Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1952, Winona, Minnesota
Fair, Warmer Tonight and Wednesday River Stage 24-Hour (Flood 13) Today (noon) 17.00 .71 Year Ago 14.68 .73 VOLUME 52, NO. 50 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 15, 1952 TWENTY PAGES Forecast Lowered; Dikes Holding River Crest Still Above St. Paul ST. PAUL, Minn. downstream with record-breaking force, the mighty Mississippi continued today to take a mounting toll in the St. Paul lowlands. Although the crest is not expected for another 48 hours, thousands already are homeless. Damage is estimated in the millions of dollars. Fears of record damage to down-river cities increased hourly as the water level rose in St. Paul, only 350 miles from the river's source the Minnesota north woods City Requesting Federal Aid on Prairie Island District Engineer Asked to Check Damage From Flood City officials began action Mon- day to secure immediate govern- ment aid in the reconstruction of the flood-ruptured Prairie Island dike road. Mayor Loyde Pfeiffer Monday afternoon notified Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey and Congressman Au- gust H. Andresen that a portion of the recently rebuilt dike road was swept away by flood waters Sun- day night. Sen. Humphrey already had pre- sented a formal request that the St. Paul district Army engineer, I Covered large sections of railroad Col. L. G. Yoder, visit Winona and j freight and passenger switchyards inspect the dike breakage. 'with up to three feet of water. Efforts are being made to have Brought activity to a halt at a the Corps of Engineers rebuild the score of West Side industrial plants, in country. .Gov. C. Elmer Anderson said after an aerial survey yesterday the "Father of Waters" and its tributary Minnesota River were "dealing out a major disaster." Continuing to inch upward, the Mississippi is expected to crest Thursday at feet above flood stage. Early today, gauges registered just under the 22-foot level. That was two feet above the highest ever recorded here since 1881. Routed Since Sunday, the river has: Swept 14 blocks deep into St. Paul's West Side, driving an es- timated persons from dwellings. Forced all traffic but buses and trucks from two main bridges when automobiles stalled in water up to the running boards on low-lying approaches to the spans. Brought an embargo on ship- ments to the South St. Paul stock- yards, where dikes were threatened by the raging waters. Knocked out the twin cities met- ropolitan sewage treatment plant. washed-out portion of the dike and and kept pumps busy in downtown strengthen it against the possibil ity of a future break. This is the second straight year in which the dike road has failed to withstand the pressure of the flood waters. A year ago, a por tion of the dike road at exactly the same location was swept away and the new fill was completed last September by the federal gov- ernment at a cost of The break in the dike permit- ted flood waters to sweep in on the municipal airport and runways are now under water. A Wisconsin Central Airlines test flight, preparatory to the original- ly proposed inauguration of airline service April 27, was to have land- ed at the airport Monday. When the airplane reached Winona it was found that the airport was flooded and the aircraft returned to Madison. Plans for air service inaugural ceremonies April 27 have been de- layed. When aldermen discussed the break at an informal meeting Mon- day afternoon, James Stoltman noted that some have criticized what was or what was not done to prevent its wash ing out. He commented, "They all know what you should have done, now that it's over." City Engineer W. 0. Cribbs said that in his opinion the U. S. Army Engineers "did the best job pos- sible" in repairing from the 1951 flood. the washout Stars and Stripes, Has 10th Birthday DARMSTADT, Germany (.TV- Stars and Stripes, the soldier news- paper that came to war and stayed on for a jittery Fifty homes and five taverns on the island arc flooded, and all resi- dents have moved. Another 50 homes on the Wisconsin side of the river also arc inundated A ferry service was operating on the hour between 6 a.m. and structures, periled by force of flood waters backing up in jewer outlets. 