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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1949, Winona, Minnesota FAIR TONIGHT, TUESDAY SUPPORT YOURY.M.C.A. VOLUME 49, NO. 46 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 11, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Two Die in Buffalo City AirCras Kathy Few IN WATER 100 FEET DOWN PIPE Weary Workers Close Well, Fill Up Hole By Bill Becker and Graham Berry San Marino, world Is a little sadder today. Little Kathy Fiscus was brought up dead from her well tomb after 52 hours. All mothers and fathers shared in some measure the grief that overcame David and Alice Fiscus when the body of their tow-headed three-year old was found lying in water, wedged about 100 feet down in the 14-inch pipe. The announcement of death, by drowning, was made at p. m. (CST) last night and brought to a tragic end the tireless digging of weary rescuers and the anxious waiting of sympathizers every- where. Since sunny, little Kathy, running at play, stumbled into the weed- covered well opening last Friday afternoon, accounts of the attempt to reach her had stirred the nation, and the rest of the world, as few stories have in years. Even though nothing had been heard from the child sftice about an hour after she plunged into the abandoned old casing, hope and prayer filled most human hearts. How else account for a crowd of more than which watched final rescue efforts? Dead Since Friday Those efforts took, in all, 52 hours; but it would have been the same if she could have been reach- ed in two hours. Dr. Robert McCullock, family physician, said Kathy had been dead "since last heard from Fri- day afternoon." Then her terrified drifted faintly up to her mother, efforts to have her grab a rope failed, and all was silent. There was still water in the old well after 45 years. The body was finally found on a warm Palm Sunday as O. A. Kelly cut through the tough old casing from the bottom of a rescue shaft Continued on Page 9, Column 1.) KATHY Fall Clasped In The Arms of Bill Yancey, who toiled frantically for hours to release her, the body of Kathy Piscus is brought to the surface at San Marino, Calif., last night. Additional pictures on Page 12. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Farmer Killed In Car Mishap Near Galesville Winonan Injured In Another of Four Accidents Four highway accidents, one re suiting in the death of a father .0 10 children, occurred in this area over the weekend. Three of the mishaps apparently were caused b> I drivers falling asleep at th (wheels of their machines. i Dead is 41-year-old Vernon Buch jholtz, Oak Ridge, Wis., farmer wh suffered a skull fracture nea Galesville morning. Fred King, 22, 725 West Broad way, was on the outskirts of Trempealeau at p. m. Sunday whe his car careened off the highwa; and split a telephone pole.. In another accident seven mile the edge of i Clifford Bergerson apparently fe" I asleep at the wheel late Saturda [night and his car hit a culver Bergerson was unhurt but his auto mobile was wrecked, according t observers. Near Dresbach The fourth narrow es ape from possible ust out of Ddesbach, Minn., a :30 a. m. Sunday when Clayto tferkel, 23, 101714 Adam street, L Crosse, -Cell asleep and lost contr f his coupe. The car veered of highway 61 as he was driving toward La Crosse, plunged over a 25-foot embank- nent, rolled end-over-end and came r.c. President Hurt in Fainting Mishap St. Charles R. Satt- Kest, president of the Bemidji State Teachers college, suffered a cut over his right eye and a bump on his head when he fainted today Mass Funeral Set For Victims of S. D. Church Blast Marion, S. small South- Dakota town today planned a mass funeral for the six Holy week worshippers killed Sunday as a blast demolished St. Mary's Catholic church. Bishop William O. Brady of Sioux Falls, diocesan head, tentatively set Wednesday for the mass rites for the elderly yictimsjvho died as they knelt in prayer. U. S. Troops May Soon Leave Korea sources said today American troops will daj'massjas Onlj-the en Dr. Sattgast was in the state de- leave Korea as soon as the Korean partment of education offices con- feels its own army is suf- fering with presidents of the {icjentiy trained, state's four other teachers' colleges There was nothing, however, to when he slumped forward. His eye confirm weekend rumors mention- was cut as he struck a desk late summer as the prob- his head hit the floor when s chair slid from under him. He was taken to Ancker hospital where physicians reported he was "resting comfortably." His injuries are not considered serious. Mrs. Sattgast was notified at Bemidji and she is enroute to St. Paul. The college presidents at the time were discussing appropriations pending before the legislature to increase salaries of faculty mem- bers. Later, the four college presidents appeared before the house appro- priations committee to recommend an additional appropriation of 617 to meet the salary increases. They urged the new wage levels become effective July 1. The president disclosed that 352 teachers are on the college pay- rolls. Of the additional amount re- quested, would go to Win- ona; to St. Cloud; to Mankato; to Moorhead, and to Bemidji. E. F. Ricketts of Chicago, repre- senting the Public Administration Service, a research organization, told the committee that salaries o) Minnesota teachers are at least below the national average for such institutions. "The situation is more critica, at the top than at the bottom of existing salary Ricketts said. ____ Dr. Nels Minne, president of the Winona State Teachers college -was attending the session. The presidents also met several days last