Cottonwood, KS Tornado, Apr 1878

Tuesday, April 16.

A tornado passed over Cottonwood, Kansas, on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad on Saturday, blowing forty cars off the track, destroying a number of houses, and causing some loss of life.

Burlington Hawk Eye, Burlington, IA 25 Apr 1878

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A despatch[sic] from Topeka, Kansas, of last Monday says: "A tornado struck Cottonwood station, on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, at about four o'clock on the afternoon of Saturday. The Cottonwood hotel and several buildings were blown down. Mrs. Miller was killed, and 16 persons badly hurt. At Jacob's Creek, Mrs. Boge had her leg broke. At Phenis Creek, Edward Davis' youngest child was dangerously hurt. Mrs. Osborn, living on the prairie, had two children killed. Mrs. Kate Ross, living on Dry Creek, was seriously, perhaps fatally hurt. The storm reached Emporia at about half-past four o'clock. Sodon's mills were badly damaged, and the roof of the Normal school injured; but little damage was done in the center of the city. Ten loaded cars were blown from the track at Cottonwood station."

St Joseph Herald, Saint Joseph, MI 20 Apr 1878

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Cottonwood, KS Tornado, Apr 1878

A TERRIBLE TORNADO IN KANSAS.

Topeka, April 15. -- A tornado struck Cottonwood Station, on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, at about 4 o'clock on the afternoon of Saturday, April 13. The Cottonwood Hotel and several buildings were blown down. MRS. MILLER was killed, and her husband and children were dangerously hurt. MRS. WALTERS and two children, FRED SMITH, wife and three children, JOHN MERRITT, LIZZIE MERRITT and MRS. MATTHEWS were badly hurt. At Jacobs Creek MRS. BOGUE had her leg broken. At Phenis Creek EDWARD DAVIS' youngest child was dangerously hurt. Mr. OSBORN, living on the prairie, had two children killed. MRS. KATE ROSS, living on Dry Creek, was seriously, perhaps fatally hurt. The storm reached Emporia at about half past four o'clock. Soden's mill was badly damaged, and the roof of the Normal school building injured. But little damage was done in the centre [sic] of the city. In the country the destruction of property was great. Houses and barns were torn up. Ten loaded cars were blown from the track at Cottonwood station.

Evening Call Central City Colorado 1878-04-16