'Lower Deck' Awash A crew of 16 men and two offi- cers labored through the night to save the Naval Reserve station from inundation. The struc- ture, on an island in the Mississippi opposite the St. Paul downtown dis- trict, had its "lower deck" awash. A battery of pumps was in action to keep the waters down. The governor said St. Paul and South St. Paul from the air "looked like islands in a giant lake." Normally, the river is 200 feet wide here. Now its channel is measured in miles, he reported, St. Paul drew slight solace from a three-tenths of a foot drop in the Mississippi above St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. Below that point, the flooding Minnesota reaches its confluence with the larger a scant three miles upstream from me St. Paul oop. The Minnesota River last night was reported to have crested at near the ?5-fo..t mark at Mankato, 90 miles upstream from the con- luence here. Near New High at Red Wing At Red Wing, 50 miles down stream from St. Paul, the Missis- sippi was expected to hit an all ime high of 18 feet. This would mean inundation of Milwaukee tracks and a threat to the Northern States Power Com- >any plant. Water was only a few feet from he Milwaukee tracks at the depot his morning with the river at 6.5S feet. Highway 63 between Safety Of The City's Entire lower West End was threatened Monday afternoon when serious seepage was discovered working under the 20-foot-wide railroad dike. Workman in the center is standing on the railroad's main line. At extreme left Arthur L. Brom, assistant city street commissioner, tramps on sandbags thrown hastily against the river side of the roadbed while workmen pass over additional sandbags. A breakthrough was averted, but heavy; seepage was filling the area behind the huge cross-dike at the foot of North Baker Street, out of picture to the left. Truman to Fly Over Flood Area led Wing and Hagor City, Wis., is losed. An island which forms art of the highway, was inundat- ed several days ago. its loth birthday this Friday. It will be quite an anniversary, with a special big edition for its subscribers in Europe and a ceremony at its headquarters here. "Stripes" got its World War II s p.m. to haul Wisconsin side resi- 15 Killed in B-36 Plunge At Spokane Andresen Asks Billion for Rehabilitation WASHINGTON August H. Andresen (R-Mian) to- day proposed an appropriation of one billion dollars for rehabilita- tion of both private and public property damaged by Midwest floods. Andresen told a reporter he _ would introduce legislation Mon- The SPOKANE, Wash. B-36 bomber crashed on takeoff from Fairchild Air Force Base early to- day, killing 15 of the 17 aboard. Two other crewmen suffered se- i rious burns. j The giant, 10-engined bomber crashed in a farmer's field half mile northwest of the base, and burst into flames. The plane was attached to the squadron, 92nd bomb wing. day when the House reconvenes after its Easter recess to amend the disaster relief act and author- its crew escaped withont serious injury, Fairchild said the B-36 crashed at about a. m., a. m., Mush Ice Ties Up St. Mary's River SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. Mush ice tied up 50 freighters last Fairchild said the plane caught I night in what veteran sailing men fire after it hit the ground. called the worst traffic jam in the The officer said the first details history of the St. Mary's River. ize the billion dollars for immedi- jof the accident were "very I The trouble spot is at Rock Cut atf "SP 18 miles down the river, where the start in England in 1942, when four GI's decided to revive the name and tradition of a soldiers' are paper which served the AEF in i water their fathers' day. Today Stars and Stripes is, lit- erally, a multimillion-dollar busi- ness. Nobody makes any profit from the newspaper. Its revenue jat Crosse and Prairie du chien goes back into its operation and until Dext week but by yesterday into the Armv welfare fund. more than beeQ ate use. "We are spending billions abroad and we should use some of that money to take care of a sit- uation created by such a disaster as the floods in this he said. The office of Sen. Humphrey CD- Minn) said- the Housing and Home Finance Agency will request Pres- ident Truman this afternoon to de- v jj.iu. lu iiaui II aJuc I uuuu dents who work in Red Wing. clare the Mississippi and Minne- Levee Park and Red Wing Barge jsota River watersheds in Minne- completely under jsota as disaster areas. This would permit that agency Southwestern Wisconsin readied jto use the President's emergency its defenses today for a week-long (unds for in area, siege. The river is not expected to crest I The European paper employs about people who work in a group of buildings here built for evacuated from lowland areas of; the two cities. The