Boone, IA (Other IA Towns) Tornado, May 1918
IOWA STORMS KILL 16; INJURE 100.
MILLION DOLLARS DAMAGE DONE BY WIND YESTERDAY.
BOONE HARDEST HIT WITH TOLL OF SIX LIVES AND POSSIBLE LOSS OF NEARLY $500,000.
HALF MONEY COST DAMAGE TO NORTHWESTERN SHOPS.
NEWTON LOSES ONE LIFE WHILE $350,000 INJURY TO PROPERTY THERE IS REPORTED.
Des Moines, May 22. -- Nearly a score of persons dead, about 100 others injured, several seriously, and property damage estimated to exceed $1,000,000, represents the toll taken by a series of tornadoes in central Iowa late yesterday, dispatches today showed.
Resumption of wire communication today brought reports of deaths in districts inaccessible last night. Apparently authentic reports today showed deaths as follows:
Boone, 6; Newton, 1; near Denison, 1; near Eldora, 1; Chelsea, 1; near Harcourt, 1; Walker, 1; near Jefferson, 2; near Carroll, 2. There were reports of other deaths, but in the absence of names it was thought they might duplicate, at least in-part, fatalities previously reported.
Names of the dead definitely reported early this afternoon are:
MRS. FRANK ROBERTS and 9-year-old son.
JAMES BILLS, 65.
GEORGE REID, 25.
JOSEPH BRINKS and 1 year old daughter.
J. G. ZENER and unidentified farm hand.
MR. ANDERSON, 75.
MRS. WILLIAM OSSMAN.
Boone sustained the greatest monetary loss, probably $500,000, half of which was caused by the partial destruction of the Chicago & Northwestern's division shops. Newton reported its loss as about $350,000, and the balance of damage was distributed over the extensive storm area.
At Newton the factory district and two score residences suffered damage. Other communities and country places were affected, and this loss may raise the total to a million dollars.
The storm area at Boone was confined to the extreme eastern edge of the city, about three blocks in width and nearly 10 blocks long. Greatest damage was done to the division shops of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad, and the loss there was estimated at $250,000.
In the country near Denison, a number of farm houses were wrecked. EMMETT EHLING, a farm laborer, was killed on the BRYAN HOULIHAN farm, and on nearby farms several persons were hurt, two or three seriously.
Crops are not enough advanced to have suffered.
From reports today, it was possible to trace at least three different tornadoes. The most destructive one, that which hit Boone, originated in the vicinity of Moingona, moving northeast; a second started somewhere southeast of Denison, Crawford county, and the third concentrated on Newton.
Eye witnesses at Boone, said the tornado "roared like a hundred mogul engines," as it ripped along the southeastern edge of the city. The on the half hundred houses damaged were utterly demolished and many others will have to be razed.
The Eleanor Moore hospital at Boone is filled with injured and many others are confined in nearby homes. The Chicago & Northwestern road's main line traffic is completely demoralized, and the trains on the Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern electric line have been cancelled until further notice.
The storm was confined to the poorer section of the city and among those injured were railroad laborers living in box car bunk houses.
The family hardest hit was that of BOODY KENEZEVIC. The family of 10 took refuge in their home, which was built of cement blocks. The storm threw the walls inward on its occupants. One was killed, two were probably fatally injured, and none escaped without bruises.
Of the injured persons, six are in a serious condition and may not live. They are:
MRS. CHARLES S. KILLBOURN, fractured skull.
SLANKA KENEZEVIC, internal injuries.
CHRIST LINDQUIST, ribs broken and internal injuries.
MRS. MIKE MAGGIO, chest and internal injuries.
BIRDIE KENEZEVIC, leg and face lacerated, internal injuries.
MRS. ALBERT DANIELS, internal injuries.
MRS. KILLBOURN was in a tent in their doorway when the storm came. She was blown out of the tent. MRS. KILLBOURN probably will die. Her husband, who was also in the tent, was less seriously injured.
Offers of doctors and nurses were made late last night by Mayor Fairweather of Des Moines and Capt. Cline, commander of a field hospital at Camp Dodge.
Doctors are not needed, but there was a serious shortage of nurses. The Chicago & Northwestern railroad is understood to be rushing a large force of workmen from Chicago by special train to repair the damage to their plant.
The devastated district is patrolled today by a large force of deputies under Sheriff David Hanson and George Hannum, chief of police.
Curious sightseers are barred and looters will be dealt with sternly, it was announced.
The death list of Boone may be increased when the ruins of the Northwestern rail house are thoroly investigated.
Reports here today were that Arcadia and Westside, two towns north of Boone, also had been affected by the storm.
Newton, Ia., May 22. -- Estimates today of the property damage caused in Newton by yesterday's tornado in which two persons were killed and from six to 10 seriously injured, placed the loss at from $300,000 to $400,000, principally in the factory district.
GEORGE REID, 25 years old, an employe of a washing machine factory, was killed. REID died in a hospital shortly after he had been taken from the debris.
In addition to the seriously hurt, many persons were cut or slightly bruised. No fatalities are expected to resmut among the injured.
The area swept by the storm was two blocks wide and nearly 15 blocks long, striking the city from the southwest. Three dozen houses were affected, but most of them were not irreparabily damaged. The Catholic church and parsonage were virtually wrecked, and the new Washington school building, costing $60,000, was unroofed.
Burlington, Ia., May 22. -- Thousands of dollars worth of damage resulted from a hail and rain storm that visited the southern part of Burlington about 6 p.m. yesterday. Some of the hailstones tipped the scales at over half a pound. They shattered panes of glass in houses and and hot houses by the thousand, beating down gardens and stripping fruit trees. Hailstones in some instances crashed thru shingle roofs and paper and rubber composition roofs were riddled. Where the big stones hit the soft ground, they made holes, in some instances four inches deep. Big dents were made in the lighter metal parts of automobiles exposed to the storm and canvas tops were reduced to tatters.
The swath of the storm was about a mile wide and considerable havoc was wrought on farms.
Cedar Rapids, Ia., May 22. -- MRS. WILLIAM OSSMAN was killed, several persons were injured and damage to property at from $75,000 to $100,000 was done by a tornado at Walker last night, according to meager reports reaching this city early today. The storm is reported to have cut a parth a block wide thru the southern part of the town. A score or more of houses were unroofed, the Free Methodist church was blown down and telephone and telegraph poles were uprooted and carried three and four blocks. All wire communication with Walker from this city is down and reports reaching here come from Rowley, which is six miles out from Walker.
Fort Dodge, Ia., May 22. -- The southern part of Webster county felt yesterday's storm, one persons being killed, a number injured and considerable property damage done.
The 75-year-old father of DAVID ANDERSON, a farmer residing one mile south of Harcourt, was crushed to death when their home collapsed.
Waterloo Evening Courier Iowa 1918-05-22