Iowa Weather Stories


1860 Tornado

The Tornado on the Upper Mississippi - Great Loss of Life.

Chicago, June 4 [1860]

A terrible tornado passed over eastern lows and northwestern Illinois last night. The telegraph lines west of the Mississippi river being down, we are unable to ascertain how for west the tornado reached, and what amount of loss of life and property was occasioned.

At Clinton, Iowa, it commenced at 7:30 P.M., and although lasting but two and a half minutes, it caused more destruction of life and property than any similar storm that has ever visited this portion of the country.

The town of Camanche, Iowa, and Albany, Illinois, on opposite sides of the river, and five miles south of Clinton, were completely demolished.

In the former place 32 bodies have already been taken from the ruins. Still there is a number that cannot be got at. In Albany 5 or 6 dead bodie s were found, with about 50 wounded, some seriously. The citizens of Fulton, Ill., and Clinton. Iowa, are doing everything for the relief of the sufferers. From other towns on the route of the tornado that can be reached by telegraph, we learn that the destruction of life and property was equally great. At Morrison, Ill., the following are killed, as far as we are able to learn:
Mrs. Richmond,
Mr. and Mrs. Dorr,
George Roworth,
and a child named Barnum.

Seriously wounded are:
T. Digby. Benjamin Loth and wife.
Mr. Richmond and Hiram Mann.

At Lynden, three miles south of Sterling, 15 persons were badly injured by having legs or arms broken. The storm passed two miles north-west of Amboy.

Report says over 10 lives were lost and a number badly injured.

The names of the killed, as far as known, are Mrs. Morris and a child named Bigsby.

Injured, are Mr. Moss and daughter. Mr. Sackett, a boy named Northaway and Mr. Wright.

The tornado appears to have taken a course almost due cast from the Mississippi to Rock river. Scarcely a house or barn in the direct track - which was about a half a mile in width - were left standing. In all accounts, probably not less than 60 lives have been lost. The extent of damage to stock property, which is very large, cannot be fully ascertained for some time.

The following are the names of those killed by the tornado at Albany, Ill., last night:D. Buck,
E. Effner,
two children of Mr. Riley,
and Miss Ryder.

Missing and fatally wounded:Mr. Riley,
Miss Mary Stagg,
Mrs. Slocumb,
Badly Hart,
Mr. Perkins,
Mrs. Sweat,
Mrs. Cuper and child.
Mrs. Mc Mann,
Mrs. Cole,
Moses Bishop. wife and child:
Mrs. Whitcomb, leg broken,
Mrs. Ea?ner,
Fred. Miller,
Mr. Ostrander, and several others more or less injured.

A public meeting of the citizens of Fulton, today, resolved to furnish all sufferers with houses and all assistance required.

[Illinois State Democrat, Wednesday June 6, 1860 - Submitted by C. Horton ]


The Tornado Of 1882

The second great tornado passed over a portion of central Iowa on the early evening of Saturday, June 17, 1882. It was first seen by the citizens of Greene county about 4 o'clock. An eye witness at Angus, in Boone county, writes that "It hung over us for nearly an hour, whirling and increasing in volume as the clouds from the northwest met those from the southeast, joining together and whirling as the huge mass started off southeast. The column, after traveling rapidly for a few minutes, seemed to put forth a pointer to the earth, and immediately there arose from the column a black, seething mass, and it traveled rapidly towards Ogden. It was a grand and fearful sight. I have seen waterspouts at sea and this looked exactly like them. "It seems first to have reached the ground on the west side of the Des Moines river, some six miles northwest of Madrid, where the destruction began, taking houses, barns, and trees, killing people and stock. Passing on through Story county, about six miles south of Ames, and bearing southeast into Jasper, and on to Poweshiek, sometimes raising from the ground for several miles, and again descending to the earth, destroying everything in its path. As the great black mass of clouds swept on in a general easterly course, small whirlwinds seemed to be forming from time to time, some suspended high in the air, and again lowering downward until they swept the earth with irresistible force.

Central Iowa seemed to be in a vast cyclone pressure, as it developed terrific storms in Keokuk, Johnson, and Henry counties, all doing more or less damage. The great storm cloud moved at the rate of about forty-five miles an hour on its easterly course, and tornadoes or whirlwinds were continually forming and disappearing. The velocity of the wind in the whirlwinds, or rotary motion, was estimated to be 200 miles an hour. The cyclone conditions continued until June 24th, doing great damage in Buchanan, Palo Alto, Clarke, Sioux, Clay, and other counties.

