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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              SHOWERS TONIGHT, COOLER FRIDAY VOLUME 49, NO. 137 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, JULY 28, 1949 FM RADIO IS PERFECT RADIO FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Flooded by Heavy Rains Water Was Two Feet Deep'in front of the Carnegie library on East Main street during the height of the Arcadia flood. This picture taken at p. m. shows the Main and Ash street intersection with the library in the background. The truck in the foreground is owned by the Madison Silo Company of Winona and was driven by Robert Sonsalla, 115 East Fifth street, Winona, who is sticking his head out of the cab. Bill to Arm Europe Starts Rough Trip Measure Facing Plenty of Trouble In Congress By William F. Arbogast Tru- man's belabored arms- for-Europe bill starts its rough road through Congress toriay. The House foreign affairs com- mittee heard Secretary of State Acheson, who yesterday appealed to Congress not to pass judgement un- til it hears nil the evidence. Secretary Acheson told Congress, "The possibilities of direct military aggression" by huge Soviet forces cannot be ignored. Acheson said that in the light of treaty pledges and with the arms program he did not believe "any) aggressor at this time would to take the "desperate gamble of] an all-out war. "The gangster mind likes to gam- ble only on sure things." he said. "It is the aim of this program to insure that successful, swift and comparatively effortless military action by an aggressor would be im- possible and therefore to make the gamble too hazardous to be tempt- ing." Acheson's appeal, made at a news conference, was at least tacit ad- mission that the bill faces plenty of trouble in Congress. Influential members have de- manded that the amount of arms assistance proposed by the Presi- dent be cut sharply, and the whole program be put on an "interim" basis. In this group are some mem- bers who in the past have support- ed the administration's foreign policies. President Truman asked for a one-year program to start, most of it for the pact na- tions. Few members of the House for- eign committee shared the optim- ism of Chairman Kee (D.-W, who predicted that the bill would be approved substantially as drawn after about two weeks of hearings. The legislation is designed to strengthen the North Atlantic pact. It would permit the United States to furnish military equipment to pact countries and other nations in the interest of promoting interna- tional peace and resisting aggres- sion. Dollar assistance could be fur- nished to increase arms production In friendly countries. "In spite of Soviet statements to the Kee said, "the program Is entirely defensive In Its nature and scope." Acheson's appeal that Congress withhold its verdict until it hears all the evidence mentioned created possible misapprehension on Capitol hill over the bill's contents. Obviously referring to the sug- gestion of Senator Vandenberg (R- Mich.) that only an interim pro- gram be approved now, Acheson said the plan submitted by the President is an interim program. He would not comment on re- ports that the State department ___ has detailed information on Rus- Two more officials sided with Mrs. Roosevelt in opposing federal sian military plans. But Housejaid to nonpublic schools. They were Dr. John K. Norton, Columbia committee members said they will (university professor and official of the National Education association, This Was The Way the east end of Arcadia's business district looked at 7 o'clock last night after flood waters from four valleys poured into the city. The water rushed down East Main street and got almost as far as the Green Bay and Western depot. This picture was taken from in front of the Arcadia High school. Automobiles were able to drive through the high water for a while but later-the street was closed to traffic when the water became three feet deep in places. The Vogue Theater On Arcadia's Main street is shown in the background of this picture, taken from the sidewalk in front of the W. P. Masseure company's "Big Store." Scores of basements were flooded. In the foreground in the hip boots is Lyman Maloney. Arcadia's East Main Street at 7 o'clock last night before the flood waters reached their height. This picture was taken from in front of the Weisenberger studio and shows how the water went over the curbs. It was the worst flood since 1917. Photos by Weisenberger Studio, Arcadia, Wis. Private School Aid Debate Spreading New over whether private and church schools! should get federal funds.still swirled today in the wake of opposing statements by Francis Cardinal and. Mrs. Franklin D. Roose- ask him about that when he'testi- and Dr. John W. Behnken, president of the Lutheran fies. All