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Logansport, Indiana
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Friday, June 28, 1957
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LOGANSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY INDIANA: Rain this afternoon with heavy amounts many sections. Rain ending tonight, clearing late tonight. Temperature 12 noon .64 degrees. Saturday mostly sunny and a little warmer. Low tonight in the 60s. High Saturday in the low 80s. Sunset 8:17 pm, sunrise Saturday 5:20 am. ( YOUR HOME TOWN INEWSPAPER 1 NOW IN OUR 113th YEAR HOME EDITION Founded 1844— For All Department* Phone 41-41 LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 28, 1957. ascrt United Pre» Wire* Day and Night Price Per Copy, Seven Cents FEAR HURRICANE KILLED HUNDREDS Indiana Areas Flooded: Two Drowned In Bus CRASH DAMAGES STATION WAGON This 1935 model station wagon driven by Jack Wright. LaPorle, was damaged lo (he extent of ?500 when it collided with u truck driven by Robert Hunt, route 1, Ho.val Center, at 12:15 a.m. Friday at (he junction of highways 24 and 33 during a heavy rain. (Stale Police Photo—Pharos-Tribune Engraving.) Rain Delays Construction jTwo Injured l!n Three Crashes . The city's two improvement pro- j jects of street and sidewalk repair have been temporarily hailed because of rain the past two clays. C. A. Sludebaker Construction Rain and slick p av0 mcnls company was scheduled to resume, Blamed lor Accidents Late resurfacing of prepared streets on the east side, but delayed the work until next week. The program of downtown sidewalk repair, started by Dean Mus- fuy Members of the city street department also were set back in their efforts to complete tne grading and leveling of certain city Thursday and Early Friday Flash Floods Set Off By Hoosier Downpour Swirling Waters Sweep Bus Into Big Eagle Creek Near Zionsville; Two Passengers Perish; Many Indiana Communities Isolated By UNITED PRESS Torrential rains spawned flash floods in a narrow band of West Central Indiana today, isolating cities and towns and forcing many families from their homes. At least two persons were killed as swirling waters ifrom normally placid creeks, irritated by up to 10 inches I of rain, went on a rampage. A bus plunged into Big Eagle Creek at Zionsville, drowning two passengers and threatening others. Crawfordsville, Rockvillc, Clinton, Zionsville and smaller communities were isolated or flooded in the year's heaviest downpour. Railroad tracks were submerged or undermined. Highways were closed by high water. Volunteers helped evacuate dozens of families from homes surrounded or invaded by the muddy floods. Two women drowned when a Suburban Lines bus en- route to Zionsville from Indianapolis plunged off Ind. ISI54 into the swollen creek. Five other persons were rescued, including AI Gass, 37, Indianapolis, the driver, who was hospitalized in shock. At Crawfordsville, a city of 14,100, at least three families were evacuated and only one road to and from the city remained open. "Many" families were evacuated at Clinton when the Wabash River rose seven feet in four hours, after more than 7 inches of rain, and volunteers erected a sandbag levee to keep the water from Vermillion County Hospital. The rushing wa!er swept the bus, operated by Suburban Lines, Inc., and enroule from Indianapolis to Zionsville, off Ind, 334 at the end of the bridge. State Police identified the dead The heavy rain and slick pave-| ments were blamed lor two auto, crashes in Cass county Friday selman this week on Kourth street, morn i ng ant i one ] a t e Thursday and Broadway met the same talc. . . . „„„„„;„_ in mln .. p inillri » 0 night, resulting in minor injuries to two persons and almost $2,000 property damage. Robert William Hunt. 30, of route streets, preparatory to the paving i, Royal Center, suffered a lacera- process. More Islands Are Targets Of Red Guns Communist Shore Batteries | lion over his lefl eye when the 1941 model pickup truck he was driving west on U. S. highway 