Steeleville (Steelville) MO Waterspout Strikes, July 1898

WATERSPOUR IN MISSOURI.

VILLAGE OF STEELEVILLE ALMOST DESTROYED AND AT LEAST THIRTEEN PERSONS DROWNED.

Cuba, Mo., July 8. -- A courier from Steeleville, the county seat of Crawford County, brought the terrible news today that the town had almost been wiped out by a waterspout early this morning.
The known dead are:
MRS. LOU TUCKER and babe, St. Louis.
Daughter of Charles Abrahams, St. Louis.
MRS. JOHN WOODS and two children, Steeleville.
MRS. JAMES TAFF and three children, Steeleville.
MRS. WILLIAM SLOUGH, Steeleville.
LUTHER SLOUGH, Steeleville.
Colored man, unknown, Midland.
As soon as the news was received, a relief party was started for the stricken town. The town was in ruins. Few buildings were left standing, and groans of anguish were heard on all sides as searchers sought for loved ones among the debris. The waterspout occurred outside the town but swelled Yadkin Creek, which came down in a mighty and destructive flood, sweeping all before it.
Up to this evening, thirteen bodies had been recovered, but it is thought more have perished.
Steeleville was a town of 1,000 inhabitants situated on the Salem branch of the Fricso railroad. All the wires are down, and no communication can be had except by courier.

Kansas City Journal Missouri 1898-07-09