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- - 1881 - - DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 20, 1881; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
New Ulm Devastated.
Six Killed and Fifty-Three Wounded. The Towns of West Newton, Cairo and Welling add 13 Killed and Many Wounded.
Our city was visited on Friday, the 15th inst. by one of the most terrific cyclones ever witness in the State of Minnesota.
The day was extremely war, the mercury standing at 90 degrees in the shade, at noon and the gentle southerly breeze afforded but slight relief from the oppressive heat. At half past three o'clock in the afternoon, the low roll of thunder called the attention of our citizens to a heavy, black cloud in the north western horizon, and fifteen minutes later another was seen rising from the South-west. These two advancing columns seemed to intersect each other, thirty degrees west of the zenith, and the united column moved onward toward the east in rapid spiral curves, while the deep hazen color of the cloud within the western angle of these two columns, the terrific peals of thunder and incessant flashes of lightning gave ominous forebodings of the power of the demon of destruction who was threatening to hurl his tempests upon us. Windows were hastily closed and awnings furled, and at 15 minutes past four, the storm can in all its fury, and no pen can describe the scene that followed.
The first gust demolished nearly every chimney in the city. Next tin roofs were stripped off and blown in every direction, and crumbled into every conceivable shape; doors, windows, boards, shingles, rafters, bricks and branches of trees were seen flying through the air in every direction; whole roofs were torn off and came crashing into the sides of buildings on the opposite side of the street as if hurled by the power of Milton's demons; buildings were lifted from their foundations and scattered and twisted into shapeless masses of ruins; massive brick buildings trembled and crumbled before the blast as if shaken by an earthquake.
During all this destruction the fearful shriek of the tempest the perpetual roar of the thunder, the crash of falling walls, mingled with the screams of terrified men, women, and children rendered the scene one that beggars all description and baffles all language.
The city, after the tempests had passed, presented a scene of sadness never to be forgotten by those who witnessed it. The debris of the fallen buildings, wagons, farm-machinery, furniture and clothing were mingled in one promiscuous mass from one end of the city to the other, trees were stripped of their branches, and twisted and knotted as if by the hand of a giant; horses some dead and others still struggling, were buried beneath the timbers of fallen stables; mothers were searching and anxiously inquiring for missing children; and the bewildered and terror-stricken people were standing and gazing in sad stance upon all that remained of their ruined homes. The storm only lasted about 15 minutes, but in that brief time the destruction of property and life was great.
The people, however, were not long in recovering their equilibrium, and the good work of relief to the maimed and wounded was at once begun. Mrs. Berr, Muller and Carl, assisted by Dr. Oldberg of St. Paul, who was in New Ulm on a visit and the Sisters of Charity done all in their power to relief the poor victims of the terrible tempest, and before darkness had set in nearly or quite every person wounded had been taken care of.
The first effects of the tornado were felt in the northern part of the town, among the modest residences of the laboring portion of the community. These were somewhat scattered, but within less than two minutes were all either carried off bodily or leveled to the ground. Over a hundred dwellings, all of modest pretentions, were absolutely swept away on the wings of the wind, and several hundred people rendered homeless and penniless. Furniture, clothing and bedding was carried away in the general destruction, and very many saved nothing except the clothing they had on at the time. Trees and vegetation were razed even with the earth. Minn. Street and Broadway the two principal thoroughfares were blockaded by the debris of the destroyed buildings.
The following is a list of those that were killed and wounded in New Ulm.
Albert Eggert. Died in half hour.
Son of Eggert, aged 5 years. Instantly.
Elenora Reitz, aged 10 years. Beheaded.
Annie Lieash, aged 10 years.
H. Fiedeler. Died on Sunday morning from injuries received.
Bertha Werner. Killed by lightning.
Wm. Spoerhas badly cut about head and internal injuries. Improving and will recover.
Jos. Kunz, fracture of humorus and ribs, with internal injuries. Improving.
Mr. Tomashko, severe injury to shoulder and back. Improving.
John Siebenbrunner, severe internal injuries and has diffused peritonitis. Condition very low, but is holding his own with a fair prospect of recovery.
Ida Leasch, badly burned and leg broken. Getting along nicely.
Mrs. Kate Ressell, of Chicago, severe cut on neck and badly burned. Fractured Maxilla. Improving.
Mrs. Schlichting, ankle broken and bad internal injuries. Improving.
Mrs. A. Eggert left shoulder dislocated, bad bruises and wounds.
Mrs. Geo. Tauer colar bone broken and otherwise badly bruised.
Son of Geo. Tauer, face badly cut and bruised. He nearly had both ears cut off. Improving.
Mrs. Geo. Vogel, ribs broken, wound on foot, fracture of one leg and other injuries. Will recover.
Son of Geo. Vogel, scalp wound and system generally badly shattered.
Another son of Geo. Vogel is slightly hurt.
Fr. Becker, 11 years, son of John Becker in Milford, wounded in leg by a piece of board and nearly all the flesh in calf of leg torn off, also wounded in one hand. Was carried half a block through the air.
Daughter of Gustav Lueck, wounded on head and other bruises.
Son of Gustav Lueck, scalp wound and symptoms of derangement of brain.
Mrs. Tornasko, fracture of leg and toes of one foot, ribs broken.
Albert Retz, shoulder dislocated.
Mrs. Retz, left arm broken twice, fingers on right hand broken and internal injuries. Recovery doubtful.
