Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1950, Winona, Minnesota
Windy, Cooler Tonight; Sunday Fair, Warmer Read 'Men Around Truman' on Page 2 Today VOLUME 50, NO. 68 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 6, 1950 FIVE CENTS PER COPY SIXTEEN PAGES Winona Battered by 70-Mile Gale Boy, 11, Strangled In Home Mishap By Gordon A children's game ended in tragedy at noon today when an 11-year- old Winona child died of strangulation while apparently demonstrating a hangman's noose to his younger brother. Victim of the accident was John Winkels1, son of Mr, and Mrs. L W Winkels, 226 West Wabasha street, who was found dead In the basement of his home shortly after noon today. The child, who had gone to the 'basement with his three and one- ihalf year-old brother, Nicky, at j about 11 this morning was found by his mother after Nicky had asked, "What's the matter with Johnny? He won't talk to me." The mother went to the basement and found John unconscious with a TODAY- U. S. Policy On Germany Changing noose from a clothes line secured around his neck. Police were summoned to the i house and a fire department rescue squad brought a inhalator in an Washington Secretary of State j attempt to revive the child. Dean G. Acheson has left for Eur-( Thg ]nhalator d worked over ope with some remarkably inter- one.half hour By Stewart Alsop esUng ideas In the back of mind. These ideas are sure to lt was determined that the child could not be revived. Y TchesTs0 cEciS tSEl coroner B, B. Tweedy pronounced BrS and French op-! that death was due to strangula- posite numbers, which will be de-jtion. scribed and Interpreted reports; Go to Easement which will shortly appear in this Mrs. Winkels told police that she space, from Paris and London. three children, John, Nicky and But it Is important also to under-] a 15-year-old daughter, Martha, stand something of the Washing-jwere m the house at the time of ton background of Acheson's mis- 1 the accident. She stated that the sion. I two boys went into the basement For the fact is that the long about 11 a. m. while she was iod of barrenness and sterility ml working in a second-floor room. the making of American foreign) shortly before p. m., Nicky's policy seems to be coming to questioning prompted the visit to end. The logjam really began to the antj the discovery of break very recently, when Acheson submitted a sort of glooal policy paper to the National Security council and President Truman. This paper was the first fruit of the new look at the world situa- tion, ordered by Truman after the decision to go ahead with the hy- drogen bomb. ,-THE DETAILS OF THIS PAP- IER, ..prepared largely by the planning staff, are of course in- cludes two basic assumptions. First, a much greater effort must be made to create what Acheson calls "situations of with to confront the Soviet Un- ion. Second, situations of strength can only be created within the framework of a full working part- nership of the Atlantic powers, in- eluding both Germany and the United States. The global paper was approved unanimously by the National Sec- urity council, Including Defense Secretary Louis Johnson, although It obviously implies a reversal of Johnson's business-as-usual pol- icy. These, therefore, are the bas- ic premises of Acheson's position, In his negotiations with British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin and French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman. THESE PREMISES CLEARLY involve a completely fresh ap- proach to a whole series of vital problems, above all to the prob- morning, lem of German policy. Acheson and his advisers, including Ger- man High Commissioner John Me- Cloy and Republican adviser John Foster Dulles, have reached cer- tain firm conclusions about Ger- many. They believe that a great un- shackling of western Germany is sooner or later inevitable, and the body. Police believe that this is what happened: The children were playing In a small basement room which Is used for drying clothes. Clothes lines are strung across the ceiling of the basement room and secured to pipes on either end. At one end of the room a three- foot end of the clothes line was hanging loose .and Johnny .ap- parently tied a slip knot in that end. After placing the noose around his neck, it is believed that he stepped up on a small stool and was standing there when he lost his footing. Stool Tipped The stool was found on its side beside the body and apparently tipped over while the child was standing on it. The 11-year-old was tall enough so that his feet reached the floor but the sudden tightening of the around his neck as he fell probably brought sudden shock so that the child was unable to ex- tricate himself. A fifth-grade pupil at the St. Joseph's school, John is survived oy an 18-year-old brother, I-eo, Jr., a freshman at St. Mary's college, in addition to his parents, Martha and Nicky. Mr, Winkels, a merchandise broker, was out of the city this (Continued on Page 5, Column 3) ALSOP Saves Letter Openers Clinton, 111. A friend went to Niagara Falls