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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1955, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for the Home MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETT E HOME EDITION T H NEWSPAPER THAT MAKIS ALL N ORTH 10WANS NEIGHBOR S VOL LXM Associated Press and Uniled Press Full Lease Seven Cents Copy THE WORLD OVER Christs Birth Is Observed Br The Associated Christians wherever they are in a troubled world Sat inday turned their thoughts to the little town of Bethlehem as Christmas observances again emphasized ageold hopes for peace and good will In Arabheld Bethlehem within sight of the closely guarded Jordan Israeli demarcation line everything was ready for the traditional Christmas Eve pilgrimage and midnight church services Despite the lifting of a curfew after five days of political rioting in Jordan the atmosphere continued more ner vous than usual Fewer visitors were expected this year for the ancient ritual of midnight mass in St Catherines Church adjoining the Church of the Nativity From the winterdarkened top of the world where Americans and Canadians are building the Distant Early Warning radar line beneath the Aurora Borealis to Ihe Byrd expedition on Antarctica it was the same story Christians were to gether in thought if not in fact Chiefs of state and ordinary folk planned their celebrations in their own way Special Treat A special treat was in store for President Eisenhower the Yule season quietly at the White House Saturday night the Eisenhower 7 Barbara Anne G and will sing Christmas carols they REPORTED Mason City Little Theater From One Who Once Received Jay Kathy From Ihe Obcrdieari TeenTears Club Illgli School Students JO Mason City Elks Club Iour Plymouth Friends Union Happy Hustlers 1H Club Tiro Friends Susan John and Ann Shipley That Same Oregon Frienit 50 t First National Bank Employes 57 C Mason City Hairdresser 4 Cos metologist Assn GlmlereDa 411 Girls Thornton In Memory 61 Samuel From friends Janice Ji Andrea Grellt DnniiB A Delaware Home A Friend As Friend Unnamed Friend Just a Ditch Klemme lit Memory of John J Klein Another Friend 3Vnre From hmlor 111 Church Youth Solicitation From Grandpa Employes ot i E and Main Orilce llldjc W C OGren Vrnm Tomahawk Brlardalc Foiitl Stores Masim City numbers i Stcamntlers IIW Cluh Bath Tnivnalilp Mason Cily Newcomers Clnb Jack Tnm mil Trlss Cathy Cne Mr and Mrs Hurry D Musun Clear Gregory rcggjAsdic Esther liutlcr A Friend Mrs M J Caponl 2 111 Payne 1lumblng and Heating 10 ill A Zuhrah Shriner t Family Jo Jerry and firetchcn Deckers Ca si ng Department Kayenay Allr and Mrs Builders Class First Method lit Church George ration Apollo A Clear Lake Friend Mary Gaynor Jn Memory of Johnny Catherine Stevic Chuck and David The Keith P Sanhoni Family HI Blith Helen In Memory o Bohby Davis Chapln THE DAYS TOTAL TOTAI CASH G1VKN TOTAL MERCHANDISE RKAND TOTAL Commonwealth and Empire Christ mas Day Yule Message Two American church leaders one Protestant and the other Ro man the Christmas message to American military forces far from home Francis Car dinal Spcllman archbishop of New York was in South Korea with U S Navy Secretary Charles Thomas Dr Eugene Carson Blake of Phil adelphia president of the National Council of Churches was spending the Christmas weekend at Air Force Base at Thule Greenland on the edge of the polar icecap On the European continent al Tfiost every U S military unit gave holiday parlies or help to thou sands of orphans needy children and refugees The Army estimated children were entertained at preChrislmas festivities in Ger many alone Similar parties were planned by Americans in France Italy and elsewhere Value OVKR THE TOP In Cash in Cash and Merchandise MERCHANDISE GIFTS Honors Future Rnslness Leaders or Amer ica Hinli School St Theresa Guild St John Epis copal Church Wilson Girt Seoul Troup No B Grandmothers Club Veterans nf Foreign War anil Ancillary JJroirnlc Troop Vo Wllsiin School Washington School Cirb Scout Pack No t Our Saviours Lutheran Cbiirchi MaryRIarthl Class Tnt and Teen Shop Cluh Sharon Olson and the twins O T Wlcmold washlnjt machine Brownie Troop No 4 Hardlnr School Coffee Club Kelly St John Episcopal Church Sunday School Glldncrs Clothing Store 2Bfln 0loi Once Again Cheer Fund Passes Goal OW CAN YOU ADD TO THE STORY TOLD BY THE ABOVE LIST Once again for the 31st time in a row since Christ mas Cheer was launched in 1925 wonderful people of this community and elsewhere haye done more than they were