Jeff Kidd - tornado

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Jeff Kidd - tornado - *7TH YEAR OF DAILY SERVICED- NO. 217 .TEXAS,...
*7TH YEAR OF DAILY SERVICED- NO. 217 .TEXAS, --Asiiciitel Prtfi SEASON'S FIRST TORNADO WIPES OUT SMALL COMMUNITY Sunnyside Church Demolished By Blast Of Powerful Cyclone Four Texans Die As Light Plane Crashes 'MINERAL WELLS, ; . (AP) -A ! small! private plane : disintegrated in flight 20 miles northwest ef Mineral Wells today and four persons were plunged to death. An eyewitness said the plane, a Beechcraft, seemed to have exploded in- the air. He said' the wings and engine dropped off. .One -of the bodies was identified as that of Dr. James William Rainer of Odessa, Tex. The other victims were, reported to be Mr. and Mrs. Burford Freeman, both 65, of Dallas, and Ben Dean Sheats, 34, of Fort Worth. ; . The crash occurred three miles south . of the small Palo Pinto County town of Graford. ..A newsman of Radio Station KORC, Mineral Wells, said two bodies were found in the main wreckage. The others were found tome distance away. Wreckage was strewn over a 200-yard area. The plane had .taken. off from. .Fort Worth 'a few minutes' before the crash. Dr. Rainer had been in Fort Worth attending the Texas state medical meeting. Dr. Rainer was piloting the craft. TORNADO IN WEST TEXAS Woman's Alarm At Church Kept Fatalities To Three AMARILLO, Tex. (AP)--Three persons died 'and" 32 were injured as- a -tornado caught most residents of a West Texas village in church and all but swept the place off the map.Tuesday night. But for a woman's warning cry seconds before the twister struck, the toll probably wouM have been much greater in the crossroads community .of 'Sunnyside, about halfway · between Amarillo and Liibbock. Mrs. C. M. Rogers, wife of Sunnyside's Baptist pastor, spotted the dark and threatening "cloud and sounded an alarm. Nearly 40 men at a meeting in her husband's church scrambled for tw» storm cellars close by. Most of them made it. Several were too late: ·-· -···-··.- ··-.- "The men had to put up their arms and: hold up the rafters," said Murl Rogers, 10, son of the minisetr, describing how they kept REMEMBER WHEN An editorial in the Aubrey Argus hotly denied that the woods in the area ·'"contained more illicit whiskey stills than any area in Denton County"? WILSON SAYS GROWTH AIDED The:expanding economy of Texas is strongly dependent on continued strict law enforcement, the Texas · attorney . general said in Denton today. Atty. Gen. - Will Wilson spoke briefly at a.coffee in his honor at (he Pat Boone Country Inn. His Denton stop was his campaign for British Abandon Rocket Site Plan By ARTHUR L. GAVSHON ain's strategic bomber force will in behalf of re-election in he May 7 Democratic primary. Addressing about 65 persons.-mostly men -- Wilson said t h e continued growth, of Texas has a direct bearing on how laws are enforced -- particularly' in. t h e areas of gambHng, loan sharks, medical quacks . and trusts or cartels. Wilson, former district attorney Dallas, cited what he called the decisive decision Dallas voters made in 1946 when he was elected DA. "For years," he said,. "Dallas he roof of one shelter from col- apsing on 30-odd persons. Sunnyside residents emerged to indthe"fafmimg community shat- ered.. The writhing, storm levellec heir church, store;-'grain elevator cotton gin and four or five homes A half-dozen other houses lost heir roofs. Dead and injured were strewr amid rubble piled up to five feel ugh in an area 100 feet square. Thrusting on to the northeasl he twister' jumped over Amaril- to, about 70 miles distant, anc ilso menaced Borger, White Deer md Skellytown in the Panhandle oil fields, the Weather Bureau at Amarillo' reported. Another tornado dipped into the edge of the town of Friona, about 30 miles northwest of Sunnyside, and a. third bounced, through a arm near Muleshoe, about 3( miles southwest of the shattered 'iltege. The Friona twister .rolled a 50- r oot house trailer 200 feet, trap ing Marie Carroll, a public schoo lurse, in the wreckage. She suffered a severe back injury. Her msband Tom and her' brother Jack . Davidson of Danville, 111. suffered minor hurls. At-Friona heavy rain sent water gushing through the-streets up to Vk feet deep for. a time. Hail the size of pears pounded the farm country around Sudan.' Kilfed at Sunnyside were T. B Hogan, a ginner in the com munity; Nona Beth Phelan, 12 daughter of Mr. 'and Mrs. Ear pheian, and J. B. Kidd, 45, Plain view, -a lay leader visiting Sunnyside church. th. an -equal side stay last he he y The professors summer '.or will the saw Battle the was the is he of a of he in and the of and in the form and and and ed ed. the

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  1. Denton Record-Chronicle,
  2. 13 Apr 1960, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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