Lexington, MO Tornado, Apr 1893
LEXINGTON, Mo., April 12.---A most destructive cyclone passed through this city last night, accompanied by a violent electric storm and a fearful downpour of rain. In the path of the storm, about 300 yards in width, everything was destroyed. The storm first struck about a quarter of a mile east of Mayview, where the house of Mr. Keller was destroyed, but the family was uninjured. The house of Mr. Wentzel was next demolished, but no one injured. W. S. Fountain's house was torn into kindling wood and Mr. and Mrs. Fountain both seriously hurt, the latter probably fatally. The house of William Walker, County Assessor, a two-story brick was but a straw before the force of the wind. Mr. Walker, wife, and children and hired man were buried in the debris. Mrs. Walker succeeded in freeing herself and then went to the assistance of her husband, whom she succeeded in extricating from his perilous position. The hired man had in the meantime freed himself, and, together with Mr. and Mrs. Walker and Mr. John Walker, his wife and a hired man who lived near by and had arrived to render assistance, succeeded in extricating one of the children alive, but probably fatally injured. The other two were dead before they could be removed from under the immense pile of brick, mortar, and timber with which they were covered. Mr. Walker was badly cut about the head and much bruised elsewhere, but Mrs. Walker and the hired man were not seriously hurt. The railroad water tank at Page City was next demolished, then came the house and barn of Mr. Hutchinson, a few hundred yards father northeast. Both are utterly destroyed and Mrs. Hutchinson had several ribs broken and it is thought she may not recover. The others escaped with slight injuries. A tenant house upon the farm of Captain Todhunter was next in the path of the storm. This roof was blown off and a small negro child killed by a flying brick. The house of John Luke, in the immediate neighborhood, was blown to atoms and Mrs. Luke and her brother killed. A barn on the Josiah Dixon place came next. The barn was blown down, but the three mules which it contained were left uninjured. The same was the result upon the Corbin place, where a barn was demolished and the animals therein were not hurt in the least. Innumerable outhouses, fruit trees and fences were destroyed. Chickens had all their feathers picked off, and at the Walter place an iron pump was taken from a thirty-eight-foot well and deposited in an adjoining field.
The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 13 Apr 1893