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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1949, Winona, Minnesota CLEARING, COOLER VOLUME 49, NO. 68 WINONA, MiNNESOTA, FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 6, 1949 FM RADIO AT ITS BEST FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES Windstorm Lashes Trempealeau Smoke Still Rises from the clubhouse section of Hollywood Park, Inglewood, hours after a tire gutted the elaborate racing plant early today. In background is the grandstand section. (AP. Wirephoto to'The Republican-Herald.) The Alsops Work Must Be Planned For Jobless By Joseph Alsop seems unpleasant- ly like old times, but the fact had better be faced, none the less. A plan for resuming employment- making public works projects on a Fire Razes Hollywood Park Stands By Ralph Dighton Inglewood, park, one of America's most lavish race tracks, was razed by a fire early today but some 600 thoroughbred horses were spared. The fire started in the swank clubhouse of the multi-million dollar plant and leaped, within minutes, through the grandstand and turf club. Plckets had forbidden entry Shortly after the roof and upper walls of the clubhouse and turf club Strike Idles Huge Ford Rouge Plant Workers Affected in Protest Of 'Speed-Up' Rouge, a giant of the auto industry, lay still and helpless today in the grip of a strike. The great factory, one of Ameri- I's marvels, remained idle into the second day of the C.I.O. Unit- ed Auto Workers' workout of men protesting a "speed-up." When it would function again for the Ford Motor Company to pour out automobiles was an unanswer ed question. No renewal of negotiations in the dispute was scheduled. However, it was felt that both ;ompany and union were agreeable to early peace talks in view of the strike's critical future effects if prolonged. Ultimately Ford's entire opera- ion as the world's second largest auto producer, employing more than production workers, would face paralysis. As the strike took quick effect at Bouge, Ford asked Dearborn loliee to guarantee fiee access to he plant by nonstrikers, charging Republican-Herald photos Wind Split A Large Elm Tree on the boulevard of the Barney Stephan property in Trem- pealeau Thursday night, causing half of it to fall on the house. Considerable damage was done to the shingled roof, where a limb smashed a large hole. Wind blew new screening from the Stephan front that the Stephans had waited almost four years to get. The problem today for Mr. Stephan was how to remove the debris without having more of the tree damage the side of the house or its windows. spot basis, in the regions where unemployment pools need to be sopped been evolved by the President's more left-wing ad- visers. One must hasten to add that this plan, at present, is hardly more than a by-product of the bitter in- ternecine war over economic pol- icy that is raging within the Tru- man administration. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer's opin- ion of the Fair Deal is almost un- printable. Dr. Edwin Nourse, chair- man of the President's Economic Advisory council, and. Secretary of the Treasury John Snyder are dis- tinctly pallid in their fervor. And all three are now jointly and se- verally clamoring for withdrawal of the Spence Bill. THIS IS THE measure embody- ing the President's proposals for wage and price inflation controls, and for government-directed expan- sion of industrial plants. The Sny- der-Nourse-Sawyer attack is being fought off by the two other mem- bers of the Economic Advisory council. Dr. Leon Keyserling and John D. Clark, supported by the President's close policy adviser. Clark Gifford. The fact that the price and wage control sections of the bill are not now urgently necessary, will prob- ably be conceded by the Spence bill's defenders in view of the changed economic outlook. But in compensation, the President is en- tirely likely to be asked to add burned away, the walls began to crumble. Huge chunks of masonry fell, and sent firemen running for their lives. One fireman was seriously in- jured as all available Inglewood equipment plus some from Los An- geJes vainly fought the wind-swept, blaze. .Some three hours after the blaz was first reported under control. At one time, ember and sparks from the eight-story ilgh grandstand shot upwards p feet and swirled in a gentl wind. The spectacular flames at iracted thousands of onlookers anc >narled traffic in the densely populated area. The stands were a total loss bu lie Valuable horses on hand for the coining meeting were saved because of the stables' location a half-mile from the main racing oval. Also spared was the track's col- orful flock of black and white swan., and geese. The fowl huddled