Winona Republican Herald, December 12, 1949

Winona Republican Herald

December 12, 1949

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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1949, Winona, Minnesota COLD TONIGHT, TUESDAY FAIR GIVE TO THE GOOD FELLOWS VOLUME 49, NO. 252 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 12, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES E. L King, Sr., Dead Here at 72 TODAY- Lilienthal Resignation Personal By Joseph and Stewart Alsop Washington Resignation of Da- vid E. Lilienthal from the chair- manship of the Atomic Energy com- mission has left this vital sphere of effort in an appalling mess. The mess Is none of Lilienthal's making but his going has brought the sit- uation into rather lurid relief. Henci there Is now talk, in the very re stricted circles where the situation is understood at all, of the possible need for a wholly new start nex1 year. The reason for Lilienthal's resig nation was entirely personal. He simply did not like his Job. He i one of the great administrators and public servants of our time, but he has no inclination to be a manu facturer of weapons of hideous de structlon. When this turned out tc be his real task as AEC chairman he had no enthusiasm for it. The sense of duty that kept him going was broken down by the most re cent spasm of neurotic senatoria inquisition, and he resigned forth' with. FURTHERMORE, Lilienthal's ef Torts have at least kept the mess In the atomic energy effort within rea sonable limits. On the working level the Atomic Energy commission is adequately if not always brilliantly staffed. The various divisions of the AEC are operating pretty satis- factorily. The program can Jog along for a while, without risk of Imme- diate breakdown. There la clear risk cf eventua. breakdown, however. In the state of affairs at top. It was already un- wieldy to try to run a great Indus- trial effort through a commission. If not replaced by qualified administrator, the AEC ought prob- ably to be' reduced from five men to three. What is even, worse, how- ever, is the enormous number of persons legally authorized to breathe down the commission's neck. This role is performed by the general advisory committee, by the military liaison committee, and above all by the Joint congressional committee. These neck breathers represent an obvious sacrifice of ef- ficiency to "safeguards." And their mere existence has also reacted sharply on the relationship within the AEC. IT HAS LONG BEEN7 KNOWN of course, that Commissioner Lewi Strauss is at odds with Chairman Ulienthal. This disagreement ha. been rendered crippling by Strauss habit of running for aid to Sena tor Bourke B. Hlckenlooper, or other members of the Joint congressional committee, or leaders of the Defense department. Now, moreover, politics has crept in. While no doubt an able man, the most recently chosen commis- sioner, Gordon Dean, is also the patronage appointee of the chair- man of the congressional Joint com- mittee. Senator Brien MacMahon. In the nature of things, Dean's spe- cial relationship increases the invi- tation to congressional interference in the commission's proper work, already extended, as it were, by Strauss. As if these obstacles were not enough to repel any candidate for the succession to Lilienthal, the Pre- sident has lately weakened the com- mission's support from the executive branch. The issue here has been the; form of our co-operation in atomic development with the British and Canadians. Caledonia Tot Dies of Burns Good Fellows Need ruj u Or Many vJiildren Will butter Room Good Fellows workers estimate that it win take to do a com- plete job of outfitting. Wlnona's seedy children this Christmas. So far about 180 children have received all the warm, durable cloth- ing they need to protect them from the harsh, merciless winter. It has cost an average of for each child. years the Good Fellows Virginia Roerkohl, Three, Succumbs Ten Hours Later Caledonia, Minn. (Special) Three-year-old Virginia Roerkohl today of burns .suffered Sun regardless of whether he nisht while she apparently was several. This year the objective of lattemptmg to light a holy candle in the Good Fellows is to give each needy child ALL the clothing items necessary to keep him warm and dry during the icy winter months. Fellows help this Christmas can be outfitted with the money re- ceived so far. Many of the regular tlons now are in, a good many of Virginia and two younger broth-i them larger than ever before. Yet ers_ two-year-old Tommie and Ted-! had Placed in their Good Fellows must depend by their mother before she NEW contrl-lleft for the meeting about 8 p. m. Republican-Herald photo This Picture Was Snapped this morning the outside tem- perature was only 15 above. This Winona youngster was wearing a short Jacket made of thin poplin warm enough, when the mercury hovers at 40. If he had not received the long, warm woolen jacket you see him wearing in the above picture from the Good Fellows, the chances are his lightweight Jacket would have had to serve him all through the long stretches of below zero weather soon to come. Thanks to the Good Fellows, he 'also is wearing a new pair of sturdy corduroy trousers instead of the light