Tornado Kills 30 Persons
Storm Raged Wednesday Afternoon About Four O'Clock, Injuring Over One
Houses Demolished, Live Stock Killed, Automobiles Driven On Highways Thrown
Into Fields And Wrecked And Things Almost Too Horrible To Chronicle Occurred During Storm
Doctors Work Day And Night
Three Churches And Eight School Houses In County Swept Away And Many Children
Attending These Schools Injured. - Rescuers Rush To Scenes Giving First Aid. - Trucks Loaded With People With Axes
And Saws To Clear Roads.
Although almost crushed with grief over the misfortunes brought to so many Wednesday afternoon,
White county residents have worked unceasingly since the cyclone to bring some relief and comfort to the hundreds
in the county who are destitute, homeless and injured. The storm which swept this part of the country Wednesday
afternoon about four o'clock is the worst in the history of the southern part of the state.
The storm seemed to originate at Annapolis, Mo., the southeastern part of the state, traveling northwest over a
route that took in Murphysboro, Bush, West Frankfort, Benton, Parrish, McLeansboro, skirting Enfield, Carmi and
Crossville, in White county, doing terrible damage at Griffin, Ind., and upon reaching Princeton and doing much
damage there, seemed to spend its force. The estimate of the dead throughout the path of the tornado is given as
1500, which 5,000 or more injured.
The Carmi newspapers have made every effort to secure facts that our readers might know just what had happened,
especially in White county, and the story is written Thursday afternoon, using latest details obtainable. It is
impossible to get all the news or a list of all the injured, and many of the injured are dying and our list of
dead cannot be entirely authentic, as we have just used the names of those we have been told without doubt are
As we go to press we have learned of thirty dead in the county, one man missing and more than one hundred seriously
injured. Several hundred are suffering with minor injuries. All this news brings sadness and if sympathy could
be of much use, it is certainly extended to those suffering in the entire path of the storm.
Carmi was not in the path of the storm, however suffered a heavy rain and hail storm, but little did the citizens
know of the damage that was being done in the close vicinity. The cyclone went south of Enfield, cutting a swath
through the county some half-mile in width, sweeping everything before it. It cut into the Seven Mile neighborhood
and skirted Carmi on the north side striking south of Crossville.
At Enfield it is reported that fourteen or fifteen are killed and several others may not recover from the injuries
sustained. The Enfield people are also doing a great work in assisting the injured and homeless and are working
day and night. Schools and business houses have closed and all are helping, and the opera house has been turned
over for the use of the injured where they are being tenderly cared for. The doctors of the town and all of the
towns in the county are responding wonderfully to the calls for help.
The storm seemed to have started in St. Patricks neighborhood. Joe Dunn's home was partially destroyed. Will Hanagan's
home and barn destroyed and Mr. Hanagan, wife and daughter were injured, it is hoped not seriously. Robert Clark's
home and all buildings in this neighborhood destroyed. Anderson Nelson's, Herman Frymire, John Fields, Marion Bleeks,
Ed McCarthy, Alex Jordan's homes and outbuildings were badly damaged as were Ralph Miller's, Dunn Bros. This is
in Trousdale District.
In Bethel neighborhood the Will Smith home was completely destroyed and a visitor, Will Richardson of Eldorado
was hurt. W. A. Blackburn's, Ed Hayes, Herschel Steele's homes were damaged and some of the occupants hurt. The
home of J. E. Willis, where William Dietz lived was entirely destroyed and Mr. Dietz killed. Mrs. Dietz is seriously
injured. Mrs. Bolen was killed when her home was destroyed. The home of Delbert Warthen was damaged and both Mr.
and Mrs. Warthen injured, Mrs. Warthen being in a serious condition.
As near as we have been able to learn the people killed in this vicinity are John Wilson, Will Richardson, Will
Dietz, Vernon Miller, Mrs. Robert Clark and some claim that her baby was also killed but this has not been verified;
Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Jack Murdach, Mrs. Rhein, Mrs. Bolen, a little child of Elza Wilson, Mrs. Sumner Hollister,
Sumner Hollister and daughter are reported dead.
Sixteen pupils were in attendance at Trousdale School and of this number only one, Florence Malone escaped injury.
Pauline McMurtry taught this school. Vernon Miller, a pupil was killed. Most of the other children sustains broken
arms and legs. The school house was wrecked.
Considerable damage was done at Murdach school and many of the pupils injured. Snowden Biggerstaff, teacher is
seriously hurt, has a broken arm, broken leg and internal injuries. John Wilson, president of the Enfield Township
High School Board was killed here and six other members of his family seriously hurt. A child of Mr. and Mrs. Murdach's
was found over a mile away from its home and rescued. It has been brought to Enfield for treatment.
Since noon Thursday the death list has been added to by five. A Mr. McMurtry and all four children of Mr. and Mrs.
Delbert Warthen. Mr. and Mrs. Warthen are seriously hurt.
The home of Tom Finney is completely destroyed and Mr. and Mrs. Finney and all three children are badly hurt. John
Finney, father of Mrs. Will Neeley of Carmi is badly hurt. The Finneys are all at the Blackburn home for treatment.
