West Navarro County
Partially Blown Away
Many Dead and Injured
The little town of Frost, about twenty miles west of Corsicana, was completely
destroyed by a tornado shortly after four o'clock this afternoon leaving death
and destruction in its path.
When this extra was printed the known death list was 11 with at least thirty
The damage was conservatively estimated at about $1,000,000.
The dead included:
W. H. BOWMAN, 70.
GIL BOGAN, 35.
J. D. LEE, 65.
ED PATTERSON, 55.
A. L. BELL, 50, and Child.
MRS. LEE WOOLEY, 35, and Child.
MRS. W. H. BOWMAN, 65, died en route to Corsicana.
One unidentified person.
Several negroes are also thought to have been killed.
LeRoy Bagley, aged nine months died in a hospital after being brought to
Corsicana. Sis Bagley, two and a half year old child is also in a hospital here
in a serious condition. ...
Allison Merrill was also brought to a hospital here with a broken leg.
Freddy Sheppard, 27.
Mrs. F. C. Crouch.
Cecil Summers, 18, both legs broken.
Eva Cook, 13.
Bertha Pearl Cook.
Fred Sheppard about 30 was brought to Corsicana Hospital and Clinic suffering
from shock. injury to his back and a cut on the arm. He is not believed to be
Otis Dickson was the first to give the alarm. He was in a store when the storm
struck. He laid down by the safe which saved his life when the building was
demolished. Crawling from the wreckage he jumped in his automobile going to
Blooming Grove where the alarm was given.
School was in session when the storm hit. The children were taken to the first
floor and all escaped uninjured although the roof was blown off.
Pilot H. J. Nichols accompanied by Felix Irwin, Earl Pressley and Elton Tinkle
flew over the stricken area. Nichols stated the storm cut a path about three
hundred yards wide and approximately ten miles long. He said there were
many farm houses demolished and that much dead stock littered the ground in the
path of the storm. Nichols said the storm approached from the southwest and
traveled in a northeasterly direction.
All details were completed to care for the dead and injured when the relief
train returns to Corsicana which is expected soon.
A large number of automobiles will be available to transport the casualties.
Frost Injured Arrive.
Frank Johnson, resident of Frost, brought some of the injured to the Navarro
Clinic and in discussing the storm said that it struck the western edge of the
city and swept across it. He said that he did not believe there was a house
either in the business or residence section, that was not damaged. The business
section was the worst hit. He made no attempt to say how many were dead or
Town in Ruins.
T. M. George of Grove was the first Blooming Grove was the first to return from
Frost and give a description of the disaster in a long distance call to the
Corsicana Daily Sun.
“The entire business section is a mass of ruins," Mr. George stated, "and many
injured people were in , the streets begging for assistance. I saw several
bodies and I felt sure that there must be many more in the ruins."
He stated that there was not a building left standing in the business part of
town but that the residential section seemed to have escaped the brunt of the
Mr. George urged that, every available doctor and nurse be dispatched to Frost
Phoned of Disaster.
The Southwestern Bell Telephone company here was the first to receive word of
the disaster when a call came from Blooming Grove asking that all doctors,
nurses, ambulances and medical supplies available be rushed to Frost. The
telephone operators gave the alarm and ambulances from the Sutherland Funeral
Home and the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home left immediately. The ambulances were
quickly followed by two specials over the Cotton Belt. A motor car left first
carrying doctors, nurses, firemen, newspaper men and others. The first relief
party was headed by Mayor R. L. Wheelock and Commissioner W. C. Stroube.
Included in this party were Doctors E. H. Newton, Logsdon, Tubbs, McClendon,
Burnett and Jester. The nurses were Misses Erskin, Gilliam and Phillips. Carried
Supplies. The doctors on the steam train included Holloway, Panton, Sadler,
Ezell, Bomar and Rodgers.
On the steam train there were also thirteen nurses from the Navarro County
Hospital under the direction of Mrs. Taylor, supervisor. The train was also
supplied with first aid supplies, bandages, etc., and cots. Rail Officials Help.
