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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1949, Winona, Minnesota SHOWERS, WARMER WEDNESDAY VOLUME 49, NO. 53 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 19, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FM RADIO AT ITS BEST EIGHTEEN PAGES Carl Frank Out As City Engineer Delaware Woman Admits 2 Lonely Hearts Killings Mrs. Inez Brennan of Dover, Del., has confessed she plotted the shotgun slaying of two elderly "Lonely Hearts club" members and directed her two sons in burning the bodies and throwing the remains on a city dump, Delaware state police announced today at Dover, Del. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Dover, stocky, 43-year-old brunette tearfully admitted today she and two of her sons killed two men she met through "lonely hearts club" letters. Since Friday night Mrs. Inez Brennan had steadfastly denied any knowledge of the slayings to which first her son, Robert, then Raymond confessed. But Delaware state police under Colonel Edgar Barnes con- tinued questioning her about the deaths of Wade N. Wooldridge, 70, of Bedford, Va., and Hugo Schultz, 66, Epson, N. H, Finally they played for her re- cordings of the sons telling how the men were shot in the head, buried in a pigpen on the Brennan farm; The Alsops Cou rage Needed to Cut Budget By Joseph Alsop who wonder why this richest country in the world is supposed to be unable to pay the bills for its own security, j charged with murder in the slay- could do worse than visit the Capi-jing of Wooldridge. Similar charges tol office of Representative Albertjwill be filed tomorrow in the Schultz killing, he said. The other 'Special Order' Stage Reached In Legislature Senate Considers Set Beer, Liquor Hours in State By Adolph Johnson St. iPaul The Minnesota legislature has reached the "spec- ial order" stage. Winning approval for a special order is the 6nly way at this late date that sponsors of bills can be sure of securing consideration. Scheduled for a special order in the senate today is a bill to pro- vide uniform closing hours for beer and hard liquor establishments in all parts of the state. Under pres- ent law, there are different closing hours for beer and hard liquor es- tablishments. Governor Youngdahl has recommended uniform, closing hours. On the docket for a special or- der in the house is the senate- approved bill to increase fishing and hunting license fees to provide more money for conservation pur- poses. Meanwhile, the house-approved bonus bill moved a step) nearer final agreement when the senate soldiers welfare committee approv- ed the bill with only two amend- ments. The committee accepted all pro- visions of the house bill, adding only two provisions to the financ- ing section. These call for reim- position of the moneys and credits tax and a five per cent surtax on gross earnings taxes paid by pub- lic utilities other than railroads. The senate _ tax committee is scheduled to consider the bill to- day. The committee could elimi- Thc New Winona City council at the start of its first committee of the whole session around the Ward Aldermen Joseph Dettle and Henry Parks; First Ward Aldermen William Holden and Loyde Pfeiffer; Council President William Theurer; Mayor Cyril Smith; Third Ward Alderman Howard Baumann; Aldennan-at- Large Joseph Krier, and Fourth Ward Aldermen Robert Prondzinskl and James Stoltman. They got up four hours 1 a. m. Republican-Herald photo later the bodies were dug up, burn- nate the additional taxes and send ed and scattered on the city dump.' Mrs. Brennan fainted. Revived, she sobbed to Colonel Barnes: "The way the boys said it, that's how it was." Earlier Barnes announced the two sons half-brothers signed confessions, Already Under Charge Mrs. Brennau and one of her been as an accessory. The Wooldridge slaying -was dis- closed last Saturday by Barnes. tent congressional economizer, ex- cept when the eighth district wants something. And this amiable weak- ness for pleasing his constituents At a press conference the state has recently made him the hero police officer described how the of a meaningful little drama. (elderly southerner was shot with The opening scene occurred somej a 12 gauge shotgun. He said the time last spring, when this year's budget began to be prepared. An young official, ominously de- scribed by Thomas as "that young feller in the Budget bureau who thinks he knows all about hospi- tals." looked into the Veterans ad- victim was buried in a pig pen on the Brennan farm. Later the body was dug up and burned and his charred remains reburied on the Dover city dump. Early last night Barnes told re- porters his investigators had linked ministration's gigantic hospitalise Brennans with a second slaying building program. The program's goal was a lonely hospital beds. But which he said also resulted from hearts club correspon- would provide hospitalization for three times the total number of veterans seeking treatment for ser- vice-connected disabilities. Revis- ing the goal downward to elimin- ate the extra beds would feet an immediate global saving of Over twenty years it would also save the taxpayers an additional in main- tenance costs. THE YOUNG official caused these facts to be pointed out to Veterans Administrator Carl Gray and Dr. Paul Magnusson, the Vet- erans administration's