Bloomer, WI Tornado, Aug 1924

Eau Claire – Relief measures were underway Friday in three central western Wisconsin counties struck Thursday night by two tornadoes.

Neighbors cared for many of the farmers who lost their homes while scores of residents from surrounding territory were on their way in a caravan of automobiles to administer what aid they could.

PERCY WALTER of Bloomer, a sailor visiting relatives while on furlough, was fatally injured and he died at a Chippewa Falls hospital late last night. Of those seriously injured WILLIAM BERG, who lived near Bloomer, succumbed to his injuries in a Chippewa (Falls) hospital.

Among those injured were:

FRANK GABLE of Bloomer, who lost one eye and was severly [sic] cut about the head, and MRS. HALVORSON, who resides near here.

(The) tornado made its appearance near New Auburn in Chippewa Co. and swung down the country-side to Bloomer, continuing for about five miles beyond that place. It cut a swath nearly half a mile wide.

Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton, WI, 8 August, 1924

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…The dead are:

PERCY WALTERS, killed at his home in Bloomer.

WILLIAM BARG, died from injuries received in collapse of his barn on a farm near Bloomer.

(The tornado) proved the most devastative, stopping only after having wreaked vengeance in the vicinity of Bloomer, twenty-five miles south of Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI, 8 August, 1924

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…The Bloomer Canning factory was partly demolished. Several employes [sic] were cut and bruised by flying glass and timber when the factory was unroofed.

ONE HUNDRED HAVE CLOSE SHAVE FROM DEATH –
Chippewa Falls, Wis. – One hundred employes [sic] of the pea cannery at Bloomer, ten miles north of here had a narrow escape from death when a tornado struck the village just before 7 o’clock last night.
The employes [sic] fled to the brick office building. The wind tore the roof off the structure and broke all the windows. Some of those who were within were cut by glass, but none was seriously injured.
The 100 foot smoke stack on the cannery was toppled over across the railroad tracks and the roof lifted off the warehouse.
Carried as if it were a sheet of paper the roof of the barn at the CHARLES KRANZ farm, a mile out of Bloomer, was lifted by the wind and deposited on top of the FRANK PHIEL home in the village.

BARN IS CARRIED OFF BY THE WIND –
The entire barn at the FRANK METZKA farm was raised off the concrete floor and carried for a distance of 100 feet. A team of horses and a cow with her calf were left standing on the barn floor unhurt.
At the CHARLES PEDERSON farm, a wagon with a hay rack was picked up and carried off. This morning one wheel was found in a tree but the hay rack could not be located.
[illegible] communication is severely crippled and it is expected that heavy losses occurred in areas which have not yet reported.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI, 8 August, 1924

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BLOOMER MAN’S INJURIES PPROVE [sic] FATAL –
Chippewa Falls, Wis. – WILLIAM BERG, 60, who was injured when the barn on his farm near Bloomer collapsed in last night’s tornado, died at St. Joseph’s hospital here at three o’clock this morning.
Berg’s death brings the death toll from the tornadoes which swept this section of the state last night, up to six.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI, 8 August, 1924

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REBUILDING STARTED.

At Bloomer, where a large canning factory was wrecked, work on rebuilding was begun today. Some of the company’s work will be handled through a canning factory in Chippewa Falls.
Roads were cleared of their debris and travel was opened on them today. Linemen were still at work on telegraph and telephone wires, which were brought down in great numbers by the storm.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI, 9 August, 1924

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TORNADO TAKES PIANO, CARRIES IT HALF MILE

(by Associated Press)
Birchwood, Wis., Aug. 13 – Taking a piano from one of the farm houses to be torn away in the tornado which swept a path in Chippewa county, north of Bloomer, carrying it a half mile into a patch of timber and then placing it right side up was one of the freak stunts performed by the wind. The piano was slightly damaged. On the same farm a heavy wagon was broken to bits, growing oats were cut close to the ground as if harvested and the grain was shaken from the straw.

Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, MI, 13 August, 1924