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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 10, 1946, Mason City, Iowa r1 H NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL TTT AaocUted fna and Polled One Man 9s Opinion A Radio Commentary by W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO Uiion Clj Snndj p m W01 Wedntdr p m VV8U1 City Wedneidiy p WTAD Qalacr at Sitordy i p Jo Iowas TOO Years Were Pleasant aHE PEOPLE ol Iowa are about 2503000 of taking time out this year for a little look back over our shoulder Were celebrating our first 100 years of statehood It was on Dec 28 1846 that Iowa was admitted to the federal union as its 29th star in the flag materially minded folks among have throwing out their chests in exultation over our states place of leadership In agricultural production Our un believable number of first places among thestates in the matter of food production stems from the fundamental fact that Iowa con tains Vith of all the Grade A land in the United States Educationally minded lowans are throwing their weight about because Iowas literacy status surpasses that of any other state just isnt the year for such critical selfanalysis ignoring the fact that the racial origins of our people rather than a superior system of schools is responsible for our distinction in the area of literacy statistics Ecenically minded H a w k e y e residents are rediscovering our myriad spots of natural beauty 54 of them preserved for the fu ture as state parks all made ac cessible by a network of paved roads no where in America sur passed Theres the rugged land scape overlooking our bordering rivers palisades and balanced rocks subterranean caves and treelined lakes To loyal lowans all Iowa is a scene of utilitarian beauty OUR HISTORICALLY minded whom in a modest sort of way 1 am find ing this centennial year an in terest spur In a very literal sense were looking back over our shoulder and finding much that up to now has escaped our notice Were reminding ourselves that the name Iowa with nearly a dozen past spellings is of Inflian origin with a meaning some where between This is the Place and Beautiful Land Marquette and Joliet first set foot on our land on June 17 1673 181 years after the discovery of America It was a part of the Louisiana purchase in 1803 Agricultural production in one small section of our state each year would more than repay the entire million purchase price paid to Napoleon for the entire Mississippi valley included in the tract THE FIRST really important white settlement was estab lished at Dubuque in a brief 113 years ago The de velopment of our state both in speed and in extent is a saga sel dom approached never sur passed in human history What has been a favorite hunt ing ground for the Indians began giving way to the woodehoppers ax and the pioneer hushandroans plowCovered wagons literally glutted the primitive roads each wave of them moving a bit furth er west in quest of homesteading land not already occupied In a brief 5 years in 1838 the progress had been such that spe cial territorial status was accorded to Iowa Its population was then 22859 Eight years later during the Mexican war and as a part of the mounting crescendo of con troversy between free and slave states Iowa was ad rnitted to the union This was o Dec 28 1846 and the states population was 102388 FHOM SUCH beginnings Iowa has grown into the worlds greatest bread basket holding first place among the states on the value of its farms value of livestock on farms value of eggs produced total value of farm property percentage of farm land improved value of com and a dozen other items that could be cited The first iron horse poked Us nose into Iowa at Davenport in with the first railroad bi secting the state In 1867 2 years after the close of the Civil war Our state has had 3 Burlington Iowa City and Des Moines Once paddlewheel ships chugged up and down the border rivers and were important in the scheme of things But these gave way to the railroads toward the close of the century and since then paved highways totaling thousands of miles have come into being Iowa has more surfaced roads per square mile than any other state TRUMAN PLANS CONGRESS TALK FOR CASE BILL President Silent on Decision But Several Are Expecting Veto Washington resident Truman told his congressional leaders Monday he would send a message to congress Tuesday on the Case labor disputes bill but apparently did not say whether would veto or sign it Speaker Rayburn D Tex told reporters after a 45minute conference with the chief execu tive at the white house Whether it will be a veto or message on approval we dont know Reporters suggested that send g a message to congress in con nection with approval of the