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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 3, 1974, Abilene, Texas Mobile Homes Destroyed by Twisters By JERRY REED RpporitMr-News Staff Writer A Tye woman wu*< hospital-i7ed and several building in Tye and Hawley were either battered or flattened by tornadic winds early Saturday morning. Mrs. Terry Corbett was in satisfactory condition Saturday night in Dyess AFB Hospital with a back injury. Ile** husband suffered minor cuts after both were flung from their mobile home about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The Corbett s home was crumbled by the brute-foue winds and scattered as debris over a wide area north and e,t>t of its foundation in the K Bar M Mobile Home Park rn the northeast sector of Tye. THE NEXT two mobile I louies U the north in the same row with the Corbeit residence also were struck by the storm and are considered total losses, although they did not disintegrate. The mobile home occupied by Mr. and Mrs. William Farrar, who were in Lubbock at the time, flipped off its base onto its side into the third mobile home, bending its frame. The third mobile home was occupied by Mr. and Mi’s. John Sample and their two small daughters. Sample said he and his wife w ere watching television when the mobile home next door crunched into their house. He said he grabbed the two small girls and threw them to the floor for protection “quicker than I can say this.” ALTHONGH ONLY model ate damage was done to the sample'home's interior, the building itself ha* to be considered a total loss since tile frame is damaged beyond repair, Sample said. A tornado or tornadoes also did extensive damage in Hawley. An unoccupied mobile home and furnishings owned by a See TYE. (ti. * Back page this section 'Indescribable' Noise Wasn't Familiar to Some By JERRY REED Reporter-News staff Writer The high winds that roared through Tye and Hawley early Saturday were no! unfamiliar to everyone involved. Sgt. John Sample of Dyess AFB and a Kansas native, claimed to be a veteran of close contact with swilling winds. Sample and his wife were watching television early Saturday when the house next door dropped over, bending in lh** walls to the rear of their mobile home in the K Bar M Park in 'rye. Sample said he flicked off the tube and grabbed his two daughters, shoving them to the floor for protection. THEIR NEIGHBORS, the Watching the wheel Interested visitors to the arts and crafts sale at the Abilene Civic Center Saturday watch James Sanders of Marshall fashion a vase on a pottery wheel. Sander’s booth is one of 99 exhibits at the event including hanging lamps, western art, handmade Christmas ornaments. handcrafted knives and precious stones. The sale will also be open Sunday from ll a m. to 6 p.m. tSWll Photo by Jonny Cates) \\ iUiam Farrars, were in Lubbock. and were unable to pay a call w hen their house came knocking. Mr. and Mrs. Don Tatum of Hawley were jerked out of a sound sleep. They had neither heard nor seen a previous Hawley tornado in the same block where they still live, and neither was immediately sure what was happening. Mrs. Tatum said she “heard metal grinding and I thought of a wreck.” Actually, it was her mother's mobile home being twisted to scrap metal and kindling. Her mother. Mrs. Odell Owens, lives in Fort Worth and the mobile home was unoccupied. A bolt of lightning then illuminated the scene, and Mrs. Tatum remembers thinking, “Well, it (the tornado) got the trailer.” She also said she looked into the sky in the north and saw a funnel cloud, although she could not be sure it was the same one that wracked the trailer home. Tatum said the noise that awoke him was ‘lndescrioa-ble ” The tornado skipped north-v ard through the western half of Hawley, pulling out electrical wiring at the E. R. Yinson home and then uprooting many medium-sized trees besee TWISTER, Col. 4 Back page this section More Rains Predicted For Abilene, Area Today Sunday may not be a day for picnics. Rains were expected to hit Abilene early Sunday morning as thunderstorms were reported in Stonewall County about IO p.m. Saturday night, traveling east, forecasters said. The rains are leftovers from Saturday night's severe thunderstorms in West Texas. Thunderstorms developed along a cold front stretching from 35 miles northeast of Lubbock to out 75 miles southward Saturday evening. Severe thunderstorm and tornado watches were in effect in several area counties until 2 a.m. Sunday, including Fisher, Howard, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Stonewall, Haskell. Jones and Knox, forecasters said. A trace of rain was reported in Abilene Saturday bringing the year’s total to 30.56 inches. Normal rainfall for Abilene is 21.41 inches. Traces of rain were also reported in Hawley, Tuscola and Winters Saturday. Meanwhile, to the northwest near Lubbock, funnel clouds were reported around the Hub City. A possible tornado was indi cated by radar nine miles northeast of the Lubbock airport at 9:09 p.m., moving toward the northeast at 25 miles per hour. A tornado watch was issued for Hale, Floyd, and Crosby counties. A funnel cloud also was sighted east of Meadows, about 40 miles southwest of Lubbock, and golf ball sized See FUNNELS. Col. 7 Back page this section Inside Today A Steam Powered Car??? The Rev. M. L. Bradford believes the steam-powered automobile is going to make a comeback. Pg 21 A. Normal children take things such as dressing, playing and eating for granted, but the mentally retarded learn by interminable repetition. Pg. 12A. Any story of organized bridge in the Abilene area would tend to be a biography of Mrs. Mabel D. Lilius, probably the first certified bridge teacher in Texas. Pg. 21 A. Abilene {vents Calender 4B Amusements 1-4B Austin Notebook SA Berry's World 4A Books ........... 