storm reached West Frankfort, a thriving city in Franklin County
of more than twenty thousand people, at ten minutes past three.
The northwest part of the city was completely demolished.
The great New Orient mine with more than a half million dollars
worth of buildings was in the path of the storm, but strange as
it was the equipment was not greatly damaged. It so
happened that the part of the city passed over was occupied by
the homes of miners and other laboring people and the money loss
was not so great as it was in Murphysboro, where public
buildings and beautiful homes were destroyed.
miners several hundred feet below the surface heard the passing
of the storm, and noticed the suction in the mine--the air
moving with considerable force toward the several shafts.
Baptist and a Methodist church were destroyed, also two
schoolhouses. As many as three or four hundred dwellings
were completely destroyed and scores more or less damaged.
eye witness said the twenty or thirty minutes the people in the
city were dazed. They knew something awful had happened
but they did not know that they could render any help.
Presently someone broke the spell by calling for help and then
hundreds of men, women and even children rushed to the
devastated part of the city.
rescue of the injured and the dead was the first task.
Before darkness came on nearly a hundred and fifty dead had been
found, and the injured filled the miners' hospital and temporary
hospitals were opened in the Methodist, the Christian, and other
churches. The Masonic Hall, The Elks Home and other public
places were opened.
relief train arrived at West Frankfort from Chicago and other
trains early the next morning. Before noon on Thursday the
19th, the relief work was organized. There was a chief Executive
Committee, with subordinate committees on hospitals and
furnishing, food, clothing, traffic, et. The efficiency of
relief work was attributed to the presence in West Frankfort of
a permanent unit of the Salvation Army. This local unit
was re-enforced by nurses, workers, and officers at once.
The Red Cross was early on the ground but for some reason it did
not organize its work at once and it is reported by some people
in the city that there was some misunderstanding between some of
the units of relief which delayed the work somewhat.
West Frankfort the storm next visited the town of Parrish, a
small mining town of three or four hundred people, seven miles
northwest of West Frankfort. This mining village had but
two houses left out of more than a hundred. Many dead were
taken from the wreckage. [History of Illnois]
are missing issues of the newspapers containing stories of the
tornado of March 18th that took so many lives in southern
Illinois, although on April 4th a condensed form was
By the time the newspaper is again available in April
some had even blamed the
tornado on the fighting that was occurring in Williamson County.
The Red Cross was trying
to help survivors in need of groceries and other items. Free
typhoid shots were being given
to West Frankfort citizens by the public health department. For
some reason, the county
was stricken with rabid dogs shortly after the tornado. In
May 1925 an article ran stating
"Women and girls are asked to stay off the streets of
Murphysboro by city and county
officials due to men of all character swarming into the city
since the tornado. These are
men of characters such that they have no respect for
Over 1200 homes were
destroyed in Murphysboro in the tornado and at least 142 lives
were lost in West Frankfort.
full fury of the storm broke over West Frankfort at 3:25 p.m.
Although hundreds of extra copies of
the paper were published each day during the time of
the storm, the supply proved inadequate to meet the enormous
demand. Hence this edition.
is the story of the storm and its aftermath, re-written, in a
condensed form to our
readers who were unable to secure copies of the papers they
hundred and thirty-nine persons dead and three hundred injured
was the toll in human
life in the worst storm to ever visit this section of the state,
which spent its wrath upon
West Frankfort shortly after 3 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon,
March 18th. Hundreds of
injured were cared for in the hospital at West Frankfort and at
emergency first aid
shelters in all parts of the city. Doctors, nurses and
ambulances rushed here during the
afternoon and evening from surrounding cities and aided in
caring for the injured and
dying. Three hundred homes were lying in ruins and rescue
workers searching among the
debris for victims of the storm. Improvised beds were set up in
the hospital on the floors in
the corridors, and in the bathrooms. Churches, lodge rooms and
school houses were
converted into emergency hospitals and still there was not ample
facilities to care for the
storm entered the city from the west at the Joiner School and
swept a path about a
mile wide, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Mine #1 at
New Orient was damaged to
the extent of several hundred thousand dollars. As
rescue workers rushed into the stricken areas a few moments
after the storm had passed, men, women and children were rushing
frantically among the wrecked homes, pleading for some word of
their loved ones. Many mangled, bleeding fathers and mothers
asked for knowledge of the fate of their children, as they lay,
moaning among the wreckage. Children ran screaming about the
streets, calling for father and mother. One woman was found in
the midst of a ruined home, with her five month old baby
clutched to her breast. Mother and babe had died together.
