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Kansas City, MO Tornado, May 1909 - In Just 5 Minutes

IN JUST 5 MINUTES OF WIND

MOUNT WASHINGTON SHOWS TO-DAY WHAT A LITTLE TORNADO CAN DO.

The Morning After Reveals Streets Choked With Wreckage and Families Homeless – Only One Victim in Danger – Incidents of the Storm.

Condition of the Injured To-Day.
Orthell Davis, carpenter, working with George Archer on house at Ninth street and Arlington avenue, head cut; not dangerous.
Seth Greer, 19 years old, body bruised and cut; not dangerous.
Leeboy Greer, 5 years old, bruised; will recover.
Mrs. Newton Bird, Independence and Overton avenues, right hip and ankle bruised; not dangerous.
George Archer, Ninth street and Arlington avenue, head and face wounds; taken to Sheffield hospital; will recover.
James O’Gann and wife lived near Mount Washington Cemetery; house blown over; both bruised; will recover.
Mrs. Sarah Jenkins, daughter of Mrs. O’Gann, and her 5 year-old boy, cut and bruised; not dangerous.
Mrs. John Reed occupied a tent in Fairmount addition; bruised but not dangerously injured, taken to the home of John Allen.
J. M. Patterson, Fairmount addition; head cut by timbers; not dangerous.
Ethel Ferguson, 5-year-old with Mrs. Robinson, bruised on head and face; Mrs. Robinson and child taken to home of H. A. Neal in Fairmount addition.
A. O. Root, Fairmount addition, left leg lacerated.
Mrs. A. O. Root, left knee broken, face and head cut and side bruised.
Ruby Elbes Sheffield, sister of Mrs. Root; left side and back wrenched and bruised.
Mrs. Josie De Barnardi, 61 years old, corner of Independence and Overton avenues; right arm broken; will recover.
Mrs. R. J. Jenkins and 5-year-old son; Fairmount addition, cut and bruised; not dangerous.
Mrs. Harry L. Ferguson, Fairmount addition, left side bruised and head cut; will recover.

From the time last night’s wind storm in Mount Washington wrought its first destruction in Watt Webb’s orchard, one and one-half miles east of the Blue river, until it lifted on the crest of the hill in Fairmount addition, two miles northeast, less than five minutes time elapsed, according to the sufferers. In that brief time thirty building were either demolished or damaged and twenty persons were injured.

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