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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 16, 1956, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Doily Newspaper Edited tor ON UTYbLOBE T H I N I WSP MAKES ALL N 0R T H I O WANS N E I G HBO R S ETTE VOL LXII MAKE EVERYDM SAFE DRIVING DAY ud United Press mil LtiM WiiM Seven Cents Copy MASON CITY JANUARY K 1M4 This Paper Two Sect Nt 15 Eisenhower Submits Balanced Budgets i One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE WTAD Qulnoj Sunday KGLO 1300 WOI Amem Thursdmy WSUL Cltj 910 Saiurdmy A Story That Can Have Happy Ending have read Chapter 1 of this story in the daily news papers Likewise you have seen and heard it on radio and TV This is Chapter 2 There will be at least one more chapter to the story the one telling how it all comes out Incidentally you are going to be or at least you CAN be one of the principal charac ters in the cast in that finale The part of the story known to you had to do with Pacific Coast rivers swollen to unprecedented flood levels by torrential rains and melting snow in the mountains where the streams originate You shuddered as you read about whole towns being roused from sleep and fleeing before tremend ous walls of water The part Im going to tell you about in this little visit has to do with what happens when the mul tiplied thousands of flood victims return to the muck and the mire and the wreckage of what a brief fortnight before had been their homes Account If my narrative has any special value it will stem from the fact that it is an eyewitness account IveDjust returned froma visit to the two counties of California which suffered worst from the floods s which istruck just before Christmas and lingered on into the new year In one case I was with a pair when they waged through the floodwaters all of us in and forced open sf door to sur vey for the feet of water had done to a home com them only last August At Yuba City In inland Califor nia to the north of Sacramento the havoc was wrought in a large Half Undergoes Surgery at Rochester Minn Earl Hall GloBteGazette managing editor underwent sur gery Monday for the removal of the gall bladder at the Methodist Hospital at Rochester Minn but definitely bounded territory by approximately half a mile in a levee In Humboldt County about Eu reka the irresistible might of moving water manifested itself at a score of widely separated points in a coastal county a dozen times larger in area than those known to us here in the Middle West Destruction Not New Now about the chapter of the story as yet untold Well may be it would be better to wait un til a bit later in our visit to go into that The subject will I think sort of fall into its proper place Scenes of destruction arent ex actly new to me As a reporter for 40 years or so and I count myself reporter before editor Ive satHri on more than a few large scale fires and tornadoes Ive seen the Mississippi the Mis souri and several lesser streams on their periodic rampages Then on the manmade side Ive looked out over vast areas of bombproduced rubble in London In St Lo in Darmstadt in Frank fort in Cologne and worst of all in Berlin But I must say to you that Ive never been more touched by catas trophe in terms of its impact on the mind and spirit of human be Ings than I have been these pasl few days amid the wreckage of hundreds of homes in the Cali fornia flood country Water un controlled water that is has no and few equals as a Cirrfed Away One night over our coffee Yuba City my companions and 1 who had bounced around all day in a jeep fell into a discussion of thii very subject One lad who was in on his fifth or sixth dis jftCONTINUID ON PAOI 2 By DRAKE MABRY GlobeGazette Staff Writer MANLY Herman Bernhardt about 30 was killed Sunday night in a headon collision of his car with another two miles east of here Bernhardts car collided with one PINNED IN DEATH Manly was car on the left after headon collision Sunday night east of Manly The body was pinned in the car right for nearly two hours Torches were used 4 OTHER NORTH IOWANS HURT GlobeGazette photos by Mabry to cut open the door and extract the body Four occupants of the other car were listed in serious but not critical condition at Mercy Hospital in Mason City Man in Manly Crash driven by Glen Walton 56 Eldora passengers inthe Walton Mrs Walton and Mr and Mrs Ed Boyington both 50 listed in serious but not critical condition Monday at Mercy Hospital in Mason City Walton suffered severe face and nose cuts and a broken hip Mrs Waltons right foot and left arm were broken in the crash Boying ton suffered two shattered knee caps a shattered left leg and a broken hip Mrs Boyington suf Fire Levels Farm Home Barn of Family of 9 East of City Friends and neighbors Monday were coming to the aid of the homeless MarvinWeydert fam ily whose house and barn burned ground Saturday after noon The Weyderts farmis 1 miles east of Mason City on 12th Offers of clothes and furniture were made to the St Vincent be Paul Society of Mason City Jack Welsh 212 1st of the So ciety said the group hopes to find housing for the ninemember family in Mason City Contribu tions are being left at the Welsh home Neighbors