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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 22, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH JOWAS DAILY PAPER MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THE THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATE PBESS AND UKrTO PRESS FVU USASED EDITED FOR THE HOME Oil Y IOWA J RID AY DECEMBER 22 1939 MS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO ONE 64 NLAND ROUTS REDS IN FAR NORTH Hampton Man Pinned Under Car Dies ICY PAVEMENT CAUSES DEATH OF GRIFFEN 77 Father of Band Leader Is Victim of Accident in Rockwell Vicinity By STAFF REPRESENTATIVE E Grif fen 7 Hampton died enroute to a Rockwell hospital at about Thursday afternoon from injuries suffered a few minutes previously when the car in which he was rid ing skidded on icy paving on high way 65 near Rock well and over turned When the car first turned over Griffen fell out and he was crushed by the automobile which fell on him Driver of the car was his son Fred O Griffen band leader at president of the association Cerrb Gordo County Traffic Victim No 13 For 1939 Hampton and Iowa Bandmasters OMUaauon Neither the son nor the third pas senger Mrs J Gulick also Hampton was seriously injured They suffered slight injuries and were taken to their homes at Hampton i Lawrence Eckhardt 431 Sec ond street northeast Mason City a driver of a SearsRoebuck truck directly i behind the Griffen LOOK INSIDE FOR Next Stop Folks Are You On MICKEY RODNEY ot Mr Gtifletf was taken to Hampton by the Major funeral home Deputies from the sheriffs office and members of the Iowa State Highway patrol in vestigated the accident F O Griffen is well known in Mason City for his bands pre sented here during the band fes tival annually He is president of the Iowa Bandmasters association The tno had been to Mason City on a shopping trip and was re turning home when the accident occurred Mr Griffen was driving a 38 LaSalle sedan The car was damaged considerably This is the thirteenth traffic death m Cerro Gordo county this year Six of the deaths were from accidents within the limits of Ma son City Two grandsons of the victims are band leaders Durwood at Bolt and Forrest at Belmond Charles Griffen wdlld have Was Movies Biggest Money Maker in 3 9 PAGE 2 No Decrease in Rain in Iowa Is Report PAGE 3 Grid Pickers Heave Out Rules on Bowl PAGE 9 and Mrs J the last 78th birthday celebrated his Christmas day He had lived at Hampton with his son and daughterinlaw Mr berton after the death of his wife Funeral services will be held at Lamberton probably Monday Surviving are a son F O Grif fen Hampton a daughter Mrs E H Johnson Naponset 111 and a halfbrother of JMankato Minn de WAREHOUSE IS BURNED DOWN Loss Caused by Blaze at Canning Company in Marengo M A R E N G O Fire stroyed the warehouse of the J Leroy Farmer Canning company of Cedar Rapids here Thursday night with a loss estimated by Farmer at between 875000 and The building of brick and con crete contained 48000 cases of canned corn valued at 358000 Farmer said he did not know whether any of the corn could be salvaged The fire was discovered around midnight At it was thought to be under control but about 5 oclock it broke out again The 200 by 70 structure was heated by a furnace which had last been attended at 4 p m The flames origin of which had not been determined appar ently spread alonga conveyor The loss is covered by insurance PREVIOUSLY REPORTED f David and John Dunlon Damonj Department n Tom Jack Senneff Koy C Helfensteln Gir Scout Troop Xo Girl Scout Troop Xo GJI SriNil Troop Xo 1 JustRite Cliiu Mis Fljrnni Home Room Mermimoii Brothers Dairy Arthur Hoive Canlern Senice Irene Rose Decker Oflice Employes store Nell Garrison Cub Den Paek I MudncUyciib Scouts NALC Monsinor P s A I riend a Slate Brand Print Kooni The Henry X Graven Family Caiholtc nanbiers or Jheet Metal Workers Local N Lehirh Cement 107 A Irltnd Friendly Groap 100 11000 100 300 TOO ioo ioo ioo lyoo 200 X 10 iroo JOO 100 500 300 500 100 Local 500 300 3W VER THE TOP But the cam paign isnt over by any means The fact that the goal was set for 51500 doesnt mean al all that this was all that could be put to good use among the fafnilies of this community who havent been fortune well be frank about was our judgment of the size of the com munitys generous heart Here and now therefore we are pleased to admit our error An excess of at least S500 over Llw secms well within the possibilities That means Miss Dons Bruce and her associates in the administration of this fund CHARLES GRIPFEX in Crash FRED O GRIFFEN Hurt The Weather FORECAST IOWA Increasing cloudiness with rising temperature Friday nisiht and Saturday followed by rain or snow Saturday after noon or night MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy occasional light snow in north west Friday night and in south Saturday somewhat warmer ex cept alongwestern boundary Friday night warmer in ex treme east slightly colder in Red River valley Saturday Shippers Forecast for Friday night Northwest 20 northeast 15 southwest 22 southeast 25 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Thursday 23 Minimum Thursday night 2 At 8 a m Friday g The mercury dipped to 2 lowest Point of the season for the otticial opening of winter Friday A glowing sun erased much of the discomfort of the low tempera ture however