Glazier, TX Tornado, Apr 1947

By Ken Hand
Staff Correspondent of The News.

The little wide space in the road the residents proudly call Glazier, population 90, became a postwar Lidice.

"I never heard such an awful roar in all my life," Bill Robertson, war veteran said.

Something struck the side of our house and I grabbed the kid and wife and we hit the storm cellar. The wind seemed to be coming from all directions, twisting first one way and then the next."

He said that in the welding and machine shop which was turned into shambles, by the twister a half-ton lathe made of tool steel was lifted from its anchoring and torn in half.

Glazier, once the biggest cattle shipping point in the Southwest -- that was when the Santa Fe Railroad came through in 1889 -- seemed destined at first glance to become a ghost town.

Population Now 20.
"I don't believe," said Vincent Lockhart, newspaperman of Canadian, "it will never be rebuilt. The population now is about 20."

Trains were delayed because of the debris deposited on the right of way by the freakish twister. Signal posts were laid crosswise over the rails. Bits of tin were wrapped tightly around telegraph poles. Many poles were down in confused disarray and between Glazier and Higgins a barbed wire fence was leveled as flat as if it had been stepped upon by some giant foot.

In Glazier, Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Gross and their five children crawled under a single bed, seconds later found themselves deposited, bed and all, 100 feet away. The house -- or rather what was left of it was lifted completely from its foundations.

Edwin Ward, 24, who escaped with members of his family by crawling into a storm cellar, found a calf that had apparently died because it had been impaled by a lath driven by the terrific force of the wind.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 11 Apr 1947


The Red Cross said eight were killed at Glazier, Tex., a village of 200. Forty injured persons were treated at Canadian. Only one building was left standing there. Townsmen organized a vigilante committee who stopped incoming cars, turning away curiosity seekers.

Register-Republic, Rockford, IL 10 Apr 1947



Canadian, Tex., April 10. --AP-- The list of identified Texas dead in last night's tornado:

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott, both about 65 years old, Glazier.
Mrs. E. M. Herring, 90, Glazier.
Miss Ida Farrell, 64, Glazier.
Harry Farrell, Glazier.
Dee Eubanks, 64, Glazier.
A. Mrs. Davis, Glazier.
Howard Broadway, Panhandle.

Register-Republic, Rockford, IL 11 Apr 1947


Casualties of Storm

The identified dead in the Texas-Oklahoma tornado follow:

At Glazier, Hemphill County.

Howard Broadway, believed to be from Panhandle
Tony Brock, believed to be from Amarillo
Mrs. _____ Davis
Walter Engleman, Sante Fe crewman.
Dee Eubanks, 60.
Palm Eubanks, 65
Harry Farrell
Miss Ida Farrell, 70
Miss E. M. Herring, 92
Tom Hext, 55
T. G. Howard
Miss Jean McCarty
Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Scott, each 65.

Injured at Glazier.

Willard Pickett, Mrs. Ellis Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hext, Jeannette McDaniel, Mrs. Homer Jamision, Jimmy McDaniel, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Potts, Mrs. P. D. Gross, John Gross, Mr. and Mrs. ____ Simmons, Mrs. Julia Jamison, D. M. Jamison, Homer Jamison, Mr. and Mrs. ____ Connally, Mrs. Troy Brock, Amarillo; Jessie Odell, Perryton.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 11 Apr 1947


When it struck the tiny town of Glazier, it may have been as much as two miles (3 km) wide. Press reports told of two people who were known to be together in Glazier before the tornado struck were found three miles (5 km) apart afterward. Most structures in the town were swept completely away. Glazier was considered completely destroyed, with 17 dead, a major percentage of the populace.

Damage Totals From the Red Cross - Hemphill County, Texas - 83 homes leveled, 116 damaged