asked to do And the have been practicing earnestly The childrens mother Mrs John Eisenhower and the newest member of the family Mary Jean will not be on hand They will be at Walter Reed Hospital where the baby was born Wednesday But the mother planned to have Christ mas dinner with the family Sun day Across the Atlantic Queen Eliza beth II was with her family at Sandringham the estate in Norfolk where the British royal family has been gathering Christmas since the days of Queens great grandfather ward VII The her customary for the Ed Queen will make broadcast to the MOVE HEADQUARTERS OTTUMWA Morrcll Co announced Friday its head quarters will be moved to Chicago effective Dec 31 heartening fact about it is that hey did it on a voluntary basis t was their own idea With the cash which has been raised and the merchandise turned over by merchants and others Family Service had the vhcrcwithal to make good on the central theme of this once a year No Empty Stockings in Mason City this year To each and every person who had a part in this triumph of the Suggestion FOR some cheerful reading suggest you turn to Col 8 Page 28 Two heartwarming sidelights on this years Christmas Cheer Fund solicitation are presented there our sincerest be extremely Ihristmas Spirit hanks May 1956 ood to all And our appreciation goes to rliss Doris Bruce of Family Scrv ce and those associated with er in the best possible use of what 5 made available through the hristmas Cheer Fund An additional report Sat rday brought the total to r the Sunday night solicitation he Junior High youth groups of a umber of Churches GIs Play Role of St Nick FRANKFURT Germany smile on a kids face is the same i any One GI summed it up that wa Saturday as servicemei from the Atlantic to the Iron Cur tain took time out from their Christmas celebrations to brighte the holiday for thousands of or phans needy children and rcfi gees Virtually every U S uni stationed in Europe gave a part for children or help of same kin to the poor In Germany where the bulk o the U S servicemen on the continent are stationed the Army estimated German children were entertained at pre Christmas festivities Warmest Gesture One of the warmest gestures was operation candy drop along a section of the Iron Curtain The 14th Armored Regiment sent ou motorized Santa Glaus patrols to tour West German villages bor dering the Communist frontier and deliver candy to children As the patrols entered each village the GI Santa called the kids to him by loudspeaker Elsewhere Santa arrived by jeep by sleds built over jeeps and by helicopter One outfit in Germany dropped toys to children by small parachutes Among typical Christmas under takings were these At Orleans France American service personnel raised to buy flannel pajamas for or phans Aid Orphans At Wtirzburg Germany the 10th U S Infantry Division collected to aid nearly orphans refugee children and physically handicapped youngsters The 4th Infantry Division in Frankfurt bought toys clothing and food for children and aged needy persons For many overseas GIs Christ mas would be observed much the same as back home attending Christmas Eve parties church services and a Christmas Day tur key dinner The Army promised nearly a pound of turkey per man on a fullcourse dinner that starts with shrimp cocktail and finishes with mincemeat pie The Army also arranged to get hot turkey dinners to troops in the field or units manning isolated radar and communications sta tions East Moline Boy Dies in Crash IOWA CITY 11yearold East boy was killed Saturday and his mother and younger sister were injured seri ously in an auto crash about eight miles west of Iowa City on High way 6 The dead boy is Velri Gene Put a son and Mrs Eugene J PuU The girl is Mary Alice Ptitz 9 The mother and her daughter were brought to the State Univer sity of Iowa Hospitals Prelimin ary examination of them had not been completed but attendants ex pressed belief that both were in jured seriously MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 24 1955 This Paper Consists ot Four SectionsSection No M m jfeltt in FLOODS CHURN Another City Is Evacuated SAN FRANCISCO ordered the evacua tion of another central California city early Saturday as flood waters surged over three states in one of the mightiest floods in West Coast history Yuba City a town of nearly about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco was ordered evacuated shortly after midnight when pound ing waters of the Feather smashed a 40yard hole in levees Santas Pack to