The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 24, 1958 · Page 11
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 11

Austin, Minnesota
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Wednesday, December 24, 1958
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Property Tax Rates Figured Property tax fats tor Austit TOwruhrp in Seboot Wst, 492, Austin, will be 78.19 mill! below the City of Austin rate, figures released by County Auditor Graham Utlik this mornifif disclosed. ' the »1H flt« for these persons teereased 18.W over the current f»w for a total ol 183.04 mflli ah fan-agricultural property and 38 mills lest lot agricultural prop- 0th«r fates within Austin township are: Property in School Dtst. 498, Rose Creek, lSfl.59 mills; school tttst. 497, Lyle,. 167.62; Common Cist. 1237, 141.53, Common Dist. 1239, 182.82. Uzlik also released final 1958 rates for Sargeant and Waltham Villages. Both have minor increases over the 1957 rate paid in 1958. New Sargeant rate is 173.33, compared with the current 170. 70, while the new Waltham rate la 175.20 compared with 172.76. FIRE Constant streams of WATER VS * ^ „ against the stubborn flames that consumed the 80-year- old Qrand Hotel Tuesday. The hotel sign came down anuary 'ebruary •farch ,pril Jay une uly .ugust eptember October fovember )eccmber SEARCHING OUT FLAMES — Standing on the roof of the two-story portion of the Grand Hotel, firemen chopped a hole over the ceiling of the third story in an effort to search out the center of flames that raged in the two-foot channel under the roof. A simitar scene shows from a distance in the upper left corner of the photo above. Jaycees to Recognize City Outstanding Boss ON THE IOWA SIDE WOMAN SLUGGED, ROBBED WATERLOO (ft - A woman grocer/ clerk was slugged and robbed of about $130 here Tuesday night. Mrs. Effie Love, 53, a clerk at the Sumner Street Grocery, told officers she was leaving the store when a youth wearing a nylon stocking mask shoved a gun at her and forced her back into the store. MAN DIES, WIFE HURT NEW HAMPTON (ft) — John F. Baxter, 34, of Fort Atikinson, was fatally injured Tuesday evening hi a two-car collision on Iowa 24 about two miles east of New Hampton. Baxter's wife, Maxine, 34, remained in serious condition in St. Joseph Hospital, New Hampton, Wednesday morning, with injuries suffered in the crash. New Books at City Library FICTION Vailland, Law. Plagemann, Steel Cocoon. Dewlen, Bone Pickers. Thirkell, Close Quarters. Boulle, Other Side of the Coin. NON-FICTION Heal, Young Eric's Wife. Chapman, Broadway's Best. Ustinov, Romanoff and Juliet. Whishaw, As Far As You'll Take Me. Montagu, Cultured Man. Thompson, Eloise and Christmas Time. FATAL SMASHUP KEOKUK (fi - Paul Reich, 27, Cantril, was killed and five other persons were injured Tuesday night in a two-car collision here Reich was identified as driver ol one of the vehicles and Russel Guyman of Keokuk was driving the other, officers said. GIFTS ol $1,400 ' LATIMER UP) — About $1,400 in cash has poured in from lowans for the family of Mrs. Roger Cor bin, mother of five children, who doctors say, is fatally ill with can cer. FREEDOM SHORT-UVED KEOKUK UP) — Two prisoners who walked away from the state prison farm near Montrose were recaptured Tuesday after less than 24 hours of freedom. They are Eu gene Crawford, 33, West Plains Mo., who is doing time for lar ceny and Jack Baker, 19, Clarinda sentenced for forgery, Lions, Bears Don't Impress Fisherman SILVER CITY, N. M. W Mike and Jeff Van Ausdall, 1 and 9, were unimpressed by th fact that National Guardsmen sheriff's officers, and volunteer turned out for a long search fo them in the rugged Gila Wilder ness. After two nights and a day . the bear and mountain lion-in fested country, they told rescuer "we just decided to go fishin' Nominations for the young man! f the year award, and a new wnor, outstanding boss, are being received by the Austin Jay- *ees. The Young Man Award, also ailed the Distinguished Service Award, is made to an Austinite, >etween the ages of 21 and 35, in recognition of community ser•ice and vocational achievement. The Outstanding Boss honor is new this year and is in recognition of community service by one of he city's employers. There is no age limit on nominees for this lonor. The awards will be presented at the Jaycees* Bosses Night program, late