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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1949, Winona, Minnesota SHOWERS TONIGHT, COOLER VOLUME 49, NO. 117 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 5, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWENTY PAGES Fourth Death Toll Hits Record 678; Boy Drowns in Creek Near Lewiston Winona Child Loses Life in Northern Lake Fairchild Man Drowns, Boy Victim Near La Crosse A 12-year-old boy drowned Sat- urday afternoon while cooling off in a creek at Enterprise, Minn. His was the only water tragedy in the immediate area over the I long hot weekend: In addition, Michael Norton, two and one-half years, drowned Mon- day in Tullaby lake, 27 miles south- east of Mahnomen in northern Min- nesota. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Norton, 164 Chestnut street. The victim of the water accident at Enterprise was 12-year-old Rich- ard Considine who drowned while he aud a companion were floating oa inner-tubes in a creek, about four miles south of Lewiston Sat- urday afternoon. Playing in Creek The son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo I Considine of St. Paul, Richard andj 14-year-old Merlyn Hanson were! playing in the creek rvhen the inner-tubes on which they were floating bumped together and both hoys were spilled into the water. The Hanson youngster managed to escape drowning by clinging to his inner-tube, but Richard plung- Firemen, Fighting this four-alarm fire in the Silver Spring, Md., business district, were forced back by the intense heat as flames and smoke rolled skyward late yesterday. The blaze, causing an esti- mated damage, flared through a lumber yard and wood- working mills. At least a score of firemen collapsed from heat and smoke. (A.P. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Northeast Drought Losses 50 Million By The Associated Press A scorching 43-day drought apparently has killed or spoiled more Heat Factor In Death of Winona Man Temperature Hits 101 for New High for Summer That Heat that was the-aggra- g vating factor in the, death of a Winonan over the sizzling Fourth of July weekend .will pull back a couple of notches tonight and to- morrow, but the retreat will be tem- porary. Thundershowers are to drop the mercury down to 72 tonight andj hold it down to 92 tomorrow, but after that the weatherman expects higher temperatures again for the remainder of the week. Shortly before 11 a.m. today rain was falling in Preston, Minn. The Heat caused the death Sun- day afternoon of Clarence Her- manson, 49, Sioux street, who is reported to have suffered from a heart ailment for more than a year. Stricken While Walking He was stricken, while walking on East Third street and Frank- lin street, about p.m. -His con ed to the bottom of the 12-foot! than worth of crops in the farmlands of eight northeastern pool and failed to emerge. Two other youngsters. Cletus Langseth, ten, and a friend, wit- nessed the mishap and ran to the nearby George Beech farm to sum- mon aid. Beech brought a rake to states. Moreover, farm, experts warn, the damage in the area's rich fruit, dition was noticed by Patrolman John Drazkowski who' was on duty. He notified' police headquarters and a squad. car was sent to take ,the ailing man to the Winona 51 Minnesota, Republican-Herald photo An Accumulation of dead fish flies on the Mississippi river bridge has been cited as a factor in a three-car collision on the bridge Sunday night. Edwin Belter, Winona route two, the driver of the car shown above, and two other persons were injured in the mishap: Drivers of the cars involved in the acci- dent stated that the road had been made slippery by the dead flies which covered the bridge. the creek and dragged the Con- sidine boy from the water but ef- forts to revive him were unsuccess- ful. Sheriff George Fort, Deputy Sher- iff Anton Kamla and the Lewiston fire department brought resuscita- ting equipment to the scene. The boy was pronounced dead by phy- sicians who were called to the creek, Lived on Farm Richard lived at the home of his uncle, William Considine, who vegetable and dairy regions will soar to a vastly higher figure: if rains eral hospital, 'where he died a few do not come in. a. few days. [minutes later. The parched drought regloST "Sunday was the hottest day of the stretches from southern New Jer-'weekend, measured in maximum sey's truck crop areas up through! temperatures. the dairies and farms of New York] 101 on Sunday Dogs