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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              CONTINUED COOL, FAIR SUNDAY VOLUME 49, NO. 157 VELVET VOICE OF RADIO WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST 20, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY FOURTEEN PAGES 2 Commissioners Prepare to Quit Prohibition Era Recalled by Report on Graft Karl Neurenberg HacT Major Part In Coiling Probe Population Shows Redistrictins Need Impending resignations in the Winona county board of commission- ers and appointment of their successors by a special board today high- lighted the need for redistricting of the county, now long-neglected. If there is a resignation in any or all of the commissioner districts where the commissioner is under fire from State Public Examiner Rich- ard A. Gelling, the heads oi the townships, villages and cities In each district will name the' successor. Should Golling's report involve the resignation of Second District Commissioner Carl J. Goetzman, for instance, the board of appointment would consist of five men: Three mayors and two township chairmen. Memories of the roaring prohi- bition days in Winona County, of mass liquor raids, crowded fed- eral court dockets and stiff fines and heavy jail sentences under the "Jones five and ten-year law" were stirred today following the report of the State Public Examiner R. A. Gelling. His report involved four county commissioners, one former commissioner and seven salesmen land officials of equipment firms Jon bribery accusations. Chief investigator for the state (public examiner's office and the] I man who is chiefly responsible 'digging out the details of alleged bribery and corruption among sev- Centrai "Trade" Union Federation eral members of the county board nas acted agamst the communist- is none other _than Karl A. Neuren-jled unions. gr0wing offensive. It ordered them to cancel their strike Finland's Top Union Group Expels Reds Helsinki, Finland But one of the mayors would re present upwards of people: while the remaining two mayors and the two township chairmen I would altogether probably represent berg, for many years chief of the ition agents In the at one time known federal prohibition Winona area call or face expulsion. The Alsops Present Lobbying Small Stuff By Joseph and Stewart Alsop the atmosphere of Washington today, one almost regrets the passing of the days when Big Sam Ward, king of the lobbyists, fed his bought senators on beaver tails stewed in champagne. For at least things were done In a big way then. There is nothing big in what the five percenter Investigation has been unearthing. There is only a kind of small nastiness. There has been no evidence of personal cor- ruptlon. The motivation of almost i everthing that has been done has _ -.I apparently been not personal gain S but mere petty vanity. And it has been on a niggling hole- in-corner -wire-pulling, the com- mercialized the lit- tle favors for little men. Even where the evidence of real corruption exists, as in the gener- al accounting office's investigation of war contract settlements, it has been on a scale so petty as to make Sam Ward blush with1 shame. To read the actual cases of fraud, which Comptroller General Lind- say Warren's investigators have unearthed and sent to the Justice department for action, is a de- pressing experience. It is depress- ing to find that the service officers and government officials who have sold themselves have been willing to sell themselves so.cheap. Charges Pending Since charges have not yet been brought by the Justice department, names cannot be named. But here is the sort of thing which, accord- ing to Warren and his staff, has been going on. Shortly after a cer- tain firm's representatives met two government employes, it was awarded three handsome govern- ment contracts. At the same time, liabilities to these government of- ficials were entered on the firm's books: a measly and a meas- lier Anottier firm asked a govern- ment official to increase its con- tract price. The increase was granted The firm paid the govern- ment official a sum Sam Ward would not have stooped to offer a cloakroom attendant. Again, two army officers on active duty were paid for Jf DrOWHS Republican-Herald photo Pretty Girls-Pretty all are part of the 40th annual Winona county fair now going on at St Charles. Three girls in the group above were waiting their turn in a preliminary style review, three others had just finished giving a band concert. They're pictured in the 4-H building looking over some of the prize-winning vegetable exhibits arranged in a colorful display of yellows, green, reds and orange From left, Jane Harguth, St. Charles, Marilyn Mindrum, Winona route two, Roma Millard. St. Charles, with Jeaneen Mindrum, Marilyn's sister, in front, and._ban4 .members ..Darlene Federsen, Carol Bank and Joan Schaber. County Fair to Reach Climax at Opening FAIR PROGRAM Winona for several years and led most of the big raids here. Discovered Stills Under his direction, some of the largest stills in the Northwest were plants In barns equipped better than many legal distilleries. One of the largest raids was early in 1919 when 30 prohibition agents, many of them accompanied by their wives, chartered a bus in was JEM'S spHt the Deration wide ope. nona the agents, under Neuren-j berg's direction, -broke up into sev berg's direction, -broke