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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 28, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CCA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND MO IKES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and United Press Full Leaded Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FKIUAY APRIL 28 1944 This Paper Consists of IVo Otic NO 175 Younkers Leases Quarter Square Block Here WARD BATTLES Secretary of Navy Knox 70 Dies of Heart Attack This picture looking to the southeast at the corner of First and South Federal in Mason City shows the area leased to Younkers Inc Des Moines for a department store The proposed store will have a frontage of 120 feet on Federal including stores occupied by the Walgreen Drug f ff f Jf f company the Fair and the Burns and Rule building shown to the extreme right of the picture Tt will extend 165 feet eastward on First S E to include the state liquor store Younkers will take possession in June and plans to open the store about Aug 15 Lock photo Kayenay engraving Large Merchandising Store to Be Opened Here About Aug 15 Decision Seen as Faith in Mason Gity in Postwar Era Allan F Beck Friday announced the execution ol a long time lease with Younkers Inc of Des Moines for occupancy ol Mason City store buildings aggregating a frontage of 120 leet on Federal avenue and extending back to a depth of feet The proposed store will be on especially for this store They will lie southeast corner oC First and South Federal avenue extending south on Federal for practically half a block and east on First a half block to the alley On this leased property Youn kers Inc operator of the largest retail mercantile business in Des Moines plans to open a large de partment store on or about Aug 15 The project involves combining into one unit the rooms now used by the following stores Walsrcen Drug company Fed eral and First S f The Fair a double front store 103 South Federal Burns and Rule double store building 105 and 107 South Fed eral The state liquor store 4 First S E with 3 fronts Tenants in these buildings are being notified immediately to vacate the stores Possession will be given Younkers Inc June 1 by the Walgreen Drug company the Fair Store and the Burns and Rule building now vacant The state liquor store space will be turned over to the new occupants on June 15 Immediately upon obtainin possession Younkers Inc will start making changes to tie this group of store buildings into one merchandising unit Henry Frankel president of Younkers Inc arrived in Mason Cily Friday morning lo so over plans for remodeling and installa tion of fixtures with architects Due to government restriction the company will be limited or the amount of critical materials that can be used for a remodel ing program but Younkers Inc has obtained permission to ope arches and to make other intcrioi changes necessary for a depart ment store setup and operation The present fronts will reman for the duration While we are restricted as li external changes there are m limitations on fixtures and wi plan to do a top job of installini Mr Frankell stated Wi will have all new fixtures designei be the very latest in design color and lighting In coming to Mason City Younkers plans to become an in tegral part of this community the company president stated We hopeto contribute mate rially to the upbuilding and wel fare of the city be said It is our plan to employ only peoule from Mason City and surrounding ter ritory to fill all posts in the store The opening oC this new Masoi City store is part of a plan an lounced last fall to take otn tore out to the main streets of owas cities and towns to lake shopping the Younker way asier more convenient than ever This is the 2nd branch store Younkers has been in Ames foi nore than 2 years In choosin ile for this 2nd store we have lonj esircd to locate in Mason City Ve think it is one of the fines itics of the state serving the fine northeast Iowa After the war it is the plan o he company to make extensivi changes and improvements ex ending the building group to cov er the full area of the lease to th rear of part of the Federal ave nue frontage making the stor 165 feet in depth for the entir 130 feet or frontage It is also1 probable that additional floors ill be built The transaction is one of the largest real estate deals in the history of downtown Mason City In its impact on downtown prop erly appraisals general business morale and faith in the Citys fu ture the