The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah on October 7, 1971 · Page 13
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The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah · Page 13

Ogden, Utah
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Thursday, October 7, 1971
Page 13
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father, Daughter Battle for Lives; Mother Watches Ogden Standard-Examiner, Thursday, October 7, 1971 13A By GEORGIA SULLIVAN SNOWVTLLE-It was after 8 on a" still-cool just .July morning when 43-year-old James G. Russell steered the _ „ southbound :family station family. wagon over the Ufeh state line. His wife, Gloria; 48, Sad dozed off in the front-seat and the silence in the' pillow-strewn back seat told him that his daughters, Susan, 13, and Robyn Lea, 11, and his 9-year-old son, Dennis, were npt v quite ready to greet the morning; ; ; . • The Russells had": left their Lynnwood, Wash.; home two days earner on a three-week vacation that was to eventually wind up in Arkansas and Louisiana. BREAKFAST STOP They had left their Burley, Idaho, motel about 6:30 am. that July 23 morning and Jim knew he'd soon stop for breakfast. Mrs. Russell would like to wipe all memory traces of what happened next on that smooth stretch of Interstate, one mile into Utah. But two still faces on hospital pillows won't let her.. "I had been dozing when all of a sudden the tire started making a bumping noise. James said, 'what's that?' and thats the last I remember clearly. Mrs. Russell said she had an unreal recollection of the car careening over an embankment, making two hideous rollovers and smashing through a roadside fence. ; The next thing she knew she was standing beside the uprigh* car, trying to ""'-'' » 1 "- 1 " rying to find think clearly her scatterec IELDON H. BARLOW Chairs Convention Party Boss Named For Convention lA**J.iJ> Dennis and Robyn Lea were hurt, but not seriously, she determined. .Her husband was slumped iialf in, half out of the demolished car, unconscious and "I knew I would go to pieces if I looked at him." «ut where was Susan? . MISSING GAPS Utah Highway Patrol Troope_ Bryan Wheeler, who resides in nearby Snowville, arrived on the scene shortly.and filled in the missing gaps. Susan was located about 50 feet from .the wreckage, unconscious. All were rushed by ambulance to Valley Hospital in Tremonton. But Mr. Russell and Susan were soon dispatched to the emergency room at McKay Hospital in Ogden. Condition: -critical." The tragedy was caused by a ruptured tire on the 10-year-old station wagon traveling at 70 m.p.h., the speed limit along that stretch of' Interstate. Strange, impossible, because Mr. Russell had purchased four new tires before the trip, Mrs. Russell related, and had completely overhauled the engine. „ . Her husband was a Boeing Aircraft Co. employe of 19 years and an "expert mechanic." He had left nothing unchecked. But the impossible had occurred and now Mrs. Russell can only draw from her own wellspring of courage and hope, fed by a firm belief in God, that all will be well one day. A daily visitor to the third floor hospital room that holds both of her "patients," Mrs. Russell said she learned, much later, that James and Susan had not been expected to survive the first night. Over two months later, vital signs are good, progress con- inues to be made slowly. Mr. Russell has shown the most improvement. He is able to break through the _ consciousness barriers at times, recognize his surroundings, speak to his wife and mother, Mrs. Mildred Russell of Pasadena, Tex., also a daily visitor. , has chairman of been the Progressive Peoples' Party's convention to be held Oct 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seagull Room on Soum State. An independent insurance agent who has been active in the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Barlow urged all citizens of voting age to register, particularly the 18-year-olds. In accepting the party position Mr. Barlow noted, "I feel that it is a vital part of me American democratic system that every citizen of the community has an opportunity to support the candidates of his choice at an open convention. In 1969 a coalition of the Cleariield Progressive and Peoples' parties nominated incumbent Councilman Gayle Starks as a candidate for mayor in convention. Also nominated were incumbent Councilman C. Ross Kearl and a newcomer to city politics, Charles J. Cuneo. All three were elected. The two parties merged in 1967 to pick Golden Stephenson, Mr. Starks and Dr. Harvey M. LOOKS BETTER Hopes of his recovery soared last week when Mr. Russell, for the first time was able to accept food through the mouth, Mrs. Russell related. Signs of recovery for slender, dark-haired, tense Susan have been less-encouraging. She has not been able to push through, the dark void of unconsciousness yet, though tries, „ ... her mother says, to mouth appointed words, sometimes without . Broadbent council. . for posts on the All three were elected by a landslide. The chairs of Councumen Stephenson and Broadbent anc of Donald Davenport, who was appointed in 1969 to serve the balance of Mayor Starks' term on the council, will be up for grabs in November. SENIOR CITIZENS AWAIT DINNER KAYSVJJXE — The annual Kaysville LDS Stake Senior Citizens Day will be held Saturday at the Kaysville Stake Center at 11 a.m. Senior- citizens- over 69 are invited to- attend the ^tivities which will include « sihort film, hot dinner and short program. Transportation will be furnished for those who need it, according to Ira J. Egbert and • Clifford Linford, chairmen. success. A therapist works with her daily to try to loosen her taut arms and legs, relax tense muscles. "I know she's going to come through; I fell all is going to work out for the best," says the surprisingly calm and high- spirited Mrs. Russell. "People have all been so land—I've never seen a locality jke this where everyone is so helpful," Mrs. Russell says. STAYS HERE She has not returned to her Washington home since the accident occurred, but has been living in a trailer in Riverdale, along with her mother-in-law and another relative. Her other children, Dennis and Robyn Lea, have been sent to Portland, Ore., where they are living with relatives and attending^ school. Mrs. Russell says she will remain in Utah until her two charges, hopefully, are capable of being transfered to a hospital either in Washington or Oregon. Oregon. , What would have been a staggering financial crisis has fortunately been stayed by two insurance policies held by her husband that are covering all medical expenses for one year, Mrs. Russell said. 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