Mrs. James M. Stokes, wife of a prominent farmer of near Crossville was instantly killed. Mr. and Mrs. Stokes were
at home when the storm approached. Mr. Stokes noticed the threatening cloud and started for the storm cellar, urging
his wife to accompany him. Mrs. Stokes remarked that the cellar, she considered was unsafe and decided to remain
in the house. Mr. Stokes, peering from the cellar saw his house swept away. He immediately ran to his wife, was
was fifty yards from the site of the residence. She was black and blue all over and gasped only once as he picked
Mrs. Kelly Fitzgerald was instantly killed in the collapse of their home and her husband was badly hurt.
Mrs. Henry Maurer, wife of a tenant on the James Garner farm was burned to death. Mr. Maurer succeeded in saving
his son from the burning building. The body of Mrs. Maurer was recovered from the debris of the home this morning.
The heating stove was found lying over her body. The legs and lower part of the trunk of the body had been burned
Fred Bennett was in a cellar with a number of other people when he raised his head above the level of the cellar
and a rafter struck him on the neck, killing him instantly.
Mrs. Shelley R. Stanley and son are seriously injured. They were immediately taken to an Evansville hospital and
reports Thursday at noon gave both an even chance for recovery.
Lawrence Kuykendall was seriously hurt, but it is not thought the he is fatally injured.
Mrs. William Copelin and children are injured. Mr. Copelin was coming through the field to the house during the
storm and was blown into a fence. He held on to the fence post and his clothing was literally stripped from his
body. Mrs. Copelin fled from the house before the storm struck carrying two little boys. A baby was left behind.
Later, Mr. Copelin found the baby. It is not thought that the baby is seriously ill.
Lige Johnson sustained a broken leg and other injuries.
Houses in the path of the storm in this vicinity that are totally destroyed are Lige Johnson's, Luke Hon's, Lawrence
Kuykendall's, Phil Fieber, Albert Bramlett's tenant house; Jimmy Garner's tenant house, Virg Davenport's, Will
Copelin's, Roy Stokes, Shelley Stanley's and Kelly Fitzgerald's. The home of Albert Bramlett, considered the most
beautiful country home in the county was wrecked. The Bramlett's were unhurt and a freak of the storm was that
a fresh egg was found lying on the front porch after the tornado.
Stokes Chapel was leveled and Wabash Church also blown away in this township. At Graves School, Scigal Martin,
teacher, showed wonderful presence of mind. He ordered the children to leave the school when he saw the cloud approaching
and they went into the yard and lay flat down. None were hurt. The school building was blown away and Mr. Martin's
Poplar Ridge school is said to have been in the path of the storm, but this report has not been verified.
At Bell school the teacher, Percy Rawlinson had dismissed for the day and no children were in the building. The
school was blown away.
Frank Ridenour of Crossville was driving along the state road and he saw the storm coming. He tried to beat it
to Crossville but ran directly into its path. He stopped his car and lay in a ditch at the side of the road. His
car was picked up by the tornado and blown against the railroad track and demolished. He was beaten by the wind
but sustained no severe injuries.
Mrs. Enos Jordan sustained terrible injuries in a peculiar manner. She was seated in her home during the storm
and a kitchen range from the home of a neighbor blew through the roof of her home, crushing her. A vertabrae of
the neck is fractured and she has other severe injuries. She was brought to Carmi to the home of a relative where
she was given fedical aid.
Seven-Mile Vicinity Several hundred were injuried
here, and four were killed. "Aunt" Jane Rippy, whose real name is Smith was killed at Trumbull. George
Speck, who resided in Newman School - vicinity died after his lung had been pierced by a scantling. Mrs. Orval
Warthen and four year old child were killed when their home was destroyed. Herman Bingman, a pupil at the Hadden
School was killed when he sustained injuries at the school building.
The Newman School, five miles west of Carmi was literally blown away. The bell, one desk and a few timbers marked
the site. A pump was pulled from the ground here. Jasper Mossberger is teacher at Newman and his condition is bad.
He seemed rational but could not comprehend that there had been a cyclone and seemed to remember nothing about
it. He has a bad cut on one leg and body bruises. Practically every child in this school was hurt, several seriously.
Mrs. John Young and daughter, who resided on the C. S. Conger farm are badly hurt. Their home is blown away. The
home of Clarence Hubele, also on the Conger place was blown away, but fortunately neither Mr. or Mrs. Hubele were
at home. The large stock barn and silo and a tenant house on the place are among the missing. Eighteen acres of
woods are stripped, giving one the impression of photos shown during the war of woods that had been under shell
fire for several weeks. A number of hogs, sheep, chickens and a mule were killed here. Miles of wire fence has
disappeared, posts and all. Here a local woman found a clothes pin in a tree to the depth of two inches.
