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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              CLEARING TONIGHT, THURSDAY FAIR SUPPORT YOUR Y.M. C.A. VOLUME 49, NO. 42 WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 6, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES on oc The Alsops Senator Holds New Pact HM Hospital Death By Joseph and Stewart AIsop L_. g Washington The gaggle for-! T I I jl eign ministers who so grandiosely! I I !J Yrif sanctified the Atlantic pact U 1 f could have done worse than stop; to listen to Donnell of Missouri.' Efflngham, toll of known dead and reported missing m He and Mrs. Don- the nation's second most tragic hospital fire was placed at 69 today by nell were on hand hospital officials. I in the Commerce They said 55 bodies have been still I department aucii- and 14 persons are listed as missing in Tuesday's fire at St. Anthonys .torium, the In W, Watson, Doudna tutional and ill-drafted. tor bearing under] Earlier, a list compiled by The his arm a small Associated Press reporters and offi- bale of papers ciai sources at the scene showed 50 proving the pact bodies recovered and had 30 persons illegal, missing. I I The 62-year-old hospital was PjSC'f" The senator might have given the stroyed within an hour early II Cfdt I II CO assembled statesmen the answer to'day. the question that is now secretly: worrying every one of them. National guardsmen patrolled the area and huge search- question was once succinctly put byiu hts lignted up the blackened rub- Winston Churchill: "Will America, We stm believed to Winston Churchill: "Will America, We stm believed to be concealing stay the In short, will bodies of many victims. Only States havin assumed thC tne naked wans of the three and a feared the walls might fall upon bills? THE MAN WHO bears within himself the answer to this momen- tous inquiry is far from representa- tive of the Senate isolationists. The New York Major fire disasters in the United States in the past two decades, and their death tolls: October, 1947, Maine Forest 22. December 7, 1946. Winecoff hotel, Atlanta, Ga. 119. June 9, 1946, Canfield hotel, Dubuque. 19. Navy Vet Clifford Wilson, 27, Sails in as Wabasha Mayor Top Nominees For School Post Final Elections Will Be Held on May 3 Edward Munson defeated" by WiT- J. Gehl of West Bend and Elmerjs received a total of 658 Goodland of Racine will go to to Munson's 304, winning post in a run-off election May 3 for; by 354 votes, the supreme court seat to be vacated! A veteran of 58 months scr- by Chief Justice Marvin B. Rosen-j vice in the Navy during the war berry. j In the finals for superintendent of public instruction on the same day it will be George Watson, Wau- Wabasha, community today had a new ma- yor, a new assessor, a new justice of the peace and an overwhelming approval by its residents of the con- tinuance of the Wabasha municipal liquor store. Close to persons went to the polls here in yesterday's city election which found Mayor Carl watosa school superintendent and Quincy Doudna, Stevens Point edu- cator. The winner will succeed John: tig is empioyea us a muNiuau, Callahan, who like Rosenberry, married and the father of two children. The men earned the right to com-1 R. c. Schurhammer won out ov- two years duty in the South is 27 years of age, the youngest ma- yor in the city's history and be- lieved to be one of the youngest mayors in the state. He is employed as a milkman, The number of dead in rifying midnight fire had been es- uouque by pacing the June 5, 1946, La Salle hotel, wiKr.nnsin's election ves- f timated yesterday at 65 by the hos-j hard remaining core of senatorial! registrar, Miss Helen Wise-l isolationism is largely composed However 15 additional bod-i portly, expensively tailored men been emoved to nos.! with a strong tendency to sound. and undertaking establish- even in private conversation like in communities alter broadcast news release of the identified early to- tional Association of The great majority of these menj" come from states, both northern] Records Lost and southern, where the local poli- Records at the hospital, the only tical organizations are rigidly con- one in this south central Illinois trolled by the most reactionary big business groups. Some wear dema- community of were lost. However, the hospital believed gogue's disguises. But most of themithere were 124 look very much like what they staff the 62-year- iact of power and institution, operated by the