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Great Storm 7 Jul 1915 of Ohio and Kentucky

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The day began as any other day on Wednesday 7 July 1915, but it would end with massive damages to crops and buildings and many dead.

The storm appears to have developed in Nebraska where wind and hail caused heavy damage to crops and unroofed several buildings in the village of Calloway. It appears that no loss of life was reported on the following day in this region.

After Nebraska, it was found in parts of Southwest Missouri where it killed at least seven individuals. As it moved through Missouri, the storm hit St. Peters, Gilmore and St. Charles. In St. Charles, the tornado swept through a section of the city which was eighteen blocks long by nine blocks wide. This demolished one church and partially wrecked another church, a factory, a hospital and a convent and unroofed many houses and uprooted trees. The storm also swept away the railroad bridge near Gilmore, Missouri. In St. Charles a woman and two small children took refuge in St. Charles Borromero Catholic Church before it was razed by the wind. Their bodies had not been located the day after the storm, but it can be assumed that if they did not die then they would have been severely injured. In Gilmore, one death appears to have occurred in this section of the storm which had reached tornado proportions. The town of St. Peters near St. Charles was also demolished, but no one was reported seriously hurt.

From there the storm moved into St. Louis County, and then through Central and Southern Illinois flooding the business section of Mound City. Along with destroying Telegraph and Telephone service, many buildings were unroofed and crops were damaged in this area. Along with the many injuries, three people were reported killed by the storm in Central and Southern Illinois the next day. The summer camp at Mitchell, Illinois was destroyed by the storm, but luckily no one was hurt.

The storm then surged into Ohio where damages and loss of life were extensive.

In Terrace Park a special train on the Pennsylvania Railroad carrying race horses wrecked killing two caretakers, injuring nineteen others including several jockeys and killing nineteen race horses.

The hardest hit by the storm was Cincinnati, Ohio where the fatalities were over thirty individuals.

There were reports of two boats on the Ohio River which were severely affected by the storm. The towboat Convoy sunk during the storm. The reports vary in the newspaper articles of the time, but there was reportedly a crew of eighteen on the Convoy and one report states that twelve of the crew were lost during the storm.

In Ohio, the opinion varies if the storm was caused by tornado activities or in modern jargon "Microbursts"; however in Northern Kentucky it was declared a tornado.

Deaths:

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

The building located at 570 West 6th Street collapsed killing:
Every member of the household of Louis COHEN were killed when their building collapsed due to the high winds:
  1. Louis COHEN[1] - Age: 45 Years - per 1914 directory of Cincinnati (p. 417, image 424) he was a grocer
  2. Esther (TENNENBAUM) COHEN[2] - Age: 36 Years, Louis' wife
  3. Edna COHEN[3] - Age: 16 Years, child of Louis and Esther
  4. Joseph COHEN[4] - Age: 10 Years, child of Louis and Esther
  5. Mamie COHEN[5] - Age: 6 Years, child of Louis and Esther
  6. Rebecca COHEN[6] - Age: 18 Months, child of Louis and Esther
All of the members of the household of Haskia ROMI living at 570 West 6th Street except for their hospitalized daughter, Katie, were killed when their building collapsed due to the high winds:
  1. Haskia ROMI[7] - Age: 30 Years
  2. Fortunay ROMI[8] - Age: 27 Years, Haskia's wife
  3. Esther ROMI[9] - Age: 2 Years, Haskia and Fortunay's daughter
Other unrelated individuals who lived at 570 West 6th Street were killed in the building collapse:
  1. Harry YANOFSKY[10] - Age: 40 Years
  2. Abraham COHEN[11] - Age: 52 Years, He was visiting Harry YANOFSKY and was a resident of Hamilton County, Ohio, no known connection to Louis COHEN, per death record he worked in a leather tannery
Max CRIGGER[12]
The following members of the household of Israel TANNENBAUM living at 643 West 8th Street were killed when their building collapsed due to the high winds (this family were related to the family of Louis COHEN):
  1. Sarah (EDELSTEIN) TENNENBAUM,[13] Age: 45 Years, Israel's wife
  2. Sarah "Sadie" TENNENBAUM,[14] Age: 18 Years, Israel TENNENBAUM and Sarah EDELSTEIN's daughter
  3. Jeanette "Jennie" TENNENBAUM,[15] Age: 7 Years, Israel TENNENBAUM and Sarah EDELSTEIN's daughter
  4. Rose Helna (BARNETT) TENNENBAUM,[16] Age: 27 Years, wife of Israel's son, Meyer.
  5. Rachel "Rashley" TENNENBAUM[17] - Age: 4 Years - daughter of Meyer and Rose Helna (BARNETT) TENNENBAUM
A building located at 574 West 6th Street collapsed and killed John HAMPTON[18]
Phillip RIZZO,[19] a fruit dealer died in the collapse of the West 6th street buildings (from 564 to 574).
A building on Eastern Avenue collapsed killing Albert Eugine CLINE[20]
John T. ALLEN[21] died at the hospital from injuries sustained in a building collapse of the Old Fellows Temple Building.

