News: Loyal Tribune (1-Sep-1910)
Contact: Audrey Roedl
----Source: The Loyal Tribune, 1 September 1910
Monday, Aug. 22nd, at about 4:30 in the afternoon a cyclone was noticed in the southwest and traveling north-east following the low marsh land and creeks, destroyed everything before it. The first place it struck that we have heard of was the Lewie Jens house, it completely swept it away then Jake Laager’s, tearing down his barn and small out-buildings, going from there to Fred Wiesner’s it took every building down, he had on his farm, destroyed his grain, pulled a pump out of the well and left the family homeless. Next it visited Will Cook’s blowing their house down except the south wall and partitions. Mrs. Cook and her three small children were alone and went into the cellar thus escaping certain death; it followed the creek until it reached L. Bruni’s place and tore down the barn, silo, windmill, and other out-buildings, it blew away all machinery and farm tools and blew the windows out of their house and most of the doors; the house is a total wreck but no one was hurt. From there it visited Charley Cornits and tore down his new barn. A short time ago lightning struck his old barn and destroyed a considerable lot of property, but it seems he still has a house left. What will come next?
Standing at so short a distance from the cyclone as the writer did, one can write a great deal about the way they travel and how they look, for when it struck a building it would go into the air fully 200 feet or more and finally come down scattered along its path all torn to bits. One can walk along in its trail and find pieces of every thing imaginable. From Hewett correspondence Republican and Press.
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