|Birth: ||Dec. 28, 1823|
|Death: ||Jul. 21, 1884|
South Dakota, USA
Date of birth calculated based on age at time of death.
Coming from the west about two o'clock on the afternoon of July 21, 1884, the tornado swept through the center of town, striking first a building where the Capesius Poolhall now stands and where the Crossman Bros. General Store was back then. The light frame structure was demolished as the devastating wind ran its uncharted course, unfolding its fury on the streets of Dell Rapids. Crockery, bolted goods, hosiery, pots and pans, work shirts, and groceries were violently hurled into the street. They were flung with a wild abandon to the skies, only to light and be swept down the muddy street by the cloudburst that followed the high wind. Men and women scampered to shelter, such as there were, and waited for the storm to end.
Jumping across the street, the wind completely ripped out the first story of the harness shop where the Fred Barbour harness shop is now. The fragile wall collapsed when winds struck it from the west. This caused the upper story, where the Odd Fellows had their hall, to drop down into the harness shop below. The story is told that Jim Nisbet, who was running the shop, was in the building when the wind dropped the hall into his place of business. He was saved when he crawled under some boxes, which acted as a support from the falling floor above.
Other damage done that day included the wrecking of the Congregational Church. At that time, the church was located in the north part of town on the site where the Chris Bach home is today. The school house, built in 1876 and remodeled the previous year by adding a second story, was also blown down by the heavy winds. The warehouse at the old mill, located in the west part of town and operated by E. J. Elliott, was also destroyed. So were many of the homes, newly planted trees, horse barns and other loose outbuildings located throughout the little city.
Continuing its mad course, the wind raced in a southeasterly direction snapping off trees like toothpicks, and scattering any loose objects such as wagons and hayracks. It eventually stopped at a point nine miles southeast of Dell Rapids where the Peter Grav farm is now. Only one fatality was reported. A blind woman, a Mrs. John Hale living south and east of Dell Rapids on the Jacob Staudenraus farm, 2 1/2 miles east of the LeBrun farm, was killed as she ran for a storm cellar.
Dell Rapids Tribune August 6, 1936
Recalling the Storm from 1884
John Hale (1827 - 1892)*
Wife of John Hale
Aged 60y 6m 23d
Note: Please note the headstone was broken the in the spring of 2010.
Dell Rapids Cemetery
South Dakota, USA
Created by: dells
Record added: Oct 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30831242