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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 29, 1959, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper for the MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE The Newspaper That Makes JWr North I o wans Neiahbors HOME VOL 7 Associated frtu and United Frew International Full LeaM MASON CITY IOWA 29 1959 7o Copy Paper Consists Two NO ns One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO 1300 Suuday WOI Ames 610 Tinrstliy WTAD Quincy 930 Tburs WSUI Iowa Cily aiO Sat Newspaper Role in Traffic Safety IN THE PAST few weeks I have been compli mented by being asked to talk to my fellow newspaper editors in neighboring states about the help of the press can give in cutting down on the nations highway slaughter Not a nice word but thats what it amounts First it was at Springfield where last year the slate traffic death toll had been re duced by an impressive 234 over the previous year Next i was Indianapolis where last years state total traffic deaths were 116 under the previ ous year 166 under the 1956 figure In both states I started out by suggesting that perhaps I should listen and look rather than talk learn rather than lecture be cause our Iowa saving of lives was a scant 100 last year over the 1957 toll I could have drawn a bit of comfort from the fact that the Iowa ratio of saved lives due to our appreciably smaller number of vehicles and miles traveled was actually a bit better than either Illinois or Indiana But I was a guest and thats no way to win friends and influence people Russias No 3 Leader Here NEW YORK UP Soviet First Deputy Premier Frol R Kozlov has arrived to preside at the opening of the Soviet cultural and scientific exhibition President Eisenhower flew here Monday to pay a short visit to the exhibition and presumably will meet Kozlov briefly Vice President Richard M Nixon is already here to take part in the opening ceremonies at the New York Coliseum The show opens to the public Tuesday The affable grayhaired Kozlov called the No 3 man in the Kremlin will go to Wash ington Tuesday to talk with Eisenhower and Secretary of State Christian A Herter Kozlov arrived in the worlds biggest airliner a Soviet prop jet TU114 which set a record for flying time between New York and Moscow It was tha To Oppose Gas Rate Increase BOXCARS AND TRESTLE BURN AFTER BUTANE GAS CARS EXPLODE IN GEORGIA Fire Death Toll Hits 19 AT BOTH Springfield and In dianapolis I found myself on common ground with my audi ence of editors and publishers when Itouched on the difficulty we are having in Iowa this year in holding traffic deaths down to last years level Illinois and Indiana are both experiencing the same worry So is the nation as a whole In my development of this point back to the near miracle that was taking place before our very eyes a year ago here in Iowa On a certain identifiable date April 1 our traffic deaths began to be cut almost squarely in half as compared with Ihe previ ous year And heres Ihe story back of thai near miracle It was on that date that Iowas point system modeled afler one used for some time in Couneclicut Ihe nations safest state trafficwise went into effect Extensive and effec tive publicity in advance had pretty well convinced Iowas drivers that a failure to drive in a prudent and responsible manner would result in thc with drawal of their privilege lo drive at 3ieved it all They really be THEN SOMETHING began to happen and itT wasnt good A question was raised whether our commissioner of public safety was actually cloaked with sufficient authority to effect a widespread revocation of driver licenses It was pointed out that there had been no legislation specifically empowering him to do so The doubt thus raised by those more interested in legal niceties than in reducing the slaughter on our highways found lodging in the minds of those who reveal by their behavior at the wheel that they prize their licenses more than they do their lives The death curve began to flatten out and then start upward in the late sum mer of 1958 We were forj 7 Dead in Weekend Accidents Two Bicyclists Among Victims t BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A weekend of tragedy struck Iowa with five persons dying as a result of motor vehicle acci dents and two others drowning Two of the fatalities involved bbys riding bicycles Killed riding bicycles were Lowell Lutjens 13 son of Mr and Mrs Martin Lutjens Little Rock Iowa and Gerald Davi son 10 son of Mr and Mrs Gerald Davison of near Numa Other traffic victims were Fred Grundle 70 of near Glen wood Bobbie Slaffie 17 Mal lard and Mrs Francis Bcrg slrom 48 of near Mallard EDWARD LETZRING 9 son of Mr and Mrs Herbert Letz ring of Correctionville and Gary Grove 18 son of Mr and Mrs Orin Grove of Fraser were drowned The Lutjens boy was killed Sunday while riding his bicycle in downtown Little Rock Lyon Mason cloudy wit scattered showers and thun derstorms through Tuesday Lows Monday night upper 50s Tuesday upper 70s Iowa Mostly cloudy with scat tered showers and thunder storms through vrrth heaviest rains extreme wes Monday night Lows Monday night upper 50s north to upper 60s south Highs Tuesdaj upper 70s or low 80s Further consider able cloudiness with occasional showers and thunderstorms little change in temperature Fiveday Iowa Average tem peratures Monday through Saturday near normal Daily changes minor Normal maxi mum 84 north to 87 south Normal minimum 60 north to 64 south