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Tracy tornado, Part VII

June 18, 2012
By Ellayne Conyers , Marshall Independent

WORK OF RELIEF GETS UNDER WAY

"Hardly had the storm passed when the rescue work started and grew in proportions as people learned the extent of the disaster which had overwhelmed sixty or more families in the stricken area. An appeal was sent to Governor Preus on Monday and he immediately dispatched Adjutant General Rhinow to the district. General Rhinow arrived by airplane Monday noon and inspected the destruction at various places. He returned to St. Paul that evening and presented the situation as he had found it to the Calamity Board composed of the Governor, state auditor and state treasurer. The board on Tuesday voted an immediate relief fund of $10,000 for the use of storm victims. Henry Reines, state treasurer, arrived with the funds on Thursday and the Red cross organization which had been established at Balaton on Wednesday set to work at once to make the funds effective. Much preliminary work had been done before this in getting the relief work started. Mrs. Leslie Gray, representative of the Central Division of the Red Cross for Minnesota arrived on Monday and plans were started at once to make a survey of the district and give aid where needed. Red Cross representatives from Redwood Falls and Granite Falls and Slayton also assisted in the disaster relief work. Clothing for the destitute was made and tents and cattle have been ordered and were expected Thursday."

A request was made to the Lyon County Commission who then appropriated $20,000 to be divided in sections throughout the county affected area. Murray County Commissioners appropriated $8,000 for relief in that county.

The Tracy branch of the Red Cross immediately set aside $500 for relief work.

EDITORIAL BY J.D. GILPIN, EDITOR, TRACY HEADLIGHT-HERALD

"The storm is passed and behind it is left desolation and distress where there were a short week ago happy people and prosperous homes. For most of us it will soon be but a memory. We have expressed our regrets of the misfortune, which dropped from the clouds Sunday afternoon. But the real task is before the cyclone sufferers. Many have been cleaned out of house and home the accumulated savings of years. Others have lost their all, measured in worldly goods. Most of the farmers were caught in the deflation storm of the past four years, which left them with heavy mortgages on their farms or chattels. Sunday's storm in a minute swept away these improvements and at the same time a large part of their security for the mortgages, so that many are left with little or no tangible assets to repair their losses and secure a footing again. This will be the hard task and without some real assistance a number will give up in despair. The state and county are extending temporary relief but his will be but a drop in the bucket compared with what some ill need to make a new start. Every facility must be given those in these unfortunate circumstances to again become self-supporting. In what way this must come we are not prepared to say, but there must be means provided for farmers and rebuild their homes. This assistance given now will have a good psychological effect upon the sufferers in giving them heart and that assurance needed that the calamity can be overcome."

SOURCES: The Garvin Leader Newspaper, June 27, 1924 issue. Tracy Headlight-Herald Newspaper, June 27, 1924 issue. The Lyon Tale, 2010

THE SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA TOWN OF TRACY WAS UNFORTUNATELY VISITED AGAIN BY A SECOND TORNADO ON JUNE 13, 1968.

 
 

 

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