Newellton, LA Tornado, Oct 1896

Killed in Louisiana

Many Fatalities Reported - Not a Tree Left Standing in the Storm's Path

Newellton, La., special: Tensas parish was visited by a destructive cyclone at 12 o'clock Thursday. At Lake St. Joseph the large brick gin on the Mound plantation belonging to Joseph Curryn was practically destroyed. Twelve cabins on Locust island were completely demolished, and one colored woman was instantly killed and several were blown into the lake. Two colored men and two colored women and a baby were drowned in Lake Bruen, where they were carried by the wind.

Gazette, Stevens Point, WI 4 Nov 1896


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Newellton, La., Oct 29 - Tensas Parish has again been visited by a most destructive tornado. The atmosphere was heavy and sultry all day, the clouds growing blacker and blacker, and at 12 o'clock a terrific wind and rain storm reached Lake St. Joseph. The telegraph wires were torn down and a most unsatisfactory report reached here from the lower part of the parish, where the tornado originated. The information is that the immense brick gin on the Mound plantation, belonging to Joe Curryn, was practically destroyed. The course of the storm was from southwest to northeast, and it struck Bruen lake at Locust Landing, tearing down and destroying the public bridge over Choctaw Bayou. Twelve cabins on Locust Landing were completely demolished and one colored woman was instantly killed. Several were blown into the lake.

The next place reached by the unwelcome visitor was Johnson's Bend on Lake St. Joseph. Your correspondent visited this place at 4 o'clock, and the scene was one of desolation. Johnson's Bend is leased by Mr. A. Blanc. The grain house contained a great quantity of hay and was totally wrecked. Three barns containing corn were also destroyed, and a great deal of corn blown away. Six cabins were in its path and all were blown to pieces and many timbers blown into the lake. Several persons were badly cut and bruised but no lives lost. Bland had a number of hogs killed by falling trees and timbers. The road on the Lake St. Joseph front was covered with fragments of houses, furniture, clothing, cotton, corn and household effects.

Later reports show two deaths of colored men at Bland's from lightning, and two colored women and a baby from Locust Landing drowned in Lake Bruen, where they were carried by the fury of the elements.

The Morning Herald, Lexington, KY 30 Oct 1896