The baby of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Speck was found living at the side of the road, fifty feet from where the house had
stood. It was whimpering and its little mouth filled with mud when found. It will recover it is thought. "Grandmother"
Speck sustained serious injuries when the Speck home went. Mrs. Nibbling was cut about the head and sustained bad
The daughter of Ed Young, who resides on the McCallister place was badly hurt at the Newman school, sustaining
several broken bones. The Young home was destroyed by fire, after the house had been wrecked by the wind.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Powers, who reside on Seven-Mile Creek was also badly hurt in the Newman School
A large tree landed squarely in the center of the Emanual Berry home. Mr. Berry was unhurt, but his wife sustained
a bad head injury. She is not in a critical condition.
North and Northwest of Carmi
The Freiberger School presented the most sorry spectacle in this vicinity. It was totally destroyed and one child,
Wilburn Felty, age 9, was instantly killed. Many others whose names we were unable to get were seriously hurt.
The house of Jacob Maurer, Sr., was destroyed and Mr. Maurer is badly hurt. He sustained a compound fracture of
the leg and other injuries that make his life despaired of. His advanced age is also against him. Other members
of the Maurer family were hurt.
George Randolph, a bachelor, residing west of Barth Church is missing. Mr. Randolph lived alone. His house was
demolished and search for his body failed to locate him. No one has reported seeing him since the storm. The Barth
Church, while not entirely demolished was set in the middle of the road and is badly damaged.
The home of William Hubele, Jr., was blown away and Mr. Hubele was badly hurt about the head.
Chris Seitz had a leg broken and other bruises when his home blew away. Bill Seitz's place was blown away and his
wife and baby hurt.
The home of Ed Winters was blown away. No injuries reported.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Winters was destroyed and both Mr. and Mrs. Winters are injured.
The home of Charles Mays was blown away and he and several of his children are hurt. One of the children was blown
through a window, several yards away from the home.
The home of Emil Botsch was damaged and the occupants slightly injuried. The above account of the disaster does
hardly more than scratch the surface of the facts, but it is all that is available at this time. We have taken
every precaution to give only authentic accounts and we trust that we have not been misinformed on a single item.
Relief expeditions were organized in Carmi immediately after the disaster. Trucks traveled throughout the night
to stricken homes bearing all the injured who wanted to come to the county infirmary. Our local physicians responded
nobly and worked throughout the afternoon and night. Especial comment should be made of the fact that B. S. Crebs,
who several years ago retired from active practice, took his place on the firing line as did Rev. Th. Eckerman,
local priest, who has a medical degree. These men lent valiant service throughout the night.
A phone call was made to neighboring towns for medical aid but a special train had already been made up to take
available physicians to Parrish but Dr. O. N. Gibson and Dr. A. H. Beltz of Eldorado, who were out on calls when
the special train left responded and gave all the assistance in their power. Physicians from Albion and Grayville,
out of the path of the storm also were present helping take care of the injured near Crossville.
It is almost impossible to list the property damage in the county, however that is of secondary importance when
the dead and injured are taken into consideration but local authorities place the property loss at at least a half
million dollars in this county.
Several automobiles were blown from the state road, between Carmi and Crossville and demolished.
The wind blew one of the brick banisters over at a culvert on the state road near Crossville and left the other
As stated in the first of this article it is impossible to depict the terrible tragedy we have suffered but we
have done our best.
Relief work to help the sufferers was continued today. Clothing and food were taken from Carmi to scores of victims.
A mass meeting was held at the court house at one o'clock and money was pledge to carry on the relief. Another
meeting will be held tonight. Donations of clothing, money and food is being received at the library.
Many Cyclone Victims Dying
Several Of Those Injured Are Being Cared For At Infirmary
Red Cross Nurses Are Assisting In Taking Care Of The Unfortunate Ones
And Hospital Facilities Splendid
27 Dead In County
High School And Orphanage Boys, Together With American Legion With Many
Others, Including Neighboring Farmers Are Working Every Day To Clean Up Debris
News of the terrible cyclone experienced on Wednesday, March 18th, continues to pour in.
Several of the injured have died since the storm and many others are in a critical condition. Sad hearts are everywhere
but all are trying to realize that we must go on living just the same and all are co-operating to bring order to
the places so badly demolished and to do everything humanely possible for the stricken territory.
It is impossible to get down to the every day affairs of life in between the times that help is being extended
to the cyclone torn country and people, and all stand ready and willing to respond to every call for help. We feel
so strongly that it might have been us that suffered that we are more than willing to be of assistance and the
tie that binds has been strongly felt in this great disaster.
Carmi folks cannot help but feel proud of the words said in her behalf Monday by Henry M. Baker, national disaster
relief director for the American Red Cross, of Washington, D.C., who is now in active charge of the county on this
relief and reconstruction work. He made the statement that White and Hamilton counties had handled the situation
better and were better organized than any other places within the stricken district. He said they were on the job
at once, using the right methods, giving first-aid, and could not be praised too highly.
The survey of the Red Cross in White county Monday shows that in addition to lives lost in the storm; twenty-six
were seriously injured; over one hundred injured; 110 homes destroyed, averaging each at $2,500; 220 outbuildings
destroyed; live stock, implement and household furnishing loss not estimated, but the total property damage was
set at three-quarters of a million dollars in White county.
