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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Fair Tonight, Local Showers Tuesday Night VOLUME 53, NO. 188 Dial 3322 To Place Your Want Ad SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 28, T953 r Street Fight Firemen Stood On Roofs of adjacent buildings to direct five lines of water on the fire during the height of the blaze. The fire crew at the right is standing on Ehlers roof, while firemen at the left arc directing a stream of water into the second floor section of Holden's. (Republican-Herald photo) E siimaie oss in West Business A Favors 1 Conference LONDON Prime Minister Churchill said tonight he still fa- vors a top level Big Four confer- ence of the Western Powers and Soviet Russia. In an unusual move, No. 10 Downing Street issued a statement under the vacationing Prime Min- ister's name emphasizing Church- ill has not changed his stand since he first proposed the conference on May 11. Today's statement was prompt- ed by the remarks of British Labor leader Tom O'Brien, who said a few days ago after lunching with Churchill that the 78-year-old I store, mushroomed out to the mam Prime Minister "is quite ready to I buildings and swept upward through go even to Moscow" for a top level I second floor sections in each of the A fire described by Fire Chief Frank P. Witt as the worst in the city in more than five years late Sunday afternoon swept through three business firms in a commercial district on West 5th street. The fire, believed to have been started by small children play- ing in a frame structure nearby, caused damage that may mount upwards of at the Holden Car Rams Truck At Houston; Mother, Son Die Father Critically Injured as Auto Hits Parked 'Semi' HOUSTON7, Minn. A mother and her 10-year-old son are dead, the father is critically injur- ed and a 7-ycar-old daughter is seriously hurt as the result of a highway accident Sunday at p.m. on the east edge of Houston. It was described today as the worst collision in the history of Houston. I Killed instantly was Mrs. Ed- I ward Lehmann, 38. I Her son, Paul, 10, died at i a.m. today of a deep skull fracture. Critically injured and unable to explain the accident which killed I his wife and son is Edward Lch- i mann, 41. He has broken ribs, mul- tiple cuts and undetermined head injuries. Seriously hurt is Jean, 7-year- old daughter of the Lehmanns, who live between Houston and Hokah at Mound Prairie. Uninjured in the highway crash for which no one could offer a reasonable explanation today was Earl Krueger, Fairmont, Minn., trucker, driver of a parked semi-trailer loaded with shelled corn and headed for La Crosse. Krueger had driven through Houston on Highway 16 and stop- ped at the east edge of the vil- lage. He pulled over to the curb, parked under a .street lamp and Top U.S. Post SACRAMENTO, Calif. UP) Be- lief that Republican Gov. Earl Warren is headed for a federal Mrs. Lehmann C. Elmer Anderson Jr., let out a mighty wail in the arms of nurse Shirley Hildebrandt but his governor-father was all smiles today for the baby is Gcv. Anderson's first son. Tile boy weighed 91.4 pounds at birth. Mrs. Anderson, in Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul, was reported in good condition. The Andersons have two daughters. (AP Wirephoto to The Republican-Herald) Wisconsin ishaps Fatal to 24 Paul Drug Co., 953 W. 5th St.; the Ehlers Meat Market, 951 W. 5th St., and the Sherman Grocery, 915 W. 5th St. Discovered shortly before 5 p. call was sent out by Capl. Wil- liam Multhaup at police head- quarters which served as a communications center for the fire fighting operations. most likely the Supreme all truch burning. He said witnesses related that the By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Highway crashes and drownings took 15 lives in Minnesota and 9 lives in Wisconsin over the weekend, with a train-auto collision on a wide-open crossing accounting for four of the fatalities. Victims of this crash, in the little northwestern Minnesota town of Plummer, were Russell Johnson, 25; his wife, 19, and their daughter, Deborah Jean, seven months, all of' Grand Forks, N. D., and Mrs. Ed- ward Coward, 18, wife of a Rapid City, S. D., airman. Dr. L. N. pale, Red Lake County coroner', said all were killed in- stantly. He said there is a clear i view of the track at the crossing i and that apparently no one in the car had been watching for a train. I..S- Vf- I I m., the fire started m a small Fo the t t 0 ho s fi ,e frame structuie used for storing lines of fire hose a hook and lad- Court grew today after a secret conference with a visitor identified as Atty. Gen. Herbert Brownell. What they talked about was not disclosed. But plainly