Louisville, KY Tornado, Mar 1890 - Falls City Hall, Other Damages

CHICAGO, March 27.--The Herald's Louisville special says: The Falls City which sat so proudly on the banks of the turbulent Ohio but twenty-four hours ago giving no thought to danger, is tonight mourning the loss of 800 of her citizens whose lives went out in an twinkling of an eye; and her sons and daughters are standing around the beside of hundreds of other who were injured, many of them fatally, in the terrible disaster that has overtaken her.

Among those who bodies were recovered are: MRS. MAY HODGES, LOUIS SIMMONS AND FOUR CHILDREN, MISS OPP, dancing school teacher, was giving lessons at the time; GEORGE FOSTER and clerk, BEN RANDOLPH, MRS. JAMES ROCK, PETER CROWLEY, MRS. HARRISON, MRS. BUFFET, CHRIS MILLER, MRS. LANGTON, MRS. ADAM MILLS, MRS. CHARLES TASSON, REV. N. BARNELL, pastor St. James Episcopal church and ONE CHILD.

Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 29 Mar 1890


800 Dead Bodies in One Heap;

Louisville, March 29--Two hundred or more men, women and children lie buried in the ruins of the Falls City Hall, No. 1126 West Market street, and just above Twelfth on the south side. The structures was three stories in height and when struck by the tornado, several meetings were being held within it. The loss of life at this place far exceeds that at any other one locality and of the great number known to be under the debris it is certain that none will be recovered alive. Thirty odd dad and about twenty-five badly injured and dying have been taken out, but at 12 o'clock there had not been a body found since 4 o'clock.

The ground floor of the Falls City Hall was given over to market men, there being thirty butchers and twenty-five gardeners stalls. There was no one in this part of the building, so far as known. On the second floor front were three small rooms, two of them for the toilet, and one an office. Next back of this was a large ballroom, then the kitchen and then a small hall where Miss App taught dancing classes. On the third floor were three large lodge rooms.

Miss App was teaching a dancing class of young children and there were in the room mothers, fathers and other attendants of the youngsters, aggregating sixty or more people. Probably a dozen of these escaped, and all the others are in the ruins with the exception of several taken out dead.

In one of the rooms on the second floor the executive body of the Roman Knights was in session, there being seven in attendance. All of these but one escaped death, the unfortunate man being THEODORE ENGELMEIER, an upholsterer, at Twenty-third and Chestnut streets. On the third floor Jewell lodge No. 2, Knights and Ladies of Honor, was holding a meeting. This was one, of the largest lodges of the order and there were over 150 members present when the building fell. A mere handful of these escaped. On the same floor Humboldt lodge, No. 140, I.O.O.F., had gathered, there being eighteen members in the room. But a few of these are alive, and the few who escaped are badly hurt.