Drumright Tornado p 1

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at the t 13 persons which contribute Stars Shining At Drumright DRUMRIGHT, Okla: (IK -- "Debris "Debris flying all around me -- and the stars shining." That was the recollection of one of the hundreds of persons caught in the path of the death- dealing tornado which ripped a )lock-wide, two-mile strip diag- nally through Drumright l a s night, fatally injuring five persons. persons. "I was in my yard when I he funnel," said. Arnold .Scheer, a dry goods merchant who is director director of Drumright's Civil De- ense. 'I Was In The Middle' "I yelled back to the house for ny wife to open the wiridows but before she could do that the wind was past, "I was in the middle of the ornado and my strongest recollec- ion was that debris was flying all around me -- arid the stars were shining." Scheer described his personal experience as he worked at organizing organizing numerous police, fire de- artment and Civil Defense units rom neighboring and distant cities which poured in to give help. The devastating cloud skipped ts way from the southwest to ijortheast across the city,, damag- ng- and.. ;destjej**g=v.aboot---'100' dwellings and "heavily;':. damaging' a half dozen commercial struc- ures. Before, it strudk the more hickly settled areasi: it dipped in- o a large- chicken and turkey arm. Late last night the owner had not found a feather from the flock. Barely Missed Theater Scores of -persons had tales; of ;he twister which .hit at 9:33 p. he time the electric current went off. As it crossed Broadway, the main e a s t-west thoroughfare through the business district, the wind barely missed a crowded movie theater. Part of the theater's theater's front was torn away. A number of persons reported the tornado appeared to be accompanied accompanied with a flash, or fire- sail, as it swirled its way across the town of 5,000 persons. This was believed 'to have been the ·wind ripping down high tension wires. There were no fires. Scheer some water mains were broken and that water pressure dropped! for a time. A six-story hotel at the west edge of the business district caught a'glancing blow from the See DRUMRIGHT. Page 2

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  1. The Lawton Constitution,
  2. 03 Apr 1956, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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