GenDisasters...events that touched our ancestors' lives

 

Fires Floods Tornadoes Train Wrecks

  Home Earthquakes Hurricanes Ship Wrecks Explosions More...

 

 

   
Missouri Disasters
Tornadoes
Disasters by Location
Disasters by Type
Home
 
Missouri Genealogy
 
Search Missouri Birth, Death, Marriage and other records
Vital Records, searchable by surname. Find your ancestors.
 
Search Historic Newspapers Online
Find your ancestors in over 1000 old newspapers from the 1700s-1900s
 
Search US Federal Census Records for Your Ancestors
Searchable by surname and location, index and images, 1790-1930
 
Social Security Death Index
Search SSDI records on millions of Americans, updated frequently
 
Search Historical Documents
Find Your Ancestors in City Directories, Civil War & Revolutionary War Records, Naturalization Records
 
Obituary Collection

Search full-text obituaries from newspapers across the country

.
Missouri Old Photos
Old Photos & Genealogy Blog
Search Over One Million Family Photographs
 

Search Over One Million Old Photographs!

Search user-submitted photos and family trees, both FREE databases at ancestry.com.  Your ancestors just might be there!
 

Search Missouri Records Search birth, death & marriage records, immigration & ships passenger lists, census images, genealogy & history books and more at ancestry.com for your ancestors. Free Trial for all records
     

St. Charles, Missouri Tornado

July 8, 1915

 

MISSOURI TOWNS HIT

Loss of Life and Great Property Damage Recorded.

St. Louis, July 8.
—Five persons were killed in a tornado which swept through Charles county, this state. The damage is estimated to have been at least $500,000. Mrs. Thomas Slattery and her two children, residing at Dardenne, eighteen miles west of St. Charles were killed when the wind wrecked their home.

The church of St. Charles Barromeo at St. Charles was leveled by the wind. It was reported that a woman had entered it and was praying when the sides caved in. The church was valued at $70,000.

Nearly 100 patients in the St. Joseph’s hospital at St. Charles were thrown into a panic when part of the roof was blown from the structure. Attendants and patients who were able to leave their beds restored order and carried the helpless to places of safety. The electric light plant was put out of commission and miles of electric light, telephone and telegraph wires were twisted together on the streets.

Water was running four and five feet deep in the streets of St. Charles. In the lower part of the town, the business section, water engulfed the floors of stores. The great steel plant of the American Car and Foundry works was badly damaged.

Lancaster Daily Eagle, Lancaster, OH 8 Jul 1915

 

       

St. Charles, after a night of total darkness–the electric light plant having been put out commission–today looked upon the ruins of the entire central portion of the city, including more than 100 residences.

Search was instituted for the bodies of a woman and two small children, who took refuge in the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic church, a few minutes before it was razed by the wind.

It is supposed they perished. The Borromeo was the oldest church in St. Charles, having been built in 1862, at a cost of $100,000. The property damage in St. Charles alone, it is believed, will aggregate nearly a half million dollars. The damage to wheat in St. Charles and St. Louis counties is estimated at more than $100,000. A dozen towns in these counties were isolated last night, as miles upon miles of telephone and telegraph wires were on the ground, a tangled mass.

Reports today from the storm-swept area of eastern Missouri and western Illinois left the death roll at seven. Three persons were reported missing at St. Charles, Mo., the largest town in the path of Wednesday’s tornado, but were found later to be safe.

Dawn disclosed that the damage done at St. Charles had been overestimated. While the tornado swept a section of the city eighteen blocks long by nine blocks wide, the damage, with the exception of the demolition of one church and the partial wrecking of another church, a factory, a hospital and a convent, was confined largely to the unroofing of housing and the uprooting of trees.

The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 8 Jul 1915

Articles transcribed by Sandra Ries. Thanks Sandra!

       

Search for more information on the St. Charles Tornado and other disasters in the  Historic Newspapers Collection.  The number of newspapers on line has recently doubled - search over 1000 different newspapers. Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

Search for ancestors in St. Charles, MO among billions of names at ancestry.com. Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

Missouri Marriages 1766-1983 Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

 

Portrait and biographical record of St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren Counties, Missouri  Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

Missouri Census 1830-70 Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

Missouri Bible Records Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors.

Missouri Old Photos

Search Civil War Documents, Revolutionary War Records, Naturalization Records, City Directories & more 
 Try Footnote.com for FREE!