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The Weather
Cloudy to partly cloudy with
occasional snow and wind with
drifting snow today. Colder to
night. High 10-15. Low tonight.
generally zero to 10 below.
Vol.l. No. II
Five Dead
I! momma) "£3B
Winter's worst storm spread
rnOW, damage, death and con
msion across the Pacific North
west Friday.
It was a full scale blizzard.
The U. S. Weather Bureau took
the almost unprecedented step
of issuing a livestock and bliz
zard warning.
five deaths were reported.
Highway _traflip_ w£s_ thgown
into confusion by gale-blown
drifting snow. Air traffic was
grounded. trains were running as
much as nine hours late.
Boats even became lost in the
swirling, powdery snow over Pu
get Sound. The Coast Guard re
ported it guided three tugs to
piers on Seattle’s waterfront.
One of them was located by ra
dar. Visibility was cut to a few
hundred feet in many sectors.
The center of the blizzard was
reported in Central Oregon. A
wind of 78 miles an hour 'was
reported at Redmond, in that
area, and the barometer there
dropped to the lowest level ever
Tom Jermin, district weather
foaecaster at Seattle, commen
te :
“I think this could be ranked
as one of the city's worst snow
storms. We’ve had it colder and
windier and we've had more
snow" but today's combination
is one‘that will be :cmembered.”
By comparison with such spots
as Central Oregon and Wash
ington coastal points, Seattle's
storm was a second-rater. The
wind ranged irom 30 to 35 miles
an hour.
At Gray's Harbor. the storm
hit with a wind velocity up to
60 d 70 miles an hour. It sank
or agniounded a dozen or more
fishing boats in the moorage
that was established for protec
tion from southwest storms. This
one was a northeaster. It raised
havoc. ‘ , g, , y A
Thestorm, described as “hell:
ish”’ at Beningham. had thaw
the same intensity in no west
Washington. .
1. P 2330108 1100123
‘ A_'l:ra_i_lways bus on th_e_Port
land-Salt Lake City run hit the
. rear of a snowplough on the
Mount Hood highway. Eighteen
persons “were reported injured,
none critically.
Five deaths were attributed to
‘the storm and highway condi
tions. 7
A woman and her two children
drowned near Klama, Wash., in
Cowlitz county, when their auto
mobile went off the snow-cov
ered highway and rolled over
into a pond. They were Charlotte
Warner, 20, and her year-old
daughter and two-year-old son.
The father, Cpl. Walter War
ner, was driving them in a bor
rowed car from their 'i‘itusville.
Pa.. home to his station at Fort
Worden, Wash. Warner’s des
perate effort to rescue them rail
ed. He was under treatment 'for
a frost-bitten foot.
Several miles away, at Long
view, Wash, William S. Hayes,
45, a craneman, .was electrocuted.
In a driving snowstorm, he clini
bed to the top of the crane to
repair a frozen collector. a sort
of trolley wheel feeding the
crane. He touched the live wire
and was killed.
The Washington State Patrol
warned motorists to stay off the
highways except in emergencies.
Skiing At Tailgate
Reported G 994;
Skiing conditions at Tailgate.
in the Blue Mountains. wen
”potted excellent today.
There were 76 inches of snow.
with 16 inches of new pawdet.
Highways had packed new
ad chains were recommend-
Famed. Profesfam‘ Educafor- To Address
Tri-Cify Groups Today And ‘_ Tomorrow
Soc Stories Page 2 also
The Rev: Dr. Lee J. Gable,
Chicago, will address two gatho
erings of church school teachers
and officers. members of chris
tian education committees, and
workers with youth in the Tri
City area today and Sunday.
The first meeting of these
workers from all Protestant
churches of the Pasco and Ken
newick area will be at -7:30 p.
m. today in the Pasco Metho
dist church. The Rev. A. C.
Wischmeier, minister of the Ken
newick Methodist- church. and
chairman of the Leadership Ed
ucation _program for_ the Inter-
city Ministerial association, is in
general charge of arrangements
'for this meeting.
