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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 30, 1947, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME E P a T M t N T G F j H I AiO A MOINES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Picas and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUAKY 30 This Paper Consists of Two One No 95 All Roads Closed as 2Day Blizzard Hits North Iowa Many Iowa Towns Cut Off From Telephone Telegraph Service ZERO WEATHER FORECAST FOR EARLY FRIDAY 4 Towns Forced to Use Radio Communication to Get News for Papers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa was locked Thursday Jr the heaviest general snowfall o 5 years but the weather bureau said the snow arid high wind would end Thursday night when a cold wave is expected to move IE bringing zero readings to North Iowa Highways throughout most o the state were blocked or hazard ous and the state highway com mission warned all traffic to stay off roads in northern Iowa unti blizzard conditions there subside A death from exposure occurred at Marshalltown Numerous towns were snow bound in northwest Iowa and in he southern 3 tiers of counties 8 owns were cut off from long dis ance telephone communication Many towns also were cut off from telegraph service C L Sampson general manager f Northwestern Bell Telephone ompany said 400 long distance jircuits including 110 terminating n Des Moines were out after ice in inch or more in diameter froze m the wires in southern Iowa causing thousands of wire breaks nd hundreds of toppled poles rith damage running over 00 Towns cnt off from outside tele contact included Oskaloosa Centeryille AlbioB i restonTMCAyKBloomitfeia aiid T her towns in that area Samp j n said some points would gel Slrvice by nightfall for others it 7 raid be Friday rtreston Burlington Ottumwa Centeryille were among points it either telegraph or tele me contact Radio amateur raters were called into emer to cy service to provide an Asso jied Press news report for in those cities A Fort Madison Iowa woman was killed by lightning and a Eockford m physician mirac ulously escaped serious injury when he was struck by lightning More than 500 men including 100 from northern Iowa and crews from Nebraska were work ing in southern Iowa to restore service Two radio telephone cir cuits were set up to care for emer gency calls between Chariton and Indianola and Mt Ayr and Cres ton County roads and most high ways were blocked tight ia most of northern and centralIowa Drifts ranged up io 8 and 10 feet deep and the snow measured up to 16 inches or more at some Iowa points Winds drifted high ways shut as fast as snowplows could open them at some places Some emergencies were re ported A Clay county snowplow attempting to reach Everly Mary Koehnk was reported hem morbagmg from a tonsil opera tion was not immediately able to get through Northsouth highways south of Des Moines were open in many cases andl No 92 was open at least for a time this morning between Davenport and Omaha Rock Island lines reported their trains were blocked out north and south of Des Moines and that eastwest lines were open with trains running one to 2 hours late The said 2 passen ger trains were stalled at Mc Callsburg and Nevada in Story county A Minneapolis Kansas City train due in Des Moines at a m stopped at McCallsburg and a Kansas CityMinneapolis train which left Des Moines at a m got as far as Nevada North and south bound Minne apolisKansas City Rockets were being routed Thursday through Cedar Rapids All northsouth bus routes from Des Moines were blocked Grey hound buses were running be tween Iowa City and Chicago however he said Bus travel south of Des Moines to Kansas City was nearly normal Find Child in Swamp After Long Search Ridgeway N J Jean Black 2i years old was safe at home Thursday after a helicop ter pilot spotted her in a swamp 2 miles from home and ended a 5 hour search for the missing child She was exhausted and frightened but none the worse for her ex perience physicians said Rent Boost Try Mystery Investigated Washington UR The senat banking committee set out Thurs day to find the mysterious highe up who pushed OPA to the ver brink of granting an immediat 10 per cent boost in all rent ceil ings President Truman halted th order late Wednesday only min utcs before it was to have been issued His action climaxed abou i hours of confusion such as even Washington an old hand at it hac rarely seen Hearings on legislation to ex end rent a to boost all ceilings by 15 per started by the senate 3 a n k i n g committee Thursday And at least one member was in erested in learning just who in he Truman administration gave he signal for the 10 per cen boost that never materialized Sen Homer E Capehart R nd hoped officials of the office of temporary controls into which OEA has been absorbed coulc dear up the mystery Well try to solve it he said One OPA official claimed the immediate source who okayed the 0 per cent order was James W Follin deputy director of the OTC and acting chief in the absence of Maj Gen Philip B Fleming Other congressional develop ments 1 Associates of Sen