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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1949, Winona, Minnesota                              WARMER TONIGHT, RAIN SATURDAY GIVE TO THE GOOD FELLOWS VOLUME 49, NO. 256 WINONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 16, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Farg can ested as Erd man Ol son TODAY- Money Not Answer For G.O.P. Truman Slated To Ignore Coal Operators' Plea By Joseph and Stewart AIsop great many peo- ple, on a great many different occasions, have predicted the transformation or demise of the Republican party. These correspon- dents will not join the ranks of the sell-assured prophets. But It must be said that the 1950 con- gressional session and ensuing elections are likely to cure the Re-j said today he will ignore a sug- publlcans ol their galloping schi- j gestlon of southern coal operators zophrenla, one way or the ne use the Taft-Hartley aci The currently dominant half of the Republican split personality was given a fine run In the yard Feels 3-Day Week Takes Situation Out Of Emergency Class Key West, FU. President Truman's chief labor advisers at the meeting of the party strat- to get full coal production. They said the President felt that the three day-a-week digging per- egy committee In Chicago by John L. Lewis took the week. This was another stage In' the preparation for the great Re- publican statement of principles, with which the nation Is shortly to be favored. The meeting rang with outcries against licans. But the coal case out of the national emer- gency category. And they added that Mr. Tru- man was displeased by announce- ment of the coal operators' move before receipt here of the seven- page letter asking presidential in- tervention. A letter, signed by Joseph E Moody, president of the Southern Coal Producers association, ask- ed Mr. Truman to use the Taft- question: Bepubii-j Hartley act or prosecute the Unit- can party stand in a way ed Mine Workers' chief on antl- that everybody can understand." trust charges. FOB you may read Colonel Robert B. McCor- "me-too" Repub- most significant statement emanated from the Hon. Fred Vlrkus, an Illinois Republi- can strategist: "You need money, money and more money to get: the organiza- tion rolling' said Vlrkus. "But you are not going to get the until you can answer the mlck and other, like-minded Re- publican contributors. Having made this simple substitution, you can then forecast that the state- ment of Republican principles will be the most backward-looking yet promulgated. The simple truth is that the Republican fat cats have gone on strike, refusing to open their check books until their par- ty starts making the kind of noise they want to hear. And since the present Republican leadership cannot Imagine doing business without the fat cats, they are pre- paring to make this kind of noise, without worrying very much whether it Is also the kind of noise the voters want to hear. The Hon. Virkus has publicly admitted the party predicament, which had al- ready been reported In this space. This extraordinary situation. In which few extreme right businessmen are holding Letter Not Seen He said that if the present law jdoes not cover the abbreviated work week that Lewis is permit- ting, Mr. Truman should ask Con- gress for legislation covering the situation. A daily confidante of the Presi- dent's said he had not seen the letter, but that he probably would label it as propaganda in view of advance knowledge of Its dispatch. nan, unquotable by name said Mr. Truman was no more dndly disposed toward Lewis than Is toward the Taft Hartley act for which he again will ask repeal In his state of the union message to Congress. At the same time, he added, Lewis Is more disposed to negoti- ate with operators than he has been for years, and Mr. Truman doesn't the idea of the coal producers using a letter to him as for their cause. a means of getting publicity wing ______ up a national political party at the point of their check books, is bound to affect other things much more im- portant than the Republican state- ment of principles. To be