1957 Ice Storm Indiana - Tom Malmay

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1957 Ice Storm Indiana - Tom Malmay - INDIANA: Rain tonight with chance of locally...
INDIANA: Rain tonight with chance of locally severe thunderstorms. Friday cloudy with chance of a' few showers, warmer north. Temperature 12 noon 45 degrees. Sunset 7:12 p.m., sunrise Friday 6:23 a.m. (CDT.) LOGANSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY f "YOUR HOME TOWN NOW IN OUR 113th YEAR HOME EDITION LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL "4, 1957 Price Per Copy, Seven Centg --- JTOT All u«l»«r »·»·«"«« I j V J^Tjr^it kJJ. WJLb Jby A A I irf-j-«.*-. . -- -- j ·--^ ^* .. _ ..-_ STATE CLEARS ICE STORM. DAMAGE Losses In City And County Over $200,000 Mail Service Curtailment Threatened Cutback in Postal Service May Come Saturday Unless Congress Makes Emergency Appropriation WASHINGTON (UP) -- Post master General Arthur K. Summerfield announced publicly today that he may have to order a drastic cutback in mail service start- Ing Saturday unless Congress gives him an emergency ?47 million appropriation. He said he may have to shut down all post office windows on Saturday, halt Saturday mail delivery service and make other re- duc'.ions in service. Summerfield called an "emergency" news conference to announce that he was -vailing "minute by minute and hour by hour" to decide what mail service cuts would have to be made Summerfield said "This will be the most difficult decision any postmaster general in history ^has ever been called on to make." His decision hinges on the outcome of an angry -ow with the Democratic-controlled House Appropriations subcommittee which has voted to give him only $17 million of the $47 million he says he needs to keep the department going full-blast until July 1. Democrats on the subcommittee ·were standing firm, but Republicans hoped'that the House would side with Summerfield and vote him the full amount. Lists ?/ahabIe Curtailments Summerfield said the Post Office Department is considering J.he following curtiilments: --Embargo acceptance and delivery of all third-class mail, except merchandise. --Discontinue city carrier delivery of all classes of mail on Saturdays. --Close all post offices on Saturdays and discontinue rural delivery of all classes of mail on Saturdays. --Discontinue sale of money orders throughout the country for the next three months. --Reduce deliveries f mail In business districts of cities from two and three a day to one a day. Summerfield declined to say which of the measures would be given "priority." "Fault of the Congress" He said the action of the House Appropriations subcommittee in voting only $17 million of his $47 million request "is one of the most disturbing things I've ever been confronted with in my lifetime," Summerfield said the $L7 million would cover only pay increases to postal employes. He disclaimed any "rjsponsibili- ty" on the part of the Post Office Department or the administration (or any reduction in mail service that might have to be undertaken. "It is no fault of the Americans if they are not paying enough," Summerfield declared. "It is the fault of the Congress." This was a reference to administration efforts to get postal rate Increases. Summorfield blamed Congress for submitting to the 'nressures" of the "magazine lobby and third- class lobby." Death Claims Mrs. Monahan TREES, WIRES, AERIAL FALL UNDER WEIGHT OF ICE Wabash River Reaches 11.1 Feet in City Indianapolis Weather Bu reau Expects Crest Before Reaching Flood Stage Here Residents of Logansport in low areas near the Wabash river became alarmed Thursday noon as :he river, swollen by a steady rain all day Wednesday, climbed to 11.1 Clean Up Destruction; Repair Electric Lines Streets and Highways Littered With Fallen Trees and Broken Television Aerials; Estimate 1,500 Homes Were Without Electric Current. feet here. However, Frank Elmlinger, lo By UNITED PEESS A severe ice storm gave way to flood conditions in Indiana today, "By UNITED PRESS A giant spring storm unleashed from low-lying homes. A sheath of ice over two-thirds of 'the state melted, leaving a trail of broken utility wires and tree limbs. Thousands of Hoosiers were harassed by power failures in dozens of communities, and by central Plains and lashed a thousand-mile-wide belt of the nation's midsection with sleet, ice, drench- . ,,_(.,, y. dozens ot commumues, aim ay cal weather observer, reported | dj - ted telephone service. At