The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 21, 1952 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, August 21, 1952
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS JBLYIfl—NO. 12T Slytheville Courier Blytheville Dally News frisiseippl Valley L««der Blytheville Herald DOMrNANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MIS8OURC BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS,,THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 1952 EIGHTEEN PAGES Tornado Hits Missouri Fair SEDALIA, Mo. (AP)—A tornado, centering its fury on the Missouri Stale Fair grounds, struck the Scdalia area early today killing one man and injuring 17 other persons. The Sedalia Democrat said indications were that the damage might reach $5 million. SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Survivors of Korean Flash Flood Bemoan Decision to Ford River By WLU.IAM C, B.VKKAR1) WITH THE U.S. 45TH DIVISION, Korea (AP)—Shaken survivors of an American infantry platoon today bemoaned their decision to ford a South Korean river which boiled p unexpectedly and swept 30 buddies (o probable death. "It seems foolish now, but we ere all for it," said one of the 11 survivors, Pvl. Daniel 0. Sholes, Brooklyn, N.Y. Of 160 tents housing exhibits at* Hie fair grounds, only 8 ot 1 9 remained standing after the storm. Permanent buildings on the fair grounds lost roofs or Buffered other damage. A tremendous rain—3.T4 inches — accompanied the storm, burying most of the roads leading to the grounds under water varying In depth from 13 Innhes to three feet. Ambulances, fire equipment and doctors dEspatehed on rescue work were forced to detour to get to the scene. Heavy damage \vas Inflicted In the city of Sedalia, as well, but the more solidly constructed build- Ings withstood the storm's fury belter. Glass Houses Shattered Glass houses at two floral companies were shattered. A new building under construction was levelled, as was a two-story concrete block building south of the city, near the fair grounds. The storm hit at H20 a. nv, after the state fair crowd— 60,000 persons yesterday — hnd left the grounds. Only attendants and concession operators were there, Harry Ray Pyle, 25, a concession owner from Kalamazoo, Mich., was killed. He was In semi-trailer that was picked up and hurled 60 feet by the twister. His wife and four-year-old son were injured. Despite the havoc on the grounds, only one animal—a prize bull—was killed. A donkey mascot of the Budweiser horses' hilch ran for shelter under a wagon when the storm hit and was coaxed out, uninjured, hours later Car Stolen Here Is Recovered in San Francisco UN Fliers Stage 2 Massive Raids )n North Korea Factoriec, Stockpiles And Troop Installations Are Left in Flame* SEOUL, Korea (fp f — TJ. N. B29 Super-forts, B26a and fighter-bombers left Communist factories stockpiles and troop 'installations in flames today in two massive raids over Northwest Korea. Thirty-eight Okinawa-based B29s hurled 350 tons of bombs on Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, lasl night and early today after civilians hat] been warned to get out. The Air Force said the big bombers rubbled 400 acres of troop, supply, and industrial areas and lef huge fires burning at opposite ends of the city in the four-hour strike All 38 planes returned safely de spite Red anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition. Daylight Bombing Follows More than 100 B26s and fighter bombers followed with a dayligh bombing of a giant cement plan at Osu, about 50 miles south Pyongyang. Returning 'pilots esti mated they destroyed 63 building and damaged 29 others. The Osu raid was the third hi, Allied bombing of Communist tar gets hi two days. The Air Fore said 59 'buildings were destroys Wednesday in a 200-pIane N a v and Air Force smash at the Re buildup area near Namyang, 2 miles northwest of Pyongyang. Tha sherUFs;' oiii.ce this mornlm reported that the 1951 model Chev rotot stolen from a u$erf/;ar lot.her Aug. 4 has* been re^veied'in San Francisco, Calif. * ,. The car/stolen from the, lot of Noble GUI Pontiac Agency on Walnut Street, was recovered yesterday by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. Sheriff William Berryman said that no apprehension was made with the recovery. Weather Arkansas forecast: Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Friday; widely scattered thundershowers extreme north portion late today; not much change in temperatures. Missouri forecast: Partly cloudy north and mostly cloudy south portion through Friday; with scattered showers and thunderstorms south and east central this afternoon nnd southeast portion tonight; cooler west and north tonight; warmer north portion Friday; low tonight 60s northwest to near 70 southeast; high Friday 85-90. Minimum this morning—73. Maximum yesterday—99. Sunset today— 6:41. Sunrise tomorrow—5:25. