The Paducah Sun-Democrat from Paducah, Kentucky on January 30, 1937 · 1
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The Paducah Sun-Democrat from Paducah, Kentucky · 1

Paducah, Kentucky
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Saturday, January 30, 1937
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t J rf The Poper That Goes Home A. P, and U. P. teased Wires . . . "SM' . d. M SENDS. J ( i in mm tn l 1V i'ILII IV . fL00D AREA gularg From Ft Sheri- an Due To Reach Vi cinity Early Today WASHINGTON. J n. 29 . United Press) The War Depart ment anounced today that ont mpany of infantry, comprising V) regular Army troops, has rt A ordered from Fort Sheridan, 1 to. the vicinity of Paducah, assist In t)ie evacuation of jod vlctlmi. The troop will be need under the command of 1. Charles Burnett, now stat-d at Nashville, Term, s the jresentatlve of Major General leorge Vanllom Moseley, corn- wider of the Fourth Corps rea; , The troops were sent at the re- uest of Governor Chandler of "ntucky. They frill arrive In the .Inlty of Paducah about day- enj Saturday. 'MU CHAD!! PIM UP SEIIDIIIG UNITS Tbe U. S. Coast Guard Com- munlcaUon truck 145( from Jacksonville, Florida, 1 t up t the SWCi.aTrW- Red; Oron - station Vacations to and from the Cobb .ofel Headquarters. ( This track established the Radio Nation In the Cobb Hotel with Mulpment carried for' portable U In emergencies, and both sta ins are operating- Tery efficient-y maintaining continuous -watch nd Is handling all radio messages rom this area to other flooded areas. They am also in contact jwlth Mobile, Memphis, Washington and Jacksonville Florida, direct .via short wave. (, VA-B. Wllchar and W. H. Boston, 'Doth of the Jacksonville Division ;ieaiAiuarters, are ' at the S2nd Ureet headquarters handling traf-'lc there and three more coast- uardamen are stationed In the 'obb Hotel headquarters handling he station there. ( These radio units are doing reat work in expediting requests or ' ambulances, food, supplies rtc, routing boats, evacuating efugeeB, and many other services. 1 This radio truck is equipped for U emergencies with first aid, WtL lights, portable field sets, 'latency water supply, etc. and 1 nnnlpped with sleeping quart- As and electric stove so that it 'An be independent on isolated Jobs. , It also Is equipped with its own electric . power ' generating plant. J , A. a. wucnar, raaio man urst clasB of the Jacksonville division headquarters, is in charge of this I unit In all dlsaters. ' V in Emergency Hospital Suffering from dlabetls, aggavat- u Dy iaiigue ana ibck oi insulin, cording to hospital attaches, L. f. Pollert, 38, of 224 Broadway, ed late Thursday night at eorge Rogers Clark hospital. He was admitted to the hospital only a few hours before his death. Pollert was a Morse code opera- v Authorities are attempting to jitact his family, whose . home ot known, no was unmar- L ' rr j w tmergencu nospuai is 7 Making Good Record .5" j ; Clark School Emergency , ,spital, the staff directed by Dr. tlley, is handling an average of D persons a day. Three hundred i thirty-seven have been regis- i to date and 188 have been Charged. Three firemen have 1 registered here from River t hospital, Vess Reams, Capt. arda and Joe Williams, and . recovering. Firemen Harry js has been removed to Mem Get Your Mail At Mayfleld Pottofflce; Sign Foruvrding Card Pdu.-hfii ift Mayfiftd art advised that they may t their mall, directed tt rdiHh or Maytitiid, at tbe general dUvry wluddw, rnltii States Poat Dfflca, Nimh Street and Bruaiivay, Mayflrld. This srvlr, inauiuralod by the Mayftald Pot Offlee Friday afternoon, enabled icores of Pad it-cahans to get mall during tbe afternoon. Km warding adlreaa cards may be lft at The Sua Democrat's information desk, first floor, at the offices of tbe Mayfleld Messenger, S06 West Broadway. Mayfleld. No mall will be delivered Padu-cahans addressed to them at Paducah. They must call at the See GET YOUR MAIL, Page Two TO RATION FOOD AFTER EMERGENCY . Rationing ot food supplies controlled by the Red Cross among Paducah's flood refugees will begin as soon as the organisation Is perfected and the emergency relieved, Cus Meyer, head of relief activities here, announced yesterday. The policy of the Red Cross is to provide $1 worth of food each week for each flood refugee, Mr. Meyer, said. All stations dispensing Red Cross supplies are asked to adopt and follow this policy. The Red Cross Is attempting to supply adequate food for all the refugees, most of . whom were foroed to flee their homes Vlthout money or supplies of any kind. Wholesale and retail druggists and grocers have cooperated by making their stocks available to the Red Cross. Yesterday boats were sent to both