Rushville Republican from Rushville, Indiana on March 11, 1955 · Page 1
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Rushville, Indiana
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Indiana State Library Indianapolis, Indiana 'T/st BV rn ^frarOvAWhife Often We Cross Bridges Before We Get To Them Before looking at tl|e varied problems of the Hoosier scene, a thought for today. Lieut. Gov. Harold Handley gave newsmen a little memorandum book at Christmas time. Two weeks ago this columnist wrote in, his book, which was beside the bed. no less than nine things that were “emergencies.'* It was hard to stay in bed until morning before doing them since they seemed so terribly important. This book was misplaced then, but found today. Every one of the nine (plus) things considered an emergency in the middle of the night two weeks ago, have taken care of themselves. Time is a great physician, a great healer of wounds. Future Looks Bright For All Young People One of the fears in the minds of all Hoosiers has been that the Kremlin is going to plunge the world into war — a war that will see all of us in the front trenches, even here in Indiana. The other day Winston Churchill said that the H-bomb, and worse, may scare Russia and the world out of fighting that last war where civilization may perish. His words, as usual make sense. This columnist ties to certain beliefs. One is that Russia is not going lo be dragged into war by Red China The Kremlin is not going to fight a world war. except of its own choosing, both as to time and place, Russia has a big job ahead to plunder her slave countries and to conquer by infiltration. Unfortunately the Russians, at this stage, are half civilized and hopped up with government propaganda They can’t be dealt with by treaty and promises. Like many orientals, all they understand is force UA. is In A Strong Position In World The Eisenhower administration took a good look at the situation, and concluded we can have bread as well as guns and so geared our economy. Were the Kremlin to pull a sneak attack, U S. has the strength to retaliate. As the United States and World Report has pointed out, Russia is Continued on Page Three Man Fined On Three Charges A Rushville man was fined on three charges Thursday night fol> lowing a police pursuit which led to Manilla, where he was arrested at 9:45 p.m. Pleading guilty to reckless driving, failure to stop at state highway and speeding, Paul Edward Hammond, 21, 410 West First, was fined the minimum of $1 and costs on each charge in Justice of Peace Court. Rushville police said Hammond first was observed by Sgt. Robert Hankins in Police Car 2 as the local man turned west into Second from Harrison at a high rate of speed. Hammond then is alleged to have driven west on Second to Columbia, thence south to First and thence west on First which is Ind. 44. He was charged with failing to stop before be entered the state highway. Learning by radio that Hammond was wanted by Car 2, Patrolman James Ravenscraft in Police Car I spotted him speeding west in the 700 block of West First. Police Car I then pursued the fleeing auto west on Ind. 44 while a radioed request went out to the Shelby County sheriff’s office to be on the lookout for Hammond s car. With Car I still in pursuit, Hammond was alleged to have exceeded 90 miles an bour on Ind. 44. He was stopped and arrested at Manilla by Sheriff Meltzer of Shelby County and returned to Rushville. RUSHVILLE ir REPUBLICAN Vol. 51—No. 306 Established 1840 Rushville, Indiana, Friday, March ll, 1955 Twelve Paeres. rive Cents Two Dead, Damage High After Storm Storm Sweeps Across Indiana. Ohio, Pennsylvania Leaving: Millions In Property Damage. PITTSBURGH UP—Winds of hurricane force — up to 92 miles an hour — ripped through Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania today leaving at least two dead, a score in- j jured and more than a million dollars in property damage. The storm that developed over I southeastern Michigan and western Indiana roared eastward like a giant w edge, producing \ iolent winds, hail, lightning and thunder before apparently easing itself out over eastern Pennsylvania. Sections of western Maryland and parts of West Virginia also reported heavy rain and hail storms with winds up to 55 miles an hour But the damage there I was much less. The storm was most severe in a 45-mile area extending from Connersville northeastward to Union City in Indiana. Leetonia in Columbia County and Steubenville in Jefferson (Ohio* County and southwestern Pennsylvania, particularly Pittsburgh. The storm swept east central In- j diana shortly after 2 a.m., struck Ohio and then tore into Pennsylvania. It was the worst of the season. The storm started fires, uprooted trees, tore down power lines, smashed windows, toppled television and radio towers and blew ■ off roofs from homes and plants. Terrific winds killed two in Pennsylvania. A large sign, knocked loose by the heavy wind killed Miss Pauline Muscoll, 59. of Rankin, Pa , near Pittsburgh She was caught under the signboard while en route to work. At Brookville, Pa , some 85 j miles north of Pittsburgh, the wind collapsed a wall, killing