Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 15, 1966 · 7
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · 7

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 15, 1966
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His home gone, physician aids injured $60,000 loss is least of worries By HAROLD GLICKEN HKI.MOND Dr. Allan Nelson walked down 3rd Ave. NK Friday evening, a battered medical bag in his hand, seeking the scores of injured tornado victims. His $60,000 home had been destroyed just hours ago by the tornado that whipped through Belmond Friday afternoon. Rut his home only the frame and fireplace still visible was the last thing on his mind. Amid fallen trees and power lines, Nelson plodded through the de bris. All his personal possessions had been destroyed. "Luckily, no one was injured," he said. from what remained Hotel Belmond, Mrs. Hrinton watched the of the Homer last of Nrlinn't nuinhhor Hinrv Stokkie, echoed Nelson's relief. Is even persons file unharmed His home, at a right-angle to frnm the notel- NrKon s, in the northeast eor- A" elderly man, carrying a ner nf the citv, was surrounded pasteboard suitcase and a hand- bv fallen trees and debris. butjful nf l00,s announced. "That s r.,r. u u,. inim lit; we're all out." He walked "We were lucky" Stokkie huickly away from tne battered said to his wife and two sons Ma,n &Tee buildin8' It must have just nipped uS'il,na,,on unknown-and then come down on his Mrt. Brlnton said thty wtnt (Nelson's) house." l0 the basement of the hotel Stokkie motioned to his neigh- whfn slorm m her bor s house, then repeated. ... ..... South of the Nelson and Stok- Two hours after the tornado kie homes. Frank Eckhardt whipped through Belmond, vol-wandered aimlessly outside the unteer crews were boarding downtown windows with ply wood. The whir of chain saws cutting trees to clear the street, filled the air. Sirens and flashing red lights the sounds and sights of a disaster filled the air now and again. A doctor and two nurses aides walked from house to house in northeast Belmond, seeking injured victims. The doctor car ried a cardboard shoe box filled with large bottles and bandages. He jumped on the running board of a passinE Dickuo hollow lruc't and began answering questions : . . . most iv trac- NELSON A helpless watch Their homes blown apart RKLMOND () Have you ever seen your home and hearth blown to smithereens right before your eyes? Folks here did. Have you ever emerged from an underground shelter and found nothing but kindling where once stood a farm house, a barn and outbuildings'- . big twister at Belmond unusually late Farmers here did. Or, hava you avtr watched helplessly as the store you called your own literally blew up and fell into the street? People here did. I This is tornado country, and ;the fearsome winds that hop Search for belongings Friends and neighbors pick through the Alex Zeigcr homo, 7th St. NK. trving to salvage clothing and personal property for the Zeigers. This was only one instance where families whose on homes escaped serious damage pitched in to help their less fortunate neighbors. DKS MOINES 1 API - Fri- ,i ,1 11 ni . 'i t Dnlmnn4 una . I'll I un .1 iwinnu" 01 itiiimhiu wwnn and skip and churn and kill and , , . .u u .u. w i. ..r .i. unusua v late in the year, ac- then vanish in the bowels of the .. , ,, c n.,,i, d, coal-hlack clouds from whence cording t0 L S' vvpather Bureau coal black clouds trom wnence d thpre have they came visited this farmingl, ones area rndav afternoon. 1 . . . ...... . I ladSI 5 LW1MCI SCddUll III Most of Iowa's tornadoes. like;owa began April u and ended ;those in other Midwest states. M A total of j, tornadoes (form on sultry afternoons under caimed the lives o( ,wo persons ominous skies. This one was no ast vear .exception -rne owa tornado season usu- ; Mrs. A. P. Thompson was at- ally begins in latter March or tending a church gathering at; April, reaches a peak in May the Bill Johnson home when she and June and tapers off in looked out a picture window. August or September. But the season has ended as late as Nov. 27. That was in I960 when a twister cut a five-mile swath through the Clarinda STOKKIE garage of his son-in-law, R. B Thompson's home. Storms, snow e Isewh ere The aaraae wa m i I. . . . 