The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on March 14, 1944 · Page 13
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 14, 1944
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MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1944 The Red Cross solicitors for district No. 2 of Marion township, Franklin county, made their rounds the other day and reported a §7.50 average a farm. From left to right are Harvey Hemmes and the solicitors, Johnnie B. Koenan and Jerry T. Jin-gens. No. 39 in Series on North Iowa Farms. Tornado Not Profits Hemmes and.his new team of 3 year olds. He had never hitched them. The Harvey Hemmes farm, 6'/o miles west and 2 miles south of Chapin in Franklin county, is a show place as far as buildings arc concerned. They arc all brick and tile. Uut strangely enough, they are the direct result of disaster rather than prosperity. Looking at them, one's reaction quite likely would be: "Now there's a farmer who has made some money and decided to spend it on his farm." Actually, a tornado wiped every building off the place just a year after Hemmes had bought it. When ho rebuilt he used brick and tile. That was in 1925 as the big white letters painted on the front of the barn prove. The picture at the bottom of this page was taken from an angle which few see--almost directly in the rear of the farmyard. Trees hid the view from the front. Hemmes bought the 120 acre farm from his father-in- law, the late J. K. Jin-gens, in 1921. On June II, 1025. a heavy rainstorm drove Hemmes and his nephew. Bert Hemmes, about 18, to the house for shelter and they stood at the kitchen windows looking out. Also in the kitchen were Mrs. Hemmes, j\Ir. Hemmes' 75 year old mother, Bert's sister, Rebecca, and a woman visitor from Pella with her small daughter. "It's clearing o f f ; you'll be able to get out again soon," commented his mother. Just as she said it, Hemmes caught sight of the tornado coming from the west about a mile away. He yelled for the women and children to get into the basement under the kitchen. Almost before the words were out of his mouth the terrific suction from the approaching storm began sweeping hay and debris from the yard and buildings toward it. Then the window glass began popping out. "I saw the tornado hit just west of us in the field. It made a noise like a cannon. Then Dcrt and I dove into the basement too. It was a good thing, too. Afterward we could see where our heels had dug into the dirt holding the women and children up against the west wall with our outspread arms. Tt was all we could do to hold them. "It was pitcli dark and dirt and straw was blowing all around us. My wife yelled, 'It's getting lighter.' Then the house was gone from over our heads and we could see the tornado going on eastward. And all of a sudden it was as beautiful and sunny a day as it is now;" he looked out the window. It took only a few minutes to tell. The actual happening took only a few seconds, Hemmes said. When it was "all over, every building was leveled and most of the bits were gone. A cancelled check which had been put away somewhere in the house was returned afterward by a farmer who lived 8 miles east of Nora Springs. He had found it in his pasture when lie went for the cows. The only part of the house left where it had Lfeen was a (Tarn tg Next Page) LOOK INSIDE FOR-Fine Buildings Tornado Result (Features on the Harvey Hemmes f;irm by Tlior J. Jensen; pictures bv SalTorc! W. Lock.) 3 Tons Pork--Page 3 --V-Grinding Feed--Page 8 y Don't Crowd--Page 13 --V-Cream Pie Urn!--Page 13 --V-They're Related--Page 1 7

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