safely in the little lakes in the infield. Exact of the blaze was noi known started but police immediate arson squads investigations the provision for-spot public works to the Spence bill's other, economy- stimulating half. What is implied. of course, is an admission that the present slight recession of business is sufficiently serious to require counter-action. It is true that the projected public (Continued on Page 10, Column 3.) ALSOPS VA Dismisses Employes Washington The Veterans Administration ordered of its employes dismissed today. The agency said it will close 42 offices in 23 states in an effort to meet budget limitations for the fiscal year 1950, starting July 1 Veterans Administrator Carl R Gray, Jr., said the reductions will not affect hospitals and medical services. In a letter to members of Con- gress, Gray said every effort will be made to keep the essential serv- ices to veterans at a high level. Gray said notices will be in the hands of the discharged employes as of Monday, giving them the cus- tomary 30-day notice. "Unless this step is taken now, more drastic curtailment would be necessary during the latter part of fiscal year Gray said. The Veterans Administration em- ployed persons as of March 31. The branches to be closed are known as "contact offices." There are 468 such offices employing one or two persons each. Their closing will account for less than 100 of the dismissals, the others coming out of bigger establishments. The House has approved a V.A. appropriation of for 1949-50, a reduction of from the budget estimates submit- ted by the President. because of the speed with which the fire spread. Byrnes Cautions U. S. on Berlin Blockade Lifting Charleston, S. Former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes said last night that the lifting of the Berlin blockade may mislead this nation "into expecting too much" from the coming Big Four meeting on Germany. "We may be misled into making too many concessions to Soviet Rus- Byrnes told the South Caro- ina State Bar association in this city where he was born. 693rd Asks 7-Cent Express Wage Boost Washington A presidential emergency board recommended today that Railway Express Agency employes receive the same seven-cent hourly pay in- crease agreed upon for most other railroad workers. Immediate Sale Of Bonus Bonds Urged by King St. sale of of bonds to pay the Minne- _ sota soldiers' bonus was recom- Motors Corporation ex- mended Thursday by Stafford King, Ce5as Fora- state auditor, for approval of the! One source-the trade paper Au- All told, some were on strike. The U-A.W.-CiO. also f struck Ford's Lincoln-Mercury plant. It was a simultaneous action at noon yesterday as nego- tiations were collapsing. Speed-up was charged in both in- stances. In both, the company has made denials. The strike's immediate effect was to cut off Ford's base here as a supplier of automobiles and auto parts. With Rouge as its nerve center, Forfl had been turning out about state executive council. King's recommendation was in the form of a memorandum to the executive council members. A "sellers' market" for state and municipal bonds now exists, King explained, which promises Mirmeso- ;a's bond sales a low interest rate. The bonus bill passed by the re- cently-adjourned legislature pro- vides that interest on the bonds average no more than two per cent. King pointed out that St. Loins county recently sold in hos- tomotive the strike might .take Ford cars virtually out. of the market if it lasts a fortnight. Ford has no more than cars in transit to its dealers and the latter .could be left "without cars to sell" in two weeks, the paper said. Ford itself said that within nine days all its other 48 plants would be shut down, idling more workers. Trees Uprooted, Village Left Without Power Described as Worst To Hit Community In Last 80 Years By AI Olson Trempealeau, violent wind, rain and hailstorm that toss- ed trees around like toothpicks hit this community at supper time Thursday. The storm, which descended in all its fury about p.m. yes- terday, came from across the Mis- issippi river and seemed to "jump around" the village. It uprooted massive old trees, caused a break in electric power for most still has not been blew off chim- neys and knocked out windows. Damage was heavy in one block, light in the next. as though the wind jumped from place to place. r In one yard a huge tree crashed into a door there was no damage. Lasts 25 Minutes The storm lasted only about 25 minutes but it was the worst in the past 80 years in Trempealeau history, according to several pio- neer residents, Despite this fact, nobody was injured. The damage was con- fined solely to landscape and houses. An auxiliary line is furnishing the