Clipped From The Paris News
PARIS TEMPERATURES: Thurndny hish 79, low 63. Rainfall Rainfall to 7 a.m. .03 Inches. OKLAHOMA: Partly cloudy Friday, except mostly cloudy, wiih rain showers and' thunderstorms In southeast nnd extreme ,»,t portion, cooler In west and north portion, partly cloudy rria»v nlcht «c<-pt showers In extreme southeast, cooler n soHth and east portion, Siiulrilay Increasing cloudiness with rmly "" lh C™"d??iM« rlnudlness with mattered show- rA« ™ er/Vnd thunderstorms Friday afternoon and Friday night, not quite To warm northwest portion Friday nlcht. Saturday mo.uly Cloudy .cattered showers east, not quite so warm north portion. portion. 'Fresh to Strom: winds on the coast. 1945 APRIL 1945 J»__ M T W T F j^ 1 |_2|_3l 4| 5| 6| 7 12|_J3j_14 19| 20| 21 28 8|_ 9| 10| 1S| 16| 17 1 _ 221 23| 24 1 25| 26| 271 29 1 30| VOL 76 NO. 231 Full Leased Wire Associated Press PARIS, TEXAS, FRIDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 13, 1945 TEN PAGES ESTABLISHED 1869 Painless Death Halts Colorful Career of Roosevelt ********.***************** , , * * * * 94 Known DeadinAntlersTornado;lnjured Uncounted Estimated 600 Buildings Are RazedbyStorm Ninety-four dead hntl been counted after the tornado which struck Antlers, Okla.. late Thurs day afternoon, according to compilation compilation of lists from various sources by The Paris News at noon Friday. Eichty-nin* known dead were accounted for by Rupert L. Jones Antlers funeral director, according to Gene Roden of Brown-Rodcn Funeral Home here; one other died at the Sanitarium of Paris and four at the Regional Hospita at Camp Maxey, Of the dead, 24 bodies were broucht to Paris and five of these were sent to Cooper; 11 others were taken to Hugo, Okla.; six to Atoka, Okla.: four to Tallhina, Okla., and an undetermined number number to »urant. Okla., and possibly other points. By GLADYS M. BREWER ANTLERS. Okia, (Special)—A tornado struck Antlers, county jeat of Pushmataha County, shortly shortly before six o'clock Thursday afternoon afternoon and left havoc, destruction, destruction, despair and heartache in its wake. A: 5 a. m. Friday, 48 person? were known to have died; possibly 5AO were injured, many of them seriously, and one-third of the mountain town was gone. The tornado struck -from the southeast! wrecked the brick building occupied occupied by the State Highway Department, Department, continued through town, missing the courthouse, and cut n >wath between two and tour blocks wide through the edge o( !hp business section, and on into the residential section to the northeast, demolishing many of thr most pretentious homes. B. F. Schooler, banker, estimated between between 500 and 600 homes slightlv or badly damaged, while Rupert Jones, marie the more conservative conservative pstimate of 300 homes. Jones, who lives in the rear of one of his two undertaking establishments establishments here downtown, says he was in the back yard when his wife called him as the storm first appeared. "I saw a big funnel and it looked like it split into p:ece? just before it hit the town, and :! was really rolling,!' he said. Many Trees Uprooted Highway 271 into Antlers was strewn with heaps of uprooted trees, some four feet in diameter, branches, brush and debris. Before Before any relief measures hnrl been orgar.izfrt. motorists from nearbv cornmun:!ies .nicked up and brought in injured nnd flying victims victims all along-the roadway. Water Water wiir of? for a time, all lights were out and telephone communicator:. communicator:. 1 ; were curtailed to a mini- Emergency hospitals were improvised improvised in the Methodist. Bap- ti?t and Nazarene Churches anrl :*: tr.e high school gymnasium. Anc! here it was that doctor.-, nurses. Red Cross workers and volunteers from Hugo. Paris. Clayton. Clayton. Atoka, Durant, Ada, Tuska- horna and other communities worked frantically with the injured, injured, segregating thorn from _the dead, who were removed in time to mortuaries outside the stricken stricken city. All through Thursday night and far into Friday morning, ambulance ambulance sirens moaned through the streets bringing in additional wounded and moving out the mounting total of dead. Maxey Sends Aid The first detachment of 100 men, under the command o! Col, R. 0. Annin, camp commander, arrived early in the evening from Camp Maxey, Texas, along with American Legion workers from Hugo, Field Director Lee Shirle.v See TORNADO, Page 8, Col. 5 Partial List of Tornado Victims HUGO, Okla. (Special)— ., .. Partial list of the dead as compiled compiled by Oklahoma State Highway Patrol members included: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pelcher Buck Smith, former County Attorney. Attorney. Mark Day Mrs. Nic Nash . Mrs.. Tom .Spencc and . four children ' - ...