24 collided wilh an eastbound 1955 model station wagon driven by Jack Wright, :iO, of La'Porte, at the junction of highway 35, west of Logansport, at 12:15 a.m. Friday. The cut was stitched shut al Memorial hospilal and he was released. Slale Trooper Richard Kcycs, „ _ _, who invesligatcd, said Wright fail- Pour Shells Into Two More i c(J Lo see lhc approaching truck in Nation-wide Hunt Waged For Mogilner Salesman Indicted lor Bribery Along With Virgil Smith Missing Since April INDIANAPOLIS UP —.Former Indiana Highway Chairman Virgil the end of its run and with oniyj Rl:d Sraitl ; surrendered today.on .six passengers aboard, crossed lhel°" al 'B cli ""'I nc accepted more bridge despite the fact flood wa',erj lhn " ** l ' am '" """'" " "' BILLY GETS HIS BASEBALL WISH passengers as Negro women employed as maids in the Zionsville area. Five persons, including driver were rescued, three ot them by volunteers who used axes to chop holes in the side of Ihe partly submerged bus. Gass was reported in a state of shock and unable to talk. Witnesses said the bus, nearing covered Ihe floor lo a depth of two feet. A woman passenger was injured Nationalist Outposts | the driving rain and started to nuke a led turn onto highway 3S ont of the other vehicle. TAIPEI, Formosa (UP) — Com-'!" ake A^vil .u«, _ , m irulU Ul LUC UUJUl vulll^Ki. munist batteries shelled Nalonal- was accumpallicd 6y ist China's outpost islands today | *> ri.-mchK.rs. was for the third straight day. A Chi nose military spokesman said the siluaUoYin the offshore islands is., "very tense." U.S. Adm. Felix B. Stump, how- lis wife and two daughters, was , said he sees no reason to attach "special significance" lo the renewal of Red artillery activity. enroutc home from a .vacation trip, pge to each vehicle wus estimated at $500. Wright pleade Shortly attcr the passengers were saved, the flood water rose higher and Ihe bus was swept inlo a field and submerged completely. One report said one of '.he women drowned when she climbed oul of Uie bus and tried to make tier way through the water lo safely before the bi;s was swept inlo Ihe field. more than a million dollars worth of state business lo "Glo" salesman Arthur J. Mogilnei'. Smith appeared at Marion County jail with Ills attorney and posted flS,- 000 cash bond. Report 200 to 300 Dead in Louisiana Deadly Tropical Storm Centers Its Destructive Force in Vicinity of Cameron and Creole; One Report Claims 1,000 Persons Perished. By UNITED PRESS First reports came today of hundreds of deaths from Hurricane Audrey. The disaster area centered around Cameron, La., where the hurricane hit Thursday. A Lake Charles, La., Weather Bureau report to Washington said from 200 to 300 persons were killed in the vicinity of Cameron and Creole. The situation was revealed after the hurricane sped through the area and in weakened form blew up the Mississippi River Valley. The sheriff of Cameron Paris reported the town of Cameron was practically wiped out and in dire need of medical aid. The only route into Cameron was by water and emergency teams were being organized to go into the area by boat. Reports of the death toll varied. However, Weather Bureau officials said they had no confirmation of reports that 1,000 persons may have been killed. A storm wave, pushed up by the hurricane winds, was believed to have drowned many of the victims. Sheriff Ob. Carter at Cameron at one point reported 87 deaths and another 100 to IU10 persons injured. Another report said 200 persons were killed at Pecan Island south of Abbeville, La., but that 80 to 100 persons missing were located, leaving 100 unaccounted for. Earlier, Hurricane Audrey had taken 18 lives in its icoursc through the South. The earlier reports before the Cameron area disaster was disclosed al.su listed more than i 100 persons injured. • Proudly exhibiting a much-prized baseball, which he received as a result of his remark Oiat lie wished to get an autographed baseball while in Chicago publicized by Chicago reporters and photographers is Billy