Palladium-Item from Richmond, Indiana on April 25, 1968 · Page 16
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16 Thursday, April 25, 19C8, The Palladium-Item and Sun-Telegram, Richmond, Ind. Federal Aid Sought By Ohio, Kentucky For Tornado Victims FALMOUTH, Ky. (UPI) -Kentucky and Ohio asked the federal government Wednesday for disaster relief aid for communities ravaged by tornadoes which killed 13 persons and caused $5.5 million damage. The twisters Tuesday killed eight persons in Ohio and five in Kentucky. Officials feared the toll would rise with the clearing of rubble-filled basements along the tornadoes' destructive path, a 125-mile stretch of the Ohio River Valley. "It will take two or three days for us to find all the victims," said Ohio Deputy Sheriff Elwood Wooten. "There have to be some back in there that we don't know about yet." The number of injured was estimated at nearly 200. Hundreds were left homeless. The tornadoes, swirling out of the southwest, ripped houses from their foundations and hurled them in the air like toys. Barns, cars, trees and utility poles were scattered like bowling pins. Hardest hit were Falmouth, a farming community of 2,550 persons in northern Kentucky where four persons were killed and 91 injured, and Wheelers-burg, Ohio, a town of 2,600 which had six dead and 43 injured. The Falmouth dead included a 10-month-old girl and a 4-year-old boy. Mayor Max Goldberg of Falmouth estimated about one-fourth of his city's citizens were without homes. The town was without electricity, gas and water service 24 hours after the tornadoes struck. Limited Electricity Wheelersburg had only limited electrical service and authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on all but emergency work crews. The town's elementary school was closed until Monday. Dover, Ky., and at least seven other communities near the Ohio River, which forms the border between Kentucky and Ohio, suffered tornado damage. Twisters were sighted in six other Ohio areas. Damage was estimated at $3 million in Kentucky and James A. Rhodes of Ohio asked Washington to declare the Falmouth region and sections of Brown, Clermont and Scioto Counties in Ohio disaster areas. Nunn, who surveyed the Falmouth section, said at least 75 homes were "damaged to the extent of $15,000 each." In Kentucky, twisters also struck Sunshine, where 30 to 40 homes were damaged, Nicho-lasville and Berlin. Newtons-ville, Ripley, West Union and Fayette also suffered damage in Ohio. Homes Destroyed Eighteen relatively new homes in the Ridgewood Court section of Wheelersburg all in the $19,000 to $30,000 bracket were destroyed or damaged heavily. Jack Riggs, a Ridgewood Court resident, said he, his wife and their daughter took refuge in their basement when they saw the twister coming. The tornado ripped their brick and wood ranch home off its foundation and sailed it across the street onto the lawn of the Edward Pyles family. Somehow, the Riggs were not injured. "It sure pays to know the Lord," Riggs said. "That's the only thing that saved me and my family." Pyles, a contractor, looked dejectedly at the ruins of Ridgewood Court which he helped develop. "Sometimes it seems a man can work all his life for something and then lose it like that," he said. "I don't know what I'll do. . .1 guess I'll just try to build it over again." New HEW Head Backs Humphrey For Nomination WASHINGTON (UPI) Wilbur J. Cohen, secretary-; designate of Health, Education! and Welfare, endorsed Hubert: Humphrey for President; Wednesday. I In his first major speech , since his nomination to the; Johnson cabinet, Cohen told a j National Press Club Luncheon j he would "do everything I can ; to help Hubert Humphrey; become the next president of; the United States." Cohen called the vice pres-; ident "a great man who has been dedicated to every great social advance in his 19 years of public life." In answer to question about j presidential pressure to support j Humphrey, Cohen replied, "I; didn't get any nor do I need1 any." Cohen, who will succeed John W. Gardner to the HEW post, j described himself as "the only; cabinet member you've ever, seen who is a lame duck before j he's even been confirmed." i John Glenn Backs Kennedy At Ohio State Appearance A section of aluminum roofing was torn from a house in Falmouth, Ky., and deposited three blocks away around a telephone pole Tuesday after a tor nado struck the town. COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) -Former astronaut John Glenn returned to his home state of Ohio Wednesday in his continuing support of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's presidential bid. Glenn told about 400 Ohio State University students at an outdoor campus rally he brought a personal plea from Kennedy "to come on over to Indiana the next two weekends." The first American to orbit the earth had been in Indiana earlier in the day with Kennedy, who opposes Sen. Eugene McCarthy in the May 7 primary. "The leadership of this country should go to someone who can tell it like it is," Glenn said. "And Senator Kennedy is the one person who will tell it like it is and do something about it." Crisis Exists Glenn declared there now exists a "crisis in confidence in America that threatens t h e forces of unity, the element that has made this country what it is." The space traveler's appearance here was delay 70 minutes, ironically because of plane trouble. His chartered craft had an electrical failure and Glenn spent some time "orbiting" Port Columbus before a landing could be made. Most of the crowd braved the 49 - degree temperature and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour and gave Glenn an enthusiastic welcome. After Glenn's brief address, he chatted with students and signed autographs before heading back to Indiana. Glenn refused to delve into his own political plans. 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