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Mount Pulaski Times-News LASKI ,1958 3 2KII d 401j dWh / r ,oo00- I e n ure en I The .,,ayor and City Council of C,y o, Spr,n00,ie00d ,,l,nois ICT k E I d dS d an x o e un a !he 1. 1958, in Mount Pulaski. a quiet Sunday until when the city was so violently by a sudden n that some of the resi- their homes had ruck by lightning, some of an earthquake and at )art}', that we knox,,- eL at the Russians had an A bomb. short time it was learned blast was that el a tank ining nitro-paraffin, on Central tracks about southeast of the business near the Route 54 over- railroad men from Mat- ere killed, and a third man was seriously in- .'ith at least 40 local per- less serious in- of E. A. Jack) Grif- a, was found at about 7 P.M. and re- to the Schahl Iuneral body of his companion er, 5. also of Mattoon, found at the time riting, although an inch- of the surrounding s made by the Natiunal :roops and others. Grissmore, 25, Mattoon, man at the scene of the fffered serious wounds g metal which lodged He was removed to hospital, Lincoln. where metal were removed chest and legs. 1 piece Went through his arm. Asked to Evacuate n the hour, following the n, sound trucks cruising were asking that all evacuate their homes. Was grave danger of tank cars exploding at from the heat of the the first inferno. USand residents of the Were leaving the city 7ghways and country ng to homes ot friends mg towns or to farm vicinity. the media of radio Lincoln, people of places ot shelf- and were also news as fast as it -arned. el all phases of all other happenings I vicinity. gratelul, for the full 'WPRC, and for their e air three hours be- usual broadcasting care of this emerg- Cross In Action time following the ast Red Cross chairmen Defense directors were nd within two hours dquarters were set ning Insurance and hot coffee and being served to all from our area and g towns. The Red served breaklast and on Monday to all volunteer help. office of Governor ayor Elmer Schafle- contacted, and help At 8:30 P.M 100 homes and stores. The}' remain- ed in Mount Pulaski overnight until almost noon on Monday. Much Damage Damage from this terrifice or. deal has been estimated at more than $1,000,000. for it has been discovered by contractors and en- gineers that much unseen dam- age is being found. k J[ we know that thel r will leat Sunday afternoon. with us tmtil nexI WK when Your splendid assistance and we should be back to normal The Times-News staff, along with Mr. Wible, who is con- valescing at the St. John's hos- pitaL SpringfielcL wishes to thank all those who helped in any way, to clean up the paper office and apartments. co-operation in helping with the fire and preventing further ex- )lesions; aiding with the dead anti injured; providing shelter and food; maintaining law and order; and otherwise helping us meet this emergency, will be remembered. SECTION OF EXPLODED TANI CAlL that evacuated Mount Pu- laski Sunday afternoon, and caused damage in excess of one mil- lion dollars. --Times-News Photo. on west side of public uare. give some help. If there is anything else that we might do to help in your re. covery Irom this disaster, do not hesitate t, call on us. Sincerely yours, Nelson l{owarth, Mayor. long Notes Of Concern From Former Residents of City Telegram received by Times. News Monday morning, for all residents of this comunity, from former Pulaskians, Mr. and Mrs. "Mike" Kautz, now of Port lhte- n era.e, Calif. Times- News We are profoundly shocked lo hear of your great misfortune. Accept our deepest sympathy. Mike and Elsie Kautz. Detroit, Mich. Dear Mr. Wible: Just received the news about the explosion. We are sorry for all the Mount Pulaski people. It reminded us o the bombing we had when we lived on the larm, and I think we know how you all feel. The Detroit Times had quite an account about it all. Hubert Buckles an,1 Wife. Dundee, Ill. Dear Mr. Wible: I was surely shocked to hear the news of the big explosion in Mount Pulaski over TV Sunday night. Surely hope you didn't suffer too greatly in property damage. Very truly yours, I{elena M. Luther. t3,Iiss Luther was a former teach. er in the local high school. I Galesburg, I11. Dear Mr. Wible: We were horrified to hear a- t)out Mr. Pt, laski having a dis- aster. 1[ the Paslor and I can help in any way, feel Ire( tt ask. tiopc you are feeling betler, la. Sincerely, Mrs. Walter J. }linlz. tRey. and Mrs. Hintz lormerly resided in Chestnut.) Thank You, Folks %Vc thank all those who have b(,en patient in getting adjust- ments made on their losses. If you have a loss which is not re- ported, please report immediale- so that it can be taken care while there is a staff oi adjust- s working. If you have reported and an adjuster has not seen you, con- tact your agent again. It's pos.s. ible )our report may have been lost in the confusion and we don't want to miss anyone. "Fro general l,[ocedurt" for hand- linlg claims, is to lh,.' insured to make lhe neees,ary em(,rgency Iep,irs m prelect his properly, and thl,n el }in ('stitnate el tile (,ost eL l(tinl t hurl t repairs. If ,.eryone will do this before tile adiuslor arriw,s, and it his esli- m.:lic }r reasonable, he will get hi.; O.K. t. gc ahead. Insurance Agents of Pulaski.