able medical chief. They agreed they could get, along with only beds in their hospitals. In the end, President Tru- man and the then budget director, James Webb, incorporated the economy in the budget that the President presented to the 81st Con- gress. Unfortunately, all these cloistered thinkers in the executive branch were forgetting several important points. Their economy plan meant not building 24 projected veterans' hospitals and diminishing the size of several others. Out in the dis- tricts, veterans' hospitals are fav orite morsels of Federal pork, bringing profitable contentment to (Continued on Page 4, Column 6.) ALSOPS Barnes said his men found "a bushel basket" of letters from lone- ly men who evidently read Mrs. Brennan's advertisements. Thomas Stretch, 63, Canton, N.J., (Continued on Page 15, Column 3.) DELAWARE the measure to the senate floor in the same form it passed the house. Bonus Tax Bill Attempts in the soldiers welfare committee to amend the bill to in- clude the deferred payment option, to exempt veterans from bonus fi- nancing taxes, and to cut the total to were re- jected. Governor Youngflaiil suffered his first outright defeat- when the sen- ate, by a 60 to 6 vote, and the house, by 124 to 1, overrode his veto of a bill to validate ditch bond payments to seven northern Min- nesota counties. Senator Harry Bridgeman of Be- midji, chief senate sponsor, insisted on bringing the matter to a vote in spite of attempts by peacemak- ers to delay action until authors of the bill could meet with the governor. The governor said the state aud- itor's office had illegally made cer- tain ditch bond payments totaling Sponsors of the bill de- fended the payments, asserting the state auditor had acted properly in making them. The house passed a bill to in- crease the state gasoline tax from four to five cents. The measure now goes to the senate for con- sideration as part of a program to provide money for farm-to-market roads. Aid to Children The senate passed and sent to the house a bill to remove limits on aid to dependent children. Pass- Fergus Falls Voting On New School Site Fergus Falls, Minn. Fergus Falls citizens voted today in a spe- cial election on acquisition of a site for a new high school, gymnasium, auditorium, garden and athletic grounds. The proposed tract lies in the northeastern part of the city and is several blocks in extent. Fire Destroys Seattle School ed and returned to the house for concurrence was a bill to raise the limit on old age assistance from to a month. The House vot- ed earlier to lift the ceiling on old age assistance. A conference com- mittee will be named to adjust the matter. The house passed a senate-ap- proved bill to transfer jurisdiction of the Saufc Centre girls' and Red c. ta ,m -ni- i j -n. Wing boys' schools to the Youth Seattle Fire coupled with commission from the V W w w City Home Rule Charter Tax Assessment Policies Study Asked Criminal Charge Held Unlikely In Kidnap Hoax Beverly Hills, Chief C. H. Anderson said todayj no criminal charges are planned in a kidnap hoax involving a five- year-old boy and some of his mother's racetrack betting los- ses. j Anderson said the boy's pretty: mother, Mrs, Joe Goodman, 32, ad- mitted staging the kidnaping to hide the betting losses from her husband. Mrs. Goodman reported last week that her boy, Joey, had been ab- ducted last Monday and was ran- somed a few hours later for 000. Anderson said police felt all along it was a hoax, chiefly because when the youngster was found he had an envelope containing in his hand. However, .the chief said, it was believed at first that the husband and father, Goodman, 40, former Norfolk, Va., boxer, staged the hoax to avoid paying off gambling debts. Goodman was booked on a grand theft charge during the investiga- tion. The charge has been dismiss- ed. Two friends of Mrs. Goodman, George Miller, 43, and Krs. Ruth Lefkowitz, 30, were bookei on sus- picion of conspiracy to commit grand theft. Anderson said they ad- Winona should have a home rule charter so the citizens can decide for themselies is .the necessity of going to the state legislature. This was the statement made to members of the new city council by President William Theurer last night upon his election as head of the aldennanic body for another year. Winona js now operating under a legislative charter passed in 1887. It is-the only city in the state with a legislative charter. Result: When Other Council Stories mitted aiding Mrs. Goodman. They were released yesterday. City spending for year 000, Page 2. William P. Theurer re-elected council president. Page 3. Mayor Cy Smith's statement. Page 11. President Theurer's statement. Page 11. Main street resurfacing faces delay. Page 11. Salaries of mayor and council- men raised. Page 3. Scherer named city assessor, other department heads reap- ipointed. Page 3. Charles W. Siebrecht renamed to park board. Page 3. Bid to surface road to east end harbor rejected. Page 11. Argentine Army Quells Fighting Buenos Argentine army today restored peace in the city of .Salta near the Bolivian fron- tier after violent street fighting be- tween police and workers participat- ing in a general strike. Correspondents in Salta, miles northwest of Buenos Aires re- ported three persons were killed and 31 wounded in a two and a half hour street fight yesterday