in 1933 and brought back a letter opener for Mrs. Bern- ard Kolp. That started her collection of letter openers and paper knives. She now has 150 of of Storm Kills Two Men in Wisconsin Boy's Leg Broken By Falling Onalaska Grandstand By The Associated Press Howling winds swept through Wisconsin Friday, killing two per- sons, injuring many more and causing damage estimated in the millions of dollars. Although all parts of the state were shaken by the winds, chief destruction was caused around Su perior, where blasts up to 8i miles an hour rocked the city for about two minutes. The victims were Henry Alpen, 74, Neenah, and Harry Blucher, 54, Madison. Alpen was crushed when an out- door theater screen he was help- ing to erect at Fond du Lac fell upon him. Blucher died after a tree branch struck the chimney of his home, sending a shower of bricks upon him as he worked in his yard. The wind struck Superior at p.m., injuring 11 men. Nine were hurt when three large steel coal docks were twisted into wreckage on the waterfront. Two others were hospitalized when the Soo line roundhouse was flattened. The railroad's merchandise dock, feet long, also was ground into rubble. Windows in homes and stores were blown out, cutting several persons. Electrical and telephone service was disrupted for several hours and one water main was broken, flooding several residential base- ments. Fences went down in many sec- tions of the city and glass frag- ments littered the streets. Streams in the area already high because of Thursday's ruins, pushed their banks further when rains fell with the blasts. Temperatures fell 30 degrees at La Crosse as 65-mile an hour winds tore boat houses from their moorings on the Mississippi and waves five to six feet high rolled upstream. Larry Mayhlum, six, of Onalas- ka. suffered a fractured leg and cuts when the grand stand at the town ball park collapsed. He was rescued by high school boys who lifted the roof of the broken struc- ture from him. The winds tore roofs from corn cribs and other small buildings in the Janesville area. Utility wires were tangled around Monroe, cutting off various parts of Green county. Bus driv- ers reported difficulty holding their vehicles to the road amid the gusts. The Maple Grove school near Fort, Atkinson was leveled by a fire believed to have started when high winds shorted wiring leading! r- to the one room building. The rlre teacher, Miss Florence Hake es- caped with five pupils writing fi- nal examinations. The other 22 students were playing In the school yard. Appleton police said they had received about 100 calls telling of damage to trees, signs and win- dows. A relator said the roofs of The Wind Got Inside a brick warehouse at the- Botsford Lumber Company, 75 Kansas street, and pushed OUT the brick wall. Replacement 'cost may be near Other storm pictures on page: three and page five. Republican-Herald photo Minneapolis Hu -_ Man Found Dead i i In Pop Cooler rricane Wind es Duluth Minneapolis The body of a man identified as James E. Mul- len, 48, was found early today in an abandoned pop cooler outside Heinle's bar, 2601 26th avenue j south. His head was submerged in about six inches of rain water, A passer- jy found the body when he noticed legs sticking out of the cooler. Dr. Russell R. Helm, Hennepin county, coroner, scheduled a post- mortem to determine whether drowning was the cause of death. Costs Increasing Chicago Fire protection costs are rising1. Fire departments spent the equivalent of for each resident last year in cities of them souvenirs of trips other peo-i pie made. three partly completed were blown off. houses was an increase of almost ten per cent over 1948. The chief reason, says the International City Man- German Girl Sentenced As Russian Spy By The Associated Press Winds up to 88 miles per hour whipped the Northwest yesterday to accentuate a cycle of and renewed floods over Minnesota and the two Dakotas. Heaviest damage came at Duluth, Minn., where the gales hit their peak to injure 13 persons and wreak damage estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Crookston, just recovering from a flash deluge two weeks ago, fought a new rise in the Red lake river. The Red Cross evacuated a score of families from their homes last night. The stream hit a 22.2 foot level, barring traffic there on S. highway 2. Crookston flood level is 16.5 feet. Austin, Minn., had 70-mile per hour winds that toppled the screen of a drive-in theater and sucked plate glass windows from several business places. Snow Blocks S. D. Roads Snowplows were called out to Nuernberg, Germany thorities told today how a. pretty German girl attempted to obtain I clear South Dakota highways as American military secrets to high winds whipped up to nine to the Russians. The girl, Wanda Wollner, 22, was more than population. That sentenced this week to 18 months in jail by an American district court at Ansbach on an espionage agers association, was higher wages, charge. r The Huge Steel Bridge at the Philadelphia and Reading dock at Superior, Wis., was toppled, twisted