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E SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ; SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT, REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1975 Telephone Repairmen TELEPHONE CREWMEN deserve a lot of credit for a job well done during the hurricane damage. Front row, left to right Bruce Caton, Derry Braswell and Paul Second row, Ferrin Seay, Dwan Reeves and Charles Whitaker. Not pictured, Donnie TELEPHONE COMPANY, INC., Atmore, Alabama were a tremendous help to lo- in the repair and rebuilding work done as a result of Eloise -- Pictured are left to row, Buddy Byrd, Turner Brooks, Ervin Berry. Second row, Paul Metts, Jerry Linam, Arnold Lambert. Third row, William Morris, Harold Martin a~l Wildon Hall. I WAS GLAD TO HEAR in listening to all the hurricane Eloise stories during the week that Sonya, Cindy and myself weren't ilil~ ~ ...... i~ i i~ ! /i~i~' :~ TELEPHONE CREW - these boys didn't wait to be asked for help - they llound Vaughan and said - "We're coming". left to right, J. P. Brooks, Bill Floyd and Dennis McKinley. Standing, Walter Tucker, Claude Sheffield, Johnny Rawls, Bobby McKenzie. Not shown, Mike Luker, Mickey Kennedy, Charles Walston, Henry Reed and Randle Watson. Demp Garrett. OF THE ATMORE NATIONAL GUARD - who had enjoyed the "menu"of cldtter- collard greens, corn bread and sweet taters Saturday 'at the local National Guard ticipate in planning session during a mid-day break. left seated: Jack Moore, Jack Beck, Johnny Coker. Standing, from left, Gene Cecil Buck Haulk, Cland Weaver, Leon Strength, Donald Barrow, Troy Byrd, and Jerril the only folk in Florala to take refuge under the house. Marlin Lawson of 2rid Avenue East said that when he and his wife went to bed Monday night the last word they had was that the hurricane would hit the Apalachicola area and weren't too worried about the ill effects here. But, when he awakened about six o'clock Tuesday and flipped on the T.V., they soon realized that the old gal had encountered a cold front along her route and in following it, was heading right in our direction. He got out and proceeded to board up the hack end of his house which is rather high off the ground, making a hide-away for him and his wife, Margaret, their three children, and their dog. When the storm began to pick up speed, they were joined by neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Love, Jr., and their dog. By this time, the underneath part of their house was getting pretty crowded. Along came Major, the big German Shepherd dog of Barbara and Paul Townsend (If you've seen our dog, Bruno, he is just a baby compared to Major). He, too, wanted to take shelter under the house. Marlin, talking to him just as if he were somebody, said - "Sorry, Major there just ain't no way." He said the dog turned and started for home and became airborne - the wind literally picked him up and he began walking on the wind. Marlin said, "It is funny now, just thinking about it. But it sure wasn't funny then." Lawson said, "But the funniest thing was Mr. John Frank Sasser dropping by with a handle looking for a big yellow bucket that went to it." He told Sasser that he saw the bucket as it went by their place and pointed him in the direc- tion it was traveling... During the so-called eye of the storm, or before the second storm, the Lawsons and Loves went into their houses and got coffee, cereal and milk and had breakfast under the house dur- ing the second rush of mighty wind. It was during this time that the Woodham clan came out from under the house and sought refuge at The Florala News office, which withstood the storm beautifully. EVERYONE FEELS FOR THE WIDOWS of this area when disaster hits but few do anything about it. Not really, I think most of them were helped in one way or another. But, somehow, poor little Katie Kendrick was left out. A giant pecan tree which fell in her backyard disrupted her sewage line and not only was the poor gel- without electricity and water, but she couldn't use the bathroom, even if she had collected water in the bathtub for flushing the john. At church service Sunday night, Katie told her pastor, the Reverend Joe Bates, about her dilemma. Heand some of the boys from the Detox Center took chain saws and went to check on her Monday. It was a good thing for when they got there, how do you think they found Katie? --- A straddle of that giant pecan with one of those little'hand saws she had been to town and pur- chased, giving that tree all she had. Brother Joe has advised that if there are other poor widows in the area having some of the same problems as Katie, please contact him and he and the boys will do the job for a minimal fee -- just enough to pay the bQys for their time. A LOT OF PEOPLE felt compelled to leave their homes right in the middle of the storm. A fallen pecan tree, or trees, I should say, at the home of Kim and Ann George, broke a gas line and they had to escape to the home of his mother, who is sort of a back-door neighbor. Nevertheless, it was extremely dangerous to be on foot out in a storm with Eloise' fury. To make their plight worse, in their rush to leave, they forgot Missy and Karen's pet dog. Kim had to return to fetch her and thought, at that time, to turn off the gas main. Kim said - "The children would rather lose me than theirdog." Knowing the fond- ness the girls feel for their father, I doubt that. AS EXPECTED, we have already heard of a number of good people who assisted in clearing the trees from streets so that power lines and telephones could be repaired and others who helped feed and shelter the refugees. International Paper Company employees and the Forestry Com- mission were of tremendous help in clearing the streets as well as providing generators to save freezers, etc. Eyeryone