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Albert Lea Freeborn County Times (Newspaper) - June 18, 1897, Albert Lea, Minnesota Freeborn county times. Vol. Ii. No. I2.Albert Lea Minnesota. Friday. Ilene is. Ls�>7. Twelve pages. Hotter than the big four. Done to lose your temper at this Early stage of the game. Its merely a foretaste of what is in store for you if you indulge in profanity. A Ake preparation for hot weather. Shed that heavy undershirt throw away your Hack number Felt hat Pawn the last years overcoat in some second hand store. Don one of our Fine drastic suits. They Are very Nice and Cost but Little. Alpaca Coats fat \ Short and Long Small and i Stout and slim extra Large Man. We Are Strong in. Summer underwear Bonbons real French for >0 cents a garment. A Good Balbriggan for 2> cents a garment. For the multitude at prices hardly Worth mentioning. For those subject to rheumatism we recommend our Light weight imported German health Wool a at $1.00 a garment. Keep Kool and Trade a tie at Alden and at Lyle. Awful destruction of property. Houses barns school houses out houses Trees fences and Telegraph poles Are demolished or badly damaged. Horses cattle and hogs killed by the score near Lyle. Wagons. Tubs. Roofs pumps and stoves carried great distances by the terrible. Whirling funnel. Graphic description of the sights along the track of two devastating wind storms. The storm near London. A very destructive Cyclone passed Over the Southern part of London and Lyle townships on the evening on june loth. It commenced Between six and seven o clock. The first appearance of the Cloud was a Short distance West of James Copps Here it overturned a few out buildings but did comparative Little damage. Then it seemed to lift and passed Over the places of or. Cook and or. Las have. Passing eastward it next struck the buildings of mrs. Funda leaving a total wreck. Next was the farm of Julius Owen where everything was swept away except his granary. Then at or. Howard s his Tine barn and a part of the House beside every thing else that was movable next the Woodbury school House stood in its path and of this nothing remained but a pile of kindling. The storm then crossed the Cedar River at the Bridge which it damaged somewhat. The next Dwel Ling was a Small one near the River and was also swept away. Here was the first Case where the inmates were injured. All tin others having taken Refuge in their cellars. At this place a Man and woman were seriously but it is hoped not fatally injured. The Small farm of John Johnson was next in its path. Here the track seems wider and it took his House but not his barn and on the other Side of the Road a Fine Grove of 30 acres is levelled to the ground. Next the residence of Joseph Wyborney with All other buildings was blown away. The farm of or. Hanson was next. Here the inmates escaped with their lives All excepting the oldest son a Young Man of .3. Who was instantly killed. The Minn Ereka school House was utterly demolished the buildings of Willis Bryan were All destroyed the barns of both August and John Webber were blown away and considerable damage done to or. Laudt s building. The storm then struck Lyle doing much mischief and injuring several people. All along the path of this destructive monster Are Fine horses cattle and hogs killed by buildings falling upon them Large Trees torn out by the roots and others twisted off As if by the hand of a giant. Thousands of dollars Worth of property. The result of Many years of hard labor were wiped out in an instant of time. East of Lyle there is very Little damage done and the winds seem to have lost their angry Power. There Are Only six houses left standing in a distance of Over six Miles and this was a thickly settled and prosperous District. However the people Are courageous Ami carpenters Are already on the ground. Nearly every one will begin at once to replace their buildings but it will be a Long time before this peaceful country will regain what it has lost. The storm near Lyle. Your correspondent was one of the Many who visited the Cyclone District Over at Lyle. One who has never seen such a sight can have no idea of its terrible work. In some places where Large barns and houses had stood there is nothing but slivers of kindling Wood left. For a distance of four or five Miles the Road and Fields Are thickly strewn with pieces of boards farm machinery and household goods. Clothing is found in tree tops where the Trees were left standing and in Many places huge Trees were twisted into splinters. Giant Oaks were taken up by their roots and carried along in the Tornado making great holes in the ground. Buildings were removed considerable