Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1948, Winona, Minnesota
VOLUME 48, NO. 247 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 6, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Wi nonan dAft Snow, Wind Sweep Area Flames Level Farm Home Near Durand Loss of As Strong Wind Whips Fire Repnbllcan-Herald photo The Snowshovel that instrument connected with sore arms and aching out of hiding in Winona and surrounding area this morning as winter put in a sudden appearance. Although Sunday night's blizzard-like weather brought more ice than snow, some shoveling was required today, as evidenced In the above pic- ture. James Wieczorek, Bluff Siding, employed at a downtown' furni- ture store, is seen assuming that familiar position as he cleared the walks this morning. Good Fellows Have a Big Job This Year the funds raised each Christmas? It is a good I swer at the be- ginning of an- other campaign to bring Joy to the needy chil- dren of this com- munity at Christ- mas, Last year gifts were given to 530 children. These gifts consisted of 345 pairs of shoes and overshoes, 45 jackets, 75 pairs! of trousers, 35 snowsuits, 30 dresses, 18 coats and 35 pairs of slacks. In addition there were numerous mis- cellaneous gifts and services given to individuals, things they longed for and which helped to make their Christmas a happii-r one. Every mother who does purchas- ing for a growing family knows that Temperature Here Skids 35 Degrees In Short Time Rain, snow and ice blew Into Wi- nona and surrounding areas Sun- day fa what weathermen term al- most a repeat performance of the famous 1940 Armistice day blizzard. Icy blasts from the north sent HAT do the Good temperatures tumbling to new lows Fellows do with for the year. In Winona, for example, a drop of 35 degrees was registered, as the question to "an- mercury went from a high of 54 to a low during the night of 19 de- grees. The too, dropped rap- idly as low pressure areas moved into this part of Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin. Weathermen at La Crosse report that barometer readings yesterday came just six-hundredths from equalling the Armistice day reading back fa 1940. Traffic Slowed Traffic on highways and fa cities Durand, Wis. swept by strong winter winds turned a two-story frame home to the ground on a farm about nine miles northeast of here Sunday night. The fire, of undetermined origin, caused damage estimated at Left homeless are Mr. and .Mrs. Donald Patnode, who rented the land from Frances Pattison, and their year-old son and four-year- old daughter. Falling snow didn't slow the fire, which was first discovered by Mrs. Patnode about when she went from her kitchen to a porch at the rear of the house. Flames already had begun eat- ing at the walls of the house when the Patnodes sounded an alarm over the rural telephone line. j Close to a hundred neighbors rushed to the scene of the fire and helped remove furniture and per- sonal belongings. The Durand community fire truck was called, but the fire had been fanned into such a blaze by the time it arrived that little could be done. A barn and several other farm buildings located about. 100 yards from the burning house-' were saved as the wind blew flames the oppo- site direction. Grandfather's Feat Equaled At Decorah, Iowa Who says the young fellows of today aren't the men their grand- fathers were? Mayor George Baker has worth of proof that they are. It all started when Mayor Baker recalled that his grand- father lugged a 60-pound bag of wheat 9 miles in an hour and 55 minutes before the turn of the century. The mayor said he'd give to anyone who would duplicate the feat. Ten husky northeastern Iowa young men took him up in a contest yesterday. What's more they had to buck: a driving wind mixed with rain and snow. But Carl Aschim, 22, and Wal- ter Hovey, 23, both of Decorah, stepped it off with their loads and shaded grandpa's record by 15 minutes. One Convicted In Harmony Butter Theft Chicago A federal grand jury convicted Reinhold Langer, 28, of Saturday night of Truck Crash Proves Fatal To Eyofa Man Two Injured In Collision At Rochester St. Charles, man was killed and his wife seriously injured near here at 3 p. m. Saturday when a truck carrying 16 tons of crushed rock collided with a pickup truck. Dead was Charles Wells, route two, Eyota, Minn., who died at St. Mary's hospital here about an lour and a half after the accident. His wife, driver of their pick-up, was in critical condition with a broken arm and chest injuries at the same hospital. The other driver, Douglas Burg- dorf, was hospitalized at St. Charles, his home town. He suffered face lacerations and shock. The accident occurred at an in- tersection of township roads four miles southwest of Eyota, in front of the Bryce Tottingham farm home. The Wells were rushed to the hospital by Gerald Cunningham, Olmsted county sheriff, and Dr. F. C. Dolder of Rochester. Meanwhile in Wisconsin two per- sons died as a result of auto acci- dents over the weekend. Bernard J. Golke, 24, Stevens Point, drowned Saturday when his car plunged through a bridge guard rail into an ice-covered pond four miles from Stevens Point. Golke was thrown clear of his car and came to the