Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
VOLUME 48, NO. 270 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES 46 Killed in Arkansas Tornado WALTER DOPKE, CY SMITH FILE FOR WINONA MAYOR Two more entered the competition for mayor of Wlnona today, assuring a primary election February 14 for that office. Filing within minutes of each other this morning were Walter A. Dopke, who is completing his term as second ward alderman, and Cyril B, Smith, World War II veteran. In the race previously was J. Roland Eddie, Winona business- man. NAVY DENIES U. S. FORCES LEAVING CHINA Shantung Campus May Be Returned To Educational Use Cjrll B. Smith Mr. Smith, the third candidate! for mayor, owns and operates Cy's Liquor store, 112 Center street. He la married, has two children and lives at 1066 West Broadway. During World War U he served three years in the Navy, Including two years aboard a carrier In the South Pacific. Since his discharge In 194S, he has been in business. Mr. Smith Is a member of the Redmen, Eagles, American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars. A native of Winona, he graduated from Cotter High school and tended St. Mary's college. at- Shanghai Vice-Admira Oscar C. Badger today denied American forces were being with- drawn .from China. Admiral Baager, commander of the Western Pacific fleet, said the 'rumors were based on reports TJ. S. Marines had terminated their lease on the Shantung university campus where they maintained their bar- racks." Badger made his denial In a cabled statement from his Tslngtao base to The Associated Press in Shanghai. His statement admitted discus- sions between the Chinese ministry of education and the Navy as to "the feasibility of returning the campus to the university for educa- tional purposes." The admiral said he ordered an end of the negotiations "upon learn- Mr. Dopfce is the owner of the I ing these discussions were being Walter A. Dopke insurance agency, used as a basis for withdrawal with offices at 68% West street and In La Crosse. Said he in Walter Dopke filing: "I am filing for the office of mayor because I believe In Winona. I like it here and I want to help Outcry for Peace Spreads Over China By Fred Hampson Shanghai A loud public make it bigger. My outcry for peace swelled over China four years of experience on the j today, but neither the government city council have given me an op-1 nor communists took any concrete portunity to become acquainted with the problems that confront the city." step to answer it. Nanking heard rumors that com- munists already have representa- Mr. Dopke, a resident of Winona jtives In either Nanking or Shanghai, iince 1925, Is a native of Milwau-JBut these were generally discounted kee. He is a member of the Ex- in the capital itself as wishful thtnk- change club and of the Toastmas- ters club. He is married, has two daugh- ters and a son and lives at 157 West Wabasha street. Mercury to Skid Area Hemmed In By Icy Highways Threat of Blizzard Still Hangs Over Most of Northwest Freak wsather today encased thi Winona trade area in a treacheroui prison of Ice and retarded trave over highways. Meanwhile the predicted threa of an oncoming blizzard tightened mid-winter's hold on Southeastern Minnesota. As pedestrians motorists slopped and slid through slushy puddles Ip a, mild atmosphere o 36 degrees, weathermen sounded doleful note and forsaw a sudden below-zero drop in temperatures fo; this area. A blizzard wilh winds up to SO miles per hour poised over the Dakotas for a second day and threatened to nick the northwestern corner of Minne- sota. A special warning distributed by the Minneapolis Weather bureau this morning said blizzard condi- Warmer in Winona Than Los Angeles Los Ange- les shivered today under the lowest temperature ever record- ed here 28.1 degrees. Or- chardists feared damage in the nearby citrus belt, where the mercury dropped even lower. The Weather bnrean said the previous all-tune low was 28.4, which occurred January 7, 1913. Firiag of orchard heaters was general in the citrus groves, but forecasters said some readings were too low to be offset by the heaters. tions moving northeastward from the plains states would cause strong northwest winds and considerable drifting and blowing snow over northwestern Minnesota today and all the state tonight. Temperatures will fall rapidly over the entire state this afternoon and tonight, the warning said, with eight to 14 degrees below expected In the northwest and zero to five above in the extreme southeast by Wednesday. The Winona county highway department reported that county and township roads were dan- gerously iced. Regular mainten- ance crews started sanding in the morning. Hills, curves and approaches to the bridges will be sanded. Police and safety officials In wl- (Continued on Page 11, Column 6.) WEATHER ing. Even government warplanes have joined the peace offensive, drop- ping leaflets on red troops urging them to lay down their arms. Communists, whose armies domi- nate the have made no reply to any of the flood of pleas that they Initiate peace negotia- tions. The Nationalist government has made no move since Chiang Kai-shek's New Year's day message. This expressed willingness to talk his terms. Feud Between Badger Boards Breaks in Open Madison, Wis. A feud be- tween the State Board of Public Welfare and the Youth Service I Commission that has been smolder- Ing for nearly two years broke into the open today. The disagreements have been over interpretations of the commission's power. Today they were made pub- lic in the form of two reports by commission members. One of the reports by Judge Ger- ald Jolin, Appleton, was a sharply- worded statement that charged the I