New Ulm, West Newton, Cairo, MN Tornado Destruction, July 1881

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New Ulm, Minn., was almost destroyed by a tornado Saturday afternoon. Following is a partial list of the killed and wounded. The killed in New Ulm were:
MRS. WARNER, struck by lightning. She was lying on the floor with a small babe which was killed. The bolt struck her on the breast and extended to her feet leaving her body as black as a coal. She cannot remember any event in her life anterior to the time she was struck, and will probably die.
MRS. RIETZ' left arm was broken twice.
IDA LEISCH, left leg broken.
Swede boy, name unknown, badly wounded in the neck and head.
MRS. LEISCH, skull fractured and internal injuries, probably fatal.
MR. PLIFFER'S wife and child hurt in the head, two children in the same house internally injured, probably fatally.
MR. HOFFMANN'S two sons injured in the head and back.
HENRY FIDLER, compound fractures of left thigh and arm.
CHARLES SPOONER, hole in jaw.
MRS. KATE WESSON, throat cut, laying bare the jugular vein.
At Cairo, Rineville county, four and one-half miles northwest, JOHN HOLLAND, wife and two boys and one girl were killed. One boy escaped by running away from the house. The boys when found were in a treet eighty rods from the house, completely denuded.
At West Newton five bodies had been found up to the time of this writing, the names of whom could not be learned.
A child of FRITZ DECKMEYER'S was carried over half a mile and is still alive.

Alton Daily Telegraph Illinois 1881-07-18

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