The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 24, 1958 · Page 1
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The Weather Light tnow Thursday; little »m- otuts Chanel .Wrilght, (furfiW« *Bf Thursday; hiflh today ID; low tonight near, 25, DAILY HERALD Barb for Today ¥h« mem tittftt ft wttrt for Christmas 1* fof «tl «w lUMe kid* to get What they Wihl, Vol. CXXXV Sing!* Copy—7c AtJSfIN, MINN., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24,1958 Member Associated Press 24 Page* ATLAS LIFTS OFF — The U. S. Air Force Atlas Intercontinental ballistic missile, blasts away from its launch pad on the start of a 4,000 mile space journey at Cape Canaveral late last night. BLOCK-LONG BLAZE The successful launch came six days after a four ton Atlas satellite was fired into orbit around the globe. (AP Photo- fax) i 2-Million Dollar Fire Races Through Clinton Buildings CLINTON, la. (AP)-Two large buildings in the Clinton business district were destoryed early Wednesday in a fire which caused damage unofficially estimated at more than two million dollars. No injuries were reported. Destroyed were the two-and-a- half story Coliseum Building and the three - story Scottish Rite Temple. The Coliseum structure housed the Modernistic Ballroom and the coupon division of the A. C. Nielsen Co. of Chicago. The Nielsen firm, which serves as a clearing center for merchan dise coupons, lost all its electronic data collecting and coupon proc essing equipment. One estimate placed the equipment loss at about $l,50d,000. River Front The two buildings occupied an area about a block long and half block wide along the Clinton river front at the edge of the business district. Officials said the fire apparently started in the ballroom located on the second floor of the Coliseum Building. A dance was held there Tuesday night and the ballroom was festively decorated with streamers, tinsel and a large Christmas tree. The fire was discovered about 4 a.m. when flames broke through the roof of the ballroom. The flames soared high into the air and leaped to the top of the Scottish Rite Temple, burning their way down through that structure. All Flrd Equipment All of Clinton's fire equipment was called out. Firemen rescued John Mulligan, ballroom custodian, from his apartment in the building. The basement of the Coliseum Building was used for storage. The Brandt Auto Co. kept used cars there and the James Appliance Co. used it for storage of appli- he wind was from the northwest prevented the fire from spreading urther into the Clinton business district. It was the second major fire in Clinton within about a month. On Nov. 20 a large structure housing the Kinney shoe store was destroyed with loss estimated at more than a quarter of a million dollars. In Tuesday's blaze, the fire wa so well advanced when discovere that firemen chiefly confined thei efforts to preventing it from spreading. Flying embers set fit- to a bird's nest in a tree a ha! block away. GRANDCHILDREN INCLUDED Ike Spends Yule With His Family ances. Northwest Wind Both of the buildings which were destroyed were of brick, steel and concrete. Firemen said only the fact that Santa Claus Won't Find Much Snow WASHINGTON (AP)-President Eisenhower, like millions of other Americans, plans to spend Christmas at home surrounded by his family. Joining the President and his wife for a big Christmas dinner at the White House will be their on and daughter-in-law, Maj. and rs. John Eisenhower and their iur youngsters. Mew Zealand, J.S. Agree on Exploration WASHINGTON (AP) - The hited States and New Zealand greed today to cooperate for an :her year in scientific exploration Antarctica. The agreement is the third oi ts kind signed by the United tates in the past six months i m i 1 a r understandings were made with. Australia and Argenna extending for another year perations they have been con. ucting in cooperation with the United States. State Department officials said eparate agreements were neces ary to satisfy the three govern ments that the cooperation wil lot prejudice the territoria laims each has made in the antarctic area. CHRISTMAS AUDIENCE VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope 'ohn XXIII received his subject! if the tiny Vatican state in specia Christmas audience today anc urged them to live exemplary ives. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Santa Claus and his reindee probably won't find much fresl snow in his tour of the U.S Christmas Eve. But there'll to slick traveling across a blanket o white which remains over wide areas in the northern tier o states. Snow flurries powdered area from Minnesota across the Grea Lakes and into New York state and northern New England thi morning. They probably will con tinue through Christmas. There is snow in much of th area, most of it from pre-winte storms which hit the eastern two thirds of the country. Heavies falls during the night were alon the southern shore of Lake Super ior. At Houghton, Mich., a fres fall of 5 inches made a total of 42 inches on the ground. Much warmer weather returne to the eastern and southeaster sections. But temperatures dippe to freezing from the Texas Pan handle northeastward across Ol lahoma into Missouri. Readings were in the 60s alon the Gulf Coast and in the 50 northward through the Carolinas into eastern Virginia. The presidential grandchildren re David, 10, Barbara Anne, 9, Susan, who will be 7 a week from today and Mary Jean, who cele- rated her third birthday Sunday. The president got official Christmas duties out of the way in ad- ance. He and Mrs. Eisenhower sent out formal season's greeting cards to hundreds of dignataries all over the world. On Monday they held their yearly yuletime larty for members of the White louse staff. Tuesday night Eisenhower pushed a button on the lawn south of the White House to set alight the 7,000 bulbs on the tall national Christmas tree. On Friday President and Mrs. Eisenhower will go to their Gettys- aurg, Pa., farm, where Eisenhower will work on messages to be sent to Congress early in the new session. They will stay through New Year's Day. Man Found Dead in Small Cottage An elderly bachelor, who lived in a small cottage in the Six Mile Grove area, east of Lyle, was found dead Tuesday. He was Ole Risness, 72, who lived alone, with a dog for his pet and companion. The small home was set back from the road, among some trees. Dr. George Stahl, county coroner, said neighbors bringing Christmas packages discovered the death. Risness died last Saturday, Dr. Stahl estimated. Risness had no known relatives. Funeral arrangements are being made by the Worlein Funeral Home. Mr Force \tlas Shot Successful Fired 4,000 Miles Across Atlantic in Successful Flight By JACK KINO CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Air Force has shot an Atas missile on a successful 4,000- mile flight across the Atlantic just ix days after its predecessor be- a me the nation's biggest satel- ite. The latest Atlas triumph — the hird big one in a 'row — was announced some four hours after he blastoff of the 80-foot rocket ate Tuesday night. There was no official word from he launching site, but Col. John Powers said at Air Force Ballis- ic Missile Division headquarters n Ingle wood, Calif,, that prelim- nary reports showed the Atlas ,est ran smoothly. Follows On Heels The spectacular Christmas fireworks display followed on the leels of last Thursday's satellite aunching and the first 6,325-mile intercontinental range Atlas shot Nov. 28. The four-ton Atlas now in orbit is signalling President Eisenhower's 'Teace on Earth" message to the world. Powers said .efforts were being made to recover the nose cone of the rocket, after a blazing re-entry from space, but it was not known whether an announcement on this would be forthcoming. Tuesday night's launching was the first appearance of a new Atlas intercontinental ballistic mis sile called the "C series." The missile featured some special modifications, most of them classified, which should result in lightening the Atlas payload by about 100 pounds. Good Start The start of the shoot appeared to be highly successful as the 120- ton gleaming rocket burst up Grand Hotel Main Section Expected to Be Torn Down FLAMES QUIETED — When this picture was taken, the heaviest smoke had subsided, but firemen had plenty of work still cut out for themselves. through a blanket of puffy white clouds and darted eastward like a fading star. As the missile climbed, an eerie white glow was cast over the launching area by the Atlas' flashing exhaust tail reflecting off a low lying ground haze. As the Convair rocket streaked out of sight, the Atlas satellite was making its 88th sweep around the globe in in orbit expected to last several more weeks. ATLAS (Continued on Pace 2) See $136,000 Added Wages Local 9 workers will receive an additional one - cent • an - hour increase effective Jan. 5 as a result of another hike in the cost- of-living index, Frank Schultz, president, said this morning. The one cent will mean an additional $136,000 a year for the Geo. A. Hormel & Co. Austin plant payroll, he said, and is the fifth cost of living increase since I the esculator plan was started in! BREAK-THROUGH September, 1956. The new rate will raise the rate from 2.07 to $2.08 an hour for men and women at the plant. The index under the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price study rose to 123.9 and was at 