The greatest destruction was in the college town of Grinnell. The first indications of the impending horror at this place are described as follows: "The peculiar aspect of the sky was very striking towards night. The northern sky was hung with conical, downward pointing clouds, the like of which none of us had ever seen. After sunset the western horizon and sky, half way up to the zenith, was lurid, brilliant and unearthly, an ominous sight, which fascinated, while it filled one with ill-defined dread. Almost before the brilliant apparition in the west disappeared the storm broke. It came with an awful roar, like a dozen heavy freight trains passing rapidly over a long bridge. Chimneys, trees, barns, and houses were torn to pieces and were hurled through the air. The total darkness that had suddenly come down was now lighted up by continuous flashes of lightning, and the mighty power of the whirlwind swept everything from the face of the earth. Then came a deluge of water, as though a cloud had burst and emptied a lake upon the earth. In going through the first quarter of the town the waterspout, or whirlwind, performed one of its great loops or quarter circles, in which it appeared to turn about every three miles. It struck Grinnell on its highest land, along the ridge of its best and finest houses, and no pen can picture and no mind comprehend the instant and utter ruin it wrought, and the swath of death and desolation it left in its path, all done in less than three minutes. As the tornado turned this first loop, crashing in pieces every house in its pathway, it killed, mutilated, and so completely covered with mud the bodies, that they could not be recognized until they were washed. It swept houses so completely out of existence that nothing was left of the structures but the cellars. It tore great trees into splinters, and stripped the bark entirely off of others. It passed on with its gyrating motion and loops, crushing two more squares filled with beautiful homes. Then the two fine college buildings went down in shapeless ruins before its irresistible power. It hurled thirty loaded cars from the Central railroad, then rushed away down the valley of Bear creek and hurled a Rock Island train in the ditch, crushing to death two men in its fall. Six miles from Grinnell it swept through the village of Malcom, leaving death and destruction in its path.

Thirty-nine people were killed in Grinnell and thirty others along the line of the tornado and nearly 500, more or less, injured, of whom many died. In Grinnell the property loss was estimated at $400,000, and outside of Grinnell at $500,000; 150 buildings were destroyed in Grinnell.

Governor Sherman issued an appeal to the people of the state for aid for the sufferers, which was most liberally responded to by the people. The line traversed by this tornado was about 150 miles in length, while that of the great tornado of 1860, was about 450. But twenty-two years had given the state such a vast increase in population, that the loss in property of the last, though traversing but about one-third of the distance of the former, was considerably greater, and the loss of life about one third of that of 1860.

Biographies and portraits of the progressive men of Iowa, Volume 1, 1899
Submitted by Cathy Danielson


The Tornado Of 1893

The third great tornado which has visited Iowa since it begun to be settled by white people began near Quimby, in Cherokee county, late in the afternoon of July 6, 1893. It is described by those who first saw it as forming from two black clouds approaching each other, one coming from the southwest, the other from the northwest. The air had been very sultry, and as these clouds came swiftly together a cool breeze sprang up from the east. As the clouds rushed fiercely together, the fatal waterspout form of dense blackness began rapidly to reach down like the huge trunk of an elephant, and the deadly work began.

As the people saw the swaying, black trail strike the ground, they realized that a terrible tornado was coming, and most of those at home ran into the cellars or caves. In nearly all cases these proved to he places of safety.

Its path was narrow, but in this fatal line of march houses, barns, people and animals were hurled like feathers in a breeze. Nothing but the solid earth could stand before its mighty power. On the serpent-like trail swept, leaving destruction, death and desolation in its path. It passed on in a southeasterly direction into Buena Vista county. Sometimes the destroying trail raised from the ground for several miles, and again it would drop down, sweeping everything off the face of the earth. It went through Storm Lake, raising the water 100 feet in the air, just missing the town of the same name and on towards Fonda, taking farm buildings and leaving dead and mangled people in its track. Sometimes from three to four of the black trails would be seen hanging from the mass of clouds, one reaching the ground and others suspended in the air, all sending off a fearful roaring sound. It passed south of Fonda and struck Pomeroy at about 6:40 P. M. It passed through the residence part of the town, making complete destruction over a space 1,200 feet in width, and partial destruction for a width of 1,800 feet. Twenty blocks were swept clean of every thing above ground, and 80 per cent of the residences of the town were destroyed. The human victims bore evidence on their persons that the air was filled with swiftly moving splinters, sand, mud, plaster, limbs of trees and other movable objects.