Caldwell, Mine #18, the storm swept a path a half mile in width,
leveling all the homes
and everything in its course, level with the ground. At the
south of the mine, where the
storm seemed to have reached its height, more than a score of
houses were completely
the fields north of the Orient mine, blackened figures of
miners, engaged in probing
the wreckage of the houses could be seen. A miner, still in his
pit clothes, carried a pitiful,
bloody little bundle which he held limp in his arms. It was five
year old Leroy ROBERTS, who
had been taken from the wreckage of his father's home, more dead
than alive. He had no
shoes, and his little stocking feet seemed horribly still. There
was no movement that
could be discerned, but the man who carried him said that he was
not dead. In the house lay
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERTS, both terribly injured. The air was full of
cries and screams, of
those who were homeless, helpless and grief stricken, This
reporter left the scene with the
screams ringing in his ears. They are ringing there yet. One
mother was lying in bed in a
house, her breast torn open and a tiny infant crawling around
her cold body, attempting to
nurse. On a porch lay a woman, her head split wide open, her
scalp laid back and hanging
from the porch floor. Another woman was found with a stick
driven through her head. Other
had arms and legs twisted completely off. And so it went.
store and dwelling belonging to Ike KARNES of Caldwell were
killing KARNES' wife; Mrs. Charles CAMPBELL, a daughter of
KARNES; and two children of
Roscie KARNES, son of the elder KARNES, were killed and Charles
CAMPBELL, a son-in-law,
was seriously injured.
surface plant, engine room, boiler room and tipple of Mine #18
destroyed. Railroad cars on the storage tracks near the mine and
the miner's cars were
hurled from the tracks and blown about as mere scraps of paper
in a stiff breeze.
was an unusual stillness about West Frankfort the night
following the storm, a silence
that was symbolic of death that had so suddenly and surely
visited so many homes here. It
was a silence that was broken only by the clanging of an
ambulance or the screaming of a
siren as the huge van-like cars darted about the city streets
with their freight of dead and
dying. It was human freight that they bore, pieces of bleeding
or of cold inanimate clay that
only a few hours before had been joyous laughing humans, living
and loving, concerned with
the thousand and one petty details that go to make up life.
now they were of no consequence at all. Almost in the twinkling
of an eye, it had all been
changed. A black ugly-looking cloud, the herald of approaching
death, a terrific wind that
threw hailstones about, the crash of falling walls, screams, and
then blackness, and for
many, Eternity. And scarcely an hour later the warm sunshine
streamed down as if in
mockery on the wreckage of the victims.
DEATH LIST IN
FRANKLIN COUNTY INCREASES TODAY
Injured Persons Are Still in Benton Hospitals, Nearly Forty of
the Dead in
West Frankfort Were Small Children. The list of known dead in
Franklin County was
increased today with the death here of Frank
GALLOWAY of Parrish, five members of
whose family had previously died.
Twenty-seven persons were still in hospitals here today.
with injured people brought to Benton from the Parrish storm
area reveal stories of
horror and pathos, some of them telling of miraculous escapes
from the storm's wrath and
bearing out all but unbelievable facts.
family of Everett PARKS residing a half-mile from Parrish is
authority for one of these
stories. Mrs. PARKS is receiving treatment in the Christian
Church relief hospital here, and
on the cot with her is her six months old babe, Imogene. The
mother has a slight fracture in
her skull and the baby's face is cut and bruised.
Margaret, five years old, and her brother, D.C., aged four, are
at the home of Benton
people where they are being looked after and their minor
injuries treated. The father
yesterday afternoon was able to leave the relief station.
