The Franklin Evening Star from Franklin, Indiana on October 12, 1954 · Page 1
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Franklin, Indiana
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Tuesday, October 12, 1954
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dqie IFm&imiLrERJ IEwiem LOCAL FORECAST: COOLER VOLUME 70. NUMBER 77. FRANKLIN. INDIANA. TUESDAY. OCTOBER 12. 1954 P H O N flu most Dept.. 710. E S News Dept. PRICE: FIVE CENTS. John L App Residence Damaged by Tornado County Red Cross Elects Four New Board Members Quarter AAqDDdoitd Dollar ainmaoie Ustirrsiated Do jontjson courtTY'5 r LEADING PAPER D 4FrarkAWhite Bigger 1'arnts And Fewer Farmers Now This columnist has boon talking to farmer friends. Anson S. Thomas of the Indiana Farm Bureau, who owns two farms, and William Madigan, who has dairy farms of ever 40rt acres in Fountain county. Both pointed cut to me the trend in Indiana toward bigger farms and fewer farmers. Thomas said that it used to be that when a farm owner died and loft a bi-.; it was split up among his children into 5 in all farms. Today, one or two of the heirs buy out the others and the farm sta.vs big. Madigan feels that j it is the farmer with too small an' acreage to till with machinery and j the small operator that arc croai-i . . .. uig many problems in agnciuiurv and dairying. This all fits into iew of Theodore V. Ilouer. chairman of Sears Roe- j buck A. Co. Houscr has sent a ! memorandum on this subject ot his; Indiana rcpixscntatix es and busi-i nessmen. He proposes a long-range ! farm policy designed to put tower j farmers on larger farms. Small Farms C ostly To Operate At Profit Houser said: "There can be no I doubt that there atx inaiij farm j units nt large enough to justifv j mechanization, but winch tan hang; on under an artificially high price j support policy. 'Such farm acreage should tv added to other existing farms; operators of such farms would ho hotter off in the long run joining tlx force of industry. "There ct arc several too many million farmers. There should le some sort of Federal Housing " Authority to help the oungcr and, ambitious farmer add additional ' acreage up to the limit of his in-.plo- ! ment and tractor capacitv. ' Current farm policy is bjcdj on maintaining a fixed relationship! between .-,gt icul:i .l prices awt. . prices of manufactured goods. This ' ignores the fact that the total value ; of farm production scar after sear! is divided among fewer workcis! and fewer families. This is a result 1 of past mechanization and oxpan sion of individual farm units. I.wrr Food Bills Foreseen In Pl3n "As the number of tarms and j farm workers diminish, the aggre-: gate amount of national income going for agricultural products could be reduced. vet the individual farmer would Ix as well, or better off. than before. With lower farm prices persons would h.;c lower food bills. "These savings m the food budget would give added buying power to five sixths of the population to take up increased output of mechanical products. Present expedient farm policies should he continued on a stop gap basis but shorh' bo accompanied by a long range program." Two of my Hoosier triends of lore, standing arc publishers of splendid weekly newspapers in other states. W. S. Bradfute. home from serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, is the publisher i t The Wild wood Fcho in Florida. His brother. Blaino W. Bradfute pub lishes the IT Campo News, in Hi Campo. Texas. Still Opportunities If We Only See Them They arc the grandsons of the late Walters. Bradfute who started the Bloomington Telephone, absorbed in a merger with the Herald Telephone. Bradfute cave mo tn first newspaper job as a carrier. Young W. S (Penny) BradfuU comments: "If in 19t3 you had in vested in General Motor Stock 3rd hell it over the sears Sou would be a millionaire sever? times over. "This stock and dividends v. it! Or jx3rs would make su vvortl today.'' There arc equally attractive vestments and opportunities make money annmd us todav-. Why Men Take Risks Discussed By Editors Manv I'oosiers rush out and vest in oil stocks trsing to get ric' quickl.v. Blaine Bradfute in h big and prosperous IT Cair.po New has some words cf wisdom on whv men take risks. He said: At best bunting for oil is a risky operation. The majority f wildcat wells turr out dry and useless and the cost of drilling is vers' high these dass. Take typical deep water operation in drilling for oil now. A drilling platform must be constructed ir 65 feet of water. 