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1^ e VlLa_n bs ^ 74»h Year Phone 793-3221 REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, AURCH 28, 1964 $1 JO Per Month 10 Pages 10 Centt Violent earthquake jolts Alaska; death toll may go as high as 600 EASTER DELIGHTS - Young Kitty Kohl gives this cute white Easter bunny a smile of delight as she stops downtown for a look at a huge Easter basket filled with all sorts of goodies, including fancy Easter Eggs. Kitty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kohl, 1105 West Highland avenue, expects a call from the Easter bunny, but she'll settle for o basket more her size- (Daily Facts photo) Eyewitness report from Anchorage Walls of five-story building collapse ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) —A newswoman today told of seeing two walls of the J. C. Penney's five-stoiy building col lapse into the street, killing two women and crushing a half-dozen parked automobiles. She gave a graphic descrip lion of the earthquake which damaged portions o£ Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, Fri day night. Jean Chance of station KENT was waiting in an Anchorage, police station when her young son ran in and screamed that the large department store building was collapsing. She ran outside. "Sure enough the front wall was crumbling and falling into the street," she said. In a radio equipped automobile she sped to the site of the building "before the police or fire department really knew what was happening." "I saw women and children and men running from the building," she said. "The front wall had collapsed and had crushed half a dozen cars. There was one woman in one of the cars and one woman on the curb—both crushed by the five-story building wall." She said a side wall also collapsed, crushing parked autos. Intense fog blocked efforts to pull do«-n the remaining walls that were "extensively damaged," she said. The fog also "made it virtually impossible to go through the ruins of the city after dark," Mrs. Chance reported. Two blocks away from the J. C. Penney store, she "dis­ covered a whole two-block area had collapsed and had fallen into a hole it had created it- scU." She said the whole area had sunk to a depth of about 30 feet and that as a result, plus the fog, the number of dead or injured "was impossible to determine immediately." Mrs. Chance said civilian and military personnel passing through the area on their way home from work "jumped out of their cars and helped to direct traffic." "This has been a tremendous help." She said the city was re ceiving aid fron nearby El mendorf Air Force Base and the Fort Richardson Army post despite some, damage suffered there. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) —A violent earthquake jolted Alaska Friday night, causing heavy loss of life, widespread damage and tidal waves that struck with killing force on the California coast. OfficiaU said the death toll in Alaska might go as high as 600, but many hours after the quake this figure was not fully sup ported. The office of Gov. William A. Egan said 50 persons were killed in the island city of Ko diak and 50 others were miss ing. Twenty-eight were reported dead in the Alaskan port town of Valdcr, and nine were killed by a tidal wave at Crescent City, CaUf. President Johnson declared the battered 49th state a federal disaster area. Johnson designated Edward A. JIcDermott, director of the Office of Emergency Planning, as his personal representative to survey ravaged Alaska. Press Secretary Reedy said McDermott will have the dual capacity as OEP director and the President's representative. Tidal waves reported as high as 50 feet smashed into Alaskan coastal towns and later struck thousands of miles away in Ha waii, Japan and the Gulf of Mexico. Large sections of downtown Anchorage and residential areas were wrecked but only three deaths were confirmed immedia- tly. The city, with a population of about 100,000 in the greater Anchorage area, is Alaska's largest. Joseph Rothstein, assistant to Gov. Egan, gave the casualty figures for Kodiak and Valdez, Valdez is 125 miles east of Anchorage. "There are communities along the perimeter of Kodiak Island that according to reports simply seem to have disappeared," Rothstein said. Gasoline storage tank fires still raged in Kodiak and the port town of Seward. Never anything like it, Rothstem said. President Johnson ordered swift federal assistance for the quake-tom areas add said, "All Alaskans and all Americans will pull together to overcome this blow." The rumbling temblor struck at 5:45 p.m. while Friday eve ning shoppers still crowded many Anchorage stores. In Anchorage, big business buildings and homes collapsed and some buildings sank 30 feet