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Fergus Falls, MN Tornado, June 1919 - Dead & Missing

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Victims of Twister at Fergus Falls

(By Associated Press)

Fergus Falls, Minn.,--At noon today it was announced that the bodies of forty-three persons had been removed from the wreckage and identified. Six additional bodies of men had been removed, but not identified.

The names of sixty-six of the injured had also been tabulated.

The known dead are:

MRS. W. FOSSEN, Fergus Falls. WILLIAM JONES, Minneapolis. M. BRADY, trainman, Fergus Falls. OLSON, trainman, Fergus Falls. H.E. LARSON, Fergus Falls, W. A. FRAZIER, Fergus Falls. FLORENCE HASKINE, Foxholm. MARION JOHNSON, Balmoral. VIOLA NELSON, Fergus Falls. F. M. JOHNSON, wife and son, Fergus Falls. M. INGBLAD, Fergus Falls. W. A. DOUGHTERY, Fergus Falls. F. M. WARD, Fergus Falls. MRS. J. S. NELSON, Fergus Falls. M. JOHNSON, Fergus Falls. STRADER (negro) address unknown. HERMAN STEIN, Fergus Falls. T. TOMPAVE, Fergus Falls. JOE BAREAU, address unknown. MR AND MRS. AUGUST PALM and daughter, Fergus Falls. L. E. LARSON, Fergus Falls. W. W. BRADEN, Fergus Falls. NETTIE THOMPSON, Fergus Falls. M. HAULBERG, Fergus Falls. ADA NELSON, Fergus Falls. W. FOSSEN, Fergus Falls. EMMA JOHNSON, Fergus Falls. E. T. THOMPSON, Fergus Falls. SISSENIRE SLETTEDE, Fergus Falls. ALMA HAUGBERG, Fergus Falls. A. BRANDENBERG, Fergus Falls. GEORGE WOODHOUSE, Fergus Falls, Four KREITZER children, Fergus Falls. Six unidentified men.

Evansville, Minn.,--The following list of victims was sent here from Fergus Falls:

KNOWN DEAD.
W. A. FRAZER, FLORENCE AUSTIN, VIOLA NELSON, WILLIAM FORSON, MRS. J. NELSON, EMMA JOHNSON. EDWARD THOMPSON, W. A. DOUGHERTY, S. SHETTED, AUGUST PALM, MRS PALM and daughter, ELMER HOAGER, MRS. WILLIAM FORSON, L. E. LARSON.

The address of the victims were not listed.

MISSING

MR. AND MRS. J. M. JOHNSON and son, GEORGE WOODHOUSE, proprietor of Grand hotel, ALONZO BRANDENBURG, president of First State bank (believed to be in ruins of Grand hotel).

An unidentified girl was found in Lake Alice. Night Clerk Strand of the Grand hotel, was rescued from the debris. Both legs were broken.

State soldiers and volunteers began clearing the debris this morning. Bridges over the Red river were destroyed.

Before the death list was compiled this forenoon, the work of clearing the debris was well under way. The first masses of wreckage removed did not disclose the bodies.

It was not necessary to establish military law or to enforce drastic quarantine regulations. Adjutant General Rhinow declared he had received unusual assistance from city officials and other volunteer workers.

Alfred Jacques of St. Pauls, [sic] United States district attorney, was in the Grand hotel a short time before the storm struck, but he and his assistant escaped injury. His personal effects and papers were in his room when the building collapsed.

Carpenters, electricians and waterworks employes [sic] were detailed to reconstruction work on municipal properties.

It is expected that the electric light plant will be in operation tonight.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 23 Jun 1919

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TWO SALESMEN ARE KILLED

Two Minneapolis traveling salesmen were killed when the Northern Pacific freight and passenger station collapsed. The victims were Harry E. Olson and W. W. Braden. The state insane asylum at Fergus Falls escaped serious damage. The business district was hit hard by the storm.

The Ottertail county courthouse, county jail and sheriff’s residence were destroyed. At One Mile lake, near Fergus Falls, four children of John Kreitzer a farmer were blown into the lake and drowned.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 23 Jun 1919

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