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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              FAIR TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY WARMER VOLUME 49, NO. 200 SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY CHEST WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 11, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Area Pick Up the P Heavy Losses Suffered by Area Farmers 2 Hurt at Durand; Orchards, Corn Crop Suffer By Al Olson Few farms and communities in the Winona area escaped Monday's! destructive wind storm, with dam- age of varying intensities being re- ported on both sides of the Missis- sippi river. Over-all damage in this two-state area is believed to exceed a million dollars. The biggest corn crop in recent years in Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin was exten- sively damaged. Perhaps the most common sight in ar.a towns and villages as well as through the rural districts were uprooted trees, broken telephone and power poles, and battered roofs. Reports From Area From Galesville northward in Wisconsin to Durand have come re-- ports of devastation brought by the severe wind. Two men were injured at Durand, Wis., by pieces of falling roofs. One of them, Roy Wayne, suffered a broken leg, while the extent of in- Jury to 79-year-old Henry Elling- son was not known today. At Trempealeau, Wis., a man suf- fered a bad cut in the forehead when a door blew shut against him. Louis Schneider was taken to the Galesville clinic for treatment. Sev- 'eral stitches were required to close, the wound which was a deep one. I He is recovering at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Gessessky. In Minnesota, from below Winona near the Iowa border and on up the river to wabasha the story was the same: Trees, buildings, com- munication systems all badly hit by the storm. Barns Toppled On some farms the winds destroy- ed huge barns and machine sheds, toppled over windmills, blew down chicken sheds, and resulted in live- stock loss. Injuries to farmers and commu- nity residents, however, was slight, as far as can be determined from early reports today. Livestock loss, too, was relatively small compared to the extent of damages done to barns and farm .buildings, Old trees, mainly cottonwoods, suffered greatly in the storm. In most towns and along highways branches were tossed like tooth- picks, often blocking roadways for several hours until emergency crews arrived to saw the limbs. Road Detours Temporary detours became com- monplace because of the fallen trees and broken telephone and power poles. In the city, too, streets were blocked by debris. Travel in many places came to almost a standstill for several hours during the worst of the storm, Judging from reports of Repub- lican-Herald correspondents in the Minnesota and Wisconsin areas, the fury of the winds hit around noon, Gale Lashes City; Losses Run High The wind that roared trough left a lot of broken hurt not a single person. Insurance firms were flooded this morning with small claims. Two insurancemen, representing different firms, estimated that the city's firms have received between 600 and 700 claims for damages from the 65-mile-an-hour wind, av- eraging perhaps, or each. Quota Torn Off Like A Sheet Of Paper was one side of the Ewald Gaedy bam near Ridgeway pictured above. Close to 60 head of Brown Swiss cattle were not in the when the roof blew off about p. m. Monday. BuUt in 1944, the 34 by 80-foot structure was filled to overflowing with about 80 tons of hay and shredded corn. Gaedy also lost a second barn on an adjoining farm which he owns. The other barn iPWEfflaaiiiiN.......HI was an older in was demolished by the strong winds. Loss, partly covered by insurance, was estimated at more than by Gaedy. Mrs. Gaedy noticed that the cupolas had disappeared and went out to investigate. She discovered the roof timbers on the ground and the large straw pile blowing across the fields. No one was injured. Republican-Herald photo 4 Persons Dead In Wisconsin; Damage Great By The Associated Press A multimillion dollar gale slash- ed across Wisconsin yesterday, bringing death to four persons and causing untold property damage. The blustering wind wrecked much of a recently-harvested to- bacco crop in eastern Wisconsin and pounded fishermen for a half- million dollar toll in the Bayfield