FATAL AFFRAY IN JOHNSON COUNTY
Captain B Franklin killed by a horse thief –Thief captured and hung
Dongola, Ill, Dec 21, 1868
very ---ous [vicious? heinous?] affair took place near
Reynoldsburg, Johnson County, Illinois Saturday, about noon, resulting
in the death of Captain Buck Franklin, a very prominent citizen of that
It seems that on Saturday forenoon three men
(Strangers) were passing Captain. Franklin’s place on horseback.
One of them proposed to trade horses with the Captain. Captain
Franklin asked a considerable difference between the
which the stranger quickly agreed to give. But Captain Franklin
was suspicious of the stranger and he declined to trade. The
other two strangers rode on, while stranger number one lingered around
the vicinity until the Captain
went into an adjoining field to
pick corn. Then the stranger went into the barn and exchanged
horses and went on. Captain Franklin was immediately informed of
the fact, and with a neighbor started in pursuit of the fellow and
a short distance from the house, when the fellow
turned and fired three shots at the Captain, killing him
instantly. The ruffian then took to the woods. The matter
was made known in the vicinity and the people turned out en masse to
the murderer. He was captured about three o’clock, P.
M., and was taken back to Dr. Fern’s office and placed under guard for
the night. About 12 o’clock at night a posse of men proceeded to
the Doctor’s office, and demanded of the
guard the ruffian.
The guard refused to admit them, whereupon they forced open the door
and took him, and hung him to a tree nearby. He was allowed to
hang there until Sunday. At 1 o’clock the coroner took charge of
the body. The
two men that were with him returned and gave
themselves up. They were held to an examination and
discharged. It appeared they were with the murderer but a short
time, having met him the day before, traveling in the same
direction. The murderer professed to be from Texas, and from his
confessions he was a hard ruffian.
Jonesboro (Illinois) Gazette dated 26 Dec 1868
Contributed by Margaret Rathunde, descendant of Capt. Franklin
GRANTSBURG -- 1881
County Journal February 4, 1881
S. D. Poor, of Grantsburg, sent us a subscriber for the Journal and the
following news items last Friday from his town, for which we are
Corn and hay are scarce.
Times about Grantsburg are dull.
Corn is worth from 40 to 50 cts. Wheat $1.00
Our merchants are on the stool of do nothing.
P. Howell and family are improving in health.
It is the worst time for collecting for many years.
The measles has visited nearly every family in this vicinity.
There have been five or six deaths near here this winter.
Farmers are doing nothing but getting wood and feeding.
‘Coon skins are the only legal tender we have. There has been six or
eight hundred bought at the ‘burg this
great grandfather, Abraham Bass passed away near Grantsburg in
February, 1881.This newspaper article indicates a lot of sadness was
prevalent in the community]
Feb. 11, 1881 Johnson County Journal
L F Walker, the corpulent and jolly doctor, of Grantsburg, was in this
place (Vienna) Tuesday.
It seems some advertisements were entered in "Locals and Other Matters"
May 6, 1881
I will sell all kinds of groceries cheaper for cash than any man.
----L. G. Simmons
L.G. Simmons keeps the finest stock of tobaccoes and cigars ever kept
I will save you ten cents on every dollar’s worth you trade with me.—L.
All kinds of patent medicine kept by L. G. Simmons.
Go to L.G. Simmons’ for fresh oysters and cheese’.
can get five and one-half pounds of good coffee for one dollar at L. G.
Simmons, also nine and one-half pounds extra sugar for 1 dollar.
In the next week’s edition of Johnson County Journal I found the
You can get SIX POUNDS of the best coffee at M. Israel for ONE DOLLARS.
July 29, 1881
L.G. Simmons, of Grantsburg has a nice line of tinware which he will
Friday, August 12, 1881
G. Simmons and L. H. Frizzell, two handsome young gentleman of
Grantsburg, made a bold rush for this place with their fine blooded
team last Sunday. After spending a few hours among their friends
pleasantly, they left for the ‘Burg.
