Kirwin, Bull City, Stockton, KS Tornado, May 1885

A TORNADO IN KANSAS.

LOSS OF LIFE AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.

Kansas City, May 18.
The Kansas City Journal's Kirwin (Kansas) special says that a cyclone passed through Rooks county on the afternoon of the 15th, starting near the line between Osborne and Rooks counties at the southeast corner of Medicine township and following a westerly course, dealing death and destruction throughout its entire course. Nearly 50 persons were injured. The principal casualties are as follows:
REV. GRIMES, wife and child, killed.
A Child, name unknown, fatally injured.
GEO. CAMPBELL, missing, supposed to have been killed.
S. J. JOHNSON, brother of M. H. JOHNSON, a banker of Kirwin, badly injured by falling timbers in a stable where he had taken refuge.
The loss at Bull City and Stockton consists of chimneys blown down and window glass broken by the hail. Some hailstones measured four inches in diameter. At Kirwin but little damage was done. The damage in Rooks county will reach $50,000.

Daily Kennebic Journal Maine 1885-05-19