1883 - DEATH-DEALING CYCLONE. GREAT DESTRUCTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY IN MINNESOTA. A TRAIN LIFTED FROM THE RAILS AND MANY OF ITS PASSENGERS EITHER KILLED OR FEARFULLY WOUNDED.
Winona, Aug. 22 - A cyclone struck Rochester about 7 o'clock last evening, and one-third of the city is in ruins. All north of the track is devastated, including the Methodist church, Horton's elevator, and many other buildings. The railroad bridge was swept completely away. A freight train ran into a building which was blown on the track at Zambrota Junction, and the fireman, HIGGINS, is missing. Mayor Whitten of Rochester, telegraphs that there are 24 killed and 40 wounded in his town. JOHN M. COLE, a well-known miller was struck by a timber and killed. St. Charles reports one man killed in the county. Lewiston reports a house blown down. In Rochester itself 25 dead bodies have been taken from the debris and 100 are missing. MR. COOK, proprietor of the Cook House, JOHN COLE, and other prominent people were killed. CHARLES M. ZIERATH'S mother and sister were killed. The roofs were blown from the asylum and the Cook House. The storm came from the west, and was cyclonic. The list of the wounded and killed is hourly increasing. The prostration of the telegraph wires has cut off all communication. The storm swept through Utica and St. Charles. In Winona County, JOB THORNINGTON was killed. Reports from Dodge County indicate great damage there. FRANK ALLEN'S house was among those demolished. The course of the storm is almost identical with that of last month, in which the village of Elgin was destroyed, and is also in the same belt across the State in which the severe tornado of two years ago passed by which New Ulm was destroyed. Owatonna seems to be the most westerly point to suffer...
The New York Times
New York, New York
August 23, 1883
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