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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NEWS PA FIR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI and United Full Lease Wire Five Cents a Copyl One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Freak Squeaks of the Past Year npHE holiday season is certainly no time to pull a long face and be sad No sir Its a time when all of us ought to be looking about for a laugh And if you do that youll be surprised at the results WhoM think for example that an the producer of anguish and have its humorous side But thats the fact An accident can be really especially if you view it in retrospect or from a distance One of my friends Paul Jones director of public information for the National Safety council for several years has made a business cf collecting and reporting an nually on these freak squeaks Not Funny Magee One year he had to report on an accident involving himself He slipped on an icy driveway and broke his arm Except for the fact that he makes a business of safety other people how to be safe that probably wouldnt have been funny to anybody But he had to report it This year his survey of the strange and wonderful accident picture has reminded him of Alice in Wonderland She should have stuck around and seen what the National Safety council dug up in 1949 in its annual roundup of odd accidents Mr Jones observed Did Alices daffy dreamland have hitchhiking deer guntoting biscuits boxing babies jumping jalopies 4wheeled pickpockets firebug cookies and exploding pants he queried Give up Alice Want proofi Ample Proof Provided Apparently that proof was de manded and Mr Jones proceeded to provide it Every ball player dreams of the day hes as hot as a firecracker But few attain it as literally as Outfielder Norman Lawrence of an East Oakland Cal sandlot team Thirteenyear old Norman chased a ball so vigorously that the friction of his pants ignited some matches in his pocket The matches touched off a pocketful of fire crackers Norm had been hoarding Now a lot of ball players would have blown up along with the fire crackers But not Norm He banged his way spectacularly across the outfield and caught the the thunderous cheers of his amazed and delighted teammates An Exploding Pants Case In the same anatomical category is the fascinating case of Ivan Harzell of Ureka Cal who gave not a hotfoot but a hotseat to of all people himself Mr Harzell was working in a field with a sod ium chlorate weed killer that im pregnated his trousers The highly inflammable chemical was touched off by friction when Mr Harzell rammed his hand into his and his pants exploded Every pedestrian who has lost to a motorist will admire and ap plaud the behavior of a hitch hiking deer up in Connecticut The deer stepped into the road to hoof a ride with Clark Pounell of Unionville Startled a bit Mr Pounell swerved his motorcycle Next thing he knew the deer was seated but clumsily on the hand lebars This of course just couldnt last A minute later Mr Pounell his motorcycle and the deer were sprawled along the roadside The deer picked itself up glared bale fully at Mr Pounell and with quiet dignity walked over and kicked him in the seat of the pants It Happened in Midsummer Statistics show that very few cars skid on icy streets in New York City in midsummer But thats what happened on the hot test day in 1949 A taxicab driven by Arthur Irise crashed into an other taxi Irise explained to po lice that his cab had skidded on ice that had fallen from a truck He was advised to put on chains Probably the biggest fistic upset of the year was the 1round en counter between Ricky Peloquin and his father Ralph at Berlin N H In this corner wearing white diapers and still champion at age 7 months is Ricky In this cor ner wearing a black and blue temple and a sheepish look is Peloquin Sr The father an ardent fight fan was fastening a pair of tiny sou vanir gloves on Ricky when one of the gloves fell to the floor As Peloquin stooped over to pick it up Ricky swept a 6pound coin filled piggy bank off the tray of fcis highchair The bank bopped CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 26 1949 I HOME EDITION umir This Paper of Two One No GlobeGazette photo SAFELY BACK TO Brunsvold Schott implement store at Joice turned up minus a safe Friday morning but it was retrieved from an icy spot on the Win nebago river 10 miles southeast of Mason City Saturday afternoon Deputy Sheriff Jerry Allen left and Roy Lewis 22 route 2 watch as a truck on bridge pulls the 350pound metal box from the ice Lewis one of 4 arrested here Sat urday in connection with a wave of rural and small town breakins led a sheriffs posse to the spot shortly after his arrest The safe had been broken into but it contained mostly papers and accounts It had not gone through the ice as the 4 had thought it would Lewis told a deputy sheriff 4 in Cerro Gordo and Worth School Breakins Four young men were being questioned at length here Monday in connection with a wave of rural school breakins and robberies at several schools and stores in Cerro Gordo and worth counties A Cerro Gordo county deputy sheriff said charges would be drawn up Tues day The 4 who were rounded up by the Cerro Gordo sheriffs Saturday are