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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 23, 1956, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited tor the DN CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LXII fntu and United Presi Full LeaM Seven a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JANUARY 23 1956 Paper Consists ot Two No 91 Wreck Scene Where 29 Died One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE WTAD Qulncy 030 Sunday KGLO 1300 Sunday WOI Ames 640 Thursday WSU1 City Saturday Deafness Is the Worst Tragedy 1UTOST of my life I believed that being born blind was the one worst tragedy that could befall a human being I dont think that any more Im fully persuaded that congenital deafness is worse What caused me to change my mind The answer to that is what so often it is Where once I was content to ASSUME I now KNOW Ive had a closeup and continuing contact with the sub ject My disillusionment began in 1937 became a member of the Iowa State Board ol Education now more appropriately desig nated the State Boardof Regents Our School for the Deaf at Coun Commentary Read This commentary prepared by Editor W Earl Hall before he went to the hospital at Rochester was read by Ken Kew of the KGLO broadcasting staff ctl Bluffs was one of the boards five institutions The School for the Blind at Vinton was another Both had been transferred from the Board of Control in 1917 My visits to Council Bluffs anc to Vinton were periodic in line o duty Additionally I paid an occa sional visit to like schools in other states for purposes of check anc comparison Greater Difficulties While not wishing to minimize cither the handicap of blindness or the importance of specialized training forteachers of the blind I must report that the deaf fielc presents even greater difficulties This stems from the fact no generally understood that our language comes to us far more through the ear tham through th eye I can only assert this here cant document it It isnt my pur pose or my assignment in thi little piece to prove it But it is fact of transcendant importance ii the story of our 100 year old schob on an 80acre tract at the south cast edge of Council Bluffs The Iowa State Institution fo the Deaf and the Dumb tha was its original name was th second of its kind west of th Mississippi It was established a Iowa City in 1855 under an ac in January of the sam year by a General Assembly con vened in the nearby state capital now beloved as Old Capitol on th University of Iowa campus The first home was a small un pretentious frame A Mr Ijams proprietor of a privat school for the deaf was installe as superintendent His wife a matron and Perry Barnes as as sistant teacher constituted th faculty There were 20 pupils First Report Not so many months later whe Ijams made his first report en rollment had jumped to 54 and th appropriation by the legis lature had proved sadly inade quite A deficit of had to b made up Serving as superintendent stew bookkeeper and teache prortd a bit too arduous for th iint raptrintendent He had to r ftn to IMS during the Civil Wa CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Identification of Dead May Be Delayed LOS ANGELES It may be several days before names of all persons killed in the wreck of the Santa Fes San Diegan Sunday night are known the coroners office said Many victims were horribly mangled when the twocar Los Angeles to San Diego train over turned and slid on its side Four teen bodies were identified largely from personal effects Identity of others may not be known until fingerprints and dental charts are checked The known dead are Sgt John E Williams 55 USMC Camp Pendleton Calif Patrick H ONeil USN Garde na Calif Stanley Levitt San Diego John Breen El Monte Calif Dorothy Lester 36 San Diego Albert Fenn 50 Lakeside Calif Kenneth L Wallace San Di ego Sam Siraton San Diego Mrs Marjorie Ahman 26 Sioux Falls S D Mrs Ahman was William Kogan San Diego G G Harvey aged 18 or 19 U S Navy Eleanor Hopkins 65 Pacific Beach Calif Lt Donald B Lund of the USS Rochester and temporarily sta tioned at San Diego Naval Base Ray Branvall 11 San Diego May Goldberg Garden Grove Calif Anette Frailer 17 Houston enroute to San Diego to join her husband Marine Sgt Raymond D Frazier Marcelle C Meyer 62 Garden Grove Calif Railroads to Study Merger ST PAUL Minn WVThe Grea Northern and Northern Pacifii Railways announced Sunday a pre iminary study into the possible merger of the Great Northern Northern Pacific the Chicago Burlington Quincy