Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1948, Winona, Minnesota
VOLUME 48, NO. 251 W1NONA, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 10, 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES 8 Killed in Topeka Blasts This Was The Scene in the boiler room of the main power plant of the Kansas Power Light Company at Topeka, Kan., after a series of explosions wrecked the interior of the plant. (A.P. Wire- photo to The Republican-Herald.) Temperature To -35 at Drops Bemidji St. Paul Railway Shop Worker Kill One Escapes Rifle Fire of Veteran Employe St. Paul, Minn. Ail argu- ment over steam boilers yesterday resulted in shooting deaths of five Northern Pacific railway shop workers. Four of the men were slain by a fifth who then took his own ife. The slayer was John J. Hill, 54, Northern Pacific employe for 30 years. His victims were T. R. Williams, 65, W. L. Butler, 44, Arthur Buhr- man, 48, and Joseph T. Murray, 65. Williams was shop superintendent. A company official said Hill had been instructed to replace covers of several steam boilers following a check by state inspectors. Hill said By The Associated Press It's time to hibernate. Winter got down to brass tacks in Minne- ___ _. _ sola and Wisconsin last night with a round of sub-zero tempera-! he would not do so. Williams and tures. i Butler went to Hill to reason with The mercury tumbled to 25 below at Pembina, N. D. Below zero m and the shooting followed, the temperatures were reported over the eastern Dakotas and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The cold air extended eastward to the Ohio valley. Bemidji shouted with frosty breath Evicted Family Needs Aid official related. Hill used a .30-.30 caliber rifle which he had in his locker at the shops, located at Como and Hamline avenues. today that it, and not International] Theodore H. Bongard, another Falls or Orr, Minn., was the coldest worker, told officials Hill also fired spot In the nation today with a at him but missed. "I heard two bullets splat into the wall behind me and slumped Bemidji almost lost its title as For a moment I thought I nation's ice box" when someone fail-j was said Bongard. "Then T ed to report the 35 degree reading ran two blocks to a phone." It was from the story by Bongard saw his brother-in-law shotj j regular daily weather table. That police reconstructed the made International Falls with the official low. today stinging 35 below zero cial. early today to the Minneapolis weather bureau for inclusion on the 48680416 VOTED FOR PRESIDENT Total Second Highest in U. S. History Theodore H. Bongard, 65, employe at the Northern Pacific rail- road shops, shows how he ducked behind an iron post to escape bullets fired by John J. Hill, another employe who killed four men and took his own life after an argument over a work assignment. Two bullets hit the wall behind Bongard. (AP. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) HERE are many things the Good could needy Includ- Fellows give to children. ing a warm place to live. For ex- ample, there are several families in Winona living in garages, ac- cording to rec- ords of the city welfare depart- ment. This de- partment has a record of one fam- ily living in a garage with a floor. dirt Another family of five recently At Orr, Forest Supervisor Alex T. Gerber said his low on a govern- ment thermometer was -32 which represented a 48 degree temperature drop in 14 hours. Erfrly morning readings in the cold belt included at Duluth, Minn., at Minneapolis, and at Mason City, Iowa. Temperatures moderated In and Montana! after yesterday's sub-zero mark. Snow accompanied the change, to colder over the Great Lakes re- gion and the Ohio valley. Other minimums during the cold- est night Wisconsin has seen this season were at Park Falls; appointment, at La Crosse: at Wausau; 1 Williams and This was the story: Hill, whom his coworkers- called "a hard nut to get along had been threatened with discharge un-j less covers were replaced on a steam boiler by 4 p. m. yesterday. He had argued that this was the job of the of whom were among his victims. But underneath this dispute a long-standing grudge against Berlin Airlift Speeds Air Force Expansion By Elton C. Fay Berlin air- lift has forced a speed up in the Air Force's expansion, bringing it Fire Plunges Cleveland Into Darkness Cleveland This Lake Erie metropolis experienced a wartime type blackout last night when a fire in the switch house of the Cleveland Illuminating Company plunged most of the east side and downtown into evicted from a home is now living! above at Land O'Lakes- In a garage which is heated only 7 at Madison; 8 at Milwau- little kee, and 9 degrees above zero at Green Bay and Racine. Stowaway Rides From Alaska a kerosene cook stove. girl has no bed. She sleeps in a Green Bay and" Racine. box placed on top of stored furni- ture. If anyone would just take the time to spend an hour with any wel- fare worker and let them tell you of a few of their cases the need to give to The Good Fellows would be very lastingly impressed upon them. The Good Fellows, of course, Is not a relief organization. Its purpose is to supplement these organizations so that children in these families re- ceive a gift on Christmas. Thus the Good Fellow workers co- operate in many ways with these or- ganizations. Letters received are carefully checked against records m and investigations are made. Here I old De'troit, is a typical letter of this type which wanted to'get home to Ms was received today: 6 Dear Good Fellows: "I am writing this letter