1 , 1 , .1 ,1 -in 'i r .rame tures and lacerations Onion to tne iioukc. rAwmiui said, and then I looked up ana it was dark and I lay down on the floor. But when I saw what :. ... 1 .. .., I., . 'i nrt run It vm, i u( o,, - , the. western Great Lakes to eastern! in the eastern section of town of ap- Texas. Rainfalls measured up to 2.200, sixty miles west of Springfield, were destroyed or two inches in many areas. bt thk associated pEss 'blamed for six deaths. Two men degrees were reported in The first major snowstorm were missing in Wyoming. Central Plains. The snow ahfHlt nf tho cA9cnn nnrl nthar fnrmt . . . . ... ,., iin. .'Vii.i'rii fitivj 'mim I I'M iii.i ... . . . in 1-. n t i n n t-1 r n rtt i r ha that I've seen . . ." Lt vinlpnt uM.h,r uhi,h ri4 Tornadoes and high w.nds 1 t uC . A woman mi,a ih. irnh !ih onirt.i nort f ih notmn iniured about 40 Dersons in Mis- storm headed into the Ipper ii "nun t uin ii uv i.viuiak uaiv si ikiikni -a- a stop and tearfully asked as-iand Western states left a heavy souri and Illinois. Strong, dam- Mississippi Valley and into tne and Colorado, with amounts up Police said between 800 and into sS,ance for her missing daugh-i toll of dead and injured Satur-aging winds, heavy rain and northern ureal Lakes region. to 18 inches, and in Nebraska;900 persons were attending a day and extensive property nan hammered wiae areas in freezing weatner or ds and Kansas, blocked highways, " me community s mgn . damaged by the twister whichlstore in. snow srorms in nym,nS . h,lsinp Histript "I taw the most unusual clouds, traveling so fast," she said "They were very dark underneath and over them were more clouds moving fast and looking like smoke from a fire. Then it hit. We ran down to the basement and as we glanced out the window, we saw the garage go The Johnson home weathered the violent winds. The Thompson's home did not. And neither did their clothing area. SBA schedules an inspection 'now no more. Frank Black .. .. ArH Ihitn it hit .. ' ". j. i u... ..I The skies over Rotmnnri or.w' damage r.( knarat was na.ea, ui j n T, W:,j ,u:,.i, iuj ... ...( . Tovdc unH flU. cnnthorn Hn'Wips In thp adia- i,.,;, ;nj. mi! nf the nalh nf thp Inrnarln uniK .1.1 ; i nen tne rain came1 uuwiu mm n m.ivu nv c,,., u,,u . , v ........ . . . tuiiis. .-mmh muus nppicu i the Plains and from the Mid-;reported from the central and dosed schools and stranded mo-'school auditorium, which was parently uninjured as he surveyed the wrecked garage. J. D. Saunders and his wife: stood outside their Main Street grocery store, the windows al ready boarded with plywood. "It sounded like jets by the millions," he said. He looked down. Hard. eas in Colorado before sweeping Nebraska and and Wyoming lahoma. into areas ofl Near blizzard icent Western Plains. conditions and I Severe thunderstorms Kansas was drops in temperature up to 40;bled across sections from the uower lines and trees and there1 M"ch cooler weather ap- rum-Was much -drift ine nf snnw. peared likely for much of the Meatless Fridays called off OTTAWA (AP)-A national conference of Roman Catholic! LI.L a ..I oisnnps nas declared an end toj , . ,, ... . l u .., Accordinc to the sources. mandatory meatless Fridays for j . ,n launch a iarge satellite Sovet bloc discussion of devel-jspace research. Canadian Catholics, but saidiarrvina spvpral mpn next opments in China could lead to I)e Oaulle was the first for Soviet space shot set Ship may carry several men a ...:it : i a Cheyenne. Wyoming's capital,SmmweM- W,UI Idl" .... iroii., ieit u,i(h Qii I snow near northern Border highways closed by huge drifts. Istates- Thundershowers were in which measured up to six feetiprosPect from the eastern Great i.dite IL-Kii'ii innJUKii uic iinu MOSCOW (APl-Communistcuss the China problem, mm t r i trrtrx c . 