Ca- mining and transportation and tholic Order of St. Francis, when great manufacturing companies and not at all like what they are officially supposed to be repre- sentatives of the amorphous but majestic group that the late Sam Blythe once called "the great rancid American people." Not so Senator Donnell. He also looks like what he in fact is, from the stern frames of his eye-glasses to the somehow virtuous lines of his neat blue suit. But what Senator Donnell is goes back to the elm-shaded, lilac-scented streets the fire broke. The number of survivors was es- timated at 55 by the Red Cross. Firemen said most ol the survivors suffered in some degree from burns or smoke, but only one was re- ported in critical condition. Among the known dead were two nuns, the hospital's chaplain, and three nurses. Inspectors from the Illinois state jfire marshal's office, headed Pat Kelly, investigated the; Chicago 61. January 16, 1945, General Clark hotel, 14. October 20-21, 1944, Cleveland liquid gas explosion and fire July 6, 1944, Bingling Bro- thers-Barnum and Bailey circus, Hartford, 168. March 27, 2944, Amsterdam hotel, San 22. November 28, 1942, Cocoanut Grove night club, April 23, 1940, Negro dance hall, Natchez, 193. May 16, 1938. Terminal hotel, Atlanta, 35. March 18, 1937, New London, Texas, school explosion and fire February 12, 1936, Victoria Mansions, Lakewood, N. J. 16. September 8, 1934. S. S. Morro Castle fire off Asbury Park, N. 134. September 21, 1933, hotel fire, Houston, Texas 54. April 21, 1930, Ohio state peni- 320. May 15, 1929, Cleveland hospi- tal clinic fire 124. I fields in Wisconsin's election yes- superintendent's race with Doudna a close second. The run-offs are necessary in both races because no one polled more than 50 per cent of ;he vote. Had anyone done so he would have qualified without opposition, was re- Gehl has been circuit judge of the :3th district since 1940. It com- prises Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington ind Waukesha counties. Goodland, a nephew of the late Governor Koenig, incumbent, received 267 Walter S. Goodland, has been a votes, while Cronk polled 104. municipal judge at Racine since the little towns of Quitman and fire. Fire Chief Fred Wilkins would IT INCLUDES A father born EffMehami D-F-L to Meet JAt store, made a smallI town success M. Moriarity, if his Democratic-Fanner-Labor i comment itbtkcu 11 i'io an investigation of the de-jchairman said the party's spring and sent his son to coLege and law {ire conference would be held at Hibbing school. It includes also an Gas Discounted April 24 with Representative Blat- fashloned. modestly prosperous St. discounted a re. nfk (D..Minn.) and State Repre- Louis law practice, famny life mjport leaking. gas caused Robert Sheran of Man- (Continued on Page 4, Column 3.) ALSOPS er incumbent Henry Kronebusch in the race for assessor for a two terday. Gehl had a substantial lead year-term. Schurhammer polled 461 in the 12-man supreme court race( ballots to Kronebusch's 382. John while Goodland earned the runner-! Roemer, also in the running, re- up spot. i ceived 103 votes. Watson ran first in the ten-man The new justice of the peace is Charles Joseph Johnson, who re- ceived 512 votes, thus defeating incumbent William Schurhammer, who had 438 ballots. John M. Stiever, treasurer, who turned to office with 833 votes. Richard Koenig defeated William Cronk by a margin of 163 votes in the first ward alderman race Incumbent William Marx, second ward alderman, was defeated by Gehl, an infantryman In the first John Danckwart. Danckwart re- World War, piled up his lead 258 ballots to Marx's 93. the field both outstate and in Mil-[ In the third ward, Everett Mar- waukee-county. He gained an early jcou defeated incumbent George advantage and never was headed, i Christenson, 123 to 112. The race for the second spot was! Interest ran extremely high on close through the early stages but at the half-way mark when returns from southern Wisconsin came in Goodland moved into the second place and increased his margin. Returns from of pre- cincts for supreme court: Cchl. Goodland, Harold E. Stafford, Chlppewi. Falls, Thomas R. Amlie, Madison, Ward Rector, Madison, Mortimer Lcvltan, Madison, Marshall Peterson, Monroe, Earl O'Brien. Milwaukee, J, Henry Bennett, Viroqua, 24.49G. Anton Madlcr, Madison. 