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Mason City, Iowa
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Friday, March 6, 1931
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE POTTER AND HAYES SMOTHER IN FIRE . ConlInncd from fase- I ) . ^whlcb, is under the bedroom occupied by the .two men. Thc"body of Mr. Potter was quite easily recognizable altho the.turrific teat from the flames below had left Its mayk. Difficulty was encountered, however, in establishing the identity of Mr. Hayes. While B. A. Webster and others were getting in ^oucii with Mr. Pinch, personal effects found in the .clothes of Mr. Hayeg- sewed to tell who he was. 'vPhyslcians and others at the Boetic were of the. opinion that death was due to carbon-dioxide gas and suffocation from the smoke, altho the heat which occurred later would have 1 caused death. Firemen were balked by this heat at first from entering the room where 'it 1 was believed the two men' had been sleeping. Gas Came First. "The situation shows clearly that it was gas that caused the death of the two men," said Chief Shire. "The place where Mr. Potter fell against the wall shows that He must have been aroused at a fairly early stage of the fire'and that the poisonous gas overcame him just as he was groping toward the window. "The wall against which his body lay was not burned or blackened in the least. This, and-the fact that Mr. Hayes had apparently undergone no struggle show that the gas MARCH 6 1931 A RAIN OF POETRY Contest Editor Deluged as Local Poets Work in Effort to Capture "Big Sister" Prize By CONTEST Globe-Gazette. There are stories told of rains of frogs, mice and insects, in different 1 parts of the world. Historians recall that these little animals and insects have fallen from the skies gft to them oefore the heat." Both Dr. Burke and the coroner j in such torrents that acres stated the men had been dead from ground have been .covered.. of one to two hours because of the fact that rigormortis had already set in on ±he bodies. , Chief Shire said the fire had evidently been going for two'hours before it reached the stage, where it was discovered by the neighbors. During that time, however, it had generated terrific heat, which Slackened and blistered the varnish and paint in sections of 'the house untouched by the flames. . Policeman Stands Guard. · · Almost from the start the fire 'drew a crowd of spectators, chiefly neighbors. Later in the morning, as the news of the tragedy was passed about the city, streams of automobiles passed to and from the house. Carpenters were put to work at once .boarding up the windows of the house. A policeman stood guard thruout the day. The Potter home was one of the most beautiful in the city, occupying one of the vantage points in the Forest Park residential districts. .Neighbors commented favorably on the efficient manner in which .the. situation was handled by firemen and other officers. By 6 o'clock, less than an hour after the fire station was called, the bodies had been removed. HAD VARIED CAREER Mr. Patter's was a varied ousi- nss^cifreer, extruding from travel- ing'for a Chicago commission house, to organizing mining and telephone companies, intermingled with several years in public office. Born in Lawler in February, 1871 the son of a gram and livestock dealer, Mr. Potter was early ; con- 'fro'nted with a commercial background. He attended the Lawler schools until he was 12 and then was sent to a preparatory school at Waucoma, frr;:- which he tpolt French leave ; if a · brief stay. .'His first business connection was with Charles Webster Lumber company in Waucorna. A short time later, when he was 19 years old.Tilr. Potter went 'to Chicago where he worked for a. commission house as traveling representative. After two and a half years at this he returned to IciWii and in 1892 was married, liavir- mat Mrs. Potter some time "Detora during his sojourn in Waucoma. , \Vas Banker at Convlth. The commission business ia'Chi- cago claimed him for a while but he soon returned to Iowa, settling at Corwith where for two years he engaged in the banking business. It Right here in Mason City there is occuring a veritable rain of poetry, flooding this editor's desk so that it will be at least several days before, it can be cleared away. There are poems of every description, all sent in to compete for the prize in the Globe-Gazette's "Big Sister! 