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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 8

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, February 17, 1944
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Airmen Fell Tall Trees on Pacific Isle A Seventh AAF Advanced Base in the Pacific, (U.R)--Soldiers from American lumber states should feel right at home here. Ring of the woodsman's axe in the forest, cries of "timber!" and swish and thud of tall trees bring flavor of northern logging camps to this South Sea isle. Trees are not felled to provide dwellings for AAF units bivouacked here, standard 6-man perimeter tents taking care of that item. Logs are used rather to roof over bomb' shelters, a need even more essential than housing. Ordinarily, the foxhole might be sufficient protection against the rain of death. But on this sandy atoll, the highest point measuring only 12 feet above sea level, a hole dug more than 2 or 3 feet deep is equivalent to digging a well. In the tropical rainy season, now well under way, it amounts to a subterranean lake. Since a hollow foxhole is inadequate protection against shrapnel, the only alternative is to box the pit over with logs, leaving a small staggered opening for entry into the shelter. This type o£ bomb haven has another advantage over the ordinary foxhole. It affords security from the parachute bomb, that grim, floating harbinger of death which bursts as it hangs 50 feet in the air. Tough, sinewy cocoannt trees make ideal logs for bomb shelters, and it is back-breaking toil to feU the trees and drag them long distances through underbrush, using only a pair of tongs similar to ice man's tongs as handles on the logs. Reason for moving logs from some distance is that all trees needed cannot be cut in vicinity oj camp, since this depletion woulc violate the first rule of camouflage: Take full advantage of the protection afforded by nature. The American soldier here shows skill as a camouflage artist. Instinctively he seems to know how to treat the log roof. Over cracks lie places green palm fronds, then a bank of sand as additional anti-shrapnel padding, and finally a layer of the typical forest debris. He doesn't wait until night to see if mosquitoes will invade this human safety deposit vault. His act before pronouncing the job complete is to hang a curtain of mosquito netting over the opening. Then with a floor of palm matting salvaged from one of the evacuated native villages nearby, the soldiers can sweat out an air raid in comparative safety and comfort. BOND SALES !AG Garner--Hancock county war finance chairman, H. C. Armstrong, Tuesday reported that a last minute bond buying spree was necessary to put Hancock . county over the top in the 4th war loan drive. The sale of E bonds has progressed favorably with over- 90 per cent of the quota set for the county having been purchased as of Monday evening. Many last minute E bond buyers are expected to bring the sale of that type of bonds up to the quota. The site'of the Vatican was once occupied by the Gardens of Nero. Seabees Salvage Jap Barges in New Guinea Somewhere in New Guinea, (U.R) --Three days 'of hard work of salvage gave a group of Seabces a "JEleet" of 3 Japanese ^barges. The naval construction unit moved into a northern New Gui- ica base on the heels of the re- reating Japs, who scuttled several barges in a river before they eft. C. P. O. Kenneth Cherry of St. jouis, Mo., the unit's transportation officer, spotted the barges as 1 a handsome addition to the Seabees' meager transportation facilities. He and o t h e r Seabees went to the river and raised 3 joats, each 45 feet long. The boats had rested on the river bottom nearly 2 weeks, but were repairable. Qualified mechanics cleaned the engines, which were German and Japanese manufacture Diesels, repaired the water pumps and welded breaks. Seabees now make several trips daily along the coast in the barges, saving long waits for land transportation. Cherry's outfit, ay the way, also salvaged and is using a heavy truck left behind by the fleeing Japs. Corrosion by Salt Battled by Engineers Philadelphia, (U,R) -- E v e r y weapon carried into battle by an American soldier has met am vanquished a preliminary foe-the natural enemy of all overseas shipments--salt water. The corrosive action of salt is particularly injurious to the delicately precisioned parts