Oberlin, KS Tornado Destruction, Apr 1942
THIRD MID-WEST STORM KILLS 14.
KANSAS TORNADO STRIKES BY NIGHT NEAR OBERLIN.
Oberlin, Kan. -- (AP) -- A midnight tornado ripped thru southern Decatur county Thursday, killing 14 persons and injuring 13 others severely.
Two entire families were wiped out by the storm which slashed a farming area south of Oberlin.
A four-year-old boy, blown away, had not been found by rescuers hours later.
The city, itself, escaped damage.
The furious blast carried away livestock and levelled farm buildings over an area one-half mile wide.
In several instances not a trace of the buildings remained, in others, only splintered boards showed where homes and stock barns formerly stood.
One of the victims, MRS. DALE PADDOCK, was found on a creek bank, her head and shoulders driven into the ground by the twister. Her son vanished, her husband, the third member of the family was killed also.
GUS LEINWETTER, 40.
MRS. GUS LEINWETTER, 33.
NAOMI LEINWETTER, 7.
MARDELL LEIPNER, 7.
DALE PADDOCK, 33.
MRS. DALE PADDOCK, 29.
ELVIN PADDOCK, 4.
LEON RAILSBACK, 17.
MRS. JAMES BENEDA, JR.
NORMA NICHOLSON, 14.
MRS. FRANK URBAN, 65.
DUANE HAROLD, 18.
Oberlin is in the northwest corner of Kansas, about 20 miles south of the Nebraska line.
It was the third deadly tornado to strike the midwest in four days.
Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1942-04-30