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Rippey, Iowa Tornado, November 1882

Rippey, Iowa was hit by a fierce

The Bee  November 15, 1882; pg 5

Greene County Gets Another Blow-Out  From a Cyclone.
     It is to be hoped that the elements will soon have vented their seemingly pent-up vengeance against Greene county. Not content with the great Grinnell disaster originating within our borders, she was again visited by a blow-out of some consequence last Friday night, in the vicinity of Rippey. Mr. D H Hoshaw, whose residence was shaken up considerably, called Tuesday and gave us the following particulars. The cyclone struck the ground about three miles northeast of Rippey, at 10 o'clock Friday night, extending northwest a distance of probably six miles and width of eighty rods. In its course were the houses of Mr. Hoshaw and Mr. Harmon and a school house. Mr. Hoshaw and his family were in bed at the time of the cyclone, he being awakened by one of the doors of his house blowing open. The only damage done to his residence was in its being spread apart by the wind getting inside Mr. Harmon's residence, which was only a short distance from that of Mr. Hoshaw, was carried from its foundation and literally torn to pieces.

     Mr. Hoshaw was the first person to go to the relief of the Harmon family, whom he found more or less Injured. Mrs. H had one leg broken and was otherwise injured, while two or three children were hurt severely, one a young lady, sustaining serious Internal Injuries. Mr. Harmon and one son were away at the time of the disaster. The school house met with the same fate as the residence of Mr. Harmon, having been torn to pieces and scattered far and wide.

     The cyclone performed all Its characteristic maneuvers while whirling over the ground, tearing up trees, fences, outbuildings and everything in its track. Even the foundation of the Harmon building was shattered almost to pieces, while a grindstone standing within three feet of the house was not moved.

     This occurrence of a cyclone in November is something rather unusual and may give us reason to look for their visits the year round. We trust, however, that their occurrence at any time may not be of snob frequency as to establish in Greene county, or even in Iowa, a precedent for cyclones. A more -detailed account of this cyclone is given in another column of THE BEE to-day. contributed by our Rippey correspondent, who may be said to have been an eye witness to the catastrophe.

A Detailed Account .of the Unseasonable Tornado, Together with other News of Interest from Washington

This locality seems to be a choice held for the cyclone. Three times within the past thirteen months have they dropped to the ground within a radius of a few miles, leaving each time suffering and desolation in their track.
The third and last of these unwelcome visitors passed three miles to the north of us last Friday evening, at about 9 30 o clock. It probably formed near here, as we could plainly see (by the continuous glare of lightening) the heavy, dark clouds rolling  upon each other and drawing into that cylindrical shape peculiar to the clone. It first struck the ground a short distance west of the Fry schoolhouse, which, lying directly in its course, was completely demolished and strewn along its path for a quarter of a mile, crushing It into millions of fragments.
      After leaving the pieces of the schoolhouse it bore north of west, and for a mile and a halt met no other resistance than crops and fences, which were as nothing in its grasp. Reaching the residence of Harmon, which was one of the most substantial structures in the county, it was caught up, whirled around, and carried about a hundred feet, then dashed to the ground a shapeless mass, burying the unfortunate inmates in the rubbish. Mr. H and one son remained in town during the cyclone, hesitating to venture out. Mrs. H, with three daughters and youngest son, were in the kitchen when the storm burst upon them, not having tine to reach the cellar. The youngest daughter, a child of eight years, was blown out of the house and gently dropped nearby, on her feet and uninjured. Mrs. Harmon, Eugene and Misses Delia and Iva were closely packed on the ground under the wreck of the main building, the kitchen having been completely thrown away. Mrs. H besides being covered with cuts and bruises had her right leg broken below the knee. Eugene had one arm seriously injured and his face badly cut. Misses Delia and Iva escaped more fortunately than the rest, receiving only a few scratches and bruises, while although not serious, are very painful, especially so with Delia, who is just recovering from a severe attack of lung fever. Although losing their home and all its contents arid sustaining serious injuries themselves, yet they can be thankful that they escaped with their lives, when after viewing the wreck, seems almost like a miracle.
     After leaving Mr. Harmon's place the cyclone the cyclone continued in the same direction, destroying a line and substantial residence two miles farther on. It then passed out of the neighborhood, and as to its further work of destruction, if any, we have as yet received no reliable information. It was accompanied by a flooding rain almost like a waterspout.   Frank