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m.— none. . Total precipitation sinca Jan. 1— 27.03. Mean temperature 'midway between hi^h and low—66. Normal mean temperatures for August^ 80.2. Tills Date Lasl Year Minimum this morning—11. Maximum yesterday—95. Precipitation January date—30.76. Milk Prises f/i M/sscov Up One Cent Milk prices In Blytheville and OK ceola will go up one cent a quar today due to a government-grante increase to milk suppliers, Ca Green of Green's Dairy said her today. While the one-cent Increase apply to all grades of milk and da ry products, the entire increase wi go to prod tic ers, Mr. Green sa if Local distributors will not recer a portion of the increase, he'said The increase will result In a ris in regular sweet milk prices her from 24 to 25 cents to 25 and 2 cents per quart. Latter price is fo the homogenized milk. Also affeci ed will be buttermilk, cream, bu ter and cheese products. Fair Association Directors to Meet Members of the Mississippi Conn ty Fair Association's board of rectors will meet in the Women Exhibit Building nt Walker Pa fairgrounds at 4 p.m. tomorrow discuss this year's Northeast Ar!:a: sas District Pair. At 6 p.m.. the fair board mer bers \vill attend a barbecue su per in the Women's Exhibit Bull ing. The district [air will be h»ld here! this year from Sept. 16 to Sept 21 Forty-one members of the 45th saw rapids ahead. Waves were vision platoon, tired from a day training last Monday, reached 12-incll deep, 75 - yard wide ream two miles from ihe nearest ridge, Sholes related. He said the platoon's lieutenant— ie of the victims—asked, "does nybody want to try crossing ere?" The men favored It. Sholes said, > "carrying our full packs and qulpment, we walked out into the :ver.' Sholes and other survivors said le sudden, frightening wall of •a ter forced the platoon to hrinking sandbar and that the len finally plunged hilly clothed nto the torrent seeking safety. SO Men Engulfed Thirty men were, engulfed by the ciiiji water but only 12 bodies 0 far have been recovered, one 8 miles downstream. Heavy rain rom a typhoon caused the dis- strous flash flood. Eye witnesses said the lieutenani irged the men to "save your iquipment and weapons is possible." 'so one man went into he torrent carrying two walkie alkies. Almost miraculously he was iwept ashore, minus the equipment Another man almost drownet ivhen the rifle on his back pullec him under. Just before the men Leape( rom the sandbar. Sgt. Mont Daily, 20. Sargent, Nebr.—a survi 'or—yelled for them to get rid o heir weapons. But for many tin warning came too late. Made For Sandbar When the water began rising Sholes said, "We made for th icarest sandbar, 20 yards away We all reached it. Some one dc cided we would muke a rope ou of all our ponchos and the swim ners would tow the ponchos am .he men who couldn't swim. 1 took four minutes to string th ponchos together. The water cam up fast—like water in a teacu rises when you put it under a fai cet. Quick like that! It came ove the sandbar and over our boot arts-lip 2V.r.leK5>,.s:id to .our knee and to our hips. That river wa really running. "We watched eight guys 'having hell of a time put on a- truck that the current had, caught. The men on the truck were yelling. Wa were yelling, too, at people on (he bank. They yelled back. There wasn't any way for them to help us. "We were on the sandbar for five awful minutes. The lieutenant told us to hang on to our equipment if we could, but all I had was my rifle and I stepped off the sandbar, holding onto the rope of ponchos. The. idea was to make shore 40 yards away, but it was an impossible idea. "Everyone who had hold of the poncho was snatched nxvay by the water Instantly. I found myself somersaulting along under-water, trying to shake loose the damned rifle. My arm was through the strap of it and when I tried to pull 1 my arm out, my wrist caught and I like to have drowned. When 1 got rid of the'rifle. I came to the surface and gasped a little air, fighting to stay up with my boots pulling me under. Sholes shuddered. His face was itting obstructions and things and '.ives were six feet high. Big timers went past me—some bridges ad been hit up stream and torn part. 