Clarion-Ledger from Jackson, Mississippi on January 24, 1969 · Page 17
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Clarion-Ledger from Jackson, Mississippi · Page 17

Jackson, Mississippi
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Friday, January 24, 1969
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sTFTTrrnj ; I v i'T-- " Mil - , o .. -. Area TORNADO WRECKAGE AT HAZLEIIURST - la this view looking north up Highway 51 on the southeastern edge of Hazlehurst, the path of the tornado from left to right may be observed in the swath of wreckage across the area. Houses were smashed, and cars were scattered over the area, one being blown into a pond just out of the picture to the right. The highway is blocked by the top of a house which was blown across the road near the top of the photograph. INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL DAM-AGE The tornado wreckage extended across this strip of land between the Illinois Central Railroad and Highway 51 at Hazlehurst. An observation plane may be seen at lower right. Steel culverts were scattered like toothpicks near the railroad tracks. Dazed Tornado Victims Try To Pull Selves Together By LARRY GUEST HZAELHURST Dazed residents of South; Hazelhurst wasted n time Thursday morning in 'sorting through the remains of their homes for salva-gable items, following the touchdown of a devastating tornado around dawn.. !'The. storm completely flattened a three-block wide strip of a predominately Negro residential section in this Copiah County city, starting near Highway 51 and stretching several miles to the east. Monroe asked, "What si that, momma, a choo-choo train?" The Hazelhurst radio station constantly pleaded with - the public to stay away from the disaster area, but the plea seemed to serve as an open invitation. In addition to high Almost all property within Medals Awarded ! ENGLAND AFB. La. - The Silver Star Medal, First through Sixth Oak Leaf Clusters to the AirMedal, and the Purple Heart, with First Oak Leaf Clus ter were presented posthumously to Lt. Col. Emmett Rucker of Lormanr Miss., in a special ceremony- at England Air Force BaseLa., recently. The presentation was made to Nancy T"S. Rucker, Plantation Hill, Lorman, Miss., widow of Col.. Rucker, by Col. Albert S. Pouliot,v Commander of the 1st Special . Operations Wing a, the Central Louisiana base. 'Also present at the ceremony were' sons Claude. 16, Christo-phej'S.,t6, and daughter Sally Lr 13. Another son, Ernest C. Ruck-er,'-23, a Chief Petty Officer Second Class is stationed in Edzile, Scotland, with the U.S. Navy. -Col. Rucker distinguished f himself 'by gallantry in con-1 nection with military operations ( against an opposing armed force as a UC-123B Fairchild Provider aircraft commander near Camau, Republic of Vietnam, May 24, 1968. Col. Rucker died heroically on that date, while flying against a heavily defended defoliation target. Col. Rucker atended Waurika High School, Waurika, Okla., Stillwater. Okla. He " was a and Oklahoma A Si M College, veteran of the Korean conflict, and had more than 27 years military service. path was totally stroyed, while homes and businesses just 100 yards to either side were, for the most part, untouched. ' At 8 a.m., just 90 minutes after the catastrophe, victims of the blow were somberly prodding through their belongings, in hopes of finding various articles of personal value. There most of the busy victims, al- was utile discussion among thoueh periodically someone would walk throu-rh w;h reports of additional injuries o; deaths. The working residents would then pause in a stunned silence for a moment, then return to the task at hand. 1 While we were shooting a pic ture, one worker shouted ' Hey! You re standing right where my trailer was." He is Robert Newsome, a middle- aged highway worker. "With all the rain, I knew we couldn't work this morning," Newsome said, "but I left my. trailer anyway to pick up a friend. When I returned, my trailer was gone." He pointed out the nearest part of his trailer he had been able to find, which was bout 60 feet from where we were standing. One unidentified Negro said he wasn't aware of the tornado. His frame house was about two blocks away from the path of the storm at the crest of a hill. "I got up and was drinking a cup of coffee and didn't realize what was going on. I thought it was just another bad rain storm. When I walked out of my house a few minutes later, my knees nearly buckled. I could see the whole mess. . .right in front of me., . I could hardly believe my eyes. It was like a real nightmare." A young mother was aware of what was going on. Naoni Mon-Monroe asked, "What is that, huddled under the bed until the storm passed over. The younger hundred curiosity seekers bottled up side roads, slowing passage in and out of the hard-hit area to a snail's pace. JCs List Health Programs The Jackson Jaycees have been very active in the field of Mental Health and Mental Re tardation during the past year. In November the Jaycees co operated in a state project to raise funds for the Maurice Lit tle Memorial Mental Health and Mental Retardation Scholarship Fund, a project named in honor of a former National Jaycee Di rector of Region III who was killed in an airplane crash near Jackson last year, and is used to award two scholarships each year. These scholarships, in the amount of $2000 each are awarded for graduate study in a field related to mental health and mental retardation to persons who will pledge to work in Mississippi for at least one year upon completion of their studies. The local Jaycees each year hold a party