llolli, eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Roth of Star City. The ball a gift from Mrs. Evelyn Koslcrlilz, Apt. 304, Hotel Win- dcrmcre East, who .stated U tvas her father's prixa possession, bears tlic names of many "greats" of baseball fume, including Bob Feller, Connie Mack, Joe DIMngglo, Ted Williams, Slan Musial, etc. .Billy's slsiers, Patsy and Carolyn, and bis mother, mule the nevcr- to-h«-forgottcn trip to Chicago last week, and for the three days there lie and ^ipproxImatcJy 30 other muscular dlstrophy patients visited many points of Interest and attended the Philadelphia Phils-Chicago Cuba game al Wriglcy Field. (Pharos-Tribune Engraving.) High Waters _ An Close Roads INDIANAPOLIS (UP) arrest order was flashed around | INDIANAPOLIS (UP)—Indiana Ihe nation today for Arthur J. i state Police and the State High- Mogilner, a super - salesman j way Department today reported charged with bribing'-a former Indiana highway chief with .$44,000 in payoffs in exchange for more Four families were in danger at than a million dollars worth of Rockville where an, unofficial 8 lo 10 inches of rain fell and sent Raccoon Creek far out of Us banks. Radio StaUon WILO ai Frank- was forced off the air indefi- . uilty in the local justice court to nilely when^ six jnchcs of water charge of failure to yield right " "'' ''" ' """ of way and was fined $1 and costs. Hoy Suffers Injuries Gene Holler, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Darrcll Roll,. , 'ivil. cllIU mio. XJt3i.i;i A^«it»,ii AVVII The tiny islands of Ulan and ol , 30, „[ ioia Main street Koches- Ertan in the Quemoy group were the targets of today's • pre-clawn bombardment. There were no reports of casualties or significant damage. "The situation in the Quemoy area is very tense as a result of continuous Communist military bombardment," said Hear Adm. Liu Ho Tu, China's top military spokesman. "Ships entering thai area do so at IJieir own risk." Stump, who adds U.S. forces in the Far East lo his Pacific com- suffered bruises to his right leg and head when he was thrown out of the back seat of the Holler au'.o in an accident al B:50 a.m. Friday on stale road 25, two miles north of Logansport at the Otto Hilbert curve. He was x-rayed al Memorial hospital and then released. The 1949 sedan was being driven south by the father, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Holler and the son. Ueputy Sheriff Roy King said .he car apparently went off the mand Monday, was unconcerned jp avem( ;nl onlo Ihe righl berm on by the Red attacks on the Quemoy j (j ]c curve an d ihen back to the left side of the highway, where it started sliding. H slid 345 feel sideways in a side ditch and then struck a utility pole, damaging the left side of the car. The vehicle was a total loss, and two advertising signs belonging to Hilberl were knocked down. The boy was thrown out of Ihe back scat when the car hit the utility pole. He was taken to the hospital by another motorisl, James Malz- ke, of 912 Main street, Rochester. and Malsu islands. "I altoch no special significance lo the now Communist outbreak," Stump said after a conference with President Chiang Kai-shek. "There appears lo be no special concern among the Nationalist Chinese over the shelling—al least no more than in the past." Mrs. Nellie Lewis Dies in Washington Mrs. Nellie B. Lewis, HO, died covered its transmitter. The heaviest precipitation total reported officially by the weather bureau was 7.35 inches at Whiles- town, a small community in Boone stale business. Mogilner, whose home is Indianapolis, vanished last April on the day the Indiana highway scandal the following roads closed by high water: Ind. 32 west of Wcsifield; U.S.31 north cf the Marion County line; U.S. 40 west of Indianaipolis; U.S. 52 north of Lebanon; Ind. 47 north and south of Crawfordsville; Ind. 13(i east of Crawfordsville;! first was revealed in newspapers. | U.S. 36 east and west of U.S. 41 He has been missing since, started Thursday a Marion County A search shortly after grand jury