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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 26, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOMt MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LV Associated Presi and United Full Wires Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26 1949 This Paper Consist of Two No 91 1st County Auto Fatality Happens Near Rockwe GlobeGazette Photo OPERATION MOP City firemen began a long day at the Champlin Refin ing company 208 Monroe S W at a m after the end of the 21000 gallon bulk tankon the right blew off The end 12 feet in diameter is seen just inside the fence ly ing on the dike which is under the companys bulk tanks Gasoline which went over the dike was a complete loss but the company hoped to salvage some of that which remained inside the dike More than 18000 gallons poured out of the year old tank Fire Chief James Kelley said a frozen vent appeared to be responsible for pressure building up in the tank Gasoline Spills Out of Tank Call Firemen for Mopping Up Operation Mason Citys gasoline alley was alerted Wednesday after 18 000 gallons of gasoline poured out of a 21000 gallon capacity bulk tank at the Champlin Refinery company 208 Monroe S W when the end of the tank blew off There was no fire and no one was injured Firemen were busied in a huge mopping up operation and planned to pump some of the gas back into an adjoining tank Issues Warning At the same time Fire Chief James Kelley issued a warning to all persons entering the area to use extreme caution The chief ordered all homes in the immedi ate area with coal furnaces to bank their fires for more than 2 hours after the gas spilled at a m However by midafternoon they were told to resume normal heating Police blockaded streets Mon roe from 1st to 4th S W and 2nd and 3rd at Madison Switch en gines of the Rock Island and North Western were ordered by Chief Kelley to stay off the switch tracks which lie behind the plant The main lines were not affected Vent Froze Chief Kelley said he believed pressure built up inside the tank one of 4 less than a year old be cause the vent pipe on top was frozen Gasoline was being pumped into the tank from a semitrailer truck belonging to the Ardery company of Charles City Jat the time The semi was tem porarily stranded during the mopping up as a safety precau tion Most of the gasoline was caught in a diked area which is under the 4 horizontal 21000 gallon tanks and 4 upright bulk tanks which hold a total of 54000 gal lons However a large portion of the gasoline gushed out into the area between the dike and the Champ lin warehouse building It would be too dangerous to wash this into the sewer the chief pointed Hundreds Are Driven From Homes by Floods in Illinois BULLETIN Washington UR President Truman Wednesday allocated more of federal funds for relief in snowswept states west of the Mississippi river By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS There was lots of bad and dam aging weather across the nation Wednesday Snow sleet and rain pelted wide areas from the At lantic coastal areas to southern Californias mountain and desert country S u bz e r o temperatures con tinued in the western plains and Rocky Mountain regions but the bitter cold did not cause any let up in the fight to save the thou sands of snowbound livestock Hundreds of persons in south ern Illinois were driven from their homes by flood waters Further evacuations were indicated as rainj fell throughout the Mississippi river valley Many highways were closed Winds of near gale velocity and driving snow hit the mountain and desert regions of southern Cali fornia and in Arizona and Nevada Wednesday Scores of persons were marooned at winter resorts There were new threats of further loss of livestock Some highways were blocked and schools in some communities were closed I Temperatures dropped to freez ing in the coastal lowlands and citrus orchards Four inches of snow fell in Las Vegas Nev in 12 hours Many tourists were stranded Planes were grounded and trains were running 3 to 4 hours late Freezing rain and sleet which covered an extensive area described by the U S weather bureau as the dirtiest weather The wet belt which in many sec tions brought glazing conditions stretched from Dallas Tex to Chicago by way of St Louis and eastward through Detroit to the Appalachians The coldest weather was in the central and northern plains the northern Rockies and the plateau states Low marks included 25 be zero at Melford Utah and John Deere Plant Walkout Is Ended Ottumwa UR Production workers returned to their jobs Wednesday in the John Deere plant here ending a shortlived walkout The walkout