'I thought I'd never see anther day. I thought of my wife. Once in a while I'd come out on op of the water and grab a lung ull of air and then I'd get sucked iack under. "About 300 yards downstream from Ihe sandbar, the flood washed me up against the bank. 1 Iried to get out of the water and almost made it—and then I /el! back in and Ihe current caughl me again. I held onto a rock. 1 couldn't pull myself out. Then 1 saw a soldier's leg approaching Then I .saw a hand reaching for me. He pulled me out. I laid Ihere See Tl.OOD on Page 5 Ike Cautions U.S. of Tyranny At 'Extreme Right and Left' Inside Today's Courier News i . . Holland Ntws . . . Paje 1Z. . . . Society . . . Page 4. . . . Markets . . . Pace 5. . . . Sports . . . 25 candidates on hand us Chicks begin football practice . . . I'aRc 10. . . . Congressman Gainings receives due thanks . , . editorials . . . Page 8. Truman Says Party Needs New Blood But He Knows of No 'Mess' WASHINGTON (/Pj—President Truman said today there ought to be some new blood in the Democratic party but he knows of no mess in Washington. At a news conference with the accent on politics,' Truman said he had no comment on the way the Democratic candidates, Gov. Adlai Stevenson and Sen. John Sparkman, have started their campaign. He said too that: ?,500 Say 'Thank You' To Rep. E.C. Gathings Some 1,500 Blylhevitle and Mississippi Countians gathered at Walker Park here yesterday to pay tribute to Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings, veteran representative from Arkansas' First Congressional District. Also on the agenda were "eattn* crowd never let.him forget It for a barbecue," "meclin' folks." "listen- minute. ing to Slim Rhodes' band," "giving Took a silver service ns a token of appreciation" and just "seeing our man in Washington again." But the main item of business was honoring the linen-suited legislator, and the Tile whole affair was the end product of "Took Gathings Appreciation Day." fostered some 30 days ago by the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce and joined by tlie Rotary, Kiwanis and Lion's clubs, American Legion and Chamber of Commerce. After moving around barbecue- fashion lor an hour and a half, the throng settled in the grandstand to hear praise for the honoree and nominee Judge Francis bherry anc Youth Drowris * Near Cotter 'Riding' Log in River [..- Fata! to TennesSc.:in' — COTTON WOOIl POINT, Ho.— Tommy Howcll,' 17. of Law; ence- burg, Tenn.. drowned In the Mississippi River ncnr here early last night while swimming with a cousin and another youth. Howell's body had not been recovered by late this morning. Howell wag swimming with Albert Hilburn. a cousin, and Thomas Steward in the river at a point where it passes the Dick Green farm about, one mile north of here. The three had been "riding" a log in an eddy near the shore when the log began drifting out into swift current. All three youths left the log, Hilburn and Steward told officers, but Howell was not a good swimmer. Hilburn attempted to help Howell lo shore, but became exhausted and ma " <~""»'»65 ">r ™vice i was forced to let go, the Caruth-! slstanc «- As your governor. ersville sheriff's office said. The names of Howell's parents were not available this morning. He had been working on a farm operated by Hilburn's parents. 'Middle-of-Road' Is Charted For America by Eisenhower KANSAS CITY, KM. W— Oen. Dtvlglit I). Eisenhower said today this country might fai-e much more serious trouble now If It had nc4 "reacted" to the 1350 Communist attack on South Korea. By MARVIN U AltROWSMITIC KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP)—Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower says the paths to the extreme left and the far right both lead to tyranny—and that the Truman administration lias been traveling left. The Republican presidential nom-»— — . He doesn't have to read whal .he opposition snys — he knows ahead of time what it Is going to ;ay find it's all wrong. He thinks he knows more aboui .he government than anyone in the United States. Certainly Stevenson can have he advantage of the good re search which fortified his own campaign speeches in 1048. Sleven son can have all the Information ic wants—and so can Gen. Dwlgh O. Eisenhower, the Republican presidential nominee. Trumau said will ' give them the truth and if they want to use It, It's up to them. "We're Not Golnj Back- While the Democratic party can stand some new blood, that doesn't jnean we are going back on what the Democratic party has done 1n the lust 20 years. There was no comment on Sparkman's statement that the recent steel strike had been mishandled. Nor did the President wish to go inio atiy detnil on the Incidents involving, daughter Margaret. Se- inee set forth those views In speech