and smashed by 88-mile- an-hour winds which struck the area. Damage to the bridge and the area surrounding it was estimated at P. Wire- photo to The Republican-Herald.) She was trapped by an Ameri- can Air Force sergeant from whom she tried to obtain a map of the U. S. army training ground at Grafenwoehr. American military officials said they were convinced the girl was not employed by the Russians but hoped to "make a few hundred deutschemarks for herself" by sell- ing secrets to them. They said the girl approached the Air Force sergeant and offer- ed him 400 deutschemarks (about if he would give her a map of the training ground. The sergeant made fcar believe he would comply, but tipped off authorities. She was trapped as he gave her two forged maps. Officials said she first claimed that she was working for a Rus- sian captain. Later she acjmitted that the idea was her own and that she intended to take the maps to the Soviet lone in hopes of in- teresting the Russians in them. They said she did not have the promised 400 deutschemarks for the maps when she Was arrested, which added to the conclusion she was working without Russian aid WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and vicinity Partly cloudy, windy and cooler tonight; generally fair and warmer Sunday afternoon. Low tonight 38; high Sunday 62. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours, ending at'12 m. today: Maximum, 78; minimum, 39; noon, 52; precipitation, trace; sun sets i inches of slushy snow Into the cen- tral and western sections of the state. The eastern part had a rain- snow combination and wind gusts that hit 75 miles per hour. No heavy damage was reported. In central and eastern North Da- kota, snow was so heavy yester- day the highway department warn- ed against motor travel because of the poor visibility. Grand Forks, just recovering from one prolong- ed flood, faced a new high water threat as the Red river began to rise again after 24 hours of pre- cipitation. The city faced influx of the new water in the Red Lsike ton. The two streams meet at Grand Forks, giving the city its ,ame. Duluth assessed a swatch of lake docks, bridges, telephone and light poles knocked over by the 88-mile near-hurricane, which lasted only one minute, the Weather bureau said. The gale pounded added ice floes into the ship canal to hold 41 Great tonight at sun rises tomor- row at Additional weather on Page 13. Roofs, Powerlines Damaged by Storm By Adolph Bremer A .long, hard blow has twisted Winona out of shape again, and in just about the same manner as last October Winds up to about 70 miles an hour yesterday and last night pushed over brick and concrete block walls, pushed down trees, whip-, ped thousands of shingles off 'roofs, damaged power and telephone lines, turned over and flattened some small buildings and scattered branches and debris all over town. The winds also brought very un- May like weather. As they picked up speed, the mercury tumbled from 78 to 39. Yesterday's storm caused injury here. C. Gerald Austin, Goodview vil- lage home-builder, was pinned un- derneath a side wall of a house under construction. He suffered a broken nose, a wrenched back and numerous cuts and bruises. The injuries were treated by a physician. Austin was standing on top of the Farms in Area Suffer Losses From Buffeting Ey Al Olson Barns were demolished, small buildings wrecked and farm opera- tions hampered by power breaks throughout the entire Winona area in Friday's windstorm that came close to equalling last October's gale. Yesterday's "big although not quite as destructive as the previous one, seemed to cover more ground, especially in Minnesota. And, unlike last fall's storm, nobody was injured, according to early reports received by The Republican-Herald this morn- ing. Of all the' barns destroyed, there was only one where cattle loss was reported and that was the Lester Beckman farm south of Ridgeway. When the 34 by 60 foot structure caved in at the Eeckman place, 30 head of cattle were trapped in the barn. One Shorthorn was killed and four others so critically injured they had to be marketed this morn- ing. Other Cattle Bruised Beckman said 25 other head, mostly registered Holsteins, suffered bruises from the falling ceiling and walla, as did two horses. Barns also went down in Waba- sha, Houston and.Fillmore counties. as well as farms were hit by the angry winds yes- terday, with store windows being blown trees roofs torn loose. uprooted and Some of the places hit were ex- periencing a repeat performance from last fall. Many had just fin- ished repairing damage from the October storm. Now they have to begin all over again. For example: At Lewiston, the (Continued on Page 13, Column 6) FARM Montana Governor Claims Story of Arrest Exaggerated Biioxi, Miss. Montana's Governor John W. Bonner says 'there is something mysterious" about a report from New Orleans that he was jailed there for drunk- wall when the braces holding it up collapsed. He fell and landed un- derneath the falling wall. It weigh- ed some 600 or 700 pounds. Today