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Wednesday, October 25, 1961
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t CAR MEETS TRAIN . . . Driver of this car apparently was not seriously injured when it collided with a Milwaukee Railroad switch engine at the Main Street crossing Tuesday eve ning. The driver, George J. Kocck, Austin, was charged with going through a red signal light. (Daily News photo) Council Says lNo To Marina Project; Considering Sale The City Council Tuesday refused to spend any more money on the building at the municipal marina but aldermen invited the operators to make improvements themselves and held out the possibility of renegotiation of a long-term lease. Aldermen also proposed to Winona Marine, Inc., that the city take over the operation of the harbor itself and that the private firm buy the building and the land on which it stands. , The city now has laid out $92,-939.23 in cash for development of the harbor, plus unestimated cost of work performed by city departments. The building itself cost $41,124.82. Perhaps, another $8,-000 of the other costs could be assessed against the building. THE SPECIFIC proposal Tuesday was to spend an estimated $6,000 to insulate and heat ihe workshop in the building. John Zywicki and Gerald Schneider of Winona Marine said they want to start a year -around operation, involving repair of motors this winter. The proposal, plus other Winona Marine and city plans for the harbor on Latsch Island, had been discussed at a previous meeting of the harbor committee, but yester day was the first time that the entire Council had heard about them. Reporting for the committee was 2nd Ward Aid. Lloyd Deilke, chairman. The salesroom of the marina building is heated nenv.-but there's no heat in the attached metal shop. Extending the heating would be relatively inexpensive, but insulation is required. The cost, it was estimated about a year ago, would be near $6,000. The present five-year lease held by Winona Marine expires May 1, 1963, but there's an option to renew for five years. Winona Marine is paying the city $1,000 a year rent, a penny on every gallon of gasoline sold and 25 percent of its present slip rentals. ALD. DEILKE said Winona Marine has these plans: This winter It will install a new gasoline dock, 240 feet long, costing $3,000 with service on four sides; it wanfs to install a marine lift costing about $10,000, but wants the city to install the "skull," costing about $3,000, and it wants to erect a boat storage building. Winona Marine does want a longer lease, perhaps for 20 years. The city, said Aid. Deilke, wants to sec covered slips eventually, 't wants the dock condition improved, an annual financial statement as required by the lease and filing of rale structures with the city before they're put into effect. Aid. Deilke said that the city was displeased that the operators had sent a slip rental increase notice in July last year, covering the entire yearr SCHNEIDER SAID that slip occupants had been informed of the increase verbally in the spring. Aid. Deilke also said that there were reports that small boat owners were being discriminated against and that this was improper. He reported that last summer there were 45 large boats on the south side and 82 small ones on the north side. Zywicki said that the firm would be willing to pay more rent if the heating were extended. Later in the two-hour meeting the seven aldermen voted unanimously against financing the heating project, although 4th Ward Aid. Daniel Bambenek wanted to leave the door open for negotiations on that point. The Council also voted to permit Winona Marine to make improvements subject to the approval of the building inspector. Chairman Deilke told Zywicki and Schneider that the Council would meet again with them whenever a financial statement is supplied. They have befti operating there two years; no statement has been filed. As a matter of fact no statement ever has been filed since the lease went into effect in 1958. THE MEETING was marked by an exchange between Mayor R. K. Ellings and Zywicki and Schneid-der. Ellings was one of the original incorporators, selling out two years ago. Ellings reviewed some of the complaints and commented that the firm was doing well on slip rentals, The mayor said some of the firm's practices were "not very good public relations." "We've ironed out the complaints and made adjustments," Schneider replied. The mayor said that there was no justification for the rate increase from $1.20 to $1.50 a front foot last summer. He charged that uncovered slip rentals now are cheaper at the privately operated Whittaker Marina than at the municipal marina and. he added, Whittaker paid everything himself, including dredging. THE MAYOR figured that Winona Marine was making about 25 percent a year now on its investment in slips and docks, which he said cost about $20,000, and that, he added, included the firm's gas dock and office. The mayor said that the firm paid the city $1,252 as its share of slip rentals in 1960, All