last night In Boise, Idaho, and then ftc\v here for a conference today with OOP leaders from seven Midwestern states. Eisenhower's plane circled an hour and 20 minutes before landing at Fairfax Airport early today waiting for raitl and gusts of wind sweeping the runways to moderate. Eisenhower showed no concern during the wait aloft, chatting with members ot his statf most of the time. A crowd of approximately 200 greeted him at the airport and another group cheered him ns lie entered his hotel for a few hours sleep before the conference, At Boise. Eisenhower told a police-estimated crowd of about 20,000 persons: "We have had for a long time a government In power that applies the philosophy of the left to government." Centralization Draws Fire And he said centralization of lower In Washington has become so great that the government "does everything- but come In and wash he dishes for the housewives." The general spoke from the steps of Idaho's Capitol in making what lls associates. had billed in advance ns his first frankly polilical speech since winning the GOP nom"nation July 11. He got a rousing ovation at the outset and was Interrupted by ap- See EISENHOWER nil Page 5 tense and grim. "It was every man for himself. Men were, screaming and thrashing the walcr around me. I'll never forget those screams as long as I live. I heard one man—it was awful Edward Porter Dies CLARKSVILLE—Edward Porter. former judge and 1 to this j S [ a te highway commissioner, died i at his home here last night. the way he shouted it—cry 'Help | me. I can't swim.' It was like a voice from the grave—I knew he had no chance. "I didn't think much of my own chances. I'm a pretty good swimmer but it war. impossible to do anything but flail your arms and [ fei'ted" I try to stay on top of.the water. I charee ] My boots --• ' ' ' — -' Hearing on Accident Charges Continued Hearing for Jimmie Gean on charges of driving while under the influence of liquor and leaving the scene of an accident, -was continued until tomorrow in Municipal Court this morning. Gcart was arrested after an automobile owned by him was involved In an accident with one driven by H. C, Porter on the AJr Base Road Tuesday night. In oilier action. J. B. Brenner for. $61.25 casii of carrying Senutev John L. McClellau were read py Judge Graham Sudbury who acted as master of ceremonies lor Hie evening. The messaEes phoned Lo Oscar Femlier here yesterday, read in part: "I am sorry that I cannot be In Blytheville today to share In your celebration in behalf of my good friend. Congressman Gathings 'Took' is one of tile most outstanding Representatives that we have in the United States Congress. "He has always worked industriously for all of us In tills First Congressional District. The job is never too small or too large which does not receive Took's undivided attention. As R private citizen. I have often callpd upon Congressman Gathings tor advice and as. I plan to continue to rely upon his experienced good judgment and sound advice. "I take great pride In Joining with the citizens of Blytheville and Mississippi County In paying tribute to 'Took* Gainings on this day." . —Francis Cherry. ... And From McClcltan "I deeply regret that I am tin- able to be present this evening with - r ou and personally pay tribute to 'our fine Cwigre.^man. 'Too 1 :' lathings, f congratulate you upon having such an able Congressman from the First District, and I especially commend you for this occasion on which yon are associated to pay him a well de.scrvcd tribute , of resnect and f stcrm ) " 'Took' Gathings is a man of ; courage and principle. He votes ills sonal inquiries but hart read reports regarding charges In the Swedish- press that Secret Service men accompanying his daughter had used roughotlse tactics. "N'o N'ew Instructions" He said no new. instructions) are planned for the Secret Service guards because they are always right and don't need any. On another international matter, Truman had nothing to say aboul the calling of a new Communist party congress In Moscow, sizing it up as none of his business. At one point, he took R swipe sit the Saturday Evening Post saying It Is always wrong. That was in response to an inquiry xvhcther he intends to a'nswer an article in the nipj;a/.lnc that saU See TRUMAN" on TaRe 5 Dr. McDaniels o Open Office n Holland, Mo. FIOLLAND, ilo — _ ,Dr. Hoyt Mc- Danlets announced today that he Is opening an office here for the practice of medicine. He will be located in the offices formerly occupied by Dr. D. C, McLean. Dr. McLean, who recently suffered EI paralytic stroke, is a patient in Walls Hospital in Blytheville, where his condition was reported ES unchanged this morning. A former resident of Holtrihd and Stcelc, Dr. McDaniels has been practicing medicine In Horncrsville for the past year and will continue his practice there. Caruihersville i air Dates Set Legion-Sponsored Event ro Be Held Oct. 1 through 5 CARUTHERSVILLE. Mo.