surface. County police officers, who happened on the scene, threw Golke a plank and a tow chain, but he failed to grasp either of them, and sank. A two-car collision near Middle- ion Saturday resulting in injuries Republican-Herald photo A Winona Man Was Killed and his tompanlon injured when the automobile, above, fa which they were riding crashed into a parked car on Mankato avenue early Sunday. Dead was Franklin Braatz, Jr., 21, 907 East Wabasha street. He was a passenger fa the-car driven by Helmer Thompson, 21, three, Winona. Thompson suffered minor injuries In the accident. Braatz died en route to the Winona General hospital after he had been hurled against the windshield by the Impact of the crash. the list represents extensive shopping, good judgment and mak- ing each dollar count. All the articles listed above were new, directly aff the shelves of was slowed considerably as a slow, drizzling, all-day rain turned into Ice and snow about 5 o'clock. Although driving became ex- tremely hazardous, few highway ac- cidents were reported and in gen- eral normal traffic was continued. Snowfall was light. It ranged in depth from a tenth of an inch to four inches. In Winona about half an inch of snow was recorded, although on the river bluffs outeide the city, near stores, in addition through co- Lewiston, close to an inch and a operating welfare agencies hundreds half of show was reported. of used articles were distributed to At Durand, Wis., more than three needy children in the city. inches of snow fell, and at Mon- e dovl- an interstate shipment. j i. f Sentencing of Langer was delayed The same winds that fanned the by Judge John P. Barnes until after fire to full fury made possible the saving of the barn and several other 'arm buildings located about 100 raids from the blazing house. Practically all furnishings except hose in the kitchen were removed with only minor smoke damage. Heavy insulation to the walls is lelieved to have made possible re- >eated entrances into the burning iuilding for removal of property. The Patnodes were given, shelter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James "'attlson. This was the second time to two years that fire has played havoc with the Patnodes. In February of 1946 when they were living fa an apartment fa the Fritz building here fire broke out. Along with 15 other tenants, the Patnodes fled to the street fa the middle of the night. Their apart- ment and personal belongings were j t ger jured less seriously. Spy Evidence Goes Before Grand Jury By Douglas B. Cornell House un-American activities commit- tee is handing a grand jury today what it calls definite and shock- Ij ing proof a red spy network operated in the State department he hears a motion for a new trial next Friday morning. Langer was accused of hijicking a truck loaded with pounds of butter near Mlddleton, Wis., last June 7. Two other men, Cobert Wil- berscheid, 25, and Edwin Lein, 31, both of Chicago, also were accused in the case. They pleaded guilty and will be sentenced after final disposal of the case. Wilberscheld testified for the gov- ___ emment. He said the driver of the Chinese died in the explosion and hijacked truck, Ernest Fossum, Harmony, Minn., was forced at gun- point into Langer's automobile. The car and truck were then driven to Palos Park.'Ul., just outside Chicago, where the butter was unloaded. Fossum later was taken to Bristol, Wis., and released. The truck was then set afire, Wilberscheid testified. Wilberscheid said he and Langer and Lein a short time later dumped Chinese Killed When Ship Explodes Shanghai A belated re- port disclosed that possMy of a- crowded evacuation ship off southern Manchuria early last month. That would bring to the number of Chinese estimated to have lost their lives in this and a similar disaster near Shangai Fri- day night involving the ed steamer Kiangya. The Manchurlan .sinking would rank as -probably the greatest single heavily damaged by smoke and! pounds of the butter near'ship tragedy. Official sources in Peotone. after it became made it known yes- water. Whalan Gas Station Destroyed by Fire T aUllllLLCU tanesboro, Mran. the others. Lre destroved a spnrirp st-.nt.inTi An :___ Then, Wilberscheid testified, he left Langer and Lein and was arrested shortly after for not having a driv- er's license. Questioned about the he admitted his part and terday. They said the boiler burst aboard an unidentified merchant ship evacuating troops of the gov- ernment's 52nd army from Ying- before the war. At the request of the Justice department, the committee sent one of its investigators, William. A. Wheeler, to New York. His mission: To turn over copies of secret papers to a grand jury which has been investigating; communists and espionage for nearly a year and a half. These are papers which the com- mittee says a member of the com- munist underground in the State department turned over to another member on the outside for relay to Russian agents. The outside man was Whittaker Chambers, now' a Time magazine editor who admits he was a cour- ier for the communist underground in- Washington before he broke with the reds in 1938. Secret Hearings The committee is hanging on to another set of copies of the