Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1950, Winona, Minnesota
Thunderstorms, Warmer Tonight, Fair Wednesday Baseball Tonight p. m. KWNO-FM VOLUME 50, NO. 82 WINONA, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 23, 1950 TWENTY PAGES LORENZ ADMITS SLAYING WIFE VICTORY! That was the way A. J, Anderson, secretary-manager of the Winona Association- of Commerce, described put 'Wlnona.' In the class for the 1850 census. Here he and Mrs. Hubert Weir, crew leader for the city, beam at the official preliminary figure of It was through the Association of Commerce, Mrs. Weir's extra work and the co-operation of the district census office at Rochester that the new figure was reached. Kepublican-Herald photo U. S. Demands Russ Dissolve German Army Note to Moscow Cites Violation Of 5 Agreements Washington The United States demanded today that Russia dissolve the East German police force immediately, saying it has 'the character of an Army." In a note to Moscow, the State department said the creation of this force directly vio- lates five agreements signed by the Soviet Union. (In Paris, the French govern- ment announced it also had sent a protest to. Moscow. The French note accused the Soviets of break- ing the four-power agreement on demilitarizing Germany.) The United States note said of the German force: It is not an ordinary police force, and it does not have or- dinary police duties. It receives basic infantry, ar- tillery, and armored training, and is equipped with military weapons 'including machine guns, howit- zers, antiaircraft cannon, mortars, and tanks. Termed Military Force "It must be regarded, therefore, as a military force." The American note also said that by creating the force Russia has "destroyed world confidence In the sincerity of its promises" and aroused world-wide doubt "as to its pacific intentions." The note said that if Russia wants to restore some measure of confidence in its assertions of peaceful .intentions, "it cannot fail to dissolve immediately the mili- tarized units which it has set up in Eastern Germany." The State department said the East German military force" as made up of 39 Bereitschhaften (alert units) to train enlisted per- sonnel and at least 11 officer train- Ing schools. W W W w Goal Topped in City Ce nsus an-up forts and Mr. Rolvaag and the district census office for their ex- tra efforts in assisting us to ob- tain a complete count. All of their work paid off and when the Phil, adelphia census office gets Wino- na's 1950 count It will be The one dollar reward checks to the persons who sent in the new names will be mailed out by the Association of Commerce office of Commerce offered a name i within the next few days, perhaps for every new name not until next week, he said. Winona's official preliminary 1950 census Is Following an intensive last-min- ute clean-up drive by the As- sociation of Commerce after the first count had been given as 879, the new figure was announced today by Karl Rolvaag, Rochester, first district census supervisor. In an effort to put the city hi the the Association in the figure. The city needed 121 to reach After five days of wide publicity, untiring efforts by Mrs. Hubert Weir, crew leader for the city of Winona and her assistants, and the Gain of The 1840 census figure Was 490. The new figure of rep- resents a gain of despite the trend which has seen scores of Mrs. Weir and Mrs. Sylvester J. Kosidowski, one of her enumera- tors, then went to Rochester last Friday to check the new names the completed portfolio rec- ords. By Friday night 58 new names had been officially listed in the portfolios. Almost Gave Up The rechecking work was resum ed Monday and by noon of tha day only 16 additional names had been counted. The checkers were almost ready to give up hope o reaching Then more names were found and when the work was completed at p.m. yester day, 133 new names were listed to give the city the official prellrni nary count of This count does not Include the village of Goodview on the wes' limits of Winona which may total residents. A. J. Anderson, secretary-mana- ger of the association, was enthus- iastic today In his praise of the co-operation received to put Wino- na over "On behalf of the Association of Commerce I want to thank the people of Winona for their city- wide interest, Mrs. Weir and her co-workers for their untiring ef- village. Mrs. Weir today issued the fol- Monthly G.M. Pension Pact