for a boy whose father left home and his mother got sick and the first thing we knew they had to take her away. His father will not buy any clothes or shoes for him and God knows he needs them." The letter goes on to give details about the boy, his name, address, age -and school he attends. Such infor- Minneapolls An 18-year- old stowaway was removed from a Northwest Airlines passenger plane today as it arrived in Minneapolis from Anchorage, Alaska. Ernest Yoris, NWA'security agent, identified the youth as Luther Har-i in from another NP shop and made electrician foreman a post Hill Is said to have felt should have been his. Most of all, his co-workers said, Hill bore a grudge against Williams, shop superintendent, who made the systern- j now This development was spotlight- ed today by an Ah- Force order for redeployment of three overseas units These shifts include the transfer of a transport unit from Japan to Ger- many and assignment of a fighter wing to the Panama Canal defense By D, Harold Oliver total of ballots were cast on Novem- ber 2, but only were mark- ed for president. That means voters bal- loted for state, county and local candidates, but skipped making a choice for the highest office in the land. The total vote for pre-, sident is the second highest in his-1 tory. In 1940, the record year, it' was In 1944 it was 47- 976.263. The results became available with tabulation by The Associated Press of official totals from the 48 states. The lesser attention given to the presidential race, in contrast with many state races, is explained byj the fact that there were many strong candidates and hot contests for Senate, governor and on down the line. Electors Meet Monday Ex-Governor Christianson Dies Suddenly Sixteen states in all showed a greater aggregate vote than the iotal for president. Presidential electors meet Mon- day in the state capitals to go through the their votes. 17 Injured; Fire Follows Explosions Workers Report Smelling Gas Before Disaster Topeka, Kan. Eight men were killed and 17 Injured in a series of blasts that shook a huge power and light plant near this state capital for almost 45 minutes yesterday. Rescue crews still groped through debris today seeking other possible victims. The explosions occurred In the (Kansas Power Light Company's main plant and left Topeka, a city of without electricity for several hours. Hospitals were forced to operate on an emergency basis, elevators were stalled in downtown buildings and many shops and offices closed early. No serious accidents were re- ported, although traffic was snarl- ed at busy intersections when signal lights went out. Theaters were blacked out. Fire broke out during the explo- Dawson, Minn. Theodore sions which rocked a large area. Christiansen, former The plant is in the little town of Minnesota, died unexpectedly lastjTecumseh, five miles east of here, night of a heart attack while visit-1 The exact cause of the explosions ing near Dawson, Minn. jhad not been determined but sev- formality of casting President Truman Butler were the first two shot by Hill. Both were in the engine room. Next door, Bongard and the other two firemen heard shots. Before they could reach the engine room Hill appeared, "holding his gun at The new 60-group strength in- cludes nine troop carrier more than had been by next June 30. On that date the Air Force is scheduled to have 66 groups of all fight- ers, transports and other elements. darkness. The' lights went out twice. The first failure occurred shortly before 9 p. m., and after one brief return of light 48 minutes later, they all went out again for Approximately C.E.I. cus- tomers were affected. Origin of the fire was described as a "jump of current" from a solid row of breakers to another -solid row of breakers. The west side, which is served by the municipal light plant, experi- enced no Interruption of service. The power failure brought public transportation to a standstill. Three trains were held up at Cleveland union terminal. The Cleveland police department's should get 304 from 28 states unless Tennessee gives one or two of hers to Governor J. Strom Thurmond. Governor Thomas E. Dewey will get 189 from 16 states, and Thurmond 138 from four, excluding that possible mix-up in Tennessee. Truman's total vote was 836. Dewey received Thurmond Henry A. Wal- lace, Progressive, Nor- Thomas, Socialist, Claude A. Watson, Prohibition, 343; Edward A. Teichert, Socialist- Labor 27.D21; Farrell Dobbs, Social- ist Workers and- the rest scattered. Truman won by a plurality of but it was the first time since 1916 that a, winner has failed to capture a majority of all votes 49.5. The former governor and Mrs. Christiansen had been visiting friends at Dawson and were en route home whea his car developed trouble. Christiansen was stricken while attempting to get the car go- ing. cast. His percentage was Dewey's was 45.1, and the Christiansen was able to make his way to the farm home of H. J. Han- son, east of Dawson. A doctor was summoned, but the former governor died shortly after he arrived. Christiansen in recent years had eral workers reported they had smelled gas in the building. The explosions pulverized con- crete and twisted and ripped heavy steel. The plant's basement was badly wrecked. The external walls of the structure, a part eight-story and part five-story building, were not damaged although most of the windows were blown out. Approximately 150 men were working in or near the building. Sixty of them were power plant em- connected with a national drug con- cern. He had resigned