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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 8, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVE DES uoiues IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIU ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LEASED WIRES WVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 8 1942 THIS IAPEn CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 205 JAP FLEET REMNANTS FLEE Wilcox RITES TUESDAY ANNOUNCEDFOR FORMER MAYOR Was Prominent in Civic Life of Mason City for Half a Century W S Wilcox 69 former mayor of Mason City and prominent business and civic leader of this community for a half a century died Sunday morning at his home 864 Third street northwest fol lowing an illness of several years Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at oclock al the First Methodist church of which he had been member and officer for many years The Hev Marvin S Kober will in charge assisted by the Rev William GalbreUi formerly of Mason City and now of Dike The body will lie in state at the Major funeral home until 1 oclock Tuesday after noon Honorary pallbearers will be Allan F Beck E W Clark Frank Currie J A Van Ness William Hathom Hay E Pauley W E GUdnerWilliam Sinnott J Axel I Local Business Leader Dies BRITISH ADVISE senate votes TA boldier Pay Minimum Kostka Swears In 21 Avengers of Pearl Harbor W S W1MOX Johnson F C Booth F K Wike and Dr C F Starr Active pallbearers will be the following Higley plant employees Oliver Deeney William Turnbull August Johnson Glen Ralph E A Flarup and W J Davison Mr Wilcox was president and general manager of EB Higley and company ice cream and cold storage firm He became an em ploye of the company in 1894 and in 1901 was made vice present of the company In 1927 he was named president and genera manager Mr Wilcox was a member of the city council both under the mayor and council system and later under the city manager form at which time he was elected Jo the mayorship Throughout his residence in Mason City Mr Wilcoxwas leader in numerous civic enter prisesHe served as president the Chamber of Commerce presi dent of the Rotary club president of the Civic Music association and president of the Y M C A He also served as president of the Iowa State Creamery Butter Manufacturers association and of the Iowa State Ice Cream Manu facturers association Mr Wilcox had also been a member of the official board and trustee of the First Methodist church He was a member of the Masonic lodge Shrine I O O F the M B A and M W A f For many years Mr Wilcox was a member of the famous Empyrean male quartet which toured Iowa and other states During World war I he was a member of the local commission for raising funds for war pur poses Mr Wilcox was born at Free pert III Jan 9 1873 the son of Mr and Mrs William Strceter Wilcox He was educated in Floyd and Osage completing his school at Headingtons business college in Mason City On Nov 9 1900 he was married lo Miss Claire Gibson at Richards who survives him Lieut J G Stanley Kostka former allAmerican at the navypre flight training school at Iowa City is shown in the fore ground as hegave the oathof allegiance to 21 men sworn into the navy here Sunday Avenger Day To the right of Lieutenant Kostka is Ensign Robert Flora former Michi gan football star Extreme right is Father John Petro f poulos of the Greek Orthodox church At the left in navy dress is C R Moore one of the local reciuiting officers for the united States navy Colors of the various patriotic or ganizations are shown in the rear The picture was taken at exactly oclock Sunday afternoon six months to the minute from the time the first bomb fell on Pearl Harbor Lock photo Kayenay engraving 21 Men Sworn Into Navy at Avengers Day Program Oath Given New Men by Lieut Stan Kostka at Ceremony in Park Six months to the minute from the time that the first bomb fell on Pearl Harbor last Dec 7 Lieut Stan Kostka junior grade former allAmerican football player from Minnesota and now stationed at the navy preftight training school at Iowa City gave the oath of allegiance to 21 men sworn into the navy from North Iowa at oclock Sunday afternoon as part the Avenger Day program held in Central park Ensign Bob Flora former Mich igan football player accompanied Lieut Kostka to Mason City and was with him at the program Similar programs were held throughout the United States in a day unparalleled in enlist ments in the navys history The 21 men inducted into the navy at IMason City will join hun dreds of others soon to carry on the war lo all fronts Immediately following in duction the men were presented the scroll of the Avengers by the navy department and gifts from the Good Will committee of Mason City As the program was completed arrangements were being made for buses to carry the boys on their way Sunday eve ning The 21 enlisted men met at the postoffice and marched ivith the navy recruiting officers in a body lo Central park accompanied by the navy mothers and the colors of the V F W American Legion SpanishAmerican Waiveterans auxiliaries and other patriotic bodies and the Iowa state guard Police and the highway patrol provided the escort Mason