I am posting this for my cousin, Ken Butler, who is not familiar with this site.
DURHAM WIND STORM
My brother and I lived with our parents at Durham, OK. from about April 1933 to March 1934.I was six years old.My father (Alva Butler) helped rebuild the cotton gin and then stayed-on for the 1933 ginning season. While living in Durham I remember a very powerful windstorm hit the little town.It was not a tornado but a very strong, gusty, straight wind.When the storm passed, the fifty-foot (or more) smokestack at the school was a mere pile of bricks, as was: one church, a store and the recently completed diesel engine house at the cotton gin.(No one was killed or seriously injured). The only four brick structures in Durham had fallen as the exceedingly gusty wind shook them down.Yet there was no frame buildings demolished, (a one room house had been scooted-off its foundation). The storm was a subject of adult conversation for some time. I can remember hearing the strong gusty wind being described as “blowing then sucking”. It was this sharp pulsation of wind speed that caused the brick structures to crumble, while the frame buildings swayed enough to enable them to withstand the sharp thrusts. The Church, store (Thompson’s I believe) and the cotton-gin engine house were soon rebuilt, (comparable to the destroyed structure), but I am not sure about the school chimney. The only person (other than myself) that I know (still living) who was residing at Durham when this occurred, does not recall the event. Does anyone out there have any recollections of this storm? Ken Butler 1817 N. Minnesota Shawnee, OK 74804 e-mail = firstname.lastname@example.org Tele. (405) 273-9052