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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 23, 1944, Mason City, Iowa if m NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT or COMP MAKES ALL NORTH JOWANS NEIGHBORS BUILDING LOSS IN FLOODS PUT AT Red Cross Survey So Far Covers Only 15 Counties in Iowa DCS lUoines Red Cr representative estimated Tuesday that storms of the last 5 days which claimed at least 11 lives lid damage amounting to 000 to buildings in 15 Iowa counties Still to be surveyed were 12 other counties hit by floods ox tornadoes The estimate did not include livestock losses or damage to property other than buildings M A L Gardner or Washing ton Red Cross national buildine advisor alter a survey of the storm area listed the buildings affected as follows 35 houses de stroyed 275 damaged 117 barns destroyed 3B4 damaged 225 other buildings destroyed 336 damaged The counties affected werePo cahonlas Webster Hamilton Greene Boone Sotry Marshal Carroll Crawford Monona Wood bury Ida Sac Cherokee Cal houn Gardner said Wuodbury Car roll Cherokee and Calnoun coun ties were more or less oi the Canoes for Rent Des Moines waters were rising in Rivervfew Amuse ment parts here Tuesday At the merrygoround only the heads of the tallest horses and giraffes could be seen above the water At the boat house the view was confined to the roof and a sign canoes for rent mon group fringe of the storm but they were included because they were affected slightly Seven Bed Crass workers are active in the state now under the direction of H E Suydam of st Louis whohas set up a head quarters here Suydam said at least one worker ivbuld join the Thursdaj and depending upon the conditions which might de anywhere between 2 and dozen more might be caller into lena Gaidner has obtained fiom the ai pi oduction boaid puority puvjleges for Stoiy Webster Boone and Hamilton counties that persons in those countie whose property was destroyed 01 damaged could obtain replacement mtaenals immediatelv Heavy Tains fell inVhe stricken central and southeastern sections of the state Monday and early Tuesday and the weather bureau Tater inthe Des Moines rise high strets of Edcryville and the railway stations AMERICAN ENGINEERS CLEAR APPIAN American engineers clear the rubble from the Anpfo under a railroad InidcP it fpu the v an wav often e v offensive continues to drive the Germans backward river valley might enough to flood at Oltumwa Indianola had 184 inches of rain during the 24 hours ended at a m Tuesday Guthric Cen m Albia 101 Keokuk and Knoxvitle men Eddjville 97 of an inch Burlington 85 and Ames 85 Charles D Reed federal meteo rologist here said that in view of the continuing heavy rains 3 crest of 25 feet was almost a certainty at Eddyville 70 miles chwn the Des Moines river val I7 from tne Iowa capital by Thursday afternoon That would he 10 feet above flood staKe and ivoulc Hod the streets of that town Reed said At Ottumwa 90 miles southeast of Des Monies a stage of 19 feet i abOVC Iood Possible by Friday Reed declared adding that such a peak would flood the rail stations He emphasized that conditions lrjsL such high ves every precaution g Monday and had fallen 13S feet Tuesday morning The river rcct nl Des Moines in JT the 24 hours ended at 7 n m ife and was expected to reach a of 24 feet half a foot above Lv J001 stase by Tuesday night A ti Ileavy rain at Van Meter Monday caused the Raccoon river to begin 3 rising again Meanwhile all railroad wash ALLIED BARRAGE WRECKS om the allied bombardment that prepaieti the wax foi an advance the latest Italian offensive aavance He was not able to identify the man and police had not recovered the body Monday night from the rising water Some residents ot lowlands in the Oltumwa area began moving to higher ground to ecsape water Which the police department re ported had risen 6 inches in that many hours late Monday At Chelsea Iowa the body of Frances Hrabak H who drowned in a street Sunday had been re covered Coroner Harvey Jones said searchers found the body late Monday in back water and bushes about 200 yards from the place where she and 3 playmates were wading Veronica Flynn 9 also was swept to her death by flood wa I Chelsea Sunday but her body had not been found Tivo other persons drowned bunday a father and son at Wat erloo and 5 died th storms Thurs day and Friday Central and southeastern Town Tuesdays danger in the stale had been re Paircc and trains were operatin ii except on thc Burlington line J between Des Moines and Albia where there were several breaks Th 11th death occurred Monday when a 7 year old boy drowned Ib downtown Spencer Gary Jensen son of Mr and h t with Z olhrr chil LiUle near M d he saw tne and nas not dragging the race at Ottumwa after an he saw The witness Devvey Gibson of Xtumwa said he was driving past he waterworks power plant race vhen he saw the man go under areas as additional rains Monday brought stages to the highest in 40 years The weather bureau said the Iowa floods were expected io continue at least until the end of he week The south Raccoon river flowed over farms south of Guthrie Cen er where 8 inches of rain had been reported since Thursday M Tracy the crest of the flood was evpected by Thursday and at Kd dyville Saturday The rising Des Moines river vas threatening a 2mile levee below the Iowa Power i tight company plant in Des Moines rUT from