bill would be unusual Rayburn replied that it is some times done Rayburn also disclosed that the administration leadership will try to get a rule in the house to send the presidents own emergency strike control proposal to a con ference of the 2 houses this week Each passed it in different form Close associates of President Truman said Monday they expect him to send a message to congress Tuesday vetoing the Case labor disputes bill White house intimates of the chief executive voiced this opin ion privately following 2 days of intensive study of the measure by the president and his advisors Similar views were expressed by administration spokesmen on cap ital hilL TI7E COULD TALK about a i her of other facts of histor ical importance in connection with Iowas evolution from virgii prairie to her present develop the growth of our cational system from a si0 room log cabin near Montrose CONTINUED OS PAGE 2 THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 10 1946 Paper Consists of Two Ja DUBUqUE FIRE DEATH TOLL 16 House Group Sets Hearing on Maritime Washington P Chairman Augustine B Kelley DPa of a house labor subcommittee said Monday he is going ahead with plans to work out a congressional solution of the maritime dispute now that other federal mediation attempts appear deadlocked Kelley of the subcommittee on labormanagement told a reporter that his group had held off hear ings hoping the labor department would work out a settlement We had hoped for a settlement by Tuesday but now that it looks like there will be nothing coming out of the labor department ne gotiations we feel that we should get busy right away Kelley said The deadline for the strike is getting right on us Seven unions affiliated with the ClOdominated committee for maritime unity CMU have set a strike date for midnight Friday in behalf of their demands princi pally for a reduction in the pres ent 56hour workweek for sea men Union sources disclosed their negotiators are ready to offer a new approach to the key issue the demand for a cut in the 56 hour workweek at the conciliation meetings They did not disclose the nature of the new plan tWeather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Mon day night and Tuesday with thundershowers Monday night warmer Monday night cooler Tuesday afternoon Iowa Partly cloudy scattered thudershowers in north and west portions Monday night and in east and south portions Tuesday warmer in east and central portions Monday night cooler in west portion Tuesday afternoon Minnesota Partly cloudy Monday with scattered thundershowers Cooler in extreme northwest and warmer south and east portions Partly cloudy and cooler Tuesday Showers Thursday morning in extreme southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis re tics for 24 hour period ending at 16 8 oclock Sunday morning e Maximum 75 Minimum 49 At 8 a m Sunday 64 YEAR AGO Maximum 63 Minimum 53 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at oclock Monday morning Maximum 73 Minimum 53 At 8 a m Monday 73 Precipitation 41 YEAR AGO Maximum 71 Minimum 55 FIREMENREMOVE remove the body persons who lost their lives inthe fire which flwept the Canffeld hotel in Dubuque Sunday morn Wirephpto WOMAN by smoke this unidenti fied woman is carried from the Canfield hotel in Dubuque by firemen Flames gutted half the structure AP Wire photo SCENE OF large crowd watches firemen working in the ruins of the Canfield hotel which burned in Dubuque early Sunday morning SOme occupants escaped the by jismg knotted blankets shown at left AP Wirephoto SS S lt Dead Dubugue identified dead in the fire at the hotel Can field early Sunday Ray Louks Dover 111 Stanley D Schipbsky Minne apolis Minn William C Hubert Mexico Mo Max Fred Betzle Prairie Du Chien Wis Mrs Theresa Smith Hotel resi dent Judith Miller 5 granddaugh ter of Mrs Smith William Canfield Sry 75 own er of the hotel Clarence Reifsteck Dubuque Victor Ortolani Woodside N Y Mrs Florence L Taylor Los Angeles Cal Bernard Dollarhide Chicago Greyhound bus driver Ethel Edwards Parker New York N S Mrs William Canfield 73 Du buque wife the hotel owner Injured Dubuque the in jured in the fire at the Hotel Can field early Sunday were Dr and Mrs William Schroeder Fulton 111 Sylvester Smitt Grinnell Harriet and Peter Misewicz brother and sister Chicago Bert Lacasey Moiine 111 criti cal John Kober St Paul Minn George W Campbell Newton N J Tom McKinley Kansas City or St Louis Mo Mrs Grace Laird Joplin Mo to age Mrs P A Christman Joptin Mo Mr and Mrs J L Barnett Mexico Mo both serious Arden Walters Zwingle Mr and Mrs Chester Johnson Eau Claire Wis both serious Mrs Harry Wood Richmond Heights Mo Howard Hoffman Sheboygan Wis serious E D Ross Parkersburg W Va William Canfield Jr Dubuque son of Mr