Bite Chicago Boy, Independence Girl Over Holiday Jean Kwosek, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William resides on a farm a state, and then fans out over al- most the whole of southern New England. The drought, which has inflicted its searing damage for more than six weeks, comes from a sluggish ihigh pressure area that fights off Kwosek, independence, Wis., was rainstorms, treated at the Winona General! Until that high pressure area is hospital Monday afternoon for in- shoved aside, the drought will last. New Jersey's drought damage jhas reached an estimated Loss in the potato crop juries suffered when she was bitten Funeral services will be at The child was released from thejalone account for and, a.m. Wednesday at the Lewiston Catholic church, the Rev. Francis Enright officiating. Burial will be in the Lewiston cemetery. Meanwhile, a Winona man was notified Monday that his son drowned Monday at a lake in northern Minnesota. Michael Norton, two-and-a- half-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Norton, drowned Monday morning: in Tullaby lake 27 miles southeast of Mah- nomen. The child, who with his moth- er was visiting her sister, ap- parently fell off a dock. His body was found floating in the water. The child wandered away unknown from his moth- er. Mr. Norton received a telegram Monday from his wife, telling of the mishap. Mrs. Norton and her had been living temporar- ily with her sister near Mahno- men while Mr. Norton was attempt- ing to make arrangements here for hospitalizntlon for himself. At La Crosse. Wis., Richard New- man, nine, of Minneapolis, drown- ed Sunday while wading in the Mississippi river near Isle La Plume park. He stepped into hole and disappeared. His father tried to rescue him. but attempts were futile. At Chippewa Falls. Lloyd N. Pet- erson. 28, of Fairchild. Wis.. drown- ed while swimming in Lake Wis- sota here Monday. 500A.D.M. Workers Strike In Minneapolis Minneapolis Five hundred workers at two Archer-Daniels-Mid- land Company plants in Minnea- polis walked out on strike today in a dispute over benefits which the union said adds up to about eight cents an hour. The strike involves production and maintenance workers at the firm's linseed oil mill and' its feed plant. Workers are members of district 50 of the United Mine Workers. Archer-Daniels-Midland elevators are not affected by the walkout. Maintenance and production men in the elevators are members of other unions. Issues involved in the dispute are I paid up insurance, pension benefits1 and three-week vacations after ien' years of employment. treatment. Also the victim of a similar mis- of fruit and vegetables been Climbing. Further north, in New York It was 101 Sunday afternoon the first time that the mercury had passed the century mark this year. But it was 99 both Saturday andj Monday afternoons, a difference' that residents of this area didn't notice as they sought relief from the heat. Thousands took to the water, a pastime that caused one accidental death in the area. The long sandy beach at the Wi- nona Sand Gravel Company pits were lined almost continually. hospital after receiving first with the temperature, pricesjThe municipal swimming beach on 9 Hurt in Weekend Cars Skid on Dead Fish Flies Winona traffic authorities today recorded a death-free weekend of driving on city streets and highways although nine persons suffered of them traffic mishaps during the holiday period. Two persons are still confined in the Winona General hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in traffic accidents during the weekend. Freedom Keynotes July 4 Celebrations Latsch island was loaded to capacity with 558 children and adults" Sat- urday, 612 Sunday and 618 Monday, hap was 12-year-olrl Jerome Kot-, state's rich farm and dairy lands, which is two under the season's nour of Chicago who is visiting1 at'the story is the same. the John Hittner West Mark street. Hittner told police that the child was walking along the sidewalk when th3 dog bit him in the leg. Jerome was treated at home by a physician. residence, 419! An Erie County, N. Y., agricul- tural agent estimates more than hay loss to dairy farm- ers in Erie and Niagara counties. Strawberry growers in Erie coun- ty, he said, will lose about a quar- ter million dollars worth of their The general crop outlook, a state Tommy Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Robin- jsaid, is "a mixture of good and son, Homer, was treated at the hos- pital for