Daily World from Opelousas, Louisiana on October 16, 1957 · Page 32
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Opelousas, Louisiana
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Wednesday, October 16, 1957
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Page 32 Opelousas, Louisiana, Wednesday, October 16, 1957 Farmer Arraignment Set On Negligent Homicide r x ' .:.J:-.'M''' ' i- n " f r.. NARROW ESCAPE from death when the tornado struck last night near their ranch home east of here were Mrs. Fred J. Wyble and her two yonng daughters. They were driving home on the old Port Barre Road. Just as they came abreast of a large cattle barn at the farm of Mrs. Kavanaugh Jennings the twister struck, leveling the barn and flinging lumber and roofing across the road. The car was battered from end to end and filled with flying glass. They got out of the car on the downwind side, held on to each other, and when the blow subsided made their way to a battered farm home nearby, where they were aided and conducted home. Inset at left shows badly dented door handle just at Mrs. Wyble's left shoulder. (Daily World Photos) Hebert Trial Set Monday Lou Hebert, Arnaudvllle, former deputy tax collector of St. Landry parish, will be tried Monday and Tuesday on theft by issuing worth-' less checks. He will be tried Monday on a charge of Issuing a $50 worthless check and the following day on a similar charge , of issuing a $20 worthless check, according to District Attorney J.Y, Fontenot.- Trial dates for Hebert were set in St. Landry district court today. A. Fuselier, 79, Retired Merchant, Dies at Eunice EUNISE Adam Fuselier, 79, died Tuesdaycniorning at 10:30 at Jloosa MemoYil Hospital, 15 minutes after admittance, of a heart attack. He was a member of one of the first families to settle Eunice, and a retired merchant. Funeral services are scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at St Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Fuselier is survived by his wife, the former Carmen Goudeau of Eunice; his stepmother, Mrs. Gus Fuselier of Nederland, Tex., One son, Floyd E. Fuselier of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Tom Sawyer of Nederland, Mrs. Frank Owens of Houston, Mrs. W. F. Harriman of Nederland,- and one unidentified sister from Austin, Tex., and one grandchild. Mrs. Soileau Dies After Long Illness In UHIe Platte VILLE PLATTE Mrs. Johnny Soileau, 58, died last night at Ardoin Sanitarium after long illness. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 9:30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Internment will be in the Old Cemetery. Msgr. Bourgeois will officiate. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Soileau; three sons, Havard Soileau of Opelousas, Jesse Soileau of Electra, Tex., and Laudria Soileau of Springhill, Ala.; two daughters, Mrs. Howard La tour of Ville Plate and Mrs. Paul Tate of Mamou, two sisters, Mrs. Adam Vidrine and Mrs. Elder Fontenot, both of Ville Platte. Two brothers, Merrick Ardoin and Avie Ardoin of Ville Platte; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Araom s jjunerai Home is charge of arrangements. in number 1 by long-distance telephone, by the regional PHA office in Forth Worm, Tex. Two other New York firms, Hanover Bank and J.P.Morgan and Co., fowarded bid sheets to the local PHA with a notation that they would telegraph interest rates by 11 a.m. Wednesday if they decided to submit bids. They sent no rates. Plans for the white and Negro low-rent income housing projects have been approved. However, several additional lots in die sites must be purchased before bids for construction of the homes can be called for. TORNADO NARROWLY MISSES ICC MEETING, HALTS EVENT Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of the Opelousas Club were "chased out" of their meeting Tuesday night by a tornado. About 40 members of the club were in session at Fred Wyble's outdoor kitchen when the storm struck that area, disrupting light and telephone service. The twister issed over the southeast corner of the Wyble ranch, wrecking one ter"nt bouse. This was about 18-mile from the Knights meeting. Knights heard partjof a talk by DeanT. Arceneaux of Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette, He was speaking on the French influence in Southwest L ;isianawhen he was "rudelyinterrupted" by the tornado. Before the storm .'.e club heard a report from Charles Going, chairman, on a recent assembly meetinzjn Eunice, and the members agreed that they will Ettend communion in fulrdress on the last Sunday in the last month in eacn quarter. T flumber 2 herself and not sitting by Imo-gene's bed, holding her hand. Mrs. Fruge tells her story! "It was raining hard. We were watching TV. The wind hit the house, the light blinked, men went out. I saw the TV go before me and I went through the wall. I found myself in a ditch." In another room Ogden Fruge, 'the father, tells the same story: lights out and finding himself in a ditch. He has chest injuries, and deep lacerations of the foot and leg. Or people like the Perry Fuselier family. They are from Texas and were in Prairie la Ronde visiting relatives on their vacation. "We were in the living room watching TV. It was raining hard arid then we heard the wind. The lights went out, the walls cracked. "I felt like I was cutting som Lanneri Youriff. 36. tennant farmer of Prairie Ronde, will be arraigned in the St. Landry dis trict court Monday morning, on two charges of neglig ent homicide. Young was arrested Tuesday by Sheriff D.J. Doucet and Capt, E.N. Garbarino, commander of Troop K, after he reported to the sheriff s office and told them he hit 'Something" on the highway. He was charged in bills of information filed today by District Attorney J.Y. Fontenot in connection with the deaths Sunday at & p. m. of Mel Benjamin, 58, and his six-year-old daughter, Lee Ester. Injured wereCorina Benjamin, 38, wife and mother, and another daughter. Vera Benjamin, eight. All are local Negroes. The father and Lee Ester were killed and the other two members of the family Injured when they were struck as they walked along La. high way 104 in the rear of the Tampico Hotel. Young told officers that, "I knew I hit something but I didn't know it was people I hit. He was released from the parish jail Tuesday afternoon under $2,000 bond posted by Furdy Lafleur. The bodies of Benjamin and his daughter are at the home of Ben jamin's daughter, Getta Riggs, 1160 West Bellevue st. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Mc Triumph Baptist church with Rev. A. W. Rosette officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The father is survived by his wife, two sons and seven daughters, two sisters and six brothers, and 16 grandchildren. The mother is confined to Lafay ette Charity hospital for treatment of a fractured arm and fractured pelvic bone. Vera was not hospitalized. Two other of the couple s children who were with them, Leon four, and Virginia, nine, escaped injury. mersaults. Then I was out in the yard. Next to me, under a piece of wood, I found a baby. But it wasn't hurt." Fuselier spoke from his bed at the St. Landry Clinic. At Opelousas General Hospital his wife lay in one bed, their Liz, Philip! Arrive in U.S. Today OTTAWA (UP) It was goodbye Canada and hello Uncle Sam today for a couple of nice people from London. I In their own realm, they are called Queen Elizabeth Prince Phillip, Duke of burgh. But they're more to be just plain Liz and P the United States' 17 million zens. some of whom will se around for six days. The couple climax a he wearing four-day visit to Canadian capitol today by ing 15,000 school children. beth and Phillip, whose youngsters were left behiti London, were to stop at downe Park, a sports stac spend an hour with the kids men continue to Uplands Airport and the flight to Virginia. The couple will help Jamestown celebrate its 350th anniversary as the first English s trie ment in America, will visit historic Williamsburg, the nation's capitol where they will be guests at the White House of President and Mrs. Eisenhower, and will end their North American visit in New York, Oct. 21. r baby in another. Her voice is barely audible: "Is my baby all right? My baby ought to be taken home. I can't care for my baby here." ' The nurse calms her and she dozes off. The baby is all right. He lays on his back and sucks a bottle. Someday they will tell him all about what happened. The chances are he will have no memory of it himself. He is lucky. lumber 3 miles long. American Red Cross aid has been requested by D. Allen Long, parish disaster chairman. Agents will undoubtedly be sent to the scene to make adjustments, he said, from the Atlanta, Ga., area headquarters. All homeless have places to stay, according to Long and Mrs. E. P. Christian, parish Red Cross chairman, who made early - morning disaster surveys. All Injury victims were colored. Deputy Sheriff Bill Soileau, who directed aid last night along with two state police, said that 29 injured persons were taken to hospitals last night for treatment. Today, each of the local hospitals had six patients remaining. At St. Landry clinic were: Sidoni Carrier, scalp and hand lacerations; Celestine Fruge, face lacerations and her daughters Imogene, possible internal injuries eftd shock, and husband, August, head, leg and scalp injuries, all the above from the Boscoville area. From the Prairie Laurent area, Joseph Auzenne, scalp' and hand lacerations, and Perry Fuselier, head, leg and scalp wounds. At Opelousas General: August Fuselier, lacerations; Lula Fuselier the most critically wounded- possible skull fracture, severe eye injury, concussions; her baby. Perry Jr., 5 months, for observation, a daughter, Martine, head lacerations, and two sons, Gabriel and Benedict, lacerations. I The tornado moved In with a "terrible noise," residents said. Some described it as sounding like a freight train; others a large airplane flying low. "But when it hit the house, said Sidney Ned, who crawled from his crumbling house with two children and got to safety in a washouse made of rail? road ties, "it sounded like dynamite." The twister cut acorss the southeast tip of die Fred Wyble ranch, at which Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus were meeting. Wyble said that some one commented on the train approaching, and that he responded that the railroad tracks were in the other direction. "The noise was awful," he said. The lights went out and the meeting broke up. Gulf States Electric dispatched a large fleet of trucks at 9:30 p.m., its office reported, and hoped to restore service today. . Southern Bell repot ted that by 9:15 p.m. all Baton Rouge and Kxotz Springs circuits were out as were five New Orleans and two Port Barre drcutis. By this morning all were restored by three to Baton Rouge, four Co New Orleans and the Kortz Springs circuits. They should be repaired today. Homes destroyed or considerably damaged Included those at Boscoville of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Byrd, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Carrier, Sidney Ned, John Ned, August Fruge, Wade Kidder, Theodore Woods who is a tenant on the Wyble place. Clay Benoit, Lorena Johnson, Sidonia and Neomia Carrier, Alton Carrier, and Arthur Kennison who is a tenant on the Jennings farm. The homes of John Ned and Alton Carrier were unoccupied last night. At Prairie Laurent, all completely demolished, the homes and outbuildings of Steward Baraaby, Taylor Fuselier, Mary and her son August; vid a rental home occupied by Junior Reed, which was the only unoccupied house there. By UNrTED PRESS Two Marksville, La., salesmen were killed last night in a blinding rainstorm near Alexardria, when their car skidded into the path of a Trail ways bus. " . The dead were Identified as E. Bert CappeJ , 50, and Wiley Couvilllon, 59. State police said small tornadoes were reported between Baton Rouge and Opelousas. Alexandria received . 2.79 inches of rain during the storm period. The New Orleans weather bureau said shortly after 6 aun. the state was out of danger squalls, storms and tornadoes. from

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