and Mrs Canfield serious Missing Dnbuquc The American Red Cross Monday listed 12 per sons as missing and 7 others as possibly missing in a revised list issued in connection with Sundays Canfield hotel fire Nine persons previously listed as missing had been located by the Red Cross or by relatives The revised list was based on names taken from the water soaked hotel register which made complete identification illegible in WOMAN AWAITS greyhaired woman awaits rescue on a window sill as another woman in night dress iscarried to safety by a fireman AP Wirephoto spots and on names supplied by relatives Robert Edward Taylor Los An geles Cal Mrs Helen Taylor Ingles Pops field Mass daughter of Robert Taylor Fred Claydon Florida city ad dress Joseph Kalloway address il Miss Rigby first name and address Rames remainder of identifica tion R Brown Rockford 111 John Erickson Dubuque J C Chandler address obliter ated Lee Clark address obliterated Nelson Clark address obliter ated Ed Krause address illegible Possibly missing John S Wilson WinstonSalem N Car J Harrington his wife and child address L G Rawford no address V S Huh no address Daniel Hayes Norwood Mass Death Toll in Chicago Hotel Fire Rises to 61 Chicago death count in last Wednesdays La Salic ho tel fire was 61 Monday Jerry Tyler 45 Niles Mich In dustrialist died Sunday night m St Lukes hospital of burns and injuries suffered in the blaze His wife Mary 40 perished in the fire and their son Michael 12 died in St Lukes shortly after be ing removed from the hotel 2 Injured in Bridal Party Auto Accident Picture on Page 4 wedding party came to an unhappy ending early Monday morning with the bride and one of her attendants in the hospital and the car covered with stream ers and festooned with tin cans almost a total wreck following an accident west of Britt The bride Mrs Donald Schla gcr who was formerly Clarice Nelson daughter of Mr and Mrs Orville Nelson of Britt suffered injuries to her head arms and shoulders One of the bridal party Mrs Eugene Nuehring of near Britt suffered a fractured pelvic bone and sacrum also internal injuries The injured women were taken to the Park hospital in Mason City in an ambulance of the Boughton funeral home at Britt The Schlugers were married the Lutheran church at Eagle Grove at p m Sunday and were being accompanied home Mr and Mrs Nuehring when accident occurred about a quarter of a mile west of the tourist camp Schluger was driving when th car got out of his control fol lowed the shoulder for some dis tance went along a ditch and h a culvert turning end over en for about 60 feet and striking c telephone pole which was broken Eyewitness Tells of Heroic Rescue Efforts in Dubuque Blaze By H G TYSON By H G TYSON Dabuque TelegraphHerald Reporter Written for the Associated Press Dubnaue flames had already broken through the top of the main hotel building when I arrived on the scene at about a m Smoke was coming through the windows of the annex 8 atthe opposite side of the hotel part of the building A woman stood at a window on the 6th floor and 2 men were at another window on that floor Whether it was smoke or their shocked condition that made them wave stolidly conld not be ascer tained Firemen swnngr their long ladder under the window in which the woman stood One of the fire men hurried up the ladder Jo help the woman out the window and assisted her in the descent to the ground When the ladder was moved over to the window in which the 2 men were standing a 3rd man appeared at another window By the time the 2 men reached the ground the 3rd window was va cant Believing the man had fallen back into the room the firemen swung their ladder to that win dow Unable to find the man they later learned that he had run to the fire escape on the south side of the annex and had followed the fire escape to safety Police firemen sheriffs offi cers and volunteers hastened up the fire escapes guiding panic stricken guests to safety while smoke ponred from windows and floors Streams of water seemed to come from everywhere Although the flames did not reach a great height above the top of the build ing they made a roaring inferno in the rooms of the hotel build ing which connects on the east with the annex Before dawn the fire was under control I had taken several pictures on the outside Police and firemen permitted me to follow them Jo the 6th and top floor of the annex where the smoke made us cough and rub our eyes A charred body lay at the end of a hall on the 6th floor The men put a canvas on the remains In a room on the 3rd floor we saw a man wearing shorts sprawled on his stomach in front of the window He was dead No burns were on his body We went down the hall a short distance and entered another room A dead man was lying