Upland, NE Tornado, May 1903

Main Street, Upland, NE early 1900s, photo from familyoldphotos.com

Hastings, Neb., May 26. -- A series of heavy storms, two of which developed into the worst tornadoes that have visited Southern Nebraska for years, passed over portions of Clay, Franklyn and Kearney counties in the night. Fifteen persons lost their lives, twenty odd were more or less seriously injured and a number of others received minor injuries. Every dwelling and outbuilding in the path of the tornado was blown to pieces and the financial loss thus far accounted for will reach about $60,000. . . .

Two miles south of Upland, German Lutheran services were being held in a schoolhouse when the storm struck and demolished it, killing four of the occupants, including the minister, and injuring a number of others.

The Iowa Recorder, Greene, Iowa, 27 May 1903

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The death list as far as known at present is: . . . Near Upland: - - A Lutheran minister, name unknown, Mrs. John Peters, a farmer's wife; Mrs. Chris Lamers and her mother. . . .

Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL, May 26, 1903