afternoon. De- tails were lacking because of poor communications resulting from the strike. Newsmen on the scene ex- pressed belief the casualty list is I greater than reported. an explosion of an oil furnace, de- stroyed the half-block long ex- clusive Helen Bush school today. There were no injuries. The flames destroyed the main school building, consisting of class- rooms, a gymnasium and assembly hall. Origin of the fire was not known. None of the three dormi- tories housing some 50 of the school's 300 students was damaged. Hull Leaves Hospital Cordell Hull, former secretary of state, was re- leased -yesterday from Bethesda Na- years of treatment. director of public institutions and to authorize the commission to set up a youth conservation camp. The senate has approved a 000 appropriation for the camp, while the house appropriations committee has taken no action. Representative Howard Rundquist of Dawson, chief author, said he will fight for inclusion of the ap- propriation in the house bill. Also scheduled for conference committee consideration was the new state building program. The senate finance committee has ap- proved a total of plus for a new hospital for feebleminded or a addi- tion to an existing institution. The agreed upon a program totaling agreeu ujjuii a piugiaiii Announcing this today, the for state institutions, iiH tho focm O tl ''VlflCi said the elderly statesman "has made an excellent recovery and has been discharged and has returned to his home permanently." He entered the Naval hospital on September 11, 1946. Hull is 77. While he was in the hospital, he wrote his memoirs. teachers colleges and the Univer- sity of Minnesota. In addition to this program, the house appropriations committee has to com- plete the Mayo Memor- ial medical building at the Univer- sity of Minnesota. President Truman today signs the European recov- ery authorization bill. Witnesses of the White House ceremony are, left to right, Howard Bruce, EGA deputy administrator; Representa- tive John Kee (D.-W. chairman, House foreign affairs com- mittee; William Foster, deputy EGA representative; W. Averell Har- riman, roving EGA ambassador; EGA Administrator Paul Hoffman; Senator Tom Connally chairman, Senate foreign affairs committee. (A.P. Wirephoto to The anything of any importance must be decided, permission must first be obtained from the legislature. If President Theurer has his way, this will be changed. To Ask for Commission He told the aldermen last night he is going to ask for a resolution at an early meeting petitioning the district court for the appointment of a charter commission. of the commission would Duties be to draft a home rule charter for Wi- nona which would then be sub- mitted to the voters. Tn appearing before the legisla- ture the city has always seemed to me like an orphan asking his legal grown-up person capable of mak- Endurance Fliers' Gamble Paying Off Midway City, Calif. Tow-j headed ten-year-old Dickie Riedel smiled from his sickbed and said shyly: "I feel better already." The youngster had reason to be happy. When Dick Riedel, his fa- ther, and Bill Barris took off from Fullerton airport near here March 15 to set a new endurance flying record, they were gambling every- thing they had. They bettered the old record of 727 hours last Thurs- day and they're still aloft in hopes of staying up hours. But their gamble now is start- ing to pay off financially and lit- tle Dickie, crippled with arthritis, may be able to walk again. Barris and Riedel each have two guardian for advice instead of a children. Barris' two-year-old girl, Council Votes 7 to 2 Against Rehiring Him Crowd Disappointed As 'Battle' Fails To Materialize The new city council declined to reappoint its city engineer at its annual reorganization meeting in the city hall last night. The vote was 7-2. with the two fourth ward aldermen alone sup- porting reappointment of Carl W. Frank. One alderman, First Warder Loyde E. Pfeiffer, said there were "30 or 40 reasons" why the present engineer should not be reffired. He declined, however, to state one of them. He and six other aldermen who opposed retaining the .city engineer after May 1 had legal support for keeping mum on their reasons. Alderman Pfeiffer asked City At- torney S. D. J. Bruski, in commit- tee of the whole session, if "there is any reason why we should give a Not at reappointment time, said the city attorney. If the council wishes to terminate employment of an official during his one-year ap- pointment a charge would be nec- essary, he indicated. "For City's Interest" Councilman today said no char- ges had ever been made against Mr. Frank, that their action was simply that of refusing to rehire him for another year and that they did it "in the best Interests of the city." The aldermen did not accede to the request of the Minnesota Asso- ciation of Professional Engineers, of which Mr. Frank is a member, and of the "Friends of Frank" com- mittee for a hearing and "an op- ppxtuniiy. to.face.his accusers." They disappointed, too, some 150 citizens who overflowed the city building courtroom for the session, apparently t'o witness an open bat- tle on the issue of reappointment. The spectators went home without even seeing a flurry of action. The city recorder read a series of requests for reappointment to city offices, including one from En- gineer