a head laceration suffered record. Liquids were being consumed or used at a maximum rate. Soft drink By The Associated Press Another loud and joyous July that set a record for violent to history today. communist expansion in Europe at Most seriously injured was Mrs. Irlene Trimmer, 30, 528 East Third street, who is being treated at the Deaths Included Record Total Marks Observance Of Long Weekend By The Associated Press A record accidental death toll for the Fourth of July marked the nation's observance of this year's extended Independence day holi- day. Latest figures showed 678 killed in violent accidents. The grim report on the country's celebration of the three-day holi- day was: Traffic fatalities 306: drownings 247; violent deaths from miscellaneous causes 135. The country-wide survey covered vio- lent deaths from 6 p.m. local time Friday to midnight Monday. The 1949 toll was the high- est ever recorded for any Fourth of July. The previous record of accidental deaths on the Independ- ence day holiday was 628 in the three-day period in' 1941. This year's mark compared with 571 deaths reported over a three-day period in 1948. Sweltering weather across the nation brought an outpouring of millions onto the highways head- ed for vacation lands and resorts. The traffic toll, generally ex- pected, was the leader. The Na- Council had esti- mated 29U persons would lose their lives in traffic mishaps over the holiday. 240 Drownings The hot and humid weather sent millions to lakes and rivers to cool off and the 240 drownings over the three-day period was a record. The hospital for a neck injury and Mgh was 192 last year, cut suffered Sunday night when the Michigan's hundreds of lakes car in which she was riding was in- Iured thousands and 25 persons drowned in the state. Twenty-one drowned in New York, including at least seven in New York city when volved in a three-car collision on the Mississippi river bridge. FJsh Flies The accident was one of two re- ported to police Sunday night in It was the 173rd since this General Smith, now commander tion's founders told the world they! of the First Army, spoke at Wil- least for the time being, bringing which an accumulation of dead fish "hope and renewed courage" to western Europe. flies on the bridge was cited as a contributing factor in the mishaps. L Mrs. Trimmer and two other were ready to fight for independ- mce. It brought from several present national leaders appeals for a re- per-, son were taken to the hospUal fol- a sudden storm swamped hundreds of small boats offshore. The survey showed no fatalities from fireworks. The death toll was the heaviest ac- andr beer to the Principles of in- Honnnrtonno anfl fi-aaHnrvi rushing business, and the city pumping station was experiencing a peak. load. It pumped gallons Sat- urday, only a few hundred thousand gallons under the ailtime record. 'dependence and freedom laid down in which Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson said are winning the cold war with com- munism. Americans generally observed department official No ban on sprinkling was Plateth although at 9 water curbing water use for lawn-sprink- lion gallons a day. when he was struck by a playground and water consumption (Continued on Page 15, Column 2.) the iday headliner of boating, picni plain loafing in the shade. The traditional fireworks dis- plays roared and sputtered in many communities. Thousands of small boys nursed burnt fingers liamsburg, Va., General Omarjiowtng the accident which occurred Bradley, army chief of staff, spokelat p. m., at the north end of at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. U. S. Has Advantage "The advantage has swung to our side and the aggressor who was once a friend is now on the General Bradley said. At Greenville, S. C., Former Sec- retary of State James F. Byrnes predicted Russia would follow a policy of rearmament and militari- zation in its part of occupied Ger- many. He reiterated his stand against a "welfare state" and called on the United States to be strong mili- tary and economically. July 4 sidelights: The Atlantic fleet rode at anchor from their own fireworks at home, I in New York and thousands of Mostly the nation was feeling its hottest weather of the year with a bright sun driving the mercury above the 100-degree mark in some parts of the northeast. Wind squalls and thunderstorms exploded over New York and New Jersey late in the day. Vice-President Barkley, speak- .ing at Piggott, Ark., celebration