20 miles out at sea. It has to withstand 2S foot hur-(Continned On Page Four) L r Vitr Lnv 11 i 1 j- , - v- 'n mm n ini-w-i)ni..- ...-- X J - -,i-- I Mondav's cut a rc-sidetHos was the .toh.n nHf fnun the stnu-tiux. -mile App damaged Panel To Discuss Growth Of Child Home, School Club Will Meet Thursday pan, lhe ,i c.,r.. . M the mo".;1 snd Sd:.'. - w ,1! d.scu ' v hd I. Piiv -i i Spiritually'" ai :'. : t I t:-c !!.',!' ! the SouMi Side everanc at 7 :." ! v Schv in 11 Th. of Pi ! 1 li w ill consist 1 i " o 1,1. vv 'ro !- ject ; t i i 1 ! ; s'. ,il growth: Paul' Ada ki. !. ! al -.lowih: a;'.l Mr. .1st I ,.t so;i. t-.'itvial growth li;- is the sic ii'. in a series f discvis-t !s !.isc l o' ti e theru -B'-.d t;v.g lUtior S- 'vv-ls. A vo;:-nnH.e headed by v u e-l iA-si K nt Mrs. Bohei t F Joh.nson : v ill iv ',M'i t on reviMen of the bv -1 hivvs ibirmg a tniiness meetinc l.oi-ao I.oeikairp. presid.ont. will t-e '. charge In lipen ClassriMMns !.;snvm w i'.l N- opened at 7:l'l -: tv uive patent s an opp,rtun-itv to visit bofoie the nuHding ! c .:!!. liiun mothers -c: h1 vear were tor the 1 r. . icip al 1 hey ir. At HaHo:n. prtnc elude Kindergarten. Mrs Arthur Henderson arnd Mrs. Kichan! St.'tf iniortMn: soitioui and Mrs K li Wires and Mrs Hand,i Hick ,an t attcrr.o -n section': f'.rs' ctali'. 1 Mrs. i':.'i' rvm t Mrs IVill.iv Wed He and Mrs W arren Wilson, tirst crado (Mrs Hicks loom Mrs Walter Marchand and Mrs Kenneth Moulton: and second grade i Miss Hunts ivr ' Mis. Norma". Blanker" ship and Mrs. Herman Hougland. vH u 's arc- second grade iMrv Tinker's roor.U Mrs Flvde Coble and AUs KoVrt Johnson; third r.i,N . Mrs tii, n i'isen and Mrs. Owens; fourth grade. Mrs Robert I. ;io M' d Mrs. p,,- Ar.d vr son; f.tth crade. Mrs. K"cl!y C, ra I) 1 tv il a:il ;rs I.erov Homincer; an i s,xo, ct.,,i0. t,-s .fames Alex Glider ard Ms Mac Sweui.1 I1IRF MI NI I BY CIMfA'.O ilNS -ti e.; i" s t ire a !av to l.!.r. attti IT OOHs Rari-sw o m now flvHds to northern Indi- :na com1 hou van.! rear Chic a go and of volunteers battled t1 on rushing waters w it:i and prascrs. -tec ar th.e Church Is Wrecked Monday J vv sV. ...... v ,s- vVxNs sNXX.xN xss,xs sNv Ss ,xss s s SxX I Vv x s x IN f N V xxx v -x x . ' uil; rl x sx: L vk , ,x x xv: x: ;. . 1 ; tx i x? x t x I xxx xr V I . X.XX r AT v v, Js .; s x .....os sis S s -sx,v sJNnsv.- -; s;x' . . .:x W VVX . YSi.. x VV.SV OO.X ,S'.XSN.V.-V, " S. -V .-V VVxX. .iV.'w s"- X" S-.X s ' . 1' V -T-s x- V X, s - x-N " I Sv Xx s. ..I X x- . - v x-" Above is pictured the interior of the First Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, located four miles southwest of the city on Indiana 44. Monday's tornado ripped the roof trem the brick structure, sending debris crashing into the interior of the church. The organ and piano landed in the basement on top of a furnace. path through .loimson county and one st of the home on Indiana 44. souttiwe the barn and farm Franklin. machinery MAYOR DESIGNATES RED CROSS UNIT AS DISASTER AGENCY I shoid i like to dosun.ile th.e i Johnson Countv Bed Cros Chapter, j the disaster j-uotu-.v rt sponsihSe toe for the i.iiURs who w- st , aifec-ted bv the tortu.d w hit-'' j 'struck Fr-mklm Monday al?ei -noon, j Keque-ts for assistance should go to the Bed Cross disaster commit- j tee which has its oUtce in the City Cud dm :. phoi-.o "-" In aildition. I designate the Bed Cross a-Age ncy. make a the official Fund Raising All persons wishing to contribution for the dis aster sulfercrs should make their pa; ments to the Johnson County Chapter. American Bed Cross. By designating Red Cross as the Fund Raising Agency. I hope to channel all finds and eliminate a duplication of financial assistance. I urge vour corporation in tins matter. Mavor Flevc'bn W Oliver. i . . I n Atterourx Base Given New Name C The VMP An r TTI RIU RY. (INS1 ric Base at Camp Atter- b -t JohM was renamed today for I.t V. Bakalar who lost his life in an .! baf'e over France during Wrrh! W r H. The Hammond native was shot down Sept. 1. 