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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 28, 1962, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron YEAR, NO. 345 ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 28, FOURTEEN flM3s 8988961 OT 8VX31 SWIVd 3AV 3103 9908 Xa 03 Auociattd Prat Damage at Haskell Nearly Million Storm Wrecks School, Houses 'GETS EXTRA ROOF This home on N. 1st St. near Ave. I in Haskell gets an extra roof, blown from a service station adjoining the home, as a result of Satur- day night's tornadic winds. (Staff Photos) I By GEORGE NEAR and CLYDE FOSTER Reporter-News Staff Writers HASKELL Haskell began cleaning up Sunday after a violent storm, which witnesses described as an extremely high wind with at least three tornado funnels dipping down in an erratic pattern. Business houses and warehouses skirting the down- town business area, the South Ward Elementary School and at least seven houses in the northwest section of Haskell were demolished by the storm. Damage estimates, still incomplete, ranged from million to million. Officials pointed out that in some cases damage will not be fully known until carpenters can check roofs and framework of some of the buildings in the storm zone which do not appear t heavily damaged. The only injury reported was to Jimmy Barrett, who received a cut on his head which required three stitches when he was hi by a hailstone. Hail the size 01 softballs some said saucers- was reported during the storm. Residents of Haskell said addi- tional injuries were averted b> police and volunteer firemen rac ing through the entire city with sirens screaming to warn of the approaching storm. One fireman was reported to have continued his mission even after from damaged buildings debris began flying through the air near his auto. School Superintendent Boh King estimated damage to the elemen- tary school at Two wings of the brick and steel building housing the third through sixth grades were demolished. The caf- etorium, library and offices sur- vived the storm, but there was heavy damage to the kitchen. King said the school was built in 1950 at a cost of and n nn that about in new equip- HOME DEMOLISHED This home, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Lytle, ment has been added recently. was one of a dozen or more completely destroyed in Saturday night's tornado. He estimated replacement cost at The school is completely covered by replacement insur- ance, he said. The H. C. Machine and Pump Co. at the edge of downtown Has- kell, was virtually demolished. H. C. Morrow, partner in the firm, said damage will run about 000, not counting damage to some expensive machine equipment and his extensive inventory. He said it will be impossible to de- termine the amount of damage to the eqaipment until the debris is cleared. "If we don't get any rain before We can get the area cleared we PAGE ONE By KatharynDutt .Friday and Saturday nights were "tornado nights" such as come along this time of year in "tornado that stretch of country from Texas up through the Midwest. During those few hectic hours these facts were demonstrated: 1. A tornado is a senseless killer, a maniac that picks an erratic path of death and de- struction. 2. The responsibility for alert- ing the public to danger rests heavily on C. E. Sitchler Co., the Weather Bureau and 'the weathermen perform a tremend- ous two-fold service hunting ftorms arid warning of them. 3. Panicky people, drunk or sober, who grab the telephone and call the Weather Bureau during a storm alert interrupt all-important business, menace the rest of us thereby, and learn no more than they can get from the westher bulletins on radio TV. One part of the Weather Bu- reau's storm job, warning of danger, is simple. Mass warn- ings are given. (Civil defense are supposed to wake a deeping public.) There's a mike on a table Mar the Weather Bureau radar screen and above it a switch that cuts into local radio and TV. (The stations do get 30 sec- onds prior notice of a bulletin so, they can squeeze in a you- know-what.) -Weathermen aren't hesitant about flipping that switch and they don't hold back informa- tion. Ite other part of the job, as- femMInf Information, it i I'M! was the weath- on duty Friday when the flflt cell begm developing north He sounded the t came Sitchler buck In- Out HiHwar Patrol cars to see what they could see. Telephones jangled the pri- vate lines used in the weather watch, the public lines with many unnecessary queries and a few legitimate reports. Information from radar, from weather instruments, from the Weather Bureau teletype net- work was correlated. The sweeping radar needle re- vealed a "hook" on a cloud. More bulletins on radio-TV. More phone calls. Conversation got crisp. "Big one developing to the Sitchler and Teal hov- ered over the radar and studied a wall map, slapping it with in- struments as they calculated lo- cation and movement, "Fuzzy edges! Boy, it's got liail! There's another Back on radio-TV. "Ask' the Highway Patrol to go .They're all up north? Than, call the sheriff's depart- ment to check west of Brad- shaw." "What do you hear from Ham- lin? Call the Reporter-News and see what they've