that posi- tion some time ago and had been making his home at Dawson this fall. The Christiansens had planned on going to Minneapolis next week to stay with their sons over the Christ- mas holidays, and then were going to continue on to Florida for the winter. resided at Chicago, where he was ployes. The others were construction men working on a new addition. All the dead were from Topeka. They were identified as C. A. Al- lensworth, Arthur Dahlene, Al- Although Fewer Vote this year's total vote others Youngdahl Praises Record in State was nearly above that of is, people of voting waist level, firing it like a machine ferry fleet makes a total of five The new addition to Berlin's food as tm asdead 10 increased more than ooo.000 ;un." Murray fell inches from safety, his hand almost touching the door- way of a washroom, and there bled to death. transport wings operating parently on a permanent basis. The Air Force said the 317th troop car- rier wing will transfer "this month" from Tachikawa, Japan, to Ger- Police at the scene were unable many. About more men will minutes. Police were on guard against loot- ing and attempted burglaries but none was reported. Radio stations weathered the breakdowns by switching over to re- (Continued on Page 4, Column 3.) ST. PAUL ___by Christmas. McCoy was found aboard the plane some time after it left An-1 Night Club Burns At Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes, Minn. Fire chorage last night. Although raced through the nearby plane halted at Edmonton, resort night club last night from putting McCoy off the ship there. McCoy was turned over to cus- i- questioning. Mean- the structure with mated at added to the outfit before It ar- rives in Europe. (The normal strength of a troop carrier wing is approximately In answer to a question, Air Force spokesmen said the five trans- port outfits are "stationed" in Ger- many instead of being there on "temporary duty." In military language, this indicates a permanent assignment as distinguished from a limited time mission. Of the nation's nine troop car- rier wings, four now are in Europe, the past four years. Thus the ratio of votes actually cast was much smaller, compared with the previous two elections. This was due primarily to a falling off j is" a of balloting in the big states. St. Paul Governor Luther Youngdahl in a statement today serve sources of power. Two local Sixteen In all showed fewer votes television stations were blanked out, Ithan to 1944. Among these were New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvan- ia, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. The apathy some citizens showed presidential race was only in the 16 states except for sound, when the power failed. Mighty Bomber Refueled on Hop Washington (JP) A B-50 bomber has flown miles nonstop from two tohe Far Eat to Fand Firemen from Detroit Lakes de- voted their efforts to saving the Shoreham chapel and the Me-Salle LWU Ithn (A wing includes a plane group, Christianson as an "able, courageous and consecrated public servant." The governor said he planned to attend funeral services for the for- mer state executive. "The death of Theodore Christian- loss to all the peo- said Governor ahead of Truman and Dewey 'even though the aggregate presidential vote was higher than that for any other office. employes at Wold-jlodge and store, across the high- mation the workers will use In their Chamberlain airport took up a col- (way from the burned pavilion. a investigation. The boy will be taken care of Detroit if customs releases him, the regular routine if his case is worthy one. So we again appeal for funds. Be a Good Fellow now. Make available funds so that the workers can bring a Christmas gift to every needy child in this community this Christmas. Mail or bring your contribution to The Republican-Herald. Be a Good Fellow The following is a list of contribu- tions to the Good Fellows fund to date: Previously listed.........S584.61 A friend from Fountain City.................. 1.00 O and K................ 10.00 Louise C. Sutherland.... 3.00 Mr. and Mrs. D. C. A..... 10.00 A friend 10.00 Neville-Lien Post No. I2S7 50.00 A Winona family 5.00 ee in continental United States. plus the unit's service and admin- istrative headquarters.) With current funds, the Air Force expects to add five B-29 groups and LP13 CLUU CUJU. lection to provide McCoy passage Shoreham is five miles southwest two long range reconnaissance tanker" planes to refuel in midair. of here. I groups by next June. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Increasing cloudiness and not so cold tonight. Saturday cloudy with rising tem- perature and snow beginning in the late afternoon or at night. Low to- night 6; high Saturday 22. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 23; minimum, noon, 3; precipitation, none; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on page 15. The Air Force announced today the flight was made December 7 and 8. It was the first major demon- stration of the new refueling tech- nique to stretch the range of Air Force strategic bombers. At the same time, a huge, six- engine B-36 was making a nonstop flight from Texas to Hawaii and return. The B-36, however, did not refuel.' The Air Force said the B-50 flight was made on a circuitious course between Carswell base, Fort Worth, Texas, to the Hawaiian islands andj return. The trip was made in slight- ly more than 40 hours, the nouncement said. At about the half way point, "siz [able useful load of wa dropped. The B-50 landed at Fort Worth with more than one hour' fuel supply left. The B-50 is a four-engmed bombe generally designed on the lines o the war tested B-29, but with much greater range, bomb load and speed Like the B-29, it.is built by Boeing Aircraft Company. Air Secretary Symington today told of the B-50 tanker refueling flight in an address prepared I the Executives club of Chicago. Mill City Stores Report Sales Lag Minneapolis nrfi salps in the four lareest cities phonse Bryant, Charles Miller, Roy Hamby, A. W. C. H. Reden- baugh and Albert Sheahan. L. R. Beaver, 20, a plumber, gave this account of the blasts: "First thate was a muffled ex- plosion. It brought dust, all around us. A few seconds later there was a powerful blast with fire. It blew me down on my face and must have slown Sheahan (one of the dead) n the other direction. I ran out the south door." Men swarmed from the building after the initial explosions. None of the major equipment in the building was believed seriously damaged. Company officials said they expected to have the plant in partial operation today. 'All a Gravedigger Says Of Murder Story Sagrinaw, Mich. A former "We extend our deepest sympathy gravedigger admitted to police to- to Mrs. Christianson and members of the family. I have directed the adjutant general to cause the capi- pie of our Youngdahl. "Theodore Christianson was one of Minnesota's great gov- ernors. He was an able, courageous and consecrated public servant. The progress of Minnesota was his life and he will live on as an important part of its history. toward the evident not where the number of ballots cast -j feel especially close to him be- exceeded the vote for president. cause he started me out on my judi- In live other states, individual ciai career wnen he appointed me candidates for state offices ran to the Minneapolis municipal bench In 1930. tol flags to fly at half mast after the funeral." store sales in the four largest cities in the ninth federal reserve dis- trict were down three per cent In the four weeks ending December 4, compared with a similar period end- ing December 6 last year. The Minneapolis Federal Reserve slightly below sank said exact cause of the decline I mark for the had not yet been fully the first time to six day that his strange story of the murder of a Philadelphia woman was "all a dream." until The gravedigger, 24-year-old Her- bert L. Gulembo, made the state- ment to Police Detective Arnold R. Berg. Earlier, it was believed Gulembo's story might save a convicted slayer from Pennsylvania's electric chair. Gulembo told Saglnaw police two days ago he beat to death Mrs. Kathryrl Meller, 43, a writer and at- He then fled the city, he said, because he was afraid he might be called upon to dig her grave. Set in November Washington In November reached a record high for artist, when she rebuffed his that month, although it to make love to her. This Is What Happened to a trailer loaded with 100 cases of eggs and several hundred pounds of butter when it skidded on icy Wayzata boulevard near Minneapolis this morning and broke loose from the connection to its tractor and toppled over an embankment, shearing off a phone pole. Robert Hill of Benson, MiniL, the driver, was not hurt. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) HOPPING LEFT 3UY CHRBTMAX 5EAL5- Party of Exiled Venezuelan President Ordered Dissolved By Ewald Almen Caracas, Venezuela The military junta which wrested control of the Venezuelan government November 24, removed to- day the last bulwark of the old regime. It dissolved the ruling Democratic Action party of exiled President Romulo Gallegos. The junta, which spearheaded the bloodless November revolt, declared the Action party had followed a course which gave it the character of a "state." The decree charged the party had at- tempted to use the armed forces for its own ends. Last week the Junta dissolved the lational congress and state legis- lature, established during Gallegos regime, declaring they were "in. compatible with the transitional state" of the present government. To Power in 1945 The Democratic Action party was installed in iloody 1945 power following revolution which the by the same military elements now constituting the provisional ovemment. The party was the only organized pposition group when armed forces Isaias Medina Angarita In October, 1845. Since then the party had spon- sored national elections which re- sulted in sweeping victories for its candidates. Gallegos headed the party from 1945 until his election as president last year. Gallegos now is in exile to the Colombian embassy in Cara- cas. The decree abolishing the party said arms retained since the 1815 revolution and later augmented through contraband gun running, had been discovered in various headquarters of the party. The decree said these arms had been intended for sabotage and other destructive ends. Army offi- cials said Tuesday they found a large arms cache in Cumana end arrested several Democratic Action leaders. The Junta also charged that the party secretly Incited labor and ag- ricultural groups to take part in a general strike for political purposes. The decree set forth that the party had ceased to be a political organ- ization and had become a faction which aspired to maintain itself through force and by measures aim- lie revolutionary junta after 1845. ed at disintegrating the social life was in Cuba. Arms Reported Found In the past year the party had been directed by Romulo Betan- court, who served as president of oppled the regime of President Betancourt took refuge last week'of the nation.