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St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN Tornado, Aug 1904

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ST. PAUL, MINNEAPOLIS AND OTHER CITIES IN MINNESOTA SUFFER FROM GALE.

Fourteen Persons Are Killed—Property Valued at $2,555,000 Destroyed—

St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 23—

The Dead: (fourteen)
At St. Paul: VIOLA ROBINSON, GEORGE KWETSON, LORIN F. HOKANSON.
At Minneapolis: RICHARD HILGEDICK.
At St. Louis Park: ALBERT OHDE, ANNA TAYDE, HEDGER CHILD.
At Waconia: GUSTAV MOYE, MRS. GUSTAV MOYE, FRED MOYE, HUBERT LEHMAR.
At Hutchinson: FRED GROSS, MRS. GROSS
At Dallas: UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN
Fatally injured (two): CHARLES MOYE, Waconia; FRED PICHA, Waconia
Property loss: $2,555,000.
St. Paul, $1, 780,000; Minneapolis, $500,000; Stillwater, $100,000; Waconia, $75,000; country district, $100,000.

The above is the summary of the damage wrought by Saturday’s tornado in various sections of Minnesota. In addition to the fatally injured, nearly 200 persons sustained injuries of a minor character. The municipality through the destruction of bridges, school buildings, parks and other public property, suffered the greatest loss, its damage closely approximating a million dollars. The other losses, involving nearly 200 business firms and individuals, range from $50,000 in the case of FINCH, YOUNG & MCCONVILLE, wholesale dry goods, down to a few dollars for the breakage of window glass and the tearing away of awnings.

Great Bridges Destroyed.

The tornado tore off two spans of the high bridge as completely as if they had been unbolted from the rest of the structure and carted away by workmen. There the bridge connected with the high bluffs at West St. Paul and it is 180 feet above the river. The mass of steel was carried to the flats below.

Theater Buildings Wrecked.

Near the Wabasha street bridge in this city were located, on opposite sides of the street, the Tivoli concert hall and Empire theater, both of which were fairly crowded with men watching the performance. Both buildings stood on the edge of the bluff overlooking the river with sides of the buildings open and were wrecked. The full force of the tornado struck them. The buildings began to sway and rock and the audience became panic-stricken. Men and boys rushed over each other for the exits. The lights went out and the sheet lightening flashes, one following another with gunfire rapidity, illuminated a scene of pandemonium which was intensified by the crash of glass and the tearing of timbers as the frame structure gave way before the tornado. Sections of the roof were blown through the air and landed east in Third street, a block distant. Underneath the debris of the Tivoli were found, when the storm had passed, the mangled bodies of LORIN F. HOKANSON, one of the employes [sic] in the concert hall, and GEORGE KWETON, one of the audience.

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