The Hennessey Clipper (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 22, No. 50, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 25, 1912 Page: 1 of 8
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The Hennessey Cl
HENNESSEY, KINGFISHER COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, APRIL25, 1912
A Most Disastrous Cyclone Sweeps Hennessey
, ! iinnel Shaped Cloud Come Up From the Southwest About 4:00 O'clock Saturday
Afternoon. No Lives Lost But Property Loss Great
The.most destructive storm that)
ever visited this section of
state devastated the country
trict to the southwest, passed j
through the residence section in the
south part of town and continued
its destructive course to the north
west, leaving a desolate path be-, a hail storm had been raging an
hind and doing thousands of dollars hour previ()US k seemed to rm e
worth of damage to property on am| (li ) as it progr;,sed near the
Saturday afternoon April 20th. iirnits an|j j®st ™
Houses, barns and outbuildings then is only known by results The
were unroofed or annihilated, trees „r ' v. ,,,
n.aimed1 "t'i"? 8t<K'k u'l"' ""l*' sw,'"i « f tow! and - . " urn,,
maimed. Telephone and telegraph how the Hennessey Roller Mills in Residenrp nidri-t in c D. * <• u • . I partially destroyed by the
blown down mid wires the north part of town were almost South Part of Hennessey IS Devastated the overturned stow Mrs
hlliii cm nnrl vwim.I • > ... t • >• . i . nn ■ >■ . ...
Damage is Almost $100,000
Hail Stones 10 to 14 Inches in Circumference
—Country District Suffers Heavily
floor of the house, to which it wa
in no way attached. The house wa
taken clean from the foundation;
and with its contents tossed in the
yard ol a neighbor to the east where
the remnants of furniture were
partially destroyed by the Ibe from
; lost ol) dollars in bills which she
| had placed in a glove and put away
in a bureau drawer. The money
was thought to have been burned.
1 he Grandma Taylor residence
nearby was badly wrcnched aa.l
riddled by flying timber and one
corner torn away. The Trimble
home adjoining was crowded off its
lines were blown down and wires t|le north part of towV were aimo's't
shSrpiy t,a'f ' m! rnd;,V^ totally wrecked, and other buildings
. uttered to fragments by hail ju the same locallity but slightly
stones from 10 to 14 inches m cr- damaged, and the central pariof'
cumference. In some places the , )W„ escaping with very little in-1
fmnosslhle Th^TeoMii" nSee.":S jury' is.beVon(1 comprehension. j
without loss of life. The property were thronged ^th^'people who • snrJiTt P,ace- whil*h was a and family, was badly damaged by
loss will reach close to *100,000. wit!, the deafening roar of the stor w ' c""^srd un,der the the flying timbers and hail. One
pd^n^ho' threi?teni"£ clouds appear- and the terrible hail, seemingly nam MrTwhif f a°nf y °CC.U' J^rd. about one inch through and
. northwest early in the af- went mad with fright, running nins MM|„irf Th c e r wide, passed through a tront foundation
ternoon and gave every indication down the streets in every direction .esHprH e tn!; r J Schl,e"lan" wil,,iow int0 a bed room where it I The Peter Heppel cotta
of a severe hail storm. As th • seeking shelter in storm caves an i . " distance north and pierced the wall and drove through '
stormadvanced from thenorth wes, behind every available object thai tiuns and ' fr<,mits f°unda- a heavy plate mirror in another
the funnel shaped or cyclone cloud offered the slightest protection. ,t ,ers all'h. ddio^m, i h ' Wer6 roo' -P^ruding about five feet on *
1 that v^Hnitv Tho T fSm 111 '',a('h SKie- lhe Wils"" residence mi and Mrs. John Holcom
that vie in ty. The residence of Mrs. the west side of Main, occupied by
I -M^'- tonnerly Mrs Grace, was Allie Chambers, was denuded of its
badly wrecked. The Blake home, shingles. Dan Tail's residence was
il l s, " seeimngout of the path of shorn of its porches and decorations
1 estoin to the north, was almost and the Curt Day huff residence lest'
(omplctely wrecked. Mrs. Blake's its roof. Mrs Dayhulf and voune!