Arthur H Vandenburg R Mich were hear ng that he would turn down President Trumans invitation to attend the Moscow conference to draft a German peace treaty Z Industry spokesman askei congress to outlaw industrywide Collective bargainingbecause the aid chbKeof6ff genuine jargaining between workers anc heir employers The spokesmen appeared before the senate labor ommittee on proposed labor re orms 3 Sen Homer Ferguson E Vtich said he would ask the sen te executive expenditures com mittee to investigate claims that ormer Secretary of the Treasury lenry Morgenthau Jr took of icial documents with him when e left the cabinet Ferguson said e would propose any legislation eeded to safeguard official rec rds 4 Senate members of the joint ongressional atomic energy com mittee asked Bernard M Baruch o appear Monday to give his esti mate of how many atomic bombs his country should make while waiting world controls to outlaw tomic warfare Vandenberg and Sen Tom Con ally D Texas accompanied for mer Secretary of State James F iyrnes to most of the major eaceinaking conferences and lonnally was understood to be villing to continue in that role for ecretary of State George C Mar hall Vandenbergs reported decision decline Mr Trumans invita on was said to be influenced in art by his new responsibilities as resident of the senate and chair man of the senate foreign rela ns committee Air safety hearings continued efore the commerce committees both the house and senate VLeanwhile several airline pilots rho wished to remain unidenti ed struck back at those aim that socalled pilot error is he main cause of recent air rashes The pilots said part of the fault ay with federal aviation agencies or not providing the new landing ids that are available but not in se WHWOODMAN HIT BY ROCKET Northwood Herman Ritchey ection man on the Rock Island as struck and badly injured by a orthbound Rocket whileengaged i sweeping snow from the witches in the railroad yards here 10 a m Thursday He is out 50 years old Railroad men said he was struck glancing blow by the engine hich was going slow on account of storm conditions and thrown to the side of the track He ap peared at first to have only head and shoulder injuries The train stopped and took the injured man to Albert Lea for treatment in a hospital A tele phone communication to his wife some time later stated he was con scious in a dazed condition and didnt know what happened Xrays were being taken to de termine the full extent of the in juries COMMON picture shows a scene not uncom mon in Mason City Wednesday night and Thursday It was taken as the workers left the Hotel Hanford after the Salvation Army drives kickoff dinner Wednesday evening GlobcGazeUe Fhoto Alva Pearce is the motorist who was fortunate enough to have friends at hand From left to right the strong arm boys are Lloyd Loers Chet Snyder and Ken Beckman If ifons Twisters Hit in 18 Hour Period By UNITED PRESS The nations 4th tornado in 18 lours struek in Alabama Thurs ay while the elements unleashed freak windrain sleetandsnow torm across the middlewest At least 15 persons died in the torms and twisters The latest in the series of tor ladoes hit a small Negro com munity about 8 miles east of Uontgomery Ala No deaths were eported but the Red Cross said 2 injured persons had been taken ohospitals Three twisters hit southern Mis ouri and northern Arkansas Wed esday night killing 7 persons pur members of one family were tilled near Montier Mo andthe ody of a 5th victim awoman vas found Thursday Another voman was killed near Salem Ark and still anotherwas rapped in her windwrecked ome at Steelville Mo when it aught fire Property damage was stimated at several thousand dol ars The storm in the midwest swept across Iowa northern Missouri H nois Indiana Wisconsin and out hern Michigan Wisconsin owever was hardest bit The outhern portion of the state was nowbound and Milwaukee was Imost isolated Roads were locked by snowdrifts as deep as feet At Brooklyn Wis about 20 miles south of Madisori a train oimd for Chicago over the Chi Northwestern railroad ogged down in a huge drift A snowplow still was at work fter a 6hour attempt to get the car train started No other means f transportation was available nd about 25 passengers were ma ooned in the cars The 2 main railroad lines be ween Chicago and Milwaukee ere blocked Snowplows worked clear deep drifts from the racks and railroad officials hoped resume service later Thursday Thousands of persons were tranded in Milwaukee and scores ere forced to sleep in hotel lob ies and telephone booths Wed esday night Six persons died in Wisconsin s a result of the storm 5 of them uccumbing to heart attacks while ghting high drifts or shoveling now At Evanston 111 a Northwest rn university student was rowncd when a high wave swept m from a pier as he watched the orm lash Lake Michigan Chicagoans buffeted all day ednesday by a combination of ain snow and sleet were further bewildered Wednesday night by claps of thunder and lightning The federal weather bureau was called on to explain the winter time phenomenon and said the storm was the result of a collision between