Florence, Wilmot, SD Tornado Damages, June 1944

TORNADOES KILL 12 IN SOUTH DAKOTA, MINNESOTA STORM.

VAST PROPERTY DAMAGE LEFT IN WAKE OF RAGING HIGH WINDS.

Watertown, S.D., June 17. -- (AP) -- More than a dozen persons are dead, a score or more injured and vast property damage was reported as high winds and tornadoes swept through northeastern South Dakota and west central Minnesota late today.
The known dead were:
JOHN NELSON, Bath, S.D.
HARVEY ZIRBEL, about 2, Florence, S.D.
MRS. JENNIE LARSON, Florence.
MRS. OLE KJETLAND, Florence.
MRS. JULES BERKNIR, Milbank, S.D., visiting at Wilmot.
MRS. IRVING LIEBE, Wilmot, daughter of MRS. BERKNIR.
EARL JARMAN, Wilmot.
ADOLPHSON JARMAN, brother of EARL.
VERNON GATES.
______ GATES, son of VERNON.
______ McDONALD, a youth.

Independent Record Helena Montana 1944-06-18

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JUNE 1944 TORNDO IN SOUTH DAKOTA.

VERNON' SON'S FIRST NAME IS ELVERT. HIS WIFE MABEL MARIE POWERS GATES ALSO DIED IN THE TORNADO. VERNON GATES WAS MY MATERNAL GRANDFATHER. MY MOTHER IS THE ONLY FAMILY MEMBER IN THE HOME THAT SURVIVED.