Camp Dodge and state gnardsmen sandbags against ap proaches to the Fisher bridge 3 miles north of the city FA Beaty chief engineer for1 the Power Light company aid neither gas nor electric service in Des Moines would be threatened unless heavy rains continued 3 or Buitdings of the University of iroin rniu i the the park was covered to a depth of 3 to 5 feet The Riverview bridge also lifted with the flood but remained an chored Sixth avenue between Riverview and Birdland parks was covered at one place with feet of water Before noon the water was creeping toward Birdland pool and the doors of the bath house were being sandbagged CmMiner s Jce past the parks was halted FIERCETlGHTS AHEAD FOR REDS Soviet Army Prepares for Major Assaults Moscow The red army is preparing for fierce battles which lie ahead it was announced Tuesday with the disclosure lhat only local German attacks had broken thc monthlong lull on the eastern front Soviet forces shot down 17 Ger man planes Sunday but there were no changes Moridava communique reported The com muniques have failed lo mention any major fighting since April with the exception ot n brief drive in early may which resulted m the capture of Sevastopol and GERMAN SPY PLANES ABOVE ENGLAND AGAIN Nazis Claim 3500000 Allied Troops Are in South Part of Britain By ROBERT DOWSON London IP German spy planes again searched the Britisl coasts lor invasion secrets durinj the night and a nazi said the main force attacked Ports mouth one of the principal pori at which the enemy has claimcc allied ships and troops were mass ing for the opening of a wesicn front Bombs were dropped both along the south coast and in East Anglia lying opposite the French Belgian and Dutch invasion coasts Ger man planes also were over part of east Scotland from which thi Germans believe an invasion o Denmark or Norway may hi launched Antiaircraft batteries on the south coast put up a heavy bar rage and at least 4 raiders were shot down The shopping area o one town was damaged and there were a few casualties The official German DNB news agency said the luftwaffe attackec Portsmouth on the south coast in considerable strength at a m Tuesday Harbor installations were hit with great quantities of explosives and incendiaries and large fires were started DNB said A German transocean agency commentator Monday said 3500 000 American and British troops already were concentrated in southern England for the impend ing invasion and previous axis broadcasts had said that Ports mouth and other ports in cast southeast south and southwest tngland were crammed to the bursting point with invasion sup plies King George VI continuing his premxasion inspection of allied forces visited the headquarters of Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomery commander of British invasion troops somewhere in the coun try Monday He conferred at length Uritn Montgomery and re viewed armored and commando units British travelers meantime were the transport ministry meant just what it said when it announced that trains henceforth were liable to be can celed without notice because of military needs Five longdis tance trains Irom Paddington sta tion in London were canceled in 2 hours Monday London newspapers warned that the sudden cut in railway service was likelyto interrupt postal service and reduce the movement of perishable foodstuffs es ally durirg the hot weather The Germans also were reported rushing thenown preparations to meet the invasion A neutral dip lomat who has just arrived in Portugal told newsmen at Lisbon that the Germans were in the midst of largescale troop move ments in France Throughout France the diplo mat said he saw trains full of troops moving in all directions A Berlin broadcast recorded by CBS said German field Mar shals Gerd Von Rundstedt and Erwin Rommel met Saturday and confirmed the full defense prepa rations of the French coastal re gion against any enemy offensive especi Latest reports reaching Madrid from Vichy said the Germans have drawn oft all but skeleton fighter plane forces from the Rus sian and Balkan fronts to mass all planes possible to counter the al lied landings from the west Though air crews and equip ment have been sent lo France Belgium and Holland thc planes themselves are being held far lo the rear until Dday1 Madrid heard ALLIES LASH FROM BEACHHEAD when their main defenses were Smashed wbldl the retreated 3500 Planes Batter Nazi Other Military Objectives By AUSTIN BEALMEAK he 5th day of the renewed pre nvasion aerial offensive An armadii of up to 750 Ameri can Liberators and Flying Fort esses began the daylight smashes n a dawn attack on French incl erman targets after more than 000 British night bombers had lit Dortmund and Brunswick in Sermany and other contincntnl vcs Of thc more than 1700 ula ncludingr makins American daylieht raid one the bomber and 3 fighters failed o eturn The British night attacks ost 35 RAF planes Targets of the American acks included rail yards at Epi al and Chaumont and airdromes t Avord OrleansBricy Bourges StampesMondesire Caen and riiateaudun all in France Tar not of thc Crimean Iowa were sandbagged along H river where a second cresting wui expected The river at Iowa Monday reached 16 feel the high est crest since 1918 nhei n leporled the hway commission closing Of more higil watcr many cases TH could be routed around the flooded zone A number of trains