area, alone, John Boxill, 23, a University of Wisconsin graduate student from New York, drowned when a sailboat capsized on Lake Mendota near Madison. Boxill tried to swim to shore while two student companions leld to the overturned craft. The companions were rescued by Coast Guardsmen, but efforts to revive Joxill, who went down near shore failed. At Deerbrook, seven miles north of Antigo, 52-year-old Albert Bolle ___________ Wisconsin Court Winona Community Gest Upholds Secrecy Drive Opens October 19 On Pre-Trial Data The 1949 Winona Community Chest drive will begin Wednesday, October 19. This year the campaign will be for These two decisions were reached Chairman E. F. Heberling and members------- Chest Monday afternoon. WiS- i consm csuprtriiie uuiu i  uj. uuc i Red jreatner services tu me Yuma brought their four place !winona community Chest an- pro- Tnnnnnlnnp in for a tDer- fill nn Hm_ Aeronca monoplane in for a per feet landing yesterday at p.m. (C.S.T.) after setting a new rec- ord of hours and 18 minutes and continued to do damage until of continuous flying. the supper hour last night. Since August 24 when they took Most farm homes and village resi-1 off from the smaller Marsh Avia- dences were without telphone andjtion fieie on the other side of town, electric power from 10 a. m. yester- day throughout most of the day. No Electricity At Stockton, Minn., power had not been restored by noon today, and families were using a hand- operated water pump by the An- derson store as a community water supply. And at Stockton, as in other com- munities where power went off, peo- they had flown miles, the equivalent of three times around the world. During their flight they used 000 gallons of gasoline and 200 quarts of oil. Decision to terminate the flight of which was spent over Sunday night when one of their two magnetoes burned out. vided nine agencies that fill an im- portant need in this commun'ty, it is explained by the leaders of the campaign that will get under way next week. "Nearly all of the agencies have been serving Winona for a .number of years, and the results of then- programs have contributed much to the buildings of a better community in which we the Chest direc- tors pointed out. "These Mr. Heberling said, "deal with human lives and The court handed down decisions in 32 cases today, first formal opin- ion day of the fall term. Right of the city of Milwaukee to OJ_ fclit; fcliiLiC ULltiA. levy a personal property tax onto think of an-aggressor's antiaij" n-rott rtpfpnRps now in terms Of 1945 pie shared wood and kerosene stoves with those whose cooking equip-1 ment could not be used. Farmers in the area reported that! this was the longest time in years j that power has been out. _ J was done by hand on most W III last night, with neighbors banding together to get the chores done. Milking by Hand Some farms had power this morn- ing for milking, but in many areas the hand-milking was continuing. Supplies at village stores were threatened when the power didn't come on last night, especially meat, milk and ice cream. Throughout the entire a-ea farm work stopped during the storm as men and women sought shelter. Flying tin and wood played havoc with windows in buildings and many persons escaped serious injury by "ducking" just in time'. At Galesville, Wis., a large pane of glass came blowing down the street in the business district from an unknown source, but broke be- fore striking any pedestrian. Cattle could be found gathered on the shelter side of hills, barns or protecting groves. Chickens that ventured out into farmyards were blown around like feather dusters. Today farmers are faced with the task of harvesting thousands of acres of standing corn that has been twisted, broken and flattened by the wind. It will be impossible to use a mechanical picker in many of the fields farmers report, and hand- husking will be a slow and difficult (Continued on Page 17. Column 4.) AREA LOSS Wind 100 M.P.H. At Rochester Minneapolis 'At the height of "Monday's storm, traffic was halt- ed for three hours at Wold-Cham- Sides said. Jberlain airport. Incoming ships The Russians have had Pteity.rfj_ warned away none Was longer have been able to fly over Germany without prohibitive losses from German antiaircraft-rockets.. These nazi antiaircraft develop- ments designed to search out and destroy "raiders traveling 485 miles an hour