Evansville, IN Flood, Mar 1890

At Evansville, Ind.

EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 29.----The gale Thursday night began in this vicinity about 5:30 p.m., and continued all night with slight abatement. The damage along the river front was not as severe as might have been expected. The large wharfboat of Ashby and company was sunk about 3 a.m. The boat can be raised with small loss. A barge of coal belonging to Walton & Sons, of Pittsburg, was also sunk, but can be saved when the river subsides. A barge of corn was also sunk, but the bulk of its cargo can be saved. As far as known no lives were lost in this city. Several stores and houses were more or less damaged.

The ice house and a portion of the storeroom of the Fulton avenue brewery caved in at 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, burying two men in the ruins. The storm of Thursday night, it is supposed, unsettled the building to such an extent that it was unable to bear the weight of the malt and ice stored in it. The names of the men killed are: CLAUD TILLEY and JOSEPH VINEGAR. A man named Kelly is also supposed to have been in the debris but this has not been verified. The damage will probably reach $25,000.

Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 29 Mar 1890



Later Reports Show the Loss of Life and Property Increasing.

EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 31.---Every hour brings additional news of the dreadful results of the tornado which passed over the Ohio valley on Thursday night, and it seems as if the calamity has neglected no community in its work of destruction to property and life. News from all directions is of the most sickening and harrowing.

In Union township, below the city, the waves dashed against the soft band and carried nine farm houses and a crossroads grocery away---not a vestige of any of them is left remaining. Several of the farmers lost most of their live stock. The waves carried off about 1,200 feet of bank.

Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 31 Mar 1890



EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 31.---Over 100 houses in the bottom lands between this city and Mount Vernon, Ind., were swept away by wind and water in the recent storm, the farmers losing all their household goods and stock and barely escaping with their lives. One entire family, who were living in a small farmhouse between Fair Place and West Franklin, are reported to have been carried off in their home.

The officers of the St. John S. Hopkins, which arrived here from Paducah yesterday, report great damage in the vicinity of Bayou Mills, where the tornado swept through that portion of Illinois, reducing dwellings and barns in its track into kindling wood. Before crossing the Ohio river it picked up a frame school house, and carrying it bodily across the river it dashed to pieces against the tower on the Kentucky.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN 29 Mar 1890