Jeff Kidd - tornado

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Jeff Kidd - tornado - Tragedy in the shape of a screaming tornado...
Tragedy in the shape of a screaming tornado struck Sunnyside is about 70 miles southwest of Amarillo. The tornado struck while most f the residents of Sunnyside were at church. A woman standing outside the Baptist """ " " twisting congregation dashed Jut some , Little is left of Sunnyside this i morning. 4 : Last night it consisted of the Baptist Church, a store, a grain elevator, a cotton gin and eight or nine homes. Four or five of the homes were smashed and roofs were taken off the others. One of th. first persons to reach the stricken community was the sheriff of Castro County, Jack Cartwright of Dimmitt,15 mil^ Ttorth of Sunny side,. *aid- liter: "The one of almost i. We found scattered in My ! nthe tornado ° r 20 cars ' most , I we got there the survivors were trying to get some of the other cars started so they could take the injured to the hospital." Efforts continued for hours after the tornado to identify the dead and injured. Late last night the known dead w«r* J. B. Kidd, president of the Brotherhood of the First Baptist Church at Plainview, Nona Beth Phelan of Sunnyside and T. H. Hogan, a Sunnyside ginner. Kidd was 45 and Nona Beth was 12. The dead girl's mother, Mrs. Earl Pheian of Sunnyside, was first reported missing out was later found gravely injured in the Dimmitt hospital. Thirty-two were taken to hos. pitals m neighboring towns — 28 to Dimmitt, three to Olton snd one to Littltfield. Power was knocked out at Sunnyside and also at Dimmitt, adding 10 the confusion of res cue efforts. The tornado which devastated Sunnyside was one of at least three writhing over tht West Texas Plains in abcut foiii waves of violent thunderstorms. Another tornado, apparently small, wrecked a trailer house and injured three persons at Friona and dipped destructive!^ on a farm north of Muleshoe. At Friona, the tornado whipped and rolled a 50-foot house trailer more than 200 feet into U.S. Highway 60. It pinned tjia Friona school nurse, Mrs. Marie Carroll, berftath the wreckage. Her husband, Tom Carroll and her brother, Jack Davidson of Danville, m., both were hurlaij clear of the bouncing trailer and escaped with superficial-injuries. ,, k Hailstones fta *i*Mmd shape of pears pounded .Sudan, 28 ineY-norfhwrst. of Lubbock. t As the turbulent storms* rol. led in waves across the Pan. handle-Plains sector* vicious winds started rising in Some (places downstate. Just 4outh of Dallas, telephone lines were knocked down and a number of tress were toppled east of Duncanville on the Camp Wisdom Road. High winds knocked out a transformer at Mesquite in eastern Dallas County, and whipped the western part of Fort Worth late last night, breaking a number of windows and toppling television antennas. A wind storm, moving from south to north, carved a path ot destruction through Johnson County below Fort Worth last night. Apparently it was the same storm which ripped on north into a section of Fort Worth, smashing several plate glass windows. The news director of a radio station in Cleburne, said no one saw a funnel cloud. However, he toured wreckage in the area and said debris was scattered, around as if by "ternadiq winds." No person was hurt, although a caw was killed. Candidates

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  1. The Brazosport Facts,
  2. 13 Apr 1960, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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