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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 5, 1958, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited lor THI WIWSPAPER THAT MAKE S ALL NORTH 10 WANS M I I G H S 0 K HOME EDITION VOL H Associated Preu and United PrcM International Full Lease Wiiei 7e Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY AUGUST 5 1HT ThU Paper ConilsU a One Fair Opens Despite Damage Win ery Deepens Victims Kin Disappears PONTIAC Mich UH N e w mystery piled up Tuesday in the humantorch burning of an ex convict business agent for the Teamsters Union His exconvict uncle who swore revenge has disappeared Herman Kierdorf 68 was miss ing and sought on a warrant charging him with possessing a silencer for a pistol Herman had both sworn re venge for his nephews burning and reported receiving a tele phone threat of Youll be next Hermans nephew Frank Kier dorf 56 lay near death at a Pon tiac hospital his body burned nearly from head to foot FRANK TOLD authorities two gunmen he didnt know made a human torch of him Monday and he was positive the tortureburn ing was in some way connected with union business Frank was tossed from a car to the hospital grounds Herman disappeared Monday night after persuading Frank to gasp put his painracked story County Prosecutor Frederick Ziem said a briefcase Herman Kierdorf left at a neighbors home contained a German pistol with a homemade silencer Two and another weaponalso were found in a sack left at the neighbors by Herman Ziem said He said that Herman wouldjit tell us anything Earlier the uncle was quoted as saying I dont have any idea who did it but Im going to find out POLICE SAID he was last seen as he left St Joseph Mercy Hos pital Monday afternoon Frank at fJrst would only whis per through his burned lips that he was John Doeof Washing ton DC Identity finally was established through fingerprints He apparently had dug his finger tips into his palms as flames seared him Both nephew and uncle have been reluctant witnesses before the Senate Rackets Committee in its probe of the Teamsters Union Frank Kierdorf said he was lured from his home and driven to a lonely woods where his sadis tic captors poured an inflam mable liquid on him and lit a match to him Kierdorf sad the two men came to his house in nearby Flint late Sunday night and asked him to go with them on union organ izing business pulled a gun on him and took him in their car to the woods They later dumped him on the grounds of St Joseph Mercy Hospital DOCTORS SAID it was amaz ing Frank Kierdorf still was alive He had been burned over 85 per cent of his body His arms chest and legs were a mass of raw black blisters His hair had been burned off and his face was puffed twice its normal size A son Frank Jr 30 who iden tified his father said tearfully When you play rough you get hurt sometimes Frank Kierdorf was business agent for Teamsters Local 332 at Flint His uncle was business agent for the Teamsters Joint Council 32 in Detroit and was an aide of Teamsters boss James R Hoffa Both Kierdorfs had been called as witnesses before the Senate Rackets Committee in connec tion with its investigation of the union Des Moines Youth Drowns at Okoboji JOHN A SENNEFF Attorney J A Senneff Dies at 82 John A Senneff 82 Mason City attorney and resident of this community 48 years died late Monday afternoon at a Mason City hospital For a number of years he had made his home at the Hotel Hanford Mr Senneff had practiced law since 1898 starting at Britt He came to Mason City 1910 and continued the practice of law He was a past Iowa Republican cen tral committee chairman and past president of the Cerro Gordo County Bar Assn He was prominent in many out standing legal cases during his career and appeared as defense counsel for the Northwestern States Portland Cement Co in the OntjesMacNider suit in which and other stockholders sued the C H Mac Nider estate for approximately million MR SENEFF was born April 1 1876 in Carroll County 111 son of Joel F and Ellen Boyts SenneffHe was educated in Car roll County and was graduated from the Morrison III high school Northern Indiana Law University and Valparaiso Uni versity from which he received his law degree in 1897 He was admitted to the bar in Indiana in 1897 and to the Iowa bar in 1898 He began the prac tice of law in Britt in 1898 He was married to Cora Mae Mc Gruder Jan 31 1900 in Britt In 1904 he entered the law firm of Senneff Bliss with his broth erinlaw William L Bliss now an Iowa Supreme Court justice From 1911 until 1939 when Bliss became justice the firm had several partners Included were Frank W Senneff a brother John A Senneff Jr son and Robert M Witwer all of whom are deceased Mr Senneff was attorney for the Milwaukee Road and during World War I was a member of the legal advisory committee for raising funds for war purposes He was a member of the Iowa Switch Pulled by Russ Summit Talks Idea Dropped FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES MOSCOW Soviet Premier SJikita Khrushchev Tuesday re jected Western terms for a sum mit conference and instead de manded an immediate UN Gen eral Assembly session to order Western troops out of the Middle East In a dramatic and sudden switch of tactics