Those who were near the path of destruction but just missed it, described the appearance as it struck the town, as a rolling, whirling, writhing mass of greenish blackness from and through which millions of tongues of electric flame darted and twisted in fearful fantastic shapes. The sight was grand, awful and harrowing to the strongest nerves. The survivors who were just outside of the terrible path, and first looked upon the ground, say that for a few minutes, not a living object was seen. Every live person was stunned. They wondered if there was a living person in the path of destruction. But soon the wail of distress began. The cries of agony, the groans of anguish, and the calls for help.

The rain was falling in torrents and women and children were calling frantically for the members of their families. Darkness soon came down on the scene of awful desolation, where the survivors were busy rescuing the wounded.

Out of a population of 1,000 persons but twenty-one families were left with no dead or wounded of their own to care for. A citizen says "the heartaches of the uninjured almost equaled the sufferings of those whose mangled bodies could not much longer contain the breath of life. Men, women and children were tortured in nearly all the cruel modes that the ingenious savage could contrive, for while none were consumed by flames, yet many were scorched and burned by the subtle fluid accompanying the death-dealing tornado.

Some had rough stakes thrust into their bodies to the depth of several inches; some had limbs crushed, broken or torn from their bodies, while others were scalped as savagely as though done by an Indian. One woman's scalp was torn back on top of her head, and then a nail had been driven deep into the tender place left open. People were rushing to and fro frantic with grief and anxiety for missing relatives or friends, and many were too overwhelmed for expression in words or cries.

The number killed and fatally injured in Pomeroy was forty-nine, and in other places twenty-two, making the total number of deaths from the tornado, seventy-one. One hundred and fifty homes were destroyed and the property loss was estimated to exceed $250,000. Two hundred and thirty-seven people were wounded who survived, many badly crippled for life.

Governor Boies issued an appeal to the public for aid for those who lost their homes and property, and the people responded liberally. The amount contributed in money was over $69,000, while food, clothing, lumber and other supplies worth many thousands more were donated by the people.

The entire track of the tornado was less than sixty miles in length. In comparing the three great tornadoes that have visited Iowa, we find that all originated in northwestern Iowa, and were first seen forming between 4 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon of June and July days. Their comparative magnitude may be judged from the following items:

Date, 1860; miles traversed, 450; number killed, 194; value of property destroyed, $700,000.

Date, 1882; miles traversed, 150; number killed, 69; value of property destroyed, $900,000.

Date, 1893; miles traversed, 60; number killed, 71; value of property destroyed, $250,000.

Biographies and portraits of the progressive men of Iowa, Volume 1, 1899
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

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Tornado Path - About 100 Miles
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Cherokee Co., Buena Vista Co., Pocahontas Co. & Calhoun Co.

July 6, 1893

On the afternoon of July 6, 1893, on the west side of the Little Sioux River, Cherokee County, the people observed a dark cloud lying low in the western horizon. When first seen it presented no unusual appearance but as it slowly arose, with varying currents of air frequently shifting suddenly, angry clouds were seen in the southwest rapidly approaching another swiftly moving cloud from the northwest which seemed to be driven by a strong wind. The distant roar of thunder and sharp flashes of lightning indicated the gathering of a severe storm. The two light colored swiftly moving clouds soon came together and a great commotion was observed. Soon the funnel shape indicating a tornado descended towards the earth and a distant roar was heard.

The storm did its first damage in Rock township where two women were killed. The iron bridge over the Sioux, a one hundred twenty feet span, was hurled from its piers into the river. As the storm neared the Buena Vista County line the cloud lifted for several miles and no damage was done, when it again descended to the earth and destruction again began. It crossed the county about half a mile south of the town of Storm Lake, plowing through the waters of the lake, raising a waterspout nearly a hundred feet in height and wrecking a steamboat. The tornado kept nearly parallel with the Illinois Central Railroad and far enough south of it to miss the villages along its line until Pomeroy, in Calhoun County was reached. Several miles west of the town it is described as presenting an appearance quite similar to that observed when first discovered in Cherokee County. A steady roar was heard and great masses of white clouds were still rushing swiftly together from the northwest and southwest.

