|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/1/1913.
Storm Sweeps West
Omaha, Nebraska, March 24. - A tornado swept Omaha shortly after six
o'clock yesterday afternoon cutting a path from four to six blocks wide
and eight miles long causing an appalling loss of life including large
property damage. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed and up till
ten o'clock Monday, it appeared that 100 were dead and thrice that number
A long distance telephone message to Denver says: "Omaha and vicinity
were swept by two distinct windstorms yesterday afternoon both of which
were of cyclonic intensity, which spread death and destruction in their
Fires broke out in many buildings lending an additional horror.
At ten today the available death list was between 100 and 200 with not
less than 100 badly injured and probably three hundred or more or less
hurt. All fires have been put out. During the night fifty alarms
were sent in.
Ten persons were found dead and it is believed that the list will reach
fifteen at Yutan, thirty-five miles northwest of here where a tornado which
later wrought such havoc at Omaha first began its destructive work.
Ralston, southwest of Omaha was razed and half a score more deaths reported
Council Bluffs suffered nine dead, a score injured seriously and great
damage done. Large loss of life was exacted in West Omaha while blocks
of houses were picked up and dashed into shapeless masses. Street
cars were hurled from the track and demolished."