Various Towns, NE, KS Tornado Destruction, June 1908

WESTERN TORNADO TAKES MANY LIVES.

21 KNOWN DEAD AND MANY HURT IN STORM THAT SWEEPS OVER NEBRASKA AND KANSAS.

FARMERS MADE HOMELESS.

Omaha, Neb., June 6. -- A tornado which passed over Southern Nebraska and portions of Northern Kansas Friday evening was the most destructive and covered the most territory of any similar storm which has visited that region in many years. At least twenty-one persons were killed, five were fatally injured, and a score of others hurt.
In addition, reports received to-night say that several persons were killed at Philipsburg and Courtland, Kan., which towns have been cut off from communication.
The Identified Dead.
The dead are:

ARGENBRICHT, ELIJAH, near Shickley, Neb.
CARTER, MRS. MAUD, Carleton, Neb.
CARTER, baby, Carleton, Neb.
FLEMING, boy, drowned near Fairfield, Neb.
FLAMING, boy, drowned near Fairfield, Neb.
MADISON, HENRY, near Franklin, Neb.
SHIVELY, IRENE, aged 4, near Geneva.
SMITH, LULU, near Geneva, Neb.
SIMPLE, MRS. CLIFTON, Byron, Neb.
SMALL, two children of MRS. SMALL, near Guide Rock.
The Fatally Injured.
The fatally injured are: JOHN SHIVELY, Geneva; ROSS SHIVELY, Geneva; JOHN MERRIAM, Shickley; PRESTON BAILEY, Carleton; AUGUST FENTELL, near Shickley.
The seriously injured are: MRS. JOHN SHIVELY, Geneva; EDWARD RUSSELL, Geneva; A. F. McREYNOLDS, Fairfield; MISS YOUNG, near Guide Rock; MR. and MRS. GREY, near Riverton; MRS. BENNETT, near Geneva; LESTER CARTER and child, Carleton.
The storm was general throughout Fillmore, Webster, Franklin, and Thayer Counties, Neb., and reached over into Kansas, from where reports are coming slowly of great destruction. The towns of Carleton, Fairfield, Deshler, Shickley, Geneva, Franklin, Ong, and Riverton, Neb., are among those visited by the storm, and in no one of them did the elements spare life or property.
At Carleton five residences and two churches were destroyed, while a new school building and thirty houses were partly wrecked. The home of LESTER CARTER was demolished and his wife and baby were killed, while CARTER himself and another child suffered severe injuries.
At Fairfield more than forty buildings were partly wrecked or demolished. The loss there will exceed $100,000. Trains in all directions are abandoned because of washouts and destroyed roadbeds. Hundreds of farmers drove into the towns last night and to-day are seeking shelter, many of them being homeless.
Telephone communication was established to-night with Chester. The Postmaster reported ten deaths near Byron, but he could not give much definite information. Following the tornado, rain soaked the homeless sufferers, making their lot doubly hard.

The New York Times New York 1908-06-07