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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Fair, Cold Tonight, Warmer On Friday VOLUME 52, NO. 46 FIVE CENTS PER COPY River Stage 14-Hour (Flood 13) Today (noon) 12.55 Year Ago 8.35 .85 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 10, 1952 TWENTY-POUR PAGES 16.5 -Foot ver Stage dieted Pfeiffer Appointed Mayor Seven Ballots Required to Make Decision Schlaefer, Dugan Also Attract Votes From Nine Aldermen Loyde E. Pfeiffer was ap- pointed mayor of the city of Winona Wednesday evening by the City Council. He was named to the va- cancy, created by the resig- nation of J. RoJand Eddie, on the seventh ballot. The vote on the final secret ballot: Loyde Pfeiffer..... 5 John Schlaefer.....2 Blank votes........ 2 On several of the previous ballots, John W. Dugan had received a maximum of two votes, but, generally, Pfeif- fer and Schlaefer were in a deadlock or near-deadlock before one alderman switch- ed to give Pfeiffer the neces- sary five votes and the ap- pointment. Pfeiffer, who sat on the Council as first ward alderman until one year ago, will become mayor on April 15, when Eddie's resigna- tion becomes effective, Eddie's two-year terra has one year to run. In casting seven ballots during the 75-minute caucus, results dup- licated only once; then, after call- ing themselves into a formal ses- sion, the aldermen changed the lineup again. Here's the way the vote is on the record: Pfeiffer................ 6 Schlaefer 1 Dugan 1 Ruled out 1 Loyde E. Pfeiffer Trying Out Desk at City On this final ballot, the vote ruled out had the names of Pfeif- fer and Dugan written on it, when procedure called for voting for only one. Council President William P. Theurer throughout the balloting cast a blank vote. He said that the Council should delay the ap- pointment for a week or 10 days to permit development of candi- dates. He was joined in this view New Mayor Veteran Of City Government By ADOLPH BREMER City Editor, Republican-Herald Winona's new mayor is not a newcomer to Winona or politics. Up until a year ago Loyde E. Pfeiffer had held a city office con- tinuously for 14 years. Back in 1937 he was appointed to the board of park commissioners, now the Park-Recreation Board, and served on that board until April, 1947, after being elected first ward alderman. He won his elective Phone Workers Refuse to Cross Picket Lines Supervisors Keep Service Going Across Nation By NORMAN WALKER WASHINGTON UP) Telephon workers over most of the natio stayed away from work today, re fusing to pass picket lines throw up by striking Western Electri Company equipment workers. Actually only Western Electric men, plus phone operators and other employes in Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey ant Northern California, were out on strike. Their walkout began four days ago. But other Bell Telephone Sys tern employes became idle after the Western Electric strikers, with members in 43 states, began pick eting on orders of Joseph A, Beirne, president of the CIO Communica- tions Workers of America Eye Air Force Plants It was reported that the union planned to strike at three North Carolina Western Electric plants engaged in producing Air Force equipment. These plants are at Winston Salem, Burlington and Greensboro. On the whole the strike was or- derly. Only two flareups were re- aldermanie a hotly-con- tested election with John W. Du- gan, who had served two four-year terms on the Council and four years as its president. On the Council, Pfeiffer became one of its most colorful figures, never hesitating to state his views. A consistent critic of a soft policy to liquor and beer law violators, one of his comments became a by- word among his fellow aldermen, by Fourth Ward Alderman Rob- when in his humorous but serious ert Prondzinski and First Ward manner, he urged, "Give 'em two Alderman R. K. Ellings. licenses. When the caucus began, the al- dermen considered the list of those mentioned, found that many of them had declined the office in conversations with individual al- dermen, tried to add other names to it but were unable to. Four Listed For the first ballot, the alder- men agreed they'd vote on: Pfeiffer, who was defeated for Explains Opposition Once, not long before he was defeated for re-election by R. K, Ellings, he explained his nearly- universal opposition to renewal of licenses for violators, in this way: "I'm not opposed to taverns. I am opposed to too many taverns and too much drinking." But when a committee called on Pfeiffer Statement On his appointment as may- or, Loyde E. Pfeiffer said to- day: "I am very grateful and humble for the honor the Council has bestowed on me in appointing me to be your mayor for the next 12 months. I shall always, to the best of my endeavor to justify their confidence in me. "In spite of the fact that I neither sought nor wanted the position, now that I have agreed to it, the Council will always have my wholehearted support. They in return have assured me of their 100 per cent co-operation, all of which should lead to a year of har- monious relationships." ported, and one of