Kelley & Story County, IA Tornado, June 1882

Des Moines, Iowa, June 19.- Mail reports from Story County represent the damage by the cyclone of Saturday night as very serious. Several buildings were swept away at Kelley. All the buildings on the farms of J.A. McFarland and William Templeton were obliterated. Further east all the buildings on 16 farms were swept away. Two school-houses in Nevada were demolished. The Story County farmers who lost everything in goods, furniture, stock, and horses are B. J. Everett, L.D. Tooker, B.F. Chapman, George W. Hempstock. L.D.Thompson, Benton Carring, and Mr. Whitney; those who suffer considerable loss are Ira Baker, E. Matthews, Edward Pierce, William Matthews, George Halley, S.J. Alderman, and A. V. Norris. The school-house in Albany was carried away. All growing crops in the track of the wind were destroyed, and cattle, horses, hogs, and poultry were carried long distances and deposited dead. Mrs. L.D. Thompson's little girl was killed and she herself had an arm broken. G.W. Hempstock had a broken leg, and his wife and child are injured internally.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Jun 1882


The demon cloud crossed over into Story County near the town of Kelly [sic], near which place it destroyed seven houses and barns. Here it lifted and went east three miles, when that terrible tail swooped down again, destroying the farm house of John Peterson, as well as his barns and eight head of cows. Two more residences still further east met the same fate. Mr. McFarland lost his barn and team of horses. The latter were carried many rods and dashed to the earth lifeless. Everything movable at this place was taken. The cloud swung half a mile east to the residence of Mr. Templeton, taking it, and then, lifting over Skunk river, struck again two and one-half miles east of the river, destroying twelve houses between there and the village of Maxwell. Near McFarland's residence the cyclone struck a pond grown up with strong grass.

and grass thirty feet wide and one hundred feet long was torn out of the pond to a depth of three feet.

The causalities reported are the killing of a child of Mr. Thomson, on the Skunk, and a broken leg to Mr. Hemstock, east of Kelly.

Three miles west and one mile south of the track of the first storm another storm formed, destroying at the start three residences and barns. It then passed through the timber on Walnut creek, cutting a swath one hundred and fifty feet wide, leaving only stumps and slivers of trees, taking many up by the roots. After going through the timber the cloud lifted, and no further track can be found of it in that county.

The Ohio Democrat, New Philadelphia, OH 29 Jun 1882