Celina, OH Tornado, May 1886

Five Persons Killed.

Cabey, Ohio, May 15. – The destructive wind storm of last night did great damage near Celina. It is reported that five were killed and thirteen wounded.

Communication is cut off north of Celina. A number of trees were blown over the tracks last night, and travel is much interrupted.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, OR 16 May 1886


On Friday night another destructive tornado, which originated near Anderson, Ind., swept over a section of Ohio, including Seneca, Hardin, Wyandot, and Mercer counties, doing immense damage in the destruction of life and property. The wires were crippled in all directions and news only received from larger towns.

John DURBIN, a farmer near Celina, took refuge with his family in the cellar. The house was demolished over their heads and mass of timbers came down upon them. Mr. DURBIN, who is a man of great physical strength, held up a section of the roof which was about to crush them, while his wife and four children crawled safely from under; but the tremendous exertion of DURBIN so prostrated him that his own life was in danger.

The Ohio Democrat, New Philadelphia, OH 20 May 1886