Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 25, 1988 · Page 14
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age 1 A Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Friday, March 25, 1988 The Flood Of 1913 Cass County Historical Society /er cadets IP their boats rescuing stranded residents Downtown intersection of Fourth and fVlarkef in 1913 .-ume si! 'emember i O, \] fj O I ! i L< V a.5 1 •-'here Ihe Benjamin Long ; .'enier now slands. At West Broadway and Wilkinson Street, Ihe intersection was under it) feet of water. The intersection of S"eond and Market streets near Ail Saints Church, (hen St. .'•.iseph Catholic Church, was .- 'bmoJ'ged under seven feet of v.'aler. When the three-day rain finally -iopped, the unpredictable •'.mrse of spring weather in indi- p-ia '.'on(ini"'d. Four inches of •;iovv fell and Die mercury Dipped below free/ing, making onditions even worse. I A'ckily for I .ogansport, when <he downpour of precipiiation .-topped. Ihe outpouring of •mergency help began. Mayor David D. Fickle acted ,j\'ick!y lo get. help for thousands of people who were stranded, homeless and hungry. lie appealed to K.R. Culver, the son of •'lie founder of Culver Military \eadev)!\, to use some of the aoademv's boats to rescue residents. Thf academy responded by sending four oion-of-war cullers at.'d foi'f crews lo Ihe ciiy on flatbed railroad cars on the old '.'ulver-to- Logansport line. The cadets, dispatched to the city in the middle of the nigh!, arrived Cfiss County ///sto/vVvj/ Society Remains of the Third Street bridge after it was washed away in I own io find that they could use (he flashed cars just as they would use a dock for their boats. The cadets worked tirelessly for days lo rescue hundreds of Logansport residents, including one woman with a day-old baby, The city was later so grateful I hat ii donated money to construct, what today is known as the Logansport Gale at. Culver Military. More boats were dispatched iroin >'ireai Lakes Naval Academy near Chicago. Thanks to ihe Cliictitio Tribune, a train arrived in (ho city that was equipped with food and supplies from Chicago. Reports of the flood were somewhat exaggerated, however. One carload of supplies was full of coffins. In reality, only one man was believed to have died as a result of the flood. Luther Maxwell, one of the men who worked as a rescuer, was killed. Another was found dead in a saloon or Sycamore Street, but as historian Jehu Powell noted in his book, "History of Cass County, Indiana," the man's death could probably have been attributed more to fire water than flood water. The flood washed away thousands of records from the Cass County Courthouse, including the birth certificate of one of the people who went, on to become a noted basketball coach at Butler University, Tony Hinkle. Four thousand mai tresses were donated to the city and distributed at the post, office. The governor sent the state militia (o guard the city and enforce sanitary measures. By Friday, the worst week in Logansport history had ended. The city of 19,000 residents was without telephone and telegraph service. Its bridges were badly damaged. Many homes were uprooted from foundations, it was, as Barr remembers, a bat! time for the city. "As forgo 1 Mirx 1 Arsom Convictions Ssa :•:( )ST<) A i A*'' Two men who helped sei a New Year's five iSWi fire at a hole) in Puerto Rico, killing 97 people and injuring snore than '40, have lost a bid to overturn their convictions. The 1st 1 J.S.'. 'ivcuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected arguments by Armando Jimenez Rivera and .lose Francisco Rivera 1 ,opez that the trial judge abused his discretion in sentencing them to prison for 75 years and !J9 years, respectively. .limevi'v iMvr-ra and Rivera Lopez, bolh hole! workers, admitted selling the fire a.s par! of a labor dispute \viJi hole! management. i'None^a Faces Direct Opposition (Jhallenge PANAMA CH'V, Panama (A Pi -•- An opposition leader returned to Panama vowing to rid the nal ion of military strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio i\loriega, whose cash-strapped government!'; ced paydays for more employees. Today is the fifth day of a genera! strike t.ha! has paralyzed the economy. Ricardo Arias ' 'alderon, head of ihe Christian Democratic Party, arrived Thursday to find Panama in the midst nf the anti -Noriega genera! strike, which has shin down more than fX) per'-enl of business and industry. Witarod "Lantern' Winner Crosses The Line NOMK, Alaska i APi - Leslie At no Monk of Rnglanri won the less Ihan-coveted "lied Lantern" awa/d, finishing last in the hJii'ared Trail Sled DogRace and eif.ii days afu.v winner Susan IHitcher. The rookie musher crossed the finish hne in the 1,1 no-mile Anehorage-to-Nome race at. 10:22 p.m. Thursday, in 45th place at 19 days, V.', hours, 'XI minutes and f>5 seconds. Kifly-two learns started th< v Kith annual Iditarod on March ;i. S.'utcher crossed the finish line on March h'i to claim her third straight fdifarod victory. Monk said she walked 1! of the last:.','/! miles until a lead dog that had run in a previous iditarod recognized the trail and got the ol.her six moving again. The Iditarod, -named