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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 31, 1956, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Doily Newspaper Edited for MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETT THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS E NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LXI1 Associated Prew United Press Full Lease Wires Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 31 Ike This Paper Consists of Two OM 15t s Soil Bank Program Approved Edwin L Colby Killed in Tank Truck Explosion An explosion which was heard throughout most of Mason City Friday night ripped through a gasoline tank trailer and welding shop and killed the owner of the shop Edwin L Colby 58 owner of Colbys Welding Shop 225 2nd S was welding on the tank trailer when it blew up and killed him The blast rocked nearby residents out of bed and shattered windows within a half block area The explosion which occurred about p was heard throughout U S Navy in Long Beach most of Mason City a f tVYW One resident in the Highlands daughters Mrs Glenn Arlene about two miles away heard the Terrill Mason City and Mrs roar Dick Young 652 Monroe S Donald Bonnie Bonner Bristow seven blocks from the blast scene said the explosion woke bur Minneapolis three sisters him out of a sound sleep Working Alone three brothers and seven grand children also survive He was pre Colby was working alone at the ceded in death by his father and time No other injuries were retwo brothers He was born in Clear Lake ported Fire Chief Boyd Arnold said the blast was apparently caused by gas fumes in the tank truck The vehicle was parked just out side Colbys shop He had been welding on the transport Friday afternoon A nearby worker re ported Colby had used a steam treatment to clean the gas fumes and oxygen out of the trailer to make it safe to weld The Cerro Gordo County Coro ner Dr J E Christopherson said death was caused by a cgm pound fracture of the skull Colby also suffered a fractured right leg said Dr Christopherson Authorities said Colby was ap parently welding underneath the truck He was knocked about six feet by the blast The bottom of the gas transport was almost completely blown out and a gap ing hole was ripped in the side Shop Gets The force of the blast went out the side of the transport into Colbys shop The inside of the structure was in shambles after the explosion The explosion drew hundreds of spectators to the scene An hour after the blast onlookers were still milling around Homeowners in the vicinity were busy board ing up windows that had been blown out Windows were blown out in the neighboring Barclay Co steel April 26 1897 the son of Edwin and Carrie Colby He lived in this area most of his life He made his home at 112 Madison Mr Colby was a veteran of World War I He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Benevolence Masonic Lodge Funeral arrangements are in complete The McAuley and Son Funeral Home is in charge Langs Distributing Pan0Gold Baking warehouse warehouse Co and Tags Auto Service Most of the windows in houses directly across the street also were shat tered Colby often worked at night to catch up on his work load a neighbor reported 1933 Opening He opened the welding shop in 1933 after working as a machinist propose to unionize for Northwestern States Portland Cement Co and Economy Weld Two spokesmen connected with the movement for a union of farmers stressed that the groups meeting with NFO officials was Goldie three sons Harvey Mamerely for the purpose of discuss son City Edwin with the ing an open conference ing Co He is survived by his wife and Jack Mason City two Mr Colbys mother Carrie Wil NFO May Air Union CORNING open confer enceat which a proposal for a labor affiliated organization o farmers will be publicly aired was seen Saturday as a possible out growth of a meeting held here Friday Directors of the National Farm ers Organization said they had re affirmed NFO policy to cooperate with labor or other groups to ob tain just demands for agricul Two viewpoints were made pub lic as to fee nature of the open conference which may develop as a result of Fridays meeting The NFO charter puts that organiza tion on record against any affili ation with organized labor An NFO statement said NFO di rectors had expressed interest in arranging open conferences with the AFLCIO on matters of mu tual interest in the legislative field The NFO board said it did not To Decide If to Be Voluntary Compulsory WASHINGTON Eisenhowers soil bank program has won the expected approval of SenateHouse onferees as part of in electionyear pay ments to farmers