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:  . ...... Mount Pulaski Tirnes-New0000 VOLUME 48 MOUNT PULASKI, ILLINOIS. THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1951 ii Extensive Damage Done By T0rn00 Homes Prod Farm Buildings Razed: 1 Arthur JoneL Red Crou No Loss 0f Lite Remarkable Fact | compamed b We, tdou Fmnt Several Injured But Only One Seriously. Cleaning Up Started. A flower pot with a geranium in it, left unmolested by the June 27th tornado; two calves escap- ing from a locked barn; a man and wife rolling 200 yards in each others arm; a shoe blown off a man's foot as he sat in his home---the shoe's still missing; miraculous escapes from death by residents of the northern and southern parts of Logan county when their homes were blown a- way, were only a few of the in- cidents and oddities of the tor- nadoes that struck viciously in these areas. Camera-equipped, this report- er, Friday morning, headed east for the various scenes that were enacted in thispart of the coun- ty. Heading for Heman, between Latham and Warrensburg, a half mile of water covered high- way 121, starting about the Geo. Meister farm home. It was so deep that slow travel was neces- sary to keep from flooding the ignition. Then at Latham an-  other water traffic hazard made it necessary to again take it very slow for a couple of blocks. When a car stalled, the driver behind generally took over and pushed the other fellow on thru. While the water was consider- ably higher Thursday it was still hazardous enough to .have two! watchmen on the job. Some de-! touring was done on the west edge of Latham to avoid this water lane, but it was almost as bad on the street a block south. Water covered the two blocks adjoining the highway and was almost up to the floor of some houses. Hemcm Dmnage At Heman the elevator was badly damaged and part of the top blown off. The front of the implement store at Heman was blown out and refrigerators on display were blown partly out the windows. The two-story farm home and all outbuildings of Charles Mc- Guire, 28, a short distance north- east of Heman, were completely demolished and practically all of his machinery is a total loss. McMcGuire was critically injur- ed and was taken to the Decatur and Macon county hospital. He was pinned under the wreckage and his wife is re- ported to have walked a quarter of a mile with a wrenched back to get aid. When help arrived at the scene Ann, 2-year-old dau- ghter was found huddled on a pile of wreckage, but was unin. jured. Mrs. McGuire and son Tommy, 6, were taken to the Deaconess hospital in the Schahl ambulance. Big cottonwood and maple tres southwest and south of the house were completely stripped and torn by the force of the storm. Wire fencing and sheet metal was wrapped around them. The barn, hog house, machine shed and smaller outbuildings were strewn all over the farm, and chickens killed and defeath. ered. Neighbors were doing their best to clean up the wreckage. The home of Gino Accivatti, a mile farther east of the blacktop road also a8 wet MAc. 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 hell:. She and her baby were taken to the Decatur hos- pital. 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 road where he was picked up by 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 to the Decatur hospital, later re. leased and then again taken back the next day for treatment of head and leg injuries. The Culp car was about 75 yards out in the cornfield, rolled up like a huge ball. Parts of the car are still missing with the gas tank being found on top of a combine at the McGuire farm a half mile east. Ray Day, residing a short dis- tance south of Heman, was re- ported to have driven his car in behind the Heman storage bins and "rode "out" the storm with. out mishap. Charles Culp Home In the path of the storm south of Latham was the country farm home of Charles Culp, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Kull, who moved to the farm this spring. They were not at home where the tornado struck. The house was badly damaged and barn, machinery shed and oth. er outbuildings were torn to bits and strewn all over the place, as were many trees. Mother . Bcdo Separated The farm home and outbuild- ings of Jack Pope southwest of Latham were completely demol. ished, and included a two-story house, machine shed, double corn crib, chicken house, barn full of hay, garage and a hog house. Their 1951 Hudson sedan was rolled several hundred yards east of the house into a corn- field and was a total los The insurance company replaced it with another new car. When the storm hit, Jack was in te kitchen while his wife was upstairs putting the baby to bed. All were blown out of the house and the mother and baby separated. In the fury of the storm and darkness, Mrs. Pope was unable to find either the baby or her husband, and made her way to the Frank Pope, Jr. !Just south of there. Her husband, dazed but otherwise unhurt, heard the baby crying and sear- ching in the darness found the 18-months old infant under a door, holding tightly onto the doorknob---uninjured. Nedghbom Help Neighbors and gather. ed at the Lira and Sandleben and Logm County  of the Red Cross, wea-e covering tl county l-t week en to give all aid potable to storm sufferers. Direct oaltacts wre and JJ=tafl expes will beon the job tbweek to help the unfortunate victin-of the storm. A telephono call to Welctoss Fmntz (615) Lincoln, will be afll th IA necessm to get aistma for myone over- looked. up the de0ris. The ladies setvea a potluck dinner, using the Gas- away kitchen for the serving room. Neighbors and friends ih all the stricken areas have been giving freely of their services to help their unfortunate friends. . Samdleben Going over another mile west of the Pope xarm, two xarm homes were wrecKed--one being complete W blown away. 1he tlerLry andleDen house and atl xarm buildings on ttte east siae of the roaa, were so Dauly torn asunder that nothing but Kraa- ling wood was to be found. 