Repotted Motors Cor- poration and the C.I.O. United Auto Workers announced today negotia- tors have reached agreement on a new contract for the G.M. workers. The new contract will run for an unprecedented five years. It provides monthly pen- sions, including federal social se- curity benefits, and pensions will increase if Congress hikes govern- ment benefits to those 65 years of age or more. G.M. Vice-President Harry An- Swift to Build Own Sewage Disposal Plant Company's Decision Means Savings to City "It's good news said Council President William P. Theurer last night, "We're about to save And it' was true, too. He told the council that Swift Company has decided to build its own sewage disposal plant. Cost of the expansion of the present municipal plant and additional sewage lines had been estimated at about of Which Swift would have paid only about 000. Mr. Theurer said that Swift of- ficials, at a meeting last week, had told him and other city offi- cials that a careful study had de- termined that it will be more eco- nomical for Swift to build and op- erate its own plant than to tie in with the city. In addition to the original cost, Swiff would have been expected to pay an annual sewer rental charge of about based on estimates and proposals made by a consult- ing engineer employed by the ci- ty council. The Minnesota department of health has ordered Swift to make provision for sewage disposal. The The Senate i department now has agreed to the derson said the agreement was "historical in labor management relations." Walter Reuther, U.A.W.- C.I.O. president, called it "the most significant and constructive step taken in any mass production in- dustry since the founding of the C.I.O." Senate Upholds Commerce Dept. Reorganization Washington The Senate today upheld President Truman's plan for the reorganization of the Commerce department. A vote of 43 to 29 defeated a e v. I'M olution by Senator Wiley (R.-Wis.) any "objection if Swift build Its Killing in 1933 Not Accidental, Sheriff h Told Confession Obtained By Jacobs After Minneiska Arrest By Gordon Holte Calmly and with scant display of emotion, 62-year-old Charles Lorenz of Minneiska early today confessed that he killed his wife in 1933 so that he could devote his attentions to another woman. The eight-page confession obtained this morning by Sheriff Fort is the first disclosure of the details of the shooting which has been separate plant. Mr. Theurer said that at the meeting with Swift officials they had inquired whether the city had to kill the plan. Votes were slated later In the day on two other plans, both deal- ing with the General Services ad- ministration. The Senate is up against a inid- night deadline for action on the 21 plans that President Truman sent to Capitol hill last March 13. The law provides that a reor- ganization plan submitted by the 'The force is armed with stand-1 fresident shall become a law af- ard Germany infantry weapons, 'f 60 days unless specifically but its military capabilities are at disapproved by either House A present the memoran-1House recess for Easter extended dum said Ith6 deadline in the present m- "However, in the future it could stance form the nucleus of a new Ger- man army or an internal security 21 Plans Submitted Mr. Truman submitted the 21 j own plant. The president said that they had been told that the city had no ob- jection, but that the city realizes Swift is a large taxpayer and if it desired sewer service the city would provide it. The president also told Swift of- ficials that he hoped there was no "hard feeling" about the city's proposal, and a Swift official, ac- cording to Mr, Theurer, had re- plied that he had had "better co- operation from the city of Winona in that respect than any other town he had talked to." Part of the plant expansion pro- j posed by' the consulting engineer was intended to provide for the city. Engineer W, C. Cribbs force to maintain Communist con- plans in the aftermath of a long) ]ast night that he'had talked _ _ I Stud7.b? department of Cites Desire for Peace j headed by former President Hoov- with the Minnesota department health and "the state couldn't see The department said the key per-1 er. Opponents of some of the h had justification sonnel in the German force con- man plans said they went beyond- asklmrfo, an expansion at the sists largely of persons who Hoover -recommendations. Jfm 'old-line German Communists" citizens committee backing the p _1ont who have spent time In volun- tary exile In Russia from 1933 to 1945, or ex-German army offi- cers who "graduated" from Soviet prisoner of war camps "While most people will think on first thought that our job was in- complete, I must point out that only 50 of these people were in city at the time of our enumeration j Russlalj representatives ay e Hoover .