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List of Deaths From Grayson Co.Tx. Cyclone (1896)

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List of Deaths From Grayson Co.Tx. Cyclone (1896)

Posted: 991915200000
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Surnames: Baldinger, Burns, Ames, Shearer, Montgomery, Hamilton, Anderson, Jenkins, Price, Herring, Walker, Nicholson, Ballinger, Cox, Lake, Jenkins, Miller, Halzell, Woodard, English, King, Taylor, Burks, Davis, Balding, Weddle, Cephus, Burnes, Brown, Nichols, Irvene, Bosick, Herring, Pierce, Pataick, Jefferson, Newhouse, Hendricks, Clark
The Democrat, McKinney, Tx., Thursday, May 21, 1896

Sherman, Tx.---May 15, 1896

Just a few minutes before 5 0' clock this afternoon a cyclone not exceeding two blocks in width but carrying widespread destruction and death in its wake. swept through the western half of the city traveling almost directly north........

[All of this article is not included here because of its length, but I will list those who were injured or died in this storm ]

The greatest number of fatalities are reported from the colored settlement along Post Oak and Lincoln Streets .

The list of those killed as reported are :

Mrs. OTTO BALDINGER and two children, resided at 607 Houston Street.

Mrs. I. L. BURNS and two children, JOHNNIE aged 3 and GROVER, aged 10.

JOHN AMES, wife and two children.


Mrs. LUKE MONTGOMERY and two children, another is also missing.


Mrs. GEORGE ANDERSON and infant daughter.


D. L. PRICE and son, TOM, aged 14.

Mrs. DAVE HERRING and two children.

An unknown lady and two little children, one about 6 and the other about 4 years of age.

The list of colored killed so far as learned up to 10 p.m. was as follows :


Mrs. NORA NICHOLSON and two children.



MARY LAKE and three children, LETITIA, JOHN and FATUS.


TOM JENKINS, wife and four children.

HENRY MILLER, wife and two children.

A heavy sliver of wood was driven through the thigh of GRANVILLE JENKINS.

Mr. and Mrs. ED HALZELL and little son with B. F. WOODARD were in the cellar at the former's residence on High Street covered with debris. Mr. and Mrs. HALZELL are both painfully bruised about the thighs, supposed to have been blown through a window.

ELIZA COX, hurt in the breast.

JIM ENGLISH, colored.

KATY KING, colored.


The unknown woman has been identified as Mrs. I. L. BURKS.

Advices from Howe Station are to the effect that eight persons have been killed four miles west of there. Among that number it is positively known that Mrs. J. J. DAVIS and her little daughters, ETHEL and ADA are among the dead.

Another infant of the BALDING family has been found dead.

CHARLES WEDDLE of Fairview, the Northwest portion of Sherman, has been found dead with a piece of timber driven through his body.

HARRIETT LAKE, colored, cut and bruised about the head.

BEN CEPHUS, colored, wife, CHARLIE and son, CLARENCE, all have limbs broken and are in a precarious condition.

LOTTIE and LUMMY BURNES of the ill fated family are badly hurt.

Mr. and Mrs. JESSIE BROWN of High Street had their house demolished, both badly bruise and Mrs. BROWN'S arm .
IKE SHEARER, son of Rev. SHEARER who was killed, badly bruised.
Mrs. J. B. KING and two children bruised.
PHILLIP NICHOLS, painful hurts about the head.
Mrs. JOHN IRVENE and family of 4 children, more or less injured.
W. S. BOSICK who was in same residence, cut very seriously.
OTTO BALLINGER, whose family were all killed is badly hurt about the head.
HESTER and NANNIE BELLE NICHOLSON, colored, of the family out of which three were killed are seriously and internally hurt.
DAVE HERRING and Mrs. D. L. PIERCE, who alone escaped death at their home are perhaps fatally hurt.
MARY PATAICK, colored, and 3 children are badly hurt internally.
MATTIE JEFFERSON, colored, head hurt and injured internally, will not live until morning unless she rallies.
JOHN and ALICE NEWHOUSE, colored, and 4 children , badly hurt.
HARRIETT HENDRICKS, colored,both legs broken.
Mrs. EVA PIERCE, daughter of D. L. PIERCE, left leg and right arm broken.
Mr. and Mrs. WRIGHT CLARK reported painful injuries.
The family of JOHN HAMILTON who lives on West Hunter Street have been discovered, all badly injured. One of the HAMILTON boys, aged 21 will die. Two girls, aged 15 and 9 were fatally injured and another girl injured internally.

Submitted by MT, Collin Co., volunteer

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