Where they seemed to come in violent collision, a dense mass of inky black vapor in violent commotion was forming into elongated trunks dropping down towards the earth, one of which reached and trailed upon the ground swaying back and forth, while the others bounded up and down as they swung along like the trunk of an elephant. The one reaching the ground seemed to be sweeping everything in its path - trees, fences, buildings and animals were raised into the vortex and hurled with terrific force to the earth. Cattle and horses crouched to the ground in terror and the hogs tried to bury themselves in straw stacks. Within and along the surface of the storm cloud there was an incessant play of electricity and fearful jagged bolts shot out of the white clouds on either side of the black mass from which the tongues depended. As seen from Pomeroy the sky was a fearful sight to behold. Clouds of inky blackness filled the entire west rolling and swaying in wild commotion. One cloud came from the northwest and united with another moving from the southwest and trailing beneath the place of collision was the black whirling column dragging upon the earth, from which came a continuous discharge of electricity.

The heavy and incessant roar of the approaching storm seemed to make the earth tremble. Persons just outside of its track, described the tornado as it struck the town as a rolling, writhing mass of a greenish blackness through which thousands of tongues of electric flame were darting. There was one wild crash and all was blackness and desolation where but a moment before Pomeroy stood. For a few moments every survivor seemed dazed and not a living form or a building could be seen in the ruins. The shrieks of the wounded and cries for help were heard on every side. Roused to a realization of the calamity that had suddenly come upon the town, the survivors hastened to rescue the wounded from the wrecks of their homes. For four hours they worked with the energy of despair amid rain, hail and gathering darkness, guided by the cries and groans of the sufferers imprisoned by fallen timbers and crippled by ghastly wounds, not ceasing until all were cared for. All through the night search among the ruins for the dead went on as assistance from the surrounding country and neighboring towns came.

Dr. D. J. Townsend, one of the physicians who was prominent in attending upon the wounded, gives a vivid description of the peculiar character of the injuries that came under his observation. He says:

"The wounds were not of a class that were met with in any other calamity than a tornado. The tissues were bruised, punctured, incised, lacerated with the addition of having foreign matter of every conceivable kind literally ground into the flesh and broken off in such a manner that no matter how proficient the surgeon, they would escape his notice. Inflammation and pain in a certain region did not always justify exploratory incisions, as many were contused from one end of the body to the other. The dirt and sand were plastered upon and into the skin in such a manner that it was extremely difficult to remove them."

Such was the terrible nature of the injuries that had suddenly come upon more than a hundred people. From a population of more than a thousand but twenty-one families were left with no dead or wounded of their own to care for. The dead in the village numbered forty-two the day after the tornado.

Governor Boies issued an appeal for aid and the people of the State responded generously, not only furnishing all the temporary assistance needed but sufficient to rebuild the homes destroyed and to supply furniture, clothing and food. Besides providing a large amount of lumber, provisions and clothing, nearly $70,000 in money was contributed for relief of the sufferers. The total number of deaths from the tornado along its entire path of about one hundred miles, was seventy-one in all, of which there were in Cherokee County twelve, in Buena Vista six, in Pocahontas four, in and around Pomeroy in Calhoun County, forty-nine.

(History of Iowa from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, 1903)
Submitted By: Cathy Danielson


1902 Flood

High Water Conditions Alarming with Little Hope of Early Abatement

FARMERS ON LOW LANDS LOSE HOMES AND CROPS

Crop Damage Between Keokuk, Ia., and Hannibal,Mo., Will Reach $4,000,000 - Levees on Rivers Strained to Breaking Point - Thousands of Acres of Land Already Under Water.

Keokuk, Ia., July 19. - The flood conditions were much worse today, and the Mississippi river is from 2 to 10 miles wide for 75 miles below Keokuk and is rising rapidly. The flood is reaching far outlying farms, and farmers in the lowlands on the Missouri side have lost everything but their citadels on the high knolls and a few fields behind the highest levees. Damage is also caused on the Illinois side between here and Quincy, where there are many thousands of acres behind the riverside levees; which are not entirely efficient, the water working through at the site of the flood gates.

