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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 24, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 1950 This Paper Consists of Two No 118 VOGELERS FAMILYHEARS OF Robert A Vogeler cusses the sentencing of her husband to 15 years in prison by a court in Hungary with her sister Pia Eykens of Ghent Belgium at the Vogeler home in Vienna Austria Tuesday With Mrs Vogeler are her sons Bobby 9 and Billy 8 Vogeler assis tant vice president of the International Telephone and Telegraph company was convicted of spy charges by a Hungarian peoples court After hearing the news of the sentencing Mrs Vogeler said she would appeal to the government in Hungary to release her husband Abrahamson to Run for Treasurer Des Moines L Abra hamson state tax commission cashier Friday announced his candidacy for the republican nom ination for state treasurer Abrahamson 48 has been with the tax commission for 11 years He was an auditor for 3 years be fore being promoted to cashier The Abrahamson home isin Boone His family has lived in Boone county since his grandpar ents came to Iowa from Sweden In the 1870s He is married arid has one son It had been rumoreot for sev eral1 weeks th a t Abrahamson would The only other announced can didate is Lawrence I Truax pervisor ofcounty audits in the state auditors office Truax is also a republican Nurse Testifies Sander Said He Knew He Had Broken Law Manchester N H hospital records keeper tes tified Friday that Dr Hermann N Sander said he knew he had broken a law in the mercy killing death of a cancer patient and added Hed broken laws before hed been through stop signs Miss Josephine Connor medical librarian at Hillsboro Dismiss Teachers Claim for Degree Des Moines ff An action brought by an lowa teacher who claimed Drake University must award him a degree was dismissed Friday by District Judge O S Franklin Claude A Miller 40 Lynnyille school principal and brought the action He conjpnded the university failed to give him a masters degree because of his differences with professors in the education department Paul Ahlers attorney for the university made a motion Thurs day asking the suit be dismissed He argued that Miller did not re ceive the degree in education be cause he did not satisfactorily complete final examinations and a field study thesis county hospital calmly toldj a 13man jury about a conver sation she said she heard between a county medical referee and Sander Dr Sander is being tried on a first degree murder charge in connection with the death of Mrs Abbie Borroto 59 Manchester housewife Miss Connor a buxom regis tered nurse gave this account of the talk between Dr Robert E Biron the medical referee and Dr Sander on the day of Sanders arrest Dr Biron asked if he Sander realized he had broken the law Dr Sander said Yes hed broken laws before hed been through stop signs Dr Biron said this was more serious this was murder Dr San der said he did realize hed broken the law but the law should be changed Dr Biron said Why didnt you horms Rail actFinding lommittee Washington Tru man Friday set up an emergency actfinding board automatically leading off a nationwide railroad strike scheduled for Monday The action has the effect of delaying the proposed strike for 60 days Mr Truman signed an executive order creating the board to inves igate a dispute between the car riers and the Brotherhoods of Railway Conductors and Railroad Trainmen The names of the emergency board members will be change this Miss it you did Connor testified she did Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Friday night and Saturday with occa sional light snow Friday night Continued cold Low Friday night 5 to 10 below zero High Saturday about 15 Iowa Occasional snow and not so cold Friday night Saturday mostly cloudy with occasional snow or snow flurries Low Fri day night zero to locally 10 be low northeast to 1015 south west Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average near or slightly below normal Nor mal highs 35 to 43 Normal lows 15 to 21 No so cold Friday night and Saturday Rather cold Sunday and Monday Mostly warmer thereafter Precipitation will average i to i inch occur ring as occasional light snow or snow flurries through Monday Minnesota Fair north and cloudy with occasional light snow south Friday night Saturday partly cloudy and continued cold Low Friday night 15 to 30 below north 5 to 15 below south High Saturday zero to 5 below north 5 above south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics lor the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum 17 Minimum 11 At 8 a m 8 Precipitation 02 Snow inch YEAR AGO Maximum 38 Minimum 30 not remember Dr Sanders reply to that last question Dr Sander sat crosslegged chewing a candy drop as he heard the nurse testify that he gave this answer when Dr Biron asked him about the manner of Mrs Bor rotos death Dr Sanders answer to that was Well Mr Borroto was so tired and if you could have seen him up all night drinking coffee and smoking you would have been sorry for him too Miss Connor said Dr Biron then put the question flatly to Dr Sander Why did you do it She said Dr Sander did not answer other than Mr Borroto was tired and had a hard night announced later The dispute is between the brotherhoods and carriers repre sented by the eastern the western and the southeastern carriers con ference committees Officials of the Trainmens Brotherhood in Cleveland have said the union will comply with legal procedures provided by the railway labor act The