194 He had been commissioned two scars before th;.t and had gone overseas in May of put. Bakalar had been given 'the Distinguished Service Cross. Bakalar Field, near Columbus, lud.. currently is used by Air Force Reserve and National Guard U'l.tS. PLAN QUIZ SESSION . AT ROTARY MEETING t A qui. program on Botary infor- ' mat ion will be held at a meetug ot th.o !oe. I service club to be held at t. l.i o clock Wednesilay alter- i t oen at the ilillvicw Country club. ! Bosh Fridilo v ill 1h chairman ' 'i t' e program. 1 sx .vW, . S- w.yv-- . XX .... ' -x of the most severely damaged city. Tie tornado ripied the before continuing northeast to Lions Hear Talk On Local Hospital Ladies' Night Program Held In Sheltcrhouse Approximatelv 50 members of the j I. ions club and guests attended a jsupper Monday night at the Province Park sheltcrhouse. j Principal speaker on the pro-1 gram was Ccorge T. Itoshorn, sup- erintendent of the Johnson county 1 Memorial Hospital. The hospital official outlined the plans for the ; new addition to the hospital, and also traced the progress on the ; financing of the project. Cites Fconomic Kole The part the hospital has in the economy of the c inniunitv also I was pointed out by the speaker. I Mr. Coshom was introduced by I Halford tiarlock. program chair-; man. Catulles and gas lanterns were used for lighting during the supper. Wil'iam Young was chairman for the dinner and the chicken was pre-. pared In Mr. Young with the assistance of IV id Boeder and Robert Garrett. Madrigal Singers Formed On Campus College Choir Elects Officers Announcement has been made of the election of officers of the Franklin College Concert Choir and oi the formation of a new group of Madrigal Singers by Professor Lawrence MrtStierrey. director. New officers include: president. Poll Huckibone. Kane, Pa.; soprano section leader. Barbara Scharfer. Waukecan. Ill ; alto sec tion leader. Betty Lou Bussell. West Haven. Conn.; tenor section leader, i "odric Cox. Brazil: and 1 ass section leader. Don Cornell. Minerva, New York. To Sing Selections The re v group of Madrigal Singers consists ef eighteen people who will sing selections frfom the 15th and 16th century down to present dav. Selected were: Carole Necse. Martha Lu Cole. Betty Smith. Sue ' Scott. Sue YanAntweip. and Bill i Keith. Franklin; Carols n Lukcn. Indianapolis: Mildred Thurston. Summitv ille; Barbara Sthaefer. i W'aukegan. 111.; Marion Kuechler. f Ph. .teniwillo. Pa.: Dale Armour, jtla.vt.m; Ccdric Cox. Brazil; Fred Kurtz and Pari Lansing. Fort iWasne: Dana Deer. Lebanon: Bill Huckab' ne. Kr.e. IV. : and Don Co ire II. Minerva. V Y Also. Betty Smith of Franklin: Ross Landi. ,f Remington: ac-eompam-ts. Bett.v Lou Russell, of West Haven. Conn., and Margaret Tavlor. (iootlfield. lib: and techni-cirn. John McCIam. of Franklin. Invest in Your City's Future Shares of stock purchased In the Franklin Industrial Development Corporation not only ar a good investment bat will promote the economic growth of the city. Total investments to date: $9,130 Other Members Re-Elecrcd At Monday Session i in- joniisori i oiiiiTv 1 iiapicr o the Au.crican Red Cross elected four tiew directors and re-elected foi r other directors during a mo t- j ing held Monday ev ening at the i First Preshvterian Church. , "ldie new board of directors in- j eluded Mrs. Jark C.raham of Blue j River toiidiip. Mrs. p;it CUddy f Franklin. Ile Mitchell of Nineveh township, and Paul Hand of Pleasant township. Re-elected for another term were Bruce Stephens. Mrs. Frank Banta. Arih Parts pm! Cnan Herring. Bobert VcClurc, assistant state civil defense director, discussed the -1 relationship 01 Kct cross witn me ci il defense program. Outline l'rgram Miss Susan Ott presented a talk on the past history of Johnson County and outlined