Mayor Pete Deveau has requested that persons with good pictures or movies of Kodiak during and following the tidal waves to donate copies to the City. These will poss-ibly be valuable to the City in justifying funding requests for the reconstruction of the City and individual businesses.
Many offers of aid and messages of concern have been received from other Alaska com-munities during the past several days. Assistance offers have also been received from numerous stateside cities,
Took a quick trip out to the TV station and those boys are, like everyone else out on the base, going all out to provide TV during these trying days. They have manag-ed to keep TV on the air 24 hours a day so as to provide us all with a means of quick information and most welcome entertainment. And, if you get irritated with film breaks or loss of sound temporarily as you sit by your warm fires and watch, you just might keep in mind that those boys out there are sitting in an unheated building wearing parkas and heavy gloves in order to keep you informed and entertained.
Despite the great disaster and its attendant tragedies most everyone seems to have retained a sense of humor and many have provided occasion for some laughs now and then. Following are some of the humorous items we've heard: Ole Johnson, who had directed the almost superhuman feat of restoring power within hours after their plant was swept by the tidal waves and submerged in water time, after time, tells us that while he was along the waterfront looking for more of the KEA's power poles, he heard one of the fisherman ask another: "Did you find your wife yet Joe?" The reply was, "Heck no, I have been too busy looking for my boat!" APA Superintendent Vern Hilliker was overheard shortly following the tidal waves, which incidentally he escaped by seconds himself: "I know, of course, the City had hired an extremely determined and efficient manager when they got Ralph Jones, and knew he intended to clean up Kodiak, but really, this is ridiculous!" Another version of that one was Red Cross Director Rev. Don Bullock, who is to be commended for his fast work in getting things organized immediately following the disaster, who said, "I knew Jones and Deveau were for urban renewal, but really this is just going too far."
The City Council authorized the appointment of Pat Cannon, Oscar Dyson to work with Stan Alvine to get the pile driver going again. The pile driver is intact and plans call for driving piling in Gibson Cove to establish a small boat harbor facility there. Capt. J_D. Fulp said the Navy had no objections. They figure they may need 2 or 3 more pile drivers for construction work this summer.
The Navy has agreed to allow temporary mooring of fishing boats at the Cargo Dock on Women's Bay. The steamship will now use Marginal Dock for off-loading.
Mayor Pete Deveau has advised that two underwriter representatives are expected to arrive today and another one tomorrow.
An announcement on last night's TV program stated: "Families are asked not to use electric dryers unless they have small children." Guess that's cause the big child-ren won't fit in them or don't know how to operate the dryers. Seriously...the rea-son for not using the dryers is that they draw so much electricity which is dearly needed and must be conserved wherever possible now.
Skipper Neal Von Scheeles Shuyak rescued forty survivors from Old Kaguayak Saturday. Only one house was left there. They also picked up six at Old Harbor. Neal said his uncle, Skipper Herman Von Scheele, picked up Eddie and Annie Pestrikoff from Shear-water Bay. They raced up the mountainside and escaped the tidal wave which swept the cannery away. Assisting Neal were George Gadder and Rodney Saxton.
Following is a list of boats lost or missing prepared by Pat Cannon, who said addi-tions would probably be made as time goes by: LOST: Seabird, Jaguar, Lucky Star, Henning J. Oranius, Victory Maid, Lois, Spruce Cape, Ocean Queen, KFC6, UF2. BOATS HIGH AND DRY UPTOWN: Quadra, Cindy, Albatross, Hekla, Mary Ruby, Shell's Scow, Yu-kon, A. Ribich, Selief, Betts, Explorer and Boat 7613. In addition, thirty some boats, mostly smaller ones, are sunk or missing of which about 15 can possibly be raised, Pat said.
Mrs. Eudora Preston has been named Food Price Controller.
People who are homeless due to the disaster are asked to report immediately to the high school in order to enable the City to determine the number of houses lost, the extent of damage, the names and ages of family members and where the family can be reached.
Frank Irick reports that 609 were housed and 715 fed at the high school on Sat. Mar., 28; 340 housed, 650 fed on Sunday and 211 housed and 250-fed on Monday. Also an es-timated 300 sandwiches per day were distributed.
Services of Holy Communion will be held during Easter Week at 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. James the Fisherman Church according to Rev. Don Bullock. (Other churches wishing to announce services, may do so by contacting Karl Armstrong or leaving word at the City Hall for this bulletin.)
For cannery workers who fear there will not be enough jobs even after the canner-ies get back into operation we have this good word from Bix Bonney, manager of the cold storage plant. "We will need from 120 to 130 people within 30 to 50 days de-pending upon reconstruction time."
Red Cross headquarters are located in the Church of God located across the street from the high school.
City Attorney Roy Madsen has been given a temporary appointment as magistrate, it was announced today by Mayor Pete Deveau.
Frank Irick has called for donation of more work clothes, particularly socks and boots. Also raingear! These should be clean. Items should be taken to the Armory.
1st Lt. Tuza of the National Guard reports he has received more phones and wire and will be able to connect up more vital points.
Frank Irick advises that 300 to 350 people still are feeding at the high school but the number of those sleeping there has dropped to 250.