; youngest daughter and her aged babe taking refuge in the cyclone'
mother narrowly escaped with their cave. The W. R. Blackburn horn.
i L, i "m °" le r,ear (,f the across the rtre(t east, escaped seri-
Balkenbush property and another ous damage, but the or. hard just
Iddjoimna on the Starkey place col-, south was totally destroyed, as wer.
lapsed and the two were carried to all the outbuildings at the rear \
the southeast, almost riddling the tree, eighteen inches in diameter on
b ackaby residence. 1 he top of Mr. the rear of the lot, wluej, belongs i.,
,t v Th 'T0 WaS al?° blown theoldJ- W. Smith property, wa
away, l ie Austin residence east pulled up like a weed. And a le,
Blackabys,. and the last house ; months old calf belonging to Ch.,s
a Mde the corporation on the west Love, creep from the mass of deb, i-
crushil tn f r.1"' WUS ^"'Pietely ; in the ravine east of the Love ho.,,
(rushed to fragments. Hie Tate ! unhurt.
orchard to the south was uprooted, | The home of Mrs. Mathews east
b own 1! ,, outbuildings j of Love's, was torn to atoms. Mrs
r ! !rere alf the out" Mathews, her son, a daughter and
t rood .?nd L hCraarm SM'vml children and some others
The o d I W <! ^3rd uProoted; were packed into a small cellar un-
IheoIdJ. W. Smith property to der the house, The cellar was cov-
ae north, occupied by Chas. Love ered with boards separate from the
1 'ftwell, who decided to move to
Ins I arm in the country, was totally
demolished and blown away, as was
lus outbuildings and others to the
A flying timber from this
wiee.age pierced a bedroom in the
I iliott home a block east Mrs.
j lliott, who had been lying down,
had arisen from the bed but a few'
minutes before. At this point the
storm, which seemed to be reaching
out in every direction, veere I more
t0 the north, crushing barns like
i gg shells, swept the John Leddy
i< idence ofl its foundations and
l.adly wrecked the building. The
Leddy barn and the Myron Smith
barn were reduced to shreds, as was
also the I. N. Chrisman barn about
a block north. The A. W. Darrow
barn, a fine new structure, was
twisted out of shape and ruined,
his house was also badly wrenched,
and the A Iv Lane cotton gin over-
turned and the new machinery re-
eiuly installed, almost hopelessly
the road escaped with the loss of battered. This is a loss of $3500
the roof, and the Nie Moran resi- to Mr. Line.
dence adjoining, occupied by Mr. The twisier apparently raised
an elderly somewhat at this point and after
i ,f. ivh . ' Trorr ,on11' v,here st"rm demolished house bam out-
build..,gs and pratially destroyed cycloid eellar ia which Mr T oyer ad
taken refuge, the res! of the family bein | absent from home
seemed to form in the southwest,
damaging farm houses, barns an,!
trees in its course to the northea i
At the Jud McKissick farm about
three miles southwest of town, the
house was badly wrecked and a
part torn away, and outbuildings
destroyed. Mrs. McKissick was at
home alone with the exception of
two small boys. When trying to
get out of the house with the boys,
with a mother's instinct to protect
her loved ones, she bended her body
over the children to ward off (lying
object, and was struck on the head
by a tree, it is thought, that grew
by the door way. Two severe gash-
es were cut on the right side of her
head, and were later sewed when
she was brought to town
The plunging of the hail-beaten
horses, the screams of the fleeing
women and children,the hoarse cries
ol men, the terrific roar of the
storm and the sense of utter help
I, ssness with the elements, was ap
palling, and the strongest hearts
g ew sick and faint with the awful-
n ss of t he scene.