They are full of life and fun.
contributed by Faye
The Recent Habeas Corpus Case at Vienna—The Child Given to the Father.
days ago we stated than an interesting habeas corpus case then on trial
before Judge Baker in the Johnson County circuit court, that a young
man named Hodge and a daughter of Capt. Alf Cutting were the parties,
and the contest for possession of a child—a little boy. At the time the
item referred to was written, we were ignorant of the real facts in the
case, and in order that we might not do either party injustice,
refrained from comment.
Since then, we have learned more about
the matter, and now are able to give our readers the facts, as we
gathered them from a gentleman who was in Vienna during the progress of
the trial, and who put himself to some trouble to learn all about it
and the history of the parties in the suit.
In 1872, a young
lawyer named Berry Hodge and Miss Alice Cutting, a beautiful and
accomplished young lady, daughter of Capt. Alf Cutting, the well-known
boat builder at Metropolis, were married. Mr. and Mrs. Hodge lived
together for about a year, or until February 1873, when a child, a
little boy, was born to them. They were, in all appearance, happily
mated, and much attached to each other. If there was ever any cause of
disagreement or difficulty between them, no one but themselves was
aware of it.
Shortly after the birth of their child Mr. Hodge
was attacked with hemorrhage of the lungs, and failing to obtain relief
from home physicians, he resolved to go to Colorado, in the hope of
regaining his health. His wife accompanied him as far as this city on
his journey, and the two spent a day or two together here before he
proceeded on his way to the "Far West." Mrs. Hodge returned to
Metropolis, and Mr. Hodge went to Colorado.
Husband and wife
kept up a correspondence, and the letters which passed between them
were full of expressions of love, and hope for that speedy recovery of
Mr. Hodges spent six months in Colorado at the
expiration of which time, having regained his health, and liking the
country, he concluded to locate there. He wrote to his wife informing
her of his intentions and requesting her to go to him. In answer to
this request she refused to go unless he should come to Metropolis
after her. In the spring of 1874, having been successful in business,
Mr. Hodge came to Metropolis for his wife, but she declined to go with
him. Before coming he had several times urged her to go with him, but
she steadily refused to do so. He also sent money for the support of
the child, but his wife returned the money to him without making any
explanation of her reasons for so doing.
At the last term of the
Massac County circuit court, the wife, Mrs. Hodge, filed her bill for
divorce. Information of this action on the part of his wife being made
known to the husband, he came on to defined himself. Arriving at
Metropolis, Hodge wrote a letter to his wife urging her to forget the
past, and go with him to his home in Colorado. To this note he never
received a reply. Despairing of ever getting his wife to go with him to
Colorado, Hodge resolved to take legal steps to get possession of the
child. To this end he sued out a writ of habeas corpus for the custody
of the child. The case was tried before Judge Baker in the Johnson
County circuit court last week, and resulted in the father obtaining
the custody of the boy.
Our informant states that during all the
trial there was nothing brought out to show that there had ever been
trouble between the husband and wife; but on the contrary, while they
lived together, they were, at least to the outside world, the happiest
when alone together. Their correspondence, which was of a most
interesting character, would lead one to believe they were so much
attached to one another as ever.
Indeed, the whole affair seems
to be an inexplicable mystery, and it is doubted whether the parties
themselves really know the reason leading to their estrangement.
Hodge is a most accomplished and beautiful young lady, now about
twenty-one years of age. Mr. Hodge is in his twenty-fifty year, and
represented to be a young lawyer of extraordinary attainments in his
profession and very industrious.
Judge W. H. Green, of Cairo,
and R. W. McCartney, of Metropolis, appeared for Mr. Hodge, and Judge
J. H. Mulkey, of Cairo, and Judge Allen, of Carbondale, for Mrs. Hodge.
--The Cairo Daily
Bulletin, Tuesday, 14 Dec 1875; transcribed by Darrel Dexter.
His Father and Mother
Ills., July 17 -- A tale of depravity hard to believe comes from
Goreville, a small town on the western edge of Johnson county, removed
from railways and telegraph stations.