Margaret, who is a guest at the home of the writer, earnestly
tells of the things she
"The sky was dark, and the wind commenced blowing, oh so
hard," she says. "We were scared
and before we knew it we were blown away and our home was
ruined. When I woke up
Mother was holding me tight in her arms and we were way out in
the field. A great big plank
was on me and my dress was gone. A nail or something had torn my
underwear. Daddy picked
us up and we all went to Parrish and then they brought us over
here on the train."
little girl's father says that he and his family were carried a
quarter of a mile from
"I did not remember anything after the storm struck
until I found myself
holding a fence post a quarter of a mile from the house,"
PARKS said. "I happened to glance
over my shoulder and saw my little boy in the air, only a few
feet above the ground and
coming directly toward me. I reached and was barely able to
grasp him by the leg. I pulled
him down to me and held him until the storm had passed. Then I
picked up my other two
babies and led my wife to Parrish a ½ miles away. We were
picked up at Parrish and brought
MELVIN, 17, is on a cot near Mrs. PARKS. Her mother and five
brothers and sisters
were with her in the home near Parrish when the storm struck. When
asked what the
family did to escape the storm, Miss MELVIN said, "We
didn't do anything. We had no idea
it was a s bad as it turned out to be. When the wind started to
blow so hard, we tried to
hold the windows and doors to keep them from being blown down.
While we were at this the
house was lifted up and carried away and we were dropped several
hundred feet away
from where our house stood. I came to myself and got up, but I
don't remember anything
from then on until I seemed to wake up sitting on the porch of a
MELVIN suffered a broken collar bone and several injuries of a
minor nature. Her
father, Jim MELVIN, was away from home, and the only member of
the family to escape
W.J. PARTINGTON, a physician and surgeon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
was driving through
the country near Thompsonville, on his way to Paducka, Ky., when
the storm struck. He
arrived in Thompsonville just as the first relief train backed
into that city from Parrish and
asked for doctors and relief workers.
PARTINGTON rushed to a Thompsonville drug store and commandeered
all the surgical
dressings and supplies available and boarded the train.
Reaching Parrish he organized the first relief squad and started
work of sending the injured ones to Benton. "We
loaded fifteen people on the first train," he said,
"and while they were being brought to Benton I helped pick
up thirty other injured and dead. I gave first aid to the
injured and did what I could for them until they could be
brought to Benton."
has been in constant attendance on his adopted patients since
they have been in the
Christian Church relief hospital here.
family of Ed KARNES, living between West Frankfort and Plumfield,
had gone through a
cyclone that destroyed their home in 1912. When they saw
Wednesday's storm coming, they
realized what it meant and ran into a storm cellar. Mr. KARNES,
peering though a window,
saw the timbers flying through the air. He had sent a farm hand
to the school a mile away
after their little son, but when he saw the fierceness of the
storm, he told Mrs. KARNES
that he could not bear to stay there, knowing that his boy was
probably in great danger. He
made a dash for the cellar door but was held back by his wife.
With her arms tight around
her husbands neck she held him back until the storm had passed.
the storm they started to search for their son and found him
along the road bathing
the face of the farm hand who had been sent for him, and had
been caught beneath his
automobile when the wind blew it over and pinned him to the
ground. The boy had been in
the White School House, which was destroyed by the storm, but
had escaped with only a
few minor scratches.
of the most striking features of the tornado here was the large
proportion of women
and children killed. More than 1500 coal miners were at work
beneath the surface in the
devastated area and thus escaped injury or death.
forty of the dead in West Frankfort were small children. One of
heart-touching scenes was the long –(paper torn) morgue of
little bodies from whom life had
been snuffed out almost in the twinkling of an eye.
children in the families of three KARNES brothers here were
listed among the dead as
well as two adults. In the Parrish neighborhood, Frank GALLOWAY
lost his wife, a son, a
daughter, a son-in-law, and a grandson. GALLOWAY himself
received a broken leg and other
injuries and was brought to Benton, where he lived until
Saturday morning. His folks were
buried at Thompsonville yesterday.
Frankfort and other storm stricken communities in Franklin
County today went about
the grim task of burying the bulk of their dead. Of the 163
known dead in the county,
virtually all had been identified and funeral arrangements had
MINE MEN TELL
Wind Plays Freakish Pranks in Vicinity
of Mine #18
SINKS and John KNIGHT, weighmen at the Industrial Coal Company
were on the tipple, eighty feet above the ground when the
tornado struck. In an instant the
wind had bent the tipple to the ground. KNIGHT was able to walk
away and suffered only
minor injuries. SINKS had both legs broken.
than 500 miners at #18 were 600 feet below the surface when the
Power was cut off from the cages and the men were forced to
climb tiresomely to the
surface while they conjectured as to what had happened.
BURBOGE was in the washhouse at #18 when it blew down. He was
covered with brick
and mortar which required half an hour to dig him out, but he
was not seriously injured.