at feet, fell into Rus- sian hands "lock, stock and bar Sides said. Larger Claims That excludes these larger claims: The McConnon Company plant No. 3, off Minnesota City road, where roofs were torn off and walls collapsed; the Standard Foundry, 1175 East Broadway, where the roof buckled when por- tions of two sides caved in; the Williams-Wilbert Burial Vault Com- pany, 1635 West Fifth street, where ;wo-thirds of an uncompleted build- us was tumbled down; the Wi- nona Tool Manufacturing Company, 1430 West Broadway, where about damage was caused, and the Winona Flying service, municipal airport, where two small planes were damaged and the back end of a hangar ripped out. Generally, however, the claims will be small. One insuranceman, shuffling through 75 claims, said the biggest would not go over Roof pamage Insurancemen differed on many property owners, the how ma- jority of them affected by roof damage, were protected by ex- tended coverage insurance. One said nearly all, the other less than Gauerke, of Ixonia. Herman Krueger, Evansville, died of a heart attack as he tried to reach shelter of his car during the storm. A North Western railroad tower employe, Hassan Mastaffa, about 62, was injured seriously at Neenah when the end of a crossing gate Windstorm insurance, as such, is virtually unobtainable now, al- though protection can be obtained through extended coverage. At any rate, Winona was pick- ing up the pieces today. inclined to neatness, had picked up all the little pieces (the branches. the debris, the torn but the big pieces (the battered build- ings) remained. Demonstration of the Inclination toward neatness came early. In the height of the yesterday street depart- ment crew was cutting up trees and snapped off and struck him on the one East Ender was observed pick- he said, adding: "Over four years have elapsed since then. It is fool hardy, of us allowed to take off in that time. Twin Cities' Weather bureaus re- goods held in storage warehouses was upheld by the supreme court. Northern Supply Co., Milwaukee, craft defenses now in terms of 1945 equipment." Sides is deputy assistant chief of corded wind velocity of 89 miles head. The Federal Weather bureau gave these figures for sustained wind velocities in. the state yesterday: Green Bay 45; Escanaba, Mich., 47; Madison, 47; Milwaukee, 50; La Crosse, 52; Wausau, 58, and Duluth, Minn., 58. In all cases, momentary gusts of considerably higher velocity were recorded. At Madison, the wind blew against the blades of an exhaust fan at Ben's Poultry Company and halted its rotation. The motor then threw sparks, which ignited the building and de- stroyed it with a loss estimated at The firm had a large store of poultry feed and medi- cine. Twelve sheds, full of the Northern supply uo., jouwaunee, "If" wl hp- appealed from a personal property naval slrvfce corn- tax of S7.600 worth of goods it had fore the House armed service com on hand last May 1. The firm claimed that the goods was sub- ject to general taxes and therefore was exempt from property taxes. Circuit Judge Jesse Earle of Rock county was directed to de said, "deal with human lives and clde wnether a protest filed against characters, provide character-build- j incorporation of Milton Junction as ing, social welfare and leisure-time yjiiage was sufficient, programs, available to all without; judge Earle had ordered incor- discrimination." Before the goal LJU of the annually iporation on petition of a majority Junction residents but a campaign is arrived at, each agency group Of taxpayers appealed, presents to the budget committee Action of Judge Daniel Sullivan, of the Chest its anticipated income Milwaukee, in dismissing an ap- from various sources and an item-jpeai jjy A, J. Werner in a stock irom various sources auu ipeal ay A, J. werner in a ized account of its proposed dis- transfer case, was affirmed by the contention that it is not as deadly bursements. The budget committee court_ las the public thinks. Minneapolis Good Will Flight Here With approximately 75 Wino- ans on hand to greet them, planes bringing 36 Minneapolis business and civic leaders here for a social hour and luncheon at the Oaks club with local busi- nessmen circled the new Wino- na Municipal airport at p. m. and landed shortly there- after. The good will flight from Minneapolis was sponsored by the aviation committee of the Minneapolis