Various Towns, TX Tornados Cause Death And Damage, May 1930

TORNADO TOLL NOW 66.

RELIEF WORK IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH TEXAS GETS UNDER WAY; LOSS HEAVY.

Dallas, Texas, May 7. -- Sixty-six persons were killed, many were injured and property damage estimated at more than $500,000 was caused by a tornado which struck in Central and South Texas late yesterday, a partial check revealed today.
The death list included the following:
Twenty-five men, a woman and three children near Runge.
Seven men, three women, four children and ten negroes near Frost.
Two persons near Waco.
A fifteen-year-old boy and a child near Ennis.
Two men, two women and three negroes at Bynum.
Two men at San Antonio and Bronson.
Kenedy, 10 miles from Runge, reported 12 deaths, but it was believed some, at least, of the fatalities there were accounted for in the Runge list.
Striking yesterday afternoon, the tornado took the greatest toll of life at Frost, in East Central Texas, and at Runge, in South Central Texas. The force of the storm was felt in practically all sections of the state. Navarro, Hill, McLennan and Ellis Counties in Central Texas and Karnes in the southern part of the state bore the brunt of the storm.
National guardsmen, firemen and volunteers were working early today in the debris at Frost where it was feared the death list would mount higher. Nearly every building in the town was demolished.
Descending on Frost from a southwesterly direction, the tornado passed over a residential section, sailed over a schoolhouse and then razed practically every one of about 30 business houses. Telegraph, telephone and electric wires were torn down by the wind, which was accompanied by a driving rain, accentuating the terror of the survivors.
Sensing unusual danger when the swishing of the tornado sounded over the droning of school children at their recitations, Superintendent HARRISON of the Frost public schools ordered the children to march to the basement. Hardly had the pupils reached the lower floor when the storm struck, tearing off the schoolhouse roof and scattering it over the countryside.
Of three churches in the town one remained -- the Presbyterian. The Baptist and Methodist churches were destroyed.
Employees and customers in the two Frost banks saved themselves when, they ran into an open vault and closed the door. Both buildings were wrecked.
300 Homeless In Frost.
Of Frost's population of 600, half were homeless. Streets were blocked with debris torn from wooden and brick buildings. Automobiles were tossed about like toys. One street was almost blocked with automobiles that had been in a dealer's window.
Most of the white dead at Frost were taken to Hillsboro and Corsicana as fast as ambulances could reach them over black land roads. One wrecked building was cleared and bodies of negroes, wrapped in sheets, were laid in town to await burial.
Throughout the night, the Corsicana Salvation Army and women from that city served coffee and sandwiches to the rescue workers.
Cuts Narrow Path.
Many of the dead in the southern part of the state were believed to be Mexican farmers. The twister struck a rich farming country midway between Nordhelm and Runge and cut a path only 150 yards wide but 10 miles long. At the edge of Goliad County it lifted and passed out into the Gulf of Mexico.
The death-dealing wind apparently started at Spur and the Abilene district of West Texas, skipping to the Frost area, then landing more than 200 miles south near San Antonio. Another dip near Runge, and the tornado went out to sea.
Heavy, low hanging clouds, darkened many cities in the state. A sandstorm was reported in West Texas early in the afternoon. Several inchesof rain fell in Central Texas, and the wind did much damage, no estimate of which could be obtained.
Judge Arrives At Frost.
The bodies of PRENTICE FLEW, 29, who died in a Corsicana hospital today, and LEROY HEGLEY, nine months, who died in a Corsicana hospital yesterday will likely be sent to Frost late today for burial.
The body of MRS. W. H. BOWMAN, 60, who died en route to a Corsicana hospital was held there today and probably will be sent to Frost today or tomorrow for burial. Her husband was killed instantly.
HAWKINS SCARBOROUGH, judge of the thirteenth judicial district court, was one of the first arrivials in Frost, after the storm and remained there all night.
He excused all members of the jury for the week, and criminal cases set for trial Wednesday and Friday were passed. A majority of the members of the jury panel left Corsicana after the storm to aid in the rescue work at Frost.
Hear Storm In Corsicana.
ANDREW G. STEELE, county superintendent and past commander of the American Legion post at Corsicana, accompanied by 32 Legionnaires went to Frost soon after the storm and began patrolling the streets and aiding in the rescue work until national guardsmen took over those duties.
STELE said he had tended the services of the American Legion boys to relieve those on the scene. He said that probably 35 or 40 men would go to Frost this afternoon.
The roar of the tornado as it swept destructively through the west end of the county was heard by residents of Western Corsicana.

KNOWN DEATH LIST IN STORM.
Dallas, May 7. -- The known death list in Texas towns struck by tornadoes yesterday included:
At Ennis: Baby daughter of ART WAGNER; BOB FLANAGAN, 15.
At Runge: FERDINAND McHOST, 72; MRS. PAULINE McHOST, 68; MRS. FRANCISCO VILLAREAL; MISS CRUZ VILLAREAL; DOMINGO VILLAREAL; MRS. MARIA HERRERA, 20; LUCIA SALES GARCIA, 40; PANCHO GARCIA; SANTOS GARCIA; JUAN GARCIA; MANUELLA GARCIA; AUGUSTINE GARCIA; CALDUS GARCIA; MRS. MANUEL GOMEZ SALAS; SILVERO SALAS.
At Nordbein: GAVINO TREVINO, 77; SETRIOVA MOLINA, 70; GUADALUPE GARZA; FRANCISCO GARZA, 53; REPERTO GARZA, 13; SERA PIO GARCIA; LORENZO GARCIA; MARTIN GARCIA; MRS. EMILO HUCK; MRS. OTTO FUHRKEN, 32.
At San Antonio: J. C. KLEESPIES.
At Byaum: MR. and MRS. E. F. ISBELL and son, BRANDON; MRS. EMMA HOFT; three negroes.
At Branson: W. T. STRICKLAND.
Near Waco: Two negroes.
At Frost: LEROY HAGLEY, 9 months; E. A. PATTERSON, 50; J. E. LEE, 65; JOHN FLEW, 17; R. L. BELL, 50, and his child; MRS. LEAGUE WOOLEY, 35, and a child, 12; W. H. BOWMAN, 70; GIL PEGAN, 35; TOM HOGAN; JOHN FLY, 50; MRS. W. H.. BOWMAN, 60; PRENTICE FLEW, 21; MARY CURRIE, negress, 50, and son, JONES, 35; child of JESSE SATCHEL, negro; four unidentified negroes.
Three Mexicans were reported killed northeast of here.

The Amarillo Globe Texas 1930-05-07