Traverse City Record-Eagle from Traverse City, Michigan on April 12, 1945 · Page 1
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Thursday, April 12, 1945
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EXTRA TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE NORTHERN MICHIGAN'S GREATEST DAILY Circulates In "THE HEART OF, NATURE'S PLAYGROUND" UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN-- THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 1945 PRICE--FIVE CENTS RESIDENT ROOSEVELT DIES UDDENLY IN SLEEP AT 3:35 THIN IS NtW WASHINGTON, April 12--(UP)--Franklin D. Roosevelt died today and Vice President Harry S. Truman met immediately at the White House with the late president's cabinet preliminary to taking the oath as chief executive. Mr. Roosevelt died of cerebral hemorrhage at 3:35 P.M., CWT at Warm Springs, Ga., his "second home." The president complained of a headache shortly after midday. Death came 2J/0 hours later. The White House announcement said that the four Roosevelt boys in the service had been advised by their mother of their father's death. The war president had served 12 years, one month and eight clays in the White House. There probably had not been a more exacting period in the history of the great office than that during which Mr. Roosevelt served. Mr. Truman was summoned to the White House before public announcement of Mr. Roosevelt's death. Stephen T. Early, White House secretary, issued the following statement for Mr. Truman: "For the time being I prefer not to hold a press conference. It will be my effort to carry on as I believe .the president would have clone and to that end I have asked the cabinet to stay on." Mr. Truman asked Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone to swear him in as 32nd president at the White House. But he issued his invitation to the cabinet to remain on before taking the oath. Mr. Roosevelt was 63 years old, tired b,y the burdens of a war presidency. Mr. Truman will be 61 years old May S of this year. There was immediate speculation that the United Nations San Francisco conference might be postponed. The late president was to have addressed the April 25 opening session. Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., said he could not say yet whether the conference would be postponed, Mr, Roosevelt died at 4:35 P.M. EWT. The new president was sworn at 7:08 P.M., EWT. Mr. Roosevelt had served 12 years, one month and eight clays of the unprecedented four terms to which he had been elected. Mr. Truman had served as vice president since a few months after noon, EWT last Jan. 20. Mrs. Roosevelt, Early and Admiral Ross Mcln- tire, the president's physician, arranged to leave for Warm Springs by plane immediately. Early said the party will leave Warm Springs for Washington tomorrow morning by train. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon in the east room of the White House. Burial will be at Hyde Park Sunday afternoon, he said. During the last election campaign some of the president's critics, including some within his own party, said he would not live out his fourth term. And his death today bore them out. Doctors say that a cerebral hemorrhage is not something that can be spotted in advance. And the president's death today caught his entire staff, people who live with him 24 hours a day, by complete surprise. It was a soft summer-like afternoon in Warm Springs when he died. He was relaxing with complete leisure in a large arm chair, tolerating, as it were, the artist who was sketching him, when the sharp, piercing headaches oejran stabbing the back of his proud, leonine head. It was just a matter of minutes before he slumped over unconscious. In a fleeting instant he was a gray, withered old man instead of the smiling "boss"--the A Casualty of War Franklin Delano Roosevelt--1882--1945 constant battler for the underdog and his own political fortune. There will be no successor as vice president to Mr. Truman. In the event of his death a statute provides that he would be succeeded by the secretary of state, in this instance Stettinius. Mr. Roosevelt died in a peaceful rural scene. Comdr. Howard G. .Bruenn, a navy doctor who was with him, said the president was "in excellent spirits" at 9:30 A.M., CWT today in Warm Springs. Shortly before 1 P.M., the president was sitting for some sketches. He suddenly complained of what Commander Bruenn described as a "very severe occipital headache." That is an ache in the back of the head. By 1:15 P.M., the president had lost consciousness. Bruenn reached him at 1:30 P.M. Mr. Roosevelt did not regain consciousness and died without pain at 3:35 P.M., CWT (4:35 P.M. EWT.) After his attack Bruenn had quickly called Aclm. Mclntire in Washington and Mclntire in turn called Dr. James P. Paulin of Atlanta, an internal medical specialist and honorary consultant to the surgeon general. Paulin rushed to Warm Springs and was with Bruenn and Lt. Cmclr. George Fox in the president's bedroom when the chief executive died. In the Little White House, but not in the president's bedroom, were two of his cousins who had been in Warm Springs with him, Miss Margaret Suckley and Miss Laura Delano, and also Grace Tully, the president's private secretary, and Hassett. Bulletins NEW Y O R K , April 12-- (UP)-- Former President Herbert Hoover said today that the new president of the United States will have the backing of the country and "while we mourn Mr. Roosevelt's death, we shall march forward." WASHINGTON, April 12-(UP)--Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 31st man to be president of the United States but there were 32 separate spans of office. The discrepancy lies in the fact that