The Lima and Hunt levees, opposite Canton, Mo., at the most dangerous places, and which protect many square miles (of corn in Illinois, are being constantly patrolled, and hopes are entertained that they may possibly hold. The greatest damage is on the Missouri side of the Mississippi river between Keokuk and Hannibal, a territory covering 300 square miles, and on which the corn was estimated at 80 bushels to the acre a few days ago. Hundreds of farmers are tenants who lost crops by last year's drouth in the uplands and moved to the lowlands this year. They are now penniless arid hunting work in towns and cities. Reports today are that in the territory indicated, the loss will be over $4,000,000, chiefly corn, in splendid condition previously.

The damage done up the Mississippi river is greater than expected or than at first reports. One township in this county, Green Bay, Is under six or seven feet of water., It contains 'over 11,000. acres of crops., The families were driven out hurriedly and some cattle drowned. Corn there was the <very finest in this section of the country last week. The levee, eight miles north of, Burlington, broke, unindating three square miles that had been considered safe.

The Skunk river, the most destructive tributary of the Mississippi, is roaring down with a flood exceeded but twice in the history of the state in 1851 and 1892. The water topped the record of 1892 and has touched the highest record of 1851, This river rises in the center of Iowa and empties into the Mississippi 25 miles north of Keokuk, greatly increasing the flood at points below.

Railroads in Iowa will be put to great cost in the maintenance of the tracks and safety of trains. The Burlington and Rock Island systems are closely patrolled by watchmen at all the bridges and culverts. No great damage has occurred to them on account of the systematic prevention, but this has been done at great cost.

The supervisors of Lee, Des Moines, Washington, Henry, Jefferson, Wapello and Van Buren counties have been at work trying to save wagon road bridges, many of which have already gone out. Losses from this cause will be very considerable.

Thousands of acres are submerged In Appanooz county, Iowa, and there is much small grain caught in the fields. The crop in other places is chiefly corn. A new element that has appeared all over the flood section of Iowa is disease, among the stock from the condition of the pastures overflowed slightly before and used after temporary subsidence of the waters.

[Idaho Daily Statesman, 7/20/1902 - Submitted by Norm Gentry]


1908 Tornado

SIX KILLED

St. Joseph, Mo., May 12 - The train crew of the Burlington passenger train from Omaha this evening reported a race with the cyclone near Island Park, Iowa, barely escaping from the tornado which they reported wrecked a bunk train containing a number of foreigners who had been working on the track. Six men were reported killed and a score injured. The bunk train had been moved from Bartlett, Iowa earlier in the day.

[The Quincy Daily Whig, Quincy, Ill, May 13, 1908 - Submitted by Debbie Gibson]


March 24, 1913 Tornado

TORNADO SWEEPS FOUR STATES

Omaha Wrecked by Wind's Fury - Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana Suffer Life Loss from Gale.

Omaha, Neb,, March 24. - More than, two hundred persons were killed and four hundred were injured in a wind-storm that demolished 450 homes, damaged hundreds of other buildings and caused a monetary loss of $5,000,000, according to reports available up to a late hour tonight from the main path of the tornado,

Most of the casualties were in Omaha. Nearby towns in Nebraska and across the Missouri river in Iowa, also suffered severely. .Wires were snapped in all directions and it took many hours together news of the disaster.

Fire broke out in many of the wrecked buildings in, Omaha, and these were menaces for some time, as the tire companies were hindered by fallen walls and blocked Streets. Heavy rain followed the wind, however, and drenched the hundreds of homeless persons, but also put out the flames.

Of 202 known dead within the area covered by the storm, 152 were residents of Omaha, The remaining dead are scattered over considerable territory with Council Bluffs reporting 12; Yutan, Neb., 16; Glenwood, Ia, 5; Berlin, Neb., 7; Neola, Ia., 2, and Bartlett, Iowa, 3, The same cities and towns report an aggregate of 400 injured and 450 homes demolished.

Perhaps 1,500 persons are homeless. Aside from this, 3,000 buildings were more or less damaged, some of these being churches and school buildings. Eight of Omaha's public schools were wrecked.