office Herbert Winters 18 6th S W Henry Ackerman 22 North wood Roy Lewis 22 route 2 Jimmy Hibner 18 512 Penn sylvania N E Arrested at Farm A sheriffs posse first went to thte Art Lewis farm northeast of Mason City and found Roy Lewis hiding under a bed and Hibner asleep upstairs in another room They recovered considerable loot at the home identified as radios and other goods taken in rural schoolhouse breakins recently Ackerman was arrested later in Central Heights and Winters picked up in downtown Mason City A total of 9 rural schools have been broken into in recent weeks in thecounty in addition to high schools at Plymouth and Rock Falls A deputy sheriff said Hibner and Lewis have admitted the rur al breaks and implicated Acker man and Winters in one at the Lime Creek school north of Ma son City The latter 2 and the others are all wanted for question ing in connection with 3 burgla ries at business places in Joice a filling station arid grocery robbery at Kensett and a filling station at Rock Falls Cash Articles Taken Small amounts of cash and ar ticles including radios and guns were taken officers said Lewis Saturday led officers to a bridge 10 miles southeast of Mason City on the Winnebago river where a 350 pound safe stolen at Joice had been dumped It was still lying atop the ice where the youth admitted the foursome had dumped it The safe had been taken Thurs day night from the implement store at Joice owned by Alfred Brunsvold and Leland Schott It contained mostly papers and ac counts A total of was taken from the cash register at the store At a Joice service station a new 410 boltaction shotgun was taken along with in cash A new safe at the Joice elevator was badly damaged but not opened on the same night A total of in change was taken from the cash drawer Fire Hits Red Oak Light Plant Red Oak which started in a coal bin did an esti mated to damage Sunday to the Iowa Power Light Co plant here The blaze did not damage any of the power equipment and serv ice to the city continued on a normal basis Fire Chief Neil Frank said the fire started from spontaneous com bustion The damage was esti mated by Plant Manager F E OMalley Train Cuts Car in Two 2 Slightly Hurt Ann Arbor Mich freight train sheared a stalled automobile in two at a crossing near here Christmas night but 2 car passen gers were only slightly hurt Driver George E Ford 69 of nearby Delhi was thrown back with the rear half of the car With one ear cut he stood up dazedly and dashed across the track to lo cate his passenger Mrs Maude Russell 65 of Spencer Iowa She was in the midst of the wreckage of the cars front and suffered only a broken arm Both were treated at a nearby hospital and released Cheer Fund Passes Goal by When the 1949 Christmas Cheer Fund rolled to a complete stop Monday forenoon the total stood at The final contribu tion was a check from Porter B Burrets from his home in Bos ton He never misses A heartfelt thankyou was is sued Saturday by the Globe Gazette and Family Service Inc administrator of the fund to all who had a part in making this years effort an outstanding suc cess For the 25th successive time the quota was exceeded This years goal had been set at which means that the fund went over the top by May Decide Limitation on Bean Acreage Washington of Agriculture Charles F Brannan may decide soon whether to put soybeans and dry beans under production controls to curb sur pluses next year Some observers believe Bran nans decision on this issue may give some inkling as to whether he is concerned about charges that he is attempting to regiment the American farmer Some Brannan aides have pro posed that he put both crops un der acreage allotments next year If he accepts their advice it may indicate he thinks he can convince farmers without too much trouble that the regimentation charges are just so many words Acreage allotments are a mild form of control wherein each grower is given a planting allot ment Those who overplant dont get price support That Brannan is sensitive to the regimentation charges raised by republican opponents was indi cated last summer when he an nounced the 1950 wheat planting allotment program He took pains to point out that the law requires him to put wheat under allotments to prevent a surplus But while price support is mandatory for wheat it is not for soybeans and dry beans Pope in Pilgrimage Through Holy Door Vatican City Pius led 20000 priests candidates for the priesthood and pilgrims in a jubliee visit through the holy door of St Peters Monday This was the popes personal visit to St Peters as a pilgrim It was a simple ceremony with none of the pomp and pageantry which characterized the opening of the holy door on Christmas Eve A bronze portal which will close the entrance of the holy door ev ery night during the holy year was put in place on special hinges Monday It was the first time in centuries of holy year history that a real door stood permanently in that place Clear Skies in Iowa Prediction Warmer pes Moines Clear skies and rising temperatures prevailed over most of Iowa Monday The only new snow reported for the 24 hours ended early Monday was an inch each at Davenport and Bur lington But the weather bureau forecast more snow Monday night and Tuesday for all of the state The