Fillmore, SK Tornado Destruction, July 1873
TORNADO SWEEPS FILLMORE DISTRICT.
ALFRED JOHNSON, AGED EIGHT YEARS, KILLED BY FALLING HOUSE.
BUILDINGS BLOWN DOWN.
MANY HOMES AND FARM STRUCTURES DESTROYED -- SUFFERERS FROM INJURIES NUMEROUS.
Fillmore, Sask., July 29. -- Another tornado visited Fillmore and district this afternoon about 4 o'clock, and reports of the results of its work of destruction have been pouring in all day. Besides destroying buildings of all kinds, it claimed at least one human life. One boy is dead and several others seriously injured. The wind storm was accompanied by a terrific fall of hail, and many farmers in the southwest are completely hailed out. Hundreds of acres of wheat are pounded into the ground, and, considering that the crop was the most promising in years, its destruction seems all the harder.
Fillmore itself escaped luckily, the most serious damage being the breaking of windows; but the country in the district southwest of the town received the brunt of the storm's fury, and the wreckage is awful.
School in the country district was just out when the storm struck, and the pupils sought refuge in various houses on the way home. A number of them stopped at the shouse of WM. JOHNSON for shelter, and had just entered it when the building was demolished. Young ALFRED JOHNSON, aged 11, was instantly killed, his skull being crushed by falling timbers. MRS. JOHNSON, who tried to save him, was very badly injured, suffering a dislocated hip, besides other bad bruises. The large barn on the place was completely wrecked, but, though full of horses and men who had been working on the roads, no other casualties are reported.
Trampled by Horses.
E. LATCHAM, west of town, had just put his horses in the barn when the storm struck, and when the building began to move, one horse kicked him and others trampled him down, the result being three broken ribs and a broken hip for him. Two travelling men, FISHER and BARR, sought refuge in the barn of E. M. HUNTER, a large building just erected, and when the building was wrecked they were caught in the falling debris and lay there for hours before released. By a miracle, they were not killed.
At the home of MORLEY WILSON, near Creehman, all were more or less injured. A building on the SAM HUNTER farm was carried away and left in a wheat field a half-mile off. JOHN JENSEN was carried by the wind from the barn and hurled against the house, but, strange to say, was not injured. Other buildings wrecked are as follows:
ROSS McBRIDE, machine shed.
T. STEELE, barn.
CARL WIBERG, barn.
R. P. CARROLL, barn.
CYRUS JENSEN, barn.
JAMES MORRISON, barn.
N. O. WATNEY, barn.
STEVE CARRIGAN, barn.
J. BALLY, barn.
besides the buildings on the farms where the accidents occurred.
Manitoba Free Press Canada 1873-07-30