Conductors and the Train mens Brotherhood refused arbi tration which had been proposed by the national railway media tion board Together the unions represent between 200000 and 250000 workers Appointment of a presidential factfinding board under the rail way labor act requires both sides in the dispute to retain the status quo The unions principal demand is for a 40hour week for some 85 000 yard service employes with out a cut in pay from their present 48hour scale Property Tax Valuation Up 175 Per Cent 1949 Iowa Figure Commission Reports Des Moines 1949 tax able valuation of all real and per sonal property in Iowa was 934676621 an increase of 175 per cent over the 1948 figure the state tax commission reported Fri day The taxable valuation is 60 per cent of the actual worth of the property The 1949 valuation is the basis on which taxes are pay able this year The totals do not include veteran exempt property The sharpest increase in any of the various classifications involved industrial plants Such property was assessed 109 per cent higher in 1949 than in 1948 Last years taxable value was set at 277 New Plants The commission said half of the increase was due to new plants the remainder to faulty classifica tion in the 1948 reports The valuation of farm lands and buildings increased 16 per cent to a total of These classifications represented nearly 50 per cent of all property as sessed not including moneys and credits City property including lots and buildings increased 24 per cent to a total of Livestock Down Personal property assessments including livestock rose 7 per cent to Livestock valuations however declined one per cent and totaled Other personal property was an average of 13 per cent higher Assessments of public utilities increased 8 per cent to 142 Moneys and credits other than bank stock and building and loan shares decreased 4 per cent and were valued at Bank stock assessments increased 4 per cent to a total of Building and loan share valuations declined 13 per cent to CERRO GORDO VALUES INCREASED 41 PER CENT Valuation of the property in Cerro Gordo county for assess ment purposes was increased 41 per cent in 1949 as compared with 1948 mainly as a result of the re valuation by the J M Cleminshaw company The greater increase in Cerro Gordo county as compared with a 17A per cent boost for the state as a whole will undoubtedly bring more state funds into the county County Auditor Keith Raw pointed out Friday Since the funds sent out by the state comptroller to pay home stead and soldiers exemptions are based on assessed valuation Raw explained there is no doubt that ritish Labor Party ceives Majority C Way Pioneer North Iowa Phone Executive Dies B C WAY Huge Industry Grow we will be getting larger amounts Cerro Gordo county obviously was not getting its fair share of the state funds under its previ ous low valuation he commented The higher valuation does not affect the amount of tax to be raised otherwise he added since that figure is determined by the money needed by the taxing bodies Keech Orders Miner Trial on Monday for Contempt Washington AP Judge Richmond B Keech refused Friday to drop contempt charges against the striking coal miners union and ordered a trial on Monday Keech told union attorneys they could have a jury trial 1950 Savings Bond Campaign Is Called Independence Drive Des Moines F Warin statedirector of the United States savings bond division in Iowa said Friday that the 1950 sales campaign will be known as the Independence drive The drive begins May 15 and will continue through July 4 Warin said The Liberty bell he added will be the campaign sym bol and save for your indepen dence will be the campaign slo gan Warin said that state and countyquotas for the 1950 cam paign will be announced later He said these will be set according to a formula used in previous drives Overrule 2nd Defense Move for Bednasek Iowa City Judge James P Gaffney Friday over ruled a 2nd defense motion asking him to set aside a first degree murder charge against Robert E Bednasek 24 Cedar Rapids in the death of his University of Iowa campus sweetheart Gaffney previously had denied a similar motion Defense attor neys filed a renewal of the mo tion Thursday contending the county attorneys information against Bednasek contained min utes of testimony bring the case to trial After Gaffneys ruling Friday Defense Attorney Clair Hamilton filed a motion for a new bill of particulars in the case and Gaff ney said that some matters in this motion for a bill of particulars should be sustained He said he would rule on the motion Friday SAME Black flag means traffic death la at Fall in Prices Allows GM to Make Pay Cut Washington by fall ing food prices consumer prices dropped 4 of one per cent in the month ended Jan 15 the labor department said Friday The drop was sufficient to allow General Motors Corp to cut wages of production workers 2 cents an hour and trim to from the price of their automo biles The wage cut was made under General Motors contract with the United Automobile Work ers which ties wages to the cost of living Price reductions were recorded between Dec 15 and Jan 15 in all major cost of living items except rent fuel electricity and refriger ation the departments bureau of labor statistics reported The consumers price index dropped from 1675 in midDecem ber to 1669 in midJanuaiy The 193539 average is used as a base and is arbitrarily designated 100 Expressed in percentages the new consumer price level is 4 of one per cent below Dec 15 and 23 per cent below a year ago but 252 per