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Lowell Sun (Newspaper) - June 1, 1948, Lowell, Massachusetts SAILORS DROWN AS MARINES OVERTURNS ARMY ORDERS MASS FLIGHT FROM FLOOD Clears 120-Mile Area on Both Sides Of Columbia Homeless One Dead, 18 Injured in Greater-Lowell Six Automobile Accidents Mar Holiday Week-End LOWELL Greater-Lowell's long week-ena Memorial day holi- day was marred by a half dozen automobile accident, one of cost the life of a Cam- bridge man, and the other result- ing in injury to 18 persons. The first automobile .fatality in Concord in two and a half years occurred yesterday morn ing when Joseph P.iley, 24, of -Cambridge, died en route to a hospital after the car in which he was riding crashed into a tree on Sudbury road near the home of Joseph J, Ecker, Jr.. The. crash marred Concord's perfect recorA for which Police Chief William G. Ryan and the town will be honored at the gov- ernor's second annual highway safety conference in Boston Thursday night. Thomas F. 'Gallagher, 21, of Cambridge, owner-and operator of the car, and James Hanon, 20, also of Cambridge, vvere treated at Emerson hospital -and re- leased. A fourth passenger, 24, of Cam- bridge, remains in the hospital' suffering from a fractured skull, broken ribs, a broken leg and multiple injuries. First Fatal Since 1945 Officer Robert E. Kelley in- vestigated the crash' which oc- curred at 2.43 a. m., the first fatal one since Nov. 27, 1945 when a five year .old schoolgirl from West Concord was killed. Officers James E. Finan, and- Edward' 'A. Borenson. took the 'injured to the hospital...'.' Local Man Badly Hurt A Lowell man, James E. Brown of 78 Bridge in semi-conscious condition at Nash- ua Memorial hospital with a fractured skull and .multiple in- juries as the result of a crash in Tyngsboro at 3.30 a. m'. Sunday. Brown, whose car collided with a large trailer truck on Route 3, was found unconscious by tiie roadside by Officers J. Elmer Jordon and Glenn Wilbur of the Tynbsgoro police who had re- sponded to a call from Town Clerk George R. Robeson who heard the terrific crash at his home, nearly a' quarter mile from the .accident scene. In addition to a fractured skull, Brown's tongue is almost severed and he is suffering from internal injuries. Riding with Brown and treated at the Nashua, N. H., hospital were: Helen Thomas, 22, of 102 Clark road Lowell; James Laganas, 102 Clark road, Lowell; Willard Park, Hardware avenue, Littleton; Jonathan Winn, 25, of 12 Watson avenue, Lowell; 2. Mae Simmons, 31, of. 12 Watson avenue, Lowell, and Erbane Everett, also of Watson avenue. All are colored, police stated, and Winn is a .patient at the Vet- erans' hospital- at. Rutland Heights, Mass. The truck driver, George C. Boyd, of New Hampshire, -also -was treated at the same hospital, and held for.further observation with the rest of the injured. Traffic ,was tied up for nearly two .hours as police and volun- teers worked feverishly to remove the injured from the wreckage which lay scattered over a wide area of roadway. Chelmsford Residents Hurt Four Chelmsford residents were among six persons injured in a tow-car collision in North Acton Sunday afternoon, and were treated at Emerson hospital, Concord, for their injuries. They were: Mrs. M. J. Taylor, 74, of 15 Adams avenue, Chelms- ford, who was the most seriously hurt, receiving' a cut forehead, contusions, abrasions, and pos- sible fractured ribs. Harold B. Corson, his wife, Blanche; their Harold B. Corson, Jr., rid- ing with Mrs. Taylor in Cofson's car' sustained numerous lacera- tions about the head and face in addition to numerous abrasions. Robert Richardson of London- derry, N. H., driver -of the sec- ond car involved, and his 'daugn- ter. Betty, 15, also were hurt, he receiving a three inch gash on his forehead, and the girl a fractured arm and lacerated knee. Both suffered from shock. State police said that the Coillxutd on Pngc Thirteen PORTLAND. Ore., June 1 CUP) 'engineers 'ordered all persons except flood-fighters to flee from a. 120-mile area along both sides of the Columbia riv- er today as the flood situation in the Pacific northwest reached the proportions of a national calam- ity. The evacuation order, covered 43 drainage districts and it' was believed that persons would be forced to .leave their homes. No official estimate of the number of persons affected was however. Engineers, headquarters >sald evacuation was well urider. way. It was reported by the engi- neers, however, that Mayor C. C. of