In addition to the soil bank plan of paying farmers to take land out of production the confer ence committee voted Friday to authorize 500 million dol ars additional for buying pork and other perishable com modities not eligible for regular price supports Plans Easter Services After Murder Acquittal DBS MOINES The Rev Seymour acquitted of a murder charge plans to be on hand Sunday morning to conduct Easter services at the Union Bap tist Church of which he is pastor Games was found innocent by a jury in Polk County District Court late Friday in the fatal shooting of Johnnie Brown 47 on Jan 15 The shooting occurred at a Des Moines neighborhood drugstore Christian World Awaits EASTERS DAWN By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Christian world is waiting for Sundays dawn as a symbol of Christs resurrection from the dead Easter for Christians is a season of joy after 40 days of Lenten fasting a day of light and triumph after the darkness and sorrow of Calvary a day to rid statues of their somber purple shrouds and proclaim Christs majesty in glorious pageantry From Jerusalem to Rome from New Yorks Fifth Avenue to the Grand Canyon and Hollywood Bowl from Radio Free Europe transmitters to remote regions behind the Iron Curtain Easter wilt be celebrated with sunrise services solemn high masses tri umphant music colorful processions and inspiring ritual For the world of children it is a day of jelly beans and choco late eggs and Easter bunnies EXPLOSION and firemen remove the body of Edwin Colby 58 Mason City welder from the scene of the blast Friday night that resulted in his death Colby was welding the gas transport when it exploded Fire Chief Boyd Arnold said the explosion was caused GlobeGazette photo by Muswr by gas fumes The blast broke windows in neighboring houses and business places The explosion was felt more than 12 blocks away Colby ran a welding shop at 225 2nd S W Sec additional picture on page See Trouble in Michigan Milk Strike DETROIT AVNew and possibly dangerous trouble appeared brew ing Saturday in Michigans week old milk strike which has cut deeply into Detroit supplies Gov G Mermen Williams warned that no group of private citizens has any right to inter fere with the free use of the roads or to constitute themselves into a private army to enforce their use of the The governors warning fol lowed reports that nonstriking farmers were contemplating mov ing milk trucks by force to De troit processing plants from out i state Strikers insisted they would keep up their picketing squeeze to force the farmers price of milk from to per hundred founds come what may Both strikers and nonstrikers iare members of the Michigan Milk Producers Assn The strik ers however recently formed themselves into the Fair Share Bargaining expressing dis satisfaction with the older groups bargaining but not withdrawing Effort to Save Ends in Death for Man MICHIGAN CITY Ind MVEf Eort of a 25yearold man to save ended in his death Friday afternoon Willie R Isham of Michigan City had gone to a junkyard in search of a muffler and tail pipe for his car Owner Al Brinkman offered him a package deal fo or both for if he them himself from an old car in the yard Isham accepted the cheape offer He used two bumper jack to lift the rear of the auto Early Friday night a watchman found Isham crushed beneath th car which hadfallen jacks rAII About The Weather Mason City Mostly cloudy and mild Saturday night and Sun day Occasional rain Sunday Low Saturday night 38 High Sunday 55 Iowa Increasing cloudiness and not so cool Saturday night Sunday considerable cloudiness and mild light rain north scat tered showers and thunder storms south Low Saturday night 2834 northeast 3442 southwest Further Partly cloudy and cooler Mon day Minnesota increasing cloudiness windy and warmer Saturday night with lows 2535 Sunday cloudy with occasional light rain over state mixed with light snow north portion con tinued rather windy GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 Saturday Maximum Friday 36 Minimum Friday night 24 At 8 Saturday 31 YEAR AGO Maximum 61 Minimum 33 Reds Accept Open Skies Basic Idea Also Offer Arms Freeze Plan LONDON W Moscow Radio aid Saturday Russia has ac cepted the basic idea of President Eisenhowers open skies aerial inspection plan and has proposed a threemonths arms freeze to be followed by allaround cuts in con ventional arms and armies Meanwhile all hydrogen weap on tests would be banned The Russian proposal as out lined by the official Soviet news agency Tass calls for immediate agreement on reducing conven tion a 1 armaments The Soviets say this step will facilitate agreement on prohibition of atom