Galva, IL area Tornado, Jun 1892


A Severe Wind and Rain Storm Visit Know County Illinois.


But So Far As Heard From Only One Person Was Killed.

GALESBURG, Ills., June 14. --- There passed through the northeastern part of this, Knox county, about 8 o'clock yesterday evening, a most destructive tornado and ruin was left all along its path.

It seems to have first made its appearance northwest of Galva. About 7:30 o'clock threatening clouds were noticed in the west approaching one another and the tornado is thought to have resulted from their junction.

Its course was south and east through that city and the main body of the storm passed along the main business street. It came with such suddenness that the citizens had no time in which to fly to places of safety. In the Fremont church there was assembled a congregation. In the rink were gathering a committee for a Fourth of July celebration. The church was quickly a mass of ruins and the congregation was imprisoned. A number were injured, one dangerously. The rink was blown down but those inside managed to escape without injury.

Nearly every business house along the principal street was unroofed and the stocks of goods were badly damaged by the floods of water following the tornado. The saddest feature occurred at AUGUST OLSEN'S house.

There were in the house at the time Mr. And MRS. OLSEN, CHARLES OLSEN and four others. The residence suddenly collapsed, killing MR. OLSEN instantly, and the others escaped by a miracle.

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