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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1947, Winona, Minnesota w EATHER tnnlfM; with Local 109 DAYS flwlmmtnr Pool Act Full Leased Wire News Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations VOLUME 47, NO. 136 WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, JULY 28, 1947 FIVE CENTS PER COPY Storm Damage Mounts in Area Work Of Repairing Property damage Incurred in flash floods In the Winona area Saturday night and early Sunday started Sunday ma soon an the waters hud receded. In the photo, upper left, Northern States Power Company work- men are shown Installing temporary electric power lines at Inde- pendence, Wls., where 100 feet or the approach to the bridge. on highway 03 washed out, putting telephone and power lines out of order. About 50 homes find the Ss. Peter and Paul's Catholic church In the north section of Independence were cut. off and left without, electric power or telephone communication with Independence. The uplre of the church can be seen at the lert. Traffic to Whitehall Is being routed through Independence and over county trunk Q which crosses Elk creek a few miles downstream from the wrecked bridge. The new home that Prank Hill was building at Stockton? Minn., was scattered over a wide arcu. by the flood waters from Garvln brook. The home was being built of cinder blocks and was about completed. The flood waters ripped the walls loose from their base and carried the blocks alone on its crest. The floor of the home can be seen In the photo at upper right. .Persons seeking to use the Stockton cemetery road will have to look downstream about 400 feet for the bridge which formerly crossed Garvin brook. The bridge was torn loose by the raging waters and carried downstream. By Sunday morning the creek had returned to near normal and was Its old sluggish self in the photo at lower left. The Chicago North Western railroad bridge is shown in the background. v The swinging bridge at Minnesota City, a familiar landmark, the way of many bridges crossing flooded creeks Saturday night. When the high water in Garvln brook ate away part of the Stockton valley road near the old Oaks night club at Minnesota City, the water carried away the south anchor of the bridge and the structure collapsed. The washed out section of the road is shown in the photo at the lower right. Republican-Herald photos Youth Drowns at Fountain City Bay Victim From Waumandee Is Gaylord Christ Steps Into Deep Place in River; Body Recovered Fountain CHy, Wlx. (Special) Twenty-year-old Gaylord Christ, Wauraandee. Wls.. drowned in Foun- tain City bay at Merrlck State park about p. m. Sunday. The body ot the youth, who was'noon, 82; precipitation, 2.00. unable to swim, was recovered in! 24 CncUnB about 15 feet of water about Maximum. 03; Minimum, 05; p. m. and artificial respiration was j noon, 87: precipitation, none; sun administered for about half an tonight at sun rises to- but he could not be revived. Gaylord was in a .small group of youths, among attending Weather FEDERAL FORECASTS For Winona and vicinity: Fair tonight; low C6. Tuesday partly cloudy with local thundcrshowers in the late afternoon or at night. Mod- erately warm. High Tuesday aft- ernoon 00. and somewhat warmer tonight. Tuesday warm and humid, with thundcrshowers north west portion In afternoon. Minnesota Partly cloudy to- night and Tuesday, with scattered thunclershowers Tuesday. Warmer tonight, cooler extreme north por- tion Tuesday afternoon. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 05; minimum, 03 Teamwork on World Affairs, Hot Mrs. Truman Home Issues Mark 80th Session morrow Flood Stage 24-Hr Stage Today Change picnic of the Waumnnclce Ciilhollcji.ake City C.C Order of Foresters. who had Konc; Rends 12 3.0 swimming at the park's beach uftcrjjonm 4r T.W hfcvlng lunch at the park, JDum 5, T.W 4.4 Beyond ICoprd Area JDam 5A, T.W 4.3 Rudolph Zellcr, u Wiutmtindei! 13 5.8 cousin In the croup. Mild that he. I Dam G> T.W 4.9 Oaylord. Gaylord's brother, Dakota' 7.7 and Nell Bremer, had ventured yonct the roped oft arcu on the beach although they were unable to ywim. There is sharp drop oft to a depth of about IS feet shortly be- yond this roped off urea. Rudolph said that they were wad- Ing In this water Just beyond the roped off area when a motor boat passed nearby, cuunlng a large He said thnt he believed this wave swamped Gaylord. for irnme- daitely after this wave passed ho and his companions missed Gaylord. Rudolph said Unit Gaylord barely surfaced about five or fcut away from them, but he wild that Gay- lord did not come far enough out of the water to shout. Rudolph added that they had known the drop off was Just beyond them and that (Continued on I'iiirr 12, Column J) I'OL'TU UKOWNS T.W....... La Crosse 12 5.0 Tributary Streams Chlppcwa at Durand.. 