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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1949, Winona, Minnesota FAIR, COOL TONIGHT VELVET VOICE OF RADIO VOLUME 49, NO. 167 WINONA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 1, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY ur in Fines Program of Expansion Outlined by Phone Company Here WMC Awarded Contract to Build New Addition An expansion and improvement program at the Winona office of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, involving the expendi- ture of was announced to- day by H. B. Law, local manager. First part of the program will be the construction of a 24 by 37- foot addition to the telephone ex- change building. Contractor is WMC, Inc., and the addition will cost approximately It will be two stories high, full basement and will be constructed on the north side of the exchange. Construction will start immediate- Japan's Wind, Flood Death Toll Mounting Homeless After Violent Tokyo Bay Storm By O. H. P. King Tokyo Dead and injured piled up today in Tokyo's typhoon- flood ravished area with. 68 known dead, 223 injured and 50 missing in the central Honhu storm area. Some men worked fever- ishly to sandbag river levees against a repetition of floods which 5-Year Reformatory Terms f J r m __ __ 4% g Given 2 in Chicken Theft48 Hours to Get More Jackson Hunter, 50, and Mary they had been doing business Ann Day, 49, were sentenced in dis-j Winona county earlier. trict court this morning by Judge Karl Finkelnburg to serve up to five years in Minnesota reformator- ies, the man at St. Cloud and the woman at Shakopee. The charge was grand larceny in the second degree.' The couple, from ennessee, admit- ted stealing and selling 54 chickens from the E. H. Hanson farm near Fremont, during the second week in August. Buffalo County Sheriff Henry For several days last week Hunt- er maintained that the had been obtained from Rhyner apprehended the couple on had been stolen and that he suspicion when a Winona produce! his companion had been responsible! buyer noticed that the 'couple's car for the thefts and the couple was (three former county commissioners m; arraigned in municipal court an equipment salesman who in 1947 drowned Reports of property damage from wind and water mounted steadiiy after the blow which lash- metropolitan home- less, verified figures from the na- ed the Tokyo bay area last night, left ly and the addition is to be com- tional rural polioe showed. chickens another man whom he had met in Duluth. Later in the week, Miss Day ad- mitted to Sheriff Fort that Hunter had stolen the chickens but. was unable to give any information asj to where the chickens had beenj stolen. After constant questioning Hunt-; er finally admitted the chickens! Salesman Given Well-Wishers Rush To Congratulate Ex-Commissioners By Gordon Holte Fines totatag have beeu district court h f the past 24 hours irom bore a Wisconsin license the first time he talked business with them Tuesday and bound over to district Jhad saw the car in Wisconsin. and a Minnesota license when i Sheriff Fort was unable to con- m called nect the chicken thieves with other county board transactions. deals in to involvement connection with Sheriff George Fort was into the case when the couple thefts in this area. pleted during the winter. Victims still were being pulled i Leading Candidates lor 1950 American Legion commander vote in the 31st convention windup at Con- vention hall, Philadelphia. Shown above, left to right, are George N. Craig of Brazil, Ind.; James F. Green, Omaha, Donali H. Wilson, Clarksburg, W. Va., and Erie Cocke, Jr., of Dawson, Ga. Craig was elected commander for the new year. (.AS-. Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald.) Budget Pared Vaughan to Stay Recreation Board As Military Aide, President States By Al Olson Economy earmarked Wednesday afternoon's meeting of the Winona recreation board. Members approved next, year's budget of which is roughly less than the current budget. And they went on record again as favoring unanimously the proposed merger of their group with the city Par The consolidation, also favored by the new city co-ordinating board earlier this week, is expected to save funds through the elimination of duplication of work by two different units. Following last night's approval, the recreation budget will now go before the city council at its bud- get meeting this month for con- sideration. Repair, Maintenance Chief reason for the fiscal sav- ing, as explained 'by Recreation Truman Sees War of Nerves Slackening By D. Harold Oliver Tru man said today the war of ne.yves between communist and democratic governments is very decidedly slack- ening off. He expressed a sincere hope _ _.......