docu- ments, for use when it starts its own spy hearings going again to- morrow but perhaps behind closed doors. The prints were made from micro- films obtained by subpoena from Chambers last week. At the time, Chambers had them cached in a kow. The explosion set off am- farm. Oregon School Athletes Die In Bus Crash Grants Pass, Oregon Two high school athletes were killed and 25 other members and coaches of the Grants Pass football team Franklin Braatz, Jr., Dies in Ambulance Early Sunday Winona recorded Its fourth traf- fic fatality of the year early Sun- day when Franklin Braatz, Jr., 21, 907 East Wabasha street, died of Injuries suffered when the auto- mobile fa which he was riding struck a parked car on Mankato avenue. The driver 'of the car, Helmer Thompson, 23, route three, Winona, was arrested on charges of care- less driving after he had explained to police that he fell asleep while driving along Mankato avenue and awoke after the impact. Thompson was'brought to the Winona General hospital for treatment of a, head cut. The accident occurred at about :50 a. m., Sunday when the Thomp- son car was traveling north on Mankato avenue. Thompson's car irashed Into another vehicle parked at 472 Mankato avenue. Hurled Forward Braatz was hurled forward by injured when a bus overturned and j force of the impact and his head burned near here last night. The squad was within five miles of home and a rousing welcome planned for then- winning of the state football championship the day previous at Portland. broke through the windshield. Jag- ged glass from the windshield cut both jugular veins In the youth's neck. He died in an ambulance while he was being taken to the Winona General hospital. Survivors said the chartered bus The scene of the accident was ap- hollow pumpkin on his Maryland Fire destroyed a service station on highway 16 at WHalan, Minn., five miles northeast of here, early Sun- day. Loren Johnson, operator, said loss was approximately partially covered by insurance. The building was owned by Sherman Severson of Preston. The fire was noticed by a truck driver who notified authorities at I munition; an on board were killed. Langer pleaded innocent to three! The China Merchants Steam counts in the indictment charging him with stealing, possessing and transporting goods from an inter- state shipment. He was found guilty on all three counts. The maximum penalty on each count is ten years imprisonment and a fine. Navigation Company said today 536 passengers and crew members were known to have been rescued from the Kiangya, which it operat- ed. Nearly refugees were be- lieved to have been aboard. About 200 bodies have been recovered. Whalan. fo? boro who arrivd at 1 30 m rected bv chief iim fu-emen pumped from tfa The Good Fellows is not a welfare dovl- four inches was reported. iRoot river across the highway agency. Its job is to supplement the winds blew the snow into a! Johnson said he closed the busi- work of such agencies, reach out I blizzard, forming drifts ness Saturday about midnight No to the children that may not get several feet deep in some areas. Christmas gift to bring the joy of the Christmas season to the needy children of this community. Thus a contribution to the Good Fellows fund buys you a ship to an organization that spreads! the good cheer of Christmas brings happiness to a child-during tliis wonderful season of the year. Be a Good Fellow this year. Mail or bring your contribution to The I Republican-Herald. Do it now. Be a Good Fellow Previously reported..... 5460.11 S. F. Reids 5.00 R. Watkins.......... 10.00 Merrill Cass Lines Damaged Some damage was done to tele- phone and power lines in this area by the wind and ice. At Whitehall, for les' cause for the fire had been deter- mined. La Crosse Driver AlthouSh m wtoona Total CHOPPING LEFT (Continued on Page 11, Column 4.) SNOW Plane Crash Fatal to Four Dubuque Men Dnbnque, Iowa Four Du- 3uque men lost their lives early Sunday when the light plane in which they were riding crashed and jumed a mile west of the airport here shortly after taking oS. Sheriff Leo J. Martin identified the dead as John Jungwirth, Jr.; Howard Maiers, 29; John G. Schuel- ler, 38; and Louis Keck, 26. Clifton Olson, Dubuque .airport manager, said the four men took oS in the plane of another Du- buque man in a turbulent rainstorm about dawn. He said the plane left the field without proper clearance. Norbert Locke, director of the Iowa aeronautics commission, said the accident was the result of "care- ess and reckless flying" and "not using good common sense." La Crosse, W. R. Schmidley, of La Crosse, escap- ed without a scratch Saturday night when his automobile ab- sorbed all the punishment in a rollover on slippery highway. He remained in the car and drove it to a highway patrol office, where he wrote out his own accident report, including at least damage to the car. Bulletins Washington The Su- preme Court by a 5-4 vote today granted a hearing to two Japa- nese wartime officials convicted as war criminals and sentenced to be hanged. The court also refused to order Alabama's pre- sidential electors to cast their ballots for President Tnunin, Paris The United Na- tions assembly voted tonight to adjourn its Paris session