the department's informa- tion on Russia, Acheson said, will be given to Congress. Acheson's testimony before the committee will be followed tomor- row by questioning of Secretary of Defense Johnson and General Omar Bradley. Army chief of staff. Former Secretary of State Georjrej Marshall is scheduled to testify _________________________ I'any 'Cardinal Spellman as British Bonds Lowest Since Days of War Dewey Asks Immedjjatfe Storm Fatal Aid to Nationalist China Jo Three in Milwaukee !lns slumP. a flurry ithe opening of the selling at London ex- Monday. Also billed to testify tomorrow j are members of the military high command who will fly to Europe Candidates Join Illuminated Parade synod. Support for Cardinal Icanie from :nent Catholic layman and former points, off most govern- postmaster general under the late: t ?f I6ft yeS'i a rally an hour later, terday for Europe. when bargain hunters moved in to Parley specific stand on make small investments at the prices. But brokers regard- temporary. prevailed generally that a downward slide caused by Hamilton, N. Thomas E. Dewey called today for immediate TJ. S. aid to Nationalist China to "save and preserve one- fifth of the world's people" from communism. In a speech prepared for delivery at the first annual conference on American foreign policy at Colgate university, the TS48 Republican London British govern-ipresidential candidate declared: ment bonds plummeted to iheiri is worse off for being ouri, lowest prices since the darkest] friend than if she had been our en- days of World War n today. In the fourth day of a snowball- He addeti: "There can be neith- Minneapolis Two 'of the and added: scorei Careful Consideration er excuse nor reason for timidity and muddleheadedness on the part of our government in attempting a solution. Surely we must have a policy and the will to carry it out, and surely our present habit of no- policy-at-all must go." It was the New York governor's first public statement on the Chin- ese situation since November, 1947, and it contained some of the later in the day to discuss Ihe queen candidates today faced thej ..j am sure he (Cardinai Spellman) formation of military organiza-nudges' critical eyes after under-'gave considerable thought and great going inspection from thousands of i consideration to the contents of his the nation's critical shortage of strongest criticism he has leveled at the administration's foreign pol- tions Under the Atlantic pact with military leaders of pact nations. They will visit Frankfurt, London, Paris and Vienna. The military said the arms aid program will not be discussed on this trip. parade time. Vacationing Youth Drowns Near Ely Ely, Minn. Bruce Bebs, tea, of Chicago, vacationing with his parents, drowned yesterday in Lac La Croix when he slipped on a rock and fell into the water. The body was recovered within 15 min- utes but efforts to revive the boy failed. A plane brought the body to a mortuary here. Pheneger to Leave Duluth Steel Plant Duluth, Minn, B. E, Phen- eger, for ten years Duluth district manager for the American Steel and Wire Company, last night was named assistant to the vice-presi- dent of operations at the firm's Cleveland headquarters. He will be: succeeded by L. J. Westhaver. who has been superintendent of the Donora, Pa., works of the com-L- w C" pany, a U. S. Steel subsidiary. mail. he spectators last night in the tenth before annual illuminated parade of the; In letter last week, the New Minneapolis Aquatennial. JYork archbishop accused Mrs. Roos- Minnesota mayors had honorjevelt, of taking an "anti-Catholic" island "unworthy of an American places in the reviewing stands in opposing federal aid to the more than five-mile-long pro-jchurch cession of lighted floats, marching j ROOSevelt, replying yesterday, units, bands and military sne no Djas against any ments. :religion. She voiced anew her op- Thc queen of the lakes, to to federal support of schools side over the 1950 Aquatennial, up by various religious sects, and be crowned tomorrow night at she would continue to speak ball in the Minneapolis auditorium, jout for what she believes right. The state's mayors spent yester- and dinners and enjoying a boat Dr. Norton, chairman of the day attending a series of luncheons NJLA.'s Educational Policy commis- sion, said in a speech at a Columbia ride on Lake Minnetonka before jeducation conference yesterday that granting public funds to denomina- tional schools would be "the most abject retreat in all our history." Separation Praised He said some persons are demand- ing that the "price of federal aid to education" be the abolition of the r. T.T- o uj- -n American principle of separation of Orr, Minn. -Wl-Search for Dr.lchurch of Walford A. Schwab, Chicago, to constitution. ing from his Namakan lake homei (TJJe amendment says "Con- Chicago Doctor