Ohio People Injured.
Charleston, Ills., May 21. - A passenger train, on the Clover Leaf, was wrecked here. Three cars containing 43 passengers were overturned, and eight were seriously injured. It is believed all will recover. The most seriously injured: J. D. Robinson, East St. Louis; Miss Maud Chandler, St. Louis, Miss Vera Belmont, Cleveland, O.; Mrs. O. B. Clark, Toledo, O.; Mrs. J. J. Harmon. Ottawa, O.; W. M. Shelman, San Francisco. [The Evening Bulletin. (Maysville, Ky.), May 21, 1902]
16 Killed on Interurban
Excursion Car Collides with Express Train on Mattoon-Charleston Line
Relief Hurried to Scene
Screams of Injured Attract Farmers from Nearby Field, who Throw Superhuman Effort into the Task of Difficult Rescue
Mattoon, Ill. - Fifteen persons were killed outright and one injured so seriously that she died in a hospital shortly after being removed there, and two-score hurt in a wreck on the Mattoon-Charleston interurban line, a mile west of Charleston. Many others of those injured are expected to die. A long interurban car and trailer, crowded with passengers bound for the Coles county fair, crashed head-on into an express car bound west on a heavy grade. The impact of the collision was terrific, as both cars were running at nearly 40 miles an hour, and all three of them were practically reduced to kindling wood.
NEIL FUGATE, Garys, Ill.
THOMAS WEAKLEY, Mattoon, Ill.
WILLIAM NELSON, North Okawa, Ill.
CHARLES NELSON, son of William Nelson, aged 8 years.
HOWARD COLE, Cook Mills, Ill., aged 6 years.
HAROLD COLE, aged 8, brother of Howard Cole.
ZACK VANDEVENTER, Mattoon
EDWARD REYNOLDS. Paradise, Ill.
ALBERT SMITH. Mattoon, Ill.
W. A. PRICE. North Mattoon, Ill..
DOUGLAS LOGAN. Humboldt.
EDNA WALBALM, Cooks Mills, Ill., died at a hospital.
Three unidentified bodies.
Grace Young, Mattoon, both legs crushed.
Mrs. J. C. Monroe and two small boys, all serious.
Mrs. L. M. Price, Mattoon, shoulder broken and face badly cut.
Samuel Boyer, Lerna, right leg broken and internally.
C. H. Jones, Loxa, three ribs broken, internally.
Hazel Price, Mattoon, left arm broken, face badly cut.
Mrs. Alex Langston, Fuller's Point, legs crushed.
Charles Redman, Mattoon, hips and back, serious.
Mrs. C. R. Curtis, Mattoon, arm broken. Internally.
Porter Myers, Humboldt. Internally and back broken.
James Gays, leg broken.
Mrs. William Cole, Cook's Mill, fatally.
G. W. Towel, shoulder dislocated and badly bruised.
Ralph Nelson. Mattoon, right leg broken, badly cut.
Clea Miller, North Owaka, head badly cut; will die.
A. C. Levy, Mattoon, head cut and back wrenched, probably fatal.
Mrs. Sarah C. Phillips, Mattoon, internal, serious.
J.J. Phillips, two ribs broken and badly cut about face and body.
Otto Toweer, Humboldt, left leg broken and internal.
G. G. Armentrout. Coles, badly bruised and Internal.
Mrs G. G. Armentrout and two children, Coles, badly bruised and cut.
Charles Joseph, Salisbury, Ind., side and 1 leg hurt; also internally.
Mrs. Sara G. Phillips, Fuller's Point, badly bruised and internally
James Casstenvens, Gays, leg broken, cats and bruises.
Nellie Gullett, Mattoon, leg broken.
Will Jones, Sexton, badly hurt.
Horace Bennett, boy, Gays, face badly cut.
William Switz, Gays, seriously injured.
S. P. Enos, 2213 Champaign avenue, Mattoon, both legs broken.
Mrs. R. E. Bennett, Gays, slight.
Jerome Goss, Mattoon, back badly hurt.
Warren Parkiser, Gays, shoulder and arms badly bruised.
