Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - August 18, 1959, Long Beach, California
16 DEAD, HEAVIER TOLL FEARED IN YELLOWSTONE AREA QUAKES Shocks Fell Wreck Dam Report 100 to 150 Marooned and :Waving White Flags HELENA, Mont. (At Earthquakes which hit the Northwest from British Co- lumbia to Wyoming Monday night and early today left a mounting death toll over southwestern Montana, where the shocks were so severe a big dam was damaged and a mountainside toppled into a river. Sixteen deaths were re ported. Six deaths were reported to Sheriff Lloyd Brook at Vir- ginia City, by a helicopter pi lot who flew over the scene. The Idaho state police in a radio broadcast said there had been eight deaths. A radio station executive who got into the area said he learned that two people had been cov ered up by a landslide in the Madison River canyon LOCATES Hebgen Dam in Montana that was badly damrfged today after a series of earthquakes shook the Northwest. The dam is just west of Yellowstone National Wirephoto.) He the- be dead the big slide area, orized more might in the debris. There was no way, civil defense headquarters here said, of determining whether there is duplication p the re- ports. Also, they said, (here was no indication that the re- ported victims were all the persons who had been killed. t -THE REPORT of the peo: pie covered by the slide came from Richard D. Smiley, president arid general man- ager of radio station KXXL at Bozeman, Mont., who got into the stricken area as far as the big slide. He said he was told that three boys escaped the; same slide. The helicopter pilot told Sheriff Brooks he had counted the. six bodies during a flight over the scene. Two of the dead were in Cliff Lake area, killed when a. quake sent a cliff hurtling down on them. Another was believed to be in the Wade bike area. The sheriff did not, know where bodies were seen. jPress HOME The Soulhlttnd't Fittest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIE., TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1959 Vol. LXXll-No. 169 PRICE 10 CENTS 34 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 CLASSIFIED HE 2-5S39 EDITION (Six Editions Daily) Gas Tanks Explode, 4 Killed, Scores Hurt KANSAS CITY group of oil storage tanks Became ignited by a filling station fire and exploded today. As many as 100 persons, Kan., joined in efforts to con- most of them firemen, may lave been and Fran- cis Doherty, Kansas City, Kan., fire chief, said four men from the Kansas City, department had been killed. The fire dispatcher in Kan- sas City, Mo., said he could not confirm the fatalities, but added, "We have men in hospitals all over the city, some of them in critical con- dition, and we don't know what may have happened." There were 56 men hospi- tain the blaze. Men from both departments were among the casualties. Maj. 'John Lucas of the Kansas City, Mo., Police De- partment said Chief Edgar Grass was one of a group of eight firement badly burned when the exploding tank sprayed them with burning gasoline. THE BLAST sent flames shooting 200 or more feet into the air and threatened near- by buildings. He had no identification of the victims. THE CHIEF of the Mon- iana Highway Patrol, Alex B Stcphenson, was quoted bj State Civil Defense Director Hugh Potter as reporting.from a1 plane that between 100 ani 150 people appeared to be marooned between damaged Hebgen Dam and the moun- tain slide. Demay Taylor, a flying rancher from Dillon, Mont., said on a trip over the area he saw people on the ground the other talized. Forty more were treated at the fire but were not hurt sufficiently to re- quire hospital care. SEVERAL OF THE injured were in critical condition. Besides those hospitalized, firemen were, treated at where the states waving whiie for. rescue. "They have flags, hoping written SOS (Continued Page A-5, Col. 1) of Missouri and Kansas join. The fire flared in a filling station where two men were Whittier Athletic Star Slain 2 Men Dead, 2 Missing in Desert Flood Cloudburst Traps 200 Motorists on Roads at Needles NEEDLES A desert cloudburst followed by a flash flood struck the Needles area Monday night, washing out roads, rail and' phone lines and sweeping at least two men to their deaths. Two other men are miss- ing, flung across the desert by a towering wall of water, which trapped a six-man Santa Fe Railway work party. Two men are hospitalized. 