Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1936 · Page 108
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12—Sec. A MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER-31 • 1936 BUTTER THEFTS TOPPED NORTH IOWA CRIME NEWS IN '36 1STPATROLMAN KILLED IN DUTY "Robbery to Order" Gang at Postville Smashed by Officers. DES MOINES, (IP)— The pattern oi" cvirne in Iowa changed during 1936. Bcnk robberies, once the main- st-iy of Iowa's elite tough guys, dv'indled sharply. A butter theft grins which started preying on lo—a creameries shortly afto- the \vinter snow melted flourished for months before a score'of officers rounded up its leaders. Gr?hi and live stock pilfering attracted Hshtfingered characters \vith >pccdy trucks. A iew love]<T-n or avaricious folk tried to Set av.ay with murder. Most of them tailed. Took Patrolman's Luc. One ambitious, young, paroled convict shot it out with Uie law and ended up on a morgue slab. But he took the life of the patrolman who killed him. Confronted by the law's high i bating average in 1935 ;,nd an easily mobilized force of state highway patrolmen, bank bandits took the chance in Iowa only four times in 1936. The year before. 12 ?o\va banks were robbed. But 11 men convicted of bank robbery \verc sent to prison for li ie. Hojd- { in:; up banks in Iowa didn't pay. j Robbed Carpenter Bank. The first foray of bank bandits during the year was at Sioux City, v.-here gunmen held up the Mornin"side State bank April -0 and escaped with 82,292. The Farmers State bank at Merrill was the next victim, losing S7?9 in a raid June 3. Then came the robbery of the Carpenter Savings bank at Carpenter, \vhere gunmen took SI.837 on Aug. J~. A day later, '.wo sel: styled -perfect crime" bandits held up the Elliott. Iowa, branch of the Hou«hton State bank of Rsd Oak and sped away with Sl.OOD. The two men—Albert and One England of Omaha. Nebr.—were arrested in Nebraska, where they are now serving prison terms for a ' bank robbery there. Bank robbery, however, wasn't the only violence chanced by Iowa criminals. Saw Stolen Auto. One sunny afternoon late in April Oran (Nanny) Pape. former o'ar University of Iowa football player and then a state highway patrolman, sa\v near Muscatine a car the state police r-jti: > said had been stolen. He ordered the you'Mul driver to stop at the side of ihe road. then got out of his patrol car and walked up to him. j When Pape put his hand on the door of the stolen machine the j young bandit, who had concealed his gun. fired at the off.'ccr. fatal- lv o.-ounding him. Despite his wound. Pape grappled with the youth, seized the sun. and shot him through the hc'jd. Tried Torture Knhlirry. The slain bandit '.'/fis identified ^s Rnsfne Bartnn. paroled convict. Pane died in a Musteline hospital 1'ie next day—the f.rsl highway patrolman killed in line of duty. Two other ex-convicts, one of them told a district court, tried their hand at torture robbery'. J. D. Parker, elderly Rockwell City recluse, was slain. For a month officers searched in vain for the killers. Then they arrested Marvin (Irish Hogan) O'Shaughnessy in St. Paul. Hogan confessed and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He named Robert (Buck) Avery as his accomplice. Avery's trial on murder charges has not been completed, Serving Life Terms. Also in Rockwell City, a young bandit. Alva Price, vhot Mr. and Mrs. Jet Da\vsnn in a service sta- !;un holdup. Price i? serving a life !crm. At Bedford. Floyd Morton nnd Mrs. Anna Johnston. Admitted illic- ;t lover-, were tried /or the Valentine day poison murder of llor- ion's wife. Both sre serving life terms. At Littleport. Iowa, Dan Shine, 50, was found dead. His girl bride, Pearl Hines Shine, admitted a family plot to kill the elderly farmer for his land. She is serving a life term. Maynard Lenox, her boy lover, was sentenced to 40 •••ears imprisonment. Allen Wheatpn. young South Dakota ex-convict, held up Henry Plummer, Council Bluffs oil station attendant, and killed him. Caught in Omaha, Wheaton pleaded guilty, was sentenced to hang. Heavy Butter Losses. Wlulc murder and bank robberies lent a spectacular color lo the J'.wa crime pattern—with the law C'iming out ahead nine limes out rf ten—robbery gangs with nothing on their minds but profit and loss puzzled Iowa officers for weeks. A butler robbery gang, in midnight sallies against North Iowa creameries, made away with loot valued at more than 530,000. Then, working on a tip, Iowa sheriffs and state agents, together with Omaha police, started