specific, an actual major- ity of the men who form the back- bone of the right-wing Republican group in the Senate are up for re-election next November. Cape- (Contlnued on Page 9, Column 3.) ALSOPS 6 Crewmen Killed DOrnDCr ference, declined to say. The chief executive said elimina- 111' I 'II tlon of wartime excise taxes was HlIC WinnmHI under consideration by treasury Dili ITIIIUIIInl jexperts and staffers of the tax- originating House ways and means Ros-n-cll, N. M. A B-29 hit, committee. a windmill and tumbled to thej Those same experts, he added, ground in flames yesterday, killing, are weighing the advisability of six of the 14 crewmen aboard. Incw taxes to replace them and Three crewmen were seriously possible a budget balance "You can count on this high- ly placed aide said, "The letter will be ignored." His vacation nearlng an end, Mr. Truman had a conference yes terday with Democratic National Chairman Bill Boyle, who flew from Miami and flew back a few hours later. Tax Increase Studied Boyle told reporters that the American public generally will support President Truman solidly if he finds it necessary to advo- cate increased taxes to offset a prospective new deficit. Full Wire Report the AuociaUd Member of the Audit Bun MI of WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER i Come to Every i Winona This Year? toYouMr.Goodfeltow and i Hippy Yeu-1 To Wlnow s ind the thought of the seiwm of pxx m tt Is used brine vUbM of bright nllir.z family n> empty chilrj lappinesi In heiplnt measure. 3ut to othen in the city the sound o istmas ffrtttinn is mockery. Health brok discounted by ilcil handicaps or other brew ntn of many funiliea are {wing of a. bleafc Christmas. Joys of Gift Plmnnlnr, %'ot for these are the joys of planning gift ived ones. Their children, perhaps from pas doubtinc the word of their more for ite Achool mates that there is "really and y a. Santi will be more than satis- i( ChriitmM brings them a full meal and and to replice footwear long e patched and repatched. Jcv Jt Icail will tw tile lot Ol UDtartdfttla-tl Of Ihp cliy si fll inr ITI wnlcn riltlt plrcCi Of im t of nearer or net to iome -bfmd tor ihi biblrt 69TH CONGRESS CONVENES WITH BILLSPILEDUP Already on Sen- ate and Home Calen- Many New to Go On. COOLIDGETO SEND TALK TO CONGRESS ibliKten. With JT SNOW From TAKEN FROM-ST, PAUL in Cuh, Reit'in Bondi. uorcd ID n ON rt I1JOP8 Jo nd bord. or olflNe. Courtroom Guarded for Canton Murder Trial at Opening MYSTERY MAN IN OLSON CASE vr fecond Mvcb I 17.000 are iud oleni Denies "Protection" Insinuations esenU Attitude of Rangers Who Cam- Here Saturday Night in Search of Rochei- ter Holdup Suspects. Stranger With Erdman Olson on Nig fit Clara Was Murdered; Hotel Man Sees 2 Drive Awat) Toward Girl House Blood- Stained Love I SIain Completely" Change Aipect of Killed by Blow on Head. Praine du Chierv, Wjs, Dec, 3. CAP) OUon Albert Olson, father of her Jov-j cr, Erdrr.an, last, Auyust to the boy marry her before e became a mother As the first witness today in coroner's inquest over the girl's bcd.v. Albert Olsorj told District Attorney. G. S, Etrll. of a letter written to him by the idrl in the rriddlc of Adjust, telling him oT her condition. When the father sot the let- r, testified, ho showed It to liis son who "scpmed surprised." Then he ordered the boy to to th-: home of Christ Olson, fnther of Clara, bring- the pirl buck with He planned to submit her to a medical ex- amination, he said. TMf o bank rubbm )o Late Developments in Olson Inquest in Weird Mur- der Case Held Today Erd- man lo Return in dio Message. Prairie Chien.Dcc. 6. CAP) A mysterious stranger entered the Olson murder case today. On the eve of the inquest into the death of Clara Olson, Nor" farmer's daughter whose bod> found in a shallow grave 01 a lonely hilltop near her sweet home, District Attorney Earll obtained statements indi catinj: Lhe participation of ar unknown individual ir, the events of the niftlit of Sepu 9. when the Merle Murray, a farmer o: Mount Slcrluiff, told the  cioMf rtscle-up Inflirtilr.i tool cf titadlu who Irotlied thli dty In tbr bvifc hold-up or n mt Brat cHr nd county