President Eisenhower's patronage counsellor would not have flown here to trade The Lehmnnn automobile, heading train, a east, crashed into the left rear of travelin the Krueger truck. The right side j an of the car where Mrs. Lehmann i whistle Soo line freight, was only 30 to 35 miles an had sounded a warning Governor Urges Game Wardens To Help on Traffic j the Series with materials at the rear of the dru der truck and four hose rigs were used by the almost 40 firemen in governor. California's 63-year-old lawyer ly. The car was demolished. No Inquest Held Houston County Coroner John j Potter, Caledonia, said this morn ST. PAUL (A recommended Gov. Anderson at an County Coroner Says No Jury Will Be Called Harry Verdick, 39, Found Dead in Bed In East End Home By GORDON HOLTE Republican-Herald Staff Writer I A 39-year-old father of [seven children died at his [home early Sunday about [seven hours after he was I injured during an alterca- tion with a companion on I West 5th street. Dead is Harry Verdick, 1067 E. 5th St., who died his home at a. m. I Sunday of a skull fracture. Verdick, 'who apparently idied during his sleep, was jfound to have suffered a hemor- jrhage into the brain cavity. Held for questioning at the city jail, meanwhile, is Norman Henze, 132, 1057 E. 4th St., the other prin- icipal in the scuffle that ensued outside the Cozy Corner Bar, 901 W. 5th St., at about p. m. Saturday. Verdick is reported to have been felled by one of Henze's blows and i apparently suffered the fracture when his head hit the sidewalk. Didn't Want Doctor After he had apparently recover- ed from the blow, his wife related, Verdick declined medical attention and said that he wished to visit mother, Mrs. Mary Verdick, i who lives between Minnesota City and Stockton. I Mrs. Verdick said that she, her j husband and the seven children, i drove to the Verdick home, stayed there for some time and then re- turned to Winona. "He didn't seem quite him- Mrs. Verdick recalled, "he was kind of fuzzy and he complained about his head hurt- ing but he didn't want to go to a doctor or to the hospital." After they returned home, Mrs. Verdick said, the family went to bed. "I awakened once and he was sleeping there is the wife de- clared. "Then, a little later, I with nesota to 461, as compared 368 to this date a year ago. Other traffic victims: Donald L. Woods, 23, St. Paul, conference. buildings. Most Damage at Rear A major share of the fire dam' age was confined to the rear por- tions of all three buildings through the efforts of both shifts fighting the fire. There was one casualty as a re- sult of the blaze and a second was narrowly averted. recommendation to the h i t e In Washington, it was reported that an appointment to the Su- Court is awaiting formal Fireman Injured Fireman Frank Johnston, a driv- r at the Central station, suffered Over Farm Program NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y. Wl Secretarv of Agriculture Benson men cut on his hand from I jagged glass in the flaming build- jings. He was taken to the Winona preme recom House by Brownell. The attorney general has been a principal ad viser to Eisenhower in the appoint- ing no inquest will be held. He I when his speeding car crash- said, "The truck driver was abso-1 ed inlo trees at Forest Lake while without fault. He every he was being pursued by highway (patrolmen. Out of Control lutely precaution. Potter said. "Just what hap- The fire was discovered by Mrs. Leonard Speltz, 961 W. 5th St., when she returned home after an afternoon auto- mobile ride. "I was just getting the coats out' of the car when I looked over and i ment field, with special interest in the judiciary. The governor practiced law General Hospital by Sheriff George j briefly before he got into public but jFort released after re- I service 34 years ago. But he served ceiving treatment and returned to 17 years as district attorney flames at the rear of the said today his department was re-jstore Mrs Speltz said organizing to give the states; Explaining that she had no tele- more control of the nation s farm program. i phone in her home, Mrs. Speltz ran to the Sherman Grocery where In a talk prepared for delivery i the Bert Sherman, was at the annual four-day convention Baiting on customers at the time. "I told him there was a fire out in Mrs. Speltz said, "and he called the fire department." Mrs. Sherman Nearby Mrs. Sherman, meanwhile, was of the National Association of Com- missioners. Secretaries and Direc- tors of Agriculture, Benson em- phasized the administration's goal of shifting federal activities in ag- riculture to state and local inter-1 preparinV'd'inner csts- she and her husband occupy on the "We have no desire to build first floor_ at ,he rear of store empires in the department of agri- j -when T hGard there was a firc he declared. "It is pos-11 I00ked out the back door Mrs sible through individual and group Sherman stated, "and right awav action to solve many problems and 11 saw the fire and smoke right achieve objectives locally, with a next to me. minimum of federal assistance and j "i dashed back inside and grab- control, bed a few rugs and other things." Mrs. Sherman continued, "and then the fire department arrived." In only a matter of moments, the frame structures at the rear of Holden's and Eh'ers were a mass of flames and the fire spread upward to a frame second story addition at the rear of the drug store. Once occupied, this room had been used recently as a storeroom. After catching in the upstairs ad- assist at the firc scene. Capt. Martin Peplinski nar- rowly escaped possible death or serious injury when he fell through the burning roof over the meat market; Peplinski had gone to the roof with another fireman and was un- aware of the fact that the attic portion had virtually burned through. When he stepped onto the roof, (Continued on Page 3, Column 6.) FIRE iAlameda County (Oakland) I state attorney general. and Brownell flew in secretly. Mc- Cleilan Air Force Base said only that a class Al VIP very impor- tant person arrived aboard an Air Force plane at 8 a.m. and left three hours later. Instructions went out not to identify him. Other sources said, however, pened we don't know. It's a wide highway, the truck was way out on the edge and the visibility was goad. The truck driver told me there was no traffic from the west and that everything was quiet until this terrific crash came." Witnesses said they had never i iseen a car reduced to such rubble j in any but train-car collisions. Boy Badly Injured The Lehmanns had driven to the visitor was Brownell, (2) I he was met at planeside by War- jren and (3) the two retired to a private Office on the huge base for (Continued "n Page 3, Column 5. game j wardens be called on to help crack down on automobile speeders and traffic violators to "stop the slaughter" on Minnesota's high- ways. Alarmed by the increasing rate of traffic fatalities, the governor summoned eight safety leaders to his office for the extraordinary meeting to find a means of curb- ing the auto death toll. "You who hold key positions in the Minnesota Safety Council, have been summoned here this morn- Gov. Anderson .said as he opened the meeting, "to talk about (...j----- the alarming traffic accident situa- which he was riding left the road tion in Minnesota, near Walker. "Primarily your's is a campaign Tom Zimmerman, 67, of May- Mrs. Nick Jost, St. Cloud, killed when the car in which she was rid- ing went out of control near Elk River. Marian Picho, 27, Minneapolis, injured fatally when he was struck by a car in that city. Irvin Barsness, 21, Cass Lake, the car in town to see a motion at -d, father of 14 children, killed of driver and pedestrian education. That program has been effective. LUVVll LU SCC fl ItlULlUiJ yn-LUic CJ V 11 l J -il_ I the Houston Theater four blocks i when his car collided with a gravel j am certain that without your from the scene of the crash. They truck near Maynard. were on their way home when the John McKien Jr., 18, of near i far greater. I efforts our death rate would be crash occurred. The heavily-loaded j Freeborn village, killed when his current reports through semi-trailer unit was not moved by car plunged into a ditch the impact of the crash. Krueger i passing another auto. while i the press, radio, and TV it appears that an educational program and had stopped to eat his lunch in killed when I passive traffic law enforcement the truck. his auto skidded on a gravel road j program are not enough. The The body of Mrs. Lehmann was j near Montgomery and went into i dreadful situation, in my opinion, L (requires stepped-up activity in the "We want farmers to produce for a free market rather than for a federal bounty." WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Winona and fair tonight. Tuesday increasing cloudiness with local showers in afternoon or at night. Continued I ditipn, the fire raced through the mild. Low tonight 50, high Tues-1 entire second floor of the brick day 7S. building housing the drug store and LOCAL WEATHER i gutted out the yard goods and no- Official observations for the 24! tions departments. hours ending at 12 m. Sunday: j Simultaneously, the fire was eat- Maximum. 