Blue Ridge, TX Tornado 1919

Seven Persons Killed in Blue Ridge Community.

Special to The News.
McKinney, Texas, April 9.—According to telephone reports received here from Blue Ridge, fourteen miles northeast of McKinney, seven persons were killed in a cyclone which swept through the Calls community, four miles northeast of Blue Ridge at 11 o’clock last night.

The dead are W. J. Lawrence, Mrs. W. J. Lawrence and four of their children ranging in ages from 6 months to 12 years. Three other members of the family were badly hurt in the storm, which completely destroyed the Lawrence home. The damage in that community was estimated at $50,000 to $75,000, according to first reports.

Miss Lena Pryor was also killed. Her home was near the Lawrence home. Jim FULLER, living across the road from the house where Miss PRYOR was killed, is reported to be badly injured and may not recover. John PARKER of the same community sustained serious injuries when his home was partly demolished. Barns and outhouses were destroyed.

Mrs. Alvin Cunningham and baby were both seriously injured. The CUNNINGHAM home was totally destroyed.

The bodies of five members of the Lawrence family were taken to the home of John PARKER and later to Blue Ridge. The body of a 6-month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. LAWRENCE, both of whom were killed, was found this morning. Twenty houses in the path of the storm were destroyed. Rain amounting to .52 of an inch fell here, accompanied by some hail and high wind.

The Texas Power and Light Company reports that about half of the city was without lights last night. A farmhouse was blown off its foundations south of McKinney, which is the only damage reported around McKinney.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 10 Apr 1919

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List of Those Reported Killed by Storm Wednesday.
Following is a list of the identified dead:
At Blue Ridge:
W. J. LAWRENCE and wife and four children
Lena PRYOR.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 10 Apr 1919

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The Calls community, four miles northeast of Blue Ridge, in Collin County, was disastrously dealt with by the storm, seven persons being killed there. This storm was at its height about 11 o’clock, much earlier than the storms reported from other sections.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 10 Apr 1919

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Damage At Blue Ridge Greater Than Estimated.

Special to The News.
McKinney, Texas, April 10.—Reports received from Blue Ridge today indicate that the property loss from Tuesday’s storm would run to more than at first thought. The loss is estimated at over $100,000.
The funeral services over the bodies of six victims of the LAWRENCE family were held at Blue Ridge this afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Those who were thought dangerously injured will likely recover. The path of the storm was about 100 yards wide.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 11 Apr 1919