on the night of December 11-12 and reconvene in New York on April J, 1949. Miss Alice G. Heaney, 17, Pawtucket, B. I., after giving the right answer, was richer. She won the amount in prizes by correctly identifying the mystery tune on the KWNO-KWNO-FM Stop the Music program Sunday night. (A.P. wirephoto to The Re- publican-Herald.) Chambers has said these par- ticular documents never reached the Russians because he got them while he was in the pro- cess of splitting with the reds. Robert E. Stripling, chief inves- tigator for the House committee, has said the hearings starting to- morrow will establish who fed the papers to Chambers from the State department. The committee regards those near- fags as so that it enlist- ed the help of the Coast Guard and the Navy to bring one of its members back from a ship at sea. Representative Nixon (R.-Calif.) was en route to Panama aboard the. S. S. Panama. A Coast Guard plane of flew from St. Petersburg, Fla, when seemed the was dramatic rendezvous at Aklins Is- land, south of Jamaica. Nixon transferred to the plane, (Continued on Page 10, Column 3.) SPY EVIDENCE was enveloped in flames and that they escaped by smashing the win- dows. Both of the victims were believed stunned when, the bus overturned Their charred bodies were found two hours later In separate sections of the bus. They were star Halfback Al New- man and varsity Lineman Sterling Heater. Five other boys are fa the Joseph- ine hospital. The acident occurred on a down grade of Sexton mountain on high- way 99 north of the city. Coach Jess Loffer, who was aboard, said he noticed the bus driver "fighting the wheel" shortly after the bus came over the sum- mit, the highest point on the moun- tainous road. He said the bus went about to get the bus back onto the] pavement, it skidded and turned completely around and turned over proximately 190 feet north of How- ard street and the car struck by Thompson's automobile was pushed 30 feet and into a driveway on Mankato avenue. Owner of the parked car is Walter A. Porter, 754 East Second street, who had not reported the extent of damages to his car to police this morning. Damage to the Thompson car, -t. 1929 model, was estimated at Braatz' death marked the firrt traffic fatality to the city since July and brought to a close one of the costliest weeks of driving noted here ibis year. Elgh persons were Injured In accidents Thursday night, and after only five days fa December, the (Continued on Page 11, Column 2.) YOUTH KILLED WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and Vicinity Fair and somewhat colder tonight, with" a low if 17 degrees. Diminishing winds 'uesday generally fair. High of 32 degrees. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 54; minimum, 42; noon, 46; precipitation, .08. Officials observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Maximum, 54; minimum 19; noon, 23; precipitation, .89 ('A inch of sun sets tonight at sun tomorrow at TEMPERATURES ELSEWHERE Max. Min. Prec. Chicago.......----57 31 .18 enver 30 )es Moines........54 23 .15 )UlUth 39 21 ntemational Falls 34 23 .41 Kansas City ......59 31 iiaml 79 69 Ipls.-St. Paul.....42 16 .48 ew Orleans ......77 50 .05 ew York ........52 43 cattle 45 39 .23 joenix ...........60 25 'ashington 57 48 dmonton 4 .01 innipeg..........27 18 Pacific Coast Longshoremen Back at Jobs San Francisco After 95 days of strike idleness the Pacific coast today reopened its biggest The last obstacles to maritime! peace were removed yesterday when the non-striking A.F.L. sailors union of the Pacific received a writ- ten guarantee from shipowners the strike settlements with C J.O. unions would not invade its jurisdiction. Five striking unions with mem- berships of about made peace in the coast's second longest strike last week, but the AJF.L. sailors blocked a return to work until they got the guarantee. CJ.O. longshore gangs called to he docks today began working cargo on some 280 ships tied up in Rate T I Boost In Wisconsin Madison, Wis. The state public service commission authorizes four Wisconsin steam railroads to increase Intrastate freight rates and charges today. The boost, amounting to approxl- the strike. The strike began September 2 when the Waterfront Employers as- sociation and the Pacific American Shipowners association refused to meet demands of the unions. Longshoremen, the keystrike union, received a 15 cent wage original a base wage of an hour. i mately 25 per cent on rates and charges, -and five cents per ton on coal and coke shipments, followed an interstate commerce commission order tor a similar Increase. The PSC order will affect the Chicago fc North Western Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul It Pacific railroad; Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie and Green Bay and Western railroad. The Mt. Pleasant Telephone Com- pany, Monticello, (Green was authorized to abandon ties. The utility's 33 subscribers win be serviced by the United Telephone Company, of Monroe. Lost Ear Regained Calgary, Alberta Ed- gar Williams was brought to the hospital minus one car terday. He told police it WAX chewed off in a street fight. An ambulance rushed to the scene and picked np the ear. A doctor sewed it back on.