Fairmount, MO Tornado, Oct 1941
TORNADO SMASHES KANSAS CITY EDGE LASHES AT SUBURBS.
THREE DIE, 135 HURT AS TWISTER RAVAGES BLUE RIVER VALLEY.
Kansas City -- (AP) -- A furious tornado, the second destructive storm to batter Kansas City in six weeks, ripped through the eastern edge of the city and suburban communities in the Blue River valley last night leaving three pesons dead and at least 135 injured.
Fifty-five victims were hospitalized and 80 treated and left at the scene.
The storm first hit near 43rd Street and Kensington Avenue in Kansas City, moved northeast through Fairmount and several smaller communities, and struck last in Sugar Creek, nearly 10 miles from its point of origin.
Fairmount, between Kansas City and Independence, Mo., took the brunt. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and many industrial plants along the Blue River were damaged or destroyed.
No estimates of property losses were available, but one plant alone, the Kay-See mills, suffered a loss of $50,000.
Many victims were buried in the wreckage hours after the twister passed and some were near death when rescuers reached them.
MRS. DOROTHY LUCAS, 25, and her 18-month-old daughter, DIANI, were crushed to death, their bodies blown 500 feet. Two hundred feet farther on was the wreckage of their home. The only intact portion ws the floor casing which was driven upright in the yard.
MRS. ELLA PERKINS, 51, was killed in the wreckage of a friend's house. Her own cottage, a few blocks away, was undamaged.
There were many amazing escapes.
His leg broken, T. R. KING was found pinned beneath twisted water pipes in the basement of his home hours after his house was carried away. His head was in a pool of water and he was near death from drowning, but was revived.
Sterling Daily Gazette Illinois 1941-10-07