Frank. In connection with the application he read a lengthy letter from the "Friends of Frank" committee, printed in the Monday edition of The Republican-Herald, and a letter from the Professional Engineers association. Motion by Baumann Third Ward Alderman Howard Baumann, holdover alderman and one of the city engineer's severest critics, moved that all appoint- ments be approved except that of lie city engineer and City Assessor H. M. Scherer, and that those ap- Patty, suffers from acute asthma, ing his own said his son, Steven, 15 months, has Theurer. eye trouble. The council president also took] Doctor bills come high. That was a crack at the state tax commis- sion and admitted that the city's "present assessment base is too high and out of line witli the rest of the state." ;He said it is his opinion the re- cent revaluation was authorized as an equalization, but developed instead into a 25 per cent increase in all assessed valuations. Tax Study Suggested "While it was supposed to have been done under our supervision, policies were established without our knowledge or consent. The state administration made many promises which were never He suggested that assessment policies and methods in other cities of the state be studied and the ne- cessary steps taken to "have our as- sessment base conform with estab- lished practices in those communi- ties." The president further suggested a co-ordinating board made up ol representatives of the council and the various boards, and he said he would be willing to grant tax con- cessions for a number of years on all new construction to stimulate the building of homes to meet the housing shortage. Mr. Theurer was given an ova- tion by other members of the coun- cil when he took the presiding seat struck powerfully against after his election 'as president. "00 U. S. troops on maneuvers in Germany today. American forces fell back slowly before the first make-believe attack from positions near the Czechoslo- vak border. The moct enemy found the Am- ericans holding a line from Hof through Weiden to Regensberg. The American plan was to withdraw be- hind the Ludwig canal. There they planned to regroup and counter- why the two pilots started their endurance the hope that someone would sponsor their- ven- ture once they broke the record. Yesterday they received a check for from R. S. MacMillan, president of the petroleum corpora- tion which donated the gasoline for their plane. The money came as a surprise to the Harris and Riedel families. They gathered in the living room of the'Riedels' small bungalow to discuss their good fortune. The idea of such a flight, Mrs. Riedel explained, is this: You solicit the use of so-and-so's product. He pays you for the pub- licity he receives. But Barris and Riedel had al- ready tried three times for the rec- ord and failed. Nobody wanted to take a chance on them again. They resolved to go up anyway, and the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce took up a collection to get them started. i U.S. Troops Fight Mock 'Aggressor' Nuernberg-, Germany (IP) A mythical eastern European "aggres- WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and and not quite so cold tonight; low 35. Wed- nesday partly cloudy and warmer with light showers likely in the late LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 53; minimum, 31; noon, 53; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on Page 15. attack. Roads in the maneuver area, were jammed with almost Ameri- can vehicles. They included ap- proximately "combat tanks and armored cars among them. No Plans City Engineer Carl W. Frank, busy removing personal effects from his office in the city build- ing this morning; said be had made no plans for the future. plications be referred to the com- mittee of the whole session. Alder- man Pfeiffer seconded, and the mo- tion carried. Then the council proceeded with other routine business. That ended, Council President William P. Theurer invited anyone who wish- ed to address the council. He asked that the "Friends of Frank" com- mittee wait until all. others had finished. Then came, the Frank issue, but in five minutes the big "battle" was over. M. L. Cieminski, chairman of the 'Friends of Frank" committee, arose. "We are deeply interested In the welfare of the community. We have no personal motive in coming here; we have received no favors from the engineering department. "We do feel that the city engi- neering department is an impor- tant one. It affects the rest of the city. It is a mistake to make a change in the engineering office unless there's a good reason for it." Urged to Take Care Mr. Cieminski asked them to take care in appointing a city engineer. "Don't pick him. on personal likes or dislikes, but on merits said he. He asked, too, for deferment of action on Mr. Frank's request for reappointment "until we get to- gether to thrash this thing out." He realized that "there has been some dissension in the engineering office" but was confident that with a discussion that could be worked out. "This is too important an office to make a snap said the committee chairman. He pleaded that "the arguments for and against the man be brought argued that the committee was interested only in "fair and ended up by reassuring the city council that the committee was (Continued on Page 15, Column 4.) FRANK OUT