have been leaving clothing forthe Weyderts and their seven children at the Mil ton L Lewis home on 12th The Lewises live beside the burned out Weydert Lewis family was receiving nu merous calls inquiring the sizes of clothing worn by the Weydert children Cash collections for the Wey derts were taken at Sunday morning masses at the Holy Family Church to which the fam ily belongs Church authorities contributions had been very The St Vincent De Paul Soci ety has received a full bed a stove and some furniture in addi tion to clothing However it was pointed out that contributions have been not nearly enough to take care of the large fam ilys needs The youngsters range in age from 1 to 13 Two boys are 9 and 12 years old the others are girls Some of the family saved only a change of clothes from their leveled home Weydert estimated the loss in the fire at The fire started in the large barn about and spread to the sevenroom home Mrs Weydert and the couples seven children were homeat the time Nobody was injured in the blaze Weydert was at work at the Ja cob E Decker and Sons meat packing plant in Mason City when the fire started Neighbors helped remove a television set a refrigerator and a few articles of furniture from the home before flames swept the house A small amount of clothing also was saved Everything else in the seven room house was destroyed Wey dert said No livestock was in the barn but hay straw and feed were de stroyed Nora Springs and Plymouth firemen fought theblaze but the buildings were nearly leveled in a matter of minutes and could not be saved The Mason City fire department was on the scene the Weyderts did not have a contract for pro tection by the Mason City fire men City firemen did put out two fires at a building about 200 yards away on the Oriri Thees field farm which is covered by city fire contract The roof of an old barn was burned ignited twice by sparks blowing from the fire at the Weydert home ered a broken left knee and nose injuries The accident occurred about m Pinned in Car Bernhardt apparently died in the rasb His body was pinned in the ate model automobile until two lours after the accident His car was towed to a loca garage so that torches could be ised to cut open the door and ex tract the body Worth Countj coroner Robert Bride Bernhatdt dead scene of th accident Highway patrolmen saidBern lardt was driving east on Highway 9 out of here The other car wa going west on the road i Bernhardt f armed with his ather Fred near Plymouth Patrolmen said the collision oc jurred on the crest of a hill but that both cars had clear stretches of road ahead The road was partially snow packed at the time and gusts oJ wind up to 25 were blowing rom the west Authorities thoughl hat a gust of wind blew snow along the road and blocked the vision of one or both of the driv ers Cars Demolished The front ends of both cars were completely demolished A space of about 30 inches separated the dashboard from the front bumper of the Bernhardt car after the crash Bernhardts throat was cut open probably by the broken steerini wheel He was alone at the time of the collision He is married The couple ha no children Patrolmen said that no skid marks were at the scene o he accident Authorities estimatec both cars were going about 5 miles an hour at the time of the crash The force of the impact was so strong that a sack of corn in the runk of Bernhardts car was orced through the partition behint he rear seat and came to rest be aind the front seat helping to pin him to the steering wheel Mr Bernhardts body was taken to Brides Funeral Home in Manly Car Train Crash Fatal to Henry Gerfen Sheffield Gerfen 65 Sheffield was killed instantly Sal urday afternoon when his ca collidedwith a south bound Min neapolis and St Louis passenge train at acrossing on the nortl edge of Sheffield Gerfen a farm laborer was re turning from work at the time Survivors include one son in Berkley and two sister living in Sheffield Gerfens wif died about four months ago Photo by Milllurd a brick chimney is left standing as flames the Marvin Weydert farm home northeast of Mason City Saturday afternoon Ine chimney spouts flames eat away the remainder of the frame sevenroom home The barn also Budget at a Glance Budget Estimates for the Year Ending June 30 1957 No Slash Income Outgo Yearend debt Winter Holds Icy Grip in State Foil owing Snow Winter an icy grip on Iowa Mondayafter a weekend storm hat left up to six inches of snow below zero temperatures and hazard ous driving conditions v Only extreme eastern Iowa escaped the sting of a new cold wave night but the effects of it will be felt there Monday as the Arctic air pushes across the Sibley reported an official state ow of 8 below zero early Monday and temperatures ranged up to 17 at Dubuque Sioux City had 7 be ow and it was 5 below at Spencer and Council Bluffs Strong northwest winds ranging rom 25 to 40 miles an hour should cause considerable drifting Mon day especially in the north and lold temperatures to well below freezing Highs of 59 in the north west and 1015 in the southeast are forecast The weekend storm struck hard est at north central Iowa leaving six inches of snow at Garner and Mason City Osage had 4 