Red Bud, IL Tornado, Nov 1892

A TERRIFIC TORNADO

Let Loose Upon the Little City of Red Bud, Ill.

Eighty-Four Buildings Demolished, Including Churches and School Houses - Many Persons Injured, Two Fatally.

RED BUD, Ill., Nov. 19. -- The city of Red Bud, population 2,000, situated thirty miles southeast of St. Louis on the Mobile & Ohio railroad, was visited by a tornado at 3:30 o'clock yesterday morning of wonderful intensity. Eighty-four buildings were demolished, two persons killed, twelve seriously hurt and many injured. It is estimated that $100,000 worth of property was destroyed.

THE DEAD.
WILLIE KEPPIE.
MRS. NOBE KEPPIE.

INJURED.
MRS. LEWIS BAYO.
EMMA CROW.
PETER DOSE.
MARGARET HAVERMANN.
MR. BEITMAN.
MRS. PETER KARDELL.
MRS. JOHN MANIERFIELD.
ALDELL STARR.
MRS. ALDELL STARR.
CHARLES STARR.
S. A. SPEER.
MRS. S. A. SPEER.
It is believed several of the injured will die.

THE TORNADO”S PATH.
Entering Red Bud from the south, the storm first unroofed and partially demolished the Catholic church and school and the residence of HERMAN DROEGE. The German Methodist church was then leveled. After destroying several barns, blowing in gables and tearing away all kinds of fences, it next attacked the large two-story residence of PETER KARDELL, which is of solid stone, and crumbled it to fragments, MRS. KARDELL was seriously injured.

The two-story frame house of JOHN HAHN was unroofed and otherwise wrecked.

A large double brick, owned by L. KAFFENBERGER, and occupied by S. D. PERRY as a dwelling, office and composing room of the Red Bud Democrat, was entirely destroyed.

By a miracle MR. PERRY'S family escaped serious injury, and crawled out from the mass of brick which had fallen on them while in their beds, coming forth almost naked and painfully bruised.

The new brick house of JOHN LONG was the next unroofed. CLAUS PETERSON'S agricultural warehouse had the second story cut away as by a knife. The residences of JOHN LANDHOLDT, JOSEPH VOGHT and MRS. D. OFFARDING suffered.

The residences of CHRIST YAEGER, PETER JENNEMANN, ERNEST BUDD and G. BOLHOFFNER were destroyed, and a new frame house belonging to MRS. JACOB KOCH was blown to pieces. MRS. KOCH was injured so seriously that she will probably die. Her SON of 11 years well die of his terrible bruises.

HOUSES NOW IN RUINS.

The following is a list of the houses destroyed:
CATHOLIC CHURCH and SCHOOL, GERMAN METHODIST CHURCH, the houses of W. PERKINS, H. D. ROEGE, FR. B. ROEGE, JOS. VOGHT, JOHN LANG, JOHN LANDHALT, JOHN HAHN, PETER CARDELL, S. D. PERRY, L. KAFFENBERGER, ERNEST BUDDE, MRS. BUDDE, CHRIST JAEGER, CITY JAIL and ENGINE-HOUSE, MRS. HAUERMANN, C. GRELOW, P. JENNEMANN, MRS. JACOB KOBE, MR. ROSEMAYER, JOHN KUEKER, HENRY WAHLMANN, WILLIAM BNETTNER, HENRY BION, DR. ALLEY, JOHN BARNES, M. TRIERVEILER, H. W. SCHMIDT, WM. VOGES, JOHN MANDERFELDT, WM. MICHALS, B. MILLER, CHAS. GNEBERT, P. ENZENASUER, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WM. STINDE, J. JUST, JACOB MILLER, WM. WILLIAMSON, FRANK LANG, GEO, REISS, ALDEN STARR, MRS. SOPHIE RATHERT, HENRY RATHERT, DOROTHEA RATHERT, JOHN WETZEL, MRS. WETZEL, WM. KELLERHALZ, FRANK LISH, FRED D. GUKER, CONTINENTAL HOTEL, MRS. DORA KAUFMANN, C. BOEDECKER'S OFFICE, LUTHERAN CHURCH and SCHOOL.

UTTER DESOLATION.
Where Wednesday night stood a beautiful little city, full of happy homes, there is to-day a scene of wreck and desolation. Houses, barns, fences and orchards are leveled to the earth and spread over the surrounding country.

The horrors of an inky darkness, lighted up momentarily by flashes of lighting, added to the fear and madness which oppressed all minds during this terrible visitation. Daylight only made more terrible that which night had hidden.

A TERRIBLE SCENE.
The scene is difficult to describe. The streets when lit up by the first streaks of dawn presented a pitiable scene of ruin and utter desolation.

On every hand rose the moans of the injured and the grief of their friends and relatives. The streets were blocked with the debris of the storm's wreck and for some time it was impossible to get an accurate list of the sufferers of the terrible visitation. The one given above is believed to cover all the casualties, and the number of houses wrecked by the storm is fairly complete.

As soon as the more fortunate of the people of the little city recovered from the first shock of the calamity efforts were at once directed to caring for the injured, who were taken to the homes of the more fortunate.

Some of the freaks of the storm were marvellou s[sic]. Here a house was literally lifted from the ground and scarce a vestige of it left, while a neighboring residence seemed to have escaped with comparatively little injury. Stone buildings offer no resistance to the strength of the cyclone's fury. This fact was fully attested by the fate which overtook to handsome and solid structure occupied as a residence by PETER HARDELL. [or KARDELL as above]

It was crumbled to a shapeless mass as though it had been a toy house, with scarcely one stone standing above another over the foundation. The destruction was complete.

The Rolla New Era Missouri 1892-11-26

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The reference to an Adell, Mrs, Adell, parents of Charles Starr should read "Alden and Mrs Alden.

Harold Aldon Starr