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MUNCIE 1Q TTCTVriTTP1- THE WEATHER Rain or Snow, Much Colder FINAL EDITION "Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, There Is Liberty.' II Cor. 3-17 VOL Lll. No. 24 Entered at Postoffice, Muncle, Ind., Second Class Matter MUNCIE, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 1956 Member of th Associated Fress PRICE FIVE CENTS r7 I V r i Ml 1 jvL mm - - Tornado Cats Path of Destruction "v. "4 V i . 1 I A ..... I ? ti ti" r i ' :.. it : . i --i ..Jb . . . e Jr f f - ,- I -i . j ,: ? J. ; V :- .' -.--1.4 ?i - . - . . ' ' v. . , . v ' , I ' - - r .-.- r:A' : V ' 1 L ' - ' : - T " .... -. Twister Leaves And injured in Dead Wake By The Associated Press . A tornado skipped viciously across Marion Tuesday night, killing one person, sending 22 others to the hospital, and causing damage estimated by state police at a million to one and one-hall million dollars. Other twisters struck at Dunnington, in Benton County near the Illinois line, and at Galveston, between Kokomo and Lafayette. Four men were injured at Dunnington. The storm knocked out power lines to Marion General Hospital. Doctors worked by flashlights i as the first victims were brought in, and an emergency generator was brought in later from Sum mitville. ' Mrs. Floyd Dove was dead on arrival at the hospital. Her 5-year-old son, Randy, was injured critically. Also in critical condition was Sirs. Betty Inzer. J Mrs. Dove's husband and an- This house, photo at left, was remodeled into a structure resembling a real life set of stage props Tuesday night at Marion as tornadoes swept through the Grant County city and other Indiana communities. Although some of the house apparently was undamaged the force of the winds removed the sides of the building, leaving the furniture for the most part within. The bedroom, kitchen and living room of the home were left intact in the -storm which left one dead and several injured. The other house shown here, at right, was completely leveled, but fortunately the occupants managed to escape to the basement before the full force of the blow smashed their home to splinters. Parts of the house and furniture were scattered over an area extending about 200 yards from the location. Many other homes were crushed and trees uprooted and utility poles downed. The dam age was not only to private property, for the sudden change in temperature and air pressure as the tornado moved in caused several streets to buckle. The dead woman was Mrs. Floyd Dove. The storm, striking shortly before midnight began in the Fifth and Sixth St. area and extended north to Ilorton St. Muncie Press Photos by John Weesner Other Pictures on Pages Three and Twelve urharn Muncie ecision righfesis to S toy in icrure Durham Manufacturing Cor-fwas staying in Muncie was that poration's decision to remain inlof John W. Fisher, vice president Muncie, announced by 'Joseph S. of Ball Brothers Co. and chair-Neff, president and general man-j man of the Business Development ager, today sharply brightened; Committee of the Muncie Cham- Muncie's industrial picture. It was good news to everyone, business and industrial leaders, ber of Commerce. "This important manufacturer's decision confirms the belief of the labor leaders, merchants and the members of the Business Develop man m the street. THE DURHAM Corporation, in an announcement by Mr. Neff, in which he was joined- by Fred Crapo, president -of Kitselman Brothers, said it had bought the Kitselman Brothers plant and or of Commerce that others looking for attractive locations will find Muncie's industrial climate most attractive. For those other firms in the community considering expansions or additions to their line, Durham's decision should be of much value. I'm very happy that Joe Neff and his Durham asso- (Continued on. Page Two) ment Committee of the Chamber AN EDITORIAL , Durham Stays With fykincie : The decision of Durham Manufacturing: Corp. to re fice building on s. Council St., main in Muncie, despite very tempting- offers elsewhere, that it planned rebuilding of itsj is the most encouraging industrial news Muncie Siitlbetaihas received in a long time, especially since it comes while manufacture by mid-summer. Mr. Neff said. the company had rejected very tempting offer from other communities because "Durham belongs to Muncie ' and will stay in Muncie. He set out the company's concern for the welfare of its many employes and for the community, and, although the formal -announcement did not mention it, it seems obvious that the corporation's decision was guided by Mr. Neff's strong personal desire that the operations be retained for Muncie. TYPICAL OF the many expressions of "gratitude that Durham WE Strikers Holding Out WASHINGTON CSV-Union ne gotiators continued to hold out to day for more lavoraDie imni than government mediators have proposed for ending the 143-day Westinghouse strike. Company representatives accepted the government plan Tuesday. Muncie is making- an energetic effort to attract other industries. Durham could have moved to other cities, complete factory plants were available at a very low cost, but as Joseph S. Neff said "Durham belongs in Muncie and will stay m Muncie. The very fact that Durnam was founded in Muncie and has progressed to the very top m its own field while in Muncie was proof enough to Mr. Neff and his associates that the company's future must be linked with Muncie's