The other night when everyone
was asleep a man, supposed at the time to be a burglar, broke into the
house of a farmer named Morris Sullivan. On being spoken to
fired a pistol
at the bed in which Sullivan and his wife were
sleeping. The ball struck Sullivan in the breast, inflicting
fatal injuries. Mrs. Sullivan jumped out of bed and threw
murderer, but the pistol was discharged again, and she
fell wounded in the left breast. Her injuries are pronounced
fatal. By this time the alarm had been given and the
in. On securing the murderer he was found to be the
16-year-old son. He is now in jail. A few months
boy poisoned some water, which he gave to his
parents, but this
attempt at murder failed. He gives as his reason for
the crime that he was tired of waiting for the old folks' property.
(Decatur Morning Review, Decatur,
Illinois, July 18, 1890)
(transcribed and submitted by
Johnson County Mystery
A murder which is attracting extraordinary attention
among the people of Johnson county, occurred near Vienna last Saturday
week. John Maupin was found dead, shot through the heart, in the yard
of C. M. Ferris, a prominent farmer of that section. Ferris
claims that three men called him to his door late at night, and opened
fire on him; that he returned the fire and in the morning found
Maupin's dead body.
The coroner's jury, after an exhaustive
investigation, found a verdict against Marcus L. Burnett and
implicating Charles M. Ferris as accessory. The affair is
shrouded in mystery which later developments may clear up.
Both Ferris and Burnett
are prominent farmers and citizens of Johnson
county. Both have taught school and are of good
families. Ferris made the race for the state senate several
Press, Carbondale, Illinois, September 2, 1899
submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak
Couple in Vienna
A correspondent in the Vienna
Democrat from New Burnside claims the
oldest couple and the longest married in Johnson County. They are
and wife. He was born July 22, 1821, and she Sept. 22, 1818, so at
their next birthday, he will be 80 and she will be 83. They were
married June 29, 1841, so their next anniversary will be 60 years of
(Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, 26
and submitted by Darrel Dexter)
The little town of
Goreville was almost wiped out by fire early last Sunday morning. Two stores and a bank were
the only business houses that escaped.
The fire originated in a vacant store building. The total loss was $32,000
with insurance of about $15,000.
Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Saturday, 17 May 1907)
(transcribed and submitted by
Vienna Landmark Gone
is having the old frame building located near the west end of Vine
Street torn down and in so doing is removing one of the old landmarks
of the city. It
will be remembered that the
building is a part of what was the old Perkins House, and it is said
that the first Masonic lodge ever in our city was held in an upstairs
room in this building. It
is said to have been
build in 1842, and the cornice to the building was of hewn popular logs
40 feet long and in the top of them a trench was cut to form gutters
for carrying off the water.
Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Saturday, 31 May 1907)
(transcribed and submitted by
Stokes - Martin Fight
Vienna Times, June 6, 1907
Tues about 11, Lemma Stokes and Sam Martin became involved in a
difficulty about 180 yards over the line in Johnson, west of Regent;
and it is throught that Stokes is fatally hurt and may die at any
time. Bot men really live over the
line in Union Co, but the
_______ took place in this county. As we get the particulars,
Stokes was working in a field and Martin came along the road and they
became involved in a difficulty, something about the closing up of a
road in which
each was interested. The two men were
alone, and nobody saw the scrap, so far as it known; but it is stated
that most likely Martin struck Stokes with something in the combat and
took the hoe away from him and struck him over the head
leaving him unconscious and he has remained that way ever since, not
being able to tell his side of the story. He is badly gashed
about the head and otherwise bruised on the arm and wrists.
Martin was hurt some, but not much. Martin
was arrested and
taken before Esq. Theo Burlison, who bound him over in the sum of $750,
pending a preliminary one day next week. Both are men of
and Martin is a brother, or half-brother of W. H. and James Martin of
Twp. This is an affair to be regretted, occurring
between neighbors. State's Attorney Cowan went up yesterday
look over the ground and acertain what he could in the matter.