Ten persons in a boarding house near the mine escaped with
scratches although the 15 room
building was flattened to the ground.
The engineer at Orient Mine #2 crawled under the
engine and held on or probably would have been killed when the
MEYER, a boss at the same mine, was at work while his wife and
two children were in
their home nearby. The roof was lifted off and all the furniture
sucked up but the family
escaped with minor injuries.
escaped injury by seeking shelter in basements. Among these was
(NOLEN?), township supervisor, who with his wife and twelve
children, reached the
basement just before their home collapsed.
of reported dead on 21 March 1925 issue of Benton Evening
reported dead in the 3 April 1925 issue of the West Frankfort
21 March 1925
Benton Evening News, Benton, IL
4 April 1925
Daily American, West Frankfort, IL
Sarah, W. 5th St.
Sarah AIDLOTT (AYDELOTT)
and Mrs. BAXANIC **
son of Jesse, 1
alias "Jessie" BROWN
wife of Fred.
E.E., Fall City
Emmett BURNS **
of Ola BURTON
Mrs. Charles *
of Ike KARNES)
Helen, Belleville, Il.
Laudean, 209 S. Douglas
Mrs. Joe, 209 S. Douglas
Lou JOHNSON, Plumfield
Roscoe, 2 (see above?)
KARNES, Larraine, 5
KARNES, Lorriane (see above?)
of Tim KARNES
KARNES, Mrs. Tim
KARNES, Mrs. Anna
of Morgan MUNDAY
Walter Leroy, child
(Mrs. Metz) of Belleville, Ill.
of Luther PETTILLO
Violet POWELL, Vienna
Frank, 25 **
RAZER (not certain)
of C.P. REED
of T.C. RITINGS
Cora ROBERTS *
Marshall F. REMLEY
** he did not die until May see obit
Jane SANDERS **
dau of J.A. SULLIVAN, 1 1/2
at TITSWORTH home.
Bonnie, child of C.R. WAMPLER. 611 S. Logan St.
wife of C.R.
Pearl (same as above?)
Elbert, Ohio Valley
small unidentified child
IN THE STORM IN WEST FRANKFORT
Mrs.; Mrs. Margaret
Lulu and Anna M.
Ellen and J.M.
Nettie and Messett
Mary (released); G.W. (died)
Ilene and Helen
Bagret and Francis
Claude and Mary
Mary - Mary HUDDOCKS
Mike and wife
Gertrude and Violet
Mrs. Tony (see LAKANO)
Mrs. Elmer and daughter; Elmer
Mrs. David and 2 children
Lucy and Gladys
Arthur and Etta
Tony - Tony REZZAR
D.S.; Mrs. L.C
Eliza; Sylvia and 2 children
Leroy and Ann and Gladys
Mrs. Ralph and 2 children
Mrs. Eloise; Mrs. Ed
A.C. - mother at Cocoa, Florida.
Raymond - 308 S. Emma
Henry - (Chicago)
babies (Jess Brown dead)
03 Apr 1925 -
ANNA SMITH (she died the day of the
storm but could have been from some other cause)
Annie, daughter of James and Parthena SMITH, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee 22
June 1853; died 25 March 1925. She was
married to James DORRIS 13 January 1870. The
happiness of this home was added to by
the coming of ten children, five boys and five girls.
Five of the children are now deceased,
those living are: Mrs. Annie WALLACE, Mrs. Scott
WILLIAMS, and Mrs. Elmer GRAY of West
Frankfort; Jimmie DORRIS of Ulin, Illinois; and
Everett DORRIS of Thompsonville,
Illinois. In addition to her children, she leaves 30
grandchildren, and 10 great
grandchildren. Her husband, James DORRIS, had been a deacon
of the County Line Baptist Church for a
number of years prior to his death.
04 Apr 1925 - While two daughters of
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer LEWIS, aged 10 and 12, went
sorrowfully about preparing for the
funeral of their father, Elmer LEWIS, who was killed in
the tornado, a sister, five years old
was lying critically injured in a hospital and the mother
of the children was also in critical
condition. Mrs. LEWIS was seriously injured in the storm.
She is soon to become a mother.
NOTE: On 8 April the paper reported
that a 7½ pound girl was born to Mrs. LEWIS.
