New Leipzig, Elgin, Bently, ND Tornado Damage, Mary 1933
18 MEET DEATH IN NORTH DAKOTA -- UNDETERMINED NUMBER ARE INJURED IN WIDELY SCATTERED DISTRUBANCES BUT HEAVY RAINFALL PROVES BENEFICIAL TO GROWING CROPS.
HEAVY DAMGE TO PROPERTY IS REPORTED.
STRICKEN AREA IN GRANT COUNTY CUT OFF FROM COMMUNICATION AS WIRES ARE DOWN AND CLOUDBURST MAKES ROADS IMPASSABLE BY DESTROYING CULVERTS.
At least 18 persons were killed, including four children near New Leipzig, N.D., and an undetermined number injured by tornadoes which swept North Dakota and other parts of the northwest and middle west Monday night and Tuesday.
Heavy property damage was caused in many places but an accompanying rainfall also was of great benefit to crops.
The dead near New Leipzig were the children of MR. and MRS. HAROLD LAMB, who were trapped in their home when it was demolished by the twister. The parents also were injured and were being taken to a hospital at Elgin.
New Leipzig was cut off from telephone and telegraph communication. The Mandan Red Cross sent first-aid equipment to the tornado area, as word was received that ruins of demolished buildings are being searched for additional injured.
The tornado was reported to have swept through central Grant county about 7 p.m. Monday night from the southwest. The length or width of the path covered by the storm was not determined.
Elgin, Bently, New Leipzig and Brisbane communities suffered heavy losses. A cloudburst accompanied the twister with about an inch and a half rain recorded in a short time.
Culverts were washed out and added to the difficulty of obtaining information as efforts were made to reach the stricken area by car.
Grant county officials at Carson went to New Leipzig Tuesday to search for other possible injured.
Three of the LAMB children were dead when a physician reached them Monday night. The fourth died Tuesday morning.
DONA JEAN LAMB, nine months old; DORTHEA, 12; BETTY JUNE, 8; and NORMA MAY, 10.
HAROLD LAMB, a son, who was in the house at the time the tornado struck, escaped with minor injuries. His two sisters, BERNICE VERNA, 16, and LOIS IRENE, 14, were visiting at a neighbor's home which was not affected by the storm.
MR. and MRS. LAMB were taken to a nearby farm home for emergency treatment and still were there Tuesday.
A shack used by a road-building crew a mile and a half north of Elgin was overturned by the twister and the cook injured. He suffered broken ribs, while several others in the shack received cuts and bruises.
Central Grant county appeared to bear the brunt of the storm, with damage reported in the vicinities of Elgin, Bentley, and Brisbane. The twister apparently developed in Sioux county, and swept west through southern Morton, Grant and Hettinger counties, one fork traveling north of the town of Breien. Two buildings were destroyed on the ANTON RESSLER farm, six miles from Breien.
At Brisbane the Catholic church was demolished, the SPIELMAN garage wrecked, and the McVEY hardware store blown off its foundation.
The Bismarck Tribune North Dakota 1933-05-23