'ml sources in Moscow said satur- "" . thelmanned launching from Baikon-ur last June. France and the a 'Soviet Union are cooperating on penitential observance of Int and all Fridays should be maintained. In a directive issued bv the "I just haven't! conference Friday, the bishops damage" removed the rigid rules on stock lay scat-jfastine and abstinence. Dermit- ECKHARDT GRUMMITT at the store: estimated the Much of the tered in the stores aisles. The ting Catholics to decide for couple looked down the remain-themselves what penance they der of Main Street, where rub- will do on Fridays and during ble and mangled autos were ( the Lenten season, strewn, then turned back to! -On these days, penance their own. should be considered as an im- ... ... portant requirement of Chris- ITll n, win 1" ,. ,.. acainst a car across from the week. ,some joint inn " Vi i nnco rr I i ' Thp cmirr-fx: rnnnrlpH without '" K"'"-J- Hotel Belmond. She had been in the basement of the Vet's Club when the tornado struck. "All at once a wind came up statement condemn-jeign leader known to have seen Most of the Baikonur. His visit apparently .,i-iw,,- rinun rnicArl ni iot-l nine imnnn fnitriFnl 2 W 5 'S denounced the Chinese stand, 'supporters of the Kremlin about 7BS This apparently would be a why they could not do so too. ur. the secret Soviet space cen-' substitute for any effort to gath- . ter in central Asia. er 311 wona communist panics to criticize China. A number of Th launch will be watched by important parties have resisted! Communist leaders of several 'suc.n a move. East European countries who The Soviet Union launched' are coming to Moscow to dis-i Friday no. 129 in its series of cosmos space satellites that are (described as being for scientific) Sneatfer Pen Co. research. The sources said this apparently was a rehearsal for a manned space shot. FORT MADISON (AP) - The n , ,, i It has been 19 months since heaffer Pen Co. held a special ., . , c . , . , . gets U.S. award itian life, the directive said "The manner of fulfilling this duty is left to the discretion of the faithful." Archbishop Philip Francis " "v'u " the last Soviet men went 1 m i . m a . i I iiArnmnttn rnfjau ia Mmiiia IHa and I saw the house next to the ' toronio saia mat - - "' space. A new launc Vet's Club eo down and I tried iC athollcs- m following individ-1 presidential "h award granted come just before the to eel out of the basement as ual conscience, must beware of for its contribution to the growth anniversary of quickly as I could." :BninK 100 far in relaxation of "If I'd been home I probably penance. wouldn't be here." she said, motioning to the northeast corner of Belmond. Standing across the street ;he said. "Someone who never does penance in the Lenten season, for example, would be sinful," ( law of a Chicago Great Western freight train lie sprawled along the tracks after being upset Des Moines news editor dead at 65 DES MOINES (AP) - Edward L. Vaile, 65, commercial news editor of the Des Moines Register since the early 1940s. hing would at fIo;a Melhist Hospital U VirJ m i ff-J ri- inn- i hone itt ' w U ( , 7 j I 'll"" "'K CI i it el l l n i Ul v I . the Bnlshpvik1 ne naa Decn nospuanzea since of U.S. foreign trade. revolution. mid-septemner wnen ne sutterea The citation was presented by letting P:ast European lead-d" tll"cl lled11- "-Lawrence C. McQuade. assist-jcrs see a launch appeared to A native of Kewanee, III., and ant U.S. secretary of commerce.! observers here to be a result of a graduate ot Beloit College, and was accepted by company; having shown President CharlesjVaile worked for the Moline. president John A. Keenan. de Gaulle of France an un-j'i - ipaicn ana me ivioum i lemens. Mien., moniior-i.eaaer before joining the Register's staff as a citv hall reporter. Survivors include his widow, Jane; a son, Charles, who is sta tioned with the Iowa Highway: Patrol at Shenandoah; and a daughter, Christie. Funeral services will be held Monday at Central Presbyterian Church. Crash kills 2 teen-agers CRESTON (AP) - Two teenagers were killed and two others injured Friday night in the collision of their car and a Burlington Railroad train at a Highway 25 grade crossing five miles southwest of here. Killed were Donald England. 