Major H. S. Phillips, superintendent of the Cotton Belt Lines, and W. F. Murray,
traffic manager of the same road were in the city in a special coach which they
turned over to transport nurses and doctors. The second relief train consisted
of two passenger coaches besides the official coaches and three box cars. About
150 local men and women went to Frost to assist in caring for the victims. The,
first train left at 5:15 p. m. and the second pulled out of the union station at
6:10 p.m.. The motor train was manned by Engineer Frazier, Conductor
McKnight and Brakeman Kittenger. The steam train crew consisted of Conductor
Shoemaker, Brakemen Ammermen and Ray and Engineer Collum.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 6, 1930
Submitted by Diane
- Leroy Bagley
Feb 1, 1930 - May 6, 1930
Sarah Ann "Annie" (Couch) Bowman
Dec 9, 1864 - May 6, 1930 [Obituary]
William H. Bowman
Mar 29, 1856 - May 6, 1930
Sep 30, 1897 - May 6, 1930
Jefferson Davis Lee
July10, 1861 - May 6, 1930
Edward Agusta "Edd" Patterson
Sep 15, 1881 - May 6, 1930
Cora L. (Ponder) Woolley
Feb 19, 1897 - May 6, 1930
TWENTY DEAD; FIFTY INJURED
RELIEF WORK WELL UNDERWAY
FORTY-FOUR IN LOCAL HOSPITALS
of the most disastrous storms in the
history of the State completely destroyed the business section of Frost late
Tuesday afternoon leaving in its wake a known dead list of twenty and over fifty
injured, causing a property damage estimate at approximately $1,000,000.
Forty-four of the injured were brought to
Corsicana hospitals, several of whom are not expected to recover.
Corsicana was first informed of the disaster
through the Southwestern Bell Telephone company. The operators, under the
direction of Miss Lizzie Harllee chief operator, called all doctors and nurses,
ambulances and drug stores and aid was dispatched without delay. The specials
over the Cotton Belt were alarmed immediately and aid reached the stricken city
in the shortest possible time.
SCHOOL TEACHERS SHOW UNUSUAL
The McCord school
teachers, Misses Lois Rogers of Hillsboro, and Lillie Yarbrough of Mertens and
Mr. Merrell of Irene, showed unusual foresight by carrying all of the school
children out in a cotton field nearby and having them to lie down between the
rows. It was stated that there were approximately seventy-five children. The
twister demolished the school building and none of the children were injured.
The McCord school building is located about four miles Southwest of Frost.
The jail was the only
public building that was not demolished.
Six freight cart were
hurtled from the railroad tracks, one being turned directly across the main
line. The depot was moved about four feet from its foundation.
COVERED WIDE TERRITORY
The twister hit Irene,
Hill county, about eight miles southwest of Frost, demolishing several business
houses and residences, according to persons who had come from Hubbard to Frost.
No one was seriously injured at Irene, it was reported. Considerable damage was
done to farms and farm improvements immediately west of Drane.
R. L. Wheelock, mayor of
Corsicana, took active charge of the situation and with the aid of a number of
officers and members of the Corsicana, Texas, National Guard units, placed
patrols over the business district. A sandwich shop was opened after the
Corsicana train arrived on the scene. Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse and Deputies
Walter Hayes and Jack Floyd in addition to several members of the Corsicana
police department, aided in the restoring of order and the organizing of the
patrols to keep persons from entering the ruins.
Twelve men were in the
vault of the Citizens State Bank.
Scores of doctors from
Corsicana, Blooming Grove, Italy, Mertens and Waxahachie were on the scene as
fast as possible. The wounded were congregated in the home of Dr. H. H.
Stephenson, where they were given aid, later being transferred to the train and
brought to Corsicana. A number of nurses from the Corsicana hospitals were on
the scene and returned with the injured on the train.
Ambulances Answer Call.
Three ambulances from
Corsicana, one from Blooming Grove, one from Italy, and four from Waxahachie,
were busy transferring the dangerously wounded from the homes to the station
where they were placed on the cars. Several were too seriously hurt to wait for
the train and were driven in the ambulances to Corsicana. Several were brought
to Corsicana in private automobiles. After those most seriously injured had been
given first aid in Frost, a number of the physicians went out into the country,
to render aid to persons injured.
