The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on April 12, 1965 · Page 1
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HAROLD J* BURTON ARCHIVES ASSISTANT INDIANA STATE LI ISBIASAPOLXS* I mplmx ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER OCTOBER 4, 1895 AT POST OFFICE AT TIPTON, INDIANA VOLUME 69, NUMBER 163 TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE, MONDAY, APRIL 12, 1965 7 CENTE PER COPY — 35 CENTS PER WEEK Tornado Photos On Page Three STATE DEVASTATED BY TORNADOES Half Mile Wide Kokomo Area Is Battered by Wind By R.D. Maney : You .just had to see it to believe if! The southern tip of Kokomo. mostly in the Maple Crest Plaza area, could be compared to the pictures one would likely see. of a bombed out area in Europe during the second World War! The tornado, deadly scourge of Indiana and the Middle West, touched down leaving behind twisted wreckage of homes: aut- omobilies were picked up and tossed through the air. landing in fields: two blocks from the highway, with other oddities one always finds in this particular type of rampage by Mother Nature. And. sad to say. marking the Kokomo and Russiaville area's with a list of injured and dead. As we neared the blasted area .parts of buildings, wrecked cars, torn-apart roofs carried in' to open fields, all began to paint a part of the terrific picture we were to witness as we traveled up the highway. Car Tossed from Highway As we approached, the new Delco building on the right of the highway appeared to have suffered extensive damage. Approximately two city blocks from highway 31. we observed a car. twisted, with a utility pole on top of it.. . and were told by Lloyd Long, a Delco security guard, that the car, proceeding on the highway, was picked up and tossed to the spot near the building. The generator on the pole was resting in what was left of the trunk!_The car bore a 1965 "Indianapolis license plate but no registry could be found, and the driver was missing. Guard Long also advised that the damage to the almost completed building was tremendous ..and the estimates were that it would set them back a year moving into the structure. Looking to the right, we also | observed that the Delco building on the highway was damaged extensively in the area of the cafeteria. Quirk of the Storm Along a side road, dotted with several nice homes, we observed a quirk of the storm that only nature, in all her fury, could bring about. It was both amusing and sad! One home had been ripped apart (a sign gave ihe occupants names as "The Eckles"). Here the front had been ripped off. along with the roof, a- boat that had evidently been parked in a side drive was lifted into the front room and undisturbed, not two feet away, a brand new T-V console, complete with vase on top, not even touched! The Holiday Inn, especially the dining area, had been hit hard, with debris scattered about, windows blown 'and smashed out as if peppered by shot. Trees in the area were devoid of foliage and limbs, slashed and itorn off, looking as though artillery fire ... in a hard the road the twister had left one house intact, hit another and torn trees up by the roots! A filling station in the Maple Crest area had one wall. left standing, with tires stacked neatly against it.and an automobile in the drive, that must have been hurled there by the storm, battered and devoid of glass, with a sliver of wood pre­ luding from the side! As a contrast to the untouched tire rack ..cans of oil were scattered all (Continued on Page Six) City Contributes Cars, Manpower To Aid Stricken Tipton, spared the death and destruction which hit north, south, east and west of the community, joined' other fortunate state areas spared by the storm and provided vehicular and manpower relief in the stricken areas. Five .Tipton ambulances, res ponding to a call for all that could be spared, sped to Greentown to transport tornado vicfc ims to hospitals in the area, and bodies of fatalities to the Greentown funeral home which was convereted into a morgue during the disaster. Chief of Police Jim Pratt and other 'members of his' department not on duty here, raced to. Kokomo to assist in rescue operations and prevent looting in the Maple Crest Plaza and Chrysler Plant area operations while Civil "Defense and National Guard members-gathered at the local Armory "and were transported to Kokomo to assist in that storm hit area. Four tornado victims, three from Arcadia and one from Greentown, were admitted as patients to Tipton Hospital, Ad-- ministrator James Talley re- 1 ported today and three other persons from the devastated Alto community were treated and released during the night. LOOKING WEST toward U. S. 31 and the older Chrysler plant which was partially destroyed by Sunday evening's tornado, early morning traffic can be seen on'the highway with cars;turned upside down and atop each other between the highway and the camera. T. H. S. Teacher Tornado Victim Near fereentown Brother Of Local Teacher Stricken Rea E. Shaw, brother of Mrs. Howard Swaim, died at the Laurie Hospital. April 12, 3:30 p.m. His condition had been critical since Thursday. He has been employed in the architectual firm of Boyd-.Phelps, Michigan City and" recently as an engineer for Indiana State