The Express from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania on April 5, 1958 · Page 1
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Cloudy . . . and milder tonight, occasional rain, low 40-44. Sunday, rather windy, cloudy with occasional rain or showers, moderate temperatures, high 44-48. THE LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS Not Only a Newspaper—A Community Asset Est. March 1, 1882 AP Wire Service LOCK HAVEN, PA., SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1958 8 Pages Seven Cents ^^Sfi^l x>Hm\t<s^ ft War of Nerves EasterDam Ejg ^ children Die with Father and Grandmother in Night Fire Begins in Cuba, No Shots Fired Castro Declares Total War'; No Call for Strike By LARRY ALLEN HAVANA OT\ — Fidel Castro's "total, implacable war" against Cuban President Fulgencio Batista began today as a war of nerves. The nation was tense but relatively calm. The big push "to be free or to perish"—as Castro put. it in his declaration of war against the strongman President — may not come until after Easter holidays end Monday morning. -Some rebel sources in Havana claim the Catholic Church has been friendly to the 31-year-old rebel loader's cause and he would not want to antagonize the Catholic heirarehy by open attacks during religious celebrations. No Sign of Strike Call There was also no sign of Castro's long-threatened call for a general strike,- Rumors in Havana said the bearded insurgent leader would issue the call from his mountain hideout on Tuesday. Castro claims 50,000 supporters would then pour into the streets, halt all commerce and to battle with the police and the army. But the government, with the backing of the powerful Cuban Confederation of L a b o r. has vowed there will be no strike. Workers have been authorized to kill anyone who urges them to walk off their jobs. Those who strike will lose their jobs permanently. Employers have been threatened with jail if they close down their businesses^. ,^ = _ = ^ I , City's Firemen Missing Man Raymond Schroll, 30, Presumed Drowned at Williamsport Dam Lock Haven's boat rescue equipment, with city firemen as crewmen, is in service today in the search in Williamsport for Raymond L. Schroll, 30, district fish warden. He is missing and presumed drowned in the Susquehanna River. Schroll. father of two children, was last seen yesterday about 3.'10 p. m., swimming in the swollen waters of the Susquehanna. after an outboard motor boat capsized. He and a companion had made an attempt to ascend the chute at the Hepburn St. dam, in the boat. Second Alan Saved Game Warden Paul A. Ranck, 37. the other man in the boat, was able to grab it and hold on until rescued. Firemen* who went immediately into action after witnesses reported the accident, raced to the piers, and threw a rope to Ranck as the boat drifted under the bridge. Ranck grabbed the rope and held on until picked up by a rescue boat from shore. He is a patient in Divine Providence Hospital, his condition "fair" although he is "still suffering from shock." La&LSccn ..Swimming., No Shots Fired Castro's declaration of war went into effect at one minute past, midnight — but not: a shot was heard in downtown Havana at that time and there were no reports of stepped-up rebel activity be waged implacably." The rebels' determination was matched by confidence in the Batista camp which verged on cockiness. The 57-year-old former army sergeant, who has dominated Cuban politics for almost half his lifetime, had 38,000 men under arms. Batista's military leaders had no doubt they could wipe out Castro's 2,000 or so mountain guerrillas—if only they would come (Jut of the backwoods for an open fight. . Police Check Two Accidents Driver Avoids One Car, Hits Another Two accidents occurred yesterday, one in the city and one in Pino Creek Township. City police said a car driven by Mrs. Neil Klcckner, 533 W. Main St.. struck a car driven by Thomas Allen, of Farrandsville. at the intersection of Main and Jay Sis. Intersection Crash Police said Allen pulled into the intersection and stopped in attempting to make a left, turn from Main onto .lay SI. Mrs. Kleckncr was traveling west on Main St. Police estimated $50 damage to each car. The accident occurred at JO:15 p. in. State police said cars driven by John Fielding, Kensington, Conn., and Mrs. Rosemarie ,1. Hoy, Flcm- ington, collided on Route 220 in Pine Creek Township .yesterday at 2 p. m. Police estimated $150 damage to each car. Swerved to Avoid Car Police said Fielding, who was driving behind two cars, swerved to I he left lane of the road to avoid hitting (he car