is not profit, said Zywicki. He cited depreciation of $3,000 a year (based on the lease stipulation of 15 percent, slip maintenance, employes and other expenses. In reference to the city's proposal to purchase the slips and docks in the city, Zywicki thought this might be possible, but it would be unfair to charge off depreciation at 15 percent a year. It should be less, he said. DURING THE discussion Mrs. Mary Masyga, alderman at large, said that she believes some city employe should have the responsibility for supervising the operation. No one does now, she said. City Attorney George M. Robertson Jr. wondered whether anyone had ever thought of selling the land where the building stands and the building. Aid. Deilke liked the proposal. He said the sales and service of boats and motors is a commercial operation and the city by giving an operator exclusive rights on a low rental really was in competition with private business. Operation of the gas docks and slips, however, is a proper municipal function, he said, and is so recognized. Although Zywicki expressed an interest, Schneider, who manages the business actively, said this kind of arrangement had been tried unsuccessfully elsewhere. The proposal will be discussed further. Also as a result of the meeting, the city attorney will get an opinion from the attorney general whether it is "legal and wise" for the city to give a 20-year lease. HERE'S THE percentage split the city gets on slip rentals, based Driver Charged After Train Runs Info Car A driver who police say went through a flashing red light Tuesday night was injured when a Milwaukee Railroad switch engine collided with his car at the Main Street crossing. George -J. Koeck, 75, Austin, Minn., spent a fairly comfortable night, a hospital spokesman said today. Koeck complained of pain in his hips and legs and the left side of his chest. lie was alone in the car when it and Milwaukee Switch Engine 948 collided at 6:35 p.m. The engine was moving west on a spur track. The car, which was going north, was struck on the right side and moved 6i feet from the point of impact. Gordn Raths. St. Paul Park, was the engineer. Koeck was charged with failing to stop for a red signal light. Damage to his I960 car totaled about 51,800. There was no damage to the switch engine. Suspect in Illinois Murder Sought Here The Winona County sheriffs office has been alerted by Illinois authorities to be on the lookout for a stolen car driven by a man believed to have murdered the car's owner. La Crosse authorities, relaying the message from Schuyler County, 111., said the driver may be en route to northern Wisconsin or Minnesota. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Authorities identified the driver as Francis LaVerne Brannen. 36. He is 5 feet 11 and weighs about 170 pounds. He has blue eyes and black hair. He should be approached with caution. Brannen is driving a 1955 Dodge two-tone blue sedan with Illinois license 332-315. Wednesday, October 25, 1961 WINONA DAILY NEWS on per foot charged: $1.20, 20 percent; $1.30. 22'j; $1.50, 25; $1.75, 274; $2, 30; $2.25, 35, and $2.50, 40. Here are city expenditures for the harbor and building, to date, exclusive of work performed by city departments: Land, $1,000; ramp, $5,460; dredging $20,060.15, (mostly paid by the federal government); landscaping, $4,683.98; sidewalks, $1,093.52; steps, $890; lighting, $1,825.97, riprapping, $14,-843.46. and building, $41,124.82, for a grand total of $92,939.23. CORRECTION " It was reported incorrectly Tuesday that revenues from the two binoculars on Garvin Heights this season totaled $7,000. The Park-Recreation Board collected about 7,000 dimes, or $700. $115,000 A A. $n0,OOOA A $100,000 A $90,000 $80 000 - - $60,000 $50,000 V $40,OOo $30,000 $20,000 $IO,000 BIG INCREASE SEEN . . . Today's official 1961 Community Chest fund total is $70,000, up- $2,500 from Tuesday, but campaign officials "were predicting substantial progress toward the $115,000 minimum goal during the next four days. General fund Chairman M. A. Goldberg said this morning that he'd received unofficial reports from solicitors canvassing some of the business and industrial firms and learned that returns in some instances were running as much as 100 percent . ahead of last year. Urging volunteer workers to file reports promptly so that campaign officials can have an up-to-date appraisal of the progress of the drive, Goldberg said that everyone in the city should have been contacted by now by solicitors in the classified, residential or advance gifts sections. Anyone who has not been contacted, Goldberg said, should call or stop at temporary campaign headquarters at 78 W. 3rd St. The sta'f there, in the building formerly occupied by Stager Jewelry Store, will be on duty through the remainder cf the week. Was This Goodbye for Yean ? By HAROLD KNOLL Daily Newt Staff Writer An 83-year-old grandmother, her hand trembling on a cane, her feeble eyes taclcs, joined about 300 Ar- It cadia. Wis., area residents i Tuesday afternoon at Milwaukee Depot