Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri on December 15, 1971 · 1
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Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri · 1

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Wednesday, December 15, 1971
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?. SPRINGFIELB LEADER TTV AND PRESS4 , .. .7 . ta " , , - -o O ; .; JJ X " n O O . T. 04 . . O c -n -m c '-. O " r O o - ,.-.Q- r Of- J . 2 VOL. XXX IX NO. m Swowl ClM Parian Pud at 8priHeld, Mo. .1 Monthly wuh Sunday Nawi 4 Letdtr SPRINGFIELD, MO., WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15, 1971 EIGHTY-EIGHT PAGES PubiiahMl by SprintHtld Nnrapapera, lac. Dill; Except Sunday, tol BooovUU, SprmilltM. Mo. 1M01 7' Republic, Airport Hardest Hit PRICE TE .Kills Ooi - ' ::.. it 4 V" . v . -..- 3 -- V ... . Medical For 2 Freed Americans By LEE UNDER PHILADELPHIA (AP) TftstedT and: BburisBedr w such" typical American fare as hamburgers, French fries and steak, Mary Ann Harbert and Richard G. Fecteau began a series of medical tests today to determine the effects of captivity in Communist China. A spokesman at the Valley Forge Medical Center and Hos pital, 25 miles northwest of here, said normal physical checkups would be made plus ex tensive laboratory studies as to possible vitamin deficiencies and tropical parasitic diseases. He said some of the lab studies would have to be done outside thr hospital and might take some time before results would (tan Fato An estimated 200 buildings in Republic were destroyed or damaged In a ravaging windstorm late last night and early today. This wind - blitzed structure is or was the Hagale Manufac- . taring Company in Republic. No injuries were reported there, but the storm caused a death and about a dozen injuries in the - . : . . area. , ' . ' . Tests Started be available. ' He said both patients had hearty breakfasts and that, Miss Harbert had an "excellent appetite." The examination had originally been scheduled for Tuesday. Doctors delayed the exam- Where It Is . . . Ana Linden Page 16 Editorial Page 28 Polly'a Pointers .... Page 33 Local sews Pages 43-4744-65 Sports Pages 44-45-46 Comics Page 58 Horoscope Page 58 Deaths Page 60 Society .: Page 66 Jumbles , Page 67 Amusement Page 78 (nations to allow Miss Harbert, of Palo Alto, Calif., and Fecteau of Lynn, Mass.. to rest from 10,000-mile trip that began in Hong Kong after their release Monday. Both Miss Harbert, 25, a Chi. nese prisoner for three years, and Fecteau, 43, who spent 19 years in a Communist prison, mucn of it in solitary confinement, said they were feeling well. Doctors said the two .were bred but appeared to be . "in very good physical condition, although Fecteau's- ordeal left him withdrawn and cautious. ' Newsmen were not allowed, to interview the pair Tuesday. A State Department represent See TESTS, Page 15 7: Appeals for By MIKE O'BRIEN . ' ;SUff Writer " A vicious out-of-season storm hay Tippedacrossthe Ozarks, hitting hardest in Greene County, leaving one person dead and 11 hospitalized in Springfield to-day. As authorities poked amid the wreckage today L they estimated the damage to property would run into millions of dollars. Packing tornado-like winds .measured at up to 80 miles per hour,'the storm swooped,, across southwest Missouri shortly b fore midnight after lasting Oklahoma most of Tuesday. TKSraTaTce-drme-ToTnTmt" nities of Anderson and Newtonia as it entered the state, then gathered furious strength as it approached Greene County from ii ' me west. 1 - Taking the brunt olthespring- like thunderstorm as it approached Springfield was the sleeping community of Repub- lie, where trailer homes were tossed about, nouses and churches da maged, business firms ravaged. injured taiauy wnen us mo- Dile home was assauea oy tne - high-winds was John Rucker, 65, . Route 4, Springfield. Officers found Rucker's body trapped beneath wreckage in the trailer, and he. was pronounced dead upon arrival at Cox Medical , Center. Rucker's wife, Mary, 52, long- - time deputy probate .court clerk in Greene County, was reported in "satisfactory" condition at Cox today with injuries suffered in the tragedy. The Rucker mobile home was about a mile west of the .city limits, near 1-44 and Mo: 266. Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry McCafferty said Mrs. Rucker told him her husband had gone to bed about 11 p.m. Late From Wire Dispatches A judge in Oakland, Calif., Pakistan walked out of the dismissed a manslaughter Security Council this aftenl charge against Black Panther noon after denouncing the Party leader Huey Newton af-United Nations as a fraud and ter the district attorney said it farce that delayed action in the Indo-Pakistan war until India could capture Dacca.' Otto Kerner, Jr., federal appeals court judge and former Democratic governor of Illinois, was indictedby federal grand Jury in Chicago on" a r g e s of "bribery, mail fraud, tax evasion, perjury and conspiracy as a result of race track , stock transactions while he was governor (Even in Stormy Weather) The Deadly Winds at December in the Ozarki a full page of pictures on the storm. Page 29. We take another look at devaluation of the dollar in today's lead editorial. Page 28. May settle monetary crisis before Christmas with Nixon