in front of him which stopped on the highway. Police said Fielding struck Mrs! Hoy's car which was traveling in the opposite direction. They said the driver of the first car in the line of traffic stopped suddenly because he was having trouble in driving. When the boat upset, Schrol attempted to swim to shore. He was last seen in mid-stream. Firemen organized grappling operations within a few minutes, assisted by Williamsport policemen and volunteers from the area. Lock Haven's Citizen's Hose Co., which houses the firemen's emergency rescue boat here, sent the boat and grappling equipment. A firemen's crew from this city reported to Williamsport last night, with walkie-talkie and emergency lights. At dark, the search was called off because of the high, wild slate of (lie water, to be resumed today. Lock Haven firemen returned to Williamsport early this morning as work continued, under Civil Defense. Complete details of the tragedy were not available, hut the story appeared to be as follows: The two wardens started at Muncy on an inspection trip of boxes placed along the river for hatching ducks. They werp near the end of the trip when the boat capsized as the men tried to ascend the racing sluice. Fish Warden Schroll lived at 024 Weaver St., Montoursville. He had been active during Ihc past month in the re-stocking of trout streams in (he district. Game Warden Ranck's residence is at 1207 Baldwin St., Williamsport. River at 10 Fed The river was near 10 feet yesterday at Ihe time of the accident, running "high and wild," in the words of Lock Haven rescue crews at the scene yesterday. Grappling operations are continuing in muddy, turbulent water. The Hepburn St. dam, formerly owned by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Co., recently has been repaired and the man-made lake 'has been used for boating. Williamsport Patrolman Charles Sholder said it has not been common practice for boaters to try to run the sluice against Ihe current although he has known of some who have made the run with the current. Boats in Reserve Here W. Edward Myers, Lock Haven chairman of the emergency rescue program under the Red Cross, is liaison man in Lock Haven today to provide additional boajs and crewmen if they are needed in Williamsport. Al Glossner, Gerald Heggenstal- ler, Irvin Kling, Harry Lyons, Gene Eichenlaub, Jimmy Swope and Dennis Shuey are some of the local men who have taken part in the Williamsporl- operation. Spring Festival of Rejoicing Time for Milady's Hat to 'Bloom' and Festivity to Reign Restraints of Lent end today and the joyous season of Easier dawns anew, a time of religious rejoicing and spring festivity. Services in the churches will be the first mark of Easter. Then come the hours for young people's reunions as colleges are. in recess, a time of festivity and fun. Spring has turned the corner in Clinton County, and the promise of pleasant weather seems in prospect. Flowers are in bloom, bird* are singing other than cold, sad songs at. last. The weatherman says occasional rain may fall Sunday, and the day will be windy. Time for Partying Easter-time dancing and partying arc being resumed among the young people,.who have shared with their elders, particularly this past Hoi7 Week, in a more sober period of devotion. The Jewish community is in the midst of the Passover season, and will have a Kiddish at the social center tomorrow, after synagogue services. In late evening hours tonight, Catholics will be attending their churches for Easter vigils and midnight mass. If the weather is fair, sunrise services in Highland Cemetery and other outdoor locations will attract early Easter worshippers. Day of the Chemise Whether or not the man of the house likes the current sack suits and chemise he will see them on his womenfolk tomorrow as they parade the new styles. Hats, with flowers, without flowers, shaped like crocks, or shaped like pancakes with burnt, edges, will make their appearance. _Thft, kifls ....ivill_havp_Eflsti»r pggs._ Only Charred Wall Remains Where Ten Died in Fire Last Night and upset stomachs. This afternoon, on a day that is fair, the second of the community's Easter egg hunts, this one sponsored by the National Guard, will attract the small fry to the Armory al Lockport, and arm them with a pre-Easter collection of colored eggs to be discovered in the grass. The Y. M. C. A. had one last Saturday. This is the last school holiday before term end — before graduation for seniors. Easter is the last pause before spring and summer burst full bloom upon the work-a-clay adult. It is Ihe vernal festival. Six Persons