the Red Cross program in general. Toin Handles', a Franklin High School student, reported to the group on the activities of the Junior Red Cross. Retiring board members are Mrs. David Webb. Mrs. Ruth Freeze and Fred Vandiv ier. The croup will meet on Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Chapter Office at which time new chapter officer's executive committee will bo elected. I.indley W'inslow was in charge of the Monday night meeting. Col. Edw ard Strohbchn. state director of the council of defense, was scheduled to speak, however, he was replaced by Mr. McClure. Laura May Boone Dies After Attack Mrs. Laura May Boone died Monday afternoon at 1:10 o'clock after she suffered a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elba Co.v in Clark township. Although Mrs. Boone had been in Tnilirg health for some lime, she had not boon ill until the fatal secure shortly before noon. Funeral services have been arranged for 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in th.e Community Congregational church and burial will be made in the Hurricane cemetery. Frionds may call at the Vandi virr funeral home Wednesday afternoon from 2 until 4 o'clock, in the evening from 7 to 9 o'clock and at 12:30 p.m. Thursday the body will be taken to the church. They arc invited to attend the rites. Mrs. Boone was born on a farm in Clark township Dec. 8, 1867 and her parents were the late John and Charlotte Drake Ballard. She received her education in the Clark Township schools. On Oct. T3, 1888 she became the; bride of Charles Boone in the home of her parents and most of her life was spent on the farm where she was born. Returned Here Mrs. Boone had boon spending part of her time with another daughter at Hebron but returned to the Cos home in Juls'. She was a member of the Community Congregational church, the Ladies Guild, the Ladies Bible class and had been a member of the church choir and president of the Guild at one time. Mrs. Boone had two hobbies. When a girl she was interested n oil fainting and during her life lu'd spent many happy hours at this hobby. She also was a great lover of flowers r.nd enjoyed sharing them with her family and friends. Those who survived with Mri. Coy ire the other daughter, Mts. Monys Jones, of Hebron, six grand-childrci.. Boone Coy. Mrs. John Ixtourneau: Charles Russell Jones, (Continued On Page Three) Midnight Crash Injures Three Three persons were injured shortly before midright Monday in a one-ear crash three miles cast of the city- on Indiana 41. A 19 2 Ford, driven by Jack Lewis Welch, 21. Decatur. Ind., failed to negotiate a curve while traveling westward, spun around and struck a bridge abutment. Driver ITurt The driver sustained a left leg bruise nd a sprained ankle. Charh-s Lam'ln, 79. also of Decatur, a passenger in the auto, suffered an abrasion on the top of the head and bruised ribs. Another passenger, Alice Lam-lin, 71, of Decatur, sustained a strained back in the crash. Deputy Sheriff Charles Shipp investigated and reported the auto s total loss. AAomidlav's Wig Toiriniadlo ! Daughter Is Born After Dealh Of Tornado Victim Funcrof Services For Wilma Williams Set For Thursday A tiny infant girl, born one minute after her mother died of in juries suffered in a tornado here, fought for hfc today. Mrs. Wilma Colleen Williams. 21. wife of Clarence W illiams. 243 Lyn-hurst avenue, died at 0:10 o'clock Monday evening in the St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis as the result of injuries sustained in the tornado which struck this area during the afternoon. Mrs. Williams was struck by a falling tree limb in the front yard of her home. She was taken to the Johnson counts" Memorial Hospital for first aid and then rushed to the Indianapolis hospital. The mother was brought to Indianapolis St. Vincent's hospital in a dramatic effort to save her life. But the efforts failed. The staff of four doctors then sought to save the life of the unborn child, and may have succeeded. Condition Is Worse The little girl, weighing five and one-half pounds, was born two weeks prematurely. At first the tins' bah.v. who