Be Heavy Holiday Road Toll Climbing j United Tresj Holiday traffic accidents Satur day killed Americans at a rate of six every hour and kept tragic pace with the forecast of 560 fatali ties before the Christmas celebra tion is over Hurricaneforce winds and killer floods which left homeless in the West also spoiled the merri ment of the nations Christmas holiday The National Safety Council had warned that day be fore the most deadly 24hour span of the year on streets and highways The mounting death toll changed the warning into reality 104 Dead A United Press count showed 104 persons died in traffic accidents since the holiday began at 6 Friday Nine died in fires and 9 in miscellaneous mishaps to make a holiday total of 122 Illinois led with 14 traffic deaths Missouri had 12 Michigan 10 Pennsylvania 9 Ohio 8 and New York and Indiana 6 each Convent Fire Death came in many ways a convent fire at Guilford which killed three nuns a smash tip near Washington which snuffed out the lives of three teen agers and the passing of a little south of town The evacuation order came only hours after some persons in the sister city of Marysville just across the river fled their homes as flood waters threatened to rup ture elaborate river defense works To the south an estimated persons were ordered evacuated in Stockton about 70 miles east of San Francisco Meanwhile rain fell over the drenched and beleaguered state for the ninth straight day adding more water to the already choked rivers and streams that have brought destruction to what Army engineers estimate at to 000 square miles of land in Cali fornia alone Other Battles Southern Oregon Californias neighbor to the north and Nevada across the Sierra Nevada range to the east also battled flooding rivers Miraculously the loss of life re mained low Latest counts placed Californias death toll at 17 and Oregons at 5 Nevada reported no deaths Philip D Batson regional admin istrator for the federal civil de f e n s e administrator estimated early Saturday that upwards o persons had been eyacuatec from homes in California some in Oregon and more than B0 in Nevada Damage estimates ran up to 1 million dollars and likely wili go higher State and national agencies mar shalled their forces for the im mense relief and reconstruction job They got a blank check go ahead in President Eisenhowers order Friday declaring northern California a m a j o r disaster lowans Had Good Year Central Coast Moline boy means Christmas whose name The boy 18monthold Stephen Allan Noel choked to death on a piece of Christmas candy A spokesman for the National Safety Council feared the predic tion of 560 traffic deaths by mid night Monday would prove all too accurate Were running tragical ly on he said U S Porgy and Bess Company Sings Carols Over Red Radio LENINGRAD The Ameri an company of Porgy and Bess aturday sang Christmas carols ver a Soviet radio It was the first me since the 1917 revolution that uch songs have been broadcast in he Soviet Union The Americans were forgetting he subzero cold this Christmas n the warmth of their reception i the Soviets second largest city Leningrad has gone wild over the icmbers of the first American to ever visit the Soviet nion And the Americans almost nanimously agree that this is the reception they their years of osl enthusiastic ave enjoyed in obclrotting The Americans even before they have presented the George Gersh win production are a solid Russians look on in delight and admiration as they jitterbug in the restaurant of the Astoria the plushest hotel in Leningrad Throughout the day mobs of Russians followed the actors along the snowblanketed Ncvskyl Boule vard and besieged them outside of the czarist winter palace shak ing hands and demanding auto graphs Its said Roberto Brecn the producer Breen on behalf of the entire company broadcast a message to President Eisenhower He wished the American president a Merry Christmas and good health be cause we all need Charles City Trucker Dies in Accident CHARLES M Smith 40 Charles City oil transport driver was killed Saturday morn ing when the transport he was driv ing struck a semitruck According to the Charles City sheriffs office the semitruck had jackknifed across Highway 238 about 8 miles south of here Smith who was driving south was killed instantly and the transport filled with fuel oil was thrown into a ditch Two wrecker trucks were used to remove the body which was pinned in the cab of the oil trans port Officials said leaking fuel oil from the transport prevented use of