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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Generally Fair Tonight and Wednesday River Stage M-Hour Today 7.60 Year Ago 5.32 .46 VOLUME 52, NO. 38 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 1, 1952 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES Houston Swamped by Root River In The Worst Flood In 40 Yean at Houston, Minn., water swirl- ed down Main Street, poured into business and residence basements, and almost encircled the town, as this aerial view shows. Looking west, the picture reveals how the Root River swept across farm lands, blocking Highway 16, as it moves into town from Rush- ford. The highway, at the bottom of the picture, leads out of Houston toward Eokah, and was also flooded over early today. This air shot was taken about noon after the crest had passed Hous- ton, but much of the town still was covered by water, Republican-Herald photo TODAY Stevenson On Very Hot Spot ly JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP WASHINGTON thing at least is clear about President Tru- man's flat-voiced announcement that he will not run again. Per- haps by concert, perhaps by de- sign, it puts Gov. Adlai Stevenson, of Illinois, on very hot spot indeed. Sen. Estes Kefauver miy be out winning primaries. Sen. Robert Kerr may be campaigning in Ne- braska. Sen. Richard Russell may have in fact undoubtedly does whole Southern group of delegates in the bag. But as of today, the really massive support of the big states is most likely to go to Gov. Stevenson, provided he is even a mildly co-operative can- didate. Thus Mr. President has in effect abruptly forced Gov. Stev- enson to decide whether to talk himself out of the Democratic nom- ination. Perhaps he will be well oa his way to doing just that before these words are had a strong tendency to do so before the President spoke. But if only for history's sake, it is at least worth recording the results of a careful nation-wide survey of Stevenson's potential strength, which was con- ducted in part by President Tru- man's own request and communi- cated to the President before he went off to Key West to make his final decision. The surveyors, who were headed by Gov. Paul Devcr, of Massa- chusetts, one of the most astute political professionals in the busi- ness, found strong indications of the most powerful support for Gov. Stevenson among Democrats in al- most all Northern and border states, from Connecticut right across the country to Oregon, It is no use tabulating states, since the situation is infinitely too un- certain for anything of that sort, but the leaders who have tenta- tively indicated Stevenson proclivi- ties tell the story to any politically practiced eye. In Connecticut, Sens. McMahon and Benton are on the list. So are the chieftains of both factions in Indiana, Gov. Schricker and Dem- ocratic National Chairman McKin- ney. So are Gov. Williams, of Mich- igan, Sen. Murray, of Montana, the principal leaders in New York and New Jersey, and National Cora- mittecman David Lawrence in Pennsylvania. Massachusetts, where Gov. Dever, the original pro-Stevenson professional, abso- lutely controls the delegation, and (Continued on Page Column 5) AUSOPS Boy Electrocuted MILWAUKEE 23-months- old boy was electrocuted last night when he touched a lamp cord in his Milwaukee home. He was Terry McBonough, son of'Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McDon- oush. Flooding Called Worst in Years By AL OLSON Republican-Herald Area Editor There's nothing like the fury of a river, as flood- weary residents of Rushford, Houston and the entire Root River basin will tell you today. Swirling torrents of water tore through most of Hous- ton's business and residential areas this morning in the worst flood in 40 years. The crest hit there after causing thousands of dollars of damage during the night at Rushford, up- stream about 10 miles, By noon the Root was creating havoc in the valley lands below Houston, and the peak was expect- ed sometime this afternoon at Hokah. Elsewhere in the area rivers, made news today, too, as at Thep- man, in Wabasha County, where the Zumbro has gone on a wild rampage, Trcmpealeau River The Trempealeau River in Wis- consin is exceptionally high for this time of year and has flooded into Blair's business area, inundat- ing Riverside Park, surrounding homes with water. Ice jams, melting snows and warm, spring rains started the rivers on their ac- cording to A. D. Sacial, official observer at La Crosse He offered for those suffering under the watery on- slaught, however. Streams should begin falling this aft- ernoon and drop rapidly tonight. Moreover, no rain is foreseen until the weekend. By noon at Houston the water level was receding, hut not until after the flood had hit homes and businesses never before affected. Water two feet deep flowed on Main Street in Houston early this morning; more than 50 feet of Milwaukee railroad track west of town along Highway 16 washed out despite heroic attempts at saving Young Private Slays Officer to Get Out of Army LAMPASAS, Tex. A 19-year old private shot a young officer to c, as a way out of the Army yesterday while bewildered on- lookers sat motionless. Officials today were attempting to decide whether military or civilian authorities shcuid make charges in the case. District Atty. James