on his stomach just inside an open door In a room on the second floor a mandressed in shorts was halfkneeling halflying across a bed Like the other 2 he had died of suffocation An hour later the heat had sub sided enough in the hotel which was a shambles inside for us ta work our way to the 4th floor Halfcovered with black burnei wood was a small body In an other room a human body wa propped on the right elbow hal hurled by debris I went back down and watched Chief Kirch carry the small figur wrapped in canvas down the lad tier A man met him at the bot torn of the ladder and took th canvas He Walked over to the side of the building and place the figure gently on the sidewalk The child was his daughter 19 ARE MISSING AS HUNT GOES ON FOR BODIES 15 Still in Hospitals Plan Inquest in Blaze at Canfield Hotel By DWIGHT MeCORMACK Associated Press Staff Writer Dubuque death toll in tragic fire at the CanEield hotel rent lo 16 Monday as a 3pronged ivestigation was started in an ef ort to determine the cause of the laze which swept through the OOroom structure shortly after midnight Sunday The 16lh falal victim of the fire vas Mrs William Canfield 73 vile of thchotcl owner Her hus band was taken dead from the ruins Sunday She died in Mercy hospital of 3rd degree burns Taking leading parts in the in vestigation were the state fire marshals office the Dubuque county attorney and the coroner At the same time Dr F S Leon ard coroner countermanded a previous decision and said an in quest would be held before a 3 member jury Three of the dead remained un dentified and 19 persons still were reported missing by the Red Fitteen more were in the lospital Meantime firemen resumed their search for bodies in the 200room motels stillsmouldering debris after officials of the state fire marshals oifice approved sup porting braces which had been newly placed to prevent the walls from collapsing The American Red Cross con tinued iU radio appeal for all per sons who were registered at the hotel Saturday night to report their whereabout in order to fa cilltate the check of the missing persons Coroner Leonard who said the inquest would be held next week asserted he believed the fire started in the basement under the hotels cocktail lounge and fire es cape and spread from there Fire Chief Perry Kirch said he believed most of the persons un accounted for after the fire roared through the 55 year old building early Sunday morning were per manent guests who were regis tered at the hotel but had left for the weekend The hotel register listed 223 names many of which were il legible because of water dam age The Hed Cross said the miss ing probably included the 3 un identified dead Kirch said he expected to find a few more bodies in the piles of charred debris Meanwhile a 3way investiga tion was scheduled to open here Monday morning in attempt to determine the cause of the blaze which apparently started in the basement raced up a partition separating the mainfloor lobby and cocktail lounge and fanned out and upward quickly Coroner F S Leonard said rep resentatives of his office State Fire Marshal John Strohms office at Des Moines and from County Attorney E J Keanes office would participate Leonard said there would be no inquest unless suggested as a re sult of this investigation He said the deaths were the result of suf focation or cremation In nearly all instances Kirch said there had been no attempt yet to estimate the prop erty damage as the resultof the fire as all firemen had been en gaged entirely in attempting to sift the wreckage for more bodies The blaze was fought 2 hours by 75 firemen and there were scenes of horror and heroism Kirch praised the work of civil ians who aided firemen and 35 policemen to bring out victims Many inmates made their own escapes One slid down a rope made of bed sheets another dropped from a 2nd story window 1L ledge to safety A 62 year old man was rescued by firemen from a 5th story window ledge Firemen said the screams they heard from flaming hotel windows of trapped inmates begging for help as firemen arrived were ter rible Fire Capt Harold Cosgrove said he would never forget the sounds of those screams if he lived to be a hundred William Canfield Jr the ho tels coowner with his father who losthis life sounded the alarm immediately after the blaze was discovered John Becker hotel clerk said Canfield and his mother are both in the hospital Firemen spread nets immedi ately upon their arrival and 30 persons leaped to safety in them others came down fire ladders and 1fire escapes Two persons died iwhen they leaped and either ie missed the nets or struck the edges ie The death toll in the Dubuque itie brought to 77 persons who have lost their lives in hotel fires in 2 cities in 4 days ;