cent higher than June 1946 when price controls were abolished It also is 693 per cent above the prewar level of August 1939 While food prices declined 7 of one per cent between midDecem ber and midJanuary they were still 196 per cent of the 193539 if they desired Welly K Hopkins chief UMW attor ney said he would consider over the weekend whether to ask for a jury trial Assistant Attorney General H Graham Morison asked that the trial start Saturday He noted that since the original court back to work order issued Feb 11 Lewis Leaves Washington Any pos sibility that the United Mine Workers union and coal oper ators might reach agreement on a new contract over the week end apparently vanished Fri day when John L Lewis left for Springfield 111 because of the death of a brother there The brother Thomas A Lewis 67 was found shot to death The coroners office called it suicide because of ill health A D Lewis another brother went with John L to Spring field He is head of District 50 of the UMW there has been no increase in production of the bituminous mines of this country Urging the need for speed in the case Morison said At least 20 states have adopted emergency measures to take care of the coal supply Virtually all of the nations cities have the same problem If this contempt is established in appropriate trial then it is the view of the government that the full power and majesty of this court be used to get the miners back on the job Hopkins objected to having the trial start Saturday Judge Keech then set it for Monday The judge denied Hopkins for mal motion that the civil and criminal contempt charges be dropped and the proceeding be ended Union attorneys had argued the court had no right to issue back to work orders to the miners or Monday and expected to set a average The drop in food prices the year was 43 per cent trial date Monday Bednasek accused of strangling Margaret Ann Jackson 20 Bur lington in his rooming house last December was in court Friday He appeared in good spirits and told newsmen he wished the trial could be hurried up compared with 23 per cent aver fall lor all items Clothing and home furnishing prices fell 4 of one per cent to bring them 6 per cent below the prices of a year ago Residential rents rose 3 of one per cent Linn Accepts Manufacturers Group Helm Des Moines appoint ment of Secretary of Agriculture Harry D Linn as manager of the Iowa Manufacturers association was announced Friday by the or ganization Linn who said several weeks ago he would not be a candidate for reelection will resign his present post effective July 1 to accept the new job He is serving his 4th consecutive term It will be up to Gov William S Beardsley to appoint a successor to Linn to fill out his term ex piring next January The governor is expected to name Clyde Spry Linns deputy and only candidate thus far for the secretaryship if Spry wins the republican nomin ation in the June primary elec tion Edward A Kimball will con tinue as executive vice presidenl of the Manufacturers association Malcolm D Lomas of Red Oak association president said the or ganization feels that the appoint ment of Linn will further cement the long existing friendship be tween industry and agriculture Linn said a large part of Iowa industry is food processing and that a closer relationship between the producer and manufacturer will be beneficial to all the state He said in announcing his re tirement from office he is doing so because of the uncertainty of politics relatively low pay a and numerous attractive offers from private employers Linked 27 ities Into One System B C Way 80 pioneer North Iowa telephone company execu tive died at a local hospital Fri day afternon following a lingering illness Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p m at St Johns Episcopal church The Major funeral home is in charge of arrangements Mr Way was born on a farm near Forest City on June 28 1869 the son of Chandler C and Georg iana Way His father was an early day surveyor in this territory and the family moved to Britt in the fall of 1878 when it was a town of 12 families Mr Ways father helped survey the town and opened the first bank and real es tate office Started as Pharmacist Mr Way studied pharmacy at the school of physicians and sur geons in Des Moines and passed the state board of pharmacy exam inations at the age of 20 receiv ing an assistants certificate due to his youth which was the 2nd such certificate issued in the state He began as a pharmacist at Britt on Feb 26 1890 and stayed in that business for 5 years He maintained his certificate how ever throughout his lifetime and in 1946 received his 50 year certi ficate In 1895 he began his dis inguished career in the telephone susinessWith his brother Thom as and Truman Potter he entered into the organizing of what was LO become the large Western Elec tric Telephone company at Britt System Grew Rapidly The initial objective was a pri vate line between Britt Corwith and Wesley in which towns the original organizers had business interests However the system rapidly spread Toll lines were suilt through northwest Iowa southeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota The Western Electric was the pioneer company of the territory General offices were moved to Mason City in 1901 when Mr Way was made secretary He became successively treasurer in 1905 and vice president in 1907 The company was merged on June 1 1929 with the Northwest ern Bell Telephone company which had owned a majority in terest Mr Way then was made a vice president of Northwestern