Primrose, NE Tornado, May 1965
VILLAGE IS WIPED OUT; SAY 3 DEAD.
Primrose, Neb. (AP) -- Tornadoes swarmed across central Nebraska late Saturday, dipping down to smash countless farms and finally to all but wipe out this central Nebraska village and kill at least three of its residents.
Fireman Dick Spiegel of nearby Albion watched the tornado as it approached Primrose.
"She was a big one -- two funnels formed into one,"
Fires followed the roaring sweep of the funnel through the village. The state patrol reported Saturday night that they had finally been extinguished.
Col. Dan Casey, the patrol chief, said townspeople were assembled at the school house, which remained standing, and were being counted "to see who is missing." The village has 129 persons.
Gov. Frank Morrison ordered national guardsmen to Primrose.
Albion newspaper editor Jack Lough reported half to three-quarters of the town destroyed.
Lough said the dead were MRS. LORRELL OLSON, in her 60s; her son, WAYNE, 36, of Omaha, and MRS. MYRTLE BARRY, in her 70s.
All the members of another family of nine were injured, Lough said.
There was no accounting of other injured.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Reicks said the and several others took refuge in the vault of a bank building which now is used as a tavern. The building was one of those which remained standing.
The town fire house was demolished and the fire truck flipped onto its back.
The weather bureau had warned at mid-day of the possibility of tornadoes in a belt through central Nebraska and toward the end of the afternoon reports of twisters began to come in.
The first came from Hebron near the Kansas border but others followed from across the state near the South Dakota line, and then from an area north of Grand Island.
There was no way of counting how many twisters were sighted.
Shortly after 9 p.m., five hours after the first reported tornado a new rash of tornadoes was reported in northeastern Nebraska with 18 farms destroyed.
In all the number of heavily damaged farms probably ran into the hundreds, but there was no immediate count.
Because of the warnings, most rural residents sought the shelter of storm cellars and caves and there were no reports of injuries to farmers or their families.
The damage was sufficient in northern Nebraska, near Ainsworth, so that National Guardsmen were called out there.
Primrose, the prime target of the storms, is about 100 miles west of Omaha.
Cedar Rapids Gazette Iowa 1965-05-09