began in one de partment Monday and spread to all 1200production workers Tues day It was a protest against sus pension of 2 employes accused by the company of starting a slow down The backtowork agreement was reached at a meeting Tues day between officials of the com pany and the CIO United Auto Workers It was agreed that the suspensions would be discussed further after the employes re turned to work Conservation Fund Boost Is Sought Iowa Legislators Consider Means to Curb Lobbyists Des Moines bill to raise the present appropriation for soil conservation from to a year was filed for in troduction in the Iowa senate Wednesday The bill was sponsored by re publican senators DeVere Watson Council Bluffs and E C Myvland Onawa It would appropriate for each year of the coming bien nium for soil conservation work by soil conservation districts and for administration of the state soil conservation committee Seek Control Meanwhile action to contro lobbyists was under consideration in both houses of the legislature The house rules committee recom mended requiring all persons who receive pay for lobbying to regis ter their names and addresses and the names of the companies or causes for which they are lobby ing Rules Committee Chairman Wil liam Kruse Charles City said that some of the boys fee they are being bothered undul by paid lobbyists and they wan to get them registered and knov who the represent early in th session Install Rope The house installed a rope a the rear of its chamber to kee lobbyists and other Unauthorized persons off the floor Similar ac tion was considered by a repub lican senate caucus which decided that if disturbances on the senate floor continued it would be neces sary to enforce the rule confining GlobeGazette Photos IN 3 WAY Jo Elefson G daughter of Mr and Mrs R 0 Elefson Mt Pleasant was riding with her parents in the car above when she met death an a 3way mishap on highway 65 near Rockwell Tuesday evening Patrolman Earle Shoeman is pointing to the right side of the car in which the countys first traffic fatality of 1949 was recorded Below at right is the truck which was loaded with bottled gas drums and collided headon with the Elefson car At left is the auto driven by James E Coonley Hampton which was traveling behind Elefson and sent into the ditch when the Mt Pleasant car spun around The Elefsons are in critical condition in Mercy hospital in Mason City The other 2 drivers escaped serious injury admission to the floor to author ized persons The house passed and sent to the senate a bill making the oper ation of motorboats while intoxi cated punishable by fines of to or one year in jail for a first offense and a prison term of not more than 3 years for a 3rd offense Would Waive Sales Tax for Minnesotans Des Moines Iowa sen ate Wednesday had before it a bill to exempt residents of states with out a sales tax from paying a sales tax on purchases in Iowa The bill was introduced by Senator J T Dykhouse R Rock Rapids who said it would benefit Iowa businessmen along the Min nesota border Dykhouse said they are at a dis advantage in competing for Min nesota business with businessmen of that state because Minnesota has no sales tax out An emergency pipeline was rigged to the tanks and Walter Bender plant manager said it was hoped to recoup at least half of the loss by pumping the gas which stayed inside the dike Four other companies Skelly Farmers Corop Sinclair and Cities Service have large bulk plants in the immediate area Old Arsenal Used Again Providence R I UR Benefit street arsenal a training site for troops in 2 major wars is back in service to house a battery of the 169th field artillery The old arsenal with its slitwide iteelshuttered windows and mas itve ironbound doors has been closed for 30 years after serving troops who fought in the Civil SpanishAmerican and first World wars Pembina N Dak 22 at Phillip S Dak 19 at Custer Mont 17 at Pocatello Idaho and 14 at Salt Lake City Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear and a little warmer through Thursday Low Wednesday night zero High Thursday about 18 Iowa Cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday with very light snow or drizzle extreme south Not so cold northwest portion Wednesday night otherwise little change in temperature Low Wednesday night zero to 5 below northwest to 1418 above southeast 777 YearOld Womai Fears Eyes Failing Hazleton Pa Mary ONeill the little old lady of Stone Crusher Hill celebrated her lllth birthday Wednesday with one cant thread a needle any more Mrs ONeill believed to be Pennsylvanias oldest woman lives with her granddaughter Nancy ONeill on a nearby mountain known as Stone Crusher Hill