Various Towns, OH Tornadoes, Mar 1920
GENOA JUST RECOVERING FROM BLOW.
START RELIEF WORK; FOUR DEAD AT RAABS, HAMLET LEVELED.
Toledo, O., March 29. -- With their dead and injured fully accounted for, the latter receiving all possible attention, Genoa, Raabs Corners, and Swanton, tonight began to emerge from the debris and wreckage caused by the cyclone which struck there late Sunday night.
Two were killed and 14 seriously injured at Genoa.
At Raabs Corners four met death and more than a score suffered injuries. There were no casualties at Swanton, although more than a score were injured.
Raabs Corners, a hamlet, with practically every building levelled was sorely in need of aid. Genoa
with its western section demolished, and Swanton, with practically every building marked in some manner by the cyclone, were adjusting themselves rapidly tonight.
Members of the American Legion Post were guarding the ruins of the 20 or more homes demolished. Work of clearing the debris was begun early this morning, practically the entire manpower of the village turning out for the task. At Raabs Corners an appeal was made for deputy sheriffs to guard the ruins of the homes and the church. The village has no police.
R. L. Carter, superintendent of schools of Geno, is head of the relief committee there. A fund has been started to build new homes for the victims. The section of the town destroyed was occupied by the poorer classes and many are without means to provide food and shelter, it was said.
Some weird antics were played by the storm at Genoa. One of these occurred at the home of DON BELL, principal of the high school. BELL'S
two-month-old child was the victim. The child was sleeping with its parents. The windows were open and the wind that swept in lifted the boy from the bed and threw him across the room on a pillow, depositing him so easily that he continued sleeping.
OTTO STEINDHAM, whose house was wrecked, was sitting in the living room with one of his children in his lap. His wife was in another room with the other child. When the cyclone struck the town, the STEINDHAM house was in its path. Although the house stood on an unusually large foundation, it was picked up and thrown back 20 feet. There was little shock to the process, however, and not one of the family was scratched.
The furniture was not even moved out of place.
The western section of the town presented a forlorn appearance today. Houses were awry on every hand. In some cases there was only a crumpled foundation to show that any house ever had stood there.
The home of HIRAM JOHNSON was swept away. His wife was carried across the street, where her body was found later in the night in a mass of wreckage, where one of her neighbors formerly had lived. She had been instantly killed. JOHNSON is in a serious condition, having been buried in the wreckage of their home.
Genoa -- MRS. HIRAM JOHNSON; MRS. EARL OUNKER.
Raabs Corners -- ANTHONY LEWOCKI; MRS. MARY BICK; MRS. FRED SCHRIENEL; JOHN BASELGIA.
The Sandusky Register Ohio 1920-03-28