Eureka Humboldt Standard, December 28, 1964

Eureka Humboldt Standard

December 28, 1964

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Eureka Humboldt Standard (Newspaper) - December 28, 1964, Eureka, California Boat Parties Search For Helicopter Lost In Eel River -___________________________. FORECAST _ _ OFFSHORE-WEATHER Cap! Blanco 1o Pt. Conception: Small crall warnJngi (or. gusty westerly winds 20 lo 30 knoli today, fonlghi and Twjday. St-owtrs at llmei locally Tieavy rain squalls. FORECAST EurcVa arxl viclnltr- cloudl- rcsi loday. lonlgM erj Tuesday wilh oc icallcrea lowers, to- Ciiily or heavy lor brief periods in th; M'ts and a lew very scaliercd Iftuntfef h Ihe hll'i. bolh days a to 50, lew Iw'jh' 30 1o 33. Varlab't rr.oilty swjrh lo west 5 15 occas'ona'.ly IncrooLing 10 I? ?J rniph. P pita Ho-i: 2J-fcour total .23. tclal 13 dale ihis season 3J.11, rclal to Ihls dale last seasoo l3.7Jr normal date Vol. 442-1711 EUREKA, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 28, 1964 BROWN TO SU State's Chief Executive Expresses Concern For People Trapped In Hills California. Governor Edmund G. Brown, greeted by a driving sleet storm, a host of officials and a covey of newsmen, arrived al Arcala-Eureka Airport at a.m. 'today to begin a tour of the Redwood Empire's disaster areas. Drown was to he followed here by a flight of federal of- ficials including Frank Drydcn, deputy director of the office of Emergency Planning, who will also evaluate the disaster area Weather conditions cast uncertainty upon the planned hcli copier lour. The sleet storm began as Brown's private plane touched Ihc runway. The governor was greeted by Congressman Don Clausen and Stale Senator Carl Chrisfenscii as he stepped off the plane. Brown (hen expressed concern Ervin A. Hadley, Local Civil Air Patrol Head, Among Victims In Crash One private hoat party organized by the U.S. Navy an- other by Humboldt Counly sheriff's personnel were heading.up the perilous Eel River today in search of a'Marlne Corps-heli- copter which is believed to have'carried Ervin A. "Bunny' Hadley :of Eureka and three servicemen to their deaths. Sat- urday nftcrnoon. Hadley, who holds Ihc rank of Major in the Civil Air Patrol and who commands the local'CAP squadron, is owner of Flash Electric Company here arid was a one-time county snptrvisor. His wife, .Marguerite, is secretary to Assemblyman Frank P. Uclolti. The Marine Corps men who lor the Humboldt and Trinity Counly residents trapped in the backlands by the flood. He was informed that many have not yet becn-rcachcd. Brown.and the federal entour- age were to have arrived simul- taneously. The federal officials .were delayed but expected around noon. Officials here de- cided lo organize two tours, one for Hie Brown parly and one for the federal'party. All were lo 1 'meet for lunch at the Ingomar Club.: at 1 p.m. f Emergency Planning after he first of the year, the group vill lour facilities here and see f more aid can be given from federal agencies. A press .conference was scheduled for Humboldt Coiinh Courthouse at 3 p.m. after s tour of Hie helicopter control center from which rescue mis siuns are here.. being coordinated Admiral Robert MacPhea.rson of the carrier Bcnnington: The governor was hurried group a helicopter to the airport terminal where he was briefed by Ralph Burns of Deling p.m> as part the Office of: Emergency Plan- of the tour of the control center nin'g and the -U.S. Army Corps! Admiral Mac Plieafsoii yesler of Engineers. The tour was lo cover devas- tated areas along the Eel liiver accenting the areas .where bridges were svashed away and towns demolished. In the. Brown party loclay were Robert Bradford, slate highways chief, Hugo Fisher resources agency director and George M. Grace, director ol Region Seven, Office of Emer- gency Planning. Expected lo he with the fed cral party today were Dr. Uith er L. Terry, U.S. Surgeon pen eral, Eugene P. Foley of lh( Small Business Administration and General James F. Collins president of lite American Re. Cross. Headed by Drydcn, who wi be acting director of (he-Office ay said' rn'ili'la'ry will, be sed in jhis area, as long as lo al officials deem it necessary. Congressman Clausen added n encouraging note today when e said'he is optimistic-that a