22.178. W. O. Hart, Baraboo, Peter F. Leuch, Ccdarburp, Returns from precincts for] the question of the city's munici- pal liquor store. A total of 974 votes was cast on this issue, with 778 in favor of continuance and 196 opposed. The liquor store question was not definitely determined by yester- day's election, however, since fi- nal decision rests with the cityi council. The vote was taken to I sample public opinion on the con- troversial issue. Voting, by wards, is as follows: First Ward 118; Wilson. 252. 267; Cronk 104. Clifford Wilson Youthful Wabasha Mayor on Milk Roule Stan WehrenberK Truman Farm Program Ready for Congress By Ovid A. Martin Truman administration plans to lay before tomorrow a farm program designed to _ use the American 145; school superintendent: U.S. Fight Aggression, Clay Tells Troops By Richard K. O'Mallcy Grafcmvoehr, Germany Wl blaze which sent flames invited to be the principal! through the old structure with such speakers. speed that scores of patients were! trapped in their rooms. Many ofj the patients were believed to have September 14-17 perished without a chance to leave; _. -_ their beds, Wilkins said there was no ex- plosion preceding the fire. The r blaze was believed to have the dates chosen for the 1949 in a laundry chute. It spread to an national barrow show at Austin, elevator shaft and quickly envelop- Secretaries of nine swine-breed- ed the entire structure. ing groups completed arrangements "The flash fire rolled through the1 for the show with Austin sponsors, hospital building like a bowling ball j Premiums totaling were un- rolling down the alley." Wilkinsjderwritten said. "It was beyond control in a Itson 109.52 Dondna, fll.HO-. Amil W. Zellmer, Wisconsin Kanlds, 874. j Edward Ludwif. Badeer. 45.1C8. Alfred K. Schumann, Milwaukee, Howard J. Williams, Mukwonaso. Earl M. Hancy, Milwaukee, X9.103. Paul L. Kaiser. Horleon, Jay W. Packard. Portaje, 21.1C9. Voters apparently decided in favor Austin September of a constitutional amendment to permit the state to grant money Barrow Show Dates to local housing authorities for vet- erans housing. Returns from precincts (Continued on Page 5, Column 4.) GEHL rner. 181; .Roomer, 40. Justice of the 168; Johnson 207. 332. Second Ward 112; Wilson. 240. 93; Danckwan, 258. 146; Schurham- racr, 156; Roemer. 45. justice of the 148; Johnson. 197. 310. Third Ward 74: Wilson, 156. 112; Marcou, 91; Schurha.mr.er, 124; Roemer. 18. Justice of the 122; Johnson, 108. 191. Liquor in the first ward; 279 in sec end; 195 In third. doneress tomorrow a ittnu 'schtrham- apatite for meat, poultry anddairy Products in-ucha-ayas topre- end; 45 in third. General Lucius D. Clay today toldivery jew American troops in Germany the x'here were many heroic res- United States was pledged to scores of persons rushed to' vent any aggression against West- tne hospital, in the northwest res- ern Europe "by force if neces-1 idential section, to aid nuns and sary." I nurses in attempted rescue of pa- The American commander mitjents_ Many battled flames in their Germany said that America's en-; attempts to get patients from the trance into the Atlantic pact building. An unestimated mitted her to help maintain the: number died in leaps. peace. Effingham, stunned by one of the Addressing nearly D. S. fire disasters in Illinois his- troops, assembled in an Army pianned a day of mourning observance at this former Wehr-1 tomorrow The nation's most trag- macht training ground, Clay toldiio hospital fire was one which kill- them: led 124 persons in the Cleveland, "You are a symbol of our coun-Qhio, Clinic hospital of Dr. George try's still-firm will to fight Criie on May 15, 1929. the rights of free men. At the state capital in Spring- "We have joined the Atlantic !field) 75 miles northwest, Gover- community and pleased ourselves i nor Stevenson placed every to secure peace and to prevent I interested state agency at the call aggression by force if necessary." i0f those faced with the emergency. Hundreds of guns, tanks and At tne game time he ordered a armored vehicles passed before complete re-examination of the fire Clay who stood on a re viewing i safety of all state and private hos- stand frqm which flew the flags I pjtals in Illinois. of Britain, Prance and the United States. The Russian flag was conspicu- ous by its absence. The demonstration was the big- gest of 17 military shows held in1 Berlin and the U. S. zone to mark "Army day." The displays were in sharp contrast to the 1948 ob- servance. A year ago there was no attempt to make a show of the United States.' military strength in Europe. Clay pointed up A m e r i c a's tougher attitude in Europe when he complimented the Sixth arm- ored cavalry (U. S. constabulary) for its swift development in the past year and said: "You were a lightly armed but highly mobile unit. Now you are a heavily armed unit and still highly mobile. You have accom- plished this in six months. You have a right to be proud." 