All forms of communication were at most annihilated, and daylight relieved a night of high tension, when soldiers, state and national troops, poured into the city to aid in bringing order out of what had been chaos for twenty-four hours. The guardians of the peace are patrolling the streets, aiding the police to maintain order and relieve such cases of suffering as come to there notice.

Estimates of the value of property demolished in Omaha by the storm vary between $5,000,000 and $12,000,000. Some of the more substantial houses can be rebuilt. Other's have been so twisted that even the material is useless for rebuilding.

The city commissioners met early and appropriated $25,000 for relief work. Citizens, present at the meeting organized and raised 825,000 more. A citizens' relief committee was organized and an executive committee named.

Indianapolis, March 24 - The worst rainstorm in years last night- and Monday followed in the wake of the tornado that carried death and destruction into southern Indiana. Four persons were drowned Monday in swollen streams and tonight practically every river and creek in Indiana is out of its banks.

Rain in torrents has fallen for twelve hours from South Bend on the north to Ohio river on the south. Lafayette reports the rising and the lowlands inundated.

Omaha, Neb,, March 24. - More than, two hundred persons were killed and four hundred were injured in a wind-storm that demolished 450 homes, damaged hundreds of other buildings and caused a monetary loss of $5,000,000, according to reports available up to a late hour tonight from the main path of the tornado,

Council Bluffs, Iowa, March 24 - Reports late Monday indicate that the life and property loss in Iowa will be far greater than at first indicated . Meager reports from Mills county say deaths are reported from every town in the county reported by telephone. Five deaths occurred at Glenwood and thirteen at Council Bluffs.

Chicago. March 24 - Five persons were killed, fifty Injured,'thirty-two buildings were wrecked and scores of structures damaged by a storm which swept over this city and its suburbs early Monday morning.

Brazil, Ind., March 24-Perth, a town of 400 inhabitants in Clay county, was practically wiped off the map by a tornado Sunday night, but only one person was injured.

[Hobart Republican, Published Date: 1913-03-25; submitted by Barb Z.]


1918 Storms

Death Rides In Wake of Storm

Series of Tornadoes, Worst in Annals of Middle West, Scatter Death and Destruction Over a Wide Ares—Scores of Persons Killed and Injured.

Property Damage Runs into Hundreds of Thousands—Rivers Overflow Banks and Atmospheric Disturbance Extends Clear to Chicago—Wire and Train Service in Stricken Sections Utterly Demoralized

By United Press…Chicago, May 10.—At least twelve persons were killed and probably 100 injured in a cyclone which swept points in central Illinois and central Iowa, yesterday, according to reports early today. Property loss was heavy. The known death toll today was:

New Hampton, Iowa, four; Nashua, Iowa, two; Franklin, Illinois, two; Waverly, Illinois, one; Jacksonville, Illinois, one; Toulon, Iowa, two.

The main party of the storm failed to strike any large city. The cyclone was fringed by high winds, rain and hail in Chicago and other large cities, which suffered heavy property damage.

At Nashua, Iowa, where two were killed, every building gin the town was reported damaged. Near Eldredge, Iowa, where six were reported injured, a girl was carried 300 feet by the wind and landed unhurt.

A $50,000 sewage plant at New Hampton, Iowa, where four were killed, was wrecked.

Boy Drowned in River

One boy drowned at Franklin, Illinois, when the river overflowed. Mrs. Lucy Hart, 70, and her granddaughter, were killed in their beds when the chimney crashed through the roof.

[Twin Falls News - 1918-05-10, Transcribed and contributed by fc AFOFG]

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Six Known Dead

By United Press…Des Moines, Iowa, May 10.—Six persons are known to be dead today, six others are reported dead, more than a score were injured and property damage amounting to thousands of dollars resulted from a tornado which swept Chickasaw and Winneshiek Counties in northeastern Iowa late yesterday.

Telephone and telegraph wires into the storm swept area are down, and only meager details of storm have been received here.

The death list to date:Theodore Kreiger, Jr., farmer near New HamptonAlbert Smith, farmer near New HamptonMrs. Thomas Dowd, wife of farmer, near New HamptonF. Bigelow, farmer, near New HamptonRoy Husband, farmer, near NashuaMrs. A. G. Carpenter, near Nashua

[Twin Falls News,1918-05-10, Transcribed and contributed by fc AFOFG]

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At Least Two Tornadoes

Six more are reported dead at Calmar, in Winneshiek County, where the storm struck with extreme fury.