that the Indianapolis weather bu- · reau had informed him there appeared to be little danger of a flood here since the rainfall to the east of Logansport had not been very heavy. The rainfall in Logansport dur- ==r=a-x s--s s =siKi? *LIS sr, tr: r^-snsr £ taled 1.53 inches, Elmlinger said, bringing the total precipitation for the first four days oE the month to 2.24 inches. This is almost twice as much as fell here in the entire month of March. - The river was at a level ot only 3.7 feet Tuesday morning. It had risen to 8 feet Wednesday morning as a result of Tuesday's rain, and by 7 a.m. Thursday it had Residents of Logansport and Cass county Thursday launched the monumental task of cleaning up in the wake of a destructive spring ice storm that ravaged the area with an estimated $200,000 to $250,000 damage .east 50 phone exchanges were reported cut off from the outside world. Weathermen said the rains sent streams into a "general rise." At Wabasb, a crest of 19 to 20 feet in the Wabash River was expected today, 7 or 8 feet above flood stage, and experts said a "few evacuations may possibly become necessary." Wabash Red Cross sources said i highway traffic Electric power lines, telephone i wires television anlennas, trees ing rains and high winds today. | and s h ru bbery all felt the whip Twisters slammed Mississippi, 0 [ the storm, described, by many Tennessee and Alabama, killing as the worst witnessed here in one person and injuring at least 57. The Weather Bureau said tornadoes and severe thunderstorms were expected to lash north and central Georgia and western South Carolina during the day. On the opposite end of the far- 'flung storm, a snow storm piled up to 25 inches of snow on western South Dakota, played havoc .vilh broad in southern Minnesota. . Weathermen issued a blizzard anu uy I a.m. anmauaj i" »«~ uiuuuei.as.ui uio a«iw ..~«... reached 10.26 feet. It rose more po urs created for Hoosiers YvaDasn i-veu t^ross som^va oaiui.iiBi'""^ -«".- _ "a few" families left their homes area of the northern Plains and when Ihe river reached 17 teet this forced scores of schools to close morning. The Wabash also was due to crest above f'.ood stage at Bluffton, and the While at Muncie, Anderson, N o b 1 e s v i 11 e and Spencer. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, wind, thunderstorms- and heavy down- than eight-tenths of a foot between 7 a.m. and noon and was still rising slowly, Elmlinger said. Preliminary flood stage in Logansport is 15 feet, but the river must, go approximately two feet above, that lo cause extensive damage. Police and firemen were swamped with calls from mid-afternoon into the late evening hours. Six light, department crews con- sisling of 28 linemen worked Ihrough 21 straight hours in an effort lo restore power to th« ricken residents. Couniy highway and cily street department forces labored overtime lo clear thoroughfares of fallen trees and limbs obstructing traffic. Disruption of telephone communications, bolh local and long , distance lines, created an addi- warning for western and northern j ij ona i hardship. Minnesota and southern -forth Da- The phone company reported It kota and issued a heavy snow | la{ ] no connections to New Waver- warning for parts of South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. This tree Another one of the large trees fulled by the Ice slorm, which hit Logansport Wednesday, i 24th between North and High streets, when the photographer took, the P i tnn udw.. o (Pharos-Tribune Photo-Engraving.) Egypt Stands Firm On Suez Canal Control U. S. Endeavors to Delay Publication of Nasser's Terms, for Operating Waterway The United States sought today to delay "-final" publication ot the Nasser plan' for operating the Suez Canal- but indications grew that Egypt would reject any suggestion smacking of international control. Diplomatic sources in London said Britain was prepared for a "temporary agreement" conceding full payment of Suez Canal 'tolls to Egypt-- if Egypt agrees to insulate the canal from politics. Foreign Secretary Selwyh Lloyd outlined the compromise t to the Conservative Party. Peru Power Is Restored After Storm Schools and Several Factories Closed As Part of City Remains Without Current PERU, Ind. -- Power was an estimated 75 percent restored by noon Thursday following a com nost miserable weather conditions n months. The weather killed at least one person and may have contributed :o' other deaths. Rain u p ' t o nearly three inches in depth