’ The second meeting. for Rich‘
land and surrounding commun
ities. will beat 3 p. m. Sunday
at the South Side United Pro
testant church. Arrangements
for the meeting are being made
by the Rev. Kenneth Beil, as
sociate minister of Central Un-
Ited Protestant church in RiCh"
That I! Teach
Her A Lesson
ROSSBACH. Germany. lan. 13
—(UP)— When Mrs. Bettina
Mertisehek returned home
item a walk yesterday. she
iound her husband. Johann.
hanging with a rope asound
his neck.
She tied. screaming. to get
a doctor and the police. When
they setutned- the “suicide"
was busily brushing off the
powder he had used to whiten
his face.
“Soc?" he told his anguish
ed wile. “That wu just a les
son to you to: not allowing
me any manor to: cigmets". -
Hiring Not
Great Yet
At Hanford
As far as Pasco union officials
are concerned, the labor situation
at Hanford'is decidedly gloomy
and shows little promise of blos
soming before spring. .
A Herald survey showed only
scattered hiring and resulted in
warnings that the labor pool in
the area would take care of the
$200,000,000 expansion program.
“We’vehad letters of inquiry
from all over the country," one
union official said. “But this pro
gram won’t require outside labor.
My understanding is the total
force at Hanford will only be
about half of the 17,000 crafts
men employed there during the
peak." -
Carpenters’ Local 1849 did re
port that some 80 carpenters had
been sent to Hanford recently but
that no more were being assigned
there at present. Out of the 80
sent, 20 were laid off after a
short period of work, a spokes
man said. .
The general .laboring situation
seemed even more gloomy. None
have been recruited during. the
past two weeks _and an earlier
work force has been laid off. .-
. Normachinists from~thajmo
halls have as yet joined the Han
ford work force. -
300 ON LIST , .
Iron workers haven’t yet been
affected by any Hanford hiring
according to uniOn officials. As
yet Pasco locals have not sent
a single iron worker to Hanford
and do not expect to for some
time. An official said there are
300 iron workers on the waiting
Sheet metal work is getting off
to a slow start in the Hanford
program according to union of
ficials. Only three workers have
been employed at Hanford so far.
Others contacted reported ‘no
hiring’ and usually added “we
don't anticipate any in the near
Hanford Chief
T 6 Give Talk
The newly elected executive
board of the National Federation
of Federal employees held its
first Ameeting of the year this
week in the council room of Hut
ment B of the ad building.
Purpose of the meeting was to
outline the year’s program.
' The next regular meeting will
be 7 p.m., Feb. 2, in the dining
room of the recreation hall. The
meeting, featuring Fred C.
Schlemmer, AEC works manager,
as speaker, is open to friends
and relatives of union members.
W. T. Fowley will show a short
New officers of the Richland
local of the federation are R. E.
Bruntlett, president; W. T. Fow
ley. first vice president; Mrs. L.
C. Enslow, second vice president;
N. D. Sturgiss. third vice presi
dent; and G. T. Pemm, secrtary.
Board members include Lee E.
Speer, R. J. Gidney and Paul
Fako. ‘
Gable is director of leadership
education and church school ad
ministration for the Internation
al Council of Religious Educa
tion, which is the official agen
cy for cooperative work in the
field of christian education for
42 Protestant denominations in
Betore entering this field in
1946, Gable served eight years
as pastor of the Evangelical and
Reformed Church of Dallastown,
Pa. For five years he was direc
tor of leadership education for
the Pennsylvania Council of
Christian Education. Then for
two years he served in the same
capacity in the board of edu
cation and publication of the
Evangelical and Reformed
church from which he entered
his present position.
He is widely known as a speak
er in churches. particularly in
Pennsylvania. and as a speaker
to high school assemblies. He
has had wide experience in the
tield of church .Qhool admin-
arm "Glouri er~lHerald
7 Hanford ‘
A e I ' ' red
Seven Hanford works em
ployees received minor injuries
this week when two busses col
lided in the ZOO-W area, the Han
ford Works News reported Fri
The accident occurred when
a bus approaching the unloading
lane was unable to stop and
collided with another bus al
ready in the lane.
The driver attempted to swerve
to miss the parked bus but
couldn’t because of snowy con
ditions, the weekly employees’
organ said. Only the low rate
of speed of the bus prevented
more serious injuries.
