Photo: Neillsville, Wis. Tornado (1907)

Contact: Virginia Elmhorst

1907 Picture Postcard of Neillsville, WI

just after the tornado. *Translated message below.


Response--Photo: Neillsville Tornado (1907)

Contact: Jody Conner

"This is where they cleaned up by Schanles and this is where Seiklovers wants to put it. You can see this very well when you are looking through binoculars.

Response--Photo: Neillsville Tornado (1907)

Contact: Janet


Thank you so much for adding that message. It certainly makes the photo more interesting to know what the card said! Janet


News Articles



 Men, Women and Children Meet Death

Girl Blown Into Top of Tree is .Rescued Unconscious

Farm Property and Dwellings De. stroyed — Little Town of Oakdale Entirely Swept Away by the Storm

By Associated Press. ST. PAUL, Minn., July 4.— lt is now believed that at least fifteen lives were lost in the severe storms which swept over a portion of western Wisconsin last evening. Numerous persons were Injured and much damage to farm and dwelling property is reported.

According to reports received here the little town of Oakdale on the Milwaukee road near Camp Douglas was entirely wiped out. Four persons are reported to have been killed there.

At Grand Rapids, Wis., there are said to be five dead as a result of the storm, but communicate n has not been reestablished with this place and the extent of the calamity cannot be ascertained. The list of .dead and injured so far as reported is as follows.


Dead at Oakdale:





Dead at Millston:

MRS. JASPER POFF and infant.


Dead at Wyeville:


Near Warrens: Two children of Joseph Buckner.


At Neillsville:



At Grand Rapids:

Five persons, names not reported.


Near Galesville:

MRS. MARY BAYER and son.

The injured: Two children of Jasper Poff.

Mr. and Mrs. John Butler.

William Butterfleld.


Oakdale fatally:

Daughter of Oscar Fricke, register of deeds of Clark county, visiting at L. Charles' home; badly Injured.

Gustav Stueke, telegraph operator at Tunnel siding. Otto Balgord, watchman at Tunnel siding.

Miss P. M. Larsen of Greenwood, Wis., probably fatally.

Several children who were visiting at the home of Lyman Charles.

Family of August Beyer, all more or lens injured. Elsie Weisel, music teacher, Neillsville, badly injured.

Mrs. A. Maltby, Oakdale.

Mrs. Hary Ward, Oakdale; both seriously Injured. Mr. and Mrs. Prentiss near Tomah, seriously.

John Hill, farm hand.

Miss Weisel was driving a horse and buggy along the road when the storm struck her. The vehicle and horse were blown away and have not been found.

Miss Weisel was blown Into the top of a tree from which she was rescued in an unconscious condition.


           Farm Houses Demolished


Many farm houses and outbuildings in the neighborhood of Neillsville were destroyed and much stock was killed. Wires ware prostrated in all directions and it has been difficult to learn details of the storm.

The Poff district school near Warrens was blown away and a summer resort near Tomah suffered much damage.

Many of those killed or injured were caught In the ruins of their falling house and crushed by the heavy timbers.

At the home of Lyman Charles, near Neillsville, a social gathering was In progress when the storm struck the house. The host was caught beneath the ruins of his house and fatally injured, dying while being taken to a hospital. One of his guests also was probably fatally Injured, while several were seriously injured. The telegraph companies have been working' hard all day to restore communication with the storm stricken district, but have only partially succeeded.

No communication has been established with Grand Rapids, where the storm victims are said to be numerous. Oakdale, which is reported as entirely demolished, was a town of probably 200 Inhabitants, It is said that the only structure left standing Is the railroad station in which the town people have taken refuge.

County-wide Info: Good Old Days News Clips, June 22, 1994; transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

The card below was also submitted to the site, sent Aug. 26, 19??  Even though someone wrote, May 2, 1921 on it, at a later time, it is most likely another photo from the 1907 Neillsville Tornado.

Click on this card to enlarge it--if you can tell what the underwritten message says, let us know!

Photo: Neillsville Tornado (1907)

Transcriber:  Pat Phillips

I remember my grandmother talking about this. I guess she was rather traumatized by it, after sitting in a dark cellar as they sheltered from the storm. I'm sure a 5 yr. old child would be quite scared by the noise, having gone through one myself. One missed my house by about a 1/4 mile, but my wind gauge read 102 mph before the mast tore away.

I don't know how close it got to their house, though.



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