Tornado, Lake Creek, TX 1954, June 3

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Tornado, Lake Creek, TX
1954, June 3 - Member of Family Not Hurt-He Was in Paris...
Member of Family Not Hurt-He Was in Paris Wesley Cooper was In Paris, seeing about re-enlisting in the Air Force, when a tornado demolished his home near Lake Creek. "Heard something about tornado warnings on the radio, but didn't think a thing about it," recalls the youth, dazed by the word that his mother and six other member* of j* half-mile west of the destroyed the family were injured by the Cooper home, was in his auto witli when somebody yelled a tornadd had hit Lake Creek," said Richard Strlngfellow, former Parisian now living in Cooper. Stringfellow wa« pressed into service as an ernerg* ency ambulance driver. BURNEY OATS, whose house i« blow. Cooper and a buddy, P.D. Smith, two small sons when the st o r m hit. were on the south edge of Paris! "Just like a big, boiling spiral oi hitch-hiking back home to La ke' black smoke," he recalled. "Start- Creek when one ambulance passed | ed shaking the car up and d o w n. them. Then came a second, third! So I backed it off the road, into and two more. i the mud and it stayed put." "I thought I saw one of my sis-' Oats lost a back porch and barn ters sitting In the back of one of'roof at his place, but considered ! them. . .Then I saw another rela-1 himself fortunate. . . . tive. . .And I knew somet h i n g ] was wrong. . ." i ONLY LAST MARCH. Jap Coop. Cooper rushed to Lamar Gener ! er of Grand Prairie had bought al Hospital and found that seven 1 the house and 89-acre place for his members of his family had been in: mother, the ambulances. ... i All he had Thursday was the 89 acres. The Cooper house j u * t AN EMERGENCY call for blood I wasn't there anymore, for tije Injured victims brought 20 volunteer blood donors from Cooper Cooper to Paris. A NEARBY neighbor. Paul Pet- j itifils, rushed to Lake Creek after ; the mishap. "Line was busy," said ! i Petitifils. "Thought I never would | ! get that call through." CITIZENS IN the Lake Creek and Cooper area have started a drive to collect badly needed cloth Ing I and furniture for the family. Sher- ; iff Houston Brantley's office is col- , lection headquarters. I "WAS OUT on the front porch ' i swapping (tones with the kids , WHERE IT RAINED Ambia 1.00 Arthur City 40 Biardstown 1.20 Cooper .16 Deport 88 Faught 75 Honey Grove 41 Hopewell 60 Marvin 70 Paris 1.36 Petty 50 Roxton 55

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 03 Jun 1954, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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