in January. Nomin* ;ions will be received until Jan. 15, John Falmo, general chairman, said. Nomination blanks are available at the county auditor's office, in Here's Baldy Talkin' Reverently, joyfully, the glory of Christmas is sung and celebrated. As we lift our voices in those beloved Christmas carols, may our hearts be filled anew with the wondrous spirit that came to earth on the Holy Night when He was born and the angels sang. May we find fresh inspiration in the message of "Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men," to guide us at the Christmas season, and always. Merry Christmas from Boldy and Hit Gird during the noon hour, guided by firemen to prevent in* juries. The Paramount Theater, right, withstood the searing fire, tt was closed Tuesday night but was open today for a children's Christmas movie. Month by Month at New Rate The following 5s a breakdown for the average home user for etch wntti showing the old and new rate and the approximate difference be paid each month: Use Monthly BIHIngi at Bffltaif • at Present Rate Proposed Rate Difference 300 300 200 150 100 50 SO 50 SO 100 200 250 $ 18.36 18.36 13.16 10.56 7.% S.36 S.36 5.36 7.96 13.16 15.76 1800 $126,72 $145 JO $19.08 Gas will cost the average home owner an additional $19 a year, effective with January billings under a 15 per cent hike in the rate ipproved Tuesday by thfr Austin Utilities Board. Also increased was the water •ate from a minimum bill of 75 cents to $1. In addition, adjust ments were made hi steam rates. Board officials said the increased gas rate for both commercial and home users wpuld yield an additional 1159,980.09 to offset the increasing costs of gas from Northern Natural. The rate'increase its the second in the last 24 years and is needed to offset a series of Courthouse, and all persons interested in the program are urged to nominate candidates for ioth honors. Again this year, the area's outstanding , young farmer will be recognized at the banquet. Selec kion of this recipient is handled by the agriculture committee, under the chairmanship of Harry Os borne. Guests at Bosses Night this year will be past presidents of the Austin Jaycee chapter and previous recipients of the Young Man and Young Fanner awards. EX-NEWSMAN DIES SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Ed Towns, 75, former circulation manager of the Sioux City Journa and Journal-Tribune, died Tuesday. He had been associated with the two newspapers for 52 year before his retirement hi 1952. Average Man to Pay $19 More for Gas (Continued from Page 1) ringside view of the spreading fire. Nearly a million gallons of water was used. Smoke masks, every available ladder and axes were pressed into action. Tobar said the fire apparently was caused by faulty wiring in the space between the third floor ceil ing and the roof at the northeas corner of the building. Fire In False Celling It looked minor at first. Only a small wisp of smoke curled from the corner rafters and no flames were visible. But fire was hi the false ceiling, free to race through the space out of the reach of wa ter. Firemen cut a hole in the roo and tried to "feel out" the blaze with water, but the fire clung stubbornly to its channel. All three fire trucks answers the alarm immediately and the olc retired pumper was called hi to help. ncreases which las absorbed. the department Even with the increase, the gas department will still fall short of the $275,414.45 needed to insure a ah* return and provide for the •ight per cent of gross revenue :urned over yearly to the general iund, the board pointed out. The higher price now being paid for gas by the Utilities Dept. has not yet been approved by the Federal Power Commission and there may be some rebates. The board made no change in the electric power rate; however, the rate for electrical water heating was raised from one per cent per kilowatt hour to 1V« cents. The unanimous action of* t h e board followed a careful study of the rate structures prepared by Secretary William Dunlap and Supt. Harold Lamon. In the steam department, the board approved a hike of from 85 cents to $1.00 per 1,000 pounds for the first 10,000 pounds; from 80 cents to 95 cents for the next 10,000 pounds; from 70 to 80 cents for the next 80,000 pounds and from 60 to 70 cents in ecxess of the 80,000 mark. Furniture Store Closed Some water damage