and the Spo kane Portland Seattle Railways The Great Northern Northern Pacific and the Burlington whic crosses southern Iowa are the nations major Western raL roads Also involved in any future merg er either financial or operative would be the facilities of the Colo rado and Southern RaDway and th Fort Worth and Denver Railway both whollyowned subsidiaries o the Burlington The Great Northern and North ern Pacific which jointly own per cent of the Burlington stoc and are of the Spo kane Portland Seattle empha sized the joint study would be ex ploratory in scope at this time The four lines now operate a to tal of about miles of railwa in 19 states and two Canadian pro inces They employ person and in 1955 had a total gross op crating revenue of 732 million do lars 24 Cor Is Raised Uncovering Victims Train Overturns 29 Die 150 Hurt LOS ANGELES twocar Santa Fe diesel train its engineer apparently lacked out rounded a curve too fast Sunday night and careened over killing an estimated 9 persons and injuring at least 150 in one of Californias worst railroad disasters Bodies were so badly mangled and were the coroqers office ad difficulty identifying themand determining exactly how many were in the morgue At least two were Seven Dead in Accidents on State Roads ij The Associated Press Seven persons died in three sep rate weekend highway accidents o boost the 1956 Iowa motor ve icle death toll to 47 On this same the Latest victim was Joanna Swan on 18 Shenandoah who died at a Council Bluffs hospital Sun day afternoon She was the second ictim of an accident which oc curred Saturday on Highway 71 about 16 miles south of Atlantic Miss Swanson was a passenger n a car driven by John Francis Blane 18 Shenandoah which ammed the rear of a truck Jlane was killed in the crash Priest Killed A young Catholic priest and hree Dubuque youths riding with lim were killed in an accident on Highway 151 about 20 miles south vest of Dubuque Saturday The victims were the Rev Eu ene R Recker 27 assistant pas or of St Marys Church at Cas cade Roger Manahl 20 Ken neth Eheisen 17 and Eldon Leik 19 Highway patrolmen said a gas ransport slowed down as it neared a bridge when Father Reckers car approached from the opposite direction Brakes Failed A livestock truck driven by Urnies McElmeel Cascade was ollowing the gas transport Mc Slmeel told patrolmen his brakes ailed to work properly and he feared he would crash into the rear of the gas transport and so swerved to the left McElmeels truck and Father Reckers car collided headon The other accident victim was Dharles Russell 57 Omaha killed ivhen his truck was struck from behind by another semi trailer on Highway 30 near West Side ACTOR WEDS BEVERLY HILLS Calif PVAc lor Robert Stack consid ered one of Hollywoods most eligi ble bachelors Monday was mar ried to actress Rosemarie Bowe 23 Mason City Decorah Report State Lows of 26 Degrees A cold Arctic air mass con tinued to govern Iowas weather Monday and read ings in the state ranged down to 26 below zero at Mason City and Decorah Waterloo reported 21 be low zero but extreme south readings ranged up to 9 abovezero at Lamoni A very slight moderatingtrend in temperatures appeared to be in progress Monday with prospects that the ridge of cold air now stalled in Iowa will begin to move eastward by Tuesday Engineer Killed 27 Injured in Train Derailment WILLIAMSON W Va engine and four cars of the Nor folk Western Railways west bound passenger train derailed on a curve east of here Monday kill ng the engineer and injuring about 27 other persons The team locomotive tender and three cars of the NorfolktoCin cinnati train the tore across the east bound tracks and plunged over a 40foot em bankment The engine over turned Walt Willard Bluefield W the engineer was found dead a the throttle Rescue workers used a railroad motorcar pulling a string of smal maintenance flatcars to ferry the injured to a highway on the Ken tucky side Inquest Scheduled Into Death of Elderly Man SIBLEY inquest was scheduled Monday into the death o Jess Beebe about 75 a retired car penter whose frozen body wa found Sunday night in his unheatei house Osceola County Sheriff Amoli Scheu said the bachelor lived alon and hadnt been seen by neighbor since the first of last week Deputy Coroner Richard Davis aid Our latest count is 29 bod The highest rail death toll in this tate was 32 in 1907 The train Sunday night was en oute to San miles south f 161 passengers about 0 per cent of them servicemen re urnlng to their bases The two ars overturned on