these was not directly related to the nation-wide walkout. At Traverse young woman supervisor was' knocked down when she tried to enter a strikebound office picketed about 25 CWA members. first ward alderman by R. K. El- Gov- Luther W. Youngdahl to urge j lings a year ago by a margin of approval of legislation doubling the I number of licenses, Pfeiffer was in the delegation. When he came on the Council in the spring of 1947, the burning question was over plans for sanitary sewer extensions, prepar- ed by the city's engineering de- partment, and the debates found him in favor of employing an out- 53 votes. Schlaefer, defeated for mayor a year ago, currently president of the Winona Trades Labor Coun- cil and Civil Defense vice director and former business agent for the AFL carpenters local. A petition, with about 800 signatures, support- ed his candidacy. John W. Dugan, defeated for! side firm to check "the plans, first ward alderman by Pfeiffer i Rent control discussions put in 1947 after serving two four-year him on the side of decontrol, and terms and four years as Council the proposal of the Winona Hous- president. Senators Plan Cut in Army Luxury Living Steel Industry Girds for Big Court Battle By ROWLAND EVANS JR. WASHINGTON steel in- dustry, violently protesting its seizure by the U. S. government, began today to heat up its cooled furnaces for full-scale production and to gird itself anew for a bitter court battle- In an angry attack on President Truman and CIO President Philip Murray, a top industry official said last night that seizure "dis- charges a political debt to the CIO" and that Murray "now. gives Harry S. Truman a receipt marked 'Paid in full'." Clarence B. Randall, president of Inland Steel Company, told a na- tion-wide radio and TV audience that "if any man now threatens (the country's) safety for lack of steel, that man's name is Phil Murray." No Reply Union aides said the attack on Murray was "so extreme and un- warranted as not to deserve a reply." Randall's blast was keyed to the A New Pumping Structure at the foot of Olmstead Street will protect West 3rd Street residents against flooding from rainfall, runoff and seepage, while flood gates in the city's storm sewers are closed during the flood, Joseph Anglewitz, 505 Chatfield St., city street depart- ment worker, services a gasoline engine powering one of two pumps which, together, will pull cubic feet of water out of the storm sewers, in the area to the left in the picture, and into the river, to the right. Additional pumps, borrowed from the Army Engineers, will be installed, bringing total pumping capacity to cubic feet per minute. The new gate structure is im- mediately below the towering I-beams in the picture. Gates are now closed, and pumping will continue uninterrupted until the river recedes to normal. Republican-Herald photo Army Remains Loyal In Bolivian Revolt LA PAZ, Bolivia army-officer government rushec roops from 155 miles away as fighting continued through the night in a revolt trying to overthrow the junta regime which seizec power 11 months ago. The rebels: are backers of Victor Paz Estenssoro, exiled leader of the National..Revolutionary-JBarty (MJMR) who won the.', most votes mnntT civ IM loef ______ mong six candidates in la'st' year's residential elections but never ained office. Brig. Gen. Antonio Seleme, in- erior minister in the military unta, turned against his fellow of- cers and helped lead the revolt 'hich began at dawn yesterday, t least 18 persons were killed and 0 injured during the first day's fighting. Army Uniting Most of the army reportedly re- mained loyal to the military re- gime. Its forces gathered strength at the El Alto airport garrison, on a plateau feeet above La Paz, and launched a night attack by bright moonlight on the rebels in the capital city. Gen. Hugo Ballivian, head of the reportedly took refuge with his garrison at the airport. The army also held Miraflores garrison in La Paz, denying the rebels stocks of guns and ammuni-. tion there. The rebels, who included some army and police officers, re- portedly still held the Ulimani radio station in La Paz and the suburban workers' district of Villa Victoria last night, but troops from Humphrey Says Kefauver Nay Outstrip Field WASHINGTON IB Sen. Hum- phrey (D-Mhrn) said today that other contenders for the Democrat- ic presidential nomination "soon may find it impossible to over- take" Estes Kefauver. Humphrey called the Tennessee senator in the race at added, "It becom %e pace-setter and more dubious tors aimed an axe today at plush LWtJJ" L ing Redevelopment Authority for i living quarters, free servants, spe- Cy Smith, who defeated Eddie low-rent, federally-financed hous-1 cial trains, and other luxuries for for mayor in 1949. the youngest inS project placed him in a quan- i U. S. military personnel in over- man ever to hold that office. i dary. He's opposed to it, but "If I All four had indicated they would j knew the country would go with accept if elected. us, but they won't. We're just a Discussion of the qualifications one-horse town here. It's a fore- that a mayor should have or that of! runner of socialism, but what can .1______f.