K. Evetts of Belton, Tex., quoted Pvt. Mich- ael F. Kunak of Baltimore, Md., as saying, "I decided the best way to get out of the Army was to kill a man." Evetts said Kunak made an oral statement to him, other officers and in the presence of a newspaper reporter regarding the fatal shoot- ing1 of 2nd Lt. Howard Williamson, about 22, of Washington, around noon yesterday. Williamson was shot in a Long Horn maneuvers bivouac. Witnes- ses said a young soldier walked into the officers' mess tent of the 82nd Airborne Division signal com- pany, leveled a ,30-caliber carbine at Williamson and fired. Then the soldier told startled officers, "I don't have any more ammunition." Evetts said Kunak told of numer- ous attempts to get an Army dis- charge. "I had nothing against the Evetts quoted Kunak as saying. "There's nothing straight in my mind. I know I was wrong." Lincoln Section This edition of The Repub- lican-Herald contains a special section on the ntw Lincoln School, which is to be dedicated at ceremonies Wednesday eve- ning. Seven pages, beginning on page 9, describe this newest and final building in the city Winona't school replace- ment program. Additional copies of the edi- tion may be secured from the Circulation Department. Stalin Doubts War Near NEW YORK Stalin sent a message today to a group of American newspaper and radio editors saying a third world war was no nearer or three years than ago. it was two The message suggested a meet- ing of the heads of great powers might be helpful. It also declared the present mo- ment opportune for the unification of Germany. James L, Wick, chairman of the board of Niles, Ohio, Daily Times, said two' Russians delivered the message to him here today. He said it appeared to be a reply to four questions thfe editors had sent to Stalin. 2 Close Calls In Rescue of 9 From Ice Floe Men Marooned For Four Days Near North Pole BARROW, Alaska nar- row brushes with death marked the rescue of nine men from an Arctic ice floe last because of a cracked landing ski- but the Navy wrote a happy "well done" to the finish. The full story of how the nine were marooned four days on the ice pack near the North pole and were snatched to safety in a daring aerial rescue came out today. Seven Navy airmen and two civilian scientists, engaged in polar ocean research for the Navy's "operation ski were strand- ed 523 miles from the Pole last Thursday when a ski of their R4D "Flying Laboratory" buckled on a takeoff. Almost miraculously, no one was hurt. Then Sunday the operation's leader, Cmdr. V. J. Coley of Oak- land, Calif., and seven crewmen came within 10 feet of disaster in landing their P2V rescue plane on the rough ice. Ski Broke A cracked ski sent the 30-ton, twin-engined Neptune swerving to the side at the end of the too-short icy runway and almost into an eight-foot ice pressure ridge. The plane came to rest a scant 10 feet from the frozen wall. The rest was anti-climactic. The weakened ski held on the return takeoff and the rescue of the marooned party along with pounds of scientific equipment was completed without incident. Cmdr. E. M. Ward, Philadelphia, Pa., who headed the nine-man re- search expedition in its work 800 miles beyond this northern rim of the continent told today of the Thursday crack-up and the four days awaiting rescue. "The first intimation we had that something was wrong on the take- off was when a propeller walked across the snow in front of the he said. "We were about 100 yards down the runway when the co-pilot, Lt. R. B. Morgan, Murray, Ky., told me the prop had cartwheeled across our nose. I didn't quite be- lieve him until the wing went down and we slid into a snow-covered hummock, "A strut had given way on the landing gear, dropping the propel- ler into the snow and shearing it off." Mayor Eddie Quits, Leaving for Texas by Mayor J. Roland Eddie, "with a great deal of resigned today as the city's chief executive, effective April 15. The mayor, who will be completing one year of a two-year term in office, announced that his. resignation has been prompted hv "business reasons" and that he will be leaving Winona soon after his resignation becomes effective, to accept a position with a firm in Dallas, Tex. The written notice of resignation was filed by the mayor with City Recorder Roy G. Wildgrube late this morning and probably will be presented formally to the City Council at its April 7 meeting. Provisions in the city charter call for the appointment of ihe mayor's successor for the unex- pired portion of the term by a majority vote of the Council. If a mayoralty appointment has not been made by the time the resignation becomes effective, the City Council president automatic- ally assumes the office of acting mayor and serves in that capacity until a successor is named. To Retain Interest Mayor Eddie said this morning that he will retain his interest in Virginia Snow Plastics, Inc., 1004 W. 5th St., of which he had been serving as president. His former assistant in the oper- ation of the firm, Rej' G. Kabat, 103 Orrin St., has been elected to Sutton ancf Kling Conv7cted fey Jury NEW YORK Criminal Willie (The Actor) Sutton was convicted today of staging a bank holdup while he was the na- tion's most-sought fugitive. An all-male jury returned guilty verdicts after more than nine hours of deliberations against Sutton and his key henchman, Thomas (Scup) Kling. Queens County Judge Peter T. Farrell jail for sentencing. No date was set. Newsmen were the only specta- tors in the court room when the jury returned at a.m. The two defendants displayed no emotion as the jury foreman droned "guilty" four times for each on counts of robbery, assault, and grand the dike-like embankments. Practically every available boy and man worked the time a warning siren sounded at p.m. Monday until 3 to save the track. 