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Baltimore, MD Tornadic Storm, July 1902

TORNADO AT BALTIMORE.

ELEVEN LIVES WERE LOST.

HUNDREDS OF HOUSES UNROOFED -- LARGE TREES IN STREETS AND PARKS WERE TORN UP BY THE ROOTS -- NINE PEOPLE DROWNED AND MANY INJURED -- STORM LASTED 15 MINUTES.

Baltimore, July 21 -- A fierce tornado, characterized by a windstorm of extraordinary velocity, thunder, vivid lightning and a heavy rain, burst upon Baltimore at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, coming from the southwest, with the net result that 11 persons lost their lives, hundreds of houses were unroofed, trees in the public parks and streets were torn up by the roots, many buildings damaged and several people injured.
The storm exhausted its furyin less than 15 minutes. The damage done in the business part of the city was comparatively slight, being confined to the blowing down of signs and injuries to roofs. It was in the residence portion along the river front and in the harbor where the wind spent its violence.
Of those who perished, nine were drowned in the harbor from open boats, one was killed by a falling tree and one by a live wire.
The drowning of MRS. SCHULER and her children was the most pathetic incident of the storm. MICHAEL SCHULER, with his wife and three children, accompanied by his brother-in-law JOSEPH COOPER, and his wife, had gone out into the harbor for a sail in a 30-foot boat. When the storm came SCHULER and COOPER took in sails. SCHULER sent his wife and children into the little cabin and he stood at the tiller to keep the vessel's head toward the wind. A sudden gust of wind threw the boom of the vessel around, knocked SCHULER down and pinned him to the deck. Another gust capsized the boat, releasing SCHULER, who, with COOPER and his wife, were thrown into the water leaving MRS. SCHULER and her children pinned in the cabin. COOPER saved himself and wife by hanging to the bottom of the overturned boat and SCHULER saved himself in the same way, after making four unsuccessful attempts to get at his wife and imprisoned children.

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