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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 1, 1959, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited lor the ON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NtWJrAPER THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH 10WANJ NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL Associated Press and United Press latoinatlonul Full 701 copy i MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 1 1959 Thin of Two n Mason Cityan First Road Victim of 59 38Day Walkout Ended i Airline Will Resume Flights THE ASSOCIATE PRESS Easlcrn Air Lines and Ihe car riers flighl engineers have sel tled a 38dnyold slrike easing conditions for postholiday trav elers The line announced in Miami shortly after the New Years Eve accord was reached that service would resume Friday on NorthSouth routes Eastern said other routes on its 124cily system will be in opera tion as quickly as equipment can be made ready and personnel is back to adequate strength The line normally carries about passengers a day MEANWHILE the situation mains static American Air lines struck by pilots and copilots Dec 20 No negotiations are in progress and none are scheduled Eastern has recalled em ployes furlouglied after the line was struck Nov 24 A major factor in the Eastern dispute was pilot training for en gineers Company officials said in New York that Ihe agreement follows a National Mediation Board rec ommendation that the company withhold pilot training for its 78 who will fly in jet air craft The training agreement covers the period of the new con April 1 or until the government orders new crew qualifications A FEDERAL court order had barred the engineers from conlin uing a slrike over the pilot train ingissue The walkout continued on the basis of other issues in cluding pay travel expenses and seniority In Washington a flight engi neer spokesman said new provis ions included in the pact are An agency shop this means that employes covered by the con tract who are not members of the union must pay an assessment in lieu of union dues representing their share of the cost of bar gaining A dues checkoff which the un ion had not previously had A new wage scale for DCS jet airliners including a month for senior flight engineers In addition 3Va per cenl will be paid into a new pension fund Holiday Toll in Upsurge HOLIDAY TOLL Traffic 47 15 3 65 BY 7 HE ASSOCIATED PRESS The pace at which traffic deaths are occurring across the nation during the long New Years holi day quickened Thursday after a relatively safe start The speeded up traffic death rate was accom panied by a heavy early toll of fatalities resulting from fires The pace of traffic deaths dur ing the first 15 hours of the four day New Years observancewas only slightly behind that for the same period of the Christmas hol iday when many more cars were on the road Early in the holiday period traffic deaths were occurring at about half the rate clocked dur ing the start of the Christmas weekend Sioux City 16 Victim of Crash SIOUX CITY Jean Werner 16 Sioux City was killed Thursday when thrown from a car driven by Gerald A Patter son 19 South Sioux City Neb He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and released on bond The accident happened in South Tine Park in Sioux City j M A 1C Cuban President Top Aides Flee Country Batistas Regime Topples Army Junta in Command HAVANA Cuba ulgencio Batista of Cuba gave ip his long fight against Fidel aslros rebels Thursday ami fled o the Dominican Republic with his military high command and lop aides leaving Batista turned over power to a military junta The junta at once named Carlos Piedra senior member of the Su preme Court as provisional pres jdcnl The junta then dissolved itself Batista said he was giving up the presidency to save the coun try fromfur her But it appeared he feared the army long the prop of his regime might iebel against further heavy cas ia I ties HIS DECISION came after the four days of heavy and apparenl y inconclusive fighting at Sanl IClara capital of Las Villas prov ince in central Cuba Batista and his party took off for Ciudaci Trujillo capital of the Dominican Republic in a DC3 presidential plane about a m The group included all mem bers of Batistas family except sons who went toNew York iiis week Other military men civilian and women and children NEW NEW DEATH Sheriffs Deputy Lowell Sanquist pulls barbed wire from Hie vehicle in which Iowas first 1950 tniffic victim received fatal in juries Vera jYlerkel 52 died at New Years Day Thecar failedto stop for a slop sign and a dead end sign and plunged 03 icet into a corn field The deati end sign is in theroar center wer eaving Cuba One plane brough 53 to Jacksonville Fla IncJuclec among this group were armj officers including two generals Another plane landed at Nev Orleans There were 35 persons aboard some in uniform There also were women in this group THERE WAS no immediate re action from the rebel radio to Jalislas dramatic move The shortlived