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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 27, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS AoocUted Proa United Fms Full leased HOME EDITION rnrnn Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 27 1948 Tbls Consist of Two NARROW ESCAPE Mrs Darrell McGeachy monthsold Toni Wilson with whom she fled to safety from an apartment next to the Holmes cafe which blew up in Hampton Friday The baby was in a room exposed to the blast which later suffered fire damage All 3 families in the apartment house were forced to vacate Luckiest Survivors Escape Unhurt Clock Records Blast By RICK MEREDITH GlobeGazette Staff Writer Darrell McGeachy who escaped unscathed from an adjoming apartment building witha 7monthsold baby believes that she and the baby were the luckiest survivors of the blast which HlnlfS afe here Friday afternoon and forced all 3 families to vacate the triplex apartment house rfvHy daufrhter of Mrand Mrs Dean Wilson other tenants in the dwelling was m a room on the exposed side upstairs McGeachy was in the kitchen next to it upstairs Mrs McSachyrelated anything bllt just out of there Mrs V She ran down a stairway which is on the other side of the builrl recording the time of the blast was locK au uie Huffman cafe 2 doors west It stopped at W uffman said he was sitting at a table in the frame structure and had a hard time hanging on C picture of the explosion r accordin building had had no fire in it for blocks away near the fairgrounds 5 pcrsons think Manifold said Two of aw of U IHUCI collldllt dMnt stop any of them They were all badly burned dose said needed gas masks to breathe The quickly 16 de and 1C vohees In Lewis Forces Delay in Coal Truce Effort Washington L Lewis forced a 72 hour delay Saturday in government efforts to bring the soft coal strike to a speedy end He brought President Trumans special inquiry board to a stand still by failing to appear at it first hearings Friday The 3 fact finders finished hear ing the coal operators side of the miner pension dispute in less than 2 hours When the United Mine Workers chief didnt show up the board recessed until Monday The bushy browed Lewis was given until then 9 a ra CST to decide if he will appear voluntarily Otherwise the board could force him to ap pear by getting a court order Lewis stayed away he informed the board to study leyal ques tions Involved Bat his absence SAME MMM tnrffi 14 threw a monkeywrench into board plans to work steadily through the Easter weekend to speed a report to President Tru man That report must be in Mr Tru mant hands before he can seek a court order to halt the walkout HAMPTON CAFE BLAST DEATH TOIL UP TO 3 11 Others Injured by Explosion State Fire Marshal to Investigate By STAFF REPRESENTATIVE of the blast which leveled the 2story Holmes cafe at Hampton got un der way Saturday as the death to 3 The state fire mar shal is scheduled to enter the in vestigation at the request of Hampton Fire Chief J E Mur Phy Mrs Clifford Baldwin 40 a waitress in the cafe died about Saturday morning of injuries suffered in the blast Louis II Howe 44 manager of the Hamp ton Farmers Elevator was killed outright when the explosion oc curred Friday afternoon The 3rd death came at a m Saturday when Mrs Julia Scarr cooperator of the cafe died at the Lutheran hospital here Mrs Scarr was severely burned and had suffered a fractured leg Among the 11 others injured was Louis Christiansen GO an employe of the cafe who was reported in critical condition with severe burns on the hands head and legs Also in serious condition be cause of shock and advanced age was Markwood Grimes 80 who was severely burned on the hands arms and face Dr J F Martin of La timer Franklin county coronersaid an inquest will be held Monday Those in the cafe when the blast came shortly before 3 oclock Friday were caught in the wreckage as the 2story building collapsed Auto wreckers and draglines were used to remove the debris so the firemen could get to the injured Chief Murphy told a GlobeGa zette reporter that his men had difficulty in fighting the flames which broke out in the wreckage and the 2 adjoining buildings They were afraid he said that water used to fight the fires might drown some of those caught in the wreckage Others hospitalized and their conditions as reported by the hospital attendants Saturday were as follows Charles Covell 45 farmer in serious fonclition wifh hums on the hands and face and a pos sible sninp injury F C Holmes 61 owner of the building and former operator of the cafe who lived in a room on the 2nd floor a dislocated right ankle and possibly fractures as well as burns on the lace and hands Jim Donhowe 40 Hampton tav ern operator 2nd and 3rd degree hums 011 the head hands and upper body W W Harper 57 trucker se vere burns on the hands and face Raymond F Shaffer laborer at the Swift and Company plant probable fractures of the right arm and leg and severe burns His brother Wilbur Shaffer chest injury and burns on the hands arms and face Ernest Doyle 57 employed at the Swift plant burns on the hands and face Jim Campbell 33 employed at the Hampton REA plant 2nd de gree burns on hands and arms not serious Lewis Rule 40 receiving clerk at the Swift plant burns on the hands and face The explosion was believed to have licen caused by a gas leak in the basement but Chief Murphy pending the state fire marshals investigation would only say that it was either from a main or a re frigeration unit The blast and flames wrecked the small home of Mr and Mrs Bob Ohlert immediately west of the cafe They were