El Reno, OK Severe Storm, July 1895

A GALE IN OKLAHOMA.

OVER A HUNDRED BUILDINGS OVERTURNED OR WRECKED AT EL RENO.

El Reno, O. T., July 7. -- A terrific storm struck this city this afternoon about 5 o'clock. Many small frame houses were overturned, and great damage was done to some of the best buildings in the city. The Kerfoot Hotel was perforated with flying gravel, that broke nearly all the windows out of the west side. The First National Bank front was blown in. Lee's big livery barn was badly wrecked, and the African M. E. Church destroyed.
The roof of the Masonic block was crushed by falling chimneys. More than 100 buildings in all were overturned or wrecked.
At the fair grounds everything was swept away. GEORGE BAKER, who owns a string of trotters, was seriously injured. Brown Bonnie and Rustler two valuable trotting horses owned by M. T. STANLEY, were so badly hurt that they will have to be killed.
For three days past the heat has been awful. The thermometer has not been below 98 at midnight, and has reached as high as 109. During the storm this afternoon it was as dark as midnight.

The San Francisco Call California 1895-07-08