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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 17, 1964
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Battle of mailboxes in Florida City, Post | Office foes By WILLIAM BROWN New York Herald-Tribun* News Service ST. PETERSBURG, Fla— The city council here has crossed swords— or mailboxes— with the Post Office Department. At issue are curbline mailboxes. There are some 78,000 of them along city streets. The city council thinks they should be removed and to-the- door mail delivery instituted. The Post Office Department is opposed to the move. The whole thing started a couple of months ago when St. Petersburg's vice mayor said curb- line mailboxes made for a bad city image and should be banned. The city manager consulted the local postmaster and prepared an ordinance banning curbside mailboxes in two of the city's zip code areas by July 1, 1965, and in the rest of the city by July 1, 1966. The local postmaster opposed the ordinance, saying it would hinder the Post Office's efforts at economy. It wasn't until the Post Office flew in its big guns from Wash' ington that war was declared. Harvey Hannah, deputy general counsel for the Post Office Department, appeared before the council at a public hearing. ". . . It has been decided by the department that even if the ordinance is passed, door-to-door delivery will not be furnished," Hannah told councilmen. 'The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors" Home Edition VOL. 104 MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1W4 (10c a copy)—This Paper ConsliLs of Two Section*—Section On* Auoclaled Pre*j Full Ltu* Wire* No. 267 ut could be worse Study routes near Mason City airport "Customers would be re- L. M. Clauson, chief engineer of the Iowa Highway Commission, has said that "generally speaking" the North Iowa routes under study for Interstate 35 would pass between Mason City and Clear Lake, the Associated Press reported Thursday. "Generally speaking, the area between Mason City and Clear Lake seems to be the desirable place for any additional studies," Clauson said. quired to relocate their boxes to the nearest accessible point on their property out of the city right-of-way ... If the customers remove their boxes from the curbline in compliance with the proposed ordinance and do not relocate their boxes at the nearest accessible point on their private property, we would have to ask them to pick up their mail at the post office," Hannah said. In effect, residents could be required to put their mailboxes in the middle of their front lawns. Councilmen reacted with shocked indignation. "Say that again," they demanded. Hannah said it again. Reacting like a bull to a red flag, the council passed the ordinance unanimously on second reading. They held up final reading until the city's legal department can determine whether the Post Office Department could carry out its plans. Mayor Herman Goldner said he planned to vote against the ordinance for economy reasons. The Post Office claims it would cost an additional $450,000 a year to deliver mail in St. Pe- : tersburg if the ordinance passed. After hearing, Hannah, however, Goldner voted for the ordinance. "This is without a doubt the most utterly ridiculous approach to a problem by a federal agency that I have ever seen," he declared. The city manager told Hannah that city zoning ordinances might make it unlawful to put a mailbox in the middle of the front.yard. He asked if the Post Office Department would want citizens to violate the ordinance. Hannah said he certainly hoped citizens wouldn't violate SEN.LEO ELTHON Condition of Sen. Elthon satisfactory State Sen. Leo Elthon, Fer- ;ile, a veteran Republican legis- ator, was listed in "satisfac- He added that since the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads had recommended a route closer to Mason City, then "it is only logical that we do so." Clauson and Robert E. Simpson, division engineer of the Bureau of Public Roads, have talked about several possible lines that are to be studied by highway commission engineers. The Bureau of Public Roads has called the proposed route along Highway 69 "unacceptable." Simpson and Rex Whitton, federal roads administrator, have said a route passing between Mason City and Clear Lake would serve a greater population area without adding to mileage of the interstate highway. Simpson has referred to a section of the interstate highway act that states interstate routes shall serve local needs whenever "practical, suitable and feasible." On this basis, Simpson, said, the Highway 69 route was rejected and the eastern alternate between Mason. City and Clear Lake favored because "it would give a greater service to a larger population." Simpson said this week that 1-35 could be routed on a diagonal anywhere between Highway 20 and Mason-City without adding mileage to the project. He noted that a diagonal is required, whether 4 n Iowa or Minnesota, to swing 1-35 eastward to a control point below Albert Lea, Minn. Simpson said, however, there is no possibility of 1-35 following Cheer Fund in need of big spurt Montana records minus 40 N. Iowa cold to last 5 days By JAMES R. OWENS North lowans basked in their only slightly sub-zero weather ., herc lsn l rcally so WHERE TWO WERE KILLED — A stop sign embedded in the front of a car