Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
WARM, HUMID; LOCAL SHOWERS VOLUME 49, NO. 105 W1NONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 20, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY RED WING HAS A SWIMMING POOL EIGHTEEN PAGES at Airport Golfer Killed by Bolt At Whitewater Park Plalnvlew, Sunday golf game ended in death lor a .24-year-old dentist who was killed outright by a bolt of lightning Sunday alternoon during a driving rainstorm at the Whitewater State park golf course. Dr. Robert Fleck, Plalnvlew dentist, was hit by the lightning on fifth fairway. His golf Kellar, 33, the Plnlnview High school princi- escaped Injury, although he was knocked uncon- scious to the ground 75 feet from his partner. The bolt struck at about p.m. yesterday as two men were just preparing to return to their car after being rained out of a second round. Out in Open Dr. Fleck and Kellar were] alone on the course at the having completed Jour holes of the second round. They, were standing in the open, with ho ob- struction closer than 100 yards away, according to Kellar. "We had been caught in the rain storm and Bob had lost his ball" explained Kellar. "After about 15 minutes we gave up look- ing for v it and decided to call it quits." "I ran over to get my ball, was about 200 feet a- way. I had only gone about 75 feet when I recall a blind- ing flash of light and I was thrown to the contin- ued Kellar. "I must have blanked out for a short time, because I didn't hear the clap of thunder. When I came to I looked around and saw only smoke curling up from BULLETIN Paris An American spokesman announced tonight an immediate new meeting of the four foreign ministers on the heels of Andrei Tishinsky's de- mand for withdrawal of the agreement reached this after- noon. By Arthur Ga.vshon Paris The Big Pour foreign ministers announced today their failure thus far to agree on economic the ground where Bob had pouucai unity for Germany, but standing." lannounced agreement in principle Big 4 Agree On Austrian Independence Berlin Stoppage To Be Eased, Settled Later doctor's body, badly burned and torn by the lightning. Parts of his almost- disintegrated shirt were found 20 feet away. Two fairly large holes indicated that the light- ning passed through tlje doctor's body and into the ground, either through his feet or arms, accord- ing to Kellar. "I applied artificial respira- tion'for a period of time and then gave up. I ran to the caretaker's house about 150 yards away and he summoned a'Id." Kellar revealed. notify the dentist's wife at Plain view, but the telephone lines had been broken by the storm. A St. Charles physician was the ication Navy Blue Angels Thrill Spectators at 4-Hour Show Republican-Herald photo Ending a session which began May 23, the foreign ministers of the United-States, the Soviet-Union, andj Britain disclosed agreement only on a "modus sort of live- and-let-live arrangement for Ger- many. A communique winding up the talks said the four powers will dis- cuss in September during the United Nations assembly meeting the date! and other arrangements for a new session of the council on the mani- fold problems oi Germany. Meanwhile, discussions will conti- The Winona airport administration area at p. m. Sunday from 600 feet up. Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.Aeronautics administration, for was slightly chagrined Saturday providing a temporary control tow- The caretaker's wife tried to nue at a lower level among the oc- cupation authorities of the four zones on problems of divided Ber- lin, The authorities will be guided in these talks by what has taken first to get to the scene, and at this conference, in discus- thut death had come Instantly for sing steps to restore normalcy in young Fleck as a result of elec- trocution. Club Splintered The lightning had splintered the handle of one of the clubs in the that the doctor was carrying O ,__ Berlin's life. Treaty Provisions On the Austrian treaty the min- isters agreed on these lines: 1. Austria's frontiers will remain askof January 1, 1938. This means by Russia, have been thrown out. 2. Austria will guarantee the rights of the Slovene and Croat minorities. to "seize, retain or liquidate Aus- trian property" within Yugoslav ter- ritory. This means Yugoslavia the time and had blown off Yugoslav territorial claims, at first U1O UIUC, allu >w "Rnecto Viovo VwaAtt the head of a driver in the bag Kellar said that the doctor was carrying a No. 2 iron to his hand when the bolt struck. Fleck fell prone on his face, with the bag of golf clubs beneath the body. "The fact that I had run over to get my golf ball un- doubtedly saved my Kel- lar said this as he tried to recover from the .shook of the tragedy. "We had been playing since a- bout 3 o'clock and had finished the first nine holes, playing right through one Kellar ex- plained. "Then we started the second would get no reparations. 