The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 3, 1896 · Page 3
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 3

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, June 3, 1896
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WRECK IT ST, LOUIS. Mfctr&Dotte by THE LOSS OF LIFE tS IMMENSE, Fully Five fiiihdfed Said to Save A1S9 BMr&tfCftOK, LidHt AND OAS WORKS USELESS, Convention Ilatl Unroofed'—Storm News from either Points in Bilssbnrl—Eighty School Children Reported Killed at rj»r»Ue, tit., »t»a Fifty, at the Village .f Ore. Death and destruction reign oupreme In St. Louis and vicinity as a result of the most terrible storm that ever visited that section. Buildings; of every description are in ruins, and, as a result, hundreds of people are reported dead and injured, but, until order is re stored, it will be /impossible to make any definite statement. Reports are in circulation that seven steamers lying at wharf boats have been sunk, with all on board. ' The city'was,left in darkness, as the electric lights and trolley wires were blown down. The storm broke out about 5 o'clock Wednesday.afternoon after a most oppressively hot day, and the rain began to fall. It soon developed into a fierce thunderstorm, with the wind from the east. A little later the wind had gained a velocity of eighty miles an hour, driving the rain before it and tearing loose signs, cornices, chimneys, and everything in its way. Many buildings of every description were demolished, and others set on fire by lightning and crossed wires. The streets were full of people going borne from work,'and a panic ensued as soon as the storm broke. Men were ibuildings, horses and carriages were eent flying here and there, and falling wires, full of deadly fluid, added to the ; horror of the scene. Suddenly; the wind veered around to the west and completed the destruction. It is asserted by some of those who have traversed the down-town part of the city that there are but few buildings in St. Louis that have not suf- raci§9 stepped his wdrW >»UB cuuusu v« fSmftrk: "Thefe §o'ee the fftftastaftd, w T&eti his Wre collafisei and ttStWaf .taore was heafd frott tiffis tfi ft few fee'cotids th6 safhe message Wa$ -ffe* P6rt6d from LexiagtoH, ky. s ftltti ifajf additional infortoatioa that fully 186 people ttefe dead, this i'nfofmatiofi fras subsequently corroborated by the operate? of the wabash foad at oeda* tur, who said that ifl his 'second mes-» sage. received frotn East St, Louis it was declared that the grand staad at the races was down afid that fully 150 people frere burled in the f uias. At East St. Louis the destfuctioa seethed greatest. H. C. Rice, Westerh Jhlon manager at the relay depot, climbed across the demolished bridge and reported the National hbtel, the Tremont House, the Marteli tioUs6, the DeWolf cafe, the Hezel Milling company's mill, Horn's cooper shop, and a great many dwellings east of there as far as Fifth street, gone and many people killed. The Baltimore and Ohio and Vandalia round'house, the Standard oil works, the East St. Louis and Crescent elevators, and twelve freight- houses on the levee, are demolished. Disasters on Wntor. The steamer J. J. Odell of the Illinois River packet was blown from Its wharf at the foot of Morgan street, crashed into the second pier of the Bads bridge, and sank. Her boilers blew up before she disappeared. She had a crew of 12, and three women passengers, besides her captain, George Townsend, an old rlverman, who had his home In St. Louis. Three of her crew, Jack Morrlssey, Pat Milan, and a man named Moore, reached land safely. The two former umped before the explosion and caught driftwood. Moore was blown overboard by the explosion, and was cut about the head, but managed to swim ashore. Three others of the crew,clung to the pier and made their way up to the bridge proper. There is no way of estimating the number of lives that were lost on the river craft. , begiH ifc iiffl* %alf. '*» j fief agalUst t&6 bridge, While golfig.tjfa tb:ewSiaeiiafidtt§dlh6f ea the 'teat aliiatoei' t» &« tJ leeks ' ' Wheii the 'b6tt' &lfttcfe ' the