-reorganization, ideas en- dorsed 20 of the 21, taking no stand on one to reorganize the Nation- al Labor Relations board. This plan has been rejected. .The American note, presented to! Forty-nine votes are required in the Soviet foreign office by recalled that It concluded: "If the Soviet government wishes jday endorsed the plan to abolish (to restore in some measure inter- ffie Maritime commis- I counted I found no lack of di- rection on thr part of the enumera- tors but rather incorrect answers by the respondents. Some Overlook I national confidence in its alleg- "Twenty of these were old peo-led attachment to peace, it cannot pie apparently overlooked in the fail to dissolve immediately the household. The other 30 were militarized units which it has set young college men and women and up In eastern Germany." working people who were ware of the census. Fifty-three of Communist lOUthS the count was composed of fami-i lies who were in the process offArNVe in moving and were en route atj Senate to adopt a resolution which kills a plan, plans to come be- the Senatewere off in the space of two weeks. Then, In an aDOut face, senators last Fri- the time of our census period. Berlin A vanguard of mil- Communist youth arrived jitant lowing statement as "the story be-l "AS they had left their today in preparation for dem- Ihind the 133 names added to they asked to be counted castrations the Reds are organiz- Wlnona 1950 census count: there. Ten were teachers who had f0r the coming weekend. "Shortly after the census peri-jbeen misinformed and registered od started I realized that Winona 'in their home towns instead of Wi- disappointed inlnona. The final 20 were vacation- Israel Purchasing Argentine Food Tel Aviv, gov- ernment of Israel is going to buy worth of supplies, mainly foodstuffs, from Argentina during the next 18 months. The imports will be made up principally of frozen meats, oils, seeds and cattle fodder.' was going to be population figures. At that time I set my goal at and started the clean-up 300 names short. Ev- ers who hastened to give us the information we needed so that our goal could be reached without eryone in the district office at Ro- waiting for the final count from Chester sweated out the ten days clean-up here only to see me fall short by 121. I accepted defeat but Gordon R. Closway, executive edi- tor of The Republican-Herald did not. So to him, The Republican- Herald, and the Association of Commerce belong the credit for our final 133 names. Washington. "My greatest thanks at this time must go to Mr. Rolvaag and the district office at Rochester who re-opened the portfolios, gave us all the assistance possible and ev- en joined in our own enthusiasm as we finally counted beyond 000." As they assembled, West Ber- lin's Mayor Ernst Reuter, In a broadcast to sion. Follow New Trend They followed the new trend yes- terday by endorsing, in effect, plans for the Federal Trade and Power commissions. Thirty-four senators voted for the FTC disapproval resolution and 36 against. Thirty-seven voted to disapprove the FPC plan 12 short of the necessary 49 and 36 against. The House has rejected none of the 21 plans. Senator Wiley (R.-Wis.) is lead- Senate to any conquer and suddenly overrun free Berlin." Meanwhile the Soviet sector was festooned with flags and numerous reviewing stands were under con- struction. The Communists have advertised that members of their Free German Youth (FBJ) would assemble in the city for a weekend of demonstrations. in the department, including the patent office. He said there would be no ob- jection to the plan If the patent office, a semi-judicial agency, were excluded. He also told the Senate that if the plan is reject- ed he has heard that a new plan will be submitted immediately leaving the patent office out. Boy, 11, Drowns at Hokah Hokah, Minn. Am the rocks where they were standing. after-school fishing trip ended tragically for 11-year-old Duane Senn of Hokah Monday, as the youth slipped from a rock drowned in Thompson creek and pool here, one block from the business district. Duane