4. Austria will pay the SIDELIGHTS ON THE WEEKEND Planes and Program afternoon. He received a telegram from his family in Washington, D. C., informing him that he had left with the keys to the family car, At any rate, he hadn't lost them; the Senator promptly produced them out of his trouser pocket. The weather was ideal for specti- tators and for the Blue Angels' performance, according to their leader, Lieutenant Commander R. E. "Dusty" Rhodes. The absence of glare is good for both spectators and fliers at an air show, he said. The Angels, incidentally, took on gallons of 100-octane gasoline 3. Yugoslavia would have the right here. Not that entire amount was session and in the performance in the afternoon. Much was burned en route to Winona. Soviet! Union In "freely con-l Great tribute was paid by Gen- vertible currency." The four ministers said the New York agreement of May 4 continues in existence. The New York agree- ment was the one under which the Soviet blockade of Berlin and the eral Chairman LeRoy Backus to the Winona squadron of the Civil co-ordinating. Under the direction of Major Sanford S. Tyler, they used walkie-talkies to control the round and the rain came down heavier, sending other Payers to their cars. But we continued would have the re- alone on the course. Jsponsibility "to take the measures "We had been playing almostjnecessary to ensure ihe normai func_ side by side all afternoon. I utilization of rail, water likely would have been right be-ljmci road transport." side Bob when that lightning struck if it hadn't been for the fact that my ball was 200 fee away and I had run over to ge> It after deciding to quit said Kellar, Planned to Quit The fifth hole on the course brings the golfer very close to the caretaker's starting point of the fairways. And, ac- cording to Kellar, the two had planned to battle the rain through the fifth and then go in. It was about the 20th round of golf this season for Kellar, but it was the first time that young Dr. Fleck had been on a course in several years, according to Kel- lar. Fleck, who came here from Stewartville. Minn., took over the practice of Dr. Loren Race last fall. In addition to his wife, he is survived by an eight-month-old son. Kellar has been principal here for two years. Funeral arrangements are still pending, but will be handled by Foley and Lindsay funeral home here, August L. Grams Of La Crosse Dead La Crosse, L. Grams, IS, pioneer miller and seed man in this area, died Friday at a local hospital of a lingering ill- ness. Survivors Include his widow and five children. Funeral services will be held Monday. Allied counter-blockade were of airplanes, handled by This would mean a guarantee oflWinona's Air reservists, and elim- continued western access to Berlin.linated the necessity for dispatching party, Senators Edward J. Thye andjthere was no messengers all over the field. The general chairman also thanked State Commissioner of Aeronautics er. The handling of planes was def- initely says Backus. Midwest Air Show Pilot Lowell site of the new boat harbor was shown to the party. _ The 21-man detachment from Wi- nona's Company A, National Guard, who flew from Camp Ripley kept order on the airport and' assisted in the car's steering mechanism broke, and he was only able to re- pair it this morning, and then only rainstorm. The need for the proposed super- port dedication committee this morning to show them the damag- ed car. The Winona Municipal band in their new uniforms and the Legion Drum and Bugle corps added music- al color to the show. The band play- burned in the morning practice ed throughout the afternoon, but did not get their new'uniforms wet. The rides given during the morn- ing by the Mid-Continent airliner were popular. Breakfast flight fliers coming into Air patrol for the work they did in Winona complimented the new air- port. Its runways pleased them, as did the welcoming -jeeps with the sign "Follow Me." General Edwin W. Rawlings nesota City was clearly demon- strated Sunday. The one highway west out of the city simply could not handle the traffic. Even the "secret routing" used for emergen- the old Minnesota City road and back around by ;tbe Biesanz stone quarry and around Lake Wi- discovered-jearly, and was slow. It took a .Repiiblican-Herald car 30 get through over this supposed--tjsecret routing. There were no accidents or fires at the airport throughout the day. The fire truck, ambulance and Red Cross did not get a single call. Cut Possible In Defenses By Edwin B. Haakinson Washington Secretary Indiana Youth Jailed After Morning Chase Held in Connection With Car Thefts Over Weekend A 19-year-old Vincennes, Ind., youth was being held in the Winona county jail today in connection with the theft of three automobiles in the past two days. He was appre- hended by Winona police and Sher- iff George L. Port following a chase early this morning. In Fort's custody is Louis Wal- ters Rogers, a former patient at the Rochester state hospital. Rogers re- portedly