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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1970, Abilene, Texas Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron OOTH YEAR, NO. 329 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE', TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 13, FORTY-TWO PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Prew lOc SUNDAY Lubbock Looks Like Bombed Wartime City By MIKE COCHHAN Associated Press Writer I.UBBOCK, Tex. cue workers and relief agencies pressed a search for more dead and injured in the nibble o[ tornado-scarred sections of this West Texas cily today as offi- cials sought methods to rebuild an estimated million in damages. A 20-slory orfice building, racked by (lie storm, tottered in .the incessant winds of the plains country. Another office building stood stark and dead, bereft of siding and windows. Everywhere there was rubble and ruins, like a bombed out city in wartime. There were Other Pholos, Pp. 5A, 13A, 2B thousands of esti- mated whose up to 750 dwellings were dreds of injured, estimated as high as 500 and at least 20 dead, the death list expected to rise as the search in the debris con- tinues. Texas officialdom descended on the city en masse in an ef- fort to ascertain the needs and to help in every way govern- ment is able. The Ited Cross sent massive supplies. The Texas Department of Public Safety's various agen- Low Tornado Toll Surprises Many By MIKE COCHHAN and TOM DcCOLA Associated Press Writers LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) May II, 1970. Jjst another date until after p.m., when an ugly black tornado turned this South Plains city of into a stunned shambles. Although it's loratcd within Non-Violent Type Rains Soak Area Non-violent thunderstorms ac- companied by high winds at times drenched Abilene and the Big Country early Wednesday morning. Abilene soaked up a 1.01-inch of rain to shoot the yearly total to 7.86, nearly a half inch more than the normal, 7.38.. Winds in Abilene blustered up as high as 42 m.p.h. dining the tliundersloi-m, said Abilene's weather officials. The prediction for Abilene and area is scattered thunderstorms today and lomoiTow with the best chance of getting wet tonight, as the weatherman calls for a 50 per cent chance of rain. Abilene which had been placed under a lomado watch Monday at p.m. until midnight last night is apparently out from under the those conditions, according to the wcalher bureau. Most weather activity is expected to be in the form of thunderstorms. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport .....1.01 Total for Year 7.86 Normal for Year 7.38 1026 Cedar ALBANY ................56 ANSOK BAirtD -50 BALLINGEP. Tt. BRKCKNRIDGE .......18 CLYDE COLEMAN Tr- EASTLAND GORMAN HAMLIN HASKELL ...............82 HAWLEY KNOXCITY .............62 LAWN MERKEL -50 MONDAY -70 PUTNAM ................89 ROBY ...................W ROTAM RULE SNYDER STAMFORD uo SWEETWATKfl .........50 SYLVESTER '-'J TUSCOLA WEINERT WINTERS V Texas' famed tornado alley, Lubbock had escaped killer tor- nadoes until Jlonday night. The twister killed at least 23, but those who saw the havoc wreaked by the deadly funnel marveled at the fact that the loll was so low. The twister started slowly bending three of the brand new high intensity light standards at Texas Tech's Jones Stadium, while skipping over and around student dormitories. It picked up steam and began picking up roofs as it move down 4th street. It ruined businesses showing no preju- dice. Mickey Mantle's Country Cookin' went and so did several small hamburger stands. Churches toppled. And bars and motels. A poor, predominantly Mexi- camAmerican section turned in- to a tomb for some. And others died in the wreckage of homes near the Lubbock Country Club. Utilitarian warehouses were Sec TORNADO, Pg. 6A WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ES5A WEATKEB BUREAU (Weather map, P3- HA) ABILENE AND VICINITY (B-mile radius) Partly croudy ar.tf a chance of scaltered Inundcrslwms Tale Wednesday sllernoon, and Thurs- day. Probability ol rain today, per cent, lonjght, 50 per and Thursday per cnril High lodiy near M, tow near 70. Winds soulhcrly 10-20 m.p.h. High and lo" for 24-hcurs ending al 9 a.m.: 84 and 42. High and fer Ihe same day last 79 and 41. Sunsot lasl night: p.m.; sunrise lotfay: a.m.; junwt tonight: p.m. cies such as the Highway Patrol and Teicas Rangers were in the city in force, more than 100 in all, the DPS said. The big tornado, its winds ris- ing to a crescendo of sound that was almost defeaning, struck -the city of Monday at p.m. and was followed by hurricane force winds clocked al more than 100 miles per hour. The storm struck with its devastating winds in'the Texas Technological University area, but missed the main campus. They virtually leveled two apartment complexes and Ihen made wreckage of the city's bright, modern downtown dis- trict. Hospilals filled quickly with Ihe hundreds of injured. The death list grew and then shrunk when duplications were