— •' C. D. Galligly Wick Smith Charles, four-monlhs-old son of County Attorney Lee Welch Floyd Mncldux Carol Crawford Mr. Ryan Nellie Nelson and husband Lydia Jones Cogburn baby The partial list of injured, also compiled by the highway patrol: Three daughters of John Pilcher William Whcatlcy ' Ralph CVabtree Mrs. Floyd Maddox Ronald P. Parker Mrs. Calvin Gilbert Frank Dickson . Mrs. Leslie Miller Lou Vandcver Lillian Taylor Mrs. McLauchlin ' Mrs, Julie Johnson Dora Hopkins Clara Belle Harkey Mrs. Inez Pipkin Mrs. Allen Banks Charles Pipkin Mrs. Doughitt Ralph Joseph Littlejohn P. G. Littlejohn W. H, Crowder and family Miller Morrison Loy Mae Cranford Mrs. Jerome Millctt Frances Crabtree Pearl Hopkins Mrs. Herb Lazenby 4-ycar-old-girl 2-year-old blond boy Two unidentified infants TRUMAN TAKES OATH AS PRESIDENT—Harry S. Truman (left center) is sworn in as President of the United States at the White House in presence of high government officials. Left to right: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins; War Secretary Henry Stimson; Commerce Commerce Secretary Henry A. Wallace; War Production Board Chief J. A, Krug; Navy Secretary James Forrostal; Agriculture Secretary Wickard; unidentified; Atty. Gen. Frances Biddle; Truman; State Secretary Edward Edward R. Stettinius Jr.; Mrs. Truman; Interior Secretary Harold L, | Ickes; Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone; House Speaker Sam Rayburn of I Texas; Fred M. Vinson, and Rep. John Martin. (AP wirephoto). Visit our second floor for living room, bedroom and juvenile furniture—box furniture—box springs and mattresses, —Scars, Roebuck and Co..—adv. Bodies of 24 Antlers Tornado Victims Brought Td Paris Funeral Homes LAST PICTURE OF FDR—This picture of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, made at the White House on March 29, 1945, is believed to lave be'cn hjs last picture. (AP wirephoto). • Bodies of 24 Antlers tornado victims were brought to Paris funeral hoir.es, and five of these were sent on to a Cooper undertaker undertaker to prepare for burial. None of ihem had been identified conclusively. conclusively. - Of the 15 injured persons brought to two Paris hospitals for treatment, one, a Mrs. Carroll Foreman, d'ied at 1:30 a. m. Friday, Friday, haif an hour after she was admitted to the hospital. It was reported that of the 76 injured treated at the Regional Hospital, Camp Maxey, four had died during the night. Only one of these four had been identified Friday, this being Dora Hopkins, a girl whose age had not been determined. At St. Joseph's Hospital here are: Vei-a Fae Emory, five years old, minor injuries. (Her daddy, she Says, is in the Navy.) Sister M. George. St. Agnes School, Mrs, J. W. Bard in and her 14- months-old daughter, Patsy. Mrs. Buck Smith and son. Frank Smith, 14' years old, ser-: iously injured. J. A. Abbott. 6002 Lewis St., Dallas, seriously injured. Morris Johnson, . 413-Oth SE, Paris, seriously injured. Abbott, a manufacturers' agent, and Johnson were in Antlers on business when the tornado struck '.here. At the Sanitarium of Paris is nn 1 unidentified four-year-old, who first says her name is "Tootie," perhaps Tootie Richards, Richards, and then says that's .her mother's name. Her confusion is understandable after a look at her churl, which shows she.is suffering suffering from skull fracture and concussion. concussion. Other patients here include. Mrs, Hatlie Nelson, 22, brought in about 1 a.m., suffering bad cuts on the right foot -and leg, and body bruises and scratches. Barney Zimmerman, 91, admitted admitted about 8 a.m., has chest bruises and a fractured rib. He says his home was not much damaged. . Mrs. M. J. Ken-. 