fefidge those ea board Wd to dbdge t6 the irott wdfk of the structure The mate sa* thefS was fid faap^ if tfaejr stayed oa board, Jeiiflie Mitchell was the first to cllihb oa the it6awork, she was assisted by two of the mea.Jvhlle the mate stayed oa deck to help Efflina Nblaa. As she swung herself td th6 tsi t&§ big torn tad extends «ai£ fef entiie UNA* eats , j tifcvef&ed. &i?flagWiS fttr the tficfas .ts in th§ d6Wis,Ja ts tight feet deep. At midnight a f If 6ft» ef iieiietfated the iniid"a?,4 debfiS td the burfiitig St. Lo'ttls fef f Igeitttaf Wtoe* heuse. §eve? a! iftiufed fifefaM Had been taketi from the wreck, aad three wef e known to be ih the ' i>irfe Add» ta the fife added intich to the stofin'a l6Ss MAP dP St. LOUIS AND EASf Sf,- LOUIS, Hello of Hilton Roupo IiOBt. The tug Belle of Baton Rouge, which was anchored up the river, was carried far down the river, rolling over and over, and finally struck the raft of ttie Wiggins Ferry Company at the front of Choteau avenue, where it sunk. As the first evidence of the approaching storm began to appear every engineer on the river got up full steam in order to be able to combat the elements. Had it been anything but a tornado it Is probable this would have aided the crews of the steamers In saving their crfitt. But the onslaught was so violent Ui the crews found their efforts only sufficed to aid them slightly in directing the course of their boats. The steamer Pittsburg of the Diamond Joe line, the steamer City of Vicksburg and the Providence of the AND EADS BRIDGE, ai/uif&j llfly , "AltnaugnreiiOKB are'iniBsing! is tfig widespread deTrtf&istio-tt, it «vidsat the stotm am ftwed dariag 'th« flay; fbe < b«i» rr ,-. ided ta fait aH6»etecfeabd r fey _ ..had fatten & tairteeiift of aft !a<sh. Afco'iit this tite§ thfe'Sky befcaft| euvefed with darft/ tMeMy^fetifflUmlel Btfata, 'Which by* 6 d'clecft fOtfilBd ft ttasfc of s'tfattis eloud, which ottttiaeae* ed t6 assume a itght<-greefc color iii the aortfaeast , ' - **fhis greea coldf. slowly advaaesd ftfbffl the tooftheast,' spread tao?e t<5 the west and north, At the earne titoe the temperature commenced td fail* "The fibMBal eyelaaid cir&Uiatloa thus brought wiads -of different- tempera/ tures and humidities into aa upper post tioa, with the results'that A.decided instability waty produced in the atmos phere and a violent secoadary storm center was created. The barometer continued to fall rapidly ahd by 5 p, m. It had fallen .25 Of an inch since noon. The wind was becoming variable, with a tendency toward a northerly direction until lightning and thunder had commenced, at 4:30 p. m. "At 6:04 p. m, the storm broke forth In all Its fury; the wind changed suddenly to northwest, with rapidly increasing velocity, and the rain fell iu torrents. The green cloud still remained In the west and north, but the storm moved toward the southeast with large, angry detached masses of cumulus clouds crossing each other. At 4:15 p. m. the wind changed from the north, having the greatest velocity In the history of St. Louis. About 6 p. m. the wind had reached about 62 miles and later on It changed in its direction to the southeast. "Prom 6:04 p. m. to 6:04 p. m. 1.38 inches of rain fell. When the rain ended at 9:05 p. m. 1,53 inches had fallen In all. The electrical storm was of unusual volume. The sky was almost ono continuous blaze of light and the clouds extended far Into the south." W -in , twenty, d&fl'ftt tfte'eHfll hetise 6* the Mads biidger > fcr at relay depdts six' tHembefe el .boat ereW, Ofaaflfes ,<3&ttdll» Joha tCeat! Mfs» 3c&tt Haywari. Sdse;. tfd Kafaaaugfar Jaedb .viaee&aes, iad.j .Mrs,' Mrs, flfticej .Mrs, Robert Bland}'J6ha ±ieamerj '-""""•VST^: Maitg; William" Suber| Hettfy Wi&tefr ST. LOUIS CITY HOSPITAL. •.f^F? — » *S3^^ beams the boat drifted away, and sank before the eyes of the horrified crew. Slowly, with the wind blowing at a force that caused the big structure to rock like a cradle, the three brave men assisted the women on the laborious climb to the.roadway. Several times they were nearly blown off. They finally reached the railroad track on the bridge, where