discov- ered in the general chaos, but was expected to grow as inju- ries proved fatal and more bod- ies were found in the wreckage mile wide and eight miles long. For a lime Monday it ap- peared that the tornado-ruined Great Plains Life building, the city's 20-story pride, would tot- ter and (all. Great cracks and gashes were seen in what re- mained of its facade. A down- town area where il could splat- ter on other buildings and streets was evacuated hurried- ly. But- Ihe swaying building stood -and the evacuation order was rescinded within an hour. Automobiles on downtown .streets were mashed to unrec- ognizable masses of steel by de- bris falling from the downtown skyscrapers. Slivers arid shards of plate glass from shattered show windows and glass facings of Ihe First National Bank building hit the streets like shrapnel. Many of the injured, espe- cially those from the downtown district, were struck by flying glass fragments. Rows of warehouses were twisted, torn masses of sheet iron. Frame homes in the Mexi- can-American section of Guada- lupe "Little Mexico" were shattered by the tornado and then blown away by the hurri- cane-like winds that followed. Debris from homes in an ex- clusive section of Lubbock's fashionable country club were scallered over greens and fair- ways. The Texas Tech campus was virtually untouched but lights at Jones Stadium suffered from the winds. A wall nearby was blown onto students' automo- biles. Gooch Elected To Board at Citizens Robert C. Gooch, vice presi- dent of Gooch Packing Co. Inc. of Abilene, was elected Tuesday to the board of directors of Citizens National Bank. Malcolm M. Meek, CNB chair- man, and Oliver Howard, presi- dent, said they were extremely pleased to have a young person with Goodch's capabilities as a member ot the bank board. Gooch was born in Abilene June 27, 1936, the son of Bert D. (Pete) Gooch and Mrs. LaRue Gooch. He graduated from Wylie High School, where he was active in 4-H and Fulufe Farmers of America. His interest in these subjects was continued at Texas A M University with his work in judging teams, membership in Alpha Zcta, an honorary agricul- tural fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi, another honorary fraternity. He graduated with a B. S. degree in 1J59. Bcsidcs being vice president of Gooch Packing Co., he is a r.'iember of Abilene Industrial Foundation, Industrial Manu- facturing Committee of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Christian Businessmen's Com- WIND'S FORCE EVIDENT The force of the winds during the tornado which struck Monday night at Lubbock can be seen on the, outside wall of. the First National Bank building where ornate marble slabs were literally pulled of.f. This pic- ture was taken by former Abilcnian Leo Lambert, now of Lubbock. NARCOTICS HOSPITAL TOUR Many Discouraged, But All Enlightened on Drug Woes Firs! o[ a scries ROBERT C. GOOCH packing firm VP niittee International, Abilene Zoological Society, Abilene Gun Club, Kine Arts Museum, United Fund and various trade associa- tions. !le and his wife, Janellc, live at 817 Harriam with their daughters Mcrinda, 8, and Chcri, 6. They attend The Bible Center. By LINDA PULUG Young Outjook Editor Several students and local citizens visited the federal nar- cotics hospital in Fort Worth Tuesday searching for answers to an increasing drug problem in Abilene. They didn't learn any answers in fact many were dis- couraged but at least they were more enlightened. Among Uiose attending were four high school students, 10 junior high students, and repre- sentatives of the school board, school system, Committee on Drug Education, Dycss Air Force Base, P-TA, and Menial Health Assn. THE HOSPITAL, United Stales Public Health Service Hospital, houses 394 patients, 300 of them heroin addicts. A sislcr hospital In Lexington houses 500 women patients. Built 30 years ago as a federal prison, the hospital has a net- work of musty underground tunnels and heavy iron doors. Patients are committed tn I he hospital by a federal court for six months and then released. As one doctor pointed out, it has been discovered that patients are being discharged at the peak of their drug desire: 95 per cent of those released go back on drugs. At the hospital, Abilenians talked with the administrator, psychiatrist, security officer, a heroin addict, the librarian, and athletic director of the hospital. Stories on these interviews will be published in The Reporter-News in succeeding afternoon editions. THE STAFF would allow m 3 Persons Die In Plane Crash AUSTIN (AP) A San An- tonio couple and their son were identified Tuesday as the three persons killed Monday night when -a single-engine plane crashed in Leo County. The Federal Aviation Author- ity said there were indications that the plane hit a trcetop be- fore plunging Dwayne Dorsey Roll, 44, his wife Ingeborg Roos Roll, 44, and their son Dorsey Lee Roll to their deaths. There were no witnesses and no survivors. NEWS INDEX Amusements 2B Bridge 5B CIcsiified 8-1 IB Comics 7B Ediioriols