McCool Junction, NE Tornado, May 1913
Lushton, Neb., May 15. -- A large black cloud formed south of here late yesterday. It passed a few miles east of here. Reports from McCool, five miles northeast of here, say that several buildings were destroyed. No one was killed so far as can be ascertained. A new brick building being erected by Marshall brothers, implement dealers was blown down.
York., Neb., May 15. -- The home of Thomas Riordan near McCool, was blown into the Blue River by the tornado last night and Mrs. Riordan and two small children were injured but not dangerously. ... That the tornado riddled country homes and barns for a distance of more than forty miles without a single death is considered remarkable. The twister cut a swath forty rods to half a mile wide. The cloud dipped and raised at intervals leaving part of the path practically unharmed. Several farmers were caught while plowing the fields. Most of them escaped by lying down in the furrows. Scores of persons took refuge in storm caves. The cloud was a huge black mass of usual funnel shape. In the early days it is said several twisters have visited the same territory.
M'Cool, Neb., May 15. -- The tornado which struck this village and vicinity last evening uprooted trees and completely demolished a number of houses and outbuildings.
Tom Riordan's house to the northeast of town was completely demolished and Mrs. Riordan and her children were seriously injured. Part of their clothing was taken off by the wind and the persons were carried several rods by the storm.
A new brick building in the course of construction on main street was blown down and several stores lost plate glass windows.
A number of cattle were killed on farms in this vicinity, and some farm buildings were destroyed.
....The only damage done by the tornado to the west of Lincoln, [the conductor on the Burlington train] said, was at Seward and at McCool Junction and in the farm regions.
Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, NE 15 May 1913