Hurt in Rt. 220 Crash Mrs. Edith Clark, Avis, and five members of the Earl Simpson family of Wellsboro RD 6, were injured yesterday in a traffic accident on Route 220, two miles west of Williamsport. Mrs. Clark, a passenger of the Simpson car, was reported in satisfactory condition at Williamsport Hospital this morning. Hospital officials gave details. Earl Simpson, driver of the car, was in critical condition last night. Mrs. Dorothy Simpson, his wife, is satisfactory and their son. Albert, is reported fair. Two other sans, Delberl and Robert, were treated and discharged from the- hospital. Montoursville State Police said Ihe Simpson car crashed into a tractor-trailer truck driven by Charles E. Sunderland, Linden RD 1. Police said the truck pulled across the highway from a private drive. Mr. Simpson, who failed to see the truck in time to slop, struck the rear of the vehicle. Police estimated $1,300 damage to the car, and $60 damage to the truck. Mrs. Maude Blair, her son-in- law, Torrcnce Flook, and eight children died in a furious lire JJtat followed an explosion and destroyed their five room house this ntorning. Mrs. Mabel Flook wife i,l Mr. Flook and mother cf the children, was the only sur- vivor of (he inferno. Borough and state firemen were investigating the scene this morning lo try (o determine the cause of the worst fire disaster hi many years in this area. Utility lines were mrlt- ed by (he intense heat. They were being repaired this morning. Mother is Only Survivor of Tragic Jersey Shore Fire JERSEY SHORE — Borough and state firemen are trying to determine the cause of an explosion and fire on Marion St., which took the lives of a father, a grandmother, and eight children early this morning. An explosion and fire destroyed the home of Mrs. Maude Blair. Her son-in-law and all of his eight children died in the flames which ripped through the two-story frame house. Firemen found the house enveloped in flames when they arrived shortly after the 2:40 a. m. alarm. Mrs. Torrcnce Flook, mother of the eight children, was the only member of the family who escaped death. Neighbors said Mrs. Flook ran out the back of the house with her hair and night clothes afire. They put out the flames and had to hold her to keep her from returning to the house. She was taken to the home of her sister and attended by a doctor there. She was badly burned and in a state of shock. Charred Bodies Found As soon as the building could he approached firemen tore down part of the walls in an effort to reach the members of the family. The fire had already taken its toll and only the charred and almost unrecognizable bodies were found. Marion St. is in Porter Township, one'block north of the borough line that follows along Eden St. The burned house is about 500 yards east on Marion St. from Lincoln Ave. Nine Youths Die in Two Crashes EUGENE, Ore. l/pt— A trip to a high school dance ended in death for five persons when their car collided head on with a Greyhound bus Friday night. The car and bus smashed into each other on State Highway 226 near the small, western Oregon [own of Creswell, 12 miles south of here. A high school dance at Creswell was the destination of the victims, three young men and two girls. Nine of the 25 persons aboard the bus were injured, none seriously. It was one of the worst traffic accidents in Oregon history. WYLIE. Tex. i/rt— A headon auto collision killed four teenagers Friday. State Highway Patrolman Jack Christian said two racing northbound autos passed a line of traffic on the wrong side of the road and one smashed headon into a third vehicle. He said the other car, leading in the race, got back safely to its side of the road. The crash, about 25 miles northeast of Dallas also injured three youths. Chiang May Break Ties with Japan Grass Fires Doused by City Firemen Lock Haven firemen were called yesterday and today ^o control two grass fires. The Citizen's Fire Co. was called today about 11:10 a.m. to a grass fire on the Hanna property across from the Ray Piper home -above Sunset Pines. Hope Hose Co. extinguished a fire at the Hoberman Salvage Co. lot yesterday at 3:15 p.m. Bruce Bryerton said a booster stream quenched burning grass and old tires standing, against a wooden fence. TAIPEI, Formosa (**— President Chiang Kai-shek indicated today Nationalist China might sever diplomatic relations with Japan if Tokyo grants full rights to a Communist Chinese trade mission. In his first public statement on a simmering dispute between~-Japan and Formosa, the President said in an interview: "If a Chinese Communist trade mission should be