Wilhelmina Werner, struck by lightning, the electric fluid burning her hair, face and body clear to hear feet.
John Swensen horrible scalp wound. This boy is aged 14 years, has neither father, mother, sister or brother. Lives in Nicollet Co. but was injured in New Ulm.
Mrs. Gustav Lueck, slightly injured.
John Hein blown away with house. Not seriously injured.
Carl Schreck, back, leg and one arm badly bruised.
Wm. Bochum, injured in side, head, arm and leg. Carried away with house.
Mrs. Bochum, injured on breast, head and back.
Florian Hess bruised by fall.
John Langmack, injured on foot.
Carl Kleiner, badly bruised on hand and arm. He was buried in the ruins of Hauenstein's brewery.
Julius Schramm, arm broken and foot sprained. Was carried through the air.
Carl Sporer, bruised and cut.
12 year old son of Carl Sporer badly bruised.
Mrs. Lud. Kunz, wounded in head.
Jos. Groebner, arm and leg bruised, and scalp wound. Not serious.
Albert Schramm, bad scalp wound and bruises.
Peter Bartle, foot hurt. He laid on prairie with his child beneath him during the whole storm.
12 year old child of Fr. Baasen seriously injured.
14 month old child of F. Baason also injured badly.
J. H. Nichols, scalp wound and bruises. He was buried in the ruins of Rosskopf's livery stable.
John Schapekam, badly bruised. He crawled into an old cellar where he remained until storm subsided.
John Werner, shoulder dislocated.
Leonard Gulden, 14 years old, dislocation of ankle joint.
Cletus Epple of West Newton was buried in the ruins of M. Epple's brick block. He has a deep wound over eye, ribs broken and otherwise badly bruised. Improving.
Jacob Miller comminuted fracture of left leg - Very serious injury - Recovery doubtful. He was injured in Melle's saloon while trying to hold the door. A board came through the door edgewise and struck him on the leg.
Carl Nagel, injury in head. Not serious.
Julius Westinghous' child, not seriously.
Mrs. Leasch, bad scalp wound.
Anton Sporer, son of Carl Sporer, has punctured wound on right side of face. Is doing well.
Geo. Soergel slight injury to lower jaw.
Max son of Mrs. Hartneck, fractured arm, with dislocation of the radius.
Mrs. Wm. Firley, injured in foot and eye slightly. Her baby slightly injured in both eyes.
The following is nearly a complete list of the property destroyed in New Ulm, and incidents as narrated by the parties themselves.
H. H. Beussmann upper part of two story brick hardware store destroyed, dwelling unroofed and upper story ruined also stable badly damaged. Loss estimated at $5,000. The furniture and effects of Dr. Forster, Nic. Nenno and P. Nelson, tenants in Beussmann's building badly damaged. Loss $300.
The two story brick drug store of Jos. Bobleter, in which the REVIEW is located did not fare as badly as some of the adjoining buildings. The plate glass front being shattered and the upper part of cornice blown over. The post office was partially unroofed and the front blown in. Br. Bobleter's new residence on Broadway was badly damaged but can be repaired again. Loss estimated with damage to stock, $2,000.
Mr. I. Erd's three story brick store building was unroofed and windows broken, but not damaged otherwise. Loss about $200.
The upper north front corner of Theo. Crone's three story brick building was blown in, windows broken, roofs demolished on both buildings, and otherwise badly damaged. Stock somewhat damaged by water. Loss $2,000.
Neumann & Rosskopf's one story frame general store and saloon partially unroofed and glass in front broken. Goods damaged by water somewhat. The two story frame warehouse of the firm was completely blown down and is a total loss. Damage estimated at $1,000.
C. Stuebe's meat market but slightly damaged. Loss probably $50.00
C. Wagner's two story brick furniture store unroofed, glass front broken and otherwise damaged. Stock of furniture badly damaged. His fine brick residence is also damaged. Loss $1,500.
H. Vajen's two story brick building, in which the Citizen's National bank is located, was unroofed, glass broken. Loss about $400.
J. C. Toberer's one story brick jewelry store was damaged to a considerable extent. Residence also partially unroofed. Loss $200.
M. Mullen's splendid two story brick hardware store, one of the most substantially built structures in the city, suffered very severely. Forty feet of the rear part of the building was razed even with the second story floor. About 20 feet more was so badly damaged that it will have to be taken down and rebuilt. Mr. Mullen's warehouse on Broadway was completely demolished, as also was a number of threshing machines which were stored therein. His fine residence escaped with but slight damage. Total loss estimated at $5,000.
J. B. Arnold's frame hardware store was unroofed and otherwise damaged. Mr. George Schneider's residence adjoining was also damaged badly. Loss estimated $200.00
The front of L. Schneider's shoe shop was badly wrecked. Loss $50.
The handsome brick Union Hotel was unroofed and about 20 fee of the rear wall shattered. The extensive brick hotel stables were almost completely ruined. The glass in this building suffered but little. Mr. Gross thinks $2,000 will cover his loss.
Miss T. Westphal's one story veneered millinery store is razed even with the ground, and her stock of goods is scattered to the four winds. The south side of the building was lifted up and blown out bodily. Mr. Westphal, two of his grand children and a servant girl took refuge in the cellar, but hardly had the trap door closed on them when the building with all its contents was swept away. They finally released themselves from the cellar by prying open the door and wedging it up with bricks. Mr. and Miss Westphal estimate their loss at $2,500. He will rebuilt.