agreement to devalue the dollar. Page 8. I The storm kept her awake, however, and she awakened her husband and advised . him she thought they ought to leave-theJ trailer. MrsrRuekerlold the deputy they had started down the hall toward the door of the mobile homeheit4iftedromits - foundation and flung some 60 feet against a fence. McCafferty noted. the two sections of the double-wide trailer jackknifed together, and Ruckei$. was caught between the sectioife. , j Mr. fRucker said she was trapped in the bathroom of the 70-40 font gtrnrtnrp and iflnlrin't move. She could see only the feet of her husband and, when she called out to him, he said he was "choking to death." Officers said Rucker died of jr. a f Lrf News would be useless to try wew- ton a fourth time in connection 'with-stlie, 1967 slaying of an Oakland policeman. President Nixon summoned bipartisan leaders of Congress to a meetine on the - inter nationalmonetary situationJ ana announced ne wouia oe leavingfor Florida immediately afterward to stay through the week. In the long ran there may be o real winners in the India-Pakistan war. Page 17. Speed gun (pistol-tripped traffic radar) drawing unprintable words from motorists in nine states. Page 7. Glendale and Parkview remain undefeated, Central and Greenwood also post victories in high school basketball. Page 45. severe crushing injuries. Mrs. Rucker's injuries required 50 stitches in her leg Ruckeiv-who- operated Rucker- Sign Company here prior to his retirement, is survived, in addition to his wife, by one son, Richard, Troy; one daughter, tM - r - S'; Patricia Barnes; Ash Grove; and one sister, who lives in the state of California. Frametf Destruction Framed by a smashed window in the wind-dam aged control tower, the Springfield municipal airport ramp area is a scene of desolation after a destructive wttffisToTTnTSgmc of the tretffircroa 50 light planes destroyed ible here. Storm damage in Greene County is expected to run into the millions of dollars, including $2 million in Republic alone. jwv.-.r- - Emergency Missouri Gov. Warren E. Hearnes today proclaimed an emergency in Greene, Cape Girardeau and adjacent counties because of the loss of life and 1he property damage caused by buffeting storms last night. He authorized the use of state agencies, personnel and equipment to be made avail- - i,!,, for the preservation of life, property and the restoration of public Iacilitles." V Dreary Partly cloudy to cloudy tonight and Thursday. Lows tonight in the 30s. High Thurs day in the 50s. Extended forecast for-Fri day is for mild with a chance of rain, ending Saturday and turning colder Sunday. .Y7 0 SHOPPING DAYS 0 TILL CHRISTMAS Herman Lohmeyer will announce funeral arrangements. The other JO persons remaining hospitalized here today also are termed "satisfactory" by hospital spokesmenrMost of the victims are from Republic. An- other dozen persons were trated forlesinjurit-eo and St. John's Hospital during the night and released: or damaged are vis urn- SiiriTiYorsRecalL Night Filled With Horror By JANE BENNETT Staff Writer There wasn't a sound, and the J,wo-story : building was lifted off Its concrete block foundation spinning- 0ver and over. Inside were of Republic The wind was blowing and a girl walked to a window of the main lobby of Springfield Mu-nicipal-Airport-andsaidrOh, my God." One man dove to the floor and another man ran outside into the storm. These were scenes last night when a vicious wind storm struck the Republic area, spinning. ,Mway to wreck much of the airport facility. Today Mrs. Anna Mae Mapl es, 33, of Republic, and R. Joe Peabody, 27, of 3269 North Well- er, are in "satisfactory condition at Cox Medical Center, Where they talked about last night's horrifying experiences. ' Here is how it was at Mrs. Maples' Republic home: . Our home is m a south western housing area in Republic. My husband and I were out in the workshop be had made Most of the property damage was inflicted to homes, churches and businesses in Republic, and to Springfield MunicipaLAirport-as the storm swept across northwest Springfield. . At the airport, heavy damage tfl th. ,.- an(1 terminal facil- planes parked on the ground were "reported damagdd, many " extensively. City building inspector John Chappell and Gay Weeks, city engineer, reported that preliminary Surveys revealed no major structural damage to the airport buildings, with most damase re- glass. However, the airport re mained closed at midday as engineers continued to assess See STORM, Page 20 '"wataSSSSf Mr. and Mrs. Willis Maples, a little two-story barn. We were in there and we knew the wind was blowing strong, but we were notaware what it way about: "The lights went out and we decided there was nothing more we could do my husband was making picture frames and -just as I reached the door handle of the double glass doors they usually open out but they were sucked right in. The wind crashed in on us. It stunned us so, we didn't realize, why it was so windy out. "Next we were just spinning and spinning and the garden tools and tractor were coming down on us." ' Mrs.'Maples was pinned by small tractor and her husband was pinned down also. "I was screaming at him. And he was shouting, 'I can't move See HORROR, Page 20 , If" J

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