below their original level. Huge cracks opened in the streets. The front wall of a five-story department store collapsed into the street, killing two women and crushing a half-dozen parked automobiles. As many as 50 homes in the expensive Tumagain suburb were reported to have collapsed with a falling bluff into Cook Inlet. The quake was one of the strongest ever recorded, surpassing in magnitude the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the 1960 Chile quake that killed 5,700 persons. In Anchorage streets rippled like ocean waves, business buildings and homes collapsed and thousands of persons fled outside in freezing weather. Smaller shocks continued today while fires blazed in coastal cities stnick by tidal waves. Anchorage, Alaska's largest city with a population of about 100,000 including suburbs, was hardest hit along with coastal towns. Fairbanks in the interior was shaken but had little or no damage. The quake ripped huge cracks in Anchorage streets, some four to six feet wide, which along with falUng debris from collapsed buildings made them practically impassable. Sen. E. L. Bartlett, D-AIas- ka, said in Washington that the military commander in Alaska, Lt. Gen. Raymond J. Reeves, told him that 90 per cent of a seven block section on downtown L Street "was gone." He said Reeves "confirmed" earlier reports that about 50 homes in the expensive Tum­ again suburb of Anchorage crashed down a bluff. Two tidal waves struck Kodiak, the general said, and the "substantially de- town was molished." Reeves, stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, told Bartlett: "I was literally glued to my chair in the second floor living quarters. I could not move. It lasted sue minutes. Everything in the house that was breakable did break." An amateur operator in a radio-equipped automobile reported from Anchorage at the moment the quake struck: "Oh ray God what is happening. The streets are rippling like an ocean wave. Cars are rolling ..." Then the voice faded. Normal communications with Alaska were knocked out but military authorities reported necessary channels open, and said their air raid warning defense systems were operating. The Air Force and civilian disaster agencies, including the Red Cross, moved swiftly to the stricken state but the first flight from Juneau was turned back because of weather conditions at Anchorage. The Tactical Air Command said 162 doctors, nurses and medical technicians with portable hospital facilities would be flown to Elmendorf AFB from Pope AFB, Fayetteville, N.C. The tower at Anchorage International airport collapsed and it was reported six persons were kiUed. Only 3,000 feet of the main runway was usable. Civilian air traffic was diverted to nearby Elmendorf where runways were undamaged. Reeves sent a company of military policemen and otlier military personnel into Anchorage for patrol and rescue duty. Outside Anchorage the hardest hit Alaskan cities were Valdez, Kodiak, Seward, and Cordova—all on the coast. Reeves said Kodiak was "substantially demolished." The island city's mayor, Pete de Veaa said, "The whole town is completely disabled. No power. Request housing, clothing and shelter for women and children. The main Valdez dock .was hit by both fire and tidal wave and most of the missing were believed swept into the water. Fire spread from the docks to the business district and a Coast Guard message said there was no water to fight it. Three persons were reported dead in Seward and 20 missing. Fire raged through the town after burning a dock and oil storage tanks. An oil tanker, the Alaska Standard, was reported beached and burning. Magnitude of the earthquake was recorded as 8.6 on the Richter scale at the University of California in Berkeley. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was estimated' at 8.3 on the same scale, as was the Chile quake in May, 1960 that killed 5,700 persons. Plane radios it might ditch in Pacific Ocean President knocks in vain Cousin Lyndon came to visit, siie wasn't home JOHNSON crry, TCX. (UPD —Cousin Lj-ndon, who is President of the United States, came knocking. But Cousin Ohlen wasn't home. It isn't often that a president knocks in vaui. But that's what happened here Friday when the Chief Executive and his wife. Lady Bird, popped over to the home of one of his many cou sins who live in the area of the LBJ ranch. The Johnsons are spendin an Ea.ster holiday on their ranch in the central Texas hills. Weather Rcdlands Weather Today (11 a.m. Reading) Highest 79, Lowest 44 One Year Ago Highest 57, Lowest 47 Tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset 5:41 a.m. — 6:08 p.m. San Bemardmo Valley: Mostly suimy with variable high clouds today and Sunday. High today 75-80. SlighUy cooler