Tekamah, NE Tornado, Jun 1904

Omaha, Neb., June 2.-Additional reports from Takamah [sic], which was struck last night by a tornado, indicate about twenty persons were injured and some of them seriously hurt. There were no fatalities.

The storm wrecked most of the buildings in its path, which was a block in width and several blocks long.

Property loss is $50,000.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 2 Jun 1904



In the Opera House at Tekamah, Neb., When It Was Torn to Pieces by a Tornado.


Sioux City, Ia., June 1-A tornado struck Tekamah, Burt county, Neb., this afternoon, destroying the opera house and badly wrecking several other buildings. The graduating class of the Tekamah high school were rehearsing for the commencement exercises in the opera house when the building collapsed, and all were injured, but none seriously.

Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL 3 Jun 1904


As a rule the class mottoes as well as the oration themes of high school graduates deal with subjects sufficiently remote to escape the charge of being sensational. But out in Nebraska there is a high school class that chose a motto that was not only strikingly up-to-date but absolutely prophetic in its character. The high school graduates of Takamah were engaged in decorating the opera house for their commencement exercises while a storm was gathering. They had just put in place their class motto, "Launched, But Whither Bound," when the gale picked up the building and spilled all the students out of it. They landed in a good many different places, but happily none were killed.

Daily Iowa State Press, Iowa City, IA 11 Jun 1904