Believed Drowned since July 10, was halted rarily yesterday by authorities who believe the doctor drowned. Dr. Schwab left his lake home, where he had been living with his wife and three small sons, on July 19 to 50 to Crane Lake to pick up gress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or re- stricting the free exercise Mason Sears, chairman of the Massachusetts 'Republican state committee, called the repeal move "a shameful, un-American under- I taking." dollars and its seething labor un- rest would continue. War loan bonds issued in 1939 at a par of 100 pounds slid ten shillings at the opening of business to 97 and a half pounds the previous low was 98 when the British army was evacuating Duckerque. Woman Drowns In Storm Sewer Hasbrouck Heights, N. J. violent and freakish thunderstorm yesterday swept a woman down a cutter and into a sewage culvert to her death. Witnesses said the unusual drowning occurred when Mrs. Edna Michel, 54, tried to cross a deep torrent of water in a Washington Place putter. The speed and depth of water were enough to knock her down and carry her for> two blocks downhill into a drainage cul- vert. Horrified spectators told po- lice the woman struggled against a swirling current four feet deep. Persons who rushed to the rescue were unable to catch her or to release her body un- til it had been wedded into the culvert for quarter of an hour, police said. 3-Judge Panel To Rule on Rent Control Legality Chicago The way was paved today for a ruling by the TJ. S. Supreme court on the con- stitutionality of the national rent control act. Federal Judge Walter J. Labuy, after denying a government mo- tion to dismiss a suit challenging the constitutionality of the law yes- terday, set September 12 for hear- ing of .a suit by a three-judge panel. His decision to present the case to a three-judge panel will open the way for a direct review of the rul- ing by the TJ, S. Supreme court. Earlier this week Federal Judge Elwyn R. Shaw ruled the 1919 rent law unconstitutional on the ground that the act's local option clause illegally delegates the war powers of Congress to states and munici- palities. The suit before Judge Labuy was brought July 6 in behalf of 20 mem- continued, "that with a small frac- Ders Of the National Home and icy since the presidential campa- ign last fall. "By dint of tremendous effort, and at great cost, we have achieved a stalemate with the So- viets in the cold war in he said. "But while we have won these tenuous victories in Europe, the whole cause we represent has suf- fered the most far-reaching and resounding defeats in China and throughout much of Asia. "While perhaps saving Europe's 270 million people, we have up to now lost even more in China and face the risk of losing all of Asia." "It is my firm he tion of what a new war would cost, we could provide the skills and re- sources which we might reason- ably hone could still save i-fifthl Property Owners' association and the Furnished and Unfurnished could save and preserve one rent control act on ten grounds. of the world's people on the sideljt gjso asked that the court author- of human freedom." Drop India Title London New coins being issued by the British mint, for the first time since 1895, are appearing without the abbreviations Ind. Imp. CEmperor of India) -in the king's title. India achieved her independence in August, 1947, but still remains within the British, commonwealth. jize the plaintiffs to boost rents im- mediately by a maximum of 50 per cent. The government, ,in its motion for dismissal, contended that At-' tomey General Tom Clark and expediter, were not named as de- fendants, that the plaintiffs had failed to exhaust administrative ing in through the doors." remedies, and the suit against the federal government is illegal. By The Associated Press Rampaging electrical storms bat- tered eastern Wisconsin last night, ripping down power lines, flooding residential areas and killing three persons in Milwaukee. The violent thunderheads struck from Green Bay to Milwaukee leav- ing a wake of property damage, flooded homes and sparking elec- tric wires. The three fatalities, members of one family, were Main Street Under Water As Dikes Give 60 Basements in Residential Area Filled With Water By Start Writer Arcadia, worst flood here since 1917 inundated about 60 basements and the first floor of one house late Wednesday after- noon. Rain water from four valleys poured into the city from two direc- tions with a momentum never be- fore seen by oldtimers. A whole section of the cluding East Main, Harrison, Cleve- land and Washington virtually under water while the flash flood ran its vicious courst. About three inches of rain in a 24-hour period had sent creeks to the top of their beds, then over the top. Dike Breaks Turton's creek crashed through a six-foot high