Sunday. Low early Sunday morning 38-44. U.S. Weather Bureau Southern California: Mostly sunny today and Sunday but considerable high cloudiness at times. Patchy coastal fog or low clouds late night and early morning hours. Slightly cooler coastal sections Sunday. Temperatures and precipitation for the 24-hour period end ed at 4 a.m.: High Low Precip. Boston 43 31 Chicago 39 35 .01 Cincinatti 45 36 Denver 45 16 .08 Fort Worth 75 54 Fresno 71 43 Helena 34 28 Honolulu 79 69 .08 Kansas City 51 29 .08 Jlinneapolis 31 10 New York 48 37 Oklahoma City 67 41 Sacramento 73 47 Salt Lake City 41 28 .02 San Francisco 68 46 Seattle 52 38 Washington 59 38 They made an unannounced drive to the Johnson City home of Mrs. Ohlen Cox, a schoolteacher in nearby Fredericksburg. Jlrs. Cox wasn't home. If she was surprised later to learn of Johnson's visit, so were most of the news contin gent at the Texas White House who had been told earlier that Johnson didn't expect "to get beyond the ranch gate today." Presidential Press Secretary George E. Reedy later told re porters Johnson had taken the drive mto town and was thinking of paying another social call in the area Friday night. During the afternoon, the President and First Lady also rode around the surrounding lake country. Mrs. Johnson's press secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter, said "they saw sheep, goats, cattle and kept remarking like any rancher: •Sure is going to be fine if we can get some more rain.*' Mter the unsuccessful call at Jlrs. Cox's home, the Johnsons drove on to the President's boy hood residence, a large white frame building with a rail fence around it. The lawn was covered knee-deep with clover, and there were wild flowers in the back yard. "Oh, look at the flowers, y'all!" Jlrs. Johnson e.tdaimed as she and her husband left the house after about 10 minutes inside. Father, two children die in gas filled car WRIGHTWOOD (UPI) - "By the time you receive this, Diane, Carole and I will be dead... "You will find our bodies in my station wagon parked off Highway 2 near Wrightwood." Jlrs. Bonnie Milinkevich, 43 read that letter Friday and quickly found out it was true She told investigators that An drew H. Milinkevich, 46, loved their six children and had taken the two youngest, Diane, 3, and Carole, 2, on a trip in his station wagon ou Thursday. He had court permission to visit with them for one day. Deputy Robert Beach, directed to the scene in the San Bernardino Mountains by Mrs. Milin- ke\ich's letter, found the station wagon off the road nith a hose connected to the exhaust and placed inside the wmdow. Milinkevich had embraced his two daughters before being overcome by fumes. Jlrs. Jlilinkevich, who lives in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles, said she had planned to divorce Jlilinkevich, a Hollywood bar owner, on grounds of mental cruelty. Jlrs. Jlilinkevich said she was worried when the three did not return Thursday night, but "I never imagined anything like this could happen." LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Ra dio contact was lost today with a four-engine business plane shortly after the pilot radioed that the nine persons aboard might be forced to ditch in the choppy Pacific Ocean. The p i 101 said, "There is bad fire in the number two engine and we might have ditch," according to a spokesman at the flight service head quarters. The plane, a DC4, was on flight from Honolulu to Los An gcles when it radioed for assistance before 6 a.m. The Coast Guard in San Diego said it in tercepted a message from the pilot. Officials said tlie plane was due to arrive here at 8:40 a.m but had five additional hours of fuel supply. Its flight from Hon olulu was to take about 11 hours. Officials at the flight service headquarters said no radio contact had been made since the pilot radioed they might have to ditch. But faint hope remained. One spokesman said, 'That was the last radio contact but they could be maintaining radio silence or be out of radio service and still be coming on. Two search and rescue planes from the San Francisco Coast Guard were dispatched to the scene about 900 to 1,003 miles southwest of here. A Coast Guard cutter, the Ponchartrain, was sent from Long Beach, Calif. A spokesman for the regional office of Au: Traffic Control said the last report it received 5:37 a.m. PST, (8:37 a.m. EST), came from a position some 1,000 miles southwest of here at an altitude of 7,000 feet. The spokesman at the regional office said at that time there was no report of trouble. The office said the plane was private business craft which belonged to a firm named Facilities Management Corp. Redlands ham records Alaska radio message Although even the amateur radio ' "operators "can'tget through