Ferguson, IA tornado, Sept 1900

FIVE KILLED IN WATERSPOUT

Ferguson, Iowa, Sept. 26. - Two persons were killed and thirteen injured in the tornado and cloudburst which struck this village last night. The dead are:

George, aged 3, and Elmo, aged 1, children of John Lovelady, proprietor of the Hudson hotel.

The fatally injured are: Mrs. John Lovelady, Mamie Holubar, Thomas Peling.

The remaining ten will received minor hurts and will recover.

Half a dozen houses including the Hudson hotel, and St. Paul depot, were demolished. Fourteen Milwaukee freight cars were blown from the track and several of them were torn to pieces.

A severe waterspout and wind and rain are reported from the vicinity of Redfield and Madrid, where tracks are washed out in many places.

Ferguson is on the main line of the Milwaukee, about forty miles east of Madrid, in Marshall county, fifteen miles southeast of Marshalltown. It is a comparatively new town, with a population of between 400 and 500.

The Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, MN 26 Sept 1900
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TORNADO STRIKES FERGUSON, IA.

Four Persons Killed, Several Injured And Many Buildings Are Blown Down.

Des Moines, Ia., Sept. 28. - Four persons were killed an several others severely injured in a waterspout and tornado at Ferguson this evening. The Milwaukee agent and the telegraph operator were badly hurt.

The railway station was badly wrecked, several cars were blown from the tracks and more or less damage [sic] and many houses were destroyed. Wire connections with Ferguson are interrupted and it is impossible to learn the names of all those killed and injured. The partial list is:

Killed:
CHILD OF JOHN LOVELADY, hotel proprietor.

Injured:
William Robinson, Milwaukee agent, James Mullen, Western Union telegraph operator, John Lovelady, hotel proprietor.

A severe waterspout and wind and rain are reported from the vicinity of Redfield and Madrid, where the tracks are washed out in many places. Trains along the Great Western road also report a hard wind and rain this side of Marshalltown.

Ferguson is on the main line of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad and about forty miles east of Madrid, in Marshalltown county, fifteen miles east of Marshalltown. It is a comparatively new town with a population of between 400 and 500 people.

The Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE 26 Sept 1900
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IOWA TORNADO.

Two Children Killed and Thirteen People Injured at Ferguson.

Marshalltown, Ia., Sept. 26. - The cyclone which swept through the village of Ferguson, nine miles from this city, last night, caused the death of two persons, injured 13 others and demolished a number of houses.

The dead: George, aged 3, and Elmo, aged 1, children of John Lovelady, proprietor of the hotel.

Among the most seriously injured are: Mrs. John Lovelady, dangerously; Miss Mamie Coulabar, will die; Thomas Peling, section hand, fatally; William Roberts, ticket agent; James Mullen, telegraph operator.

The depot was demolished and four cars on a siding were reduced to kindling.

The Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID 27 Sept 1900

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Lovelady children

These little boys were brothers to my husband mother, Sylvia Lovelady Kinney. she was born 1901. She use to tell us about their death. As a researcher, I'm wondering if anyone knows where they are buried? if there was an artical on there funeral? I would appreciate any info anyone has to share.