Watson, TX Storm, Apr 1927

Windstorms in widely separated parts of Texas Wednesday resulted in the death of a baby in the Watson community in Tarrant County, the probable fatal injury of two women, more or less serious injury to a number of persons in Dallas and Tarrant Counties.

The baby victim of Wednesday morning’s storm was the 16 month-old daughter of PETER WALKER of the Watson community, in Tarrant County. The WALKER home, which is five miles northwest of Grand Prairie, was blown down and the child was killed by falling timbers. MRS. WALKER, the mother, was seriously injured and was taken to a Fort Worth hospital with a broken hip and internal injuries. The skull of MRS P. L. WORTHY, also of the Watson community, was fractured, and MRS. FANNY WALKER, 83 years old and the mother of PETER WALKER, was badly hurt. MRS. WORTHY was taken to a hospital in Arlington and her condition is serious. Both women are not expected to live.

Found Unconscious With Baby.

On the WALKER place, where the baby was killed, eight members of the family took refuge in the house when the storm broke. The building was torn down by the wind and falling timbers caused the casualties.

On the McKamy farm, the barn was blown down and McKAMY, who was in it at the time, was buried under the debris. He worked his way out and was not injured. He saw the storm coming and call to his wife to take their children and go to the cellar. MRS. McKAMY did so and was not hurt.

When McKAMY freed himself from wreckage of his barn, he saw CASTELLO, 200 feet away, lying on the ground with his 2 year old baby tightly clasped in his arms. The baby was not hurt, but CASTELLO was unconscious and his wife was badly injured. McKAMY brought them to Dallas, where it was found that CASTELLO wad several fractured bones and that his wife was injured internally.

McKAMY told a graphic story of the storm.

He said he saw great clouds, black as night, gather about 8 o’clock. As the wind rose he heard what he said sounded like a loud whistling and sent his wife and children to safety. He himself went into the barn and no sooner had he entered than the roof was blown off. He was buried under the debris.

Buildings Blown Fifty Feet.

McKAMY said the outhouses were blown down, and those that were not destroyed were lifted bodily and carried fifty feet to a hundred feet.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 14 Apr 1927