Snyder, OK Tornado, May 1905 - List of Dead
The bodies of 73 persons have been recovered.
Following is the list:
MR. ATTAWAY, wife and two children.
MRS. E. P. BECKWITH, aged 24.
C. W. BEEMAN.
W. H. BUSSER and wife.
RUSSELL BUSSER, aged 18.
C. L. BARNES, aged 50.
GEORGE W. BAILEY, aged 40.
ALVAN BUSKIRK, aged 27.
MRS. MARY BIGGS, aged 28.
MR. CROOK and two children.
FRED CRUMP, aged 19.
MRS. LOREN COLEMAN and three children.
GEORGE DAVIS, wife and child.
C. G. DONOVAN, aged 28.
MISS LULU EDWARDS.
S. S. FESSENDEN, wife and four children.
H. H. FESSENDEN.
MISS FESSENDEN, aged 20.
MRS. M. A. FAST, aged 38.
HAROLD GORTON, aged 11, son of territorial oil inspector.
MRS. HUDSON, aged 38, and three children; late of Alabama.
MRS. MARY JOHNSON, aged 40, and two sons.
JAMES MCCART and wife.
MRS. M. MOODY.
MISS MURPHY, of St. Louis.
MRS. FANNIE REDWICH, aged 50.
PEARL STALEY, of Troyer, Okla.
J. P. SUTHERLAND and wife.
CHARLES STUZEL, aged 26.
Unidentified man, woman and two children.
MR. WEAVER, wife and three children.
MRS. COL. WILLIAMSON, aged 26.
MR. SIMS, wife and daughter.
MRS. C. P. STUBBLEFIELD.
ENGLES family, three persons, five and a half miles southwest.
Unknown family of four, 15 miles northeast.
MR. HUGHES, wife and son, eight miles west of Olustee.
RALSTON family at Olustee.
PROF. [CHARLES LANGDON] HIBBARD, wife, two children, father and mother.
Debris from Snyder was carried to the northeast as far as Cooperton, 12 miles, and it is reported that there are more of the fragments of homes at that town and in that vicinity than in the tornado path at Snyder.
About 75 head of horses and cattle were killed on the townsite. A committee has been set to work to remove carcasses.
The mayor of Snyder is having much trouble arranging for the burial of the dead. The confusion is great, owing to the fact that there still remain a number of unidentified bodies at the morgues. There is much suffering owing to lack of provisions, and places to stay in town are in bad condition and are unsafe for habitation. Besides, there is not room enough to care for the homeless. Bedding and wearing apparel are both lacking, and despite the effort to succor the unfortunates they are still in a pitiable condition. Many of the wounded could not be cared for or given medical aid until nine o'clock Thursday morning, and by that time their wounds were aggravated. DR. YORK, of Hobart, who was active in relieving the suffering, says that 20 per cent of the wounded will die.
The Town of Snyder.
Snyder is situated in the heart of the rich Kiowa farming section formerly a part of the country of the Kiowa and Comanche Indians, but opened to white settlement in 1901.
The town was built largely by the St. Louis San Francisco Railroad Co. at the junction of its two lines, and was named for BRYANT SNYDER, passenger traffic manager of the system.
A Carload of Coffins.
Oklahoma City, Okla., May 11.-A car load of coffins is now enroute to Snyder from this city as result of the prompt action taken by members of the Funeral Directors' association which had been in convention here. As soon as Hal Street, a prominent undertaker, heard of the catastrophe, he asked for volunteers and ten undertakers responded instantly. They left here at 9 o'clock this morning on a special 'Frisco train with a car load of caskets for tornado victims.
Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville, IL 12 May 1905