Messrs. Peterson & Hornburg's one story veneered machine office was badly used up, as also some of his agricultural machinery. The firm's individual loss is nearly $500, and on machinery $700 more. Parts of seperators and reapers were carried across the street and dashed into Epple's brick building on the opposite side of the street.
Wm. Kiesling's blacksmith shop was leveled to the ground. He estimates his loss to buildings, including his residence, at $700. He has already rebuilt his shop.
Fr. Boock's building in which Mr. Junemann's harness shop is located was but slightly damaged. Damage to Juenemann's stock and building $50.
E. Schnoberich's frame building on corner of Minn. and 3d N. streets was not damaged at all, while the solid brick structures on the opposite side of the street were completely demolished. Mr. Schnobrich's loss is about $200 on stable.
H. Rudolph's handsome two story veneered building is twisted all out of shape and unroofed. The stock of boots and shoes is also damaged. His one and a half story brick dwelling is also badly used up. Loss $1,500 to $2,000.
F. Boock two story frame dwelling and machine and paint shops were unroofed and otherwise damaged. He estimates his loss at $1,000.
Wm. Amme's frame building, in which Langnack's shoe shop was located is ruined his frame dwelling unroofed and stable blown down. Loss $1,000.
Florian Hess brick dwelling badly cracked and twisted. His loss to this building and two others is at least $800.
L. Buenger's two story frame furniture store was partially unroofed, glass broken and plastering knocked down. Furniture stock and pictures damaged. Loss estimated $800, including a stable which has disappeared entirely.
Geo. Jacob's solid two story brick building is entirely ruined and his stock of merchandise badly damaged. Household furniture entirely demolished. Loss at least $8,000.
The solid front of the two story brick structure of M. Epple was blown in bodily. His furniture and fixtures of his meat market are a total loss. Mr. C. Epple, of West Newton, was buried in the ruins and badly injured, it was feared fatally. His story frame occupied by Wm. Amme was unroofed and otherwise damaged. Stabling also ruined. Total loss to buildings, furniture, etc., $4,000. He is again supplying his customers with fresh meats.
F. Friedmann's frame building is badly shattered, the south side being blown out boldly. His new stable, almost completed, is wiped out of existence. A spring wagon standing in the yard was crushed into an unrecognizable mass by flying timbers. The furniture, clothing, &c., in the second story of the building was swept away and lost. His daughter, aged 15 years, was blown out of the building and carried through the air a distance of 100 yards, when she was blown against a post which she grasped. Although the air was full of flying timbers and other debris, which was piled up all around her, she was but slightly injured. Mr. Friedmann puts his loss at $1000. His stock is partially damaged. A new $1500 lot of pipes being blown away entirely.
Redmann & Schramm's two story veneered general store, 36x48 feet, totally ruined, the north wall and front being completely torn down and blown away. The stock of goods was partially blown away and lost. A bolt of calico was found wedged under a partition in the third story of Bobleter's residence, more than a block away. The goods, not blown away, were all badly damaged by the torrent. Mr. J. Schramm was blown out of the building into the yard. He received a severe fracture of his right arm and a sprained ankle. The loss to building and stock is estimated at $8,000. The goods have been moved to Galles' building, which is not so badly damaged.
The Galles building is damaged to the amount of $200.
C. Rolloff's frame tin and hardware store was but slightly damaged, while the brick buildings on all sides of it were blown down entirely. Mr. Rolloff estimates his loss at $200.
G. Friton's frame buildings are a total wreck. The corner building and stable, which were occupied by Mrs. Brunner, being completely rent to pieces, Mrs. Brunner lost nearly all her household effects and clothing. Loss on buildings and contents, $1,500.
Mrs. Peuser's two story frame boot and shoe store and dwelling was unroofed and almost entirely destroyed. The stock is also badly soaked. Loss $2,000.
Mr. W. Hauenstein suffered but little damage to his frame building but his stable with horse and other contents was carried away bodily and dashed to pieces. The horse escaped with a few bruises. Loss $300. An elm sill 8x8 inches and 20 feet long was carried through the air a distance of nearly a block and deposited in Hauenstein's yard. A board was also driven clear through the summer kitchen.
Dr. C. Wescheke's two story veneered drug store is a total wreck, and much of the stock is ruined. Charity Lodge A. F. & A. M. and the Odd Fellows lodge occupied the largest portion of the second story and all of their property is destroyed. Dr. Mueller whose office was in the building, also suffered imparable loss. Dr. Wescheke's brick residence was also unroofed and otherwise damaged. The doctor estimates his loss to be at least $7,000. He has removed the remnant of his stock to Leibold's brick building, which was but partially damaged.
Mr. Loheyde's loss will not exceed $50.
Mrs. Erd's millinery stock damaged to the amount of $300 to $400. Her furniture and other household goods are also damaged to the amount of $100.
Fr. Beinhorn's brick store building was unroofed, glass broken and otherwise damaged. Stock damaged to a considerable extent. Total loss $1,000.
C. Baltrusch's two story veneered general store was struck several times by lightning and is almost a total loss. His stock is also badly damaged. Loss placed at $9,000.
The Dakota House, which was newly renovated, was partially unroofed and otherwise damaged. Loss including bass, buggy, truck and stable $1000.
Selter's barber shop was damaged to the extent of $150.
Frank Leibold's barber shop was damaged to the amount of $22.