transaction transcends any retail mercantile deal in their memory local businessmen said The decision of the Younker executives to open a store of this size on a long time lease basis was seen as evidence of a real faith in the future of Mason City as a merchandising center particularly in the postwar period The general view among busi nessmen is that the coming of Younkers Inc will extend Mason Citys trading area by this large addition to the citys already ex cellent facilities as a trading cen er for North Iowa and southern linnesota Mason Citys leading position in rie retail trade field has become pparent in figures made avail ble from census and sales tax re eipts In physical volume of retail rade Cerro Gordo county ranked th although 9th in population according to census figures com piled in 1B40 for the year previ ous Retail sales volume per family or Cerro Gordo county compiled or the same year showed Cerro Gordo county topping all other Iowa counties on the basis of tax receipts reflecting the 1 a r g e Lrade coming from the surround ing area Census figures also showed thai Cerro Gordo county ivas the 7th largest wholesale center and 6th in service establishment volume figures which also showed up well for 3 county 9th in population The Younkers Inc project ii the largest of numerous sizable real estate transactions handlec by Mr Beck in Mason City Abou a decade ago just as Mason City was on the last lap of the depres sion Beck handled anothci large real estate deal which re sulted in expansion of retail trad for Mason City This was the con struction and leasing of the build ing across the street from the pro posed Younker store to Montgom cry Ward and company Erection of the Ward buildin at that time helped revive ncv construction in the communit after several years of compara live quiet PASCHENDIES ATHANLONTOWN 95 Year Old lowan Leaves Wife Daughter Paschcn 5 died at his farm home near lanlontown at 7 a m Friday Death followed a Ions illness from infirmities of age Mr and Mrs Paschen observed heir 70th wedding anniversary at their home March 5 Both in poor health were greeted by a arge number nC relatives and rientls IVlr Paschcn was born in Gcr Tiany April 19 1819 Ile came to the United States Nov 18 1860 Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter Mrs Gertrude who lives at the parental farm home There arc 2 grand children and 3 great grandchil dren Mary Jean Paschcn of Ma son City is u great grandchild Funeral services will be held at Ihe Methodist church at Clear Lake at oclock Monday after noon with the Rev T B Collins pastor of the church officiating Burial will be at the Clear Lake cemetery The body will lie state at the Major funeral home until Monday morning Rites Held in Boston or Cardinal OConnell Boston a mist tears the archdiocese of Bosto and representatives of Catholics from distant parts of the world Friday murmured a final amen to the earthly career of William Cardinal OConnellIn the stately cathedral of the Holy Cross where he pontificated countless times the highest ranking prelates of the country and representatives of the million or more laymen who knew Bostons only prince of the church in history as their shepherd paid final tribute in a solemn pontificial requiem mass over which presided the nations only living wearer oC the red cap Dennis Cardinal Dougherty of Philadelphia who now succeeds Cardinal OConnell as dean of the Catholic hierarchy in America PASCHEN at llanlontoivn CHICAGO STORE Soldiers Ordered to Keep 2 Top Executives From Entering Building BULLETIN Chicago L Avcry chairman of Montgomery Ward and company who began a court fight against government seizure of its Chicago properties was re elected as a director alons with the 12 other directors by the shareholders in their annual meet ing Friday Chicago Hi The big Mont gomery Ward and Company be gan a legal light Friday against government control of ils Chica go facilities shortly after 2 of the firms lop execulives Board Chairman Sewell Avery a n d President Clement D barred from their offices Wayne C Taylor undersecre tary of commerce and federal op erating manager of the properties reported soldiers patroliug the buildings bad been instructed to keep the Z men out on grounds that they have refused to coop erate with the government Company counsel then asked Federal Judge William H Holly to dismiss an injunction obtained late Thursday night by Attorney General Francis Biddle restrain ing Ward executives from inter fering with government operation of the local