future. And the corporation's officers are thoroughly confident of Muncie's future; their decision attests to that. This decision means that some 600 men and women, long-time employes of Durham, workers who have been an integral part of the company's success, will stay in Muncie and will stay with Durham. This decision means that some 17,000 outlets in the United States and abroad will continue to receive the very best of folding furniture from Muncie, Ind. This decision means that the company's big payroll will continue to flow into the Muncie economy. This decision means that the corporation's executives will continue, as they have in the past, to work for a httter Muncie. Acquisition of the Kitselman Brothers plant on S. Council and the new construction planned will give additional floor space and make possible further expansion. This decision means that the Durham line again will be on the market by mid-summer, a factor that is of the greatest importance to the corporation and its employes. , There is every reason to believe tnat uurnam iuanu- A FEDERAL mediation service nnnpl which drafted the settle- r . ....... ment package reiusea to cuange facturing Corp. will continue to oe a very successiui vyvia-its provisions despite pleas from . , . . , beginning to grow. James B. Carey, president oi nvi V r-;f00 f the Muncie Chamber of Commerce should be asked for any substantial proof that Muncie is a good town for an industrial operation, Durham's decision alone should be sufficient. International Union of Electrical Workers. The plan would give the Westinghouse Electric Corp., a five-.year contract, similar to one negotiated by the IUE with another major electrical manufacturing firm, the General Electric Co. The government - proposed terms also would provide safeguards the union wanted against company job changes designed to .promote economy. .ANNUAL WAGE increases ranging from five cents to more than 17 cents an hour, plus pension and insurance improvements, also were recommended. Workers averaged $2.10 an hour when the strike began. David L. Cole, Paterson," N.J., attorney and one of the mediators, said, the recommendations were designed to be fair to both sides. The company's acceptance statement said Westinghouse felt the terms are "fair to both company and union." Carey was reported insisting on outright reinstatement of 95 strikers fired by the company for alleged violence. The panel suggested that 59 of these strikers be reinstated and that the remaining 36 cases be submitted to arbitration. This was accepted by the company. Wilson Thinks Missile Just Another Arm WASHINGTON" (INS) Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson's conviction that the Importance of long-range rocket missiles has been exaggerated appears likely today to dominate the intensive "new look" being taken at America's security. Wilson leaves Washington today to join the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a secluded meeting at Ramey Air Base in Puerto Rico, where an historic three-year blueprint for America's defense is being drafted. . The defense secretary told reporters before taking off that a 1,500-mile rocket, whether Russian or America gets it first, wiU be "just one more weapon" in the total arsenal, and that there has been "too much emphasis ' on this development. In a news , conference at the Pentagon, he even referred to the 1,500-mile rocket as a "minor weapon, but he later asked that the word "minor" be withdrawn on the ground that it might be misunderstood. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, led by Adm. Arthur W. Radford, are in Puerto Rico primarily to de termine now America's armed forces should be reshaped to meet the requirements of the guided missile era. ALTHOUGH WILSON does not pretend to be a military man, his views are often controlling. He overruled a 2 to 1 vote by the chiefs that would have prevented the army from developing a 1,500- mile rocket missile, and would have assigned this job exclusively to the Air Force. Wilson's views on long-range and inter-continental missiles are difficult to categorize. He obviously does not mean that America has devoted too much effort to these projects, since he himself has recently ear marked hundreds of millions of additional dollars for their de velopment. But he thinks there has been "too much talk" about missiles and that, important, as they are, they must not detract from the importance of other military pro grams. . He said, for example, that he is considering an increase in the production of eight-engine B-52 Continued on Page Two) Choice Rests With N ixo n, S fee Asse rts WASHINGTON VP) President Eisenhower, said today he has asked Vice President Nixon to chart his own course as to whether he wants to bid for another term. At a news conference Eisenhower declined to sav whether he would favor Nixon as his running maie if the vice president should uaiue ne wouia line to try ior anotner term, Plan Moving Of Gas Pumps To City Barn The removal of the fire department's gasoline pump to the City ' Barns was taken into consideration by the Board of Works Wednesday as the board prepared to make room for the new emergency reporting system at Central Station. The new alarm system is to be housed in an addition to be built at the rear of the station, where the gasoline pumps now are located. Fire Chief Abe Falls told the board that under the present system fire trucks from all stations