The ladies of Carmi have been especially busy in the relief work. An organization was perfected with Mrs. A. S.
Rudolph as chairman, Mrs. Roy E. Pearce as Vice Chairman and Mrs. Lucy Berry as Treasurer. Various committees have
been appointed and the work is going steadily forward.
The library has been turned into relief headquarters and the sufferers have been given supplies there.
People from all parts of White County have been liberal with their donations. Clothing for babies, men, women and
children have been received in profusion, as well as gifts of canned goods of every description. The people who
so quickly responded to the call we know desire no publicity for their donations but it is only fitting that the
public know that out of the kindness of their hearts and for suffering humanity the following gifts have been received
at the library: Large boxes of clothing from the Krenning-Schlapp Wholesale Grocery Co. of St. Louis; fifty-two
large boxes of clothing from the churches of Fairfield; a box of new clothing from Golden Gate; sweaters, raincoats,
pillow slips and sheets from Sears, Roebuck & Co., of Chicago; 130 yards of muslin for night gowns from the
Campe Corporation who own the Carmi Manufacturing Co.; a box of baby clothing from Fellner-Crow Company of East
St. Louis; a box of clothing from Will Boyer of St. Louis, a former Carmi boy; a box from Ridgway and many others
coming. The state sent two hundred blankets and other supplies. R. L. Gaylord of Rockford sent box of baby clothes.
I. K. A. of Springfield sent clothing to Senator Sneed of Carbondale who sent same to Carmi. The box was sent to
Enfield for disposition.
The Red Cross Tuesday evening shipped in 1350 blankets, 100 tents, 400 cots, 100 wood stoves; 10 cooking outfits
and household furnishings. Two express cars were filled. The cars came from St. Louis and we are informed by the
Red Cross that the Louisville & Nashville railroad made no charge of express on the cars to Carmi.
What Is Being Done
As much assistance as is humanly possible having been given the injured work has started on cleaning up the debris.
Over a hundred high school boys, the boys from the Baptist Orphanage and members of the American Legion started
Tuesday morning on the clean-up campaign. The accomplishments were wonderful. Principal attention is being given
the clearing of the fields at present. Workers will gladly go out from this city until the job is finished.
The churches of the city are taking special days in providing meals for the patients and nurses at the county hospital.
Monday the Christian church will furnish; Tuesday the Presbyterian church; Wednesday the Methodist church; Thursday
the Evangelical church; Friday the McHenry church; Saturday the Catholic church and Sunday the Big Prairie M. E.
church will furnish the meals. The fortitude shown by our forefathers when they helped make White County the best
place on earth to live has been manifested both by the injured and by those who have given assistance in the crisis
through which we are passing. Those in charge of the supply depot report that the people that have received aid
in the way of clothing, etc., have been wonderful in their attitude toward the help. Greatful in the extreme all
have been fearful that they might take more than they actually needed. The Relief Committee wishes to assure all
that there is plenty for everyone's needs and if any victims of the storm haven't what they need they are requested
to call at the library and get it and if unable to come to send word what is wanted. Everybody will be cared for
if they but ask.
In telling just a little about what is being done for the sufferers several items are worthy of report.
Among the first telegrams that meant real money was received by Judge J. C. Kern Saturday when Senator William
B. McKinley asked that he be drawn on for one thousand dollars for the districts of White and Hamilton counties
relief. Judge Kern has paid over to the Secretary of the Relief Committee, Joe A. Pearce the sum of $500 and has
sent to Hamilton County the other $500.
James E. Martin, residing near Springerton states that if anyone who has stock or anything left after the cyclone
and wants to have it sold he will cry the sale without charge if notified. In order to secure his services call
J. B. Proudfit, through Springerton.
An airplane came through Carmi Friday, piloted by Frank O'Neil of Vincennes, Ind., bearing Sam Guard of the Sears-Roebuck
Foundation and E. G. Thiem of Chicago, Assistant Editor of the Prairie Farmer. They were to establish a relief
station at Carbondale for this district. Sears-Roebuck and Company had clothing in Carmi soon after the visit of
A volunteer worker that helped materially was Rev. R. O. Clements, a Methodist minister who following the cyclone,
assisting in the embalming work. Rev. Clements was wired for to go to Benton, but felt that he was needed here
and owed his efforts to this community.
Senator Lyman W. Emmons wired to know extent of damage and immediate requirements of county and stated that he
would do everything possible to see that White County got proper consideration in the relief funds to be appropriated
by the state.
H. Clay Gott and J. C. Borah were here from Springfield Saturday in the interest of the state in relief work. They
were finding out the needs of the community and stated that a supply of tents had been sent to Enfield and two
nurses obtained for Carmi. A quantity of sheets, bedding, bandages, etc., were also sent by the state. Harry L.
Ziegler, manager of the Simpson Lumber Company has received a telegram from the Lahon Company of Chicago, makers
of Mulehide Roofing, stating that they were shipping a car load of roofing here to be used free in the district
for those suffering because of the cyclone damage. The roofing will be distributed by Mr. Ziegler.