military junta was headed by Gen Eulogio Can illo Cantillo said he would take ersonal control of the armec orces The group which flew off with Blame Two Fires on Arsonist LOS ANGELES MyTwo deva stating brush fires continued lo run wild in the hills fringing Los Angeles Thursday forcing thou sands to flee and sending scores of homes up in flames One fire laid waste to a 9mile stretch of Topanga Canyon de stroying 80homes in a terrifying surge to the sea The other raced through the Hollywood hills to lhc outskirts of the rich residen tial community of Beverly Hills Both fires are believed lo have jcen touched off by a firebug THE LEAPING flames flying mbers andblinding smoke pro vided a nightmarish background o New Years Eve celebrations n homes close to the fire front Christmas lights still gleamed rom expensive homes from vhich the occupants had fled City and county fire officials Small Camp Fires Wink Along ROSE PARADE ROUTE PASADENA Calif UP1 Small camp firei winkad in gray dawn light along a parade route Thursday where thousands of earlybird spectators tha slart of the 70th annual Tournament of Roses Parade Spectators to galaaffair began arriving before midnight to jockey for poinH pouring into area swelled the spectator ranks to hundreds of thousands before the tradi tional parade commenced Small fires were lighted in the streets and guitars during Ihe predawn hours as the earlycomers sought to keep off the chill of the morning although warm temperatures reaching up high 70s were predicted for the Sixfyfhree flowercovered floats interspersed with marching bands and troops of precisiondrilled horset gailybedecked in gold and silver trappings comprised the units of the parade which featured flowers and girls hundreds of smiling prefty girls The theme of this tournament in advance of the Rose Bowl Game between California and the University of Iowa was Ad ventures in Flowers and the fragrance of myriad exotic and homegrown blossoms filled the air Batista includes Esteban Ven a nalionB I police lieu enant colonel ho was one of lie most hated nen in Cuba be ause of his tor ure of rebel y m p a I h i ers and top eaders of the r m e d forces ho had been i a r k e d for death by the rebels THE MAN Batista had Pickedjllp Wednesday morning in the to succeed him Feb 24 Andres homestudded canyon running Rivero Agucro also flew with1 nearly r to Ihe Blazing areas about 12 miles ipart The size of he battle was ummed up by a smokegrimed ire captain surveying the To panga Canyon scene who said We cant stop il Too much vind too low lurmidity loo much THE TOPANGA Canyon blaze vas the first to break out flaring Sergeant Acquitfed on TwoCharges PARRISISLAND W Marine Drill instructor Ralph Granf was acquitted Wednesday of soliciting and accepting money from recruits and of slugging two of them with a mess cup A gen eral courtmartial of SCVM offi cers deliberated only 70minules before returning a verdict of in nocent for the 26yearold ser geant from Racine Wis SAME TOTAL FOR Ha i mesinit traffic death In U hours SnowMdkes Some Roads Batista to the Dominican Repub lic That nation is ruiY by Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo one of the few remaining dicta tors in Latin America It was obvious in the last few days thai casualties on both sides bad been mounting The killed and wounded around Santa Clara from the San Fernando Valley to the ocean about 20 miles northwest of Los Angeles Urged on by slrong dry wind from the desert the flames racec at incredible speed barely had lime to throw a few belongings in their cars and join the confused jumbled stream of evacuees were estimated as as An cstjmatcd Am peoplc were ill Photo by Musser HELLO TO 59 old saying that New Years Eve belongs exclusively to the grownups is all hooey as far as these four young Mason Cityans are con cerned Ushering in 1959 with plenty of shoot em up and fanfare are top to bottom Grctchen Bie besheimer 10 Ricky Berg green Judy Turner and Roger VVass all 9 also seemed increasingly apevacuatetl from lhc canvojK parent that Batista soldiers were losing their taste for battle Batista knew that if the rebels ever got into Havana that he members of his family and all of his close military and government associates faced the prospect of being killed Missouri Boy Dies in Iowa Accident GRISWOLD iff Gordon Ncal Van Houtan New Hampton was killed near here Wed nesday in a twocar collision dur ing a snowstorm The boy was riding in a station wagon with his mother Elsie Van Houtan the driver his brother Jerry 15 and a sister Janice In he second vehicle were Phillip Gigliolti about 25 Lincoln his wife and their thrcernonthold daugh ter They all received injuries Iowa Mostly cloudy turning sharply colder northwest por tion Thursday night 5 bej low northwest to 25 above southeast Friday light snow and colder II was rather miserable wenth crfor lowans who planned Years Day auto trips Light snow fell over much ol the sfatc Thursday morning and it was foggy in some places in the northwest The snow cutlet during the