3.0 .1 .7 .S .5 .5 .7 .7 Trempcalcau at Dodge. 3.C Black at Nclllsvllle.... 2.C Black at GalcsvUlc 2.9 La Crosso at W. Salem Root at Houston 0.2 .1 .3 4.3 Pastor Schedules Sermon From La Crosse Roof Mlnncaolls The Rev. William HalnHworth, Dexter, Mich., was scheduled to make a, rooftop sermon from a down- town building at La Crosse, Wis., today, after cancellation of a similar speech In Minne- apolis Saturday. Rev. Rains- worth was told he would be sub- ject to a Minneapolis city or- dinance forbidding the use of it public addreNs syHtcm "to at- tract the attention of the pub- Marshall Gets Freedom House Prize for Aid Plan New his' proposal for economic reconstruction in Eur- ope, Secretary of State George' C. Marshall will be awarded the 1947 Freedom House award at a dinner here October 19, Freedom House, an organization of citizens dedicated to peace, an- nounced the award yesterday. RIVER FORECAST (From to Guttcnbcrg) Numerous Bate adjustments have become necessary due to Saturday I Sunday that there be no Fight on Reds Will Continue, Chiang Says Nanldnp Chiang Kai-shek old a group of American editors night's rainfall but falls will occur at all lallwatcr gauges of ,9 to .7 foot, the greatest fall occurring at the Genoa dam with a slight tail- water rise at dams six and ten. There will be little change nt La Crosse. A further rise will occur In the Black river but most of the discharge has been taken up in stor- jugo und reservoirs. peace with the communists and ex- Sign posts pointing toward teamwork with the White House on world affairs, slug- ging matches on domestic problems and hot 1948 election issues stand out along the rough road the 80th Congress traveled to its own half- way mark. The first session crashed to a close in Sunday's early hours. Adjournment until less President Truman or Repub- lican leaders call an emergency session off a raucous, roaring political scrap in the Senate and a back-slapping, rol- licking song fest in the House. Weary members now are beating a path back home to find out what the people think of this first "streamlined" Congress, this first Republican-controlled Congress in clocade and a half. The grass roots reaction Is im- (Conllnucd on PaRe 2, Column CONGRESS Machinist Swims Across Irish Sea Port Patrick, Scotland (fP) Tom Blower, 33-year-old ma- chinist, claimed the first suc- cessful swim across the Irish sea's treacherous north channel today after completing the 23 miles In the unofficial time at 16 hours, 9 minutes. Blower swam the English channel ten' years ago in IS hours, 25 fast- est time recorded for the feat. Two Foxes Killed by Auto Near Decorah Decorah, Iowa Two 'oung foxes who had not yet be- iome aware of the danger on the ilghways were killed when Wlllard Dresselhaus, Decorah farmer, saw hem trotting some distance ahead if his automobile. They were about 00 feet apart. Putting on speed, Dresselhaus ran down both animals, billing them. Dresselhaus collected 2 bounty. klilwaukeean Heads State Army, Navy Union Bernt- en of Milwaukee is the new com- pressed confidence in his govern- mander of the Department of Wis- ment's ability to meet the Rod Army and Navy Union. 1cm. j Bernsten was installed by Joseph Chiang, however, voiced "deep Goetz, departmental administrator, concern" on another matter: That "misleading" reports by certain American correspondents "will In time affect the friendly relations between our two countries." nt ceremonies here last night. Berntsen, 63, who retired as a chief boatswain's mate after 20 years in the navy, is a veteran of three Industrial Sugar Rationing Ends Agriculture department announced the end of sugar rationing at 11 a. m. (C.D.T.) today because of a lack of funds to finance the program. Rites By Sterling Green Grandvicw, Mo. Mrs. Mar- tha Ellen Truman, daughter of a Missouri pioneer farmer and mother of the nation's President, was being buried this afternoon on a shadec knoll in Kansas City the town where she 'wns born 94 years ago. Tlie ceremony was simple and pri- vate, as the mother and her devoted son, Harry S. Truman, had previ- ously agreed. The funeral services in Mrs. Truman's plainly furnished Independence and Stockton Hardest Hit by Wind, Floods Strum Man Loses Life When Car Plunges Into Hole, Mill Employe's Finger Crushed Raising Dam Gates A Strum, Wis., man was killed, a Lcwiston man was injured. and property damage ran into the thousands of dollars as the result of flash floods following severe