Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN Storm, Jun 1908


Considerable Damage in St. Paul and Vicinity - Fisherman Loses His Life.

ST. PAUL, June 22. - A furious wind and rain storm broke over St. Paul at 8 o'clock today and considerable damage was done in the 15 minutes during which the tempest was at its height.

A huge traveling steam crane at the St. Paul foundry, opposite the Dale street shops of the Great Northern, was lifted from the rails on which it was mounted and thrown over. It was twisted and otherwise badly damaged. The crane weighed 10 tons.

Trees were blown down in different parts of the city and traffic was delayed on two street car lines from this cause. A tree fell across the tracks at Rondo and Macubin streets and it was nearly an hour before the traffic was resumed. At Selby and Nina avenues a falling tree broke the trolley feed wire and the Selby, Marriam Park and Selby-Lake lines were tied up for a considerable time.

Windows Blown Down.

Plate glass windows were blown out at the following places:

Heller's drug store, Tenth and St. Peter streets; Summit bowling alleys, 928 East Seventh street; Winslow Furniture company, 424 Wabasha street, damage $100; Millinery store at 509 Wabasha street; a large shack at Wabasha and College avenue was blown down. It was owned by Rud T. Frey, 568 Wabasha street.

The wind storm which struck St. Paul early today blew down many barns in Steele county and did damage in the towns of Ellendale and Clark's Grove estimated at $150,000. No fatalities were reported. At New Richmond, Wis., the inhabitants were panic-stricken by the sudden fury of the wind and many ran to the cellars fearing a repetition of the disaster of 1899. Buildings were unroofed and plate glass windows were blown in. No loss of life reported.

Many Trees Overturned.

The wind at St. Paul which came from the west and northwest, blew the hardest about White Bear Lake. The west shore of the lake was especially afflicted. Wildwood, Mahtomedi and Dellwood escaped almost wholly, but along the road between Bald Eagle and White Bear so many large branches were scattered far and wide that automobiles could hardly travel. Car traffic to White Bear was interrupted all morning.

An automobilist who came in from Bald Eagle reported that at Lake Phalen he saw a runabout, a light machine, overturned by the wind and lying on its side. Its former occupant had apparently not been hurt and was engaged in pushing back his vehicle into a more dignified position.

Square Litered [sic] With Limbs.

Lake residents found the village square at White Bear littered with big limbs. As the incoming trains moved southward passengers saw more than a dozen trees that had been blown down between the village and Goose Lake. At Lake Shore several of the most attractive private groves had lost big trees.

Some of the summer cottages at Bald Eagle and White Bear were slightly damaged, but the occupants considered themselves lucky in escaping a genuine cyclone, such as has visited the neighborhood of White Bear on at least two occasions within the last quarter of a century.

Gladstone was also visited and reports of damage done were received this afternoon.

Beam Crushes His Chest.

MINNEAPOLIS, June 22. - Henry H. Fortwenger, a coach repairer in the employ of the Omaha railway, was killed in the storm that swept over Minneapolis and vicinity early today. He had gone to Shady Oak Lake to fish and when the storm broke took refuge in an abandoned shanty which was wrecked by the wind. A heavy beam fell across his chest crushing him so that he died within an hour.

At Lake Minnetonka the double deck steamer Puritan was caught broadside by the wind and was driven ashore with 20 passengers aboard. All escaped without injury.

The Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, MN 23 Jun 1908