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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 6, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a CopyC MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 6 1950 Th ststs No 179 photo FIRST metal corn bins on the John R Adams farm east of Nora Springs finally came to a stop when they crashed into this barn Friday Adams is inspecting the damage after the bins had rolled right over a 4 foot fence A man with a movie projector was almost run over by the rolling barnyard corps where all sorts of twisted metal objects were left in the wake Corporation Profits Show Strong Upward Trend Now New York of American corporations in the first quarter of this year show a strong upward trend from a year ago A compilation made Saturday by the Associated Press of 508 corporations in all fields of busi ness and industry show first quarter profits were 6 per cent ahead of the first quarter of 1949 That earnings power came de spite cutbacks in postwar expan sion programs general price re ductions and strikes Wide Demand for Cars It was due in great part to the wide demand for automobiles and television sets by the public and to industrys need chemicals the raw materials that go into a long list of products In this years first quarter prof its of the 508 companies amount ed to as compared with a year ago Significant advances were made by automobiles air transport and aircraft chemicals drugs and cos metics food products pulp and paper products utilities radio and television and building Among the groups with losses were brewing and distilling coal machinery and tools nonferrous metals oil and petroleum prod ucts railroad equipment iron and steel and railroads The big money earner this year was automobiles Profits of 11 companies in that group amount ed to a 34 per cent gain over the first period of 1949 CMC Gains by 55 Per Cent General Motors the nations biggest profit maker reported first quarter earnings of 387765 a gain of about 55 per cent over the year before Chrysler on the other hand reported a deficit of as compared with a profit of 707951 in 1949s first quarter The Chrysler showing resulted directly from the 99day strike which was settled this week Eighteen radio and television manufacturers accounted for 970707 in profits up 44 per cent All during the quarter they oper ated at peak capacity turning out television sets for a seemingly insatiable public Dike Burst a Threat to Winnipeg Area Winnipeg Man but one of the dikes protecting this grain city of 300000 from the rampaging waters of the Red river were swept away Saturday The Winnipeg Tribune quoted the manager of the citys hydroelectric power plant as saying total evacu ation of the city might be neces sary The Deputy City Engineer A J Taunton declared our resources are exhausted and things have gotten out of hand The city has come to the end of flood defense fighting Presumably he meant no further efforts would avail to hold back the creeping waters Hundreds of blocks in the city and its suburbs were under water Street car and bus travel was dis rupted with 7 subways flooded 1 out and another open for traffic only at intervals Telephone communications was disrupted Canadian armed forces were placed in control of flood re lief The city council held an emer gency session and was informed the waters might rise another 5 feet At that time the flood stage was 26 feet inches A rise of about 1J feet in 24 hours J W Sanger general manager of Winnepag Hydro told the coun cil the city will be faced with a major evacuation job in the event of a fivefoot rise It might he said have to be handled on a national organization basis Solon Banks Are Cool to Business Bill Truman Program Calls for Federal Insured Loans By OLIVER W DE WOLF Washington new5point program submitted by President Truman to aid small businessmen drew high praise Saturday from senate sharp crit icism fromSenator Wherry R Nebr The program sent to congress m a special message late Friday calls for government insurance of loans to small business and for creation of investment companies to make long term loans It got a cool reception in New York banking circles There was no immediate comment from small business groups Senators Lucas DI11 May bank DS Car and Sparkman DAla who were informed in advance of the presidents propos als called them sound and con structive They said they would push for action at this session of congress Maybank chairman of the bank ing committee promised to start hearings on the proposals not lat er than June 1 Long Needed Senator Humphrey DMinn a member of the new special senate small business committee said Mr Trumans program charts a course of action that has long been needed and that will offer hope and incentive to the American economy But Wherry the senate repub lican leader said small business men want less government spend ing lower taxes and less interfer ence by government in their busi ness Mr Trumans 5 point program for putting the government Winds Still Blowing Leave 10 Dead More Than 100 Injured ON THE metal corn storage bins on the John Adams farm just east of Nora Springs on high way 18 became raging rolling mills Friday as they were uplifted by heavy winds A number of them rolled into Indianola Couple Killed in Crash Lorimor and Mrs Fred Reese of Indianola were killed Saturday morning in a collision between their pickup truck and a bus The accident occurred on high way 169 a mile north of Lorimor The driver of the bus Charles Randolph was taken to Winterset with undetermined injuries Mrs Cecil Letz wife of the Madison