they lay down until the full force of the storm was passed. Then they crawled to the Washington avenue station. There were rumors Thursday that the excursion steamer Grand Republic, belonging to the Columbian Excursion Company, had gone to the bottom with 500 excursionists. An officer of the company promptly denied this. He said the boat left St. Louis at noon to go to Alton, where it was registered for an excursion at 8 o'clock that night. The storm might have blown the boat away, but in that case only the crew would have been imperiled, and these men could swim to safety. She is safe. PILLED WITH INJURED VICTIMS OP THE CYCLONE. fored in some way from the storm. The wagon way of the Bads bridge on the East St. Louis side is a crumbling mass of mortar and stones, and parts of the tower and pier NO, 1 have also been torn away. Thousands of dollars will not cover the damage to the bridge. An outbound accommodation train on the Chicago and Alton road was wrecked by a broken rail, but fortunately nobody among the passengers were hurt. The tanks of the Waters-Pierce Oil company on Gratiot street blew up, spreading destruction on every hand, Three stories of the Coe Manufacturing company's building, Ninth, and Gratiot, and nearly half of the Wainwrlght brewery were blown down. The Summer high school, at Eleventh and Spruce; McDermot's saloon, Eleventh and Chesnut; the central emigrant station on the opposite corner, and Jere Shohan's Uvery stable, Eleventh and Walnut, were unrpofed, The roof of the republican convention ball was blown off, The scene in the river was appalling, steamboats moored at their landings were torn away, turned over and sunk, drowning all on board. Many people were seen clinging to floating wreckage, and piteousiy appealing for help, At present it is impossible to estimate the lives lost, The hospitals are full of injured, and the morgue contains many flead, while numbers of slain lie everywhere among the ruins of the demolished buildings- Many of the dead will inever be identified. The. Plant Sow mills, the St, " jron aad steel works are aero an4 the immense Cupples. Wools *? y»*- tially destroyed. A terrible feature 9f the stow was 'the .fel»wing (J0.WR of Old City hospital, patients, wire JUllei and a number §e- riavuly iPiHrej, R°,w mmy a$ tte m* ' walls' at t&e time the itorm. Columbian Exposition Company, the Captain Monroe of the Anchor line, and many of the smaller craft were pitched and tossed about until the final blast rent them from their anchorage. The storm swept diagonally across the river and struck the Illinois bank with increased fury. The loss of life in the water on the east side seems to have been light, as everybody was cautioned not to jump and everybody was carried safely to land. . The Belie of Calhoun and the Libbie Condor, which were moored near 6ho- teau avenue, were almost totally broken up. The Ellen G, Smith, the harbor boat, was blown away down the river, and was wrecked near Arsenal island, It is thought no lives were lost on this boat. The steamer Ed Harvester of the Missouri' Valley Transportation Company, was also torn from its dock and carried down the river. Wild Knee \vlth Death. While the storm was at Its highest the passenger train on the Chicago & Alton railway pulled out on the bridge from the Missouri side. It was on its way east. 'Engineer Scott had only proceeded a short distance when he realized the awful danger which threatened the train. The wind struck the coaches, at first causing them to careen. At that time he was about half way across. Overhead the poles were snapping and tumbling into the river, while large stones were shifting loose from their foundations and plunging into account. Down wires, wild currents of electricity, crushed buildings, all contributed to this element of destruction. The alarm system was paralyzed. Approaches were blocked; a $200,000 conflagration on the St. Louis side was supplemented by a dozen lesser fires. In East St. Louis a mill was burned, and two other considerable losses were sustained. To the enormous total the fires added at least $500,000. The Catholic church