116.8 when the plan went into effect. A total of 14 cents has been paid workers through the escula- tor clause agreement, Schultz said, computed twice yearly, January and July. This picture was taken from the roof of the Paramount Theater just as the flames broke through the east side of the Grand Hotel roof about 1:25 p. m. Christmas Day 1958 Means Thanks to Some, but Brings Irritation to Others By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Religious services in Christian iommunities throughout the world today quietly commemorated the eve of the day almost two thousand years ago when the Prince of Peace was born in Bethlehem. Thousands of pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem to offer prayers for peace in a world which lives in the shadow of war. Many millions more made the short pilgrimage to their community centers of worship for Christmas Eve serv- of Jerusalem where Christ was ices. 'Peace On Earth' Theme THEY'RE t>REAMINfi OF A DESERT CHRISTMAS — Christmas spirit comes in alt climates — to those who hope for a white Christmas, and to those whose love is a warm sunny day of Noel like these girls of the sun-drenched Imperial Valley in California. Displaying a Noel message atop a sand dune in the desert area near El Centro of this most south- ernly section of the state are (left to right) Ann Henry, Suzanne LaBrucher- ie, Lorraine Faure and Kathy Heald. The section has never had a Christmas blanket of snow. (AP Photofax) ittle hilltop town 12 miles south | cause of Soviet efforts to force the born. Visit Shrines Another 1,737 Christians from Israel, mostly Arabs, received Is- •aeli permission to cross the Palestine war truce line in Jerusalem to attend the Bethlehem services. About 200 foreign diplomats, clergymen and others from Israel also were given permission to visit shrines across the line in Jordan. Peaceful conditions in the Holy Land which swelled the pilgrimages were reflected in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Egypt. Non-Christians from India took over most of the guard duty along that border while United Nations Emergency Force troops froinj Western nations enjoyed the religious holidays. Western allies out of the city 110 miles behind the Iron Curtain. Went to Church The people of Russia's European satellites went to church as the West did, but in the Soviet Union Dec. 24 was just another day. Those whose faith has survived the Communist govern- ment's long campaign against religion schedule their holidays by the old Russian calendar and Christmas for them comes Jan. 7. Westerners in Moscow planned Christmas parties and observances at their embassies.. ' Leaders of the Protestant and CHRISTMAS (Continued on Page 2) Building Loss Is $170,000; Plans in Doubt What started with a curl of smoke at 11:17 a. m, Tuesday in the northeast corner of the 35 room Grand Hotel mushroomed into a six hour battle against crackling flames and billowing smoke that caused ah estimated $170,000 loss to the build* ing. Fire Chief John Tobar this morning said that he would recommend that the three • story part of the building be torn down but that the west wing, housing the J. A. Ramseth and Arnold Greene Real Estate office, Bob Holgate's Barber .and Beauty Shop and the Imperial Cleaners may be allowed to stand. The busines owners, Tobar and many onlookers this morning surveyed the wreckage of the 80-year* old hotel and the eight business places. . _ 5,000 In Hotel Contents Mrs. Hazel Glassel, operator of the hotel, and insurance agent William Striefert told THE HERALD this morning that loss to contents of the hotel was about $5,000 and that loss in income was extensive, with the 30 roomers evacuated. Mrs. Glassel said property loss to the Kozy Nook restaurant which she operated Is about $8,000 in addition to $5,000 « month business interruption. Ben Kautz, owner of the Imperial Cleaners, estimated business loss at $700 • $800. Kautz Mid he was able to get all the dry cleaning out without damage but that the shop has considerable smoke and water damage. Kautz, along with Bob Holgate, Greene and Ramseth plan to reopen Friday. ' - '• '• i \"'- ,'"• Small Smoke Damage Both Greene and Ramseth reported little smoke damage and said their losses would be the expense of removing office materials. Both said business loss was negligible. Holgate's recently painted barber and beauty shop had sin ok • damage but he made no estimate of business interruption loss. He was able to remove everything from the shop including his barber chair. The floor above the west wing, an extension of the hotel, is • complete loss, Tobar said. Book Store Heavily Damaged Damage was very extensive to the Philomathian Book Church Store, Arens Real