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that . . . . How- the pre be con o many fo DRUMRIGHT Continued from Page One wirling wind. Practically all its .vindows, including lour large rout panes were sucked inward. ^ two-story tall ; steel sign was wisted on its anchors and swung precariously above the sidewalk. Just before bouncing past -the otel at the top of a hill, the vicious wind exploded the city's stone brary and 'adjacent Salvation Army building. v Beyond the hotel t cleared the Methodist Church mt flattened the First Christian Church next door. Beyond that it demolished more dwellings. A two-story 1 r a m e ouse was crumpled on a lot ad- oining its foundation. Inside could e. seen a closet door leaning as- :ew against a rubble' pile, fora- dresses still on. their" hangers on the door's rack. Grocery Unroofed A .grocery* store was unroofed, ts walls forced inward in pyramid shape. Further along the storm's path a new, $200,000 grade school was heavily damaged. Among those who reported the jreball with the wind was John Sakin, 52-year-old oil field worker, and his son, Wayne,. 12. Eakin said he was in the living room of his cottage when his two parakeets.' "started raising cain.' "I knew- something was wrongj :he way the birds acted," he re ated. "It was unusual for them Then we heard all this commotion outside' and we started lor the cellar." "My wife yelled: 'it's jet planes They're hitting the, town' " The air was full of flying things,' Mrs. Eakin added. Boy Carried 30 Feet "There was a flash as we wen out the door," Eakin said, "ant the wind lifted Paul (his 15-year old son) off his feet. I went fo the boy .and something knockei me out." The family managed to get Eak in inside the cellar. He later wa treated for a leg injury. Paul Eakin said he was carriec 25 or 30 feet before he hit th ground. He suffered a cut wrist Sis. Eakin and the other boy were ninjured. Their home was only lightly damaged but one two doors away- was demolished. Their duplex garage apartment ollapsed around R. L. 1 Burden, 0-year-old oil field worker, and lis wife, Frances Ann, 21. It lost ts roof and two Avails and was tilted steeply on one side. "I was sound asleep," said Burlen, "and my wife was in bed mt awake when the wind hit. She woke me up. 'Nothing We Could Do' "There was nothing we could do Hit lie there as the apartment rocked and the bed was tossed up and down. Later we found our clothes had been blown out of closed closet into the adjoining apartment." Mrs. Burden received s o m e scratches and' her husband was unscathed. The f l o o r of the Christian Church, one of the largest buildings destroyed, was swept clean as if by a broom. At one corner was a pile of debris. Wreckage ol the roof and walls of the frame structure was piled at one side of the five-foot stone foundation, along with pews, organ, piano and other furniture. Four Are Killed The Rev. Leroy. Veale, examining the wreckage; explained he had been the church's pastor less than a week. Formerly of Muskogee, he had come from Weston, Tex., and conducted his first service here Easter Sunday. All his books, he said, bad just been moved into the church study and now^ were scattered with the wind. 'And we lost four members ot our- -^congregation tonight, too." the youthful minister said sadly. The four members of the William Bevel family killed by the twister attended the ruined church. A teen-aged son, at a movie when disaster struck his kin, is the family's lone survivor. The liners United States and America could be put side by side on- the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Forrestal. New Cream-White Suppositories H*. SHRINK, SOOTHE, REDUCE Use Hospital-Sponsored Formula Only pile formula sponsored by leading hospital. E x p e r i e n c e with 76.000 rectal and colon cases at famous Thornton Minor Hospital showed how to check pain and itching and actually reduce swelling and shrink piles safeJy. Often puts off surgery indefinitely. Ask for new erea.ra whitn T h o r n t o n M i n o r Pile Cones at your druggist's. SI .00 package. MUTUAL. Inc. Note* of 62nd Conwculin DiridK* The Board of Director? ef hwntan Mutual hoi declared a quarterly dividend of leventeen and one-half centt per rirare payable on April 13, 1954, to iharehoMen of record « of Monk 30, 1956. H. If, TERRY CONDREY 7338 612 Yi D rro.p*rtl« upo» r*»M* fro" *» «TK»ol dbtiitntar end h DIVERSIFIED SERVICES, INC. Z««Mwot« TERRY CONDREY 7338 612 Vi

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  1. The Lawton Constitution,
  2. 03 Apr 1956, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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