still were oeing detoured while washed out tracks were being repaired In Des Moines Riverview park nla Part nearby Birdland park were under several feet of water as the Des Moines river rose another foot in lhat vicinmily A 100foot stretch of levee be ween Ihe river and Riverview i park went out this morning and i the complelion campaign Iocal German attacks were re pelled Monday in the Slanisla wow area or southeastern Poland and along the lower Dncslr river northwest of Tiraspol Strong Russian artillery rifle j j niu anrt machine gun fire turned back a Uerman attempt to carry out a lighting reconnaissance south east of Stanislawow where the Germans have been attacking periodically since April JB Six enemy planes were shot down in that area Three hundred Germans were killed along the lower Dnestr where the Germans have been at tempting to annihilate soviet bridgeheads on the west bank A German communique said that nazi troops had wiped out an encircled soviet force and cleared out a bend in thc Dneslr south of the town of Dubossary J8 miles northwest of Tiraspol CAnother Germam broadcast said that nazi troops were bcinc massed on the central sector to stem he red flood when it starts rushing in again A 3rd broad cast said heavy German bombers were being sent into action lo spoil preparalions for a fresh arge scale soviel offensive which can be ange Boy 7 Breaks Sta Silence Says Wading Companion Disappeared Minneapolis When Roger Nessly broke a strange silence of several minutes at his home in Robbmsdale Minneapolis suburb Monday afternoon it wns lo tell his mother Mrs W C Nessly in fright that Robert Beach 5 with whom he had been wading had disappeared beneath the water of Crystal lake A search was started and Fire Chief Howard Hommcs brought the body lo Ihe surface 30 minutes after the boy was drowned according to an estimate oy the Hcnnepm county coroners office Report Reward for Catching Prisoners Dallas Tex citizens who may apprehend a prisoner of war Srvce happy to lcarn reports a a standard price has been set as a reward Its the command sas and any expense involved m tracking Ihe prisoner down cecd it docsnt cx ets within Germany were denlifiecl immediately The great force oi American igliters more than 1000 escorl cl the big bombers on the morn ig kept German op osition at a respectable distance nd thc headquarters amiounce jcnt said that only one bomber ormalion encountered German lighter opposition and this vCis scattered by the P33 Lightnings P47 Thunderbolts and PS1 Mus tangs In all the night and daylight attacks some heavy bomb ers 1300 fighters and SCO mis cellaneous types were estimated to have borne the cctuivalenl of an American division of 15 QUO men deep inside Hitlers invasion fortress The Vichy radio network left the air asain early Tuesday mKht siBnallinE perhaps a lastminule Pickup of Ihe days assaults which may make them amon the wars heaviest Late Tuesday evening the Ger man radio also was still broad casting warnings of allied planes over western Germany The first crack of dawn brought out fhe day attackers While the American heavy bombers were unloading their deadly cargoes on a wide assortment of installations figuring importantly in the Ger mans plans to combat the im pending invasion many of the Mustangs Lightnings and Thun derbolts m thc unusually strong fighter escort probably swooped shoot up Dther objectives Still other RAF Mus planes romout from British bases and hurl an esti mated 5000 short tons ot bombs on continental targets These latest attacks brought to around 22000 tons lie tola weight of explosives dumped by allied aircraft fIyinK from both Britain and Italy during the last days The German radio reported fu rious battles between the German air force and American raiders attacking targets in France Tues day but made no mention immc Sky rRhts Germany ilself The RAFs massive night bombing fleet ran into stiff op position from the nazis over both Dortmund and Brunswick The first Fortress crews back from Germany said flak was Finding the target overcast and no fighters to molest them on t he Jirst bombing run thcv held their bombs waited for the clouds to open and then bombed their targets visually Among the Fortresses strikin in trance only one group saw Gciman fighters ad escorting Mustangs drove these away FINED OX LIQUOR CHARGE Moines fp Lester W incll DCS Monies paid a S300 fine Monday on a charge of illegal possession of liquor Slate who arrested him reported that Snell claimed 72 bottles of Illinois 111 bCe WARD RECORD Reilly of NLRB Claims Many Labor Violations Washington Gerard Reilly member the national labor relations board asserted Tuesday that the Montgomery Ward company had a long record of violating labor laws hou ng labor laws Appearing before a special isc committee investigating government seizure of the com panys plant at Chicago Reilly said the asserted violations were m Hie Kansas City Portland Ore St Paul plants doubtedly this background of un fair practices played a large part a precipitant of the celebrated Chicago strike which led to seiz re Reilly declared that the com pany 1 Attempted to form a com lany union in Kansas City and sought to prevent other unions success of Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy cloudy with occasional thuridcr Tuesday urdcr night and tangs carried out supportinc sweeps ranging over miles of en emyheld territory