The big truck from Fairfield, which brought a great supply of clothing to Carmi Tuesday was in charge of Rev. W.
J. Fahnestock, Methodist minister, U.S. Staley and Paul Wilson. The donation was made by the churches of Fairfield.
Action of the Cyclone
Last week, in order to give our readers the news as quickly as possible a number of items were overlooked that
will prove of interest relative to the ravages of the cyclone in our midst.
At the Homer Dickey home, three miles southwest of Enfield, he was in the barn and was not hurt. An old barn, just
back of the barn in which he was in was completely destroyed. Mrs. Dickey and their eight year old adopted daughter
were in the house. The child was ill, suffering from appendicitis and as the storm broke she called to her mother
that the bed was moving. Mrs. Dickey picked her up from the bed and started to run to the kitchen. This part of
the house was falling in and she ran through the hall to another room, but found the other room gone. She then
remained in the hall and both were practically uninjured, Mrs. Dickey suffering but a bruise on the hand. After
the storm Mrs. Dickey saw her dishpan on a fence about thirty feet from the house. How the pan left the house is
not known as none of the doors were open and the surmise is that the pan went out through the kitchen roof. As
she started to remove the pan from the fence she got a scare worse than she had just passed through when a live
rooster and hen fell out. They have been pinned to the fence by the pan and were unhurt. The house was moved about
three feet from the foundation and about thirty chickens killed in the yard.
One of the worst wrecked homes in the path of the cyclone was that of William Hanagan, four miles southwest of
Enfield. It was blown completely away and the barn was also wrecked. Mr. and Mrs. Hanagan and daughter Kate were
in the house when the storm broke. Mrs. Hanagan was found outside the house after the storm. She had been blown
out on a feather bed and struck against a tree. She was badly bruised and is at the home of her son in Enfield.
Kate Hanagan suffered three broken ribs, a badly scratched face and a big gash on the forehead. Her condition is
considered critical. Mr. Hanagan was found lying in the center of the house in a pool of blood. He was not seriously
hurt, however. One horse and one hog were killed and two cows crippled.
An empty house on the William Fisher farm, two miles southwest of Enfield was moved off of its foundation, but
was not badly damaged.
The Joe Dunn home, three miles southwest of Enfield, was torn to pieces. Mrs. Dunn suffered a broken left arm and
right shoulder. She was taken to the Walker hospital in Evansville and is getting along as well as can be expected.
Mr. Dunn was in Enfield when the storm broke and their two sons, who were working in a nearby field crawled under
the barn and were not hurt. The house was blown twenty feet from the foundation. The smokehouse was demolished
and thrown a distance of twenty-five feet against the side of the house. One big barn and three sheds were destroyed
and the barn in which the Dunn boys took refuge was moved four inches from its foundation. Two horses and three
cows were killed. A granary with shed was blown completely away. At this place trees standing closely together
were uprooted, one tree being carried in one direction and one in the opposite direction, showing the twisting
force of the storm. Thirty hogs in the woods nearby were unhurt.
The home and barns of Herman Frymire, two miles south of Enfiled were completely blown away. Mr. and Mrs. Frymire
and his father John Frymire went into the yard to hold to fence posts, lying flat on the ground. John Frymire was
blown loose from the fence and it is supposed that he was thrown against a post by the force of the wind and received
injuries from which he died Thursday night at eight o'clock. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Frymire sustained
bad bruises at the Trousdale school when the cyclone razed the school building. Two horses, one mule, three hogs
and three sheep and two lambs were killed on the Frymire place.
John, Thomas and Charles Dunn, well known Enfield cattle men, together with their mother, Mrs. Anna Dunn and two
sisters, Maggie and Mamie Dunn were uninjured during the storm, the room they were in in their home being the only
one left intact in the entire two-story dwelling. A practically new barn on the place was wrecked and several sheep
and hogs together with two hundred chickens were killed. A check blown out of this house was found at Washington,
Indiana, approximately a distance of 140 miles. The check was sent to L. A. Gowdy, cashier of an Enfield bank.
A Dodge automobile parked at the Dunn home was badly wrecked. A tire was found a half mile from the machine and
the radiator was a quarter of a mile away.
The home of Robert Clark was completely wrecked and Mrs. Clark was killed. Her head was crushed against the stove.
Her small daughter, in the house with her, was blown a distance of a quarter of a mile to the Joe Dunn home, but
was not seriously hurt. Mr. Clark was in Enfield when the storm hit. A barn on the place was demolished and an
auto in the barn destroyed. Two horses, three head of cattle and a lot of chickens and guineas were also killed
at this place.
Joseph Meaher and William Devoy, who reside on the Meaher property one and a half miles due south of Enfield owe
their lives probably to the fact that they went to the cellar just before the storm broke. This was the extreme
northern part of the storm and the house was damaged. Trees were blown down on the cellar and three barns were
totally wrecked and one new barn damaged on the Meaher place. There were two horses, a cow and two calves in the
barn lot when the barn was destroyed but the animals were unhurt. A number of chickens were killed here. Eight
beautiful big cedar trees in the yard were destroyed.
