Scans of Newspaper Clipping from the Corsicana Daily Sun
submitted by Scotty Patrick
Six Are Injured
Property Damaged In Richland Blow
Havoc At Many Points Over Week
May 2, 1940
Towns Check Losses After Storms
DEATH TOLL AT
RICHLAND AND FRANKSTON TOTALS THREE
OIL SECTION IS HIT
Etex Tornado Fells Sixty Derricks; Three Wells Run Wild All
(By The Associated Press)
Two communities prepared to bury their dead and others
checked property and crop damage today in the wake of tornadoes that skipped
through East Texas, striking in widely-separated areas.
Three persons were killed, two of them at Richland, eleven
miles south of Corsicana.
J. E. McNeese, 70, and his son, Cecil, 30, were killed when a
twister crushed their home and demolished several barns and chicken
houses. Mrs. J. E. McNeese, 68, was in a critical condition from injuries.
The tornado came just a year after one had swept through the
Richland business district.
Flash Flood Death
Mary Lee Cook, 18-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Cook
of Frankston, was drowned in a flash flood that came down a creek during a
cloudburst. The downpour lashed the area just before a twister struck,
causing thousands of dollars in damage.
The family was among a number of persons who had taken refuge
from the storm in a culvert.
A tornado struck in the Longview-Kilgore-Tyler-Henderson
section, doing heavy damage. Sixty oil derricks were felled near Greggtown.
Three wells, one of them a powerful gasser, roared wild until Wednesday morning.
Field crews working all night brought under control the three
W. J. Murray, deputy supervisor ......
STORM VICTIMS BURIED TODAY
THREE MEMBERS OF NAVARRO COUNTY FAMILY LAID TO REST
Richland. Tex. May 2, (Special), Funeral rites were
held here this afternoon for three victims of the tornado that struck here late
Tuesday, lifted J. E. McNeese residence into the air and hurled it to the ground
on another lot, splintering the structure.
J. E. McNeese, 74, and his son, Cecil E. McNeese, 42, were
instantly killed. Mrs. J. E. McNeese, 59, died in a local hospital
Wednesday from injuries.
Surviving Mr. and Mrs. McNeese are four sons, Paul McNeese of
Corsicana, Woodrow McNeese of Richland, Schuyler McNeese of Fort Worth, and R.
S. McNeese of Casa Grande, Ariz. Also surviving Mrs. McNeese are three
sisters, Mrs. W. M Stead, Corsicana, Mrs. Florence Morgan, Venus, and Mrs. John
H. Myers, Arkansas, and a brother, George Reedy, Sabinal.
Ruth Bartlett Tackitt Describes Richland Tornado
Betty Ruth Barlett Tackitt sent me this e-mail.
Babs, I remember the tornado that hit Richland. Mother
and I was sitting on the back porch and watched it. It is only tornado
I ever saw that had 2 tails. They twisted back and forth. We saw the
house go up in the air, but didnt know the people that lived in it, but
heard they all 3 were killed. Pisgah Ridge had a community called Mt
Nebo - That is where we lived - It was the highest point on Pisgah
Ridge. Bell Starr and John Wesley Hardin hid out not for from Mama Bea's
house. Lots of tales of treasure hidden on the farm. There were lots of
holes where people dug looking for money but never found any. Also there
were two hanging trees on the place at the time we lived there, but now
gone. Love Mom