Omaha, NE Disastrous Tornado, Mar 1913
A frightful scene of havoc abounded in the vicinity of Fortieth and Farnam streets. As far as the eye could see in the darkness in every direction not a building remained intact. The streets were strewn with wreckage of every destription. The great building of the Electric Garage company, only recently wrecked in a street car accident was entirely destroyed with probable irreparable loss to the entire contents representing $200,000.
This corner was the scene of activity for the rescuers. The drug store of C. E. LATHROP was converted, though itself partially wrecked, into a temporary hospital. There a score of doctors attended to the more or less seriously injured. Great, luxurious limousines the property of the wealthy residents predominating in the neighborhood, were converted into ambulances, their immaculate interiors bespattered with blood and water as victim after victim was either taken to a hospital or to neighboring uninjured homes.
At the outset of the calamity great danger threatened the scores of persons who plunged through the wreckage and ruin to aid the hundreds pinned in the debris of their homes. Vast networks of wires, many of them supplying high tension current to outlying sections and scores of lower powered circuits were strewn in the street threatening instant death to any uncautious enough to plunge heedless in their frenzy.
The cries of the injured and the frightened ones combined with the terror of the wind, the rain and the electrical disturbance was too terrifying for description.
The appalling darkness caused by the destruction of light service made the condition all the more terrifying. As the rescuers and uninjured ran here and there in the storm in search of relatives and friends the cries of those they sought emanated from the debris of partially or wholly wrecked homes.
The new home of LEE HUFF at 401 North Thirty-ninth street was wrecked but nineteen people, who were in it at the time escaped without a scratch except for MR. HUFF himself. He was hit on the forehead by a piece of flying debris and received a slight flesh wound.
The HUFFS were entertaining a big house party at the time their guests coming from Grand Island and Lincoln. The big party was given shelter at the home of W. M. GILLER at 106 South Thirty-fifth street.
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