Perry, OK Tornado and other Oklahoma Tornadoes, Jun 1901



A Dozen Persons Killed and Many Injured, and a Waste of Destroyed Property Lies in the Storm's Wake.

PERRY, O. T., June 8 – The storm which passed over eastern Oklahoma last night was one of the most severe since the opening of the strip.
A feature of the storm was the extent of the territory covered. Sweeping down from the Kansas state line and covering about fifty miles in whith[sic], the rain, wind and hail swept over the country as far south as old Oklahoma. The rain simply fell in torrents from early in the evening until midnight. The fury of the storm centered in a cyclone at about 6:20 p. m., which formed at a point near the Kansas state line and just on the county lines of Kay and Grant, Oklahoma. The twister took a southeasterly course, and was most disastrous on a belt of ten miles square in eastern Kay county. The little town of Eddy was struck and of the twelve or fifteen buildings in the place all were levelled[sic] to the ground except the railroad station and elevator. Flying lumber was scattered for miles. The people of the town sought places of safety early. One unknown man was killed and several persons only slightly injured by flying debris.
The track of the cyclone between this point and Tonkawa, a distance of about eight miles, was laid waste. Five farm houses, barns and outbuildings were blown away, but the occupants all escaped without injury. Five fields of wheat in the midst of harvest were laid waste. The tail end of the tornado fell with terrible force upon Tonkawa. Thirty dwellings and business houses were scattered like so much loose lumber. The citizens of the town had been watching the advance of the tornado, and had sought shelter in caves and cellars. No fatalities are reported at this point, and strange to say only few persons received even a scratch. A few miles from this point the tornado seemed, to go up in the air, and the country below did not suffer much from the storm except by washouts, a stiff wind and hail which damaged wheat and fruit.

Seven Killed, Many Injured
ENID, O. T., June 8 – The worst storm in years swept over Indian territory last night. It did most damage in Noble and Kay counties. At Hillings, Noble county, much damage was done. Seven persons were killed and many severely injured. A cloudburst occurred near Hennessey, King Fisher county, and King Fisher City suffered greatly.

Three Dead At Blackwell
BLACKWELL, O. T., June 8 – A destructive rain and hail storm visited here last night, killing three persons and doing much damage to property. R. H. CRAWFORD, a prominent contractor, was killed by lightning. Eddy, a town twelve miles southwest of here, was blown away. At that place two persons were killed and several others injured. The names of the dead and injured are not yet obtainable.

Great Damage At Guthrie
GUTHRIE, O. T., June 8 – A special to the Capital from Tonkewa, O. T., says a terrible wind and rain storm struck there at 5 o'clock Friday afternoon and lasted a portion of two hours causing much damage. Two big church buildings were damaged and about thirty residences. Twelve houses were torn down and blown away, leaving absolutely nothing. MRS. JOHN MARTIN was hurt by falling on a stone as the storm moved the house off its foundation.
The Salt Fork river is full of wreckage of homes and furnishings. Barns were torn away and buggies and horses that were in them left standing unmoved. The people all sought shelter in caves and in this way were saved from personal injury.

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Indiana 1901-06-09