79, and her daughter, Miss Glenn Korr, Antlers Antlers teacher, were' brought to the hospital about :i p.m., the kitchen kitchen of their home having been blown to pieces just as they stepped stepped into it to view the approaching approaching storm cloud from a window. Both are suffering from severe shock; Miss Kerr's left arm is badly mangled and her mother's Truman Picks Up Lasting Peace Aims Sec BODIES, Page 8, Col. 8 By HAROLD D. OLIVER (Associated Press Reporter who had "covered" Franklin Delano Roosevelt since 1936) WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (&)— Franklin Delano Roosevelt's long and colorful public career is at an end. A tragic though painless death halted it abruptly Thursday as the nation's 31st President seemingly was about to see the fruition of his plans for bringing lasting peace to a war-ridden world. He was 63 last January 30. Death came unepectedly at 4:35 p. m. (CWT) in a simply furnished furnished bedroom of his pine mountain cottage. The cause: a "massive" cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Roosevelt came here March 30 for one of his periodic visits to seek rest. He had planned to stay another week, then return to Washington, spend a day and start out" again for a cross-country trip to San Francisco to open the world security conference April 25. All this now is up to his successor, successor, Harry S. Truman, of Missouri, Missouri, with 'the aid of a sympathetic sympathetic Congress. The ten car special train, full of friends and associates, who hurried hurried here when news.of his death spread, started at.10:15 a. m., central central war time. The body was taken to the train on a motor hauled Army caisson through n lane of soldiers from Ft. Bcnning, Ga. Two thousand soldiers from Fort Benning Infantry School and parachute parachute school under the general command of Maj. Gen. Alfred L, Walker arrived in the early morning morning hours to provide an honor guard. Also on hand at the, depot was the 99th Army Ground Forces band from Ft, Benning, led by Chief Warrant Officer Loy A. Ebersole. Ebersole. Pallbearers were picked from the Army, Navy and Marines. Fifty picked MP's from Ft. Benninu provided a lane at the little village station through which the funeral cortege passed. The procession also passer! the Warm Springs Foundation administration building where polio patients sm and stood to watch their benefactor benefactor pa." for the last time. • The Roosevelt funeral train arrived arrived in Atlanta at 1:32 p. m. (Central War Time) Friday en route to Washington. Crowds lined lined an adjacent viaduct and the station are-. Mrs. Roosevelt arrived Thursday Thursday night from Washington. She f:ew in an Army plane to Fort Benning at nearby Columbus with Stephen T. Early, White House See ROOSEVELT, Page 6, Col. 5 Cubby-Hole Antlers Exchange Is Main Link After Tornado Chief Operator Calmly Gives Information To Frantic Relatives By GLADYS M. BREWER ANTLERS, Okla. (Special)— The tiny room which houses th« 300-station Antlers Telephone Exchange Exchange was a scene of drarn* Thursday night and Friday morning. morning. Star role in the drama was enacted enacted by pretty Mrs. Ruth Hill, 31-year-old chief operator. She went on duty at 5 o'clock Thursday Thursday afternoon, and at 7 o'clock Friday morning she was still calm, composed, busy, sympathetic and ever patient. From the moment when word came of the tragic death of President President Roosevelt on until 14 hours later, Mrs. Hill's keyboard wa* dotted with red. Although only priority calls were taken and no personal ones. promised under hours, Mrs. Hill had nn ever kind word for those frantic calls for information on the disaster. As she constantly worked her switchboard, with it.s or.o line built up by way of Talihin.i, Spiro. McAlester McAlester on out into the world, and with this switchboard dimly lighted lighted by one kerosene lamp, the heroic heroic operator took time out to answer answer local calls with "Yes, I've seen Mary and Ann. They're all right. No, I have no word of your mother. But you call back later and I'll be glad to try to help you." Little Edna Sue Russell, 11 year old daughter of Mrs. Hill, took: care of the local calls while her rr.other kept up contact with long distance operators. Harry Arfstrom. Arfstrom. Durant, district manager for the company, relieved Mrs. Hill of the accumulating task of making out tickets on constant requests requests for placing calls. Radio had carried out the startling news of the worst disaster over witnessed by Southeast Oklahoma. Relatives from far away pleadcU for some word of Antlers kin folk. None were turned down by the tired little little woman at the Antlers exchange, exchange, but all were given promise promise that some way, some time, help would be given them each, and every one. TRUMAN TO SPEAK ' WASHINGTON, (fP>' — President President Truman told Senators Friday ie will outline his foreign policies briefly at a joint session'of Congress Congress at 12 noon (Central War Time) Monday.