Citys municipal band provided music at the park as the jfroup assembled on the plat form with the recruits forming a semicircle backed by repre sentatives of the patriotic or ganizations on the platform and the navy mothers and friends of the boys in front of the plat form A large crowd which began as sembling as soon as the parade appeared on State street marching toward the park greeted recruits as they assembled on the platform We are proud of these boys said R F dough local attorney who was spokesman in spirit for wno was spoKesman in spirit for vl moments aunaay the all of those assembled They are were clockwatchers Mon our champs And we wish as we day theyre sailors marines and champs bid them Godspeed that they know that we who are here know they are our champs We know that wars are won by fighting men Anything we do is small compared with their task Chief Petty Officer A A Hol tus read Secretary of the Navy Frank Knoxs letter to the Aven gers Earl Hall managing editor ot the GlobeGazette led the assembly in singing God Bless America Miss Ellen Smith music instructor at the Mason City high school who hns entered the Red Cross for war service work led the singing of America and The Star Spangled Banner Father John Petropoulos of the Greek Orthodox church closed the ceremony with prayer Conducted on a Sunday after noon when many of the persons there for the first time had come in contact with the movement of recruits from Mason City to the training camps the Avenger Day ceremony was one of the most impressive of the leavetakings conducted here coast guardsmen In mass enlistments from coast to coast they were sworn in si multaneously in a radio ceremony timed to the minute six months after the Japanese attack of last Dec 7 Their hands were raised just when the hands of clocks pointed to p m CWT for the occa sion which Navy Secretary Frank Knox called symbolic of the na tions determination to restore peace to the world by admini stering just punishment to those who have brulally and wilfully transgressed ail the laws of hu manity men North Iowa sworn into the navy by Lieutenant Kostka include Marlcn J Toger son Brill Melvin J Hearity 725 Jackson avenue southwest Henry A Koencn Latimer Wendell F Miller Nashua Donald E Park Rockwell Duane T Thayer Charles City Harry G Willcox 625 Jefferson avenue northwest Richard W Nolda Crystal Lake E Kugler Sheffield and Harrison Hedgecock 501 Fourth street northeast Donald S Jenson Britl Duane V Michelson Britt Earl W Brown R F D 2 Mason City Virgil M Blado Manly Kenneth R Beckman 111 Jefferson avenue northwest and Leonard C Pfef ferkorn Charles City Rolland K Sallee Kensett Fred R Carter Clear Lake Harold W Jacobs Charles City Charles R Madison 685 East State street Hitlers stories of the personal his nazi of the United States despite last minute attempts of the gestapo to interfere The first of a series of dispatches appears in this issue on psge 7 nd Pete A Kiroff avenue northwest 1021 Tyler 12326 Avengers Taken Into Navy By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nations sea forces stronger Monday by 12326 fight ingmad young Americans bent on avenging Pearl Harbor For a few moments Sunday the Drowns Driving Cattle From Flooded Lowland CEDAR RAPIDS 1 Frank J Simon 32 of Cedar Rapids was j drowned in the Cedar river about 10 miles north of here Simon who had been helping drive cattle out of flooded lowlands stepped out of a boat into what he appar ently believed was shallov water Apply Peddlers Law to Jehovahs Witnesses WASHINGTON su preme court ruled Monday that a municipal ordinance requiring a license for peddlers may consti tutionally be applied to a mem ber of Jehovahs Witnesses en gaged in distributing literature for which contributions were solicit ed Such a requirement was chal lenged on the ground that it vio lated the right of freedom of press and freedom to worship al mighty God m mm m mwmm m BBT aWM FRENCH TO QUIT COASTAL AREAS Operations of Capital Importance to Start in Due Time BBC Declares LONDON British ra io broadcast instructions to the rench people Monday to evacu ate a broad coastal area from the Sclgian to the Spanish border vhich strip the Germans have designated as a prohibited mili ary zone Operations of capital impor ance for the liberation of France will start in due time said the broadcast It 1ms been shown on several occasions that the presence of the civilian population on the scene of active operations hin ders the action of troops and particularly of friendly troops in a very urave manner said the broadcast beamed across the channel in the regular French fansuage news program British sources said that Uiey could not interpret the bulletin that it would have to stand foi itself The coastal regions of occu pied France are likely to become more and more a theater of wai operations the warning contin ued They will inevitably brini with them the gravest dangers to the civil The radio referred to Notie Ho 1 however which was broad cast after the commando raid o the Germans Uboat base at S Nazaire March 25 when French men m that city took up arms an fought for three days after th British had departed That notice instructed French men to preserve