Muddy roads, occasioned
by the several inch downpour of rain following in the immediate wake of the
twister, hampered the rescue work in the town as well as hampered the arrival of
workers and ambulances.
The train which carried
more than 300 Corsicana citizens to the scene of the disaster, returned to
Corsicana shortly after 9 o'clock and after securing a quantity of clothing and
food for the destitute citizens of the west Navarro town, returned to Frost and
returned later in the night.
Scores of frantic
relatives were running about, inquiring concerning relatives, and others whose
relatives were living outside of Frost were making efforts to locate them.
All telegraph telephone
and light wires were out of commission, and many telegrams were taken to
Blooming Grove, where they were dispatched to relatives in other sections of the
country, telling anxious relatives that the senders and families were safe—or of
telling of someone who had been a victim of the tragedy.
Many were of the opinion
that there was the possibility that other bodies would be discovered when the
debris is removed. All of the business houses were razed.
Fire Followed Storm.
Fire broke out soon after
the twister, but with the aid of the torrential rain and the Blooming Grove fire
department the blaze had been extinguished before the motor car containing five
firemen and a quantity of hose from the Corsicana fire department arrived.
Only a fringe of houses
on the extreme eastern and western sides of the town remained, and many of
those had roofs
and chimneys damaged.
newspaperman from Hillsboro arrived on the scene of action via, a handcar with a
Scores of new automobiles
and a large number of used cars were picked up and dashed about, being twisted
into odd and gruesome shapes and conditions. Timbers, tons of bricks, and other
debris was scattered over the landscape and in the wake of the tornado
immediately north of the town, cars, timbers, household furniture and other
wreckage was left as if sown by a monster hand.
As is peculiar to the
twisters, many freak results were noted.
One man reported that he
saw the danger approaching and ran for the back of his home. He had reached the
back porch and the crash came and when it was over, the entire house with the
exception of the back porch had been carried away.
Another instance was
reported where a negro family of seven were huddled in their home and the walls
and roof was swept away, leaving the family sitting on the floor, uninjured.
The roar of the angry
tornado was heard at Blooming Grove plainly, six miles distance.
Electric Poles Snapped
Huge new electric power line they had been
toothpicks, and fence posts were snatched from the ground like so many straws.
The twister missed the water standpipe and tower.
One farmer residing immediately south of Frost was
almost in the patch of destruction, a chicken house being picked up and swept
away, while his residence and barn were not damaged.
The infant child of Jessie Satchel, a negro, was
picked up by the whirling mass and late Tuesday night had not been found, and no
one had been reported as having seen the child since.
League Wooley saw the dangerous looking clouds
approaching, it was reported, and went to the school building in his car for his
child. He had just reached home when the crash came, killing his and child, and
seriously injuring him. Late Tuesday night, he had not regained consciousness
and did not know what had befallen his family. He incessantly was asking what
had struck him.
Many little tots lay in
improvised cots, or in their parents' arms, mangled and lacerated, not knowing
the why or wherefore. One little girl, probably two and one-half years old, a
curly little blond, whimpered and sobbed softly, suffering with several head
injuries and doctors thought with internal injuries. She was too weak to make
Little negro children were
huddled frightened and panic-stricken, many of them with bandgaged heads, hands
One man's face had so
much blood on it that he could not be distinguished from a negro. He had been
burned severely about the face and body and was almost black.
Many after receiving
first-aid treatment, and in a number of instances when they should have been in
bed and not on the rain-soaked streets, returned to the scene of the disaster
and heroically aided in any manner possible.
No effort was made to
remove the wreckage from the stores and it was feared that when the debris was
removed many of the bare walls remaining would crumble.
