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Davis, SD, Tornados, Sep 1928

Tornado Destruction



Chicago, Sept. 14., (AP) -- Two tornadoes, wiping out lives, and smashing buildings and homes, had left portions of Nebraska and South Dakota virtually in ruins today.
Thirteen persons were known to be dead. The town of Davis, S. D., a community of 250 people was a mass of wreckage. More than 100 were injured, many seriously, from twisters that cut two separate strips of desctuction late yesterday.
Both storms traveled northeasterly, crippling communications, so that only meagre reports had come from many outlying sections early today.
Four country schools filled with pupils crumbled in the path of the Nebraska storm, which began near Bancroft and continued into Iowa, taking five lives. A special train of doctors from Sioux City, Ia., left to care for more than 80 injured.
More than 20 houses and the Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad depot in Dakota City, Neb., were wrecked or blown away. Injured persons filled a hospital, hotel and two homes in Walthill, Neb.
The baby daughter of MR. and MRS. EDWARD KUNZIE was carried half a mile from their farm near Winnebago, Neb., and was found dead in a straw stack.
Six were killed in the storm which began near Yankton, S. D., and continued beyond Davis, 40 miles northeast of Yankton. Many farm buildings and hundreds of head of livestock were destroyed in the mile-wide swath of the storm, which ended a prolonged heat wave. A score were injured in the village of Davis which was almost totally swept away.

Alton Evening Telegraph Illinois 1928-09-14

article | by Dr. Radut