Washington, KS Tornado, Jul 1932 - Four Killed

Tornadoes In Midwest

Washington, Kan., Stricken; Wires Down

Hanover, Kan., July 4. – Four persons were killed and a score or more persons injured in a tornado which struck Washington, Kan., late this afternoon during a Fourth of July celebration.

Two new school houses, the courthouse, the Burlington station and approximately 50 houses were razed by the wind.

The dead:
H. E. FRAGER, Washington, automobile dealer
C. B. GILLETT, Washington, retired mail carrier.
A youth named SIMMITT, Washington.
An unidentified man.

All communication lines were destroyed by the tornado, and persons who were able to get out of the town sent out a call for ambulances, physicians and nurses.
The tornado struck at 3:15 p.m., accompanied by a downpour which measured an inch and a half in a few minutes.

Washington has a population of approximately 2,400 people.

Mayor Edgar BENNETT said he and his family saw the tornado approaching and took refuge in the cellar of their home. They escaped injury.

Most of the injured were caught in a garage and automobile agency building which was wrecked by the wind. The garage owner, Harry FRAGER, was killed.

The twister dealt its hardest blow to the business district.

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