Yankton Press & Dakotan
4 Jun 1938 (Evening), p. 1, col. 4
STORM CAUSES DEATH OF FIVE
Winds, Lightning And Hail Sweep Path Through Three States
WICHITA FALLS, Texas, June 4, AP — Tornadic winds, lightning and hail killed five persons and wreaked heavy crop and property damage in widely separated portions of Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri yesterday and last night.
Explosion of an oil tank ignited by lightning killed Joe Battle, 36, and John Spell, 26, employes [sic] of the Mackhank Petroleum Co., at Eholding, Texas. A. H. Marx, another workman, was injured seriously.
In Kansas City lightning killed two spectators at the $5,000 Kansas City open golf tournament, William B. Boyle, contractor, and E. M. Critchfield, a credit manager. Others were injured.
Hubert Arlen Thomas, Jr., 6, was electrocuted at Lawton, Okla., when he walked into a radio aerial which had blown across a high tension line.
At Wichita Falls, at least ten persons were injured, one seriously, and many derricks were toppled by a tornado which roared across the KMA oil field section. Damage was estimated at $50,000.
At Grandfield, Okla., hear the Texas line a tornado wrecked five brick business buildings and from 20 to 30 homes.
Power lines in the vicinity were blown down and the town of 1,000 population was plunged into darkness.
A hailstorm damaged crops almost ready for harvest.
The City Jewelry Co., in Wichita Falls estimated its loss at $5,000 when wind broke plate glass show windows and scattered jewelry over an entire block. Passerby scooped up about 60 percent of the jewelry.
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