Clarksburg, WV (Vicinity) Tornado Damage, May 1948
W. VA. COUNTS 5 DEAD, 75 INJURED IN TORNADO.
TOWN OF MOUNT CLARE IN SHAMBLES; VICTIMS INCLUDE 3 IN ONE FAMILY; HUNT FOR MORE BODIES CONTINUES.
Clarksburg (AP) -- Harrison county rescue workers waded through the debris of ruined houses Monday searching for more bodies after the death toll had reached five in the wake of a tornado which struck six rural communities Sunday.
Three members of a single Hupp Hill family died of storm injuries in a Clarksburg hospital. They were identified as RAYMOND AYLOR, 36; his wife, PEARL HITT AYLOR, 26; and their five-year-old son RAYMOND AYLOR, JR.
A second child, ARTHUR AYLOR, 3, was rescued after being buried under mud and debris which leveled the AYLOR home, and hospital attendants said he had suffered nothing more serious than cuts and bruises.
The FLOYD funeral home at Weston reported receiving the body of a man as yet unidentified, and a fifth victim was identified only as a man named MORRIS who was killed at Mount Clare.
CHARLES WILLILAM AYLOR, brother of RAYMOND, was in a hospital here. He said he was visiting at his brother's home when the twister struck about 9 p.m. Sunday.
Harrison County Sheriff HARRY CARDER led searchers Monday on a new hunt for victims, but state police were convinced the casualty list would be nothing like the 100-odd killed in a similar storm which struck near Clarksburg in the summer of 1944.
Officials said, however, it appeared likely the damage might exvceed the $1,000,000 cost of the twister four years ago because of the wider range of Sunday night's storm.
The tornado literally played leapfrog all around this city of 30,000, striking almost within the suburbs.
Methodist churches were destroyed at upper Mount Clare and at Big Isaac, in Doddridge county, but apparently there were no casualties in either instance.
Remaining in hospitals in Clarksburg Monday were about 30 persons, although the sheriff's office said at least 75 to 80 persons had been treated at hospitals or Red Cross stations which have been set up in the area.
One of the most seriously hurt was MRS. GOLDIE DAUGHERTY, 42, of Hupp Hill, whose recovery physicians said was in doubt. Also in the hospital were her husband and two sons, 5 and 7 years of age.
The unincorporated community of Mount Clare, located about 10 miles from Clarksburg in the direction of Lost Creek, was a shambles. Chairs, refrigerators and other household items littered the streets of the village, which has a population of 200.
The body of an automobile sedan was lodged high in the branches of a tree.
Electric power service failed in the communities of Weston, Glenville, Gassaway and Sutton when wind ripped out 22,000 volt lines at the Monongahela Power Co.'s substation near here.
Superintendent C. R. LEWIS said service had been restored Monday morning, although this was not fully in effect at Weston.
The home of MRS. MINNIE BARTLETT, 66, of Quiet Dell was picked up from its foundations and carried 40 feet to the edge of the highway, where it was set down intact.
MRS. BARTLETT, suffering from a broken shoulder, was rescued from the debris inside the house.
Clarksburg (UP) -- The following are known names of the dead and injured in a tornado which struck Harrison county Sunday night:
RAYMAN AYLOR, 36, Mount Clare.
MRS. RAYMAN AYLOR, 26, Mount Clare.
RAYMAN AYLOR, JR., Mount Clare.
An unidentified infant whose body was found on a road near West Milford.
RAY BLAKE, 15, West Milford.
MRS. CONNIE WILLIAMS, his mother.
ALBERT WILLIAMS, his stepfather.
MRS. FLOSSIE PRITCHARD, Mount Clare.
ARTHUR AVON, an infant.
Baby McKINNEY, Mount Clare.
DOMINICK GRANNATE, West Milford.
GLADYS GRANNATE, West Milford, his wife.
MRS. HARRY WILLIAMS, West Milford.
MRS. VIOLET JOHNSON.
DOTTIE LOU JOHNSON.
MISS JOHNSON, a young girl.
MRS. ADELINE DYE.
MRS. GOLDIE DAUGHERTY.
O. V. DAUGHERTY.
MRS. MINNIE BARTLETT, Quiet Dell.
MRS. FAYE WILSON, Mount Clare.
SHARON WILSON, 2, Mount Clare.
Two persons being treated in the emergency room of Union Protestant hospital, Clarksburg, whose names were not immediately known.
Six persons treated at St. Mary's hospital, Clarksburg, who did not give their names before being discharged.
Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia 1948-05-03