In 1935, there had been no rain and no wheat crop for the Wancuras. One day, Velma and Ted decided to drive to Beehler to a farm sale about 14 miles north. On the way home, they stopped at her parent's home in Beehler to say hello. The weather turned. Velma's dad told them to stay for the night.
The next day they started out for home. They met a neighbor on the road, who told them there was no reason to travel any further, a tornado had destroyed their home. It was scattered for miles.