1 poetry contest, which comes to a close Saturday at midnight. So if you haven't sent in your contribution you should do it now. Remember, the deadline is Saturday midnight. , Poems bearing date marks after that hour cannot be considered. For those who have not read the earlier announcements of this contest we repeat the conditions. Anyone is allowed to enter, young of old. Simply write a poem, any length, any style, about "Big Sister," Les Forgrave's popular comic strip,- which appears daily in this paper, attach your name and address and i send it in before Saturday at midnight. Each poem when mailed must be accompanied by a blank .tally sheet such ,as is used in the Globe-Gazette bridge contest now in progress.. Unless so accompanied the poem cannot be considered, as an: entry for the ?10 prize. These tally sheets can be procured at any of the 54 stores and business, places co-operating with the Globe-Gazette in ; the bridge- contest. This editor will judge the poems and to the winner will be given $10 in gold and an original "Big Sister" strip autographed by the author, Les Forgrave. Announcement of the winner arid awarding of the prize will be made some time next week. Remember, Saturday is the last day. Get busy. £^CV£C.U ILL UEJG UQUILIU^ LJU^U-ICO^. ·M.I' ,, was during this time that he be- B cams interested in .the telephone business and, largely as a matter of necessity, Mr, Potter organized a telephone^ company to connect towns in which he and his associates had banking and grain business. It · was" in thjs manner that tho Western Electric company was started. With. Mr. Potter in this enterprise, were Tom Way, J. F. Case,Waterloo, and Charles Webster. The headquarters of the company were later moved to Mason City and several other exchanges in the territory were started to become affiliated with the company. This was in 1901 and Mr. 'Potter had lived here ever since, engaging in land and livestock enterprises. Started a Mining 1 Company. About this time he and others had purchased large · tracts of land -in Canada ancl in connection with one of these developments discovered gypsum deposits. A company -was organized by Mr. Potter and W. J. Holahan and others to mine and dis pose of tho product. To doathis a fleet, of lake boats was built and 13 miles of railroad line constructed. The headquarters of the company were in Winnipeg, altho Mr. Potter had maintained his home in Mason City, making periodical ' trips to the Canadian city. While engaged in tie work in Canada Mr. Potter was the agent who negotiated the sale of the Canadian Bell line in Manitoba to the Canadian govern ment for more than four million dollars, · Mayor Three Terms. " Laler -Mr. Potter severed his connection with the gypsum company Durinjj the recent years he had been 6ceup:cd with the lumber business, real estate nn5 farming'. Mr. Potter, was mayor of Mason City two terms from 1915 to 101H end was sg-aln elected In 192D, holdtng: offict at hat time for two y*ars. An mayor, he played an energetic pai t. in directing 1 the patriotic Eflotts ot the coamun.'ty to nid id the n-osecutlon of th* war, lind-Largo. Acqiminlanec. I2r. Potter was urcsideut ot the Chamber of Commerce in 1920 and 1921, having been the chief figure in. the organization of that body in 1916. As mayor he called the businessmen of th community together at that time and established the present, form of Chamber ot Commerce, which took the place of a commercial club that had functioned intermitteutly previous to that time. ; Mr. Potter probably has the largest state acquaintance of any person in Mason City. 'His long 1 association it politics, his business and his res^ less energy brot him in connection with large numbers of influential personages. He also had a large acquaintance in other, states, having traveled'immensely in the interests of his-various business undertakings and in political matters Skilled Story Teller. At Britt Mr. Potter has always been remembered for his active part in promoting the world-famous hobo convention held near.the beginning of this century. Newspaper cor-^ respondents from numerous metropolitan papers were present for the unique gathering, the headquarters of which were in the stock barns at the fairgrounds: Thru all the years Mr. Potter has remained head of a fun order which grew-out of the hobo convention. As a raconteur Mr. Potter had few equals in Iowa. And most of the stories' in his stock were drawn from the period of his life when he lived in Britt or In the early years