Tekamah, NE Tornado, Jun 1904

WRECKAGE IN PATH OF STORM

NEBRASKA TOWN STRUCK BY TORNADO

Many People Injured and the Property Loss Is Heavy

OMAHA, June 2.-Additional reports from Tekamah, which was struck last night by a tornado, indicate that about twenty persons were injured, some of them seriously hurt. There were no fatalities. The seriously injured:

KIP HAMBLIN, MISS GERTRUDE DENNY, PROF. J. D. BARNES, MISS GRAY, MAMIE REMINGTON, JOE BRUNE and JESSE SPILLMAN.

The storm wrecked most of the buildings in its path, which was a block in width, and several blocks long. The opera house, two general stores, a blacksmith shop and several residences were destroyed. A high school commencement rehearsal was in progress in the opera house when the storm struck the building, carrying away the roof and partially wrecking the walls. A number of pupils were injured.

The people of the town had little warning of the coming storm and many had narrow escapes. The property loss is heavy.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 2 Jun 1904

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Tornado Destroys Opera House at Tekamah, Neb., and a Number of Persons Are Injured

Opera House Destroyed.

Sioux City, Ia., June 2.-A tornado struck Tekamah, Burt county, Neb., Wednesday afternoon, destroying the opera house and badly wrecking several other buildings. Prof. Barnes and the graduating class of the Tekamah high school were rehearsing for the commencement exercises in the opera house when it collapsed, and all were injured, but none seriously. Prof. Barnes told the pupils to lie down on the floor, which they did and the seats protected them from the debris. KIP HAMBLINE, a telegraph operator, who was in the building, sustained a broken collar bone. Trees were uprooted, buildings unroofed and porches torn off. There was little damage outside the town.

Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI 2 Jun 1904

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CYCLONE IN WEST.

Much Damage to Property in Nebraska and Kansas.

Tekamah, Neb., June 2-A disastrous cyclone swept over this town Wednesday afternoon, wrecking and destroying twenty houses and injuring nineteen people.

After wrecking Tekamah, the cyclone passed into thickly populated country districts, and created much damage to property.

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