12, 13D Bridge ............ 18A Business News 24A Classified ..... 8-14C Crossword Puzzle 18A Editorials . . 4A Form News 15, 16C Heartlina 18A Horoscope 19A Hospital Patients 13A Jumble Puzzle 18A Markets 22.24A Obituaries 10A Oil ............. ... 16C Recordings 3B Setting the Scene 4B Sports . 1-7C Texas 20A This Week In West Te xas 2B Today In History 20 A To Your Good Health 26A TV Tab I.Ut Women's News 2- IID. 140 Election Outlook Rosy for Demos Bv CARL P. LEUBSDORF AP Political Writer WASHINGTON (AP* -Democrats appealed headed for substantial increases in the Senate. House and governorships in Tuesday s elections as President Ford campaigned Saturday to head off a Republican disaster. The President s efforts came as the final pre-election Associated Press survey indicated Democratic majorities could come close to the two-thirds mark in both houses of Congress; and the part} s total of governorships was expected to approach or match the 1936 record of 39. With the COP ahead} beset by the effects of Watergate and the economy, Fold received a final pre-election dose of bad economic news Friday when the unemploy -rnent rate swelled to six lier cent for the inst time in three years. The President declared, however, in Portland, Ore., Friday night he won t take the “easy route” of expanded federal spending to spur the economy; then he sounded off against the power of the federal bureaucracy as he barnstormed Saturday in three states where GGP Senate losses are threatened — Utah, Colorado arid Kansas. In Utah and Kansas, the contests are considered espe-cially close although recent polls in Hah have shown Democratic gains. On Friday, Ford v isited ailing former President Nixon, whose lapse into critical condition Tuesday produced pre cate Democratic fears of a sympathy wave that might increase the Republ.can turnout Tuesday. The economy, however, was expected to be the main topic of debate before the election. Perhaps the most specific promise of the entire campaign came from Missoun Republican Thomas B. Curtis. who pledged ‘if elected to the U.S. Senate, I promise to end inflation.” Though most campaign attention has been centered in the states, the two major party chairmen made national appeals in a pair of ftve*nuriute television appearances Thurs* da\ night. Democrat Robert S. Strauss alluded to Watergate by de daring recent events showed “the quality of people we elect to public office makes a difference.’’ He urged voters to elect ’’good people” on Tuesday. Republican Mary Louise Smith warned that Democratic gams could produce a “veto-proof Congress” and addnl, “instead of a veto proof Congress, we t'eid ar mflation-proof Congress.” Ford has contended in his A state travels that predicted Democratic gains would make Congress into a “legislative dictatorship that would threaten his foreign and anil-inflation programs. Democrats have responded that heavy majorities in the last two veals of the late Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency were unable to muster the two-thirds votes needed to oveiTide most of his vetoes. “ there is no such thing a* a veto-proof Congress,” declared House Speaker Carl Albert. In many states. Republicans hope Ford's visits and their las!-week media campaigns can offset the apathy evident in GOP primaries all year. Democrats, hoping Ut lav the basis Tuesday for a successful 1976 campaign to recapture the White House, expect to elect governors sn nine of the IO most populous states That would place 85 per cent of the nation's people under Democratic state executives next year. Although 145 million Amen-cans are eligible to vote, the turnout is expected to be low, probably below the 43 per r ent who cast ballots in th** na Dons last nnd-teim election in 1970 In several stales, the size ami makeup cf the turnout could be deceive with some See ECONOMY. Col. ?, Back page this section ACC 33 HPU 17 Texas A&M 20 Texas 35 use 15 Florida 25 Oklahoma 28 Angelo St. 21 Sam-Houston 7 Arkansas IO SMU IS Cal 15 Auburn 14 Iowa St. IO McMurry 27 Texas A&l 51 Rice 21 Houston 31 North Texas 14 UTEP 31 Baylor 21 Austin 14 Tarleton 7 Texas Tech 7 Georgia 24 San Diego 9 Arizona St. 27 TCU 7 Stories in Sports, Section C title KMene 3Rejporter-Tieui<3"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron MTH YEAR. NO. 138 PHONE 673-4271    ABILENE,    TEX.,    79604,    SUNDAY    MORNING,    .    ~    1974—EIGHTY-FOUR PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS__25c    SUNDAY    Associated    Presa    (,PjAfter the tornadoesIn Hawley ...    ...    in    Tye Don Tatum of Haw lev and Bob McCoy of Ahi    next door to Tatum s house. The home, belonging to    This mobile home foundation was smashed tornado disintegrated one home and toppled the other, lene inspect the damage of the mobile home Tatum's mother, was unoccupied.    Saturday morning by the teriilie winds. The    (Staff Photos by John Best) r ;