3 MORE THAN 200 motor- sis were stranded on U. S Highways 66 and 95, badly torn by washouts east anc south of here. Needles is on the Colorado River at the California-Arizona line. A sheriff's rescue posse using horses and jeeps and on foot, is hunting for the miss- ing railroad men. The Santa Fe rerouted its Super Chief over Union Pa- cific Lines to Denver Monday night. Westbound traffic is being rerouted over Santa Fe lines beyond the flooded area. Sheriff's officers said the flood'scaled Needles on three sides, north, south and west.' The rain ended early today as abruptly as it started. u i AUTHORITIES said may take 8 to 12 hours to get to all motorists stranded on flood-torn highways. Most possemen concentrat- ed on the search for. the missing railhands. The men went out by truck during the downpour Monday night, seeking sa reported washout. A few hours later, railroad workers found two of the ifc w; CLINGING JO His fingers clutching a rope to keep his chin and. nose out of suffocating wet sand, Ralph'Longo, 50, laborer'at a sand hopper in Long Island City, N. Y., awaits rescue by shovel and bucket brigade during a 90-minute entrapment Monday. It was a life and death struggle and at times Lorigo was completely buried, but rescuers finally won. Althougb he asked to go back to work Im- mediately, Longo was sent to a hospital and then Wirephoto.) UKIAH Perry Ten crew, George Ashmore, the Eyck, University of Californiajcrew foreman; and Geronimo basketball star 30 years ago, was found bludgeoned to death on a highway on the filling a gasoline truck. California coast it spread four storage tanks exploded. Sev- eral lesser explosions belched out of the mass of flames and smoke. One of the large tanks spewed flaming fuel into a Quake Jolts All Solomon Isles Area HONIARA, Solomon Is- lands severe earth- quake shook the entire square miles area of the Solo- mon Islands today, damaging buildings and homes. No cas- ualties were reported. Chief geologist Charles Grover described the quake as "very bad." He said the heaviest damage appeared to be in the New Georgia group, but stressed that it may be days before detailed reports on'the quake's effect reach hefe. 'Grover said shock waves cdntinued for more than one hour after the iirst shock hit. 'Then we had a 20-minute calm followed by a second severe he reported. Guadalcanal, the famed World War II battleground 300 miles from here, was slinken only lightly by the quake and reported no dam- ago. group of firemen. Several of the men were felled. Most of the dead and in- Monday. Sheriff Reno H. Bartolomie said today Ten Eyck was ap- parently struck from behind by a hitchhiker. The body was dumped beside the highway where it was found fey a truck Rodriguez, the truck driver, wandering near a" road. V ASHMORE WAS in a dazed condition with head and body injuries. The torrent flipped their truck like a toy, Rodriguez said, adding that he last saw to the sides of the vehicle. Police Chief Robert Ford said the rainfall started about "WE HAVE TWO suspects g p m jured were engulfed by a Jin jail in Crescent mushrooming ball of fire' 91 Share Ike to Make Public Pot Steel Strike Facts in Contest Ninety-one winners have claimed in The Press- Telegram's Lucky Numbers game and 11 new lucky So- cial Security numbers are lifted in today's paper. To enter the contest, which is now in its third week, just write or print your name and Soda! Security number on a post card and mail it to The Independent, Press-Tele- gram, 604 Pine Ave., Long Beach 12. If your number is selected WASHINGTON Eisenhower and Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell decided today to make public basic facts behind the steel strike in hopes of spurring negotiations and a settlement. The information gathered by Mitchell as Eisenhower's personal fact finder, will be made public for Thursday newspapers. Mitchell said they will cover wages, prices, produc- tivity, profits and a few re- Power Fails, Heart of N.Y. Blacked Out Subways Stalled, Metropolis Eerie as Candles Flicker NEW YCMK Lights flickering off in hospital oper- ating rooms elevator scrv- ice knocked out in huge apart- jment buildings packed iiibways, with a sweating hu- nan cargo, trapped in under- ;round tunnels. That was the picture as a iiddcn power failure struck he heart of the city. Tlie power failure hit thou- ands of buildings in a 500- tlock section of Upper-Man- wUiin, leaving half a million >ersons without elevators, air conditioning, traffic lights, or any of the complex systems hat keep a f'reat city func-- tioning smoothly. THE POWER failure began in midafternoon Monday, and gradual restoration continued into the early morning.hours today. Power was restored to the area at a.m. today, al- most 13 hours after it went off. The mercury w.is near 90 when power went off, and tha humidity was suffocating. Suddenly every intersection became a traffic jam. Then the recovery began. In hospitals, emergency lights came on. Extra police poured into the area, straightened oul the traffic. Police sent emergency gen- his fellow workers clinging as a winner, bring your So- which enveloped the area as the tanks exploded. i THE NUMBER of casual- ies probably would have Deen much greater had au- thorities not ordered evacua- ;ion of a several block area >vhen it appeared that a fili- ng station fire could not be checked immediately. Firemen from both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Carole Held for Trial in WEST COV1NA A sweetheart of Dr. R. Bernard Finch, ant in will be the gun WHERE TO FIND IT Beach B-l Hal B-5 B-5 D-3 to 9 C-6, 7 C-8 B-4 B-3 Shipping D-l C-l to 4 D-2 Tides, TV, D-10 Vital D-3 B-5 B-8, 7 Your A-2 Finch's wife. co-defend- slaying of the sheriff said. "One was foundi driving Ten Eyck's car and the other says he witnessed, a