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t-- 'afeorf- 6-A Fort Myers (Fla.) Newi-Pma, Monday, Nov. 11, 1968 Tornado Kills Mom, Child ; CLEWISTON IB A tornado sucked a young mother and son into the air and hurled their bodies 100 feet to kill them as the deadly twister swirled through a migrant labor camp Saturday night. , Deputy Sheriff Sermon Dy ess Jr. said Sunday the storm also injured 17 persons !n the labor camp and left 60 persons homeless. The swirling winds splintered and scattered the workers' shacks and trailer houses. The tornado one of a series that whirled across Florida Saturday killed Velma Herrera, 20, and her son, Paul, 2. They were in their trailer when the killer storm hit "The twister picked up the trailer and carried It 25 feet and dropped it across a small ditch and road," Deputy Dyess said. "Then the mother and boy were caught in a whirlwind and they were sucked up and carried 100 feet more and dropped." Others Hurt The woman's husband, Armando Herrera, 25, and a second son, 3-year-old Armando Herrera Jr., were found in the debris of the trailer and hospitalized. The tornado ripped through the labor camp, 30 miles south of Clewiston in this South-Central Florida farming area, about dark. Some 100 Mexican-American and Puerto Rican seasonal farm workers lived in the camp managed by Herrera's 75-year-old mother, Margarita. She also was hurt. A Red Cross official, Donald Partridge, flew over the camp Sunday and said "debris was strewn for about three miles." Officials of S & M Farms, which operates the camp, sifted wreckage most of Sunday in an effort to determine the damage. Some dozen shacks and nearly as many house trailers were demolished. Many buses and cars were destroyed also. Bright Flash One of the camp residents Who escaped injury, Faustino Morales, said: "There was a bright flash when the wind whipped through, accompanied by a terrific electrical storm." The winds snatched power and telephone lines from their poles. It was 45 minutes later before word reached Clewiston. Ambulances then were dispatched. The cucumber and tomato field workers left homeless were evacuated to another labor camp a few miles away and the Red Cross provided food and other necessities. Rescue workers flew over the nearby Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Everglades where hundreds of hunters are camped, but they reported no storm damage there. The tornado which slammed into the labor camp was one of several spawned by thunderstorms that rumbled over Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Saturday. The storms left 19 Other Injured persons in their wake, mostly in the densely populated Tampa Bay area on the west coast. The storms flailed Venice, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Ruskin, Tampa, Plant City, Lakeland and Melbourne. Broward Williams, the state insurance commissioner, said Sunday that damage on the west coast of Florida will total about $400,000. He said about $200,000 of the damage occurred at Venice and about $200,000 more was reported on Anna Maria Island. Tremors Unlikely fo Follow Earthquake fTT 1 thy 4 I , v,l i , i lllliiif I j j fill ' , ' - V- ,v I ; $s vj 5 vm! 4 4- :-.S:SSi5.-S?:i.-.:. ' .-.-. .:i A . v" CHICAGO (A -It's unlikely there will be any followup tremors to the earthquake which shook up residents of 22 6tates Saturday, a seismology authority said Sunday. "I expect none whatsoever. We have nothing to worry about," said the Rev. Donald Roll, director of seismological studies at Loyola University. "That was kind of a safety valve. The pressure which had built up has been released." The quake was centered in Southern Illinois about 120 miles east of St Louis, said the National Earthquake Center in Washington. It measured 5.5 on the 10-point Richter scale, just under the usual damage point of six. For comparison, the quake which devastated Alaska in 1964 registered about 8.5. Saturday's quake was especially startling because it was the first ever experienced by residents of many of the affected areas. "It was a very rare occurence," said Father Roll. He said the quake may have been caused by millions of tons of silt deposited annually by the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico. "It's quite possible that the tons of silt deposited by the great river systems at the mouth of the Mississippi triggered a seesaw effect on the vast continental blocks beneath the earth's crust," he said. "The weight of the silt depressed one end of the block and tipped up the other." 22 States The quake occurred shortly after 11 a.m. (CST) and was felt in Illinois, Arkansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Alabama, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Michigan, South Dakota, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. Terrified citizens flooded police and fire departments and newspapers and radio RENT-A-CAR '35 Per Week Pennies Per Milt ECONO-CAl WE 44451 'lefot Yw Iwy Awnings I 3011 Michigw kn. tD 3-2771 1 s&TT A. "4 - ; Control Leaf Miner, Aphids, Mites, Leafhoppers with CYGON 267 Systemic Insecticide. Now being widely used in this area on practically all vegetables because of its unique combination of advantages-excellent insect control, low cost per acre and longer period of effectiveness, also no need to wear protective clothing! CYGON 267 is the leading vegetable systemic Insecticide. 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Trappman down a street in St. Petersburg, Fla. Trappman lassoed the 'gator after it was discovered sleeping peacefully on the porch, of a local resident. The tough-skinned creature was turned loose in Lake Maggiore, a more suitable habitat. Da Vinci Designs Taken, Recovered MILAN, Italy UP After S hush-hush investigation, police have recovered some $1.3 million worth of Leonardo da Vinci designs, it was reported Sunday. Police, fearing publicity could harm the continuing search for other stolen pieces from the Ambrosian Library here, refused to discuss details. It has never even been announced when the theft occurred, but unofficial accounts say it was last June. How much was taken by the thieves also has not been revealed. The library, built In 1609 under Cardinal Federico Borromeo as a center for liturgical writings and art and later expanded to Include humanistic pieces, also contained original Petrarch manuscripts. Turnpike Authority To Meet Wednesday The Florida Turnpike Authority will meet in the County Commission Chambers at the Lee County Courthouse Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. At noon Wednesday, members of the Authority will be guests at a luncheon at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Boat Catches Fire; Father, Son Flee FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) A father and son were rescued Sunday after their 30-foot power boat , burst into flames 1.000 yards oft Fort Lauderdale. Charles H. Burttell, 40, and his son, Thomas, 19, went over the side when one of the boat's two engines caught fire and they attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguish- About 20 boats attempted the rescue but were unable to approach the burning vessel until a city fire boat beat down the flames. Lifeguard Donald DePetrillo went out on a surfboard and assisted the Butt-tells until they were picked up by the yacht, Your Own Business. Fire Lt. 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