Intelligencer Journal from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 16, 1954 · 1
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Intelligencer Journal from Lancaster, Pennsylvania · 1

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, October 16, 1954
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WEATHER Banal Fan. K Laaatr. Aiut rkU Caue; Partly Cloudy And Turn-log Colder, With A Fan Scattered Showers Early Today. High Today 50-55. Fair And Colder Tonight Sunday Fair And Cool. TSe Lending Newtpeper In th e Garden Spot f Am erica. Home Owned tee Borne Folk Since 1794 Q jmntia v'O' 161st Year. No. 105. caran. 234,717 LANCASTER, PA., SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 16, 1954. CITY TWENTY PAGES. 30c PER WEEK 5c Copy 3 Die 111 S&tc Linemen Work On Poles As Gales Lash City ToMakeNations Storm Toll 33 Called One Of Century Most Erratic Storm By Bureau , NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (P) Hurricane Hazel, one of the centurys most ""dangerously erratic storms, rocked New York with 100 mile per hour winds tonight.- But it was a dying gesture on the part of the big storm. "The worst Is over," was the weathermans cheering word as the barometer began to rise in mid-evening. Far to the west of the city, the hurricane spent its waning strength against the immovable barrier of Pennsylvanias mountains. Then it died and its force was absorbed in part by a new storm center in southwestern New York. Hazels death toll stood at 33 in continental United States. It swept into the Carolinas from sea early today, battering its wjy into the Northeastern states after grazing Washington with unsurpassed fury. Ashore and at sea millions cringed before its awesome might. Ships frantically changed course. Airplanes fled like game birds before a forest fire. Men pitted their puny strength in a frantic battle to blunt its destructiveness. The storm gathered the momentum of an express train at times. Behind it thousands were left homeless. Even in death, the hurricane was wickedly menacing as gales and dangerous tidal swells lingered on Turn To Page 11 For More Of HOWLER Shambles Of Unroofed Houses, Downed Trees In Hazels Wake By The Associated Press Hurricane Hazel, a whirl ing monster even by hurricane standards, buzz-sawed its way across Pennsylvania tonight dulling its powerhouse point against the mountains and plains of the Susquehanna River Valley but leaving at least three dad and a shambles of unroofed houses and overturned trees. But even as the hurricane appeared wearing itself out, some after effects were building up and reports of the widespread destruction were mounting. There could be no doubt that the storm had hit Pennsylvania and hit it hard. From every point in the hurricanes path and the path stretched over the middle third of the state with the fringe punch extending border to border came reports of sore hurts to life and property. , - - KNOWN DEAD We Lead AH The Rest FARM CORNER By WILLIAM R. SCHULTZ NEW PHASE OF 4-H CLUB STEER FEEDING PROGRAM PLANNED A new phase of 4-H Club steer feeding work will be introduced in Lancaster County this year, County Agent M. M. Smith said yesterday. The new project places emphasis on the commercial, rather than show, aspects of steer feeding and will require that c 1 n b members place pens of five steers on feed. These pens would be shown unaltered at the Southeast District Show at Lancaster's Union Stock Yards in the fall of 1955. Tentative plans are to sell the animals at the end of the annual district sale of show steers. Smith said the new project ". . . will provide an opportunity for farm youth to feed out groups of steers for show and for market. This project will give practical experience that will come closer to Turn To Page 15 For More Of . FARM CORNER The known dead in the wake of the storm were: Roy Barkley, 44, Listonburg. near Somerset, drowned in a rain swollen creek while trying to aid a stranded mother and her two children across a damaged bridge, the mother and her children later were taken across the repaired span safely. Seven-year-old William Reese of Wyoming, killed when a tree blew on top of him at Kingston, near Wilkes-Barre. His mother, Mrs Anna Reese, was injured critically, Ttymas J. Morgan, Harrisburg, bus driver, electrocuted when he got out of his crowded bus to investigate a live wire blown across the bus roof near Indiantown Gap. AH .sailings from the port of Philadelphia were cancelled and Coast Guard crews were pressed into service along the water front. All central city traffic police and highway patrolmen remained' on duty through the night to unsnarl storm bound traffic and warn pedestrians off the streets. Two reporting stations for the maritime exchange in this bustling Turn To Page 11 For Moro Of STATE Weather Calendar PARAT1VE TEMPERATURES Hlfh Lew Work H , 13 63 !r' (Ephrata) . 73 36 High for'Year July 31 103 Low tor Year Jan. 1 -1 or of Day Stormy WINDS Direction E8E vg. Velocity 65. Ousta to 70 mpn HUMIDITY 100 11 a m. 100 3 pm. 100 6 p.m. 100 p m 100 Average Humidity 100 (.16 am. SUN Seta 6 34 p.m. I 5t p m, MOON . Last Quarter, Oct. IS STARS Morning Jupiter Evening Venua, Mara. Saturn NEARBY FORECASTS (U.S. WsaUiw Bureau! Eaatern Pennsylvania Partly eloudy. rather windy and cooler, with a tew ahowert In the mountain today. Highest 55-60. Cooler tonight. Sunday fair and Dot quite so cool In afternoon. Maryland Partly cloudy and cooler today. Highest 65 to 60 west and 60 to 64 east portion. Cooler at night. 