plants After listening to arguments bj Ihe firms attorneys and Biddle Ihe judge announced he woult hear further pleas Monday tine probably would give a decision Tuesday The legal attack was based part on the contention that seiz ure of the properties in keeping with an order from Presiden Roosevelt was unconstitutional The Ward attorneys also strcssec the contention that the concert vas not engaged in war produc ion The jurist ordered an immedi ate hearing and subpenaed Taylo for testimony in litigation stem mine from to ex dliontract with CIO union as he had been di reeled to do so by the war labo board and the white house an widely watched as t gauge the WLB and presidential power George Christcnsen a Ward at lorncy claimed the seizure of Hi company facilities violated tl and 5th amendments to U constitution and thai allegatioi in the complaint filed by Biddl were false The Ward petitio added that the properties do no eonslitule any planl mine or f cilily equipped for manulaclur production or mining of any ai tides or materials which may V required for the wnr effort President Ryan was admitted to Ehc main building long enough to preside over a perfunctory meet ing of the Ward shareholders but after the session was shifted lo the Blackstone hotel He told newsmen he had been ordered to leave Asked if he would cooperale with the federal manager he plied I recognize no constitu tional authority but that of the board chairman Avery who was carried oul by soldiers did not rclurn to his office Friday Ugo Carusi aysistanl attorney general said business wns on as niddlr in his court appearance old the judge the resistance fficials of this company to the awful anil proper possession by be government should be re trained until the issue hail been hrcshcd out in he courl Thursday Avcry not only was barred but carried oul bodily rom tlie plant by 2 soldiers The dispute stemmed from Mont omery Wards refusal to extend i contract with the CIO union at the plant V temporary restraining order lo prohibit Montgomery Ward SECREtAfcY OF NAVY FRANK KNOX Allies Bombing Germans at Rate of 8 Tons Every Minute London air fleets bombed France including nazi broadcasts said the Paris rrci Friday to run the prcinvasion bombardment of Europe into its 12th stniighL day at a pitch now approaching tons of explosives an hour or S loni minute Striking in the wake of a mighty ISritish night assault on Germany France ami Belgium the daylight raiders swarmed out across Ihc English Channel and Straits of Dover despite heavy clouds lhat in earlier months would liavc grounded them Marauder medium bombers of the 9th U S air force escorted and covered by RAF and allied fighters led the daylight parade with an attack on an airfield northern France followed by flying fortresses that raided an other airdrome at Avord 130 miles south of Paris Verdict to Church in Action Against Brewers Charles jury in district court found in favor of St Boni face Catholic church of Ionia in the amount of SSOO against Helen Schultx Brewer and Donald Brew er at a m Friday The church the action for damages for alleged destruction of church fixtures The case went lo the jury at p m Thursday and it re quired more than 7 hours to reach a verdict Father C B Goclzinger lor of Ihc Ionia church alleged FORRESTAL IS ACTING LEADER IN DEPARTMENT Republican Publisher Had Agreed With FR on War Preparedness Washington of c Navy Frank Knox civilian lief of the worlds mightiest sea rce died Friday of a heart al ick He was 70 years old His death was announced lo 10 navy throughout the world by jmes V Forrestal navy unclcr ecretary who automatically bc ime acting secretary The death was tlie first in Prcs lent IvOoscvelts cabinet since Claude A Swanson died in July Swanson was secretary of lie navy at the time Knox although a lifclnng re uMican a n d vicepresidential omince in was in the cab net because he saw cyctocyc vith President Ilooscvclt on the ncnacc of totalitarianism and the tirk necessity uf arming tinna ion to the limit of human ability Hehad seen the war coming or years and in his newspaper he Chicago Daily News had ircachcd preparedness Mr Roosevelt was still vaca loning in the south Friday when Cnox took a turn ior the worse jut tlie president obviously was Itept closely advised of his condi tion Surviving thenavy secretary are his widow who before their marriage was Annie Reid i sis ters Mrs Herbert L Failfield Dayton Ohio and Miami Fla Mrs Fred Reed of Chicago arid Elizabeth Knox ot Grand Rapids Mich At Knoxs bedside when lie