minimum temperature for the state Monday morning was 5 degrees below zero at Atlantic Spencer and Mason City each had 2 below and Ames and Waterloo had 1 below All other lows were above zero The weather bureau said the lows Tuesday morning would be near 20 Right Attitude Detroit UR A burglar with Christmas spirit stole only 2 car tons of cigaretes when he broke into the home of Carl Korn Sun day even though many gifts in cluding a waffle iron hose lin en kitchenware and other articles were lying under the tree Cleveland Seeking Injunction to Permit Bus StrikeBreakers Cleveland Heads of the Cleveland transit system will ask Judge Joseph A Artr Monday for permission to use nonstrikers to operate their buses and streetcars As a Christmas time walkout by some 4900 employes of the city owned firm entered its 5th day Artl scheduled an emergency hearing in common pleas court Monday afternoon The courts generally are closed because of the holiday Plans already have been made for police protection of a backto work movement The mayor will meet with the transit board Mon day on personnel problems if CTS gets its injunction Japan Has Quakes Volcano Eruption Tokyo awakened this day after Christmas to the rumble of the earth and the roar of the worlds largest volcano Temblors shook the 9 perfecture area north of Tokyo far into the day National police said 7 were killed one injured and 3 missing at Imaichi Residents took to the streets with their bedding Mt Aso largest active volcano on earth erupted on Kyushu island south of Honshu Rocks of tre mendous size were hurled 500 feet into the air No lava flow followed No American personnel were among the casualties of the earth quake LAST BEERY DIES Beverly Hills Cal C Beery credited with giving his 2 younger late Wal lace and starts in the movies is dead William 70 died Sunday He once appeared briefly as an actor as a keystone cop in the old silent Mack Sennctt come dies 400 Violent Deaths 2Day Holiday Toll FIRE SHOOTS FROM shoot from the roof and windows of onTo the sdveral buildings that were engulfed in flames in the business district of Hyndham Pa Sunday night Fire destroyed the whole business district of the small community Christmas Tree Fire Guts Town Hyndman Pa re covered what was believed to be the body of a missing woman from debris in the center of this burned out town Monday Police Chief Paul Wise said he believed the object tobe the body of Mrs Corrine Fisher 60 in whose home the fire started Mrs Fisher was the only person miss ing and presumed dead in the fire which destroyed the heart of this southern Pennsylvania town More than 3 blocks of the busi ness district and surrounding resi dences were burned to the ground The flames consumed the post office the bank about 12 other buildings and more than a score of houses and apartments Mayor Ernest Harden estimated damage at Two other prominent citizens figured losses would run to at least Police Chief Paul Wise said the fire started in the Christmas tree of Spmers Fisher Fishers wife Corrine 30 who was upstairs when the evergreen kindled the flames still was missing GOPs 1950 Kickoff Set for Feb 1 Washington 3 Republicans Monday set Feb 1 as the target date for a new statement of party principles to start off the 1950 congressional campaign A B Hermann executive di rector of the GOP national com mittee told a reporter that by that date the republicans hope to come up with a platform they can lay before 2500Lincoln day din ner gatherings across the country Guy G Gabrielson the national chairman started the ball rolling Sunday He appointed a 15mem ber policy group to represent the national committee in dickering with senate and house GOP pol icy groups on the proposed state ment Hermann said this group will ask republican state chair men and GOP governors to sub mit to it their ideas about what should go into the new platform The national committees ideas about the policy statement then will be tossed into a pool with drafts made by the senate group headed by Senator Robert A Taft of Ohio and the house group headed by Rep Joseph Martin of Massachusetts The committee included Harri son Spangler of Cedar Rapids Iowa a former national chairman who backed Gabrielson for the chairmanship ACCUSED OFHOLIDAY J bie 36 right has waived preliminary hearing at Mar shalltown in the fatal stabbing of which he is accused He is shown looking at the alleged murder weapon Left to right are Officers Otis Sorem and Wayne Beaslev who arrested Frisbie in a cafe Unemployed Marshalltown Man Held in Yule Tavern Stabbing Corn Crop 2nd Largest Washington agricul ture department said Monday that this years world corn crop of 5 700000000 bushels stacks up as the 2nd largest in hiitory ex ceeded only by last years 6000 000000 bushel crop Leaves 102 Descendants Cadillac Mich Fan nie Hcrwcycr 78 who died Sat urday left 102 descendants Marshalltown 36year l old unemployed Marshalltown man was held Monday on a mur der charge after a Christmas eve tavern stabbing Orris Joseph Frisbie of Mar shalltown waived preliminary hearing Sunday when charged with the fatal stabbing of Loren Stull 29 of Tama Chief of Police R S Smith said Stull was killed after an argu ment over Frisbies former wife Mrs Marie Catherine Wauters who had come to