Lou Veerman, steamship agent asks that all persons who have small personal freight shipments not to attempt to pick up their items until AFTER the commercial and bus-iness houses have received their shipments. Mayor Deveau said the City is explor-ing possibilities of finding new or other places for storage of freight received.
Capt. J.D. Fulp advised the City Council yesterday that General Reeves has ordered that no more military dependents be brought to Alaska until further notice. This may make more housing available in Aleutian Homes shortly.
The City is investigating possibilities of having 50 to 100 small trailer houses brought to Kodiak to provide immediate housing for those without any.
The City yesterday authorized a request for a Navy drydock capable of handling up to 100 foot vessels. Oscar Dyson and Pat Cannon advised that 10 to 15 larger size boats will need such a facility as quickly as possible.
Business owners are urged to give specific names of the persons they wish to be in their area or building (inside the disaster area) to Mrs. Doris Simon at the Employment Office. Mrs. Simon will issue passes necessary to allow such persons to enter the disaster area. Chief Jack Rhines advises that passes are not necessary to enter the following business or agency offices and stores: PNA, Post Office, Wodlinger Drugs, Kodiak Comercial, Employment Office, both banks.
Following is the pass code:
Downtown area: Orange Pass "PVT" admits person to business or residence specified only. "OFF" admits person to area or areas on PASS. Orange Car Pass will permit car to downtown area only. Green Car Pass will admit car to city dock area.EDITORIAL SUMMARY
Harold Heglin, who has served for a number of years as Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department, was appointed yesterday to fill out the vacancy on the council which has existed since the resignation of Carl Rodli who had moved out of the City.
About 250 Old Harbor and Kaguyak refugees have been evacuated by the military to Elmendorf AFB and the Bureau of Indian Affairs is housing these people in a school in the Anchorage area.
Homeless persons may obtain certain items of groceries at the Armory, according to Mabel Skinner who is handling the distribution of such food items. "We have lots of baby food and canned milk on hand and limited amounts of other foods", she advises. Persons who need such food items must first contact Mabel Skinner in Room 103 (lower-floor) of the high school BEFORE going to the Armory.
Curfew hours continue according to Chief Jack Rhines and all persons who have any legitimate business in the disaster area may get appropriate passes at City Hall and other stations to be announced later. NOBODY, repeat NOBODY, is allowed in the disaster area after dark.
Typhoid immunizations began at 10 a.m. today at both the High School, and Health Center.
City Manager Ralph Jones advises that courier service between town and base has been established.
Sy Simmins tells us that his laundromat located behind Peggy's Gift Shop is now open.
City Manager Ralph Jones said that S.S. Mullen Company has two barges now en-route loaded with heavy construction equipment. They should arrive in about six days.
City Street Supt. Herman Beukers and. Smokey Stover are assessing the damage to Mission Road, and will make plans to restore roads for access to the Baptist Mission.
Demolition Coordinator Councilman Fred Brechan advises that the Demolition Office is located in the office between the Polar Bear Cafe and the old City Market site. "We will have four trucks and such heavy equipment as is needed to demolish damaged or smashed buildings and remove debris and boats. The policing of the area will continue and at such times as the crews are ready to demolish those buildings need-ing it, the owners will be notified and allowed to stand by and select the items they might wish to keep. The truck and labor will be available to haul valuables to any reasonable spot designated by the owner. Where buildings are not accessible for inspection, they will be lifted by cranes to permit inspection and search before demolishing. "We do not intend to demolish anyone's property in cases where it is possible to save it. It may even be possible to pull some of the buildings back if the owner so desires and if we, feel that the buildings will withstand it. "
Karl Rodli tells us that he has reopened his business on North Blvd. in the Aleutian Homes temporarily and "has a little bit of a lot of things, particularly pipe fittings in larger sizes." He has a sign up.
Trooper Don Church advises that 23 homes were totally destroyed at Afognak and these were valued at about $503,000.
The Kodiak City Council is now meeting twice every day. Meetings are held at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.and this schedule will continue for as long as necessary.
Jim Branson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that a team of experts of the Department of the Interior, particularly the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries will arrive shortly to assess damages to the fishing fleet and industry and to determine the quickest method of getting the fishing industry into full swing again here. A loan officer as well as the regional director and other high ranking officials will be with the party to lay plans to see that long term loans at low interest rates will be available quickly to those needing them. Boat owners are urged to make estimates of their individual damages and give these lists to the boat LEX.
The American Baptist Headquarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania has notified Bill Stone that Emergency Relief funds are being sent to be administered in Kodiak, Anchorage, and Ouzinkie by Baptist personnel who minister in these places. Local requests for aid need to be made to Reverend Robert Childs or Bill Stone; in Ouzinkie Reverend Norman Smith will assist with needs at the outlying villages.
The home of Clayton Copsey at the Small Boat Harbor was swept to a point back of the old school. An Easter lily rode on the smooth top table and was blooming unconcernedly when Bill Stone found it on Monday. It, and some Easter bread seemed to have never moved an inch. Bill feels this is a real good omen of good out of tragedy.
All but two Chiniak families have been returned to their homes in town, and approximately 104 children were in the Chiniak group.