__ _ this war will end in surrender just about in this section of the as the shooting war did. iv Then, he told a news conference, m the PrS" _ i ocilL tOUal 91dti everybody could get in the mood cut to peace, the United Nations would j posed new financial as it should, and he hoped port, generations of world peace would follow. Asked to explain what he meant by hoping the cold war would end in surrender, the President replied he meant just what he said. He Tru- Army aids. To other questions, Mr, Truman the hearing'was held on Capi- tol Hill, and that it would not be continued up here (meaning the White A reporter asked whether he thought Vaughan had got a "fair! deal" from the committee. Mr. Truman declined comment. Although the committee has dis- missed Vaughan as a witness, Sen- ator McCarthy said it is "just getting started" in its inquiry Director Mike Bambenek, is reduced expenditures for repair and; about' him. maintenance work. j McCarthy, talking with reporters The 1949-50 budget included more advance of the President's news for difference ofi i- John be seen Mundt WMC was the low bidder shattered buildings when the will sub-let contracts for toll started trickling in over plumbing and electrical work. patched communications. addition will be of materials drowned in a levee design similar to the present that let the Waterosi river through Aioi in the moun- Other steps in the program will (tains northwest of Threatened Replacement of the the big danger was to come toll switchboard by a the Tone river and other improved swollen by 13 inches of Installation of toll in the mountains raged down the Kanto plain north of Tok- Installation of local equipment to provide was here, authorities feared, al the devastation to the The present toll switchboard The 13 positions and the new board government -cpncentrjited- have 17 positions, Mr. Law The toll dialing equipment diked low 'country. speed up service and allow of the Tone already lap- operators to dial directly the station being at tbjfiSiridge of the main rail line. And "the flood crest was yet present-time, come. if an operator gets n call to the dead were Japanese. The York City, she must first call American mentioned in either cago manually and than ask or missing lists was an cago to call New York, When Army soldier hospitalized new system is installed, the flying glass. tor can dial New York than 24 hours after the ty- thus eliminating delay caused whipped Tokyo bay- into 50- the Chicago waves with 100-mile winds this The Winona exchange now the dismal picture: .telephones, Mr, Law Widespread compared with in 1943. ships and boats sunk1 five operators are employed 50 missing, most of them torn The new equipment will be moorings in Tokyo and Saga- stalled as soon as it is bays. from the manufacturers, the Tokyo alone, persons ager said. Crowded conditions being fed and sheltered by the present exchange caused Japanese Bed Cross and gov- the large increase in the number agencies. Many left dam- customers made the expansion homes but most fled rising gram necessary. Iflood Republican-Herald photo This Bolsteln Bull attacked and fatally injured -Nicholas Kohner, worker near Rollingstone Wed- afternoon. The bull, normally termed as calm by its owner, Ray Faber, crushed the farmhand while he was cleaning out the bull's stall on the Faber farm. Farm Hand Crushed By Bull By Hal Ely Eollingstone, 61-year-old Minnesota City farm worker was crushed to death Wednesday by a Holstein bull. The dehorned animal apparently pinned him against the wall of a feed bin and then a board fence on the opposite side of the box stall. The former commissioners, Wil- liam K. Beach, 64, Dakota; Fred J. Roberton, 71, Lewiston, and Frank J. Preston, 77, Rollingstone. and the equipment salesman, Eu- gene E. Flesch of Indianapolis, Ind, each drew fines of and pri- son terms of one year at a sen- tencing session in district court Wednesday afternoon. In each case, Judge Vernon Gates of Rochester ordered that the pri- son sentences be suspended on the condition that the fines be paid. Beach and Roberton each paid their fines soon after the sentences had beer, imposed yesterday after- noon while who was ar- raigned and pleaded guilty to a charge of giving a bribe in a spec- ial session of court an hour later paid of his fine immediately. and was allowed 48 hours in which. to secure the remaining Preston appeared in Clerk of Court Joseph Page's office late this morn- ing to pay his fine. Standing Room Only There was standing room, only in the court room yesterday for the sentencing of the three former commissioners, each of whom had pleaded guilty last week to charges of accepting bribes. The three former commissioners entered the courtroom with their attorney. H. M. Lamberton, Jr., at about five minutes before 2 p.m., and sat silently awaiting the ap- pearance of Judge Grates who ar- rived in court shortly after 2 p.m. Roberton smiled slightly and scanned the packed courtroom as he entered, but the other two ac- cused men showed no -expression as they took their seats facing the judge's bench. State Public Examiner Richard A. Soiling whose report of county (board transaction cited the three "the Heating Problem Posed By In-Between Season Dead is Nicholas Kohner, who