Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 11, 1949 · Page 9
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 9

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 11, 1949
Page 9
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Hurricane Winds Hit North Iowa, Flatten Corn, Rip Off Roofs, Disrupt Power and 'Phone Lines i,. '• X •v; \ •'it' If •*-^.*- f -'v V* »rr f -> r '? HAVOC WITH WIRES—The 90 mile an hour winds played havoc with the Peoples' Gas and Electric company power lines as well as the Northwestern Bell Telephone company wires. Throughout the day both firms were swamped with calls and at noontime the P. G. & E. broadcast a warning to Mason City residents to keep children off the streets as much as possible and away from the high voltage wires which offered a serious hazard. -Cower was off in many parts of the town and hundreds of telephones were out of service, particularly because of wires down between poles in the street a,nd the houses where trees and branches hit them. ICEHOUSE ROOF GONE—The old icehouse on Pennsylvania between 18th S. E. and the Mason City and Clear Lake railroad tracks lost its roof in the windstorm. Pressure of the gusts on the walls made scallops of the top edge, as the picture shows. It was taken from the south side on which the wind was blowing. The wreckage of the roof was on the north side on 18th S. E. and in Roosevelt stadium. FREE PARKING Roofs were raised across North Iowa Luckily, no one was injured. John W. Evans of Webster by wind gusts which registered up to 90 miles an hour at City is owner of the lumber company and had hoped to be the government's CAA weather station at the Mason City open for business by next week. . __ municipal ah-port. This was one of the biggest reported blown off. It was on the north side of the 200 by 84 foot shed being constructed by the Cashway Lumber stores at Emery, between Mason City and Clear Lake on highway 106. The roof was not up yet on the other portion of the building. Wind parked the roof against the Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad company building in the background. WRECKAGE SNAPS POLE—This pole on the north side of 18th S. E., just east of Pennsylvania avenue, was snapped off by the weight of the wreckage from the icehouse roof flung against it by the wind. Note the electrical transform- er lying against the stadium wall which once was mounted on the pole. It proves that high voltage wires also were within reach nearby, a constant danger to passersby. LOW BRIDGE—These youngsters on their way home from school thought it great fun to plow through the drifts of leaves and abound the trees which leaned against each other and on houses. The flying branches and fulling trees were a danger at times, however, and caused considerable damage to roofs, cars and fences as well as telephone and power lines. (AH pictures by the Globe-Gazette's staff photographers, Elwin Musser and Charles Sorlien.) DOWN TO EARTH—A. N. Michaels, left, master mechanic and Guy Coyier, roadmastcr of the Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad company, were standing in front of this desk when the roof of the Cashway Lumber company hit the desk in the railroad building at Emery. Michaels said they heard a crash, and the next moment lumber was sticking through the brick walls. Pieces of tile and plaster were strewn all over the desk and floor and fragments barely missed both men. The glass top on the desk was shattered. The 3 pieces of lumber showing through the wall are 2 by 6 posts. BUSINESS IS GOOD—Workers from the Pittsburgh Plate Glass company are shown attempting to "save" a window at the Stover Electric company, 111 E. State, which was being blown irom its frame at the top Monday noon. Workers reinforced it and hoped for the best. Minutes later a large plate window in the Sears farm store next door at 315 E. State blew out and others were reported out in some of Mason City's largest retail^tores. Mter Wolf and Sons, Buttrey's, the Firestone store, Currie's, Harold Motors and the Farm Equipment and Supply company were among those which had windows blown out. Others had glass company employes hopping and calls kept streaming in during the day, including many from private homes.

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