Hail, Yes, It Was Hail!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAsk any old timer in Comanche, Texas, and he will remember well the hail of 1969. Not only will he remember that the year was ’69, but he will remember exactly where he was when the storm hit, demolishing cars, knocking out windows, and ruining roofs and anything else that got in the way of hailstones that measured up to 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches thick.

The Comanche High School complex lost over 700 windows to the hail. Electric lines, telephone lines, and television cable lines were brought down by the hail, while the town of Comanche measured one-half an inch of rain in 15 minutes.

The hail itself fell for at least 10 minutes, and affected over 95% of the town of Comanche as well as outlying areas. Rickey Jones lived with his family about 3 miles east of town, and he well remembers where he was and what he was doing when the storm hit his family’s farm.

“I was on the tractor in the field when the hail hit. I put it in road gear and took off for the house. We lost all of the windows on the west side of the house. I have no idea why I did not have my shoes on, but I didn’t, and I remember that I was scared to death that a hail ball was going to hit my feet. Of course I was just a kid. I wasn’t actually working on the tractor; I was playing on it,” he laughed.

If you have memories of the hail, feel free to record them in the comment boxes below.


About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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3 Responses to Hail, Yes, It Was Hail!

  1. kc5kwx says:

    I was practicing baseball at the old ball field on S hwy 16 and was standing in right field when the hail began falling about golfball size. Everyone on the team was too young to have a driver’s license, so our parents had dropped us off and left. Our coach was Dean Summers and he drove a black Chevy Corvair. When the hail started he hollered for everyone to get to the dugout that had a sheet metal roof. After we all got there the hail continued to get bigger, so he told us to make a run to his car. It was not easy, but everyone crammed into his little car and we started driving toward town. He dropped off two of our teammates at their houses between the ball park and the square. Dudley Bros. Service station was at the first traffic light on the right and their covered awning in front was full of cars so Dean turned at the corner and turned again and drove between the gas pumps to get inside as far as he could. He told all of us to get our heads as far as possible into the front seat area for our protection. The back window of his car got knocked out quickly and hail stones were punching holes in the vinyl seat cover right behind us. Several of us got bruised from hailstones that bounced around in the car. I will never forget where I was when the hailstorm hit Comanche in 1969. Cliff Conway

  2. missyjones says:

    Fredda, when this hail storm hit, Darrell, Mark and I had moved from McCamey to Comanche. It was the middle of the afternoon and this storm came up really fast. We had rented a house on west Duncan street, (the only house for rent in Comanche at that time). I remember that we lost some windows, but the big trees to the west of our house helped to protect it to some extent. there was limbs and leaves from the trees all over town. Missy Cox Jones

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