warm and southerly winds and cold layers of air from the north which met in a cloud battleground Hammond Ind gale strength winds toppled the 80foot top section of the 200foot an tenna tower of radio station WJOB The station remained on the air with a greatly weakened signal Homer Friend Found Safe at Clear Lake Homer Friend 36 of 522 13th S E reported missing from his home Thursday was located at Clear Lake according to Sheriff Cal Dwan who had started a search for the man when his fam ily reported him missing Faces Bad Check Charge Des Moines J Or lando charged with forging 5 checks totaling waived to the grand jury arraigned before Municipal D Moore Wednesday Hewas held in the county jail in lieuof 000 bond 2 Youths Admit Putting Wire on Track Causing Rail Wreck We Wanted to See Would Happen Boys Explain to Officers Walton Ind fright ened and tearful youths trapped by a stolen lipstick claimed Thurs day that their curiosity prompted them to place a bale of wire fenc ing on the Pennsylvania railroad tracks and derail a speeding pas senger train We just wanted to see what would happen the boys told Sheriff Howard Smith Four per sons were killed as a result of the wreck Monday night The youths 11yearold Lysle Graves and his buddyJack Sprinkle 12 spent the night at an orphanage while Smith rail road investigators and federal bureau of investigation agents prepared more questions Smith broke the case nesday night which state police had pronounced an act of violence The train smashed into the 175 pound bale of fencing and was de railed whenthe wire caught in a switch and tossed 6 of the 8 cars off the track The sheriff said he connected the theft of a lipstick from a Wal ton home with reports that the 2 boys were seen writing on a wall with a lipstick and decided to question them on several matters When he asked themabout the trainwreck young Graves burst into tears Both boys at first denied any connection with the derailment and then admitted they had done it just because they were curious and wanted to see what happened They used a fence post the boys told Smith to partially lift and drag the wireonto the track after dark Monday night They hung around the sheds and the other piles of fencing wire until they be came frightened and ran home No charges have been filed against the youths and Smith said he would confer with federal au thorities Thursday to determine what action the government planned Neither boy the sheriff said had a juvenile record or to his knowledge had been in trouble before Two deadly poisonssodium and chlorine combine to form harm less table salt GlobeGazette Fholo WHAT NO No there much traffic at the hub of Mason City Thursday morning This picture of the intersection of State and Federal avenue was tak en just after 8 a m when people going to work ordinarily make the First National bank corner a busy one Even the knots of people struggling to work down the middle of the streets are missing in the picture Government Urges Portal Compromise Detroit United States government intervening in the Mt Clemens Pottery Co case urged Thursday that portal pay time spent by labor be balanced against periods of time that em ployes devote to personal pursuits during working hours The governments position was outlined a short time after attor neys for the CIO filed briefs de claring the outpouring of more than in portal pay suits resulted from a colossal gamble to evade the wagehour act Union attorneys contended in a brief filed with Federal Judge Frank A Picard that employer liability for such pay had been spelled out time and again since 1939 Instead of complying with the act in accordance with those ad ministrative rulings and judicial decisions they said American employers in wholesale fashion gambled on evading the act hop ing to escape the consequences Most of the portal pay suits have been filed by CIO member unions Attorneys for labor industry and the government were to ar gue before Judge Picard in a hear ing expected to wind up Thurs day A supreme court decision up holding Judge Picards findings in a case involving the Mt Clemens Mich pottery company opened the flood gates for the similar lit igation which followed on a vast scale The pottery firm itself has only 1200 employes Judge Picard held that the work ers are entitled to back pay for nonproductive time necessarily spentvoni company preniises The supreme court agreeing directed him to determine how much the pottery employes should receive The CIO breif was filed in con nection with Judge Picards hear ing Thursday of views from labor industry and the government on what the damages ought to be There have been hysterical out cries that unless this case is de cided adversely to the workers the very pillars of the republic will fall the brief said Not only havpredictions been freely made that industry would be ruined but even before a single penny has been paid out in a single case filed subsequent to the Mt Clemens decision there has been a constant stream of predic tions that the litigation will re sult in a vast depletion of tax rev enue The brief declared employers involved have sought to create an