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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              VOLUME 48, NO. 294 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 1, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES 6 Feared Dead in Ripon Hotel Fire Winona Housing Aid Recommended City Council Invites Specific Program To Spur Building Five-Man Authority Suggests Tax Inducements, Other Helps Text of Housing Report on Page 3 By Adolph Bremer Winona's housing and redevelopment authority believes that the time has come for the city government to help private capital build houses here. The authority told the city council so last night and the coun- cil replied to the five-man authority: Go ahead, get a specific proposal and come back. Reflecting the confidence of the; three-month old authority, Vice-i Chairman C. Paul Venables de- clared: "I think we can come up with The authority, headed by William J. Thurow, believes that the city council can do several things to take the lid off volume home con- struction. Here are some ol them as presented In a written report: 1. New construction should not be taxed until it Is occu- pied. 2. Sewer, water and other serv- ices should be run out Immedi- ately to sites suitable for multi- ple apartment unit structures, and general encouragement should be extended to such development. 3. Taxes should not be in- creased on land immediately aiter it has been platted. 4. The zoning ordinance should be amended so that large old homes of "ample" floor space can be remodeled into at many as six apartments. Councilmen had no particular quarrel with any of these and other recommendations, except that Presi- dent William P. Theurer pointed out that state law requires the in- creased valuation on platted areas. But he described the work the authority hrd done so far as a "wonderful" Job, and hoped the members would continue working "along the same lines." The meeting Itself last night in the city building pointed up the change in the local attitude toward U. S. Recognizes States of Israel, Trans-Jordan By Edward E. Bomar Washington TJ. S. officials held out hope today that a settle- ment of the Arab-Jew dispute may be a step nearer now with full American recognition of both Israel and Trans-Jordan. They looked for the dual recogni- tion also to: 1. Increase Israel's chances for early election to membership In the United Nations. 2. Encourage other governments to recognize Trans-Jordan. (Before Trans-Jordan can get into the H. N. there may have to be a change in present relations between Russia and the west. The Soviets vetoed its admission last year.) President Truman formally wel- comed the two countries into thei world family of nations late yes-j terday. By granting full "de recognition to Israel, he carried out a campaln pledge made last October Firemen Pour Water into ruins of Grand View hotel at Ripon, Wls., which was leveled in early morning blaze. Approximately 42 guests escaped but Police Chief Ira Dunham said six still were miss- Ing. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) E. L. Berg Renamed 24. De Jure recognition means a gov- ernment Is recognized as the lawful State Commissioner DRY in 4 Years lent is recognized as tne jawioi for that country. De facto is! St. Paul Praising him for housing construction, these two aspects: particularly 1. The city council dallied on the proposal to create the authority for nearly a year, then created it only under renewed pressure. Now, only three months after its creation, the first report of the authority, in gen- eral terms, was enthusiastically re- ceived. Hopes to Break Bottleneck authority was ap- informally advised 2. When the pointed it was by Mayor John Druey, ex-officloi member of the authority, that it' could be of great assistance to the city should the 81st Congress ap- propriate funds for housing con- struction, and that it would be a matter of waiting until that hap- pened. Instead the authority de- cided to familiarize itself with the (Continued on Page 9, Column 5.) HOUSING recognition that a government Is in fact a functioning government. Toward Trans-Jordan, the desert kingdom wlhch Britain carved out of Palestine three years ago, the American attitude was less definite In advance. But officials said recog- nition was decided on months ago and would have been forthcoming earlier except for concern that this might bs taken as support for the Arabs against the Jews. Supporting the official conten- tion that no deal with Britain was involved, the White House made a separate announcement that the United States will soon exchange ministers with Trans-Jordan. A new American representative at Tel Aviv, Israeli capital, may have the top rank of ambassador. The present representative is James performing