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.... rlR1OR OF WILBUR STOLL HOME on southeast edge of - ,,u, .... two blocks from the explosion, was wrecked. --Times.News Photo. SIL-TENNIAL EDITION (Times-News, Mt. Pulaski, Ill.) THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1961 -IIS TREMENDOUS CRATER approximately 35 feet deep and 45 feet across, was made at the scene of the explosion of the tank car, here, June 1958. It was a lerrifying sighl to see this big ex- cavation and realize the terrific explosion that it took to create this monster hole.--Times-News Ph. "h ME OF MRS. GEORGE J. SMITH showing roof damage .n a Piece of steel from the tank car hurtled through the air ''Stance of a half-mile, crashed through the roof. Times-News Photo. OF INJURED TO HOSPITAL ment were: Madeline Erlenbush, .eteen persons were treated 19, lacerations of the upper tip, arlcl',u at St. Clara's haspital, chin and right knee; Donald e *t. were treated at Lincoln Erlenbush, 19, cuts about the face li rlal hospital. Three persons, and right side. Gary Shull, 19,  Mayer, 78; Rena Buehler, cuts about the face and mouth; h,2ntl Lillian Scroggin 34, re- Laura Brown, 23, lacerated fore- ,n ' head. a l ed as patients at St. Clara's Others Injured tr~16 were dismissed after Darlene Wilham, 26, multiple . ('n c5' treatment llO . " missed after treat- abrasions about head and arms; Donald Vilham, 3, lacerated PLOSION-- scalp; avest Wilham, 30, punc- ture wound of right leg; Nancy Mittelsteadt, 27, multiple abras- ions about head; Loren Mittel- steadt, 35, puncture wounds of a store front around the the face and neck. s left intact, nearly all Ethel Allen, 5, lacerated left glass show windows More than half cheek; Mary Sue Lynch, 4, ex- in the city were amined after falling from a car; Ln some way or another. Stephen Lynch, 12, cut on hand; boards and heavy (;race Roth, 72, small laceration being used by rest- on left foot; Fred Roth, 76, mul- up windows and tiple abrasions about chest and to get their pro- scalp; Marx' Rowe, cuts on fore- the elements. m glass companies head and neck. Decatur, Peoria Barbara Scheuler, Springfield, were in the city multiple face, ear and puncture and by that wounds. plate glass store Those admitted at ALM hospit- replaced, al were: Ben Burkhart, 82; Frank the hearts of rest. Passmore, St., 64; Mrs. David retty heavy, every. on Monday morn. Cheek, 79; Mrs. Bertha Smith, 77, sweeping, scoop- and Anna Schafer, 84. The last digging, and before lhree were admitted because of much had been accom- illness and not because of injur- ies suffered by the blast. Defense set up a sta. Those treated were: Willa Cul- Hall and volunteer len, 85. Odessa Dittus, Minnie mpersed from there to ng for help. Men from Edwards, 54; Marie Gaffney, 54; towns and com- Treva Bobell, 54; Florence Wag- here to lend a ner, Jess Turley, 52; Minnie Tur- nd when and where ley, Adelia Remmert, 58; Marie and where they were Remmert, 35. Out-of-town visitors in the city Felt Miles Awcry who entered the hospital were: 4 and 5 miles a- .Windows broken out, Alice Bucher, 26, Lincoln; Jwana an Church in Lake Moore, 7, Beecher City. away had broken feces of railroad equip- a boxcar wheels, were hundred feet from pieces of metal car were blown more than half.a- SOme were found ira- the soil to a depth of service was hamper. not completely At this point, cer. should be given to .Perators for their un- In getting emergency care of. near the scene shreds and were on fences near Chestnut, La. IITrERIOR OF FRED HORN HOME which was about an eighth of a mile southwest of the scene of the explosion. The home was a total wreck as was the barn and other outbuildings. A new home has been built on the site by Mr. Horn. --Times-News Photo. CHURCHES SUFFERED HEAVY DAMAGE Ali five churches received ex- tensive damage from the explos- ion on Sunday afternoon. The St. John's Lutheran Church had 9 windows broken or badly dam- aged. Plaster fell in the Sunday School rooms. Some of the walls were slightly bulged and several beam rafters cracked. At the Christian Church, one large stained glass window, 9 small stained glass windows, 2 basement windows were destroy- ed. The south wall of the church was pushed out several inches. There are several split and brok- to the south- without electric, en rafters, two 12"x12" beams and in the new educational building, new school desks and tables in the church will have to be re- from the Central 6"x6" beams were split. Several 16 sections of windows and fram. the Sunday School rooms, plastered. The studding of the & Gas Co., were pews were damaged and splint- es on the south and east, were In the church proper, 3 import- sidewalls were broken and lees- alerted and on the ered, glas and plaster was all completely wrecked. Three out- ed Art windows on the south, ened. Glass damaged furnishings mBt: rs were quickly over the building. -- -side doors were completely ruin- were considerably damaged. Both including the organ, piano and eawln" ed. One inside door was blown of the chimneys were cracked so pews. THIS DEVASTATED AREA, adjacent to the ex- of their equipment was totally destroyed but plosion scene, was occupied by the Parro Con- fortunately no one was about the premises that struction Co. who were rebuilding Route 121. Most Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock.Times-News Ph. dows of the St. Thomas Aquinas off the casing and one torn loose, that the tops had to be taken oR. Catholic Church were broken All The new wood folding doors be- There was a lot of plaster cracks the stations of the Cross except tween the old and new building and damage of glass to th three and the Statute of the Bless- were broken. The floor at places church pews. tiowever, oct ed Virgin were damaged. A few was raised an inch cr two as buildings remained structurally pews were damaged. Plaster was well as a section of the roof. sound. down in spots, and the altar was Light fixtures were torn loose At the Methodist Church 28 moved three inches. The chimney and various crack showed up in stained windows and 6 basement had to be repaired, also. some blocks. Glass was imbedded windows were broken. The roof At the Zion Lutheran Church, in the wooden panels and in the will have to be replaced and all