of his residence here in Mason City :--an echo of the day when the "practical joke" was at Its heyday; Mr. Potter was a- member of the state republican central committee four years, being succeeded last year by B. A. Brigadier of New j Hampton. At the time he served on the committee he was offered the chairmanship, but declined this be- and then-practiced with his brother, J. Frank Hayes, for one. year. Appointed Police Judge Mr. Hayes was appointed police judge of.Mason City by Mr. Potter when the latter was mayor of the city. Mr. Hayes served for six years: He served as a clerk of the Cerro 3ordo district court for four years, having' been S. H. MacPeak's. predecessor in. that office. He was a member of the Cerro Gordo County Bar association. Mr. Hayes was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic 'church: He was i member: of the Beta Theta Pi fra- :ernity at the state university. He was'also-a member of the' Knights of Columbus, of the B\ P. O. E. and of the Ben Hur lodge. He was a captain of company A' of the Iowa national guard -, , _ t Represented' Circus For the past two years he .had been assistant manager and legal adjustor for the Al G. Barnes circus and intended to leave Mason City next Friday for the opening of the circus at Baldwin Park, Cal. Mr: Hayes was scheduled to leave March 22 for California, the winter quarters o f the. circus. ' - ' I Last year \vhen the Barnes circus tfain had a terrific wreck which killed many performers and animals, ta-,Cacada, Mr. Hayes took charge of the situation, directing the relief operations. Mr. Hayes' visit to the Potter home Thursday night was largely due, to the fact Mr. Potter told him at ona time he had a book on circuses in his library. They had been clos,e friends for ye'ars. Mr. Hayes is survived by his parents, residents of the city for the , past 50 years; two brothers, J. S Frank Hayes and Carl C. Hayes; two children, Billy, Jr.. and Marion Margaret. ° f f . **·* h « cou IN DAY'S NEWS Resignation of Alexander Legge, above, as chairman of the federal farm board has been accepted by President Hoover. 12, 13, 14 and 15, block 35 of the railroad addition be changed from class B to D. Action on this was deferred by the city council. All members of the council were present. . Insurance Check for $1,000 Given Mrs. T.A.PotterbyM.B.A. At 8:45 o'clock Friday morning, Mrs. T. A. Potter was given a check for $1,000 by the M. B. A. here, w.ith which the former mayor had an insurance policy. The payment of this insurance is believed to be the record time for this type of service in Mason City. IN THE RADIO WORLD give up the time from his private business. In 1922, when Judge Kenyon resigned from the United States senate to accept an appointment as federal judge, Mr. Potter was one of the men most prominently mentioned for the interim appointment as his successor. Nate E. Kendall was governor at that time and the appointment ultimately went to Charles Rawsoh.of Des Moines. Mentioned lor Commission On several occasions Mr. Potter was prominently mentioned for membership on the interstate commerce commission. He had a large following which supported him for this and other positions of prominence. Besides being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, he was an active member of the Rotary club and.several lodges. He was a member of the Pioneer Telephone Men of America. He served as president of the T. P. A. at one time and was also a member of the Iowa State and Illinois State Traveling Men's Potter and tholt associations. Besides "Mrs, daughter, Mrs. Marvyl Pearce, Mr. Potter is survived by a son, Merle Potter, who is dramatic critic and special feature writer for the Minneapolis Journal. He was notified of the tragedy early Friday morning and arrived later in the day. WAS FORMER CLERK Mr. Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hayes, 335 Pennsylvania avenue southeast, was born in Mason City, Nov. 22, 1886. