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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 11, 1953, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper HOME EDITION UTY taLOBEbAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10 WANS NEIGHBORS VOL LIX Torn Associated Press and United Itess Full Wires Seven Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 11 This ftftr CoruUU of Two in o Smashes Through North Iowa One Mans Opinipn A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Offshore Oil Is a Debatable Issue THERES an old saying among lawyers which might appropn ately I think be applied to wha stretched out into a full months debate in the Untied States Sen ate over the offshore oil question While its sometimes stated more picturesquely the gist of that say ing is Talk loud when you have a weak case The weaker it is the louder you should yell And theres a rather common rule of debate which at times has seemed to apply to the senatona forensics on this petroleum matter It goes thus When you cant meet an ad versarys arguments attack his character or his motives The plain fact is that offshore oil is ahighly debatable proposi tion Men and women of unim peachable integrity and of highlj developed intellect have lined up on both In the courts there have been varied and not infrequently di ametrically opposite opinions Where the individual ends up in his reasoning on the question de pends in large measure on the premises from which hestarts Called Stop Thief Alarm Not all the intemperate language prompted by the controversy has been ladled out in the halls of Con gress One Iowa editor took the po sition that the month of Senate oratory wasnt a filibuster at all but rather a continuing Stop Thief cry1 It is a heroic fight this Iowa editor wrote to stop the passage of what is perhaps the most vicious and dishonest bilf legislative history Senators carry ing on the debate are like the wit nesses of a holdup who keep shouting Stop Thief In other quarters the proposal to let the states be master of their do main to their socalled traditional boundaries has been picturesquely set down as the greatest give away program in all history Thats one point of view of course The other extreme is that for the Federal Government tostep in and lay claim to the offshore oil is the kind of bullygrab that has come to be associated with dictatorships Expressed in Mink Coats One senator has been getting the headlines by pointing out that his states share of the submerged oil would buy a mink coat for every woman Another his cal culations is that the billion dollars plus would pay all school teacher salaries in his slate for a genera tion All of this is most interesting of course But other than making it clear that the question is one of large financial dimensions it doesnt throw any light on the principle at stake The oil under the land mass of Oklahoma and Texas would buy several mink coats for every an in this senalors constituency It would not only pay the teachers their salaries for a generation but it build a whole new set of platinum inlaid school buildings It happens however that this petroleum under Oklahoma and Texas doesnt belong to the people of Iowa or Illinois or Wisconsin or any other slate At least there had been no claim to it up to the time the notes for this commentary were being set down And theyre not claiming our corn and hogs Im pleased to report Does It Belong to Us This intriguing speculation of what we could do with our quota of the underwatcr oil wealth doesntcome togripsat all with the fundamental question Does it belongto us It is ours De we have a just and moral claim to it Quite remarkable it is how most of us can talk ourselves into some thing like thisiOur adeplness at ra tionalizing is i amazing when it in volves some personal gain Its suggestive that the wishbone is more highly developed in the av erage of us than the backbone The situation calls to mind the numerous visits Ivehadinthe past from men and women who had completely sold themselves on the idea that theywouldbe doing society a great favor by consent ing to take an unearned pension 0f so 1 Suffice It to say4 that COKTINUED ON PACE 2 M 1 i r Hancock Cerro Gordo Worth Counties Hit Damage Is Extensive A tornado described as a black cloud with a tailon left a trail of destruction mountingtoward half a million dol lars after it thrashedthrough Cerro Worth Counties into Minnesota late Sunday afternoon The narrow path of the tornado was almostdue north moving only slightly eastward It covered about 35 miles and played havoc with farm buildings and injuredsixpersons Hurtling outof the sky the storm struck first about 4 m at a point miles southwest of Ventura that thethree hugged theliving From there it boiled its way northroom andescaped injuries eastward