One of the many miracles unsolved is how Anderson Nelson and his wife were not killed when their home was wrecked
one and three-quarter miles south of Enfield. Their home and the barn was completely destroyed but Mr. and Mrs.
Nelson were unhurt. A number of shade trees were uprooted in their yard.
Henry Goetz, near the Freiberger school had a narrow escape when his home and barn were wrecked. He was in the
barn and the building was lifted right over him, leaving him unhurt. Mrs. Goetz and three small children were injured
in the house. Mrs. Goetz has a bad injury to her head, the scalp being torn. Carl Goetz, age eight had his leg
broken; Frances, age 9 had an arm broken and suffered an injury to his hip; Ralph, 4, had his head hurt and is
bruised about the body. Glenard, who was at the Freiberger school was slightly hurt. These people are all at the
Charles Rhein home in Carmi being cared for.
The Elijah Johnson home near Crossville is one of the worst wrecks of the storm. He and his wife were at home during
the storm and Mr. Johnson fell by the side of a concrete pillar, having a miraculous escape. He suffered a bad
gash on his head. His wife got near a heavy refrigerator and was unhurt.
Two people were killed at the home of James L. Boland, 4 miles east of Enfield, his mother, Mrs. Rosa A. Smith
and his sister, Mrs. Lucy Ellen Phillips. Mrs. Phillips resided at Paris, but was at the Boland home to care for
her mother, who was ill. Mr. Boland and Mrs. Phillips' baby were not seriously hurt. All were taken out of the
wreck of the house. The funeral of Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Phillips was held Saturday afternoon. The barn at the Boland
place was also destroyed. No stock was killed, but sixty chickens were killed and blown away. The bungalow belonging
to J. E. McArthy, one and a half miles south of Enfield is a complete wreck, although fortunately no one was seriously
injured. All of the family were away from home during the storm with the exception of their 21 year old son, who
went into the basement. He had a splinter driven into his lip. The McArthy home was built about nine years ago
and had just been repainted. The house was picked off its foundation, all together and carried across the yard.
When the porch hit the road bank the house started to roll down the hill and at the bottom of the hill was demolished.
All outbuildings were destroyed and one cow killed. Several horses were hurt. A lot of machinery was destroyed
and a new Essex-Six car completely junked. The farm was fenced, hog-tight, and no fence can now be found.
|One hundred and twenty-five chickens were killed. After the wreck a one-gallon glass churn
was found in the rubbish, unbroken. The John M. Fields residence, 2 miles southwest of Enfield was badly damaged.
The foundation was left intact but the roof was carried away and the building wrecked. Fortunately no one was at
home at the time. Mr. Fields was in Enfield, a daughter and son at high school in Enfield, Mrs. Fields and two
youngest children were at the home of Alva Veatch, just outside the cyclone zone. Two of their sons, however, Edmond
and John, Jr., age 11 and 14, were at Trousdale school, which was wrecked. John had his right leg broken, a compound
fracture and Edmond suffered gashes in scalp and left hip. The Fields barn was wrecked and two sheep and three
The wreck of the Trousdale school was pathetic in the extreme and the work of the teacher, Miss Pauline McMurtry
in helping her pupils is worthy of commendation. There were sixteen pupils in school at the time of the cyclone
and one boy, Vernon Miller, 12 year old son of Ralph Miller, was killed. Harry Erkman was noticed by Miss McMurtry
under the heater and was drug out. He was not hurt. One girl, Reba Jordan, daughter of Willie Jordan, was found
by Miss McMurtry in a hole where a tree had been uprooted. She had been blown into the mud and water head first
and had not the teacher noticed her plight she would doubtlessly have perished. Her face was badly scratched and
bruised. Reba Hollister was badly hurt. She suffered a fractured skull and brain bruises. She is at the county
infirmary for treatment. Charles Williams was blown about a hundred feet from the school building. He suffered
a bursted knee cap, his eye was cut and his face bruised. Johnnie Fields had his leg broken in two places. Edmond
Fields suffered a gash on hip and his head and face bruised. Lucille Lee suffered a broken collar bone. Roy Erkman
has internal injuries. Gilbert Veatch has a badly cut face and head. Lee Jordan was cut about the head and leg;
his injuries are not serious. Only three of the pupils, Fern Lee, Florence Malone and Harry Erkman were unhurt.
Miss McMurtry, teacher, was hit on the left side of the face. Her left eye is hurt, hip bruised, legs bruised.
She was blown down several times while rescuing the children. The west side of the building came down on the pupils
then lifted off and went back west. The injured were taken to the home of Willie Jordan immediately after the storm.
Although buried in rubbish when the Sam Trousdale home, two miles southeast of Enfield, was wrecked Mrs. Trousdale
and her sister-in-law Miss Hattie Trousdale were not badly hurt. Mr. Trousdale was in Enfield during the storm.