Thundershowers oc casionally throughout period Precipitation inch or more Minnesota Cloudy cool show ers Highs Tuesday 5565 Picnic Site Engulfed by Flames Butane Gas Cars Tip M ELD G teams renewed dragging oper ations in the Ogeechee River Monday searching for more vic tims of a freak butane gas ex alosion that already apparently las claimed 19 Jives Many oth er persons were burned at least 10 critically The blast occurred about Sunday afternoon Two railroac anker cars spewed flaming death on some 175 funseeker n a recreation area beneath a Blue Eyes Blonde Hair Capture Two States ARNOLDS PARK W The blue eyes and honeyblonds hair of a Council Bluffs girl have captured two Midwest states She is Kay Nielsen 22yearold college graduate The are Nebraska and Iowa Miss Nielsen was named Miss Iowa Sunday night in com petition for the Miss Universe contest in Long Beach next month Two years ago Miss Nielsen was named Miss Nebraska in connection with the Miss America contest Shes a 1959 graduate of the University of Nebraska 1959 Iowa queen is 5 feet 6 jnches tall and measures 362434 She says she plans to be a teacher Her parents are Dr and Mrs L C Nietsen of Council Bluffj Miss Nielsen was selected from among 17 girls Other finalists were Jerene Von Juhl 19 Emmetsburg Carter 18 Sargent Bluffs Janice Reissetter 21 Marshall town and Karen Hutchins 19 Miss Algona County Sheriff Neal Kroon saic the boy was struck by a car driven by Allan J Wessels of Ellsorth Minn No charge was filed The Davison boy died enrotile to a hospital Friday night after he was struck by a car while riding Tiis bicycle near the fam ily farm The car was driven by Everett Bumgardner 45 of Powcrsville Mo THE LETZRING boy drowned Sunday afternoon in Lost Island Lake near Huthven in Palo Alo County Authorities said a friend bad given three of the seven Letzring children a ride in his boat The children who had GlobeGazelle wealher up to 8 Maximum Minimum At 8 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum data 82 52 56 86 65 apparently jumped overboard a showing of about 100 saved for the year J and attempted to shore In recent weeks as I pointed Thc odest made The out to my newspaper friends in Illinois and Indiana Iowas gen eral assembly has adopted some legislation which gives ourj GrQVC drowncd Saturday 3n safety commission Vorth Twjn Lakc near in the boat rescued another but Edward drowned His body was Tremendous Meaningful7 Thats what youll say after reading And Then There was a special feature found on Page 16 of this issue Writ ten by Saul Pett of the Asso ciated Press if is a research into the lives of eight Illinois youngsters reconstr u c t i n 9 their last hours before seven of them died when a their car Other features in this edi tion General Pages 23 editorials 0foot river trestle which the Seaboard Air Line train was rossing No one could say whether al odies had been recovered bu Coroner Harold M Smith saic reports that dozens were unac counted for were greatly over drawn SMITH SAID at the time he had accounted for 17 dead Since then Iwo children died of burns in a Savannah hospital Theywere lisled as Wayne Smilh 3 and Terry Lane 9 A complete casuality list was not available but 14 dead have been identified Some bodies were so badly burned lhal idcn lificalion was difficult The railroad said the explo sion of one butane tanker sel off a second loaded with gallons of the cooking and heal ng fuel Two trainmen were in ured in the blasl and Ihe pilcup of freight cars near the end of he long train nay have been igniled by a iverbank campfire The explosion came over Ihe vater wilh a big boom and afle that you could hear children screaming and Davic Parker one of the injured said It was awful after it happencc not to be able to save the chil dren but therewas jusl nolhing to The scene of Ihe explosion is five miles or more from a paveci highway and about Iwo miles from Meldrim Thc area is reached by a bumpy dusty onc ane road which is little more nan a logging trail er to administer the point sys tem for drivers with stern pen alties when they are needed NOW THE PROBLEM con fronting our highway safety pa trol local police and sheriffs all our traffic law enforcers to impress on the motoring Clear Lake News Society News Sports Comics Latest Markets North Iowa News City while attempting to recover Local News a boat that had drifted away ifrom shore Grundle was killed Saturday afternoon when the wagon he was lowing behind a tractor was struck by a car The wagon overturned and flipped Grundle 5 789 1112 1415 17 19 22 StopGap Federal Airport Bill OKd U w fy public particularly the bad acoff the tractor tors that driving is a and Mrs Bcrgstromj WASHINGTON not s right It must be made clear that those who behave ir responsibly at the wheel will be removed from the highways This process is certain to in a sizable number o driver license revocations There will be weeping and wailing shriek ing and shouting But Im con CONTIMUEO ON 3 died Saturday night after a lwodcnt Eisenhower Monday signed car collision on a gravelroad intersection near Mallard STRIKE ENDS KANSAS CITY Mo W 10day strike against the Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Kansan ended Sunday when striking printers accepted two year i a stopgap bill to extend federal aid to airports for another two years at the present rate of million a year Thc measure was a watcrcddown compromise finally agreed to by thc House and Senate in hopes of avoiding a presidential veto Eisenhower