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Perry, Oklahoma Tornado

April 20, 1912

Perry, Okla., April 21. - - Two children were killed by the tornado which swept over this place late yesterday. The dead:

John Gerdes, aged 13, and Mary Gerdes, aged 3.

More than 100 wooden houses were blown over, and fourteen persons slightly injured.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC, 22 Apr 1912

       

At Perry, one man was killed and twenty persons reported to have been injured, several of whom will probably die.  Twenty-five buildings, including a stone business structure and a schoolhouse were completely wrecked.  Numerous buildings were unroofed and, according to passengers who arrived in Guthrie to-night aboard a Santa Fe train, residents of the little city are panic-stricken....

The town of Perry and surrounding country are reported flooded....

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

       

Perry Dead and Injured List.

Perry, Ok., April 21.
-The tornado which Saturday afternoon swept through the town of Hennessey, thirty miles southwest of here, killed two persons and injured fourteen others in the town of Perry and the country immediately north of here. About 100 buildings were blown down or damaged here. The dead:

JOHN GERDES, aged 12.
MARY GERDES,
aged 3.

The injured: MRS. M. W. GERDES, FRANK PEARSON, F. T. BRIGGS, W. H. HUSSELLTON, W. L. EDWARDS, J. M. CRAWFORD (may die), M. JOHNSON (may die), PAUL TETAK, JOE SKLINDA, EDWARD WILCOXEN, MRS. J. T. CHESCHER, J. T. CHESCHER, J. M. O'DELL, MRS. M. W. MOORE.

The tornado raised after leaving Hennessey and again made its appearance about eleven miles southwest of Perry, moved rapidly in a northeasterly direction, mowed a path about 200 yards wide through the southeast section of the town and continued on toward the northeast for a distance of about six miles. Every farm building in its path was blown down. The occupants escaped in storm caves.

The Perry Country Club building was picked up and carried a quarter of a mile across a lake and set down on the opposite side. Little FRANK PEARSON, whose arm was broken, was playing in the barn when the tornado picked up the building, carried it over the house and orchard and dropped it into a ravine 200 yards away.

A horse on the Schindling farm was carried about 200 yards and dropped in a wheat field.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 22 Apr 1912

Transcribed by Linda Houston. Thanks, Linda!

       

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