The Paris News from Paris, Texas on October 5, 1960 · Page 5
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THI PARIS HEWS, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 1960 — B&W Nuclear Expert s Here This Week O.ilvin H. Lawrence, nuclear component specialist at The Babcock & Wilcox Company's Barberton, Ohio, boiler division facilities, is on a fast-moving speaking circuit in Paris, arranged by Louis B. Williams, B&W's personnel manager here- On the Thursday, October 20, agenda are the Lion's Club; Paris High School students; and members of the B&W Works Management Club, while Friday's engagements include the Ro i a r y Club; Paris Junior College students; and all employes of B&W's Paris Works, "Under Way," a sound-co 1 o r motion picture tracing the history and development of (ha Nuclear Ship Savannah, world's first nuclear-powered passenger-c a r g o ghip, will supplement Lawrence's talk. The film chronicles the building of the ship from President Eisenhower's announcement of the Atoms for Peace program on April 25, 1055, to its launching and christening by Mrs. Eisenhower on July 21, 1959. Highlights cf the movie include the keel laying by Mrs. Richard M. Nixon on May 22, !<J58; its construction at the Camden, N.J., shipyards; and the shop and laboratory work carried on in the boiler and atomic energy facilities of The Babcock & Wilcox Company at Barberton and Alliance, Ohio, and Lynchburg. Va. Produced for the U, S. Atomic C. H. LAAVRENCE . . .to speak here Energy Commission and Maritime Administration, the 20-minuute film is narrated by John C. Daly, radio and television commentator and news analyst. Lawrence joined B&W in 1936 following his graduation from the j U. S. Naval Academy where he received a bachelor ol science degree in engineering. A yea r later he \vns assigned to the company's New York marine department and in 1949 was na m e d marine manager of the Great Lakes District- He advanced to his present position as nucle a r component specialist with B&W in 1956. Gas Heating Equipment Check Urged "The comfort of the entire family will be assured during the coming cold weather without delay if you have your gas heating equipment inspected and adjusted now for winter use," W. B. Richards, Lone Star Gas Company manager, indicated today. He suggested that users of gas floor furnaces, wall heaters, unit heaters, central heating plants and other gas heating equipment arrange now to have them inspected and adjusted by calling their heating equipment company or Lone Star Gas Company, The heating equipment companies and Lone Star always receive hundreds of calls for service the day that cold weather hits. This usually results in considerable delay in filling individual orders. "But, there is no delay, when you do it today," Richards said. Delmar Citizens Club Has Musical Program Eleven of the 24 members of Del mar School Seventh Grade Citizenship Ckib took part in Friday's program of music and a dance number, the program committee, Judy .Malone, Sandra Gordon and Danny Gray havi n g charge. All sang the Marine Corps Hymn. The sponsor, Mrs. Buster Jones, directed games. Comeback Spirit Pervades Hurricane-Hit Florida Keys MARATHON, Fla. <AP) - "By dawn the house had stopped shuddering and I walked out to see what the storm had done. The sight was so horrible 1 got sick. 1 was ready then to get out and never come back." Hugh Brown, charter boat captain, was describing his reaction and that of many others to 'he awful devastation wrought by Hurricane Donna when she ravaged the beautiful Florida Keys in the early morning hours of Sept. 10. The great storm had attacked near midnight with shrieking, 140- mile-an-hour winds and mighty waves that ripped homes to pieces, tossed house trailers through the air, battered four persons to cieaih, and hurled boats out of the sea. Buildings that might have withstood the sustained fury of 140- mile winds, collapsed under the sledgehammer blows of 180-mile gusts. Hardly a building in the keys came through the wild night without some mark of the hurricane. The dawn's light fell on a thousand heartbreaking scenes — an old woman sobbing in the rain- whipped debris of her home. A little dog whimpering in the rubble. A pelican flopping on broken legs. A mangled body in the mangroves. The famed "highway that goes to sea" from the Florida mainland to Key West was a street of broken dreams, piled high with commercial fishing boats, soggy motel mattresses, roofs, furniture, gasoline pumps'— the remains of pretty homes and