Roden's cigar factory somewhat damaged. 400 to 500 cigars and tobacco being blown away, as also was the store house. Damage $100.
Glass in Newhart's office broken damage estimated at $25.
Mr. F. Behnke's two story frame building in which was located C. Bach's book store is ruined. Chas. Anderson's family lost heavily in furniture and household effects. Mr. Bach's stock is in bad condition. Mr. Marden's dental office is gutted. Damage to building and contents is placed at $1,000.
Aug. Quense's two story brick harness store unroofed. Two frame buildings unroofed and sides of one bursted out. Loss $600.
Wiecherski's stable unroofed, and glass broken in store and dwelling front. Loss $100.
F. W. Baarsch damage to buildings' estimated $100.
F. F. Leibold's two story brick building unroofed and otherwise damaged. Loss $500.
Wm. Bonne's loss on farm machinery and shed $200. Lost $300 in county on machines.
F. W. Gebser stable blown down. Loss $50.
Frank Kuetring loss on tinware $50.
A Blanchard one story frame store, occupied by Mrs. Olding as a millinery store partially unroofed and glass broken. Damage $50.
C. Sommer's 3 story stone building unroofed, glass front broken and otherwise damaged. Loss $400 to $500.
R. Pfefferle's loss on building and stock is placed at $100.
R. & E. C. Behnke's two story brick store unroofed, glass front broken and goods damaged by water. Loss $800. Loss on Mrs. E. C. Behnke's $150 and on Albert Behnke's from $100 to $150.
The Brown County Bank building, one of the handsomest structures in the city, was unroofed and otherwise damaged. Mr. Ross furniture was badly damaged by water. Damage $600.
Cheap Charley places his loss on dry goods and clothing at $700. Much of it was swept away by the wind. Pfaeninger's brick building in which the store is located is but slightly damaged. Store house unroofed. Loss to buildings $300.
Kiesling, Keller & Co. placed their damage to buildings and stock at $2,500. The brick building being wholly unroofed.
Rudolph Kiesling's fine brick residence is unroofed and stable blown down. Loss $300.
Hon. S. D. Peterson places his loss on buildings and farm machinery at $5,000.
The Merchants hotel was partially unroofed, windows broken, bedding and furniture soaked and otherwise damaged. Loss estimated $300.
Mrs. Kaschan's frame building unroofed. Damage $200.
Mr. C. W. A. Krook's one and a half story frame store and boarding house was unroofed, glass broken, walls pressed in and otherwise damaged. Loss to buildings and contents $400.
H. Laudenschlager places his loss to his tin and hardware store at $200.
Mrs. H. Bergman's building was partially unroofed and otherwise injured. Loss $100.
Aug. Holl's new two story veneered building, just completed, was partially unroofed. The brick on the north side wall was also half torn down. His new stable was razed to the ground. His loss will be about $400.
The Washington House, C. Huebner, prop'r, is badly damaged. The rear end being badly stove in by flying timbers. His stable was razed to the ground. Loss to buildings and contents $600.
F. Wendling's bakery is slightly damaged. $25.
Mathias Miller's one and a half story brick residence, adjoining Jacob Brust's residence, is the worst demolished building south of 1st North Str. The rear wall of the building and the south side is level with the ground, and the balance of the walls are leveled with the second floor. The contents of the upper part of the building were scattered to the four winds. The children took refuge in Thiesen's building adjoining. Mr. Miller says his loss in $600 on building and $100 on furniture and clothing.
The south side school house is unroofed and otherwise badly damaged. Loss estimated at $250.
Mr. Stockert estimates his loss by the cyclone at $75.
The roof on Baptist Carl's brick building was slightly damaged. Loss probably $25.
The two story brick residence of Fr. Heers was unroofed and ceilings damaged. the stable was torn to pieces and is almost a total loss. Mr. Heers estimates his loss at $350.
Mr. John Winkelman's three brick residences were all unroofed, and nearly all the furniture, bedding and clothing on the second floor was carried away. Loss placed at $600.
Henry Keller's frame residence partially unroofed. Loss trifling, probably 25 dol.
John Graeff's fine brick residence was unroofed, plastering knocked from ceilings and otherwise damaged. Loss placed at $200.
Albert Held's residence unroofed, carpenter shop moved off foundation and out-houses demolished. Damage $50.
Mrs. C. Roos' brick dwelling house was partially unroofed, chimneys torn down, and otherwise damaged. Loss placed at $100.
John Fenske's house moved off foundation, stable razed to the ground and otherwise demolished. Damage $280.
The roof on Mrs. Schmidt's brick residence was nearly wholly destroyed. Loss placed at $150.
Capt. Nix places his loss on residence, slaughterhouse and stable at $350. Massive timbers were wrenched from their fastenings on the Turner Hall and Court House roofs and carried through the air a distance of nearly two blocks and then hurled against the captains stable, completely demolishing it. His meat market also suffered damage amounting to $50.
J. Mueller's stable blown down. Total loss on residence and stable $150.
Dr. Berry thinks $250 will nearly cover his loss. His stable is a total wreck, but his residence suffered less severely.
Subilia's old photograph gallery was lifted up bodily and thrown into R. Fischer's yard, burying John Palmquist beneath the debris. Loss on building and contents $200.
R. Fischer's frame residence suffered slight loss, estimated at $50.
The Union Hall was unroofed and the building flooded. The damage to building and Mr. Hausdorf's furniture, including his Orchestrion, will reach $3,000.