county sheriff said it was report ed none of thebus passengers was hurt The bus operated by Burlington Trailways and American bus lines was northbound enroute from Creston to Des Moines It was reported that the bus driver took to the ditch in an ef fort to avoid the collision The pickup truck was reported smash ed beneath the front of the bus STEREOTYPER STRIKE OVER Minneapolis UR Management and union officials Saturday an nounced settlement of a dispute which resulted in a 1day strike of stereotypers against the Minneap olis Star and Tribune Co The company granted 34 members of local 16 of the AFL stereotypers union a 2cent hourly wage in crease for both day and night work business shows that the president is still as far from understanding the problems of small business as he was last year in asking a return to price controls Wherry said in a statement Mr Trumans message reflected the administrations growing con cern over the unemployment prob lem Itproposed 1 Legislation to provide self sustaining insurance for bank loans up to repayable within 5 years 2 Authorization for the federal government to create and charter national investment companies to provide equity capital and long term loans for efficientlyman aged businesses unable to finance themselves on reasonable terms through the organized securities market 3 Broadening of Reconstruction Finance Corporation lending pow ers by permitting the agency to A relax its collateral require ments and B extend the maxi mum maturity of loans from 10 years allowed at present to at least 15 years Would Transfer RFC 4 Placing the RFC under super vision of the secretary of com merce Mr Truman said he would send up a reorganization plan to accomplish this 5 Authorizing the secretary of commerce to A establish a clear ing house to gather and dissemi nate scientific engineering and managerial information and B undertake research on technical problems of interest to small busi ness SAME Bieans raffle la put Si Weather Report FORECAST Mason and cool Satur day night Partly cloudy Sunday High Sunday near 60 Low Sat urday night near 33 Iowa High 60 northwest 72 in the southeast portion Fair and cool Saturday night Low Satur day night 33 to 43 Sunday partly cloudy High temperature 60 in the northwest 74 in south east portion Westerly winds 30 to 40 mph with strong gusts to diminish Saturday night and becoming southerly 15 to 20 mph Sunday Further outlook low Monday morning 38 to 44 Partly cloudy Monday with a risk of rain in southeast portion Turn ing cooler Monday High tem perature near 60 Minnesota Partly cloudy with little change in temperature Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy and little warmer Low Saturday night 30 northwest 35 southeast High Sunday 42 northwest 55 southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum 72 Minimum 37 At 8 a m 49 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximum flft Minimum 57 Chance Seen for Dropping Potato Floor Washington prob ably a 5050 chance government price support for potatoes will be dropped next year This possibility loomed Satur day as the agriculture department prepared to total up costs of the 1949crop support program When the last of the 1949crop surplus is cleaned up officials said the loss will run between and Since the war potato supports have cost about Price support buying of the 1950 crop already Is underway What it will cost will depend on the size of the crop However California except those in 2 get no price support this department announced Fridav these growers rejected federal marketing regulations on their crop despite warnings that would make them ineligible to sell po tatoes to the government Some officials said privately they would be willing to bet against there being any support program for any potato growers next year If so it would be the first time in 9 years Their reasoning Congress al ready has ruled there can be no 1951crop supports unless market ing quotas are in effect Sioux City Man Fatally Injured Sioux City Clark 44 was fatally injured early Sat urday in an automobile accident He died in a Sioux City hospital FBI Captures Most Wanted1 at Las Vegas Las Vegas name was wiped off the FBIs list of the nations 10 most wanted crim inals Saturday because the pa roled killer of an Indiana police man decided to try his luck in Las Vegas Stephan William Davenport 42 was arrested here on a vagrancy charge April 28 He identified himself as Walter Stephen Daniels but a check of fingerprints sent to Washington by police revealed the vagrant was the muchwanted criminal Ive been bumming around the country since I used razor blades last September to saw my way out of the Quincy 111 jail Daven port said Since my escape Ive been working on farms staying at one place only a week or 2 because I was afraid of being recognized he continued Finally I decided to go to Lns Since the FBI released its list of the 10 most wanted criminals in February four of the badmen have been captured The others caught were William Raymond Nesbit arrested at St Paul Minn Orba Elmer Jackson at Aloha Ore and Lee Emory Downs in Florida Davenport will finish a 30day vagrancy term before he is turned over to the FBI Local FBI agents said he probably will be returned to Illinois as a fugitive STORM HURTS DUCKS Storm Lake big blow was too much even for ducks Several mudhens were killed when the gale caught them as they at tempted to take off from Storm lake They were battered against trees on the lakeshore Have You Been Counted How You Can Help Mason City Get Full Credit in the Census rpHE census workers have finished their