Sunn i wo r.. County ttiik hud wound id t iHctnjen In shoollnf thur wiy o In a uull touriof deTBlopjne-nUi Lfl btnk 'hold-up thli T Brother Doubts He's Man Wanted In Clara Olson Case Ted Wagner, Arrested on Murder Warrant, Taken to Prairie du Chien BULLETIN Prairie du Chien, brother of a fcirl slain 23 years ago said today a Fargo, N. D., man arrested Wednesday was "cer- tainly not Erdman sought as tne killer. The statement was made by Bembard T. Olson, brother of Clara Olson, whose beaten body was found in a shallow grave in Decem- ber, 1926. Olson was one of three men who accompanied Crawford County Undersheriff Ulysses P. Day to Farg-o where a meat packing com- pany employe, Ted Wagner. 46, was arrested on a first degree murder warrant naming him as the missing Erdman Olson. "I feel sorry for that fellow said Bcrnnard Olson as he stepped off the train which brought Wagner here. "I knew Erdman Olson well enough to spot him from the back. I wouldn't even need to see his face. This certainly is not Erdman Sherwood, sheriff at the time of the slaying, echoed the statement. Sherwood and Earl Stunkard, nndersneritT at the time, had accompanied Day and Bombard Olson to Fargo. Asked whether Wagner was Erdman Olson, Sherwood answered: "No, I am certain it is not Erdroan Olson." Stunkard, asked the same question, said: "I wont commit mySwiner was taken to the county jail where he was booked on m charged suspicion of murder. Day said that 'datives of both Erdman and Clara Olson would be asked to attempt identiflcat.on later today. Duihlr hudlid ID U lomi mt tU' Letter Last Word From Erdman Olson Full text of the letter of fare- well from Erdmjn Stanford Ol- son to his parents, written the day before he disappeared from Gale college In September, 1926, was as follows: Jured. Five others walked away from the wreckage with cuts and bruises. "I suppose you have heard a lot jmowlof things already. I know that I flad some visitors yester- increase In taxes. And they were real rJce about increase in some things. They seemed to think an earner neww con haye mg wfaere x wiggle my toes, which is where they are mistaken, very much BO. He, the old man (Chris Olson) claims that he has absolute proof that I know where she is, and I haven't the least idea of her lo- cation, but I cooked up a story that she was in St. Paul and that I would have to have some time to get her back here. "I am leaving tonight for some place where no one knows. I shall not even tell you folks, though, God knows, how I feel. I have thought of finishing everything, fe is sweet and hard to part but I say this, that I woi rather take death than captiv- for the fiscal year 1951. He wouldn't forecast the amount of the new budget, estimated at The Air Force bomber was and billions. in for a landing at Walker Air Force i Whatever the President does, he Base where it was stationed. It-will have the full support of sheared off the windmill Boyle, both as to taxes, and' stood near one of the runways. jthe "Fair Deal" program. Cause of the crash was not madej Boyle said If Mr. Truman taxes, -st neces- Is A Reproduction of the front page of The Republican- Herald's Issue of December 6, 1926, four days after the body of Clara Olson was found in a shallow grave near Mt. Sterling, Wis. It is typical of the front pages which played up the mystery for 23 years. eadlmes in Cas< Here are just a few of the startling headlines taken from the daily files of The Kepubllcan-Herald which went "all out" in its coverage of the sensational Erdman Olson case 23 years ago: Olson Girl Found Dead; Hunt Students-December 2. 