honoring Senate Secretary Les- ilie Biffle, said: "The freedom of America and democracy can not be measured by a monetary is priceless and must be defended at all costs." Secretary Johnson spoke at Wheeling, W. Va.' "There are still shackles to be (broken in this world he said. "The grievances that the American colonists had are the same kind of grievances that hum- an beings in may quarters of the globe suffer in this modern age. a spirit like that of our great Declaration of Independence can throw off chains and end these grievances." Speeches by many of the nation's top military men followed a simi- lar line. Lieutenant General Walter Be- dell Smith, former ambassador to Moscow, said that America's grow- ing military strength has halted the bridge. According to police, cars driven by Edwin A, Belter, 24, route two, Winona, and Raymond Oi- son, 32, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis, collided on the bridge, which had been made slippery by the dead flies. After the initial impact, the Olson car was pushed into an automobile driven by Adrian Sa- botta of Fountain City, Wis. Both Olson and Belter and Mrs. Trimmer, a passenger in Olson's car, were taken to the hospital in an ambulance but Olson was released after an examination revealed that he apparently had suffered no se- rious injury. Belter, who suffered a neck in- jury, was released from file hospital Monday evening. sightseers swarmed over the ships while thousands of sailors celebrat- ed ashore. The Air Force staged a show at Chicago, giving- star position to a, six-plane squadron of giant B-361 (Continued on Page II, Column 5.) cidents. Thirty-two were killed in mishaps; eight drowned and seven lost their lives in other accidents of a violent nature. New York's 45 fatalities ranked second and Michigan's toll was 42. No violent deaths were reported in Kansas, Nevada or the District of Columbia. Only one traffic fa- tality was reported in Cook county (Chicago) Illinois, which was be- lieved a record. Forty-nine persons died in ac- cidents in Minnesota and Wiscon- sin over the Fourth of July week- end. Twenty-one of the deaths oc- curred in Minnesota and 28 ill Wis- consin. Drownings High Drownings headed the list. The Minnesota victims: Edward R. Stanely, Anton M. Kuznia and Iver C. Lindvall, all of Duluth, disappeared Sunday Belter was arrested by pa trolmenj during a storm. They had been at the scene of the accident on fishing in Lake Superior, three bombers. ACCIDENTS Eight Inches of Rain Floods Ashland Area Washing-tonians Watched from the Capitol mall last night as one of the more brilliant displays of the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration spread a pretty pattern in the sky. At the left is the Washington monument. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Loss In Grocery Fire Seymour, Wis. A barn was struck by lightning and hurried to the ground on the Nick.Leyers farm, Route 3, Seymour, early today. Leyers estimated his loss at 500. It included the bam, 28 by 90 feet, a bull, 14 pigs and hay. Mellen, hard- est rain Sheriff Richard Pufall ever inches in four and one-half at Ashland county Sunday night. Highways and forests were damaged, rivers leaped their banks and violent lightning ripped through the country- side. Sheriff PufaU said, "It just came down by the It was the hardest rain I ever saw." He said several highway washouts had been reported but that bridges, generally, were holding. Portions of highway in the Che- quamengcn national forest were under water and" crews were busy clearing, roads of fallen trees and debris wiiippied by the_ high winds. Six private homes and the Nidaros Lutheran 'church at Ashland were struck by light- ning, with the-church suffering severe fire damage. Lightning bolts also crashed into the area's forests, but the heavy rain apparently prevented fires. The Bad river and Devil creek heaved out of their banks forcing some 12 families out of their homes here. The Bad river rose about 14 inches into the Lake Superior District Power Company control station here, disabling all of the dam's elec- tric controls. Engineers worked miles offshore at Bovland. Their capsized boat was found. Franz Mickelson, 19, of near El- bow lake, drowned late Monday in Pelican lake, near Ashby, while trying to swim to shore from a. raft. Truman Betters, 36, and his brother, Lester, 38, of Hibbing, drowned Sunday while fishing on little lake Winnibigoshish. A storm tipped their boat over. Their broth- (Continucd