storms Saturday night la. the Winona area of Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wis- consin. The area experienced nearly every type of weather as the ex- treme humid heat during the day and early evening Saturday gave way to heavy rainstorms, hail, winds ranging up to 60 miles an hour and electrical disturbances. Property damage Included Inundated corn, grain and hay fields; washed out bridges and a. destroyed residence. A wide section in the Winona area was hit by the storms with Independence, Durand, Arcadia and Stockton, Minn., -suffering. the heaviest storm damage. Crop damage was extensive. In the Independence area, waters of Elk creek rose 12 feet from to a. m. Sunday and washed out two bridges on. highway 93. Several other small bridges in the area, of Eleva. Strum and Chimney Rock were destroyed or put out of order by the raging flood waters of small tributary streams. 100 Feet Washed Out Elk creek, normally a placid trout stream became an uncon- trollable giant during the night Saturday and after belns held In check by a small dam at Independence for about three- hours. worked through the dirt approach to a large bridge In the busi- ness district on highway 93 and in m 15 minutes had washed out 100 feet of the approach. The washout lelt Independence cut In half with several residences on the north side of the village Iso- lated and cut off from both electric and telephone service. Vern'Henry, 43, Strum bachelor farmer, died of a broken necte the cor he was driving plunged into a bridge washout at Strum late Saturday night. Martin Wlcmer, Trcmpcalcau county coroner who with Sheriff Basil Erickson Investigated, said Henry died of a broken neck. The accident, he said, occurred a short distance south of Strum as Henry was returning to his farm home at about o'clock. He had gone to Strum to get medicine for a sister who 111. The coroner said Henry apparently did not see the washout at one end of the bridge and hit the opcninB while traveling fast. The car plunged into the washout and was- submerged In about eight feet of water. Olia Olson, a farmer living near the bridge, heard the-crash and on investigating found the Henry car. Although completely under water, the lights on the vehicle were burning. Olson summoned the fire department at Strum and a hole was cut in the roof of the car to extricate Henry. The was filled with -water. Mr. Henry is survived by two sisters. Battle Henry, with whom. he made his home, and Mrs. Eugene Heath, Strum. Stockton Damage Heavy Stockton village, six miles west of Winona, had one of worst floods in its history when Garvin brook (Stockton became a raging torrent, and went over its banks about midnight Saturday. The flood waters were diverted through the west end of the village, inundated U. S. highway 14 near the Joe Davics Standard. Oil filing station and tavern and washed away everything but the first floor ol a new home being buUt just east of the filling station by Frank Hill. The home was being built of cinder blocks and was completed except for the top two rows of blocks- After the flood, all that remained was a pile of blocks and the of Stockton today were critical of the operation of dam gate and several said they were of the opinion that If been opened early, much of the damage would not have rcaulted. Most of the west end of Stockton was under water and at one it was nearly two feet deep over the nmln Winona-Rochcstcr rood. Efforts to raise the big Taintor gate in the dam of the btockton Roller mill were delayed when the electric power went off. A men went onto the dam and began the gate manully. Fred Luhmann, one of the mill workers, had the fingers of his hand crushed when the hand was caught in a pulley and the electric power was sud- denly turned on. The gate was eventually opened. Flnpcr Amputated The crew on the dam was marooned there for five hours until thfl flood waters subsided and Mr. Luhmann was forced to remain there witti his injured finger. Later in the morning he was taken to the General hospital where the forefinger of .his left hand was amputatefl. "There Just simply was too much R. R. Mademann, manaser of the mill stated. "Had the gate been open before the storm, it wouldn't have made any difference. The creek bed was not large enough to handle the huge volume of water which came down the valley. At one time the water was running over the second railing on tte bridge Just upstcam from the dam and at Its height it was seven feet living room were for the family alone. Only three or four cars followed Mrs. Truman's cortege on its 17- mile irlp to Forest Hill cemetery from the little cottage on dusty, un- pavcd Feland