indicted Mogilner on 12 counts of bribery, charging that he made contacts with persons close Lo former Gov. George N. ,in Parke County; Ind. 231 south of Crawfo.rdsvillo; U.S. 35 in Muitcie; Ind. 26 east of Hartford County. Meastiremen'ts above four j Craig that developed into more inches wore rather common. I than a million dollars worth of To make it worse, heavy rains supplies and equipment contracts wore due generally over the. same area and other sections today and tonight with additional liea-vy showers during tbe weekend. Rail washouts Weed dolours of some trains. Water was over the track on the Pennyslvania line at half a dozen places between Torre Haute and Frankfort. The floods and heavy rains through former highway chairman Virgil (Red) Smith. Smith also was indicted on six coun'.s of bribery, accused of receiving checks from Mogilner issued to "V. Wilson," a name which the jury said was an alias for Smith, Prosecutor John G. Tinder, whose investigation of the scan- Ind. Ind. 28 the junction of ™ nndlnUMi n'vl nl. l<ne "" n 1 al I of Pandloton and at, Sixth Atomic Bomb Device Misses Fire Short Circuit Blamed for Failure to Set Olf Sixth Nuclear Explosion ATOMIC TEST SITE, Nev. (UP) —An atomic device short circuited and failed to fire today, turning liie scheduled sixth nuclear test of the 1957 series into a .potentially deadly dud before American and Local Rainfall 2,57 Inches in Past Two Days Total for Month Is 5.27 Inches; Elmlingcr Reports Wabash River Is Low Although one anrl two-thirds inches of rain fell in Logansport during Ihe 24-hour period ending at 7 o'clock Friday morning, Ihis abnormally heavy precipitation was much lighter than lhat recorded in much of the state. State police reported lhat only route still open from Logans port lo Indianapolis was by way Capl. Allen Marshall, whose tug was aground at Cameron, reported by radio that 87 persons were dead and WO to 300 were missing and might be dead. Eighteen dea'.hs and more than 100 injuries were reported before reports of a major disaster arrived from Cameron. MO Injured' or Sick Marshall said thai during n moment's lull in the storm, he saw Cameron, a town of 950 persons, vanish, except for the courthouse. A deputy sheriff at Abbeville, La., said he feared' Uiat "(juile a few" were killed along the const of his parish. As (he hurricane bored inland Thursday, it wiped out communications. 11 was almost impossible to telephone lo many poinU in the Marshall, whose tug is aground ^Jjat Cameron, said: "Sheriff O.R. Carter consulted a lunlcd of Marion, Elwood and Nobles-' .""«"' V' 1 •>»"=; consulted ville. All others, were closed by J* he had .n h, ? hand and counl high water covering the roads '"!, ^TV 1 L "1 lo!d mc ',-,„ ,.,=„ =„„,,„. _, ..„;- _. " ' > lad « 7 <ka<i a«<» another JOfl (o :i The Iili? inches of rain recorded here Thursday night brought the IflLai for the month (o 4.87 inches. An additional .40 of an inch fell between 7 and 11 a.m. Friday, bringing the month's total to 5.27 Inches, well above normal. The rainfall Wednesday night totaled half an inch, giving the city 2.57 inches in the past two days. Elmlingcr said he has recorded ,'KK) people who cannot be found and may be dead. "He also said he ha.s sent out by boat more than 300 people seriously injured or sick," Marshall said Carter was at tha Cameron courthouse, the only building left in town. Sheriff IK'tiry licid left Lake Cbarlc.s !od;iy for Cameron willi « cabin cruiser, a flotilla of 2; small the Mississinewa Bridge. came on ^thejieels of onoj>F_ the I dais led to 23 indictments of "five ~ "" parsons in a two-month grand jjry wettest spring seasons in Indiana history which delayed crop planting for weeks over thousands of acres of rich farmland. Many other cities and towns, including Terre Haute, Muncie, jr.d Noblesville had measurements of four inches or more. Indianapolis, Portland, Crawfordsville, Anderson, Lafayette reported more than three inches ot rain. study, said he "wouldn't be surprised" if Mogilner surrendered shortly. "We don't know where he is right now, though we have information on some peaces he's been since this investigation began. He's been moving around a lot," Tinder said. Tinder also predicted prison High water ha.s almost isolated . terms would be given the five men Crawfordsville, a city of aboiitli, ldicl cd_Smith, Mogilner, former '.'