ic and thermonuclear weapons and their removal from national Second Week Russia made its proposal at the fivepower disarmament talksfariondon now closiitgtheir second week The United States Britain France and are represented Although the Russian proposa was made in secret some details had emerged from the confer ence But the Tass report was th first broad public disclosure Th news agency gave these details A three months freeze on arms and armaments at the Dec 31 1955 level After three months the United States Soviet Union and Rec China begin cutting their armec forces to a level of 1 to IVi mil lion men each Britain ant France to men each The reductions would be completec in 1958 Corresponding reductions in conventional armaments and mil itary appropriations Control Agency Creation of an international con trol agency to check on fulfill ment of obligations at big port and airfields army bases and de pots and munitions factories Th agency could make recommenda tions to the U N Security Coun cil onmeasures of and stopping the actions of vio lators of the An immediate ban on thermo nuclear tests A ban on atomic weapons i Germany Creation zone of limits tion in a section of Europe in eluding East and West Germany Big Four powers to agree on how many troops they could static on territories of other states i this A conference to settle the ques tion of Red Chinas armed forces with Communist China a partici pant Tass quoted the Russian plan on controls When confidence between the states has been consolidated the countries concerned will examine the possibility of using aerial photography as one of the meth ods of This was an obvious reference to President Eisenhowers plan for aerial Still undecided as the con srees went into a Saturday ssion was whether to make soil ank participation voluntary as Jie administration asked or com ulsory as the Senate voted Major Work The soil bank plan was Eisen howers major recommendation or new farm legislation this year jut first the Senate and since hen the SenateHouse conferees jave tied it in with rigid price supports and other provisions op rosed by the administration This has raised the threat of a presi dential veto of the entire mea sure The soil bank plan which has not yet come before the House was approved Friday in virtually the form agreed on by the Senate One of its two sections would rovide 750 million dollars a year tor four years as payments to armers who cut back allotted production of cotton wheat corn rice tobacco and peanuts Convert to Grass The other would provide up to 450 million dollars a year for Earmers who contract to divert 25 o 30 million acres of other crop lands to grass trees or similar soilbuilding practices Both are designed to augment farmers income while at the same time preventing continued overproduction of crops Farm income has dropped sharply in re cent years Some encouraging news came Friday from the Agriculture De partment It reported that farm prices advanced 2 per cent on the average between midFebruary and midMarch on top of a 1 per cent increase during the preced ing month 3 Per Cent Cain The 3 per cent gain this year was partially offset by a Wt per cent increase in prices of goods and services farmers buy The midMarch farm prices still however were 5 per cent be low those of a year ago and near ly 27 per cent below the record high reached in 1951 The SenateHouse conference group has been meeting all this week seeking to reconcile differ ences between the Senate and House farm bills Its recommen dations are subject to approval of both houses after the Easter re cess ends April 9 The committee itself is expected to put its rec ommendations in final form next Friday Expected to Rain Over Weekend BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An lowan who wears a gay Easter bonnet may get raindrops on it the Weather Bureau said Saturday The Sunday outlook is for springlike temperatures accom panied by light rain in northern Iowa and scattered showers or thunderstorms developing dur ing the day in southern Iowa High readings Friday ranged from 35 at Mason City to 52 at Council Bluffs Saturday read wcia running 10 to 20 above vf Friday DayDreamer Drives Car Over 4Foot Ledge SALT LAKE CITY W Art Cartier 83 drove his brand new car slowly down the sloping spa cious University of Utah lawn Friday The front wheels went off a fourfoot concrete embank ment at the sidewalk and the car skidded to a halt on its frame I was thinking at the time of a very beautiful lady friend of he said Clear twm to drop below freezing over the state early Saturday Lows ranged from 21 at Daven port to 31 at Council Bluffs SAME WhlU no raffle 21 fcouri ;