Clay Center, NE Storm, May 1902

Electrical and Wind Storm.

Special Dispatch to the World-Herald.

Clay Center, Neb., May 18.—About 2 o’clock this morning this locality was visited by an electrical and wind storm, which was followed by a good rain. The velocity of the wind was about sixty miles an hour and the duration of the storm was about an hour. Considerable damage resulted, but no casualties are reported.

Trees and windmills were blown down and some houses and barns in the country around here were unroofed. Ten poles on the telephone line north of town were blown down, putting off communication, but the damage was repaired this afternoon.

The barn and chicken house of Charles Rau were completely demolished, entailing a loss of $300. The barn on the Seelig farm south of here was also blown down and the metal building was torn off. A great deal of damage was done to the growing gardens.

At Fairfield, the round house of the St. Joseph & Grand Island railroad and a new windmill recently erected by the town were blown down.

Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE 19 May 1902