.. ..-. .,,„_, <rhi,ri! l(er ' nan knee-deep lo carry I'he accident at 11 p.m. Ihurs- . ' following a lingering illness at 7:30, clay was reported to Sheriff 0. R p.m. Thursday at the home of hcr'tjarson Friday morning. Robert ' " " ' " ' Washing- Helvie, 17, of 2127 Murdock slrcet, city, said he was driving south on a county gravel road, two and a half miles south of Sprins hill, in a 1954 model car owned by Howard Hclvie, and he failed lo note in the rain that the road cnaed in a T with a county blacktop road. He drove into a fence owned by Charles Richardson and Maurice Sprinkle, causing an estimated $100 damage to the fence and ?250 to the car. daughter, Maybelle, ton, D. C. Born in Indiana on July 0, 1876, she was the daughter of George and Nancy (Wagnert Ross, Her husband, Thomas, preceded in. death. Survivors include the daughter. The body will arrive here at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Graveside rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Hope cemetery with the U»v. Kenneth Brady officiating. 14,000. Police said only Ind. 32 to Lebanon remained open. Three homes were evacuated. "We had to wade in water bet- furniture on 1 .," said one policeman. Residents said it was the worst downpour in their memory at highway right-ot-way chief Nile Teyerbnugh, Tevci Milan attorney Robert"i?eak. Winchester Blast Takes Three Lives Two Others Critically Hurt in Explosion At Anchor Hocking Glass Company WINCHESTER (UP)—The dea'Ji toll In a gas pipe explosion at the Anchor Hocking Glass Co. climbed '.o three today, and two other persons remained in critical condition. Carl Meyers, 51, Union City, died in a hospital shortly before The Atomic Energy Commission hastily evacuated 2,000 Marines from trenches and 300 observers — including scores of foreign newsmen — from the observation point on News Nob. Then the AEC had lo choose a learn of volunteers lo disarm Ihe ciud which was perched atop a 500-foot steel tower on Yucca Flat. It was the second mis-fifing in Uie history of Nevada proving grounds experiments where 50 previous blasts have been set off. The last similar mLscue was five years ago. An official AEC announcement said the no.n-do'.onation was apparently caused by a "failure of power to roach tire device." Seveenteen AEC technician. 1 ; and members of a Navy radiological loam were forced lo remain inside a stee! dugout less than 1.2 mile from ground zero until the device was disarmed. They had been scheduled to perform a radiation rainfall on 15 days of this month, boats nnd Iwo barges loaded wilh Ca.ss county ; farmers viewed Uiei fo " (f ' rcs:: " <: Cfiuipmcr ith mixed feelings. II "'supplies. mcnt and medi- hcavy rain with was welcomed because :t will restore Ihe subsoil niois'.ure which had heen lacking due lo lhc light precipitation in January and February, bul farmers al Ihe same time were unhappy that Ihoy were unable to mako iia.v or cultivate their crop.s because of the wcl weather. Weeds are rapidly taking over many fields. The only way lo Cameron is * river. At last reporl, not even hclicopter.s could land (here. Only Half Accounted For The victims apparently were drowned by a storm wave. Deputy Sheriff Sam Maxilly in Lake Charles estimated that ii.ouo to 10,000 persons were around The rain also was n blow (o )l ' 1 - Cameron Thursday when Audrey merchants, in the seclion along Broadway whose .sidewalks were lorn up in the sidewalk and curb replacement program, for it was impossible for She contractor to — ~«..~ ^mnu;* m IIIK K/KT; proceed wilh the work during !hc !)oat ear 'y today for Uie lown. "Only about half of thorn are accounted for," he said. Cameron had a population of o.')0 Two niirsw and a first aid m.