La Plata, MD Tornado Rips school, Nov 1926
Wind Struck Suddenly.
Baltimore, Nov. 10 â€“ The little schoolhouse at La Plata was â€œtwisted as one would twist a piece of paper,â€ by terrific windstorm that struck the Charles county town Tuesday, DR. GEO. D. HEATH, representative there of the State Health Department, said in a telephone conversation. The school building was demolished over the heads of the pupils of which at least 12 were reported killed.
â€œThe school building,â€ DR. HEATH said, â€œis only a small two-room structure and it collapsed almost in a flash. The building was not blown over, but seemed to be squeezed and twisted toward the center. I closed my eyes, realizing the horror of what was to come. Perhaps they were closed for only a few seconds, and when I opened them again the building was a mass of wreckage. Screams were filling the air from under the broken boards and debris. Some of the children had managed to escape and were fleeing from the scene.â€
â€œOthers were injured and groaning and crying,â€ DR. HEATH said. â€œRealizing that medical assistance would be needed at once, I went back to my office and summoned aid, while a large crowd of residents surrounded the wrecked building and started to free the imprisoned children.â€
DR. JOHN COLLISON, of the state department of health, left Baltimore by automobile with a supply of antitoxins for the injured.
Brandywine, Md., Nov. 10 â€“ Several houses were destroyed in Cedarville, Md., and at least four persons severely injured by an apparent continuation of the storm which Tuesday killed 13 persons in La Plata. The freak storm was reported to have cut a 50-yard swath from La Plata to Cedarville, 14 miles to the northwest. Communication in this district was disrupted by the storm. Cedarville is four miles from here and has 75 inhabitants.
OWEN P. GRIMES, a brakeman on the Washington, Brandywine and Point Lookout Railway, told of his train being stopped at Cedarville by a fallen tree and hearing screams from his own home, 50 yards away. He and two other members of the train crew investigated to find GRIMES' wife under an overturned stove, her dress afire and two of their three children injured.
DR. HARRY BOWEN, of Brandywine, who was passing, brought the injured to his office here, where it was found MRS. GRIMES' hips were crushed. Her condition was serious. LESTER, 12 years old, was burned and bruised and EMILY, 3, suffered a broken knee. SELA, 18 months old, apparently was unhurt. The GRIMES' house was burned.
Many grim pranks of the storm were related. MRS. C. L. TUCKER was blown out of her yard and dropped to the ground severely injured.
R. F. WARD, at Baden, two miles from Cedarville, went to the back door of a store, to look at the storm. The wind swept him away and took the door with him. He was dropped uninjured, but minus his trousers. The store was unroofed.
The News Frederick Maryland 1926-11-10