Grover Cleveland held two non-consecutive terms. He was president from 1885 to 1889, was succeeded by Benjamin Harrison, and then returned to another four-year term in 1893. LONDON, Friday, April 13-(UP)--Great Britain received the news of President Roosevelt's death shortly before midnight as a shock of staggering degree from Prime Minister Winston Churchill's entourage to the man in the street. The British public heard, the news first in the midnight news broadcast of the British Broadcasting Corporation and within a few moments shocked Britons were telephoning the United Press for confirmation. BULLETINS WASHINGTON, April 12--(UP)--Harry S. Truman, of Missouri, tonight was sworn in as the 32nd president of the United States, succeeding Franklin Delano Roosevelt who died today of a cerebral hemorrhage. LONDON, Apr. 12--(UP)-- Prime Minister Winston Churchill's secretary, informed by»the United Press late tonight of President Roosevelt's death, exclaimed "Good Lord!" He said he would advise the prime minister at once but did not expect a public statement until Churchill made a formal statement in the house of commons probably tomorrow. LONDON, Friday, Apr. 13--(UP)--The German DNB agency broadcast the news of President Roosevelt's death without comment at 12:05 a.m. today, under an Amsterdam dateline, quoting a report of the British Information Service. W A S H I N G T O N , Apr. 12--(UP)--To Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt today fell the unhappy task of telling her four sons in the armed services that their father was dead. White House Secretary Stephen T. Early said the sense of her message was that the president slipped away this afternoon. He did his job to the end (the message said) as he would want /u to do. Bless you all and all our love. Early said Mrs. Roosevelt signed her message, "Mother." WASHINGTON, Apr. 12--(UP)--A little after 5:45 p.m. EWT today switchboard lights glowed in press association offices here. A voice said, "this is the White House. Hang on," · There was silence for several long moments. Then another voice said, "This is Steve Early." White House Press Secretary Stephen T. Early paused a moment. Then he said: "Flash--the president has died." That was at 5:48 p.m. EWT, April 12, 1945. WASHINGTON, Apr. 12--(UP)--Vice President Harry S. Truman, before taking the oath of office as 32nd president of the United States, announced today that he had asked the late Franklin D. Roosevelt's cabinet to remain In office. WASHINGTON, Apr. 12--(UP) -- Harry S. Truman received a telephone call in his office late this afternoon that informed him he was the 32nd president of the United States. His face went gray with the news of President Roosevelt's death. He seemed agitated. Jamming his hat over his head, he rushed out. "He didn't say where he was going or that the president was dead" a member of his office staff said. "He just announced, 'I'm going to the White House.' Then he was through the door like a flash." ALBANY, Apr. 12--(UP)--Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, 1944 Republican presidential nominee, said late today that President Roosevelt's death will be "mourned by all of the freedom loving people of the entire world." V/ASHINGTON, Apr. 12--(UP)--Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt's first words when she learned this afternoon that the president was dead ware: "I am more sorry for the people of the country and the world than I am for us." She was talking to White House Press Secretary Stephen T. Early and Vice Adm. Ross T. Mclntire, the president's physician. Early told how the news, flashed here from Warm Springs, was broken to the first lady. She was attending a "Thrift Club" meeting at the Sulgrave Club here. Early telephoned her and asked her to return to the White House as soon as possible. "The admiral and I went to her sitting room," he said, "and told her that the president had slipped away." That is when Mrs. Roosevelt expressed her sorrow for tfie countrf and the world. NEW Y O R K , Apr. 12--(UP)--Emil Schram, president of the New York Stock Exchange, called a meeting of the board of governors for 9 p.m. to decide whether to close the Exchange tomorrow. WASHINGTON, Apr. 12--(UP)--The White House said tonight that President Truman had authorized Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius to hold the San Francisco security conference on April 25 "as scheduled." By United Press """ First reported Japanese reaction to the death of President Roosevelt was a Dome! news agency wireless dispatch, crediting Lisbon as its source, which gave a factual report on the death of the president and said that the funeral would be held Saturday. The Federal Communications Commission recorded the broadcast, an English-language wireless dispatch to North America about 7 p.m. (EWT). W A R M SPRINGS, GA., Apr. 12--(UP)--"I have a terrific headache," were President Roosevelt's last words. He said them as he sat before the broad living room fireplace in the "Little White House" here. He was reading official papers which had been sent from Washington earlier in the day. PARIS, Friday, April 13--(UP)--News of President Roosevelt's death was flashed to Gen, Dwight D. Eisenhower as he was at the front conferring with his generals. Flags of the city should be displayed at half mast tomorrow and until after President Roosevelt's funeral services Saturday. In bringing the colors to half staff they are raised to the top and held there momentarily, then lowered to the proper position. Before removing the flag at sundown it should again be run to full staff and then lowered in conventional manner.

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