Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on September 3, 1957 · Page 10
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September 3, 1957

Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 10

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Traffic Toll Prediction of Passed Traffic ' Drowning Miscellaneous Total 426 ... 83 597 One of Worst Disasters in Railroad History— Nearly 200 Dead; 700 Injured inSmashup of Catholic Pilgrims Train in Jamaica By The Associated Press Traffic accidents killed more persons than the 420 predicted for the Labor Day weekend, The toll appeared heading for one of the biggest for the holiday since World War II. The heavy highway death rate for the 78-hour period starting at 6 p.m. last Friday and ending at midnight Monday (local time) was termed a "tragic trend" by safety experts. Delayed reports of accidental deaths were expected to boost the Labor Day total of 435. Toll Comparisons However, safety experts said it did not appear likely it would reach the traffic death record for a Labor Day of 461 set in 1951. The second highest total for the holiday since World War II was 438 in 1955. This year's toll compares with 426 for the four-day Independence Day holiday period and 413 for the four-day. Memorial Day holiday period; " This year's over-all accidental death toll also was one of the highest for a Labor Day weekend in more than 10 years. The record was 658 in 1951. Last year's over-; all toll was 596. I As millions jammed highways 1 in the last holiday weekend of! summer, the traffic death rate 1 mounted steadily, showing sharp! increases Sunday and Monday. The National Safety Council, which had predicted the 420 deaths, also had estimated some 45 million cars would be on the highways during the weekend. 'Normal' Weekend Toll ', Although there is no recognized normal traffic death toll for a similar three-day weekend period, a test survey by The Associated Press for a recent weekend showed 398 traffic fatalities, 82; drownings and 87 miscellaneous deaths for a total of 567. Included in the weekend miscellaneous deaths were several persons killed in plane crashes. Many multiple-death highway accidents were reported. Four adults and a baby burned to death near Effingham, 111., when they were trapped in their flaming car. Four youths lost their lives at a highway intersection near Lima, Ohio. Four other persons were killed in a collision near Conway, S.C. By SUSAN LEWIS • MANDEVILLE, Jamaica 10) — The smell of death hung" heavy over this little Caribbean mountain resort today as burial services were rushed for nearly 200 Jamaicans killed in the wreck of a Roman Catholic excursion train. It was one of the worst disasters in railroad history. The 12- coach train was packed with nearly 1,500 Roman Catholics returning to Kingston from a religious pilgrimage and holiday outing at Montego Bay, on Jamaica's north coast. Nine coaches derailed and plunged over a 100 -foot embankment near Kendal, five miles from Mandeville. The count of the dead reached 176 Monday night. The Catholic bishop of Jamaica, the Most Rev. John J. McEleney of Woburn. Mass., estimated it might rise to 200. Rains Hamper Search ToiTc .uat rains hampered the search for additional dead. Nearly 700 persons were reported injured. About 500 crowded the hospitals in Mandeville, at nearby Spalding and in Kingston. Many were put two to a bed. Doctors tmd nurses were rushed to the hospitals to work around the clock. A single-engine plane flew in medical supplies. About 180 persons received emergency treatment but went home. Most of the victims wire young people, between 16 and 30. Bodies of the dead lay under a huge banyan-like tree behind the Mandeville hospital yard. Bright lights strung on wires burned throughout the night to aid relatives and friends in the task of identification. Many of them rode five hours by bus to reach Mandeville. Smoke fires burned to cut the smell. Many bodies, so mangled that identification was impossible, were buried near the wreck Monday in coffins hurriedly made by |: boys at a nearby youth training center. Orders Investigation Acting Gov. John Stow ordered ah Investigation and called for a national day of mourning Sunday. Movie houses and night clubs in Kingston normally a gay. resort center, were closed Monday night, and grief pervaded the city. There was no immediate* explanation of the caus" of the wreck, although unconfirmed reports said the first coach which jumped the track had faulty wheels which had been inspected earlier on the trip. Early reports said the train was pulled by two diesels which came uncoupled from the following cars. Later it was reported the first passenger coach broke away from two freight cars and the locomotive ahead and hit a culvert. Nine of the 12 coaches left the track and crashed down the embankment. One of the coaches which 10 Times Herald, Carroll/Iowa Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1957, dropped from the enbankment burned and all its passengers were reported dead. Some of the passengers reported that the train had been halted several times because of unruly behavior by some of those aboard. The Jamaican government railway has had trouble before with its diesel locomotives, but there was no immediate explanation of the uncoupling, 2 Jesuits Aboard The excursionists were members' of the Holy Name Society, a men's organization, and their families. The only foreigners reported aboard the train were two Jesuit priests from Massachusetts. They escaped injury. Several persons on the platform (at the Kendal station) were reported crushed to pieces as the coaches crashed. The worst previous train wreck west of Kendal, in Jamaica was in August 1938, Deadly coal fumes from a loco- when 80 persons were killed in motive in a tunnel took 521 lives Balaclava, about 15 miles north- in the world's worst rail disaster, on March 2, 1944, In Balvana, Italy. The second worst train disaster in Gretna, Scotland, May 22, 1915,' when 227 persons were killed. J. L. Miners Visit in Kious Home at Scranton <TlmM Hernia News Service) SCRANTON — Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Miner