Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on October 20, 1944 · 8
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 8

St. Petersburg, Florida
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Friday, October 20, 1944
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THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, tenures r Six blot-ks of power Hues on Thirty-eighth avenue north bttw een Thirty-first and Thirty-seventh streets were dragged down I when one of the key posts was snapped off early yesterday morning by hurricane winds leaving a large area of homes and dairies minus light and power. "? J 4 Typical of debris-strewn side streets at Pass-a-(rille yesterday morning, Twenty-first street looking west toward the Gulf, shows uprooted Australian pines and shattered sidewalk. Phone and light wires felled by toppling trees, hopelessly tangled communi-eations and utilities all along beaches. c The hurricane, respecter of neither persons nor property, uprooted this large tree at 1420 Beach drive in the smart northeast section, Occupants of this house, which miraculously escaped all damage, are said to have been among the many residents who filled downtown hotels during the blow. Pepper Asks OPA, WPB Action in Citrus Loss WASHINGTON '.P Florida congressmen moved speedily to help solve problems evented by heavy hurricane damage in thci state. Although hampered by a lark of specific knowledge icsjardmt; losses, because they were unable to get telephone calls ihnniuh to the state, they took a variety of preliminary steps. Senator Pepper. Demount of Florida, wrote letters to heads of three government agencies asking; this action to assist citrus grow-j ers: I 1. An immediate survey by OPA and war fond administration of damage suffered. 2. A reconsideration by OPA of citrus price ceilings, in view of heavy ceop destruction. 3. A relaxation by the war production board of restrictions on use of tin. so the fruit can be salvaged in juice form. Aides of Senator Andrews, Democrat, of Florida, said they were making a check of losses suffered and were ronta -ting various federal agenrii'S to insure action wherever it is nee l'-d. Aides of Representative Peterson. Democrat of Florida, said they were ntnking similar checks. and reported OPA aire id v had promised them it would reconsider ceilings-on some voc-'tahle ' crops if a requested survey by the agriculture department shows the need for such a ston. la letters to WPB Chairman J. A, Krug and War Food Administrator Marvin Jones, Pepper declared: "If unlimited tin could immediately be made available. I am sure many thousands of dollars of citrus could be salvaged, thereby reducing the loss to the unfortu- nate growers, and at the same FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1944 t"T3 V A vVi 9 time increasing the quantity of grapefruit juice, blend and orange juice.'' In identical letters to Jones and OPA Chief Administrator Chester Bowles, Pepper said: "I am appealing; to you to set the machinery in motion immediately for determining; the extent of loss and uy taking steps to Increase the price ceilings on citrus and vegetables, in order that our growers may enjoy the bene! its ot the hazard provision under the price control law.'' Cuban Relief Ss Planned HAVANA .'.P.-U. S tics yesterday began pi authorial! r, in g a relief expedition which would provide food for western Cuba, where the population faced serious shortages in the wake of a hurricane. The storm destroyed S5U0.(100 worth of food imported from the United States and stored in the United house, mated Fruit company waie-The U. S. embassy est i-the food loss, in stores. warehouses and fields, exceeded $3,000,000. All U, S. residents in Havana were reported safe and uninjured. There was no information from the Isle of Pines, where many Americans have had residences. A Pan-American Clipper left before noon yesterday for an official Cuban government survey oi me isie oi rmes and other jso- Hated areas. n a den k j i I ; i i f- ' ' I I " JH1 4 I "vrlf.--i 7-, r"" 1 A-ifc I K ' -A'f- 111 f f 1 I " N I "t 't-l of Dam J V.VT. , 9 n 'i "'I 'A is ' ' t 1 Ncws-Journcl Gets Out Paper With Lawnmower DAYTOVA REACH (JP) Da.vtona 3?each News-Journal got out a paper today with a lawnmower. It was an emergency "hurricane" edition, set in 12 point type, five columns wide, and printed with a hand-operated proof press. The type was set on the only machine m the plant which is gas-heated, the others are electrically heated, and there wasn't any electricity. The emergency power for the gas-heated machine was provided by Editor Herbert M. Davidson, who brought the motor of his wife's gasoline powered lawnmower to the office. Machinists in the composing room risged up the motor with a bale to the type-setting machine, and it chugged merrily away. Fditor Davidson hit upon the idea of providing emergency power for the gas-heated machine when the tropical burri-i cane was passing over Havana, I .1110 miles south of Dayton i Death, and when Hatona's power went off he was prepared. The proof press ground out the abbreviated edition at the rate of 3.10 copies an hour, and it was the only way D.iytona Peach citizens bad of getting the storm news, as radio stations had reased to operate. A Jeep et Ft. Myers MONTGOMERY. Ala (.V In an army signal corps message to Maxwell Field. Fort Myers, Ha., reported that the city escaped the hurricane without loss of life, and the Fort Myers News-Press, morning daily, was S '-'A. :- V 4 ' "ft. ' Flattened billboard at mainland end of the Corey causeway lies a tangled mass of debris in wake of 9U-mile-an-hour winds reported to have swept across beach and Gulf front areas at 4 a.m. yesterday. Severed Illumination connections produced short circuit that contributed to general power failure in this area. J k -h- . ' v S I ' ' ii ".'5' k II H T v s-.- This shattered window at 300 Central avenue was among the many reported to police at the height of the hurricane about 5 o'clock yesterday morning. Glass-littered scenes such as these were,, scattered but plentiful. Koarding-up cut window breakage to a minimum downtown. 