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Pulaski Times-News i 48 MOUNT PULASKI, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1951 . NUMBER ? ; i Dam00e Done-B00 T0rn000 " d"  of the house blown t off and a M ][.rl i And Farm Braidings Raze .] ..o cross IgnitING [tree fell on top of. . .... / ur on Bd {::ross " / Mrs. Gasaway and daughter, At the william melee Iarm, I00te Remar J St. Louis, aJ:- Frances, when they heard the souhtwest "of the Lucas farm, kable Fact ,. woo heading for the cet the storm took a hear toll The --.--.-------|co mmaed by Weldon [storm, " " Y l Injured Bat Seriously. Up Starled. Pot with a geranium by the June two calves escap- barn; a man 200 yards in a shoe blown as he sat in his still missing; escapes from death of the northern and of Logan county were blown a- a few of the in- Oddities of the tor- Struck viciously in this report- headed east scenes that were part of the eoun- Heman, between Warrenshurg, a Water covered high- about the Geo. It was so travel was neces- from flooding the at Latham an- traffic hazard made to again take it very COuple of blocks. Stalled, the driver took over and fellow on thru. was consider- it was still to have two the job. Some de- done on the west to avoid this it was almost as Street a block south. the two blocks highway and was the floor of some Dcmmge the elevator was and part of the The front of the at Heman was arid refrigerators on blown partly out home and of Charles Me- distance north- were completely practically all is a total loss. critically injur- to the Decatur CoUnty hospital. Pinned under the his wife is re- Walked a quarter a wrenched back help arrived at dau- civatti, when the storm broke, threw herself over her baby to protect it, and then after the house collapsed, ran to the high- way for help. She and her baby were taken to the Decatur hos- pital. e Ed Culp Blown From Car The escape of E. M. Culp, Latham banker, was another of the miracles of the storm. Driv- ing home from Decatur about nine o'clock, the tornado hit his car about a half mile west of Heman. The auto was knocked from the road and Ed says he re- members bouncing up and down and rolling over several times, but where he and the car parted company he doesn't know. The car presumably cleared a high hedge fence and left him wrap- ped up in the mud of a cornfield. He managed to reach the hard "Lcked up by road where he was p] a motorist and taken to his home in Latham. After a "couple of acres" of good farm land had been washed off he was rushed huddled on a J but was unin- j When the storm hit, Jack was Jire and son,in the kitchen while his wifei was upstairs putting the baby to Were taken to the[ in the house and the mother and baby SchahltbecL All were blown out of the I separated In the fury of the ind maple storm and darkness, Mrs Pope and south of the Logan County c hairm'm of the lar and was part way down the top part of a tile barn, the top Seal {:ross, were covering the steps, when the latter lost of a machine shed, a garage and * : stripped of the and sheet around them. house, machine outbuildings over the farm, and defeath- Were doing their the wreckage. Gino Accivatti, east- of the road was also as wer Mr Ac- county lcmt week eadeavormg to give all aid pos to storm sufferers. Direct contacts were made and rehabilitation experts will be on the job th week to help the unfortunate victims of the storm. A telep _lae call to Weldon Frantz (61b) Lincoln, will be all that is nece= t get assistcmco fr cmyone over- looked. up the d a potluck droner, using the Gas- away kitchen for the serving .oom. leighbors and friends in all :he stricken areas have oeen giving freely of their services to help their unIortunate It]ends. Gasaway - Sandleben i,i Going over another mile west ot me rope term, two Iarm homes were wreccea--one 0emg completely tnown away. ne rlenry andleoen house and au tarm buuamgs on me east s, ae her shoe and stopped to pick it up. Just then the tornado hit the house, moving it off its foun- dation, throwing bricks from the foundation up thru the inside doorway to the cellar at their leer and blocking any escape to :he basement. No one was seri- ously injured. Ed Grathwohl Sees Destruction a barn Just back of the crib and Edwin Grathwohl, residing a-a small house a short dlstancm bout three miles further west of north were untouched. the Gasaway farm, was an