Cedar Rapids, IA to Albany, IL Tornado, June 1860

We saw death and desolation on every side all the way down and believed that we had seen things as bad as they could possibly be, but when we arrived at Camanche, we were completely dumb-founded. Our pen utterly fails to give anything like a description of the awful scene there presented. The town of Camanche contained about 1500 inhabitants and about 250 buildings, seven-eights of which are entirely demolished, and not a house in the entire town that is a sure protection from the rain. The streets look as if a heavy flood had swept over them; timbers, boards, shingles, cord wood and trees are strewn around and all over the entire town. Four story buildings, brick churches, school houses, dwellings, and in short everything had been crushed to the earth or carried into the river. At about half past ten a rude platform was erected in the streets, and 19 dead bodies brought out that had been placed in rough pine coffins. Their bodies were so mutilated and mangled that it was utterly impossible for their friends to recognize them except by the placard that had been placed upon the coffins by the persons who laid them out. Funeral services were held by REV. MR. BRINDLE, of Clinton, assisted by several other clergymen present.
The following is a list of the dead:
HANNAH CURREN, aged 55.
ELIZABETH WESTPHALL, aged 28.
GARFIELD C. WESTPHALL, aged 30.
AUGUSTA HOEFT, aged 24.
MARY GREENLEAF, aged 11.
ELIZABETH RATHBURN, aged 23.
D. WAGGNER, aged 27.
D. SUTTLEBURG, aged 26.
Infant of WESTPHALL'S, aged 6 months.
AMELIA DAVIS, aged 25.
CHARLIE DAVIS, aged 9.
L. BURMAN, aged 18.
PHILLIP PIPER, aged 50.
MARGARET FOSS, aged 40.
MARY FOSS, aged 3.
MRS. GEO. BURHAM, aged 48.
MR. GEO. BURHAM, aged 55.
ELI MILLIRONS, aged 24.
THEO. ARPE, aged 2.
MARY McKINDUCK, aged 2.
L. I. BEGELOW, aged 40.
AUGUSTA MEYLE, aged 4.
JACOB MEYLE, aged 6.
Infant of A. MEYLE, aged 8 months.
Infant of GEO. W. CHASE, aged 4 months.
Infant of W. WHITE, aged 8 months.
Making in all 29. Of the wounded we could not get any correct account. About five of the wounded are supposed to be fatally.

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