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Hennessey, Oklahoma Tornado

April 20, 1912

Oklahoma City, Okla., April 20. – Fifty houses were blown down and two women killed by a tornado which swept the town of Hennessey, about thirty miles northwest of here about 4:30 o’clock this afternoon. Mrs. MARY HOLMES, a widow, was instantly kiled. [sic] The name of the other woman is unknown. The property loss is placed at over $50,000.

The tornado also struck the town of Hayward, north of Hennessey, where several houses were demolished. It is now known whether any one was killed there.

The Evening News, Ada, OK 21 Apr 1912


Fifty houses were demolished at the town of Hennessey. Mrs. MARY HOLMES and another woman whose name cannot be ascertained to-night were killed.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN 21 Apr 1912

Articles transcribed by Jenni Lanham.  Thank you, Jenni!



Hennessey, Ok., April 20. -- A tornado hit Hennessey late this afternoon [illegible] buildings, houses and churches are demolished and thousands of dollars damage done.  One woman is reported killed. At about 3:50 o'clock the [illegible] and the sky became over [illegible].  The roaring that accompanied the storm was heard from the southwest and people began running for caves.  Within minutes the twister passed over [illegible].  It was followed by a hail storm with stones three and four inches in diameter.  All telephone and telegraph lines are down. Mrs. Troyer, whose house was demolished, is reported [illegible] and Mrs. Ben States seriously injured.  The rear end of the Fred Ehler [illegible] Company building was demolished and the Grimes Flour Mill and the [illegible] Gin destroyed.

The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO 21 Apr 1912


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