Anton Ziehr suffered slight loss, estimated about $100.
Jos. Schneider, saloon unroofed stable demolished, windows broken and residence somewhat damaged. Loss $250.
Seven horses were buried in the ruins of Chas. Rosskopf's livery stable, but only one was killed. Mr. Rosskopf loss all his buggies and wagons but one, and estimates his loss at $500.
Geo. Vogel's new frame saloon and residence was entirely demolished, and nothing but part of the lower floor can be recognized. There were thirteen persons in the building when it went to pieces, the following receiving injuries, one having proved fatally: John Siebenbrunner, not expected to live; Geo. Vogel, badly bruised; Mrs. Vogel, two ribs broken and flesh wound in right leg; two children of Mr. Vogel, one quite bad; H. Fiedeler, leg broken in two places, arm broken, wounded internally, since died of his injuries; Wm. Spoerhase, internal injuries and bad scalp wound, can not survive it is feared; A. Schramm, bad scalp wound and bruises, Carl Sporer and 12 year old son, the latter badly injured; Jos. Kunz, arm broken and internal injuries, his recovery doubtful; Mrs. Ludwig Kunz, wounded in head, she was picked up with her child in the City Garden; Jos. Groebner, arm and leg bruised and scalp wound. Not one of the occupants of the building escaped unhurt. Mr. Vogel lost his entire stock of liquors and cigars and household effects. Loss $1,500.
Jos. Groebner, shop destroyed. Loss placed at $130.
H. Fiedeler's brick blacksmith shop entirely destroyed. Dwelling badly damaged. Loss $500.
Seiter's photograph gallery was struck by lightning and the sky light broken to pieces. Loss $50.
One corner of H. Steinhauser's two story brick dwelling was knocked in and the whole building unroofed and otherwise damaged. Loss $500.
Fr. Engle's blacksmith shop and stable level with the ground and his dwelling badly shattered. He places his loss at $300.
The beautiful City Garden is a complete wreck. The trees are all torn down and twisted out of shape. The front of the building was blown in, roof torn off and furniture demolished. The north wall will have to be taken down and rebuilt. Mr. Muller places his loss at $1,200.
Mr. Schram's frame building was unroofed and otherwise damaged. The stable torn down and completely demolished. The loss is placed at $300. Mr. Schramm was taken out of the building and buried under the debris, but strange to say received but slight injuries. A horse was taken away with Friedman's stable and blown into Mr. Schramm's house, a distance of 100 yards, but strange to say was not killed.
Joseph Baer's one and a half story brick dwelling is a mass of ruins. Mr. Baer estimates his loss at $300.
Mr. Jos. Vogel's two story frame saloon and dwelling was partially unroofed and drenched. The glass was all shattered. The large new barn is scattered to the four winds. Mr. Vogel puts his loss at 900 dol.
Aug. Hellmann's veneered dwelling escaped comparatively uninjured, but his stock shed was completely demolished. He places his loss at $400. One of the queerest freaks of the tempest is to be seen in Hellmann's stable. A huge oak sill 10x10 inches was blown endwise into the stable and lodged against the further wall in a nearly upright position. A large board was blown through the roof of his wagon maker shop in a similar manner. A large piece of board was also driven through the roof of Bobleter's residence, cutting its way through the roof as clean as it could have been done with a knife. The board is yet sticking through the roof.
Col. Pfaender's splendid brick dwelling is badly damaged. The roof on the south side was entirely taken off and demolished, also a portion of the upper part of the wall. The beautiful trees that surrounded the house, are now all twisted out of shape and broken off. The stable is also almost a complete wreck. The Colonel estimates his loss at $1,500.
John Belim's two story residence was unroofed and his stable blown down. He places his loss at $400.
Paul Hitz's dwelling was partially unroofed. Loss about $10.
Mr. John Kramp's log dwelling house is nearly a total loss, as also is his stable. He places his damages at $400.
Fr. Drush's dwelling was unroofed and stable demolished. Loss 200.
Maria Schulz's stable was laid low, as also was the well house. Chimneys were blown off the house and windows broken. A large picket fence was blown away. She places her loss at $300.
Peter Emmer loss on dwelling $150. Himself injured on head by flying timbers. Not dangerously.
Mr. Weddendorf's one and a half story brick dwelling was razed to the second floor. Everything on the second floor was destroyed or carried away. He estimates his loss at $800, including a stable which is a complete wreck.
Otto Kuehn's two story brick dwelling leveled to second story floor. Stable completely ruined. Loss $500.
E. Gerard Shapekam one and a half story frame dwelling gutted. Loss $730.
John Koch's brick residence almost completely ruined. Furniture and bedding scattered over the prairie and lost. He places his loss at $1200.
Jacob Dein's frame dwelling completely ruined. Loss $800.
Two story brick dwelling of Mr. Lueth unroofed and otherwise damaged. Loss $300.
John Schapekam's fine brick residence is a total wreck. Loss on building and contents $2,000. Blacksmith shop unroofed; loss $200.
John Hirsch, dwelling completely demolished. Loss $900 to $1,000.
North side brick school house level with the ground. Loss $1,000.
Wm. Emerich, frame residence badly damaged. Loss $300.
John Bobleter, dwelling and stable unroofed and blown down. Loss $350.
Court House unroofed and glass broken, $1100.
Clause Niemer, stable blown down. Loss $100.
