The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on April 13, 1965 · Page 1
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HAROLD -J I»J9IAM ;& ABO BURTON * ASSISTANT STATE LIBRARY LIS, INDIANA 1 ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER OCTOBER 4, 1895 AT POST OFFICE AT TIPTON, INDIANA VOLUME 49, NUMBER 164 TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE, TUESDAY, APRIL ;13, 1965 7 CENTE PER COPY — 35 CENTS PER WEEK UNIDENTIFIED : ELKHART..Ind. (UPI) — Po; lice Capt. Virgil Reed said today only one body remained un: identified in Elkhart, disaster ! center for vicious tornadoes : which killed more than 50 in an area of about eight square miles in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties. Reed said 22 persons are on ; a list reported as "missing." But he said it was likely that most would be accounted for later as reports come in of persons away on visits at the time of the storms or given refuge in homes. of relatives and i friends. i POWER RESTORED ; MARION. Ind. (UPD —Electrical power was restored in tornado-stricken Marion today, but industrial plants and schools ! remained closed. Grant County's death toll was ; officially listed at five, three in Swayzee, one in Marion and one at the small ; community of Arcana. Forty-three persons remained in Marion hospitals, one in critical condition, and two were transferred to Indianapolis hospitals in critical condition. Insurance adjusters estimated the property loss in Grant County at S12 million. HOSPITALIZED : FORT WAYNE. Ind, (UPI)—Seven persons ; were taken to Fort Wayne hospitals and others in outlying areas were treated with respirators for carbon monoxide ; poisoning suffered while burning charcoal in their homes. Officials said disruption of electrical power by Sunday's tornadoes prompted many resi- ; dents to set up charcoal burners in their homes to provide iheat or for cooking. 1 Four of the seven were admitted as hospital patients and 'the other three were treated ; and released. None was in serious condition. [ A family in Cedar Canyons, north of Fort Wayne, and three families in New Haven'were ; treated in their homes. PASTOR KILLED By United Press International An Anderson minister was killed on a tornado mercy mission and two young men were killed in a Hammond accident Monday as Indiana's traffic fa- itality toll climbed to at least ;334 compared with 284 a year ago. Rev. Robert DeLong, -25, assistant pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Anderson, was enroute with his 19: year-old wife, Susan, to visit parishioners for donations to help persons stranded by the Sunday tornadoes when his car hit a bridge five' miles north of that city. . DeLong was killed and his wife was injured critically and •taken to St. John's Hospital. At Hammond, Kenneth Rosen; dahl, 19, Whoyte Lakes, Minn., i and Paul Laxo, 21, Republic, 'Mich., were killed when their ! car crashed into an overpass • railing. ' i The Monday fatalities came I after an ll-death weekend. Sorority Aids Disaster Area Tri Kappa : Sorority, is ' soliciting clothing from all area residents to aid ; the Kokomo, .Greentown, Alto^ Russiaville tornado victims and requests that all persons willing to contribute clothing for this cause bring the articles, in boxes so it can . be hauled to the stricken , area, to the Tipton Discount Center, all day Wednesday and until 8 p.m. Thursc'iy. The Sorority,originally had a rummage sale scheduled . for this weekend but- canceled it in favor of sending "needed relief to the 'disaster area, according to president Sherry Woods. All contribu-. "Hons will be greatly appreciated, TORNADO DEATH TOLL REACHES China Rejects British Peace Representative By CHARLES W. RIDLEY United Press International LONDON UPI — Communist China told Britain Monday night that former Foreign Sec T retary Patrick Gordon Walker would "not be welcome in Peking to discuss the Viet Nam situation. Communist North Viet Nam was expected to put out a similar unwelcome mat for the British) diplomat. Gordon Walker is schenulen to leave London Wednesday on a fact-finding tour of Southeast Asia for Prime Minister Harold Wilson.j It was hoped the trip would pave the way for talks leading to a cease-fire in the Viet Nam fighting. The | itinerary arranged for Gordon Walker includes stops in South Viet Nam, Laos. Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and lapan.j jNotes To Chinese The j Peking visit was proposed in notes sent to the Chinese government on April 1 and April 2. In rejecting the visit, the Chinese Communists accused Brit(Continued on Prq,- 6) Tornado News Elicits Call From Thailand Dan Noble reported this a.m. that he had received a call from his father, Arthur Noble, currently in Bangkok, Thailand, inquiring about the tornado situation in the Tipton area. The call, according to Dan, was received at 6 a.m. (6 p.m.) Bangkok time. While on the phone, a fellow member of the trade commission wanted to know about the situation in Ohio, as he was from the Cleveland area, according to Dan. Dan jokingly stated they had "cut the conversation short" at a rate of $3 per minute! Asked about the temperature and weather in Bangkok, Noble reported that it was pretty hot. A regular temperature reading at this time of year would be ap- proximaely 95, with humidity about 93%. This would be a "cool, dry day," according to Dan. Noble expects to arrive home about April 23. He is on a trade commission at this time for the government. MARRIAGE LICENSES Tipton County Clerk Ross Hufford announced marriage licenses have been isued at the courthouse to Richard Lee Kurtz, 18, Elwood route 3, and Linda Joyce Hartley, 20, also of Elwood route 3. HIGH AND LOW •NEW YORK (UPI) — Lowest temperature reported this morning in the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, was 19 degrees at' Lewiston, Montana. Highest Monday was 97 at Presidio, Texas. A ».«d4 I. i I UN iiler>ciif - , i S i Worst Disaster in Indiana's History; State Aid Planned F • .r ! i 'M. • »nA».ti«!/JS»: 'i •» TIPTON COUNTY INDEED FORTUNATE! This map, showing the path of destructive tornadoes through Central Indiana, illustrates vividly the good fortune of Tipton county residents who escapee! completely the millions of dollars of damage and heavy loss of life which struck on all sides of the county. Clinton County, which borders Tipton county on thfe west, Howard County to the north, Hamilton County to the south and even Madison county to the east felt effects of the deadly windstorms which swept the state Sunday night. Two Accidents Reported Here Two accidents and several fines were reported in the county this morning. Thomas F. Temple, 17, 506 Columbia Avenue suffered damages of S100 \ to his car when he stopped to allow a parked car to pull out and was struck from behind by a car driven by Franklin Witt, 22, Kokomo, whose machine was damaged an estimated ;$105. The accident' occurred across from the courthouse on Jefferson street. The car of Clarence Birch, 57, Columbia City, was damaged S75.00 in an accident at U.S. 31 and State Road 28 intersection at 11:40 a.mL Monday with a car driven by Jennifer Wiggins, 17, of 415 N.\ Green Street Tipton. The collision occurred when the lights at jthe intersection were out of order due to the power failure south of Kokomo. Russell W .I Riddle, 26, Kokomo, was arrested by state police for a violation of the muffler law. Martin L. Bitikofer. 36, Maumee, Ohio, was fined $26.75 for speeding when arresting officers reported he ;\vas travelling 90 miles per hour in a 65 mile zone. Monroe'Carter, 50, Kempton, was fined $21.00 and given a 15-day sentence for public intoxication, j WEATHER Mostly sunny and cool today. Increasing cloudiness and not quite so cool tonight. Wednesday cloudy and warmer with showers developing. High today upper 50s. Low tonight mid 40s. High Wednesday mid 60s. Six States Report 239 Tornado Dead By DONALD ZOCHfeRT United Press International CHICAGO (UPI) — Residents of tornado-torn towns and cities in six Midwest states fought rubble and heartbreak today in k massive effort to restore order. The death count stood at 239 and police in Indiana fearedH more bodies would be found." Many areas in hard-hit Indiana, Michigan and Ohio were still without power and water. Hospitals were jammed with injured. The Hoosier state counted at least 132 dead from the Palm Sunday barrage of tornadoes. There were 53 dead in Ohio, 44 in Michigan, 7 in Illinois and 3 in Wisconsin. Iowa, where the twisters started, reported no deaths. "It is shocking. It is i awesome beyond belief. It compounds misery upon misery," Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes said after Monday's on-the-spot inspection of the stricken areas in his state. Heart Is Torn "Your heart is torn to shreds when you see a father sorting a splintered garage for a broken bicycle, a tattered toy, a mud-splashed doll, a little red wagon." The sorting and the sifting went on today, with grim emergency workers from as far away as New York pouring into the | disaster areas to help the homeless, feed the hungry and care for the injured. Bull-dozers roamed' through splintered towns, clearing small paths through the debris. A (team of U. S. Weather Bureau specialists started a state- by-state