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......................... ~inLqununlmns~ Iml ~PqlnlmlnnJjlill IllUlll ~1!1 ULINIIHB II I [ ] II IIINIIBII Hays Free Press May 11,2011 NFJIIHilOlUl Page 3C + I Afreak storm swept across Texas on May 6, 1930 spewing torna- does from the Red River to the Gulf of Mexico and leav- ing a trail of broken homes, broken dreams and broken bodies. The first twister of that ter- rible day touched down near Childress on the southeast- ern edge of the Panhandle. Two farmhouses were flat- tened, and four people were treated for minor injuries. As the boiling, black tempest roiled east, gale- force winds wreaked havoc from Bowie to Brownwood. Tornadoes danced through the wide-open countryside, where settlements were few and far between, without taking a life. But it was a different story in the more densely populat- ed counties south of Dallas. Twisters killed three at Ennis and Ensign in Ellis County and 19 more next door in Hill County at Bynum, Irene and Mertens. The merciless monster then invaded Navarre County. At Frost, a farming community of 800 sixteen miles due west of Corsi- dwelling. "It looked like a long ~inme of smoke coming om the southwest," a mer- chant remembered. "It hung for a moment over a small lake and then was on us with a burst of fury." The tornado tore the heart right out of Frost, reducing everything to rubble except the local jail. The pharmacist and a teenaged customer, cana, frightened inhabitants who was sipping a soda at sought shelter in the brick the counter, perished in the business district. For many, that snap decision was a fatal mistake. Recognizing the distinc- tive roar of the approaching tornado, the superintendent hurriedly herded students into the basement. The fun- drug store. A delivery driver dashed inside the grocery just in time to die, while his truck sat untouched at the curb. A baby was snatched from its mother's arms never to be seen again. Both banks were corn- nel cloud passed directly pletely destroyed, but a thick over the school ripping off vault shielded employees the roof, but his quick think- and customers from flying ing saved the children, debris. A like-minded butch- A father felt his boy would er found similar sanctuary in be safer at home and came his walk-in refrigerator. to fetch him moments before With the funeral parlor the evacuation. The man lost wrecked, a private home his son as well as his wife in was pressed into service as the collapse of their frame a temporary morgue. Before graves could be dug for the 22 victims, shattered tomb- stones had to be cleared away at the cemetery. The pessimist!c mayor of Frost predicted, I doubt if the town will ever be rebu'dt to the extent it was before the storm." Fortunately his constituents were made of stronger stuff. The ferocious front moved south growing in size and strength by the minute. Twisters struck as far east as the Louisiana border, claim- ing two lives in Bronson and as far west as San Antonio, where one fatality was recorded. But the worst was yet to come. A tornado split the seven- mile difference between Nordheim and Runge, agricultural centers which straddled the DeWitt-Karnes County line. Thirty-six died in a kill zone 300 yards wide and 15 miles long. Tenant farmer Saragoza Garcia and his brother-in- law were plowing a field, when the clear sky suddenly darkened. The helper went indoors with Garcia's wife, six children and mother-in- law, but Saragoza ignored their shouts and kept on working. A snake-like finger shot out of the clouds and struck the ramshackle residence dead center. The house exploded scattering the re- mains of the nine oGcupants As always, there were incredibly close calls and miraculous escapes. The Frost twister picked up a home, carried it several hundred yards and returned it to earth without cracking the paint. Three individu- als in the living room were badly shaken but unscathed. A couple and their small daughter had just sat down over a quarter-mile radius, to supper when the Nord- Though seriously hurt in a heim-Runge tornado blew collision with a flying plow, their house away, but left Saragoza Garcia forced them unharmed at the table. himself to attend the mass funeral for his family two days later. Dirt-poor sharecroppers accounted for nearly half the deaths in the devastated area. Seven members of a second tenant clan were killed three miles south of Runge. The dead and injured shared the same room in Nordheim. On one side of a sheet hanging from a wire was the makeshift morgue, while on the other was the first-aid station. At least 30 counties sus- tained significant property damage from high winds and tornadoes unleashed by the storm of May 6, 1930. A dozen small towns and ham- lets contributed to the final body count of 86, a death toll surpassed only by the tornadoes at Gelled in 1902 and Waco in 1953. Column collections avail- able at twith.com or request list from Bartee Haile, RO. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 7754. f Back when it used to rain, a winter ritual of mine was to walk the back pasture and collect the year's crop of stones. This was in preparation for a season of mowing. Without tha rains, my crop of stones has been poor. With water conservation in mind and always looking for a drought tolerant addi- tion to my landscape, I have found a new crop of stones in sedums. Commonly called 'stonecrops,' sedums are a large grouping of succu- lent, low-growing, flowering groundcovers in the Crassu- laceae family. Sedums store water in their leaves (succu- lent}, making them drought tolerant and a fine addition for sun-to-part-shade loca- tions in xeriscape gardens. With over 400 species in this rather large family of plants, sedums come in a wide array of flower colors, leaf colors and textures. Most are under six inches in height. One of my favorites is dragons blood. With the proper light exposure, this low groundcover puts on a show of brilliant red foliage with red flowers in the late spring and summer. And when the cool weather of fall arrives, the leaves turn orange-red. Sedum anjelica displays golden-yellow leaves with a tinge of green- almost like lime. This trailing ground- cover creates yellow flowers through the summer. Sedum tricolor has green and white variega- tion with red along the leaf edge. Drought tolerant Thyme IT'S ABOUT and spreading in form, it displays tiny pink flowers through ]une and July. Another pretty varie- gated (green and white leaf) sedum is lineare. This beauty grows to a height of 4 inches and makes a dense mat of foliage with bright, yellow flowers. These stonecrops are per- fect for our climate. If you are looking for a flowering groundcover that's drought tolerant, thrives in poor and shallow soil, and flowers, the~ this is a perfect choice. Sedums are easily grown in pots and baskets, often cascading off the edge. They make great additions to mixed succulent plant- ings which seems to be "the in-thing" in garden publica- tions these days. There is a native stand of sedum along the rock outcroppings on Oak Grove Road skirting Elliott Ranch. In the summer, these suc- culents turn yellow for a month or two, amazingly with less than a half an inch of soil. Happy gardening every- onel If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to iathymc@~ahoo.com. Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www. itsaboutthyme.com. NN)TO BY CYNDY Si.0WU(-B/gTr0fl Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by J See Solution, page 4C ACROSS 4o 1 in '63 JFK limo was headed for Dallas' 41 triple under._.__ 42 5 TXism: "active as a fox in _ __ house" 44 6 this Oceanic agc'y. 45 warns OL hurricanes on TX coast (abbr.) 46 7 this James was 1st native-born TX gov. 48 8 with Nueces & Fdo, 49 Three Rivers, TX is named for this 18 TXIsm: "couldn't find hide _~ hair of him" 19 TXIsm for believed 21 _ Pepper 50 Mav's 22 TX Quanah Parker's Tyson chief dad Nooona 23 this William staffed with TX Tommy Lee 51 in "Rolling Thunder" 24 TXism: "tough as 52 _ ._-_ drive steak" 29 Gulf of Mexico is one of these 1 30 San Antonio-based 2 insurance giant 31 TXism: "fast _ 3 small town gossip" 32 TXism for dancer 4 34 TX Vikki Can" album: 9 ~___ Hombres" ('89) 35 San Marcos unlver, before 2003 10 36 TXism: "ddes his " 11 (independent) 37 DFW: metro 38 TXism: "tax 12 wranglers" 13 39 TX atheist: Madalyn 14 Murray ._. TX Autry sang about _ ___-nosed reindeer Laredo Catholic FM TXism: =he's my parade" (interfering) bed supports C&W music cable network before it was *Spike" TX Roy Orblson film:" Guitar Alive" JFK assassin Oswald "Star Wars" cowboy Hen 7 : 8 "~__. dunk" TXism:" as dirt"r 46 past U.S. senator ~-- Yarborough (init.) DOWN 15 TX-made tim: TXism for dust storm "~__. Zapata!" ('52) TXism: ~donl give 16 DFW ardval guess a holler" 17 teens who left home TX pronunciation 20 crop.eating insects of "cigar" 22 take the skin off obstacles a potato TXism: "about as 24 TX Audie Murphy --_-- as Red River '52 film: ~Duel _~ mud" (confusing) Silver Creek" TXism: "feeling his 25 TXism: "___ notches __" (frisky) full~ (ate too much) in 1890s Marlin, 26 TXism: =get your 3)( became a hot ducks in a ___" artesian ---- town 27 TXism: =have _ news wrangler "(take a drink) Rangers Boston foe 28 TXism: "more of "don1 get any -- .--- Carter fancy " has liver pills" by Charley 11 J iS2 L_ 29 State Fair theme in '92: *_____ of Discovery" 30 previously owned 33 what doctors call "discomfort" 34 TX singer Buddy's widow: Maria 35 measle marked Powder Puff game due to rain Hays High's annual Se- nior-Junior Powder Puff football game, which benefits Project Gradu- ation, was called due to lightning Tuesday night. Seniors were granted the win, as the score was 7-0 when the storm hit. Browse and buy more photos online in our photo gallery, www. HaysFrosPrass.com & Guy Orbison Odf~onBrc~ P-1010 ex-San. Gramm was once one in economics at A&M 38 HOUSt~ action film in '94: "The _ " 40 ex-Cowboy fullback Tommy 41 once an AM station in Cleveland, TX 43 Dallas Stars league 44 in Houston In '48, "Dixlecrats" nomi- nated this ThurmorKI for president 47 served before the chicken tried steak See Solution, page 4C i