The Catholic church, a solid brick structure, was unroofed, the steeple and bells thrown into the street and otherwise damaged. The new parochial school in course of construction was entirely destroyed. The parsonage was also somewhat damaged. Total loss, $3,640.
Henry Cordes. House and stable totally destroyed. Loss $500.
Jos. Dambach. Stable destroyed, brick house unroofed and wagon blown away. He places his loss at $225.
Herman Exner. House and new stable destroyed. Household goods scattered to the four winds. Loss $500.
Henry Goede places his loss to fence and building at 50 doll.
Christ. Filzen. Roof on stable taken away and house damaged to the extent of $45.
Louis Frank's estate. Frame dwelling house and stable totally destroyed. Loss $1,000.
John Geo. Hass. Stable destroyed, kitchen taken away and house damaged. Loss $205.
Jacob Hottinger's frame stable was destroyed and house damaged. Loss $270 doll.
Mrs. Hartneck. House and stable unroofed. Damage $300.
L. Herrenderfer. Stable blown down and house slightly damaged. Loss $140.
Chas. Hornburg. Stable totally destroyed and house damaged. Loss $200.
Henry Henschen's neat little cottage was partially unroofed and otherwise damaged to the extent of $200.
Peter Zeus. Well-house, fence &c. $150.
S. Laudenschlager. Stable blown. Loss $100.
John Lauterbach lost heavily on tools, furniture and ready made work, his wagon maker and blacksmith shops being totally destroyed. He places his loss at $1,250.
Michael Lauterbach's two story frame saloon and dwelling suffered but little; his two stables, however, were blown down. Loss $400.
Fr. Lowinski. Stable destroyed. Loss $4000.
The Turner Hall was unroofed, windows broken and otherwise damaged. The loss is placed at $4,000. Mr. Burg the custodian, suffered heavy loss to furniture, carpets &c. from the water.
H. Schleuder's new residence, not yet completed, was entirely demolished. He places his loss at $1000.
Mrs. Siemon's brick dwelling and stable are a total wreck. She places her loss at $220.
The St. Michael's Academy, occupied by the Sisters of Charity, was unroofed and the brick walls cracked and otherwise damaged. The furniture was badly damaged by the water. The frame building adjoining was partially unroofed. The damage is placed at $1,200.
Herman Schneider estimates his damage to clothing $25.
The brick Lutheran church was unroofed and steeple blown down and otherwise badly demolished. The parsonage and stable were also badly use up. Total loss estimated at $2,000.
The Methodist church, a solid brick structure, is razed even with the ground. Everything in the church, including a new organ, was totally destroyed. The parsonage was also badly wrecked. Rev. J. C. John also sustained some individual loss. The damage to church, parsonage and contents are placed at $2,850.
Theo. Montgomery's stable was totally destroyed, house dilapidated and paint shop partially demolished. Loss $900.
Jos. Sauer's nice brick residence was totally destroyed, and stable and fencing blown down. Mr. Fr. Baasen occupied the house and two of his children received severe injuries from the falling walls and timber. The total loss to buildings and contents is placed at $1,380, including Mr. Baasen's furniture, bedding, clothing which he valued $230.
Michael Schuster dwelling and household goods and bedding a total loss, $200.
Ignatz Schwendinger's veneered two story building was not injured much, but his stable was blown down, stone cutter shop demolished and a quantity of marble broken. Several tombstones were also broken. Total loss $700.
Christ. Stoll's house was damaged to the extent of $225.
Louis Hoenigschmidt. House demolished. Loss $600.
Louis Schilling. Clothing lost valued $100.
Carl Winkler places his loss on building adjoining old Pennsylvania house at $100.
Anton Zieher's brick residence was damaged to a considerable extent. Loss $100.
C. Dau. Shed blown away and windows broken in house. Loss $100.
B. Schlichting. House, Stable and everything gone. Loss $1,000. Mrs. Schlichting was badly wounded.
Wm. Goede. House and Stable destroyed. $700 loss.
Joseph Tomasko. House and Stable destroyed. Loss $500. Mr. Tomasko was wounded on leg.
Frank Haag's house unroofed and stable destroyed and furniture damaged. Loss 400 dol.
Chas Gross' house demolished, and stable torn away. Damaged placed at $600.
Wm. Pusch's stable and shanty lost. Damage $100.
Gustav Wendel's house and stable damaged to the extent of $125.
Henry Wellner's veneered house badly damaged and stable wholly destroyed. Loss $500.
Karl Krosper. House damaged. $150.
Fr. Alwin. Two shed blown away. Loss $40.
Julius Schmidt's house unroofed and stable destroyed. Loss 260 dol.
John Hein's house and stable destroyed with all their contents, also 152 dollars in cash which was in the house. Loss on building and contents, 600 dol.
John Lillie lost 150 dollars in cash and considerable clothing which he had in a trunk.
Wilhelm Hindemann lost his stable valued at 40 dol.
Diedrich Langmack's house and stables totally destroyed and contents scattered to the four winds. Loss 1000 dol.
Christ Burmeister, House, stable, furniture, clothing and bedding all gone. Loss 700 dol.
Gottlobb Dietmann. House and stable lost. Damage 700 dol.
Fr. A. Gley. Stable blown down. Damage 150 dol.
J. Newhart's damage to furniture by water $100.
C. Lohman's two story brick residence on 3d North street was unroofed and otherwise damaged Loss 300 dol.
Carl Schreck's house unroofed. Loss 100 dol.