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's academy, Mason City, and of Toland's Business college. He graduated from the State University of Iowa in 1911 and was idmittcd to the practice of Jaw in June. 7931. Ho engaged in tbn practice of law in the firm of Kimb;ill. Blake ami Huvco far fjue -uears RESOLUTION ON POTTER PASSED Condolences f o r F a m i l y Voted at Meeting of . City Council. Members of the city council at a meeting Friday afternoon, in the city hall passed a resolution of condolences for the family of former Mayor T. A. Potter, who died at his home Friday morning. The city clerk was instructed to include a copy of this in the regular minutes of the council. An ordinance was passed at the meeting setting $10 as the yearly fee for card tables which are operated as businesses and for which a charge is made. Ordinance Adopted, i The ordinance covering- billard tables, pool tables, bowling alleys and shooting galleries was rewritten and then adopted by the city council. Tinder the new ruling a charge for licenses of shooting galleries is placed at from $10 to 525 a year and that on pool and billard tables at $20 a year. This ordinance also stated that no establishments to which it pertained should remain open after 12 o'clock at night midnight or on Sundays and that no minor be permitted to be present, either. Ask Zone Change. A petition by the Johnson Furniture warehouse company was passed asking that lots 5 and 6 In feplats of lots 1 and 2, block 2, and all of lots 3 and 4 in block 2 of Kuppinger's addition with the ·exception of the west flO feet of lots 3 and 4 be changed from zoning class A to E. This had been passed on the zoning: commission previously. It was passed with the exception of the west 44 feet of lot 8. C. H. Cummlturs asked that Inta By C. B. BUTTERFIELD Associated Press Radio Editor (Time eastern standard thruoutj .NEW YORK, March 5. ^P)-Starting March 15, Arthur Pryor's ^and is to play a concert each night except Sunday before the microphone of the WABC network. The concert is to last 15 minutes. .The first ibroadcast is to be made at 8 p m over an eastern chain, wth a uneat program at 11:15 foi the lemaimjer of the 1 country Amos 'n' Andy are to spend next- week in. New York getting new data for their Qalljr programs. Belle Baker, vaudeville star, is to sing in the Jewish art'program, WABC chain, next, Sunday. Jean Warren Hights, .form-rly of WLIT, Philadelphia, is a new CBS announcer. Phil Cook is to make a number of personal appearances in New Yoric vaudeville houses next week. Senator Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin is to be the speaker in the national radio forum; WABC chain, Saturday night. Lawaon Robertson, track coach of the University-of Fennsylvania, is billed for Ted Husing's sport slants, WABC hookup Saturday evening. Graham McNamee is to be master of ceremonies in the first of the Friday night WEAF broadcasts by tho Major Bowes family. Radio guild play, "Paola anti Francesca," WJZ chain at 4. 'The Mikado," in light opera gems, WABC and stations at o. Helen Carlin, guest artist with the Eskimos, WEAF hookup at 0. Emery Deutsch and his orchestra in Gypsy Trail, WABC network at 10. BATES TELLS OF RENTALS BY U (Omttntifd From Page 1). fraternity nouse which brings greater rent. Gives Total Cost. The report gave the total cost of repairs on the McChesney homes from 1925 to Jan. 1, 1931 as $2,504 and on the fraternity house as 31,853. McChesney pays $100 a month rent and the fraternity $266.66. The latter figure includes heat, for which McChesney pays 5250. Bates explained that the McChesney house is old while the other is comparatively new. Tinley asked that the committee visit both prop- 'ertles. Altho rental properties showed a sizable profit to the university last .year, the records indicated a few instances in which rent was in arrears. The Phi Mu sorority was listed as owing $625. Bates said that rental was fixed by the finance commltee or the board of education in conference with himself and President Jessup He explained that the university is trying to obtain all the property north of the old capitol building to the Iowa river for campus expan sion. Examination of rental properties continued this afternoon, with Bates testifying that J. B. Fisk superintendent of grounds arid buildings, and Roger Flicklnger head of the Latin department, ren their homes from the university. Fisk, who has lived In his present home two years, pays §91.66 a month and Flicklnger S90 a month the records showed. The former property was purchased from C. B. Wilson, head of the German department, far S14.30Q, Bates said. ACCUSED YOUTH GOES ON STAND Kirkland Tells of Meeting Arlene Draves in Gary Dance Hall. VALPARAISO, Ind., March 6. (.3") --Virgil Kirkland, 20 year old Gary youth, took the stand today to defend himself against charges that he attacked and.slew Arlene Draves, his lg. year old high school sweetheart. ^ In a calm voice-but with flushed