Vienna Times, undated
STOKES DEAD - MARTIN IN JAIL
spoke last week of the combat between Sam Martin & Lem Stokes
took place near the west side of this county in Regent Pct, Thur June
4, and that Stokes, who got the worst of it, was most likely fatally
hurt and as it proved, for
on last Fri morning about 2 he died, without ever regaining
consciousness from the time he was hurt.
Cowan and coroner Hood went up on Fri and the body was moved over from
the home of Stokes, in Union Co, into this co, and a coroner's inquest
was held. Attorney Spann went up to appear for
verdict of the
coroner's jury was, in effect, that it was unlawful
killing. Martin, who has been rearrested by
Jolly, was brought to jail Fri night where he still remains pending
legal proceedings, likely the action of the grand jury. Just
were acertained at the coroner's hearing we have not
learned. It seems that nobody was present or saw the fight
Stokes and Martin.
As mentioned last week, both men live
in Union Co, but the fight took place about 180 yards over the line in
this county, and the trouble came up- something about the stopping up a
road in which they were both interested. Stokes was
some 23 yrs of age with a wife and 2 or 3 children. He was a
relative of Morgan Stokes of Mt. Pleasant, as we understand, and is
said to have been a very well ------ citizen. Martin is also
man of a family and likely not far from
the age of Stokes. This is unfortunate, indeed.
contributed by Joyce
Looking for a Location
R. A. McCall , a prominent dentist of Vienna , Ill. , was in the city
yesterday looking over the situation with a view to locating here . He
was most favorably impressed with the outlook and while he made no
definite announcement of his intentions it is more than likely he will
return to Paragould in the near future and become permanently
identified with the city.
(Paragould [Arkansas] Daily
Press, September 20, 1911)
(transcribed and submitted by
Out for Governor
Feb. 10 -- In what he declares to be the first authorized
interview given since the opening of the primary campaign,
Representative George W. English of Vienna, Johnson county,
last night made formal announcement of his candidacy for the Democratic
nomination for governor.
"I did not make up my mind to run until last
evening," said Representative English. "Even then I would not
have entered the race had it not been for the fact that others than
were to be considered in the matter."
(The Daily Review, Decatur,
Illinois, February 10, 1912)
(transcribed & submitted
by Nan Lambert Starjak)
The Terrible Accident on I. C.
R’Y at Parker
November 27, 1922
from Vienna Times)
The following account give us particulars of the terrible
tragedy on the I. C. R’y between Parker and Ozark on the morning of
November 27th, when three good citizens were hurled into eternity, and
also gives an obituary of each of the men who lost their lives.
Never was our community more wrought up than when the news
spread that Section Foreman E. N. Vaughn and two of his men were killed
instantly at the Robinson trestle, the first report saying it was the
McCabe or Shadowen 40 foot trestle was an error. On this ill-fated
morning, Foreman Vaughn and five of his men left Parker at 7:00 a. m. ,
going toward Ozark and as they left, before the agent and operator
opened up, they had no means of knowing there was an engine on the road.
few minutes later they were running at a rapid rate, Mr. Vaughn having
charge of the speeder, and just as they reached the Robinson trestle,
the headlight and smoke of an engine was seen approaching. Three of the
men jumped and saved their lives but the other three stuck to the car,
and just before they reached the east end of the trestle, an awful
impact came. The engineer had reversed the engine and it was almost
stopped; but the speeder was still running at a high rate of speed and
threw the men several feet in the air. E. N. Vaughn, the foreman, fell
to the rocks below, his head striking a stone pillar and was killed
instantly. Coleman Deason, it is said, raised to his feet just as the
crash came, and he was thrown forward, head first, his head striking
the front end of the engine boiler, crushing his skull. The body then
fell to the ground below. Daniel Emery, the third man, somehow fell on
the rails, and his head and arm were both cut off. The body then fell
to the earth,
some 20 or 30 feet below. The speeder was tore up some and was knocked
back some distance, but remained on the track.
