AR Tornado, Mar 1909

Special to The Evening News

St. Louis, March 9 - The town of FOURCHEDAM near LITTLE ROCK was struck by a tornado in which one person was killed and several injured. Two houses were demolished and one destroyed by fire after it had blown to bits. This tornado traveled northeast and swept a clean path about 60 years wide. The wind was followed by a violent hail and rain storm.

At KERR the house of E. B. ADAMS was blown down and ADAMS was perhaps fatally injured. The whole family was buried in the debris, but was saved

All the windows in a rain between GRUDON and RESTER were blown in.

At MALVERN the Methodist Church was entirely destroyed, the Baptist Church was damaged and the Courthouse unrooofed.

The Evening News, San Jose, CA 9 Mar 1909

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A tornado struck at FOURCHEDAM at 5 o'clock this afternoon within a miles of Little Rock, killing a negro boy and injuring other negroes. Two houses were demolished and otherwise completely destroyed by fire either after they had been blown to bits. Seven negroes are reported (to) be fatally hurt.

The tornado crossed the Arkansas river at FOURCHEDAM and raised a spout of water about two hundred feet high. (It traveled toward the seven negroes are reported to be fa*) about sixty yards wide. It was impossible to get any definite reports from that vicinity to-night. The tornado was followed by a violent hail and rainstorm which kept up throughout the night.

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DESTRUCTION IN STORM'S PATH

The same tornado passed into BAUCUM where the extent of the damage is also unknown and from there to KERR in LONOKE county, where several homes were demolished and E. B. ADAMS a farmer, was seriously if not fatally injured. He with his wife, son and three others were in the house at the time of the storm They were buried in the debris but all escaped alive. The home of DAN WAGNER, a saw mill operative near there, was also destroyed but he and his wife escaped with a few bruises. A gin and several negro cabins were demolished.

Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC, 9 Mar 1909

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LITTLE ROCK, March 8, - Vague reports indicate that great damage had resulted from a tornado which swept through a portion of this state tonight. In this county one person was killed and a number are reported to have been injured, while the property loss is large.

To southern and eastern Arkansas all communication is cut off because of a prostration of both telephone and telegraph wires, isclating (sic) Hot springs, Pine Bluff and a number of smaller towns. Near BAUCUM, a Cotton Belt passenger train which is hours late, is reported to have been swept from the tracks.

The tornado crossed the Arkansas river within five miles of Little Rock, causing a waterspout of several hundred feet in height.

The Macon Daily Telegraph, Macon, GA 9 Mar 1909

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The storm's work:

At CHIDESTER, QUACHITA county - Of the A. T. GASTON family of seven, three are fatally hurt and the other four seriously. Fifteen people suffered broken limbs. Fifteen dwellings were destroyed and two churches and a school house.

At MALVERN - Methodist church destroyed, loss $6,000. Steeple of the Baptist church blown off and church unroofed.

At WYANADOTTE - House blown down.

Near BENTON (five miles northwest) - Church and school house and twenty houses destroyed. MRS. MARGARET ELRED, aged 75 years killed; MISS FANNIE ELROD, MISS FANNIE ELROD, MISS MARY ELROD AND MRS. J. W. KRUSE injured.

At PINEY WOODS - HERBERT COCKRAN killed. MRS CALVERT COCKRAN and two children injured.

At SION - EDGAR MASON, aged 17; ROY MASON, aged 12, and LENA MASON, AGE 8. killed. JIM MASON and COMA MARRON fatally injured. JOE MASON, JONES MASON, HATTIE MASON, BENTON MASON and MRS. ISABELLA MASON seriously hurt.

At SALEM - MRS. SAM KESTERSON died of excitement during the storm.

At GALLOWAY - E. D. ADAMS and his child injured.

At FOURCHE DAM - One dead and five injured. Four houses destroyed.

At and near HAZEN - Three injured, four residences and three barns destroyed.

At CLIFFORD - Sawmill damaged, grocery store unroofed and store ruined. Lumber scatter over an area of 12 miles.

At ROCKWELL - Several residences damaged.

At WALCOL - WISCONSIN - Arkansas Lumber company's plant damaged and lumber scattered over a wide area.

At OAKLAWN - Mill damaged and several houses destroyed.

At BALDWIN SWITCH - Unknown negro killed.

At EASTWOOD - Many houses blown down.

At PRINCETON - Church destroyed and four residences damaged.

At SHERIDAN - Child of ARTHUR FAULKNER killed.

At HOT SPRINGS - WILLIAMS H. STANLY, president Hot Springs Mercantile company, drowned in Saline river.

At HAVANA - DAUGHTER OF H. B. Cooper stunned by lightning.

At FORDS - Negress named JACKSON killed.

At ENGLAND - England Mercantile company's store unroofed, loss $7,000. England telephone exchange damaged. Fifty residences and barns blown down near England.

At BONAHAM - An unknown white woman killed.

At HOXIE - The high water caused the detouring of the Frisco and Iron Mountain trains.

AT ARKADELPHIS - Traffic delayed because of water over the tracks.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ft. Worth, TX 10 Mar 1909