'Losing Battle' i "It was a losing battle, explained G. L. Schonlau, publish- er of the Houston Signal, who has 17 inches of water in his news- paper plant basement on the main street. Once the track went, water} roared across the highway, cut j past the Iverson lumber yard, j turned the local park into a lake, surrounded the public emptied into the bsagsngit of Houston's recently-remoacled com- munity center. About one city block of business places escaped having water on the street in front of them, but seepage filled bailments in .that block. Both Houston's banks were forc- ed to close today as a result of seepage which put boilers out of commission; crews working (Continued on Page 21, Column 2.) HOUSTON defendant burglary, larceny. For the first time since their ar- rest in February, the two men were locked up in the same jail. Sutton had been kept in Queens and.Kling in Manhattan because of their records as jail breakers. Sutton, 51, and Kling, 45, were charged with holding up the Sun- nyside branch of the Manufactur- ers Trust Company in Queens oc March 9, 1950. The robbery was a slick, preci- sion job typical of previous rob- beries pulled off by Sutton. Each of the defendants faces up to 30 years in prison. Taking into account their previous records, the considerably stiff- Rehear Evidence Jurors interrupted their all-night hoodie at I a.m. and filed back the Queens County Courtroom hearing of testimony by two state witnesses. Three hoars later they went back into the Jury room. The panel started its delibera- tions about last night Sotton was serene as be waited for the verdict- His attor- iney, George Washington Herz, said his client bad told him: "I think, the judge's charge and jail, that this is the fairest trial I ever had." remanded the presidency In his letter ;ucceeding Eddie, of- resignation to the Council, Mayor Eddie declared that "For a year I have enjoyed the co-operation and friendship of the Council and the city of Winona officials in executing my duties as mayor of this city. It is with a great deal of regret that I submit my resignation due to my leaving the city for business reasons. "The progress that has been made and planned for the future in our city is very gratifying and I know that this city administration will make its mark on the records of Winona for its economy, plan- ning, integrity and industry- "I-will be in Winona until April 15 and this resignation will take effect on that date." Here Since 1932 A resident of Winona since 1932, Eddie assumed the office of mayor last April 16. A native of Louisville, Ky., where he was graduated from the Uni- versity of Kentucky, he joined The J. R. WatkiDs Company organiza- tion in Memphis, Tenn., and later was transferred to the Winona Watkins plant. He was serving as sales manager when he left the firm in 1946 Subsequently, he was affiliated with the Koch Chemical Company here before organizing Bridget's Laundry in 1947. Eddie was one of the founders of the Winona Junior Chamber of Commerce and served as president of that organization in 1933 and 1934. He also was selected as "Wi- nona's Outstanding Young Man of the Year." He served as president of the Winona Association of Commerce in 1946 and was chairman of two Community Chest campaigns in Wi- nona. He had been a member of the board of directors of the Com- munity Chest since its organization until his election as mayor. During World War II. he was ap-1 pointed salvage chairman for the) (Continued on Page 3, Column 5) MAYOR Kiins And Willie Sotton (left to right; thank their attorneys with a handshake after an all male jury found them Oiulty this morning of the robbery of a Queens bank. The jury returned its verdict after deliberating more than 10 hours. The attorneys are John F. X. Sheridan (left) and George Washing- ton Herz (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Mayor J. Roland Eddie Mayor's Statement "It is with a great deal of regret that I have submitted to the City Council of Winona my resignation as mayor. "Your support in electing me to the office of mayor was an honor and a responsibility that I have cherished and tried to execute to the best of my ability. "The co-operation which I have received from you has been most gratifying and ap- preciated during the past year. "I am proud of the way you work for your city. There are a lot of jobs to be done to keep a, city like Winona moving ahead; the enthusiasm of the citizens in doing these volun- teer jobs helps every one con- cerned. "I know that the churches, the labor unions, the Associa- tion of Commerce, the service clubs and the various civic or- ganizations are all working for your city. You might not agree with everything or every one, but a word of encouragement from you will help these organ- izations and the people in them to do a better job for you and your city. "I should like to point out that you can justly take pride in