Austin was in bed at home, 3730 Fifth street. Wall Poshed Out It was quite like last-October 10. even to one touch: A concrete block wall at the Standard Foundry Com- pany, 1175 East Broadway, was pushed in at about the same place as last fall. Damage was estimated at near Brick walls weren't spared either. Lat night the gale wind ripped off a door at a Botsford Lumber Company warehouse, Kansas and East Second streets, got inside the burlding and pushed OUT a brick wall. Damage was estimated at near Virtually the entire street lighting the white out all night, and It may not be entirely back In operation by tonight, a Missis- sippi Valley Public Service Com- pany official said. In addition, numerous Isolated residential areas were without elec- trical, service. Most ol.these outages were quickly repaired, Twwever. Early this morning a tree on Lake Boulevard toppled across the trans- mission line to Radio Stations KWNO and KWNO-FM and the stations went on the. air about 20 minutes late. Roof Damage High But damaged roofs were the prin- cipal concern. The number would not run as high as last October, but hundreds were damaged. By 9 a. m. one Insurance firm had 30 claims, another 20, and the tele- phones were ringing busily in every nsurance office in the city. Turned-up shingles on roofs were a common sight today. By 9 a. m. one roofing firm had about 75 re- quests for repairs.. A few roofs in the business area were dam- aged, but the vast majority were in the residential areas. A. D. Sanial, federal weather forecaster, said that the wind gusts were generally up to 55 and 60 miles an hour, but they went as high as 72. He described the winds as "not so bad" as October 10, but fact that they lasted longer contributed to the amount of dam- Lakes vessels from entering Duluth-Superlor harbor. All En route here to speak before the Interstate Oil Company commission meeting, Bonner stopped over in New Orleans Thursday night. New Orleans Police Captain Joseph GuiJlot said he arrested a man in the French quarter who identified himself as "Governor John Bonner" and produced cre- dentials to that effect. The man was booked on a charge of simple intoxication, held six hours the usual practice in New Orleans for such a charge and then releas- ed without trial. When the man was released early told a photographer, "I just did some drinking, like a lot of visitors, and I had too much." Later, Governor Bonner tele- phoned the Associated Press in Helena, Mont., and said the stories This morning the big blow was down to 30 miles an hour and by nightfall it should be down to 20, Mr. Sanial said. Silo Knocked Down At the St. Mary's college farm, a wocden stave silo was knocked down. At the municipal airport a T-hangar was moved on its foundation and tilted, a partly-com- pleted T-hangar flattened and a wingless-Cub plane (which lost Its wings in October) wrecked. It's owned by Robert Henry. The Winona Flying service lost a door off its large hangar. Telephone service within the city was virtually uninterrupted, but many long-distance lines were down. At a. m. today half of the Twin Cities circuits were were "grossly exaggerated" and that out, half of the Fountain City cir- he believed it was "a practical! cults had been restored to service, joke." the the ships were standing by some ten I miles out into Lake Superior. A 50-foot brick smokestack was toppled at the Woodruff Lumber Company and an estimated telephones were knocked out of service when poles were swept j away. All over Minnesota, there were reports of trees, utility poles and signboards felled by the raging winds. International Falls, at the oppo- site end of the state from Austin, suffered a power failure during a severe electrical storm, which was followed by pelting hail. Torrential rains combined with melting snows swept off the hill- sides and all but inundated Grand Marais. The rush of water washed a gorge 100 feet long, 40 feet wide md four feet deep in one street which leads off the Gunflint trail. Adolph Tofte, editor of the Grand Marais News Herald, said the town ooks like a no man's land today. "Half the streets in town are he said. Police Captain Joseph Guillot said a man carrying papers identifying him as Gov- ernor John Bonner of Montana, was held six hours in New Or- leans, La., for drunkenness. (A.P. circuits to Arcadia and Alma were still out, and part of the circuits to Chicago, Cochrane and Gales- ville were still out. "But it was nothing like last said Winona Manager Harold Law. Pole damage was small. Hitler Back In Waxworks Is a Hamburg waxworks. His come- iback was delayed because not a Jsingle brown shirt could be found the whole of Hamburg and one to be made to order, a Ham- burg paper reported. Armor Cleaned London The Black Prince's black armor has been taken to the cleaners. The helmet, shield and coat-of-arms, gauntlets and sword scabbard of Prince Edward, warrior, son of King Edward m, had hung over his tomb in Canterbury Cath-. edral since his funeral in 1376. The whole layout -was removed to the Tower of London armories for cleaning.