was employed on the Ray Faber farm, four miles northwest of Rollingstone. Kohner had just returned Tuesday from a three-week vacation. He was hear more Crman Vaughan. And Hoey everything economy move here wasifnr made possible by decreasing (Continued on Pagre 11, Column 4) "But of course BUDGET CUT i might develop." concerning lneities. he ad.c'ed: that we had any basis Vaughan's activi- other things Two Dead as Storm Lashes Milwaukee Area By The Associated Press j-jjg) A wind, rain, hail and lightning storm ripped through southeastern that! Wisconsin late yesterday, taking two lives and leaving a trail of damage. Wind-whipped waves several feet high on Lake Delavan swamped would not elaborate, but nobody had any doubt which side he hoped would surrender. Mr. Truman's remarks were in response to a request for comment on the tenth anniversary of the start of World War n. Predicts Success Turning to domestic President repeated a next year. The victim Zilwuis, Chicago, who tried to remove a live J wire which had fallen over his park- conclusions finished. until the 1950 session WEATHER FEPEKAL FORECASTS Winona continued and -vicinity: cool tonight; For a period of about 20 minutes the wind whistled through Milwau- kee at speeds of 40 miles an hour. Many parts of the city were with- out 'electricity last night as crews cleared away trees which blocked roads. A total of 88 trees- were felled in Milwaukee, A report that two boys were train from a mishap near Mequon. Maximum 65, minimum 42. That was Winona's tempera- ture range Wednesday. It, was the time of year that house- owners face their perplexing To start or not to start a fire in the lumace. If a fire were to be kindled, sure as anything the tempera- tures would go climbing back to summer highs. Bu; then with a low of 42 at night, there is a pretty uneasy chill in the house esptciaily about breakfast time. To get around the problem, some nousec'.wners are utilizing electric heaters. Some wives are keeping kitchen ovens lit. The problem is especially Former Eau Galle Man Succumbs in Chicago Durand, Wis. Word was received at Eau Galle, Wis., this week of the death of Joseph H. Wolf, former resident of the Eau Galle area and brother of Mrs. John B. Harmon of the community, in Chi- cago Tuesday. Mr. Wolf was 80 years old. Funeral services and bu- rial will be in Chicago. The engineer .kept his section ofj Mr_ Wolf came to Dunn county the road's streamliner 400 on low throttle because visibility was poor. Suddenly he saw a tree topple across the tracks and halted the clear land and build a farm home train. His crew removed the ob- struction. Small boats moored at yacht Fair in a boat on turbulent Lakeiclubs on Lake Michigan and small the 38 in the rural areas. Fri- day partly cloudy and warmer; high 68. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 65; minimum, 42; noon, 65' precipitation, .13; sun sets to- night at sun rises tomorrow at Additional weather on. Page 11 low 42 inJKoshkonong prompted a search by boat and plane by Jefferson county authorities. After abandoning the project because of darkness and rough water? officers checked lake- side cottages. No one was found to confirm the report that any boys were missing. County Police Cap- tain Glenn Patte said at Jefferson, and no boat was found. The prudence of a North West- lakes were swamped. In the distance Janesville telephone area, 50" long circuits were from Chicago, where he was born, a boy and helped his parents on the farm now owned by William J. Wolf. He returned to Chicago as a young man and became a trick layer, and later, an employe of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul railroad. He retired several years out of service. A light plane was jerked ago Other survivors are one brother, from peter, Bangor, Wis., and one daugh- em railroad engineer saved his I area were blocked by fallen trees. its moorings at the Waukesha Mrs. Ernest Katelhut, Chicago, ty airport .and blown across a high- way. It landed on its back in an apple orchard, suffering heavy damage. Several highways in the Kenosha Approximately organiza- tions now use stamp meters for supplying their correspondence with the necessary postage. killed while cleaning the bull's stall. Evidently, he.moved the bull intojof .._ three men when he entered the courtroom and received a wave of the hand from Preston. Three Men Rise After Judge Gates had onrush but was caught just a few feet from the entrance. A two-inch plank, forming part enclosure, was broken and the bam alley. It is believed that the big animal'pulled loose from acute for families with stoker heat who dislike the labor of hav- Ire-entered the stall. the post to which he was tied and his victim at the spot Kohner was ing to put up with on-again off- again boating. Although temperatures all over ihe Midwest dropped Wed- nesday night, summer isn'c over. Duluth nad snow flurries; it was in the in some parts of Iowa and Wisconsin and the previously sun-baked Dakotas. Take a look at last year. In