Highway Commission, Laporte, Indiana. He is survived by the wife, Mildred, a son Timothy Scott, 2 nieces, Cindy Swaim and Mrs. Cassandra plake, 1 nephew, Ned Swaim, l'great nephew, Tony Plake and one cousin, Mrs. Louise Edward of Lagro, as 1 well as the sister. ' Funeral services will be conducted at First Presbyterain • George^ Clifton Green, 36 mathematics teacher at Tipton High School. was instantly kill ed last night, a victim of the tornado, when the oar he was driving on state road 35, just east of Greentown was picked up by the tornadic winds, hurled against four separate obstacles and completely demolished. His body was severed at the vvairt Funeral arrangements are pending notification of relatives. •>' Mr. Green joined the faculty at T.H.S. last August, and re sided at 304 S. Main Street. He was a native of Tennessee and received his education at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, Case Institute of Technology, University of Denver. University cf California. Indiana State, Man - cheslor College. Peabody Col - lege for Teachers. Eastern H - liriois and Illinois Institute o' Technology. He taught in secondary schools of . Tennessee, elementary and secondary schools of Indiana, quartermasters school in the U.- S-: Army and freshmen courses on the college level at T.P.I. He was a member of NEA. ISTA, TCTA and Kappa Mu Epsilon. the mathematics fraternity. He initiated a higl-j school mathematics cli/b here Und headed the science fait at TJH.S. this year. During the basketball season he served as ^official scorer for the team. He iwas considered a stimulating and energetic educa • tor. Survivors include a sister, Mrs Corbin Smith of Waverly, Tennessee. Girl Injured In Area Collision A rear end collision resulted in injuries to a 14- year- old girl and arrests of two Tipton youths Saturday morning. Rebecca Sue Conklin, 14, a passenger in a car driven by Raymond McCorkle, 22, RR 1, Frankton, was admitted to Tipton Hospital with whiplash in juries when McCorkle's car was struck from behind by Dwight L. Hopkins, 20, 130 E. Washington St. McCorkle had stopped behind another car on Ind. 213 about three fourths of a mile east of Hobbs. A third car in front of the two had stopped for a flat tire. Hopkins, who had been following a fourth car. behind McCorkle, passed it at about 60 mph and then could not get stopped in time to avoid collision with McCorkle's vehicle. " McCorkle and Hopkins report- j ed no injuries lo Sheriff Verl Grimme who investigated the accident. Grimme arrested Hopkins for following too close and also arrested Hopkins' passenger, Youie Rich, 21. 817 N. In • dependence, on a charge of public intoxication. Damage to the two vehicles was estimated at $250 each. Thanks To Elwood Call-Leader The Tipton Daily Tribune expresses its sincere appreciation to the Elwood Call-Leader, its editorial, photographic and printing departments, for making possible publication of today's copy of the Tribune. AM power-operated machinery of the Tribune, including presses and linotype machines, as well as telephone service, was rendered inoperative by the electrical storm which disrupted all business in the Tipton area today. This newspaper was printed and published on the presses of the Elwood Call-Leader. - . Church, Michigan City, on battle had taken the toll! Across Wednesday at one o'clock. Partly cloudy, windy and cooler today. Fair and cooler tonight.' Tuesday fair and cool. High, today mid 60s. Low tonight low 40s. High Tuesday upper 50s. Sunday's; high, 77. Low, 27. Rain 1.28. Injured At Work Lewis Reynolds, Atlanta route 2, suffered a broken tibia bone just, above the ankle, while working this morning in an accident at the Pioneer Corn Company. He is a patient at Tipton Hospital. Arcadia Toll 2 Two Arcadia area residents were killed in the tornado which struck heavily through the Buffalo Corners community last night. Dead were Floyd Conoway and an unidentified woman resident of a trailer area. Mrs. Conoway was reported in critical condition. Passes 200 CHICAGO (UPI) — Tornadoes that spun through six Midwest states left at least 222 dead and rescue workers said today more bodies were in the rubble. Indiana was hardest hit with 118 Known Dead; Property Damage Untold Millions ;• INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — Killer tornadoes spawned by three mammoth lines of vicious storms swept Indiana late Sunday with a record-breaking toll of death, injury and destruction. ; At least 122 persons were killed and 1,000 or more injured in twisters that snaked through parts of 17 north and north central Hoosier counties, part of a Midwestern weather catastrophe in which more than 200 deaths were recorded. j At 11 a. m. EST. Indiana State Police had issued lists containing the names of 107, 1 •"«" \0 . tt 97 Y . Hfi t L t t SW,T 5 HB i >AR ?, was delu ged with phone calls last night as daytime operator, Mrs. Helen Pratt, left, joined night operator .Russell Barrow, in explaining that power (lights) would be restored to the community as soon as current could be supplied from the stricken Kokomo area. The local switchboard, operating on an emergency generator, also kept linked with outside police and civil defense units through its police shortwave radio set and