and his younger brother, Leroy, age nine, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Senn, had gone fish- ng after the day's classes were finished at the public school. They were standing just below what used to be a waterfall at the bend in old Lake Como. Water moving over the rapids just above the boys caused a spray to moisten According to reports, Duane slip- ped and plunged into about eight Other men who were diving Into the pool, Hokah's "swimmin' hole" during hot summer months, were feet of water. Leroy ran Kuhlman, Ray and Gene half a mile to the Senn home and told his mother. Mrs. Sena drove to Hokah and spread an alarm with the village siren. Richard Staatz, Boy Scout leader from Caledonia, was visit- ing in the community at the time and was one of the first at the scene. Charles Shawley, Hokah, found the boy's cap in some weeds near where he had fallen in, and a short time later Staatz brought the body up. Eissen, John Kelly and Harvey Miller. Staatz and Jerry Sauer, Hokah youth, son of Mrs. Marjorie Sau- er, took turns applying artificial respiration to the Senn boy for about an hour and one-half. A police resuscitator from La Crosse was called for but arrived too late for use. Dr. John Skemp, La Crosse, and County Coroner John Potter were called and pro- nounced the boy dead. Surviving are the boy's parents, three brothers: Leroy, nine; La- verne, six, and Dennis, two; his grandparents, Henry Borck and Mr. and Mrs. William Senn, La Crosse. Duane was born at La Crosse December 13, 1938 and had lived most of his life in Hokah. The family spent some time in Cali- fornia during the war but then re- turned here. He was just complet- ing his sixth grade at school In Hckah. Funeral arrangements are pend- ing, but probably win be held Thursday at the Zion Evangelical Reformed church here, the Rev. E. J. Moritz officiating. The plant expansion, project is then deferred. Although Swift will provide for its own disposal of industrial waste, it did ask the city to pro- vide for disposal of sanitary waste. A sewer line on' East Sanborn street now runs within two blocks of the plant, and Swift is willing to construct a force line to that point. However, Mr. Theurer added, Swift has suggested that a grav- ity line be laid there and a small lift station constructed so that the entire area can be served by the same line. It was pointed out that no other property could be served by a force line. The council took under considera- tion the proposal to build a small lift station. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Consider- able cloudiness with local showers or thunderstorms tonight. Warmer tonight, lowest 60. Generally fair Wednesday, becoming cooler in the afternoon or at night, highest 80. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 82; minimum, 53; noon, 77; precipitation, trace; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at DAILY RIVER BULLETIN Flood Stage 24-hr. Stage Today Chj. Red Wing 14 10.6 Lake City '13.4 Reads .........12 9.4 Dam 4, T.W....... 10.2 Dam 5, T.W....... 8.5 Dam 5A, T.W..... 10.1 Winona 13 11.1 Dam 6, Pool...... 10.4 Dam 6, T.W....... 9.8 Dakota 10-1 Dam 7, Pool...... 10.0 Dam 7, 9.6 La Crosse 12 10.8 Tributary Streams Chlppewa at Durand. Zumbro at Theilman, Buffalo above Alma 4.7 1.9 1.6 Trempealeau at Dodge .5 33 2, 3 3 .3 .3 .4 .3 .3 3 .1 .3 _ 2. -f .1 .8 Black at Ne'fflsville Black at Galesville Root at Houston ......6.4 -f .1 Root at Hokah........40.0 .1 RIVER FORECAST (From Hastings to Guttenberg) The Mississippi will continue fall- ing throughout the district with average daily rates of 2 to .4 of a foot, the lesser falls occurring above Lake Pepin. Charles Lorenx Confesses 1933 Slaying (Additional Pictures on Page 3) Text of Confession (The following statement was signed this 'morning by Charles H. Lorenz, Minneiska resident, in connection with the fatal shoot- ing of his first wife March 31, 1933.) I, Charles H. Lorenz, make the following statement to George L. Fort, Sheriff of Winona County, Minnesota, and John Jacobs, Sheriff of Wabasha County, and Gertrude Miller. This statement is made without fear or threat, hope or promise of reward or other benefit, and I know that this statement can be used in a Court of Law. This statement is made at the County Jail on May 23, 1950, at a. m. is your full name? EL Loremt. old are you? were you bom? City, Wisconsin. is your residence? do you do at Minneis- ka? (Continued