murder in Mendocino County." Ten Eyck was drivjng north: from his home in Whittier, visit his ex-wife, Peggy, IIIVII Alameda. He never arrived! n Afameda. "I feel that he picked ruled today that Carole litchhiker or hitchhikers and Tregoff, shapely red-haired someone was in the back seat thinking he had a lot of mon- ey and hit him on the head :wice .with, a sharp, Sartolomie said. "The blows caused two lacerations and extensive brain damage. He probably died in the auto." TEN EYCK, 51, had in nis wallet when he left Whit- iier where he'had been liv- ing with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hartman. He was working in Whittier as a hospital orderly. Ten Eyck, member of a well known East Bay family, was center and capital of the University of California bas ket ball team, in 1920 He stood G feet and weighed 210. Miss Tregoff, 22, was moist-eyed as Municipal Judge William M. Martin an- nounced his ruling. After- ward, she broke down com pletely. Her shoulders shook from huge sobs as bailiff Laura Dobson led her from the courtroom. Dr. Finch, 41, was held for trial earlier and will be ar- raigned Aug. 31 in Superior Court at P'omona. It ,was not established whether Miss Tregoff would be arraigned a( the same time or whether the cases would be consolidated. cial Security card and identi- 'icalion to the I.P-T business office before the stipulated deadline. Today's lucky numbers 'deadline, Thursday, Aug. 20, 19, 1959, 5 547-54-6037 550-48-5510 (S25) 479-36-0428 (S25) 011-01-5119 519-01-2208 428-09-7295 388-01-4056 559-09-1021 572-28-5282 561-10-5887 Monday's lucky numbers (deadline, Wednesday. Aug. 19, 445-03-7187 020-12-2012 441-16-8332 522-03-2444 402-10-3489 56fl-36-7293 521-30-1720 (SS) 560-38-2377 564-36-0332 '202-07-3031 Hurricane Edith Boils Off Antilles Puerto Rico storm Edith picked up forward speed today and the Weather Bureau' ordered whole gale warnings in effect in the Lesser Antilles from he Virgin Islands to St. Lucia, miles southeast of Miami, Fla. In a special advisory, the San Juan Weather Bureau aid the season's fifth tropical >torm is now moving more -apidly on a slightly more northerly track." At a.m. the storm was centered near latitude 16.2 north, longitude 61.6 west or about 350 miles east south- east of San Juan. IT WAS MOVING west northwest at 17 miles an hour and was expected to conjinue in that direction. Highest winds were esti- lated matters. The secretary told a news conference the information (covers a major part but not all of the facts he has been assembling from industrial and government sources. MITCHELL SAID the re- >ort will be a factual one vith no recommendations for action. He said he made no action iroposals this morning in a 15-minutc conference with Eisenhower. He told questioners, (he projected release of facts is not intended as intervention.' We hope as a result.of these! )ackground statistics that the] mated at 65 miles an hour near the center with gale force winds extending 125 miles to the north and 50 miles to the south. Vandenberg Delays New Satellite Shot VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. of the '-Discoverer VI satellite scheduled for today has been called off due to technica reasons. The Air Force, in announc ing the postponement, sak the shot'would be reschedule at a later date. erator trucks to Mount Sinai Hospital, where nine polio pa- tients in iron kings depended on auxiliary power. s -t SUBWAYS, which have in- dependent power and were stopped when signal lights went out, began to crawl, as workers with red lanterns signaled that the way was clear ahead. Apartment dwellers began to find out how it feels to climb stairs. And thcri darkness came, and New Yorkers in the stricken area saw the eerie spectacle of a city'without lights. In hospitals, they faced the problem of getting expectant mothers .to delivery rooms without elevators. At least one child was deliveredi in the wavering beam of a flash- light. v BUT NEW YORK night life (Continued Page A-4, Col. 5) parties larder ment. Asked will and bargain a little reach a settle- Find Bones of Missing Rich Widow DOVVNIEVILLE, Calif. identified as those of Mrs. Pearl Putney, wealthy widow of Washington, D. C., will clarify some of the issues who disappeared a year whether he inter- prets this as increased pres- sure on industry and labor, Mitchell said he wouldn't in- terpret it at all. He said he hopes the facts and inform the public on them. The session with Mitchell was the major business item (Continued Page A-4, Col. 2) WeaHier i Cloudy late tonight and early Wednesday. Sunny and slightly warmer Wednesday aft- ernoon. Maximum tem- perature by noon today: 72. were reported found in the- woods near Downieville. Sheriff W. D. the bones were found by a woman hunting pine cones. Mrs. Putney vanished from a Marysville motel Aug. 1058, while traveling across the country with Larry Lord Motherwell, 42, Motherwell was released in: Frederick, Md., Feb. 6, when' a grand jury said it could. not find sufficient evidence to', indict him on a charge of mmv dering his 14-month-old Mon- goloid daughter.