themselves fo Hie day when the formal call i issued for the help of the Frencl nation Here is Notice No 2 th broadcast said It added Dont wait until the last mo ment It would be too late Go away al llic earliest possible moment For those who dont have the possibility lo so we repeat with new insistence some of the instructims con tained in Notice No 1 Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Not much change in temperature Monday night and Tuesday forenoon IOWA Occasional showers in ex treme southwest portion Mon day afternoon and in west and south central portions Monday night and Tuesday forenoon No decided change in temperature MINNESOTA No decided change in temperature Monday after noon through Tuesday forenoon occasional showers southwest portion Tuesday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 72 Minimum Sunday night 58 At 8 a m Monday 60 YEAR AGO Maximum flfj Minimum 45 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 81 Minimum in night 5 At 8 a m Sunday 62 YFAR AGO Maximum 75 Minimum Rfj Precipitation 24 WASHINGTON scn te voted Monday to increase the unimum pay in the armed forces i monthly to raise that of rst class privates and corrc ponding naval ratings to and o make all pay increases effec ivt us of June 1 Action came on a motion of Senator LaFollette P Wis to clurn to conference a military pay idjustment bill and to accept louse amendments LaFollcttes motion was adopt ed after Senator Austin R Vt iad filed a conference report lutlining a compromise proposal igreed upon by a joint senate louse committee This compro mise would have fixed the mini mum pay nt 546 with first class privates md others of equal rank 552 By adoption of LaFollettcs motion lie senate instructed its conferees to carry out the necei sary parliamentary procedure to Approve the S50S54 pay scale previously voted by the house LaFollette said these formalities ought to be carried out immedi ately and the revised conference agreement approved and sent to the house for final legislative ac tion The vote was 58 to 20 to adopt LaFollettes motion Two Rulings on Overtime Handed Down a de cision affecting several million white collar workers the su preme court upheld Monday the governments contention that ad ditional compensation for over time must in the absence of a con tract for a specific hourly wage oe paid employes even though they received a fixed weekly sal ary above the amount required by the wagehour law Two decisions were delivered by the court on this question In ons delivered by Justice Reed th tribunal asserted that the wage hour act was designed to re quire payment for overtime at time and a half the regular pay where that pay is above the min imum as well as where the regu lar pay is at the minimum This 8 to J decision applied to the Overnight Motor Transporta tion Company Inc of Baltimore on a suit for extra compensation brought by a former employe In a 5 to 4 decision delivered by Justice Byrnes the tribunal held that the A H Belo corpora tion publisher of the Dallas Tex Morning News and owner of radio station WFAA was within its rights in basing overtime compen sation on an hourly wage fixed by contract Justice Reed explained in his iecisioi that lie Overnight Motoi RUN WESTWARD FROM MIDWAY AFTER DEFEAT At Least 3 Nipponese Warships Sunk 13 or More Damaged in Battle PEARL HARBOR once mighty Japanese naval force re ported to constitute the bulk ot that countrys sea power Monday limped westward in desperate re treat from Midway island its proud units pounded by an American defense turned into a shattering offense The enemy appears io be withdrawing said Admiral Chester W Ximitz commander in chief of the Pacific fleet Contact was lost during Sunday night But even should the Japanese make good their escape it will be only at the cost of at least three warships sunk 13 or more others damaged and the virtually com plete destruction their protect ing air arm Against this formidable score the only announced American losses in equipment were one de stroyer sunk by a submarine ono aircraft carrier hit by a bomb and some planes missing Loss ot the U S destroyer was acknowledged in the same com munique in which Nimitz told of the enemys apparent withdraw Box Score PEARL HARBOR At least 14 and possibly If Japanese warships and transports were sunk or damaged in its disastrous attempt to seize Midway island American losses were one de stroyer sunk and one aircraft car rier hit The box score of the first great hostile fleet invasion in American aters of the eastern Pacific JAPANESE LOSSES The notice acknowledged th the Germans would place diffi culties in the way of the evncu tion but urged Frenchmen overcome such obstacles It was not possible to specif either the time or place of th contemplated operations it adde F R Asks Congress for For War Department WASHINGTON Transportation dif Rooseveli nskctl congress Monday for i new appropriation of S39 417B27337 for the war depart ment for the fiscal year ending June 30 1943 f granted his request made in memorandum to Speaker Ray burn xvould boost to more than 5200000000000 the war chest ap proved by congress for the three years ending June 30 1943 Previous