rounding up the gang members. The butter robbery gang was crushed. Later one of the leaders escaped from an Algona jail. "Sobbery to Order." At Postville, a self-styled "smart" crime leader orgaiiized « "robbery to order" gang. The gang first solicited buyers for anything ranging from seed corn to feeder pigs, then spotted a fanner or merchant victim and looted his establishment to fill the orders. :-: HERE AND THERE :-: Miscellaneous Items From 125 Globe-Gazette Correspondents in North Iowa and Minnesota 3 Give Talks. OSAGE—Chapter AW, P. E. O., met Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. J. H. Baker, Mrs. Ralph Burnham spoke on "The Educational Fund," Miss Helen Stearns on "Cottey College" and Miss Florence Stacy on "Sarah Beckwith Potter Home." , Visitor From Chicago. LELAND—John Jacobs who is attending the Hempel-Diesel school in Chicago is spending nis vacation at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Jacobs. Are Parents of Son. ROCKWELL — Mr. and Mrs, John Mullen are parents of a son born Christmas eve. Arrive From Chicago. KANAWHA—Alice Thompson and Gladys Anderson of Chicago came Saturday for a week's vacation at their homes. Both are student nurses at the Lutheran hospital in Chicago. Guests From Radcliffe. ROCKWELL — Mr. and Mrs. Dan Grummon of Radcliffe are here for a short visit with his par- | cuts, Mr. and Mrs. George W. j Home From Hospital. DOWS—Mrs'.. Ray Oeterson returned Tuesday afternoon from the Ellsworth hospital, recovering from an appendix operation, which was performed a week ago Monday. Housewarminfr Is Held. MANLY—The choir of the Bethel Evangelical church honored Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harnack at a housewarming Monday evening, Dec. 28, at their home. Leaves for Chicago. OTRANTO — Howard Bewick returned Sunday evening to Chicago having spent Christmas with his mother, Mrs. F. Bewick and his brother, Larry. Goes to Chicago. SHEFFIELD—Rolland Esslinger went to Chicago Sunday to attend the annual meeting of Ginn county agents. Mr. Esslinger recently resigned his position as superintendent of schools at West Union to accept a position xvith this company.' Home From Harcourt. ' OTRANTO — Mrs, Lawrence Priens arived home Wednesday Grummon Leave for Chicago. CHA.PIN _ Mr. and Mrs. Hemming. Misses Marion Meyers I morning after spending Christmas I with her parents at Harcourt. Her Floyd sister accompanied her for a few and Wanda Roney accompanied by Mr. Kugler of Sheffield left Saturday evening for a days' visit with relatives friends in Chicago. Alumni Will Gather. LEDYARD—The alumni will have a dinner and basketball "ame at the schoolhouse Wednesday night. After the game they will !*ivo an alumni dance. "plan All Day Meeting. OTRANTO—The Otranto township Farm bureau has scheduled an all day meeting Jan. 7 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Gople- days' visit. Visitors From Wisconsin. , SHEFFIELD—Mr. and Mrs. Will several i Hawke and two daughters of Linand jjen. wis., and Miss Audrey B.aine of Dodgeville, Wis., are visiting at the James Hawke, Jr., and Mrs. James Hawke, Sr., homes. Leave for California. DOWS—Dr. -J. R. White, Miss Winifred Osborne, Miss Pearl Colles, Julian Sime and Elmer Osborne, left Tuesday morning for a 10 day trip to California. 12 Couples Entertained. KLEMME—Mr. and Mrs. M. W. rud. A program during the afternoon will be presented. Books Are Received. GARNER—The 104 rural schools of Hancock county received their annual allotment of new books for their supplementary reading. The books were chosen by Mrs. S. B. Durant, Mrs. H. C. Meyer of Britt and Mrs. H. C. Ruka of Goodell. Former Classmates Entertained. STACYV1LLE--Dr. and Mrs. B T. Hartnell entertained former classmate? of Irene of Winona and B'irton Thomas of Ames at 6 o'clock dinner Monday followed by card Barnes and dancing. Leaves for Denver. RUDD—Mrs. Ray Logan left Tuesday for Denver, Colo., after a vhit at the homes of her sisters. Mrs. John Kneissl and Mrs. Ray Hclmers and with other relatives. Leave for Rochester. liirkwood celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary Sunday by entertaining 12 couples at a "6 o'clock dinner. The evening was spent playing bridge. Home From Waterloo. STILSON—Mr. and Mrs. Or- villc Slagle and children of Waterloo who have been visiting at the G. W. Slagle and Joe Lcercr homes have returned home. At Rockwell Church. ROCKWELL—Sunday services at thr Bnplir.l church include morning worship 9:30, Sunday school at 11, Union Young People's meeting at Congregational church at 6:45. Communion service at Sunday morning service. Regular prayer meeting Wednesday evenings 7:30. Visitor From Wallingrfbrd. RAKE—Clifford Larson, employed at" Wallingford, is visiting his father, L. G. Larson. Home From Hill City. LONEROCK—Roy Leeper, who spent the past two weeks with relatives at Hill City, Minn., arrived home Sunday evening. The Harry Rahn family returned with him, Daughter Is Born. GORDONSVILLE, Minn.