TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 1952 BLVI'HEVILLK (ARK.) COURIER -NEWS rA9B Two Narrow Brushes with Death Mark Rescue of 9 from Ice Floe BARROW, Alaska W>i—TVo narrow brushes with death marked the rescue o[ nine men (rom an Arctic ice Ik* last weekend—each twcause of » cracked landing ski- but the Navy wrote a happy "well done" to the finish. The JuU story ot how the nine were marooned four days on the Ice pack near the North pole and were snatched to safety In a dar- Osceola News By BETTVE NEI.L STARR Edrinftons Entertain Mr. and Mrs, William Bnrd Edrington entertained members of their families with a spaghetti supper at their home Saturday night. ing aerial rescue came out today. I slid inlo a enow-covered hummock. Seven Navy airmen and two cl-| vilian scientists, engaged in polar' ocean research (or the Navy's "operation ski jump," were, stranded 523 miles from the Pole last Thursday when a ski of their R4D "Flying Laboratory" buckled on a takeoff. Almost miraculously, no one was hurt. Then Sunday the operation's leader, Cmdr. V- J. Ccley of Oakland, Calif., and seven crewmen came within 10 feet of disaster in landing their P2V rescue plane cm the rough ice. Ski Swerves Plane A cracked ski -sent the 30-ton, twin-engined Neptune swerving to the side at trie end of the too-short icy runway and almost into an eight-foot ice pressure ridge. The plane came to rest a scant 10 feet from the frozen wall. The rest was anti-climatic. The weakened ski held en the return Twenty-five were present. Spring Ukcoff and , ne rescue or tne ma . blossoms were evident throughout moncc i ,, Rr t v along with 1.000 the Edrington home. Celebrates Birthday Pilliam Bard Edrington, Jr.. celebrated his eighth birthday Saturday by inviting his friends to a picture show party given at the Gem. After the show .the youngsters pounds of scientific equipment was completed without incident,, Ward Tolls of Experience Cmdr. E. M- Ward. Philadelphia Pa., who headed the nine-man research expedition in its work £00 miles beyond this northern rim of were invited to William Bards home the continent told today of the for ice cream and cake. Easter favors were presented the: children. i Miss Doyle Hostess Miss Marjorie Doyle gave an informal dinner party Friday night complimenting Miss Catherine kPope, who will be married Wednesday R f ternoc n to Lt. Hubbard Wood, Jr., of Durant, Okla. Miss Pope chose a spring suit In melon with accents of white to wear to the party. MLss Doyle and her mother, Mrs. George Doyle, presented Miss Pope a gift in silver. Jack Sartain Home .Aviation Cadets Jack Sartain and Arno Poggi of San Francisco, both stationed at Perrln Air Field, Sherman, Tex,, spent the weekend with Cadet Sartain's parents, Mr. and Mis. Elliott Sartain. Upon their return they will report to Big Springs, Tex. Mn. White Has Club Mrs. Godgrey White entertained .members of the Town and Country Canasta Club for luncheon at the "&0 Club" Thursday. Mrs, Bob Glllespie was a guest. Th« table was centered with an arrangement ol spring flowers. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a birthday cake honoring Mrs. Frank Williams' birth- fe Mrs. Tal Tongate and Mrs. White •were winners In the games ot Canasta, Birthday Dinner Mrs J. Lan WUHams honored her daughter, Mrs. Bob Gilleepie and her dRUghter-ln-law. Mrs. Frank Williams, with a. birthday dinner at Thursday crack-up and the four lays awaiting rescue. '"The first intimation we had that ometliing was wrong on the take- ff was when a propeller walked across the sno \v in frout of the ilane," he said. "We were about 100 yards down he runway when the co-pilot, Lt. R. B. Morgan, Murray. Kyi, told me the prop had cartwheeled across our nose- I didn't quite believe him until the wing went down and we s of ootn affair, Mr , .. of tn he home Sunday. Twenty-fv« memberi families attended the and Mr*. J. Lan Williams II. and children, ol Jonesboro, were among those from a distance to attend this annual dinner. Horn* Oil Party The annual banquet of employees and stockholders of the Home Oi Co. wa« held Friday night at the Progressive Club room with 36 at tending; C F Tompklns of Burdette, pres ident ol the board of directors, pre aided. Bob Morrow, manager company, introduced County Agen D. V. Matoch who spoke on modern trends in agriculture. Allan segraves was elected to fill Athe vacancy of H. C. Branch, of