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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1953, Winona, Minnesota                              Not So Cold Tonight; Colder Friday Wear Your Winter Carnival Emblem NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 34 iX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 31, 1953 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES ustrial Employment High Here Gayest New Year's Since 1945 Seen By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The gayest and biggest New Year's Eve celebrations since the end of World War II were in prospect in many of the great cities of the world by the hope that perhaps peace will have better chance in 1954. In Moscow, the sales of champagne tripled in comparison to last year's holiday period. And from New York to San Francisco, the- aters and night clubs expected the greatest crowds of the postwar years. Along with the hoop-la, many planned to gather in churches for watch night services bidding fare- well to the old year and praying TODAY Trouble Seen On The Hill By STEWART ALSOP for the peace, health and prosper- ity that 19S3 did not assure. And as America planned to go Ike, Knowland Disagree Over Jobless Scheme California Senator Terms President's Policy Disappointment By ROWLAND EVANS JR. WASHINGTON Disagree- ment has broken out between President Eisenhower and his chief lieutenant in the Senate, Sen. Knowland of California, over a new Administration program to combat unemployment. Just a week before the opening o f Congress next Wednesday, Knowland called the new policy a disappointment and said he would back legislation to modify it. He look that position in the face of Eisenhower's statement two days ago declaring "complete agree- ment" with the policy. Whether the disagreement would affect Knowland's attitude toward other White House policies could not be foretold. The policy is designed to steer ;ome government defense con- tracts into areas plagued by large scale unemployment. Southern Democrats voiced bitter outcries of protest over the pro- ram, similar to one put into ef- ect by the Truman Administra- ion in 1952 and dropped last Aug- ust. To Fight Plan Sen. Maybank (D-SC) said in a tatement today he would "intro- uce legislation the very first in- With Ice Frozen in bis hair and on his jacket, fireman Lyle Gardner relaxed with a cup of hot coffee after battling the blaze which destroyed the Town House bar and restaurant in below- zero weather in Rochester, Minn., Wednesday. Just last week, Gardner and four other firemen were spilled into Silver Lake during their vain attempt to rescue a boy who had fallen through the ice. Two of the other firemen drowned. (AP Wirephoto) STARTS TOMORROW First General Tax Gut in Five Years Blame Speeders For Third of Fatal Mishaps Highway Daredevil Next in Line For Condemnation Northwest Co-op Mills Expanding Winona industry goes into 1954 healthier than it has been for a number of years. Employment, the pulse of industry, is high, with about or roughly 40 per cent of Winona's employed per- sons, engaged in manufacturing at the city's 80 industrial Year-end Edition This industrial review high' lights the annual year-end presentation by The Republi- can.Herald. Other Winona, Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin develop- ments are summarized and il- lustrated on pages 11-17. The society editor recalls the year on Page 9, the sports editor on pages 20-21, the outdoor editor on page 19, and today's lead editorial, on page 6, takes a look ahead, based on this year's record. Additional copies for mailing may be se- cured at the main fioor office of The Republican-Herald. tance I can" to prevent the ram from being carried out. But even if Congress should lock or drastically curb the pro- ram, there remained the facts f Know-land's unequivocal opposi- on to it and the as yet unap- raised effect the incident might ave on Democratic support for isenhower's legislative program. Sen. Sparkman (D-Ala) said the resident seemed to be "doing very-thing in his power calculated drive the Democrats away from iving him support on his pro- Actually, a few Northern emocrats praised the unemploy- ent move; the opposition was oncentrated in the South. Southern Democrats have also By CHARLES F. BARRETT WASHINGTON Sam presents a Now Year's gift tomor- row to more than 50 million individuals and the first general tax cuts in five years. By ROBERT GOLDENSTEIN CHICAGO (m Beware of the speed demon when you celebrate the coming of the new year. A survey by The Associated Press today indicated this type of motorist was responsible for roughly one third of the near- record 523 highway deaths that oc- curred on the nation's highways during this year's three-day Cnrist- mas weekend. And not far behind was the high- way daredevil. This was the driver who disobeyed ing the center line, passing on Jills and curves, and 'Crowding the tail of the car ahead. This type caused another fifth of the deaths, the survey indicated. In order of frequency, other ma- or causes of traffic deaths during the Christmas weekend were: Pe- destrian carelessness, poor weath- er or road conditions, intoxication and disregarding traffic signals. The speeder is a year problem. Records of the National Safety Council show excessive Forfirio Rubirosa, international speed was the greatest single 1 playboy and Dominican Republic diplomat. It was her fifth marriage Civil Ceremony Gives Huflon 5th Husband NEW YORK Barbara Hutton was married yesterday to Pnrfirin Rnhirnva I'ntprnsfinnal -The addition and plants. And the growth and expansion of local industry is indicated by pro- grams inaugurated in 1953 and others announced for the future, that may run over a million dol- lars. Heading the list of projects al- ready under way is the expansion program of the Northwest Co-op Mills on the Prairie Island Road. Northwest Co-op In September, G. 0. McMillin, St. Paul, manager of the firm's fertilizer division, announced plans for construction that will almost double the Winona fertilizer mix- ing plant's floor space. And before the end of the year, two building permits, with a total estimated construction cost of were issued for construc- tion at the site. The first permit, in the amount of is for the construction of a 40- by 130-foot addition to the firm's present building to be used Ix storing bagged fertilizer pro- ducts. The second phase of the expan- ;ion program is a separate build- ing across Prairie Island Road that will be used for storage of bulk fer- tilizer. The ISO- by 115-foot build- ing, now under construction at an estimated cost of will be connected to the main plant by iirsi general lax cuu> in jive years. during the vear Starting tomorrow, these three big changes will give a new look j AP cause of fatal traffic accidents and his fourth. ondemned the policy on grounds deprives the Southern textile in- ustry of government contracts nd places them in New England wns hard hit by unemployment. Knowland told a news confer- ice late yesterday the order needs curtailment" and "leaves e door open too wide" for gov- nment orders to be set aside WASHINGTON Logically, the a small celebration at the club- coming session of Congress ought house of the Augusta, Ga., National to be full of sweetness and light. Golf Club> adjacent to the holiday Actually, it is rather agreed Hou' hu to Capitol Hill that it will be a sham- bles, and a rather bloody shambles vi o iw we. aaiuc forth for its usual jolliment, the from normal procurement methods i National Safety Council broadcast and channeled into jobless areas. I its usual grim reminder. It pre- dicted a possible 360 highway fa- I talities for the nation's three-day holiday weekend. President Eisenhower will attend messS gress. Only 900 miles from the North Thult, Greenland the men at Uncle Sam's most isolated base will be entertained by Arthur at that. President Eisenhower did a first rate job of persuasion during his recent conferences with the Repub- lican Congressional leaders. More- over, the program he presented to bott" them was a modest, mildly con- mander of the Strategic Air Com- seryative program, notably unsen- mand, and their wives flew there sational and uncontroversial, and jlast night with the Godfrey group Farm Product Prices Higher In December to the government's revenue structures: '1. Individual income tax rates will drop about 10 per cent for all except the highest brackets, chop- ping three billion dollars annually off federal revenue. 2. The excess profits tax on corporations will expire, reducing government income about two bil- lion dollars annually. 3. The social security payroll tax, levied on both employes and employers, will go up from 1V4 to 2 per cent. It is collected on the first paid annually to a work- er. That will increase income to the special social security trust fund by almost 1V4 billions an- nually. Drives already have started on two fronts to give even bigger breaks to taxpayers during the con- gressional election year of 1954. Chairman Daniel A. Reed (R- NY) of .the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, has said the 10 per cent income tax cut is not enough and lie hopes for an- other reduction us soon as pos- sible. Reed also called for cuts later this year in corporate income and excise or sales taxes. The Eisenhower administration has asked that the social security tax only immediate thorn in the rosy picture of tax canceled. Altogether, almost 60 million in- dividual income taxpayers will ben- efit from the 10 per cent reduction. But in the lowest income tax The AP survey of police records A 10-minute civil ceremony, con- ducted in Spanish and English, New Reserve Program Set Up by Army By ELTON C. FAY of Christmas accidents in each of the nation's geographical regions showed the high price paid for ex- cessive speed was not limited to any single area. Speeding was blamed officially for 9 of North Carolina's 22 traffic deaths, 4 of New Jersey's 23, 18 of California's 48, and 9 of Illi- ended several days of speculation that the marriage might be called Off. The slim, pale, 41-year-old bride was all smiles as the wedding rites began, but toward the end she be- came visibly nervous. Rubirosa, 45, tall, handsome and composed, put a comforting arm around her. The marriage was performed by cause of 120 traffic deaths in the four representative states. Commenting on the findings in the AP survey, Ned H. Dearborn, WASHINGTON who j president of the National Safety get out of the Army 'in the next! Council, which has forecast a pos- six months in six selected states highway fatalities for the will have time clipped off their ob- wfekend- said: old savins ligatory reserve status because the you go the Army wants to try an administra-1 be pasted on the "dashboard' of F j fh fh e marrage was perorme y use It! 40 of total Dr' Joaquin Salaz2r' Dominican j apartment. in his Park avenue tive experiment. I every automobile. Every driver Beginning tomorrow and extend- 1 should remember that his risk of ing through the first half of 1954, death goes up as his foot goes each