Rolfe, IA Tornado, May 1903

DES MOINES, May 25 -- A tornado struck the town of Rolf, seventy miles west of here late yesterday, killing Fong Foo, a laundryman, fatally injuring a child and wrecking the state building, the Crayton general store, Hotel deMain and one or two other buildings. Several residences were damaged.

Telluride Journal, Telluride, San Miguel County, CO 28 May 1903

Other newspaper accounts list the general store as "Crayon's General Store".



Latest Estimates Place Rolfe Tornado Loss at $75,000.

Gilmore City, May 27 - - It is estimated that the damage by the tornado at Rolfe Sunday evening will aggregate $75,000. nearly all the damage was done to the buildings on the main street. Two hundred men worked all day yesterday and today clearing away the wreckage.

Ottumwa Daily Courier, Ottumwa, IA 27 May 1903