your City Council for its economy, planning, integrity and industry. "I am grateful to the council members for their interest and co-operation in every move for Winona's welfare. "I thank the members of the individual boards for their faithful service without pay, their hours of effort to effect improvement and efficiency in the running of your city." San Francisco Hotel Destroyed By Fire, 4 Dead SAN FRANCISCO W Flames roared through a four-story residen- tial hotel in one of San Francisco's older districts early today. Four died. Upwards of a dozen mostly old age pensioners, were injured. The dead: Mrs. Mildred Suther- land, about 48; her son. Melvin Sutherland, 9; Mrs. Margaret Ham bly, 70; and Mrs. Lena Scbift about 60. Firemen answering the a m. a. m. CST) alarm found flames pouring from the roof of the old building in the north-central section of the city. Many residents, including a 10- month old baby, were carried down ladders. Manager Jack Bush said 39 of the 49 rooms were occupied. He esti- mated there were 55 tenants. Fire Chief Edward P. Walsh esti- mated damage at He said the cause was undetermined. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST 1 Winona and 'fair tonight and Wednesday. A little cooler tonight Low tonight i 32, high Wedaesday 46. i LOCAL WEATHER j Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, -55; minimum, 37; inoon, 49; precipitation, .24; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on Pae 2L Eyes of Nation On Outcome in Wisconsin Vote Defeat for Taft Could Eliminate Him From Campaign By RELMAN MOR'.N MILWAUKEE UP) Wisconsin voters, by the thousands, thronged to the polls early today in the state's primary election, and indi- cations multiplied that a record- breaking total vote may be in the making. At several points, waiting queues of people caused officials to open the polls before the scheduled hour. Politicians said the big early bal- loting probably indicates an un- usually large number of indepen- dent votes, The three main Repub- lican candidates, especially, all made special appeals, during their campaigns, to the independents. On the GOP section of the ballot, Sen. Robert A. Taft, Gov. Earl Warren of California, and Harold E. in the 1948 Wis- consin competing for the state's 30 delegates, Taft Favorite Taft was the indicated favorite. Two surveys by Wisconsin news- papers, each surveying its own county, put him ahead of the other two. The second survey, late last week, indicated that Warren was gaining, however. The weather was.spotty in var- ious parts of the state, correspon- dents reported this morning. A snowstorm hit Iron County, in the extreme northern end of Wis- consin. In Milwaukee, there wai bright sunshine 'but strong winds. Rain was falling at some other points. Reports from all points were the same, voting." In Wauwatosa there were so many early arrivals that ballot clerks and inspectors opened the poll1! before 7 a. m., the scheduled hour.- In another suburb, a voter found him- self voter No. 180 at a. m. Walter H. Gaedke, secretary of the Milwaukee City Election Commis- sion, said at 9 a. m. the vote "apparently is going to be larger than we expected." In Wisconsin Rapids, nearly people had cast ballots by and the city clerk predicted a rec- ord vote. Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee is the principal Democratic candi- date and a victory for him is con- sidered practically a foregone con- clusion, now that the President hai said he would not be a candidate. The Republicans are competing for 30 delegates to their national nominating convention; 28 conven- tion votes are at stake on the Dem- ocratic side, with Kefauver ranged against two "favorite son" slates, hitherto representing Truman. The allocation of delegates, how- ever, is actually a srure-board that carries vast importance. It may radically affect the outlook for all the candidates, but specifically for Sen. TaR. Top Effort for Taft Taft has made a sdpreme effort in Wisconsin. In two weeks, he traveled some miles, visiting every major city and most of the crossroads points, averaging six and seven speeches a day, touring factories, holding news conferences and meeting people. Some of the best political brains in the state helped map his cam- paign and advised him at every sti'p along the way. One of them told this reporter, months ago, "Wisconsin is the big one for us. This is the one we're concentrating en." Taft was defeated in New Hamo- snire by Gin D Eisen- hower. Not long afterward, Eisen- hower received an unprecedented votes, all of them written in on the ballot, in Minnesota. Consequently observers feel that Taft needs a smashing victory in Wisconsin to offset these earlier developments, Senator Confident In llth hour statements, he ex- tressed confidence and said he ex- pected to win either 22 or 24 of the total of 30 delegates. Neither Warren ir Stassen mado any public estimates of their chances. Beyond iaying they felt confident, they declined to the number of delegates they ex- pect to win. This is Warre-i a first primary Stafsen compcfrf New Hamp- thire, and won a majority of, the Minnesota delegates Eisenhower not a candidate in this election. And, unlike Minne- sota, his name cannot be written on Wisconsin ballots. They don't counl here. Ktfauver's position was different frcm that of any of the Republican contestants. ;