Until recent months Mrs has never worn able to thread her own needle for sewing Now her eyesight isnt quite as good as it i used to be Minnesota Partly cloudy Wednes day night Not quite so cold west portion Thursday mostly cloudy Schools in 16 Towns Closed on Wednesday Schools in at least 16 North Iowa towns remained closed Wed nesday because of the continuing icy roads A number of others however reopened when the weatherman forecast little change in the weather and little hope for improvement of the roads Some schools which were open still had no bus service for rural pupils These included Belmond Klemme Garner and Forest City while Titonka reported that school buses would travel on main roads only Schools which remained closed Wednesday included those at Greene Chapin Crystal Lake Hayfield Rockford Floyd Rudd Marble Rock Ventura Alexan der Franklin Consolidated Me servey Orchard Swaledale Rock well and Thompson as well as many rural schools Lowest mark reported in Iowa was 12 below zero at Spencer Mason City had a low of zero Eastern Iowa reported lows of 16 at Burlington and 18 at Daven port but a freezing drizzle was covering1 all roads in the south east corner with ice North Iowa also kept its ice sheet and even in the south cen tral and southwest portions of the state the roads were reported icy in spots Ornamental trees and shrubbery weighted down by the ice were giving much concern to homeown ers Mason City nurserymen ad vised leaving them alone until the ice begins to thaw They warned with occasional light snow north and central portions Warmer except becoming colder extreme northwest late Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 7 Minimum Zero At 8 a m Wednesday 2 Precipitation Trace Snow Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 18 Minimum Self Defense Is Theme in Roberts Trtal Waterloo UP Defense at torneys asked prospective jurors in the Fred Lee Roberts man slaughter trial Wednesday if they believed in the law of self de fense Frank Edwards veteran Water loo trial lawyer hammered at the self defense theme Tuesday and again Wednesday as a district court jury was selected to hear the case of the 55yearold Dunk erton farmer and father of 13 children Roberts a nonunion employe at the Rath Packing company plant is accused of the fatal shooting of William Farrell 38 a picket during the May 19 riot at the plant Roberts told authorities he fired a shot from his car to frighten a crowd he said was threatening him Edwards and assistant prosecu tor Robert Buckmaster asked prospective jurors whether they would be prejudiced for or against Roberts because he is a negro House Group Gives Priority to Proposal on Vet Pension rreedom Is Extended that the branches are so brittle now that any attempt to remove the ice or prop the branches would certainly result in injury Nurserymen recommend that icecovered evergreens be shaded from the direct rays of the sun The first transcontinental tele graph line linked Washington ter ritory to the east in 1864 DIES OF STROKE Atlantic Marshall 60 Atlantic business and civic leader died Monday night of a stroke while vacationing at Mon tego Jamaica Marshall a 3 sport star while attending Grm nell college and later played pro fessional ball for 7 years SAME BlMk 2i Washington A veterans pension proposal with a multibil ion dollar price tag had the right of way Wednesday in the house veterans affairs committee Chairman R a n k i n DMiss made it the first order of business for Thursday with Gen John Thomas Taylor national legisla ive commander of the American egion as the first witness The legislation by estimate of Rankin and the American Legion affects some 18000000 veterans of World wars I and II Cost Predicted Its impact upon the national pocketbook has not yet been of ficially estimated but veterans administration figures show that there are more than 3500000 vet erans who would reach the pen sion age within the next 10 years On the basis of the bills pen sion provisions this could mean a possible bill of to a year by all those veterans lived to the age of 60 The bill was introduced by Rankin last week at the request of the American Legion The Missis sippian said it has the approval of other veterans organizations as well Old Age Provision The bill provides both for non service connected disabilities and for old age On reaching 60 the veteran would receive a month wheth er disabled or not At the age o 65 it would go to That would be in addition to any disabilitj payments he may have been re ceiving or would later receive Disability rated at 20 per cen would entitle him to additiona a month 40 per cent disability a month 60 per cent a month total disability