torches The fuel oil did not catch fire in the collision The driver of the stalled semi truck Henry Schmidt was not in jured His truck was empty Funeral services for Smith arc tentatively set for Wednesday The Hauser Funeral Home is in charge He is survived by his wife and three children Dean 10 George 7 and Cheryl 3 five sisters and four brothers A brother Al J Smith was killed two years ago it no auto crash V Heavy rain was reported falling early Saturday on the central coast area south of San Francisco in the southern part of the vast central valley and in the Sierra foothills arousing fears of heavy flooding for the south central interior Except for the dramatic battle to save Yuba City and Marysville flood dangers appeared to be eas ing for the battered northern part of the state The Weather Bureau said only light rain is expected over northern sectors Saturday Following the levee break at Yuba City authorities said the rampaging Feather had dropped approximately four inches and au thorities cautiously predicted the crest had than men toiled through the night at the sister city of Marysville in a desj peratc effort to bolster the sagging1 levees with sandbags Across the Sierra from ville the city of Reno battled to save itself from the raging Trucfcec River The Weather Mason City Increasing cloudiness and colder Saturday night with occasional light snow Sunday cloudy and colder with occasional snow Low Saturday night 810 High Sunday around 15 Iowa Increasing cloudiness and turning colder over state Satur day Much colder northwest Sat urday night with occasional light rain northwest changing to snow beginning late Saturday or Sat urday night Sunday snow and colder Low Saturday night 1218 northwest 2432 southeast flurries Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 Maximum Minimum At 8 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 41 34 35 37 27 COLDER By WILLIAM L EBERLINE Associated Press Staff Writer An open letter to Santa Glaus Dear Santa Down here in1 Iowa were awfully worried about you and your rein deer when you start out on your rounds of the world this Christmas Eve youd better give Dash er Dancer et Cupid Donner and Blitzen an extra ration of oats or whatever it is you feed them before you start out And as for you dear old St we hope Mrs Santa will give you a big meal and let you have a long rest before you begin your journey You see the has made a surveyofthe buying done by all the folks who help stuff your bag full of toys and other every years Heaviest Pack You may find this hard to be lieve in this time of low hog prices and whatnot but it seems theyve loaded you up this year with the heaviest pack youve ever hauled So youre going to need that food and and your reindeer too We shudder to think of the re sults if Prancer or one of the others should strain something pulling that heavy sleigh And if you should stagger under that pack and fall off somebodys tall jumping Jeho sephat Its too horrible to think about Yes sir Santa these Iowa folks have bought even more stuff for you to deliver than they did last year And youll recall that 1954 pack was the record load up to then We all thought some of the peo ple down here wouldnt have much money to spend But the mer chants say it isnt so Oh some folks are buying more on credit than they did a year ago But as one merchant in Charles City pointed out its only natural there should be more credit busi ness since theres more business all kinds More Clothing One bright spot Santa is that there may clothing and other soft goods and less appli ances and hardware in your pack Youll be glad to know too that taken by and large its quality merchandise youre carrying this year Some merchants say the break in hog prices cut business some but a lot of farmers simply look it out in making sure they were buying good stuff that would last a while Folks down this way started their buying right after Thanksgiving but then we had rotten weather for a while and that kept some of them home But when the weather didnt get any better they went out and did their shopping anyway Hardy folks these lowans Really Santa these losva mer chants arc happy about the way business has been going SAM I DATB Surprise Christmas greeting ap pearing on this page is the first threecolor priming green red and black in GlobeGazette It was sur prise from the superintendent of fhe pressroom Reuben Swehla and his crew for publisher Lee P one that everyone is happy share with all 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