The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague County, Texas
April 26, 1906 and May 3, 1906
Fifteen Victims of a Cyclone
Town of Bellevue Swept Away
Six Hundred of the People Are Left Homeless
Stoneburg Is Also Partially Wrecked and Many Are in Sore Need of Immediate Assistance
Bellevue, Texas: 13 persons were killed outright, en were injured and one has since died; and property estimated to have been worth anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000 was destroyed by the cyclone which struck this city Thursday evening at about 6 o’clock.
For many minutes previous to the terrific blow, a grim portent of disaster was visible on the horizon and most of the inhabitants had time to seek the shelter of storm cellars. Then, like a demon on a mission of vengeance, the whirling atmosphere shot across the town, leaving behind nothing but debris and the dead and the maimed.
The destruction could hardly have been more destructive. Although many of the structures were very substantial, being of brick and stone, not one escaped demolition; and fire which sprang up amid the ruins soon destroyed the debris. Today Bellevue can not boast of a single store and only eight badly damages houses. The cyclone made a clean sweep and the path is left can be traced far beyond the corporate limits as plainly as if it were a well traveled country road.
The inhabitants were left destitute, but daylight had not come before special contributions, and special relief trains began to reach here from the surrounding towns. They brought food, clothing and money. The mayor of Henrietta notified the merchants of his place that he must have contributions and he brought drays and took what he wanted, saying he would stand responsible for the cost. The supplies were loaded on a special train and hurried to this place. But along with what the mayor secured, the merchants themselves sent as much more and applauded the mayor for his act.
The site of Bellevue resembles the encampment of a small army. A large quantity of tents came from Austin and 165 have been erected near the depot site and have been taken possession of by the homeless people.
On the outskirts of town the troops are camped, adding to the likeness, while bonfires here and there at night complete the picture.
Another victim of the cyclone was recorded Saturday in the death of Miss MOLLIE BLOUNT, who died at the home of friends, where she was being cared for. She was paralyzed in some manner during the storm. The other persons who were hurt are doing well, thought several are in dangerous condition.
The total property loss during the cyclone will approximate $200,000, according to the most conservative estimates. Other statements made by well posted citizens place the losses at twice that amount.
Many of the wrecked and burned buildings were insured, but it hard to obtain exact figures.
Thirteen coffins were sent to Bellevue from Henrietta Friday morning. The victims of the disaster were buried at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
The casualty list, revised five times, is as follows:
Dead: Mrs. R. L. RUSSELL and five children, the youngest an infant and the eldest 9 years old.
Two children of SID GREER reported dead.
JOHN WARREN and four year old son.
W. T. MOUNT, 60 years old.
FRED MOUNT, 30 years old, crushed beneath building and badly burned.
W. W. WELL, Public Weigher of Henrietta, and a candidate for county treasurer. Mr. Bell was struck in the side by a piece of flying scantling and it required the efforts of three men to put it out of the body.
Injured: A. T. COOK, age 89, reported to be dying.
Mrs. JOHN KARR / CARR, badly crushed and broken, expected to died.
Miss MOLLIE MOUNT, bruised, crushed, and since died.
JOHN KARR / CARR, badly bruised.
WILLIE KARR / CARR, bruised not serious.
BONNIE WILLIAMSON, crushed, not serious
JOHN LIPPINCOTT, arm broken.
Mrs. Dr. GAULT, bruised, not serious.
Mrs. SID GREER, hip crushed.
A corrected estimate of losses sustained by merchants given as follows:
WRIGHT & COLE, dry goods and groceries, $5,000.
MELTON & SPIVEY hardware co. about $14,000.
M. J. WHITE drugs, $1500.
Farmers & Merchants’ Bank, all destroyed but vault which had the funds.
H. W MAY, confectionary, $700.
J. R. HANNON, restaurant and barber shop, $700.
J. A. SIMMONS, groceries, $1250.
MANNING & MELTON, dry goods and groceries, $15,000.
J. M. CHENAULT, butcher, $500.
M. SPRADLING, dry goods and groceries, $2000.
Dr. W. A. BARTON, drugs, $1500.
