Castle Rock, MN Tornado Damage, May 1920
ONE KILLED AND TEN INJURED IN MINNESOTA STORM.
CYCLONE SWEEPS SOUTHERN COUNTIES IN GOPHER STATE ON SATURDAY.
CLOUDBURST AT RED WING DAMAGE TOTALS THOUSANDS.
FARM HOMES DEMOLISHED AND MANY ARE HOMELESS.
St. Paul, Minn., May 22. -- One person dead and more then ten injured, together with widespread property damage was the toll taken by cyclonic storms in four sourthern Minnesota counties this afternoon.
The trail of destruction extended through parts of Steele, Rice, Dakota and Goodhue Counties, but as its course was not continuous, it is believed at least two twisters caused the scattered damage.
The only fatality reported early tonight was that of an eleven months old child in a Red Wing hospital, where it had been brought after its rescue from a crumbled farm home five miles south of that city.
Three other persons were injured near Red Wing.
Four persons were injured at Castle Rock, where a number of buildings in that town of less than 200 population were wrecked by the storm. Three of the victims had taken refuge in the basement of a brick residence, which the storm wrecked, showering them with bricks.
The area covered by the storms extended into Steele county. The twister that originated there did considerable damage to farm buildings both in Steele and the southeastern part of Rice county. The damage at Castle Rock was estimated at $75,000.
Apparently the storm took to the air somewhere in Rice county plunging earthward again in the vicinity of Castle Rock, in Dakota County.
About fifteen barns, as many silos and four farm houses were wrecked by the storm in Steele and southeastern Rice counties, and the creamery and two houses in Richland, Rice county, were demolished. Sod grass and trees were torn up by this tornado over stretches as it headed toward Nerstrand.
Three of the Castle Rock victims were taken to Farmington for medical treatment, but their injuries while painful, were not considered serious. They are MR. and MRS. THOMAS STEELE and their 16-year-old son, LESTER.
The tornado near Red Wing was accompanied by a veritable cloudburst, which sent Hay Creek, south of the city out of its banks. The storm apparently started in Ray Creek valley and traveled toward Red Wing.
About five miles south of Red Wing, the farm home of GODFREY SWANSON was completely demolished, together with other buildings on the farm. So sudden was the storm's attack that the family had no opportunity to seek safety in the cellar.
Eleven-months-old Baby SWANSON was fatally injured in the collapse of the house and MR. and MRS. SWANSON and the latter's sister, MISS HILDEGARDE MUNSON, were cut and bruised but their injuries were declared not to be serious.
LaCrosse Tribune And Leader Press Wisconsin 1920-05-23