Requiem - Headlines

News headlines from across the domain.

National and Global

Top developments around the country and world.

USSR Develops Atomic Bomb

1949

Senator Joseph McCarthy Hunts Communists

1950 - 1956

Cuban Revolution

1953 - 1959

Polio Immunization Campaign

1954 - 1960

Promoted by the March of Dimes, mass immunizations against polio launched was launched as a test in school children across the country. Annual number of polio cases fell from 35,000 in 1953 to 5,600 in 1957. By 1961, only 161 cases were reported in the United States.

First US Color Television Broadcast

1954

McDonald's Corporation Founded

1955

Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus

1955

Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age

1957

Alaska, Hawaii Become States

1959

Alaska (3 January) and Hawaii (21 August) become new states of the United States of America.

Domain News

Headlines that have impact across the entirety of the domain.

Murders Deemed Work of "Cyclone Slasher"

1949 - 1960

It was not until 1953 that a pattern of killings was detected, though authorities now believe the first murders began in 1949. One to three Iowa State University students per year have been found dead in Cerro Gordo County. All of the students had been traveling via train to Clear Lake, Mason City, or surrounding cities. Many of the students had lived in the area and were traveling to visit family.

Newspapers have dubbed the serial killer behind the murders the "Cyclone Slasher." The failure of authorities to capture the killer is partially responsible for the recently launched Mason City Chapter of The Fallen Heroes Motorcycle Club, who have vowed to protect their community and find the monster responsible for the murders.

Boone County - Boone

Events transpiring within Boone County.

Gas Burns Fatal

1952

An elderly Boone filling station attendant was burned to death in his station shortly before dawn, apparently after he spilled gasoline on his clothes and then got too near an oil heater.

Door-to-door Income Tax Hunt

1953

Iowa internal revenue officers are sampling Boone county to determine if a house-by-house hunt for tax delinquents in the state would be worthwhile.

Three Boys Drown in Des Moines River

1954

Three boys drowned in the Des Moines River near Boone despite efforts to save them by onlookers.

Rail Switchman Loses Both Legs

1955

A 26-year-old switchman for the North Western railroad at boon lost both legs in an accident at the Boone yards. He was working alone at the time and evidently fell under the wheels of a train.

Iowa Rain-Maker Throws in Towel

1957

A rainmaking outfit threw in the towel--sopping wet. The North American Weather Consultants announced it had turned off its iodine generators in Boone county and will keep them off until July 1. The reason--nature has done the firm's work for it. The area has been drenched in soaking rains in recent weeks.

Dice Game Raided in Funeral Chapel

1958

With solemnity not due to the surroundings, police slipped quietly into a Boone funeral chapel and arrested 9 men. The men were allegedly playing dice alongside a candle-decked altar.

Mamie Eisenhower Stops Off in Iowa

1960

Mamie Eisenhower stopped off in her native Iowa and visited her Aunt, Mrs. Joel Carlson, who is ill. Mrs. Eisenhower arrived by private railroad car, before going by car to Boone, where Mrs. Carlson is hospitalized.

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City & Clear Lake

Events transpiring within Cerro Gordo County.

Camp Gaywood Founded

1947

Camp Gaywood – A parcel of land, 9 ½ acres located on Clear Lake’s south shore was purchased by the Mason City Kiwanis Club to be used as a camp for Girl Scouts. The work was done mostly by volunteers. The camp lodge was built on a hill overlooking the area.

Source: http://www.clearlakehistoricalsociety.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=42

Old Surf Ballroom Burns Down

1947

Old Surf Ballroom burned down. It was rebuilt a year later across the street at a cost of $350,000 by owner, Carl Fox. During the late 40’s and 50s many famous celebrities and bands played the ballroom. They included Guy Lombard, Lawrence Welk, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey along with many others. Pat Boone, the Crew Cuts, the Diamonds, Bill Haley and the Comets and many other name entertainers were also booked and played to full houses.

Source: http://www.clearlakehistoricalsociety.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=42

Clear Lake Centennial Celebration

1951

Clear Lake Centennial Celebration – This was held on July 14 & 15. A centennial coin was designed by student Neil Slocum. There was a free pageant held at the Lions’ Field. There were also displays of old time farm machinery & equipment, antique displays, Indian villages, balloon ascension and other entertainment. A time capsule was buried in the southeast corner of City Park covered by a replica of the centennial coin. It contained copies of Mirror-Reporter, 1951 phone book, 1951 city directory, seed corn, beans, seed oats, and many pictures. Congratulations were received from Lt. Gov. W.H. Nicholas, IA Senator Hickenlooper, Cong HR Gross and Arthur Godfrey.

Source: http://www.clearlakehistoricalsociety.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=42

Mason City Warehouse Corporation Pilfered, Records Burned

1953

Burglars stole $1,000 in cash from the Mason City Warehouse Corporation and company records were put to the torch.

Bayside Roller Coaster Sold

1958

Bayside Roller Coaster – The infamous Bayside roller coaster located on the south shore of Clear Lake in the Bayside Amusement Park was sold to Roy Law for salvage. The roller coaster had been rebuilt by owners Howard O’Leary and Jack Shea after a tornado had damaged it in 1942 . This officially ended the Bayside Amusement Park which had at one time been a landmark for family entertainment in the area. The land was then sold to Mason City realtors for what is now a lakeside housing development.

Source: http://www.clearlakehistoricalsociety.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=42

Rock and Roll Stars Die in Plane Crash

1959

Rock and roll star, Buddy Holly killed in a plane crash after leaving the Mason City – Clear Lake airport. On a wintry night in early February, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) who had just finished their performance at the Surf Ballroom were heading for a play date in South Dakota took off from the local airport. Their plane crashed just north of the airport killing all on board including the local pilot, Roger Peterson. A marker is displayed in the rural area where the plane crashed which is visited yearly during the February Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom.