The seven injured persons
were treated at first aid and all
but one was released.
When asked why a general
news release had not been made
immediately following the ac
cident, a General Electric com
pany spokesman said “ That
isn't the sort of thing we spread
Yank Ship
At Red Port
Jan. 13 tin—The Flying Arrow
steamed into the Communist port
of Tsingtao today after bidding
farewell to its U. S. destroyer es
cor_t eigh_t miles out. _ J
‘For at. least the next week‘ the
American freighter will lie hero
repairing the damage~ of a shell
ing by a Chinese Nationalist
gunboat. ._ _r >_ __
this ship tried to enter the Yang-
The warship attacked ’when
tze on a voyage to blockaded
ShanghaL _
I] Glider
Men- Kille
- - -' - - ‘rfiy—fi-v‘ffi...
COLUMBUS, Ga.,.lla‘r:. 13—(UP)
'— A freak gust or wind butfet
ed to earth a glider full. of para.
troopers today as it sW’ooped in
for a landing at nearby Lawson
Field, killing 11 men of the 17
men aboard. The survivors were
injured, 'five seriously.
“The glider just disintegrated
when it hit the ground,” said
Maj. Lloyd E. Wills of Hartford,
Ala., an airbourne infantry in
structor who was standing at
the edge of the runway as the
glider crashed. , .
All aboard .the lightly built
craft 'were paratroopers except
an air force pilot who was guid
ing it smoothly to a landing
when an updraft hurled it to dis
aster. The pilot was among the
seriously injured. '
Generator Bid;
For McNary‘
A call for bids for four genera
tors for the powerhouse at Mc-
Nary dam on the Columbia river:
has been issued by the Walla
Walla District, Corps of Engine
ers, according to COl. William
Whipple, district engineer. Bids
will be openedAFeb: 23 at. 2 p.m.
Generators for the first four
power units at McNary are now
under contract to General Elec
tric company.
€939-59!” Recognition
SPOKANE, Jan. 13 UP) Sena
tor Cain (R-Wash.), advised Spo
kane county Republicans yester
day that he is against recogni
tion of Communist China by the
United States.
Such action, he said in a let
ter to W. C. Howe, the party’s
county chairman, would encour
age tne acceptance of Commu
nism by other Asiatic nations. '
DR. 6831.:
Kennewick. Benton County. Washington . MIMI”. Jon. M. 1950
Yesterday was cold. even it one were a eheepehin. as did there ‘rri-Clty area visitors. The sheep.
owned'by Orville Rock. were being moved to Alderdale. near Plymouth. Traffic (lower) was
halted for nearly 30 minutes while the woollen were moved across the Pasco-Kennewick bridge
over the Columbia. There was ahont‘looo sheep in the flock. - ‘
“(Courier-Herald photo -5 . engraving) -
NorfhweS‘F’Sfb‘rm News-In "Brie
The cold weather forced North
Richland’s bank to close early
yesterday. " ,
W. V. Stenton, manager of
the ~Seattle First National
branch. apologized because the
bank-did not keep its regular
Friday night hours of 7-9.
He explained that the build
ing’s heating system was .inad
equate and that by 3 p. m. yes
terday the inside temperature
had dropped to a chilly 40 de
grees. He also reported some
snogv was sitting through the
roo .
VANCOUVER. B. C..‘Jan. 13
(UP) Five fires today burned
a lumbermill,‘ a fruit storage
plant, a school house and two
stores in British Columbia to
day, causing more than $1,300,-
000 damage. ‘
HARPER, Wash. Jan- 13 -
(UP) —' Storm~tossed waves
from Puget Sound swept a groc
ery store and a summer cottage
into the bay and threatened to
wash out four other cottages
near here today. V
13 - (UPL— This north central
British Columbia city claimed
the dubious distinction of be
ing the coldest town in the west
today. The thermometer dropped
to 52 degrees below zero.
-o_ ‘
SIGN or wrrmzn
The cold weather may have
turned some shivering North
Richlanders toward a life of
Mrs. James L. Choate, North
Richland, reported to the patrol
that somepne had stolen a pair
of long woolen underwear from
istration, vacation church school
and summer church camps.