'Shooting Star7 Startles Utah Salt Lake City Resi- dents of northern Utah and southeast Idaho were startled yesterday by a. meteor described as a "ball of fire" and "a shoot- ins star as big as a football." Peace officers and newspaper offices were swamped with tele- phone calls concerning the bril- liant display and on explosions many persons reported hearing shortly afterwards. At approximately the same time the aerial phenomenon was sighted at Salt Lake City, resi- dents. Los Angeles reported see- ing four or five mysterious streaks of smoke in the sky. Ahrens Noses Out Beranek At La Crosse By The Associated Press New mayors were elected in a id- 195 In third. in the first ward: 75 in the sec- number of Wisconsin cities yester- day, with at least two incumbents losing their posts. vent troublesome crop surpluses. Secretary of Agriculture Brannan will outline the long-awaited pro- gram before a joint session of the House and Senate agriculture com- mittees. It is the administration's substitute for the controversial Ai- ken long-range farm law passed by the Republican 80th Congress. The program is expected to have a broad consumer appeal because of its emphasis upon a greater sup- ply of livestock products at lower retail prices than would be pos- sible under the present farm pro- gram. In brief, it would seek to divert millions of surplus acres from cot- ton wheat, peanuts and some other cash crops to grass, pastures and tneir nay Such land would enable farm- Crosse Mayor C. A. Beranek jerg to produce many additiona apparently was nosed out of ajnead of meat animals and dairy second term by Henry J. cows, and hence a larger supply retired garageman. Complete un- of meat and af 4Un -rtfottO' official returns gave Ahrens a 288 to margin. Mayor Herbert Schipper of Mani- towoc trailed former Alderman George Sladkey, to with but one precinct missing. The missing precinct could not change the outcome. At Oshkosh, Mayor Ernest Sie- wert retained his office by a to margin over Ex-Mayor George Oaks, whom Siewert un- seated two years ago. Racine's mayor-elect is John E. Gothner, a relative newcomer in politics who defeated Alderman George Due, a veteran of 12 years in the city council, in the first 16 precincts reporting, the count was to Mayor Francis Wendt, who defeated Gothner two years ago, did not seek re-election. Acting Mayor Ralph Williams of Lake Geneva became mayor in his own right by drawing votes to 542 for Robert Keefe, 88 for Edward Dunn and 73 for Samuel Reichert. Williams had been nam- ed several months ago to fill the General Omar N. Bradley, center, Army chief of staff, is presented an "Award of Merit" by Henry Morgenthau, Jr., left, former secretary of treasury, at 54th anniversary dinner of the Jewish War Vet- erans of the U S in Washington, D. C, last night. At right is Myer Dorfman of St. Paul, Minn., na- tional commander of the J. W. V, The award hailed Bradley's services as wartime leader of American troops, as veterans administrator and as chief of staff of the Army. Wirepnoto to The Republi- can-Herald.) Unlike the present program, the new plan would not support prices of livestock, poultry and dairy pro ducts It would allow them to drop to low levels. As a consequence many consumers would be able to buy "much more of these products than at present. The incentive for farmers to in crease livestock production would be in the form of government pay ments. Such a program would be expect ed to help accomplish three ends desired by the administration: (1 Adjustment of crop production from abnormally high war and postwar levels to peacetime demands (2 Placing of greater emphasis on soi conservation, and (3) Improvemen of the national diet. Brannan Is expected to tell Con gress that various economic de vices would be needed to make such a program work. They woulc1 include price supports for som Sent to Waupun 1 to 10 Years For Embezzling Trempealeau County Clerk Pleads Guilty in Losses Whitehall, Wis. (Special) Trempealeau county's former Roy H. ten prison sen- tences today for embezzlements which had totaled Circuit Judge A. W. Kopp, Platte- vffle, sentenced the 38-year-old World War n