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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 22, 1943, Mason City, Iowa AHO i ARCHIVES NORTH IOWAS OAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME la Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Vires THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Buffalo Center Auto Crash Kills 2 Fire Destroys 3 Buildings MASOX CITY MONDAY NOVEMBER 22 1943 Buffalo Center This N o r t h Iowa community Sunday surveyed a list of 2 young people killed and 3 hurt 2 critically in an automo bile crash and 3 downtown build ings gutted by fire all within about an hour early Sunday morn ing The casualty list Billie Friesenbors 16 killed Cleo Berhow 16 killed Arvilla Friesenbors 18 Billies sister critically hurt Donald Berhow 14 Cleos broth er hi critical condition Leonard ToDickson 18 who at first was thought less seriously in jured and taken to his home but later lapsed into unconsciousness The 5 young people members 3 neighboring farm families north east of Buffalo Center were rid ing in a car which attempted to pass a truck and crashed headon into another liuckabout miles east of here on highway No 9 William Combs Algona driver of the truck involved in the col lision was suffering from a slight concussion of the brain it was re ported by his employer George Scngbusch Ahjona Lloyd Larson Buffalo Center was the driver of the truck which the young people passed east bound His truck was not other wise involved The automobile accident hap pened about 1 oclock in the moru ing About an hour later an un identified passing motorist discov ered a fire in the Commercial ho tel in Buffalo Center Despite quick response by the local fire department aad assistance from t fire engines called from Blue Earth and Elmorc Minn and For est City the building was a com plete loss before the fire could be brought under control about hours later A beauty shop operated bv Miss Lola Smith in a frame building ad joining the hotel also was com pletely destroyed and the City oi station on the other side of the hotel was gutted although the can be restored because ofits fireproof construc The hotel was operated bv Mr and Mrs O L Price who were asJeep in the building at the time as were a number oC patrons Mr Price was forced to jump from a second story window about 12 feet from the ground to escape but no one was hurt Mrs Sophia Wilkens a cook in Ihe hotel was removed from her upstairs room through a window by Buffalo Center volunteer fire men Others goi out by regular exits Cause of the fire was not defi nitely known but Fire Chief H M Bolsinger of Buffalo Center be lieved it started from an explosion or spontaneous combustion near the front of the building The fire had gained considerable headway before it was discovered The fire chief said the building and all its furnishings are a total loss The furnishings are owned by the Prices K E Thiele Buffalo Center owner of the building es timated its value at S5000 The loss is partly covered by insur ance The small building housing the beauty shop was owned by Ted DeBoer Si a Buffalo Center Jarmer All fixtures were removed from the beauty shop before the fire reached them Residents sairt that he entire business block would have tiurncil except for Ihc fact that the wind was blowing from the and the hotel is in the southeast corner of the block Aro funeral arrangements have yet been made for the two acci dent victims They are the sons of Mr and Mrs Boy Berhow and Mr and Mrs Carl Friescnborg The f nesenborgs have 2 ters and another son The Berhows have a daughter and 2 other sons Passing motorists took the in jured youngsters to the Buffalo Center hospital where the 2 lads died about an hour later The bodies arc at the Schutter funeral home in Buffalo Center Steagall of Alabama Dies in Capital live Henry B chairman of the powcrlul house banking and currency committee cued at a in Monday Steagalls death came as the house was preparing to vole on the allimportant food subsidy issue which his committee had presented in the form of legisla tion to ban subsidies after Jan 1 Steagalls death followed the death in an airplane crash Sunday mght in Pennsylvania of another strong foe of food J William Ditter R Pa Steagall 70 suffered a heart attack after making a speech Germans Declare Samos Island in Aegean Occupied London German broad cast said it had just been an nounced in Berlin that the island of Samos capitulated to Gerinim