-i.'i left Lake Charles in Ihe sheriff's John Davis, 21, Winchester, was doeontominalion exercise after former and •"They will all go to prison," Tinder said. "I don't believe any jury would turn them loose." , , .„ , ,, . C '" ll 8. who was criticized in the Crawfordsville—and the ram wus jury's report as "morally if not still coming down a&out mid- legally" responsible for the acts •of persons in his administration, issued a statement saying he morning. Officials feared other residents must flee to higher ground. Forecasters, meanwhile, predicted an additional two to five inches of rain today and tonight for the central and southern por- lioas. It'll be a wet weekend, loo. The killed oulright when the blast occurred Thursday night. Olin Moland, 44, Winchester, died early Ixiday In Randolph County Uospi- Hospitaiized wilh severe burns were James Harvey and Reverly Green, bolh of Winchester, and Carl Meyers,. Union Cily. . Plant officials said eight oilier parsons were treated for minor! injuries. Authorities said a fire broke out recognized that a governor "has in Ihe glass firm, Winchester's the duty to use every vigilance to leading industry, shortly after the explosion rocked the plant. Firemen had it under conirol a short blast. But because they were so| wet weather. Wooden rumps led from the street to their stores. Although .some local citizens reported that they had waler in Ihcir ba.semenls, Klmllnger said the Wabash river was low and had far lo go before reaching flood stage. At 7 a.m. Friday the river was only 3.73 feel in hoighl bill il jiu^i, juu*. uv;vtturMr <Jit\:y win u o\i • • .... , ., close'the AEC didn't dare' move 1 *" rlsl "«- The Indianapoll* Wealher Bureau asked the local delect wrongdoing by any slate employe." But he said "I do not agree" that a governor 'should be held responsible "for an acl of "another public official of which (Conlinued on Page Fifteen) [he had no knowledge." lime later. Stale police at Fort Wayne were asked lo send all available blood plasma for the stricken workers. lham out immediately. Whether more than one man ot the disarming- team would climb l£e tower lo strip the nuclear package of its deadliness was not immediately announced. The task is fraught wilh the most extreme danger. All electrical circuits wore lurned off and all forms ot elec- Ironic battery devices capable of emitting signals were barred from the scene to prevent a stray impulse from activating the firing circuit. Dr. Jack Clark, assistant test director, climbed the tower in 1M2 to disarm the device—an experience he acimilled was "something more lhan shaky." weather observer to give it further reports on the river later in the day. Stolen Auf-o Found South of Rochester An automobile reported stolen in Logansport Thursday night was found abandoned al 8:15 o'clock Friday morning on highway 25, one mile south of Rochester. Charles Ratliff, of 9 Fountain street, told police his 1947 model Pontiac was missing from its parking place in front of 82,South Sixth street between 8 and li p.m. The owner loft the keys in the ignition, according to Ihe report. age. Tornadoes Al Lake Charles, La., which bore the brunt of tli c storm, al least !(>8 persons wore hospitalized wilh storm injuries. At least «o per cent of the city's homes were damaged About 73,000 persons who flpj from the path of the 100-mile-an- hour winds began returning to uncir home-s Ixxlay to mop up dam- flicked from the fnnge of tlic hurricane, causing heavy damage at Houston and Philadelphia, Miss. Five persons were injured and four homes were destroyed by lhc twister at Philadelphia. Torrential rains swamped stations of Ihe Midwest in. advance of Ihe storm. St. Louis recorded about l'/4 inches of rain and Indianapolis got more than 2 inches of water. Forecasters said Audrey's moisture laden winds will continue to dump heavy rain over the Midwest today. The hurricane center is expected to move as far north as southern Illinois and Indiana by (Continued on Page 15)

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