of many weapons. Col. H. B. Ely, commanding the ordnance depot at the Frankford arsenal here, has issued special instructions to all personnel connected with the preparation o equipment for overseas shipment to exercise extreme precautions it the packaging and preservation processes. "Even increased production o: output must not take precedenci over the proper preservation o weapons for shipment," Ely said "There is nothing gained if the. material arrives overseas in an unusable condition." At -the outbreak of- hostilities army ordance engineers were faced with the task of devising a fool-proof method for fighting corrosion. The result of their ef- f o r t s was a water-repellant greaseproof paper, now known as the famous "Ordnance Wrap." Before an instrument is wrappec it is placed in a container with a moisture-absorbing substance This is what is technically callec "Ordance Method No. Two.' Whatever moisture is in the instruments is absorbed and the Ordnance Wrap prevents any salt water vapors from getting inside the package. This method of processing anc packaging has resulted in weapons niachined to_ tolerances as close as one-thousandths-of-an- inch arriving at the battle front in perfect condition, and the American soldier carries weapons superior to those o£ any other nation. HYon Gel Up Nights You (an' If yon have to get up 3 or more night your Test is broken and It's no wQBder It you feel old and run down before your time. Pnnctlonal rather than organic or systemic . Kidney and Bladder trouble ojten may be the cause of many pains ana symptoms simply because the KJflenys may he tired and not woriiag fast enough tn niter- lag and remoring irritating excess acids', poisons and wastes from your blood. So 1C sou get up nights or Gufler from burning, scanty or frequent passage?, lee pains, backache, or swollen, ankles, due to non-organic or non-systemic Kidney and Bladder troubles, you'll make no mistake in trying the prescription called Cyster. Because it has given Mdi Joyous, happy reliel in M high a percentage of such cases, Cystex Is sold under a guarantee of money bade on return oc empty paclage unless completely satisfactory. Cyxfex ccjta only 35t at druggists. Pvt. "Tennessee" Felt Fine Till That Moment Fort Sill, Okla, (U.R)--The firs' platoon of the Fort Sill replacement center's battery C, 28th battalion, was lined up in front o the theater, availing to see a tram- ing film. Finally the theater was cleared and the platoon commander gave the command, "Column of files from the right." He turned sharply to the lead man on the right file, "Now wha' do you say?" "Column right," replied the lead man. The p l a t o o n leader t h e n whirled to Pvt. Francis J. (Tennessee) Layne of Monteagle, Term also in the right file, and asked "What do you say?" "Oh I can't say much, sir, 1 drawled Tennessee. "How do you feel today?" No Shortage! At Kemble's New Downtown Shop -115 Norfh Federal Hundreds of Spring Blooming Plants. Give them to your friends and get some for your own home. LARGE COLORFUL 1 00 f 1 10 CINERARIAS ........ 1" U « I 30 CYCLAMEN FAIRY PRIMROSES JONQUILS, (Large Pots)j 50c 2°° KEMBLE'S 115 North Federal Phone 416 1205 South Federal Phone 55 What They Are Doing * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * STAFF SGT. FEED STOECKE CAPT. At STOECREE CAPT. HOWARD STOECKER STOECKERS MAINTAIN RECORD-- Word from Lamesa, Tex., states that Fred G. Stoecker, aviation student, has received his wings as a rated liaison pilo6 and had been promoted to staff sergeant upon graduation at the head of his class from the 3rd army air forces liaison training detachment there. Staff Sgt. Stoecker and wife are now in California where he has been transferred. Capt. Al Stoecker has been in England the last 2 years. He is company commander in civil engineering and writes that he is fortunate in having a fine and exceptionally well trained group of engineers insomuch that his* company tops the whole regiment Capt v Stoecker's wife, Aline Stoecker, with the WACs when that organization was an auxiliary of the army, received an honorable discharge at the time it became a part of the regular army in order that she might assist her father who had lost his business help to the service. Capt. Howard Stoecker, wife and year old son are at Brownsville, Tex., where the captain is based as a flyer for the Pan-American Airways. -- V-- --V-- " --V Preacher on War Job Has Car Services New York, (U.R).