The addresses by Gable Sat
urday and Sunday will be re
lated to the problems and needs
of workers in the Christian ed
ucation program of local chur
ches. The theme for his mes
sages is “It Matters More Than
We Think."
Dr. Gable will also speak at
the worship service at the North
Richland United Protestant
church, 10:30 a. m., Sunday in
John Ball school. His theme will
he, “Christians Never Stop Grow
He will bring the evening mes
sage at -the 7:30 service of the
West Side United Protestant
church in Richland. The service
is held in 'the cafeteria oi the
Marcus Whitman school. His
theme is, “Christianity, Incorpor
The itinerary of Dr. Cable in
the state is being arranged by
the Washington and Northern
Idaho Council of Churches and
Christian Education.
bath house number 11.
ABERDEEN, Jan. 13 - (AP)—
A blinding blizzard driven by 60
to 70 mile-an-hour winds smoth
ered Grays Harbor today, vir
tually paralyzing business and
industry, crippling communica
tions and causing heavy proper
ty- damage._ ‘
l The heaviest damage .was re
ported from Westport,. 30 miles
southwest of here, where a 60
to 70 miles northwest gale swept
heavy swells against the West.
haven fishing fleet base. It sunk
or drove aground 12. to 15 small
fishing boats. It damaged docks
and floats and broke a large
barge from its moorings. ;
The Tri-City Herald was care
fully keeping its mouth shut to
day.‘ - ‘ '
Yesterday, .at. the height. of a
driving blizzard‘in Richland, a
red-faced woman paused in front
Initiation Of
12 Members '
Twelve candidates from the
Pasco-Kennewick council of the
Knights of Columbus-will be ini
tiated in Walla Walla Sunday,
according to Ed Petrask, grand
knight. .
The Walla Walla council is
putting. on the initiation in
“honor" of the Twin City council
for achieving its yearly quota
already. The last initiation was
in October when seven were initi
Judge B. B. Horrigan was the
speaker at the Thursday even
ing meeting of the Pasco-Kenne
wick council. Petrask read the
annual financial report to the
members. . ~
The KC’s will receive commun
ion in a body at the 8 a.m. Mass
at St. Patrick's church in Pasco
Sunday. A communion breakfast
will follow in the church base
ment. after which they will leave
for Walla Walla.
Petrask ‘invited all KC mem
bers in Richland, as well as Pas
co and Kennewick, to attend the
communion and breakfast.
Wealthy Man _
leaps To Death
Thomas Lee, 43,.ment‘ally in
petent by the Superior Court
radio and automobile fortune of
the late'Don Lee, leaped to his
death today from the 12th floor
of a Wilshire district office
Lee had been declared incom
peteant by the Superior Court
of Los Angeles county and had
been in a sanitarium for many
years. Recently he was taken to
the desert near Palm Springs
for a few months. ‘ '
of the Herald office and stuck
her head in the :door. *
“Banana belt, ha!" she snorted,
,and stalked awgy. _
All Tri-City area basketball
games were cancelled last night
because of the storm. New dates
were to be scheduled for the
games. Games ‘were to be play
ed at Richland, Prosser and Pas
co. .
SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 13
AUP)‘ - The Milwaukee Road
announced _tonight that ’ski
trains to the Cascade m‘oumams
over the—weekend have been can.
celled. The reason: Too much
New Safety
Record Set
.' A new safety record was estab-j
lished at Hanford Works during;
1949, it was announced Friday. 1
George R. Prout, General Elecw
tric vice president, congratulatedl
the Hanford workers on makings
1949 the safest year so far “for;
the excellent safety record estab-;
lished here during 1949." The ma-i
jor accident frequency rate' Way
.714 as compared to the previous
record of .9 set in 1947. -
Prout added that with the con-r
tinued full cooperation of— alli
Hanford Works people, the acci-i
dent rate can be substantially;
reduced during 1950. ,Not only
the first award in the new No~
Accident safety award plan can
be won but it is quite possible
the next two will also be won,
Prout said.