allowed to fly its flag <in Japan' and if it should be given diplomatic privileges, that would be tantamount to de facto recognition of the Communists. Nationalist China cannot tolerate this and won't accept it." Japanese Premie r Nobusuke Kishi has» told his parliament no law would prevent the mission's flying a red flag. There has been no indication in Tokyo that recognition of the Peiping regime is planned. The back view of the destroyed home shows the melting of the blue .ns|>halt shingles (hat covered ilii- back of (he kitchen. In the yard are a now red \va«cn and toy machine-gun. A burned dog, out- of two belonging <<> Ihc Flnok children lay among Ihe ilc- hris near (he bottom cf Ihe tret- at the right. Firemen bad (o l;ty about LfiOO feet of hoss to reach (he house from (he fire hydrmt on the corner of Eden St. and Lincoln Avc. They wet riowi nearby houses. Water System for Hublersburg HUBLERSBURG—Construction of a water system for the Zion-Hublersburg section will be started Monday, by Wilson-Benner, Inc., Bellefonte contractor. A meeting to discuss the project at the Hublersburg school, last Tuesday, was attended by 100 citizens nf the area, most of them members of the Walker Township Water Association. II. Rupert Kounlz, Stale College, consulting engineer, and John R. Miller, attorney, outlined technical and legal details of the project and its financing, which is to be managed by a loan. Ronald A. Slruble. Bellefonte R. D. 2. was elected president of the association, with John W. Miller, Howard R. D. 2. as vice president, and Willard Truckenmiller, Hublersburg. secretary-treasurer. Applications are being received for connections with the proposed water system, to be operated by a non-profit corporation. Appolo Miner Found Guilty of Murder KITTANNING, Pa., './n — Two judges today found John C. Markle, . 49-year-old Appolo coal miner, guilty of first degree murder,, in the fatal shooting of his wife. Ruth, last Feb. 7. Judges J. Frank Graff and Navy Launches Growler Guided Missile Sub PORTSMOUTH, N'.H. i/l* — This is launching day lor the USS Growler, the Navv's second guided missile submarine. The Growler, built al the Naval shipyard here, will be armed with Regiilus 11, a versatile missile with range exceeding 1.000 miles arid speed of about 1,000 m.p.li. The weapon coupled with the submarine's mobility means the Growler could deliver a nuclear blow nearly anywhere in the world. Clyde S. Shumaker fixed the dft- gree of guHt after hearing testimony that included Markle's own explanation. Anderson, fire marshals from Williamsport, joined Richard Edwards, fire chief, and Charles Harer, assistant fire chief, to try to determine the cause of the fire Firemen reported the chief fire marshal from Harrisburg would fly here to aid in the investigation. Bureau Fell at Window A neighbor said Torrcnce Flook, about 34. and several of his children were standing at a window on the second floor when a dresser fell in front of them. That was the last time they were seen. Flook's mother-in - law, Mrs. Maude Blair, 63, also died in the fire. Mrs. Flook escaped from the house, apparently through the front door, and suffered only slight bums. House Enveloped in Flames Fire Chief Richard Edwards said the house was completely enveloped in flames when firemen arrived. It burned to the ground. He said Flook's charred body was found holding two of his children. The bodies of his other children, ranging in age from 15 months to 16 years, were huddled around him. Mr. Blair fell from a second story window. The children, five boys and three girls, were Harry, 16, Bonnie, .11, Terry, 10, Susan. 8, Kenneth, 6, Ruth, 5, Richard, 2, and William, 15 months. The neighbor, Herman Seiehrist, said he tried to put a ladder up to the window before the firemen arrived, but. the bureau fell in front of the window before he could get the ladder up. "The two-story frame house was one big blaze when we arrived," Edwards said. "There was no chance to save any of them. The entire house was involved." "The fire was about 1,600 feet from the nearest hydrant, but we got our hoses to the blaze as quickly as we could. They never had a chance, though. The blaze was too far gone," Edwards added. Mrs. Shirley Koston. who said she was one of the first at the scene, described the blaze this way: "1 heard somebody calling for help. I didn't know what was happening, but I just felt it was something terrible. Then 1 saw Mrs. Blair at a window." Mrs. Koston is the daughter of Herman Seichrisl. She continued: See FIRE Wage 3, Col. l> 'I

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