pecan Point, on the board. Miss Pop* Honored Among the parties given complimenting Miss Catherine Pope^ was a buffet supper at the home of Mrs Bruce Ivy Thursday night with Mrs L C. B. Young as co-hostess. Spring flowers in pastels were placed around the entertaining rooms where the guests spent the evening informally. The hostess presented Mis* Pope a corsage of pink carnations and a gift of silver. Miss Pope wore an aqua spring frock with which she wore black accessories. Miscellaneous Shower Wednesday night a dejwcrt bridge en by Mrs. C. E. Dean, Miss Ruby Anabel and Miss June Rhoades at he home of Mrs. Dean for Miss Catherine Pope. Miss Pope wore a green and white spring print frock with white trim and pinned a corsage of white gladioli at her shoulder, a gift from :he hostesses. The winners in the bridge games were Mrs. Milton Pope, Mrs, Wilbur Wildy, Mrs. Charles Wilks and Mrs. James Hart. China in Miss Pope's chosen pattern was presented her by the hostesses, Guests of Butlers Mr. and Mrs, Harry McCray ol Kansas City, Mo., were week enr guests of the Ben Butlers. They were en route to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for a 10-day vacation where they will be joined by their son and daughter who are attending school tn the east. Personals Searcy Mears and Darrel Crone attended to business in Little Rock during the past week. Mrs. L. D. Massey has returnee home flftsr an extended visit with relatives in Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Kline and daughter of Memphis were week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Spence: Driver. Mrs. J. H. Lovewell, Mrs. Kate Hale, Mrs. W. E. Hunt nnd Mr* John Edrington had as thetr guest from Memphis, Mrs. W. H. Dearing Mrs, T. O. Morris, Mrs. Bruce Bla lack and Mrs. W. H. Fisher. The; attended the cotton fashion shou while here. Mrs. Inez Bragg of Little Hoc' was a week end visitor in Osceola. Mrs. Everett Burns and daugh ter, Betty, left- Thursday [or a vis: in St. Pntersbnrp, Fin. Mrs. Wood Hostess Mrs, Ted Wood entertained he bridge club and one guest, Mrs. I E. Phillips, at her home Wednesda night. Mrs. Wood used spring flowers t decorate her home. Mrs. L. D. Massev won high SCOT and Mrs. Arthur Rogers won sec ond. Mrs. TTale Entertains Mrs. JopHn Hale was hostess t her bridge club Friday for Innchcoi The Hale home WAS decorated in spring hlossoms. Mrs. W. E. Hunt won the club prize and Mrs. Reba Davidson of Uniontown. Ala., was presented a gift from the hostess. Strut Gives Way "A strut had given way on the j landing gear, dropping the propel-! ler into the snow and shearing it' off. "The crew dove out as smoke began coming from the damaged engine. Survival gear was tossed through escape hatches. Fire extinguishers were readied, But there was no fire." Ward said the nine men suffered no hardship, had plenty of food ! and kept warm from auxiliary ; heaters in the plane's cabio. | "We led regular Navy Jives, with j watches and reveille at 6:30 each | mcrning. Two shifts were used be- i tween 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day j clearing off snow drifts from the' rescue (light strip. "We Were Com/or! a hie" "We slept well and were and comfortable. "We almost felt quilty when we heard commercial radio broadcasts expressing great concern over our plight." Ward said the "Flying Lab" left o week flgo ted ay to establish an ocean research camp. They put own part way to "station Ver loulh" when an escort plane, fol wing with more fuel, reported en ne trouble and was forced to turn ack. (jood Spot Found They found a good spot and made landing. Ward said, nnd Wed csday morning rendez.vou.sed with 3mdr. Coley in the P2V and head- d again for Vermouth. "All the. ice we could find below s was poor for landing, It was old ce with the surface very bumpy ,nd covered with drifted snow. "We had previously landed on rozen leads of new See where we new the ice was relatively solid This time we were low on gas and were getting to the point where we had to land and get fuel The anding was okay and the P2V came n and refueled. "Early Thursday morning we de- ided to take off and after check- ng the runway, we made a trial run parallel with the snow drifts. t was pretty rough." The plane knocked down the tops of a few of the drifts while at .•erupting to take off in the ok ?2V trades. 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