Edgerton, IN Tornado, Mar 1920

Edgerton, Ind., Wiped Out.

Fort Wayne, Ind. (AP)-It is reported here that the town of Edgerton, Ind., 18 miles east of here, has been completely wiped out by the storm. It is also reported that two men were killed at Zulu, 10 miles east of here, and that the town has been destroyed.

The Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, ID 29 Mar 1920


Edgerton is Wiped Out

Three-Fourths of the Houses in the Town Were Completely Destroyed.

Many Seriously Hurt

Presenting a picture of destruction as complete as that wrought by the gigantic German guns in the villages of northern France the town of Edgerton on the Allen County state line today lies in ruins. Three-fourths of the houses in the town were completely destroyed by the tornado which swept in from the southwest last evening, and not one of the few that are standing escaped damage. Those that are left are haven of refuge for the victims of the storm, but with chimneys blown down the starting of fires is impossible and the people gathered in the houses are cold and shivering in the raw March winds. That there were no deaths in the town is considered a miracle, for it is impossible to conceive how people could escape alive from the inferno of falling walls and crashing timbers. The property damage in Edgerton and vicinity will reach fully a million dollars, it is believed.

Came Without Warning.

The hurricane came with warning. There had been a high wind all day and a few minutes after 6 o’clock dark clouds suddenly lowered and the storm struck. The houses and the few stores in the path of the storm were leveled, the people with in fleeing into the open ads the walls crashed about them. A number were injured and after the storm had passed these were card for by those more fortunate.

Ambulances brought the more seriously injured to Fort Wayne last night and this morning two more ambulances were sent to Edgerton and brought to the local hospitals others who were in need of medical attention.

Storm Was Freakish.

The storm played queer pranks in the vicinity of Edgerton. Coming from the southwest it struck several farm houses near Edgerton and moved them from their foundations, the Ferry home being the most seriously damaged. Here scarcely one timber was left fastened to another and all that remains of the house and out buildings is piles of debris through which furniture, dished and bedding it scattered. The family escaped by fleeing into the open when the storm broke. The GIRARDOT home and other in the vicinity were moved from their foundations and roofs and porches were blown away. Barns suffered most and in some cases were clown many feet, one in the Morgan road being laid on its side directly in the center of the road.