Harmony Grove, MD Tornado Damage, May 1929

ONE KILLED, SIX INJURED AS TORNADO HITS COUNTY WRECKING 4 HOMES.

MRS. JOHN J. SHANK, 65, NEAR HARMONY GROVE, FOUND DEAD AMID DEBRIS DEMOLISHED HOME; HUSBAND UNCONSCIOUS NEARBY.

SCHLEY'S BIRTHPLACE WRECKED; OWNER AND WIFE SLIGHTLY INJURED.

One person was killed, six injured and several reported to have made narrow escapes in a tornado that demolished homes, leveled barns and outbuildings, uprooted trees, blew over telephone, telegraph and power poles and damaged orchards about 8:30 o'clock Thursday night. In addition to the tornado, cloud bursts in several sections of the county caused creeks to overflow their banks and spread over roads suspending traffic and inundating hundreds of acres of adjoining fields and meadows.
Up to 1 o'clock this morning the killed and injured reported were:
Killed:
MRS. JOHN J. SHANK, about 65 years of age, near Harmony Grove.
Injured:
JOHN J. SHANK, near Harmony Grove, condition very serious.
MRS. JOHN W. FOUT, near Harmony Grove, lacerated and bruised.
JOHN W. FOUT, near Harmony Grove, lacerated and bruised.
MARTIN L. WACHTER, near Harmong Grove, lacerated hand.
MRS. MARTIN L. WACHTER, near Harmony Grove, lacerated hand.
MISS DOROTHY DOLL, near Frederick, painfully lacerated about the face and limbs.
The home of MRS. SHANK, a two-story frame building, was completely demolished and the timbers scattered a distance of nearly one hundred yards. MRS. SHANK'S body was found about one hundred and fifty feet from the foundation of the house. MR. SHANK, unconscious, was found by his wife's side. He was brought to the Frederick City Hospital and at an early hour this morning was in a very critical condition.
MR. and MRS. FOUT occupied "Richfield" the birthplace of Admiral WINFIELD SCOTT SCHLEY, near Harmony Grove, which was badly wrecked. The roof was carried away, second story demolished and one side of the house was caved in. MR. and MRS. FOUT were on the second floor when the crash came and were injured about the face and body. They were taken to the hospital but their condition is not considered serious. The tennant, a MR. SHANK, also in the house, escaped injury.
MR. and MRS. WACHTER received lacerations about the face and hands when windows of a house they occupied on the farm of THOMAS B. HAYWARD, near Harmony Grove, blew in. They were also taken to the hospital and after having their injuries dressed were able to leave.
The home of MR. and MRS. B. FRANK DOLL, on the south side of the Montevue pike, about a mile west of the city, was partly unroofed and damaged and their daughter, MISS DOROTHY DOLL was lacerated about the face and leg. MR. DOLL'S garage was completely demolished. The home of NEVIN BISER was slightly damaged.
Shortly after the collapse of the SHANK home, GUY RAMSBURG, WILSON T. CARMACK, J. J. HOFFMAN and CARL HAYNES, neighbors went to the scene. Not a vestige of the house was left on the original site. After a short search the bodies of MR. and MRS. SHANK were found fully one hundred and fifty feet away. MRS. SHANK was dead and MR. SHANK unconscious. In additioin to the house every outbuilding, including stable, hay shed and chicken house was leveled. Windows at the home of MR. CARMACK and his garage, chicken house, hay shed and other buildings were demolished.
At "Richfield" a clock in the second story room, occupied by MR. and MRS. FOUT, was found about seventy-five feet from the house. It had stopped at 8:30 o'clock.
The National pike between this city and Fairview, near the Catoctin Country Club, was covered with water to a depth of two feet. Beyond Middletown Catoctin creek overflowed its bank and covered the road to a depth of nearly two feet. Traffic was suspended and scores of automobiles caught in the storm parked their cars along the roadside and were compelled to wait until the high water receded.
Telephone communication was interrupted between Frederick and Brunswick, Thurmont, Myersville and points along the Carroll county line. Western Union and Postal telegraph wires east and west were out of commission.
The tornado centered in the vicinity of Harmony Grove, where the greatest destruction occurred. The next central points seemed to be on the Montevue pike, near this city, and Mt. Pleasant and Brunswick. At the latter place streets were flooded from curb to curb.

Frederick News-Post Maryland 1929-05-03