St. Catharine's, ON Tornado Kills Three People, Sep 1898


St. Catharine's, Ontario, Sept. 26. -- A tornado struck this city shortly before 4 o'clock this afternoon, and death and destruction followed. The regulation funnel-shaped cloud, accompanied by a cloudburst, struck the city on Welland Avenue, between Lake and George Streets, and traveled from that point to the southern limit of the city.
The armory of the local volunteer force was practically demolished. Falling chimneys crashed through the roof of the Collegiate Institute, narrowly missing a company of students who were drilling. McHUGH'S cigar factory lost its roof, PACKARD'S electric works were badly shaken up, and one storage warehouse was demolished. RATCLIFFE'S large ice house on the banks of the Welland Canal has completely dissappeared. The St. Catharine's House was badly wrecked. In the district extending from James Street east to Queenston Street, the havoc was great. Trees, poles, and debris of all kinds render the streets impassable.
The storm struck Merriton, three miles from here, with terrible violence, and from this place three deaths are reported with many injured. The dead are CLARA O'NEILL, employed in the Lincoln Paper Mill; MRS. JOHN BRICKLEY, and FRANK MOFFATT. Those seriously injured are MAUD O'NEIL, JENNIE NESTOR, R. BRADLEY, JAMES McCARTY, all employed in the Lincoln Paper Mill; ARTHUR BRADLEY, C. MURRAY, EDWARD DOYLE, BESSIE KERR, and W. H. WILSON.
The Lincoln Paper Mill was unroofed and badly wrecked, as was the power hours of the Acetylene Gas Works. Other prominent buildings unroofed or partly wrecked were the Orange Hall, the public school, St. James's Church, and the Presbyterian Church.
There were forty pupils in the public school when it collapsed. The children were covered with piles of debris, and many were badly injured. FRANK MOFFATT, one of the pupils, was dead when taken from the ruins. MRS. BICKLEY was killed just as she was about to enter the front door of her house, a flying piece of lumber striking her on the head.
Telegraph and telephone lines are down in all directions, and the damage done in the surrounding country cannot be ascertained at present.

The New York Times New York 1898-09-27