16, of Clearfield and Ralph Jones, 15, of Conway. Injured were Richard Cordell, lfi. and Michael Gaul, 15, both of Clearfield. They were taken to a Creston hospital. Authorities said young England was driving the car. deep in the downtown district. In Missouri, tornadoes dam aged 14 homes and buildings south of the Ozarks resort town of Camdenton. Other twisters or high winds in the state struck the St. Charles area, injuring about 25 persons, four seriously. and damaged property near Brumley. California and El-dridge. Snow measured up to six inches in Northwestern Kansas and winds up to 50 m.p.h. caused drifting, blocking high ways. Trailer courts in the northern and southern edges of St. Charles were hardest hit. The storm uprooted trees, blew roofs off some houses, disrupted pow er service and damaged cars A tornado pounded Mount and south Atlantic states, with sunny and warm weather from New Jersey to Maine. Clear skies and seasonal temper atures were reported in the Far West. BELMOND (API - Conrad Lawler, regional director of the Small Business Administration in Iowa, was scheduled to in- cnaol t orn irr rtomiriA m 4kia New two years ago, it s aa Sallir-au Lawler will report his findings Owner Of the A i. tnp en in Washinotnn whirh & W drive-in, fared no better. Ltj determine if residents and The business in which he had businessmen are Eligible for invested $45,000 was flattened some federal assistance in re-and his car was blown away, ibuilding. Other tornadoes belt Iowa points DES MOINES (AP) - A num- fourth of its roof. Water poured ber of other tornadoes roamed through the opening and caused Iowa Friday, in addition to thejextensive damage to the store's twister that ripped into Bel-! grocery, housewares and house- mond. ! holds appliance departments. One of the hardest hit areas! pierce winds felled trees and outside of Belmond was Ankeny, power lines in Urbandale, Clive, north of Des Moines, where Johnston, Ankeny and Saylor-damage was estimated at $200.-; ville 000 after, city officials said, "aj p ' . big black cloud moved in and!nu""us UtageS W6re just seemed to explode." Winds that gusted up to 80 A tornado caused scattered miles Der hour damaged scores1 damage in the Colfax - Prairie of homes in Ankeny, and blewj.y Jasper County the roof off the gymnasium at!8 afternoon- East Elementary School. Several houses, barns and The city of Des Moines and;silos wefe destroyed, its suburbs also felt the wrath The Weather Bureau also re- Sterling. 111., injuring between 15 thrown through the entrance or;0f a short, violent thunderstorm ported tornadoes or aDDarent and 20 persons, with two hospi-jfreed under the edge of the tent, and tornadic winds. (tornadoes near Wellsburg, south Officials said damage would and southwest of Lenox, north-total several hundred thousandleast of Colfax, northeast of dollars. jMitchellville, between Monroe Ardans, a department store in and Prairie City and northeast north Des Moines, lost one- of Arlington. Tear gas injures 7 JACKSON. Miss. (AP)-Scven persons were hospitalized fri day night after tear gas was thrown at a performance of the all-Negro "Harlem Revue" at the Mississippi State Fair. None was reported in serious condition. The choking gas, either talized and causing widespread! sent the audience and cast gasp- property damage. Several build-ing to the exits. The fumes drivings and the grandstand at theed along the entire midway and Brown County FairgroundsScaused thousands to leave the were flattened. Several homes! amusement area. nil" Twister flips train AP Photofax Friday in a tornado which hit Belmond. Man IBlt HMHpl SftHft jjMjn I n ant MMMi Unharmed, but curious, this girl looks over damage on 3rd Ave. NE. j

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