St. Louis, MO Tornado, May 1896 - Cyclone's Deadly Work

St. Louis, May 28. -- The following is a list of dead so far as known: Watchman on board the Dolphin, name unknown, drowned; Benjamin Desilva, unknown man at Borham's quarry; Alex. Churinger, driver for Western Star Daily Co.; James Dunn, Francisco Roderiquez, Fred Well, 3 years old; Theresa Well, 8 months old; Mrs. Carter and child, unknown man, driver; Peter Diedrich, employed at bagging mill; Max Weiss, Malacy McDonald, Supt. Walter, Pierce Oil Co.; Mr. Jones, engineer Aetna Iron works; Frank Fisher, Emma Fisher, Isabella Horn, Sawyer Mfg. Co.; Charles Tandy, Sawyer Mfg. Co.; ----Zimmerman, killed at Union depot company's house; Katie Claypool, D. Hassings, Mrs. Lewis, Fred Jondock, Mrs. Anna Gardiner and a six-month's old babe; Mrs. Augusta Jalm, aged 63; Robert Hold, Charlotte Ender, widow, 62; Jos. Miller, Mrs. Helix, Wm. Bowler, Rose Duggan, George A. Hurbert, his two children, Harry and Willie, 7 and 9; Tina Rux, 17; Matilda Rux, 56; John Loberlin, 53; unknown man, two-year-old child; Peter McGivens, Anna Leva, Peter Deadrick, unknown man.

The Cyclone in East St. Louis.

East St. Louis, May 28. -- The residents of the stricken city gathered in little knots on the streets. They did not mind the drenching rain. Nothing except the wind which left death in its path possessed any terrors for them. The court house and the police headquarters were blown away. Officers know not where to find the chief. In the course of time, however, temporary police headquarters were established. Drays and wagons were pressed into the work of removing the dead and dying. Several bodies were found transfixed by huge timbers. Others lay moaning and groaning under timbers. Every courier brought fresh tidings of calamity, until those who received their reports became inured to the tales of horror. East St. Louis and its ruins is one huge mausoleum covering no one knows how many dead. Almost every house had relatives or friends among the dead and injured. Mothers, sisters, other relatives ran from one temporary morgue to another in search of missing ones. Miss Dean sat speechless in the car stables, her dead father lying at her feet, her mother not far away, her two younger brothers lying mangled on the floor near by. It was an awful spectacle but duplicated over and over again. Often times some survivor of a family watched over the mutilated dead of a neighboring family. Mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, weeping or dry-eyed dug for hours through the debris at the Vandalia freight depot and waded elsewhere in an attempt to extricate loved ones. Many waded through water and slush in the ruins of the Martell and Tremont houses. The rescuers came upon the bodies of two dead infants and then upon a woman pinioned beneath the timbers. She said the children were hers. Her name is Werler, her home in Litchfield, Ill.

Discomfort at St. Louis.

St. Louis, May 28. -- The complete suspension of the telephone communication and street car traffic has multiplied the inconveniences and general discomfort. There are few means of summoning ambulances for the removal of the dead or injured and many of them must be conveyed in wagons or on litters. The city dispensaries are overcrowded. Scores of volunteer physicians have tendered their services and are assisting in caring for the wounded. The demolition of the city hospital has prevented the use of that institution but the old house of the Good Shepherd has been substituted and all available supplies are hurried there.

Fifty School Children Killed.

St. Louis, May 28. -- Very brief reports from the northwestern part of the state say that at the Rush Hill school house was torn to pieces by the tornado. Fifty children were killed. It is reported that at Renick great property damage was done and a number of persons killed.

Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 28 May 1896.