an outstanding Job, Governor Youngdahl late yesterday reappointed Earl L. Berg to another two-year term as state commissioner of administration. The governor also reappointed: Dr. F. W. Behmler, Morris; Dr. C. V. Nete, and Professor Frederick H. Bass, both of Minneapolis, to the state board of health and vital statistics for terms ending in Janu- ary, 1952. Edwin S. Rankin, Brainerd, and Dale R. McEnary, Minneapolis, to the state registration board for architects, engineers and land sur- veyors, their terms extending to January, 1963. Dr. George F. Miller, St. Paul, to the state board of osteopathy untf January, 1945, and Dr. Juluis Baraas, Northfield, and Mrs. Ray- Congress Asked to Admit Worst of Cold displaced persons commission today urged Congress to admit war refugees to the United States in the next four double the present program. The agency also recommended a series of other changes in line with President Truman's criticism of the law he signed "with great reluctance" last June. It provided entry for persons in two years, and set up the commission to supervise. The three-man G. McDonald, at Jerusalem, who has mond M. Minneapolis, to the been mentioned in speculation aslstate board of education, their a possible' appointee to the new post. (terms to run until January, 1954. Senator Miller's Illness Delays Appointments St. Paul Illness of Senator Archie Miller of Hopkins, Senate majority leader, today delayed for 24 hours a scheduled airing of a dispute over committee assignments Under attack is appointment of Senator Duernke of Min- neapolis, to be chairman of the committee on motor vehicles. Senator D. M. Carey of Wells ob- jected when it was proposed last Friday. He had been a candidate for the post. He said, however, he was not seeking it for himself, but felt the job should go to a rural man. It was decided then to delay ac- tion until today. Meanwhile, a plan'was being dis- cussed to iron out the dispute by enlarging the motor vehicles com- mittee to include two more members from the rural area. On motion of Senator Karl Neu- meier of Stillwater, it was decided today to take up the matter to- morrow, when Senator Miller is ex- pected back. He is suffering from a severe cold. Senator Homer Oarr of Proctor again introduced his bill to re- quire lobbyists to register. He of- fered the bill, patterned after a Wisconsin law, at both the 1945 and 1947 sessions. Senators Edward Hagen of Milan and C. E. Johnson of Almelund in- troduced a monies and bill to credits reinstate tax. the View Of Kane Street, Carbondale township, in Scranton, Pa., which was dropped by a surface set- tling, and two homes damaged by the subsidence. In one instance a house dropped 25 feet. (A.P. Wire- photo to The Republican-Herald.) Slate Legislature Ends Session April 21 St. Minnesota Attor- ney General Bumquist asserted in an opinion today that April 21 will be the final day of the current Minnesota legislative session. In a ruling to House Speaker John Hartle, the attorney general asserted that March 28 was the final day for introduction of bills, with- out special consent from the gov- commission said in its first semiannual report that its vast resettlement effort has lag- ged, and it said the law was partly to blame. From July 1 to the end of 1948 displaced persons reached the United States, Commission Chair- man Ugo Carusi told reporters. The total rose to in January, and he predicted the same number will come in during February. Would Find Homes If Congress accepts the commis- sion's recommendations, Carusi said, the problem of finding homes for the remaining World War II refu- gees "should just about be cleared up." The commission asked congress 1. Make eligible for entry al! DP's who became refugees up to April 21, 1947. The present deadline is December 22, 1945. 2. Wipe out the requirement that 40 per cent of those admitted must be from areas annexed by Ger- many's conquerors, and instead let refugees in without questioning their race, religion or national ori- gin. 3. Drop a provision to give prior- to 30 per cent of the total- to farmers. 4. Change a requirement that every applicant must have a job and adequate housing awaiting him, and let an assurance of "reasonable and suitable resettlement oppor- tunities" suffice. 