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John Kelly house after tornado
House of John Kelly

The tornado that swept through Brookport Ill., left the home of John Kelly upside down. Members of the family escaped unhurt A dozen other homes in the vicinity were demolished. Damage in the area was estimated at $500,000, with two persons killed by the tornado.
[The Evening Courier, Champaign-Urbana, 4 Mar 1935]

Hundreds Killed At Metropolis
Cairo, Ill., March 28 - A tornado struck Metropolis, Ill., at 5 o'clock last evening, doing great damage to property. Many houses were blown down, and it is reported that several hundred people were killed and injured, but all wires are down and it is impossible to get details. Metropolis is a town of about 4,000 inhabitants. It is situated on the Ohio river, which at that point is a broad stream now much swollen by the floods which have threatened the towns along its banks. It is the county seat of Massac county, and lies directly south of the center of the county. This town has but one railroad, the Terre Haute, which, running south through the county, turns at Metropolis and follows the course of the Ohio up the river to a point opposite Paducah, Ky. There the road crosses to the Kentucky side and becomes the Newport News & Mississippi Valley.
(March 29, 1890 Davenport Morning Tribune, Davenport Iowa Submitted by S. Williams)

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