week. time, with nfantrymen slated for transfer to Hawaii. Forty-seven other persons were injured, several cri- tically, f The brick church was shatteret by a basement explosion a few mo ments before the 9 a. m. Palm Sun trance bell tower remained stand ing. A small fire that foUowed wa quickly put out. Church officials attributed th blast to escaping bottled furnac fuel gas. Phil Wachendorf, a parish (Continued on Page 11, Column 5. CHURCH Wreckage Of A Small silver plane lies on the bank of Buffalo slough shortly after it plunged into the water Sunday evening, car- rying two Wisconsin men to their deaths. Some residents of Buffalo. City who helped drag the plane from the water are shown looking at the motor and wreckage just after the body of Oscar Hagness. Mondovi, was freed. The body of the pilot, Ernie Hagness, of Durand. a cousin of Oscar, was recovered from the slough about p. m. Sunday. Republican-Herald photo by Harriet Kelley 2 South Dakota Linemen Killed Rapid City, S. Kirk- bride, 18, and Harold Christopher- son, 21, were electrocuted when the radio aerial on a power company o rest about half a foot from the Milwaukee railroad tracks. Merkel was uninjured. The one fatal accident took place on Trempealeau county Trunk Highway "T" about five miles north )f Galesville. Mr. Buchholtz and his wife had been at Fountain City, visiting rela- tives, and were going home. Their place is located about halfway be- ;ween Galesville and Arcadia on the ridge. The 'car went out of control and rolled over, throwing both Buch- loltz and his wife clear of the ma- chine. Mrs. Buchholtz, who suffered only minor cuts and scratches, said Continued on Page 17, Column 4.) FARMER WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Fair and a little warmer tonight; low 34. Tues- day fair and mild; high 68. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 67; minimum, 35; noon 61; precipitation, none. Official observations for the hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 70; minimum, 36; noon, 67; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Additional Weather On Page 17. repair truck touched a power line Saturday. The victims were members of a Black Hills Power Light Com pany crew checking lines and transformers. Chet Russell, head lineman, said' Kirkbride apparent- ly died instantly. He was on the back of the truck and Christopher- son to the truck when VA Funds Cut Half Billion By Committee By Willaim F. Arbogast half billion dollar cut in Veterans Administra- tion funds highlighted a 231 multi-agency money bill approv w Mondovi, Durand Men in Fatal Dive By Gordon Holte Buffalo City Wis.-WMle horrified Buffalo City residents u ed today by the House appropria- tions committee. The bill carries funds for the fiscal year beginning July 1 for 28 so-called independent agencies, including for the Vet- Administration and he attempted to aid Kirkbride. j 120i397 f0r the Atomic Energy corn- Russell pried Christophersonjmission_ loose from the guard rail of the truck with a piece of board and y s.-e on, men plunged to their deaths about 6 p. m. Sunday when HagnL, "i ULU.O. wiuii a, jn yjg overall reaucnon ui cut the high voltage line 68o 599 from the presidential bud- Three other members of the crew remained in the cab of the truck until the power source was cut. George Critical Of Colored Oleo Shipping Ban Senator George (D-Ga.) said today that butter pro- ducers who want to ban interstate shipment of colored oleomargarine arc resorting to "a rather desper- ate move." it's a move that won't give Every agency in the bill shared in the overall reduction of requests for but __ Veterans Administration took the deepest slash. The bill's total includes in cash and in contract authorizations for which future appropriations may be re- quired. The President had asked for in cash and in contract authority. Not only did the committee upset the President's budget on the mon- ey items, but it refused to follow his budget bureau's recommenda- tion for cancellation of in previously authorized Veterans hospital construction. Budget Bureau Cut It even cut the Budget bureau's own budget. Substantial cuts were recommen- Andresen Calls Truman Farm Plan 'Fantastic' By Richard P. Powers administra- tion's new farm program was de- scribed today as "fantastic" by Representative August H. Andre- told reporters George is chairman of the Sen- ate finance committee, which is conducting hearings on two oleo- margarine bills. One, already passed by the House, would repeal all federal taxes on oleomargarine and con- inue to allow interstate shipment of all oleo. The other bill is sponsored by 26 dairy state senators. It would scrap the federal taxes on oleo- prohibit shipment mambut prohibit shipment erne of the colored product across state had this year De lines. Senators from butter producing states have told the committee that such a plan is necessary if the taxes The St. Mary's Catholic church is shown after it blew up at Marion, S. D., while it was filled with Palm Sunday worshippers. Six elderly people were known dead and dozens injured when the, roof and crick walls came tumbling down upon them as they knelt in their pews. (A J. Wirephoto.) Administrative expenses, from to pen- sions, from to 801 000; readjustment benefits un- der the G.I. bill, from 000 to But even with the overall 750060 reduction, the total VJV. fund would be more than Congress gave the agency this year However, the committee said, the V.A. will have about 000 less to spend next year than it 1 had this year because some of [the new funds'Will be used during ie remaining months of this fis- cal year. sen The Minnesotan, a member of the House agriculture committee, told a reporter he estimated the annual cost to the governmen would run between and Senator Thye (R.