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Coultersville, IL Storm, Mar 1890


COULTERSVILLE, ILL., March 28.---A disastrous wind storm visited this place yesterday afternoon, accompanied by hail the size of hen's eggs. The storm cloud was of a greenish color, and the rapidly falling barometer threw everybody in a panic. It became so dark chickens went to roost, and lamps had to be lighted.

The storm struck the town at 3:34 o'clock with terrific force, shattering windows and unroofing houses, tearing down awnings, and filling the streets with debris. The storm assumed the importance of a cyclone south of us, and while no lives are reported lost there are numerous stories of narrow escapes. Davidson Elder's house was wrecked and Mrs. John Richmond, Mr. Elder's daughter and Messrs. McCracken and Smith, of Nashville, Ill, who were in the house at the time, had a miraculous escape.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN 28 Mar 1890


A special from Coulterville, Ill., says that town was visited by a disastrous wind storm, accompanied by hail the size of hen's eggs. Davidson Elder's house was wrecked, and Mrs. John Richmond, Mr. Elder's daughter, and Messrs. McCracken and Smith of Nashville, Ill., who were in the house at the time had a miraculous escape, getting off with a few bruises and scratches.

Davenport Morning Tribune, Davenport, IA 29 Mar 1890

article | by Dr. Radut