Philadelphia, PA Fatal Wind Storm, Aug 1890



Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 21. - During a heavy storm which prevailed in this vicinity about 7 o'clock this evening the southern wall of the stable and car sheds occupying the square bounded by Twelfth and Thirteenth Streets and Susquehanna and Dauphin Streets, used jointly by the Twelfth and Sixteenth and Tenth and Eleventh Street Passenger Railway Companies, was blown down, carrying a portion of the roof with it and smashing a number of cars. Four persons were killed outright, three are so badly injured that they are not expected to recover, three others were less seriously injured, and one is missing and probably dead. Twenty or more horses were killed.
Following is a list of the killed:
AUGUST PAUL, driver, of No. 849 Norris Street;
MRS. AUGUST PAUL, his wife;
CHARLES SEVERN, conductor, No. 1312 Norris Street;
CHARLES FISHER, driver, Thirteenth and Carlton Streets.
The injured are:
HENRY JACOBY, conductor, Seventeenth and Berks Streets, scalp wound and shock, taken to German Hospital.
CHARLES BROWN, both arms and legs broken.
JAMES J. MARTIN, driver, No. 2251 Colorado Street, back crushed and hurt internally, taken home.
HENRY TRODWETTER, stableman, struck by flying debris.
A son of AUGUST PAUL, arm broken and injured internally.
UNKNOWN BOY, struck by timbers.
Of the injured, JACOBY, MARTIN, and BROWN are so badly hurt that their recovery is considered doubtful.
JOHN CHRISTY, aged 18 years, a horse-changer, was leading a horse which became frightened by a crash of thunder and dashed in the building just as the roof fell. CHRISTY followed after the animal, and as he has not since been seen he is believed to have been killed.
The storm which caused this disaster began about 6:45 o'clock this evening. The thunder and lightning were severe and rain fell in torrents.

Chicago Tribune Illinois 1890-08-22