Lonjjview, Wash., had decided not to abide by the evac- uation notice since the city was protected, by one of'the sturd- iest dikes in "the flood con- trol system. Water would not rise more than four feet in Long- view at the present, stage if the dike did break, it was reported. .Lieut, Col. D. A: Ellcget-.said evacuation of the districts has been under way on a voluntary basis for several days and that it was '.'largely .in all but a few districts. Homeless Mere, than persons were homeless throughput ..the north- west before the new order was issued. Those included 'the resi- dents of Vanport city which was wiped out Sunday when the :Co- lumbia river smashed a dike. The number of dead in the trag- edy has not been determined. New torrents from the Colum- bia broke through three more big dikes today and swept across a huge area Of North Portland. A score of communities were flooded or threatened on the. Washington and Oregon shores' of the 'river.. It appeared that the entire sys-' tern of levees and dikes'protect- ing lands, along-the lower Co-'. lumbia was in danger of break-' ing, Down. Issues Order Col. O. E.: UJ S. engineer, issued .the mass evacua- tion order at midnight. He said all persons, except actively fighting the flood, must leave districts on both the. Washing, ton and Oregon, banks of the Columbia from its1 confluence with the Sandy river to-'its mouth at Astoria.' Shartly after'Walsh issued his order the three dikes collapsed here and a fourth devastated Vanport City. The new breaks let a wall of .water pour into a residential district of .homes and over the Port- land -Meadows' face track, the Portland Amphitheater, and sev- eral auto courts. Flee A hundred volunteers dropped their sandbags and fled when] THE LOWELLr 6 o'clock BBd COUNTY TODAY'S INDEX Amusements 15 22 Classified. IS, 20, 21 22, 23 Uavld Uwrcnco.... 6 Lookout Deaths Dr. Hurlock Editorials Have You Heard. 16 Snorts 3 Poter Edson .6 Programs... 9 K is, 19 Women's News. IB, 17 County News Today on Pages and 12 Associated Press International News .COMPLETE Press Press 70th Year No. 128 Lowell Mass. Tuesday June I 1948 24 Pages 4 Cents Capsizes Off ,Va. Men Were on Way Back to Task Force ;NOEFOLK, Va., June 1 Twenty-two Marines -and 13 Navy in Hampton Jast night when a Navy launch swamped in choppy waters .while, returning 90 men to their'ship morial day liberty. Rear Admiral C. F. Sprague, commander of a 12 ship task force whose sailing for. the Mediterranean was delayed by the tragedy, is- f sued statement to news- men at. m. today from his the aircraft car- Kearsai-ge: "Preliminary report of loss of life or missing, personnel may be placed at 22, nine Marines and 13 Navy. "Report considered accur- ate and includes best estimate of possible stragglers" (men absent over now in The 50-foot open launch was swamped in a and rain storm at S.45 p. m. as it was" returning a liberty party to the Kearsarge, an- chored two .miles off the Norfolk Naval station. The attached to the carrier, was swamped when only 200 yards off the Kearsarge's port beam.- YANPORT-TMS the AR'WIREPHOTO.' Ore.. On Trans-Jordan Capital Raids May Have Blasted; Hope for UN Encircling Tel Aviv Jewish Airmen Drop Bombs C. Qu66l1cH1 Dies at Home, Aged 68 Years the Denver avenue dike gavs way near the lake that had been Van- port City. United Press Correspondent William who was on'the dike when it collapsed, .said en- tire housing .units from the Van- Port wreckage were picked up jy the new'current and carried through the 100-foot break. Shortly afterward, the river- front dike at the foot of .Inter- state .bridge, across' the Colum- bia river from Vancouver, Wash., gave way. That let another mud-, dy stream pour out over the low- lands. 24 Known Dead By Max Boyd CAIRO, June 1 airmen'bombed Amman, Trans- Jordan, a few hours before Arab league .leaders met there today on- a cease fire proposal for the Palestine war. Dispatches from King Ab- dullah's little. capital across the Jordan from Palestine said the bombing aroused bitterness. Ob- servers there said the raids may have blasted away 'the' faint hope a' United Nation? truce. The attack came as the Arab allies reported their troops and armor massing on a 40-mile front' in an effort to throw a noose around Tel Aviv, the heart of Israel. There were 24 known dead RAF Hit in the entire north west and damage was estimated at The Willamette river moved up on the city's seawall to a flood stage of 29.5 feet, covering in- dustrial plants and