State Department of Public Welfare I "bucked, stalled, delayed, discour- jaged and in every conceivable way I hampered our efforts." The other reports, signed. by the Only Bell Tower and a portion of front wall of Bethel Lutheran church remains standing after tor- nado swept through small rural community of VIlas, Kan., yesterday. In addition to church, the par- sonage and half dozen other houses were destroyed but there were no reported deaths In Wirephoto to- The Republican-Herald.) Higher State Taxes Hinted As Legislature Convenes Sophie Tucker Gives Scrapbook To N.Y. Library New Tuck- er, "last of the red hot has given the New York public library her personal iscrapbooks. "Here are the keys, the 61-year-old singer said to an elderly librarian yesterday as she turned over her records of more than four decades In show business. There were three huge steam- er trunks and an even larger theatrical hamper stuffed with carefully-dated and labeled theater lore clippings, pro- grams, letters and postcards, pictures and music. Library officials said the col- lection will become part of the library's theater section. Brustuen Won't Be Reappointed On Parole Board St. Paul Reuben C. Brus- r ituen, shainnan of the State Board other ten members of the commts- ot Paroje stace not be Johnny Bradshaw puts finish- Ing touches to a snow bunny, which he and his pals erected in Portland, Ore., as snow blanket- ed the city. It was the city's first general snow fall this year for Portland. Triple Murderer Goes to Death slon, asked for changes in the law I to give the commission full super- jvlsory and administrative responsi- bility. As a result, relationships between the commission and the board have been confused, the mujority report said. It was, released by Chairman Prank A. Ross, Madison, and sub- mitted to the legislative council. California Bank Robbed by Woman San series of six bank robberies disturbed police an Columbus, Ohio Murl Daniels died In the chair last far different youth than the cocky gunman cap- ;ured five months ago at Van Wert, Ohio. The 24-year-old Columbus slayer was pale and visibly shaken as he walked into the death chamber at Ohio penitentiary, leaning heavily on the arm of the Rev. C. V. Lucier, jrison Catholic chaplain. Gone was his cockiness and natty dress displayed shortly after his capture July 23 at a roadblock six miles northeast of Van Wert. His pale face stood out from the drab prison clothing he was wear- ing last night when he paid with his life for the triple murder of John Niebel, 52, head of the Mansfield reformatory farm, his wife, Nolanda, and their daughter, 'hyliss, 2L from a downtown branch of Bank of America, electric reappolnted by Governor Youngdahl at the expiration of his six-year term January 15. Brustuen confirmed a report that the governor has notified him he intends to make a change hi the chairmanship. Long active in the field of youth and correction, Brustuen now Is president of the Interstate Compact Administrators association, with which 44 states are affiliated. It is the largest organization of its kind hi the nation. Its primary objective is to supervise parolees and proba- tioners. Brustuen assisted in developing the original Youth Correction act at the today, especially the latest by apparently unarmed woman. jed by the house of representatives, She shoved a threatening through Teller John Zobel's win- dow yesterday and made off un- noticed except by Zobel with 1945 legislative session. It was pass- ed by the house of representatives, but killed by the senate. Subsequent- ly, a youth correction measure was passed by the 1947 legislature. The Parole board has expanded It was the sixth such holdup here in four months but the first by a WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Mostly cloudy tonight and Wednesday, Oc- casional rain changing to snow flur- ries late tonight and Wednesday. Colder late tonight and Wednes- day. Strong shifting winds. Low tonight 18 to 20, high Wednesday 25. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 36; minimum, 29; noon, 34; precipitation, .25; sun sets tonight at sun tomorrow at Additional weather on page 13. in personnel and the budget has been doubled in the last four years. In his new report to the governor and the 1949 legislature, Brustuen recommended that the budget .be doubled again from a quarter of a million dollars to a half million. Four new district offices have been established by the board since Brustuen's appointment. The board consists of the chairman, the Rev. E. A. Welke, St. Paul and C. Fred Hanson, Alexandria. Offices were set up In Crookston, Grand Rapids, Walnut Grove and Winona, Hospital CampaignUrged St. Paul The Minnesota tourist advisory committee recom- mended a state-wide hospital cam- rises ipaign for the Centennial year and offered the slogan, "Minnesota Smiles" for the coming season. St. Minnesota legislature opened Its 58th bien- nial session today to the citizens its members repre- the high, cost of living. Almost all the matters to come before the legislature deal vrttn higher costs. Governor Luther Youngdahl has said money will be the number one much more money will be needed than two years ago just to carry on present services. This Trill mean higher taxes and new taxes If a'ny untapped sources can be found. Three items among those which will require new money are the bonus, the governor's mental health program, and demands for Increased school aids. Voters at the November 2 elec- tions authorized the legislature to provide for World War n veterans. How much to pay and how to raise the money are questions the legis- lature must answer. Estimates of the cost run as high as The governor has said he will sub- mit