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--SIL.TENNIAL EDITION (Tlmu.News, Mr. Pulaski, 111.) THURSDAY, 7171,Y 1 1927 Tornado Tore Up CornJand; Killed Buffalo Hart and Cornland Almost Destroyed; Chesfnut Hif Two Killed Here; Two At Cornland; Two At Chestnut (Taken from Mount New April 1927) Buffalo Hart and Comland Hear. 1y Destroyed  Cheetnut Wcm Badly Damage  Many Farm B Ruined  Wfllkzm H. Mattingly and Son Henry, Kill. ed Necu Mount Pulaski. A tornado entered Illinois (from Missouri) in Greene coun- tY, Tuesday, April 19, 1927, and sped rapidly in a northeasterly direction, coming into Sangamon county, doing some damage at Fork; then turned again to the tracks, damaging homes and farm buildings in its path, reach-: ed the home of Hubert Buckles storm then swerved past Mrs. Elizabeth Romer&apos;s home on the old Latham road, then on the dirt road east until it reached the William F. Stoll farm, turn- ed north thru the George A. Tom- linson place, the former Richard Leslie farm, now owned by Gee. F. Dittus and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Laughery. Reach- ing the Illinois Central tracks again, the storm followed the railroad to Chestnut, where great damage was done, and two children killed. $1x Killed The storm, which occurred be- tween 1 and 2 o'cloclL left a path of destruction all along its wake !but after a few miles past Chest- Riverton, then coming on to nut the damage was not so great. B, ff, ln Hart ]rnnt wr,,tdn, I The tornado caused two deaths at u-y. .................. " Cornland, two near Mount Pu the wllage. From there the torna- J . . laK* and two at Chestnut, all do followed the Illinois Central l .. Railroad and all but took Corn-resuents of Logan count. . ......  - ,. . .L o- I aany persons were *njurea lana o5 tn la oz me art..;,_. . ,,,a oot o1^+. ,. t. .<,. Irne xast Illinois Central Daylight and "Wrkei`t`he ()'aklancl " sch'oo"l I Spec!al passenger train, stopped i house one mile south of Lake in Lnestnut, wnere the injured were placed on the train and also along north side of tracks, half way between Lake Fork and Mt. Pulaski; then turned east and damaged buildings on the Cecil Buckles farm; then struck the tenant house on the Wiiford K.. Scroggin, Sr., farm, occupied by Henry Mattingly and family, and his father, William H. Matting- ly and so badly injured the men that they both died that day from their injuries. Hecelod Toward Hill The storm did some damage to the Scroggin home, and passed on to the Fred Kemmer farm oc- cupied by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rledle and family. Then the tor- nado headed toward Mt. Pulaski, and almost demolished the Win. Avers place about 200 yards south of the city limits. Then, changing its course east as though avoiding the hill. The old tile factory was hit and so was the Fred Horn place, and the at Cornland and Buffalo Hart, to take others on board, and they were taken to the hospitals in Springfield. Fortunately the train was not damaged much, and could proceed with the injured. When the train reached Cornland doctors and nurses were already there from Springfield, to care i for the injured. During the time the tornado was passing along the south city limits of Mount Pulaski, there was a terrific rain falling all over the old hill, and not until after the storm did hundreds of citiz- ens know how miraculously the city had escaped destruction. Was:ned by Telegraph Word was telegraphed ahead that a tornado was approaching and both the township high school and the grade school were at once notified. Several others heard about it, but the majority were unaware of the serious situ- i ation. The news spread rapidly and soon many people gathered at the Illinois Central station. First reports were that many peo. ple had been killed in both Corn- 1 ,land and Chestnut. Local doctors and many willing people hurried to these places to give. aid. The first word of the Mattingly tragedy was brought in by Her- man Hahn, who ran almost all the way to town. People rushed to the scene to give aid, but Henry Mattingly was so badly injured that he died about 3:30 p.m. His father was also fatally injured. The Hershey arnbulance went to the Scroggin farm and brought the father and also Mrs. Henry Mattingly to the railroad station, and they were taken on the train to the Deaconess hos- pital in Lincoln, where Williarr Mattingly died at 9 p.m. Mrs. Henry Mattingly was badly hurt, but is improving. The youngest Mattingly child was at home, but was only slightly hurt when the house was crushed. The other three Mattingly children were in town at school and Mrs. William Mattingly was also in town at the home of her sister, Mrs. Wm. Fult Two Lestnut Boys Clarence Gallagher, principal of the Chestnut school, also re- ce'ved a report of the approach- ing storm and marched the 80 pupils from the second floor to the first floor, where they were huddled while the wind crashed through the upper floor and car. ried it away. The two youtl who were killed were struck as they dashed from the building when the storm struck. Thirty school children at Buff- alo Hart were saved when their teacher herded them into the basement of a church, which was being used as a school. The first floor of the building was badly damaged. Crt:d Almost Deshjred Cornland was the hardest hit of any town in the storm's path, and hardly a building was left intact. It was a sorrowful scene J Just returned to the bank follow- following this terrible storm, but J ing dinner, when the storm broke, the citizens immediately started[and they dashed into the vault in with the task of providing J for safety. The currency and se- temporary quarters out of wreck. J curities had been locked up when age that necessitated an outlay[they went to dinner and they of $100,000 for complete rester- ] had not taken them out when the ation of buildings, furnishings Jcrash came. and equipment. Aiding them in J Baby Crushed In Moth, s Arms their heroic efforts were many [ Not a building in Comland es- COKNLAND METHODIST CHURCH workers from nearby farms from Elkhart, Mt. Pulaski, Lake Fork, and other places, the citizens be- ing designated by a single band of red string tied around the left arm, while those from out-of- town wore a circlet of white string. The destruction in Cornland is too big a story to tell in detail in a weekly paper. Hundreds of peo- ple have already been there to see the terrible wreckage and many to give their help. Wed- nesday morning a shipment of roofing paper was sent from Mt Pulaski to Cornland, and con- struction work was pushed with a view toward roofing many of the homes, temporarily. Both the Cornland Methodist and Christian churches were al- most completely destroyed. Bankers Got In Vault The Cornland State Bank, a brick structure, erected in 1920 at a cost of $10,000, was badly damaged. M. B. Drake, the cash- ier, and his assistant, Mervin Voile (of Mount Pulaski), had caped damage with all their cares people of the looking after the R. A. McIntyre familY. infant daughter was her mother's an-s destruction of their also injured Mrs. her 4-year-old son. Mr. has been without ployment for some th'ne. ' Miss genobia 1.. who was principal ofmW.., .a.  land school, had a 'is% usual story to tell of e'l'- IM The weather conditionSJ.' quite unsettled with s t. fast-moving clouds cantdJ" to cut short the noon "" pupils. Deciding it far safe than sorry, sent down to the no sooner had thiS than the storm bris flying through th sky turning to green. It became so was impossible to thru the basement there was a dead then that the most scene of Miss was enacted, as young charges the Lord's Prayer. (continued on HOME AND .STORES DEMOLISHED AT CORNLAND BY TORNADO CORNLAND AS IT LOOW'D IN 1927 FOLLOWING A TORNADO which almost destroyed th4 town 10 miles southwest of here, and killed two persons. A more desolate scene would be hard to imagine. Store buildings of Ford & and G. W. Hughes across the street south of the bank and the Phares general store to the west, were totally destroyed. The Cornland in upper right, shows the vault and a backroom still intact. The and Christian churches were ruined but the school house in the was scarcely touched.