in which a Marshalltown man died in a two-car accident east of Hampton is an ironic reminder of t h e tragedy which also claimed the life of a Dumont man. Richard I. Karns, —Photos by Hamplon Times L T H 0 U G H «i\ ing to the Christ mas Cheer Fund' has been generous and heart- fell, we are waiting for Ihe Irarii- t i o n a 1 "big spurt" that will assure the atlaining of the $3,- _ 000 goal by the day beforejxhursday, polishing their ice Christmas. Only six giving days Ukates and snuggly comment- remain and the campaign still mg on the poor folk in the has not reached the halfway Northwest who are suffering point. through temperatures of 40 be- More lhan 400 Mason Cily fam- low zero or lower, ilies are in need of encourage- The -13 reading here Wcdncs- menl, cheer and counseling dur-May night didn't even reach the ing this holiday season. 20-bclow stage that had been Miss Doris Bruce, executive anticipated, also going lo prove secretary of Family Service, ' ld Inc., which administers the fund, and her assistant, Mrs. F. S. Of course, it really is bad — Jacobson, now are \v r ilin.gU u t ihere is a comfort of sorts merchandise orders. These must i u seeing thai a big chunk of be in the hands of the needy in America has it worse, ime lo purchase food and gifts r or instance, 1%3's record for before Christmas Day. a chilly December can still be Merchandise also is being ac- tied. A lot ot the early Dcccm- cepted. Such gifts will be listed her days this year were cooler on the final day. than a year ago — although the We are indebted to Laura Ma- big drop came a few days earl- lowney, Susie Roberts and Ra-K'ast year mona Richards for $5.33 they But with another five days of collected during impromptu Arctic air predicted across the caroling in the northwest part Midwest, it may not be hard o of the city. As in the past, the catch up. .Still, there were W success of the Cheer Fund dc-M-zero nights last December, pends in no small way on the and Wednesday night's low was efforts of the youngsters. T 1 ^ the seco "? s " b -« r ° rteadln S of this monlh. But last year George Earhart sent in his do-JNorth Iowa was given a chance nation, saying "I count it a joy to acclimatize herself, as the 28, Mars hall town, and Gale Brown, 36, Dumont, were killed. The bottom photo shows where the death vehicles came to rest after breaking off a power pole. The Brown car is at left. U.S. Highway 20 eastward before proceeding on a northerly line. at re- thc ordinance. In that case, would mail be delivered to the door, the manager asked. •I can't answer," Hannah :ory" condition Thursday Park Hospital here. He is covering from a heart attack suffered at his home Sunday night. A physician said the condition of the 66-year-old senator has remained the same for 24 hours. He reported that Elthon appears to be "doing real well." Elthon served as Iowa governor for 53 days late in 1954 when Gov. William S. Beardsley was killed in an auto accident. He was lieutenant governor at the time. Previously Elthon had been a member of t h e Senate since 1933. He was elected to the Senate again in 1962 after a six Hampton crash kills 2 said, "that would be a matter for the Department Vice Mayor Nortney Cox, who started the whole thing, told Hannah: "We can be just as arbitrary as you people can. We may not be as big, but we can be just as tough." If the legal department finds out the Post Office Department can carry out its threat, sev eral councilmen hinted they may favor a retaliation move, such as requiring mailmen to turn off the engines of their three- wheeled vehicles and remove year absence. Elthon earlier this year had to resign as mayor of Fertile because the attorney general ruled he could not hold that office and the senatorial position. As senator, Elthon represents He stressed that a public hearing must be held by the Iowa Highway Commission on the new alternate before the Bureau of Public Roads will take any action. The final recommendation on the route by the Iowa Highway Commission requires the approval of the Bureau of Public Roads, which supplies 90 per cent in federal funds for all interstate highway construction. Clauson said the highway commission wants to finish studies "as soon as possible." Numerous letters written to the Iowa Highway Commission offering comment on proposed routes for Interstate 35 across northern Iowa were presented Wednesday by Clauson. A letter from the Nora Springs town council offered a resolution endorsing a "Mason HAMPTON — Two men — including one from Dumont — were killed in a two-car crash miles east of here about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Dead are Gale Brown, 36, Dumont, and Richard I. Karns, 28, Marshalltovvn. The two men were alone in their cars at the time of the crash. Brown, a former Chapin resident, was driving east on Highway 3 when his car was struck broadside by Karns 1 southbound auto. Karns was crossing the intersection of Highway 3 and a con crete pavement running south rom Hansell. According to Franklin County Deputy Sheriff Ralph Jones, eye witnesses said Karns did not stop at the stop sign before heading across the highway. The force of the crash knock-ad the Brown auto into a telephone pole on the south side of (he highway. The pole was broken off and the blacktop road leading south to Geneva was blocked for a time by downed