distances. In one instance a earner in was carried and set Down in a Eow Yard uninjured. Boot it would take too much space to Tell All about it. The greatest wonder is that anyone in its track escaped alive yet Only one Man Hanson by name was killed. The storm near . The first of the week a representative of the times visited the District West of Alden and followed up the path of thursday afternoons Cyclone. The Black Cloud was seen by nearly every one in Alden off to the Southwest moving toward the Northeast. All who observed the phenomenon agree that it appeared As a Gigantic Black pillar reaching from a High Cloud to the Earth not perpendicular hut at an Angle of 45 degrees. As near As can be Learned it formed about six Miles Southwest of Alden and was first observed at Frank Walker s place when about two Miles away. Walker and family traced its course by the Hying debris that it gathered As it move it along. They saw it strike a Straw stack and scatter t like a handful of chaff about a half mile to the Southwest and they were congratulating themselves on escaping its fury when like some living monster that had sighted its prey it made a sweeping gyration to the North and came directly toward them. Walker saw at a Giance that he was directly in the path of the destroyer and he instinctively hurried his family into the cellar and not a moment to soon for scarcely had they touched the cellar Hoor when with a terrific crash the House was lifted bodily from its foundation and dropped to the East of its former position. The cellar caved in around the Edge but the victims standing in the cellar were not injured. The House was but slightly damaged owing to the fact that it was North of the Center of the whirl. The Kitchen on the South did not fare As Well As the upright part of the House for this was nearer the deadly vortex into which it was snatched ground into fragments and scattered like kindling Wood for a distance of half a mile Down the Hillside. On the Bottom of the cellar at the time the House was lifted from its foundation there was a Large Wash tub that the Cyclone seemed to want for it lifted it into the air and Drew it into its roaring Center from which it emerged hats he gets a Good Start a Young Man whose appearance is pleasing has a much better Chance in life. This idea is gained from experience a in watching those who Wear the b. K. Amp co. Suits. There must be some exceptional Merit when this is True. Have you seen the new Spring styles a a a. N. 23$ a our goods and prices Back up our advertisements every time. We Are treating you to a. Are a a?4 great spread of Straw hats. For 50c, t you can take your Choice of hundreds and there Are hats from our >1.2s Stock for 50c, Gat get Hayden amp co. About % of a mile away and was later discovered in a Slough. On the upright part of the Bouse on the Side from which the Kitchen was taken there was a Bunch of seed Corn and a set of Fly nets hanging on nails. These articles were not disturbed during the commotion when the Kitchen was torn away Ami the House was lifted from its foundation. In front of the Kitchen right in the Center of the whirling funnel stood a lumber Wagon loaded with pm pounds of Coal. The Box was lifted bodily from the Wagon and All but about 300 pounds of the Coal which was left where the Wagon stood was taken away and not a Trace of it can be found. The wheels of the Wagon were left in their former position. Shattered fragments of the Box were found in a neighbouring Slough with the end rods twisted like Willow Withes. Although or. Walkers barn was some distance from the Center of the whirlwind get was moved by the powerful suction of the contending currents while a crib partly tilled with Corn was turned half around toward the storm the contents remaining undisturbed. After visiting the Walker place tin Black monster Laden with the worthless trophies of its destruction passed Over or. Greeley a farm and seemingly in contempt at not finding any resist Anee in the open Field dropped the mutilated remains of a hog. And made a straight line for the Snow fences along the c. M. A St. P. R. I. About i of a mile East of c. To Burton a place. It scattered the broken fragments of the Snow fences and Telegraph poles Over the Fields and blockaded the Railroad track so that the train Crew on the afternoon passenger train were obliged to remove the obstructions. After crossing the track the Cyclone travelled for a Long distance without finding any resistance and the Black column grew smaller and smaller until it Dimish to in the Middle to about the dimensions of a stove pipe and it was thought by the spectators that the column would separate from the Black mass above