not home at the time It also seriously dam aged the 3family dwelling the No Court Issues Rest Stop Plant Blockad Snow Sleet Make Iowa Driving Icy Des Moines preEaster storm brought rain sleet hail and snow to Iowa and snow depths Saturday ranged up to 8 inches at Denison The weather bureau predictec fair but chilly weather for Sun days Easter parade Elkader had a 6inch snowfall The temperature dipped to a low for the state of 20 degrees a Pocahoritas Saturday morning anc many other cities reported read ings below freezing Strong winds blew in the cold front after temperatures had iangecl to a high for the state o 77 at Burlington Friday In North Iowa highways were cy Saturday morning according to the Iowa Safety patrol Icy and rough roads were re jorled by the Highway Commis sion for North Iowa but the roads were not too slippery for driving Precipitation Friday night was 54 of an inch part of which was sleet sart rain and practically all of vhich turned to ice before Satur lay morning The temperature in Vlason City dropped to 24 degrees and remained there at 8 a m Sat irday The state highway commission at Ames reported rain followed by sleet and snow hit all of the state Friday night with the fol lowing exceptions A corner northwest of a line through Sioux City and Spencer and parts south of a line through Chariton Oska loosa and Muscatina The commission said heavy snow fell through the central and western sections of the state with 3 inches at Fort Dodge five at Rockwell City six at Audubon and 4 at Ellison The nights precipitation includ ing snowfall rain and sleet ranged UP to i65 inrhpp it Iowa Flls where the snow measured 5 inches A flash flood hit the Cluticr vi cinity Saturday morning and had railroad officials worried for a time but the trains went through next door east and the occupants were homeless Saturday They were Mr and Mrs Dar rell McGeachy Mr and Mrs Dean Wilson and Mr and Mrs Darrell Etters Each couple has 1 child Mrs McGeachy and the Wilson baby were the only ones in the building at the time of the blast and both escaped unharmed A large plate glass window was blown out of the Franklin County Implement company across the street on the next corner east of the cafe and smaller windows were shattered in most of the oth er buildings on the sides facing the blast and within a block from it Huffmans cafe the 2nd door west of the Holmes cafe also lost a large plate glass window The Good Friday service in the Methodist church was interrupted just before the close when the janitor went to answer a persist ently ringing telephone in the basement He returned with a message the Rev W G Row Icy asking that all nurses in the congregation report immediately to the Lutheran hospital where the injured were taken Mrs Virgil Murphy operator of the Holmes cafe with Mrs Scarr was reported not in the building at the time The cafe was located on First N W near the M St L station about 2 blocks from Main street BLOCKADE EFFECTIVEThe blockade by union pickets of the Sons packing plant was effective as the 2 pictures above show Thetop picture shows an the Decker switch about 7 p m Friday as union e U pickets stand on the tracks at Iht being stopped at the entrance to the plant Satiirday morningIt dicfnotgo The lower picture she PUT INJUNCTION ON ITU ACTIONS Indianapolis Judge Luther M Swygert Saturday is sued a temporary injunction against the AFL International Typographical union restraining it from violating the TaftHartley aw The injunction will remain in jffect until the case against the ITU before the national labor re ations board is settled The court order names the ITU ts president Woodruff Randolph ind other officers of the union They are restrained from au horizing or encouraging sub ordinate local unions and members of x x x International Typographi cal union x x x Lo engage in or to continue to engage in any strikes slowdowns walkouts or other dis of any kind to the busi ness operations of employers in he newspaper publishing indus try in maintaining contracts vhich violate the TaftHarUey aw Gerhard Van Arkel ITU coun iel said in Washington that the union probably will appeal He delayed a definite statement on his until the ITU lawyers could the order and confer about Board Recommends Pay Hike of Cents for Railroaders 3 Brotherhoods Seeking L TWISTERS TAKE SCORE OF LIVES Higher Boost and 37 Working Rule Changes Washington A presidential emergency board recommended Saturday that locomotive engi neers firemen and switchmen should get a wage raise of 154 cents a Nov 1 si a wage raise of 154 tor cents an hour retroactive to last nactoes and thunderstorms ripped across parts of the central and The railway labor act requires louthern sections of the nation the 3 brotherhoods to keep work ing for 30 days After April they will be free to strike if they want to The board headed by William M Leiserson made its report Sat urday to President Truman Besides the wages the dispute involved 37 proposed changes in working rules The brotherhoods had demand ed a 30 per cent wage boost witli a per man daily minimum The boards wage proposal would give the 3 brotherhoods the same benefits received by the trainmen and conductors the other 2 operating brotherhoods The trainmen and conductors set tled last November for 15V cents effective Nov 1 A 15i cents amounts to an hour a day raise THERE USED TO BE 2STORY CAPE HERESalvage workers includ ingr Hamptonfiremen police and volunteers survey the wreckage after n explosion demolished the Holmes cafe at Hampton Friday aftefnoon The 2story building Avas lifted of C the ground and debris crashed1 