Reserve, NE Tornado Destruction, May 1896
NEBRASKA THE SCENE OF THE LATEST BIG TWISTER.
A LARGE NUMBER OF PERSONS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED AND INJURED.
HAIL AS LARGE AS HEN'S EGGS FELL -- RESERVE, A TOWN OF 300 PEOPLE, LITERALLY WIPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH -- FOUR PERSONS ARE KILLED.
Falls City, Neb., May 10. -- A cyclone visited this section about nine o'clock Sunday night and swept everything in its path, killing a number of people and leaving dozens seriously injured. It touched the exteme southern portion of this place, tearing the canning factory, unroofing both the Missouri Pacific and Burlington depots and turned over 30 freight cars, in one of which was a tramp, who was seriously hurt. Hinton's Park, which Sunday was one of the most picturesque spots in the country, is now but a mass of uprooted and broken trees, while not a single building is left standing. Brockhan's brewery, which was located across the Nemaha River from the park, is a total wreck. WM. HINTON'S house was torn to atoms and both MR. and MRS. HINTON were badly hurt. The house of L. KNICKERBOCKER, near the park entrance, is all but ruined.
Hail fell as large as hen eggs, doing great damage to property and breaking nearly every window in the city.
The storm seems to have followed the river for a distance of a mile and then took a southerly course. Between this city and the Kansas line, a distance of four miles, there were eight houses blown down. Those known to be dead are:
MRS. DAN SAYLOR, MISS SCHOCK, and an eight-year-old boy named HOLCK. MRS. WM. BRANNIN, MR. and MRS. RHODES are among the injured and can not recover.
Reserve, a town of 300 people, seven miles southeast of here, was literally wiped off the earth. But three buildings are standing and they were moved from their foundations. Four people were killed and 20 wounded, 12 severely.
The schoolhouse was one of the more fortunate buildings has been converted into a hospital, and the injured are being cared for by physicians from surrounding towns.
The dead: M. TEHUNE, head crushed; MRS. RYDNER; nine year old daughter of MR. PHILLIP; RALPH SWEENEY.
The injured are: REV. PARKER, wife and daughter, internal injuries, will recover.
MRS. TEHUNE, back broken; will die.
Daugher of Mrs. Tehune, badly crushed and otherwise injured; will recover.
MR. RYDNER, skull crushed; will die.
Baby RYDNER, legs broken; will die.
GEORGE SWEENEY; head hurt.
A man named JONES, jaw broken.
WM. WILSON, internal injuries; will recover.
GEORGE and FRANK PHILLIPS, hurt about the head.
It is impossible to give an estimate of the damage done in the vicinity of Falls City. Reports come in every hour which add to the number of farm houses and buildings destroyed. The growing crops was pounded into the earth and will have to be replanted. The damage to fruit trees is very heavy.
Humboldt, Neb., May 19. -- Meager reports have been received here of terrible loss of life by a cyclone on the Pawnee reservation. It is said that 49 persons have been killed and that later information is expected to swell the list of dead.
Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1896-05-20