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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Fair, Continued Rather Mild Tonight, Thursday VOLUME 52, NO. 51 FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 16, 1952 River Stage 54-Hour (Flood Staqe 13) Today (noon) 17.30 .30 Year Ago TWENTY-FOUR PAGES; Mississippi Nearing ew Record Rochoitci Worlhmottm MINNESOTA Map Shows Major Areas involved as the Missouri River's flood damage continued, while the Mississippi, at a record high at St. Paul, Minn., threatened Wisconsin and Minnesota and Iowa communities to the south. (AP Wirephoto) Ike Runs Away With NJ. Vote Kohler Inspects Flooded Cities On Mississippi By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gov. Kohler flew out of Madison early today for a conference at Omaha with President Truman and heads of other Midwestern states threatened by floods. It was the second aerial trip in two days for Kohler, who yester- day toured Western Wisconsin where residents of La Crosse and Prairie du Chien braced them- selves for predicted crests on the Mississippi in following days. "Prairie du Chien is in the most serious Kohler said on his return. "All the strength and power of the state will be back of the stricken area in case of need. Anything we can do will be done." U. S. Aid Promised Meanwhile federal help was promised as the Reconstruction Fi- nace Corp. declaccd Wisconsin and Minnesota "disaster thus paving the way for financial aid to affcected sectors in both states. After a White House confer- ence. Sen. Gillette (D-Ia) said the President probably will allot 000 of federal relief funds to Wis- consin. The Mississippi reached flood stage of 18 feet last night at Prairie du Chien, surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi. Army Engineers have forecast at least 21.6 feet on April 24. Last year the river rose to 21 feet. Posts Over Taft in Eastern Primary By RELMAN MORIN NEWARK, N. J. WV-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower posted a glittering victory over Sen. Rob- ert A. Taft in the New Jersey primary today, regaining a stretch of the ground he lost this month in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. In winning, Eisenhower stood to take at least 31, of the state's 38 convention delegates. Taft won four, and possibly six delegates, and Harold E. Stassen, one. With 505 of the election districts yet to report, the count in the preferential popularity poll showed: Eisenhower Taft Stassen The Democratic primary, with 602 districts unreported, gave Sen. Ike Surprised PARIS Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower indicated some surprise today at the lightness of the votes in the New Jer- sey presidential primary elec- tion in which he defeated Sen. Robert A. Taft. they expecting more than a million he asked. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, the only contender, a total of votes. The 32 Democratic conven- tion votes, however, are not neces- sarily tied to Kefauver's standard. Not Downhearted Statistically, Eisenhower scored a clear-cut victory. The incomplete count gave him about 60 per cent EISENHOWER Some 60 more persons moved out of the "total Republican vote, Taft of the low-lying fourth ward last I had about 37 per cent. Stassen and night, bringing to about 200 thoss a few hundred write-ins for Gen. who left their homes in the face j Douglas MacArthur, Gov. Earl of rising waters. Some others, how- Warren of California, and Gov. ever, moved up to second floors I Adlai Stevenson, of Illinois a and attics and expected to ride i for the rest, out the flood. i But Taft's campaign lieutenants The Red Cross has provided r quarters for evacuated families at (Continued on Page 16, Column 1.) churches and schools but none of those moving out has taken ad- vantage of them, all finding living space with relatives or friends on higher ground. Utilities Functioning All public utilities were func- tioning nt Prairie du Chien, al- though health officials cautioned residents to boil all drinking wa- ter other than that taken from city mains. Typhoid inoculations were to be administered today and tomorrow.'. Volunteer high school students filled sandbaRS around a substa- tion of the Interstate Power Co. A pontoon bridge of the Milwaukee Road became inoperable over the Mississippi and cut off service on that line to the city. The Burling- ton Road still was operating. All highways in the area were report- ed open. Dikes Hold at La Crosse Upstream at La Crosse. protect- ed by 18-foot dikes, about 220 evacueos were housed and fed by the Red Cross as the Mississippi stood at 14.4 more than two feet over flood level. A. D. Sanial. federal meteorologist, has forecast a crest of 16 feet for Monday. A hastily-erected dike in a marsh went out last night, isolating seven homes. Other dikes were standing firm. Truman Reaches Omaha as Big Mo Hears Its Crest Army Engineers Believe Flood Walls Will Hold OMAHA, Neb. LPI The guard was up today against a flood punch hardly anyone thought the mad Missouri River could throw. And the river was ready with that punch after leaving much of its valley in misery. The slashing and tearing river- most savage of several now creating havoc in the rich Mid- west due to hit the Omaha and Council Bluffs area early to- morrow with a crest of 31.5 feet, much more than man built his best flood walls and levees to stand normally against the Mis- souri, The walls were originally built for a crest. To meet the Missouri's maddened march, the walls and levees have been hiked by flash boards, more dirt, sandbags, al- most everything that an estimated workers Army men and throw up. Everything at Stake In this area the Army Engineers have staked a lot. Some