Bondurant, Valeria, Mingo, Santiago, Ira, IA Tornado, May 1896
THIRTY DEAD -- FIVE TOWNS ARE STORM - SWEPT.
CYCLONE LAST NIGHT -- DEATH LIST RUNS HIGH CLOSE TO US.
BONDURANT A SUFFERER -- THE BALLIE FAMILY IS TERRIBLY AFFLICTED.
SIX KILLED AT VALERIA -- NINE ARE DEAD BETWEEN VALERIA AND IRA.
THE FACTS HARD TO GET -- WIRES DOWN BUT IT IS LEARNED THAT THE DEATH LIST RUNS UP TO TWENTY-NINE.
At 11 o'clock last night a cyclone swept down upon the line of the Great Western road, working death and destruction at five stations, Valeria, Bondurant, Santiago, Mingo and Ira. Twenty-nine persons are reported dead as this edition goes to press.
The storm struck at Bondurant, a few miles out of Des Moines, where many lives were lost. It traversed a course to the northeast, following the line of the railroad through the five towns.
Great damage and loss of life followed in its wake, the death list running up to twenty-nine.
Water fell in torrents, and the grains and grass were blown down and then soaked until the crops are ruined.
All the stock at the PHALAN place was killed outright. Stock on many other farms suffered and in one place a number of cattle were piled in a cellar, on top of which were the remains of a few human beings who had perished in the storm.
The night was a terrible one, and the suffering of the wounded was intense, for no help came for many hours. It was not until this morning that many of those injured were found, and it is probable that had relief come last night many could have been saved.
LIST OF THE DEAD AND INJURED.
Correct Names of Those Killed by the Cyclone Last Night.
Following is a list of those killed and injured in the path of the storm:
ROBERT BALLIE, JR., Bondurant, killed.
MRS. ROBERT BALLIE, Bondurant, killed.
MISS LIZZIE BALLIE, Bondurant, killed.
JOHN BALLIE, Bondurant, killed.
ROBERT BALLIE, Bondurant, fatally injured.
PETER BOLENBAUGH, Santiago, killed.
MRS. PETER BOLENBAUGH, Santiago, killed.
Two grandchildren of the BOLENBAUGHS, Santiago, killed.
JOHN MAXWELL, Bondurant, killed by lightning.
CHARLES PHALEN, Valeria, killed.
SUSAN PHALEN, Valeria, killed.
CHARLES PHALEN, JR., Valeria, killed.
MICHAEL PHALEN, Valeria, killed.
NELLILE PHALEN, Valeria, killed.
MRS. PHALEN, Valeria, fatally injured.
BONNIE PHALEN, Valeria, killed.
WILLIAM PHALEN, Valeria, fatally injured.
MRS. DICKEY, JR., Mingo, killed.
MRS. DICKEY, SR., Mingo, killed.
MRS. OSBORN, Mingo, killed.
Two grandchildren of MR. AIKEN, killed.
Nine are killed between Valeria and Ira.
W. T. SCOTT, Bondurant, badly injured.
MRS. AL EDWARDS, Bondurant, hip broken.
OLIVER YATES, Berwick, serioiusly hurt.
Two children of MRS. EDWARDS, Bondurant, injured.
WHERE IT STARTED.
Three Miles from Ankeny the Cloud Dropped to the Ground.
JAMES LANE was the first sufferer from the storm. He is a farmer who lives three miles west of Ankeny. The cloud descended to the earth, dropping at a point near his farm. He was injured by falling timbers, and was brought to Des Moines. He is now at Mercy hospital.
The clouds went rapidly on toward Bondurant, and before the sleeping inhabitants of that little village could be aroused by those who were awake, the storm struck, leaving desolation in its wake.
The BALLIE family felt the blow, and a number of them are killed. Caskets were ordered for their burial, and the interment took place this afternoon at Mitchellville. Their farm was two miles east and one mile north of Bondurant. When the remains were brought into town the sight was a horrible one to behold, for they were badly mutilated.
MRS. AL EDWARDS, who lives three miles west of Bondurant, had a hip broken. W. T. SCOTT was injured by lightning. He was knocked over onto a bed. A short time afterward he was taken to the PAINE home, where he is resting easily.
The storm struck the north part of town. The Monarch school house, a mile east, is demolished. Only the floor is left. No part of the remainder is to be found. PETERSON'S stock are missing, except a horse dead in the rear of the farm yard. The scale office and lumber yard across from the depot are wrecked.
JOHN MAXWELL, six miles north, was killed by lightning. His wife and two children in bed with him were not hurt. Loss here $2,000.
The house of AL PETERSON was blown away, but no one was hurt. Barns belonging to PETERS, FAWINS and BONDURANT were blown from their foundations.
Part of the depot roof was blown off at Bondurant. Several sections of the grain cribs of BOWEN, REGUR & Co. were blown down and the roofs lifted off.
The barns of MR. YOUNG and MR. SCOTT were blown down.
News from Santiago, Valeria, Bondurant, Mingo and Ira.
At Valeria the Catholic church was destroyed, and many of the business buildings were blown down. The cyclone was about half a mile in width, and seemed to blow everything before it.
There seemed to be two wings, one to the north and one to the south, but the general path of destruction was from the southwest to the northeast until Mingo was reached, when the wind seemed to diverted in another direction.
In the depot at Valeria there were six people, but no damage was done aside from the roof being lifted bodily off the structure.
The creamery and the school house at Bondurant were destroyed. To the north a bridge was swept out and the trains were prevented from passing through the place.
DAMAGE NEAR ANKENY.
Stock and Buildings Suffer Injury and Partial Destruction.
Ankeny, Iowa, May 25. -- This town escaped injury from the storm, but in the vicinity much harm was done.
ENOS ADAMSON, who lives about two miles to the eastward of this place, to Douglas township will have to reshingle his house, the storm having pretty much uncovered the sheeting. The frame of the house was somewhat injured. Nobody was hurt. He also lost his cowbarn, and his other barn was racked. His stock was uninjured.
WILLIAM RANDOLPH'S barn was badly damaged, and a tool house and a buggy shed were torn down, and he lost a cow.
A dwelling house on the WOODS farm, a mile and a half south of Ankeny, was destroyed.
FRED COPPOCK lost one horse which was driven against barbed wires, and he had to shoot it this morning, and he may have to do the same thing with another.
OLIVER YATES, living in a house on the BRAZELTON farm, was seriously injured. The house was destroyed, but all the family except MR. YATES, escaped harm. MR. YATES' wounds are quite serious, and there are fears that he will not recover.
The twister missed Ankeny, but struck about a mile south. A farm house was struck and completely wiped off the face of the earth. The family had a cyclone cellar in which they huddled in great fright while the cyclone swept away their home. Not one of the family was hurt, but the contents of the house are scattered for miles over the country, strung along on barbed wire fences like a washing on the line. East of this point it is reported that a school house was blown to pieces and several people killed on farms.
The storm passed south of Polk City and no harm was done in that town.
Bondurant, Iowa, May 25. -- OLIVER YATES, living three miles north of Berwick, was seriously hurt. DICK TOLLENEAR'S house, two miles west of Bondurant, is off its foundation. MRS. EDWRDS' two children were also hurt.
The property of D. B. COCKEHAM and W. W. YOUNG, two miles west of Bondurant, it a total loss.
Daily Iowa Capital Des Moines Iowa 1896-05-25