are driven to the Central Station for gasoline. If the 500-gallon capacity tank is moved to the City Barns it could still be. operated under the present system, the fire chief said. C. W. Garrard, architect for the proposed addition at the rear " of the Central Station, showed blue-prints to the board members. A proposal that the board reaffirm past action on all street stop signs in the city was re quested by city Attorney Mar- snaii inaniey, who pointed out the difficulty of finding authorization for any particular stor sign when there is no way of knowina when it was eiven. Tn other son, Carson, 9, were reported in serious condition. A daughter, Rita, 8, suffered F only minor injuries. Members of the Dove family were, blown 150 feet, Dove landing just five feet from a deep creek. They were on the top floor of a three-story brick-and-stucco apartment building demolished on the northeast side. Hundred of buildings were damaged by the storm and about 20 homes were demolished. Electric power remained off today in the storm area, knocking out traffic lights on the busy Ind. 9-37 bypass, just two blocks east of the area where the storm first hit. State troopers concentrated their efforts on directing traffic. State and county hishwav crews tackled the huge job of removing fallen trees. The wind broke 90 per cent of the windows in the high school, and it weakened the east waU and a roof section. The students faced an indefinite vacation. Another 632 pupils attend the junior high school. Crowds of curious thronged traffic cases involving the run- the city but were kept out of the ning of stop signs, Marshall storm area. Also listed in serious condition was Mary Gentry. . Nine of the 22 injured were kept in the hospital, and 13 were dismissed after treatment. I A 17-year-old wife and her pointed out, the city has to show by what authorization the stop signs were put up. "Some of the signs . were authorized 10, 20, 25 years ago," Marshall said. "When they're (scattered through the records over a period of so manv var Eisenhower said he was not going to be pushed Into a corner 5-ab,we7vf fifSt elieve? tohavej they're difficult, sometimes im! i h-mnthptiral mipciinn t?,, v, -;- i, s.. . , . dierf in the wreckage of a house! ... - " JJU V """"" " i- i t J - - - x . - if " - - - - -a SOLD TO DITIHAM MANUFACTURING CORP. The office building and plant of Kitselman Brothers, located on S. Council St. at the New York Central Railroad, has been sold to the Durham Manufacturing Corp. and will be used for manufacturing purposes. The main Durham plant is across the railroad from the Kitselman property. Muncie Press Photo. Navy Blamed For Jet Flop WASHINGTON ,() House in vestigators said today "large errors" and "waste of public funds" marked a half billion dollar effort to build a Navy jet fighter. A government operations sub committee said the Navy, the McDonnell Aircraft Corp., and the Westinghouse Electric Corp. "must share the responsibility" for this. BUT IT SAID IN a unanimous report that "final responsibility rests with the Navy as the government procuring agency." There was no immediate comment from the Navy. The subcommittee's report fol lowed hearings last Oct. 24-27 on the 8x2-year history of the "De mon," built by McDonnell, St. Louis, Mo., with jet engines from Westinghouse. Over that period, there were 11 crashes and four pilot deaths. Sixty of the planes were grounded because their engines didn't have enough power. Some 220 of the later-model De mons, fitted with more powerful Allison jet engines, are finally being delivered for fleet use, the committee said. But it said the planes are "now or soon may be obsolete." THE HOUSE group made "no charge of impropriety in the strict legal sense"' on a side issue involving retired Rear Adm. Lloyd Harrison. Adm. Harrison was deputy and assistant chief of the Navy s Bureau of Aeronautics from Sep tember 1952 until July 31, 1955, Next day he stepped into a $20,- 800-a-year job as vice president of McDonnell. Both James S. McDonnell, president of the aircraft firm, and Harrison testified the retired admiral has not used his military connections to gain favored treatment for - Mc Donnell. However, the House report called on Secretary of Defense Wilson to strengthen present rules covering industry hiring of retired officers. but later were found to have es caped with only slight injuries. on a hypothetical question. But he said he has nr criticism what, died in the wreckage of a house soever oi iNixon as a man, as an associate or as his running mate. In this first meeting . with newsmen since his own second term announcement a week ago, Eisenhower also said in response to a question that if at any time during the campaign he decided that his general, organic health was not what he felt it should be, then he would go to the -American people and tell them so. The implication was that he would withdraw from the race, but he did not say so in so many words. His remark came in response to a question as . to what he would do under such circumstances. In starting his reply, Eisenhower laughed and told newsmen not to hold him to -withdrawal from the race for such a thing as say a case of the flu. WITH A CHUCKLE, the Presi dent went on to say the newsmen were worse than his doctors on that score. At another point, Eisenhower said that unless he felt up to performing the essential duties of the presidency he would not be available for the