-James r. Ahern, president of the American Legion Fair board, announced today that the 1952 Legion Fair ivill be held In Legion Park here Oct. 1-5. At the same time, he said ths free grandstand show will feature the White Horse Show. This show has appeared at the fair twice in recent years and was booked for the 1052 event after o large number of falrgoers expressed a desire to SEC it again. The show will return to the 1052 Legion Fair with a new act. Another new feature of the fair will be the Blue Grriss Carnival which will occiipy the midway. Ths size of this mill Is such that it was booked to play the big Mid-South Fair at Memphis. Only large midway organizations play the Mid- South event, and because the Legion Fair draws from at least four states, the booking at Caruthers- vllle was made. Horse Races Scheduled The fair will have a full program of running horse races, and there will be a large number of agricultural and commercial exKbits Norman Shaiii, . director of " the • queen contest, • said plans are now being made (o conduct the Legion Fair queen contest, and requests to clubs In this area will be mailed within the next tew days. In addition to a trip to some' distant city, the 1052 queen will also make a personal appearance on the Memphis television station, WMCT. Pierce Necley of Caruthersvllle fi a new member of the fair board which was enlarged last year to encourage membership by World War II veterans. The other directors are James M. Reeves, J. R. Hutchison and Paul Hill, all ot Caruthersvills: Jack Dowdy of Steele and James A. Osburn of Warden. Officers are Mr. Ahern. president; Mr. Shain. vice-oresident; Guy E. Michlc of He said he plans to b, In Holland I £^S; trcnsurer nd Har?y rvni 7 fn Ifl n ITI rnr-ti rfnv nnri '„-_,. - __ .. ... *"'"J from 7 to 10 a.m. each day nnd practice tn HornersvUle the remainder of the day. Legion Auxiliary Begins Work On 'Big Sister' Aid Program bond on u F ronvirtlons Hnr) tru!v in mv opin _ concealed i GATIIINOS Dn ^ 5 ' i Members of the Women's Auxiliary oT the Blytheville American i Legion Post have launched a "Big i Sister" program lo assist girls re- I leased from the stale Industrial ' school and to date five cases are being handled, it was announced j today. The program U similar to the 'Big Brother" work for boys being • conducted by Dud Cason Post 24. Under the "Bijr Sister" program, girls released from the industrial school receive rehabilitation assistance from the Legion Auxiliary. " When a girl i.s released, the Child Welfare Office here and the AUK- iliary are notified and the ca<e Is studied lo determine netvled rehabilitation steps. The Auxiliary helps these girls in the fields of employment, education, religion and lothing. Mrs. Marvin Lane ts chairman of the Auxiliary's committee handling the "Bitf Sister" program. Serving with her on this committee a r f Mrs. Paul Mahon. Mrs. C. R. Crnnfc and Mrs. KmII Damon. The program was launched by the Auxiliary Tuesday night and by today the committee was at work on five CA.SCS. R. Matloure of Caruthersvllle, secretary-manager. 'Quake Recorded FAYETTEVILLE—The University of Ark ansn s' seismograph near here recorded an earthquake at 9:26 a.m. yesterday. LITTLE LIZ— The person who is fondest of the boss is the one who is self- employed. £NU 'Took' Enjoys His'Day' Here- What dues a Congressman ilo on his "day?" 11 he's like Rep. K. C. CMUungi at Axltamtr I'uii CoiigicuioiuJ DUUiot mm ki "Took Gathings Appreciation Day" In Blytheville, he—(Picture No. U «njoys .smoker! barbecne with chamljcr of Commerce President Max Lo?an; .Picture No. 2) tells the fok.« about Aikansans w |,o h?.s'e achieved national prouiiueac«; (^>ictur« Ko. 3) rocelvw con$ratulatl(.n« from colleanvir and close friend Rep:-Paul C. Jor.e* of Southeast Missouri, and 'Picture No, 4) ndniiiM the sUvi-r service presented him bs' B!yih<-i|H« friends as KrUlie B. D«v;d, nini.brr of (he Apimvlalfnn D&y welcoming conurulUe looiu ou. All this took pUct tut ni^bt *t Walker Park after the Junior of Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kl- Wftuls and t.ton'j Clubs. Chamber of Commerce and American T.egton decided to show appreciation tor effort* of tin- u'leran 'Consre.-sSman from West Memphis. (Courier ,\e»* 1'holo)

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