forces Monday morninjj Samos is the next to the last Aegean is land that had been held by the al lies Castelrosso easternmost of the Dodecanese is still believed in al lied hands Samos a Greek island just norlh of the Dodecanese and near the Turkishcoast had been un der German attack at least since Saturday according to Ankara radio broadcasts The Germans obviously hint ing that the British wore attempts to withdraw from the is land said Sunday that the first refugees from the island had ar rived in Turkey Leros 20 miles south of Samos fell to the Germans Nov IB after an air and seaborne invasion launched by the Germans la checkmate infiltration of their iron ring of stepping stone bases protecting the eastern flank of the Balkan peninsula The Germans previously had regained Cos in the Dodecanese a n d claimed to have recaptured four other small islands in the group PETAliTSTATDS STILL MYSTERY No Confirmation of Reports That He Quit London whereabouts and political status of Marshal Henri Philippe Petain were a mys teryMonday There no official con Des Moines Iowa High School Athletic association disclosed Monday that the state high school basketball finals prob ably will not be played at the Drake field house in Dos Moincs has been the that only 4 teams will compete in the championship playoff instead of the usual 8 Several other changes in he procedure for this seasons tour Ioscow red armv nament also were announced ias the initiative from High School Cage Final Changes Made RUSSIANS TAKE INITIATIVE ON ZHITOMIR LINE Capture 3 Villages 2 Important Heights Fresh Troops HeJp tor of the Ukraine to capture villages and I commanding heights front dispatches reported Monday and the tide of battle once more is flowing westward FVatutins left tiiicm were announced unj LIHJ jummive iroin Since 1329 the finals have llle Germans in the Zhitomir sec been played at Drake fioldhuusc every year except 3 One year they were held at the University of lovvn and 2 years at Iowa State Teachers college Cedar Falls Fieldhovises at those places prob ably will not be available for the i being on lie defensive meet this season because of the i8 days aild Iosins Zhitomir again activities of service units at the institutions the association an nouncement slated No decision has been reached on how the final site will be selected Lyle Quinn executive secretary of the association said the decis ion might not be reached until the 1 le ZilitmirKorostyshev area 4 finalists are determined The association announced that there would be the customary 64 sectional basketball tournaments but this year the Class A and Class B schools will keep their Yanks Battle to Crush 2 Jap Outposts in Gilberts as New Offensive Opens TQKYOlfATES HEAVYFIGHTING IS IN PROGRESS identity and play only schools of their own class in the sectionals That will leave 128 winners from the sectionals Last season the teams lost their identity in those contests and there were only B4 sectional winners The week following the sec tional meets there will be 1G dis schools also their identity The followtn Ihe 32 winning schools was righting the battle its own way with every promise of wiping out the 1st Russian reverses since last July Fresh red army tanks and sup porting units swarmed into the along the soviet flank They tackled the German armor in u series of stiff engagements beat back the panzers with terrific losses then launched their own attack to improve their position substantially The Germans still were attack ing furiously at some points in an attempt to save their ground be fore Zhitomir but field dispatches said they were bouncing bacl from the soviet wall of men and steel with great losses After stopping repeated heavy counterattacks backed by more than 100000 German troops for 2 recessive days the Russians trict lournamcnts in which the A aa Russians and B schools also wil of 4 substate tournaments and will play straight elimination regard less of class The finals will be played the 4th week uiiijwjiiga uiici allyf thevarious than 5000 bushels of seed reports that he had resigned as French chief of staff that he had been imprisoned in a private villa or that he was ill The London Daily Mail snid radio Vichy brought Petain to the microphone Sunday to denv re ports of his illness but noted that 1 the voice purporting to be that of the marshal was much clearer and stronger than his had been recently I only learned from the news paper that I am ill the voice was