Lawton, OK Tornado Kills Two, Apr 1922


LAWTON, Okla., April 8. -- One woman, a Mrs. Spann, and an unidentified baby were killed and fifteen others were seriously injured by a tornado, which swept through the western part of the city about 5:30 o'clock this morning, demolishing twenty houses and numerous garages and barns.

Telephone communication is demoralized and the electric light plant was put out of commission.  Two blocks of poles on the main toll line of the telephone company were leveled.  The plant of the Independent Compress Company was badly damaged by the twister.  The storm swept the Mountain Hill.

One house in the Mountain Hill Addition was destroyed by fire following the storm.

A torrential rail followed the storm, making difficult the securing of news from Mountain Hill.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 8 Apr 1922


At Lawton, Ok., the damage is estimated at $100,000, with two deaths, the victims being Mrs. Harry Z. Spann and her 2-year-old son.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 9 Apr 1922