Bell but continued to reside in Mason City and maintain his office Get at Least 313 Seats in Commons Winston Churchill ReElected to Post in New Parliament SKATES TO WORK Roscllc Park N J by struggling on icy streets Thurs day were treated to the spectacle of a dignified commuter skating his way to the railroad station with his business shoes under hii arm BULLETIN LONDON party candidates won a technical majority in the house of commons Friday night when general election returns gave them at least 313 of the 625 seats London British labor party edged close to a technical majority of 313 seats in the house of commons Friday night on the basis of incomplete returns from a hotly contested parliamentary election Labors bid for a new lease on absolute power to carry on its socialization program apparently had fallen short Its majority seemed certain to be narrow if not unworkable At 7 p rn the standing of the parties with 18 constituencies still to report was Labor 312 Conservatives 287 Liberals 7 Other parties speaker one The laborites apparently were assured of the 313 majority But politicians agreed that they would need a bulge of 50 to 60 seats in commons for a safe working ma jority to guarantee the success of their policies Unstable Position Winston Churchill leader of the conservatives said here Linked 27 Cities Osage Peterson Rock Sheldon Sibley Sioux LEFT HAND SEVERED Red Oak A C Swede Nelson 59 of Red Oak had his left hand severed at the wrist Thursday in an accident at the state highway commission main tenance garage here A witness said Nelson reached into an as phalt mixer to see if a batch of rock was dry before adding oil to make asphalt and the rotating paddle of the mixer caught his gloved hand At the time of the consolidation with Northwestern Bell Western Electric included 27 cities and nearly all of the northwestern quarter of Iowa Assets of the Western Electric were valued at and it had 382 em ployes The 27 cities included were Al gona Arnolds Park Bancroft Britt Charles City Clarion Doon Estherville Farner Lake Park Lakota Laurens Luverne Manly Mason City Milford Northwood Rapids Rapids Spencer Spirit Lake Wesley and Whittemore Retired in 1934 Mr Way retired from the Northwestern Bell in 1934 Mr Way became a life warden of St Johns Episcopal church at the annual meeting 3 years ago He was associated with the church from the time he came to Mason City and gave generously of his time and means to its support He and Mrs Way were large con tributors in the campaign to build the present church building and the final retirement of its debt He had many charities which were known to few people and some which probably never will be known One of his kindnesses to Mason Cityans was the annual offer to buy licenses for the dogs of children who were unable to afford the fee The transaction was handled by the GlobeGazette with the understanding that no one was to know who the bene factor was Hobby Rock Garden His outstanding hobby was the rock garden he and Mrs Way maintained at their home 321 2nd S E It was a city showplace built along the banks of the Winnebago river The Ways had purchased the home in 1920 In addition to the extensive rock ledges built there were many trees shrubs and flow less of the final ment obviously is going to be in a very unstable position That came after a more optimistic statement by the wartime prime minister I think well make it Churchill told the conservative party agent in his own constitu ency of Woolford Friday after noon Churchill nimself was re elected The party agent or campaign manager said Churchill was cockhoot provincial idiom for feeling jaunty At one point after 4 p m 10 a m CST the 2 opposition par ties were even with labor The liberals made a preelection offer to join a coalition govern ment if labor needed them but only on condition that the social ists would bandon their plan to nationalize iron and steel Need 50 Seats But even with the liberals so far elected labor would not have a reasonably safe working major ity in the new house barring a last minute change in the election tide British politicians figured the socialists needed a bulge of 50 to 60 seats to handle the house of commons The gloom that descended Fri day afternoon on labor headquar ters was so thick that in the open it would have been rated as pea soup Morgan Phillips labor party general secretary who said earlier that the returns seemed to assure the return of labor locked himself in his office and refused to see re porters Labor leaders scheduled to ap pear at headquarters did not ar rive Scheduled press conferences delayed or cancelled Her bert Morison the No 1 party stra tegist hurried to No 10 Downing street to confer with Prime Min ister Clement R Attlee Even if the laborites go in with a tiny margin and form a gov ernment they are likely to get an early vote of misconfidence lead ing to another general election There was a possibility that if no party could come up with a government of its own a care taker government would be formed with representatives of all parties to serve at least for a few months and put through the spring budget APARTMENT FIRE Des Moines in one of the new Franklin Court apart ment units caused an estimated damage of to Thursday ers planted or already growing in the garden The high footbridge across the stream has given a fav orite vantage point to many who have come from far and near to see the garden Mr Way served as chairman of the local Salvation Army board was a charter member of the Rotary club and a member of the Elks lodge ;