"Oklahoma Families Flee Dust"
Oklahoma Families FleeJ)ust Scores Abandon Homes; Loss Is Heavy T7AXSAS C1TV. Apr. 10.— (AP)-'^- (AP)-'^- Grimy wagons and motor cars carried scores of families out of JCnrthwestern Oklahoma tonight in full flight from an eight state dust norm—among the. most severe of a c>va statin? scries. frop and livestock damage, al- rc«rty piled high in uncounted millions, millions, increased rapidly, principally in Knnsns. Oklahoma, and Colorado. J'ai-lR of New Mexico. Iowa, Nc- ln-apkn. Texas and Missouri also vrre hit. Wheat Crop Doomed Tlif swirling clouds, which late todio readied Kansas City, were viewed by" R. 1." Throckmorton. head of HIP Kansas state college agronomy agronomy department, as spelling doom for 11m bic wheat acreage in Western Western Kansas. He said not even rain now would check devastation in the drmilh-ridden sector, a major source of the nation's wheat. Many st'liqols and stores -were closed in Colorado and Kansas. The business district at. Srott City, Kan., WHS shut down for the third con- BPCUtivC dfty. More than 100 families have deserted Cimarron and Texas counties in the Northwestern Oklahoma Panhandle. Chester Lamar, a Federal Emergency Relief Administration administrator, administrator, said that 100 "normally self sustaining" families have left Texas county alone within the last 30 days. The Oklahoma refugees told graphically of their distress. "I'm trying to get some place where my children can at least live," said Sirs! Lydia Dower, of Hardesty. "I today as slie drove away by truck with her three children for Colo- i r.Tlo. Atop the truck was the family family :roat. Sets Out For Utah "I had no chance to raise a crop here," explained Koy Woods, of Texhoma, as he set out for Utah. if^cl -K years apo. oster, of Trxlioma, "This farm is the fruit of my la- evor since my wife and 1 mar- said T. A. . "but we are „ „ ... leave it. Fortunately, I in- hrriterl a farm In Linn county, Kan- *a.s, where we can po." Floyd Hudson, member of the corn-hog committee in Cimarron county, said the dust lias driven out all hut three of Hie -10 families who onc-p lived in Ihe six townships south of Boise City, Okla. Thousands On Relief Attributing conditions to the dust, Mrs Mabel Lathrop. relief worker m Guymon. said 4,000 of the 5,500 families in six Northwestern Oklahoma Oklahoma counties are on relief rolls. ••We're heading east," was all many of the occupants of 36 truckloads truckloads of furniture sighted today between between Guymon and Boise Cits ^'"tacy^Rankin of Hardesty, Okla., set out for California with his wife and children, saying:, ••W* feared for the family s (Continued On rage 5. Col. 1)