a program for better care for the mentally ill. This will call for better facilities, better food and larger the state hospitals. No cost estimates have been made public. Would Increase State Aid A proposal that the basic state school aid be increased from per St. Paul Man, Two Sons Die In Blast, Fire St. father perished last night In a vain effort to save his two small sons when fire fol- lowing an explosion razed th i home near North St. Paul. pupil to also is ready for pre- sentation. This will cost up to more a year. One suggestion for raising more money has been advanced. Senator Leo Lauerman of Olivia said today he will Introduce, as he did two years ago, a bill to have the state take over the wholesale liquor busi- ness. He estimates this would pro- (Continue on Page 6, Column 3.) LEGISLATURE Victims were Richard St. Sauver 29; Richard, Jr., six, and William five. Mrs. St. Sauver and Marlys Jean, two, suffering severe burns were taken to Lakeview hospital at Stillwater. Mrs. St. Sauver said her husband was filling a gasoline lantern when the blast occurred. Carrying the and her hus- the converted smallest child, she band started from railroad coach that served as their home. Clifford Lofvegren of Alexandria, left, and John A. Johnson of Preston, elected to the state senate to fill vacancies caused by deaths Bince 1947, await today's opening of the 1949 Minnesota legislature t session at St. PauL (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) tr 250 Injured, Warren Mass Of Wreckage Nearby Communities ALo Hard Hit, Damage Unestimated Warren, weeping and torn timber town today counted 46 dead and nearly 300 injured In the wake of a tornado which hit with a thundering roar late yes- terday afternoon. Two other tornadoei killed four persons and injured mora than 60 In northern Louisiana and near El Do- rado, Ark. All through the night dazed sur- vivors at Warren (population stumbled through the ruins of a 20- block industrial and residential area, many aimlessly, others in search of relatives. Warren Is 100 miles south- east of Little Rock. Doctors and nurses from nearby communities and from Hot Springs and Little Kock rallied on ths stricken area. They worked through the darkness, rain and hail by lamp and candlelight to treat the injured. Militia On Duty Ths dead, gathered by common consent at a single funeral home, overflowed the small morgue Into a garage. At daybreak this morning 150 Na- tional Guardsmen and state police- men began prying through wreckage In search of additional bodies. Mayor Jim Hurley expressed fear that other bodies would recov- ered and predicted the death toll would reach 50, maybe more. Convicts equipped with bulldoz- ers, picks and shovels aided In the task of clearing ths debris. Mayor Hurley said damage, conservatively estimated, would reach the 000 mark. The storm struck at p. m. yesterday and over in 15 Hurley the to this lumber null community In southern Arkansas pinelands would run at least Other esti- mates ran higher. Identification of dead was difficult In many cases because of the condition of the bodies. At least 27 had been tentatively identi- fied. BmlneM District The business district escaped dam- age. Residential areas and lumber mills In the southern and eastern sections were virtually devastated. Tha storm climaxed a series of twisters that hop-skipped and dip- ped through northwest Louisiana and Arkansas late yesterday and last night. None of the others was as violent as the big, black cloud with a red funnel that bore down on Warren, with a population of 90 miles south of Little Rock. Two persons perished near Haynesvile, La., northeast of Shreveport, and a score or more were Injured. Two dead and nearly a score injured was the toll of two storms near El Dorado, Ark, southwest of here and north of Haynesville. The storm hit once more after leaving here, striking Dark Corner, northeast of Warren, about an hour later. Two persons were hurt. The tornado, caused more casual- ties than the one which swept the Umisiana-Arkansas area between El Dorado and Shreveport a year ago. Town Badly Battered The one which battered Warren apparently was a union of smaller ;wlsters that struck the two-state area southwest of here earlier yes- ;erday. It moved in with a roar that sounded to W. D. Roddey like a "thousand railroad locomotives." Several war veterans compared the scene afterward to battle-scarred cities they had seen. an area comprising the big Bradley Lumber Company mill one of the largest flooring plants In the South, and residences of many of the employes in' the southern section, was battered severely. Lumber was splintered and show- ered over'the community. Dwellings were flattened.' Electric, gas and water lines were knocked out. Despite torrents of rain and hail, fires broke out and Mayor Hurley said several homes were destroyed by flames. Fire cast an eerie glow over the scene. White and Negro rescue workers searched debris for casualties. Their only lights were electric torches, lanterns or oil flares. The flickering lights of ,he shadowy figures added a touch of weirdness to the picture. Set Up Emergency Hospitals The search continued through the night while ambulances made round trips between here, Montlcello, 18 miles to the east, and Pine Bluff, 0 miles to -the north, carrying In- ured to hospitals and relieving con- ;estion of two local clinics. The American Legion hut and the Y. M. C. A. were set up as emer- ;ency hospitals. The Red Cross and armed forces sent In mobile kitchens and mobile irst aid stations. Doctors and nurses rom Arkansas and Louisiana com- munities poured in. Volunteers sped n blood plasma and relief agencies hurriedly began sending in emer- gency supplies.