Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1953, Winona, Minnesota
Wes Fesler Quits as Gopher Coach MINNEAPOLIS Fesler, University of Minnesota head foot- Athletic Director Ike Armstrong said he had as yet given no thought to appointment of a suc- ball coach for the last three seasons, resigned suddenly to- cessor to Fesler. Fesler remarked, day to go into business with a however, that he was sure Arm- radio station. strong would shortly receive Despite an ordinary record of of letters" of application. 10 victories, 13 defeats and four ties at Minnesota, Fesler had been Minnesota athletic officials had hoped Fesler, a gifted offensive under no particular pressure at I strategist, would restore Gopher the Big Ten school. Last season j teams to the national prominence the Gophers had four wins, four losses and one tie. Fesler said he was leaving the coaching business to join radio they gained in the 1930s and earjy '40s under Bernie Bierman. Fesler succeeded Bierman when JU111 iUVllU l f j. station WDGY in Minneapolis as ithe latter resigned in 1950 after a partner, vice president and j winning only one game. He piloted director of sports. ithe Gophers during three Big Ten "Only an opportunity of consider-! campaigns. able magnitude could make j Fesler coached at Harvard, Con- wish to leave this position." W e s 1 e y a n, Princeton, 44-year-old former Ohio State All-1 Pittsburgh and Ohio, State before America said in announcing his1 coming to Minnesota. He resigned resignation. I at Ohio State in 1950 after winning the Rose Bowl with his 1949 team to enter the real estate business.! He said the shift in jobs had! developed very suddenly and that he had no idea of leaving Minne- sota until an offer was made to him a week ago. i Fesler tried to adapt his razzle-j dazzle offense to Gophers teams, j but despite versatile All-America j Paul Giel, the Gophers invariably! had to go back to straight footbaE j for their limited success. j Members of Fesler's present! coaching staff at Minnesota are Lyal Clark, line coach; Bub Svend-j se, assistant coach; John Kulbuit-1 ski, freshman coach; Dick backfield coach; George Nash, I assistant coach; and Wally John-j son, junior varsity coach, j Fesler's statement said: "As each year brought me a little closer to the end of a coach- ing career, I have become more and more concerned about my fu- ture "When the firm of WDGY in- vited me to join their team just one week ago today the solution to my problem became very appar- ent." Fesler said his new connection would give him an opportunity to provide a comfortable home for his family, to continue to be con- nected with sports and to continue to live "among our friend.s here in Minnesota." "I sincerely hope that President Morrill, the regents, the senate committee on athletics, director Ike Armstrong, all our staff mem- bers, the boys, and all friends of Minnesota athletics will under- stand my making this he said. "No one could possibly have had more consideration and coopera- tion than I have enjoyed since tak- ing over the football position here at Minnesota. To everyone con- cerned goes my heartfelt thanks." Both Dr. J. L. Morrill, univer- sity president, and Ike Armstrong, athletic director, expressed regret at Fesler's leaving. "From his playing days as a student I have known and admired Wes Fesler all these said President Morrill. "His coming to Minnesota gave me great pride and satisfaction, I had hoped he would go right on with us. "Mr. Fesler has stood for the best in our university life and stu- dent relationships. He has contri- buted soundly to Minnesota foot- ball and to intercollegiate athletics in the nation. He has our warmest good wishes for all our happinesp and success in his new work." "In the last three years Wes Fesler has done the University of Minnesota a great said j Armstrong, "It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with him. We accept his resignation with deep regret and wish him every success in his new position." As a student at Ohio State, Fes- ler won nine letters, three each in football, basketball and- base- ball. He was three-time All- America .selection at end in 1928, 1929 and 1930. He was an All-Big Ten guard in basketball and an outstanding baseball player. After his graduation he played baseball briefly with the St. Louis Cardinal farm organization. Fesler, who is 44, is married and has three children, Richard 17, John 15 and Linda 11. Wes Fesler Mostly Cloudy, Cold, Snow Flurries Tonight, Tuesday Hurry Kurry You Goodfeliows NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 20 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 1953 EIGHTEEN PAGES Fire and Flames Whipped through a lumber yard in Dearborn, Mich., Sunday, causing an estimated damage of The loss was in lumber and six trucks which were in the yard at the time. (AP Wirephoto) Train Persons Killed in Crossing Accident By ROBERT H. JOHNSON JR. ROYSE CJTY, Texas whistling diesel streamliner slammed a station wagon off its tracks last .night, killing a hard-of-hearing father, his wife, three children and their maid. The hurtling automobile tripped a switch that derailed the twin en- gines and 10 cars of the sparkling red-and-silver train, en route from _______________ i Dallas So St. Louis. Five rear cars tt Be a Good Feilow Following is a list of contribu- tions to the Goodfeliows fund to date: Previously listed Bill Gruenzner Jenny and Jerry...... 