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Aurelia, IA Tornado, Jul 1893

FONDA, Iowa, July 7--One of the most dreadful calamities in the history of the state visited this section last evening in the shape of a devastating cyclone. Owing to the demoralized conditions of telegraph wires it is impossible as yet to get all the details. As far as can be learned the cyclone started southwest of there at about seven o'clock last evening. It swept almost due east leveling everything in its path for a width of a thousand yards, killing and maiming the inhabitants in the tons and thickly populated farming districts. The loss of life is known to be very great, though actual details are far from full. The loss of property is beyond estimation. ...
Ten were killed an several injured south of Aurelia. It is reported that four persons of a Burgess family, living near Aurelia, were killed. It is believed that several houses were wrecked that have as yet been unheard from.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 7 Jul 1893

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... About five miles south of Aurelia were the following fatalities: Samuel Burch, wife and three children, Johnson, Lillie and Lelia Slattery, unknown servant, John Peters.

The New Era, Humeston, IA 12 Jul 1893

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....Five miles south of Aurelia Samuel Burch and wife and three children were killed. Also a farm-hand named Johnson.  Lulu and Ella Slater, and a Swede girl were killed.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 8 Jun1893

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Ten killed near Aurelia.... Five miles south of Aurelia, Samuel Burch and wife and three children were killed. Also a farm hand named Johnson, Lulu and Ella Slater and a Swede girl were killed. John Peters will die.

Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, IA 9 Jun 1893



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