ran away from the hos- pital nearly two months ago. Rogers told officers that he stole an automobile late Saturday in Rochester and drove the cor to Forest Lake and from there to the home of a sister in Coon Lake about ten miles away. Car Tips Over In Coon Lake the car overturned and he Eaid he proceeded to bitch- hike back to Forest Lake. The youth said he stole another car and drove to Chicago where he stayed all day Sunday leaving there about 10 p. m Rogers said he had intended to go from Chicago to Rochester to pick up an acquaintance. He got as far as the Dresbach dam when the car stalled. He said he went to the dam Dedication Talks, Parachute Jumps, Other Attractions By Adolpb Brcmer A crowd oJ some persoiw in Winoua Sunday (or the air show that dedicated tbe new municipal airport. The estimate Is by Lieutenant Commander R., E. "Dusty" Rhodes, who has led tbe navy's Blue An- gels over about 150 air show crowds in tbe post three years. Their superlative was part of four-hour air show that Wlnonans cannot hope to see again for a long time. The who came to see this remarkable collection of pilots and aircraft scattered themselves ov- er several thousand acres. The mass was at the new airport ad- ministration building and vicinity, but many more virtually fringed .he huge airport, dotted highway 61 for miles or stayed In their cars at the old airport parking area, while several "thousands Defense Johnson was reported to- about 5 a. m. today and talked with two workmen there. After convers- ing with, the men, he went up the hill from the dam where they had parked their cars. Calls Sheriff He said he then stole a car be- July 1. Members of the Senate appropria- tions committee said Johnson told them behind closed doors that this longing to Wesley Celius, 860 East could be done mainly by cutting Third street, and proceeded back back the future size of the Air Force from the 70 groups proposed in Congress to the 48 urged by Presi- dent Truman. The senators had called Johnson for testimony on the armed forces money bill passed by the House. Chairman Elmer Thomas (D.- Okla.) of the subcommittee con- to the point on the road where his car had stalled, Celius said he saw the youth take the car and Im- mediately called Sheriff George Fort who in.turn relayed the call to Winona police. The police car was parked at the junction of highway 61 and the Pleasant Valley road when Fort went up highway 43 into West Burns sidering the bill has said he hopes valley working on the assumption that at least can be that Rogers could have turned onto The crowd was in carnival mood trimmed from it. He called de- fense officials back for more closed- door testimony. Chairman Tydings (D.-Md.) of the Senate armed services' committee in a radio interview yesterday some new situation Hubert H. Humphrey, Congressman provided on the apron before the ad- not tfav nut As a resultievolves we may get by for to tne Junction of highway 61 nr? nf the seatsi000'000 or at the out- East Broadway.' Rogers turned [lO SeilOUt OI UIIC bCUU> j- for water L. L. Schroeder and Nelson Miller, j August H. Andresen and other guests were taken for a motorboat trip on the river Sunday morning by three Winona boat W. J. Thurow, of the Twin City office of the Civil Dr. D. T. Burt and E. R. Westra. The Republican-Herald photo General E. W. Rawlings addresses the dedica- tion day crowd at the airport. Seated behind him, from left, are Senator Thye, Senator Humphrey, Announcer Frank Sheehan, Jr., and Congressman August H. Andresen. ministration building. Tbe voice announcing the events was that of Frank Sheehan, Jr. One of the sad people of the Say was the taxi driver that got caught in the jam- without a fare in his cab. Max A. Conrad was one of the most popular persons on the air- port. It took Max half an hour to walk from the administration build- ing to the Winona Flying service hanger, so many people greeted him and talked to him. Max was in New York Saturday noon, flew to Min- neapolis .and then to Winona, and still got to the airport dinner at the Oaks on time. However, he forgot his coat in New York. Robert Bean, former Winonan, was the pilot of -the Northwest Air- lines 2-0-2 Martin airliner that came to Winona "Sunday. Bean gave many of his old friends a ride. I learned to fly here with Max Bean said, "I never dreamed of bringing a ship like this one into this airport." City officials and the press was also taken for a ride by Pilot Bean. Senator James A. Carley, Plain- view, had a real 80th birthday cele- bration over the weekend. He was the guest of the airport committee at the cocktail party and -dinner Saturday, and had a reserve seat under glass with Mrs. Carley for the show Sunday. Says Senator Carley, "Thank you, Winona." W. C. Gordon, Winona Transit Company manager, who was in charge of the bus operation between (Continued on Pace 15, Column 5.) SIDELIGHTS (side" in defense spending for the coming fiscal year. Tydings also said that at