The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on March 26, 1963 · Page 5
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 5

Ottawa, Kansas
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Tuesday, March 26, 1963
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Pomona News 2 Pomona Lads Walk 50 Miles ADVANCE GUARD — This is first group of Pomona High About 35 students began hike at Pomona early in day. (Herald students, led by teacher Wayne Roebuck (second from right) Photo) to reach Ottawa Saturday in planned hike to Lawrence and back. By MARY HUDELSON POMONA - Allen Crawford, Pomona High School junior and son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Crawford, was the first student to make the 50-mile hike Saturday, March 23. He arrived back at Redwood Inn around 7 p.m. with a time of 13 hours. Somewhat later, Raymon Schroeder, freshman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schroeder, made it in with an elapsed time of 14 hours and 8 minutes. These were the only two of 30 students who started from Pomona High School Saturday at 4 a.m. to complete the 50-mile trip. Allen hiked in his sock feet from Pleasant Grove to within the last few miles. By that time his socks were worn out, and he had to put his shoes on Raymon arrived with one shoe on and one off. Allen said, "The mile into Lawrence was the hardest. It was harder to do than I thought it would be." "Faith In God 55 Brings Them Through WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP)—A California pilot and an undaunted Brooklyn coed felt their strength flowing back today in a Whitehorse hospital after a seven-week ordeal of hunger and cold in the subzero Canadian north. They said faith in God brought them through after their plane crashed Feb. 4. Helen Klaben, 21, and Ralph Flores, 42, a father of six from San Bruno, Calif., said they survived on melted snow for the last six weeks. "It was water for breakfast, water for lunch and water for dinner," said Miss Klaben, managing to smile for her rescuers although she had a broken, gangrenous right foot and a broken left arm and was gaunt from hunger. She lost 30 pounds—the heavily bearded Flores lost 40—but Miss Klaben quipped: ''That was one good thing about the experience. I used to be 'pleasingly plump.' " Flores, a-pilot and electrician, also is a Mormon lay preacher. "His faith set the example for me to follow all my life," said Miss Klaben. "I am starting my adulthood with full knowledge of what I have to do. I wasn't rescued until I understood, until I realized my sins and decided to make recompense for them. "It was Ralph's Bible. I read both the Old and New Testaments. I know what I have to do, what my work is, what faith is, faith in God." Miss Klaben said she never lost hope, but was puzled "why the Lord was keeping us so long." Then, she told reporters, she realized "Ralph and I both needed time to think over our lives." During the terrifying weeks in the wilderness, Miss Klaben said she longed for her mother, Ida Klaben of Brooklyn, more than anything or anyone else. Her first act after arriving at the hospital here—where Dr. Nesta James reported she and Flores were "doing as well as can be expected" — was to telephone home. In Brooklyn, Mrs. Klaben sobbed: "I'm so wrought up I don't know what to do The poor child, she's really suffering. Td like to go to her She's such a wonderful, wonderful girl." Flores, who suffered a broken rib and frozen toes, also telephoned home when he got to the. hospital "We were so happy and emotional we couldn't tell each other much," said his wife, Theresa. "He had tears in his eyes, I am sure, and I was the same way too." Sheryl Flores, 14, talked to her father. Tears streaming down her face, she kept repeating: "When are you coming home?" Flores told reporters he expects to be released from the hospital in about five days. He said his light plane was blown off course in a snowstorm and crashed on a heavily timbered mountain as he and Miss Klaben flew from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Seattle, Wash. Miss Klaben 'flew with Flores "because it was only $75 for the trip and; it's $150 on a commercial airliner." her brother, Edward* said in Cincinnati, Ohio. Miss Klaben was finishing a five-month stint as a draftsman with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. She said she was beading for California en route to Hong Kong on the first leg of • round'the* world tour. First reports said she was on the way back to New York to continue engineering studies. Flores, an electrician on t h e