wires. Brown, who was thrown from his car by the force of the .crash died en route to a Hampton hos pital. Karns died at the scene.! Porches had to be used to cut away the frame of the car to get to the body. The accident was investigated :>y Jones and Highway Patrolmen Carl Condon, Hampton, and lalvin Countryman, Iowa Falls. The accident raised Franklin County's death toll to four in highway mishaps this year Funeral services for Brown will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Dumont. Burial will be in the Old Chapin Cemetery with the Rev. W. W. Schmidt officiating. The Green and Siels- cma Funeral Home, Hampton, s in charge of arrangements. A rosary will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include his wife, Myrna; three sons, Gale, Jr., Ronald and Danny, all at home; his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brown, Sheffield; three sisters, Mrs. Waller Griggs, Webster City; Mrs. Bernard Swilzcr, Thompson, and Casondra Rattcy, Mason City, and two brothers, Melvin and Robert, both of Sheffield. to share Christian blessings with those who are less fortunate than [ am." Another valued giver is "An Arkansas Friend," who always s heard from at this time of year. Other organizations and ndividuals who contribute regu- arly are in Thursday's list, too. From "Karen, Susan, Steven and Janet" came this note: "It always is fun to imagine how our gift will be used. May? be it will be for a toy, something for an elderly person or a remembrance to a shut-in. Any of these are important and we <now we are helping to make somebody a little happier this Christmas." The Cheer Fund will close at 10 a.m. Dec. 24. A lot of giving must be done before then. Bring your gift to the Globe-Gazette or send it to: CHRISTMAS CHEER Car* of GIobe-Gaierte, Box 271 Worth, Mitchell and counties. He engages ing and quarrying. Howard, farm- in the key each their vehicles time they leave to deliver mail. This could be done under an existing ordinance. Washington hasn't hinted what its next move may be! Meanwhile, the mailmen are still chugging along on their duly appointed rounds — The mail must go through. On the inside Frank Berlin trial to jury ELDORA — The District Court' jury at 10:30 a.m. Thursday began deliberating the fate nf. Frank Berlin III, 19, of West Des Moines, charged with murder. Judge G. R. Hill turned the case over to the jury after final arguments of altorneys were completed and he had given his instructions. City route" for the Interstate. The Nora Springs note called the route "one which will do the greatest good for the largest number of people." Letters were also received from private individuals in Nora Springs, Waverly, Fort Dodge and Mason City. LES PAUL DIVORCE HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — 8-9-10 Editorials Society news Clear Lake news . Sports news Latest markets ... Mason City news . Comics " North Iowa news 24 North Iowa Weather outlook Partly cloudy and a little colder Thursday night, low* 1007 below. Friday partly cloudy, continued cold., highs zero <o .1 above. Guitarist Les Paul was granted an uncontested divorce More talk hinting at medicare compromise Shopping days tilt Christmas ecurity anced. Mills' DRUNK TAPE RECORDER DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. —Police sprang into action Wed- Mary Ford, his wife of 15 years and former singing partner, on grounds of extreme cruelty. He dropped earlier charges of adul- itery and desertion. nesday night after they were told a person with a slurred drunken-sounding voice had an trom swered the phone at the rail but separately fi- views amounted to a ough sketch of a program for he aged different from the administration's Social Security Ian but compatible enough with il to give every indication road station after it closed for culprit was answering de the night.-'The tape recorded vice that had jammed at a slow speed. New charges filed against livestock firms in N. Iowa CHICAGO (AP) — Two livestock dealers and two marketing agencies in Iowa have benn charged-with violating the Packers and Stockyards Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. The department said Cecil Cox, Algona, and Park A. Bing ley, Knoxville, were the live stock dealers charged. The agencies, the department said,, were he Iowa Falls Sales Pavilion operated by Ronald C. Whitney, and the Bingley Sales Co. at Knoxville, operated by Bingley. The complaints charge that those accused were engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in marketing livestock in 1962. The department contends that they conspired to defraud investors ol Cattle Owners Corp. formerly of Belmond, of a por- ion of the proceeds receive from the sale of investors' live stock. Cox is accused of conspirin with various persons to defrau the investors of about $13,81 involving 787 head of livcstocl Whitney !s accused of partic paling in some of the,transa LIVESTOCK (C«ntinu«4 on Pag* 2) WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep., /ilbur D. Mills, a major ongressional opponent of Presi- ent Johnson's health care plan, ays he is prepared to support a rogram administered by Social 53,000 rial a compromise could be eached. If this should prove to be the case, the decade-long controver y in Congress over health care or the aged could be setlied by mid- 1965. The program is one if Johnson's principal legisla- ive goals. Mills, an Arkansas Democrat, s chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has been the graveyard of legis ation for health care of the aged under Social Security. "I could vote for a payroll "I assume the committee wouldl be able to work something out." He declined lo speculale on whal benefits might be provided under would might be. The Johnson-backed plan isi essentially simitar lo those proposed earlier by Prcsidenl John F. Kennedy sponsors over would provide hospital, nursing home and some outpatient service for the aged. a plan of the kind he favor, or what its cost and congressional the years. II Mason City, Iowa 50402 CHKKR FUND (iOAI. J3.llOffl.on PREVIOUSLY REPORTED l.'