died the navy said were Mrs Knox Assistant Secretary of the Navy Ralph A Bard and Mrs Rarci Secretary of Ihc Treasury John L Sullivan Dr Fred Bushmoyor pastor of theMi Pleasant church loliii F OKccfe vice president of the Chicago Daily News of which Knox was publisher mid Capl Lyinan S Perry aide to the secretary of the navy Knox was stricken with a Cas trointestinal upset while attend ing the funeral in Manchester X II last week of f A Miichling his business partner for the last 10 years lie returned lo his office Tuesday morning hut aliont Z hours later became ill anil went to his home The secretary suf fered a severe heart attack as he prepared to go lo bcil Tuesday afternoon Forrestal in announcing the death over Ihi navys loud speak er system asked all department employes many of whom were nt lunch in cafeterias lo pause in their activities in respect to Knox Knox had been in the cabinet since Inly II 1840 President Roosevck summoned him to serve us France fell in the critical month of lime at the same Nazis Claim Allied Invasion Boats Massing London of allied invasion vessels assembling in the harbors of western England were allacked by German bomb ers Thursday night Berlin dis patches by way of Stockholm said Friday Nazis and neutrals continuing a guessing game that hcgan sev eral weeks ago said the invasion be less than 2 weeks away and Berlin dispatches to Stock holm said treat quantities of al lied shipping were gathered in the channel ports of southeastern England as well as western Ens land Aneta Dutch news agency said German authorities in Holland were preparing to blast the great dykes which guard the entrance to the Zuidcr Zee and flood a huge area containing the popu lous cities of Rotterdam and Am sterdam Two Swedes the first to reach Sweden from Denmark since the Germans clamped light control on ravel between the 2 countries last Monday said the Danes at first thought the Germans were invading Sweden when the dras tic measures were taken The restrictions were being gradually relaxed however and postal service between Sweden and Denmark was resumed Britains shores were closed tightly Friday to all except the most urgent outbound civilian travel under new regulations de signed to keep invasion plans se cret The German communique as serted that German molor torpedo boats sank 3 British ships totaling 9100 Ions in an attack on a con voy off the south coast of Eng land Friday morning and that the German air forces attacks against shipping concentrations off the British southwest coast Thursday night uere effective The new travel restrictions ef fective Thursday modnight sup plemented others previously in Force One earlier decree had banned travel between Britain and Ireland Another keeps diplo mats of all countries except Ihe United Stales Russia and the British commonwealth within Britain for the lime being Joining the Germans in the in vasionguessing game Capt Karl Henrik Falkman a Swedish naval commentator expressed the view Friday morning that the assault may come in broad daylight some time between May 2 and May 17 The Berlin correspondent of the Swiss newspaper Die Tat said foreign newspapermen in the German capital were betting on the attack to take place between May 6 and June 7 In Ankara a Turkish commentator put in his word declaring We can take it for granted the next few days or weeks will witness the most im portant developments of the war A Moscow dispatch said the Russian newspaper Pravda ob served that Conditions are fav orable now for powerful blows not only from the east but the south and west In n Swedish broadcast re corded by the ministry of infor mation Falkman said it appcarcc that the exact date of the invasion may be set to hit the lime when there is the least difference be tween high and low tide The smallest difference oc curs about 48 hours after the quarter of the moon he said The moons first quarter will b April 30 and the last quarter on May 15 Falkman who is not known in London naval circles declarec that because of the supremacy thi allies possess both at sea and ii the air and it would not be nee essary for them to strike at nigh Along with an amphibious at tack he said great numbers o parachute troops may drop be hind the German lines Fortress crews said they no enemy fighters though they I encountered heavy aniiaircrafi I lire First Lt Mark Wilson of Alamosa Colo said the raid ob litenitcd the target Thunderbolt ami m u t a n g fighters escorted the fovlrcssea while lightning fishierbombers attacked another