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Publication: Winona Republican Herald December 4, 1948

Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1948, Winona, Minnesota VOLUME 48, NO. 246 W1NONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 4, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWELVE PAGES New Winona Airport in Operation r FROM THE AIK: This air view, taken last July when con- struction had virtually been completed, shows the 100-foot-wlde northwest-southeast runway and the two shorter run- ways; the north-south runway, which is 80 feet wide, In the extreme distance, and the northeast-southwest run- way, also 80 feet wide, which runs nearly horizontally across the middle ol the picture. The city owns land which permits extension ol each runway. FROM THE GROUND: This view, taken from the beacon tower this morning as the municipal airport was opened officially lor the first time, looks across the wind socle to the Wisconsin hills. In the foreground Is the airport's next development: The administration building', financed by state and federal aids and public subscriptions. It will be completed sometime next year, when formal dedication ceremonies for the airport will be held; Republican-Herald Good Fellows Open Christmas Crusade Santa Clauds will come'to the homes of the needy children of I Winona again this Christmas. Back of this declaration is the annual performance of the Good Fellows organization since 1912. Each Christmas season this voluntary organization, composed of the Good Fellows of Winona and the surrounding area, has brought the joy of Christmas to the needy children of the com- munity. They are now pledged to repeat again this Christmas of Feared Dead in Ship Blast Chinese Army Girds for New Nanking Battle By Seymonr Topping Nanking Chinese nation- alist and communist armies moved tonight toward a head-on collision south of Suchow a new battle which may determine China's fate, aboard the small China Vessel Sinks Off Shanghai Disaster May Prove Worst In Ship History By Fred ELimpson Shanghai More than Chinese fleeing war-torn central China today were believed to have perir.hed -when an overloaded ship exploded and sank just outside of Shanghai. An estimated refugees were sure on the government's new Hwai river defense line, 100 miles northwest Nanking, and were heading norlli to meet the three nationalist army groups aban- doned Suchow Wednesday. few minutes near the mouth of the! Yangtze river. Rescue craft bringing survivors to Shanghai -during the day were re- ported to have picked up less than Chen Yi's force was estimated at 700. Some sources reported no more Three other red 400 survived. 1948. Without, this effort again this year, it would be a sad Christmas in many homes, surveys made by the Good Fellows organization re- veals. Sufferinf tinder Surface Although Winona has all the'ear- marks of employ- ment, a gala downtown area, crowds of shoppers and many sadness and suffering Is still be- neath the surface and needs banish- ing this Christmas season. The facts are that welfare agen- cies report conditions among the needy worse than a year ago. Crowd- ed housing conditions, high cost of living and a lowered dollar value has increased materially their load of so-called borderline cases. Steamship Company's Large families, crowded together General Chen Yi eased their It blew up In small living quarters where the sure on the government's night and sank within a earnings hardly pay for food, rent and fuel, not to mention clothing, and other needs of life. These are the families also where sickness makes its inroads, where misfortune takes its toll and where the struggle to keep their heads above the water predominates. More Borderline Cases "We have this Mrs. Cathe- rine Lambert, city welfare commis- sioner, states, "a much larger num- ber of these borderline cases. These are families where the money earn- ed by the wage earner is not suffi- cient to pay more than the bare living costs. The chances of these families having any Christmas ex- tras are very, very slim unless the Good Fellows respond and lend a hand." Similar reports come from all the other welfare agencies, veteran or- ganizations and school groups. There is a real need this year for a very active Good Fellow movement. The same plan which has proved successful in the past will be repeat- ed this year. Good Fellows will send or bring their contributions to The Republican-Herald, in which these contributions will be listed. Welfare workers under the direction of Mrs. Thomas Lightfoot will make the purchases acd arrange for dis- tribution of the gifts. Letters addressed to Santa Claus will be investigated by the Good Fellows, with the aid of'teachers in the various schools, school nurses and the various welfare agencies. Each report will be given individual attention. Children will be taken from the (Continued on Page 3. Column 4.) GOOD FELLOWS totalling possibly men, al- ready are engaging the Suchow garrison about 30 miles south of the big base. Evacuation Speeded In addition to those communist forces, two other columns were re- ported approaching the battle scene from the east. Thus, it appeared constituting the core of Chiang Kai- shek's strength in East will be considerably outnumbered. While official attention was rivet- ed on the impending battle, the frantic scramble of Chinese Nanking and Shanghai and with tragic results. A small steamship reportedly carrying Be a Good Fellow The following are the contribn- refugees blew up and sank near the mouth of the Yangtze river late last night. More than were believ- ed drowned. The Nanking garrison attempted ;o slow down the exodus from this capital by closing the main gates :o the railroad yards and to the Yangtze river docks. General Tan Gen-po, garrison commander, order- ed all transport facilities placed un- der military control. For the first time in days, there was considerable optimism in of- ficial Nanking circles regarding the military situation northwest of here. Officials expressed belief the forth- coming fight south of Suchow will result in a government victory. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and Vicinity: Increasing First Disaster (If the death toll is confirmed, it will be the worst marine disaster in modern history. The loss would be about twice the who perish- ed when the Titanic went down in 1912.) was the first major disaster in the frenzied exodus from Shanghai Both cities i aced by Chinese communist armies now engaged in than 200 miles northwest-of Nanking. The steamship had sailed from Shanghai en route to Ningpo about 200 miles south of here. It was jammed with Shang- hai and Nanking residents attempt- Ing to reach the.relative safety of Chekiang province. A company spokesman said the Kiangya's capacity was pas- sengers. He added, however, that thousands of refugees had swarmed aboard on each of the ship's trips in recent weeks despite efforts to hold a safety limit. Tremendous Blast The spokesman said the vessel had carried at least passengers m each of its previous taps, anc Jiat there were at least that many aboard this time. of whom were In- L BntisfrProposal In Palestine Row Tops U.N. Hurdle Paris The much amende British proposal for conciliation o the Palestine problem was approve narrowly today In the United Na tions political committee. The mar gin was far too narrow to assure it adoption by the general assembly, The 58-natlon political committe approved the British resolution as a whole by a vote of 25 to 21, wit nine abstentions and three member marked absent. A two-thirds majority Is neces sary for approval in the general assembly. The political committee vote earlier to place selection of a three nation Palestine conciliation com mission to the bands of the big flv United States, Bussia Britain, France and China. Western Berlin Residents Set For Election By Daniel De Lace Berlin Western Berliners vote tomorrow for a new city ad- ministration in their "island of free- dom" 100 miles inside the Soviet army's ramparts in Europe. Blockaded Berlin is going to have a legal election that the Russians couldn't stop. The ballot Is merely a list of three anti-communist parties competing for municipal jobs. But the East-West struggle for 3ermany has made the local poli- ical contest a'straw in the wind to show which side the Germans prefer. If a high percentage of voters appear at the polls, the United States, Britain and, France will claim, German fadorsement of their fight against Russian efforts to To 2 Killings At Eau Claire Ballistics Test Reveals Weapon Used by Slayer Ean Claire, Wis. A .32 calibre rifle fished from nearby Dell's Pond is the weapon with which a teen-age boy and girl were shot to death October 23. That'S what Eau Claire author- ties were told last nigtit by a St. Paul, Minn., police criminologlst who ran ballistics tests on the wea- jon yesterday, Dr. John Dalton said test bullets ired from the weapon bore mark- ings which corresponded to those aken on slugs removed from the radies of Raymond Smith, 18, and his 17-year-old girl companion, Johnson Nabbed The nude body of Smith and the partly nude body of the girl were ound October 24, along a stream jank at-a remote corner of the Eau Claire Country club golf course. A week later, Marshall Johnson, 32, an Eau Claire roofer, was picked p in Seattle for questioning to the ase. He waived extradition and heriff Lloyd Thompson said on the ray back from the coast, Johnson admitted the double slaying. He has pleaded innocent, however, o first degree murder charges and urrently is awaiting trial. The sheriff said unless a special term of the circuit court Is called, ohnson probably will net be trie: until March. Top Evidence The gtii, which is expected to be ne of the main bits of evidence in Arcadia Farm Youth Killed by Falling Tree Old Field Closed to Air Traffic jured reported that the ship went down short' explosion. after a tremendous survivor said it cloudiness with continued mild to-1 He said night, low 34; clear Sunday with might have been sabotage, because he noticed two junks passing the stern of the ship a, few minutes earlier. loosed tions no the Good Fellows fund to1 rain changing to snow Sunday i date: night; colder late Sunday, high 38. LOCAL WEATHER Reserve fund..............S429.ll Athletic Club...... 25.00 Official observations for the 24 1 dined to blame overstrained boilers for the blast. The ship's wireless was unaccount- ably out of commission, and its A fritnfl................... 1.00 (hours ending at 12 m. today I plight was not learned until a pass- Koberi, Richard, Mary, i. .....-------_ rhiffip, Patricia......... 