The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 12, 1952 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, September 12, 1952
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PACT TWO BLYTHKVILLE (ARK.) COUKIER NEWS Streams Recede in Texas, But Five Are Left Dead .Hundreds Homeless Sit at Home In Grief for Son MORRIt.L, Ndb. f/B — Mr. and Mrs. Frnnk Rogers remained In virtual seclusion in their silent farm homo today, burdened with grief over the death of their eldest sun and anxiety over Iheir Heven olhcr children, all stricken with polio. They could hardly speak as they went to a funeral home last nlnht to view tlie body of their dead son. Robert Eugene, 11. Robert died Wednesday, less than-24 hours after he had joined Ins 5-year-old sister. Janet, in the piolio ward of n Scottsbluff, Neb., hospital. Private funeral services for afte u left five persons dead, two missing | from a crumbling embankment in- highway. and hundreds homeless following | drought-blocking rains, j But rtowns(ream, outside the hill j country, Luling on the San Marcos | River was reported to he In trouble. The Department of Public Safety said nn undetermined number of people were in danger in the area and dispatched amphibious equipment to the scene. Downpours (hat measured up to 23 inches In 24 hours hnd Kent roaring torrents down river nntl creek hpris (hat had been dusty nnd cracked. Highway and railroad bridges were washed oui, trains and buses .stalled, livestock drowned, low-lyinpr areas flooded, communications downed and residents were sent scurrying for roof tops and high ground. There was no estimate of damage from official sources but it was expected to be high. Tbe rains were beneficial (o Ki'nzimf lands but too late to help drought-ridden cotton and grain, Helicopters and rowboat.s were used to take ah out 100 passengers from a stalled Missouri-Kansas"Texas Railroad train at Sol ins. south of New Braunfets. No one wns injured. The 'copiers also lifted stranded reside tits from the roof-lops of their homes. At least five towns in the Southwest nnd South Central Texas areas — old .stomping grounds of Indian - conquering, gold-hunting Francisco Coronado and his Spanish legions — had been isolated by the flood waters. Department of Public Safety officials said disrupted communications made'it uncertain whether there were still towns In danger of further tin mage. The floods struck two areas, but the hill country apparently look ihe brunt of Ihc beating. San Saba, Frederlcksburg, Blanco, Bocrne, Eeguln. Johnson City and Marble Falls were nearly or completely isolated at times. Today evacuees were returning to their homes under skies that In some places threatened more rain. The hard steady rains came suddenly to an area, which a few days before was seared and thirsty from a two-year dearth of showers. Most of the towns heaviest hit by ihe floods reported from 10 to 20 Inches of rnin. Some had not, had three Inches In the last year. I 7952 4s 'Worst Polio Year' NEW YORK Wi — The Nntional Foundnllon for Infantile Paralysis said lasl night that 1052 may be (his country's worst polio year. The foundation said the incidence rate so fni ivns 76 per cent above last year and 4 per cent above that for the same period in 1319, the year of this country's worst polio epidemic. Dy the end of Inst week, the foundation said, the number of cases this ycnr had climbed lo 27 3M, the highest ever reached by tills date. Tho foundation said the 15 states hit hardest nre: Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota. Texas, South Dakota. New Mexico, Kansas. Kentucky. Oklahoma, Idaho. Wisconsin, Michigan. Washington. Mississippi, Louisiana. The Azore Islands In the Atlantic Ocean nre 888 square miles nnd support nearly a half million people. Robert were lo be held Ihis afternoon. "Everyone is just wonderful" said the 41-year-old father as he haltingly told how neighbors and civic organizations had quietly moved to help nnd to share the financial burden that has been placed upon the Income of his 120- ncre farm and his work as a part- lime laborer. lie lold how Dr. E. E. Anderson of I.yman, the family doctor, had stayed with Robert from the time the boy was hospitalized until his death, and how the doctor has remained nlniost constantly with the other Rogers children since then. The mother, obviously terrified, could scarcely speak. I3r. Anderson said he had not hnd time to nnaly/e the case his- lories of the stricken family, but he pointed out thnt they lived In a .sparsely settled urea with few outside contacts nnd that the children had not yet started to school. The seven children In the hospital still did not know today that their brother wns dond. As soon ns the parents were told Robert hnd died, they quickly look the other children to the hospllnl for examinations without telling them the sad news. The children were placed In the Isolntlon ward and since then the parents have seen them only once — through tho doors of (lie Isolation \varil. The only comforting word the grlef-slrickcn couple has had Is n hospital report late Inst night Ihtit all seven children nre improving— even 5-year-old Janet, who had been critically ill. Although po'llo struck all eight of the Rogers children, It Is not a record for polio cases in n single family. At Mapleton, la., 11 of the 14 children of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Thle! have hnd polio this summer. Only one of the 12 children still at home escaped tho disease. Two still are hospitalized. SEPTEMBER 12, PRAYERS FROM THE EAST—Archbishop