8unday fair and a little warmer In the afternoon. Southern New Jersey and Delaware Partly cloudy and cooler today. Highest 66 to 63. Cooler .tonight. Sunday fair, Dot quite so cool In afternoon. Lower Potomae and Chesapeake Bay-West to north winds 30 to 30 miles per hour today. Weather partly eloudy. Oood Visibility. CAPITAL REGISTERS GUSTS OF 95 MPH WASHINGTON, Oct. Ilffl-A gust of 95 miles per hour, the highest wind on record here, was registered at the Washington National Airport weather station at 4:50 p.m. today as Hurricane Hazel moved toward the Washington area. The previous record wind here was 92 miles per hour, recorded In 1942. Working in 60-mile-per Hour winds and lashing rain, Pennsylvania Power and Light Company men cut broken electrical wires Which crackled along North Queen Street during yesterdays storm. Evidence of the high winds are the torn awnings on the second floor windows of B. F. Johnson grocery store at 634 N. Queen St The wires crackled and sputtered along the block like fire crackers, threatening to set fire to autos parked along the curb, until workmen could reach the scene and cut power. This crew of PP&L workers are the same men who assisted in hurricane Edna several weeks ago in the Boston area. (Intell Photo) 3 POLIO SUSPECT CASES DIAGNOSED; TOTAL REACHES 88 'ity Woman, County Baby And Girl Patients At Lancaster General PRUZZLE UNSOLVED; $150 NOW OFFERED For the fifth consecutive week, fans failed to correctly solve Pruzzle, the Sunday News prize crossword puzzle contest $150 is being offered this week for the correct solution to Pruzzle No. 6. For the solution and explanation of the more difficult clues to last weeks Pruzzle, please turn to page 12 in this mornings Intell Journal. Three new cases of polio have been diagnosed at Lancaster Gen eral Hospital, it was reported yes terday. No new suspect cases were admitted. Listed as positive cases now are Mrs. Richard Grim, twenty-nine, 640 Lehigh Ave.; Floyd Phillips, two-year-old son of Thomas J. Phillips, Christiana Rl, and Miss Anna M. Kaylor, twenty, 29 W. Ferdin and St., Manheim. The three new cases raise the number in the county for the year Turn To Page 15 For More Of POLIO EXTENOED FORECAST (U.S. Wrather Bureau) For period today through Wednesday for Eastrrn Pennsylvania. Eastern New York and Mid-Atlantic 8tates Temperatures will average 3 to 6 degrees below normal. Quite cool over the week-end, warmer Monday and Tuesday, little1 change tn temperature Wednesday. Heavy ratnt likely Tuesday or Wednesday. Hows He Doing? EDITORS NOTE The weathermans gift for understatement was never so obvious as yesterday when Hurricane Hazel ripped and smashed her way out of the veil of obscurity he had attempted to weave around her with an Innocently-worded forecast Duck Hunter Is Missing; Farmer Blown From Steps i One man was missing and I Yesterdays storm produced its between 30 and 50 duck hunters share of bodily injury as well as THE FORECAST For Friday Moderate to heavy rains with strong east or southeast winds. Partly cloudy with a few showers snd northerly winds t night THE FULFILLMENT On Friday Driving all-day rains, followed by hurricane winds with gusts up to 85 miles per hour snd evening showers. were reported stranded on islands in the storm-churned Susquehanna River last night. Missing is Lloyd G. Hos-tetter, Conestoga R2, who is believed to have met with an ac cident when he attempted to go to the aid of two duck hunters ma rooned on a small river island. HEAR SHOTGUN BLASTS Lending credence to the belief that Hostetter may have met with misfortune, was a report of a shotgun distress signal, a series of three blasts from a gun recognized in the hunting code as a means of signalling distress. Reporting hearing the blasts was Preston Burkey, a deputy game warden patrolling the river area near Creswell. Earlier, Burkey said, he had seen Hostetter rowing his boat toward an island, about a third of the way across the river, where a brother Jacob, Willow Streei and Aaron "Ernie" Stauf- Turn To Page 15 For More Of DUCK HUNTERS " Early to Bed" Want-Ad Deadline 6 P. M. Tonight In order to publish the enlarged and colorful new Sunday New it Is necessary to establish an early deadline for Want-Ads. AH W int-Ads received before 6 P. M. today will start in tomorrow Sunday News. The Want-Ad Department will be closed after 6 P. M. It will reopen Sunday 0 P. M. to 8.45 P. M. Call 5251 and ask for an Ad-Taker, your smiling Ad-Visor. property damage, but no deaths attributable to the storm were reported. One man was hurt when blown from the steps of his home. Only four major injuries were reported by late last night and officials at the various hospitals indicated there were many minor injuries not reported to them because people didnt want to go outdoors. E-TOWN FIREMAN HURT One of the storms early casualties was a member of the Elizabethtown Fire Co. who was hit on the head by a flying brick while helping put a tarpaulin on a.dam- Turn To Page 4 for More Of INJURIES DAMAGE TO POWER LINES IN COUNTY WORST ON RECORD Emergency Crews Called From Other Areas To Help Restore Service Wind Velocity Here