One tornado struck near Nashua, in Chickasaw County and ripped its way northeast eight miles to Republic. Another struck five miles southwest of New Hampton, destroying forty farmsteads. This storm struck the south edge of New Hampton.

Only meager reports have been received in Winneshiek County, but the damage there is reported heavier than in Chickasaw County.

The towns of Atkinson, Fredericks burg, Ossain and Calmar are reported to have suffered severe damage.

[Twin Falls News - 1918-05-10, Transcribed and contributed by fc AFOFG]

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All Iowa Affected

Severe atmospheric disturbances, of which the tornadoes in Chickasaw and Winneshiek Counties were a part, were reported all over Iowa Friday.

Here in Des Moines the wind attained a velocity of 44 miles an hour, the highest recorded in several years.

The Iowa Telephone Company was unable to get into communication with northeastern Iowa today. Their wires were all right as far north as Waterloo, but wires into the towns of New Hampton and Decorah, the seats of Chickasaw and Winneshiek Counties, were out of commission.

[Twin Falls News - 1918-05-10, Transcribed and contributed by fc AFOFG]

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Dozens of Homes Wrecked

By United Press…Muscatine, Iowa, May 10.—Dozens of homes and farm buildings were wrecked, more than a score of persons were injured and thousands of dollars worth of property was damaged in a tornado which swept a freakish path perhaps 250 yards wide through Muscatine County last evening, shortly after six o’clock.

The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Houseman was torn from the grasp of the mother and hurled through space until it struck the top of the barn. The child may die. A dozen victims are in local hospitals.

[Twin Falls News, 1918-05-10, Transcribed and contributed by fc AFOFG]

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Ten Known Dead

By United Press…Des Moines, Iowa, May 10.—Meager reports received over crippled telephone and telegraph wires up to noon Friday showed ten known dead, with a possibility that at least that many more perished, scores injured and property damage of at least $500,000 in the tornado which swept Chickasaw and Winneshiek Counties in northeastern Iowa late Thursday.

Four are known to be dead at New Hampton and two at Nashua, Iowa.

First dispatches received from Calmar, received at noon by the United Press, showed four dead at that place, including Mr. and Mrs. Peter Anderson and their granddaughter, Alice Burgesen, and Mrs. Frank Sandager.

The Andersons lived at Calmar. Their house was demolished by the wind. Mrs. Sandager, who lived on a farm near Calmar, was killed when her home was destroyed.

Her husband was killed by lightning less than two weeks ago.

The railroad roundhouse at Calmar was destroyed and practically every house in the town was damaged.

[Twin Falls News - 1918-05-10, Transcribed and contributed by fc AFOFG]

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Cuts Path a Mile Wide

At Plainfield the tornado cut a path though the country a mile wide and three miles long. Scores of houses were damaged and much live stock killed. At least a score of persons were injured slightly.

The pupils of Jefferson School near there were saved from injury when the teacher, Miss Vera Deistler, led them from the building and forced them to lie in a big ditch. A few minutes after the children were out of the building it was wrecked. This was learned by telephone from Waterloo.

[Twin Falls News - 1918-05-10, Transcribed and contributed by fc AFOFG]


1922 Storm

Unknown Death Toll and Hundreds Hurt in Western Tornado Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas Raked ByWind Blast, While Floods, Snow and Hail Hit Others Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa Gripped, in Icy Blasts; Crops Suffer Heavily

CHICAGO, April 17. -
An unknown death list, more than a hundred injured and thousands made homeless was the toll of tornadoes and floods which swept over the Central West today.

Tornadoes were reported in a score of Illinois, Indiana and Arkansas towns. Homes were demolished, wire service crippled and livestock killed.

The storm was believed to hare been the east, to Kansas and Nebraska on west, heavy downpours swelled flood waters of streams already out of their banks, and inundated thousands of acres of rich farm land in addition to the vast tracts already under water.

While snow and fleet covered Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa were pelted with heavy hail storms which smashed windows and caused much damage to crops. Several inches of snow were reported from Denver.

[Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, Published Date: 1922-April-18, Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]


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