here to say goodbye to National. Guard Company C, Sixty-four members of the Arcadia unit, part of the 1st" Battle Group, 128th Infantry, Wisconsin 32nd National Guard Division, were rolling westward today in an 18-car troop train on a 2,000-mile two-day trip to Ft. Lewis, Wash., for one year of combat training. "I'm worried," said Mrs. Anna Kwosek, grandmother of Sgt. Gerald Kwosek, 19, both of Independence, Wis. "In the first war they said they were taking my boy for one year and they kept him for four years." Her son, Edward Kwosek, the World War I veteran, now lives in California, "It's rough but I have to go," Sgt. Kwosek said. FOR 4S fvMNUTES, between the time the dusty troop train arrived at 1:36 p.m. and departed at 2:22 p.m., the Kwosek family learned how difficult it is to say goodbye to a soldier. It was not a good-day 4or- farewells. The sky was sullen. Wind whipped through the stubble be tween the railroad tracks. The sun appeared briefly, contemplated the sad crowd gathered as if at a funeral, and disappeared behind the gray clouds. The 105-piece Winona Senior High School band, attired in orange and black, played sprightly marching music which no one seemed to hear. Officials of the Winona Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations were on hand to say goodbye. But the troops stayed with their families as the minutes rushed by and the officials chatted among themselves. "I HOPE I can come and pick him up in a year," said Mrs. William Kwosek, the sergeant's mother, a short woman in a black cloth coat. Her eyes were reddened. "We had his girl friend over for dinner Sunday," Mrs. Kwosek said. "We had his favorite dish-creamed chicken. He likes that." 1 :Vf A 1 I a - w L "COME HOME SAFE" . . . That was the hope expressed by relatives of departing members of National Guard Company C, Arcadia, Wis. The Guardsmen boarded a trdop train at the Milwaukee depot here Tuesday afternoon for a 2,000-mile trip to -Ft. Lewis, Wash,, for combat training. Girls are shown weeping at the depot. (Daily News photos) of the his cap was adorned with ' carried cameras. It was a scene scrambled egg gold braid. He smil-1 few families wanted to remem-cd and chatted with the officials of ber. I ' A AA ' '"-tv, V A s v'N ( ' A ' tfipM . I ! . ' , , V 'I A?AA - J A . '"A ' AA AAa Clj AA Avk j the civic organizations. "I'm not leaving on this train," he said. "I'm going by air Thursday from Milwaukee." The smallest man in uniform was Mark Moravec, 5, 601 Carimona St. He wore a soldier's cap and a khaki jacket and grinned shyly. How did he feel about seeing the soldiers? "Fine," he said and clutched the hand of his father, Robert Moravec. from the time the train arrived at 1:36 until the Guardsmen assembled and marched to their respective cars. With the departure approaching, the women wept freely. Couples embraced. Guardsmen fathers looked at their children. The lined faces of many of the old relatives seemed impassive. Sgt. Edward S?anislowski, Centerville, Wis., leaning on crutches, waited with his family. "1 got hurt three weeks ago in My girl friend is Janice Hala- Winona-'he said, "I wortr for For a page of pictures on the farewell to the Arcadia National Guard in Winona turn to Page S. ma, igt. hwoseK saia. snes a student at Stout State College, Menomonie. She couldn't get time off to come here today." The sergeant's father said: "We know they have to go. We need protection for this country. I hope they all come back." The Guardsmen arrived at the depot at 12:50 p.m in two buses. Cars filled with relatives and friends followed, The Arcadia High School band played at the Arcadia Armory before the buses left. SECOND LT. William Braun, a cousin of Sgt. Kwosek, said: "1 teach at Arcadia High School physics, chemistry and general mathematics. My wife and I have one son, 10 months old. His name is Robert. I left my wife at home. It's better not to prolong the agony." George Pehler has taken over Lt. Braun's classes. "My students and I had a party on the last day Oct. 6, Friday," Lt. Braun said. "We had soda pop, cookies, cake, crackers and potato chips. We told stories. We were cheerful. We kidded about it." Last Sunday many Guardsmen's families observed Thanksgiving one month early. "We bad a big turkey," said Capt. Everett Kampa, company commander, father of five children and shop foreman at Vogel's Garage, Arcadia. "No, my wife isn't here. She's home. It's bad enough saying goodbye once. How do I feel about going? How would you feel?" He said his company would arrive at Ft. Lewis Thursday. Weeping near the depot building was Miss Joan Schock, 19, Arcadia. "My brother is Pvt. Dennis Schock," she said. "He's 20. I don't want him to go." THE WINONA High School band struck up a jolly tune when the train arrived. Unlike the gleaming yellow Milwaukee Road passenger trains, the troop train's cars were old and sooty. The windows were dirty. Guardsmen, who had boarded at previous stops, sat at the windows and smiled and waved. The crowd waved. A woman in the crowd cried, "Hi boys!" As the