Lanterns and flashlights
were at premiums and bonfires were built from the loose timbers to light up the
gruesome spectacle of the National guardsmen guarding the stricken down-town
area and with the hurrying ambulances taking the dead and injured to the
One man reported narrowly
escaping death or serious injury. Realizing that he could not escape the
onrushing winds, he finally secured a death embrace on a fairly large tree. The
twister wrenched the top and a portion of the trunk from the tree but did not
hurt the man.
Some of the persons who
saw the approaching clouds, said that it bounced along, and that it looked like
the clouds were in two sections, coming together like an explosion in the main
section of town, with a huge funnel above the town.
The path was something
like a half mile wide.
Members of the train crew
on the Hislboro-Corsicana branch motor car of the Cotton Belt lines also gave
graphic descriptions. The train was just leaving Frost and was only a couple of
blocks or more outside of the winds when the little town was practically wiped
out., The trainmen speeded up the motor car and escaped by a narrow margin.
Odis Dickson, a youth hid
behind a safe in one of the stores. Crawling out from the debris with numerous
bruises and abrasions, he found his car which had not been wrecked, and sped to
Blooming Grove where he spread the alarm and called for help. His car sped just
in front of the torrential downpour that fell immediately after the hurricane.
The teachers of the Frost
schools had all of the school children congregated on the first floor of the
brick building. When the crash came, only the roof was taken and the remainder
of the building was left. None of the children were injured.
Pilot H. J. Nichols, of
Corsicana, accompanied by Felix Irwin, Earl Pressley and Elton Tinkle, flew over
the stricken area. Pilot Nichols stated on his return to Corsicana late Tuesday
that the path was approximately 300 yards wide and approximately ten miles long.
He said that there were numerous farm houses demolished and much dead stock
littered the ground in some localities. The storm approached from the southwest
and proceeded northwestward.
The Southwestern Bell
Telephone company was the first to receive the news of the disaster in Corsicana
when a telephone call was received, asking for all available doctors,
ambulances, nurses, and medical supplies.
Festus A. Pierce and
other druggists here returned to Frost with additional medical supplies late
The local telephone
operators gave the alarm and the ambulances from the Sutherland Funeral home and
the Corley-McMahon Funeral home answered.
Doctors and Nurses
A motor car containing a
number of doctors and nurses, newspapermen, firemen and city officials, pulled
out of Corsicana as soon as ossible. The relief party was headed by Mayor
R. L. Wheelock. Commissioners W. C. Stroube, Liston Tatum and W. P. Brown.
Commissioner R. D. Fleming was out of town and did not make the trip.
Included in the party were
Drs. E. H. Newton, W. K. Logsden, C. L. Tubbs. T. P. McLendon, S. H. Burnett. H.
B. Jester, W. W. Carter, Dubart Miller and others. The nurses included Misses
Erskine, Gilliam, Phillips and others, from the Navarro Clinic.
Other doctors later going
to Frost were R. N. Holloway, H. H. Panton, F. C. Bowmer, Harry Ezell and A. W.
Rogers. Mrs. Taylor. superintendent of the Navarro County hospital, and thirteen
nurses, etc., were carried on the steam on the steam train.
First aid materials,
cots, bandages, etc., were carried on the steam train.
Major H. S. Phillips,
superintendent of the Cotton Belt lines, and W. F. Murral, traffic manager of
the same road were in the city and turned their special coach over to be used by
the nurses. They also made the trip to the stricken area.
A. L. Springfield, local
agent. and others acted quickly in securing accommodations and making plans for
the relief trains.
The officials and
employees of the Cotton Belt lines refused to accept fares from persons going to
Frost or returning to Corsicana.
The main track of the
railroad at Frost was blocked for a considerable time, but a wrecking crew
arrived within a few hours and began clearing the road. The motor passenger
train-was held up in Frost pending the removal of the debris.
The motor train was
manned by Engineer Frazier, Conductor McKnight and Brakeman Kittenger. The steam
train crew consisted of Conductor Shoemaker, Brakemen Ammerman and Ray and
The steam train on its
return met by ten members of the local National Guard unit members with a number
of cots and other articles to be used in the caring for the injured. Thousands
of spectators were in the vicinity of the Union station when the train arrived.