quoted as saying Some sources snid I cannot walk and others that I am paralyzed Laughter was heard the Daily Mnil said and the announcer said many fantastic rumors are un Hybrid Seed Plant Fire Loss Morrticello WThe HcNeilly Hybrid Seed companys process ing plant at Center Junction near here was destroyed by fireearlv Monday James McNeilly com panypiesidcntjsnidthe Jlofe in buildings equipment and more would amount to approximately SSOOOO Cause of the fire has not been determined tu ul l nil true The broadcast was not heard by other listening Another Vichy broadcast was scheduled to describe Petains at tendance at the changing of the guard in Vichy but it was can celed without explanation after 16 minutes delay Cant Find Rabbits But Gets 200 Lb Bear Wlliamsporl Pa Botsford was hunting rabbits and wasn t having much he poked n slick into a large hole rabbits scampered out but a beir and 4 cubs waddled forth Sots ford now is showing friends a 200 pound bear which he killed with his shotgun Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Monday night and Tuesday Increasing cloudi ness Wednesday Continued cool Monday night Lowest temper ature Mason City 20 Uarmcr Tuesday and Wednesday Iowa Cloudy and warmer Tues day and Wednesday Scattered showers Wednesday Minnesota Partly cloudy not quite so cold northeast and north central portions Monday night warmer east and south little change in temperature north west Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics 35 18 18 35 17 Maximum Sunday Minimum Sunday night At 8 a m Monday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 47 Minimum Satinflay night 25 At 8 a m Sunday 2 YEAR AGO Alaximum Minimum g Precipitation Trace Lt Ray Clough Flying Fort Pilot Now German Prisoner Mason Cityan Reported Missing After Raid on Schweinfurt Oct 14 Lt Hay Clough pilot of one of the 60 flying fortresses Ioit in the Schweinfurt raid Oct 14 is a prisoner of war in Germany ac cording to word received by his parents Mr and Mrs R F Clough of Mason City Mr Clough 3 Mason City at torney now on the legal staff of the office of economic warfare in Washington D C wired his of fice here I have been notified by the adjutant generals office of word from the Red Cross that Kay is a prisoner of the German govern ment Lieutenant Clough was listed as missing after the raid on the giant roller and ballbearing plant lo cated at Schweinfurt Germany Gen Henry H Arnold chief of LT RAY CLOUGH the army air forces commented on the raid the following day by saying he believed half of the crews of the 60 planes which failed uumifig a speecn on ncivavi tne ou pianes which failed Friday and was admitted later to i to return would be nlivc and pris thc George Washington Univ erj oners of war Lieutenant doughs training be omn mornmg foc going lo England was received at Bakers n their lost territory at the south western corner of the Kiev bulffc between Zhitomir and Korosti The 2 heights recaptured were in I sector and the 3 villages in another Ihe newspaper Pravda said but did not identify them further Three successive German coun lerattacks were halted in 1 sec tor east of abandoned Zhitomir alone and 38 enemy tanks were wrecked while in an adjoining sector the Germans lost 1000 men and 14 tanks in a futile effort to roll back the Soviets Germanys shrinking foothold in the Dnieper bend saved tempor Krivbi Eog faced a new threat as the Russians struck out below Kremenchug toward the key com munications hub of Znamenkn Widening their already huge bridgehead on the west bank of the lower Dnieper the Soviets overran 8 towns and hamlets in cluding Baidofcovo 32 miles southwest of Kremenchur and an only 24 miles east of Znamenka OAT ALSO KNOWN AS INVASION BOAT 8th Army Gains 4 Miles in Mountainous Central Italy w Allied Headquarters Aluiers forward 4 miles ill I hr mrmrtti nimio unrtl ii I f i i u in the mountainous centra sector of Italy Gen sir Bernard L Mont gomerys 8th army has seized 2 more towns overlooking an additional of the main road to Home and moved into position from which to launch a fullblown of fensivu against the enemys win ter defenses allied headquarters said Monday San Pictro Avcllana 10 miles due Avesl of Asnone and only 5 miles east of an important junc tion of highways leading to the Italian capital was scooped up along with Vastogirardi to the southeast of San Pictro Avellana in the Montgomery advance which was made despite heavy rains entire hattlefront Falling back before