business district with electric power today, but most homes face ____ Affected immediately by the pital bonds perjstrike were Ford supplies, cent interest and South Dakota sold I At the same time Ford of Canada bonds for construction said it would have to close with- a state cement plant which will bear 1.26 per cent interest over a en-year period. The executive council delayed ac- ;ion on. the recommendation unti: Monday at 9 a, m. after several members asked for time to study the finance plan. King said, however, that he knew )f no opposition from members to immediate sale of the bonds. Members of the executive com- mittee are Governor Luther W. Youngdahl; J. A, A. Burnquist, at- general; King; Julius A. Schmahl, state treasurer; Mike Holm, secretary of state, and lharles Foster, executive council secretary. Although the bonds pledge the full faith and credit of the state" they would be paid off by the tax ackage approved by the legislature, ncluding additional surtaxes on in- comes. Fall Kills Painter Racine, J. Jen- sen, 40, plunged 40 feet to his death yesterday when a swing stage top- pled while he was painting a sign' on 'the Mainstreet theater. He was killed instantly. in three or four days and lay off men. U.A.W. President Walter Reuth- er, who took part in the last futile negotiations, said he hoped the strike would not be a long one, then added: "We are always pre- pared for the worst." F-ord has insisted an arbitration as proper procedure under the TJ.- A.W. contract. The union has refus- ed to take the dispute out of the field of negotiation. The strike is the first major bat- tle between Ford and the U.A.W. since the union's 1941 walkout in which it won recognition as bar- gaining agent for Ford's producer workers. Loss In Garage Fire Fergus Falls, Minn. Fire destroyed the one story Harry Olson garage with One Of The Oldest And Largest Trees in Treirfpealeau, Wis., was pulled up by its roots and tossed onto the Dominic Jessessky yard Thursday night. The massive old elm stood across from the V. F. W. hall and marked the intersection where last night's wintlstonn vented a greater share of its fury. It 1 pulled up sections of concrete sidewalk and for a time city crews thought it had broken a water main, but further investigation showed it had not. The tree missed hitting the brick Jessessky house by inches. ;oday rame a loss estimated at Firemen said the blaze apparent- y started when fumes from gaso- line used for cleaning parts ig- nited. Two .cars burned and a truck was partly destroyed. A, Ford Workers, members of the TT.A.W.-CJ.O., mill about Gate 4 at Ford's huge Rouge plant, Detroit, Mich, after walkout of more than auto workers. .Wirephoto.) Girl, 0, Admits Drowning Boy, 1, In Drainage Ditch Joliet, 13-year-old girl, in an oral statement to a deputy sheriff last night, told how she drowned a seven-year-old boy in a drainage ditch last Saturday. "I had thought of Billing this par- ticular boy many the girl, Diane Allen, was quoted by the deputy as saying. "I decided to do it that day Diane, an eighth grade pupil, was held in the Will county jail with- out charge pending action by th state's attorney. She was br'ough to jail from her home in Oak1 Lawn a Chicago suburb, after Deputy Ro Doerfler said she admitted drown ing the boy, Charles Johnson. Doerfler said Diane first told him she knew nothing of Charles' death But as he started to leave he home, be said she told him did and started crying. "I had nothing against the deputy quoted the brown-haired gir as saying. "We'd bicker and figh some times, but it didn't mean any thing." Doerfler said Diane, in a state ment to him and James Clark special told them she knotted her scarf around the John son boy's mouth and "then I told him I was going to drown him He struggled some but I held him face down in the water until he didn't struggle anymore. When got up, the body turned over face up." Doerfler asked if she was sorry, and Diane said: "I'm sorry now. I was sorry when I was doing it. But I thought if I let him get up, he'd go home and tell his mother, and I'd get in trouble. I was afraid to let him up." Fire Hits Basement In Minneapolis Minneapolis A fire which brought three calls for equipment swept through the basement of a two story factory building at 1700 East Franklin avenue today. One fireman, Robert Mueller, 35, was overcome with smoke and after treatment at General hospital was, taken home. The building houses the North- western Kite Company, the Lake Center Corporation and the Moog Industries, Incorporated. The boy's body was found last Sunday after an all night search" in eight inches of water in the small stream only a few blocks from the Johnson home in subur- ban Ridgewood. Charles had left home