2.00 Josephine Wise 5.00 Madeleine 5.00 Sue and Jane Crifchfield 2.00 Wendell Olson 5.00 Fred Hanson, Stanley, N. D....... ".00 Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Benicke, Stockton 5.00 Louise C. Sutherland 3.00 Ben and Martha Dreher 15.00 Edward C. Jasmer Mrs. Geo. J. Tweedy.. 5.00 Chris and Larry 10.00 Junior Chamber of Commerce 25.00 A Friend......... 2.00 Reid, Ray and Judy Linda Rae......... 1.00 Newman Club, Winona State Teachers Col- 5.00 Beverly and Sharon Peck, Dover 2.00 Gayle Anne 1.00 H and M 4.00 A Member 2.00 The Gorman family 25.00 A Friend Tommy, Jean, Jan, Billy, Kathy Lou, Raymond The Hurry Back Billiard Parlor 10.00 I m Not Going Home TOKYO is the text of the .letter received today by Mrs. Portia Howe from her son Pfc. Richard R. Tenneson, one of the American POWs who has refused lepatriation: "Dear mother: "Received your wire today and was very glad to get it. You say you would like to, talk with well that would not be too hard to do. I know you believe me when I say that I would like to. talk to you, however, there really isn't kind, I love them enough to fight for is what I am doing right is why I am not going home. Don't misunderstand me. I stift love my family, my people and my country, and wheth- er you are able to understand it now or not, believe me when I say that it is for them that I am fighting and it is impossible for me to live in the United States because I want to live as I wish. "Actually though I don't believe the United States authorities will too much you could accomplish j allow you to speak to me, they by it. are afraid. They have probably "I know that you want to take i told you that I was forced, doped, me home with you but I have made brain washed or some other horse up my mind and I am not going, j manure that they use to slander "During my life I have witnessed both peace and war in the United State.s. I love peace, I love man- Exploding Gas Trailer Kills St. Paul Worker ST. PAUL gasoline trailer exploded Saturday inside the ter- minal of a St. Paul transport firm, killing one man instantly and send- ing two more to the hospital. Chris Oswald, 49, Buffalo, Minn, was thrown upward into the girders supporting the roof of the shop by the blast. He was welding on the trailer when the explosion occurred at the Indianhead Truck Line Inc. Freight Derailed in to the rails. Five train passengers were sent to hospitals. An estimated 30 more were bruised or shaken up. The twin diesel engines plowed 200 yards past the demolished sta- tion wagon and came to rest lean- ing at sharp angles'to the ground. The baggage car flipped onto its back wheels spinning in the air. The mail car tumbled onto its side. The other derailed cars leaned at crazy angles. The six dead, all those in the station wagon, were identified as: Victor Saufley, 47, Dallas real estate agent and former Southern Methodist University and New York Giants football player; his wife Harriett 39, their sons, Bill, 5, and twins John and Jim, 2; and MENOMONIE A Chicago Irma Davis, the Negro maid. land North Western freight- tram The engineer .said he was blow-1 derailed within the city limits here ing his diesel whistle. I Sunday piling up 32 cars and rip- The five taken to hospitals in Ping up about 100 feet of double Greenville, 29 miles northeast of i track, here, were Robert W. Price, 65, Fayette City, Pa., possible head and neck injuries; Henry Silver, Mrs. Portia Howe, Alden, Minn., read a" letter today in Tokyo from her son, a POW, in which he told her he had made up his mind to reject his home and country. (UP Telephoto) and defile people like myself who will stand up for his own rights and the rights of man. "What would they have to say if they did allow you to talk to me and you were to see that I was still your son. Now I have a goal and a reason in life. "Also as soon as you read this you had better go over to GHQ and take a loyalty oath or you are liable to be arraigned before the House of Unamerican Activi- ties It would be very nice for Eb (Mrs. Howe's husband. E. K. Howe) if he was tailed by Ges- i tapo FBI every time he went out i to deliver chickens. I "Perhaps you would like to know i what we do here in the camp in I the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Well, we have a lot of have outdoor sports, in- door sports, folk dancing, cultural concerts and now we have rice