last year vetoed a more far reaching Democratic bill The freight was enroulc from Montgomery o Savannah Witnesses said several cars starlcd tumbling off Ihe Ireslle and gas began shooting out of a ank car Bulane is transporlcd inder pressure as a liquid but becomes a vapor when exposed o the atmosphere Oskaloosa Man 31 Vichm of Pistol OSKALOOSA fUPI Martin ohnsoti 31 rural Oskaloosa accidentally shot himself while argef shooting Sunday Mahas ca County Sheriff J T Harvey aid Johnson was practicing THE BLAST turned the Ogeejwith a neighbor when Johnsons hee River bank into accidentally discbargcd uins several hundred yards rom the trestle It caught some f the victims in the water olh fers on the bank Children seared by the flames floundered in the river or ran screaming from the spot A second but lesser explosion came after rescuers reached Party Monday scene near this East resident Syngman town about 18 miles northwesllRncc lo run year for his of Savannah jfourth succcssiv term Rhcc Most of thc 124 cars in the accepted The 84year1 board Air Line Railroad chicf executive named Lee had cleared the 30foot high Poong assembly speaker as lie before thc crash None fell mi nmning mate in the water but several piled up on thc bank and burned through the night Some of the were telescoped Flat from a 75foot long the end of thc 250yard span First reports said the journal on one of the cars apparently broke Some observers thought the trestle gave way SPARKS CAUSED by wreck may have ignited gas turning the area inlo inferno or the escaping STORE GUTTED MARSHALLTOWN MVLight ning may have caused the fire Sunday which burned out the interior of Curls Royal Blue grocery store in Miirshalllown firemen theorized Interstate Power Co will op pose a request by Northern Nat ural Gas Co of Omaha to in crease yearly gas rates by it was announced b Charles E Strickland vice pres of Inlerstale in Mason City Northern which sells nalura gas to Interstate for distribution in Mason City Clear Lakc Manly North wood Kensell ant Ventura in Iowa as well as Al bert Lea filed a rale in crease last week with the Feder al Power Commission This is the eighth rate increase sough by Northern since 1951 If approved the advance would raise Interstalcs gas cost more than a year II would be necessary that il be passed on to local customers Strickland slated Godfrey Cuts Ties With Tony Marvin NEW YORK Tonj Marvin one of the last regulars on Arthur Godfreys radio anc television shows has been tolc by Godfrey that the dcepvoicet announcer will not be needet next fall Marvin has been an announcer on the Godfrey shov for 12 years Godfrey told Marvin he would not need the service of an announcer in the fall He said he would do the commercials himself in a pro gram with a new format de signed for informality HEADS AMVETS SHENANDOAH UPI Du anc Torncr Waterloo was clecled commander of he Iowa Amvets as the group closed its first nonstop flight between the two capitals The flying time was 11 and 6 minutes for the trip Thats an average speed of 460 miles an hour Kozlov is a squarefaced man of 50 ready smile and a convention here Sunday FROL R KOZLOV oud voice He smiled often and made several jokesafter his arrival During a threehour boat ride around Manhattan the view of he skyline prompted him to say those who created this city certainly chose a very good Kozlovs twoweek visit lo United States is expected lo in clude visits to San Francisco Detroit and Pitlsburgh Kozlov was noncommital in is comments He said hat the act thai Ihe Sovicl Union was pening an exhibilion here and ic United Slates was opening ne in Moscow is a great chicvcmenl and a step for toward the improvement relations between our conn Thorson Kanawha to Head VFW The VFW state conventioncrs n Mason Cily Sunday selected Burlington as the site for the 960 slate convention and elect ed Oliver C Thorson Kanawha leparlment commander for the coming year Other officers elected are John F Gabriel Columbus unction seriior vice command r Lloyd Goins Diagonal jun or vice commander Edgar McConncll Fort Dodge adju ant James C Dunbar Water Rcchkcmmor 0 e 1 w e i n sur geon The Rev Patrick J Nooney Carroll was rcclectcd Depart ment Chaplain and Ihc conven tion endorsed him as Ihc dc parlmcnts candidate for na tional chaplain Marshalllown was selected as he site of the fall PowWow an annual midyear administra tive meeting The stale VFW passed resolu tions asking for more liberal a minimum of three full com batready Marine divisions and three supporting air op posing reduction in Ihe strength of the National Guard and ask ing continuance of a strong modern balanced Other resolulions opposed rec ognition of Red China and ad mittance of hat regime to the United Nations opposed any form of world government that threatens sovereignty and pensions for World War I vctloppnsod aid to Communist oo judge advocate and Hobcrlicrans urging maintenance oflrialions striking him in the chest He died instantly Rhee Nominated to Seek Office Again SEOUL KOREA UPI SAME IOWA SAFETT FIOUUKSI NEW OFFICERS LAUNCH The state VFWs new department offi cers plans for n statewide drive to jrnin members in 1960 New of ficers are seated left to rigrht John F Gabriel Columbus Junction senior vice commandaiv and Oliver C Thorson Ka nawhn department commander stand ing left to right Robert Rechkemmer Oelwein surgeon Lloyd Coins Diagon al junior vice commander the Rev Patrick J Nooney Carroll chaplain and Edgar M McConnell Fort Dodge adjutant T ;