backdown covering many of the 14 vicitms 3 of whom are and blast dam GlobeGazette Plioto 1 fram Mr and Mrs Bob Ohlert at left left 3 families in the apartment house at right without quarters The hrnVn in buildjngs nealIy a blocj a th Chicao Early spring tor Friday killing more than a score of persons The tornadic gales which struck west central Indiana parts of Mis souri and Illinois and Alabama were the 3rd to sweep over the countrys midsection within a week The death toll from the twisters and storms was about 75 More than 40 died in last weeks tornadoes while 13 lost their lives in the gales which hit Oklahoma Thursday Fridays twisters left their big gest path of destruction in west central Indiana where the known dead was 19 Scores were injured Buildings in several communities were demolished Coatesville Ind town of 350 persons counted 13 dead and 3 persons missing Two persons lost their lives and scores were hurt when a tornado struck twice at Aliceville Ala near the AlabamaMississippi line Another twister swept over an area along the Mississippi river near the MissouriIllinois line at St Charles Mo No deaths were reported in the region Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing and cold Saturday night becoming fair and cool Sunday Low Saturday to 15 high Sunday night 12 near 40 Iowa Clearing and continued cold Saturday night Sunday fair with rising temperatures in the afternoon Low Saturday night 12 northwest 20 south east High Sunday 40 to 42 Minnesota Fair Saturday night Colder south portion Generally fair and warmer Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics lor 21 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum fig Minimum 24 At 8 a in Saturday 24 Precipitation 54 YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum g PICKETS BLOCK RAIL SHIPMENT OF MEAT CARS Only 2 Persons Allowed Inside Gates Strikers Stop Office Workers A temporary restraining order against officers and members of local union 38 ClOUnited Pack inghouse Worker s prohibiting them from mass picketing or in terfering with anyone going in or out of the Jacob E Decker arid Sons packing plant was signed Saturday noon by Judge William P Butler in Cerro Gordo county district court The restraining order was granted in answer to a petition by R F Clough attorney for Armour and Company asking a temporary and permanent injunction Judge Butlers order remains in force until Tuesday at 10 a m when there will be a hearing on the re quest for an injunction Violation of the restraining or der would make any union mem ber subject to arrest for contempt of court The order names Charles Kranz president of the union Arthur Costello and Clarence Ramsey cochairmen of the strike commit tee Russell Bull Des Moines dis trict director of the union and all other members of the United Packing House Workers of Ameri ca local 38 It specifically prohibits them from mass picketing at the gates of the plaintiffs packing plant at Mason City or in the vicinity thereof and from interfering with or preventing the peaceable in gress or egress of persons in the plaintiffs employ not on strike and from preventing or ing with the peaceable ingress or egress to and from plaintiffs said plant over the switch tracks lead ing into said plant of cars being switched into said plant for the purpose of loading and shipping out of said plant property and commodities owned by plaintiff and particularly from standing upon the said switch tracks at or near the gate at 13th street north east into plaintiffs plant when the said railroad company is about to or in the act of switching cars into or out of said plant and that the defendants and each of them be enjoined or prohibited from us ing force or any threats or ap pearance of force to interfere with the right of peaceable ingress or egress over Ihe Minneapolis St Louis switch tracks into plaintiffs said plant of persons engaged in the business of switching and mov ing said cars in or out of said plant who are employes of the Minneapolis St Louis railroad The petition was signed by Clough and P J Thogerson gen eral manager of the plant It seems that if the officers and employes arc prevented from preserving and caring for the property and from keeping ihr power plant in operation and keeping the refrigeration system in operation great loss and dam age will be caused to meat now in the plant It also states that there is meat ready to be shipped out and unless it is shipped it will rapidly de teriorated and become useless for human consumption The legal proceedings resulted from stopping of workers who wished to enter the plant Sat urday morning and an M St I switch engine which was sched uled to remove freight cars of meat from the plant Friday eve ning Pickets formed on the railroad tracks at the entrance to the plant on 13th N E and refused to move as the engine arrived about 7 p in The train crew hailed the en gine some distance away and it remained there for about 15 min utes before being backed away off the Decker switch track The blockade started soon after noon Friday when Clarence Ram sey and Art Costello cochairmen of the unions strategy board an nounced that anyone leaving the plant would have to stay out in cluding the management The union announced Saturday morning that only 2 persons got into the plant Raymond VerHelst a cattle buyer and Mrs Faye M McGuire an official of the credit union Fact Board on Meat Tieup Gets Additional Week Washington resident Truman Friday granted the board which is investigating the meat packing strike an additional weeks time from April 1 to April 8 in which to make its report ;