May 25, 1955 9:25 p.m. TORNADO! A merging of two tornado clouds south of Blackwell, Oklahoma led to a large tornado funnel sweeping through the east side of town obliterating twenty-two blocks of homes and damaging sixty blocks more. God was with us that night because death count was much less than you would expect with this large scale storm. Some people did sustain injuries and many were homeless. The tornado continued hopping north and completely wiped out Udall, Kansas before it dissipated. While the results were disastrous, there were miracles that night.
One woman rode her bathroom door as it sailed through the air and landed three blocks from her home. She sustained a broken pelvis and was battered and bruised, but survived to raise her two children who were safe in her bathtub at the family's house.
The house was entirely without roof and walls when the children were found.
A new truck was sitting in the top of a 16 foot tree and had to have a crane remove it during the clean up. It was still drivable with few scratches.
The best result was the coming together of the townspeople as they opened their homes to the homeless and worked in team to help with the cleanup. It was miraculous that no person was electrocuted by stepping on all the downed power lines. God was truly active in our town during the storm and after.