Fergus Falls, MN Tornado, June 1919 - 60 deaths; 400 homeless
60 DEATHS IS FERGUS FALLS TORNADO TOLL; 400 HOMELESS.
TWISTER STRIKES MINNESOTA CITY SUNDAY; CUTS PATH TWO BLOCKS WIDE.
150 ARE SERIOUSLY INJURED, LATE REPORT.
WORK OF SEARCHING DEBRIS FOR BODIES CONTINUES THROUGHOUT MONDAY NIGHT.
Facts Of Tornado.
Sixty dead and 160 injured, latest casualty list.
Five hundred homes razed and $1,500,000 property loss.
City under martial law.
St. Paul and St. Cloud relief trains arrive.
Builders rushed forward from St. Paul.
Path two blocks wide cut in Fergus Falls twister.
Three funnel-sharped clouds wrecked city.
Four principal buildings collapsed.
Storm area covers district southwest, east and southeast of Fergus Falls in radius of about 30 miles.
Fergus Falls, Minn., June 23. -- Telephone communications from Fergus Falls and the nearby stricken territory to other cities in the state was restored late this afternoon, and over the telephone Adjutant General W. P. Rhinow gave an estimate of 60 dead from Sunday evening's tornado.
Work of searching the debris which marks the sites of nearly 400 homes and stores will be completed by midnight. General Rhinow believed and then it may be discovered that the present estimate to 60 dead may be increased.
Arrangements are being completed to drag Lake Alice a nearby summer resort. Many persons at the lake were blown into the water, it is generally believed. A large number of the summer cottages which line its shores were blown far out into the lake.
More than 150 persons with serious injuries are being cared for at the state insane hospital and Wright and St. Luke's hospitals. Temporary arc light wires were strung throughout the devastated district this afternoon to enable the soldiers and civilian relief workers to continue their search of the ruins.
Late today 47 bodies had been recovered and taken to temporary morgues. About 20 more are thought to be lying beneath the wreckage of the storm with a path four blocks wide through one of the prettiest cities in Minnesota.
Four of the bodies were recovered from Lake Alice this morning and four from One Mile Lake.
Mayor Frankberg called a meeting of citizens this morning to discuss measures of relief and tentative plans were laid for a community funeral for all the victims Wednesday.
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