A store and dwelling belonging to Ike
KARNES of Caldwell were completely destroyed,
killing KARNES' wife; Mrs. Charles
CAMPBELL, a daughter of KARNES; and two children of
Roscie KARNES, son of the elder
were killed and Charles CAMPBELL, a son-in-law,
was seriously injured.
06 Apr 1925 -
Chloe Emmett BURNS, son
of W.J. and Nancy TRIPP BURNS, was
24 Oct. 1894 near Goreville, Illinois;
was killed in the tornado 18 March 1925, at the Round
House in West Frankfort, Illinois where
he had been an employee for the past ten years. He
was a veteran of the World War. He
married Miss Lillie EASON of Marion, Illinois 29
August 1921. To them was born one son,
Paul Emmett BURNS.
0 7Apr 1925 -
Mrs. Ella OWSLEY, 27,
wife of Arthur OWSLEY, died yesterday from
injuries received in the tornado.
Burial will take place at the Denning Cemetery.
LAWRENCE of Dowell was in West
Frankfort today seeking information about her
husband who came to this city several
days ago in search of employment, She fears he may
have been killed in the tornado. Anyone
having information is requested to write to her at
DuQuoin, R.F.D. 1, Box 89.
11 Apr 1925 -
NOTICE: F.D. COLLINS of Chicago requests information:
"Friends of Pete
DeLANOS and family, residents of Bear
River, are fearful that they may have perished in
the tornado which swept Southern
Illinois two weeks ago. They left Routt County about a
week before Christmas, going to
Frankfort Heights, and are believed to have been there at
the time of the tornado. Miss Violet MORRIS, daughter of Mrs.
DeLANOS, was the fiancee
of Bruce "Shorty" ROBERTS,
who is now employed on the construction of the state
highway between Elk River and Milner
and he had been receiving letters from her in nearly
every mail. Since the tornado he has
received nothing, in spite of the letters and telegrams
he has sent. He greatly fears Miss
MORRIS was among the victims."
Seven additional children are being
cared for at the DuQuoin Orphan's Home: Densanka
BAXANIC, of West Frankfort, whose
father and mother were killed in the tornado.
Stella and Joe
GARLAND of West
Frankfort, whose remaining parent, their mother, was a
18 May 1925 - Another death is
attributed to the tornado with the death of David Spencer
SANDERS, 60, who died at the Union
Hospital late Saturday, 16th., of injuries received
during the storm. His wife, Mrs. Jannie
SANDERS was killed by the tornado. At the time of
her death she was 60y 6m 10d. Burial
will take place at the Denning Cemetery today. He was
the father of Halcie SANDERS whose
home, the Green River Poultry Farm, was destroyed
by the tornado. David was the son of
Luke R. and Elizabeth SANDERS and was born in
Williamson County, Illinois 15 Dec.
1863. He was first married to Mollie WAGONER and to
them was born one child, the mother
dying when the child was about one week old, the child
living to be about eight months old. He
was later married to Jannie BOLEN, daughter of
Larkin BOLEN of near West Frankfort. To
them were born two children, Halcie of West
Frankfort and Rome SANDERS of near
Benton. He is also survived by two brothers, Otis
SANDERS of near Marion and R.H.
of Arkansas, Agnes MOAKE of Marion, Jane
SANDERS of Marion, Susan SANDERS of
Herrin. (Relationship of Agnes, Jane and
Susan not stated). Written by W.T. SANDERS, a nephew. (Combined with obit carried 20
29 May 1925 -
Mrs. Ruby CONNOR vs. Dwight CONNOR, married 31 July 1914. A child
whose custody she sued for was killed
in the tornado. Another child had also died.
06 Jun 1925 - Anyone knowing the
whereabouts of Andrew GINESAY will please
communicate with Hon. J.S. SCHEFEBEEK,
Royal Hungarian Consul, S. Dearborn St., Chicago,
Il., who has inquiry from his relatives
making anxious inquiry concerning his condition since
02 Jul 1925 - Mrs. Ben
Orient underwent an operation yesterday. She was
injured in the tornado of March 18th. A
large piece of wood was hurled through her arm
when the storm struck and yesterday's
operation was for the removal of granulations from
this wound. Mrs. LeMASTER, who was
driving a taxi from Orient to West Frankfort had
with her in the car at the time, Asa
CRAMER, who died as a result of his injuries.