Both ladies were in the kitchen and after being buried in the wreckage of the home another gust of wind removed
the debris from them. Mrs. Trousdale was bruised, but is able to get around on crutches. The big barn and silo
on the Trousdale place is listed as missing and one horse, a cow and eight hogs are also missing. A large number
of chickens were killed.
Snowden Biggerstaff of Enfield, teacher at the Murdach school was so badly injured that he passed away Friday evening
in the Evansville hospital where he had been taken for treatment. Both his arms and one leg were broken and it
was necessary to amputate one of his legs at the hospital. He was on horseback when the storm hit him. His horse
had a leg broken and when found the faithful animal was standing over his stricken master. Mr. Biggerstaff had
seen the threatening cloud and had dismissed his school. Had he remained in the school building he would have been
safe, as the building was not in the path of the cyclone.
John H. Wilson, age 74 was killed when his home near Enfield was blown away. His wife, Mrs. Mary Jane Wilson was
wounded on the hand and wrist and sustained bad body bruises. A daughter Rachel was slightly bruised and a daughter
Lucy was bruised over the eye and has a broken arm. Mrs. Wilson and her daughters were trying to hold the hall
door closed when the door gave way, throwing them into the yard, as the porch of the home had been blown away.
The house caught fire but the women succeeded in removing the body of Mr. Wilson. He had been killed instantly.
His neck was broken, both legs broken and left shoulder broken. His funeral was held at West Union at 1:30 Friday
afternoon. One mule was killed at this place and two horses and one mule were badly injured. A son, Rufus, arrived
from St. Louis that night.
At the Jack Murdach home near Enfield two people were instantly killed and one died later from injuries received.
Mrs. Murdach and her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Rhein were killed outright when the Murdach house caved in on them and
Alvin Rhein died later from injuries he received in the home. The Rhein baby was blown clear of the house and was
found later in the brush nearby and it is thought that it will recover.
George Speck, who resided west of Carmi was so badly hurt when his house was wrecked that he died Thursday morning.
His mother, Mrs. Kate Speck had a broken leg, a cut over her right eye and a gash in the back of her head. She
is not expected to recover. Mr. and Mrs. Speck and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Speck hurried to the cellar but George Speck
went back to see about his mother and to get some valuable papers, and was in the house when the full force of
the storm struck. Evelyn Speck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Speck was badly injured. Both the Fred Speck and
George Speck houses and barns were completely demolished.
The John and Tom Finney house, near Enfield was destroyed, as were the outbuildings and John, Tom and wife and
four children are all seriously hurt.
Seven people were in the William Black home on the William Smith place when the house and barn were destroyed.
William Richardson, a carpenter from Eldorado was killed. No one else in the house was seriously injured.
The residence of Ralph Miller was slightly damaged and his barn destroyed. No one was injured, however Mr. Miller's
son was killed in the wreck of Hadden school. The W. T. Jordan home near Enfield was badly damaged and the barn
torn up. No one injured.
The house and barn of Marion Bleeks was destroyed. Bleeks lost 18 head of cattle. No one injured. A neighbor, Luther
Lee also lost his house and barn without serious injury to any member of his family. He lost one horse, some cattle
and five head of hogs. These houses were one and a half miles southeast of Enfield. In the wreck of the Delbert
Warthen home, mentioned last week, Mr. Warthen and Charles Argo were fatally injured. This house was near Enfield.
William Dietz of Enfield was instantly killed and his wife and a child was badly hurt during the storm. The Dietz
house and barn were totally wrecked. Mrs. George Akers was so badly hurt when the Akers home was destroyed that
she died Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Akers and her son, George, Jr., were in the house. He was unhurt. The Akers home
and two barns were totally destroyed. Mr. and Mrs. Miller Poors, residing on the John T. Smith farm had a narrow
escape when they were uninjured after the storm had badly damaged their home and wrecked their barn.
In Carmi Township, as we have been able to gather the damage to property was as follows:
The John Powers home was slightly damaged and the barn destroyed. No one hurt.
The garage of Frank Wagner and his barn were destroyed but the house was not injured. Roof was lifted off of the
Chris Wagner home.
The Charles Leisure house and barn were destroyed. No one was injured. The family were moving out of the house
when the cyclone struck.
The barn on the Max Nibbling place was destroyed.
Chris Nibbling's house and barn were damaged and Mrs. Nibbling seriously injured. The Wes Black house was badly
The barn was destroyed on the Walter Warthen place.
The roof was torn from the Jake Burkhardt home and the barn was demolished.
On the Conger place the house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. John Young was blown away and both Mr. and Mrs. Young were
hurt. The house on this farm occupied by Clarence Hubele was demolished but no one was at home. The large barn
on the place and a tenant house was also destroyed.
The Ed Young home on the McCallister place was destroyed by the wind and the debris burned from fire started from
the stove. No one hurt.
The Emanuel Berry home was wrecked and Mrs. Berry was injured about the head. The George Wagner barn was unroofed.
Fred Speck's home and barn were totally destroyed. They were not at home. George Speck's home and barn were destroyed
and Mr. Speck was killed. The Oral Warthen home was destroyed and his wife and baby killed.