cotton ones he wore downtown. Help the Good Fellows help children like this young Winonan, won't you? Zephyr Demolishes Car Stalled on Rails Alma, Wis. An automobile, stalled on the Chi- cago, Burlington Quincy railroad tracks between here and Cochrane, was hit by the evening westbound Zephyr Sun- day. No one was hurt, how- ever. Carl Peterson of Buffalo City and formerly of Alra'a, owned the car and had gone to get help after the engine failed. The streamliner plowed into the ma- chine and demolished it. U.S. May Aid Chiang Against Reds in Formosa Supreme Court Upholds Rent Control Act raised only enough money to give j her home. The of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Roerkohl's six children Less than 500 of the been left with a baby-sitter 750 children who really need Good Sunday night while her parents and 1877 E. L. King, Sr. 1949 three brothers and sisters were at- j tending a St. Peter's Parish Study contribu-jclub meeting. butions. Won't you help brighten the holi- day season for these children who are in a bad situation and can't help it won't you help give them he things they need most to battle 2ie frigid blasts of winter. Get out your check book now, won't write out a check to THE .OOQD FELLOWS. Send It The Republican-Herald. Be a Good Fellow The Tollowing is a list of con- tributions to the Good Fellows fund to date: Previously listed A friend 2.00 James Griffith 2.00 Harold Brandt, St. Paul 5.00 Western Coal and Supply Company employes 30.00 Auxiliary F. W........ 5.00 Ladies Auxiliary of Fraternal Order of Eagles 5.00 A friend 1.00 From Mrs. Doris tjrwin. Fountain City 1.00 Chapter AP of P.E.O. 5.00 Pat and Pete 10.00 K. M. 5.00 Susan, Billy, Nicky and Bobby 5.00 Boland Manufacturing Company 25.00 From a Friend......... 3.00 Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Henry 5.00 Washington The Supreme court today upheld the 1949 federal rent control act. The 8-0 ruling overturned a deci- sion by U. S. District Court Judge BIwyn R. Shaw in Chicago that the act was invalid. The decision was announced in a brief order which cited an earlier Supreme court ruling in a rent con- trol case. Shaw's ruling was' held in abey- ance pending today's ruling on an appeal taken directly to the Su-j preme court by the Justice depart- ment. The department 14.000.000 housing accommodations remain under rent control. Since .Shaw's ruling six other federal dis- (trict courts have declared the act] constitutional. A A Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Morgan A blanket. Pettibone Island Hunter Wounded La Crosse, Wis. Edward Grzybowski, 22, of Pettibone island, was in critical condition at St. Less than one-half hour later, Charmion Strand, a high school student who had been engaged to care for the children that evening, heard cries from a second-floor bedroom and found Virginia stand- ing in a bedroom with her night' clothes ablaze. Charmion. wrapped a rug around the youngster in an effort to smother the flames. She then noti- fied the parents that the child had been seriously burned. A physician was called, and the girl was taken to the Caledonia Community hospital for treatment of severe chest burns. The child died at the hospital at a. m. today. Relatives believe that the child arose from her bed shortly after her parents had left and wandered into the bedroom of an older sister. 11-year-old Jean Ellen, who had accompanied her parents to the meeting, It is believed that Virginia prev- iously had noticed the vigil light in her sister's room. She appar- ently struck a match to light the candle before which evening pray- ers are said, when the flames ig- nited her nightgown. Plans had been made after treat- ment at the Caledonia hospital to transfer her to a Rochester hos- pital today. Virginia would have been four years old Friday. Other survivors in addition to her parents, Jean Ellen, Tommie and Teddie, include] nine-year-old Kay and James, I eight. I Kay and James also were withj their parents at the meeting when! the accident occurred. Members of the family stated that] the vigil light in Jean Ellen's was on a tall bureau. The believed to have been forced climb up on Iowa Coed Strangled To Death, Senior Charged With Murder Iowa City, University of Iowa coed was found strangled in a men's rooming house yesterday and a senior student who said he was in love with the girl is charged with, murdering her. Robert Emil Bednasek, 24, was to be arraigned today on the charge. The coed was Margaret Ann (Gee-Gee) Jackson, 20, of Burlington, Iowa. Dr George D. Callahan, Johnson county coroner, said after autopsy that death was "mir [caused by strangulation." 