Dixon, KY Tornado Destruction, Mar 1890

THE CYCLONE AT DIXON.

EIGHT PERSONS KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN KILLED AND MANY INJURED.

Louisville, March 30. -- A Dixon (Ky.) special says: The most terrific storm that ever invaded this section of the State passed through Webster County Thursday afternoon about 6 o'clock. The storm made its appearance as an ordinary storm usually does, but its cloud soon assumed a light red color with a dark cloud hanging in the centre and funnel shaped. Then a rumbling sound ensued, accompanied by thunder, lightning, hail, and rain, and the storm burst forth in its full fury.
It was about twenty minutes in duration, but in that time eight lives were lost, about thirty persons were wounded, some of whom will die, and about $150,000 worth of property was destroyed. The track of the storm, as far as known here, began at Blackford, in the Ohio Valley, and ended at Sebree, on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. In the storm section as far as the eye can reach there are to be seen houses blown down, fallen trees, fences gone, and occasionally smoke from a burning house. One can ride seventeen miles in the track of the cyclone withouth letting down a fence. Housetops, weather boarding, and fence rails are scattered over the country, and it is not an uncommon sight to see all kinds of wearing apparel in tops of trees and fastened in the bushes. There is a large number of horses, cows and hogs killed.
The list of dead at present ascertained is as follows:
GEORGE NEWMAN.
MRS. TAYLOR.
RICK WILSON.
MRS. SHELTON.
JOHN TROTTER'S child.
MRS. EDWARDS.
C. J. HAMMOCK'S child.
HENRY PENDERGRAST.
The wounded are:
JOHN TROTTER, wife, and child.
JAMES DOLAND.
JOHN EDENS.
WILLIAM BRAY'S child.
WILLIAM TULLEY and wife.
FOREST SHOULDER'S child.
MRS. M. TALBOT.
GRANT BAKER'S wife.
MAT MORGAN.
HENRY RAYBURN and wife.
GEORGE RAYBURN and child.
CHARLES MONROE and wife.
JAMES KUYKENDALL, wife and daughter.
MRS. MITCHELL.
FRANK KUYKENDALL and wife.
GEORGE HALL and wife.
WALTER TAYLOR.
JOHN RABBS.
MR. ARNOLD.
WILLIAM WILSON, wife, and three children.
MRS. WILSON.
It is thought that seven or eight of the above-named persons will die from their injuries. There are many dwellings destroyed and a number of stables and outbuildings. Some of the people are left in utter desolation.
An Elizabethtown (Ky.) special says the house of NATHAN PAULSEY, in that county, was demolished and his family of six were caught under the falling walls. His daughter was killed outright and MR. PAULSEY himself died this afternoon. The houses of WILLIAM HAYDEN and ISAAC RICHARDSON were unroofed. A negro was killed at HAYDEN'S, and one or two other fatalities are reported in the county.

New York Times New York 1890-03-31