atmosphere in which their own wrongdoing will be obscured and their irresponsibility overlooked The CIO attorneys said an in terpretive bulletin from the ad ministrator of the wagehour act in July 1939 laid down the gen eral rule that hours worked would include all time during which an employe is required to be on duty or to be on the em ployers preniises They cited a long series of sub sequent opinions by the adminis trator and findings by courts to support this definition The CIO took direct issue with a justice department brief already before Judge Picard which argued in favor of applying the de min imus doctrine to the time in volved De minimus is the doctrine that the law does not con cern itself with trifles Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Winds diminishing late Thursday night Colder Thursday night and continued cold Friday Low Thursday night about 2 owa Light snow flurries western half snow eastern half with much blowing and drifting en tire state Thursday diminishing Thursday evening and ending in west early Thursday night and in east late Thursday night Colder Thursday night and in east Friday Steadily di minishing winds Thursday night and Friday Low Thursday night zero northwest to 15 southeast High Friday 2023 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum 23 Minimum 18 At 8 a m Thursday IB Precipitation 8 Snow 7J Inches YEAR AGO Maximum 36 Minimum 31 SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN TRAINS NOT OPERATING Mason Cityans Struggle in Huge Drifts Snow Fall Totals 15 Inches A new page InNorth Iowas weather history was filled Thurs day with statistics of a storm which will be remembered with the 1940 Armistice day and other famous storms Mason Cityans awoke Thursday morning to a world of 3 and 4 foot drifts after a night of raging wind sleet snow thunder and lightning With public transportation hope lessly bogged down in the early morning those fortunate enough to own chains for their cars tried to use them Often as not the at tempt ended in a snowdrift but some did get through to plough twin trails for pedestrians Practically all North Iowa schools and many businesses and industries were closed The Mason City Motor Coach company managed to get its early morning buses into operation on Federal avenue from S 20th to Jacob E Decker and Sons At the first bus from Forest Park reached the business district and soon after service was opened on E State As the day wore on Thursday train service became slower and slower The Milwaukee Road an nulled its noon train No 18 the Marquctte out of Mason City TrainNo 11 due in Mason City at in finallyarrived at p m TrainNo3 due in Mason City at a m was stalled near Edgerton Wls and was annulledfor Thursday The Rock Island lines train Noc 4 due in Mason City at a m did not arrive The northbound Chicago Great Western due at a m went through at 8 m All Rock Island trains were annulled No passenger trains were sched uled for Thursday on the Chicago North Western but snowplows and a southbound time freight were sent at noon The M St L railroad reported its No 7 motor car from Marshalltown to Al bert Lea Minn 3 hours and 40 minutes late One of the big steam engines was attached to it of ficials not depending on the motor alone The snowfall still continuing was estimated at 14 inches at 8 oclock Thursday morning 7J inches having been recorded dur ing the previous 24 hours At 2 P m it totaled 15 Inches The state highway commission this area reported all roads blocked it would be im possible for anyone to start out on any road in the area Visibility was reported1 at from 0 to 300 feet Strong winds from the northeast whipped drifting snow into the highways as fast as it could be removed From 12 to 15 inches of snow had been re ported throughout the area by Thursday morning The highway commission reported that all of its snow removal equipment was in working order but that it was useless to use it until the winds moderated A number of downtown stores closed at noon Thursday because of the storm The funeral of Mrs Irwin Johnson was postponed from Thursday to Friday Numerous clubs and meetings were post poned The weather observer at the civil aeronautics station at the airport Miss Ednah Cook re ported that the barometerobegan to level off at a m at about 2814 It began falling at noon Wednesday from 2850 and hit the very low mark of 2808 at a m Miss Cook who started her 3rd 8hpur shift Thursday morning without relief or food reported by telephone that she was ma rooned in drifts of 4 and 5 foot depth with one lying against the door of the airportadministra tion building and stretching away as far as she could see through the blizzard She was relieved at 10 a m by C HJones who walked out from Clear Lake A truck took Miss Cook to town The current blizzard far sur passed the Armistice day 1940 storm in the amount of snowfall Only 2 inches of snow fell in the 1940 storm but it did great dam age because it ended a mild au tumn with trees and other vege tation unprepared for the drop in temperature In 1940 the mercury dropped from133 at g a m on Nov 11 to 3 degrees above zero 24 hours later n ;