sent liny streams raging in mud'dy "torrents, and surface waler covered hundreds of acres ot farmland and lawns. Schools were closed, a few roads made impassable by slanding and others iced danger- Homes Lose. Power Thousands of homes suffered .emporary loss of electricity and water ously. plete shut-off at 5:50 p.m. Wed' result of the freez- . telephone service as a crust of ice snapped overhead lines and t r e e ' .imbs severed others in bending Deneath the weight of tons of ice and buffeted by strong winds. Mrs. Eugene Smith, 40, was crushed : to death wh[le at work at ;he United Cabinet "Co in Celes- ;ir.e, a small town in Dubois Several Tornadoes in South A United Press count showed at least 2« persons killed and almost 900 injured in the violent storm hat began three days ago. Tor- ladoes have killed 17 persons, 10 of them in the Dallas, Tex., area. Five persons died in the snowstorm as it swept out .of the central Rockies. A 5-year-old Illinois boy died in a flood-swollen stream, a Davenport, Iowa, man suffered a falal heart attack while shoveling snow, a Cclcstinc, Ind., woman was crushed lo death by chimney toppled by lightning, and three attributed to the weather. Four t/oradocs lashed Mississippi during the morning. A twister cut through a rural aroa near Bay Springs, killing 1 woman, injuring 15 persons and reducing 10 frame homes to splinters. Another ripped the Mississippi State Sanatorium near Jackson, injuring 30 persons and badly dam- ly, Young America, Walton, Galveston. Royal Center, Fulton. Metea. Lucerne, Camden and Winamac during the storm. Wayne Schafer. Cass county civilian defense director, called out his newly-orgiinized civil defense police unit Wednesday night for service. 750 Homes Minus Current The storm abated with wanner temperatures about 9 or 10 p.m. however, and the group's assistance was not required. Superintendent of Utilities Robert E. Price declared that city line crews expected to complete about 8R percent of their electrical repairs by 5 o'clock tonight. About 150 homes within the city were still without electricity Thursday morning, according to Price. That number reached at least 600 in rural areas, although some country residents may not have Counly, late Wednesday and Mrs. | aging t ,, 0 fj ve -sU)ry building About lulled This tree was almost completely denuded/except for just a Ktm.Il branch at the very top and a couple of smaller ones near the ground. one of many ".at were destroyed or damaged on the boulevard . The position cf President Gamal Abdel Nasser of ' Egypt was strengthened by the apparent victory in Jordan of his ally, Premier r.esday as ing rain. All schools In the city and several factories were closed Thursday as parts of Peru remained without power. Streets were lined with fallen trees and TV antennas which broke under the weight of ice, causing damage estimated at thousands of dollars. The Wabash River rose to 14.21! feet Thursday morning and was continuing to rise at the rale of two and one-half Inches an hour, but. flood stage is 20 feet and there appeared to be no immediate danger from high water. No trouble was expected unless more severe rains occurred. 'Power failures began here early Wednesday afternoon and a complete shut-off came at 5:30 p.m., leaving many homes with out heat as well as light. Two dozen telephone poles, were reported down along the Straw Norman Hassfurder, also of Celes tine, sustained a broken ankle blamed on the weather. A chimney struck by lightning during a storm toppled bricks on the two A plane crash near Torre Haute one o on East Broadway In the sleet ittorm Wednesday. on JMI« o j- (Pharos-Tribune Photo-Engraving.) Mrs. Ann Monahan, a native of Ireland and widow of Michael Monahan, died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday at her home, 1508 North street. Born in Roscommon, Ireland, she was the daughter of Peter and Bridget (Fannan) Grady. Her husband preceded In death on July 17, 1918. Survivors include three sons ana three daughters, Edward, Peru; Marlin and Edwin, Miss Charlotte Monahan, Miss Florence Monahan, and Miss Frances Monahan, all of Logansport; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Mary Decker, . four brothers and three sisters, preced' cd her in death. The body is at the Kroeger funeral home where friends may cal ·ftsr 7 p.m. Friday. Final rites will be conducted at 9 a.m. Mon day at St. Vincent's church with Msgr. John P. Schall officiating Burial will be made In St. Vin cent's