Holt and Custer Counties, NE Tornado Damage, Oct 1913
DEATH FOLLOWS IN TRAIL OF TORNADO.
THREE KILLED IN STORM THAT SWEEPS THROUGH HOLT COUNTY.
OTHERS FATALLY INJURED -- CYCLONE TEARS THROUGH CUSTER.
(Special to The Star.)
O'Neill, Neb., Oct. 10. -- Three people were killed and two fatally injured by a tornado which swept through Chambers, Neb., thirty miles south of here, last night about 8 o'clock destroying two homes in Chambers and carrying destruction to many outlying farm buildings as it pursued a southwesterly course through Holt county.
FRANK WELCH, aged 21, farmer.
PAUL BECKWITH, aged 12.
Five Year Old Son of WALTER FAREWELL.
The Fatally Injured:
FRANCES FAREWELL, aged 20, daughter of Walter Farewell.
FRED BECKWITH, aged 35, farmer.
Others suffering from minor injuries:
JOE WELCH, aged 25, farmer.
CLARK LEWIS, aged 45, farmer.
MRS. LEWIS, aged 40.
Five LEWIS Children.
WALTER FAREWELL, aged 47.
MRS. FAREWELL, aged 43.
Three FAREWELL Children.
Appeared Near Emmett.
The storm made its first appearance near Emmett, Neb., eighteen miles west of here, striking the farm buldings of the WELCHS' and killing FRANK WELCH and injuring his brother. Contrary to the usual course of the storm, it went in a southwesterly direction, destroying several buildings and sweeping over the BECKWITH farm, six miles from Chambers, where the BECKWITH boy was killed and his father perhaps fatally injured.
They were just preparing to move to a new home south of Chambers and had several loads of goods packed preparatory to hauling them to the new farm.
Tearing up everything in its path, the storm swept over the farm of CHARLES LEWIS, where the entire family was injured by falling timbers. No one knew of the approaching storm and were unable to escape.
Striking the extreme eastern portion of Chambers, two large residence were destroyed. The home of WALTER FAREWELL was smashed, and here the 5 year old boy was killed and the 20 year old daughter was perhaps fatally injured. All the other members of the family were bruised about the head and body from falling timbers.
The THOMAS HIGGINS home was also destroyed, but members of the family escaped serious injury, although all were severely bruised.
Just outside of Chambers the storm divided, traveling in different directions for perhaps a quarter of a mile, and then seemed to have spent itself.
Communication with outside points is difficult. Telephone and telegraph wires are down, but it is believed that this is a complete list of those injured.
EIGHT INJURED IN CUSTER.
TORNADO SWEEPS NEAR BROKEN BOW AND SARGENT, DAMAGING LARGE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY.
Broken Bow, Neb., Oct. 10. -- Eight persons are known to be injured and several thousand dollars worth of damage resulted last night from a tornado wind that just missed Broken Bow and Sargent and, after sweeping across the country in a path about two miles northeast of Broken Bow, finally spent itself near Burwell, where a heavy hailstorm fell. The tornado developed near Lodi in Custer county and a number of farm buildings were destroyed before it blew itself out.
It was first reported that the towns of Broken Bow and Sargent had been in the parth of the storm, but the tornado's nearest approach to Broken Bow was the county fairgrounds, where several buildings were blown down.
Those known to ohave been injured are:
MRS. FRANK KIDDER.
MRS. ART BEVINGTON at the home of Art Bevington.
Two Children of WILL M. McCASLIN, at the McCaslin home.
MELL YORK, whose home was destroyed.
JOSEPH HUFF, whose farm buildings were all destroyed.
The tornado's sweep was about twenty miles in length, and great havoc was done among farm buildings all along the path. Telegraph poles along the Burlington were uprooted and wire communication was cut off early in the evening, it being late before the reports of the storm were sent out.
Much damage was done through the farming country easat of Callaway, it being reported that the storm had originated there about 5:30 o'clock in the evening. The storm was a quarter of a mile wide and many buildings in its path were razed.
Sargent Was Warned.
When the storm passed Broken Bow, wire warning was immediately sent to Sargent and for a time it was feared that the latter town had been destroyed, all wire communication being cut off for several hours early in the evening.
Reports from Grand Island say a strip almost a mile and a half wide was torn up along the line of the Kearney and Black Hills railroad. Barns and farm buildings were wrecked and much livestock killed.
Passengers on Burlington train No. 44 saw part of the effects of the tornado at Broken Bow, where the country fair buildings were wrecked. A short distance east of Broken Bow eight Burlington poles were blown down and the wires tangled.
The home of MELL YORK, which was completely wrecked, is two miles east of Sargent. The home of JOE HUFF, nearby, was also destroyed.
On the O. M. SCOTT farm a barn was blown down.
All of the buildings were destroyed on the BRENEIZER ranch northeast of Broken Bow, but no one was injured. Five persons saved themselves by fleeing to a storm cave. The ten room residence was a mass of wreckage after the storm passed and failure to have received a warning undoubtedly would have meant the death or serious injury of the inmates of the home.
Buildings on the SQUIRE HOGABOOM ranch were blown down. It is believed the worst damage aside from destroyed buildings will be in slain live stock, a number of horses and cattle perishing.
Lincoln Daily Star Nebraska 1913-10-10