A large amount of
sandwiches were sent to the area by the Corsicana Daily Sun. Other organizations
and a number of individuals sent food and clothing.
Telephone Company on
Bell Telephone company sent a crew of men to the town as soon as possible and
set up a temporary station and line, starting service within four hours after
All utility wires were in
a tangled mass. The power was turned off as soon as possible, removing the
danger from that source. T. M. George of Blooming Grove was the first to return
from Frost able to give a graphic description of the disaster in a long distance
telephone call to the Corsicana Daily Sun.
"The entire business
section is in a mass of ruins," Mr. George stated, " and many injured people
were in the streets begging for assistance. I saw several bodies and I feel sure
that there must be more in the ruins."
All Buildings Down.
He stated that there was
not a building left standing in the business part of town but that the
residential section seemed to have escaped the brunt of the storm. Mr. George
urged that every available doctor and nurse be dispatched to the area.
On the special motor car
going to the scene of the tragedy, each stop made on the regular schedule,
people in the towns would tell of the graphic and gruesome wreckage, but when
the train approached the town from the east, no smoke was visible, the fires
having been extinguished it did not appear that the town had been demolished, as
the houses on the eastern section of the town, a hill, were in fairly good
condition, and a number of the rescue party were of the opinion that the stories
and reports had been exaggerated. However, this notion was short lived, as the
motor proceeded to the center of the town, and then the carnage; wreckage,
death and desolation came into view: wires everywhere, stores crumbled as if an
earthquake had occured, timbers strewn over the entire landscape, the maimed,
wounded and dying on cots, blankets, boards, etc., awaiting the time when the
limited number of physicians could reach them.
It was a revolting and
sickening sight to behold the desolation, and wreckage, and death apparent.
No Delay in Rescue.
Under the direction of
the first contingent of doctors and nurses from Corsicana, the caring for the
injured began in a systematic manner, with the physicians administering first
aid to those in dire need, and the congregating of the injured and dead in
central points from which they could be cared for and handled with dispatch.
The officers, National
Guardsmen and others, under the direction of Mayor Wheelock, soon had order out
of chaos, and the uninjured and visitors begun inspecting the debris and houses,
looking for additional people who might be caught under the wreckage, their
efforts being hurried frantically as the afternoon was waning rapidly and
realizing that the work must be done quickly as the night would stop the search,
due to the light and power service being disrupted. American Legion members took
the lead in the hunting of the bodies among the razed buildings.
Some of the portions of
the brick buildings which had remained upright, crumbled to the ground more than
an hour after the wreck.
In one of the markets in
Frost, the entire top and front of the building was swept away and tons of brick
fell inside of the place, but the showcase glass at the counter was not broken.
Loss a Million.
It was estimated by
conservative business man of the Frost community that the damage in Frost would
approximate $1,000,000, to say nothing of the losses in the farming sections
from wrecked houses, losses to livestock and growing crops, and the torrential
rains that washed the lands badly.
Two of the churches in
the town and all of the gins with the exception of the Simms gin on the
southeast side of the town, were destroyed.
The new $4,000 stadium where
athletic events and the Frost Fair and other community gatherings are held, was
Under the supervision of
Mayor R. L. Wheelock the entire business section of the city was roped off and
placed under semi-martial law, with Commissioner Liston Tatum acting as adjutant
and maintaining headquarters while the mayor directed relief.
Guards were assigned to
regular beats to prevent looting, and within a short time after nightfall, the
wrecked city was orderly. A pale moon was the principal light, aside from
campfires, with a few streaks of lightning at irregular intervals.
Under the direction of
Mr. Poole of the Texas Power and Light company of Corsicana. Assistant City
Engineer W. V. Mowlam, and others, a number of batteries were salvaged from
wrecked cars, headlights were removed from the cars and temporary lights set up
at vantage points.
The lights were of
particular aid to the undertakers and embalmers as they prepared the victims of
the tragedy for burial.
The bodies of about seven
white people were prepared for burial in a private home, while seven, negroes
were in an improvised morgue in the business section.
