San Antonio, TX Area Storm and Flood, Jun 1898

An old chinaberry tree in front of J.E. Larkin’s residence on East Commerce street was uprooted and thrown on the side walk.

Two chinaberry trees were broken asunder on Narp street.

The cellar of L.S. Toft’s saloon on East Commerce street was filled with water by yesterday’s rain and was pumped out by a fire engine last night.

As far west as Hondo City the lines of the Western Union Telegraph company were reported down last night and no communication could be had over them.

During the first blow the news stand of Ed. Green opposite the Light office on East Commerce street, suffered considerably, probably $25 worth. The papers and periodicals were torn from their shelves and blown into the street where the water ruined their salability.

On South Alamo street the bill board opposite the Beethoven hall and the fence of the Little Casino garden were thrown down.

Water was knee deep to a man, on South Presa street, between Alamo and Callaghan streets, after the storm last night.

A structure on the premises of Nat Mitchell on South Presa street was demolished and is believed to have been struck by lightning.

A row of bill boards on South Flores street, near the Aransas Pass depot, was blown down.

The current of the electric light in the residence of Mr. Schaefer on National street was cut off during the alarm and the house was thrown into a state of complete darkness.

The Alazan creek on Monterey street was swelted from a thread-like stream to a river 300 feet wide. Mexican jacals along its banks were inundated and in some cases the families had to abandon their houses and seek shelter with neighbors on its banks.

A tree was blown down in front of the residence of John D. Garret on South Alamo street.

There are sewer washouts at the corner of Elmira and North Flores streets and on North San Saba street.

The mounted officers were kept busy last night looking up electric wires that were blown down.

The high water was tough on women and street corners seemed to have a particular attractiveness for men folk.

The thoroughfares of Crockett, Bonham, Blum and Nacogdoches streets was very Venetian-like. The water on these streets was knee-deep.

The damage to shrubbery in the city parks is very light if anything.

Third street was under water from Avenues C to E and a car of the Edison line was stalled between those points.

Waterbound pedestrians did not hesitate in jumping on delivery wagons in order to escape the moisture.

Along The Southern Pacific.

The storm was general along the Southern Pacific railroad between Uvalde and San Antonio. It started at Uvalde and continued eastward along the line to San Antonio. At Sabinai three freight cars were blown from the track known as the safety switch. The wires were down and the local dispatchers were unable to obtain word from Uvalde until 7 p.m. There were eleven trains moving between San Antonio and Spofford while the storm was at its height-seven trains coming from the west and four going west.

Telegraph poles were blown down all along the line. The track was under water at several places, but no washouts were reported. In San Antonio the entire platform of the passenger depot, as well as the tracks were inundated. The floors of the depot restaurant and the baggage and waiting rooms were also under water.

San Antonio Light, San Antonio, TX 12 Jun 1898


Karnes County.

We are informed that the liberal hearted citizens of Riddleville raised about $70 for L.W. Compton, who lost everything he possessed in the cyclone.

San Antonio Light, San Antonio, TX 19 Jun 1898