'Ire house was torn from its bncg iounaauon and then ripped a- part into bits. A coal shed at me rear of te house was blown away but the coal was untouch- ed. A 11ower pot with a plant m it was setting on top of a storm cellar just ack or the house and was undisturbed. An auto- mobile was picked up and de- posited several hundred feet to e northeast of the house, bad- ly damaged. A cook stove was carried a quarter of a mile east and part of it was found north of the house. A wagon was car- ried out into the field east of house but the sideboards were found several hundred yards north of the house in a small grove. Two cows were killed. Just before the storm struck the Sandleben home the light went out and Mx. SancUeben se- cured his flashlight. When they felt the building swaying, they threw their arms around each other and the force of the storm rolled them several hundred yards northeast of the house to the edge of an oats field. Tem- porarily dazed, they inally made their way to the Liza Gasaway farm home just across the road. They were taken to the Dea- coness hospital in Lincoln. Mr. Sandleben was released Thurs- day while his wife remained for medical care. Fate Was Fate was kind to the Theron Masterson fancily of Lincoln. The Mastersons father, mother, and four small children, and his sister) had been visiting at the Sandieben 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- fore the storm hit. Gesmve/ Farm At the Liza Gasaway home al- most across the road from the Sandleben home, the storm struck first, coming roaring out of the west thru the heavy tim- ber, twisting treetops off and up- roofing huge trees before it hit the Gasaway house. The two- story frame building was not de- molished, but was driven from its foundation and every room all of the house blown off and a tree fell on top of it. Mrs. Gasaway and daughter, Frances, when they heard the storm, were heading for the cel- lar and was part way down the steps, when the latter lost 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 [oundatton up thru the inside doorway to the cellar at their i feet and blocking any escape to the basement.- No one was seri- ously injured. Ed Gmthwobl Sees Destruction Edwin Grathwohl, residing a- bout three miles further west of the Gasaway farm, was an eye- witness to the destruction of his farm buildings. He and his wife land daughter has just gotten !home from the band social in Mount Pulaski, and he had gone across the road to check some livestock and on the way back to his 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 corn crib taken off. It all hap- pened in a split "second. The house was untouched but part of the south side of his barn, just west of the machine shed was torn off. A large brooder house was picked up and car- ried 200 feet out into a field with 200 chickens in it and all 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 o a panel" truck in the corn crib o.-iveway 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. Roy Lucas From 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 At the William souhtwest of the the storm took a top part of a tile barn, of a machine shed, a other outbuildings away and the roof story house was badly Trees .vere twisted off and a trailer in lace McGee and the front part of the was blown over on large corn crib just McGee farm was a barn just back of a small a north. Were The Jake Erlenbush a rile on west from the storm. were blown away big maple trees were topped but they saved the house destruction. Peddlcord Fm The dicord home molished machine chinery, the loss of another one, shingles from the barn, and the one-story house the loss of several la The Peddicord in the backyard cave when they saw clouds approaching west. something up in them, they into the house to but before they house for the hit--and they "hit der the kitchen table. the roof of their leave but it dropped Tr Bros. The farms of Stuart Tracy land were tornado and loss---heavy damage farm buildings, the loss of three pedigreed ing of purebred hogs them one of the breeders of DurOCS The estimated loSS farms is $75,000. The storm first Tracy home on the tied away the roof, window light TWo bushel cribs a west of the house ed. 1600 bushels in the cribs. Then shed, chicken sheds and cribs and other out-letc. , were buildings were completely de- some machinery. molished. At a place about a of 29 individual hog half mile southeast of the Lucas place behind a heavy hedge fence where he had four build- ings--2 grain bins, machine shed and a bar---all were wip- ed out and the hedge uprooted. Roy tells this about the storm. He was comfortably seated in an easy chair with his feet on an- other one when the wind hit, taking off one of his shoes and Friday he was still looking for it. A horse was found grazing in the yard after the storm, but the gate was closed to the barn- yard. He was still scratching his head over that one. The Paul McCubbin house, sev- eral hundred yards southeast of Lucas' back from the road, was badly damaged, trees blown down and all outbuildings de- hundred chick- ens of were kill. left standing. Duroc pedigreed were killed and as one barn filled lapsed at the just east and they just what stock it. A high bred steer, the propertY' who was planning in competition seriously injured. called bank barn good building shop was still the storm. The tornado then past the small ents of the Tracy in a dip between striking the wrecking trees the