—Mr. and Mrs. Jay A. Turbelt are parents of a girl born Dec. 28. Visit in Des Moines. L E D Y A R D—Miss. Henrietta O'Keefe and Miss Muriel Reece are visiting relatives in Des Moines this week. GALMAR SCHOOL IS DESCRIBED Three Integral Sections of New School Include- Many Facilities. CALMAR—The new Calmar public school building is a brick structure 75 feet by 200 feet. The building consists of three main parts. The north end of the building being the high school section, the center the gymnasium and auditorium combined and the south part the grade school, Rooms are on two floors. There are 20 rooms on the grade side. Each grade room is large enough to seat 30 pupils. Each corridor is equipped with steel lockers recessed into the wall. On the ground floor are the boys' and girls' toilets, manual training room, finishing room, stoc kand tool room, boiler room, boys' locker and shower, girls locker and shower and two janitor closets. Both the boys' and girls' locker rooms are equipped with, steel lockers. There are five boys' showers and three girls' showers which are well ventilated from a large fan operated from the boiler room. Steam Heated. The building is steam heated, flie boiler being fed by a stoker and the room temperature automatically controlled. There are 10 rooms in the high school division with entrance from the north and east side. The gym is in the center of the building and is 70 by 55 by 30 feet. It will seat between 700 and 800. Bleachers are to be placer on the east side of the building. The interior is of tan colored tile. It is equipped with nine 500 watt lights. The stage is on the west side and is equipped with footlights of red, white and .blue. The band room is to the right of the stage and a dressing room to the left. New Course Added. A complete commercial course, has been, added to the school with the completion of the new building. The officers of. the board of education are: President, Dr. F. A. Hennessy; secretary, Idor Bjonerud; treasurer, J. F, Con- Over; directors, Ed Hackett, George Holverson, William Hazelton and Carl Nystrom. Infant From Manly Is Dead at Marshalltpwn MANLY — Janelle Margaret Spearing, four months old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. B. Spearing- of Manly, died at Marshalltown Monday. Surviving are her parents, a brother, Robert, 10, and sister, Elaine, 8 THIEVES TAKE HIDDEN MONEY Burglary of Pool Hall at Burl Is Investigated by Officers. ALGONA—Sheriff Dahlhauser was notified Tuesday that the Burt pool hall owned by E. E. Sewick and Curtiss Holding was broken into and robbed of about $96 and 15 packages of cigarets Monday night. Entrance was gained through a coal chute at the rear of the building and the theft was not discovered until the next morning. There was $10.50 in the cash register and the remainder of the money, all in small change, was hidden in the room, leading officers to believe it was the work of local talent W. H. Stewart, Burt marshal, investigated. At Swaledale Church. Leave icr nuumrci. i SWALEDALE—Sunday services HANLONTOWN—Mr. and Mrs. i a t the Baptist church include Sun- Henry Gesme left Monday for Ro- | d ay school at 10 o'clock, preaching Chester where Mrs. Gesme will go j service at 11 o'clock. Prayer meet, .,.__ ..i;_;,. | j n g every Thursday evening. 100 Attend Shower. WESLEY—A prc-nuptial m\s- IHV iur L.I^I num.- collancous bridal shower was to Titonkn to r.Uend pivcn Miss Gladys Haverly_at the through the clinic. Leave for Oklahoma. T1TONKA—Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Breen of Muskogce, O^ia.. left Wednesday for their home after coming to _.. the 1'unsral of Mr. Breen's brother, J. D. Brcen. Visitors From Chicago. KLEMME—•Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beatty and daughter. Joyce, of Chicago, are visiting at the Fred Kidder home. Daughter Is Born. MANLY—Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holden Monday, a daughter. 1 C. D. of A. lodge hall Sunday afternoon which was attended by 100 friends nnd relatives. 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