Naper, NE Tornado Destruction, June 1901
Tell of the frightful work of a tornado which visited that vicinity last night, the following details being obtainable only late this evening:
One of the most destructive tornadoes to human life that ever occurred in Nebraska swept down the Keya Paha River five miles south Thursday evening at six. Eight persons are known to have been killed, and several others injured of whom two are believed to be fatally hurt.
JACOB GREENING, aged 40.
MARGARET GREENING, aged 7.
MAGGIE GREENING, aged 9.
JOHN GREENING, aged 2.
IDA ANDERSON, aged 7.
CLARA ANDERSON, aged 8.
MRS. JACOB GREENING, fatally.
MRS. AUGUST ANDERSON, fatally.
Family of JACOB BERG and the METZ family.
All communication with the outside world is cut off. It is impossible to learn what damage the storm did along the river west of where the GREENING and ANDERSON families were found. The dead were removed to a neighbor's house and the wounded are being taken care of by physicians from Naper.
JACOB GREENING was found a quarter of a mile from his house badly mangled.
The storm cloud appeared about five o'clock and traveled down the Keya Pala River. It traveled in leaps and bounds, jumping over several houses directly in its path. The tornado was preceeded by a severe hail storm, many stones measuring ten inches in circumference. Several horses and cattle are reported to be killed by lightning. Everything in the track of the storm is destroyed. Trees are blown down and barb wire fences carried hundreds of yards. ANDERSON'S and GREENING'S houses are completely annihilated, nothing being found except a part of a trunk and pieces of a dining table picked up a half mile distant.
The Cedar Rapids Republican Iowa 1901-06-22