on Page 3, column 4.) TEXT listed for nearly decades in Wabasha county records as an ac- cidental death. With Sheriff Fort since late last night has been Sheriff John Jacobs of Wabasha county where the of- fense was committed. Sheriff Jacobs stated this morn- ing that he will confer with County Attorney Arnold W. Hatfleld regard- Ing the prosecution of Lorenz on a charge of first degree murder. Assault Charge First, however, Sheriff Fort will have the Minneiska laborer arraign- ed In district court here on the charge of first degree assault for which Lorenz was arrested last Sat- urday. The murder of the woman to whom he had been married for 24 years was the second confession obtained from Lorenz by Sheriff Fort In the past three days. Earlier, Lorenz hud dictated a statement in which be con- fessed that he leveled a shot- run blast at 62-year-old John Pealofski daring a robbery at- tempt at Minneiska a week ago. The sheriff said this morning that "I remember about Lorenz' wife being killed back to the 30's and as soon, as he had confessed the Min- neiska shooting, I began to question him about the earlier affair." Although Lorenz had broken Into sobs repeatedly during his confession of the shooting in which Pealofski miraculously he spoke evenly and without visible strain when discussing the death of his former wife this morning. During a day-long grilling yester- day, the sheriff said, Lorenz stead- fastly professed his Innocence In his wife's death. About ..S a. m, today, however, ;he former tavern keeper Indicated that he would relate the true story of the shooting and less than an jour later began to dictate the con- ression in the presence of Sheriffs Fort and Jacobs. The father at three children by the woman to whom he has been married for the past (our stated blunt- ly that he aimed at his first wife's head when she entered the house after a shopping er- rand. Asked whether he and his first wife lived together amicably, Lorenz acknowledged that they did al- though they had "little family spats once In a while like they all do." He stated that she had not been faithful to him during a period from 1914 to 1915 but that the couple had "patched this up" and got along well since then. On March 31, 1933, Lorenz and (Continued on Page 3, column 3.) LOKENZ Killed in Confectionery Lorenz 'Grief-Stricken' After Shooting of Wife Mrs. Lorenz was killed in the Lorenz confectionery store at Minneiska March 31, 1933, at a. m. She had come to the restaur- ant to get a rifle he kept in the iitchen of the restaurant, say- ing she wanted to shoot a rat in the woodshed, The account of the affair at that time said that before hand- ing her the gun, an automatic .22 caliber rifle, Lorenz began to unload the rifle by taking out the magazine full of bullets. In handling the gun, he said it discharged. Only one bullet came from the gun. It struck Mrs. Lorenz' head, entering just below the lef> ear and penetrated into the brain, causing a hemorrhage. Death was instantaneous. Crowd Gathers Lorenz told his business neighbor, A. J. Hartert, of the accident, and Dr. J. S. Collins was summoned from Wabasha. A curious crowd gathered about the restaurant as the matter was being investigated. The husband refused to leave the body of his wife and the scene of the shoot- Ing. He appeared grief stricken. Wabasha county coroner at that time was A; R. Schleicber of Millville. He ruled no inquest would be necessary and that it was an accidental death. Mrs. Lorenz, according to her husband, fell without a sound when the bullet struck her. He ran out of the res- taurant and across the lot'to the Hartert hardware store. No one was in the restaurant at the time but Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz. Married 30 Tears Mrs. Louise Lorenz was born March 22, 1884. She had been married to Lorenz about 30 years at the time of the shoot- ing. They have two sons, Leo and Carl. At the time of the shooting Leo was a student at Cotter High school in Winona. Today he is a pilot captain for Northwest Airlines. The Lorenzeg had lived in Mmneiska about 18 years prior to 1933. Before moving to Minneiska they bad lived at Kellogg and Weaver. Lorenz is widely known by sportsmen throughout the area and is an old time fisherman and duck nutter. He guided many hunting parties through the West Newton lowlands for years and his restaurant was usually a me'etine place for hunters and fishermen after the day's outing.