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11 IMMra MTl 10 Dinae 96th Year. 117 20 Ctott Sunday 10 Cent Daily Mambw Associated Prtss Marshall Texas, Monday, October 23, 1972 Member aum BUrMU 0f circuit Two Sections Tornado Leaves Twisted Debris In ake No Serious Injuries Caused One woman, whose house received only minor damage, said that her fully-grown German shepherd was carried away in his dog house but returned home a short time afterward. don't know where the dog house is," she stated. A boat sitting in the yard next to the Ratcliff home was hurled more than 200 yards by the twister. The trailer was dropped only a few yards from where it had originally been, just missing a pickup truck that escaped undamaged. A large pleasure barge was tipped onto its side, the motor torn off and carried away and a board driven through its deck. A four-inch metal pipe supporting a basketball goal was snapped at its base. But nothing compared to the total destruction at the Ratcliff home. A color television lay mangled, its picture tube face down on soggy carpet the solid statejnrtao organ, a console stereo and a twisted easy chair sat ruined amid the rubble on the bare foundation. many dishes and glasses were left intact among the rubble. Everyone in the community seemed to take the damage pretty much in stride. The general feeling was one of thankfulness at beirfg still alive and unhurt. "It's a heck of a way to get your name in the paper," commented David Todd, whose home was heavily damaged by the tornado. "But, I'm glad it isnt any worse than 'it is." Local response to the disaster was immediate. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department was on the scene almost immediately to offer any assistance they could. Members of the Marshall Fire Department were on hand as were members of the local Citizen's Band Radio Club and Civil Defense. The Red Cross arrived with sandwiches, milk and coffee, and about 15 National Guardsmen volunteered their services to help clean up the debris. The National Guard Armory was offered as a storehouse for victim's belongings. And, a host of curious citizens maintained a steady stream of traffic through the development. No immediate estimate of property damage was available, biit Richens said the cab of his truck, valued at $31,000, would be a total loss. Aftermath Of Tornado were treated and released. Mrs. Ratcliff said the whole house trembled then just "exploded." The twister left a 10-mile path of damage as it ripped across Harrison County. See related photos, Page 1-B. Members of the Harold Ratcliff family and neighbors stare in disbelief at the remains of the Ratcliff home after a tornado struck the house at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday. Mrs. Ratcliff and four children in the house escaped serious injury, though two daughters were taken to Marshall Memorial Hospital where they In Gubernatorial Campaign 4 Briscoe, Grover Visit Here This By JIM STEVENS News Messenger Writer A tornado swept through Harrison County early Sunday morning leaving damaged houses," an overturned truck, twisted timber and a roofless barn in its wake. There were no serious injuries. "The whole house seemed to shake and then explode," said Mrs. Harold Ratcliff, whose home in the Fugler Addition about one mile south of Interstate 20 on Farm-to-Market Road 2199 was destroyed when the twister first touched down about 6:20 a.m. "If the girls hadn't gotten out of that bed she murmered, staring blankly at brick and other debris that lay across a bed where three of her four children had been sleeping just before the funnel struck. Two of the girls, ages 10 and 12, received minor injuries from flying glass, but were treated and released from Marshall Memorial Hospital Sunday. Two JJtheLhomes. inline eight-house development were heavily damaged by the tornado and all had at least some damage. From the housing development, the twister bounced through an isolated wooded area scattering pine trees like kindling wood. A tractor-trailer truck loaded with 39,000 pounds of meat was overturned by the tornado as it swept across Interstate 20, one mile east of FM 2199. "I didn't know where the heck I was," said truck driver Earl Richens of Newton, Ala. "I had just topped that rise when it started raining pretty hard and the wind came up. lhad decided to stop and wait for the weather to improve when I felt something hit my trailer." At least two pine trees hi the' front of the truck. "I couldn't tell whether I was still on the road, in the bar ditch or blown clear into the woods," Richens said. The truck, loaded with about $40,000 worth of meat, overturned ojuthe center stripe of the east-bound lane, blocking the highway for about 12 hours. "I had to climb out a window," Richens