municipal dike, built in 1947 at a cost of about permitting the flood waters to pour onto East Main street- Arcadia's main thoroughfare. This thoroughfare from the bot- tom of the hill to near the Green Bay Western railway depot was under water. The water at Main and Ash streets was three feet deep at one time and the Arcadia High school, Carnegie library and Vogue theater were surrounded by water. First creek over the top was near the A. and G. creamery, which drains Myers valley. It went over about an hour ahead of the Harrison, Cleveland and Washington streets, Track Washed Oat It washed out a portion of the new road to new St. Joseph's hospital, washed out about 75 feet of rail- road track, undermined the cream- ery bridge on Washington street, flooded about a score of basements and even tore up a portion of a bituminous street en route on its new course to the Trempealeau river. The river curves through the city, At the August Tandeski home about 75 chickens drowned. An hour later, when the dike broke on the other side of the city, this flash flood at the creamery had fortunately passed its peak, or otherwise the damage would have been much more severe. Shortly after p.m. the city's dike, built to prevent periodic flood- ing of East Main street basements, broke in the backyards of Alex Wozney and Rudolph Klink. With considerable speed the wa- ter rushed Into their basements, past their houses, across East Main street and down it. A few minutes later the dike broke in the backyards of Stanley Sonsalla, Christ C. Gleason and Oscar Lisowski. Basements Flooded Many basements were flooded in this area, but the worst damage was in the Sonsalla home where the first floor was covered with about five Inches of water. When the flash flood struck suddenly neighbors helped the Sonsallas eva- cuate their small children. The rear apartment of the Woz- ney residence had a small amount of water on the first -floor. Said Gleason, been here 23 years but I've never seen any- thing like this. I've had my basement flooded a few times, but nothing like this." when they stepped from their auto into a puddle of water charged by a fallen high tension wire. They were Anton Stankiewicz, 24; his sister, Virginia, 21, and their moth- er Mrs. Kathryn Stankiewicz, 59. Broken high voltage lines drop- ped on at least two cars in Mil- waukee. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gunville sat in their car for a half hour until workmen arrived and remov- ed a high tension wire from the vehicle. They were unharmed. A trolley wire snapped and fell The residents were all amazed at rnemoers oi 6Uddeimess of the flood, which electrocuted rainwater from New- rainwater from New- comb, Thompson and American valleys. The rain water from those three valleys, joining at the mill dam about a mile and a half east of here, first came through the Ar- cadia golf course, where it carried two foot bridges away. Then it was. funneled into the ditch parallel to Main street. The ditch, only about 25 feet wide, was soon near the top. It not only broke to the city side but also to the opposite side, where a dike had been built by Joseph Sonsalla. His on a and melted off bottom lands were flooded, too, but the water pouring in that direction relieved the flow onto East Main the door handle. Children were reported ming in the streets on Milwaukee's upper east side near the lake. And the motorman of a streetcar said occupants swam away from an au- tomobile stalled in front of his trol- ley. Water was reported standing Units Associates, Inc. The suit at- from four to six feet deep in the tacked the constitutionality of the streets throughout the north side of town and in at least one spot it was up to the top of a seven- foot high stop sign. In one north side spot the storm undermined the pavement. An au- tomobile broke through the road- way and sank up to its headlights. The Riverview roller skating Tighe E. Woods, federal housing rink, located in a low'spot on the edge of the Milwaukee river, was flooded and reported water "pour- A number of families fled base- ment apartments, and one reported Judge Labuy said it was proper to their baby's crib was floating name agents of Clark and Woods, about. street. In an hour the flash flood had passed, but even this morning (Continued on Page 17, Column 4.) ARCADIA WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST- Winona and vicinity Partly cloudy, continued warm and humid with local thundershowers tonight, low 72. Clearing and becoming cool- er Friday, high 80. ____ LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for-the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 9i; minimum, 74; noon, 92; precipitation, ,95; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at (Additional Weather on Page 17.)   

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