the on slaught the Germans were firing the towns of Alfedena and Castcl Di Sangro in apparent determina tion to leave no shelter when they are forced to give up those places Alfedena is 3 miles west of a fork in tho central road to Rome and Castel Di Sangro is 2 miles northeast of the fork on the DITTER KILLED IN PLANE CRASH Craft Drops Flares Through Heavy Rain Columbia Pa fil A navy plane circling helplessly and dropping flares through n heavy rain fallfng onIhiVLancaster coimty town crashedand burned near here Sunday night carrying Representative 1 William Ditter and LI Com 1 1 Mnnsurc to their deaths A few hours earlier an army Locust transport smashed mountain near Tamaqua 100 miles north in the anthracite re gion The plane became a blazing funeral pyre for 7 occupants wilhhcld by BO tanks and 10 selfpro pelled guns in what a convmmique called embittered fighting SERBS SMASH NAZI ASSAULT Drive Germans Out of 2 Villages in Bosnia London guerril las have smashed an assault by combined German and Bulgarian forces against the Serbian lovn of Krenje and have driven the nazis out of 2 villages in Bosnia headquarters of Gen losip Eroz Tito announced Monday The thrust against Krcnje was launched after reinforced Ger man divisions apparently were checked everywhere over the weekend a strong drive in the SarajevoTravnik sector report edly having been stopped and at tempts to extend beachheads in the Adriatic islands of Krk and Chcrso also having been halted In Cairo meanwhile Jugoslav government officials were study ng new reports of German atro cities in Belgrade where 30000 Serbs have been reported put li going into its third winter under nazi occupation with virtually no food reserves and without fuel Yank Bombers Attack Ships in China Sea Chungking UR Mitchell bombers of the 14th U S air force attacking enemy shipping in the South China Sea damaged 2 Japanese freighters aggregating lBOO Ions off the southeast coast of China and scored a direct hit on another in the Hainan Straits it was announced Monday A 150foot gunboat and a 1000 on an 01 me Congressional alcr oul a deep iiHiu ncpuuncun Longrcssional i 0 rommilteo which takes ii hand in sallcllt congressional elections Congressman Ditter 55 a resi dent of Ambler Pa and a rank ing republican in the house was enroute with Commander Mansure from the Sciantum Mass naval The new gains putting the left sving of the 8th army within 2 miles of the upper Sangro river were scored as allied headquar ters announced that Gen Sir Har old Alexanders ground forces in n ino aciamum naval T m base to the navy base at WilI Ilali ad bee reinforced by the low Grove Pu 80 miies from Ihc plane crashed Mansure 35 WHS executive officer at Willow Grove The navy was unable to say why Ditter was aboard the plane but it was pointed out that con gressmen frequently recent arrival of a large number of Canadians There was no indi calion whether the new contin gents already had been in action however Meanuhilc the British destroy ers Quillinm and Loyal 4 HUNTERS DIE Glenville Man Shot While Dressing Deer By UNITED PRESS At least 4 hunters were killed and 2 wounded over the weekend in deer hunting accidents in Min nesota Harlaw Morton 31 Wyoming was killed while hunting in Clii sago county George Lang et Glenville was shot while dressing a deer he had killed near Grand Marais The other hunter did not see Lang behind the dead nmmuU An inquest was held Monday Francis Effinger 35 Dululn was killed accidentally when he got between another hunter and a deer The shooting occurred near Tofte and an inquest is scheduled Monday at Grand Marais Felix Aho Cusson hum ing 2 miles ivest of Ctisson was wound ed fatally by n merchant sailor on furlough Robert J Van Elsbcre IS Uob binsdale was shot in Ihc leg while hunting near Lutsou and John Uilson GU Kinmont also was wounded in a deer hunting accident At Failchild Wis Joseph W HandtoHand Struggles Believed Raging on Narrow Beachheads Pearl Harbor invasion forces backed by a strong fleet and covered by a canopy of planes battled Monday to crush 2 Japanese outposts in the Gilbert islands in the first phase of a midPacific offensive on the llauk of the transocean road to Tokyo Handtoh u n d fightine with Japanese defenders believed ragiiiR on the narrow sandy beachheads on Mikin and Tarawa atolls of the Gilberts ivhich lie a tride the equator some 2400 miles southwest of Honolulu A terse undetailed communi que issued by Admiral Chester U Nimitz