Austin, TX Tornado, May 1922


By Associated Press.

AUSTIN, May 5.----The death toll from yesterday's tornado which swept through Oak Hill and the territory to the south of here, was increased to twelve today with the finding of the body of Andrew McGrory of Port Arthur in the brush west of the campus of St. Edwards College and the body of an 8 year old negro girl named Harper near St. Elmo four miles south of Austin. McGrory was a student of St. Edwards College and it is believed the wind lifted him from the ground in the college yard and hurled him to the bushes, 300 yards distant.

Ben Roberts, negro, who died early this morning, was the tenth victim. He was injured at Pennfield, just south of Austin.

With the exception of McGrory, Roberts, and an infant of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Padgett, all the deaths occurred at Oak Hill and Manchaca, eight miles south. At the former place the Bargsley home was the hardest hit, six persons there meeting death when the tornado struck the house. These were:
Mrs. John Bargsley, Sr.,
Miss Ada Bargsley,
Mrs. J. S. Thompson, Sr.,
Mrs. J. S. Thompson, Jr.,
John S. Thompson, Jr., and Marla Kincheon, negro servant.
Two negroes, S. S. Seales and Laura Russell, were killed at Mancheca.

The Padgetts lived on Post Road, south of Austin.

About fifty persons are known to have been injured in various localities touched by the twister, but in most cases the injuries are of a minor character.

Most of the injured are being cared for in hospitals and home here.

Mrs. J. R. Padgett, mother of an infant killed, was believed to be the most seriously injured.

List of Injured.

The injured include: At Seaton infirmary:

C. F. Werner, Laredo, student at St. Edwards, bruised and cut.
Charles Hartman, Gainsville, student at St. Edwards, bruised.
D. C. Paine, Pennfield, bruised.
F. S. Fritter, Brackettville, student St. Edwards, bruised.
Osmond Caplet, El Paso, student St. Edwards, bruised.
H. L. Thompson, Pennifield, bruised.
Mrs. W. F. Woodman, Pennfield, splinter driven through head, serious.

At City Hospital:

W. S. Calhoun, Pennfield, bruises.
Eddie Erkuyns, bruises.
Edna Padgett, bruises.
J. R. Padgett, bruises.
Leona Cault, Pennfield, bruises.
Everett, Mose and Howard Adcock, children, 4, 6, and 9 years, sons of Mrs. Edna Adcock, bruises.
Mrs. Edna Adcock, bruises.
H. V. Kitry, bruises.
Mrs. Hardy Johnson, bruises.
W. D. Dodd, bruises.

Physicians and Surgeon's Hospital:

Jack Musseit, Jr., fractured skull.
--------- Eggling, bruised and cut.
Miss Nona Johnson, bruises.
Mrs. W. H. Grizbzeard, bruises.
-------- Jones, cut and bruises.
Grady Ashley, bruises.
Mrs. Dodd, St. Elmo, cut and bruised.
Mrs. Burleson, bruised.
William Kreigler, bruises.
F. C. Litton, broken shoulder.
Vivian Childress, 14, injured foot.

The chief property damage was done to the plant of the Woodward Manufacturing Company at Pennfield, and St. Edwards College, the negro deaf, dumb and blind institute, and residences and buildings in the south and southwest parts of the city. The central portion of Austin was unharmed.

Relief Work Starts.

Active relief work began this morning.

Two separate windstorms, one east of Austin, and the other in the western limits, were responsible for the damage, according to eyewitnesses today, Father J. A. Allen, Pyser of St. Edwards College, said he saw the two storms approach, and come together just before reaching the vicinity of the school.

Among the damaged places were St. Edwards College dormitory and gymnasium and the laundry at the negro deaf, dumb and blind institute.

Several residences in Travis Heights were demolished. Two of the dwellings were occupied at the time, but the occupants were uninjured.

Students at St. Edwards in the dormitory and gymnasium were hurried to a place of safety by the instructors when the storm approached.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 5 May 1922


Fort Worth Man Loses Relatives in Austin Storm.

Word of the death of his aged mother, two sisters, his nephew and the latter's wife in the tornado which struck Austin Thursday was received here late Friday by Jack Bargsley, 1017 Arlington Avenue. "Aunt Maria," one-time slave who had been with the family for generations, also was killed when the house was swept away.

Mrs. John Bargsley, the mother, was 58 years old. The elder sister, Mrs. Jo S. Thompson Sr., was a widow and the mother of J. S. Thompson, Jr. who, with his wife, was killed with the rest of the family. The younger sister, Miss Ida Bargsley had never married but had remained to care for her mother when the latter was left a widow twelve years ago.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 6 May 1922