least 30 are backing a proposal I which would direct President Tru- man to cut government spending from five to ten per cent below the total amounts voted by Congress. With-the new fiscal year starting in less than two weeks, Congress has passed only one of the appropri- ations needed.to keep government agencies operating. At least ten bulky bills must be handled at- ah average rate of three the ridge and bypassed Winona on his way to Rochester. Hearing a radio call that Rogers had passed the police car, Fort drove to Winona's East End where the police officers Isadore Wieczo- refc and George McGuire gave chase anc east on Broadway, and the three officers cornered him on Bridge street near the Swift plant. now and July 1 if Congress is to meet- the fiscal year deadline. When it fails to do that it some- times rushes through stopgap au- thority allowing government agen- cies to keep going until'the regular money bills are approved. .The one measure passed so far carries some to pay sal- aries of Congress and other expenses of the legislative establishment for the next 12 months. It is the small- est of the regular annual money bills. WEATHER FEDERAL FOBJECAST Winona and vicinity Partly cloudy and quite warm and humid tonight and Tuesday with widely scattered local showers. Low tonight morrow at were content to see the aerial demonstration from the west- tern end of Prairie Island, It wasn't a static crowd cither. Front early morning until 6 p.m., when tbe air show finally over, after l-ain bad enforced u, half-hour interruption, tbe composition, of tbe crowd constantly changed. Thousands came for a little while, then left. But the exodus for Tnost of the crowd was a hurried one at p.m., when the clouds which had muttered and threatened all day, finally dropped rain. It when the Midwest Air show less than half-way through two- hour performance. About three thousand braved oc- casional gusts of rain to see the civilian show to the end, which was a 'parachute leap by a man who had been standing on the top win? of a plane as it was flown through a series of maneuvers. That's the manner in which tbe air show had begun over four hours "before, when Winona's Vic Bitu floated down. He kicked his shoes off as be came in for the landing, explained to the crowd afterwards: "I just couldn't land on your new airport with my shoes on." The airplane, at once, "made" this largest of Winona celebrations and limited it. The airplane, besides constitute ing the show, also brought a group of high senators, a representative and a general Washington. "Without the airplane Wino- na could never hope to have those men here at one time, LeRoy Backus, the alrsbow's general chairman, commented as he watched their plane take off after the passengers had participated In the opening cer- emony. Those were the good things about the airplane, but there were disadvantages, too. Reljdng for sureness in travel on weather, two (Continued of Page Column 8) DEDICATION Wickhem, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Dead at 61 Madison, Wis. Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice John D. Wickhem died yesterday at a to four billion dollars a day between nospital here. A neart ended the 61-year-old jurist's career of nearly 19 years on the high court bench. Justice Wickhem was appointed in 1930, upon the death of Justice Charles H. Crownhart. Wickhem was elected to full terms in 1933 and again in 1943. He was born at Beloit, May 25, son of a lawyer. He at- tended Beloit college, was graduated in 1910, and served part of a term as city treasurer. He taught history and directed athletics at Beloit High school and then entered the Uni- versity of Wisconsin law school. He emerged a lawyer in 1916. That year he entered the law firm of Burr W. Jones at Madison. A year later he came to Milwaukee and joined the law firm of Lenicheck, Boesel During World War I Wickhem was in the nation's capital working in the bureau of war trade intelligence. He returned to the University of 74, high Tuesday 90. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations' for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: Maximum, 96; minimum, 64; noon, 92; precipitation, none. Official observations for-the 24 hours ending at 12 Maximum, 91; 72; noon, 88; precipitation, .78; sun sets tonight at sun rises to- year later was elevited to the su- proffesor of law. He became an as- sociate professor in 1622 and a full professor in 1925. He was named a .commissioner on uniform state lawsvin 1929 and a preme court. (Additional Weather on Page 15) Among bis survivors, arc his. wife, Justice Wickhem the former Mary Luella Carro'J of Wisconsin in 1919 as an assistant Watertown, whom he married in. 1920; two sons, John C., of Janes- ville; and Robert J., of Madison; and two sisters, Valerie C., of Chicago; and Mrs. John OWeara, of Wau- watosa. Funeral services for Justice Wick- hem will be conducted here Tuesday morning with burial at Beloit.