Wellington, KS Tornado, May 1892
It is safe to say that 150 buildings are complete wrecks, while 150 more are partially wrecked. All the casualties are not known, but following is a list as accurate as can now be make: The killed are:
JAMES HASTIE, unmarried; killed in a barber's chair in the Phillips house while being shaved.
FRANK CAMPBELL, married; leaves a wife and child.
JAMES MAYNER, a piano tuner of Kansas City.
MRS. SASHER, recently married; crushed and burned to death. The shock has affected the mind, temporarily, of her husband.
MISS STRAND, Mrs. Sasher's sister; crushed and burned to death.
HENRY ADAMSON, a laborer who leaves a large family.
JAMES WEAVER, occupation unknown, crushed beneath a falling wall.
IDA JONES, a waitress; crushed to death beneath a falling wall.
The fatally wounded and those likely to die are:
CHARLES ADAMSON, an unmarried man, aged 28 years.
MRS. CAPTAIN MAHAN, badly crushed about the lower limbs.
MRS. J. T. HANNA, crushed and injured internally.
MRS. MURPHY, skull fractured and arm broken.
CHARLES STONER, Santa Fe conductor, will die.
LITTLE MAGGIE KING, daughter of the late I. N. KING, wounded.
ED FORSYTHE, a printer; skull fractured and internal injuries.
SYLVIA FORSYTHE, a printer; skull fractured and otherwise injured.
WALTER FORSYTHE, a printer; internal injuries.
EX-SHERIFF THRALL'S child, internal injuries.
MRS. ROBERT MILLARD, probably fatal internal injuries.
JAMES LAWRENCE, republican candidate for attorney general; arm and leg broken.
LIEUTENANT WILLIAM FRENCH and CADET SAMMONS, of the Salvation Army; MATTIE HODGES, GUY COLBY, DICK WEAVER, CARRIE MITCHELL and E. J. FORSYTHE received injuries more or less serious.
Professor MAYER and HART UPSON are missing and between forty and fifty are injured, but none serious.
The greater portion of the city was completely devastated and the entire community, consisting of between 5000 and 6000 people, were thrown into a state of the wildest consternation.
The shouts of the rescuers were mingled with the cries of the suffering, while those unhurt rushed from their homes but partially dressed.
The wind finally subsided and in a brief time every available man in the city was engaged in the work of rescue, conducted under the leadership of GEORGE WHITELY, president of the council.
Order was, however, soon brought out of chaos. It was just 9 o'clock when a tornado which came from the southwest descended upon the town.
The Lutheran church was turned completely over, the court house demolished, the Presbyterian church reduced to splinters, and of the Specknott block, on the principal street of the town, composed of a half dozen brick buildings, there is nothing but a pile of brick, mortar and glass.
The Standard block, consisting of six, two and three story brick buildings, was completely wrecked.
In this block the Wellington Daily Mail and the Sumner Standard were published. These plants were utterly destroyed, as were the Monitor, Press and Voice in the Specknott block. The Wellington foundry and stove works were also leveled to the ground.
On Washington avenue every house on each side of the street was unroofed, back walls are out of many of them and windows are generally smashed.
The opera house is a complete wreck and the Phillips hotel in ruins. This house proved to be the most fatal trap, for over a half dozen bodies or more will be taken from its ruins.
The Episcopal church is in ruins while great damage was done to the Rock Island lumber yard.
The school house is almost a total wreck.
There is only one telegraph wire up between here and the East and it is very difficult matter to get a messenger out over it.
There is no wire up west of Danville, but messages from there report a very disastrous cyclone at Harper. The telephone system is a complete wreck; in fact every wire in the city is down but one.
About 200 men are now clearing away the debris of the Phillips house wreck, where at least two more bodies are expected to be found.
The Santa Fe ran a special train from Wichita to-day, bringing a corps of fifteen doctors.
Aspen Weekly Times Colorado 1892-06-04