fields within the camp flooded over and as soon as they freeze up we will be having skating parties and tournaments. "We have two strands of barbed wire around the place, the first barbed wire I have seen since I left Camp Drake in Japan. On a clear day we can look over the valley and see the camp on the other guard towers, search light and so more like a state penitentiary than a place for men to live while they decide what they are going to do with their life. "Oh, by the way, one of my friends who is also staying back, Claude Bachelor, asked me to ask you if you would go and see his name is Kiyoko Araki and she lives at 412 Kitasenzoku- Cho, Tokyo, you can get there by taxi. He also asked that you ask her to come over here to see him or write him a letter. "Say hello to the family if you are not allowed to come and see me, (signed) A New Testament in her hand, the 43-year-old mother spoke bit- terly of "I want his whole letter re- leased to the public. I think peo- ple should know how vicious a thing Communism is. If it can de- stroy a home, it can disintegrate a nation. "I have not given up hope that some day my son will come back to me. I have not given up my faith in God nor Richard. Sooner or later he will see the light." And, turning to her Bible, she read from Proverbs 22-6: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Mrs. Howe said she was pre- pared for the shock after the 22 Americans refused to attend ex- planations Sunday. "It was perfectly obvious to me it was going to be a negative re- there was to be a reply at all. I was not surprised." Asked if she thought the letter was a true expression of Richard's feelings, she said: "I think he thinks it represents his true feelings. "This terrible thing has hap- pened to him in a prison camp under what conditions I don't know, and under circumstances I do not understand. "But I think the Communists are capable of doing the same right is why I am not going home." She gestured to the "Why, he was only 17! "What does he know of life, and life in the United States? "He was in combat seven weeks. What does he know of war? "The whole argument falls apart." In another passage, he wrote, "It is impossible for me to live in the United States because I want to live as I wish." The mother commented, "I wouldn't have any idea what he meant about 'impossible.' "I have failed somewhere and I must find out where, because I have three other children and I must not make the same mistake. "I believe a mother should .start at birth trying to train a child for thing under other conditions. If life. Perhaps I overdid it. Richard they can destroy the home, they I resented discipline. Perhaps that can disintegrate the nation." Analyzing her son's letter, she read a passage from "During life I have witnessed both peace and war in the United States. I love peace. I love man- kind. I love the_m enough to fight for them. That is what I am doing is where I made my mistake." Asked if she still wanted to see her son. she almost broke down. "Of course I want to see my course I >still want to see She will stay in Tokyo for awhile. Total WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and Vicinity Mostly cloudy and rather cold with occa- sional snow flurries tonight and Tuesday. Low tonight 18, high Tuesday 30. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 42: minimum, noon, 33: precipitation, .04 (trace of Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 36: minimum, 23; noon, 23: precipitation, trace: sun sets tonight at sun rises to- morrov.- at AIRPORT WEATHER (No, Central Observations) Max. 34 at p.m. Sunday, min. 23 at a.m. today. Broken layer of clouds at feet, ---isibility 15 miles, wind 19 miles per hour from north north- west, barometer 29.95 falling slow- ly, humidity 68 per cent. The derailment scattered cars over a 300-foot area, with one car upended and another almost com- 63. New Braunfels, Tex., possible pletely crushed. back injuries: Miss Mabel Parks, The train, No. 490, out 22 U.S. POWs Refuse To Hear Plea to Return By GEORGE McARTHUR PANMUNJOM Lt. Gen, K. S. Thimayya said today he believes the 22 American prisoners of the Korean war who re- fuse to quit the Communists are attempting to permanently stall off Allied attempts to coax them home. Thimayya said the Indian command would make every effort to 50, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Russell Lam-j Minn., contained shipments bert, 19, Chester, Ind.; and Mrs. consisting of apples potatoes, re- Rebecca Rubenstein, C'h e 1 s e a I frigerators and lumber. Official Mass? The latter three were de-! statements on the cause of the scribed as "shaken up." wreck were not immediately avail- Highway Patrol Sgt. Ed Majors) able. One railway official said pas- said the engineer, Marcus B. Hudg- j Senger trains, including the "400" ins of Denison, Tex., told him: I streamliner that runs between "I_was traveling