Khrushchev told the Western Big Three that a General Assembly meeting is necessary since the governments of the United States and Britain have declined to call a conference of heads of government of the five powers He said the UN Security Coun cil has shown it is not capable of ensuring a solution in the Middle East KHRUSHCHEV revealed the new line in letters to President Eisenhower British Prime Min ister H a ro 1 d Macmillan arid French Premier Charles de Gaulle As for an eventual summit con ference Khrushchev said only that he hoped the GeneralAssem bly session might prepare the ground for expediting such a meeting And he made it plain that the Soviet Union intends for theGeneral Assembly to demand immediate US and British with drawal from Lebanon and Jordan Khrushchevs abrupt changes from previous proposals for a summit conference with the West followed his sudden visit to Pei ping for discussions with Mao Tzetung the Ked Chinese leader I THRILL OF A LIFETIME Two of the happiest boys in North Iowa Monday were Roger left and James port when Gene Autry came in Monday and were treatedto a meeting with the cowboy star his Kerch sons of Mr and Mrs Harold Kerch ofnear horse Champion and Jim Hawkins who plays Tagg Britt The blind youngsters at the Mason City Air Oakley in the TV series Annie Oakley Garner OKs Swim Pool Bond Issue GARNERVoters here Monday passed with a majority of 705 per cent a proposed bond issue to build a municipal swimming pool A total of 719 voters cast their ballots on the proposed bond The result 150 in were bal lots It is planned toproceed with the plans for the swimming pool so thatit will be ready for the 1959swimming season LAKE OKOBOJI 15year old Des Moines boy drowned in West Okoboji Lake Monday after noon in a water skiing accident He was Orville Hemminger son of Mr and Mrs James Hemmin ger Orville was water skiing with two girls Kathryn Scott Spirit Lake and Jeanette Watts Hart ley in the Browns Bay section of the lake The girls said the youth seemed to slip off his skis just State Bar Association and American Bar Association and of the Elks Lodge SURVIVING ARE his daugh ter Mrs Wright Mary Mar garet C Percival of Des Moines and Clear Lake eight grandchil dren Thomas C Senneff Mason City John Albert Senneff HI New York City Mrs Lafe Suz anne Weeks Palo Alto Calif and Michael Patricia Marybo Jean and Peter Percival of Des Moines and Clear Lake and five great grandchildren A brother Ray Senneff Wau kon and two sisters Mrs Alice Fitch Clinton and Mrs Charles Salome McGinty Thomson 111 also survive He was pre ceded in death by his wife Feb 14 1943 by his son in 1939 and by four brothers Solemn requiem high Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Wednesday at Holy Family Cath olic Church The Rt Rev Msgr A J Breen will be celebrant The family will meet at 9 am Wednesday at the Patterson James Funeral Chapel Burial will be in Memorial Park Ceme tery ACTS ON FLAG BILL WASHINGTON DPI The House passed and sent to the Senate Monday a bill to author ize President Eisenhower to have a new flag designed with a 49th star for Alaska THE REPLYdid not immedi ately indicate if Khrushchev himself would attend an Assem bly meeting The Assembly is due to open its regular fall session in New York Sept 16 Both the United States and the Soviet Union pro posed in the Security Council re cently that the Assembly be called into session immediately but nothing came of the idea The Assembly includes repre sentatives from all 81 countries belonging to the United Nations The Security Council has dele gates from only 11 countries in cluding the five permanent States Soviet Union Britain France and Na tionalist China The Weather Mason City Partly cloudy through Wednesday with chance of thundershower Tuesday eve ning Cooler low Tuesday night 5862 High Wednesday 8287 Iowa Generally fair Tuesday night and Wednesday cooler most of state Low Tuesday night 5765 Minnesota Fair and cooler High Wednesday 85 GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 amTuesday SAME flag meani no traffic death in put 24 houri She Tugged Pulled Squeezed but MAKE IT SAN FRANCISCO tin Jeanne Brown a 352236 cocktail waitress in jail on a drunkenness charge tried to leave her cell by way of the small opening through which food it passed to prisoners The 28yearold squeezed her 35 through The 22 was cinch But at the 3o her escape attempt came to an end freed her for another cell Film Tycoon Warner Injured in Crash CANNES France UP Jack L Warner pioneer American film tycoon was seriously injured Tuesday in a collision as hedrove his sport car home from anall night session at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes Warner 66 was taken to a hospital in Cannes with head injuries Warners auto in which he was driving alone and a coal truck collided almost in front of the seaside villa of Prince Aly Khan The sport car was badly dam aged Lightning Ignites Straw Pile on Farm bolt of light ning struck a straw stack at the Henry Buresh farm seven miles southeast of here Monday night Both fire trucks were called out and worked four hours to keep the fire from spreading to the barn and baled hay nearby The fire started at the height of the storm which brought one and a half inches of