job. The first question put to Eisenhower today dealt with what a re porter called published reports that some of Eisenhower's advisers were urging him to dump Nixon from the Republican ticket this year, and that secondly the President himself was reported to have suggested to Nixon that he consider standing aside this time and perhaps taking a Cabinet post, Eisenhower hesitated momentarily. Then he said forcefully that if anyone ever has the effrontery to suggest to him that he dump someone like Nixon, there would be more commotion around his office than perhaps ever before. As for whether he himself had (Continued on Pase Twol possible, to find.' A REAFFTR3L4TION of all the ston am-imj i.uuuA uLiiuui wcric require a survey listing them, it closed today. The high school was pointed out. and th Ttnar-rt building and Washington Junior decided to delay action until it High were damaged badly. A can find out what personnel is water main burst at the high available for the survey. school, adding to the damage. Contracts for the purchase of a Merle Rife, superintendent of Pickup truck for the sewage de- maintenance for city schools, partment ana a panel truck for STORM LOSS MILLIONS BRISBANE, Australia (JP) A 90-mile-an-hour hurricane battered North Queensland Tuesday night. The storm, described as one of the worst on record, caused an estimated 2i million dollars damage. TODAY'S CHUCKLE There are more important things in life than money but they won't go out with you if your broke. estimated damage to the high school building, the largest building in the city, at $600,000. At the Washington School, a chimney collapsed in a classroom, not far from an auditorium in which 40 men were practicing for a minstrel show. The worst of the damage was in West Marion. The (Continued on Pags Twelve) Order Curfew At Yorktown A 9 p.m curfew at Yorktown was ordered in a special session of the town board of trustees Tuesday night, in the wake of a teenage stabbing melee involving two girls. The curfew within the town limits of , Yorktown will be for all persons under 21 years of age, and will go into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday, yorktown school pupils were informed of the ordinance in a general as sembly at the school Wednesday morning. THE YORKTOWN town board also voted to discontinue warn ing tickets to traffic violators All persons breaking traffic laws will be arrested, even for first offenses, the board said. Two teenage girls were still being held Wednesday in con nection with the stabbing of a Muncie girl in a sidewalk fracas Tuesday evening. The victim, Opal Christopher, 17, of 728 N, Elm St., was described as being in "satisfactory" condition at Ball Hospital. Only quick action of the York town marshals, George Wagner, and Ernest Donovan, was cred ited with saving the girls life. after she was knifed, the wound penetrating her chest cavity. Wagner and Donovan admims tered first aid and rushed her to the hospital. IN A STATEMENT to Deputy Deputy Sheriff Jerry Spence and Juvenile Aid Division officers, 16-year-old girl who is one of the two held, said she was walking from a drive-in in Yorktown with a friend when a "smart remark" by the Christopher girl provoked the argument. The 16-year-old, from Yorktown, con tended that Miss Christopher first drew the knife and made a "swipe" toward her, when she pushed the knife back toward the Muncie girl. The Yorktown girl is being held along with a friend, a 17-year-old Muncie girl who is thought to be a parole violator. Local deputies planned to meet with the probation officer on the matter, and to question the Christopher girfywhen she is able (Continued on Fags Twelve) City Bus and Truck Crash A city bus and a truck collided at the intersection of Main and' Liberty Sts. Wednesday afternoon and two women were taken to the hospital. They were not believed to be seriously injured. There were about eight pas sengers on the bus. Driver of the bus was Frank Kern, RR 2, Gaston, while Charles J. Welder, 1723 S. Madison St was driver of the truck owned by tne vvert Lumber Co. THE BUS WAS soins north on Liberty St. and the truck east on Main. The bus apparently hit the truck broadside. The two women receiving treat ment at the hospital were identi fied as Mrs. Thelma Covert 1714 Leland Ave.. IndianaDolis. and Mrs. Gladys McFarland. 713 W. North St. The extent of injuries suitered by the two was not learned, pending an examination. Deepening of Great Lakes Channel Voted WASHINGTON CP) The Senate Public Works Committee today approved legislation to authorize deepening of the channels connecting the Great Lakes. The work would cost an estimated 110 million dollars. This project would provide a 27 - foot channel in the Great ' Lakes west of Lake Erie so that ocean-going ships could sail westward from the St. Lawrence waterway. The bill approved today previously had passed the House. It now goes to the Senate. Weather Barometer 29.60 Rainfall (24 hrs. to noon) .. none Relative humidity, noon 66 Wind direction northeast Wind velocity . . 4 miles per hour Visibility 11 mile Sunrise 7:07 a.m., sunset 6:40 p.m. Temperature recorded in Muncie during 24 hours preceding noon today. Noon y'st'rd'y 64Midnight .... 66 2 p.m 66 2 a.m 62 4 p.m 71 4 a.m 60 6 p.m 67 1 6 a.m. 50 8 p.m 661 8 a.m 48 10 p-m. 6610 a.m. 43 Noon today 47 Maximum 72 minimum 45 (Additional Temperatures on Page Two)

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