Our 48th Year— No. 38 WEEKEND HOLIDAY EDITION The Hays Daily News HAYS, KANSAS (67601), SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26,1976 4 SECTIONS 38 PAGES 15 CENTS 10 Children Die Tragedy Mars Party CHICAGO (UPI) - "It breaks your heart to see those little children dead, especially at Christmas time," Deputy Fire Marshal Charles Pierce said. The three-story apartment building where 10 children and two adults died Friday night stood gutted and charred, giving grim testimony to his statement. A blaze had turned a Christmas Eve children's party into a scene of terror. Eight children, who sought protection under a 'mattress, were found dead in a third- floor apartment on the near South Side. At least three people leaped from windows and one man was plucked from a window ledge by firemen. "I was just getting ready to move my car," Richard Janick said, "and we saw a guy running down a hallway on the first floor and he had flames behind him. The rug was on fire all the way up the stairway." Janik, who was visiting his cousin at a party next door, said he yelled at the man, but wasn't understood. "He didn't understand English. He was Spanish. We pushed him out on the street with one of his kids. I grabbed the burning rug and threw it out onto the sidewalk. By the time I moved him out of the way there was a trail of flames right down the hallway. "But the whole building was in flames in a matter of a couple of minutes and people were jumping out the third- story window and just hitting the cement. My brother caught one coming down the stairs." "As of right now we believe that the fire was accidental," said Police bomb and arson squad Sgt. Frank Guerra. "This is the holiday season. You cook with things like grease and something can happen." One mystery of the fire was why the occupants elected to jump rather than try to make their escape by an outside fire escape. Twelve bodies, including 10 children, were taken to the 70 Die When Liner Crashes BANGKOK, Thailand (UPI) — An Egyptair Boeing 707 jetliner crashed into a textile factory and dormitory on the approach path to Bangkok's Don Muang airport early today, killing all 52 persons aboard the plane and at leqst 18 workers on the ground. The crash scene about two miles north of the airport was Judy Garland Show Lawsuit Is Dropped LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A judge has dismissed a $2.5 million slander suit against singer Judy Garland's former husband, Sid Luft, in a case involving the videotape distiji- bution of the "Judy Garland Show." The suit had been filed by Barnett Glassman, president of the New York-based Trophy Productions, who claimed he had title to the tape distribution of the televison show and that Luft slandered him by telling prospective buyers that he didn't. described by one witness as "complete devastation." "If you didn't recognize a two-foot-long piece of wing and a hunk of fuselage, you wouldn't have known a plane was there," the witness said. "It was all a mangle of spinning machines and twisted steel." Earlier reports said 51 persons were aboard. ' The jetliner carried 43 passengers and nine •crewmen. It had flown from Cairo to Bombay and was scheduled to continue on from Bangkok to Tokyo and Manila. The cause of the crash could not. be determined immediately. An Egyptair spokesman said the pilot was "an experienced man with many years, of service." Government officials and police sealed off the area. By Christmas afternoon, huge cranes were trying to separate the mangled remains of the aircraft from bits and pieces of textile machinery. A witness said the plane ripped off treetops in nearby • woods, sheared off the roof of the two-story dormitory and smashed into the factory, where more than 200 workers were on the night shift. Airport officials' said they had no alert from the veteran pilot that the plane was in trouble. They said there was a slight fog at the airport, but the airport has no hills or other obstacles for miles around. It was the first fatal crash at Don Muang in recent memory. • "Part of the contents of one body bag spilled out,", a bystander watching recovery operations said. "There was nothing but bone and bits of meat." The man became ill while he was talking. The 707 ripped off the roof of the dormitory and slashed through second-floor bedrooms. Tattered rags and a few smashed television sets were visible. The crash occurred at a time when only one airliner was preparing to depart Bangkok and Don Muang remained open throughout the day. Cook County morgue. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victims as Bertha Castro, 4; Letitia Castro, 2; Lino Castro, 2; Michael Martinez, 3; Michelle Martinez, 5; Sergio Miranda, 5; Otilia Garcia, 32; Juanita Garcia, 10; Herminia Reyes, 22, and Mrs. Reyes' children, Edelina Resendez, one month, Judy Resendez, 11, and Juan Resendez, 5. A spokeswoman for Cook County Hospital said four persons were hospitalized there, including Lupe Martinez, 12, who was listed in critical condition. Her brother, Steven, 10, and Christina Ramirez, 4, were both listed in serious condition. Sergio Garcia, 15, was listed in fair condition with a bone fracture. The hospital spokeswoman said the Martinez'family lived in the 'apartment building. One woman, Nora Ramirez, 21, was taken to the University of Illinois Hospital, where she was admitted in stable condition, suffering from a fracture and smoke inhalation. Two other persons were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. Daniel Ramirez, 27, was discharged after he was treated for burns on his hands and' face. His daughter, Rosario, 1M>, was hospitalized in good condition, a spokesman said. Police said the fire began when a can of lighter fluid being used to start a charcoal fire for a barbecue accidentally caught fire inside a hallway on the, third floor. Flame's jumped back into the can, which also burst into flames, said Harrison area homicide Sgt. Edward Flood. Flood identified the two youths starting the fire as Jesus and Sergio Garcia. After the fire was first ignited, the boys' father, Rubin, attempted to rush the burning can down out of the building but dropped it on the second floor, he said. A Real Gift David Ferryman, 26, has suffered from Dystonia Musclorum Deformus, a muscular disorder, since he was eight years old. He bought an eight room house to supplement his Social Security income by renting rooms, but the house did not have a fur- nace. That's when Kansas City store owners and community leaders got together and set Ferryman up with furnace and all the trimmings for a nice Christmas. (UPI Photo) Holiday Spirit Warms Home KANSAS CITY, Kan. — David Ferryman,, who is disabled by a rare muscular disease, faced a chilly Christmas in his unheated home until the spirit of the season moved a group of businessmen. Now a warm glow fills Ferryman's home. Ferryman, 26, needed a new furnace for an old eight-r6om house he recently purchased. He planned to rent part of the house as a supplement to his Social Security income. Cathy Bukaty's story in the Kansas City Kansan last week revealed Ferryman's plight. 100 Homeless In Oklahoma Blaze BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (UPI) — At least 100 persons were left homeless by a backyard trash fire that got out of control and destroyed 25 houses, a church and two commercial buildings, authorities said Friday. Firemen said 40-mile-per- hour winds spread Russell Jackson's trash fire to dry grass and the flames engulfed a four-block area within 15 to 20 minutes shortly before noon. Most of the structures in the area were old, small, closely spaced wood frame houses. The majority of residents. were elderly persons living on pensions or Social Security. One of those who lost house and belongings was Sarah Jackson, no relation to the man who was burning trash. Mrs. Jackson said she and her mother (attempted unsuccessfully to keep the flames away by watering down the lot behind their house. "Everything we owned and everything we've worked for all our lives is over there," she said, watching her small frame house burn. No injuries were reported. Ferryman had refused to appeal to community charitable organizations. He said he regretted that he had to rely on the government for financial help through Social Security because of the disease with which he was stricken at the age of 8. Five business firms, most of them competitors, combined effprts within a matter of 24 hours to provide Ferryman with a free heating system for his home. .. Ernie Fischer, a development company president, was tfie prime organizer of the project. "This was a volunteer effort with everyone involved," Fischer said. "These are professional people. They 'could be making money other places but they're the kind of people who like to help others. It's been first class help all the way." Sales Manager Tony Cecrle and owner Ken Charlson of a hea'tih'g company started the project by donating a $650 furnace unit. Earl Bryant provided the necessary duct work. Then Everett Vaughn and Jim Cochran gave pipes and fittings. Bill Griffith, owner of a sheet metal firm, performed the labor. General contractor Walter Johnson provided tools and cement and Henry Bentrott, an independent electrician, did the electrical work. Tom Reborn, an aide to City Commissioner Pat Hanlon, heard of the project and sent a truck to haul away the old heating system. Cost of the project if Ferryman had to pay was estimated at about $1,400, Ferryman, who has dif- if flculty in speaking, usnd a typewriter to cortimunicate his thanks: "I thank all the men and the companies they represent. But most of all I praise God for answer to my prayers." Some Homeowners Not