Chamber of Com- merce. Upon landing the visitors were taken on an inspection trip of the new airport build- ing and thence by auto to the Oaks for the luncheon. A special edition of The Re- publican-Herald was distribut- ed at the luncheon. The official hosts at 'he airport to welcome the Minneapolis delegation Aue alMW icuclauuU) mwww. the Ambassadors of the group said, should co-ordinate affi- Association of Commerce head- liate organizations in opposing the ed by Ambassador Supreme W. utility's recent application to the J Thurow public service commission. f per hour, highest ever set for a sus tained period in the state and ._ best tobacco crop mittee hearing naval charges that defense chiefs are over-concentrat- ing on an "obsolete" B-36 bomber. Sides concluded: "With A.A, (antiaircraft) guided missies approaching operational use, it is folly for any country to jdown viroqua. Leaves tobacco otner warehouses also suffered miles per hour greater than the! severe damage. Insurance men said ii itiuu u __ _.__. ___ _i_i TMO 100 previous mark set August 20, 1904. The gale hit high point of 1 miles per 'hour at Rochester. Other points reporting were: Mankato 80 miles per hour; Willmar 75: St. Cloud and Owatonna 70; Worthing- ton and Ortonville 65, and Fergus Falls and Park Rapids 60. At Duluth, where ships were held HWU, r f At UUIUW1, stake its future to any great extent d a large thp biff bomber and atomm _ the big bomber bomb." Before hearing Sides, the com- mittee had brief new discussion with Commander Eugene Tatom about how deadly is the A-bomb. Tatom cited medical reports on the Hiroshima blast to back up his j" bursements. The budget committee serves as the reviewing staff for the public of the needs of the member agencies. Throughout the year each agency also makes a monthly re- (Continued on Pape 11, Column 1.) CHEST English Woman Spry at 107 St. Leonards-on-Sea, England and hearty, Mrs. Matilda Coppin celebrated her 107th birth- day today. In Stroud, Kent, herj brother. Charles Evans, 94, said hej wou.'d drop around to his local sa-j loon tonight to drink a toast to herj health. Wisconsin Ph Rate Boost 0 Madison, Madison Federation of Labor asked the Wis- consinjjjtate Federation of Labor ippose a request of the ___._____Telephone Company for a rate boost of annually. The state federation, the Madison Monday s Winds Worse Than Armistice Storm La Crosse, Wis. The winds yesterday were "about the highest we've ever had." That's the verdict of A, D. Sanial, federal forecaster for this area, after examining the records. "They were much stronger than in the Armistice day he added. In gusts, the extreme yester- day was b9 miles an hour, and the maximum was 61 miles an hour. When the Weather bureau says maximum it means that the wind blew 61 miles an hour for five minutes. Mr. Sanial described yester- day's storm as a "severe wind" or "almost a gale." He called it the worst wind- storm on record for this area despite uis recollection that "a long time ago we had a tornado that hit 90 miles an hour in gusts." yesterday's was more severe because the wind was prolonged, while the tornado was brief. "Yesterday's storm really last- ed from about 9 a. m. to 5 p. m." he said, and estimated for that period the wind averaged 40 miles an hour, plus gusts that reached 69 miles an hour. In the 24 hours ending at midnight last night the average wind velocity was 30 miles an hour. Mr. Sanial said that although yesterday's velocities can be compared directly with record- ed velocities, the comparisons are deceiving, since the location of the wind-meter has been changed. In the Armistice day storm the wind-meter was in down- town La Crosse, and the wind only reached about 30 miles an hour there. "Yesterday's wind was much he said, even allow- ing for the difference in loca- tions of the wind-meter. .at they were not able to estimate the amount of the crop lost or its value immediately. W. E Parker, chief of the Coast Guard contingent at Bayfield, said some in damage was done to that Lake Superior waterfront area. The Hadland commercial fish- ing plant, with a freezer plant and marine hardware store, was virtually wiped out. Commercial piers were wrecked and slips were filled with debris. Three fishing boats were beached, two of them complete wrecks. Fishermen Nels Anderson Hjalmar Olson tried to sail from La Pointe on Madelaine island to La Pointe on jviaueiauie isiaww .extensive utuiuLgc Bavfield and were driven onto rocks the West End Greenhouse, 802 West J __ ,___ .