Shortly before nine
o'clock, C. R. Hall arrived on the scene with a portable Delco-light outfit and
lines had been salvaged from the within a few minutes temporary ruins and lights
were spotted; at various vantage points.
An impromptu canteen was
established in the wreckage of a meat market where sandwiches, coffee and soda
water were handed out to the survivors of the tragedy, guards, and rescue
workers during the night under the supervision of Mrs. Harry Ezell, Miss Dorothy
Drane, Mrs. W. W. McClendon, Miss Nannie Bell Taylor, Ensign William Stevenson
of the Salvation Army. Cigarettes and cigars were handed out to the workers from
A prize telephone crew
restored telephone communication with outside points about 8 o'clock.
About ten o'clock about
thirty members of Headquarters Battery and Battery D of the 132d Field.
Artillery, T. N. G., under the command of Capt. John J. Garner, and Lieuts.
Charles Leighton, and B. C. Caldwell, equipped with sidearms arrived on the
scene in. trucks and immediately began patrolling the wrecked areas. The
military guards were augmented by about fifty civilian guards.
Mrs. A. W. Gunn, public
health, nurse, and other nurses from, Corsicana continued on duly until about
midnight, rendering first aid to those who needed it, and aiding in caring for
the injured, who remained in Frost.
Slay a small community
on the Navarro -Ellis county line, was also reported in the path of the storm
and had a few houses damaged.
Several Killed lit
According to reports
received at Frost headquarters the storm took several victims at Bynum,
southwest of Frost, Including Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Isbell.
More than thirty business
houses were wrecked in Frost, school building, and approximately 200 private
homes. The (not readable) in addition to two churches, Presbyterian church
escaped with no serious damage.
Dozens of survivors of the
cyclonic disturbance, augmented by perhaps a hundred citizens of Corsicana,
Blooming Grove, Barry and other nearby towns were anxiously waiting for daylight
when a thorough search of the debris of wrecked homes and business houses could
Many expressed fears that
bodies were imprisoned beneath the wreckage.
To Search Rural Area.
Plans were also being
made to search the rural district in the path of the storm for possible
victims. Some attempts to bring bodies into the improvised morgues wore thwarted
by swollen creeks that were out of banks.
Red Cross Arrives.
Ned Campbell of St.
Louis, field director of relief for the American Red Cross, arrived in Corsicana
shortly after midnight, and went to Frost immediately. He announced that relief
headquarters would be opened immediately with trained officers in charge of the
DEAD AND INJURED
The known dead include:
JOHN FLY, 50.
JOHNNIE FIEW, 19.
LE ROY BAGLEY, nine months.
W. H. BOWMAN, 60.
MRS. W. H. BOWMAN, 60.
TOM BOGAN, 60.
GID BOGAN, 34.
J. D. LEE.
E. A. PATTERSON
R. L. BELL and Child.
MRS. LEE WOOLEY and Child.
MARY CURRIE, 50, negro.
SON JONES, 35, negro.
Negro Infant. _
Four negroes were also reported killed on the
Mitchell farm northeast of Frost.
The known injured include the following:
Fred Sheppard, 27, Corsicana hospital, back and
F. C. Crouch, slight.
Mrs. F. C. Crouch, chest and
Cecil Summers, both legs
Bill Bowman, 5, shock, bruise, probably internal.
W. E. Bowman, slight, head.
Mrs. W. E. Bowman, head badly cut, other
Eva Cook, 13, body bruised, probably internal.
Amon Cook, 10, cuts and bruises.
Berta Pearl Cook, 7, cut and bruises. '
Sis Bagley, head crushed, badly bruised.
Allison Merrill, leg broken, chest crushed.
L. O. Ellis, slight
Mrs. L. O. Ellis, head cut, may have crushed
Mrs. T. F. Bonnett, ribs.
S. E. Gaines, scalp.
William Jones, slight.
Ernest Threet, left foot.
E. E. Omberg, right leg.
R. E. Mitchell, head.
Jack W. Fletcher, head.
Richard Floyd Trull, 4, both arms broken, head
L. R. Trull, slight.
Mrs. L. R. Trull, head.