was report ed at the Paramount Theater am smoke damage along the south side, of Water street was also apparent; Firemen doused the adjacent Paramount Theater and Rose Room Cafe to hold back the spreading fire. A roomer at the hotel, Bill Van CHRISTMAS BABIES — Two Christmas babies, born 81 years and an ocean apart, share a Christmas-birthday greetings'. Mrs. Cina Gilbertson, 84, was born in Norway and her great-granddaughter, Skater, 6, Suffers a Broken Leg Douglas De Rose, 6, suffered a broken leg this morning while skating at the rink at Park and Prospect. Douglas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl De Rose, 800 Prospect, was taken to St. Olaf Hospital by Austin Cab ambulance at 10 a.m. He was given emergency treatment and then was admitted to the hospital. One Minor Accident in Last 24 Hours Only one minor accident was reported to police in the past 24- hour period. At 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, cars driven by Melvin W. Bates, 1009 Brownsdale, and Clara L. Voreck, Charles City, Iowa, collided at Kenwood and Lansing. Paula Lei-urn, 3, was born in Austin both • on Christmas. Paula is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lerum, 404 Lyman"" Lane and Mrs. Gilbertson resides at 209 S. Main. Fleet, first noticed smoke com- \ ^"L**?. ™_*?™? !.*» the ing from a wall in a third floor room. He ran into the hallway and met the hotel operator, Mrs. Hazel Glassel who called firemen. damage was estimated at $45, FAULTY ADDRESS GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - A "I had just been to the third letter addressed to Santa Claus, floor not five minutes before," North Pole, came back to its young sender, stamped in purple ink: "Returned to writer. Insuffi- cent address." Utilities Board and Workers Still 2% Apart in Negotiations The Austin Utilities Board Tuesday began wage talks with Fred Miles, Local 867 business agent, aut after three hours of negotiations were still two per cent away from any settlement. The board lengthy discussion offered a four per cent pay Increase plus an insurance plan purposed by Miles or a 4H per cent increase without the additional insurance. Miles after the meeting with his eight . man committee said that they would recommend to membership acceptance of a six per C?nt increase plus insurance or a 6Vs per cent boost without the insurance. Bit A Snag The board and labor representatives hit a snag on the two per cent difference and agreed to further talks after the first of the year*. Some agreements however were reached on several other requests including a hike in the shift differential from nine to 10 cents for night and Sunday work and a revision of emergency standby service. Under the emergency standby service, the worker on standby gets paid time and a half but any additional workers called out get double out. time, Milts pointed Under the new agreement, th* standby worker will receive double time if it becomes necessary to call out additional workers. Also approved was an increase for retired workers from $109 to $117 a month. Pald-Up Insurant* The insurance plan recommended by Mile* calls for * iJ.OOO paid-up life insurance instead of the present $1,000 term policy. The new insurance will cost 2.3 cents an hour per employe. Still not settled is a request for two week pay periods or 26 pay periods a year instead of the current twice a month pay or 24 day periods. Miles said that utilities employes feel strongly about the two-week pay period and that the twice-a-month practice is impracticable and in some cases is a hardship. Board members argued that the new pay policy proposed by Miles would mean revamping their office system, which would include a new machine costing upwards of $5,000 and an additional employe for the office. Miles argued that an additional employe would not be needed and that the machine could be used for several other items in the office. The board agreed to give the matter further study and a solution should be worked out at the next meeting. Asks Checkoff Systems Miles also asked for a checkoff system for the union employes calling for their union dues to be withheld from pay checks as are other withholdings including taxes, and insurance. Board Chairman Edmund Smith said tha> the duet paying was a union problem and should be done by the Local M7 office but Miles argued that many