Higginsville, MO Tornado and Hail, Mar 1904

TORNADO AND HEAVY HAIL

WRECKED THE TOWN OF HIGGINSVILLE, MO., LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON

HAIL WAS A FOOT DEEP

Horses Killed In the Street and All Windows Broken--One Man Received Fatal Injuries.

Higginsville, Mo., March 21--Fifty buildings partly wrecked, one man mortally wounded and several others hurt, the town in darkness and the streets strewn with debris as the result of a tornado and hail storm which struck this place late this afternoon.

Hail on the street was a foot deep within five minutes after the storm came, some of the stones were as large as hens' eggs.

Dozens of trees in the town were blown down and several horses killed on the street. The hail-storm was followed by a terrific down pour of rain which flooded nearly every cellar in the town. The path of the tornado was narrow, about two blocks of the business portion of the town being damaged. Two other towns, Corden and Alma, are said to be considerably damaged. According to reports tonight, several houses in both places have been wrecked, but the exact extent of the damage is not known.

The grocery store of Al Enzley, in the business part of this place, was wrecked by the storm. John Nolzen, a clerk, was fatally injured in the wreck of Enzley's grocery in Higginsville. It is estimated that 2,000 windows were broken and more than fifty houses unroofed here.

Decatur Herald, Decatur, IL 22 Mar 1904