Deaths on the Ohio River

Lee SPICER[22]
Grace SPICER[23]

Sources

  • The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio), published 8 July 1915, p. 1, "Great Storm Wrecks Cincinnati Train; Three are Dead; Fast Express is Blown by Gale into Ditch near Milford; Human Life Loss is Increasing in Many Kentucky Towns; Thirty Perish in Cities Throughout the Middle West Zone," digital image at Newspaper.com of newspaper article - Paywall
  • The Ogden Standard (Ogden, Utah), published 8 July 1915, p. 1, "Many Killed in Great Storm That Swept Eastern States: Country Devastated From Nebraska to Ohio - Violent Wind, Rain and Hail Destroys Crops, Uproots Trees, Demolishes Whole City Blocks, Wipes Out Villages and Demoralized Wire and Train Services - Over Fifty Meet Death and Scores are Injured." - digital image at Newspaper.com of newspaper article - Paywall

Deaths

  1. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-38K : 8 March 2021), Louis Cohen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38750; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  2. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-384 : 8 March 2021), Esther Cohen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38746; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  3. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-38Z : 8 March 2021), Edna Cohen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38747; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  4. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-38N : 8 March 2021), Joseph Cohen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38749; FHL microfilm 1,983,427
  5. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-386 : 8 March 2021), Mamie Cohen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38748; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  6. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-38Q : 8 March 2021), Reva Cohen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38745; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  7. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3LW : 8 March 2021), Haskia Romy, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38762; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  8. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3L3 : 8 March 2021), Furtuny Rumej, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38761; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  9. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3LC : 8 March 2021), Ester Rumej, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38763; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  10. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-32L : 8 March 2021), Harry Yanofsky, 08 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38757; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  11. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3BV : 8 March 2021), Abraham Cohen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38793; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  12. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-325 : 8 March 2021), Max Crigger, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38758; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  13. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3ZB : 8 March 2021), Sarah Tennenbaum, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38743; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  14. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-389 : 8 March 2021), Sadie Tennenbaum, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38744; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  15. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3ZR : 8 March 2021), Jeanette Tennenbaum, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38742; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  16. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3ZK : 8 March 2021), Rose Tennenbaum, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38740; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  17. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3ZG : 8 March 2021), Rashley Tennenbaum, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38741; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  18. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3Y3 : 8 March 2021), John Hampton, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38776; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  19. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3LP : 8 March 2021), Philip Rizzo, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38768; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  20. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3BS : 8 March 2021), Albert Eugene Cline, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38787; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  21. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-32V : 8 March 2021), Jno T Allen, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38756; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  22. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3LV : 8 March 2021), Lee Spicer, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38766; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.
  23. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8FP-3LL : 8 March 2021), Grace Spicer, 07 Jul 1915; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 38767; FHL microfilm 1,983,427.




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