1926 Poison, Blow May Have Killed Olson 3, 1926 Chicago Suicide May Be Olson; Seek 4, 1926 "I Failed As Erdman Says in Letter to His Father Still Sure Erdman Is 3, 1926 Mystery Man in Olson Case; Stranger With Erdman Olson on Night Clara. Was 6, 1926 Olson Lured Girl to Death With 7, 1926 Erdman's Last Letter to 7, 1926 Erdman Olson anf Sweetheart Planned to Get Married in December 7, 1926 Erdman's Last Letter to His Sweetheart warrant issued 23 years ago, was Text of Erdmrin Olson's last let- ter to his sweetheart Clara Olson dated September 6, 1926, and post- ed at Ferryville, Wis., which was the nearest postoffice to Erdman's home at Rising Sun, was as fol- lows: "Dear Friend: "I suppose you think me awful- ly neglectful, but; I am hot. I have gone to the hospital for awhile. I, have decided that the time for us is Prairie Da Chien, Wis. ciiiuoi i, Lawyer Who Sent Telegrams Held in Olson December 8, 1926 to Now we win not Winonan Gave Erdman Ride to St. 8, 1926 forget, but will go and get the Olson Wept All Night Before Leaving Gale 9, 1926 Erdman Olson "Bad Boy" of Gale 10, 1926 Olson Suspect Being Held in Columbus, 10, 1926 Reward of Offered in Olson Case-December II, 1926 Sheriff Buck Buns Down "Hot Tip" on Erdman Olson; Finds louth to Be Somebody 13, 1926 Gravel Shovel May Be Clue in Olson 15, 1926 Two More Clues Followed in Olson Search-December 16, 1926- Erdman Olson's Mother Pleads for His Return-December 17, 1826 Search for Erdman Olson Turns to 18 1926 Medium Says Erdman Olson Is Murdered-December 21, 1926 Christmas Finds Sorrow in Home of Clara 24, 18Z6 said there appeared to be "no ana am sending cacs me "Tok? STtTSU, President and the party spread over miles of prairie westj platform. and south of Roswell. Wreckage was widely scattered. The B-29 was returning from a training flight. i The dead were Identified as First; Lieutenant Richard S. Legglo, Hartford. Conn.: First Lieutenant Robert Vander Muellen. 28, Fern- dale. Mich.: Captain Charles A. Whit-lock. 30, Fort Worth, Texas: Staff Sergeant Tomas O. Roybal, of vacation-bound Colleges Begin Vacation Today 32. Pecos. N. M.; First students from Wmona began Robert L. Eyman. 24. -he closing of classes at but what else could I do with them? Give Orvid (his younger brother) everything that he can use of my stuff. He is only one brother in a thousand and it brings tears to think of what he has before him in the future. Poor little boy. "Sometime I may write to you, but I can't say that you will ever see me again, unless it may be in a coffin. Perhaps you may never want to see me again. I would Temperatures Rise in Area By The Associated Press Minnesota and Wisconsin enjoyed a respite from the below-zero cold that prevailed earlier in nhe week. The mercury went into the high twenties yesterday and the Weather bureau says it will go a bit higher at Fla., nnd Staff Sergeant Mary's college and the Winona J. Carmata. 26. New Britain, Conn. state Teachers college Seriously injured were Captain Christmas holidays. today. Snow is predicted for the northern and central sections with snow or rain in the southern area. It will be collier Saturday. Coldest spot in Minnesota last ,night was International Falls, which not blame you If you don't, I have a low ol jciur above. St. Cloud no money, but got some checks above, Duluth 12, Bemidjl that will do me for traveling Alexandria. 13, the Twin.Cities for the penses. until I get some work. ina Rochester 16. I _ __ John Richard Sinionson, 24, Ros- Christmas vacation at the College well: Staff Sergeant Glen Saint Teresa will begto after the will never stay long In-one place, for that would be dangerous. Stoddard. Jr.. 27, Omaha, and Staff j completion cf morning classes to- health will suffer tremendously "Mother, I suppose that youn of a low pressure area In the north, Sergeant Adria L. Edgell, 21, Bris- tol, W. Va. Shipping Closes At Sault Canal morrow. Resumption of the class I from this, and it might wreck fath- schedule Is slated for January 9. er: but don't let it do that. The Phelps Laboratory school will i -Live for Orvid; he Trill repay close today and reopens January 3. you many times for what you sac- Children in the public and paro- Ljfice for chial schools throughout the city have another week of study before the beginning of vacation, however, Ste. Marie, Mich. school closing lor all of the The ice-coated steamer Joseph S.I city's elementary and high schools Morrow slid into the Davis lock set for December 23. Thursday to close the 1949 Great Classes at the Winona Lakes navigation season through Teachers college will go the Sault canal. j session January 3 while St. Mary's The Red Arrow Steamship Com-j college students