Mrs. Charles Jones, Loxa, legs badly injured
[The Montgomery Tribune (Montgomery City, Mo.), September 06, 1907]
Trolley Dead are Seventeen
Mattoon, Ill., Sept 4 - James C. Stevens died, being the 17th death caused by the wreck on the Mattoon-Charleston interurban road last Friday. Mrs. William Miller, who was thought to be fatally injured, is improving. [The Red Cloud Chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.), 06 Sept. 1907]
Broom Corn Supply Burned
Charleston, Ill., Mar. 21 - Practically the entire available supply of broom corn in the United States was destroyed by a fire which swept over 11 blocks and caused a loss estimated at $300,000 [The Hickman courier. (Hickman, Ky.), 23 March 1911]
The number of death reported in Mattoon was increased to 55 late today when Mrs. Belle Shelley died from injuried at a hospital here and the bodies of J.Needy and infant child of Owen Waggoner were found in the wreckage of their homes on nearby farms. The Charleston death list was unchanged. [Ottumwa Semi-Weekly Courier., May 29, 1917, (Ottumwa, Iowa) ]
Decatur, Ills., May 26 - Charleston, Ills., ten miles east of Mattoon, suffered a loss of 33 known dead and many injured in today's tornado which swept eastward after destroying a large part of Mattoon. The report was sent from Mattoon tonight by a reporter for the Decatur Herald, who said the loss in Charleston might proved to be greater than that in Mattoon. The storm damaged both business and the residential quarters of Charleston. This information was carried to Mattoon by a resident of Charleston who was seeking aid for the stricken residents of his community. All wires to Charleston were down. [Bisbee Daily Review (Bisbee, Ariz.), May 27, 1917, Page 7]
Mattoon, Ill., May 28 - Announcement today by Assistant Coroner Schilling that there are 11 dead in Mattoon homes whose names have not been listed makes 62 the storm toll of Saturday afternoon. There are 51 whose bodies lie in the cities morgues and only the name of these were announced in the first reports. The death list, revised this morning, minus the 11 victims, whose names the assistant coroner does not know, is as follows:
Anderson, Mrs. C.
Bickers, Mrs. Darcus
Burke, E. (colored)
Burke, William (colored)
Benson, T.C. (colored)
Coons, Mrs. Nanry
Davidson, Mrs. Joseph
De Hone, Mrs. ___
Fickes, Charles (child)
Grubles, Mrs. Minnie
Heritage, Miss Mildred
Hollowell, Mrs. Dora
Hyde, Mrs. Emma
Jackson, Mrs. C.
Mullinix, Mrs. Etta
Phelps, Agatha Lurene
Redman, Wesley, wife and two daughters.
Stokes, Harrison (colored)
Taylor, Mrs. Lee
Taylor, Lorraine (child)
Taylor, Margaret (child)
Temple, Ms. Chas.
Turner, Mrs. Alberta
Waggoner, Mr. and Mrs. Owen
White, Earl, Williams, John
Although fewer buildings in Charleston were destroyed, they were larger and more expensive, which runs the loss probably half a million higher than that in Mattoon. Charleston buildings razed by the wind include the new Big Four depot, costing $10,000, several factores and many fine homes. There dead there are:
Barnes, Mrs. B.P.
Bayless, Mrs. A.D.
Bingamaan (sic), Nellie
Briggs, Mrs. Geo.
Cobble, Mrs. Will
Colby, Mrs. J.A.
Colby, three children
Mrs. Colby's mother
Huddleston, Mrs. Jessie (sic)
Lang, Mrs. Wm.
Linder, Mrs. Sarah
McMahon, Mrs. Johann
Shores, Mrs. Sam
Smith, G.A., Sr.
Stewart's, Guy (child)
Sweeney, Mrs ___
Traver, Mrs. Sue
Wenz, John Jr.
Wright, Mrs. Clem
[The Urbana Daily Courier, (Urbana, IL) May 28, 1917]
Child Born During Storm
Mattoon, May 28 - By a freak of the storm, the walls of one house in Mattoon were completely demolished, and a bedroom practically untouched. The bed remained in an upright position. Rescuers found a woman in it unconscious. At the foot of the bed lay a four year old child, dead. When the coverlet was pulled back, a little wriggling, squirming object was discovered. The baby's birth was due to shock caused the mother by the catastrophe. Mother and infant were taken to a hospital, where it was said both were likely to survive. At the request of the city officials, the woman's name is withheld. [The Urbana Daily Courier, (Urbana, IL) May 28, 1917]
Early Reports on Property Losses Indicate Serious Damage - Village of Andale Virtually Wiped Out - Half Million Dollars Damage in One County.