appropriations and au thorizations for the armed serv ices arc estimated by appropria tions committee attaches at ap proximately 5165000000000 In January the president asked for 56388091747 for the war de partments regular activities for the nex fiscal year with the un derstanding the amount would be increased Heavy Jap Air Loss Ratio Cited MOUNT PLEASANT nn MOUNT PLEASANT Lieut Gen H H Arnold com mander of the United States army air force declared here Monday that for every one ot our planes shot down the Japs have lost four In an address prepared for the 100th annual commenceme n t of Iowa Wes leyan college at which he re ceived an hon orary doctor ot laws degree the general snid the day of ARNOLD far off as sor I am telling Tokio that we have thousands more Colin Kellys and Butch OHarcs and Jimmy Doo littles on the way This is just the dawn of a day of wrath The general who recently re turned from Europe said he did not fly to London to go on the those on Cologne and Essen were just starters to those which are to follow where U S and R A F fighters and bombers ride the skies as a team The speaker said the axis knows that the next six months spell victory or defeat for defensive Raids like their forces For now or ncvci the axis it is The flying fortress has no peer in the field today Arnold as serted adding our B25C me dium bombers can go farther faster and carry more bombs than the best ships of our enemies Regarding aircraft production he commented we are shooting for quantity and quality and it looks as if we will get both He added our production goals which call for 60000 planes this year are bcins met He declared the United States has the best young pilots in the world and they arc proving their superiority in combat in the air By the end of this year the general said the army air force will have over 60000 officers and close to a million men By June of next year if it becomes necessary we will double that Now that volume production ot aircraft is under way he said American planes in large num ber are being flown constantly by our ferrying command to areas where they will do the most good Britain Russia the mid dle cast China and Australia Sunk Aircraft 2 tor 5 BaulcsJiips n 0 Trinsports Totals t tor 2 T Ipossibly6 3 or 4 II or It AMERICAN LOSSES Damaged Sunk 1 force from the newspaper case in that the latter contract specified an hourly rate and not less than time and a half for overtime with a guaranty of a fixed weekly sum and required the employer lo pay more than the weekly guaranty where the hours worked at the contract rate exceeded that sum In Justice Reeds decision to which Justice Roberts was the lone dissenter the court also held that an employe was entitled un der the act to damages equal to the overtime payments to which he was found entitled nestroycr Aircraft carriers al But It was offset by official word that a Jap destroyer also had been sent to the bottom and that additional damage had been inflicted on two enemy cruisers The crew of the lost U S de stroyer Nimitz said was picked up by other ships with small loss of life The admiral was uncer tain whether the report of fresh damage to Japanese cruisers re ferred to further hits on vessels previously damaged or repre sented entirely new successes As the three day battle of the central Pacific seemed to be nearinp its finish in what was likely the greatest single vic tory of American navaE history messages of congratulation he Kan lo arrive at head quarters here 19 Killed by Bomb Thought Dropped 13 Months Ago in London LONDON oi Londons Elephant Cnstle area where at least 19 persons were killed in an explosion Saturday were believed Monday to have lived over an uncxploded bomb for at least 13 months The cas ualties resulted from the ex plosion ot an undetected bomb apparently dropped during the last big German raid on London in May 1941 A revised casualty list showed 19 dead one still miss ing and 59 injured The splendid victory at Mid way has aroused the greatest en thusiasm throughout this area General Douglas MacArthur ad vised the admiral from Australia The prime minister of Australia has asked me to join his felicita tions My own pride and satisfac tion are boundless We will not fail From Lieut Gen J L DeWitf commanding general of the west ern defense command and fourth army alSan Francisco came this message To the commander in chief of the Pacific fleet and all his offi cers and men this command ex tends hearty congratulations on the success of your forces and de sires to express its admiration for the gallant action by all arms in the decisive repulse of the enemy attack on Midway May the final outcome be enemy annihila tion Men of 18 and 19 An important message from the United States Recruiting Service ap pears on Page 2 of this issue communique an nouncing the Japanese retreat iurmentcd three previous re ports telling a story of mounting disaster for the enemy It came on a day which the admiral said found the Hawaiian area quiet except for minor sub marine activity in sharp con trast to the dale six months be fore when Japan started war In the Pacific with Us attack on Tcarl Harbor Nimitz in earlier communiques reported the sinking of two and ;