Hattie Marie Trull, 2 years, crushed.
Mrs. Lloyd Davidson, head and body.
Rachael Frances Davidson, arms broken, crushed.
Rufus Lloyd Davidson, bruised, head.
Jack Walton Davidson, bruised and cuts.
Erline Bogan, 6, head.
Mrs. J. E. Hobb, head crushed, knee crushed.
P. L. Wooley, right arm cut.
V. B. Young, fractured leg.
Prentiss Fiew, broken legs, head cut and bruised.
Cecil Frazier, head and back.
Sophia White, body bruised.
Vera Roberts, head.
Odessa Washington, left arm broken.
Roberta Lawrence, left arm broken.
Mabel Roberts, head.
Sam Searcy, left hip crushed.
Felix Tucker, arm broken, head hurt.
Jessie Ford, right side crushed.
Story Frazier, left arm broken.
The Corsicana Daily Sun -
Wednesday, May 7, 1930
Submitted by Diane
John Thomas Fiew Jr.
Jan 3, 1915 - May 6, 1930
Johnnie Ruth Woolley
Dec 1, 1921 - May 6, 1930
Cora L. (Ponder) Woolley
Feb 19, 1897 - May 6, 1930
James Prentiss Fiew
Jan 1, 1911 - May 7, 1930
John Thomas Fiew, Jr.
Jan 3, 1915 - May 6, 1930
Feb 1, 1930 - May 6, 1930
Sarah Ann "Annie" (Couch) Bowman
Dec 9, 1864 - May 6, 1930
William H. Bowman
Mar 29, 1856 - May 6, 193
Sep 30, 1897 - May 6, 1930
1853 - May 6, 1930
Jefferson Davis Lee
July10, 1861 - May 6, 1930
Edward Agusta "Edd" Patterson
Sep 15, 1881 - May 6, 1930
LAST RITES FOR TWELVE VICTIMS OF TORNADO THURSDAY
IMPRESSIVE BUT SIMPLE CEREMONY MARKS SAD OCCAION FOR LITTLE TOWN
Devoid of all sectarianism or dividualism, the twelve white victims of the Frost
tornado were collectively eulogized at the last rites for them Thursday
afternoon and laid to rest in the storm-torn cemetery that is located on the
brow of the hill overlooking the wasted community.
The stricken persons were interred in three double graves and six singles, as
thousands of people from miles around stood with bowed heads as the paid their
final tribute and extended their sympathy with this mute gesture.
Rev. W. W. Richeson, Methodist preacher and the only resident minister in Frost,
was in charge of the mass service and his voice trembled with the intensity of
his feeling as he announced the first song, “Jesus Lover of My Soul,” which was
rendered by a group of singers from the churches of Corsicana Among the singers
from the churches of Corsicana.
Among the singers were Mrs. Harry Williams, Mrs. L. S. Cooper, Mrs. W. H. Milam,
Mrs. R. R. Range, Mrs. Lester Kirk, Miss Lena Mae McClure, Mrs. W. R. Sneed,
Mrs. Henry Robbins, Mr. and MRs. Sydney Brietz, C. C. McClung, A. B. Horn, K. L.
McKeown, Robert Layton, Roy Leeds, Fred White, E. E. Burkhart, Lloyd Kerr.
Ask Blessings of God
In the opening prayer Rev. Nelson of Mt. Calm, petitioned the blessings of God
on the torn community, on the people of Corsicana and other towns for their
friendliness and aid, and on the hearts of the grief-stricken and injured
The funeral choir than sang, “Rock of Ages,” and as the solemn notes rang
through the quietness, the sobbing gasps of the mourning relatives was the only
break in the quiet.
Rev. Richeson then expressed the appreciation of the entire community to the
people of Corsicana for responding so promptly to the needs of the town, and
coming in and organizing the relief work, and supplying the many things needed.
He also expressed their appreciation to the singers who came when the citizens
could not sing. He then call the roll of the dead.
Rev. Richeson announced that a joint Sunday school would be held Sunday morning
on the ground floor of the high school, with the Baptist superintendent in
charge, while he would bring the sermon at the morning hour.