J. B. Vellikayne, dwelling destroyed. Loss 100 doll.
John Eichmann. House and stable demolished and household goods gone. Loss 200 dol.
Anton Leasch's house with all its contents is a total loss. Damage, 500 dol.
Vincense Stocke. House and contents swept away. Loss estimated at 500 dol.
Henry Eckert, house badly damaged and stable completely wrecked. Loss 400 dol.
Albert Retz. House twisted out of shape, moved off foundation and badly damaged. Loss 250 dol.
John Werner. House unroofed. Loss 200 dol.
Peter Schaller's house was unroofed and otherwise damaged. Loss 175 dol.
John Nun's veneered dwelling was damaged to the extent of 200 doll.
Fr. Bochum lost his house, stable, furniture, bedding and all the clothing except what he had on at the time. Loss 300 dol.
Gustav Sneck. House a total wreck. Loss 325 doll.
Wm. Firly. House and all its contents scattered to the four winds. Loss 600. Four of the family injured.
Gustav Lueck, house, stable and contents gone. Damage 400 doll.
John Fehinger. House damaged badly and his large stable a total wreck. He places his loss at 600 doll.
John Mathowitz's stable gone. Loss, 100 dol.
Gustav Meerfeld's shop demolished. Loss 50 dol.
John Weicherding, house damaged to the extent of 100 doll.
Carl Wilkin, house destroyed and household furniture, bedding and clothing swept away. Loss 500 dol.
John Schmidt. House badly wrecked, stable blown away and furniture damaged. Loss 450 dol.
Lorenz Grosskopf's house and household goods gone. Loss 225 dol.
William Maneke, House damaged and stable destroyed. 150 dol.
C. Scheible, stable torn down.
A. Troeger, house and stable damaged to the extent of 200 dol.
C. Stoll, dwelling unroofed. Loss 100.
Theo. Kobarsh, one wall of dwelling and roof and stable gone. Loss 200 doll.
Nic Storch, dwelling unroofed and stable gone. Loss 150 dol.
The New Ulm Sugar works are a total wreck. Loss 2000 dol.
John Paulson, dwelling damaged and stable gone. Loss 150 dol.
Aug. Wandesy. Damage on house and stable 50 dol.
Geo. Taner's dwelling is wrecked totally, and stable blown away. Loss 650 dol.
Wm. Krueger's dwelling is unroofed and stable gone. Loss 125 dol.
Mrs. Muller, dwelling and stable partially unroofed. 50 dol.
Jos. Paul, dwelling unroofed and stable gone. Damage 100 dol.
John Vetter, house and furniture all destroyed, loss 500 dol.
Anton Loesch's dwelling was taken away. Loss 300 dollars.
H. Schroer lost his stable, and his dwelling was unroofed. Damage 150 dollars.
Jos. Kunz. Dwelling badly damaged. Loss 50 dollars.
Louis Kunz sustained a loss of $35 on his dwelling house.
Mr. Schmidt's dwelling moved from foundation and stable wrecked. Damage estimated at 100 dollars.
Carl Muller's dwelling and stable are wholly wiped out. Damage 600 dollars.
Fr. Macho. Dwelling wrecked. Loss 250 dolls.
L. Meyer. Dwelling unroofed. Loss 75 dolls.
Mr. Merkle's dwelling totally destroyed. Loss 200 dolls.
A. Domashko. Dwelling ruined. Loss 400 dolls.
H. Vogelpohl. Stable wrecked. Loss 400 dolls.
F. Hess upper story of dwelling gone. Loss 400 dolls.
Spoerhase, stable gone and house damaged. Loss 300 dolls.
E. Brandt, stable wrecked. Loss 100 dolls.
Van Dusen & Co's. salt house was damaged to the extent of 75 dolls.
The north part of the City Mill warehouse was torn out and the mill itself slightly damaged. Loss 300 dolls.
Empire Mill, engine room ruined. Loss 200 dolls.
C. Zeller's planning mill unroofed and machinery damaged by water. Dwelling damaged. Loss 600 dollars.
Scherer & Muller's loss on lumber is placed at 600 dollars.
F. Held's two story brick furniture store and dwelling suffered severely. The roof was taken off and the walls damaged. Loss 500 dolls.
City Mill Co's cooper shop is a total wreck. Loss 350 dollars.
Eagle Mill Co. roof was taken off. The loss is placed at 1200 dollars.
The two story frame dwelling occupied by F. Meile was damaged to the extent of 150 dolls.
Jos. Schmucker's brewery was very severely damaged and he placed his loss at 2000 dolls.
The engine house and apparatus is damaged to the amount of 600 dolls.
Central school house is unroofed. Loss 400 dolls.
Mrs. Fay's brick dwelling was badly rent and torn down. Loss 300 dollars.
Aug. Friton's two story brick building was unroofed and otherwise damaged. Loss 300 dollars.
The terrible tornado seemed to gather strength as it progressed on its way of destruction, and appearances indicate that it concentrated its full force on the residences of Julins Frank Albert Eggert, John Hauenstein, Robert Gulden and Hauenstein's brewery, situated on the side of the bluff in rear of the city.
Mr. Frank's was the first building in the course of the cyclone. This was a brick veneered building, just completed but not yet inhabited. It was razed even with the earth. The building cost $1350, and is of course a total loss.