____ 1- 1 ______ vr seas oosts. these four individuals was not ex- tended, but there was general agreement that the mayor cer- tainly should be a good "front man." If the Pentagon fails to curtail "luxury living" by U. S. occupa- tion forces in Germany, Sen. O'Ma- honey (D-Wyo) told a reporter, you do. You can sit here. I Congress will find a way to do it. and think of a lot of arguments, but then you come around to this: O'Mahoney is presiding" at closed- door Senate hearings on the multi- You need houses and here's a i billion-dollar annual defense money chance to get some." bill. He said he probably will offer On the first ballot, Pfeiffer got I He believes the Council should i an amendment calling for an end four votes as he was to get on i be a strong in the city gov- to servants and special trains every ballot except the one that ernment, despite the existence of to recreation centers for U. S. mil- elected him; Schlaefcr, two; boards. In 1950, when the forces in Germany. El Alto mounted an attack at dusk against Villa Victoria. Mortars crumped, machineguns clattered and rifles cracked. The rebels were reported forced out of several points seized earlier and the army appeared to be gaining the upper Radio appeals for workers and all the time whether he can be I certainly don't want to stop him." Humphrey said he still hasn't made up his mind whom he will support at the Democratic conven- tion, "but I certainly have the friendliest regard for Estes Ke- fauver." On the other hand, Sen. Lehman (D-Lib, NY) and Sen. O'Mahoney Flood Crews Build Dike At Mankato MANKATO, Minn. crews worked throughout the night at Mankato and North Mankato to strengthen and raise barriers against the rising Minnesota River. Some 20 or 30 families moved from their homes, but only as a precautionary measure. Floodwa- ter had covered only very low areas near the river early today. Flood stage is 19 feet. Shortly after 7 a.m. today, the level was 23.2 feet. The river was expected o continue upward today, but it was doubtful if it would reach the 6.04 stage of last spring, when icavy damage was caused. Jesse Cornish, civil defense di- ector, said the river's rise was lowed during the night by weather. He added that ooding may become more serious s thawing starts again today. A contractor used 14 trucks last night to haul material to a dike on the south side of North Man- students to join the rebels drew yet" little response. Residents of La (D-Wyo) said in separate inter- views they see no trend developing in favor of any candidate, avowed or potential. "I think the picture still is wide open and I believe it is likely to remain that way right down to the nominating convention in Lehman said. "Public sentiment just hasn't started to crystallize kato after water crept to within several inches of the top. About 35 men worked on Mankato dikes during the night. The Minnesota River hurled its heavy spring force at New Ulm today, knocking out operations at the Eagle Roller Mill, the town's main industry as hundreds of per- sons along the rampaging stream fled from high water. Barricades at the Ulm mill gave way this morning as the ri- ver rose to 25.7 feet, two feet 3V4 inches from the all time high 71 years ago. Dikes were holding at down- stream Mankato as workmen con- tinued to strengthen them. That's About Foot Below 1951 Record West Third Street Area Deemed Safe Up to 17-Foot Stage By FRED LEIGHTON Republican-Herald Stiff Writer The official federal flood forecaster this morning threw caution to the winds, junked all previous flood predictions and said flatly the Mississippi River will crest at 16.5 feet April 16 3.5 feet above flood stage and only .9 of a foot below the all-time flood crest of 17.4 feet reached April 18, 1951. A. D. Sanial, La Crosse meteorologist, said, "Condi- tions today are almost exact- ly what they were one year ago today. The Chippewa River is really pouring out water. Enormous quantities of water will come out of all reservoirs on the Chip- pewa and St. Croix rivers. And the runoff will be very rapid. The ground every- where in the river district is full of water." Sanial said his prediction account of an average of of an inch of rain which is expected to fall during the period. He added, somberly, "If we have heavy rains during that period, of course, flood- ing will be worse." Snow Didn't Help The meteorologist added, 'That snow yesterday certainly didn't help any. It put three to five inches of snow on the Chippewa or from .6 to .8 of an inch of water. This will run off rapidly if we warm weather, which appears like- ly." Snow in Winona Wednesday totaled three inches. Precipitation was .46 of an inch in terms of wa- ter. The Mississippi River at noon to- day was only .45 of a foot from its official 13-foot flood stage and was rising steadily. From a stage of 11.5 Wednesday morning the river rose 1.05 feet to 12.55 this noon. But City Engineer W. O. Cribbi indicated this morning the city is in "much better shape" to combat feriout flood- ing than it was one year ago. It will take more than 17 feet of water to puth