entirely. sur- rounding the Portland' Union sta- tion. At Vancouver, Wash., the Co- lumbia headed toward a crest of 31 feet. The interstate bridge from Portland to Vancouver was declared unsafe. Flood waters swirled through low-lying areas at a rate authorities described as alarming. In Washington, floodwaters The British 'announced Haifa that an RAF. field Amman also was-struck, officials in Trans-Jordan m near Arab said six Arab civilians, including two children, were killed. The Brit- irh put the total dead at 12', and the wounded at 30. in Amman said only one plane was 'sighted in each of four runs over Amman, the last just at dawn. They.' said about 10 bombs, some of .them incendiaries, were dropped, but that the only prop- erty damage was to a building housing a worker's family. The British said several grounded' air- craft at the field were damaged. Tel Aviv has been the target from the Lewis river washed Egyptian attacks from the through woodland and forced the city's residents to evacuate. Another persons moved out of Kalama, five miles northward, when the Kalama river flooded the city. Two thousand persons were evacuated from south Kelso when the Coweeman river threat- ened Kelso proper and- poured into southern residential districts. Premier Byron Johnson de- clared a state of emergency in British Columbia and authorized the army "to take all measures to stem floods in the Fraser river valley. Water spread 30 miles across the. valley. air virtually every day since May 16. One such attack wrecked a bus terminal with a heavy loss of life. Little Hope Indications in Cairo had been t'.iat the Arabs' would accept a four-week truce 'plan of the se- curity cpuncil only on condition the Jews would- repudiate their new state' of Israel. The Jews 'have given every indication they would resist such a demand. While the political leaders talked, there -was no sign of a let- up in the fighting. Official word from both sides indicated a ma- jor battle is brewing along a winding 40-mile front from Jeru- salem riorthwe'st to Tulkarm, an inland city in Arab territory, equidistant from Haifa and- Tel Aviv. Former Supt. of Welfare Dept. Widely Known Make Last Minute Effort to Halt Threatened Bus Strike Union, Officials Confer in Boston; Report Drivers Would Settle for Weekly Store Hours Changed for Today, Tomorrow LOWELL The retail stores throughout the city will be open tonight until S.30 o'clock. Also, because of the holiday, Wednesday will be a full day among the mer- chants, -with doors open all day until 5.30 p. m. transportation in this area will come to a lull stop here tomorrow unless' la'st minute union-management con- ferences in. Boston today avert C. Queenan, j the- walkout -voted. Sunday by a 'superintendent of the city's wel-! majority 2100 union mem- fare department'for :many years.bers in eastern Massachusetts, prior to his retirement severaljBus drivers will complete their months ago and a fomcr tun today, but will sus- ber of the school committee, died! operations at the begin- today at his home, 36 Litchfield I nine of the' day's runs, tomorrow Terrace, in the Acre. He was at.5 o'clock. Jury Deliberates Accident Suit suit which arose from ari auto accident in East Chelmsford 'nearly three years ago was being- deliberated, by a jury in superior civil court here today after both sides had completed the presentation of testimony in the case. Defendant in the action is Har- old R. Colwell of who is being susd' by Dorothy V. and Edward M. Reid, both of Bellin'gha.n, for and Dor- othy E. and Alex G. Trumbull, both of Lowell, in two separate actions.' The Trumbulls are seeking damages of S5000 for personal injuries allegedly suf- fcred in the accident involving the Reid and Colwell machines at the intersection of Brick Kiln road and Carlisle street, East Chelmsford, on Oct. '22, 1955. Dorothy Reid is suing to recover for property damage to her car and Edward Reid for personal in- juries allegedly suffered. He was appointed superintend- ent of the welfare department in 1934 during the administration of former Mayor James J. Bruin. Prior to that, he had' been asso- ciated in the men's clothing bus- iness in Lowell for many years. Stricken Late Last Year He was -stricken The strike will virtually para- lyze commuter traffic between Lowell and surrounding towns, as well as intra-city service in the Greater-Boston' area. Want 40-Hour Week As a result of the strike vote, and management officials went into an ,11th- hour confer- seriously ffijence -m