to Minnesota TORNADO WRECKS BAKER aerial photo of the Jerry Baker farm 3y2 miles north of VentUra shows the Baker house swept from its foundation and dropped in the trees directly behind the foundation Robert Baker Bakers son his wife and two children live in the house to the left Young Bakers home wasslightly damaged The barn left center was heavily damaged as were several storage bins and smaller buildings some of them completely destroyed Mr and Mrs Baker are hospitalized at ForestCity Both suffered fractured legs and bruises Mrs Baker was treatedfor shock The Fred Clark farm back ground also received extensive damage the left background gathering upsome of the and wreckage Nine Killed in Minnesota Storms By THE UNITED PRESS Minnesota counted at least nine dead Monday in the wake of a se ies of flash tornadoes which ripped the southern part of the state Sunday afternoonN and eve ning Six of the victims were in one amily All but two of the eight members of the Anselo Martinez family vere killed when a Iwister demol shed their home in a Mexican set lement a mile southeast of Hol andale on the McMillan asparagus ranch The victims were oMarlmez 29 his wife Magdalene 25 and their children Raul 13 months Domui ga 8 Jaime 11 and Jesse1 5 Jesse died at Naeve Hospital in Al bert Lea about an hour after the ragedy The others were killed in stantly Sheriff Carl Indahl says Rauls body was found at a roadside feet from Ihe house Other mem bers of the family were found in a ditch 100 feet from the house Other yiclhns included The oneyearold daughter of 29 yearold Mrs Dorothy McDonald of Route 2 Rochester The infanl was killed when high winds lifted a car off the road in which she her mother and 23yearold Frank 1m Steele and two other persons were riding near St Charles At Wykoff Otto Jeche about 70 was killed when a twister blew down his barn pinning him under a heavy beam In the Twin Cities area Frank Lenehan of Spring Lake Park was killed when his car and another collided just as a bolt of lightning struck Highway 10 in northern Ramsey County Churchill Asks Parley With Russian Leader LONDON W Prime Minister Churchill said Monday he is in favor of a high level conference of the leading powers without any delay In a House of Commons speech on foreign policy Churchill said the high level conference should not be hampered by any long agenl day and should be carried out in an almosphere of informality and privacy seclusion Churchill was not specific but supposedly meant he should get together with President Eisenhow er and Premier Malenkov He re conference at Ihe of the leading pow Cerred to a highest level ers Churchill said this conference might not come to any hard agree ment but at least it would lead to a better understanding The prime minister reviewed what he called the change in alti tude and we all hope mood that has taken place in Soviet Russia and the Kremlin l He appealed for caution in do ing or saying anything that might give the Soviet leaders ground for suspicion He said it wouldbe a t oarn on the Glea Hall farm life miles of Fertile lies in the back about 100 feet from the building blocks in the foreground which show where the barn stood before the Ftfiflfi photo by Gibbi storm The farm is owned by the Elthon Estate Sonic smaller buildings alsowere destroyedbut the house was left standing LOU A KRIEGER Lou Krieger ExHighway Officer Dies Krieger 44 for 10 years sergeant of District 8 of the State Highway Patroldied suddenly at his home at1 215 Adams Avenue NW early Sunday Death was at tributed to a heart allack Mr Krieger had resigned from the Stale HighwayPalrol in Oclo ber 1951 and was named manager of the Takin Bros Freight Lines Inc in Mason1 City Mr Krieger was born at New Hampton April33y 1909 Survivors include the wife Leone son Richard a student at St Thomas College St Pajil two daughters Karen and Diane at home three brothers Charles Charles City1 George Marshall lown and Vincent New Hampton and fivesisters Mrs John Arn halt New Hamplon Mrs Lyle Mc Grath Mason City Mrs Rose Sheehy Mason Cily Mrs Chester OConnor NewHamplon and Miss Loretta Krieger New Hampton Mr Krieger was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church Funeral services will be held at 9 am Tuesday at the Holy Fam ily Catholic Church Interment will be at Josephs Catholic Cemetery The Holyi Name Society and the Holy Family parish planned to re cite t the Rosary at the Patterson James Mason City Chapel Monday at 8 pm At the Delbert Sanke farm 3 aoiwaiu tu iiuiutcauid AI uie jjeiDen sanxe larm 3 In the FertileHanlontown area miles south of liighway 18 and 2 least 21 barns ere don i jy Monday 25 had been restored Hospitalized at Forest City were the air and rcrashed it on ftfie Mr and Mrs Jerry Baker farmgroundvThe house was demolished jrs living miles north