Kinsman, OH Waterspout Drownings, May 1892

WATERSPOUT BURST.

AN OHIO VILLAGE SUFFERS GREAT LOSS AND SIX PERSONS WERE DROWNED.

Niles, Ohio, May 26. -- A waterspout burst over Kinsman, a small village 12 miles northeast of this city on the Pymatuning river yesterday morning, drowning six persons and destroying buildings, stock and crops. The water fell in torrents from four o'clock until a few minutes after six and the small river overflowed its banks. The farmers did not flee, thinking there was not danger, and all would have been safe had not a dam about two miles above the village broken without warning. J. B. ROBIN'S house was on the brink of the river, and his wife and two children were eating breakfast when the flood came. It is presumed that they started to flee, but too late. K. STEWART and son were in their barn which was carried away. Their house withstood the torrent, and MRS. STEWART witnessed the drowning of her husband and son. J. D. CAMPBELL and wife were carried down stream, but lodged on the abutment of a bridge and were rescued. The bodies of the six drowned were found in a large pile of driftwood, which reached nearly across the river. Searching parties are overhauling the driftwood, believing that more bodies will be found. Many horses and cattle were swept away and the estimated loss is $20,000.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1892-05-27