Seattle, WA Area Storm, Oct 1934

The revised death list follows.

CAPT. BERNARD THOMAS and four members of the crew of the small purse seiner Agnes which sank off Port Townsend. The others lost were LEONARD TOGET, LEONARD BERG, ED PETERSON and HOWARD ANDERSON. All were of Seattle.

CHARLES N. GIBLER, killed on the road south of Port Orchard in Kitsap county when a tree fell on him as he was clearing logs off the road, blown there by the storm.


MR. and MRS. CARL CHRISTIANSEN of Tacoma. A power line fell on a radio antenna they were repairing.

MR. and MRS. JOHN DYBAL, who operated a fish trap at the mouth of the Skagit River. It was wrecked and their house on the piers went down.

R.M. JOHNSON of Portland, guest at a Bellingham hotel who was working on the roof when an edge gave way.

HALMER M. LEE of Bremerton. A tree fell on him after he had gotten out of his car on the Navy Yard highway and started to clear logs away.

CHRIS PAETON twenty-five, of Portland. His boat overturned while duck hunting.

WALDRON of Bellingham, drowned while duck hunting on the Skagit flats.

An unidentified man, also believed of Bellingham, drowned in the same party with Larson. An unidentified man from Everett is missing.

Liner Runs Wild

The bodies were found by a group looking for Mr. and Mrs. John Ryno of Seattle, who had been reported missing, but who were picked up on the Stanwood jetty by a truck.

JUN YOOK, Chinese, killed when a side of the Alki hotel here collapsed.

The liner President Madison which sank the stern-wheeler Harvester and damaged others as it plunged from its moorings here yesterday was warped back into position at pier forty-one today.

Striking with fury shortly after daybreak yesterday, the storm swept over this region all day, subsiding only after nightfall. The eighty-three-mile-an-hour velocity was recorded at the Tacoma municipal airport; a velocity of seventy miles was recorded by government instruments at an airport here, and a sixty-mile wind at the downtown weather station.

At the Grays Harbor cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, residents today relived the flood days of last December, after yesterday’s flood had risen to within three inches of the height at that time. Lashed by the southwest gale, the waters of high tide flooded both business districts and a large part of the residential districts.

With six feet of water at South Aberdeen residents were either rescued by police in small boats, or remained marooned till the water fell. More than half the houses in Hoquiam were flooded to a greater or less degree. The gale was the most severe ever recorded here.

At the height of the gale, the steamship Floridian sent out SOS messages from the mouth of the Columbia, the Trans-Pacific liner President Madison swerved from its mooring here to crush against two other vessels and sink the small steamer Harvester, and the Tacoma-Seattle boat Virginia V was wrecked at Olalla, her thirty passengers being saved with difficulty.

Tugs were busy today trying to pull the President Madison free, but it was wedged tightly. Damage to the fur ships involved had not yet been estimated.

The coast guard cutter Haida was racing out of the sound to go to the Floridan, which later, however, fought its way to safety off shore, when it came upon the sinking purse seiner Agnes. Two men were sighted dead in the water as the Halda approached and a third exhausted, let go the rescue ship’s line and was lost. Two others had previously been lost, and two were saved.

The cutter Atlanta was dispatched to the mouth of the Skagit to save the Dybal family, but their trap had been carried away before it arrived.

Property damage over the whole are was large power light and telephone lines were down, small boats washed shore, windows broken, buildings wrecked, highways blocked by fallen trees.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 22 Oct 1934


New Gale Adds Toll of Death; Boat Sinks

Seattle, Oct. 23-(AP)-Belching strong winds and rain, a new storm swept over the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon today in the wake of Sunday’s million dollar blow which took 21 lives on the Pacific coast.

New storm warnings hauled to the mastheads of all northwest coast weather stations last night signaled the approach of the new gale.

Two additional deaths were added to the already disastrous deaths were added to the already disastrous toll of a storm in which a wind velocity of 83 miles was officially recorded, sinking one boat with five men lost, buffeting shipping, wrecking buildings and communications, blocking roads and causing numerous other drownings.

Ogden Standard Examiner, Ogden, UT 23 Oct 1934