to Alaska because of so much out-going traffic from Alaska ham operator Dick White today was able to record another ham from Anchorage. The taped message notes this morning that most of the dam age is in donntown Anchorage. The city has . only emergency power. It is without water and sewage. The area of extensive damage has large crevasses 40 feet wide and more than 100 feet deep. JIany buildings in the downtown area were reported to have tum bled into these crevasses. The large JIcKinley building, combination office and apartment-type building, has been condemned, the message said. Jlr. White, 333 Lotus, made contact with Anchorage K7- AYU/KL7—whose name he does not know — at 10:45 a.m. with his 250 watt, single sideband equipment. China quake in 1556 killed 830.000 By United Prts% International 'The heaviest earthquake death toll in history was 830,000 killed in a quake at Shensi, China, on Jan. 24, 1556, according to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. The San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, the most serious one in U.S. history killed 452 persons. Quake spawns tidal wave^ kills nine on West Coast Quote of Day SAN FRANCISCO - Former ^Vhite House Press Secretary Piere Salinger, commenting delightedly on the court ruling that he qualified as a senatorial candidate in the upcoming pri mary contest: "I'm on the ballot. I'm on the ballot." Millions prepare for joyful Easter By United Press Intvmatienal Tens of millions of Christians throughout America, "their Lent over and their Easter won," today mourned the crucified Christ and prepared to celebrate the joy of His rising from the dead. Young adults of Angelica at Los Angeles continued the prayer vigil they began at 3 p.m. Good Friday. The vigil will continue until 8:30 a.m. Easter. Tattered linen shrouds fluttered in the chill March breeze on rough hewn crosses erected in three Chicago area cemeteries. Crosses of light glowed in the pre -dattn darkness of New York's Wall Street financial district, formed by the lighted vrindows of office buildmgs. Rockefeller Center was ablaze with the color of 2,500 Easter lillies, daffodils, forsythia and divia. At the White House in Washington it was bonnets and a beau for President Johnson's daughter, Luci Baines, who was entertaimng University of Wisconsin freshman Jack Olsen for the weekend. Luci and older sister Lynda were left "in charge" of the executive man sion. Meanwhile, back at the LBJ ranch near Johnson CSty, Tex., President Johnson was making his first visit in two months, along vfith the Frist Lady. At Stowe, Vt., a former First lady, Mrs. John F. Kennedy and her two children were spendmg the Easter weekend at a ski lodge. In Chicago .Albert Cardinal Meyeri head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archio- cese, in a special Easter message, urged all Christians to make a "most vital and person­ al contribution to the cause of Christian unity" by promoting the growth of "faith, hope and love." At Washington the line of mourners at the grave of martyred President Kennedy was longer than usual and visitors were warned to expect long waits. Fires lit the hillsides around Fredericksburg, Te.\., for the 118th year, continuing a. ceremony which began as a measure to ward off marauding Indians, and residents,planned.to stage their annual foDc pageant' tonight SAN FRANCTSCO (UPI) The tidal wave spawned by the Alaska earthquake struck the West Coast early today, causing at least nine deaths and leaving Crescent City, Calif., paralyzed by flood and fire. A series of waves flooded Crescent City streets, knocked out power, and started fires which caused five oil tanks to blow up. At least five persons were drowned and 59 hurt from the water and fire ordeal. Every one of the city's 150 downtown shops sustained some damage. Another tragedy took place at Beverly State Park near Depot Bay, Ore., where a wave swept across a family of sLx from Tacoma, Wash., while they were sleeping on the beach. One of the children was drowned, three were missing, and the mother, Mr?. Monte JIcKinsey, was reported in shock. Highest waves were reported at Vancouver Island. The 17- foot surge ripped up 50 homes and damaged hundreds of others. In British Columbia, cars floated in the streets of Port Albemi and the city of Albemi and there was litter every where. There were no fatalities but all major industries in the two cities suspended operations as the city blacked out for almost two hours during the night. Score of small boats were swept out into the channel. The Oregon coast was also hard hit. At Seaside, waters backed up the Nacanicum River and flooded a trailer park and forced its evacuation. Two cars were washed into the stream. Unusually high waves and choppy