Before the storm struck town ir
demolished the Rassmussen's barn
and badly wrenched his farm house
M F. Jones' farm was also in its
path and his outbuildings were <le
molished, but his residence, in
which tae family had taken refuge,
weathered the storm, and no one
was injured. The Troyer home on
the edge of town, was totally anni-
hilated, and Mr. Troyer, the only
As the cyclone crossed Turkey member of the family at home at
creek great trees were uprooted and the time, escaped by going into the
others twisted to a mass of splinters, cyclone cave. The residence, barn
When within a mile of town the and outbuildings were reduced to
twister seemed to veer sonjewbat !•> kindling wood and the greater part
the east under the pressure of the blown away
heavy wind from the north, where The White home, west and north
Scene of destruction in rearofH.< liver and I'arl Dunlap residences ful-
Jy seventy yards from die i t path of cyclone. Two horses in barns m
rear were injtiri d.
■ vi rturning the grandstand at the
hall pari', struck the Crowford resi-
dence east of town. This house
wa.-. built in an early day by J J.
I hiM. kmortoti, aa I is perhaps the
strongest and best built in this viei-
iiitj, il ( cn.l t i li ing of soft wood,
specially selected and shipped in
from Missouri. It stood the terrible
strain well but was denuded of
couple, was blown to pieces, tin
floor with t he carpet still on it. wie
undisturbed The occupants mira-
culously escaped with nm in
juries and were dug m t In in under
the wreckage by nei lib.,is Tae
Brown home to th< n I a* mo
ed from its foundati n an-' but
slightly injured, wliil.- t:,e Wl alio
residence near it, occupied by
J*™. a"d Mrs. () <;. Brown, was everything in the way of trimmings
whirled dear around and landed and ornament, while the hail stones
on top of the cave southeast of : haltered every pain of glass. The
the foundation, the root was broken outbuildings were swept away like
in and the contents of the house chaff. G. I. K Crawford, a relative
were a jtinible of fragments. Mr. who resides on the old Stetler farm
and Mrs. Brown were in -the cave cast of town, was caught in the road
but the house landed a lew feet loo near the A. N. Crawford home, with
ar east to cover the do.)-- Rev his son, but left the wagon and team
Brown also lost a valuable horse, a and laid down in a ditch at the side
board bem^ driven ait > its should, r. ol the road and escaped uninjured,
nis barn and also all the outbuild- Fite wagon was totally demolished
ltiM in this block were leveled bv and scattered over the surrounding
A brick residence occupied by William W-ilbnm Mr* w u ; tne accompanying wind. A small country. One It arse was killed by
i the same afternoon by Eugene 1 (Continued on last ra*e)
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wrytonar Buys a Hundred Cents Worth and More at L M. BarnumTT^
; •• t
This is something that your wife lias
been intending to purchase for years.
Then why not now ? You need it and it
will save many steps and much of the
drudgery of kitchen work. A place for
everything when you have a Kitchen cabi-
net. With a Border Queen Cabinet in your
kitchen the kitchen work will boa pleasure
We want you to see this caoinet. Come in
at any time, but come soon.
!l is Ice Time—Get a Refrigerator
A good refrigerator is an investment.
Those who think they cannot afford a new
refrigerator should see the Reliance Re-
fngerator. Flioy are built for ice economy. A little ice g ias a good wavs
when you 6wn a Reliance. The.v will save you money by saving on ice. -
The ice saves the food and is real economy. You will have to have a Refrigerator this
g a -
f. Barnum & Co.
j - — J I
Good Stoves ant! Good Meals.
^ ou want good things to eat and yet you
will worry along with a poor, cheap stove
when it would be cheaper to own a good
Range. A good mechanic needs good tools
Ihen why expect a cook to produce good
meals on a cheap, good for-nothing stove
that will use more fuel and cost more than
a good stove? If it is for a ni>tt.er of
economy, you can not afford it. Don't
spoil good food by trying to cook on a
stove that has been worn out, burned out
and incapable of good work. Get a good
stove. Get an Acorn. We have them. Lot
ns prove to you that the best is the cheapest
Come in and see them. It will be a pleasure to
date cook stoves. Come and look them over.
Our I uroiture, remember, is well selected, and a dollar will buy
hundred cents worth in this store. Let us prove this statement.
—A complete line at prices that meet all competition anywhere.
this line of up to
even more than
tienne&sty, Ok la
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