Septemoer, there were days when rtie maxwnum reached 92 degrees. First freezing tempera- ture was October 3, when 32 degrees was recorded. It isn't quite time tc out the wool-lined earmuffe and to take the screens off the win- dows yet. By noon today the mercury was back up to 65. Chest Crushed County Coroner R. B. Tweedy said death was due to a crushed chest. There were no indications, Dr. Twee- dy said, that Kohner had been tram- pled or otherwise mauled. He said the accident probably happened about p. m. Because of the large area of the pulled from a metal cleat by the force the bull had exerted against chest crushed, Dr. Tweedy said the [when the accident was discovered. bull apparently smashed the vie- 1 Kohner had been employed at the tim with its head. There was no j Faber farm since January, 1949, and goring because the animal had been i before that hfad worked at several of the stall led Dr. Tweedy to thejsentence_ roen arose im. belief that Kohner had tried to and were almost to the out of the pen after the bull's first door of the courtroom when they were called back by the judge who I explained that he had several re- marks to make before adjourning court. The judge explained that the sen- tences were "light" but stated that the ages of the three men had been taken into consideration. After court had been dismissed. Beach, RobKrton and Preston were 'when Faber, who discovered the immediately surrounded by throngs n f nf won-TtHcrorc tunn KhrtAlc nBTlrts mishap, entered the bam at 3 p, m., the bull was standing calmly in the pen. He followed his owner peace- fully into the adjoining stall. is to the nose-ring. The other end was twisted around the animal's hoof found. and congratulated the three for having escaped, imprisonment. Asked by one woman how he felt. Preston chuckled and stated that dehorned. Kohner's cap, found in the feed box, and blood on the feed box in- dicated Kohner was first caught in that corner. More blood on the opposite side BeEe Shopp, Miss America of 1948, receives a kiss on both cheeks from her parents, Edward R. Shopp and Mrs. Beatrice Shopp, of Hopkins, Minn, after her arrival at LaGuardia Field in New York today from her tour of Europe, The Minnesota beauty will go to Atlantic City, N. J., for the 1949 Miss America pageant. (A.P. Wire- photo to The Republican-Herald.) other farms in the Rollingstone area. Four Brothers He had been living with a brother, twisted around the animal's hoof When Beach was asked whether he would pay the fine imposed, he replied that he would "if I can get that much money together, "I don't carry that kind of money around with he remarked. Roberton's Statement Roberton stated that he would pay the fine "If they'll take it." He didn't explain what he meant by that. The sentencing of Preston, Rob- Edward, at Minnesota City for and Beach followed 'a full past few years. He is survived dellberation of the cases three other brothers Michael each by Judge Gates. Rollingstone, Henry of St. Paul and Frank of Los Angeles. Funeral services will be conduct- ed Saturday at 9 a. m. at Holy Trinity church, Rollingstone, with the Very Rev. S. N. Majerus offici- ating. Burial will be In Holy Trinity cemetery, Rollingstone. Friends may call at the J. M. Kohner Funeral Home at Rolling- stone Friday evening. Father Ma- jerus will say the rosary at 8 p. m. Friday. Mr. Kohner was born July 6, 1888, At the conclusion of a lengthy pre-sentenclng questioning period at Rollingstone. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the St. Nicholas society of Rollingstone and had served in World War I. Legs Crushed St. Cloud, Minn. Two Min- neapolis, men suffered crushed legs in a railway accident here Tuesday night. They wore pinned against the end of a gondola car when a load of steel shifted when a Great Northern train came to a halt here. It was necessary to amputate both legs of Steve Coley, 56, and the right leg of Jacob Mellum, 54, The men were en route to North Dakota to harvest potatoes. in district court a week earlier, the judge indicated that a stiff penalty might be imposed when he com- mented that the three accused men should "bring some extra clothes when you return for sentencing. you rnight need them." Action against the three former commissioners was instituted swift- ly after the disclosure of a 36-page report submitted by State Exam- iner Golling in which five mem- bers of Winona county boards were cited for having either accepted or negotiated for bribes in connection with certain county board, transac- tions. Vote Influencing Preston, who served on the board until January of this year, and Roberton and Beach each of whom resigned their posts before their arraignment in district court on bribe charges last week, are cited specifically for accepting each from a representative of the George T. Ryan Company of St. Paul to "corruptly influence" their votes in the purchase of a new motor grader March 4, 1947. August H. Gensmer, Jr., Beth- (Continued oa Fare 18, Column S.) FINES PAID ;