their left sides few minutes after leaving the tation here at It was ark The people sitting on the left ide were pulled right out of the vindow and caught on the ties yhen the train crashed onits flagman Bill Hines one if the crew of five Those people idnt have a 200 Feet Sparks showered as both over urned cars skidded along with a eathly screeching sound for about 00 feet on the outside of the curve ach car contained a diesel unit nd room for 88 passengers The ccident happened inside the city imits about four miles from Union Depot Thousands of homebound motor sts hearing of the wreck on their ar radios drove to the scene cre ting a serious traffic jam and de aying some ambulances Stunned injured survivors lay at or stood along the ground tome searched for missing rela ives Many of the badly injured creamed ri pain and panic Santa Fe President Fred G Gur ey said in Chicago All indica ions are the accident was caused y undue Raymond D Shelton general manager for Santa Fes coast ines said Engineer Frank Par estimated his speed at the ime of the derailment at 50 think this curve would take about 40 37 Years Parrish 61 of San Bernardino who has been with the rail road 37 years said he had slowed the train after passing a 35 marker and apparently blacked out The next thing he remem Indian Government Will Stick to Plan to Create New States NEW DELHI India WVThe high command of Prime Minister Neh rus Congress Party warned Indi ans Monday their dissension over creation of new states has created a dangerous situation full of peril to the A resolution reported ly drafted by the Prime Minister himself declared the central goV ernment would not be swayed by violence such as that which swept Bombay last week to protest loss of the city as capital a new Maratha state Most Congress Party pronounce ments amount to statements of of ficial government policy since the party completely dominates th central administration under Neh ill The Bombay protests strike and street battles compounded b sabotage arson and hav been followed by similar outbreak in Calcutta Orissa State Punja and other th greatest domestic crisis the Nehr government has faced in the si years of the Indian Republic Bombay police reported 5 deaths have been confirmed in th week of disorders in that stat but reliable informants said th toll more probably was near 40 and thai thousands were injured More Mangled Bodies Found on Tracks jered the engineer said was the rain beginning to tip over A Santa Fe spokesman said fire man Homer Smith was in the cab with Parrish and that Smith told a company representative that he lad not noted anything wrong with he engineer Parrish was hospital ized Many bodies were crushed and dismembered Emergency calls went out for doctors nurses clergy and blood Scores of ambulances lined up at the scene Clergymen of all faiths circulated among the dead and injured administering final rites or giving comfort Firemen used axes and sledges to smash into the cars for victims still inside Heavy cranes later righted the cars Crowd Gasped When it brought xip one the as sembled crowd gasped A body hung out a jagged window At the rear door were parts of two or three other bodies Other victims were strewn along the right of way in the wake of the sliding cars More than 40 phy sicians were there Others were dispatched to hospitals The Red Cross made of whole blood available Frozen Girl on Way to Full Recovery MARSHALLTOWN old Vickie Davis appeared Monday to be on the way toward making medical history by showing every sign of surviving a freezing which sent her body temperature down to 59 or 60 degrees Dr J J Stegman the attending physician said her temperature rose to a feverish 103 degrees aft er circulation was restored but has now dropped to 100 and is re turning to Normal body temperature is degrees PICKUP The girls condition was de scribed as The grand mother Mrs Fred Davis whose temperature was only 70 degrees when she was hospitalized was re ported in good condition If Vickie lives she apparently will be the first in medical history to survive so low a recorded tem perature In 1951 a Chicago woman Dorothy Mae Stevens survived after being found with a temperature of Vickie was found Saturda morning the unconscious body of her grandmother lying across her at the Davis home Dr Stegman said the girls legs from the thighs down and arms from the shoulder were frozen The left side of her face and head also were frozen he said The doctor said there was almost no pulse and breathing was at the rate of 5Vi