commented. He added that he had just taken on a full load of fuel and was afraid of fire, but the truck didn't burn, 5' "I'll never live through another expert-' ence like that," he exclaimed. -V He was driving the Denver-Albuquerque Motor Transport, Inc, truck from Denver to Jacksonville, The funnel then hopped to the Rocking Ranch just south of U.S. Hwy. 80 where it tore part of a tin roof from a hay barn.v before disappearing as suddenly as it had formed. Tin and hay were strewn almost a quarter of a mile across the highway. Trees left standing in the area were wrapped in tin and hay was left clinging to electric and telephone lines in the area. A house, about 100 yards from the barn, received only minor damage. The Fugler Addition was hardest hit by the storm. "Us folks out here are closer to God today," commented one' homeowner. "Yes, God was here, right between us and the roof," he added when his small son asked if God had really been there. staff photo morning as manager. He came Waco Sears store where he. was situation," commented Grover. Concerning the tax situation in Texas, Grover said, "Present Democratic leaders are spending Texas straight into a state income tax." Grover 'has roted against both personal and corporate income taxes for Texas as well as against the imposition of state sales tax on grocery purchases. Senator Grover believes that "the present welfare system is a mess. The truly needy are given insufficient assistance while the greedy devour millions of dollars in welfare funds." As the crime rate continued to increase in Texas, Grove took a stand. "Crimes committed by persons out on bond for another offense are a major cause of Texas increasing crime rates. I believe bail should be denied to these repeat Grover is co-author of the constitutional I i 1 if 'fc, I -M photo by frank mc conned eek amendment to be voted on in November which will allow judges to deny bail to those charged with a felony while out on bail awaiting trial on earlier charges. "This amendment will keep repeat offenders in jail, reduce the backlog of criminal cases in the courts and cut the crime rate," the senator said. Busing of school children is one of the main points oLcontroversy uiJTexas as well as the entire nation at this point. About busing, Grover has said, "the busing of school children out of their neighborhood to distant schools merely to achieve a racial balance violates the rights of all parents and children. "Where busing has been ordered by the courts, children have been victimized, the quality of education has suffered, and no segment of society has benefitted, least of See BRISCOE, GROVER, Page 3-A. duties Monday here from the Lounge for half an hour beginning at 2:30 p.m. At Briscoe is scheduled to be in Longview at the Downtowner Motor Inn for a coffee. From there, he will come to Marshall and then Uncertain. Grover was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1960, re-elected in 1962 and 1964. In. 1966, he became a Republican and won election to the Texas Senate by a two-to-one margin over a Democrat to become the first Republican to serve in the Senate in more than 40 years. The Republican gubernatorial candidate claims to be the first elected official of the State of Texas to advocate no-fault auto insurance for Texans. "I support no-fault auto insurance not necessarily as the total or final answer to our auto insurance problems, but as a major step in the right direction and a great improvement over the present To governor "borrowed" in 1970 to avert a-reduction in welfare benefits. Also on Thursday he will fly to Kingsville to sign a bill giving Texas funds for beef, citrus and vegetable programs; to Houston to sign a bill setting up a commission to Dlan a deeDwater. offshore Dort for jumbo oil tankers and to "complete the signing of the medical school con- struction funds bill; and to San Antonio to sign a bill making the Texas Film Commission a permanent state agency. Forecast Gear to partly cloudy in the west and partly cloudy in the east tonight. Cooler over the area. Fair and a little cooler Tuesday. Low tonight 42 to 52. High Tuesday 63 to 70. Partly cloudy and mild Wednesday throug Thursday with chance of thunderstorms Northeast Texas Thursday. Fair and a little cooler Friday. High temperatures Wednesday and Thursday mid 60s to mid 70s. High Friday lower 60s to lower 70s. Low temperatures Wednesday and Thursday mid 40s to mid 50s. Lows Fridayjower 40s to lower 50s. Rainfall for the 24 hour period ending at 7 ajn. total. this month, 2.94 You'll Find Classified Comics Dear Abby Decades Ago Editorials Goren On Bridge How To Keep Well Jeane Dixon News Of People Puzzle Sports TV Log Women's News 4-5B 4B SA 6B 4A 4B 6A 6A 2A 4B 2-3B 6A 5A day Henry C. (Hank) Grover