of St. John of Nepomuk, at the corner of Twelfth and Soulard streets, was razed to the ground, except the front, which stands like a tower, all the side and back walls being completely destroyed. It was a very large and handsome church. Now there only remains the arches and turrets of the front and enough of the walls to show the beautiful style of its architecture. The debris lies in the street at the side and inside the building, the side walls just projecting above 'There is scarcely any debris in front, leaving the front view very natural except for the ghastly vacancy shown through the windows. List of tho Dead, The following Is a list of the dead, according to the latest advices from the stricken city: Michael Bradshaw, 81 South Jefferson avenue; Katie Clayphal, aged 21, and Mrs. Clayphal, 814 South Jefferson avenue; Martin McDonald, 2745 Clark, avenue; unknown baby, 2745 Clark avenue; Mrs. Cheney, 1415 Mississippi avenue; John P. Pendy; Jennie Hahn, Shrewsbury Park; Charles Nee, 406 South Seventh street; William Winkle, Eighth street and Park avenue; James Dunn, city hospital; unknown child, 944 Papln street; two unknown men, Twenty-seventh and St. Vincent avenue; unknown woman, Thirteenth and Soulard street; unknown man, Dallman and Park avenue; janitor St. Paul's church; unknown man, Eighteenth matt! '"• JLa Anderson J «•—' jraimsieyi pi<k$i Miss coaley; Mrsr Slides .Flagman'^el%^ Air Line, name unknown; John Hayes j •; "- J Mrs. William Hayes; Mrs. Pat fieatt 5. John Valetttiae; City Collector JDavid S< Sage and wife! Philip Strickler, J*., aad mother; Judge Paulk, of VandaHa, 111,} Mrs. M. Mar tell; All of the boarders at Martell House except Judge Hope "Of Alton, III.; Mr. and Mrs. John Hayeaj Will Hayes; Sixteen boarders at Tremont House; William Mitchell; Irene Clendenen; William Sullivan and wifej Mrs. John Reed; Patrick Dean and • family of six; John Bucharz; iytp boarders at Stacoy's boarding house; Edward O'Brien; John Breen; Ida' Gladdue; Mrs. Roof; Albert Volktnan}, Joseph Mitchell; John Sullivan; William Rickey; unknown man on Collias- vllle avenue; son of Mrs. Ira Kent, Among the,missing,are'. Eddie,Bland, supposed to be under the wreck of th6 Vandalia depot; City Clerk Jerry Kain; Prank Bland; Prank M'Cormick; Albert Volkman; Earl Keene; George Woods; Mike Kildea; W. E. Kiefer; Alvin Mate; Will Murray; Dan Kelly; George Romer; W. Prellnk; W. Han-> ford, all employes In Vandalia depot and believed to be In its ruins. IS Elsewhere fn Missouri. Baldwin, Mo., special: A hurricane , accompanied by a terrific rain and hail storm, passed over St. Louis County about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. For three hours rain fell in torrents and ' hail fell to a depth of several Inches. Great damage was done to cropa throughout this section of the country. Several buildings were blown down, but so far as can be learned no one in this section was seriously injured; Moberly, Mo., special: Ten people were killed In a tornado which struck , the village of Labaddle, Franklin county, Wednesday evening, and the ' town of Renick, ten miles from Moberly, in Randolph county, was completely wiped out. Nothing definite from elth,-. er place. L.ITHE STEAMER ODELU. Described by JTrankenfeld, /H. W. Frankenfeld, the St. Louis weather officer, was a busy man during and after the storm. In an interview he said: "For the past week the weather In the vicinity of St. Louis has been characterized by low pressure, high temperatures, excessive humidity, and prevailing southerly winds, The pressure has also been low throughout the west. At EADS BRIDGE AT ST. I-OUIS. SUNK IN THE RIVER AT ST. LOUIS BY THE CYCLONE. Many Heroic Acts Performed* Many heroic acts were performed in the saving of lives as a result of the storm. When the City of Monroe had listed away from the Anchor line wharf there were about 40 passengers on board and-a full crew, as the boat was Just making ready for the trip to New Orleans, When the moorings finally gave way the boat lurched over on its side and nearly capsized,' Tb> movement threw nearly all the freight to the starboard side and served to hold the beat in its perilous position, Capt. Viegjer made a reassuring speech to the passengers, which slightly quieted the extreme excitement, He said they were all safe, When the boat strucH the Illinois bank the captain was eot to be found. The crew of tbe tug ReipfctB j? 0 . 