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Lockport, LA Tornado Destruction, Sep 1893

SOUTHERN TOWN WIPED OUT.

TERRIBLE STORM WORKS DIRE HAVOC ALONG THE BAYOU LA FOURCH.

DISASTROUS CYCLONE STRIKES LOUISIANA.

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE INSTANTLY KILLED AND MANY INJURED; SOME FATALLY -- CONVENT DESTROYED AND INMATES CRUSHED TO DEATH UNDER THE RUINS.

Raceland, La., Sept. 8. -- A severe cyclone struck the pretty little town of Lockport, on Bayou La Fourche, about 9 o'clock yesterday morning and left it a mass of ruins. The fine store of W. G. Barrios was half demolished and all goods injured; the store of Paul Meyer and his residence was completely demolished; the residences of Gus Abrital and C. J. Richards, Oliver Rivet's barber shop, Isador Le Blanc's residence, G. D. Barrios' large cooper shop, the convent of the Immaculate Conception and Peter Pullocky's fruit shop were completely destroyed. A large portion of Mr. Louis Terrill's residence was destroyed. Many other buildings were badly damaged.
The killed are:
SISTER PULCHARIE.
SISTER LUCIE.
MISS MABEL GAUTHREAUX.
OLIVER REVEL.
BARBER, the servant of the convens.
An unknown man, with scalp torn off.
The seriously wounded are:
CAMILLE RICHARDS, three ribs broken.
EDWARD BARBIOS, wounded in breast and head.
ISADOR LE BLANC, ribs fractured.
NETTIE AYOU, recovery doubtful.
SISTER ANASTHOSIE, of Immaculate Conception convent, head injured.
SISTER JOSEPH, hips injured.
MRS. AUGUSTA ABRITAL, internally injured.
The baby of MRS. ABRITAL was carried by the wind into the street and escaped injury.
The property loss in this city will approximate $100,000.

Schriver, La., Sept. 8. -- A strong gale has been blowing here steadily since late yesterday evening, which increased to a tornado. Fences, outhouses and some small dwellings have been blown down and destroyed, and cane and rice considerably damaged.
OLIVER LAPOURSE of Thibodeax was killed near Raceland by falling timbers.
It is presumed that the country around Lockport and Raceland and along the lower La Fourche has suffered severely from the storm.

Omaha Daily Bee Nebraska 1893-09-09

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