New Albany, IN Tornado, Mar 1917
TORNADO KILLS FIFTY
TERRIFIC CYCLONE SWEEPS OVER NEW ALBANY, IND. â€“ ONE HUNDRED HURT.
25 BODIES ARE RECOVERED
New Albany, Ind, March 26, -- Between twenty-five and fifty persons were killed and probably 100 or more were injured by a storm which on Friday swept over New Albany, demolishing scores of residences and several industrial plants. A school building was wrecked. The property damage is estimated at $2,000,000.
Twenty-five bodies are known to have been recovered, and it is expected this number will be materially increased when all the debris of wrecked buildings have been cleared away.
The lighting system for the residence section of the city was put out of commission by the storm and the work of rescue is proceeding slowly and with difficulty.
In addition to the bodies taken to undertaking establishments, there were reports of others that were taken to private homes.
The known dead are: BABY _____ DEERING, CHARLES MCCAFFREY, CLARENCE MOSS, EDWARD JOHNS, MRS. CHARLES DAILEY, MRS. WILLIAM HUFF, MISS ELSIE LOPP, MISS MAY LOPP, MRS. _____BUNCH, MR. _____ PEYTON, MRS. JOHN DIDELOT, a daughter CECELIA, aged fourteen; a son, six, a baby, two; ROSE HUFF, aged five years; _____ ZURSCHNIDE, a boy, fifteen; nine unidentified.
A call was made on the governor for state troops, and they arrived within a few hours. Plans were formed for furnishing relief to those whose homes had been destroyed. At a hurriedly called mass meeting at the city hall, a large fund was subscribed by citizens, and a relief committee appointed.
The work of convoying the injured to St. Edwardâ€™s hospital, the only public institution of the sort in the city, was hampered by fallen wires and uprooted trees which blocked many swept streets. The hospital soon was filled, however, and it became necessary to place later arrivals in corridors.
The hospitals of Louisville were prompt in placing their facilities at the disposal of injured.
The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI 29 Mar 1917
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