U.S. Dewline (distant early warning) radar network, had completed his contract and was flying home in his $7,000 private plane. Telling of the crash from his hospital bed, he said he was planning to stop at Fort St. John, in northern British Columbia, but got lost in snow clouds. "I was trying to use the last drop of gas in my tank because I was going to use more time to get to my destination. When I saw where I was, it was too late. "I was checking the radio range, looking for the beam and watching the mountain when the center tank ran out of gas. Just as I reached over to switch on the front tank, the wing tip caught the trees. "We just went inside the trees." Flores said the two were unconscious for 30 minutes to an hour. He suffered rib, jaw, eye and face injuries. When he recovered consciousness, his feet were partially frozen. That, he said, was why he did not move away from the wreckage until about two weeks ago. Miss Klaben also was almost immobile. Doctors said the forced inactivity probably was one reason the two were able to survive without food. But they said the pair had just about reached the end of their strength and they doubted that either could have lasted another week. The pair had two cans of fruit and two of sardines which they managed to eke out for a week. Then they ale two lubes of toothpaste. After that, they said, it was melted snow. Miss Klaben said she noticed the cold only for the first two weeks but "the nights were bad." Flores, less seriously injured, left the plane two weeks ago and built a brush-lined shelter from seat coverings and canvas fittings on an exposed knoll two miles from the plane wreckage. They had plenty of wood for fires and plenty of matches, but their only tools were a hammer and a chisel. The Brooklyn girl, smiling again, said she always loved camping but "next time I go, I'm going to take along some supplies." She told a newsman they were not bothered by wild animals. "There were just rabbits, thank goodness." PORTRAIT HOUSE DALLAS' FINEST is coming to OTTAWA INTRODUCTORY OFFER ANY ONE PERSON -- ANY AGE Regular 8.50 Value ONLY All Persons Under - 18 Must Be Accompanied By Parent. ONESxlOSILVERTONE GROUP SITTINGS TAKEN ON APPROVAL—NO CHARGE WIDE SELECTION OF PROOFS One Day Only Wednesday, March 27th 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY INQUIRE AT FRONT DESK VILLAGE INN MOTEL U. S, 50 South Ottawa "I tried to snare rabbits, but just couldn't," said Flores. When the lean-to was finished, Flores said he fashioned bulky snowshoes from bark and branches and set out for the Alaska Highway, about 60 miles away. Leaving Miss Klaben at the lean-to, he slogged through the snow in subzero temperatures, he said, and built another shelter three miles farther on. This was in open country and, working doggedly for three days, he managed to tramp out an "S 0 S" in the snow. It was this signal that bush pilot Chuck Hamilton saw Sunday and that led to the rescue. "I did not know if I was going to make the road, but I had faith I was going to be found," Flores said. "Yes, I had faith because I have faith in the Lord." While walking, he said, he sang a lot—hymns and popular songs. Raymon said, "I'd never do it again. I got into training by hiking 26 miles last Saturday. Warren Wittman accompanied me on part of this hike." He recommended that future hikers carry little with them. He .started with 12 oranges, 12 candy bars and dumped everything at Scott's Filling Station in Ottawa, finally leaving his coat and sweater under a culvert 2 miles north of the Centropolis corner. He felt it was rather a waste of time but made a person feel pretty good after he had done it. Three other freshmen almost made it. Craig Collins, Dale THE OTTAWA HERALD Tuesday, March 26, 1963 Langly and Warren Wittman did 43 miles in 12 hours and 30 minutes, and now wish they had kept on going. Judy Hamilton and Linda Kiehl reached 30 miles in 10 hours and 35 minutes. They were the only girls to go beyond the Centropolis corner.' Billy Suits did 41 miles in 11 hours. Mike Bealmer, Terry Heidner and Larry Briggs stayed in for 30 miles which they did in 10 hours and 35 minutes. Jim Gingerich went 34 miles in 11 hours and 40 minutes. Around 30 students began the hike, of whom five were girls, Maty and Shirley Scott, Joyce Johnson, Linda Kiehl and Judy Hamilton. Parents and friends rode along the way to lend encouragement, throw a little food and pick up the stragglers when they gave up. Wayne Robuck was the faculty sponsor. Playing Final Bridge Match ST. 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