up ino sev- e er en raiding parties and raided Textile, Leather Shoe and Rub- ci-L. itnw v alert TmVP Winona establishments. While the bus was parked by a firm with which they we: dealing. Soon after the payment, wj I nil A the firm got a lush government Jl. contract. The officers collected a mere In stock values for be- traying their commissions. Exceptional Case In Chicago Deliver Mail Helicopter mail the first experiment in the Middle West began here today with an inaugural flight between the Municipal airport and the roof of the main post office. The first of the "flying wind- mills" made the ten-mile trip in ten minutes. It was chris- tened in formal ceremonies by Major Martin H. Kennelly and post office officials atop the roof of Chicago's post office headquarters of the southwest fringe of the loop, Helicopter Air Service, Inc., headed by T. H. Beidy, 36, holds a mail pickup and deliv- ery contract with the post of- fice. Reidy, a former Navy air ace, said regularly scheduled runs will start Monday. Chicago will be the hub of the new service, which will shuttle air mail from the air- port to the main post office and will pick up and deliver air mail to more than 40 sub- urbs. He estimated the hel- icopters will speed up deliv- eries to 20 hours on week days and more on weekends. By Al Olson St. Charles, Minn. One of the most successful opening days on record was observed here- yesterday as the 40th annual Winona county fair began a three-day showing. Officials of the exposition estimated that about people passed through the gate Friday. Not only was the attendance higher, the number of exhibits and livestock entries exceeded prefair predictions. At one time late Thursday on Entry Day fair leaders began to worry that there wouldn't be barn space enough for the scores of ani- mals being brought here. Quarters Found I But housing was found for eachi entry, although the barns andj pens are jammed to the limits. j About open class exhibitsj are on display throughout the vari- ous buildings and about 1500 4-H exhibits, totaling around in- dividual exhibits. Perfect fair weather prevailed yesterday, with blue skies, plenty of sunshine and not-too-hot temper- atures. In fact, the mercury drop- ped rapidly last night as chilling breezes blew over the grounds, cut- ting attendance at the evening grandstand show somewhat. Hundreds of persons were on the grounds early today, and a new nigh in attendance figures expected ibefore the show comes to a close Sunday evening. Judging: Entries a series of "bear exhibits, and a staff of top-notch a 5erjeB wl ucai men and women from various parts wouM keep the marauding animals fely outsMe the c.ty Poor berry crops and shortage of the state, worked from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the job. This afternoon scores of 4-H ex- hibitors were slated to receive cash awards in addition to regular fair premiums as given by the Winona county businessmen's agricultural committee. sota communities, must ui w A total of was to be handed were jeiieti m the Duluth area. out at 4 p.m. The entire business- oil company employes at an men's committee was to be present to pay tribute to the 4-H work and adopted to replace the former 4-H St. Cloud, Minn. Ada Jane Thies seven-year-old daughter of Herman Thies of Sauk Rapids, VMAI: Herman iniCS ul Such raw palm-greasing wa.s yesterday in Beaver lake. cepUonal. Warren's investigators Atja Jane fell from a boat in which found. They more frequently, dis- was playing at her father's re- ft form of covered a subtler form of pense for services rendered. Re- peatedly the found that officials or officers, who had been respon- sible during their government serv- ice for awarding profitable con- tracts or exceedingly generous settlements, were subsequently em- ployed at handsome salaries by the firms which had been benefit- ed. No doubt in many cases this (Continued on Page 9, Column JU) ALSOPS TODAY p. Charles band. p. of Todajy re- vue, i SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 8 a. open. i 1 p. concert by iston High band. j p. livestock parade. 2 p. attrac- tions. I' 3 p. race between winners of Friday's race. Con- solation farmers running race. Free-for-all sweepstake farmers running race. 7 p. concert by Lew- iston. High school band. p. style review Crowning of 4-H queen. p. of Today re- vue. Duluth Prepares 'Bear Cafeterias' The move which threatened to approximately persons. Conceivably, then, the per- sons, represented by four. oa the board of appointment, could select a new commissioner over the rights of the who, because of obsolete districting, would only be represented by one on the board. The second district is composed of the first and second wards of the city, plus Winona and Hillsdale townships and Goodview and Stock- came on the heels of a govern- ment crackdown on the nation- wide strike offensive which already has caused bloodshed. By a vote of eight to five, the federation's executive committee decided to order four striking un- ions to call off their walkouts be- fore August 23 or get out of the federation. The move was directed against The federation made it clear that on ber Workers Union, Mankato avenue, it was stoned, by angry spectators, windows were broken and the tires slashed. Winonans Arrested During the state American Le- gion convention in 1929 there was another series of raids in which 13 Winonans were arrested