____L l.Iw Vtlnnr near the Bayfield shore. Both es- caped unhurt. jday, according to the owners, John Three fishing craft sank at La T. and Joseph L. Orlowske, when Pointe and the city dock suffered [the wind caved in the east end of Pointe greenhouse, shattering nearly ipsKpr damace andjSOO panes of glass and twisting the were not accounted for, but metal frames. Pieces, of ,the glass believed to be safe in the area. segment of the curling arena roof with damage estimated at Crews were busy today repairing the damage in time for the opening Monday of the Shrine circus. The roof was also torn from the Woodruff Lumber Company, at the head of the lakes city with A. W. King setting damage at II Face Court Action in Strike ._. The coal dock at Washburn was union battered and the tin roof members were ordered yesterday to show cause why they should not be prosecuted for contempt of court in the strike last week at the Milwau- kee Gas Light Company. The strike was prohibited under the Wiscon- sin utility antistrike law. Circuit Judge Otto H. Breiden- bach, who issued the show cause order, set October 24 for a hearing for the 17 members of the OI.O. Gas, Coke and Chemical Workers Union. Those named included Ches- ter J. Walczak, international repre- sentative, and two officers of local 18 at the Gas Light Company. Judge Breidenbach's order said the men "instigated, induced, con- spired with and encouraged a strike, slowdown and work stoppage." It said they failed to comply with the restraining order issued by Judge Breidenbach last Wednesday after the strike started and "wholly failed to take steps to notify employes called out on strike to resume serv- ice forthwith as provided in the order." ing up sticks. This morning every carpenter, every roofer (and "a lot of 'em. who never did that kind of thing according to one insurance- man) were patching up the holes. The destruction was widespread: Billboards and a small sign bit the dust, and larger ones, too. The neon sign atop the Hot Fish shop was bent out of shape; the Bub's beer sign at Mankato avenue and Sarnia street was split; the Winona directional sign at West Broadway and high- way 61 was toppled over, and the new municipal airport neon sign was twisted into wreckage. Buildings A partly-completed house on the Minnesota City road, in Goodview, owned by Robert Robinson, collapsed. The Huff street greenhouses were damaged. At West End Modern cabins, 1603 West Fifth street, an iron flagpole was bent over at a 45- degree angle and falling trees rip- ped down power and telephone wires and tore off part of the roof of one of the buildings. At the Winona brickyards, high- way 43, the roofs were torn cff the four kiln sheds. At the Emherst tourist lodge, 1719 West Fifth street, a tree was folded over an apartment-cabin. were called to sparking electric wires at the i William Weltner home, 305 West and Howard street, and the Peerless Chain Company, 50 Walnut street. Extensive damage was suffered at King street, in the big blow Mon- blew off the county jail. At Milwaukee, Federal Weather- man Howard Thompson said yes- terday's strong winds were accom- panied by unseasonably high temp- eratures. The 82 degrees'recorded were blown as far as Mark street. Western Wisconsin Court Official Named Madison, rf Zelotus Rice, Sparta attorney, as ly morning temperatures were Sparta, who recently to 27 degrees below those was named Monroe county judge, ni-pvfnus 24-hour period. Lone previous 24-hour period. Rock's 47 degrees was the coolest overnight temperature reported, Thompson said. With the storm center moving out over the Hudson bay region gen- erally fair weather is expected in Wisconsin by tomorrow when the mercury is likely to climb to 70 in the Southeast and no higher than 60 in the Northwest. In general, it was a bad day for county jails. The one at Eau Claire also lost a tin roof, (Continued on Page 9, Column 4.) WISCONSIN WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and and cool tonight; low 48. Wednesday increasing cloudiness and warmer; high 70. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 77; minimum, 47; noon, 56; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow   

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