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1947: Windstorm causes damage north of Hartley

• July 3, 1947

A sudden windstorm that reportedly rose to a fury of 85 mph spread destruction as it swept across a path north of Hartley. Hail which accompanied the gale totally destroyed some corn and bean fields, beat others to the ground and broke hundreds of home, barn and school windows in a 10 to 15 mile strip. No damage other than broken tree branches was reported in Hartley.

DeYoung’s Ice Cream Store, a popular place especially during hot days, greatly enlarged their ice cream storage space by adding a new 12-section storage cabinet.

Ralph Collman, of Hartley, completed a course in pra...