Saturday with a group of children to pick wild flowers. A coroner's jury, unable 'to de- cide whether the death was acci- dental or homicidal; had directed county authorities to continue in- vestigation. Deputies questioned children who had been with Charles Saturday.' Maeterlinck Succumbs at 86 Paris Count Maurice Mae- famed Belgian author of Four Trapped Mine Workers Found Dead Girardville, min- ers were found dead today after rescue workers battled 48 hours to reach them in an anthracite shaft filled with smoke and fumes from an underground fire. The four bodies were discovered 600 feet below the surface, close together in a tunnel running off the main shaft. Deputy Coroner John Cook said apparently they died shortly after the fire broke out last Tuesday night hi the No. 5 colliery of the Gilbertson Coal Company. Joseph Kupulis, who led the five- man rescue crew which found the bodies, said there were indications the four men had walked up a slop- ing: tunnel from "the mine's 800- foot level and then collapsed. The bodies were some distance from the nearest compressed air line, Kupulis said. Earlier, res- cuers had attached three compres- sors to the shaft's air lines, hoping the trapped men would open a val- ve and obtain life-giving oxygen. The four miners were William Kelly, 49, Joseph Wowak, 34, both of Shanandoah, Pa.; Raymond Eye, 35, and William O'Brien, 53, Girard- ville. All were married except Eye. The mine blaze started while eight members of a night force were in the shaft. Four miners managed to reach the sur- face. Romance in Storm Romance added to the Trempealeau High school spring prom by the severe storm Thursday evening. High school students were 'left without lights in Hcaly Memorial school, Trempealeau, but held the dance anyway. Dozens of lighted candles furn- ished the illumination. The atmosphere was wonder- ful, students agreed, but the only difficulty was that doors and windows had to be kept closed so tapers would stay lit. Funds for Potato Research Restored The Blue Bird died in Nice today, the French press Washington Senate sub- agency reported. Maeterlinck committee Thursday restored 000 for potato and onion research Hobel prize for literature in 1911. which the house had cut out of A prolific writer ,in his younger the agriculture appropriation bill, days, he perhaps remembered Senator Young (B-N.D.) said he ongest for his "Pelleas et Meli- was certain the House will accept produced in 1892 and his the Senate's action when the bill Blue written in 1909. He was awarded the Nobel. Prize out differences. taken into conference to iron or. literature in 1911. He said the bill provides of nature are reflected in for potato .research and for iis "Magic of the "The'Life onion research. Most cf this work night at sun rises tomorrow f the Ant" and "Tiie Life of the is done, he said, in" a laboratory Bee." t Ames, Iowa. a possibility of being without elec- tricity for another 24 hours or more. Deep Freezers Housewives were hurrying this to take meat from deep freezers and refrigerators, and make use of it before it spoils. Street crews worked until af- ter midnight Thursday attempt- ing; to clear streets in the res- idential areas of huge limbs and debris. The roads in several sections of the village were blocked for hours cars had to pass through fields to avoid hitting the fallen branches. Plate glass windows were blown out in several downtown including the Masonic hall, the Paul Whillocks shoe shop and the Grant Morris residence. An old landmark the now- empty Utter practi- cally all of its windows on the south side blown out by the strong: winds. The storm struck with most of its fury at the corner where the V.F.W. hall is located, about two blocks from the heart of the busi- ness district, and on a knoll over- looking the river. Pole Snapped Off Here a tall metal flag pole was snapped off, and the twisted and bent sections were draped over power lines. A six-foot portion of brick chimney was knocked off. The V.F.W. club sign was torn down and smashed into the ground and two old maple trees next to the building were uprooted and tturowp across the street. These old trees had been known for years as Trempea- leau landmarks. Rlvermen associate them with the Bap- tist church which now is the V. F.W. clubhouse. Across the street from the club, another huge largest and one of the oldest in Trempealeau was yanked from the soil and tossed (Continued on Page 7, Column WINDSTORM WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Clearing and cooler tonight with low 50; Saturday partly cloudy and cool with high of 64. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 90; minimum 55; noon, 63; precipitation, '31; sun sets to- at Additional weather 13., ;