eye- The Jake Erlenbush farm home witness to the destruction of his a mile on west suffered heavily farm buildings. He and his wife from the storm. Outbuildings other outbuildings were blown away and the roof of the one- story house was badly damaged. Trees were twisted and broken off and a trailer in which Wal. lace McGee and wife lived in the front part of the McGee yard, was blown over on its side. A large corn crib just east of the McGee farm was overturned but  and daughter has just gotten home from the band social in Mount Pulaski, and he had gone i across the road to check some livestock and on the way back to is residence decided to get in his car and wait for it to stop raining. No sooner had he seated him- self in his car than the tornado struck, swaying his car violently and 25 feet in front of him he saw his big machine shed torn asunder and the roof of a big to the Decatur hospital, later, re- road, were so oaaly torn corn crib taken off. It all hap- leased and then again taken oz the asunder mat nommg but Kma-[pened in a split second. The back the next day for treatment ...... of head and leg injuries, ling wood was to oe Iouna. 'xne]house was untouched but part house was torn trom its OrlcKI f the south side of his barn, The Culp car was a.bout.,75 ioundation and men ripped a-]just west of the machine shed yards out in the cornfield, rotle p,t--nto bits. A coal shed at] was torn off. A large brooder up like a huge ball. Parts of the --" -" ot tee house was mown] house was picked up and car- car are still missing with the me rear ..... '-;od 200 feet out into a field away but the coal was untoucu- t -' gas tank being found on top of a combine at the McGuire farm ed. A flower pot with a plant in with 200 chickens in it and all it was setting on top oI a storm a half mile east. Ray Day, residing a short dis- ceLtar just oacK ot the house tance south of Heman, was re- and was undisturbed. An auto- ported to have driven his car in mobile was picked up and ae- behind the Heman storage bins posited several hundred feet to and "rode out" the storm with- tle northeast of the house, bad- ty damaged. A cook stove was out mishap, carried a quarter of a mile east Charles Culp Home In the path of the storm south and part of it was found north of the house. A wagon was car- f Latham was the country farm ome of Charles Culp, occu._pi.el ried out into the field east of the by Mr. and Mr Adolph Kul, house but the sideboards were who moved to the farm this found several hundred yards north of the house m a small spring. They were not at home grove. Two cows were killed. where the tornado struck. The house was badly damaged and Just before the storm struck barn, machinery shed and oth- the Sandleben home the light er outbuildings were torn to bits went out and Mr. Sandleben se- and strewn all over the place, cured his flashlight. When they felt the building swaying, they as were many treeg threw their arms around each -other and the force of the storm Mother - Babe Separated rolled them several hundred d yards northeast of the house to i The farm home and outbuil - the edge of an oats field. Tem- i ings of Jack Pope southwest of porarily dazed, they finally made Latham were completely demol- their way to the Liza Gasaway ]shed, and included a two.story farm home just across the road- house, machine shed, aoume They were taken to the Dea- corn crib, chicken house, barn coness hospital in Lincoln. Mr. full of hay, garage and a hog Sandleben was released Thurs- house. Their 1951 Hudson sedan day while his wife remained for was rolled several hundred yards medical care. . _, east of the house into a con- Fate WaS .uu field and was a total losS. The Fate was kind to the Theron insurance company replaced it Masterson family of Lincoln. The with another new car. Mastersons (father, mother, and four small children, and his sister) had been visiting at the Sandleben home that evening and had debated.whether to re- main all night. The final de- cision was to go home which they did about 15 minutes be- was unable to find either the fore the storm hit. baby or her husband, and made .Gamww/ Farm her way to the Frank Pope, Jr. At the Liza Gasaway home al- just south of there. Her husband, most across the road from the dazed but otherwise unhurt, Sandleben home, the storm heard the baby crying and sear- struck first, coming roaring out ching in the d .arn ess iound tee of the west thru the heavy tim- 18-months old intent under a ber, twisting treetops off and up- door, holding tightly onto the rooting huge trees before it hit doorknob---uninjured. the Gasaway house. The two. IIel story frame building was not oe- Neighbo P ...... -"t was driven from ather mOllSnu, u- oom Neighbors hnd friends g --- [its foundation and every r .. ed at the T00;;00lbadly I:nandSa:lettela cleaning[ demolished and par u, ..e were blown away and the fine big maple trees were twisted and topped but they undoubtedly saved the house from complete destruction.  !i I I Peddtcord Farm The damage at the Henry Ped., dicord home consisted of a de- molished machine shed and ma- chinery, the loss of the top of ii  \\; another one, shingles shredded from the barn, and damage to the one-story house as well as were quite undisturbed about their ride. A flarebed wagon was carried about a quarter of a mile out into the field. A hover top in some freak manner left the machine shed and wound up in the back end of a panel truck in the corn crib driveway some 75 feet south. And Ed swears that two calves in the barn were both found on the west side of the barn when the storm had passed, but the doors of the barn were locked. Roofs were taken off several buildings at the George Grath- wohl home and trees blown ov- er. Outbuildings at the Albert Reiterman farm also suffered casualties. Boy Lu Farm The top of the big house of Roy Lucas, four miles south of Mount Pulaski, was blown off and damage done to the north side of the building while the barn, which was comparatively new, lost its roof. Machinery the loss of several large trees. The Peddicord family was out in the backyard beside a storm cave when they saw the heavy clouds approaching from the west. Deciding that there was something dangerous wrapped up in them, they rushed back into the house to get his mother but before they could leave the house for the cave, the storm hitand they "hit the floor" un- der the kitchen table. The saw the roof of their house start to leave but it dropped back again. Tracy Bros. Hard lilt The farms of Charles and Stuart Tracy northwest of Corn. land were heavily hit by the i tornado and sured a triple loss---heavy damage to their  farm buildings, their crops and the loss of three of their finest Durocs---the breed- ing of purebred hogs has made them one of the outstanding breeders of Durocs in country. The estimated loss at the Tracy farms is $75,000. The storm first hit the Charles Tracy home on the hill and car- ried away the roof, and breaking window lights. Two large 16,000 bushel cribs a quarter of a mile west of the house were destroy- ed. 1600 bushels of corn were in the cribs. Then machine shed, chicken houses, hog house, sheds and cribs and other out-t etc. , were demolished along with buildings were completely de- i some machinery. Only two out molished. At "a place about a t of 29 individual hog houses were half mile southeast of the Lucas i left standing. Three valuable place behind a heavy hedger fence where he had four build-t Durc pedigreed were killed and possibly more ings---2 grain bins, machine las one barn filled with hay col- shed and a bar--all were wP- J lapsed at the Stuart Tracy farm ed out and the hedge uprooted, just east and they did not know Roy tells this about the storm, just what stock might be under He was comfortably seated in an it. A high bred Aberdeen Angtm easy chair with his feet on an- steer, the property of Rex Tracy, other one when the wind htt, who was planning on entering it taking off one of his shoes and in competition this fall, was Friday he was still looking for seriously injured. The large so- it. A horse was found grazing in called bank barn is the only the yard after the storm, but good building left altho a work- the gate was closed to the barn- shop was still "staggering" from yard. He was still scratching his the storm. head over that one. The tornado then swooped on The Paul McCubbin house, sev- past the small home of the par. eral hundred yards southeast of ents of the Tracy brothers, down Lucas' back from the road, was in a dip between the two hills badly damaged, trees blown striking the Stuart Tracy home, i down and all outbuildings de. wrecking trees and damag'mg tool]shed. Several hundred chick- the house. Two chicken houses ens of varying ages were kill- e (Continued on page 14)