moratorium on farm mortgage raymenls in the'Fcrndale dis-l aster area will be declared..The farm Home-Administration was iskcd for the moratorium after a meeting Saturday. Both groups were scheduled to leave the area al p.m. went down with the helicopter when it sank after crashing are 1st LI. William Arbogast of San a Ana and crew chief Corpora Joseph Wallace Klnkley, 23, o Torraucc. One Navy man aboard, Photographer's Mate 1-C Alonzo A. Slaughter, 31, o Long Beach also is feared lost The pilot, Captain Richar Gleason, 32, of Tuslin was res cued by an Army helicople two miles down-stream from the crash site. He is no aboard Ihe aircrafl carrier Ben ninglon with moderate injurie and "black and blue all over Five members of Ihe sheriff Marine Posse and a doctor and two medical corpsmen from the Bennington who made their way overland to the crash scene late Saturday reported no trace of survivors. Undersheriff Gene Cox said loday he has received informa- tion that the submerged helicop- ter lias been located but not re- covered. lladley and the three service- men are thus far listed as "missing in He lold this broken story, which was related by Under- sheriff Gene Cox: The plane went down al Camp Grant, near McCann, about one mile upstream from where the s'orth and South Forks of the Eel River meet. He (the pilot} was under wa ter for what seemed like five minutes. When he popped to the surface, he inflated his life jac ket and climbed on the helicop ter; to try, ers aboard. i .v Then the helicopter sank. Currents carried him two miles downstream, where he vashed up on a bank. Ervin "Bunny" Hadley Identities Of Seven Copter Dead Sure All seven bodies have .been recovered from a Coast Guard lelicopler which crashed in one of the earliest, rescue missions of the flood, disasler here in ,a slorm last Tuesday night. The crushed bodies and a tan- gle, of wreckage inside the cop- er indicated that all died at the time of impact. Now confirmed are- the 'ddaths of the three crewmen, volunteer spotter Arnold "Bud" Harisen near.Ferndale, Mrs." Belly Kempf and her 20-rnpfi.th> old Governor Edmund G. ''Brown gets his rainhat .adjusted by James No-alls., niana'ger i Pacific -Telephone and Telegraph Company here, after he stepped info a driving sleet storm at Mc- kinle-sville Airport tins morning.'.Governor1 and a group of. federal officials will tour Humboldt County disaster areas, today, by helicopter if weather conditions permit. _ David Bell, the pilot was res- pcrsons' cued by Richard Peck a Hiller y Aircraft Corporation test pilot J vho set an Army helicopter k'ffi T WEIS'KSiNS VACATION, AND wflTE A REPORT OH IT! HAVE V'CU STARTED MiSE Rl6HT i WOULDN'T HAVE TO By United Press fntcrnational California dead, in eluding 11 in .two helicopte (crashes. Fourteen norther Icountics declared disasle areas. Red Cross said amilics suffered losses lomes, farms or businesses lix highway bridges destroy e or damaged. Towns along Ee in Humboldt County hard si hit. _ Seventeen d e a More than families, su fered flood losses. Damage est maled at between millio and million. Twenty ei bridges washed out. Gov. Mar Halfield calls floods Oregon's greatest natural disaster. Idaho dead. Total dam- age expected to exceed 51 mil- lion, including damage lo roads and highways. Dozen bridges destroyed in Shoshone Counly alone, 365 homes and businesses damaged. Nevada .dead. Truckee River flooded low-lying areas but dramatic weather changes prevented repetition of destruc live W55 and 1963 floods. No flood deaths although 17 died in accident attributed to heavy snowfall in eight days .before flooding be- gan. Minor'flooding in Spokane ------1 and Sealile. Damage unofficial- ly estimated at million. down on a railway embankment. Apparently the pilot did According to Army Maj. was. ing to reach Arca'ia-Eureka air- port at Mckinleyville intense storm after having .'al; ready rescued a number of olh- 'f bodies, found say whether he hadiradioed for iclp prior to the crash. The downed helicopter was a UH34D, whicii carries a normal ?rcw of three and up to seven passengers. Peck said he made the pickup about 1 hour and 15 minutes after Gleason's crafl hit Ihe wa- ter some distance down river. "He looked frozen to death when I picked him Peck said. "He had jial hil the