Berlin and Koro, WI Tornado, Jul 1907

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Furious Wind, Rain and Electrical Storms in Western and Northern Parts of the State

At Last Sixteen Killed

Telegraph and Telephone Wire Are Prostrated and It Is Feared a Larger List of Fatalities Will be Reporter ~ Disturbances Are Especially Severe at Koro - - Wide Are Affected - Buildings. Crops and Live Stock Destroyed.

(Special to the Northwestern.)

Milwaukee, Wis., July. -- As a result of the storm which swept through western Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon and evening telegraphic and telephonic communication was badly interrupted and is only partially restored. This storm in many places assumed cyclonic proportions, and a number of fatalities have been reported as well as immense damage to buildings and crops. There was also undoubtedly great loss through the destruction of livestock. A deluge of rain accompanied the wind. The storm was especially severe around Koro and Berlin in Green County and at Neillsville, Oakdale, Black River Falls and other places in the western part of the state....

The dead are....D. G. Troxell, Koro; Mrs. Frank Draves, Koro; infant girl, Koro...Mrs. Jasper Poff, Warren; Andrew Baumel, Weyville

... At Koro there were two distinct storms, on at seven o'clock and the other about 7:45. Trees were blown down and the property damage is heavy.

At Berlin, where the fiftieth anniversary of the city's incorporation was being celebrated, the storm struck at suppertime, bringing alarm to hundreds of old men and women, gathered there to participated in the anniversary festivities.

At Berlin, not far away, the storm clouds had an entirely different formation. The sky was filled with black masses of clouds and the town was almost as dark as night just previous to the breaking of the storm. County roads in the vicinity of Berlin are impassable because of huge trees blown across the highways. Telegraph and telephone lines throughout the a large district were blown down by the far-reaching storm. ...

In Green Lake County.

Berlin, Wis. July 5 -- Additional details show that Wednesday night's storm in Green Lake county was in truth a veritable cyclone.

Measures have been take for the relief of the people of Koro, where the storm was especially furious, causing three deaths and great property loss. The dead at Koro are D. Y. Troxell, well known as "Uncle Dave" Troxell, who died from Injuries; Mrs. Frank Draves, and an infant child whose body was picked up in a field near Koro after the storm. The storm was the fiercest experienced in this section of the state for years. It struck Koro about seven o'clock in the evening, where homes were destroyed, barns demolished, stock killed, trees uprooted, people injured, furniture and bedding blown for miles, and, in fact everything in the path of the storm completely destroyed.

Typical Twister.

The storm was the fiercest in the vicinity of the D. Y. Troxell farm. Here, to use the words of an eye witness, two clouds joined one from the north and one from the south. One cloud nearly touched the ground and ripped and tore the Troxell home, barn and contents, so that scarcely a whole piece of furniture can be located. The house was thrown toward the south about fifty feet and then ripped and torn, while the barn was thrown toward the north and completely demolished. The clothing and bedding is strewn along the road and in the trees for a mile and cattle were found in the pasture with their necks broke. Mrs. Frank Draves, wife of the man who runs the farm, was blown about fifty feet and died a few minutes after she was found. Two children of Mr. Draves were also injured.

From the Troxell place the storm moved east to the home of Ed. Jordan and here the same thing happened. The home was also twisted down. Mr. Jordan escaped with a broken rib, while the two children are cut around the head and bruised on the arms. Next the farms of Jay Wightman and Louis Troxell were devastated the Wightman farm being damaged the most. All members of the Wightman family were injured. Mr. Wightman and the two boys were seriously hurt while Mrs. Wightman it is thought will recover. Across the road at the Troxell place the house is a complete loss but the walls of the house are standing.

A Second Storm.

A second storm passed over at about 7:45. This on struck the large Spencer Angle barn, tipping it over and killing one horse and seriously injuring two. The cloud then moved due east and blew down a few windmills and ripped the roof off the barns of a Mr. Conrad and also partially destroyed the barn of Stasy Angle. As yet the actual loss is not known, but the following figures will give an idea of the great damage sustained: Spencer Angle, barn totally destroyed, loss [illegible]; N. Allen, windmill, loss $50, W. H. Ogilvie, chimneys blown off and outhouses destroyed, $100; Charles Kaiser, one windmill, $50; D. Y. Troxell, house, barn, outbuildings and contents, $7,000; Ed. Jordan, house, barn, outbuildings and contents, $6,000; Jay Wightman, house, barn an contents, $3,000; Lois Troxell, house, partially destroyed, and barn and contents totally, $2,400; Herb Betry, roof of barn blown off.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 5 Jul 1907


Killed in a Cyclone.

One of the parties that was killed in the cyclone that struck near Berlin on the evening of July 3d was D. Y. Troxell, who was the father of Mrs. A. I. Chambers, of Rudolph. Mrs. W. E. Warren of the town of Carson, Portage county, was also a daughter of Mr. Troxell. The Troxell place was utterly demolished and Mr. Troxell was so badly injured that he died on the afternoon of the 4th.

The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI 10 Jul 1907


The Menasha Record would vote a hero medal to Mrs. Blanche Krueger, the woman who drove to Berlin in the rain last week to secure medical aid and other assistance for the victims of the tornado which did so much damage a few miles out in the country. And the fact that helps to emphasize the courage and thoughtfulness of this brave little woman was that she did not seem to think she was doing anything out of the ordinary.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 11 Jul 1907


It's an ill wind that blows nobody good. The recent tornado in the vicinity of Berlin did a vast amount of damage, but it is claimed the Berlin liverymen have been able to swell their bank accounts to a considerable figure as as result of furnishing rigs to parties who have gone out in the country to view the path of the storm.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 11 Jul 1907