draftee in six states who has down on the accelerator. completed two years of active duty "The Associated Press survey will be handed a mobilization as- 1 shows that holiday accidents are signment to an active Army, a Na- tional Guard oj a reserve organi- zation. not any different from everyday accidents. Speed is the most im- portant driver violation in fatal ac- new building will have a combined floor space of square feet, compared with the square feet of the present facilities. Of the latter, about square feet is devoted to storage. Increased production is the ba- sis for the expansion program at Northwest. Since the plant was put into operation in 1947, has more than 'doubled. Fertiliz- er was mixed at a rate of tons per year in 1947 and had in- creased to tons annually last year. A addition was con- structed in 1950. Swift Expansion Another big project undertaken The bride, in a black taffeta i during 1953 was the expansion proj- drass, contrasting with her blonde ect at the Winona packing plant of hair, was attended by her 17-year- j Swift Co., begun during the 25th old son, Lance Reventlow, her onl child. Rubirosa's best man was Ma] Gen. Rafael Trujillo Martinez head of the Dominican air fore and onetime brother-in-law of th bridegroom. Rubirosa previously was marrie to Trujillo, daughter of th' Dominican Republic's first family French actress Danielle Darrieux and Doris Duke, heiress to a U.S tobacco fortune. Miss Hutton, known for more than 20 years as the dime-store heiress, formerly was married tc the late Prince Alexis Mdivani down and live." Igor Troubetzkoy. squarely based on the Republican j rjospne leaving a net loss in take-iiOme WASHINGTON wi-The for about 10 million workers. ture Department reported today! that farm product prices increased! 1.2 per cent during the month end-1 ed Dec. 15. This upturn reversed four con-1 secutive months of decline but still i left prices about 6 per cent less! platform. One might therefore ex- pect, if politics were a logical business, that the Congress would quickly enact the popular Presi- dent's uncontroversial program, and retire thankfuly to fenct -mend- Ing for the 1954 elections. it I a year and about 20 j !t would per cent below the record high set! bill at New cost most of a siuu 0111 at New j ;n February swankier night spots to see The mid-December prices also! in prospect. Instead, there are pretty sure to be a series of major rows even before the Congress gets around to considering the Presi- dential program. At least four is- sues will confront the Senate as soon as it Brickcr amendment, the St. Laurence Sea- way, statehood for Hawaii, and raising the debt limit. There is likely to be a considerable row about each. Sen. Harry Byrd, for example, (Continued on Page 6, Column 8) ALSOPS Ike Signs Record Number of Pardons WASHINGTON Lfl Justice De- partment records disclosed today that President Eisenhower signed 11 pardons on Christmas Eve, the largest single batch of clemencies granted at one time since he en- tered the White House, The cases dealt with were rela- tively obscure, and none of the ever issued. T.l were about 5 per cent below those expected to hang out the standing- prevailing last January when the room-only sign early. The biggest Eisenhower administration took of- .s ,ui U.C city s night clubs, taverns and ho-1 fice. Nothing of the sort seems to be out 3-402 special "all The department said the increase night permits to let guests tipple in the farm price level largely re- past the regulation 4 a.m. dead-! fleeted sharp increases in hog greatest number prices and slight increases for beef cattle and other meat ani- j mals, as well as increases for grain, soybeans and several im- portant truck crops. On the other hand, cotton, pota- toes, citrus fruit, tobacco, milk, eggs and chickens declined slight- ly. Austin Fatality Makes '53 Third Worst in State AUSTIN, Minn. W) Minnesota WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Mostly cloudy and not quite so cold to- night. Friday cloudy, increasing winds with some light snow, turn- ing much colder late Friday. Low tonight 22, high Friday afternoon 26. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 21; minimum, 13; noon, 27; precipitation, .03 (Vb inch sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) brackets, the social security tax ing, including summer training. increase will amount to i But whether he joins an organ ized unit or doesn't, a draftee liv ing in New Jersey, Pennsylvania Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin Or Washington will have one year cu off the six-year obligatory activ, reserve status required under the draft act. That doesn't apply to draftees in pie other 42 states and the terri tones. The six states were picked by the commanders of the nation's six Army areas, each of which in eludes several military districts or states. What the Army wants to find out, primarily, is how the experimen- _______, tal system would work nationwide business building heavily damaged Essentially, it is an exercise in by fire six months ago was again I mobilization administration. Sec- If another war comes during the cidents every day of the year. So next five years he will report im-! for this New Year's weekend and Count Kurt von Haugwitz-Revent mediately to his assigned unit. If! for every day of the new year slow actor Gary Grant; and Princ- t doesn't come, the draftee doesn't'" have to do anything, although the Army hopes he will join an or ganized reserve unit or the Nation al Guard and take regular train Duluth Business