76: minimum, 42; I ing its way into the workshop at the I noon, 69: precipitation, none. j rear of the meat market and moved Official observations for the 24! upstairs into the building's attic. hours ending at 12 m, today: i The attic was burned out corn- Maximum, 76: minimum, 45; pletely and only a shell of the roof noon, 73; precipitation, none: sun remained. sets tonight at sun rises to- Immediately adjacent to the meat morrow at market is the Sherman store and AIRPORT WEATHER the fire licked through the walls to N, Central Observations enter the third building. Max. temp. 73 at noon, min. 461 By p.m. Chief Witt di- al a.m. Noon bility 15 miles, wind calm, barome- ter 29.7S falling, humidity .46 rected that the entire off-duty shift of firemen be called in for emergency duty and the The Edward Lehmarm Automobile was de- molished Sunday at p.m. when it rammed the rear of a parked semi-trailer on Highway 16 on the east edge of Houston. Mrs. Lehmann, sit- ting beside her husband in the front seat, died instantly. Her son, Paul, 10, died at a.m. today at Grandview Hospital, La Crosse. Author- ities said the truck driver was "without blame." No inquest is scheduled. (Republican-Herald photo, another on Page 3) Elmer T. Johnson, 27, and Don- na Mae Young, both of Savage, killed when their car missed a curve on Highway 101, traveled almost 500 feet through an open field and down an embankment smashed into a cattle under- pass, One of the drowning victims was Bud Thompson, 40, of St. Paul, who fell out of his fishing boat at Forest Lake while working on his outboard motor. The other was John Foucault of Duluth, who disappeared a week ago on a fishing trip to Mille Lacs. His body floated to shore Sunday near Pikes Point resort from where he and a companion, Albert Oaks of Duluth had started out. It is be- lieved Oaks drowned also. POW Killed in Wisconsin In Wisconsin a young soldier who eluded death in the Korean fight- ing and during 23 months as a prisoner of the Communists was killed in a traffic accident Satur- day night. Pfc. Otis Kammerud, Blanchardville, Lafayette educational program and a firmer policy in the law enforcement." The governor urged that Atty. Gen. Burnquist be called upon to review state laws and find out whether any other state agencies, in addition to the crime bureau and game warden bureau, could be utilized to cooperate in the safety move. Nate Keller, Virginia, state com- mander of the American Legion, appeared personally to volunteer the facilities and manpower of the legion to help halt the "slaughter" on highways. Keller said 600 posts throughout the state could be utilized in what- ever fashion the safety leaders be- lieve it would be effective. [Assistant Secretary [Of Agriculture Quits WASHINGTON (ffi Romeo E. Short, Arkansas farm leader, to- day resigned as assistant secretary 1 of agriculture and director of the department's foreign agricultural 21, of County, Secretary Benson appointed As- sistant .Secretary John H. Davis to direct the foreign agricultural service. Howard H. Gordon, administra- tor of the Production and Market- ing Administration, was given Davis' former duties as director of commodity marketing and ad- justment and president of the (Continued on Page 16, Column 1.) Commodity Credit DEATHS [Corporation. who was repatriated Aug. 17, was killed when his car smashed into a concrete bridge abutment on Highway 81, nine miles northwest of Monroe. Pfc. Kammerud has been home since Sept, 8 on leave. He lived with his grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Harry Verdick woke up and noticed that he was not moving. I called to him and asked if he was all right and when he didn't answer I felt his chest and noticed there didn't seem to be a heart beat." Mrs. Verdick then went to ths home of her husband's brother, John Verdick, who lives about four blocks away. The brother went to his brother's I house, determined that his brother apparently was dead and called a funeral director. Coroner Called Winona County Coroner R. B. Tweedy was called to investigate and pronounced that the death was caused by (he skull fracture. Dr. Tweedy said, however, that no coroner's jury will called to investigate the cir- cumstances of the death. Sunday morning, Assistant Chief of Police Everett Laak and De- tective Marvin Meier went to Henze's home and took him to police headquarters for question- ing. Chief of Police A. J, Bingold said this morning that Henze has ac- I knowledged that he was engaged I in the fight with Verdick. The po- i lice chief said that no charge has i been filed in the case and that I Henze is merely being held -at po- lice headquarters for questioning. He said that he expected to con- fer with County Atty. W. Kenneth Nissen this afternoon regarding the matter. Police Reconstruction Incidents, leading to Verdick's death pieced together by police and statements by Mrs. Verdick were these: During the afternoon, Mrs. Ver- (Continued on 3, Column 8.) WINONAN ;