Mr. Eggert's building, close by, was taken up bodily and torn into a thousand pieces, not enough being left to indicate the spot where it stood. Mr. Eggert, his wife and their child were swept away with the building and dashed into the timber amongst the ruins of the house 150 yards from the site of the building. The child was killed instantly, but Mr. Eggert lived a short time. His wife was horribly mutilated, although conscious, and she crawled nearly a half mile in search of help for her dying husband. She first went to Wm. Spoerhas' house, but finding no one there she crawled up the hill to Mrs. Hartneck's place, where, however she was overcome from loss of blood and pain, and sank to the earth unconscious. Mr. John Hauenstein was the first person to reach Mr. Eggert, and the wounded man pitifully implored for relief, but he was beyond all human help and soon after expired while being conveyed to the city. One of the little boy's arms was driven into the earth beyond the elbow. The sills of the house, pieces of a wagon and household effects were carried through the air nearly a quarter of a mile. Trees were uprooted and carried away, and the garden vegetables, shrubs and grass was pulled out of the earth. Huge trunks of trees were stripped entirely of their bark, and will stand for years as monuments of the terrible 15th of July 1881. Mr. Eggert's furniture, bedding and clothing went with the general destruction and is a total loss. Loss $1,000.
It appears that the force of the tornado then veered around to the south and when near Robert Gulden's residence on the bluff it made a circle and took a northward course, taking up and throwing Gulden's residence down the hill and against Hauenstein's brewery. Mrs. Gulden and several children were carried down the hill with the building, but strange to say only Elenora, aged fifteen years, was injured badly. Mrs. Gulden crawled into the brewery ice house with two children, all being stripped nearly nude. Three of the children found themselves on the prairie below the brewery, uninjured, but are unable to tell how they got there. Mr. Gulden's loss is $2,000.
Hauenstein's brewery, which was a large brick structure, is a shapeless mass of ruins, nothing remaining uninjured except the cellar vaults.. A number of workmen were in the brewery at the time the tornado struck it, and only for the presence of mind of Martin Hose, who forced a number into the cellar, the loss of life would have been terrible. C. Klein, the malster, and two of Franz Grefe's children took refuge in the ash kettle under the fire place, and as there were still live coals in the pan, the place was most uncomfortable. Mr. Grefe crouched beside a safe which saved his life, as a huge sill lodged on it which bore up the terrible pile of brick and lumber which came tumbling down. Carl Nagel endeavored to go to the stable but was taken up and thrown several yards up the hill. 24 feet long iron bars, weighing at least 80 pounds, were carried over the hill and buried into the ground. Two bbls of pitch weighing over 400 pounds were carried over the building and deposited nearly a hundred yards beyond. Mr. Hauenstein has yet some 400 bbls. of beer in his cellars, and if he can only secure the assistance of some carpenters he will at once erect a small frame building and commence brewing. Mr. Hanenstein's loss on brewery, 2000 bushels of malt, engine and other fixtures is at least $20,000.
After the tornado had completed its work of destruction on the brewery, it again veered around to the south and partially demolished Hauenstein's fine brick residence. The cupola on the house was torn down and three of the corner posts were driven four feet into the solid ground in front of the building. A nutmeg grater was driven into an upper corner of the kitchen wall as solid as it could have been done with a hammer. Max Hartneck was taken from near Hauenstein's residence and carried over the brewery at a height of nearly a hundred feet from the ground, and strange to say, was only slightly injured. Mr. Hauenstein's loss on his residence is $800. Himself and family and some visiting friends, 14 in number, took refuge in the cellar. The storm spent its force on the timber between the brewery and the Cottonwood and then apparently went up into the air.
The losses are estimated by the owner of each building and by a committee who made a personal canvass, there are losses valued at thousands of dollars that money cannot replace and are not included in the above estimate. The beautiful trees in the storm track are totally ruined, fences torn down and broken. Many of our citizens have lost amounts ranging from 5 to 20 dollars, which the committee did not invoice. It is therefore safe to say that the total loss to property in New Ulm is fully $250,000.
Besides the damage by last night's rain to store goods will foot up several thousand dollars more. Mr. H. Henschen, who had taken refuge in Bobleter's new building when the storm burst upon the doomed city, says that for a few moments the air seemed to be alive with cattle, horses, dogs, cats and domestic fowls. One horse was blown out of a stable and dashed into Schramm's house, nearly a block away. Another was blown more than a block and set down in Broadway uninjured. A farmer from Nocollet county, named Ole Carlson, had a horse killed in Fr. Boock's stable. Mr. Struebing of Courtland had his team tied in front of Boock's machine shop when the storm commenced, but after the storm the horses were separated and one quite badly injured. Mr. Henry Poehler, also of Courtland, lost one of his horses, wagon and a trunk. The trunk has not yet been found. Large numbers of cows were also killed. Nearly all the domestic fowls in the storm track were either killed or blown away. Wm. Pfaender, Jr., who had sought refuge in Weschcke's drugstore was blown out of the building and carried through the air nearly a whole, block, but strange to say was uninjured. A book might be filled with interesting incidents of the storm, but space forbids.
On Saturday morning our people went bravely to work to clean up the debris and repair the shattered buildings, and at this writing many buildings are being newly roofed and otherwise repaired. The sound of the carpenter's hammer and saw can be heard from early dawn till late at night. Men, women and children have gone to work to repair their losses as best they can, and with the assistance of the charitably disposed people of other cities the poor and needy will soon be comfortably provided for.
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