tornado at Lake Creek

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Charges Deck' to Cohn and reminded him that Stevens and Adams had testified the "blackmail" charge was false. Cohn insisted this charge had been "proved" by testimony from senators on the subcommittee itself. Cohn referred to testimony by the senators that Adams had visited them "to try to kill" a move by the McCarthy subcommittee to subpoena members of the Army Loyalty Board. Cohn said one of the senators (Dirksen, R-Ill) had said Adams "hinted" that if the subpoenas were not dropped, "something else would be done." Cohn said Brownell's office had instigated" the proceedings, adding that Brownell would be the one to review the testimony and decide who. if anyone, should be prosecuted for perjury (lying under oath). In the midst of Cohn's testimony, the first of the much disputed monitored telephone calls were put into the record. This came when Sen. Dirksen (R-lll) read a transcript of three talks he had with Secretary Stevens. ONCE A HOUSE —Little more than scrap lumber remained of the F. R. Cooper home near Lake Creek after a tornado wiped it out late Wednesday. Neighbors wander in»awe among the bits of wreckage, picking up what few bits and belongings that could be salvaged. (Paris News Staff Photo). Tornado Hits Lake Creek, Eight Injured LAKE CREEK.—A rumbling tornado came for supper in this unsuspecting little farm community Wednesday, leaving a trail of debris as it hop-scotched across Delta County. Eight members of the F. R. Cooper family were the only casualties. Tossed around like rag dolls by the surprise twister, they were rushed in a fleet of five Cooper ambulances to Lamar General Hospital in Paris. Their six-room house was simply wiped out. All eight appeared to b« out of SCATTERED CLOTHES—Neighbors of the ill-fated Cooper family gathered up what few clolhcs they could find. Clothing was scattered over a half-mile area. These were all the searchers could locate. (Paris News Staff Photo). Cooler Weather Follows Brisk Winds' Inch Rain Brisk winds and cool temperatures whisked Paris beneath clear skies Thursday after a fast, moving overcast drenched the area with over an Inch of rain Wednesd a y afternoon. Winds spiralcu up to 30 miles an hour at Cox Field, where the mercury dropped as low as 57 degrees early Thursday. Rainfall Wednesday afternoon gauged 1.36 Inches, although unofficial measurement in Paris showed less moisture. Throughout Lamar County, rainfall tor of the downpours circling the •;outh central portion. Ambia recorded an inch of rain and the gauge at Blardstown caught 1.20 inches. It was too much moisture, most cotton growers agreed. Soggy fields kept hoe hands away as a ragged growth of weeds was getting a head start. In the heart of the county's black- land cotton producing area, moisture soared as high as two Inches in the three day period beginning Monday, the last day most fann- danger Thursday morning, but all remained in Lamar Hospital. Injured were — Loretta Cooper, 16, bad cuts about the stomach and bip, and severe shock. Melvlna Cooper, 18, back injury and shock. Mrs. F. R. Cooper, 46, cuts, bruise* and severe shock. Stella Cooper, 10, cuts, bruises and shock. Ferna Lcc Cooper, 6, cuts, bruises and pains in the head. Doris Cooper, 8, cuts bruises and shock. Virgle Cooper, 12, cuts, bruises and shock but able to walk around Thursday morning. Wayne Cooper, 2, same condition as Virgle. Most seriously hurt was Loretta, who was found by ambulance drivers about 150 yards from the house. She had apparently tried to run to a neighbor's house but had collapsed. Virgie and Wayne Cooper were up and around Thursday morning but were confined to the hospital for observation. Other six mem- of the family hospital beds. were still in their Sheriff Houston Brantley and ambulance Wfveni twived on th« scene only minutes after the tornado struck. "Seven of the Coopers had made it up to Marion Edwards' house, about a half-m 1! • south," he explained. "We found tht other girl in the field." Residents of the Lake Creek area said they heard the tornado coming. Rumbling in from the west, the funnel dropped out of a huge, black cloud and cut a swath through fields, outbuildings and trees just south of Lake Creek. Bumey Oats, who lives west of the Cooper home, saw the funnel, "Just a boiling mass of bl a c k smoke," he recalled. "Twisting, turning and dipping to the ground." Another who got a glimpse of th« funnel was Wendell Jeter, who also lives nearby. Other homes in the area w e r • damaged. Oats lost a back porch and roof to the barn. Oscar Hannabas said the side-winds of the twister rippled his barn and damaged the roof on his house. Two vacant houses were demolished In Enloe, about six mil e • west of the hard-hit area. From the Cooper home, t h • St. TORNADO, Page 14, Col. S

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 03 Jun 1954, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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