which would at once put an end to the cyclonic nature of the storm. While they were hoping that this would be the result the funnel struck the West Side of the Grove at the Hanson place and immediately the eol Umu swelled to its Normal proportions and fury. The Trees were beat to the ground and shaken As though they were Slough grass and some of them were twisted into those inconceivable shapes of which a Cyclone alone is capable. On through the Grove it passed littering the ground with broken timbers. The course of the storm could be plainly traced through the Grove by the broken and twisted Trees. It struck the Grove from the West Side and the destructive Center was in a straight line with the House but when within about five rods of tin building it abruptly changed its course to the Northeast and passed by without destroying the residence but the Well House was directly in the revolving Center and it went to pieces like an exploding bomb the heavy pump being pulled out of the Well and carried Over Twenty rods and dropped in a pasture. Perhaps the most remarkable feature in the capricious action of the storm occurred when the column struck the barn. The storm was moving East and struck the West Side of the barn first but contrary to All known rules of mathematics the East half of the roof was torn off in one solid Section and went sailing up the dark column like a Gigantic Bird and after having attained an Altitude of about 200 feet it fell to the ground quit a distance from the barn and in the direction from which the storm came. After completing its havoc at the Hanson place the Cyclone j passed on in a northeasterly direction Over the Fields the Black pillar growing smaller and smaller finally separating in the Middle the lower part collapsed to the ground and the upper part disappeared in the whirling mass above. Re organize. The Albert Lea game protective and gun club is the name of the new organization. Adopt a Constitution. At a special meeting Friday evening the gun club re organized. Elected officers and adopted the follow ing Constitution. Article i. Section in the name of this organization shall be a the Albert Lea game protective and gun article ii. Section i the object and purpose of this organization shall be to act As a voluntary auxiliary to the state Board of game and fish commissioners of Minnesota in the Protection preservation anti propagation of fish and game. Article Iii. Section in any person residing in Freeborn county interested in the object and purpose of this Organiza Tion and willing to carry into effect the purpose herein expressed and recoupment red by a member of this organization in Good standing May become a member by paying a membership fee of one Dollar to the treasurer provided his application is presented at any regular or special meeting and accepted by a majority of the members present and voting a quorum being present and voting. Article in. Section la the officers of this organization shall be a president vice president Secretary a a treasurer and executive committee. The executive committee to be composed of three members. All officers including the executive committee shall be elected at the annual meeting. When elected shall serve until their successors Are elected. Article v. Section i the annual meeting of this organization shall be held on the first monday in april in each year at the office of the Secretary or at a place to be designated by the Secretary by written notice. Article i. Section i a vacancy in any of the offices or committees herein provided for shall be tilled by appointment by the executive committee. Also in Case of failure to elect the vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the executive committee. Article Vii. Section i it be the duty of each member of the organization to comply with the Laws of this state for the Protection of game and Tish. Article Viii. Section i a it shall be the duty of the executive committee to take charge of and manage All trap shooting Ami tournaments of this organization. Officers Henry a. Morgan presi Dent Chas. Selbig vice president Bert Skinner. Treasurer John Skinner Secretary executive committee Bert Skinner Chas. Ewalt. Bert Ross. Members w g. Chamberlain Geo. A Boye. L. F. Peabody t. K. Campbell Emil Nelson. Dell Lee Julius Peterson. S. F. Chamberlain Chas. Fink g. W Hopkins. J b. Johnson Alfred Clausen. C. Swensen will Voight. 11 j. Stotz. E. L. Jacobus f. Fairchild t. Clements c. A. Stafford. . Mitchell w. A. Morin f. W. Kahler c. N. Ruble Chas. Seibig Henry a. Morgan Bert Skinner. John Skinner. Chas. E Walt Bert Ross c. E. Richardson c. M. Wilkinson w. S Jones

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