cemetery. The Rosary So clety will conduct rites at the chapel at 7 p.m. Sunday. Canadian Ambassador^ Leaps to His Death CAIRO (UP), -- - C a n a d i a n Ambassador Egerton H. Norman, 48. jumped to his death rom the roof of a 12-story building today. Ho had been despondent over revival of charges made before a U.S. Seriate subcommittee that he was jnce a communist. Canadian External Affairs Min- isler Lesler B. Pearson said in Ottawa the 'resurrection" in Washington of old and officially discredited charges of communism against Norman was partly respon sible for h i s : death. Robert Morris, chief Investigator for the U.S. Senate subcommittee on internal security .vhich revived the Communist charges, said ir Washington he had "no comment" on Norman's death. Other American officials expressed shock anc - 1 regret. I Police said they found two let- ers on Norman's body, one to his wife and one ..to Swedish Minister Brynolf Eng, an old friend. .' ' Mrs, Norman remained at home refusing to receive visitors. The Normans had no children. Officials at the Canadian embassy said Norman had been look- depressed ever since Ihe charges against him were released by the Senate subcommittee. They said clippings -ecounting the charges had been arriving at the embassy, and.these depressed him even more. The Senate subcommittee released a report last March 14 saying It had-received a report from a U.S. agency--later identified as the FBI -- that Norman was » member of the Communist Party In 1950. Suleiman Nabulsl, in Nabulsi's struggle for power with King Hus- iein. Jordan's Ramallah Radio broadcast a statement from Nabulsi saying the nation would develop further its relations with the Soviet Union--an indication'Nabulsi had triumphed'over Hussein. Israel expressed growing con-i cern over the situation in Jordan and the Jerusalem 1 Post warned editorially that Tsrael could not remain idle if Saudi Arabian troops occupied the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The editorial was considered significant because the Post usual- y reflects Israeli government linking. It also came soon after Foreign Minister Golda Meir told the Knesset (parliament) that Israel still faced grave political and "perhaps even military" struggles in its fight for "innocent passage" o£ international waters. town Pike south of Peru, and traf fie was re-routed on U. S. 24 on paraiso, and injured his three children W e d n e s d a y night. B u t whether the ice storm, which had a southern edge just above Tcrre Haute, had anything to do willi the irash could not be determined. Temperatures hovered around freezing all day Wednesday 1 ' over ;he northern two-thirds of Hoosicr- and, creating ideal conditions'for ice to form in heavy ciiunks around trees and wires during heavy rain. 2-Inch Bains Frequent Dozens of 1 cities recorded'more than two inches of rain during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. today. Among them were Indianapolis, Bloominglon, Knightstown, Marlinsville, Shelbyville Columbus, 'Covington, Scoltsburg, Crawfordsville, Evansvilie and Wesl- 200 patients and staff members were in the sanitorium vlien the slorm slruck. Four persons were injured when another tornado smashed seven homes, a store, church and three irns near Glen Allan, Miss. Other tornadoes slruck in Win- sion Couniy, Miss., and Lamar Couniy, Ala., but did little damage. Many Schools Close cities in the Fort Wayne and La- 'ayettc areas, got between one and two inches of rain. At Marion, an unidentified woman polio victim's lite was saved by utility workers. Power failed and an electrically operated device which helps her breathe stopped. A portable generator was Comedian Ned Sparki Dlei VICTORVILLE, Calif. (UP) Sour-faced · veteran film comedlar Ned Sparks died Wednesday nighl at his ranch here following a brief illness. He was 73.- fic was re-routea on u. o. m m i"uav»»i., -·"· .«..