YEAR AGO Maximum jg Minimum Q 50 Snow 2U inches An Important Error In listing the GlobeGazette carrier boys contribution Thurs day a 50 cent error was made Tiieir total was So It isnt a sizable error in relation to the total of this fund but it is to the half dozen boys who dug into their not overful purse for the nickels and dimes which made up that half dollar In the ac knowledgment of gifts during the radio benefit program Loretfa Shirley and Ellen Holmcn and Jerry Jimmy and Dickie Halsor were incorrectly listed will have S2bOO in money and merchandise with which to carry put their Christmas work And they can use it to excellent ad vantage This is a last call Jf you invent yet answered that still little voice within you that keeps asking Have you done anything for your unfortunate you still have a day in which to act The fund will not be formally closed until 3 oclock Saturday afternoon Donors with merchandise should call No 161 Those with cash should mail it or faring it to the GlobeGazette Christ mas Cheer Fund Again however attention is in vited to the Salvation Armys so hcitation for S500 The communi ty s pleasure in reaching the S2 000 mark now seems with in reach for the Christmas Cheer frund will be lessened if it fails to make available the S500 need ed by the Salvation Army for its Ciinsfmas season program of mercy and charity A final guarantee All j who give lo him who is out of siahl even though it be but the mite will experience an added ioy and peace of mind on Christmas day This thought is prompted by an excerpt out of James Russell Lou ell s conception of Sir Launfals Fear for Fate of Boy at Lake Searcher Friday pressed the hunt for Leslie Wirfz 12 was last seen at Clear Lake late Thursday J c beggar passed along by K with her That ii no true alms which the liand can He fives only tht cold vho from a sense of duty Bit bf wlio Sivts but a slender mite and Tk j him who is ot thread of all beauly whttli doth run ihroujh all and dotfi all The hina cannot rasp the whole ot his The heart outstretches its eaer palms For a tod foes with it and makes it a sore far Ihe sout vho ivas starving in dark ness Before 60 HUNTING AT CLEARLAKEFOR MISSING BOY 12 Tracks Found Leading to Shore Then Turning Away Again From Ice Approximately 60 men were searching Friday morning on the ice of Clear Lake and on shore near Oakwood and Bayside for traces as to the whereabouts or httle Leslie Wirtz 12 who was last seen about 5 oclock Thurs day as he left the home of his grandparents Mr and Mrs Bert Sorenson Leslie was staying with his grandparents on their farm near Oakwood and attending Eden rural school white his parents Mr and Mrs Floyd Wirtz were living in Mason City where his father had 2 Germans Beheaded figijlfeason BBRtilfs Germans lost then heads Fuday for high tienson to 41 the num ber beheaded during the year S3iaJ4g IX HPA PAY DES MOINES ot the works progress administration said 15512 WPA workers in 56 Iowa counties will have received paychecks totaling by the end of the week In some cases regular pay days were moved ahead to enable the workers to get their checks before Christmas ui wit j ins ItlVllCr obtained employment during the winter The boy came home about 5 ocloek Thursday from school left his schoolbooks upstairs and went out immediately He is not known to have been seen since His skates were still in the Place where his grandmother had hidden them so that he would not venture out on the thin lake ice His grandparents gave the alarm when he failed to return home for the evening meal and a searching party of about 15 led by Deputy SKerittEd Kudej Fistler and Roy Hiiey tLtheOBcuuty most the They Byofifers nday L Chief Jesse BuUIeman Clear Lake said that the boys tracks have been foundleading to the lake shore but that they turned back again away from the ice The lad also was seen before 5 ocloek walking on the ice near to Bayside toward the island but he of was at home after that His teacher Mrs Eva Prest holt said that he had notrouble at school and could suggest no reason for his disappearance day morning while his father was with the searching party Mussolini bends Message to Hitler Peace Move Hinted Himmler Reported to Be Taking Data to Fuehrer in Berlin ROME Benito Mussolini was reliably reported Friday to have sent a message to Adolf Hitler which some sources believed may be connected with recent speculation on a Christmas peace proposal Officials declined to comment The message was understood to have been taken to Berlin by Heinrich Himmler chief of the nazi secret police The rumors arose as a result of three developments LThe visit Himmler to Rome where he conferred with Mussolini and high fascist offi cials 2 The plans of Pope Pius to address a message believed to be of unusual importance to the col lege of cardinals at Christmas time 3 The popes speech Thursday to King Victor Emmanuel of Italy in which he said lie hoped that Italy would be able to serve in the reestablishment of hon orable and lasting peace among the nations Himmler left Home Thursday night after a visit surrounded by considerable mystery It was said that he hastened his departure hy at least 24 hours and that he would confer with Hitler at Berchtesgaden before Christinas eve It was said that Mussolini de livered the message for Hitler to Himmler during their conversa tion Thursday at Venice palace