will return to pany flairehlp. loaded with class January 5. bushels of wheat, arrived here 34' The vacation period for students hours after clearing the the public and parochial schools NO had truer metal in Ihirri than he- move southward In a day or so, has. "Forget me and live for Orvid. Send him to school and he will make you proud. "These people cannot prove any- Weather Bureau Forecaster H. S. Kenny at Chicago said development central area, and comparatively high barometers in the southern ptains and Rockies were responsible lor the warming flow. It held at bay, tem- porarily, a sub-zero front In south- ever em Canada which probably will The east, southeast and the gulf area as far west as Texas remained chilly. The exception was the Flor- ida peninsula which was very mild. Park Falls, Wis, had a. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS ceremony over with and then come back in a, week or so, and let them know if they don't know. Of course we will have to dis- appear, you know. You will have to coax your brother to take you down to Seneca to the dance Sep- tember B, and. I will get you there. Then go to Hendrum, Minn. (where his mother's sister lives) which Is the same as Winona. (This was a reference to' Minne- sota marriage lawsjjchere a mar- riage license could" be obtained without a waiting period at in tragedy. rie du Chien, Wis. Wagner gave his age as 46. At the time the murder warrant was issued, Erdman Olson was 18. To- day, 23 years later, Olson's age would be 41. Wagner waived extradition last night. He is accused of being the former Gale college student. Galesville, Wis., who slew his sweetheart Clara Olson. Her body was found ta a shallow grave De- cember 2, 1926, near Mt. Sterling, I Wis., which Is about 15 miles southwest of Vlroqua.. She had ibeen missing for three months. The suspect in one of the coun- try's oldest and most baffling murder mysteries was expected to arrive at Prairie du Chien early this alvernoon in custody of Craw- ford County TJndereheriff Ulysses Day. Wagner Denies Charges Wagner, father of four daugh- ters, has denied any connec- tion in the slaying. He Is employ- ed at the West Fargo Armour Packing Company plant. His wife died at Jamestown, N. D., in 1947. When Wagner was taken Into cus- tody, care of two of his children was turned over to the county deten- tion home at Fargo pending his return. Wagner also manages a rooming house at Fargo. His wife died March 11, 1947. Their daughters are 15, 13, 10 and four years old. Wagner said ne was "shocked" at his arrest. "I don't know why I was arrest- he said. "It came as a shock to me. I am a German and Olson Is supposed to be Norwegian. I've never gone by the name Olson. He is suppose I to have had c. college education and I never went beyond the second grade. This is the first time I have ever been In Wiscon- sin." Wagner's arrest followed the re- ceipt of a letter at Prairie du Chien from a man who said he worked with Wagner at Fargo and had whether Ted Wagner of Fargo, I known Erdman Olson when they N. is, in fact, Erdman Olson. were boys at Rising Sun, Wis. Erdman Olson As He Appeared, in 1S2S Questions Unanswered 23 Years !23 years, residents ol the Kickapoo valley in Southwestern Wisconsin have pondered these questions: Did Erdman Olson kill his sweet- heart, Clara Olson? Is Erdman still alive? They may have at least one of the answers today. It hinges oa the efforts of Un- dersheriff Ulysses Day to determine Wagner denies it. This mystery one of the old- Wagner was arrested after of his fellow workers here Inform- -LUIS HiybWJi y WIG j (jl A cuu w rr w est in Wisconsin criminal Wisconsin authorities is the story of a love affair which time.) Don't take any more clothes Winona and vicinity: Cloudy andjthan what you wear as taking more will cause suspicion, but try and get as much cash as possible as that is necessary If you wish to make a pleasant trip out of it. I have some myself, of course. "I will be at Seneca between 9 and 10 o'clock and when you see me, leave the hall alone and walk up the street until I find you, and remember that everything is on wanner tonlghtr lowest 25. Satur- day cloudy with occasional light rain or snow; highest 34. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 35; noon, 35; precipitation, none; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow Additional weather on Page 14. dock at Duluth. will end January 9. try to bear this with bravery and forget me, as I am not worthy of (Continued on Page 14, Cohnin 3.) LETTER It was near zero IE northwestern New 'England. Bum- ford. Maine, reported four above, Concord, N. H, and Albany, N. T, fire. New York bad 38. 10, 11 12131415 181920 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Dates in White Indicate Evenings Stores Will Open somewhat sudden and reticent, was the 18-year-old son of a well-to-do the Q.T. 'Also write a note and leave Erdman Olson, inclined to he Olson be- cause he had worked with the be slaying suspect earlier in that thought the man was tobacco raiser at Rising Sun and a who had known Olson in Wisconsin, student at Gale college, Galesville, Wis. He and Clara, the daughter of a Kickapoo valley farmer, had been keeping company for about a year. They were not related. Early in the fall of 1926 Clara confided she was pregnant. Efforts were made to persuade Clara's lov- er to marry her. The youth appar- ently was noncommittal. And his state. Day brought with him three men including a brother of the slain girl. He did not reveal, however, whether these witnesses had iden- tified Wagner as Olson. The beaten body of Clara Ol- son was found December 2, 1926, her head crushed by a blow. A first degree murder warrant for Erdman Olson was issued about a week before the discovery parents were inclined to believe; of the boiy. Rewards totaling Erdman was not responsible be- 000 were offered. Son of Tobacco Falser Olson was the 18-year-old son of a well-to-do tobacco raiser at Ris- ing Sun, Wis. As a student at Gale college he had been keeping corn- cause of his absence at college. Leaves Home About midnight September 8, 1926, an automobile slid silently in- to the driveway beside the house someplace where it can be found in a day or so and say that you are going away for a while, but not to worry as you will be back some day, but don't mention why you are going nor mention my name. "If you can't come to the dance, sneak out of the house about and come toward the road. "If I am not there, keep on go- ing until I meet you. Don't let c.--------- anyone see you Please destroy That minute extended to a mother. Unsuccessful ef- this 'letter; and all my other let- for Clara never returned. She took forts were madetopersuade and Chris Olson, Clara's father, with Clara, the daughter of heard someone moving about Kickapoo valley farmer, for house. "Who's he caHed. j about a year. They were not re- "It'sjlated. Clara" came the answer. "I'm go-! After the body was found, au- ing out a minute." said that Clara was to ____________________________a pitiful little trousseau with her. your folks. Do as I have asked A note to her parents asked them ters and act hard towards me to you to do and everything will be O.K. "If you don't your chance might be shot and I might make a scarce hubby. So if you wish to avoid disgrace, do as I say and keep mum. See you tonight. "As ever, as usual." "P.S. But remember to do as I say and destroy all my letters." The letter was unsigned and end- ed "as ever, as usual." not to worry and promised that when she came back in a few days hand said in part her "c she would have a "glad surprise." might be short, and I might On. September 25 Erdman return- ed to school. When the Olsons fail- ed to hear from Clara, her father and keep mum." sweetheart to marry her, they said. A note found clutched In Clara's "chance make a scarce hubby, so if you wish, to avoid disgrace, do as I say. and brother went to Galesville to question abouts. him- about her where- (Continned on Page 14, Column 3.) QUESTIONS Clara disappeared .about mid- night September 9, 1926. An auto- mobile came into the Olson drive- Erdman said that on the night way and she called to -her fath- (ConUnned OB Pace 14, Column 4.) OLSON CASE   

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