Orin William Ramsey, a 34 - year - old laborer. J First reports said most heavily I hit were Connersville, Indiana, and. Union City on the Indiana-Ohio line, Pittsburgh, and Newcomers-| town, Ohio, near New Philadephia : In Pittsburgh, the storm toppled I the 550-fool tower of television station WENS and also forced off the air television station KDKA- TV for at least 15 minutes for power failure. Continued on Page Three J* > * ;v' ■UPW Mi, rn*. ■ iiiL. ut -wet >5,;’ few bt. ^ ■ "**:> '*• * ' V < mm ■Mir ‘fir W* A % * ■ Ct Tornado Dips Several Times To Do Damage In Rush County Connersville Factory Loss High; Storm Causes Fire At Lnion City Craig Considers Special Session INDIANAPOLIS UP) — Gov. Craig said today he is considering calling the Legislature back for a special session to authorize four construction projects lost in the last hours of the session Tuesday. “It is still a possibility,” Craig said. “If it is done, it would be this year. I knowr we can afford them.” One legislative leader said Craig told him he is considering August as the time. The four projects, blocked by refusal of the House to accept them as a package attached to the state budget, were a new state office building, a penal institution for r young first offenders, a Purdue I University veterinary school, and land purchase for a Lake Michigan seaport. TORNADO DAMAGE — Directly in the path of a tornado which dipped into the county early friday morning was the Fairview Christian Church which was damaged extensively. County line road is in the foreground. This photo and several other aenal views appearing in today s newspaper were taken by this paper through the courtesy of the Ramon Walker Flight Service. _______ Girl, 6. Killed By Dad's Motor Scooter HOUSTON, Tex. fr —Shari Lynn Ward, 6, was fatally injured Thursday when her father, distracted by a barking dog, drove his motor scooter under a chain stretched across a drive-in theater driveway. The father, Ernest Elmo Ward, 39, and another daughter, Claudia, 7, were also swept off the scooter but apparently escaped serious injury Democrats Postpone I Soviet Revamps Naming City Chairman Farm System, J ■ Things Going On In Rushville Tonight Baptist Temple, 8th and the Cross, St. Mary’s Lodge, Odd Fellows .im rican Legion Theater. Selection of a city chairman to guide the Democratic party through the municipal campaign and election in Rushville this year was postponed last night. Action to form a Democratic city organization was not completed at a meeting of party workers in the Assembly Room of the courthouse, according to William Scott, county chairman. Scott said another meeting would be held in about IO days. William Wilson Of Laurel Dies William Carl Wilson, 82, of near Laurel died at 8:40 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Hamilton, O., after having been in failing health for several months. A farmer, he had spent most of his life in the Laurel community although he w*as born in Hancock County, a son of William and Margaret Wilson. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Cora Stewart Wilson; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Emmel, near Brookville, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm. DST Saturday at the Mosier Mortuary in Laurel with interment in the Metamora Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 4 p.m. today. Admits Shortages MOSCOW UP) — The Soviet government, openly admitting food shortages, today ordered its farm system revamped to give the man on the land more chance for initiative in crop planning. At the same time state farm managers were warned they will be held strictly accountable for any failure to meet production quotas. The decree, signed by Communist party chief Nikita S. Khrus- chev and Premier Nikolai Bulgan­ in is aimed at decentralization of planning which the upper echelons have hitherto controlled. It was seen as another attempt to use the private profit incentive, which Khruschev has been plugging over the past year to prod Russia’s lagging livestock production. The new directive told collective state farms and machine and tractor stations to use their own judgment. This apparently would end the old system of faraway bureaucrats overruling the man on the scene and ordering him to grow crops he feels arc not suitable. “Serious shortcomings and mistakes have been observed in the practice of agriculture,” the decree said. Making no secret of the fact »hat food shortages exist, the decree set forth as its main aim the improved use of land in order to “have in our country enough bread, meat, milk, potatoes, vegetable and other products.” Company Rejects Local Location Recently officers of the Chamber spent quite a bit of time with representatives of a seed com processing company who were looking for a place to locate. The following is part of a letter received by Joe Pike, Executive Secretary of the Chamber: Dear Mr. Pike: We wish to express our appreciation to you and to your fellow townsmen who gave freely of their time and effort to show us and explain possibilities of our organization coming to your area. You were most courteous and helpful in of} fering us several