Cedar Rapids, IA to Albany, IL Tornado, June 1860
The next and the last is the house familiarly known as the WILEY farm. This house was occupied by ADAM LUTZ and family -- 12 in number -- of which the two eldest were away, the two youngest were not injured at all; but all the rest are awfully bruised and mangled, -- one, a girl named MELISSA died three hours after having been taken out, WILLIAM a son aged eighten, was not expected to live the night out. MRS. LUTZ had her right broken above the elbow, and her right ear nearly severed, besides a number of other bruises. MR. LUTZ although severely bruised is not considered dangerous. SARAH ELIZA aged 15 has a collar bone broken. This family was the most pitiable sight we ever beheld. On the bed, at MR. HARE'S, lie MR. and MRS. LUTZ, within four feet on a trundle bed lies WILLIAM, who is not expected to live from one hour to another, in the adjoining bed room lies a daughter, SARAH, and within four feet of her the dead body of her sister, MELISSA. The house swept entirely from its foundation, and not a vestige of it remains standing.
Wednesday noon. -- We learn that there is now some prospect of WILLIAM LUTZ getting well. DRS. RISTINE, SMITH, BARDWELL and LAKE, of Marion, are the attending Physicians.
We have merely mentioned the buildings where accidents occurred. Barns, sheds and out houses were demolished, wagons carried a quarter of a mile and broke all to splinters, fences were strewed in every conceivable manner, trees uprooted and carried from ten to as many roda, orchards are ruined, and in short everything that came in its way was more or less destroyed. Its course was about due east, and the width about half a mile.
The cloud to the southward passed over the town of Shueyville, about 9 miles south of this city, destroying 2 dwellings; and then passed on through Banner Valley, unroofing the Luthern church. No lives were lost at either of the above places. It then took a southeasterly direction towards the Cedar River, passing through the ROGER'S settlement, seven miles from Cedar Rapids, on the west side of the river, destroying the dwellings of MR. THOMPSON and MR. CARNS. MR. CARNS' son was instantly killed. A child 7 years old was carried by the storm a distance of 2 miles over the Cedar river. The destroying fiend then took a jump, and the next we noticed of its work was at St. Marys, a small hamlet 2 miles south of Mt. Vernon.
The Mt. Vernon News, in an extra, gives an account of the storm. A place called St. Marys was blown to fragments and many killed and wounded. The following names of killed are reported:
A son of JAMES BURGE.
and a boy unkonwn, whose body was carried across the river in the storm.
The names of some of the injured are: Family of MR. CUNNINGHAM, daughter, mortally; STEPHEN SMITH, mortally; family of JAMES BURGE; family of JOSEPH SMITH; HENRY H. FULLER.
JOSEPH SMITH has since died.
After it left St. Marys it took another jump of about two miles over the main portion of the village of Lisbon to the depot then it was joined by the tornado that made such havoc and destruction north of this place, but no reports of all kinds came to us, we left for Camanche on Tuesday morning and gathered the following particulars along the line of the Railroad.
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