Naper, NE Tornado Destruction, June 1901

TORNADO IN NEBRASKA.

SEVEN MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY KILLED OR FATALLY INJURED -- OTHER FATALITIES -- DETAILS LATE IN ARRIVING.

Omaha, Neb., June 21. -- Special dispatches from Naper, Neb., coming via Stuart, Neb., because of interrupted communication, tell of the frightful work of a tornado which visited that vicinity last night, the details being first obtainable this evening.
One family of seven is killed or fatally injured, and out of another family of six, two are killed and the rest, except the father, are seriously or fatally injured.
Those killed or fatally injured are: JACOB GREENING, father, aged forty; MRS. JACOB GREENING, mother, still living, but now expected to survive; GRACE GREENING, aged fourteen, seriously injured; MARGARET GREENING, aged seven, killed; MAGGIE GREENING, aged nine, killed; JOHN GREENING, aged four, killed, and JACOB GREENING, aged two, killed.
Out of the AUGUST ANDERSON family of six, two children, IDA and CLARA, aged respectively seven and eight, were killed, and the mother and her daughter, BERTHA, and son THEODORE, aged respectively, ten and twelve, were seriously injured.
Six hours before the storm the sun was shining. The storm cloud appeared about 5 o'clock, and traveled down the Keya Paha River. It seemed to rise up and skip some houses, and then swoop down and demolish everything. The tornado was preceded by a severe hailstorm. Several horses and cattle are reported killed by lightning.
Everything in the track of the storm was destroyed. Trees were blown down, and the smaller ones were stripped of leaves. The furniture that was in the homes of the ANDERSONS and GREENINGS cannot be found. A trunk and pieces of the table were picked up a half-mile away.

The New York Times New York 1901-06-22

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MANY LIVES ARE LOST.

FRIGHTFUL WORK OF TORNADO ALONG NEBRASKA RIVER.

HOUSES ENTIRELY DEMOLISHED.

KEYA PAHA VALLEY DEVASTATED BY SEVERE HAIL STORM FOLLOWED BY DEATH-DEALING TORNADO -- SEVEN VICTIMS KNOWN TO BE DEAD AND SEVERAL OTHERS FATALLY INJURED -- ALL COMMUNICATION FROM OUTSIDE WORLD CUT OFF -- ONLY THING LEFT OF TWO HOUSES WAS PART OF TRUNK AND TABLE.

Omaha, June 21. -- Special dispatches to the World-Herald from Naper, Neb., coming via Stuart because of the interrupted telegraphic communications.

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