tour of the tornado- scarred Midwest today, examining the extent of damage. In-' surance experts estimated property damage would approach several million. The Small Business Administration in Washington promised loans for ; the stricken area "as soon as. all thereports are in." No One Saying '• But no one was saying when that would be. In towns like Russiaville, Ind. —.where there was no j electric power, no light, no heat, no school, and where every one of the many buildings in town bore a scar—no one knew when the -colossal task would be completed. | In places like Pittsfield, Ohio, a tiny-crossroads town,; no one knew where to begin. The village's nine houses, two churches and some of its stores were all blown away by the storm. Seven of the town's 50 residents were dead. Nothing was left but rubble. A state-by-state look at the clean-up operation: Indiana: Hardest hit of all the states, Indiana was still reeling today from its worst disaster in history^ State police feared more storm j victims would be found in the wreckage of a trailer camp near jDunlap. Electric power lines were still down early today from Fort Wayne to Lima, Ohio. Peopie in the Fort Wayne area j set up charcoal burners in their living rooms to keep warm; nearly a score went to hospitals Monday night suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Indiana Gov. Roger Branigan set up a morning meeting with state police, National Guardsmen and civl defense officials to assess the situation. Ohio: Gov. James A. Hrodes, visibly shaken by his tour of the devastation Monday, prepared to survey the area again today. He wound up his tour Monday night, with the state's DC3 airplane flying low over the countryside, illumined by eerie moonlight. Many areas were still without telephone communication.- State officials said property damage would total at least $50 million. Michigan: Gov. George Romney ordered an economic sur(Continued on Page 6) SUNDAY TWISTER badly damaged this build; ing on the Tansy property a inort distance south of Arcadia. The tornado touched only a narrow print about 1M feet wide as It crested state'road 19, also tearing down the sigo and damaging the roof of the, Nino-Teen drive In immediately south of the Tansy buildings. (TRIBUNE Phet»-En«ravlng) Hospital Kept Fuji Services j . Tipton County Hospital Administrator James Talley re-, ported today that the operation of all equipment and functions was maintained throughout the tornado power failure, due to the operation of the standby, generator-installed at the' hospital. A refueling of the^ generator with deisel fuel Monday morning was the oolyi.action required. A failure of the battery-powered radio equipment in the Sheriff 's office prevented communication- between the hospital and that office. Tornado Victim's Rites Thursday From Arcadia Floyd Con<iway, 57, Arcadia route 1; instantly killed when his home was struck by the Sunday night tornado which hospitalized his • wife in only fair condition and slightly injured a grandchild, will be .buried at 2 p.m. Thursday in services at the Shaffer Crowmer Funeral Home, Arcadia, with Rev. Mangold officiating. Burial will be in Arcadia' Cemetery and friends may call a{ the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. The deceased was born March 22, ,1908 in Tipton county, son of Robert and Oryla (Thomas) Conaway., He spent his entire life in the Aelanta - Arcadia area where he farmed and was a member of, the Arcadia Christian Church and the- Boxley Sister and Brotherhood. Mrs. Conaway is a patient at Tipton County Hospital. The grandchild was blown from the home into a cornfield where she was found only slightly injured. Mr. and Mrs. Conaway were found in the debris of their home which was completely demolished. - , Surviving in addition to the wife are the following children: Mrs. Barbara Ann Stafford, Arcadia; iMrs. Orella Mae Gwinn, Spencer; Miss Rebecca Conaway. an EvansviUe College student; Kenneth Harold Conaway, Arcadia; the following brothers and sisters: Carl Conaway', Arcadia; Ralph Conaway, Arcadia route 1; Allan Conaway, Atlanta route 1; Mrs. Bertha Ross, Tipton; .Mrs. Goldia Tree's, Arcadia; Irene Dunne, Atlanta, route 2, and eight grandchildren. | By BOYD GILL United Press 1 International INDIANAPOLIS .