to strafe tar gets of opportunity in a continua tion of thc new phase of the west ern air war carried out by low flying American and Brilish fight er planes Counted together the night and tuia Wednesday Not much change in temperature Iowa Partly cloudy with widely scattered thunclershowcrs Tues day night and Wednesday Cooler northwest and extreme west portion Wednesday Minnesota Cloudy will showers or thimdcrshowcre Tuesday night and Wednesday Cooler oxtrjmc northwest portion night and west and north central portions Wednes day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday minimum Monday night 61 At 8 a m Tuesday 63 YEAR AGO Maximum 70 Minimum 2 Refused lo bargain in good aith at Portland anti provoked a strike by stalling tactics 3 Maintained a system of es pionage involving employment of labor spies1 at St Paul These factors found NLRB Pcilly said were by the porlant contributory factor to the Chicago unions resentment when this latest dispute arose Reilly said the KLRB under its rules and regulations was mmble to conduct a new election in thc Chicajo plant before it did a fo cal point in the entire contro versy He said thc company at 1 point refused lo consent to a new election and at another point the union submitted n novel brief simply seeking lo be recertified as the bargaining agent This brief included charges of unfair lauor practices and could not be considered specifically as a re quest for a new election The plant was seized bv the government April 26 Quadruplets Are Born in England to Wife of RAF Flying Officer SoiithctidonSea Knciand UR 1 boys and 1 girl born Tuesday to Mrs Daisy RIoMiam wife of an RAF flying officer The mother and thc babies were reported well The babies were born nearly 4 months lo the day after quadrup f lo American Army Sat William H Thompson of PUtsburgh and Miss Nora Carpen jr Derbyshire a form British barmaid and ATS girl 6 ounces 8TH ARMY ALSO ATTACKS SEEK TO CRUSH NAZIS Tank Led Assault Just Alter Dawn Made After Heavy Artillery Barrage By NOLAND NORGAAKD Allied Headquarters Naples allies on he Anzio beachhead smashed forward Tuesday in 1 mighly offensive and simultaneously the 8th army drove against the Hitler line from the east opening a new phase of the battle in Italy to crush the German armies At the same time other 5th army forces hammered upon nazi defenses on the coastal sector only 21 miles below thc beach head LtGen Mark W Clark per sonally directed thc assault the beachhead force swollen by reinforcements struck as though HI an explosion of the tightly hemmed mass of military strength The lankled assault at the beachhead jumped off an hour after dawn striking savagely to ward Cisterna astride the Appian Way a mile and a half away and the Alban hills below Rome a front dispatch said Doughboys charged across the flat no mans land against mineprotected enemy positions The 8th army hit in assault against nazi strongholds in the Liri valley British Canad ianand Polish unitsalready had Penetrated the Hitler line there and Jiad he strongholds of Ponte Acquino and Piedimonle in pincer grip before Tuesdays offensive started On the coastal sector 5th army men had seized more mountain heights guarding the Appian Way approach to the bridgehead across the routine marshes Berlin declared itronghold in the center of the nam been evacuated Between 500 and 700 heavy Jombers and many other planes lammered at German troops and anks and targets within a 50 rule radius of Rome in a thunder ous spearhead for thc beachhead offensive A battlcfront dispatch declared whole Liri valley seemed to erupt today as the 8th army crunched against Hitler line bas lons some 40 miles east of the beachhead The battle in Italy has started upon a new phase allied head quarters declared An attack by the 5th army jeachhead force started early in he morning May 23 in conjunction vith nn attack by the 8th army igainst the Hitler line and con inucd action by the 5th army on he coastal sector No details of Tuesdays rjghlinz re available yel headquarters iddcd A Berlin broadcast declared it appears Unit the AngloUnited Stales command in south lialy ntemls to force success at all osts in the course of today The icrman high command said the leachheatl offensive opened after ntcnsivc artillery drumfire with tanks and planes thrown nto thc assaults hitting southwest nd west cf Aprilia and in the isleniaLittoria sector General Clark moved his head quarters o thc beachhead di ed this newphase of thc Italian ampaign His beachhead force in omnoscd of both American and British divisions part of thc fifth rmy The beachheads military trcngth had been built almost o the bursting point for the al ack with the aid of the Brilish U S navies whose warships Iso have supported land opcra lons with heavy shillings The Swiss radio said Ihe twn ifih army forces now were only 0 miles apart Pacing the beachhead charge Hied light bombers and fighters Bribed nazi concentrations on an mile stretch of dry river bed icar the rail line north of Cis erna German fortress city in the enter astride thc Appian way nd swooped low to strafe the Hermans The Swiss radio said the allies lilting on the eastern edge of th eachhead had reached Lake ogliano and that an attack was developing successfully in the di eclion of Liltoria due north of he lake Lt Gen Mark W Clark came to he beachhead Monday establish ng an advanced command post ;