07 Jul 1925 - The father of three sons,
D. SMITH, of the state of Washington, was in
West Frankfort last week in an effort
to locate Harry, Emmett and Hugh SMITH, all
of whom had been reported to him as
having located in West Frankfort or immediate
vicinity. He has yet not been able to
find any trace of them. The missing boys are all
reported to be of middle age and the
father is fearful they may have met death in the
13 Jul 1925 - Halcie
proprietor of the Green River Poultry Farm, which was
completely destroyed in the tornado of
March, has bought an 85 acre farm near Vienna in
Johnston County and will leave with his
family this week to take charge of the place. In
addition to losing his farm here, he
also lost his parents and his wife sustained injuries from
which she has not fully recovered.
27 Jul 1925 - Edna Georgina, six month
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph CAMPBELL,
died Saturday afternoon, July 25th, of
typhoid fever. The Campbell's lost three children in
the tornado of March 18th and the
little one who died Saturday was carried almost half a
mile by the destructive winds, when the
Campbell home was laid in ruins. The child
recovered from injuries received at
that time. Her body was taken to the Herrin City
Cemetery for burial. (Obit carried July
28th states she is survived by her parents and two
sisters, Minnie and Margaret. One
brother and two sisters were killed in the tornado
while Edna was blown 400 feet and was
so injured that her little body was not strong
enough to recover from the injury.)
02 Jan 1926 - Gervia B.
Johnston City, died unexpectedly last night. His death
was attributed to injuries sustained
during the tornado on last March 18th.
He was at that
time employed at Mine #15 and while on
his way home had just reached the Public Well
about two miles west of town when the
storm struck. He was driving a car but was blown
from the machine and against a garage
building. The car was completely destroyed. Mr.
BURGESS held on to the garage building
until it also gave away, some of the timbers falling
on him. The morning after the tornado
one of his shoes was found several hundred yards
east of where the building was. He was
a son of the late Dr. BURGESS of Johnston City and
was 44 years old. Deceased was a
son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis HORRELL of Frankfort
Heights, he having married their oldest
daughter, Bertha HORRELL, more than twenty
years ago. She survives along with four
children. Burial will take place at the Tower Heights
Cemetery. (Combined with article
carried 3 January 1926)
12 Feb 1926 - Zona Fay
now a resident of Benton, will run in the
Democratic primary for County Clerk.
Her husband was killed in the tornado of March 18th,
1925 while they lived at West
Frankfort. She comes from pioneer stock of strong
Democratic tendencies, being a daughter
of George B. MOORE, who has served the City of
Benton two terms as Police Magistrate
and is now serving as Justice of the Peace. Her
ancestors were one of the oldest
families in Franklin Co. Zona
was born in Frankfort
Township, Crawford's Prairie in 1893.
She attended Southern Illinois University Normal at
Carbondale. She taught school for six
years and married Frank PRITCHETT in 1915. Since
the death of her husband she has lived
with her father, with her three small children who
were spared. She is a niece of the late
Capt. J.M. JOPLIN, who was the last Democratic
05 Aug 1926 - Leonard
GUNTER, 23, of
West Frankfort, and Miss Cloe CREMEENS, 19, of
Akin, Illinois, were married yesterday.
He is the son of the late Charles GUNTER who was
killed in the tornado, 18 March 1925,
at his home here.
The (school) report card of Guy
son of Charles ESTES of Caldwell, Franklin Co., Il.,
which was carried from Caldwell to
Bicknell, Indiana by the recent devastating storm, was
returned. His teacher was J.R. NEAL.
Guy was slightly injured in the storm as were two
other children, when the tornado swept
over Mine #18. ESTES' wife was fatally injured and
died about 8p.m. on the night of the
storm. ESTES received cuts and bruises when the
tornado caught the mine tipple on which
he was working and leveled it with he ground.
SWOFFORD NOT STORM VICTIM
- Reports were current in Benton
yesterday that John C. SWOFFORD of
Carbondale, son of Mrs. Emma SWOFFORD
of this city, was among the dead at
Murphysboro. The dead man is another
DORRIS issued a warning
at noon today that visitors and
spectators will not be permitted to
visit stricken territories of the county
20 March 1925
Daily American (West Frankfort)
A live baby was found near Dahlgren in
Hamilton County, Illinois, forty miles from
home from which it was snatched during
the devastating cyclone on Tuesday. It is said
the baby was found by a farmer in his
field about an hour after the storm had passed. The
little one was taken to the farmer's
home where nourishment and careful attention will
preserve the life of the little one.