the Kolb and DuBoIs wholesale druggist warehouses to secure drugs and medical equipment needed. Part Of May field Guardsmen Return From Paducah Duty Lieut. Vernon Bruce ,and fifteen men of Company' L, 149th Infantry, who have been station-' ed in Paducah for five days, returned to Mayfield yesterday and are now quartered at the court house where they are awaiting orders. . These men were relieved of duty by members of the Hopklns-ville National Guard who moved into Paducah Thursday night. Chief Bryant Motors Over To Get Shave May Wrestle Yates t Chief of Police William E. Bryant of Paducah arrived in Mav- field Friday for a shave and a lew hours visit before returning to his duties in the flooded zono. Chief Bryant has been suggested as an opponent for Graves County's Coroner, Nathan Yates, in a bene-fit wrestling match. Yates, who is also a star reporter for the Mav- field Messenger, agreed to terms but said Brant would have to mak moke the weight by, ringside next Monday night. . .Yates fighting weight is 395 pounds while Bryant weighs a mere 290. Paris, Tenn., Caring For 350 Flood Victims M. W. Younkln, former chairman of the Red Cross at Paris, Te'nn., was In PaducaS Friday and stated that 350 refugees are being cared for in Paris. Of this number. 10 are receiving treatment at a Paris hospital, Yonkin Stated. The Stork Arrives Doctor Higdon and Werner report the following births in Paducah: Mr. and Mrs.' g. R. Irvin, 502 North 7th, girl, Jan. 28. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shaw, 516 South 11th, Boy Jan. 28. Mr. and , Mrs, Clarence Bland ford, 840 No. t4th, Boy, Jan. 29. Mr. and Mrs. S. Ridgeway, 81st and Bell, boy (Robert Harold), Jan. 24. Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Jones, Bridge St, Jan. 25. i'ADUCAH. CITY'S HEALTH REMAINS O.K. No Epidemic Threatened 8,000 Remain In , Flood Zone Eight thou&and Paducah residents yesterday remained in their homes, ' hotels, apartments and concentration centers tn the flooded area of Paducah, according to Captain D. G. White, under whose direction survey of the situation was made. There is no epidemic of any kind among these people, Dr. Warren Sights said. They are visited by Die medical corps and medical supplies are transported to them by boat. "I have seen three cases of chicken pox in the flooded area, but the majority of those who are ill are merely suffering from colds, flu and common illnesses of that nature," Dr. Sights said. The morale of those still Imprisoned in the inundated sections is good, and they are in no Immediate danger, Captain White said. He was sent here from Washington to assist the U. S. Engineers corps in the relief work. . Most of these people have sufficient food, fuel and water supplies to care for them for' a long period, White said. Red Cross patrol boats are delivering some cpnl, groceries and' water to them. Shortage of water is the greatest dungerfaclng there people, officials agreed. Jt was sue-' gested that they can replenish their supply by , boiling water taken from the river, This water should be allowed to set in containers for several hours, permitting mud and rubbish to settle, then drained off and boiled until half the amount being boiled has evaporated. This boiling will kill all germs' and makes the water sanitary. Any ' reports that those in the flooded area will be removed by force, if necessary, are "absolutely false," Gus Meyers, head of all relief activities in this office, told a Sun-Democrat reporter yesterday. , ' ."We have no authority to force people to evacuate their own property," Mr. Meyers said. "In a case of emergency we could have the building Inspector declare a building unsafe and have the medical 'officials rule that sanitary conditions were such that evacuation would be called for, See CITY HEALTH, Page Two Official Death List Katherlne Weitlauf, 78, Paducah Route 2, died at 11 a. m. of natural causes. Funeral Sunday or Monday at St. Johns. , Mrs. Hannah Cook, 70, of Lone Oak, former patient of Riverside hospital, died at SMS p. m. at George Rogers Clark hospital ot natural causes. L. W. Pollert, 30, of 224 Broadway, operator for the Postal Telegraph Company, died at 11:30 p. m. Thursday at the Clark school base hospital of diabetes, Erbln LanYpley, 27, of 335 Hays avenue, died at 12:10 a. m. today at the Clark base hospital of natural causes. r Mrs. E. W. Means, '67, residing at 705 South Fourth street, died Thursday night In the George Rogers Clark emergency hospital. Preston Schotta, 424 ' Adams street. Barnes Hogan. v Father of Charles Housman, name unknown, 1144 North Thirteenth street. Mrs. Richardson,. 