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APRIL 12, 1929
Scene of Desolation Following Tornado
Which Killed at Least Fifty-Seven
National representatives of the American Red Cross were in charge of general relief work thru-out the stricken area, to which Gov. Harvey Parnell had sent National Guard tent supplies to shelter scores made homeless by the twister.
Six separate communities Alicia, Swifton, Parkin, Lorado, Guion and Wynne have yielded a toll of fifty-seven dead, and as rescue workers penetrated into isolated sections and checked over the debris, it was generally believed additional fatalities would be recorded. Scores of injured were under treatment in hospitals and in private homes which escaped the storm.
Damage In Millions
Property damage, more extensive than in any similar disaster in
Typical of the powerful nature of the tornado, no sign remained Friday of a seven-room house at Swifton, swept out of sight a brick house at Lorado was pulverized and even its pump was torn out of the ground; Guion, a town of 400 inhabitants, must rebuild from the ground up.
So complete was the destruction on some of the communities that bereaved farmers, bearing their dead to town, found the town gone and returned to the wasted scenes of their homes to bury their loved ones forthwith.
Local Red Cross chapters in towns which escaped the storm have issued appeals for clothing and temporary shelter for the victims, and the state had organized every agency to care for those in need.