Chicago, May 26. - Spring tornadoes, making their appearance earlier than usual in the Central West, caused the deaths of more than one hundred persons today and yesterday, the injury of several hundred more and property damage which cannot he estimated because of serious loss in growing food crops.
Mattoon, Ill., was the heaviest sufferer in the storms, from fifty to seventy-five persons being killed there late today. This was more than twice as many as were killed in Kansas on Friday, when the village of Andale virtually was wiped out and heavy toll taken in the surrounding country, the dead being estimated at from twenty-four to thirty: The storm today wrecked the northern half of Mattoon, including nearly all the business section and rendered 2,000 persons homeless. While the principal force of the storm struck Mattoon, other sections of Illinois were visited by vagrant tornadoes which left death and destruction as they twisted through a rich farming territory. Casualties were reported as follows: Westervelt, five dead, twenty-one injured, three of whom will die; Manhattan, one dead, six injured; Joliet, two injured; Elwood, four injured; Modesto, one dead, nine fatally hurt; Pearl, one fatally injured, four hurt; Charleston, many reported injured, but definite information lacking until wire communication is restored. Early reports of property losses indicated that serious damage has been done to many towns. Substantial factories were blown to splinters in Mattoon. Joliet estimated a half million dollars' damage in Will County alone. Hail followed the wind in many places, beating the crops to the ground. Many curious incidents of the storm's progress were described by survivors. Six cars of a moving freight train were picked up by the wind near Monroe, south of Chicago, and carried for a quarter of a mile, then dashed to splinters against the ground. The remainder of the train escaped damage. Modesto will need a clean-up week to get rid of one of the unusual features of the storm there. Mud picked up by the wind in fields south of the town was plastered liberally over many buildings. F. W. Mielke, a railroad fireman, stepped from his engine at Westervelt just as the storm broke over the city. A piece of flying timber struck Meilke in the back, inflicting fatal injuries. [The Manning Times.(Manning, Clarendon County, S.C.), May 30, 1917]
Thirty-five Known Dead
Mattoon, Ill., May 23 - 35 persons are known to be dead and it is estimated that an equal number are buried in the ruins at Mattoon as a result of a tornado which struck this city late today. In addition more than 200 persons were injured, many of them fatally. Tonight every available vehicle in the city was in service carrying the dead and injured to hospitals, churches and other public places thrown open to them. Mattoon was in complete darkness except for hundreds of lanterns carried by volunteer rescue workers and not until daylight can the full extent of the damage be learned. The funnel shaped cloud of the tornado was so sudden in its appearance that before persons on the streets could seek safety, a district on the northern side of the city two miles long and about four blocks wide had been laid in ruins. The property damage will exceed half a million dollars. Hundreds of families are homeless. Special trains bearing physicians and nurses came from neighboring cities to aid in rescue work. Many of the injured were struck by wreckage which filled the air for several minutes after the storm had passed. The T.W. Clark Manufacturing Company where one hundred men were at work at the time of the tornado, suffered the heaviest property damage, the loss estimated at $200,00. That none of the workmen were killed was one of the freaks of the storm. Pending the arrival of National Guardsmen for patrol duty among the ruins, one hundred citizens were sworn in as special policemen.
Heavy Hail Storm
A heavy hail storm, which followed the wind, hampered the work of rescue and late into the night persons were being dug from the ruins of wrecked buildings. City officials asserted that there is a possibility that the death list may be materially increased when the full extent of the damage is determined tomorrow. Few reports from the surrounding farm country were available, but it was not believed that the damage anywhere in this vicinity was as great as in Mattoon. The wind played the usual number of freakish tricks. A scantling from the lumber yard passed entirely through a home in which the family was dining, hurtling through the air over their heads and out through a window without injuring any of the diners. Wire and rail traffic was practically at a standstill for hours after the disaster, miles of telegraph poles in each direction from Mattoon being levelled. Rails and ties were torn from their fastenings for yards at a time. [The Manning Times.(Manning, Clarendon County, S.C.), May 30, 1917]
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