emotions, Kirkland answered the preliminary questions put to him by Barrett O'Hara of defense counsel. Tears came to Kirkland's eyes at the first mention of Arlene Draves 1 name, when O'Hara said: · Met at Dance Hall "Were you acquainted with Arlene Draves," adding quickly as the boy put his hand to his eyes: "Brace up,. Virgil, and tell the. judge and jury where you met Arlene." ·; The meeting was at a Gary dance hall. Arlene was leaning against a radiator, when Kirkland entered. "She appealed to me and I asked her for. a dance. I asked her for a date but she said her folks insisted that she not date anybody until she was older." Arlene was 15 then and the accused youth 17. Several times O'Hara had to 'encourage his witness, who could scarcely keep back the tears. Kirkland Breaks Down. Kirkland broke down completely, and O'Hara asked for a recess when he was asked if he loved Arlene. "Course, I did," the boy sobbed. Kirkland said he was engaged to the girl and they planned an elopement to Valparaiso. They went to the Porter county courthouse but changed their minds. The youth said he was born at Potosi, Mo. His father died when he was'three months old and that for six years his mother supported her family by taking in washing at Potosi and Williamsville, Mo. Kirkland, crying and sobbing at times, told hesitatingly of an alleged voluntary relationship with Arlene Draves at the final "whoopee" party, ; He declared the girl fell out of a porch chair while he was avowing lis love. This injury was accidental, ;he defense holds. The state claims that Kirkland knocked her down. JIMINEZ HOLDS POWER IN PERU Third Government Head in Week Consolidates *- T* a *· J Forces.,. LIMA, Peru, March 6 OPl-- Colonel Gustavo Jiminez installed as Peru's third government head in a week, moved today to consolidate the military forces which made his coup d'etat possible with the rehels who were still holding out at Arequipa. His ascension to power appeared :o have the backing of scattered military units whnae officers pledged their support to his regime by tele- :raph. ' An official bulletin this morning Indicated an understanding with the Arequipa forces was imminent/ OTHER ROAD BOND LAWS ARE CITED DBS MOINES, March 6. fense attorneys in the injunction suit over the $100,000,000 road bond constitutional amendment t o d a y jointed out that both Minnesota and Missouri have similar amendments which have been- held to be constitutional. H. H. Stripp, chief counsel for 'overnor Dan W. Turner and Secretary of State G. C. Greenwalt, defendants in the suit brot by H. U. Mathews of Ottumwa, presented his arguments before Judge Lby Ladd In district court. Stripp cited numerous supreme iourt decisions, .Including a number from the Iowa court, in arguing- that the road bond amendment is valid. He said that the amendments adoptee! by Minnesota and Missouri were in the same form as that approved by the Iowa legislature. Taking up the argument advanced by those opposing the amendment that it was invalid because it contained more than one subject, Stripp contended that- the propositions all related to the subject of road bonds. Arguments against* the amendment were heard by the court yesterday. Representative Leonard Simmer of Wapello county and the firm of Strock, Sloan and Herjick, represented Mathews. Mathews asks the court to enjoin the officials named from holding a special election in June for a vote on the amendment, contending that the election would be a waste of money if, as he believes, the form of the proposal ig unconstitutional-. Ruth Nichols Claims New Altitude Record JERSEY CITY, N. J., March 6. f/F)--Ruth Nichols, society girl who has made her mark In aviation, landed here today claiming a new world's altitude record for women pilots. Her altimeter registered 30,000 feet after a 90 minute flight over Manhattan. Lamp buyer hack from market and we now have on display an assortment of Junior, Bridge- and Table lamp3..Peoples Gag and Electric Co- See these VALUES OF T H E N E W ERA in our windows . . . open every Saturday evening till TEN! SUITS for VALUES OF 1931 . . . GREATEST SINCE 1921 Hei-e's the first delivery on suit values for spring 1931 . . . finer qualities, better tailoring, lower prices . . . Sterlingworfch have cooperated with us to make these record values possible. There's every style from 1 button wedge type coats to conservative models for older men. 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