has no name, except Infant Williams, was reported in fair condition, but her condition worsened. She was listed as "critical" late this morning. The father, Clarence W illiams, appeared dazed by the tragedy. Sister Carmcl. who heads the pediatrics department at St. Vincent's, termed the birth of a baby after the mother s death very unusual." Mrs. Williams was the only fa-talits reported as the result of the tornado. Funeral services have been set for in o'clock Thursday morning in the Vandivier funeral home. Burial will take place in the family lot in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the funerjl home Wednesday afternoon and evening and until time for the services Thursday morning. They are invited to attend the rites. Born At Cirecnwood Mrs. Williams was the daughter of Harry and Hattie Gossman Myers and was born at Greenwood on Aug. 28, 1930. She had been educated in the Whitcland schools. She b-ramc the bride of Mr. Williams on May 21, 1943 and was th? mother of four children including the baby born after her death. (Continued On Page Fight) THE WEATHER Data furnished by J. L. Van-Geave, observer for the Franklin co-operative weather station. MONDAY, OCTOBF.R 11 Maximum temperature IT, Minimum temperature 63 Inv during night Precipitation Precipitation during S2 .37 ,28 1 night FORECAST Mostly cloudy and cooler witn sxatterrd showrrs tonight. Wednesday partly cloudy and cooler. Low tonight .12 fin. High Wednesday 6S 73. - - . -. Auction Jam Leveled by Tornado I 1 t o . x J: : .;.'.;; """"" . 1 t .. " s. ' ' i5 ...':--v - .""me": : &J&jf t : '"' -v xS," ';""' w ix ; v vi X s x . w . , , : ....v- W j fejx.-t- ""..M.MMMaMMlIIMMMMIII I II HMH Ill 'lMnYhMilillrillHIIH HWIH II IIHHII IHIHIII y ll This is what is left of the Friddle Auction Barn, located just west of the city on Indiana 144. Three persons were injured when the tornado collapsed the concrete-block structure. Debris from the barn was strewn over a half-mile area. ; a i Tornado Sidelights Residents of Franklin's north Mde and the ML Pleasant community west of the city were busy Tuesday morning cleaning up from the flash tornado that dipped through the area at approximately 2:20 p in. Monday afternoon . . . Most of the jK'ople residing in the path ot the tornado are stunned and dacd, but thankful that more people weren't injured in the storm. Several people were eve-witnesses to the fury of the tornado, but perhaps th.e most accurate accounts of the story can best be told by two of the men who were in th.e FriddJe Auction Barn west of franklin when it collapsed ... It was at the barn that George White, iige CO. was injured seriou.slv . The two men are Clarence Davis, minister of the Nashville Christian church, and F.lmer Whitham. who resides in the Orchard Grove addition. Mr. Davis was treated at the Johnson Counts' Memorial hospital for shock and bruises and released ami Mr. Whitham was treated by his physician lor cuts and bruises and released. This account of the tornado was given by Mr. Davis, "There were alout four or five of us attending the auction when we saw the tornado coming in from the southwest. I laid down on the floor and Mr. White backed up against the concrete wall ... It hit about that time, within seconds after we saw it, and when it passed, the first thing I saw was Mr. White buried almost completely under several concrete blocks. "Another man and I lifted the blocks off of him and I ran outside to see if my car was hit. Somehow it managed to miss being damaged and I drove to the hospital and summoned aid . . . I don't know how I managed to escape unhurt, but something evidently fell over to shield me from the roof. Thb tornado seemed to lc dipping and sounded like a freight train." Whitham. who is employed by the United Telephone Company, had gone to the Auction Barn to trans-( Continued On Page Light) Dr. John Prentice Speaks at Dinner Dr. John Prentice, pastor of the Paoli Presbyterian church, was the speaker at the meeting of the Presbyterian Men's Brotherhood of Johnson and Bartholomew counties held at the Whitcland church on Monday