The child had on no clothes and had no scratches on it's
body. It is about three months of age.
A little girl named
REED is reported
missing. She is two months old, has brown hair and
BRIDGES, one of the storm
victims, was not rescued until late last night
when she was found lying wounded near
their home three and a half miles west of this
An unclaimed baby girl, fifteen months
old, is in a serious condition at the City Hall. She
is suffering from serious burns and the
doctors hold out little hope for her recovery. No
one has called to claim the child.
The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. C.L.
and seven month old daughter, Ruth, and Mrs.
Flora DIXON, mother of Mrs. HICKS,
victims of the tornado, were taken to Benton
today where their funerals will be held
tomorrow with burial at the Oddfellows cemetery
The funeral of Mr. and Mrs. George W.
FORD and daughter, Norine, aged 4, and Mrs. Nancy KELLY, aunt of Mrs.
FORD, will be held tomorrow at 11 am. from the Northern Baptist Church,
where the bodies are now lying in state. Burial will be at Carbondale.
The funeral of Mrs. Oscar
will be held tomorrow at the First Methodist Church with burial at the
The funeral of Mrs. Mahala
be held tomorrow from the residence of Frank GOLDMAN at 307 E. Clark St.
Burial will be at the Benton Cemetery. Mrs. STARNES leaves four
children: Mrs. Mary MARTIN DALE of E. St. Louis; James
STARNES of Illma,
Mo.; and Fred and John STARNES of West Frankfort.
A brother of John
ISAACS reported that
a team of horses is at his brother's farm about
two miles north of West Frankfort. The
team is that which an unidentified negro had
when he was killed late Wednesday. The
negro was riding one horse and leading the
other when his horse became frightened
and slipped, throwing its rider from his back
directly into the path of an oncoming
car driven by Felix DILLON. Mr. DILLON had
learned of the tornado while in Benton
and was returning to West Frankfort.
The funeral of Frank
PRITCHETT, who was
killed instantly in the tornado, will be held
in the First Baptist Church Saturday
with burial at the IOOF Cemetery in Benton.
The children of St. John's school have
undertaken to furnish 500 sandwiches for the
hungry sufferers and workers by 5
JOICEY of Smith St. Injured in
. During the tornado Wednesday afternoon,
Edward JOICEY of Smith St., Benton, who is an
employee of Mine #18 in West Frankfort,
was severely injured. After coming out of the
mine and entering the washhouse, at
that time, him and some other men were
completely covered by the wreck of the
Mr. JOICEY saw two small children who
had entered the entrance of the building (for
supposed safety) and were caught in the
path of the wreckage, he tried to reach these
children but his injuries would not
allow him to do so and after being released from the
debris, was taken to Frankfort Hospital
and later was brought to Benton in a friend's car.
Mr. JOICEY is hurt internally and
several ribs are crushed.
SANDERS, 60 - although he
is listed in the April report, he didn't die till
later unless this was a son which is
March 1925, Benton Evening News
LIST OF DEAD
AT PARRISH AND VICINITY
|BRADEN, Wilma, 5
||CAMPBELL, Mrs. Joe, 52, m/o Martha
|CLEM, Mrs. Gertie
||CUNNINGHAM, Billie, 3
|CUNNINGHAM, Mrs. Hannah C.
|HICKS, Columbus and daughter-in-law
|FLANNIGAN, Mrs. Arlie
|GALLOWAY, Mrs. Frank, 46
|GUNTER, Charles, about 50
||GUNTER, Mrs. Bert, 23
|GUNTER, Christina, 3
||ING, Mrs. Monroe
||KERLEY, Bertha, 3
|KERLEY, Otto, 12
||KERLEY, Homer, 12
|LAUNIUS, Mrs. Isabelle
||McFARLAND, Mrs. Belle, 63
|MELVIN, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
||PRICE, Layman, 22
|PRICE, Beulah, 21
||PRICE, Jackie Jean, 1
|SHEW, Mrs. Arthur
|SMOTHERS, Ivan, 18
||SULLIVAN, Mrs. Silas
||TAYLOR, Kenneth, 3
|WILLIAMS, Ivory, 32, Station
|Mrs. ____ Gray
(as written), 65