businesses have the checkoff system. No agreement was reached. A request for Blue Shield-Blue Cross coverage for retired employ- es was not acted on since some of the legal aspect* must first be approved. Mil* originally aaked for the *6 pay period* at the tame rate for employes which would mean two extra pay days or a little over an eight per cent raise while the Doard originally offered a three per cent raise with the old 24- pay periods plus the insurance plan. In negotiating, the board raised its offer to four per cent with Insurance or 4V4 per cent without insurance while Miles and his committee said they would recommend a six per cent and insurance or 6V4 per cent without insurance. "*•. Grand Jury Asked in Newborn Baby Death ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - D.P. Mattson, Olmsted County attorney, said today he plans to ask that a Grand Jury be summoned to consider evidence in the finding of the body of a newborn baby here Dec. 10. A 28-year-old divorcee, the mother of two children, admitted giving birth to a baby boy and abandoning it, according to the Rochester police chief. The body of a baby, wrapped in paper sacks, was found on the bank of the Zumbro River. No charges have been filed thus far in the case. Report "Recommends Alaska Ferry Service PRINCE RUPERT, B. C. I* A six-times weekly ferry service between here and Juneau, Alaska, with intermediate stops, has been rcornmended in a report for the Alaska Highway and Public Works Department. Th* report says th/j »y*tem would be aeU-*upporting after only a few year*. Mrs. Glassel said tearfully during the blaze, "and everything was just fine then." Mrs. Glassel used a fire extinguisher to no avail. Salvage^!* Halted Stores fronting the hotel were beehives of activity in the early part of the fire as owners moved out stock and equipment. However, ;salvage operations were brought to a close by Chief Tobar just before noon as the fire got out of hand. The gutted area was fenced off after 5 p.m. and firemen kept watch to assure that the fire wouldn't start anew. The Salvation Army was on hand for most of the six hours of the blaze passing out donuts and coffee to firemen and policemen. Also serving coffee was John Loring of the Rose Room Cafe. Firemen on several occasions were forced from the.;, blaze area by the thick smoke that brought momentary choking. An overhang at the main section of the hotel was ordered torn down this morning as a safety measure. Police Pin Pepper Picker With Goods TOLEDO, Ohio W — James Johnson, 47, was arrested on a theft charge after police found him in an alley with an armful of peppers and traced a trail of dropped peppers from Johnson to the open door of a produce firm. ^srav^v^iw!&^^ WED., DEC. 24, 1958 Page 1) Plunkett fo Be Kni'gfifecf in Famed Order of Malta Hugh-V. Plunkett Jr. has been named a Knight of Malta. The announcement of his election to the exclusive Association of Master Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta was made by Marquis George MacDonald, president-master, in New York. The insignia of the Papal charitable organization and the jewel decoration of a magistral knight will be bestowed upon him by Francis Cardinal Spellman, spiritual head of the order in the United States, at a solemn investiture ceremony on Jan. 19, in St. Patrick's jCathedral, New York. Mrs.; Plunkett will accompany her husband to the ceremony, and the annual formal dinner meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria 1 the same evening. They are the parents of three children. The ancient insignia of-the Or— der with its familiar Maltese Cr is a reminder of what should the qualifications and aims of th< honored to wear it. The four of the cross are emblematic; the four cardinal virtues- — dence, justice, fortitude and t perance. The white in the ar: the cross represents the purity deeds. The eight fangs* of tfi cross symbolize the eight beat!-" tudes. », Maverick Moose Upends 2 in Boat ELAINE LAKE, Sask. (fl ,-^-' Fred Larosse and 'his father |$s.-'. tify that moose are not exactly friendly, inj ,the water, •ffhey we^e crossing, Shell Lake when a-swim^, ming moose capsized their ELAM'S After Christmas Trade-in Sale! THEYfcE SPECIALIZED AT AUTHORIZED For TV viewing at its best Our Repairmen meet the test. JjJHONE HE 7 3833 310 N. Main :

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