.MII.lft Portland l!lue Rlhbnn Krrrl- er» l-lt Cluh "I-"" Member« ol I'.K.O. C'lup- ler IV K:11 M»r«h»ll * Swill Kmployr« M.W Sherrl Oltmn '•"" Arllanne Keekjorden 'Ml" Garfletd E. Hree»« I"-" 11 Karen. Steven. Suaan »nrf Janet "• " n United Sewing ClicU nf Central Ilelfhli . s -"° rieorie Earhart »•<"' I.uelnda '• l " ) In memnry nf D.ll.fl. 1«.««> What's New Club. Sheffield '>.i»' An Arkaniai Friend ' ll - l>(l Occident Club 5.0D "The Carnleri —Susie Rnti. nrtl, [.aura Malnvrnr;. Romona Richards . . •''•^ Twtnlif.1t. Century Cluh . M.'Hi THE DAY'S TOTA1 I IM.M TOTAL TO DATE ....... II.M1.M NEEDED ........ J1.BIH.I7 drop came a degree or Iwo at a time, gradually working down to a -20 by Dec. 22. The sudden plunge Wednesday and Wednesday night caught more lhan a few cars unadjusted to low mereury'levels. Wrecker services were flooded with business Thursday morning. At 11:30, one service was 13 calls behind and had answered nearly 40 since 8 a.m. That firm has two wreckers. Another service, with three vehicles, reported more lhan 50 :alls by 11 a.m. Thai station was 10 behind in its calls. The stalion operator said he had been forced to turn down more than 100 calls. Interstate Power Co. used propane from its local -"peak-shaving" plant to augment pipcd-in natural gas Wednesday night but no more than normal for cold weather periods. Some of the traditional co!d- veather problems, such as freez- ng of water or sewer lines, don't come until frost is driven deeper than it is now. Donavan Soell, cily engineer, said that ort of problem could come if extreme cold is prolonged without snow cover protection. The city sewage treatment plant ef- icicncy is cut as icing affects liters, in weather such as Ihis. If this pre-Chrislmas cold snap duplicates the one of last year — as predications indicate it will — there may at least be a Christmas Day break. After more lhan a week of misery in 1963, Christmas Day offered the first temperatures above freez- ng. GIVING DAYS LEFT OM.Y Continue NATO arms study; France, U.S. still opposed PARIS (AP) — Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization failed Thursday to settle their differences on the sharing of nuclear possibilily tax to finance part of the cost of ij, ul a g rcc d to keep on studying _ __lil~ ._.__<•, f A_ 4U. A rt ftf^ft " \X ill« 1 _ _ . .. health care for the aged," Miils this comp i cx problem. said when he was reached by telephone at his district office in Little Rock, Ark. He said fur-1 governments remained ther he has "no objection to So- on this issue. But those same cial Security administration ofitwo governments took care to such a program." He added: |k«p " n close contact with each It would b* easier for them to do It, and it certainly would other. The NATO ministers issued * be less expensive than setting up a separate agency." As for the prospects, he said, communique their winter at the meeting close of which made this reference to the mixed - manned surface fleet! concept: "Ministers examined the problems confronting the alliance in the field of conventional and nuclear weapons. A Ihor- ough exchange of views on these problems took place and will be continued." That left Ihe whole American concept for bringing the Allies into a closer nuclear partner ship subject to further talks and more study. Th« NATO minister agreed lo continue seeking ways to case East • West tensions ana bring to realization "the legitl mate aspirations of the German jeople" for reunification. The reference to the nuclear problem was made in general crms because the ministers realized they could not obtain any concrete commitments for a mixed-manned Polaris-armed surface fleet or any variation ol that concept. The communique also said "Ihe minislers stressed the im portance of avoiding dissemina tion of nuclear weapons." The Americans regard the The ky mass of northern air Iropped temperatures below zero over all of Iowa Thursday. Ida drove reported 17 below. The warmest spot in the state was Davenport, which reported a lov; of one below. While it didn't match North Iowa, DCS Moines' -8 Wednesday night was a low for that city. (Low records here are no higher than -15 for any time after mid-December.) Whatever happens next, it appears that North Iowa will look like the Sunny South compared to what is going on elsewhere. One reading Wednesday was 59 atop a mountain 24 miles northeast of Lewistown, Mont. fleet idea as one way to achieve this result. The French believe the neet, witi have exactly the opposite result. SAME DATE—\H3~45t IBUck, Tl»g Mean* Trxtni BtUfe tn Fait M Hanri>

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