and most of them eventually convicted in federal court. Several were fined to and sentenced up to five years in the federal peniten- tiary at Leavenworth, Kan. On New Year's eve 1929, a truck containing 800 gallons of alcohol scheduled strikes, would be kicked out if the' strike calls are hot can- celled. Meanwhile, the Finnish Commu- nist party called on President Juho Paasikivi to denounce Thursday's police action against striking lum- berjacks at the northern village] of Kemi. ;on villages. In 1940, and the latest federa In Interviews Regarding Plans Nissen to Draw Up Complaints Early in Week Two of the four present Winona county commissioners have indi- cated they'll resign from the board, the county attorney said today. However, Attorney W. Kenneth Nissen declined to name which of the four called "grasping venal men" by the state public examiner ready to give up their offices. Telephone interviews found the entire quartet reticent to talk about any decision they may have made as individuals. Fifth District Commissioner W. K. by Examiner Rich- ard A. Coiling with admitting the acceptance of between and in made up my mind yet. or state census must be employee in re-districting, the population of ;his district was approximately as follows: First Ward Second "Winona Township 635 "Hillsdale Township 454 village since was Incorporated out of this township. village since was incorporated out of this township: Although the city of based on the 1940 tains persons of the In. Winona county, the city does not have a commissioner to call its very own In the dents of the city could hold two present .districting, resi- 'I haven't I want to see an attorney first." He thought he'd wait until next week to see an attorney. Eoberton Undecided Fourth District Commissioner Fred Roberton said he hadn't made up his mind either about resigning. The public examiner has cited him in half a score of bribe transactions jut he has made no admissions to Golling. "We'll have to see next Thurs- said the 71-year-old chairman of the Winona ccunty board. When asked why next Thursday, Roberton explained: "That's when we see the judge." The county attorney did announce today that complaints against aE four accused members of the pres- ent board and one former county commissioner will be prepared Mon- day and Tuesday. Actions .In Court Roberton apparently has been tor. formed that the actions will be commissioner posts: The second initiated in Winona municipal court and the first, which is ccupied by a city resident. However, the first district com mlssioner, Teofil J. Pellowski, who em. mlssioner, Teofil J. Peows, wo A letter to Paaskivi claimed attention in Golling's re- ooVt nrac in lllSbOrV _i__ TTrtwsoT clash was the first in the history of the Finnish labor movement in which police on government orders and used firearms against unarm- ed strikers. The communists claimed the ar- only, also sent a letter to the pres- ident. gttuuiia uj, H.H-WIJ.'-M ------------_ was confiscated in Winona and of strike leaders constituted alcohol burned in a huge bonfire a violation of the constitution and on a vacant lot in the far east! of the peace treaty with Russia, end of the city near the Swift The Popular Democrats, who flil- Company packing plant. fer from the communists in name Neurenberg's activities were not confined to Winona county alone, but he was instrumental in many raids throughout Southeastern Min- nesota. He was constantly hot on jthe trail of bootleggers and alcohol runners. He became widely ac- quainted Here and at the end of ;he prohibition era, went into the iquor business on Hennepin ave- nue in Minneapolis. A Twin Cities newspaper dis- day quoted Mr. Golling as giving Neurenberg "major credit" for the Winona investiga- It' is known that both Mr. Gol- four-months of the investigation. [our-montns 01 LIU; They established headquarters at him back when the train struck the Hotel- Winona where they in- him and his body was thrown off terviewed scores of witnesses and where, it is reported, several con- were obtained DuluthT Minn. Residents Friday was spent in judging were hopeful today the first i-UiUil-o anrl -a cf.fl f f (if tfYO-TlOtch _t- _ ___ Anw na of the natural food have driven bruins Into civilized areas in quest of. provender. More-than 100 have been shot after frightening dwellers in several-northern Minne- isota communities. Most of tiem to award the money. The recognition program was all auction which did not treat classes of livestock equally. Stars of Today, a musical revue, drew favorable comment from opening night crowds and will be repeated again tonight and Sunday at p.m. before the grandstand. Vaudeville Acts. Also meeting the public's approv- al were the vaudeville and circus acts presented before the grand- stand yesterday afternoon and to- day. They also be repeated Sunday. One of the highlights of the clos- ing day's program tomorrow will be the traditional livestock parade at p.m. before, the grandstand, And climax of the 4-H program outskirts plant set up the first, feed- tag station yesterday and others were promised. The Duluth sani- tary service agreed to keep these stations supplied with garbage, de- scribed'as "sort of a delicacy" to the starving animals. "We don't want random gunners shooting the bears after we've gathered them together for feed- Hansen said. WEATHER Export Licenses On Meat to End Washington Secretary of