Botna, IA Tornado, May 1903

Iowa Town Completely Wrecked and Farm houses Wiped Out

DES MOINES, Ia., May 27.---Wire communication with interior towns was opened up today.

It is now apparent that yesterday's tornado caused far greater loss than was at first anticipated.

A report early today from Botna, Shelby country, received by way of Audibon, says that the town of Botna was completely demolished and that many farm houses near that place were wrecked.

At Botna a large church and the Great Western depot are among the buildings known to have been wrecked. No definite news of casualties from there has been received up to 11 o'clock today.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 27 May 1903