MCCONNELL & NICHOLS, groceries, $1250.
LYON & MATTHEWS, lumber, $4500.
Bellevue Hotel, $1500.
GOSS livery stable, $3500.
J. K, GAULT & Son, furniture, $4000.
L. H. CRENSHAW, restaurant, $300.
SAM JOHNSON, blacksmith, $500.
HANN’S blacksmith shop, $400.
W. C. HODGES, grain and feed and telephone exchange, $5,000.
The Fort Worth and Denver RR had six freight cars and the depot destroyed at a loss of $5000. Nothing was left of the depot except some car seals found a quarter of a mile away. The metal water tank was not damaged. One mile of telegraph and telephone wires were blown away.
One of the fields near the city contained about 100 dead horses after the cyclone had passed. Many of theses had been mained and were shot to put them out of their misery. All livestock and fowls in the town were killed except a few chickens and one or two horses. One horse had a sharp stick driven into his head by the force of wind. Fowls had their feathers stripped off as if they had been plucked by hand. Nails were driven an inch into trees by the wind. Wagon wheels had the spokes and hubs blown out.
Killed on the Track
Texarkana, Texas: RASMUS PETERSON, a white man, was run over and instantly killed Saturday night by a southbound Kansas C8ity Southern freight train two miles south of here.
Events of Everywhere
While skating at the Longview city rink, Miss TRIXYE MOONEY, manager of the long distance exchange, fell and broke her arm.
J. T. CARTER, a Confederate veteran from Oakland, Tennessee, died in the charity hospital at New Orleans as a result of being run down by an electric street car.
All Over Texas
Mrs. L. B. PLATT fell at an skating rink at Cisco and sustained a fracture of both bones in the right wrist.
In the federal court, BILL BURK of Winnsboro, Wood County, was declared guilty by the jury on the charge of falsely representing to be member of the Dawes Commission, therefore obtaining considerable money. Burk is 70 years old.
May 3, 1906
W. M. MCINTIRE
The News regrets to chronicle the death of one of our most prominent business men, Mr. W. M. MCINTIRE, which occurred at the family residence last Sunday afternoon, April 22, 1906, at age of 59 years.
Mr. McIntire was born Dec. 16, 1846. He came to Montague County from Forney, Texas several years ago and for the past several years had been engaged in the drug business with his son, N. E. MCINTIRE, under the firm name of W. M. MCINTIRE & Son.
The funeral service was conducted at the residence Monday afternoon by Rev. J. P. LOWRY, pastor of the Methodist Church, of which deceased was a devout and faithful member. … The News tenders its deep sympathy to the bereaved wife, children and other relatives and friends…
July 5, 1906
From the Saint Jo Tribune:
Mrs. W. B. FULTON returned from Nocona where she visited her brother, H. T. DOWD, and family.
BOSS JOHNSON of Nocona spent Sunday and Monday with relatives and friends in Saint Jo.
Mrs. LYDIE M. JOHNSON and daughter Miss BURNEY are visiting Mrs. Johnson’s sister at Ardmore, I. T.
The matrimonial waters have been troubled at Leon of late. “BANT” JONES and Miss CARTER of Marietta were married last week and “BUNK” ALLEN and Miss BESSIE TALIAFERRO were married on the Texas side of the river Sunday. Miss Bessie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. TALIAFERRO of Leon.
A rather strange, not to say amusing trial was held in justice court here Monday. For 14 years there has been a deposit of $102 for J. P. RYE in the Comanche National Bank. No one called to claim it and some time ago the bank notified J. P. RYE of Sipe Springs that he had that amount on deposit. Mr. Rye was taken by surprise and notified the bank that it was probably another man of that name living in Callahan County. The latter gentleman professed ignorance of the deposit and it looked like the bank was that much ahead. After thinking the matter over and making some investigations, it developed that both the Messrs Rye were in Comanche on the day the money was deposited, named on December 21, 1892, and J. P. RYE of Sipe Springs, believing the money was his and that he deposited it in the bank, brought suit for it….