veteran to five terms of one to five years and five terms of one to ten years. The sentences, however, will run concurrently. The sentences, or por- tions thereof, will be served in the state prison at Waupun. Matson was charged on ten counts, and he pleaded guilty to all of them. Requests of Matson's attorney- Burr Tarrant, pro- bation and a ten-day stay were both denied by the judge. Matson is in i the Trempealeau county jail here 'awaiting transfer to Waupun, away 'irom his wife and four children. Gets Lecture Matson got more than prison sen- tences; he also got a five-minute lecture from the sentencing judge. Judge Kopp called embezzlement by a man holding an office of public ;rust "one of the most heinous crimes known to financial crime." When a man is elected to public office, the judge continued, "the pub- lic assumes he will perform his du- ties' honestly." The judge disregarded any pica that Matson may have made on behalf of his family, re- minding him instead that "you didn't think of your family first Unfortunately in all cases of this kind the innocent suffer more than the guilty." And in a reference to the fact that technically the former county treasurer an'd county chairman .were involved in the embezzlements, the judge told Matson that "you al- most got two other persons involved In your crime." Official Replaced That treasurer, August Knudtson, was replaced by the county board of commissioners last February. Representing the state in court this morning was John Quinn, Ar- adia, district attorney. When the shortages were dis- overed last October 27, Matson in lis confession explained that he used the money to establish himself n a mill business in Strum. At that ,ime the state auditing department laced the deficits at However, in a county board ses- sion last February 15, the depart- ment made a report on a more omplete audit and stepped the de- icit up to County Funds At the time it was stated that rom March, 1947, to June, 1948, Uatson passed approximately 00 of county funds through his lands, which he used for his per- sonal affairs. He made part of that amount good with personal checks. A large portion of the illegal transactions were handled through conservation department funds. It is the custom of the Wisconsin state conservation department to appoint he county clerk as its personal rep- resentative (not as an officer of the county) for the collection of hunt- ng, trapping and fishing licenses. The clerk collects the fees and sends them to the department. Ordi- narily no county checks are in- volved, but Matson utilized both county checks and funds to make payments to the department. He :ept some of the fees for his own inciuue farm products, incentive payment for others, consumer subsidy pro- grams, and government production controls for crops as cotton, to- bacco, wheat, rice and peanuts. Greek Civil War Continues Greek rebel ra- dio broadcast today that guerrilla forces have recaptured the moun- tainous western but the National government insisted the Greek army has the upper hand. The guerrillas were' driven from the area by nationalist troops in a bloody, bitterly-fought campaign last fall, escaping across the border into neighboring countries. A government communique said the rebels, in a lightning attack from across the Albanian frontier, seized several strategic heights but have been driven from those van- tage points in four furious days of fighting. The government said the battle still rages. unexpired term of the late Mayor j Lloyd Best. I Rhinelander's voters rolled upthe MinneSDOMS largest poll count in history to junk-1 r ing the city manager form of I eaCnCfS eminent in favor of a mayor-corn- j mon council system. The city man-) Minneapolis is ager plan in effect since 1926, about 200 teachers for the 1949- 1 427 to '50 school year and faces little pros- Stoughton's' drys won a 377 tojpect of meeting the shortage be- 412 victory in rejecting a proposal'' cause the annual starting sal- to permit taverns to sell liquor asjary is from to below what as beer. The city has a mu- other cities are offering, Supenn- nicipal liquor store. H. B. Bruner said last night. WEATHER WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 59; minimum, 33; noon, 51; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and to- night. Thursday generally fair. Not much change in temperature. Low tonight 36; high Thursday 57. Additional weather on Page 16. 1   

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