Disasters · Texas

The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the US

September 8, 1900 Galveston, Texas The deadliest hurricane to strike the United States kills between 6,000 to 12,000 The hurricane was a category 4, reaching winds of 145 mph (230 km/h). Between 6,000 and 12,000 people were killed, though most sources agree on an estimated 8,000. The second deadliest hurricane in US history, Hurricane Maria… Continue reading The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the US

Iowa · Newspaper clippings

Man kills girl he was obsessed over, wounds her companion, and kills self

September 2, 1906 Near Davenport, Iowa A 30-year-old man murders a 17-year-old girl he was infatuated with, wounds her friend, then kills himself The girl, Grace Reed, was orphaned and had been living with her killer’s brother and his family for a few years before her murder. The murderer, Harry Drenter, had become obsessed with… Continue reading Man kills girl he was obsessed over, wounds her companion, and kills self

Disasters · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Vintage news: woman accidentally kills husband while trying to save him from dog attack

August 22, 1903 Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania The wife of a man being attacked by a dog attempts to use an axe against the animal, but instead chops into her husband’s leg, severing an artery and killing him The Fort Wayne Sentinel. Aug 22, 1903 Other stories from today: 565: First Nessie Spotting, 1500 years ago (2017)… Continue reading Vintage news: woman accidentally kills husband while trying to save him from dog attack

Missouri · Newspaper clippings

Newborn rescued after being packed in suitcase, thrown from train

August 14, 1902 Near Irondale, Missouri A man looking for scrap wood finds a baby in a valise who had been thrown from a train William Helms (72) was constructing a barn and needed additional scrap lumber. He visited a riverbank near a railroad trestle and noticed a valise (a small suitcase). As he approached… Continue reading Newborn rescued after being packed in suitcase, thrown from train

Kansas · Massacres/Mass Murder · Newspaper clippings

Man shoots at audience at concert after believing town was mocking a failed relationship (1903)

August 13, 1903 Winfield, Kansas Gilbert Twigg fires a shotgun at a bandstand, killing 9 and wounding at least 25 before killing himself Twigg used a double-barreled shotgun to fire at the band and its audience, killing six at the scene; another three died of their wounds later. He then pulled a revolver to end… Continue reading Man shoots at audience at concert after believing town was mocking a failed relationship (1903)