Estate office and the Donna Lynn Maternity Shop. Very few of the books, pictures and incidentals of the book store were removed but most of the goods in the maternity shop jwere evacuated. The Paramount Theater had some water damage and remained closed Tuesday night but will open this afternoon for the Local 8 Christmas party, Kelley's Furniture will remain closed until insurance adjusters appraise smoke damage, a com- IN AIRLINES STRIKE The theme of "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men" was repeated in thousands of churches. President Eisenhower said the theme of the Christmas story contained an ideal of all men, regardless of their beliefs. The United States will work toward that ideal, the President said in Washington just before lighting the national Christmas tree in the park behind the White House.' For many in the United States it was a day of irritation. Still Without Papers New Yorkers were still without their newspapers as a two-week- j del Karim Kassem pushed back old strike of deliverymen con- the beginning of curfew until 1 American Agrees to Proposed Settlement Striking pilots at American Air-,The twin disputes remain in dead-'; lines today considered contract: lock. terms suggested by federal me-' Other airlines, bus companies Joined Troops _ U.N. Secretary General Dag'settlement. Hammarskjold and the UNEF; commander, Canadian Gen. E. L. M. Burns, joined the troops at Gaza who were decorating 90 imported Christmas trees. In Baghdad, Iraqi Premier A"b- diators to end their walkout. • and railroads have expanded serv- Amer^can accepted the proposed' ice to handle the crhs of holiday ; travelers. Accommodations have The peace proposal covered a'been scarce but generally avail- variety of contract issues, includ-' aD ^ e sick! Despite the strikes, the enor- | inous load of Christmas mail was | reported moving smoothly. The pilots, members of the Air leaves and vacations. lieacb Decision In accepting the proposals, American said it was hopeful the ^ atisfaction with ' i i-»il«-\ri* iiTi-viilsi tj-klli-Mif ciiit a r»il/\To * "•"• —" — - - - v w- *r • 1 i IJTll ' A '1 i » ***»**•* »**«>**»V-li 4 V*» « *V** MMV** ¥» I tinued. Thousands of travelers a.m. to permit Christians to at-1 Pilots would follow suit. A pilots | hours an( , travd Ume Their ^ competed for plane space made tend midnight services on Christ-1 spokesman said they probably ; ren ^ range is $400 to $1.602 a ... ... « iii/M,lrl ,'QooVi Q /^«r»ict/\n tr^au ' ™ i Lines Pilots Assn., struck over wages, cur- scarce by two airline strikes, mas Eve. would reach a decision today. i month. Many switched to crowded trains | Christmas brought no relaxation The pilots' strike at midnight j The company, however, claims of tension in Germany, where the last Friday grounded a second of I its pilots are already receiving top or buses. Many more couldn't get home for the annual reunion. Christmas tree originated and 17 the nation's three largest airlines j pay. It offered a new ceiling of In Bethlehem, the schedule of i million were expected to be light-! during the peak season of air! $2,334 a month. But, American Christmas Eve ran from through midnight services. H noon ed this year. Residents of West j travel. Berlin prepared to celebrate the! Eastern Between 4,000 and 5,000 foreign i said, the pilots also demanded 10 Air Lines has been; hours less flying time a month holiday but wondered if this would j idled since Nov. 24 by a strike of! when operating jets. The current tourists crowded into the bleak' be their last free Christmas be-: flight engineers and mechanics, j work month is 85 hour*. pany official said. The owner of the hotel building, Forest Miller, formerly of Austin, is in Florida but has been contacted, Greene said this morning. Miller will return the first of next week to appraise the situation and make future plans, Greene laid. All Resource! Vied Every available fireman and all usable equipment were called to battle the blaze, which finally was quelled about 5 p.m. Off , duty policemen were brought in for traf. fie control with shoppers getting a FIRE (Continued on Page 11) Weather Official U. S. Reading! (root ~ HERA14) Weather Sife on Roof of Fire Station: High previous 24 hours — 31. Low previous 24 hours — 19. Reading at 8:30 8.m. — 20. General weather — Overcast. Temperatures Recorded it THE HERALD Building: TUESDAY 1 P. M 31 I 7P.M. .-30 2 P. M 31! 8P.M. .. 30 3 P. M 31 I 8 P, M, ..19 4 P. M 31 I 10 P.M. .. S) 5 P. M 30j 11 P.M- ,.* 6 P. M 301 W P.M. ... |0 WEDNESDAY i A. M 301 74. M. .. m 'i A. M 30! « A.M, .. W 3A.M 281 *A,M, ••*! 4 A. M 28! 10A.M- •• » 5 A. M 28 ! 11A.M. -. * 6A.M- .... II 1 1|

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