alone would enable the plan to get going Significant Change Cooleys decision to offer a bill seemed to signal a significant change in the Democratic atti tude After Eisenhower vetoed the general farm bill last week Cool ey declared the Presidents ac tion meant the soil bank was a dead Republican leaders had laid plans at a forenoon White House meeting to drive for quick pas sage of a soil bank authorization measure They talked of getting ona through the House in 24 hours They said they hoped they could do this in a few hours Wednes day when the House is scheduled to take up the bill appropriating money for the soil bank The GOP leaders said tax re duction also was discussed at heir weekly meeting with Presi dent Eisenhower They indicated the feeling was that prospects are dim for a tax cut even if the gov ernment winds up the fiscal year with a largerthanexpi ted two billion dollar surplus Cooley said his bill would give Secretary of Agriculture Benson all of the additional authority he needs to carry out the soil bank program He described his pro posal as a companion measure to the pending appropriation Has Authority Democrats have not objected to to get Isstributed to districts on a per mpil basis of the state and the local help available to them are necessary facts for the committees plan Dr Paul M Karsten Fort Dodge committee member said Report Claims Russian Vessel Sunk by Mine 0 ter Sursely is a baker at a ROME responsible injMason City supermarket formant said Tuesday that a So viet cruiser was sunk by a So viet minefield in the Baltic har d Mr and Mrs Sursely were not seriously in jured Two children as yet un identified were riding in the Stroeing car They were listed in good condition by hospital of ficials The cars reportedly collided at an intersection near Sank Cen bor of Kaliningrad Koenigsberg recently with heavy loss of life The disaster precipitated an in fragovernment dispute which led to the firing of Adm Nikolai Kuz netsov as commander in chief of the Soviet navy the source re ported Jury Finally Seated in Graham Case DENVER jury of seven men and five women was ac cepted Monday to try John Gil bert Jraham 24 on a murder charge for the airliner crash death of his mother The seating took six days the POSTMASTERS gathered infor mally at the start of the second day of the state conven tion of the Iowa Branch of the National League of Post masters at the Hotel Hanford includes some of the offi cers instructors and speakers of the three day conven tion Left to right are Robert J Balik Spillville presi dent Joseph J McGuill Sioux City district operations manager G L Miner Mason City post office inspector Oster W Schwartz Davenport district operations man ager Frank J Goshey Minneapolis regional director L Gwen Lemley Des Moines assistant district opera tions manager and E E Lychwick Fort Dodge post office inspector program started but many con end Eisenhower already has au hority to launch the program it elf under existing law The soil bank was in the general arm bill which Eisenhower ve oed on grounds of objections to ts high price support features The President asked for enact ment of the soil bank as a sepa ate measure The chief sponsors i of the general bill had put it for ward however on a this bill or nothing basis New Authorization Republican Senate Leader Knowland Calif said after the White House meeting attended by Secretary of Agriculture Benson and Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey that the GOP leader ship is convinced some sort of new authorization is needed to put in the soil bank Martin agreed saying some of i the legislation the Democrats are jtalking about expires Dec 31 and jthat the farmer could get no fur Ither help through a soij bank pro Siam after that date unless new j legislation is forthcoming l On taxes Knowland said that Humphreys preliminary esti mates do not support predictions from some congressional quarters that a two billion dollar surplus is in sight rather thnnthe 200 million forecast by President Eisenhower last January From all present Knowland said there will not be sufficient revenues to justify any tax reduction at this session of i ;