of El Centro, Calif., are visiting in the Leone Kious home. The women are sisters. Another sister, Mrs. Fred Shirbroun of Coon Rapids, visited in the Kious home Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hendricks of Venezuela visited in the home of his mother, Mrs. J. Y. Hendricks, and with other relatives and friends. Mrs. Roger McCullough drove to Harlan Saturday and met the group of high school students who had been attending music camp at Boulder, Golo. The group included: Rene Fielding, Jim Hatch, Barbara McCullough and Joan Taggert. Reed Ocker is vacationing with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Ocker. On Thursday they all left for Pontiac, Mich., to visit in the Foster Baker home. Mrs. Wayne Hoskjhson was released from the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines to go to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Hunter of Churdan. Carol Anne Nelson returned home following a two-week visit in j the G. L. Benschoter home at Faulkner. Carol Anne also visited in Iowa Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dreher and family came Sunday for a week's visit in the Ivan Dreher home. On their return to Maryville, Mo„ Mr. Dreher. will enroll at Northweat Missouri State College. ' Mr. arid Mrs. Clarence Loeffler, Stephen and Mary, have been on a fishing trip in Canada. Mr/, and Mrs. Franklin Gerrish and family of Syracuse,. N. Y., came Saturday for a visit with his mother, Mrs. Emma Gerrish. CHANGE SUPPER DATE (Time* Herald News Serrleo) WESTSIDE - The Ladies Aid Society of the Lutheran Church in Arcadia has announced a change in the date of its chicken, supper. The date originally set for Wednesday, Oct. 2, has been changed to Wednesday evening, Sept. 18. Return from Yearly Meeting of Friends At Oskaloosa, Iowa (Time* Herald New* Service) PLEASANT RIDGE—The Rev. and Mrs. J. D. Stanley and Paul returned home Tuesday evening from Oskaloosa, where they attended the annual Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends for a week. Mrs. Hubert Knight and Mrs. Wayne Hagan went to Oskaloosa Thursday and were joined by their husbands Sunday morning. The Hagans returned home Monday and the Knights Tuesday. Dr. Wilbur Beeson is on furlough from the mission field in Africa and the Rev. and Mrs. Arthold Latham and family, returned from • Jamaica, were speaker • at the sessions. The Lathams are pastors at Paton for the coming year. Wednesday the Pleasant Ridge Women's Missionary Union held their annual picnic at Graham * Park in Carroll with a good attendance. A short business session was held after dinner. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Kidney, Lola, Lila and LaVonne, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Kidney, Oren, Noel and Lois, Mrs. Duane Shriver and Gary, Mrs. M. Morgan, Mrs s Rosie Kidney, Mrs. Effie Kidney, Mrs. Earl Byerly, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hartwigsen, Roger, Ronald, Robert and Linda, Mr. and Mrs. Daryle Betts, Susan and Ricky, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hartwigsen, the Rev. and Mrs. J.D. Stanley and Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Knight, Mrs. Lincoln Thomas, Tim and Tom, Frances Reever and guests were the former pastors of Pleasant Ridge, the Rev. and Mrs. Guy Harvey of New Sharon, la. The Harveys called at the Edward Bundt home and on Mrs. Louella Schulze. Dorothy Schulze has gone to Cherokee, la., where she will teach again in the. school there. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bundt accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Joe : Bundt to the Fair at Des Moines Sunday. Gloria Hobbs was a visitor of Marilyn Bundt for the day. Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Thomas, Tim and Tom of Bayard were Sunday dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Knight. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hagan attended the wedding Saturday t . morning in Bayard of Kathleen Maylan and Thomas Ferguson. VISIT IN HALBUR (Timet Herald Newt Service) HALBUR — Mr. and Mrs. Hans Sass of O'Neill, Neb., Mrs. Ed Tappe, daughters, Markeline, Norma and Darlene, and son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs, Vincent Tappe, and daughter, Christy, of Eramett, Ida?, visited Wednesday evening and Thursday in the home of Mrs. Sass and Mrs: Ed Tappe's- brother-in-law and sister., Mr. and Mrs. Mike Berger. , The name "cantaloupe" came from the castle of Cantaloupe, in ,ttfly, wtyire they first were grown In Europe. > •• GOOD NEWS! Matt Furniture Co. of Carroll Will TAILOR Your DRAPES FREE DURING THIS TEN DAY DRAPERY SALE! Bring in Your Window Measurement's - Pick - Out Your Fabric! We'll Do the Rest! ON OUR NEW BALCONY DRAPERY SHOP Choose From 24 Beautiful Fashionable Patterns in New Fabrics! • Bark Cloth * • Platinum Cloth * • Exciting Drapery Prints • Rich Scenic Patterns • • Rich Floral Patterns • 165.198.225.250.T98 Tailored Free! All Washable Fast Color Top Quality Drapery Fabrics 48 Inches Wide All Beautiful New Fabrics Just Imagine! — Custom Tailored to Fit Your Windows Without Cost to You! Full Length Drapery Only. Small Additional Charge for Lining, Don't Miss This Chance to Have Your Full Length Drapes Custom Tailored FREE! Now you can have those beautiful drapes you've wanted without the work, fuss or worry of making them, and custom tailored to fit your windows without any charge to you. We'll pay the tailoring charge, all you have to do is to bring your window measurements, choose the drapery fabric you want from our big stock of brilliant patterns and we'll do the rest . . *. and your drapes will be delivered to you reedy to hang. It's your chance for fashionable new drapes for your picture windows . . , for large windows, for draw drapes, for traverse drapes . . .Whatever you need, still no charge to you ... all you pay for is the materials used! (Slight additional charge for lining). Sorry, We Must Limit This Offer to 10 Days Only! Sole Positively Ends Saturday Night September 14th. MATT Furniture Company 4

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