Kingsport, TN (near) Violent Storm, July 1931

ALL INJURED TO RECOVER.

OVER 20 INJURED; ONLY TWO DEATHS AS RESULT OF STORM.

HOSPITALS REPORT ALL VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY AT ROAD CELEBRATION OUT OF DANGER -- WITNESSES TELL STORY.

A complete check on the tragedy which occurred at the road celebration held at the opening of U.S.
Highway 23 midway between Kingsport and Johnson City showed two dead and more than a score suffering from injuries.
The dead are:
MRS. GEORGE H. HUGHES, wife of the general superintendent of Borden Mills, who was killed almost instantly following the crash of a huge tree through the roof of the P.T.A. concession booth.
JOHN HAMILTON, for many years a merchant near the Mountain Home in Johnson City, who died in an ambulance on the way to Johnson City.
Others injured who were in the tent at the time of the crash were:
MRS. P. E. DeGROAT of Kingsport.
MRS. CHARLES EVERHART of Kingsport.
MR. and MRS. G. L. BOY of Johnson City.
MISS PAULINE TOTTEN of Kingsport.
ALEC YANCEY of Kingsport.
S. K. HARRIS of Boone's Creek.
EARL HINKLE of Cedar Creek.
LESLIE ISENBERG, who lived near the site of the celebration.
PAUL WILSON of Kingsport.
JOHN R. HARWOOD, injured while sitting in a truck was taken to the Appalachian Hospital in Johnson City for treatment.
Many other persons suffered minor cuts and bruises that did not necessitate medical attention, therefore their names could not be learned.
Following the program which was closed 45 minutes ahead of schedule time because of threatening skies, the crowd began to leave the grounds. However, before the entire ensemble could leave, rain began to fall and many sought shelter in the tents of the various concessions about the grounds.
It is understood that between 50 and 60 people were crowded into the P.T.A. tent in which the two persons were killed. E. G. Merriman state highway patrolman who was in the tent just before the crash of the huge tree through the tent roof, tells the following story of the accident. While he was still in the tent a huge limb from another tree was twisted off in the gale and crashed through the cab of a truck in which three youths were seeking shelter from the rain.

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