Bellevue, Stoneburg, Hamilton, TX Tornado, Apr 1906

Bellevue After the Tornado, photo from texasoldphotos.com

TORNADO WIPES OUT THREE TEXAS TOWNS.

FOURTEEN PERSONS KILLED IN A BIG WIND STORM.

TORNADO SWEEPS OVER THE TOWN OF BELLEVUE, TEXAS, CAUSING RUIN AND LOSS OF LIFE.

NAMES OF THE DEAD, INJURED AND MISSING.

CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATES PLACE THE PROPERTY LOSS AT SOMEWHERE NEAR SUM OF $175,000.

Fort Worth, Tex., April 26. -- A tornado has swept away the town of Bellevue and damaged the town of Stoneburg.
Meager advices received here state that Bellevue is destroyed, twelve or fifteen persons having been killed and many injured and missing. Fire is destroying the ruins caused by the tornado.
A special train has started from Bowie, Tex., 125 miles distant, for the scene. Bellevue is a town of 1,500 inhabitants.

Dallas, Tex., April 26. -- Bellevue, a village in Clay county, and Stoneburg, a village in Montague county, both eighty-five miles northwest of here, were struck by a tornado this evening, the number of dead being estimated to be thirty in Bellevue and twenty in Stoneburg. Dispatchers from Hico, 130 miles south of Bellevue, are to the effect that Hamilton, the county seat, was also devastated by the tornado and several lives lost. Two relief trains have gone from Henrietta to Bellevue, carrying doctors and nurses.

Bellevue, Tex., April 26. -- A tornado swept through this place tonight, destroying everything in its path and as a result practically the entire town is a mass of ruins, only three buildings now standing. At least fourteen persons are dead and a number injured. The tornado was followed by fire which consumed the wreckage.
Known dead:
R. L. RUSSELL, wife and four children.
TOM CARR.
WILLIAM BELL, candidate for County Treasurer of Clay county.
TOM BLOUNT.
Two members of the GRAY family.
Missing -- Eight.
Seriously injured -- Two daughters of D. E. SMITH of Bowie.
MRS. GAULT.
MR. GRAY and seven members of his family, two of whom have since died.
MRS. McGRAW.
Conservative estimates place the loss at between $150,000 and $175,000.

Nevada State Journal Reno Nevada 1906-04-27

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I need imfermation I am

I need imfermation I am learning about the Bellevue Tornado for my science class for catastrophic events

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my great grandfather and great uncle (7yo) were both killed in this tornado - just started researching family - would love to have any additional information!
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My family is from the Vashti, TX area, about 8 miles from Bellevue and since I am into genealogy, I would like to have copies of those pictures you are referring to. While growning up, I heard my family talk about this horrific tornado. Many thanks. D.(johnson) Woods

Bellevue, TX

Please share your pictures regarding the 1906 Bellevue Texas, this is my home place, we also live between Bellevue and Stoneburg.

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1906 tornado @ Bellevue

One of the several buildings left standing was my family's two story house that was used as a makeshift hospital. It still stands today and is in good shape. The old Taylor house as it was called has been passed down thru the family over the years, even to my grandparents and parents for a time. Many memories from there. House still has original fireplace and era woodwork around doors and inside. Some original wallpaper as well. Quite a treasure. Are there any photos of this two story house in existence ? [email protected]

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Email me at [email protected] and I will send you copies of the pictures I have

Mrs. John Karr (Willie Louisa Karr)

Mrs. John Karr (Willie Louisa Karr) was my grandmother and died as a result of that tornado. If you have pictures or info would appreciate.

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my grand mother willie l karr (mrs. john karr) died as a result of the tornado. having hard time finding info on her

Bellvue/Stoneburg tornado of 1906

I am from nearby Nocona and had relatives in Stoneburg and Belcherville. Would very much like to have your photos of the storm.

I would like to see them. I

I would like to see them. I had Family from that area.