5. Let refugees enter without af- fecting future immigration quotas, and remove the present priority given those now living in DP camps. Over in South Skies in Dixie Generally Fair Atlanta Chill winds kept teeth a-chattering in most of Dixie but skies were generally fair. The worst of the wintry onslaught that struck the South Monday was gone. The coldest weather in the South today was reported in northwest Louisiana, west Tennessee, and in mid-Kentucky. A vast cold mass of air moving in from the west was mainly responsible. A pre-dawn low of seven was re- ported at Memphis, and It was 12 at Nashville and Shreveport. Tem- peratures were about 20 degrees be- low normal, but warmer weather was in sight for Wednesday, said the weatherman. A little rain or melting snow might be mixec1 in with the rising temperatures. Kentucky bundled against the cold that found the mercury early today at.3 at Bowling Green and 11 at Louisville. In Florida and along the gulf to New Orleans It was considerably warmer. The lowest at Mobile this morning was 30. It was three de- grees wanner at New Orleans. The Carolina coastal area also reported early morning readings in the than it was' yes- terday. Snow flurries sifted across Birm- ingham but were too casual.to be noticed unless you looked twice. Here at Atlanta, rising tempera- tures had brushed away all traces of ice that gave the city a glimmer- ing and picturesque coating Monday but disrupted electric power service for about three hours and made footing uncertain. Florida continued to bask in a June in January atmosphere. Beaches were crowded yesterday. Throughout the southeast gener- ally tomorrow, temperatures would 42 Guests Flee As Flames Spread Over Structure Ripon, persons, including a former college and professional football player, were missing and presumed dead In a fire which destroyed the Grand View hotel here early today. Police Chief Ira Dunham listed the following as missing: Store Burns j At Lonsdale, Two Men Hurt Lonsdale, which started when Excelsior was being fed into a stove destroyed one build- ing and heavily damaged another late yesterday. John Rezac, owner of furniture store where the blaze broke out, and his son, John, Jr., were treated for burns. The younger Rezac was tak- en to a Northfield hospital, but re- leased shortly after. The Bezacs lived above the store. The second -building, adjacent to the first, housed the a barber shop and quarters for five families. All escaped without In- Jury, but most of the furnishings In the building were destroyed or water damaged. The younger Rezac said he was stuffing excelsior into the stove about 5 p. m. when flames burst out, Igniting a pile of mattresses. Fire companies from Lonsdale, Northfield, New Prague and Mont- gomery fought the blaze for about an hour and a half. A damage estimate was not avail- able. m Relief Moves Into Nebraska; South Dakota Program More Flexible (be only a degree or so below nor- 6. Set up a fund from which vol-jmal, and there wouldn't be enough untary agencies might borrow to'rain to speak of anywhere, so the pay for the passage of immigrants XD this country. 7. Admit political refugees from countries recently taken over by as Czechoslova- their admission is in the national interest. 8. Bar entry to anyone who ad- vocated 'persecution for reasons of race, religion or national origin, Carusi said this would include Nazis. Certain other changes, Carusi said, would make the DP program more flexible and correct defects which have shown up in the last seven months. The other commission members are Edward M. O'Connor and Harry N. Rosenfleld. weatherman promised. Congressman Keefe Refuses Cocktails Representative Keefe (R-Wis.) said yesterday that most Congressmen say "no" when invited to cocktail parties. Keefe In a House speech said he had read numerous reports in the press recently "from individuals placed in high position by the elec- torate" that rounds of cocktail par- ties and drinking has become' so great that members "cannot attend to their public business." An army of bull- dozer operators, truck drivers and mechanics movfd into the snow cov- ered cattle country of Nebraska and South Dakota today. Headquarters of the Fifth Army's Operation Snowbound estimated men were following. 350 pieces of anow moving equipment into the disaster area. Most of the men who will operate and service the bulldozers, snow plows and trucks are civilians. Only a army officers who will supervise the job, said a Fifth Army spokesman. Late yesterday, a party of rank- ing Army and government officials returned from a flight over the stricken area. Over one section they related, they flew for 35 minutes at 200 miles an hour, without spotting a single road. Ranch after ranch showed no sign of life, 'After what we've said As- sistant Secretary of the Army Gor- don Gray, "I wouldn't be prepared to argue that there was any one alive dowa there." Lieutenant General Raymond A. chief of army engineers, nodded assent. Meanwhile, following the Army s lead, the Red Cross moved its dis- aster headquarters from St. Louis to Omaha. Donald Stout, director for the disaster area, said his office would supervise activities In about the same area as thav in which the Fifth army Is carrying on emergen- cy operations., WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Fair to- night and Wednesday. Colder to- night; low -5 in the city, -10 in the rural areas. Continued cold Wednesday; high 14. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 22; minimum, 6; noon, 10; precipitation, .02 inch sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE 1 Max. Min, Free. Chicago ...........24 18 Denver 20-6 Des Moines .......22 3 Duluth ............23 4- International Falls.. 21 Kansas City .......26 13 Los Angeles .......60 33 Miami............79 73 Mpls.-St. Paul 24 1 New Orleans......35 32 New York .........39 31 Seattle ............42 30 Phoenix ...........54 25 Washington .......34 29 .01 .01 .07 .01 Winnipeg 14 -21 Lloyd Wasserbach, Madison, Wis., former member of the University of Wisconsin and Chicago Rockets football Albert Blelch, -Madison, Kobert Wlngler, Iowa City, Icwa. Charles Wendtlandr 80, a per- manent guest and part-time employe of the hotel. Mrs. Alice Callan, 52, princi- pal of Ripon's Longfellow rrade school. Bliss Clara. Solvereon, 62, a bookkeeper for the Ripon Knit- ting- Company. Wasserbach was a tackle on Wis- consin's varsity squads of 1940, '41 and '42, and was a member of the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football conference in 1946. With. Bleigh and Wingler he was employ- ed in the construction of a power transmission line in the Ripon area. There were approximately 48 guests in the hotel when the fire broke out. Its origin was undeter- mined. Firemen from Ripon and four nearby cities still were pour- ing water into the ruins at noon today. The alarm as the entire Rlpoa fire department turned out electri- fied this little college city of some residents and most of them hurried to the scene. Guests Flee Down Ladder! One of the eye witnesses, Mit. C. W. Imbreit, whose home is two doors away from the hotel on same side of the street, saw the flames leap from the roof near tha 'chimney at a. m. just after the first alarm was sounded. She saw guests flee'clown ladders and fire escapes and saw some Jump ifrom various floors. One man. Warren Schleinzer, 28, Elmhurst, HI., leaped from the third floor. He escaped with cuts and bruises and was reported in good condition at the Ripon municipal hospital. A fireman was cut above the eye by falling timber but was released from the hospital after treatment. Mrs. Umbreit gave coffee to the firemen and shelter to some of the survivors. They had fled in their nlghtclothes In the near-zero night. Ripon firemen were aided by the Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Berlin and Princeton departments. The undetermined origin steadily from the top ot the structure built In 1870 down to the basement until it had leveled the hotel completely. But the flames were prevented from spreading to adjoining structures. Hotel Register Destroyed The proprietor of the Mamie down the smoke- filled stairway with her son from their third floor room. Mrs. Kuhn said the hotel register was destroyed and she had no check of the guests. She stated, however, that the hotel was filled to capacity with 48 per- sons when the fire broke out. Several passersby aided firemen in their rescue -work. One of them, Harold St. Arnauld, Iron Mountain, Mich., a student at Ripon college, said he saw two persons on the sec- ond floor of the flaming building as he carried a woman down a lad- der, but he couldn't get at them, Four Suffer Burns in Escaping Fire Fond da Lac, Wls. Four members of the Alois Dooley fam- ily were burned yesterday as the parents rescued two children from their blazing farm home near Eden. Dooley and his wife entered tha flaming house through a window and crossed -the kitchen floor on hands and knees to reach their children, Judy Ann, three and 'one- half, and Mary Ellen, one and one- half. All four received hand and face burns and Mrs. Dooley cut her leg entering the window. All were treat- ed at St. Agnes hospital, but none was in serious condition. The Eden fire department, re- sponded to the call, but saw that the house was too far gone to save and concentrated on keeping the fire from destroying farm buildings. Green Bay Man Dead of Burns Green Bay, Wis. Henry Hammer, 24, Green Bay, died at St. Vincent's hospital last night ot bums he suffered in an. apartment fire earlier yesterday. The blaze, which gutted the third- floor of the structure, started in a clothes closet adjoining; Hammer's bedroom and trapped him in the room. He made his way through the flames, but fell down a flight ot stairs, where firemen found him. Henry Bushey, 64, Hammer's grandfather, also was burned when he ran down stairs to report the blaze and then attempted to return and rescue his 62-year-old wife. Mrs. Bushey, however, was carried to safety by firemen. f   

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