Maryville, MO Tornado Destroys CCC Camp and High School, Oct 1934

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High School Destroyed.

The storm gathered late yesterday, dipped down suddenly in the central part of the city and swept toward the camp, leaving a path about three blocks wide and a mile long strewn with wreckage.

Two barracks buildings were lifted from their foundations and dumped and demolished 120 feet away.
Before reaching the camp, the twister damaged an ice company building in the business section, virtually destroyed the Marysville High school and lifted the roofs from several residences. High school officials made arrangements to hold classes in local churches. .....

Football Squad Escapes.

Those severely injured include: Jack Crawley, 30, address unknown; W. F. O'Brien, 36, address unknown; B. L. Wright, 43, Hannibal, Mo.; Oscar Bloom, 49, Kansas City; Joe McCubbins, 34, New Franklin, Mo.; Clarence Robinson, 37, Maryville; Sherman Bond, 43, Tuscumbia, Mo.; Edward Hallon, 36, of Chillicothe; Harvey Bowling, 44, Leadington, Mo., and Earl Van Buren, Queen City, Mo., all members of the camp, and Mrs. Helen Gunn, a Negro woman, and an infant Negro child.

Members of the Marysville High school football squad escaped injury as they crouched in the dressing room of the school gymnasium, bricks of the crumbling walls falling about them.

Objects of almost every description were seen to fly through the air. Ed Stotts, a member of the camp, said he saw the body of a boy being carried 40 feet above him through the air.

Ervin Kock, of St Joseph, Mo., and Albert Eddleston Butler, both camp members told of the experience of being picked up and swept though the air and set down five hundred feet away.

Parts of the city, which has a population of about five thousand, and is the seat of the Northwest Missouri Teachers' college, was plunged into darkness. Communication and power lines were torn down. Nearby highways were blocked with debris. Many trees were uprooted. A heavy rain followed the wind, hampering emergency work. National guardsmen and American Legion men took charge of the rescue work.

Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE 24 Oct 1934