1429 South Ninth Btreet, aunt of Attorney Milton Anderson of Wlckltffe, died at Riverside hospital. , ' A boy named Bryant, of Sharpe, died at Clark, emergency hospital Tuesday. f Russel Duncan, lineman, ot Paris, electrocuted while repairing service lines. Body of H. Scaggs, war veteran, who died In Outwood hospital, has been brought to Paducah. Mrs. Shlpps Is the only drowning victim officially , listed since the flood. PUBLISHED THROUGH COURTESY OF MAY FIELD MESSENGER KENTUCKY, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUAKY 30, mi. We Are No words can be found to expre tit dcp appreciation of all Pojjcttluitf far lite uynderful assistance that h:s Ixvn extended U them in this time 4 pml by the generous and loyal np igtibors in West Kentucky, The (ute spirit of helpfulm-a exhibited by the ciUu-n of Mayfield it typical of the spirit ahown by Murray in Calloway county, and many other towns in the Purchase which have opened up their homes to the flood refugees fleeing from atrkken Padurah. Often at the cost of personal convenience and comfort, the people of Mayfield, Murray and other towns in the district have gone to the aid of unfortunate Paducah people who lust all or nearly all they possessed in the angry flood. Refugees by the thousands rjve been fed, clothed if Uiey needed clothing, and comforted in many ways by the kind Kentucklans who dwell in the counties untouched by the swollen Ohio. Many hundreds of our refugees have been taken into prival homes of their benefactors, to remain until the waters shall have subsided and they may return to salvage what they can of their dcltiged belongings. It it needless to say that every one in Paducah, old and young, rich and poor, Is grateful beyond words for this wonderful manifestation of friendship and sympathy. One seldom realizes the value of nelghborlines and true friendship until misfortune comes. When skies ore sunny we are prone totorget the ties which hold us to our fellow Kentuckians, our fellow humans. But in th darkest hour of all our history, Paducah turned, natiirally, to the good neighbors south of our flooded city. THEY DID NOT TURN US DOWN. They gave us food, a welcome, warmth for our bodies, and a handclasp which meant something. What they have done and are doing for us will never be forgotten, in the lifetime of any one who has endured tills calamity. You didn't have to have funds to enjoy the comforts gladly ' proffered by the good people of the Purchase counties. They didn't ask you for recommendations or for cash. All they wanted to know was that you were a flood refugee from Paducah and were In need. What they had was yours for the asking. We brought. ' our sick, our babies, our little children, our aged and infirm men and women, and you hclp'ffiernT Tnc amaf In' efficiencyTwIlh'" which the Red Cross and the American Legion functioned with local volunteer groups has been impressive. Hundreds of men, women and girls have helped to feed and transport the refugees, and to house them in the various towns. Even neighboring Tennessee has taken some of our flood victims, and their quick response to human need has been every bit as splendid as the response of the Purchase. This is a practical exhibition of the Golden Rule, a proof that our religion is more than an expression by word of mouth. The people of West Kentucky should be proud of the magnificent task they are performing. The people of Paducah salute them for their ' high courage, their unselfishness, their tireless energy. Words are futile in a time like this. All we can say Is, Paducah is fortunate to enjoy BUch friendships in the district and If ever the time comes that we can repay In some small measure the debt of gratitude we owe our neighbors, that repayment will be more than a pleasure. God bless you all. FEED 6,480 PEOPLE IN 24-HOUR PERIOD Peacock Garden Canteen Is Handling Job Well Pete Fowler, who is in charge of the canteen at Peacock Garden at Thirty-Second and Broadway, said yesterday that a total of 8,480 persons were fed there during a 24-hour period ending Friday and 14,214 since the open-Ins 6 days ago. When it became necessary to have a place to provide meals for Red Cross workers Fowler was designated to break Into the padlocked Merry Go-Round. He smashed a window and entered to find the only equipment included a worn-out coal range and a 2-burner oil stove. But it was not long before Fowler had things humming. "Due to the wonderful cooperation of some of the nicest young ladies in Avondale" who weren't Bfrail to pitch" in and work, we soon had things functioning," Fowler said. These girls .have worked tirelessly as cooks, waitresses and dish-washers, doing what ever they are asked to do. One of the most valuable assets of the canteen is the rapid service provided. A person has hardly had time to get a seat before a