different locations and possibilities. Wo want you to know consideration was given to all the facts and your efforts. After considering all of the many different items and checking other areas in Indiana, we have made our decision and sorry it could not be in the Rushville area. We have settled on an area near Rockville, Indiana, which is closer to our headquarters and has the requirements that are needed to {produce, process, and distribute I our products.” The communication was signed by the president of the company. All previous contacts with the company representatives had indicated without question, Rushville would be the site for the location of the I plant. THE WEATHER Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday. Not so warm Saturday. Low tonight 45. High Saturday 60. LOCAL TEM * 8 a m. today ............................. I p.m. today ...—— Thursday, March IO 1955 ’54 ’53 Highest .............. 69 49 59 Lowest ............... 53 33 39 Precipitation .......26 .55 0 * Average 1949-54. 55 60 ♦Av. 49 31 .53 (By The Associated Press) A tornado, swirling up out of the winds that whipped central Indiana, disabled a Philco refrigerator plant near Connersville early today, but 50 maintenance workers escaped unhurt. Shortly before that, lightning struck a transformer in Union City, on the Indiana-Ohio line, and started a fire that left half a million dollars’ damage in the heart of the city. Five persons were hurt. Wind and hail damage was reported as far west as Indianapolis and swept on east into Ohio and Pennsylvania. A couple at Union City was injured seriously when w'ind rolled their house trailer over four times, and three firemen were hurt in the five-hour battle against the fire. The fire, brought under control at 7 a.m., destroyed three buildings which housed four stores, a mop factory and the Eagles Hall. State police called the Connersville storm a tornado but reported only high winds and lightning in the Union City storm. Not a single injury was reported at the Philco plant a mile and a half north of Connersville, although the storm tore off the roof of the plant’s paint shop, setting it down on the opposite side of Ind. I. A New York Central switch train crew also escaped injury, though the storm blew two freight cars off the track near the Philco plant. Seven truck-trailers near the plant were scattered. One of them was blown 85 feet, smashing into the wall of the plant’s employment office. Gravel from the runaway roof smashed uncounted windows in the plant and in workers’ cars on the parking lot. The storm shut off telephone lines around Union City and damaged the Philco power lines so badly that production was stopped until Saturday. The Indianapolis Weather Bureau listed the Connersville storm as a tornado on the basis of state police reports and reported wind gusts as strong as 63 miles an hour at Indianapolis. Hailstones % of an inch in diameter broke countless windows in the Indianapolis area during the brief storm, sweeping through with winds averaging 50 an hour. Trees were blown across U.S. 52 in the Fountaintown and Morris- Continued on Page Three Unripened Grapes Provide Medicine For Head Colds LONDON UR — The Air Ministry disclosed today a substance made from unripe grapes has been turned into a nonsecret weapon for the royal air force. The flying men use the stuff— glycolic acid—to repel the common cold. The ministry said its doctors issued handkerchiefs treated with the acid to 256 men in one squadron at a training station. Untreated handkerchiefs were handed out to 256 men in another squadron. During the four weeks of tne experiment, only 14 men with the doctored hankies caught colds. In the second squadron, 34 developed the sniffles. There’s just one hitch. The glycolic acid causes the handkerchiefs to fall apart when laundered. Details Are Listed For Motor Caravan DESTRUCTIVE FORCE — This was a common scene Friday morning as an aftermath of a tornado which cut a swath through the northern part of the county early in the morning. Barn shown here at top was scattered over several acres, illustrating the twister s path and force. Plans are now complete for the Victory Caravan which will leave for Butler Fieldhouse Saturday morning. Arrangements have been made with City Police to escort the caravan through the business district before leaving for Indianapolis. Autojnobilcs will assemble on Park Boulevard beginning at 9 a. rn. in order to bf1 properly decorated by the time the caravan leaves at 10:00. It is pointed out that those in charge of the motorcade request that cars assembling park headed north on the Boulevard. The cars will move north on Park to State Road 3, right turn into Main Street, go south on Main to Second, then proceed west on U. S. 52. The plan to bring the line of cars past the hospital is to favor a request made by some patients there who wanted to view the procession on its way to Indianapolis. Decorations for cars are being provided by the Retail Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, and will be available to all who go to the tourney whether they go in the caravan or not. The decorations consist of black and red crepe paper