The Caddo Herald
April 29, 1921
Storm Does Damage to Houses and Barns
Thursday evening about 8 o’clock Caddo and vicinity was visited by a severe wind and rain storm accompanied by little hail.
From reports received around, the storm was quite general throughout the county and the damage is hard to estimate, being scattered and in so many places. Some have placed the loss at a quarter of a million dollars in the county.
Probably the most damage was done in Durant, where the roof was blown off the Presbyterian College, trees uprooted and many plate glass windows broken down town and several houses torn from their blocks, though not destroyed.
Hatsell Powell, living two miles west of Caddo, suffered the severest blow, for while going to his storm cellar Mrs. Powell was caught between the house and the well rigging and pinioned there for more than an hour, throughout the period of the storm. Mr. Powell used a house jack to keep the house from crushing his wife. As is she has been badly bruised and suffered greatly, though she is now rapidly recovering. His house was blown off its blocks.
In going to her storm cellar, Mrs. J. T. Green, who lives four miles north of town, slipped at the cellar door, fell down the steps and suffered severe bruises and a broken leg.
Many barns were demolished or unroofed. No one direction from town seemed to suffer more than another. John McCalman, north and Baxter, east, Tom O’Dea and Arringtons, south, and Pate and Carroll places west, seemed to suffer pretty much alike.
This was not a cyclone, neither was it the worst storm ever had here. Four years ago we had one much worse, and in 1899 we had one that would make this one seem like a still summer day beside it. But it was bad enough. However, the frost and floods previous to this had already got all the crops that were gettable and this one did little crop damage. Oats and onions still seem to be doing well. Otherwise the crops are nil.
The oil well derrick was blown down and dashed into splinters as did also the ones at Blue and Bennington.
I might have been worse. No one was killed, and we ought to be glad of that. We can put back the houses; we can plant other crops, but we could not bring back loss of lives.