the flood into the West Third Street area. The North Western Railway right-of-way has been raised 1V4 feet at the most critical point in the lait year. Culverts be- neath it have been equipped with flood gates. A new emergency pumping sta- tion at the foot of Olmstead Street quarreling over water main exten- i Purse-string committee, Ferguson NEW MAYOR San, one, and ta-p votes were i cil and the Water Board were- blank. On the second ballot, voting was the same except that one of the blank vrtes on the first bal- lot switched to Dugan. Before the third ballot, there were proposals that the low man on this ballot would be eliminated from further considera- tion. The vote remained un- changed: Pfeiffer, four; Schlaefer Republican members of the !they will support O'Mahoney. Politics at a GL ance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS union officials have reached in the long, tense steel dispute. But the industry said it was ready to resume full steel produc tion. Both sides were summonec to a meeting with. John R.. Steel man today in another attempt to reach agreement on a new work contract. Secretary of Commerce Sawyer nominal boss of the eight-billion- dollar industry, was visited lasi night by presidents of nine big stee! companies. "With exception I was assured by those present that, except for purely mechanical or temporary impediments, all operations would be resumed Sawyer said. He scheduled a 'meeting with Murray today. The union already has told its basic steel workers to get back on the job. Angry The President's seizure order set off an angry dispute on Capitol hill that brought various proposals mf i a_ r rv i_ Kansas Republicans met at Topeka to select 10 delegates to the meet i ranged rv'e -_____...-__ Mvicfcattj LU uic rrnm a ripmanri that and Dugan. two, "and blank, one. Party's national convention! LU me a Demand that Congress de- Try to Eliminate I Kentucky Republicans open a series of district conventions to 'elare tbe seJznre to a bfll Getting a litUe irritated with selcct delegates to. the party's national convention 1 pat would give the President spe- themselves over their indecision i Sen- Estes Kefauver, seeking the Democratic presidential nomi-' c to seize industrial at this point, some of the aldermen i speaks at Portland, Ore. I proposed that on the fourth bal- i Harold Stassen. seeking the Repubb'can presidential nomination threw the squabble upon A. j _ i speaks at Passaic, N. J. '-the lawmakers' doorstep with a (Contmued Column l.) Sen. Duff (R-Pa) Qn behalf of Gen. rreirr-cK I at Princeton, N, j. Paz, a city of crouched in their homes behind tightly shut- tered doors and windows. The streets remained empty except for troops and truckloads of armed civilians. O'Mahoney said, "We won't even be able approximately to deter- mine what the situation will be in the-Democratic convention until af- ter the Republican convention has met, adopted a platform and nom- inated a candidate." The Crow River surged out of its banks at Delano where 34 fam- ilies had to be evacuated last night. The Red River on the northwest- ern edge of the state was rising with the crest at Fargo-Moorhead expected to be reached Monday. have not arrived, but two gasoline- driven pumps are in place. One was operating this morning. Cribbs said arrangements already have been made with the U. S. Army Engineers at the Fountain City boatyard to borrow an elec- trically-driven pump with a capa- city of cubic feet per minute. That unit will be installed late to- day, supplementing the gasoline- driven units with a capacity of 500 cubic feet each. A second Army unit has been arranged for and will be installed in anticipation of emergency needs, bringing the total pumping capacity at that point to cubic feet per minute. D- -Eisenhower! (Contifxwd on 7, Column 2.) Shown it a U.S. Mail truck with its load of mail for the isolated town of Fort Pierre, S. D., as it unloads cargo into a Coast Guard boat for its trip through the swirling Missouri River. (AP Wirephoto to The Eepublican-Herald) The will clear the West Third area of run- off water from rainstorms and seepage from the river, while city storm sewers are closed to the river during Hie flood by the newly-installed gate. Further rainfall protection for the area can be provided with a recently-opened sewer from Olm- stead and Sanborn streets to Lake Winona. Prairie Island dike road and gate structure, Cribbs said this morning, will keep out 17 feet of water. He said the gate structure today is holding back a 3.68-foot head of water. Water will be releas- ed gradually into the Crooked Slough area through the Prairie Is- land gate at the water rises, Cribbs said, in an effort to keep a differ- (Continued on Page 3, Column 1.) "MISSISSIPPI WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and and cold tonight. Friday lair and warm- er. Low tonight 24 in city, 20 in country; nigh Friday afternoon 46. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hour? ending at 12 m. today- Maximum, 40; minimum! 24- noon, 34; precipitation, 3 iachei snow .39; sun sets tonight at sun tomorrow at Additional weather on page 20 ;