Pacific fleet headquar ters announcing the landing made before dawn Saturday by battle experienced marines and soldiers said only that moderate resist ance was met at Makin but re ported strong opposition at Ta rawa major center on the coral island chain The Jaixinesc news agency Domei in a Tokyo broadcast heard by the U S foreign broadcast intelligence service said heavy fighting was in progress adding that the attack ing forces included aircraft car riers and battleships and that Makin and Tarawa were repeat edly bombed and shelled from Friday morning on This first enemy report came 11 hours after Nimitz1 announcement Carrying American land opera tions north of the equator in the Central Pacific for the first time Wire start of the war the forces went ashore while a fleet de scribed by Ihc communique as protected their in vasion Six slraight days o bombing had softened the en emys hold or neutralized adja cent bases While Ionsrange strategy re mained undisclosed it was ap parent thai the attack had 2 main objectives pincers on the slronjf Japanese navalair base of Truk the Carolines 1300 miles northwest in cooperation with Smith 33 Eiiu Clair shot while seated with u companion in an automobile A stray bullet struck him in the head His com panion took him to Eau Claire where he died in the hospital Claimed It Was Worth to Kill Rooster by Gen Douglas MacArthurs forces moving up from the south thrust to oiicn the chain of island bases protecting Japans long Pacific lines eliminating en emy strongholds on the flank of Ihe main route across the Pacific toward Tofeyo Close coordination of the of fensive by naval forces with the army was indicated by a confer ence between Nimitz and Lt Gen Robert C Richardson Jr army commander in the central Pacific after the invasion was announced Sunday Army liberators started the preinvasion blasting of the Gil berts and the adjacent Marshall norlh of the Amer icanheld Ellicc week the Adriatic const intercepted Survivors arc his widow a daugh ter and a son Ensign j William Ditter Jr 17 Americans Killed as Navy Plane Crashes Near Rio de Janeiro Washington nnval S navy transport plane dining a dense fog near Rio dc Janeiro a navy announcement disclosed own of CivitaVecchia 40 miles northwest of Rome smashing 2 quays sinking a 100foot vessel in the harbor anci demolishing many buildings It was estimated that 10 front line German divisions now were defending the positions along the Gnrigliano and Sangro rivers which prisoners and deserters continued to describe as the enemys winter line Aerial re were working feverishly lo strengthen and deepen the posi tions from the Tyrrhenian to Ihc Adriatic T i The heavy downpours making The ship with IB persons aboard i all movements of men and gun and reportedly carrying importdifficult kept 5th army activity cnc S the western end of the bauic ricd China vcsscl al mCnr o all in California Luke Field in was Arizona where he was heavily loaded lain Saturday afternoon when only 5 minutes flying time from its destination The other victim was a Brazilian civilian The American serv icemen and 1 bur ied full military honors Sun day in Mauri cemetery in the suburb of Niteroi capital of the state ot Rio de Janeiro High Brazilian and American officials atteded the ceremony including Brazilian Chief of Staff Admiral j Viera de Mclo Capl Harold Dodd attacked head of In sweeps across the Adriatic again spitfires blasted harbor works and railway yards at Sib enik Jugoslaxia and set fire to 17 enemy vehicles near Vorrc and Durazzo in Albania 2nd BODY RECOVERED Storm Lake body of Ken Bauer 23 was recovered from Storm Lake Saturday night 20 feet of the place where MARIANAS IS Pacific Ocean GUAM Marshall Islands syTRUK CAROLINE ISLANDS POfAPf ADMIRALTY IS Kavieng aau IREIANO MALOELAP 0 o MlLl MAKIN TARAWA BRITAIN SOLOMON ISLANDS Amom where he was commisj Other Mitchells a 11 a c k e d he1io the U S I 20 reel of the place where body of his duckhunling aOOUl milCS northeast Of i tnr AfrlfnulDV honH nf C t rnmnrmirm PVJrlio rviln i forlrc Gowan Field Idaho Pierre S Dak and Salinas Kans Canton slarti returned c Rend mend of Capl v I Nov 8 LAND IN attacked Nauru key Jap base and marines landed on Tarawa atoll Ameri can planes also hit Maloclap 3 in Msushall islands Strong i Eddie Ollerron had j antiaircraft opposition was reported from Mili und Friday The 2 drowned 5 lias also been hit In RtikaBuugaiiiviile area tj sea ailbattles continued intermittently ;