All Work Ceases
As a tribute to the storm dead, the out of town workmen halted their work for
about five minutes at the hour of the funeral.
Rev. E. R. Swindell of Hillsboro, a former Frost pastor, made the principal
address reviewing his lengthy acquaintance with the community and its people
since the founding of the town.
He declared that no circumstance could result in a more lasting impression than
the disaster, nor should show more clearly the dependence of man on God, and the
frailty of a human being. He declared that he had found the faith of the
community unshaken. There is no explanation to such occurrences he declared, but
they are lasting times.
Just as Job remained faithful in adversity, and Paul was faithful in the face of
shipwreck, so the people of Frost had remained faithful, and peace and
confidence was still shown in their faces.
Challenge Must Be Met.
“All things work together for good to them that love God,” the speaker asserted,
choosing this passage as his text for the message. He closed with the statement
that the disaster was a challenge to Frost, and that he was confident that they
would meet the test.
The funeral was held at the home of L. A. Morgan, with caskets on the inside of
the house and the close relatives seated on the porch, many of them only able to
be there for a short time, and forced to return as soon as possible to hospitals
Eleven hearses from Frost, Corsicana, Italy, Hubbard and Waxahachie carried the
bodies to the cemetery, preceded by a military guard of honor.
Final commitment services were held at a central spot in the cemetery, with the
choir singing “In the Hour of Trial,: and then as the notes of “Taps were
sounded by Bugler Joe Jefferson of Battery D., 132 Field artillery, the caskets
were lowered into the graves; ending another read chapter in the Frost disaster.
BLOOMING GROVE AIDING SUFFERERS IN STORM DISTRICT
BANKER OF NEIGHBORING TOWN PRAISES CORSICANA FOR QUICK ASSISTANCE
J. R. Griffin, Blooming Grove banker, and one of the first to rush to the
stricken city of Frost Tuesday when the devastating tornado swept the community,
was in Corsicana Friday and was highly complimentary on the manner in which the
citizenship of Corsicana had responded to the need of the West Navarro town. He
said that Corsicana had done everything that could be expected or wanted in
Approximately $2,200 is in the bank at Blooming Grove for the sufferers, he
stated. About $900 of the amount was raised by the committees of Blooming Grove
citizens on the highways toward Blooming Grove.
Citizens of Kerens brought $400 to Blooming Grove Thursday, which is not
included in the Blooming Grove figures, to be used in the relief work, and the
Kerens citizens said that additional money would be raised and sent. This amount
is going toward the sufferers in Frost.
The Cotton Belt Lines have sent a string of box cars to the Frost area to be
used as temporary houses. Several vacant houses in Blooming Grove are being used
for housing the refugees.
Pastors of the various Blooming Grove churches went to Frost Friday morning and
tendered the use of the buildings to the Frost churches for services and Sunday
schools, offering to divide the time.
Blooming Grove is tendering the use of a school building to Frost if it is
desired for the finishing of the high school session, Mr. Griffin pointed out.
“Corsicana sure has been liberal, and has done everything that could be done,”
Mr. Griffin said. He also stated that approximately 100 truck loads of lumber
from Corsicana lumber yards passed through Blooming Grove to Frost Thursday.
Speaking of the damage done in the Lone Cedar community which is north of
Blooming Grove, Mr. Griffin said that the George Green Gin was demolished and
nineteen residences were damaged or destroyed, and that many of the tenants in
that community had lost all their possessions. The citizens of Blooming Grove
sent $100 into that community to purchase food for the destitute, and more aid
is to be sent.
William Edgar Bowman -
Pliny League Woolley
Office Employees Present Fund to Frost Men
Employees of the Corsicana post office -Friday presented League Wooley and W. E.
Bowman, postal employees at Frost, with $65 donation. Wooley's wife and child
were killed and he received several injuries. Bowman's parents were killed and
his wife and child injured.
The local postal employees had previously given $20. to the general relief fund
and the $65 was direct to the postal employees mentioned above, according to an
announcement Friday afternoon.