Maryville, MO Tornado Destroys CCC Camp and High School, Oct 1934

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MARYVILLE, Mo., Oct. 24, -- George Drake, Kansas City member of a veterans conservation camp, for whom more than 200 men had been searching in the wreckage of the camp struck late yesterday by a tornado was found dead today.

The storm left four dead, four critically injured and a dozen or more painfully hurt.

Damage to the buildings and other property in the city and the camp was placed at about $300,000.
Others dead were: Guy A. Allen, Shelbina, Mo.; Ralph E. Hare, Alley, Mo., and H. S. Newton, Bevier, Mo., all world war veterans. They were fatally injured in the collapse of one of the camp barracks.

Little hope was held for the recovery of J. J. Stack, St. Louis; Samuel Morrow, 54, Bevier, Mo., and Lee Dobbins, Kansas City, all members of the camp, and G. Sterling and Runyan, a townsman.
The storm gathered late yesterday, dipped down suddenly in the central part of the city and swept toward the camp, leaving a path about three blocks wide and a mile long strewn with wreckage.
Two barracks buildings were lifted from their foundations and dumped and demolished 120 feet away. Two others were twisted about their foundations.

Daily Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, IA 24 Oct 1934


"It Was Horrible"

"It was horrible," said Lieut Tom Taylor, in charge of the camp, in telling how six buildings were wrecked, one of them blown on top of the other, as many of the more than 200 men lay flat on the ground outside while others huddled in places of refuge inside the tottering walls.

"We saw the storm coming as we were getting ready for chow," the officer said.

"I ordered what men I could contact to get outside and fall flat on the ground. When the storm struck it sounded like the continuous roar of a passing train. It seemed ages before it was over but, of course, it really must not have been more than a minute and a half.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 24 Oct 1934