2. tod a marvelous escape Iron) w&ejj the boat was b}Qw& ~ ings at be foot JB! WpWegtQn, &i Qa Soars ,wp Jhree. jaej* aa4 V £!$ a^ .J^; r ¥o*^^to;, ; rn» ta ^wiThatftha'.-'sJpMs^MJjp{ IM street and Geyer avenue; two unknown children, 1726 South Ninth street; Mai- achl McDonald, 30, single, 2745 Clark avenue; unknown baby, 2 years old, picked up at Twenty-second and Market streets; Robert Miller, Blair and BenUra avenues; unknown, picked up at Third and Rutger; William Ottewad; John Burgess; Wallace T. C. Butler; Booker Epstein; —-Bornsteln; Fred Zlmmers, chief engineer union depot power house; unknown child, about 5 years old, California and Ann avenues; j. Lemeke, manager St, Louis Barbers' Supply Co.; unknown man, at A. B, Jones' broom factory; Josephine Mar-r tini; fifteen unknown men; one unknown woman; one unknown girl; John Rafferty; Harry Hess; Mr, and Mrs. Da- Sturgeon, Mo., special: A cyclone passed three miles north of Sturgeon- ; at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.'At Renick three men were seriously, in-, jured, and a family of colored people- were carried over a mile, two'chll-'- dren being badly hurt. Friendship,', church, north of town, was demoK', Ished. ' • ' f.: V( Mexico, Mo., special; A cyclone J'£ swept across Audrtan county Wednes-, ,V day evening, doing great damage-' t9 -. crops and wrecking many buildings/; Seven people have been killed in the-,', county and probably twenty-five IJadly, 1 * injured. In the Bean creek district W-, school house was carried completely,, away, and a daughter of Joseph B,., Ware, one of the pupils, was J THE HAST ENP OF IT WAS CARRIED AWAY, the water, Realising that any moment bis train might be blown into the water e r else the bridge be blown away gcQit, with rare presence of mind, put PS a bead 9? stew i» an effPrt to lm abort/ T^ traia MM •jHpi($M #»%ss» •*wsi$«p? r- iF;.t<."! ^pMMe^^MU the same time it is relatively Wsb in the south, causing the warm, southerly winds laden with moisture, to. blow from the gulf of Mexico, Th,i» molii* ftjre. baf Ije.en toeld }» suspeftse by 4be warn atwpjjJbere, »n4 the vid Sade; George Woods, clerk in Vandalia office; Henry Strieker, Vandalia railway; J. E. Keene, VandaHa railway; Dr. C, E. Neall, dentist; two children of Mre, Horace Trump, LJtchfleld, III,; Mrs. Ricbey; JToe Fran,!?; Jpe^IUch,- eil; Phil Strieker; Charles Carroll-barber; John Kent; Mrs, Scott Hayward'; Frank Hose; Ed Kavanaugb; Jacob Kurt?, Vinoennes, Ind.; Mrs, Clenden* ning; Mrs, Bruce; Mrs, Emma Sullivan; Robert Bland; John Reamer; Charles Malta; William Suber; Henry Winterman; <-*— Anderson; —• Palmsley; Miss Cwley; Mrs, Slide; Charles Waites, J519 Collins avenue; William Surber; jjenry Wlnterman —- An« derson! Peter Walmsby; Miss Conley; Mrs, Slide] John Hayes; Mrs. William Hayes; Mrs. Pat SeanJ-J.- A. Parker, name unknowns J phn Hayes; Mrs,. WtJ* Haw Hayes; unknown boy; traveling j»anj Mr s and Mrs, gagej Geo,rg£ wgp^s, cie.rk j$ Ware, one or tne pupus, wwi-iwwsi».;;^ and Lulu Eubanks and Hilda Blase*- •;& also school children, were fatally 1 ' ' jured, Others along the route ot tornado in this district, whose cannot be learned, are more OP jured, At' the Dye school home, eight miles further southeast, n -pjl escaped uninjured, and Ave < 'werj» Silled, twree outright, A ~ later at this place. Tb< was utterly demolished , the children were blo,wnt» fteaj.i tance away, and were not tr—* several news afterward, and . f be, mja.ft |gmp.eyature avgraged SQL f to 2Q per cent'each Kjean, for this i 1jtf f WrlT *J»=7*"t j,JT«^^' T*«t ^"W^"? B**»«PW p if V^n -y- ^jPytP He|»e, * I^I y«-WHT W • Jpbp ifM Ptty. Mo., train djupate)*... dren killed at PraM near HI., by the syplone, • They ia A school bwiidinf» 15BS : "* Drake, wlie) ported killed it

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