··- --- · · - - West Main street due to the tree| field. Dozens of others, Including limbs which had fallen in the road. "'""- '" "- ^ TMTMTM nnrt T ' n Street. department, city utility and REMC employes worked through the night and Thursday, and additional help was sent by the state highway department. Carroll Hard Hit by Storm DELPHI, Ind. -- Damage from falling trees and limbs, and disruption of power and telephone service was widespread In Carrol -county as a result of Ihe freezing rain Wednesday.' Power lines were down at Deer Creek and Carrollton, as well as Idaville in White county and scattered areas alsewhere in Carroll county, it was reported Thursday. Indiana street in Delphi was blocked for a time Wednesday evening when a tree in the. Baptist . rushed ,to her home and used for three hours until power was re stored. Schools were closed in Grant A twister injured five persons, destroyed two houses and a cotlon gin al Uamer. Tenn., and wrecked two houses and one ?ollon gin south of Selmer, Tenn. Other tornadoes were reported soutli anc east of Jackson, Tenn., and gale force winds whipped Memphis and Nashville. Two children were cul by flying glass in Memphis. In the northern Plains, trucks were stalled on sno-cloggod highways at Labolt, Murdo, Lake Andes and Chamberlain. S.D., and Sioux City, Iowa. The South Dakota Highway Department reported that vislbillly was so bad near Pierre that a snowplow crew could hardly find the road. Minneapolis Radio Station WCCO broadcast 55 school closing _ Announcements for southern Minnesota schools and one western Wisconsin school. The Weather Bureau at Minneapolis suggested thai wcslern cess to a telephone to reporl their damage. 11 was estimated that 1,500 homes were without electric current at the height of th» storm. The freezing rain, which began early Wednesday morning, continued to pound the area all day part of the evening. Housewives pressed their available supply of candles into servieo and many families ale by candlelight: Some residents who suffered long hours without heat contacted friends and relatives in other parts of the cily and took Iheir children visiting in order to keep warm. Many spent the nighl away from hcatless homes. Minnesota schools holding classes today dismis early because of blizzard conditions t h a t were ex- brnoois were ciosc-u in uiani DMzzara conaiuons inai were ex- Wayne, Cass and oilier counties, I peeled lo bring snow accumula- Power failures in Fowler and Russiavillc cut off those towns with communication with the outside world. Kokomo reported 2,000 phoneso ui of service due to the ce. At Indianapolis, about 1,000 phones out of service due ta. the )110nCS OUl Ol K U I Y J U U uue ILL uii; Bll U U J l i a uuu , n v v i d , tauu ^vnvv fallen limbs. A portablo power)manned boaUflo rescue sevcra church yard was broken under the weight of the ice. Details of the power failures were unavailable wlti. phone service to most ot the county disrupted. tions of 8 lo 35 inches whipped by winds up to 50 miles an hour. Pose Flood Threats Heavy rains Wednesday nigh! and ' today flooded many Ohio streams and , rivers, and police Practically all of the electrical damage resulted from trees and limbs smashing onto the light lines. The department lost only four poles during the storm, since new wires and heavy poles were installed throughout the city durinj (he past Ihrec years. Rural Dnmnn« Heavy Country lines weren't as fortunate. Heavy tree limbs tore down primary circuits at scattered locations. Power lo Memorial hospital was disrupted Iwice during Ihe evening and reslorcd quickly. Most troublesome spot for on» ne crew was a primary north oad 17, which required Ihree vis- ,s within 40 minutes. After resloratlon of electricity to heir home, property owners were rincipally concerned with heavy amnge to their television antennas and trees, young and old No section of Logansport escaped he fury ot lha storm, although he far oast side appeared lo )ornc Hie brunf. of the dcvasla- tion. Superintendent Price said Hi* post-winter assault was the worst icing In the nine years he has unit was used at Browns-burg x to keep phones in operation during a power failure, $100,000 New Castle Loss The southwestern tip of the stale rode out a violent storm warning Wednesday afternoon and night. At Now Castle, city engineer Ernest Guyer estimated Ice dam- families marooned by flood waters of the Big Miami River ai For Scott. (Continued on Page 23) Torrential rains also flooded sec tions of Birmingham. Ala., ani posed flood threats in 'ndiana. The storm pushed all the wa. to the Eastern Seaboard today Snow began falling on New Yor City. served LoRansport. C. E. Carr, telephone company maintenance supervisor, reported Ihis as Ihe worsl condilion he observed in 21 years on the Job. "Most rural pole lines went he said. Six Cass Schools Clo«fd At least six Cass county schools were forced to close their doori because of the power outage. Chalmer Condon, county superintendent, believed several others (Continued on Page as)

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