Garden City, KS Tornado, June 1967
GARDEN CITY IS HIT BY TWISTER.
ONE PERSON DIES, AT LEAST 12 ARE INJURED.
Garden City, Kan. (AP) -- One person died and at least 14 were hospitalized as a tornado slashed through Garden City and its farm area Friday night.
Civil Defense headquarters said 125 homes sustained major damage, and several hundred others had lesser damage. The survey was made for Civil Defense by Richard Bohleder, assistant police chief.
The storm moved from west to east across the north part of the city.
MRS. MAMIE LARGENT, 66, died in St. Catherine's hospital about 30 minutes after she was brought in from her farm home three miles northwest of town where she was caught by the twister.
Hospital attendants said one woman suffered a broken hip and at least two had broken arms. Most were treated for shock and minor injuries. Many received first-aid from rescue workers.
Among those taken to the hospital were a number of patients of the Briar Hill nursing home, which was damaged.
Victims left homeless were given shelter in the Methodist Church and the National Guard armory.
A new grade school in the northeast section, which is to be opened in the fall, lost its gym roof. Another grade school had a pole rammed through the west side of the building, and an annex -- a steel structure -- was demolished.
The high school stadium's press box was ripped away.
The office of Gov. Robert Docking in Topeka said it had sent Robert C. Harder, director of the state's technical assistance program, to Garden City to help with rehabilitation. National Guard units also were being alerted to help in the stricken area, the governor's office said.
Most of the heavy damage to homes occurred in the Briar Hill area in the northeast residental area.
The Emporia Gazette Kansas 1967-06-24