1902 - TORNADO VISITS BALTIMORE. THIRTEEN LIVES LOST IN AND NEAR THAT CITY.
Nine Were Drowned in the Harbor by the Capsizing of Boats--The Damage is Heavy.
Baltimore, July 21. - A fierce tornado characterized by a windstorm of extraordinary fury, thunder, vivid lighting and a heavy rain, burst upon Baltimore at 1:30 yesterday afternoon, coming from the southwest, with the net result that thirteen persons lost their lives, hundreds of houses were unroofed, trees in the public parks and streets were torn up by the roots, many buildings damaged and several people injured. The storm exhausted its fury in less than fifteen minutes. The damage done in the business part of the city was comparatively slight, being confined to the blowing down of signs and injuries to roofs. It was in the residence portions of the city and along the river front and in the harbor where the wind spent its violence.
Of those who perished nine were drowned in the harbor from open boats, two were drowned by the overturning of a boat at Tolchester, one was killed by a falling tree and one by a live wire. The following is a list of the dead:
Drowned in the harbor:
ROY BATEMAN, 12 years old.
JOSEPH CAIN, 10 years old.
JOHN CAIN, 6 years old.
THOMAS CARROLL, 21 years old.
HARRY McCORMICK, 19 years old.
MRS. MARY SCHULER, 28 years old.
HARRY S. SCHULER, 10 months old.
OLIVER SCHULER, 4 years old.
CHARLES SCHULER, 7 years old.
Killed by falling tree:
WILLIAM CORNISH, colored.
Killed by live wire:
Drowned at Tolchester:
JAMES B. POST, aged 20.
THEODORE PARKER, aged 21.
A colored camp meeting was in progress in Paradise grove, near Powhattan, on the Liberty road. The congregation had just been dismissed when the storm broke. A huge oak tree fell upon the tent in which the services had been held. Several of the worshipers were caught beneath it as it fell. The tree had to be sawed into pieces before the imprisoned men and women could be released. William Cornish was crushed to death by the falling tree. The others were not seriously injured.
A hole several feet in diameter was blown in the wall of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic church in South Baltimore. A portion of the stone cornice weighting more than a ton fell to the street. Fortunately no one was injured. While the storm was at its height a boat’s crew from the German steamer Breslau, at anchor in the harbor, picked up two men from a boat which had been capsized off Wolf Street.
At the foot of Concord street the Merchants and Miners’ Transportation company’s warehouse was unroofed, with small damage to the building, but the rain poured in on the valuable cargo stored therein, doing damage which is estimated from $100,000 to $300,000.
The Fort Wayne Sentinel
Fort Wayne, Indiana
July 21, 1902
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