the tavern with Stull Smith said Frisbie had signed a statement admitting he was in the tavern Saturday night and that he had purchased a pocketknife earlier at a drug store The chief said a knife with a 4inch blade and a bone handle was used Mrs Wauters was divorced about 6 months ago from Frisbie She had taken the name of her first husband again Stull had been living here temporarily while working as a maintenance man at a hospital Frisbie said he was a veteran of the war in the Pacific Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Increasing cloudiness Mon day night followed by snow west portion Monday night and en tire state Tuesday Warmer west Monday night Low near 20 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday Maximum 35 Minimum 2 At 8 a m Monday 0 YEAR AGO Maximum 22 Minimum 9 Cory Grant Marries Protege Betsy Drake Hollywood Grant and his film protege Betsy Drake are honeymooning Monday after a surprise runaway marriage Christ mas day to Phoenix Ariz Howard Hughes multimillion aire movie executive and plane maker flew them to a home on the desert for the quiet ceremony Preparations for the wedding of Grant who is nearly 46 and Miss Drake 26 wero made so quietly that Mi and Mrs Sterling Heb bard at whose home the rites were performed insisted they didnt know who was to be mar ried until the couple entered the house To Mail Gl Insurance Checks in MidJanuary Washinffton ad ministration officials believe that the first G Iinsurance dividend checks will reach the mails by the middle of January VA had hoped to start mailing the checks right after Christmas but the voluminous preliminary work ne cessary forced the postponement Jne dividends are expected to to tal almost SAME 572 tiff traffic la Mlt at Little Snow Seen Except Mountains Businessmen Expect Figures to Show New Record By The Associated Press Christmas which usually comes but once a year stayed around Monday for a 2nd holiday in most parts of the country Even if the packages were all open and the toys already a little battered there were still millions of Christmas trees in the front room and lots of turkey left in the kitchen After a day of religious remem brance gay parties talks by world leaders and plain family lun the country could relax and get m shape for a quiet week Then the new year will come and open the 2nd half of the 20th cen tury Not All Sweetness But Christmas was not all sweet ness and light From the start of the long holiday at Friday mid night nearly 400 Americans died violent of them in auto accidents and fire Monday nights rush back to work and the cities will probably claim scores more And Christmas brought little but tragedy to the southern Pennsyl vania town of Hyndman and its 1500 persons A Christmas tree caught fire in one home and be fore the blaze was out more than half the town was gone One wom an was missing and believed dead a dozen were hurt and scores werehomeless It was anything but a white from a radio set only scattered parts of the country reported snow Mostly the weather was clear and cold with snappy temperatures and blue skies It was the same in Europe too where only the Alps and other mountain regions showed white Best Spending Record Businessmen were not sure yet but they think that final totals will show it to be one of thebest spending Christmases on record And once shoppers shopped at least quit early for the last shopping day was strange ly quiet All in all it was about the best Christmas since that longago one in 1938 when it looked like there might not be a war after all Even big sprawling New York City got a special Christmas present of its net gain of 163000000 gallons of water in its parched reservoirs But probably no one was up in the air over Christmas like 77 year old Thomas BrownHis elevator stuck between floors in a Man hattan office building late Satur no one came to get him out for 23 hours 5 Die in Iowa Yule Weekend By The Associated Press Five persons died in automobile accidents over this Christmas hol iday weekend in losva and a 9 yearold boy perished in his fire gutted home just a few hours be fore he was to open his presents The dead John Wunder son of Mr and Mrs John Wunder of Adel who burned to death when fire des troyed the Wunder 2story home early Christmas morning Lila Mae Schmidt 6 daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul Schmidt of Watkins killed Sunday in a 2car collision on a county road south of Watkins Mrs Oshie Lawler 56 of Oma ha fatally injured Saturday night in a 2car collision north of Sid ney Mr and Mrs Lawler were enroute to Maryville Mo to spend Christmas Andrew Olson 44 Eagle Grove farmer killed when his car went off the road near Holmes about midnight Friday Fred W Shetler 67 Marshall county farmer killed in an early Saturday accident when his car left the road near Marshalltown Charles T Cownie Jr 19 Des Moines died of injuries suffered early Saturday when his car skidded into tree near his home The Wunders and their 3 oth ar children escaped from the burn ng house at Adel Wunder said the fire discovered by anoth er son Marshall 11 who was awakened by smoke about a m Wunder said he missed John after he and his wife got the oth er children out He went back nto the flaming house but wac jmable to find his son ;