persons have been moved out of sections of Council Bluffs that will be flooded if there is a "blow and in Omaha, 'In the Bluffs that is two-thirds of the popula- tion. This is the scene that President Truman viewed by air at mid- day as he flew into Omaha to talk over the job of putting the displaced back on their feet once the water is gone. He met with the gov- ernors of seven of the states that bave been or may expect to be punished by the Missouri, the Mis- sissippi and other smaller streams. Truman declared after a survey of the flood-stricken Midwest, that he would review his demands upon Congress for enactment of a na- tional flood control program, em- bracing flood control insurance. Truman came here in the White House plane, "The Independence" after a flight from Washington which took him over vast portions of the devastated Midwest. In many respects, the President said, the present flood on the Mis- souri, and the upper reaches of the Mississippi is worse than those ex- perienced in Kansas and Missouri last year. Landing here at the Presi- dent said he was convinced "more than ever" of the need of an over- all program controlling the great rivers of this country. The big question is whether the Omaha-Council Bluffs protections will be able to hold back the biggest Missouri flood the white man has ever seen, and which has already ravaged areas of the Da- kotas, Nebraska and Iowa. Hope to Win Lt. Gen. Lewis A. Pick, the Army The Difference Between Land And Water today is this precari- ous, man-made earthen wall on the north edge of the North Western Railway yards. All yards pictured here, the Archer Daniels Midland Company piles of flax at the rear left and large areas of the West 3rd Street residential area at the rear right were all covered with water during flooding in the spring of 1951. More than 40 men are pictured reinforcing this dike with sandbags, (AP Photo) Andresen Asks Engineers to Rebuild Road U. S. Army Engineers were re- quested by Congressman August H. Andresen today to permanently reconstruct the Prairie Island dike road, out for the second time Sunday night by the flood waters of the Mississippi. The dike break has put the Wi- nona Municipal Airport under wa- ter and has forced delay in plans previously set for April 27 for in- auguration of regularly-scheduled airline carrier service here by Wis- consin Central Airlines. Congressman Andresen told The Republican-Herald in a telephone call from Washington he bad re- ceived a letter from Mayor L. E. Pfeiffer asking federal help in re- construction of the dike and said he immediately took the matter up j J-ruman. Mississippi Cresting At St. Paul Today ST PAUL plans for St. Paul's homeless were begun'today as the Mississippi River edged toward an all-time flood crest of 22.3 feet, predicted for late today or tomorrow. At a. m. today, U. S. Army engineers said the river stood at feet, up one-tenth of a foot in 14Vi hours. Flood stage is 14 feet. The previous high, 19.7 feet, was recorded in 1881. Col. L. G. Yoder, head of the engineers here, was not ready to say the crest had arrived, and warned that when the peak is reached, the water would drop more slowly than it rose. He pre- dicted there would be little visible recession for several days after the crest arrives. Gov. C. Elmer Anderson this morning made a final survey of the South St. Paul packinghouse area, still protected by a four- mile dike system. The governor is due in Omaha later today for a flood conference with President Bulletin ST. PAUL, Minn. dent Truman flew over the St. Paul area today en route to Omaha and viewed the flooding Mississippi River. thinks there's a good chance the Missouri can (Continued on Page 9, Column 1.) TRUMAN Flood Editions The Republican-Herald has printed a limited number of additional copies of the paper containing the story of Wino- na's "greatest These papers may be pur- chased at The Republican- Herald office, already wrapped for mailing. with the engineers. A representative from the office of Col. L. G. Yoder of St. Paul, district engineer, will come to Wi- nona to inspect the dike break, the Congressman said. A year ago when the dike broke, Army Engineers assumed the re- sponsibility of repairing the dam- age and the work was completed by private contractor in August af a cost of The dike broke in exactly the same place this year, washing out about 400 feet of the Prairie Island roadway and the bridge itself. A deputy sheriff's car which had been parked on the dike was swept into Crooked Slough. Congressman Andresen again asked for a full review of the Wi- nona flood situation and offered any help he could give. He plans to introduce a bill in Congress early next week asking for a billion dollars for rehabilita- tion in the stricken Mississippi and Missouri River basins. Earl Gile (left) and LaVerne Aumock patrol a dike in a low section of Onalaska, Wis., where work is in progress building barriers to stem Hood waters of the Mississippi River. The men are members of auxiliary police who patrol dikes on a 24-hour basis daring the crisis. (AP Wire- photo to Toe Republican-Herald) Unofficial estimates place the damage to St. Paul public, private and industrial property at upwards of S10 million. Mayor Edward K. Delaney, who advanced the loss estimate, re- ported that emergency phases of evacuation and rescue work were completed last night. He said the flooded district, extending 14 blocks into the city's west side, was now well defined and no more homes would be affected by the small rise. Engineers expected a very slow drop of the Minnesota River, flow- ing into the Mississippi a scant three miles upstream from the St. Paul loop. They explained that tens of thousands of lowlying acres are covered with from five to eight feet of water which must push its way back into the normally con- fined channel. Elgin Trucker Chokes to Death ROCHESTER, Minn. An Elgin, Minn., truck driver choked to death on a piece of steak while eating in a cafe here early today. Herbert B. Richardson, 33, was eating with three, friends at 2 a. m. when he began chok- ing. Dr. T. 0. Wellner, Olmsted County coroner, said an autopsy revealed a large piece of the steak lodged in Richardson's windpipe. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Fair and continued rather njfld tonight and Thursday. Low tonight 35, high Thursday 64. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 68; minimum, 30; noon, 64; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrow at ArMffinna-1 weather of page ZL The Winona Flood Story Mississippi River nears new record stage Page 1. Red Cross prepares for worst here, but hopes for best Page 3. Officials warn over-confi- dence not warranted Page 9. Red Cross says it will assist those unemployed here because of flood if they are in need Page 3. Mankato offers pumps to Wi- nona Page 18. Picture shows water over Highway 61, small-boat harbor at Lake City Page 11. Association of Commerce urges construction of river- front road Page 3. Flood sidelights Page 9. Alma lock under water Page 16. Photographs show flood at Wabasha Page 18. Table of river rises reflect slow-down in rise Page 3. Utility assures electric serv- ice Page 9. Mayor says he's "very much cheered" Page 3. Congressman August Andre- sen asks U. S. Corps of Engi- neers to permanently rebuild Prairie Island road Page 1. It sure is bad: "Winona Citizens Flee" Page 3. ADIAI E. STEVENSON 'I Can't Accept President Stevenson Says SPRINGFIELD, HI. Gov, Adlai E. Stevenson said today "1 could not accept" the Democratic nomination for President. Stevenson issued his statement clarifying his po- 1 i t i c a 1 plans shortly before his scheduled take- off for a flight to Omaha and a conference with President T r u- man on flood conditions. "I have r e- peatedly said that I was a can- didate for gover- nor of Illinois and had no other Stevenson said. "I must now add that in view of my prior commitment to run for governor and my desire and the desire of many who have given me their help and confidence in our unfinished work in Illinois, could not accept the nomination for any other office this summer." Red Cross Wants Million for Midwestern Aid WASHINGTON Red Cross wants million to help the of the Midwestern floods. In a telegram to all Red Cross chapters in the nation yesterday Roland Harriman, national president, said such sum is not available in the or- ganization's treasury.. He said million has al- ready been spent or pledged for disaster relief for this fis- cal year, not including the pres- ent flood. But Long Dikes Keeping River OutofWinona In 4 Days of Work Yards and Bags Used By FRED LEIGHTON Republican-Herald Stiff Writer More than feet of emergency dikes thrown in the face of the flood-berserk Mississippi River stand com- pleted today, ready and waiting for up to 19 feet of flood the city was assured this morning that crest will never come. For the second day in a row, as triumphant Wino- nans stand on firm raTmparts and reinforce their mighty embattlements, U. S. Army Engineers and the federal meteorologist at La Crosse low- ered their river prediction. A. D. Sanial, La Crosse meteor- ologist, said this morning, "The best available information from the river district at this moment indi- cates the river will crest at 17.8 feet Saturday." The Army Engin- eers agreed, but said the crest may hit somewhat later. The riverfront stage at at noon today was only .3 of a foot over noon Tuesday and the smallest daily rise since the river started on its rampage March 31. At o'clock this afternoon the river was licking at the all-time record of 17.4 feet established Aprfl 18, 1951, and it is inevitable the Alert Signal Flood officials reminded Wl- nona residents today that: IF YOU HEAR LONG BLASTS OF THE SIRENS. TURN ON RADIO STATION KWNO AND AWAIT INSTRUC- TIONS. waters will creep even higher. By tonight more water will be flowing past Winona than ever before in the recorded history of this flood- beleaguered city. And the marvel Is: The river today if flowing PAST Winoni not THROUGH the city. In an unprecedented four days a thousand men and every avail- able heavy construction and earth- moving machine in the city have built the following earthworks: feet on the old Minnesota City road, using cubic yards oJt fill and sandbags. feet on Mankato Avenue, using cubic yards of fill and sandbags. 700 feet of cross-dike from the foot of North Baker Street to the North Western Railway switching yards, using cubic yards of fill and sandbags. feet of dike along Shive Road and the Burns Valley drain- age ditch, using sandbags. 500 feet of dike near Belle- view Street and running northeast along the north side of the Lake Winona outlet ditch, using cubic yards of fill. 800 feet of dike on West 5th Street, using cubic yards of fill and sandbags. Not included in the figures are the nearly feet of dike built on Prairie Island but lost for use Sunday night when the Prairie Island gate structure collapsed and flooded Crooked Slough and the Municipal Airport. The total in the immense con- struction effort is feet of dike containing cubic yards of fill and sandbags. Sand- {Continued on 21, Column 3.) FLOOD With President Truman flying to a conference with flood-area Governors at Omaha, William G. Beardsley Governor of Iowa, in- tpecti the damage and the efforts of National Guardsmen to hold back the floodwatcrs. With Gov. Beardsley are Lt. Col. Edward (left) and Adjutant General Tandy of the Iowa National Guard. ;