Mississippi i surged to within a foot of the 13- j 2 Killed, In 2-Car Collision mar at Paire OCONTO FALLS, Wis. Two itorial staff Man them o American allies o s tecs does no censor Stage> Stars and Strides but it keens Orf Stars and Stripes, but it keeps Col. idu snd was alrcady loppmg fect' fect Ugher than flood men were inJured fatallv and other hospitalized asTditor-in-chi rf as editor m-cniei. CrosseJ' after a collision on a i 32 last near Sur- Federal WBather observers have 'ing in Oconto CountN- 26. at the crests of 06 feet at La- Crosse and 21 6 ,0 at Praine ami at te du Chien, which would give Falls Memorial HospitaL latter city the worst flood in its Clarence Zaddock, 26 Suring died history. Yesterday, workers were j shortly after he was taken to the j removing equipment from two same hospitaL Winona and Vicinity-Fair and: large food processing plants, as! Driver of the car in which Schn- warmer tomsht and ednesday. the waters lapped nearer. iettpelz and Zaddock were ridine Soldiers from Camp Me COT have i waF Jewel SchauuSl LinaHe WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Low tonight 35, high Wednesday 65. i LOCAL WEATHER (been sent to La Crosse to aid in Official observations for the 24 evacuating refugees and building hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 57; minimum, _ _ __ noon. 57; precipitation, none; sun (workers reported they were also I dikes. The dikes are guarded night 31; and day against the sets tonight at sun rises to-j morrow at Additional weather on Page 17. having trouble with swarms of children who wanted to play with sand out o! the sandbags. and his brother, Lloyd, 34, Moun- tain, were reported out of danger at the Oconto Falls hospital today. The driver of the other car was Mrs. Ruby Porath, 40, Soring, who was reported in fair condition. Two children who were in the car with her suffered no serious injuries. world's largest heavy bomber. It normally carries vessels to penetrate. Ships push tfie ice to the side of the river here since last July. where it drops to the bottom and One of them crashed on landing gradually builds in last winter and was destroyed, but Calls Governors Of 7 States to Omaha Meeting WASHINGTON President Truman today asked seven Mid- Western governors to meet with him at Omaha tomorrow to dis- cuss measures for dealing with the flood emergency. The White House announced Tru man will leave Washington b plane at 6 a.m. tomorrow for flight over the flood area. Tb plane is to land at the Offutt Ai Force Base south of Omaha some time between 12 and 1 p.m. (CST for the conference with the gov ernors. Truman invited Govs. Stevensoi Pis Himself at home on the porch of the Oliver Brunette farm near Suamico, Wis., as the place was inundated by rising waters of the Green Bay and Suamico Rivers. Water levels reached the highest point in 25 years. Elsewhere the Mississippi and Missouri River systems were cresting at record stages. (AP Wirepnoto) Beardsley of Iowa, Peterson of Ne braska, Kohler of Wisconsin an Anderson of Minnesota to mee him there. I Lt. Gen. Lewis Pick, chief o Army engineers, and Raymond M Foley, housing and home financ 'agency administrator, were direct ed to be on hand for the meeting At St. Paul Gov. Anderson sait he would fly to Omaha tomorrow to meet with President Truman and governors of other flood' stricken states. Wisconsin Rural Life Meeting Set MADISON State and na- tional leaders in lay and profes- sional fields will be speakers at a Great Lakes conference on rural life and education at the Univer- sity of Wisconsin April 21-23. Delegates will come from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Theme of the confer- ence will be "Citizenship Respon- sibility and Control in Rural Life." Flood Editions The Republican-Herald has printed a limited number of additional copies of the paper containing the story of Wino- na's "greatest flood." These papers may be pur- chased at The Republican- Herald ofiice, already wrapped for mailing. The Winona Flood Story River forecast lowered; dikes holding Page 1. City asks aid for repairing Prairie Island road Page 1. tt fakes men and machines to match Mississippi Page 14. Flood sidelights Page 17. Floods to (top schools; Lincoln School, tht newest, is lowest Page 11. Congressman August Andre- sen calls from Washington to check on flood here Page 3. A page of pictures 12. Governor C. Elmer Ander- son flies over city Page 10. In flood statement. Acting Mayor Loyde E. Pfeiffer it im- pressed with "almost univer- sal co-operation." Page 3. River keeps coming of rises Page 3. Restrained optimism reflect- ed at meeting of emergency group Page 3. Water threatens homes and businesses at Fountain City Page 3. Wabasha ready tor new high on Mississippi; danger from ice at Lake City lessens Page 3. Third industry closed others fight water 3. Red Cross alerts organiza- tions for mass and feed- ing 3. 