-- A Baptist readier who left his congrega- on for a war job has built a new hurch in the Texas railway car ·hich carries him and his fellow ·orkers from Houston to yards of le Houston Shipbuilding Corp. The Rev. Clarence Gadberry, 7, a booted and sombreroed na- '.ve of Sherman, Tex., preached i North Texas churches for 12 ears before he became a sliip- ard painter 2 years ago, the 'odd Shipyards Corp., of which ie Houston company is an af- iliate, said. Gadberry conducts his services n the last car of the train as it eaves the shipyards 2 after- opns a week. Welders, burners, aipwrights, electricians and oth- r craftsmen, and women, sit everently with their helmets in heir laps during the prayers and ervices. "We began holding the.meetings or the purpose of offering prayers or our boys on the fighting CPL. EDWIN P. CATXANAN CPL. PAUL D. CALLANAN BROTHERS ARE CORPORALS--Cpl. Edwin P. Callanan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. CalJanan of Clear Lake, is now somewhere in Italy. Cpl. Callanan landed in Africa in Dec., 1942, and went through the African campaign. He entered the service in March, 1942, and took training at Fort Riley, Kans.; Tndo, Cal., and Camp A. P. Hill, Va. His work js with the cavalry. Cpl. Paul D. Calhnan, his brother, is stationed in the quartermaster department at Camp White, Ore. Before this he had been at Fort Warren, Wyo., and Seattle, Wash. --V-- --V-- TRANSFERRED -- Word has been received that James P. Murphy, yeoman 2/c, has been transferred to the tJ. S. naval flight prep school in Austin, Tex. Yeoman Murphy had previously been stationed at the pre-fjight school in Los Angeles, Cal. He is the son of Mrs. Rose JIurphy of Dougherty, y GOES TO NEW YORK--Lawrence (Larry) W. Klein, ship- lifter 1/c, and diver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Klein, 814 Jackson S. W., has gone to New York following a leave here visiting his parents and Mrs. John TJuhr, Clear Lake, Klein has been in the navy for 7 years. He took his boot training at the Great Lakes and was stationed in California at the time his leave was granted. y Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. Whereabouts A letter from Pvi. Edward n. Eygabroad, Rock Falls, now somewhere in Italy states that he hadn't "changed clothes for a month" and sometimes didn't have a chance to v/ash his hands and face for days, but he guessed they "all seemed to stand it somehow." Pvt. Eygabroad as a civilian made his home with his brother, Norval Eygabroad, at Hock Falls. He entered the services in Oct., 1942, and has been overseas the last year. Aviation Cadet Roger E; Maillard was graduated from the preflight army air forces at ^Vicken- burg, Ariz., and is now taking his basic training at Minter field Bakersfield, Cal. He also hac training at Santa Ana, Cal., anc Michigan college at East Lansing He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F E. Maillard, 2515 Jefferson S. W Pfc. Harold Mason is here for a few days visiting in the home of his aunt, Mrs. Andrew Smerdon, 816 10th N. E. Pfc. Mason is in the ordnance department stationed at Atlanta, Ga. Before entering the service in Feb., 1943 Pfc. Mason was employed at the Jacob E. Decker Sons plant He is a graduate o£ the Mason City high school. Word has been received here that Pfc. Henry Schomvald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Schonwald, 1401 Worth Federal, has arrived in New Guinea. Pfc. Schonwald is with heavy maintenance in the ordnance department, Arthur Stanley Johnson, son o Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Johnson, 20i 12th S. E., is home from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, N. Y., where he is in service with the merchant marines. He will return to that station at the end o£ his fur lough. His brother, Cpl. Charle. E. Johnson, is somewhere in thi_ southwest Pacific and has been overseas since July, 1943. --V-Merchandising Angle in S.W. Pacific Told Humboldt, (ff) -- Cpl. Richard Schlievert, home from the south west Pacific, relates this merchandising sidelight: An American soldier at Tulag carved a pipe in his spare time sold it to a native for $15. The shrewd native displayed i to a 2nd American who gladly paid $75 for it and who still think he has a rare piece of nativi handicraft. MANY UNIFORMED Chicago, (U.R)--The Linen Sup ply asosciation of