prosperous businesses. By Red Cross estimate, 1,415 homes lay in ruins in the 60 miles from Marathon to Key Largo. Another 1,457 were heavily damaged and 2,242 showed substantial Coffey Will Add Durant Mortuary Oklahoma News Bureau DURANT, Okla. — Opening of a funeral home in Durant — the fourth in the city and Bryan County—is announced by L. P. Coffey, owner, who also owns and operates funeral homes in Hugo and Antlers. James E. Patrick, formerly with the Hugo establishment, has been named manager, other staff members being Lowell McMancs and Dclbert Morgan of Durant. The new Durant funeral home is on a corner at North Fifth and Evergreen Streets. scars. Few stood unscathed. Brown's face was one of many thai reflected horror and resignation that disastrous day. In the initial shock, some told their neighbors "I've had it" and made plans to move to a mainland area less exposed to the violent moods of nature. But the shock wore off quickly. Two days later, Brown was hard at work leading his neighbors in a salvage job at Islamorada, on the lowlying Matecumbe Keys. Now, just 25 days after the hurricane, a healthy comeback spirit pervades the Florida Keys. Most of the wreckage has been bulldozed away. Homes and buildings are being hammered back together. Business people promise cheerfully that they'll be ready by Dec. 15 for a tourist season they expect to be "the greatest of them all." Thoughts of quitting the Keys have been forgotten. As W. A. Parrish, 75, pioneer banker at Marathon, put it: "It would not be the nature of our people to run from a disaster. Keys folks are tough breed." Veteran postmaster Clifton Russell of Islamorada added, "This wasn't so bad. We • only got a little old five-foot tide across here. Back in the '35 hurricane a 15- footer swept the island clean. Now, at least, we've got something left to fix up." It could have been far worse. The death toll surely would have been in the hundreds had not 75 per cent of the keys residents wisely decided to evacuate to higher land. While the wind still moaned through the skeletons of roofless, windowless buildings the morning of Sept. 10, the weekly Florida Keys Keynoter came out with a one-page edition that proclaimed itself "a free-bootin' newspaper covering what's left." The line was soon changed to read "covering what's to come.' Roadblocks were thrown up ai both ends of the disaster area to keep out sightseers who would interfere with the rebuilding. A 10 p.m. curfew was established to help hold looting to a minimum. Then the storm victims plunged nto the cleanup job. Spirits soared and people began to joke about Donna. The more cheerful ones were those who lost .he most. Letters poured in from Northerners anxious for information about their friends and vacation spots in the keys. Many asked: 'Will you be ready for us by December?" The tourist haunts will be ready and the gamefish will be waiting in the lovely blue and green wa- Lers that wash the shores of the keys. But it will be a couple of years before the scars of the hurricane are fully erased. And it may be much longer than that before the building boom that followed the last war is resumed. Newcomers attracted by the tropic charm of the keys built with no respect for the angry moods of nature in the tropics. They built in a hurricane-free period when the seas lay beautiful and placid, with no thought of the time when the waters would erupt inlo frightful violence. Roofs were not properly tied down. Concrete pillars were not fully reinforced with steel. Expensive homes were built on concrete slabs laid on fill. Hurricane Donna's searching winds found these weaknesses. Roofs were ripped off and pillars snapped. The tide ate away the fill, foundations fell and concrete block walls crumbled into ruins. Not until last January' did the keys adopt a building code. Even then, it was not enforced. Now demands are strong for a new, stronger code and for vigorous enforcement. Public hearings are in progress. Will the Florida Keys profit by the lessons of the hurricane and build new homes and businesses that can stand before wind and tide? Or wM.the next great hurricane —which is sure to come — bring another disaster? Only time can tell. ELECTRICITY U your better way 4. READY-LITE ON at night OFF by day AUTOMATICALLY Nt nnwy TEXAS POWER AUGHT COMPANY Parking is a time-killer... Use our First National Motor Bank. It's modern ~ It's new and so convenient. Why don't you try it —Today? NATIONAL MEMBER F.D.J.C. 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