Date: October 31, 1895

Location: Southeastern Missouri

Magnitude: 5.9

Milwaukee Journal, Thursday, October 31, 1895, page 1, col. 6.

EARTH IS SHAKEN. TWENTY STATES FEEL A SEISMIC DISTURBANCE EARLY TODAY. IT WOKE FEW MILWAUKEEANS. THE SHOCK, HOWEVER, WAS PERCEPTIBLE HERE. Statements Made by Reliable Citizens as to the Time and Force and Length of the Shock. Furniture in Houses Shaken Quite Noticeably.

Milwaukee and its suburbs were shaken by an earthquake at 5:15 o'clock this morning. According to the best obtainable information the shock lasted thirty seconds, and it was more of a tremble than a shake. Fully half the people whom a Journal reporter met about town this morning had felt the earthquake disturbance, and the other half were talking about it.

The most definite information was given by George Treat, an old resident of Wauwatosa, and a man of regular and temperate habits. Mr. Treat said: "I was awakened by my wife. She asked me if I could tell her why the house was shaking and then I noticed that doors and windows were rattling. The bed shook and then I said the cause of the disturbance was an earthquake. The trembling was distinct and it lasted half a minute at least. When it was over I got up and found that the time of day was 5:15 a. m." Mr. Treat stated that he asked a fellow citizen on his way down town if he had noticed the earthquake shock. The friend replied that he had not and then Mr. Treat began to wonder what had been the matter with himself or his house or Mrs. Treat at 5:15 a. m. He remained in a quandary until The Journal reporter relieved him by telling that a number of other citizens, all of good repute, had noticed the earthquake.

Robert Toombs, the auditor of the Wisconsin Central road, and a man of veracity and temperate habits, stated positively that he felt the earthquake disturbance at his house about 5:15 this morning. "I was awakened by the shock," said Mr. Toombs, "and I was astonished to see the chandelier swaying. It swayed very perceptibly and the globes rattled. The house was shaken and I wondered what the matter was." Mr. Toombs lives in a large double brick house at 230 Biddle street and the shock must have been decidely distinct to shake the building.

The janitor of the Mitchell Building and Chamber of Commerce, John Thompson, lives on the top floor of the Chamber of Commerce, and he said the big building swayed. All the furniture in his apartments, he said, was shaken and he was at a loss to think of a reason for the disturbance.

Milwaukee Sentinel, Friday, November 1, 1895, page 1.


Many People Were Awakened to Find Their Beds Swaying and Windows Rattling - The Shocks Were Everywhere Light and While Not Much Damage Was Done, There Was More or Less of a Scare.

Milwaukee's awakening yesterday morning was attended by more than the usual bustle. A few minutes after 5 o'clock there was a slight trembling, such as sometimes follows a heavy crash of thunder, and before those who felt the trembling had time to realize that something out of the ordinary had happened, the city moved slightly to the West, then settled back to its former position.

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