Washington County Tornado ~ 1967


By: Thomas K. Harvey
Associated Press Writer

 POTOSI, Mo. (AP) – Three persons were killed & 40 injured early today by tornadoes which struck Potosi & other southeastern Missouri towns, inflicting heavy damage.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that the dead were from the Potosi area & that at least 30 other injuries were reported there.  Three injuries also were reported at Bixby.

In Potosi, the City Hall, power plant, a shopping center & 10 to 20 homes were damaged.  The injured were taken to Washington County Memorial Hospital.  Ten business buildings were destroyed.

Dead were identified as Julia Hunter, 9, who lived in a trailer court at Potosi, & Jess Haggard & his wife, Hester, both about 65, who lived two miles northeast of Potosi on rural route E.

Mrs. Helen Irvin, former civil defense worker in Washington County, said it hit the east end of Potosi, a town of 3,000 75 miles southwest of St. Louis.  It destroyed all but one building in a shopping center & wrecked four homes on Lilac Drive, she said.

An electric clock at Civil Defense Headquarters in Potosi stopped at 1:17 a.m.

Two homes were reported destroyed at Rover, Mo., south & east of Willow Springs at about the same time.

The Hunter girl’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Hunter & two other Hunter children, Joyce, 6, & Kim, 5, were injured & taken to the Washington County Hospital.

Another tornado touched down six miles south of Gainesville in Ozark County southwest of Potosi near the Arkansas line about midnight.  The sheriff’s office said it damaged outbuilding & trees, but there were no injuries. 

The tornado struck as thunderstorms & high winds lashed widely scattered sections.

The patrol said a tornado damaged 15 to 18 homes, destroyed several barns & other……

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