rain Trees were blown down in town includ ing one across the highway near the water tower No other dam age was reported Farmer Injured in Cycle Crash a farmer living near Saratoga is n Lutheran Hospital La Crosse Wis with injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Hokah Minn Miles was riding Sunday with two other Riceville men Ca Bessman and Gary Torney He lost control of his motorcycle on a curve and was thrown off He struck aguard railpost and sus tained five broken ribs a punc tured lung and back injuries A passing motorist took him to the hospital in La Crosse Hi family was notified that he was in poor condition FEWER STRIKES WASHINGTON La bor reported Tues daythere were fewer strikes anc fewer working days lost becausi of strikes in the first six month of this year than in any cor responding period since the em of World War II t f Tents Stands Blown Down By CHUCK WALK GlobeGazette Staff Writer The North Iowa Fair grand stand was back up for a big open ing day crowd Tuesday afternoon Seventy per cent of the seats were tipped over and the canvas canopy wrecked in high winds Monday just before midnight Also flattened by the storm were two large tents housing cattle and sheep They also were reerected Tuesday morning The rain which accompanied the windstorm evidently helped bring in the crowd Tuesday Farmers unableto work in their wet fields brought their families to the fair instead The exhibit halls were crowded in the early afternoon and all eating places were jammed at noon The crowd at the afternoon ene Autry show sat in the sun The big canvas canopy which aught the wind was held on a ipe superstructure This was cut way with torches before the eats were set back up Fair officials estimate the dam ge will run into the tens of thous nds of dollars Clarence Elling on president of theCoolair Tent nd Awning Co estimates that ve to six thousand dollars worth Maximum Minimum At 8 am Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 88 66 72 50 75 41 Eldora Girl Named Dairy Princess ALLISON Blueeyed brown haired Karen Bright 17 Eldora Monday night was crowned Iowa Dairy Princess for 1958 at the Butler County Fair here Miss Bright a May graduate of Eldora High School and daugh ter of Mr and Mrs Ralph Bright won the honor in competition with 22 other county winners Runners lip were Karen Detrich of Powe shiek County and Evelyn Saath off of Grundy County Miss Bright said she will pro mote dairy products over the state during the coming year through personal appearances and speaking engagements at dairy meetings fairs etc DAMAGE TO GRANDSTAND These two views twisted steel supports Below Reed Cook Fairgrounds show the damage done by winds to the grandstand at the Employe examines the back portion of the stands which North Iowa Fairgrounds At top the canvas covering was bent far out of alignment over the main part of the stands lies draped over thelk damage wasx done to the two ents housing the cattle and CHARLES GASsWiNTpVesi dentof the Mason City Tent and Awning Co estimated the damage to his companys tents will run over Greatest damage was done to two tents one 60 by 210 feet andi another 70 by 160 feet owned by Coolair and two others 50 by200feet owned by the Mason City Co Smaller tents are being put up to take care of the livestock No injuries were reported as the result of the storm although several close calls were experi enced Two young men were sleeping in the grandstand when the storm struck but grabbecl iiold of the steel supports as the top five rows of seats collapsed Mike Sprole manager j of the fair received word of the storm about Monday night when a policeman called him and said things were beginning to get shaky No thepolice man got that report out than Sprole says he heard someone in he background yell There she joes as oneof the big tents was lown down SPROLE RECEIVED word of the storm about Monday night when a fair policeman called him and saidthings were beginning to get shaky Nosooner had the policeman got that re port out than Sprole says ha heard someone in the background yell There she goes as one of the big tents was blown down Fifteen head of purebred cattle were in that tent when it went down The strength of the wind blew the tent away from seven of the cattle but eight others were trapped under the collapsed canvas Sprole and other fair workers battled hot electric wires and darkness to lead the cattle to safety Work went on around the rest of the grounds Tuesday as offi cials tried to get new tents set up to house the hundreds of head of livestock pouring into the fair Superintendents of the divisions hardest hit by the freak storm spent the early morning hours trying to contact exhibitors that hadnt brought their livestock yet to tell them to wait until notified THE FREAKISH nature of the storm can best be illustrated by the fact that chairs standing in front of the grandstand were not moved and bales of hay piled high as a backdrop for the Autry show remained in their original positions Most of the Tuesday judging went on as scheduled The first judging was done in the agricul ture division of the garden and arts class Other judging was done in the litter and market swine classes of the Cerro Gordo junior swine division and the arti ;