Steele County Press from Finley, North Dakota on March 8, 1951 · 6
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STEELE COUNTY PEESS Served 3 Terms During His CoEorfyl Politico! Career Charles R. Robertson, 61, a U. S. congressman lor tnree terms ana prominent Bismarck businessman, died Sunday, Feb. 18, at his Bismarck home of a heart attack. ' He had not been feeling wel all j day, friends reported. He went to bed shortly after noon and died without awakening. Robertson's body was taken to Minneapolis for burial. No services were held in Bismarck. Besides Mrs. Robertson, he leaves a brother, David, of Jamestown. They had no children. Mr. Robertson had been In New York and Washington in January. At Washington he suffered a kidney affliction and after treatment there went to ' his home in Bismarck where he entered the hospital. However, he seemed to have recovered from that trouble and had been discharged. Robertson belonged to the Presbyterian church and was active in the Masons, ( Eagles, Elks and Rotary. Born on a farm near Madison, Wis., Sept. 5, 1889, and an operator of women's apparel shops in North Dakota since 1917, Robertson had an interesting political career. He was elected to congress in 1940, defeated in 1942, elected in 1944, re-elected in 1946 and defeated in 1948. He made his start in active politics by running for one of the state's highest offices, won election in his first effort and never sought any other elective public office. Over the years, however, there were several times when Mr. Robertson's name was linked prominently as a potential candidate for both the United States senate and governor of North Dakota. . Formerly a Republican party "re gular," Robertson, with the backing of William Langer and the Non partisan league GOP faction, was named a candidate for congress by the GOP state central committee prior to the fall election of 1940. The late Congressman William Lemke, who had won one of the 1940 GOP primary election nominations, along with Usher L. Burdick, resigned his nomination to run against Langer for the U.S. senate in the general election. Robertson was picked to fill Lem-1 ke's position at a hectic Minot meeting of the state Republican central committee in 1940. He won nomination over district Judge C.W. Buttz of Devils Lake after the committee balloted 15 times. A total of 31 candidates were nominated with Robertson getting only one vote on the first ballot He finally edged Buttz by 5 votes. Lemke, defeated by Langer in the 1940 senate race, came back in the 1942 primary. He joined with Burdick to defeat Robertson. Robertson ran independently in the 1942 general election but again trailed Lemke and Burdick. An attempt was made to bar Robertson from the 1942 general election ballot on the basis of a 1939 law which prohibited candidates defeated in the primary election from seeking the same post in the fall election. The supreme court, however, held that the law did not apply to congressional offices. In the 1944 primary Burdick along with Lynn U. Stambaugh challenged Gerald P. Nye for the GOP senate nomination, Robertson was again indorsed by the Nonuartisan league for the house of representatives and went on to win the election. Burdick ran independently in the 1944 general election for the house against Robertson and Lemke but was defeated. Robertson was re-elected in 1946, again with league backing. In 1948, however, Robertson was indorsed by the Republican Organizing Committee, GOP faction. Burdick returned to the political wars in the 1948 primary and along with Lemke, defeated Robertson, though Robertson was Lemke's running mate. Robertson then dropped out of active politics and had been dividing his time between Washington, where he had business interests for a time, and Bismarck. One of the accomplishments cf which Mr. Robertson was most proud during his tenure in congress was the part he played in bringing about establishment of a lignite research laboratory at the University of. North Dakota at Grand Forks. ' As a member of the house appropriations committee, he also lent 1 his influence to the securing of adequate funds for federal water development projects in North Dakota. In 1949, Robertson was named an . advisory member of the Hoover commission on reorganization of the government. He was serving as North Dakota chairman for the Hoover report at the time of his death. Last fall, he was also