Colorado City, TX Tornado, May 1923



Many Seriously Injured Are Cared for in Improvised Hospitals in Churches of the Town.

COLORADO, Tex., May 15 – With a known death toll of nineteen, and with seventy-eight injured including a score of children seriously injured, this stricken town spent a night of horror.

A cyclone which swept south and east of here yesterday filled the local sanitarium with injured and dying until it was necessary to make temporary hospitals out of the Methodist and Baptist churches, and all thru the night in these three scenes of death, Colorado's people worked to save their neighbors.

Fifty-one of the most seriously injured are being cared for at the Baptist church. Ten of these may die.
The improvised hospitals contained pitiful evidence of the tragedy of the storm.

Two Mexican babies, unhurt, slept side by side on an improvised cot in the Baptist church, unaware they were unidentified and unclaimed.

Another Mexican babe, born when the storm was in its fury, is dying. His mother, MRS. JUANITA HERNANDEZ, was found eight hours after the twister, buried in a storm cellar, with both arms broken and her lips badly cut.

The story of a mother's heroic rescue of her child was brought here from the devastated regions. MRS. NELLIE HAMBRY, though gravely injured and stricken by the knowledge her husband was dying nearby, crawled on her hands and knees a hundred yards against a driving wind and rain to find her baby buried in the mud at the edge of a creek. Although he was hurled thru the air by the swift winds, the child was unscratched.

Sixteenth-month-old VALISE SHELTON, her leg broken in three places, was one of the most pitiful of the sufferers. All thru the long painful hours the child cried in vain for her mother, MRS. S. W. SHELTON, who had been killed.

The girl's father, S. W. SHELTON, is internally injured and physicians said he would probably die. Her three brothers and sisters lie on a cot beside her.

The Evening State Journal & Lincoln Daily News Nebraska 1923-05-15