Glenwood, IA Tornado, May 1903

WRECKED THE DORMITORY

Hospital For Feeble Minded Visited by Tornado – Several Killed and Many were Injured.

(By Associated Press.)
Glenwood, Iowa, May 26. -- A tornado struck the state hospital for the feeble-minded here last night. MAGGIE BETNES, aged eleven, and HAZEL WRIGHT, aged ten, were killed. Eleven were injured but all will recover. The old dormitory building and power house were blown down.

STATE BUILDINGS DAMAGED.
Glenwood, May 26. -- All the buildings were damaged more or less. The wires are down and details meagre[sic].

Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1903-05-26

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STORMS IN IOWA.

Great and Widespread Damage by Tornadoes and Rainstorms.

Iowa Feeble Minded Institute at Glenwood is Wrecked.

Heavy Rains in Every Part of the State Injure Crops.

Glenwood, Ia. May 27 – A cyclone struck this place Monday night, doing great damage to the state institution for feeble minded children. Two girls were killed and eleven were more or less seriously injured. The killed:
MAGGIE BETNER.
HAZEL WRIGHT.
The injured:
MARY ECKERT.
ANNA DELANEY.
MYRTLE DICKINSON.
ETTA NEWTON.
HARRISON JOHNSON.
ROLLA RATHBUN.
Others who were injured were not seriously hurt. It is believed that all of the injured will recover.
The tornado struck the girls dormitory, commonly known as the old building, first. The roof was torn off and with a terrible crash fell back again upon the wrecked building. All of the building of the group including the hospital, dormitory, boys building, custodians building, farm cottages and the boiler room, were more of less damaged by the storm. There was no insurance.
The buildings of the institution are situated on a slight rise and were a fair mark for the heavy wind which swooped down upon the structure with terrible fury. The boiler room, including some fine machinery lately installed, is a mass of wreckage. The loss upon the boiler building is total. The loss upon the girls building will be $25,000.

The eleven girls who were injured are being cared for in the hospital, which is practically intact. The injuries consist largely of bruises and scratches, although some of the girls have sustained fractures and bad wounds.
Glenwood, May 27 -- The superintendent this afternoon placed the total loss upon the state institution here as a result of the storm at $52,000. This report was made official and sent to the state board of control. The hospital building was partially unroofed, but part of it is still being used. The boiler room is wrecked, but it is believed now that a part of the machinery can be saved. The girls who were injured are getting along as well as could be expected. There will be no other fatalities.

Iowa State Press Iowa City Iowa 1903-05-27

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