plate of food is placed before liim. The meal is wholesome and plentiful and , . the workers are enabled to return to their labors with renewed energy gained without delay. : Cleanliness is stressed at the Red' Cross canteen. Sanitary conditions measure up to the highest possible standards. Red Cross authorities have expressed themselves as well-satisfied with See FEED 648 Page Two CT3 Grateful RED (ROSS SPEEDS EVACUATION TASK No One Forced To Leave But Officials Advise It Gus G. Meyers today, Red Cross director, said Friday that congested conditions in the concentration centers in the flooded areas are rapidly being relieved. Evacuation of all these places has been -. speeded by increased cooperation of the marooned people with the Red Cross workers." L A more efficient direction of relief is now possible due to better communication facilities between the two headquarters of the Red Cross. . No one has been forced to move by the Red Cross and any action of this sort is not, condoned by the officials. However the river is still rising slowly and all city water was cut off east of Thirtieth street yesterday.. Persons in the flooded areas are urged by Dr. Teague to exacuate.due to bad sanitary conditions. It will be impossible for those in the flooded areas to Use water from the mains fof 13 days after the flood waters recede below 51 feet. While some persons may still be comparatively safe from flood waters there is still the danger of serious illness from contaminated drinking water. Again, all persons in the flooded area are urged to evacuate. Improved communication facilities between the Cobb hotel and the Thirty-second street . h e a d-quqrters of the Red Cross have greatly aided the officials in their efforts. The directors now have direct telephone communication with Thirty-second street. WPAD has one outside telephone line. See RED CROSS, Page Two Telegraph Bulletins (By The Asiiooiattd Prtst) - Swwping down the Ohio Vilify, Waving projvrtty damage etfl-mated at four hundred million dollars In Us wake, the rrel of the the ntlgbtteat Ohio River on record hovered just above Paducah Friday nlsht.' Tbe surging flood water from the north, unreleutiug after their complete conquest of Ota beautiful valley beside Its banks from Pittsburgh to Paducah, made hitttrt ot the deep south where ready for their Invasion Into the scores of villages and rouutlesa farms along tbe two-hundred mile stretch from Cairo to Memphis swam deep In the rising yellow waters of "Old Man River" with the crest yet to come. (By The AstodsUd Press.) WASHINGTON, Jan 29 I'rest-dent Roosevelt turned to the task of rehabilitating the flood-scarred Ohio River Vlley today after completing precautionary preparations to move thousands, If necessary, out of the swollen Mississippi's path." He ordered a special commission to leave Sunday for Memphis, there fo begin a-week's survey ot tbe O'nlo flood's destruction and start a comprehensive cleanup and sanitation program. The commission includes Harry L. Hopkins, Works Progress administrator; Major General Edwin M. Markham, chief ot Army Engineers, Surgeon General Thomas See TELEGRAPH, Page Two CAIRO LEVEE STILL HOLDING Crest Of 61 Feet Is Due There By Wednesday (By Associated Press) CAIRO, 111., Jan. 29 Twin shafts of hope came to flood-beleagured Cnlro tonight while below the city levee workers raced against the muddy Mississippi as it crept upward on their dikes. "We have definite control of the river fight," said Army engineers. The terse announcement, coupled to their agreement with Forecvaster W. E. Barron, that the crest due Wednesday probably will not exceed 61- feet, cheered 4,000 levee workers, who completed a three-foot bulkhead atop the city's sixty-foot seawall. ' At 3 p. rri. the Ohio stage pt Cairo was 58.5 feet. But below Cairo, Missouri-side Misslssipi volunteer workers along a 27-mile front bulwarked levees against the approaching crest. Steadily deepening the Mississippi flowed across 131,000-acres spillway from which 5,000 bottom landers fled to safety. Engineers said the area literally at eaten1 basin for floods was "functioning as had been expected" and was "about full." Rev. A. B. Cooper, Red Cross official at Charleston, Mo., said only a few persons were still in the basin. Engineers bombed the lower end of the basin, above New Madrid, Mo.,, to release pentup water back into the normal channel and take the strain from the New Madrid, Mo., levee. 