and Dolph Briscoe, the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor, respectively, will be in Marshall this week as they bring their campaign tour to East Texas during the last few days before the Nov. 7 general election. A Dutch-treat breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday at The Gables Restaurant in honor of State Senator Grover. All interested citizens are invited to attend. Briscoe is scheduled to be at the Fly 'N Fish Lodge on Caddo Lake in Uncertain for a fish fry from 5 to 7 jn. Tuesday. Briscoe's candidate's day will begin at 10:30 a jn. Tuesday in Carthage at an appearance in Panola Junior College. From there, he will go to Henderson for a luncheon at Jay 's cafe. He will be in Overton from 1:45 pjn. to 2:15 p.m. and will appear at the Kilgore College Faculty Texas 1 Bonds Approved HAWKINS A $3.25 million school bond issue has been approved here by voters, allowing the construction of a new junior-senior high school building in the Hawkins Independent School -District. Some 313 Hawkins voters cast ballots in favor of the measure, while 213 voted no. Election Judge Frank Morrison Jr supervised the tabulation of ballots. In-, eluded in the bond issue are the conversion of the elementary school to administrative offices and storage, remodeling and possible expansion of the junior high school for conversion to an elementary school and a new junior-senior high school complex replacing the old high school building built in 1941. Dr. Charles Harmon, school superintendent, said school taxes will increase to $3.94 per month from $3 for the owner of a $10,000 home. Smith To Travel AUSTIN (AP) Gov. Preston Smith said today he will travel to six Texas cities this week to sign seven bills passed by the special legislative session that last Tuesday. He will go to Palestine Tuesday to sign local bills setting up an occupational extension training center in Anderson County and authorizing appointment of juvenile officers Anderson, Henderson and Houston Counties. House Speaker Rayford Price is from Palestine. Later Tuesday, Smith will be in Fort Worth to sign a bill appropriating $8 million to build a new school for the mentally retarded in that city. Thursday, he will fly to Lubbock, his home town, to sign a bill restoring $13.5 milfion in Texas Tech and University of Texas medical school construction funds which the Charlie Flowers, of the Panola- Harrison Electric Cooperative, said that about $300 damage was done to power lines during the storm. He said that two poles and two transformers, as well as: some utility lines to houses, were lost when the tornado ripped through the area. A 10-man work crew had complete power restored to a'five-mile area affected by the twister within six hours. Most houses had electric power within three hours after the tornado struck, according to Flowers. County Voter Registration Record High Approximately 50 per cent of all persons residing in Harrison County have been registered to vote, bringing the present registration figure to a record high 22,631 according to Mrs. Melody Barton, county tax assessor-collector. The previous high registration figure stood at 16,371 in 1971. In 1970, about 14,500 persons were registered in Harrison County. Mrs. Barton said a last minute push in September to register Harrison County citizens, making them eligible to vote in the Nov. 7 general election paid off. "We registered over 2,000 people last month. Voter registration certificates for those people were placed in the mail Monday morning. The county tax assessor-collector said that persons registering after Oct. 7 will not be eligible to vote in the November election, as the law states that a person must be registered a minimum of 30 days prior to an election before he may vote in tbaLeJejrtion. That 30 day minimum is now the only residency requirement Harrison County and the State of Texas. Mrs. Barton reminded Harrison County residents who have moved from one voting precinct to another since they last -voted to go to the tax office on the first floor of the new county courthouse and transfer their certificate to the new precinct. She noted that no cost to the voter is involved. Once a person has registered to vote, he is permanently registered as long as he votes in at least one election every three years. Should he fail to do so, the tax office will notify him by mail to reregister. ft ttim i. -in. iii rr mm in New Sears Manager Sam Phillips, left, the new manager of the Marshall Sears presented the keys to the store by VV. R. Appleby, manager of the Sears Roebuck assigned as assistant manager for the past three and Company Dallas zone. Phillips assumed his and one-half years. See story, Page 3-A.

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