Various Towns, IA Tornados, Apr 1947

AT LEAST 21 DEAD AS STORM HITS 3-STATE AREA.

TORNADIC WINDS SWEPT THRU NORTHWEST MISSOURI TOWN.

FIFTY WERE INJURED.

THE STORM CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE.

Worth, Mo., April 30. (AP) -- Tornadic winds whipped through small towns in Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa leaving at least 21 dead today, injuring more than 50 and causing thousands of dollars in property damage.
Hardest hit was this northwest Missouri town with a population of 233. Thirteen persons were killed and approximately 45 injured. Only half a dozen buildings in the town were left standing.
At least eight persons were killed in Arkansas where vicious winds last night lashed the small community of Bright Water and swept close to Garfield, not far from the Missouri line.
A tornado also struck Clio, a town of about 200 population, in Southwestern Iowa, causing extensive property damage. No loss of life was reported, however.
The tornado that hit Worth swept through the center of the town wiping out the entire business district. Two of the town's three churches and its brick school house were the buildings demolished. Practically every tree in the town was clipped off.
The community was in darkness until late last night when a mobile generator arrived from a neighboring town. Both the Salvation Army and the Red Cross set up stations and homeless were being cared for in the few remaining residences still standing and in nearby towns.
AL DOPKING, Associated Press reporter who also covered the recent Texas City, Texas, explosion disaster, described the devastation here as greater proportionately than that at the Texas town.
"There simply isn't anything left except a few homes at the south edge of town which the storm missed," DOPING said. "The center of the town is wiped bare except for splintered wood, bricks and other debris."
N. A. COMBS, a Worth mail carrier, said he doubted if the community would be rebuilt.

Worth, Mo., April 30. (AP) -- The dead in the tornado which virtually destroyed Worth yesterday include:
BERT SHIPLEY, 65, and his wife, 64.
MR. and MRS. LEVI BURNS, each 70.
FRANK ROBERTS, 70.
FRED JENNINGS, 39.
JOHN DUNNER, 75.
OREN MYERS, 49.
MRS. CHARLES HALL, 52.
IRENE PICKERING, 22.
MELVIN PICKERING, 27.
MOLLY PICKERING, 75.
MRS. FRANK WALKER, 75.
At Worth dazed survivors today searched the ruins of their homes. Many of them wore bandages and some limped as they wandered over the nightmarish scene where the tornado left only 13 houses standing on the north side and eight on the south side.
Lumber, parts of homes, bedding, and dead animals were scattered over a wide area.

Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune Missouri 1947-04-30

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Worth Mo. Tornado--1947

I once interviewed Marguerite Mathews Asher and her husband Hillyard, who lived in Worth. (I have not looked up my notes, but it would have been about 1998.) Marguerite's second husband was killed in the tornado. She said that people ran to a cave in or near town. Once everyone was inside, her husband and an elderly gentleman held the door at the front of the cave in hopes that the storm would not open it. Unfortunately, the tornado did open the door and the two heroes were pulled out by its force. The elderly man was found on the ground not far from the door and Marguerite's husband was found in a field, beyond a fence.

Let me know if you have use for this account and I will go looking for my notes.