So Fortunate ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (UPI) — Christmas 1976 will be long remembered by residents of a city housing development where some homes are slowly sinking into abandoned mine shafts. Idella and Robert Greene's trailer is slipping quietly into the mine but the Greenes and their three children still are trying to enjoy a normal Christmas. "We're sitting right on the edge where the cliff is at," Mrs. Greene said. "It's not too safe walking around here any more. I think the whole hill is going to go one of these days.'' "We have a tree a,nd the kids are enjoying it. We're making the best of it," The subsidence first occurred in October, but the ground has been sinking slowly ever since. The original problems at the development — mostly of trailers — coincided with Bureau of Mines filling operations in the shafts. The foundation of the Greene's trailer has been lost, the roof is bowing in spots, and paneling in the bathroom has come away from the walls, Mrs. Greene said. She said she wqs .particularly worried because water seeped down into the shafts during the latest crisis, probably weakening the already frail timber. The Greenes have made the decision to leave. They are in the process of buying a house and will evacuate as soon as they can close u deal. , „ But other residents like Sandy and Jack Kuumo and Rudy and Bonnie Fantin are staying. "We have water now for Christmas Eve," Mrs, Fantin said. "It would be a nice present if it would slay on. We're going to remember this one for a long time." Sandy Kaumo said one of the problems was the main water lines were plastic and broke whenever the land moved. "I just wish somebody'd do something about it,"she said. Next Year's Trees Nearly Ready Next Year's Tree Mrs. Marvin Strally looks closely at one of the Scotch Pines she and her husband hope to sell as Christmas trees next year. Mr. and Mrs. Strally planted 600 Scotch Pines in the spring of 1970 and expect 200 of them to be large enough for Christmas next December. By FREDJOHNSON Of The News Staff Christmas 1976 is past, and the time for removing the tree and putting ornaments and light bulbs on the shelf for another year is near. But for some persons, caring for Christmas trees is a year-round job, or hobby, not a once-a-year fling. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Straily, Rt. 1, have 600 Christmas trees (Scotch Pines) to trim, spray and keep free of weeds until next December 25. Straily planted the trees on a half acre of ground on his farm about three miles west of Hays in 1970. Straily said he began growing Christmas trees as a hobby because he "just loves trees." The Scotch Pines represent only a small portion of the 5,000 trees Straily has planted on his farm. Red Cedar, Austrian Pine, Colorado Fir, Maple and fruit trees are also in abundance on the Straily farm. Growing Christmas trees in Kansas, according to Straily, is not a difficult or unusual job. Kansas land, he said, is better than the ground trees are grown on in most states and the trees seem to grow "fuller." "It's an up and coming thing. In 20 years or less most Christmas trees in the state will be Kansas grown. "The income off the land is as good as anything else you grow, probably better," he added. The trees, Straily explained, are only planted once. The bottom branch is always left on the stump and this lowest branch survives and grows into a full tree. The cost of spraying, cultivating and mowing around the trees, however, does add up, Straily said. "Unless it is done on a really large scale, growing Christmas trees would have to be a hobby," he said. According to Straily, Christmas trees are one crop that is not affected by the long western Kansas dry spells.' "The trees have never been irrigated. The only time we watered them was when we planted them. "They never showed the stress during the dry season either. Water is one thing we don't have to worry about, which is surprising since the trees are planted on six-foot, squares," he said. The trees get enough moisture, Strawy said, to grow 8-10 inches a year. Straily said he has sold about 30 trees during the past two Christmas seasons and expects to have about 200 ready for next Christmas. lie hadn't planned on selling trees yet, he said, but people- discovered he had them and asked to buy One. ."People like them because they are fresh and they can pick out their own tree," Straily said. Straily said he had thoughts of expanding the operation when it began but didn't think the expansion would come in the near future. "It's real time consuming. You have to trim and care for them year after year. You don't just plant them and they grow. "When I started I had three teenage boys to help, but they're gone now and it's a lot of work for me and my wife," he said.
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