Sacramento, NE Tornado, Jun 1902


High Wind in the Night Demolishes Some Buildings.

HOLDREGE, Neb., June 7.----(Special.)----This region was visited by a heavy wind and rain storm last night. The storm was especially severe in the eastern part of this county. A large number of windmills and outbuildings were blown down. A portion of the county northeast of here had a hard hail that badly damaged crops, though stories are conflicting regarding the amount of damage.

At Sacramento, in the southeastern part of the county, the storm was fearful. The farmhouse of A. L. Pennington and Nels Luvison were utterly demolished. Six or eight other houses in that vicinity are reported badly wrecked. Mrs. Pennington and her daughter were considerable injured. The Pennington family was in the house and Mr. and Mrs. Pennington were carried several rods in opposite directions by the storm. The wind also did some damage down towards Atlanta. The storm was the most severe that ever visited Phelps county. The damage was slight in this city. Perhaps the greatest was to the mill, where the smokestack and a part of the roof was blown down.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 8 Jun 1902



Many Marks of Devastation Near Town of Sacramento.

HOLDREGE, Neb., June 8.----(Special.)---The Journal correspondent, with hundreds of others, this afternoon visited the scene of the windstorm just east of Sarcramento[sic] which occurred Saturday morning. At the Pennington place the destruction was complete. The story and half house and all outbuildings, excepting one little shed, were torn into kindling wood. Every piece of furniture was completely destroyed and scattered about. Not an article of clothing was left for the family to wear. Nothing remained but rubbish. Mrs. Pennington's condition today gives her friends uneasiness as she was out in the severe storm nearly an hour with no protection except a blanket, which was blown over her, and the shock, together with exposure and injuries received, has caused a fever to set in. Mr. Pennington had to go barefoot and with one article of clothing eighty rods to get help to find his family.

At the farm of Nels Luvison the small house was blown fifty feet, the roof and one end taken out. The house is a complete wreck.

At J. D. Falson's the large two-story house was moved off the foundation. The house is racked so that it is almost ruined. The barn is a heap of rubbish. S. H. Brown's two-story house was moved off its foundation. The house is racked, but can be repaired. These four places were within a mile of each other. No one is severely injured except Mrs. Pennington. The Watson family was pinned in the stairway and had to break the door to get out.

Windmills and outbuilding for several miles are more or less injured. Small grain shows marked improvement the last twenty-four hours.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 9 Jun 1902