Bostofi geeki j [late last year and submitted thc differences existing resignation as welfare supenn- tendent in February of this year. He was. born in Lowell, July 23, 1S79, the son of the Jate Owen and' Maria (Higgins) Queenan. He received his education in Lowell schools and entered the clothing business as a salesman. He worked for many years as a salesman for the Merrimack Clothing Co. in the old Associate Hall building in Merrimack street. He was elected to the school TJ. S. TEEASURY WASHINGTON, June 1 (AP) condition .of the treasury May 27; Balance, between the two .factions. The Mobile fflood Unit Here Tomorrow LOWELL Mobile Blood'-Unit 'of the Red Cross is at Liberty hall, Lowell Memorial--Auditorium, today from 1 to 7 p. .m.r and Thursday from 10. 'a., m. to ,4 p.' !m. More .donors-'are needed city is to fill its'quota.. Registra- tion is being .taken by the Red Cross and donors -are asked to call 6349 or 2-2SOL Governor Approves iation (Special-'to The -Sun) STATE HOUSE, Robert F. Bradford to- day approved legislation permit- ting the city of Lowell to ap- propriate not in excess of 51000 for its newly-formed labor-man- T agement citizens committee. The drivers. In-connection-with this, measure was passed by the legis- the company offered a five-cent- lature last week. It was spon- an-hour. increase-but .this offer sored by Senator William C. Union'when Geary of Lowell and Senator it voted .to strike. strike looms over ential, and stems ion's recent a three.to one favor of adop- tion of the 40-hour week. Pres- ently the drivers and mechanics work a 48-hour week at a base rate of 51.35 an .hour. This amount, is increased to an aver- age Sl.39% cents an hour by the 15-minute-additional pay drivers receive for warming up their The. company points out 'that the bringing -the- base pay to 51.40 an hour, places the drivers in this area almost at the top of .the heap nationally in rate of pay! 'Union officials, how- ever, are concerned with increas- ing the take-h'ome pays of Its members to somewhere near the amount under'the-48-hour week. Although the union has been reported as seeking pay increases ranging from 15 to 30 cents an hour] and the company is re- portedly adamant that its five cent offer the' best opin ion indicates that the drivers would settle ior'a-pay increase that would net them S60 weekly on a 40-hour week basis. This would represent.an .increase- of George J.. Evans of Walcefield. 1 approximately 10 cents an hour. tne un-l The companVi claims that anything over the Jive cent figure would 'force it 'to operate in 'the red or' increase fares. committee in 1904 and served for', buses .prior'to the.daily run. On two years through 1906: He 48-hour week, as a result, the served briefly as city messenger during the administration of the late Mayor John F. Meehan in 1910. He was a member Knights of Columbus, of the thc St. drivers -receive- weekly.- Would Mean Cut' Adoption of the '40-hour week, without an increase in 'pay, would effect a, pay cut of ap-' proximately weekly for thc Lawrence Tribune G.oes .Up to, Lawrence Tribune has 1 gone up to five cents.a copy, beginning with tonight's' issue. .The former price was fo'u'r'c'eh'ts.'1........... Vincent de Paul Society of St. Patrick's church and the Holy Name society of that church. He was also a director of the] B. F Butler Co-operative bank. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle (McCarthy) Queenan; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph L. Me- Elholm; a sister, Vera J. Qiiee- na'n, all of this city; a brother, James Quehnan of Washington, D. C., and many cousins. Frank Connors, Chef Call Mr. Peartetein at TOPSY'S at Maiden, Mass. Maiden 2-5135. Associated City Employees SPECIAL MEETING On Salary Schedule TUESDAY. AT 8 MEMORIAL HALL Library Bldg. LATE NEWS BULLETIN WASHINGTON, June 1 L. Lewis ..argued today that he is not required to bargain with ,the arbitrary" Southern Coal Producers associa- tion. -WEATHER Cloudy Tonight; Clearing Wednesday. See Full Report, Page. 13. STORES OPEN TONIGHT 'Ttt 8.30 WEDNESDAY All DAT j You'll need the above In- I formation to guide you on I'your shopping: tour tonight I and tomorrow.. Ifs a change from the customary shop- I plngr hours because of the holiday. -I You'll also need the ad-inform- I atlon. In tonight's SUN to I (tuide you toward '-'the best' buys In Check every I ;SHQP THE SUN FOE TUESDAY NIGHT AND I ALL DAY WEDNESDAY I SHOPPER'S SPECIALS. I
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