The residence of Jacob Maurer, Sr., was wrecked and Mr. Maurer and his son Reuben badly hurt. An empty house on
their place was also destroyed together with the barn and outbuildings.
The home of Henry Goetz was destroyed and his wife and three children were hurt. The John Green house and barn
Henry Freiberger's house and barn were demolished.
Jake Maurer, Jr., house was moved off the foundation and the barn was damaged. The George Randolph home was destroyed.
Mr. Randolph was listed last week as missing but he has been located in Indiana where he was visiting.
Two barns were blown down on the William Burkhardt place.
The residence and barns of William Hubele, Jr., were destroyed and Mr. and Mrs. Hubele were hurt.
The Barth Church was badly damaged and moved into the middle of the road.
The roof was blown off the Peter Roland house.
The Norman Hubele home was destroyed and he was hurt.
The Emanuel Kallenbach home was wrecked.
Charles May's house and barn were demolished.
An unoccupied house on the Dr. J. T. Legler place was wrecked.
Mrs. Ben Gabel was hurt when her house and barn were wrecked.
Part of the Ed Winters home was damaged and the barn destroyed.
The John Winters home and barns were destroyed and Mrs. Winters was fatally hurt.
Mr. Winters is in a very grave condition.
Tom Brooks lost his house and barn.
One was killed at the Fenton Bingman home and Mrs. Bingman is in a serious condition.
The house and outbuildings were destroyed.
The Emil Botsch barn was destroyed.
The William Botsch house was picked up, then slammed down in the basement of the house.
The home and outbuildings of Julius Botsch's place were destroyed.
The Chris Seitz home was wrecked and the barn blown away. Mr. Seitz was dangerous injured.
The William Seitz home and outbuildings were destroyed.
The barn of Ben Kallenbach was badly damaged.
The residence of John Weiss was wrecked and the barn destroyed.
From the John Weiss home the storm jumped across the river and the damage in Crossville vicinity was as follows:
The Clarence Stokes house and barn were demolished and Mr. Stokes and his son Aquila were hurt and are at the county
The home of Harvey Graves was blown away and Mr. Graves was hurt.
The house occupied by Tom Berry and family on the William Moser place was destroyed and Mrs. Berry was seriously
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moreland were both injured when their home blew away on the George H. Brown farm. They were
able to leave the hospital Sunday.
The James Stokes house and barn were blown away and Mrs. Stokes was instantly killed. Mr. Stokes had fled to the
cellar and was unhurt. Mrs. Stokes was blown fifty yards from the house and died as her husband reached her side.
Mrs. Revis Jordan was seriously injured when the home occupied by herself and husband and Mr. and Mrs. Enos Jordan
on the George Jordan farm was destroyed. A stove from a neighbor's house blew through the roof and struck Mrs.
Revis Jordan. A vertabrae at the neck was broken. W. W. Stokes of this city was at the Jordan home and took refuge
in the cellar, as did the other occupants of the house and they were unhurt. The Hugh Stokes house and barn were
demolished. Mr. Stokes and his sisters and nephew Martin were not at home when the storm struck.
The William Copelin home was entirely demolished, together with all outbuildings. Mrs. Copelin was seriously injured
and the Copelin baby was blown over a hundred yards by the wind.
Stokes Chapel was totally wrecked and many of the monuments in the cemetery adjoining were blown down.
Joe Ridenour's home on the Boss Graves place was blown away and his barn demolished. At the Pink Young place the
house and barn were badly damaged. A Collie dog that none of the family had ever seen before was blown through
a window of the home. The dog was not badly hurt.
The Roy Stokes home and barn is a total loss. Mr. and Mrs. Stokes and the children suffered from bad body bruises.
About half the Dick Graves home and the barn was destroyed.
The Graves School taught by Scigal Martin was blown over. Mr. Martin saw the storm approaching and made the children
go into the yard and lie down.
J. C. Caplinger's house and outbuildings were damaged but not beyond repair. The beautiful home of Albert Bramlett
A tenant house on the Albert Bramlett place was wiped away. It was unoccupied. The Phil Fieber house, barn and
tenant house were destroyed.
The residence of Jimmy Garner was damaged and the barn damaged.
The tenant house on the Jimmy Garner place, occupied by Harry Maurer was blown over and caught fire. Mrs. Maurer
was burned to death and one of the children was saved from the burning structure. Mr. Maurer almost lost his life
trying to rescue his wife. Her body was found the day after the storm under a stove.
A roof was blown off the house on the Ed Brown place. It was unoccupied.
The new house on the Bert Kuykendall farm was damaged. No one lived in the house but several people had gathered
there out of the storm.
The residence on the Henry Kuykendall place was badly damaged.
The Lawrence Kuykendall home was practically destroyed and the barn was demolished. Mr. Kuykendall was seriously
hurt and his wife and Gene Kuykendall were slightly injured.
The Luke Hon residence and barn were swept away. There were eight people at this home. Mr. and Mrs. Hon and several
children were hurt but not seriously.