After ten minutes of a raging tornado, the small communities of Colsax, Menomonis and Chipewa Falls were razed to the ground.
After ten minutes of a raging tornado, the small communities of Colsax, Menomonis and Chipewa Falls were razed to the ground. They were in the path of a 90 mile long swath that was cut into the countryside by the fury and force of a rampaging twister.
The worst hit spot was the residential, Northside of Colsax, where over an hundred houses were battered to pieces and scattered over the fields nearby. Rescue workers, searching the debris during the evening and night of June 4th., found eleven people dead and 35 injured---the total population of Colsax numbers 1,000.
Scores of farm-houses and barns were ripped and torn by the wind, and fields surrounding the area looked like junk-dumps, with timbers from the houses, wrecked cars and dead animals scattered about.
Farm by farm rescue workers toured the striken area checking on the welfare of the inhabitants and searching for victims. In all 29 people were killed.
After the wind came the rain, and an eye-witness described it as ,"..coming down the street like a wave."