America has completed a survey which reveals that of the 75,750,000 workers in j factories, 65 per cent or 5,037,500 [wear uniforms. IN SOTJTH PACIFIC--Duane H. MacGregor, seaman 1/c, has been in the south Pacific since October. Seaman MacGregor entered the service in July and toot his boot training at Farra- eut, Idaho. He is with a relief crew in the submarine division. JIacGregor was graduated from the hiffh school here last spring. y WOUNDED IN ITALY--Sir. and Mrs. Bert Cummings, now of Berkley, Cal., have had word that their son, Lt. AI Cummings was wounded in Italy and had been taken by plane to a hos pital in north Africa for fur ther treatment. Lt. dimming^, has been in the service since April, 1342, and previous to thai was employed at the North western States Portland Ce ment plant. He is a graduate of the 3Ia son City high school and attended the junior college. A brother, Staff Sgt. Lewis B. Cummings is stationed with the army air forces at MacDill field, Fla. He also is'a graduate of the high school here and had attended the University of Iowa --V-LOSES FINGERNAILS Stacyville--Joe Brumm, farme east of Stacyville, lost the tips ai fingernails o£ his left hand in planer Monday. DR. G. F. FAILOR, Opt. JENSENOPTICALCO: 19'/2 No. Federal fronts," Ga3berry said, "and' just branched out from there. "Most of the workers were on the job on Sundays and didn't have time to go to church. Some of them came from rural communities and were kind of bashful about going to churches in the city." Since most of Houston's ministers have accepted invitations to conduct the rolling services, however, "they realized that the ministers were human beings, just like shipyard workers," Gadberry said. Swing shift workers have appointed L. Bomer, a boilermaker, as assistant pastor in adopting the day shift's commuting service, the company said. Crap-shooters in adjoining cars didn't disturb the worshippers even before the advent of a sheriff's patrol to eliminate gambling. Bikes Kill 147 Chicago, U.R-- T h e American Automobile association reports that 147 persons were killed in bicycle accidents in 1943. Of these 76, or 52 per cent, were 14 years old or younger. Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. 8 Thursday, Feb. 17, 194* MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE Book Lists Dai«s Fort Sheridan, III., (UP.)--A little black date book with 2,700 names and telephone numbers belongs to Mrs, Gertrude Taugher, senior hostess of the post's service club. The book is the roster of all types o£ girls available for dates with the soldiers at dances held in the club. But there's a catch to it, says Mrs. Taugher, explaining "it's an open book only when we're having a dance." Naval Brig Posts Sign B o s t o n , (U.R)--Sign over the door o£ the brig at a naval station here: "Who enters here helps Hitler." Now Many Wear FALSE TEETH With More Comfort fASTETH. a pleasant alkaline (ncra- ucitl t p o w aer. hoias false teeth more T irmly To eat ana talfc in more com- I'ort. jusl sprinkle a little FASTEETB on your plates. No (jummy. gooey, pasty »aste or feeling, criecks "plate odor' (deature breath*. Get FAETEETH *t any drus ^tort Your Heart Will Stand Still When You See the Many Bargains the Iowa Shoe Brokerage Has to Offer! FUR COATS Here is the opportunity of your life to get that fur coat that you have been wanting but you will hove to hurry as there are only 9 coats left at this low price. Sizes from 10 to 18 $3950 and MAIN FLOOR You will be sure to find the shoes you want at our basement shoe department and at prices to fit your budget. MEN'S DRESS OXFORDS Dress oxfords in Block ond Brown with all leather soles ond in all sizes. ARMY STYLE WORK SHOES Here is the work shoe that can really take it. We have all sizes with leather soles. $ 4 5 to Basement Shoe Dept. You will find many of those hord-ro-gef items in our basement store. We hove just purchased the complete stock of a Minnesota store and ore now offering it at greatly reduced prices. Here are only a few of the many items you will find on sale. Notions Yard Goods Dresses Hats Blouses Infants' Wear Children's Clothing Hosiery Men's Underwear Work Clothes Wool'Jackets Trousers Sweaters Gloves, Work or Dress Snow Suits IOWA SHOE BROKERAGE 202-204 $. Federal Where You Save to 50 Mason City, Iowa ' fcl P 1 ~ : - : ^ ^ ^ ~ ! ^ ^

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