New Albany, IN Tornado, Mar 1917
The total number of dead was increased to 34 when it became known that CAROLINE B. CANTER and CHARLES NEWKIRK were among the dead.
List of the Dead.
Thirty-four persons dead is the latest official count of the toll taken by the tornado here. The list follows:
MRS. MARY A. BUNCH, 47; MISS MARY BOTT, 42; MRS. JULIA CLEMMONS, colored, 50; ROSE BROWN, 6; JOHN WESLEY DAVIS, 22, Glasgow, Ky.; EDDIE M. JOHN, 36; MRS. GERTRUDE JOHNS, his wife 27; MISS ELSIE LOPP, 29; CHARLES MCCAFFERTY, 58; CLARENCE MOSS, 42; AL PEYTON, 33; MRS. GEORGE UMBREIT, 47; MRS. U.W.ZURSCHMEIDE, 40; GEORGE ZURSCHMEIDE, her son, 7; MARTHA EHRINGER, 5 months; ELLA EHRLINGER, 26; child of CHARLES NEWKIRK, 5; FRANCIS PAULINE BROWN, colored, 6; RUTH HUFF, 5, daughter of J.D. HUFF; MRS. LOUIS DIDELOT, 42; AGNES CECILIA DIDELOT 14; LOUIS H. DIDELOT, 5; ALBERTA LOUISA DIDELOT, 10 months; ALLEN MCCLAIN, 38; MRS. JACOB FESS; JENNY L. HARDAWAY, 8, colored; MARY L. SPICKERT, 4, stepchild of EDDIE JOHNS; MARY F. LAPP, 29; MARY E. LOMAE, 53; RUTH PARRISH, 2; ELIZABETH GOODCASE; CAROLINE B. CANTER 58; MOSES DODGES; unidentified negro woman.
300 Houses Destroyed.
It was stated on good authority that 300 houses have been completely wiped away and at least that many more have been rendered useless for housing families. In most cases the destruction was completed when the storm attacked a house with its full force.
Many of the searching parties were convinced late Saturday evening that all the dead had been taken from the debris.
The ruins were picturesque on most of the streets in the wind-blown area it seemed as though a huge wave of wind had swept along. The ruins resembled those left by a flood of water more than a windstorm. Houses, torn apart and swept into odd corners, drifted up against heavy wire fences and billowed up in the fields nearby.
Tree Blown Through House.
One of the most remarkable sights was on State street, where a large maple tree was blown entirely through a brick house.
Heartrending scenes were numerous along the business streets. Persons living at a distance learning of the storm, began arriving by traction and steam road. Usually they were met by some surviving relative, who imparted the news that mother, father, brother or sister as the case might be, was dead or badly injured. It was no uncommon sight to see weeping men and women hurrying into taxicabs to reach some morgue or St. Edwardâ€™s hospital.
Five factories were reported as having suffered losses.
The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, WI 31 Mar 1917