'murder In his jail cell last night, Bed- denied to newsmen that he Widely Known In Business, Sports Circles III Health Forced Retirement as Head Of J. R. Watkins Cc. By Gordon R. Closway E, L, King, Sr., president ol The J. R. Watkins Company from 1931 until 1944 and one of the state's prominent business leaders, died here today at the age of 72. Mr. King became inactive in the affairs of the Watkins company in 1944 because of his health and sines then had spent only a few weeks in Winona, residing the rest of the time either at his Lake Tahoe, Nev., home and residence or at his estate in Daytona Beach, Fla. He underwent an operation at the Mayo Clinic at Rochester iu the spring of this year for a stomach ailment. Although the operation was successful, Air. King failed steadily in health. Following the summer spent in Nevada, Mr. Kinn returned to Rochester in November I for a checkup, and during 1 is ?ub- Isequent illness lived nt 209 Enst Fifth street in Winona where death occurred at this afternoon. He had been unconscious for the ,ast lew days. Mrs. King was at the aedside when he died during his sleep. Came to City in 1904 Mr. King came to Winona in 1904 when he married Grace Watkins, daughter of J. R. Watkins. He joined the Watkins company at that time as vice-president, taking an active part to. the development of the business. Upon the death, ol 3. R. Watkins in December, 1911, Paul Watkins, a. nephew of J. R. Watkins, became president of the company and con- tinued In this capacity until his death in 1931. During this period Mr. King and Mr. Watkins worked {murdered the girl. Pacing nervously, _he said: "She Oj in close harmony, dividing equally was completely in love with me, and I with her. I did not murder her. I have never been capable of murder." Romance Denied The girl's father, William E. Jackson, an attorney and mem- ber of the Iowa parole board, de-, _ nied his daughter was in love ganlzed and headed the Owl Motor management and responsibility organization. Air. King served as president from 1931 until his retirement in March of 1944. In addition to his interest in the Watkins company. Mr. King served as president of the Winona Nation- al and Savings bank from the dato of Its organization in 1916 until the time of his death and he also or- a hunting accident Sunday. Grzybowski was hit in the back fired by one THE EXPLOSION of the Soviet atomic bomb has removed every in-; tellipible obstacle to the fullest Ang- In-Canadmn-Amcricnn co-operation. One of the strongest lessons of Dr. Vannevar Bush's "Modem Arms and Free Men" !s that we are likely to' benefit the most, by fill: co-operation.i Manila United Chairman Lilienthal fOURht for full has informed the Philippines gov-! I nlfit co-operation from the first. But theierrm-ient. tnal jj Will "take posi-j White House and the State depart-'.tjve action to counteract the com-j La Crosse. Concurrent mem have alike shrunk back from.munist threat to a high prison terms of one to ten years askinc Contrress for the at Malacanan palace said were given today to Ernest Culver, t_i-.. 32. of I.R Crosse. shortlv after his of through bullet went his body, collapsing his Margaret Jackson WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Clear to- t. temperature falling to near in tne clty and five below ln Arrangements for funeral services have not been completed. The fu- neral probably will be held Tuesday at the Blaschke Funeral home here. The Rev A. E. Kuisle will offi- ciate and burial will be in Calvary I cemetery. LOCAL WEATHER country. Tuesday fair and con- Uliutu uw un a. uuan wi. OUHIG xjLiioi i IQ object m the room to reach th? tmued colo% highest, 18. candle. The Roerkohl family was attend- ing the parish meeting at the home of Howard Roerkohl's brother, L. L. Roerkohl, last night. with Bednasek. He said the girl was involved in a "one-sided ro- mance" with Bednasek. Miss Jackson's sorority sisters said she had been "pinned" (en- gaged) to Bednasek last spring I but sent his fraternity pin back to Ihim last summer. Since school started this fall they had been dating often, but were not "going the sorority girls said. The girl had Invited another man to her sorority dance Friday night. However Mrs. Olga Bednasek said at Cedar Rapids her son and Miss Jackson planned to be mar- ried "in about four after Bednasek completed graduate work in psychology. Mrs. Bednasek said her husky 175-pound son told her when she asked him. yesterday if he killed the girl: T must have. I was the only Maximum, 57; minimum, 28; noon, 57; precipitation, .16. Official observations for the 24 one in the room. I don't know how it happened a blank." Sheriff Albert he hours ending at 12 m. today. J. Murphy said holding a diary found in 's room. He said authori- Maximum, 58; minimum, 11; I ties would study it. but it was noon, 15; precipitation. sun j written, "in abbreviations" and would be hard to decipher "un- t sets tonight at sun rises to-i (Bednasek) will interpret morrow at Additional Weather on Page IB, iEttrick Break-in exceptions to the "secrecy" rules. As a result, the recent conversa- today. The source added that it Mary, was granted a divorce. tions with the British here would j understood the TJ. S. would send' Culver has pleaded guilty to two have been comic, if they had notladequate arms to enable of breaking and entering at been trasuc. Sir Oliver Franks and issimo Chiang Kai-shek to hold hisjEttrick last month and Circuit Judge Robert S. Cowie pronounced Sir Alexander Cockcroft. represent- ing the British government, went las.t nationalist stronghold. iWashington sources said after being told Culver into the talks completely briefed.jday that the United States was'had served 18 previous terms in the completely united and completelylprepared to give Chiang economic county jail, aware of what had to be diplomatic