of Yenand the bams ura Baker 60 received a i On Highway 18 about a mile west of Ventura on armI a ba rn was f lost1 and the louse damageclr f v Other Tornado On Inside tured leg and bruises Mrs Baker also suffered a fractured leg iruises and was treated for shock Baker was reported ingood con dition while Mrs Baker was in fair condition Auto Swept Up The Leland youth Robert Dun bar suffered rib injuries am aruises when his car was swept up the twister A student atIowa Stale College Dunbar was travel Red Cross Aid Officials of Cerro Gordo and Worth County Rod Cross Chap ters said Monday that thV Rod is standing by to assist families trr the disaster a Robert 1 Mott disaster chair man of the Cerro Chap ter and William Worth County chairman said families needing assistance should con tact the Mason City or North wood offices Red Cross officials from the two counties touredthe storm area Sunday ing east on Highway 9v He tolc hospital officials that hiscarwas turned cndlorend several times and dropped right side up in i ditch Dunbar said the pur chased new 17 days ago was de molished Robert Baker 26 son of the ill iured farm couple said he his vife and their two children 4 am V6yearsold were driving towards Clear Lake when they saw the storm approaching He said he urned around and headed for the Baker farm which he works wilh lis father Young Baker said his father told iim that he and Baker headed forthe basement as thetornado approached from the southwest The elder Baker made it to the jasement He told his son that Mrs Baker was apparently blown out of the house and out on the lawn Mrs Baker was found by neighbors a short time later lying on the front lawn Felled By Beam Tony Wester a farm hand slightly injured when the barn on the Bert Anderson farm 1V4 miles norlhwest of Ventura was lifted nto the air and ike it exploded according to one of the six men working in the bam at the time Wester was felled by a beam butwas not seriously hurt Andersons farm buildings Were destroyed power lines were downed and the farm was without yaler late Sunday night Anderson said there was nothing left but kindling on his recentlycom pleted dairy farm The Baker farm and the three adjoining farms near Ventura were lit the hardest The Frank Clark arm next to the Baker land then he Max Dietrich and Theodore Schultz farms were caught in the path of the twister Two cars Ihe barn granary machine shed smaller buildings and farm machinery receivedvthe runt of the stormon the Clark arm Clark said the two autos were that the build ngs and farm machinery were a otal loss U In MOOM Mrs Clark said she had 16 per ions in the house when the tor fado hie She said 13 otthem made t basement nlaw ark 3 and a grandsonBruce Clark 2 were unable to make it to the basement Mrs OarkJrtatexi Barn Cone At the Reuben miles south of Highway 18 and west of Ventura an auto was dani aged and the He ost two cows and an unknown number of hogs The house Raymond Grell who liyes just acrossUtie his brother barn machine shed and other buildings The bouse was moved two feet on the foundation Buildings l on the Julius Banks Ventura were leveled The kClarkiacpre farm southwest Centura fwas also hit vitheverything going down except he house ani f f I Janice Lee daughter ofBert Lee rural saw the storm to the intojthe house and awakened her sleeping father telling him big blacfc cloud with a tailonit1 washeadV ed for thehouseIV f PiOUftv Lee declared hat a t large stand pf trees4 behind the house appirentlyJsaVedtheniV The house earned through grove was flattened The tornado evidently tore through the trees andthenroseMomentarily ng thVhome1 Gunders Felland west of Fertiie said Isaw the storm coming and ook the famUy into the basement sooner had we gotthere than the house lifted and plopped Back Two treesont tlthbn FERTILElowa Lt Oov Ef then said that with Elthonhe watched from a hill top at the edge of Fertile as damaging storm ap proached t JT f Elthon said there was sort of wedgeshaped part of a cloud dragging on ground and that it wasnt like the traditional fun nelshaped tornado1 f We watched it without realiz ing howserious it was he said Elthon estimated the country side was stripped over an area a mile wide and about 20 long r south side and one on the west ut the house I think thati what orced it back down Three men riding in a car ia ront oMthVFellandhome lightly injured The car regis ered to Palmar Brones of Forest City was picked up and tossed ditch side ofthe Oad r Norlhwest of Fertilethe storm through the Goose Lake AnlAboui rAII TheWealher Mason City Cool through Tuesday with scattered showers spreadinginto ex treme south and over most of state Tuesday Cooler fU Minnesota Considerable cioodineM Tuesday i tj i weather data up a Maximum 99 MiniinumV At Jt m PrecipitaUon rtf fEARXGO Maximum H t 1 i ;