Charles ity 3 Spencer ledar Rapids Dubuque and Ottumwa 2 Sioux City Des Moines and Davenport 1 inch Southwesl Iowa got only a trace of snow Occasional snow flurries over the eastern part of the state continued Monday and will dimish by night fall Skies will become partly cloudy and the temperature Mon day night will range from zero south to 10 below north George Eischeid Seeks Post of State Auditor DES MOINES J Eischeid Norwalk Monday an nounced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for state auditor Snowplows and sanding crew worked on Iowa highways streets The worst driving condi tions cities and towns Hundreds of minor accidents were reported and motoristswere urged to do only ne cessary Other than numerous ice patches and small fingers of drifts most North Iowa roads were normal The Weather Mason City Mostly cloudy and colder with occasional light snow or snow flurries and diminishing winds Monday night low 812 be low Tuesday mostly cloudy and not quite so cold high 812 above Iowa Partly cloudy with dimin ishing winds Monday night anc Tuesday Ixw Monday night 10 below north to zero south Minnesota Cloudy and cold Globe Gazette Weather data up to 8 Mon day Maximum 12 Minimum 3 At 8 2 Snow 2W YEAR AGO Maximum 35 PARTLY CLOUDY Minimum 10 Easleys Hurt as Explosion Rips Garage An explosionin the Leonard M Easley garage Sunday injured two persons blew out the sides of the garage broke a picture win dow and smashed the windshield the Easley car parked in the ga rage Fire chief Boyd Arnold said the cause of the blast may be dis covered Monday Investi gation Monday morning Led and police department officials to believe the accident was probably by explosive Jumes of un determined origin Peoples Gas and Electric work ers Monday were digging up gas ines to the house for investigation Policemen firemen and the Peo ples Gas and Electric inspector were using a meter that indicates presence of explosive gas Mr and Mrs Easley were taken o Mercy hospital for treatment of jurns suffered in the explosion The Easleys live at 1444 E State The slast occurred about Sun day Mrs Eastey suffered first and second degree burns on her face hands and legs Easley was burned on the face and neck Both were reported in good condition Mon day morning The explosion occurred as Mrs Easley was starting the car in the garage Easley had opened the garage door and returned to the car just as the blast struck Windows in the home were broken and a basement wall was moved several inches by the force of the blast The shock was felt throughout the neighborhood One of the garage walls was blown against the Robert Easley home a few feet from the garage The blast apparently entered a rec reation room through a door from the garage and smashed a picture By FRANK OBRIEN WASHINGTON UEV President Eisenhower sent to Congress Mon day balanced budgets for this year and next while urging higher iederal spending he said would total almost 66 billion dollars in the coming fiscal year He said the government could stay in the black in the next 18 slim margins only if Congress gives him the utmost cooperation in holding down spending and awaiting a prudent time for tax cuts As long as booming continues Eisenhower Con gress should put at least some re ductions of the national debt ahead of tax His new spending blueprint al lowed for some debt reduction but not for tax cuts He reiterated that Congress should act to keep corporation and excise taxes at their present levels rather than allow them to drop as scheduled on April 1 to the levels in effect before the Korean War For fiscal 1957 begins next July 1 Eisenhower proposed that Uncle Sam spend 000 He esimated that come in that 12month period would be If both predictions are achieved the gov ernment will wind up the fiscal year with a surplus of 435 mil ion dollars Facets In other main facets of his an nual budget message to Congress Eisenhower did these things 1 Estimated that spending this year will total and Uiat It was the first iime since he entered the White Housethat Eisenhower had pointed spending upward 2 Predicted that revenues next year will be higher than this years new estimate of 64Vi million Such a would result in a federal surplus this year of 230 million dollars 3 Proposed to cut tha federal debt by 74 million dollars by June 30 to a level of and by the following June 30 to 4 Called for new appropriations of some 426 mil lions higher than projected spend ing and higher than appropriations in the current year It was the first time since he became President that Eisen hower asked Congress for more new spending authority that he planned to use in any one year and it indicated that federal spendingmay be trending upward for several years Individual Taxes While he cautioned against any quick tax cut Eisenhowers budget seemed to leave a loophole which might justify one under his guide lines The budget appeared to have un derestimated revenues for the sec SAMI DATIm5M DAMAGED and firemen examined the garage and damaged car where two persons were injured in a Sunday afternoon explosion Mr and Mrs Leonard M Easley 1444 E State vfere hospitalized with burns after the blast Mrs Easley wtf starting the family car time T ;