walkie-talkie communications. J . at least 122 dead in the state's worst disaster on record. By late-morning 107 Indiana victims had been identified and at least 15 other bodies lay cniden- tified in morgues. Ohio caught the end of the storm and authorities there counted at least 65 dead. There were 36 dead in Michigan, 7 in Illinois and 3 jft Wisconsin.' Despite w/ffnings by the Weather Bureau, j the twisters apparently caught entire communities by surprise. More than 2,000 persons were injured and property damage ran into millions of dollars. Two of the hardest-hit areas were west of Toledo, Ohio, where at least 20 persons perished, and in a trailer camp at Dunlap, Ind., where the same number were killed. The storm took at least IS lives at Lebanon. Ind.. and at. least 17 in Lorain County west of Cleveland. Indiana Gov. Roger Branigan declared the stricken area of his state—a broad band stretching from near the Hoosier capital to the Michigan line—to be' a disaster area. An aerial armada of 18 planes took off at | dawn to survey the destruction. Authorities urged; rural residents-in need of help to lay out white sheets in the form of a cross. Hospitals Filled Hospitals throughout the battered areas in Michigan, Indiana- and Ohio were filled today with injured. Makeshift morgues were set up in some towns for the ' dead. Homeless families filled high schools, churches and National Guard armories. The twisters knocked down homes, stores, barns and trees. They left streets in many towns deep with rubble and debris. National Guardsmen were called out to patrol some areas where there was a possibility of looting- ' Civil defense workers, policemen and volunteers set up flood lights and sifted through shattered buildings all night long in search of the dead land injured. Indiana reports parts of 40 counties were without electrical power because' of the storm. • The force of the tornadoes was awesome. One twister rolled back a new blacktop road in Michigan as if it were a rug. Another derailed-60 oars ci a freight train in Ohio. Boats docked on Lake Erie near .Point Place were tos sed on top of houses. - Aluminum siding from homes near Mount Gilead. Ohio, was rapped around utility poles. "Like A Big Hand" The twister that swooped through Grand Rapids, Mich, came whistling in "like an old German 88 shell in World War II," one witness said. The tornado that picked up the car of an Indiana couple — with ' them still in it—felt "something' like a big hand." I A salesman who watched the storm bear dm™ on Grand Rapids said simply: "If I live to be .100, I'll never forget this. I don't want to see this again." The outbreak- of twisters took its place as one of the worst on record.'The U.S. Weather Bu reau said the most disasterous tornado in history struck Missouri, Illinois and Indiana in 1925 with a loss of 689 lives. A state-by-state look at the storm's path: Indiana: .The twisters sliced from the South Bend area southward to^ Kokomo.- More than 20 dead were counted in the area around South Bend. Especially hard-hit was a trailer camp near Dunlap. Eighty policemen, from Muncie rushed to Marion to help local authorities care for the wounded and search for the dead. At Kokomo, two fire houses were demolished and a home for the aged was struck; damage was running into the millions. Ohio: At least 20 persons 'were killed in the Toledo area. Five died when a bus was blown over on the Toledo-to-Detroit expressway. At Bluffton, ambulances had to wait in a line three or four deep to discharge their passengers. The high winds derailed about 50 cars, of a .freight train near Shelby. 1 '• Michigan: The hardest hit area was in the Comstock Park section near .Grand Rapids, where the twisters killed at least five persons. The storm's fury was so strong it rolled back a new blacktop road as if it were a carpet. An estimated 50 homes were flattened in the area and guardrails on high ways were twisted from their concrete posts. At Pearl Beach and Crystal Beach near Coldwater police said the damage Continued M Pap Six j injured and said 13 more unidentified bodies were in Elk hart and Goshen. j One spokesman predicted 150 to 200 deaths in the final count. United Press International identified, two other dead through correspondents in various areas that were not on the police list. \~The Indiana death toll broke the previous record of fatalities in. tornado tragedies established iij March of 1925- when 70 persons perished in and near Griffin, a small community northwest of Evansville. Weather Bureau experts said three storm lines produced an unknown number of' twisters, two of which apparently whirled along the same path within- minutes, an .oddity perhaps unprecedented. Governor Branigin . declared an emergency over the vast storm zone, sending state police troopers and Indiana National Guardsmen by the. dozens into stricken areas. [ Hospitals Treat Hundreds Hospitals throughout the disaster zone,, some of them darkened by poAver failures and operating by flashlight beams, treated hundreds of injured, some critical and some lucky to escape with superficial injuries. The storm hit parts of LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart. LaGrange, Marshall, Wells, Blackford, Grant, Madison, Delaware, Randolph,- Hamilton, Howard, Tipton, Clinton, Boone, Montgomery. Tippecanoe