heard." Back to the teletype. Check all the instruments. Tell Brown- wood and Coleman to just en- ioy the lightning. "That blasted telephone! Tell .he joker to turn on his radio jnd we'll tell him all we know." Check the weather-watchers. And the radar constantly. "Is it lightning much around And Sitchler goes outside again In scan the sky. "Still nothing like the old eye- ball'.'1 Then radar begins to tell good news for the Abilene area. Cell .0 north out in the "big pns- ure" in Throckmorton County. ,'ell to south in open country, ibilcne can go to sleep. Sitchler ind Teal are watching now for other towns, watching as long the radur tilts for Air Force Plane Said Missing DOVER, Del. (AP) The Air Force reported Sunday night that a C133 cargo plane has been offi- cially listed as missing on a flight from Dover Air Force Base to La- jes in the Azores. An Air Force spokesman said the plane had taken off from Do- ver at a.m. EST Sunday and was last heard from about 50 miles east of Dover. The information office at Dover said the plane, commanded by 1st Lt. James Higgins of Dover, was due at Lajes at p.m. EST but a search had been underway since shortly before noon. The search was launched, the Air Force said, when the plane failed to make a compulsory ra- dio report about 150 miles east of Dover. WEATHER 11. S. I1F.PARTMENT OF COMMERCE BUREAU (Weather map, pace 2-A> ABILENE AND VICINITY (radluj 40 tiles) Partly cloudy and continued Monday anit Tuesday. High both ays 95. low Monday around 70. SOUTH CENTUM. TEXAS: Partly loudy ard warn, Monday and Tuesday itth widely trallcrcd thundershoweri orth. HiKh Monday M-100. SOUTHWEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy with no Important temperature thances Monday and Tuesday. Widely scattered ftertloon and nlintlimg thundefthomn. HIBh Monday M-loo. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly loilriy and warm Monday and TurAdny. 'Ulely scattered late afternoon and night. me thunderstorms northwest. HWh ay In the NORTHWEST TEXAS: Clear to partly luudy. Widely scattered late afternoon nd nighttime thundershowcrs mostly orlh. Hllh Monday "5 northwest to SJ Jouth. TKMrEHATOEfl a.m. tanrtay p.m. Picture Page 5-A by a number of Haskell residents One witness said pressure drop- ped so low as the storm passed that "it took three men to hold a cellar door closed." The tornadoes had no definite pattern as they ripped through the town. Debris in the business district was generally thrown to the east while that in the resi- dential area mostly was thrown in the opposite direction. King said construction work on a new elementary school will be started as soon as practical but hat it probably will be mid-sum- mer before details of the con- struction can be completed. "ft seems that we should get right to work on the building but there are such things as drawing >lans and specifications, advertis- ng for bids and other details vhich must be worked out before we can get started on the actual he said. BIG JOB AHEAD Superintendent Bob King of Haskell school system stands iH He said 14 classrooms in the debris covering the floor of the hall in the South Ward Elementary School area demolished were being used which was virtually demolished by Satu rday night's tornadic winds. King esti- until classes dismissed Thursday, mated damage to the structure at at today's replacement costs. There are 350 students enrolled at the school. King estimated that about four classrooms could be obtained in ,he Junior Senior High School juilding, that kindergarten could je delayed to provide one other room but that "we will probably lave to ask some room the for churches for classes when probably can save equipment, but a lot of the heavy rain ti I'M H Ml W M I; 00 77 79 H2 Kith lot n-lwun B.: m and lih and low date last TV would ruin a lot of he said. Morrow estimated his insurance coverage at about one fourth of the value. An estimated 150 homes, most- ly in the northwest section, were damaged with a score or described as total losses. Mrs. Grace McKelvin, one of the residents whose home was de- stroyed, said about every other nouse in her neighborhood icavily damaged. Rent homes in Haskell were at a premium by noon Monday as residents sought -places to move .heir furniture and establish a residence until their homes could >e repaired or replaced. A number of warehouses along he railroad tracks through the :own were demolished by the storm and others were heavily damaged. Twenty million bushels of grain owned by the Haskell warehouse were left unprotected vhen a warehouse was dembl- shed. Fire Chief Tom Watson said he saw "at least three definite tor- nado funnels" during the height of the storm. Jack Medford, who lives in the residential area hardest hit by the storm, said most of the resi- dents found safety in a number of storm cellars in the area most of them crowded to capae ity. A storm cellar owned by Ed Jeter housed about 20 persons and one owned by Woodrow housed another IS persons, Med- ford said. Clarence Mier, who was clear- ing debris from what was former- ly his comfortable frame homo, said he and his family went to shelter when they heard the si- rens and did not know their house had been hit until after