after an old supply route to the gold mining districts of interior Alaska, draws i!s inspiration from a 192,0 relay of diphtheria serum to Nome, which was hit hard by an outbreak of the disease. Jeffrey Ballet Founder Is Dead NKW YORK (AP) -Choreographer Robert Joffrey, founder of the Joffrey Ballet, died this morning, a spokeswoman for the ballet said. Ife was 57. Checks Dissolve With No Clue Banks alerted to scam on disintegrating deposits CHICAGO (AP) - Police have only bits and pieces of disintegrated bank checks to go on as they try to crack a dissolving paper caper that has hit at least two states and cost banks nearly $70,000. The checks, treated with a chemical that. makes them disintegrate three or four hours after being deposited, have turned up at five or six banks in the Chicago area and two in Tennessee, police said Thursday. "The one I've got in front of me looks like a handful of ashes," said Capt. James Zurawski of the Police Department's financial crimes division. A check clearinghouse said it has warned 142 banks to be on the lookout for the dissolving checks, which may have an unusual odor and feel oily. The checks, drawn on personal accounts at banks in California and Chicago, have been reported in about 12 incidents. Zurawski said. Authorities are also ciiec!>- ing a report; of a possible dissolving -''vcl-, 'm Indiana. in most cases, someone a:>cus a nr-v account at a bank with a small arnouni ol money and later makes a large deposit '.vi'h a dissolving check. Then the MMIU-V is withdrawn before the bank iearus !he bi;>; check was bogus. The check's decomposition loaves iiiiie for evidence. Police believe more than MK> person is involved, but have no suspects pocauso :.if the dissolving evidence, Zurawski said. "So far nobody's been harmed by i!. The only clue we've, got is we've talked to -he tellers. One teller says thai the chock felt oily, another said it had a funny aroma." :ho captain said. On Thursday. Xurawski's office .-''cehvd copies of five checks for a. lota) of S-O.OOO lira 1 .'.']! o'' a Chicago bank ane deposited a( a bank in Memphis. 'IVm;, "They're jn hits and pii'ce--:," he said. The seam has cost banks about STO.OOO. tie said. The Chicago '"earing House Association, which c-ea.rs checks for !•!:! members, sent out a memo March 'i warning of ihe dissolving checks, said Vice President Tern Tucker. checks from Northern Trust Hank, which Chicago police learned of the dissolving checks aboi.;( two weeks asio. Xurawski said. "Whai happened was hvo checks .-.bowed up i)j one of our downtown banks and thc\ Mterallv dissolved." he said. Du Pont Ends Ozone <••"!* r jf. WASHINGTON (AP) - A scientist who 14 years ago helped discover thai some chemicals destroy the earth's protective ozone layer says he's elated that the nation's largest manufacturer of them plans to eventually end production. The announcement by the Du Pont Co. could encourage other companies to follow suit, says Sherwood Rowland, professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of California at Irvine. "I think Du Pont has had more intimate contact with the science than some of the other companies," and thus more credibility, Rowland said Thursday. "I am elated by- it." Rowland's delight was matched by environmentalists, and their allies in Congress, who used words they rarely use when talking about large corporations — things like "This letter is a wonderful surprise," as Sen. David Durenberger, R-Minn., put it. "This is a sterling example of corporate environmental leadership" added Dan Dudek, an economist wilh the iOuviron- mental Defense Fund. Du Font's pledge notably omilled any deadline for compliance. Joe Steed. environmental manager in Du Pout's Kreo'i Products division, said the length of a changeover to other chemicals could 1101 ;,ci be determined. He said it vvill depend on the outcome of work still under way tesling substitutes, but it. should be known "ccr tainly within five years." It was Rowland who, in 197-i with Mario Molina, first mapped the chemical route then just a theory — by which the long-lived chlorofluorocarbon or CFC compounds rise high into the stratosphere, arc broken up by ultraviolet rays and liberate chlorine which destroys the ozone that normally blocks ultraviolet rays from reaching the ground. KJ Thai ultraviolet causes skin cancer, and Uioro is some evidence from lab animal iests dial, it ean suppress Ihe immune system. The Knviroiimcnia! Proteclion Agency has estimated that each 1 percent decline in ozone overhead means an increase of -!.H percent to ?.:"> percent in the most common forms of skin cancer, lie- seat ch is under wa\ lo delcrmino ihe effeci, if any, of increised ultraviolet on liny forms of marine life. Some have predicted ihai i lies-', too, could he hurl by increased ultraviolet. The Itowland Molina mechanism, scientists say, is almost certainly what causes (lie anneal 50 percenl drop in o/one over the Anlarciic continent each spring, and what has caused a. U.M percent decline in o/one over ni'd-latitudes from 1%!) to l!i!>(>. The mid-latitude decline was announced last '.veok by a pai'vi of more (lian UK) scientists.

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