Stafford, KS Deadly Tornado Wrecks Town, May 1889

RAVAGED BY A CYCLONE.

A KANSAS TOWN SWEPT OUT OF EXISTENCE.

THREE PEOPLE KILLED, FIFTY HURT.

MEAGRE DETAILS OF THE DISASTER -- SOME NAMES OF THE VICTIMS.

Hutchinson, Kan., May 8. -- The town of Stafford, Kas., was wiped out by a cyclone Monday night. A number of people were killed and about fifty wounded. The wind had been blowing a gale for three days and developed into a cyclone that swept over the counties of Stafford and Rice in a north-westerly direction. Crops, farm houses and barns were mowed down, and the full extent of the damage is not yet reported. The town of Stafford was almost entirely destroyed, but fortunately the people saw the cyclone coming and had time to escape to cellars and places of safety.
Three are known to be killed and thirty badly injured.
Among the latter are E. SLADO, MRS. E. LINDSAY and daughter, GEORGE DEWS and two children. WILLIAM CRAWFORD was instantly killed and his father, S. S. CRAWFORD, fatally injured. MRS. JOHN LOVE was blown fifty feet from her house into a wagon. She was fatally injured. The Eureka school house was entirely blown away, there being nothing left but a few foundation timbers. All the houses were frame and were lifted and distrubed over the adjoining fields.

Logansport Pharos Tribune Indiana 1889-05-08