Jeff Kidd - tornado

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Jeff Kidd - tornado - R D T H E ABLLKNK KKHORTKR-NEWS Alilloiic,...
R D T H E ABLLKNK KKHORTKR-NEWS Alilloiic, Texas, 'ilim-iday Mumiag, April 14, 1M* oil| D1SASTK11 SCENK -- Wreckage caused by the tornado which demolished Castro County community of Sunnyside is shown above. This scene looks northeast. In the background is the Baptist Church where a group was meeting. {AP photo). THREE DIED 25 Remain in Hospital After Sunnyside Twister AMAR1LU) (AP) -- RcscuegpaMor, spotted ihe tornado cloud] Near Muleshoe, a tornado un- jin !of workers, probing through debris, Wednesday counltd three dead and as many as 60 injured from a tornado which swept through the little community 'of Sunnyside Tuesday night. Twenty - five persons remained in hospitals. The tornado destroyed the Bap- IIjl church where 75 persons gathered for a brotherhood meeting. Automobiles at the church were piled atop each other and gave ihe scene Ihe iippc'iiranee of a junkyard. Tlie tornado was part ol a violent sweep of weather that stretch- «1 from near the New Mexico line *ast as far as Fort Worth ant Miilh to the Rio Grande Volley. Killed at Sunnyside were T. B Hogan, 51, a ginncr; Nona Beih Phelan, 12. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Phelan; and J. B. Kidd 45, Plainview, a lay leader visiting the Sunnyside church. Rescuers at the scene at OIK. time reported a fourth death, bu Hie victim was only injured. Thirty - two persons were (real td at hospitals. A rescue team of officers aiii 40 volunteers sifted the debris o Ihe West Texas village IK twee Lubbock and Amarillo without rinding further victims. Seventy . five persons were in {he church or in Hie immediate an lo their cars and sought to rive away. ad sounded the alarm. \voduli a farm home and smashed Her husband told (he congrega-; a barn and other buildings. Before striking Sunnyside, ion to head for shelter, ·ent lo an underground Some storm eltar behind the church. Others twister hit a gas company booster] station about two miles to the southwest and razed a .vacant The Rev. Mr. Holers dashed farm **"* a n d a «ttl« barn. iexl door to the parsonage to Castro County Sheriff Jack earch for liis family. ICnrlwrighl said Ihe tornado killed He didn't find the family and numerous talttt. tarled for tire shelter, saw he -oiildn'l make it, and ran back nfo ike parsonage and into an vicinity lighted. when the tornado was nlei'ior closet. The Iwise disin- cgrated around him but he was unharmed. Jlosl crili catty injured rf the survivors was Mrs. Earl Phelan, whose daughter was killed. The tornado levelled the church, a store, grain elevator and cotton ?in. The Red Cross .counted 13 iiomcs destroyed and others badly damaged. | Apparently the same tornado- menaced Amarillo, TO miles away, and Borger, While Deer and Sk«l- lyton'in Ihe Panhandle. Another tornado dipped into the edge of Friona, 30 miles northwest of Sunnyside, and 'a third bounced through a farm near Muleshoe, about 30 miles southwest of the shattered community. At Friona the twister rolled a 50-foot house trailer about MO feet, injured Mrs. Marie Carroll, a!! school nurse, wlio was in the trail- I er. She suffered » severe back 1 ! injury. Her husband and brother Mrs. C. W. Rogers, wife of the were thrown clear.

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  1. Abilene Reporter-News,
  2. 14 Apr 1960, Thu,
  3. Page 26

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