5.00 precipitation, none; sun sets to-' night at sun rises tomorrow Total..................5460.11 at Maximum, 56; minimum, 32; soon, coastal vessel, the HWA Foo, sighted the smoking ship. Many of the victims were believed Sovietize Berlin. If the voting is relatively meager the trial, had been the object of 3 intensive search. Seattle police had quoted John- on at first as saying he had sold he weapon to a fanner he met hile hunting. After further ques- oning and lie detector tests in communists will it as a vindi- cation of Russian efforts to force the western allies out of the city Attack Opposition But no western observer expects the communists to admit a reverse, to havejjeen trapped below no matter how many Berliners Ig- nore their demand to boycott the election. The communist gangs have been attacking opposition political meet- ings all week. But if the, vote is heavy, past tactics suggest the com- munists will cry fraud by "reaction- ary war-mongers." Europe has never seen an elec- tion like this before. It is taking place in two-thirds of the gaunt, ruined city, the U. S, British and French sectors wnich lave been under land blockade by the Russian aimed forces since June, The other third is held by Wisconsin and Minnesota, authori- ties quoted him as saying the rifle had been thrown In Dell's pond. In the- meantime; hundreds of high school students and other vol- unteers had searched the river and the murder area for the weapon, and the first attempt by a diver to find it in Dell's pond failed. But a second attempt early this week was successful and the gun was sent to- St. Paul, where the tests were made. Nicaragua Rules Out U. S. Ship Attacks Managua, Xicanrna War UQnister Anastasio Somoza says planes reported to have tired on three TJ. S. fishing boats Thursday could not have been Somoza said last night an Nica- raguan planes are well can be Identified easily. Gene Johnion photo Shown Above is the fallen tree on the Clifford Foegen farm which severely crushed Glenn Krackow, 17, Glencoe Ridge, Wis., shortly before noon Friday while he was sawing wood with his father and brother. Arcadia, A 17- year-old Glencoe Kidge farm youth, Glenn Krackow, son of Mr, and Mrs, Herman Krachow, died at St. Joseph's hospital here about noon Friday from injuries suffered when he was crushed by a falling tree. He was working with his bro- ther, Lyle, 19, and his father on the Clifford Foegen farm about ten miles from here shortly before noon whesn the tree he was sawing fell and crushed him. His father, Herman, found them while-he was coming to see how the ber of the F.F.A. four years and president his senior year. He was also a member of the. high school band and high school choir. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at the St. John's Christ Lutheran church here with the Rev. G. F. Muedeking officiat- ing. A preliminary service will be held at at the Webb funeral home. Burial will be In Glencoe cemetery. The body Is at the Webb funeral home. getting along with a new type chain saw which they had purchased Thursday. The father, Clifford Foegen and Lyle Krachow rushed Glenn to St. Joseph's hos- pital in Arcadia. He was conscious and conversed with the men while being taken to the hospital. He died a few minutes after arriving there. Glenn is survived by his parents, two brothers, Lyle and Richard and one sister, Lois, all at home. He attended Arcadia High and was graduated in June. A pop- ular youth, in school, he was a mem- SHOPPING PAY5 LEFT Lack of Fanfare Marks Opening of Project By Adolph Bremer Winona's municipal sir- port went into operation today. There was no fanfare, no official ceremony as the airport was offlcial- y opened. The signal for the start, of the iperation was a simple detail: Plclc- ng up a few white boards that have ormed a giant cross on the airport, he warning device that has kept aircraft away this summer as the hree-year construction job was omirig to an end. Now they can the big nes. That was demonstrated as ong as three months ago when; a giant Martin 2-0-2 passenger plane ouched down its wheels after get- ing special permission. The go-ahead signal for the open- Ing of the new airport came at 3 m. Friday, when the Minnesota epartment of aeronautics, which 5sues airport licenses, told City En- ineer Carl W. Frank to close down be old port and open the new one. That decision was made although ertaln facilities, such as gasoline ;orage, have not been provided >t the ne wairport. The decision to open the airport now was made In the interest of safety, the new port being free of operating hazards. Once the decision was made, Frank and the airport co-managers, William A, Galewski and Roy.T. Patneaude, went right to work on the details permitting the switch, v- Months ago it was decided tJsiat there wouldn't be a formal dedica- tion until the administration build- ing is time next today there was no ceremony. Instead the owners of quietly planned moving them from one airport to another. Small harig- ars were moved from the old airport to the new one -weeks prep- aration for today, and the Winona. Flying service and the J. R. Watkins Company have started erecting largo hangars recently. Project Today, then, is the culmination 'of an effort which began early in World War n, and the original boosters the project, such as Mr. Patneaude, can point with particular pride that approximately in state and federal monies has been secured ;to finance the cost of the project. 'I The idea that Winona should have a better one than the sod field nestles against the southern bluffs was first nurtured early in the war. At that time the Association Commerce industrial committee took the lead, with help from the city council, Mayor Floyd Simon and other organizations, ia interesting the federal government In building an airport here for the training "SA Ah- Force personnel. Although the attempt was un- successful, the negotiations with Washington officials had pointed to Winonans the commercial ad- vantages in having a good airport. When Mr. Galewski was electtd (Continued on Pace 1, Column 1.) NEW------------- ;

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Publication: Winona Republican Herald

Location: Winona, Minnesota

Issue Date: December 4, 1948

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