All that is left to do is in the nature of cleanup work That means seeing that nobody in our community remains uncounted And this leads to a vital question HAVE YOU BEEN COUNTED The answer to that question is of con siderable importance to everyone in the community Anyone with a normal pride in his or her home town wants Mason City to get a full count But the story doesnt end there The full count is important for business and governmental reasons too In the long run our representation in the statehouse in Des Moines and in the capitol at Washington is based on our pop ulation as shown by the federal census In a real sense therefore the census figures may affect our future employment possibilities Census figures stand for 10 long years Even though Mason City should grow by 10000 in the next 9 years its population for official and business purposes still will be only whats shown in the present cen sus Thats another reason why we should have credit for every woman or within our city limits I A NOTKER important Mason City sho consideration City shows a good gain in population during the past 10 years as compared with other cities in Iowa national firms may well decide Theres a thriving the place to locate our new branch or ware house S there something YOU can do about all this There is definitely And heres what it is 1 If you have any reason to believe that you may not have been counted by the census enumerator call 3800 between the hours of 5 and oclock any evening from Sunday through Wednesday 2 If you prefer you may fill out the blank on the back page of this issue and send it to this address U S Census Supervisor Waterloo Iowa Dont forget EVERYBODY COUNTS and the avalanche of bricks smash ed the trailer of a truck A Des Moines trucker suffered cutswhen a brick smashed the window of the tractor cab A grain elevatoy was destroyed at Calamus in southeast Iowa The roof was blown off the Dairy City Milling company at Manchester Four men working in the building ran outside and sec onds later the concrete block walls collapsed The roof blew off the Durbrow Canning factory at Marengo and blocked the Rock Island railroad main line Hospital Cut Off Many areas were cut off from electric power for varying periods Iowa Lutheran hospital in Des Moines was without lights for a time and some parts of the city had no power all night Deputy Sheriff Wilbur Hildreth reported power was off in all towns in Polk county outside Des Moines early in the evening Light planes and hangars at small airfields were damaged or destroyed At Ames one plane was reported to have been hurled over the hangar taking a chimney with it GlobeGazelte photo the woods beyond Only 2 both of which were filled re mained standing The others which had been anchored to posts were empty and rolled to widely separated parts of the farm with very little salvage left jt North Iowa Resumes Task of Cleanup North Iowa began packing up Saturday after the windstorm but coattails still were flapping as the cleanup got under way The wind was blowing from 40 to 50 miles an hour during the after noon according to the CAA weather station at the municipal airport That was calm compared to Fri day afternoons high of 87 miles an hour which blew down hun dreds of power and communica tion lines exploded plate glass windows in the downtown area and blew buildings from their foundations on the farms The sun shone brightly Satur day as the work of clearing tree branches and other debris got in to full swing Repairs Made Quickly The Northwestern Bell Tele phone company still had 40 long distance lines down in all direc tions from Mason City and about 50 phones on the local exchange were out of order in the morn ing All were expected to be re paired during the day however A Northwestern Bell Telephone company spokesman said 6800 customers in the state were with out telephone service Saturday morning but that service to most of them would be restored Satur day A total of 745 long distance cir cuits were out Saturday morning The Peoples Gas and Electric company had hundreds of lines down Friday and Saturday morn ing but they also were expected to be back in working order dur ing the day The gusts and twist ing winds together with soft ground which permitted poles to lean and tree branches crashing down on the wires kept the line men busy through the night The wind was whistling its way out of the northeast corner of Iowa Saturday morning after leaving a toll of 3 dead It was expected to die down during the afternoon to a moderate rate Fridays in Iowa in many officially of hurricane force A hurricane is a wind which blows 75 miles per hour or more and causes much damage Highest official reading was 90 miles an hour in Des Moines but at Ames the wind was reported unofficially to have blown at slightly over 100 miles an hour Mason City Lowest The lowest Iowa reading re ported to the weather bureau dur ing the night was 37 at Mason City Killed in the storm Friday were Tom Basye a 5th grade pupil in the consolidated school at Dy sart He was killed when a cupola blew off the school and struck him A playmate was injured and was hospitalized at Waterloo Wallace Broswell 55 DCS Moines He was killed when he picked up a live wire which had blown down near his home Harry Konchar 33 Madrid grocer was fatally injured when struck by a falling light tower at the Madrid baseball field Schools churches and other buildings were hard hit The new industrial arts laboratory at Wood side high school near Des Moines believed to be one of the best such smallschool installations in the country was demolished The roof