1 t s V x - S V 1 S s s Standing among the wreckage of iiis choice avocado grove at the corner of First avenue and Twenty-third street south, Paul Nolen gathers up some of the fruit, whipped from the trees by the storm. issued witli the aid of an army jeep. Editor Carl H.mtnn. in a message irom Hendricks Held. II;., said: "No loss of life at Fort Myers as a result of the hurricane. The two army camps escaped with slight damage. The storm blew d.iwn power lines last nieht. but the Fort Myers News-Press, the morning daily, came out on time with a full account of the storm. "Calling on the public relations ollice at Puckingham Field. Editor Carl llauton promoted a jeep which was maneuvered into the press room and hitched to the press. With a rear tire removed the wheel was belted to the press, and auised HI 9" .1 r -at 'i-rr - Typical of debris-littered streets w hich dotted the c ity yesterda y from curb to curb. Smaller trees were yanked from the ground and clearing streets and parks of such . f - grinding away in low gear, it completed the run of several thousand copies. "Delivery of the papers was made this morning as carriers picked their way through the litter of palm fronds when the wind began to abate with the com i us of daylight." Town Evacuated ELIZABETH CITY. X. C - Residents of the coastal village of Avon on the outer banks, just recovering from havoc wrought by the Sept. 14 hurricane, were evacuated to Manteo and Elizabeth City late yesterday as another violent tropical storm swirled up from the south. Here by !. ' ' g"1 "vr y" ....... 1. .-. ( .'' debris. 1 f - .1 3 rl v ft ( I ..... 5 (...m-. Two expensive refrigerators were at the mercy of wind and rain and cquantities of fruits and vegetables were strewn over the sidewalk and streets when crushing winds beat this fruit stand on the southwest corner of Central avenue and Sixteenth street to the ground. Survivors of two which fell during the from his home at 751 tree removed. Don Ce-Sar Gives Refuge to 150 Beach Residents and 80 Coast Guard Members Approximately 150 civilians found refuge from the hurricane Wednesday night at the Don Ce- Sar, AAF Convalescent hospital, Col. Richard F. Elvins. commanding, announced yesterday morn ing. Heeding a municipal warning to evacuate their homes, practically the entire civilian popula tion who could not leave the Pass-a-Grillo area accepted Col. Elvins' invitation to stay at the Don Ce-Sar during the crisis. Temporary quarters for adults were quickly set up on the first floor of the hospital which also' houses Army Air Force offices, while a nursery was established on the fifth floor. Evacuees began to arrive at the Don Ce-Sar shortly after 4:30 p.m. and continued to stream in until well after midnight, army officials revealed. There were 58 children ranging in age from three months to 14 years, while a 7.1-year-old couple registered at the hurricane headquarters. Army doctors almost had the distinction of delivering a baby during the height of the storm, but the stork apparently reconsidered and the prospective mother is still w.vting. At an early hour yesterday morning the Don took on an atmosphere of a county fair in contrast to the usual well ordered army routine as children raced throuch the lobby, gleefullv unaware of the seriousness of the occasion, dogs yapped and now and then a rat meowed, all pets brought in by youthful masters. Representatives of the American Red Cross lent invaluable aid to the stranded. Miss Rarrana Nicholson, acting assistant" field 9-Aile Winds s wf,.,e,iew: i ..it . fc ? ..i . lit. jit was the Mirror Lake drive, shown above. Palm fronds are strewn hurled about. Crews of city workmen will spend several days , ivy K-J. vOP 'X'7" .v V.5. 5l floods and one hurricane, William Lafayette surveys large oak height of the storm, ripping an entire upper porch and stairway Delmar Terrace south . Lafayette has tried several times to have (Times Staff Photos by George Trabant and John Evans) director, and Miss Janet Shair, head recreation worker, remained on the job all night, seeing that mothers and babies were well taken care of and assistine armv officials during the emergency. A check up at the hospital dispensary showed no casualties and only routine sick calls were re corded. An emergency radio transmitter operated by patients at the hospital was installed on the fifth floor. Reports of the hurricane were gotten every half hour from as far south" as Key West which kept officials well informed of its progress. Col. Elvins stated yesterday that "all military personnel remained on duty at the hospital all night, and that sufficient water, rations and auxil iary light were available to meet the emergencv." He warmly and enthusiastically praised all who aided during the night. "It is gratifying to know that my men. our employes and volunteers re mained at tneir posts above the call of duty and did such a magnificent job." he said. Damage to army property was at a minimum due largely to precautions taken when warnings were first issued. The only perreptable sign of the terrific wind was a 45 degree list of the flag pole in front of the hospital. All army equipment was moved inside while a large portion of it was housed on the upper floors. Food was furnished refugees and at midnight a snack of sandwiches and hot coffee was handed out to everyone. Col. Elvins said yesterday that the military personnel would re main on emergency duty and ;4 i Irs that the facilities of the post were still available to those in need. About 80 members of the Coast Artillery stationed at the Pass-a-Grille point were also housed at the Don Ce-Sar. Fallen Trees Biggest Damage At Gulfport Reports last night from police and fire departments in Gulfport revealed damage in that community confined largely to uprooted trees and fallen wires. Telephone lines were disrupted early yesterday morning and hundreds of homes were without communications until late in the day. Although high tides were experienced along the bay waterfront, no damage was reported at the casino. Large palm trees were uprooted by the hurricane winds which struck the community shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday morning and several residences were reported sightly damaged. The city was without electricity throughout the day. 5,000 Given Shelter WASHINGTON. (VP) Between 5.000 and 7,000 people in the storm area in Florida are being sheltered in temporary establishments, and between twice and three times that many people are being fed, the Red Cross said last night ;v- :..f. f - ' - I V,, jg

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