North Dakota executive chairman of the Crusade for Freedom. Robertson's parents came from Scotland. They owned a grain and stock farm near the little vilage of Arlington, 20 miles from Madison Wis. Second youngest of six children, Charles Robertson helped on the farm, attended the local schools and was graduated from the ' Poynett high school. He was later graduated from Parker college with a major in commerce. He began work as a $30 a month order clerk and stock man with the wholesale drygoods firm of Wyman-Partridge company, Minneapolis. After positions as salesman at Win nebago, Minn., and Aberdeen, S.D., I ployee, organized the Webb-Robert sun cmuc mmyauy. He sold his Interest four years later to his partner. Going to nearby Redfield he, together with Henry G. Schwartz, purchased a department store, which they operated for five years. It was there that Mr. Robertson married Miss Mary Armstrong, 1 daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Arm strong of Kansas City, Mo. He again joined the Wyman-Partridge company after disposing of his business Interests and was with the firm in Minneapolis for two years. A Wyman-Partridge executive, who had a large block of stock in the largest department store in Mandan, induced Mr. Robertson to locate there. He soon purchased a substantial interest in the business and it became the Cummings-Ro- bertson company until he disposed of his interest some five years later. He then located in Valley City in 1922 and established his first business exclusively under one management, operating from then on in all his enterprises under the firm name of "Robertson's". The business was successful from the start, and three years later a branch store was opened In Jamestown and another in Wahpeton the following year. Mr. Robertson assumed charge of the accounting work of the office. In 1928. a store was purchased at Bismarck. Four years later Mr. Robertson assumed personal charge of the Bismarck store and, during the period of depression and general farm and business distress, had gradually disposed of the other establishments. All handled the same type of goods women's wear and accessories. 300 Hear Young At Annual ROC Dinner Meeting About 300 persons attended the dinner meeting of the Republican Organizing Committee Monday night, Feb. 19, at Bismarck. Gov. Norman Brunsdale shared speaking honors with U.S. Senator Milton R. Young, who came from Washington for the occasion. Young reviewed international de velopments, and told the group that he had a "hunch" that the United States will not go to war with Rus sia "this year, next year, and maybe not at all; but it could happen any time." He charged that the United States has "gotten a lot of dreamers into our government wno navent me faintest idea of what money means. This country must make itself strong militarily but must not weaken its economy, he added. He said he believed American troops should be sent to Europe on a "matching basis" with Europe and that this country's best army would be a very mobile one that could be transported to any place in a short time. ' ' Right now, he said, the U.S. has enough equipment to move 35,000 troops by air in a one-trip opera tion. By the end of the year,' he said, it should be possible to move 100,000 troops in this manner. He said that a recent poll in North Dakota showed the people in favor 5 to 1 of re-arming western Ger many. Gov. Brunsdale said the mail reaching his office and personal in terviews indicated the following problems as of most concern to North Dakotans: x Economic survival of people "who do not have the necessary , wherewithal to meet the increased cost of living" in the present inflationary times. The interruption of civilian life by calls to military service. Brunsdale reviewed the actions of the present legislature, and said it has for the most part followed pretty closely the administration's major recommendations. He included among these the staying close to budget board appropriation recom mendations, working out a highway financing program and guarding against enactment of new state taxes. County ROC chairman and state committee members adopted a resolution at a breakfast meeting commending former Insurance Commissioner Otto Krueger for "actively serving the cause of good government for many years." The resolution noted Krueger's service as state treasurer and insurance commissioner and expressed "thanks and appreciation for his splendid service as a state official." Lt. Joins Navy Recruiting Staff Lt. Alan W. Langworthy has joined the main navy recruiting station in Bismarck as assistant officer in charge of enlistments and officer procurement. Lt. Langworthy was on duty at the main navy revcruiting station, Minneapolis, before coming to Bismarck. He was a civil engineer with the bureau of reclamation in South Dakota prior to requesting active duty in Sept. 1950. He served in the Pacific during World War II. He is married and has four pons. His family now lives in Billinss. " W&t &PgJURESQ(JE TWINS TO VMwWf ' J?P- v vote on political P'A:-VMf'h issues. Asa token i jy-Ny 1 W. IN THE SPRING VAAIY PEOPie GO ON POPULAR PRICED GARDEN TOURS TO EUROPE. WHICH TAKG THEM INTO WORLD-FAMOUS W5 J PIIVATE GAPDENS AND l nk.fl rit.iv luti wwr - v- JZAN USE BACK ii -a. S. H WiV-w "- . ! mt Migsi. i - r i :t i I'll ii hpmim "i mi li -3L Interest Centers on House In Last Days of With the North Dakota legislature heading " " down the homestretch, much of the interest of the final days of the 60-day session in expected to center in the house. The three major problems confronting the legislature at the beginning of the session are now before the house. They are: state aid to municipalities; a highway financing program involving more than 8,500,000; and the problem of raising more than $2,800,000 to meet a veteran's bonus deficit. No controversy is expected on the bonus deficit. Senate approved bills would take $1,500,000 from the Bank of North Dakota surplus, $500,000 from the state mill and elevator, $300,000 from the veterans aid commission and $518,000 from the state's general fund. These measures are expected to pass the house without trouble. . A certain amount of controversy is expected in scraping up money to take care of the remaining two appropriations, however. If the state is to match all federal highway grants in 1951-53, the house must get together another $2,000,000 from somewhere. The senate, with its ROC majority, has passed and sent to the house two bills to raise $6,500,000 in highway money. One would increase the gas tax one cent per gallon raising, an estimated $2,500,000. The other bill would appropriate around $4,000,-000 out of the general fund. When they had agreed on this program, senate ROC leaders had decided to raise the remaining $2,-000,000 by slicing into the state ATOMIC-POWERED AIRCRAFT ARTIST'S SKETCHES below show various possible designs for aircraft powered by atomic energy. In theory such planes could fly on indefinitely without refueling, and at a speed limited only by force the airframe could withstand. The sketches are result of gleanings from Interviews with atomic scientists working on the problem. It is reported that General Electric has been commissioned to design an atomic engine for such new type planes. (International Soundphotos) i ' y - jSt" . V, . . x : X In piston engine bomber (upper), crew Is relatively close to power plant. In second type (lower), which aero-dynamic experts believe is sound, crew compartment (in nose) is as far from radioactive power plant (tail) as possible. Wingspan would be 230 feet, it Is estimated. -llNliBifWfeteMaiMfov' 1- ..i n. .. . . Tills conception shows how atomic maintenance. A principal problem is reducing weight of shiriu ary to protect crew from radiation. Power plant would be plan1 rmult when plana la tdlA. U ti-a wIks'm ii:uli would i-rr 7 $sroQS7Z 141 4tfrv DEMONSTRATION OF DEMOCRACY AT WORK" ieJ&r&J- 7 "tr HELD IN SOME PIC": .. r nr. i fir of honopable citizen- f - 'SHIP. MEN CARR) ANCIENT SWORDS. mi ww fh2' - - - GIVE 3 HONE. Lbelgium H" I THE BRUSSELS ' 77t HALfilS UU (.bNTtNlfiS in April features outstandA tVG EXHIBITS OF TEXTILES. SILVEP HANDICRAFTS, INDUSTRIAL EQUIP MENT AND SIMILAR ITEMS ASSEMBLED FROM ALL. PARTS OF TH& 3 WORLD. U.S. EXHIBITORS WILL AGAIN 0EIN THE- MAJORITY v, ND Session equalization fund surplus of about $12,000,000. The house doused water on this plan by killing that particular bill just recently. They were afraid it would set a bad precedent if money were taken from the fund for other than schools. The fund is financed by the 2 per cent retail "sales tax and - is earmarked for school finances and the public welfare program. A possible boosting of the general fund appropriation to raise the balance of the highway money is opposed by the Non-Partisan