train chugged through the depot a Pullman conductor stood on the steps of a car. held a safety rail with, one hand and with the other signaled by waving a paper facial tissue. The farmers and small town DONNA HARDERS, 574 Wilson St., the high school band's major-e'.te, stood at attention as the men entered the train. "It's really sad." she said. "Ail the twirlers have a few tears in their eyes even though these boys aren't from Winona." Th six-piece pep band unit f the high school stepped forward and played "When the Saints Go Marching In." Guardsmen, parted from their loved ones, a few feet away on the other side of the dirtv class win NINETEEN MINUTES elapsed dows, waited as foot lockers were National Can Retinning Co. A can fell on my right foot." He indicated tlrse foot in a cast covered by a heavy woolen sock. "It broke my big toe and some bones in the foot. I guess they'll put me in the hospital at Ft. Lewis." Could he have been deferred temporarily until his foot healed? Sgt. Stanislowski shrugged. "I guess not," he said. His mother. Mrs. Sylvester Stanislowski, said: "I don't feel very good about it. It kind of worries me." loaded aboard. This loading delay ed the train's departure. . DONALD N. DOUMAS, the Milwaukee's freight and passenger agent, said the troop train cars were old because this was spare equipment used during peak travel periods such as Christmas. The tension was eased when a girls' gym class from Winona State College pranced through the depot. The girls wore sweat shirts and shorts. There were some whistles. A straggler, hurrying to keep up with her classmates, explained that the detour was necessary because the Milwaukee crossings at Main and Johnson streets had been blocked while the troop train was in the station. A few minutes before the train left a wife stood in a cloud of steam near a Pullman car and waved to her husband. ANOTHER Guardsmen held a note up to a window while a girl wearing a gray-blue suit stood on tiptoe to read it. The wife of Sp. 5 Gerald Putz, Fountain City, Wis., held her daughter, Jacqueline, one year, who wore a blue corduroy jacket DODGE COUPLE . . . Cpl. Paul Wagner and his wife, Dodge, Wis., embrace before he joined other members of Arcadia's Company C aboard troop train, The Guardsmen have been called up for one year of training. Mother Carries , Four Children, Calls Firemen A mother who noticed smoke coming up from the basement moved three sick children and a 4-month-old baby to a neighbor's home this morning, then summoned firemen. Four of the seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Erdman-czyk, 306 E. 4th St., were home when Mrs. Erdmanczyk noticed the file about 9:01 a m. today. Three of the children, aged 12, 10 and 6, were home from school because they were sick. Mrs. Erdmanczyk got them and the baby out of the house. Mrs. Erdmanczyk noticed smoke cago, a soft-spoken man wearing rimless glasses. "I'm assistant minister of the Righteous Supreme Temple in Chicago," he said on the tracks a few minutes before the train left. "I'll offer those boys every comfort can. My congregation has offered silent prayers for the leaders of the government that tfiey might take the right attitude toward life. "I carry a Bible with me. If a find a serviceman who seems to be troubled over something, I can anticipate what's going on in his mind." What will the minister tell these men? "I'll say this is all some purpose God has," he said. Father Sentenced On Support Count A man pleaded guilty to a rharpp nf nnt sunnortins his two minor children today in municipal! billowing from the basement court. Heavy smoke made it difficult for Raymond D. Walker was sen-! fighters to pinpoint the blaze fenced to 60 days in county jail. 1 and get it under control. Municipal Judge S. D. J. Bruski-f 're Chief J, L, Steadman said suspended the sentence for one i npw equipment used by his men year on condition Walker pay his ! Iped greatly in fighting the wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Walker, $15 ! uia'-e- men usee, smoKe ejec a week for the support of the couple's two children, aged 16 and 12. In her complaint, Mrs. Walker charged her husband, who is separated from herhas not made any provision for "supporting the couple's children since April 29. The sergeant's girl friend, Miss I and trousers and peaked hood. Theresa Suchla, Arcadia, stood close to him, saying little. "He came home only a year ago," said the sergeant's father. "He was with the Army 18 months in Berlin. Now he has to go again." Mrs. Putz looked at the departing train and said: "I hope it doesn't last very long and that they'll be home soon and that we don't have war. I'll stay with my folks at Alma. They're Mr. and Mrs. Leland Zastrow. I'll write my husband and send him pictures of the baby. I'll try to get a job to keep busy." CPL. ROBERT Schmidtknecht, 22, Waumandee, Wis., who works on the family farm, held a broom. His spare blouse was hung on the THE TRAIN was gone. The broom handle. j depot was empty.'A few raindrops "We have to clean up the car : foil, during the trip," he said, "I'm I Despite the fears of relatives, engaged to Lorraine Kokott, of ; the Guardsmen from the farms Arcadia. She came down to see me. We had planned to get married this summer. I guess we'll have to wait." At 1:45 p.m. Lt, Braun cried: "Company C fall into the parking lot!" The Guardsmen marched quickly to the lot in double file, Sgt. Stanislowski had to skip along on his crutches to keep up with them. The sun shone briefly on the red arrow shoulder patches of the marching men. The Guardsmen carried overnight bags, small boxes and magazines. WATCHING THEIR twin husbands leave were Mrs. Lyle Adank, Arcadia, mother of a son and daughter, and Mrs. Lonnie Adank, Cochrane, Wis., mother of two daughters. Their husbands are sergeants who will be 22 in December. The couples had a double wedding in July 1953. The wives hoped their husbands could find housing for the two families in Washington. "I've been praying every day they'll come back safe," Mrs. Lonnie Adank said. "The children will miss them," Mrs. Lyle Adank said. "The children will feel it." MRS. KENNETH F r a h m, residents gathered at the station Dodge, Wis., said of her depart- looked at the unfamiliar names on the Pullman sleepers: Clover Nook, Robert Hope, Brumaire, Chief Galiah. The train consisted of 14 sleepers, two baggage cars, one diner and one coach. OBSERVING THE proceedings with interest was Maj. Eugene H. Vogel, Arcadia, who was recently transferred to Milwaukee as assistant chief of staff of the 32nd Division. His gray-green uniform was immaculate. There were knife-edge creases in his trousers. The visor mg brother, Cpl. Paul Wagner, Dodge: "If the world situation didn't look so bad it wouldn't be so bad seeing 'him go.',' Someone blew a whistle at 1:57 p.m. The troops moved toward the train. " 'Ten-hut!" a sergeant cried. "Forward march:'' A woman leading her small daughter following the departing Guardsmen. "I might as well take it all in, goldurn it," the woman said. Only a handful of the visitors and cities of Wisconsin had some one watching over them as they journeyed westward to learn the arts of war. Aboard was another man in uniform a Negro wearing the white jacket and dark cap and trousers of a Pullman porter. He is the Rev. C. M. Mack, Chi- Open House Sunday At New Novitiate The public has been invited to open house Sunday from 1:30-4 p.m. at the new Christian Brothers Novitiate at St. Mary's College. Cotter Senior Plans Mo Attend Junior Red Cross Convention Robert Gilliam, Cot'.cr High School senior, will leave Thursday morning by train for St. Louis to attend a two-day conference of the Junior Red Cross Midwestern Area Youth Advisory Council. He was recently appointed to the group. His trip is financed oy contributions from Junior Rid Cross members throughout the nation. tors (similar to large fans) and air packs with oxygen masks to fight the smoke. The apparent cause of the fire was an overheated furnace, Chief Steadman said. The fire was confined chiefly to the basement and to the floor joists immediately above the coal furnace. Some of the first floor joists were burned almost completely through. Flames swept through heat vents onto the first floor and started a bed on fire. No damage estimate "had been made this morning. There was considerable smoke damage throoighout the house. Fire and water damage was confined to the basement. Hovland Released A Rushford man who pleaded guilty to three charges Monday night paid fines totaling $180 Tuesday and was released from county jail, Sheriff George Fort said today. Gerald A. Hoviand, 23, was jailed Monday until he paid fines and court costs. He was charged with drunken driving, driving after revocation of his license plates and leaving the scene of an accident. His alternative to paying was spending 135 days in jail. Golden Frog Supper Club Fountain City, Wisconsin aw-' I - ; it i Cj . t ' :: ; ! I: OCTOBER IS Restaurant 11 3 The Golden Frog, conveniently located within easy driving distance from Winona, has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. Primary reason being the wonderful food served nightly at such reasonable prices. Another important reason is the Golden Frog's "Special" Nights such as WIEN ERSCHX ITZEL tonight and every Wednesday, VENETIAN NIGHT every Thursday, 6 Combination Seafood Dinners every Friday and Prime Ribs every Saturday. Try this choice Supper Club soon. DINE OUT OFTEN AT ANY OF THE EATING ESTABLISHMENTS FEATURED HERE! Golden Frog Supper Club Fountain City, Wi. Hogan's Jackson's Riverview Trempealeau on Perrot Part Read Ruth's Restaurant Kresge's Lunch Counter Hillside Fish House Marshland, Wis. Hotel Winona Buffalo City Resort Buffalo City, Wis Wally's Supper Club Fountain City. Wis. Boston Cafe The Mississippian Buffalo City, Wis Shorty's Bar-Cafe The Dairy Bar Williams Annex A Captain's Quarters The Kalua Klub fountain City. Wis. Westgate Drug Weslgate Center Alma Hotel A!ma, Wis- Ford Hopkins Drugs The Oaks Hot Fish Shop

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