seas tore at Southern California coastal cities and ripped about 75 boats from their moorings near San Pedro. The Coast Guard said some of the vessels were over 100 feet long. No injuries were reported.'Numerous Coast Guard vessels were patrolling the Cerritos Channel m an attempt to secure the boats. The fueling dock at the county's Jlarine Del Key was damaged by the wave which varied from 4-10 feet high along the Southern California coast Residents in low areas ofj Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Avila, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach and Oceano were evacuated shortly after midnight .All available sheriffs deputies as well as policemen and fire personnel were called back to work shortly after midnight in San Luis Obispo coastal areas. The first wave struck Cayucos abou 1:36 a.m. and flooded a parking lot A few minutes later „ the water- surged into Mono Bay sweeping away a fuel dock ^nd a yacht club of-: Cce set up on an oyster barge. Jlike Graham, owner of Graham's landing on Monro Bay, said he saw the barge go floating by and "it was as if someone pulled a plug in the bay. Harbor Master Ken Jenldns said the tide changed 10 feet in 10 minutes. A number of small boats were torn loose from the moorings and swept out to sea. The Coast Guard reported no damage at C a t a 1 i n a Island about 20 miles off the coast. Waves crested at 10 feet on the island. Sporadic waves battered the resort island. The first to strike was only 4 feet and a 10 foot wave followed. Waves up to 10 feet also were reported at San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Police in Santa Barbara alerted low-lying coastal areas and suggested resi dents evacuate their homes. Many boat owners tliroughout Southern California took their vessels out to sea to ride out the waves. But only a few owners with boats in the Los Ange­ les Harbor area left from their moorings. In Long Beach the Coast Guard ordered all its boats out to sea and advised small boat owners to do the same. Police closed piers to the pubUc. The Redondo Beach area reported no damage due to the wave. At least two huge waves pounded the San Diego Coast, causing authorifies to warn thousands of persons to evacuate their homes. Evacuation warnings were issued to residents in the San Diego, Imperial Beach, Jlission Beach, Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach areas. Police said no damage waj reported from the first surge, which had waves up to 6 feet Residents of the San Diego- Imperial Beach area said that when the water receded after the first tidal wave rocks and bluffs which they had never seen were uncovered by the water, which receded 500 to 600 feet from shore. Four killed B47 crashes after tail blown off by explosion JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (UPI) —A B47 jet bomber, its Uil apparently blown away by the ex plosion of a booster unit nose dived into a tiny country set tlement Friday, killing the four crew-members and a nine-year- old boy in a six-acre splash of flaming fuel. Officials at LitUe Rock Air Air Force Base said the plane was taking off on a routine training mission when the tail caught fire. The control tower] said the plane was moving too fast to stop, and the pilot ap- parenUy tried to fly quickly to a safe height for parachuting. A Jacksonville radio station manager, Jimmy Sizemore, said he saw the flaming tail section suddenly explode. One officer said it appeared one of the series of booster rockets used on takeoff caused the damage. Plan* Rams Bani The plane smashed into : bam about 30 yards from a cluster of 10 homes on a country road. The plane heeled over, went straight down and hit the bam, said Sizemore. "It hit at almost a 90 degree angle and burst into flames. There was nothing left of it You couldn't tell that bam was there." Playing in the bam at the time were Richard Bofler, 9, who was dead on arrival,at a hospital, and Gary Davenport, 10, reported loda/ in very crit­ ical condition from bums. The main load of jet fuel for the four-engine plane, 101,000 pounds of kerosene, burst into flames and sprayed over six acres. There was a hole 15 feet deep where the fuselage stmck. Attempts to Eject The co-pilot, 1st Lt. L.V. Christian, 27, of Dallas, Tex, tried to eject at the last minute. His body crashed through the roof of another bam a quarter mile away. The plane was not carrying a nuclear weapon. .Other crew members killed were Lt Col. Richard W. Hurdis, 43, of Providence, R.L, the pUot; 1st Lt. JI.B. Keller, 24, of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Keller of New York City, the navigator; and a passenger, Lt Col. Leo JI. Dykes Jr., 43, of St Petersburg, Fla.

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