League faction of the house, however, the ROC has quite a large majority there. Municipalities, which have been trying for years to get financial help through a cut of state collected taxes, apparently stand a good chance of getting help this session, but before they do there is a strong possibility of plenty of argument over two senate-passed bills. The one bil would impose an additional tax of 75 cents per gallon on the gross wholesale sales of hard liquor, 10 cents per gallon on wine, and 7-. cents per gallon on beer, except draft beer; the other would put ah additional tax on cigarets of one cent per pack of 20. The two bills were expected to raise around $1,500,000 annually, which revenue would be distributed among cities and vilages on a per capita basis. Both passed the senate by surprising majorities, but the liquor interests are expected to continue their fight against any increase in taxes on alcoholic beverages to the house. power plant could be detach I'd for neces- d In a Edwards Warns ND May Become A Battleground Brig. Gen. Heber L. Edwards, speaking before the North Dakota house of representatives appropriations committee, said that "it is entirely conceivable' that this state might become a battleground in an air war. Edwards said he wanted to point out the possibility to dispel any indifference to civil defense resulting from the question he has heard asked, "why should an enemy attack in North Dakota?" "If we were1 the enemy in a war against'the United States, we would want to bomb America's great shipping centers, one of them Chicago. If the enemy were Russia, the jumping-off place most logical for an air attack on Chicago would be Vladivostok. North Dakota is pretty much in a direct line between the two cities. "Nobody has ever been able to pick his own battleground. A battleground is whereever two forces happen to meet." The house appropriations committee forthwith voted to recommend passage of a bill already passed by the senate, with some a-mendments proposed by Edwards. Two of the amendments the committee voted to recommend for adoption with the bill itself are of major nature. One is an emergency clause j to make the bill effective immediately upon house passage, senate concurrence and signing by the governor. The other would give the governor additional civil defense powers. The bill, which carries a $50,000 appropriation, would have the governor head a state civil defense council. The council in addition to the governor, would consist of the attorney general, the commissioner of agriculture and labor and 12 other members to be appointed by the governor. ill Succeed Mrs. Moses If Senate OECs D. Ferris Cordner President Truman Wednesday, Feb. 21, sent to the senate the nomination of D. Ferris Cordner for postmaster of Bismarck. At the present, Cordner is assistant Bismarck postmaster. The President also nominated Donald C. Fraser for Fargo postmaster and Alf N. Ellingson for Valley City postmaster. 'CAN SHE BAKE W-x fC J ffyf S ' -' - y . 1 - ' - ' i. - . . . mmamsissstiasm PRETTY MARCHETA BENTON, 18-year-old Chattanooga, Term., miss. Is champion of the 19th annual cherry pie baking contest in Chicago, a winner with her 151st and 152nd pies. She said shf baJted the first 150 as training. No. 152 goes to President Truman. No. 151? The judges ate it, and can you blame them? (International SonndphotoJ. Supt. Seher Sues Steele School Ousted Steele School Superintendent, J J. Seher, has brought a suit against the Steele Woodlawn school district asking damages of $2,944.02. The complaint charges that Seher was discharged Jan. 16 without just cause, that he had always been ready to perform his duties and had performed them until prevented by the defendent. The damages were measured by the amount of money he would have had coming to him for the remainder of the school year, plus interest, his attorney, A., R. Scanlon, Mandan, said. 1 Former Math Professor of Jamestown Dies . The father of a Bismarck woman and a former professor at Jamestown college died Friday, Feb. 16, at Jamestown. He was Dr. C. E. Fulton, 81, the father of Mrs. E. C. Warming, 814 Ave. D. Dr. Fulton came to Jamestown college in 1916 as head of the mathematics department and also taught Bible. For a number of years, he was college Pursar and after retiring from teaching, was manager of the college bookstore. At the time of his death, he was stated clerk of the Fargo