evening. Mr. Prentice spoke on the theme "The Architects of Life." One hundred nine mcn.'rcprescnt-ing the four Presbstcrian churches in Johnson County, the Columbus, Soiithport. and Boggstown churches attended. The dinner was served by the ladies of the host church. A letter was sent to the First Ml. Pleasant Baptist church expressing the sympathy of the organization in the serious damage to their church building in the tornado ooo uo.unm nidi diu l tnnni. Officers of the brotherhood are president, Lloyd Hensley of Hopewell; vice-president. Walter D. Graham of Whitcland; and secre-tar.v-ti easurcr. Bobert G. Smith of Franklin. Mr. Graham led in group singing. 9 :vv?iw' X Victims Begin Cleaning Up After "Big Blow One Dead, Four Injured Following 12-Milc Twister rr Unofficial were placed quarter of a dav as both damage estimate at a conservative million dollars Tues-countv and north- Franklin residents began "Operation Clean-up" as the aftermath of Monday's sudden tornado which wreaked injury, death and damage over a twelve and one-half mile p;dh through Johnson county and Franklin. One dath was attributed to the tornado. Mrs. Colleen Williams, 24-year-old expectant mother, died three hours and 40 minutes after being struck by a falling tree limb at 243 Lynhurst. Her baby was born shortly after she died at Indi-i.napolis St. Vincent's hospital; however, the baby was listed as critical late Tuesday morning. The twister struck without warning at approximately 2:20 p.m. Monday at the climax of a day filled with dark, overcast clouds and intermittent showers. The funnel-shaped twister first struck Johnson county on the Chester Sedam farm, located two miles north of Trafalgar. Reports from the Sedam farm included the wreckage of hog barns with the loss of 80 hogs. The tornado, roaring out of the southwest, next si nick on the Fred Ciamer farm where a garage was w recked. Demolishes House, Barn Continuing northeastward, the tornado completely demolished a barn, house, garage and granary on the Omor II. Ilougham propcrts'. The tornado also struck the Dollens property, injuring Miss Alice Dollens, age- 90, who was sitting in the middle of a room in a wheel chair. Miss Dollens. suffered cuts in flicted by flying glass and is reported in " fairly good" condition Tuesday at Memorial hospital. The John L. App farm was another scene of devastation, as the twister ripped off the top of the farm residence, ripped the roof from a barn, tore down trees and damaged farm machinery. Mrs. App reportedly suffered, from severe shock and was treated ls' a phj'sician. The First Mount Pleasant Bap-list church was struck licad-on by the Franklin bent tornado. The church suffered extreme damage and officials said the .structure would require re-building from the ground up. The roof was torn off the church, stained-glass windows were broken out, bricks were hurled into the interior and a porch roof collapsed. The total church damage hasn't been estimated and arrangements for services haven't been made. The organ and piano plunged through the ground floor into the basement, smashing the furnace. The loudspeakers were ripped from the walls, but the chimes escaped damage. The Rev. Frankic Colins' residence, just north of the church, escaped with minor damage. The tornado hurtled on. striking (Continued On Page Eight) LiATIji BULLETINS By International News Service. WASHINGTON Two small children and an Air Force pilot were killed today when a jet fighter, plane, loaded with rockets crashed in flames in the backyard of a Clinton, Md. home. WASHINGTON The Atomic Energv' Commission announced today it will spend $20,100,000 to expand facilities at its Fernald, Ohio plant, near Cincinnati. PARIS The French Nation-al Assembly was reported to have voter! confidence in the government of Premier Pierre Mendes-France tday on the German rearmament issue. WASHINGTON The pre ident of the New York Coffee and Sugar Exchange insisted under oath today that a shortage and not market manipulation vai largely to blame for soaring coffee prices early this year.

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