Commerce Sawyer said yesterday _ __ that specific export licenses will be serving" as "style dropped next Friday for live catte, hogs and sheep and for all edible. (Continued on Page 9, Column L) meat products. FAIR Uuc corQpete Grove City Man Killed by Train Grove City, Minn. Hans O. Pederson, about 65, Grove City, was struck and killed by a Great North- A win wues newspaper ern passenger train last night sec- natch yesterday quoted Mr. Golling onds after his wife sought to pull H back to safety. The mishap occurred at the west grade crossing as the couple were u is snown to a birthday party. Mrs. line and Mr. Neurenberg have been Pederson said she looked up and ui Winona frequently daring the---- her saw the train and called to her husband. She was trying to pull to one side. Surviving besides Mrs.. Pederson are three children, all of Grove City. port, also represents Homer ship. If a vacancy would occur that district, under the present the chairman of the township of Homer, represent- ing 886 persons (1940 popula- tion) could match his vote with the mayor of Winona, represent- ing persons (1940 popula- tion) in the selection of a suc- cessor. The discrepancy in the population of the districts is a factor, of course in the board of commissioners ac- tions, as well as merely in the selec- tions by the board of appointment. On the basis of the 1940 popula- tion, for instance. Commissioner W. K Beach, one of the commissioners named in the report, representing persons, a number that has probably since been reduced since the district he represents consists entirely of farming area. Representing at least more persons but still only having one vote in commissioner meetings is the representative of the first dis- trict (third and fourth scot-free Pellowski. The discrepancy is still greater be- tween Beach and Goetzman. Beach (Continued on Page 10, Column 5.) POPULATION LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 87; minimum, 51; noon, 76; precipitation, none; sun sets, tonight at sun rises tomorrow j at FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Fair and continued cool tonight; low 52. Sun- day generally fair with pleasant temperature; high in the afternoon 78. Additional weather on page 7. next Thursday morning. Third District Commissioner August H. Gensmer, Jr., youngest and newest membsr on the five-man board, also hasn't made up his mind. He added that he wasn't "saying anything" until next week. Gensmer is accused of participat- ing in' two deals which were not consumated. The second district commissioner, Carl J. in only one transaction by busy filling his silo at his farm in West Bums valley this morning. He was the only one of the four who indicated his decision. Asked if he would resign, Goetzman re- plied: "I don't hardly think Goetzman declined to elaborate., TVe Got Rolled' Blunt Frank J. Preston, Mount Vernon township farmer and former third district commissioner, was frankest. He admits accepting about according to the examiner's report. He was quoted as saying: "We got rolled by some of our best friends." Since equipment salesmen did most of the talking to Golling, his reference about "friends' parently to them. Meanwhile, however, th board members continue office. i The county attorney to lay ruled that all of the membeBs of the board board may continue to until any resigns was ap- accused to hold act as a ,ions are he Republican-Herald Photo Headlines of TJie Republican-Herald astonished a number of Winona county fairgoers Friday af- ternoon With a pile of papers right off the presses, newsboy Dick Howard of Winona hawked his wares to the customers above! from left, Thomas Smith, St. Charles; A. Morcomb, Eidgeway, and John Considine, Winona. Papers told of accusations of bribery involving four members of the county board and one former commissioner revealed in a report by State Examiner B. A. Golling. accepted. Sitting as a toard, said, they may then accept their own resignations, if any are sub- mitted, and not until thaSJame will they cease to be members. If four members of the board re- signed, it would leave but one mem- ber District Commission- er Teofil Pellowski of Winona who was not' involved in the examiner's report. Next Meeting- The next stated meeting of the board, is scheduled for September 6. but it was reported today a special meeting of the county -welfare board, of which all members of the I county board arr members, may be held Monday or Tuesday to dispose of pressing, welfare matters. At the conclusion 'of the welfare board session, there is nothing to prevent a special county board meeting to act on the' matter of resignations. Mr. Nissen said the complaints must be signed by Mr. Golling and they will be ready, for him at any time he can come to Winona after Tuesday. K any of the persons in- volved express a desire to enter pleas of guilty, he said, arrange- ments will be made to arraign them in court Thursday. Under court procedure, persons named in a complaint are first ar- raigned In municipal court. There they will have the privilege-of waiv- ing a preliminary examination after which they would be bound over to district court.. If, however, they ask lor a preliminary examination, a date for such an examination to de- termine whether or not there is enough evidence to warrant holding (Continued on Page 3, Column i.) OFFICIALS   

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