(UPL) — The tornado death-toll in Indiana's worst weather disaster in history grew our by hour today as rescuers dug through endless 'piles of debris left in the wake of Palm Sunday twisters which devastated literally dozens of urban [arid rural areas. The toll stood at 132 at dawn. Unknown numbers were injured, estimated anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000, hundreds remaining in| hospitals for treatment and many in serious and critical condition: Other hundreds were treated and released, and returned to their stricken com- munties to • search for possessions lost to the vicious whirling winds. | Governor Branigin summoned state officials concerned with <he disaster to an early-morn ing conference to discuss what further steps to take now that the immediate emergency of ministering to the injured and homeless was over. 11 Disaster Areas State. Civil Defense Director Robert| S. Bates indicated he may recommend that 11-counties stijuck by tornadoes be designated as disaster- areas, and that they be made eligible for federal assistance. Never before had nature unleashed such a lethal force on Hoosiers. and never had any man-nvade disaster resulted in such a! toll 61 death, injury and destruction. Tornadoes—not one but maty —snaked out ' of three vicious storms! tnat roar ?d northeastward in the -warm, ominous atmosphere of Palm Sunday. They- lashed with death-dealing fury at cities the size of Marion and Kokomo and more than a dozen sriialler towns stretching from the Crawfordsville area a short distance northwest of Indianapolis to the Michigan border north of Fort Waynei Families Are Killed . Entire families were crushed to death - by exploding homes or struck down and killed or gravely injured : by debris whirled with tremendous force by the! twisters. Motorists heading homeward from Sunday or weekend drives and visits were killed and injured when the violent storms picked [ up their cars like toys and dashed them to the earth. Hardest hit from a death toll standpoint were Elkhart and LaGrange Counties along the Michigan border. At least 45 persons were killed in a rela- 'tive.ly small area around and near Elkhart. Many babies and children were among the d?ad, but the mammoth storms \ were no respecters of age. An Elkhart couple | in their late 80s' were among! the victims. The storm swept through the Amish communities around Shipshnvana and Middlebury near Elkhart, and a dozen or more of the victims bore such familiar family names as Bon- tra°er, Miller, Hosteller and Ycder. More than 1.000 men were sent to the storm areas on orders from Governor Branigin, including 700 Indiana National Guardsmen and several hundred state police troopers. Pknes Seek Needy A score or more of planes .Vere s?nt aloft seeking isolated -csidents in need of medical aid. While the planes soared overhead, their occupants looking Jown on scenes of utter destruc- :ion. rescuers cn the ground poked through piles of rubble no onger recognizable as homes. .Dazed residents, who survived he fury of the storm and were ucky enough to avoid injury, ;ifted through debris looking or lost possessions. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, ;f homes were flattened or laniaged so badly they could lot be repaired. Hundreds of amilies were homeless and ;iven aid by sympathetic .riends, by relatives grateful hey lived through the disaster, ind by civic groups which' sat ip housing units in school .uildings and armories. Utilities suffered losses in the millions of dollars and their .ustomcrs long disruption c! ;ervice. . Lcses In Millions Indiana Michigan Electric Jo. of Fort Wayne reporte'd its oss would run into millions? in- .•ludir.g dozens of tall, heavy ;teel transmission towers slashed by the wild twisters. The storms hit and left a trail }t death in Montgomery. Boone, Ioward. Madison, Hamilton. Grant, Wells ar.d Adams Connies in the southern half of Northern Indiana, arid in itarke, St. Joseph. Marshall, Elkhart and LaGrange Counties n the northern half. There were so many storms nobody could keep track of just :icw many there were. Some swore that two different tornadoes a few minutes apart jwirled through Bremen. The storms hit. Kokomo, Lebanon. . Arcadia, Bremen, Crawfordsville, Elkhart, G o s h e n, 3reentown, Keystone, Koontz Lake. LaGrange. Linngrove, .Marion. Middlebury. Russiaville, Sheridan, Shipshewana, Swayzee, Thorntown, Walkerton, Wyatt and other communities. HELP IN EMERGENCY Tipton County Civil Defense workers, volunteered their ser : vices and assisted in rescue operations in Kokomo. Greentown and Russiaville during the tornado disaster since Sunday night, according to C-D director Robert Heron. VICTIM OF TORNADO was a n«w garage at the side of the Joe Tansy residence on* .half, mil* couth of Arcadia on the east tick of Stat* road 19. Shown here is the roof of the garage, laying flat on the ground-at the rear of the Tansy residence. (Tribune Photo-Engraving)

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