day HIGHWAYS wer reported iiKiw packed and slippery in lhc irea southeast of a line from Decora h o Council Bluffs espe cially around Diibiifuic The Mason City area received jnly a light dusting of snow and t had no effect on road condi ioiis Thursday mornings lowest cm pern lures included two above ero at Spencer seven above at lioux City 19 at Mason City an 5 at Davcnporl THE WEATHER Bureau sai would be decidedly colder i le northwest Friday morning ith lows of five degrees bclov ero Readings were due lo rang p to 25 in the southeast Wednesdays high tempera wore from 26 at Lnmoni Mason City Diibuquc Burlingtor and Council Ij luffs to 31 at Speu cer Davenporl and Lamoni har four inches of snow on the ground Cedar Rapids Burlington and Des three inches Wa Icrlon and Dulnirjun two inches and Council Bluffs one inch Radiation Dose Fatal to Technician in Atomic Laboratory LOS ALAMOS Cecil W Kcllcy NT M a 38ycarnld aborntory technician died Thurs Jay of radiation burns suffered in an atomic mishap Arrest Driver of Car Vera Merkel 52 Victim Vera Merkel Mason City Is Iowas first 1950 traffic victim The 52yearold woman died at Thursday from injuries received when tho car in which she was a passenger left a county rond south of Mason City The vehicle plunged 63 feet through i barbed wire fence into a corn rieltl She lived at 707 Driver of the vehicle was Mel vln David Iloul 40 a Dows farm er lie is being held in Ccrro Gordo County jail on suspicion of manslaughter The accident occurred about i Rout was taken into cus ody at ROUT TOLD juthorities ht Mrs Merkel were1 engaged to be uarried Tho Rev and Mrs Melvin Mil or Klemme witnessed the acci lent and took Mrs Merkel to a Mason City hospital in their car She died about five minutes be orc arriving at the hospital The Millers were driving west n the Swalcdale roadjibout two niles west of Highway65 Miller told authorities ho he Rout car coming south at a igh speed The Koul car was for a deadend intersec ion Mr Miller saidhe slowed iis car lo avoid gelling hit by he approaching flout car The Rout vehicle failed to slop or a redreflector slopsign and love straight into Ross Hansons corn field Authorities found no race of skid marks to indicate he driver had applied brakes estimated the speed T Routs car at ho lime of liie ccidcnl at 50 to GO miles an hour MRS MERKELS head struck lie dash board and her knees mashed into the heater She was cntcd in the right front seat ounty Coroner J E Chrisloph fson reported her injuries as ompound fractures of the skull and compound fractures of the knees He said the extensive head injuries caused death Rout received only minor facial injuries lie admitted to authorities that he had been drinking Oneinves ligiiting authority said the inside of lhc car smelicd ike a brew Mrs Merkcls purse containing over was also found in the car THE RED stop sign visible for a hairmile from Ihe ntcrseclion The black and while striped deadend sign is visible or at least 500 yards The Rev Miller told of getting us flashlight and going to the aid of the people in the Rout car Ic saw Rout pulling Mrs Merkel rom the car and thai her head vas badly injured He then called iis wife who is a nurse Asked if tic thought Rout had drinking the Klemme min ster said Rout told him he had ecn drinking His breath was terribly strong nd she just reeked Just before Pholofax GlobcGazellc weather data up TWO DONT EQUAL 98 Franklin Duevall 98 to 8 Thursday Maximum Minimum At 8 Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 26 22 Trace Snow 21 7 Toronto Canada holds a club and brandishes a fist he explains how he acquired a black eye and a charge of assault Duevall didnt like the noise that two 30 yearold boarders in his home were making on New Years Eve When the whippersnappers refused to quiet down he went to work on younger men needed hospital treatment but Duevall took his shiner in stride Kellcy nad received a fatal dose e Icfl hc went to the car and if radiation while handling pluj rcacneo in on thc right side and Tuesday WGlU to the lcft side and 1 here were no witnesses something up into the ley before he died told fellow air fe grabbed a Carton and technicians of seeing a it The carton fell at his flash as he started a slir operafect lion in a 225gaon tank There was no explosion Kclley one s Surviving are a daughter Mrs William J Alary Britven who been making her home with in Ihe recovery of plulonium mothcr wbijc her husband a waste solution Radiation specialists said there was no treatment for the amount of radiation Kelley about rocntgens of radioac Livily Even smaller doses have killed in the past Kclleys fatal accident was the irst serious radiation mishap at Los Alamos since May 21 when another employe was falal y injured The laboratory em ploys about people is in service and a son Gary at home Funeral arrangements are in complete The Major Memorial Chapel is in COSTLY MISSILE f DALLAS UP Mackey Coker leaved an expensive snowball Wednesday He said he accident i ally packed a diamond he was wearing into the ;