The new award plan went into
effect at Hanford Works in Ge
tober. The first is the Nuc’leoniw
safety council award, achieved
after 134 consecutive major-in
jury-free days. The General Man
ager’s award is won when the
total days reaches 201. The Pre
sident’s award is reached when a
plant record of 268 days is estab
lished without a major injury.
The annual report said the
lost time injury frequency rate
for 1949 was 36 per cent better
than the fretyiency rate for 1948.
The severity of injuries mark was
92 per cent better in 1949 than
the preceding year.
Legion Hall
Pasco’ American Legion post
34 voted Thursday to give the
executive boardauthority to en
gage an architect to draw plans
for a proposed improvement pro
ject of the existing club building.
“The city of Pasco is considered
one ‘of the most progressive in
the state and it is an obligation
for the Legion to keep pace with
the city," said Lloyd Tilton, com
mander. “Our building has not
been painted on the outside for
23 years and is falling into dis
repair.” ' -
Tri-Cifies Dig Ouf
Affer One Of Worsf
Blizzards In Years
The Tri-Cities were digging out today after one of the
worst storms in many years.
State and county crews worked throughout the night
to clear snow-blocked highways and roads but many still
were impassable at an early hour.
The Hanford plants went on a Sunday schedule yes
terday afternoon because of the crippling blizzard. ,
All workers who could be spared were sent home early
in the afternoon. Dormitory space was made available m
Richland for out-of-town workers who wxshed to stay
The Pasco-Spokane highway was closed early in the evening.
Barricades were erected just outside Pasco to stop motorists and the
highway department reported the road was blocked at Lind by on
tankers which had skidded crossways of the highway. ’
However, crews were' expected to clear it early today.
Kennewick-Plymouth Highway Closed? 7 _ _
'l‘he Kennewick-Plymouth road 'was clcsed about 3 p.m. and
remained closed until early this morning. The Umatilla and Pat
terson ferries ceased operation for a time late Friday during the
height of the wind but resumed carrying cars across the Columbia
when the wind subsided.
Snow drifts were reported three to four feet deep in places.
Ranchers in the Horse Heaven area were snowbound for a time
last night when all roads were closed by drifting snow.
The Inter-City bus company ceased operating busses between
Pasco and Richland at 7 p.m. but expected to resume service this
Greyhound lines also ceased running busses last night.
Commercial air service between the 'l‘ri-Cities and the outside
world stopped early- in the afternoon when all planes were ground
ed. Weather observers at the Pasco airport reported a wind of 35
ifiialoes per hour in gusts and a temperature of 4 below zero at
: p.m.
Trains, however, continued to run,_ although slightly behind
schedule. The Northérn Pacific railroad's No. 4. east-bound, was
nearly three hours late. ‘
25.36 M. r. H. Wind Causes Trouble
j. V A 26-30 mixe-per-nour mud throughout most of the afteran
'was responsible for much of the discomfort in the area. Old timers
recalled there had been many times during the last 40 years when
the weather had been colder but few couid recall of so disagree
able a combination of snow, cold and wind. -
About six inches of snow fell throughout the day.
The wind eased about 7 p.m. and the snow stopped falling.
John Ball school in North Richland closed at 2:30 p.m. Children
who lived in the construction camp were taken home in three
patrol wagons andin the cars of teachers and parents.
Those who lived outside North W mt oh a MA
: Pasco’s schools weathered the storm without much trouble.
'Supt. C. L. Booth reported that classg. w dismissed a half hour
,eaxlnghen snow‘began drifting ,on the Jam”.
Kennewick schqols W? W m In‘ -11.!!! ‘64:?" " ' a-
Most of the ontlyingschools in Bentofi and Frank'im counties
did likewise. _ i
Service stations throughout the area reported a good business
as motorists rushed to put chains on their cars. Hotels reported
wholesale cancellations. Other businesses felt the storm. too, with
a general slackening of activity. _ _ _ _ _
f However, in Riciiland Joe Barker of Tenant relations reported
his. organization was swamped with calls from householders with
frozen water pipes. < . ‘
l‘empercfilre. Hangs Below Zero Mark '
I-IIIr.I_I—I-. U lii-'3' -'-- 'V —'-v ‘VI—I“ . .
