Clipped From The Greenville News
Pulled Into Undercurrent Saluda River Claims 2 Greenville Brothers By VERNON ELLISON News Staff Writer Two Greenville brothers who left home with a brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law and a cousin for an afternoon fishing trip drowned when they were pulled into an undercurrent undercurrent of Saluda River near State Highway 81. County Coroner George W. McCoy identified the victims as Eddie Woods, 13, and Lawrence (Larry) Woods, 10, of 303 Pinck ney St. The boys lived with their widowed mother, Mrs. Hettie Mae Garner Woods. Their fath er, Joe Woods, died in Novem ber, 1964. The victims' cousin, Ronnie Looney, 16, of 100 Grace St., told The News yesterday that he and the Woods boys were supposed to be fishing and None At Parker Last Night 3 County Campaign Meetings Cancelled A threat of rain last night cancelled speaking by 16 county candidates and four city magistrate candidates candidates running in the Democratic primary and county Democratic party chairman Preston S. Marchant announced announced a change in the county stumping plans. Two more rallies scheduled at Hillcrest High School and Piedmont also will be cancelled, Mr. Marchant said, and the party will concentrate on turning turning out "the biggest crowd possible" possible" for a June 9 appearance by the county candidates in Memorial Auditorium. The county Democratic executive executive committee also will complete complete plans next week fo ra television television appearance by the county county candidates June 12 on WFBC-TV. WFBC-TV. WFBC-TV. Kidnaped From Home 2-Week-Old 2-Week-Old 2-Week-Old 2-Week-Old 2-Week-Old Child Taken A two-week-old two-week-old two-week-old two-week-old two-week-old Negro boy was snatched from its home in mid-afternoon mid-afternoon mid-afternoon yesterday, police said, and a general alarm was sent out for a Negro woman, about 35, driving a car with Illinois license plates. Officers last night had found no trace of the whereabouts of the woman or child, Kenneth Bryson, who they said was kidnaped kidnaped after his mother was knocked out by the intruder, The mother told authorities the woman came to her house about 3:15 p. m. under the pretext of being a hospital aide who was there to prepare a formula for the baby. As the mother pinned a diaper diaper on the child, she told offi cers, the woman hit her on the head and knocked her unconscious. unconscious. When she came to her senses, the mother said, the woman and baby were gone. Witnesess said they saw a woman leave the house through the rear door with a box in her arms, run to a car between two nearby houses and drive away. The woman was driving a Plymouth Valiant ' with white top and yellow bottom, bearing the out-of-state out-of-state out-of-state out-of-state out-of-state license. never seen the other woman before before she met her at the door. They talked awhile, the mother said, and then she admitted the woman to the house. Some conversation conversation followed before they both went into a bedroom where the baby was crying. Minntemen 2 Missiles 40n Course' VANDENBERG AFG, Calif. (UPI) Two Minuteman 1 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Missiles were launched on apparently apparently successful flights from this base hours apart Tuesday. Both launches were "operational "operational testing launches," aimed down the western test range, extending 5,000 miles across the Pacific. that the victims' brother-in-law, brother-in-law, brother-in-law, brother-in-law, brother-in-law, Rufus Jordan, 25, also of 100 Grace St., didn't know that the trio had come downstream downstream and entered the river about 1 p.m. He said the boys drowned about 2:45 p.m. The body of Eddie Woods was found near the east bank of the river by a SCUBA diver, Stan Crosby of Leland Circle. He pulled the body from brush in a cove, which was about 15 feet underwater, shortly after 6 p.m. The body had floated down the river about 90 yards from where Looney last saw him. Larry Woods' body was recovered recovered about 50 yards north of Dunham Bridge at 7:30 p.m. The body was hung on a rock about two feet from the surface, according to Don Franklin of the Parker District Rescue Unit, who was working in a boat with Sherwin Swords and Otis Cog-gins Cog-gins Cog-gins of the Wade Hampton Res- Res- EDDIE WOODS mmimm cue Unit. The body had travel ed down the river about 500 yards. Ronnie Looney told Sheriff J. R. Martin that he saw Eddie Eddie start around the upper side of a rock formation and head for the east bank of the river. He said Eddie was pulled into a suckhole by the water. Looney said he and Larry were going around the lower edge of the rock formation but the current was too strong for them. Both of the boys grasped for the rock and failed to get a solid grip. He said he grabbed Larry but was pulled under the rock and had to turn Larry loose so that he could make it to the bank. One of the boats being used to drag the river could not come upstream against the strong current with three men aboard and boats were used to pull the divers upstream against the current. Boats were also manned by members members of the Pickens and Greer Rescue units. Bill Picklesimer, another diver who spent jnore than three hours searching for the boys, said the river was full of coves and jagged rocks and was extremely treacherous. He was returning from Hart-well Hart-well Hart-well Lake, where he had been in the water for more than eight hours searching for the body of John Kohl, when he received a call to go to Saluda River. Assisting in the search were Parker District Fire Chief R. B. Huckaby, and Chief Deputy C. V. Southerlin Jr. and Deputy Charles Shirley. At least 500 persons rushed to the area. Several rescue vehicles vehicles were hampered in their efforts to reach the scene by snarled traffic. Cool Continues In Area Today The Weather Bureau is look-1 look-1 look-1 ing for another cool day today with a high in the mid-70s, mid-70s, mid-70s, much like y e s t e rday when the temperature temperature rose only to 73. Tonight also will be cool with a low in the upper 50s, following on the heels of yester day's m i n imum of 57 and an ex pected low this the i i i II COOL LAWRENCE WOODS morning in low 50s. Temperatures yesterday averaged averaged nine degrees below a normal 74. The forecast for tomorrow calls for a fair and mild day.