Shokol Wada, spiritual leader of 15 million Japanese Buddhists, right, conducts a special Buddhist lire service for the dead, as he visits the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Notional Cemetery. Al left is the Rev. A. Zcnko Njihagawa, profej- sor of Koyasan University, Japan. The Buddhist priests ore touring the United Stales to study re"••-•> = O f t ne v.'esl. Gal Trucker from 6-S/ioofer Junction Sells Out HOQSTON, Tex. Ifl — The from Six-Shootcr Junction — who j rode -A Ijiic-kini; truck (o fame and success — is .selling out her motor freight line and going Into apron- string retirement. She's IJIIle Drennan, who after 24 years o( lough competition on the road, is selling her Dicnnan Truck Line to a larger firm, (>iv- ini? up her truck operator's license, nml turning lo petticoats ami frills. "I never thought I'd live to see the day," the 55-year-old Llllic said yesterday when tho Houston Freight Carriers Association hon ored her with a luncheon. "Now's ns Rood a time as nny to retire," she said with n touch of remorse In her husky voice. Time was when Llllle would Just i about as soon be caught dead ns in I apron strings nnd petticoats. She was reared nnd still lives nt Hempstead, north of Houston, the now peaceful little city known tor Its watermelons which wos called Six- Shootcr Junction in Its volcanic, gun-flglidng early days. It's been said thnt in those days pistol - packing Ltllle's Iniii'imge, when the situation called for forceful expletives, would blister » rock. Llllie. speakers at the luncheon said, always fought for what she thought was ri^ht. And she had ;i reputation for straiBht-shooting. with her gun or her word. Ironically, Hie only time she was confronted by a hijacker she hnd left tlie gun at home. She's not as familiar with petticoats nnd other frilly thinj;s as most women, but she can look mighty fancy when the occasion arises — like yesterday nt the ban- qllet. But she feels more nt home in a Id-gallon hat nntl trousers, oilfield boots nnd shirt. I She entered the trucking business I in 1928 driving n Hi-ton model T Ford truck and hauling oil ivci: I supplies to the booming, tougl East Texas oil fields. Many times her cargo wns TNT or dynamite. "Those were tile days." she re called, "when anybody with a broken-down truck could go into | business. It wns strictly a cut ithroat game with everyone out foi every dollar they could get." f Now, she says, she guesses she'! I just "take it easy for awhile." l But her friends wonder. Lillie in 1 petticoats? Sparkman Says GOP Won't Aid on Reclamation Projects SALT LAKE CITY ftf-> — Sen. i John J. Spiirkmari said last nlpht 1 'he West cannot look to the.Repub- '•• lean party for help on Its reclamation projects. "Go to the record and see what your 80th Congress did to your reclamation projects,' the Democratic nominee for '-'"e president told a party rally. On a one-day visit to Utah, Sparkman made three speeches here and a fourth in Ogden within eight hours. He was scheduled to fly to Chicago early today. In all his speccnes, Sparkman hammered on the theme "we never had It so good." In Ogrien, he told a crowd of 200 on the courthouse steps that he had found a new slogan In the West, "Harry and ike—they think nlikc." He sfiEd the political views of Gen. Dwieht D. Elsenhower, Republican nominee for President, and President Truman were almost the same. "Only Gen, Elsenhower says the Democrats haven't gone far enou>'h in social security and farm price parity legislation," Sparkman said In answer to Republican charges of "creeping socialism,' Sparkman dcscrllKd Elsenhower's farm pr». gram as "leaping socialism." "Why Gen. Elsenhower. . . wcn j right past our farm program th» other day In Minnesota," Sparkman said. "The Democratic platform calls for 90 per cent parity on farm price* and the general said he was In favor of 100 per cent parity." Parity is a legal formula designed to enable farmers to keep up with the cost of living. It Is supposed to let them make enough from farm products to let them buy the things they need. Grain Storage Expansion Is Set for Turkey AHKARA. Turkey M 1 )—A program for enlarging and modernizing Turkey's grain storage and transport facilities, the first step in Increasing the country's foreign exchange earnings through grain exports, has been announced here by M. L. Dayton, chief of the Mutual Security Agency's special economic mlselon to Turkey. He said part of the plan calls for expenditure of $2.500,000 In MSA funds to buy about 500 portable steel grain hangars. JOE ATKIN _1MACHINE WORKS, JHIIT MITAl IHOf IT»UC?U*AI mn. . CAS AM* lucnic WU01M« . GIN UFA,*! . HACK1MITH. INO - HARDWAI! - MACHINf MPAIH BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS PHONES: Day 3142; Night 6153 Mrs. LeTourneau to Jail for 4 Months LOS ANGELES tiPi — Mrs. VIr- s;inia LeTourncnu, 28, described in a probation report as having the emotions of a teenager, was jailed yesterday for four months for her part In n 10.000 mite tour with n n-ycar-old boy who lived across the street from her. • Tlie blonde divorcee, who wept when she heard Superior Judge William R. Neelcy sentence her. was given the term as a condition of three years' probation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mrs. LeTourneau and Jimmy Sherv;in were picked up in Phoenix. Ariz., several weeks after vanishing from their neighboring homes in Bin-bank. Judge Neelcy said he was considering "society's right to protection" in deciding against letting her go free. 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