support, but not] Earlier, Mrs. Culver had been plished. Although Secretary of Statejnew military aid, in his effort to granted a divorce on grounds he Achcson had been strongly urged to'turn Formosa into a an habitual drunkard. They take personal charge of the Ameri-1 against Chinese communists.! ihave six children, ranging from five can side, our representatives were; six representatives of the AEC and! the SWte and Defense departments, all divided among themselves, all uncertain of policy, all unauthorized to act. Compkte failure was only narrowly avoided. These are the real reasons why the President is having such difficulty in finding a successor for Chairman! Lilienthal. In the end, indeed, iti seems dear that the President will; have to choose between two altema-1 fives. Either he will have to name! another of the dim hacks who are! becoming so common in vital gov-j ernmont jobs. Or he wtl have to pro-j mise some qualified man his own: energetic support in any reforms the new chairman may think neces- sary after a year's experience. ito 13 years old, in an orphanage here. Wind Tears Down Yule Decorations Black River Falls, cial) Holiday street, decora- tions here have come down earlier than usual this year. But it was a strong wind Sun- day evening that did the work, and not city crews. Evergreen festoons on Main street and two side streets, covering a seven- block area, were torn down by last night's windstorm. Workers were out this morn- ing clearing up the debris. Firemen Stand amid ruins of an antique shop razed by an explosion and fire at Birmingham, Mich., last night. Five persons are known to be dead in the blast, believed to have been caused by a gas leak, (AJ. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) if company, local Ford agency, for a number of years. He was internationally known as a sportsman, big game hunter and trapshooter and twice made hunt- ing expeditions to Africa. He en- joyed golf and for many years owned and maintained an 18 hole course at Daytona Beach, Fla. He had a keen interest in hunting and owned hunting lodges in various parts of the United States and Canada. Helped Needy Families During the worst of the depres- sion years when unemployment was at its height and hundreds of Wi- nonans were in desperate circum- stances, Mr, King and a few other Winona men offered to match dol- lar for dollar, for relief purposes, any amount of money raised in the city. As a result of this offer, some was raised that year to aid needy families. Besides residence sites in Nevada and Florida, Mr. King owned a large estate known as Rockledgc. a mile southeast qf Homer, bordering the Mississippi river. Mr. King was a genius in making right purchases at right times, par- ticularly in real estate matters and was one of the few to sell most of his holdings In Florida during the height of the boom and just to the 1928 "bust." Land pur- of tears. He said he recalled little ton has since grown all around this particular tract. Similar exper- iences in many parts of the country indicated his talent in purchasing and good Judgment. King's leadership Watkins company showed before he went for police. Had Some Drinks "I just remember her lying on the he said. "I picked her up, I guess. I don't remember much about talked to her she had passed out. tried to wake her up. Then to-remarkable growth. In 1904 when tuition, I guess, made me sensejhe jomed tne organization it was something was hazy, housed in a four-story building He said both had some drinks wnich had been erected in 1900. Only but said he "might not have limited number of products were drunk." (manufactured and sold at that time Bednasek said Margaret hadjby approximately dealers told him many times she lovedjwidely scattered throughout the him and that she could never mar-1 country, Mr. King then began to ry anyone else. He said she the line until today the him Saturday night she loved him.jcompany manufactures more than The girl's body was found cladJ300 products. Fifteen thousand deal- in a strapless white evening gown ers and more than 300 distributors in the rooming house known as-sell Watkins products through the the "Empty Arms." State, county and local authori- ties said in a statement this was the sequence of events leading up United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and many other coun- tries throughout the world. Large manufacturing branches are located to Miss Jackson's death: at Memphis, Term., Newark, N. J.. Bednasek reserved the room j Oakland, Calif., Winnipeg and and took Miss Jackson there about I Montreal in Canada, Melbourne, p.m. Saturday for dinner. Later they went to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity winter for- BednaseK is a member the organizations in the United fraternity. They returned to the rooming house after the dance for a night- cap. After a few drinks of whisky they Went across the hall to an- other room to dance to a record player. Australia, and Johannesburg, South Africa. The J. E. Watkics Coupany Is today one of the largest direct- States. The company's line of products includes spices, extracts and other food products, cosmetics, medicines, farm line products and soaps. It is (Continued on Face 18, Column L) E, KING ;