deeply appreciated their good work. ANOTHER FELLOW, who appears to be a jack-of-all trades, was a tremendous help to a lotofpeopIv -- FCS Principal Erskine Ziglar. With his three chain saws and helpers, he aided his neigh- borg, the W. F. Rasberrys, who were just swamped with trees, as were Kim and Ann Georgeand Mrs. Mable Stewart, who he also helped. These are just three families who told of his good work. We feel sure there wee and continue to be others. WE ARE ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL to Commissioner Trent Lewis who asked, and received help Monday from every district in the county to remove trees from homes and to get roads on Central Y, where the 10 families and nine or ten school children can get to and from their homes without being stuck or buried in mud. Lewis says he will stick with this job until it is com- pleted. Talk about Mississippi mud -- Florala has her share, tom If you're in doubt, travel the Central Y. THE DETOX CENTER in Florala, too, was a refuge from the storm for about 100 people. Elise and Joe Bates cleared the pantry to feed these storm victims, many who iwaited, until the last minute ~o leave the Fort Walton-Destin area and were just 'parked in and around Lake Jackson. Brother Joe offered the use of the center, since they were not overloaded with patients, and Florala police rounded up these people and ushered them to the center. Elise said they made a big pot of stew from spaghetti and meat balls, chili, pork and beans, ravioli and whatever else was at hand and fried corn bread to go with it. "The evacuees ate it and liked it," Elise said. About the time they had washed the .dishes and cleaned up their mess, in came about 30 or more of the Atmore National Guardsmen. They had not been fed all day so it was back to the kitchen for the parson and his lady. TOWN OF LOCKHART EXPRESSES APPRECIATION Following the destructive storm~ Eloise~ last Tuesday the Town of Lockhart received aid from so many sources that.it is impossible to name all who were involved, For all of this help we are very grateful. Some of those who assisted were: The State Civil Defense, The Florala National Gnard, The National Guard - Company "A" - 711 Signal; Atmore, Ala- bama, headed by Captain Lowery, The State ForesteryService, The International Paper Company, The Hanson Pole Mill, The Lockhart Lamber,company, The Covington County sheriff's De- partment. Doubtless there are some that are not mentioned in the above list, and such oversight is not intentional. There were a host of local citizens who pitched in and did volunteer work in helping to clear the streets. To all of these we express our heart-felt [rafltude. Also, we surely appreciate the way the Alabama Power Company and the Florala ~lephone Company in such a fine way went about restoring service. We take this way of saying to each and everyone who ~qent a hand" - Thank you for a Job well done. Above all, we are thankful to Almighty God that with all of the destruction, and the fearful force of the wind, not a life was lost, nor an injury sustained. The 'Iowa (:I[ Lockhart PAGE q 8Y Merle Woodham Atmore National Guard ~i .... OPERATING GENERATOR --- Pictured is Gene Lambert, Cland Weaver and Troy Byrd at " power panel of generator at the Brown Dairy on Highway 331 south of Florala. Not only did the Atmore guardsman send generators, but they also sent men to operate them. o b IT WASN'T ALL WORK - The Atmore Nat/ram] Guard Unit and the Alabama Air National Guard of Montgomery were fed at the local National Guard Armory during the days following the storm. Last Saturday the menu consisted of chitterlings or possom, collard greens, corn bread and sweet taters - or rather that is what the menu on the wall tared. The FLORALA News photographer de- cided she didn't care to eat with them, but would gladly take their picture. Later it was learned that the menu was misleading - they were served country style steak with cream potatoes. Pictured at the cook counter from left: Bennie McCallum, who assisted the cook during the week, Grady Bass, Charles Hall, Rounie baney and Terry Holley. GUARDSMEN WITH LARGE GENERATOR AT BROWN DAIRY - The Alabama National Guards- men from Atmore, 711 Signal Bn., Co. A, came in Tuesday afternoon and set up generators at 4 dairies in the area Tuesday night. Pictured from left, standing on the ground, are John Coker; Bill Brown, operator of the dairy, which milks 240 cows, twice daily; Jack Beck, Gene Lambert, Leon Strength, and Troy Byrd. Standing on truck, from left,Willie C. Jenkins, Donald Barrow, Jerrie Baker and Claud Weaver. The Guardsmen had set up and began milking the cows after midnight Tuesday night. Mr. Brown stated that they missed the five o'clock milking Tuesday afternoon, but after the 2 a.m. milking Wednesday, every milking time was met, with the help of the Guardsmen and the generator un- til power was back in operation Sunday. Several other dairies and chicken farms benefitted greatly from the assistance of the Guards- men and generators. irns CAUGHT IN Till ACT --- I J. I ktmoee, AlJdmma National Guard qll $ienal Bn., Co. A, ouJoys what ELOISE DIDN'T DO THIS- It bappeud before the Hurricane. The house trailer, locate(toe he thought was to he chitterlings, possom, collard greens, corn the west side of Highway 331 North, about three miles from Florala, burned following an elec- bread ~nd sweet taters -- that's what the menu on the wall said. trical storm on Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock before Hurricane Eloise hit. This had been the Instead he was served country sty},e steak and creamed potatoes, home of ~be Michael Gooden Family until they moved to their new home recently purchased from but good -- "you bet", he said. the Griffin Hayes family in East Florala. Cause of the fire has not been determined.