'There the river, already 12 feet above flood stage, inched upward near the 47-foot level. . (By Asoclated Press) CINCINNATI, Jan.. 29 Prediction that the flooded Ohio river, if no heavy rains occur to upset his calculations, would return to its banks in this district by Sunday, February 7, came. tonight from Meteorologist W. C. Devereaux. ' He reported that from 8 a. m. to 2 p. m., the only rain in the entire valley was a trace at Evansville, Ind., where the river was stationery with an indicated stand of $3.7 feet. - Cincinnati and the upper Ohio Valley mobilized along the soggy margins of a steadily receding river tonight and, with a vim, tore into the task of clearing away the muddy debris of its worst flood. . - Meanwhile officials maintained See CAIRO, Page 3 PEAK BY MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK EXPECTED BY BARON BVLLETIS Complete evacuation of the eight thousand per' sons remaining in the Paducah flood zone teas ordered late Friday night by the McCrackenunty Board of Health follouing receipt of an order by Dr. A. T. McCormack, state health commissioner in Louisville, in ichich local officials were authorized to use force if necessary in the removal of these persons. The officials of Paducah uere authorized to arrest any persons who failed to obey immediately the request to evacuate the area. Dr. McCormack said this is an important health emergency and demanded immediate action. In issuing the order the county board of health recommended that the utmost courtesy be shown in its enforcement and directed that the order be read to all persons before competing their evacuation. The removals will be started this morning by National Guards and other mill- , tary units necessary to assist them. With a crest one and one-half to two feet higher than today's stage of the rampaging Ohio river officially predicted for next Tuesday or Wednesday, local Red Cross disaster relief authorities sought last night to move all citizens who remain in the inundated or threatened areas of the city as soon as possible. National Guard and R. O. T. C. uniformed men took over all small boats, even those manned by police and newsmen, and locked them up, leaving the streets clear for the swift passage of the larger power craft engaged in evacuating the 8,000 persons uhn Vpmnin in tVio 'Hnurn'rnwn'Vli'eFrTrt ' ' W. E. Barron, federal at Cairo, wired the following message, to U. S. Engineer department headquarters here this afternoon: "In absence of reports, indications one and one half to two feet further rise Shawnectown (III.) to Paducah and Brpokport. Crest Tuesday or Wednesday." , This means Paducah's crest will be 61.5 or 62 feet. The flooded streets were ordered cleared early Friday afternoon as a safety measure. All small craft were seized by Marines, Coast Guardsmen, or troopers, and locked away where they can be reached for use only by constituted authorities. No passes were issued to any persons except boatmen and couriers, to permit passage beyond the P. & I. Railroad viaducts on Broadway and Jefferson, or other streets leading to the waterfront, which has now advanced to Twenty-ninth -street. From the standpoint of safety, it was considered necessary to order small boats out of use because of the danger of their being swamped by waves from the speeding launches and tugs engaged in evacuating stranded residents. The Sun-Democrat's unofficial gauge, which registered a rise of three and three-fourths inches in 24 hours. Refugees cleared through the Arcadia school evacuation center totaled 16,226 at 5 p. m. Friday, according to records kept by officials in charge. Refugees registered through the center Friday to-, taled 1,272. An estimated 25,000 persons have now been moved out of Paducah. Very few cases were directed to the George Rogers Clark Emergency hospital, attendant nurses reported. Officials in charge of the clearing station at fMac and Mac's roadhouse that 911 refugees had been registered there up to 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Many others were cleared there on the first kept: v Everyone at the West Kentucky Industrial College desiring to leave have been evacuated, but 171 persons are remaining voluntarily at the school. The work at Mac and Mac's is slowing up and Director Roy Shelbourne indicated yesterday that it may be unnecessary to keep the north end station open after today except as a distribution point for food. The rush and confusion which marked the first few days of effort were gone. Messages to and among the numerous' headquarters and relief offices moveo1 swiftly and surely. Workers were organized in regular shifts for all assignments, and were able to eat and sleep regularly. Twenty-five long distance telephone lines were being set up, connecting with a switchboard in the Arcadia section, for emergency use Only. All staff units and relief See CREST OF meteorological observer on the Cairo road said day when records were not . NEAR, Page 2 f

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