and Starke Counties. The death toll climbed hour by hour throughout' the long night, and reached 100 near daw as ground rescue units, and air searchers in 18 helicopters and m planes, combed the stricken "areas looking for bodies and persons needing Twisters it at or near Lebanon, Dunlap, Rainbow Lake, Bremen,- Lapaz, Koontz Lake, LakeviUe. Sheridan. Arcadia, Russiaville, • Swayzee, Craw fo|dsville, Greentown, Keystone. Berne, Linngrove, Marion. Gas City and Wyatt. | Families Wiped Out Whole" families were wiped out by the twisters snaking across the upper half of the state from southwest to 'north east. Other families included some dead and others injured. -Some of the' casualties were persons whose cars were Linngrove (Adams County)—1 dead. Upland (Grant County)—1 dead. (Howard County) lifted off highways and hurled into fields during heavy traffic near .the end of a busy weekend. In addition to the gigantic toll of j dead and injured, literally millions of other Hoosiers in the disaster areas and in sections of the state some distance, from the storm zones vvere frightened by,the possibility that killer tornadoes would hit' their communities. . . The tornadoes were forecast hours • in advance, by the Weather Bureau, and . at times virtually the entire state. was situated in warning'areas. .-1 Ominous' Atmosphere Warm, muggy weather and extremely low barometric pressure created an ominous atmosphere for the storms. • ' Ai breakdown 'of confirmed deaths by areas: Dunlap (Elkhart County)—20— dead, at least 91 hurt. Lebanon—18 dead, up to 50 hurt. ~ Rainbow Lake (LaGrange County)—12 dead. Greentown (Howard County; —6 dead. Marion—5 dead. Lapaz. (Marshall County)-^ dead. Sheridan—4 dead. : Berne — 4 dead. Kiiontz lake (Starke County) —3 dead. Arcadia—2 dead. Keystone (Wells County)-2 dead. Crawfortisville—2 dead. Lakeville (St. Joseph County) —1 dead. Swayzee (Grant County—1 Russiaville —3 dead. Gas City (Grant County)—1 dead. Wyatt (St. Joseph County)—1 dead. Bremen (Marshall County)— 3 dead. On Indiana Toll Road—1 dead. Early-morning reports said that electrical power was disrupted in parts of 40 counties. Telephone service was cut off. II Planes To Rescue As the first faint traces of dawn appeared this morning, 15 National Guard aircraft and 3 State Police planes flew over" the tornado paths searching for persons needing help. Authorities issued a wide- , spread advisory by radio that persons needing emergency help, particularly for medical attention, should spread white bedsheets in their yards in the form of a cross or "x." Helicopters were scheduled to land where sheet signals indicated trouble: Police believed dozens and perhaps hundreds of persons in remote areas - were in need of help. The series of twisters, an uncounted number which probably never will be known, began a -. round 6 p.m. EST. They struck first in the far north and others seemed to follow, in order, each south of the last previous one. For more than two hours, the vicious storms cut| new swaths through" " communities under warning of what might happen. And for hours after the last hit, areas to the south where oppressive weather conditions prevailed remained in a grim warning zone. There, hundreds of thousands of persons had heard the disaster news in •• broadcasts, made preparations for protecting themselves and their families in the event further twisters, should strike their communities.' Noisy thunderstorms with brief heavy rain roared across some downstate areas in the pre- midnight hours, but damage south of the stricken Boone County area around. Lebanon Mobilize Police, Guard Governor Branigin called on Indiana State Police Supt. Robert O'Neal and the Indiana National Guard to mobilize their forces for duty wherever help was needed. .Near Lebanon, as soon as the storm had passed, Mr. and Mrs. Fay Dickerson "drove to the home of his brother- in- law, Ralph Hopkins, to see if the'Hop­ kins family was safe. They found the house had disappeared. Dickerson found Hopkins pinned beneath a'tractor. injured. Mrs. Hopkins was dead. Their son Gene was found "curled up in a little ball, sniffing and crying,", Mrs. Dickerson said, clutch-_ ing a New Testament in his hand." Gene's sister, Cathy, 11, later was found in a Lebanon hospital, calling for her parents and expressing concern about her new bike and her Easter clothes. Boone County Deputy Sheriff Arleh Henry and his wife were shopping in Kokomo when the storm swirled through the area. "We started back right after the hail and rain," Henry said. 'When we got to the Chrysler plant we saw the tornado com - ing oyer the ' plant. We rolled down the car windows. It broke all the windows and as negligible. V- A Hospital Hit At Marion, one twister smashed into (he grounds of the Veterans Administration Hospital. It ripped the roof from a ward building where about 60 patients, most of them in wheelchairs were housed. At least 6 patients were treated' for minor injuries, most of them cut by. flying glass. About 100 persons were treated and 33 admitted to hospitals in the Marion area, where the Panorama Shopping Center was Ctntlnuai On n§§ Six ,

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