unidentified air drome in France The nazicnnlrollcd Paris radio reported allied air attacks on nu merous localities in northern France and certain objectives in the Paris region Wilh the tonnage of bombs dropped on axis Kurope totalling 11000 to 12000 in the 24hour sav the destroyed church tiintr tur asked lionry L Stimscm lures oti Die night of Miiy 5 11H1 ic property being valuer at 1000 Damages i Ucbie tlie mount vcrc asked SEPARATION ItEVKALEI HollyM noil Actress Lola anc a native lowan said Friday lie and her husband Henry Clay Dunham aircraft publicisl had cparatcd but that there were no mmediate plaius for divorce and comppnv Averv and other of tidal from intef ferine with Period early Friday morn thc government issued laic the m oflcnsivc Thursday night will be attacked promptly Friday the Ward coun sel Winston Strawn and disclosed PROPOSE WARD SEIZURE PROBE Resolution Sent to Floor for Consideration Washington resolution proposing an investigation of the governments seizure of Montgom ery Ward and companys plant at Chicago was pushed through the powerful rules committee of the house Friday and sent to the floor for consideration Biparlisan support put the res olution offered by Rep Dcwey R III through the committee after it had been amended by the rules ftroup o call for a general inves tigation with respect lo the seiz ure scared to have reached the scale which Prime Minister Churchill predicted only 2 months nyo would be beyond the dimensions anything yet employed or in deed imagined Up to 1000 RAF bombers par ticipated in a 4prongcd assault Thursday night bringing to per haps 6000 the number of allied planes that had battered Ger manys Atlantic wall and real areas in the 24 hour period Hundreds of 4cngincd Lan casters making up the bulk of the huge fleet turned Fricdrichshafcn site of aircraft and radar plant on the shores of Lake Constance in southwest Germany into a burning pyre visible for 100 miles Reports from the SwissGcr man frontier said the raid wa unprecedented in fury with al Friedrichshafcn appearing to b engulfed in a single sea o flames The attack lasted a hour during which terrific ex plosions shook buildings on th Swiss shore Lake Constance Buy War Savings Bonds an SUmps from your GlobcGazcll carrier boy Buy War Savings Bonds ami Stamps from your GlolicGazctlc arrier hoy Weather Report FORKCAST Mason City Failrrukiy nighl Saturday increasing cloudiness Not much change in tempera ture Increasing winds Iowa Cloudy Friday niuhl and Saturday Scattered light show ers Saturday except northeast portion Warmer Kriday niyhl Incrciising winds Minnesota cloudiness Friday night becoming cloudy Saturday Occasional light showers west portion Saturday Warmer northeast and central portions Friday night Not much change in temperature Satur day Increasing winds becom ing fresh to occasionally strong late Friday night and Saturday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 67 Minimum Thursday night 37 At 8 a rn Friday YEAR AGO Maximum 57 Minimum 29 tn become secrelary uf war Bolh wen were republican leaders j Knox havini been his partys virepreMdenlial nominee in IfKtli His ckah on I he eve of I he IAiropean invasion prevented the rounding out of an ofticiu ea reer Unit vith the defeated ilicii forces ui the vorkt tailing back acros the channel into England spanned 1 years of slow recovery imide possible by Aincri ent ranee into the war in id came finally to he apparent verge of the hist great phase before vic tory Knox never tEoubtod that the United Stateand its allies would be victorious if they moved fast enough and armed in lime In n sense he for the cab inet by preaching American pre paredness in pvcwnr years and by ciirly advocating Uial this country tyke its stand firmly vitli the forces opposiny fascism A critic of President Roosevelts domestic policy before the war he saw eyetoeyc Ihe president on i1I for eign policy measures I5y appointing Kuox untl Slim son 31 r Roosevelt sought no I only lo zain tinich fighting men lo head the armcil forces but also to remove Ihcir civilian adminis tration from partisan politics War was an old and bitter story to Frank Knox As a Rough Rider he was in Cuba with Theodore Roosevelt in 1893 During the first World War he became an artillery officer in France there earning under fiit the title by which most of his longtime friends knew him knew his full name William Franklin Knox In this vvjulie regretted that he was loo old lo go into uniform again and he gave all his energy lo the job of being civilian bosa ;