Presbytery. He was commissioner of its general assembly last spring and was elected moderator in 1939. Besides his daughter in Bismarck he is survived by his widow, a daughter, , Miss Harriett Fulton, Martin, Tenn.; and four sons H. C. Fulton, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Donald, Hillsboro, Ore.; Willard, Kansas City, Kans.; and Ralph, Nauga-tuck, Conn. Nomination If the U. S. senate confirms Cord-ner's nomination, he will succeed Mrs. John Moses, widow of the late U. S. Sen. John Moses. She has ; been acting postmaster since Aug. !31, 1948. Cordner has been with the Bismarck post office since 1911 when he started working as temporary letter carrier. TVrpnt fnr armv ser vice in Mexico in 1916-17 and later with the 164th infantry regiment in Europe in 1917-18, he has always been employed at the Bismarck post office. He was discharged a second lieutenant and resumed work at the post office in 1919. He was made a clerk in Oct., 19-11, and worked in all phases of clerical duties until 1925 when he was appointed foreman. Cordner was appointed superintendent of mails in 1940 and assistant postmas ter in 1945. I Married and the father of two children, Cordner has seen the local post office grow from a small building which stood where the Sears Roebuck store is now located to its present size. He was born Aug. 7, 1892, at Providence, R.I., although his parents' were residents of Burleigh county at the time. Mrs. Moses is the third woman postmaster in the history of Bismarck. Following the death of her husband, who was elected governor of North Dakota on the Democratic ticket, Mrs. Moses served for a time as deputy clerk of the United States district court at Bismarck. A CHERRY PIE--' Life Insurance Q Receipts in ND Up from 1950 North Dakota families received $2,938,700 in death benefit payments from 1,260 policies during 1950, the Institute of Life Insurance reports. This compares with receipts of $1,905,000 from 918 policies in 1941, the last pre-war year. "Of the aggregate 1950 payments in the state, $2,704,000 was under 1,100 ordinary policies; $219,000 was under 107- group life insurance policies, and $15,000 was under 53 industrial insurance policies. "These payments were $1,033,000 greater than the corresponding payments in 1941, representing increased funds for family income, educational needs, mortgage payment, retirement income and other protection uses. In addition, an even larger amount was paid to living policy holders by their life insurance companies." , The national total death be- 3 paid last year was $1,589,7 ,J which compares with $1,489,742,000 in 1949. Legion Chairman mmm Gilbert Olson ANNOUNCING committee appointments for the state American Legion convention to be held at Bismarck, June 23-26, was done Feb. 19, by Gilbert Olson, Bismarck, general chairman for the convention. Olson met with the committee chairman at Bismarck, Friday, Feb. 16. Department Adjutant Jack Williams of Fargo also met with the heads to help them make their preliminary plans. . Committee appointees were named bythe committee on committees headed by the Bismarck post commander, Earl Boyd. ' Committee heads and the committees named, respectively, include: (first named is chairman) Registration, Lyle Adams ' I Harry Rosenthal; Housing, i.a Lips and Ed Martinson; Policing Parade and Parking, Duane Davis, Ferris Cordner, Sr., A. M. Rott and M. T. Bradford; Finance, Milton Rue, A. L. Hirsch and Gordon Engen; Musical Organizations and Entertainment, John Conrad, Clark Monroe, Ryder Hamro and S. S. Boise; Halls and Memorial Services, Wayne Carroll, D. J. McPhee and Currie Conrad; Decorations, Robert Mc-Carney, H. D. Dunahay and Jack MacLachlan; Transportation, Lyle Porter, M. B. Gilman, G. J. Griffin, Orrin Homme, Russell Murray and Henry Jacobson; Guests, A. D. Mc-Kinnon, Earl Boyd, Tom Kleppe, Milton Rue and S. S. Boise. Mrs. C. W. Leifur is the chairman of the Auxiliary committee. ELDER KURZ GOES TO MINNEAPOLIS Elder Kurt Kurz will leave Sunday to attend the Northern Union Conference session in Minneapolis. No services will be held Sunday evening at the Seventh Day M-ventist church. Convalescing VELL-BUNDLEO against wintry inds, British Foreign Secretary Srnest Bevin, convalescing from Uness, manages a smile for well-irtshers as he leaves his Carle ton louse residence in London for Dastbourn. 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