Source: http://www.clearlakehistoricalsociety.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=42

The Fallen Heroes MC Opens Mason City Chapter

1959

"The Fallen" pledge community protection and service.

Marshall County - Marshalltown

Events transpiring within Marshall County.

Monkeys Blamed For Big Fire

1952

Fire swept through eight business establishments in Marshalltown. Firemen say that pet monkeys who broke out of cages in the A.B.C. Refrigeration Company may have started the fire.

Heart Stops, But Farmer's Life is Saved

1953

Ralph W. Brown is alive and recovering in Mercy hospital because alert surgical aid saved him when his heart stopped beating after an operation. Brown's wife called it a "miracle."

Brown's heart was pumped by hand for 35 minutes before it took up its normal beat again.

White Man Wounded; Indian Hunted

1954

Officials in Marshall County investigated the death of an Indian man and the shooting of a white man in what Marshall County sheriff described as "troubles over an Indian woman."

Rumors are that another Indian was involved in the shooting, but escaped. He is being sought by investigators.

Fire Destroys Business, House

1954

Oil-burning furnace ignited and destroyed garage and neighboring house. Multiple cars and a local company truck were destroyed in the blaze. Neighboring house burns to the ground as well.

Power Failure in Marshalltown

1955

Iowa Electric & Power Co. new Marshalltown steam plant fails, leaving the city and surrounding areas without electricity for some time.

Fisher Community Center Opens

1958

Fisher Community Center was the vision of J.W. "Bill" Fisher, who recognized the importance of an enhanced quality of life. The facility is home to the community theater, outstanding works of art and many local clubs and organizations.

Source: http://communitylink.com/us/ia/marshalltown/profile/history.htm

Story County - Ames

Events transpiring within Story County.

Ames Laboratory Announced

1947

The United States Atomic Energy Commission formally announces the location of one of its major research facilities at Ames, to be known as the Ames Laboratory. Frank H. Spedding is named its first director.

Coover Hall Built

1948 - 1953

The Electrical Engineering Building was constructed over a period of five years beginning in 1948. Separate contracts were drawn up for the completion of the third floor in 1950 and the auditorium and freight elevator installation in 1952. All the contracts were completed by the spring of 1953.

The new building contained a variety of labs and research facilities to keep up with rapid developments in electronics and computers. Each floor held an array of labs in machines, circuits, and electrical measurement, as well as industrial X-ray and electronics research equipment.

Just four years after the new building was finished, the department needed even more space—this time to house the new Cyclotron computer, which was near completion in 1957. An addition to the west end of the south wing of the building in 1959 solved the space problem, and the 10-by-12-foot Cyclone Computer remained there until the mid 1960s, when it was retired and replaced by a newer model.

The Fallen Heroes Motorcycle Club Founded by WWII Veterans

1948

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pranked

1949

Sigma Alpha Epsilon pranked, dead horse found on floor of Frat house with 50 live pigeons

WOI-TV on Air

1950

Story County Hospital Opens in Nevada

1950

Train Depot Gardens and Lands Sold

1951

Train use shifts to freight, depot gardens and land sold.

Parking Meters on Main Street

1951

Fourth Veteran This Year Dies Mysteriously

1955

U.S. Animal Disease Laboratory Announced

1956

Ames was chosen as the site of the U.S. Animal Disease Laboratory.

Proposal for National Animal Disease Center

1956

Proposal for National Animal Disease Center to be built near Ames.

Lake Comar Sold

1957

Lake Comar sold, became horse farm

Canning Factory Shuts Down

1957

Canning factory shut down and converted to warehousing

Iowa State University of Science and Technology

1959

The university is renamed.

Last Passenger Train at Ames Depot

1960

Martin Luther King's Ames Address

1960

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Events transpiring within Webster County.

Freak Storm Damages Farms

1950

In a brief, freakish storm near Fort Dodge, hailstones "larger than hen's eggs" fell, killing chickens and pigs and practically wiping out the oats crops on five farms. The storm was confined to the vicinity of Industry, about five miles northwest of Fort Dodge.

Hormel Acquires Tobin Packing Plant

1954

Fort Dodge has had several slaughterhouses in the 19th and 20th centuries, but the first modern one was the Tobin Packing Company plant, a hog processor that opened in Fort Dodge in 1934, bringing jobs and welcome relief to the local economy suffering from the depths of the Depression. In 1936, it processed 3,000 heads of hog and shipped 50 carloads of meat each day.

In 1954, the plant was acquired by George A. Hormel and Company, which continued to operate the plant until the 1980s. It was the largest and highest-paying employer.

Source: Fort Dodge: 1850 – 1970 by Roger B. Natte (pg. 58)

The Fallen Heroes MC Launches Ft. Dodge Chapter

1955

Returning Korean War vets bolster ranks.

Couple Slain in "Best Day's Work"

1955

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Anderson were shot to death by Dillard Brown, who admitted responsibility for the murders.

"It is the best day's work I have ever done - I made a promise to kill them and I never back down on my promises."

Fort Dodge Stages Aggressive Campaign for Industry

1956

Russian Visitors Create Stir

1956

Two unheralded visitors from the Russian embassy in Washington created a stir when they stopped overnight at a Fort Dodge Hotel. FBI agents took up rooms next door.

100 Families Flee Fire

1958

Three buildings gutted in a fire old-timers said was "the most spectacular in the history of Fort Dodge." As many as a hundred families fled apartment buildings.

National Guard Armory Dedicated

1959