3 Minneapolis Phone Cables Cut MINNEAPOLIS Northwest- 'rn Bell Telephone Co. officials aid today eight telephone cables had been cut last night and today, utting off service to some 900 ubscribers. The company immediately of- ered a reward of for in- ormation leading to the arrest nd conviction of those responsi- le. Pickets were posted by striking :lepbone installation workers at le Kenwood exchange in Minne- polis, the midway office in St. 'aul, the Beech Street office in forth St. Paul, at exchanges in ;rand Rapids and Proctor, Minn., amestown. N. D., and Stewart and Oclwein, la. Two commercial garages in Min- i neapolis which house phone com- pany trucks also were picketed, i 18-Foot Stage Now Expected On Saturday But Crews Continue Building Defenses Against Mississippi By FRED LEIGHTON Republican-Herald Staff Writer Multiple scores of bagging crews labored feverishly throughout Monday night on the city's northern perimeter to defeat the first major threat to the heart of Winona from the flooding Mississippi. And at dawn today feet of earthen dike end sandbags stood with- out a breach on the North Western Railway right of way, mocking the mighty Father Of Floods. For brief hours late Monday there was fear the job couldn't be done as the river inched relentless- ly over the railroad's main line. Today the dike structure holds. That near-break on the North Western right-of-way was only one a number of developments in the city's "greatest crisis" as the river rose to 17 feet at p.m. this .4 of a foot of the all-time record. And new unexpected came to Winona residents in the form of confident fore- from both the U. S. Ar- my Engineers and the La Crosse meteorologists revising their predictions downward for the first time since the river's spring rise began. A spokes- man for the Army Engineers end A. D. Sanicl, La Crosse river district meteorologist, predicted this morning the river will not exceed U-foof and said the crest will hit the city day Sanial said Monday the river would go to 18.2, and the En- gineers in St. Paul foresaw 18.5. Meanwhile, the battle against the raging river continued at an almost unbelievably sustained pace. As the city's major breast- works held, a mighty battalion of shovels, trucks and men was or- dered to construct or reinforce Wi- nona's secondary line of defense. During the night: Fifty trucks and uncounted scores of men built in 11 hours a dike on West 5th Street near its intersection with highway. 61. Crews estimated at as many as 200 men filled and placed sand- bags on the North Western right, of-way. A cross-dike at the foot of North Baker Street was reinforc- ed and raised. Fifty youths completed the job of sandbagging the face of the old Minnesota City road dike. The face is bagged at least two high, in places three. A culvert which began to "gurgle" late Monday was suffocated under an earthen blanket. Mankato Avenue broader and longer than in 1951 virtually completed at p.m., 20 hours after the project was launched. Sandbags, two and three high, lie on its river side. A construction crew was mov- ed back into the woods behind] Mankato Avenue early today to reinforce the first line of dtfente dike from the Burns Val- ley outlet ditch joining with shive road. City Engineer W. O. Cribbs (Continued on Page 17, Col. 3) CITY DIKES Motorboats Advised To Avoid Riverfront City officials today asked the co- operation of all Winona in refraining from operating motor- boats along the riverfront during the flood emergency. Engineers pointed out that raced along the riverfront cause waves which work to weaken tht" already strained dike defenses. Only Boys Over 16 Excused From School Superintendent of Harvey D. Jensen declared to- day that DO students under the age of 36, will be authorized to be absent from classes to work on flood projects. The superintendent of said that at a meeting of school principals this morning it was pointed out that a number of the younger stu- dents nave been absent and believed to be working on flood defenses. He said that while older students will be authorized to be absent from school to per- form flood work, boys under M must remain in school.