The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on August 28, 1952 · Page 6
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 6

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, August 28, 1952
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. a, itn CMf l German War idow Ends V^qnderings H " V ' ' . ·*" - , . v · A 4*c*4e of:homeless wandering Including months of hear starvation ·rid .fleeing from the Poles and Russian* U nearing an end for Gerdt Stowe Hellman, 32, and her children, Boto, 13, and Heike, 11. The; painful memories arc, mirrored/ In her, face, as .the, brwiet mother tells in a quiet, low voice o( the war days' ami the even worse days .after the fighting was ended, The youngsters remember little of the War which took their father's life on the Russian front. Her. husband was a career officer in the German Army, explained Mrs/, Hellman as she sat in the living room ,of her cousin, Otto Stowe, 72*»15th N, E. The youngest of four sons, his parents could not afford Draining him for any other; profession. She last heard from,him atChristmas In 1943. 4 rmn^ii by Rutii»m ' Drfven first* from the home of her husband's-parents in the free city pi Danzig, ,sh« went to her own parents' home, near Stettin with herjjwo small children. As the Mor* Comfort Wearing EALSE TEETH \m · plnunt to ovtrcom* dtocomfort. FASTEETH, in Improved powder, iprlnkUd on upper ·nd tywcr »!·*** hold them ."firmer «o that racy {·«] mor« comtorUbta. No «um- my. goaty. -pMty uiU or (Mlln*, U'» non-Mid. Do«« not »our. Chccki xJor" (de\tur« fcrMth). O.t FAB- «od*y it any drug ttor*. AFTEK 2ii YKAJIS --Gerda Stowe Hcllman, i!2, (left) wua only alTtWI'lrfwhen ^h'e last saw hcr.cou.sjn, Otto Stowe (right), Ho came to this country from his native Germany 23 years "ago. She camo « week a#o with her children, Boto, J 8, and Heike, 11, and is visiting at the Stowe home, 72G ,1.5th N.B. Mm Hcllman .speaks English and French as well as German. Boto speaks a little English hut his sister is too shy to try. RussinnK advanced into Germany toward the end of the war, her father loaded his f a m i l y in a truck and trailer and started for the British 7,one in Schleswig-Holslcin. They were only 12 miles from the British linos when the t r u c k broke down and the Russians caught up with -them. Slic- walked 25 _ miles with her children to got to a tftwn with n railroad .station could s t a r t ' b a c k home. Loaded In catlle cars with about 1,000 other G e r m a n s , she and her children and aged father started rmany r, her truck or the jlsluin. om the broke ght up _ miles a to,wn o they about nd her started back toward Stettin. After a day of trayel tho train stopped. It did not move again for three days-- the Russians had taken the engine. Searching for Food Tljc third day Mrs, .Hellman took her ehiklron and started away from the train to try to find food and to get away from the Russian .soldiers who. came each night. She Found a Russian command post at u small town nearby iiiui walked into the office of the commander. lie expressed amazement and disbelief when she told him of the stalled t r a i n carrying 1,000 or me people but went. with her to s Having seen, he took her and children back to his office wlu t h e y , were fed and permitted sleep, until the next morning wf- they were awakened early w word t h a t an engine had come. Hack home, Mrs. - Hellman foi that her own ' q u a r t e r s , had b completely wrecked and went live with her parents again. 'I months with little to cat conviix her that it was better to try to cape. Order Fuel Oil Be sure you start the winter with a full storage tank! :. Why not enjoy the peace of mind that goes with knowing your storage 1 tank "is f i l l e d with clean, dependable .^Phillips 66 Fuel Oil. Call in your order * today, and you'll be sure of getting all need. \ Phillips 66 FURNACE- OIL is the £ ideal oil for basement-type furnaces, f wnile Phillips^ STOVE OIL is highly J recommended for space heaters. Both Kgive you lots of clean heat, and they '; don't clog filter .screens. .Don't wait ilfor a cold snap . . . order Philiips 66 r Fuel Oil now! FILL YOUR FUEL OIL STORAGE NOW- Be Ready for Winter! Cognac U Pacsport With her sister and with her two lots in a wagon she started with another . f a m i l y for the French Zone. Walking and with hardly any food they finally- reached the line where a bottle of cognac got them past the Russian g u a r d . In no-man's-land they were startled by the cry: "The Russians arc coming." She tossed her children on a farmer's load of hay despite the scythe .she saw lying on top and screamed to him to hurry. When she got across the British lines near Mannheim she collapsed from lack of food. "They even had to wash my babies for me," she said. "And they fed them milk and white bread and butter. I cried. It seemed like heaven." Waited for 3 Days At Mannheim she found t h a t displaced persons stood in line for as long as three days trying to get across the Khine Bridge. She finally had to leave her children at a hotel turned over to the DPs and went to seek food. A. woman whom she met told her the children could not stay at the hotel because it was filthy 'and filled with bugs. "Bring them here. 1 don't have much but they can sleep on a blanket on the floor. At least it's clean." Leaving the children with her sister and new-found friend, she] again went in search of food and cigarels. Silting, on a park bench reading a newspaper which she had found, she became aware t h a t she was being watched. She looked up at an American Army officer. Answtred- in English He spoke to her in G e r m a n and she answered in English. lie showed interest in her knowledge of English and French as well as German and asked her to meet him at Ihc same place later in llic day. Although advised against it by h c r sister, w bo .was not inclined to trust A m e r i c a n - soldiers, Mrs. Hcllman returned to the meeting place. "I would 1 like you to go to work as my secretary," said Warrant Officer. Virgil Larson oC Elbow Lake, Minn. "You do not want to go to the French Zone. They have less food there than-here. But come to my office in tho morning and I will give you a pass across the bridge if you w a n t it." The next morning she received the p a s s but decided to go to work for the Americans. At Larson's suggestion her sister made, the trip across the bridge but came hack to confirm his opinion of conditions there.' Funcr Was KilUd "Five days later, I had my own apartment," she said. She worked with Larson for four years in his task as historian. During that time they.became engaged and she began her attempts to get to this country as an immigrant. ' Before her efforts were successful Larson was killed in an auto accident in '£4$ and when she finally received her travel permits his family offered to pay the fare. So she came a week ago by plane to Minneapolis and is temporarily making her home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Larson, and a brother, Leonard Larson, at Elbow Lake. Hut as soon as she can obtain employment she plans to establish a permanent home at last for herself and her two children. ALDENS ONE-STOP SHOPPING mok«t i* e«sy to shop for oil those bock-to-school for every school-oae member of rhe family! lluy onn skirt anil splurge cm tnp* . . . far * v a r i e t y uf collume* Wool knit skirt and reversible top ELASTIC WAIST FOR PERFECT FIT The smooth-fitting lines over the hips flow into graceful fullness at the bottom. Gored . . . can be worn back to front or sideways. Fine wool knit. In charcoal; brown, navy, dark green. 24-30. TOPS HAVE STRIPES IN FRONT AND BACK Jewel neck, turtle - neck or shaped ribbed neck to wear up or turned down. Stripes form different designe in back to allow for reversing . . . Charcoal, navy, green, brown. 12-20. Sportswear -- 1st Floor J. P. Has Bu§y Day FORT WORTH, Tex. UP-One day in the life of Peace Justice Frank Hurley: 6:30 p.m.--presided at inquest; 7:30 p.m.--married a couple in his office; 8:30 p.m.-helped judge a beauty contest. Nicholas-Louis Robert of France invented the first practical machine which could mako paper in long sheets. Girls 7 dresses in crisp plaids ALL WITH FAMOUS LABELS 3 98 Crisp cottons in washable frocks by "Cinderella," "Barbara Ann" and other famous names that mean fine fabrics, expert tailoring, serviceable wear. Sparkling plaids with pretty self- color or contrasting trims. Sizes 7 to 14. 3 to 6x. Children's -- 7nd Floor New styles in all wool jersey "SAG-NO^MORE" BY WYNER Famous label wool jersey in fashions becoming to ^11 ages: Rayon satin and self-fabric ric-rac trim^bn navy, beige, royal, red in sizes 10 to .18. Above left: Velvet- trim collar, detachable crinoline petticoat. Grey in sizes 9 to 15. They're fashions you'll wear 3 seasons out of -I . , . see them at Aldens! '· ' ' \ " · i Fftbiont -- 2nd Floor , , THE STORE WITH THE CUSTOMSS'S POINT OF VIEW!

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