The conversation was described as a long and cordial talk Cant Be Bothered Says Pensioner Wherr Notice Is Received DES MOINES Iowa old age pensioner will read her mail more closely hereafter State welfare officials Friday told of sending notice of renewal of a S22amonth pension to a woman recipient Back came the notice with these words written on the face of it As I have been ill I cannot be bothered with this The officials said the glad tid ings probably would be carried to her by wordofmouth by local investigator SHOPPING DAY LEFT BUY CHRISTMAS SEALS FAMOUS BRIDGE COLLAPSES 2 Dead in Wreck of Pans Structure Near Notre Dame Cathedral PARIS Two persons an known to have been killed and a least three seriously injured Fri day when the St Louis bridge hind the famous Cathedral o Notre Dame collapsed after a heavy barge knocked out its con tral arch The bridge connected two is lands in the Seine river the lit St Louis and the lie De La Cite Police said a gas main explodec after the barge struck the bridge plunging the structure with pe destrians and vehicles into the stream The bridge which was built ori gmally in 1627 disappeared com plelely intothe river si river which were cut bythecol lapsebUrsHnto flame Preliminary investigation b the police was reported to hnvi established that a barge carried bj the current collided violently will the bridges central arch and tha an explosion then oceurvd Heavy forces ot police nd fire men were called to hold crowds behind police lines The old bridge was first knowi as the Pont Rouge red bridge when originally it was built of wood and painted red Since then it has been rebuilt three times the most recent in 1377 The col lapsed structure was of stone Children Sing of Peoce on Earth Good Will to Men Paulscn Tcrrcncc Mcinprt Sinffinc bv midnight mass at St Kavcnay Raymond Jo Carlson Howard nilham Larson and Junior one of tlie features of the BITTER COLD IS TAKING HEAVY TOLL OF SOVIET Reports Show Retreat of Russians Nearing Catastrophe Totals COPENHAGEN W from Norwegian border points iriday described a Russian retreat m Arctic Finland as approaching the magnitude of a catastrophe Watchers on the frontiers said Hie southernmost Russian Arctic forces now were in the vicinity of Salmijaivi a point they were re ported to have passed in their southward advance before the movement reversed The Arctic highway at that point swings eastward and other reports said the main direction of the Russian retreat also was oast ward instead of northward toward the Finnish port of Petsamo The weather was calm and clear but the extreme cold con tinued Retreating roops ob served from the frontier were trying to keep warm Motorized troops rode in trucks for a short distance then jumped off and ran for a while for warmth It was considered significant that no southward moving supply trucks had been observed in the last tvo days nor any other indi cation ot food or munitions ar riving from the north Inhabitants who were familiar with the bitter cold of this region said they believed that thousands of Russians had perished Reports reaching here by way of Sweden said the Russians had munitions works Tampere north of Helsinki Thursday One newspaper said that three Persons were killed and five wounded in two raids on Hie city Other reports said two houses were set afire five per sons uieii and I wo Riissian planes were shot down The Russians apparently had marched into a bleak and un inhabitable area desolated by the Finns who had left towns and villages in ashes The invaders were understood to be in acute need of shelter Moreover the Finns were re ported in close pursuit surging Dut oC their previously prepared Lapland Mannerheim line about 30 miles south of the Arctic ocean Finnish Premier Risto Ryti iii a statement to the foreign press again stressed Finlands need for foreign aid He said the country required everything that can be given to he victim of aggression under the eague covenant including arms munitions materials and diplo matic assistance Soviet Airplanes Drop Pamphlets HELSINKI Soviet ilanes appeared during a driving snowstorm over Helsinki Friday nnd dropped batches of pamphlets but no bombs The pamphlets drifted seaward The Finns fired antiaircraft juns and even some rifles at the planes but there evidently were 10 hits Finnish reports from the norlh front meanwhile said the Soviet air force had been active n the Lapland region Thursday as vcll as in the south f The Finns said they were cnn tinuins their advance in llic rctsanio sector where the Rus sians were reported in a gen eral retreat Fighting continued on the Karc ian sthmus where the Finns aid tticy were still holding their ines and Russian attacks were hrown back Despite encouraging news from h e batllefronts the Finns vatched the skies anxiously in the lope of bad weather that might bring a respite from three suc cessive of Russian air Bitter fighting was reported in tftc icy wilds of the Lake country on the eastern frontier where the Finnish army Ue cfarcd it had annihilated a Rus sian battalion in the past tivo days and hinted that the war may have carried over the line onto Russian soil for the first time A communique Thursday night aid the battalion was destroyed ncl many arms captured between and Rcpola The latter is STORY OV PAGE 2 j coast of the Gulf of I Finn j u mi uit aid the invaders failed ;