Reaches 85 MPH In Sporadic Gusts A hurricane named Hazel the first of her sorority ever to show face here embraced Lancaster County early last evening and fled like a capricious flirt, leaving behind a deadly memory of her vicious whims. ' ' , She unmercifully whipped city and farm with gusts of her lashing breath that measured up to 85 miles per hour, and brought with her thundering torrents of pelting rain. Other Stories, Pictures On Pages 2, 4, 6, 11, IS, 20 Hurricane damage to power lines in Lancaster County was described as . . . the worst in history late last night as Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. officials labeled the Lancaster area the "hardest hit in its 28-county system. Emergency power repair crews from as far west as Michigan were placed on a stand-by basis as the storm raged through eastern Pennsylvania and PP&L of- Turn To Page 15 For More Of PP AND L Eisenhower Blames Democrats For Sag In Farmer Buying Power INDIANAPOLIS, Oct 15 (IP) President Eisenhower tonight blamed the Democrats for a 1951-52 sag in farmer buying power, and declared election of another Republican Congress in November would help build a foundation of enduring prosperity for American agriculture. , Addressing a cheering, capacity storm stirring remarks, Eisen-crowd in the 15,000-seat Butler Uni- hower said: .versity Fieldhouse, the President 0 , . ery one of our citizens who wants also sought again to erase any po- to work and has no job, or who, jlitical advantage Democrats may in other ways, suffers these hard-ave gained through Secretary of,shipS. Efforts to eliminate distress Defense Wilsons remarks about , kennel-dogs and unemployment. Turn To Page 4 For More Of Without specific mention of those EISENHOWER The damage was widespread and severe, and the full extent of this areas biggest blow will not be known until daylight illuminates the hurricanes path. Property damage must be counted in the hundreds of thousands. The county lost between 500 and 600 of its precious trees, by conservative estimate. There were at least four major injuries received at ' area hospitals." And hope seemed dim for a lone duck hunter last seen in the choppy Susquehanna near Creswell. Hazel moved fast out of sight, if not of memory. A Weather Bureau bulletin at 10:45 p. m. said: Hazel ... is entering Lake Ontario en route to Canada. Goodbye Hazel. As an epilogue to yesterdays elemental violence, the Weather Bureau decreed partly cloudy skies for today with temperatures turning colder. Todays high was forecast at 55 to 60 degrees. Power facilities were undoubtedly the biggest single victim of Hurricane Hazel in Lancaster County. Disruption of electrical service was like a huge blanket over the county with only a few scattered pinpoints of light showing through. The Pennsylvania Power and Light' Co. called the hurricanes havoc the worst it has seen in this area in 30 years or more. Emergency crews were put on a standby basis as far west as Michigan anjj other crews were headed for active service here from all over the companys 28-county service area. The State Department of Highways estimated that between 500 and 600 trees fell on roads for which it is responsible. Many of the trees toppled on automobiles and scores of the larger ones blocked traffic for periods ranging from a few minutes to several hours. , Many who have spent their lives in Lancaster County felt that the general destruction of the hurricane and the staggering amount of debris it scat- tered is probably unsurpassed in their memories. Few escaped some degree of hardship caused by the violent gales. Most homes were lacking electricity for varying lengths of time. Every hospital in the county was forced to depend on its emergency lighting system. Civil Defense personnel got real emergency training and performed their chores with dispatch. Fire and auxiliary police responded in strength and proved valuable aides to regular police and firemen. LOW TOLL OF INJURIES The unusually severe weather produced a surprisingly low toll on the countys population. By late last night hospitals had treated only four persons whose injuries could be termed major. There was, to be sure, a good sprinkling of minor mishaps persons stumbling over fallen limbs, windows blowing shut in faces, emergency illumination making every household treacherous. Area duck hunters had an unfortunate first day lor their season. One hunter, Lloyd Hostetter, of Conestoga R2, was believed lost in the Susquehanna near a river island north of Creswell. Between 30 to 50 other hunters were reported marooned on river islands between Columbia anc Washington Boro when the high winds ruled out returning to the mainland in small craft. RALN STARTED EARLY Hurricane Hazel sent its first fleeting forerunners Into the county between 7 and 8 a.m. yesterday In the form of light rain. The rain soon increased in intensity and introduced another and more fearsome phase of the eighth and most vicious hurricane of the 1954 season: powerful gusts of wind. There was a succession of heavy showers all afternon and the wind became stronger as each hour passed. Between 6 and 7 p.m. some 12 hours after Its gentle beginnings the hurricane was at its peak in Lancaster County. Gusts up to 85 tulles an hour were registered at

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