'uze lcmperalme “em 112 a; we 2;.0 hum; most of the day In
Richland and the wing wa§ estimated at from 25-30 nflleg pet: _hou_r.
Temperatures in the other towns were on a par with the Atomic
City. A low of 4 below zero was reported at the Pasco airport about
2 p.m. and in Kennewick the mercury dipped to minus three in.
the middle of the afternoon.
It was expected to get much colder during the night, however.
~ While cars floundered in snow banks throughout the area and
streets and highways generally were slippery only a few minor
accidents were reported. . ' -
One at Fifth and Shoshone in Pasco involved L. E. Bercott. 407
North 9th street, Pasco, and Carl H. Meyers, 823 West Nixon street.
Pasco. Anather occurred in grant of the Pasco Furniture Co., store
and involved Oswalt T. Bongsto, 731 West Park street. and Harry S.
Hansen, 1227 Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick. No injuries were re
ported and no citations issued in either accident.
Chinese Nafionalisfs
Bomb Invasion Base
-HONG~KONG. Jan. 13 - (UP)
Nationalist warplanes today
blasted junks, supply dumps
and troop encampments on Lui
chow peninsula where the Com
muniscs are massing men and
supplies for an invasion of Hai
nan Island. '
Pasco Store
Smoked Up
Considerable smoke damage to
stock and store fixtures was re
ported by Bill Irons, owner-man
ager of Marian’s in Pasco.
The coal furnace apparently
exploded sometime Thursday
night. he said. The building was
not damaged. No fire call was
turned in.
'lrons said the damage. which
he estimated at about $2,500,
was covered by insuranco.
Quits Force To
Enier Politics
TACOMA, Jan. 13. (UH—After
25 years on the palice force, Ross
C. Mowre retired today and im
mediately filed to run for the
office of public safety commis
He was the 10th to file [or the
Other offices to be filled in the
March 14 efiction are mayor and
finance co missioner. The in
cumbents, Mayor C. V. Fawcett,
Safety Commissioner Robert S.
Temmc, and Finance Commis
sioner L. W. Craig have all an
nounced their candidacy.
Snow Caused Head Cent:
Snow was blamed for injuries
received ,by Everett Good who
Frasbstruck on the head by a tree
1m . ‘
Inside Today
Church news, pages 2-3;
editorials, columnists, page 4;
sports news. page 8; entertain
ment, page 5; crossword puzzle,
page 6.
Gunboats also joined in the
attacks. They are aimed at
smashing the invasion forces be
fore they can land in force on
the guerrillaéintested National
ist bastion 13 miles scuth of
the tip of Luichow peninsula on
the South China coast.
Private dispatches reaching
Formosa from ' Hainan‘s capital
of Hoihow said small contin
gems of mainland Chizzcse'Com
.nunists had landed at Linkow
amt other pain: on the west
'coast mcstly organners who
wiznt ashnre at wid’cl" scatter
ed areas for liasion with guer
las.~ . A
Fog which has hampered the
work of the airforce immediate
iy off Hainan has enabled Com
munists to come ashme from
small fishing beats. fie rev‘t
said, The dispatches said
5,000 Communists 434 -...zdes cu;
Paklai in small batches‘and 4,-
000 at Linkow,-50 miles west of
Heihow. Palzlai is on the ex
treme western tip of the island.
The ‘=l\-‘:‘..3 ti'S‘wtv‘nes said
‘lationalists a? Paklai were (it!-
.en back with heavy losses as
they attacked the guxrillo tomes
working with the mainland Com
munists. Nationalists military
quarters denied the Communists
had infiltrated into the area
and said air force and naval
units were making uay and
night patrols there.
i (All press dispatches from l-loi
i-low are subject to heavy cen
isorship and news "unfavorable"
to the Nationalist: has not been
’allowed to get through. There
have been reports of scattered
’landing' parties to: _several
lay-eels, hm n) indication of a
Marge-sale invasian has start
ied.) . 7
l rationalist bombers with
'fightzr 'covcr hit the costal ship
ping fzom Shanghai south to
Luichow peninsula. while gun
‘Joa‘s extended their blockade of
lthe Pearl River. leading to Can-
Iton. and the South China. coast.
Fri“: 5 Com

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