Bradshaw, NE Tornado, Jun 1890 - Totally Wiped Out


The Town of Bradshaw, Neb., Destroyed by a Cyclone.


Not a Single Building Left in the Business Portion of the Place--Many Persons Killed and Injured--Other Damages.

The Town Wiped Out.

Lincoln, Neb., June 4.--Meager reports from Bradshaw, a hamlet of 400 or 500 inhabitants about fifty miles from Lincoln, states that the town was swept away about six o’clock last night by a cyclone. Six persons were reported killed, and twenty-five or more injured. Telegraph wires are down, and no particulars can be learned.

The Worst Reports Verified.

Lincoln, Neb., June 5.--The cyclone was accompanied by a deluge of rain and a stunning fusilade of hail. Considering the complete destruction of the town it seems miraculous that so few people were injured. The list of the killed and wounded as far as can be learned is:

A child of Mrs. Chapin.
A son of J. A. Brumsey.
Three children of John Shaw’s family.

Dr. Moore.
J. N. Cooke.
Mrs. Thomas.
Willie Heath.
Nellie Dorsey.
Willie Chapin.
Mrs. E. Chapin.
Mrs. M. Wiilliams.
P. M. and D. Colby.
Mrs Charles Miller.
Mr. And Mrs. Keiser.
Mr. And Mrs. John Miller.
J. A. Brumsey, broken arm.
Mrs. J. A. Brumsey and two daughters,
The wife and family of Mr. Shaw.
Alexander Miller and his entire family.
Mr. And Mrs. J. H. Babcock and their three children.
An emigrant, unknown, who was taken up and dashed against an elevator’s side, he will die.

Mr. Shaw, father of John Shaw.'

The Prussian settlement out west of Bradshaw is also destroyed.

The physicians state that a number of those injured will not live. The prairie around is strewn with dead hogs and stock.

Governor Thayer has ordered Company A of the State troops to Bradshaw, where it will remain on duty till order is restored.

The Latest Still the Worst News.

Lincoln, Neb., June 5.--Parties returning from the scene of the tornado in Bradshaw, York County, last evening, confirm the worst reports of the destruction by the storm of Tuesday night. The storm struck the town at half-past four o’clock Tuesday evening, coming from the southwest. It struck the town fairly and left not a single building in the business part of the town. All are a total wreck and the principal street is filled with the ruins. A few houses were left in the extreme western part of the village, but they are without windows and doors, and their contents were scattered broadcast over the prairie.

The depot building was completely wrecked and all the cars standing on the track were blown away, except one loaded with stock, which was blown away, without leaving the track to York, a distance of nine miles. This gave the alarm to the people of York, and they sent a messenger who at midnight returned with the news of the disastrous storm. A party was at once sent out.

A Russian settlement near the town was wrecked and it is reported that nine persons were killed outright.

Physicians who left Lincoln on a relief train report twelve dead at Bradshaw and that there are three mortally wounded.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 5 Jun 1890


Omaha, Neb., June 5. -- The tornado at Bradshaw Tuesday night was every bit as serious as at first reported. The storm struck the town about 8:30 o'clock. Not a building in the village was left standing. The destruction was almost complete.

The following people were killed: Mrs. Henner, three children of John Shaw and a young son of J. A. Brumsey.

Chillicothe Morning Constitution, Chillicothe, MO 6 Jun 1890