bank when we.got landed on the bank and had lo carry him to our ship. He was cut up a bit." Peck said.Gleason wanted to Saturday, required four hours. Previously identified members of the ill-fated 'copter's crew vere Lieutenant Donald Prince, pilot, of San Mateo; Sub-Lt. Al en Alltree Royal-Canad- an Navy, co-pijot and crewman A. Mininger Jr. of South San Francisco. Special Council MeeSing Tuesday Eureka City Council will go into special session at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers of City Hall, it was announced today. Originally ;o the doctors Peck said. sche'duled for to- has been return to the crash site but he called to discuss city assistance fainted. decided to get him to flood-stricken-areas and vic- tims. e Hard To Clear 299; liboul Ways South I Travel conditions in HumboldtItrolia Road and. over .Wilder Counly remain little changed to- Ridge. The Bull Creek' Mountain day except .for emergency is closed. !hicles and for light four-wheel] Bridgeville-Garberville drive vehicles in a few areas. Bridgeville can be reached j State Division of Highways [from Eureka, but only four- crews are pushing hard from wheel drive emergency vehicles [both ends lo open Highway 299 Redding. Only one bridge, at are permitted on the route-over Kneeland and laqua to Yager, (.Junction City in Trinity County.jBlocksburg and Alderpoint. 'is out on lhat lifeline, bul slides, Garberville is access i.ble Raging flood waters virtually wiped out the tiny town of Klamath in southern Del Norte County. Buildings were leveled and strewn about, trailers were swept out to sea and an estimated 100 vehicles are believed lost. This scene taken from the north end of the downtown area by Eureka Newspapers photographer Dave Hoppe the first person from the south to come in by land, graphi- cally illustrates the almost total devastation. (Additional pictures on page Evacuofion, Supply Continue; Traffic Af Airporf Evacuation and supply are the key activities in Humboldt and Del Norte counties today, with little of the massive mop- 'P operations needed yet noted. Power was restored on a lim- ited basis to Ferndale, Rio Dell and- Redwood Valley .yeslerday and last night. Two .bus .loads of passengers stranded in Terrace Gardens may telephone their jCreek, four miles .north the southern sector are expect-names lo the" issuing station atjWeilchpcc, and hand tools, ed to be evacuated today by some 35 Army, Navy, Marine Corps and private helicopters. ,rcpnrtcd back in service, with 'calls limited to three minutes! up the passes later. The Helicopter Control Center Civil Defense passes now ar.e here reported evacuations from required for entry to the Area- Klamath. and Piercy.'schedulec} ta-Kureka airport at McKinley- ville in order to -reduce conges- Companies, with '.regular ]into Orleans.. Two operators wilh a citizens- band radio been flown'in to Johnson's'ranch at Pccwan to kerosene being airlifted persons stranded at lo ISJIink up. communications with .BlutHhat area, and Norcal Radio is and snow still have traffic blocked from Berry Sum- mit to the east. There is no es- timate of when the route will be lo full traffic. Highway 101 remains cut off at Fortuna to the south and at Ihe south end of the Klamalh River bridge to Ihe north. State Route 35 is open from 'o John and Mable's Caf Slate Route 9fi also do; and Isolated ranches have been in- structed by radio- to, make .a large the air, if help is needed, and an "0" if (Continued on Page 3) way 299 at Willow Creek cannot be reached from this end. The Fernbridge Ferndalr route is available only for emer drive vehicles through Fort Seward, over the ridge road and south onto'the Harris-Garbervilte road, or back down the mountain to Myers Flat and old Highway 101. Heavy snows blanket the Bald Hills Road, and sleepless coun- ty crews are working around he clock to clear.it, bul also without an estimate of when it can be opened. County roads in Ihe bottom lands are being cleared of de- bris, but many are still impas- sable. In Humboldt -County, accord- ing to Road Department dispat- cher. Lavina Schultz, general eency four-wnee! orive tiici. but Ferndale residents' can traffic can go "straight up or reach Garberville via the Pe straight ;

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