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Laredo, TX Tornado Damages Much of City, Apr 1905

Laredo, TX Tornado Damage 1905 Tornado damage Bridge ruined by tornado

TWENTY-ONE DIE IN TEXAS STORM.

FRIGHTFUL TORNADO CARRIES DEATH AND LOSS INTO LAREDO.

SCORES WERE INJURED, AND THERE ARE STORIES OF MORE KILLED IN OTHER PLACES.

Property Damage Is Enormous -- The Laredo Seminary Utterly Destroyed, But Students and Teachers Miraculously Escaped -- Mayor SANCHEZ Appeals For Aid.

Laredo, Tex., April 29 -- (Via Bermuda, Tex.) -- Sixteen people were killed and scores injured in Laredo by a tornado which tore through the city late last night. Rumors of others killed in places outside Laredo are heard, but as yet lack confirmation. The property damage is large. So far as known the names of the dead in Laredo are:
JUAN GUERRERO, aged forty-six.
JULIA GUERRERO, aged eighteen.
PANEILA GUERRERO, aged twenty-two.
_______ GUERRERO, missing.
Unknown Man, servant Laredo seminary.
PALALIO NUNCIO, aged fifty-six.
JUNIATA JARAMILLA, aged thirteen.
Unknown Man, employed in the Bruno hotel.
S. MUNOZ, aged fifty.
Three Members of a Family Named TREIO.
One Woman and Two Boys, aged eight and nine years, respectively, named BARRERA.
MISS GAYETAN, aged seventeen.
The four first mentioned in the list were members of one family and were employed on the ranch of GEORGE WOODMAN. They were all crushed to death by the falling in of the heavy walls of the adobe house which they occupied. The others mentioned in the list met their fate in a like manner. The damage wrought at the Larado seminary is severe. Not one of the group of magnificent buildings which go to make up that institution escaped damage. The barracks, the primary building, Emery hall and the chapel were damaged from 50 to 75 per cent. The escape from death of the teachers at present quartered in the institution is considered miraculous as the walls of some of the buildings which they occupied were completely demolished. MRS. EARLY, one of the teachers was heroically rescued by several young cadets, students of the institution, they lowering her by a rope from a second story. She was badly bruised.
The Mexican National hospital building had the roof lifted from the edifice and it will require much time to repair the building for patients. A trip through the town fails to show a locality that has not suffered more or less from the storm. Trees, fences, telegraph and telephone poles, corrugated roofs, chimneys and walls and debris of all imaginable kinds strew the streets.
The city authorities are at work cleaning away the wreckage of the storm, and to-night the city began to assume its customary tranquil appearance.
Conditions in New Laredo, across the Rio Grande river, are similar to those existing on this side. It is not officially known how many dead or injured there are but a city official of that place tonight stated there are five dead that he knew of. The five known dead added to the list of dead on this side of the river would bring the number of dead in both cities up to twenty-one persons.
DR. H. J. HAMILTON, of the United States marine hospital service, has placed 150 tents with bedding, etc., at the disposal of the homeless.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Indiana 1905-04-30

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