Swifton and Other Towns, AR Violent Tornados Strike Area, Apr 1929
42 KNOWN DEAD TOLL OF ARKANSAS TORNADO.
SWIFTON ALONE HAS 21 DEAD; SEVERAL TOWNS, LARGE RURAL SECTION IN PATH; 100 INJURED.
By Associated Press
Little Rock, April 11 -- Forty-two persons are known to be dead, several missing and believed dead, and nearly 100 injured in a tornado which swept through sections of north-central Arkansas last night.
Twenty-one persons are dead at Swifton, 20 miles north of Newport, and five at Guion. The latter town is reported to have been blown away. All victims were white.
Six negroes were reported killed in the vicinity of Parkins and four negroes at Princedale.
The storm struck at Alicia, and Swifton, small towns north of Newport. The dead included a MR. and MRS. RILEY and children; MR. and MRS. RILEY LONG; MISS VINEY LONG; MR. and MRS. CLEO NICHOLSON. A partial list of dead at Swifton includes: CHARLES DEFRIES and daughter, GRACE; MRS. J. A. ROWLETT; MRS. ESTHER RILEY and children, RUTH and BUSTER; MRS. RUSSELL LONG and daughter; HOWARD WATTS; THURSTON HUDGENS; and JOHN LOW. MRS. LOW was injured.
By Associated Press
Little Rock, April 11 -- With some more inaccessible sections not reached yet by rescue workers who centered their attention on caring for the many injured, the casualty list as the result of last night's tornadoes in north Arkansas, at noon to-day stood at 43 known dead and probably more than 100 injured. Property damage was unestimable.
The bodies are being placed in temporary morgues at Swifton, nearest storm center, and other nearby towns while the injured are being taken by the dozens to hospitals at Newport and Batesville and also in private homes.
Rescue workers expected to find many more bodies under the debris in the isolated farm settlements and houses which bad roads made it difficult to reach today.
A wide area in almost complete waste was left by the tornado in the Swifton section where the greatest damage resulted. Houses were carried long distances and in one instance a house was dropped in a creek with three of the family of five dead.
The known dead are listed as follows:
Twenty-four in Swifton area; eight near Parkin; three at Guion; six at Lorado; two at Wynne and also two children missing. The number injured is so great that all estimates are wholly inaccurate.
The Red Cross and other relief agencies are caring for the injured and dead. The injured reported that Guion was practically demolished. More than 75 persons were injured there and were taken to Batesville. Many critically injured are expected to die.
The lone hospital at Batesville was filled and the dormitories of Arkansas College have been converted into first aid quarters.
Fayetteville Daily Democrat Arkansas 1929-04-11