about 60 miles j Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chi- cago, were being rerouted and he get the explanations started, but there was little possibility they of St. get under way in less than an hour when I saw the car com- ing toward the tracks. It was go- ing very slow. I thought it was going to stop." four or five days. Time is fast running out; the explanation period ends Dec. 23. Only hours before they were scheduled to meet with American explanation teams, the 22 balky Americans refused to meet with They said they won't leave their barbed wire compounds does'not expect the track cleared I fellow pro-Communist South until Tuesdav j Korean prisoners also agree to at- tend the sessions. This South JKo- A Chicago And North Western Railroad freight train conductor was injured and over 30 boxcars were derailed when a wheel broke and this train jumped a switch 3 miles north of Me- nomonie Sunday. Officials said wreckage may not be cleared until late Tuesday. Meanwhile, trains are being rerouted through Spooner and Eau Claire, Wis. (Minneapolis Star photo by UP Telephoto) reans have refused to do for three days. The Neutral Nations Repatria- tion Commission, headed by Thi- mayya, met for an hour studying protests filed by both the South Korean and American prisoners. Thimayya labeled absurd some of the South Korean complaints and said they only could have been made to stall the explanations. The Korean POWs, Thimayya said, were insisting on the right to make counter-explanations and long statements to explainers. He said 21 of the 22 balky Ame- ricans signed a petition asking that "several points be clarified" in the South Korean POWs stand. The general said the Americans asked that their one fellow POW who didn't sign the petition go before the explainers, but that he refused. Thimayya did not iden- tify him. Overflow Waters from the river Orb swirl through the streets of Beziers in the south of France as floods beset the town. Rescue work- 15. ers gathered on the higher ground in the back- ground as the water crept up along the partly inundated buildings. (AP Wirephoto) Stavengerfjord Bidault Praises Ike At omic Plugging Along On Own Power OSLO, Norway The rud- derless Norwegian liner Stavenger- fjord headed into calmer Atlantic seas with good prospects that her 644 passengers will reach Norway well before Christmas. The f ship, whose rudder broke Wednesday, rode out a week- end gale and rough seas and was j "Never before would disarma- reported still plugging along on ment convey so many promises of Plan By TOM MASTERSON PARIS Foreign Minister Georges Bidault told the open session of the NATO ministerial meeting today that President Ei- senhower's plan for an atomic pool for peace would "divert an im- mense material power from a deathly destruction toward the peace- ful progress of mankind." Bidault, chairman of the meeting, declared to the nearly 50 for- eign, defense and finance ministers from the 14 North Atlantic nations that a positive Soviet re- ply to the Eisenhower proposal would bring "incalculable political consequences." He added: her own power, steering only by her twin screw propellers. a happy life." The ministers crowded into the j The liner was creeping toward i huge conference room of the Palais [Norway at about 13 knots chaillot overlooking the Seine I8UY CHRISTMAS SEALS I I usual speed is some 600 miles northwest of the British is- les. She lost her rudder Wednesday in a gale off Newfoundland. Capt. Olaf Bjornstad was steering by alternate use of the twin propel- lers. Bjornstad radioed the ship's owners that the Turmoil ar- rived alongside, and he planned to 'proceed directly to Oslo with the tug as escort. He said the Stavan- gerfjord was riding out a "small j but had covered some 300 I nautical miles in 24 hours. River for their 12th meeting on building up the defense of Western Europe. To Hear Dulles Later today U. S. Secretary of State Dulles was expected to tell them they must press on with their rearmament program no matter what they hope will come out of the Big Four's projected Berlin conference. In his address today, Dulles was due to emphasize: 1. That the Russian threat is still very great to the democratic way of life in France and the other NATO nations. 2, That the European army treaty must be ratified and the one uniform, six-nation force brought into being. 3. That the 12 German divisions to be raised for the army are not the only important feature of the pact; that equally important is the impetus it will give to the inte- gration of Western Europe com- mercially and socially as well as raise living stand- ards and counter Moscow's bland- ishments. But Dulles also was reported planning to tell the French unless the European Defense Community (EDO Treaty is ratified by next spring, he can't promise how much money Congress will be will- ing to appropriate for European defense bills.