blew off and a few minutes later the walls collapsed More than 200 persons were at worship in St Josephs Catholic church at Dedham when a gust of wind blew out all the south win dows Nine persons suffered scalp wounds and facial cuts The wind blew down n wall of the old Coliseum in DCS Moines Nationalists Ask Quick Help for Formosa Taipei Formosa blood transfusion in the form of planes spare parts ammunition and other war equipment might save the Chinese nationalists but it must come quickly Because of Russian aid to the Chinese communists time is pressing and the issue of is very in alist survival doubt This represents the best possi ble consensus of foreign and Chi nese sources in this island capital of the nationalists The nationalist situation is dark and the only optimistic and not much of one at that in China events donot al ways follow logical courses At present it looks as if the reds will attack and conquer the outpost island of Chushan then invade Formosa throwing in an impressive armada of motorized craft and their newair force Two things could prevent this I A successful nationalist resis tance oh Chushan and 2 a con sequent upset in the red time table that would give General issimo Chiang Kaisheks nation alists a breathing spell until next spring The nationalists say they can hold out if given aid that they can fight their own battles but need the sinews of war Despite all previous setbacks they con sider themselves the best bet against communism east of Suez With recent loss of Hainan island the nationalist holdings have been reduced to no more than 14500 square miles Besides Formosa the only bastions of any consequence are Chushan 100 miles southeast of Shanghai and Quemoy just off Amoy Quemoy could be lost with little more than a jolt to morale but if C u s h a n falls Formosas chances of survival will almost flicker out Elling Retires From Iowa Insurance Post Sioux City W Hopkins of Des Moines Friday was elected president of the Iowa association of insurance agents as the 3day 44th annual convention of the as sociation neared its close Mr Hopkins succeeds Emil C Elling of Garner He will take of fice Sept beginning of the fiscal year for the association Tornadoes Hit Northern Minnesota DuluthSuperior Struck 100 Mile Winds at Green Bay By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An early May storm powered by tornadic winds slashed a path of destruction across the midwest Friday Ten persons were killed and hundreds injured Property damage across a 9 state area was expected to mount into the millions of dollars The violent winds which reached gusts of 100 miles an hour in some areas battered the weather weary north central states all day and into the night Tornadoes struck at two areas in Minnesota There was snow rain hail and blinding dust Flood waters WIND RETURNS HAT TO MARSHALLTOWN MAN Marshalltown least one lowan could claim some benefit Saturday from heavy winds which pounded the state Dr Ralph Carpenter Mar shalltown was walking against galeforce grists Friday when a battered felt hat suddenly land ed at his feet It was the same old hat which blew from his head 2 months ago and landed atop a 3story building plagued some sections A huge low pressure area extended over the the entire north central part of nation The intense storm was over northern Minnesota early Sat urday High winds continued over most of the midwest but the U S weather bureau said they would diminish during the day The storm moderated as it moved northeastward into Indiana Mich igan and Ohio There was widespread damage to homes business buildings au tomobiles power lines poles and signs Livestock losses were heavy in some states v Three persons lost their lives in the storm which swept over Iowa Two were killed in Wisconsin and one each inNebraska Kansas and Texas Two traffic deaths in Illi nois were attributed to the storm The strong winds whipped freshly fallen snow across the western praire lands of the Da kotas and Nebraska Some 6 inches blanketed central and western Nebraska early in the day The winds of hurricane force ex tended through the Dakotas Ne braska Kansas Missouri Illinois Iowa Minnesota and Wisconsin Texas and Oklahoma were about back to normal after tornadoes which killed 1 person and injured several others Tornadic winds also struck Kansas Thursday night in juring 52 The wind storm struck with violent fury at the twin ports of Duluth Minn and Superior Wis on Lake Superior There was much damage to buildings Trees were uprooted power lines snapped and plate glass windows caved in At least 2 homes in Duluth were demolished The damage in Superior alone was estimated at several million dol lars The winds accompanied by heavy rain reached velocities of 88 mph The main business dis trict and waterfront areas in Su perior were hardest hit by the storm which lasted only one min ute Four were injured in Superior and 23 in Duluth The weather bureau reported gusts of more than 100 mph at Green Bay Wis Tornadoes which hit near Red wood Falls Minn and Maple Lake Minn destroyed several farm buildings The weather bureau considers winds of more than 75 miles per hour as being of hurricane strength During the past 3 days winds of higher velocity have been clocked in reported 7 states United Press Davenport Damage Runs to Estimates of storm damage ran as high as a halfmillion dollars Saturday in the QuadCity area of Davenport Rock Islarid Moline and East Mo line as this community worked to clear the effects of Fridays wind storm The weather bureau reported wind velocity of 65 miles an hour with gusts up to 80 miles an hour ;