1958 Tornado pg 14
TORNADO Continued From Page I twister went bouncing off east and apparently picked up its tail. No more damage was reported to the east. Strange, almost unbelievabl e, was some of the evidence the tornado left. A chicken in the Cooper yard was stripped of its feathers and killed by the force of the twister. Nearly, a rabbit had been virtually skinned. Down at the Coopers' small barn, a white - face was killed but her mother was spared. The family dog was also killed. Lee Brookmole, a neighbor, found Wesley Cooper's watch laying in the field nearby. It was still ticking. So powerful was the tornadic blast that splinters from the house were driven into a power pole nearby. Oddly enough, they were driven in all sides of the pole, even from the direction the tornado came. Verifying neighbors' versions of the twister was the fact that the house, owned by one of the Coopers' sons, was hurled 100 feet back west of its original location. Not even the blocks were left. None of the house was identifiable. Setting alone and undamaged amid the debris was the old family tr>ctor. Mrs. Cooper's husband was not at home. Neighbors said he works at a service station in Arlington. Also away from home was a ninth member of the family, Wesley, 20. He was in Paris. Lake Creek residents set the time of the tornado at 5:55, when most of them were at supper. Many of them sat out the blow in storm cellars. The Coppers didn't have one.