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Pekin, IL Tornado, Jun 1911



Twenty Spectators at Ball Game More or Less Seriously Injured When Grandstand Was Picked Up Bodily by the Wind.

Peoria, Ill -- A tornado struck Pekin, Ill. Ten miles south of here, at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, killing two persons and causing property damage that will amount to thousands. The dead CLYDE SAKERS, aged 14 FRANK WOODLEY, aged 15. The storm came from the southwest, demolishing the pumping station on the opposite bank of the Illinois River. It then jumped across the Illinois river and the plants of the Boley Ice company were completely destroyed. The residence portion of the city escaped.

Granite City, Ill – Twenty spectators at a ball game were more or less seriously injured Sunday evening when the grandstand collapsed under a heavy wind SIDNEY MARANIS (?) 22 years old, of Granite City, was the most seriously injured, receiving a broken leg and internal injuries.

Twelve of the twenty persons injured were baseball players.

Most of the spectators fled at the approach of the storm. The grandstand was picked up bodily by the storm and hurled upon a crowd of players who were huddled behind it seeking shelter from hail.

Carbon County Utah 1911-06-02

article | by Dr. Radut