and ll inch by 14 inch “Go Lions” signs to be attached to the cars. Masking tape will be furnished to attach the signs. Fans desiring decorations should go to the gymnasium Saturday morning anytime after nine o - clock. The motorcade will be escorted to Indianapolis city limits by Sheriff Bob May. Traffic at the inter­ section of 52 and nine at Fountaintown will be controlled by State Police while the caravan passes through. Sheriff May asks the co-operation of all in the motorcade in keeping an orderly procession. May indicates he will maintain a speed of 50 miles per hour, and asks that those who wish to drive faster go ahead, but not to cut iii and out of the line of cars. Also, in order that faster cars from behind the motorcade might be able to pass in safety, Sheriff May wants drivers to keep IOO feet distance between cars. Sometimes passing cars will want to cut in the line to avoid oncoming cars, he said. No attempt to keep the cavalcade together after they reach the city limits at Indianapolis, he said. Be­ cause many folks will seek a place to eat lunch, it is not practical to attempt to keep together after entering Indianapolis. “Again I want to stress the importance of extreme caution in driving to Indianapolis Saturday,” Sheriff May said. “We do not want a single person injured or a car damaged to mar this great event. I am depending on the judgment of the good people of this community to make the trip a safe and successful one.” A pep session will be held beginning at 9:15 tonight in the City Library area. All fans in Rushville are expected to attend. Coach Weaver, Jim Gridley, Mayor Winship, and some of the outstanding fans will say a few words. There will be a “Pep Band” Continued on Page Three Homes, Barns In Path OI Strong Wind A tornado cut a quarter-mile- wide swath across northern Rush County early today, causing damage to farm and town property that will run into many thousands of dollars. No reports of injuries had been received by this afternoon. The storm followed a west-east path on almost a straight line about seven miles north of Rushville. It entered the county north of Arlington and hit-skipped its way through the Occident, Ging and Fairview areas, continuing eastward into Fayette County where very heavy damage was caused at Harrisburg and north of Connersville. The Fairview Christian Church, on the west side of the Rush-Fayette line, was unroofed, and heavy damage was caused at the farms of Lydia Sample, in Jackson Township, and Ralph Knoy, one mile west of Fairview. The steeple was blown off the 83- year-old Fairview Church, a brick structure. Minor Thomas, who lives across the road from the church, said the storm lasted no more than a half-minute, “but it sure was noisy. It twisted the house and knocked my bed clear across the room.” At the Sample farm, tenanted by Robert Alford, a newly-built bam was completely demolished with lumber and other debris blowen hundreds of yards away. The old Sample homestead, a two-story brick dwelling erected in the 1880s, also was heavily damaged on the upper floor. Damage at this farm alone may exceed $15,000. Three buildings were destroyed at the Knoy farm as the twister vented its fury. Another farm where heavy damage was done wras that of Otis Coffin, near Ging. There two hog bams were demolished and a garage was blowen down. Coffin’s car, stored in the garage, was rolled over several times. The tornado struck around 2:30 a. rn. and was accompanied by severe electrical and hail storms. At Arlington trees and utility poles were leveled and similar damage occurred at Fairview. Rushville escaped with only a mild blow, there being no damage of any consequence reported here. Paul Stearley, manager of the Rushville office of the Citizens Independent Telephone Company, said the company suffered some line damage in the Ging area but that service was restored during the morning. Elsewhere in the county there appeared to be no heavy utility damage. A spot survey conducted by this paper during the morning revealed the following damage to farms not mentioned above: Maude Lee farm, near Arlington, bam blown off foundation, damage to house roof and chimney destroyed. Albert Benson, near Jackson Carthage Woman Dies Thursday Mrs. Bertha E. Newlin, 66, wife of Weldon E. Newlin of Carthage, died Thursday morning at 10:45 o’clock in the Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis. She had been transferred there from Rush Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Newlin was a teacher at the Morton Memorial School for several years and had been the public librarian at Carthage for some time. She wfas bom December 9, 1888. Survivors include the husband; two sisters: Mrs. Carrie Cline and Mrs. Ivella West; and two brothers, Carl Elliott and Harry Elliott. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Friends Church at Carthage. The Rev. Eugene Sommer will officiate. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, west of Carthage. Friends may call at the Thompson Funeral Home after 7 o’clock tonight. album of ISpgone Dugs Today’s old picture will be found on page 9.

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