The crash was heard quite a distance and soon people came
all points. Many wonder why the foreman did not stop the speeder, but
the reason will never be known. Some think they aimed to make the east
end of the trestle, others that they lost control of the car, so it is
all surmise. The engine came around a sharp curve and there was some
fog in the air that was against them. The engine was No. 489, an old
work engine, and is said to be the same one that killed Bedford Emery
at Parker many years ago, and also Bob Barnwell at Parker some years so
it has anything but an enviable record. The engineer on this occasion
is named Mitchell; the conductor, Norton, and we failed to get the
The three men who saved their lives by
jumping were Hosea Emery, Vern Mount and James Newbold. All escaped
with a few minor bruises and a good shaking up. Albert Merrow is one of
the section men, but had been puny and off a few days. He started to
work that morning but his wife suggested that he wait another day and
he yielded, thus possibly saving his life.
then ran down to Parker, attached on to a boxcar, secured three cots
and a load of men, ran back and loaded the unfortunate men on the cots
and ran back to Parker where the County Coroner Hood, who had been
called and had arrived, selected as a jury: W. J. Phillips, George
Burton, Harry Caldwell, C. SB. Reed, Charles Hundley and James Hood,
who examined a number of witnesses and returned a verdict:
"Came to their death by a collision between engine #489 and a motor
speeder driven by E. N. Vaughn."
The undertaker, H. T. Cocke, of Creal Springs, who had been
summoned, had the same engine to take the bodies to his office, where
an expert from Marion was called to fix them up so as to look as
presentable as possible, then they were taken to their homes, Vaughn
and Deason in Parker, and Emery about one mile west on the old Swanner
farm. Each of the three left a wife and two children.
On the 28th the funeral was held at Finley, one mile west of Parker,
800 or 1000 people present. The house would not more than hold the
relatives, so the seats were moved outside where all could see and
hear. Rev. J. B. Jones of Vienna had charge and preached the sermon.
Rev. Wineagar of Creal Springs, read the scripture and Rev. Ramsey of
Burnside offered prayer. Rev. Jones preaced a very fine and appropriate
The floral offerings were very fine, the
Railroad Company furnishing a fine wreath for each man and the Masons
and Odd Fellows one for Mr. Vaughn, so the display was profuse. The
Railroad Company also furnished the caskets, which were alike and very
fine. The bodies of Vaughn and Emery were interred at Salem Cemetery,
and that of Deason at Woodside Cemetery. The Masons and Odd Fellows
each performed rites at the grave for E. N. Vaughn, a worthy and valued
member of both orders. The hearts of all who viewed the gruesome sight
of these three good men go out in sympathy for their helpless families.
One blessing is that they were all Christian men.
contributed by Faye Bowman
Farmer in USA
On Saturday, April 5, 1924, Uncle George Elkins,
who lives near Buncombe, reached his 99th
birthday anniversary and on Sunday, the 6th,
his neighbors and friends went in to help him celebrate. There were
between 150 and 200 there and to say that this was an enjoyable
occasion for all present would be needless to add. There was no one
present who enjoyed the day and dinner more than Uncle George himself.
He is a very active man for one of his age, raises a crop of corn and
garden every year preparing and cultivating a part of it, and is the
oldest farmer in the United States. He entered this land from the
government and has lived on this farm all his life. There were quite a
number of his friends went out from here, and they came from Marion,
Anna, Centralia, and several other places. We extend to Uncle George
our very best wishes for many happy returns of the day and hope he may
reach the century mark.—Vienna Times
(Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois,
Friday, 18 Feb 1924)
(transcribed and submitted by
Farmer in U.S.
George Elkins who attended the Central
State Fair at Aurora,
Ill., in August 1922, is the oldest farmer in the U. S. actually
engaged in farming, will celebrate his 100th
birthday anniversary at the Methodist Episcopal church of Buncombe,
Sunday, April 5th of this year.
(Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois,
Friday, 20 Mar 1925)
(transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter)
Barnhart, of Cypress, in Johnson County, Ill., passed his one-hundredth
milestone on the 21st day of last December. He came to Southern
Illinois from North Carolina early enough in the last century to work
on the grading of the Illinois Central railroad through this section,
being the motive power for a wheel barrow at $1.00 a day. All his life
since coming to Illinois has been passed near Vienna in Johnson County.
He now makes his home with his granddaughter, Mrs. Robert Martin, at
I.O. Karraker of this city visited Mr. Barnhart recently
and was surprised to learn that they were distantly related. While Mr.
Barnhart was helping build the Illinois Central railroad dump through
the present location of Dongola, he spent his Sundays with his uncle,
Daniel Karraker, who was the great-grandfather of I. O. Karraker. Mr.
Karraker found the old gentleman in excellent health and in full
possession of all his faculties except for a slight deafness.
Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, 24 Aug 1928; transcribed and submitted by
FARM HOMES AND BARNS IN
FLATWOODS AND VICINITY HARDEST HIT.
FOUR HOMES COMPLETELY DESTROYED.
DOZEN BARNS WRECKED BY TORNADO.
A tornado, the worst to strike this county in several years, came about
noon Saturday. The twister came from a southwesterly direction. As a
result, six people were injured and one killed, four farm homes were
completely demolished, about eight damaged and about fifteen barns were
either blown completely away or twisted from their foundations. One
man, Curtis Abbott, 60, was killed in front of his home near Flatwoods.
John Faulkner and Clemon Stapleton were injured. Mrs. M. C. Stapleton
was injured when her home near the gristmill at Flatwoods was swept
away. Mrs. Lula Castleman was struck on the head by flying debris,
while she and her husband were trying to drive out of the storm in
their wagon. She suffered a scalp wound. Lindsey Walls was picked up,
carried about an eighth of a mile and dropped. He was near the Abbott
home. Hobart Trigg, a student in Robbs High School, was also caught on
the road near the mill by the storm. He suffered a bruised shoulder and
FLATWOODS HARD HIT BY STORM
next property damage was to the barn of Roscoe Castleman. The house was
also slightly damaged. Across the field stands the old mill building.
Farmers and a crew of WPA workers had gathered around the mill. The
mill is operated by M. C. Stapleton and is owned by his father-in-law,
Pres Morris. The WPA workers saw the tornado coming and ran down the
road and sought shelter behind a bank. Among those seeking protection
from the storm behind the bank were John Faulkner, Joe Trigg and Edward
Sharp. Pres Morris an aged man was standing in the mill building beside
a gasoline engine. He told a Times reporter that he did not sense the
danger and said, "First I was down, then I was up and when the storm
passed, I found that everything but me and the engine were gone." The
wind took the building, flooring, crushing equipment and carried it a
considerable distance. The aged man was not injured and was probably
standing on the concrete foundation of the engine which kept him from
being carried away with the rest of the mill.
SEEK SHELTER BEHIND BANK
Trigg was the first of the six or eight men who sought protection in
the road behind the bank to recover from the shock of the storm. He
said he saw Faulkner lying with his face in a pool of water. He only
had the use of one arm, but dragged him from the water. Others were
thrown into the bank and debris struck them. A stump rolled on Edward
Sharp but he was not injured. Faulkner was carried to the Pres Morris
home. Clemon Stapleton, son of Mr. And Mrs. M. C. Stapleton was also
carried to the Morris home, being seriously injured. Mr. Stapleton ran
to the house and Mrs. Stapleton was severely injured. Farther to the
north and east and in the path of the twister was the house and barn of
Mr. And Mrs. Sam Morse. The family saw the storm coming and ran to the
Abbott home a short distance away. Mr. Morse was carrying his youngest
child and Mrs. Morse had her 8-year-old-son by the hand. Mr. Morse got
inside the Abbott house with his child, but Mrs. Morse did not reach
the house. She grabbed a cedar post in the front yard. Neither she nor
the child were injured.
The Morse home and
barn were leveled to the ground, leaving them with only the clothes
they wore. Their car parked in front of their home was picked up and
carried about an eighth of a mile and deposited in a field.