-Minn.) a mem- ber of the Senate agriculture com mittee, said in a separate inter view that the program "recom mends a tremendous amount o regimentation." Neither would hazard a guess a: to whether Congress would approve the plan outlined last Thursday by Secretary of Agriculture Brannan The secretary is due to appea before the House committee todaj for further questioning. The plan contemplates letting prices of most farm products drop to their natural level with the gov- ernment paying farmers for the difference between this and a pre- determined price. "The cost apparently would be They contend that ban oleomargarine are repealed. without the would be sold under the guise of butter and that the butter market would be destroyed. George said he does not believe there is much sentiment in the committee for the dairy state bill. don't think it's a good bill at George added. He said it would cause oleomar- garine manufacturers to set up plants in states where there are none at present and where there are no state laws banning the sale of colored oleo. Hoffman Renamed For Highway Post St. J. Hoffmann was reappointed today by Gover- nor Youngdahl as state commis- sioner of highways. His term will run four more years. The governor sent his name to the state senate for confirmation. :vi j W.U.A In explanation of the big cuts in V.A. funds, the committee said there is no way to determine ac- curately the exact needs of some of the programs. 'It would the total Hospital Cuts In refusing to go along with, the Budget bureau in canceling in hospital building author- ity for which the money has not yet been provided, the committee said the President could decide what part of the construction pro- gram should go ahead. The Budget bureau proposal, the committee said, would have elim- inated 24 hospitals and altered the size of 15 others in the proposed construction program. the entire hospital -__ been estimated at of Which already has been appropriated. The Atomic Energy commission's share of the bill is consisting of in cash and in contract author- ity The President wanted 000 cash and in con- tract authority.. Thy said. place a ceiling over amount a farmer would be allowed to market and remain qualified to receive benefits. "It would give the government authority to say whether a farmer had complied with good soil con- servation practices. If the govern- ment said he had not, then he could get no payments from the govern- ment. The cost of program has 'It would be a case of govern ment policing on maximum sales and soil conservation practices.' Senator Humphrey (D-Minn.) said he had not fully studied the complicated new plan, but stated he favored its Humphrey said Brannan was 'trying to bring agricultural prices closer to 100 per cent of parity.' That is an objective, Humphrey said, towards which "we should be working." Andresen said the new plan "ap- parently is President Truman's at- tempt to fulfill his pre-election promises to bring low food prices to the people and at the same time maintain the prosperity of Arneri can agriculture." thfTslough "waters by a dragging arty more than lour hours after ic accident. The two men took off from 5chlosser field, Durand, about 8 m., Sunday in an all-metal Lus- omb two-seat airplane owned by tussel F. Walters of Durand. Rela- tives explained that the men had planned Sunday's flight to Racine, Wis., to visit another cousin there. Racine Receipt Found in Oscar Hagness' fcillfold was a gasoline receipt from the Ra- ,ine airport. The Hagnesses were returning to Durand when their air- plane went into its death dive. At least 25 persons residing in the watched the plane plummet into tr-e water and hundreds more quickly thronged the banks to wit- ness and aid in emergency opera- Eyewitness accounts of the tragedy revealed that the air- plane circled the city twice at an extremely low altitude im- mediately before the crash. Most observers agreed that the airplane was flying at a height or not more than 75 or 100 feet as it passed over the Mississip- pi and that it was fly- ing in a steep bank when it sudden- ly hit the water. Swoops Over Car Mr and Mrs. Alfred Bielefeldt or Buffalo City were driving in their automobile along River street, not more than 80 feet from the shore, when the airplane swooped over their car. "We could hear the loud roar of the airplane as it passed over us, Mrs. Bielefeldt related, "and it seemed so near we both ducked and were afraid it would hit our car. "In a split second it had pass- ed and the next thing we saw it struck the water with a temble crash. The wine was the first to hit the water and it seemed like a part of the plane went flying off when it crashed.' Mrs Bielefeldt stated that she be- lieved the engine of the airplane stopped a moment before it struck the water but other witnesses averred that the engine was still op- erating at the time of impact. First to Plane The first to reach the plane, after it had crashed were Clarence Lietha and his 14-year-old son, Ronald, anu who rowed out to the wreckage in a small boat. When the Liethas ar- rived at the plane, it had settled into the water so that small waves just lapped over the shiny fuselage. Only moments later, a.flat-bot- tomed tug owned by Gust and lis- ter Burmeister of Buffalo City reached the crash scene and an un- successful attempt to extricate the airplane was made. The rescue party discovered the body of Oscar Hagness wedged into the cockpit. When the airplane was raised slightly out of the water, one of the rescuers said he saw a sec- (Continaed on Pace 3, Column L) -----PLANE