to 6 breaths a minute when the child reached the hos pital Authorities said a criminal at tack on the girl h a d been at tempted Police Chief Delos Doo ley said 15 persons had been ques tioned in the case but that no ar rests had been made About The Weather Mason City Mostly cloudy wit occasional light snow or flurrie Monday night and Tuesday no so cold Low Monday night zer to 5 below High Tuesday nea 15 Iowa Cloudy with occasional snov flurries southwest increasin cloudiness northeast M o n d a night Mostly cloudy scattere snow flurries Tuesday Not s cold Monday night and Tuesday Low Monday night 510 northeast to 1015 above south west Minnesota Cloudy and warmer Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 Maximum Minimum At S YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum WMMM Driver Retraining School Launches NEW SAFETY PROGRAM DES MOINES new fourpoint traffic safety program began operating officially Monday with the opening of an adult driver retraining school at Waterloo Another of the p6ints in the program shifting of state highway patrolmen for concentrated enforcement also began but on a limited basis The State Safety Department which is directing the program set up also a plan for closer checking of drivers license permits and renewals and more extensive reviewing of the driver records of habitual violators Plans for the retraining centers which features the use of a de vice called call for expanding the number of such centers to 13 eventually scattered throughout the state However tha Waterloo center will be the only one operated for about six months Senate Group Raps Stassens Conduct WASHINGTON investigators Monday accused Harold 2 Stassen President Eisenhowers assistant for disarmament of reprehensible conduct The Senate Investigating subcommittee in a report filed in the Senate said Stassen was most uncooperative and attempted to Wilson Hit in House Report House subcommittee report Monday crit cized Defense Secretary Charles E Wilson and other businessmen in government The report approved by the ma jority of a government operations subcommittee specifically charged that Wilson and his top Pentagon aides violated a congressional mandate that an integrated sup ply system be set up among the military services It also said that businessmen in government like Wilson Navy Secretary Charles S Thomas and Asst Defense Secretary Thomas P Pike are not the panacea for problems of government adminis tration Release of the report has been held up by the full committee be cause some Republican members said they have not had time to study it The report stems from hearings held last May on Hoover Commis sion charges of military waste in eluding the Navys 60year supply of hamburgers The report said that Thomas apparently wouldnt have done anything to correct the hamburger situation if the sub committee hadnt made a public issue out of it BEAN1 LONDON UP A spokesman for the Ministry of Food Fat Stock Division Monday said a check that farmer David Lloyd got for zero pounds zero pence as a shillings livestock and zero deficiency payment was a complete mis hinder and impede an inquiry last April The inquiry concerned a pro posed contract between the For eign Operations Administration which Stassen then headed and a Los Angeles firm to erect graia storage elevators in Pakistan The subcommittee said Stassen exercised poor judgment and used bad business practice when he in sisted on pressing ahead with tha contract with a firm which the re port said was the apparent high bidder But the subcommittee saved its strongest language for Stassens suggestion that there might ba some unethical activity between an official of the lowbidding firm and an FOA employe The FOA itself reported seven months later it could find nothing to substantiate this Mr Stassens irresponsible and u n s u b stantiated implications in open hearing were reprehens ible for a high government offic the report said Sen George H Bender ROhio refused to sign the report and in a dissenting statement called it in accurate and At Minneapolis Stassen said the subcommittee report was an un justified political He said news accounts of the report sound like a political State Demos Schedule Convention in June DES MOINES Iowa Democratic party will hold its presidential convention here June 1 to choose 48 delegates to the par tys national convention next sum mer The Democratic State Central Committee also decided Saturday to send 32 alternate delegates to the national convention which will open at Chicago ;