for a group of the patients at the State Hospital at Whitfield. Each patient receives a small gift from the Jackson Jaycees. Haven Hall, a home for severe ly handicapped children, receiv es various forms of help from the Jackson Jaycees. A great deal of work to improve the physical facilities at Haven Hall has been carried out. Clean-Up Begins In Storm By ELSIE MAY CHAMBERS Clarion-Ledger State Editor As the gruesome search of bodies of missing and feared dead or injured went on in the tornado stricken areas of South Mississippi Thursday afternoon, massive cleanup operation was also begun. Help arrived in the stricken areas from many surrounding towns and cities and counties. Late Thursday afternoon, the death toll stood at 29 and hundreds were injured. Hospitals in Hazlehurst and Mendenhall were filled beyond normal capacity. Many of the injured were brought to the Jackson hospitals for treatment, "ome were in a very critical condition and their survival was doubtful. RESCUE UNIT The City of Jackson sent a Civil Defense Rescue Unit, and engineering department team and two police cars to Hazlehurst to be of assistance in the disaster area. Mavor Allen Thompson of fered the city's assistance in telephone conversation with Mayor Paul Kemp, of Hazle hurst and Thursday afternoon Commissioner Derwood Boyles and Maintenance Superintendent John Nutt went to Hazlehurst to confer with Mr. Kemp. Boyles said the six man team of the rescue unit had been in training for several months for such a disaster. Fifteen men from the engineering department, equipped with power saws and axes, were also sent to Hazlehurst from Jackson. In Columbus, Gov. John Bell Williams learned of the tragedy and flew to the area for a first hand look at the damage. Shortly after the news of the killer - tornado reached the outside world, Louis Priede, dis trict manager of the Insurance Information Institute in New Orleans, advised Mississippi property owners hit by the storm to get in touch with their insurance agents as quickly as possible. He said that a team of adjus tors would be in the area very soon to handle claims. In the meantime, he said the property owners where possible should go ahead and make temporary re pairs to prevent further damage to the property, and that in most cases the insurance would pay a reasonable cost for the temporary repairs. Many telephones were knocked out of service, put emergency crews from surround Friday, Jan. 24, 1969 Cbc ClatfonHcDger 17 Ing areas were trying to restore the service as quickly as possi ble. . . Tornado damage to electric transmission and distribution in Copiah and Simpson counties was also being restored as rapidly as possible by resident crews and by crews from Jackson, Crystal Springs, Brookhaven and McComb, according to MP&L President Baxter Wilson. The heaviest damage was in Hazlehurst and Mendenhall. The 115 KV transmission line from Jackson to McComb was blown down south of Hazle hurst. This line connects MP&L with Louisiana Power and Light Co. The tornado also ripped down two structures and left three more leaning. Another 115 KV transmission line north of Mendenhall was blown down. There was extensive damage to power lines in Hazlehurst and surrounding area as well as in the Braxton community north of Mendenhall. Sen. John Steimis, Sen. James O. Eastland, and Congressman! G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery all urged President Richard Nixon to declare the stricken sections of the state disaster area so that residents would be eligible for loans and other forms of aid. Stennis said the damage apparently is beyond repartion at the local and state level and requires Federal assistance. The Red Cross was setting up 'OH LORD! Continued From Page 1 wearing a blue and white print dres3 and a blood-smeared creen sweater, her head swa thed in gauze and adhesive, aimlessly fills an Army duffle bag with what is left: a tennis shoe, a rag oi cioimng, a wine. She is Gladys Perkins. Purser says the hospital in Jackson reports her child is dead. Does she have a little girl? The ha hrnwn-skinned wom an mnans. tnrni hr head to the them to go to the armory out on ' . ti:-i . no ...I 1 1 . i Her WOrdS n'Mnway i3 wneie wey can eai and sleep ana get some, clothes. Guard armory where there Is food and medical help. A She Is still sobbing. She is still screaming, "Ohr my Lord, have mercy." 4 .- Purser and Wise get In the police car and leave, The chief stops at another funeral home and tells them to go to Jackson and pick up the child's body. As he leaves the hill, an Army Guard sergeant jumps, iff a big GI truck and walks among the people and tells sKy and screams. are gibberish. Nighbors run to her side. Purser goes back to the radio and double-checks. Tears roll down the woman's cheeks. "Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord," she screams. "My child is gone, oh Lord, oh Lord, have mercy, oh Lord." She falls flat on her face. Black people and white people help her to her feet. A neighbor consoles her. "You get holt of yourself, you got others to think about." A preacher comes to the hill with another. Purser tells them to take her to the National Israelis Allow JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's government-owned radio broadcast a German-language play this week, apparently end ing what had been an almost total ban on airing of German ' scripts and songs. ' , shelters and soup kitchens, and numerous other agencies all the way from Civil Defense to prisoners on the Hinds r .ty Penal Farm were on the scene giving assistance. 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