CURTIS ABBOTT KILLED IN FRONT
OF FARM HOME
Curtis Abbott and his son were unhitching a team and they too saw the
storm approaching. They started for the house but did not get inside.
About ten feet from the front porch the elder Mr. Abbott held to a
cedar post. His son Dee was near Mrs. Morse and her son. After the
storm passed they saw Curtis Abbott lying on the ground. They ran to
his side and he only gasped a few times and passed away. A coroner's
inquest held Saturday night by Deputy Coroner Loren S. Murrie returned
a verdict of death caused by being struck by some flying object or
being thrown against a post breaking two ribs, which punctured the
heart. The left arm was also broken. There were no other marks on his
Lindsey Walls, who lived about
from the Abbott house was enroute to Glendale with neighbors. He
attempted to reach the Abbott house. He was caught by the wind which
rolled and carried him a considerable distance, threw him up in the air
and then dropped him back to the ground. He was carried to the Abbott
house after the storm had passed and was later taken out to the gravel
road in a wagon and from there by ambulance to a Cairo hospital.
The path of the storm continued on to the home of Cleo Boaz near
Glendale, where four large trees in the front yard were uprooted. A
pick-up truck was turned over and the house twisted on its foundation.
No one at that farm home was injured.
Brown of Pope County was summoned and was soon in the storm area
administering to the needs of those injured.
A representative of the Johnson County Chapter of the American Red
Cross was soon on the scene and after making a hurried survey of the
situation returned to Vienna. After getting in touch with the National
Chapter's Mid-Western branch office at St. Louis, he was authorized to
offer emergency help to the injured. I. H. Hook, Edgar Gillespie, Bob
Hook and Royce Bridges left immediately for Flatwoods. Dr. W. J.
Anderson, Jr., was called by relatives of Faulkner and he accompanied
the party. Due to the poor road conditions, it was necessary for the
party to walk over a mile to the house where the injured persons had
been taken. An ambulance had already been summoned by some of the
relatives of those injured and was waiting at the gravel road. After an
examination Dr. Anderson advised that John Faulkner, Mrs. M. C.
Stapleton and son, Clemon be taken to a hospital.
Neighbors were at the Morris home to lend a hand and with eight persons
to an ambulance cot and four or five to relieve them along the way,
they were carried, one at a time, to the ambulance. It was not until
3:30 a.m. Sunday morning that this task was completed.
A representative from the St. Louis office of the National Chapter of
the American Red Cross, Mr. Clinton Denison arrived in Vienna Sunday at
noon to take charge of disaster work in Johnson and Pope counties. Mr.
Denison made a preliminary survey of the storm area Monday. Immediate
relief will be forthcoming for those in the area who are unable to
provide for themselves.
Faulkner was taken
to the Fisher hospital by Dr. Anderson. He is suffering from a
fractured skull. His condition is considered quite serious. Clemon
Stapleton was suffering from concussion and a severe scalp wound. Mrs.
Stapleton was suffering from a possible internal injury and bruises. It
was feared for a while that she might have a fractured leg, but it was
only badly twisted and sprained. Mrs. Stapleton and her son were taken
to a Harrisburg hospital.
Lindsey Walls was taken
to a Cairo hospital. One arm was broken in two places. The ball and
socket joint of one arm was displaced and a piece of wood was embedded
in the hip. It is thought that he will recover.
A barn on the farm of Mrs. Wandie Bass Morris was blown down and the
farm home of Lewis Shelton was destroyed. He too saw the approach of
the storm when he was in his home. No other member of the family was at
home at the time. He ran to a cellar between his barn and house and
probably escaped serious injury or death.
The farm home of John King, just over the county line in Pope county
was lost with his barn. Mr. King saw the storm approaching and called
to his wife and two other relatives. They ran from the house just
before it was splintered.
The home of Frank
Sullivan was damaged, his barn swept away and the hen house destroyed.
The home of Paul Morse in Pope County also was damaged to some extent
by the wind.
the Vienna Times, March 7, 1940
contributed by Faye Bowman