the norm hud school begins." W. 0. Holden, a member of the laskell school board, reported Sunday night that the board met t 3 p.m. Sunday to get the ball oiling toward construction of a ew building to replace the one ibmolished by the tornado. Holden said that the board agreed to contact an architect to draw up plans for a new building. The storm left some of the typ- ical almost unbelievable results from such a storm. A board was blown completely through one res- idence, scraps of roofing were blown between the tire and wheel on a parked trailer and there were cases of lamps and vases undamaged in virtually demolish ed homes. Haskell was without telephone service Sunday morning, but F A. P.cbinett of General Telephone Co. reported that long distant lines to Haskell were working at 5 p.m. nobinett said that long distance lines to Rule, Aspermont, Roch- ester, Knox City and Weinert See STORM, Pg. 4-A, Col. 3 Man Injured At Haskell Bill Moore, 25, a West Texas Utilities Co. lineman, was injured Sunday while replacing lines blown down by a tornado in Has- kel! Saturday night. Moore, of 25411 S. 25th St., was injured as he was assisting in raising a pole and ;rossarm. The pole slipped and the crossarm struck him in the back, WTU of- ficials said. He was taken to Haskell County Hospital by Holden ambulance, and after receiving emergency [reatment, was transferred to Hcndrlck Memorial Hospital In Abilene. Attendants Hendrick Hospital reported that Moore suffered trokm foot hi the but wen MMKfered Hi Hon Sunday Carpenter Ready to Try Two-Weeks Orbit Flight CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Scott Carpenter, the latest addition to the nation's ros- .er of space explorers, said Sunday nis round the world journey through space was "as easy as a bus ride." "I am ready to go for a two weeks' he said. He rejected any idea that he was tired or confused on the third orbit. But he acknowledged he was preoccupied with the many tasks he had to perform and the sights he saw. "There's so much to Car- penter said at a news conference carried nationally on television Related photo, Pg. 3-A and radio. "Everything you see is so awful." The lean, crew-cut naval officer apologized for the thrilling end of the mission last Thursday when he vanished for 41 minutes and NEWS INDEX SECTION A Amusements 4 Sports S-7 Comics 9 Editorials 10 Radio-TV lags.......... 13 TV Scout..............13 11 Persons Injured In Panhandle Storm By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A tornado injured at least I] persons Sunday in the northeast Panhandle of Texas as twisters violent storms and destructive winds hit the state for the third straight day. The tornado dipped into a farm- ing area 15 miles south of Perry- ion. Among the injured were four jersons whose automobile was >icked up by the twister. Officers said most of the in- iries appeared to be minor. There wprc no reports of fatali- es. Half a dozen farm homes were damaged and utility lines snap- ied by the twister in an area scv- miles long in Ochiltrce bounty. Torrential downpours hit Perry-j on and Gruvcr during the after- noon. High winds and golf ball hail broke windows and strip- ped trees at Gruver. It was feared that the and aim damaged ripcnlM wheat In the area. wide sector of West Texas Sunday afternoon was later revised to in- clude only the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. Maximum readings Sunday aft- ernoon ranged from 85 degrees at Galveston to 104 at Presidio. Let Us Save LITTLE ORPHAN Mm Kwp up oiiri rhnt hopptnffl you war? qway on vocotmn1 Wt'H cHoiMv your for you, nMtty f otkoflj iViem in plajnn wn> rtlvm. Thn'i nt was found floating on a small life raft in the Atlantic Ocean. But he said he could not explain what caused the Aurora 7 space- craft to overshoot its target land- ing area by 250 miles. Perhaps it was the attitude of the spacecraft when the retrorockets were fired, or the power with which thejp slammed on the capsule's brakes, "I don't know why it was he said. "But we will find out.'', The favorite son of Boulder, Colo., said he was extremely busy as his epic flight neared its end. Hands clasped before him, oc- casionally tapping his forehead svith a pencil, Carpenter told a large group of newsmen in a tent near the site where his space voy. age began: "I understand the re- port came from Hawaii that I was a tired and confused astronaut during the third orbit. If my opin- ion is worth anything to you, I would say this was not true. I was preoccupied. "On the third oi'oit, siiuth.of Ha- waii, there were six things go; on at one time." Carpenter said he was trying I get ready for the retrorocket fir- ins sequence. He was looking for the fireflies which astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. had reported during his orbital flight last Feb. 20. was checking the Aurora 7's at- position in which It was soaring through space. And he was trying to photograph UM sunrise. The report that he may navt been tired, or jxmibiy cuafwari, ewne from an official Carpenter said, in to that he dktat taw wMJwr rrtrorertrts Mf bring the f tHl But he 4 not kk-k in lite .Mm Glenn taM m fiftw   

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