a month St Louis Robert C Rutledge St Louis physician charged with murder in the fatal tabbing of his wifes admirer another extension Wed nesday in his fight against extra dition to Iowa Judge David W FitzGibbon of the court of criminal correction set Feb 7 for final determination of the disposition of the physician on a writ of habeas corpus ob tained Tuesday by his attorney The physician appearance Dond was continued until that date William Crissman Linn county attorney asked Judge FitzGibbon for a speedy ruling on the legality of returning Dr Rutledge to Iowa where he has been indicted on a murder charge The physician is accused of fatally stabbing Byron C Hattman of St Louis in a Cedar Rapids Iowa hotel room last month Assistant Circuit Attorney James W Connor acting for the state of Missouri filed with Judge FitzGibbon a return to the writ of habeas corpus The return pointed out that Dr Rutledge had been named in an extradition warrant and demanded that he be turned over to the custody of the sheriff here 6YearOld Mt Pleasant Girl Victim Become Snarled in Headon Crash By RICK MEREDIXH and Mrs R O Elefson of Mt Pleasant were in critical condition at Mercy hospi tal and their 6 year old daughter Mary Jo was dead after the first fatal accident of the year in Cerro Gordo county occurred near here Tuesday night The smashup Involving 2 cars and a 2ton truck occurred a mile west of here and mile north OQ a very icy stretch highway 65 at p m Don Browning who lives at 104 S Oak Clear Lake and manages the Rapid Thermogas company at Emory who drove the truck and James E Coonley prominent Hampton attorney who drove a car received minor injuries The front of Brownings truck and the entire left side of the almost new 1948 Cadillac driven by Coonley were badly damaged Elefsons 1948 Chevrolet was demolished Slid On Ice Highway Patrolmen Walt Hil bert and Earle Shoeman who in vestigated said from information they obtained it appeared the truck going north must have started to slide a bit Elefson driving south with Coonley behind him apparently applied his brakes at the time and within seconds the Chevrolet collided headon with the truck and the Cadillac struck the rear of the Chevrolet Skid marks however showed that the truck never left its own lane of traffic and it ended on the right shoulder the patrolmen stated The Elefson car then spua around and sideswiped the Coon ley auto forcing it off into the west ditch One witness said the truck was operating with only its parking lights on the patrolmen said The little Ellefson girl and her mother were both thrown from the car and were found lying under the truck The girl died instantly At Mercy hospital Mrs Elefson was reported suffering from internal injuries and Mr Elefson 7 fractured ribs multiple bruises and cuts Brown ing suffered an arm injury and shock Coonley was treated at Hampton for a back injury and shock Truck Loaded The truck was loaded with 50 100 pound drums of bottled gas The drums were strewn over the area on both sides of the road It was explained by a dealer that there are protective caps on the drums but had the accident oc curred in warm weather the gas in the containers might well have exploded upon hitting concrete or other hard surfaces but the pres sure is low in cold weather Mr Elefson who operates a loan and finance company in Mt Pleasant had brought his family to Mason City to attend the fu neral of Barney Logan Tuesday Mary Jo had stayed with Mr Elef sons mother Mrs P J Pederson at Clear Lake The Elefsons for merly lived in Mason City mov ing to Mt Pleasant 16 years ago Mary Joe Elefson was born in July 1942 at Osage She is sur vived by her parents and a broth er Richard and grandmother Mrs Pederson Clear LakeFun eral arrangements are incomplete The body is at the Patterson James funeral home The mishap was close to where the countys 2 other most serious accidents in the last month oc curred In one Dec 26 on the highway 4 miles south Patricia Ferris 20 Hampton was serious ly injured and on Jan 3 Helen Hobbiebrunken 21 whose parents live southwest of Rockwell was injured and frozen in an early morning mishap on a graveled road 2 miles south and 3 west of the scene Cape Alva Washis the rrmst westerly point United States in continental Warrens Attorney Files Appeal Notice Waterloo notice of appeal of the conspiracy convic tion of Wilbert Warren a CIO packinghouse worker was filed in district court here Tuesday by his attorney Warren is free on bail pending outcome of the appeal He was sentenced to 3 years in the Anamosa reformatory after his conviction for conspiracy in con nection with the strike rioting at the Rath packing plant here last May 19 ;