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Tornado hits Tracy on Sunday, June 22, 1924

June 11, 2012
By Ellayne Conyers , Marshall Independent

Part VI:


In the 60-mile path of the storm there were innumerable instances of freak thing done by the storm.

A two-row corn cultivator was blown from the Saxton place to the Bert Willford place, a distance of a half-mile apparently without injuring it.

At the Mrs. Anne Anderson place west of Tracy, a large number of fruit cans with their contents untouched stood on the shelves in the basement, some glass jars standing on the shelf just under the house sills. At this place the house was scattered over the yard leaving nothing to show that a house ever stood there except for the cellar and the foundation walls. Canned fruit in the cellar of the J.E. Edwards place also came thru unscathed and a number of milk crocks full of milk, on the basement floor stood after the storm just as they were placed there in the morning.

A pail of eggs sitting in the kitchen at the Ben Olson home were deposited on the floor of the cellar and only two of them were broken.

Tom Edwards, who was caught outside in the storm, caught around a tree and a corncrib standing along side of him was completely blown away and the top of the tree was blown off without injuring him.

The water in South Twin Lake was blown to the east side of the lake exposing the muddy bottom until the water rushed back.

The car of Ray Evans' stopped as soon as it entered the storm and could not be started until after the storm had passed.

Ed Olson living about two miles east of Garvin, found a letter in his cattle yard after the cyclone that had blown from the L.D. Brown place northwest of Balaton. The letter had been written to Mr. Brown by A.M. Moore in October of 1919. The letter looked none the worse after its aerial trip.


A relief committee started by the wives of Tracy businessmen was organized the following week to take charge of collection and distribution of supplies for their friends and neighbors who suffered heavy losses of the tornado. They asked everyone to donate whether, great or small, as everything would be put to good use. The following household articles were asked for: furniture, bedding, dishes, kitchen utensils, canned fruit, laundry equipment, clothing, in fact, anything usable in any line was accepted and the committee for distribution attended to this matter diligently. The collection point was the Rignell & Moe's Hardware store.


An appeal was made to the public for help in clearing up the wreckage caused by the cyclone. Anyone who could donate services were to notify Mr. R.W. Heard who was in charge of the work in the vicinity of Tracy were to leave word at the Donaldson coal office. Mr. Kelchan of Marshall was in supreme charge of the work in Lyon County.


"Stirred to human sympathy by the terrible calamity which had overtaken three score farmers in the cyclone, district farmers and others, left their work at home and rallied to bring immediate aid to the unfortunates. Large bodies of men worked the following Monday, following the storm, to clear away the debris and gather from the farms the great amount of wreckage which was strewn over them. In the area fences were put up so that stock could be kept from wandering away, and much work was done to clear the places and get ready for the rebuilding which was to follow.

A force of 75 men volunteered their services to assist in the work in the district south of Walnut Grove on Monday, following the cyclone. A large amount of work was done, the women providing in groups in the Tracy district the same day and Tuesday. Mr. Schnider, a farmer living east of Marshall, was down to see the ruins Tuesday. After going over the devastated section he went back to Marshall. Hill who was serving as a deputy guard at the Edwards place told him that workers were needed and that he was coming back the next day to work. Early on Wednesday morning Schnider arrived on the grounds with a force of 40 farmers from Marshall and they set to work with a will. During the day they worked at the Allenbough, J.E. Edwards, Drumm and Willford farms, cleaning up around the places building fences and gathering wreckages from the grain and cornfields.

Forty or fifty railroad men from Tracy went out on Monday evening and worked in clearing up the wreckage and some rail men from Watertown were reported to have come down for the same purpose."

(Continued next week)



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