avenue in Grandvlew near the Frisco railroad tracks. It was in Grandvicw the Presi- dent spent 12 days nway from the nation's highest office in May be- cause his mother had a sinking spell; there he was bound Saturday when word of her heart's failure him in the presidential tloning to housewives was ended two months ago. However, price controls arc being kept, and controls on the amount of iupplies which industrial users may have on hand were instituted. In announcing this action, the de- partment said Congress failed to ap- propriate funds necessary to con- tinue work of the sugar rationing administration. It said the office is being closed down immediately and all rationing employees are being dismissed to- day. The department said all orders suspending sugar rationing to al- leged violators of rationing rules are revoked. Likewise, all suspension order proceedings now pending were ordered ended. Persons under subpoena or notice to appear in such proceedings arc now released from making their ap- plane. Roads Hlockuilcd Forest Hill cemetery hud made ready grave eight in block 43, lot 85. In the same lot rests John Anderson Truman, the President's father. The location is the top of a rolling hill, under maple.s, elms and oaks. John Truman was burled there November 4, ion. The Truman sorrow, though more than a family affair, was sheltered from the curious by secret service men, state and local police who blockaded roads for two blocks around the frame house. On the door of the cream-colored was a funeral t on the creek In the vicinity of the Walter Huntman farm west of Stockton. There was a miniature tomadolnthat particular area and the wind ripped the porch ott the Huntman larm. 1 it to the other side of the house. .......Michael Marmsolcr farm on the Lcwiston road, the windmill and several other small buildings were blown down. Most of the corn in Laufenburger valley was flattened. Span Carried Downstream The bridge over the rood from Stockton to the cemetery was out and carried 400 feet downstream. A big section ot the Chicago North Western railroad fill on its right-of-way near the Arches was washed away but trains were able M 8C Sunday morning Stockton residents were busy cleaning the mud and debris out of their yards and pumping the water out of basements. The last big flood at Stockton occurred April 30. 193G. At Minnesota City the creek washed out the old swinging bridge leading from the business section to a point near the old Oaks night clufc lust in front of the Oswald Vlll residence. A huge section of the Stock- ton valley road was washed out and several power poles undermined. Damage was extensive in Farmers Community park which was under water. Trees were blown down across the roads and water was over the bridge Just outside the park. There was considerable damage at the Winona Country club. Fair- ways on holes No. 4 and 8 were damaged and part ot the No. 8 green was flooded. Deposits of mud and silt were left on the fairways and greens and the bridges went out. "There was just a small trickle ot water around the south end of the dam when we first noticed the break at Independence." Eugene Bi- old, a volunteer worker said. "In 5 minutes about 100 feet of the jridge approach had caved into the raging, muddy waters." Break Discovered Bijold, Chief of Police Jake Sura nd" Thomas Bisck, among others, of purple and white. Inside, at the foot of a simple, silvery casket, was a single great cluster ot red roses. In the open casket, where close friends said their goodbyes, ycster- (Continucd on Page 12. Column 2) MRS. TRUMAN at Ule a. m. Sunday. They had been more or less on patrol duty since after midnight Satur- day when the creek began rising. The three Bijold snid, cstnb- lo block the leak with sandbags were made. "After the water made Its first breakthrough, the c.irth fill melted away like sugar dissolving In water." one volunteer worker declared. It was estimated by workers that there was nearly 20 feet of water in the nilllpond formed by the dam. ;uid when this huge wall of water had made its first break in the dikes. it could not be controlled. The mill pond covered about 6O acres. It was estimated, and the average depth of the water In the pond was ten feet. During ttie storms Saturday afternoon and evening, the water In the pond rose an estimated 12 feet and flooded surrounding lowlands. Pressure Hips Fill Concrete and steel at both ends of Lhc bridge proper formed retaining walls to hold the channel of the llshed road blockT at both ap- creek to an area directly back or proachcs to the bridge when the (Continued on Pace 12, Column 5) break was discovered, and attempts STORM ;