Building Swept By Second Fire DULUTH, Minn. downtown swept by flames early today in sub-zero weather. Fire Chief Edward L. Blaski said loss would be at least as great as the damage done to the structure last July 16, when a score of firemen were overcome by smoke and one died. Hardest hit by today's fire, fought in -11 temperature, were Allen's Shoe Store, the Patty Cake Shop Bakery and Leed's Women's Clothing store, all on the first floor, and Dworshak's Photo Studio, on the second floor. Walgreen's Drug Store and Gately's Clothing Store in an ad- jacent building were damaged by smoke and water.. Four feet o'f death of 1953, making the year the third most deadly on the" state's ment of the drug store. all of outh's fire equipment answered a general Max. temp. 22 at noon, min.! auto collision Tuesday. Eight 14 at a. m. Noon readings others were hurt in the crash. actions taken resulted in any i sky overcast at feet wind j Mrs. Kenevan died in an Austin actual release? from prison. The 18 miles per hour from east, bar- hospital shortly after 10 a.m today pardons were principally to restore ometer 29.74 falling rapidly, hu- Her daughter, died citizenship rights. midity 63 per cent. i Wednesday. j- era Latest to die was Mrs. logene j alarm. A pumper unit Su. Kenevan, 31, rural Austin, the sec- 1 perior and a crash rescue unit ond to succumb as a result of an and of the 515th Air De- fense Group at the Duluth Air Base assisted. Water from more than 20 hoses froze in the street and gutters. i Public works crewmen scattered i sand to provide footing. ondarily, the Army hopes that at least some of the released draftees actually will take interest and re- port for periodic training. If they don't there is no way the Army can compel them or any oth- er ex-draftee to be active in the reserves. Sizable Indochina Clash Reported HANOI, Indochina ufi The French today reported their first sizeable clash with the Communist- led Vietminh at Dien Bien the last major French position in northwest Indochina and perhaps the first objective of the winter rebel campaign. The French said patrols from their heavily fortified position on the plain just north of Laos fought for more than an hour with rebel units. The French claimed 54 Viet- minh dead and said their own .osses were light. Mobile artillery and fighter slanes finally forced the Vietminh ;o retreat, the French said. Porfirio Rubirosa, international playboy, bent over to kiss his bride, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, as she held a glass of champagne after their marriage in New York Wednesday. Barbara took her fifth husband and Rubirosa his fourth wife in a civil ceremony performed by the Dominican consul general, in his Man- hattan home. (AP Wirephoto) No Paper New Year's Day In order that Republican-Herald employes may observe the Kew Year holiday with their families, no issue of this newspaper will be published Friday. Continuity of features and comics will be main- tained by publishing those missed on Saturday. Our weekly farm pages will be published Sat- urday. Regular news broadcasts will be heard through- out New Year's Day on KWNO-AM and FM. We wish to take this occasion to wish our many readers, wherever they may be, a happy and pros- perous 1954. anniversary of the firm's arrival on the local industrial scene. In June, Swift Co. drew a building permit for the construction of a cooling and killing floor alter- ation and an addition to cost an estimated Thjj wat part of a modern- iiation and construction pro- gram involving the expenditure of well in excess of as estimated by plant officials. The program entailed recondi- tioning and expansion of the beef, hog and calf coolers 'to provide greater storage capacity. Also men- tioned was alteration of the refrig- eration system from overhead coil lofts to individual unit coolers and renovation of the entire plant elec- trical system and installation of new transformers. Another phase of the plan was to install new con- veyors of the latest design, stain- less steel tables, electric hoists, cradles, new hog cleaning and pol- ishing machines and other modern equipment. Other industries flexed their mus- cles during the year, too, by ex- present facilities to accom- modate increased production and new phases of their industries. Armour Fertilizer Among these was the addition of an 80- by 280-foot structure at at East 4th and Adams streets, which cost an estimated The addition will provide more storage space and house equipment- used in the production of a new "orm of fertilizer. Winona's metal working in- dustries, in which employment has jumped from 500 in 1950 to ntarly at the end of this year, helped brighten the Wi- nona industrial picture. The Badger Foundry Co. added structure to its lant for a new "shake down" pro- duction line, where castings are haken out of the molds and re- usable parts of the mold separated rom waste. The addition cost an estimated and with it the firm is now ble to operate more smoothly lan when the shaking down was one by hand. And a permit was issued y the city engineer for the con- truction of a concrete block foun- ation for a scrap iron press to am Weisman Sons. Miller Waste Some expansion, too, was noted y the permits issued to Miller Waste Mills that drew permits for he constrction of a storage build- ig and an unloading dock. One of the bright spots in the mployment picture was the Neco rdnance Co., which a year ago as employing a production crew Continued on Page 16, Column i) INDUSTRY   

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